The Poetical Works of Robert Browning, Volume 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from ... Show synopsis 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. 1899 Excerpt: ...My children here--tell they of any break 'Twixt my day's sunrise and its fiery fall? And who were by me when I died but they? D'Ormea there! Cha. What means he? Vic. Ever there! Charles--how to save your story! Mine must go! Say--say that you refused the crown to me! Charles, yours shall be my story! You immured Me, say, at Rivoli. A single year I spend without a sight of you, then die. That will serve every purpose--tell that tale The world! Cha. Mistrust me? Help! Vic. Past help, past reach! 'T is in the heart--you cannot reach the heart: This broke mine, that I did believe, you, Charles, Would have denied me and disgraced me. Pol. Charles Has never ceased to be your subject, sir! He reigned at first through setting up yourself As pattern: if he e'er seemed harsh to you, 'T was from a too intense appreciation Of your own character: he acted you--Ne'er for an instant did I think it real, Nor look for any other than this end. I hold him worlds the worse on that account; But so it was. Cha. to Polyx. I love you now indeed! To Victor. You never knew me! Vic. Hardly till this moment, When I seem learning many other things Because the time for using them is past. If't were to do again! That's idly wished. Truthfulness might prove policy as good As guile. Is this my daughter's forehead? Yes: I've made it fitter now to be a queen's Than formerly: I've ploughed the deep lines there Which keep too well a crown from slipping off. No matter. Guile has made me King again. Louis--'t was in King Victor's time: --long since, When Louis reigned and, also, Victor reigned. How the world talks already of us two! God of eclipse and each discolored star. Why do I linger then? Ha! Where lurks he? D'Ormea! Nearer to your King! Now stand! Collecting his strength as D'ormea approac..