Note 1. Frontispiece. A caterpillar on an oak leaf. On a second leaf a human chrysalis like a babe in swaddling clothes. Legend: What is Man? with the lines:
The suns light, when he unfolds it,
Depends on the organ that beholds it.
1. A woman under a weeping willow, holding a babe in her left arm, pulls a mandrake out of the ground by its hair. Legend: I found him beneath a tree. 2. An old man, resting his hands on his knees, sits upon a rock beneath a leafless tree in a deluge of rain. The encroaching flood rises to his feet. Legend: Water, with the line: Thou waterest him with tears. 3. Crouching figure of a man emerging from a crevice in a rock. Legend: Earth, with the line: He struggles into life. 4. A man, nude, seated upon a white cloud, clasps his forehead with both hands and gazes steadfastly before him. Behind him the sky studded with stars. Legend: Air, with the line: On cloudy doubts and reasoning cares. 5. A fiend, blind, standing in flames, armed with spear and shield. Legend: Fire, with the line: That end in endless strifethis and the three preceding lines forming a quatrain. 5. In l. 4 we is a revised rdg. of I in the earlier issue. 6. A cherub issuing from an egg. Legend: At length for hatching ripe he breaks the shell. 7. A boy in garden, hat in hand, chases flying fairy. A second fairy lies crushed at his feet. Legend: Alas! [the original inscription written in centre of page with the addition of the words on either side and below] What are these? the Female Martyr! Is she also the Divine Image? 8. An old man, seated, with a sword in right hand, leans sorrowfully on his elbow, averting his head from the figure of a joyfully departing youth, who threatens him with a dart. Legend: My son! my son! 9. A man standing on edge of world prepares to mount a ladder reared against the crescent moon. Two lovers watch him. Legend: I want! I want! 10. A man drowning in sea, with one arm upthrust, and head just disappearing beneath the waves. Legend: Help! Help! 11. An old man wearing spectacles, seated under a tree, clips the wings of a boy who struggles to escape. Before him the setting sun. Legend: Aged Ignorance, with the line: Perceptive Organs closed, their Objects close. 12. An old man (Count Ugolino) with his two sons and two grandsons in dungeon cell. Legend: Does thy God, O Priest, take such vengeance as this? 13. A husband, wife, and two children, beside a bed on which lies a corpse, watch the ascending spirit of an old man who points upward. Legend: Fear and Hope areVision. 14. A man with a staff in his hand strides along a country lane. Legend: The traveller hasteth in the evening. 15. An old man, leaning on a crutch, passes through the gateway of a tomb. Legend: Deaths door. 16. A woman in white cerements, seated on the ground in a burial crypt. A huge worm crawls around her feet. Legend: I have said to the worm: Thou art my mother and my sister. [back]