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Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea,
Miscellaneous Sonnets. Part i. xxxiii. Maidens withering on the stalk. Personal Talk. Stanza 1.
Sweetest melodies Are those that are by distance made more sweet.? Stanza 2. Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know, Are a substantial world, both pure and good. Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood, Our pastime and our happiness will grow. Stanza 3. The gentle Lady married to the Moor, And heavenly Una with her milk-white lamb. Ibid. Blessings be with them, and eternal praise, Who gave us nobler loves, and nobler cares ! The Poets, who on earth have made us heirs Of truth and pure delight by heavenly lays. A power is passing from the earth.
Lines on the expected Dissolution of Mr. Fox. The rainbow comes and goes, And lovely is the rose. Intimations of Immortality. Stanza 2.
The sunshine is a glorious birth;
But yet I know, where'er I go, That there hath passed away a glory from the earth. Ibid. Where is it now, the glory and the dream ? Stanza 5. Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The soul that rises with us, our life's star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar.
And not in utter nakedness,
From God, who is our home:
i See Shakespeare, page 57.
2 See Collins, page 390.
At length the man perceives it die away,
Ode. Intimations of Immortality. Stanza 5. The thought of our past years in me doth breed Perpetual benediction.
Blank misgivings of a creature
Toid. Though nothing can bring back the hour Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower.
Stanza 10. In years that bring the philosophic mind.
Ibid. The clouds that gather round the setting sun Do take a sober colouring from an eye That hath kept watch o'er man's mortality. To me the meanest flower that blows can give Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.
Ibid. Two voices are there : one is of the sea, One of the mountains, — each a mighty voice.
Thought of a Briton on the Subjugation of Switzerland. Earth helped himn with the cry of blood."
Song at the Feast of Broughton Castle. The silence that is in the starry sky.
1 This line is from Sir John Beaumont's “Battle of Bosworth Field."
The monumental pomp of age
The White Doe of Rylstone. Canto iii.
Force of Prayer. A few strong instincts, and a few plain rules.
Alas! what boots the long laborious Quest I Of blessed consolations in distress.
Preface to the Excursion. (Edition, 1814.) The vision and the faculty divine; Yet wanting the accomplishment of verse.
The Excursion. Book 1. The imperfect offices of prayer and praise.. Ibid.
That mighty orb of song, The divine Milton.
Ibid. The good die first, And they whose hearts are dry as summer dust Burn to the socket.
Ibid. This dull product of a scoffer's pen.
Book ii. With battlements that on their restless fronts Bore stars.
Ibid. Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop Ihan when we soar.
1 Heaven gives its favourites - early death. - BYRON: Childe Harold, canto iv. stanza 102. Also Don Juan, canto iv. stanza 12.
Quem Di diligunt
Plautus: Bacchides, act iv. sc. 7. Wrongs unredressed, or insults unavenged.
The Excursion. Book iii Monastic brotherhood, upon rock Aerial.
Ibid. The intellectual power, through words and things, Went sounding on a dim and perilous way!? Ibid. Society became my glittering bride, And airy hopes my children.
Ibid. And the most difficult of tasks to keep Heights which the soul is competent to gain. Book iv. There is a luxury in self-dispraise; And inward self-disparagement affords To meditative spleen a grateful feast.
Ibid. Recognizes ever and anon The breeze of Nature stirring in his soul..
Ibid. Pan himself, The simple shepherd's awe-inspiring god!
Ibida I have seen A curious child, who dwelt upon a tract Of inland ground, applying to his ear The convolutions of a smooth-lipped shell, To which, in silence hushed, his very soul Listened intensely; and his countenance soon Brightened with joy, for from within were heard Murmurings, whereby the monitor expressed Mysterious union with his native sea.?
Ibid. So build we up the being that we are.
1 See page 465.
2 But I have sinuous shells of pearly hue;
Shake one, and it awakens; then apply
LANDOR: Gebir, book 0.
One in whom persuasion and belief Had ripened into faith, and faith become A passionate intuition.
The Excursion. Book 10. Spires whose “silent finger points to heaven.”] Book vi. Ah, what a warning for a thoughtless man, . Could field or grove, could any spot of earth, Show to his eye an image of the pangs Which it hath witnessed, — render back an echo Of the sad steps by which it hath been trod ! Ibid.
And when the stream Which overflowed the soul was passed away, A consciousness remained that it had left Deposited upon the silent shore Of memory images and precious thoughts That shall not die, and cannot be destroyed. Book vir.
Wisdom married to immortal verse.?
A man he seems of cheerful yesterdays
By happy chance we saw
The gods approve The depth, and not the tumult, of the soul.
1 An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches in flat countries with spire steeples, which, as they cannot be referred to any other object, point as with silent finger to the sky and stars. – COLERIDGE: The Friends No. 14.
3 See Milton, page 249.