You are on page 1of 120


Shelf ..Y2l.l5 (H 5



O 1892. vita posse priore friii. — Martial ROBERT CLARKE & CINCINNATI. y Hoc est Vivere bis. BY WILLIAM ENTRIKEN BAILY. CO. .CLASSICAL POEMS.

. by William Entriken Baily. 1891.QJ' Copyright.

is many didactic." on the contrary. its intellectual its characters for instructive effects. are not all classical in are often classical in spirit. this nature having perhaps an entirely different bias in another reader. Wordsworth and Tennyson. If a reader of its that its strain. it has been shown by an epic grouping of noble other eminent critics that feels it is one. because the elements in are of a drama with the more complex order. perhaps. and do it justice. moralists and theologians of his time). a true It has been shown by is eminent critics on both sides of the Atlantic that this principle in the art of verse . are of the didactic kind. Though they igin first. Collins. of unlike bent in appreciit may write in combination a critique on an epic. to the animus of a great deal of what constitutes orthodox English poetry. finer subtile agreements with the elements of civilization perpetually in play (that have been taught the author by the philosophers. his feelings must certainly be a judge to himself in the matter. as found in the pages of Shakespeare. with. but also of a drama ation. subjects. in a like and thus the two are unable to feel and see manner. Milton. to They owe their or- temperamental characteristics secondly. . It may be well to refer to of the essential number some of the conditions by which the poems in this book has been produced. tenor. tions naturally appropriate to themselves His emowhat supports the nature of their instincts. but often takes four to write one on a it same result. at its best. and the occasional free display of them in the course of the story. (iii) . not only in the perusal of an epic. in his school. as The undercurrent much so of (if meaning of the not more) as cera false tain passages in Spenser's " Fairy Queen.PREFACE. but not to others. Two able readers. influences at work from Shelley and poems. yet those that are not as well as lyrical. Keats. cases.

thus see in Spenser the didactic it is a controlling principle. and he was too much of a scholar and a man of fine instincts not to know the value of Shakespeare to other mere thinkers of the doctrinal class would they but see him through the eye of scholarship. His lines is what harsh and doctrinal for the scholastic spirit to take to the great dramatist are in this respect very significant. mingled with the real and the ideal. as with Spenser. even in its It inclines. Coming down to Wordsworth. honor. and in his is numerous outlines suggesting the moral sense of responsibility to the higher consciousness of humanity. — — risms. a presence a main idea or a stray idea in their poems akin to the — — inculcation of a precept or precepts. the pleasure-seekers and the men-about-town of his day the didactic. time and fate. up and form into a long narrative poem of undoubted didactic type. in his called poetic justice. but also from his poetical contemporaries and successors in point of lime many of who have the beautiful before them. his name alone suggesting virtue. in his use of what whole artist.IV PREFACE. but Shakesa manifest principle and in John Milton it is. yet who show. is frequently presenting itself. having in view the mere teaching of moral laws. honest poverty. it would without a doubt derive manner of much help. We . we find it a settled principle with him. notably in his aphoobvious way. In John Milton we adjusted itself to find the spirit of the Puritan — a spirit that easily in life and religion. humility. a controlling principle. in still peare is an occasional. love. The love of certain higher . He was too much of a scholar and a man of genius not to know the value of art in clothing his doctrines as a mere thinker of common experience. in his ethical tendencies as a (above those of other dramatists of his time). muse to the strictest rules of If a j)hilosophical sect were now formed some of those of the ancients. unconsciously. tragic form. reverence. to the pleasurable in a more Notwithstanding that Shakespeare represents the spirit of the troubadour in his plays plays most especially addressed to the courtiers. not only from Wordsworth. the pedants. abstract qualities holding an ever varying relation through his didactics in prosaic after the life. duty.

but with a desire to supply information that in its absence might make the poems herein printed seem to be without a key. its thus can be seen the system of poetry has for one of its prime resources the didactic. and the Powers that rule over the destiny of rigorous disclosure of poetry are generally satisfied. it is with no desire to make cermatter of art obtrusive. and to say to that poetry of the beautiful should ignore such attributes. with its impalpable essence. to the Such writers as Keats. itself the fact that this age pre-eminently didactic in As for the suc- cessful expression of the beautiful. tain ideas in a English literature of a kind indicated. elements and strength. but of in its impression as a whole it is effective in to its inducing a frame mind in the reader more favorable cause than in a single itself. English-speaking world examples in very difficult to surpass. a true the soul of the piece. W. and holds strong connections with Wordsworth and Milton. ness say that is it is inferior in its mission it to stat- uary and painting — it to ascribe to an inherent tone of weak- — is to charge is with inability to embody with its drift. In this case the charm and the lesson go hand-in-hand. It also with Spenser in an esthetic way. the fact losing itself apparently in the details at times. equals the present one in its list of poems. some where prose wears the mask of rhyme. . infusing into of usefulness. The has an influence over his readers through a mastered craft it that sublimates whatever touches. and that tends to add to their perceptions of the noble and to broaden their existence in a wise way. as it does. Shelley and poet-laureate. he takes a decided superiority over either Shelley or Keats.PREFACE. reveals itself in an unity of details. holding as they do relations to In offering these explanations. B. not excepting the Elizabethan era. attributes in V man is leads to an idealization of them in statuary and painting . essential fact of life. in par- Tennyson have given this respect ticular. then it tends it tends to utility for utility's sake In — to the ground poem. its sented so as to impress not to high art — A moral meaning may be prepurpose too emphatically. reality work. E. no other century. In this regard. and in others.


PAGE.INDEX TO POEMS. Prelude 9 '^ The Queen of Dreamland The Hero and the Wife TT 20 28 Horace The Choice of Alcides The City in Ruins 34 42 Down Amid the Shadows 4^ 49 53 The Plato of the Town The Recluse The Insistence of Nature Tempus Fugit Stepping-Stones Sleep : S^ 59 3 " ' Old Age Beauty Aurora Adversity 72 ^^4 • ' ^9 -• Fate and Prophecy ^° 8° ^^ May The Sybarite The Birth of Venus Pomona My Lady At Sea The Caged Bird The Royal Road The Appian Way • ^3 5 ^7 ^9 9^ 93 95 The The Statue 97 ^°^ Island Before and After the Voyage (vii) ^°7 .


for each death-dull eye She wakes. She through them speaking. How they seem demi-gods Them modify ! Hope's own art ever breathing in control. Emboldens hands to strive. aspiration meet. by night's star-fire. Courage. (ix) . bids lips partake from her strange bowl. nobleness. whose harmonies inspire blissfulness ! ! What feat Fancy's ardency. man's strength to ply To gain the power that was Apollo's soul. sympathies concrete.PRELUDE. Who sing through time. 'twould be Apollo's lyre To hear at June's bright dawn. As come and go life's vagaries Replete With sounds that charm would be the matchless To form web-works of tone The high-born choir.


On roofs were domes. Their brazen hinges shining in the joints Long porticos there stood that mildly shed Their column-shades on steps that upward spread. — Venus 'Mong Fancy's spirits approached with languid air. II. it was a pile That covered acres with majestic weight. III. T DREAMED. Had outlooks wide high windows here and there Upon green dales and distant mountain points Portals the facade graced with arches rare. deemed ineffable prints upon the sand A Its palace stood anear. each with an ancient As gleaming roses swayed in urns anear. More near she seemed as one full meet to dwell In ideal realms encrowned with honors rare Yet made her footsteps They proved a being true of Day's Dreamland. (") . marble art was of a simple style.€IiASSICAIi POEMS THE QUEEN OF DREAMLAND. trait. And odored well the summer atmosphere.

Enkindling gleams through panes. As others range with self-oblivious air. Ceilings of cedar wood adorn skill to the place artist's (Contrived with show the dye). IV. VII. Floating bubbles are borne from cherubs fair. dim hall with kind and welcome tone No entrance bade 't was as a dismal dell — Repulsed her with a strange. Harkens as if she saw with startled ken Observes the pictured walls. stops in amaze. VI. and feared awhile within to go The deep. great clouds ablaze With Jove's stern darts hurled from his thund'rous den But soon she drops her maiden veil of fears. . And bears a courage of a matron's years. spell. She onward moves ere long. She mused. inclining low. Whereon true genius has depicted grace In figures formed Jove's dreams to glorify. She was alone. thence to pass Into a hall before. with emblems spread. That show what might to vesper orbs is wed.12 CLASSICAL POEMS. Anon she treads a stairway. foreboding V. Herein salutes Sol mildly shoots The eye a bright display of central glass On ceiling broad a dome. Venus moved on with head Nearing a portal dark.

tone. And vie to gather up the best espied. And soul-fit mysteries upon her flow so rare to gaze Among and be unknown such shapes endowed with subtile X. VTll. 13 Below are pendent apples o'er a stream Upon a tree all silver-wet with dew. Anon her breath is slow feels as if she from herself has fled . . These see the swimming in the tide. Where A tranquil court it is wherein a bird . fowls tame-bred and mortal forms consort. Ere long she leaves behind the spell-like hall. . And Her gains a distant aisle. egress to make to shake. IX. fruitage gleam. Might lull itself to sleep at warm mid-day Where marble brims reflecting baths engird Under cool canopies where alcoves gay Hold forth soft seats on which young drowsy Thought Can range in Dreamland with old romance fraught. She marks about the statue-figures spread Upon She It is the floor. silent footsteps move beside a wall for Massive with stones too firm Time A winding passage guides toward a court. And from bent boughs fall to the current's The heaviest the cherubs by to woo.-THE QUEEN OF DREAMLAND. XI.

wind-blown. And with mild means the atmosphere consoles. exhibit faces And hands embroidering deep balconies. Venus three doves beholds. So one by one the birds steal down to rest And breathe a welcome on the stranger-guest. Admiration to gain from folks ahead And 'mong all those he meets reclining by No scorn upon a brow he can XV. A just degree of light and shade controls. Like pageantry of Fairyland's display. descry. . Rise roof-crowned Nor do below they noontide gleams debar From touching marble steps to long arcades walls. Whose plant o'er plant have colors fresh and gay. XII. They near her oft Fly with capricious yet regardful ways. XIV. With tiers of shelves on which are Grecian vases. XITI. Where curtains white. About the open space irregular whose shades unite with shades. . Above is seen a row of galleries. As prudent bees around June's bushes soft Dally before they setde on their sprays.14 CLASSICAL POEMS. The turde-dove about the court is seen To hover A here and there with wings broadspread peacock bright expands his plumage green.

The monarch with a strange and mad uproar Had made her breast of late to dolor prone Had scowled and grudged her rights. and o'er a sorrow broods. with civic din Of man disturbed about a monarch's ire Whose laws unjust stand much opposed. Murmurs besiege her ear. She not reluctant leads them to inquire About a realm afar. she meekly then alludes Unto herself. from doorways nigh Come comrade-forms with those from some arcade . and now no more She cares to dwell at home until had flown A time of pilgrimage.THE QUEEN OE DREAMLAND. XIX. XVII. XVI. And all her hearers to in warm fancies yield. when smoothly laid Might be his rage with reason's sober aid. . 15 The folks first see her by a pillar's shade. . To win Their sympathy. handing back her words To outer heads whose eagerness engirds. That hint of much her heart's depth concealed. About her gather all part to apply Numerous queries. XVIII. Her guileless story has a mellow power To place deep confidence in every heart Each excellence of mind becomes her dower Viewed through the glamor of befriending art.

XXI. At last the folks disperse . with ling'ring throb They muse. and as slow-rolling drops of dew Unite (and from themselves their forms do rob) With fellow-ones upon a violet blue. with inner guidance grand. Abating from themselves superior traits With urbane art in order to make less Seem to herself her own unworthiness.1 CLASSICAL POEMS. XX. At last at twilight hour courtiers reveal To her their purpose. XXIII. Before to them she was a mere surmise To life Transfigured most real she is committed now all a being claiming ties ! — With ideal worlds. Busy with deeds. And swell to bounds from various bosoms won. . On her a gentle weight of glory throw They feel she is a ruler to maintain The honors of a future golden reign. So emotions unite. thus gifted to endow A multitude of souls in Day's Dreamland. saying that awaits For her a sceptered right to rule their weal. XXII. Anon expressions flow To favor her with prestige of a queen. Unto meek Venus they w^ith tongues serene Due homage pay. with zeal o'errun.

