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Straightway Virginius led the maid a little space aside,
To where the reeking shambles stood, piled up with horn

and hide, Close to yon low dark archway where, in a crimson flood, Leaps down to the great sewer the gurgling stream of

blood. Hard by, a flesher on a block had laid his whittle down ; Virginius caught the whittle up, and hid it in his gown. And then his eyes grew very dim, and his throat began to

swell, And in a hoarse, changed voice he spake, “Farewell, sweet

child, farewell ! Oh ! how I loved my darling! Though stern I some

times be, To thee, thou know'st, I was not so.

Who could be so to thee? And how my darling loved me ! How glad she was

to hear My footstep on the threshold when I came back last year! And how she danced with pleasure to see my civic crown ! And took my sword, and hung it up, and brought me forth

my gown. Now all those things are over-yes, all thy pretty ways, Thy needlework, thy prattle, thy snatches of old lays ; And none will grieve when I go forth, or smile when I

return, Or watch beside the old man's bed, or weep upon his The house that was the happiest within the Roman walls, The house that envied not the wealth of Capua's marble

halls, Now, for the brightness of thy smile, must have eternal

gloom, And for the music of thy voice, the silence of the tomb. The tinie is come. See how he points his eager hand this See how his eyes gloat on thy grief, like a kite's upon the With all his wit, he little deems that, spurned, betrayed,


bereft, Thy father hath in his despair one fearful refuge left. He little denims that in this hand I clutch what still can


prey !


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Thy gentle youth from taunts and blows, the portion of

the slave; Yea, and from nameless evil, that passeth taunt and blow, Foul outrage which thou knowest not, which thou shalt

never know. Then clasp me round the neck once more, and give me one

more kiss. And now, mine own dear little girl, there is no way but

this." With that he lifted high the steel, and smote her in the

side, And in her blood she sank to earth, and with one sob she

died. When Appius Claudius saw that deed, he shuddered

and sank down, And hid his face some little space in the corner of his

gown, Till, with white lips and bloodshot eyes, Virginius tottered

nigh, And stood before the judgment-seat, and held the knife on

high : “ Oh dwellers in the nether gloom, avengers of the slain, By this dear blood I cry to you do right between us twain; And even as Appius Claudius hath dealt by me and mine, Deal you by Appius Claudius and all the Claudian line.” So spake the slayer of his child, and turned, and went his

way ; But first he cast one haggard glance to where the body lay, And writhed and groaned a fearful groan, and then, with

steadfast feet, Strode right across the Market-place, and up the sacred

street. Then up sprang Appius Claudius. “Stop him; alive or

dead ! Ten thousand pounds of copper to the man who brings his

head !” He looked

upon his clients; but none would work his will : He looked upon his lictors; but they trembled, and stood And, as Virginius through the press his way in silence

cleft, Even the mighty multitude fell back to right and left.

still ;

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And he hath passed in safety unto his woful home,
And there ta’en horse to tell the camp what deeds are

done in Rome.

the air,

chair ;

Then Appius Claudius gnawed his lip, and the blood

left his cheek; And thrice he beckoned to the crowd, and thrice he strovo

to speak; And thrice the tossing Forum set up a frightful yell ; See, see, thou dog! what thou hast done ; and hide thy

shame in hell! Thou that wouldst make our maidens slaves, must first

make slaves of men. “ Tribunes! Hurrah for Tribunes ! down with the wicked

Ten!” And straightway, thick as hailstones, came whizzing through Pebbles, and bricks, and potsherds, all round the curule And upon Appius Claudius great fear and trembling came, For never was a Claudius yet brave against aught but

shame. Twelve times the crowd made at him ; five times they

seized his gown; Small chance was his to rise again, if once they got him

down; And sharper came the pelting ; and evermore the yell— “ Tribunes ! we will have Tribunes !” rose with a louder

swell. One stone hit Appius in the mouth, and one beneath the

ear ; And ere he reached Mount Palatine, he swooned with pain

and fear. His cursed head, that he was wont to hold so high with

pride, Now, like a drunken man's hung down and swayed from

side to side; And when his stout retainers had brought him to his door, His face and neck were all one cake of filth and clotted

gore. As Appius Claudius was that day, so may his grandson be ! God send Rome one such other sight, and send me there to

Lord Macaulay.

see !




(From the Biglow Papers.)

This satire is aimed at certain American editors, who, as the vulgai proverb has it, “wait on Providence, and see which way the cat jumps,' and is as telling a piece of satire, in its line, as some passages in Mr. Lowell's “ Fable for Critics."-J. A. F.

I do believe in Freedom's cause,

Ez fur away ez Paris is ;
I love to see her stick her claws

In them infarnal Pharisees ;
It's wal enough agin a king

To dror resolves an' triggers,
But libbaty's a kind o' thing

Thet don't agree with niggers.

I du believe the people want

A tax on teas and coffees,
Thet nuthin' aint extravygunt,

Purvidin I'm in office;
Fer I hev loved my country sence

My eye-teeth filled their sockets,
An' Uncle Sam I reverence,

Partic'larly his pockets.
I du believe in any plan

O' levyin' the taxes,
Ez long ez, like a lumberman,

I git just wut I axes ;
I go free-trade thru thick an' thin,

Because it kind o'rouses
The folks to vote, an' keeps us in

Our quiet custom-houses.
I du believe it's wise and good

To sen' out furrin missions,
Thet is, on sartin understood

An' orthydox conditions ;-
I mean nine thousan' dolls. per ann.,

Nine thousan' more fer outfit,
An' me to recommend a man

The place 'ould jest about fit.


I du believe in special ways

O'prayin' an' convartin';
The bread comes back in many days,

An' buttered, tu, fer sartin ;
I mean in preyin' till one busts

On wut the party chooses, An' in convartin' public trusts

To very private uses.

I du believe hard coin the stuff

Fer 'lectioneers to spout on; The people's ollers soft enough

To make hard money out on; Dear Uncle Sam pervides fer his,

An' gives a good-sized junk to all; I don't care how hard money is,

Ez long ez mine's paid punctooal.

I du believe with all my soul

In the gret Press's freedom; To pint the people to the goal,

An' in the traces lead 'em ;
Palsied the arm thet forges yokes

At my fat contract's squintin',
An' withered be the nose that pokes

Inter the gov'ment printin'!

I du believe thet I should give

Wut's his'n unto Cæsar,
Fer it's by him I move an' live,

Frum him my bread an' cheese air;
I du believe thet all o' me

Doth bear his souperscription, Will, conscience, honor, honesty,

An' things o' thet description.

I du believe in prayer an' praise

To him thet ħes the grantin' O’jobs,-in every thin' thet pays,

But most of all in cantin'.

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