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On a Poet's lips I slept
Dreaming like a love-adept
In the sound his breathing kept ;
Nor seeks nor finds he mortal blisses,
But feeds on the aërial kisses
Of shapes that haunt Thought's wildernesses.
He will watch from dawn to gloom
The lake-reflected sun illume
The yellow bees in the ivy-bloom,

Nor heed nor see what things they be-
But from these create he can
Fornis more real than living Man,
Nurslings of Immortality !

P. B. Shelley


In this still place, remote from men,
Sleeps Ossian, in the Narrow Glen ;
In this still place, where murmurs on
But one meek streamlet, only one :
He sang of battles, and the breath
Of stormy war, and violent death ;
And should, methinks, when all was past,
Have rightfully been laid at last
Where rocks were rudely heap'd, and rent
As by a spirit turbulent;
Where sights were rough, and sounds were wild,
And everything unreconciled ;
In some complaining, dim retreat,
For fear and melancholy meet ;
But is calm ; there cannot be
A more entire tranquillity.

Does then the Bard sleep here indeed?
Or is it but a groundless creed ?
What matters it ?- I blame them not
Whose fancy in this lonely spot
Was moved; and in such way express'd
Their notion of its perfect rest.
A convent, even a hermit's cell,
Would break the silence of this Dell :
It is not quiet, is not ease ;
But something deeper far than these :
The separation that is here
Is of the grave ; and of austere
Yet happy feelings of the dead :
And, therefore, was it rightly said
That Ossian, last of all his race !
Lies buried in this lonely place.

W. Wordsworth


The World is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers ;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon !
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon,
The winds that will be howling at all hours
And are up-gather'd now like sleeping flowers,
For this, for every thing, we are out of tune ;
It moves us not.-Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn,
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn ;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea ;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathéd horn.

W. Wordsworth



"CAMBRIDGE Tax not the royal Saint with vain expense, With ill-match'd aims the Architect who plann'd (Albeit labouring for a scanty band Of white-robed Scholars only) this immense And glorious work of fine intelligence ! -Give all thou canst ; high Heaven rejects the lore Of nicely-calculated less or more :So deem'd the man who fashion'd for the sense These lofty pillars, spread that branching roof Self-poised, and scoop'd into ten thousand cells Where light and shade repose, where music dwells Lingering—and wandering on as loth to die ; Like thoughts whose very sweetness yieldeth proof That they were born for immortality.

W. Wordsworth


ODE ON A GRECIAN URN Thou still unravish'd bride of quietness,

Thou foster-child of silence and slow time, Sylvan historian, who canst thus express

A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme : What leaf-fringed legend haunts about thy shape Of deities or mortals, or of both,

In Tempé or the dales of Arcady? What men or gods are these? What maidens loth ? What mad pursuit ? What struggle to escape ?

What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy? Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard

Are sweeter ; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on; Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear'd,

Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone:

Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare ;

Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss, Though winning near the goal-yet, do not grieve She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss,

For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair ! Ah, happy, happy boughs ! that cannot shed

Your leaves, nor ever bid the Spring adieu ;
And, happy melodist, unweariéd,

For ever piping songs for ever new;
More happy love! more happy, happy love !
For ever warm and still to be enjoy'd,

For ever panting, and for ever young ;

breathing human passion far above, That leaves a heart high-sorrowful and cloy'd, A burning forehead,

and a parching tongue. Who are these coming to the sacrifice ?

To what green altar, O mysterious priest, Lead'st thou that heifer lowing at the skies,

And all her silken flanks with garlands drest?
What little town by river or sea shore,
Or mountain-built with peaceful citadel,

Is emptied of this folk, this pious morn?
And, little town, thy streets for evermore
Will silent be; and not a soul to tell

Why thou art desolate, can e'er return.
O Attic shape ! Fair attitude ! with brede

Of marble men and maidens overwrought, With forest branches and the trodden weed ;

Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought As doth eternity : Cold Pastoral ! When old age shall this generation waste,

Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say'st, • Beauty is truth, truth beauty,'—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know

J. Keats


YOUTH AND AGE Verse, a breeze 'mid blossoms straying, Where Hope clung feeding, like a beeBoth were mine ! Life went a-maying With Nature, Hope, and Poesy,

When I was young! When I was young ?-Ah, woful when ! Ah ! for the change 'twixt Now and Then ! This breathing house not built with hands, This body that does me grievous wrong, O’er aery cliffs and glittering sands How lightly then it flash'd along : Like those trim skiffs, unknown of yore, On winding lakes and rivers wide, That ask no aid of sail or oar, That fear no spite of wind or tide! Nought cared this body for wind or weather When Youth and I lived in't together.

Flowers are lovely ; Love is flower-like ; Friendship is a sheltering tree ; D! the joys, that came down shower-like, Of Friendship, Love, and Liberty,

Ere I was old ! Ere I was old ? Ah woful Ere, Which tells me, Youth's no longer here ! O Youth ! for years so many and sweet, 'Tis known that Thou and I were one, I'll think it but a fond conceitIt cannot be, that Thou art gone ! Thy vesper-bell hath not yet tolld :And thou wert aye a masker bold ! What strange disguise hast now put on To make believe that Thoi art gone ? I see these locks in silvery slips, This drooping gait, this alter'd size : But Springtide blossoms on thy lips, And tears take sunshine from thine eyes ! Life is but Thought : so think I will That Youth and I are house-mates still.

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