Both together:let me slake
All my thirst for sweet heart-ache;
Let my bower be of yew,
Interwreathd with myrtles new;
Pines and lime-trees full in bloom
And my couch a low grass-tomb.
To A Cat
How many mice and rats hast in thy days
Destroyd?How many tit bits stolen? Gaze
With those bright languid segments green, and prick
Those velvet earsbut prythee do not stick
Thy latent talons in meand upraise
Thy gentle mewand tell me all thy frays
Of fish and mice, and rats and tender chick.
Nay, look not down, nor lick thy dainty wrists
For all the wheezy asthma,and for all
Thy tails tip is nickd offand though the fists
Of many a maid have given thee many a maul,
Still is that fur as soft as when the lists
In youth thou enterdst on glass-bottled wall.
On A Lock Of Miltons Hair
I was at Hunts the other day, and he surprised me with a real authenticated lock of Miltons hair. I know you would like what I wrote thereon, so here it isas they say of a Sheep in a Nursery Book.Jan., 1818.
Old Scholar of the Spheres
Thy spirit never slumbers,
But rolls about our ears
For ever and for ever!
O what a mad endeavour
Who to thy sacred and ennobled hearse
Would offer a burnt sacrifice of verse
Live Temple of sweet noise.
And Discord unconfoundest,
Giving Delight new joys,
And Pleasure nobler pinions:
O where are thy dominions?
To a young Delian oathay, by thy soul,
By all that from thy mortal lips did roll,
And by the kernel of thy earthly love,
Beauty in things on earth and things above,
Has vanished from my rhyme,
Will I, grey gone in passion,
Leave to an after- time
Hymning and Harmony
Of thee and of thy works, and of thy life;
But vain is now the burning and the strife;
Pangs are in vain, until I grow high-rife
With old Philosophy,
And mad with glimpses of futurity.
When I do speak, Ill think upon this hour,
Because I feel my forehead hot and flushed,
Even at the simplest vassal of thy power,
A lock of thy bright hair,
Sudden it came,
And I was startled when I caught thy name
Coupled so unaware;
Yet at the moment temperate was my blood
I thought I had beheld it from the flood!
Written Before Re-Reading King Lear
Fair plumed Syren! Queen! if far away!
Leave melodizing on this wintry day,
Shut up thine olden volume, and be mute.
Adieu! for once again the fierce dispute,
Betwixt Hell torment and impassiond clay
Must I burn through; once more assay
The bitter sweet of this Shakespearian fruit.
Chief Poet! and ye clouds of Albion,
Begetters of our deep eternal theme,
When I am through the old oak forest gone,
Let me not wander in a barren dream,
But when I am consumed with the Fire,
Give me new Phnix-wings to fly at my desire,
When I Have Fears
Before my pen has gleand my teeming brain,
Before high-piled books, in charactry,
Hold like full garners the full-ripend grain;
When I behold, upon the nights starrd face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And feel that I may never live to trace
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour!
That I shall never look upon thee
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