17 A bard steps forth. she tries with words to foil. strangely dwell. XXVII. Their melancholy shades increase two-fold Feelings acute express themselves in tears All move engirdled by a magic spell. But their deep love she doth with sense XXVI. XXV. . Ties to divulge 'tween this and higher spheres. To triumph o'er the world's debarring years. XXIV. his visage grave and old. fears . They urge with courteous tact. is hold concordant with the soul His voice ascending o'er the swaying heads oft inspired to His minstrel-hand The harp to notes • Softly entreats and warm impressions spreads. some call Augment their accents low with fertile her cold. Long locks of white upon his shoulders roll. Venus confused with much ado demurs Resorts to argument to help her cause Unto her budding youth she next refers This failing. tell her of a prophet who had told That she would come at last to be their (jueen That Truth in league with Beauty. entoil. . as of old. Was moving still toward a future scene. she aloof alone withdraws : Some follow her.THE QUEEN OF DREAMLAND. On whose They sweet cause they fondly.

That bears itself abroad on waning wings And sweet succession they a hymn well chant. all sweetly known (As blushes on their cheeks most softly charm) To youths hard by. What happiness Sweet Breathe all betrays each eager face I flutes play on ! Ye instruments more gay. She trembles through self. To-morrow comes. In dome-crowned hall appear . ! your harmony about the place Meek Venus now retires and fades away To wait to-morrow's ceremonial grand Therefore. Venus in time. bemasks a pallor rare The roses of her cheek. The court resounds with clamor and applause. Of consents. Some boys confront Venus upon the throne silver . .1 CLASSICAL POEMS. glad tones. XXIX. Each holds a harp of fervent strings. with badges on each arm. XXXI. with motive half aware Assuming honors new With chiding doubt. — ! — Those minstrel-boys in robes. your utmost skill expand ! XXX. so jubilant . Now won the cause. XXVIII. Revealing limitations of its tone. A noble throng beside a purple throne A semi-circle vast of people near Behind them maidens rare. As tongues the tidings bear.

XXXV. Pleading that she with them may long abide To rule their weal until Death's eventide. so jubilant! XXXIV. to Addressed all pow'rs above their aid to plead. . In cloaks of black a leader bears a wreath is (That soon before the throne lowly laid) They turn to seats the glowing dome beneath. Adovvn an aisle with grace each duly shows seats in A homage fit the ceremonial rite to rows Ascends forthwith the hymn's assuaging chant They onward move minstrel-boys in honored From robes. Come next a score of elder-men. Ascends forthwith the hymn's assuaging chant From minstrel-boys in robes. so jubilant XXXIII. A score of matrons come in vestments white . . Venus they then approach. And throngs on throngs a speechless blessing shed Upon the maiden Queen of Day's Dreamland. Who's found its pearl within dark surges' flow. Some To As gleaner-girls in singing then proceed glorify their task with duteous voice.THE QUEEN OE J^ REAM LAND. their shining faces well rejoice Full gratified they rest like sea-shell low. arrayed . upon her head A simple laurel-crown bestows a hand. 19 XXXII.

Copious seasons foretelling to the ken . Disturbino. subjecting flesh full low raise To serve a spirit high. that Truth life may A Its guardian o'er each golden that far star. The moment now was come wherein to choose Distrust prevailed in him. Was He . A and mildly then rainbow gay with omen comes athwart. Habit restrained him.20 CLASSICAL POEMS. enduring XXXVII. too. like hawks In orchard causing happy birds of song Anxiety. . Then vows by mortal breasts ascending go. homebred sentiments. By which it would inspire heroic zeal To be a conqueror with trophied trains. worth may shine a clear. Adopt they aims for their alloted days Befit true hearts. saw his tone of self had epic warmth. This way or that. Ere long a show'r falls on the outer court. THE HERO AND THE WIFE. XTE was a Roman of superior form. In such a course as now therefrom to break Yet with an introspective eye hard. But passes soon away And all to future years their faces turn. XXXVI. An epoch rich and Beauty there discern.

For earthly dignity And crown celestial yearn I tacitly If victor in the battle's cause. But as the sun forth shone 'tween clouds. when it would have a tranquil hour Or so to calm and veer from doubt to hope. my country asks field. from Influence came. faith doth prophesy The second's mine. life. profound. whilst living to enjoy . transferring by degrees Him from that which he scorned Referring to ideals of his to that which he Aspired. Fortune hath Unto satiety in zigzag paths She made no sacrifice to Happiness . instilling him with aught it Obscure. the days fulfilling not led What me should gratify. as through himself emotions moved Assured. Anon he spoke : "The gods Demand my services. he found them all sustaining them With beauty and its pow'r and mystery Too deep for man. the first Is mine.THE HERO AND THE The discordance that 117EE. For them upon the tented and comes An inspiration moving me to go Rewards to have. . 21 was within himself (As to and fro he swayed among armed men) Could not endure annoyance from the hums Al)out. if slain. Long cherished by An essence in memory. The gods approving. Here linger I and pine And older grow.

Domestic joys — my wife and me hungry espoused Like April odors fresh to April huesforth. His wife came slowly forth. haughty chief. With will consenting. their kept step a pulsation true of what was brave.22 CLASSICAL POEMS. ready warfare soon to face. In changes we attain another self. yet meat 'I'is starving nature roused That does not come. My joys 1. conquering with an aim That found a life through war which few lives know. They blossomed for the then bore which. he strode among assembling men. surveying him She stood. In concord with the mighty ones of yore. impressing not as she was wont With beauty and emotions that disarm Men of their wills ." Anon CaUing for what the leader of a host Would They \\"\\\\ need. follow her is To sacrilege. Breast-plated. And fame historic afterwards. Nuptial ties That would its stay go seek. Appear entangling by the charm that comes From action in a freer life abroad. Stern in an experience with the world. then impelling us. Tis we subserve the ends of destiny. Are faded now. tasting o'er and left o'er. soon cloyed Desire. Who strove along. but as a woman sees . felt that he. Sweet fruit.

but tried to made gifts No The Of As answer. but soon her voice Prattled. that it not trusts and loves Embarrassment o'ercame Her by degrees. supporting and supported. a stranger to herself. Beside her proud away. him the being of his choice. He heard She plead to him with eloquence. Were two. but as him weak frail Shaming Yet he his lofty self with truthfulness. nature propelling him to woo With modesty. felt in brief Disdain of what he before. She was to . in her arousing doubts Foreboding vaguely. despite Himself. beholding her so void not to know him strong. he now first since their day Of wedlock vows. his sweeter part Much missed. Chosen ardently. A purpose In her. to her was strength. She then win with his heart pays to the mind. to own So he saw her. yet Were one in common sympathy that worked In married harmony. and aroused mien cynicism. then inspiring her With energy Acting as if to chide her lord.THE HERO AND THE IVIEE. For a brief while She felt the tie was strained and he the cause. withstood her otherwise. 23 A woman Ashamed with an eye that dreads and hates. sullen. a purpose resolute in him. . not reasoned. As if to yield to what she asked.

" Silence prevailed. What's life With thee away ? Let others to the war. Seeing with mental eye some inner thing That him absorbed. Less worthy living. The semblance of her husband in a form Made bold appeared. But theirs not Is so. Looking at him ere long. thy gain bliss. So intermingled with mistrust An hour of punishment. Then she With other words with pensive thoughts thus spoke "Oh. Departing hence. And was to snap asunder soon. Such visions playing in her mind as fear Provokes in frailty. not man's. controlling moods unsettled much. naught.24 CLASSICAL POEMS. and ere power waned. thy loss domestic it Then cease Thy warfare with thyself. who still retaining her . list. Yet it was a grief Tempered. he moved in coldness wrapped. At it seemed he turned last And said: "Why waitest thou?" She bowed and wept. The moments passing by Kept her in trembles of suspense each was Its . Thy peril with a woman's And be a husband to thy makes me feel fear. wife again. He looked askance. It made her prudent in her selfishness Her source of tears. dying worthy more Thy worth maintains itself where'er it is . : my lord! remain with me.

25 As his heart's paragon — none else for A A nobler self revealed. me understand. His traits more coarse. but by that which I am. .THt: HERO AND THE IVIEE. change! —thy tears. My wife. woe wept tears. But now thy joy weeps Perplexes me Thy But fickleness it breaks the link that should to thyself. Unite my comprehension ! let such matters go To comfort ill thee. as slowly spell that to her him— came life intuition showed The solemn tenor Inspiring him. not by that which I seem. With what the husband's tenderness would say. Turning he said: " Thou smilest through thy But late thy head did hang. Did feel what he wished her to feel through A knowledge of himself with lofty pow'rs In visible relief. no words Asking for than from me now comes. knew not the part she was — love. the hero's motive consorts Therefore." Futile His speech. likes to Was closest" to her bosom's rare And changed her nature higher know. for she anticipating him. of true thought in A conscious rapture spread in Throughout her pulse thinking such a one desire. O'ertopping hers. lack-lustre was Thy glance. and diffident thy manners were Yet presto! tears! —a .

household things . — The hero still supreme. in that her mind Was his was dull. Now free to use Her Such will. Deriving added strength from her good lord. And love behind it stood they face to face. Have said. Oh. his nature through with hers refined Instilled she with sagacious joyousness. Working upon his feelings with a Congenial mien with woman's artless fresh skill — Expressing estimation for himself. and makes me say Thy choice of duty reason cheers.26 CLASSICAL POEMS. and makes Me To apt in sacrifice thy absence hence bear with a stout will. in thy to the loom. yet softened some. his flesh. : At last He spoke Thou Behalf: I ' ' Before we part. Observing her to with reverence. I list to the war. Slowly descending to the husband's plane. Unto her flesh. as to feel a philosopher turns. He Unapt pressed her to his as if lips. vent what he would say. ' ' Lately ! I would Now. Her patience helping him. hard thee to reHnquish Thy purpose moves in me. then backwards stood. to wishes would have thee forever to live In simple happiness. subtile." thus uttered she.

THE HERO AND THE U'lEE. Meanwhile the wife gazed into prospects Whither he had gone. and off all moved. his followers — silence Impressive reigned an interval. Thinking no more of him as one far gone. and distance hushing sounds Of trumpet more and more until they died. leaving duties that were mine would have thee. erect. A A corse and stretched among — But as a patriot faithful to a cause conqueror severe. assumed command of them. the parental stock. that he Alone broke with a sigh. 27 Attending. hills anon Obscuring them." rose from throa's He ceased. as ages pass. Thee bidding them the fruit of our two loves . Thy flow'rs of hope to grow with hues perfumed. To manly hands I . Then he. far Mayhaps a captive chained —a galley slave the chariots' wreck. remember me more in thy heart Than in thy mind I would have ever fresh Thy dews of life in glory of the dawn. To bear the seed with aught. They seeming cold as statues. if low I fall. and not a murmur Of men hard by. feeling many things Yet with a heart That woman only knows. . Now^ forming into ranks. yet merciful . Encouraged she consoled a matron's mind. With chieftan airs. to regions Endowing fame on Transplanted then god-ruled o'er.




hero coming from ovations


Loaded with spoils and emblems gained, the hum Of heralds him before to tell the tale Fulfillment honored had endeavors brave.
'Twas thus



Examples to But by a timely use of them.

war he went on Roman soil. won, not by denying self the mind of what was great,



thou scribe of yore


Thy methods

— how well

—what wisdom taught
at times


Couldst thou passions console unduly fraught

With yearnings false for fickle Fortune's meed Although of pagan creed, yet was thy mind Accordant with the truth as then defined.


thy Sabine


where beat Time's heart

As even now, imparting to the frame Of things a warmth occult which, made them

Into outlines that reached ere blight their aim.


breathed thy harp those sounds that not as yet

Have reached an end

pay a mortal debt



They breathe

content, attended by a charm,

Impressing bosoms with a happy

within can do much harm minds forlorn yield to thy Orphean skill. What was to thee thy life's most humble share What was to thee the daunt in Fortune's air?

No sudden woes


Exemplar thou,



in the



Thy praise of Poverty, her wholesome Was worthy of thy philosophic ark,
That on a flood of years a species bore To live consigning to an English soil



true origins of thy midnight



these o'rigins,


increased, are here.

Where English
But not

ships once fixed their standards bold,

feared at times with atmosphere

Most proper for their vogue they, deemed too Are left to lie about the bookworm's room,
Fit subjects for the negligence of gloom.


volume worn, transcribed by scribe adept, The eye observed one day within a chest, That a sea-captain had in storage kept For years and years as he on ocean's breast Had voyaged to and fro perhaps at times To pause and read the book's engaging rhymes.




page was turned to read of eagerness Peculiar to thy youth; how thee imbued With tact thy sire of thy apparent meagreness




Of will when facing Maecenas how sued Thy city friends for news of that bore slow,
; ;





thee rescued Apollo.


rural picture

soon with






in turn desire


mingle with the represented view,

Evoking well attention to admire, An oaken woods upon old Roman ground,

Where depths

beguiled to depths in silence bound.

