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Barbedienne Foundeur', stamped 'F 23' underneath F. Barbedienne Foundry, Paris. Signed 'A. Carrier Belleuse' Edition 7 Conceived in and cast before Mosan, mid 13th century. Limoges, circa — Turin, England, first half 18th century. Milan, circa Gustav Rau collection; Private collection, Europe. Brussels, Provenance Petri Joannis le Mire d.
A pair of globes, terrestrial and celestial In original furniture with an engraved horizon ring adumbrating scales, calendar, almanacs etc. Diameter 68 cm 26 in. Amsterdam, circa — Signed lower right Circa — China, circa — Provenance Private collection, ; Collection J. Driessen Antiques, —; Collection noble family, Flanders. Walking stick Nephrite, gold and malacca wood Length Petersburg, circa — A pair of miniature terrestrial and celestial globes Paper, brass and ivory Height Diameter 9.
Lane ' London, Naples, late 18th century. Sunflower-shaped brooch Gold Diameter 3. Signed 'Castellani', conjoined CC mark on the reverse Rome, second half 19th century. Ideal landscape with the wedding of Isaac and Rebecca Micro-mosaic within a gilded frame 5. Rome, circa — Bust of Berenice Porcelain bisquit Naples, circa — Edition 3 Signed 'R. Indian Runner Duck Bronze with base in Portor marble Signed 'CH. Valsuani' Edition 5—6. Paris, model created in , this one cast between and Provenance Private collection, France.
Provenance G. Stove kettle Silver Weight 3, gr. Marked 'F. Prieto' River Plate, late 18th century. Farinheira Gold Height 8. Diameter Weight gr. Weight Spain, circa The Netherlands, circa — A coffee urn Silver decorated with 'cut-card' technique France, Mirepoix, — Provenance Private collection, France.
Northeastern France, probably Reims, circa — Paris, circa Walpole on his visit to Cambridge. Rotterdam, Metz, circa — Paris, Pair of large octagonal Famille rose vases Porcelain decorated with Chinese figures, flowers and insects. China, Yongzheng period, circa St Petersburg, — Rome, 17th century. Fishing height Signed Hunting 'Pietro Tenerani F. Hu Bronze inlaid in silver and gold Height 41 cm 16 in. China, Qing Dynasty, circa 17th century or earlier.
Paris, after — Victorian bracelet Width 1. Marchak Box Rose quartz, mother-of-pearl, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis lazuli and chalcedony 7. Dish White marble with scalloped rim Diameter China, Yuan dynasty, — Bi disc with 'grain'pattern Jade Diameter China, Han dynasty, 2nd century BC. Marks for Wolfers Brussels, circa — Marks for Puiforcat Paris, circa Signed and dated to right of base 'J.
Inscribed on the side of the base '…copia de M. Signed 'Dirck van Ryeswyck, fct' Amsterdam, circa Osius Harleshausen; Private collection Westphalia since Young Lady at the clavichord, Cecilia Oil on panel Flanders, circa — Fully hallmarked and maker's mark 'WF' London, Dresden, circa Court nautilus cup Etched nautilus shell, fire-gilt silver Height 32 cm Sweden, silver mount, circa Provenance Knutstorp Castle, collection family of the counts Wachtmeister, —, last owner Countess Ebba Wachtmeister. South German, probably Murnau, circa A monogram with a ducal crown is set in the centre of each lid Louis XIV period, first quarter 18th century.
Stamped 'J. Pafrat' Louis XVI period, last quarter 18th century. Weight 1. Signed 'L. Signed 'N. Nicolaus Schmidt' Circa Ceremonial scepter representing a sovereign Brown flint Mexico, Maya, circa — AD. Standing dignitary Green speckled serpentinite with inlays of pyrite Mexico, Teotihuacan, circa — AD. Ceylon present-day Sri Lanka , early 17th century. Safavid blue and white bowl Underglaze painted pottery Diameter Iran, 17th century. Signed 'Hochu', with seal of the artist Kyoto, 18th—19th century.
Signed 'Masatami to' Nagoya, 19th century. With the coat of arms and initials of Christine de Lechy Flanders, attributed to Bruges, 2nd quarter 16th century, before Four drinking cups in nef-form Silver-gilt Heights 31, 34, 35 and 45 cm Augsburg and Nuremberg, — Tirujnana Sambandar Bronze, cast in the lost wax method Height India, Tamil Nadu, Pandya, 13th century. Provenance Collection Mr. Gazan, Dilbeek, —; Collection Prof. Adams, Ghent, — Buddha Sakyamuni Bronze, cast in lost wax method Height Thailand, Dvaravati, 8th century. Shawcross, London, — Signed 'C. Signed lower left 'Boilly' Paris, circa Provenance Anna Gould and Boniface de Castellane collection, acquired around —; Louis Guiraud collection, Ader auction, Paris Galliera palace , December 10, , lot ; Beistegui collection.
Necklace and pair of earrings Gold, rubies and diamonds Length Signed 'Cartier' Augsburg, A pair of inlaid commodes With gilt bronze mounted Carrara marble top. Fir and walnut veneered structure inlaid in rosewood, burr walnut, maple, green dyed maple, boxwood and other woods. Southern Netherlands, Malines, first half 17th century. With artist's stamp lower right 'Rodin' Circa Mark in ink red '' inv. Diameter saucer Dish Partially gilt silver, enamel Diameter 38 cm Town mark on the back Valladolid, late 16th century. Virgin and Child Carved, polychromed and gilt wood Stamped with the Malines three-bar mark, gilder's mark on the cloak Malines, circa Signed on the white enamel chapter ring and also on a cartouche within the dial centre 'Robin au Louvre' Paris, circa Signed 'Baudet, Paris' Paris, circa Signed 'Alexandre Richard Blazdell' London, A pair of tea pots in shape of Japanese Bantam cocks Heights Marked with underglaze blue crossed swords mark Meissen, circa — Marked with underglaze blue 'AR' mark Meissen, circa Freiberg, Saxony, circa Diameter 22 cm 8.
Diameter 20 and 21 cm 7. Nuremberg, circa Twelve months of flowers Folio with hand-coloured engraved list of subscribers within a floral border serving as title-page, 12 hand-coloured plates designed by Pieter Casteels Japan, late 17th—early 18th century. Seal lower right Japan, Art Moderne Bracelet Silver and black lacquer 6. Signed 'J. Signed 'M. The time is indicated by the lapis lazuli and diamond set pointer at the top of the rotating dial. Saint—Claude — Paris Convertible cuff bracelet and brooch Platinum, white gold, ruby, diamond and rock crystal Paris, circa Braided gold rope necklace 18 carat yellow gold, platinum, citrine and diamond Signed 'Cartier Paris' Paris, circa Signed and dated 'A.
Art Deco transformable necklace Burmese ruby and diamond, can be worn in two lengths Signed 'Mauboussin Paris' Paris, Art Deco bracelet Jade, ruby, enamel and diamond Certificate of authenticity from Mauboussin Paris, Avery, Grace Johnson, and Ritman.
Provenance Made for a member of the Corlieu-Lusignan family, it has previously been unknown to scholarship. Russia, Palekh, late 18th century. China, Kangxi period — , circa The Netherlands, first half 17th century. A thumb glass with cover, a Rummer and two Beakers so called 'Krautstrunks' Glass Thumb glass height 30 cm Rummer height Krautstrunks heights 8 cm and Netherlands and Germany, Thumb glass and Rummer, 2nd half 17th century Krautstrunks, 15th century. Head of Eros White marble Height Japan, Numbered and signed 'Cartier, Paris' France, circa Signed 'Faberge' in full, with the initials of the chief workmaster Michael Perchin, bearing the '56' Russian gold zolotnik standard St.
China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period — , circa Dish depicting portrait of Jan van Leiden Porcelain decorated in grisaille and gold Diameter 32 cm China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period — Signed 'Wildt' Circa Signed Japan, Safani Gallery Inc. A torso of Aphrodite Knidian Type Marble frontal representation of the nude goddess with emphatically feminine, finely modelled body contours Height A Patera Handle in the shape of a Kouros Bronze standing youth with powerful musculature, holding two serpents aloft Height 21 cm 8.
Greece, Lakonian, circa BC. Provenance Collection of Wright S. Ludington — , Montecito, California, acquired on June 3rd from the Fallani gallery in Rome, Italy; Santa Barbara museum of Art, gifted from the above in inv. Funerary mask of a bearded man Painted plaster, glass for the eyes Height Egypt, Roman Period, 2nd—3rd century AD. Provenance Collection Me. A mummy mask from an anthropoid coffin Wood, bronze and marble Height 30 cm Egypt, New Kingdom, early 19th dynasty — BC. Representations show these pharaohs wearing a ram's-head amulet tied around the neck on a thick cord, the ends of which fall forward over the shoulders 3.
Provenance Originally located in the sarcophagus chamber of the tomb of Sethi I; Private collection, UK, acquired on the London art market in the s and then by succession to the current owner; Imported to Europe before P, archived as 'Found in the. Provenance Dr Hans Wendland, Lugano, Switzerland; acquired prior to ; Private collection, Germany; acquired from the above, thence by descent.
Head of the lioness goddess Sekhmet Granite Height 33 cm 13 in. Statuette of harpocrates Bronze, eyes inlaid with electrum Height Text on the base 'May Harpocrates who resides in Mendes? Provenance Collection C. Athens, circa — BC. An ovoid jar with lug handles Andesite porphyry Height Head of a woman Alabaster Height Provenance J. Frickel's collection, Cologne, acquired in from Francesca Artuner, Brussels. Mughal India, circa — Strap necklace with beechnut pendants Gold Length Greece, circa 4th century BC.
