J. J. Sylvester, The Laws of Verse or Principles of Versification Exemplified in Metrical Translations (London: Longmans, Green, 1870): 89-91.LaEG S985k
2 In characters of flame,
3Which time shall dim not nor deface,
4 I'll stamp, my deathless name.
5The fire which on my vitals preys,
6 And inly smouldering lies,
7Shall flash out to a meteor's blaze
8 And stream along the skies.
9Clafed as the angry ocean's swell
10 My soul within me boils,
11Like a chained monarch in his cell,
12 Or lion in the toils.
13To wealth, to pride, to lofty state,
14 No more I'll bend the knee,
15But Fortune's minions, meanly great,
16 Shall stoop their necks to me.
17The God which formed me for command,
18 And gave me strength to rise,
19Shall plant His sceptre in my hand,
20 His lightning in my eyes;
21Shall with the thorny crown of fame
22 My aching temples bind,
23And hail me by a mighty name
24 A monarch of the mind.
25Me, heaven's bright galaxy shall greet
26 Theirs by primordial choice,
27And earth the eternal tones repeat
28 Of my prophetic voice.
29Stung in her turn, the heartless fair
30 Who proudly eyes me now,
31Shall weep to see some other share
32 The godhead of my brow;
33Shall weep to see some lovelier star
34 Snatched to my soul's embrace,
35Ascend with me Fame's fiery car
36 And claim celestial place.
37Tune oh! my soul thy loftiest strain,
38 Exult in song and glee,
39For worn has snapped each earthlier chain
40 And set the immortal free.
41Minds destined to a glorious shape
42 Must first affliction feel;
43Wine oozes from the trodden grape,
44 Iron's blistered into steel;
45So gushes from affection bruised
46 Ambition's purple tide,
47And steadfast faith unkindly used
48 Hardens to stubborn pride.
1] Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), German astronomer. Back to Line
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