Ballads Of Good Deeds, And Other Verses

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THE ROMAN SENTINEL. Death, or dishonour, which is best to taste ?? A Roman sentinel in Pompeii, When God's hot anger laid that city waste, Answered the question, and resolved to die. His duty was, upon his post to bide Till the ...
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THE ROMAN SENTINEL. Death, or dishonour, which is best to taste ?— A Roman sentinel in Pompeii, When God's hot anger laid that city waste, Answered the question, and resolved to die. His duty was, upon his post to bide Till the relief came, let what might betide. He stood forgotten by the fleeing guard, Choosing that part which is the bitterest still,— His face with its fixed purpose cold and hard, Cut in the resolute granite of his will. " Better," he said, " to die, than live in shame ; Death wreathes fresh flowers round a brave man's name." Life is the wave's deep whisper on the shore, Of a great sea beyond. The sentry saw That day the light in broad sails hoisted o'er The drifting boat of dawn; nor dreamed the flaw, The puff called death, would blow him with them by Out to the boundless sea beyond the sky. The sentry watched the mountain's fire-gashed cheeks, And saw come up the sand's entombing shower. The storm darts out its red tongue when it speaks, And fierce Vesuvius, in that wild hour, Put forth its tongue of flame, and spoke the word Of hatred to the city from the Lord. The gloom of seventeen centuries skulked away, And standing in a marble niche was found A skeleton in armour all decay ; The soulless skull was by a helmet crowned, Cleaving thereon with mingled rust and sand, And a long spear was in the crumbling hand. In Pompeii are beasts of stone with wings, Paved streets with marble temples on each side, Baths, houses, paintings, monuments of kings ; But the arched gate whereat the sentry died, The rusted spear, and helmet with no crest, Are better far to see than all the rest. O heart, whatever lot to thee God gives, Be strong, and swerve not from a blameless way ; Dish...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781459080904
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/6/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.07 (d)

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