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'A few cattle looking up askance
there again he had liberated his perception and his pleasure, and might pause for a happy moment. So he fitted on with steady purpose, and a happy industrious imagination storing his hive. His verses, though less rich and deep in loveliness than those of Keats, seem, as he so finely said of Keats's lines, “to take pleasure in the progress of their own beauty, like sea-nymphs luxuriating in the water.' He loved the triplet because it prolonged this luxury.
Leigh Hunt's reverence for literature was of the finest temper. It would have pleased him to be a servant in the train of Ariosto. His loyalty to Keats was generous and constant, untouched by a shadow of ignoble rivalry. To him, the elder of the two, Keats offered his first printed verses. And Shelley withdrew, as fearing by sigh or tear to wrong the deeper grief of him, the “gentlest of the wise,' who taught, soothed, loved, honoured' dead Adonais.
A GARDEN AND SUMMER HOUSE.
[From The Story of Rimini.]
A noble range it was, of inany a rood, Walled and tree-girt, and ending in a wood. A small sweet house o'erlooked it from a nest Of pines :-all wood and garden was the rest, Lawn, and green lane, and covert :-and it had A winding stream about it, clear and glad, With here and there a swan, the creature born To be the only graceful shape of scorn. The flower-beds all were liberal of delight: Roses in heaps were there, both red and white, Lilies angelical, and gorgeous glooms Of wall-flowers, and blue hyacinths, and blooms Hanging thick clusters from light boughs ; in short, All the sweet cups to which the bees resort, With plots of grass, and leasier walks between Of red geraniums, and of jessamine, And orange, whose warm leaves so finely suit, And look as if they shade a golden fruit ; And midst the flowers, tursed round beneath a shade Of darksome pines, a babbling fountain played, And 'twixt their shafts you saw the water bright, Which through the tops glimmered with showering light. So now you stood to think what odours best Made the air happy in that lovely nest ; And now you went beside the flowers, with eyes Earnest as bees, restless as butterflies ; And then turned off into a shadier walk, Close and continuous, fit for lover's talk ; And then pursued the stream, and as you trod Onward and onward o'er the velvet sod, Felt on your face an air, watery and sweet, And a new sense in your soft-lighting feet.
At last you entered shades indeed, the wood,
But 'twixt the wood and flowery walks, half-way, And formed of both, the loveliest portion lay, A spot, that struck you like enchanted ground :It was a shallow dell, set in a mound Of sloping orchards,-fig, and almond trees, Cherry and pine, with some few cypresses ; Down by whose roots, descending darkly still, (You saw it not, but heard) there gushed a rill, Whose low sweet talking seemed as if it said, Something eternal to that happy shade. The ground within was lawn, with fruits and flowers Heaped towards the centre, half of citron bowers ; And in the middle of those golden trees, Half seen amidst the globy oranges, Lurked a rare summer-house, a lovely sight,Smail, marble, well-proportioned, creamy white
Its top with vine-leaves sprinkled,—but no more,—
It was a beauteous piece of ancient skill, Spared from the rage of war, and perfect still ; By some supposed the work of fairy hands,Famed for luxurious taste, and choice of lands, Alcina or Morgana,—who from fights And errant fame inveigled amorous knights, And lived with them in a long round of blisses, Feasts, concerts, baths, and bower-enshaded kisses. But 'twas a temple, as its sculpture told, Built to the Nymphs that haunted there of old ; For o'er the door was carved a sacrifice By girls and shepherds brought, with reverend eycz, Of sylvan drinks and foods, simple and sweet, And goats with struggling horns and planted feet : And round about, ran, on a line with this, In like relief, a world of pagan bliss, That shewed, in various scenes, the nymphs themselves ; Some by the water-side, on bowery shelves Leaning at will, --some in the stream at play,Some pelting the young Fauns with buds of May, Or half-asleep, pretending not to see The latter in the brakes come creepingly, While from their careless urns, lying aside In the long grass, the straggling waters glide. Never, be sure, before or since was seen A summer-house so fine in such a nest of green.
Jenny kissed me when we met,
Jumping from the chair she sat in ;
Sweets into your list, put that in :
Say that health and wealth have missed me,
Jenny kissed me.
TO THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE CRICKET. Green little vaulter in the sunny grass, Catching your heart up at the feel of June, Sole voice that 's heard amidst the lazy noon, When even the bees lag at the summoning brass ; And you, warm little housekeeper, who class With those who think the candles come too soon, Loving the fire, and with your tricksome tune Nick the glad silent moments as they pass ; O sweet and tiny cousins, that belong, One to the fields, the other to the hearth, Both have your sunshine ; both, though small, are strong At your clear hearts; and both seem given to earth To ring in thoughtful ears this natural songIn doors and out, summer and winter, Mirth.
THE FISH, THE MAN, AND THE SPIRIT.