The Works of William Mason, Volume 2

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T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1811 - English literature

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Page 173 - Soldier, I had arms, Had neighing steeds to whirl my iron cars, Had wealth, dominion. Dost thou wonder, Roman, I fought to save them ? What, if CESAR aims, To lord it universal o'er the world, Shall the world tamely crouch at CAESAR'S footstool ? AULUS DIDIUS.
Page 58 - Can he support the rigor of this doom ? Can he, who liv'd but in thy gracious smiles, Who'd pine, if chance those smiles a single hour Were dealt him thriftily; think, can he bear The infamy of exile ? EDGAR. Hear me, Athelwold, Did I not show'r on thy much-favour'd head My thickest honours, and with gift so ready As out-run all request ? Did I not hold thee Still in such open confidence of friendship, Such love as AI'HELWOI.D.
Page 50 - Shall then your earth-born daughters vie With me ! Shall she, whose brightest eye But emulates the diamond's blaze, Whose cheek but mocks the peach's bloom, Whose breath the hyacinth's perfume, Whose melting voice the warbling woodlark's lays, Shall she be...
Page 81 - Here, Romans, pause, and let the eye of wonder Gaze on the solemn scene : behold yon oak, How stern he frowns, and with his broad brown arms Chills the pale plain beneath him...
Page 172 - Cruel man ! And thou deniest me moments. Be it so. I know you Romans weep not for your children ; Ye triumph o'er your tears, and think it valour ; I triumph in my tears. Yes, best-lov'd boy, Yes, I can weep, can fall upon thy corse, And I can tear my hairs, these few grey hairs, The only honours war and age hath left me.
Page 101 - Is it not now the hour, The holy hour, when, to the cloudless height Of yon starr'd concave, climbs the full-orb'd moon, And to this nether world, in solemn stillness, Gives sign, that, to the...
Page 91 - fore th' autumnal moon ? When, in undulating twine, The foaming snakes prolific join ; When they hiss, and when they bear Their wond'rous egg aloof in air ; Thence, before to earth it fall, The Druid, in his hallow'd pall, Receives the prize ; And instant flies, Follow'd by th' envenom'd brood, 'Till he cross the chrystal flood. SEMICHORUS. Druid, these, in order meet, Are all prepar'd.
Page 3 - Harevf ood to discover the cause of it. His arrival opens the Drama. The incidents which are produced by ATHELWOLD'S return from court (who was absent when ORGAR came to his castle), and afterwards by the unexpected visit of the king, form the EPISODE of the Tragedy ; the feigned pardon of ATHELWOLD, drawn from the king by the earnest...
Page 153 - Hark ! heard ye not yon footstep dread, That shook the earth with thund'ring tread ? 'Twas Death. In haste The warrior past ; High...
Page 141 - ... thee no atonement : None, alas ! Thy father scarce can bless thee, as he ought ; Unblest himself, beset with foes around, Bereft of queen, of kingdom, and of soldiers, He can but give thee portion of his dangers, Perchance and of his chains : Yet droop not, boy, Virtue is still thine own.

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