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Where are our shallow fords? and where

The power of Kazan with its fourfold gates? From the prison windows our maidens fair Talk of us still through the iron grates.

THE BOY AND THE BROOK.-TO CARDINAL RICHELIEU.

From Varaca's rocky wall,

From the rock of Varaca unrolled,
The snow came and covered all,
And the green meadow was cold.

We cannot hear them; for horse and man
Lie buried deep in the dark abyss!
Ah! the black day hath come down on Kazan!
Ah! was ever a grief like this?

THE BOY AND THE BROOK.

CONSOLATION.

Armenian Popular Song, from the Prose Ver- To M. Duperrier, Gentleman of Aix in Prosion of Alishan. vence, on the Death of his Daughter.

FROM MALHERBE.

WILI. then, Duperrier, thy sorrow be eternal ?
And shall the sad discourse
Whispered within thy heart, by tenderness pa-
ternal,

Only augment its force?

Thy daughter's mournful fate, into the tomb descending

By death's frequented ways,

Has it become to thee a labyrinth never ending,
Where thy lost reason strays?

Down from yon distant mountain height

The brooklet flows through the village street;
A boy comes forth to wash his hands,
Washing, yes washing, there he stands,

In the water cool and sweet.

Brook, from what mountain dost thou come,
O my brooklet cool and sweet!
I come from yon mountain high and cold,
Where lieth the new snow on the old,
And melts in the summer heat.

Brook, to what river dost thou go?

O my brooklet cool and sweet!
I go to the river there below
Where in bunches the violets grow,
And sun and shadow meet.

Brook, to what garden dost thou go?
O my brooklet cool and sweet!
I go to the garden in the vale
Where all night long the nightingale
Her love-song doth repeat.

Brook, to what fountain dost thou go?
O my brooklet cool and sweet!
I go to the fountain at whose brink
The maid that loves thee comes to drink,
And whenever she looks therein,
I rise to meet her, and kiss her chin,
And my joy is then complete.

WELCOME, O Stork! that dost wing
Thy flight from the far-away!
Thou hast brought us the signs of Spring
Thou hast made our sad hearts gay.

Descend, O Stork! descend

Upon our roof to rest;
In our ash-tree, O my friend,
My darling, make thy nest.

To thee, O Stork, I complain,
O Stork, to thee I impart
The thousand sorrows, the pain
And aching of my heart.

O Stork, our garden with snow
Was hidden away and lost,
And the rose-trees that in it grow
Were withered by snow and frost.

When thou away didst go,

Away from this tree of ours, The withering winds did blow,

And dried up all the flowers.

Dark grew the brilliant sky,

Cloudy and dark and drear;
They were breaking the snow on high,
And winter was drawing near.

I know the charms that made her youth a benediction:

Nor should I be content,

As a censorious friend, to solace thine affliction
By her disparagement.

But she was of the world, which fairest things

exposes

To fates the most forlorn;

A rose, she too hath lived as long as live the roses,
The space of one brief morn.

The poor man in his hut, with only thatch for

TO THE STORK.

cover,

Unto these laws must bend; Armenian Popular Song, from the Prose Ver- The sentinel that guards the barriers of the sion of Alishan.

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Cannot our kings defend.

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THE ANGEL AND THE CHILD.-SANTA TERESA'S BOOK-MARK.

WANDERER'S NIGHT-SONGS.

Sometimes the soft, deceitful hours
Let us enjoy the halcyon wave;
Sometimes impending peril lowers
Beyond the seaman's skill to save.
The Wisdom, infinitely wise,
That gives to human destinies
Their foreordained necessity,
Has made no law more fixed below,
Than the alternate ebb and flow
Of Fortune and Adversity.

THE ANGEL AND THE CHILD.

FROM JEAN REBOUL, THE BAKER OF NISMES.

AN angel with a radiant face,

Above a cradle bent to look, Seemed his own image there to trace, As in the waters of a brook.

"Dear child! who me resemblest so,"

It whispered, "come, O come with me! Happy together let us go,

The earth unworthy is of thee!

