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most of the pieces preceding in date those of his last book ''Poems Descriptive. Doyle. " Phocwn. 15. 1916. This with his first volume published. /^ ^r OCT 19 1916 CI. Narrative and Reflective" issued in 1915. Aug. by E.A INTRODUCTORY NOTE.'' includes nearly all of the author's earlier work. Copyright 1916.A445--i75 . A. a Dramatic Poem and Other Poems.

) 37 Regnum Noctis The River Echo and the Mountain Earth'sCycle The Transmigration of Souls {To Love's Query And Answer 39 Love In Summer Ode TO THE Universe 40 40 . PAGE Trcezene— i4 Masque Ceres of the Gods 5 13 14 ^TNA The Web of Fate Chance and Nature Love AND May The Dewdrop The Death of Whittier The Young Philosopher Day Dreams A Thought 15 17 19 20 21 26 26 28 29 31 33 35 the Critic.CONTENTS.


Far as yon argent bright unfolds its zone In solemn conclave round Jove's golden throne. and ministers and powers divine. Sharing our equal bliss. For For this this my peacocks cleft the liquid blue my zephyrs wept their holiest dew : . tmuut Trcezene.. immortality and hope. 1 his is my prayer and this my sole employ : To countervail the harsh decrees of fate And confound the remnant of the Trojan state. partakers alike Of nectar and ambrosia. Spirits Who Juno. I summon you to appear. Jupiter. Jl masoue of tbe 60(1$ Jupiter calls a general council of the Deities at on complaint of Neptune that the Greeks had built a wall about their ships rivaling the wall with which he had encircled Troy. inhabit earth or live in realms of air. Long banished from my favored realms of joy. All spirits of the incorporeal air At my dissolving wand I bid appear.

Yet must I obey the king of gods and men. O'er sea and land to hell's devouring jaws swift traversed the bounds of space and time. Whose strong petitions shake thy throne with prayer Then From shall fresh incense arise to thee more sweet the dittany and poppy at my feet. Next 'twixt two brothers wrought a fatal feud Then father and son in a deadly quarrel joined I maimed the father and slew the son.6 TRCEZENE: A this the rising vapors MASQUE For As before Jove's altar choke the land. Mercury. . I Mars. For what were cities to a fame like mine Grant thou my wish and bid the Greeks to spare. Yesterday two strong armies front to tront I drew to battle. My task at last is ended behold. ! E'en Italy and Argos I resign. they come! War in the van. . I come from fields of blood with carnage red. but long ere night I left the field with a thousand corses strewn. Love at the rear: see the conquering Mars Thrice armed with the strength of gods and mortal men. day and night I stand.

Who when in doubtful scale the combat hung.OF THE GODS. 'Tis the Keeper of Avernus. Whose sides are mouth Who comes next? red with flame. o'er which with thee O mighty king. The strong and weak in death inexorable Past Cerberus Meet I in my hold disputed sway. Not fiercer tumult make the thunderbolts. thrice ten cycles of revolving years . Back to thy native shades. Hades. From realms Long of gloom—Tartarean abodes. but comes to our court. Mercury. ETC. Or the fierce mate of Mars' inconstant reign. wide domain. did I cast my sickle on the earth To reap the fairest of the race of men.] Apollo. A milder sway is Through mine. who from his fiery seat Emerges Unbidden to plague the upper world. more peaceful scenes. I a rapid exit made. Mercury. O'erthrew the chariot of the god of war. and from whose Exhales a mighty smoke. feast? why comest thou here To mar our [Exit Hades.

Strong Helios. And when in happy age men's blood run cold. Now my song is ended. I from the chase have come.8 I TRCEZENE: A MASQUE moved the sun in his diurnal course. : Diana. Then gave the reins unto the king of day. pursued the hart. where. I pass unscathed by day and night through the I world. I slay them with my silver shafts that yield no pain. who relinquished to his son. Through sea and land o'er every clime I fly. . over wide Hesperian fields. seeing me draw near. unstrung my silver lyre. muses with my lyre The fawns and dryads scared at my approach Fled devious through Hymettus' flowery glades and straight from I sipped the budding sweets thence I moved Dodona's vocal reeds with song. Crouch low at my feet. Whose heedless haste either froze or burned the earth. Late I flying: lulled to sleep the . yet I harm them not Though once Actaeon I in caprice changed Into a stag when he saw me in the bath For such strong power hath chastity o'er men. My bow and silver lyre my only joy. fleet as the bounding roe The nymphs and satyrs. with stag and hound.

