Alaric Watts: A Narrative of His Life, Volume 1

R. Bentley and son, 1884

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Page 115 - Man's love is of man's life a thing apart, "Tis woman's whole existence; man may range The court, camp, church, the vessel, and the mart; Sword, gown, gain, glory, offer in exchange Pride, fame, ambition, to fill up his heart, And few there are whom these cannot estrange; Men have all these resources, we but one, To love again, and be again undone.
Page 341 - LET others seek for empty joys, At ball, or concert, rout, or play ; Whilst, far from fashion's idle noise, Her gilded domes, and trappings gay, I while the wintry eve away, — 'Twixt book and lute the hours divide ; And marvel how I e'er could stray From thee — my own Fireside! My own Fireside ! Those simple words Can bid the sweetest dreams arise ; Awaken feeling's tenderest chords, And fill with tears of joy my eyes ! What is there my wild heart can prize, That doth not in thy sphere abide,...
Page 336 - We laid thee down in thy sinless rest, and from thine infant brow Culled one soft lock of radiant hair, our only solace now; Then placed around thy beauteous corse, flowers, not more fair and sweet, Twin rose-buds in thy little hands, and jasmine at thy feet. Though other offspring...
Page 338 - Unwither'd hopes, unwastert powers, And frames unworn by mortal pain. Such was the bright and genial flow Of life with us — ten years ago! Time...
Page 52 - When low, the mud half-cover'd and half-dry ; The sun-burnt tar that blisters on the planks, And bank-side stakes in their uneven ranks; Heaps of entangled weeds that slowly float, As the tide rolls by the impeded boat.
Page 200 - Let me point out the thirteenth stanza of the first poem as — with the exception of the last line but one — exactly to my taste, both in sentiment and language. Should I name other poems that particularly pleased me, I might select the Sketch from Real Life, and the lyrical pieces, the Serenade and Dost thou love the Lyre ? The fifth stanza of the latter would be better omitted, slightly altering the commencement of the preceding one. In lyric poetry the subject and simile should be as much as...
Page 179 - How much deeper power seemed to lie coiled up, as it were, in the recesses of her mind, than was ever manifested to the world in her writings ! Strange and sad does it seem that only the broken music of such a spirit should have been given to the earth — the full and finished harmony never drawn forth.
Page 337 - That germinate in hearts unseared by such a world as this! My sweet one! my sweet one! my fairest and my First! When I think of what thou might'st have been, my heart is like to burst; But gleams of gladness through my gloom their soothing radiance dart, And my sighs are hushed, my tears are dried, when I turn to what thou art ! Pure as the snow-flake ere it falls and takes the stain of earth, With not a ,taint of mortal life except thy mortal birth, God bade thee early taste the spring for which...
Page 117 - That eagle's fate and mine are one, Which, on the shaft that made him die, Espied a feather of his own, Wherewith he wont to soar so high.
Page 142 - I presume it will readily be granted, that "all images drawn from what is beautiful or sublime in the works of NATURE, are MORE beautiful and sublime than any images drawn from ART," and that they are therefore, per se, more poetical. 'In like manner those PASSIONS of the human heart, which belong to Nature in general, are, per se, more adapted to the HIGHER SPECIES of Poetry, than those which are derived from incidental and transient MANNERS.

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