百度搜索 Lyrical Ballads: With a Few Other Poems 天涯 或 Lyrical Ballads: With a Few Other Poems 天涯在线书库 即可找到本书最新章节.<strong>THE NIGHTINGALE;A VERSATIONAL POEM, WRITTEN IN APRIL, 1798.</strong>
No cloud, no relique of the sunken day
Distinguishes the West, no long thin slip
Of sullen Light, no obscure trembling hues.
e, we will rest on this old mossy Bridge!
You see the glimmer of the stream beh,
But hear no murmuring: it ?ows silently
Oer its soft bed of verdure. All is still,
A balmy night! and tho the stars be dim,
Yet let us think upon the vernal showers
That gladden the greeh, and we shall ?nd
A pleasure in the dimness of the stars.
And hark! the Nightingale begins its song,
"Most musical, most melancholy" Bird!
A melancholy Bird? O idle thought!
In nature there is nothing melancholy.
--But some night-wandering Man, whose heart iercd
With the remembrance of a grievous wrong,
Or slow distemper lected love,
(And so, poor Wretch! ?lld all things with himself
And made all gentle sounds tell back the tale
Of his own sorrows) he and such as he
First namd these notes a melancholy strain;
And many a poet echoes the ceit,
Poet, who hath been building up the rhyme
When he had better far have stretchd his limbs
Beside a brook in mossy forest-dell
By sun or moonlight, to the in?uxes
Of shapes and sounds and shifting elements
Surrendering his whole spirit, of his song
And of his fame fetful! so his fame
Should share in natures immortality,
A venerable thing! and so his song
Should make all nature lovelier, and itself
Be lovd, like nature!--But twill not be so;
And youths and maidens most poetical
Who lose the deepning twilights of the spring
In ball-rooms and hot theatres, they still
Full of meek sympathy must heave their sighs
Oer Philomelas pity-pleading strains.
My Friend, and my Friends Sister! we have learnt
A different lore: we may not thus profane
Natures sweet voices always full of love
And joyais the merry Nightingale
That crowds, and hurries, and precipitates
With fast thick warble his delicious notes,
As he were fearful, that an April night
Would be too short for him to utter forth
His love-t, and disburthen his full soul
Of all its musid<dfn></dfn> I know a grove
Of large extent, hard by a castle huge
Which the great lord inhabits not: and so
This grove is wild with tangling underwood,
And the trim walks are broken up, and grass,
Thin grass and king-cups grow withihs.
But never elsewhere in one place I knew
So many Nightingales: and far and near
In wood and thicket over the wide grove
They ansrovoke each others songs--
With s<samp>藏书网</samp>kirmish and capricious passagings,
And murmurs musical and swift jug jug
And one low piping sound more sweet than all--
Stirring the air with su harmony,
That should you close your eyes, you might almost
Fet it was not day! On moonlight bushes,
Whose dewy lea?ts a>藏书网</a>re but half disclosd,
You may perce behold them owigs,
Their bright, bright eyes, their eyes both bright and full,
Glistning, while many a glow-worm in the shade
Lights up her love-torch.
A most gentle maid
Who dwelleth in her hospitable home
Hard by the Castle, and at latest eve,
(Even like a Lady vowd and dedicate
To something more than nature in the grove)
Glides thro the pathways; she knows all their notes,
That gentle Maid! and oft, a moments <s></s>space,
What time the moon was lost behind a cloud,
Hath heard a pause of sileill the Moon
Emerging, hath awakeh and sky
With oion, and those wakeful Birds
Have all burst forth in choral minstrelsy,
As if one quid sudden Gale had swept
An hundred airy harps! And she hath watchd
Many a Nightingale perch giddily
On blosmy twig still swinging from the breeze,
And to that motion tune his wanton song,
Like tipsy Joy that reels with tossing head.
Farewell, O Warbler! till to-morrow eve,
And you, my friends! farewell, a short farewell!
We have been l long and pleasantly,
And now for our dear homes.--That strain again!
Full fain it would delay me!--My dear Babe,
Who, capable of no articulate sound,
Mars all things with his imitative lisp,
How he would place his hand beside his ear,
His little hand, the small fer up,
And bid us listen! And I deem it wise
To make him Natures playmate. He knows well
The evening star: and once when he awoke
In most distressful mood (some inain
Had made up that strahing, an infants dream)
I hurried with him to our orchard plot,
And he beholds the moon, and hushd at once
Suspends his sobs, and laughs most silently,
While his fair eyes that swam with undropt tears
Did glitter in the yellow moon-beam! Well--
It is a fathers tale. But if that Heaven
Should give me life, his childhood shall grow up
Familiar with these songs, that with the night
He may associate Joy! Once more farewell,
Sweet Nightingale! once more, my friends! farewell.
<span style="cray"> "_Most musical, most melancholy_." This passage in Miltonpossesses an excellence far superior to that of meredescription: it is spoken in the character of the melanan, and has therefore a _dramatic_ propriety. The Author makesthis remark, to rescue himself from the charge of havingalluded with levity to a line in Milton: a charge than whie could be more painful to him, except perhaps that ofhaving ridiculed his Bible.</span>
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