It shall leave no crack for error's warping wiles. Until. Where late I forged the Titans' thunderbolts Waged 'gainst all-judging Jove. Nor void of all beneficent result. This was my pleasant task. And multiply the riches of the mind. Artemis. with pleasant toil. stronger mandate calls me here ? . ETC. renewed the earth again shall smile As in the golden age. 9 Through the peaceful fields of To bless the race of man Science I range. Yet with strong truth so knit and intermixed. O'er all mankind shall stretch my powerful wand. appeared at Eleusis and was kindly treated. that strife What appeased. to King Koleus.OF THE GODS. From caverned shades of darkest gloom I come. And outward show of fine embelishment. To instruct his children in the arts of knowledge. and wars shall be no more. clothed in strange disguise. which when revived. And in the late decrepitude of time. though not wanting strength and grace. When wider schemes more suited to their use Shall flourish. Contemning ill and wars I eager wait The happy age when men shall live in peace . Invention rear her fabric to the skies. Once I Heph^stos.

Creator. whose dread decree Seals all thmgs both for gods and mortal men. King. Long had I wandered from the Delian isle. cheerful reapers joined in merry song Pass the blithe hours. earth with thy magnificence is filled. Cytherea's doves Until Adonis. now I am left to mourn. Is it not enough my daughter should be seized. . my kindness turned to scorn. charms despised.10 TRCEZENE: A Ceres. I spied. That I with repetition of vain moan Should vex your ears father of gods and men ? Venus. Father. And panted to embrace the lovely boy But he fled strangely was he moved to hate And scarce had he escaped from my arms My — — Than O fruitless love My found him slain by some hideous beast. I crossed the wide And The hither come to greet this solemn conclave. careless youth. only companions. I ! Neptune With three strong bounds arched sky. MASQUE golden harvests I have left unshorn. At whose command these celestial powers Assemble here and in joint counsel wait. for six brief moons Revisiting the scenes of upper air. a sadder fate is mine. My Where The mate of fiery Pluto.

For late unto my ears was brought report Of a strange breach that forfeits all reprieve. OF THE hid GODS. Thine are the kingdcms of the coral caves. My projects fail. For e'en celestial powers must seek repose 'Tis fitting now each several spirit join In one strong purpose and one will divine : .. is [After a consultation of the Deities. Thine are the sisters of the silver flood. ambition turn awry. Strcng son of heaven. Now all my glory soon shall be forgot. whose secrets I a suppliant come crave redress of certain grievances Against my watery realm insults vast. thine is the azure main. And my great schemes dissolve in empty air. To — the Greeks about their ships have built and strong. massy. Such as all-sovereign Jove might not approve. large Jupiter. lo ! For A circling rampart. 11 Save the Fates' strong oracles.]. To rival the walls with which I girdled Troy. But now the hour is drawing to a close. ETC. the Council dissolved. And all the mighty strength of ocean thine! Then mightst thcu with thy strong waves arise And level all the fabric in the dust. lie Beneath thy throne.

Jove strikes the ground. truth be poised in equal hemisphere. He said the noise subsides and discords cease. .12 TRCEZENE: A MASQUE That order out And of chaos may appear. Each power a favorite minister attends Till . The celestial spaces And And open to their view half enclose the earth with heavenly blue light. and at the fearful sound The mountains tremble and the hills around: A steaming vapor from the earth ascends. And fragrant zephyrs bear the dews of peace. harmony prevails o'er senseless rage. A rosy cloud diffuses liquid wafts them to Olympus out of sight. : Each strives the various clamor to assuage.

She bursts her prison-house. Which the black shades of Hades illume. happy hour. 'tis O thither how quick would I fly !" O I But when spring returns again to the earth. 15 Ceresf. And the flowers I shall soon pluck again. To I thee above in thy earth-home ? list to my heart-weary cry 'Tis I. : : OF THE GODS. Shall appear once again in the sunlight. And make bud the corn and the grain. the Earth.: . Doth it pierce through my dark cavern wild . Ceres through the long dark winter months Mourns ever for her daughter Proserpine. sings . Hear the voice of thy desolate child The song of thy long-prisoned daughter. In the dawn of the year to the plain To bring the ripe fruits of the harvest. thy daughter. in her dark home below mourns ever with wailing voice Her wintry bondage as she sings O mother above me. ETC. then Danae. Proserpina." : But Proserpina In the underworld "Ceres. joining above tier mother. when my daughter. 'Tis the voice of thy daughter. As with sad voice she sings : "Haste. Doomed to pine in the Stygean gloom Of the dark prison-palace of Pluto.

