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I may inform the king, who hath decreed

the death of both. 1.

The gods have not decreed it.
The elder of these men doth bear the guilt
of kindred murder; on his steps attend
the dread Eumenides. They seiz'd their prey
within the inner fane, polluting thus
the holy sanctuary. I hasten now,
together with my virgin-train, to bathe
Diana's image in the sea, and there
with solemn rites its purity restore.

Let none presume our silent march to follow! 791 A. This hindrance to the monarch I'll announce :

do not commence the rite till he permit. I. The priestess interferes alone in this. A. An incident so strange the king should know. 1. Here, nor his counsel nor command avails. A. Oft are the great consulted out of form. 1. Do not insist on what I must refuse. A. E’en now 'tis not too late to change thy mind. 1. To do so is alas beyond our power. A. What thou wouldst shun, thou deem'st impossible. I. Thy wish doth make thee deem it possible. A. Wilt thou so calmly venture everything? 1. My fate I have committed to the gods. A. The gods are wont to save by human means. 1. By their appointment everything is done. A. Believe me all doth now depend on thee. 1. Shake not my spirit, which thou canst not bend.

A. SWANWICK from Goethe

792

MYRRHA AN IONIAN SLAVE THE FAVOURITE OF

SARDANAPALUS

WHY

HY do I love this man? My country's daughters

love none but heroes. But I have no country ! the slave hath lost all save her bonds. I love him ; and that's the heaviest link of the long chainto love whom we esteem not. Be it so: the hour is coming when he'll need all love, and find none. To fall from him now were baser than to have stabbed him on his throne when highest would have been noble in my country's creed :

I was not made for either. Could I save him,
I should not love him better, but myself;
and I have need of the last, for I have fallen
in my own thoughts, by loving this soft stranger :
and yet methinks I love him more, perceiving
that he is hated by his own barbarians,
the natural foes of all the blood of Greece.
Could I but wake a single thought like those
which even the Phrygians felt when battling long
'twixt Ilion and the sea, within his heart,
he would tread down the barbarous crowds, and

triumph.

LORD BYRON

793

ACHITOPHEL'S ADDRESS TO ABSALOM
USPICIOUS prince, at whose nativity

A sky;

thy longing country's darling and desire,
their cloudy pillar and their guardian fire;
their second Moses, whose extended wand
divides the seas, and shows the promised land;
whose dawning day in every distant age
has exercised the sacred prophet's rage :
the people's prayer, the glad diviner's theme,
the young men's vision, and the old men's dream!
thee, Saviour, thee, the nation's vows confess,
and, never satisfied with seeing, bless :
swift unbespoken pomps thy steps proclaim,
and stammering babes are taught to lisp thy name.
How long wilt thou the general joy detain,
starve and defraud the people of thy reign !
content ingloriously to pass thy days,
like one of virtue's fools that feed on praise ;
till thy fresh glories, which now shine so bright,
grow stale, and tarnish with our daily sight!

J. DRYDEN

794

THE EXAMPLE OF KINGS
A

DUTY well discharged is never followed

by sad repentance; nor did your highness ever make payment of the debt you owed her better than in your late reproofs, not of her, but those crimes that made her worthy of reproof.

The most remarkable point in which kings differ
from private men, is that they not alone
stand bound to be in themselves innocent,
but that all such as are allied to them
in nearness or dependance by their care
should be free from suspicion of all crime.
And you have reaped a double benefit
from this last great act; first, in the restraint
of her lost pleasures you remove the example
from others of the like licentiousness;
then, when 'tis known that your severity
extended to your mother, who dares hope for
the least indulgence or connivance in
the easiest slips that may prove dangerous
to you or to the kingdom?

BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER

795

SPEECH OF VALERIO TO RYNALDO, IN ANSWER
TO HIS BITTER INVECTIVE AGAINST THE SEX

TELL thee love is nature's second sun,
I

causing a spring of virtues where he shines.
And as without the sun, the world's great eye,
all colours, beauties, both of art and nature,
are giv'n in vain to men ; so without love
all beauties bred in women are in vain,
all virtues born in men lie buried,
for love informs them as the sun doth colours.
And as the sun, reflecting his warm beams
against the earth, begets all fruits and flowers,
so love, fair shining in the inward man,
brings forth in him the honorable fruits
of valour, wit, virtue, and haughty thoughts,
brave resolution, and divine discourse.
O'tis the paradise! the heaven of earth!
and didst thou know the comfort of two hearts
in one delicious harmony united,
as to joy one joy, and think both one thought,
love hath one life, and there in double life,
thou wouldst abhor thy tongue for blasphemy.

G. CHAPMAN

796

AN OLD MAN-ROSS Old M. | within the volume of which time I have seen

HREE score and ten I can remember well; hours dreadful and things strange; but this sore

night

hath trifled former knowings. Ross.

Ah, good father, thou seest, the heavens, as troubled with man's act, threaten his bloody stage : by the clock, 'tis day, and yet dark night strangles the travelling lamp: is't night's predominance, or the day's shame, that darkness does the face of earth entomb,

when living light should kiss it? Old M.

'Tis unnatural, even like the deed that's done. On Tuesday last a falcon, tow'ring in her pride of place,

was by a mousing owl hawk'd at and killed. Ross. And Duncan's horses, (a thing most strange and

certain) beauteous and swift, the minions of their race, turn'd wild in nature, broke their stalls, flung out, contending 'gainst obedience, as they would

make war with mankind. Old M.

'Tis said, they ate each other. Ross, They did so,—to the amazement of mine eyes, that look'd upon’t.

W. SHAKESPEARE

YET

797 TIMON OF ATHENS TO THE BANDITTI

ET thanks I must you con,

that you are thieves profess'd; that you work not in holier shapes: for there is boundless theft in limited professions. Rascal thieves, here's gold. Go, suck the subtle blood o' the grape, till the high fever seethe your blood to froth, .and so scape hanging; trust not the physician; his antidotes are poison, and he slays more than you rob; take wealth and lives together ; do villany, do, since you protest to do't, like workmen. I'll example you with thievery : the sun's a thief, and with his great attraction robs the vast sea: the moon's an arrant thief,

and her pale fire she snatches from the sun :
the sea's a thief, whose liquid surge resolves
the moon into salt tears: the earth’s a thief,
that feeds and breeds by a composture stol'n
from general excrement ; each thing's a thief;
the laws, your curb and whip, in their rough power
have uncheck'd theft.

W. SHAKESPEARE
FRIAR LAURENCE AND ROMEO

798

Fr.

that after-hours with sorrow chide us not ! Ro. Amen, amen! but come what sorrow can,

it cannot countervail the exchange of joy
that one short minute gives me in her sight :
do thou but close our hands with holy words,
then love-devouring death do what he dare, -

it is enough I may but call her mine. Fr. These violent delights have violent ends,

and in their triumph die: like fire and powder,
which, as they kiss, consume : the sweetest honey
is loathsome in his own deliciousness,
and in the taste confounds the appetite:
therefore, love moderately; long love doth so:
too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.-
Here comes the lady :- -O, so light a foot
will ne'er wear out the everlasting flint:
a lover may bestride the gossamer
that idles in the wanton summer air,
and yet not fall; so light is vanity.

W. SHAKESPEARE

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'TIS

'IS said a stranger in the days of old.

a (some say a Dorian, some a Sybarite: but distant things are ever lost in clouds) 'tis said a stranger came, and, with his plough, traced out the site ; and Posidonia rose, severely great, Neptune the tutelar God; a Homer's language murmuring in her streets, and in her haven many a mast from Tyre. Then came another, an unbidden guest, he knocked and entered with a train in arms; and all was changed, her very name and language !

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