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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
 
The Spirit of Homer (from The Tears of Peace)
By George Chapman (1559?–1634)
 
‘I AM,’ said he, ‘that spirit Elysian,
That in thy native air, and on the hill
Next Hitchin’s left hand, did thy bosom fill
With such a flood of soul, that thou wert fain,
With exclamations of her rapture then,        5
To vent it to the echoes of the vale;
When, meditating of me, a sweet gale
Brought me upon thee; and thou didst inherit
My true sense, for the time then, in my spirit;
And I, invisibly, went prompting thee        10
To those fair greens where thou didst English me.’
  Scarce he had utter’d this, when well I knew
It was my Prince’s Homer; whose dear view
Renew’d my grateful memory of the grace
His Highness did me for him; which in face        15
Methought the Spirit show’d, was his delight,
And added glory to his heavenly plight:
Who told me, he brought stay to all my state;
That he was Angel to me, Star, and Fate;
Advancing colours of good hope to me;        20
And told me my retired age should see
Heaven’s blessing in a free and harmless life,
Conduct me, thro’ earth’s peace-pretending strife,
To that true Peace, whose search I still intend,
And to the calm shore of a loved end.        25
 
 
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