And covered with verdure the plain. passeth the winter of gloom Behold in profusion upspringing How hasteneth the bud and the bloom. A thousand streams of burning lava dart the dark mountain. . Fair Flora springs again. Around whose path thronged loves. Burning the mountam to a barren cinder. pouring a red sea Down its rough sides with smoke and hissing From steam. Years pass and nature repairs the sudden shock. How swiftly my pulses are stirring. and where once Fierce Titans strove the shepherd keeps his fiock Silent and undisturbed for centuries. mountain and valley. fruit of the summer. the Graces and the The torrent maddens and the wild stream rushes.14 * TRCEZENE: A 'Now Cometh the MASQUE . And crowned with rich harvests of grain. Stirred by the groaning Enceladus within 'Tis Vulcan at his forge mid smoke and heat. wooed by Zephyrus. And through those dark caves where Venus' feet . once stept." And ! aetna. So love is often linked with warlike deeds. And flaming serpents twist their fiery forms. When comes the glad reaping again For bright is the meadow with blossom. Peace sleeps secure upon the grassy slope Of upland.

without Seize the rest : moments as they fly Only he who strives is blest. 'twas often said. OF THE GODS. In ancient times. . Or voice of the Dodonian oak. When man was in his first estate. truth the poet spoke : The web of human fate is wove By hands both human and divine The power and guidance is above. That the Power who sits above. Slender be the threads or strong. Be the right foundation laid . Or Delphic Is this stern oracle unrolled. The skillful fingers yours and mine. Ruling o'er the ways of men. . Mixed with sorrow. And reward with noble gain. upward. He that lags behind must die. 15 ©tie ^elj of Jfate. mixed with joy. That all his inner life was bound By strong Necessity and Fate. Seeing shall the work approve. ETC. Weave life's web in light and shade. But wiser than the seers of old.. Onward.

And his life was half divine." . may he ask. Let it : rise Crowned and fror^t the sun. Till the fullness of his age Brings the well-accomplished task. Yet no respite men may rage. its stately columns rise. Shall say "Behold the glorious end See the master work of time : : Though with feeble He hath mounted step and slow earth's incline. Let the dark and gloomy past Light the future's darker way On the wreck of yesterday Build the temple of to-day. shall strike among the spheres. That That the Immortals who descend Resting on its front sublime. Yet all fearless did he go. : is king and lord of death Lord is he of war and peace Never till life's latest breath Life Will the flying shuttles cease. Heavenly strains salute the ears. . Till celestial visions greet the eyes. Waiting on time's growing powers. wreathed with flowers And Let faith end what hope begun.16 TRCEZENE: A Fools MASQUE may babble. with promise.

"I scarce had'. One day Chance dropped an acorn seed Into earth's fruitful mold : Beside a rank and poisonous weed The little oak-seed rolled. grew by day and night. For lo.dreamed Such magic powers had I. since. Until among the forest trees A giant oak it rose With branches large and wide. grew through winter's snows. acorn seed began to sprout. ETC. 17 Cftance anb iBtature. can one beside Such deeds of wonder tell ?" . then reaching out toward the light. "Behold !" said Chance. OF THE GODS. Down To the seed I careless dropped in the fruitful earth. First Its tendrils The It lay prone.. which seemed Almost to touch the sky . it It It grew beneath the summer breeze. Has grown on and never stopped . a tree of monstrous girth And in its foliage far and wide The birds of heaven dwell Behold my power.

Still no more power had you. What's now the glory of the wood Had never grown at all. the whole work mars As in each orb that moves about The sky without a flaw. I had never been a tree. ." So in the world. when by a few Some matchless deed is done is Not to a single cause But to each and all the glory due in one." was Nature's reply. For rather than to one beside The g^lory belongs to me : For had I withered. high Had I refused to yield my food. A hair's-breadth swerve And ruin covers all. "I started the tree forth. "you bore the seed Down to the earth. So to the mind he has given out His fixed and changeless law. drooped and died." said the tree. it And from my bosom bore To flourish in the earth. Or caused the showers to fall.18 TRCEZENE: A MASQUE "Yes." "You both do err. For God hath weighed the stars In balances so small. 'tis true I might have been that feeble weed.

Would Ne'er can I thy face forget. more blest Than was ever dreamt or guessed. That with moonbeams might compare. All day long would sing the bee And the louder madrigals Would ring out our marriage-bells From the wild bird's fervid throat All the hours will we devote . ETC. that thou and I were wed Fairies should deck our bridal-bed. Met a bright and fairy child Playing in the woodland wild. Pleasing scents and balmy flowers Should beguile life's rosy hours. OF THE GODS." With roses for their wedding bed. 'Round my heart thou'st set thy snare. To love's coquetries. Thus were Love and May fast wed. And the humming-bird at noon For our love-feast chant a tune While from bush and flower and tree. Love that lovest best in May Through the forest paths to stray. . And her eyes' cerulean hue Image was of heaven's own blue.:: . Light her locks of golden hair." he said. 19 lobe anb iWap. "thou art most fair. Now since y ou and 1 have met. "May.

