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illustrated.1848 Excerpt: ... young man's room, Saint Just threw
his clothes on a chair, and disposed himself for sleep. "'What do
you do?' said Robespierre to him. "'I go to bed, ' replied Saint
Just. "'What you think of sleeping on such a night ' cried
Robespierre. 'Do you not hear the tocsin? Do you not know that this
night will, perhaps, be the last for thousands of your fellow
creatures, who are men at the moment in which you fall asleep, and
who will be corpses when you waken?' "'Alas ' answered Saint Just.
'I know that there will be a massacre this night. I deplore it. I
wish I were powerful enough to be enabled to moderate the conflicts
of a people which debates between death and liberty; but say not
so. And besides, after all, those who will be sacrificed this night
are not friends to our ideas. Adieu.' "Thus saying, he fell asleep.
"The next morning, at daybreak, Saint Just, on awaking, saw
Robespierre, who was walking with disturbed steps in the chamber,
and who, from time to time, pressed his brow against the glass of
the window, looking for the daylight in the sky, and listening to
the noise in the street. Saint Just, astonished to see his friend
so early in the same place, cried out--"' What has brought you here
so soon to-day?' "' What has brought me?' answered Robespierre. 'Do
you think that I have returned?' "'What, then, you have not been to
sleep V inquired Saint Just. "' Sleep?' replied Robespierre;
"Sleep? while hundreds of assassins massacre thousands of victims,
and while blood, both pure and impure, runs like water in the
streets. Oh, no ' continued he, in a gloomy voice, and with a
Sardonic smile on his lips, 'no, I did not go to bed. I watched,
like remorse or crime. Yes, I was weak enough not to go to sleep,
but Danton--He Slept.'" This anecdote, given on good...
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Percy B. St. John
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