Sidor som bilder

But in this lonesome nook the bird

Did never build his nest.
No beast, no bird hath here his home;
The bees borne on the breczy air
Pass high above those fragrant bells
To other flowers, to other dells,
Nor ever linger there.
The Danish Boy walks here alone :
The lovely dell is all his own.

A spirit of noon day is he,
He seems a Form of Aesh and blood;
A piping Shepherd he might be,
A Herd-boy of the wood.
A regal vest of fur he wears,
In coloar like a raven's wing ;
It fears nor rain, nor wind, nor dew,
But in the storm 'tis fresh and blue
As budding pines in Spring;

His helmet has a vernal grace,
Fresh as the bloom upon his face.

A harp is from his shoulder slung;
He rests the harp upon his knee,
And there in a forgotten tongue
He warbles melody.
Of flocks and herds both far and near
He is the darling and the joy,
And often, when no cause appears,
The mountain ponies prick their ears,
They hear the Danish Boy,
While in the dell he sits alone
Beside the tree and corner-stone.

When near this blasted tree you pass,
Two sods are plainly to be seen
Close at its root, and each with grass
Is cover'd fresh and green.

Like turf upon a new-made grave
These two green sods together lie,
Nor heat, nor cold, nor ain, nor wind
Can these two sods together bind,
Nor sun, nor earth, 'nor sky,
But side by side the two are laid,
As if just sever'd by the spade.

There sits he : in his face you spy
No trace of a ferocious air,
Nor ever was a cloudless sky
So steady or so fair.
The lovely Danish Boy is blest."
And happy in his flowery cove;-
From bloody deeds his thoughts are far;
And yet he warbles songs

of war ;
They seem like songs of love,
For calm and gentle is his mien;
Like a dead Boy he is serene.buedobo

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