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POETICAL

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JOHN

KEATS.

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MEMOIR,

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MONCKTON

MILNES.

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LONDON: EDWARD

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1858.

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.CONTENTS. TO HOPE 234 IMITATION OF SPENSER . 237 ODE TO A NIGHTINGALE 239 . . PAGE MEMOIR ix ENDYMION : A Poetic Romance 1 LAMIA . 228 ON RECEIVING A COPY OF VERSES FROM THE SAME LADIES 230 TO "~^~~^^"~~ . ON RECEIVING A CURIOUS SHELL . .214 .^o^ " " " . OR THE POT OF BASIL: A Story. " " . . 129 ISABELLA. . VAIN .223 . ..185 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS- DEDICATION TO LEIGH HUNT. . TO SOME LADIES. 221 CALIDORE : A FRAGMENT * . . AGNES 170 HYPERION .. ESQ 213 **I " STOOD TIPTOE UPON A LITTLE HILL " . . . from Boccaccio 151 THE EVE OF ST. .236 ** WOMAN ! " WHEN I BEHOLD THEE FLIPPANT. SPECIMEN OF AN INDUCTION TO A POEM . .

HOW MANY BARDS GILD THE LAPSES OF TIME 285 286 TO A FRIEND WHO SENT ME SOME ROSES . .. .. . . " TO CHARLES COWDEN CI. TO G.ARKE 277 SONNETS" TO MY BROTHER GEORGE 282 283 TO "O " solitude! if I MUST WITH THEE DWELL" .. TO MY BROTHER GEORGE . A.. . . MISCELLANEOUS POEMS" PA6R ODE ON A GRECIAN URN 242 ODE TO PSYCHE ..253 . 287 THE WRITTEN ON DAY THAT MR. LEIGH HUNT LEFT PRISON 288 289 TO MY BROTHERS ON FIRST LOOKING INTO CHAPMAN's HOMER 290 .. . w. 244 246 249 FANCY ODE TO AUTUMN . 250 251 .. ODE ON MEI^iNCHOLY LINES ON THE MERMAID TAVERN ROBIN HOOD 254 256 268 SLEEP AND POETRY STANZAS EPISTLES" TO GEORGE FELTON MATHEW 270 273 ...yi CONTENTS.. 284 ! " .

. . vii SONNETS " ON LEAVING SOME FRIENDS AT AN EARLY HOUR " 291 "keen " fitful gusts are WHISPERING HERE AND THERE 292 "TO ONE WHO HAS BEEN LONG IN CITY PENT" . 296 TO KOSCIUSKO . 293 . 298 THE HUMAN SEASONS 299 ON A PICTURE OF LEANDER . ADDRESSED TO HAYDON 294 THE SAME 295 ON THE GRASSHOPPER AND CRICKET .CONTENTS. . . . 300 TO AILSA ROCK 301 . 297 B " HAPPY IS ENGLAND ! " I COULD BE CONTENT .

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are profound incidents common passion.MEMOIR OP JOHN KEATS. death. are passing. BY RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES. and. and . pen be leave tell of as sad. here to and to a premature recorded " the main be men ordinary have indeed. time. biography of his to Poet. The some genius three one and small rich virtue. of been access and thus has into a desired pages should of an transcribe existence few so characteristics radiant with of in in itself short. whose names passed. as ever ennobling poetic the a tale life these whose Keats engaged can the of in fiction. hands the of Poems it But all to volumes hours may that the but scarcely study ready Editor or of find the enjoyment . and and many away. in and Literary contain in Kemains the of John of own Keats. Letters. publication earnest volumes friendships. of verse. than to to Editor connect more do arrange letters and as freely supplied them to him by kinsmen at and the same friends." the published mainly 1848. conveyed The and the had the language little correspondence. The " Life.

as illustrating progress a wonderful nature as hibiting ex- of certain which mental and faculties. then illness. remained a for sentinel not her door. E." soluteness re" a terrier-like with another in ability the most noble placability . of his school-fellows. boy. when to left a widow of in 1804. in * Mr. death. flashing tender strong emotion his hair sympathies . mother an upper rank the middle-class. future active all exercises a of skill and of his some arena impressed " them rather than with in in a conviction greatness. author '^ife of Mozart.and popular. the himself for several days in nook " under traits master's inconsolable desk. Holmes. This his eyes the was peaceful assisted much and literature. writes one " combined. and and mentions that his singular animation courage. here and the only notable. character amidst was inspiresthe deepest human on sympathy John in the all its demands our admiration. energetic. school a she might be he disturbed was and her occurred when hid at Mr. Clarke's he Enfield. his to possessingsufficient excellent is means give a her children education. She reputed between as a have on been woman saturnine meanour. of the hung "c. Keats born of on the 29th of October. 1795." rare impression countenance were or by vivacityof feature : beauty of his large and suff'used with with sensitive. with : drawn at sword." .X MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. passionately illustrate his " of that disposition character He as a ardent. four five years old. but or military such of the sphere * of life. dea but child hours that which at an occasion and at of John.

open book and when his master the air for his a health. say. information curious It is doubtful these whether any time exceeded and scanty limits. what whether the old knowledge of mythology really meant. Pantheon mythology the old from Lempriere's Dictionary.he his no would The found walking the the with in hand. he took his taught Tooke's the Greek. ever But in old marbles beautiful/' . have hindered of forms Not yet dead.making mind and his a affiliation of his the more with Hellenic world marvellous at interesting. which was later life marred then the proportion more his person. while in smallness limbs. or would that reconstruction * * not.MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. any lower than the prominence his face too at of the lip. joyous and glorious youth everlastingly his Careless of an ordinary school-reputation. xi thick brown round ringlets a head diminutive the for the of breadth the lower of of the shoulders below. undue gave not apparent. an only completed of Achilles" such image as the ancients had of striving. would. of and fancy with a more ideal distinct life of ancient Greece. it is speculationwhether studies deeper checked to and or more regular classical the natural the would have encouraged his so consanguinity. elements of and and a boy's learning was He was limited never the liberal education. for the studies his themselves led him zeal to spend frequently holidays over forced be him Virgil or into Fenelon.which character to afterwards be pugnacious a that time but entirely pleasing. of scholarship establishment had peculiar to and pretensions.

at asked Clarke of Fairy Queen." writes into : a ramped through " Clarke. and Flower Leaf. studies : few is one a his other there to Byron" and and little merit. dated on 1814. as strong frame The known last the life are tremble of he lines m imitation of Spenser" impulse memorials "Sonnet of much of the " the to verses his position. telligen in- he supplied him with books. romance. were remembers the amused He the ambitious have a desires of their known pupil. and of some apprenticed at eminence Edmonton. Spenser the the a that the and opened gates floodscenes of the horse He fancy. *^ must indeed he had one something Macbeth it was Shakspeare. Mr. w^hich little expectation was so eagerly perused. like young talk at turned spring meadow his read.that Spenser's family former of 1812. remained school surgeon in of his unlearned and imagination. com- and the traces of this main But of his remain poetic of of visible. at two in the secret " morning spring Mr.xii MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. of his Charles the Cowden friend Clarke. his friend asleep over the ." written while leaf. but companion of the in formed when direction he in which for the his talents loan that lay. from to a Keats. when for removed five years This 1810. which is now not the less agreeable from unaided son being the evolution Mr.the of preceptor. the book grace juvenile conceit the was Chaucer's on Tale blank . for he told young to " school-fellow read but that alone thought o'clock struck of his no would dare . earliest very :" he could of nothing else rich with emotion are his countenance w^ould light up would " each and expression.

shouting aloud. and especial passage Epistles then of a " struck his to his in friends his a brother George. especially imitation and of encumber and the full early of an writings easy distinguished poets. of which. imagination. after length and attempts. which indicate rapid from development formalism even free poetic faculty. this looking Clarke fine Chapman's he owed Homer. and simplicity the preserves metre much of all the heroic various appears powers.the rest on peculiarity of most making and rhymes the the picturesque resonance an varied of effect important un- words. and. with when The some " even delight. "On It was first Mr. the clerk the London. mode made loth of palpableconsequence the sense composition.which or times runs into conversational difficulties common-place. stood Unable Homer the Keats original." his to to again introduction so which interpretation. while most poets would frequently the necessity of . and into an lowers poetic harmony It is also a ingenious concurrence of this too of sounds.MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. at gaiety. long he by great dumb intense and read it all night long. instead of conventional and is distinctive. in from the its its represent read a English Greek had now epic verse. But. name.that allow how appears often be the for the to rhyme. is the the produced force sense which from of its very the novelty often mars and of beauty expression. still the to to as best adapted. syllables. including that of the hexameter. even efforts. these first to helps look itself out of by in the quaintnesses that like affectations. xiii one of most clear into thought that and noble diction.

here the the effect prominence of the rhyme keeps Yet. the before vanishes astonishing affluence of and the to thought excuses seems imagination. to their mannerism has been traced more this than The justiceof the sustained this is supposition doubtful. of this much of has the the influence and somxe. at once explains and after Picture in a picture so rise before to the poet's eye and that here succession rapid as fancies embarrass judgment limit choice. writings of Keats. When removed became Keats' to s apprenticeship was to over.xiv MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. reciprocal and on walked together. rhyme uncommon suggests the correspondingthought. when this constantlybefore with soon reader." acquainted cultivating Hunt with capable of appreciating Among with the a and his genius. channels which delighted taken the his and one that peculiarities fancy of the .and stupid malevolence it is now of the too criticisms which mainly require of the that were well exposed the into to refutation."attests They in been said read the earnestness affection. him the foremost that Leigh Leigh welcomed sympathy " ripened into Hunt and friendship.which defect. left sonnet on the day of much prison. approached this impression sympatheticfeehng and good will. and he soon London "walk men the he hospitals. of It is indeed was probable that by Hunt fresh mind Keats directed had had many own.if it be one.and would been be the and expressions are elsewhere felt to have strange and far-fetched first suggested. and Much connection on wrote competition of subjects proposed.

MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. he it may escaped the very the but mannerism accompanied whether out rare his early efforts . be have into can well-trained shoots plant and would such luxurious expanded most and foliage. by of much the continual presence self-distrust inculcated models highest original have of the would which doubted thrown such be on thought of and form. I defended he ^' against energetically notion belonged " Leigh " Hunt's to or any I refused he wrote unfettered bear visit Shelley. attention a demand that public could But in and permanent for matters only on justlyclaim the other private and it is personal interest. than a encourage to to restrain individual and peculiarities. But always that school. Chatterton eating out service heart low desolate or lodging and drinking town ignoble down magazines. ." defects to to all the It originality. he his of might ceased have to my desire own and scope. afforded which the poet of incredible were advantages no literary culture can just critic his to disparage or in his conceal. the that talents a of Keats to subjected of discipline and a complete and regularclassical education. The delightful influence that he of that his to said of the Keats was Leigh Hunt and friends those became every obnoxious evils which he learned beset inevitably rather to that literary coterie. that young hand impossibleto deny the this genial atmosphere ripened with faculty of and facility. if the is no contradiction had been this to infer. taverns Burns thought in country and societylittle more refined. xv easilypressedon Keats the other that never own the imagination himself to of the other.

which would last to Basil Hazlitt. Dilke.himself poet. under- enjoyed by he Keats have during been the his residence London. became in devoted while in Mr. although found his mind so successful in all his an he operations. Mr. .Archdeacon Bailey. and his remarkable Godwin. and intelligent criticism. Oilier. for profession too It which to on soon became apparent that was young Keats destined remain but unsuitable be maintained. other received literary and kindness : artistic reputation of Mr. afford mournful associations contrasts to the pleasant and elevating in value. and his a poetical painter. and he found afterwards considerate Messrs. and to up surgical instrument the of poems. Reynolds. large information." I resolved never used take to miracle. Haydon. My dexterity. entered the practical part of his business. beloved : again. scarcely not new even public attention of the existence was it of to was a observed as a sign the the Cockney poet.xvi MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. have had so manly modern beneficial an effect on the history Severn friends : of the English letters. many Montague persons him of with under whose and family.whose are poems written feigned names full merit. me a he said. oppressed with harm. lectures on There he careful annotations when he had once the attended. or whom or as critic bound silence to convert. liberal Taylor and Hessey." The little volume touched the first-born. of that he life to which over- wrought apprehension on of doing course determined he had " abandoning a the devoted considerable portion " of his small to seem a fortune. sense. the was and publishers.

to who happened and present when to printersent he must say that it if there was be so. ** a new member hunted were of down the with revolutionary ridicule for maturer or be These The honours reserved characteristic loveliness lines. The poet wept that such at her so piteous fate. passed merry away." and others time. to obloquy." The but he solitude was very other propitiousto good the verses. ." thus : " subject long germinating out his fancy. should be desolate sounds : Wept beauty some So in fine wrath And gave meek golden her he won. sweet. Soft breezes And A myrtle vale below brought. what time there blew . Who stood Latmus* from the top. Glory and have "c. and quiet of the the spring of 1817. on sure a lover too. while and slow. The But incense rose to her was starry dwelling. Tho' she stood smiling o'er the sacrifice.and volume early shadowed ** in the first poem a of his He was poet. xvii production of propaganda. he Wight in to returned the a Isle of write " Endymion. " a dedication main send directly . laboiirs. hymn temple own upswelling. illustrative of In b a thoughts at feelings letter . from in faintness Dian's solemn..the Pagan beauty.was ever at him. with he the did for the regeneration of present from images His of thought. his work.MEMOIR OP JOHN KEATS. in health this time was far to good." were written in the to midst be of a circle of the friends. Cynthia not some Endymion. as composed " such the his sonnet On and the Sea. as tho' her face clear infants' eyes.

after into the seven deadly. from me. expressed think make himself with a nerve noble the humility of spirit as a : that oar difficulties man a they prime objectsa refuge of Fame is as a well as passion." so Again I have more asked than myself other often why how I should Poet it men. great happiness of to that you in this finest part hard the year." day. day and I nearly consented Yet at a myself fail the even to drop in a Phaethon. such one comfortable must thing it is to bring " its heavy penalty. to Haydoii " he I thus must . There to the trumpet tower of * * strength. Hunt be a : accounts be balanced. is our the air is the sea robe of state .and have every In ones. are so seeing to great a thing that my is. and a mighty minstrel playingbefore able. disgraceto about huge attempt. no truth. the great comforters : of. this moment. the earth throne it " . are. and is safe.than gi^eatpoet.xviii MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. Bailey.how great things idea has grown be gained by it. poem I drive a thought I done began some my fortnightsince. my dear. it is . are our the sky sits upon our senses like a sapphire-crown . or to wear flatter oneself one the idea of are being How a a of those beings who pursuit of feel that if privileged crime a out their lives in the a honour. other a at last the monstrously beyond that the into seeming 'tis power of with attainment. and thence a follows " : " Believe me a me.like David's .that must be selfto deluder. except travelling September wrote he visited his friend as at Oxford. the * a ambitious is no bloweth it. In mean winning little enjoyment Elements open from we the know world." greater sin.

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as Fancy polar-star sails. must Imagination seizes it existed Beauty not . to This indeed of years But have been forgottenas this.in The : sublime.a long I poem is a test of Invention. capability is this ethereal of genius on are great mass as certain chemicals operating have not the of neutral but intellect.I put on lence. because I have yet been for be to perceivehow consecutive that even be anything can and yet reasoning. seems a no Did our great short same pieces] Invention in the shape late of tales." me thing has pressed upon and : men and lately increased and that humility truth of submission. * * * Besides. the are same whether idea of their before or for I have .' poetical excellaurels till I enough of shall have "One my finished Endymion. never am in this affair. may and found essential to Beauty. which is the take to be the of poetry. I mean. who "r I would proper J ^^^ call the of a Men self. tion Imaginahe awoke compared I Adam's more it Truth.and Poets ever Imagination write the rudder. dream zealous able Truth so. What am of the of holiness heart's the and afiections. ^g I ^jgj^ as ccrtaiu cud start of all your the of troubles that of the your momentary I of the about certain authenticityof nothing the but Imagination." of thc head * determined of those "r "r "r character. known it must by at Can it be his the greatest philosopher ever arrived out goal withit ^ putting aside numerous objections? However . truth as Imagination. " be Truth.XX MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. all our passions as creative be of of Love they all. any top and Power. they have i( any individuality.

who would " the exist it partlyon mind ? ' sensation. in again delicious very place. as here. spiritual may silent its I saying.partly on that an ^ thought. a Adam's that as was will do seems to conviction is the same as Imagination and human life and empyreal reflection mind own a its repetition.have never. and its do. for it has " auxiUary shall another of mine. and . after be rather dream than hunger. the rewards in simple imaginative the of repetition the have its working on coming continually with spirit fine suddenness.by a delicious voice. " to whom is necessary years one should I consider bring the philosophic therefore Such yours. you a To compare great things with an small. with by being siu-prised old melody. mounted the did the not Even wings be Imagination. xxi may be. who And yet such fate those you delight in Sensation. speculation that we enjoy ourselves on hereafter by having a what call happiness a earth can repeated in only befall finer tone. careful of its imaginative and. felt over at your and speculations on surmises Do you " the time it first operated to your soul ? not more remember beautiful of you forming than it face yourselfthe singer's and possible. " hereafter cannot one that delicious face case you with at Sure this be exactly the is complex same mind " that time. But. Truth. you on was yet. " " form youth/ a reahty to and this consideration come as we has convinced me. of 0 ! for It a life of ^ sensations in the rather of than of " thoughts shadow further to is a vision come. fruits.MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. with think of so the 1 elevation then the were moment. so high : that type protowill a must see.

but in knowledge. over me a having in this full feelingat this present come I sat down to write to you force. represen- this completelytrue those sensuous evident for that appetites." work on great hand and in improved . which ethereal and you I not only drink this of shall on call the redigestionof also increase most musings know earth. and earnestness. paid its And.presence counteracting qualities. unselfish right. has a yearning wail and ere enjoyment remonstrance which of made his poetry disinherited all manliness a Paganism. But the preserved of a from destiny by " strong . that me with did gratefulheart. his In spirit after about brothers finest asserting that in this world " of genius the of things does No ! for that such men sort as probityand intereste dis- which hold that Baileypossess this and can grasp be the to tip-topof anything any in honours spiritual world. well or rather the temperament. reflections. must of long and have worn away into character degenerated he was peevish this sentimentalism. security of time to are sturdy test love of main sense same and of this " moral deep the works " honour.xxii MEMOIR OP JOHN KEATS. the all things. it is necessary to your old eternal wine our happiness that Heaven." This self-drawn of If is picture of Keats were mind. he wrote that a benevolence. genius. moreover.in feel and for his credit I had not a brother who not for a and deeper feeling for any marks of devotion than uprightness. it and that the might a inspire painful tation.however With a splendid.

hearing of Is there such no conduct. the would To stop sudden." showing ordinaryand fluent perfect mastery over the of the He rhythm. we can human " dust-hole He used which sweep usual Bacon fellows ? of and complain said. to young artist Severn room." Keats added some the productionof Endymion.he like a into grave On one manliness occasion and a seemed tall when was " falsehood and be respecting the dwelt ashamed such upon. . repeated he should and some he left the men saying. xxiii health he seems at this time to have must one enjoyed have himself siderable. or the mention wrong. into to exclaimed. If " of the character were conversation. could sit with who utter believe base things." he Another " time. distinguished him good and fine both things of manner. any calumny against at once loved. con- thoroughly. to the His enthusiastic admiration much of crowd bystanders. His sense poetic function evidently grew with his task. in a charming compositions " Lines on the Mermaid a such as the lighterstyle. to Lord alive. gained habitual of or by happy at transitions to His gentleness gave at eiFect his occasional of oppression those he bursts and indignation. and gayer much men." " and more "Fancy.MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS." Hood. the societywas sought from he after from agreeable combination The his earnestness and graver said which pleasantry. rose man. Robin Tavern. for a severe His he bodilyvigour to been himself signalised a day by giving he drubbing of butcher whom caught of beating a a little boy.and make tion conversa- a remark in the present day on a in company.

any him as a grand happy spiritual passage all Hhe a towards starting-post is such two- palaces.a thing which does its ! to not one's soul. The points the spider begins her work . subject. the the . Many think to me originalminds custom. into its hand hate Poetry we that not has a palpable design seems and. I am a ' they me. How would into beautiful retired flowers they the Dote lose their ing cryme. spin from inwards. ! ' throng I am highway. beauty. wrote to Mr. "We upon us. a and Isle.xxlv MEMOIR OP JOHN KEATS. were out. own like the spider. upon Admire a violet ! primrose " Again. to put its breeches pocket. it : Memory by be called do not knowledge.his twigs on of leaves and which airycitadel. who Now they are led away any man it appears that almost his own may. Poetry enters should into be great and unobtrusive.and a nap upon clover a engenders child a ethereal it finger-pointings .' How and-thirty conception. Reynolds. a converse prattle of of gives odd ^ wings.it this to these to man girdleround of noble the earth.and with startle How it or amaze it are with the but itself.' whisper.perhaps.' be any Nor sparing books irreverence writers are the honours for. if do agree. "When of serves man has one arrived and at a certain ness ripe- intellect. paid by done ' man trifles in to comparison spiritand have to the benefit by great works mere the ' pulse of good by should not their passive existence. and beat them of the middle-age conducts the leaves will strength to ^an strain of music when to angle puts touch .what upon a voyage ! A of doze delicious not indolence diligent sofa does hinder it.

with briars. of it fell in rich was masses side his face . become instead here a heath oak and pine.every human being might wide remote great. would grand is democracy A of forest-trees. spiritual different at for wandering. An greet each other a on the end.and should she fillsthe air with be content a beautiful circuiting. . and of furze or humanity. he divided each the centre. the sap become by every germ spirit of and sucking being a there a ethereal. joiirney's the and led child would his talk the together." lady whose feminine the as : acuteness of perception this only equalled by thus at vigour he " " of her understanding. for his of full of symbols for his spiritual eye.traverse at last man other at numberless points. than mind it his other as one full and countenance less intellectual lives in my His singular beauty and brightness . Man with as weave few a points to tip with tapestry empyrean of softness for of his the fine web " of his and soul. would each lead however other in quite contrary. and his mouth features. bent the minds such diverse of mortals and journeys. common or that taste it may first appear for impossible exist It any and fellowship to Minds between is two three. and old man each in contrary directions. had the . but whisper results neighbour. the under those suppositions. xxv are few.MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. of Man to should his not dispute or thus mould from assert.and child left old be path and and thinking. about were describes Hazlitt's his air Keats lectures auburn appeared His wore time and eyes it on large down blue. space But on his touch. distinctness are so luxury.

He seemed perfect health. with me public speaker. of and which feelings supple or as hostility. the who Keats' whose neighbour Mr. during and preceding sympathetic enjoyed. thank of of of men I would for no before but my and friends. the wrote line single least shadow of public . and to but the the Eternal of the Memory great Men." and the cast The ill-health of his brother to determination much which George the emigrate to America gloom was. but Preface to an public " thing I I will I cannot cannot help looking upon address without in a enemy. expressionas sight. a merchant. dispersed by the had summer. for is written as sake its the moment's with a me enjoyment. s however. " more like over women's forehead faces I have and so it was wide the in were small with at the chin.xxvi MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. mere When of I am writing for myself. pedestrian tour of through Scotland." Mr. them I have subduing feel of I among I hate one multitudes the idea stooping : never humility to poetry with them. completion a of "Endymion. provoked he congenial disposition a much to Reynolds'sobjection projected Preface " the " remonstrance : spirited following I have of humilitytowards not the slightest feeling the public or the Being. of seen a if he had of his been looking on had not some glorious squareness The shape but so face some the man's. in retired company been and had Brown.and precious to Tom life all things that offering increased of over him.If it style. write not a Preface in be subdued a be character subdued me. anything in existence Principle of Beauty.perhaps nature a has the course .

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much more before of his feelingsseem contempt mortified to have them I had than indignation and in of wounded to pride believe " and vanity. whatever may have the many have been mind of a sensations at of disgust and permanent but anger could they hardly on aroused the time.xxviii MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS." It is perhaps of bold near to say and in opposition to friends of the testimony that these have hurled many dear Keats. immediately us. should which of his incHne " that the little the far more publicinterest growing on sense Endymion shallow excited. have "to go his mind in than the those which ribaldries. with after the the letters reviews acts of Keats. This notion was confirmed of the publicestimation canto by the . and own deficiencies. weighed Eeview. it is certain The " they curse greatly exaggerated. if so article Jeffrey's Edinburgh sooner. sublime " effects had been at no but existence. with judge from. for the on belief of his ceptible sus- that they which in inflicted he never shock recovered. it had appeared somewhat would told completely to counterbalanced. by an let itself be snuffed article. there question of destiny friends a their influence and his nature of Keats. that. that very out fieryparticle. well-known stanza " eleventh of Don Juan concluding ** 'Tis strange the Should mind. as When Simon back have his just gallipots. appeared. the brutal critic in in that the Adonais of Shelleyhas such and means its due as we place have to but loftyelegy." to Peter might been told go back to his .

no as praise * * give write glow my own solitary reper* ception will and ratification of what is fine. In ^ is creative must itself." mere He his brother I think This a of the moment. where we "if he appears squares might possiblymeet. dently without judgment.MEMOIR OP JOHN KEATS.after him. Indeed thanking some letter who to his publisher. Endymion leaped headlong the into the sea. effect on or blame love critic has * but momentary in the the him whose a of on beauty his me ' abstract makes own severe owtl works. I I have may indepenof man. and the acquainted rocks and with thereby have become better soundings. the quicksands. and stayed taken to than a if I had upon tea the and : " green shore. j The genius in a work be and its own salvation law in matured by and precept." and was certainly call the satirist theatres account. he writer had vindicated ^^ says : " As for the my has own rest. and was when reminded than rather in a that "a starved his apothecary incHnation to better starved to poet. written j independently. I bieginto get a little acquainted Praise man with strength a and weakness. I shall be among . without ' My domestic criticism given also pain or comparison beyond ' what Blackwood the Quarterly am could inflict . is piped matter pipe. poetry It sation sen- with judgment out hereafter." affect his than to let the scoffing visibly in a health and spirits. but That ' by which I watchfulness create itself. possibly external and can when me I feel I such a right.and silly also wrote comfortable " advice. and must cannot write independently. xxitl nets.

in honourable way. knock is Jeffreyon of the the head. and than one short for to passing day. after his earlypoems. Even crush into as me a matter present interest." an three bottles there was of claret and began it for answer. is : my powers with poetry the I seldom any I look hope nighing time I shall have none. on Byron " that. not the least harm in societyto when make a man me appear little and me. where first time. the of English poets after my death. ridiculous. the attempt to Quarterly has only brought me more It does me in the * * notice." passages or After what receive reading these it is difficult to see in spiritmore unseemly boasts of wise manly article an author When could Lord and insolent the criticism. drank " instead breaking in a he blood-vessel. findingthat nothing which an he could. lawfully.and the notwithstanding Kirk he was shown cottage of old jackasswho knew Alloway "by a mahogany-faced Burns." the but in the English which and mable. esti- Bards Keats and made Scotch of use annoyance elevating far more his piu-ifying self-judgmentis surely letters show from most The him that no morbid feelings vented preScotch for the as on a heartilyenjoying his of nature met tour." that again ever his me day birth- The only thing more affect sonally perany have when for doubt about . on he will the last to : " laugh me.XXX MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. I know is superiorto be " and give at him all due And can respect . the sublimities He went to him the country of Burns that pilgrimage. and who ought to have ." one " glad indignation that produced the Keviewers.

" are underlined. in In Keats's copy Shakspeare.though * knew I thought Tom.* of himself Up women's period the been singularlyshy expressed instance " society. with bad luck it ! I shall look I do on it hereafter unmixed pleasure.and and himself temperament appearance. this the event the the autumn. as Stratford-on-Avon It gave some on day Keats with the Bailey. as : " I am certain . xxxi been of kicked the for having spoken of : to him.that began was and spirits of health to and decline. at a right feelingtowards strivingto they When a women this I moment I am be just so was to them." belief of the mental after colour to injury inflicted this the time his by his the reviewers. some slept. the words Poor **KiDg Lear. my my mind was a pure one goddess of them them .MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. His who Tom.but the this to destined tenfold bitterness he had his premature decay. whom resembled died he in loved in most devotedly. and shortly before him met lady which who inspired other his to with profound passion might have which of bined comwas under all circumstances of dreams increase happiness. pathetically . soft nest she of in which it not." he says. self think " one pleasantest means such a annulHng need not to is of proachin aphis shrine we misery upon my " that is all gone. and on frequently for freely I have not subject. beneath but cannot. to tinual con- short remainder and life exposed brother much troubles he anxieties. Is it because fall I far a boyish imagination 1 I thought a fair woman schoolboy.

ease I : always the find myself before with such me a a woman picture always gives feel possibly life and animation.xxxii MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. perhaps equal " comparison I have no * * When men. listen to must nothing be . evil thoughts.and among feel free from I or to speak one to be silent. which inferior. I is find very evil them small. to I cannot at with anything in I such times. malice. rich Eastern When same look she : she has into and she fine comes as makes the impression fine and who may the beauty of : of a leopardess. I full of am suspicions.and all my to perversity my being disappointed since had At cousin boyhood. thoughts." But was now his time he come. did not heard then He in her which praise. ethereal. interest him. : she has manners. I in live in her. I in hurry put to charitable. but . I am. at least. When every have I learn. Indian from met a family. no I I can am spleen. Charmian eyes. room." He that protests that he is not love with her. a Cleopatra. lady of an East who connections. a therefore gone. women. She to is too too conscious herself from repulse she any man address her habit thinks more me that at nothing particular. domestic there He foimd first asylum much some discomfort. am I cannot and be this speak You be silent . a a house of had the where he very intimate. spleen. fine the : She but is. or too a much tremble occupied : admiring be awkward in forget then she because myself entirely. I listen. above great by among men. something wrote " in her is not a which dispraise a took his fancy. or can no malice.

eternal being. The fragment of " Hyperion which Lord Byron.the would not to soon indeed. sedulously applied " during these months. augmented no strongly study of the Italian Poets. on Psyche year. originally physical have lived longer if he had loved less. Brown. Several of the Tales and Odes." in to winter. with c . path of and life it as daily intercourse have lain out with before lady. Odes to the and and Eve " of St. I to love the love me." of his friend this him Residing in in house Mr.I ruin thought I should I should to save like her me. and The now radiant came was imagination Genius redundant into fierce conflict with his poverty the Hope and there. like you the . xxxiii kept with him." and Melancholy." and talk him awake He in " one night. nor reverting to a man fret to leave her behind And : his love to his brothers sisters of a "As of the as an world.had brightly were appeared that their union his circumstances such render very if not difficult.with never everlasting sustainer. rich the and Charmian of you. heart disease. as Fear approached but the companion wear of : Necessity but of passionhelped to intensity away and frame feeble.MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. Keats himself. and the impossible. "as cry to a tune of Mozart's moon might do. Agnes." him won't take the home his then pocket. which are a he might contained had before been in the volume of time and " miscellaneous : poetry. of Basil " written by " this the " " Pot his the the highland tour. to which. "Lamia" the most "Ode of Autumn" the in the advancing influence In these Spenserian is still doubt by the predominant.

both writers to of the Lake and been London schools Keats carried to a extravagance. rather." but in writes." inspirationas have too cannot was written to sensibly to under author. there were verse Miltonic inversions an Miltonic be written or artful. an exaggeration to " akin to his former depreciation. had formal spoken English isipto this time had done so in of and courtly language. was In all these in Poems. not genius with while he had of Keats. in it. his ." we if in hardly feel had been matters the force which. objections. by him had inaugurated by a formalised and other theory by Wordsworth. critics who they other have with to temperately urged by recognisedthe weight himself. and the familiarity diction which in poetic its any case was novel. which week's is in truth become region of delightin "a generation finds can stroll in of those youth of every the summer. had of adapted by to class and it subjects to was on which." different diction which the styles. would had the due Poet only the he public but But owed nothing own the sledge-hammer censure endured. here has taken appeared extravagant. been into simplicityof Goldsmith and and the language Cowper. according minds Such taste literary it habit. " another " be distasteful he its I given many up Hyperion. artist's humour.xxxiv MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. especially inappropriate. many almost of the the Gods and where of produced classical sensation as a burlesque. the declared as seem as actuallyinspiredby Titans so and sublime ^schylus. place a as a Now that Endymion and the great English Poem. and in their progress The purity grace of manifest.

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his discharge At press late to the most any to obligation. been wanting. strange physical excite: intoxication he told his friend a had been the " stage-coachand feel received severe but chill. with him to John's Keats' some no s friends believed of John's George to took remnants fortune in speculatewith. " That on bring solemn it after gazing of pillow. added. He probably repaid education received or was for moneys advanced share for John's which time John and liabilities. finally support. said. George his utmost to without offered.if anything. do brother's when engagements. state night he Hampstead like violent outside of ment. not above 200^.xxxvi MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS.before future that means he of quitted England. but the proof of side . showed legal were administration that no debts owing to the estate. the round I don't it now. Keats of which Shakspeare short visit combines with high in of philosophyor George with fairy-land. and turning an expression the colour calm. and more deeply did the be that regretted come brother enterprising to some distinct understanding with as other. this remains after his any of when letters the on either and. he me slightlycoughed."and with *^ and said." Getting into is blood the sudden that in " bed. these embarrassments he returned time began one to heavily on in a Keats. I cannot be deceived . it is remained to not originalfortune. I know " of blood. that is arterial blood. of John's By the this little. to paid a this England his share the the early part property himself year and received of the youngest thus the brother. candle. of John's eflPects death.

" remembered in a that lane near years Coleridge meeting and Mr. During would have after his me weeks. I was Either gloom overspread passionatefeeling. When of a man he said of day. " had turned is death and whispered.MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. I can judge load me in so short time. has relieved my of makes a of tive decepthe its thoughts things chance in of a and images. round in to shaking Hunt hands him. had not passed me. I I with greatest my as affection every flower and have are known as new infancy . " and perceive of truer light). (1820):" For a six months before I was taken that I ill. if I turned that versify. with a hope so of happiness when that I can " I shall be well . if I had their shapes colours with a justcreated them superhuman . that He was drop is my death warrant. at There that hand. Highgate. Keats with Look my hand. the as under suffering to some or. it is that it was fifty. you illness recover. Eice Feb. "If fell asleep. The me." This its illness seemed : the wrote time to not to be without in compensations " he Mr. acerbated of poison of had either their must sensation. told flatter Brown. xxxvii colour . me recovered. how the us does astonishingly leaving I babble. though muse not think on fields .' world ! impress poor a sense natural I do the from to me beauties ^ upon Like of green FalstafF. beauties nature lost I power over How (here astonishingly far mind as premise a that as illness. I must some die." before. or tranquil day. for I am now weak one be flattered at into hope. he apparently Mr." bled. and.

what has to " been all over the world find out at do. fancy." to he writes. America." his exercised him nor too mighty at a a restraint over was being at for to remain distance he soon on which reti^ned her neither to absence least presence. some soon trying his make money found by contributing he had works. a the previous autumn when removed to lodging in Westminster.he with her sad been domesticated with of some family for short absolute time. She.xxxviii MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. I want to simple flowers Spring are what again. but chance opportunity of seems her to After all Brown's departure. but the consciousness of the necessity at work great change of life to ward " off*absolute " titution. could rest and his where he each eyes habitation. and never thought : him two unfit friends alone the In parted May Keats he to was and had again." And he saw was them " for towards the end much of the spring the his health apparently so however went met to better tour that physician Mr. two least. for the in Brown.of the beautiful The see nature. most I of thoughtlessand happiest moments have seen foreign flowers in hothouses. and society. exertion recommended another in Scotland. des- My mind. have a enjoy Mr. but periodical own lated miscalcuname powers ** of endurance. but of I our do not care a straw for them. most It is because they are connected with our the lives. South I have my choice of three things or. whose Was But ever never on on his his lip tongue. .

from and eminent. of spitting chest that have and on. was to an Indiaman. xxxix or surgeon fate. the that main occupied passion not and finds tormented no his in existence. and immediate subjectiverepresentations and perhaps temporary Keats thought a himself to be blood other slowly came but surely followed which in a when recovering. the adds fragments betray careful one the the to haunting topic the truth thought.MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. to publish the seemed at last to Tales which some move the literary no consciousness it was of his merits. which a last. time " During on an he spent much Ariosto-like Poem.and as it were. is sad contemplate would with under delight. few. respectfully. have to'establish its pletion com- a poet had he even vulgar fame. verse place his . which his as called the Cap and Bells. without received and. far as from possible. It had but greatl^sale." exhibiting getting away gross realities His a play of fancy to great advantage. writer.I think. world to will." forced of probably this his pressure which volume even him. soon even so the an catastrophe that in invested gone far it with solemn him as it would interest. moulded coloured not feelings and experiencesof of sensations. a apparent would nothing a but winter climate to chance what of saving his life. but his literature that the exclusion more of testimony by in highest poetry and the his exhibits itself in the objective forms. have undertaken visit to . and against Poems. a other he auspices. by tightness of made milder It it the symptoms. will be my It I shall resolve in few days.

the afflicted they started Mr. he leave. wears recover yet away. on When embarked. . those southern lands. to haunts it horribly. and sea. taking to wrote ingly to ^^ that opportunity of wishes and to for time seems press. him. the very will be a thing which of my to I want live most great occasion and I wish death. scarcely Brown. to * would vent prefor it . weeks that have he had the one been tended soothe few and hand could for ever. in the September by despondease. every journey and Italywakes me at daylight I morning.perhaps go alone but had And of the would for the affection won Mr. with He the felt he shall of a endeavour go.xl MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. still of tenanted which he " by had the mjthologic made peculiarly to presences his own. Regardless of personaland professional to advantagesthe painter devoted poet." not He write he subjectsthat recurringto " would that agitatehim. the those so favourites of nature. for death are would destroy Land pains. and weakness decline.which and better than nothing." to he had pangs for a sufficient of hope by must to of ultimate He good had that remedy the present separation. night death deliver from these pains. me beauty Now he writes. the young the not who artist." not core no of disease easy to pull out. just for gold medal painting twelve given by which had Royal Academy been for historical the last adjudged himself middle Keats of years. then aw^ay. Severn.* me I wish for death every and even day those sea.are great separators. is ever which would his heart of If my body this itself. though in him be sensation had and marching '^ up against a battery.

in which speak gone of what thus I would far into fainest dwell go upon. I as in state can present do which merely than woman. and to yet the difference of my and the my other sister to a sensations is respect one seems Miss to amazing the absorb of my degree incredible." gloom grows Naples the still darker. my her the a " liningshe put My imagination her " scalds travelling-cap about in head. When my "^ the thought bitterness at passed through death is mind. air revived me a The and little. have more power over me stocks w^ith : and stones. and I a we feel night fresh is at hand. to have bear to remained leave have die ! I ! me cannot her. woman.MEMOIR OF JOHN iCEATS. was can the load of wretchedness I shall I should I should which see upon persuasion that My in bear ! that her have will kill her dear Brown. xli but pang death of is the this great divorcer has of in for ever. . in my me Oh. relieve The me. I seldom the think of brother and is sister in America thought " leaving Miss sense beyond everything over me " horrible the of darkness coming I eternallysee At that ^^ her the figureeternallyvanishing. I see is horribly vivid There is me I hear her. God God God Everything of I trunks like a reminds The silk her goes in through my spear. * I may am say the a passed. on a have it. write hope short I am I am well letter to enough " this can morning be to you calm afraid As I " if that called one. of sufficient interest to This was divert her the case . and " had when well. nothing from world moment. I I health. I must little perhaps presses no more it may me.

breas. 0 * that I could there buried news ever where ? Is any had of George 0. the not accept this offer. except skilful led have Sir the experienced solicitude him (now dark James) Clark. in the thousand around I know am afraid that to write not to her. for ever. and I have coals human of fire in heart is my me surprises that the so capable of Was I born bearing ' much misery. " Then Now '^ * there ! " good hope be of her again she lives. when I was in England.xlii MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. at annoyances encountered not Kome. that me or something brothers upon be me fortunate I happened but dear to my ! then as a might hope. less painful. where After one would many comfort and attention. My despair is for a forced habit.and if he leading . about her advocate I do not I cannot word Naples . I like her to I do forget her. passages medical alone and wrote mortal and sickness with could alleviation that It was knowledge his life On " thus that was preserved during last tone December he January. most to come for this end He from he the r received Mr. novelties should Oh ! feel at all concerned me. almost that at regrets that he did Pisa he of could Dr.t. the and prisonerat Hunt's all used to keep was my a eyes fixed Hampstead seeing near day. of care which through every bestow. time that I cannot I was on a without recollect. Brown. He the in a day of of mind as November somewhat his last letter. as spoke were of his real life something passed. at Naples him a affectionate to letter Shelley urging receive every he Pisa. shuddering. say my sake. It taining con- Brown.

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Nor gotten. had ever howbut nearly overgrown few whether or the humble our tomb-stone. which race strangers of this record omit the as as to visit .and read. of of him as escapes wreck years guage lanthe not.the how Elegy few Adonais. Severn "Thank Keats thought God was one he still come. was ."and And " time. he which mental Keats precede death. past. violets daisies mingling " the one fresh herbage. eye amid and most man beautiful can spots It is a which the heart of rest. by the living genius will in the it be of Shelley." was years ago. little above grave of Keats.xliv MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS.surmounted ascribed has a by to the pyramidal but which humbler Petrarch research Eemus. grassy walls slope. " lying he quite still. erected of far glorious monument. only of these by voyages had told into his the sepulchre. of In the one people. " Severn had of that thought in the in intensest sure pleathe a he received life another was watching after growth while flowers. over murmured. there will remain. for- years afterwards. of the tomb quarian antiname membered re- verdurous ruins of the Honorian diminished which city. to attributed Tribune the of Caius Cestius. the extended a burying-ground. be long as the it English extends. lasts. the when thick of this memoir Eome. the his last words were it has buried of the Protestant cemetery on at Eome." they of all with winter long. there and I feel the do grow flowers even growing the me. to Some at think should in sweet a place. and in the words one Shelley making be the grass buried writer in love with so death." in slept.

While enhances the and originality of and a palliates picture defects that of earlier works Keats. acute haunted by pressing poverty. into directly of a of individuality consideration other mental of his works That than these that writer should in be any the no field. calalater pursuing the victim of the Poet we find too critical with contempt. xlv placed ^^ another stone.MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. him otherwise the of mities. the Poet By enters consent. the and of sympathetic temper led his genial disposition.personalas in is. only to psychological of paralleled by this the reflection the phenomenon the Chatterton. and when."* thoughtful the reader will hardly it these common more this biographicalsketch. induce to nature lonely pride of of Bristol's rarest prodigy And much many in of the misdirection undeserved course the talents. a Poems productions of more young surgeon'sapprentice. his deepest afl'ections. blighted in r struck sical phy- and sufl*ering. made labour his us realise world love at and beauty would and which heart ascribe found to itself most the morose home. the general middle a class his time is in itself wonder. * The words on the stone.without Poems its worth in the estimating due position of history of the the British literature.with study and opportunities of to reflection of than and be belonged country. . unscholastic him in which treatment to imagination to of novel of classical a and tradition. recording that worldworn below rests the " passionate and Cor The heart of Shelley himself consider Cordium.

his generation." and teach "learn suffering manded de- they song.xlvi MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. and yet. misapprehended unconsciously The works of Keats test have now sustained. the these pages often remain when . literary of man. his perhaps required. early years. It is that the young take should so especial delightin of their author productions which from world. rectifying purifying his interest powers very our last.and severely death the simple story of those of his life and who refutation knowingly calumniated. happiness expanded from the without atmosphere. poetical ability.the be of time . fertile a in has passed away. with a genius to above the and fate. his powers pleasure it was enervating for the but." for its for his temperament and . Without it cannot entering be question of these much are intricacy. may instituted among on a fair comparison for its competitors so fame. and we appreciatethe the was merit the the It understanding indeed cradled what that into he nobilityof notably in one of those who in "are poetry by wrong. vindication of nature charge of sentimental be and sensuality unmanly should be dependence. read denied student that Poems by every natural accurate of English find much the of literature. not man. inspiration and the exuberant of vitality eternal of the does But the youth to antique beauty portion of of of the the confine And its influences any life of thus the the admiration hot writings of and clamorous Keats survives impulses open.in and some degree. him. our personal poet by is not identifies better itself with admiration.that that the or he should thus tried.

the recognises wonderful in the plished unaccom- promise that of boy. instructive will harmonies ever. realised universe. and in preference fancy this to more . xlvii i sublimities intruders these of Byron on and the the Shelley calm of come to be of come unwel- maturer age. a symbol organisation may seem of old world. and been the where the perfect type and of physical ideal of man perfect crushed beauty by because in to have but obliterated in barbarian these and hands. aspirations more another still glorious order the . only of be truth.MEMOIR OF JOHN KEATS. very which could perished. To and and listen such voices poetic sense still listens.

