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For one, the youngest, hardly more than boy, With clamor. Downward from his mountain gorge
Hurt in that night of sudden ruin and wreck, Stept the long-haired long-bearded solitary,
Lay lingering out a three-years' death-in-life. Brown, looking hardly human, strangely clad,
They could not leave him. After he was gone, Muttering and mumbling, idiotlike it seemd,
The two remaining found a fallen stem ;

With inarticulate rage, and making signs
And Enoch's comrade, careless of himself,

They knew not what: and yet he led the way Fire-hollowing this in Indian fashion, fell

To where the rivulets of sweet water ran; Sun-stricken, and that other lived alone.

And ever as he mingled with the crew, In those two deaths be read God's warning “wait." And heard them talking, his long-bounden tongno

Was loosen'd, till he made them understand ; The mountain wooded to the peak, the lawns Whom, when their casks were fill'd they took aboards And winding glades high up like ways to Heaven, And there the tale he utter'd brokenly, The slender coco's drooping crown of plumes,

Scarce credited at first but more and more, The lightning flash of insect and of bird,

Amazed and melted all who listen'd to it: The lustre of the long convolvuluses

And clothes they gave him and free passage homos That coil'd around the stately stems, and ran But oft he work'd among the rest and shook Ev'n to the limit of the land, the glows

His isolation from him. None of these And glories of the broad belt of the world,

Came from his county, or could answer him, All these he saw; but what he fain had seen If question’d, aught of what he cared to know. He could not see, the kindly human face,

And dull the voyage was with long delays, Nor ever hear a kindly voice, but heard

The vessel scarce sea-worthy; but evermore
The myriad shriek of wheeling ocean-fowl,

His fancy fled before the lazy wind
The league-long roller thundering on the reef, Returning, till beneath a clouded moon
The moving whisper of huge trees that branch'd He like a lover down thro' all his blood
And blossom'd in the zenith, or the sweep

Drew in the dewy meadowy morning-breath
Of some precipitous rivulet to the wave,

Of England, blown across her ghostly wall: As down the shore he ranged, or all day long And that same morning officers and men Sat often in the seaward-gazing gorge,

Levied a kindly tax upon themselves, A shipwreck'd sailor, waiting for a sail:

Pitying the lonely man, and gave him it: No sail from day to day, but every day

Then moving up the coast they landed him,
The sunrise broken into scarlet shafts

Evin in that harbor whence he sail'd before.
Among the palms and ferns and precipices;
The blaze upon the waters to the east;

There Enoch spoke no word to any one,
The blaze upon his island overhead ;

But homeward,-home,-what home? had he a homet The blaze upon the waters to the west;

His home he walk'd. Bright was that afternoon, Then the great stars that globed themselves in Sunny but chill; till drawn thro' either chasm, Heaven,

Where either haven open'd on the deeps, The hollower-bellowing ocean, and again

Roll'd a sea-haze and whelm'd the world in gray, The scarlet shafts of sunrise-but no sail.

Cut off the length of highway on before,

And left but narrow breadth to left and right There, often as he watch'd or seem'd to watch, or wither'd holt or tilth or pasturage. So still, the golden lizard on him paused,

On the nigh-naked tree the Robin piped A phantom made of many phantoms moved Disconsolate, and thro' the dripping haze Before him haunting him, or he himself

The dead weight of the dead leaf bore it down.
Moved haunting people, things and places, known Thicker the drizzle grew, deeper the gloom ;
Far in a darker isle beyond the line;

Last, as it seem'd, a great mist-blotted light
The babes, their babble, Annie, the small house, Flared on him, and he came upon the place.
The climbing street, the mill, the leafy lanes,
The peacock-yewtree and the lonely Hall,

Then down the long street having slowly stolen,
The horse he drove, the boat he sold, the chill His heart foreshadowing all calamity,
November dawns and dewy-glooming downs, His eyes upon the stones, he reach'd the home
The gentle shower, the smell of dying leaves, Where Annie lived and loved him, and his babes
And the low moan of leaden-color'd seas.