Copan style pendant in the form of a standing Maya lord Royal apple green jade with traces of cinnabar Height 10 cm 4 in. Statuette representing a black Pharaoh in a kneeling position Bronze Height 8 cm 3. Sarcophagus mask Wood, traces of stucco with yellow and blue polychromy Height Egypt, Third intermediate Period, — BC. Provenance Private collection UK, acquired in London in the s, thence by descent on the UK art market, thereafter on the art market in Paris.
Portrait mask of youth, pink painted chubby face, eyes inlaid with black and white glass, eyebrows and hair in black paint; drapery of mantle at back of head Polychrome stucco Height Figure of a girl, seated on bed or chest with two cushions next to her, on top of each other, holding cista in her left hand resting on her lap, her hair drawn into top-knot Terracotta Height 9. Provenance Private collection F. South Sea pearl Signed 'Wallace Chan' Hong Kong, Right 7. Signed 'G' London, Sagano Ring with a cornflower blue star sapphire set in a bezel built from yellow gold bamboo stems.
The ring hoop is a thick pillar-like stem with bamboo leaves as capitals. One of a kind. White gold, yellow gold, sapphire Joyaux de Madagascar set White gold, two cushion-cut sapphires for Songye Kifwebe mask Wood with pigments Height 44 cm Bakongo statue Wood, metal, pigments and vegetal fibres Height 53 cm Democratic Republic of the Congo, late 19th century. Democratic Republic of the Congo, 19th century. Hemba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 19th century. Head Hunters Drum Wood, cane, human hair, lizard skin, and vegetable resin. This depiction of headless victims is so far unique in the corpus of Asmat Art Height cm Ancestral headless torso The body is decorated with long vertical tattoo lines descending from the shoulders over the chest and dorsal area Mineralized walrus tusk Odobenus rosmarus divergens.
Height Fang, Ngumba female, reliquary statue Wood Height Equatorial Guinea, Rio Muni Region. Provenance Brother D. A pair of Viennese girandoles Silver, chased and hammered, unique Height Desk and armchair Desk, wrought iron, leather, oak, brass Armchair, wrought iron, leather Height desk Height armchair Desk, France, circa Armchair, France, circa Copenhagen, 's. Penetrabile Pair of large silver and silver-gilt earrings with thin kinetic rods Silver, silver-gilt Milan, La mite et la flamme Gold candlestick Height 61 cm 24 in.
Signed ' Dali, Wander et fils' Paris, Signed on the bottom Brasil, circa Vase Pomme Apple Vase Black silver enamelled ceramic Signed 'Jouve' and monogrammed 'Alpha' Sculpture Black silver enamelled ceramic, metal and nylon strings Height Toki, Japan, Unmarked Sint Andries, near Bruges, Le costellazioni, a covered urn Blown glass Sweden, Sleeping Faune Plaster with dark brown patina Horror Vacui Jingdezhen middle white porcelain, layered glazes, and copper cable India, Chandigarh, circa Hymy Round coffee table black and white, marquetry marble top, wooden feet Height 40 cm Diameter cm Denmark, Chair and table 'aux branchettes' Golden bronze Chair 80 x 35 x 37 cm Table 74 x 70 x 45 cm Pair of vases Nickeled bell metal, porphyrite bases in the shape of stars Height 29 cm Signed 'EBoiceau' on one vase France, Engraved 'EBoiceau' on one foot France, Inscribed on verso 'Greuze' On verso a study of a foot in red chalk Circa Provenance Artist's collection; his sale, 11—25 April , lot ; Private collection, France.
Signed lower centre-right 'AB' Inscribed in Russian lower right 'Study for a rhythmical relation of forms' and signed and dated upper right 'AB ' Signed and inscribed 'F. Paris, — The Frauenkirche Black chalk and pencil Signed, inscribed and dated lower right Dresden, Trompe l'oeil with silver medal celebrating the fourth term as mayor of Amsterdam for Dr.
Nicolaes Tulp Pen and grey ink, grey wash, yellow wash, black ink framing lines Signed lower right. Italy, circa Stamped lower left with the artist's monogram. Signed 'MA Rooker'. Signed and dated verso, Signed and dated lower right Signed lower right 'max ernst' Paris, circa — Signed lower left Paris, circa The Staircase at 54, rue de Seine, Paris Pastel and gouache on board Signed in red chalk lower right centre 'Szafran'. Stamped with the initials lower right Circa — Red quarter morocco, spines decorated with greeks and antique vases.
Contemporary binding Signed 'Tessier'. First edition of the 'Natural history of birds' Complete with the 1 etchings contemporary illuminated, preserved in its elegant contemporary binding. Signed 'Zen Hokusai', red seal 'Manji' Tenpo — Signed 'Utamaro hitsu' Kansei — View of the Town of Huy Pen and brown ink, framing line in pen and brown ink Signed 'Henrick Ghys: F. Signed lower right 'Nolde' Circa — Optic-Topic Gold plated sterling silver with original soft leather straps Inscribed with the signature and dated on the reverse Signed in pencil Signed on the reverse Provenance Galerie Beyeler, Basel, no.
Signed and dated on the reverse by Rotraut Klein-Moquay. Signed and dated lower right, initialed, dated and titled on the reverse Signed lower left, titled, dated and inscribed on the stretcher 'Collection de l'Artiste' — Provenance Mrs. Signed lower left 'Marc Chagall' Signed and dated upper right verso 'Uecker ' Signed and numbered on the terrasse 'G. Signed and dated lower right 'max ernst, 25' Signed, dated and titled verso Signed and dated lower right 'J. Dubuffet mars '. Signed and dated lower left 'Hartung 51' Signed Signed, titled and dated Dionysis Patinated bronze Mensola Steel, plaster, paint, glass, tape and cloth Signed lower left Homme au chapeau Oil on canvas Signed and dated lower right corner Part 1 is signed and dated on the reverse 'Walter Leblanc —'.
Signed lower center Circa Femme accouchement type Collage, pastel, felt pen, biro and pencil on paper Signed on the left leg From Line No. Signed and titled on the reverse Signed and dated lower right 'Sisley '72' Vuillard' Circa — Pencil and gouache on parchment paper Signed, with foundry stamp 'Fundicio Parellada, Barcelona' Edition 3 of 6 Signed lower right Signed lower right 'F. Stamped with signature lower right 'E Vuillard' Circa Signed and dated lower left Unique Signed upper left 'Picasso' Dated on the reverse ' Juliette Vary Gouache on paper Signed lower right 'L.
Anquetin' Circa Signed with the initials 'O. May purchased in ; Thence by descent. Titled along the upper edge Signed upper centre 'Morandi' Bologna, Signed and dated lower right 'P. Delvaux 2—57' Belgium, Provenance Galerie Krugier, Geneva; Mr. Signed on the back Adam , Bishop of St. These and other Differences between the Dean and Canons and Alms Knights, grew up to that height, that they became irreconcileable, insomuch as in the Act of Parliament, 22 Edw. And this under the Cover, That the King has greatly augmented the Number of the Ministers of the Chapel, that the Revenue was insufficient to maintain both them and the Alms-Knights; but in the Dean and Canons Answer to the Knights Petition to repeal this Act, the Cause is alledged, For that some of these Knights used their utmost Endeavours before this Act, to incorporate themselves, and to be exempt from the Obedience and Rule of the Dean and Canons.
And it is very evident from King Hen. It may be collected by his last Will, there was an Intention to draw the Garter about the Escutcheon of St. George , which Projection came to nothing, and expired. It is evident King Hen. Thirteen; for which purpose he appointed by his Will l. In Performance of which Will, King Edw. This Work began not till the 3d and 4th of Philip and Mary , and was finished the 5th and 6th of their Reign, the Charge amounting to l. That there be Thirteen Poor Knights, all Gentlemen, one whereof to be Governour, that have spent their Time in the Wars, or other Service of the Realm, having little or nothing to live upon, to be elected by the Sovereign and Successors.
The Governour and Knights must be unmarried, yet that the Crown may dispence withal; and upon their marrying are to lose their Place. None deformed, and convicted of Heresie, Felony, or any notable Crime, is to be admitted of the Thirteen, and after admittance, so convicted, to be expelled. An Escutcheon of St. George embroidered without the Garter , to be upon the Left Shoulder of the Mantle. That they keep their Lodgings appointed, and Table in a common Hall appointed, and to have their Provisions by a common Purse, except for a reasonable Cause any be licensed to the contrary by the Dean, and that License not to endure above Twenty Days in a Year, excepting only for Sickness.
Twelve of them to be obedient to him appointed to be Governour, and all Thirteen to the Dean and Chapter, in the Observation of these Statutes. John Baptist , Michaelmas , and Christmas. Any of the Twelve Knights disobeying the Governour, in any of these Statutes, to incur the Forfeiture the Dean and Chapter shall put on him, the Governour to report the Offence, which if more heinous, the Dean and Chapter are to give a Warning, and register the same, and after a second Warning Expulsion is to follow; the like Punishment to the Governour, disobeying the Dean and Chapter in the Observation of these Statutes.
At the keeping of the Feast of St. George , they are to stand likewise in their Apparel before their Doors, at the coming and going out of the Lieutenant, and of other the Knights-Companions. At every Feast of St. They are daily in their Prayers to pray for the Sovereign and the Knights-Companions. They are always to lie in their Lodging, and upon lying out of them and the College, without License from the Dean, to forfeit 12 d. If Lands or Revenues of 20 l.
They are every Day excepting Cause of Sickness to be present at Divine Service in the College, as aforesaid, and receive a daily Distribution of 12 d. The Governour is to keep a Book, and register, the Absenters, and other Defaulters of the Statutes, whereof he shall deliver one to the Dean, and another to the Steward, or him that payeth the poor Knights, who by Order of the Dean is to make proper Defalcations at the Time of paying them.