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^ B .END YMION : A POETIC ROMANCE. INSCRIBED TO THE MEMOEY OP THOMAS CHATTERTOK "^ THE STRETCHED METRE OF AN ANTIQUE SONG.

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in a great of object. the way of life uncertain. The imagination of a man of a boy is healthy. mawkishness. and dulled brightness farewell. character undecided. April 10. I the ambition thick-sighted ail the thousand : thence proceeds which those and bitters men speak of must necessarily taste in going over the following pages. but from the desire have to conciliate men who are competent eye. to This is not written with the least atom purpose I forestall criticisms of course. and the mature imagination of life is healthy the soul but there is a space the between. before I bid it TEiGy MOUTH. . of and who do look with a zealous the honour English literature.PEEFACE. in which is in a ferment. to to look. : for I try once more. . 1818. I hope I have not in too late a day its touched the beautiful mythology wish to of Greece.

sleep and we Full sweet on dreams. wreathing Therefore. and make clear rills themselves the hot a cooling . BOOK I. a of all. shape our beauty moves pall the moon. of the noble all the and : gloomy days. A flowery of band bind of us to the inhuman earth. young. in away Made Some From Trees For With That searching of spite the sun. blooms dooms . every to health. dearth Spite Of Of despondence. 'Gainst Rich And We All An season the of mid-forest musk-rose of the brake. Such the old and sprouting and such are shady daffodils boon simple the for sheep green world a they live in covert . ways the for unhealthy our o'er-darken'd yes. A Its THING of beauty is a joy . dark spirits. are quiet breathing. : with such sprinkling is the fair too grandeur for we have imagined tales that the have mighty heard dead or lovely endless read : fountain unto us of immortal the heaven's drink. still will keep bower of and and morrow.ENDYMION. for ever : loveliness into increases it will but a never Pass A nothingness quiet for us. Pouring from . brink. . natures. .

even essences short hour as the trees become soon round a temple whisper does the moon. My little into bowers. The passion infinite. or gloom o'ercast. when I make . as Bringhome Grows increase of milk.I 6 ENDYMION. of the youngesthue old forests . and the dairy pails And. the year steer I '11smoothly stalks. and ere yet the bees Hum about of clover and globes sweet peas. wintry near bold. glories become a cheering Haunt us tillthey light and bound to us so fast. That. an Be all about And now at end. poesy. juicy for many quiet hours. has gone The very music of the name Into my being. gold. adventuresome. vermeil rimm'd and white. Before the daisies. Dear as the temple's so self. no. I must be O may no See it half-finish'd : but let Autumn With of sober universal tinge me the middle of my story. boat. that I 'tis with fullhappiness Therefore. Unto our must They alway be with us. Will trace the storyof Endymion. Hide in deepherbage . and each pleasant scene Is Of fresh before me growing our own : so valleys as the green I will begin Now Now And About while I in cannot hear the while the run budders early din . I send once. With streams that deepenfreshly lush in Many and many a verse I hopeto write. Nor do For That one we merelyfeelthese . bare and hoary. or we die. souls. while the willow trails mazes Its delicateamber . whether there be shine. season. city's are just new.

Over the hills at every night-fall went. whence one Stems the swell throngingall around between branches Of tuft and slanting could tell : who The freshness round of the space of heaven above. great his gains Who thus one lamb did lose. for the moist earth fed all weed-hidden So plenteously roots Into o'erhangingboughs. Full There in the middle marble of this pleasantness a stood a altar. a Edged Would A with dark its tree-tops? through which often too dove often beat wings. unfooted plains Until it came to some Where fed the herds of Pan : ay. bleatingwith content. and across little cloud would move the blue. if from Where went man no . 7 My herald thoughtinto trumpet a wilderness : There let its blow. sequester'd deep. Easily onward. and rushes fenny. and precious fruits. sides of Latmos was outspread mighty forest . and shepherd's keep those inmost A lamb glens.with and tress Of flowers budded newly .ENDYMION. Winding through palmy fern. thorough flowers Upon A the quicklydress that I may speed and weed. And ivy banks . and My uncertain path with green. And it had gloomy shades. lamb which thus did sever That not one fleecy the white flock. stray'd far a-down Never again saw he the happy pens Whither his brethren.but pass'd From worried un By any wolf. all leadingpleasantly could only see To a wide lawn. or pard with pryinghead. Paths there were many. the dew . Among the shepherds 'twas believed ever.

a the wood there as we glimmer'd light white. airyswellings. that therein well might win melancholy spirit melt : Oblivion. Gave The To temperate lark was eglantine that well.into that self-same lawn suddenly. little space echoes breaking leaves. lost in him warm their chilliest bubbles voice s in the grass . round the altar. which died away then Fill'd Within Its To out a voice. faces and rush of garments .seem'd to pry gathering Earnestly round as wishingto espy folk of holiday had they waited Some : nor Who For With many a moments. there sped troop of little children garlanded . old. faint breath its ere their ears were even sated of music. and again. as a Might Fair mark deep into lynx'seye. dawned the morn 't was every Made Of A eastern in receive. " And now. glories the dawn Now Were All A while the silent workings of busiest. Had taken upon the phantasiesto fairy the strew Daisies And For so sacred sward last eve. light pomp : Apollo's upward fire cloud a silvery pyre brightnessso unsullied. . ere their death.8 ENDYMION. and Into the out his essence fine winds rain-scented sweets to .with joyfulcries. in smoothest light-hung valleys.wooing cold had springs sun run . again it gave with a gentle wave. Man's Of was on the mountains and the mass nature lives and wonders its To feel this sun-rise and pulsed tenfold. o'ertaking Through copse-clad The surgy murmurs of the lonely sea.

and of their glee: But let a portionof ethereal dew Fall on my head. Making directly ! let not my weak 0 kindly muse tongue falter In telling of this goodly company. vase. cull : And full Of all sweet Wild searching eye cresses could still thyme. out-sparkling generous in his left he herbs held that a light . upon venerable eye And From Of after him his his sacred there vestments righthand swung basket a swept.ENDYMION. mingled wine. well trimm'd. for the woodland altar. Bearing the burden of a shepherd's song. i ( i j| Leading the way. 9 Plainer Into the and plainer showing. in wayfaring. and from the rill. Each having a white wicker. die divinity o'erflowing In music. old Chaucer where To stammer used to sing. milk-white. through the vales of Thessaly : Some idly trail'd their sheep-hookson the ground. and presentlyunmew My soul . . pipe. that I may dare. Apollo's earth too ripe. April's younglings of shepherds with as sunburnt A crowd looks As Such When Let may as ( be sat read of in Arcadian books . And mellow sound some kept up a shrilly With flutes : close after these. Begirtwith ministeringlooks : alway his Steadfast the matted turf he kept. Of their old piety. Leda's and whiter valley-lilies Than love. young damsels danced along.till at alleythey all last widest past. ebon-tipped his the great Now A coming from beneath the forest trees. ^ priestfull soberly. round listening for deity. overbrimm'd tender With : next.

without a forest peer. he seem'd lookers-on. Among the throng. his garments were beneath his breast. A To Of But A smile common was on his countenance one . for those simple times. Among his brothers of the mountain . chase. Then came wreath. like in groves were some who dream'd idleness there Elysian : who lurking trouble see in his could feelingly nether lip. His youth was fully Showing like Ganymede to manhood grown . Endymion too. After them Their appear'd. of owlets' cry.and with an Stood. crowd Of Of another in due time aloud lifting shepherds. share of the ditty. in veneration : a circle : ranged. the reins scan And that his oftentimes would hands : then forgotten And think of yellow leaves. Of logspiledsolemnly. while each virginbloom paled gently for slightfear. Ah. a fair-wrought car to mar so as scarce Easily rolling of three steeds of dapple brown The freedom : Who stood therein did seem of great renown blown. awed face. Why should our young Endymion pine away Through slip would they sigh. His aged head. And. wan. well-a-day.10 ENDYMION. A chieftain king's : Was hung a silver bugle. look was Stood silent round To sudden the shrine women each meek changed cheek Beckon'd Of their sons to silence . by a multitude that rear'd Up-follow'd Their voices to the clouds. " ! Soon the assembly. crowned with beechen Seem'd like a pollof ivy in the teeth winter hoar. half bare.and between knees His nervy there lay a boar-spear keen. and pale.

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our village and poppied corn beans Their fairest blossom'd The chuckling linnet its five young unborn. how melancholy loth do thou now. frankincense And was sparklingbright gummy and a hazy light 'Neath smothering parsley. yellow-girted leas Their golden honeycombs . drinkingit.and while cracklingin the fragrant Bay leaves were pile. Spread greylyeastward.death whispers.12 ENDYMION. to foredoom even now fig-trees bees Their ripen'd fruitage . " " Bv all the tremblincj us. yea. life.turtles cooingly'mong myrtles. the birth. moisture breeds The pipy hemlock to strange overgrowth. Bethinking thee. Their Their summer coolness . mazes that she ran. and overshadoweth Eternal glooms. realms that : side enmossed 0 thou. And hours dost sit. wast Thou to lose fair Syrinx By thy love's milky brow ! From . the fresh- budding year . low-creepingstrawberries Broad-leaved . thus a chorus sang : Now was " while the earth 0 thou. whose mighty palaceroof doth hang jagged trunks. Of unseen flowers in heavy peacefulness Who lovest to see the hamadryads dress Their ruffled locks where meeting hazels darken . for whose their time voices thou Passion What soul-soothing quiet. pent-up butterflies freckled wings . at wanderest eventide outskirt the whom Through Of thine sunny meadows. To sing for thee .and hearken through whole solemn The dreary melody of bedded reeds where dank In desolate places. Hear great Pan ! *' 0 thou.

Great son " The With many that are come to pay ! their vows leaves about their brows . and all weather : of undescribed sounds. come a-swooning over barren And wither : on moors drearily of the mysterious doors Dread opener see. And. 13 All its completions " be quickly near. our : Breather Anger our huntsman harms To keep off mildews. the frothy main. 0 satyr king ! to anon " 0 Hearkener ever the to shears. forester divine " Thou. squatted hare while in half-sleeping flit upward ragged precipices the eagle's from maw save poor lambkins : draw by mysterious enticement Bewilder'd shepherds to their path again . the mountain By 0 every wind that ! nods pine. corn When snouted wild-boars routing tender round farms. loud-clapping his shorn peers of the While A ram and goes : bleating Winder horn. that about thee ring. The while they pelt each other on the crown and fir-cones brown With oak-apples. to whom every faun and satyr flies For The Or To Or to surprise willingservice . silvery " By Hear all the echoes us. Leading to universal knowledge of Dryope. round Or to tread breathless And For gather up thee to all fancifullest into Naiads' shells tumble cells. laugh at their out-peeping Or to delightthee with fantastic leaping.ENDYMION. whether fit . : being hidden. Strange ministrant hollow That grounds.

spreadingin it a a this dull and " clodded birth : touch ethereal of a new still symbol immensity : a firmament element reflected in the filling " sea .and humming string. most heaven-rending. did they press caught the latter end some strange history. Even A shout while from they brought the the burden arose. when dying rolls shoals Ionian through the brine. unknown but no hands our uplift And giving out a shout Conjure thee to receive our Lycean ! Upon thy Mount humbly screen foreheads. forms swam heavenly Ay. unconscious High genitors. mossy fine. space more : between we . voung intent they might watch the quoit-pitchers. potent to send mind from its bodilytenement. on shady levels. Time's And The Of A Or sweet they cull first-fruits " then in quiet circles turf. unimaginablelodge For solitary thinkings. such as dodge Conceptionto the very bourne of heaven. dolphinsbob their noses Meantime. did in old marbles beautiful. hillock . those fair living To tunes : forgotten out of memory " Fair creatures ! whose its heroes ever " young not children's children bred ThermopylsB But yet dead. ** Be still the Then That Gives Be A An An With leave the naked brain : be still the leaven.lowlybending. and they danced to weariness. whole multitude like That Of Of 'd in the air linger abrupt thunder. Young companies nimbly began dancing To the swift treble pipe. earth.14 ENDYMION. to a close. humble " Paean.

lonely young Were Beside the ! dead a and gone. dreary woe. when Zephyr slew him. The archers too.ENDYMION. upon wider plain. of the shaft. from shot a Neptune'srestless ways. ere the cruel breath " Zephyr penitent. the horizon's vaulted side. whose mortal the their upon bar fragile ethereal . who would Those Perhaps. gape when her lovely Niobe ! Poor. 15 On Of Of Who either side .and the raft And down Branch sweeping from a tall ash top. mounts Phoebus the firmament. and her her caressing tongue Lay And Her lost thing upon very cheeks. now. in blind on amaze Tossing There about Until. the tremblingknee of frantic And lonelyNiobe. Aroused By who at distance bow halloo'd. his strong Uplifting after visions stare Many might brighter After the : Argonauts. Fondles the flower amid a the sobbing rain. keeps us from our homes . Caird up a thousand thoughts to envelope watch. did nip from this sad mood loud motherly one. the sober eld. in their Might Where their steps towards and in the Endymion 'Mong shepherdsgone The silvery settingof There they discoursed That ring aged priest looks increased star. into the air. brine Spanglingthose With From A poutings of an quiveringore the 'tw^as even of awful shine exaltation heavenlybeacon thus turn sat were Who Apollo'sbow . the pitying sad death Hyacinthus. for ripe high contemplating. featherywhizzing the dull twanging bowstring. goldensplendourfar million : and the wide. a very. deadliness paly lip.

Of happiness. eyelids Endymion : yet hourly had he striven To hide the cankeringvenom. Anon they wander'd. And shared their famish'd scrips. Another wish'd. the moors. Her blossom'd and endows boughs. by divine converse. ever his little Mercury. 'mid that eternal spring. cheek with bloom. to emulate In ministeringthe potent rule of fate With speed of fire-tail'dexhalations . his ros}''child. Who. Vesper.to when upon Benighted. Of all the chances their plenteous stores Comparing. Thus all out-told Their fond imaginations.close they huddled from the cold. to sit with them. savingliim Whose curtain'd up their jewels dim. A world of other unguess'd offices. the beauty-crestof To For summon all the downiest clouds together purple couch .should stoop through the smooth wind. among fair Where every zephyr-sighpouts. welcoming. And after. athirst in soul to see Some were again Their fellow-huntsmen o'er the wide champaign In times long past . suddenly.joyfully. and talk in their earthlywalk . vying to rehearse his own bliss. who cons To tint her pallid Sweet poesy by moonlight : besides these.through those regionsbe And. Into Elysium . that had riven " lipswith music for the . with the balmiest leaves his temples bind . eye-earnestly. through almond vales : Sweeping. Each one anticipated the sun's One His felt heart-certain that he could not miss quick-gonelove. And what our duties there : to summer call nightly weather .16 ENDYMION. with feathery To meet sails. His messenger.

that grief embalms he : self-same on fixed trance kept." Peona the water through guiding. " A Into With a river. to where With mingled bubblingsand a gentlerush. Frozen in that old tale Arabian. From slow low-grown branches. whispers the old eyes dissolving at his woe. with her round elbow. Guarding his forehead.or low. and flush ^ crystal mocking of the trees and sky there hard by. straight. breathed a sister's Hushing signs she made.with the young couple's weight.brimful. stept. it lightly And soon dipt. And diptagain. 17 His His The Or Or Or But recollections. fainting senses Now indeed did not had swoon'd off: he the heed sudden silence. Towards a bowery island opposite . Who whispers him sweet so : and pantingly of all those. like some nurse midnight spirit Of happy changes in emphatic dreams. his His And A sister friends. and ripply cove. and rose. anxious close of trembling palms. and sank.fresh.clear. and his footsteps From stumbling over stumps and hillocks small . calls. A little shallop. Until they came these streamlets fall. Which she steered light gainingpresently. floating Pointed its beak over the fringedbank . dead-still marble man. Into a I' shady. Like who as the earth as a had never Ay. to persuade sorrow I her care. close ? Peona. Along a path between two little streams. a cradling Her eloquencedid breathe away the curse : She led him. or maiden's in the one even itself sigh.ENDYMION. c . on yielding up.the dearest.

watch over patient willow keeps Windingly by it. might all be heard. upfurl'd Beneath hour. to all the mazy world Of silvery ! enchantment who. minstrel memories many summer's So she was gentlyglad to couch. 0 comfortable sea magic sleep! broodest and bird. thy drowsy wdng a triple " But renovates and lives ? " Thus. a bee in the sere Down Among 0 That whisperingblade bustling blue-bells. used to bring she was whose cool bosom with their needle broidery. took. shook. new see him laid Under On her favourite bower's own quiet shade. silent overwove By To Her And fingering . of flower her made leaves. a-sleeping. Where nested a was an arbour. held her finger-tips still. strange minstrelsy. bespangledcaves. playmates. And In A Peona's it crept upon him. in the bower. : Dried When And Soon on carefully the cooler side of sheaves his autumn tresses last the the tann'd was ere sun harvesters rich armfuls rest he quietedto slumbrous But. full of tumbling waves And moonlight . a wailful gnat. grotesque. of times gone by.or a wren lightrustling leaves and twigs. new Echoing grottoes. Fountains trees.so Held that creeps the quiet maid the stream her in peace : so that a Of grass. he had prest busy hand againsthis lips. of the mind unconfined o'er the troubled Till it is hush'd Restraint ! smooth ! 0 ! great key liberty imprison'd To golden palaces. tender And as a pressure.18 EKDYMIOK. . ay.

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and Art in our press'dher hand. through the damsel's hand . Lucifer. who Heave still saw the horizontal shoulder sun his broad o'er the then edge hurl'd of the world. alas ! is death. 'tis vain to hide earnestly of things mysterious. I Something ^ in thy face high perplexing ! " Endymion And And Tell look'd at her. thou Her And naked limbs among the deer-herd hast seen bent.20 ENDYMION. the change more Wrought Or more suddenly in What indeed strange ? surmise ? complete to overwhelm Ambition is no sluggard: 'tis no prize. merry me *' thou so pale. Rightlyhave they done : I. that. wast so said. That toiling put within my grasp. spiritual. thou dost know *' burst. even though she saw melt away and thaw Endymion's spirit Before the deep intoxication. " with sudden And That self-possessionswung said : Brother. Went. such to alone could thou ? sent thus sinn'd in Weigh A down Offensive Hast thy nature. and Out-facing had . more No. alders can green trace . she spaun'd For still. The quick invisible strings.who ? me bland meadows : How is this ? ! thine ailment hast been tell all amiss at Ah ! thou unhappy me. So all have set my above heavier grief These thingswhich happen. starry . upon the lute aside. with Delphic emphasis. the heavenly powers aught Caught ? Paphian dove upon a message Thy deathful bow againstsome Sacred to Dian ? Haply. years would for : with so deadly gasp That I have sigh'd No man e'er panted for a mortal love. Immortal. But Her soon she came.

In passing here. At which I wonder'd greatly. ere matron Night uptook ebon Her Mercury. by stealth. The sun . When he doth tighten up the golden reins. who. toil-breeding I will ease thus my nest. And down amber plains paces leisurely Now his chariot last when His snortingfour.as steed signalfor from the chase " I. at sink secret once. Till it Around begins to the from at a silverly of the western border wood. pluck down vulture from his towery perching. for very my own sport of heart. all my low ! but fire. down close by. thought I.loth retire " lose. would race Araby .' sitting it might mean. 21 My With A A To And spear aloft. breast Of here grief. frown lion into growling. Morpheus. Whence. leaves unwilling So dear a pictureof his sovereignpower. And his most I could witness kingly hour. Thus on I thought. Its beams againstthe zodiac-lion cast. the very pride of June. What Perhaps. knowing well That but one night had wrought this flowery spell . Seems And Had spot. young Had dipp'dhis rod in it : such garland wealth Came not growth. in this bowery the " This river does not progress certain see naked sky. Or. blossom'd There suddenly a magic bed and poppies red : Of sacred dittany. began to muse And. his ow4et pinions shook . used for the to pass my weary eves . by common Until my head was dizzyand distraught. it may be. its winding flood like a the distance crescent moon : in that I been rather nook. urn.ENDYMION.

a overteem With spring. Ah. . once more To with those orbs. cavern mellow eager view : I sigh'dthat I could not pursue. wings. and strange. and : dim. A breeze most softly lulling And shaping visions all about my sight Of colours. Of planetsall commune were in the train lidless-eyed blue again. So kept me Spreading imaginarypinions wide. I raised . can that a enchantment it was afterwards : befel ? a but dream yet such like dream never tongue. Could figureout and to conceptionbring All I beheld and felt.22 DNDYMION. although it utterance.even At So roll went last into a dark and vapoury the tent " Whereat. presently. methought. until the doors Of heaven appear'dto open for my flight. loth and fearful to alight T became From such high soaringby a downward glance: stedfast in that airytrance. my dazzled soul Commingling w^ith her argent spheresdid when she Through clear and cloudy. At which And dropp'dmy vision to the horizon's verge before my And faint away. When. and bursts of spanglylight . Moreover. the stars began to glide. The And which then then became were more strange. And The A lo ! from loveliest opening clouds. where the milky way Among the stars in virginsplendourpours . I moon. And travelling my eye. did soar passionately bright. Me thought I lay Watching the zenith. that ever emerge silver'd o'er she saw shell for Neptune's goblet. through the dancingpoppies stole to my soul . And The Yet That I 'd in a tumultuous swim gulf I tell fell asleep.

Not thy soft hand. my spirit clings till the stings And playsabout its fancy. waning. lushest of daisies. half smiles. " She a took airyrange. and tell me where. unshaded. pavilion fluttering . ing before thee mad ." within dream Handfuls Dream Endymion. Leaving. blue-bell bed. stubborn earth. and afraid. " " The With which such were a blended in. destinies ! from Olympus watch our Who ? that completed form of all completeness Whence ? of all sweetness that high perfection Whence came Speak. of lips and paradise sighs. I know not how. a wind out-blows scarf into blue. white neck. towards very maid. fair sister ! let me shun Such folly ^yetshe had. more those of sea-born out her soft. Of human neighbourhoodenvenom Blush-tinted Unto To eyes. all. me Indeed.more The hoveringfeet. 0 where Hast thou a symbol of her golden hair ? Not oat-sheaves droopingin the western sun . " " Over the darkest.sailing apace. like . and little eyes.ENDYMION. blushing. 0 ye deities.and. 23 My sightrightupward : but it was quite dazed down By a bright something. locks brightenough to make And simply gordian'd they were up and braided. willing. whitelysweet she rose Venus. over-spangledwith a million as though thou wert to shed. cheeks. and orbed brow . That. " how an strange ! !" me. And Came then. when I think thereon. and faintest what what awful power " shall I call ? ! see More Than From Her 'Tis Of high fane ? Ah bluelyvein'd. Making me quickly veil my eyes and face : Again I look'd. in naked comeliness. Her pearlround ears. when her cradle shell.

. There was store scent Loiter'd Made And alp. and count Of kind and passionate The moments. straightway where as aye muster grey time has scoop'd Huge There To I dens and caverns in a mountain's me. journeying into frightful eddies swoop'd. I was not fearful. around us . falling with the buffeting north eaglesstruggle balances the heavy meteor-stone . And me by the press'd Methought I fainted at hand the : Ah ! 'twas too much . above the edges of our . take in Into Our Of A a warmer were air : a moment more.24 ENDYMION. charmed as one touch. at that moment.nor alone. felt my body dip And. along the dangeroussky. even three dives fathoms of coral where : the waters run Gurgling I felt in beds for anon. side I : hollow once sounds more aroused and sigh'd " faint was distracted . by lookingon my madly did I kiss which held : bliss The wooing arms eyes at once me. feet newest soft in flowers. left our high. greedy help that seem'd by some A second self. Yet Who held my recollection. Sometimes of violets. and blossominglimes.that each might be redeem'd of its load of blessedness. Where And That upmounted in that region dart their artillery stars forth. bells nest. " Felt But too. then of honey cells. joys upon all white-flower that delicate from once. lapp'dand as luU'd we Soon. And Such it seem'd. And plunder'd mortal ! I even dared to press Ah. to count. desperate Her very cheek againstmy crowned lip. and did give My To to death but 'twas to live. draughtsof life from the gold fount looks .

and I thought. leaden looks : the solitary breeze With and its wild self did tease Bluster'd. Mark Peona it brought ! that sometimes me.the shadows stare pinionsdark. My clenched hands . missioned to knit My soul with under darkness . And tears. for lo ! the poppies hung so it was. curse . no. " an Oread as I guess'd. them must from ? like a spark needs die. until a " Dew-dabbled A on their stalks. " Why did I dream that me sleepo'er-power'd In midst Far And That of all this heaven of his me ? Why But not see. heaths and sunny glades full of pestilent Were light. If an innocent bird Before my heedless footsteps and stirr'd stirr'd. adieus ! all the pleasant hues Away I wander'd and earth had faded : deepest shades Of heaven Were deepestdungeons .ENDYMION. 25 An arch face peep'd. to entice monstrous My stumblings down some : precipice " " Had Therefore I eager and did follow'd. " And gentle creep.I beheld in it A disguised demon. and slept. In little journeys. Like spikedaloe. my sweet Fell into nothing into stupidsleep. and sigh-shrilled Faint fare-thee-wells. With wayward melancholy. off. my up I started : Ah ! my sighs. our taintless rills with upturned gills Seem'd sooty. A careful moving caught my waking ears.the ouzel the sung and heavy ditty. although its little heam dream Reflects upon a diamond. and o'erspread had blown Of dying fish . chidden herald sullen day Hesperus away. the vermeil rose In frightful and its thorns outgrown scarlet.

an northern And With Be the ballad of his sad life closes alas ! " Endymioii " ! rather in the trumpet'smouth. and how how he used he to stray and would say. No higher bard than simple maidenhood. me with all their comfortings.26 ENDYMION. These are things. How What could it be but love ? a ring-dove Let And The fall how a sprigof yew-tree he died : in his path do roses and then. struggles To . Rock'd thank gentle heaven to patience. and both very silent answer : for the maid .or leaps Of grasshoppersagainstthe sun. Singing alone. She weeps. put on such a look as would say. disappointment. If any said 'twas love : and yet 'twas love . and sad. as then and sighs. that love doth scathe blasts . length. that aged nurse. alas ! pass who a like name through this middle earth should sojourningdemi-god. loth words as To well feeling that breathed vain Would all be lost. Now. and leave the should achieve harp-string. And wonders blame to devise some .to : break ** pause. and fearfully. Shame On She From She this poor weakness soon ! but. given The To my I down-sunken hours. crush'd away could a as have At the life the sick dove. cause said with all ? one tremblingchance it is Is this the ? This That Most His Yet strange." the ebbing sea Of weary \ Thus Sat ended was he. for all her strife. anon . and stem . nay. help to life. and swords Against the enchased crocodile.unheard. Sweet sister. with thee.how the blood upon " Left He his young knew not cheek where : . Time. gentleheart.

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self-destroying. the airystress : hist ! when thy lips impregnatesthe free winds. with essence A fellowship shine. long ago Feel Into we a these sort a things! " that and our moment have we stept of oneness. too rainbow-large a scope. till we Full The A And free of space. faintly . All its more ponderous and bulky worth Is friendship. with a sympathetic touch unbinds And ^olian : magic from their lucid wombs Then Old old songs waken from en Of music's kiss clouded tombs . The stubborn canvas for my voyage prepared " 'tis tatter'd . In that which lies happiness ? Wherein becks Our ready minds to fellowship divine. doth pass And. a lullaby In every placewhere infant Orpheus slept. and foot Apollo's bruit. floating far E/icher entanglements. of these To the chief intensity crown : the and Is made of love and friendship. of heaven clear religion Fold I alchemized. . leaving bark bared Though now my And : yet my drifting sullenly higherhope Is of too wide. but at the tip-top. and Behold rose-leaf round soothe thy finger's taperness. from the turf. ditties sigh above spot a their father's grave Ghosts Round Bronze Where of melodious every prophesyings rave trod where clarions awake. enthralments More leading. state But there are spirit's.28 ENDYMION. . issues forth there ever whence A steady splendour . sits high Upon the forehead of humanity. giant battle was . There film. To fret at myriads of earthlywrecks. an orbed drop hangs by unseen Is like . by degrees.

' The Tones or lute its tones. passionate : Produce What That To The The than not : our witnesseth searching I know flowers but who. I would And. they did sleepin love's Elysium. cool and benefits cloister'd among bunched leaves " sings but so mere to her love. to fan the coming step of time from And winnow All chaff of custom. who Have been content to t^ let occasion die. that runnels. Thrown At genders a and we which fret . its dower of river. till in the end. although 'tis understood commingling more of breath. nor back e'er conceives her tiptoeNight may holds dark-greyhood. Nor So with its so radiance. harvest. runnels the meadows seed its pebble-stones. 29 Of and light. can tell fruit would would bloom. truly. nurtured is the pelicanbrood. up-perched high. Melting into Mingle. nightingale. of or men. a can blend. " and become part of it. love. that green swell melting earth pulp. unsatiug food. ravishment . That delicious men. vale. its sweet. wood. in we our that is love eyes start : its influence novel sense. this Than ardent listlessness : speak against I have For ever thought that it might bless Whilst The As And She How Just The world does the with unknowingly . van ^ Ay. our augbt else wingedly : when we so souls interknit we combine therewith. wipe away all slime Left by men-slugs and human serpentry. rather be struck dumb.ENDYMION. ravishment. or fish would have and bright mail. have 'd in the tower might Of all the congregated world. Life's And self is nourish'd are by like its proper a pith.

on their stalks Like vestal primroses. Whose patientlevel peeps its crystal eye Eight upward. from measure has power . I 'm sure.but dark velvet set Edges them round. If human souls did never kiss and greet ? to "Now. and they have goldenpits: . no. be born our of atomies buzz us about slumbers. could endure never My restless spirit To brood so long upon one luxury. but he mouldered must brush on every side. Look And That wilder'd can for these thingsare true. after fame.a vulture could not glide meet them. the slabbed margin of a well. should see but for these darkeningboughs. from whose ragged brows Bushes And And Past Some Far as and so trees do lean all round athwart. nearly. what merest whim. though fearfully. steps lead into this cool cell. all this poor endeavour who keeps within his stedfast aim an love immortal. spreaded tail. Unless espy of a dream. if this love earthly immortal being mortal. too. Men's Ambition Their Seems To A one. to shake and brim make their memories. through the bushes. of content . Was pass'd Beyond the matron-templeof Latona. Hearken. Leaving fancy-sick. Which we Lies a deep hollow. that with wings outraught. A hope beyond the shadow My sayings will the less obscured seem I have told thee how my When waking sight that same whether made Has night me scruple ! Peona sweet in dreaming.No. not never so immortal . Oft have I brought thee flowers. to the sky.80 ENDYMION. it did. like brain-flies.

such a breathless honey-feel Alone preservedme from the drear abyss Of death. I 'd bubble So Of With up the water to reed . lovelorn hours had Oftener. and alder the ships chips. " It moved as I started up. with his bow and quiver. the dreadful . but pain Pleasure to us. was A just going . touchwood. that sometimes was seat. when. 81 Twas In a When the gaps and slits stone. be Neptune Of their petty When I sat ocean. face. by flew cloudy Cupid. while thus I watch'd. left me less a child.and all lo ! refreshful my ly. dewy buds. when upon Dew-drops. leisure How how sickening. like the gnawing sloth Clings cruelly On the deer's tender away haunches slowdark re : late. fair as told " The same brightface I tasted in my Smilingin the clear well. heavily. and flowers. Upon A So The To day. Bathing my spirit of bliss Ay. and leaves.ENDYMION. a character 'd. all above was there in strife no there I got them. did leap if to flee " Through There came the cool depth. any I have wonder. is oft a visitant . My heart sleep. therefore. fain follow it upon the open plain. in plenteous showers. Wrapping from smother 'd sight. me reaching back moulted leaves stuck boyhood : feathers. 'Tis scared by turning pleasure. mirror the figures wild contemplating Of o'er-head clouds melting the through. objects my in a new delight. from "^ And burningthoughtsto through a make heed.day heat. no plainly breeze I would was shiver happy chance : so happy. in them . for the fair form had gone again. and loth. behold ! And. my mossy faint with mid.

with I amber studs. When With last the the and wintry gusts gave over strife conquering sun of spring. Tracing along. Doth her resign where her tender hands : and .made deeper exquisite. " torment breast 'twas even then. but " eyes That time thou didst adorn. to mock Its own at parting. yet. and The nether which sides of mossy it stones white and did lave " rock. hurling my lance From and following at chance. skies Warm yet with moisten'd In pityof the shattered infant buds. Ah ! impious mortal. obscure and hot. foreknowledge of unslumbrous night ! came sorrow upon me. gurgledblithe adieus. whither! 'Tis the grot when Hell. with Chatted thee. heavier the still. plashing pebbles. been tortured with renewed life.it brought me to a it ran Whence brightlyforth. about. " whose silver ramble Down twenty little falls through reeds and cave. bramble. hill : when a I wander'd from poppy whole age of moments lingering crept contentment by. thrice have Once more I this fair enchantment seen . days exiled many . it struck.by hap.voiced: *Ah. Of weary By Like Than And a days.and left the serene. Overhead. At last. placeto place. coop'dup in the den Straying Of helplessdiscontent.32 ENDYMION. Proserpine. among " In the middle of a brook. as to curtain up some wood-nymph's home. ere more Sluggishly swept the deadly yellow spleen. through some trees young bedded stuck And. and from my laugh'dand smiled. and spread Hung a lush screen Thick. whither do I roam ! 'Mong * ' Said Of I. Away at once Yes. sweet grief of droopingweeds. My All because hunting-cap. low.

ENDYMION. Echo hence shall stir noise sighs but sigh-warm kisses.and to fashion pilgrimagefor the world's dusky will I count of : grief no more over. I hurried in. Daily. with my Stood stupefied own empty folly. but And To demurest occupy My No wholly. : cell of Echo. I pluck sweet flowerets from their bed. to My A chain half longer strive mountain find in forgetfulness wind . . where And Are babbles gone thorough silence. O that dying tone take my the vows. brink. and sing 0 charitable Echo So I stay'd This ditty to her !" tell her' half afraid. when I heard my name and then these accents Most came fondly lipp'd. breathe sue she would And To them sighingly among boughs. the while it travelling cloys trembles hair.till her madness. sad sigh. And blushingfor the freaks of melancholy. Salt tears were coming. And them weave dyingly send honey-whispers Bound every leaf. Peona death so . sadness. gentle ears for whose fair head. My foolish tongue. or light thy combing hand. Faints Of into with sleep. and listening. nor will wed Sorrow. many wits in tender and a anon. 33 She Or dabbles 'tisthe on the cool and sands sluicy she sits. : Endymion ! the cave is secreter her " " * Than No Of And At Are the isle of Delos. Bear up come the way to againstit : instead me patiently farewell.' through my labyrinthine that Ah oppress 'd. meditation. those swift moments ! Whither " ! where are they fled ? 1 '11 smile no more. that all those gentle lispers May sigh my love unto her pitying! ! hear. link bv link.

a caught. we our of may chance near-dwellers with my car.and launch'd from land.and took Peona's hand : Throughautumn into the boat. " is palyflame of I look : hopethat Have not plays I Where'er And but yet.34 ENDYMION. about Blustering Dearest What There a my ears : ay. calm a round of hours shall make my days. They stept V \ . Already." This he said. rose. By this the Meet some more sun countenance? healthy is setting .I '11say 'tis nought here I bid it die. of sisters. like a faint-smiling star mists. thou shalt see. what my lifeshall be .

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Counting his woe-worn Of Hour Now of mossed oaks . far. ways : ? Through wilderness. rest. in the middle. her " sighing. in striving Love's So once standard more on the battlements and days nightsaid along. or kind behest. it buds. The upon his head. minutes. brood on things to the death-dayof conviction ardency empires. avail than tears. there is sight . it flowers beneath And. Fair Are Than Pastorella in the bandit's den. the these the silver flow Hero's of Imogen. legion'd Brain-sick I shepherd-prince guarded since sorrows What The promise hast day of sacrifice with ! 'tis his old thou ? faithful Or. have dawn new Come Alas Has the constant upon he been grief. me But path of love and poesy. In chafingrestlessness. discontent. pight softly his . Amid her window-flowers. he is to and still. and his he doth see now : bud which fancy : lo ! but water plucks it. Like soldiers. has dared to tread.dipsits stalk in the how ! swells. the lone wood-cutter after hour. Fearfully more with Must such thus one Who. For many wandering in uncertain and woods thy morrows days. drear uprear of song. each a lush-leaved And Stems shady spring. by the strokes . come Without muse's smile. listening rill. elbow-deepwith feverous fingering cold : a wild rose-tree the upbursting by sitting him in snares Pavilions A He It bloom.36 ENDYMION. weaning " Tenderly Doth Of more fancy from swoon its maiden : snow.is yet more to Than to be crush'd.

and it in the way eager. at that very touch. And. was It seem'd And like a he flew. far away. green woodland heath. the blue cleft.as though afraid to smutch with mealy gold the waters Even clear. perhaps. then. anew. Through The A summer buried paths. holy bark let forth an anthem To cheer itself to Delphi. with touch Most delicate. Endymion sought around.where away. As if.when upon the breeze Some sweet. solitary never Where there sound of mortal men. and smiles oft.some cadences snow-light Melting to silence. Saving. must There A For with wide eye he wonders. was strange ! Bewildered. dreams sleepytwilight track unseams time One wooded ocean Of He and. and shook each bed . for ever That. Follow'd hands : by glad Endymion's clasped it flies. suddenly began to dip. to disappear So fairy-quick. adown was a sinks glen. downward. fades upon him . From Onward languor'ssullen bands His limbs to are loosed. sunny so on he hies Dazzled trace skies. then high it soar'd. through many a dun. swift beneath Until it reach'd a splashing fountain's side cavern's mouth. Through O'er many the a did he pass spirit evening quietin the sun. But. Lightly this little herald flew aloft.ENDYMION. Still his feet Went the merry-winged guide. the new-born easy . upon be surelycharacter 'd strange things.athirst with so much toil. 37 whose wings golden butterfly .'twould sip The crystal spout-head: so it did. near a pour'd Unto the temperate air .

or purplish. But To I am child gladdenthee . gentle bosom of thy love. Could I weed Thy soul of care. me. a knows in heaven not. Is. my to the pearlycup even Yes. one Why But. my grotto-sands. I guess Farewell ! . Seeing thou art so gentle. all my Golden. To Amphitrite clear-eyed . Vermilion-taird. whisperer disturb'd a flung What gentle tongue. springs: my level lilies. before thou canst be ta en the from every pain. along the grass. Her saying: ringlets Too long. it is thus. Tawny and gold. that on this day wander I Ve been thy guide . everything. and the youngest her like *Mong lilies. potent river spells My charming-rod. that thou must In other regions. " for I bubbled in but a creatures fainting woe desert as a up wild.38 ENDYMION.oozed slowlyfrom far lands shells. his gloomy rest ? she stood and then he the nymph uprisento the breast fountain's pebblymargin. or finn'd with silvery gauze . kist. that draws Yea. wastingsigh. and all I dare to say. " ! Meander To gave is me. past the scanty bar To From Into far mortal every steps. A virgin-light to the deep . By my diligent . or rainbow-sided. that I pitythee . The bitterness of love : too long indeed.alas. by heavens. drippinghand she softly and twist And anxiouslybegan to plait Youth round her fingers. To him of the brood. Of covert Himself What It In was flowers in vain . above : poor Naiad. or my veined pebble-floor. hast thou starved on the ruth. I would offer coffer All the bright riches of my crystal fish.

half asleep. to keep off the burr Of smothering fancies. the anxiety. All human this good. but grow. gnats were as dimpling. Thus To O breathed take a a he to himself: *' Whoso encamps fancied cityof delight. hopes. and then he foams. To How make us feel existence. for him Another Free That there 's refreshment in toil : citydoth about. far and nigh. jutting no " stand . Quick Avaterfliesand And Had fish were and where pool rushes cool. onward to another cityspeeds. wanderer.patiently sat down . while beneath the evening's sleepyfrown Glow-worms began to trim their starry lamps. . its brooded o'er the water The dashing fount pour'd on. sportingstill.how he set more than even vile ! Yet.ENDYMION. Imagination's struggles. in grass and Lay. me." Hereat Who she vanish'd from Endymion's in amaze : gaze. is he ! and what wretch when 'tis his. or to show men quietdeath to Where flowers soil is . Whether There is weeds for depth to strike in : I can see worth my compassing. miss After The long kernel toil and of his to travelling. And. and is. disappointment. if good nor ill The fallen out that hour. Holding his forehead. 89 I have a for ditty my hollow cell. bearing in themselves That they are still the air. from the smallest this is human life : the war. Alas And But The of doubt pebble-bead he will seize on honey-combs : trickling ! he finds them dry . the deeds. the subtle food. so Nought earthly head of land Upon a misty.

or to seek. stand upon thing to sigh for. too divine art thou.I do think the bars that I in are burst That kept my spirit with thee through the dizzysky ! Am sailing The beautiful thou art ! world how How deep ! How the wheels sweep tremulous-dazzlingly Around their axle ! Then these gleaming reins. nor severelydeem impious . and by is the Orphean lute. tie Would Worse give a than pang to jealousmisery. listening this misty peak. by all the stars My madness That tend thy bidding.40 ENDYMION. ten-times now bright and the fair ! thy but my blue throne. one all filling of air. blind Orion hungry for the . the torment's self : but rather and the Large wings upon my shoulders. in beauty. and trembling lips.for thy silver prow Too keen in love's most Not to have dipp'd gentle stream. no . flood. Eurydice the soft shadow be " I care of my thrice-seen love. My love's far dwelling. Glance Into little beam temper 'd light bosom. help ! And he stood . bower veils haply some Those Those fails . ! sweet queen . Alone When ? mad No. that the dreadful might scared torment And Yet tyranny of love be somewhat do not so. 0 meekest not what. help ! or the wide-gaping Will gulf me ^At this. dove Of heaven From ! 0 Cynthia. twilight eyes ! eyes ? my spirit Dear air goddess. for. this thy chariot attains How lithe ! When Its airygoal. lifted hands. I 'd rather With But Than not a to 't. Though Of point out rout playful Cupids shun thee. with madden'd stare. 0 be propitious. one spared. " " " " " Like Or old Deucalion mountain 'd o'er the morn.

vein of sometimes. Like Vulcan's rainbow. Twas far too strange.I ENDYMION. Where airyvoices lead : so throughthe hollow. as deep profound He ne'er is crown As those are high. A dusky empire and its diadems . a gleaming melancholy.to hide his head the clear moon.and wonderful his appetite Sharpening. by degrees. Thus swell'd it forth where Descend. for sadness . its lines abrupt and angular : of gems. 'd The silent of earth. . nor wholly. Nor Had sigh of his. with some monstrous roof . descend mysteries ! " He One Into From heard moment but the last words. track the princequick footsteps told. nor more nor plaint. Young Into mountaineer ! descend bend alleys hurl'd the sparry hollows of the world ! bolts of the thunder Oft hast thou seen from day by day hast been sheen A littlelower than the chilly Of icypinnacles. and coming madness. thine arms and dipp'dst Into the deadening ether that still charms Their marble being : now. moan passion'd : " been heard. in reflection : nor could contend for he fled the fearful deep. Out-shooting Through a vast autre .descend ! With who fears to follow immortality. nor light. Dark. 41 borne there was And. but from the deep cavern A voice. But mingled up . With millions whose Along all sparkledon a gold. the trees. like a meteor-star. then the metal woof. One faint eternal eventide Ay.he had been froze to senseless stone . The region sombre nor bright. As thy threshold . To dive into the deepest.

and into niches old : And. A quiver'd Stepping awfully. astonishment For Greece he went With deep-drawn sighs was quieting. whence come he seeth hundred as waterfalls.so complete and true that he well nigh fear'd In sacred custom. he began to thread . Vexing conceptionsof some Whether to where sudden sameness breeds change . an that o'er the vast Towers A and ocean-clifF. or giant range Of sapphire columns. on lighttiptoedivine. spirit when this Who. 'd . Curves It seems hugely: an now. whence far off appear 'd. oft turning his veil'd eye The youth approach Down sidelongaisles. : who they ? high remembrancers The mighty ones who have made eternal day While and England. On a ridge beneath fareth like he. when near more againstthe marble cold He had touch'd his forehead. not that. fiercer wonders one past the wit of those Of any but to tell.whose voices But His the murmuring bosom Described Old grew. when orbed diamond. vista. : anon it leads Through winding passages. just beyond.42 ENDYMIOX. set : numb to fray like the stun sun a Darkness his throne 'twas Uprisen o'er Came He saw and with such the amazement. doth hiss Fancy angry into belief and lightning. far away. an from chaos : Chillyand surge. Dian. passingthrough A mimic temple. Will planet's spheringtime doth close. or fantastic bridge a silver Athwart Now flood of crystal. be its To search it inwards . Into a marble gallery. a fair shrine. first he. grots. far in the deep abyss. Through a long pillar'd And. absorb'd " in it.

