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The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Robert Browning: Christmas-Eve and Easter Day. Men and Women. in a Balcony. Dramatis Personae. Bala Stion's Adventure. Prince Hohenstiel-Schwangau. Fifine at the Fair...

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...seemed to keep pricked up. Well, that man went on Sundays, touched his pay, And took his praise from government, you see; For something like two dollars every week, He 'd engage tell you some one little thing Of some one man, which led to many more. (Because one truth leads right to the world's end, ) And make you that man's master--when he dined And on what dish, where walked to keep his health And to what street. His trade was, throwing thus His sense out, like an ant-eater's long tongue, Soft, innocent, warm, moist, impassible, And when 't was crusted o'er with creatures--slick, Their juice enriched his palate. " Could not Sludge! " I 'll go yet a step further, and maintain, Once the imposture plunged its proper depth I' the rotten of your natures, all of you, --(If one 's not mad nor drunk, and hardly then) It's impossible to cheat--that's, be found out! Go tell your brotherhood this first slip of mine, All to-day's tale, how you detected Sludge, Behaved unpleasantly, till he was fain confess, And so has come to grief! You 'll find, I think, Why Sludge still snaps his fingers in your face. There now, you 've told them! What's their prompt reply? " Sir, did that youth confess he had cheated me, I 'd disbelieve him. He may cheat at times; That's in the ' medium'-nature, thus they 're made, Vain and vindictive, cowards, prone to scratch. And so all cats are; still, a cat 'a the beast You coax the strange electric sparks from out, By rubbing back its fur; not so a dog, Nor lion, nor lamb: 't is the cat's nature, sir! Why not the dog's? Ask God, who made them beasts! D'ye think the sound, the nicely-balanced man (Like me,"--aside)--" like you yourself,"--(aloud) "--He 's stuff to make a ' medium'? Bless your soul, 'T is these hysteric, hybrid... Hide synopsis

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