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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Mythology
By Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
 
From Piccolomini; trans. from Schiller

O NEVER rudely will I blame his faith
In the might of stars and angels! ’Tis not merely
The human being’s Pride that peoples space
With life and mystical predominance;
Since likewise for the stricken heart of Love        5
This visible nature, and this common world,
Is all too narrow: yea, a deeper import
Lurks in the legend told my infant years
Than lies upon that truth we live to learn.
For fable is Love’s world, his home, his birthplace:        10
Delightedly dwells he ’mong fays and talismans,
And spirits; and delightedly believes
Divinities, being himself divine.
The intelligible forms of ancient poets,
The fair humanities of old religion,        15
The power, the beauty, and the majesty,
That had their haunts in dale, or piny mountain,
Or forest by slow stream, or pebbly spring,
Or chasms and watery depths; all these have vanished;
They live no longer in the faith of reason.        20
But still the heart doth need a language, still
Doth the old instinct bring back the old names,
And to yon starry world they now are gone,
Spirits or gods, that used to share this earth
With man as with their friend; and to the lover        25
Yonder they move, from yonder visible sky
Shoot influence down; and even at this day
’Tis Jupiter who brings whate’er is great,
And Venus who brings every thing that’s fair!
 
 
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