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And wherever the beat of her unseen feet,
Which only the angels hear, May have broken the woof of my tent's thin roof,
The stars peep behind her and peer; And I laugh to see them whirl and flee,
Like a swarm of golden bees,
Till the calm rivers, lakes, and seas,
Are each paved with the moon and these.
And the moon's with a girdle of pearl; The volcanoes are dim, and the stars reel and swim,
When the whirlwinds my banner unfurl. From cape to cape with a bridge-like shape,
Over a torrent sea,
The mountains its columns be.
With hurricane, fire, and snow,
Is the million colored bow;
While the moist earth was laughing below.
And the nursling of the sky; 75 I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores;
I change, but I cannot die.
For after the rain when with never a stain,
The pavilion of heaven is bare, And the winds and sunbeams with their convex
gleams, Build up the blue dome of air, I silently laugh at my own cenotaph,
And out of the caverns of rain, Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the
tomb, I arise and unbuild it again.
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY.
QUESTIONS FOR STUDY Line 7. Who is the mother"?
Line 32. Follow this wonderful picture of the sunrise as a great bird. Point out each comparison.
Line 33. How can a star “shine dead”?
This apostrophe to night is one of the most beautifully fanciful poems in the English language. Try to see the picture in each stanza.
Swiftly walk over the western wave,
Spirit of Night!
Where all the long and lone daylight,
Swift be thy flight!
Wrap thy form in a mantle gray,
Come, long sought !
When I arose and saw the dawn,
I sighed for thee;
I sighed for thee.
Thy brother Death came, and cried,
“Wouldst thou me?"
“Wouldst thou me?" - And I replied,
“No, not thee!”
Death will come when thou art dead,
Soon, too soon -
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY.
QUESTIONS FOR STUDY
Line 1. Why is the night represented as walking over the western wave, but coming out of the eastern cave ?
Why does the poet love the night ? Lines 8 and 9. What is this picture? Line 13. Why opiate wand ? Line 24. Why filmy eyed ? Discuss and explain : “wovest dreams,” line 5; star inwrought,” line 9; "opiate wand,” line 13; light rode high,” line 17.
JAMES BARRON HOPE
The author of the following poem and also of three poems in the Fifth Reader has often been called the Poet
Laureate of Virginia, and was so recognized by the Congress of the United States, when it chose him as the poet of the Yorktown Centennial in 1881. His whole life
was devoted to literature. Personally he was a man of great charm and well beloved. He has been called by his friends “A very Chevalier Bayard."
Over his tomb in Hampton is a shaft bearing this legend :
“The tribute of his
friends offered to the memory of the Poet, Patriot, Scholar, and Journalist, and the Knightly Virginian Gentleman.”