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The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Robert Browning, Volume 3...


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. 1893 Excerpt: ...unhelped, --lays stress on the main fault, The spiritual sin, Rome looks to: but elsewhere He likes best we should break in, steal, bear off, Be fit to brand and pillory and flog--That's the charge goes to the heart of the Governor: If these unpriest me, you and I may yet Converse, Vincenzo Marzi-Medici! Oh, Sirs, there are worse men than you, I say! More easily duped, I mean; this stupid lie, Its liar never dared propound in Rome, He gets Arezzo to receive, --nay more, Gets Florence and the Duke to authorize! This is their Rota's sentence, their Granduke Signs and seals! Some for me henceforward--Rome, Where better men are, --most of all, that man The Augustinian of the Hospital, Who writes the letter, --he confessed, he says, Many a dying person, never one So sweet and true and pure and beautiful. A good man! Will you make him Pope one day? Not that he is not good too, this we have--But old, --else he would have his word to speak, His truth to teach the world: I thirst for truth, But shall not drink it till I reach the source. Sirs, I am quiet again. You see, we are So very pitiable, she and I, Who had conceivably been otherwise. Forget distemperature and idle heat! Apart from truth's sake, what's to move so much? Pompilia will be presently with God; I am, on earth, as good as out of it, A relegated priest; when exile ends, I mean to do my duty and live long. She and I are mere strangers now: but priests Should study passion; how else cure mankind, Who come for help in passionate extremes? I do but play with an imagined life Of who, unfettered by a vow, unblessed By the higher call, --since you will have it so, --Leads it companioned by the woman there. To live, and see her learn, and learn by her, Out of the low obscure and petty world--Or only see one purp Hide synopsis

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