55. William J. Hypperbone

Vinyeta 55

Títol

Comença amb W.

Lema

Acció de gràcies = Participació financera sense cost.

Poema model

Two in the Campagna
Men an Women, 1855

I

I wonder do you feel to-day
          As I have felt since, hand in hand,
We sat down on the grass, to stray
          In spirit better through the land,
This morn of Rome and May?

II

For me, I touched a thought, I know,
          Has tantalized me many times,
(Like turns of thread the spiders throw
          Mocking across our path) for rhymes
To catch at and let go.

III

Help me to hold it! First it left
          The yellowing fennel, run to seed
There, branching from the brickwork’s cleft,
          Some old tomb’s ruin: yonder weed
Took up the floating weft,

IV

Where one small orange cup amassed
          Five beetles,—blind and green they grope
Among the honey-meal: and last,
          Everywhere on the grassy slope
I traced it. Hold it fast!

V

The champaign with its endless fleece
          Of feathery grasses everywhere!
Silence and passion, joy and peace,
          An everlasting wash of air—
Rome’s ghost since her decease.

VI

Such life here, through such lengths of hours,
          Such miracles performed in play,
Such primal naked forms of flowers,
          Such letting nature have her way
While heaven looks from its towers!

VII

How say you? Let us, O my dove,
          Let us be unashamed of soul,
As earth lies bare to heaven above!
          How is it under our control
To love or not to love?

VIII

I would that you were all to me,
          You that are just so much, no more.
Nor yours nor mine, nor slave nor free!
          Where does the fault lie? What the core
O’ the wound, since wound must be?

IX

I would I could adopt your will,
          See with your eyes, and set my heart
Beating by yours, and drink my fill
          At your soul’s springs,—your part my part
In life, for good and ill.

X

No. I yearn upward, touch you close,
          Then stand away. I kiss your cheek,
Catch your soul’s warmth,—I pluck the rose
          And love it more than tongue can speak—
Then the good minute goes.

XI

Already how am I so far
          Out of that minute? Must I go
Still like the thistle-ball, no bar,
          Onward, whenever light winds blow,
Fixed by no friendly star?

XII

Just when I seemed about to learn!
          Where is the thread now? Off again!
The old trick! Only I discern—
          Infinite passion, and the pain
Of finite hearts that yearn.

Robert Browning

Edició consultada:
Poetry & Prose.
With an Introduction and Notes by Sir Humphrey Milford.
London, Oxford University Press, 1966.

Two in the Campagna

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