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CLXXVI. Upon the blue Symplegades: long years Long, though not very many, since have done Their work on both; some suffering and some tears Have left us nearly where we had begun : Yet not in vain our mortal race hath run, We have had our reward -- and it is here; That we can yet feel gladden'd by the sun, And reap from earth, sea, joy almost as dear As if there were no man to trouble what is clear.
CLXXVII. Oh! that the Desert were my dwelling - place, With one fair Spirit for my minister, That I might all forget the human race, And, hating no one, love but only her! Ye Elements! in whose ennobling stir I feel myself exalted — Can ye not Accord me such a being? Do I err In deeming such inhabit many a spot? Though with them to converse can rarely be our lot.
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
ÓLXXIX. Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean-roll! Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain; Mán marks the earth with ruin-- his control Stops with the shore; - upon the watery plain The wrecks are all thy deed, nor doth remain A shadow of man's ravage, save his own, When, for a moment, like a drop of rain,
He sinks into thy depths with bubbling groan, Without a grave, unkncll'd, uncoffin'd, and unknown.
CLXXX. His steps are not upon thy paths, – thy fields Are not a spoil for him, — thou dost arise And shake him from thee; the vile strength he
wields For earth's destruction thou dost all despise, Spurning him from thy bosom to the skies, And send'st him, shivering in thy playful spray And howling, to his Gods, where haply lies His petty hope in some near port or bay, And dashest him again to earth :- there let him lay.
They melt into thy yeast of waves, which mar
CLXXXII. Thy shores are empires, changed in all save thee Assyria, Greece, Rome, Carthage, what are they? Thy waters wasted them while they were free, And many a tyrant since; their shores obey The stranger, slave, or savage; their decay Has dried up realms to deserts :— not so thou, Unchangeable save to thy wild waves' play
Time writes no wrinkle on thine azure brow – , Such as creation's dawn beheld, thou rollest now.
CLXXXIII. Thou glorious mirror, where the Almighty's forma Glasses itself in tempests; in all time, Calm or convuls'd-in breeze, or gale, or storm, Icing the pole, or in the torrid clime Dark-heaving;- boundless, endless, and sublime The image of Eternity - the throne Of the Invisible; even from out thy slime
The monsters of the deep are made; each zone Obeys thee; ihou goestforth, drcad, fathomless, alone.
CLXXXV. My task is done-my song hath ceased –my theme Has died into an echo; it is fit The spell should break of this protracted dream. The turch shall be extinguish'd which hath lit My midnight lamp - and what is writ, is writ, · Would it were worthier! but I am not now
That which I have been – and my visions flit Less palpably before me — and the glow Which in my spirit dwelt, is fluttering, faint, and low.