Edwin Atherstone

(1788-1875 / England)

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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. more »

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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,
And torrid atmosphere; the solid, vast,
And strong--edg'd clouds, that through the firmament
In various and opposing courses moved:--
The wild scream of the solitary bird
That, at long intervals, flew terror--driven
On high:--the howling of the red--ey'd dog
As he gaz'd trembling on the angry heavens:--
The hollow moans that swept along the air,
Though every wind was lock'd,--portended all
That nature with some dire event was ...

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