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And down the streams which clove those mountains vast,

Around their inland islets, and amid
The panther-peopled forests, whose shade cast

Darkness and odours, and a pleasure hid
In melancholy gloom, the pinnace past;

By many a star-surrounded pyramid
Of icy crag cleaving the purple sky,
And caverns yawning round unfathomably.


The silver noon into that winding dell,

With slanted gleam athwart the forest tops, Tempered like golden evening, feebly fell;

A green and glowing light, like that which drops
From folded lilies in which glow-worms dwell,

When earth over her face night's mantle wraps ;
Between the severed mountains lay on high
Over the stream, a narrow rift of sky.

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And ever as she went, the Image lay

With folded wings and unawakened eyes ; And o'er its gentle countenance did play

The busy dreams, as thick as summer flies,

Chasing the rapid smiles that would not stay,

And drinking the warm tears, and the sweet sighs Inhaling, which, with busy murmur vain, They had aroused from that full heart and brain.


And ever down the prone vale, like a cloud

Upon a stream of wind, the pinnace went : Now lingering on the pools, in which abode

The calm and darkness of the deep content In which they paused ; now o'er the shallow road

Of white and dancing waters, all besprent With sand and polished pebbles : — mortal boat In such a shallow rapid could not float.


And down the earthquaking cataracts which shiver

Their snow-like waters into golden air, Or under chasms unfathomable ever

Sepulchre them, till in their rage they tear A subterranean portal for the river,

It fled — the circling sunbows did upbear Its fall down the hoar precipice of spray, Lighting it far upon its lampless way.


And when the wizard lady would ascend

The labyrinths of some many-winding vale,
Which to the inmost mountain upward tend -
She called “Hermaphroditus !” — and the pale

And heavy hue which slumber could extend

Over its lips and eyes, as on the gale
A rapid shadow from a slope of grass,
Into the darkness of the stream did pass.


And it unfurled its heaven-coloured pinions,

With stars of fire spotting the stream below;
And from above into the Sun's dominions

Flinging a glory, like the golden glow
In which spring clothes her emerald-winged minions,

All interwoven with fine feathery snow
And moonlight splendour of intensest rime,
With which frost paints the pines in winter time.


And then it winnowed the Elysian air

Which ever hung about that lady bright, With its ætherial vans - and speeding there, Like a star up the torrent of the night,


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Or a swift eagle in the morning glare

Breasting the whirlwind with impetuous flight, The pinnace, oared by those enchanted wings, Clove the fierce streams towards their upper springs.


The water flashed like sunlight by the prow

Of a noon-wandering meteor flung to Heaven; The still air seemed as if its waves did flow

In tempest down the mountains; loosely driven The lady's radiant hair streamed to and fro :

Beneath, the billows having vainly striven Indignant and impetuous, roared to feel The swift and steady motion of the keel.


Or, when the weary moon was in the wane,

Or in the noon of interlunar night,
The lady-witch in visions could not chain

Her spirit; but sailed forth under the light
Of shooting stars, and bade extend amain

Its storm-outspeeding wings, the Hermaphrodite ; She to the Austral waters took her way, Beyond the fabulous Thamondocana.

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