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So they in speech unsyllabled. But She,
The fair-tressed Goddess, born to be their bane,
Uplifting straight her wand of ivory,

Compelled them groaning to the styes again;
Where they in hopeless bitterness were fain
To rend the oaken woodwork as before,
And tear the troughs in impotence of pain,---
Not knowing, they, that even at the door
Divine Odysseus stood,-as Hermes told of yore.



(The Power of Love.)

`IRST, in an Agate-stone, a Centaur strong,


With square man-breasts and hide of dapple dun,
His brown arms bound behind him with a thong,
On strained croup strove to free himself from one,—
A bolder rider than Bellerophon.

For, on his back, by some strange power of art,
There sat a laughing Boy with bow and dart,
Who drove him where he would, and driving him,
With that barbed toy would make him rear and start.
To this was writ "World-victor

on the rim.


(The Thefts of Mercury.)

THE next in legend bade "Beware of show!"
'Twas graven this on pale Chalcedony.
Here great Apollo, with unbended bow,
His quiver hard by on a laurel tree,

For some new theft were rating Mercury.

Who stood with downcast eyes, and feigned distress,

As daring not, for utter guiltiness,

To meet that angry voice and aspect joined.

His very heel-wings drooped; but yet, not less,
His backward hand the Sun-God's shafts purloined.


(The Song of Orpheus.)

THEN, on a Sardonyx, the man of Thrace,

The voice supreme that through Hell's portals stole,
With carved white lyre and glorious song-lit face,
(Too soon, alas! on Hebrus' wave to roll!)
Played to the beasts, from a great elm-tree bole.
And lo! with half-shut eyes the leopard spread
His lissome length; and deer with gentle tread
Came through the trees; and, from a nearer spring,
The prick-eared rabbit paused; while overhead
The stock-dove drifted downward, fluttering.


(The Crowning of Silenus.)

NEXT came an Amethyst,—the grape in hue.
On a mock throne, by fresh excess disgraced,
With heavy head, and thyrsus held askew,
The Youths, in scorn, had dull Silenus placed,
And o'er him "King of Topers" they had traced.
Yet but a King of Sleep he seemed at best,

With wine-bag cheeks that bulged upon his breast, And vat-like paunch distent from his carouse. Meanwhile, his ass, by no respect represt, Munched at the wreath upon her Master's brows.


(The Sirens.)

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LASTLY, with "Pleasure was a Beryl graven,
Clear-hued,-divine. Thereon the Sirens sung.
What time, beneath, by rough rock-bases caven,
And jaw-like rifts where many a green bone clung,
The strong flood-tide, in-rushing, coiled and swung.
Then,—in the offing,-on the lift of the sea,
A tall ship drawing shoreward-helplessly.
For, from the prow, e'en now the rowers leap
Headlong, nor seek from that sweet fate to flee.
Ah me, those Women-witches of the Deep!




PRING,—art thou come, O Spring!
I am too sick for words;

How hast thou heart to sing,

O Spring, with all thy birds?


I sing for joy to see again

The merry leaves along the lane,
The little bud grown ripe;

And look, my love upon the bough!
Hark, how she calleth to me now,-

"Pipe ! pipe !"


Ah! weary is the sun :

Love is an idle thing;
But, Bird, thou restless one,
What ails thee, wandering?


By shore and sea I come and go

To seek I know not what; and lo!

On no man's eaves I sit

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