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But, propt on beds of amaranth and moly,
How sweet (while warm airs lull us, blowing lowly)
With half-dropt eyelids still,
Beneath a heaven dark and holy,
To watch the long bright river drawing slowly
His waters from the purple hill-
To hear the dewy echoes calling

From cave to cave thro' the thick-twined vine-
! To watch the emerald-colour'd water falling

Thro many a wov'n acanthus-wreath divine !
Only to hear and see the far-off sparkling brine,

Only to hear were sweet, stretch'd out beneath the pine. world of action

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The Lotos blooms below the barren peak':
The Lotos blows by every winding creek:
All day the wind breathes low with mellower tone:
Thro'

every hollow cave and alley lone
Round and round the spicy downs the yellow Lotos-dust is
blown,

matur, landrylemi We have had enough of action, and of motion we, Roll'd to starboard, roll'd to larboard, when the surge was

seething free,
Where the wallowing monster spouted his foam-fountains in

the sea. womblike
Let us swear an oath, and keep it with an equal mind,
In the hollow Lotos-land to live and lie reclined
On the hills like Gods together, careless of mankind.
For they lie beside their nectar, and the bolts are hurl'd
Far below them in the valleys, and the clouds are lightly

curl'd
Round their golden houses, girdled with the gleaming world :
Where they smile in secret, looking over wasted lands,
Blight and famine, plague and earthquake, roaring deeps

and fiery sands,
Clanging fights, and flaming towns, and sinking ships, and

praying hands. But they smile, they find a music centred in a doleful

song Steaming up, a lamentation and an ancient tale of wrong, Like a tale of little meaning tho' the words are strong ; Chanted from an ill-used race of men that cleave the soil, Sow the seed, and reap the harvest with enduring toil, "oring yearly little dues of wheat, and wine and oil;

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Till they perish and they suffer-some, 'tis whisper'd-down

in hell
Suffer endless anguish, others in Elysian valleys dwell,
Resting weary limbs at last on beds of asphodel.
Surely, surely, slumber is more sweet than toil, the shore
Than labour in the deep mid-ocean, wind and wave and oar ;
Oh rest ye, brother mariners, we will not wander more.

(1853)

LXXXII

ROSALIND

I

My Rosalind, my Rosalind,
My frolic falcon, with bright eyes,
Whose free delight, from any height of rapid flight,
Stoops at all game that wing the skies,
My Rosalind, my Rosalind,
My bright-eyed, wild-eyed falcon, whither,
Careless both of wind and weather,
Whither fly ye, what game spy ye,
Up or down the streaming wind?

II

The quick lark's closest-carolled strains,
The shadow rushing up the sea,
The lightning-flash atween the rains,
The sunlight driving down the lea,

too

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his way,

That will not stay, upon
To stoop the cowslip to the plains,
Is not so clear and bold and free
As you, my falcon Rosalind.
You care not for another's pains,
Because you are the soul of joy,
Bright metal all without alloy.
Life shoots and glances thro' your veins,
And flashes off a thousand ways,
Through lips and eyes in subtle rays.
Your hawk-eyes are keen and bright,
Keen with triumph, watching still
To pierce me through with pointed light;
And oftentimes they flash and glitter
Like sunshine on a dancing rill,

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Sharp and few, but seeming-bitter
From excess of swift delight.

And your words are seeming-bitter, bitten, terteica, o

him

III

Come down, come home, my Rosalind,
My gay young hawk, my Rosalind:
Too long you keep the upper skies;
Too long you roam and wheel at will;
But we must hood your random eyes,
That care not whom they kill,

And your cheek, whose brilliant hue bad city;

Some red heathflower in the dew,
Touched with sunrise. We must bind
And keep you fast, my Rosalind,
Fast, fast, my wild-eyed Rosalind,
And clip your wings, and make you

love:
When we have lured you from above,
And that delight of frolic flight, by day or night,
From North to South;
We'll bind you fast in silken cords,
And kiss away the bitter words
From off your rosy mouth.

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My Rosalind, my Rosalind, 1
Bold, subtle, careless Rosalind,
Is one of those who know no strife
Of inward woe or outward fear;
To whom the slope and stream of life,
The life before, the life behind,
In the ear, from far and near,
Chimeth musically clear.
My falcon-hearted Rosalind,
Fullsailed before a vigorous wind,
Is one of those, who cannot weep
For others' woes, but overleap
All the petty shocks and fears
That trouble life in early years,
With a flash of frolic scorn
And keen delight, that never falls
Away from freshness, self-upborne kecdin

With such gladness as, whenever · Perhaps the following lines may be allowed to stand as a separate poem; originally they made part of the text, where they were manifestly superfluous. (Author's note.)

The fresh-flushing springtime calls
To the flooding waters cool,
Young fishes, on an April morn,
Up and down a rapid river,
Leap the little waterfalls
That sing into the pebbled pool.
My happy falcon, Rosalind,
Hath daring fancies of her own,
Fresh as the dawn before the day,
Fresh as the early sea-smell blown
Through vineyards from an inland bay.
My Rosalind, my Rosalind,
Because no shadow on you falls
Think
To play with, wanton Rosalind ?

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LXXXIII

A DREAM OF FAIR WOMEN I READ, before my eyelids dropt their shade,

The Legend of Good Women," long ago Sung by the morning star of song, who made

His music heard below;
Dan Chaucer, the first warbler, whose sweet breath

Preluded those melodious bursts, that fill
The spacious times of great Elizabeth

With sounds that echo still.
And, for a while, the knowledge of his art

Held me above the subject, as strong gales
Hold swollen clouds from raining, tho' my heart,

Brimful of those wild tales, Charged both mine eyes with tears. In

every

land
I saw, wherever light illumineth,
Beauty and anguish walking hand in hand

The downward slope to death.
Those far-renowned brides of ancient song

Peopled the hollow dark, like burning stars,
And I heard sounds of insult, shame, and wrong,

And trumpets blown for wars ;
And clattering flints batter'd with clanging hoofs:

And I saw crowds in column'd sanctuaries;

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And forms that pass'd at windows and on roofs

Of marble palaces;
Corpses across the threshold; heroes tall

Dislodging pinnacle and parapet
Upon the tortoise creeping to the wall;

Lances in ambush set;
And high shrine-doors burst thro' with heated blasts

That run before the fluttering tongues of fire;
White surf wind-scatter'd over sails and masts,

And ever climbing higher;
Squadrons and squares of men in brazen plates,

Scaffolds, still sheets of water, divers woes,
Ranges of glimmering vaults with iron grates,

And hush'd seraglios.
So shape chased shape as swift as, when to land

Bluster the winds and tides the self-same way,
Crisp foam-flakes scud along the level sand,

Torn from the fringe of spray.
I started once, or seem'd to start in pain,

Resolved on noble things, and strove to speak,
As when a great thought strikes along the brain,

And flushes all the cheek.
And once my arm was lifted to hew down

A cavalier from off his saddle-bow,
That bore a lady from a leaguer'd town;

And then, I know not how,
All those sharp fancies, by down-lapsing thought

Stream'd onward, lost their edges, and did creep
Rolld on each other, rounded, smooth’d, and brought

Into the gulfs of sleep.
At last methought that I had wander'd far

In an old wood : fresh-wash'd in coolest dew,
The maiden splendours of the morning star

Shook in the steadfast blue.

Enormous elmtree-boles did stoop and lean

Upon the dusky brushwood underneath Their broad curved branches, fledged with clearest green,

New from its silken sheath.

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