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The Complete Works of Robert Browning: Red Cotton Night-Cap Country. Aristophanes' Apology. Etc...

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... up his fools'-conceit Against the blessed heavenly ones--as though Gods had no power? Old friends, the impious man Exists not any more! The house is mute. Turn we to song and dance! For, those I love, Those I wish well to, well fare they, to wish! Dances, dances and banqueting To Thebes, the sacred city through, Are a care! for, change and change Of tears to laughter, old to new, Our lays, glad birth, they bring, they bring! He is gone and past, the mighty king! And the old one reigns, returned--O strange! From the Acherontian harbor too! Advent of hope, beyond thought's widest range! To the gods, the gods, are crimes a care, And they watch our virtue, well aware That gold and that prosperity drive man Out of his mind--those charioteers who hale Might-without-right behind them: face who can Fortune's reverse which time prepares, nor quail?--He who evades law and in lawlessness Delights him, --he has broken down his trust--The chariot, riches haled--now blackening in the dust' Ismenos, go thou garlanded! Break into dance, ye ways, the polished bed O' the seven-gated city! Dirk(5, thou Fair-flowing, with the Asopiad sisters all, Leave your sire's stream, attend the festival Of Herakles, one choir of nymphs, sing triumph now I O woody rock of Puthios and each home O' the Helikonian Muses, ye shall come With joyous shouting to my walls, my town Where saw the light that Spartan race, those " Sown," Brazen-shield-bearing chiefs, whereof the band With children's children renovates our land, To Thebes a sacred light! O combination of the marriage rite--Bed of the mortal-born and Zeus, who couched Beside the nymph of Perseus' progeny! For credible, past hope, becomes to me That nuptial story long ago avouched, O Zeus! and time has turned the dark to... Hide synopsis

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