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Heap Cassia, Sandal-buds, And Stripes Post by :goldstar Category :Poems Author :Robert Browning Date :February 2011 Read :2765

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Heap Cassia, Sandal-buds, And Stripes

Heap cassia, sandal-buds, and stripes
Of labdanum, and aloe-balls,
Smeared with dull nard an Indian wipes
From out her hair; such balsam falls
Down sea-side mountain pedestals,
From tree-tops where tired winds are fain,
Spent with the vast and howling main,
To treasure half their island-gain.

And strew faint sweetness from some old
Egyptian's fine worm-eaten shroud
Which breaks to dust when once unrolled;
Or shredded perfume, like a cloud
From closet long to quiet vowed,
With mothed and dropping arras hung,
Moldering her lute and books among,
As when a queen, long dead, was young.

(The end)
Robert Browning's poem: Heap Cassia, Sandal-Buds, And Stripes

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To Maecenas To Maecenas

To Maecenas
MAECENAS, you, beneath the myrtle shade, Read o'er what poets sung, and shepherds play'd. What felt those poets but you feel the same? Does not your soul possess the sacred flame? Their noble strains your equal genius shares In softer language, and diviner airs. While Homer paints, lo! circumfus'd in air, Celestial Gods in mortal forms appear; Swift as they move hear each recess rebound, Heav'n quakes, earth trembles, and the shores resound. Great Sire of verse, before my mortal eyes, The lightnings blaze across the vaulted skies,

Over The Sea Our Galleys Went Over The Sea Our Galleys Went

Over The Sea Our Galleys Went
Over the sea our galleys went With cleaving prows in order brave To a speeding wind and a bounding wave-- A gallant armament; Each bark built out of a forest-tree Left leafy and rough as first it grew, And nailed all over the gaping sides, Within and without, with black bull-hides, Seethed in fat and suppled in flame, To bear the playful billows' game. So each good ship was rude to see,