AH! what pleasant visions haunt me
As I gaze upon the sea!
All the old romantic legends,
my dreams, come back to me.
Sails of silk and ropes of sandal,
Such as gleam in ancient lore;
And the singing of the sailors,
the answer from the shore!
Most of all, the Spanish ballad
Haunts me oft, and tarries long,
Of the noble Count Arnaldos
the sailors mystic song.
Telling how the Count Arnaldos,
With his hawk upon his hand,
Saw a fair and stately galley,
onward to the land;
How he heard the ancient helmsman
Chant a song so wild and clear,
That the sailing sea-bird
Poised upon the mast to hear.
Till his soul was full of longing,
And he cried, with impulse strong,
Helmsman! for the love
Teach me, too, that wondrous song!
Wouldst thou,so the helmsman answered,
Learn the secret of the sea?
Only those who
brave its dangers
Comprehend its mystery!
AN old man in a lodge within a park;
The chamber walls depicted all around
of huntsman, hawk, and hound,
And the hurt deer. He listeneth to the lark,
Whose song comes with the
sunshine through the dark
Of painted glass in leaden lattice bound;
He listeneth and he laugheth at the
Then writeth in a book like any clerk.
He is the poet of the dawn, who wrote
The Canterbury Tales,
and his old age
Made beautiful with song; and as I read
I hear the crowing cock, I hear the note
and linnet, and from every page
Rise odours of ploughd field or flowery mead.
OFT have I seen at some cathedral door
A labourer, pausing in the dust and heat,
his burden, and with reverent feet
Enter, and cross himself, and on the floor
Kneel to repeat his paternoster
Far off the noises of the world retreat;
The loud vociferations of the street
Become an undistinguishable
So, as I enter here from day to day,
And leave my burden at this minster gate,
Kneeling in prayer,
and not ashamed to pray,
The tumult of the time disconsolate
To inarticulate murmurs dies away,
eternal ages watch and wait.
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