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What a relief

Classicism Curiosities Literary

What a relief

The art of carving pictures in wood- an ancient tradition older than any of us, accompanied by excerpts of a poem that are even older. I begin to sing of rich-haired Demeter, awful goddess --of her and her trim-ankled daughter whom Aidoneus rapt away,given to him by all-seeing Zeus the loud-thunderer.  Apart from Demeter, lady of the golden sword and glorious fruits,she was playing with the deep-bosomed daughters of Oceanusand gathering flowers over a soft meadow, roses and crocuses and beautiful violets, irises also and hyacinthsand the narcissus which Earth made to grow at the will of Zeusand to please the Host of...

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Intimations of Immortality

Children Curiosities Literary Miniatures

Intimations of Immortality

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,The earth, and every common sight,To me did seemApparelled in celestial light,The glory and the freshness of a dream.It is not now as it hath been of yore;—Turn wheresoe'er I may,By night or day.The things which I have seen I now can see no more.   The Rainbow comes and goes,And lovely is the Rose,The Moon doth with delightLook round her when the heavens are bare,Waters on a starry nightAre beautiful and fair;The sunshine is a glorious birth;But yet I know, where'er I go,That there hath past away a glory from the...

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Through A Glass, Lightly

Decor Furniture Literary

An Italian sonnet about an English city to frame your Sunday Earth has not anything to show more fair:Dull would he be of soul who could pass byA sight so touching in its majesty:  This City now doth, like a garment, wearThe beauty of the morning: silent, bare,Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie Open unto the fields, and to the sky;All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.  Never did sun more beautifully steepIn his first splendor, valley, rock, or hill;  Dear God! The very houses seem asleep;And all that mighty heart is lying still!   

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There was a cat

Children Decor Literary

There was a cat

Long ago there was a cat Who swallowed a ball of yarn And when the cat had kittens They all had sweaters on

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To A Greek Girl

Decor Literary

To A Greek Girl

  With breath of thyme and bees that hum, Across the years you seem to come,— Across the years with nymph-like head, And wind-blown brows unfilleted; A girlish shape that slips the bud In lines of unspoiled symmetry; A girlish shape that stirs the blood With pulse of Spring, Autonoe! Where’er you pass,—where’er you go, I hear the pebbly rillet flow; Where’er you go,—where’er you pass, There comes a gladness on the grass; You bring blithe airs where’er you tread,— Blithe airs that blow from down and sea; You wake in me a Pan not dead,— Not wholly dead!—Autonoe! How sweet with you on some green sod To wreathe the rustic garden-god;  How sweet beneath...

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