The Dean once a Year is to appoint a Day and Hour, at which the poor Knights are to be warned to be present, to hear these Statutes read, and any Knight absenting after that Warning, and without License, is to forfeit 6 s. The 25th Article is a Dispensation for those poor Knights chosen before these Statutes, who were not certainly known Gentlemen, yet Men well reported for Honesty, and meet to be relieved; but with an Intent that none hereafter be admitted, unless a Gentleman born, agreeable to the first Order.
The annual Allowance of each, upon this new Establishment, is 18 l. King James I. To these Thirteen Alms-Knights, temp. Sir Richard Crane afterward dying, by his Will, dated Sept. But for a final End of this Suit, it was decreed, Jan. Anno 12 Car. The other Ministers of the College and Chapel of St.
The Chantor, Steward and Treasurer. Before the Reformation he appointed who should begin the Antiphones, celebrate Masses, and read the Lessons, Epistles and Gospels. He receives the Offerings there made, and Accounts for them; for all which Services an annual Pension of 5 l. His Pension is also 5 l. His yearly Pension is 20 Nobles. But the Council in Spiritualibus is usually a Graduate in the Law. His Pension is 3 l. Of the Virgers Institution the Statutes of the College make mention, that in Procession and other Solemnities, they were to go before the Dean and Canons, bearing their Rods, for which Service they were to have annually a Robe, and 6 d.
And besides these, there are Two Sextons, Two Bell-ringers, a Clock-keeper, and a Porter who attends the shutting and opening of the Gates. For the Endowment of the College we shall only treat upon those Lands given to the Maintenance of this Foundation by the Founder himself, or by his Successors, or by Sovereigns of The Order of the Garter , such as have been Knights-Companions.
Another such License, 28th of January , 24 Edw. Oxon , which he held of the King in Capite. Rent, in Wyrardesbury in Com. Anno 25 Edw. Bucks , of Riston in Com. Norfolk , and of Whaddon and Caxton in Com. Stephens of Saltash. The same Year, October In the 26 Edw. Bucks , the Mannor of Craswell in Bray in Com. Upon several Restrictions, he granted them 51 l. And by reason the Revenues did not amount to l. Lastly, 39 Edw. In succeeding Times other considerable Donations were made by the Sovereigns and Knights Companions omitting others.
Some of which, as they fall in our way, we shall speak of. Anthony , London , a Preceptory to St. Dorset ; the Lordships of Preston and Monkesilver in Com. Bucks , and the Mannors of Haseley and Pyrton in Com. Hereupon, Anno 20 Edw. John , in Com. Hertford , held of the King in Capite , without any Restriction whatsoever, for which the Duke and Dutchess were to be had in the perpetual Orisons of the Dean and Canons.
All the before-mentioned Endowments are called the Lands of the old Dotation, to distinguish them from those confirmed on the College by King Edw. But several of them given by King Edw. Atherston , Quarle , Uphaven , St. Burien , Fulburne Pension, Brimfield , St. Elen , Charleton , Blakenham , Ponyngton , Wedon , Old Swynford , and Gannow , and of some others they were seized but a short time, viz.
Chesingbury , the Lands in Newford , Blandford , and Portsmouth. Wilts , and all the annual Pension of 8 l. Maurice and Brixton , in Com. Devon , the Rectory of Isleworth and Farickenham in Com. Middlesex , and Shiplake in Com. Oxon , the Reversion of the Rectory of Aberguille , and of the Chapels of Llanlawet [ Llanbadock ] and Llanpenysaunt , with the Rent of 30 reserved thereon, the Reversions of the Rectory of Talgarth , with the reserved Rent of 11 l. Brecknock , and 6 l. Rent, and that of St. Germains in Cornwall , with 61 l. And we find that, shortly after, the Rents of St. This Sum, together with the Rents of the rest of the New Lands, being upon the said Improvement accounted to be l.
Thus stood the Lands accounted for till the Settlement made by Queen Elizabeth , who in the First Year of her Reign appointed the Dean and Canons to convert the Rents of these New Lands to such Uses and Intents as she had set down in a Book signed with her Sign manual, and annexed to an Indenture made between her and the Dean and Canons; by which Indenture they were obliged to apply the Rents and Profits of these Lands, as was prescribed in the Book, and to observe the Ordinances therein, and upon Default, to abide such Orders as the Crown, or any Knight-Companion, deputed by the Sovereign, shall set forth.
And to the End the Queen might know how the Revenue was disposed of, she gave charge that her Lieutenant and the Knights-Companions should annually at the Feast of the Order held at Windsor state the Accompt, and see how the Income was expended, and that her Lieutenant should yearly be put in mind of it by one of the Officers of the Order. This Ordinance was renewed, 21 Jac.
In Consideration of this Exemption, the Custos was to pay annually, on St. Governor of the said Chapel, as well in Spirituals as Temporals, and, under the King, immediate Custos. And, A. Moreover other Bishops, and the Chancellor of England , were to renew, alter, or new make such Statutes as might accrue to the Advantage of the College.
If the Archbishop of Canterbury be present in the Chapel, he sits below the Dean, nor can he consecrate there, without his License. And this is very remarkable, that at the ratifying the Peace between King Charles I. The Dean and Chapter are to weigh well and debate at their yearly Chapters all things fit to be dispatched in reference to the College Affairs, and whatsoever Determination they come to, not repugnant to their Statutes, all Persons are firmly obliged to observe.
The Deans have no Institution from any Bishop, but his Institution, Investiture, and Installation into the Custos-ship, Canonship, and Prebendship, is conferred from such of the Canons Resident, to whom the King who collates doth recommend him. Other Marks of Exemption appear in the constant proving of Wills before him, or in his Absence before his Lieutenant.
In using the Power of Excommunication within their Jurisdiction the Precincts of the College granting a Dispensation for eating Flesh in Lent , a farther Mark of their Privilege appears, that the Ordination for the Chantry Priests were confirmed by the Dean and Chapter, and not the Bishop of the Diocess, as were the Statutes of the new Commons. They send no Delegates to the Synod, and when the Point was debated, In short, when by the Act of Uniformity , 14 Car.
Whensoever the Clergy should give a Tenth, or other Imposition, out of their Spiritualties, or the Commons give a Tenth, Fifteenth, or other, out of their Temporalties, Subsidy, or the King tax his own Demean, or the Pope impose any Money to be raised upon the Clergy, to give it the King, this College and their Possessions were to stand freed thereof.
They were discharged from any Contributions of arraying Soldiers, and from sending them to guard the Sea-Coasts, and from every Fine and Composition of the like Nature. They were to be free from paying any Pension, Corrody, or other Sustentation to be granted to the Crown.
Peter and St. Peter ad Vincula , and Two Days following. That they should, in all their Lands have Socage and Sackage, Infangthef, Utfangthef, and View of Frankpledge, with Thewe, Pillory, and Tumbrel for punishing Malefactors, and Power to erect Gallows upon their own Soil for executing those apprehended in their Jurisdiction.
And lastly, They were to have and hold Wards, Reliefs, Escheats, Forfeitures, and other Profits, Issues, and Emoluments whatsoever, within their own Fees, from all their Tenants, which might appertain to the Crown, as if the Tenants did hold of the Crown or others in Capite. King of England and France ; yet as to the Occasion, there are several Opinions which we shall rectifie. The vulgar and more general is, that the Garter of Joan , Countess of Salisbury , dropping casually off as she danced in a solemn Ball, King Edward stooping took it up from the Ground, whereupon some of his Nobles smiling, as at an amorous Action, and he observing their sportive Humour, turned it off with a Reply in French , Honi soit qui mal y pense ; but withal added, in disdain of their Laughter, That shortly they should see that Garter advanced to so high an Honour and Renown as to account themselves happy to wear it.
This Castle it seems was Wark upon Tweed in Northumberland , which King Edward had formerly bestowed on her Husband, for his good Service past, when he first espoused her, being then but a Knight. But that the whole may appear, what indeed it is, a meer Fable, we shall insert the Judgment of Dr. Heylin , who took great Pains in this Particular. This , says he, I take to be a vain and idle Romance, derogatory both to the Founder and the Order first published by Pol. Virgil, a Stranger to the Affairs of England, and by him taken upon no better ground than Fama Vulgi, the Tradition of the common People, too trifling a Foundation to so great a Building.
There is a third Opinion grounded on a Relation made of King Rich. All the Advantage that can be made of it, is, to heighten the Reputation of that Saint among the English , by which Means the Garter came to be dedicated to him, and not that it contributed to its Institution. By the Symbols of this Garter the Knights are reminded, with all Religiousness, Sincerity, Friendliness, Faithfulness and Dexterity, not to leave the Pursuit of whatsoever they take in hand, nor to enterprize any Thing contrary to the Statutes of the Order; neither to frustrate the Rights of Peace and Friendship, nor vilify the Law of Arms, or proceed in any Thing farther than Faith and Compact, or the Bond of Friendship will admit.
Moreover, in the binding of the Leg with this enobled Ensign, there was given this Caveat and Exhortation, that the Knights should not pusillanimously by running away from Battle betray the Valour and Renown which is ingrafted in Constancy and Magnanimity. And whereas King Edw. The Time when the Order was instituted, Historians differ widely about; Selden , Cowper , and others, from Froissart who wrote temp. Not that an Order was actually erected at that Time: Besides, the Jollity of the Season, the Greatness of the Concourse, and the Splendidness of the Festivity, it was too busy a Time to suffer much Consultation tending thereunto; or at least to mould and model a Design so compleat and substantial, as it appears to have been even at first.
Nevertheless, Mr. Selden elsewhere observes, it had its Original in the 24th Year of the said King. George ; and among the rest, the Royal Robes, viz. Had the Roll been divided into Years, or had distinguishing Marks of Time upon it, we might have been guided with more Certainty as to the true Year of the Institution. However, we may thence conclude it was not founded in the 18th of Edw.
