The Works of Charles Lamb in Four Volumes, Volume 4 eBook

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Vex not, maidens, nor regret
Thus to part with Margaret. 
Charms like yours can never stay
Long within doors; and one day

                                              You’ll be going.


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  By Enfield lanes, and Winchmore’s verdant hill,
  Two lovely damsels cheer my lonely walk: 
  The fair Maria, as a vestal, still;
  And Emma brown, exuberant in talk. 
  With soft and Lady speech the first applies
  The mild correctives that to grace belong
  To her redundant friend, who her defies
  With jest, and mad discourse, and bursts of song. 
  O differing Pair, yet sweetly thus agreeing,
  What music from your happy discord rises,
  While your companion hearing each, and seeing,
  Nor this nor that, but both together, prizes;
  This lesson teaching, which our souls may strike,
  That harmonies may be in things unlike!

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  I was not train’d in Academic bowers,
  And to those learned streams I nothing owe
  Which copious from those twin fair founts do flow;
  Mine have been anything but studious hours. 
  Yet can I fancy, wandering ’mid thy towers,
  Myself a nursling, Granta, of thy lap;
  My brow seems tightening with the Doctor’s cap,
  And I walk gowned; feel unusual powers. 
  Strange forms of logic clothe my admiring speech,
  Old Ramus’ ghost is busy at my brain;
  And my skull teems with notions infinite. 
  Be still, ye reeds of Camus, while I teach
  Truths, which transcend the searching Schoolmen’s vein,
  And half had stagger’d that stout Stagirite.

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  Rare artist! who with half thy tools, or none,
  Canst execute with ease thy curious art,
  And press thy powerful’st meanings on the heart,
  Unaided by the eye, expression’s throne! 
  While each blind sense, intelligential grown
  Beyond its sphere, performs the effect of sight: 
  Those orbs alone, wanting their proper might,. 
  All motionless and silent seem to moan
  The unseemly negligence of nature’s hand,
  That left them so forlorn.  What praise is thine,
  O mistress of the passions; artist fine! 
  Who dost our souls against our sense command,
  Plucking the horror from a sightless face,
  Lending to blank deformity a grace.

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