Sardanapalus, a tragedy

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Page 35 - The very first Of human life must spring from woman's breast, Your first small words are taught you from her lips, Your first tears quench'd by her, and your last sighs Too often breathed out in a woman's hearing, When men have shrunk from the ignoble care Of watching the last hour of him who led them.
Page 12 - Thinkst thou there is no tyranny but that Of blood and chains ? The despotism of vice — The weakness and the wickedness of luxury — The negligence — the apathy — the evils Of sensual sloth — produce ten thousand tyrants, Whose delegated cruelty surpasses The worst acts of one energetic master, However harsh and hard in his own bearing.
Page 22 - I leave such things to conquerors ; enough For me, if I can make my subjects feel The weight of human misery less, and glide Ungroaning to the tomb : I take no license Which I deny to them. We all are men.

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