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VIRGINIA A Tragedy

AND OTHER POEMS

MARION FORSTER GILMORE

VIRGINIA

A Tragedy

AND

OTHER POEMS

BY

MARION FORSTER GILMORE

JOHN P. MORTON & COMPANY Incorporated

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY 1910

COPYRIGHT, 1910, BY MARION FORSTER GILMORE

Dedication

TO MY FATHER

Years can not cloud the light of your clear eyes, Steadfast and bright with high integrity; Nor rob your spirit of the strength that lies On those firm lips; nor dim the purity Of a high soul, which bears the shield of Love Untarnished, as it was upon the day When One, with tender faith, desired to prove Her "Royal Knight," and gave her heart away. Bear her bright shield, and smile, as years roll by Years that have crowned you with the priceless crown Of steadfast faith and worldwide charity Until you reap the joy that you have sown, In that near land, where, with a light divine, The eyes you love through all the ages shine.

[Thanks are due to the proprietors of The Cosmopolitan Magazine and Leslie's Weekly, for their courtesy in allowing the republication herein of a number of poems which have previously appeared in issues of their copyrighted magazines.]

CONTENTS

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VIRGINIA 1

Stewardship 61

The Sea Gull 62

Mt. Vernon 63

My Mother 64

The Cradle Song 64

Out of the Dark 65

Niobe 66

To the Genius of Death, by Canova 66

To the Winged Victory of Samothrace 67

Beatrice Triumphant 68

The Call of the Irish Sea 68

The Lion of Lucerne 69

Sonnet to Niagara Falls 70

The Lost Heart 70

Is He Not Mine? 71

Two Gifts 71

The Moonflower 72

Three Kisses 72

A Song of the West 73

To Esther 74

The Thrush 75

The Light of the Star 76

The Message of the Pines 77

The Lost Sunbeam 78

Heritage 79

VIRGINIA

A Tragedy

CHARACTERS OF THE PLAY

APPIUS CLAUDIUS, Chief of the Ten and lawgiver of the Romans.

MARCUS CLAUDIUS, His client.

OPPIUS, One of the Ten.

VIRGINIUS, A Roman centurion; a plebeian.

ICILIUS, A tribune of the commons and lover to Virginia.

SICINIUS, A plebeian soldier and an enemy of the Decemvirs.

HORATIUS, GALBA, MARIUS, HORTENSIUS, Four Roman citizens.

TIBERIUS, A boy of noble birth; brother to Cornelia.

THE TEN DECEMVIRS.

A PORTER.

VIRGINIA, Daughter of Virginius.

CORNELIA, A patrician lady, secretly betrothed to Sicinius.

CAMILLA, Nurse to Virginia.

JULIA, A maid.

A SIBYL.

A SLAVE GIRL IN THE HOUSE OF APPIUS CLAUDIUS.

SOLDIERS, LICTORS, WOMEN, RABBLE, AND SERFS.

Setting Rome. Time During Supremacy of the Decemvirs.

ACT I Scene I The Forum. Scene II A Street in Rome.

ACT II Scene I The House of Appius. Scene II Women's Apartments in the House of Virginius. Scene III Garden in House of Virginius. Scene IV Home of Cornelia.

ACT III Scene I The Forum. Scene II Home of Virginius. Scene III The Forum.

VIRGINIA

A Tragedy

ACT I.

Scene I The Forum.

A multitude of citizens gathered therein. Disturbance shown among them by sullen looks and murmurings... Continue reading book >>




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