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every country under the sun, and the single feeling of love and admiration that she has breathed alike into all, consecrate her mere presence as a place for revery and speculation.”
6. In speaking of the Apollo, the same writer thus expresses his admiration :
“No cast gives you any idea worth having of the Apollo Belvidere. It is a godlike model of a
The lightness and the elegance of the limbs ; the free, fiery, confident energy of the attitude; the breathing, indignant nostril and lips; the whole statue's mingled and equal grace and power, are, with all its truth to nature, beyond any conception I had formed of manly beauty.
7. “It spoils one's eye, for common men, to look at it. It stands there like a descended angel, with a splendor of form and an air of power that makes one feel what he should have been, and mortifies him for what he is. Most women whom I have met in Europe adore the Apollo as far the finest statue in the world, and most men say as much of the Medicean Venus.
8. “But, to my eye, the Venus, lovely as she is, compares with the Apollo as a mortal with an angel of light. The latter is incomparably the finest statue. If it were only for its face, it would transcend the other infinitely. The beauty of the Venus is only in the limbs and body. It is a faultless, and, withal, modest representation of the beauty of a woman. The Apollo is all this, and has a soul.
9. “I have seen women that approached the Venus in form, and had finer faces; I never saw a man that was a shadow of the Apollo in either. It stands, as it should, in a room by itself, and is thronged at all hours by admirers. They never tire of gazing at it; and I should believe, from the openmouthed wonder of those whom I met at its pedestal, that the story of the girl who pined and died for love of it was neither improbable nor singular.”
(Severe, but in true filial freedom placed),
2. His fair large front and eye sublime declared
3. So hand in hand they passed, the loveliest pair That ever since in love's embraces met; Adam, the goodliest man of men since born His sons; the fairest of her daughters, Eve. Under a tuft of shade, that on a green Stood whispering soft, by a fresh fountain side, They sat them down: and, after no more toil Of their sweet gardening labor than sufficed To recommend cool Zephyr,* and make ease More easy, wholesome thirst and appetite More grateful, to their supper fruits they fell, Nectarine fruits which the compliant boughs Yielded them, sidelong as they sat recline On the soft downy bank, damasked with flowers :
4. The savory pulp they chew, and in the rind Still as they thirsted scoop the brimming stream; Nor gentle purpose nor endearing smiles Wanted, nor youthful dalliance, as beseems Fair couple, linked in happy nuptial league, Alone as they
5. About them frisking played All beasts of the earth, since wild, and of all chase, In wood or wilderness, forest or den:
* Zephyr is properly the west wind, but it is used poetically for any mild, soft, gentle breeze.
Sporting the lion ramped, and in his paw
The same subject, concluded.
2. When Adam thus to Eve: “Fair consort! the hour Of night, and all things now retired to rest, Mind us of like-1
- repose ; since God hath set Labor and rest, as day and night, to men
* The ounce is an animal like the leopard, but smaller, being about three feet and a half long, and generally of a cream color. It is not so fierce as the leopard.
+ The pard is a spotted animal. The leopard — that is, leo-pard – is he spotted lion, frequently called in poetry simply the pard. * Flexible. s The part called the trunk of the elephant. || Hesperus, the west or western star, that is, Venus.
Sucessive; and the timely dew of sleep,
3. « Other creatures all day long
4. “ Tomorrow, ere fresh morning streak the east
5. To whom thus Eve, with perfect beauty adorned • “My author, and disposer! What thou bid'st Unargued I obey; so God ordains : God is thy law, thou mine ; to know no more Is woman's happiest knowledge and her praise. With thee conversing I forget all time; All seasons and their change, all please alike.
6. “Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet, With charm of earliest birds: pleasant the sun, When first on this delightful land he spreads His orient beams, on herb, tree, fruit and flower, Glist'ring with dew; fragrant the fertile earth After soft showers; and sweet the coming on Of grateful evening mild; then silent night, With this her solemn bird, and this fair moon, And these the gems of heaven, her starry train.
7. “But neither breath of morn, when she ascends With charm of ear birds ; nor rising sun On this delightful land ; nor herb, fruit, flower, Glist'ring with dew; nor fragrance after showers; Nor grateful evening mild ; nor silent night, With this her solemn bird; nor walk by moon, Or glittering starlight, without thee is sweet.
But wherefore all night long shine these ? For whom
8. To whom our general ancestor replied :
9. "These, then, though unbeheld in deep of night,
10. “How often, from the steep
11. Thus talking, hand in hand alone they passed