thousand rivulets ran it to the sea To think at last 'tis but a point of dew. Within | A thousand bubbles sparkled where it grew. I saw a dewdrop on the window-sill. i A : | . What king could covet for his diadem A richer wealth of lustre than it bore ? ! How many The ruby prisoned rays of light lent its red. Must through the full-orbed universe extend : ! | j ! Forth from his covert comes the July sun When lo. If things so small present so much to view.20 TRCEZENE: A MASQUE Cfje JBetobrop. | Nature hersecretest labyrinths unfolds. All in a fleeting moment to be born ? Such Bright-hued and radiant as some orient gem Gathered Irom nature's antiquarian store. i What mighty mind can grasp a point ot dew ? What greater wonders. That all within those celled walls might be seen | | And lo ! what myriad forms its to being start . how quickly the gorgeous colors fiy. it emerald its holds green ! . wonders without end. And how those rainbow wonders one by one Withdraw their fleeting glories from the eye i I ! i . Left by the wind or dropped from leaf of tree. And from its inmost center force is rife. i sphere all organized with life Creation's power throbs vibrant at its heart. Flushed with the splendor of the early morn liquid beauty could nights depth's distill.

fill Sfje ©eatf) of OTijittier." say. The That bathes "Life airy cloud at early dawn its crest in seas of glory . 21 One day. From mountain peak to peak swift flames shall run.' is They . The prismad spectacle melts away Into the vacant air from whence it came. and when planets clash.: ! OF THE GODS. the self-same tale repeating Nothing endures beyond the death Of life in life and time's brief greeting. The power that can annul a drop of rain Prepares it for its post-natal birth Dowers with precious plenitude again To fructify rejuvenate the earth. scorched by strike some flery sun. The moonlight trembling on the lawn. When stars The universe will vanish in a flash. : How great the alembic power that thus can Earth's arteries with flame— demoniac force But higher still the jurisprudent skill Which keeps the tireless planet in its course. Swift as the fading gleams of dying day. Touched by a vaporous rosy-colored flame. ETC. Or feet of them that tell the story— a leaf that withereth. I.

golden notes for aye will linger. Swift as flies the fleeting day Only endure The good. All things else shall pass away. He heaps up in one gorgeous place No golden overflowing treasure. true and pure. Vouchsafe a momentary pleasure. Though time may grant a transient grace. And life. As on those ears where first they rung." II. true and pure." they say. Though they may nevermore Reach that ultimate shore Where star-crowned Truth sits canopied in state Though loaded down with weight Is . we feel's more than mere living. But when When spirit And when Its the deathless song is sung. will they cast overboard The faith by which they're linked and moor'd Yet never . Scarcely more lasting than its glimmer. each precious frigate. lie The loaded ships at anchor Of Truth's Golden Argosy. Will dwell the accents of the singjer. We are but creatures of a day. As insects in the sunlight shimmer. Then Faith uplifts the lamp of Trust. Only endure The good." to dust is given mute dust returns to spirit's giving.22 TRCEZENE: A MASQUE "Life is a painted cloud.

1 iring of friends and their idle talk. And reach at last the inner realm. O Poet. The peaceful land of poets' dreams. it is meet That I the brimming gulf should greet That gulf that towards the boundless sea Bears ever onward it and me. A Poet on a morning walk. "I go to join the brimming sea. Will they survive the ocean gales. 23 Though they may idly ride The wave and breast the tide. with my Must water these drops of generous dew as I pass through.: OF THE GODS." "Why "But why such haste?" the brook replied do [ thus so swiftly glide? : Know thou. **Where dost thou go. Only by steadfast nerve and iron hand Of those who watch at helm and keel. Sought the lone woods and there did spy A murmuring brook that babbled by. Unto the shining strand. ETC. But only as truth spreads the sails. . Yet 'twixt the goal doth intervene Full I many a mile of sunlit green. O brook?" said he. Will they their ocean foes withstand.

And Right still triumphs over Wrong." The poet heard. : And As broad and boundless III. And they lead the Immortals' van Who sing the Brotherhood of Man The sovereign power of noble deeds That lives above mere human creeds. His lyre was ever attuned to Freedom's cause. when broke His lips in music. That he no more his work should find Apart from the work of human kind. dwells to perpetuity as the sea. Through all the years that crowned his honored head fair and just and equitable laws. Until he saw fulfilled the hope which led His voice to prophesy. well knew we whose voice it was that spoke. till from four million slaves The shackles fell between the two ocean's waves.24 TRCEZENE: A And Soon MASQUE o'er all the glorious plain I shall fall in showers of rain. Determined should have new zest. his fault confessed life . Strong patriot and patriot bard who flung His soul into the work of human weal The sweetest of our singers who have sung First among those who taught our feet to kneel Before the altar of one God. So in the meadow land of song Only the life-giving endureth long. For .

glad that as in the hour need. Who hast prepared the armies for her war. of ' fell our martyrs. they of all kindred join The mourner's strain. One soul which pointed to the perfect way Heaven grant a kindly providence may disperse The clouds and change to blessing's form the curse. power and permanence a wall of granite stand to to the Will still direct : Her favored sons hand. guard from foes on every *Four hundredth anniversary of the discovery of America. Sept.: OF THE GODS. Who didst preserve and keeps the nation great. Now join these of his brethren lately freed 25 From bondage. And though that life should end which hath no When end. unthwarted still's heaven's design. 15. ETC. To the grave that is no grave though he should descend. And yet ill-omened seems it still that on This golden triumph of our natal day* That one more spirit-light should be withdrawn. In peace gave state. We feel the Power that guided us thus far. 1892. .

