The Poetical Works of Horace Smith Volume 1

The Poetical Works of Horace Smith Volume 1

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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. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...Thou poet-sage, whose life and mind In mutual perfectness combined The spirit's loftiest flight, with purest moral worth! Behold the withering change! amid the rays That form a halo round those volumed wits, Amid his own imperishable lays In silent, blank fatuity he sits! Seeking a respite from his curse, His body, now his spirit's hearse, Still haunts that book-charm'd room, for there alone Thought-gleams illume his wand'ring eyes, As lightnings flicker o'er the skies Where the departed sun in cloudless glory shone. Oh withering, woful change--oh living death! Lo! where he strays at fancy's aimless beck, On his dementate brow the titled wreath, A mournful mockery of reason's wreck.--Roaming by Derwent's silent shore Or dark-hued Greta's rushing roar, A human statue! His unconscious stare Knows not the once familiar spot, Knows not the partner of his lot, Who, as she guides him, sobs a broken-hearted prayer. Oh flood and fell, lake, moorland, valley, hill! Mourn the dark bard who sang your praise of yore. Oh Eydal-Falls, Lodore, and Dungeon Gill! Down the rock's cheek your tearful gushes pour.--Ye crag-envelop'd Tarns that sleep In your hush'd craters, wake and weep.--Ye mountains! hide your sorrowing heads in cloud: As sobbing winds around ye moan; Helvellyn! Skiddaw! wail and groan, And clothe your giant forms in vapour's mourning shroud. Why make appeal to these? Ye good and wise Who worshipp'd at his intellectual shrine, Ye kindred natures, who can sympathise With genius 'reft of reason's light divine, Ye whom his learning, virtue, lays, Taught, guided, charm'd in other days, Let all your countless voices be combined, As on your knees, ye pour on high This choral supplicating cry--Restore, restore, 0 God! our poet's wand'ring mind! CAMPBELL'S...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236658418
  • 9781236658418