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THE LAST REDOUBT.
KACELYEVO'S slope still felt
The cannon's bolt and the rifles' pelt;
Mehemet Ali stroked his beard;
His lips were clenched and his look was weird;
"Clear me the Muscovite out!" he cried,
One fell, and a second quickly stopped
Many a fez in the mud was crushed,
Over their corpses the living sprang,
OW do I know that love is blind, for I Can see no beauty on this beateous earth, No life, no light, no hopefulness, no mirth, Pleasure nor purpose, when thou art not nigh. Thy absence exiles sunshine from the sky, Seres Spring's maturity, checks Summer's birth, Leaves linnet's pipe as sad as plover's cry, And makes me in abundance find but dearth. But when thy feet flutter the dark, and thou With orient eyes dawnest on my distress, Suddenly sings a bird on every bough, The heavens expand, the earth grows less and less, The ground is buoyant as the ether now, And all looks lovely in thy loveliness.
[OW on the summit of Love's topmost peak
Now Kiss we and part; no farther can we go:
And better death than we from high to low
Our rapture's warmth with custom's afterglow.
What if we lingered till love's breath should fail! Heaven of my Earth! one more celestial kiss, Then down by separate pathways to the Vale.
RICHARD GARNETT, the son of the Rev. Richard Garnett, was born at Lichfield on the 27th of February, 1835, and was educated privately. At the age of sixteen he entered the British Museum as an assistant in the Printed Book Department, of which he was appointed Keeper at the beginning of 1890. From 1875 to 1884 he had been Superintendent of the Reading Room, and had carried the general catalogue through the press from 1881 until his appointment as Keeper. He retired in 1899, and has since resided at Hampstead. The most important of the numerous remarkable acquisitions made for the Library during his term of office are commemorated in a volume by Messrs. Pollard and Proctor, entitled "Three Hundred Notable Books." In 1883 the University of Edinburgh conferred upon him the degree of LL.D., and he was made a C.B. in 1895.
Mr. Garnett's first book was an anonymous volume entitled "Primula and other Lyrics," the authorship of which was acknowledged in the preface to "Io in Egypt, and other Poems," published in the following year. To 1862 belongs "Poems from the German," to 1869, "Idylls and Epigrams, chiefly from the Greek Anthology," republished as "A Chaplet from the Greek Anthology," in 1892. In 1890 appeared "Iphigenia in Delphi"; in 1896, "One hundred and twenty
four sonnets from Dante, Petrarch, and Camoens," in 1901, "The Queen, and other Sonnets," and in 1904, "William Shakespeare, Pedagogue and Poacher," a drama in blank verse. A short excerpt from this last work is conveniently inserted here:
Sir Thomas, I will stand your friend at Court:
You do unclose the path you stopped last Christmas:
What moveth thee to this?
My Lady Lucy
Surmiseth shrewdly, so doth Mistress Shakespeare.
Between my past and future, signifying
The new life to be led. Too long I 've lingered
Needs must I follow this to glorious noonday,
'Tis nobly spoken,
And know the Earl of Leicester for thy friend,
The Hollander and we in union vanquish,
Shall bristle with our pikes, throb with our drums,
Dicer and cut-purse, page, groom, beggar, minstrel ;
Purging all soilure haply gathered here;
For know, my nephew Sidney tends my person,
The poems of 1859 were republished in 1893 with numerous additions and omissions.
While, however, Dr. Garnett's contributions to poetical literature have been far from voluminous, he has not failed to earn other laurels in other fields. He has shown the width of his poetic sympathy and the extent of his culture in many an elegant translation, especially from the Greek Anthology and the Italian poets; and to his qualities as an editor and anthologist, let the lovers of Shelley, De Quincey, and Coventry Patmore bear witness. He has, moreover, produced some of the best of short biographies, notably that of