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As if it were a living root ;
The pulse of hands will make him mute;
With all his force he gathers balms
Into those wise, thrilling palms.
Cupid is a casuist,
A mystic, and a cabalist,-
Can your lurking thought surprise,
And interpret your device.
He is versed in occult science,
In magic, and in clairvoyance;
Oft he keeps his fine ear strained,
And Reason on her tiptoe pained
For aëry intelligence,
And for strange coincidence.
But it touches his quick heart
When Fate by omens takes his part,
And chance-dropped hints from Nature's sphere
Deeply soothe his anxious ear.
Heralds high before him run;
He has ushers many a one;
He spreads his welcome where he goes,
And touches all things with his rose.
All things wait for and divine him,-
How shall I dare to malign him,
Or accuse the god of sport?
I must end my true report,
Painting him from head to foot,
In as far as I took note,
Trusting well the matchless power
Of this young-eyed emperor
Will clear his fame from every cloud,
With the bards and with the crowd.
He is wilful, mutable,
Shy, untamed, inscrutable,
Swifter-fashioned than the fairies,
Substance mixed of pure contraries;
His vice some elder virtue's token,
And his good is evil-spoken.
Failing sometimes of his own,
He is headstrong and alone;
He affects the wood and wild,
Like a flower-hunting child ;
Buries himself in summer waves,
In trees, with beasts, in mines, and caves;
Loves nature like a hornèd cow,
Bird, or deer, or caribou.
Shun him, nymphs, on the fleet horses !
He has a total world of wit ;
O how wise are his discourses !
But he is the arch-hypocrite,
And, through all science and all art,
Seeks alone his counterpart.
He is a Pundit of the East,
He is an augur and a priest,
And his soul will melt in prayer,
But word and wisdom is a snare;
Corrupted by the present toy,
He follows joy, and only joy.
There is no mask but he will wear ;
He invented oaths to swear ;
He paints, he carves, he chants, he prays,
And holds all stars in his embrace.
He takes a sovereign privilege
Not allowed to any liege;
For Cupid goes behind all law,
And right into himself does draw;
For he is sovereignly allied, -
Heaven's oldest blood flows in his side, -
And interchangeably at one
With every king on every throne,
That no god dare say
nay, Or see the fault, or seen betray : He has the Muses by the heart, And the stern Parcæ on his part.
His many signs cannot be told;
He has not one mode, but manifold,
Many fashions and addresses,
Piques, reproaches, hurts, caresses.
He will preach like a friar, And jump like Harlequin ; He will read like a crier, And fight like a Paladin. Boundless is his memory; Plans immense his term prolong; He is not of counted age, Meaning always to be young: And his wish is intimacy, Intimater intimacy, And a stricter privacy ; The impossible shall yet be done, And, being two, shall still be one. As the wave breaks to foam on shelves, Then runs into a wave again, So lovers melt their sundered selves, Yet melted would be twain.
AN was made of social earth,
Child and brother from his birth, Tethered by a liquid cord Of blood through veins of kindred poured. Next his heart the fireside band Of mother, father, sister, stand: Names from awful childhood heard Throbs of a wild religion stirred ;Virtue, to love, to hate them, vice; Till dangerous Beauty came, at last, Till Beauty came to snap all ties; The maid, abolishing the past, With lotus wine obliterates Dear memory's stone-incarved traits, And, by herself, supplants alone Friends year by year more inly known. When her calm eyes opened bright, All else grew foreign in their light.
It was ever the self-same tale,
The first experience will not fail ;
Only two in the garden walked,
And with snake and seraph talked.
Close, close to men,
Like undulating layer of air,
Right above their heads,
The potent plain of Dæmons spreads.
Stands to each human soul its own,
For watch, and ward, and furtherance,
In the snares of Nature's dance ;
And the lustre and the grace
To fascinate each youthful heart,
Beaming from its counterpart,
Translucent through the mortal covers,
Is the Dæmon's form and face.
To and fro the Genius hies,-
A gleam which plays and hovers
Over the maiden's head,
And dips sometimes as low as to her eyes.
Unknown, albeit lying near,
To men, the path to the Dæmon sphere;
And they that swiftly come and go
Leave no track on the heavenly snow.
Sometimes the airy synod bends,
And the mighty choir descends,
And the brains of men thenceforth,
In crowded and in still resorts,
Teem with unwonted thoughts :
As, when a shower of meteors
Cross the orbit of the earth,
And, lit by fringent air,
Blaze near and far,
Mortals deem the planets bright
Have slipped their sacred bars,
And the lone seaman all the night
Sails, astonished, amid stars.
Beauty of a richer vein,
Graces of a subtler strain,
Unto men these moonmen lend, And our shrinking sky extend. So is man's narrow path By strength and terror skirted; Also, (from the song the wrath Of the Genii be averted ! The Muse the truth uncoloured speaking) The Dæmons are self-seeking : Their fierce and limitary will Draws men to their likeness still. The erring painter made Love blind, Highest Love who shines on all ; Him, radiant, sharpest-sighted god, None can bewilder ; Whose eyes pierce The universe, Path-finder, road-builder, Mediator, royal giver ; Rightly seeing, rightly seen, Of joyful and transparent mien. 'Tis a sparkle passing From each to each, from thee to me, To and fro perpetually ; Sharing all, daring all, Levelling, displacing Each obstruction, it unites Equals remote, and seeming opposites. And ever and for ever Love Delights to build a road : Unheeded Danger near him strides, Love laughs, and on a lion rides. But Cupid wears another face, Born into Dæmons less divine : His roses bleach apace, His nectar smacks of wine. The Dæmon ever builds a wall, Himself encloses and includes, Solitude in solitudes : In like sort his love doth fall. He doth elect The beautiful and fortunate,