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Through the narrow paved streets, where

all was still, To the little gray church on the windy

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Come away, away, children; Come, children, come down! The hoarse wind blows colder; Lights shine in the town. She will start from her slumber When gusts shake the door; She will hear the winds howling, Will hear the waves roar. We shall see, while above us The waves roar and whirl, A ceiling of amber, A pavement of pearl. Singing: “Here came a mortal, But faithless was she! And alone dwell for ever The kings of the sea.”

From the church came a murmur of folk

at their prayers, But we stood without in the cold blowing

airs. We climbed on the graves, on the stones

worn with rains, And we gazed up the aisle through the small leaded panes.

75 She sate by the pillar; we saw her clear: “Margaret, hist! come quick, we are

here! Dear heart," I said, "we are long alone; The sea grows stormy, the little ones

moan.” But, ah, she gave me never a look, For her eyes were sealed to the holy

book! Loud prays the priest; shut stands the

door. Come away, children, call no more! Come away, come down, call no more!

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But, children, at midnight,
When soft the winds blow,
When clear falls the moonlight,
When spring-tides are low;
When sweet airs come seaward
From heaths starred with broom,
And high rocks throw mildly

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On the blanched sands a gloom;
Up the still, glistening beaches,
Up the creeks we will hie,
Over banks of bright seaweed
The ebb-tide leaves dry.
We will gaze, from the sand-hills,
At the white, sleeping town;
At the church on the hill-side:
And then come back down,
Singing: “There dwells a loved one, 140
But cruel is she!
She left lonely for ever
The kings of the sea.”

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Down, down, down! Down to the depths of the sea! She sits at her wheel in the humming

town, Singing most joyfully. Hark what she sings: “O joy, O joy, For the humming street, and the child with its toy!

90 For the priest, and the bell, and the holy

well;
For the wheel where I spun,
And the blessèd light of the sun!”
And so she sings her fill,
Singing most joyfully,

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Till the spindle drops from her hand,
And the whizzing wheel stands still.
She steals to the window, and looks at the

sand, And over the sand at the sea; And her eyes are set in a stare; 100 And anon there breaks a sigh, And anon there drops a tear, From a sorrow-clouded eye, And a heart sorrow-laden; A long, long sigh

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maiden And the gleam of her golden hair.

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And can this fragrant lawn

THE SCHOLAR-GIPSY With its cool trees, and night, And the sweet, tranquil Thames, Go, for they call you, shepherd, from the And moonshine, and the dew,

hill; To thy racked heart and brain

Go, shepherd, and untie the wattled? Afford no balm?

cotes;

No longer leave thy wistful flock unDost thou to-night behold

fed, Here, through the moonlight on this Nor let thy bawling fellows rack their English grass,

throats, The unfriendly palace in the Thracian Nor the cropped herbage shoot wild?

another head. Dost thou again peruse

But when the fields are still, With hot cheeks and seared eyes 20 And the tired men and dogs all gone to The too clear web, and thy dumb sister's

rest, shame?

And only the white sheep are someDost thou once more assay

times seen Thy flight, and feel come over thee,

Cross and recross the strips of Poor fugitive, the feathery change

moonblanched green, Once more, and once more seem to make Come, shepherd, and again begin the resound

quest!

10 With love and hate, triumph and agony, Lone Daulis, and the high Cephissian Here, where the reaper was at work of vale?

lateListen, Eugenia

In this high field's dark corner, where he How thick the bursts come crowding

leaves through the leaves!

His coat, his basket, and his Again-thou hearest?

earthen cruse, Eternal passion!

And in the sun all morning binds the Eternal pain!

sheaves, Then here, at noon, comes back his stores to use

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Here will I sit and wait,
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While to my ear from uplands far

away Strew on her roses, roses,

The bleating of the folded flocks is And never a spray of yew!

borne, In quiet she reposes;

With distant cries of reapers in the Ah, would that I did too!

corn

All the live murmur of a summer's Her mirth the world required;

day. She bathed it in smiles of glee. But her heart was tired, tired,

Screened is this nook o'er the high, halfAnd now they let her be.

reaped field,

And here till sun-down, shepherd, will Her life was turning, turning,

I be. In mazes of heat and sound; 10 Through the thick corn the scarlet But for peace her soul was yearning,

poppies peep, And now peace laps her round. And round green roots and yellowing

stalks I see Her cabined, ample spirit,

Pale blue convolvulus in tendrils It fluttered and failed for breath;

creep; To-night it doth inherit

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And air-swept lindens yield
The vasty hall of death.

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Their scent, and rustle down their per Seen by rare glimpses, pensive and fumed showers

tongue-tied, Of bloom on the bent grass where I In hat of antique shape, and cloak of am laid,

gray,

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The same the gipsies wore. with shade;

Shepherds had met him on the Hurst And the eye travels down to Oxford's

in spring; towers.

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At some lone alehouse in the Berk

shire moors, And near me on the grass lies Glanvil's On the warm ingle-bench,' the smockbook

frocked boors Come, let me read the oft-read tale Had found him seated at their enter

again! The story of that Oxford scholar poor, Of pregnant parts and quick inventive | But, 'mid their drink and clatter, he brain,

would fly. Who, tired of knocking at prefer And I myself seem half to know thy ment's door,

looks, One summer-morn forsook

And put the shepherds, wanderer, on His friends, and went to learn the gipsy

thy trace; lore,

· And boys who in lone wheat fields scare And roamed the world with that wild

the rooks brotherhood,

I ask if thou hast passed their quiet And came, as most men deemed, to

place;

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Or in my boat I lie But came to Oxford and his friends no Moored to the cool bank in the summer more.

heats,

’Mid wide grass meadows which the But once, years after, in the country

sunshine fills, lanes,

And watch the warm, green-muffled Two scholars, whom at college erst he

Cumner hills, knew,

And wonder if thou haunt'st their shy Met him, and of his way of life in

retreats.

