The Literary Life And Miscellanies Of John Galt (volume 3)

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byJohn Galt

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1834 Excerpt: ... THE BETROTHMENT; A TRAGEDY. PREFACE. The story of this Play, as sung by Dante, is not of a kind to obtain much indulgence in the present day, notwithstanding its beautiful pathos. Even the version of Mr Leigh Hunt, in his poem of Rimini, is perhaps too strong for a drama. I have therefore attempted still more to dilute its energy I had not even heard of Pelico's tragedy until long after the Betrothment was written. PROLOGUE. The tragic pathos of an ancient tale To-night we bid the mimic scene display, And try if still the pomp of woe avail, Which nature mingles with the muse's lay.. That solemn song that sacred Dante sung, Stript of its horror, we attempt to give;--The bridal bell that the sad requiem rung Of knight and maid that love forbade to live. He was the noblest youth, as poets sing, That trode on daisies in the summer light, And she the fairest flower of maiden spring, Whose fragrant eyelids charm the bravest knight. No guilty cunning drugs the fatal spell That works the sorrow of two guileless hearts, Nor other craft than courtiers know full well, The wary statesman's diplomatic arts. O gentle love! whose soft insidious wile, Untaught, unseen, within the bosom lies j The hook that's baited with a simple smile Lurks in the languish of the purest eyes. VOL. III. X They saw, they lov'd, nor till 'twas woe to love, Dreamt that dread Fate had barb'd with guilt that Beheld the glorious flash burst from above, Nor deem'd it lightning till they felt the glow. But, ah! not long the winged doom-fire blazed, Not long unscath'd the conscious victim stood--They smiled and sigh'd, and, starting as they gazed, Soon found the fire would only quench in blood. But I forbear th' impassion'd grief to paint, I but come here your patience to bespeak; O, as you hear the...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1834 Excerpt: ... THE BETROTHMENT; A TRAGEDY. PREFACE. The story of this Play, as sung by Dante, is not of a kind to obtain much indulgence in the...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217597114

ISBN - 13:9780217597111

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