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Came, flashing back the noonday light,
Of a broad sea of gold.
A peal of warlike glee,
Where stood the dauntless three.
8. The three stood calm and silent,
And looked upon the foes,
From all the vanguard rose;
Before that deep array:
To win the narrow way.
9. Stout Lartius hurled down Aunus
Into the stream beneath;
And clove him to the teeth;
Darted one fiery thrust,
Clashed in the bloody dust.
10. But now no sound of laughter
Was heard amongst the foes :
From all the vanguard rose;
11. But hark! the cry is Astur;
And, lo! the ranks divide,
Comes with his stately stride,
Clangs loud the four-fold shield,
Which none but he can wield.
12. He smiled on those bold Romans
A smile serene and high;
And scorn was in his eye.
Stand savagely at bay;
If Astur clears the way ?'
13. Then, whirling up his broadsword
With both hands to the height,
And smote with all his might:
Right deftly turned the blow.
To see the red blood flow.
14. He reeled, and on Herminius
He leaned one breathing-space;
Sprang right at Astur's face.
So fierce a thrust he sped,
Behind the Tuscan's head.
15. And the great Lord of Luna
Fell at that deadly stroke,
A thunder-smitten oak:
Far o'er the crashing forest
The giant arms lie spread;
Gaze on the blasted head.
Ho-ra'-ti-us Her-min'-i-us hatch'-et
fier'-y cap'tain Ti'-tian
wrath'-ful Ram'-ni-an tight'-en-ing meas'-ured ser-ene con'-sul, the title of one of the two Um'-bri-an, belonging to Umbria,
chief magistrates amongst the a part of ancient Italy northRomans.
east from Rome. van, the front part of an army. clam'-our, loud noise. quoth, said.
am'-ple, broad, wide. daunt'-less, fearless.
brand, sword. har'-ness, armour.
flinch'-ing, giving way. Fa'-thers, the chief men of old Rome. deft'-ly, smartly, cleverly. com'-mons, the common people. helm, helmet, armour for the head. crow, a large iron bar with a claw Mount Al-ver'-nus, a hill not far like the beak of a crow.
from Rome. surg'-es, waves.
aug'-urs, those who foretold events en'-signs, flags.
by observing the flight and van'-guard, the troops who march the cries of birds.
in front of the army. EXERCISES.—1. The Latin prefix trans- (which has also the forms tra-, tran-) means across, beyond, over ; as transport, to carry across ; transit, a going over; Transatlantic, beyond the Atlantic; traverse, to pass over.
2. Analyse and parse the last four lines of stanza 1.
3. Make sentences of your own, and use in each one or more of the following words : Ensigns, transport, traverse, transit.
HORATIUS AT THE BRIDGE-II. 1. But meanwhile axe and lever
Have manfully been plied ;
Above the boiling tide.
Loud cried the Fathers all.
Back, ere the ruin fall!'
2. Back darted Spurius Lartius;
Herminius darted back;
They felt the timbers crack.
And on the farther shore
They would have crossed once more.
3. But with a crash like thunder
Fell every loosened beam,
Lay right athwart the stream;
Rose from the walls of Rome,
Was splashed the yellow foam.
4. Alone stood brave Horatius,
But constant still in mind,
And the broad flood behind.