Songs of Travel, and Other Verses

By Robert Louis

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...Transcribed from the 1908 Chatto & Windus edition by David Price, email
ccx074@pglaf.org





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...to future editions of_ "_Underwoods_." _This suggestion it is
proposed to carry out_; _but in...

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...XIII. MATER TRIUMPHANS--Son of my woman's body, you go, to
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... beyond...

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... Let what will be o'er me;
Give the face of earth around
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...the level land
Call him with lighted lamp in the eventide.

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...the sea,
Till lo! I looked in the dusk
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... Let Beauty awake
...

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... Heaven below, and only heaven above,
Through the sky's inverted azure
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...they shall wield the sword!
Drugged with slumber and milk, you wait the...

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... Hunger my driver, I go where I must.
Cold blows the...

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...fire!

_Saranac Lake_.




XVIII


The stormy evening closes now in vain,
Loud wails...

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...fabled kings
Who by the loud sea-shore gave judgment forth,
From...

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...earth above and under--
Sits and is content to view.

...

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...through and transpierce and transpire,
And a secret purpose of glory in every...

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...ISLAND PRINCESS


Since long ago, a child at home,
I read...

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...tides,
Below your palace in your harbour rides:
And the seafarers,...

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...head was bright beyond compare,
I knew a queen of toil with a...

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...the yard,
And senseless clamour of the calm, at night
Must...

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...Allermuir,
Or steep Caerketton, dreaming gaze again.
Far set in fields...

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... In the upper room I lay, and heard far off
The unsleeping...

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..._Unlike the strains_, _and yet the theme is one_:
_The strains unlike_, _and...

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...King.
No Childeric he, yet much declined
From his rude sire's...

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...not so!
In his lone isle of long ago,
A royal...

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...stately things,
Impassive as departed kings,
All still in the wood's...

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... The cancers of the orchid grow.
Silent as in the listed...

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...Besieged we sleep, beleaguered eat;
Labour by day and wake o' nights,
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...that smites, beneficent rivers of rain.

_Vailima_.




XL--AN END OF TRAVEL


Let now your soul...

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...a day
Over the sea to Skye.

Billow...