Ere long the pages spread another scene. Holding the mind bewitched a happy date.

A Summer

hour moved by;
in the


was serene

Like river that

no bowlders



a vision bore

The Shadow-Land

Calm was near


Absorbed, the thoughts were roused

at last to see


place where



classic heritor

ideas pure

—a place wherein




comes a joy

to minister


royal road,
forth a

easy to pursue.


world within a world to view.

low and high. to Aright urge . affy. . Socrates was a god above the rest. In widespread groves.HORACE. Mingled comrades. The soul's the mind's mind he foretells to They with mild queries by and by request That he explain man's dim eventual Fall What scenes succeed its They dread some doom. Light chastened light. Shade shaded shade. was a land of peace. frosty dearth of days but he this dread allays. it mildly then instilled A honey-comfort for the soul's its own hive. grass. 3 About its entrance paused a guardian-hand. strength alive. talked they in groups afar In sympathy conducing to A sage imparted wisdomi to a class circling sat That upon the matted XIV. A scene irregular About was. all. XI. in solitude. In barren months to keep XII. Roamed scores therein turned from the paltry aims It Of markets of the world. its nearer presence filled With strange surmises vain a period spanned With mystery. wherein increase The resdess throngs as Mammon bold declaims A land of laurels partly to seclude Great potent minds who dream xiir.

reclining in a shade. Plato. XVII. but it defied Defies the means that make life's outlook wide. truth and beauty he discerns. A growth within attains. in his eye marked he seemed a twin Of marble statue dowered with a grace That shows a spirit depth upon its face. were met fife-like Those bards whose and grace soothe the captains of our marching race. Through worldly mists. too. XVIII. His brow sagacious turned to thoughts akin To excellence . whose youth attention drew. Adjuring one. His melancholy voice gave earnest aid. stood by.32 CLASSICAL POEMS. with parchment in his hand. Spoke fitting words unto a humble few. Others were there whose deep philosophy Is found in prose. . a-something . fate. XV. Not to dethrone his strength to be in age — A slave. the means that hold this . inner vigor XVI. his passions master strife to wage. There. An Goethe thus spoke in brief: Man often yearns For peace that comes from dwelling in a state Of sweetness. Richter serene. who lowly labored yet To raise responsive manhood up virtues rare to see A Still breadth the globe gives not.

Now As if now in a flood of gleam. to whom a poet-throng deferred. rich in eloquence. Remained impressions courting all instead. Virgil . XX. on rough Moved on behind A vision in the air. He seemed a priest But there was that within his solemn mien That courted sympathy from bosoms keen.HORACE. Dante sedate. Perhaps begtiiled by some part spectral dream: Bent on seclusion. not prone his presence to betray. exchanging view for view. as if he upward saw His lips gave out to Vague mutterings. combined to cause His eager hearer on and on to pause. awe. in modesty a slave. His central presence soon strolled off ahead. and devious route. Enrobed in cloth of Puritanic hue. he retired anon To write his tablet on of Acheron. of grasp. to catch the fullness of his lore This. his fellowship kind favors gave With triple pow'r of look. XXI. . Milton was gravest 'mong the grave before Him Wordsworth As if stood. Stood by. XXII. went slowly down a in a shade. of word In gifts a king. . silent way. XIX. Shakespeare.

then sober life with hues Of reality — or pleasure's road before. . once Still felt ALCIDES. Others presided on a knoll. a bank where melody Of brooklets babbled by. bv Robert Lowth. With odors of her blooms enclosed "••The suggestion for this cus. his mind went through fruitless course. With virtue's nigh. At last fatigued he gazed About the area of the vale. Hence he beheld first painted life with hues Of brilliance false. — THE CHOICE OF A LCIDES.34 CLASSICAL POEMS. It was A day when Nature fills the atmosphere in depths. a poem was found in a translation from ProdiGreek poet. a heap With roses strewed.^^ of Greece. A As thought suggested thought. arouse the passions of his youth. and thus perplexed He moved as one half-lost. XXIII. solace to seek Among shade-trees deep in a silent vale. an English author of distinction of the i8th Century. Which to pursue a doubt Left him no ready choice . or iti the deep Of distance all endowed most righteously To give repose and growth and moral store Within the Shadow-Land of Calm before. to manhood grown.

and more Content thd. Encourage it Joy in the senses dwells. that moved Less admiration than respect. emotions to distract they bore to what they wished to bear. company. . "Alcides. Making the footsteps for their beauty search. Doubt comes from thought. As if the other to outdo In forwardness. a king Can have no more.THE CHOICE OE ALCIDES. And shouts and laughter and Apollo's strains. With stately mien the first Impressed as having that within herself Better than that of show without. or finer feelings proud of what They do aright. ashamed of what they do Amiss. dislike! Know pleasure is emotion's realm. to roam at liberty In paradise of youth's desire Brimful of wine. to lead. The next.n fancy's fervency. ^ On such a quest. or depth Of will. mid festal — with youth toil." uttered she. He With merriment. she Alcides addressed. Unguided by true woman's tact. From what saw approaching near two figures robed The one had grace With gravity the other comeUness In vestures feminine. perturbation from . Ill-fitting thee. "thy dolesomeness Cast off as thou wouldst a cloak of black and come with me What's foreign to thy nature. Oh. Not modest like her mate. came forth with step Affected by the movements of her thoughts.

Thy bed will be adorned with silks fresh-weaved Thy feasts will prove thee loved by maidens kind. A dignity was hers. honored Merit is Climb not that road of thorns and stones renown A life in warfare waged hath wounds and death. Standing apart since her arrival near Within the shadow of an oak. as if to thwart Her who was closely by composed in mien. proceeding to tranquiUty. the sun attending her with glimpse By glimpse. There fruit in falling kiss the orchard flow'rs. come!" His looks —he An answer made was subdued. would have turned from her in bashfulness. who endeavors well most when having least. In pow'r by manners mild subserving With Who artless aim becalmed she him perplexed. . My seem to have a void.36 CLASSICAL POEMS. Followest thou way? Alcides. she now Stepped forth. — Follovvest thou that way or this ? — this way. Amid profusion proffering every sweet There fragrance woos as incense of the dawn There turtle-doves will tamely visit thee . Cavil attends him . and was as one Confined within the circle of a charm. She would have spoken more. the gods all else Will bless suchwise as feeling once. My way. Secluded from the world that deeds do work Contrary Will to their maker's will. ? . increased it.

She touched him on the arm, next held Causing attention fixed from him to her




earnestness to pay.

"List, Alcides," she said,



which language has not means
is its








animates that which



— to


Gives tone, to lancy

will, to

purpose sense;

rouses aims related to the soul,
their fulfillment through


weakness shunned,

lliose of the flesh, not venial to the gods,

Are counter
Tlien taking

to true welfare, giving gifts,


thou then there are

Powers of manly virtues that the gods Confer on him who bids necessity. With worth, approach them to receive. Zeus Beholds thy state, and would have thee among The favored. But disdain not means to ends Men foster confidence by able deeds. Thy body's health demands strength's excellence Thy parent's traits in thee development Thy friends need counsels freely from thy lips The poor thy gold, the wronged thy arm to aid

Thy country asks allegiance to her Thy race in battle use heroic feats The gods devotion and simplicity
These means



ends remotely win the prize

'Tis proof secures the choice of sacred place.


Then bid the tempter who would thee mislead Avaunt her who would lead thee to a course

Contrary to existence's wiser goal."
Alcides stepped aback from her a pace

Or so as came conversion unto him With sweet enlightenment, he bowed As slave to mistress.

to her


the tempter this


conceal chagrin

In winning features, she

Her sway o'er (For knew she youth
She spoke again

drew near and paused. him then trying to redeem

caught by captious



hast those hopes aroused,

Alcides, which forsake, like birds, fruit-trees

which they feed; for when a danger comes They fly, and would much rather starving die



living live in fear.

Experience shows

hath a score, success hath one

This one, perhaps, for



Yet thrives, but in his thriving

hath the voice

Of envy sounding in his ears. Then know Thy hazard in assuming what may lead
to the front, but to the rear.




Before ascending to reflect that height

In pow'r, in goodness, in renown,



Of shame and gloom


him who






With toil and trouble men purchase bright days, Thinking them diamonds but, alack they fade

Then with ease, enjoyment's Like devvdrops. And love awaiting thee, why tread the path
Not suited


to thy youth,






For know

Thy nature To change

of too refined a mould


by leaving joys behind


meeting woes before.




Then come

with me,

't is

music's instruments
Let's thither go.

Lulling the air afar.

Come To blissfulness."



generous to

and come

She paused.


finger fair



with a ring she pointed out

Her way,

then stood queen-wise, an actress through



Alcides turned aloof, and


Athwart the

avoiding her with looks

As if she absent were. His reason saw Her now; his folly when she came at first.


false tie to the real

her actions held,

Forbidding what her words desired of him. And causing doubt to lessen confidence.


the one of

modesty who had





As if she Of aught

her cause was gained with aid

She spoke:

'Twas thus diviner than herself. "Alcides, thy perception is

Then learn. The The The The Its temp'rate want. deep. it Selfishness drinks joy's wine until cloys. Bearing hardships before the guerdon came Unto the palm. celestial By gods the most. trait on trait attributes endowing patient strength. knows the tongue Praise to it! Then cherish it Over thy parts immortal to control. Rejoicings have peculiar Deep. relished Then take the path thy mind Foretells befitting is. what thou art may be the root To show a growth which haply may produce The fruit. the nourished truth on truth. fare thou must Like a hero of the antecedent times. . Life seeks law it otherwise is vain." .40 CLASSICAL POEMS. To Of thee a monitor that evil. that quiet triumph know. delusion's (harms Exhausting are. That to relieve itself must sport amiss. in its taste. l^he feeling warmed and beautified by hope. sympathy for what Makes mortals brave and great for And to instil a . Furthermore. the serious brow. a brief while on. Causing a melancholy to succeed. To find. its the bay unto the brow. all sense combining in character own example of compacted worth to themselves. directing thee 'Twill be conjunctive to thy own repose (When The regions to pale ashes turns thy form) within of the blessed. within the province of the soul.

approved by To me a consolation and a guide." Thus long ago he spoke to her. Mankind his loss perceived. As such breathed as one 41 A A goddess from the She wielded double potency revealed.THE CHOICE OF ALCIDES. inspiring more that the first. . and be. Hence when destiny Its final shadow o'er his figure drew. prophetic of a meed Awaiting him in years to be. Unfolding forth The oaken quality of heroic strength. He dropped upon the earth of human groAvth The seeds of greatness. What will thy satisfaction pay as meet From me to thee. He who had second nature gained. A something To Of gratitude. He " said Thou art unto my thinking part that which My speaking part can not expression fi. and evermore Him knew as Hercules the mighty one In sphere devoted to the gods. a strange possession has.nd. himself Empowered. My actions be on path that thou hast shown thee. co-ruling upon a throne. Thus ended she skies. and was From youthhood turned aright. but near which hath more than But let it love and faith. that stirred Bowed Than Alcides. in time Making me sadly glad. O goddess! to make known.

yore a city by Time's river stood. But to a close An era came. distant worlds. THE CITY C\^ IN RUINS. alack men's ears ! . happy in the skill Of choosing hopes that met ambition's aim With sweet reality. as oracles A grievous time foretold. Succeeding on the heels of vanity. There they dwelt A people favored by a righteousness. Freedom's discord licensed oppression's ills. A heavy cloud Above the city hung. commensurate With those of fabled deities by types . love more than well With sober hunger's yearning. and to the present turned With scornful fingers. Life's modes had changed. With virtue's spirit e'er sustaining them By manly tone deep in affinity With wisdom's valor. Holding commerce with silent. Rich argosies came stealing from the gloom As if from the Unknown. But. and bore such fruits As mortals tasting once. like Day that sees the sun Go down. Of beauty. By qualities of mind not of a race.42 CLASSICAL I'OKMS. and is in gloom. all unconscious of their charm. But of mankind more large. and pensive was The brow where joy had been. Some warning voices rose and spoke of things As once they were.

