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Página 159 - THE shades of night were falling fast, As through an Alpine village passed A youth, who bore, 'mid snow and ice, A banner with the strange device, Excelsior ! His brow was sad ; his eye beneath, Flashed like a falchion from its sheath, And like a silver clarion rung The accents of that unknown tongue, Excelsior!
Página 159 - Dark lowers the tempest overhead, The roaring torrent is deep and wide ! ' And loud that clarion voice replied, Excelsior ! ' O stay ! ' the maiden said, ' and rest Thy weary head upon this breast ! A tear stood in his bright blue eye, But still he answered with a sigh, Excelsior ! ' Beware the pine-tree's withered branch, Beware the awful avalanche...
Página 149 - The which observed, a man may prophesy, With a near aim, of the main chance of things As yet not come to life, which in their seeds And weak beginnings lie intreasured. Such things become the hatch and brood of time...
Página 57 - Of old hast THOU laid the foundation of the earth : And the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but THOU shalt endure : Yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment ; As a vesture shalt THOU change them, and they shall be changed : But THOU art the same, And thy years shall have no end.
Página 160 - THE VOWELS We are little airy creatures, All of different voice and features; One of us in glass is set, One of us you'll find in jet. T'other you may see in tin, And the fourth a box within. If the fifth you should pursue, It can never fly from you.
Página 171 - There is nothing magnanimous in bearing misfortunes with fortitude, when the whole world is looking on : men in such circumstances will act bravely, even from motives of vanity ; but he who, in the vale of obscurity, can brave adversity ; who, without friends to encourage, acquaintances to pity, or even without hope to alleviate his misfortunes, can behave with tranquillity and indifference, is truly great ; whether peasant or courtier, he deserves admiration, and should be held up for our imitation...
Página 159 - Excelsior! ,O stay,' the maiden said, ,and rest Thy weary head upon this breast!' A tear stood in his bright blue eye, But still he answered with a sigh, Excelsior! ,Beware the pine-tree's withered branch! Beware the awful avalanche!
Página 159 - A traveller, by the faithful hound, Half-buried in the snow was found, Still grasping in his hand of ice, That banner with the strange device Excelsior ! There in the twilight cold and gray, Lifeless, but beautiful, he lay, And from the sky, serene and far, A voice fell, like a falling star, Excelsior ! POEMS ON SLAVERY, [Tlie following poems, with one exception were written at sea, in the latter part of October.
Página 86 - And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper, the second, sapphire, the third, a chalcedony,- the fourth, an emerald, the fifth, sardonyx, the sixth, sardius,- the seventh, chrysolite, the eighth, beryl, the ninth, a topaz,- the tenth, a chrysoprasus,- the eleventh, a jacinth, the twelfth, an amethyst.
Página 159 - the old man said, " Dark lowers the tempest overhead, The roaring torrent is deep and wide I " And loud that clarion voice replied, Excelsior ! " O stay," the maiden said, " and rest Thy weary head upon this breast ! " A tear stood in his bright blue eye.