Sighs and Songs of Earth, and Other Poems

Sighs and Songs of Earth, and Other Poems

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...Its circuit, or its utmost line. While ages have been passing by, The seasons and the storms it braves; Stands free beneath the azure sky, Can reach the clouds, and ride the waves. 'Tis not for show or empty sound, But for protection and for shade: On earth its equal is not found, And yet by human hands 'tis made. Among the creeping worms of earth Is one, but not of this world's birth; For speed, and for the wrath it bears, No other creeping thing compares. I am not at all sure that this enigma will be found very easy of solution. I am not quite satisfied as to the answer myself. I have, however, rendered Schiller's original almost literally, and with a very likely guess, in my own mind, as to its meaning. The difficulty is in the last line. If I may be allowed to offer a clue, I would say the answer would be the same as that to No. III., though taking another phase (the external or human aspect) of what is there referred to. H With fiendish voice of angry sound, It seeks its prey with one fell bound; Both horse and rider he destroys, With malice dread, and hellish noise. Worm though it be, it seeks the air; Nor locks, nor bolts, protection are: Armour attracts its daring will, The strong man armed he seeketh still. Like thinnest blades of tender grass, He breaks the bars of solid brass; The strongest trees in sunder rends, And iron props and pillars bends. This monster of the deep abyss, This monarch of the bottomless, Shall die amid its fire and pain, And, as it slays, it shall be slain! IX. Brothers and sisters six+ are we, Born of a wondrous pedigree: The mother always gloomy, sad, The father cheerful, lightsome, glad. Meaning, no doubt, xcWand body--the one bearing the other. t "Leonardi da Vinci reduced the number of c. 1... more

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  • English
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