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But the jingling of the guinea helps the hurt that

Honour feels, And the nations do but murmur, snarling at each

other's heels.

Can I but relive in sadness ? I will turn that earlier

page. Hide me from my deep emotion, 0 thou wondrous

Mother-Age !

Make me feel the wild pulsation that I felt before the

strife, When I heard my days before me, and the tumult of

my life ;

Yearning for the large excitement that the coming

years would yield, Eager-hearted as a boy when first he leaves his father's


And at night along the dusky highway near and nearer

drawn, Sees in heaven the light of London flaring like a dreary


And his spirit leaps within him to be gone before him

then, Underneath the light he looks at, in among the throngs

of men;

Men, my brothers, men the workers, ever reaping

something new : That which they have done but earnest of the things

that they shall do:

For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could

see, Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonder that

would be ;

Saw the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of magic

sails. Pilots of the purple twilight, dropping down with costly

bales ;

Heard the heavens fill with shouting, and there rain'd

a ghastly dew From the nations' airy navies grappling in the central


Far along the world-wide whisper of the south-wind

rushing warm, With the standards of the peoples plunging thro' the


Till the war-drum throbb’d no longer, and the battle

flags were furld In the Parliament of man, the Federation of the


There the common sense of most shall hold a fretful

realm in awe, And the kindly earth shall slumber, lapt in universal


So I triumph'd ere my passion sweeping thro' me left

me dry, Left me with the palsied heart, and left me with the

jaundiced eye;

Eye, to which all order festers, all things here are out

of joint : Science moves, but slowly slowly, creeping on from

point to point :

Slowly comes a hungry people, as a lion, creeping

nigher, Glares at one that nods and winks behind a slowly

dying fire.

Yet I doubt not thro' the ages one increasing purpose

runs, And the thoughts of men are widen’d with the process

of the suns.

What is that to him that reaps not harvest of his

youthful joys, Tho' the deep heart of existence beat for ever like a

boy's ?

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers, and I linger on

the shore, And the individual withers, and the world is more and


Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers, and he bears a

laden breast, Full of sad experience, moving toward the stillness of

his rest.

Hark, my merry comrades call me, sounding on the

bugle-horn, They to whom my foolish passion were a target for

their scorn:

Shall it not be scorn to me to harp on such a moulder'd

string? I am shamed thro' all my nature to have loved so

slight a thing

Weakness to be wroth with weakness! woman's

pleasure, woman's painNature made them blinder motions bounded in a

shallower brain :

Woman is the lesser man, and all thy passions,

match'd with mine, Are as moonlight unto sunlight, and as water unto Here at least, where nature sickens, nothing. Ah, for


some retreat Deep in yonder shining Orient, where my life began

to beat;

Where in wild Mahratta-battle fell my father evil

starr'd ;I was left a trampled orphan, and a selfish uncle's


Or to burst all links of habit—there to wander far

away, On from island unto island at the gateways of the


Larger constellations burning, mellow moons and

happy skies, Breadths of tropic shade and palms in cluster, knots

of Paradise.

Never comes the trader, never floats an European

flag, Slides the bird o'er lustrous woodland, swings the

trailer from the crag;

Droops the heavy-blossom’d bower, hangs the heavy

fruited tree Summer isles of Eden lying in dark-purple spheres of


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