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 121 - 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 109 - And so went striding off, on that straight way Leads to Larissa and the suburb tomb. Gladness be with thee, Helper of our world ! I think this is the authentic sign and seal Of godship, that it ever waxes glad...
Page 120 - 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 108 - 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 137 - Admetos, new Alkestis. 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 24 - Tis the poet speaks : But if I, too, should try and speak at times, Leading your love to where my love, perchance, Climbed earlier, found a nest before you knew — Why, bear with the poor climber, for love's sake...
Page 23 - As she had seen each naked fleshly face, And not the merely-painted mask it wore I " Well, is the explanation difficult ? What's poetry except a power that makes ? And, speaking to one sense, inspires the rest, Pressing them all into its service ; so That who sees painting, seems to hear as well The speech that's proper for the painted mouth ; And who hears music, feels his solitude Peopled at once — for how count...
Page 129 - She shall go, if needs must: but ere she go, See if there is need!" "Need there is! At least, Except I make thee angry with me, so!" -' "But I persist, because I have my spice Of intuition likewise: take the dame!" 2300 "Be thou the victor, then! But certainly Thou dost thy friend no pleasure in the act!" "Oh, time will come when thou shalt praise me! Now — Only obey!
Page 6 - Our Euripides the human, With his droppings of warm tears, And his touches of things common, Till they rose to touch the spheres.
Page 19 - We landed ; the whole city, soon astir, Came rushing out of gates in common joy To the suburb temple ; there they stationed me O' the topmost step : and plain I told the play, Just as I saw it ; what the actors said, And what I saw, or thought I saw the while, At our Kameiros theatre, clean-scooped Out of a hill-side, with the sky above ,, And sea before our seats in marble row : Told it, and, two days more, repeated it, Until they sent us on our way again With good words and great wishes.

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