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Which Autumn plants upon the perish'd leaf.
By the power which hath broken
The grave which enthrall’d thee,
Or those who have call'd thee!
She is silent, And in that silence I am more than answer'd.
Nem. My power extends no further. Prince of air ! It rests with thee alone-command her voice.
Ari. Spirit—obey this sceptre !
Silent still !
Mortal ! thy quest is vain,
Hear me, hear me-
Which makes me shrink from immortality,
Phantom of Astarte. Manfred !
Say on, say on-
Phan. Manfred! To-morrow ends thine earthly ills. Farewell !
Man. Yet one word more—am I forgiven?
Say, shall we meet again?
[The Spirit of ASTARTE disappears. Nem.
She's gone, and will not be recall’d; Her words will be fulfillid. Return to the earth.
A Spirit. He is convulsed— This is to be a mortal
Hast thou further question
Then for a time farewell.
(MANFRED, Act ii. Scene 4.)
The Hall of Arimanes–Arimanes on his Throne,
a Globe of Fire, surrounded by the Spirits.
Enter the DESTINIES and NEMESIS; then MANFRED.
What is here?
I do know the man-
know'st thou not Thine and our Sovereign ?-Tremble, and obey ! All the Spirits. Prostrate thyself, and thy condemned
clay, Child of the Earth ! or dread the worst. Man.
I know it ; And yet ye see I kneel not. Fourth Spirit.
'Twill be taught thee. Man. 'Tis taught already ;-many a night on the earth, On the bare ground, have I bow'd down my face, And strew'd my head with ashes; I have known The fulness of humiliation, for I sunk before my vain despair, and knelt To my own desolation. Fifth Spirit.
Dost thou dare Refuse to Arimanes on his throne
What the whole earth accords, beholding not
Man. Bid him bow down to that which is above him,
Crush the worm !
Hence! Avaunt !-he's mine.
Nemesis. What doth he here then ?
Let him answer that.