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 King Robert Of Sicily 
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      Robert of Sicily, brother of Pope Urbane
      And Valmond, Emperor of Allemaine,
      Apparelled in magnificent attire,
      With retinue of many a knight and squire,
      On St. John's eve, at vespers, proudly sat
      And heard the priests chant the Magnificat.
      And as he listened, o'er and o'er again
      Repeated, like a burden or refrain,
      He caught the words, "_Deposuit potentes
      De sede, et exaltavit humiles_";
      And slowly lifting up his kingly head
      He to a learned clerk beside him said,
      "What mean these words?" The clerk made answer meet,
      "He has put down the mighty from their seat,
      And has exalted them of low degree."
      Thereat King Robert muttered scornfully,
      "'T is well that such seditious words are sung
      Only by priests and in the Latin tongue;
      For unto priests and people be it known,
      There is no power can push me from my throne!"
      And leaning back, he yawned and fell asleep,
      Lulled by the chant monotonous and deep.
      When he awoke, it was already night;
      The church was empty, and there was no light,
      Save where the lamps, that glimmered few and faint,
      Lighted a little space before some saint.
      He started from his seat and gazed around,
      But saw no living thing and heard no sound.
      He groped toward the door, but it was locked;
      He cried aloud, and listened, and knocked,
      And uttered awful threatenings and complaints,
      And imprecations upon men and saints.
      The sounds reechoed from the roof and walls
      As if dead priests were laughing in their stalls.
      At length the sexton, hearing from without
      The tumult of the knocking and the shout,
      And thinking thieves were in the house or prayer,
      Came with his lantern, asking, "Who is there?"
      Half choked with rage, King Robert fiercely said,
      "Open:'tis I, the King! Art thou afraid?"
      The frightened sexton, muttering, with a curse,
      "This is some drunken vagabond, or worse!"
      Turned the great key and flung the portal wide;
      A man rushed by him at a single stride,
      Haggard, half naked, without hat or cloak,
      Who neither turned, nor looked at him, nor spoke,
      But leaped into the blackness of the night,
      And vanished like a spectre from his sight.
      Robert of Sicily, brother of Pope Urbane
      And Valmond, Emperor of Allemaine,
      Despoiled of his magnificent attire,
      Bareheaded, breathless, and besprent with mire,
      With sense of wrong and outrage desperate,
      Strode on and thundered at the palace gate;
      Rushed through the courtyard, thrusting in his rage
      To right and left each seneschal and page,
      And hurried up the broad and sounding stair,
      His white face ghastly in the torches' glare.
      From hall to hall he passed with breathless speed;
      Voices and cries he heard, but did not heed,
      Until at last he reached the banquet-room,
      Blazing with light, and breathing with perfume.
      There on the dais sat another king,
      Wearing his robes, his crown, his signet-ring,
      King Robert's self in features, form, and height,
      But all transfigured with angelic light!
      It was an Angel; and his presence there
      With a divine effulgence rilled the air,
      An exaltation, piercing the disguise,
      Though none the hidden Angel recognised.
      A moment speechless, motionless, amazed,
      The throneless monarch on the Angel gazed,
      Who met his look of anger and surprise
      With the divine compassion of his eyes;
      Then said, "Who art thou? and why com'st thou here?"
      To which King Robert answered with a sneer,
      "I am the King, and come to claim my own
      From an impostor, who usurps my throne!"
      And suddenly, at these audacious words,
      Up sprang the angry guests, and drew their swords;
      The Angel answered, with unruffled brow,
      "Nay, not the King, but the King's Jester, thou

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