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There be more things to greet the heart and eyes
Calls for my spirit's homage, yet it yields
Is of another temper, and I roam
And torrents, swollen to rivers with their gore,
Like to a forest felled by mountain winds ;
Upon their bucklers for a winding sheet,
The Earth to them was as a rolling bark
1 Arno's dome of art.] The Pitti, the Palace Museum of Flo
2 Thrasimene.] Now the Lago di Perugia in Etruria, where Hannibal defeated the Romans under Flarninius, B.C. 217. This is one of the battles in which an earthquake is reported to have occurred with the results described below,
The Ocean round, but had no time to mark
From their down-toppling nests ; and bellowing herds Stumble o'er heaving plains, and man's dread hath no
Far other scene is Thrasimene now: Her lake a sheet of silver, and her plain Rent by no ravage save the gentle plough ; Her aged trees rise thick as once the slain Lay where their roots are ; but a brook hath ta’enA little rill of scanty stream and bedA name of blood from that day's sanguine rain; And Sanguinetto? tells ye where the dead Made the earth wet, and turned the unwilling waters red.
But thou, Clitumnus ! ? in thy sweetest wave
Surely that stream was unprofaned by slaughters-
And on thy happy shore a Temple still,
1 Sanguinetto.] The river of blood, from Latin sanguis.
2 Clitumnus.] A river of Umbria, famed for the white fleeces of the flocks that fed on its banks.
3 Daughters.] Notice the unusual prolongation of the Alexandrine line.
4 Temple.] Of the river god Clitumnus, the genius of the place.
Thy current's calmness ; oft from out it leaps
While, chance, some scattered water-lily sails
Pass not unblest the Genius of the place !
With Nature's baptism—'tis to him ye must
The roar of waters !2—from the headlong height
Their Phlegethon, curls round the rocks of jet
gulf around, in pitiless horror set,
And mounts in spray the skies, and thence again Returns in an unceasing shower, which round, With its unemptied cloud of gentle rain, Is an eternal April to the ground, Making it all one emerald :-how profound The gulf ! and how the giant element From rock to rock leaps with delirious bound, Crushing the cliffs, which, downward worn and rent With his fierce footsteps, yield in chasms a fearful vent
Orisons.] Morning prayer. Compare for French suffix malison, benison, and Sir Walter Scott's warison.
2 Roar of waters.] The falls of Terni on the Velino.
3 Phlegethon.] The river of fire, a river of Hell ; from Greek root φλέγ-ω.
As if to sweep down all things in its track,
Horribly beautiful! but on the verge,
Resembling, 'mid the torture of the scene,
Once more upon the woody Apennine,
Glaciers of bleak Mont Blanc 3 both far and near,
Th’ Acroceraunian mountains of old name ;
1 Iris.] The rainbow ; the refraction by the falling waters.
2 Jungfrau.] Between Berne and Valais, 13,600 ft. (See • Manfred' of Byron.)
3 Mont Blanc.] In Savoy, height 15,744 ft. 4 Chim See above. • Acroceraunian.] North of Epirus : 'the heights of thuyder.'
Like spirits of the spot, as 'twere for fame,
All, save the lone Soracte's height, displayed
For our remembrance, and from out the plain
The drilled dull lesson, forced down word by word
If free to choose, I cannot now restore
LXXVII Then farewell, Horace ;8 whom I hated so, Not for thy faults, but mine ; it is a curse 1 Ida.] In the Troad. 2 Athos.] See above. 3 Olympus.] North of Thessaly, 'the abode of the gods.' 4 Ætna.] In Sicily. 5 Atlas.] South of Morocco, but by some supposed to be Teneriffe.
6 Soracte.] In Etruria, 24 miles from Rome. Alluded to by Horace, 'the Tyric Roman, as covered with snow (i. 9): “Vides ut alta stet nive candidum, Soracte.'
Drilled dull lesson.] His experiences at Harrow.
Horace.] Moralist,' in his . Epistles ;' as Bard,' prescribes his art' in the Ars Poetica;' .Satirist'alludes to his • Satires. “The great little poet Horace'-'D. J.' xiv. 77.