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Lashing with melodious wave
Over all between the Po Many a sacred poet's grave,
And the eastern Alpine snow, Mourn its latest nursling fled !
Under the mighty Austrian. What though thou with all thy dead
Sin smiled so as Sin only can, Scarce can for this fame repay
And since that time, aye long before, ught thine own,-oh, rather say,
Both have ruled from shore to shore, Though thy sins and slaveries foul
That incestuous pair, who follow Overcloud a sunlike soul!
Tyrants as the sun the swallow, As the ghost of Homer clings
As Repentance follows Crime,
And as changes follow Time.
In thine halls the lamp of learning, Like omniscient power, which he
Padua, now no more is burning ; Imaged ’mid mortality;
Like a meteor, whose wild way As the love from Petrarch's urn
Is lost over the grave of day, Yet amid yon hills doth burn,
It gleams betrayed and to betray: A quenchless lamp, by which the heart
Once remotest nations came Sees things unearthly; so thou art,
To adore that sacred flame, Mighty spirit: so shall be
When it lit not many a hearth The city that did refuge thee.
On this cold and gloomy earth:
Now new fires from antique light Lo, the sun floats up the sky
Spring beneath the wide world's might; Like thought-winged liberty,
But their spark lies dead in thee, Till the universal light
Trampled out by tyranny. Seems to level plain and height;
As the Norway woodman quells, From the sea a mist has spread,
In the depth of piny dells, And the beams of morn lie dead
One light flame among the brakes, On the towers of Venice W,
While the boundless forest shakes, Like its glory long ago.
And its mighty trunks are torn
By the fire thus lowly born:
The spark beneath his feet is dead, Stands, a peopled solitude,
He starts to see the flames it fed, 'Mid the harvest shining plain,
Howling through the darkened sky Where the peasant heaps his grain
With myriad tongues victoriously, In the garner of his foe,
And sinks down in fear: so thou, And the milk-white oxen slow
O tyranny, beholdest now With the purple vintage strain,
Light around thee, and thou hearest Heaped upon the creaking wain,
The loud flames ascend, and fearest: That the brutal Celt may swill
Grovel on the earth : aye, hide
In the dust thy purple pride!
Noon descends around me now:
'Tis the noon of autumo's glow, Overgrows this region's foizon,
When a soft and purple mist Sheaves of whom are ripe to come
Like a vaporous amethyst, To destruction's harvest home:
Or an air-dissolved star Men must reap the things they sow,
Mingling light and fragrance, far Force from force must ever flow,
From the curved horizon's bound Or worse! but 'tis a bitter woe
To the point of heaven's profound, That love or reason cannot change
Fills the overflowing sky; The despot's rage, the slave's revenge.
And the plains that silent lie
Underneath, the leaves unsodden Padua, thou within whose walls
Where the infant frost has trodden Those mute guests at festivals,
With his morning-winged feet, Son and Mother, Death and Sin,
Whose bright print is gleaming yet; Played at dice for Ezzelin,
And the red and golden vines, Till Death cried, “ I win, I win!"
Piercing with their trellised lines And Sin cursed to lose the wager,
The rough, dark-skirted wilderness; But Death promised, to assuage her,
The dun and bladed grass no less, That he would petition for
Pointing from this hoary tower Her to be made Vice-Emperor,
In the windless air ; the flower When the destined years were o'er,
Glimmering at my feet; the line.
Of the olive-sandaled Apennine
And the love which heals all strife In the south dimly islanded;
Circling, like the breath of life, And the Alps, whose snows are spread
All things in that sweet abode High between the clouds and sun ;
With its own mild brotherhood: And of living things each one;
They, not it would change; and soon And my spirit which so long
Every sprite beneath the moon Darkened this swift stream of song,
Would repent its envy vain,
And the earth grow young again.
HYMN TO INTELLECTUAL BEAUTY. Which from heaven like dew doth fall
The awful shadow of some unseen power Or the mind which feeds this verse,
Floats though unseen among us; visiting Peopling the lone universe.
