lute's well-tuned law,
Round about a throne where, sitting
In state his glory well befitting,
The ruler of the realm was seen.
And all with pearl and ruby glowing
Was the fair palace door,
Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing,
And sparkling evermore,
A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty
Was but to sing,
In voices of surpassing beauty,
The wit and wisdom of their king.
[Illustration: The Haunted Palace]
But evil things, in robes of sorrow,
Assailed the monarch's high estate.
(Ah, let us mourn!--for never morrow
Shall dawn upon him desolate!)
And round about his home the glory
That blushed and bloomed,
Is but a dim-remembered story
Of the old time entombed.
And travellers, now, within that valley,
Through the red-litten windows see
Vast forms, that move fantastically
To a discordant melody,
While, like a ghastly rapid river,
Through the pale door
A hideous throng rush out for ever
And laugh--but smile no more.
_A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM_
Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow--
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less _gone?_
_All_ that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand--
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep--while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
_One_ from the pitiless wave?
Is _all_ that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
_THE CITY IN THE SEA_
Lo! Death has reared himself a throne
In a strange city lying alone
Far down within the dim West,
Where the good and the bad and the worst and the best
Have gone to their eternal rest.
There shrines and palaces and towers
(Time-eaten towers that tremble not!)
Resemble nothing that is ours.
Around, by lifting winds forgot,
Resignedly beneath the sky
The melancholy waters lie.
No rays from the holy heaven come down
On the long night-time of that town;
But light from out the lurid sea
Streams up the turrets silently--
Gleams up the pinnacles far and free--
Up domes--up spires--up kingly halls--
Up fanes--up Babylon-like walls--
Up shadowy long-forgotten bowers
Of sculptured ivy and stone flowers--
Up many and many a marvellous shrine
Whose wreathÃ¨d friezes intertwine
The viol, the violet, and the vine.
Resignedly beneath the sky
The melancholy waters lie.
But however admirable be the succinctness with which he has treated each particular point of his topic, the mere multiplicity of these points occasions, necessarily, an amount of detail, and thus an involution of idea, which precludes all _individuality_ of impression.Page 15
By _Him_, however--_now_, at least, the Incomprehensible--by Him--assuming him as _Spirit_--that is to say, as _not Matter_--a distinction which, for all intelligible purposes, will stand well instead of a definition--by Him, then, existing as Spirit, let us content ourselves, to-night, with supposing to have been _created_, or made out of Nothing, by dint of his Volition--at some point of Space which we will take as a centre--at some period into which we do not pretend to inquire, but at all events immensely remote--by Him, then again, let us suppose to have been created----_what_? This is a vitally momentous epoch in our considerations.Page 18
The Divine Act, however, being considered as determinate, and discontinued on fulfilment of the diffusion, we understand, at once, a _reaction_--in other words, a _satisfiable_ tendency of the disunited atoms to return into _One_.Page 20
To electricity--so, for the present, continuing to call it--we _may_ not be wrong in referring the various physical appearances of light, heat and magnetism; but far less shall we be liable to err in attributing to this strictly spiritual principle the more important phaenomena of vitality, consciousness and _Thought_.Page 21
_--Here, indeed, a flood of suggestion bursts upon the mind.Page 24
In a word, is it not because the atoms were, at some remote epoch of time, even _more than together_--is it not because originally, and therefore normally, they were _One_--that now, in all circumstances--at all points--in all directions--by all modes of approach--in all relations and through all conditions--they struggle _back_ to this absolutely, this irrelatively, this unconditionally _one_? Some person may here demand:--"Why--since it is to the _One_ that the atoms struggle back--do we not find and define Attraction 'a merely general tendency to a centre?'--why, in especial, do not _your_ atoms--the atoms which you describe as having been irradiated from a centre--proceed at once, rectilinearly, back to the central point of their origin?" I reply that _they do_; as will be distinctly shown; but that the cause of their so doing is quite irrespective of the centre _as such_.Page 27
But these laws--what do they declare? Irradiation--how--by what steps does it proceed outwardly from a centre? From a _luminous_ centre, _Light_ issues by irradiation; and the quantities of light received upon any given plane, supposed to be shifting its position so as to be now nearer the centre and now farther from it, will be diminished in the.Page 31
Let us examine, then, the actual condition of the atoms.Page 32
If there be no such being, law, or.Page 33
Gravity, then, _must be the strongest of forces_--an idea reached _a priori_ and abundantly confirmed by induction.Page 45
In the revolution of the satellites of Uranus, there does appear something seemingly inconsistent with the assumptions of Laplace; but that _one_ inconsistency can invalidate a theory constructed from a million of intricate consistencies, is a fancy fit only for the fantastic.Page 46
The advance of Science, however, soon demonstrated--what to the philosophical instinct needed _no_ demonstration--that the one movement is but a portion--something more, even, than a consequence--of the other.Page 50
impress me with all the force of truth--but I throw them out, of course, merely in their obvious character of suggestion.Page 51
Nichol to a friend in America, went the rounds of our newspapers, about two years ago, I think, admitting "the necessity" to which.Page 55
I mean to say that our solar system is to be understood as affording a _generic instance_ of these agglomerations, or, more correctly, of the ulterior conditions at which they arrived.Page 56
Thus the increase of _in_-equability--an increase which must continue until, sooner or later, an epoch will arrive at which the largest agglomeration will absorb all the others--should be viewed as, simply, a corroborative indication of the _tendency to One_.Page 57
The Galaxy sweeps throughout the Heaven and is brilliantly visible to the naked eye.Page 71
To give an instance:--In polar climates the human frame, to maintain its animal heat, requires, for combustion in the capillary system, an abundant supply of highly azotized food, such as train-oil.Page 77
" The fact is, that, in surveying the "nebulae" with a telescope of high power, we shall find it quite impossible, having once conceived this idea of "collapse," not to gather, at all points, corroboration of the idea.Page 90
For the comparative study of the _Romanic_ tongues the work affords unusual facilities.