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And his children, one by one,
When they look upon the sun,
Curse the toil by which he drew
The treasure from its bed of blue.

Gentle bride, no longer wear,
In thy night-black, odorous hair,
Such a spoil. It is not fit
That a tender soul should sit
Under such accursed gem!
What need'st THOU a diadem ?—
Thou, within whose Eastern eyes,
Thought (a starry genius!) lies ?-
Thou, whom beauty has arrayed?—
Thou, whom Love and Truth have made
Beautiful,-in whom we trace
Woman's softness-angel's grace-
All we hope for-all that streams
Upon us in our haunted dreams!

O sweet Lady! cast aside,
With a gentle, noble pride,
All to sin or pain allied;

Let the wild-eyed conqueror wear
The bloody laurel in his hair!
Let the black and snaky vine
Round the drinker's temples twine!
Let the slave-begotten gold
Weigh on bosoms hard and cold!
But be Thou for ever known
By thy natural light alone!



He to the dimly gleaming shadows taught
A prayer would wring them entrance into bliss,
Like to the magic horn, in faerie halls,
Of blast resistless; thrice blown, every gate
Of every palace opens like a flower:

The odorous home of lightness, coolness, warmth.



All things are calm, and fair, and passive. Earth
Looks as if lulled upon an angel's lap
Into a breathless, dewy sleep; so still,
That we can only say of things, they be.
The lakelet now, no longer vexed with gusts,
Replaces on her breast the pictured moon,

Pearled round with stars. Sweet imaged scene of time
To come, perchance, when this vain life o'erpast,
Earth may some purer being's presence bear;
Mayhap e'en God may walk among his saints
In eminence and brightness like yon moon,
Mildly outbeaming all the beads of night
Strung o'er night's proud, dark brow.



Remember you the clear moonlight
That whitened all the eastern ridge,
When o'er the water dancing white
I stepp'd upon the old mill-bridge?
I heard you whisper from above,
A lute-toned whisper, I am here!
I murmur'd, Speak again, my love,
The stream is loud: I cannot hear!

I heard, as I have seem'd to hear
When all the under air was still,
The low voice of the glad new year
Call to the freshly-flower'd hill.
I heard, as I have often heard,
The nightingale in leafy woods
Call to its mate when nothing stirr'd
To left or right, but falling floods!



Oh! those persuasive yet denying eyes,
All eloquent with language of their own-
See Venus there, the fickle deities,
And pleasure seated on her azure throne.



Then, every morn, the river's banks shine bright
With smooth plate-armour, treacherous and frail,
By the frost's clinking hammers forged at night,
'Gainst which the lances of the sun prevail,
Giving a pretty emblem of the day

When guiltier arms in light shall melt away,
And states shall move free-limbed, loosed from war's
cramping mail.

And now those waterfalls the ebbing river
Twice every day creates on either side,

Tinkle, as through their fresh-sparred grots they shiver,
In grass-arch'd channels to the sun denied;

High flaps in sparkling blue the far-heard crow.
The silver'd flats gleam frostily below,

Suddenly drops the gull, and breaks the glassy tide.



The odour from the flower is gone,
Which like thy kisses breath'd on me;
The colour from the flower is flown,
Which glow'd on thee, and only thee!
A shrivell'd, lifeless, vacant form,

It lies on my abandon'd breast,

And mocks the heart which yet is warm,
With cold and silent rest.


weep-my tears revive it not!

I sigh-it breathes no more on me!
Its mute and uncomplaining lot
Is such as mine should be.



Around him lay the great concerted whole;
The moaning winds and cadent waters, fire
Aspirant, sea bass-toned, and reboant earth;
For only man's crude ear of discord dreams,
Jarring the orbéd harmonies of heaven.


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