The Poetical Works of Robert Bridges

The Poetical Works of Robert Bridges

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Excerpt: ...be, Thou too, O much lamented now, tho' none Will turn to pity thy forsaken son, Nor thy divine sisters will weep for thee. None will weep for thee: thou return, O Muse, To thy Sicilian fields: I once have been On thy loved hills, and where thou first didst use Thy sweetly balanced rhyme, O thankless queen, Have pluck'd and wreath'd thy flowers; but do thou choose Some happier brow to wear thy garlands green. 69 Eternal Father, who didst all create, In whom we live, and to whose bosom move, To all men be Thy name known, which is Love, Till its loud praises sound at heaven's high gate. Perfect Thy kingdom in our passing state, That here on earth Thou may'st as well approve Our service, as Thou ownest theirs above, Whose joy we echo and in pain await. Grant body and soul each day their daily bread: And should in spite of grace fresh woe begin, Even as our anger soon is past and dead Be Thy remembrance mortal of our sin: By Thee in paths of peace Thy sheep be led, And in the vale of terror comforted. 222 223 SHORTER POEMS in Five Books 224 PREVIOUS EDITIONS 1. Bks. I-IV. Clarendon Press. Geo. Bell & Sons, Oct. 1890. Reprinted, Nov. 1890, 1891, 1894. 2. Bks. I-V. Private Press of H. Daniel. Oxford, 1894. 3. Do. do. Clarendon Press. George Bell & Sons, 1896. 4. Cheap issue of 3. 1899. Reprinted, 1899. 5. Poetical works of R. B. Smith, Elder & Co., 1899, vol. II. An account of earlier issues of first four books is given in notes at end of 5. 225 SHORTER POEMS BOOK I dedicated to H. E. W. 1 ELEGY Clear and gentle stream! Known and loved so long, That hast heard the song And the idle dream Of my boyish day; While I once again Down thy margin stray, In the selfsame strain Still my voice is spent, With my old lament And my idle dream, Clear and gentle stream! Where my old seat was Here again I sit, Where the long boughs knit Over stream and grass A translucent eaves: 226 Where back eddies play Shipwreck with the leaves, And the proud swans stray, ...show more

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