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The Story Of Regulus
On the other side of the sea from Rome there was once a gre...

Maximilian And The Goose Boy
One summer day King Max-i-mil'ian of Ba-va'ri-a was walking...

Socrates And His House
There once lived in Greece a very wise man whose name was S...

The Miller Of The Dee
Once upon a time there lived on the banks of the River Dee ...

The Story Of Cincinnatus
There was a man named Cin-cin-na'tus who lived on a little ...

Julius Caesar
Nearly two thousand years ago there lived in Rome a man who...

The King And His Hawk
Gen'ghis Khan was a great king and war-rior. He led his ...

The Blind Men And The Elephant
There were once six blind men who stood by the road-side ev...

King Alfred And The Beggar
At one time the Danes drove King Alfred from his kingdom, a...

Picciola
Many years ago there was a poor gentleman shut up in one of...

The Sons Of William The Conqueror
There was once a great king of England who was called Wil-l...

A Laconic Answer
Many miles beyond Rome there was a famous country which we ...

Alexander And Bucephalus
One day King Philip bought a fine horse called Bu-ceph'a-lu...

Casabianca
There was a great battle at sea. One could hear nothing but...

The Barmecide Feast
There was once a rich old man who was called the Bar-me-cid...

The Sword Of Damocles
There was once a king whose name was Di-o-nys'i-us. He was ...

Diogenes The Wise Man
At Cor-inth, in Greece, there lived a very wise man whose n...

The Black Douglas
In Scotland, in the time of King Robert Bruce, there lived ...

King Canute On The Seashore
A hundred years or more after the time of Alfred the Great ...

Sir Humphrey Gilbert
More than three hundred years ago there lived in England a ...



HE NEVER SMILED AGAIN








The bark that held the prince went down,
The sweeping waves rolled on;
And what was England's glorious crown
To him that wept a son?
He lived, for life may long be borne
Ere sorrow breaks its chain:
Why comes not death to those who mourn?
He never smiled again.

There stood proud forms before his throne,
The stately and the brave;
But who could fill the place of one,--
That one beneath the wave?
Before him passed the young and fair,
In pleasure's reckless train;
But seas dashed o'er his son's bright hair--
He never smiled again.

He sat where festal bowls went round;
He heard the minstrel sing;
He saw the tour-ney's victor crowned
Amid the knightly ring.
A murmur of the restless deep
Was blent with every strain,
A voice of winds that would not sleep--
He never smiled again.

Hearts, in that time, closed o'er the trace
Of vows once fondly poured,
And strangers took the kins-man's place
At many a joyous board;
Graves which true love had bathed with tears
Were left to heaven's bright rain;
Fresh hopes were born for other years--
_He_ never smiled again!





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