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nor Thy There loveliness in dismal our elements earth But. findingin livest It feels An green sweet contents. Elysian. keen Moving Of river near while 0 Haunter sides. Ah. of heaven taste thou dost dost . chaste waste. ! " think how I should let this me bed my of flowers native " Young goddess ! Deliver me see bowers ! from rapacious deep ! he : Thus His ending loudly. and and 0 heathy arrows Where Art thou thy silver bow forested ? air woodland Queen. stood when . ! name pleasant Within breast there lives a choking flame my 0 let me cool it zephyr-boughsamong ! A homeward fever parches up my tongue 0 let me ! slake it at the running springs Upon my ear a noisy nothing rings " " exiled mortal. He caught more her airyform. and with now woods. sounds " 0 let me once more hear thick the linnet's note ! Before 0 mine me eyes films and shadows float ! light white " let 'noint them now with the heaven's ankles Dost 0 thou lave thv feet and sweet to me ? think how now Dost 0 thou think how freshening sluice ! ? pleasethy thirst with berry-juice would this dry palate ! rejoice thou the If in soft slumber O dost hear love a my voice.U ENDYMION. the thus : did ** he plain.how rich to its if to thee me. taste waste it.as he would but o'erleap alert destiny. woos What Where Of smoothest dost thou thy smoother wide forehead halloos what it ? listen to the ? thy disparted nymphs Glimmers ? thy crescent 'Tis in the breath Freedom as none can Through Wheresoe'er : dark tree be. blissfully.

it came forced him than softly : tiptoe more east could blow Arion's Or Of To magic the to the Atlantic isles . ever " back lyre O Who Of did he loved live. whose green back a the short-lived foam. Upon his fairy wastes So anxious for the end. This walk the which throbs still alarm. lowlybow'd his face. worth love. among " the sweets Onward As Of This For he goes in his plainly the stops as were his bosom beats the faint charm born. Desponding. the smiles the than w^est. to hide delights the floral pride long whispering birth enchanted heaved his footsteps Before . Increasingstill in heart. than the rill 'twas not long . where flowers. he scarcely One moment with " his hand he ear. heavily Feeling about for its old couch of space And airycradle. and pleasant sense. and slab : spied. or a swollen the tide margin sallows. not? and slew 'Tis the pest unrest.ENDYMION. that fairest joys give most That thingsof delicate and tenderest . made jealousby throned seas Apollo. o'er the marble floor's cold thrill. as when Old Down ocean grew anew rolls a wave lengthen'd to the shore. ready myrtle crowns refreshment " Up heaping through Itself. that music lonelyman. for. journey on he hastes . 45 Obstinate silence came again.could breathe Ionian and Tyrian. Bursts with gradual. sleepy music. wayward indolence.and Nor In a drowns strives its in one spot alone . sweeter But To To its old channel. all hoar. and the own leaves he And wreaths.

awaken'd : then the sounds again Went noiseless as a passingnoontide rain And down some swart Over For So as saw a bower. suffocate Is miserable.with sudden step. sighs could fathom. peeps into a wood. midst all. of beautiful a tender and minstrelsy. fonder. embower'd high. Yanish'd in elemental passion. then hell. Had not a heavenly guide benignant led his head thick myrtle branches. lo. one here.and made : a seared dearth. on Cupids a-slumbering ! their pinionsfair.by comparison of bliss. and Through winding alleys Upon soft verdure saw. and forgottenclear. heaven. one there. he came upon A chamber. At last. myrtlewall'd. or contentment like the peach. a After thousand mazes Full And For In Of of more incense. Are swallow'd one all. blessings Half-happy. coverlids sleek about an him in a thousand folds " hidingup neck and Apollonian curve the shoulder.46 ENDYMION. and towards it went panting light. nor tentingswerve . gold-tinted ripe October's faded marigolds. First in the Carian's then . abysm he had gone. 'Twas even so with this ear Dew-dropping melody. 'gainst To where Brushing. y overgone. light. : strange beside on silken of couch of rosy pride. in fair sooth.there lay a sleeping youth reach : fondest Than And Or Fell Not Of beauty . where the he sunset little space he stood . wonderment . By And consuming true flame it doth immerse in a curse.

Together intertwined and tramell'd fresh : The glossysprout . bower. rose. and round him grew All tendrils green. To that same straightway. an mellowing for autumn blush .tbus whisper Until ** Thou art a wanderer. On one By tenderest pressure. while another odorous dew. virgin's others serene of the sisterhood.touch'd the strings. and thy presence here . just as the morning south Above his head. uprose to look youth'sslumber . Cupids watching silently. Of velvet leaves and bugle-blooms divine .ENDYMION. the ivy mesh. trailing airily . distilling the shook it on took his hair . kneelingto a lyre. willow bough. Shading its Ethiop berries . white arm.Sideway his face reposed and tenderly unclosed. 47 light . and his Rain'd violets upon fluttering-wise sleeping eyes. Latmian yet many more. One. pointing But rather. Mufflingto death the pathos with his wings . At A And In ever and anon. givingthem to the fill'dsight Officiously. in embarrassment. inipatient and lightly went He forthright pass'd. y and At The these enchantments. of every bloom and hue. ankles To make a coronal . breathless wonder'd o'er and o'er . And. and woodbine. Dispartsa dew-lipp'd wed Four stalks did their white honours lily Of knee from nor knee. Hard by. another woven flew through the roof. vine of in streaked vases Convolvulus The And With Stood creeper. treading who feather'd lyrist. 'd: Though from upper day Smiling. flush . a faint damask mouth To slumbery pout.

" these purple: taste these juicypears. I aver. when his fears Were is cream. and her not bind all in all unto would was be to He content dotingself. so prison'd let her amorous plea arms Faint An through his careless . Ariadne was a vintager. recline Upon Alive Since So Here is wine. Sent me by sad Vertumnus. Content. content to see unseized heaven dying at a his feet . lovelorn. Endymion. undimm'd By any touch. be nicest of happy cheer ! 'tis the some touch and of human honour. on. 0 fool ! When on to make cold retreat. such tear the pleasantgrass every love. was Lay sorrowing . : here high about Pomona Deepening to richness from a snowy gleam . a cool Sweeter For than that nurse Amalthea and skimm'd the boy Jupiter: a here. So Hence wise startled. fond elf." Still brooding o'er the cadence thus : *' all these of his lyre. And I need the not any how By telling For Him Who a sea-born how hearingtire goddesspined she strove to mortal youth. Were born when closed in sullen and eyes lips moisture. 'tis done I in no thee. three Hesperides. when Of diverse passion. livingflowers. Eeady to melt And In here is bunch of an blooming plums infant's gums : between manna by starhght. and quick sighs her . the pick'dfrom Syrian trees.48 ENDYMION. Feast Of and meanwhile things around us. with sparkles never. ? but. When ethereal immortal donor high-favouring to Presents As Was now bowers to mortal sense . I will let thee He did know so. Might For seem unholy.

Adonis.moved convulsed and gradually Up to his forehead. echoing. it was summer-time same the thunderer's beard .justly might I was half glad. how Broke A to renew firstling. Lo ! this is he. with which she fills In allthis quiet . for they heard through and out there flutter noise of leaves. Whereon. To watch his slumber through. E Full to every soothingly 'I . Embower'd Look. 49 her nostrils small. Came vex'd and " " But my poor mistress went When the boar tusk'd him Immortal Each That down tear-drops to distractand mad. 'd rustling and doves : Adonis something mutter 'd.sleep our winter-sleep. the tremulous shower Heal'd up the wound. for when Ay. moment's She scuds with summer to a filling up. in Cytherea's isle. pettish through 'stthou call Hush ! no exclaim yet. : so away she flew and by her plainings To Jove's high drew throne. and fast to pant through breezes. and hath set luxury without any let. Medicined death The to a 'd drowsiness : lengthen and doth dress visions.i ENDYMION. that erst upon his thigh Lay dormant. t"| ^ love-sick queen did weep Over his waned corse.Come ! come ! ** i . and. 'Tiswell Even The nighpass'd. I Arise ! awake ! Clear Unto the summer has forth walk'd and she has talk'd clover-sward. Then there was a hum Of sudden voices. Curses upon his head. with a balmypower. nested finch . sports listenersall this wMe those winged : Stand anxious see ! behold ! " " This clamant word the carefulsilence . first warm longkiss.:U .safe in the privacy all his Of this still region . decreed he should be rear'd life. Us young immortals. Pigeons The while one hand.

wet heaven.who stands superb to share 0 The A general gladness: awfullyhe stands sovereignquellis in his waving hands . . and new life Into But But Of To his eyes. fresh a clouds of morn. and a charm'd his heart.and play. curls nectar and through swell'd water an fair. making all laugh. Saving love's self. were soon doublingoverhead backward as their little fists yawns. made uneasily about. No sightcan bear the of lightning his bow . Spun On dew. Rubbing And In For In sleepy eyes But with lazy wrists. every sweet pinch life begin ! '* this.and sing. Rise. drizzling turn " which chill falling him soft Adonis' shoulders. for her comforting meeting these her blue orbs ? ! Who. shadow tumult to fell upon his breast. Venus Queen open-arm'd : leaningdownward the white Her A 'd out.50 ENDYMION. miserable strife. ! unhappy sight. doves still Nestle Soon and were with necks stretch plain. . in descent .and loudly call their sweet and queen : when lo ! the be seen wreathed green Disparted. it has ruffled every spirit there. sparkling. Ah. from silent wheels. soon. Cupids ! To At your or we '11 give the Once blue-bell more dimpled arms. And silken traces lighten'd And returningfrom love's banishment.and Blue Whose far a upward silver could car. air So from roof down Odorous To For enlivening . all alive: delicious wine 'd clouds the arbour dive doth. from their side they hurried in. and off air-borne. who can muse write first minutes warm The as unchariest embracements theirs makes coy excuse.

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floating celestial.on and Through Gold Black of mottled palaces ore. at last. all foam subterranean tease and roar. So Thee still obey the guiding hand that safelythrough these wonders concealment not guess'd mount fends for sweet . . ends. he did were : not stare aghast. then Stretchingacross guidingo'er Enormous Streams Then Of The Done a chasms. so with dash his spear . dome. clear vanish'd. and crystal of awful shade.52 ENDYMION. darken'd. and turquoisfloor. with unusual caves. still he caught up rose the vivid lightningfrom all was that dreadful ^tnean bow. he hies So. 'Tis a needful so. seem a all he had to endured Would feather the mighty prize.a diamond balustrade. High afar them minish into nought . a Sudden and 'ganto poplar's height. went Up The the hum saw Latmian when And. wall. all those he visions and o'ergone. past. again in twilight He For did not rave. felt assured And Of in loneliness when he happy times. and thence Spiralthrough ruggedest loop-holes. their heighten'djust above thousand waters the that beds granite heads silvery he could fountains. A When The all were car. but at the splash. Leading afar past wild magnificence. polish'd porticoes the And." " adieu ! up flew impatientdoves. in extreme And Thou Here The if I the sunny beam Now words shouldst must we up to with me. gladness. those spouting columns rose heedlessly. where. inclose . At these leave thee. with " throe " earth closed once gave a moan solitary And left him lone. a void.

shells dwells he Haply. founts bade loath farewell and Protean. With " vaulted dome like heaven's i But he revives at once : for who beholds things. mimick'd Collecting.nor casts his mental slough ? a rugged arch. rare wonders streams . interlace ""* Sometimes Cover'd lattices. all overhead far bespread : so starlight huge and strange. Vex'd like a morning eagle. : streams changed magic . into stubborn '. every thousand Blackeningon A side. torrent. ten dell. dark foldings thrown Forth from " " New sudden I About her and majesty.and Of those dusk frieze. And purblind amid foggy midnight wolds.swans.and wrought oaken beams. and with when sound. gems The felt a hurried solitary change Working within him into something dreary. and dazzlingcool. liquidbroideries and these naiads fair. fretwork streaming round a Alike. in the dusk below. then vines crystal as weeping trees. times far aloof a placesin He Cathedrals To And Half these call'd. to refined. mother Came alone Cybele ! alone In sombre chariot . through deepestgloom. peacocks. every with like delicatest with about in a space. Pour'd in a gentlewind. front death-pale. and seen juttingshapes. watery gauze curtain'd wink. sweet Long minute's delight. . high fantastic roof. and ay. for. like dolphin tumults. and rich with Of liowers. into shapes of SpRngled.lost and weary. . Welcome On The this the float of Thetis. Moving Which. and grisly gapes.ij water. passing gulf. 53 His diamond with path. Swifter than lightning went And then the canopies. the Pillars.ENDYMION.

. 'bove his head a delight half-graspable . heavy paws and nervy tails Uplifteddrowsily. himself he flings. wayworn Abrupt. he fell Swift as a fathoming plummet down things. his way was lost . rose. and the gloom : Committed to the darkness to what Down.in Art The thou w^ayworn. In and they seem'd teem'd freshly that airs delicious. to his capableears . Wherefore Young traveller. his tread Hesperean . in middle air. and faints away In another gloomy arch. solemn sluggish Their surly eyes brow-hidden. wings. Four maned lions hale wheels their toothed maws. and there crost 'twixt whose large eagle. Without one impious word. and to Jupiter cloud-borne indeed He Call ardently! was . for grown Ethereal Flew Was pleasure . place? trace canst further diamond path ? And does it indeed end bend Abrupt in middle air ? Yet earthward Thy forehead. With jasmine bower. such or a mournful not delay. This shadowy queen athwart. down.54 ENDYMION. Large honeycombs With of green. and farewell took. all bestrewn had His every sense golden moss. Through unknown with spicyfannings And interbreathed. To cloud-borne him a Jove he bowed. With The turrets crown'd. uncertain pleasantdoom. till exhaled asphodel. wreathed Came were swellingforth where little caves Towards So thick with leaves and mosses. the greenest nook The eaglelanded It was a him. Silent sails Cowering their tawny brushes.

and thee doff 'mid thy sea-foamy cradle woo Thy shepherd vest.where art thou ? High above. Or keeping watch among Old One Or Atlas' children ? Art a maid of the waters. too eagerlymy Its 0 To thee fresh leaves. soul deceives this cannot self: powerless me 1 know be. My breath of life." Thus With spake he. o'er the off thee a from the morning . Dancing before the morning gates of heaven ? those starry seven. or main like wild bird. no. and No. so Yet still I feel immortal love. to and that moment felt endued wound power dream deliciously . sandy plain.Verdant : and such cell swell through. " will all this Away Like Without So in solitude ? And a melodies an upon ? feeling pass they wane. gush must of echo Then shall bereft ! 0 my I be ! left sad. so . take to . of shell-winding Triton's ! art. idleness ? it now Methinks Into And To From is at my . dewy luxury was little flowers stirr'd them wander'd sudden in his eyes . so melancholy. let then by some : sweet her entrancements most hither dreaming flee sleepawhile ! Hither For some ! and soothingfoil gentlesleep few hours the coming solitude. Weaving For very coronal of tender scions thou art. 55 Silence A The And He Of Said was music from the holy spheres . ** Alas ! " he. felt his pleasantsighs cave -^1 faintly. impossible a a ? bright-hair'd daughters of nymph Where'er Dian's.ENDYMION. oft wondering vat exaltation but. to scare will to start thine snatch scud arms Aurora's train.

there is no must weep old power their left to steep fears quillimmortal in Long time in silence Question that thus joyous tears.5Q ENDYMION. 0 bliss! 1 1 ' naked waist well-known which soft Cupid. whence is this ?" voice sigh'd. scroll the brightroll eyes skies oh : Is in Have The hand Apollo's our dazed world has the tingein the western done its duty.like : Over Around young but all is dark thine aged top. where mossy himself. Although These That A sun lovers did embrace. the fount count mighty Poets folded by the seen a new is made Muses : up . Long time ere soft caressingsobs began To Two " mellow into words. searching bed and deepest. Sweetest. of poesy is set. here am ravishment. " Helicon Helicon ! ! fountain thou 'd hill ! wouldst Homer's a That These And spout . and ! from then there ran bubblingsprings of known Unknown talk from w^hom may their sweet my 0 lips. ever wherefore I not in these my chin arms ? in this sweet ? ever spot ? Pillow These for ever toyinghands and press kiss their smooth excess . and to Exhales Of Is in mists heaven. being sips Such Be darling essence. did their anxious was it long time they lay Fondling and kissingevery doubt away . he took. little streamlet the verse o'er soar sorry pages then would lark sing above his nested this gentlepair. and just into the air indolent : *' Stretchinghis A A At arms. and we yet. Yet. with dotingcry *' Fair They 0 trembled to each Old other. the . Through The He threw a dim smoothest tillhe found passage. thy clear Ay. .

dear youth. In or I shall faint and will these soft hours . more I can conceive long absence rest to : from doth bereave : My Yet. unhappy me ! His soul will 'scapeus 0 felicity ! he does love me How His poor temples beat ! " " To the very tune of love " how sweet. youth. sweet ! Eevive. Or that me be for here. eyes. soul of any can yet I hence I not starry eminence for very shame can own Upliftthee . Still Full Let How well I feel thou entwine we wouldst surer. thee part ? thou with canst Elysium not to some ! Who ever art thou ? Who. die . that they may richlyfeast Until we the life of love again. sweet. milky sovereignties These tenderest. 57 Why That not for ever and my for ever feel wilt steal breath from about rae Away Thou eyes ? Ah. and wilt not heed lonelymadness. nor . By the most soft complexion of thy face. or Revive. 0 slippery blisses ! twinkling Those lips. and will press at least My lipsto thine. and let that spell lethargy! I cannot quell ! dost thou move ? dost kiss ? 0 than thee must bliss ! 0 . lift thee me starry sphere ? by this soft embrace. and by the nectar. indeed " My Is To " wilt be gone away. leave now me. thou again. And by these tenderest. my kindest fair ! is it to be so ? No me ! Who ? will dare own pluck thee me can from And. of thine not surer " will. taste What I love And so speak. Speak.ENDYMION.indeed.wine. Enchantress ! tell " The 0 loved Ida the divine ! passion" Endymion ! dearest ! Ah. hurry by tranced dullness Affrightthis Its heavy pressure. pain ! thee.

swear a sweetly. I vow 's thine : An immortalityof passion Ere long I will exalt thee to the shine Of heaven ambrosial whole . for many Now I sequent hours. my from waned Olympus' solemn height. an Ay. that our from delight of us alone ! save quiteforgotten.and all old hymns made ! nullity what is this to love ? Oh ! I could fly But thee into the ken of heavenlypowers. sky.58 ENDYMION. dearest ! do me "wiit force blush it from groan. With purity " no So thou Press That me wouldst so am thus. 0 that I not I must in heaven. this secrecy. brightness. that Pallas is her like mine that I have has my dunce Perhaps Oh In is but been been hair unknown " ! I do think ! chastity every alone yes. Ah. by a coward blushes I be coward me " ! Horror the " rushes look shook before palpable Jove awe " sad Minerva's of start ^" no bosom With Cupid pinion veiVd In reverence dominion crystalline my Half lost. solitary were Nor knew nests built. Now a soft kiss- endless bliss. breathe thee whispersof minstrelsy* . all serious Gods . that the Had At my done already! dreadful smiles Had And Was And impassion'd wiles. love at " once I wise. and we will shade a Ourselves summers by river And And I will tell thee stories of the its glade . wherefore so lost ashamed ? some 'Tis but to atone : For Yet Too Of endless must pleasure. by that kiss. Pallas me While With I was eye saw cool as fingers as sighing. vague that as dove. uptying Sweet love ! aspen leaves. Myself Or And thou to thee.

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Love's with more Often than burst : war no tortured from him Meanings Had A had lion's groan that . curls. hung his head. but now he rage pass'daway rough-voiced he had longer did againstthe for such tuned wage stars. together. vast. vaulted. that griefof hers he painingon was empty most arms sicklyguess'd and sadly press'd once more.60 ENDYMION.when anxious he did eclipsing eyes : and at the last a sounding grotto. Anon And That Her Thus strange voice is upon echoed from at 'tis but the departing sound. y The felt too much jars: Ivre of his soul -^olian Forgot all violence. As A much as here is penn'd doth always find much comes thus resting-place. the left the youth asleep. languidpaces. and when he did. last unwound fair visitant and gentlelimbs. dooming harsh No. Now turn we to our former " Endymion Sweet How His lone awoke. ravishments more keen pipe. Half seeing visions that might have dismay 'd the Alecto's Than Over It was serpents . with slow. and but communed With melancholy thought : 0 he had from pleasure's Drunken nipple ! and Henceforth From was swoon'd his love dove-like. ear : his he And Sat forlorn upon that madness wddow'd he had bed known : silently. And crimson-mouthed stubborn . and face hid 'Twas So tempered. " tradition of the gusty deep. thousand shells with pearls. chroniclers. " Loth was he to move imprintedcouch. the clear and the wane " plain. Hermes' with a lean O'erstudded thousand.out he stray 'd In muffling hands.

the look stepp'dupon his shepherd throne : his white palace in wild forest nook. old bards : Until Then into the earth's all its buried with excessive must deep maw magic.ENDYMION. deeds the spur : mighty plans To nurse the golden age 'mong shepherd clans That wondrous night : the great Pan-festival : His sister's sorrow . And make branches lift a golden fruit my Into the bloom of heaven : other light. Once like muddy lees. up to the day feasts. ? core. My Or silent thoughts are echoing from " they are Of noises far away the dying swells ghosts. but the ? " Hark i these shells . of green hue. close. " he rush'd : flush 'd High ** And now. and all his life : his 'mid 'gan to ponder youth. all the tender revels he maiden friend a had whom lorded he once there : thought fair.and acclaim. even to the bulk and sulk harbour storm. In cool wonder down. " every Pass'd like Of the and fellow-woodlander Then his dream to before him. Though it be quick and sharp enough to blight The Olympian eagle's vision. are spiritual. and garlandsgay. Fish-semblances. 61 Of In every which shape whales and size. Meant but to fertilise my earthlyroot. How long I have I remain that sweet in amaze jeopardy no Of blank Now All amazements more tasted her soul to the depths are shallow : essences." thought he. and his wanderings all.to brood Moreover and azure Against an endless too. is dark. Dark as other the parentage of chaos. list ! Hereupon " . this Beady to Endymion On When He Of And Each With snort sat their streams. till it love.

humming tone Came louder. dew. and striving Circling To entice her to a dive ! then stealing in Between thin. At last they shot trickling the ceiling's height. peerless nymph ! why fear tenderness didst thou as Such mine her ? Great Dian. her luscious lips and eyelids O that her shining hair was in the sun. fantastic round the rocks. and behold.pouring a noise breathless racers whose hopes poise steps. and every charm Touch I flow : raptured! See how painfully Fair maid. be pitiful to my great woe. and ear. ! what " " " His dream sound away as ? What the melodies are these ? They Not through whisperingof vaults. On with misty spray. He kept an anxious The Swift. rippling how about her waist. And I distilling from it thence to run In amorous her shrinking form ! rillets down To linger her lily on shoulders. that why. " . and lash'd Among Down As of the a Leaving some from loftygrot. there as he lay. I Why Were hear prayer ? 0 round her dainty fairness now. warm Between her kissing breasts. mad. till well nigh Follow'd He had left thinking of the mystery. both togetherdash'd A copiousspring . And now was rapt in tender hoverings is it sings Ah Over the vanish'd bliss. ear native in such barren ! " 0 Arethusa. and with conchs and shells of the Upon the last few spent force Along the ground they took a winding course. either side outgush'd.C2 ENDYMIOX. Give trees.the other strove to shun their languidmazes. that one for it seem'd Endymion follow'd Ever pursued.

me : Grew strong within call it love ? once more wherefore ! 'twas serve me so.and lonelycouch. 'twould be a deadly bane. 63 Stay." My own *' " 0. *' " cruelty." " Alas. Oread-Queen this of be a ! would that thou hadst a pain Like And mine. : fitful sighs 'Tis almost A death upon 0 let fear must pour more. sense I shudder gentleriver. all that beauty snared me. . But In since I thy deceitful did lave heedlessly a panting glow stream. and let to the flowery mead A happy wooer. away. then ** " would I fearless turn criminal." that thoti dost taunt Arethusa. and innocent Ripe fruits." Where " me lead. happy eyes my Away ! avaunt Now ! O So 'twas cruel thing. And Not Amid Alas did I close the thrush's a song. stay thy weary course. get thou once Alpheus ! Of mine was enchanter made ! every in perfect these woods. " maid I Stifle thine Of heart : nor be afraid angry shade powers us there are deities Those me no Will with their to hear wings. Cruel " god. wast I think my If thou playingon bathe no Thou wouldst once more shady brink. or I shall dearly rue My very thoughts: in mercy then away. contentment ever floods. I burn.ENDYMION. gave . dewy balm them ! " Sweet Arethusa ! Dian's self feel. bowery lawns. not Desist Will With Such ! or my offended mistress' nod " tease me stagnate all thy fountains : Ah. again. Innocent . Kindest Alpheus. thee hence.for should I obey dear will. have I really got syren words " power to madden thee ? And is it true " Away. Fresh breezes. softly.

where 'mid more exuberant unseen in pleasantdarkness. thou And Thou let us please white deliciousness. . every summer Dofl" all sad fears.where we might Be incense-pillow'd night. where I brim Round floweryislands. Through I roam . faint repeating name o'er of Arethusa. I will delightthee all my winding course. .64 ENDYMION." there was a He turn'd " whelming sound " he stept. Alpheus ? me : " stands Severe before fate persecuting ! thou " Unhappy A Arethusa free in sad " wast late huntress two At this. to assuage. sudden a fell Those The Save The Of streams adown fearful dell. sands. be thus comforted see unless couldst to rejoice my hopeless stream hungry Dian ! Hurry And ** distracted from to Sol's temperate beam. From Ahout the green sea up to my hidden will show waters source Arcadian forests . gentle Goddess pilgrimage.these lovers' pains . more. Sometimes. which myriads of bees Buzz from their honey 'd wings: and thou shouldst Thyself to choose the richest." " pour can death I What along some do. them happy in some happy plains. Than Saturn in his exile . steal Blushing into my soul. On the that dark gulf he wept. these very pangs. By And our eternal art If thou make hopes. Dear maiden. o'er and echo. and let us fly for the open These dreary caverns sky. of my and verge said : *' I urge Thee. and where rocks my The channels mossy coolest flow green. no Latmian but he heard listen'd. powerful. to soothe. and take thence a skim Of mealy sweets.

. 65 There Towards More The He was a cooler light . doth a suddenly visions of go.ENDYMION. and and moment so he lo ! kept it bj a sandy than path. and fled- the earth were gone his saw the giant sea above head.

unconfined. To their spirit's perch. and turbans. they proudly mount self-applause. a constant spell. their thronestiptop the fierce intoxicating Amid tones Of trumpets. or. There With are who lord it o'er their fellow-men tinsel : who prevailing unpen Their baaing vanities. With Our not one gold and ripe-ear tinge Of sanctuary splendour. and belabour'd drums. By the blear-eyed most And crowns. not a sight Able to face an owls. make a ladder in of the eternal wind. there But Or Can throned seats unscalable wing. thunder-clouds ears. BOOK III. Their nothings. their being'shigh account. Ah ! how all this hums. With unladen breasts.their dull skies. 0 torturing Who. will see unpack'd Fire-branded foxes to sear up and singe 'd hopes. tents And poise about cloudythunder- . shoutings.to browse away The comfortable green and juicyhay fact ! human From pastures . they still are dight nations in empurpled vests. And In Save of blown sudden wakeful cannon.6a ENDYMION. through an idiot blink. by a patient by ethereal things that. set those old Chaldeans to their tasks. " Like And Are like uproar past and gone that spake to Babylon. ? " " then all gilded masks regalities are No.

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The mighty deeps. O'erwhelming water-courses The Their Where O thorny sharks savage eyes will the out scaring and fright hiding-holes. to splendourbe reach ? love ! how potent hast thou been teach Strangejourneyings! Wherever beauty dwells. her gone in woe loveliness Neptune's blue : yet there 's a stress Of love-spangles. but lo ! ! ache. thou dost pine sorrowful : thy cheek is pale whose who cheek is pale: thou dost bewail dost thou Where weeps for thee ! ! surely that light peeps from Vesper's eye. tears sigh? Or. and straight . And Tellus feels her forehead's cumbrous / Cynthia ! Of where art thou now ? What far abode ' / green or Such utmost one one as I'or For His Ah bower doth enshrine silvery beauty ? Alas. mountains or deep dells. if to please as Dancing upon the waves. In gulf or aerie. tranquil ivy leaf sheltering art a glimpses of poor its thee . and from with wild about . where it sleeps pearlyhouse . pointestout the way. in star or blazing sun. load. what How thingis changed. Where Has And Takes To the pleasure may thy from beneath a be sent its : the nested wren fair face within ken. 0.68 ENDYMION.how a on love ! full of 'Tis She. thou relief Within The O patient oyster. " monstrous sea is thine " the myriad to sea ! Moon ! far spooming Ocean bows thee. 'ning unaccustom'd content to lightning. runs fathoms eddies. Thou 'tis won. She not so idle ! for down glancingthence. how She Is wan dies at the thinnest cloud . The curly foam with amorous influence. just off yon cape of trees. In light. in gloom.

and long-forgotten . deep water- world. breastplates large gone Rudders The sway sea-warriors that for of human a . Lash'd from the crystal And he kept. by Aurora's peering hand Were Into lifted from sweet the water's breast. had lost emboss gold vase wherein 'd With story. and morning like of came Meekly through billows : when breath Left sudden by a dallying He rose taper-flame air.ENDYMION. until the rosy veils so Mantling the east. Far With had he roam'd. in silence. gavest Leander the bear thin breath . Endymion. and half.entranced His head upon a tuft of straggling weeds. and soothed face : he felt the charm Against his pallid To breathlessness. and suddenly a warm Of his heart's blood : 'twas very sweet . roof by fishes' tails. and More Old Of his feet . that foam'd save nothing save dead rusted than the hollow at Above. On gold sand impearl'd With shells. lily her light Poor Cynthia greeted him. element ! thou 0 winged to Chieftain hast sent moon-beam find the deep. and fresheningbeads. he stay'd laid His wandering steps.and once more 'ganfare Along his fated way.and pebbles milky white. brazen beaks years and targe . things : Morpheus' imaginings anchors. helmets. hundred hand . around. and sober'd " fann'd air . To taste the gentlemoon. vast. Orpheus through Pluto gleams : of death . 69 Amid Thou Thou And A To his toil thou leddest madest now.

A and huge jaw elephant. with cheered died : but now. No one but thee hath heard me blithely sing And mesh my dewy flowers all the night. Of beast. lifted'st up thine eyelids fine : ne'er would till thou I dibble time sowing- take. in the summer-tide of . feel. developing the mood No ever reveller had Of ancient Nox . dipp'da chin But those of Saturn's vintage. in my boyhood. Or drop a seed. awe These Dian He He struck into him and unless had chased have might onward the away that heaviness. by those souls rude Who first were the earth . cold leaden . awake . " then skeletons of man. No melody w^as like a passingspright If it went not to solemnise thy reign. Yes.70 ENDYMION. thine thereon could dance : eyes with No Until In green enough. the tree. Moon so ! that thou shouldst move My Thou From No ? potently When when : yet thou a child hast smiled. : deliciously appleswould hadst I gatherfrom ever Till thou cool'd their cheeks No But tumbling when woods thou my were water spake romance. By thee were fashion 'd to the self-same And. and sculptures on In ponderous stone. Writ in the tongue of heaven.and eagle. steal kept . mouldering scrolls. wooing these thoughts to in labyrinth About his soul of love " What heart is there in thee. no bower divine. wast wide blossoming.every joy and pain end . And Of and leviathan. we I oft have dried my tears seem'dst my sister eve hand in hand went to morn across the firmament. behemoth. nameless secrets monster.

a his white hair awful. he lifted up own his saw goddess was concave past all thingsfair. weeds were as cold beneath the his cold thin feet And. still didst thou : blend all my wast ardours thou wast " the the mountain" top the deep glen . lovelyMoon I what harmonised struck from all the beautiful ! spirit could I lean. sun . and do not blind vision. thy starry sway Has been an under-passion to this hour. no. Nature's soft pillow bliss But gentleOrb ! there came a nearer Felicity's abyss ! My strange love came My " " She Yet came. forgive My sovereign not " That I can think away from thee and live ! " Pardon One How that I prize airyplanet.ENDYMION. and fade away " entirely . Now I begin to feel thine orby power Is coming fresh upon be kind ! me : 0 Keep back thine influence. sage'spen " " poet's harp wast wast the voice of friends " the . man far in the man old a calm sitting rock Upon And Of weeded this old was sat. . " Frosted For How He An as the verdure springing his eyes to of his heart swear . and thou didst fade. and mat . and lull On some brightessence Myself to immortality: I prest in a wakeful rest. ample largest winding-sheet. 71 And With Thou The as I grew in years. green of the sea and peacefully. Thou Thou the river my thou wast " glory won thou wast : clarion's blast my " steed " My Thou 0 gobletfull wast a of wine " my topmost deed tune the charm wild and of women. thought beyond thine argent luxuries ! far beyond ! At this a surprisedstart me. Dearest love.

and stand in awe.and and 'twould size and swell huge self. Yet To it. with every emblem Were shape and That The skims. The old man The His He Went wilder'd features woke as hoary head and saw seeming not to see. Beside this old man lay a pearlywand. these shadowings. storm. stranger lifeless. Suddenly so were raised his " from a trance . his little eye s anatomy.72 ENDYMION. pass the minutest fish Would And Then show there the very hardest gazer'swish. like one whose tedious toil Had Who Eased Even watch'd for years in forlorn to hermitage. time to keep him in amazed Had ken. look its or dives. he his stole. In beauteous vassalage. Which as rocky marge. the which he conn'd denizen that the new So steadfastly. his snow-white brows archingup. gulphing whale upon dot in the spell. or was 'twixt sleeps. grasp'd With convulsed clenches waving it abroad. 'd in the woof. And in his lap a book. the trees. . age had in to not one from accent mid-life utmost his o'erburden'd He rose : soul. A wrapp'd up his aged bones. like a cape cape. Overwrought with symbols by the deepestgroans Of ambitious magic : every ocean-form cloak of blue woven Was And in with black distinctness . Till round his wither'd lips Then up he rose. and whispering. kept as fixedly had gone a smile. To mark state. and the sea-nymphs round look up and wait. and like two magic ploughs Furrow'd deep wrinkles in his forehead large. was the regality pictured his Of Neptune . roar and hideous calm.

On forked lightning. 73 And Echo in a voice of solemn joy. pine. and one melodies. and see their long hair the listen glisten . this of serpent-skin 1 11 swim Their Anon That To moment syrens. every For Thou god more be thank'd. life ! cast my weary ! I shall be young I shell-borne new-born I have to again. and What Mutter In And Or 'd : " speech of lonely death am Will I to die this cold float my region? me he let o'er his on a me freeze. and ! " I no shall wither. the sand saw. and full-hearted your Yes. brittle limbs with memorial will he touch leave tear me me a polarseas ? searinghand. Where through some sucking pool I will be hurl'd With cloud rapture am to the other side of the world ! 0. And Or black ? piecemealwith as a bony to And His keep chosen food draw flame ? magian fish through hated fire and . And To upon black of snortings thence down whale 1 11 madly sweep to the deepestdeep. he said " Thou art the my man ! Now shall I now lay my brow head In peace Jove Sleep 0 0 upon will come watery pillow: to smoothly Neptune. upon writhes northern mount some that arm giant's I '11 be. man benign.be young ! am piercedand stung shall I do ? woe With When What Where ? " go. a about seas the roots a of 1 11 in the . : Sicily twinklingsail. and hot like wretch from whom agony. back the rack art the Endymion a started Dismay Tortures 'd . that : " awed into oblivion. old decree ! power droop.ENDYMION. I 1 bow full of gladness! to Sisters three. bi'eath.

as he knelt Before About largedark sage. and very brother's yearning for thee steal Into mine own : for why ? thou openest The that have so long oppress 'd prison-gates My weary watching. Lo ! his heart 'gan warm Look'd high defiance.and walking to that aged form. and he was ripe for down The shower penitent that his care-worn fell. wept.and tremblingfelt faltering spake : Phoebus' I feel sake ! '* Arise. had in truth . though blindly Rheum to kind eyes. for sacred thine inmost I know A bosom. By Dian's the wind on Feeding from her white fingers. and on I hung ye Her Of But lipswere ! happiness never like fruit among green leaves : all my own. Though thou know'st it not. by Pan.74 ENDYMION. ripesheaves " on the stubble droop. a sting to human thought. tame. farewell ! horrid hope at thee ? This " spell hind Would melt thy sweet breath. brought he. 1 see thy streaming hair ! and now. who locks. heaven's few blue look out Until 0 Her Her gods through ! but arms were some ! " Tartarus soft voice days agone entwining me. Is there no and garner 'd. Thou art commission 'd to this fated spot . With for the grey-hair'd creature pity. 0 Am misery of the hell ! resistless. must may My head. I kiss death's foot. and ah. I will shout. up ? I to be burn'd No. He Convulsion He to a mouth of many years ? tears. ! I care for this old mysterious not man " spake. Had he then wrong'd a heart where sorrow kept ? Had contumelious. good youth. be from stoop Love ! love.

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my youthful a ** off I touch'd a no lute.hark. and wipe life away My Some Has like a vast sponge of fate. to its 'd it down. trod no measures I was My And lonelyyouth on desert shores. Nor When Its To be a isles. rear'd aloft dread waterspout had hungry hugeness. between sea Plainingdiscrepant still my Dolphins were playmates . to hear The clear from aery steep. no longerwretched and meanings all My long captivity Are but a slime. Keeping And There if it whole at no Neptune's voice. and thronging come Like thingsof yesterday pleasures.'mid continuous sports were craggy roars. sad monster. full oft. ! last. foundations. and ^thon snort morning gold . lonely. gulf crown And Of all my More did tossingsafely. I sang not. crystal And one's own image from the bottom peep ? I am Yes : now thrall. seeming ready ripe burst with hoarsest thunderings. shapes unseen Would let me feel their scales of gold and green. never was a day of summer My But For I beheld I would its birth watch all upon the brine see : skiff night to unfold his Heaven's gates. and rejoice days eve for blush'd summer but I would steer along green shelvingcoasts. and.761 From ENDYMION* pool. a thin-pervading scum. plaintive cry and sky.and seamews' my desolation .to see its deep. friendly dived left me pityingmy state. shepherd'spipe come of his sheep : Mingled with ceaseless bleatings And shine. But the life was utmost quietude: cavern I love to lie in in wait came rude. The which I breathe away.

Then. Forgetfulutterly Moving but with the mighty ebb and flow. for I a see tell thee hast been witness canst " it must be these I know the I thou not feel a drouth. would be spread out. Whole days and days in sheer astonishment . but for thee. alas ! . of self-intent . of them. dense in misery fit wasted. a show 'Twas freedom ! and at once I visited The No That For ceaseless wonders need thou to of this ocean-bed. been my dreary death ! feel distemper'dlongings: utmost ? 0 Wherefore Latmian ! I ! reach Fool began to desire that privilege in benediction ocean's : sire Could Of I I grant ere to be free all his kingdom. in one Long death. more Woe. so not enough it felt. like bird that first doth new-fledged His spreaded feathers to the morrow chill. extremest plunged for senses seem a life or so To a interknit One's with work Might Can And I admire how breathingstuff of pain . " At Had To The Why was I not contented things which. By So To of that mouth. some on grassy lea. and I at rest I blest poor folk of the sea-country With dailyboon of fish most delicate : They Would knew strew not whence this bounty. I tried in fear the pinions of my will. crystal-smooth At first I dwelt buoyant round my limbs.ENDYMION. melancholycorners will in my story straightway pass immediate matter. and on a elate sweet flowers sterile beach. 77 Wide At o'er the brim nets My The streams constantly : and swelling of day-tide.

" whirl around me. and was Starry Jove ! honey-words she wove bliss than all thraldom more The The 0 Thus did fall range of flower'd Elysium.and promontory. and morn fairest face that e'er look'd upon of roses. Scylla dare ! stranger-youth Why To sue Glaucus ever his heart ? Kind I loved And she the very white of truth. caught lightfootsteps . My passion grew I saw The her dainty hue the more more. anon And it a It ceased The I sighingvoice expire. Just Stole How of light morn.78 ENDYMION. bower twilight hum ** When when I awoke. That love should did poor thee her to to be my bane ever " ! fair ! Ah. and a swoon Left me dead- to drifting that fatal power. dew of her rich speech : Ah ! art awake ? * let am me so 1 An speak. Push'd With A net through a tears. and whose screen smiles. for Cupid'ssake oppress'dwith joy ! Why. through its sweet. and over " verdurous matting of fresh trees.and point. Cruel enchantress ! So above relief " the water I rear'd my head. every where isle. as hear thee ! shed . and look'd for Phoebus' jEaea's isle was : wondering at the moon It seem'd to daughter. I have of tears. Gleam clear : delicately through the azure Until And 'twas too in that fierce agony to bear . a sweeter ! for I heard lyre. would not conceive it. Timid swift as She Round From fled me sea-bird on the thing! wing. largeHercules wound up his story Far as Egyptian Nile. grief my agony. across that Circe might find some It flash'd. 'twas in the a . with of bees. urn though thou wert cold dead .

every hour spendthrift . for apparelling eve. but supreme if soothingwarmth. eyes these devoted will pour their silver store. Here. back as though Amphion's harp had the doth western Scyllao'er Apollo each eve to billows rude. How. time. 0 let Her Their And So pluck it for thee ! Thus she till indistinct charming syllables. suckling Thus life was like me child bf roses. devise skies . that I Such Of If If cool and may live sorrowful beyond thou art offerings. was Scyllaquiteforgot? I. Until So exhausted of the latest and : drop. This furrow 'd visagethou of Latmos hadst ** Young man ! thus particular Am how far see may'st plainly This fierce temptation went thou may'st not : and Exclaim. too stop fond . 79 And From now I find thee I living. Hang in thy vision like a tempting fruit. . cradled current to in condemn 'd. soul . tongues for ardour mute. that if nearer it had been never seen. thence woo'd And this a arbitrary queen vassal : of nor sense 1 bow'd Have Me For A new tranced even would moved. so ? She did breathe immerse My She And The fine existence took me golden clime. that thou *' Who could so resist ? Who ambrosia in a a in this universe . force thee it will pleasurethee. me ' link'd music then she came to my over o'er-sweeten'd me. hover'd no and stole near. then. of my former stemm'd. of thou art ripe to taste dalliance a long love-dream smiles. So every nay. if dimples.ENDYMION.

agony of sound. as if impell'd. an for there gloom 'ganto boom of moan. Groanings swell'd " Poisonous The That This nearer about I my ears. I came to a dark valley. heaven specious One was speech tell to changed real hell. : half awake sleeping I sought for her smooth and lips. birds from coverts tier'd deer. and squirrels. and I soon was : near sighttoo fearful for the feel of fear the thicket hid I cursed haggard scene " .like the eye of gordian snake. Shed And balmy I was consciousness within that bower. a temperament words I in calm stern Pluto's sceptre. . Whereat in me the so barbed sore. and sorrow innermost drear " Warbling To me for very joy mellifluous new-born ! delights *' Now let as me borrow For As moments few. shafts stuck disappointment out That I ran and in search 'd the forest o'er. me Bewitch'd A In towards . a flame's gaunt blue. Sepulchral Then came a conquering earth. fire.thunder. that my not burn These How while utteringlips. My greedy thirst with nectarous camel-draughts ** morn she left me But Of she was gone. to slake arms . and rumbled That fierce complain to silence : while I stumbled Down a precipitous path. and louder grew. from the distance all around. approach'd glaredbefore me through a thorny brake. free of haunts in the mazy umbrageous forest-house an Could Of And wander foxes shy. Wandering Damp awe A sound about pine and cedar assail'd me.80 ENDYMION.

