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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
From Thyrsis

Matthew Arnold (1822–1888)
 
IT 1 irked him 2 to be here, he could not rest.
He loved each simple joy the country yields,
He loved his mates; but yet he could not keep
(For that a shadow loured on the fields)
Here with the shepherds and the silly sheep.        5
Some life of men unblest
He knew, which made him droop, and filled his head.
He went; his piping took a troubled sound
Of storms that rage outside our happy ground;
He could not wait their passing, he is dead …        10
 
Too quick despairer, wherefore wilt thou go?
Soon will the high midsummer pomps come on;
Soon will the musk carnations break and swell,
Soon shall we have gold-dusted snapdragon,
Sweet-William with his homely cottage smell,        15
And stocks in fragrant blow;
Roses that down the alleys shine afar,
And open jasmine-muffled lattices,
And groups under the dreaming garden-trees,
And the full moon and the white evening star …        20
 
Note 1. Mat. Arnold. From Thyrsis. [back]
Note 2. The poet Arthur Hugh Clough. [back]
 
 
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