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In Memoriam A.H.H.

         
            LXXXVII.
             
      I past beside the reverend walls
          In which of old I wore the gown;
          I roved at random thro’ the town,
      And saw the tumult of the halls;

      And heard one more in college fanes
          The storm their high-built organs make,
          And thunder-music, rolling, shake
      The prophet blazon’d on the panes;

      And caught one more the distant shout,
          The measured pulse of racing oars
          Among the willows; paced the shores
      And many a bridge, and all about

      The same gray flats again, and felt
          The same, but not the same; and last
          Up that long walk of limes I past
      To see the rooms in which he dwelt.

      Another name was on the door:
          I linger’d; all within was noise
          Of songs, and clapping hands, and boys
      That crash’d the glass and beat the floor;

      Where once we held debate, a band
          Of youthful friends, on mind and art,
          And labour, and the changing mart,
      And all the framework of the land;

      When one would aim an arrow fair,
          But send it slackly from the string;
          And one would pierce an outer ring,
      And one an inner, here and there;

      And last the master-bowman, he,
          Would cleave the mark. A willing ear
          We lent him. Who, but hung to hear
      The rapt oration flowing free

      From point to point, with power and grace
          And music in the bounds of law,
          To those conclusions when we saw
      The God within him light his face,

      And seem to lift the form, and glow
          In azure orbits heavenly wise;
          And over those ethereal eyes
      The bar of Michael Angelo.
       


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