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My gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name
mands; Then all smiles stopped together. There she stands As if alive. Will't please you rise? We'll meet
The company below, then. I repeat,
THE BOY AND THE ANGEL
* - ca --Morning, evening, noon and night, “Praise God!” sang Theocrite.
Then to his poor trade he turned, Whereby the daily meal was earned. Hard he laboured, long and well; O'er his work the boy's curls fell.
But ever, at each period,
Then back again his curls he threw,
Said Blaise, the listening monk, “Well done; I doubt not thou art heard, my son:
“As well as if thy voice to-day
“This Easter Day, the Pope at Rome Praises God from Peter's dome.”
Said Theocrite, “Would God that I
Night passed, day shone, And Theocrite was gone,
With God a day endures alway, A thousand years are but a day.
God said in heaven, “Nor day nor night Now brings the voice of my delight.”
Then Gabriel, like a rainbow’s birth, Spread his wings and sank to earth;
Entered, in flesh, the empty cell,
Lived there, and played the craftsman well;
And morning, evening, noon and night, Praised God in place of Theocrite.
And from a boy, to youth he grew: The man put off the stripling's hue:
The man matured and fell away Into the season of decay:
And ever o'er the trade he bent, And ever lived on earth content.
(He did God's will; to him, all one If on the earth or in the sun.)
God said, “A praise is in mine ear; There is no doubt in it, no fear:
“So sing old worlds, and so
“Clearer loves sound other ways: I miss my little human praise.”
Then forth sprang Gabriel's wings, off fell The flesh disguise, remained the cell.
'Twas Easter Day: he flew to Rome, And paused above Saint Peter's dome.
In the tiring-room close by The great outer gallery,
With his holy vestments dight, Stood the new Pope, Theocrite:
And all his past career Came back upon him clear,
Since when, a boy, he plied his trade, Till on his life the sickness weighed;
And in his cell, when death drew near, An angel in a dream brought cheer:
And rising from his sickness drear,
You acquiesce, and shall I repine? What, man of music, you grown grey With notes and nothing else to say, Is this your sole praise from a friend, “Greatly his opera's strains intend, But in music we know how fashions end l’”
I gave my youth; but we ride, in fine.
Who knows what's fit for us? Had fate
Ride, ride together, forever ride? I to
A GRAMMARIAN'S FUNERAL
SHORTLY AFTER THE REVIVAL OF LEARNING IN EUROPE
Let us begin and carry up this corpse,
No! yonder sparkle is the citadel's
Sleep, crop and herd I sleep, darkling thorpe and
My dance is finished”? 40 No, that's the world's way: (keep the mountainside,
Make for the city') He knew the signal, and stepped on with pride Over men's pity; Left play for work, and grappled with the world Bent on escaping: “What's in the scroll,” quoth he, “thou keepest furled? Show me their shaping, Theirs who most studied man, the bard and sage, – Give!” — So, he gowned him, So Straight got by heart that book to its last page: Learned, we found him. Yea, but we found him bald too, eyes like lead, Accents uncertain: “Time to taste life,” another would have said, “Up with the curtain l’” This man said rather, “Actual life comes next? Patience a moment Grant I have mastered learning's crabbed text, Still there's the comment. 6o Let me know all ! Prate not of most or least, Painful or easy! Even to the crumbs I’d fain eat up the feast, Ay, nor feel queasy.” Oh, such a life as he resolved to live, When he had learned it, When he had gathered all books had to give! Sooner, he spurned it.
A GRAMMARIAN'S FUNERAL
Image the whole, then execute the parts —
Fancy the fabric 7o Quite, ere you build, ere steel strike fire from quartz,
Ere mortar dab brick | (Here's the town-gate reached : there's the market-place Gaping before us.) Yea, this in him was the peculiar grace (Hearten our chorus!) That before living he'd learn how to live — No end to learning: Earn the means first — God surely will contrive Use for our earning. 8o Others mistrust and say, “But time escapes: Live now or never!” He said, “What's time? Leave Now for dogs and apes! Man has Forever.” Back to his book then: head: Calculus racked him: Leaden before, his eyes grew dross of lead: Tussis attacked him. “Now, master, take a little rest l” — not hel (Caution redoubled, 90 Step two abreast, the way winds narrowly ) Not a whit troubled, Back to his studies, fresher than at first, Fierce as a dragon He (soul-hydroptic with a sacred thirst) Sucked at the flagon. Oh, if we draw a circle premature, Heedless of far gain, Greedy for quick returns of profit, sure Bad is our bargain! Ioo Was it not great? did not he throw on God, (He loves the burthen) — God's task to make the heavenly period Perfect the earthen? Did not he magnify the mind, show clear Just what it all meant? He would not discount life, as fools do here, Paid by instalment. He ventured neck or nothing — heaven's success Found, or earth's failure: I io “Wilt thou trust death or not?” He answered “Yes | Hence with life's pale lure That low man seeks a little thing to do, Sees it and does it: This high man, with a great thing to pursue, Dies ere he knows it. That low man goes on adding one to one, His hundred's soon hit:
deeper drooped his
This high man, aiming at a million,
Misses an unit. r 2 o That, has the world here – should he need the next,
Let the world mind him This, throws himself on God, and unperplexed Seeking shall find him. So, with the throttling hands of death at strife, Ground he at grammar; Still, through the rattle, parts of speech were rife: While he could stammer He settled Hoti's business — let it be 1 — Properly based Oun — 13o Gave us the doctrine of the enclitic De, Dead from the waist down. Well, here's the platform, here's the proper place: Hail to your purlieus, All ye highfliers of the feathered race, Swallows and curlews | Here's the top-peak; the multitude below Live, for they can, there: This man decided not to Live but Know — Bury this man there? I4o Here — here's his place, where meteors shoot, clouds form, Lightnings are loosened, Stars come and go! Let joy break with the storm, Peace let the dew send | Lofty designs must close in like effects: Loftily lying, Leave him – still loftier than the world suspects, Living and dying.
“CHILDE ROLAND TO THE DARK TOWER CAME?”
(See Edgar's song in Lear)
My first thought was, he lied in every word, That hoary cripple, with malicious eye Askance to watch the working of his lie
On mine, and mouth scarce able to afford
Suppression of the glee, that pursed and scored Its edge, at one more victim gained thereby. 6
What else should he be set for, with his staff P