Fierce. slow. out. the which they roar'd for more a . and sting. Showing tooth. wan. deformities ! old Charon's he a self. And : dull-gurgling phial and all. queen. remorseless as an infant's bier whisk'd was againsttheir heard a Whereat eyes noise of sooty oil. and wailing. lady's she them upon a a gnarledstaff the shook. was tyrannising over look. Seated And wizard and brute. Went through the dismal air like one huge Python Antagonising Boreas. with many their 'd quick hungry lick shaggyjaws. Laughing. a she took branch of mistletoe. yells. " Yet there was not a breath of wind : she banish 'd G . Avenging. It could not And As fantasied. 81 The banquet of my her arms. and so vanish'd. sharpening She lifted up the charm : appealing groans From their poor breasts went suing to her ear emptied on 't a black In She vain . serpenting. and groans of torture-pilgrimage Shrieks. O such upon an all around uptorn arbour my forest root . For the whole herd.as if some trial Groan'd one piercing for their pitiable Was bones. tusk. and venom-bag. as by a whirlwind writhen.ENDYMION. grovelling. Should And give up dream be so awhile take 'mong the his penny pelf. Oft-times And from sudden she to laugh'd the rout raven basket emptied Clusters And About Anon of grapes. : bodies 'gan to bloat Until their grieved And pufffrom the tail'send to stifled throat : silence : then a sight Then was appalling More wilderingthan all that hoarse affright . shapes. rushes Stygian. toil. painful the Increasinggradualto a tempest rage.

my from this heavy prisonfly: Or let me Or give me die ! to the air. my widow'd wife : ruddy drops of life. Fainted away " curst Think. as fairest boon. and went after rapine bent. And slain spirit. the ! And Have merely given to mercy. air. overwrought with fright.how must desolate ! My And A waking terrors have been divided and hate. Naked I saw a furywhettinga death-dart . or let me for my I sue not happy crown again . so too Only I pray.82 ENDYMION. Swifter than centaurs Sighing an elephantappear'd and bow'd Before the fierce witch. I sue for my phalanx on the plain. Ask too high : nought so heavenward. My children fair. I fled three days lo ! before me when stood " . speakingthus aloud Potent In human accent : goddess! chief Of painsresistless ! make being brief. and satyrs stark. disgust me manifold I prepared to flee spoilamongst them. prayer ! ' detestable. and nymphs. With dancing and loud revelry. filthy mesh. not These " " * I I sue sue not not for my for my lone. my deliverer. Lo ! from the dark phantoms with a nod. Into the dungeon core of that wild wood . I will pass these joys . and boys ! lovely girls I will forgetthem . feel my fell icy numb name magician's had come : truth Upon my wild conjecturing and sabre-like againstmy heart. my in that dark lair of night. to die. Came waggish fauns.my " Or From be deliver'd from this gross. this cumbrous flesh. That cold bleak Goddess Circe.

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and desolate. pebble. Large froth before me. face my hand Upon a dead thing's I look'd 'twas Scylla ! Cursed. And A A was poison'd war-song hand was sullen on of at : despair spirit sung defiance all hell. dismay 'd. I gave and drave Battle to the swollen billow-ridge. Dead ceased clung about as an her waist.84 ENDYMION. I laid . Came as salutary And. there and shone fabric inlaid with I darted . cursed Circe ! " 0 vulture. with a blind voluptuousrage. and behold brightportal. and icy-cold . hast not never heard of mercy be ! Could But thy must harshest vengeance tender content. at the last by ocean's foam I found me fresh. nor Moved " " 'd.witch. 'gainst shoulder to compel my my My steps with . . to my life akin. thou nip this her? " innocent Because I loved Cold. nor to pass Fleet Until Ribb'd arrow through a unfathom'd brine. one Headlong Gain'd 'Twas And Who its eager swirl ! enter'd. I must weep With dry cheek who can tell ? While thus my might Proving upon this element. my native home. I waded in . ? " I left poor Scyllain niche . vast. coral. another 'fore my eyes pointedfinger. while there yet remain 'd drain from my bones all marrow Hale strength. at crystalline. and pearl. In this guise Enforced. 0 cold indeed like a Were The 1 her fair limbs. and sea-swell took her common as weed she was hair. such hellish spite Young lover. " all around in few But wherefore more a this to thee see minutes shalt thj^self and fled. by my Its tempering coolness.

without one faintest trace Of mitigation. me from " But could up not. though her course been resumed in spiteof hindering force Had So vanish 'd : and not long. or redeeming bubble Of colour'd phantasy . sapless. and Gaunt. hope. crew By one and one. cruel space. And I was gazing on the surges prone. all the the billows green clouds Toss'd The silver spume came : againstthe that vessel's tempest I saw shrouds In bustle .0 Latmian ! did I sit and a cursing fit Writhing with pity. the horizon's brink she seem'd to sink Away as again. therefore. Now let one me pass a cruel. The final gulfing souls : struggling . crazed and eld thus they had my saved Annuird And vigorouscravings: on quell'd curb'd. . Sitting upon I A saw a rock above up from gallantvessel : soon grow the spray. while upon the deck perilous Stood I beheld the wreck trembling creatures. the poor I heard 0 their cries amid all been loud but . to pale oblivion .before arose Dark clouds. 85 My Met fever'd parchingsup. " lame. The Against that hell-born Circe. for I fear 'twould trouble tell next : and Thy brain to loss of reason down How chance to quell a restoring came One half of the witch in me.ENDYMION. think 't. Without ** On a day. and muttering of winds morose Old ^olus would stifle his mad spleen. way : soon my dread scathing limbs became palsy half these feeble. wither'd. cramp'd. had gone. thunder-rolls.

I read these words. me O'erpower'd 'gan abate The storm. And oppressed. He shall not die. . No to outstretch loathed then to through ten centuries. I was athirst the book. These 'd : If he utterly thingsaccomplish Scans all the depths of magic. " this out same slender hand " " wand. can devise total ? opposition times So ebb One million ocean must and flow. and read again. and through chill aguish gloom outburst " These touch'd the knuckles The To comfortable search its sun. of. Who one. had with treasures pain " reach'd my grasp 'd they unclasp'dthe downward I caught a finger : but weight Then it sank. Moreover.and tried My eyes againstthe heavens. " he . and sounds If he explores all forms and substances homeward to their symbol-essences Straight . till well Strenuous For with hast hellish tyranny. and in chief. feet emerged an old man's hand. Yet he shall not die. With many at a When Grasping I knelt my this scaldingtear. shapes. Attend to an ! thou brought their promise sea end. " * In the wide with there lives carcase a forlorn wretch. and read again. 0 what a load of misery and pain shine of hope Each Atlas-line bore off ! a Came gold around me. and expounds The meanings of all motions. when. and scroll. and drew on My nigh won Into forgetfulness . Doom'd His And A enfeebled existence die alone. cheering me to cope " soul page after page. stupified.86 ENDYMION. and in the warming air Parted drippingleaves did it treat with Strange matters eager care. and many a groan.

doth hold And ranks rigid One step ? Imagine further. I What entreat thee. in this restless world. to level plainwhere ." Thus discoursing. where I have where lovelyScyllalies . for ! if from we reserved. Which they gain'd. all. many of iron whence who dares see. and stand to all these labours loved ripened. 87 He Most A.line by line. led. " steeled squares.' will be destroy " ** Then.ENDYMION. They went till unobscured and enter 'd straight. side by side. both do the youth elect 'd." are ** We cried the young 'd. " . So in that crystal place. Shall How Must w^hom The he shall direct consummate or thing. Had ** both thou ? perish'd not Look !" the sage replied. hurryingly since king Neptune held his state Sure never Was Turn Has How His seen such some wonder underneath the stars. and youth. my " " wandering feet *' swerved. whom fell have doom'd to die on Throughout my bondage. and haughty Mars behold all legion'd every even his battle soldier. until shall deposit He Time's creeping shall the dreary space in the savage Which A fulfil: done. These warrior thousands the field supine: on in silent rows. Dost mark a gleaming through the tide. all lovers tempest-tost. enshrined piously storms lovers.nd must pursue " this task of joy and grief piously . what thee achievement me high had Is. Of divers brilliances ? 'tisthe edifice I told thee And All of.with breast : firm foot.by heavenlypower before him . overwhelming lost. overjoy in this destiny! twin brothers Say. Endymion. the porches shone .

took his dark blue cloak it round Endymion : then struck bound wand againstthe empty air times nine. so ! Ah. mark'd their brows one and foreheads nicest their hair on sleekly side with . And Put each one's gentlewrists. break the wand against yon lyreon done : pedestal. Carian. 'tis as and it to a clue. brave tumbling to its grave. tremblinglike an aspen-bough. Poor The Such lovers lay at rest from joys and in order woes. . is thine : But This first a little patience. And And His *' having done it. as snow it into piecessmall when drifts unfeather'd bleak northerns blow . and death no ruddy. . breathless. young wind as man. traced eyes of shut Such All He Put of white for here feet. " Here shell . '' Let us commence now. sigh'd . gentle weak break skein spider's " And A shouldst thou it What. Began to tear Uttering the He That tore his scroll in while some piecessmall." sudden and swell and fall 'Twas Sweet and with straight music breathed her soul away. 'tis pearlyblank any Nor Canst mark'd thou ! with read we are sign or charactery sake aught ? O read for pity's safe ! ! Olympus This Now. to me. stranger from thousands ranges the mountains. mumblings funeral.88 ENDYAIION. care saw . cross-wise its heart. patientlips blossom nips." the guide. " placed. is it done ! clean ? power overshadows The spiteof hell is is a thee ! Oh.stuttering with joy)even (Whispered He spake. more What there is to do. with to reverence.and. first undo tangled thread.

and thus persevered There arose were reanimated. and and would have its head and bent. and. . Kneel'd Press'd down scatter'd in his face beside it. Sprang to each other madly . As as doth powerfulfragments on the dead.unseen light.like airy flowers. the change ! a youthful wight How lightning-swift Smiling beneath a coral diadem. he pass'd. Grew drunken. the sound wilt see the issue. Showering And. each lifted up its head. some Endymion And from fragments light. devout and true. like an upturn'd gem. of noise harmony. and the rest of being blest. thou scatter around.ENDYMION. Glaucus stood apart. flower at Apollo's a those . 89 A lullabyto minced silence leaves " " Youth me. two divine. pure wine fairy press oozed out. along.and with " tenderest force and Scyllasigh'd ! wept Endymion. with quick hand. went upon high employ. sudden Out-sparkling Appear'd. Death Death The All A Of felt it to his inwards 'twas too much : fell aLatmian weeping in his charnel-house. Felt a high certainty Enchantment They gazed upon Endymion. ! now strew These on and the " passing through same Those And Of files of dead.ravishinghis heart. and he The And nymph onward arose : left them his to their joy. Of The full showers soft. touch. pulsesand the air " throes in gladness while Had died in mutual arms who many. full-blown. stepping to a beauteous corse. shed leaves of sounds tasted a Budded." 'Mid flutes and viols. deliverers Of from happiness. the charm applied its cold " hand. swell'd. Delicious symphonies.and.

Distracted Of with ever the richest overflow joy that pour'dfrom heaven.90 ENDYMION. some nor far. the vaulted. made. columns Through portal Into her meek a surprise. Huge sea-marks . Moved And For descendingthick Whereat more quick On sand they met. of those each what wet . " Follow. and about Speechless fair assembly wander'd to and The fro. as Joyous Down As the leader as call'd. and gain'd in array. boundless all foliow'd. Till a faint dawn them. was never numbers Like heard : in all the throes wit Of wind To and waters 'tis past human to think tell . every eye was A murmuring their old love found. either host. easily you might call. ''Away!'' Shouted Our the new-born god . a wide rose. bent They led on first. and pay " " Then piety to Neptunus supreme ! Scylla. the palaceof his pride ! This " . they eyed each other. of giant size emerald. the host mighty consummation for many Moved and lost on a league. 'tisdizziness * of it. blushing sweetly from to her dream.as sand hour-glass Swallows obeying the south summer's Or swans upon a gentlewaterfall. marble steps . they Another multitude. from among rocks saw of glittering spar. surprised Behold ! behold. van ward swelling from the rear And diminishing away. pouring " and fast. see Thus Ere Just went that beautiful multitude. Glaucus cried. within ken.

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zenith 'bove the Sea-God's gold-green lucid depth the floor. ooze-born beckoned And She A Scyllaand when they kiss'd the guidesto the conference reach'd throned eminence who sat sea-nymph'scheek. blazing as light head. head. south. Disclosed But the as in thunder-gloomings now. time to Nais . and blaze Of deep-seen wonders " " Of the dome pomp. did Noiseless.magnificent. the waters doming curtains. " and when storm-rent .and far outspread breezeless lake. and drew . high. the great Sea-King bow'd his dripping took wing. on which the slim as canoe feather'd Indian delicatest air for the : darts about.glittering human natural eye : for there west. The all the nectarous dew. air through The But verily. but for the amaze motionless. Can So see all round was upon the hall so calmed : vast. Jove's air soothed flash'd sudden everywhere. the doves. her down crown toying with Thy vows Then. They Till Triton The stood in dreams And Then On The Fair palacerang . sub-marine Death From A A to a cloudlets. " *' Mighty paid : And *' sceptre of this kingdom ! were on a Venus said.92 ENDYMION. and spring north. reflected in extremes. and Of As Of forth of four sunsets. the Syrens faintly Nereids sang . and east. from the throne aloof. as wide Neptune's and the drew blue Doth Their Awed vault the waters. and from his pinions shed Love blew multitude Goddess her a his horn. of clouds and sky : portraiture This palacefloor breath-air. danced . Globing a goldensphere.

and these I have are " steps luxurious. Cupid. my And pray persuadewith kind . courteous fountains all cups outreach'd . I am. fresh foliage and coverture Pull'd down For dainty toy. . youth ! 'twill not be long. wait awhile in the my expectant. I have " " done. new Where and strange. of were heaven. passing of thine honey-moon. I others utter all blind and given his secrets. pleach'd plunder'd New growth about each shell and pendent lyre. and oft-times through the throng Made Then dance. dull humid eye. skilless quite: an idle tongue. teeming exhaustless.ENDYMION. All blisses be upon ! thee. Flutter 'd and laugh'd. empire-sure. he smiled From delectable. hands. When To seen were these signs in . The which. serve all my put forth from thee. Meantime Before In And the a began glorious revelry Nectar to ran Water-Monarch. haply : I might Love say Some So Even Visit words pleasant but will have day. in entanglingfor their fire. my sweet son Thus the fair Goddess : while Endymion Knelt to receive those accents halcyon. Cytherea : thou wilt find Adonis thee " Cupid well-natured. What. ^Ah. And held his blessing Glaucus over Endymion ! Ah ! still wandering in the bands Behold !" " Two " ** Of love ? thee I Now this is cruel. 93 instant fell copious tear-drops the God's large eyes . yet Escaped A Or A harsh net ? mortality's little patience. Ay. one are ominous. Since the hour power not I met Have in earth's to bosom. vines. Pr'ytheesoon. and song. a delighted way.

Thee At Its Fast. who should be smother 'd deepestin strove crush of leaves. hissing trident All mountain-rivers Of lost. into foam. Waits For And As at scenes When. 0 do to not curse. from Dark a gleam Slants over blue dominion. reign'd. deep foundations. Thy brightteam Gulfs in the morning light. yet newly blend come heaven. Fresh 0 For In one so a 'tis a very sin his poor verse weak to venture such placeas this. And In And garlanding. and scuds along To bring thee nearer to that golden song while his chariot Apollo singeth. grew wild . suddenly then a were Of And dulcet instruments blending charmingly.in the wide ever home thy capaciousbosom frownest. and pleasure harmless tendril they each other chained. : an Thou art not like this it hath furrow 'd of empire stern that largefront hast : thou now. came the ending. Thou old uEolus 'mid the Skulks Of his cavern. A soft hymn. thy foe gruffcomplaint clouds faint all his rebel tempests. ** King of the stormy sea ! Brother Of of Jove. and to flow. High All Muses ! let him hurry silent. thy diadem. stubborn rock. and ! co-inheritor elements the waves Eternally before awful bow. .94 ENDYMION. thy fear'd doth unlock shrinking. dost thou sit To and interknit . silver the doors of heaven.

in shone oozy and Open'd again. On throne the old. ! evermore " shell-born King sublime We lay our hearts before and we adore ! sing. lutes .and Our 0 glooms that fann'd spirits.thy fair eyes souls' sacrifice. ^-'r-B/^ Vi' "^ '^^'' "^w. Can Of Yet On nor the ^olian twang of Love's the soft ear own bow. . our of Beauty. ! bare God And Dear Of of warm and pulses. strings. Smooth-moving came Oceanus T"*! '^'^ '. ye soothing '* Breathe vain. softly. we at All death-shadows. nor river's flow ! 0 " No.i^' no more / 1 * ^ clamour. pantingbosoms unseen in light Thy venom'd We fill" we in darkness ! eclipser light ! delicious poisoner ! light gobletwill we fill! quaffuntil '* And by thy Mother's lips Was For heard y-. away by thy light of all minions ! ! sweetest dishevell'd hair. essence sweetest pinions. when the from goldenpalace-door without. 95 Subdued 0 We majestywith this gladtime.ENDYMION. *' winged Child Brightthou see ! Who has another on care when hast smiled ? last overcast Unfortunates earth. 0 vain ! flowers budding in an April rain. mingle music fit for goddessCytherea ! white Queen deign. A new ^'^' \ o - 'rA\ " magnificence. breath of sleeping dove. thee tender of your Nor be the trumpet heard Be Not Nor flutes .

be my 0 I shall die ! sweet is my I hear Venus. trembling sisters of mid-sea. her spouse " Scoop'd from its clad in laurel boughs. on Next. dolphin.queen of pearls. a crystal crowd. ! for the hen-dove not hatch Her ready eggs. and pillowing up the majesty Of Doris. a lucid wave.96 ENDYMION. Afloat. And Thetis pearlytoo. through the pitying To his inward these words senses spake aloud . there far strayedfrom not palacewhirls seeing he mortality. ? I stay ! " Where I die At Of To " lovelymistress her voice " Neptune's Nereids usher back feet he sank. Theban Amphion leaning on his lute His fingers it All were went mute across To gaze on Amphitrite. 'tis done me " Immortal Arise then too hast thou shall won. To take a latest went Before To muse he glimpseat his sheep-fold. He could bear a it " shut Imagination gave *' dizzier pain. and the jEgean seer. before I '11kissingsnatch . " " The Around Was giddy Endymion . the dark above : in star-light Written on Dearest Endymion ! my entire love ! Lo ! while slow carried ** How have I dwelt bliss for in fear of fate . his eyes in vain . about his Well-away ! feel my wing A sudden ring " were him. into his quiet cave " for ever Then. in kind strife into life : spirit But still he slept. At last they interwove Their cradlingarms. a . and purposed to convey Towards bower far away.

than all the wonder : a lake placid and Cooler forest green. Awake ! awake ! " The Came youth at once arose quietto his eyes . Thee into endless heaven. Lull'd with its How happy once breast. simplesong his fluttering again in grassy nest ! H . he had seen.ENDYMION.

Our . " " Plain Spake A and once more she spake still didst thou betake : higher summons Thee 0 thou hast won to thy native hopes. Long Eapt There Yet sit amid regionswild. dull. deep prophetic an came eastern voice wast thou patient. men yet our our England v^olfish den . curbs. these our latter days had risen On barren souls. uninspired. Great Muse. and frets wings : despondency besets spirits' mom pillows . " Then forth the Nine. A full accomplishment ! The thing is done. of solemn sang mood : " solitude. Muse 0 of my native on on land ! loftiest Muse ! first-born the mountains the Of heaven By the air begot : spiritual ! in northern a was hues Long While Before Before didst thou sit alone grot. Sister of the Island ! fair Ausonia . snail-paced Long have I said. BOOK IV. ** Come hither. thou know'st what prison Of flesh and Our bone. Apollo's garland: yet didst thou divine Such home-bred glory.98 ENDYMION. and confines. and the fresh to-morrow Seems in very scorn to give forth its light Of our lives. Which undone.that they cried in vain. " forests heard the talk of was our a the first of Druids didst thou in a child . . how happy he who shrives To thee ! But then I thoughton poets gone.

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such meek surrender made " full own my but for tears my senseless thoughts had life had minutes too tender. and the voice heavens doth earth in of love to such a there 's not meadow stolen a breath mingle kindlywith the Till it has panted round. old forest. Since to a woe Why are the led dead. And There But thou. To touch this flower into human shape ! escape That From woodland his green me Hyacinthus prison.100 ENDYMION. for another he can even " He love : Thirst That Upon a bough surelycannot now 0 impious. wretched. death a Melodious The As Will howsoever. dim cell lyingbeyond " upper lids ? Hist ! ** 0 for Hermes' wand. his second life's fair crown ! I could love ! how My soul doth melt " the faint what unhappy youth a " Love a ! I have felt So To That Ye kindness. such some lovelyeyes warm After Dovelike Their in the swimming search that seems to perch delight. share " He leant. fled away of the 1 deaf and day. upon I not dream am it thus ! as Thought he.and could here kneelingdown Call Ah For me. : can authentic there 's not confound one : dew a in the eye of love sound. Behold Do For not her those pantingin curls of the ? arms the forest grass ! glossyjet surpass so tenderness them idlylain not a Amongst To see Feelest in kindred pain.hold ye this for true. his queen. like this I have been . is no no lightning. and from the heart ! Of passion " air.

executioner." her heart . lay. " soul triple ! 0 fond love is pretence so both. and not through the less no. misery and short hours be weal. While I have For the great a ebb and " flow. nothing to me. lady'sheart beat quick.and he could see gentlebosom heave tumultuously." I feel my in twain And The Her He as one groan*d. for my tortured brain begins to craze. young angel ! fairest thief stolen hast away the wings wherewith Who Fair damsel. those To meet have As cloud-girth given me a thirst would burst the oblivion. Be How thou my nurse few . 101 Through Goddess the dark earth. Grief born of thee. I shall kiss that me hand. for both my heart is cut immense. lily I be Dost Scowl for ! Then should content.ENDYMION. tears " By Of Jove. And. sith top the heavens. ye fates ! until the firmament Outblackens Erebus. at : wondrous thee sea ? ! I love thee the " from no " By Juno's smile I turn waters not are no. and I feel my Loving Will in and a hatred. so he sprang as a from his green covert : there she . and let me understand " dying weep on. by beauty slain. pityme " ! 1 was to Thou art Dear maid. speak he that I forgive violate thy bower's sanctity ! Thus for I am full of grief 0 pardon me. and eyes Shut *' softly up alive. . And all my story that much passion slew me Do smile upon the evening of my days . for them. Sweet With musk-rose on upon To ! new-made hay her tries : all her limbs tremble. and the full-cavern'd earth Crumbles into itself.

on tinge. " 0 Sorrow dost of ! borrow Why The natural To To hue health. Though if thou wilt. the midmost forest beneath Sitting For pity sang this roundelay tree. the salt sea-spry ? . on a moonless night. 'twould be a guilt a very guilt Methinks " " " Not companion thee.102 ENDYMIOI^. from blushes rose vermeil ? lips " give maiden the white hand bushes ? Or is it thy dewy " the ? daisytips 0 Sorrow ! Why The lustrous dost borrow " To ? passionfrom a falcon-eye To give the glow-worm light ? Or. days can never That I may pass in patiencestill speak : Let me have music dying. The '* maiden must sobb'd such awhile. little ones to brush Schooling its half-fledged the dewy forest."said Endymion. syren shores. and sigh away till break the dark The light the dusk Dear 'tispast: lady. ?" " Then she. whisper tales ? About Speak not of grief. stranger. and I seek No more delight I bid adieu to all. I love thee ! and my last. to " " " of day ! " ** *' " Didst And thou murmur not after other about Indian climates streams call. or cold snails young Will slime the rose to-night. and desolation then : replied Why betide Are Do not As that thou speakestof? ? Does these green nooks Empty Utter a of all misfortune gorgon voice ? the brooks yonder thrush.

cheerly. bride. Beneath a I sat by the palm-trees. palm-trees. is so She constant to me. and so kind : I would deceive her. behind . from eve Though he should Nor till peep of day " Held Wherever ** drooping flower sacred for thy bower. sport himself and he may play. and kind. I sat a weeping : in the whole world wide There to ask me one was no why I wept I kept And so Brimming the water-lily cups with tears Beneath my " Cold ** as my fears. . . She loves me dearly. Unto mayst listen the cold dews 0 Sorrow ! ditties from ? " That thou *' among ? Why Heart's A A dost borrow the merriment not from lightness of May ? lover would tread cowslipon dance any the head. weeping : what enamoured my river side. constant so ah ! she is by the river side. ^ I bade And good morrow. thought to leave her far away But cheerly.ENDYMION. And But ** so so leave her. 103 ** 0 Sorrow dost ! Why The mellow borrow a mourning tongue To give at eveningpale the nightingale. To Sorrow.

faces all on Crown'd All leaves. aloft. Trifling With sidelong laughing. as the berried when By shepherdsis forgotten. Melancholy ! wast a 0 then.104 ENDYMION. Tall chesnuts keep away the sun I rush'd June. enough white . did pass Pelted with flowers he on quaffing. in dancing mood. To scare thee. bowers ! whence came ye. Cheated by shadowy But wooer from the clouds. 0 then. moon : " and into the ! folly " Within his car. Tipsily " Whence many. Your fate lutes.young Bacchus stood. hides and shrouds a Beneath dark by palm-trees over river side ? " And as came I sat. came So and so Damsels ye. his ivy-dart. glee? ? Why have ye left your desolate. merry and such many. a the blue light : hills the rills " There Into noise stream of revellers came the wide 'Twas of his purplehue crew | Bacchus and ! The From earnest trumpet Bacchus spake"and made and a silver thrills din ! " cymbals kissing 'Twas to a merry his kin Like moving vintagedown with green they came. on pearlybite Silenus as And him rode his ass. thou I simple name holly in ! And forgotthee.and gentler . And His little rills of crimson wine and imbrued plump For near white Venus' arms. shoulders. and flame . i madly dancing through the pleasant valley.

the earth . alligators. A three days' done . And For Great wine we cold mushrooms follow Bacchus through Come mirth cups and chirping hither. in files. Onward With these zebras myriads " and striped. young We Come good or ill betide. With toyingoars and silken sails they glide.and joined be god To of breathless ! our mad ! minstrelsy ' *' Over wide save streams and mountains great we went. and . Web-footed crocodiles. yellow brooms. And. : elephants with song and dance. Bearing upon their scalybacks. Plump infant laughersmimicking the coil and stout galley-rowers' toil : Of seamen. Nor care for wind and tide. 105 * We follow Bacchus A ! Bacchus on the wing. so Satyrs! jolly whence came ye. So Why ' and such glee ? many. lady fair.and joined be wild minstrelsy! To our ' *' Whence many. For left our heath. dance before him thorough kingdoms wide hither. furs and lions' manes.ENDYMION. panthers' about the plains From to van rear they scour . have ye left your forest haunts. tigerand Asian With leopardpants. Onward when the Bacchus the kept his ivy tent. conquering! Bacchus ! : " Bacchus. came ye. sleek Arabians' prance. journey in a moment '' Mounted on . why left in oak-tree cleft ? Your nuts and " For wine. lady fair. for wine wine we we left our kernel tree .

all his priesthood And moans. Great Brahma from his mystic heaven groans. without a peer : " And I have told thee all thou mayest hear. And But now thee. . And About always. lose in all grieving my maiden prime. Sorrow I nurse Sweetest ! Like an own babe thee on my breast : I thought to deceive of all the leave thee. from And their treasures scatter pearledhail .106 ENDYMION. Alone. spear and horn. following him. weary so To stray away into these forests drear. In search of throughoutevery pleasure ! 'tis not Alas for me : Bewitch'd To I sure must be. *' Young Stranger! I 've been a ranger clime . unicorn.at the wilds On the risingof the they hunt with sun. Before young Bacchus' eye-wink turning pale Into these regions I. spleenful *' I saw Osirian Before Egypt kneel adown crown the vine-wreath ! and sing parch'd Abyssinia rouse To the silver cymbals' ring! I saw the whelming vintagehotly pierce Old Tartary the fierce ! The kings of Ind their jewel-sceptres vail. " Come then. Sorrow. came I saw I took a whim Sick-hearted. world I love thee best.

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pass'dby. back. each for other forth these both sat so and trembling. but that the The be buoyant life of song can floating Above their heads. High as the eagles. alone. large dark of Caria youth one. away Far and felt himself from the earth away " unseen. free Among cool clouds and winds. " Waiting Beyond Than Towards some destruction when lo ! Foot-feather'd sublime Mercury appear'd tops . but rested : not. lips. rise " they with dive in sightand blue unseen So from Each The On the turf outsprang two steeds jet-black. nor stopp'd sward One He moment his home only the with his wand than Swifter The Of touch *d. down he dropp'd the the tall tree ground from . and in less time shoots the slanted hail-storm. Diving the catch the cheated can witness swans bore Above And How white crystal circlings eye in wild appear and clear . wings upon his placedthe lovelydame in spleento tame The other's fierceness. .108 ENDYMION. moan repentingin it died away his latest a . and follow them untired. surprise. Through the air they flew. while of a shade When thunder-cloud. poor timid necks and tremble . And This whisper ! woe to one " sweet sweet word that I may blossom ! Where ! know " " is this world dewy Woe is he ! ?^ Woe Even that Endymton went these the words wide echoingdismally " Through Like And As one forest a most fearful tone.and heavenward light before even sightwas gone " teeming earth a sudden his swift magic. arrows fly sleek ring-doves so Through Their Leant to the thick branches. Like two drops of dew Exhaled to Phoebus' they are gone.

or depth. moon pale new Sad Zephyr droopsthe clouds like weeping willow : 'Twas Sleep slow journejdng with head on pillow. and thus await thine aid ? Fearless There From for power a without thought.and I must Wide pinionsto keep here . Diversely tingedwith rose and amethyst. soon. since he came nigh dead-born From of night. Puzzled those eyes that for the centre sought. nor do I dread Or height. a Ere a lean bat could plump its wintry skin.or width. and then Sink downward to his dusky cave again : His litter of smooth semilucent mist. Now he slumberingtowards heaven's gate. or any chance beneath : I have glance Precipitous my Those toweringhorses and their mournful freight.and of see. Those SnufF sleepydusk. was That he might at the threshold one hour wait To hear the marriage melodies. and be reckon'd of his house. the old womb forlorn his cave when the Had He he left more forlorn . and behold winged steeds. For the first time. and how espouse Jove's daughter. an odorous shade some approaching wonder. Could I thus ? inspired spread sail. with snortingnostrils at to is bold its faint extreme. felt aloof the into his day and morning's prime " Because depth Cimmerian There came dream. Dying their native fire ! There It seem'd curl'd as a purple mist around around them .ENDYMION. 109 Muse This of my is the native land ! am I giddy air. showing how a young man. Would at high Jove's empyreal footstool win An immortality. . embers from and seem to tire. for the first time.

pleasantvale^ far raven horses. Behold talks ! he walks pavement. brotherlyhe divine powers : from his hand full fain Juno's proud birds are pecking pearlygrain : He And tries the nerve of Phoebus' asketh his arm where he the braces to : goldenbow. at last he drinks.though they foster 'd ears. Those two on winged steeds. of a as one would look the sallows a river nook glanceat forehead silver-throated eels. level in mid-air. and stop . And on Endymion sleepethand the lady fair. " . Upon mist have they outspread spiritless Their ample feathers.110 ENDYMION. sings Are visible above : the Seasons four. her star-light hand. And tantalises long . x\nd for one could be caught moment scarcely His sluggishform reposing motionless. Slowly they sail. are in slumber dead. " old Skiddaw's in top. those pinions. goldenapplesgrow : Pallas' shield. when a rugged an a mantle With Descry These eye-guess towards some favourite hamlet faint and fog conceals pale. And at her feet he sinks. with all the stress Of vision Athwart To Or His catch from search'd for him.slowly as icy isle and meanwhile : Upon a calm sea drifting " The On To mournful heaven s wanderer dreams. and Upon And A A strives in vain unsettle arch wield Jovian thunderbolt Hebe dances goblet. lost in pleasure.dully drop splenetic nostrils full-vein 'd the blood wide. are Of earth's Their fire. an ethereal band " full-brimm'd brings lightly. Touching with dazzled lips blows He a bugle.

At this the shadow wept. wax began to Felt not more than Endymion. state ! perplexing the well awake. 0 Dis ! Whose : they smile bugle? he inquires Why is this mortal here ? Dost thou not know Its mistress' lips 'Tis Dian's : lo ! Not thou ? ? *' " '' " " Green-kirtled She His rises crescented very ! " He looks. She press'd his hand in slumber . stilldoth last Whose is this ? To sway their floating morris. tongue-tied His heart leaptup as to its rightful throne. 'tis she. meltingaway. Phoebe Hebe merry bends towards him On gods laughsand nods : the .flush Summer. o'erhead. and same those and.ENDYMION.and care. He who audacious in the sun. goddess: good-byeearth. what perplexity ! Ah. not " " . and sea. help but kiss her : then he grew Awhile of all beauty save forgetful Young Phoebe's. To that fair-shadow'd passionpulsed its way Ah. And air. all his soul was shook. Ill Spring. could so beauteous was his bed-fellow. golden store In Autumn's sickle. " So He fond. Good-bye to all but love ! Then doth he spring Towards Of her. strange. In swells unmitigated. and suffering . panting side died lady. awakes " Beheld Stood And 0 Too Of For awake his very dream smiling. while stillthe blast. and 'gancrave Forgiveness : yet he turn'd once to look more At the sweet sleeper. well a-day ! same Where that treacherous run. he feels the his delicious too soaring pinionbed.Winter frostyhoar. Join dance with shadowy Hours . so once more He could not help but kiss her and adore.and pains. golden-hair'd so . fragrantexhalations bred. crescented.

his vapoury Leaving The Sleep within lair. nor dream'st What horrors may thou 'haviour soft. risen star. discomfort die from weep " thee and heart- me. roused the sweet ! . revenge In tenderness. would I as were it is whole whole Can Even I prizethee.112 ENDYMION. The Latmian my no Search I have To started up : Brightgoddess. blush of eve was good-night waning slow. bliss. began to throe In the dusk heavens when silvery. ** daedale heart . stay ! hidden breast ! By truth's own most tongue. breathe seem'st Sleep yawn'd from Thou of Ganges. where is it ? By ! I my " Alone Shall Their the dark " flit spirit Forgive me. And Vesper. " . when " fair maid. where. " Ah. shouldst Yet Hath did she no my ! treachery merely her gentlesoul in love ! in it . ! ? I feel What true as innocence I do. I do. let us no more swan This murky phantasm ! thou contented Pillow'd in lovely idleness. Nor did speed hinder converse soft and strange Eternal oaths and vows they interchange. He away ? wings chivalrous old steeds they beat into the clear air. all as priceabove. or identity. they Thus sprang direct towards the Galaxy. why is it wrung ? desperation Upon the bourne Is there of nought for me. self-passion fearful end Nemesis about we must see be .but misery? " These Her With " words awoke love-look the stranger of dark tresses : dawning rapt Endymion blesses underneath. Came Have Some it ? no is this soul then not seem Whence and I It does my own.

hour doth lingerweeping. have Slowly she While To This mark to though the she would Carian fled. Or tinypoint of fairy that she only stoop 'd to Bright signal silver sandals. There lies a den. he was ! kiss'd his own alone. ere deliciously Her She bow'd into the heavens rose. 'Tis well " Full The No moon facingtheir put forth swift a from flight. Whether or or grieved.ENDYMION. they are the proper home random 1 . where the tombs the spirit buried griefs but scarce $ees. Of And At regionsare around it. in such in the witless temper. biggerthan an unobserved star. as tie her timid head. Beyond Made Its Dark Of One own the seeming confines of the space in and trace for the soul to wander remotest existence. little diamond peak. beneath of their starry roof. doom. for the pierce it feels more new-born woe inlysmart : in these regionsmany dart a venom'd flies .and wise to the then Dropt hawk- earth. of glooms. or laugh'd. eyes birth in its beauty her if her had yet discern 'd and ! Despair ! despair He In saw body fadinggaunt the cold moonshine. scimetar . " little higher soar'd. his lady meek dark " turn'd. a so aloof Up So winds. It melted And. horror Her steed a his grasp . that verily nigh past man's search their hearts to see . ebon strealv. toy'd Most like with joy gone mad. from spare he seized her Straight wrist . her hand he kiss'd. with sorrow^ cloy'd. they wept. 113 In such wise.

With soul there. never began. Hail. sufferer begins to burn. and it is free to him from takes an a urn. . within so sound loud as when on curtain'd Enter death-watch tick is stifled. at Woe-hurricanes Yet Beset No The Who Just Then the gate. on strive therefore when the the sudden it is won. gentleCarian I since thy griefs and woes For. that O wondrous soul ! ! happy spirit-home Pregnant with such a den to save the whole In thine own depth. flappedtowards charm . where are silence dreariest Is most Where articulate those eyes the hopes infest far brightest a . Could from the that relish. Of every Who But hath few ill : the not man is yet to come journey'd ever in this native calm and hell. Happy gloom ! ! where pale becomes the bloom health by due . blowing the east trumpets clear parleyfrom fine . although upborne and so dangerousspeed : he was he did he was not mourn Because So Of knew not not whither the happy rouse he. where . " Still fed by melting ice. hear bier none and desolate. Hast thou felt so content : a grievousfeud Hath led thee his luird to this Cave was of Quietude. Ay. . he Young In her Dark Of Semele maternal Paradise draught 'd such richness never quaff longing. Their 0 lids shut longestin dreamless keep sleep. well have felt how in that not ever Sleep may There be had anguish does beat all is still within with deep den of all.114 ENDYMION. ye painful gusts. sting. at aerial going.that high feast. with Alas fierce alarm ! no They stung He feather'd horse the sound. nor pleasurepall.

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the green head misty hill. had A path in hell. gentle lady. the woman shall hear ! sweet Andromeda So wedding lutes a playing. before Jove newly bow'd. is bent '11 be Pale When he unrelentor. for all " Thy tears flowing. far forth of heaven. Through dangerouswinds. ! why delaying " hither ! timidlyamong the stars : come Join this brightthrong. me ! . I shadow : now I see " grass feel the solid ground Ah. Castor And A has tamed Bear the has race planetLion. Has to Jove aloud. Apollo ! " " More Endymion Prone to heard not : down of a his steed him bore. went His " first touch " of the earth *' Alas ! said he. wept for thee. for ever would Horrors For Who my which own my I bless but worn footsteps nourish an uneasiness lives conquering . ? Speeding away swift as the eagle bird The ramping Centaur ! The The Some Into Lion's mane 's arrow on end : the Bear to how fierce! Centaur's enemy the blue : ready seems his bow He pierce shent.116 ENDYMION. grief a sullen Sorrow The is but . beyond earth's boundary. to him is dim.did he disenthral : Ye shall for ever live and are love. and nimbly follow whither They all are going. were I but nigh to always borne kill. Danae's Son. Pollux ! who see ! of the third is in the mastery : is the third. calling Thee. behold By Daphne's fright.

although so vast hour may come and My love is still for thee. breathless daintiest Dream ! the shore Adieu. 117 thy voice divinest ! Where Left thee so quiet on this bed of Behold this happy earth we upon It is " ? " who ? . . Among Or be the abodes of mortals here below. my aghast. here.ENDYMION. his natural sphere. I have great dream ! Oh. There His But Here lived mortal who appetitebeyond starved and died. Against all elements. ? who dew are Let On us aye love each other never. againstthe blooms Of flowers. my But with thy beauty will I deaden it. and the tombs gone ! Against his proper soul conspired: so my own utter. felt but a in love and among forest wildernesses. hast My sweetest will I kneel. againstthe tie Of mortals each to each. Caverns thin air of visions. Shall Of airy voices cheat me to tangled wonder. Indian. farewell ! cloudy phantasms. The . didst thou melt to ? Where By thee will For I Us His To Or on ever : I sit let our fate stop here : " a kid this spot will offer Pan will bid peace live in peace. a clung nothing seen nothing. 0 destiny ! Into a labyrinth soul would now fly. let never us fare go and forest-fruits. againstthe sky. rush Of heroes Has Will my of rivers. I have been Presumptuous againstlove. man. and And Of the never monstrous more swell visionary seas ! No. for thou life from too redeemed My Are breathing: gone and past lone. by phantoms duped. and a glory story bent I to children never repent. loved nothing.

will I fill dive into the . ! warm dew from what of ? blood living " Whither We didst melt ? Ah. Under Now.118 ENDYMION. whither our thou mayst always know I roam. Where Of some shall our dwellingbe mossy up. " of that ! all " good '11 talk about no more dreaming. in deep dell below. The rill. drop their scarlet-berry cups of dew ! 0 thou wouldst joy to live in such a place ! Dusk for our loves. bliss I simple lives.where ivy dun were none Would And Will although springleaves as we . rustle through. See. the brow steep hide us hill. yet light enough to grace Those gentlelimbs on mossy bed reclined : For by one step the blue sky shouldst thou find. where dark yew-trees. When On we shall meet earth Doves All On not I may will I offer up. it shall listen and me pleasethee think in of love. And with sweetness. And by another. through the trees. sorrel untorn by the dew-claw stag : Pipes That When To will I fashion of the syrinx flag. love thee. My Indian kiss ! bud ! one human My river-lily bless One Warm And And sigh of as real breath " one gentlesqueeze. summer a dove's with nest at among ooze trees. Still let For Thou joy I seek. and in pure elysium. quiethome Still let me speak " . apples. and therefore sweetest store through me.wan " Cresses And that grow where no man may 'd them see. yet the past doth prison me. gather thee. a little river go All in its mid-day gold and glimmering. Honey from out the gnarled hive I '11 bring. haply mayst delightin. the on teeming year : so thou wilt shine and our this damsel fair of mine.

shall light To Flora.ENDYMIOK. dear love. eyes. and a nightingale Tame on thy finger . ? Say. and shall speak colour to my Laws to my cheek. Empress Dian. wells. twinkle our me to pleasure. trace I will entice rill to crystal upon for Love's silver to the meadow's a a face. Trembling or steadfastness And of three sweetest pleasuringsthe choice : those diamond And that affectionate light. for a hunting-spear . pebbles blue from deep enchanted Its sides I '11 plantwith And dew-sweet eglantine. footsteps. those supreme Those pearl springs. is O not bliss within not seizure perfect that I could doubt !" The Thus His strove moimtaineer crude to clear by fancies vain and brier'd It gave tranquillity path to some bright gladnessto his lady's eye. to this same voice. squirrel's shalt feed them will I strew Its bottom And with amber shells. To Vesper. 119 With And fairyfishes thou from the mountain from the tarn. Heaven shield thee for thine footstool shall the I '11 bend. flame of fire . tears And yet the she wept were tears of sorrow . for a taper silver-clear. honeysuckles full this name of clear bee-wine. god Phoebus. That I may see thy beauty through the night . those passions. I '11 kneel And To to Vesta. which Shall be my or grief. And they shall bring thee taper fishing-rods and lines of naiads' long bright tress Of gold. barn. utter loveliness ! Thy 'Fore mossy altar be bending. for golden lyre . . to the River-gods. things. to thee : Those lipsshall be my Delphos.

shouldst not Ah. bitter strife ! forbidden " be am " thy love I am Indeed I chidden. fancies be one garlandsof of all. we Ourselves We might embrace to my Enlarge not voluptuous thought! hunger. I to weave Me. but a ah. at thought of this. thwarted. and so kisses drew Favour To But All from the void air.bidding them when I came gave find out love : to feel how far above All Was Even and fickle maidenhood. commit may I be at thy once love. earthlypleasure. : hast thou more henceforth ! I may it. Ye languish'd Am I not cruellywrong'd ? Believe. And there three days. dear Endymion. fancy.pride. cruel ? have I striven not thee kind. stars hands uplift thou think not I bless'd the ever of heaven. ! Or Young Wilt And I feather'd tyrant ! devote this that thou I do by a body to my pass'daway swift decay the earth : think at very birth I ' d lisp'd thy blooming at titles inwardly . or I *m caught vengeance and die : might die . I heard thee. it will that I kisses do ! yet child. . " then that moment. all imagined good. the warm tremble of a devout the kiss. aff'righted. at. and whither not By thingsI Twice Ask Nor me no trembled ask'd gorgon I went utter wrath. were With Thou I may my own milder believe powers. just as Beam'd " the upward the sweet name from the golden morrow of the valleys had east : 0 that the flutter of his heart of love had ceased. : sweet life.120 BNDYMION. ' Answering thus. thought of thee. to We might . and For With Art To When first dawn the first. Fainting I fell into a bed of flowers.

on thousand for many years the brink of tears. ! it Endymion Me to ! unhappy thus nigh grieves : ' behold ere thee in last extreme Enskied Truth this. moonlight Emperor ! felicity Has Yet been often thy have as meed I. valleysgreen togetherwent. And that a thee will I bless. the very stream little onward which on ran By And A His he the took very his first soft bark poppy round dream he leant . when strays Through A garden-ground of boyish days. of perverse shall not be deliciousness. : No. " Forgetting the old tale. He His Of eyes did not one stir from the dead leaves. 121 In trammels no. and The it spent tree skill in little stars. but trulythat I deem music in a the best first-born song.wan. swoUn and teeming Had green'dthe piouscharactery. culls spirit Unfaded amaranth. each on other Pored its hazel gazed." The Carian No Into Far To Nor word the return 'd : both lovelorn. wert a . .ENDYMION. which 'gainst crescent he had carved. or The it wild small pulse joy he might the old have felt. bid long adieu. Thy And lute-voiced brother thou shalt aid " will I thou sing ere not long.they were sit beneath at a fair lone beechen tree . me hast aided ? Yes. Mourn'd if yet thou forester . content perforce wandering. silent. but heavily cirque of shedded leaves.

rooty shade tree. gods. queen.122 ENDYMION. in bear one mind so pain. away Free-voiced who was . heneath had not an with his tamed arrow could in the leopardsplay'd .and look not bitterly one paleword. When all weep not ! so Why shouldst pine great Latmos not exalt will be ? Thank And Sure Of the great speak . he a Why. are not too very. fairest dame. delight It is no treachery. for holy priest when be ye our Endymion is it not a he is restored. happy of you ! for I will pull calls . I will not believe thou to hast such store to last thee grief. not there was not a slope Up And He Nor which not had fear'd the whose antelope. or javelin. light. pleasing sorrowing? He sees her on eye not. thou. j But not ta'en out. shame see thus. *' Dear so brother mine ! thou Endymion. O ! treachery Why With does his all his who so her lady smile. his had never Fly And air where been " yet he knew it not. very to sad ? Perhaps O ye happy a be feel as if it as were one common never glad : day . His lady smiles . The Pan's And Shalt To flowers of autumn for your young coronals. and sigh no more. " Now. Thou surelycanst not my kiss a again. sure But Peona stares him ! " ? His she sister endure ! of the " woods Can ? " Impossible how dearlythey embrace ! is in her face . Come Be hand in hand both with beautiful.

