Scala Naturae; And Other Poems by John G. ClelandScala Naturae; And Other Poems by John G. Cleland

Scala Naturae; And Other Poems

byJohn G. Cleland

Paperback | February 6, 2012

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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.1887 Excerpt: ... II. HEAVEN AND EAETH. Blue is the night sky, and alive with stars. To me to look into that awful dome--Unlimited save only in our eyes--Is leaving earth and every earthly thing, And gliding to a land of angel dreams. Then Fancy wishes she might fly to see The piers run down into the great abyss, The arch shoot upwards to the throne of God. Upon the hill-top when the evening falls, Go, lay your head among the tufted moss, And stretch your limbs where parting sunbeams rest. There shut your eyes, and, opening them again, Look away upwards and forget the world. The deepening eye of heaven lays hold on you. The early stars drop twinkling into sight, And others following come to welcome you. Even so it seems. Your head begins to swim As if you floated loose in space like them; But Nature says to you, " Presumptuous child!" And shades your overstraining eyes with tears That dim the sky with halos of their own. You sigh at parting with so sweet a dream; You waken, and are fallen back to earth. Ah! If that tear-cloud were the only thing That wrought delusion in my sight of heaven, Then might I sing the starry firmament, The splendour of the glittering hosts of God, Their marshalled columns and their glorious course, And call imagination to my aid. But I am weak, my thoughts beset with snares; And useless is imagination here. Even were the heavens the spangled robe they seem--A curtain round the world, and nothing more--With diamonds scattered broadcast o'er the screen, And sun and moon two great bright blazing shields, We yet could utter but unworthy praise. What then 1 The stars are worlds. 'Tis simply said, And surely reasoned. But imagined? No. Imagination is in bonds to sense. The world we tread on is declared a sphere; Our eyes deny it, and in mellowing blue We...
Title:Scala Naturae; And Other PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:28 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217869572

ISBN - 13:9780217869577