In search of berries that grew in the fields near the brook. One companion only shared his youthful sports Mildred. A plain rough farmer's son. and dreams of another world than his. or roam among the hills. often in play They would romp together. set in a sphere Of circling lakes and forests of young oaks. He wrought his roving fancies into this DAY-DREAMS. whom the sultry suns Ot some eighteen summers ripened. Or chase the squirrel through the woods. burnt and Deep in a bronzed To rustic health. and so in sun and shade He grew like a wild-flower by the river's brink. Sweet are those dreams which are at last Like flitting phantoms of the past— The golden dawn of youth's first days Alit by Hope's bright ruddy rays . It was a spot Of natural loveliness. a neighbor's daughter.26 TRCEZENE: A MASQUE From happy valley far removed the world and the scenes of active life lived Jean. And the scenes would arouse poetic reveries In the boy. And stir the genius slumbering in his soul And while he mused beside the crystal streams.

: Sometimes to the boy came dreams of growing power. A brilliant star. His name should stand upon its crowning stone. And longed for glorious fame he should be A great inventor whose increasing skill Would wake the springs of action into newer life. . 27 Mirroring the future's pleasant streams O may they all fulfillment bring. like a summer bird The Of full : . the marvel of the age And while he mused and dreamed. The hours that we enjoyed at school The present with its iron rule. And like the alchemists smote the web of things And rolled a flood of glory on his ears. New coined within the mintage of his brain. And life's procession passing by Beneath the fervor of the sky But sweeter still where Fancy gleams. roaming over foreign lands. And blossom in the flowery walks of fame. And many a rare and antiquated phrase Shone like the full moon large and luminous. and in the sand He carved a name to shine among the stars. Turning all the silver of his thought to gold. The old philosophers had a charmed sound. He loathed a life of barren commonplace. ^s Science lured him to more arduous paths. Soil not the heart and leave no sting. seeds of promise ripening in the fruit achievement. For when he thought of all great men have done. ETC.! : OF THE GODS. And when the vast hall of Science was complete. A reformer moulding opinion in straighter grooves Or a discoverer.

Lost inuntrammeled hght. Though half its import to express Racks the heart's unsearched feebleness.28 TRCEZENE: A MASQUE : That soars above the vision far away. Thus dreamed the boy nor knew it was all a dream . tinkling A voice when the noise waxes loud The buzz and tumult Beside the spirit and the force Which guides the unseen universe. thus he poetized A THOUGHT. mild spring. It hath no corporeal bound The spirit here. of the crowd— And flashed to the region of the mind To show we are but dumb and blind Whether by some inward gleam Of memory caught in Fancy's dream Of far-off sea or wildering stream. What is a thought?— a breath blown free Of the world's wondrous symmetry A portion of the starUt skies A breeze at morn. And ever Mildred mingled in his dreams His guide and guardian in those happier spheres. the substance there. Yet both and all are everywhere. Or red with summer's blossoming And wherever it is found. Caught from the clear and fervid noon A whisper when the world is still rill : Of blowing flower-bell. rhyme or random tune . Wandering till on some perfect day Surprised in her devious way Whether in winter bleak. a maiden's eyes A ballad.

And labeled with never-to-be-pronounced names He delved for specimens among the rocks. 29 Of all philosophers. For the sun he made a massive globe of white: Sirius shone in a purple crescent. Then. filled with rare Zoologies fish. falls moonlight To earth. Arcturus Was marked by a red cross. schooled his mind To leave the low level of his common thought. beast and bird. And curious carvings made of plaster and of chalk In which the orbs were variously designed. ETC. And the Milky Way by patches of thin white. Plato. And left the other half as dower of hope. tore off their wings. and bathes in seas The ruined palaces and walls castles in the fairy night of light : .. The love of learning lured him into paths Beyond his years first Bacon the sage. But most of all he loved astronomy. and he more than prince . And hunted shells and fossils by the brook. A blue circle. And that with time he would be reft of half. OF THE GODS. Then wise Aurelius. the moon by a small round dot. And curious insects he impaled on hooks. glancing from his chart to the heavens above. Of which it was the image. He captured butterflies. And roam like the gods of old a larger world. And had the attic filled with maps and charts. and the Polar star. He loved all natural objects and had built A garden in a bare acre. he composed this hymn: : REGNUM A golden Of flood of NOCTIS. reptile.