To move with new Speaking. old laws. And form a project for creating well Out of old themes. men he new tried faiths. adapt their acts unto the means That would reform Anon there came One who did mutter words from depths of that Strange fervency which works within the breast Of him who has just found fresh inner might Accruing to the virtue of himself. old usages period better for humanity. or whene'er otherwise not prone their phght. will arose Often he stood Above a crowd. it more observes . as separate from it As Nestor from a soldier-throng. Once in the forum uttered he: ''These days Affect the blood and make it feverish. impulses.rHE CITY IN KUIXS. next To give a tenor to their lives that A A reason for itself have in would deep thoughts. sharpness of mild sense was his to cope With life's sure obstacles. resolved And still resolving on accomplishment Of duteous service. o'ercoming much A With kindly effort when his And bade him courage use. The present is a destiny wherein Man moves forever and forever on. We know Yet hope ne'er glorifies each day's events With what it would have pass. Were So to 43 deaf. Unsettling us from habits regular. Our actions false give false results.

Become adhesive in its earnestness. Unfortunate in that fruit Nature Produces these. do reach for it They blindly grope within. Some conscious of this calm. . that keeps restless It by a comparison. their store of pow'rs Among. And honor in fulfillment for therein Of double . wise and charitable. come than false in what is. but barren they. And go to multiply seed over seed. Giving a certain calm. Ambition finds its pay in noble aims. but find it not. Their lives they feel not long The higher arts of mind which would transcend In some forthcoming destiny — have sight Beyond the present in perfection's cause. Contentment. Making lowliness good despite itself.44 In what's to It CLASSICAL POEMS. Growth over growth. apprehended By those who are in sympathy with what Unfolds in secret silence truth by truth. over fruit. Thus in endeavor lost they strive. And find in mental limitadons they Are passengers unto some distant point Therein capability. invests E'en poverty with noble sentiments. It seems A shadow shadows them. because sees a future measureless. in turn to feel Emotion's ignorance is life not born Into the freedom of a thinking world. although they are The years both come Within the light that warms.

She claiming them thus hand-in-hand to go Adown the vista of successive years. shining after nights Fortune is 45 less . men To clothe with Nature's robe. a few. Others had lingered by to hear. Of trouble on days of quiescence. Some turned to crime. 'Twas like a portent in the sky. the trivial was worshipped more Than they. . Endowed above the world's environment. and less therein the weeds Of vanity fade more and more therein Content increases. his words had heard With meaning foiled. still o'er the city hung. Deeming he spoke of men remote.THE CITY IN RUINS. : ! He A part had called him false and turned aloof. The heavy cloud Appeals were vain. at morn 'twas there. Gave succor not the gods Disdained. hke fires unfed. at eve 'T was there— the sun obscured. died out And spread their ashes o'er men's path. . the moon obscured. For guidance men Looked into life's abyss — no ray was seen. The cloud Still hung and hung. and others to despair. their hearts intolerant. and not To men anear his tact too fine for them ceased. Soon hopes. they claiming her." His speech was vague to auditors. there placed To make hearts pause and fear. A misrule came by which the strong despoiled . but their Emotions cold rose not to warmth of faith And others still.

all fulfilled. palaces. Old placid times were never more Then suddenly. . DOWN AMID THE SHADOWS. as if by awe To be ! Inspired to flee from plague. It pathway ran through it to distance far On either side were vistas touched with charm. with maidens dressed in white or red. Upon the pathway moved anon a throng Of youths. dream. The weak. great throngs their beds of the town. unfolded these events: was the frontage of a grove whose winds The foliaged haunt of sweet-mossed earth foretold. As clouds o'erchanging seemed adown to send A From their own hues a tranquilizing haze. And household gods upgathered. /^NCE on a time at night the musings turned to dark covering— the have Oblivious sleep — freedom from cares To mystery soul's From The hours moved off. its By day through archways And To Its theatres to slow decay solitude made grim by Ruin's hand.46 CLASSICAL POEMS. their missions Unto the depths of past's eternity. with symbols of an art Presenting truth. its walls. At last a struggles vain with Fate's dull malady. leaving day left its shrines.

Pleasure instilled forgetfulness in vain Shone down the calm religion of the sky The beaming hours within revolving time Sped on unnoted through the arch of day. by a grotto rude. half lost in dark The garden seemed. to lure. The lotus and the asphodel combined. Reflecting boughs above with sprays thereon. How transitory oft . supine. by crystal pools. Where festal things were spread. Enmessing self in Epicurean ease. Thought seemed espoused to some quiescent realm Of tempting deities." When came As if a twilight shadow o'er the world. In mild disdain. to cry: There Wrong appeared "Away with creeds. To places proffering much of speciousness. not its sure : doom. was doomed to die Amid her plenitude. 47 soon an open gate approached. Believing it true life. dream-webs to spin. each in its way. That bids that done which doing thwarts man's pride.DOIVA' AMID THE SHADOWS. And all the jargon of the holy church. and went Within the Garden of Gay Sciences. Faith's ministry unfelt. Who Therein the throng themselves dispersed The shady silence of an oak-tree old — under . Though opposite. Nature. Among Under retreats knee-deep with verdure's growth fresh bow'rs. each bearing clustered graj)es In purple plenty. That would restrain with Puritanic bounds.

Anon was seen. Leaving the garden to deep shades of night. as sighs of wind about were heard. near. that. by Time impelled Towards ills fronting. obscuring stars. Within contented minds the sunny hour As clouds above with self-mysterious pow'r Just stirred. the changes that befall Man's growing nature." ! The mystic scroll of good he then explained Then with stern quality of voice defined. until a bound Was reached. He He ceased. Within the garden of the mind. Then thus he spoke The draught most bitter was "Conscience am I to guide to fate below. unavoidable.48 CLASSICAL POEMS. approaching slowly A man in hermit's garb. A cup he bore In time That quivered in his aged hand. Then with a cold and silent dignity led a devious way. Subdues them all. compunction caused A melancholy numbness of the thought And down a vale of doubt the footsteps moved. wherein a cavern's stony depth Afforded downward aid to parts remote . glance with Stoic bid and He was hard by. With counsels meet. He held aloft A lantern. choosing with its ray a path That led from place to place. The lips partake what was within the cup — A gall from fruitage squeezed once left to grow Alas. he proselyting self To virtue from probation's course of years.

JJIS intellectual being stood out large And bold a giant form on the hill-top O'er carnal lowliness. And men preferred it so. upholding means A voice to rouse the soul at waking And crown of beauty. As when faint sounds of discord in a dream Alarm. At last. asking but To rise and earn the treasures in the will his hand. above his kind. so seemed dawn The verity of things to understand. A season of his years — — . Downward through aisles by sounding grottoes With subterranean airs^through chambers wide.THE PLATO OF THE TOWN. where daylight's red and purple orb Ne'er peered. As Time stood to redeem. the goal was shown. appearing thus so real. Where long stalactic shapes were pendent o'er. Therein Chaos most old (Nature's ancestor grim) Was clothed in formless solitude to reign. THE PLATO OF THE TOWN. as if 49 chill — an innate force urged a spirit-throng (and lo it was The self-same throng of youths with maidens that Within the garden moved) to surrender Themselves (each unabsolved) thereto and shades- Toward him went Them ! Yea. everlasting shades within the goal.

And felt at peace with it and with himself. resolved he what He chose into a model fit. A contradiction his came in cognate facts. And finding charm in each. Acquainted with the things of moral weal. rough-browed. His theories to color with belief. instinct to select field still . wherein he saw abundant crops sacrifices of labor prior . his disposition changed. Next impatience moved of flesh. Moved him. rare development. Aloof in solitude abided he. Having both fervor and stern confidence. To him it seemed He . way chose a perplexing Perplexing — — in extent in searching for few facts.50 CLASSICAL POEMS. whereby himself to mould. Profoundly measuring much good by good. Making purpose feel its feebleness Before his reason. Unfolding joy in concord with the days That consecrated were. long-haired. Had come Rewarding But hopes forespent among the ills of time At last met disappointment more and more. the man With ribs and thews of As thinking wrought a Sensations crude. had seen men with cynic's eye. In course of time. and cast behind Then with a sigh he looked Upon humanity with urbane eye. saw rare things wherefrom he formed an aim. Awhile Austere. ideal. spell. mistook its He His It Whilst thus.

The edge receding With For traits of oblivious years. so sincere He upon doctrines nursed relied. with passion's touch In tone. His voice was strange. is vanity And it would rather cheat to gain esteem. suggesting egotism was moved To countenance another's fault for sake Of self-agreement in supporting what Bestows authority for breaking laws And exculpation for the consequence.THE PLATO OF THE TOWN. then missing ways unto their weal. Man's greatest sin. trustfulness that warm which mothers feel marked in their offspring. Than undeceive to lose praise false . and to it kneel as to A shrine. It deify. Finding. in body much. The present was a stepping-stone Unto the height he saw before the past Absorbed him not. More virtues than he 51 Through thought Whilst — they ! had could be near brought in salvation were afar Glorious in perfection Thus he would. . But lo as to and fro Went crowds. and felt Them meet to go abroad to honor win Through services. Remotely haunt eternal Consciousness. than be. he showed. still pervaded by earth's atmosphere. for yesterday was but . He taught things counter to the world's. its meaning mute to ears ! Adverse. and bless their cause with pride At their effect. in spirit scant. No sin did he excuse.

Not by the mind. inviting none To put a value false upon its traits With spurious means. for worth is full. It sows false seed. him showing frail Deceived by it.52 CL A SSICA L POEMS. at peace with . Thus is the world confounded in its aims Too prone to choose the wrong and not the right. and harvests to bitter grain. A wrong Paul excites no it Perceiving that gives him Hberty it. Would rather seem a long life through. Content within itself. It turns To hug the false with zeal. who knew No honor save that honored by the eye. Connives his habit sanctions it His conscience favors with sophistry. but others blind. he knew. in order not to lose His own advantage through means of falsity. To take from others to himself: his pride at it. in Hence such self-reproof. Job arouses what and makes Him loudly censure his own sin in him More fortunate. But such a wrong In Paul is in hateful selfishness. In love with humbleness. He met These with a mild disdain for flattery . would flatter him. To him was satire hid. His censor conscience all just. His words were laws some. because it serves Expediency with a pow'r to thrive More certain in uncertainty. they greeting him With deference .

of depth with depth. his firm endeavors his. Acquainted with both life and death. But on the whole. As disappointments slowly bowed his head. Amicus humani generis A MONG the vales he dwelt. The latter was to him a birth. Within a tenor of a life of shade With shade. and dead. Feeling their spectral spell. and had 53 His mind bore fruit its A Summer in wintery rigidness. He knew the stars As seamen know them. — THE RECLUSE. each with a missive to his ear Of thought and pleasure grave he knew the world. he setded down. Then Death himself at a mature old age With animated confidence. sustaining him. . himself . They knew him as the Plato of the town. And faced conditions with philosophy. He knew the winds. -'T was thus he died. and men Preferred it so. and whence their odors came. Judging with senses keen himself and men At large. watching through the hours.7' HE RECLUSE. he knew the sounds Of morn. failed Larger to make men's sight with He shrank From where his neighbors gathered oft to talk.

Reason's purpose is folly's servant its oft. He fearlessly upholding them. Yet doth the soul gift them with inner light. not the form Expressive of a moral fact and that . That once to see seems unaccountable. Still know is. With Fate. He moved humanity with what him moved. He showed That men do worship what they need: Dives' Repast is Hunger's gospel calves of gold Are honored for the metal. expectant He Of thus relations held unto a state rarer being. He knew Doubts nourish troubles more and more. and faith low. close.54 In CLASSICAL POEMS. doubly living high and hence His sympathies enriched themselves with what Proud apathy deemed valueless. And Protects itself by shielding joy in hope. His nature with approving eye. He loved The common tenor of a common way. awaiting for death-life. His modesty It fit — not of the borrowed sort him like a coat most aptly made Touching the hearts of men. caused them to view Indeed. Him moved convictions good and manifold. feeling that they are Somehow moved by the self-same light from worse that they . Yet seldom weaving from discontent The home-spun comfort of contentment. the second nurse. Leading his followers life's toward the lore Revealing ulterior ends. . exchanging thought for thought . womb of Time.

mind — — See flesh as dust. to choose earth's sentiments She leads the The good from bad the wheat from chaff and gives Unto emotions' bounds a sweet extent. to Vague depths. Fruitless.THE RECLUSE. and . he sees Bearing with heavy mind increasing loads Of knowledge dismal loss false. right ends. Hence Nature is casts on the stepping-stones to show The world his own disfigurement that Within himself — to Truth with truth she shows. In recognition of the truth of Truth . With truth.s what appears equal to what is is Deems Nature's emblem a thing to wear. Enabling them to see right means. 55 finds But to follow flesh man A sacrifice hath been his pilgrimage: nature bhnd. is Deem. Nowise or . the lapel on of vanity. he deems himself with knowledge rich. To He fronts the sun of fame his shadow falls Behind to represent him to the world Disfigured on the stepping-stones by which He would by slow degrees ascend. Having the possible in chrysalis. follows failure as a torch by ambition urged. and soul as life — see their Own triumph after in death unfolding still Their pow'rs an eternal secrecy. 7"o better. Whilst Nature's self to conscience sighs and speaks Of thwarted His shadow usefulness.

yet saw Themselves unripe in his maturity. the woods. Meeting his presence with a seriousness As if it were a medium sure to depths Of Providence in visionary realms. THE INSISTENCE OF NATURE. embodied not. hath each A potency. Withal. Upraising from unworthiness. Suchwise he taught unto adherents few With systematic patience of a mind Endowed to minister from deep And bosom purified. all The fields.56 CLASSICAL POEMS. Clothed in a tranquilizing green. the air doth hold A solemn virtue known to him who thinks Profoundly of his being's attitude Toward the mystery of that which is Of that which near in privacy of Time Instils emotions with a sympathy all its For day and Its orbs. . A friend Felt favors belief or two on them thrust with solemn force. the vales. '\\7'HAT independent life among the fields The spirit of the month assuages it ! With nameless calm. hues. yet speaks excellence Of hidden Behind —of something rare Approaching the ideal their folds. Nature the vicar of the Ahnightie Lord." Chaucer. for night and the hills.