This various world with as inconstant wing Noon descends, and after noon
As summer winds that creep from flower to flower; Autumn's evening meets me soon,
Like moonbeams that behind some piny mountain Leading the infantine moon,
It visits with inconstant glance (shower,
Each human heart and countenance;
Like hues and harmonies of evening,
Like clouds in starlight widely spread, From the sunset's radiant springs:
Like memory of music fled, And the soft dreams of the morn,
Like aught that for its grace may be (Which like winged winds had borne
Dear, and yet dearer for its mystery. To that silent isle, which lies 'Mid remembered agonies,
Spirit of Beauty, that dost consecrate
With thine own hues all thou dost shine upon The frail bark of this lone being,)
Of human thought or form, where art thou gone? Pass, to other sufferers fleeing,
Why dost thou pass away and leave our state, And its antient pilot, Pain,
This dim vast vale of tears, vacant and desolate? Sits beside the helm again.
Ask why the sunlight not forever
Weaves rainbows o'er yon mountain river; Other flowering isles must be
Why aught should fail and fade that once is shewn; In the sea of life and agony:
Why fear and dream and death and birth Other spirits float and flee
Cast on the daylight of this earth O'er that gulph: even now, perhaps,
Such gloom, why man has such a scope
For love and hate, despondency and hope ?
No voice from some sublimer world hath ever
To sage or poet these responses given: Where for me, and those I love,
Therefore the names of Demon, Ghost, and HeaMay a windless bower be built,
Remain the records of their vain endeavour: (ren, Far from passion, pain, and guilt,
Frail spells, whose uttered charm might not avail to In a dell’mid lawny hills,
From all we hear and all we see, (sever, Which the wild sea-murmur fills,
Doubt, chance, and mutability. And soft sunshine, and the sound
Thy light alone, like mist o'er mountains driven, Of old forests echoing round,
Or music by the night wind sent And the light and smell divine
Through strings of some still instrument, Of all flowers that breathe and shine:
Or moonlight on a midnight stream,
Gives grace and truth to life's unquiet dream.
Love, hope, and self-esteem, like clouds, depart
And come, for some uncertain moments lent. The polluting multitude ;
Man were immortal, and omnipotent, But their rage would be subdued
Didst thou, unknown and awful as thou art, (heart By that clime divine and calm,
Keep with thy glorious train firm state within his And the winds whose wings rain balm
Thou messenger of sympathies On the uplifted soul, and leaves
That wax and wane in lover's eyes ; Under which the bright sea heaves;
Thou, that to human thought art nourishment, While each breathless interval
Like darkness to a dying flame! In their whisperings musical
Depart not as thy shadow came: The inspired soul supplies
Depart not, less the grave should be, With its own deep melodies,
Like life and fear, a dark reality.
While yet a boy I sought for ghosts, and sped
Poets could but find the same Through many a listening chamber, cave and ruin, With as little toil as they,
And starlight wood, with fearful steps pursuing Would they ever change their hue
As the light camelions do,
[is fed : Twenty times a day?
Poets are on this cold earth, All vital things that wake to bring
As camelions might be News of birds and blossoming,
Hidden from their early birth Sudden, thy shadow fell on me:
In a cave beneath the sea; I shrieked, and clasped my hands in ecstacy!
Where light is camelions change,
Where love is not poets do: I vowed that I would dedicate my powers
Fame is love disguised: if few
That poets range.
Yet dare not stain with wealth or power
A poet's free and heavenly mind : Outwatched with me the envious night:
If bright camelions should devour They know that never joy illumed my brow,
Any food but beams and wind, Unlinked with hope that thou wouldst free
They would grow as earthly soon This world from its dark slavery,
As their brother lizards are. That thou, O awful Loveliness,
Children of a sunnier star, Wouldst give whate'er these words cannot express.
Spirits from beyond the inoon,
O, refuse the boon!
When noon is past: there is a harmony
ODE TO THE WEST WIND.
Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead Descended, to my onward life supply
Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing, Its calm, to one who worships thee,
Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red, And every form containing thee,
Pestilence-stricken multitudes: O thou, Whom, Spirit fair, thy spells did bind
Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed To fear himself, and love all human kind.
