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1. IT MUST BE SO-PLATO, THOU REASON'ST WELL
It must be so—Plato, thou reason'st well,
_'Tis the Divinity that stirs within us,
[Laying his hand on his sword.
J. ADDISON (Cato).
2. THE SPACIOUS FIRMAMENT ON HIGH THE spacious firmament on high, Whilst all the stars that round With all the blue ethereal sky, her burn, And spangled heavens, a shining And all the planets in their turn, frame,
Confirm the tidings as they roll, Their great Original proclaim. And spread the truth from pole The unwearied sun, from day to to pole. day,
What though in solemn silence all Does his Creator's power display ;
Move round the dark terrestrial And publishes to every land
ball; The work of an Almighty hand.
What though nor real voice nor
Amid their radiant orbs be found?
And nightly to the listening earth,
3. HE MANY A CREATURE DID ANATOMIZE
Almost unpeopling water, air, and land ;
Were laid full low by his relentless hand,
He many a dog destroyed, and many a cat
Could tellen if a mite were lean or fat,
M. AKENSIDE (The Virtuoso).
Some within a finer mould
5. FROM LINES WRITTEN BY A DEATH-BED' But ah, though peace indeed is Because it has the hope to come, here,
One day, to harbour in the tomb ? And ease from shame, and rest Ah no, the bliss youth dreams is
from fear ; Though nothing can dismarble now For daylight, for the cheerful sun, The smoothness of that limpid For feeling nerves and living brow;
breath Yet is a calm like this, in truth, Youth dreams a bliss on this side The crowning end of life and youth? death. And when this boon rewards the It dreams a rest, if not more deep, dead,
More grateful than this marble Are all debts paid, has all been
sleep. said ?
It hears a voice within it tellAnd is the heart of youth so light, ‘Calm's not life's crown, though Its step so firm, its eye so bright, calm is well.' Because on its hot brow there blows 'Tis all perhaps which man A wind of promise and repose quires: From the fargrave, to which it goes? But 'tis not whatour youth desires.
6. WORDSWORTH AND GOETHE BUT Wordsworth's eyes avert their For though his manhood bore the
blast From half of human fate ;
Of a tremendous time, And Goethe's course few sons of Yet in a tranquil world was passed
His tenderer youthful prime. May think to emulate.
But we, brought forth and reared For he pursued a lonely road,
in hours His eyes on Nature's plan ; Of change, alarm, surpriseNeither made man too much a What shelter to grow ripe is ours ? God,
What leisure to grow wise ?
M. ARNOLD (Stanzas in memory of the Author of 'Obermann ').
7. CALM SOUL OF ALL THINGS CALM Soul of all things ! make it The will to neither strive nor cry, mine
The power to feel with others give. To feel, amid the city's jar, Calm, calm me more ; nor let me That there abides a peace of thine, die Man did not make, and cannot mar. Before I have begun to live.
M. ARNOLD (Lines written in Kensington Gardens).
8. THE FORSAKEN MERMAN COME, dear children, let us away;
Where the winds are all asleep ; Down and away below.
Where the spent lights quiver and Now my brothers callfrom the bay; gleam; Now the great winds shorewards Where the salt weed sways in the blow;
stream; Now the salt tides seawards flow; Where the sea-beasts ranged all Now the wild white horses play,
round Champ and chafe and toss in the Feed in the ooze of their pasturespray
ground; Children dear, let us away.
Where the sea-snakes coil and This way, this way.
Dry their mail and bask in the Call her once before you go. Call once yet.
Where great whales come sailing In a voice that she will know:
by, ' Margaret ! Margaret !'
Sail and sail, with unshut eye, Children's voices should be dear
Round the world for ever and ay ? (Call once more) to a mother's ear: When did music come this way? Children's voices, wild with pain. Children dear, was it yesterday ? Surely she will come again. Call her once and come away.
Children dear, was it yesterday This way, this way.
(Call yet once) that she went Mother dear, we cannot stay.'
away? The wild white horses foam and
Once she sate with you and me, fret.
On a red gold throne in the heart Margaret ! Margaret !
of the sea,
And the youngest sate on her knee. Come, dear children, come away
She combed its bright hair, and she down.
tended it well, Call no more.
When down swung the sound of One last look at the white-walled the far-off bell. town,
She sighed, she looked up through And the little grey church on the
the clear green sea. windy shore.
She said : ‘Imust go, for my kinsThen come down. She will not come though you call In the little grey church on the all day.
shore to-day. Come away, come away.
'Twill be Easter-time in the
world—ah me! Children dear, was it yesterday And I lose my poor soul, Merman, We heard the sweet bells over the here with thee.' bay ?
I said : Go up, dear heart, In the caverns where we lay,
through the waves. Through the surf and through the Say thy prayer, and come back to swell,
the kind sea-caves. The far-off sound of a silver bell ? She smiled, she went up through Sand-strewn caverns, cool and the surf in the bay. deep,
Children dear, was it yesterday ?
Children dear, were we long
alone ? ' The sea grows stormy, the little Long prayers,' I said, “in the world
they say. Come,'I said, and we rose through
the surf in the bay. We went up the beach, by the
sandy down Where the sea-stocks bloom, to the
white-walled town. Through the narrow paved streets,
where all was still, To the little grey church on the
windy hill. From the church came a murmur
of folk at their prayers, But we stood without in the cold
blowing airs. We climbed on the graves, on the
stones, worn with rains, And we gazed up the aisle through
the small leaded panes. She sate by the pillar; we saw
her clear : Margaret, hist! come quick, we
are here Dear heart,' I said, ' we are long
alone. The sea grows stormy, the little
ones moan.' But, ah, she gave me never a look, For her eyes were sealed to the
holy book. Loud prays the priest; shut stands
the door. Come away, children, call no
For the humming street, and the
child with its toy. For the priest, and the bell, and
the holy well. For the wheel where I spun, And the blessed light of the sun.' And so she sings her fill, Singing most joyfully, Till the shuttle falls from her hand, And the whizzing wheel stands
still. She steals to the window, and looks
at the sand; And over the sand at the sea ; And her eyes are set in a stare ; And anon there breaks a sigh, And anon there drops a tear, From a sorrow-clouded eye, And a heart sorrow-laden, A long, long sigh, For the cold strange eyes of a little
Mermaiden, And the gleam of her golden hair.
Come away, away, children. Come, children, come down. The hoarse wind blows colder ; Lights shine in the town. She will start from her slumber When gusts shake the door ; She will hear the winds howling, Will hear the waves roar. We shall see, while above us The waves roar and whirl, A ceiling of amber, A pavement of pearl. Singing, Here came a mortal, But faithless was she. And alone dwell for ever The kings of the sea.' But, children, at midnight, When soft the winds blow; When clear falls the moonlight; When spring-tides are low : When sweet airs come seaward From heaths starred with broom; And high rocks throw mildly On the blanched sands a gloom: Up the still, glistening beaches,
Come away, come down, call no
Down, down, down, Down to the depths of the sea. She sits at her wheel in the hum.
ming town, Singing most joyfully. Hark, what she sings :
O joy, O joy,