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33 BROAD-BREASTED Pollards, with broad- Describebranching heads.
the never-bloomless Furze--and the
transition to the Gordonia Lasianthus. 34
[Which is done at great length, in 'Twas sweet to know it only possible- prose. “ The never-bloomless furze” Some wishes cross'd my mind and dimly occurs in the sixth line of Fears in cheer'd it
39 In these, the pale unwarming light of
The sunshine lies on the cottage-wall,
A-shining thro' the snow.
A maniac in the woods—She crosses Behind the thin
heedlessly the woodman's path--scourg'd Grey cloud that cover'd but not hid the by rebounding boughs.
sky The round full moon look'd small.
[Compare this with discarded stanza in
• Intro. to the Tale of the Dark Ladie' [See Christabel, 11. 16, 17.
[‘Love'], as printed in the Morning Post, The thin grey cloud is spread on high, Dec. 21, 1799.
See Note 1 23.
And how he cross'd the woodman's paths,
How bows rebounding scourg'd his The subtle snow in every breeze, rose
limbs, curling from the grove, like pillars of
And low stubs gor'd his feet.-ED.] cottage smoke. [See The Picture; or, The Lover's Resolu
41 tion, 11. 148-150.
SABBATH-DAY All the air is calm. The smoke from cottage-chimneys, tinged From the Miller's mossy wheel the with light,
water-drops dripp'd leisurely. Rises in columns.-ED.]
42 Hartley fell down and hurt himself.
The merry nightingale I caught him up angry and screaming— | That crowds, and hurries, and precipiand ran out of doors with him. The
tates moon caught his eye-he ceased crying With fast thick warble his delicious immediately-and his eyes and the tears
notes in them, how they glittered in the sand so on, down to “Of all its music' moonlight !
--the passage verbatim et literatim as [See this versified at the end of The it has appeared in all the editions of Nightingale: a Conversation Poem.-- The Nightingale: a Conversation Poem.
65 SOLE maid, associate sole, to me beyond Compare, above all living creature dearThoughts, which have found their harbour
in thy breast, Dearest ! methought of him to thee so
dear ! MS.
66 O BEAUTY in a beauteous body dight! Body that veiling brightness, became
bright.Fair cloud which less we see, than by
thee see the light.
AN UNCOMPOSED POEM
For there, there's hope ;
Long live the Pope !
69 A SUMPTUOUS and magnificent Revenge. MS.
70 LET Eagle bid the Tortoise sunward
soarAs vainly Strength speaks to a broken
The builder left one narrow rent,
Two wedded hearts, if ere were such, Contented most in discontent, Still these cling, and try in vain to
touch! O Joy! with thy own joy at strife,
That yearning for the Realms above Wouldst die into intensest Life,
And Union absolute of Love ! MS.
EPIGRAM ON KEPLER
FROM THE GERMAN
No mortal spirit yet had clomb so high As Kepler-yet his Country saw him
die For very want! the Minds alone he fed, And so the Bodies left him without bread. The Friend for Nov. 30, 1809 (1818, ii. 95;
1850, ij. 69).
And tell me of my Father yet unseen, Fann'd the calm air upon the brow of Sweet tales, and true, that lull me into Toil.
And leave me dreaming.
79 I have experienced His own fair countenance, his kingly foreThe worst the world can wreak on me—
head, the worst That can make Life indifferent, yet dis- His tender smiles, love's day-dawn on his turb
lips, With whisper'd discontent the dying The sense, and spirit, and the light divine,
At the same moment in his steadfast eye prayerI have beheld the whole of all, wherein
Where Virtue's native crest, th' immortal
soul's My heart had any interest in this life To be disrent and torn from off my Hopes Genial, and pleasant to his guardian angel.
Unconscious meek self-heraldry,--to man That nothing now is left. Why then
He suffer'd nor complain’d ;—though oft live on?
with tears That hostage that the world had in its
He mourn'd th’ oppression of his helpless keeping
Yea, with a deeper and yet holier grief
Was but the veil of purest meditation whither?
Pierced thro' and saturate with the rays
Remains, i. 277.
1812. Well may I break the pact, this league of
[See Teresa's speech to Valdez in ReBlood
morse, iv. 2. -Ed.]
BREVITY OF THE GREEK AND 77
As when the new or full Moon urges
As an instance of compression and brevity in narration, unattainable in any language but the Greek, the following distich was quoted :
χρυσόν ανήρ ευρών, έλιπε βρόχον αυτάρ
82 ο χρυσόν δν λίπεν, ουχ εύρων, ήψεν, δν εύρε, βρόχον. IN the two following lines, for instance,
there is nothing objectionable, nothing This was denied by one of the com- which would preclude them from formpany, who instantly rendered the lines ing, in their proper place, part of a in English. ...
