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As little knows he what unlocks their fount;

And men have oft grown old among their books
To die, case-hardened in their ignorance,

Whose careless youth had promised what long years
Of unremitted labour ne'er performed:

While, contrary, it has chanced some idle day,
That autumn loiterers just as fancy-free

As the midges in the sun, have oft given vent
To truth-produced mysteriously as cape
Of cloud grown out of the invisible air.
Hence, may not truth be lodged alike in all,
The lowest as the highest? some slight film
The interposing bar which binds it up,
And makes the idiot, just as makes the sage
Some film removed, the happy outlet whence
Truth issues proudly? See this soul of ours!
How it strives weakly in the child, is loosed
In manhood, clogged by sickness, back compelled
By age and waste, set free at last by death:
Why is it, flesh enthralls it or enthrones?
What is this flesh we have to penetrate?
Oh, not alone when life flows still do truth
And power emerge, but also when strange chance
Ruffles its current; in unused conjuncture,
When sickness breaks the body-hunger, watching,
Excess, or languor-oftenest death's approach-
Peril, deep joy, or woe. One man shall crawl

Through life, surrounded with all stirring things,
Unmoved-and he goes mad; and from the wreck

Of what he was, by his wild talk alone,

You first collect how great a spirit he hid.
Therefore, set free the soul alike in all,
Discovering the true laws by which the flesh
Bars in the spirit! We may not be doomed
To cope with seraphs, but at least the rest

Shall cope with us. Make no more giants, God!
But elevate the race at once! We ask

To put forth just our strength, our human strength,
All starting fairly, all equipped alike,
Gifted alike, all eagle-eyed, true-hearted-
See if we cannot beat thy angels yet!
Such is my task. I go to gather this

The sacred knowledge, here and there dispersed
About the world, long lost or never found.
And why should I be sad, or lorn of hope?
Why ever make man's good distinct from God's?
Or, finding they are one, why dare mistrust?
Who shall succeed if not one pledged like me?
Mine is no mad attempt to build a world
Apart from His, like those who set themselves
To find the nature of the spirit they bore,

And, taught betimes that all their gorgeous dreams

Were only born to vanish in this life,

Refused to fit them to this narrow sphere,

But chose to figure forth another world

And other frames meet for their vast desires,

Still, all a dream! Thus was life scorned; but life Shall yet be crowned: twine amaranth! I am priest !

And all for yielding with a lively spirit
A poor existence-parting with a youth
Like theirs who squander every energy
Convertible to good, on painted toys,
Breath-bubbles, gilded dust! And though I spurn
All adventitious aims, from empty praise
To love's award, yet whoso deems such helps
Important, and concerns himself for me,
May know even these will follow with the rest-
-As in the steady rolling Mayne, asleep
Yonder, is mixed its mass of schistous ore.
My own affections, laid to rest awhile,
Will waken purified, subdued alone

By all I have achieved; till then-till then ..
Ah! the time-wiling loitering of a page

Through bower and over lawn, till eve shall bring
The stately lady's presence whom he loves—
The broken sleep of the fisher whose rough coat
Enwraps the queenly pearl-these are faint types!
See how they look on me— -I triumph now!
But one thing, Festus, Michal!--I have told
All I shall e'er disclose to mortal: say-
Do you believe I shall accomplish this?
Fest. I do believe!


I ever did believe ! .

Par. Those words shall never fade from out my brain!

This earnest of the end shall never fade!

Are there not, Festus, are there not, dear Michal,

Two points in the adventure of the diver :

One-when, a beggar, he prepares to plunge?
One-when, a prince, he rises with his pearl?
Festus, I plunge!


I wait you when you rise!

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SCENE.-Constantinople.-"The House of the Greek-conjuror.”



Over the waters in the vapourous west
The sun goes down as in a sphere of gold,
Behind the outstretched city, which between,
With all that length of domes and minarets,
Athwart the splendour, black and crooked runs
Like a Turk verse along a scimetar.

There lie, thou saddest writing, and awhile
Relieve my aching sight. 'Tis done at last!
Strange-and the juggles of a sallow cheat
Could win me to this act !

"Tis as yon


Should voyage unwreck'd o'er many a mountain-top

And break upon a molehill. I have dared
Come to a pause with knowledge; scan for once
The heights already reach'd, without regard

To the extent above; fairly compute
What I have clearly gained; for once excluding

My future which should finish and fulfil

All half-gains, and conjectures, and mere hopes-
And this, because a fortune-teller bids

His credulous enquirers write thus much,
Their previous life's attainment, in his book,
Before his promised secret, as he vaunts,
Make that life perfect: here, accordingly,
'Mid the uncouth recordings of such dupes,
-Scrawled in like fashion, lie my life's results!

These few blurred characters suffice to note
A stranger wandered long through many lands,
And reaped the fruit he coveted in a few
Discoveries, as appended here and there,
The fragmentary produce of much toil,
In a dim heap, fact and surmise together
Confusedly massed, as when acquired; himself
Too bent on gaining more to calmly stay
And scrutinize the little which he gained:
Slipt in the blank space 'twixt an idiot's gibber
And a mad lover's ditty-lies the whole!

And yet those blottings chronicle a life

A whole life, mine! No thought to turn to act,
No problem for the fancy, but a life

Spent and decided, wasted past recall,

Or worthy beyond peer. Stay, turn the page
And take its chance, thus: what, concerning "life"
Does this remembrancer set down?" We say
"Time fleets, youth fades, life is an empty dream.'

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