The Complete Poetical Works of Lord Byron

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Lioni. What, ho! -- Antonio -- Pedro -- to the door!
See that none pass -- arrest this man!

Enter ANTONIO and other armed Domestics, who seize BERTRAM.

Lioni (continues). Take care
He hath no harm; bring me my sword and

cloak, 330
And man the gondola with four oars -- quick -- [Exit ANTONIO.
We will unto Giovanni Gradenigo's,
And send for Marc Cornaro: -- fear not,
Bertram;
This needful violence is for thy safety,
No less than for the general weal.

Ber. Where wouldst thou Bear me a prisoner?

Lioni. Firstly to 'the Ten;' Next to the Doge.

Ber. To the Doge?

Lioni. Assuredly: Is he not chief of the state?

Ber. Perhaps at sunrise --

Lioni. What mean you? -- but we'll know anon.

Ber. Art sure?

Lioni. Sure as all gentle means can make;

and if 340
They fail, you know 'the Ten' and their tribunal,
And that Saint Mark's has dungeons, and the dungeons
A rack.

Ber. Apply it then before the dawn Now hastening into heaven. -- One more such word,
And you shall perish piecemeal, by the death You think to doom to me.

Re-enter ANTONIO.

Ant. The bark is ready, My lord, and all prepared.

Lioni. Look to the prisoner. Bertram, I'll reason with thee as we go To the Magreo's, sage Gradenigo.

[Exeunt.


SCENE II

The ducla Palace. -- The Doge's Apartment.

The DOGE and his nephew BERTUCCIO FALIERO.

Doge. Are all the people of our house in

muster? 350

Ber. F. They are array'd, and eager for the signal, Within our palace precincts at San Polo. I come for your last orders.

Doge. It had been As well had there been time to have got together,
From my own fief, Val di Marino, more Of our retainers -- but it is too late.

Ber. F. Methinks, my lord, 't is better as it is:
A sudden swelling of our retinue Had waked suspicion; and, though fierce and trusty,
The vassals of that district are too rude 360 And quick in quarrel to have long main-tain'd
The secret discipline we need for such A service, till our foes are dealt upon.

Doge. True; but when once the signal has been given
These are the men for such an enterprise;
These city slaves have all their private bias,
Their prejudice against or for this noble,
Which may induce them to o'erdo or spare
Where mercy may be madness; the fierce peasants,

Serfs of my county of Val di Marino, 370
Would do the bidding of their lord without
Distinguishing for love or hate his foes;
Alike to them Marcello or Cornaro,
A Gradenigo or a Foscari;
They are not used to start at those vain names,
Nor bow the knee before a civic senate;
A chief in armour is their Suzerain,
And not a thing in robes.

Ber. F. We are enough; And for the dispositions of our clients Against the senate I will answer.

Doge. Well,
The die is thrown; but for a warlike set

vice, 381
Done in the field, commend me to my pea-sants.
They made the sun shine through the host of Huns,
When sallow burghers slunk back to their tents
And cower'd to hear their own victorious trumpet.
If there be small resistance, you will find
These citizens all lions, like their standard;
But if there's much to do, you'll wish, with me,
A band of iron rustics at our backs.

-533-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Editor's Note v
  • Table of Contents vii
  • Biographical Sketch xi
  • Childe Harold's Pilgrimage - A Romaunt 1
  • Shorter Poems 83
  • Miscellaneous Poems 139
  • Domestic Pieces 207
  • Hebrew Melodies 216
  • Ephemeral Verses 223
  • Satires 240
  • Tales, Chiefly Oriental 309
  • Italian Poems 436
  • Dramas 477
  • Scene II 481
  • Act II 483
  • Scene I 483
  • Scene II 487
  • Scene IV 488
  • Act III 491
  • Scene I 491
  • Scene II 493
  • Scene III 494
  • Scene IV 495
  • Act I 499
  • Act I 499
  • Scene II 500
  • Act II 509
  • Scene I 509
  • Scene II 516
  • Act III 518
  • Scene I 518
  • Scene II 520
  • Act IV 528
  • Scene I 528
  • Scene II 533
  • Act V 538
  • Act V 538
  • Scene II 546
  • Scenf III 548
  • Scene II 549
  • Sardanapalus 550
  • Scene II 551
  • Act II 561
  • Scene I 561
  • Act III 571
  • Scene I 571
  • Act IV 578
  • Scene I 578
  • Act V 587
  • Scene I 587
  • Act I 595
  • Scene I 595
  • Act II 601
  • Scene I 601
  • Act III 608
  • Scene I 608
  • Act IV 615
  • Scene I 620
  • Scene I 620
  • Dramatis Person Æ 627
  • Dramatis Person Æ 627
  • Act II 636
  • Scene I 636
  • Scene II 639
  • Heaven and Earth 655
  • Heaven and Earth 655
  • Scene II 657
  • Scene II 658
  • Werner; Or, the Inheritance 671
  • Scene II 683
  • Scene II 683
  • Scene II 688
  • Act III 695
  • Scene I 695
  • Scene II 700
  • Scene III 701
  • Scene IV 701
  • Act IV 704
  • Scene I 704
  • Act V 713
  • Scene II 720
  • The Deformed Transformed 722
  • Scene II 723
  • Scene II 730
  • Part II 735
  • Scene I 735
  • Scene II 737
  • Scene III 738
  • Part III 742
  • Scene I 742
  • Don Juan 744
  • Notes 999
  • Indexes 1045
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