70 quired; Whereat he answered, that the gipsy

For most, I know, thou lov'st retired

F crew, His mates, had arts to rule as they de

Thee at the ferry Oxford riders blithe, sired

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Returning home on summer-nights, The workings of men's brains,

have met And they can bind them to what

Crossing the stripling Thames at Babthoughts they will.

lock-hithe, “And I,” he said, "the secret of their

Trailing in the cool stream thy fingers art,

wet,

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As the punt's2 rope chops round: impart;

And leaning backward in a pensive But it needs heaven-sent moments for

dream, this skill.”

And fostering in thy lap a heap of

flowers This said, he left them, and returned no

Plucked in shy fields and distant more.

Wychwood bowers, But rumors hung about the country

And thine eyes resting on the moonlit side,

stream. That the lost Scholar long was seen to stray,

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And then they land, and thou art seen no And marked thee, when the stars more.

come out and shine, Maidens, who from the distant hamlets Through the long dewy grass move slow come

away. To dance around the Fyfield elm in

In autumn, on the skirts of Bagley WoodOft through the darkening fields have Where most the gipsies by the turfseen thee roam,

edged way Or cross a stile into the public Pitch their smoked tents, and every way.

bush you see Oft thou hast given them store With scarlet patches tagged and shreds Of flowers—the frail-leafed, white anem

of gray, one,

Above the forest-ground called ThesDark bluebells drenched with dews of

saly

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The blackbird, picking food, And purple orchises with spotted Sees thee, nor stops his meal, nor fears leaves

at all; But none hath words she can report of So often has he known thee past him thee.

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stray,

Rapt, twirling in thy hand a withAnd, above Godstow Bridge, when hay

ered spray, time's here

And waiting for the spark from heaven In June, and many a scythe in sunshine

to fall. :

120 flames, Men who through those wide fields of And once, in winter, on the causeway chill breezy grass

Where home through flooded fields Where black-winged swallows haunt

foot-travelers go, the glittering Thames,

Have I not passed thee on the wooden To bathe in the abandoned lasher

bridge pass,

95 Wrapped in thy cloak and battling with Have often passed thee near,

the snow, Sitting upon the river bank o'ergrown; Thy face toward Hinksey and its Marked thine outlandish garb, thy

wintry ridge?

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And thou hast climbed the hill, Thy dark vague eyes, and soft ab And gained the white brow of the Cumstracted air

ner range; But, when they came from bathing, thou Turned once to watch, while thick wast gone.

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the snowflakes fall,

The line of festal light in ChristAt some lone homestead in the Cumner

Church hallhills,

Then sought thy straw in some seWhere at her open door the housewife

questered grange.

130 darns, Thou hast been seen, or hanging on a | But what–I dream! Two hundred years gate

are flown To watch the threshers in the mossy Since first thy story ran through Oxford barns.

halls, Children, who early range these And the grave Glanvil did the tale slopes and late

inscribe For cresses from the rills,

That thou wert wandered from the Have known thee eying, all an April

studious walls

To learn strange arts, and join a The springing pastures and the feed

gipsy-tribe;

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Long since, and in some quiet church Which much to have tried, in much yard laid

been baffled, brings. 165 Some country-nook, where o'er thy O life unlike to ours! unknown grave

Who fluctuate idly without term or Tall grasses and white flowering

scope, nettles wave,

Of whom each strives, nor knows for Under a dark, red-fruited yew-tree's

what he strives, shade.

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ent lives; -No, no, thou hast not felt the lapse of Who wait like thee, but not, like thee, hours!

in hope.

170 For what wears out the life of mortal men?

Thou waitest for the spark from heaven: 'Tis that from change to change

and we, their being rolls;

Light half-believers of our casual creeds, 'Tis that repeated shocks, again, again, Who never deeply felt, nor clearly Exhaust the energy of strongest

willed, souls,

145 Whose insight never has borne fruit in And numb the elastic powers

deeds, Till having used our nerves with bliss Whose vague resolves never have and teen,

been fulfilled;

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For whom each year we see our wit,

Breeds new beginnings, disappointTo the just-pausing Genius we remit

ments new; Our worn-out life, and are what we Who hesitate and falter life away, have been. .

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And lose to-morrow the ground won

to-dayThou hast not lived, why should'st thou Ah, do not we, wanderer, await it too?

perish, so? Thou had'st one aim, one business, one Yes, we await it, but it still delays, 181 desire;

And then we suffer; and amongst us one, Else wert thou long since numbered Who most has suffered, takes dejectwith the dead,

edly Else hadst thou spent, like other men, His seat upon the intellectual throne; thy fire,

And all his store of sad experience he The generations of thy peers are Lays bare of wretched days; 186 fled,

155 Tells us his misery's birth and growth And we ourselves shall go;

and signs, But thou possessest an immortal lot, And how the dying spark of hope was And we imagine thee exempt from

fed, age,

And how the breast was soothed, and And living as thou liv'st on Glan

how the head, vil's page,

And all his hourly varied anodynes. 190 Because thou hadst-what we, alas! have not.

This for our wisest! and we others pine,

And wish the long unhappy dream would For early didst thou leave the world, with

end, powers

And waive all claim to bliss, and try Fresh, undiverted to the world without,

to bear; Firm to their mark, not spent on With close-lipped patience for our only other things;

friend, Free from the sick fatigue, the languid Sad patience, too near neighbor to doubt,

despairBut none has hope like thine.

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