Left sudden by a dallying breath of air,
He rose in silence, and once more gan fare
Along his fated way.
With nothing save the hollow vast, that foamd
Above, around, and at his feet; save things
More dead than Morpheus imaginings:
Old rusted anchors, helmets, breastplates large
Of gone sea-warriors; brazen beaks and targe;
Rudders that for a hundred years had lost
The sway of human hand; gold vase embossd
With long-forgotten story, and wherein
No reveller had ever dippd a chin
But those of Saturns vintage; mouldering scrolls,
Writ in the tongue of heaven, by those souls
Who first were on the earth; and sculptures rude
In ponderous stone, developing the mood
Of ancient Nox;then skeletons of man,
Of beast, behemoth, and leviathan,
And elephant, and eagle, and huge jaw
Of nameless monster. A cold leaden awe
These secrets struck into him; and unless
Dian had chased away that heaviness,
He might have died: but now, with cheered feel,
He onward kept; wooing these thoughts to steal
About the labyrinth in his soul of love.
My heart so potently? When yet a child
I oft have dried my tears when thou hast smiled.
Thou seemdst my sister: hand in hand we went
From eve to morn across the firmament.
No apples would I gather from the tree,
Till thou hadst coold their cheeks deliciously:
No tumbling water ever spake romance,
But when my eyes with thine thereon could dance:
No woods were green enough, no bower divine,
Until thou liftedst up thine eyelids fine:
In sowing-time neer would I dibble take,
Or drop a seed, till thou wast wide awake;
And, in the summer-tide of blossoming,
No one but thee hath heard me blithely sing
And mesh my dewy flowers all the night.
No melody was like a passing spright
If it went not to solemnise thy reign.
Yes, in my boyhood, every joy and pain
By thee were fashiond to the self-same end;
And as I grew in years, still didst thou blend
With all my ardours: thou wast the deep glen
Thou wast the mountain-topthe sages pen
The poets harpthe voice of friendsthe sun;
Thou wast the riverthou wast glory won;
Thou wast my clarions blastthou wast my steed
My goblet full of winemy topmost deed:
Thou wast the charm of women, lovely Moon!
O what a wild and harmonised tune
My spirit struck from all the beautiful!
On some bright essence could I lean, and lull
Myself to immortality; I prest
Natures soft pillow in a wakeful rest.
But gentle Orb! there came a nearer bliss
My strange love cameFelicitys abyss!
She came, and thou didst fade, and fade away
Yet not entirely; no, thy starry sway
Has been an under-passion to this hour.
Now I begin to feel thine orby power
Is coming fresh upon me: O be kind!
Keep back thine influence, and do not blind
My sovereign vision.Dearest love, forgive
That I can think away from thee and live!
Pardon me, airy planet, that I prize
One thought beyond thine argent luxuries!
How far beyond! At this a surprised start
Frosted the springing verdure of his heart;
For as he lifted up his eyes to swear
How his own goddess was past all things fair,
He saw far in the concave green of the sea
An old man sitting calmly and peacefully.
Upon a weeded rock this old man sat,
And his white hair was awful, and a mat
Of weeds were cold beneath his cold thin feet;
And, ample as the largest winding- sheet,
A cloak of blue wrappd up his aged bones,
Oerwrought with symbols by the deepest groans
Of ambitious magic: every ocean-form
Was woven in with black distinctness; storm,
And calm, and whispering, and hideous roar
Were emblemd in the woof; with every shape
That skims, or dives, or sleeps, twixt cape and cape
The gulphing whale was like a dot in the spell,
Yet look upon it, and twould size and swell
To its huge self; and the minutest fish
Would pass the very hardest gazers wish,
And show his little eyes anatomy.
Then there was pictured the regality
Of Neptune; and the sea-nymphs round his state,
In beauteous vassalage, look up and wait.
Beside this old man lay a pearly wand,
And in his lap a book, the which he connd
So steadfastly, that the new denizen
Had time to keep him in amazed ken,
To mark these shadowings, and stand in awe.
The wilderd strangerseeming not to see,
His features were so lifeless. Suddenly
He woke as from a trance; his snow-white brows
Went arching up, and like two magic ploughs
Furrowd deep wrinkles in his forehead large,
Which kept as fixedly as rocky marge,
Till round his witherd lips had gone a smile.
Then up he rose, like one whose tedious toil
Had watchd for years in forlorn hermitage,
Who had not from mid-life to utmost age
Eased in one accent his oerburdend
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