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Poems of Robert Browning, Containing Dramatic Lyrics, Dramatic Romances, Men and Women, Dramas, Pauline, Paracelsus, Christmas-Eve and Easter-Day, Sordello, and Dramatis Personae

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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. 1913 Excerpt: ...and so forth; and with such a knowledge you stand, as it were, armed to encounter the natural doubts and fears as to that same inherent nobility, that are apt to waylay us, the weaker ones, in the road of life. And when we look eagerly to see them fall before you, lo, round you wheel, only the left hand gets the blow; one proof of the soul's nobility destroys simply another proof, quite as good, of the same, --you are found delivering an opinion like this! Why, what is this perpetual yearning to exceed, to subdue, to be better than, and a king over, one's fellows, --all that you so disclaim, --but the very tendency yourself are most proud of, and under another form, would oppose to it, --only in a lower stage of manifestation? You don't want to be vulgarly superior to your fellows after their poor fashion--to have me hold solemnly up your gown's tail, or hand you an express of the last importance from the Pope, with all these bystanders noticing how unconcerned you look the while: but neither does our gaping friend, the burgess yonder, want the other kind of kingship, that consists in understanding better than his fellows this and similar points of human nature, nor to roll under his tongue this sweeter morsel still, --the feeling that, through immense philosophy, he does not feel, he rather thinks, above you and me!' And so chatting, they glided off arm in arm. Luit. And the result is... First Bys. Why, that a month having gone by, the indomitable Chiappino, marrying as he will Luitolfo's love--at all events succeeding to Luitolfo's goods, --becomes the first inhabitant of Faenza, and a proper aspirant to the Provostship; which we assemble here to see conferred on him this morning. The Legate's Guard to clear the way! He will follow presently. hu.it. (urithdrawi... Hide synopsis

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