Mounted on panthers furs and lions manes,
From rear to van they scour about the plains;
three days journey in a moment done;
And always, at the rising of the sun,
About the wilds they hunt with
spear and horn.
On spleenful unicorn.
I saw Osirian Egypt kneel adown
Before the vine-wreath crown !
I saw parchd Abyssinia rouse
To the silver cymbals ring !
I saw the whelming vintage hotly pierce
Old Tartary the fierce !
kings of Ind their jewel-sceptres vail,
And from their treasures scatter pearlàd hail;
Great Brahma from his
mystic heaven groans,
And all his priesthood moans,
Before young Bacchus eye-wink turning pale.
these regions came I, following him,
Sick-hearted, wearyso I took a whim
To stray away into these forests
Alone, without a peer:
And I have told thee all thou mayest hear.
Young Stranger !
Ive been a ranger
In search of pleasure throughout every clime;
Alas ! tis
not for me !
Bewitchd I sure must be,
To lose in grieving all my maiden prime.
Come then, Sorrow,
Like an own babe I nurse thee on my breast:
I thought to leave thee,
And deceive thee,
of all the world I love thee best.
There is not one,
No, no, not one
But thee to comfort a poor lonely maid;
art her mother,
And her brother,
Her playmate, and her wooer in the shade.
MY heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
emptied some dull opiate to the drains
One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:
Tis not through envy
of thy happy lot,
But being too happy in the happiness,
That thou, light-wingàd Dryad of the trees,
Of beechen green, and shadows numberless,
Singest of summer in full-throated ease.
O for a draught of vintage! that hath been
Coold a long age in the deep-delvàd earth,
of Flora and the country-green,
Dance, and Provençal song, and sunburnt mirth!
O for a beaker full
of the warm South!
Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene,
With beaded bubbles winking at the brim,
That I might drink, and leave the world unseen,
And with thee fade away into the
Fade far away, dissolve, and quite forget
What thou among the leaves hast never known,
weariness, the fever, and the fret
Here, where men sit and hear each other groan;
Where palsy shakes a
few, sad, last grey hairs,
Where youth grows pale, and spectre-thin, and dies;
Where but to think is to be
full of sorrow
And leaden-eyed despairs;
Where beauty cannot keep her lustrous eyes,
Or new Love pine
at them beyond to-morrow.
Away! away! for I will fly to thee,
Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards,
But on the viewless
wings of Poesy,
Though the dull brain perplexes and retards:
Already with thee! tender is the night,
haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne,
Clusterd around by all her starry Fays;
But here there is no light,
what from heaven is with the breezes blown
Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways.
I cannot see what flowers are at my feet,
Nor what soft incense hangs upon the boughs,
in embalmàd darkness, guess each sweet
Wherewith the seasonable month endows
The grass, the thicket,
and the fruit-tree wild;
White hawthorn, and the pastoral eglantine;
Fast-fading violets coverd up in leaves;
mid-Mays eldest child,
The coming musk-rose, full of dewy wine,
The murmurous haunt of flies on summer
Darkling I listen; and for many a time
I have been half in love with easeful Death,
soft names in many a musàd rhyme,
To take into the air my quiet breath;
Now more than ever seems it
rich to die,
To cease upon the midnight with no pain,
While thou art pouring forth thy soul abroad
Still wouldst thou sing, and I have ears in vain
To thy high requiem become a sod.
Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird!
No hungry generations tread thee down;
voice I hear this passing night was heard
In ancient days by emperor and clown:
Perhaps the self-same
song that found a path
Through the sad heart of Ruth, when, sick for home,
She stood in tears amid the