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Westminster Abbey
6 Aulestad," the Home of Björnstjerne Björnson in Norway
Bingen on the Rhine .
Walt Whitman
The Home of George Meredith, Flint Cottage and - The Chalet,” Box

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THE INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY

OF

FAMOUS LITERATURE.

SONNETS.

BY RICHARD GARNETT.

(For biographical note, see Vol. XIV., page 6755.)

TO AMERICA, AFTER READING SOME UNGENEROUS

CRITICISMS.

What though thy Muse the singer's art essay,

With lip now over-loud, now over-low?

'Tis but the augury that makes her so
Of the high things she hath in charge to say.
How shall the giantess of gold and clay,

Girt with two oceans, crowned with Arctic snow,

Sandalled with shining seas of Mexico,
Be pared to trim proportion in a day?
Thou art too great ! Thy million-billowed surge

Of life bewilders speech, as shoreless sea

Confounds the ranging eye from verge to verge
With mazy strife or smooth immensity.

Not soon or easily shall thence emerge
A Homer or a Shakespeare worthy thee.

BISMARCK AND MOLTKE.

FIRE falters yet in the fatigued eyes;

And now the slow blood stirs with sudden leap,

And angry thunder daunts the spies that peep,
Exploring if the Lion lives or dies.
But cold upon the sand his fellow lies,

The far-flung shadow of whose dawnless sleep

The many nationed world doth overcreep;
Not solely where Rhine's torrent seaward hios.

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