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And thou, his Florence, to thy trust
Receive and keep,
His sacred sleep.
ROSAMOND AT WOODSTOCK
So shall thy lovers, come from far,
Mix with thy name As morning-star with evening-star
His faultless fame.
LOVE AT SEA
Are you tir'd ? But I seem shameful to you, shameworthy, Contemnable of good women, being so bad, So bad as I am. Yea, would God, would
God, I had kept my face from this contempt of
yours. Insolent custom would not anger me So as you do; more clean are you than I, Sweeter for gathering of the grace of God To perfume some accomplish'd work in
heaven ? I do not use to scorn, stay pure of hate, Seeing how myself am scorn'd unworthily; But anger here so takes me in the throat I would speak now for fear it strangle me. Here, let me feel your hair and hands and
IMITATED FROM THÉOPHILE GAUTIER
Where shall we go ?
Or sail or row ?
Where shall we go?
I see not flesh is holier than flesh,
Or blood than blood more choicely quali- FROM “ATALANTA IN CALYfied
fair, Nor delicate with some exceeding good When the hounds of spring are on winter's In the sweet flesh; you have no much
traces, tenderer soul
The mother of months in meadow or Than love is moulded out of for God's
Fills the shadows and windy places Who wrought our double need ; you are With lisp of leaves and ripple of rain ; not so choice
And the brown bright nightingale amorous That in the golden kingdom of your eyes Is half assuaged for Itylus, All coins should melt for service. But I For the Thracian ships and the foreign that am
faces, Part of the perfect witness for the world The tongueless vigil, and all the pain. How good it is ; I chosen in God's eyes To fill the lean account of under men, Come with bows bent and with emptying of The lank and hunger-bitten ugliness
quivers, Of half his people ; I who make fair heads Maiden most perfect, lady of light, Bow, saying, Though we be in no wise With a noise of winds and many rivers, fair
With a clamor of waters, and with We have touch'd all beauty with our eyes,
might; we have
Bind on thy sandals, O thou most fleet, Some relish in the hand, and in the lips Over the splendor and speed of thy feet; Some breath of it,” because they saw me For the faint east quickens, the wan west once ;
shivers, I whose curl'd hair was as a strong stak'd Round the feet of the day and the feet net
of the night. To take the hunters and the hunt, and bind Faces and feet and hands; a golden gin Where shall we find her, how shall we sing Wherein the tawny-lidded lions fell,
to her, Broken at ankle ; I that am yet, ah yet,
Fold our hands round her knees, and And shall be till the worm hath share in
cling ? me,
O that man's heart were as fire and could Fairer than love or the clean truth of
spring to her, God,
Fire, or the strength of the streams More sweet than sober customs of kind
For the stars and the winds are unto her That shackle pain and stablish temper- As raiment, as songs of the harp-player ; ance ;
For the risen stars and the fallen cling to I that have roses in my name, and make
her, All flowers glad to set their color by ;
And the southwest-wind and the westI that have held a land between twin lips
wind sing. And turn'd large England to a little kiss ; God thinks not of me as contemptible ;
For winter's rains and ruins are over, And that you think me even a smaller And all the season of snows and sins ; thing
The days dividing lover and lover, Than your own goodness and slight name The light that loses, the night that of good,
wins ; Your special, thin, particular repute, - And time remember'd is grief forgotten, I would some mean could be but clear to And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover Not to contemn you.
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.
CHASTELARD AND MARY STUART
The full streams feed on flower of rushes,
Ripe grasses trammel a travelling foot, The faint fresh flame of the young year
Alushes From leaf to flower and flower to fruit; And fruit and leaf are as gold and fire, And the oat is heard above the lyre, And the hoofed heel of a satyr crushes The chestnut-husk at the chestnut
And Pan by noon and Bacchus by night,
Fleeter of foot than the fleet-foot kid, Follows with dancing and fills with delight
The Mænad and the Bassarid; And soft as lips that laugh and hide The laughing leaves of the trees divide, And screen from seeing and leave in sight
The god pursuing, the maiden hid. The ivy falls with the Bacchanal's hair
Over her eyebrows, hiding her eyes ; The wild vine slipping down leaves bare Her bright breast shortening into
sighs; The wild vine slips with the weight of its
leaves, But the berried ivy catches and cleaves To the limbs that glitter, the feet that scare The wolf that follows, the fawn that
Scene. — In Prison, before Chastelard's
greater ; but God wot
love, As you hold honor a costlier thing than
life Chastelard. Well ? Queen.
Nay, I would not be denied for shame; In brief, I pray you give me that again.
Chast. What, my reprieve ?
Even so; deny me not. For your sake mainly : yea, by God you
know How fain I were to die in your death's
stead, For your name's sake. This were no need
to swear, Lest we be mock'd to death with a re
prieve, And so both die, being sham’d. What,
shall I swear ? What, if I kiss you? must I pluck it out? You do not love me :
no, nor honor. Come, I know you have it about you : give it me. Chast. I cannot yield you such a thing
again; Not as I had it.
Queen. A coward ? what shift now? Do such men make such cravens ? Chast.
Chide me not : Pity me that I cannot help my heart. Queen. Heaven mend mine eyes that took
you for a man! What, is it sewn into your flesh ? take
heed Nay, but for shame what have
done with it? Chast. Why, there it lies, torn up. Queen.
God help me, sir! Have
you done this? Chast. Yea, sweet ; what should I do? Did I not know you to the bone, my sweet ? God speed you well ? you have a goodly
FROM THE CHORUS, WE HAVE SEEN
THEE, O LOVE!”
