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A DRAMATIC POEM.
" There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
WITCH OF THE ALPS.
The Scene of the Drama is amongst the Higher Alpspartly in the Castle of Manfred, and partly in the Mountains.
MANFRED alone-Scene, a Gothic Gallery-Time,
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 Must mourn the deepest o'er the fatal truth, The Tree of Knowledge is not that of Life. Philosophy and science, and the springs Of wonder, and the wisdom of the world, I have essay'd, and in my mind there is A power to make these subject to itselfBut they avail not: I have done men good,