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She dwells with Beauty-Beauty that must die ;

And Joy, whose hand is ever at his lips
Bidding adieu ; and aching Pleasure nigh,

Turning to poison while the bee-mouth sips :
Ay, in the very temple of Delight
Veild Melancholy has her sovran shrine,

Though seen of none save him whose strenuoustongue
Can burst Joy's grape against his palate fine ;
His soul shall taste the sadness of her might,

And he among her cloudy trophies hung.


As I lay in my bed slepe full unmete
Was unto me, but why that I ne might
Rest I ne wist, for there n'as earthly wight
(As I suppose) had more of hertis ese
Than I, for I n' ad sicknesse nor disese.


WHAT is more gentle than a wind in summer ?
What is more soothing than the pretty hummer
That stays one moment in an open flower,
And buzzes cheerily from bower to bower ?
What is more tranquil than a musk-rose blowing
In a green island, far from all men's knowing ?
More healthful than the leafiness of dales ?
More secret than a nest of nightingales ?
More serene than Cordelia's countenance ?
More full of visions than a high romance ?
What, but thee, Sleep? Soft closer of our eyes!
Low murmurer of tender lullabies !
Light hoverer around our happy pillows.
Wreather of poppy buds, and weeping willows !
Silent entangler of a beauty's tresses !
Most happy listener ! when the morning blesses
Thee for enlivening all the cheerful eyes
That glance so brightly at the new sun-rise.

But what is higher beyond thought than thee? Fresher than berries of a mountain-tree? More strange, more beautiful, more smooth, more regal, Than wings of swans, than doves, than dim-seen eagle? What is it? And to what shall I compare it ? It has a glory, and nought else can share it : The thought thereof is awful, sweet, and holy, Chasing away all worldliness and folly : Coming sometimes like fearful claps of thunder ; Or the low rumblings earth's regions under ; And sometimes like a gentle whispering Of all the secrets of some wondrous thing That breathes about us in the vacant air ; So that we look around with prying stare, Perhaps to see shapes of light, aërial limnings; And catch soft floatings from a faint-heard hymning ; To see the laurel-wreath, on high suspended, That is to crown our name when life is ended. Sometimes it gives a glory to the voice, And from the heart up-springs, rejoice! rejoice! Sounds which will reach the Framer of all things, And die away in ardent mutterings.

No one who once the glorious sun has seen,
And all the clouds, and felt his bosom clean
For his great Maker's presence, but must know
What 'tis I mean, and feel his being glow :
Therefore no insult will I give his spirit,
By telling what he sees from native merit.

O Poesy! for thee I hold my pen, That am not yet a glorious denizen Of thy wide heaven-should I rather kneel Upon some mountain-top until I feel A glowing splendour round about me hung, And echo back the voice of thine own tongue ? O Poesy ! for thee I grasp my pen, That am not yet a glorious denizen Of thy wide heaven; yet, to my ardent prayer, Yield from thy sanctuary some clear air, Smooth'd for intoxication by the breath Of flowering bays, that I may die a death Of luxury, and my young spirit follow The morning sun-beams to the great Apollo, Like a fresh sacrifice; or, if I can bear The o'erwhelming sweets, 'twill bring me to the fair Visions of all places: a bowery nook Will be elysium-an eternal book Whence I may copy many a lovely saying About the leaves, and flowers-about the playing Of nymphs in woods, and fountains; and the shade Keeping a silence round a sleeping maid; And many a verse from so strange influence That we must ever wonder how, and whence It came. Also imaginings will hover Round my fire-side, and haply there discover Vistas of solemn beauty, where I'd wander In happy silence, like the clear Meander Through its lone vales; and where I found a spot Of awfuller shade, or an enchanted grot,

Or a green hill o'erspread with chequer'd dress
Of flowers, and fearful from its loveliness,
Write on my tablets all that was permitted,
All that was for our human senses fitted.
Then the events of this wide world I'd seize
Like a strong giant, and my spirit tease
Till at its shoulders it should proudly see
Wings to find out an immortality,

Stop and consider ! life is but a day ;
A fragile dewdrop on its perilous way
From a tree's summit; a poor Indian's sleep
While his boat hastens to the monstrous steep
Of Montmorenci. Why so sad a moan?
Life is the rose's hope while yet unblown;
The reading of an ever-changing tale;
The light uplifting of a maiden's veil ;
A pigeon tumbling in clear summer air ;
A laughing schoolboy, without grief or care,
Riding the springy branches of an elm.

O for ten years, that I may overwhelm Myself in poesy! so I may do the deed That my own soul has to itself decreed. Then I will pass the countries that I see In long perspective, and continually Taste their pure fountains. First the realm I'll pass Of Flora, and Old Pan: sleep in the grass, Feed upon apples red, and strawberries, And choose each pleasure that my fancy sees,

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