Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...more in terms of nature he expresses the sureness of his faith. The thought of the marshhen setting up her tiny home on the bosom of the limitless spaces of nature seems to have the virtue of freeing his soul from all disturbing doubts and disheartening fears, from all the teasing, perplexing problems of life, and of anchoring his faith securely in the boundless goodness of God. And few poets have more nobly sung this final achievement of the spirit's loftiest aspiration when, eased of the pain of its struggle, it rests after victory: Oh, what is abroad in the marsh and the terminal sea? Somehow my soul seems suddenly free From the weighing of fate and the sad discussion of sin, By the length and the breadth and the sweep of the marshes of Glynn. Ye marshes, how candid and simple and nothing-withholding and free Ye publish yourselves to the sky and offer yourselves to the sea! Tolerant plains, that suffer the sea and the rains and the sun, Ye spread and span like the catholic man who hath mightily won God out of knowledge and good out of infinite pain, And sight out of blindness and purity out of stain. As the marsh-hen secretly builds on the watery sod, Behold I will build me a nest on the greatness of God: I will fly in the greatness of God as the marsh-hen flies In the freedom that fills all the space 'twixt the marsh and the skies: By so many roots as the marsh-grass sends in the sod I will heartily lay me a-hold on the greatness of God: Oh, like to the greatness of God is the greatness within The range of the marshes, the liberal marshes of Glynn. Perhaps, however, the religiousness of Lanier's attitude toward nature, his sense of her virtue to infuse strength into the o'erwearied soul, her subtle power to calm the troubled heart, and more

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