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(without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.
1890 edition. Excerpt: ... anything must be from you; A meerschaum
pure, 't would float as light As she the girls call Amphitrite.
Mixture divine of foam and clay, From both it stole the best away:
Its foam is such as crowns the glow Of beakers brimmed by Veuve
Clicquot; Its clay is but congested lymph Jove chose to make some
choicer nymph; And here combined, --why, this must be The birth of
some enchanted sea, Shaped to immortal form, the type And very
Venus of a pipe. When high I heap it with the weed From Lethe
wharf, whose potent seed Nicotia, big from Bacchus, bore And cast
upon Virginia's shore, I 'll think, --So fill the fairer bowl And
wise alembic of thy soul, With herbs far-sought that shall distil,
Not fumes to slacken thought and will, But bracing essences that
nerve To wait, to dare, to strive, to serve. When curls the smoke
in eddies soft, And hangs a shifting dream aloft, That gives and
takes, though chance-designed, The impress of the dreamer's mind, I
'll think, --So let the vapors bred By Passion, in the heart or
head, Pass off and upward into space, Waving farewells of tenderest
grace, Bemembered in some happier time, To blend their beauty with
my rhyme. While slowly o'er its candid bowl The color deepens (as
the soul That burns in mortals leaves its trace Of bale or beauty
on the face), I 'll think, --So let the essence rare Of years
consuming make me fair; So, 'gainst the ills of life profuse, Steep
me in some narcotic juice; And if my soul must part with all That
whiteness which we greenness call, Smooth back, O Fortune, half thy
frown, And make me beautifully brown Dream-forger, I refill thy cup
With reverie's wasteful pittance up, And while the fire burns slow
away, Hiding itself in ashes gray, I 'll think, --As inward Youth
retreats, Compelled to...
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