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thou must needs choose thy party in the war
War! is that the name?
War is as frightful as heaven's pestilence.
must I pluck live asunder from thy name?
S. T. COLERIDGE from Schiller
832 HENRY PERcy-his uncle THOMAS PERCY EARL
H. NAY, then I cannot blame his cousin king,
that wished him on the barren mountain starve. But shall it be that you,-that set the crown upon the head of this forgetful man,
and for his sake wear the detested blot
of murderous subornation,-shall it be
that you a world of curses undergo,
being the agents, or base second means,
W. Peace, cousin, say no more:
and now I will unclasp a secret book,
H. If he fall in, good night :-or sink or swim:
so honour cross it from the north to south,
TILL in his sullen mood? no intermission
This melancholy fit?
Tim. It rather, madam,
increases than grows less.
Pul. Did he take
no rest, as you could guess?
Chr. Not any, madam.
Like a Numidian lion, by the cunning
MAXIMINIAN ON HIS UNCLE DIOCLESIAN
HAT powerful star shined at this man's nati-
and blessed his homely cradle with full glory?
all eyes live on him. Yet I am still Maximinian,
to woo this purblind honour, and have passed
as many dangerous expeditions,
as noble and as high: nay, in his destiny,
have done as much, swet thorough as many perils, only the hangman of Volusius Aper,
which I mistook, has made him emperor
and me his slave. Can the gods see this,
see it with justice, and confer their blessings
ARCHAS TO HIS MUTINOUS SOLDIERS
DO believe you innocent, a good man,
and Heaven forgive that naughty thing that wrong'd
Why look ye wild, my friends? why stare ye on me?
and do not we daily fall into 'em? Assure your-
I did offend, and highly, grievously;
this good sweet prince I offended, my life forfeited,
ye are to thank him for your general,
pray for his life and fortune, sweat your bloods for
would I not, so would Eteocles.
Cre. He cruel was, you fond to hold his hestes.
Is then a fault to doe a king's command?
He not deserved so cruel punishment.
Or else was he that held him from his right.
In spite of thee he shal unburyed be.
In spite of thee these hands shall bury him.
Canst thou undoe the thing that is decreed!
Away, I say,
HIS is no answer, thou unfeeling man, to excuse the current of thy cruelty. Shy. I am not bound to please thee with my answer. Bass. Do all men kill the things they do not love? Shy. Hates any man the thing he would not kill? Bass. Every offence is not a hate at first.
Shy. What, would'st thou have a serpent sting thee twice? Ant. I pray you, think you question with the Jew:
you may as well go stand upon the beach,
as seek to soften that (than which what's harder?)
THE EFFICACY OF FAITH
HE who by the card
Η o' th' world's opinion steers his course shall
in no safe port. But to your ear, my lord,
o'ertook the ship so powerful that the pilot
was seen by us. When every one began
t' advance himself toward death, as men condemn'd
I, spite o' th' envious cloud, look'd up to heaven,
O' the sudden, night forsook us, and the loud
despised, and thought extinguished quite,
with inward eyes illuminated,
his fiery virtue roused
from under ashes into sudden flame;
and as an evening dragon came,
assailant on the perched roosts,
and nests in order ranged
of tame villatic fowl, but as an eagle
his cloudless thunder bolted on their heads.
So Virtue, given for lost,
depressed and overthrown, as seemed,
like that self-begotten bird,
in the Arabian woods embost,
that no second knows nor third,
and lay erewhile a holocaust,
from out her ashy womb now teemed,