Edwin Atherstone

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Edwin Atherstone (1788–1875) was a poet and novelist. His works, which were planned on an imposing scale, attracted some temporary attention and applause, but are now forgotten. His chief poem, The Fall of Nineveh, consisting of thirty books, appeared at intervals from 1828 to 1868.

He also produced two novels, The Sea Kings in England and The Handwriting on the Wall.
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Israel In Egypt. Book Eighteenth.
Throughout the city, and the lands around,
Soon ran the rumour that, from Israel's God,
Moses a word had brought unto the king,
The Fall Of Nineveh. Book The Sixth
Meantime, within the royal maiden's bower--
Hurriedly met, in fear and trembling hope,--
Sat Dara and Nehushta. That sweet spot
The Fall Of Nineveh. Book The Fifth
Within his splendid chamber; by all flowers
Of fragrance rare and exquisite perfumed;
Beneath a silken canopy, gold--dropped,
A Dramatic Sketch.
Why do ye mock me thus?--
Ye said I should behold my native place,
Immortal Sparta:--mother of the race
The Last Days Of Herculaneum.
It was a day of gloom, and strange suspense,
And feverish, and inexplicable dread,
In Herculaneum's walls. The heavy, thick,


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