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A PILGRIMAGE THROUGH ‘IN MEMORIAM’ 69

When in the down I sink my head,Sleep, Death’s twin-brother, times my breath;Sleep, Death’s twin-brother, knows not Death,Nor can I dream of thee as dead: I walk as ere I walk’d forlorn,When all our path was fresh with dew,And all the bugle breezes blewReveillée to the breaking morn. But what is this? I turn about,I […]

A PILGRIMAGE THROUGH ‘IN MEMORIAM’ 68

When on my bed the moonlight falls,I know that in thy place of restBy that broad water of the west,There comes a glory on the walls; Thy marble bright in dark appears,As slowly steals a silver flameAlong the letters of thy name,And o’er the number of thy years. The mystic glory swims away;From off my […]

A PILGRIMAGE THROUGH ‘IN MEMORIAM‘. 67

You thought my heart too far diseased;You wonder when my fancies playTo find me gay among the gay,Like one with any trifle pleased. The shade by which my life was crost,Which makes a desert in the mind,Has made me kindly with my kind,And like to him whose sight is lost; Whose feet are guided thro’ […]

A PILGRIMAGE THROUGH ‘IN MEMORIAM’ 66

Sweet soul, do with me as thou wilt;I lull a fancy trouble-tostWith `Love’s too precious to be lost,A little grain shall not be spilt.’ And in that solace can I sing,Till out of painful phases wroughtThere flutters up a happy thought,Self-balanced on a lightsome wing: Since we deserved the name of friends,And thine effect so […]

A PILGRIMAGE THROUGH ‘IN MEMORIAM’ 65

Dost thou look back on what hath been,As some divinely gifted man,Whose life in low estate beganAnd on a simple village green; Who breaks his birth’s invidious bar,And grasps the skirts of happy chance,And breasts the blows of circumstance,And grapples with his evil star; Who makes by force his merit knownAnd lives to clutch the […]

A PILGRIMAGE THROUGH ‘IN MEMORIAM’ 64

Yet pity for a horse o’er-driven,And love in which my hound has part,Can hang no weight upon my heartIn its assumptions up to heaven; And I am so much more than these,As thou, perchance, art more than I,And yet I spare them sympathy,And I would set their pains at ease. So mayst thou watch me […]

A PILGRIMAGE THROUGH ‘IN MEMORIAM’ 63

Tho’ if an eye that’s downward castCould make thee somewhat blench or fail,Then be my love an idle tale, And fading legend of the past; And thou, as one that once declined,When he was little more than boy,On some unworthy heart with joy,But lives to wed an equal mind; And breathes a novel world, the […]

A PILGRIMAGE THROUGH ‘IN MEMORIAM’ 62

If, in thy second state sublime,Thy ransom’d reason change repliesWith all the circle of the wise,The perfect flower of human time; And if thou cast thine eyes below,How dimly character’d and slight,How dwarf’d a growth of cold and night,How blanch’d with darkness must I grow! Yet turn thee to the doubtful shore,Where thy first form […]

A PILGRIMAGE THROUGH ‘IN MEMORIAM’ 61

He past; a soul of nobler tone:My spirit loved and loves him yet,Like some poor girl whose heart is setOn one whose rank exceeds her own. He mixing with his proper sphere,She finds the baseness of her lot,Half jealous of she knows not what,And envying all that meet him there. The little village looks forlorn;She […]

A PILGRIMAGE THROUGH ‘IN MEMORIAM’ 60

O Sorrow, wilt thou live with meNo casual mistress, but a wife,My bosom-friend and half of life;As I confess it needs must be; O Sorrow, wilt thou rule my blood,Be sometimes lovely like a bride,And put thy harsher moods aside,If thou wilt have me wise and good. My centred passion cannot move,Nor will it lessen […]