Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith

Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life

byGeorge Meredith

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THE TWO MASKS

I.
Melpomene among her livid people,
Ere stroke of lyre, upon Thaleia looks,
Warned by old contests that one museful ripple
Along those lips of rose with tendril hooks,
Forebodes disturbance in the springs of pathos,
Perchance may change of masks midway demand,
Albeit the man rise mountainous as Athos,
The woman wild as Cape Leucadia stand.

II.
For this the Comic Muse exacts of creatures
Appealing to the fount of tears: that they
Strive never to outleap our human features,
And do Right Reason's ordinance obey,
In peril of the hum to laughter nighest.
But prove they under stress of action's fire
Nobleness, to that test of Reason highest,
She bows: she waves them for the loftier lyre.

ARCHDUCHESS ANNE

I.
In middle age an evil thing
Befel Archduchess Anne:
She looked outside her wedding-ring
Upon a princely man.


II.
Count Louis was for horse and arms;
And if its beacon waved,
For love; but ladies had not charms
To match a danger braved.

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Title:Ballads and Poems of Tragic LifeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 9, 2014Publisher:MACMILLAN AND COLanguage:English

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