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A DROWNED SOLDIER
among the slaughter'd bodies of their men, which the full-stomach'd sea had cast upon the sands, it was my unhappy chance to light upon a face, whose favour when it lived my astonish'd mind inform’d me I had seen. He lay in his armour, as if that had been his coffin; and the weeping sea (like one whose milder temper doth lament the death of him whom in his rage he slew) runs up the shore, embraces him, kisses his cheek; goes back again and forces up the sands to bury him; and every time it parts, sheds tears upon him; till at last, (as if it could no longer endure to see the man whom it had slain, yet loath to leave him) with a kind of unresolv'd unwilling pace, winding her waves one in another, (like a man that folds his arms, or wrings his hands, for grief) ebb’d from the body and descends, as if it would sink down into the earth, and hide itself for shame of such a deed.
880 LEONIDAS' ADDRESS TO THE LEADERS OF THE
VENERABLE synod, whose decrees
have called us forth to vanquish or to die, thrice hail! Whate'er by valour we obtain your wisdom must preserve. With piercing eyes each Grecian state contemplate, and discern their various tempers. Animate the cold, and watch the faithless: some there are betray themselves and Greece; their perfidy prevent, or call them back to honour. Let us all be linked in sacred union, and the Greeks shall stand the world's whole multitude in arms. If for the spoil, which Paris bore to Troy, a thousand barks the Hellespont o'erspread shall not again confederated Greece
be roused to battle, and to freedom give,
REAT Jove, immure my heart, or girt it with
and with a flame, contracted from just fury,
OW the third and fatal conflict of the Persian
throne was done, and the Moslem's fiery valour had the crowning victory
Harmosan, the last and boldest the invader to defy, captive overborne by numbers, they were bringing Then exclaimed that noble captive—“Lo! I perish in
forth to die.
my thirst, give me but one drink of water, and let then arrive
the worst." In his hand he took the goblet, but awhile the draught
forbore, seeming doubtfully the purpose of the foemen to ex
plore. Well might then have paused the bravest-for around
him angry foes with an hedge of naked weapons did that lonely man
enclose. “But what fear’st thou ?” cried the Caliph: “is it,
friend, a secret blow? fear it not-our gallant Moslem no such treacherous
dealing know: thou may'st quench thy thirst securely, for thou shalt
not die before thou hast drunk that cup of water, this reprieve is
thine—no more.” Quick the Satrap dashed the goblet down to earth with
ready hand, and the liquid sank for ever, lost amid the burning
sand. “Thou hast said that mine my life is, till the water
of that cup
I have drained—then bid thy servants that spilled
water gather up." For a moment stood the Caliph as by doubtful pas
sions stirred, then exclaimed, “For ever sacred must remain a
monarch's word ! bring another cup, and straightway to the noble Per
sian give: drink, I said before, and perish--now I bid thee drink and live."
R. C. TRENCH
SEE a man's life is a tedious one:
I have tired myself; and for two nights together have made the ground my bed. I should be sick, but that my resolution helps me.- Milford,
when from the mountain-top Pisanio show'd thee,
KING JOHN TO HUBERT
the sun is in the heaven, and the proud day,
885 TYRREL'S SOLILOQUY ON THE MURDER OF THE TWO PRINCES, CHILDREN OF QUEEN ELIZABETH THE tyrannous and bloody act is done;
the most arch deed of piteous massacre that ever yet this land was guilty of. Dighton and Forrest, whom I did suborn to do this piece of ruthless butchery, albeit they were flesh’d villains, bloody dogs, melting with tenderness and mild compassion, wept like two children in their death's sad story. O thus, quoth Dighton, lay the gentle babes,thus, thus, quoth Forrest, girdling one another within their alabaster innocent arms : their lips were four red roses on a stalk, which in their summer beauty kiss'd each other. A book of prayers on their pillow lay; which once, quoth Forrest, almost changed my mind; but, O! the devil,—there the villain stopp'd ; when Dighton thus told on-we smother'd the most replenishéd sweet work of nature, that from the prime creation e'er she framed.Hence both are gone with conscience and remorse they could not speak; and so I left them both, to bear this tidings to the bloody king.
'IS Cæsar that you mean: is it not, Cassius? Cas.
Let it be who it is; for Romans now
our yoke and sufferance show us womanish. Casc. Indeed, they say the senators to-morrow
mean to establish Cæsar as a king :
in every place, save here in Italy.
Cassius from bondage will deliver Cassius :