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FAME, like a wayward girl, will still be coy To those who woo her with too slavish knees, But makes surrender to some thoughtless boy,
And dotes the more upon a heart at ease; She is a Gipsy,-will not speak to those Who have not learnt to be content without her;
A Jilt, whose ear was never whisper'd close,
Who thinks they scandal her who talk about her;
A very Gipsy is she, Nilus-born,
Ye Artists lovelorn! madmen that ye are !
Make your best bow to her and bid adieu, Then, if she likes it, she will follow you.
How fever'd is the man, who cannot look
Upon his mortal days with temperate blood,
Who vexes all the leaves of his life's book, And robs his fair name of its maidenhood;
It is as if the rose should pluck herself, Or the ripe plum finger its misty bloom, As if a Naiad, like a meddling elf, Should darken her pure grot with muddy gloom :
But the rose leaves herself upon the briar, For winds to kiss and grateful bees to feed.
And the ripe plum still wears its dim attire,
The undisturbed lake has crystal space; Why then should man, teasing the world for grace,
Spoil his salvation for a fierce miscreed? 1819. 1848.
LIST OF REFERENCES
Works, 8 volumes, Chapman & Hall, London, 1874-76. Works, 10 vol. umes, edited by C. G. Crump, The Macmillan Co. Poems, Dialogues in Verse, and Epigrams, 2 volumes, edited by C. G. Crump, the Macmillan Co. Letters and other unpublished Writings, edited by S. Wheeler, London, 1897. Letters, Private and Public, edited by S. Wheeler, London, 1899. Selections from Landor, edited by Sidney Colvin (Golden Treasury Series).
*FORSTER (John), W. S. Landor: A Biography, 2 volumes, 1869; also (abridged) as Vol. I. of Works, 1874. * COLVIN (Sidney), Landor (English Men of Letters Series).
REMINISCENCES AND EARLY CRITICISM
ROBINSON (H. C.), Diary, Vol. II, Chap. XII, etc. MITFORD (M. R.), Recollections of a Literary Life. BROWNING (Elizabeth Barrett), in Horne's New Spirit of the Age. EMERSON, Natural History of Intellect. DE QUINCEY, Masson's edition, Vol. XI. DUFFY (C. Gavan), Conversations with Carlyle. HUNT (Leigh), Lord Byron and his Contemporaries. BLESSINGTON (Marguerite), The Idler in Italy. MADDEN (R. R.), The Literary Life and Correspondence of the Countess of Blessington. See also the Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
*BOYNTON (H. W.), Poetry of Landor, in the Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 90, page 126, July, 1902. * COLVIN (Sidney), Preface to the volume of Selections in the Golden Treasury Series. *DOWDEN (Edward), Studies in Literature. EVANS (E. W.), A Study of Landor. HENLEY (W. E.), Views and Reviews. LEE (Vernon), Studies in Literary Psychology: The Rhetoric of Landor, in the Contemporary Review, Vol. 84, Page 856, 1903. LOWELL (J. R.), Latest Literary Essays and Addresses. OLIPHANT (Margaret), Victorian Age of English Literature. SAINTSBURY (George), Essays in English Literature, Second Series. SCUDDER (H. E.), Men and Letters: Landor as a Classic. * STEDMAN (E. C.), Victorian Poets. STEPHEN (Leslie), Hours in a Library, Vol. II. *SWINBURNE, Miscellanies. * WOODBERRY (G. E.), Studies in Letters and Life.
BROOKS (S. W.), English Poets. DE VERE (Aubrey), Essays, chiefly on Poetry, Vol. II. DEVEY (J.), Comparative Estimate of Modern English Poets. DIXON (W. M.), English Poetry. DOWDEN (Edward), French
Revolution and English Literature. NENCIONI (E.), Letteratura inglese: Colvin, Biografia di Landor. PAYNE (W. M.), Greater English Poets of the Nineteenth Century, 1907. SYMONS (A.), The Poetry of Landor; in the Atlantic, June, 1906. SYMONS (A.), The Romantic Movement in English Poetry, 1909. WHITING (L.), The Florence of Landor, 1905.
TRIBUTES IN VERSE.
** WATSON (W.), Landor's Hellenics. JAPP (A. H.), Landor, in Stedman's Victorian Anthology. ** SWINBURNE, Poems and Ballads, First Series: In Memory of Walter Savage Landor. *SWINBURNE, Studies in Song: Song for the Centenary of Walter Savage Landor.
WHEELER (S.), in Letters and Other Unpublished Writings of Landor.
THE INVASION. THE MEETING OF GEBIR
Nor shield immense nor coat of massive mail,
But that upon their towering heads they
Each a huge stone, refulgent as the stars.
'If on your bosom laying down my head I sobb'd away the sorrows of a child, If I have always, and Heav'n knows I have,
Next to a mother's held a nurse's name, Succor this one distress, recall those days,
Love me, tho' 'twere because you lov'd me then."
But whether confident in magic rites Or touched with sexual pride to stand implor'd, Dalica smiled, then spake: "Away those fears, Though stronger than the strongest of his kind,
He falls on me devolve that charge; he falls.
Rather than fly him, stoop thou to al-
Nay, journey to his tents. A city stood