The Poetical Works of Robert Southey: Collected by Himself, Volume 8

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Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1838
 

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Page 56 - They sin who tell us Love can die. With life all other passions fly, All others are but vanity. In Heaven Ambition cannot dwell, Nor Avarice in the vaults of Hell; Earthly these passions of the Earth, They perish where they have their birth ; But Love is indestructible. Its holy flame for ever burneth, From Heaven it came, to Heaven returneth...
Page 57 - Oh ! when a Mother meets on high The Babe she lost in infancy, Hath she not then, for pains and fears, The day of woe, the watchful night, For all her sorrow, all her tears, An over-payment of delight...
Page 81 - Trampling his path through wood and brake. And canes which crackling fall before his way, And tassel-grass, whose silvery feathers play O'ertopping the young trees, On comes the Elephant, to slake His thirst at noon in yon pellucid springs. Lo ! from his trunk upturn'd, aloft he flings The grateful shower ; and now Plucking the broad-leaved bough Of yonder plane, with wavy motion slow, Fanning the languid air, He moves it to and fro.
Page 13 - I charm thy life From the weapons of strife, From stone and from wood, From fire and from flood, From the serpent's tooth, And the beasts of blood : From Sickness I charm thee, And Time shall not harm thee, But Earth which is mine, Its fruits shall deny thee ; And Water shall hear me, And know thee and fly thee ; And the Winds shall not touch thee When they pass by thee, And. the Dews shall not wet thee, When they fall nigh thee : \ v*.
Page 90 - Had swallowed there, when monuments so brave Bore record of their old magnificence. And on the sandy shore, beside the verge Of Ocean, here and there, a rock-hewn fane Resisted in its strength the surf and surge That on their deep foundations beat in vain. In solitude the Ancient temples stood, Once resonant with instrument and song, And solemn dance of festive multitude ; Now as the weary ages pass along, Hearing no voice save of the Ocean flood, Which roars for ever on the restless ores ; Or, visiting...
Page 129 - Arch'd the long passage ; onward as they ride, With stronger glare the light around them spread, And lo ! the regions dread, The World of Woe before them, opening wide. There rolls the fiery flood, Girding the realms of Padalon around. A sea of flame it seem'd to be, Sea without bound ; For neither mortal, nor immortal sight, Could pierce across through that intensest light.
Page 146 - Cailasa's top, where every stem Glow'd with a vegetable gem, Mahe'sa stood, the dread and joy of men; While Parvati, to gain a boon, Fix'd on his locks a beamy moon, And hid his frontal eye, in jocund play, With reluctant sweet delay. All nature straight was lock'd in dim eclipse, Till Brahmans pure, with hallow'd lips, And warbled prayers, restored the day; When Ganga from his brow, by heavenly fingers press'd, Sprang radiant, and, descending, graced the caverns of the west.
Page 56 - A sudden thrill, a startling thought, . A feeling many a year forgot, Now like a dream anew recurring, As if again in every vein Her mother's milk was stirring. With straining neck and earnest eye She stretch'd her hands imploringly, As if she fain would have her nigh, Yet fear'd to meet the wish'd embrace, At once with love and awe opprest.
Page 153 - Aswinicumarau in the dual, should be considered as twin brothers, and painted like Castor and Pollux; but they have each the character of iEsculapius among the gods, and are believed to have been born of a nymph, who, in the form of a mare, was impregnated with sunbeams.
Page 161 - The soul itself is its own witness; the soul itself is its own refuge; offend not thy conscious soul, the supreme internal witness of men!. . The sinful have said in their hearts, none see us. Yes, the gods distinctly see them, and so does the spirit within their breasts...

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