In those far-off seven happy years were born;

But finding neither light por murmur there Once likewise, in the ringing of his ears,

(A bill of sale gleam'd thro’ the drizzle) crept Tho' faintly, merrily-far and far away

Still downward thinking “dead or dead to me!" He heard the pealing of his parish bells; Then, tho' he knew not wherefore, started up Down to the pool and narrow wharf he went, Shuddering, and when the beauteous hateful isle Seeking a tavern which of old he knew, Return'd upon him, had not his poor heart

A front of timber-crost antiquity, Spoken with That, which being everywhere

So propt, worm-eaten, ruinously old. Lets none, who speaks with Him, seem all alone, He thought it must have gone; but he was gone Surely the man had died of solitude.

Who kept it: and his widow, Miriam Lane,

With daily-dwindling protits held the house ;
Thus over Enoch's early-silvering head

A haunt of brawling seamen once, but now
The sunny and rainy seasons came and went Stiller, with yet a bed for wandering men.
Year after year.
His hopes to see his own,

There Enoch rested silent many days.
And pace the sacred old familiar fields,
Not yet had perishd, when his lovely doom

But Miriam Lane was good and garrulous,
Came suddenly to an end. Another ship

Nor let him be, but often breaking in, (She wanted water) blown by balling winds

Told him, with other annals of the port, Like the Good Fortune, from her destined course, Not knowing-Enoch was so brown, so bow do Stay'd by this isle, not knowing where she lay: So broken-all the story of his house. For since the mate had seen at early dawn

His baby's death, her growing poverty, Across a break on the mist-wreathen isle

How Philip put her little ones to school, The silent water slipping from the hills,

And kept them in it, his long wooing her, They sent a crew that landing burst away

ller slow consent, and marriage, and the birth In search of stroam or fount, and fill d the shores of Philip's child: and o'er his countenance

No shadow past, uor motion; any one,

"Too hard to bear! why did they take me thence ? Regarding, well had deem'd he felt the tale

O God Almighty, blessed Saviour, Thou Less than the teller: only when she closed,

That didst uphold me on my lonely isle, *Enoch, poor man, was cast away and lost," Uphold me, Father, in my loneliness fle, shaking his gray head pathetically,

A little longer! aid me, give me strength Repeated muttering “Cast away and lost;"

Not to tell her, never to let her know. again in deeper inward whispers “Lost !"

Help me not to break in upon her peace.

My children too! must I uot speak to these ? But Enoch yearu'd to see her face again;

They know me not. I should betray myself. If I might look on her sweet face again

Never: no father's kiss for me,- the girl
And know that she is happy." So the thought So like her mother, and the boy, my son."
Haunted and harass'd him, and drove him forth
At evening when the dull November day

There speech and thought and nature fail'd a little, Was growing duller twilight, to the hill.

And he lay tranced: but when he rose and paced There he sat down gazing on all below:

Back toward his solitary home again, There did a thousand memories roll upon him, All down the long and narrow street he went Unspeakable for sadness. By and by

Beating it in upon his weary brain, The ruddy square of comfortable light,

As tho' it were the burthen of a song, Far-blazing from the rear of Philip's house,

"Not to tell her, never to let her know." Allured him, as the beacon-blaze allures The bird of passage, till he madly strikes

He was not all unhappy. His resolve Against it, and beats out his weary life.

Upbore him, and firm faith, and evermore

Prayer from a living source within the will, For Philip's dwelling fronted on the street, And beating up thro' all the bitter world, The latest house to laudward; but behind,

Like fountains of sweet water in the sea, With one small gate that opend on the waste, Kept him a living soul. “This miller's wife," Flourish'd a little garden square and wall'd: He said to Miriam, “that you told me of, And in it throve an ancient evergreen,

Has she no fear that her first husband lives ?" A yewtree, and all round, it ran a walk

Ay, ay, poor soul," said Miriam, “fear enow! of shingle, and a walk divided it:

If you could tell her you had seen him dead, But Enoch shupp'd the middle walk and stole Why, that would be her comfort:" and he thought Up by the wall, behind the yew; and thence “After the Lord has call'd me she shall know, That which he better might have shuvn'd, if griefs I wait His time," and Enoch set himself, Like his have worse or better, Enoch saw.

