Balaustion's Adventure: Including a Transcript from Euripides

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Smith, Elder and Company, 1871 - English poetry - 170 pages
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Page 120 - Out of my lair, and seize— encircle him Till one hand join the other round about There lives not who shall pull him out from me, Rib-mauled, before he let the woman go ! But even say I miss the booty, — say, Death comes not to the boltered blood, — why then, Down go I, to the unsunned dwelling-place Of Kore...
Page 7 - That song of ours which saved at Salamis : " O sons of Greeks, go, set your country free, Free your wives, free your children, free the fanes O...
Page 127 - Happier than mine, though it seem otherwise : For, her indeed no grief will ever touch, And she from many a labour pauses now, Renowned one ! Whereas I, who ought not live, But do live, by evading destiny, Sad life am I to lead, I learn at last ! For how shall I bear going in-doors here ? Accosting whom ? By whom saluted back, Shall I have joyous entry ? Whither turn ? Inside, the solitude will drive me forth...
Page 134 - To be demonstrably thy friend : but thou Told'st me not of the corpse then claiming care, That was thy wife's, but didst instal me guest I the house here, as though busied with a grief Indeed, but then, mere grief beyond thy gate : And so, I crowned my head, and to the Gods Poured my libations in thy dwelling-place, With such misfortune round me. And I blame — Certainly blame thee, having suffered thus ! But still I would not pain thee, pained enough...
Page 133 - The yellow hair o' the hero ! — his big frame A-quiver with each muscle sinking back Into the sleepy smooth it leaped from late. Under the great guard of one arm, there leant A shrouded something, live and woman-like, Propped by the heart-beats 'neath the lion-coat.
Page 119 - I' the house again Alkestis, bring about Comfort and succor to Admetos so! I will go lie in wait for Death, black-stoled King of the corpses! I shall find him, sure, Drinking, beside the tomb, o' the sacrifice: And if I lie in ambuscade, and leap Out of my lair, and seize — encircle him Till one hand join the other round about — There lives not who shall pull him out from me...
Page 138 - To curb the May-day youngster, Herakles ! I only speak because of care for thee ! Or must I, in avoidance of such harm, Make her to enter, lead her life within The chamber of the dead one, all apart ? How shall I introduce this other, couch This where Alkestis lay ? A double blame I apprehend...
Page 22 - Peopled at once — for how count heart-beats plain Unless a company, with hearts which beat, Come close to the musician, seen or no ? And who receives true verse at eye or ear, Takes in (with verse) time, place, and person too, So, links each sense on to its sister-sense, Grace-like : and what if but one sense of three Front you at once ? The sidelong pair conceive Thro...
Page 153 - Ah, that brave Bounty of poets, the one royal race That ever was, or will be, in this world ! They give no gift that bounds itself, and ends I' the giving and the taking : theirs so breeds I
Page 121 - Gladness be with thee, Helper of our world ! I think this is the authentic sign and seal Of Godship, that it ever waxes glad, And more glad, until gladness blossoms, bursts Into a rage to suffer for mankind, And recommence at sorrow : drops like seed After the blossom, ultimate of all.

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