Muses nine! that I may know him.
Tis the man who with a man
Is an equal, be he King,
Or poorest of the beggar-clan,
Or any other wondrous thing
A man may be twixt ape and Plato;
Tis the man who with a bird,
Wren, or Eagle, finds his way to
All its instincts; he hath heard
The Lions roaring, and can tell
What his horny throat expresseth,
And to him the Tigers yell
Comes articulate and presseth
On his ear like mother-tongue.
For idleness to cosset, nurse and dandle;
A thing of soft misnomers, so divine
That silly youth doth think to make itself
Divine by loving, and so goes on
Yawning and doting a whole summer long,
Till Misss comb is made a pearl tiara,
And common Wellingtons turn Romeo boots;
Then Cleopatra lives at number seven,
And Antony resides in Brunswick Square.
Fools! if some passions high have warmd the world,
If Queens and Soldiers have playd deep for hearts,
It is no reason why such agonies
Should be more common than the growth of weeds.
Fools! make me whole again that weighty pearl
The Queen of Egypt melted, and Ill say
That ye may love in spite of beaver hats.
Fragment Of The Castle Builder
About my room,Ill have it in the pink;
It should be rich and sombre, and the moon,
Just in its mid-life in the midst of June,
Should look thro four large windows, and display
Clear, but for gold-fish vases in the way,
Their glassy diamonding on Turkish floor;
The tapers keep aside, an hour or more,
To see what else the moon alone can show;
While the night-breeze doth softly let us know
My terrace is well-bowerd with oranges.
Upon the floor the dullest spirit sees
A guitar-ribbon and a ladys glove
Beside a crumple-leaved tale of love;
A tambour-frame, with Venus sleeping there
All finishd but some ringlets of her hair;
A viol, bow-strings torn, cross-wise upon
A glorious folio of Anacreon;
A skull upon a mat of roses lying,
Inkd purple with a song concerning dying;
An hour-glass on the turn, amid the trails
Of passion-flower;just in time there sails
A cloud across the moon,the lights bring in,
And see what more my phantasy can win.
It is a gorgeous room, but somewhat sad;
The draperies are so, as tho they had
Been made for Cleopatras winding-sheet:
And opposite the steadfast eye doth meet
A spacious looking-glass, upon whose face,
In letters raven-sombre, you may trace
Old Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.
Greek busts and statuary have ever been
Held, by the finest spirits, fitter far
Than vase grotesque and Siamesian jar;
Therefore tis sure a want of Attic taste
That I should rather love a Gothic waste
Of eyesight on cinque- coloured potters clay,
Than on the marble fairness of old Greece.
My table-coverlets of Jasons fleece
And black Numidian sheep-wool should be wrought,
Gold, black, and heavy, from the Lama brought.
My ebon sofas should delicious be
With down from Ledas cygnet progeny.
My pictures all Salvators, save a few
Of Titians portraiture, and one, though new,
Of Haydons in its fresh magnificence.
My wineoh good! tis here at my desire,
And I must sit to supper with my friar.
Welcome Joy, And Welcome Sorrow
Of each his faction, they to battle bring
Their embryo atoms.Milton.
Lethes weed and Hermes feather;
Come to-day and come to-morrow,
I do love you both together!
I love to mark sad faces in fair weather;
And hear a merry laugh amid the thunder;
Fair and foul I love together:
Meadows sweet where flames are under,
And a giggle at a wonder;
Visage sage at pantomime;
Funeral, and steeple-chime;
Infant playing with a skull;
Morning fair, and shipwreckd hull;
Nightshade with the woodbine kissing;
Serpents in red roses hissing;
With the aspic at her breast;
Dancing music, music sad,
Both together, sane and mad;
Muses bright and muses pale;
Sombre Saturn, Momus hale;
Laugh and sigh, and laugh again;
Oh! the sweetness of the pain!
Muses bright and muses pale,
Bare your faces of the veil;
Let me see; and let me write
Of the day and of the
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