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Full text of "The Dynasts : Parts First And Second"

THE DYNASTS                   ACT i
Will take a tincture from that memory, When men recall the scene and circumstance That hung about his pleadings.—But no more; The ritual of each party is rehearsed, Dislodging not one vote or prejudice ; The ministers their ministries retain, And Ins as Ins, and Outs as Outs, remain.
SPIRIT OF THE PITIES
Meanwhile what of the Foemans vast array That wakes these tones ?
SPIRIT OF THE YEARS
Abide the event, young Shade : Soon stars will shut and show a spring-eyed dawn* And sunbeams fountain forth, that will arouse Those forming bands to full activity.
A member reports strangers.
A quaint curt token that we dally here ! We now cast off these mortal manacles•, And speed us seaward.
The Phantoms vanish from the Gallery. The members file out to the lobbies. The House and Westminster recede into the films of night, and the point of observation shifts rapidly across the Channel.
SCENE   IV
THE  HARBOUR  OF  BOULOGNE
The morning breaks, radiant with early sunlight: The French Army of Invasion is disclosed. On the hills on either side of the town and behind appear large military camps formed of timber huts. Lower down are other camps of more or less permanent kind, the whole affording accommodation for one hundred and fifty thousand men.
South of the town is an extensive basin surrounded by quays
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