Bells and Pomegranates: First Series

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Ward, Lock, 1896 - 326 pages
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Page 185 - And honey-bees had lost their stings, And horses were born with eagles' wings ; And just as I became assured My lame foot would be speedily cured, The music stopped and I stood still, And found myself outside the Hill, Left alone against my will, To go now limping as before, And never hear of that country more !
Page 140 - Then off there flung in smiling joy, And held himself erect By just his horse's mane, a boy: You hardly could suspect — (So tight he kept his lips compressed, Scarce any blood came through) You looked twice ere you saw his breast Was all but shot in two.
Page 133 - The dropping of the daylight in the West, The bough of cherries some officious fool Broke in the orchard for her, the white mule She rode with round the terrace, — all and each Would draw from her alike the approving speech.
Page 41 - A king lived long ago, In the morning of the world, When earth was nigher heaven than now; And the king's locks curled, Disparting o'er a forehead full As the milk-white space 'twixt horn and horn Of some sacrificial bull — Only calm as a babe new-born: For he was got to a sleepy mood, So safe from all decrepitude, Age with its bane, so sure gone by, (The gods so loved him while he dreamed) That, having lived thus long, there seemed No need the king should ever die.
Page 169 - Oh, we're sunk enough here, God knows ! But not quite so sunk that moments, Sure tho" seldom, are denied us, When the spirit's true endowments Stand out plainly from its false ones, And apprise it if pursuing Or the right way or the wrong way, To its triumph or undoing.
Page 180 - poor piper as I am, In Tartary I freed the Cham, Last June, from his huge swarms of gnats ; I eased in Asia the Nizam Of a monstrous brood of vampyre-bats : And, as for what your brain bewilders, If I can rid your town of rats Will you give me a thousand guilders ?" " One ? fifty thousand !" — was the exclamation Of the astonished Mayor and Corporation.
Page 184 - But how the Mayor was on the rack, And the wretched Council's bosoms beat, As the Piper turned from the High Street To where the Weser rolled its waters Right in the way of their sons and daughters ! However, he turned from South to West, And to Koppelberg Hill his steps addressed, And after him the children pressed ; Great was the joy in every breast. " He never can cross that mighty top ! He 's forced to let the piping drop, And we shall see our children stop...
Page 142 - Water your damned flower-pots, do! If hate killed men" Brother Lawrence, God's blood, would not mine kill you! What? your myrtle-bush wants trimming? Oh, that rose has prior claims Needs its leaden vase filled brimming? Hell dry you up with its flames!
Page 181 - All ready staved, like a great sun shone Glorious scarce an inch before me, Just as methought it said, 'Come, bore me!' — I found the Weser rolling o'er me.
Page 132 - THAT'S my last Duchess painted on the wall, Looking as if she were alive. I call That piece a wonder, now: Fra Pandolf's hands Worked busily a day, and there she stands. Will't please you sit and look at her? I said "Fra Pandolf...

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