The Deluge: A Drama, in Twelve Scenes

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Saunders and Otley, 1839 - 151 pages
 

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Page 139 - The power, the beauty, and the majesty, That had her haunts in dale, or piny mountain, Or forest by slow stream, or pebbly spring, Or chasms and watery depths ; all these have vanished. They live no longer in the faith of reason...
Page 116 - There were giants in the earth in those days ; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
Page 115 - The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
Page 139 - The intelligible forms of ancient poets, The fair humanities of old religion, The power, the beauty, and the majesty, That had their haunts in dale, or piny mountain. Or forest by slow stream, or pebbly spring, Or chasms and wat'ry depths; all these have vanished ; They live no longer in the faith of reason!
Page 117 - ALL worldly shapes shall melt in gloom, The sun himself must die, Before this mortal shall assume Its Immortality ! I saw a vision in my sleep, That gave my spirit strength to sweep Adown the gulf of Time ! I saw the last of human mould, That shall Creation's death behold, As Adam saw her prime...
Page 79 - Or seems to grieve above them ! / shall pass, And die unknown : — lost — buried in the mass Of a departed World ; I shall not rest On the sweet pillow of some human breast : I shall not hear the soothing sympathies Of human love ! the silent speaking eyes Whose feeling found no vent in words, but made Their silence, more than eloquence, pervade The answering spirit; until even to die Became but slumber's last tranquillity...
Page 121 - They stood aloof, the scars remaining, Like cliffs that had been rent asunder ; A dreary sea now flows between ; — But neither heat, nor frost, nor thunder, Shall wholly do away, I ween, The marks of that which once hath been.
Page 78 - The love, the life, the beauty whicli there dwells ; The stars that seemed like God's own oracles. Making me feel, while gazing on each shrine, Although they spoke not, that their homes were mine ! Farewell the twilight imaging that heaven 1 never now shall see : and my own flowers, Mingling their sweet breath with my own ; Gladdening the earth with their bright eyes, which I Have loved as living things, and felt, Watching them in my solitary hours, They were my heart s companions given — That...
Page 77 - ... fire-eyed resolution of Ozoara. Mark how this opposition is brought out towards the closing scene, where the sisters with the angels stand on Mount Hermon prepared to die. The following outbreak of natural regrets is from the lips of Astarte, whose nature quails before the coming ruin. " Farewell, 0 thou dear earth, that I have loved so well ! Farewell the dim and leafy places, where These eyes first opened to the azure air, And drank in all the glories of the day, Stamped in my heart, that cannot...
Page 79 - A blessing — on my loved one's breast reclined, Feeling I felt my love, my life behind ! Oh, that I thus had died, and never known Love's desolating passion ! but had flown Lightly from earth as gossamer doth rise, Serenely wafted to the twilight skies : Or slumbered like the violet unseen, Known only by its breath that it had been ! While human eyes and human hearts had found My grave, and sanctified the holy ground With tears drawn from the memories of love...

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