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That were there
our people there
In want or peril, there was one to hear
• Are you that Psyche 'Florian ask'd 'to whom,
Was sprinkled on your kirtle, and you wept.
• The mother of the sweetest little maid,
That ever crow'd for kisses.'
She answer'd, 'peace ! and why should I not play The Spartan Mother with emotion, be
The Lucius Junius Brutus of
you call great: he for the common weal, The fading politics of mortal Rome, As I might slay this child, if good need were,
Slew both his sons : and I, shall I, on whom
The secular emancipation turns
These women were too barbarous, would not learn ;
They fled, who might have shamed us : promise, all.'
What could we else, we promised each ; and she,
Like some wild creature newly-caged, commenced
By Florian ; holding out her lily arms
Took both his hands, and smiling faintly said :
• I knew
You scarce have alter'd : I am sad and glad
Our mother, is she well ?'
With that she kiss'd
His forehead, then, a moment after, clung
About him, and betwixt them blossom’d
From out a common vein of memory
Sweet household talk, and phrases of the hearth,
And far allusion, till the gracious dews
A rosy blonde, and in a college gown
(Her mother's colour) with her lips apart, And all her thoughts as fair within her eyes,
As bottom agates seen to wave and float
So stood that same fair creature at the door.
Then Lady Psyche Ah-Melissa--you!
To give three gallant gentlemen to death.' • I trust you ’ said the other for we two
Were always friends, none closer, elm and vine :
But yet your mother's jealous temperament,
My honour, these their lives.' 'Ah, fear me not'
No, not to answer, Madam, all those hard things
That Sheba came to ask of Solomon.'
• Be it so 'the other that we still may lead
Feasted the woman wisest then, in halls
Of Lebanonian cedar : nor should you
answer, we would ask)
Less welcome find among us, if you came
Among us, debtors for our lives to you,
But . Thanks,' she answer'd.go: we have been too long Together : keep your hoods about the face ;
They do so that affect abstraction here.
Speak little ; mix not with the rest ; and hold