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But they sank his body with honor down

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Who let her in? how long has she been? And they manned the Revenge with a

you—what have you heard? swarthier alien crew,

Why did you sit so quiet? you never have And away she sailed with her loss and

spoken a word. longed for her own;

0—to pray with me-yes- a lady-none When a wind from the lands they had of their spies

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But the night has crept into my heart, And the water began to heave and the and begun to darken my eyes.

weather to moan, And or ever that evening ended a great

gale blew, And a wave like the wave that is raised by

Ah-you, that have lived so soft, what an earthquake grew,

should you know of the night,

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The blast and the burning shame and the and their masts and their flags,

bitter frost and the fright?

I have done it, while you were asleepAnd the whole sea plunged and fell on the shot-shattered navy of Spain,

you were only made for the day. And the little Revenge herself went down

I have gathered my baby together-and by the island crags

now you may go your way. To be lost evermore in the main.

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Nay-for it's kind of you, madam, to sit RIZPAH

by an old dying wife. 17

But say nothing hard of my boy, I have

only an hour of life. Wailing, wailing, wailing, the wind over

I kissed my boy in the prison, before he

went out to die. land and sea

*They dared me to do it,” he said, and he And Willy's voice in the wind,“O mother,

never has told me a lie. come out to me!

I whipped him for robbing an orchard once Why should he call me to-night, when he

when he was but a child

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“The farmer dared me to do it,” he said; For the downs are as bright as day, and the full moon stares at the snow.

he was always so wild

And idle—and couldn't be idle-my Willy II

-he never could rest. We should be seen, my dear; they would The King should have made him a soldier,

he would have been one of his best. spy us out of the town. The loud black nights for us, and the

VII storm rushing over the down, When I cannot see my own hand, but am

But he lived with a lot of wild mates, and led by the creak of the chain,

they never would let him be good; And grovel and grope for my son till I They swore that he dare not rob the mail, find myself drenched with the rain.

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And he took no life, but he took one purse, III

and when all was done Anything fallen again? nay-what was He flung it among his fellows—"I'll none there left to fall?

of it,” said my son. I have taken them home, I have numbered the bones, I have hidden them all. 10

VIII What am I saying? and what are you? do I came into court to the judge and the you come as a spy?

lawyers. I told them my tale, Falls? what falls? who knows? As the tree God's own truth—but they killed him, falls so must it lie.

they killed him for robbing the mail.

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They hanged him in chains for a show- My Willy 'ill rise up whole when the

we had always borne a good name-35 trumpet of judgment 'ill sound, To be hanged for a thief--and then put But I charge you never to say that I laid away-isn't that enough shame?

him in holy ground. Dust to dust-low down-let us hide! but they set him so high

XIII That all the ships of the world could stare at him, passing by.

They would scratch him up—they would God 'ill pardon the hell-black raven and

hang him again on the cursèd tree. horrible fowls of the air,

Sin? O, yes, we are sinners, I know-let all that be,

60 But not the black heart of the lawyer who

And read me a Bible verse of the Lord's killed him and hanged him there. 40

goodwill toward men

"Full of compassion and mercy, the IX

Lord”-let me hear it again; And the jailer forced me away. I had bid

“Full of compassion and mercy-longhim my last good-bye;

suffering.” Yes, O, yes! They had fastened the door of his cell.

For the lawyer is born but to murder“O mother!" I heard him cry.

the Savior lives but to bless. I couldn't get back though I tried, he had

He 'll never put on the black cap except something further to say,

for the worst of the worst, 65 And now I never shall know it. The jailer And the first may be last-I have heard forced me away.

it in church-and the last may be first. Suffering—0, long-suffering-yes, as the

Lord must know, Then since I couldn't but hear that cry of Year after year in the mist and the wind my boy that was dead,

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and the shower and the snow. They seized me and shut me up: they fastened me down on my bed.

XIV “Mother, O mother!”-he called in the dark to me year after

Heard, have you? what? they have told

yearThey beat me for that, they beat me

you

he never repented his sin. you know that I couldn't but hear; How do they know it? are they his mother?

70 And then at the last they found I had

are you of his kin?

Heard! have you ever heard, when the grown so stupid and still They let me abroad again—but the crea

storm on the downs began,

The wind that 'ill wail like a child and the tures had worked their will.

