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Glares forth the immortality of hell—
Man. Pronounce—what is thy mission ?
Come! ABBOT. What art thou, unknown being ? answer!
speak! Spirit. The genius of this mortal. -Come! 'tis time.
Man. I am prepared for all things, but deny The power
which summons me. Who sent thee here? SPIRIT. Thou 'lt know anon-Come! come! Max.
I have commanded Things of an essence greater far than thine, And striven with thy masters.
Get thee hence! SPIRIT. Mortal! thine hour is come-Away! I say.
Man. I knew, and know my hour is come, but not To render up my soul to such as thee: Away! I'll die as I have lived-alone. Spirit. Then I must summon up my brethren.-Rise !
[Other Spirits rise up.
Waste not thy holy words on idle uses,
Man. I do defy ye,—though I feel my soul
Thou false fiend, thou liest!
Saw men and spirits walking side by side,
But thy many crimes
What are they to such as thee?
My own hereafter.—Back, ye baffled fiends !
[The Demons disappear.
Man. 'Tis over—my dull eyes can fix thee not;
Cold-cold-even to the heart-
[MANFRED expires. ABBOT. He's gone—his soul hath ta'en its earthless
flightWhither? I dread to think-but he is gone.
NOTES TO MANFRED.
Note 1, page 72, lines 1 and 2.
stil arch The torrent with the many hues of heaven. This iris is formed by the rays of the sun over the lower part of the alpine torrents : it is exactly like a rainbow, come down to pay a visit, and so close that you may walk into it :-this effect lasts till noon.
Note 2, page 76, lines 11 and 12.
Eros and Anteros, at Gadara.
Note 3, page 80, lines 23 and 24.
she replied In words of dubious import, but fulfilld. The story of Pausanias, king of Sparta, (who commanded the Greeks at the battle of Platea, and afterwards perished for an attempt to betray the Lacedemonians) and Cleonice, is told in Plutarch's life of Cimon; and in the Laconics of Pausanias the Sophist, in his description of Greece.