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And the brown bright nightingale amorous And Pan by noon and Bacchus by night, Is half assuaged for Itylus,
Fleeter of foot than the fleet-foot For the Thracian ships and the foreign kid, faces,
Follows with dancing and fills with deThe tongueless vigil, and all the pain. light
The Mænad and the Bassarid; Come with bows bent and with emptying And soft as lips that laugh and hide of quivers,
The laughing leaves of the trees divide, Maiden most perfect, lady of light,
from seeing and leave in With a noise of winds and many rivers,
sight With a clamour of waters, and with The god pursuing, the maiden hid.
might; Bind on thy sandals, 0 thou most fleet,
The ivy falls with the Bacchanal's hair Over the splendour and speed of thy feet ;
Over her eyebrows hiding her eyes; For the faint east quickens, the wan west
The wild vine slipping down leaves shivers,
bare Round the feet of the day and the feet of the night.
Her bright breast shortening into sighs; The wild vine slips with the weight of
its leaves, Where shall we find her, how shall we
But the berried ivy catches and cleaves sing to her,
To the limbs that glitter, the feet that Fold our hands round her knees, and cling?
The wolf that follows, the fawn that O that man's heart were as fire and could
KISSING her hair I sat against her For the risen stars and the fallen cling
feet, to her,
Wove and unwove it, wound and found And the southwest-wind and the west
it sweet. wind sing.
Made fast therewith her hands, drew
down her eyes. For winter's rains and ruins are over, And all the season of snows and sins; Deep as deep flowers and dreamy like
dim skies ; The days dividing lover and lover,
With her own tresses bound and found The light that loses, the night that wins;
her fair, And time remembered is grief forgotten,
Kissing her hair. And frosts are slain and flowers begotten, And in green underwood and cover Blossom by blossom the spring begins. Sleep were no sweeter than her face to
me, The full streams feed on flower of rushes, Sleep of cold sea-bloom under the cold Ripe grasses trammel a travelling foot,
sea; The faint fresh flame of the young year What pain could get between my face flushes
and hers? From leaf to flower and flower to fruit; What new sweet thing would love not And fruit and leaf are as gold and fire,
relish worse? And the oat is heard above the lyre, Unless, perhaps, white death had kissed And the hoofèd heel of a satyr crushes me there,
The chestnut-husk at the chestnut root. Kissing her hair?
Like joy-bells crossed with death-bells
in our ears! What far delight has cooled the fierce desire That, like some ravenous bird, was
strong to tire On that frail flesh and soul consumed
with flame, But left more sweet than roses to respire, Villon, our sad bad glad mad brother's name?
ENVOI PRINCE of sweet songs made out of tears
and fire, A harlot was thy nurse, a God thy sire; Shame soiled thy song, and song as
soiled thy shame. But from thy feet now death has washed
the mire, Love reads out first at head of all our
quire, Villon, our sad bad glad mad brother's
Cleave the cold shuddering shade as
twilight clears; When song new-born put off the old
world's attire And felt its tune on her changed lips ex
pire, Writ foremost on the roll of them that
came Fresh girt for service of the latter lyre, Villon, our sad bad glad mad brother's
Might tempt, should Heaven see meet, An angel's lips to kiss, we think,
A baby's feet.
Alas, the joy, the sorrow, and the scorn, That clothed thy life with hopes and
sins and fears, And gave
thee stones for bread and tares for corn And plume-plucked gaol-birds for thy
starveling peers, Till death clipt close their flight with
shameful shears; Till shifts came short and loves were
hard to hire, When lilt of song nor twitch of twang
ling wire Could buy thee bread or kisses; when
light fame Spurned like a ball and haled through
brake and briar, Villon, our sad bad glad mad brother's
Like rose-hued sea-flowers toward the
heat They stretch and spread and wink Their ten soft buds that part and meet.
No flower-bells that expand and shrink
Gleam half so heavenly sweet As shine on life's untrodden brink
A baby's feet.
Whence yet no leaf expands,
A baby's hands.
Poor splendid wings so frayed and soiled
and torn! Poor kind wild eyes so dashed with
light quick tears! Poor perfect voice, most blithe when
most forlorn, That rings athwart the sea whence no
Then, even as warriors grip their brands
When battle's bolt is hurl’d, They close, clench'd hard like tighten
No rosebuds yet by dawn impearl'd Life holds not an hour that is better to Match, even in loveliest lands,
live in: the past is a tale that is The sweetest flowers in all the world
told, A baby's hands.
The future is a sun-flecked shadow, alive
and asleep, with a blessing in III
store. A baby's eyes, ere speech begin,
As we give us again to the waters, the Ere lips learn words or sighs,
rapture of limbs that the waters
enfold Bless all things bright enough to win A baby's eyes.
