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dost thou deny a moment for a father
had sued to him for peace, and claim'd his friendship. Aul. But thou wast still implacable to Rome,
and scorned her friendship. Car.
Soldier, I had arms, had neighing steeds to whirl my iron cars, had wealth, dominion. Doth thou wonder, Roman, I fought to save them? What, if Cæsar aims to lord it universal o'er the world,
shall the world tamely crouch at Cæsar's footstool ? Aul. Read in thy fate our answer.
TITUS CONTEMPLATING JERUSALEM
T must be
and yet it moves me, Romans! it confounds the counsels of my firm philosophy, that Ruin's merciless ploughshare must pass o'er, and barren salt be sown on yon proud city. As on our olive-crowned hill we stand, where Kedron at our feet its scanty waters distils from stone to stone with gentle motion, as through a valley sacred to sweet peace, how boldly doth it front us! how majestically! like a luxurious vineyard, the hill-side is hung with marble fabrics, line o'er line,
terrace o'er terrace, nearer still and nearer F. S. III
to the blue heavens. Here bright and sumptuous
palaces, with cool and verdant gardens interspers’d; here towers of war that frown in massy strength: while over all hangs the rich purple eve, as conscious of its being her last farewell of light and glory to that fated city. And, as our clouds of battle dust and smoke are melted into air, behold the Temple, in undisturbed and lone serenity finding itself a solemn sanctuary in the profound of heaven! It stands before us, a mount of snow fretted with golden pinnacles ! the very sun, as though he worshipp'd there, lingers upon the gilded cedar-roofs; and down the long and branching porticoes, on every flowery-sculptured capital, glitters the homage of his parting beams. By Hercules! the sight might almost win the offended majesty of Rome to mercy.
H. H. MILMAN
986 CARDINAL WOLSEY’S SPEECH TO CROMWELL
in all my miseries; but thou hast forced me, out of thy honest truth, to play the woman. Let's dry our eyes: and thus far hear me, Cromwell; and,—when I am forgotten, as I shall be, and sleep in dull cold marble, where no mention of me more must be heard of,--say, I taught thee, say, Wolsey,—that once trod the ways of glory, and sounded all the depths and shoals of honour,found thee a way, out of his wreck, to rise in ; a sure and safe one, though thy master miss'd it. Mark but my fall, and that that ruin'd me. Cromwell, I charge thee, Aling away ambition; by that sin fell the angels; how can man, then, the image of his Maker, hope to win by it? love thyself last: cherish those hearts that hate thee; corruption wins not more than honesty. Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace, to silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not:
let all the ends thou aim'st at be thy country's,
CHORUS OF DRUIDS-ARVIRAGUS
I some valiant chiefs, whom war had spar'd, discover'd what I was ; and with them plann'd, how surest we might draw our scattered forces to some rocky fastness in rough Caernarvon, there to breathe in freedom, if not with brave incursion to oppress
the thinly-stationed foe. And soon our art
TO NICHOLAS EMPEROR OF RUSSIA, ON HIS RE
PORTED CONDUCT TOWARDS THE POLES
THAT would it help to call thee what thou art?
when all is spoken, thou remainest still with the same power and the same evil will to crush a nation's life out, to dispart all holiest ties, to turn away and thwart all courses that kind nature keeps, to spill the blood of noblest veins, to maim, or kill with torture of slow pain the aching heart. When our weak hands hang useless, and we feel deeds cannot be, who then would ease his breast with the impotence of words ? but our appeal is unto Him, who counts a nation's tears, with whom are the oppressor and opprest, and vengeance, and the recompensing years.
R. C. TRENCH
BLAME in heaven only mine own star:
but one that hath deceived me more by far. Nic. Then blame thyself: thyself thou didst deceive. Am. I did, when I a cozener did believe. Nic. They who desire to be deceived are not. Am. Dost think me naught? Nic. Nay ask thy actions
that. Am. Actions are oft false comments on our hearts. Nic. Yet those we see and not the inward parts. Am. The heart may be seen too with th' eyes o’th' mind. Nic. Without the senses help those eyes are blind. Am. The senses must submit to reason's sway. Nic. Reason in point of fact must sense obey. Am. Well, I am sure an honest heart I have. Nic. Prythee who brought thee then unto the cave? Am. My folly and too much credulity.
Nic. Thou trustedst with a friend thy honesty ?
was that the friend thou wouldst have understood ?
SIR R. FANSHAWE
Cal. HAT mean you, Cæsar? think you to walk
forth? you shall not stir out of your house today. Cæs. Cæsar shall forth ; the things that threatened me
ne'er looked but on my back; when they shall see
the face of Cæsar, they are vanished. Cal. Cæsar, I never stood on ceremonies,
yet now they fright me. There is one within,
and I do fear them ! * Cæs.
What can be avoided whose end is purpos’d by the mighty gods? yet Cæsar shall go forth : for these predictions
are to the world in general as to Cæsar. Cal. When beggars die, there are no comets seen;