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Fables from the 19th Century
Fables from the 19th Century
What a thrill to read such an early text of these beautiful stories. It has been a joy to delve into this untainted text of our eternal fables.
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Page 15 - ALL were attentive to the godlike man, When from his lofty couch he thus began : " Great queen, what you command me to relate, Renews the sad remembrance of our fate...
Page 21 - And freely tell us what he was, and whence: What news he could impart, we long to know, And what to credit from a captive foe. "His fear at length dismiss'd, he said: 'Whate'er My fate ordains, my words shall be sincere: I neither can nor dare my birth disclaim; Greece is my country, Sinon is my name. Tho' plung'd by Fortune's pow'r in misery, Tis not in Fortune's pow'r to make me lie.
Page 15 - By destiny compell'd, and in despair, The Greeks grew weary of the tedious war, And by Minerva's aid a fabric rear'd, Which like a steed of monstrous height...
Page 15 - Great queen, what you command me to relate, Renews the sad remembrance of our fate. An empire from its old foundations rent, And...
Page 85 - And, had the gods permitted, they had gone. But oft the wintry seas, and southern winds, Withstood their passage home, and chang'd their...
Page 17 - Mov'd that the ramparts might be broken down, To lodge the monster fabric in the town. But Capys, and the rest of sounder mind, The fatal present to the flames designed, Or to the wat'ry deep; at least to bore The hollow sides, and hidden frauds explore.
Page 87 - Will perpetrate on them their first design, And take the forfeit of their heads for mine? Which, O ! if pity mortal minds can move, If there be faith below, or gods above, If innocence and truth can claim desert, Ye Trojans, from an injur'd wretch avert.
Page 19 - Enough was said and done t' inspire a better mind. Then had our lances pierc'd the treach'rous wood, And Ilian tow'rs and Priam's empire stood. Meantime, with shouts, the Trojan shepherds bring A captive Greek, in bands, before the king; Taken to take; who made himself their prey, T...
Page 89 - False tears true pity move; the king commands To loose his fetters, and unbind his hands: Then adds these friendly words: 'Dismiss thy fears; Forget the Greeks; be mine as thou wert theirs. But truly tell, was it for force or guile, Or some religious end, you rais'd the pile?