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COLD and clear-cut face, why come you so cruelly


Breaking a slumber in which all spleenful folly was


Pale with the golden beam of an eyelash dead on

the cheek,

Passionless, pale, cold face, star-sweet on a gloom


Womanlike, taking revenge too deep for a transient


Done but in thought to your beauty, and ever as

pale as before

Growing and fading and growing upon me without

a sound,

Luminous, gemlike, ghostlike, deathlike, half the

night long

Growing and fading and growing, till I could bear

it no more,

But arose, and all by myself in my own dark garden


Listening now to the tide in its broad-flung ship

wrecking roar,

Now to the scream of a madden'd beach dragg'd

down by the wave,

Walk'd in a wintry wind by a ghastly glimmer, and


The shining daffodil dead, and Orion low in his




A MILLION emeralds break from the ruby-budded


In the little grove where I sit -ah, wherefore

cannot 1 be

Like things of the season gay, like the bountiful

season bland,

When the far-off sail is blown by the breeze of a

softer clime,

Half-lost in the liquid azure bloom of a crescent

of sea,

The silent sapphire-spangled marriage ring of the



Below me, there, is the village, and looks how quiet

and small!

And yet bubbles o'er like a city, with gossip, scandal,

and spite;

And Jack on his ale-house bench has as many lies as a Czar

And here on the landward side, by a red rock, glimmers the Hall;

And up in the high Hall-gaiden I see her pass like

a light;

But sorrow seize me if ever that light be my leading



When have I bow'd to her father, the wrinkled head

of the race?

I met her abroad with her brother, but not to her

brother I bow'd;

I bow'd to his lady-sister as she rode by on the


But the fire of a foolish pride flash'd over her

beautiful face.

O child, you wrong your beauty, believe it, in being

so proud;

Your father has wealth well-gotten, and I am nameless and poor.


I keep but a man and a maid, ever ready to slander

and steal;

I know it, and smile a hard-set smile, like a stoic, or


A wiser epicurean, and let the world have its


For nature is one with rapine, a harm no preacher

can heal;

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