This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...touch the magic keys, And break the currents of sublimest melodies Whose ripples, kissing eyelids of this "Vale of Tears", Would fill the soul with light born of empyreal spheres. (31) Oh, let the silver streams of thought their shores o'erswell, And check those impious voices that would break the spell In which sonorous souls respond to harmonies Arising from celestial bands and choruses. Through rift in hazy thoughts divine effulgence breaks, A blaze of light, and through Reflection's pores it shakes Its startling beams, and as from sleep the heart awakes To gaze on truth--to spring from darkness and mistakes. BOOK III. The Final Battle, And Initial Results Of Peace. Argument: The poet emerges from the labyrinthine windings of introspection and the mystic chambers of philosophy and religion to find himself still standing in the presence of the immaculate messenger that has come down the ages through the strangest climes apparently for the purpose of this heart to heart communion with a human soul. He is made to hear the continuation of the dewdrop's narrative, which was lost sight of for a moment or so during the high-tide of reflection. He recovers the thread of the story just in time to hear the account of the decisive battle between the long-standing enemies, fire and water. He is made to see the hollow ocean caves filled with the waves that have fought so long for this home of comparative repose. So vivid and thrilling is the message of the eye-witness describing the wild drama, that he is brought, it seems, within sound of the voice of the supreme Commander leading the victorious forces to a final assault; and also within range of that Voice when the grand fiat "Peace" is pronounced! (32) "Thou sparkling...
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