A Victorian Anthology, 1837-1895: Selections Illustrating the Editor's Critical Review of British Poetry in the Reign of Victoria

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THE PASSING OF THE ELDER BARDS

FROM THE "EXTEMPORE EFFUSION UPON THE DEATH OF JAMES HOGG"

THE mighty Minstrel breathes no longer,
Mid mouldering ruins low he lies;
And death upon the braes of Yarrow
Has closed the Shepherd-poet's eyes:

Nor has the rolling year twice measured,
From sign to sign, its steadfast course,
Since every mortal power of Coleridge
Was frozen at its marvellous source;

The 'rapt One, of the godlike forehead,
The heaven-eyed creature sleeps in earth:
And Lamb, the frolic and the gentle,
Has vanished from his lonely hearth.

Like clouds that take the mountain-summits,
Or waves that own no curbing hand,
How fast has brother followed brother,
From sunshine to the sunless land!

Yet I, whose lids from infant slumber
Were earlier raised, remain to hear
A timid voice, that asks in whispers,
"Who next will drop and disappear?"

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH.

November, 1835.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Introduction ix
  • Note xvi
  • Table of Contents xvii
  • I - Early Years of the Reign 1
  • The Passing of the Elder Bards 2
  • II - The Victorian Epoch 185
  • Prelude 186
  • The Ictorian Epoch 187
  • III - Close of the Era 481
  • Impression 482
  • IV - Colonial Poets 613
  • England and Her Colonies 614
  • Biographical Notes 677
  • Indexes 711
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