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Following your own greedy appetites, and the Devil's Commandments. Corrupt unjust persons,' and here I think he glanced at Sir Bulstrode Whitlocke, one of the Commissioners of the Great Seal, giving him and others very sharp language, though he named them not :' •Corrupt unjust persons ; scandalous to the profession of the Gospel ; how can you be a Parliament for God's People ? Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God,-go!'
The House is of course all on its feet,—uncertain almost whether not on its head: such a scene as was never seen before in any House of Commons. History reports with a shudder that my Lord General, lifting the sacred Mace itself, said, “What shall we do with this bauble? Take it away !'—and gave it to a musketeer. And now - Fetch him down !' says he to Harrison, flashing on the Speaker. Speaker Lenthall, more an ancient Roman than anything else, declares, He will not come till forced. Sir,' said Harrison, 'I will lend you a hand;' on which Speaker Lenthall came down, and gloomily vanished. They all vanished ; flooding gloomily, clamorously out, to their ulterior businesses, and respective places of abode : the Long Parliament is dissolved ! "It's you that have forced me to this,' exclaims my
Lord General: 'I have sought the Lord night and day, that He would rather slay me than put me upon the doing of this work.' At their going out, some say the Lord General said to young Sir Harry Vane, calling him by his name, That he might have prevented this ; but that he was a juggler, and had not common honesty.' 'O, Sir Harry Vane,' thou with thy subtle casuistries and abstruse hair-splittings, thou art other than a good one, I think! The Lord deliver me from thee, Sir Harry Vane!' 'All being gone out, the door of the House was locked, and the Key with the Mace, as I heard, was carried away by Colonel Otley; '-and it is all over, and the unspeakable Catastrophe has come, and remains.
ALFRED TENNYSON.-BORN 1809. ALFRED TENNYSON, our greatest living poet, succeeded Wordsworth as Poet Laureate in 1850.
Works : Poems (1827, -30, -33, 42), The Princess (1847), In Memoriam (1850), Maud, &c. (1855), Idylls of the King (1859–73), Enoch Arden, &c. (1864), and two historical dramas, Queen Mary (1875), and Harold (1877).
THE PASSING OF ARTHUR.
(From The Idylls of the King.) [The 'last, dim, weird battle of the west' has been fought; and Arthur's knights have 'fallen, man by man, about their lord, King Arthur,' who has also been mortally wounded. Sir Bedivere,
'First made and latest left of all the knights,' has carried the king to a barge, where he has been received by three queens with crowns gold, who are attended by a great company of stately forms, black-stoled, black-hooded.' (Cf. pages 15–18.)]
Then loudly cried the bold Sir Bedivere :
405 Among new men, strange faces, other minds.'
And slowly answered Arthur from the barge :
Lest one good custom should corrupt the world. 410
So said he, and the barge with oar and sail
435 Ruffles her
pure cold plume, and takes the flood
GEORGE ELIOT.' Under the assumed name of GEORGE ELIOT, a lady has taken the foremost place among living English novelists. She has also achieved reputation as a poet.
Works: Scenes of Clerical Life (1858), Adam Bede (1859), The Mill