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Henry Brocken His Travels and Adventures in the Rich, Strange, Scarce-Imaginable Regions of Romance   By: (1873-1956)

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HENRY BROCKEN

With a heart of furious fancies, Whereof I am commander: With a burning spear, And a horse of air, To the wilderness I wander;

With a Knight of ghosts and shadows, I summoned am to Tourney: Ten leagues beyond The wide world's end; Methinks it is no journey.

ANON. ( Tom o' Bedlam ).

HENRY BROCKEN

His Travels and Adventures in the Rich, Strange, Scarce Imaginable Regions of Romance

by

WALTER J. DE LA MARE

("WALTER RAMAL")

London John Murray, Albemarle Street, W.

1904

CONTENTS

I. WHITHER?

Come hither, come hither, come hither!

SHAKESPEARE.

II. LUCY GRAY

Oft I had heard of Lucy Gray; And, when I crossed the wild, I chanced to see at break of day The solitary child.

WORDSWORTH.

III. JANE EYRE

I used to rush into strange dreams at night: dreams ... where amidst unusual scenes ... I still again and again met Mr. Rochester;... and then the sense of being in his arms, hearing his voice, meeting his eye, touching his hand and cheek, loving him, being loved by him the hope of passing a lifetime at his side, would be renewed, with all its first force and fire.

CHARLOTTE BRONTË ( Jane Eyre , Ch. xxxii.).

IV. JULIA, ELECTRA, DIANEME

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a flying: And this same flower that smiles to day To morrow will be dying.

The glorious Lamp of Heaven, the Sun, The higher he's a getting, The sooner will his race be run, And nearer he's to setting.

That age is best which is the first, When youth and blood are warmer; But being spent, the worse, and worst Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time; And while ye may, go marry: For having lost but once your prime, You may for ever tarry.

ANTHEA

Now is the time when all the lights wax dim, And thou, Anthea, must withdraw from him Who was thy servant. Dearest, bury me Under the holy oak or gospel tree;... Or, for mine honour, lay me in that tomb In which thy sacred relics shall have room: For my embalming, sweetest, there will be No spices wanting when I'm laid by thee.

HERRICK ( Hesperides ).

V. NICK BOTTOM 43

BOT. A calendar, a calendar! look in the almanac; find out moonshine, find out moonshine.

A Midsummer Night's Dream , Act III., Sc. i.

VI. SLEEPING BEAUTY

VII. & VIII. LEMUEL GULLIVER

I must freely confess that since my last return some corruptions of my Yahoo nature have revived in me, by conversing with a few of your species, and particularly those of my own family, by an unavoidable necessity; else I should never have attempted so absurd a project as that of reforming the Yahoo race in this kingdom: but I have done with all such visionary schemes for ever. Gulliver's Letter to his Cousin.

The first money I laid out was to buy two young stone horses, which I kept in a good stable, and next to them the groom is my greatest favourite; for I feel my spirits revived by the smell he contracts in the stable.

SWIFT ( A Voyage to the Houyhnhnms , Ch. xi.).

IX. & X. MISTRUST, OBSTINATE, LIAR, ETC.

And as he read he wept and trembled; and not being able longer to contain, he brake out with a lamentable cry, saying, "What shall I do?"...

The neighbours also came out to see him run; and as he ran, some mocked, others threatened, and some cried after him to return.

ATHEIST

Now, after awhile, they perceived afar off, one coming softly and alone, all along the highway, to meet them.

BUNYAN ( The Pilgrim's Progress ).

XI. LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI

"O what can ail thee, knight at arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge has withered from the lake, And no birds sing.

"O what can ail thee, knight at arms, So haggard and so woe begone? The squirrel's granary is full, And the harvest's done... Continue reading book >>




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