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The flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow dies; All that we wish to stay
Tempts and then flies : What is this world's delight ? Lightning that mocks the night, Brief even as bright.
Shelley. " Mutability."
(g). Stanzas of Eight Verses.
Eight heroics, the first six rhyming alternately, the last two in succession, are known as Ottava Rima. Many of the great poems of Italy, Spain, and Por­tugal are arranged in this stanza: Byron's transla­tion of Morganle Maggiore and his Don Juan are the best English examples of it.
But the Consul's brow was sad,
And the Consul's speech was low, And darkly looked he at the wall,
And darkly afc the foe. •' Their van will be upon us
Before the bridge goes down ; And if they once may win the bridge,
What hope to save the town ? "
Macaulay. " Horatius."
A wizard is he !
Do you see, d'ye see ? Temples arise in the upper air:
Now they are gone,
And a troop comes on Of plumed knights and ladies fair;