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same breath, the head of his fair wife which had had eight weary months of imprisoned widowhood and misery to turn it gray. ...
Above all one hideous figure grew as familiar as if it had been before the general gaze from the foundation of the world, — the figure of the sharp female called La Guillotine.
It was the popular theme for jests; it was the best cure for headache; it infallibly prevented the hair from turning gray; it imparted a peculiar delicacy to the complexion; it was the National Razor which shaved close. Who kissed La Guillotine looked through the little window and sneezed into the sack. It was the sign of the regeneration of the human race. seded the cross. Models of it were worn on breasts from which the cross was discarded, and it was bowed down to and believed in where the cross was denied. ... It hushed the eloquent, struck down the powerful, and abolished the beautiful and the good.
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BONIVARD failed in his efforts to free Geneva. Carried to Chillon, he endured a frightful captivity bound round the waist by a chain whose other end was fastened to an iron ring attached to a pillar. Thus he remained for six years, knowing no liberty beyond the chain's length. Able to lie down only as the chain permitted;
turning round his pillar like a wild beast; wearing the pavement with his monotonous march, exasperated by the thought that his captivity was availing nothing for the enfranchisement of his country, and that Geneva and he himself were destined to eternal fetters. Why, in his long night broken by no dawn, whose silence was disturbed only by the sound of the waves of the lake breaking against the walls of his dungeon, — why, O my God! did not his mind kill his body, or his body his mind? Why did not his jailer find him some morning dead or an idiot, when one single idea, one eternal idea, must break the heart and vanquish the brain ? And yet, during this time, — during six years, during this eternity, — not a cry, not a complaint, said his jailers, except doubtless when the skies let loose the tempest, when the storm raised the waves, when the wind and rain beat against the walls; for then his voice was lost in the great voice of nature: for then Thou alone, O my God! Thou alone couldst distinguish his cries and his groans ; and his jailers who had not rejoiced in his despair, found him on the morrow calm and resigned, because the tempest was then stilled in his own heart as in Nature.
Oh, without that, without that would he not have broken his head against the pillar ? Would he have awaited the day when there was a tumultuous rush into his prison and when a hundred voices at once shouted :
“Bonivard, thou art free!”
ETERNAL Spirit of the chainless mind!
CLEOPATRA AT ACTIUM.
THOMAS K. HERVEY.
The banners of the world are met upon that wild blue
wave, The sun hath risen that shall set upon an emperor's
grave, From tongues of many a land bursts forth the war
shout to the breeze, And half the crowns of all the earth are played for on
The ocean hath a tinge of blood — a sound of woe the
air, Death swims his pale steed through the flood — Oh, what
doth woman there? The shout of nations in their strife rings far along the
lea, Then what doth Egypt's dark-eyed queen upon
that battle sea ?
The Cydnus, hath it not the same bright wave and
gentle flow With which it stole to Tarsus, in those happy years ago, When music haunted all the shores by which its waters
rolled, And she came down the river in her galley of the gold? Her oars were of the silver then and to her purple sails And in amid her raven hair, came only perfumed gales, And Cupid trimmed the silken ropes along the Cedarn
spars, And she lay like a goddess on her pillow of the stars. Oh, the old city! and alas, the young and blessed dream That fell into her spirit first upon its silver stream ! The wild, sweet memories of that morn still o'er her
feelings float, And love has launched this battle-bark that steered that
And she is yet, to one high heart, through all this
cloud of war, As in that city of the sea, its own and only star —
The cynosure that shines so bright, across the place of
graves ; As first it rose upon his soul from o'er the Cydnus'
Oh, love that is so bold to dare should be more strong
to do! Or what, Oh, what doth Egypt there with that soft,
silken crew ? And she should have a firmer soul who treads the bat
tle deck ; And passion when it fails to save is, Oh, too sure to
And hers is still the spendthrift heart that, when a way
ward girl, In passion's home to pleasure's bowl cast in a priceless
pearl ; But Oh, her wealth of hoarded gems were all too poor to
pay The one rich pearl, in this wild hour, her fears have
The princely pearl to whom her brow, though dark
seemed, Oh, how fair! And crowns were only precious things, when in her
raven hair ; Who paid her smiles with diadems — and bought at
empire's cost The love which he must lose to-day — when all beside