Poems, by E.B. Barrett, Volume 1

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Page 328 - SPEAK low to me, my Saviour, low and sweet From out the hallelujahs, sweet and low, Lest I should fear and fall, and miss Thee so Who art not missed by any that entreat. Speak to me as to Mary at Thy feet — And if no precious gums my hands bestow, Let my tears drop like amber, while I go In reach of Thy divinest voice complete In humanest affection — thus, in sooth, To lose the sense of losing ! As a child, Whose song-bird seeks the wood for evermore, Is sung to in its stead by mother's mouth...
Page 76 - A poor man served by thee, shall make thee rich ; A sick man, helped by thee, shall make thee strong ; Thou shalt be served thyself by every sense Of service which thou renderest.
Page 317 - WITH stammering lips and insufficient sound I strive and struggle to deliver right That music of my nature, day and night With dream and thought and feeling interwound, And inly answering all the senses round With octaves of a mystic depth and height Which step out grandly to the infinite From the dark edges of the sensual ground.
Page 217 - Lucretius — nobler than his mood ! Who dropped his plummet down the broad Deep universe, and said ' No God,
Page 329 - EXPERIENCE, like a pale musician, holds A dulcimer of patience in his hand; Whence harmonies we cannot understand Of God's will in his worlds, the strain unfolds In sad, perplexed minors. Deathly colds Fall on us while we hear and countermand Our sanguine heart back from the fancy-land, With nightingales in visionary wolds. We murmur,—' Where is any certain tune Or measured music, in such notes as these ?'— But angels, leaning from the golden seat, Are not so minded!
Page 51 - For was I not, At that last sunset seen in Paradise, When all the westering clouds flashed out in throngs Of sudden angel-faces, face by face, All hushed and solemn, as a thought of God Held them suspended, — was I not, that hour, The lady of the world, princess of life, Mistress of feast and...
Page 190 - Earth is rocking in space. And the thunders crash up with a roar upon roar, And the eddying lightnings flash fire in my face, And the whirlwinds are whirling the dust round and round, And the blasts of the winds universal leap free And blow each upon each with a passion of sound, And sether goes mingling in storm with the sea.
Page 187 - Zeus's winged hound, The strong carnivorous eagle, shall wheel down To meet thee, self-called to a daily feast, And set his fierce beak in thee and tear off The long rags of thy flesh and batten deep Upon thy dusky liver.
Page 144 - I cover with one groan. And where is found me A limit to these sorrows ? And yet what word do I say? I have foreknown Clearly all things that should be; nothing done Comes sudden to my soul; and I must bear What is ordained with patience, being aware Necessity doth front the universe With an invincible gesture.
Page 160 - And let me tell you — not as taunting men, But teaching you the intention of my gifts, How, first beholding, they beheld in vain, And hearing, heard not, but, like shapes in dreams, Mixed all things wildly down the tedious time, Nor knew to build a house against the sun With wicketed sides, nor any woodcraft knew, But lived, like silly ants, beneath the ground In hollow caves unsunned.

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