Conducive to faith's end of happiness Through visions seen. not Justice. . They sink. But from without.7 HE IXSISTEXCE OE NATURE. his fate to his choice . deep. spurns he pearls before His feet. Death's sorceries perplexes him still no sweet assurance has depth in him reveals unravelment. is 57 Of what Itself. Then toils and climbs. and with perception clear Compares the pro and con of man. murmurs cast Here faith trusts Hfe a spell. Yet his night day his self at worst neighbor neighbor to his self at best. as mind is moved. . Is amplified with pow'r. yet scorns that altitude Of thought which parts him from the ways of earth ! . Inspiring and directing it with dreams Thereby the sense Musically attuned. Alas Forsaking his divinity. and deems Fortune. deep and the imagination move. and gathers Folly's flow'rs. Within a ])leasure comes Anon to stay it shows that Nature is Unto the hope a language and a law. The offspring of experience come and die ponders. not from within. will a favor grant In quest of Wisdom. his woe to joy His falsity to truth his life to time Eternal. . It sees His dwelling place Is neighbor to his Is Is is darkness. better than the best within the To come. He No . His energies work not in noble use He shifts his efforts here and there. he aches and mourns.

with her Him to herself. And= human interests involving him. not gain from means Awaiting his advent. has aught for him to claim Association fit! — — but 'tis his whim to live Within himself as in a spell adverse To her as in a mould imperfect made. — blood Hollow. and for his discipline debars — Him Of For from the grace of that intelligence time appropriate .58 CLASSICAL POEMS. myriad pow'rs. Amiss He reads transitions past from child to man . man. Bird. Indeed. his flesh and Both foster self in selfishness. he is Unknown to himself. When he commands. he When in felt he relinquished states other ones to dwell. A common Mistakes. 'Tis she that knows Him all. With Nature he endeavors to brave out Some cause amiss shows what he is. bee and sound. 'tis she that a pow'r . when he when he succeeds when he obeys. and when he wakes . Both when he sleeps. brook. bloom. Nature at hand with scene. leaf. And not in unison with heart sincere And mind exact. . Of former growth Despite himself. He feels not they attain a destiny Remotely placed. nor anticipates Still Those yet reserved. unites influencing him through years. silent Nature near Insisting. breeze. and in uncertainty Of change by change most certain is. self until the qualities abstruse meanwhile is to him.

'Tis thus Ignoring aught besides. In joy. Winter near. on the wayside banks.TEMPUS FUGIT. in faith. this feeling haunting us from year us dream. TEMPUS FUGIT. it as the butterfly the sense to year. in hope future will answer each fond desire With palmy fullness. we saj^ That harvest comes with it with Nature's laws At variance. and makes : A zone adapted to its purposes. Heart-fruitful in a cause of truth. we dwell is The past seen. in hope. but of that world to which As phantoms travel we with silent feet We Still drowse too oft point to point. purblind To that which only can accomplished be Through aspiration active to its end nd our purblindness would embody things From . and calmly honor him With virtue's thought with virtue's soul to guide. Making Somehow old Prevails in spite of what hath been. Not of this world. T^IME The flies! we fade! although we breathe in joy. avoiding then The background deep of sober thought. and gives A second soul devoted to an aim. faith is over-strong. Where wandered Ideal. Until perfections raise themselves above 59 His blemishes.

what v/e feel see things . To elevations that sustain and soothe. sees best. With Time associate. as a zeal mould. Not worthy of the true unfolding depth Of life. they speak to us. nor We will they be in vain look for them. we exist in comprehending more and more. Then melancholy comes anon. eternity. feels best. we by slow heed from levels that Depress the will's free sensibility. fail to mark what's great Teaching the puppet-self an aping trade. Playing with touches strange upon the mood. Wonders See to do —play heroes to a glass much in little. That never were. seeks truth that animates sincerity heart possesses not. We think each day a stage whereon to act. As we in it behold reflected traits Of what ours are. And The The acting think the game of Our life is won. as with authority. And With Still reads the history of the vision human mind . The subtleties of nature show what we Could be. time.6o CLASSICAL I'OEMS. Though As rise often deaf to them. and urge the disposition's With greater effort to fulfill a work Befitting. Like oracles. conjuring with ourselves In spite of learning. the figure of ourselves. frailty Excuses for itself in fancied gifts . to the sage Enriching with those means which Reflecting deep. keeps best.

— But. — deep. . Of Strength that fail in 6l exercise. then for thousands ask. within a sphere reach. that move Those passions secret which men aggravate. Making them mad. bliss they never breathe. too little others give Our grafted pow'rs bear other fruit than ours What folly feels we worship as a shrine The reason sees not with a lordly eye . die ere The fade-time and we altered are from what Is warm to what is cold. there flies. fate fraught And see unfolding scenes of finer joy.TEM PUS FUG IT. misleading them from Truth From Truth who mirrors in themselves that Which shows at last results. lo! our pride great. In coldness lost. As comes a palsy-touch upon the flesh. Still is They never That fate. leaving pass The hour of grace for mid-day's dubious boon. Making us grow old. We solve one problem. yet stand Them answer Deeming our we by the one. We find us idols to upraise. and drink. ourselves are small. insight to a greatness is grown . Too much we claim. Sense pines for what it hungers. not. that need The warmth of happy circumstance. Still Time deep within we eat. Sentiments intense That flowers are with aroma. And know reward in new experience sweet Yea. And feel incentives to endeavors great. with something Having a choral symphony for soul To hear in vagueness of its faculties. .

and soon forget both kin and friends The victims of the tomb and turn to meet Another morrow with another face. November leaves. Still we bubbles court. Our wants mere vapor to evaporate Our transient mood in fellowship with scorn. But still Time flies ! Returning not with us will Again. And sleep. and hues to hues. our faith's without a heart. as Fate below tell the one of prophets true who What Fate Of beauty and its righteousness remote ? — Awaits to gather to the shade of shades. or esteem a The everlasting light of destiny not. Then find them gone or hunger for the fruit — . Transforming life to death. charm Locked in futility. Our peace mere ashes burned out coals Of former action. and gives to brows brows not Their own. What gives to mind A fibre firm. . — Still purposeless. another throng take our place In other seasons and with other scenes. 'Tis even now encroaching changes end Must soon.62 CLASSICAL POEMS. Yet falter ere ? We we fade like cold fall. and life to life Ere days of blossom . We know Duty is What's nobler than ascending change path whereon dew-gleams e'er a Invite before to Time's upraising grade. and death to life In peaceful unity with heaven's own change.

STEPPING-STONES. far affairs. is lost the guider's gone. A youth that plays with toys by Fancy made Dream-wise within a garden green of Spring. A YOUTH Upon pursues a butterfly anear a road that seems to lead to groves. 63 STEPPING-STONES. What measures of the bounties once acquired Others will give to help their journey on. III. A youth. What sheaves bind in the fertile harvest month. What soil approach with favor to possess. a guider true the a journey brief He deems He deems Anon winged gaud toward its goal. What fruitage gather from the branch's hold. Though knowing naught of trade and Can with his mere imagination form . the road Within a labyrinth of forest trees Then sober Eve comes on That life's to show his thought real. ideal is merged within the II. though in a narrow limit born. What seeds implant within the fallow ground. Foretells where tends the footstep of the mind To gain a manly bourne in time before : What country it will reach to claim a tie.

o'erthrow with alternate design to surpass before with IV. Wherein As ancient champions eager to outdo. Proud youths devote themselves their will to train are laurel wreaths to To reach a prospect of bestowing years. turn from specious si)heres wherein They abound loss. Wise intercourses hold with neighbor-realms. To To rove alone in brighter atmosphere. Seeking some tranquil sky afar Its to turn aspect dark into a snowy one. Like a cloud that leaves the dismal folds of storm. VI. crown success. purify the mood with clearer thought. The tendency Is to retire of faithful its W^ith early gleams of Love first touched awaking light from ways of turmoil-trade. The alchemy Dull dross to gold of : Love transmutes within a man in fortune thrives . work ere long. True laws of government he may ordain. A distant goal is open to be gained. vast A May Work build. Rare public virtues show for models just. domain where he alone is lord.64 CLASSICAL POEMS. No heights to beck them upward to exalt Wherein are souls that know not their great v.

VII. sphere within. that see afar Life's Unities awaiting to assist Him year by year in adding to his worth. to That they may turn dwell its VIII. which conceals The bosom of her worth Unto those traits of hers That multiply themselves . She spreads around her glamour. Refuses. 65 Among his friends . Them with a lotus-touch of calm to charm. to a centre of repose to woo. it eyes adept in reading mystic lore In seeing depths under a surface Anon a bloom with symbols idle. Her invitations to a peaceful bower. keeps wolves at bay. o'er it S]^read Unto an Throngs wond'ring world shows. Her harp to hear inspired by sympathy. A woman's soul a star of guidance is! Purblind the man her roses of delight.STEPPING-STONES. That haunt about a poor man's meagre means As if in scorn of cabined poverty all Enlarges his views. he gains abundant land In neighborhood of towns. 'Tis To To tinge the petals with a color known lie. deeming them with snares replete. Love that aids the bud of knighthood out Under the warmth of sympathetic skies. it serves to woo that fruitful are in men — that move .

Others virtues in o'er. the fruits thick pendent Some evils show upon the branch's form. In sweet effects to act a lifetime out. Some have the marks of folly on the rind. in sea To hold communion with them all. The cold may come with Winter in the front. The stars retire behind the sable The storm assail the tree-tops on Ruling god-like Still clouds the heights. IX. unconscious of the cause. Hearts masculine. prime's copious season . To live in awhile with things of silent sky. to feel A A A strange beatitude in turn arouse beatitude to haunt in day. The growths virtues. A To heritage from Nature fraught with scatter them as seeds within Life's field. in air. in night pow'r without to rule a To draw life's The manhood forces forth to a — pow'r within is to conform its way of rectitude state. Essential to the progress of XI. Others the juice of wisdom at the core. Time That are on earth.66 CLASSICAL POEMS. X. Let higher self desire in time to claim traits. in bold obscurity round the citadel of manhood stern .

It traces truth unto its secret haunts. Discerns that periods are at service good: The days come forth their labor to perform. 'Tis nobleness of thought that well inspires Toward high purposes Prove . As things of Nature are. may be held at proper bay. The nights have weary vigils to maintain. That truth may well reward him in the end? . these once achieved. The season serf-Hke push through heat or cold. Then why should man disdain to be confined. in service-tasks. Let feet 67 move on to utter timely cryto besiege When That That That danger near approaches all Let thoughts thoughts sentinel to see their duty do until the morn. Himself a germ devoid of helpful XIII. A largess great Who turns a reason a disposition crude its Upon them shows thing amiss. astray from true path its Nature within distracted from aim soil. virtues evils housed within may be secure.ST EPPING-SrONES. A heart of charity a servant is. They give to all. The months support their burdens to the front. The years at work are sternly moving on. XII. false the fear of those that them conceive loath A A sacrifice to gain.

yet at a future . but lowly labor XV. Then worship not day-dreams Ye charitable. with their false views. Those elements in worth.68 CLASSICAL POEMS. that with small gain small gain improves little An object makes. A vista clear before of thought profound all Presents a goodly prospect the year . it The path Promote of progress blocked. Hence they oft labor m a fond belief That an event encounters to oppose. XVI. A Mystic man of wisdom sees rare things before. but large on. to golden eventide — they footsteps lead. XIV. That eventide of time where Age at ease Sits down among his sundry records old To read his past the fortunate release From days once tangled in a web of years The new-come freedom happiness restored — The spirit mounting o'er the flesh to find — — Its sum of troubles but a brief ado. hour Clearer they show themselves As indexes. in turn is seems Charity's aim doomed. at first. To worship day-dreams is a tendency Of those who love their fellow-beings well To cherish passing schemes the race to raise Above normal unto supernal good.

