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Two plummets dropt for one to sound the abyss
Poets, whose thoughts enrich the blood of the world.
She ended here, and beckon'd us: the rest Parted; and, glowing full-faced welcome, she Began to address us, and was moving on In gratulation, till as when a boat Tacks, and her slacken'd sail flaps, all her voice Faltering and fluttering in her throat, she cried, ‘My brother l’ ‘Well, my sister.’ ‘O, she said, ‘What do you here? and in this dress? and these ? Why who are these? a wolf within the fold! A pack of wolves! the Lord be gracious to me ! A plot, a plot, a plot to ruin all!’ “No plot, no plot, he answer'd. “Wretched boy,
How saw you not the inscription on the gate,
LET No MAN ENTER IN on PAIN of DEATH !’
To tell her. O, she has an iron will,
An axelike edge unturnable, our Head,
And heard the Lady Psyche.'
I struck in :
‘Albeit so mask'd, Madam, I love the truth;
Receive it; and in me behold the Prince
Your countryman, affianced years ago
With all fair theories only made to gild
A stormless summer.” “Let the Princess judge
I shudder at the sequel, but I go.”
“Are you that Lady Psyche,' I rejoin'd, ‘The fifth in line from that old Florian, Yet hangs his portrait in my father's hall (The gaunt old Baron with his beetle brow Sun-shaded in the heat of dusty fights) As he bestrode my Grandsire, when he fell, And all else fled: we point to it, and we say, The loyal warmth of Florian is not cold, But branches current yet in kindred veins.” ‘Are you that Psyche, Florian added, “she With whom I sang about the morning hills, Flung ball, flew kite, and raced the purple fly, And snared the squirrel of the glen? are you * That Psyche, wont to bind my throbbing brow, To smooth my pillow, mix the foaming draught
Of fever, tell me pleasant tales, and read ~
& My sickness down to happy dreams? are you
s That brother-sister Psyche, both in one
; You were that Psyche, but what are you now !”
And glean your scatter'd sapience.”
Then once more, ‘Are you that Lady Psyche,' I began, ‘That on her bridal morn before she past From all her old companions, when the king Kiss'd her pale cheek, declared that ancient ties Would still be dear beyond the southern hills; That were there any of our people there In want or peril, there was one to hear And help them : look 1 for such are these and I.” ‘Are you that Psyche, Florian ask'd, “to whom, In gentler days, your arrow-wounded fawn
Came flying while you sat beside the well?