Scorning an alms, to work whereby to live.

Almost to all things could he turn his hand.
For cups and silver on the burnish'd board Cooper he was and carpenter, and wrought
Sparkled and shone ; so genial was the hearth ; To make the boatmen tishing-nets, or help'd
And on the right hand of the hearth he saw At Jading and unlading the tall barks,
Philip, the slighted suitor of old times,

That brought the stinted commerce of those days:
Stout, rosy, with his babe across his knees ; Thus earn'd a scanty living for himself:
And o'er her second father stoopt a girl,

Yet since he did but labor for himself, A later but a loftier Annie Lee,

Work without hope, there was not life in it Fair-hair'd and tall, and from her lifted hand Whereby the man could live; and as the your Dangled a length of ribbon and a ring

Roll'd itself round again to meet the day
To tempt the babe, who rear'd his creasy arms, When Enoch had return'd, a languor came
Caught at and ever miss'd it, and they laugh'd : Upon bim, gentle sickness, gradually
And on the left hand of the hearth he saw

Weakening the man, till he could do no more,
The mother glancing often toward her babe, But kept the house, his chair, and last his bed
But turning now and then to speak with him, And Enoch bore his weakness cheerfully.
Her son, who stood beside her tall and strong, For sure no gladlier does the stranded wreck
And saying that which pleased him, for he smiled. See thro' the gray skirts of a listing squall

The boat that bears the hope of life approach Now when the dead man come to life beheld To save the life despair'd of, than he saw Ilis wife his wife no more, and saw the babe Death dawuing on him, and the close of all. Hers, yet not his, upon the father's knee, And all the warmth, the peace, the happiness, For thro' that dawning gleam'd a kindlier hope And his own children tall and beautiful,

On Enoch thinking, “After I am gone,
And him, that other, reigning in his place,

Then may she learn I loved her to the last."
Lord of his rights and of his children's love,- He call'd aloud for Miriam Lane and said,
Then he, tho' Miriam Lane had told him all, "Woman, I have a secret-only swear,
Because things seen are mightier than things heard, Before I tell you-swear upon the book
Stagger'd and shook, holding the branch, and feard Not to reveal it, till you see me dead."
To send abroad a shrill and terrible cry,

“Dead," clamor'd the good woman, “hear him talk Which in one moment, like the blast of doom, I warrant, man, that we shall bring you round." Would shatter all the happiness of the hearth. “Swear," added Enoch sternly, "on the book."

And on the book, half-frighted, Miriam swore. He therefore turning softly like a thief,

Then Enoch rolling his gray eyes upon her, Lest the harsh shingle should grate underfoot, “Did you know Enoch Arden of this town?" And feeling all along the garden-wall,

“Know him?" she said, “I knew him far away. Lest he should swoon and tumble and be found, Ay, ay, I mind him coming down the street; Crept to the gate, and open'd it, and closed,

Held his head high, and cared for no man, he." As lightly as a sick man's chamber-door,

Slowly and sadly Enoch answer'd her: Behind him, and came out upon the waste.

“ His head is low, and no man cares for him.

I think I have not three days more to live; And there he would have knelt, but that his I am the man." At which the woman gave knees

A half-incredulous, half-hysterical cry. Were feeble, so that falling prone he dug

“You Arden, you! nay,--sure he was a foot His fingers into the wet earth, and pray'd.

Higher than you be.” Enoch said again,

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"My God has bow'd me down to what I am; He never meant us anything but good. My grief and solitude have broken me;

But if my children care to see me dead, Nevertheless, know you that I am he

Who hardly knew me living, let them come, Who married – but that name has twice been I am their father; but she must not come, changed

For my dead face would vex her after-life. I married her who married Philip Ray.

