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Squandering your unquoted mirth,
Which keeps the ground, and never soars,
While Jake retorts, and Reuben roars ;
Scoff of yeoman strong and stark,
Goes like bullet to its mark;
While the solid curse and jeer
Never balk the waiting ear.

On the summit as I stood,
O'er the floor of plain and flood,
Seemed to me, the towering hill
Was not altogether still,
But a quiet sense conveyed ;
If I err not, thus it said:

Many feet in summer seek, 7

Oft, my far-appearing peak;
In the dreaded winter time,
None save dappling shadows climb,
Under clouds, my lonely head,
Old as the sun, old almost as the shade;
And comest thou
To see strange forests and new snow,
And tread uplifted land ?
And leavest thou thy lowland race,
Here amid clouds to stand ?
And wouldst be my companion,
Where I gaze, and still shall gaze,
Through tempering nights and flashing days,
When forests fall, and man is gone,
Over tribes and over times,
At the burning Lyre,
Nearing me,
With its stars of northern fire,
In many a thousand years ?
Gentle pilgrim, if thou know
The gamut old of Pan,
And how the hills began,
The frank blessings of the hill

Fall on thee, as fall they will.


“Let him heed who can and will ;
Enchantment fixed me here
To stand the hurts of time, until
In mightier chant I disappear.

If thou trowest How the chemic eddies play, Pole to pole, and what they say ; And that these gray crags Not on crags are hung, But beads are of a rosary On prayer and music strung; And, credulous, through the granite seeming Seest the smile of Reason beaming ; Can thy style-discerning eye The hidden working Builder spy, Who builds, yet makes no chips, no din, With hammer soft as snowflake's flight ;Knowest thou this ? O pilgrim, wandering not amiss ! Already my rocks lie light, And soon my cone will spin.

“For the world was built in order,
And the atoms march in tune;
Rhyme the pipe, and Time the warder,
The sun obeys them, and the moon.
Orb and atom forth they prance,
When they hear from far the rune;
None so backward in the troop,
When the music and the dance
Reach his place and circumstance,
But knows the sun-creating sound,
And, though a pyramid, will bound.

“Monadnoc is a mountain strong,
Tall and good my kind among ;
But well I know, no mountain can,
Zion or Meru, measure with man.
For it is on zodiacs writ,
Adamant is soft to wit :

And when the greater comes again
With my secret in his brain,
I shall pass, as glides my shadow
Daily over hill and meadow.

“Through all time, in light, in gloom,
Well I hear the approaching feet
On the flinty pathway beat
Of him that cometh, and shall come;
Of him who shall as lightly bear
My daily load of woods and streams,
As doth this round sky-cleaving boat
Which never strains its rocky beams;
Whose timbers, as they silent float,
Alps and Caucasus uprear,
And the long Alleghanies here,
And all town-sprinkled lands that be,
Sailing through stars with all their history.

“Every morn I lift my head,
See New England underspread,
South from St. Lawrence to the Sound,
From Katskill east to the sea-bound.
Anchored fast for many an age,
I await the bard and sage,
Who, in large thoughts, like fair pearl-seed,
Shall string Monadnoc like a bead.
Comes that cheerful troubadour,
This mound shall throb his face before,
As when, with inward fires and pain,
It rose a bubble from the plain.
When he cometh, I shall shed,
From this wellspring in my head,
Fountain-drop of spicier worth
Than all vintage of the earth.
There's fruit upon my barren soil
Costlier far than wine or oil.
There's a berry blue and gold,
Autumn-ripe, its juices hold
Sparta's stoutness, Bethlehem's heart,
Asia's rancour, Athens' art,

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Slowsure Britain's secular might,
And the Germans inward sight.
I will give my son to eat
Best of Pan's immortal meat,
Bread to eat, and juice to drain ;
So the coinage of his brain
Shall not be forms of stars, but stars,
Nor pictures pale, but Jove and Mars.
He comes, but not of that race bred
Who daily climb my specular head.
Oft as morning wreathes my scarf,
Fled the last plumule of the Dark,


hither the spruce clerk
From South Cove and City Wharf.
I take him up my rugged sides,
Half-repentant, scant of breath,
Bead-eyes my granite chaos show,
And my midsummer snow ;
Open the daunting map beneath,-
All his county, sea and land,
Dwarfed to measure of his hand ;
His day's ride is a furlong space,
His city-tops a glimmering haze.
I plant his eyes on the sky-hoop bounding
See there the grim gray rounding
Of the bullet of the earth
Whereon ye sail,
Tumbling steep
In the uncontinented deep.'
He looks on that, and he turns pale.
'Tis even so, this treacherous kite,
Farm-furrowed, town-incrusted sphere,
Thoughtless of its anxious freight,
Plunges eyeless on for ever;

And he, poor parasite,
Cooped in a ship he cannot steer,-
Who is the captain he knows not,
Port or pilot trows not, -
Risk or ruin he must share.
I scowl on him with my cloud,
With my north wind chill his blood;



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I lame him, clattering down the rocks ;
And to live he is in fear.
Then, at last, I let him down
Once more into his dapper town,
To chatter, frightened, to his clan,
And forget me if he can.”

As in the old poetic fame
The gods are blind and lame,

And the simular despite
-Betrays the more abounding might,

So call not waste that barren cone
Above the floral zone,
Where forests starve :
It is pure use;
What sheaves like those which here we glean and bind
Of a celestial Ceres and the Muse ?

Ages are thy days,
Thou grand affirmer of the present tense,
And type of permanence !
Firm ensign of the fatal Being,
Amid these coward shapes of joy and grief,
That will not bide the seeing !

Hither we bring
Our insect miseries to thy rocks ;
And the whole flight, with folded wing,
Vanish, and end their murmuring,
Vanish beside these dedicated blocks,
Which who can tell what mason laid ?
Spoils of a front none need restore,
Replacing frieze and architrave ;-
Where flowers each stone rosette and metope brave;
Still is the haughty pile erect
Of the old building Intellect.

Complement of human kind,
Holding us at vantage still,
Our sumptuous indigence,
O barren mound, thy plenties fill!

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