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Earth's Preference Post by :martindemadrid Category :Poems Author :George Meredith Date :February 2011 Read :1828

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Earth's Preference

Earth loves her young: a preference manifest:
She prompts them to her fruits and flower-beds;
Their beauty with her choicest interthreads,
And makes her revel of their merry zest;
As in our East much were it in our West,
If men had risen to do the work of heads.
Her gabbling grey she eyes askant, nor treads
The ways they walk; by what they speak oppressed.
How wrought they in their zenith? 'Tis not writ;
Not all; yet she by one sure sign can read:
Have they but held her laws and nature dear,
They mouth no sentence of inverted wit.
More prizes she her beasts than this high breed
Wry in the shape she wastes her milk to rear.

(The end)
George Meredith's poem: Earth's Preference

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Society Society

Historic be the survey of our kind,And how their brave Society took shape.Lion, wolf, vulture, fox, jackal and ape,The strong of limb, the keen of nose, we find,Who, with some jars in harmony, combined,Their primal instincts taming, to escapeThe brawl indecent, and hot passions drape.Convenience pricked conscience, that the mind.Thus entered they the field of milder beasts,Which in some sort of civil order graze,And do half-homage to the God of Laws.But are they still for their old ravenous feasts,Earth gives the edifice they build no base:They spring another flood of fangs and claws.(The end)George Meredith's poem: Society

The Wisdom Of Eld The Wisdom Of Eld

The Wisdom Of Eld
We spend our lives in learning pilotage,And grow good steersmen when the vessel's crank!Gap-toothed he spake, and with a tottering shankSidled to gain the sunny bench of Age.It is the sentence which completes that stage;A testament of wisdom reading blank.The seniors of the race, on their last plank,Pass mumbling it as nature's final page.These, bent by such experience, are the bandWho captain young enthusiasts to maintainWhat things we view, and Earth's decree withstand,Lest dreaded Change, long dammed by dull decay,Should bring the world a vessel steered by brain,And ancients musical at close of day.(The end)George Meredith's poem: Wisdom Of Eld