We have seen thee, O Love, thou art fair ;
thou art goodly, O Love ; Thy wings make light in the air as the
wings of a dove. Thy feet are as winds that divide the
stream of the sea; Earth is thy covering to hide thee, the gar
ment of thee. Thou art swift and subtle and blind as a
flame of fire ; Before thee the laughter, behind thee the
tears of desire ; And twain go forth beside thee, a man with
a maid ; Her eyes are the eyes of a bride whom
delight makes afraid ; As the breath in the buds that stir is her
bridal breath : But Fate is the name of her; and his name
Queen. My love, sweet love, you are You have the better, being more fair than more fair than he,
they, Yea, fairer many times : I love you much, They are half foul, being rather good than Sir, know you that ? Chast.
I think I know that well. You are quite fair : to be quite fair is Sit here a little till I feel you through
best. In all my breath and blood for some sweet Why, two nights hence I dream'd that I while.
could see O gracious body that mine arms have had, In through your bosom under the left And hair my face has felt on it ! grave eyes
flower, And low thick lids that keep since years And there was a round hollow, and at agone
heart In the blue sweet of each particular vein A little red snake sitting, without spot, Some special print of me! I am right glad That bit --- like this, and suck'd up sweet That I must never feel a bitterer thing
- like this, Than your soft curl'd-up shoulder and And curl'd its lithe light body right and left,
And quiver'd like a woman in act to love. From this time forth ; nothing can hap to Then there was some low flutter'd talk i'
the lips, Less good than this for all my whole life Faint sound of soft fierce words caressing through.
them I would not have some new pain after this Like a fair woman's when her love gets Come spoil the savor. O, your round bird's
Ah, your old kiss — I know the ways of it : More soft than sleep or singing ; your calm Let the lips cling a little. Take them off, cheeks,
And speak some word, or I go mad with Turn'd bright, turn'd wan with kisses hard
love. and hot ;
Queen. Will you not have my chaplain The beautiful color of your deep curv'd come to you? hands,
Chast. Some better thing of yours Made of a red rose that had changed to some handkerchief, white ;
Some fringe of scarf to make confession That mouth mine own holds half the sweet
to ness of,
You had some book about you that fell Yea, my heart holds the sweetness of it,
Queen. A little written book of RonMy life began in me; mine that ends here sard's rhymes, Because you have no mercy, — nay, you His gift, I wear in there for love of him -know
See, here between our feet.
Ay, my old lord's love,
The sweet chief poet, my dear friend long Kiss me again, God loves you not the
since ? less;
Give me the book. Lo you, this verse of Why should one woman have all goodly
his : things?
With coming lilies in late April came You have all beauty ; let mean women's Her body, fashion'd whiter for their shame; lips
And roses, touch'd with blood since Adon Be pitiful and speak truth : they will not bled, be
From her fair color filld their lips with red : Such perfect things as yours.
Be not A goodly praise : I could not praise you so. asham'd
I read that while your marriage-feast went That hands not made like these that snare men's souls
Leave me this book, I pray you : I would Should do men good, give alms, relieve
read men's pain ;
The hymn of death here over ere I die ;
I shall know soon how much he knew of
death When that was written. One thing I
know now, I shall not die with half a heart at least, Nor shift my face, nor weep my fault alive, Nor swear if I might live and do new
deeds I would do better. Let me keep the book. Queen. Yea, keep it : as would God
you had kept your life Out of mine eyes and hands. I am wrung
to the heart : This hour feels dry and bitter in my mouth As if its sorrow were my body's food More than my soul's. There are bad
thoughts in me — Most bitter fancies biting me like birds That tear each other. Suppose you need
not die ? Chast. You know I cannot live for two
hours more. Our fate was made thus ere our days were
made : Will you fight fortune for so small a
grief? But for one thing I were full fain of death.
Queen. What thing is that ?
Chast. None need to name the thing. Why, what can death do with me fit to
fear ? For if I sleep I shall not weep awake ; Or if their saying be true of things to
come, Though hell be sharp, in the worst ache
of it I shall be eas'd so God will give me back Sometimes one golden gracious sight of
you The aureole woven flowerlike through your
As I do now,
way, With my heart after : would I could shed
tears, Tears should not fail when the heart shud
ders so. But your bad thought ?
Chast. Well, such a thought as this : It may be, long time after I am dead, For all you are, you may see bitter days ; God may forget you or be wroth with you : Then shall you lack a little help of me,
And I shall feel your sorrow touching you,
heart Will ache for help and comfort, yea, for
love, And find less love than mine for I do
think You never will be lov'd thus in your life. Queen. It may be man will never love
me more ; For I am sure I shall not love man twice. Chast. I know not : men must love you
in life's spite, For you will always kill them ; man by man Your lips will bite them dead ; yea, though
you would, You shall not spare one ; all will die of
you ; I cannot tell what love shall do with these, But I for all my love shall have no might To help you more, mine arms and hands
no power To fasten on you more.
This cleaves my heart, That they shall never touch your body
But for your grief — you will not have to
grieve ; For being in such poor eyes so beautiful It must needs be as God is more than I So much more love he hath of you than
mine ; Yea, God shall not be bitter with my love, Seeing she is so sweet. Queen.
Ah, my sweet fool, Think you when God will ruin me for sin My face of color shall prevail so much With him, so soften the tooth'd iron's edge To save my throat a scar ? Nay, I am sure I shall die somehow sadly. Chast.
This is pure grief ; The shadow of your pity for my death, Mere foolishness of pity : all sweet moods Throw out such little shadows of them
selves, Leave such light fears behind. You, die
like me ? Stretch your throat out that I may kiss all
round Where mine shall be cut through : suppose