A God, a God their severance ruled! And bade betwixt their shores to be The unplumbed, salt, estranging sea.
1852 Empedocles on Etna and Other Poems,'To MargueriteContinued', l.22-4.
Sand-strewn caverns, cool and deep, Where the winds are all asleep; Where the spent lights quiver and gleam; Where the salt weed sways in the stream.Matthew Arnold1849 The Strayed Reveller, and Other Poems,'The Forsaken Merman', l.35-8.
Odin, thou whirlwind, what a threat is this Thou threatenest what transcends thy might, even thine, For of all powers the mightiest far art thou, Lord over men on earth, and Gods in Heaven; Yet even from thee thyself hath been withheld One thing to undo what thou thyself hast ruled.Matthew ArnoldMatthew Arnold, Balder Dead, The Funeral
Come, dear children, let us away; Down and away below!Matthew Arnold1849 The Strayed Reveller, and Other Poems,'The Forsaken Merman', l.1-2.
Ah! two desires toss about The poet's feverish blood. One drives him to the world without, And one to solitude.Matthew Arnold1852 Empedocles on Etna and Other Poems,'Stanzas in Memory of the Author of ''Obermann''', l.93-6.
This truthto prove, and make thine own: 'Thou hast been, shalt be, art, alone.'Matthew Arnold1857 'Isolation. To Marguerite', l.29-30.
Hebraism and Hellenismbetween thesetwo points of influence moves our world.Matthew Arnold1869 Culture and Anarchy, ch.4.
Ah! two desires toss about The poet's feverish blood; One drives him to the world without, And one to solitude.Matthew Arnold"Stanzas in Memory of the Author of "Obermann"" (1852), st. 24.
We, in some unknown Power's employ, Move on a rigorous line; Can neither, when we will, enjoy, Nor, when we will, resign.Matthew Arnold"Stanzas in Memory of the Author of "Obermann"" (1852), st. 34.
The Celts certainly have it in a wonderful measure.Matthew ArnoldReferring to style, in On the Study of Celtic Literature (1867), Pt. 6.
Eutrapelia . "A happy and gracious flexibility," Pericles calls this quality of the Athenians...lucidity of thought, clearness and propriety of language, freedom from prejudice and freedom from stiffness, openness of mind, amiability of manners.Matthew Arnold"Irish Essays. A Speech at Eton" (1882).
English civilization the humanizing, the bringing into one harmonious and truly humane life, of the whole body of English society that is what interests me.Matthew Arnold"Irish Essays. Ecce, Convertimur ad Gentes" (1882).
Goethe in Weimar sleeps, and Greece, Long since, saw Byron ’s struggle cease.Matthew ArnoldSt. 1. (Memorial Verses (1852))
The day in his hotness, The strife with the palm; The night in her silence, The stars in their calm.Matthew ArnoldAct II (Empedocles on Etna (1852))
Weep bitterly over the dead, for he is worthy, and then comfort thyself; drive heaviness away: thou shall not do him good, but hurt thyself.Matthew ArnoldDiary entry for the day he died (15 April 1888); from Ecclesiasticus, xxxviii.
The East bow'd low before the blast, In patient, deep disdain. She let the legions thunder past, And plunged in thought again.Matthew ArnoldMatthew Arnold, Obermann Once More, Stanza 28.
And see all sights from pole to pole, And glance, and nod, and bustle by, And never once possess our soul Before we die.Matthew ArnoldMatthew Arnold, A Southern Night, Stanza 18.
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