The Complete Poetical Works of Lord Byron

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Bourb. Thou bitter slave! to name him at this time! 140 But I deserve it.

Arn.(to Cæsar). Villain, hold yowr peace!
Cœs. What, when a Christian dies? Shall
I not offer
A Christian 'Vade in pace'?

Arn. Silence! Oh!
Those eyes are glazing which o'erlook'd the world,
And saw no equal.

Bourb. Arnold, shouldst thou see
France -- But hark! hark! the assault grows warmer -- Oh!
For but an hour, a minute more of life
To die within the wall! Hence, Arnold, hence!
You lose time -- they will conquer Rome without thee.

Arn. And without thee!

Bourb. Not so; I'll lead them still 150 In spirit. Cover up my dust, and breathe not
That I have ceased to breathe. Away! and be
Victorious!

Arn. But I must not leave thee thus.

Bourb. You must -- farewell -- Up! up! the world is winning.[BOURBON dies.
Cœs.(to ARNOLD). Come, count, to business.

Arn. True. I'll weep hereafter.
[ ARNOLDcovers BOURBON'S body with a mantle, and mounts the ladder, crying
The Bourbon! Bourbon! On, boys! Rome is ours!
Cces. Good night, lord constable! thou wert a man.
[Cæsar follows ARNOLD; they reach the battlement;
ARNOLDand Cæsar are struck down.
Cœs. A precious somerset! Is your countship injured?

Arn. No. [Remounts the ladder.
Cœs. A rare blood-hound, when his own is heated!
And 't is no boy's play. Now he strikes
them down! 160 His hand is on the battlement -- he grasps it
As though it were an altar; now his foot
Is on it, and -- What have we here? -- a
Roman? [A man falls.
The first bird of the covey! he has fallen
On the outside of the nest. Why, how now, fellow?
Wounded Man. A drop of water!
Cœs. Blood's the only liquid
Nearer than Tiber.

Wounded Man. I have died for Rome.
[Dies.
Cœs. And so did Bourbon, in another sense.

Oh these immortal men! and their great motives!
But I must after my young charge. He
is 170 By this time i' the forum. Carge! charge!
[Cæsar mounts the ladder; the scene closes.


SCENE II

The City. -- Combats between the Besiegers and Besieged in the streets. Inhabitants flying in confusion.

Enter Cæsar.

Cœs. I cannot find my hero; he is mix'd
With the heroic crowd that now pursue
The fugitives, or battle with the desperate.
What have we here? A cardinal or two
That do not seem in love with martyrdom.
How the old red-shanks scamper! Could they doff
Their hose as they have doff'd their hats, 't would be
A blessing, as a mark the less for plunder.
But let them fly; the crimson kennels now
Will not much stain their stockings, since the mire
Is of the self-same purple hue.

Enter a party flghting -- ARNOLD at the head of the Besiegers.

He comes,
Hand in hand with the mild twins -- Gore
and Glory.

Holla! hold, count!

Arn. Away! they must not rally.
Cœs. I tell thee, be not rash; a golden bridge
Is for a flying enemy. I gave thee
A form of beauty, and an
Exemption from some maladies of body,
But not of mind, which is not mine to give.
But though I gave the form of Thetis'
son, 190 I dipt thee not in Styx; and 'gainst a foe
I would not warrant thy chivalric heart
More than Pelides' heel; why then, be cau-tious,
And know thyself a mortal still.

Am. And who
With aught of soul would combat if he were

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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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