The first and chiefest which he elected, was the Holy Trinity , which in a more especial Manner was invocated to the Aid and Assistance of this Order. Thirdly , St. Stephen at Westminster , and St. Lastly , The Founder added a fourth Patron, whose Name himself bore, viz. Edward the Confessor , his Predecessor, King of England ; and we find he was wont to be invocated by this Founder, as well as St.
George , in any great Difficulties and Streights. Walsingham gives an Instance at the Skirmish of Calais , A. Edward, Ha St.
George; which his Soldiers hearing, ran presently to him, and rushing violently upon the Enemy, put many of them to the Sword. Secondly , The Statutes of the Foundation were so exquisitely and judiciously devised and compacted, upon such solid Foundations of Honour and Nobleness, that they afterwards became a Precedent to other Orders; and gave the Plan to those Two of The Golden Fleece and of Monsieur St. Michael , as is manifest by comparing their Statutes. Insomuch that some of them with Impatience courted the Election. For we find recorded in the Register, A. Order and Regularity is not only the Beauty and Symmetry of Government and Societies, but also greatly contributes to their Establishment and Perpetuity.
Statutes and Rules are as well the Bounds to determine, as Bonds to unite Fellowship and Societies together; and if either fall into disuse, or be unadvisedly broken, they open a Field to Dissolution and Ruin. Two more ancient Exemplars of this Body of Statutes are also in being; the one in the Library of the Lord Hatton , and the other in the Black Book of the Order; and comparing them together, I shall here give from the Latin the Heads they consist of.
None are to be admitted, unless he be a Gentleman of Blood, and that he be a Knight and without Reproach. George or Chapter-House, to hold a Chapter, or do any thing relating to their Order. In like manner they are to wear the Habit upon the Vigils of St. There were to be Thirteen Canons Secular, who at the Time of their Institution, or within a Year, were to be Priests, and as many Vicars already Priests, or to be made so at the next Ordination, answerable to the number of the Knights-Companions; these religious Persons to be presented by the several Founders each one, and upon the Death or Vacancy of such presented, the Sovereign of the Order ever afterwards to have the Nomination of them, who were bound to pray for the good Estate of the Sovereign and his Kingdom, and particularly for this Order.
George in a Roundle upon their right Shoulder. There were to be Twenty Six poor veterane Knights, each to have a competent Subsistence, their Election to be after the manner of the Canons aforesaid. George ; but without any Circle of the Garter about it. If the Sovereign could not be present at the solemn Festival of St. Every Year, upon the Vigils of St. George happens to fall within the Quindene or Fifteen Days after the Feast of Easter , then it was to be prorogued to the Sunday next following, accounting Fifteen Days from Easter Day, that every Knight-Companion might have reasonable time to come, nor be forced to ride upon any of the Three Easter Holy-days.
That they meet in St. George , at the Hour of Three in the Afternoon; and if they come not at the Time assigned, without a just Excuse, which the Sovereign or his Deputy allows, their Penalty is to be according to the Ordinance of the Chapter; which is, That they shall not enter into the Chapter Door for that time, but stay without, and shall have no Voice in any thing that is done in the said Chapter; and if they come not before the Beginning of Vespers, they shall not enter into their Stalls, but shall tarry below before the said Stalls in the Choiristers Places during Vespers.
Absenting the next second Time upon the Feast, without Leave, he has no Stall allowed him until he hath given and offered a Jewel upon St. If any Knight-Companion appears publickly without his dignifying Garter, upon challenging the same, is to pay half a Mark to the Custos and College. At the Times of Offering, each associated with the other who holds the opposite Stall, are to march in Procession together to make their Offerings; but alone, when his Consort is absent, and so that in all Processions the Sovereign goes last. In the Morrow after the Solemnity of St.
They were to leave their Robes at Windsor always, to be ready for them there upon any sudden Occasions that might evene.
Upon sure Notice of the Death of a Knight-Companion, the Sovereign, or his Deputy, is to converse by Letters, the Remainder [not Strangers] that are within the Kingdom, to meet him within Six Weeks in some convenient Place, and elect another; which assembled, at least Six, with the Sovereign or Deputy, every of them present is to name Nine of the worthiest and sufficientest Knights without Reproof that he knows, whether native Subjects or Foreigners, sobeit they hold no contrary Party, or be against the Sovereign, viz.
Three Earls, or of sublimer Title; Three Barons, and Three Knights Batchellors, which Names the Bishop of Windsor , for the Time being, was to write, or, in his Absence, the Dean or Register, and, in their Absence, the oldest Residencer in the College, and after shew them to the Sovereign, who is to chuse out of them him that has the most Voices, and whom he esteems the most beneficial to the Crown and Kingdom.
Every Knight failing to appear at an Election, without an approved Cause, was to pay to the Custos and College the Penalty of a Mark, and at his next coming to the Chapter shall kneel upon the Ground, in the midst of the Chapter, before the Sovereign or Deputy, until Reconciliation. If he was not installed within a Year after his receiving the Garter, and especially if within the Realm, and without reasonable Excuse to be allowed of by the Sovereign or Deputy, his Election became void, and they might proceed to a new one: Moreover, neither the Sword nor Helmet was to be put upon his Stall within the Castle, before his coming; to the End, that if the Knight elect came not, his Atchievements might not be unhandsomly taken down and abused, but honourably removed into the Choir for the publick Use and Profit of the said College.
Upon the Death of any of the Founders his Arms, in a Plate of Metal, was to be fixed upon the Back of his Stall, and their Successors were to have the like, but to be placed underneath their Predecessors, and not to be so great as those of the first Founders. At Admission every Knight-Companion must promise and swear personally, or by Proxy, faithfully to observe the Statutes of the Order, and none are to be installed by Proxy but Foreigners only, which cannot conveniently come in Person. If the Sovereign be out of England at the Installation of any Knight-Companion, or could not attend himself to do what appertains to him in that Point, he might impower and authorize any of the Fellows to officiate for him.
And if the Keeper of the Seal absent himself upon reasonable Cause, he was to leave the Seal with another of the Fellowship that the Sovereign should appoint, to the Intent that the Seal at no time be out of the Presence of the Sovereign, he being within his Dominion. And in like manner concerning the Seal in the Absence of the Sovereign or the Deputy. If any Knight-Companion for Devotion sake should desire to dwell at Windsor , he was to maintain himself at his own, and not at the College Charge.
Any other Knight, not of the Order, upon the Account of Devotion, that would reside there, was to be provided for at the Appointment of the Sovereign, and the Fellowship also. Any Knight or other Person giving 10 l. Upon the Death of any Canon, the Custos or Warden is to certify the same by Letters to the Sovereign, if beyond Sea, to know whom he pleases to present to the Canonship. George , to be publickly recited before the Sovereign and the whole Fellowship, that what was amiss and incorrect might be mended and reduced to due Form.
King Henry V. The Statutes with these Additions as the Statutes of Institution this King caused to be translated into French , and transcribed into a Roll, which was ordered to be presented to every Knight-Companion under the common Seal of the Order. George , and the Scribe or Register to have Transcripts of them in Readiness, to present the elected Knights withal. The last and largest Body was first began, and received the finishing Stroke by King Hen. And for the compleating of which Purpose, on St. But these Resolves came to no Perfection till May This was a Task of Three Years compleat before it rose to Perfection, viz.
April Anno 14 Hen. The Articles and Clauses added to the former Statutes, in this last Body, are these:. As first, King Edward VI. To which Purpose, at a Chapter at Greenwich , held April Anno 7 Edw. But this King within Four Months after expiring, Queen Mary , his Sister and Successor, the very first Thing she transacted was to abrogate and make them void; wherefore we need not mention them, as never in use and unrevived. George , at Windsor in the ensuing Year, the Earl of Worcester , being then the Sovereign-Deputy with Ten Knights-Companions more, gave their assent to Eight other Articles most of them concerning the Alms-Knights which the Morning after had the Approbation of the Sovereign; and before the Celebration of Divine Service, by his Deputy and Companions assembled in the Chapter-House, the Observation thereof was duly decreed.
At the Feast of St. George , celebrated by Prorogation at White-hall , for the Year And being assembled, to have free Liberty to hear, propound, and debate of whatsoever shall fall under their Cognisance, or that they should conceive conducible to the Honour and perfect Establishment of so Illustrious and Noble a Body.
And to prepare all Matters of such their Resolutions and Debates to be laid before the Sovereign at the next Feast of St. George , and so successively at every Chapter so appointed by him, to receive his full Determination, Approbation, and Royal Assent, with further Power to adjourn from time to time, after the first Opening and Reading of the said Commission; their Meetings to be in such Places, and on such Days as should seem most convenient to them.
Christopher Wren , dated the 4th of June , Some little Progress was afterwards made in this Affair at White-hall the 8th of February following, where Three of them were present, viz. The 1st of February after, another Assembly of Seven of the Knights-Commissioners was held at White-hall , in whose Presence a few Points were debated; but little or nothing concluded. As concerning the Annals of the Order, or the Books wherein the several Resolutions and Decrees occasionally made in Chapters, and wherein other historical and ceremonial Matters relating to it are recorded, it will not be amiss to give some Account of them in this Place.
Henceforward these Annals are entred with promiscuous Hands, which may be presumed the proper Hand-Writings of the Registers of this Noble Order, as they succeeded each other in the Office. It hath the same Hiatus or Intervals from 16 to 23 Hen. Moreover he is to record all the Policies in War, Exploits, Transactions, and memorable Atchievements, both of the Sovereign and Knights-Companions, according as he can best attain the Knowledge of them, by his own diligent Search, or the Assistance of Mr.
Ryves the Register, for the Use afore-directed. George , 21 Jac. That a secure and convenient Place within the Castle of Windsor should be appointed, in which all Acts concerning the Order should be reposed, and to which every Knight-Companion at all times might have access. And upon the Remove or Decease of the Register of the Order, the Book, containing the Account of all such Transactions, should be committed to one of the Knights of the Order.