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see there but is no bird. And With for my sake. thee. ! I heard little own Well then. but a buzzing by my Of jubileeto Dian truth : " has flown. this very night shall see My future days to her f^ne consecrate. these three felt : . thus. mayst This Thou Will Wilt may return strangely: but when. Sister.124 ENDYMION." As His There feels own a dreamer what doth most create particular so fright. Of the empyrean Let More A it content I have drunk my fill. let this young as a maid abide thee dear sister. dearest girl. With sanest lipsI vow me to the number Of Dian's sisterhood . to me. Tender is Jove's care. and kind lady. Thy spirit Through me the shepherd realm shall prosper For to thy tongue will I all health confide. placeuntenanted in it . and 'd resign thereby blind one self-commitment. With thy good help. that meek ears unknown : Ay. well . In that same void white Chastityshall sit.no pearl seest Companion fair ! trespass down those cheeks. and too unaware. Long Behold So have I sought for so own rest. alone I '11 live in mossy shalt to me. seeing me than happy thou betides mortality. Where and lave in the wonders I shall tell. Thou I own alone. I soever. sound be content sister's love bent to dwell with her. come hermit young. cave. And monitor me nightlyto lone slumber. it for my happiness. Peona. I find it ! mv a exalted ! I knew after was heart ! I knew. Like to share This And In ** with me?" by circumstances.

dihgentlybends Towards common thoughts and things for very their ghastlymalady to cheer. not our Endymion Why stand Adieu!" Walk'd His Near In one Are ? fates all cast here Whereat Adieu. Then reach'd brim. up he rose. slowly as that very river flows. ye tender pair ! those maidens. His hands againsthis face. and then did rest those " " " " His And All His With head so upon a mossy as hillock a green had been remain 'd he save see corpse when how he the eyes long day . word thee I 'd ah. holy groves that silent are Behind great Dian's temple. Into should hand in hand repair. went a hot eyes to after them. then " swift moment. 1 11 be yon. and said we were dreamers. for ever. knelt he 'd pine Baal. " would what he saw Engulf Sweet It is a Stay ! one see : " he cried. Peona. Pained and dizzily away. That Was housewives talk of. deadly maw. thing I ye dote on so fain.ENDYMION. stay to ! Turn. I would again. all : " fear . Striving By thinking it a thing of yes and no. in after ages. 125 Or To like one Lucifer a who. slow to move scantlylifted shifted weary shadows " the the of time.a sleepermeets him know Each Who not. with wild stare. Until Had poplartops. And. . damsels ! hist ! I have once say : Indian. earliest twinkle At vesper's they are gone At this he prest But once again once. But the spirit-blow At the last ? struck. in the river s sluggishand journey dreary. when or or After Far little sleep: when in mine his friends under-ground. once. abroad. until they got whose cypress grove.

sorrow.I did wed from Myself to things of light infancy. had he done As though they jestshad been : nor His laugh at nature's holy countenance. as And Gave *' miscal then his tongue as with enter sober 'd : ** seemlihed Ha !" he utterance he said. melodies. And Is thus sure to be cast to out. thus a lorn to man die. My kingdom That We I should 's at its just it is die with in all this bale. am I of the breath. if perchance. garlands. myriads of lingering nor And To with shall I die . By old Saturnus' forelock. when I have dies a on the cold sward. speech." but rightly I am in sort of deathful glee. pomp And the Promethean clay by thief endued. by his head Shook with eternal palsy. but by this gloom. silly flowers. on.126 ENDYMION. meadows. heart-break. woe. And by old Rhadamanthus' tongue of doom. Tripp'd lightly and setting Laughing at the clear stream sun. grief. love-knots. posies. and death. and it : so arbour-roses . This dusk religion.he served. at I setting bid adieu her for the last time. been Groves. Of a lord butterfly. the damp them grass Night will strew leaves. King of the butterflies . summer much it grieves die. Why. What is there to plainof? By Titan's foe So saying. Until that grove appeared. that serene leaf may all below fall father summer of them head his the west. of solitude. and must speed possest. enough make mortal . Walk'd *' towards such and the down a Why temple-grovewith this lament golden eve ? The breeze is sent the not a Careful Before Bows Now But To On soft.

spiritualised. my forests. in thou own as voice. and love. 127 impious. in her blue. his passion! joyous she upheld Her Has lucid bow. into face there silver flame came : Light. saying : If it At And To were Sister." stood as which dark-eyedstranger new amaze elate said.until drown 'd Beyond the reach of music : for the choir Of Grow . heaven's that a sad fate.in display day brighter Aye. Endymion's so And Of my shalt ! and breast thou "By Cupid'sdove. ampler. of those sylvan aisles. state then 'twas fit that from this mortal some shouldst. and will. our Drear. primroses gather'dat midnight 'd spring. and then decrees of fate . shall range These As was thee they safe shall be flee thy cradle hither shalt thou .ENDYMION. far swollen. soft and' full. continuingthus : delaying been . to . nor their smiles. I would our command. Cynthia he heard not." So he inwardly began On things for which no wording can be found Deeper and deeper sinking. " ** What Then wouldst thou ere we all are laid on bier ? " he embraced " her. by we unlook'd-for change Peona. but foolish fear me drear Withheld And Thou Be first . Unhappy wight ! By chilly-finger here ! are we Endymion !" said Peona. beloved youth her a ! " And she spake. and swell'd Dawn'd eyes a full of love. _. though rough brier Nor muffling thicket interposed to dull The vesper hymn. but : sweet love.on his hand lady's have Press'd. truth by the lily shalt. Through the dark pillars He Wan saw as not the two maidens. as Her reflected from Full long black hair golden . *' he beheld Phoebe.

** 'd too. three vanish kisses away ! " They Home far the went through gloomy wood in wonderment. he Peona and had behold. adown goddess. brother his bless her in hands knelt swoon. . her fair swiftest 'd blissful to gave him.I 128 ENDYMION. To Peona Her Before She Before meet us many and kiss'd a time. told. a Next with and fair Cynthia good bright night : kiss'd.

brakes. on made of Crete. was Pearls. PART I. and shores escape retreat sight Of Into For A At great forest summoner. whose to whom feet on all the Satyrs white languid wither'd she to Tritons and pour'd adored. the side clouds. . before and Oberon^s the faery from broods the Drove Before Nymph King and away Satyr prosperous woods. So what Hermes Fancy's a unlock'd at world was her feet heat thought. nymph. from whiteness. bright diadem. theft : From On Olympus of Jove's he stolen to light. from and a celestial to Burn'd That his a winged heels as either ear.LAMIA. The His Hermes bent had left on amorous golden high this his a throne. gifts. empty warm cowslipp'd lawns. Fast while the those strewn land they where where by in springs meads rich bathe wont. And Were sometimes to she any to might Muse. mantle. choose ! haunt. with the and Sceptre. island the in somewhere that sacred hoofed dwelt knelt . Upon a time. Frighted From rushes ever-smitten green. unknown casket of love were Though Ah. the lily clear. the clasp'd Dryads and and dewy Fauns gem.

nymph prepared her secret bed In vain . Until he found a palpitating snake. the sweet nymph might nowhere be found. on the lonely ground. the Some demon's her crest mistress. in gentleheart. and hearts body and pleasure. as she breathed. destroys thus pain but pity : from move the lone tomb voice spake : ! When this wreathed in shall I awake When And Of love.130 LAMIA. or interwreathed with the gloomier tapestries " rainbow. demon's fire tiar : penanced lady elf. barr'd . golden. Blush'd Fallen From into in vale roses 'mid his about golden hair. strife " the ruddy ! ! Ah.and cirque-couchant and gordianshape of dazzlinghue. he flew. and blue . touch'd seem'd at once. in a dusky brake. Stripedlike a zebra. Upon wannish Sprinkledwith stars. he heard once mournful voice. There Such All ** he stood.sided. dove-footed. Bright. and all crimson Eyed like a peacock. as as and even a the verv trees. And he rested. soft-brushing. and full of painful jealousies find where this sweet Of the Wood-Gods. glidedsilently in his speed. taller grasses and full-flowering The weed. she wore self. fiom wood wood.green. so Pensive. " heard. to wound river its head. his shoulders to curls jealous to bare. a sweet fit for life. Dissolved. miserable me lips The God. like Ariadne's . Their So She lustres brightershone. Breathing And To upon with the flowers many a his passionnew. some or a with miseries. vale. was a She And full of silver or moons. that. freckled like a pard. Round bush and tree. Vermilion-spotted.

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And thou shalt see now. unseen her nimble Leave From She traces weary grass and flowers sweet : tendrils.and charming as before. psalterian. live damask. bade her steep Her hair in weird syrops. as thou once grant my God Then. About She these tastes thornless wilds . dream the say of a dream it was.132 LAMIA. her days pleasant feet unseen . and smoothly pass ." thy sweet nymph even " woman's he is. The She Of It God on half-shut upon feathers sank serene. charmed the Thou behold thou alone. or the green. woman. Hermes. and swift seen the guarded nymph near-smiling on .Hermes. boon ! " If thou wilt. swearest. in liberty. Of all these lovers. devout. yet free she loves. invisibly. and blear'd Silenus' sighs. and placeme my Stoop. swift-lisping once more I was let have A shape. let me breathe upon thy brow. her. 0 the bliss ! I love a youth of Corinth woman's Give me where form. lifted her Circean head. and me said. was breathed both was no his eyes. Kavish'd Blush'd ** it ears serpent's tremulous. And by my power is her beauty veil'd To keep it unaffronted. in the : she bathes unseen plucksthe fruit unseen. Fauns. and she grievedso I took compassionon her. By the love-glances Of Satyrs. ** Too frail of heart as ! for this lost nymph of thine. that would keep Her To loveliness wander shalt as invisible. for woe Pale grew her immortality. An again. Real are dreams Gods.the oath. and through she a a began ran Warm. unassail'd of unlovelyeyes.and bow'd branches green. Free the she strays air.

LAMIA. Wither 'd at dew sweet and Her eyes in torture and fix'd. upon the nymph his eyes he bent Full of adoring tears and blandishment. self-folding flower : faints into itself at the evening hour God her fostering chilled hand. by the wood-nymph's beauty. in moments lick'd up her undrest few. cooling phosphorand sharpsparks. and Hot. So done. Flash'd And. Dash'd he burn'd . anguish drear. morning song of bees. him. with without one tear. as the lava ravishes the mead. hovering. lighting on verdure. and and of all her golden brede : streaks and bars. and so grass. Spoiltall her Made gloom silver mail. she was . the serpent her elfin blood the now began ran change . Into the green-recessed woods they flew . convulsed with scarlet pain : A deep volcanian yellowtook the place Of all her milder-mooned body'sgrace . Nor mortal lovers do. besprent. lid-lashes all sear. turn'd To the swoon'd serpent. put to proof the lithe Caducean charm. One flush'd moment. and gave up her honey to the lees. a Their in pleasures And Faded Her That But towards before fearful her stept : she. She writhed about. frecklings. ___^ 133 long immortal dream. as grew they pale. Bloom'd. Left To Her to herself. The colours all inflamed throughout her train. cower'd. it might seem warm. mouth in madness foam'd. so the printless Then. flowers her at eyelids open'd bland. and with languid arm. She felt the like new warmth. And. Delicate. like nor a moon in wane. wide. So that. could a restrain like sobs. therewith virulent . stars : Eclipsedher crescents. glazed.

and estrange Their pointsof contact. Lycius ! gentleLycius ! With the brightmists about the mountains " " " aloft hoar no more. back rugged founts of that other of the Persean rills. yet of sciential brain To unperplex bliss from its neighbourpain . now a Who And The And go to Corinth from Cenchreas' rested at the foot of those wild shore . left. hills. bereft. disappear'd voice luting soft. pain and her crown and amethyst. barren Stretches. or on spring-flower'd or sigh'd. While her robes with the dafibdils. These words dissolved : Crete's forests heard lady bright. slopinggreen By To a clear see pool. Of all her And sapphires. happy Lycius ! " for she was a maid More Or beautiful than ever twisted braid. Still shone and that vanish'd. yet in the lore Of love deep learned to the red heart's core : Not one hour old. Define their pettishlimits. lea blush'd. Ah. she passioned so sore ills. rubious-argent: but of all these Nothing Melted uglinesswere . in the air. and swift counterchange . greens. : Spread a green kirtle to the minstrelsy A virginpurest lipp'd. also she as suddenly . ridgewhose and Cleone. . ? and exquisite A full-born beauty new She fled into that valleythey pass o'er Whither fled Lamia.wherein herself escaped from flaunted of mossy tread.134 LAMIA. Fair. she a to There stood young a bird's flutter from wood. with all its mist South-westward About a on cloudyrack. her new And borne Cried.

Waits high doors . . Or where drains beneath his cups a divine. the shore knew.her spirit went . the young Corinthian saw Lycius dream. Bacchus at ease. piazzian send sometimes into cities she would to blend . shall . strange she to faint How.still unshent. Down Wind ever. and his now galley Grated In the quay-stones with her brazen isle been prow awhile port Cenchreas. Stretch'd Or where in Pluto's glutinouspine . with feast and foremost Charioting Like And Now He To a in the envious race. for blew freshly The soft wind. on face. from anchor 'd . and dispart Intrigue Its most ambiguous atoms with sure art . or where the Nereids fair waves through tress-lifting into Thetis' bower a by many pearly stair . once. rioting while among mortals dreaming thus. Of all she list. whose marble temple there for blood and incense rare. God out. 135 with the speciouschaos. young Jove with calm uneager fell into a swooning love of him. the moth-time of that as evening dim well she would Corinth eastern return from that way. Whether Elysium. Why By But this fair creature chose so fairily see the we wayside to linger. x\s though in Cupid's college she had spent Sweet days a lovelygraduate. when where in the or serpent prison-house. . And kept his rosy terms in idle languishment.LAMIA. whither to Egina he Fresh To had sacrifice with Jove. magnificent will'd. gardens palatine in far Mulciber's And Her And She columns gleam line. muse first 'tis fit to tell how she could And dream.

His mind wrapp'd like his mantle. In the calm*d twilight of Platonic shades. thee ! Whether For Even from " pity do as this sad heart so belie thou vanishest I shall die. Close to her passing. And will you leave me Lycius look back ! and He on the hills alone ? some be pity shown. saw adoration. " still the full.stay ! To thy far wishes will thy streams obey : Stay ! though the greenest woods be thy domain. Goddess." did .136 LAMIA. while he. thus soft look Her *' began growing coy. . Leaving And Lest Due drop cup in the was bewildering cup. Stay ! though a Naiad of the rivers. Over the solitary but ere eve's star appeared Thoughtless. Jove For From heard his vows.and forth walk.where reason fades. can ever adore she his chain so sure see Leave thee alone ! Look my eyes not back turn ! Ah. Lamia beheld him coming. shut up in mysteries. " His So silent sandals to unseen neighbour'd She stood : he pass'd. His phantasy was lost. Ah. by some freakful chance he made set his companions. whole summer It seem'd And soon no loved had them long : his eyes drunk her beauty up. not with cold wonder an But For Orpheus-likeat so fearingly. more near in indifference drear. and her neck regal white Turn'd thus. Eurydice . near. words a delicious he had were the she sung. and yet so green . Perhaps grown wearied of their Corinth talk : hills he fared. afraid ere she should vanish his to liphad paid . Lycius bright! syllabling '* " swept the mossy him. while her eyes Follow'd his steps.at first. and better'd his desire retire to .

do of charm enough of my this floor of dull the canst remembrance home to ? roam ask me with thee here no these hills and of art vales. " Empty Thou That In immortalityand bliss a scholar. upon steps upon pain my canst thou nice not say or clay. It cannot Adieu arms ! " So said.LAMIA. and gave afresh life she had so tangledin her mesh The : And he from one trance as was wakening Into another.life. Lycius. ' -" 13 Oi Alone they a can drink up the morning not rain . Swoon'd murmuring of love. But With rather.and love. and cannot spirits must know finer breathe live : below ! poor to human taste essence climes. will sisters one keep in tune and as thy silver proxy shine ? Thy spheres. and pale with pain The cruel lady. brighterbe. and everything. Came thy sweet greeting. What air hast serener soothe My Where And palaces. will waste to a shade : me Thy memory " For pitydo Lamia. Happy in beauty. where ! joy is. not *' melt ! " " *' If I should stay.without any show Of sorrow Tiptoe with white for her tender favourite's woe. if her eyes could brighter eyes and slow Put her new lipsto his. sick to lose The amorous promise of her lone complain. So sweetly to these ravish'd ears of mine that if thou shouldst fade. these flowers too rough. she began to sing. and of purer What ? Alas thou youth." Said And What To Thou Over here. . she rose spread. amenity. I may all my many senses please. He. Though Of thine descended harmonious Pleiad. thirsts a hundred by mysterious sleights be " appease .

as once could invent the aid of love yet in she content him by. and clear his soul of doubt. biddinghim raise Use His droopinghead. she adore ? Lycius To see singingso sweet lays. delight Let the mad poets say whate'er they please Of her still. wonder'd how half retired. Goddesses. alone As those who. newly reap'd Late on that eve. A song of love. where. While. earthly lyres. lineal indeed old Adam's From Pyrrha'spebblesor seed. The But Adonian feast . a There treat Haunters As a of them all. she said. such cavern. too sweet for For that she more was a woman. into delighthe fell Then from amaze lore so well . wept alone those days. other speech than looks . like held breath. fires. . she so face dwelt his eyes could miss long in Corinth. and the but as there had led Days happy Without Till she saw gold coin . To hear her whisper woman's And she spake enticed him on every word To unperplex'd and pleasure known. safe togethermet For the first time through many anguish'ddays. real woman. among lake. the stars drew in their panting And then she whisper'd in such tremblingtone. Peris.'mid baskets heap'd herbs Of amorous and flowers.138 LAMIA. and the sweets is not of Fairies. and without Any Than subtle fluid in her veins throbbingblood. pass'd he leant thoughtfully Where a column 'gainst At Venus' temple porch. as 'twas the night before him. for why should from death awoke into amaze. and that her frail-strung Inhabited heart And Her She next the self-same as pains his. and waterfall. whereof she saw no more.

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with loftyportal door. star in for so new unsullied the the marble hue. disclosed but ample alone. love. my trusty guide good instructor . wide time doors to place unknown two Some And Were a any. crystalpolish." said he." old man : said fair Lamia ? I cannot : tell to who Is that His bring ? " mind you features from " Lycius his ! wherefore did blind Yourself *' quick eyes Lycius replied. who : that none same year markets the most to knew where They Were And For could curious trace foil'd. 'Tis And The Apollonius sage. . those few seen Persian about inhabit mutes. . them truth's sake what many woe a afterwards heart to 'Twould Shut humour the leave thus. veins. the . from busy world of more incredulous.who but watch'd them must to their house : the verse flitter-winged tell. but to-nighthe seems dreams." ghost of follyhaunting my sweet yet he spake they had arrived before While A porch.140 LAMIA. befel. through the liquid fine. adding wings trembled so to : haste. pillar'd Where phosphor glow hung a silver lamp whose in the a Eeflected Mild And So Kan Could as so slabbed water was steps below. Into his mantle. " While " hurried do does Lamia Ah. Why I 'm you your shudder. as a Sounds the Breathed Of the hinges. that touch'd the none dark but feet divine ^^olian span e'er have from there. tender ruefully? in Why " palm dissolve " dew me ? " " wearied.

that make terrific with Besides. his too short was their bliss the soft voice hiss. moral a fresh frown.LAMIA. blue and and shafts : " marble had there with Where made it sweet. Love. closed. distrust and hate. his wings. slopeside suburb . nightly. forgiveus ! in a cinders. Lycius lived to hand might have given the clench'd it quite: but breed story down. Floated Unveil'd Betwixt room. couch. summer let appear heaven. Love Is " in a hut. Love. clear. jealousgrown Hover Above And 'd and buzz'd glare. love each they reposed. door. there. in the near tide. for the non-elect understand. dust at a Love More That Hard Had He Or To palaceis perhaps than grievoustorment a last hermit's fast : " is doubtful tale from to faeryland. while they almost slept. of so complete a pair. with water " and a crust. eyelids Saving a tithe which That they might see When from the still open other of a kept. with fearful roar. 141 PART II. upon side the floor. into the the two use from curtaining a golden string. . ashes. to a airytexture. cast a the lintel of their chamber down the passage glow side even For all this were a came a ruin : by They Upon Whose enthroned. hill.

where care am I now ? brow : Not while dismiss weighs on me : your No. it must eyes. up and snare soul in mine. Into the noisy world The lady. While With How Your Like heart how to fillmy striving ? deeper crimson. rejoice voice.142 LAMIA. and labyrinth you there. From He you 'd . the first time. and I go be so. bending to her open he was Where mirror 'd small in paradise. a sweet kiss ^you see your mighty woes. knowing well That but a moment's thought is passion's passingbell. " My Why ** planet. " fled. of Corinth's . and a double smart trammel to entangle. ever Saw this with pain.both of eve w^ill you plead yourself so I am silver and morn ! sad forlorn. watchful.fair creature 'd she tenderly: return Why. penetrant. deserted heart have breast me . since first he harbour 'd in purple-lined palaceof sweet sin." your houseless ay. the hid scent " in an unbudded rose ? Ay. His spirit pass'dbeyond its golden bourn almost forsworn. more and sigh Of joys . My thoughts! shall I unveil them ? Listen mortal hath a prize. Deafening the Of swallow's twitter.came " a thrill trumpets left a But For the sounds Lycius started thought. What that other men then ! May But And Amid be confounded and abash'd withal. ?" whisper'd he : Why do you sigh. as the hoarse in thee alarm I should majestical. lets it sometimes pace abroad triumph. answer'd.so arguing a want than her empery Of something more. do you think?" That ** ** " You have in your no. a buzzing in his head. and she began to moan Because he mused beyond her.

in self despite. passion. she loved the tyranny. she nothing said. cruel grown. for all his love. frame dazzling on ? friends share I have or kinsfolk the citied earth. . Against his better self.like mitigated when in act to strike Apollo'spresence The Was serpent " none. Seeing all their luckless race burns. Sure some sweet thou hast. My presence in wide bones are My parents' hardlyknown their dusty urns incense are where kindled no Sepulchred. any this mortal name. Beseeching him. pale and the " and knelt at before him. consented When to the hour the bridal in he should lead his paramour. ever mortal.he took delight Luxurious His in her sorrows.said name youth. Perverse. me. not one : . but of still I do. the serpent ! certes. the while his hand she He thereat was To change his purpose. Fierce and sanguineous as In Fine one was hue 'twas dark whose the brow had no possible veins to swell. .by my I have Not As Fit Or not ask'd it. the Whispering " midnight silence." said Lamia." The lady's meek. Besides. fury. save dead. Ha. though. While Wheels through Trembled Arose throngedstreets your bridal car cheek round its dazzling spokes. all subdued. at a rain Of sorrows his words last with pain wrung. soft and took on a new. 143 Let my foes choke. but.LAMIA. with stronger fancy to reclaim Her wild and timid nature to stung his aim . truth. she She burnt. to And. no. and To " our no marriage feast Corinth in nuptialmirth " ? *' friends. Hast for appellation thinkingthee heavenly progeny. and my friends shout afar. wept .

from Feigning a sleep.i 144 lAMIA. but who how and whence Came. and he to the dull shade in a moment Of deep sleep was betray'd. a chariot. Fresh carved cedar. Lycius. About There and her subtle servitors. . mimicking a glade Of from either side.and was a and from the doors. as fearful the whole charm might fade. A haunting music. So but this fair unknown Had being left alone all his was (Lycius gone to summon And knowing surelyshe kin).torches.heralded along flowers. sole perhaps and lone made of the faery-roof. moan Supportress Throughout. win could never His foolish heart from set She The She pompousness." at v^ords so blind and blank. to the halls.till in short space The glowingbanquet-room shone with wide-arched grace. in By With strewn bringaway from home at blushingshut of day. wings. met palm and plantain.perplex'd Made close inquiry whose touch she shrank. and a marriage song. 'tis doubtful were its mad misery in did so. as any list invite your many guests . From either side their stems the aisled noise of branch'd and beneath one to one All down place. pleasureon " do not bid Apollonius from him keep me hid. High in the midst. And Even But With I neglectthe holy rite as for thee. to then other not a pageants : friend. your vision rests me. Old It The was the custom bride Veil'd.high-thoughted. in honour of the bride : Two and so on. palms and then two plantains. fit magnificence. all . it seems. how to dress herself. you now if.

austere . : That So in Save And gap. When dreadful guests would come she Approvingall. faded to her spoil solitude. at self-will. Silently In palecontented sort of discontent. Completeand ready for the revels rude. gazedamain. close. ApoUonius: somethingtoo he laugh As though some knotty problem. creeping imagery of slighter And with the wove larger in small intricacies. trees. Teeming with odom^s. 0 senseless Lycius! Madman ! wherefore flout 'd hours. curious and keen look'd thereon with eye with calm-planted steps walk'd in who severe. 'twas justas he foresaw. they hurried all. Lamia. begun to thaw. day appear 'd. Between Came :Forth the tree-stems marbled at first. the street. plain there burst jasperpanels . canopied. then. with busy brain. Mission 'd her viewless The fretted servants to enrich of splendour each nook and niche. and as she went. The silent-blessing cloister fate.that had daft had now His patient thought.p LAMIA. one. layan untasted feast drest. And solve and melt : 'Twas " He met within the murmurous vestibule . : for they knew marvelling it from childhood all complete . regal paced about. warm The And The eyes these secret bowers ? herd approach'd . And hush'd and still. each guest. yet ne'er before had seen fair demesne that high-built royal porch. show to common at Arriving the And enter'd Eemember'd Without a portal. anon. 145 There So ran a stream of lampsstraight from wall on to wall. and all the gossip rout. 'd. shut the chamber up. mazed.

Ceres' from loaded horn. Fill'd with pervading brilliance and perfume Before each lucid panel fuming stood A censer fed with myrrh and spicedwood. With words and courteous mien reconciling s spleen. brightthrong this wrong. guest infest force himself an upon and the With Of unbidden presence . High On Of Of as the level of a man's breast rear'd libbard's paws. upon his hands By ministering And meet fragrantoils with ceremony Pour'd his hair." said he. still mimick'd as they rose the mirror'd walls by twin-clouds odorous. upheld the heavy gold and the store thrice told cups and goblets. " ** 'Tis no common rule." forgive Lycius blush'd and led old man The through the inner doors broad-spread . by a sacred tripod Whose slender Of : feet wiSe-swerved upon the soft Wool-woofed From wreaths carpets : fifty of smoke their light censers fifty voyage took To the high roof. Turning into sweet milk the sophist And wealthy lustre was the banquet-room. wine the Came Thus Each gloomy a with shine. feet. Each held aloft. and themselves in order placed . merry feast the tables stood. x\long Twelve sphered tables by silk seats insphered. Lycius. younger you friends yet must I do me. When Had in an antechamber cold full sponge every to guest and felt the pleasure press 'd. slaves. and. tun with in shrining the midst the image of a God. His young disciple. in huge vessels. To for uninvited you. they all moved to on lu white the feast robes.U6 LAMIA.

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Brow-beatingher fair form. this ? Wherefore man ? Know'st He that ? " Poor Lamia gazed into her eyes. checkinghis love trance. Till. Em. in all the room chief place. and the loud revelry Grew hush . with devout touch. Full brimm'd. By Scarce her saw in glad Lycius sitting. and gnomed mine texture " know her woof. her sweet pride. and troubling her hand. another a face. The many heard. no recognition Lamia he cried ! and no soft-toned reply. a twinkle a or the alarmed on beauty of the bride. Conquer all mysteriesby rule and line. her she is Unweave The a rainbow. his heart. . more senses Some that loveliness absorbs . and broad cup he took oppositesent forth a look a 'Cross the From And table. philosopher Had Full fix'd his eye. dost thou answer'd start not. and not a jot Own'd they the lovelorn piteousappeal: reel : he gazed : his human More. At the mere was an touch awful of cold rainbow ? philosophy once There We in heaven . hungry spell There was in those orbs. Philosophywill clipan Angel'swings. : given In the dull catalogueof common things. Lamia. Lycius then press'd As pale it lay upon 'Twas icy. pledge him. without stir.pty the haunted air. and all the pains shot to . as it erewhile made a Lamia tender-person'd melt into shade.148 LAMIA. to beseech wrinkled bald-head The glance his old teacher's countenance. the stately breathes music no more " '* " . and the sudden Of ** the rosy ran couch : cold Then an it grew heat unnatural what thou means through his veins hot.

V/ander'd " " ! Around his demon My ** sweet eyes ! Corinthians. The Until And *' . ! '* Begone. In tremblingdotage to the feeblest fright Of conscience. see ! bride withers at their potency.LAMIA. lute. leaving thee forlorn. it seem'd not a man a horrid presence terror there." said the in sophist. serpent's prey?" . but felt the Lamia !" he shriek'd. while his eyes " still Relented Of not. where on vein fair-spaced temples. and echo nothing but the shriek With ** its sad did the silence break. thou ruthless man ban Turn them aside. no Misted passionto illume vision : all was The deep-recessed blight. gazing now no azure again In the bride's face. Lamia.there sat a deadly white. and enticing Corinthians ! look upon that grey-beard wretch ! Mark his lashless eyelids stretch how. I see nor moved *' .wretch ! or the righteous Of all the Gods. Unlawful lies.tone Gruff From with moan contempt . foul dream he cried. as heart-struck and lost. whose dreadful images Here represent their shadowy presences. U9 myrtle sicken'd in a thousand wreaths. For all thine impious proud-heart sophistries.voice. May piercethem on the sudden with the thorn Of painful blindness . ceased By faint degrees. which a death-nighing Lycius answer'd. He " sank Fool ! supine beside the aching ghost. Fool ! repeated he. no soft bloom the cheek . an Fool ! " under. and pleasure A deadly silence step by step increased. possess'd. in his hair. magic. no longerfair. from to every this ill life have shall I preservedthee thee made a And day. shut those jugglingeyes. for their long-offended might. Shut.

that all was. Memb. probable conjectures.150 LAMIA. Part 3. the and taking of by the carried him he to Corinth. the sophist's eye. in in an thereupon . a whose wedding. from delight. Burton's I. not hath of one a memorable kind. and instant and mere illusions. and if he drink . took that this it. not substance. tarry wine as told Phoenician her man by birth. level sooner No ! serpent! with a echoed no said. molest and him fair drank. wept. which Vita may years ApoUonii. her furniture but amongst guests. lamia and no Tantalus'* When be gold. in which. well sharp weak him and through stinging any . house. for done the midst of Greece. Cenchreas young and man twenty-five met of that. Sect. young would man. Then Like a Lamia breathed spear. 2. as Keen. should she. came not love. in pulse or breath they found. Subs. in in a the heavy body de I * " PhilostratiTs. suburbs such him a phantasm hand. but and and would such her. Anatomy of Melancholy." I. age. : her utterly. die a with him. to herself would in she desired Apollonius thousands " silent. death-breath went . found like to be serpent. hand to she. and all of he was be moved. going the him she should habit home was a Corinth. by . Motion'd He "A Than silent so. : frightfulscream arms were she of vanished And As On Lycius' were empty life. though and at otherwise this of staid discreet. her his passions. . As her cruel. her out Apollonius a who. and with never of fair her gentlewoman. descried. able awhile to philosopher. her. could be meaning vainly a tell. vanished it was notice fact. plate. any and The moderate to hear and no sing play. being lovely with to fair lovely. omit. instance his this fourth hook. she but described saw by Homer. that was behold. house. " look'd look'd " again he. content. some tarried to his other great last married . many she. perceant. in Menippus betwixt a Lycius. wound. same his limbs couch " of he no that his night.* marriage robe. came the high him its lay ! " friends round " Supported And.

tenderer or might But her his To not in field. He knew Before whose the her gentle door had hand was at to the his latch. rill . Fair Isabel. fill . other the other the by same They But sure. each dream. still . a poor young in simple Isabel in ! Lorenzo. deeper house.ISABELLA. FROM BOCCACCIO. given window her he And from chamber- would catch . They It could soothed could to not sit at to meals be feel well each not. full shape would was all seeing And continual than voice noise gave of an pleasanter or her. III. garden his stir. trees hidden his name. Her lute-string echo of She spoilt her half-done broidery with the same. eyes . but malady how . STORY. beneath and roof weep. Without some heart. sleep. With With He every every mom their eve love and grew tenderer. palmer the stir Love's mansion some eye ! They could not self-same of dwell . A OR THE POT OE BASIL. nightly II. I.

. And : yet I will. alas. and pulsed resolve away Fever'd his high conceit of such a bride. speak ." " night. I will drink her tears. spake they to their pillows Honeyless days and days did he let pass . IV. and tell my love all plain If looks speak love-laws. How " ill she is ! said he. and all day awfullyagainsthis side he inwardly did pray " ." " - ." VI. So said he His one fair heart beat to And For his heart morning. Tet brought him to the meekness of a child : Alas I when passion is both meek and wild ! power to . but. lady'sboon. Until Fell sweet Isabella's untouch the 'd cheek sick within as a rose's just domain. Her beauty farther as than the falcon spies . who doth seek young lull to cool her infant's pain: " I may not speak. And at the least 'twill startle off her cares. And constant Because her sick her vespers would he watch. but still the ruddy tide Stifled his voice. A whole Made long month their of May to in this sad the plight of June : cheeks palerby my break ** To-morrow To-morrow will I bow ** 0 may will I ask my I never another see delight. morning-step upon the stair. Fell thin By " every mother's. not Lorenzo. if thy lipsbreathe So love's tune.152 ISABELLA. turn'd to the same skies face was her And To with hear longing all the night outwear.

. " 0 Isabella ! I I may can half my perceive ear That If thou speak ever didst how to into thine grief anything believe. and share Only to meet again more The inward fragrance of each other's heart.ISABELLA. his erewhile And Great poesiedwith bliss like was a graciousmorning timid lipsgrew bold. But in her tone look he read the rest. . it waxing very pale and dead. but not grieve would not pressing. not fear I cannot live Another and night. Twin roses by the zephyr blown apart close. believe how : near My soul is I would Thy Thine hand eyes by unwelcome by gazing. " Love ! thou ! thou art leading me me from summer wintry cold. Partingthey seem'd to tread upon the air. She saw And ** anguished misery. 153 VII. clime. hers in dewy rhyme : them. my passionshrive. lustyflower ." Lady And In leadest to I must taste the blossoms this that its ripe warmth So said. IX. tenderly. So A once more he had waked and dreary night of love and If Isabel's quick eye had not been wed To every symbol on his forehead high . all flush'd. lisped her timid Lorenzo here and she ceased quest. with great happiness Grew. unfold time. Believe I love its doom thee. and in June's caress. VIII. X. straight ! " " so.

best Too many see. All close Had they met from before again. a of delicious love and chamher fair ditty honey'd dart a . Whose in a brightgold were where Theseus' him towards be read . " XII. dead. But. idle should in pleasure their w^oe. for the generalaward The of love. . Except Over in such page the waves pathless spouse bows. is richest this truth bees. She. warm Isabella's young not great distress. from of a before its taken in stars veil. in Though Was Even Know Lorenzo Indian is not clove the less " embalm'd. juicein poison-flowers. Were Too Too they unhappy many tears then ? " It cannot been in be " for lovers have shed. so. Unknown Ah Than ! better of any. with bade gone. XIII. little sweet Dido doth kill much Though And silent is in was a under-grove. and joy'dhis fill. pleasant Close bower hyacinth and musk. bitterness . the stars all the eves. XT. pleasant the dusk All close Had they met. the dusk taken its veil. the little almsmen there of spring-bowers. free from had it been for ever ears whisperingtale. He And to her Sang. lightsteps the sun went up western hill. farewell.154 ISABELLA. many Too sighsgive we to them of pity after they are much doleful stories do matter we fee.

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other mad assail old prose in modern it is done succeed the verse make " rhyme or more " sweet fail . hawks of " " " Great wits in Spanish. forgiving they blow. 0 eloquentand Of thee of we now famed Boccaccio ! should ask And thy spicymyrtlesas And of thy roses of the moon.Tuscan. no then is meet the tale . that do palergrow And hear thy ghittern's Now tune. and as a thy in stead verse spirit greet English tongue. and it as on soberly. gone sung. XIX.wind . and Malay. honour thee thee. How was it these Isabella same Fair in her ledger-men could downy nest ? spy they find out in Lorenzo's eye A strayingfrom his toil ? Hot Egypt'spest Into their vision covetous and sly! could these money-bags see east and west How Yet so they did and every dealer fair How " could ? Must see behind. echo of thee in the north. XX. as doth the hunted hare. boon. amorous of thy lilies. they can no more For venturing syllables that ill beseem The quiet glooms of such a piteoustheme. XVIII. Grant thou move no a Shall There To But To To An is pardon here. The ship-mast forests the untired And pannier'd mules for ducats and old lies the generous on Quick cat's-paws stray-away.156 ISABELLA. crime.

this hour we mount leagues towards pray on the Apennine sun . steed while is in the XXIV. And And many many a had they. Their footingthrough the dews . but your if you cold wise. the ere the hot count dewy rosary eglantine. 15* XXI. Of the *' towards him they bent garden-terrace. bitter XXII. three we ay. as the he leant Into sun-rise. o'er the balustrade said. And Cut For To at youngster for his crime atone of cruel clay the last. thee. Lorenzo for their sister how she loved too. he. When 'twas their plan to coax her by degrees To some high noble and his olive-trees. Before To they fix'd make the upon a surest way . skies. ** To-day To spur we purpose. These What And His brethren love having found by him many signs had. each unconfines thoughtsto other. the servant Should in their sister's love be blithe and glad. these men a Mercy with they resolved sharp knife some to the bone ." . well nigh mad That of their trade designs. conference jealous times they bit their lips alone. So on a pleasant morning. Come His down. and there bury him. in forest dim kill Lorenzo. You seem Lorenzo. XXIII. and to him there in the quiet of content. Calm Bestride and we are most loth are to invade speculation .ISABELLA.

Isabel ! Lest I should I what I am " said miss he. Out of the amorous a Good And bye as ! I '11 soon went be back. where Arno's stream banks. .158 ISABELLA. Smile lookingup. and bracinghuntsman's dress. when sorrow fain to heavy Of '11 gain ? but we poor three hours' absence dark what day doth borrow. he LoreDzo. the ford did seem. XXVI. and spur. *' Love. pause. whine serpents' . He soft lightwhisper of her footstep he thus over his passionhung. courteously as Bow'd And went a was wont. XXVII. and still doth Gurgles through straighten'd Itself with dancing bulrush. . fair in greetingto to these haste. he saw through an in-door her features lattice all bright delight. So the two brothers and their murder'd to man Rode past fair Florence. get in readiness. as heard a laugh full musical aloft . And as he to the court-yard pass'dalong." '* " Good bye ! " said she he she chanted merrily. and Each If he Or And third step did he hear his listen'd oft could the lady'smatin-song. With belt. XXV. to " I was a in bid thee pain good morrow so : Ah if I should stifle all the lose thee. When. The fan brothers' faces in the love. and the bream Sick and wan Keeps head againstthe freshets. water Lorenzo's Into a flush with They pass'dthe forest quiet for slaughter.

did tease homeward. Because great urgency and need In their affairs. But Selfishness. And to the silence made a gentle moan. Poor . nor to-morrow. in that forest did his a ! when It aches soul doth thus " great love cease its freedom win. XXX. . and hung " Upon with feverish unrest . sin in loneliness As the break-covert is ill at peace blood-hounds of such in the : Thy dipp'dtheir Their horses swords water. They told their sister how. And then. golden hour. And her couch low murmuring. There There Ah was Lorenzo slain and buried in. not pleasures Sorely she wept until the night came on. of some widow's weed. ! put on thy stifling girl And 'scapeat once from Hope's accursed bands To-day thou wilt not see him. Love's in fieryvigil cousin. and spur. 0 misery ! o'er the luxury alone : She brooded His image in the dusk she seem'd to see.ISABELLA. Lorenzo ship for foreignlands. requiringtrusty hands. with had ta'en sudden speed. arms Spreadingher perfect upon the air. instead of love. 159 XXVIII. held not long Its her She fretted for the the time singlebreast. XXIX. with convulsed Each richer by his being a murderer. And the next day will be a day of sorrow. to be . ''Where? on She weeps alone for 0 where?" XXXI.

with what to be itself. And the sick Of some bereaves continually gold tinge. the feather'd a pall few an gasping moments Indian from his like lance. XXXIII. the gnawing fire at heart and brain. saves a died in Which For some sick man from . Because She Lorenzo ask'd her came not. a tale Came And To on them. to quiet her.160 ISABELLA. for a thing more deadly dark than all . xxxn. every night shroud. drunk like a fierce potion. leaves. dungeon Striving Could keep him off so long ? They spake Their crimes after time. Waking With Sense cruel of cloudy hall and bringing him again pierce. of Winter west comes on their from I eves breath far away. for soon into her heart a throng Of higher occupants. passion not tragic sorrow And for her love in travels rude. their sister in her snowy see XXXIV. to he dares So sweet stray From Isabel By gradualdecay from beauty fell. Came . . Not long . In the mid The days of autumn. Time eye all climes pale. by chance.and playsa roundelay and the Of death To the bushes among all bare before make his north cavern. to be subdued. like a smoke from Hinnom's vale . a richer zest. in dreams they groan'daloud. Oftentimes an brothers. And But It she had came drowsy ignorance.

my sweet ! droop above my head. on pale shadow spake . though wild. were With love. Its eyes. Strange sound For there was it was. It was a vision.and tremulous shake. taken soft lute ears his lorn made a voice. and kept all From still all dewy bright the poor The while it did unthread the phantom fear aloof girl by magic of their light. Like Druid's harp unstrung . Where. without word. Saying Red moreover. awake. the horrid woof Of late darken 'd time " " the murderous spite Of In the prideand forest " avarice and any the dark pine roof the sodden turfed stabs dell. : To speak as And when on earth it Isabella there a its music in hung Languor As And in was it. palsied through it moan'd a ghostly under-song.at wept and : foot stood. when the its was in striving. sepulchral XXXVII. piteoustongue. And a largeflint-stone weighs upon my feet : beeches and high chesnuts shed Around me whortle berries . he fell. Had miry XXXVI. and marr'd his into the sun. ** Isabel. hoarse night-gusts briars among. her couch's the The Lorenzo Had Lustre dull of midnight. 161 XXXV. and channel past his loamed for his tears. his forest tomb which once hair glossy could shoot put cold doom the Upon From and lips. from XXXVIII.ISABELLA. In the drowsy gloom.

as Thy beauty grows upon me. A greater love through all and my I feel essence steal. round While And little sounds at noon of life are knelling. . Thinking on rugged hours and fruitless toil. . turmoil . within XXXIX. ** I am a shadow now. " I know what I should was. grow XL. put our eyes into a pillowy And the spanglygloom froth up and boil : see sad Isabella's eyelids made ache. in the dawn of healthful And she started up awake . The As when darkness slow We It midnight sleepbereft." XLI. And Though That A could go mad rage. if spirits the taste of earthly I forget bliss. The mourn'd Spirit atom " Adieu in a ! " " and left dissolved. my palenesswarms seraph chosen from be my To spouse : though I had the brightabyss makes me thy paleness glad : grave. And telling. strange to me. is chapelbell the hour Paining me through : those sounds And thou art distant in Humanity.1(32 ISABELLA. the tomb. shed And upon it shall comfort me tear heather-bloom. cleft. glossybees many a do fieldward pass. a sheep-fold prickly beyond the river to my bed : my Go. Their leaves and from one Comes bleat nuts . alas ! alas ! nature Upon Alone : the skirts of human I chant dwelling me alone the holy mass. I feel full well what is.

