Quotes by George Meredith
On a starred night Prince Lucifer uprose.
Tired of his dark dominion swung the fiend.
All wisdom's armoury this man could wield
For singing till his heaven fills,
'Tis love of earth that he instils,
And ever winging up and up,
Our valley is his golden cup,
And he the wine which overflows
To lift us with him
Civil limitation daunts
His utterance never; the nymphs blush, not he.
The song seraphically free
Of taint of personality,
So pure that it salutes the suns
The voice of one for millions,
In whom the millions rejoice
For giving their one spirit voice.
Behold the life at ease; it drifts,
The sharpened life commands its course.
She whom I love is hard to catch and conquer,
Hard, but O the glory of the winning were she won!
Cannon his name,
Cannon his voice, he came.
Full lasting is the song, though he,
The singer, passes.
With patient inattention hear him prate.
It's past parsons to console us:
No, nor no doctor fetch for me:
I can die without my bolus;
Two of a trade, lass, never agree!
Parson and Doctor!--don't they love
Around the ancient track marched, rank on rank,
The army of unalterable law.
Enter these enchanted woods,
You who dare.
Nothing harms beneath the leaves
More than waves a swimmer cleaves.
Toss your heart up with the lark,
Foot at peace with
Darker grows the valley, more and more forgetting:
So were it with me if forgetting could be willed.
Tell the grassy hollow that holds the bubbling well-spring,
Tell it to forget the
Into the breast that gives the rose,
Shall I with shuddering fall?
But O the truth, the truth! the many eyes
That look on it! the diverse things they see!
See ye not, Courtesy
Is the true Alchemy,
Turning to gold all it touches and tries?
I've studied men from my topsy-turvy
Close, and I reckon, rather true.
Some are fine fellows: some, right scurvy;
Most, a dash between the two.
First of earthly singers, the sun-loved rill.
Earth, the mother of all,
Moves on her stedfast way,
Gathering, flinging, sowing.
Mortals, we live in her day,
She in her children is growing.
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