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MANFRED,
A DRAMATIC POEM.

« There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, « Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. »

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

MANFRED.
Chamois HUNTER.
ABBOT OF ST. MAURICE.
MANUEL
HERMAN.

WITCH OF THE ALPS.

ARIMANES.

NEMESIS.
The DESTINIES.
SPIRITS, etc.

The Scene of the Drama is amongst the Higher Alps.com

partly in the Castle of Manfred, and partly in the Mountains.

MANFRED.

ACT I.

SCENE 1.

MANFRED alone.

rScene, a Gothic gallery, Time, Midnight.)

MANFRED.

The lamp must be replenish’d, but even then
It will not burn so long as I must watch :
My slufalers—if I slumber—are not sleep,
But a continuance of enduring thought,
Which then I can resist not : in my heart
There is a vigil, and these eyes but close
To look within ; and yet I live, and bear
The aspect and the form of breathing men.
But grief should be the instructor of the wise ;
Sorrow is knowledge : they who know the most
Must mourn the deepest o'er the fatal truth :
The Tree of Kvowledge is not that of Life.
Philosophy and science, and the springs
Of wonder, and the wisdom of the world,
I have essayed, and in my mind there is
A power to make these subject to itself-

But they avail not: I have done men good,
And I have met with good even among men-
But this avail'd not : I have had my foes,
And none have baffled, many fallen before me-
But this avail'd not : Good, or evil, life,
Powers, passions, all I see in other beings,
Have been to me as rain unto the sands,
Since that all-nameless hour. I have no dread,
And feel the curse to have no natural fear,
Nor fluttering throb, that beats with hopes or wishes,
Or lurking love of something on the earth.-
Now to my task.-

· Mysterious agency!
Ye spirits of the unbounded Universe !
Whom I have sought in darkness and in light-
Ye, who do compass earth about, and dwell
In subtler essence--ye, to whom the tops
Of mountains inaccessible are haunts,
And earth's and ocean's caves familiar things-
I call upon ye by the written charm
Which gives me power upon you--Rise ? appear!

(A pause.) They come not yet.-- Now by the voice of him Who is the first among you—by this sign, Which makes you tremble-by the claims of him Who is undying,~Rise! appear !--Appear!

(A pause.) If it be so-Spirits of earth and air, Ye shall not thus elude me : by a power, Deeper than all yet urged, a tyrant-spell, Which had its birth-place in a star condemn'd, The burning wreck of a demolish'd world, A wandering hell in the eternal space ; By the strong curse which is upon my soul,

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