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'Twas at this season that Prince Athanase Passed the white Alps ; those eagle-baffling moun
tains Slept in their shrouds of snow; beside the ways
The waterfalls were voiceless, for their fountains Were changed to mines of sunless crystal now; Or, by the curdling winds, like brazen wings
Which clanged along the mountain's marble brow,
Thou art the wine whose drunkenness is all
Catch thee, and feed from their o'erflowing bowls Thousands who thirst for thy ambrosial dew! Thou art the radiance which where ocean rolls
Investest it; and when the heavens are blue
Its deserts and its mountains, till they wear
142 Invests it: and when heavens are blue, Mrs. Shelley, 1824. Investeth, Rossetti.
144 Shadows, Rossetti.
In spring, which moves the unawakened forest, Clothing with leaves its branches bare and bleak, Thou floatest among men, and aye implorest
That which from thee they should implore; the
weak Alone kneel to thee, offering up the hearts The strong have broken ; yet where shall any seek
A garment whom thou clothest not?
Her hair was brown, her spherèd eyes were brown,
Yet when the spirit flashed beneath, there came
THE WOODMAN AND THE NIGHTINGALE
A WOODMAN, whose rough heart was out of tune (I think such hearts yet never came to good), Hated to hear, under the stars or moon,
One nightingale in an interfluous wood
180 flame, Boscombe MS. II frame, Mrs. Shelley, 18392.
The Woodman and the Nightingale. Published, 1-67, by Mrs. Shelley, 1824, and, 68–70, by Garnett, 1862. Dated, 1818.
Or as the moonlight fills the open sky
Like clouds above the flower from which they
The singing of that happy nightingale
Of evening till the star of dawn may fail,
the silentness. The folded roses and the violets pale
Heard her within their slumbers, the abyss
Of the circumfluous waters; every sphere
And every beast stretched in its rugged cave,
Which is its cradle ; — ever from below
Of one serene and unapproached star,
Itself how low, how high beyond all height
Was awed into delight, and by the charm
Of sound, shook forth the dull oblivion
soul but one.
And so this man returned with axe and saw
Was each a wood-nymph, and kept ever green
With jagged leaves, and from the forest tops
Into their mother's bosom, sweet and soft,
They spread themselves into the loveliness
49 their || her, Rossetti.
Make a green space among the silent bowers,
All overwrought with branch-like traceries
Odors and gleams and murmurs, which the lute
Wakening the leaves and waves ere it has passed
One accent never to return again.
The world is full of Woodmen who expel
Thou wert not, Cassius, and thou couldst not be,
Last of the Romans, though thy memory claim From Brutus his own glory, and on thee
Rests the full splendor of his sacred fame;
Otho. Published, i., ii., by Mrs. Shelley, 18391, iii., by Garnett, 1862. Composed, 1817.