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. That old nurse stood beside her the wondering. as other eyes would know well . where freezes it dries utterlyunto made to the bone Those dainties still an nor infant's cries : Then But to 'gan she throw work again . stamp and rave. And And put it in her bosom. core Until At her heart felt such a pity to sightof And so dismal labouring. with her locks all hoar. chill than stone. veiling XL VIII. When hath marr'd. back times her hair.thrown mould. fervently She XLVTI. at stay'dher care. Clearlyshe saw. to she kneeled. all sudden she began Then To dig more than misers can. Like of the dell : to a native lily with her knife. Soon Her she turn'd up a soiled silk had She kiss'd it in play'd with a lip more whereon glove. Pale limbs at bottom of a crystal Upon the murderous spot she seem'd to grow. purplephantasies. Three At they not labour'd kernel this travail last they felt the And Isabella did of the grave. the horrid at And put her lean hands hours thing : sore .164 ISABELLA. as though One glancedid fullyall its secrets tell . soul ? XLVL gazed into the fresh. Pitying each form that hungry Death it once with human And more filling felt Ah ! this is holiday to what was Isabella by Lorenzo knelt.

" indeed. The ancient harps have said. Then in a silken scarf. not Pale 'Twas Isabella love . " sweet with the dews Of And in Araby. whose gentlenessdid as well accord With death. as chilly each away " Pointed . LTI. well here. life.ISABELLA. but lives. each eye'ssepulchral cell And all around anxious secrecy With lash fringed as tears. LI. it doth " belong speak : taste 0 turn thee the music the very tale. Lord : Love never dies. it. a the smeared loam well. away no formless monster's head. but dethroned. Ah ! wherefore all this wormy circumstance so ? Why 0 for The Fair For To And lingerat the yawning tomb the gentlenessof old Romance.and dead low cold. of simpleplaining a long? song ! minstrel's a reader. " . of that vision pale. in truth. at the old tale take not glance. In they took it home.immortal If Love impersonatewas kiss'd ever dead. all for Isabel : And then the prize was She calm'd its wild hair with a golden comb. moan'd. dripping comb'd She drench'd : and still she and kept Sighingall day and still she kiss'd and wept. 165 XLIX. to With duller steel than cut the Persean sword They But one. preciousflowers pluck'd with odorous ooze divine liquids come Through the cold serpent-pipe refreshfuUy.

Music. and it smelt more beautiful it grew. Tintingwith your . Spirits. and than .166 ISABELLA. And so she ever fed it with green. Came forth. the moon. your cypress glooms. moistened it with unto the core. LV. 0 Lethean. heads. Echo. from Unknown. and sun. And Sweet mould. and o'er it her tears Basil. and garden-pot. and the fast from life. thin tears. lift up in grief. which kept ever LHI. Lrv. forgot And the dells where waters she forgot run. and in perfumed leaflets spread. Spirits heads. And she forgotthe chilly breeze . Whence So that Of thick. lingerhere 0 awhile ! Music. isle.wherein cover'd it with for its tomb she did choose laid it by. human fears. balmy Basil-tufts in Florence its peers for it drew Nurture From besides.safely casketed. 0 Melancholy. autumn She had no knowledge when the day was done. and Lift up And make your a in palelight silver wan heavily. set wet. She A wrapp'dit up . sigh to your sweet sigh ! smile . marble tombs. And she forgotthe stars. the blue above the trees. view moulderinghead there shut from So that the jewel. she And the over new mom And she saw not : but in peace Hung And her sweet Basil tears evermore. breathe some ! despondingly sombre us " 0 Echo.

noted her dead the continual many a shower eyes . LVIIT. Melpomene ! Through bronzed lyrein tragicorder go. furthermore. a time when they might sift hidden and long they watch'd in vain . and pleasures Her from her own gay.as by magic touch . Sound mournfullyupon the winds and low .that such have power A very nothing would to wean fair youth. 167 LVI. From deep throat of sad 0 leave the Let not not It may Her From palm to wither by itself. her brethren wondered much Why she sat droopingby the Basil green. Moan of hither. LVII. be " ! " brethren. quick Winter chill its dying hour those Baalites of pelf. LIX. like a palm Cut by an Indian for its juicy balm. And even : remembrance of her love's delay. And touch the strings into a mystery . And. For simple Isabel is soon to be Among the dead : She withers. dower Of Among youth one her kindred.ISABELLA. Greatlythey wonder'd what the thingmight mean They could not surelygive belief. felt she any hunger-pain : . And why it flourish'd. For seldom did she And seldom go to chapel-shrift. and curious elf. wonder and 'd that such beauty out should a be thrown aside By mark'd to be Noble's bride. Therefore This they watch'd whim .all ye syllables the woe.

Yet they contrived to to steal the And The examine it in secret Basil-pot. And As when bird she left. place: thing was vile with green and livid spot. sing not your Well-a-way! Spirits " Music. sweet die a Isabel. Beside patientas its eggs again : hen-bird. and why 'Twas '* hid from steal my For said she." from me. Never to again. Echo. death too incomplete. as swift wing a And. Basil sweet. Now they have ta'en away LXII. cruel 'tis. And so left Florence turn " in a moment's space. Asking And for her lost Basil melodious chuckle with amorously : in the strings would cry Of her lorn voice." To Basil-pot away . sigh to us of grief. to With blood upon banishment.168 ISABELLA. hair. Basil was where her: . breathe *' " For Will Isabel. Piteous she look'd on dead and senseless things. will die lone and her . LXI. their heads. on other day. Music. And Lorenzo's face : yet they knew it was The guerdon of their murder they had got.turn 0 thine eyes away ! ! despondingly 0 Echo. some From 0 sigh! isles Lethean.she hurried on back. she oftentimes After To the ask Pilgrimin him his her " wanderings. weeping through her LX. sat her there to breast her Basil. 0 Melancholy. Away they went.

169 Lxiir. last. but did mourn pity a of love. Imploring heart was Basil in to there her Florence overcast. for her and so she died the forlorn.ISABELLA. fi And I? No I In so she pined. me steal my Basil-pot away from ! " . of to so fAnd From sad ditty mouth this mouth story borne through " all the country pass'd : Still To is the burthen sung O " cruelty.

knees. this patient. hare a-cold .THE EYE OP ST. ladies. Then And lamp. . Knights. purgatorial orat'ries. his prayer II. and riseth from his wan. AGNES. i I.holy man . St. meagre. old. returneth. the limp'd trembling through was frozen : grass. and his weak spirit To think how they may ache in icy hoods and mails. for all his feathers. silent were the flock in woolly fold the Beadsman's while his a fingers while frosted censer he told rosary. bitter chill it was was ! The The And Numb His Like owl. sculptured dead. barefoot. he saith. and breath. without a pious incense from Seem'd Past taking flightfor heaven death. x\gnes' Eve " Ah. Along the chapel aisle by slow degrees : The to freeze. praying in dumb He fails passeth by . His prayer takes back he his saith. the sweet while Virgin'spicture. on each side seem rails : Emprison'd in black.

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AGNES. Young virginsmight have And soft adorings from their Upon the honey 'd middle of If ceremonies Agnes' Eve. her breathing quick and short : her lips. and with scorn. Anxious she sighs hallo w'd hour was at hand The : near Amid the timbrels. They told her how. upon St. and the throng'd resort Of whisperersin anger. they did hed they night. Fix'd on the floor. VIII. supperless couch And supine their beauties. all the bliss before to-morrow . thoughtfulMadeline : The music. ) VII. aright. regardlesseyes. nor sideways. She danced 'Mid looks of love. She scarcelyheard : her maiden eyes divine. hate. and be her all amort.saw a sweeping train many Pass not at all : in vain by she heeded Came cavalier. lilywhite . amorous many And back retired . She sigh'dfor Agnes' dreams. morn. or in sport . defiance. St. Of to must retire. yearning like a God in pain. Agnes to lambs unshorn. Heaven with upward eyes for all that they desire. the of the year. along with vague. not cool'd by high disdain. VI. Nor but require look behind. Hoodwink'd Save And to faery fancy . a tiptoe. visions of delight. was " Full of this whim But she saw not : her heart was otherwhere sweetest . loves receive the due As.172 THE EVE OF ST.

and in soul. Meantime. Buttress'd All But That saints for he one Porphyro. those barbarian hordes. he stood. ivory-headedwand.THE EVE OF ST. his hundred heart. young Madeline. unseen Perchance might gaze and worship speak. hid from broad Behind The He And far beyond hall-pillar. happy chance ! the Shufflingalong To where a with aged creature came. in that mansion in foul. the torch's flame. and very hot-blooded lords. So. moment in the tedious hours. Hyena Whose foemen. Love's chambers held feverous citadel : him. Saying. and sound of merriment : chorus knew bland : startled her grasp 'd his *' but soon she his face. the moors. body XL Ah. with heart on fire Beside the portaldoors. whole blood-thirsty race ! .stands he. here the to-night. and implores to give him sight of Madeline. AGNES. across still. kiss " all . kneel. in sooth such things have been He All Will For ventures in : let no or a buzz'd whisper tell swords : eyes storm be muffled. weak execrations one breast affords any old mercy. from moonlight. touch. Porphyro! hie thee from this place. fingersin her palsied Mercy. 173 IX. They are all hand. purposing each She Had For 'd linger come moment to retire. howl Against his Him Save one dogs would : not lineage beldame.

Yet Thou And To To men will murder hold water upon in a Agnes' Eve holy days : witch's Elves " sieve. I've mickle time to grieve. not in this arm-chair Saints stones And Follow tell me me. bier. and be of liege-lord so : all the me " Fays. He He Then had fever thee late. or else these will be thy XIII.chill. Gossip dear.and and cursed there tame thine. Agnes' wool weaving piously." child. by but secret holy loom may see. He followed through mutter a Brushing And He as the cobwebs 'd a *' she lowly arched way. . latticed. here a "Ah. Well-a ! w^ell-a-day " " found him in little moonlight room.174 THE EVE OF ST. sit." the said he. with his loftyplume . " More Flit We hairs " Alas ! flit! like 're ghost away. AGNES. how" " " Good ! not here. Agnes' Eve ! help ! my lady fair the conjuror plays very night : good angels her deceive ! me laugh awhile. " Get hence a ! get hence ! there 's dwarfish in the fit Hildebrand ." thee. ** Angela.and " tomb. XII." XIV. Now 0 tell tell me me where is Madeline. both house and not me a land whit : 's that old Lord for his grey Maurice. silent as a Pale. venture see it fills with amaze God's This But let Porphyro ! St. " St. Which When none sisterhood are they St. Agnes must ! Ah ! it is St. here." safe enough .

and sleepand Go. the same wicked canst not ! I deem surelybe that thou didst " seem. believe me by these tears one soft : . While Porphyro upon her face doth look. laughethin the languidmoon. could brook . Sudden a thought his brow. Feebly But His soon she his eyes lady'spurpose at she told when grew brilliant. AGNES.let with her pray. Like puzzled urchin on an aged crone Who riddle-book. Or I will." "0 voice Quoth When Porphyro my weak of her find grace shall whisper its last prayer. cold. *' I will not harm : her. even with in a moment's Awake. may I ne'er If I displace. Flushing Made A ** and in his pained heart : purple riot cruel man then doth stratagem. though they be bears. 175 XV. my space. Go dream her men far apart good angels. And beard and horrid shout. them. that makes A he propose the beldame start thou art : and impious Sweet Alone From Thou lady. keepeth closed a wondrous As spectacled she sits in chimney nook. foemen's more ears. and he scarce Tears. XVI. XVII." than fang'd wolves . : came like a full-blown rose. ringlets Or look with ruffian passion in her face Good Angela.THE EVE OF ST. like thee. by all saints I swear. And the Madeline thought of those enchantments asleepin lap of legends old.

palsy-stricken. XIX. a feeble soul ? affright A poor. with ! thou : dizzy head." said the Dame shall be stored there : ** All cates on and this dainties Quickly Her For On own : by feast-night the tambour time to frame lute thou slow a wilt see : no I am and feeble. prayers for thee. XX. While 'd fairies paced the coverlet. of such might see her win perhaps that night a peerless And bride. xvni. each morn Were miss'd. betide her weal or woe. A gentlerspeech from burning Porphyro . to lead to Madeline's him.176 THE EVE OF ST. That Angela givespromise she will do ** Ah ! why wilt thou | Whatever he shall wish. and my scarce spare. and of such deep sorrowing. dare such cateringtrust child. weak. pale enchantment such a night have lovers met. churchyard thing. Which Even was. my while 1 Ah must patiencekneel in prayer needs the lady wed. ere passing-bell may Whose and evening. AGNES. in close secrecy." Thus doth she bring never plaining. and there hide Him That in a closet. among the dead. chamber. Whose the midnight toll . ** It shall be as thou wishest. Since Merlin paid his Demon he privacy beauty unespied." never leave my grave . Never on all the monstrous debt. legion And held her sleepy-eyed. Wait The Or may here. So woeful.

Agnes' charmed maid. with aged eyes aghast off with dim a hobbled of fright Through many maiden's espial. With silver taper's light. AGNES. Young Porphyro. Eose. back pleasedamain. or. agues in her His poor guide hurried brain. the aged gossip led She turn'd. Now prepare. Her fled. : unaware and pious care. XXII. As though a tonguelessnightingaleshould Her throat in vain. like a mission'd spirit. hush'd with The Where chamber.all died akin : : No But of the air. XXIII. dusky gallery. her heart was voluble. and whisper'd in his ear follow her . .for gazing on that bed . lover's endless minutes slowly pass'd. Safe at last. Its little smoke. 177 XXI. faltering upon for the stair. hand the balustrade.THE EVE OF ST. she panted. again. pallid door. St. and visions wide spirits betide ! utter'd syllable. heart-stifled. she comes like ring-dovefray'd and She comes. woe to her heart. and down To a safe level matting. they gain silken. swell her N Paining with eloquence her balmy side . and in die. dame return'd. So The The To From sayingshe busy fear. dell. Porphyro took covert. Out went the taper in as she hurried in . and chaste . She To closed the moonshine. Old Angela was feeling When Madeline.

Unclasps her Loosens Her rich by one . pearlsher hair she frees : her . sees. splendidangel.and diamonded flowers.newly drest. Innumerable As are the quaint device.so grew faint : free from mortal taint. her seem'd like a saint : glory. in her or look all the charm is fled. . pure thing. Anon his heart revives Of all its wreathed vespers done. XXIV. fancy. tiger-moth's midst. awhile she St. A All casement 'd there high and triple-arch garlanded with carven imageries was. boddice .178 THE EVE OF ST. splendiddyes. twilight scutcheon emblazonings. and boon . and bed. Full And As on this casement warm shone the wintry grace moon. AGNES. awake. by degrees her fragrant attire creeps rustlingto her knees a warmed jewels one : Half-hidden. XXV. 'mong thousand and dim And And A in the heraldries. together prest. heaven a : " wings. deep-damask'd wings . soft her silver hair a a amethyst. Of And fruits. threw gules on on Madeline's fair breast. xxvi. for so Porphyro She knelt. and saints. fair dares not Agnes behind. like Pensive In But mermaid dreams in sea-weed. down she knelt fell for heaven's her cross Rose-bloom And And She Save on on hands. blood of shielded blush 'd with queens kings. and panes of stains and with bunches of of knot-grass.

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quince. AGNES. and plum. every cedar'd one. jellies syrops. XXXI. my seraph fair. Thus Sank his whispering. my These delicates he " ** Thou art my heaven. While from closet brought Of With And candied apple. tinct with cinnamon . never such So mused his lady'seyes . in argosy transferr'd and spiceddainties. spell awhile. the lavender'd. From silken Samarcand'to Lebanon. smooth. XXXII. lucent and Fez . for meek I thine St. entoil'd in woofed phantasies. steadfast . a blanched he linen. and soother than the creamy curd. unnerved was a arm Shaded : " her dream By The the dusk curtains melt as 'twas midnight : charm Impossibleto lustrous Broad iced in the stream salvers moonlight gleam the carpet lies could redeem : . and eyes. XXX. heap'd with glowing hand On golden dishes and in baskets bright silver : sumptuous Of wreathed they stand In the retired quiet of the night. with perfume light. my soul doth ache/' I shall drowse beside thee.awake now. warm.180 THE EVE OF ST. heap gourd . in her pillow. golden fringeupon he a It seem'd From never. And In still she slept an forth azure-lidded and sleep. Manna From dates. so eremite : Open Or thine Agnes' sake. Fillingthe chillyroom ! And love.

not ! leave if thou in this eternal For diest. she look'd dreamingly. not complainingsdear woe. the vision a There The At And painful change. joined hands move or keep . she she a soft moan : panted quick wide open and suddenly : affrayed eyes he sank. be. of her awake. vdth many would sigh. tuneable those sad with eyes thou every were sweetest and spiritual ! how clear : changed me art chill. I know where to go.THE EVE 0" ST. " and. in chords ancient call'd ear ** tenderest mute. He In up. Awakeniug Tumultuous. paleas smooth-sculptured XXXIV. While Who still her Porphyro and knelt. Her Now eyes wide was were open. shone Upon his knees stone. he " took her hollow that lute. long La since sans belle dame mercy : Close her touching the melody utter'd " . " but even now Thy Made And How at sweet tremble in mine vow ear. Porphyro ! voice was said she. with. that of her dream so blisses pure to sleep: nigh expell'd and deep. . so Fearing to speak. '' *' Ah. a which moan fair Madeline began words forth witless gaze on weep. " play'd an Provence to ditty. XXXV." . " Wherewith He Her ceased blue " disturb 'd. immortal. drear ! Give Those Oh that voice looks me again. but she still beheld. AGNES. piteous eye. my Love. 181 XXXIII.and pallid. my those Porphyro.

my bride. meantime Like Love's alarum patteringthe sharp St. my rave woe 'Tis dark " the iced gusts still beat ! No dream. flush'd. ! sweet dreamer ! lovelybride ! My Madeline Say. Against the window-panes . fair Madehne. here After A so will I take my rest many hours " of toil and quest. with as the rose " Blendeth Solution its odour sweet : the violet. miracle.132 THE EVE OF ST. rob famish'd pilgrim. alas ! alas ! and will leave traitor me is mine Porphyro Cruel I curse here to fade and hither pine. rude . voluptuous accents." well trust. if thou to no think'st infidel. like a Ethereal. may I be for aye thy vassal blest ? and vermeil Thy beauty'sshield. and lost with sick dove forlorn unpruned wing. XXXVL Beyond At these a mortal man impassion'd far he arose. for my heart is lost in thine. I will thy nest Saving To self. heart-shaped dyed? *' Ah. thou forsakest a deceived thing . AGNES. " " Tis *' dark is : no : the quick pattereth flaw-blown Madeline and sleet ! : " : This dream." XXXVIII. Agnes' moon xxxvii. silver shrine. thy sweet saved by not Though I have of found. and Seen Into 'mid her the dream throbbingstar sapphireheaven's deep repose he : melted. " ! what could thee bring ? " Though A not. the frost-wind blows sleet hath set.

into the wide hall ! They glide. inmate owns By The chains bolts full easy slide : lie silent on the footworn stones the " .with ready spears the wide stairs a darkling way Down they found. home o'er the southern I have for thee. are no love. bloodhound an rose. 183 XXXIX. like phantoms. beset with fears. sleeping dragons all around. with to happy speed . door . perhaps. She For hurried there were at his words. The rich in the with horseman. " In A all the house was heard was no human sound. and moors fearless be. Flutter'd And the besieging wind's uproar long carpets rose along the gusty floor. The key turns. flickering by hawk. hound. Where lay the Porter. and shook : his hide. each chain-droop'd lamp arras. but a Arise arise ! the morning " Of : is at hand never The bloated us wassailers my ears will heed : " Let There Drown Awake For away. sagaciouseye and one. Like phantoms to the iron porch they glide. in uneasy sprawl. AGNES. XLI.THE EVE OF ST. indeed . or hear. and . " haggard seeming. " Hark ! 'tis an elfin storm from boon faery land. At glaringwatch. and the door upon its hinges groans ." XL. " 'd all in Rhenish ! arise ! my and sleepymead a : love. With a huge empty flagon by his side : The But wakeful his one. eyes the to see.

And Of Were warrior-guests. the face long be-nightmared. twitch Angela meagre aves old deform Died The For palsyBeadsman.184 THE EVE OF ST. ashes cold. AGNES. 'd. and large coffin-worm. thousand told. and and form witch. XLII. aye unsought-for slept among his I . demon. And These That they lovers are gone fled the : ay. with after . ages into long the of with storm. ago away night all his Baron dreamt many shade a woe.

Along No And His the margin-sand than to large his foot-m. Deep Far Far Sat Still Forest Like Not Robs But A so in sunken from the shady from the sadness of a vale of one healthy and breath eve s mom. BOOK I. the on silence his forest on hung cloud.HYPEEION. light the dead seed from the where stream reason leaf fell. his listless. life as summer's day feather'd did grass. . ground slept old there since. star. round quiet about as a stone. bow'd head listening comfort the Earth. grey-hair as Saturn. further where feet the stray'd. dead. the fiery 'd noon. yet. ancient mother. about No on a his stir of head air was cloud much not one there.arks had went. Upon sodden right . eyes were Unsceptred While His his realmless seem'd for some closed to . there it rest. more went voiceless his by. still deaden'd By of a fallen : divinity Naiad Spreading Press 'd her shade cold the 'mid to her reeds finger closer her lips. lair . hand and lay nerveless. It seem'd no force could v^^ake him from his place .

* for thee.186 HYPERION. : j that face made 1 How Sorrow sorrow had not beautiful than Beauty's self. shoulders. 0 how ! frail that largeutterance " earlyGods not one : Saturn. . i \ " Pedestal'd When But haply in a sages look'd to oh ! how unlike marble if beautiful. days rear of evil spent their malice. which in our feeble tongue Would To ** come in these like accents of the . thee not. who with a kindred hand Touch'd his wide reverence. look up ! no though wherefore. and deep organ tone : In solemn tenour Some mourning words. she felt cruel pain : The She Saturn's bended upon laid.and to the level of his other with neck ear Leaning words she spake some partedlips. as if just there. and with its stored thunder the sullen labouring up. One hand she press'dupon that aching spot Where beats the human heart. face was large as that of Memphian sphinx. and a the earth God . all its solemn And too. her . with noise. wherefore 0 thou sleepest ? heaven is partedfrom thee. Though an immortal. with a fingerstay'dIxion's wheel. thus ocean for afflicted. more was a palace-court. after bending low With She though the to one who knew . There As As Had Was fear in listening if calamity had but begun if the vanward clouds regard. But there came one. Egypt for their was lore. was a Goddess of the infant world By Had her in stature a tall Amazon she stood pigmy'sheight : would have ta*en Achilles Or Her by the hair and bent his neck . it not. no poor ' old King ? I have I cannot For Knows comfort say.

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. there be golden victory . Search. and spot of earth. and . and then spake x\s with a palsiedtongue. I feel thee ere I see thy face . Yes.and lorn of light: and barren void . making way wings or chariot fierce to repossess he lost erewhile " heaven of : it must must " it must ripe progress must Saturn a be king. Thea. and up. search ! and A certain tell me if thou seest With A Be shape or shadow. Thea. planets winds man's Of admonitions Of And to the and seas. in strangled I am and buried influence from 'd up. . Thea. hear'st the voice Saturn and me. exercise all godlike on smother benign pale.188 HYPERION. let me me see our doom in it . Search. | tell tell tell if this feeble if thou shape Is Saturn's Of me. Who came Naked Peers To bare of its great diadem. Deity supreme in. Space regicn'd Spaces of fire. peacefulsway all those ease above acts which harvesting. . had the power like the front of Saturn. And that fair ** I Look Look up. kneelingGoddess . my nervous Fate it is so seem'd . search ! Open thine eyes eterne. where I sit between this the throne. if this wrinklingbrow.and all the yawn of hell. : Doth its heart my own of love bosom I am Away from I have gone left My strong identity. and sphere them round Upon all space : space starr'd. and while his beard Shook horrid with such aspen-malady : 0 tender spouse of gold Hyperion. me make was desolate ? whence to such strength? grasp ? How While But And Of it nurtured burstingforth. with life-air. my Somewhere Here on real self.

another and crumble chaos is another way unto universe. for thence . the with cease. spake. sort of hope." went brief With He backward beseeching eyes she footingthrough the shade a she turn'd to with space : follow'd.HYPEEION. 189 There Of must be Gods thrown down. this to ? Where overbear nought ? ? " Where Found The And As That word Olympus. made Druid eyes in struggle ooze air. and thus I form Thea's sobbing deep . Thea was a and made quake rebel in her thus three. yet : '* This cheers ! come fallen house come to our friends. full of awe. in hollow shells . and silver stir Voices of soft proclaim. that yielded like the mist Which eaglescleave. the covert. and trumpets blown triumph calm. upmounting from their nest. 0 Saturn 1 know Thus and away. shake fever out. and there shall be Of strings Beautiful things made for the surprise new.and lead the way Through aged boughs. T will give command Thea ! Thea ! Thea ! where is Saturn ? " This And I His His He A passion lifted his hands locks to to him to upon and his feet. she bearing was voiced quickour startled up. his voice heard not to stood. then give them came heart . snatch'd I create ? little time. . sweat. and : " then '* again he cannot Utterance Cannot Another To But ? Cannot I fashion forth world. Of the sky-children : . I hither. Meanwhile in other realms big tears were shed. and hymns of festival Upon the gold clouds metropolitan.

dog'showl. : huge Titans tongue pen of scribe prison-bound. before by he would Also. the spicywreaths taste aloft from sacred Of incense. and majesty . More Too sorrow like to this. courts. once Groan 'd for the old allegiance more. And still kept mammoth-brood of the whole But one and rule. teeming up The From For as man fierce. self-hid. fair day. Bastion'd with pyramids of glowing gold. breathed of sweets. still snuff 'd the incense. listen'd in sharp pain for Saturn's voice. Blazing Hyperion on his orbed fire Still sat. heard. and fierygalleries . when Instead Savour And After For so. at And touch'd a with shade of bronzed obelisks. ' to the sun's God. to a giant nerve. of Aurorian all its curtains clouds 'd angerly : before by the while Gods and sometimes or eagles' wings. yet unsecure : drear mortals omens us among also shudder'd he. portion'd His palacebright. hills. neighingsteeds were Gods or wondering men.190 HYPERION. so Fright and perplex. Not hated screech. . and for mortal such or like woe. Oft made Hyperion ache. But horrors. His sovereignty. and And Flush Unseen Darken'd Not through all its thousand domes. couch. And divine upon in the slumber of melody. or . wondering men. sick his took ample palate of brass poisonous and in the metal : when full harbour'd the rest completionof exalted arms sleepywest. Or prophesyings of the midnight lamp . or gloom-bird's of one Or the familiar visiting Upon the first toll of his passing-bell. Glared blood-red Arches. heard place.

While His aisle and deep recess. And diamond-pavedlustrous long arcades.and inlet to severe coolness to the That magnificence to enter Stood full blown. his palace-door wide In smoothed silence.leaving Came slopeupon the threshold of the west . Went step for step with Thea through the woods. 0 dreams of day and night! To this result : ** nave stately Through bowers from vault vault. Even now. There standing fierce beneath. he stampt his foot.save what solemn of tubes. out his heels. When earthquakesjar their battlements and towers. while Saturn. flaming robes roar. flew ope Then. from the basements And deep to the high towers Jarr'd his own golden region.on far within each hall to hall . despite of godlikecurb. His voice leapt out. and en wreathed fragrant light. eye. gave wandering sounds. Amazed Who full of fear like anxious plainsgather in panting troops. away the meek ethereal Hours On to made their tremble. he flared. He His And enter'd. but he enter'd full of wrath . 191 He With paced away the hours pleasant from of ease stride colossal. Until he reach 'd the great main cupola . streamed as gave a That scared And From if of beyond earthlyfire. slow-breathed like a rose melodies in vermeil tint and shape. in the rear. for the God in. sweet . as was wont.HYPERION. of . twilight Hyperion. and before The quavering thunder thereuponhad ceased. men winged and on minions in close clusters . dove-wings to nave. fragrancesoft. stood. Blown And And In by the serious Zephyrs. roused from icy trance.

This This These cradle calm this soft clime. lucent empire ? It is left my any haunt Deserted. shady ! " visions to domineer. see " Even The here. O 0 0 monstrous forms ! O a spectres busy in lank-ear do I know of pain ! effigies cold.and ceased. by Tellus frontier fiery a briny robes ! Over the realms I will advance Shall And He scare terrible rightarm his throne that infant thunderer. thrice horrible and mirror'd as level where a he stood mist arose. the while a Held with his throat. rebel Jove. void. Bestirred And A At themselves.192 HYPERION. blaze. and Fall blind. through all his bulk the Crept gradual. cold gloom ! of black-weeded 'd Phantoms Why Is my To see ye ? essence why thus these I too have I seen pools! ye ? why ? eternal and is to distraught horrors to fall ? new behold Saturn Am fallen. luxuriance Of all and pure fanes. nor The of mine. my Insult. into my centre come of repose. and the symmetry. with muscular and neck convulsed Making head . agony the crown. from scummy an marsh.am I to leave this haven of my rest. this. the splendour. and stifle up and her of my pomp " No. of my glory." heavier came spake. but struggle For as threat not forth . in theatres increases of crowded more men Hubbub So at they call out ** Hush ! " Hyperion'swords from the the Phantoms pale cold . bid old Saturn take again. death and darkness.from Like a feet and unto lithe serpent vast slow way. 1 cannot but darkness. crystalline pavilions. of blissful light.

Released. hieroglyphics sages and keen-eyed astrologers livingon the earth. swart their Fain And would he have commanded. and wrought upon the mufflingdark from the nadir deep Sweet-shapedlightnings planetorb Each day from Spun round in whereon of fire. two Ever exalted at the God's approach : from forth the gloom their plumes immense And now.HYPERION. wide breathed them on fierce breath of the sleepyportals.save stone. though a primeval God The sacred seasons might not be disturb 'd. blindfold. as Stay'd in their birth. of the dawn the operations Therefore here 'tis told. even silver wings expanded sisterly. heavy of clouds . Two wings this orb Possess'd for glory. curtaining Not therefore veiled quite. burst them the ocean's chilly streams. and anon the glancingspheres. remnants huge import gone. or find . sable Up Then Won to Which old. While still the dazzling globe maintain'd eclipse. with labouring thought the zenith " from the gaze what marble of many we centuries on : Now Of lost. till all outspreaded were . and arcs. Those bid the " : Eager to sail their orb . But ever colure. Rose. Their wisdom long since fled. and hid. east to west he rode the heavens through. against Clear'd Suddenly The vapours. and broad-belting Glow'd through.if but for change. he fled gates. Awaiting for Hyperion's command. the porcheswide . fain took throne day begin. 193 From over-strained the eastern To might. fair argent wings. and full six dewy hours in season Before He the dawn due should blush. Circles. He might not : No. one by one.

fear there is Gods. and wrath . brightTitan. by hard Unused compulsion bent of the time . frenzied with new to bend. Coelus. Open'd And the upon the dusk demesnes of night. against feud ye. child these new-form'd art thou. radiance stars stretch'd himself as and grief faint. symbols divine. : Unruffled. and Upon He the boundaries day night. woes. ye lived and ruled Now I behold in you fear. . and visible . and divine demeanour. oh brightest ! these. like high Gods. ! saw me from my firstborn tumbled his arms to were spread. too. unrevealed met at even space.and the voice Coelus. solemn. and I saw rebellion him fall. and near thou. from 0 the universal Thus *' And All low and ear : whisper'd of my children dear. earth-bora brightest Son of Mysteries ! sky-engender'd. And at the fruits thereof what shapes they be.194 HYPERION. There Look'd Of he lay. thy brethren and the Goddesses is sad son I There Of I To among his sire.the on Heaven with its down him with pity. and pleasures palpitations and whence how they came I. sweet. in his solemn to the powers ! at whose thy creating joys And soft. hope. way wox his throne me his voice round face. His spirit to the sorrow And all along a dismal of in rack of clouds. : Found from forth the in vapours thunders hid my his head ! Pale Art For I. wonder . Distinct. Which Manifestations Diffused Of unseen of that beauteous life Of throughouteternal space . undisturb'd. I have ye seen were such my sons doom most ? vague unlike Divine In sad created.

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and Gyges. slatyridge not 'd with All were some assembled : chain'd in torture. Coeus. seem'd bulk. . Just at the self-same beat of Time's rustled Thea bruised wide wings Hyperion And Where Saturn slid into the air. in thousand hugest phantasies this nest flint of woe. save Heaving in pain. Typhon. BOOK II. still clench like veins of metal.and all their limbs screw'd . in many brawniest assault. and rocks that Ever if just rising from a as sleep. motion. that gain'dwith Cybele and the den sad place mourn'd.but Of thunderous heard not. fit roofingto of thrones. and the Porphyrion. Briareiis. and they sat upon. more. and and wandering. hard of rugged stone. pent in regionsof laborious in opaque clenched teeth breath Dungeon'd Their Lock'd Without up a element to keep 'd. With Were and Dolor. where Could glimmer their their roar own groans They felt. iron. Titans It was a where on no light insulting tears . Pouring a constant Crag juttingforth to crag.196 HYPERION. for the and solid waterfalls torrents hoarse. uncertain where. Forehead And Made Instead Couches Stubborn Some thus a to forehead held their monstrous horns . and cramp'd and of their big hearts convulsed horribly .

heaven one chancel vault. or action of despair. a dismal moor. with Oaf. kept shroud.HYPEEION. Mnemosyne was strayingin the world With Far And But from many her moon of . Even as Hope upon her anchor leans. Lay Of vast edgeways . born Who cost of most her mother than woe Tellus any was keener of her pangs. enormous Nearest Asia. More thought than For sons in her prophesyingof her And in her wide imaginationstood and high rival fanes Palm-shaded temples. cirque Druid stones. : Though feminine. in his grasp. his ponderous iron mace and a is blinded itself. Scarce images and of life. . here found they one a drear. not so fair. Told shatter 'd rib of rock of his rage. lapetus another . she was dusky face. like forlorn there. covert for the main. dull November. The Each Or word was Creiis throughout night. the open flint mouth him though eyes in pain . By Oxus or in Ganges' sacred isles. from and the gorge. 197 feverous. boilinggurge sanguine. So leant she. or one . ere he thus sank and pined. nor to his neighbour gave look. Lay by him. A serpent's plashy neck . its barbed tongue Squeezed Dead Its Next As . upon When In the chill rain begins at and their shut of eve. pulse. at horrid working. one here. had Phoebe to roam wander'd else were free abroad. for still upon He And ground severe his skull. glory. lay. poison in Cottus eyes of he prone conqueringJove. and all its uncurl'd length because the creature could not spit the .upon a tusk .chin uppermost.

Above a sombre cliff grew ease : appear 'd.that scared the younger long delay hide themselves Atlas in forms . and of beast him and bird. all prostrate else. of fear. far hence beside prone Phorcus. Oceanus. and even meditated. anxiety. tiger-passion'd. in whose Sobb'd Clymene among her In midst of all lay Themis. Shed Above from the broadest on a of her elephants. and Tethys. the sire of Gorgons. but most of all despair. . plotted. now in that second war. More Their Till Then on horrid heads still. God revenge. hurling mountains Gods 'd. Against these plagues he strove in vain . rage. Thick night confounds the pine-topswith the clouds And For Neighbour'dclose lap tangledhair. : wings are air-ward spread. once Upon As Now He Was Not To Not his elbow raised.198 HYPERION.hope. crag's uneasy . lion-thoughted.and up their stature the level height their steps found her nest on spread abroad of this Upon the precincts fix'd her eye And sidelong Thea There At Of war saw trembling arms of pain. and mild . tame Shadow'd Enceladus grazing ox unworried in the meads wroth. spleen. face : Saturn's she with direst strife . No than when more shape distinguishable. her. for Fate Had pour'd a mortal oil upon his head. Remorse. and his guide. who now With from a depth damp and slippery footing the many when else whose muse's names may not be told. at the feet from Of Ops the queen all clouded round sight . Who chant shall delay her flight she must ? And had climb'd Of Saturn. shelve. the supreme all the frailty of grief.

pale cheeks. heart persecutedmore. behold started on Some ! your God their feet . some also shouted with Some And wept. that begins anew other harmonies. voice therefrom Among Grew up these fallen.HYPEEION. when Leave Thus Which short. : is its great judge and searcher be thus Can reason why ye should . met have Enceladus's eye. world. means how hushing finger. it is and When Where So nighingto hearts are as the mournful house same other sick of the into the sunk bruise . is a roaring in the bleak-grown There pines Show'd When Winter lifts his voice when a . No when in this mountain'd . and all her forehead Her eyebrows thin and jet. her Ops. that he he walk'd would midst. the dinn'd grew I find it up own : " air ** silverly. Affrighted. among the rest. and with pomp Such noise is like the it ceases roar of bleak-grown pines . to load tongue with the full weight of utterless thought. among mortal the fallen tribe. of and " and awe mightiness. there is a noise Among With His immortals God he givessign. With : thunder. vibrating Not in my own sad breast. at Titans. wail'd " which some groan'd. her some all bow'd folded reverence. Saturn. at once he shouted. like an inspiration . .and hollow eyes. uplifting black veil. other sound succeeds but ceasing here. stopt Its strain. disanointing and let him kept her still. Saturn's like organ. out. A pass First onwards in. and with music. Which. him. 199 poison: so that Thea. As Is with us men. the laden fever'd more. Felt But Whose Came *' and faint. wan.

Should beneath what. there. or or inter-quarrelling two. astonied. Wherefrom Can I find reason why ye should be thus : unriddle. 0 here ! Titans. Ponderest high and deep . and spurn'd. kept infirm ! my footstool : " Ah. finding a quadruplewrath sulphur. nowhere can " Each 4 And Even pore to on Nature's universal scroll swooning. when the waves Saved shores Low-ebb'd And For Not the stillhid it up in shallow I ever which book ye know firm-based nor gloom . at peace. m againstthe other three. " Of element. and read it deep. and three. in comparison. for Saturn's ear Is all a-hunger'd. shall I say * Arise " !' " Ye Ye Shall I say * Crouch ! 0 Heaven wide ! 0 unseen ' groan. earth. and in thy face 1 see. book spirit-leaved with fingerbright of darkness.ye are O'erwhelm'd. Unhinges the poor world . not in that strife. Divinities. or or againstone.200 HYPERION. though I search. all ye brethren war. At One war. cower Is untremendous might. why ye. The first-born of all shaped and palpable Gods. several one all. No. or portent air. water. rain-floods As fire with air loud warring when Drown both. and press them both againstearth's face. that comes severe content : Which of thought and musing giveus help ! " . in sign. Oceanus. groan What : can I then ? parent dear ! Gods. Thou. Yet ye are here. Where. I take strange lore.symbol. ! What How 0 can we I ? can Tell how me. engine our great wrath speak your counsel now. fire. Not in the legendsof that the first of Studied Which from old starry Uranus from the days. and batter'd.

and nurse 0 who. not oozy. not force Of thunder. it cannot Thou From not the chaos and beginning nor the parentaldarkness end. ! Caught ** infant-like from the far-foamed wrath consumes ye. and which his first began. But " that thou art the King. and the and giant-race. be. from thine eyes. as art thou art not the first of powers. Upon The Then very hour. thou first. in will. forthwith touch'd producer. beauteous realms Found ourselves rulingnew .HYPERION. for this or of Jove. the proof much stoop : comfort will I give. whilst I bring proof be content to And must perforce. ripening and lightengendering And with it light. were we : first-born. Sophistand sage. passion-stung. and no the God Athenian of the Sea. for wondrous ends sullen ferment. the last . Shut up your senses. If ye will take that comfort in its truth. came Light. whom Writhe at defeat. in But cogitation Arose. from his watery shades. endeavouring tongue sands. your agonies ! ears. Great Saturn. And One only blind avenue was from sheer shaded supremacy. to Through And So which I wander'd wast not eternal truth. 201 So ended Saturn . Hast sifted well the atom-universe reason. of Nature's fall by course We law. not a stifle up unto your ire. and the Heavens thou parentage. which in itself. the That Was first fruits of that intestine broil. manifest Earth. The ripe hour came. thou . My Yet How voice is bellows listen. Upon its own The whole that enormous matter our into life. with locks In murmurs. grove.ye who ye.

! for to bear all naked truths. . and our are Have bred forth. And feedeth still. companionship.202 HYPERION. That is the top of sovereignty. In will. in their beauty. as we : pass nor are us we glory that Thereby more Of old Darkness conquer 'd than by the rule Chaos. the young Have God ye seen of the Seas.bom And In form and fated to excel us. not pale solitary doves. And thousand other signsof purer life . My Have ? dispossessor ye noble his face ? beheld his chariot.and must Above us reign In rightthereof . all calm. another race may drive But Because cooeth. Say. doth the dull soil shapeless Quarrel with the proud forests it hath fed. Mark well As Than Heaven ! and and show Earth are fairer. our A power of us more strong in beauty. more comely than itself? of green groves ? Can it deny the chiefdom Or shall the it tree be envious hath of the snowy dove wings wherewithal and find its joys ? To wander fair boughs We such forest-trees. foam'd creatures along made ? By 1 winged on he hath waters saw him the calmed scud. folly And to envisage circumstance. that though and once chiefs . and conquerors Have ye beheld Our to mourn as we do now. for 'tis the eternal law be first in might : That first in beauty should Yea.fairer far Chaos as we blank Darkness.in action free. So on heels a fresh perfection treads. who do tower eaglesgolden-feather'd. to whom 'tis pain . And In beyond Heaven Earth shape compact and beautiful. by that law. Now 0 comes the pain of truth.

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and 0 Brethren ! 0 ! had ye felt Those Ye pains of not mine Saturn. leaving wing'dinstead of silent plumes. I sang. skill let pass into the breeze a ! for while bowery sea. my round head. A past all hindrance came trembling hands. hurried notes. voice sweeter. at once. for the overwhelming voice : huge Enceladus swallow 'd it in wrath . each gush of sounds. Apollo ! ' 0 Father. one then after one. hadst thou felt. and cried Apollo ! young * ' And still it cried. yet all another Like And Each pearlbeads droppingsudden another. far her voice flow'd like timorous brook That. frantic of my When.and made melody " melody with no poor dull shell's echo. ears. then a from their : string strain. * sweeter Apollo! The morning-bright Apollo ! young Apollo ! I fled. fell.as my new the sand. it follow'd me. Doth fear to meet the sea : but sea it met. lingeringalong a pebbled coast. was fill'd that blissful in death was living Each familyof rapturous That golden melody. than all tune. in So venturingto on. strand island of the with There That came enchantment drown and the wind shifting ears. like dove With To Of And music hover its olive perch. ! " would call this too thus indulged tongue be heard Presumptuous. And 0 And The Just murmur'd into more it. And Of shudder'd . and make me sick joy I and was at once. did both my wave keep sense alive my 1 threw And With A a shell away upon fill'dit.204 HYPERION. grief stopping up Grief my overcame. from an opposite.

purge the ether of our to feed fierce the crooked stingsof fire. not rising. thou forget. Oceanus's lore. Wide glaring " He lifted up his stature intermission vast. Dost Thy scaldingin the seas ? What ! have I roused Your spleenswith so few simple words as these ? I see ye are not lost : 0 joy ! for now I see 0 joy ! for now thousand a eyes for revenge. hollows of reef-rocks. forgetthe blows. singe away the swollen clouds of Jove." As this he said. ** Or to shall the we over- listen to the over- wise. that puny essence Stifling let him feel the 0 For evil he hath done . the buffets vile ? ? Are ye not smitten by a youngling arm sham Monarch of the Waves.HYPERION. ye midst of this dethronement ! shout ! Speak Do ye yell! sleepyTitans all. I '11 tell you to burn. contempt. ? Or Not foolish on giant. till all whole upon were That Not Could In spent. open-eyedto was before our guess what brows were would speak : " taught to frown. while still upon his arm from supreme He lean'd . . 205 The like sullen waves ponderous syllables. agonise me ! roar more baby-words horrible. In the half-glutted Came booming thus. though I scorn than loss of Much pain have I for more calm The days of peace and slumberous Those days. in its tent. : Still without ** speaking thus how Now ye are flames. When Came That all the fair Existences of heaven we realms are : fled .all innocent of scathing war.Gods armoury these than thunderbolt rebel Jove's world on thunderbolt. and stood. world shoulders piled. And How And enemies .

before in darkness it terrible. as And But in each Not full many God a He look'd upon them saw a I all. " view Golden his hair of short Numidian his a shape majestic. And all the headlong torrents Mantled and huge shade. for he Wroth himself. brightest undisgraced " Hyperion. lo ! his radiance is here ! " All eyes were Enceladus's face. All i I the sad every every all the spaces of oblivion. or Voiceless. Victory. lost. And hoarse with loud tormented streams : cataracts. Pervaded all the beetlinggloomy steeps.might And Our be be ye mindful winged thing. And And gulf. that Hyperion. : _ gleam pallid his features stern savage. Till suddenly a splendour. on And they beheld. shade the bulk Regal In vast midst of his own like brightness. height. Before That our was knew lips before we else but knew solemn sounds . still is the brother. everlasting far and near. like the morn. and made Now the light saw It was Hyperion : a granitepeak His bright feet touch 'd. curl.and there he staid to The misery his brilliance had betray 'd To the most hateful seeing of itself. whose splendider Shone about a keel like the bubbling foam When the prow sweeps into a midnight cove In pale and silver silence they remain'd. hoar locks in Saturn's.and every sullen depth. face he gleam of light.or might be won.and every chasm old. while still Hyperion'sname Flew A from his lipsup across saw to the vaulted rocks.206 HYPERION. .

utter'd. while hands. old strode where those tower'd four shouted the on There forth Saturn's '* name . he together eminence. Hyperion Saturn In sat from peak Mother loud of answer'd. silence fallen of stood. and.HYPERION. the his And But light eyes : fierce the Enceladus brotherhood and sent forth Among . He He as as that harp. the Saturn ! " near the Gods. and in the contemplative. 207 Of To Memnon's who too. at their glare. press'd together. Phorcus. though the the Gods of " Gave hollow throats name Saturn " ! . Creiis and his sea-born. image travels mournful his at the the set of sun one from dusking Memnon's East : Sighs. Uprose And To lapetus. all whose from face their was no joy. seized Despondence At again Gods sight many of the hid dejected their faces King from Day. too.

gobletboil. In which the Zephyr breathes the loudest song. poplars. sands or in great deeps. Father everything that hath the rose glow intense let the clouds in vermeil warm hue. with thine olives green. And and lawn-shading palms. Thy lips. And the red wine hazels thick dark-stemm'd beneath the shade .0 Delos. Wandering Meantime And In For Flush Let And Float Let not a touch wind piouslythe Delphic harp. Leave them. them their dire ! those utterly. and Blush kiss surprised. a 0 Muse ! for thou anon wilt find Many fallen old in vain Divinity about be wilder 'd shores. and beech. BOOK III. as with some Chief isle of the embowered Cyclades.vermilion On turn let the maid Through all their labyrinths . of heaven from but will breathe flute verse. Rejoice. of even of morn fleeces voluptuous within the o'er the hills . to woes : leave them. aid soft warble lo ! 'tis for the the Dorian of all a .208 HYPERION. the and and air. warm keenly. Thus Amazed 0 For A in alternate were uproar Titans ! 0 to and sad peace. let faint-lipp'd shells. Cold as a bubbling well . Muse thou art leave weak sing such tumults best befits sorrow solitary and antheming a lonelygrief.