And now there is but one of all my blood, Sit, listen." Then he told her of his voyage, Who will embrace me in the world-to-be : His wreck, his lonely life, his coming back,

This hair is his: she cut it off and gave it, His gazing in on Annie, his resolve,

And I have borne it with me all these years, And how he kept it. As the woman heard, And thought to bear it with me to my grave: Fast flow'd the current of her easy tears,

But now my mind is changed, for I shall see him, While in her heart she yearn'd incessantly

My babe in bliss: wherefore when I am gone, To rush abroad ali round the little haven,

Take, give her this, for it may comfort her ; Proclaiming Enoch Arden and his woes ;

It will moreover be a token to her
But awed and promise-bounden she forbore,

That I am he."
Saying only, “See your bairns before you go!
Eh, let me fetch 'em, Arden," and arose

He ceased ; and Miriam Lane Eager to bring them down, for Enoch hung

Made such a voluble answer promising all, A moment on her words, but then replied:

That once again he rollid his eyes upon her

Repeating all he wish'd, and once again “Woman, disturb me not now at the last,

She promised. But let me hoid my purpose till I die.

Then the third night after this, Sit down again; mark me and understand,

While Enoch slumber'd motionless and pale, While I have power to speak. I charge you now, And Miriam watch'd and dozed at intervals, When you shall see her, tell her that I died There came so loud a calling of the sea, Blessmg her, praying for her, loving her;

That all the houses in the haven rang. Save for the bar between us, loving her

He woke, he rose, he spread his arms abroad As when she laid her head beside my own. Crying with a loud voice “A sail! a sail! And tell my danghter Annie, whom I saw

I am saved ;" and so fell back and spoke no more So like her mother, that my latest breath Was spent in blessing her and praying for her. So past the strong heroic soul away. And tell my son that I died blessing him.

And when they buried him the little port And say to Philip that I blest him too;

Had seldom seen a costlier funeral.




With Averill, and a year or two before

Call'd to the bar, but ever call'd away

By one low voice to one dear neighborhood,
Dost are our frames; and, gilded dust, our pride Would often, in his walks with Edith, claim
Looks only for a moment whole and sound; A distant kinship to the gracious blood
Like that long-buried body of the king,

That shook the heart of Edith hearing him.
Found lying with his urns and ornaments,
Which at a touch of light, an air of heaven,

Sanguine he was: a but less vivid bue
Slipt into ashes and was found no more.

Than of that islet in the chestnut-bloom

Flamed in his cheek: and cager eyes, that still Here is a story which in rougher shape

Took joyful note of all things joyful, beam'd Came from a grizzled cripple, whom I saw

Beneath a manelike mass of rolling gold, Sunning himself in a waste field alone

Their best and brightest, when they dwelt on hers, Old, and a mine of memories-who bad served, Edith, whose pensive beauty, perfect else, Long since, a bygone Rector of the place,

But subject to the season or the mood, And been himself a part of what he told.

Shone like a mystic star between the less

And greater glory varying to and fro, SIR AYLMER AYLMER, that almighty man,

We know not wherefore ; bouyteously made, The county God-in whose capacious hall,

And yet so finely, that a troublous touch Hung with a hundred shields, the family tree Thinn'd, or would seem to thin her in a day, Sprang from the midriff of a prostrate king- A joyous to dilate, as toward the light. Whose blazing wyvern weathercock'd the spire, And these had been together from the first. Stood from his walls and wing'd his entry-gates Leolin's tirst nurse was, five years after, hers: And swang besides on many a windy sign

So much the boy foreran ; but when his date Whose eyes from under a pyramidal head

Doubled her own, for want of playmates, he Saw from his windows nothing save his own- (Since Averill was a decade and a half What lovelier of his own had he than her,

His elder, and their parents underground) His only child, his Edith, whom he loved

Had tost his ball and town his kite, and rollid As heiress and not heir regretfully?

His hoop to pleasure Edith, with her dipt But “he that marries her marries her name Against the rush of the air in the prove swing, Tbis fiat somewhat soothed himself and wife, Made blossom-ball or daisy-chain, arranged His wife a faded beauty of the Baths,

Her garden, sow'd her name and kept it green Insipid as the queen upon a card :

In living letters, told her fairy-tales,
Her all of thought and bearing hardly more Show'd her the fairy footings on the grass,
Than his own shadow in a sickly sun.

