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(1822-1888 / Middlesex / England)

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  • ''Thou waitest for the spark from heaven!''
    Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. The Scholar-Gipsy (l. 171). . . Selected Poems and Prose [Matthew Arnold]. Allot, Miriam, ed. (1993) J.M. Dent.
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  • ''Light half-believers of our casual creeds,
    Who never deeply felt, nor clearly will'd,
    Whose insight never has borne fruit in deeds,
    Whose vague resolves never have been fulfill'd.''
    Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. The Scholar-Gipsy, l. 172-5 (1853).
  • ''Still nursing the unconquerable hope,
    Still clutching the inviolable shade.''
    Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. The Scholar-Gipsy, st. 22 (1853).
  • ''each year we see
    Breeds new beginnings, disappointments new;''
    Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. The Scholar-Gipsy (l. 176-177). . . Selected Poems and Prose [Matthew Arnold]. Allot, Miriam, ed. (1993) J.M. Dent.
  • ''Once pass'd I blindfold here, at any hour,
    Now seldom come I, since I came with him.
    That single elm-tree bright
    Against the west—I miss it! is it gone?''
    Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. Thyrsis (l. 24-27). . . Selected Poems and Prose [Matthew Arnold]. Allot, Miriam, ed. (1993) J.M. Dent.
  • ''I fell her finger light
    Laid pausefully upon life's headlong train;—
    The foot less prompt to meet the morning dew,
    The heart less bounding at emotion new,
    And hope, once crush'd, less quick to spring again.''
    Matthew Arnold (1822-1888). Thyrsis (l. 137-141). . . Selected Poems and Prose [Matthew Arnold]. Allot, Miriam, ed. (1993) J.M. Dent.
  • ''That sweet city with her dreaming spires.''
    Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. "Thyrsis," l. 19 (1866). Referring to Oxford, where Arnold was Professor of Poetry at the university 1857-1867.
  • ''Unbreachable the fort
    Of the long-batter'd world uplifts its wall;
    And strange and vain the earthly turmoil grows,
    And near and real the charm of thy repose,
    And night as welcome as a friend would fall.''
    Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. Thyrsis (l. 146-150). . . Selected Poems and Prose [Matthew Arnold]. Allot, Miriam, ed. (1993) J.M. Dent.
  • ''Too rare, too rare, grow now my visits here,
    But once I knew each field, each flower, each stick;''
    Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. Thyrsis (l. 31-32). . . Selected Poems and Prose [Matthew Arnold]. Allot, Miriam, ed. (1993) J.M. Dent.
  • ''Yes, thou art gone! and round me too the night
    In ever-nearing circle weaves her shade.''
    Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. Thyrsis, st. 14 (1866).

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Quiet Work

One lesson, Nature, let me learn of thee,
One lesson which in every wind is blown,
One lesson of two duties kept at one
Though the loud world proclaim their enmity--

Of toil unsever'd from tranquility!
Of labor, that in lasting fruit outgrows
Far noisier schemes, accomplish'd in repose,
Too great for haste, too high for rivalry.

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