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sea that 'ill moan like a man? XI

XV Flesh of my flesh was gone, but bone of my bone was left

Election, Election, and Reprobation-it's I stole them all from the lawyers-and all very well. you, will you call it a theft?

But I go to-night to my boy, and I shall My baby, the bones that had sucked me, not find him in hell.

the bones that had laughed and had For I cared so much for my boy that the cried

Lord has looked into my care, 75 Theirs? O, no! they are mine--not theirs And He means me I'm sure to be happy -they had moved in my side.

with Willy, I know not where.

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XVI Do you think I was scared by the bones? I And if he be lost-but to save my soul, kissed 'em, I buried 'em all

that is all your desireI can't dig deep, I am old-in the night by Do you think that I care for my soul if my the churchyard wall.

boy be gone to the fire?

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I have been with God in the dark-go, go,

I you may leave me alone

If my body come from brutes, though someYou never have borne a child-you are what finer than their own, just as hard as a stone.

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I am heir, and this my kingdom. Shall

the royal voice be mute? XVII

No, but if the rebel subject seek to drag Madam, I beg your pardon! I think that

me from the throne,

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Hold the sceptre, Human Soul, and rule you mean to be kind, But I cannot hear what you say for my

thy province of the brute. Willy's voice in the wind

II The snow and the sky so bright-he used

I have climbed to the snows of Age, and but to call in the dark,

I gazed at a field in the Past, And he calls to me now from the church

Where I sank with the body at times in and not from the gibbet—for hark! the sloughs of a low desire, Nay—you can hear it yourself—it is But I hear no yelp of the beast, and the

coming-shaking the walls, 85 Man is quiet at last Willy—the moon 's in a cloud- -Good- | As he stands on the heights of his life with night. I am going. He calls.

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Clouds and darkness
Closed upon Camelot;
Arthur had vanished
I knew not whither,
The king who loved me,

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And cannot die;
For out of the darkness
Silent and slowly
The Gleam, that had waned to a win-

a try glimmer On icy fallow

85 And faded forest, Drew to the valley Named of the shadow, And slowly brightening Out of the glimmer, And slowly moving again to a melody Yearningly tender, Fell on the shadow, No longer a shadow, But clothed with The Gleam.

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And broader and brighter
The Gleam flying onward,
Wed to the melody,
Sang through the world;
And slower

and fainter,
Old and weary,
But eager to follow,
I saw, whenever
In passing it glanced upon
Hamlet or city,
That under the Crosses
The dead man's garden,
The mortal hillock,
Would break into blossom;
And so to the land's
Last limit I came
And can no longer,
But die rejoicing,
For through the Magic
Of Him the Mighty,
Who taught me in childhood,
There on the border
Of boundless Ocean,
And all but in Heaven
Hovers The Gleam.

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CAVALIER TUNES

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1. MARCHING ALONG Kentish Sir Byng stood for his King, Bidding the crop-headed Parliament swing: And, pressing a troop unable to stoop And see the rogues flourish and honest folk

droop, Marched them along, fifty-score strong, 5 Great-hearted gentlemen, singing this

song. God for King Charles! Pym and such

carles? To the Devil that prompts 'em their

treasonous parles ! Cavaliers, up! Lips from the cup, Hands from the pasty, nor bite take, nor

sup, Till you're CHORUS.–Marching along, fifty-score

strong, Great-hearted gentlemen, sing

ing this song! Hampden to hell, and his obsequies' knell Serve Hazelrig, Fiennes, and young Harry,

CROSSING THE BAR

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Sunset and evening star,

And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar,

When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep, 5

Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the

boundless deep Turns again home.

as well!

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England, good cheer! Rupert is near!

15 Kentish and loyalists, keep we not here, CHO.—Marching along, fifty-score

strong, Great-hearted gentlemen, singing

this song? Then, God for King Charles! Pym and

his snarls To the Devil that pricks on such pestilent

carles! Hold by the right, you double your might; So, onward to Nottingham, fresh for the

fight, Cho.—March we along, fifty-score

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strong, Great-hearted gentlemen, singing

this song!

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ROBERT BROWNING (1812-1889)

SONG from PIPPA PASSES

The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in his heaven-
All's right with the world!

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