Posthumous Poems Of William Motherwell. Now First Collected

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byWilliam Motherwell

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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. 1851. Excerpt: ... AFFECTEST THOU THE PLEASURES OF THE SHADE? Affectest thou the pleasures of the shade, And pastoral customs of the olden time, When gentle shepherd piped to gentle maid On oaten reed, his quaint and antique rhyme? Then welcome to the green and mossy nook, The forest dark and silver poppling brook And flowers in fragrant indolence that blossom On the sequestered valley's sloping bosom--Where in the leafy halls glad strains are pealing, The woodland songsters' amorous thoughts revealing: Look how the morning's eager kisses wake The clouds that guard the Orient, blushing red--Behold heaven's phantom-chasing Sovereign shake The golden honours of his graceful head Above that earth his day-dawn saw so fair!--Now damsels lithe trip lightsomely away, To bathe their clustered brows and bosoms bare In virgin dews of budding, balmy May! MUSIC. Strange how the mystically mingled sound Of voices rising from these rifted rocks And unseen valleys--whence no organ ever Thundered harmonious its stupendous notes, Nor pointed arch, nor low-browed darksome aisle, Rolled back their mighty music--seems to me An ocean vast, divinely undulating, Where, bathed in beauty, floats the enraptured soul: Now borne on the translucent deep, it skirts Some dazzling bank of amaranthine flowers, Now on a couch of odours cast supine, It pants beneath o'erpowering redolence:--Buoyant anon on a rejoicing surge, It heaves, on tides tumultuous, far aloft, Until it verges on the cope of heaven, Whence issued, in their unity of joy, The anthems of the earth-creating Morn: Yielding again to an entrancing slumber, In sweet abandonment, it glideth on To amber caves and emerald palaces, Where the lost Seraphs--welcomed by the main--Their lyres suspended in their time of sorrow, Amid the deepening glori...

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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. 1851. Excerpt: ... AFFECTEST THOU THE PLEASURES OF THE SHADE? Affectest thou the pleasures of the shade, And pastoral customs of the olden time, ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217787851

ISBN - 13:9780217787857

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