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Lyrical and Dramatic Poems; Selected from the Works of Robert Browning

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ... by hide, In a growling, grudged agreement: so, father and son lay curled The closelier up in their den because the last of their kind in the world. Still, beast irks beast on occasion. One Christmas night of snow, Came father and son to words--such words! more cruel because the blow To crown each word was wanting, while taunt matched gibe, and curse Competed with oath in wager, like pastime in hell, --nay, worse: For pastime turned to earnest, as up there sprang at last The son at the throat of the father, seized him and held him fast. " Out of this house you go! "--(there followed a hideous oath)--" This oven where now we bake, too hot to hold us both! If there's snow outside, there's coolness: out with you, bide a spell In the drift and save the sexton the charge of a parish shell!" Now, the old trunk was tough, was solid as stump of oak Untouched at the core by a thousand years: much less had its seventy broke One whipcord nerve in the muscly mass from neck to shoulder-blade Of the mountainous man, whereon his child's rash hand like a feather weighed. Nevertheless at once did the mammoth shut his eyes, Drop chin to breast, drop hands to sides, stand stiffened--arms and thighs All of a piece--struck mute, much as a sentry stands, Patient to take the enemy's fire: his captain so commands. Whereat the son's wrath fled to fury at such sheer scorn Of his puny strength by the giant eld thus acting the babe new-born: And " Neither will this turn serve!" yelled he. " Out with you! Trundle, log! If you cannot tramp and trudge like a man, try all-fours like a dog! " Still the old man stood mute. So, logwise, --down to floor Pulled from his fireside place, dragged on from hearth to door, --Was he pushed, a very log, staircase along, until A certain... Hide synopsis

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