"Here none to perfect bliss attain;

The soul in pleasure suffering lies; Joy hath an undertone of pain,

And even the happiest hours their sighs.

"Fear doth at every portal knock;

Never a day serene and pure
From the o'ershadowing tempest's shock
Hath made the morrow's dawn secure.

"What, then, shall sorrows and shall fears
Come to disturb so pure a brow?
And with the bitterness of tears

These eyes of azure troubled grow?

"Ah no! into the fields of space,

Away shalt thou escape with me; And Providence will grant the grace Of all the days that were to be.

"Let no one in thy dwelling cower,

In sombre vestments draped and veiled; But let them welcome thy last hour,

As thy first moments once they hailed.

"Without a cloud be there each brow; There let the grave no shadow cast; When one is pure as thou art now,

The fairest day is still the last."

And waving wide his wings of white,

The angel, at these words, had sped Towards the eternal realms of light!Poor mother! see, thy son is dead!

TO ITALY.
FROM FILICAJA.

ITALY! Italy! thou who 'rt doomed to wear
The fatal gift of beauty, and possess
The dower funest of infinite wretchedness
Written upon thy forehead by despair;
Ah! would that thou wert stronger, or less fair,
That they might fear thee more, or love thee less,
Who in the splendor of thy loveliness
Seem wasting, yet to mortal combat dare!
Then from the Alps I should not see descending
Such torrents of armed men, nor Gallic horde
Drinking the wave of Po, distained with gore,
Nor should I see thee girded with a sword

Not thine, and with the stranger's arm con-
tending,

Victor or vanquished, slave forevermore.

FROM GOETHE.

I.

THOU that from the heavens art,
Every pain and sorrow stillest,
And the doubly wretched heart
Doubly with refreshment fillest,
I am weary with contending!
Why this rapture and unrest?
Peace descending

Come, ah, come into my breast!

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And upward I gazed in the night, in the night,
And again on the waves in their fleeting;
Ah woe! thou hast wasted thy days in delight,
Now silence thou light,

In the night, in the night,

The remorse in thy heart that is beating.

SANTA TERESA'S BOOK-MARK.

FROM THE SPANISH OF SANTA TERESA.

LET nothing disturb thee,
Nothing affright thee;
All things are passing;
God never changeth;
Patient endurance
Attaineth to all things;
Who God possesseth
In nothing is wanting;
Alone God sufficeth.

THE MASQUE OF PANDORA.

I.

THE WORKSHOP OF HEPHÆSTUS. MEPHÆSTUS, standing before the statue of Pandora.

NOT fashioned out of Gold, like Hera's throne,
Nor forged of iron like the thunderbolts
Of Zeus omnipotent, or other works
Wrought by my hands at Lemnos or Olympus,
But moulded in soft clay, that unresisting
Yields itself to the touch, this lovely form
Before me stands perfect in every part.
Not Aphrodite's self appeared more fair,
When first upwafted by caressing winds
She came to high Olympus, and the gods
Paid homage to her beauty. Thus her hair
Was cinctured; thus her floating drapery
Was like a cloud about her, and her face
Was radiant with the sunshine and the sea.

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Wherefore? wherefore?
A wind shakes the house.

I hear the rushing of a mighty wind
Through all the halls and chambers of my house!
Her parted lips inhale it, and her bosom
Heaves with the inspiration. As a reed
Beside a river in the rippling current
Bends to and fro, she bows or lifts her head.
She gazes round about as if amazed;
She is alive; she breathes, but yet she speaks not!

Pandora descends from the pedestal.

CHORUS OF THE GRACES.

AGLAIA.

In the workshop of Hephaestus
What is this I see?

Have the Gods to four increased us

Who were only three? Beautiful in form and feature,

Lovely as the day,

Can there be so fair a creature
Formed of common clay ?

THALIA.

O sweet, pale face! O lovely eyes of azure,
Clear as the waters of a brook that run
Limpid and laughing in the summer sun!
O golden hair that like a miser's treasure
In its abundance overflows the measure!

O graceful form, that cloudlike floatest on
With the soft, undulating gait of one
Who moveth as if motion were a pleasure!

