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What are they to such as thee? Must crimes be punish'd but by other crimes, And greater criminals ?-Back to thy hell! Thou hast no power upon me, that I feel ; Thou never shalt possess me, that I know: What I have done is done; I bear within A torture which could nothing gain from thine: The mind which is immortal makes itself Requital for its good or evil thoughts Is its own origin of ill and endAnd its own place and time—its innate sense, When stripp'd of this mortality, derives No colour from the fleeting things without; But is absorb’d in sufferance or in joy, Born from the knowledge of its own desert. Thou didst not tempt me, and thou couldst not tempt
I have not been thy dupe, nor am thy prey-
[The Demons disappear. Abbot. Alas! how pale thou art—thy lips are whiteAnd thy breast heaves—and in thy gasping throat The accents rattle-Give thy prayers to heavenPray-albeit but in thought,—but die not thus.
Man. 'Tis over—my dull eyes can fix thee not;
Cold-cold-even to the heartBut yet one prayer_alas ! how fares it with thee?Man. Old man! 'tis not so difficult to die.
[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 27, lines 17 and 18.
the sunbow's rays still 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 31, lines 18 and 19.
Eros and Anteros, at Gadara.
Note 3, page 36, lines 1 and 2.
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.
Note 4, page 57, lines 7 and 8.
the giant sons Of the embrace of angels. C. That the Sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were fair,” &c.
“ There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the Sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”
Genesis, ch. vi. verses 2 and 4.