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As music and splendour
The heart's echoes render
A THING of beauty is a joy for ever :
Its loveliness increases; it will never Like the wind through a ruined cell, Pass into nothingness; but still will Or the mournful surges
keep That ring the dead seaman's knell.
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and When hearts have once mingled
quiet breathing Love first leaves the well-built nest, Therefore, on every morrow, The weak one is singled
wreathing To endure what it once possessed.
A flowery band to bind us to the earth. O Love! who bewailest
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman The frailty of all things here,
dearth Why choose you the frailest
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days, For your cradle, your home, and your bier ? Of all the unhealthy and o'er-darkened
ways Its passions will rock thee
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of As the storms rock the ravens on high :
all, Bright reason will mock thee,
Some shape of beauty moves away the Like the sun from a wintry sky.
pall From thy nest every rafter
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, Will rot, and thine eagle home Leave thee naked to laughter,
Trees old and young, sprouting a shady When leaves fall and cold winds come.
For simple sheep; and such are daffodils JOHN KEATS
With the green world they live in; and
clear rills ON FIRST LOOKING INTO
That for themselves a cooling covert CHAPMAN'S HOMER
'Gainst the hot season; the mid-forest Much have I travell’d in the realms of gold,
brake, And many goodly states and kingdoms Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose seen;
blooms: Round many western islands have I been And such too is the grandeur of the Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
dooms Oft of one wide expanse had I been told We have imagined for the mighty dead; That deep-browed Homer ruled as his All lovely tales that we have heard or demesne;
read: Yet did I never breathe its pure serene An endless fountain of immortal drink, Till I heard Chapman speak out loud Pouring unto us from the heaven's brink.
and bold: Then felt I like some watcher of the Nor do we merely feel these essences skies
For one short hour; no, even as the trees When a new planet swims into his ken, That whisper round a temple become Orlike stout Cortez when with eagle
Dear as the temple's self, so does the He star'd at the Pacific and all his men
moon, Look'd at each other with a wild sur- The passion poesy, glories infinite, mise
Haunt us till they become a cheering Silent, upon a peak in Darien.
Unto our souls, and bound to us so fast, Of unseen flowers in heavy peacefulness; That, whether there be shine, or gloom Who lov'st to see the hamadryads dress o'ercast,
Their ruffled locks where meeting hazels They alway must be with us, or we die.
And through whole solemn hours dost Therefore, 'tis with full happiness that I
sit, and hearken Will trace the story of Endymion.
The dreary melody of bedded reeds The very
music of the name has gone In desolate places, where dank moisture Into my being, and each pleasant scene
breeds Is growing fresh before me as the green The pipy hemlock to strange overgrowth; Of our own valleys: so I will begin Bethinking thee, how melancholy loth Now while I cannot hear the city's din; Thou wast to lose fair Syrinx – do thou Now while the early budders are just
By thy love's milky brow! And run in mazes of the youngest hue By all the trembling mazes that she ran, About old forests; while the willow trails Hear us, great Pan! Its delicate amber; and the dairy pails Bring home increase of milk. And, as O thou, for whose soul-soothing quiet,
turtles Grows lush in juicy stalks, I'll smoothly Passion their voices cooingly ’mong myrsteer
tles, My little boat, for many quiet hours, What time thou wanderest at eventide With streams that deepen freshly into Through sunny meadows, that outskirt bowers.
the side Many and many a verse I hope to write, Of thine enmossed realms: Othou, to Before the daisies, vermeil rimm'd and
Broad leaved fig trees even
now foreHide in deep herbage; and ere yet the
Their ripen'd fruitage; yellow girted Hum about globes of clover and sweet peas,
bees I must be near the middle of my story. Their golden honeycombs; our village O may no wintry season, bare and hoary,
leas See it half finished: but let Autumn bold, Their fairest-blossom'd beans and popWith universal tinge of sober gold,
pied corn; Be all about me when I make an end. The chuckling linnet its five young unAnd now at once, adventuresome, I send
born, My herald thought into a wilderness : To sing for thee; low creeping strawThere let its trumpet blow, and quickly
Their summer coolness; pent up butterMy uncertain path with green, that I
flies may speed
Their freckled wings; yea, the fresh Easily onward, thorough flowers and
All its completions – be quickly near,
O forester divine ! HYMN TO PAN. BOOK I O THOU, whose mighty palace roof Thou, to whom every fawn and satyr doth hang
flies From jagged trunks, and overshadoweth For willing service; whether to surprise Eternal whispers, glooms, the birth, life, The squatted hare while in half sleeping fit; death
Or upward ragged precipices flit
To save poor lambkins from the eagle's With uplift hands our foreheads, lowly maw;
bending, Or by mysterious enticement draw
And giving out a shout most heavenBewildered shepherds to their path again; rending, Or to tread breathless round the frothy Conjure thee to receive our humble main,
Upon thy Mount Lycean!
THE INDIAN MAIDEN'S ROUNDELAY. Or to delight thee with fantastic leaping,
BOOK IV The while they pelt each other on the crown
“O SORROW, With silvery oak apples, and fir cones Why dost borrow brown
The natural hue of health, from vermeil By all the echoes that about thee ring,
lips? Hear us, O satyr king !
To give maiden blushes
To the white rose bushes ? O Hearkener to the loud clapping Or is it thy dewy hand the daisy tips?
shears, While ever and anon to his shorn peers,
“O Sorrow, A ram goes bleating : Winder of the horn,
Why dost borrow When snouted wild-boars routing tender The lustrous passion from a falcon
eye? Anger our huntsman: Breather round To give the glow-worm light? our farms,
Or, on a moonless night, To keep off mildews, and all weather To tinge, on siren shores, the salt seaharms:
spray? Strange ministrant of undescribed sounds, That
a swooning over hollow “O Sorrow, grounds,
Why dost borrow And wither drearily on barren moors : The mellow ditties from a mourning Dread opener of the mysterious doors
tongue? Leading to universal knowledge — see,
To give at evening pale Great son of Dryope,
Unto the nightingale, The many that are come to pay their That thou mayst listen the cold dews
among? With leaves about their brows!
“O Sorrow, Be still the unimaginable lodge
Why dost borrow For solitary thinkings; such as dodge Heart's lightness from the merriment of Conception to the very bourne of heaven,
May? Then leave the naked brain: be still A lover would not tread the leaven,
A cowslip on the head, That spreading in this dull and clodded Though he should dance from eve till earth
peep of day Gives it a touch ethereal
a new birth:
Nor any drooping flower Be still a symbol of immensity;
Held sacred for thy bower, A firmament reflected in a sea ;
Wherever he may sport himself and play. An element filling the space between; An unknown — but no more: we humbly “To Sorrow, screen
I bade good-morrow,