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Where the apple reddens
20 Be a god and hold me
With a charm !
With thine arm !
Think thy thought-
30 Laying flesh and spirit
In thy hands.
Not to-night :
40 R. BROWNING,
LIFE IN A LOVE
So long as the world contains us both,
Me the loving and you the loath,
It seems too much like a fate, indeed !
Though I do my best I shall scarce succeed. 10 But what if I fail of my purpose here ? It is but to keep the nerves at strain,
To dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall, And baffled, get up and begin again,
So the chace takes up one's life, that's all. While, look but once from your farthest bound
At me so deep in the dust and dark,
I shape me
A GRAMMARIAN'S FUNERAL
SHORTLY AFTER THE REVIVAL OF LEARNING
Let us begin and carry up this corpse,
Each in its tether
Cared-for till cock-crow :
Rimming the rock-row !
Chafes in the censer.
Seek we sepulture
Crowded with culture !
Clouds overcome it ;
No, yonder sparkle is the citadel's
Circling its summit.
Wait ye the warning ?
He's for the morning.
'Ware the beholders ! This is our master, famous, calm, and dead,
Borne on our shoulders.
Safe from the weather !
Lyric Apollo !
Winter would follow ?
Cramped and diminished,
My dance is finished'?
Make for the city!) He knew the signal, and stepped on with pride
Over men's pity ; Left play for work, and grappled with the world
Bent on escaping : 'What's in thescroll,' quoth he, thou keepest furled ?
Show me their shaping, Theirs, who most studied man, the bard and sage,
Give ! 'So, he gowned him, Straight got by heart that book to its last page :
Learned, we found him. Yea, but we found him bald too, eyes like lead,
Accents uncertain : • Time to taste life,' another would have said,
Up with the curtain !? This man said rather, “ Actual life comes next?
Patience a moment !
Grant I have mastered learning's crabbed text,
Still, there 's the comment.
Painful or easy !
Aye, nor feel queasy.
65 When he had learned it, When he had gathered all books had to give !
Sooner, he spurned it.
Fancy the fabric
Ere mortar dab brick !
(Here's the town-gate reached: there's the market
Gaping before us.)
(Hearten our chorus !)
No end to learning :
Use for our earning.
Live now or never !'
Man has Forever.' Back to his book then : deeper drooped his head : Calculus racked him :
86 Leaden before, his eyes grew dross of lead :
Tussis attacked him. · Now, master, take a little rest!'-not he !
Not a whit troubled,
Fierce as a dragon
Sucked at the flagon.
Oh, if we draw a circle premature,
Heedless of far gain,
Bad is our bargain !
(He loves the burthen)
Perfect the earthen ?
Just what it all meant ?
Paid by instalment.
110 Wilt thou trust death or not?' He answered 'Yes!
Hence with life's pale lure !'
Sees it and does it :
Dies ere he knows it.
His hundred 's soon hit:
120 That, has the world here-should he need the next,
Let the world mind him !
Seeking shall find him.
126 Still, thro’ the rattle, parts of speech were rife :
While he could stammer
130 Gave us the doctrine of the enclitic De,
Dead from the waist down.
Hail to your purlieus,
135 Swallows and curlews!