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A man to count. But still I gain by what
I think so. My acquaintances think not.
Approach and fear not; breathe upon my brows;
Buoyantly he went. Again his stooping forehead was besprent With dew drops from the skirting ferns. Then wide Open'd the great morass, shot every side With flashing water through and through ; a-shine, Thick steaming, all alive. Whose shape divine Quiver'd i' the farthest rainbow-vapour, glanced Athwart the flying herons? He advanced, But vainly; though Mincio leap'd no more, Each footfall burst up in the marish floor A diamond jet: and if you stopped to pick Rose-lichen, or molest the leeches quick, And circling bloodworms, minnow, newt or loach, A sudden pond would silently encroach This way and that.
What makes man wretched. Happiness denied?
Not once or twice in our rough island-story
The path of duty was the way to glory:
He that walks it, only thirsting
For the right, and learns to deaden
Love of self, before his journey closes,
He shall find the stubborn thistle bursting
Into glossy purples, which outredden
All voluptuous garden-roses.
Not once or twice in our fair island-story,
The path of duty was the way to glory:
He, that ever following her commands,
On with toil of heart and knees and hands,
Thro' the long gorge to the far light has won
His path upward, and prevail'd,
Shall find the toppling crags of duty scaled
Are close uppn the shining table-lands
To which our God Himself is moon and sun.
Look yonder, love! What solemn image through the trunks is straying? And now he doth not move, yet never turns On us his visage of 'rapt vacancy! It is Oblivion. In his hand—though not Knows he of this—a dusty purple flower Droops over its tall stem. Again, ah see! He wanders into mist, and now is lost. Within his brain what lovely realms of death Are pictured, and what knowledge through the doors Of his forgetfulness of all the earth, A path may gain? Then turn thee, love, to me: Was I not worth thy winning and thy toil, Oh, earth-born son of Ocean! Melt to rain.
R. H. Horne.
Patience ! why 'tis the soul of peace;
Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Fresh as the first beam glittering on a sail,
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