It is a mere trial of descriptive poem : comparative brevity, -— wit and poetry quite out of the question :
Behold yon row of pines, that shorn and
bow'd . Jack finding gold left a rope on the Bend from the sea-blast, seen at twilight
eve. ground; Bill missing his gold used the rope which But with a small alteration of rhythm, he found.
the same words would be equally in their S. T. C. in Omniana, 1812, ii. 123.
place in a book of topography, or in a
descriptive tour. The same image will [In Moore's Memoirs, vii. 85, he says rise into a semblance of poetry if thus that Wordsworth gave him the following conveyed :as his (Wordsworth's) attempt :
Yon row of bleak and visionary pines, A thief found gold, and left a rope, but By twilight glimpse discerned, mark ! he [who] could not find
how they flee
From the fierce sea-blast, all their tresses The gold he left tied on the rope the
Streaming before them.
83 Written on a fly-leaf of a copy of Field on
EFQENKAITIAN the Church, folio, 1628, under the name of a former possessor of the volume inscribed thus : The following burlesque on the Fichtean ‘Hannah Scollock, her book, February 10, 1787.' Egoismus may, perhaps, be amusing to the few
who have studied the system, and to those who This, Hannah Scollock ! may have been
are unacquainted with it, may convey as tolerthe case ;
able a likeness of Fichte's idealism as can be Your writing therefore I will not erase. expected from an avowed caricature. [S. T. C.] But now this book, once yours, belongs The Categorical Imperative, or the Annunciato me,
tion of the New Teutonic God, ETNENKAIIIAN : The Morning Post's and Courier's a dithyrambic Ode, by Querkopf Von Klubstick, S. T. C.;
Grammarian, and Subrector in Gymnasio. ... Elsewhere in College, knowledge, wit Eu! Dei vices gerens, ipse Divus, and scholarage
(Speak English, friend !) the God ImTo friends and public known as S. T.
Here on this market-cross aloud I cry: Witness hereto my hand, on Ashly Green,
I, I, I! I itself I ! One thousand, twice four hundred, and
The form and the substance, the what fourteen
and the why, Year of our Lord and of the month
The when and the where, and the low November
and the high, The fifteenth day, if right I do remember.
The inside and outside, the earth and Remains, iii. 57:
ou, and he, and he, you and I, Truly Pisa indeed is of Jove, 111 souls and all bodies are I itself I ! But the Olympiad (or, the Olympian All I itself I !
games) did Hercules establish, (Fools ! a truce with this start- The first-fruits of the spoils of war. ing!)
But Theron for the four-horsed car
That bore victory to him,
The Just, the Hospitable, Thus cried the God with high imperial The Bulwark of Agrigentum, tone :
Of renowned fathers In robe of stiffest state, that scoff'd at The Flower, even him beauty,
Who preserves his native city erect and A pronoun-verb imperative he shone
1815. Then substantive and plural - singular Biog. Lit. 1817, ii. 90 ; 1847, ii. 93.
grown, He thus spake on :- Behold in I alone (For Ethics boast a syntax of their own)
85 Or if in ye, yet as I doth depute ye,
TRANSLATION OF A FRAGMENT In O! I, you, the vocative of duty !
OF HERACLITUS I of the world's whole Lexicon the root !
IN a marginal note on Select Dis. Of the whole universe of touch, sound,
courses, by John Smith, of Queens' Colsight, The genitive and ablative to boot :
lege, Cambridge, 1660, printed in the
Remains, iii. 418, Coleridge complains The accusative of wrong, the nom’native
that his author is wrong in stating that of right,
the Sibyl was noted by Heraclitus “as And in all cases the case absolute !
one speaking ridiculous and unseemly Self-construed, I all other moods de
speeches with her furious mouth.' This cline :
fragment' (says Coleridge) “is misquoted Imperative, from nothing we derive us ;
and misunderstood : for yelaotà it should Yet as a super-postulate of mine,
be åuvplotà, unperfumed, inornate lays, Unconstrued antecedence I assign,
not redolent of art. Render it thus :To X Y Z, the God Infinitivus !' Biog. Literaria, 1817, i. 148 n.
But by the power of the informing Word TRANSLATION OF THE FIRST
OF THE FIRST Roll sounding onward through a thou-
Her deep prophetic bodements.
Στόματι μαινομένω is with ecstatic As nearly as possible word for word.' mouth.' [S. T. C.] In the Statesman's
Manual (1816, p. 32) Coleridge gives Ye harp-controlling hymns !
the following as a prose translation of the or,
same passage : ‘Multiscience (or a variety Ye hymns the sovereigns of harps ! and quantity of acquired knowledge) does What God ? what Hero !
not teach intelligence. But the Sibyll What Man shall we celebrate ?
with wild enthusiastic mouth shrilling