Lelio, a Vision of Reality; Hervor, and Other Poems

Lelio, a Vision of Reality; Hervor, and Other Poems

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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. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...ah! this o'erwrought sorrow Informs my mind, or 'tis a living hand Emerging from a dimly-shadow'd shape Of melancholy beauty! From its lips That move not, flows a solemn strain, yet sweet Heavily rolling O'er ages in their graves, and the vast dust Of fallen empires, Mark'd ye the chariot-wheels of Time 'Z Their ownward track they hold ' Red with undrying blood, and spatter'd By the long filth of sin. Yet, day by day The sun rejoicing rises Lighting the earth with smiles, as if she saw N o other sight but that Of a wide peace, and of a righteous joy! Mystery, mystery! Man, born of woman, walks his path between Two limits, dust and dust--The infant in its feebleness, Happy in what it knows not, good in what It cannot do, grows up into the pow'r Of unimplanted sin; While the youth, pleasure-chasing, Runs through a riotous mockery of bliss Ambition, fame, and money share The hours of manhood, with a sighing sense Of warmer days long fled, and a cold fear Of the oncoming darkness--And lo! the aged child, With limbs unknit, and palsied intellect. A little life, and next One gasp, one more, of the reluctant breath; What then? What then? Death digging a deep deep grave, And the joy of the new-born worm! And if it be life's cloudy sky is lit By some short-flashing joy, This, like the broad-cast lightning in the Heav'n, Is but a sign, reflecting from afar A better brightness. There, on that unseen fount of good, Fix the soul's earnest gaze, and there, Drink, mid thy gloom, anticipated light! Then, hark! thou fallen and aspiring man, Undying plant of the earth's dusty seed, Thy course lies clear amid This shadowy maze of life; Lean on thy God, and love thy brother, then...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236974034
  • 9781236974037