And temples which contribute mysteries Imagination to arouse. the same That they repeated cause to conscience pain To prove merits. its Is oft denied to those that callous are in specious things . By which to aid the spirit-faculties. The pow'r to bear a judgment To prove its faults. to clothe. to sleep Surrounding gold —no more — — a seed within a rock The Real opposing the Ideal. a Warm Of love.STEPPING-STONES. years. Absorbed spread out before. It knowing they bestow due recompense. each a form. 69 No Winter rash pours down with P]orcal breath A A frigid fury effort on the fleeing South. XVII. That self-adjusts unto forthcoming ties. A To life of mere cold years wherein to island lone. raise them to a place That they become reminders. is move dross As one confined upon an eat. that needs hemisphere of space. the looks homes. its True means a journey to bounds — task confined within a course of time. the social sympathies of . and censure so • firm on self. dormant gifts. They see within not their owai XVIII.

the one has death. In existence there is a bounty rare Greater than Himalaya's bulky range. until the outline of a peak A Stands forth. of other life.yo CLASSICAL POEMS. growth to assist in endless space. The warmth of Summer gives a bounteous rest. Now is . With calm's enchantment atmosphere our harvest stored Then let us turn to slumber. SLEEP. through far degrees Of light. the flaws upon the soul That it may to due remedies apply. XX. Then carry self from flesh to criticise. The voice of inner truth holds converse with light : A If world of shade. T^HE harvest-field of dreams is poppied o'er . XIX. Whereby the heathen swart in fancy sees Of grandeur tier on tier to uplands high bounty that beyond succeeds itself In settlements most firm of rising ridge O'er ridge. no defects retard. Within deep sleep we reach in its the highest peace. turn to dreams And their vague spell. a crown of white upon its brow. The Life has a force to go. As in a glass.

spirit comes. Involved change. Death after life. them at will Our seekins foils The search. ambition's heritage. Let's lie in slumber. With disappointment ever in the fore. and gives Follows after birth. or finding cloys the sympathy. assuaging in its sound Upon the pebbles dead to thought and strife. That sing Seeking it happiness unconsciously. for and not by chance. Then slumber we. And leaves amiss what would appropriate be. dead to these. comes to With us 'tis otherwise. not.SLEEP. on mission sent. To heart's triumph. The starlight's spirit from the twinkling gloom. 71 How sweet the song of labor done and past self-forgetfulness. life toil. in something worse. Yet mortals need a Change comes by Something better Attainment after law. Akin to blessedness of night. cobwebbed awhile in gloom of glooins. forgetting ties Of earth. we have Our longings. . and warm Like Lethe's stream. . to mind's environment On some Parnassian height of laurels won. in and would with the it birds rejoice. deep within ourselves. With plain food by we hunger for a feast With feelings moved we see with erring eyes With common gifts we would transcend the gods Yea. and dream. Whilst to our Making us placid evermore m years Placid and wise like silver gray of age.

inspiring thought With precepts fitted to the mind's fond wont Bestow their Made grave by years. what are to thee the airs of youth The roses on the cheek of joyousness ? The supple gait in concord with a will Of inward animation ? Health and bliss ! /^LD AGE ? charms. or serve a jest To subjects that dilate themselves in terms Hilarious about the tavern door. Thy melancholy's cold Hath' then a heat engendering growth of fruit. an altar. are scraps (The penalties of begging poverty) To them thy actions are construed to fit . That mimic heedless of the consequence. With inner meaning e'er devoid thy board. then leave behind a taste That profits by their loss. too. . mixed simple needs. and frolics oft . Hanging between the branches of thy gnarled And crooked strength. Yet thou. Yet men As at flavor that sit at thy feet.72 CLASSICAL POEMS. OLD AGE. The understanding Amiss that doth censure thee in cold dislike. with Commends itself. They hear thy wiser words as words. wert as they thy scoffing time Then thou hadst fancies wild — j"st as have they — !- And love unsettling thee. With viands set. fearing thee too prone. Thy Roman look hath awe compelling them To shrink.

Where justice law forestalled (in theory!) Where life a tenor oped to vistas rare Of intellectual fields of wisdom's life The form. too trod They — was the green turf on which the earth that bore them would reclaim well. 'Tis thus a royalty crowns hairs gray. Within the town ! 73 Strange crotchets. It Life's rare worth Lies in obscurity. which never found An issue in fruition (That opposition Then quaint ideas taught thee how to guard ! With words of prejudice. Them dead. of patience's life the soul. withal sincere) Of spheres remote from thee. whose habitants Were paragons for men of politics. Favors thy state ! — becoming thee proud privilege above the Thy kind From the beginning to Thou seest men distinguished from end the paths Wherein they follow leaderships unseen To fancied points unseen with pity's eye Thou seest. It thus — Appears a spirit in thee worked to show To where all tend. — vast He knew. a score by score. and made thee dwell at tmies In spheres befitting to the use of what Within thee is. Thus Xerxes saw the movement Of multitudes in whom survival's check. thou hadst In aims. Where then the music of their tones? Where then each beauty and its sorcery? . too. and by comparison Of good with bad led thee from change to change From worst to best in semblance.OLD AGE.

but which emotions mould Into an apprehension rare. Inhabits she The sky. thinketh more. Where then pre-eminence with honors cloyed. selfish. in weaving into thy strange web Of destiny such colors of thyself As make it strong and beautiful and in The furrows of thy years the seed is cast. and of that which Doth harmonize with peace. 'T^IS Beauty The territory of our happiness far it Extend so heaven seems to meet In horizontal calm. Yet. reaching out for more ? — But ere The leveling time doth come. that makes music to the march makes men feel as victors ere and Of A victory's won. Discreet. unto thyself Austere. . until it makes life. the earth. who speaketh little.- BEAUTY.74 CLASSICAL POEMS. the breast of man. ere And thou art blessed. She doth inspire that which We know not of. Autumn Old Age seals with cold . Prevaileth thou like a magician skilled. and make It strong and confident. the sea. To gamer when the month of harvest comes : Sheaves of thy pow'rs.

Of themes romantic She speaks. Praying that Triton may. With aught attuned to poesy in Her moods. As changeful as the billows of deep seas As lasting as immortal spirit. as once of yore. Turning melancholy to hopefulness. Blow his shell-trumpet. . where Purposes flourish. Aphrodite's birth. felt Her presence Her own Infusing it 's ever but never seen. into choice Nature's works. profound yet simple Well used. seed and fruit. giving earnestness Unto our frames that we may go abroad is. dream with double pleasure evermore. salvation is enduring truth form. vital Unfolds she them into a Its color virtue.BEAUTY. thinking. and its odor And gives new glory to old worldly things. as all 75 in her means fleeting as the rainbow's tints. bearing . In meadow's haze upon a warm June day minds veil. soul. as if to artistic behind a golden With language deep from her intuition keen. Ling'ring by the shore of idleness. As tranquil as the trees of tropic woods. To vanquish in accordance with that which Holds beau-ideals of what heroic We And think of Beauty.

birth comes but once. dove As if a for otherwise how could it be? If so A certain knowledge of the truth would give Adown — Fresh life. she dowered is. The brooklets sprightliest with Summer sounds. is Of maiden thoughts. comes the East on slopes dew-spangled o'er. richer far than all We know of Elysium. There's alchemy within Thy presence. and so the thus My Of feelings flow within the channel small present sense. Then seems a special benediction comes From thee to me. it deem that love in thy light. . consecrate myself to thee. The Earth Feels it with buoyancy for lo she knows Thou comest to bestow that which makes rich Her o'er and o'er yea. I thou with is man must sympathize. The fields adorned with blooms as red as wine. from heaven's lofty haunt. and wish for bounds I more wide. to have secluded joys And bHthely to attune my inner self To tranquility. To live. Meanwhile. Making the gods with envy look at her. When the woods are green. Sojourning here below Awhile. to hope. A URORA.76 CLASSICAL POEMS. 'T breathe and hear the flow my ear. turning dross to gold. ! — . AURORA. we pause Then wander through On Roman Of Tiber soil I ever in gloom to thee. fresh faith. fresh aims unto my mind a term.

among thy gifts the flow'rs. Observing As if with rapture mute. Slowly she treads. List'ning serenely to the chirp that comes From near some aerial nest by branches borne. As is her wont. Then. With intuitions years have amplified She Nature reads. it is Thy glory. Ceres uplifts for awhile with kindling eyes. she finds repose in toil. approaching thee. Hence she through Nature feels the motherhood . Flushed her cheek. And when the rainbow steals athwart. and it is felicity To deem ^olus lulls his winds awhile To murmur music to thy ear. discerning what instils The mind with traits not native to itself. too. when harvest days Come Her with their Southern warmth. too. Pomona mild. But are adapted from the sphere of spheres. And dreams in harmony with mellow hours That woo her grapes to ripen.AURORA. as if they sent Strange incense from a shrine to thee supreme. nor heeds The thorns that would her peplus tear busy. Then. No less Is fancy moved (for fancy doth create What it loves best) to deem. features potent with expressiveness. When They clouds besprinkle rain upon the glow. As if a lucid spirit spoke to her Of innocence. 77 at beholding upward an hour hill. next turns to praise Thee for thy silver store inspiring that To grow which is her cherishment. .

me ! thy blissfulness supernal. He reached age old. Withal. there to find thee still. Then long He moaned. Aurora. — If meet For both a goddess and a nymph to see Thee thus. and scan uncertainty Past's light than future's dark — To come. Of Of light. Thy spell Tithonus felt. with it decline.78 CLASSICAL POEMS. looks With a reverential concern. e'er In youthfulness. A sweetness and a patience in thyself Assure somehow of favors yet to come but joys From thee — not echoes of mere joys. of warmth. That would amend and elevate ideas From earth to heaven. Life's the which to meet. he dwelt within a change by law. of life with super-sense lacks the (That in our language human means speech divine). Yet not exempted from the change himself. Turning to thee. requesting life Of thee. how well in beings less to pay Oblation from the temple of themselves. we creatures frail Excite belief with a false faith to keep purpose roused. Themselves unto the mood enamoring And soothes contentment anxiety o'er fate. me! its there's mysticism Confronting with outlines ominous. E'er ceaseless in thy blissfulness.I • Ah. And backs would rather faces be. as one in darkness cast and hci I. and feel Impressions high rewarding moral pains ! Ah. and on thee. . pure consciousness Ennobles our desires.

whilst pouring dew And spreading flow'rs as in peerless emblems !) of thyself Unchanged radiance (but. no ! — • Spring robes is it. ADVERSITY. and deploring him thou wert type of what he wished to be. Retire to grieve when rains assail their form ? 'fragile Does Spring grow pale when checked by Time to know She cannot beauteous Summer's path down go ? the blooms the cruel drops perfume. Ah. and frail Why man. Oh ! Him The seeing. 79 Bearing decrepid limbs with wrinkles thyself. Unto the distant light of fabled isles. Thy beauty and alacrity. Thy sunny locks and smiling countenance. Celestial-kindled at the hearth of Time. Time from her adorning loom. Must have in far reserves for him and (Immortals proving with due worth) that which Inspires in part with what thou. that thou art false When Fate debars or daunts thy days assail? . DO And blooms. o'ercome by midnight storm. His woe not youth perpetual. He witnessed In dawn's streaked gray bewild'ring to chikVs eyes.ADVERSITY. ah Was not ! Still it appears thy heart's own us fires. but.

Showing a Queen's bygone pastoral tlirone. blows South a cloud. play. As trees in sudden pangs do moan aloud. FATE AND PROPHECY. others with fancy One by a niche impresses once beheld. Will words of omen waive the course of things Deny that Summer warm. II. Some with thought strive. god-like. still The spirit's dignity lingers there. MAY. A woman's beauty is upon her face. . TTTITHIN Of a hall are placed a rare display prints of nymphs and graces known of old. on zephry wings.So CLASSICAL POEMS. Three lambs beside her one another chase Each moment's happiness surcharged to share. TX7HEN hoary Autumn spreads upon the mould Loose leaves of russet mixed with streaks of gold. Will give calm joy to counterpoise this bale? Ah. Fate will prove those words an aimless tale. Grim Boreas. As broken roses are about her strown.

