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" Did clap their bloody hands ; He nothing common did, or mean, Upon that memorable scene, But with his keener eye The axe's edge did try ; Nor called the gods with vulgar spite To vindicate his helpless right, But bowed his comely head Down, as upon a... "
Recollections of a Literary Life, Or, Books, Places, and People - Page 330
by Mary Russell Mitford - 1853
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The Writings: Old portraits and modern sketches; Personal sketches and ...

John Greenleaf Whittier - 1889
...armed bandt Did clap their bloody hands. HE nothing common did or mean Upon that memorable scene, Hut with his keener eye The axe's edge did try : Nor called...right! But bowed his comely head, Down, as upon a bed. This was that memorable hour, Which first assured the forced power; So when they did design • The...
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The Writings of John Greenleaf Whittier: Old portraits and modern sketches ...

John Greenleaf Whittier - 1889
...did or mean Upon that memorable scene, But with his keener eye The axe's edge did try : Nor catted the gods, with vulgar spite, To vindicate his helpless...! But bowed his comely head, Down, as upon a bed. This was that memorable hour, Which first assured the forced power; So when they did design The Capitol's...
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Anti-slavery and Reform Papers

Henry David Thoreau - Slavery - 1890 - 141 pages
...himself, and his sword is pure spirit also. " He nothing common did or mean • Upon that memorable scene, Nor called the gods with vulgar spite, To vindicate...right ; But bowed his comely head Down as upon a bed." What a transit was that of his horizontal body alone, but just cut down from the gallows-tree ! We...
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Lyra Heroica: A Book of Verse for Boys

William Ernest Henley - American poetry - 1891 - 364 pages
...subtile fears with hope, He wove a net of such a scope That Charles himself might chase To Carisbrook's narrow case, That thence the royal actor borne The...right, But bowed his comely head Down, as upon a bed. This was that memorable hour Which first assured the forced power: So, when they did design The Capitol's...
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The Complete Poems

Andrew Marvell - Early poetry - 1985 - 314 pages
...bloody hands. He nothing common did or mean Upon that memorable scene : But with his keener eye 60 The axe's edge did try : Nor called the gods with...right, But bowed his comely head, Down, as upon a bed. This was that memorable hour Which first assured the forced power. So when they did design The Capitol's...
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Andrew Marvell

R. Wilcher - Literary Criticism - 1985 - 191 pages
...their bloody hands. He nothing common did or mean Upon that memorable scene: But with his keener eye 60 The axe's edge did try: Nor called the gods with vulgar...right, But bowed his comely head, Down, as upon a bed. This was that memorable hour Which first assured the forced power. So when they did design The Capitol's...
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The Essays of Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau - Literary Criticism - 1990 - 221 pages
...himself, and his sword is pure spirit also. "He nothing common did or mean Upon that memorable scene.... Nor called the gods with vulgar spite, To vindicate...right; But bowed his comely head Down, as upon a bed." What a transit was that of his horizontal body alone, but just cut down from the gallows-tree! We read...
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The Legacy of Rome: A New Appraisal

Reader in Classical Languages and Literature Fellow Richard Jenkyns - Drama - 1992 - 479 pages
...memorable scene; But with his keener eye The axe's edge did try; Nor called the Gods with vulgar spight To vindicate his helpless right, But bowed his comely head Down as upon a bed. (57-64) The ingenious translingual word play (Latin acirs means both the edge of a weapon and the eyesight)...
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The Columbia Anthology of British Poetry

Carl R. Woodring, James Shapiro - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 891 pages
...nothing common did or mean Upon that memorable scene; But with his keener eye The axe's edge did try: 60 Nor called the gods with vulgar spite To vindicate...right; But bowed his comely head Down as upon a bed, This was that memorable hour Which first assured the forced power. So when they did design The Capitol's...
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Thoreau: Political Writings

Henry David Thoreau - History - 1996 - 175 pages
...himself, and his sword is pure spirit also. He nothing common did or mean Upon that memorable scene, Nor called the gods with vulgar spite, To vindicate...right; But bowed his comely head Down as upon a bed. What a transit was that of his horizontal body alone, but just cut down from the gallows-tree! We read,...
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