I have alone cool mid rustle of those Surely T have traced ample skirts about the flowers These grassy solitudes. read said sea : he with eager guess the Perplex'd. p Thou hast of .and seen Lift up their heads. while the thrush Were lingering Began calm-throated. down trickling with the a green recess. ankle-deep The had ceased. face. eyes ! I have beheld those before. wander'd forth in the morning twilight And Beside Full the osiers of a rivulet. and awaking up . from solemn there boughs came. and " " all that dream'd. as still the Goddess And Or ** whisper pass'd. no retired cave by the murmurous heard in Though scarcely He Went Unhaunted noise of waves. hard by step an awful Goddess was purport in while thou her looks for him. when of the Sun of his peers ? amid the sorrow bright. ** began to melodiouslyhe the unfooted and How hath camest over ? Or that antiquemien heard those robed till now form ? Moved Sure The In The in these I have fallen vales invisible vestments sweeping o'er sat leaves. and he wept." said the supreme me shape.HYPERION. listen'd. when forest. their eternal I have calm. in lilies of the vale. many and his brighttears golden bow eyes cumbrous he held. and a few stars nightingale in the heavens." dream'd Yes. Throughout all the isle There was no covert. Togetherhad he left his mother fair And his twin-sister sleepingin their bower. Thus While With And Which half-shut suffused beneath some he stood. 209 Apollois Where Stood was once more the the golden theme Giant ! he.

Until And a melancholy upon who the once limbs then one Like Feel Yields grass I sit. weep. dark. eyes vile painful I strive to oblivion seals my I am search wherefore numbs my so sad.and had wings. all stringstouch'd by thy fingers. . : youth. while his white with is : syllables " throat ! . when turf the air liegeless I my ? why should step aspirant as Spurn Goddess Are the green hateful to my feet ? benign ! pointforth some there not other regions than are unknown this isle ? sun. That What thou sorrow shouldst thou gifted? . canst a feel tear for I am When To The From one thou dost shed in this explainthy griefs hath been of who lonely isle watcher the of Pluck'd Could Show Who For Of young witless the thy sleepand hours day when first thy weak life. Didst Whose find lyreall golden by thy side. till thine ancient Power bend that bow heart's heroic to all times. 0 " why should I cursed to and thwarted. dark. gloomless eyes." and " With scrutinyand the on Apollo then. I know what show how should I tell thee I strive no thou what For well seest ? should come to from thy lips : mystery ? me. to an thy hath secret forsaken old and sacred for the thrones sake propheciesof thee. loveliness sudden new-bom. melodious ** Thus answer'd. thing sun : What the stars? There is the the ! . a ear the vast Unwearied Listened Of in new of the and whole universe the birth pain at pleasure such tuneful wonder.210 HYPERION. Throbb'd Mnemosyne not so Thy Why Why Would And name my tongue. so Is 't not strange Tell sad me. moan. infant hand arm flowers.

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lo * length limbs * Apollo Celestial shriek'd * .212 HYPERION. During Her arms the pain as one Mnemosyne who upheld At " prophesied. and " ! from * all his .

" " " TO LEIGH HUNT. ESQ. . we wreathed the crowd east upborne meet smiling day and of to : of nymphs baskets soft-voiced young corn." Spe^skil. like thee. shall time ever a when trees no longer sought. What Than more felicity enjoy can fall with Fate to creature to delight liberty? of the Butterfly. these seeing poor please a man offerings. Glory For No Into No In and if Loveliness wander incense to out have in do the pass'd early we see away morn. her adorn early as May. as are delights bless under my high destiny. I I could feel a free. and gay. DEDICATION. woven bringing and in ears Roses. Flora left violets. pleasant these.MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. . The But And That Pan A in is shrine there I and of pinks. leafy With luxury.

. so The That Pull Their Had cooling. a sweet which modest pride droopingly. crystal air edgings and to round trace skim. not finely-tapering stems. and of I was free fanning wings my heels to : Mercury light-hearted. heaves be seen Born For Of very sigh that silence . from . eye. Story of Rimini. Guess I As Had And So I where jaunty and felt streams as gazed awhile. yet lost their from the were starry Caught The And On A early sobbing pure the and clear white brook clouds fresh the flocks new-shorn. straightway began pluck soft posy rosy.Places of nestling green for poets made. sweetly they slept then there blue fields of heaven. of its brim picture a quaint curious bending : fresh the woodland alley never-ending clefts. I STOOD tiptoe upon air the was a little hill. slanting and aside. started a play'd many pleasures my to vision . and buds in very with curve still. milky. though the upon light. and by bowery the leafy shelves. the faintest motion slanted could o'er the all the was shades wide the green. and . noise among that and the crept little noiseless of the not leaves. Of luxuries bright. diadems of the as morn. There To Far And To Of Or peer wandering upon horizon's dwindled the for greediest about the the out variety . refresh themselves. scanty-leaved.

I have So haply when I in my world of blisses in some far vale. . which he has lately strung . oversweep round the roots. 215 A bush sure of no a May-flowers with tasteful nook the bees about be without them . and scatter'd thoughtlessly By infant hands. on for tiptoe wings bind them of gentle flush all about o'er delicate white. Round which is heard a spring-head Babbling so wildlyof its lovely daughters. left on the path to die. takingthe . taper fingers catching with tinyrings. Ah. And And could them ! let let lush laburnum grass grow Moist. And days your praisesshould be sung harps. and long them. And To at all things. a : flight Here With sweet peas. of Open Ye afresh your round ardent marigolds! from up the moisture great Apollo bids in these many when of starry folds. cool and green . A And with filbert-hedge clumps of woodbine their summer wild-briar overtwined.MISCELLAI^EOUS POEMS. again your dewiness he kisses. there a soft wind too Upon The That thrones should be of frequent-chequer with a score youngling tree. Dry For That On your golden lids. That they may bind the moss leafynets. come : His mighty voice are may upon the gale. to shade in keep them the violets. you rove Tell him. The spreading blue-bells : it may haply mourn That such fair clusters should be rudely torn From their fresh beds. shoots light green brethren From of aged roots : the quaint mossiness of clear waters.

that the bowery green may live of favours. rightglad to reach those cresses. bending planks Linger awhile upon some streamlet's That lean against a rushy banks. And moisture. Were That I in such a nought less I sure place.NEOUS POEMS. might a should pray Than the soft rustle of call my maiden's gown thoughtsaway. and The And The seem ripples they are there again. streams. Pausing upon their yellow flutterings.and their feathers sleek . ere they reach To where the hurryingfreshnesses aye preach o'er their pebbly beds . among the emerald tresses . Why you might read two sonnets.and twitter. eye. as in a wanton freak : perhaps. . . They will be found softer than ringdoves' How Not silent the comes the water round that bend ! whisper does it send sallows : blades of grass To the o'erhanging the chequer'd shadows Slowly across pass. they freshness : give.216 MISCELLA. the pebbly sand out ! hold scantily instant your not one the hand. own they ever wrestle nestle their Their If you That But silver bellies but very turn and ever delight. good men Sometimes one by one will drop goldfinches From low-hung branches : little space they stop But sip. to show their black and golden wings. will remain . Then Or off at once. Nature's gentle doings : watch intently And cooings. sweet. A natural sermon minutest Where swarms of minnows wavy show their little heads. Stayingtheir To taste bodies the 'gainst beams the luxury of sweet on sunny How Temper'd With with coolness. So keeping up an interchange Like in the truth of their behaviours. cool themselves while they cool themselves.

and dew and tumbling streams. a tuft of evening primroses. Spangler of clouds. the mountain pine . Of upcast eye.MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. lipsand downward half-smiling one let me me for one moment to me. Lover of loneliness. beautifully of a hawthorn safety glade . or by the flitting Of divers moths. by For But In We what the sage or poet write of Nature's light the fair paradise ? calm the a has made the the see grandeur waving of tale is of a sober line. leap Of buds into ripe flowers . touch her may her wrist Let And Her What O'er O'er But moment list . to be would start. O Maker of sweet poets ! dear delight Of this fair world and all its gentle livers . might startled pleasantsleep. and innocence blush. Closer of lovelyeyes to lovelydreams. that aye their rest are quitting . and tender pondering! I praiseabove Thee all other glories must That smile us on to tell delightful stories. Or by the moon her silver rim lifting with a gradualswim Above a cloud. thus of caught Playing in O let me all her thought ! look . lead her her Watch O gently o'er the brook. rivers. . toes lightmusic of her Patting againstthe sorrel as How she nimble she goes. and wandering. breathing she often turn as she leaves fair eyes next ? lookingthrough her locks auburne. and Coming into the blue with all her light. * And We when feel the staid. 217 Fanning Than the away the dandelion's down . may hover take a which which that the mind it well 'tis ever till it dozes . halo of crystal Mingler with leaves.

Charms So that us we at once away from all our troubles : feel from uplifted the world. poor Pan. First touch'd what amorous They And The gave how each other's each cheeks lips and fondling nips all their sighs. Fair dewy roses And vases floweringlaurels springfrom diamond the jasmine and sweet-briar. O'erhead see we And bloomy grapes laughingfrom green attire . to . bubbles While feet. before gratitude the boughs aside. curl'd. wings. gone by.the voice of crystal at our When it is moving on luxurious . And garlandswoven feet : Upheld on ivorywrists. . Psyche felt.or sporting Telling us how fair tremblingSyrinx fled bow for Arcadian Poor Pan. and both heaven flown. desolation Full of sweet balmy pain.who pull'd That we might look into a forest wide. find how did he weep to Nymph. : The soul is lost in pleasant smotherings brush against our faces. " " the ravishment " the wonder The Their To darkness woes loneliness the fearful thunder up Jove's throne. . To catch a glimpse of Fauns. and Dryades Coming with softest rustle through the trees . with such " a fearful dread. So did he feel. who first told how Psyche went the smooth wind to realms of wonderment when their full . Walking On What upon the white clouds wreath'd and So felt he. with tremulous " they kist other's eyes : " silver lamp. sighingof the wind Nought but a lovely Along the reedy stream ! a half-heard strain.218 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. and sweet. " " What Narcissus first inspired a bard of old to piningo'er the untainted sing ? spring . of flowers wild.and Love.

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. with temples bursting: nor And the wondering sight springing up. And were as lovelywomen As Venus lookingsideways in alarm. evening men weather and bright. and stare. clear. it were ethereal. and kiss. . Who And feel their on they awoke burn'd arms. smilingo'er the sacrifice. thou most Queen Of all the As So 0 of the wide lovelyqueen seen thou every that mine eyes have brightness exceedest all thingsin thy shine. I for three words one honey. The But incense went to her was own starry dwelling. and to cure languidsick soothed them cool'd their fever'd full And Soon into slumbers : clear-eyed nor sleep. Phoebus awhile delay'd turn'd to smile upon thy bashful eyes. And distant Ere The That he his unseen Where pomp was were would so solemnise. Wept So beauty should be desolate : some golden sounds he won. nigh foolish with delight . And gave meek Cynthia her Endymion. air . they met Of their dear friends. The And The breezes pure. so clear poet wept that such in fine wrath her piteousfate. Nor with hot fingers. to show shipsdo seem his mighty wheels. and breasts. Steppinglike Homer Or young Apollo on the pedestal : fair and warm. of health of unusual cheer at the trumpet'scall. with thirsting. . ! tale. does this of wonder of sweet tale of thine.220 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. as though she her face Though The stood at infants' eyes. half-closed lattices crept through . and deep. their foreheads placid part the hair. that Tell but thy bridal might night ! their keels.

largewhite plumes are dancing in mine like the formal of latter days : crest bending in a thousand gracefulways . their tongues Therefore But the in poesy. feel for cold her tender cannot feet. . " must My wandering spirit farther SPECIMEN OF AN INDUCTION TO A POEM. Made silken ties. and motionless. it seems no mortal hand. Hails it with tears. the worn top of some old battlement defender sent . a tell tale of eye. e'en the touch charm them of Archimago's wand. her stout . lover did of anguish die : in that never loosed soft numbers. broken. rather. 221 Young With To And Until see so men and held maidens at each other gazed. that in playful breeze had of its turn'd its chief mountain delight show this wonder Lo For ! I must while I Athwart Who From the gentlemight. Lo For Not But So Or ! I must chivalry . an Could We Some To into such attitude. the lance pointsslantingly muse.MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. hands back. and a thy " dear now kisses shepherd's no : poet bom ? But no more soar. morning air : some lady sweet. must think mood. moment spoken. amazed other's eyes a the brightnessin each they stood. that graceful.that I cannot may be Cynthia ! That Was there tell the greater blisses follow'd thine. fill'd with were no sweet surprise. tell a tale of chivalry .

With And Ah When which boughs. ? When And of wine are drank off to the lees ? brightlance. I tell tale of And And come like a clear sun-rise my heart with to my mind . ! shall I the ever tell its cruelty. it rests. about makes at the gazers round of the " ring Stare the grandeur tones balancing? how No. 'gainst young ashen th' half-seen mossiness of linnets' nests. And from her own Wraps It is round her Sometimes when joy dissembling. honours calm intent. no ! this is far off: then of shall I Revive Which In How the dying linger yet about dark green ivy. a fire flashes from hand for very more a warrior's eye. with gentle paces damsels move Light-footed Round Or ? the wide in hall. ample robe with happy trembling. open. the shade of stately Beneath banneral. sword. is knit ? his dark when his brow wrath with spirit. the lake. : chivalry Or wherefore that knight so proudlyby ? comes Wherefore more proudly does the gentleknight Rein in the swelling of his ample might ? Spenser ! thy brows are arched. and show their happy sevens faces .clearly. the Leaps And to the of tournament. Is slung with shining cuirass. and shield Where a see ye may spur in bloody field.222 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. kind. . butts that minstrelsy. always does pleasuredance. And And Or his tremendous is graspingit. againstthe fretted wall. the good knight his rest could take.and among wild larches sing the splendourof the revelries. pure no a self in reflected. : stand courtlytalk by fair stars a fives and Like Yet those must that twinkle in the heavens. long gothicarches.

Until And his heart turns is well nigh overwound. Which The He And happy world to leave. Young His To Calidore healthful paddlingo'er the spirit eager and awake a is lake . to for calmness the pleasant green that lean Of easy and shadowy slopes. thou see wilt hear . my with awe that meek . And Him To The start at mine own strange pretence. the flowers . A FRAGMENT.MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. that the foot of other wight jealous Should madly follow that brightpath of light Traced by thy loved Libertas . overlooking CALIDORE. seem'd smiles at full loth this the far clearness all around. bares his forehead to the cool blue sky. so I will rest wide fair plains. feel the beauty of silent eve. smooth lakes. light. lightdwelt o'er the ^cene so lingeringly. trees . trees. in morn. 223 : thy noble countenance Where never seen earthly yet was aught more Than the pure freshness of thy laurels green. and hope lawny slope . When I think on Thus Be startled unaware. Clear streams. the eve. And That tell thee prayer is very I will follow with due reverence. I not so fearfully Call on thy gentlespirit to hover nigh My daring steps : or if thy tender care. and towers. Therefore. great bard. the the shade. he will speak.

with the cross above. a float. of his little boat with easy : And Comes And the with up sharp keel and ripple. Delightingmuch. sidelong Which in gold doth dress.could pass lightly by Objects that look'd out so invitingly On either side. the joy outsprings. Stands venerably proud . The . Went off in gentlewindings to the hoar And man breathing With a warm heart. as he had known : little island's blue light mountains but no view of swelling leafiness. These. So And o'er elegantly show can the waters' brim their blossoms his clear and trim. ever And scales upon the beauty of its wings. the glad setting sun and anon. Whence. into glides are bed of water-lilies Broad-leaved Are Near they. breast mark anon. The and outworn. black-wing'd rest. and eye prepared to scan Nature's clear beauty. lonelyturret.224 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. nimble the Scarce The freaks and of dartings follow eyesight swallow. and to their white the canopies dew. too proud to mourn Its long-lost grandeur : fir-trees grow around. Whence Calidore might have the goodliest view Of this sweet The bowery shore spot of earth. Aye droppingtheir hard fruit upon the ground.and to widening now circles into nothing gone. The little chapel. Greeted. upward to a turn'd catch heavens' point they grew . to see it half at its wings and Dip so refreshingly 'Gainst The the smooth surface. gentleCalidore them long before. shatter'd.

the point of his lightshallopreaches Before marble Those steps that through the water dip : he goes with hasty trip. pushes soon Deaf Nor His to eagerly. the Had less heartfelt by him than clang . upon the lake he skims first under-song . 225 Upholding wreaths That And on of the windows ivy . youth had long been viewing These things. them Now over And scarcely stays to ope the foldingdoors : floors he leaps along the oaken Anon Of halls and flies spirit before : corridors. fraught With joys for him : the warder's ken many Had found white coursers prancing in the glen: Green tufted islands Friends So And very dear to him most he soon will see . of their twilight show That through the dimness the glow or foxgloves. sequester'd Across leafyglades. the white dove. the castle gloomy and grand be seen Whence may will a bee buzz round two Nor swellingpeaches. spiral the silvery Of the wild cat's-eyes. he turns And now a juttingpoint of land. stems or Of delicate hirch-trees.or long grass which hems The A little brook. along.MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. when caught Ah ! it was A trumpet'ssilver voice. the nightingale's he the white him swans so ofl"his boat minds that dream so sweetlv : completely. spreads his feathers light. to seems from purple clouds wing its flight. castingtheir soft shades the lake . Delicious That sounds the ! those little azure float about been air on bright-eyed things wings.and heaven was bedewing pleasant his glad senses mountain The flowers. Large dock-leaves.

like something from beyond His present being : so he gently drew with pulsesnew. the soft luxury nestled as some glistening eye. 'd their tresses. into the court he sprang. feet so While Made Come From of affection whisperings him delayto let their tender to the earth . and their necks the twain. in his arms. . fresh from with no showers : this he fondled if for his happy cheek. he devoutlypress'd his forehead While 'gainst When A A the kind of hand hand Heaven that made to succour the distress'd . Of hoofs clattering as . What gentlesqueeze he gave each lady'shand I their delicate ankles spann'd! How tremblingly Into how sweet a beneath trance his soul was gone. and the torches' glare.226 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. that his joy was Heaven Thank'd never-ending . like the droopingflowers A summer Of whitest Cassia. loosen'd rein Just Were While two noble steeds. His warm now thrilling arms. slantingout from portcullis threatening What a kiss. with an incline his neck of sweet their low o'er palfreys were they bent : And Or whether that the feels a there tears evening moisture dew on had languishment. of fairy land. pearl blesses with He With All That his cheek. seek : joy he would voice further good Sir Clerimond Came to his ear. palfreys with . and and lipsthat tremble. They brought their happy burthens. Fair wonder out Hung And As from his shoulder dimpled hand. from the world's bleak for deeds of promontory Had lifted Calidore Glory. Amid the pages. and forward gently bending. From their sweet thrall.

.

Softlythe breezes Softlythey blew Clear was aside the flame taper's the the Grateful far bower song from Philomel's incense from the lime-tree flower Mysterious. and how the strong of of a arm Kept From He dismay. the clear its passionate gushes. whence you. that the wild flower kindlybedews. tumbling crystal. the enthusiast's friend : What Yet over the steep. though. the far-heard trumpet'stone in ether. o'er enchanted the forest came. gave had And That damsels warm manly other in his eye. each then as look'd : half-staringly And Sweet their features blue started into smiles. all alone : Lovely the moon Sweet too . Nor listen to accents. : heavens from isles. . Bless Cynthia'sface. happy mortals.wild. With Mark friends.228 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. when the portals As that of busy spirits in the West that soft humming Are closing . and while hand ardour alarm brimful so this. and : lovelywoman each such at terror. Of all unworthiness off . that almost adoring. Sweet be their sleep. RECEIVING of nature exploring. or We when hear around Hesperus is coming. . ****** converse the of these TO ON SOME A LADIES. kindest the mountain-stream rove rushes. Its spray. . in idea I . kiss. CURIOUS SHELL.while the wonders attend : I cannot footsteps mazy your light.

MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. indeed. the wild labyrinth your strolling to ? ? breathless. pick the keepsake for If a cherub. on pinions me a of gem silver from descending. Than Which the shell. see and you I are the flowers the you with dew of now are yet sea drooping. pure. up it " just intended stooping me. fair nymphs. air. : treading I see verge the are now ah. emerald at gladly threw. (And To is a he happiness hour of possess In but span the aerial leisure elegant. I was blest with from you. the moon-beamy 'Tis I And To morn. blissful 'tis a sweet and who of such peculiar pleasure finds). blessings Tighe had melodiously given It had Than not created a warmer emotion the present. . Responsive sylphs. the from the bright waves golden your sands feet of the ocean. the fretwork Had And The brought smiles with of Heaven . you list to to unable the bliss declare nightingale's in tender condoling. his of star-cheering voice sweetly blending. For. and minds. 229 Why Why Ah ! linger ye so. .

. sunbeams gem mountain ? it flutters in that shine through a fountain ? wine ? gobletfor dark sparkling That goblet right heavy. ON RECEIVING A COPY OF VERSES FROM THE SAME LADIES. the bold ? Hast thou a steed with a a mane Hast thou a sword that Hast And thou trumpet rich ? richly flowing thine enemy's smart melodies blowing? is ? wear'st thou the shield of the famed Britomartis ? What is it that hangs with from a thy shoulder so brave.230 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. magicalpowers bless and to soothe. and gold? And splendidlymark'd with the story divine Hast thou a Of Armida the and Einaldo fair. a Pure Bright When that froze on the ice-drop humming-bird^sgreen diadem. and massy.which richly to 'd .with large that brighten thy youth ! glories abound blisses. Embroider'd Is it And a many scarf that thy fair hastest thou now flower ? spring-peering lady gave ? bower ? to that fair lady's Ah ! courteous Sir the Full many I will tell thee my In joy thou art crown Knight. Hast thou as as from the the the caves of Golconda.

Wild he to bring which. dewdrops of morning glistened. Heaven nightingales The wondering And tears spiritsof the were mute. which powers magical bless. lovely Titania cruelly oft would strains listen 'd ! left him far. repose. to sorrow and anguish There. Adieu Full I too In ! valiant many ! with joy thou art crown 'd. the chain And. change. on pillow list to my head the sweets of the and sink the to rose. far away. will Soft. oft 'raong dome. the my glories that to brighten thy youth. richly abound soothe. their tenderness die. from sigh .MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. Nor e'er will the music of Oberon So when I I am in a voluptuous vein. have blisses. This canopy : 'tis the shade was w^ork of a fay . and to . And the tale of the wreath. tale of wreath. 231 On A this scroll thou seest written a in characters and a rare fair : sun-beaming warrior. Beneath When And its rich did King Oberon languish. from his soft-sighinglute the spell-bound. then I chain. Of it nurtures property the charming mark my mind from trammels of pain. In this little all those melodies for ever strange. Till its echoes depart Eric . plaintive.and Nor e'er will the notes melting.

that extends : Into As Turn And bends graceful many the leaves of hellebore to whence they sprung before. the neatness turn'd lightly scarce : With those with beauties such sweet discerned. what wonders told And In In countenance. thy dark hair. eyebrows. the sky.232 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. leaning. Full. a Downward flows many tress glossywaviness. across own a the feathers on a from crow. lovelymeaning : they lie. thy lively thy humid eyes. behind each ample of a curl Peeps With a the richness too pearl. the sweetness Of thy honied thine ankle voice . Fallen Of bed of snow. of lightness . and round like globes that the censer rise From to the skies Add Through Of sunny hair. the eye that they seldom meet Of the little Loves fly . too. TO Hadst 0 Of thou lived in had days been of old. that dance the midst the of their fane thine very Over which out Picture In a each dainty bend the streaks Like Or brightness. Kept That privacy.

his trappingsglow northern ! on lights thy sword Like Mount snow.MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. But Has that 0 Heavens ! I should see. have been ? what see wouldst ! I the silver sheen vest thy broider'd-floating Covering half thine ivory breast : Which. Silencer of dragon's yell. cruel placed a Keeping secret Like sunbeams Destiny golden cuirass there. of Thalia evermore least for I call the thou up Graces when on four. . " Thy knightly casque are rested O'er which bend four milky plumes blooms Like the gentlelily's Springingfrom a costlyvase. the Muses thou Couldst Than At Will wish for lineagehigher ? twin-sister ever. taintless Saving Thou fresheninglave. Hadst Lifted Tell Ah Of me lived her lance thou chivalry high. if thou Now breathed had been then. wave them dipp'st twin . cloudlet nested. See with what a stately pace Comes Servant O'er his the locks in thine alabaster steed ! . his back unsheath . ten. ! Sign Bane of the enchanter's death of every wicked spell . Like In born water-lilies. of heroic deed loins. O. the coolness hadst of the morn. what in a is fair. 233 Round about when with with eager in the pry.

he sits upon his Preparingon And spell-bound prey to dart : him Hope. When And When by no my hateful hearth I sit. Alas Thou ! thou art an this wilt never do too. of Should Disappointment. head. When. sweet him. Chase like a cloud. thy silver pinionso'er I wander. . Strive for her to seize my careless heart the air. TO HOPE. bright-eyed Let me morbid fancy cheer. with visagebright. woven my Whene'er Where Should And at the fall of shut my out night. away. solitary thoughtsenwrap my before ** soul in fair dreams heath my mind's no gloom . comforts borrow: awhile thy sweetest . eye" flit. : enchantress And Blood wilt surelynever whose spill eyes can of those kill. musings fright.234 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. Despondence far aloof. parent son Despair. away. the boughs to sad Despondency the moonbeams brightray. And Sweet And the bare of life presents balm upon me bloom Hope wave ! ethereal shed. Hope. moon's frown. as the morning frightens night ! fright the fate of those fearful breast my Whene'er I hold a most dear Tells to my O tale of sorrow. with drive fair Cheerfulness Peep And keep that fiend through the leafyroof.

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IMITATION"

OF

SPENSER

^t

Now And

morning
her first

from

her orient chamber

came
:

Crowning its the Silvering
Which,
And pure
after

touch'd a verdant hill footsteps lawny crest with amber flame, untainted gushes of its rill ; from
mossy

beds, did down
of

distil,

parting beds
streams
a

simple flowers,
woven never

By

many

little lake did fill, reflected
a

Which

round

its marge

bowers.
lowers.

And, in its middle
There
the

space,

sky that
his

plumage bright, Vying with fish of brilliant dye below ; silken fins' and golden scales' light Whose Cast upward, through the waves, a ruby glow
"

saw kingfisher

There And

saw

the

swan

his neck

of arched

snow.

oar'd himself

along with majesty :
his feet did show

Sparkled his jettyeyes;
Beneath

the

waves
a

like Afric's

ebony.

And

on

his back

fay reclined voluptuously.
of
an

Ah That

! could

I tell the wonders

isle

in that e'en

fairest lake Dido
of her Lear

had

I could Or For Of rob
sure

placedbeen, griefbeguile ;
:
never seen

from
so

aged
fair
ever
a

his bitter teen

place was
in the
; or
as

all that
an

charm

'd romantic

eye

:

It seem'd Of the

emerald

silver sheen
when
on

brightwaters
clouds

high.
coerulean

Through

of

white, laughs the fleecy

sky.

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POEMS.

237

And

dipp'dluxuriously Slopings of verdure through the glossytide, in gentleamity, it were Which, as Rippled delightedup the floweryside ; As if to glean the ruddy tears it tried, fell profusely from the rose-tree Which stem Haply it was the workings of its pride,
In strife to throw upon the

all around

it

!

shore

a

gem

Outvying all
*

the buds
*

in Flora's
*

diadem.
*

Woman

vain, flippant, Inconstant, childish, proud,and full of fancies Without that modest softeningthat enhances The downcast eye, repentant of the pain That its mild lightcreates to heal again ; E'en then, elate, my spirit leapsand prances,
! when
I behold

thee

;

E'en For But that

then
to

my

soul

with

exultation
've dormant

dances lain
:

love, so
see

long, I

when
Heavens

I

thee

meek, and

kind, and

tender,

do I adore desperately Thy winning graces ; to be thy defender I hotly burn to be a Calidore Leander A very Eed Cross Knight a stout Might I be loved by thee like these of yore.
" " " " "

! how

Light feet, dark violet Soft dimpled hands, which Are things on
Till the From such

eyes, and white the

partedhair
senses

;

neck, and
dazzled

creamy
rest

breast

;

fond, fixed eyes, forgetthey
fine Heavens pictures,

stare.

! I cannot

dare

238

MISCELLANEOUS

POEMS.

To

turn

my be of

admiration,
what is and

though
"

unpossess'd
not

They
In Yet

worthy,
virtues

though
rare.

drest,

lovely
these These

modesty,
I

leave
I

as

thoughtless

as

a

lark
ere

;

lures
my charms is

straight
moisten mild
a

forget,
:

e'en
"

I I

dine.

Or

thrice Such

palate
with

but

when

mark

intelligences
shark.
voice divine.

shine,

My
To

ear

open the

like

greedy
of
a

catch

tunings

Ah

! Who

who
can

can

e'er

forget
her

so

fair

a

being
sweets

? ? that

forget
is

half-retiring
milk-white

God
For Who

! man's

she

like

a

lamb
the

bleats

protection.
to
see us

Surely
with his

All-seeing,

joys
Will Such
never

gifts agreeing,
who intreats cheats

give

him
to

pinions,
ruin,
"

innocence bosom. from

who

vilely
there is

A

dove-like

In such I

truth
a

no

freeing
I hear

One's
A Her

thoughts lay
form that
once

beauty
hand

;

when

saw

her

awake,
and
near
:

seems

floating
seen

palpable,
from
that
an

Had
A

I

e'er

her oft

arbour hand

take

dewy
And

flower,
o'er
my

would the

appear, moisture shake.

eyes

trembling

MISCELLANEOUS

POEMS.

239

ODE

TO

A

NIGHTIlSrGALE.
4

My

heart

aches, and
as some

a

drowsy numbness
I had

pains
drunk,

My sense, Or emptied
One 'Tis
not

though of hemlock dull opiateto the
past, and Lethe-wards

drains had sunk
:

minute

through envy of thy happy lot, But being too happy in thy happiness, That thou, lightwinged Dryad of the
"

trees,

In

some

melodious

plot

Of beechen

numberless, green, and shadows in full-throated ease. Singest of summer

draught of vintage,that hath been earth. Cool'd a long age in the deep-delved Tastingof Flora and the country-green. mirth Dance, and Provencalsong, and sun-burnt
0

for

a

!

0

for Full

a

beaker

full of the

warm

South,

of the true, the beaded And

With

Hippocrene, bubbles winking at the brim, mouth ; purple-stained
and leave the
into

blushful

That

I

might drink,
with

world

unseen,
:

And

thee fade away

the

forest dim

far away, dissolve, and quiteforget the leaves hast never What thou among The weariness, the fever, and the fret Fade

known.

Here, where

men

sit and

hear

each

other

groan

;

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MISCELLANEOUS

POEMS.

Where

palsy shakes a few, sad, last grey hairs. Where youth grows pale,and spectre-thio, and dies;
Where but And
to

think

is to be

full of

sorrow

Where
Or

leaden-eyed despairs ; beauty cannot keep her lustrous eyes. Love pine at them new beyond to-morrow.

Away
Not But
on

! away

! for I will

flyto thee.
and of his

charioted

by

Bacchus

pards,

the viewless

wings

Poesy,

and retards : Though the dull brain perplexes Already with thee ! tender is the night. And is on her throne, haply the Queen-Moon Cluster'd around by all her starry Fays ; But here there is no light,
Save what

from

heaven

is with

the

breezes

blown ways.

Through

verdurous

glooms and windingmossy

I cannot Nor

see

what

flowers

are

at my

feet.
the
each

what

soft incense

hangs

upon

boughs,
sweet

But, in embalmed
Wherewith
The the

darkness, guess
seasonable
month

endows
;

grass, the thicket, and

the fruit-tree wild

White

hawthorn, and

the

; eglantine pastoral

violets cover'd up in leaves ; Fast-fading And mid-May's eldest child. The coming musk-rose, full of dewy wine. The
murmurous

haunt

of flies

on

summer

eves.

Darkling
I have

I listen ; and been soft

for many

a

time

half in love with
names

easeful
a

Death,

Call'd him
To take

in many

mused
;

rhyme,

into the air my

quiet breath

MISCELLANEOUS

POEMS.

241

Now
To

more cease

than upon
thou In

ever

seems

it rich

to

die,

the
art

While

midnight with no pain, pouring forth thy soul abroad
an

such thou

ecstasy !
have
a ears

Still wouldst
To

sing,and I thy high requiem become

in vain

"

sod.

Thou No

wast

not

born

for death, immortal

Bird !

tread thee down ; hungry generations The voice I hear this passing nightwas heard In ancient days by emperor and clown : Perhaps the self-same song that found a path Through the sad heart of Ruth, when sick for home. She stood in
The Charm'd Of
tears
same

amid

the alien

corn

;

that oft-times

hath the foam

magic

casements,
in

opening on

perilous seas,

faerylands

forlorn.

Forlorn
To

! the very
me

word
from

is like thee cheat
to

a

bell
my

toll

back

sole self!
well

Adieu
As Adieu Past

! the

fancy cannot
to

so

she is famed
! adieu ! the
near

elf. do, deceiving fades the still stream.
'tis buried

anthem thy plaintive

meadows,
; and

over now

Up
Was

the hill-side
In it
a

deep

the next
a

vision, or

: valley-glades waking dream ? :
"

Fled

is that music

do I wake

or

? sleep

B

nor ever that the cannot shed . happy. though thou hast love. unwearied. Thou Thou still unravish'd bride of ! quietness foster-child of Silence and slow Time. ditties of no tone : Pipe to the spirit Fair youth. Though winning She For ever cannot goal yet. near never canst " thou kiss. happy boughs ! leaves. thy bliss. the sensual but. but those unheard . Sylvan historian. . beneath the trees. ODE ON A GRECIAN " URN.who canst thus express A flowerytale more sweetlythan our rhyme : What legend haunts about thy shape leaf-fringed Of deities In or mortals. ye soft pipes. For ever piping songs for ever . do fade. nor ever can those trees be Bold not leave . Tempo men or the dales of Arcady ? What What mad What gods are these ? what maidens loath ? What to escape ? ? pursuit struggle pipesand timbrels ? What wild ecstasy ? Heard Are Not to melodies sweeter . wilt thou fair ! Ah.242 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. and she be the not not grieve.play on ear. thou canst Thy song. therefore. bare Lover. more endear 'd. are sweet. never. or or of both. happy melodist. Your bid Spring adieu new And.

.

sapphire-region'd glow-worm of the sky . but had not bade adieu. couched roof the whispering In deepestgrass. . bedded grass . 0 Goddess ! hear these tuneless and numbers. ODE TO PSYCHE. . The T\inged Psyche with awaken'd eyes ? in a forest thoughtlessly. on They lay calm-breathing arms embraced. But who wast thou. and Their Their Tyrian. And ready still past kisses to outnumber love : At tender eye-dawn of aurorean The winged boy I knew . scarce espied: budded the 'Mid hush'd. 1 wander'd with surprise. fainting side by side Saw two fair creatures. happy dove ? His Psyche true ! 0 latest-born and Of all loveliest vision far faded ! hierarchy Olympus' Phoebe's Fairer than Or Vesper. Blue. pardon that thy into thine own secrets Even soft-conched did I see or SurelyI dreamt to-day. As if disjoined by soft-handed slumber.244 MISCELLAJJEOUS POEMS. cool-rooted flowers fragrant-eyed. And. beneath Of leaves and A trembled blossoms. on the sudden. and their pinionstoo lipstouch 'd not. silver-white. where there ran brooklet.amorous star. be ear wrung By And sweet enforcement remembrance should sung. 0 happy. : dear.

1 see. Too.MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. no pipe.by my own eyes inspired.streams. in these days so far retired Yet even From thy lucent fans. no lute. midst of this wide quietness rosy sanctuary will I dress the With wreathed trellis of a working brain. by zephyrs. and the fire . without a With buds. far around shall those dark-cluster'd trees Fledge And there moss the The And A in the mountains wild-ridged steep by steep . So let me be thy choir. no heat pale-mouth'd prophet dreaming. pain. no oracle. thy grove.thy incense sweet From teeming : swinged censer Thy shrine. branched with pleasant Where thoughts. holy were Holy the air. 0 brightest ! though too late for antique vows. new-grown in the wind : Instead of pines shall murmur untrodden Far. and make a moan Upon the midnight hours ! Thy voice. . Nor Nor heap'd with flowers No to make delicious moan Virgin-choir Upon the midnight hours . the water. and sing. and bees. . 245 Fairer than these. and Yes. No shrine. voice. When the haunted forest houghs. too late for the fond believing lyre. no Of grove. In some build a fane region of my mind. and birds. and bells. Flutteringamong the faint Olympians. and stars name. happy pieties. I will be thy priest. thy oracle.no incense sweet From chain-swungcenser teeming . thy lute. thy heat Of pale-mouth'd prophetdreaming. though temple thou altar hast none. thy pipe. lain Dryads shall be lull'd to sleep .

is shuffled When heavy shoon . do then ? : What Cloys with tasting when Sit thee by the ingle. and cloud ward soar. will e'er could never feign. pelteth Like Then bubbles winged Fancy wander Through the thoughtstill spreadbeyond her Open wide the mind's cage door. The sear faggotblazes bright. let the warm Love in ! FANCY. Ever let the never Fancy roam. let She O '11dart forth. and a casement bright ope To night. the same : breed there shall be for thee all soft delight at That A shadowy thought can win. of a winter's night. by use. Spirit When And From the soundless the caked the the snow earth is muffled. torch. joys are spoilt of the Spring enjoying does its blossoming : Fades as Autumn's too. : Pleasure At a is at home touch to sweet Pleasure when rain melteth. With Who And all the gardener Fancy breeding flowers. . fruitage red-lipp'd Blushing through the mist and dew. sweet Summer's And the Fancy ! let her loose . ploughboy's Night doth meet the Noon .246 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS.

and every Pearl'd with the selfsame shalt from see . thou . abroad. still.alway Sapphire queen of the mid-May And every leaf. send : Sit thee With a there. a mysterious stealth will mix these pleasuresup " May. the snake all winter-thin . weather . with busy caw. that Beauties the earth all hath lost . Or the rooks. thorny spray . of delights the buds and bells of All With She Like And dewy sward or the heaped Autumn's wealth.behold The daisy and the marigold. and mind send self-overawed. Foraging for sticks and straw. 'Tis the the first burst . Hedge-grown primrose that hath Shaded hyacinth. in the hark ! early April lark.MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. reaped corn same antheming moment the " morn : And. peep Thou the field-mouse its celled Meagre And sleep. and White-plumed lilies. Thou shalt.in spiteof frost. three fit wines in a : " cup. summer together. high-commission'd her ! She has will vassals to attend her She bring. flower shower. 247 In a dark conspiracy Even from her To banish sky. " : Fancy. She All All From will bring thee. thou shalt quaffit shalt hear Distant Rustle Sweet harvest-carols of the birds clear . at one glance.

hen-bird's : wing nest . winged Fancy find Thee a mistress to thy mind Dulcet-eyed as Ere How Ceres' the God to frown a of daughter. the . then.248 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. much Whose Where Doth One gazed at ? is lipmature Where ever new 's the maid ? 's the not eye. however hear sweet so would touch to very Pleasure when rain Like bubbles pelteth. Quickly break her prison-string. use : by Every thing is spoilt 's the that doth not fade. : Let. *s the face would s in every place? soft. Where Too Fancy cheek ! let her loose . With White waist and as side her zone Hebe's. Cast on sunny nest bank its skin . sweet Oh. Break " the the mesh Fancy's silken leash . Freckled Hatching When the on eggs thou shalt see in the hawthorn-tree. languid. Slipt Fell her kirtle While And Of to down her feet. Torment taught her how with a and to chide . when and its golden clasp. she held Jove grew gobletsweet. While ripedown-pattering breezes the autumn sing. melteth oft ? Where One At a the voice. doth rest Quiet Then When Acorns her mossy the the hurry and alarm bee-hive casts its swarm . however Where ? weary meet blue.

'11bring. But divine melodious smooth numbers .MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. Of heaven Thus On ye live on high. Seated Where the daisies the rose are rose-scented. the truth . Browsed by none Underneath large blue-bells tented. With And With And the noise of fountains the wondrous. ye souls in in regionsnew? Double-lived Yes. Philosophic Tales and golden histories and its mysteries. in soft on one ease Elysian lawns but Dian's fawns . parleof voices thund'rous the whisperof heaven's trees another. got is not . ! left your souls on earth heaven Have too. " " " Bakds Ye have of Passion and of Mirth. And herself has on Perfume Where Not a which earth doth sing nightingale senseless. ODE. .and then the earth ye live again. tranced thing. Pleasure is at home. 249 And Let such the joys as these winged Fancy never she roam. and With the those of heaven sun commune spheres of and moon . .

their spites . souls still speak . on and souls earth ! in heaven in too. the way other souls never to are find you. to set With And Until sweet kernel budding more. you here. and plump the hazel . Conspiringwith With To bend And To bless run fruit the vines that round with the thatch-eaves . though fled of Passion left your souls far away. maim. gourd. never still more. has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells. of their little week Of cloying. Wisdom. every day. Bards Ye Ye have have Of their delights . Here. Where Never your joying. your earth-born To mortals. ! Double-lived regions new TO AUTUMN. And Teach the souls ye left behind us. shells fill all fruit with swell the a ripenessto the core . later flowers for the bees.250 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. What doth strengthen and what Thus ye teach us. warm they think For Summer days will cease. . Season of mists and mellow of the how to fruitfulness ! Close bosom-friend him maturing load and sun . of Mirth. slumber'd. their sorrows and passionsand Of their glory and their shame . applesthe moss'd cottage-trees.

