Leonidas: A Poem, Band 1


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Seite 9 - To live with fame The gods allow to many ; but to die With equal lustre is a blessing Heaven Selects from all the choicest boons of fate, And with a sparing hand on few bestows.
Seite 47 - It has long been a favorite in England, and is one of the most healthy and delicious fruits of the season, Glover says: " There the flushing peach, The apple, citron, almond, pear, and date, Pomegranates, purple mulberry, and fig, • From interlacing branches mix their hues And scents, the passengers
Seite 105 - Th' immeasurable ranks his sight was lost, A momentary gloom o'ercast his mind, While this reflection fill'd his eyes with tears; That, soon as time a hundred years had told, Not one among those millions should survive. Whence to obscure thy pride arose that cloud ? Was it that once humanity could touch A tyrant's breast? Or rather did thy soul Repine, O Xerxes, at the bitter thought That all thy pow'r was mortal...
Seite 19 - Be thou their guardian ! Teach them, like thyself, By glorious labours to embellish life, And from their father let them learn to die!' Here ending, forth he issues, and assumes Before the ranks his station of command. They now proceed, So mov'd the host of heav'n On Phlegra's plains, to meet the giant sons Of earth and Titan.
Seite 102 - Athenians in Euboea's frith Repuls'd thy navy. But, whate'er thy will, Be it enforc'd by vigour. Let the king The difTrence see, by trial in the field, Between smooth sound and valour. Then dissolve These impotent debates. Ascend thy car. The future stage of war thyself explore. Behind thee leave the vanity of hope, That such a foe to splendour will submit, Whom steel, not gold, must vanquish. Thou provide Thy mail, Argestes. Not in silken robes, Not as in council with an oily tongue, But spear to...
Seite 80 - Asia, there discov'ring wide to view Her deep, immense arrangement. Then the heart Of vain Tigranes, swelling at the sight, Thus overflows in loud and haughty phrase — ' O Arimanius, origin of ill, Have we demanded of thy ruthless pow'r Thus with the curse of madness to afflict These wretched men ? But, since thy dreadful ire To irresistible perdition dooms The Grecian race, we vainly should oppose. Be thy dire will accomplish'd. Let them fall, Their native soil be fatten'd with their blood.
Seite 141 - Tigranes, turning to the Persians, spake — ' My friends and soldiers, check your martial haste, While my strong lance that Grecian's pride confounds.* He ceas'd.
Seite 14 - More lov'd than any, tho' less dear than all, Can I neglect her griefs? In future days, If thou with grateful memory record My name and fate, O Sparta, pass not this Unheeded by. The life for thee resign'd Knew not a painful hour to tire my soul, Nor were they common joys I left behind.
Seite 139 - Grecians, countrymen, and friends, Your wives, your offspring, your paternal seats, Your parents, country, liberty, and laws, Demand your swords. You, gen'rous, active, brave, Vers'd in the various discipline of Mars, Are now to grapple with ignoble foes, In war unskilful, nature's basest dross, And thence a monarch's mercenary slaves. Relax'd their limbs, their spirits are deprav'd By eastern sloth and pleasures. Hire their cause, Their only fruit of victory is spoil. They know not freedom, nor...
Seite 85 - In diff'rent stations diff'rent virtues dwell, All reaping diff'rent benefits. The great In dignity and honours meet reward For acts of bounty and heroic toils. A servant's merit is obedience, truth, Fidelity; his recompense content. Be not offended at my words, O chief ! They, who are free, with envy may behold This bondman of O'ileus. To his trust, His love exalted, I by nature's pow'r, From his pure model, could not fail to mould What thou entitlest lib'ral.

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