The winged seeds, where they lie cold and low,
Each like a corpse within its grave, until
Thine azure sister of the spring shall blow
Her clarion o'er the dreaming earth, and fill I met a traveller from an antique land,
(Driving sweet buds like flocks to feed in air) Who said: two vast and trunkless legs of stone
With living hues and odours, plain and hill:
Loose clouds like earth's decaying leaves are shed, My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Shook from the tangled boughs of heaven and ocean, Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair !"
Angels of rain and lightning: there are spread Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
On the blue surface of thine airy surge,
Like the bright hair uplifted from the head
Of the horizon to the zenith's height,
The locks of the approaching storm. Thou dirge Camelions feed on light and air:
Of the dying year, to which this closing night Poets' food is love and fame:
Will be the dome of a vast sepulchre, If in this wide world of care
Vaulted with all thy congregated might
Of vapours, from whose solid atmosphere
Higher still and higher Black rain, and fire, and hail will burst: 0, hear!
From the earth thou springest,
Like a cloud of fire;
The blue deep thou wingest,
In the golden lightning
Of the sunken sun, Beside a pumice isle in Baiæ's bay,
O'er which clouds are brightning, And saw in sleep old palaces and towers
Thou dost float and run;
Like an unbodied joy, whose race is just begun.
The pale purple even
Melts round thy flight;
Like a star of heaven Cleave themselves into chasms, while far below
In the broad daylight The sea-blooms and the oozy woods which wear
Thou art unseen, but yet I hear thy shrill delight: The sapless foliage of the ocean, know Thy voice, and suddenly grow grey with fear,
Keen as are the arrows And tremble, and despoil themselves: 0, hear!
Of that silver sphere,
Whose intense lamp narrows
In the white dawn clear,
Until we hardly see, we feel that it is there. If I were a swift cloud to fly with thee;
All the earth and air A wave to pant beneath thy power, and share
With thy voice is loud, The impulse of thy strength, only less free
As, when night is bare, Than thou, O, uncontroulable! if even
From one lonely cloud
(lowed. I were as in my boyhood, and could be
The morn rains out her beams, and heaven is overThe comrade of thy wanderings over heaven,
What thou art we know not; As then, when to outstrip thy skiey speed
What is most like thee? Scarce seemed a vision; I would ne'er have striven
From rainbow clouds there flow not As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need.
Drops so bright to see,
As from thy presence showers a rain of melody.
Like a poet hidden
In the light of thought,
Singing hymns unbidden,
Till the world is wrought
To sympathy, with hopes and fears it heeded not: What if my leaves are falling like its own!
Like a high-born maiden The tumult of thy mighty harmonies
In a palace tower, Will take from both a deep autumnal tone,
Soothing her love-laden Sweet though in sadness. Be thou, spirit fierce,
Soul in secret hour
(bower: My spirit! be thou me, impetuous one!
With music sweet as love, which overflows her Drive my dead thoughts over the universe
Like a glow-worm golden Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth!
In a dell of dew, And, by the incantation of this verse,
Scattering unbeholden Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth,
Its ærial hue
[the view: Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind! Among the tlowers and grass, which screen it from Be through my lips to unawakened earth
Like a rose embowered The trumpet of a prophecy! O wind,
In its own green leaves, If winter comes, can spring be far behind?
By warm winds deflowered,
Till the scent it gives [ed thieves:
Makes faint with too much sweet these heavy-wing-
Sound of vernal showers
On the twinkling grass,
All that ever was
Joyous, and clear, and fresh, thy music doth surpass:
Teach us sprite or bird,
Things more true and deep
Than we mortals dream,
Or how could thy notes flow in such a crystal stream? Praise of love or wine,
We look before and after, That panted forth a flood of rapture so divine.
And pine for what is not:
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught; (thought. Matched with thine would be all
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest But an empty vaunt,
Yet if we could scorn A thing wherein we feel there is some hidden want.
Hate, and pride, and fear; What objects are the fountains
If we were things born
Not to shed a tear,
I know not how thy joy we ever should come near.
Better than all measures What love of thine own kind? what ignorance of
Of delightful sound,
Better than all treasures
That in books are found,
Thy skill to poet were, thou scorner of the ground !
Teach me half the gladness Thou lovest; but ne'er knew love's sad satiety.
That thy brain must know,
Such harmonious madness
From my lips would flow,
The world should listen then, as I am listening now.