ISBN: 0404063543 / ISBN-13: 9780404063542
The Poetical Works of Bayard Taylor
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...(And all the castle knew it) without his courtly train; And, when the stairs were mounted, there was no other road But one long, lonely passage, to where the Duke abode. XIII None guessed the secret purpose the silent stripling kept: Deep in the night he waited, and, when his father slept, Took from the rack of weapons a musket old and tried, And cleaned the lock and barrel, and laid it at his side. xrv He held it fast in slumber, he lifted it in dreams Of sunlit mountain-forests and stainless mountain-streams; And in the morn he loaded--the load was bullets three: 'For Deutschland--for Duke August--and now thethird for me I" xv 'What! ever wilt be hunting?" the stately Marshal cried; 'I'll fetch a stag of twenty!" the pale-faced boy replied, As, clad in forest color, he sauntered through the court, And said, when none could hear him: "Now, may the time be short!" XVI The corridor was vacant, the windows full of sun; He stole within the midmost, and primed afresh his gun; Then stood, with all his senses alert in ear and eye To catch the lightest signal that showed the Emperor nigh. XVII A sound of wheels: a silence: the muffled sudden jar Of guards their arms presenting: a footstep mounting far, Then nearer, briskly nearer, --a footstep, and alone! And at the farther portal appeared Napoleon! XVIII Alone, his hands behind him, his firm and massive head With brooded plans uplifted, he came with measured tread: And yet, those feet had shaken the nations from their poise, And yet, that will to shake them depended on the boy's! xrx With finger on the trigger, the gun held hunter-wise, His rapid heart-beats sending the blood to brain and eyes, The boy stood, firm and deadly, --another moment's space, And then the Emperor...
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