This Bishop compiled a MS. The fourth and last Book is, Liber Carolinus , and commences THE Habit and Ensigns of this most Noble Order are most eminently distinguishable and magnificent, and consist of these Particulars, viz. Garter, Mantle, Surcoat, Hood, George, and Collar; for as the Romans were very exact and particular in assigning each Degree a peculiar Habit and Vesture, by which the Quality and Rank of their Citizens might be discernable, the Distinction of Apparel was afterwards taken up by divers other Nations, whence every Military, as well as Ecclesiastick Order of Knighthood, did appropriate to it self a peculiar Dress, Ensign, or Badge, as a Mark of Distinction one from another, to set off the Lustre and Honour of their several Societies.
The four first, viz. Garters Scepter. Cap and Feather. The Garter made for Francis II. And the Garter of Christian IV. The Garter which King Charles I. George on Horse-back encountring the Dragon. Berks , 35 Edw. Thence-forward the Practice became more frequent, and then the Motto began to be cut thereon; insomuch that it is now the constant and just Practice to do it, whensoever the Knights-Companions are exhibited in Effigies.
It was the Custom, begun about the Reign of Hen. George , and Collar of St. At the Obsequies of Hen. But there were An. After him King Charles II. And it seems such Rings were in vogue since the Preface to the black Book of the Order makes mention of wearing the Garter on the Leg and Shoulder, and sometimes likewise subjoins the Thumb, interdum Pollice gestare ; by which we may naturally conjecture, that Gold Rings were formed into the Fashion of Garters, and bestowed by some new installed Knights upon their Relations and Friends to wear in Memorial of so great an Honour conferred upon them.
Among the Officers belonging to the Order the Prelate is permitted to bear his proper Arms impaled with those of his See within the Garter, and the rest only to wear the Badges of their Offices, surrounded with the same to express their peculiar Relation. The second Ensign of the Order is the Mantle , which is the Chief of those Vestments which the Sovereign and Knights-Companions make use of upon all solemn Occasions relating to the Order.
That this Pattern was derived to us from the ancient Greeks and Romans , is not at all to be disputed, since it so little varies in Fashion from their Pallium or Toga ; for the Grecian Pallium was a sort of long Cloak, which only wanted a Collar or Cape, and the Roman Toga as proper to them, as the Pallium to the Grecians , and the Custom as Antique as Romulus himself; for he is recited by Plutarch to have worn it. The Pallium is more fully described to be a kind of upper Robe that covered the whole Body, made fast on the right Shoulder with a Fibula or Clasp.
It was usually worn over the Tunica or short Coat, whence the Proverb Tunica Pallio propior , and is more particularly observed to have been a Garment fashioned without Sleeves, that reached down to the Ancles. In describing this upper Robe, called the Mantle , the Sovereigns being distinguished from the Knights-Companions, only by a long Train we shall first set down its various Appellations it is mentioned by in the Records of the Order; Secondly, the Materials whereof it consists; Thirdly, the Colour; Fourthly, the Quantity; and last of all the Ornamental Trimmings, that nothing be omitted to satisfy any curious Enquirer.
Manteau , both which we render Mantle. And in 20 Art. What Duration the wearing Cloth had, is not directly set down, but the first time we discover their Mantles to be of Velvet, is about the beginning of the Reign of King Hen. Concerning the Mantles of the Knights-Companions, there is no doubt but they were of the same Materials with those made for the Sovereign, viz. But their Surcoats were of the Sovereigns Donation, and consequently the Particulars of them remain on Record in the Rolls and Accounts of the great Wardrobe.
The Colour of these Mantles is appointed by the Statutes to be Blue, and of this Colour was the Founders; by which, as by the Ground-work of the Royal Garter, it is not improbable he alluded to the Colour of the Field in the French Arms, which a few Years before he began to Quarter with those of England. But the Colour of the Surcoat was changed every Year, as will appear by and by. Of the same Colour were the Velvet Mantles, made temp.
It is apparent, that the blue Colour was retained to King Edw. But in King Hen. King of Denmark , An. Richaut for the Velvet of his own Robes. And because there were many Knights-elect to be installed after the Restoration, it was ordained at the Chapter held at Whitehall the 14th of Jan. This we find to be the Allowance for Foreign Princes, and are the more full and extensive, by reason of their long Train, which being more scanty in the Mantles of Knights-Subjects, eighteen Yards was sufficient to make one of them. The left Shoulder of each of these Mantles have from the Institution been adorned with a large fair Garter, containing this Motto, Honi soit qui mal y pense.
Within this Garter was the Arms of St. George , viz.
About that Time the Lining of this Robe was white Damask, and afterwards white Sattin; but of later Date it was lined with white Taffaty, which continues yet in vogue. For exemplary Ornament, the Mantle had fixed to its Collar a pair of long Strings, anciently woven of blue Silk only called Cordons , Robe-strings or Laces ; but of later Days, twisted round and made of Venice Gold and Silk of the Colour of the Robe, at each end of which hung a great Knob or Button, wrought over and raised with a rich Caul of Gold, and Tassels thereunto of like Silk and Gold.
And at the Collar was usually fixed an Hook and Eye of Gold for its firmer affixing of it to the Shoulders. Its Original it owes to the Greeks and Romans ; amongst whom this Garment had its determinated Tunica , and was worn next under the Toga , but amongst them was both narrower and shorter; it was girt close to the Body with a Girdle, and so fitted, that the Hem of it reached a little below the Knee, or to the middle of the Ham. It was the proper Mode of the Roman Citizens, and by its trimming were the three Degrees among them known; for the Senators Tunicks were embroidered or purfled over with broad purple Studs, the Knights with narrow ones, and the Plebeians plain.
In setting forth the Surcoat, which was heretofore annually bestowed by the Sovereign or the Knights-Companions, and therefore called his Livery , we shall, as in the Description of the Mantle, treat somewhat of the Name, Materials, Colour, Quantity and Garnishing of it. Blue, but in the 34th Year of his Reign he altered it to Black, and of the same Colour were those he conferred that Year upon these following Knights-Companions, viz. Edward III. Those Twenty four provided for the Feast of St. George , Anno 7 Richard II.
Anno 11 Richard II. The Twenty two Surcoats made up for the Feast of St. George , Anno 1 Henry V. Anno —— Henry VI. Afterwards the beforementioned Four Colours began to be disused, for the Surcoat presented to Julian de Medicis , temp. Edward IV. Afterwards, when the Number of Ells of Cloth, Garters and Furrs came to be ascertained for each Degree, all the Knights-Companions even the Prince of Wales were not to exceed five Ells: But since Velvet came in Plea, the Allowance for Surcoat and Hood hath been eighteen Yards, when the Surcoat reached down to the Feet; but now it being the Fashion to wear it shorter, the Allowance is stinted to Ten.
Besides, the Buckles and Pendants to those small Garters, were Silver gilt; of these Garters there were no less than upon the first Surcoat and Hood made for the Founder. And as the Sovereign was not limited in the Proportion of Cloth or Velvet for his Surcoat, no more was he confined to the Number of Garters, wherewith to adorn it; nor do I find that any of the Knights-Companions were, until the Precedent of the Livery of the Garter was settled, for Anno 1 Henry V.
But this Drapery of their Robes became at length quite obsolete, perhaps when Cloth was altered to Velvet, and the plain Surcoat hath to this Day continued in Use. While these Surcoats remained of Cloth, they were lined with Bellies of pure Minever Fur, only the Sovereigns was purfled with Ermin; and of these, it seems, a like Proportion was at first stated to all the Knights-Companions, viz.
However, Anno 1. Henry V. In time these Furs were disused, and the Surcoats came to be lined with white Sarcenet, to which, temp. George , the Knights wore to Vespers, the Sovereigns Livery or Surcoats, used by them the preceding Year, which after that Night they threw off, for the new Surcoats were worn on the Feast-Day ; but the Ensigns and Ornaments of this Kind were disposed of to the Use of the Colledge.
Richard II. They were anciently wore for Defence of the Head against the Inclemencies of Weather, but of later Times Caps and Hats have supplied their place. This Hood was ordained, and is yet retained as part of the Habit of this most Noble Order. It was heretofore, and now is generally made of the same Materials as the Surcoat, and was anciently trimmed and set off with a small Proportion of Garters lined with Cloth of a different Colour, and such as would best strike the Sight; but now with Taffaty, as is the Lining of the Surcoat.
Henry VIII. Reign, been omitted, and thereupon, in a Chapter held the 13th of April , Anno And they mistake who suppose it to be the Garter that is thus irradiated, whereas it is something else more worthy of the Glory, for from it, not the Garter, do the Rays diffuse, viz. George , a Custom almost as ancient as its Institution. The first Mention we find recorded of the Feminine Habit occurs, Anno 7. Against the Feast of St. George , Anno. And in the 19th Rich. But Anno 1 Henry V. A plainer Narrative is made of these Liveries, Anno 16 Edw. After a long Disuse of these Robes, Anno 14 Car.
The Images of Isis and Osiris were represented with such like Collars, in a manner, extending to their Shoulders, as Kircher informs us. Their Workmanship seems wonderfully curious, being intersected with various Lines, and divided with Tablets and precious Stones. Torquatus , Consul with L. Cotta , Anno V. Rowthale , and in another of Edward Stanley Lord Monteagle , elected ann. George hung thereat. So that he did but only annex to his Body of Statutes a Decree, which for the greatest part had been put in practise before. In the 11th Hen.