The little dells of cowslip, fairy palms,

The petty m'arestail forest, fairy pines, A land of hops and poppy-mingled corn,

Or from the tiny pitted target blew Little abont it stirring save a brook!

What look'd a flight of fairy arrows aim'd A sleepy land where under the same wheel

All at one mark, all hitting: make-believes The same old rut would deepen year by year; For Edith and himself: or else he forged, Where almost all the village had one name;

But that was later, boyish histories Where Aylmer follow'd Aylmer at the Hall

Of battle, bold adventure, dungeon, wreck, And Averill Averill at the Rectory

Flights, terrors, sudden rescues, and true love Thrice over: so that Rectory and Hall,

Crown'd after trial; sketches rude and faint, Bound in an immemorial intimacy,

But where a passion yet unborn perhaps
Were open to each other: tho' to dream

Lay hidden as the music of the moon
That Love could bind them closer well had made Sleeps in the plain eggs of the nightingale.
The hoar hair of the Baronet bristle up

And thus together, save for college-times
With horror, worse than had he heard his priest Or Temple-eaten terms, a conple, fair
Preach an inverted scripture, sons of men

As ever painter painted, poet sang, Daughters of God; so sleepy was the land.

Or Heav'n in lavish bounty moulded, grew.

And more and more, the maiden woman-grown, Ant might not Averill, had he will'd it so, He wasted hours with Averill; there, when first Somewhere beneath his own low range of roofs, The tented winter-field was broken up Have also set his many-shielded tree?

Into that phalanx of the summer spears There was an Aylmer-Averill marriage once, That soon should wear the garland ; there again When the red rose was redder than itself,

When hurr and bine were gatherd; lastly there And York's white rose as red as Lancaster's, At Christmas; ever welcome at the Hall, With wounded peace which each had prick'd to On whose dull sameness his full tide of youth death.

Broke with a phosphorescence cheering even "Not proven," Averill said, or langhingly,

My lady ; and the Baronet yet had laid "Some other race of Averills "-proy'n or no, No bar between them: dull and self-involved, What cared he? what, if other or the same ?

Tall and erect, but bending from his height He lean'd not on his fathers but himself.

With half-allowing smiles for all the world, But Leolin, his brother, living oft

And mighty courteous in the main-his pride

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Lay deeper than to wear it as his ring

Sir Aylmer half forgot his lazy smile He, like an Aylmer in his Aylmerism,

of patron "Good ! my lady's kinsman! good !" Would care no more for Leolin's walking with her My lady with her fingers interlock'd, Than for his old Newfoundland's, when they ran And rotatory thumbs on silken knees, To loose him at the stables, for he rose

Call'd all her vital spirits into each ear Twofooted at the limit of his chain,

To listen: unawares they flitied off, Roaring to make a third: and how should Love, Busying themselves about the flowerage Whom the cross-lightnings of four chance-met eyes That stood from out a stiff brocade in which, Flash into fiery life from nothing, follow

The meteor of a splendid season, she, Such dear familiarities of dawn ?

Once with this kinsman, ah so long ago, Seldom, but when he does, Master of all.

Stept thro' the stately miuuet of those days:

But Edith's eager fancy hurried with him
So these young hearts not knowing that they loved, Suatch'd thro' the perilous passes of his life:
Not she at least, nor conscious of a bar

Till Leolin ever watchful of her eye
Between them, nor by plight or broken ring Hated him with a momentary bate.
Bound, but an immemorial intimacy,

Wife-hunting, as the rumor ran, was he: Wander'd at will, but oft accompanied

I know not, for he spoke not, only shower'd
By Averill: his, a brother's love, that hung

His oriental gifts on every one
With wings of brooding shelter o'er her peace, And most on Edith : like a storm he came,
Might have been other, save for Leolin's-

And shook the house, and like a storm he went.
Who knows? but so they wander'd, hour by hour
Gatherd the blossom that rebloom'd, and drank Among the gifts he left her (possibly
The magic cup that fill'd itself anew.

He flow'd and ebb‘d uncertain, to return

When others had been tested) there was one, A whisper half reveal'd her to herself.

