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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 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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A Short History of English Literature

Robert Barnard - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 248 pages
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Principal Products of Portugal: Prose Pieces

Donald Hall - American essays - 1995 - 271 pages
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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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Krino, 1986-1996: An Anthology of Modern Irish Writing

Gerald Dawe, Jonathan Williams - English essays - 1996 - 435 pages
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The Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations

Ed. Jay - Political science - 1996 - 515 pages
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Essays in Appreciation

Christopher Ricks - Music - 1996 - 363 pages
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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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Zeitgenosse Horaz: der Dichter und seine Leser seit zwei Jahrtausenden

Helmut Krasser, Ernst A. Schmidt - Authors and readers - 1996 - 487 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...vindicate his helpless right; But bowed his comely head Dow, as upon a bed. 65 This was that memorable hour Which first assured the forced power: So, when...
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