Edwin the fair; an historical drama, and Isaac Comnenus, a play

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Moxon, 1845 - 416 páginas

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Página 61 - He wooed the several trees to give him one. First he besought the ash; the voice she lent Fitfully with a free and lashing change Flung here and there its sad uncertainties: The aspen next ; a fluttered frivolous twitter Was her sole tribute : from the willow came, So long as dainty summer dressed her out, A whispering sweetness, but her winter note Was hissing, dry, and reedy : lastly the pine Did he solicit, and from her he drew A voice so constant, soft, and lowly deep, That there he rested, welcoming...
Página 75 - Much mirth he hath, and yet less mirth than fancy. His is that nature of humanity Which both ways doth redound, rejoicing now With soarings of the soul, anon brought low : For such the law that rules the larger spirits. This soul of man...
Página 38 - Dip westerly, — but oh ! how little like Are life's two twilights ! Would the last were first And the first last ! that so we might be soothed Upon the thoroughfares of busy life Beneath the noon-day sun, with hope of joy Fresh as the morn, — with hope of breaking lights, Illuminated mists and spangled lawns And woodland orisons and unfolding flowers, As things in expectation. — Weak of faith ! Is not the course of earthly outlook, thus Reversed from Hope, an argument to Hope That she was licensed...
Página 9 - Satan ? His presence, life and kingdom ? Not the air Nor bowels of the earth nor central fires His habitat exhibits ; it is here, Here in the heart of Man ; and if from hence I cast him with discomfiture, that truth Is verily of the vulgar sense conceived, By utterance symbolic, when they deem That met in bodily oppugnancy I tweak him by the snout ; a fair belief Wherein the fleshly and the palpable type Doth of pure truth substantiate the essence. Enough ! Come down ; the screech-owl from afar Upbraids...
Página 76 - Against the gust remitting fiercelier burns The fire, than with the gust it burnt before. The richest mirth, the richest sadness too, Stands from a groundwork of its opposite ; For these extremes upon the way to meet Take a wide sweep of nature, gathering in Harvests of sundry seasons.
Página 42 - In middle-age, — a garden through whose soil The roots of neighbouring forest trees have crept, — It strikes on stringy customs bedded deep, Perhaps on alien passions ; still it grows And lacks not force nor freshness : but this age Shall aptly...
Página 101 - Thro' jocund hues, the seriousness of passion. I was attempted thus, and Satan sang, With female pipe and melodies that thrill'd The soften'd soul, of mild voluptuous ease, And tender sports that chased the kindling hours In odorous gardens or on terraces. To music of the fountains and the birds, Or else in skirting groves by sunshine smitten, Or warm winds kiss'd, whilst we from shine to shade Roved unregarded.
Página 61 - Thro' the vast region, felt himself at fault, Wanting a voice ; and suddenly to earth Descended with a wafture and a swoop, Where, wandering volatile from kind to kind, He woo'd the several trees to give him one. First he besought the ash ; the voice she lent Fitfully with a free and lashing change Flung here and there its sad uncertainties : The aspen next ; a...
Página 9 - God, thou'st given unto me a troubled being — So move upon the face thereof, that light May be, and be divided from the darkness ! Arm thou my soul that I may smite and chase The spirit of that darkness, whom not I But Thou through me compellest.
Página 40 - Fill'd with book-wisdom, pictured thought, and love That on its own creations spends itself. All things he understands, and nothing does. Profusely eloquent in copious praise Of action, he will talk to you as one Whose wisdom lay in dealings and transactions; Yet so much action as might tie his shoe Cannot his will command ; himself alone By his own wisdom not a jot the gainer. Of silence, and the hundred thousand things 'Tis better not to mention, he will speak, And still most wisely. — But, behold!...

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