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Lucretia, Vol. 4
E. B. Lytton

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PART THE SECOND. 

PROLOGUE TO PART THE SECOND. 

The century has advanced.  The rush of the deluge has ebbed back; the old
landmarks have reappeared; the dynasties Napoleon willed into life have
crumbled to the dust; the plough has passed over Waterloo; autumn after
autumn the harvests have glittered on that grave of an empire.  Through
the immense ocean of universal change we look back on the single track
which our frail boat has cut through the waste.  As a star shines
impartially over the measureless expanse, though it seems to gild but one
broken line into each eye, so, as our memory gazes on the past, the light
spreads not over all the breadth of the waste where nations have battled
and argosies gone down,--it falls narrow and confined along the single
course we have taken; we lean over the small raft on which we float, and

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