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The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Robert Browning Volume 5


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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...price of deeds he did. CHOROS. Troubles are over! He the great king once, Turns the point, tends for Haides, goal of life! O justice, and the gods' back-flowing fate! AMPHITRUON. Thou art come, late indeed, where death pays crime--These insults heaped on better than thyself! CHOKOS. Joy gives this outburst to my tears! Again Come round those deeds, his doing, which of old He never dreamed himself was to endure--King of the country! But enough, old man! Indoors, now, let us see how matters stand--If somebody be faring as I wish! LUKOS. Ah me--me! CHOROS. This strikes the keynote--music to my mind, Merry i' the household! Death takes up the tune!. The king gives voice, groans murder's prelude well! LUKOS. 0, all the land of Kadmos! slain by guile! CHOROS. Ay, for who slew first? Paying back thy due, Resign thee! make, for deeds done, mere amends! Who was it grazed the gods through lawlessness--Mortal himself, threw 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--0 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, ... Hide synopsis

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