A dagger, in rich sheath with jewels on it For out beyond her lodges, where the brook Sprinkled about in gold that branch'd itself Vocal, with here and there a silence, ran

Fine as ice-ferns on January panes By sallowy rims, arose the laborers' homes,

Made by a breath. I know not whence at first, A frequent haunt of Edith, on low knolls

Nor of what race, the work; but as he told That dimpliog died into each other, huts

The story, storming a hill-fort of thieves At random scatter'd, each a nest in bloom.

He got it; for their captain after fight, Her art, her hand, her counsel all had wrought His comrades having fought their last below, About them: here was one that, summer-blanch'd, Was climbing up the valley : at whom he shot: Was parcel-bearded with the traveller's-joy

Down from the beetling crag to wbich he clung In Autumu, parcel ivy-ciad; and here

Tumbled the tawny rascal at his feet,
The warm-blue breathings of a hidden hearth This dagger with him, which when now admired
Broke from a bower of vine and honeysuckle: By Edith whom his pleasure was to please,
One look'd all rosetree, and another wore

At once the costly Sahib yielded to her.
A close-set robe of jasmine sown with stars :
This had a rosy sea of gillyflowers

And Leolin, coming after he was gone,
About it; this a milky-way on earth,

Tost over all her presents petulantly: Like visions in the Northern dreamer's heavens, And when she show'd the wealthy scabbard, saying A lily-avenue climbing to the doors ;

“Look what a lovely piece of workmanship !" One, almost to the martin-haunted eaves

Slight was his answer “Well-I care not for it: A summer burial deep in hollyhocks ;

Then playing with the blade he prick'd his hand, Each, its own charm; and Edith's everywhere: “A gracious gift to give a lady, this !" And Edith ever visitant with him,

“But would it be more gracious," ask'd the girl, He but less loved than Edith, of her poor:

“Were I to give this gift of his to one For she-so lowly-lovely and so loving,

That is no lady?" “Gracious! No," said he. Qreenly responsive when the loyal hand

“Me!-but I cared not for it. ( pardon me, Rose from the clay it work'd in as she past, I seem to be ungraciousness itself." Not sowing hedgerow texts and passing by, “ Take it,” she added sweetly, “tho' his gift; Nor dealing goodly counsel from a height

For I am more ungracious ev'n than you, That makes the lowest hate it, but a voice

I care not for it either;" and he said Of comfort and an open hand of help,

"Why then I love it:" but Sir Aylmer past, A splendid presence flattering the poor roofs And neither loved nor liked the thing he heard. Revered as theirs, but kindlier than themselves To ailing wife or wailing infancy

The next day came a neighbor. Blues and reds Or old bedridden palsy,—was adored ;

They talkd of: blues were sure of it, he thought: Hé, loved for her and for himself.

Then of the latest fox-where started--kill'd Having the warmth and muscle of the heart,

In such a bottom: “Peter had the brush, A childly way with children, and a laugh

My Peter, first:" and did Sir Aylmer know Ringing like proven golden coinage true,

That great pock-pitten fellow had been canght ? Were no false passport to that easy realm,

Then made his pleasure echo, hand to hand, Where once with Leolin at her side the girl, And rolling as it were the substance of it Nursing a child, and turning to the warmth

Between his palms a moment np and downThe tender pink five-beaded baby-soles,

“ The birds were warm, the birds were warm upon Heard the good mother softly whisper “Bless, God bless 'em; marriages are made in Heaven." We have him now:” and had Sir Aylmer heard

Nay, but he must-the land was ringing of itA flash of semi-jealonsy clear'd it to her.

This blacksmith-border marriage-one they knerMy Lady's Indian kinsman upannounced

Raw from the nursery--who could trust a child With half a score of swarthy faces came.

That cursed France with her egalities! His own, tho' keen and bold and soldierly,

And did Sir Aylmer (deferentially Sear'ı by the close ecliptic, was not fair ;

With nearing chair and lower'd accent) thinkFrirer his talk, a tongue that ruled the hour, For people talk'd--that it was wholly wise Tho' seeming boastful: 80 when first he dash'd To let that handsome fellow Averill walk into the chronicle of a deedful day,

So freely with his daughter? people talk'd

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