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By H. G. Wells

Spanning the origins of the Earth to the end result of the 1st international warfare, it is a brilliantly compelling account of the evolution of existence and the advance of the human race. alongside the way in which, Wells considers such various topics because the Neolithic period, the increase of Judaism, the Golden Age of Athens, the lifetime of Christ, the increase of Islam, the invention of the USA and the commercial Revolution. Breathtaking in its scope and passionate in its depth, this heritage continues to be some of the most readable of its style.

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The maskers, you, you, you. [To Boxes, Pit, and Gallery. Lud! what a group the motley scene discloses! [] False wits, false wives, false virgins, and false spouses : 15 Statesmen with bridles on; and, close beside ’em, [] Patriots, in party-coloured suits, that ride ’em. [] 46 There Hebes, turned of fifty, try once more, [] To raise a flame in Cupids of threescore. These, in their turn, with appetites as keen, 20 Deserting fifty, fasten on fifteen. Miss, not yet full fifteen, with fire uncommon, Flings down her sampler, and takes up the woman : [] The little urchin smiles, and spreads her lure, And tries to kill ere she’s got power to cure.

And Madam, quoth he, may this bit be my poison, A prettier dinner I never set eyes on; Pray a slice of your liver, though may I be cursed, But I’ve eat of your tripe, till I’m ready to burst. 95 The tripe, quoth the Jew, with his chocolate cheek, [] I could dine on this tripe seven days in the week : I like these here dinners, so pretty and small; But your friend there, the Doctor, eats nothing at all. O—Oh! quoth my friend, he’ll come on in a trice, 100 He’s keeping a corner for something that’s nice : There’s a pasty—A pasty!

405 Have we not seen, at pleasure’s lordly call, The smiling long-frequented village fall; Beheld the duteous son, the sire decayed, The modest matron, and the blushing maid, Forced from their homes, a melancholy train, 410 To traverse climes beyond the western main; [] Where wild Oswego spreads her swamps around, [] And Niagara stuns with thundering sound? [] Even now, perhaps, as there some pilgrim strays [] Through tangled forests, and through dangerous ways; 415 Where beasts with man divided empire claim, And the brown Indian marks with murderous aim; There, while above the giddy tempest flies, [] And all around distressful yells arise, The pensive exile, bending with his woe, 420 To stop too fearful, and too faint to go, [] Casts a long look where England’s glories shine, [] And bids his bosom sympathize with mine.

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