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Poems   By: (1826-1907)

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POEMS

BY

WALTER R. CASSELS

LONDON

1856

CONTENTS.

MABEL HEBE SPRING THE BITTERN GONE BEATRICE DI TENDA SERENADE THE EAGLE WHITHER? THE MORNING STAR THE DELECTABLE MOUNTAINS THE DARK RIVER WYTHAM WOODS THE STAR IN THE EAST UNDER THE SEA WIND A CHALLENGE AT PARTING A WITHERED ROSE BUD DE PROFUNDIS THE MOTHER SONNET DATUR HORA QUIETI SEA MARGINS SONG "LOVE TOOK ME SOFTLY BY THE HAND" THE BELL LLEWELLYN A SHELL THE RAVEN SONNETS ON THE DEATH OF THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON THE PASSAGE BIRDS MEMNON A CONCEIT THE LAND'S END THE OLDEN TIME FATHER AND SON ORION THE GOLDEN WATER YEARS AGO VULCAN SONG "THE DAYS ARE PAST" GUY OF WARWICK AT EVENTIDE A DIRGE TO MY DREAM LOVE A NIGHT SCENE SONNET "O CLOUD SO GOLDEN" FLOATING DOWN THE RIVER ORPHEUS THE SCULPTOR

M A B E L, A Sketch.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE.

ORAN, a Speculative Philosopher. MABEL, his Wife. HER FATHER. MAURICE, } ROGER, } her brothers.

MABEL.

SCENE I A Study. Books, pictures, and sculpture about the room, interspersed with chemical and other instruments, globes, &c.; a singular blending of science with art, indicating a delicate and speculative organization in the arranger .

ORAN, MAURICE, and ROGER.

ORAN.

Well, well! and so ye deem I love her not, Ye and the world that love so passing well? That still I trifle with her bright young life, As the wind plays with some frail water bell, Wafting it wantonly about the sky, Till at some harsher breath it breaks and dies?

MAURICE.

Nay, not thus far would our reflections go. Friendship paints not with the foul brush of Conscience! But thou, a man of dark and mystic aims, Tracking out Science through forbidden ways, Leaving the light and trodden paths to grope 'Mid fearful speculations and wild dreams, May'st hunt thy Will o' the wisp until thou lead'st Our sister, all unwitting, to her death.

ROGER.

That shalt thou answer unto us. Thy life Shall be to her life like the sun and shade, Lost in one setting.

ORAN.

Ay! thou sayest well Thou sayest well. How oft a random shaft Striketh King Truth betwixt the armour joints! One life, one sun, one setting for us both.

Which way, then, tend your fears? What certain aim Have all these strokes you level at my ways?

ROGER.

We say that you, against all light received, Against all laws of prudence and of love, Practise dark magic on our sister's soul That by strange motions, incantations, spells, So work you on her spirit that strange sleep, Sombre as Death's dark shadow, presently Steals o'er her fragile body, dulls her sense, And wraps her wholly in its chill embrace; That thus, spell bound, lost to the living world, She lies till thou again unwind her chain, And wak'st her feebly to this life of earth. Thus dost thou peril her, thou blinded man! Sett'st her dear life against thy moonstruck thought, And slay'st thy dove on Folly's altar steps.

MAURICE.

Ay! if you loved her, would your eyes have miss'd The moonish faintness that o'erlaps her now, Melting the fresh, full, ruddy glow of health To loveliness most heavenly, yet most sad? Her cheeks, where youth once summer'd into roses, Glow now with faint exotic loveliness, Not native to this harsh and gusty earth; And from her large dark eyes there seems to gaze Some angel with mute, melancholy looks, As from a casement at this jarring world.

ORAN.

Ha! then you too have seen it; it is not, O Heaven! is not delusion, this fond dream, But even now it works, works bliss for her. Proceed, Sir ... you were saying ... Sir, I list ... That in her eyes you saw angelic fire, Pure from the dross, the dimming clouds of earth, Deem'd now her frame ethereal, unakin To earth's clay moulded fabrics such, perchance, As entering heaven, might have left its dust At the bright folding portals, sandal like, And thence, repassing in seraphic trance, Still left unclaim'd the vesture at the gate!

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