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Her mighty youth with morning, doth complain,
Soaring and screaming round her empty nest,
As Albion wails for thee: the curse of Cain
Light on his head who pierced thy innocent breast,
And Beared the Angel soul that was its earthly guest 1

Ah woe is me! Winter is come and gone,

But grief returns with the revolving year:

The airs and streams renew their joyous tone;

The ants, the bees, the swallows reappear;

Fresh leaves and flowers deck the dead Season's bier ,

The amorous birds now pair in every brake,

And build their mossy homes in field and brere,

And the green lizard, and the gulden snake.

Like unimprisoned flames, out of their trance awake.

Through wood and stream, and field and hill and ocean,
A quickening life from the Earth's heart has burnt
As it has ever done, with change and motion,
From the great morning of the world when first
God dawned on Chaos; in its stream immersed
The lamps of Heaven flash with a softer light;
All baser things pant with life's sacred thirst;
Diffuse themselves; and spend in love's delight,
The beauty and the joy of their renewed might.

The leprous corpse touched by this spirit tender Exhales itself in flowers of gentle breath;Like incarnations of the stars, when splendour Is changed to fragrance, they illumine death And mock the merry worm that wakes beneath;Nought we know, dies. Shall that alone which knows Be as a sword consumed before the sheath By sightless lightning ?—th' intense atom glows A moment, then is quenched in a most cold repose.

Alas! that all we loved of him should be,

But for our grief, as if it had not been,

And grief itself be mortal I Woe is me!

Whence are we, and why are we? of what scene

The actors or spectators? Great and mean

Meet massed in death, who lends what life must borrow

As long as skies are blue, and fields are green,

Evening must usher night, night urge the morrow,

Month follow month with woe, and year wake year to sorrow.

He will awake no more, oh, never more!

"Wake thou," cried Misery, "childless Mother, rise

Out of thy sleep, and slake, in thy heart's core,

A wound more fierce than his with tears and sighs.'

And all the Dreams that watched Urania's eyes,

And all the Echoes whom their sister's song

Had held in holy silence, cried: "Arise!"
Swift as a Thought by the snake Memory stung.
From her ambrosial rest the fading Splendour sprung.

She rose like an autumnal Night, that springs

Out of the East, and follows wild and drear

The goldeu Day, which, on eternal wings,

Even as a ghost abandoning a bier,

Had left the Earth a corpse. Sorrow and fear

So struck, so roused, so rapt Urania;

So saddened round her like an atmosphere

Of stormy mist; so swept her on her way

Even to the mournful place where Adonais lay.

Out of her secret Paradise she sped,

Through camps and cities rough with stone, and steel,

And human hearts, which to her airy tread

Yielding not, wounded the invisible

Palms of her tender feet where'er they fell,

And barbed tongues, and thoughts more sharp than they

Rent the soft Form they never could repel,

Whose sacred blood, like the young tears of May,

Paved with eternal flowers that undeserving way.

In the death chamber for a moment Death

Shamed by the presence of that living Might

Blushed to annihilation, and the breath

Revisited those lips, and life's pale light

Flashed through those limbs, so late her dear delight.

"Leave me not wild and drear and comfortless,

As silent lightning leaves the starless night I

Leave me not!" cried Urania: her distress

Roused Death: Death rose and smiled, and met her vain caress.

"Stay yet a while! speak to me once again ,

Kiss me, so long but as a kiss may live;

And in my heartless breast and burning brain

That word, that kiss shall all thoughts else survive,

With food of saddest memory kept alive,

Now thou art dead, as if it were a part

Of thee, my Adonais! I would give

All that 1 am to be as thou now art!

But I am chained to Time, and cannot thence depart!

"O gentle child, beautiful as thou wert,

Why didst thou leave the trodden paths of men

Too soon, and with weak hands though mighty heart

Dare the unpastured dragon in his den i:

Defenceless as thou wert, ah where was then

Wisdom the mirrored shield, or scorn the spear?

Or hadst thou waited the full cycle, when

Thy spirit should have filled its crescent sphere,

The monsters of life's waste had fled from thee like deer.

"The herded wolves, bold only to pursue;

The obscene ravens, clamorous o'er the dead ,

The vultures to the conqueror's banner true

Who feed where Desolation first has fed,

And whose wings rain contagion;—how they fled,

When like Apollo, from his golden bow,

The Pythian of the age one arrow sped

And smiled!—The spoilers tempt no second Mm-.-,,

They fawn on the proud feet that spurn them as they go.

"The ;• i'"i comes forth, and many reptiles spawn;

He sets, and each ephemeral insect then

Is gathered into death without a dawn,

And the immortal stars awake again;

So is it in the world of living men:

A godlike mind soars forth, in its delight

Making earth bare and veiling heaven, and when

It sinks, the swarms that dimmed or shared its light

Leave to its kindred lamps the spirit's awful night."

