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Selections from [His] Poetical Works

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...her bold sister, swum halfway already. Fortu, shall we sail there together, and see, from the sides, Quite new rocks show their faces, new haunts where the siren abides? Shall we sail round and round them, close over the rocks, tho' unseen, That ruffle the grey glassy water to glorious green? Then scramble from splinter to splinter, reach land, and explore, On the largest, the strange square black turret with never a door, Just a loop to admit the quick lizards? Then, stand there and hear The birds' quiet singing, that tells us what life is, so clear?--The secret they sang to Ulysses when, ages ago, He heard and he knew this life's secret, I hear and I know. Ah, see! The sun breaks o'er Calvano. He strikes the great gloom And flutters it o'er the mount's summit in airy gold fume. All is over. Look out, see, the gipsy, our tinker and smith, Has arrived, set up bellows and forge, and down-squatted forthwith To his hammering under the wall there! One eye keeps aloof The urchins that itch to be putting his jews'-harp to proof, While the other, thro' locks of curled wire, is watching how sleek Shines the hog, come to share in the windfall. Chew, abbot's own cheek! All is over. Wake up and come out now, and down let us go, And see the fine things got in order at church for the show Of the Sacrament, set forth this evening. To-morrow's the Feast Of the Rosary's Virgin, by no means of Virgins the least: As you'll hear in the off-hand discourse which (all nature, no art) The Dominican brother, these three weeks, was getting by heart. Not a pillar nor post but is dizened with red and blue papers; All the roof waves with ribbons, each altar a-blaze with long tapers. But the great masterpiece is the scaffold rigged glorious to hold All the fiddlers and... Hide synopsis

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