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And I lie so composedly.

Now, in my bed
(Knowing her love),

That you fancy me dead;
And I rest so contentedly

Now in my bed
(With her love at my breast),

That you fancy me dead—
That you shudder to look at me,

Thinking me dead.

But my heart it is brighter

Than all of the many
Stars in the sky,

For it sparkles with Annie—
It glows with the light

Of the love of my Annie—
With the thought of the light

Of the eyes of my Annie.

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ROME.—A Hall in a Palace. Alessandra and Castiglione.

Alessandra. Thou art sad, Castiglione.

Castiglione. Sad !—not I.

Oh, I 'm the happiest, happiest man in Rome!
A few days more, thou knowest, my Alessandra,
Will make thee mine. Oh, I am very happy!

• "Politian" was a juvenile production, and is the least meritorious work Poe has left.—Ed.

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Aless. Methinks thou hast a singular way of showing Thy happiness! What ails thee, cousin of mine? Why didst thou sigh so deeply?

Cas. Did I sigh?

I was not conscious of it. It is a fashion,
A silly—a most silly fashion, I have
When I am very happy. Did I sigh? (Sighing.)

Aless. Thou didst. Thou art not well. Thou
hast indulged
Too much of late, and I am vexed to see it.
Late hours and wine, Castiglione,—these
Will ruin thee! Thou art already altered—
Thy looks are haggard: nothing so wears away
The constitution as late hours and wine.

Cas. (musing.) Nothing, fair cousin, nothing—not even deep sorrow—r Wears it away like evil hours and wine. I will amend.

Aless. Do it! I would have thee drop Thy riotous company, too—fellows low born Ill suit the like with old Di Broglio's heir And Alessandra's husband.

Cas. I will drop them.

Aless. Thou wilt—thou must. Attend thou also more To thy dress and equipage,—they are over-plain

For thy lofty rank and fashion: much depends
Upon appearances.

Cos. I '11 see to it.

Alm. Then see to it! Pay more attention, sir, To a becoming carriage: much thou wantest In dignity.

Cos. Much, much—oh, much I want In proper dignity!

Aless. (haughtily). Thou mockest me, sir!

Cos. (abstractedly). Sweet, gentle Lalage!

Aless. Heard I aright?

I speak to him—he speaks of Lalage! Sir Count! (places her hand on his shoulder) what

art thou dreaming? He's not well! What ails thee, sir?

Cos. (starting). Cousin !—fair cousin !—madam! I crave thy pardon—indeed, I am not well! Your hand from off my shoulder, if you please. This air is most oppressive !—Madam—the Duke! Enter Di Broglio.

Di Broglio. My son, I 've news for thee ! —Hey! what's the matter? (Observing Alessandra.) F the pouts? Kiss her, Castiglione !—kiss her, You dog! and make it up, I say, this minute! I 've news for you both. Politian is expected Hourly in Rome — Politian, Earl of Leicester! We 'll have him at the wedding. 'T is his first visit To the imperial city.

AUss. What! Politian

Of Britain, Earl of Leicester?

Di Brog. The same, my love.

We 'll have him at the wedding. A man quite young
In years, but grey in fame. I have not seen him.
But Rumour speaks of him as of a prodigy,
Pre-eminent in arts, and arms, and wealth,
And high descent. We 'll have him at the wedding.

Aless. I have heard much of this Politian.
Gay, volatile, and giddy, is he not?
And little given to thinking.

Di Brog. Far from it, love.

No branch, they say, of all philosophy
So deep abstruse he has not mastered it:
Learned as few are learned.

Aless. T is very strange!

I have known men have seen Politian,
And sought his company. They speak of him
As of one who entered madly into life,
Drinking the cup of pleasure to the dregs.

Cas. Ridiculous! Now I have seen Politian
And know him well—nor learned nor mirthful he.
He is a dreamer, and a man shut out
From common passions.

Di Brog. Children, we disagree. Let us go forth and taste the fragrant air Of the garden. Did I dream, or did I hear Politian was a melancholy man' ! [Exeunt.

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