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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1876 Excerpt: ... the pulsation of his heart, and suspended his respiration. Then the customary proclamation, in the stern sonorous voice of the executioner, "This is the head of a traitor," followed by a low sullen murmur among the people, and the deafening shout of " God save the King, and Duke Richard the Proctector," from the soldiers and assistants in the tragedy, declared too surely that the deed of blood was perpetrated. A minute after, the thundering discharge of the Tower guns shook the chapel to its foundation, and startled the fainting prince from temporary insensibility, into a sudden painful consciousness of waking horror, that appeared to his confused imagination like the phantasma of a frightful dream. "Where are we? and what has befallen us, Edward?" cried he, starting from his brother's trembling arms, and gazing fearfully round him. "Be calm, my sweet brother," said the young king, drawing him tenderly to his bosom; "we are, as before, under the protection of our Heavenly Father, though the arm of flesh in which we confided for deliverance has just been laid low in our very sight, which must teach us the vanity of placing our reliance on any earthly stay." Here a passionate burst of tears relieved his full heart, and the royal brothers, enfolding each other in a close embrace, continued to weep till the entrance of Sir Robert Brackenbury, pale and agitated, who, on learning that the young princes had been left alone in the chapel, by the attendants, officers, and officiating priests and servitors all hurrying to witness the execution of the unfortunate Lord Hastings, had hastened thither in great alarm lest they should have availed themselves of that opportunity for attempting their escape. He uttered an ejaculation of satisfaction on finding they were safe...
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