His life not vexed by dull or dolesome cares. Breathing quaint harmony's Arcadian sound. Beside him near some meadow blooms invite Admiration with dewy splendor mute close. As rests a 8l shepherd on a mossy mound. free His peace perpetual.THE SYBARITE. all breathing Lydian air. mildly roam. T ET him in a mountain home List to mid-day-buzzing. within a leaf-wrought night. List to water rushing. IV. His bosom's depth Oh. That would have him Pan-like to linger there. each robed within a Of finery. thus honor May. Who from her Southern zone comes forth to-day! THE SYBARITE. . Scented with the gathered flowery treasure From the golden glens of ideal pleasure. Breathe the airs that mildly. III. from battle-harm His friendship's sympathies not knowing snares. suit Under them Are belle-formed buds. could afire with love's warm charm ! his notes be heard.

Let calm Summer after Spring Rule this sphere of green With a queenly mien. Let the frontage of a villa View Dales and in prospects wide Beauty glorified fields of bobbing clover gay. verge. Hygeia by her side well-stored to bring Scarlet colors to the cheek. Them unfolding hanging frailly o'er. Breathe on thicket-buds her path before. Feel the coming South. Crowned with Of empurpled clustered shapes grapes. And the lords of maiden roses. ease.CLASSICAL POEMS. Let him in a bow'r outspread. akin To a peacefulness ensouled within. III. Lull their loves to sleep with more than human v. Let beguiling butterflies (Each with color bright Like a spangled sprite)Ramble 'mong non-seeming entities. bees. As the tinkling bells of kine emerge From the distant hill-top's beck'ning IV. unheralded. . II.

VI. Hie to grandeur round There to dwell awhile. THE BIRTH OF VENUS. From Let him hie. . VII. TOEHOLD the sea! a distant shape appears Within a cloudlet fading from the view. With a tone endowed Rare of music loud (Such as Echo's voice could ne'er prolong). And a flow of fragile-throated words a choir of tropic-plumed birds. nor fail to see Things of hope that well the fancies please. in mist seen through. Like a dream-born realm o'er dream-born seas. to thee Far from civic-sound. and overhead yEolus tunes his harp and symphonies are spread. The shape becomes distinct. As if to seek the morn's exalted spheres To clothe itself with their cerulean hue Ere long with outlines fixed. 83 Let him hearken to a song.THE BIR'IH OF VENUS. O goal.

84 CLASSICAL POEMS. Couldst thou on canvas large. air. To stand with human weight. she rises up in . III. Decked with red dulse. in colors bold. submerged with drowsy green. let the pond'ring mind her being v. of spectral dreamings dim. Her movements on the deep induce surprises. The surges o'er where maketh sun-sheen tender A chaster glow. Ah. II. yet not sink IV. She moves upon the free. downward low. Gladly would knowledge learn the mystery That round her throws a glamour of surmises. true behold! Observe! —a goddess now appears she there. As by it sea-blooms grow. Behold again ! It is a mermaid queen Just slowly leaving her secluded home Of coral walls. To Once rule her countenance! O peerless Art. unstable foam (As by her feet dolphins and nereids swim). to flutter to and fro. After a night. no! —not human ! she! What impulse high occult apply Upon her brow pours an affluent par Like vesper orb What pow'rs Their sorcery. At will to roam. Full strange as aught that in fore-ages be Appears this form emerging from the sea. so pregnant with a heart. perhaps.

85 Impearled about and robed in humid splendor What graceful movements wields her figure slender! Once more observe she fades in height away. the wholesome olives manifold. its Nor Greece nor Rome with Could Pours well climatic might compare with what thy fruitage-year down before Nature's admiring sight Upon the landscapes of tliis hemisphere. — Alack! what speculation could her bourn portray? POMONA. I. pOMONA Among known of old the citron groves. III. Hast thou denied coy-like thy wondrous spell This our fair Western World of freedom's hold • II. the purple swell Of grapes. She with discerning hand Has caused each growth its blossoms to unfold . Forthwith" behold around: What ranged profusion! What resplendent sway! The tree crowned hills triumphant o'er the ground Where valley verdure shows a like display Of myriad treasures that in buds abound! IV.POMONA. Ah. no! — thou art anear.

VIII. 'T is well for That she is mystic. like That she prevails within each you to deem Queen Mab of yore. Craving ere formed on cherries lush to feed! happy birds so careless in your ease Melodious prophets of your. silent scheme Of ancient mystery that hues fruit-store o'er streaks of gleam.S6 CLASSICAL POEMS. divulging gloss . O Among happy birds. e'er in dreams extant. The brimming To reach betime sap well upward to expand the coming apples gold Rich clustered globes within a pendent land V. indeed ! O gay blossoms on surrounding trees. like work of art In ideal musings. Be ye but mouths to chant To her some sober phrases from each heart. jubilant Her magnify with fancy Next let her dwell before. Will be Hived by the blooms in drowsy orchards green. For you. What in wealth to her foreseen August days of honey-bees. Where she in umbrage may command a breeze Offspring odors from their warm mothers wean ! VI. Summer need! VII.

with woman's classic Imbued That oft Therefore. My lady plays a lute within a bower. 'tis embolds. eager to espy power. Her golden reign to year where mild Summer haunts from year is Indeed. "Long live. Inclines with weary drooping form warm shower. 87 MY Lady Is it rules supreme. Her seated 'mong green leaves a queen of Thou harmony bear forth thy spirit life impress Thy tones are fraught with meaning to . a half-seraphic sphere. But stands as if inspired by some Two turtle-doves their flying wings apply About her person. strange excelling to sigh What harmony hereby Not That moves throughout the garden ! each flower. MY LADY. on tribute bent. refrain There birds sing joy's immaculate gain Her lattice by her daily heed to hives anear There bees. II. men's moods with sternest thoughts Majesty!" Your meet to cry. in honey fresh and clear. Store comb by comb of There Nature {\oy^\ subject she) pours grain From harvest fields into her granary— Fortune holds.MY LADY. But this is dross placed by her potency. all wealth is hers that sympathy. In fact.

so subtile to control Their virtures till Of her enchantment they form a part. III. truer traits of courage than are rife With music breathes at night excess. That makes a Paradise themselves within. My Lady has a pow'r somewhat akin To that of Time among her roses rare Though less her might. then whole all about her sprung. Their Hfe's her life. My Lady lives within a scene of bliss A Paradise within a Southern zone A simple bow'r established for her throne Among Where rare roses that each other kiss all things To tinge seem endowed with that and deep senses with a dreamy tone this Where calm eternal is with force unknown To aid grim Time in his ancient service. They gaining from this source life's golden share. IV. And to them she's at times a guardian soul To (Like Flora of the grove). Yet they her well denote above heart-strife When feast-hummed — A thing of peace enthroned in loveliness. My Lady is a being crowned among Transcendent things within an Aidenn goal. with mystic tongue minister to wants of blossoms young. But she the hearts of strong-limbed men doth sway . yet her meek features win Bold breasts of men to find a secret there.88 CLASSICAL POEMS.

. Nor care from her in worldly ways to go. Madonna-like. not shoreward now. and . her touch. upon the deep. V. A And homage with their manhood all on her shrine a wreath of laurel lay. step ! By her high Life's Platonic place to win. AT /COMRADES. The pow'r that animates My Lady's face. let our vessel veer with idle prow Let worms feed there — the harvest is replete. SEA.AT With art as fine. on her throne above our race Her words are pregnant with deep wisdom's share. Oh. Leading each hearer calmly unaware oft denote a is she Up by step to Life's Platonic place. Hence hope conceives a final. O heart move on no less That earth's dark roads are crooked to excess. Which When false or borrowed grace. SEA. She law creates within That are as ties to make the heart akin To her pure soul. It is a port where Life and Death e'er meet. blessedness From thought of her. contains a-something rare Preferable to arts of courteous care. 89 They 's feel know The source whence she inspired they to her pay aglow.

Where hungry sharks now seek in depths below The drowned man's bones among his rock-wrecked wealth. Rather stay here and drowse upon the flow. . Where move the demon dangers round in stealth. Let us pause long. to be beguiled To follow luck where'er it may impart Or let Rare harmony from some JEo\mn wild. our pilot there. with pagan heart. IV. Thought's movements to a pleasure slow attune. That mocks at haste. Things time-worn have their exit over-soon Then why should we aflush with labor doom Ouselves to shore ere prime of afternoon? Let naught of youthful zeal our day consume. n. III. VI. Heed It not the tide that becks toward the shore shines Uke rolling shields of silver hue 'Tis a decoy. The'Present make a god. As off our days retire and come again.90 CLASSICAL POEMS. the fancy vexed to store With images destructive to pursue. There's virtue borne by men Let some supernal boon.

VIII. streams. air. Whose spell supreme conducts romantic-wise To realms remote. where life's commingling In currents deep and clear. Or maiden lone. VII. anchor by the coral feel the islet's form. love lurking in her eyes. have wondrous gleams o'er gleams . II. 91 With W^e'll petrel wings we'll pass the haunting storm. We'll breathe equator know tropic calms.THE CAGED BIRD. yearnings vain and emulative tones express fire Thou wouldst gain mountain heights with pure The pilgrim's soul in valley of distress desire To bathe with flood of sound of warmest tenderness. Busy with dreams. No struggles weary-wise that may Life's systems fall below their give bane models rare Why seek the depths or heights with turmoils vain ? Why seek the night when day is everywhere ? THE CAGED XTTHAT Thy BIRD. We'll joy of wondrous Southern calms.

— esteem. like Apollo's lute. foolish bird ! — thou dupe to wretched fancies ! If thou wert free Thy cherishings would die as do June's pansies Too soon thy fervid music broken be. IV. sea. VII. Yet with ambition's longings stern imbued. hill-dwelling to and alone. With harmony's impulse v/ell know the springs Of vital force and of effective ease. Like mermaid melody in a chaotic V. have a tone please.92 CLASSICAL POEMS. Then let repining cease. Renown to reach. Or youth within his thought's broad To broodings prone. III. Lightly arise to sing of happy things Life's charities. soUtude. Let not thy spirit's false forebodings see Fate that alarms . But e'er. Who Poor beckons him climb with loud triumphant tone. voluble bird! bitter More seem Thy thoughts than draughts from quassia-cup —they curd The outward flow of flattery to deem Thee without full desert prevents a full VI.

. some cavern depths wherein the ken for the footsteps sure allure Beholds a smoothness Conducts by vines and shrubs with vivid dyes. To growths of shade as fresh as April grass. III. on wholesome pasture bent. To fields that fill the mind with strange II. of serenity! You hold the few who shepherd-fike adore The guidance of supernal mystery Who know so well what pathway to explore. Thy realm To-morrow. A WINDING With road conducts down to a glen. Though a prisoner.THE ROYAL ROAD. Who To lead their flocks. surmise. Seat of enjoyment. Here soil's rare plants in true succession reign Here damask-roses court the roaming breeze Here rock-formed hollows show a mineral vein Here spread profusion tempts the hand to seize Onward lead paths. free from gorgon-harms. is hilly heights where naught imminento . paved with a pebbly mass. yet king-thoughted be. sides About whose hall-like passages. Full to the brilliant verge of Time's selected 93 charms THE ROYAL ROAD.

VI. A love of calm. Possesses each a vista clear before Each knows to use those boons by Time bestowed Each summons up his courage to explore The broad Beyond upon the Royal Road Of earth.94 CLASSICAL POEMS. IV. Enters Manhood Wisdom's secluded cell Energy near is ready forth to hie Courage before leads to a rugged dell And patriarchal Age. no busy days . You hold the few who seek the Summer reign Of warmth and growth you well extend an To mortals prone to seek superior gain. Sports round enduring blushes near is Hope. his dame beside. Goes to and fro contentment typified! — VII. there 's Health. imbrowned with tan. with purposes which generate fate. moves quickly by. whose hair . are beguiled as and now she dozes humor them disposes. of truth. of final . Which elevates above the haunting shade Of brick-and-mortar towns. Patience reclines upon a mossy slope. And now Some she reads absorbed. Here Virtue With is demure . Here Youth. aid Impose their troubles in their divers ways. v. secret presence in her wizard air.