The sun has hid its rays These many days; Will dreary hours never leave the earth? The stormy clouds on high Veil the same sunny sky, That soon for spring is nigh Shall wake the summer into golden mirth. Fair hope is dead, and light Is quenched in night. What sound can break the silence of despair? Over an ancient scroll I bent, Steeping my soul in wise content, Nor paused a moment, save to chide A low voice whispering at my side. I read; until my heart would glow With the great deeds of long ago; Nor heard, while with those mighty dead, Pass to and fro a faltering tread.
On the old theme I pondered long— The struggle between right and wrong; I could not check such visions high, To soothe a little quivering sigh. I tried to solve the problem—Life; Dreaming of that mysterious strife, How could I leave such reasonings wise, To answer two blue pleading eyes? I strove how best to give, and when, My blood to save my fellow-men— How could I turn aside, to look At snowdrops laid upon my book? Now Time has fled—the world is strange, Something there is of pain and change; My books lie closed upon the shelf; I miss the old heart in myself.
I miss the sunbeams in my room— It was not always wrapped in gloom: I miss my dreams—they fade so fast, Or flit into some trivial past. The great stream of the world goes by; None care, or heed, or question, why I, the lone student, cannot raise My voice or hand as in old days. Though he lived and died among us, Yet his name may be enrolled With the knights whose deeds of daring Ancient chronicles have told.
Still a stripling, he encountered Poverty, and struggled long, Gathering force from every effort, Till he knew his arm was strong. Then his heart and life he offered To his radiant mistress—Truth; Never thought, or dream, or faltering, Marred the promise of his youth.
So he rode forth to defend her, And her peerless worth proclaim; Challenging each recreant doubter Who aspersed her spotless name. First upon his path stood Ignorance, Hideous in his brutal might; Hard the blows and long the battle Ere the monster took to flight. Then, with light and fearless spirit, Prejudice he dared to brave; Hunting back the lying craven To her black sulphureous cave. Once again he rose a conqueror, And, though wounded in the fight, With a dying smile of triumph Saw that Truth had gained her right.
On his failing ear re-echoing Came the shouting round her throne; Little cared he that no future With her name would link his own. Spent with many a hard-fought battle, Slowly ebbed his life away, And the crowd that flocked to greet her Trampled on him where he lay. Gathering all his strength, he saw her Crowned and reigning in her pride! Looked his last upon her beauty, Raised his eyes to God, and died. Linger, oh, gentle Time, Linger, oh, radiant grace of bright To-day! Linger, for thou art mine! What dearer treasures can the future hold?
What sweeter flowers than thine Can she unfold? What secrets tell my heart thou hast not told? Oh, linger in thy flight! For shadows gather round, and should we part, A dreary starless night May fill my heart,— Then pause and linger yet ere thou depart. Linger, I ask no more,— Thou art enough for ever—thou alone; What future can restore, When thou art flown, All that I hold from thee and call my own?
I have seen a fiercer tempest, Known a louder whirlwind blow; I was wrecked off red Algiers, Six-and-thirty years ago. Young I was, and yet old seamen Were not strong or calm as I; While life held such treasures for me, I felt sure I could not die. Life I struggled for—and saved it; Life alone—and nothing more; Bruised, half dead, alone and helpless, I was cast upon the shore.
I feared the pitiless rocks of Ocean; So the great sea rose—and then Cast me from her friendly bosom, On the pitiless hearts of men. Gaunt and dreary ran the mountains, With black gorges, up the land; Up to where the lonely Desert Spreads her burning, dreary sand: In the gorges of the mountains, On the plain beside the sea, Dwelt my stern and cruel masters, The black Moors of Barbary.
Ten long years I toiled among them, Hopeless—as I used to say; Now I know Hope burnt within me Fiercer, stronger, day by day: Those dim years of toil and sorrow Like one long dark dream appear; One long day of weary waiting— Then each day was like a year. Never did one tender vision Fade away before my sight, Never once through all my slavery, Burning day or dreary night; In my soul it lived, and kept me, Now I feel, from black despair, And my heart was not quite broken, While they lived and blest me there.
When at night my task was over, I would hasten to the shore; All was strange and foreign inland, Nothing I had known before; Strange looked the bleak mountain passes, Strange the red glare and black shade, And the Oleanders, waving To the sound the fountains made. And a calm would fall upon me, Worn perhaps with work and pain, The wild hungry longing left me, And I was myself again: Looking at the silver waters, Looking up at the far sky, Dreams of home and all I left there Floated sorrowfully by.
A fair face, but pale with sorrow, With blue eyes, brimful of tears, And the little red mouth, quivering With a smile, to hide its fears; Holding out her baby towards me, From the sky she looked on me; So it was that last I saw her, As the ship put out to sea. Sometimes, and a pang would seize me That the years were floating on, I would strive to paint her, altered, And the little baby gone: She no longer young and girlish, The child, standing by her knee, And her face, more pale and saddened With the weariness for me.
Then I saw, as night grew darker. How she taught my child to pray, Holding its small hands together, For its father, far away; And I felt her sorrow, weighing Heavier on me than my own; Pitying her blighted spring-time, And her joy so early flown. Till upon my hands now hardened With the rough, harsh toil of years Bitter drops of anguish falling, Woke me from my dream, to tears; Woke me as a slave, an outcast.
Leagues from home, across the deep; So—though you may call it childish— So I sobbed myself to sleep. Well, the years sped on—my Sorrow, Calmer, and yet stronger grown, Was my shield against all suffering, Poorer, meaner, than her own. You have heard in a far country Of a self-devoted band, Vowed to rescue Christian captives Pining in a foreign land. And these gentle-hearted strangers Year by year go forth from Rome, In their hands the hard-earned ransom, To restore some exiles home. I was freed: they broke the tidings Gently to me: but indeed Hour by hour sped on, I knew not What the words meant—I was freed!
Yet at last it rushed upon me, And my heart beat full and fast; What were now my years of waiting, What was all the dreary past? Nothing—to the impatient throbbing I must bear across the sea: Nothing—to the eternal hours Still between my home and me! How the voyage passed, I know not; Strange it was once more to stand With my countrymen around me, And to clasp an English hand.
But, through all, my heart was dreaming Of the first words I should hear, In the gentle voice that echoed, Fresh as ever, on my ear. Should I see her start of wonder, And the sudden truth arise, Flushing all her face and lightening The dimmed splendour of her eyes? And the child! Every tree and every hedge-row From the well-known past I brought: I would picture my dear cottage, See the crackling wood-fire burn, And the two beside it seated, Watching, waiting, my return. So, at last we reached the harbour.
I remember nothing more Till I stood, my sick heart throbbing, With my hand upon the door. There I paused—I heard her speaking; Low, soft, murmuring words she said; Then I first knew the dumb terror I had had, lest she were dead. It was evening in late autumn, And the gusty wind blew chill; Autumn leaves were falling round me, And the red sun lit the hill. Six-and-twenty years are vanished Since then—I am old and grey, But I never told to mortal What I saw, until this day.
She was seated by the fire, In her arms she held a child, Whispering baby-words caressing, And then, looking up, she smiled: Smiled on him who stood beside her— Oh! But she rose and turned towards me Cold and dumb I waited there With a shriek of fear and terror, And a white face of despair. He had been an ancient comrade— Not a single word we said, While we gazed upon each other, He the living: I the dead! I drew nearer, nearer to her, And I took her trembling hand, Looking on her white face, looking That her heart might understand All the love and all the pity That my lips refused to say— I thank God no thought save sorrow Rose in our crushed hearts that day.
Bitter tears that desolate moment, Bitter, bitter tears we wept, We three broken hearts together, While the baby smiled and slept. Tears alone—no words were spoken, Till he—till her husband said That my boy, I had forgotten The poor child, that he was dead. Then at last I rose, and, turning, Wrung his hand, but made no sign; And I stooped and kissed her forehead Once more, as if she were mine. Nothing of farewell I uttered, Save in broken words to pray That God would ever guard and bless her— Then in silence passed away.
Over the great restless ocean Six-and-twenty years I roam; All my comrades, old and weary, Have gone back to die at home. Where the foes are gathered on every hand, And rest not day or night, And the feeble little ones must stand In the thickest of the fight. I tremble and fear To yield in that terrible strife!
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Stay not to sharpen your weapons, Or the hour will strike at last, When, from dreams of a coming battle, You may wake to find it past! Let thy gold be cast in the furnace, Thy red gold, precious and bright, Do not fear the hungry fire, With its caverns of burning light: And thy gold shall return more precious, Free from every spot and stain; For gold must be tried by fire, As a heart must be tried by pain! In the cruel fire of Sorrow Cast thy heart, do not faint or wail; Let thy hand be firm and steady, Do not let thy spirit quail: But wait till the trial is over, And take thy heart again; For as gold is tried by fire, So a heart must be tried by pain!
Beat on, true heart, for ever; Shine bright, strong golden chain; And bless the cleansing fire, And the furnace of living pain! Let us throw more logs on the fire! We have need of a cheerful light, And close round the hearth to gather, For the wind has risen to-night. Hark to the voice of the wind! Let us listen to what it is saying, Let us hearken to where it has been; For it tells, in its terrible crying, The fearful sights it has seen.
It has been where the icebergs were meeting, And closed with a fearful crash; On shores where no foot has wandered, It has heard the waters dash. It has been on the desolate ocean, When the lightning struck the mast; It has heard the cry of the drowning, Who sank as it hurried past; The words of despair and anguish, That were heard by no living ear; The gun that no signal answered: It brings them all to us here. It has been on the lonely moorland, Where the treacherous snow-drift lies, Where the traveller, spent and weary, Gasped fainter and fainter cries; It has heard the bay of the bloodhounds, On the track of the hunted slave, The lash and the curse of the master, And the groan that the captive gave.
It has swept through the gloomy forest, Where the sledge was urged to its speed, Where the howling wolves were rushing On the track of the panting steed. Where the pool was black and lonely, It caught up a splash and a cry— Only the bleak sky heard it, And the wind as it hurried by. Then throw more logs on the fire, Since the air is bleak and cold, And the children are drawing nigher, For the tales that the wind has told. So closer and closer gather Round the red and crackling light; And rejoice while the wind is blowing We are safe and warm to-night.
