Here at least We shall be free; th' Almighty hath not built Here for his envy, will not drive us hence: Here we may reign
secure, and in my choyce To reign
is worth ambition though in Hell: Better to reign
in Hell, then serve in Heav'n.
Admitting that the author cannot himself be supposed to have witnessed those times, he must have lived, you observed, among persons who had acted and suffered in them; and even within these thirty years, such an infinite change has taken place in the manners of Scotland, that men look back upon the habits of society proper to their immediate ancestors, as we do on those of the reign
of Queen Anne, or even the period of the Revolution.
Their histories count a hundred and sixty-two reigns
, from Cham to Faciladas or Basilides; among which some women are remarkably celebrated.
was continued throughout his whole reign
, a period of about thirty-five years.
You say you can't see a reign
of goodness and truth on earth.
There, without sign of boast, or sign of joy, Solicitous and blank, he thus began:-- "Princes, Heaven's ancient Sons, AEthereal Thrones-- Daemonian Spirits now, from the element Each of his reign
allotted, rightlier called Powers of Fire, Air, Water, and Earth beneath (So may we hold our place and these mild seats Without new trouble
he knew not in his heart that in place of the stone his son was left behind, unconquered and untroubled, and that he was soon to overcome him by force and might and drive him from his honours, himself to reign
over the deathless gods.
THE RENAISSANCE AND THE REIGN
OF ELIZABETH [Footnote: George Eliot's 'Romola' gives one of the best pictures of the spirit of the Renaissance in Italy.
But the Earl of Camelot, of the reign
of Charles, returned to the old creed of his family, and they continued to fight for it, and ruin themselves for it, as long as there was a Stuart left to head or to instigate a rebellion.
Then I shall begin, and I hope by this means to deliver the people from the terror that reigns
a heavy silence; gaunt weeds through windows pry, And down the streets of Liang old echoes, wailing, die.
BY a route obscure and lonely, Haunted by ill angels only, Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT, On a black throne reigns
upright, I have reached these lands but newly From an ultimate dim Thule - From a wild weird clime that lieth, sublime, Out of SPACE - out of TIME.