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In Memoriam A.H.H.

         
            CIX.
             
      Heart-affluence in discursive talk
          From household fountains never dry;
          The critic clearness of an eye,
      That saw thro’ all the Muses’ walk;

      Seraphic intellect and force
          To seize and throw the doubts of man;
          Impassion’d logic, which outran
      The hearer in its fiery course;

      High nature amorous of the good,
          But touch’d with no ascetic gloom;
          And passion pure in snowy bloom
      Thro’ all the years of April blood;

      A love of freedom rarely felt,
          Of freedom in her regal seat
          Of England; not the schoolboy heat,
      The blind hysterics of the Celt;

      And manhood fused with female grace
          In such a sort, the child would twine
          A trustful hand, unask’d, in thine,
      And find his comfort in thy face;

      All these have been, and thee mine eyes
          Have look’d on: if they look’d in vain,
          My shame is greater who remain,
      Nor let thy wisdom make me wise.
       


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