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If she knew how she came to drop so soundly
They moved to measure, or like bell-clappers.
“ And so at last we find my tribe,
“ And so I set thee in the midst, “ And to one and all of them describe “ What thou saidst and what thou didst, " Our long and terrible journey through, “ And all thou art ready to say and do “ In the trials that remain. “ I trace them the vein and the other vein “That meet on thy brow and part again “ Making our rapid mystic mark; " And I bid my people prove and probe “ Each eye's profound and glorious globe “ Till they detect the kindred spark “ In those depths so dear and dark, “ Like the spots that snap and burst and flee, “ Circling over the midnight sea. “ And on that round young cheek of thine “ I make them recognise the tinge, “ As when of the costly scarlet wine “ They drip so much as will impinge “ And spread in a thinnest scale afloat
One thick gold drop from the olive's coat “ Over a silver plate whose sheen “ Still thro' the mixture shall be seen. “ For so I prove thee, to one and all, “Fit, when my people ope their breast, “ To see the sign, and hear the call, “ And take the vow, and stand the test “ Which adds one more child to the rest“When the breast is bare and the arms are wide, " And the world is left outside. “For there is probation to decree, “ And many and long must the trials be “ Thou shalt victoriously endure, “ If that brow is true and those eyes are sure. “ Like a jewel-finder's fierce assay “ Of the prize he dug from its mountain-tomb,-
" Let once the vindicating ray “ Leap out amid the anxious gloom, " And steel and fire have done their part, “And the prize falls on its finder's heart : “ So, trial after trial past, “ Wilt thou fall at the very last “ Breathless, half in trance “ With the thrill of the great deliverance, “ Into our arms for evermore; “ And thou shalt know, those arms once curled “ About thee, what we knew before, “ How love is the only good in the world. “ Henceforth be loved as heart can love, “ Or brain devise, or hand approve ! “ Stand up, look below, “ It is our life at thy feet we throw “ To step with into light and joy ; “ Not a power of life but we employ “ To satisfy thy nature's want. “ Art thou the tree that props the plant, " Or the climbing plant that seeks the tree“ Canst thou help us, must we help thee ? “ If any two creatures grew into one, “ They would do more than the world has done ; “ Though each apart were never so weak, " Yet through the world should we vainly seek " For the sum of knowledge and the might “ Which in such union grew their right : “ So, to approach at least that end, “ And blend,-as much as may be, blend “ Thee with us or us with thee," As climbing plant or propping tree, “ Shall some one deck thee over and down, “ Up and about, with blossoms and leaves ? " Fix his heart's fruit for thy garland-crown, “ Cling with his soul as the gourd-vine cleaves,
“ Die on thy boughs and disappear “ While not a leaf of thine is sere? “ Or is the other fate in store, “ And art thou fitted to adore, “ To give thy wondrous self away, “ And take a stronger nature's sway? 6 I foresee and I could foretell “ Thy future portion, sure and well : “But those passionate eyes speak true, speak true, “Let them say what thou shalt do ! “Only be sure thy daily life, " In its peace or in its strife, “ Never shall be unobserved ; “We pursue thy whole career, " And hope for it, or doubt, or fear. “ Lo, hast thou kept thy path or swerved, “ We are beside thee in all thy ways, “ With our blame, with our praise, “ Our shame to feel, our pride to show, “ Glad, angry_but indifferent, no ! “ Whether it be thy lot to go, “For the good of us all, where the haters meet, “In the crowded city's horrible street; “ Or thou step alone through the lone morass “Where never sound yet was “ Save the dry quick clap of the stork's bill, “For the air is still, and the water still, “ When the blue breast of the dripping coot “ Dives under, and all is mute. “So, at the last shall come old age, “ Decrepit as befits that stage; “ How else wouldst thou retire apart “ With the hoarded memories of thy heart, “And gather all to the very least “ Of the fragments of life's earlier feast, “Let fall through eagerness to find