By what name shall I call thee? Nymph or Muse,
Callirrhoë or Urania? Some sweet name
Whose every syllable is a caress

Would best befit thee; but I cannot choose,
Nor do I care to choose; for still the same,
Nameless or named, will be thy loveliness.

EUPHROSYNE.

Dowered with all celestial gifts,
Skilled in every art
That ennobles and uplifts
And delights the heart,
Fair on earth shall be thy fame
As thy face is fair,
And Pandora be the name

Thou henceforth shalt bear.

II.

OLYMPUS.

HERMES, pulling on his sandals.

MUCH must he toil who serves the Immortal Gods,
And I, who am their herald, most of all.
No rest have I, nor respite. I no sooner
Unclasp the winged sandals from my feet,
Than I again must clasp them, and depart
Upon some foolish errand. But to-day
The errand is not foolish. Never yet
With greater joy did I obey the summons
That sends me earthward. I will fly so swiftly
That my caduceus in the whistling air
Shall make a sound like the Pandaan pipes,
Cheating the shepherds; for to-day I go,
Commissioned by high-thundering Zeus, to lead
A maiden to Prometheus, in his tower,
And by my cunning arguments persuade him
To marry her. What mischief lies concealed
In this design I know not; but I know
Who thinks of marrying hath already taken
One step upon the road to penitence.
Such embassies delight me. Forth I launch
On the sustaining air, nor fear to fall
Like Icarus, nor swerve aside like him
Who drove amiss Hyperion's fiery steeds.
I sink, I fly! The yielding element
Folds itself round about me like an arm,
And holds me as a mother holds her child.

III.

TOWER OF PROMETHEUS ON MOUNT
CAUCASUS.

PROMETHEUS.

I HEAR the trumpet of Alectryon
Proclaim the dawn. The stars begin to fade,
And all the heavens are full of prophecies
And evil auguries. Blood-red last night

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By thy winged cap And winged heels I know thee." Thou art Hermes,

ing

The heifers of Admetus in the sweet
Meadows of asphodel? or Hera's girdle?
Or the earth-shaking trident of Poseidon?

PROMETHEUS.

HERMES.

And thou, Prometheus; say, hast thou again
Been stealing fire from Helios' chariot-wheels
To light thy furnaces?

So early in the dawn?

HERMES.

Know naught of late or early.
The omnipotent hath sent me.

PROMETHEUS.

HERMES.

To bring this maiden to thee.

It is I.

The Gods and all their gifts.

her

It is for no good purpose.

The Immortal Gods
Zeus himself

PROMETHEUS.

HERMES.

For what purpose?

As a pledge

Captain of thieves! Hast thou again been steal- Of reconciliation they have sent to thee
This divine being, to be thy companion,
And bring into thy melancholy house
The sunshine and the fragrance of her youth.

PROMETHEUS.

The Gods are not my friends, nor am I theirs.
Whatever comes from them, though in a shape
As beautiful as this, is evil only.
Who art thou?

I mistrust
If they have sent

PANDORA.

One who, though to thee unknown, Yet knoweth thee.

PROMETHEUS.

How shouldst thou know me, woman?

PANDORA.

Who knoweth not Prometheus the humane?

Why comest thou hither And aspirations are my only friends.

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PROMETHEUS.

I need them not. I have within myself
All that my heart desires; the ideal beauty
Which the creative faculty of mind
Fashions and follows in a thousand shapes
More lovely than the real. My own thoughts
Are my companions; my designs and labors

HERMES.

Decide not rashly. The decision made
Can never be recalled. The Gods implore not,
Plead not, solicit not; they only offer
Choice and occasion, which once being passed
Return no more. Dost thou accept the gift?

PROMETHEUS.

No gift of theirs, in whatsoever shape
It comes to me, with whatsoever charm
To fascinate my sense, will I receive.
Leave me.

HERMES.

We leave thee to thy vacant dreams, and all
The silence and the solitude of thought,
The endless bitterness of unbelief,

What disaster

Could she bring on thy house, who is a woman? The loneliness of existence without love.

PANDORA.