Is less than the rapture of spirit whereby,
though the burden it quits were Love, while the sweet thing laughs and
Our souls and the bodies they wield at And sleep flows out and in,
their will are absorbed in the life Lies perfect in them Paradise.
In the life that endures no burden, and Their glance might cast out pain and sin,
bows not the forehead, and bends Their speech make dumb the wise,
not the knee By mute glad godhead felt within
In the life everlasting of earth and of A baby's eyes.
heaven, in the laws that atone and
agree, IN THE WATER
In the measureless music of things, in the
fervour of forces that rest or that The sea is awake, and the sound of the
roam, song of the joy of her waking is That cross and return and reissue, as I rolled
after you and as you after me From afar to the star that recedes, from Strike out from the shore as the heart in anear to the wastes of the wild
us bids and beseeches, athirst for wide shore.
the foam. Her call is a trumpet compelling us home
ward: if dawn in her east be acold, From the sea shall we crave not her grace For, albeit he were less than the least of to rekindle the life that it kindled
them, haply the heart of a man before, Her breath to requicken, her bosom to To rejoice in the word of the sea, as a rock us, her kisses to bless as of
mother's that saith to the son she yore?
bore, For the wind, with his wings half open, “Child, was not the life in thee mine,
at pause in the sky, neither fettered and my spirit the breath in thy lips nor free,
from of old? Leans waveward and flutters the ripple Have I let not thy weakness exult in my to laughter: and fain would the
strength, and thy foolishness learn twain of us be
of my lore? Where lightly the wave yearns forward Have I helped not or healed not thine
from under the curve of the deep anguish, or made not the might of dawn's dome,
thy gladness more?" And, full of the morning and fired with And surely his heart should answer, “The
the pride of the glory thereof and light of the love of my life is in the glee,
thee." Strike out from the shore as the heart She is fairer than earth, and the sun is not in us bids and beseeches, athirst for
fairer, the wind is not blither than the foam.
may be bold
From my youth hath she shown me the
ALL IS WELL
WHATE'ER you dream, with doubt posTill now that the twain of us here, in
sessed, desire of the dawn and in trust of Keep, keep it snug within your breast,
And ay you down and take your rest; Strike out from the shore as the heart in Forget in sleep the doubt and pain,
us bids and beseeches, athirst for And when you wake, to work again.
The wind it blows, the vessel goes,
And where and whither, no one knows. Friend, earth is a harbour of refuge for
winter, a covert whereunder to flee 'Twill all be well: no need of care; When day is the vassal of night, and the Though how it will, and when, and where,
strength of the hosts of her mightier We cannot see, and can't declare.
In spite of dreams, in spite of thought, But here is the presence adored of me, 'Tis not in vain, and not for nought,
here my desire is at rest and at The wind it blows, the ship it goes,
Though where and whither, no one knows. There are cliffs to be climbed upon land,
there are ways to be trodden and
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON Strike out from the shore as the heart
AN APOLOGY FOR IDLERS in us bids and beseeches, athirst for the foam.
“BOSWELL: We grow weary when idle.
“JOHNSON: That is, sir, because others being
busy, we want company; but if we were idle. ARTHUR HUGH CLOUGH
there would be no growing weary; we should all
entertain one another." SAY NOT THE STRUGGLE NOUGHT AVAILETH
Just now, when every one is bound,
under pain of a decree in absence convictSAY not the struggle nought availeth, ing them of lèse-respectability, to enter on
The labour and the wounds are vain, some lucrative profession, and labour The enemy faints not, nor faileth,
therein with something not far short of And as things have been they remain. enthusiasm, a cry from the opposite party
who are content when they have enough, If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars; and like to look on and enjoy in the mean
It may be, in yon smoke concealed, while, savours a little of bravado and Your comrades chase e'en now the fliers, gasconade. And yet this should not be. And, but for you, possess the field. Idleness so called, which does not consist
in doing nothing, but in doing a great deal For while the tired waves, vainly break- not recognised in the dogmatic formularies ing,
of the ruling class, has as good a right to Seem here no painful inch to gain, state its position as industry itself. It is Farback, through creeks and inlets admitted that the presence of people who making,
refuse to enter in the great handicap race Comes silent, flooding in, the main. for sixpenny pieces, is at once an insult
and a disenchantment for those who do. And not by eastern windows only,
A fine fellow (as we see so many) takes When daylight comes, comes in the his determination, votes for the sixpences, light,
and in the emphatic Americanism, “goes In front, the sun climbs slow, how slowly, for” them. And while such an one is
But westward, look, the land is bright. ploughing distressfully up the road, it is