Lays and Legends of the North, and Other Poems

Lays and Legends of the North, and Other Poems

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...grace, Her gentle temper, his capacious mind, With native virtues in the boy combined To render him the joy of great and small, His parents' pride, the light of Southbrook Hall. Thus waxed the boy, thus reached his thirteenth year, When fortune's smiles were changed to frowns austere, On Henry's eyes there fell a sudden blight Involving all in universal night What words can paint the boy's, the parents' grief, When medicine's skill brought only pain's relief, But failed to bring to blighted orbs the ray Disease had banished from their earthly day? Yet fond affection cheered the darkened hour When boastful science owned her baffled power, And, ever constant, led the blinded boy To fuller streams of intellectual joy; Thus doth affection blunt the edge of woe, Illume the hearth, and gladden life below. THE HAPLESS POET'S LAST LAY. On the margin of a forest, Underneath an autumn sky, Far from face of friend or kinsman, Lay a Bard with glazing eye. In the fertile fields of Fancy He had conquered many spoils, Yet his fellows unrewarded Left his brain-exhausting toils. He had learning, he had genius, He had wisdom, he had wit; Yet for wages-earning labour Men had deemed him all unfit. Few had begged his fellow-mortals More for leave to toil than he, But he owned himself a poet, And they laughed to scorn his plea. Till by-debts and duns demented, Him in pauper livery clad, Sick, alike in mind and body, Men immured amid the mad. When the tardy law released him, Blighted both in heart and name, Little cared he more for fortune Whether good or evil came. Little valued life's existence, Though he did not loathe it quite; Nature still her countless beauties Freely spread for his delight. Far he wandered, much he suffered, Ere he passed from earth away, On the...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236640373
  • 9781236640376