The open sea by Edgar Lee Masters

The open sea

byEdgar Lee Masters

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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. 1921. Excerpt: ... THE OPEN SEA BRUTUS BRUTUS AND ANTONY Part I (Lucilius Talks at a Feast Given to Aristocrates in Rome) B. c. 20 How shall I write this out? I do not write. Talk to you? Yes, and tell of Antony, And how I knew him. There at Philippi I let myself be captured, so to give Time to escape to Brutus--made pretense That I was Brutus, and so Brutus flies And I am captured. Antony forgives me, And to his death I was his faithful friend. Well, after Actium, in Africa, He roamed with no companions but us two, Our friend Aristocrates, here, myself, And fed upon his bitter heart. Our guest Nods truth to what I say, he knows it all. And after certain days in solitude He seeks his Cleopatra. As for her, She was the sovereign queen of many nations; Yet that she might be with her Antony, Live with him and enjoy him, did not shun The name of mistress, and let Fulvia keep Her wifehood without envy. As for him, A lover's soul lives in the loved one's body, And where bode Cleopatra, there his soul Lived only, though his feet of flesh pursued The Parthian, or Caesar's hateful heir.... And if this Antony would wreathe his spear With ivy like a thyrsus; from the chamber Of his beloved rush to battle, helmet Smelling of unguents and of Egypt; leave Great action and great enterprise to play Along the seashore of Canopus with her; And fly the combat, not as Paris did, Already beaten, with lift sail, desert The victory that was his, yet true it is His rank, his eloquence, his liberal blood, His interest in all grades and breeds of men, His pity and his kindness to the sick, His generous sympathies, stamped Antony A giant in this dusty, roaring place Which we call earth. Who ruined Antony? Why, Brutus! For he gave to Antony The truth of which the Queen of Egypt stood As proof in the f...

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Title:The open seaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217125255

ISBN - 13:9780217125253

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