Let me count my treasures, All my soul holds dear, Given me by dark spirits Whom I used to fear. Through long days of anguish, And sad nights, did Pain Forge my shield, Endurance, Bright and free from stain! Strife, that racked my spirit, Without hope or rest, Left the blooming flower, Patience, on my breast. Shine, ye stars of heaven, On a world of pain! See old Time destroying All our hoarded gain; All our sweetest flowers, Every stately shrine, All our hard-earned glory, Every dream divine! Shine, ye stars of heaven, On the rolling years!
See how Time, consoling, Dries the saddest tears, Bids the darkest storm-clouds Pass in gentle rain; While upspring in glory, Flowers and dreams again! Shine, ye stars of heaven, On a world of fear! See how Time, avenging, Bringeth judgment here; Weaving ill-won honours To a fiery crown; Bidding hard hearts perish; Casting proud hearts down. Waiting, watching, hoping, still! I cannot bear to see thee Stretch thy tiny hands in vain; Dear, I have no bread to give thee, Nothing, child, to ease thy pain!
When God sent thee first to bless me, Proud, and thankful too, was I; Now, my darling I, thy mother, Almost long to see thee die. Sleep, my darling, thou art weary; God is good, but life is dreary. I have watched thy beauty fading, And thy strength sink day by day; Soon, I know, will Want and Fever Take thy little life away.
Famine makes thy father reckless, Hope has left both him and me; We could suffer all, my baby, Had we but a crust for thee. Better thou shouldst perish early, Starve so soon, my darling one, Than in helpless sin and sorrow Vainly live, as I have done. Better that thy angel spirit With my joy, my peace, were flown, Than thy heart grew cold and careless, Reckless, hopeless, like my own. I am wasted, dear, with hunger, And my brain is all opprest, I have scarcely strength to press thee, Wan and feeble, to my breast.
Patience, baby, God will help us, Death will come to thee and me, He will take us to his Heaven, Where no want or pain can be. Such the plaint that, late and early, Did we listen, we might hear Close beside us,—but the thunder Of a city dulls our ear. Listen, nearer while she sings Sounds the fluttering of wings! Be strong to hope , oh Heart! Though day is bright, The stars can only shine In the dark night. Be strong, oh Heart of mine, Look towards the light!
Be strong to bear , oh Heart! Nothing is vain: Strive not, for life is care, And God sends pain, Heaven is above, and there Rest will remain! Be strong to love , oh Heart! Love knows not wrong, Didst thou love—creatures even, Life were not long; Didst thou love God in Heaven, Thou wouldst be strong! God gave a gift to Earth:- a child, Weak, innocent, and undefiled, Opened its ignorant eyes and smiled. It lay so helpless, so forlorn, Earth took it coldly and in scorn, Cursing the day when it was born.
She gave it first a tarnished name, For heritage, a tainted fame, Then cradled it in want and shame. Then turned her heart, her eyes away, Ready to look again, the day Its little feet began to stray. In dens of guilt the baby played, Where sin, and sin alone, was made The law that all around obeyed. With ready and obedient care, He learnt the tasks they taught him there; Black sin for lesson—oaths for prayer. Then Earth arose, and, in her might, To vindicate her injured right, Thrust him in deeper depths of night.
Branding him with a deeper brand Of shame, he could not understand, The felon outcast of the land. And Earth received the gift, and cried Her joy and triumph far and wide, Till echo answered to her pride. She blest the hour when first he came To take the crown of pride and fame, Wreathed through long ages for his name. Then bent her utmost art and skill To train the supple mind and will, And guard it from a breath of ill. She strewed his morning path with flowers, And Love, in tender dropping showers, Nourished the blue and dawning hours. And every step, of work or play.
Was lit by some such dazzling ray, Till morning brightened into day. And then the World arose, and said— Let added honours now be shed On such a noble heart and head! Many years since, an English workman went Over the seas, to seek a home in Ghent, Where English skill was prized; nor toiled in vain; Small, yet enough, his hard-earned daily gain.
He dwelt alone—in sorrow, or in pride. He mixed not with the workers by his side; He seemed to care but for one present joy— To tend, to watch, to teach his sickly boy. So, as he passed the belfry every day, The boy would look if it were flown away; Each day surprised to find it watching there, Above him, as he crossed the ancient square, To seek the great cathedral, that had grown A home for him—mysterious and his own. Dim with dark shadows of the ages past, St. Then he would watch the rosy sunlight glow, That crept along the marble floor below, Passing, as life does, with the passing hours, Now by a shrine all rich with gems and flowers, Now on the brazen letters of a tomb, Then, leaving it again to shade and gloom, And creeping on, to show, distinct and quaint, The kneeling figure of some marble saint: Or lighting up the carvings strange and rare, That told of patient toil, and reverent care; Ivy that trembled on the spray, and ears, Of heavy corn, and slender bulrush spears, And all the thousand tangled weeds that grow In summer, where the silver rivers flow; And demon-heads grotesque, that seemed to glare In impotent wrath on all the beauty there: Then the gold rays up pillared shaft would climb, And so be drawn to heaven, at evening time.
Then all was shade; the silver lamps that gleamed, Lost in the daylight, in the darkness seemed Like sparks of fire in the dim aisles to shine, Or trembling stars before each separate shrine. Grown half afraid, the child would leave them there, And come out, blinded by the noisy glare That burst upon him from the busy square. The church was thus his home for rest or play, And as he came and went again each day, The pictured faces that he knew so well, Seemed to smile on him welcome and farewell.
None know how many years have seen her so, Or what the name of her who sleeps below. And here the child would come, and strive to trace, Through the dim twilight, the pure gentle face He loved so well, and here he oft would bring Some violet blossom of the early spring; And climbing softly by the fretted stand, Not to disturb her, lay it in her hand; Or, whispering a soft loving message sweet, Would stoop and kiss the little marble feet.
So years fled on, while childish fancies past, The childish love and simple faith could last. The old man died, and years passed on, and still The young musician bent his heart and will To his dear toil. Bavon now had grown More dear to him, and even more his own; And as he left it every night he prayed A moment by the archway in the shade, Kneeling once more within the sacred gloom Where the White Maiden watched upon her tomb. His hopes of travel and a world-wide fame, Cold Time had sobered, and his fragile frame; Content at last only in dreams to roam, Away from the tranquillity of home; Content that the poor dwellers by his side Saw in him but the gentle friend and guide, The patient counsellor in the poor strife And petty details of their common life, Who comforted where woe and grief might fall, Nor slighted any pain or want as small, But whose great heart took in and felt for all.
Still he grew famous—many came to be His pupils in the art of harmony. One day a voice floated so pure and free Above his music, that he turned to see What angel sang, and saw before his eyes, What made his heart leap with a strange surprise, His own White Maiden, calm, and pure, and mild, As in his childish dreams she sang and smiled; Her eyes raised up to Heaven, her lips apart, And music overflowing from her heart. Half guessing at the shadow of his pain, And then contented if he smiled again, A sad cold smile, that passed in tears away, As re-assured she ran once more to play.
It might be so: more feeble year by year, The wanderer to his resting-place drew near. The grave cathedral that had nursed his youth, Had helped his dreaming, and had taught him truth, Had seen his boyish grief and baby tears, And watched the sorrows and the joys of years, Had lit his fame and hope with sacred rays, And consecrated sad and happy days— Had blessed his happiness, and soothed his pain, Now took her faithful servant home again. He rests in peace: some travellers mention yet An organist whose name they all forget. How many a tranquil soul has passed away, Fled gladly from fierce pain and pleasures dim, To the eternal splendour of the day; And many a troubled heart still calls for him.
Spirits too tender for the battle here Have turned from life, its hopes, its fears, its charms; And children, shuddering at a world so drear, Have smiling passed away into his arms. He will give back what neither time, nor might, Nor passionate prayer, nor longing hope restore. Dear as to long blind eyes recovered sight, He will give back those who are gone before. Oh, what were life, if life were all?
All yesterday I was spinning, Sitting alone in the sun; And the dream that I spun was so lengthy, It lasted till day was done. I heeded not cloud or shadow That flitted over the hill, Or the humming-bees, or the swallows, Or the trickling of the rill. I took the threads for my spinning, All of blue summer air, And a flickering ray of sunlight Was woven in here and there. The shadows grew longer and longer, The evening wind passed by, And the purple splendour of sunset Was flooding the western sky.
But I could not leave my spinning, For so fair my dream had grown. I heeded not, hour by hour, How the silent day had flown. At last the grey shadows fell round me, And the night came dark and chill, And I rose and ran down the valley, And left it all on the hill. I went up the hill this morning To the place where my spinning lay— There was nothing but glistening dewdrops Remained of my dream to-day.
Do not crouch to-day, and worship The old Past, whose life is fled, Hush your voice to tender reverence; Crowned he lies, but cold and dead: For the Present reigns our monarch, With an added weight of hours; Honour her, for she is mighty! Honour her, for she is ours! See the shadows of his heroes Girt around her cloudy throne; Every day the ranks are strengthened By great hearts to him unknown; Noble things the great Past promised, Holy dreams, both strange and new; But the Present shall fulfil them, What he promised, she shall do.
She inherits all his treasures, She is heir to all his fame, And the light that lightens round her Is the lustre of his name; She is wise with all his wisdom, Living on his grave she stands, On her brow she bears his laurels, And his harvest in her hands. Coward, can she reign and conquer If we thus her glory dim? Let us fight for her as nobly As our fathers fought for him.
