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“ I do not tell thee there are other maids “ As fair ; for thou wilt love my memory, “ Hallowing to me the temple of thy heart. “ Worthy a happier, not a better love, « My Theodore !”—Then, pressing his pale lips, A last and holy kiss the Virgin fix’d, And rush'd across the plain...
. . She reach'd the court Breathless. The mingled movements of her mind Shook every fibre. Sad and sick at heart, Fain to her lonely chamber's solitude The Maiden had retired; but her the King Met on the threshold. He of the late scene Forgetful and his crime, as cheerful seem'd As tho' there had not been a God in Heaven! “ Enter the hall,” he cried, “ the masquers there ** Join in the dance. Why, Maiden, art thou sad ? “ Has that rude madman shook thy gentle frame “.With his strange phrenzies ?”
Ere the Maid replied,
The Son of Orleans came with joyful speed,
“ Thou hast roused “ The sleeping virtue of the sons of France; “ They crowd around the standard,” cried the Chief. “ My lance is ponderous, and my sword is sharp'd “ To meet the mortal combat. Mission'd Maid, “ Our brethren sieged in Orleans, every moment “ Gaze from the watch-tower with the sick’ning eye « Of expectation."
Then the King exclaim’d, " O chosen by Heaven ! defer one day thy march, “ That, humbled at the altar, we may join “ The general prayer. Be these our holy rites “ To-morrow's task ;-to-night for merriment!"
The Maid replied, “ The wretched ones in Orleans, “ In fear and hunger and expiring hope, “ Await my succour, and my prayers would plead “ In Heaven against me, did they waste one hour
“ When active duty calls. For this night's mirth “ Hold me excused; in truth I am not fit “ For merriment; a heavy charge is on me, “ And I must put away all mortal thoughts." Her heart was full; and pausing, she repress’d The unbidden anguish. “Lo! they crowd around “ The standard! Thou, Dunois, the chosen troops “ Marshal in speed, for early with the dawn . “ We march to rescue Orleans from the foe.” .
JOAN OF ARC. .. :
THE FIFTH BOOK. ..
Scarce had the early dawn from Chinon's towers
Twelve hundred men,