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 Arnold
The foot less prompt to meet the morning dew, The heart less bounding at emotion new, And hope, once crushed, less quick to spring again.Matthew Arnold
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 Arnold
Is it so small a thing To have enjoyed the sun, To have lived light in the spring, To have loved, to have thought, to have done.Matthew Arnold
Still bent to make some port he knows not where, Still standing for some false impossible shore.Matthew Arnold
Thou waitest for the spark from heaven! and we, Light half-believers in our casual creeds? Who hesitate and falter life away, And lose tomorrow the ground won today Ah, do not we,Wanderer, await it too?Matthew Arnold
Of these two literatures [French and German], as of the intellect of Europe in general, the main effort, for now many years, has beena critical effort; the endeavours, in all branches of knowledgetheology, philosophy, history, art, sciencetoseethe object as initself it really is.Matthew Arnold
Culture, the acquainting ourselves with the best that has been known and said in the world, and thus with the history of the human spirit.Matthew Arnold
What actions are the most excellent? Those, certainly, which most powerfully appeal to the great primary human affections: to those elementary feelings which subsist permanently in the race, and which are independent of time. These feelings are permanent and the same; that which interests them is permanent and the same also.Matthew Arnold
The power of the Latin classic is in character , that of the Greek is in beauty . Now character is capable of being taught, learnt, and assimilated: beauty hardly.Matthew Arnold
That which in England we call the middle class is in America virtually the nation.Matthew Arnold
But each day brings its petty dust Our soon choked souls to fill.Matthew Arnold
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