30 TRCEZENE: A MASQUE me And swells aloft a voice of praise From her the crowned of ancient days. the hour and minute-hands Of all the clocks in all the landsSofter than organ-music breaks The laughter of the rippling lakes. The problem that moved the minds of olden time How solve the ancient riddle of the earth all things come from cosmos. And. With no one left but night and To list to nature's symphony. a friend who came down from lege to see col- The country sights. of spring Sometimes when the breath was in the He With loved to walk along the river's bank Charles. Seem to the spirit sweeter far When man on : Than city fields. Than do earth a transient guest This robe of flesh doth hardly bear. Seeks comfort from the sky and air The music of the lowing herds. led . choirs and minstrel's jar. wherever their impulse And there he opened unto him his soul. To Told of his vague ambitions and his dreams. but : what is cosmos ? . songs of birds. tossed about with vague unrest. The concerts of the quiet oaks Have in the world no sweeter sounds Time's passage mark with steadier strokes. Chroniclers of seasons in their rounds. The chirp of crickets. And how he was vexed by old perplexities.

splashing foaming whirling torrent. secure of change. And those grotesque animal beliefs Where all was leveled down to brutish lust. A roaring. And then they came by degrees to the water-fall. : And far away the bubbles break beneath.: OF THE GODS. grove and town Now whirling into eddying bays. and for matter he wrote spirit Till in the Christian faith more hopeful still. ETC. 31 By primordial law — but whence that law. of Lucretius and his atomic scheme Next of Thales. One plunge. Now gently sloping down. Which ran to the gulf and sank in foam below And all they kr. who held all things arose Naiad-like from water. . THE A devious way RIVER.ew or saw was the raging stream. In air or flame or flood ? Then would he discourse Of pagan creeds and old mythologies. all in all and spirit nothing. Matter was Then . It nears the waterfall. Sawall things moved by some divine decree. He cast an anchor firm. And there it rushes o'er the brink. : Until at last by slow degrees. the river runs. the truth Of nature. or fancied that he read. Although we know not how it moves and acts. Past meadow. And he read. and that is all. until at last His soul took flight on Plato's loftier thought.

And rages ceaselessly. Said Charles ''What is it moves the stream Some force I can not see And yet it rises. soon far away : I saw it rise and sink." The mountain But it is is of monstrous it size. . And ripples into song. Nor is the small.32 TRCEZENE: A : MASQUE ? . "It It has a voice for every mood. "Last night upon its banks I stood Above the torrent's brink I cast a stone. "I I know not whence the water comes. it flows with a pleasant sound pleasant banks between By day and night it murmurs on. " What mystic force within the stream Doth curb that torrent's flow ? For. And as it whirls along. It bubbles up below. not all in all 'Tis not its hugeness makes little great. though it rushes like the wind. leaps for joy in sun and shade. frets and fumes. Through woods and meadows green. below. Nor whither it doth go: it see And bubbling up "The stream Its rushing like the wind.

wind and stream power that can make whole again The sunlight's scattered beam. Through which flowed many a silvery fountain. And he recalled many a fantastic legend of the . one element. But who is there can know Wherefore And it rushes like the wind. One was the fragment of an ancient rhyme.: : — OF THE GODS. 33 And yet the Is greater power behind the wind than the wind. . And many a gushing water rill Ran down the thirsty earth to fill. And made the tuture to the present yield. and mingled with the music of the brook. place. The strong wind hath a fearful And seemeth to be blind force. bubbles up below. As he sat for hours watching his bobbing cork. ETC. In mountain. : There A is one law. And he longed to move within that wider sphere. And now and again he drew a trout ashore They brought report of a world beyond his world. once dwelt in a mountain. One law both human and divine. And mingle with the world of living men Until a nibbling fish recalled his wandering thoughts. An Echo *. Sometimes the sounds of the distant village smote His ear. That ran as follows ECHO AND THE MOUNTAIN.

worn down at last To a mere shadow. he left his early home For a distant city. Now when the noise the herdsman made Had pierced the thick and tangled shade Where Echo had lain himself to sleep Beside a mossed and craggy steep. Blew such a blast that with the sound lo. his early idol. dreams." chanced upon a day. he had changed. I'll hide myself and sink to sleep. In music bursts from hill and hollow. Herdsman with horn to pass that way. Mingled with an air of scholarly repose. had removed During his absence to a distant state The light and music of his life was gone. where he spent some years In study at college. as he marked from the cliff's brow The moonli£ht gild the wave below. but when he returned. So he pined from day to day. From cliff to cliff they lightly flew. Tis said the idealismore often the tomb . to his happy valley. ! As each by Echo made more mellow. And Mildred. wore a brisker look. and forgot his philosophic Again . He started up and cried. Who. Which quite repelled his old associates. it The mountain quivered all around. But soon it came.34 TRCEZENE: A : MASQUE Said Echo "In some cavern deep. He affected city ways. No one But will know that I am here. Lulled by the brook that murmured near. "here here!" The sounds now pierced the mountain through. Lulled by the brook that murmurs near.

