Title: A gallery of famous English and American poets
Year: 1874 (1870s)
Authors: Coppée, Henry, 1821-1895
Subjects: English poetry American poetry
Publisher: Philadelphia : J. M. Stoddart & co.
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THE EETURN OF SPRINa. Have I passed through Deaths unconscious birth, In a dream the midnight bare?I look on another and fairer Earth: I breathe a wondrous air! A spirit of beauty walks the hills, A spirit of love the plain;The shadows are bright, and the sunshine fills The air with a diamond rain ! 462 THE RETURN OK SPRING. 453 Before my vision the glories swim, To the dance of a tune unheard:Is an angel singing where woods are dim, Or is it an amorous bird ? Is it a spike of azure flowers, Deep in the meadows seen,Or is it the peacocks neck, that towers Out of the spangled green? Is a white dove glancing across the blue, Or an opal taking wing?For my soul is dazzled through and through With the splendor of the Spring. Is it she that shines, as never before, The tremulous hills above,—Or the heart witldn me, awake once more To the dawning light of love? 114 SAXE.
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THE OLD CHAPEL-BELL. A BALLAD. Within a cluircliyards sacred ground, Whose fading tablets tellWhere they who built the village church In solemn silence dwell,Half liidden in the earth, there lies An ancient Chapel-Bell. THE OLD CHAPEL-riELL. 455 Broken, decayed, and covered oer With mouldering leaves and rust;Its very name and date concealed Beneath a cankering crust;Forgotten,-—like its early friends, Who sleep in neighboring dust. Yet it was once a trusty Bell, Of most sonorous lung,And many a joyous marriage-peal And many a knell had rung.Ere Time had cracked its brazen sides, And broke its iron tongue. And many a youthful heart had danced. In merry Christmas-time,To hear its pleasant roundelay, Sung out in ringing rhyme ;And many a worldly thought been checked To list its Sabbath chime. A youth,—a bright and happy boy, One sultry summers day.Aweary of his bat and ball. Chanced hitherward to stray,To read a little book he had. And rest him from his play. A soft and shady spot is
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