The Talba, Or, Moor of Portugal: A Romance

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Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1845 - Portugal - 367 pages

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Page 163 - Sanchez. .....< .,.: The Talba retired to a small turret in which he was to take some repose ere he returned to Cintra. Aza, her son, and the Moors who bore her company, also retired to rest. Gradually the little fortress sunk into silence, and nothing was heard save the wind that blew loudly and howled along the deep hollows of the surrounding precipices. The waterfall murmured in melancholy cadence to the night wind; and though a few clouds wandered over the face of the moon, they were not sufficient...
Page 32 - Tis now the very witching time of night When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out Contagion to this world. Now could I drink hot blood, And do such bitter business as the day Would quake to look on.
Page 288 - ... gasping on the ground, And life, love, empire, springing from his wound. When god-like ends, by means unjust, succeed, The great result adorns the daring deed. Virtue's a shackle under fair disguise, To fetter fools, while we bear off the prize. [Extunt. ACT III. / SCENE I. Enter PERSEUS. Perseus. COWARDS in ill, like cowards in the field,. Are sure to be defeated.
Page 284 - Allah made them as the hand-maiden of gentle peace ; for, whilst the tempest of the Almighty rolled on the holy mountain, he gave forth the law to save ; thus speaking in terror, but acting in mercy. Oh, that earthly kings would do as much for man!" "Canst thou speak thus, who art said to deal in arts that unite thee with the fiends of hell?" said Alonso. "I deal not with the wicked spirits of Eblis...
Page 241 - Azevedo left the tent to obey the king's order. Don Pedro immediately followed the venerable messenger ; but the interview between father and son demands another chapter.
Page 285 - Allah, those far and out-stretched heavens, and those bright stars, that light a thousand worlds, such are the counsellors of the Talba, as he contemplates God in his mighty works. Valley and mountain, the boundless and ever-breathing deeps, the pattering rain and the soft dew, these, oh Allah ! are thine ; the green earth is thine, and every living thing therein ; these, as well as thy resplendent stars, have secrets far beyond the common eye, and these have I studied with that holy awe which fills...
Page 284 - ... Moor ? Talba, thou art the most deadly foe I have encountered in war, but thou art the greatest — close thy garments, Alonso is not an executioner. Not my hand must do the deed. Thou hast rescued Hamet with the best blood of all thy race." " It was then to replace Hamet on the throne of thy Moslem master, now dead, that you entered on this wild war ? " said the king. " It was," replied the Talba ; " and to avenge his father's death. Think, Alonso, of that devoted prince. Thou art a king, noble...
Page 4 - This is some fellow, Who, having been praised for bluntness, doth affect A saucy roughness ; and constrains the garb Quite from his nature : ,he cannot flatter, he ! — An honest mind and plain, — he must speak truth ! An they will take it, so ; if not, he's plain.
Page 282 - Alonso, who though sensible to pity and every gentler feeling of a Christian, still possessed that attribute of a warrior king, a high estimation of the great and the heroic even in an enemy when no sudden burst of passion obscured his judgment or prejudiced his feelings, was struck with that admiration which becomes involuntary praise, when he said in a voice full of energy, " Can such generosity of spirit live in the bosom of a Moor ? Talba, thou art the most deadly foe I have encountered in war,...

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