The Three Fountains; A Faery Epic of Euboea, with Other Verses

The Three Fountains; A Faery Epic of Euboea, with Other Verses

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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...edge. Forth from his loosened belt the apples fell, And, as with live delight, roll'd bounding down the dell. vr No nymph put forth a kind preventing hand; Swifter than lizards, darting one by one, They crash like glass against a milk-white stone, Then lie three sparkling heaps upon the strand. Day's vivid eye laughed gaily on the stream, But o'er the prince's heart there gloomed a deadly dream. vII Alas! it was no dream: for, sick and cold, Fixed like a sculptured marble to the place, As though he looked dread Gorgon in the face, Vaguely he stared upon the shattered gold. How long, who knows? but now a startling sight Wakes up his soul again to rapturous life and light. VIII For from each heap arose a slender jet: You might describe them diamond, pearl, and flame, For lack of more discriminating name. These high above the trees their courses set; And shooting to the sky continuous streams, Fell fountain-like again in flowers, and gems, and gleams. IX And all the while, soft strains from earth and sky Seemed to direct in delicate accord The mystic streamers, till as at a word They blend in one delicious melody, Which as it sinks and swells, recedes and nears, With tender lingering charm unseals the spring of tears. X Is he tear-blinded? or in heaven afar Sees he the triple streams commingling blaze--Fused in a diadem of molten rays-Then earthward glide a solitary star? Now all is still, but there upon the stone A maiden robed in white sits motionless alone. xr It is the spirit of all gems and flowers Distilling diamonds from her azure eyes, Which now she raises in half-scared surprise, Like one from trance recovering her powers. With timid look around she draws her vest, Then meekly sighing, folds her arms upon her breast. more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236773284
  • 9781236773289