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Just a soft hint of singing, to beguile
A man from all his toil;
Some vanished gleam of beckon-

ing arm, to spoil
A morning's task with longing, wild

and vain.
Then if across the parching plain
He seek her, she with passion burns
His heart to fever, and he hears
The west wind's mocking laughter

when he turns,
Shivering in mist of ocean's sullen

tears. It is the Medicean: well I know. The arts her ancient subtlety will

show,The stubble field she turns to ruddy

gold; The empty distance she will fold In purple gauze; the warm glow

she has kissed Along the chilling mist : Cheating and cheated love that

grows to hate And ever deeper loathing, soon or

late. Thou, too, O fairer spirit, walkest

here Upon the lifted hills : Wherever that still thought within

the breast The inner beauty of the world hath

moved; In starlight that the dome of even

ing fills; On endless waters rounding to the

west :


veil have loved The soul of all things beautiful

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For lying broad awake, long ere the dawn,
Staring against the dark, the blank of space
Opens immeasurably, and thy face
Wavers and glimmers there and is withdrawn.
And many days, when all one's work is vain,
And life goes stretching on, a waste gray plain,
With even the short mirage of morning gone,
No cool breath anywhere, no shadow nigh
Where a weary man might lay him down and die,
Lo! thou art there before me suddenly,
With shade as if a summer cloud did pass,
And spray of fountains whispering to the grass.
Oh, save me from the haste and noise and heat
That spoil life's music sweet :
And from that lesser Aphrodite there -
Even now she stands
Close as I turn, and ( my soul, how fair!”

$ 41. Mercury (Hermes), born in a cave of Mount Cyllene in

Arcadia, was the son of Jupiter and Maia (the daughter of Atlas). According to conjecture, his name Hermes means the Hastener. Mercury, swift as the wind, was the servant and herald of Jupiter and the other gods. On his ankles (in plastic art), and his low-crowned, broadbrimmed petasus, or hat, were wings. As messenger of Heaven, he bore a

wand (caduceus) of wood or of gold, twined with snakes and surmounted by wings, and possessed of magical powers over sleeping, waking, and dreams. He was beautiful, and ever in the prime of youthful vigor. To a voice sweettoned and powerful, he added the persuasiveness of eloquence. But his skill was not confined to speech : he was, also, the first of inventors -- to him are ascribed the lyre, the syrinx, and the flute. He was the forerunner, too, of mathematicians and astronomers. His agility and strength made him easily prince in athletic pursuits. His cunning rendered him a dangerous foe; he could well

THE FLYING MERCURY. Gior. di Bologna

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