T^HE Way It is. fruit Grave owls when Night. ' 95 THE APPIAN WAY. a solitude. up guide . To find that peopled deemed II. Their end to gain. comes About the hills with mellow-noted horn. to mourn III. So on they push. shade-mantled. The Way leads forward through an arbored aisle Of bearing vines. eternal is. . Index-boards here and there.THE A PPIAN IVAY. and certain to display Outlines at last consoling to the eye. hardships to undergo. . whose stems are decked with Worthy a king's choice flasket where to while Their hours oft vintagers resort when hoot . • As hill-born brooklets. with their sparkles fraught. though it some remote every sphere Consider — not so! — in combining with itself the note Of song above with sehse of what is here. To help thought up to noblest altitude. The Dawn beholds They've heard of a few who tread the Way. as summits o'er them glow. Their heed engaged upon a point on high oft. with festoons wrought Into arising verdant coils. IV.

Still upward leads the Way. The such a airy hall life Of Morn no From concord-breathing equal has for glens issues a call rife And Like tells of sylvan bounds with shepherds far. A As high flamingo if flies. emerging from dim Afric's world. within A calm to plant those sterling traits That rise until to stable strength akin. They to much worth espoused conceive a whim To shy from sight and be as things unseen But yonder push to that excelling seat With other hours than man's from yore replete. VI. VIII.g6 CLASSICAL POEMS. There's calm about within an area vast To make Most fit the bosom with reflections glow to form impressions to outlast of a moment's Mere musings come and go. in scarlet furled. Next sounds commingle spirit-joys and mildly roll proceeding to a goal. There are events combined with sober day In sohtude among deep forest boughs. . Spread forth mild flowage that down channels glide. VII. Delay not near that hillock green and trim Briefly to recognize those buds serene .

97 There wayfarers remain . THE STATUE. all aglow . with a fickle sway. seen of that without to Which them contrived keep in years of doubt.THE STATUE. Blew rain or dust upon it noon by noon Until it seemed a corse denied a burial boon. IX. Great throngs of people journeyed to and Merchants. averse they feel Unto experience prior. To murmur of a now that Time endows. most prone to press Them The from those earnest studies that reveal latitude of higher consciousness A succor pleasing. Where spirits seem to hover and delay. some scowling. others fro : Philosophers with wisdom in their mien. TTPON a worldly highway was a stone that long forgotten lay it Of marble smooth The Winter frigid claimed for its own. II. To bid ambition forthwith know repose Body and soul their opposition close. Impressing blots for Time to wash away The Summer torrid.

Advisements held he often to imbibe last. although but slightly shown (Like a body with a soul beauty prone). IV. . At doom surrounded by a doubting tribe. He From pufest elements of self a tone To mark the image with a seeming own Of goodness. its Next schemes and dreams disturbed He strived for strength to wrestle from A monitory form a mission to assume. His breast. scholars . Soldiers off duty. easy and serene Heroes. Exalted by ambition's wise disdain Of hours misused. In .98 CLASSICAL POEMS. beauty. united to a charm. statesmen. each with ambition keen Lawyers. A youth demure of penetrative strain Beheld the marble pariah. all this multitude not one down cast A look of sympathy upon the stone. relic It was a from a distant past to Endowed For Art to with form. beggars beside Bankers and nobles spurring horses eager-eyed. To woo a busy world from evil's mighty harm. artists. long felt its plight unblest. shape unto a semblance new to That would suggest man an ideal meaning true. III. wrought with chisel-chippings on the stone. his nights of rest.

next smile and deem him wrong. A It figure formed from strokes of firmest will seemed a being noble through and through A something rare to waken and to thrill With face benign. He next upon the smooth pedestal cut. Denied himself the pleasures of the throng. Behold ! a shape at last was there in view. and fitted to instil Deep tongueless thoughts with dialect of art Well known to those who speak the language VIII. — VII. would stop to ask Pointless questions.THE STA'J'UE. perhaps with gibes. of the heart. Anon a square pedestal he contrived its Beside base minutest germs were strown. gg VI. Nor swerved a day most like a growing oak That firmly stood when stormy mock'ries o'er it broke. That grew And Up to Around buds and next as flowers thrived then the form he heaved with brawny skill to its place superior on a hill the whole a guardian hedge was thrown. His earnest will was adequately strong. Watchful to prick with thorns the reckless finger-bone. Time aftor time he labored at his task . "Una " that all the people might behold Through it one whom they had to slavery ! put . As some. IX.

though They with its meaning failed to be imbued. rife. The mass went to a city murky-hued. The flow of life she sought with effort true To move from gloom a sunshine to attain To roll in channels right to seek truth's main. XII. A A A A maid unworthy of their ways of gold doe within a boa's devouring fold head downcast door unhinged — a voice to creak. oft mingling to and fro. With right extended arm directed feet Toward a narrow road diverging. X. standing by the highway wide. with wholesome fruitage XI. Its alas ! unto the temple near. As on her gleams descended from the blue There night by night. Secure from din. . With curious ken the noble figure viewed With steps indifferent some faltered. spied Afar connected with a cool retreat. green repose amid an Eden atmosphere. The multitude. There day by day to point pale Una stood.lOO CLASSICAL POEMS. The statue. Where laurels rose about a temple's seat Where deep recesses near denoted life. dimmed by vicissitude (For thunder-storms hid stars and off withdrew). Yet none. to utter wee it world-winds assailed so.

Hence awkward in her aspect bore. . prone to roam. Ufia grinned a dismal hour or more. from worldly schemes that often mar. retired To spend his days within the temple nigh. The youth. Now leads to limits formed for souls who turn from home. An easy prey for Age of burial means charge. to lie A Its cumbrous ruin stretched the highway by in pieces vain confusedly at large.THE ISLAND. THE A PART ISLAND. And leave self low self higher to degrade : O'er such supreme the Fancy. lOI From By a wilderness afar a demon came. In turn an angel from the azure o'er Came meekly down. Or give ambition but a passing shade Apart from plights that noble aims debar. to his goal his Until she seemed to tremble through her frame. and shadow shed A tear of condolence before she homeward sped. To dedicate himself to moods inspired Leaving the statue in neglect. XIV. now grown to manhood prime. XIII.

her sylvan-sounding words. As vestal Echo to the ear affords. There a grove whose verdure low and high Shelters the feathered nest from noontide glows. isle it is An within a foreign sphere. Barges and barks with silken sails supply Beguiling rides as odored breezes blow. The Day ensouled throbs as does a nun when she to prayer steals. Or flow. and strange beguilement to portray— This air-born picture coming slowly to instil. There is a meadow with a river by Cygnets and water-fowls move to and fro. II. With sheen touched o'er not native to art's human skill. From rocky bourns remote. . . How And happy-throated the harmony flows the inspiration feels.I02 CLASSICAL POEMS. Where Evil has no night. is The many hymns of birds address the sky . There are smooth paths of shade beside the stream These scholars screen who turn to banks to muse Or converse hold in groups on some apt theme to light ways inclined a number choose watch the cygnets on the current slow To Kissing the eddies clear that to their bosoms . III. To deem it near 'Tis ease. Enriched by Truth where Goodness has all day.

to leap Into bright bowls. . Free from urchin ardor pursuing impalm. To charm the palate with its spirit keen and strong. joyance and festal song. a Gypsy. and gayly to combine Itself with noise. The distant ways imbibe Are broadly spread. Where Range in butterflies. It yearns to break the . O'er which hang blossoms white. But some with eyes idolatrous upbent A Implore a shade above. Here flowers wild in bushy settlement affairs 103 Regal conduct in courtly state.. each has a burdened prop. and fall below Into the lap of earth. their petals to unfold.THE ISLAND. A road leads here and there. as if of late juggling god within a cloud of gold rained Had down magic hues IV. like flakes of Autumn snow. The bees their sweets Within the girdle of a valley's maze. the circle of an aerial calm. Vineyards abound where grapes from coverts peep Each cluster rare immures the coming wine .purple walls. careless to tribe. Thickets of palm excel with smooth retreats Near orange groves their golden fruitage drop. Hedges of figs unmask their seeded sweets Stand trees in rows.

Mark Some offspring mounts. Hear torrent-murmurs far. VI. all downward rolled. A scene. Another spot See hedges old Where osiers bear their heavy burdens well. unique reserve A mysterious instinct of earth that clothes robes of green encrowned with heaven's glows. Itself in It is a forest huge —a . In which a Diana might hap to ride At noon upon a steed out-breathing steam. choice supreme. is gained. seen with humble huts arranged companion-wise.104 CLASSICAL POEMS. Or blooms most bright. on which adorn The azure cups of buds bedecked with dew. Within their shades what subtile airs are rife i An indescribable. Or blow her horn or deem that were beside The hamadryads deem that they her viewing Would pallid turn forthwith. evoking sweet surprise. Beyond are forest-trees aflush with life The sun appears them calmly to observe. — VII. That mingle with the tinkles of a bell. . where plays with music true A brook about a bank. their envy her pursuing. field within the vale bears bearded corn Another oaks. there dropped by hand unseen Of warm-breathed South when once she faltered o'er the .

Hard by a garden choice of mixed perfumes Invites a maiden form to move around Its labyrinths. with passive air. she gleans rare crimson blooms And weaves them into wreaths. IX. wields a pipe. VIII. within his meadow-sphere is a tone of happy harmony. A between its feet A lamb reposes lo a happy pair! A chiseled figure crowned with heaven's rays. By rows of ancient oaks. marble lion is. knowing not the daunts arises 105 Of spendthrift hopes that men impov'rish so On homebred things And bid to civil arts they daily place their mind. — ! . Beside a road well sheltered from the heat. Something profound Upon her brow depicts pure thoughts within. move aloof. And speaks of her as one to tender things akin. him five lambs are subjects of his cheer.THE ISLAND. They breathe and wonder. There dwell those who in routines rural go. The smoke from those moss-roofed haunts. Whereon the hand of Age no Vandal mark displays. his But backward come ere long sounds to idolize. Anon He He pours By They seen a youth hard by a tree. their eyes be half-purblind. their strength to exercise.

Here house near house confronts three broad-laid streets. profound. Where sailors dwell.io6 CLASSICAL POEMS. of Time's most true repose. although not known. Who half their rugged years upon the ocean pass. one to something vague. Her speech both join to give A store of thoughts that eke. NestUng within a glen ascending back To mountain roads and wild and lofty seats. They talk of wealth. Upward from birth deep minds to aid surround. Of specious hopes that urge aspiring man His life's allotted date with restless years to span. There Priestess Peace imparts her truth composure demure within her aids To hold each one a student at her side. is A A fane not far by thick laurel shades. each moves That Whereby he may sojourn in castles rare. as potent is. X. a stern and humble class. A little town is by a shoreward track. once eked show how to live. In foreign regions true. Yet hold they that a pow'r. Their features grave are with expressions fraught. yet naught material there. XI. A group stands where the fane its shadow throws. . to guide. Infusing day by day a dreamy tone. Of worldly goods with wasted efforts bought.

A/jTY argosy. around a huge. isles. Nor do they it abuse with vain delay. hoary foam An eager fleet now comes. Sea-fowls contend with wind 107 and water. Throw forth the gaze afar above the wave. From a great world of dearth and foiled desires. In earth's deep mine dislodge bright golden grain . prone is To bathe their feathers in a briny bay their Agile and reckless. go seek strange Fortune's main There in far voyage hail an island shore. There let thy crew the island depths explore. with gathered might From balmy winds. Where mullets gay and golden fishes roam Where sea-nympths once upswelled ('tis said) Their hair's redundance in the to lave . to reach this island of delight. emerging from a current wide. Confusedly BEFORE AND AFTER THE VOYAGE. Between small on which are cypress spires.BEFORE AND AFTER THE VOYAGE. cliffs But homeward hie betime among Where climbing vines alone approach their refuge rare. That strips men bare of all aspiring pride Where motley throngs of anxious people go delusive show. pleasure own. They come. XII. bare.

bring Nice silks. My argosy's come home.io8 CLASSICAL POEMS. to forge a pure. Ruling with grace thy kingdom spreading more. too. What freight of ore ! What What tropic blooms impressing with a thrill What fruits out-blushing fabled ones of yore Olivia fair. But what are daunts by treasures to procure With which to grace her form without a peer ? II. presence still. the sail these homeward bore That thou mightst turn Yet be to all a sceptred silks produced with craftsman's choicest ! skill their service to thy will. . encircling Wherewith chain Oh. And. me furthermore a floral store (Such as Pomona meek might half adore). Well would each largess charm Olivia dear. appears at times the motive blind That would deck thee with what by thee is dearth For so endowed thy beauty and thy mind They simply move the world 't was so from birth. quaint gauds and fruits of hybrid strain. My argosy. But after all. hence of fresh sails make sure Prepare repehing dangers to endure Surges' uproar at daybreak lacking cheer. — THE END. this wealth seems not designed To give meet setting to thy woman's worth.