: Since heaven and earth began. So passed a score of years. €arti)*2J Cpcle. And O the fearful load On It the steps of those that borrow or lend. She was married. she said. Money was made to spend. drives with its iron goad ! . and hoped the same of him. Money was made to spend. She sent her card with address. And time that weaves the circle of the hours He On In a golden web. Banker and broker of Fourth ward A. : 35 Of the real than its portal the fairest rose Of summer will fade. until one day. She was happy now. He receieved a letter from his former love. produces many a change. And wheels were made to go. lived and died a miserly old man.OF THE GODS. Fifth Avenue. . Water was made to flow The willow-twig was made to bend. Time was made to be gone. And hope for the comfort of man— And love was made to be lost or won. resided in New York Her husband was the wealthy Diamondust. the brightest day Pass into night and fancy's most gorgeous dreams Fade in the light of dull reality. ETC. the same farm where once he had worked and dreamed.

To obey the behest of man.36 TRCEZENE: A MASQUE For. And Hope is the star of dawn That guideth from place to place. It is trouble and strife and pain Water was made to flow. As nature was made to yield To the hand of them that watch and O'er valley. That man might be given bread— For from a never-failing urn The water of life is shed. To mingle with earth and dust tend Wheels were made to go . Bring plenty to the vale below. And sympathy the cord it resteth on. rythmic. Through a thousand spindles. found in the marts of trade. farm and field. aglow The electric current ran. . To sceptre and sword and pen Were given a sacred trust How quickly each returns again. The thirsty earth to cheer. Or the miser's hoarded gain In the wealth of the man who has millions : made. Which binds us race to race. The willow was made to bend. And crown the vernal year The wheels of the mill to turn.

Wi}t tCransfmigration of S>ouljaf. — OF THE GODS. Even the wild lion might doff his skin. Money was made to spend. The tiger become a harmless nightingale. bird. reptile up to man. The striped zebra might change to a raccoon. The feathered pelican change to a whale. And is so yet. 1893. Inhabiting torms of grosser dust Though not more senseless than they. And hope for the comfort of man— And love was made to be lost or won. The fleet gazelle become a mastodon. Turned to a mouse or rat or terrapin. 'Twas once a pleasant fiction of the race. souls change their dwelling place. ETC. The fierce hyena become a croaking frog. : And Turned the poisonous cobra forget his bite. from beast. Since heaven and earth began. And wheels were made to go. Time was made to be gone.) their prede Some critics do liiile more than ape cessors in the art. : 37 Water was made to flow The willow-twig was made to bend.— . I trust Or finer through successive stages ran All life. to an inoffensive bat or kite . (TO THE CRITIC. The soul of the elephant might pass to a dog.

What greater proof of the Darwinian plan. How were her pangs a thousand-fold increased When she formed man in the likeness of a beast ? Thus we The fox. the goose. had we time to pass Might soar : Seeing Through the varied evolutions of the ass how like the leopard he may change his hide But remain the same as when his carcass died ! For though the ass should be evolved from monkey.38 TRCEZENE : A MASQUE And even the smallest of created things aloft and buzz about on wings. Had she evolved the critic from the snake. His soul at one time may have lived in a monkey. (Yet not too profound an error did she make. He'll still remain a very apish donkey. If through such varied forms the soul survives. What more pleasing prospect. While the ape at one stage might have been a donkey. beast and fowl We see nature's never-varying law prevail From smallest molecule up to whale. How more complex was nature's fearful task. Man must have led some hundred million lives. reader. . reptile.) What greater marvel. Pharaoh may have been a water rat. The soul of Caesar lived again in a cat— And so on but to proceed the whole scale through Would weary our patience and the reader's too. I ask. Thro what gradations must have passed the mule. Whose scale ascends from atom up to man. Best living type and likeness of a fool. oft find men resembling swine : the cur. Have we than in this theory that the soul Survives in insect. in endless line.

Must pass complex all things beneath the sun— 1 hrough what strange stages must the Critic pass At hrst a monkey and at last an ass. 'tis 1 K then. : "Lovest me as I love you ?" he cried "Vex thou not me with this vague unrest Does the flame that lit and glorified My life still burn within thy breast?" "Grievous the bitter wound. How then did nature fashion I pray Tae likensss for this plastic god of clay ? 39 But for the Once made. hrough all » * lobe's? (auerp anb ^nmtx.OF THE GODS. though the Critic retain his human shape In thought and actions he is still an ape. the pleasant paths of souls to range the sweet vicissitude of change. He could not be of a celestial birth. Twas clear his tendencies dragged him down to earth. seeing he was more dross than gold. worse ruth That Cupid's arrow made. then in truth Your image would abide instead. Almost as great as befell his sire the donkey Who was first a quadruped and then a monkev Yet. If not to one form alone but many a one. In all that dwells above or on the ground. She must as worthless thrown aside the mould. ETC." she said "But were the god banished. Critic was no model found." ' .