Let us go hence. I will not stay.

CHORUS OF THE FATES.

CLOTHO.

How the Titan, the defiant,
The self-centred, self-reliant,
Wrapped in visions and illusions,
Robs himself of life's best gifts!
Till by all the storm-winds shaken,
By the blast of fate o'ertaken,
Hopeless, helpless, and forsaken,
In the mists of his confusions
To the reefs of doom he drifts!

LACHESIS.

Sorely tired and sorely tempted,
From no agonies exempted,
In the penance of his trial,"
And the discipline of pain;
Often by illusions cheated,
Often baffled and defeated
In the tasks to be completed,
He, by toil and self-denial,
To the highest shall attain.

Now as an arrow from Hyperion's bow,
My errand done, I fly, I float, I soar
Into the air returning to Olympus.

O joy of motion! O delight to cleave
The infinite realms of space, the liquid ether,
Through the warm sunshine and the cooling

cloud,

Myself as light as sunbeam or as cloud!
With one touch of my swift and winged feet,
I spurn the solid earth, and leave it rocking
As rocks the bough from which a bird takes
wing.

V.

THE HOUSE OF EPIMETHEUS.

EPIMETHEUS.

BEAUTIFUL apparition! go not hence!
Surely thou art a Goddess, for thy voice
Is a celestial melody, and thy form
Self-poised as if it floated on the air!

ATROPOS.

Tempt no more the noble schemer;
Bear unto some idle dreamer
This new toy and fascination,
This new dalliance and delight!
To the garden where reposes
Epimetheus crowned with roses,
To the door that never closes
Upon pleasure and temptation,
Bring this vision of the night!

IV.
THE AIR.

HERMES, returning to Olympus.
As lonely as the tower that he inhabits,
As firm and cold as are the crags about him,
Prometheus stands. The thunderbolts of Zeus
Alone can move him; but the tender heart
Of Epimetheus, burning at white heat,

Hammers and flames like all his brother's forges! There is a spell upon me.

PANDORA.

No Goddess am I, nor of heavenly birth,
But a mere woman fashioned out of clay
And mortal as the rest.

EPIMETHEUS.

That fascinates me. Thy whole presence seems
A soft desire, a breathing thought of love.
Say, would thy star like Merope's grow dim
If thou shouldst wed beneath thee?

Thy face is fair; There is a wonder in thine azure eyes

I cannot answer thee. I only know
The Gods have sent me hither.

PANDORA.

EPIMETHEUS.

I believe,
And thus believing am most fortunate.
It was not Hermes led thee here, but Eros,
And swifter than his arrows were thine eyes
In wounding me. There was no moment's space
Between my seeing thee and loving thee.
O, what a tell-tale face thou hast! Again
I see the wonder in thy tender eyes.

PANDORA.

They do but answer to the love in thine,
Yet secretly I wonder thou shouldst love me,
Thou knowest me not.

But truly are.
Belong to thee.

EPIMETHEUS.

Perhaps I know thee better Than had I known thee longer. Yet it seems That I have always known thee, and but now Have found thee. Ah, I have been waiting long.

PANDORA.

How beautiful is this house! The atmosphere Breathes rest and comfort, and the many chambers

Seem full of welcomes.

Ask me not;

Lifted the lid ?

EPIMETHEUS.

They not only seem, This dwelling and its master

PANDORA.

Here let me stay forever!

EPIMETHEUS.

Thou thyself
Art the enchantress, and I feel thy power
Envelop me, and wrap my soul and sense
In an Elysian dream.

PANDORA.

O, let me stay,
How beautiful are all things round about me,
Multiplied by the mirrors on the walls!
What treasures hast thou here! Yon oaken chest,
Carven with figures and embossed with gold,
Is wonderful to look upon! What choice
And precious things dost thou keep hidden in it?

EPIMETHEUS.

I know not. "Tis a mystery.

PANDORA.

Hast thou never

EPIMETHEUS.

The oracle forbids.

Safely concealed there from all mortal eyes
Forever sleeps the secret of the Gods.

Seek not to know what they have hidden from

thee,

Till they themselves reveal it.

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