Atalanta in Calydon

A Tragedy

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Language: English
Wordcount: 20,926 / 64 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 33.1
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 862
Added to site: 2005.03.16
mnybks.net#: 10028
Genre: Drama

1885

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d, or ever love had found her here.

CHORUS.

She is holier than all holy days or things, The sprinkled water or fume of perfect fire; Chaste, dedicated to pure prayers, and filled With higher thoughts than heaven; a maiden clean, Pure iron, fashioned for a sword, and man She loves not; what should one such do with love?

ALTHAEA.

Look you, I speak not as one light of wit, But as a queen speaks, being heart-vexed; for oft I hear my brothers wrangling in mid hall, And am not moved; and my son chiding them, And these things nowise move me, but I know Foolish and wise men must be to the end, And feed myself with patience; but this most, This moves me, that for wise men as for fools Love is one thing, an evil thing, and turns Choice words and wisdom into fire and air. And in the end shall no joy come, but grief, Sharp words and soul's division and fresh tears Flower-wise upon the old root of tears brought forth, Fruit-wise upon the old flower of tears sprung up, Pitiful sighs, and much re

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