Posthumous Poems

Posthumous 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. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...not worth the pain wherein he died? And in that lordly praise and large account Was not his ample spirit satisfied? He who slakes thirst at some uncleaner fount Shall thirst again; but he shall win full ease Who finds pure wells far up the painful mount. VII For the laborious time went hard with these Among the thousand colours and gaunt shapes Of the strong ice cloven with breach of seas, Where the waste sullen shadow of steep capes Narrows across the cloudy-coloured brine, And by strong jets the angered foam escapes; And a sad touch of sun scores the sea-line Right at the middle motion of the noon And then fades sharply back, and the cliffs shine Fierce with keen snows against a kindled moon In the hard purple of the bitter sky, And thro' some rift as tho' an axe had hewn Two spars of crag athwart alternately. Flares the loose light of that large Boreal day Down half the sudden heaven, and with a cry Sick sleep is shaken from the soul away And men leap up to see and have delight For the sharp flame and strength of its white ray From east to west burning upon the night; And cliff and berg take fire from it, and stand Like things distinct in customary sight, And all the northern foam and frost, and all The wild ice lying large to either hand; And like the broken stones of some strange wall Built to be girdle to the utmost earth, Brow-bound with snows and made imperial, Lean crags with coloured ice for crown and girth Stand midway with those iron seas in face Far up the straitened shallows of the firth. VIII So winter-bound in such disastrous place, Doubtless the time seemed heavier and more hard Than elsewhere in all scope and range of space, Doubtless the backward thought and broad regard Was bitter to their souls, remembering How in soft...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236672135
  • 9781236672131