Excerpt from Maximilian I: A Conflict Between the Old World and the New, Tragedy in Four Acts Scene I. Library in the Tuileries. Napoleon III. Later his Body Servant. Napoleon [seated at his work table.]That is the plan, arisen from the hazeOf doubt and hesitation; that will do.For every case that I can think of wI plainly see my way; see how it windsThrough difficulties, failures and delaysUntil it leads me to the glorious goal, And for the unexpected turns of fateI see a by-way for a safe escape. Jean. The night has passed, the sun is rising bright, And yet your Majesty has had rest.Indeed, I fear the public welfare isToo dearly bought with your imperial health. Napoleon. Thanks, good old Jean, for all your honest care;But work that ripens and promotes our plansRefreshes more than dead and heavy sleep;And moderation, both in sleep and meals, Gives us a mental strength that well befitsA monarch watching over Europe's peace.I feel so strong to-day that with this handI could destroy and crush a mighty realmTo reconstruct it on a better plan. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.