women promiscuously, and about in equal proportions,—all

Yet there's the dye, in that rough mesh, The sea has only just o'er-whispered! Live whelks, each lip's beard dripping fresh, As if they still the water's lisp heard Through foam the rock-weeds thresh.

women promiscuously, and about in equal proportions,—all

Enough to furnish Solomon Such hangings for his cedar-house, That, when gold-robed he took the throne In that abyss of blue, the Spouse Might swear his presence shone

women promiscuously, and about in equal proportions,—all

Most like the centre-spike of gold Which burns deep in the blue-bell's womb What time, with ardors manifold, The bee goes singing to her groom, Drunken and overbold.

women promiscuously, and about in equal proportions,—all

Mere conchs! not fit for warp or woof! Till cunning come to pound and squeeze And clarify, -- refine to proof *2* The liquor filtered by degrees, While the world stands aloof.

And there's the extract, flasked and fine, And priced and salable at last! And Hobbs, Nobbs, Stokes, and Nokes combine To paint the future from the past, Put blue into their line. *3


Hobbs hints blue, -- straight he turtle eats: Nobbs prints blue, -- claret crowns his cup: Nokes outdares Stokes in azure feats, -- Both gorge. Who finished the murex up? What porridge had John Keats?

-- *1* named: Announced. *2* Original reading: -- "Till art comes, -- comes to pound and squeeze And clarify, -- refines to proof." *3* "Line" is perhaps meant to be used equivocally, -- their line of business or line of their verse. --

The spiritual ebb and flow exhibited in English poetry (the highest tide being reached in Tennyson and Browning) which I have endeavored cursorily to present, bear testimony to the fact that human nature WILL assert its wholeness in the civilized man. And there must come a time, in the progress of civilization, when this ebb and flow will be less marked than it has been heretofore, by reason of a better balancing, which will be brought about, of the intellectual and the spiritual. Each will have its due activity. The man of intellectual pursuits will not have a starved spiritual nature; and the man of predominant spiritual functions will not have an intellect weakened into a submissiveness to formulated, stereotyped, and, consequently, lifeless dogmas.

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