I will go down now into the golden sands, I---- Chamberlain: Your Majesty---- King: In a few years I will return to you.
And I marvel, sir, At those who do not feel the majesty,-- By heaven, I'd almost said the holiness,-- That circles round a fair and virtuous woman: There is a gentle purity that breathes In such a one, mingled with chaste respect, And modest pride of her own excellence,-- A shrinking nature, that is so adverse To aught unseemly, that I could as soon Forget the sacred love I owe to heav'n, As dare, with impure thoughts, to taint the air Inhal'd by such a being: than whom, my liege, Heaven cannot look on anything more holy, Or earth be proud of anything more fair.
Then follows the scene of a disconsolate female throwing herself over a bridge, the whole winding up with this charming piece of information, addressed by the genius to her Majesty:-- "In your own land, liberty, the absence of which in another is deplored, is, in its most god-like development, but a name--unless that may be termed liberty which practically is but vulgar license--license to work from rosy morn to dark midnight for the most scanty pittances--license to store up wealth in the hands and for the benefit of the few--license to bellow lustily for rival politicians--license to send children to ragged schools--license to sot in the ale-house--license to grow lumpish and brutal--license to neglect the offices of religion, to swear, to lie, to blaspheme--license to steal, to pander unchecked to the coarsest appetites, to fawn and slaver over the little great ones of the earth--license to creep like a worm through life, or bound through it like a wild beast; and, last and most precious of all--for it is untaxed--license to starve, to rot, to die, and be buried in a foetid pauper's grave, on which the sweet-smelling flowers, sent to strew the pathway of man and woman with beauty, love, and hope, will refuse to grow, much less bloom."
Hum, his Majesty!--come, haste, Francis, I'll away, and call Ralph, and the Footmen, and bid 'em arm; each Man shoulder his Musket, and advance his Pike--and bring my Artillery Implements quick--and let's away: Pupsey--b'u'y, Pupsey, I'll bring it a fine thing yet before Morning, it may be--let's away: I shall grow fond, and forget the business of the Nation--Come, follow me, Francis.-- Exit Sir Feeble, Bellmour runs to Leticia.
I doe obay Your Majestye.
the fourth, eighth, and sixteenth, three english halfpence, two of George the Second, and one of his present majestyFootnote: Owing to the quantity of counterfeit english halfpence of the present reign now in circulation in these states, those of king George the Third, whether counterfeit or not, are depreciated to the 360th part of a dollar.;
1264) to the accession of his present majesty:--Henry III.,
Michelangelo replied upon the 26th of April, in language of simple and respectful dignity, fine, as coming from an aged artist to a monarch on the eve of death:-- "Sacred Majesty,--I know not which is greater, the favour, or the astonishment it stirs in me, that your Majesty should have deigned to write to a man of my sort, and still more to ask him for things of his which are all unworthy of the name of your Majesty.
He gave pompous names to his officers, both civil and military, using expressions still in vogue in European courts, like "Your Excellency," "Your Highness," and "Your Majesty,"--names which the emperors who had reigned at Rome had uniformly disdained.
To this I answered, that hearing Sartach was become a Christian, we wished to go to him, that we might present your majestys letters to him.
The Abbot is dedicated by the "author of Waverley" to "Captain Clutterbuck," late of his majesty's--infantry regiment.
Every prayer, not based on such consecration, he held to be an insult to the Divine Majesty;--the reading of the Word, the conscientious conduct of life, the performance of the duties of man to man, being, without this, the deeds of a creature in conscious rebellion to its Eternal Sovereign, were all vitiated and made void.
Nay," quoth her bluff Majesty,--"'tis his business,--I'll none of him."
The king of Sweden, with his usual success having passed the Boristhenes, encountered a party of 10,000 Muscovites and 6000 Calmuck Tartars; but they gave way on the first onset and fled into a wood, where the king, following the dictates of his great courage more than prudence, pursuing them, fell into an ambuscade, which, throwing themselves between him and three regiments of horse that were with him, hem'd him in, and now began a very unequal fight.--Many of the gallant Swedes were cut to pieces, and the Muscovites made quite up to his majesty:--two aid-de-camps were killed within his presence, his own horse was shot under him, and as an equerry was presenting him with another, both horse and man was struck dead in the same moment.--Horatio immediately alighted in order to mount the king, who now on foot behaved with incredible valour, in that action was surrounded and taken prisoner, as were several others that had fought near his person.
Michael Angelo brought back to civilization the old ideas of Grecian grace and Roman majesty,--typical of the original inspirations of the men who lived in the quiet admiration of eternal beauty and grace; the men who built the Parthenon, and who shaped pillars and capitals and entablatures in the severest proportions, and fitted them with ornaments drawn from the living world,--plants and animals, especially images of God's highest work, even of man; and of man not worn and macerated and dismal and monstrous, but of man when most resplendent in the perfections of the primeval strength and beauty.
Venice sat smiling and unruffled under her April skies when the ducal secretary escorted the two famous prisoners from the dungeons of the Palace to the residence of the French ambassador, and there, without prejudice to the Republic's right of jurisdiction over criminal ecclesiastics, explicitly stipulated, bestowed this gift--so fitting for the gratification of a "Most Christian Majesty"--upon the representative of France, who must indeed have breathed more freely when this testimonial of favor, with its precious burden of nameless crimes, had been consigned by him to one who waited as an appointee of the Pope.
The Czar to His Majesty.
He seems indifferent Or rather swaying more upon our part Than cherishing th' exhibiters against us; For I have made an offer to his Majesty- Upon our spiritual convocation And in regard of causes now in hand, Which I have open'd to his Grace at large, As touching France- to give a greater sum Than ever at one time the clergy yet Did to his predecessors part withal.
From Canada there comes duly by each mail a regular statistic of Annexationism: increasing fast in this quarter, diminishing in that;--Majesty's Chief Governor seeming to take it as a perfectly open question; Majesty's Chief Governor in fact seldom appearing on the scene at all, except to receive the impact of a few rotten eggs on occasion, and then duck in again to his private contemplations.