Anthology of Magazine Verse

Anthology of Magazine Verse

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...of a man's life. Princes and people evermore at strife--Incense and worship--clash of armored rage--Ambition soaring up the sky like flame--Interminable war that mortals wage From century to century the same. Still Fortune holds the crown for those who dare; Mankind in many a distant otherwhere Leaps panting toward the promise of her face--But here, no more of coveting nor care. No longer here the weltering human tide Sluices the market-place and scatters wide The weak as foam, to perish where they list. Now by the Sovereign Silence purified, Spring showers all with fragrant amethyst. Were once these pulses violent and swift As those that shake the cities of to-day? How indolently sweet the petals drift From yonder nodding spray! Warming their broidered raiment in the sun, The little-bright-eyed lizards bask and run O'er fallen temples gracious in decay. Man's arrogance with calculated art Boasted in marble--now the quiet heart Of the Great Mother dreams eternal things In brief, bright roses and ethereal green, Or more exuberant, sings In poppies poured profusely to the air From secret hoards of scarlet. Nothing seen But swoons with beauty--beauty everywhere-Nothing but beauty... now. Here is the immortality of Rorne. Not where the city rises, dome on dome, Seek we the living soul of ancient might, But in this temple of green silence--here Flame purer than the vestal is alight. The world again draws near In reverence, but now it comes to pay The tribute of a nobler coin than fear. In wondering worship, not in fierce dismay, Men bow the knee to what of Rome remains. Time's long lustration has effaced her stains. All that is perishable now is past And earth her portion tenderly transmutes To evanescent beauty of her own--Jubilant flowers and...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236681959
  • 9781236681959