God, who crowns the dying ages, Bids her rule, and us obey— Bids us cast our lives before her, Bids us serve the great To-day. Mourn, O rejoicing heart! The hours are flying; Each one some treasure takes, Each one some blossom breaks, And leaves it dying; The chill dark night draws near, Thy sun will soon depart, And leave thee sighing; Then mourn, rejoicing heart, The hours are flying!
Rejoice, O grieving heart! The hours fly fast; With each some sorrow dies, With each some shadow flies, Until at last The red dawn in the east Bids weary night depart, And pain is past. Rejoice then, grieving heart, The hours fly fast! Strive; yet I do not promise The prize you dream of to-day Will not fade when you think to grasp it, And melt in your hand away; But another and holier treasure, You would now perchance disdain, Will come when your toil is over, And pay you for all your pain. Wait; yet I do not tell you The hour you long for now, Will not come with its radiance vanished, And a shadow upon its brow; Yet far through the misty future, With a crown of starry light, An hour of joy you know not Is winging her silent flight.
Pray; though the gift you ask for May never comfort your fears, May never repay your pleading, Yet pray, and with hopeful tears; An answer, not that you long for, But diviner, will come one day, Your eyes are too dim to see it, Yet strive, and wait, and pray. Moan, oh ye Autumn Winds! Grieve, oh ye Autumn Winds! And one by one her loving children go. Wail, oh ye Autumn Winds! She lives no more, The gentle Summer, with her balmy breath, Still sweeter than before When nearer death, And brighter every day the smile she wore! Mourn, mourn, oh Autumn Winds, Lament and mourn; How many half-blown buds must close and die; Hopes with the Summer born All faded lie, And leave us desolate and Earth forlorn!
Did this poor wandering heart In pain depart? Longing, but all too late, For the calm home again, Where patient watchers wait, And still will wait in vain. Did mourners come in scorn, And thus forlorn, Leave him, with grief and shame. To silence and decay, And hide the tarnished name Of the unconscious clay? It may be from his side His loved ones died, And last of some bright band, Together now once more, He sought his home, the land Where they had gone before.
No matter—limes have made As cool a shade, And lingering breezes pass As tenderly and slow, As if beneath the grass A monarch slept below. Have I not shunned the path of sin, And chosen the better part? Oh Lord, Thou knowest it well! Have I not watched and wept? Consume and cleanse the sin That lingers still within its depths: Let heavenly love begin.
Legends and Lyrics: First Series
The blessing fell upon her soul; Her angel by her side Knew that the hour of peace was come; Her soul was purified: The shadows fell from roof and arch, Dim was the incensed air— But Peace went with her as she left The sacred Presence there! A little past the village The Inn stood, low and white; Green shady trees behind it, And an orchard on the right; Where over the green paling The red-cheeked apples hung, As if to watch how wearily The sign-board creaked and swung. The heavy-laden branches, Over the road hung low, Reflected fruit or blossom From the wayside well below; Where children, drawing water, Looked up and paused to see, Amid the apple-branches, A purple Judas Tree.
The road stretched winding onward For many a weary mile— So dusty foot-sore wanderers Would pause and rest awhile; And panting horses halted, And travellers loved to tell The quiet of the wayside inn, The orchard, and the well. Here Maurice dwelt; and often The sunburnt boy would stand Gazing upon the distance, And shading with his hand His eyes, while watching vainly For travellers, who might need His aid to loose the bridle, And tend the weary steed. And once the boy remembered That morning, many a day— The dew lay on the hawthorn, The bird sang on the spray A train of horsemen, nobler Than he had seen before, Up from the distance galloped, And halted at the door.
Upon a milk-white pony, Fit for a faery queen, Was the loveliest little damsel His eyes had ever seen: A serving-man was holding The leading rein, to guide The pony and its mistress, Who cantered by his side. Her sunny ringlets round her A golden cloud had made, While her large hat was keeping Her calm blue eyes in shade; One hand held fast the silken reins To keep her steed in check, The other pulled his tangled mane, Or stroked his glossy neck.
And as the boy brought water, And loosed the rein, he heard The sweetest voice that thanked him In one low gentle word; She turned her blue eyes from him, Looked up, and smiled to see The hanging purple blossoms Upon the Judas Tree;. And showed it with a gesture, Half pleading, half command, Till he broke the fairest blossom, And laid it in her hand; And she tied it to her saddle With a ribbon from her hair, While her happy laugh rang gaily, Like silver on the air. But the champing steeds were rested— The horsemen now spurred on, And down the dusty highway They vanished and were gone.
Years passed, and many a traveller Paused at the old inn-door, But the little milk-white pony And the child returned no more. The signal came, the horses plunged— Once more she smiled around: The purple blossom in the dust Lay trampled on the ground. Again the slow years fleeted, Their passage only known By the height the Passion-flower Around the porch had grown; And many a passing traveller Paused at the old inn-door, But the bride, so fair and blooming, The bride returned no more. One winter morning, Maurice, Watching the branches bare, Rustling and waving dimly In the grey and misty air, Saw blazoned on a carriage Once more the well-known shield, The stars and azure fleurs-de-lis Upon a silver field.
He looked—was that pale woman, So grave, so worn, so sad, The child, once young and smiling, The bride, once fair and glad? What memory of past sorrow, What stab of present pain, Brought that deep look of anguish, That watched the dismal rain, That watched with the absent spirit That looks, yet does not see The dead and leafless branches Upon the Judas Tree. The bells toiled slowly, sadly, For a noble spirit fled; Slowly, in pomp and honour, They bore the quiet dead. Upon a black-plumed charger One rode, who held a shield, Where stars and azure fleurs-de-lis Shone on a silver field.
One by the inn-door standing Watched with fast-dropping tears The long procession passing, And thought of bygone years,. The boyish, silent homage To child and bride unknown, The pitying tender sorrow Kept in his heart alone, Now laid upon the coffin With a purple flower, might be Told to the cold dead sleeper; The rest could only see A fragrant purple blossom, Plucked from a Judas Tree. You wonder that my tears should flow In listening to that simple strain; That those unskilful sounds should fill My soul with joy and pain— How can you tell what thoughts it stirs Within my heart again?
You wonder why that common phrase, So all unmeaning to your ear, Should stay me in my merriest mood, And thrill my soul to hear— How can you tell what ancient charm Has made me hold it dear? You marvel that I turn away From all those flowers so fair and bright, And gaze at this poor herb, till tears Arise and dim my sight— You cannot tell how every leaf Breathes of a past delight. You smile to see me turn and speak With one whose converse you despise; You do not see the dreams of old That with his voice arise— How can you tell what links have made Him sacred in my eyes?
Thou hast done well, perhaps, To lift the bright disguise, And lay the bitter truth Before our shrinking eyes; When evil crawls below What seems so pure and fair, Thine eyes are keen and true To find the serpent there: And yet—I turn away; Thy task is not divine— The evil angels look On earth with eyes like thine. Thou hast done well, perhaps, To show how closely wound Dark threads of sin and self With our best deeds are found.
How great and noble hearts, Striving for lofty aims, Have still some earthly cord A meaner spirit claims; And yet—although thy task Is well and fairly done, Methinks for such as thou There is a holier one. Shadows there are, who dwell Among us, yet apart, Deaf to the claim of God, Or kindly human heart; Voices of earth and heaven Call, but they turn away, And Love, through such black night, Can see no hope of day; And yet—our eyes are dim, And thine are keener far— Then gaze till thou canst see The glimmer of some star. Till now thy soul has been All glad and gay: Bid it awake, and look At grief to-day!
No shade has come between Thee and the sun; Like some long childish dream Thy life has run:. But now the stream has reached A dark, deep sea, And Sorrow, dim and crowned, Is waiting thee. Then, with slow reverent step, And beating heart, From out thy joyous days, Thou must depart. And, leaving all behind, Come forth, alone, To join the chosen band Around the throne.
Raise up thine eyes—be strong, Nor cast away The crown, that God has given Thy soul to-day! Why wilt thou make bright music Give forth a sound of pain? Why wilt thou weave fair flowers Into a weary chain? Why turn each cool grey shadow Into a world of fears? Why say the winds are wailing?
Why call the dewdrops tears? An echo rings for ever, The sound can never cease; It speaks to God of glory, It speaks to Earth of peace. See the rivers flowing Downwards to the sea, Pouring all their treasures Bountiful and free— Yet to help their giving Hidden springs arise; Or, if need be, showers Feed them from the skies! Watch the princely flowers Their rich fragrance spread, Load the air with perfumes, From their beauty shed— Yet their lavish spending Leaves them not in dearth, With fresh life replenished By their mother earth!
And the more thou spendest From thy little store, With a double bounty, God will give thee more. It is a dreary evening; The shadows rise and fall: With strange and ghostly changes, They flicker on the wall. Make the charred logs burn brighter; I will show you, by their blaze, The half-forgotten record Of bygone things and days. Bring here the ancient volume; The clasp is old and worn, The gold is dim and tarnished, And the faded leaves are torn. The dust has gathered on it— There are so few who care To read what Time has written Of joy and sorrow there.
Look at the first fair pages; Yes—I remember all: The joys now seem so trivial, The griefs so poor and small. Let us read the dreams of glory That childish fancy made; Turn to the next few pages, And see how soon they fade. Here, where still waiting, dreaming, For some ideal Life, The young heart all unconscious Had entered on the strife. See how this page is blotted: What—could those tears be mine? How coolly I can read you, Each blurred and trembling line. Now I can reason calmly, And, looking back again, Can see divinest meaning Threading each separate pain. Here strong resolve—how broken; Rash hope, and foolish fear, And prayers, which God in pity Refused to grant or hear.
Nay—I will turn the pages To where the tale is told Of how a dawn diviner Flushed the dark clouds with gold. And see, that light has gilded The story—nor shall set; And, though in mist and shadow, You know I see it yet. Here—well, it does not matter, I promised to read all; I know not why I falter, Or why my tears should fall;.