Behind Was Dark Andwas dark and And all before was night and fear How many hours of night or day In those suspended pangs I lay I could not tell I scarcely new If this Were Human Breath I DrewThankful That The human breath I drewThankful that the with Theresa and her Asiatic eye is only a stanza and a half or so the way KS talked about it sounded like the whole poem s about that Mazeppa s transformation is gr8 but then for some reason the poem finishes with him just falling in love with a slender Cossack girl it s a crap ending for all the build up of Mazeppa s monstrosity Never cared much for poetry I read Mazeppa anyways and I really like it The tale of a man strapped to a horse who runs with an almost endless energy is great But I hunted this down for the Fragment of a novel included It s cited as the first vampire tale in literature I m interested in reading Bram Stoker and Prest s tales of Varney the Vampire so I figured I d start at the beginning But it really is only an unfinished fragment and we only Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow know that it s about a vampire because the author said so His publisher apparently printed it without permission combined with Mazeppa to pad the I read an excerpt of this poem in a collection last year and of course that taste made me hungry for the rest What I did notnow was that Mazeppa was a real person and that this incident really happened Not exactly in the way Byron described it there is a difference in being tied to a thoroughly wild horse and being tied to your own personal mount But of course I can forgive Byron the exaggerating of detail because what ind of a poem would it have been if a tame horse had been lashed into a frenzy and then ran full speed to Mazeppa s own house This is what happened according to the wiki article I read about Mazeppa Sometimes history needs tweaking to become he. This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923 This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters introduced typographical errors and jumbled words This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or .
Roically poetic doesn t itIn the poem Mazeppa the King Of Sweden and some other soldiers are retreating from the Russian army after a battle that has gone badly The King is injured they all need to rest so they settle in for the night Byron makes a point of showing the bond between Mazeppa and his current war horse Among the rest Mazeppa madeHis pillow in an old oak s shade Himself as rough and scarce less oldThe Ukraine
s Hetman calm and bold But first outspent with this longHetman calm and bold But first outspent with this long Cossack prince rubbed down his horseAnd made for him a leafy bedAnd smoothed his fetlocks and his maneAnd slacked his girth and stripped his reinAnd joyed to see how well he fed For until now he had the dreadHis wearied courser might refuseTo browse beneath the midnight dewsBut he was hardy as his lordAnd little cared for bed and board But spirited and docile tooWhate er was TO BE DONE WOULD DOSHAGGY AND SWIFT AND STRONG be done would doShaggy and swift and strong limbAll Tartar like he carried him Obeyed his voice and came to callAnd new him in the midst of allThough thousands were around and NightWithout a star pursued her flight That steed from sunset until dawnHis chief would follow like a fawn The King praises Mazeppa for all he has done for the army then goes on to compare Mazeppa s bond with his horse to Alexander The Great and his Bucephalus And Mazeppa then tells the tale of The school wherein I learned to ride Now I don t now about anyone else but I don school wherein I learned to ride Now I don t now about anyone else but I don believe that being tied naked face up on the back of a horse will teach you anything about how to ride or how to bond with the animal But that s just my opinion of courseThe reason this happened to Mazeppa was that he had an affair with a woman he should have stayed away from and the husband discovered them together Nothing is said of what became of the woman by the way Surely. Lurred pages poor pictures errant marks etc that were either part of the original artifact or were introduced by the scanning process We believe this work is culturally important and despite the imperfections have elected to