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MANFRED,

A DRAMATIC POEM.

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

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DRAMATIS PERSONE.

MANFRED.

CHAMOIS HUnter.

ABBOT OF ST. MAURICE.

MANUEL.

HERMAN.

WITCH OF THE Alps.

ARIMANES.

NEMESIS.

THE DESTINIES.

SPIRITS, &c.

The Scene of the Drama is amongst the Higher Alps-partly in the Castle of Manfred, and partly in the Mountains.

MANFRED.

ACT I.

SCENE I.

MANFRED alone-Scene, a Gothic gallery-Time, Midnight.

MAN. THE lamp must be replenish'd, but even then
It will not burn so long as I must watch:
My slumbers-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

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