English Poetry: Its Principles and Progress, with Representative Masterpieces and Notes

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Page 178 - All in a hot and copper sky, The bloody Sun, at noon, Right up above the mast did stand, No bigger than the Moon. " Day after day, day after day, 115 We stuck, nor breath nor motion ; As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean. And the Alba- "Water, water, everywhere,
Page 162 - EARLY CHILDHOOD I THERE was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, The earth, and every common sight, To me did seem Apparelled in celestial light, The glory and the freshness of a dream. 5 It is not now as it hath been of yore; — Turn wheresoe'er I may,
Page 55 - Hail, divinest Melancholy ! Whose saintly visage is too bright To hit the sense of human sight, And therefore, to our weaker view, 15 O'relaid with black, staid Wisdom's hue; Black, but such as in esteem Prince Memnon's sister might beseem, Or that starr'd Ethiope queen that strove To set her beautie's praise above
Page 239 - 65 Through the sad heart of Ruth, when, sick for home, She stood in tears amid the alien corn ; The same that oft-times hath Charm'd magic casements, opening on the foam Of perilous seas, in faery lands forlorn. 70 VIII Forlorn ! the very word is like a bell To toll me back from thee to my sole self
Page 145 - The priest-like father reads the sacred page, How Abram was the friend of God on high ; Or Moses bade eternal warfare wage no With Amalek's ungracious progeny ; Or how the royal bard did groaning lie Beneath the stroke of Heaven's avenging ire; Or Job's pathetic plaint, and wailing cry; Or rapt Isaiah's wild, seraphic fire
Page 174 - By thy long gray beard and glittering eye, " The Bridegroom's doors are opened wide, 5 And I am next of kin; The guests are met, the feast is set: May'st hear the merry din." He holds him with his skinny hand, "There was a ship," quoth he. 10 " Hold off! unhand me, gray-beard loon
Page 237 - gray hairs, 25 Where youth grows pale, and spectre-thin, and dies ; Where but to think is to be full of sorrow And leaden-ey'd despairs, Where Beauty cannot keep her lustrous eyes, IV Away I away 1 for I will fly to thee, Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards,
Page 213 - mid the steep sky's commotion, 15 Loose clouds like earth's decaying leaves are shed, Shook from the tangled boughs of Heaven and Ocean, Angels of rain and lightning: there are spread On the blue surface of thine airy surge, Like the bright hair uplifted from the head so Of
Page 215 - Drive my dead thoughts over the universe Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth I And, by the incantation of this verse, 65 Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind 1 Be through my lips to unawakened earth The trumpet of a prophecy! O wind, If Winter comes, can Spring be far
Page 255 - I will abide on thy left side, And keep the bridge with thee." XXXI "Horatius," quoth the Consul, " As thou sayest, so let it be." 250 And straight against that great array Forth went the dauntless Three. For Romans in Rome's quarrel Spared neither land nor gold, Nor son nor wife, nor limb nor life,

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