Ballads and Sonnets

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byAlexander Anderson

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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. 1879. Excerpt: ... Moves on, and turns not save but to deplore. The background of our Planet! But in death She hath that awe which broods upon the face Of the new dead, so in her fallen place A power is with her still, though all her faith Is snapt like her own temples in the dust, And fades with centuries of age and rust. I am in Rome, and underneath the spell Of her past glory; as I tread her streets, My soul keeps saying, as a child repeats Its lesson--" The Eternal, here they dwell!" I am alone, though in the busy crowd, Yet mighty spirits keep their pace with mine: Horace and Virgil, and those names divine That in the world for ever speak aloud. The past is with me, and my eyes are blind To all the modern change on either side; I stride a Roman, with a Roman's stride, And feel a Roman's firmness fire my mind. I even hail the victor from afar, And join the throng that shout behind his car. V. Yet after all, when the soul finds its home, And we look with our daily eyes, we ask (Doubt round us like a mist) "Can this be Rome?" And the slow answer is a mighty task. Can this indeed be Rome, who from her heart Sent shocks of life, like blood, through distant lands. Whose Kings were sons to her by Roman bands Of valour, and their tribute fill'd her mart? The Jupiter of cities! Now, alas! Upon her throne of seven hills, she seems The shadow of a thousand former dreams, Pointing to all the splendid pomp that was. Even her columns seem to start and glow Into Cassandras, and wail forth her woe. VI. Where'er thou stand in ancient Rome there seems A shadow with thee; and if thy keen thought Turn pilgrim to the shrine of thy great dreams--Paying continual homage as it ought--Thou art but fool'd; and if thou rear again Columns and gods and temples, and within The silent Forum place he...

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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. 1879. Excerpt: ... Moves on, and turns not save but to deplore. The background of our Planet! But in death She hath that awe which broods upon th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217443338

ISBN - 13:9780217443333

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