The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Rogers; With a Biographical Sketch, and Notes
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...lov'st in fields of light; And, where the flowers of Paradise unfold, Quaff fragrant nectar from their cups of gold. 238 TO THE FRAGMENT OF A STATUE OF HERCULES. There shall thy wings, rich as an evening-sky, Expand and shut with silent eestasy!--Yet wert thou once a worm, a thing that crept On the bare earth, then wrought a tomb and slept. And such is man; soon from his cell of clay To burst a seraph in the blaze of day! AN EPITAPH ON A ROBIN-REDBREAST.84 Tread lightly here, for here, 'tis said, When piping winds are hushed around, A small note wakes from underground, Where now his tiny bones are laid. No more in lone and leafless groves, With ruffled wing and faded breast, His friendless, homeless spirit roves;--Gone to the world where birds are blest! Where never cat glides o'er the green, Or school-boy's giant form is seen; But Love, and Joy, and smiling Spring, Inspire their little souls to sing! TO THE FRAGMENT OF A STATUE OF HERCULES. COMMONLY CALLED THE TORSO. And dost thou still, thou mass of breathing stone (Thy giant limbs to night and chaos hurled), Still sit as on the fragment of a world; Surviving all, majestic and alone? What though the Spirits of the North, that swept Rome from the earth when in her pomp she slept, Smote thee with fury, and thy headless trunk Deep in the dust mid tower aud temple sunk; Soon to subdue mankind 't was thine to rise, Still, still unquelled thy glorious energies! Aspiring minds, with thee conversing, caught Bright revelations of the Good they sought;B By thee that long-lost spell in secret given, To draw down gods, and lift the soul to Heaven l16 TO... Ah! little thought she, when, with wild delight, By many a torrent's shining track she flew, When mountain-glens and caverns full of...
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