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Fragment of “The Castle Builder.”
TO-NIGHT I'll have my friar-let me think
This follows the preceding fragment in the first volume of the Life, Letters &c.
It is a gorgeous room, but somewhat sad;
25 The draperies are so, as tho' they had Been made for Cleopatra's winding-sheet; And opposite the stedfast eye doth meet A spacious looking-glass, upon whose face, In letters raven-sombre, you may trace
30 Old “Mene, Mene, Tekel Upharsin.” Greek busts and statuary have ever been Held, by the finest spirits, fitter far Than vase grotesque and Siamesian jar; Therefore 'tis sure a want of Attic taste
35 That I should rather love a Gothic waste Of eyesight on cinque-coloured potter's clay, Than on the marble fairness of old Greece. My table-coverlits of Jason's fleece And black Numidian sheep-wool should be wrought, 40 Gold, black, and heavy, from the Lama brought. My ebon sofas should delicious be With down from Leda's cygnet progeny. My pictures all Salvator's, save a few Of Titian's portraiture, and one, though new, Of Haydon's in its fresh magnificence. My wine-O good ! 'tis here at my desire, And I must sit to supper with my friar.
“ Under the flag
WELCOME joy, and welcome sorrow,
Lethe's weed and Hermes' feather ;
I do love you both together!
I love to mark sad faces in fair weather ;
Fair and foul I love together.
This is the fourth of the undated fragments at the end of Volume I of the Life.
Sombre Saturn, Momus hale ;-
WHEN I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain, Before high piled books, in charactry,
Hold like rich garners the full ripen'd grain ; When I behold, upon the night's starr'd face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance ;
upon Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love ;—then on the shore Of the wide world I stand alone, and think Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.
This sonnet, of which there is a fair manuscript dated 1817 in Sir Charles Dilke's copy of Endymion, was printed among the Literary Remains in the second volume of the Life, Letters &c. (1848). The text as given above accords entirely with the manuscript.