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sips : Turning the to poison bee-mouth very temple of Delight her sovran Veil'd Melancholy seen has none shrine. in aching while of Pleasure the nigh. sorrow's downy . owl A partner For mysteries come shade And shade the will wakeful too drowsily. rave. drown anguish But when Sudden the from melancholy heaven fit shall a fall like weeping flowers an cloud. Beauty hand and " Beauty is ever that his must die . deep peerless eyes. Or the mistress wealth some globed peonies anger and upon Or if thy And rich shows. She dwells And with whose . . That And Then Or fosters hides the the droop-headed green on hill in a April rose. adieu at lips Bidding Ay. the nor let the Your beetle.252 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. let her her deep. glut thy on sorrow morning salt the on rainbow of the of sand- wave. Make Nor not your rosary of nor yew-berries. Emprison feed her soft hand. soul And shall be of her might. . of the soul. among her cloudy trophies hung. death-moth the be mournful in your to Psyche. him whose strenuous Though tongue Can His burst save Joy*s taste grape the against sadness his palate fine . all. Joy. shroud .

the Mermaid . till old quill An astrologer's To a sheepskin gave the story. the Mermaid ye drink more tippled host's Canary mine fruits of Paradise than ? those 0 Sweeter Of daintypies venison as Drest though with bowse food ! generous Hood bold Robin Would. Elysium field than or known. Tavern fine wine ? ? Happy Choicer Have Than Or are cavern. Elysium field than known. I have Mine heard that on a day away.MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. horn Sup and from and can. And The pledgingwith Mermaid in the Souls What of poets dead have mossy and ye gone. Tavern ? Happy Choicer cavern. host's flew sign-board Nobody knew whither. 253 LINES ON THE MERMAID TAVERN. Souls What of poets dead have mossy or and ye gone. his maid Marian. Said he saw glory. smack Sipping beverage divine. you in your " Underneath a new old-sign contented Zodiac.

On You Or Or hear drear. ROBIN TO A HOOD. the fairest time may of June or go. more twanging and bow . rightyou . Never one. nor rent nor leases. behold bold . the the you stars to to polarray never or light you. Silent is the Past ivoryshrill up the hill . the heath is no There Where To some mid-forest lone Echo laugh. with seven sun moon. and tempests knew East. But may Robin Little John. " No And And ! those days are are their hours their minutes gone away. buried all Under the down-trodden pall years : Of the leaves of many Many Frozen times have Winter's shears. feast North. deep in forest Jesting. givesthe half to amazed wight. FRIEND. old and grey. .254 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. No. the bugle sounds And the no no more. chilling to Sounded the Of the forest's Since men whisperingfleeces. of all the clan.

he would craze : for all his oaks. Down For pasture Trent he left the merry tale. days. spicyale. . Sudden And Once She He if Marian should forest and have again her would would weep. the Fall'n beneath Have She rotted would not on strokes. the merry morris the song of Gamelyn the shawe outlaw Gone. din . swear. Some old hunting ditty. . the tough-belted Idlingin All are ** " grene . 255 Thrumming on an empty can. that her wild bees weep to Sang Can't her " strange ! that honey hard money ! be got without So it is . Gone. dock-yard the briny seas . while He doth his green way beguile To fair hostess beside Merriment. tight he rode upon Robin And the horse to I Honour bold Hood. for the Messenger Gone. yet let to to us sing Honour Honour the old the ! bow-string bugle-horn! Honour Honour Honour Honour to the to to to woods unshorn green keen ! ! ! the Lincoln the archer Little John. And gone away and past ! if Kobin should be cast from his tufted grave. ! Sleepingin the underwood .MISCELLANEOUS POEMS.

Honour And to to Maid Marian. Sleep? of tender Soft closer of lullabies ! eyes ! ! happy pillows Wreather of poppy buds. ? from bower to bower cheerily tranquilthan a musk-rose blowing More More More More knowing ? green island. bed but slepe full why that I n' as more unmete ne I ne wist. SLEEP AND POETRY. far from all men's healthful than the leafiness of dales ? secret serene than than a nest of ? nightingales countenance Cordelia's than a ? ? our full of visions but murmurer high romance What. for there I n' ad might erthly wight ese (As I suppose) had of hertis nor I. clan ! hurried have all the Sherwood their two a Though Let us days burden by. Chaucer. Low thee. for sicknesse disese.256 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. and weeping willows ! Silent entanglerof a beauty'stresses ! the morning blesses Most happy listener ! when Light hoverer around our Thee That all the enlivening at glance so brightly for cheerful the new eyes sun-rise. . try. As Was Rest Than I lay unto in my me. What What is is more more gentle than than soothing moment a wind the in summer ? That And What In a stays one buzzes is more in an pretty hummer open flower.

light. to doves. That breathes we about us in the with vacant air . ! ! rejoice rejoice will reach the Framer of all things. sweet. a faint-heard .more than what smooth. when life is ended. and his felt his bosom presence. native merit. wings is it ? a of swans. heart up-springs. but clean must great Maker's and no know 'tis I mean. eagle? And and nought glory. the laurel-wreath. denizen glorious my " I hold should I thy wide heaven mountain-topuntil Upon some A round glowingsplendour rather I feel me kneel about hung. : Chasing away all worldliness and folly of thunder like fearful claps Coming sometimes Or the low rumblings earth's regionsunder . what By telling from 0 Poesy am ! for thee That Of not yet a pen. is to crown name hymning high suspended. Sometimes And from it the Sounds And which die away givesa gloryto the voice. The thought thereof is awful. all the clouds. and holy. s . feel his Therefore insult will I he sees being glow : give his spirit.MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. in ardent mutterings. than dim-seen shall I compare it ? else can share it : regal. once No And For What one who the sun glorious has seen. sometimes like a gentlewhispering And Of all. the secrets of some wondrous thing . more beautiful. aerial limning . So that look see around Perhaps to And To That see catch soft shapesof from floatings on our prying stare. 257 But Fresher what than is higherbeyond thoughtthan a thee ? berries of mountain-tree ? more More Than What It has strange.

and hover whence must wonder It came. or. Smooth'd Of by the breath bays. to my ardent clear prayer. and a so fountains . and where I found Of awfuller Or Of a spot shade. 'twill bring me to Visions of all places : a bowery nook Will be elysium an eternal book I may Whence a lovelysaying copy many " the fair About the leaves.like the clear Meander Through its lone vales . hill or an enchanted grot.where I'd wander a happy silence. green with chequer'ddress o'erspread flowers. if I can bear o'erwhelming sweets. and in flowers " about the playing the . . Like The a fresh sacrifice .258 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS.that I may die a death flowering Of luxury. Write my was tablets all that for our permitted. fitted. and on fearful from its was loveliness. Stop and consider ! life is but a day . of solemn haply there discover beauty. I'd seize All that Then the a human senses events of this wide my world Like strong giant. thy wide from heaven yet.and to Till at its shoulders Wings find out an tease spirit it should proudlysee immortality. And 0 echo back the voice of thine I grasp my own tongue ? Poesy am ! for thee not pen. Also my imaginings will Round Vistas In and fire-side. and shade silence round a verse ever maid sleeping from strange influence how. Yield thy sanctuary for intoxication some air.and my young follow spirit The morning sunbeams to the great Apollo. That Of yet a denizen glorious . nymphs Keeping a And That many we Of woods.

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and some Yes.the strife I may Where hearts : for lo ! I see Of human afar. upward gaze . upon with The To charioteer the trees with wondrous gesture talks . And broad wings. with capaciouswhirl they glide Still downward . pass them find the agonies. thousands Flit onward " youthfulbloom. Shapes of delight. in now a a thousand different ways wreath of girls lovely Dancing their sleek hair into tangled curls . Yes. I must the O'er-sailing And Looks steeds with out blue a car cragginess. and and mountains there soon appear of mystery.and smile. laugh. some clear in the with glad and smilinglyathwart Some looking back.260 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. and now Wheel downward come they into fresher skies. I see them side And on now a green-hill In breezy rest among the nodding stalks. is forward bent. Most now awfullyintent The And driver of those seems steeds 0 . We In rest in silence. streamy the winds manes " the charioteer fear : glorious the numerous And now tramplingsquiver lightly with sprightly Along a huge cloud's ridge . with their faces weep : muffled to the ear Between Go their arms . and fear. and and mouth with upholden hand severe . Tipt round with silver from the sun's bright eyes. Passing along before a dusky space Made mighty oaks : as they would by some Some chase Lo Some Some ! music. on they sweep. like of a the recesses gems shell. know to listen that I might . pearly two upcurrd And can I ever bid these joys farewell ? for a nobler life. ever-fleeting how they murmur. gloom .

The chariot. to ? here who the tender greening April meadows fervid choir her altar shone. like a muddy stream. And. freelyfly Imagination cannot As Paw she up was the present that high of old ? prepare and do againstthe light. in those days the Muses were With honours to . to the small of new buds unfolding? From the meaning Of Jove's Of largeeyebrow. Men were thought wise who could not understand Could all this be . to Its mighty self of convolutingsound. Eternally around a dizzy void ? mgh cloy'd Ay. 261 All that he writes with such a hurrying glow ! car The Into visions all are fled " the is fled lightof heaven. Made great Apollo blush for this his land. nor lifted up a noise where it aye will poise had any other care Than sing out and soothe their wavy hair ? Yes. Huge as a planet. and in their stead of real things comes A sense doubly strong. and like that roll round. a schism forgotten Nurtured by foppery and barbarism. paragon E'en in this isle . all ? strange deeds us Upon From the clouds ? Has she not shown Breath the clear space of ether.and the strange thought of that same the Journey it went.MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. wont her steeds. and that could The Of harmony. Is there In so small a range the strength of manhood. would bear along My soul to nothingness : but I will strive and will keep alive Against all doub tings.

the dew make awake were night collected still to : morning precious Beauty was were ! dead Why To To ye not awake not out ? But " ye thingsye musty knew of. in this unholy place. Ill-fated. hallow'd names. wit. no. dismal-soul'd His ! The winds of heaven " blew. decrepitstandard out. Holding a poor. and in large That " The name of one Boileau ! 0 It is to hover round our ye whose charge hills ! pleasant Whose congregated majesty so fills that I cannot trace My boundly reverence. adieu ? weep did ye no wholly bid the regions where did ye stay to more laurel grew give a welcoming . impious ! blasphemed the brightLyrist to his face. a pulinginfant's force : with glories They sway'd about upon a rocking-horse. And thought it Pegasus. with that were wed closely rule laws lined so wretched And vile : compass Of dolts to smooth. ye and inlay.262 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. the the race school fit. ? Or with mournful sound. like the certain Their A verses of Jacob's was wore tallied. they went about. Ah. Till. blue Bared Of The summer its eternal bosom. Your So near those ? common folk our . did not know And it. Easy task mask : thousand handicraftsmen Of Poesy. did not their shames Affrightyou Delight you Delicious And To Or Did old lamenting cluster round Thames ? did ye never a Avon. with most Mark'd flimsymottoes. wands taught a and clip. the ye felt it and ocean roll'd The Its waves gathering not.

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263

To

some

lone

who spirits and away
season

could

proudlysing
even so
: :

Their But
Now

youth
let
me

away,

die ? those
; ye
us

Twas

think

times
have have

of

woe

'tis a fairer benedictions

breathed wreathed
been

Eich
Fresh In From

o'er

; ye

garlands:
out

for sweet

music

has

heard

many

has been upstirr'd places ; some its crystal dwellingin a lake, ebon bill ; from
a

By

a

swan's

thick brake,

quietin a valleymild. Bubbles wild a pipe ; fine sounds are floating About the earth : happy are ye and glad. These things are, doubtless : yet in truth we've

Nested

and

had

Strange thunders from the potency of song ; Mingled indeed with what is sweet and strong, From majesty : but in clear truth the themes Are ugly cubs, the Poets' Polyphemes A drainless shower Disturbingthe grand sea. of power ; is poesy ; 'tis the supreme Of light 'Tis might half slumberingon its own rightarm charm The very archings of her eyelids A thousand willing agents to obey.
And But
Is still she

governs

with

the mildest

sway born

:

alone though of the Muses strength like a fallen angel : trees up torn.
worms,

Darkness, and

and
upon

shrouds, and
the burrs

sepulchres
end

Delight it ;
And thorns

for it feeds

of life ;

the great forgetting

be a friend Of poesy, that it should To soothe the cares, and lift the thoughtsof

man

Yet E'er

: a myrtle fairer than rejoice grew in Paphos, from the bitter

I

weeds

Lifts its
A

sweet

heap
with

into the
ever-

air,and

feeds

silent space

sprouting green.

264

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pleasant screen, Creep through the shade with jaunty fluttering, Nibble the little cupped flowers and sing. the choking thorns let us clear away Then round its gentlestem From fawns, ; let the young
All tenderest
a

birds there

find

Yeaned Find With More
a

in

after-times,when
beneath
:

we

are

flown,

fresh sward

it,overgrown

simple flowers
boisterous
more

let there
a

nothing be
knee
;

than

lover's bended the

Nought
Of
one

ungentlethan
leans upon
a

placidlook
;

who
more

closed book
the

slopes hills. All hail, delightful Between two hopes ! As she was wont, th' imagination will be gone. Into most lovelylabyrinths And they shall be accounted poet kings Who simply tell the most heart-easing things. 0 may these joys be ripebefore I die ! Nought
grassy Will
Have 'T
were

untranquilthan

not

some

say that I that from

spoken ?
better

presumptuously hastening disgrace
my

far to hide

foolish face ?
with
reverence me

That
Ere

whining boyhood
the dread

should

bow ? How !

thunderbolt

could

reach

If I do hide
In

the very If I do fall, at least I will be laid
the
me

myself,it sure shall be fane, the lightof Poesy :
silence of
the
a

Beneath And
over

poplar shade
memorial

;

grass shall be smooth
a

shaven

;

And But

there

shall be

kind

off", Despondence ! miserable
should
not
are

graven. bane ! athirst
to

They
A

know

thee, who

gain

noble

end,

What

though

I

am

thirsty every hour. not wealthy in the
;

dower know

Of

spanning wisdom

though

I do not

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265

The

of shiftings and

the

mighty
all the

winds

that

blow

changing thoughts sorts Of man : though no great ministeringreason souls Out the dark mysteriesof human rolls To clear conceiving : yet there ever and I glean A vast idea before me, too I've seen Therefrom liberty ; thence my The end and aim of Poesy. 'Tis clear As anything most true ; as that the year
Hither
thither Is made As
a

of the

four
some

seasons

"

manifest crest. should
I

large cross,
to

old cathedral's clouds.
of

Lifted Be
A At but

the white
essence

Therefore

the

coward, did my

deformity, wink very eyelids
what
I have
a

speakingout
! rather
some

dared

to
run

think.

Ah
Over

let

me

like

madman

Melt

my

Convulsed
Of An

precipice ; let the hot sun Dedalian wings, and drive me and headlong ? Stay I an
bids
me

down inward frown

conscience
ocean

be

more

calm

awhile.
an

dim, sprinkledwith many

isle,
toil ! !

How much Spreads awfullybefore me. How days ! what desperateturmoil many have explored its widenesses. I can Ere

Ah, what
I could

a

task

! upon
"

my
no,

bended

knees,

unsay

those

impossible!

! Impossible

For On

sweet

relief I'll dwell let this strange assay away.
my bosom

humbler
in

Begun
E'en I turn That
now

thoughts,and gentlenessdie so
all tumult
to

from the

fades

:

full-hearted
smooth

aids friendly
;

the

path

of honour

brotherhood.

And

the friendliness,

nurse

of mutual

good.

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The Into The
And The 'Tis

heartygrasp
the brain
ere

that sends
one some can

a

sonnet pleasant

think

upon
are

it ;
out ;
:

silence

when

rhymes
the be
to

coming

when message

come, they're

very

rout pleasant

certain

done

to-morrow.

Some
To

perhaps as well preciousbook
can

that it should from
out
we

be

to

borrow

cluster round

it when
on

its snug retreat, shall meet. next

Scarce
Are

I scribble

;

for

lovelyairs

like doves in pairs round the room ; fluttering of that glad day recalling, Many delights When first my senses caught their tender falling. forms of elegance And with these airs come Stoopingtheir shoulders o'er a horse's prance, soft and round Careless, and grand fingers Partingluxuriant curls ; and the swift bound
"

Of

Bacchus

from

his

chariot, when
look

his eye

Made

blushingly. flow all the pleasant I remember Thus Of words at opening a portfolio.
Ariadne's

cheek

Things
To trains
a

such of

as

these

are

ever
:

harbingers
the stirs
the

images peaceful
neck
unseen

Of
A A

swan's

among
the

rushes
:

:

linnet

all starting

about

bushes

with goldenwings broad-parted. butterfly, Nestlinga rose, convulsed as though it smarted With more, over-pleasure many, many Might I indulge at large in all my store not Of luxuries : yet I must forget Sleep,quiet with his poppy coronet: be worthy in these rhymes For what there may I partly owe thus, the chimes to him : and Of friendly voices had just given place I 'ganretrace To as sweet when a silence,
"

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Of

the

goaded

world
"

; and

Kosciusko's,

worn

By

horrid

suifrance

forlorn. mightily

Petrarch,
Starts His For
at

from outstepping the sight of Laura ;
her
was

the
nor

shady green,
can

wean

eyes
over

from them

sweet
seen

face.
a

free

happy they ! display

Most

shone them outspreadwings,and from between face of Poesy : from off her throne The could tell, She overlook'd things that I scarce I was of where The very sense might well than that there came Keep sleepaloof : but more Thought after thought to nourish up the flame breast ; so that the morning light Within my from a sleepless night ; Surprised me even And refresh'd,and glad,and gay. up I rose Resolvingto begin that very day lines ; and howsoever These they be done, Of
I leave them
as a

father does

his

son.

STANZAS.
"

"

"

In Too

a

ted December, drear-nigh happy, happy tree. branches green
north
a

Thy
Their The With Nor

ne'er

remember

: felicity

cannot

undo

them.
them
;

From

whistle through sleety frozen thawings glue them budding at the prime.

MISCELLANEOUS

POEMS.

269

In Too

a

drear-nigbted happy, bubblings
summer

December, brook.
remember

happy
ne'er

Thy

Apollo's
But with

look
sweet

;

a

forgetting, crystal fretting.

They
Never,
About

stay
never

their

petting
froze'n
time.

the

Ah
A But

!

would

'twere

so

with
!

many

gentle
were

girl
there
not

and

boy
ever

any

Writhed To When know

at

passed
and
to

joy

? feel it.

the there

change
is
none

heal

it, it,

Nor Was

numbed

sense

to

steal

never

said

in

rhyme.

more bring true view fate pleasing. all : oft doubt Phoebus whether in I shall again the morning . good. TO GEORGE FELTOIST MATHEW. Who. darted : when his . would poesy each feeling Of Too high. partial each would friend fain Past Fain As horizon I echo of fine back pleasant note o'er Sicilian the seas. farewell different soft so *' *tis impossible me far sternly my from Lydian in at airs. doubly can sweet brotherhood Mathew a in ! more remembrance. Among Yet His few the hartned rest to a shepherd pipe^ with (though all to fill s but the his young his skill yeeres could. song to . ! and and I . follow and thee healing. joy'd. Sweet And Nor A are the pleasures a that to verse belong.EPISTLES. clear anthems float far has 'Mong Just But Beckon And That light skimming the sun gondolas beam cares parted. great. Brownk. " Britannia! Pastorals." hold I am faculties in see long thrall. to employ 'd raise trophy of the drama's thought the all that this great partnership a diffuses genius-loving 's heart. began quill. To The Over combined a powers. in which the delight brother Than that with poets their wit muses.

covert branches hung. the stream the cassia's arms intertwined its on unite. give live But To In might I now each passingmoment with me she would the coy muse. side are but white. to me fine-eyed her I find be whene'er surelyit must wild. the Druid knew. aloof of the sylvan roof. where to pry. not this dark city. delights maid be kind. The dew by fairyfeet swept from the green. the pillars Atween violet beds w^ere be to find where Would nestling. very own one drooping buds.EPISTLES. are growing. romantic. the gloryof Eeflect And With Where day. would condescend nor 'Mid Should Ah Some That Where And Where ! contradictions e'er the to lend. are blowing . laburnum's the dark-leaved drooping clusters athwart their yellow lustres. often must have erst seen oaks." To say ''Joy not too much Yet To this is vain a " 0 Mathew I may ! lend thy aid " find placewhere greet the maid . be too a ruin dark and gloomy. There must in all that's bloomy. After a night of some quaintjubilee Which to see : every elf and fay had come took their airy march When brightprocessions Beneath the curved moon's triumphalarch. 271 Or flush'd Aurora a in the roseate in a a dawning ! . Or Or Or white Naiad a rapt seraph in stream rippling moonlight beam again witness what with thee I've seen. have 'Mong which the nightingales always sung In leafyquiet. sequester'd. a one flowers. . the bee with cowslip bells was And where wrestling. that poet frantic . floweryspot.

! for me thee. trace features placid of a human face . warm-hearted Shakspeare sent meet him heavenward him. Wallace. of Helvetian name Tell him whose to every heart's William solace. kindness And To the fearful dearth who strove those with the each to flapaway genius. Burns. pluck'dthee. Thrown by the pitiless Of brightgolden wing sting We next could tell Of those Of Of our own who in the cause of freedom fell . streams undefiled. pure. sit. bright. from flower. in the stream thee. into fish of gold seem Apollo changed thee : how thou next didst A black. to entreat spirits. and Close Whence the source. would we reverence speak of all the sages have left streaks of lightathwart their ages thou mourn laurell'd : shouldst moralize on Milton's of human blindness. Where And And Four With Who And we Tnay soft humanity put and think on on. turns. High-minded While We to and unbending our well rugged north might drop a tear incitements the the musing and as for him such Felton How For And For ! without vain these. gush chaste as as the Came Just Diana sun from from of song : in happy hour her shady bower. in a shady place: sunshine '* wast once a flow'ret blooming wild. the east was the was some And.eyed swan the widening stream upon And The when thou first didst in that mirror . Beheld To for him she gift cast uprising .and that rhyme. . Chatterton to . she make thou to ** a to tease niggard Muse will thy every dwelling grace. world. devising. her much a thee meet brother's greetingbeam. : a Alfred. glorious that I marvel thou hast a never told How.272 EPISTLES.

dear George. T . when those that love the bay" Fly A In from sudden sorrowingfar. 1815.EPISTLES. them. earth. : divinely Apollo'ssong. all along Though featheryclouds were floating The purplewest. nought they see on glow comes or water. 273 That And O'er thou hast never told of the thy travels strange. have my I past. true It has been said. Pry 'mong That wavy grass outstretch the stars. Some tale of love and in time But there all are times.but poesy. to strive to think never lightning plays.and I hold it. air. . all the wonders and pebblycrystal. and. The golden lyreitself were dimly seen : of the honey-bee the still murmur That Would That never I should hear teach a rural song to me : the Would Or warm brightglance from beauty's eyelids slanting make a lay of mine never enchanting. two brightstreaks between. my breast with arms ardour to unfold of old. range mazy o'er golden sands Naiads' pearlyhands TO MY BROTHER GEORGE. the on could e'er be thought caught gaze From On though I to dimness far the depth where sheeted Or. far away . and in seasons me mind when heaviness spherystrains by the blue dome. 'd supinely. o'ercast I 've My With No bewilder'd. food from Kissingthy daily November. Full many brain a dreary hour .

sheet-lightning we. tilt in playfulquarrel Who at . the clear fountains' And sports with wonders head is half his tail above the waves. the wine from each brightjar star. 'tis rightjust.for well make the Poet 'Twould All Apollo knows quarrelwith the that far seat of rose. interchanging As gracefully descending. Yet further off are dimly seen for the Of which And no mortal eye can reach the flowers . reach nought on earth but poet'sear. When Is. fin. run. Poet white is in such coursers trance.271 EPISTLES. Is the swift opening of their wide portal. Poet's eye can view the glory of their festivals : the ladies fair. and air he sees paw knights. (For knightlySpenser That la when a to Libertas a told it. silent blue. these enchanted portals open glide. . and many : more. about the sun.in gay apparel. but the Would nought see dark. tones wide. These Whose Should With strange he with sees. silver streaks across Like a dolphin's he upswimmeth from the coral caves. pregnant an poeticlore he upon forehead he to evening ramble fare the soothing breezes bare.that in the distance seem dream of a seraph's . Pours with the lustre of a falling their bowers. kisses. swiftly through the lightthe horsemen reach those golden halls. that 's reveal'd from blisses. silvering that incessant Their rich brimm'd goblets. what call. Like the bright spots that move when And upheld. Bestridden of gay each other When Whose When And The And Their Fit bright warder blows his trumpet clear.lightand thin. And ignorantly.) prance.

.

276

EPISTLES.

A

bunch

of violets full
"

blown, and
a

double,
takes

Serenely sleep:
A

she from and then
a
"

casket

little book, each

"

joy awakes
with

About

And
For One The

youthfulheart, rubbing of white hands,
she 's to read
that
a

stifled cries,

and

sparkling eyes

:

tale of
in my

I foster'd
on anon

that pearls,
ever

each
with

hopes and fears ; youthfulyears : circlet sleep. glistening
silent creep.
To
sweet rest

Gush
Lured Shall Be

and

by

the innocent

dimples.

its mother's breast. the dear babe, upon Fair world, adieu lull'd with songs of mine.

!

Thy dales SwiftlyI
Far from

fadingfrom my view : mount, pinions. upon wide-spreading of thy dominions. the narrow bounds
and

hills

are

Full
That

joy
my
warm

I

feel, while thus I cleave
verse sons

the air.

soft

will charm ! my
"

thy daughters fair,
dear friend

And Could
For

thy
at

Ah, my
mad

and

brother.

I,

once,

ambition

smother.
should
be

tasting joys like these, sure I Happier, and dearer to society.
At

pain When some thought has darted through my brain bright Through all that day I 've felt a greater pleasure treasure. if I had brought to lighta hidden Than else should heed them, As to my sonnets, though none that you should read them. I feel delighted, still, calm enjoyment, Of late, too, I have had much Stretch'd the grass at my best loved employment on These Of scribbling lines for you. things I thought While, in my face, the freshest breeze I caught. bed of flowers E'en I am a on now pillow'd which That cliff, a lofty crowns proudly towers
Above

times, 'tis true, I 've felt relief from

:

the
my

ocean

waves.

The

stalks

and

blades

Chequer

tablet with

their

shades. quivering

EPISTLES.

277

droopingoats, Through which the poppies show their So pert and useless, that they bring to
one
a

On

side is

field of

scarlet coats,
mind

The And

scarlet
on

pester human-kind. the other side, outspread, is seen
coats

that

Ocean's
Now Mark I
see

blue mantle, streak'd
see
a

with

purple and
now

green

;

'tis I

canvass'd

ship,and

the
the

And For

the when

round bright silver curling lark down-dropping to his broad- wing'd sea-gull never
no

her
nest.
at

prow.

rest

;

more

he

spreadshis
the into the

feathers
sea.

free,

His
Now Which

breast

is

dancing on
my eyes

restless

I direct

west. drest
say
:

at this moment

is in sun-beams ? 'Twas but
to

Why
'Twas

westward
but
to

turn

adieu
to

! !

kiss my

hand, dear George,

you

August, 1816.

TO

CHARLES

COWDEN

CLARKE.

Oft

have

you

seen

a

swan

And
He

with
slants

proud breast
his neck
seems a

his

beneath
beam

So

it silently,

superblyfrowning. white shadow own crowning; the waters bright of light
"

Come With
Or In

he sports, galaxy: anon outspreadwings the Naiad Zephyr

from

the

courts.

ruffles all the
from striving

surface of the
its

lake
to

Some In But

diamond nest,

milky
not to
a

face crystal and water-drops, and sip them off
can

take
to

them
at

treasure

leisure.

moment

he there
can

ensure

them.
;

Nor

such

downy

rest

he allure them

278

EPISTLES.

For And Just

down

they

rush

as

drop

like hours
am

though they into eternity.
I in loss of the
stream

would

be free,

like that bird I
venture

time,
of

Whene'er With I

on oar

rhyme
;

;

shatter'd boat,

snapt, and

canvas

rent,

knowing my slowly sail,scarce Still scooping up the water with
which
a

intent my
never

In

tremblingdiamond

fingers, lingers.

see By this, friend Charles, you may full plainly penn'd a line to thee : Why I have never Because free and clear. never thoughts were my little fit to please a classic ear ; And

Because For
one

my

wine

was

of too

poor

a

savour

Of
To Who

palategladdens in the flavour Helicon small good it were : sparkling
"

whose

take

him
on

to

a

desert rude

and

bare,
at
a

had

Baise's shore page
was

reclined

ease,

While That

Tasso's

in floating Armida's

breeze

gave

soft music

from

bowers,
flowers
stream
:

Mingled with fragrancefrom her rarest had by Mulla who Small good to one s
Fondled Who had the maidens with

the breasts

of

cream

;

And And
Who From

Belphoebein a brook. lovelyUna in a leafynook. Archimago leaning o'er his book :
had of all that 's sweet

beheld

tasted, and

seen,"

ripple, silvery ; up to beauty's queen haunts of gay Titania, the sequester'd From To the blue dwelling of divine Urania :
One,
With
The Of

who, of late had
him who

ta'en

sweet

forest walks talks
"

chats elegantly
"

and

Of

who has told you stories wrong'd Libertas and Apollo's laurel chaplets, glories ; troops chivalrous prancingthrough a city.

EPISTLES.

279

And With Thus

tearful ladies, made
many have I else which

for love and
I have
never

pity:
known. flown

thought ; and days on days have Slowly,or rapidly unwillingstill For you to try my dull, unlearned quill.
"

Nor That The What

should you

I

now,

but

that

I 've known
sweets

you

long ;
: :

first

taught me
sweet, the

all the

of song

grand, the
swell'd

terse, the free, the fine
:

with

Spenserian vowels And float along like
Miltonian Michael
Who storms, in arms, for
me

pathos,and what rightdivine that elope with ease.
birds
more,
more, sonnet

o'er

summer

seas

:
:

and and the

Miltonian meek Eve's

tenderness

fair slenderness.

swellingloudly Up to its climax, and then dying proudly ? Who found for me the grandeur of the ode. Growing, like Atlas, stronger from its load ?
let
me

read

Who The

taste

that

more

than

cordial

dram,

sharp,the rapier-pointed epigram ? of all the king, Show'd that epic was me Round, vast, and spanning all, like Saturn's nng Clio's beauty, You too up-held the veil from And stern pointed out the patriot's duty ; The might of Alfred, and the shaft of Tell hand of Brutus, that so grandly fell The head. Ah ! had I never seen. Upon a tyrant's Or known might I have been your kindness, what What enjoyments in my youthfulyears, my
,

?

?

Bereft And
can

of all that

now

my

life endears

?

forget? And I e'er repay the friendly debt ? can No, doubly no ; yet should these rhymings please,
"

I e'er these

benefits

I shall roll For I have

on

the

long
that

; grass with two-fold ease time been my fancy feeding

With

hopes

you

would

one

day

think

the

reading

280

EPISTLES.

Of my Should
Some In To

rough verses
it e'er be
so,

not

an a

hour

mispent ;
! the
saw

what

rich content last I
warm

weeks

have

pass'dsince
reflected
:
"

spires

lucent
see

Thames
sun

desires

the eastern dimness, o*er-peep And morning-shadowsstreakinginto slimness the lawny fields, and pebbly water Across ; the time as they grow broad and shorter To mark To feel the air that plays about the hills, And sipsits freshness from the little rills ; To see in the light high,golden corn wave When Cynthia smiles upon a summer's night, And the cloudlets,jet and white, peers among As though she were in a bed reclining Of bean-blossoms, in heaven freshlyshed. No had I stepp'dinto these pleasures. sooner I began to think of rhymes and measures Than ; seem'd to say The air that floated by me have a better day." Write ! thou wilt never
"

the

;

And

so

I did. with my
to

When their
was

many

lines
was

I'd

written,
better

Though
Yet,
Trust
as

grace

I

not

oversmitten,

hand

warm,

I

thought I'd

and write you a letter. feelings, Such an attempt required an inspiration consummation Of a peculiar a sort, ; Which, had I felt,these scribblings might have
my
" "

been

Verses But

from

which

the soul would

never

ween

;

days have past since last my heart Was warm'd luxuriously by divine Mozart ; madden'd or By Arne delighted, by Handel ; Or by the song of Erin and sadden'd : pierced What time you were before the music sitting. And the rich notes to each sensation fitting.
many Since I have

walk'd

with in

you

That

terminate freshly

through shady lanes open plains.

EPISTLES.

281

And

revell'd
at

in

a

chat

that

ceased

not,
books after hat
we

When,

night-fall,
supper

among
came,

your
nor

got
"

:

No,
Nor

nor

when

that,
;

when

reluctantly
till

I

took shook

my

No,
Mid-

nor

cordially
our

you

my
:

hand
accents

way

between in

homes when

"

your I
no

bland

Still
Could

sounded hear

my

ears,

more

your

footsteps
them,
and

touch
then for the

the

gravelly
again;

floor.

Sometimes
You In That With

I

lost
the

found

changed
those well still

foot-path
I

grassy
you

plain.
joys
very

moments

have

wish'd
"

you

know

to

honour take
will o'er

:

Life's

"

toys
;

him,"
cannot

said
be that

I,

*'

will

a

pleasant
him with

charm
harm."

It
These

aught
now

work

thoughts
I

come

me

all

their

might

:"

Again

shake

your

hand,
"

friend

Charles,

good

night.

September,

1816,

SONNETS.

I.
.

TO

MY

BROTHER

GEORGE.

Many

the

wonders

I

this

day
kist

have

seen

:

The

sun,

when

first

he

away

the

tears

That

fill'd

the

eyes

of

Morn

;

the
"

laurel'd

peers

Who

from

the

feathery
its

gold

of

evening
blue

lean

;

"

The

Ocean

with

vastness,
its

its

green,

Its

ships,
voice

its

rocks,

caves,

its

hopes,
hears

its

fears,-

Its

mysterious,
what will

which

whoso

Must

think

on

be,
while

and

what

has

been.

E'en

now,

dear

George,
from her

this

for

you

I

write,

Cynthia
So

is

silken

curtains

peeping night, keeping.
of

scantly,
And
she

that

it

seems

her

bridal

her

half-discover'd

revels

But

what,
be

without

the

social

thought sky
and

thee,
?

Would

the

wonders

of

the

sea

.

refined. among : jumbled with the heap me murky buildings " climb the steep. III. bee deer's bell.284 SOJ^NETS. kindred to thy haunts spirits flee. must words soul's the are images thoughts it sure my pleasure bliss . a whence river's dell. 0 Solitude Let Of it not ! be if I must with the thee dwell. be Almost When highest human-kind.-" Nature's In observatory slopes. flowery May seem its crystal thy where span . swell. . let me vigils keep the 'Mongst Startles But Yet Whose Is boughs wild pavilion'd. swift leap the from the trace foxglove these innocent though the sweet 1 11 gladly scenes with thee. converse of of and of two an mind.

will throngs no before disturbance my intrude t no confusion. and bereaves. songs voice of the the " whispering groat bell the heaves leaves- The waters With That solemn distance of sound. 285 r7. Do So they the The 'tis a pleasing that unnumber'd of sounds birds " evening of that store ." SONNETS. not Make pleasing wild uproar . recognizance music. could brood their earthly. sit me or sublime : often. and " thousand others more. These But down to rhyme. when in I fancy. How A Of Over And many few of bards them gild have the lapses been I " of the time food ! ever my delighted beauties. mind rude chime. occasion .

the when skylark clover take tremulous anew dew covert . peace. the flower musk-rose wild yields. Wells with thy roses came me. V. it far thought when. I But as feasted the 0 fragrancy. 'twas threw Its As is upon wand the summer : graceful wields. the first it that A fresh-blown sweets . TO A FRIEND WHO SENT MK SOME ROSES. As late What From I rambled time his the lush in the happy shakes fields. grew the I that on queen its Titania And. " Adventurous I saw knights sweetest up their nature dinted shields . My Soft sense deliciousness that with and tender was spell'd plea : voices had of they. . Whispered truth. garden-rose ! their excelVd to . and friendliness unqueird.286 SONNETS.

? With careless Thou sparest 'tis the flowers in thy mazy Haply And But when thy ruby lips part thou nurtured what which than the mood sweetly. 287 YI. A. to because wert listenest thou That I please never so completely is can tell best. TO G. : so remain.SONNETS. . Nymph In Art Into Or of what thou the downward moments smile of ? when and the sidelong day far ? trance glance ! diviner most lovely of gone utterance astray the when Of sober labyrinths serenely thought robe sweet wandering ? in a Or to meet when the starting morning dance away. W. ray. more I shall as soon pronounce Grace neatly Trips it before Apollo rest.

Ah. far key ! ? ! happier. halls he nobler was fate Spenser's stray 'd. VII. art fame impair crew When dead.288 SONNETS. bowers he flew of fair. Culling With To Took enchanted Milton of his and daring regions happy thou through own the fields true air : his Who genius shall his flights. yet as he. was prison. immortal spirit. ! think but free elate. LEIGH HUNT LEFT PRISON. WRITTEN ON THE DAY THAT MR. and flowers . In no so unwilling. Kind In his Hunt for showing shut in truth to flatter'd has state. and all thy wretched ? . Till. he As the sky-searching of and as Minion Think grandeur you you did walls the wait did ? he nought thou prisonunturn'dst his see. What though. been lark.

SONNETS,

2S9

VIII.

TO

MY

BROTHERS.

Small,
And Like A And Your

busy
their

flames faint

play through
cracklings
o'er

the

fresh-laid silence that

coals,
creep

our

whispers empire
for
are

of o'er

the

household

gods
souls. around

keep

gentle

fraternal
I

while,
eyes the
at

rhymes,
fix'd,
so as

search
in

the

poles,

poetic sleep.
and

Upon
That This That aye is

lore
fall

voluble

deep,
condoles.
I

of

night

our

care

your thus such

birth-day,
it

Tom,

and

rejoice
:

passes of

smoothly,

quietly

Many May
What From

eves

gently
pass,
true

whispering
and

noise

we

together
this its world's

calmly
"

try
the

are

joys,
bid
our

ere

great

Voice

fair

face

shall

spirits fly.

November

18, 1816.

290

SONNETS.

IX.

ON

FIRST

LOOKING

INTO

CHAPMAN's

HOMER.

Much And Eound Which Oft of That
Yet

have

I

travell'd

in

the and

realms

of

gold,
seen

many many bards

goodly
western

states

kingdoms
have hold.
been I

;

islands
to

been

in

fealty
expanse

Apollo
had I

one

wide

told his demesne

deep-brow'd
did I
never

Homer breathe

ruled
its

as

:

pure
out

serene

Till
Then

I

heard felt
I

Chapman
like
some

speak
watcher

loud the
his

and
skies ken

bold

:

of into

When
Or

a

new

planet
Cortez

swims with

;

like He

stout

when
Pacific
"

eagle
all

eyes

stared
at

at

the other

and

his

men

Look'd

each

with
in

a

wild

surmise
"

Silent,

upon

a

peak

Darien.

292

SONNETS.

XI.

Keen

fitful

gusts
the

are

whispering
half
cold

here and
the

and

there

Among
The And
Yet I feel
stars

hushes,
look
very

leafless
ahout

dry sky.
;

;

have
I the

many little dead
of

miles the leaves

on

foot bleak

to

fare

cool

air,

Or Or
Or For

of
of

rustling
that

drearily.
burn
on

those

silver

lamps
from of the

high.
lair
:

of
I

the

distance
brimfull in little 'd his

home's

pleasant

am

friendliness
I

That Of

a

cottage

have

found

;

fair-hair And all

Milton's love
in

eloquent
for her

distress,

gentle

Lycid'
green

drown'd

;

Of

lovely
And

Laura

light

dress,
crown'd.

faithful

Petrarch

gloriously

SONNETS.

293

I

XII.

To

one

who

has

been

long
look

in into

city pent,
the

'Tis And

very

sweet

to

fair breathe

open
in the

face smile

of
of

heaven,
the blue

to
"

a

prayer

Full Who

firmament. with heart's

is

more

happy,
he
sinks and

when,
into
some

content, lair

Fatigued
Of
And wavy

pleasant
a

grass, tale home the the of

reads and

debonair
?

gentle

love

languishment
with
an

Returning Catching Watching
He E'en
mourns

at

evening,
of

ear

notes

Philomel,

"

an

eye career,

sailing
that

cloudlet's

bright
has

day
of

so

soon

glided
tear

by

:

like

the falls

passage

an

angel's
ether

That

through

the

clear

silently

294

SONNETS.

XIII.

ADDRESSED

TO

HAYDON.

HiGH-MiNDEDNESs,
A

a

jealousj
for the with

for

good,
man's

loving-kindness
here and

great

fame,
of
no

Dwells
In

there and
in the
**

people
wood

name,

noisome where Oft That

alley,
we

pathless
truth

:

And

think

least

understood,
of

may

be

found
to

a

singleness
into

aim,"
shame

ought

frighten

hooded
brood. the

A

money-mongering, glorious
Of steadfast when
this

pitiable
affection
for

How

cause

genius,
a

toiling gallantly champion
native
out

!

What

stout

unbending
to

awes

Envy,
Unnumber'd Proud

and

malice souls

their

sty ?
still

breathe him in

a

applause,
eye.

to

behold

his

country's

SONNETS.

295

XIV.

ADDRESSED

TO

THE

SAME.

Great He Who Catches He
of

spirits
of

now

on

earth

are

sojourning
the wide

;

the

cloud,

the

cataract,

lake, awake.

on

Helvellyn
freshness the

s

summit,

his

from

ArchangeVs
the

wing

:

the

rose,

violet,
the

spring,
for Freedom's
sake take

The
And A And

social lo
!

smile,
whose

chain

steadfastness than
there of

w^ould

never

meaner

sound

RaphaeFs
are

whispering.
apart
come

other

spirits
the
forehead

standing
age world
to

Upon
These,
And
Of

the

;

these other

will

give

the

another

heart,
hum

pulses. workings
?

Hear

ye

not

the

mighty
Listen

awhile,

ye

nations,

and

be

dumb.

The poetry When And all hide of the in to earth birds is never dead faint a : are with voice new-mown the will hot sun. . 1818. ON THE GRASSHOPPER AND CRICKET. beneath earth is pleasant never : weed The On Has The poetry a of ceasing lone winter evening. song. XV. about run From hedge is the the mead the : That In grasshopper's luxury.296 SONNETS. " he " takes never lead summer he for has done out With He rests his at delights. The Grasshopper December s among grassy 30. cooling hedge trees. hills. from warmth when the the stove frost wrought Cricket's And seems a silence. drowsiness some lost. ease when some tired with fun. to one there shrills in in increasing half ever.

birth Thy name with Alfred's. TO KOSCIUSKO. far for away where great God lives evermore. " an everlasting in burst And The Are now that worlds from for round unknown. and ever stealing each Through It tells When me silver throne. comes upon us glorious pealing tone. 29. yore. clouds names heroes. .SONNETS. upon the of good spirit earth. concealing. and great Gently To To a commingling. blue. * the wide it spheres tells of to me. Good Is It Of Kosciusko full harvest ! thy great to name alone a whence like the reap high feeling . XVI. changed cloudless too. hymn. the that gives sounds tremendous loud far. that on a happy walks the day. some harmonies.

feel no are blown blent Through Yet do For To its I woods high romances . their her daughters me. is England no ! I could be than than content see other other tall verdure breezes with feel and its own . Happy Enough England. . about summer . simple arms loveliness in burn Enough Yet Beauties And do their I of float whitest silence to clinging : often warmly glance. an an groan upon Alp what as on a throne. waters. them see deeper with and hear the their singing. Happy To To . And half is forget world sweet or worldling artless for meant.298 SONNETS. sometimes a languishment inward skies sit Italian. XVII.

.

300 SONNETS. meekly so joined not see. ON A PICTURE OF LEANDEPw Come hither. a Down-looking Hid And As if in aye. cheek. the fringes let your that victim ye your hands eyelids white. XIX. dream doth purse weary her lips smile. Sinking Sinking 'Tis be away to his 'mid young the spirit's night. chasten'd light. all sweet maidens and of fair with soberly. arms and shoulders all his gleam amorous up bubbles . Hero's 0 horrid smiles how against his see body dips awhile breath I : Dead-heavy He's gone . dreary to sea : wilder Leander 'd young toiling he and ! his death his . . Nigh For swooning. gentle a could of Untouch'd. your beauty bright. be.

till wake an eagle-skies made " Drown'd Another earthquake thy giant size. but thunder or sun-beams. with wast whales. the the thou deep the . thee steep. mantled huge streams ! When. Give answer thou craggy from ocean pyramid the ! I thy shoulders voice.SONNETS. sea-fowl's in screams When were thy the sun. cover-lid dead ? ! when grey are thy thou cold art answer'st for asleep " Thy The last First life in is two dead former eternities in last the with air. Heakken. cannot . 301 XX. How from was thy broad forehead bid dreams hid ? long Thee is't since to the mighty from power fathom heave in the airy sleep of ^ Sleep Or Thou lap clouds not. TO AILSA ROCK.

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