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When I look from my window at night,
All throbbing and panting with stars,
His pinions in nebulous bars.
And the legend, I feel, is a part
The frenzy and fire of the brain,
To quiet its fever and pain.
EPIMETHEUS, OR THE POET'S AFTERTHOUGHT.
HAVE I dreamed P or was it real,
What I saw as in a vision,
Moved my thought o'er fields Elysian ?
What! are these the guests whose glances
Seemed like sunshine gleaming round me;
As with magic circles, bound me?
Ah! how cold are their caresses !
Pallid cheeks and haggard bosoms! Spectral gleam their snow-white dresses, And from loose, dishevelled tresses
Fall the hyacinthine blossoms!
O my songs! whose winsome measures Filled
heart with secret rapture ! Children of my golden leisures ! Must even your delights and pleasures
Fade and perish with the capture ?
Fair they seemed, those songs sonorous,
When they came to me unbidden ; Voices single, and in chorus, Like the wild birds singing o'er us
In the dark of branches hidden.
Disenchantment! Dis-illusion !
Must each noble aspiration Come at last to this conclusion, Jarring discord, wild confusion,
Lassitude, renunciation ?
Not with steeper fall nor faster,
From the sun's serene dominions, Not through brighter realms nor vaster, In swift ruin and disaster
Icarus fell with shattered pinions !
Sweet Pandora ! dear Pandora !
Why did mighty Jove create thee
If to win thee is to hate thee ?
No, not hate thee! for this feeling
Of unrest and long resistance
O'er the chords of our existence.
Him whom thou dost once enamour,
Thou, beloved, never leavest; In life's discord, strife, and clamour, Still he feels thy spell of glamour ;
Him of hope thou ne'er bereavest.
Weary hearts by thee are lifted,
Struggling souls by thee are strengthened, Clouds of fear asunder rifted, Truth from falsehood cleansed and sifted,
Lives, like days in summer, lengthened.
Therefore art thou ever dearer,
O my Sibyl, my deceiver !
When thou fillest my heart with fever!
Muse of all the Gifts and Graces !
Though the fields around us wither, There are ampler realms and spaces, Where no foot has left its traces ;
Let us turn and wander thither.