With flowers and But in the bleak November. birds in tune Then shone love. : days of summer. When To return— ah. Fadeth love. and were they not all Created alike by Him. In the days of June. And sustains them each by his all-powerful hand? . fish in the sea. no matter how high. and bird in the sky No matter how low they be. worlds and of time— the multitudiI nous phases Of all things that in heaven or earth appear. nevermore ©be sing of the to tlje I. the wind whistles at the door. and upheld by his command Who has made this wide-arched sky as well as the Down earthly ball. Are they not all of equal worth. JHnibersfe.40 TRCEZENE: A Hobe In the pleasant MASQUE in Summer. a blithe new-comer. From the stars and suns that shine in their infinite spaces. to the lowest object that buzzes or grovels here Of beast in the earth. a dying ember.

The dead for many a year Unto man's darker eye. the first prime-moving Cause. the stars sing together in majesty and joy. Upheld by universal laws. the dumb at his bidding come. dumb and blind of eye and ear. appear toman. In his sight appear Arrayed in majesty. In the planet-spaces has set the infinite orbs Some if not all peopled with life. Perchance. the wandering planet curbs. And man rescued from his self-doomed obscurity. Creation's primal hymn their tongues employ But man. Behold. the vast.: . The matchlesa harmony of creation can not hear. OF THE GODS. Quells the celestial strife and kindles each to motion with his breath. i^The dead. that a 41 world should fall or man Were Or If ? the harm the same to the least as the greatest one ? the wrong-working impulse worse to his great plan. ETC. to Him his than a fly ? we can not read his purpose clear nor all wonders Not less does God weaker he. therefore greater the danger of death. but only the Lo. Than an Is If born? the life of an angel of greater worth see. . He shoots the meteor star. For which were better. fall with all its weight into the sun a gnat or a snail should never be earth should ant.

though . amethyst or bright sapphire. Majestic is the power 1 hat rules the starry spheres. That through the distant spaces deep unfold Rut man. forever there. the Omnipotent are as the dust that perishes. i Guiding from hour Resplendent each appears. f All spirits of the incorporeal air. : j . wonders dumb and mind A portion of the As Inherits of the Giver of the seasons and the years the color of the sun in the raindrop appears.42 TRCEZENE: A MASQUE II. Until the nod of the unseen God. So in his eye is imaged the celestial spheres. from brute to man To the invisible that escapes. Glistening like gold. I In a million rings of fire. Drawn from the sun the light that nature cherishes Relit on earth the mould Of lite from worlds of old. Which animate our earth to its remotest bounds . doth end at once the beauty it called forth. On earth. Sparkling hke dew-drops in the front of heaven. . attuned to praise and None Up To prayer. Chanting celestial songs. All living colors and all breathed sounds. to find its essence can to the felt and known. Forever here. their blind. All living forms and shapes. God ruleth from his throne. III.

From age The Milky Way. to age preserves each lucent star. 43 rolled. And rulest all with calm and tranquil mind. All for their various purposes The Polar Star to light the weary traveler The Great and Lesser Bear. Thou Power The divine. : Guide and director. : OF THE GODS. all good. and giver of all. ETC. Wheeling through their spacious bounds In their unerring rounds..Perseus nightly reveler . Startest the blazing meteor forth Down wandering to earth to scorch and scathe That settest on time and space a fiery hand. Above and over Ruler of space and time although half understood great all-potent force That boldest each radiant orb within its course Builder and projector. planetoids. day. Giver of peace and ruler of the storm Thou that from this low plane of earth.' : • . Preserver from all harm. And farther worlds than we can see. Each moving now as they have since time begun: And never strikes planet and never clashes sun! A stellar And IV. Satellites. And older suns in their degree. farthest nebulae Planets and asteroids. About the celestial axle for countless ages Wonderful is the force That keeps each in its course.

all is contained in Thee The earth.44 TRCEZENE: A MASQUE Every planet. the lowest of earth's creatures. 1 o souls that dwell in bright celestial natures— From the high stars whose spheres no eye can see.] . the worlds. From yon far orbs and multitudes of suns. Down to the infinitesimal that runs In vital blood of atoms. earth and skies. the planets and the sea. and may soon End all. [The End. Guide thou my steps with thy unerring light. And from the maze of systems and of worlds. and they no longer be For who is there can read or understand The mighty miracles of thy strong hand ? Yet thou who heed'st the swallow as he flies. And all that lives in ocean. : From The dreadful earthquake and the fierce typhoon. world and star Watchest from afar The same in lightning bristening As in the rainbow glistening . Direct 1897. my course aright. the air. Rock earth and shake her temples.