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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 61 pages of information about John Marr and Other Poems.

Sweet-fern and moss in many a glade are here. 
  Where, strewn in flocks, what cheek-flushed
    myriads lie
Dimpling in dream—­unconscious slumberers
    mere,
  While billows endless round the beaches die.

PEBBLES

I
Though the Clerk of the Weather insist,
  And lay down the weather-law,
Pintado and gannet they wist
That the winds blow whither they list
  In tempest or flaw.

II
Old are the creeds, but stale the schools,
  Revamped as the mode may veer,
But Orm from the schools to the beaches
    strays
And, finding a Conch hoar with time, he
    delays
  And reverent lifts it to ear. 
That Voice, pitched in far monotone,
  Shall it swerve? shall it deviate ever? 
The Seas have inspired it, and Truth—­
  Truth, varying from sameness never.

III
In hollows of the liquid hills
  Where the long Blue Ridges run,
The flattery of no echo thrills,
  For echo the seas have none;
Nor aught that gives man back man’s strain—­
The hope of his heart, the dream in his brain.

IV
On ocean where the embattled fleets repair,
Man, suffering inflictor, sails on sufferance
    there.

V
Implacable I, the old Implacable Sea: 
  Implacable most when most I smile serene—­
Pleased, not appeased, by myriad wrecks in
    me.

VI
Curled in the comb of yon billow Andean,
  Is it the Dragon’s heaven-challenging crest? 
Elemental mad ramping of ravening waters—­
  Yet Christ on the Mount, and the dove in
    her nest!

VII
Healed of my hurt, I laud the inhuman Sea—­
Yea, bless the Angels Four that there convene;
For healed I am ever by their pitiless breath
Distilled in wholesome dew named rosmarine.

Poems From Timoleon

LINES TRACED UNDER AN IMAGE OF AMOR THREATENING

Fear me, virgin whosoever
Taking pride from love exempt,
  Fear me, slighted.  Never, never
Brave me, nor my fury tempt: 
Downy wings, but wroth they beat
Tempest even in reason’s seat.

THE NIGHT MARCH

With banners furled and clarions mute,
  An army passes in the night;
And beaming spears and helms salute
  The dark with bright.

In silence deep the legions stream,
  With open ranks, in order true;
Over boundless plains they stream and
    gleam—­
  No chief in view!

Afar, in twinkling distance lost,
  (So legends tell) he lonely wends
And back through all that shining host
  His mandate sends.

THE RAVAGED VILLA

In shards the sylvan vases lie,
  Their links of dance undone,
And brambles wither by thy brim,
  Choked fountain of the sun! 
The spider in the laurel spins,
  The weed exiles the flower: 
And, flung to kiln, Apollo’s bust
  Makes lime for Mammon’s tower.

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