The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1787)

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 360 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1787 edition. Excerpt: ...their stay. Be swift and faithful. Exit Murza. This lucky stratagem shall charm the Sultan, Aside. Secure his confidence, and fix his love. DEMETRIUS. Behold a boaster's worth! Now snatch, my fair, The happy moment, hasten to the shore, Ere he return with thousands at his side. A s p A s I A. In vain I listen to th' inviting call Of freedom and of love: My trembling joints, Relax'd with fear, refuse to bear me forward. Departs Demetrius, lest my fate involve thee; forsake Forsake a wretch abandon'd to despair, To share the miseries herself has caus'd. DEMETRIUS. Let us not struggle with th' eternal will, Nor languish o'er irreparable ruins; Come haste, and live--Thy innocence and truth Shall bless our war.d'rings, and propitiate heav'n. IRENE. Press not her flight, while yet her feeble nerves Refuse their office, and uncertain life Still labours with imaginary woe; Here let me tend her with officious care, Watch each unquiet flutter of the breast, And joy to feel the vital warmth return, To fee the cloud forsake her kindling cheek, And hail the rosy dawn of rising health. ASPASIA. Oh! rather scornful of flagitious greatness, Resolve to share our dangers and our toils, Companion of our flight, illustrious exile, Leave slav'ry, guilt, and infamy behind. IRENE. My foul attends thy voice, and banish'd virtue Strives to regain her empire of the mind: Assist her efforts with thy strong persuasion j Sure 'tis the happy hour ordain'd above, When vanquished vice shall tyrannize no more. DEMETRIUS. Remember, peace and anguish are before thee, And honour and reproach, and heav'n and hell. ASPASIA. ASPASIA. Content with freedom, and precarious greatness. DEMETRIUS. Now make thy choice, while yet the pow'r of choice Kind heaven affords thee, and inviting...

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Allen Reddick is Professor of English Literature at the University of Zurich.

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