Thus ceased she: and the mountain shepherds came,

Their garlands sere, their magic mantles rent;

The Pilgrim of Eternity, whose fame

Over his living head like Heaven is bent,

An early but enduring monument,

Came, veiling all the lightnings of his song

In sorrow; from her wilds letne sent

The sweetest lyrist of her saddest wrong,

And love taught grief to fall like music from his tongue.

'Midst others of less note, came one frail Form,

A phantom among men; companionless

As the last cloud of an expiring storm

Whose thunder is its knell , he, as I guess,

Had gttzed on Nature's naked loveliness

Acteeon-Iike; and now he fled astray

With feeble steps o'er the world's wilderness,

And his own thoughts, along that rugged way,

Pursued, like raging hounds, their father and their prey.

A pardlike Spirit beautiful and swift— A Love in desolation masked ;—a Power Girt round with weakness ;—it can scarce uplift The weight of the superincumbent hour; It is a dying lamp, a falling shower,

A breaking billow ;—even whilst we speak

Is it not broken? On the withering flower The killing sun smiles brightly: on a cheek The life can burn in blood, even while the heart may break. His head was bound with pansies over-blown,

And faded violets, white, and pied, and blue;

And a light spear topped with a cypress cone,

Round whose rude shaft dark ivy-tresses grew

Yet dripping with the forest's noonday dew,

Vibrated, as the ever-beating heart

Shook the weak hand that grasped it; of that crew

He came the last, neglected and apart;

A herd-abandon'd deer, struck by the hunter's dart.

All stood aloof, and at this partial moan

Smiled through their tears; well knew that gentle band

Who in another's fate now wept his own;

As in the accents of an unknown land,

He sang new sorrow; sad Urania scanned

The Stranger's mein, and murmured: " Who art thou?"

He answered not, but with a sudden hand

Made bare his branded and ensanguined brow,

Which was like Cain's or Christ's.—Oh! that it should be a

What softer voice is hushed over the dead?

Athwart what brow is that dark mantle thrown?

What form leans sadly o'er the white death-bed,

In mockery of monumental stone,

The heavy heart heaving without a moan?

If it be He, who, gentlest of the wise,

Taught, soothed, loved, honoured the departed one;

Let me not vex, with inharmonious aighs,

The silence of that heart's accepted sacrifice.

Our Adonais has drunk poison—oh!

What deaf and viperous murderer could crown

Life's early cup with such a drop of wo« V

The nameless worm would now itself disown:

It felt, yet could escape the magic tone

Whose prelude held all envy, hate, and wrong,

But what was howling in one breast alone,

Silent with expectation of the song,

Whose master's hand is cold, whose silver lyre unstrung.

Live thou, whose infamy is not thy fame!

Live! fear no heavier chastisement from me,

Thou noteless blot on a remembered name!

But be thyself, and know thyself to be!

And ever at thy season be thou free

To spill the venom, when thy fangs o'erflow:

Remorse and Self-contempt shall cling to thee:

Hot shame shall burn upon thy secret brow,

And like a beaten hound tremble thou shall—as now.

Nor let us weep that our delight is fled

Far from these carrion kites that scream below;

He wakes or sleeps with the enduring dead;

Thou canst not soar where he is sitting now.—

Dust to the dust! but the pure spirit shall flow

Back to the burning fountain whence it came,

A portion of the Eternal, which must glow

Through time and change, unquenchably the same,

Whilst thy culd timbers choke the sordid hearth of shame.

Peace, peace! he is not dead, he doth not sleep—-
He hath awakened from the dream of life—
'I l• we, who, lust in stormy visions, keep
With phantoms an unprofitable strife,
And in mad trance, strike with our spirit'* knife
Invulnerable nothings.— We decay
Like corpses in a charnel; fear and grief
Convulse us and consume us day by day,
And cold hopes swarm like worms within our living clay.

He has outaoared the shadow of our night;

Envy and calumny and hate and pain,

And that unrest which men must call delight.

Can toucn him not and torture not again;

From the contagion of the world's slow stain

He is secure, and now can never mourn

A heart grown cold, a head grown grey in vain;

Nor, when the spirit's self has ceased to burn,

With sparkless ashes load an unlamented urn.

He lives, he wakes—'tis Death is dead, not he;
Mourn not for Adonais.—Thou young Dawn
Turn all thy dew to splendour, for from thee
The spirit thou lamentest is not gone;
Ye caverns and ye forests, cease to moan!
Cease ye fuint fluwers and fountains, and thou air
Which like a morning veil thy scarf hadst thrown
O'er the abandoned Earth, now leave it bare
Even the joyous stars which smile on its despair

He is made one with Nature: there is heard
His voice in all her music, from the moan
Of thunder, to the song of night's sweet bird;
He is a presence to be felt and known
In darkness and in light, from herb and stone,
Spreading itself whene'er that Power may move
Which was withdrawn his being to its own;
Which wields the world with never-wearied love,
Sustains it from beneath, and kindles it above.

He is the portion of the loveliness

Which once he made more lovely; he doth bear

His part, while the one Spirit's plastic stress

Sweeps through the dull dense world, tompelling there.

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