The vision; or, The spirit of the Great industrial exhibition, 1851, a poem

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Page 27 - I see before me the gladiator lie : He leans upon his hand ; his manly brow Consents to death, but conquers agony, And his drooped head sinks gradually low ; And through his side the last drops, ebbing slow From the red gash, fall heavy, one by one, Like the first of a thunder-shower ; and now The arena swims around him ; he is gone, Ere ceased the inhuman shout which hailed the wretch who won.
Page 9 - O, that estates, degrees, and offices, Were not derived corruptly ! and that clear honour Were purchased by the merit of the wearer ! How many then should cover, that stand bare ? How many be commanded, that command ? How much low peasantry would then be...
Page 22 - Twas not enough By subtle fraud to snatch a single life ; Puny impiety ! Whole kingdoms fell To sate the lust of power : more horrid still. The foulest stain and scandal of our nature Became its boast. One murder made a villain : Millions a hero.
Page 55 - Hos ego versiculos feci, tulit alter honores : Sic vos non vobis nidificatis aves ; Sic vos non vobis vellera fertis oves ; Sic vos non vobis mellificatis apes ; Sic vos non vobis fertis aratra boves.
Page 44 - And equal transport, free as Nature live, Disdaining fear. What is the world to them, Its pomp, its pleasure, and its nonsense all, Who in each other clasp whatever fair High fancy forms, and lavish hearts can wish ; Something than beauty dearer, should they look Or on the mind, or mind-illumined face ; Truth, goodness, honour, harmony, and love, The richest bounty of indulgent Heaven ? Meantime a smiling offspring rises round, And mingles both their graces.
Page 11 - That light we see is burning in my hall; how far that little candle throws its beams! so shines a good deed in a naughty world...
Page 44 - For the kind hand of an assiduous care. Delightful task! to rear the tender thought, To teach the young idea how to shoot, To pour the fresh instruction o'er...
Page 55 - Cassius, 9000 wild beasts, between whom, and the primitive Christians held captive by the Romans, combats were fought. At the conclusion of this cruel spectacle the whole place was put under water, and two fleets, named the Corcyrian and the Corinthian, represented a naval engagement. To render the vapour from such a multitude of persons less noxious, sweet-scented water, and frequently wine mixed with saffron, was showered down from a grated work above, on the heads of the spectators.
Page 54 - Like the discoverer of the great Western Continent, he seems to have retired almost broken-hearted from the world, and to have spent most of the remainder of his days in obscurity. It is ascertained, however, that in the year 1465, he received an annual pension from the Elector Adolphus, but that he only enjoyed...
Page 51 - ... and enterprising genius of Luther, to unloose the trammels by which the minds of men had been so long fettered; to open the prison doors to those that were bound; to silence by scripture and argument the thunders of the Vatican; and assure the world that the human mind is naturally free. To support the expenses of a luxurious court, Leo X. had availed himself of an ancient custom in the church' to raise money by the sale of indulgences, by which the purchasers were allowed the practice of several...

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