Poems by Jean Ingelow, in Two Volumes Volume I

Poems by Jean Ingelow, in Two Volumes Volume I

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Excerpt: ... for the love I bare her thought not long, But only a few days, full quickly told, My seven years' service strict as his of old. I must be brief: the twilight shadows grow, And steal the rose-bloom genial summer sheds, And scented wafts of wind that come and go Have lifted dew from honeyed clover-heads; The seven stars shine out above the mill, The dark delightsome woods lie veiled and still. Hush! hush! the nightingale begins to sing, And stops, as ill-contented with her note; Then breaks from out the bush with hurried wing. Restless and passionate. She tunes her throat, Laments awhile in wavering trills, and then Floods with a stream of sweetness all the glen. The seven stars upon the nearest pool Lie trembling down betwixt the lily leaves, And move like glowworms; wafting breezes cool Come down along the water, and it heaves And bubbles in the sedge; while deep and wide The dim night settles on the country side. I know this scene by heart. O! once before I saw the seven stars float to and fro, And stayed my hurried footsteps by the shore To mark the starry picture spread below: Its silence made the tumult in my breast More audible; its peace revealed my own unrest. I paused, then hurried on; my heart beat quick; I crossed the bridges, reached the steep ascent, And climbed through matted fern and hazels thick; Then darkling through the close green maples went And saw-there felt love's keenest pangs begin- An oriel window lighted from within- I saw-and felt that they were scarcely cares Which I had known before; I drew more near, And O! methought how sore it frets and wears The soul to part with that it holds so dear; Tis hard two woven tendrils to untwine, And I was come to part with Eglantine. For life was bitter through those words repressed, And youth was burdened with unspoken vows; Love unrequited brooded in my breast, And shrank, at glance, from the beloved brows: And three long...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236685806
  • 9781236685803