Darkling I listen; and for many a timeI have been half in love with easeful Death,Called him soft names in many a mused rhyme,
Visible emperor of the deeds of Time,With Justice still the genius of his rhyme,
The human cadence and the subtle chimeOf little laughters, home and child and wife,He knew not. Artist merely in his rhyme,
Pause here, and think; a monitory rhymeDemands one moment of thy fleeting time.
To hand my life to time:You may forgive what worse isFor tickle of the rhyme.
Keeping time, time, time,In a sort of Runic rhyme,
No ancient sybil, famed in rhyme,Saw deeper in the womb of time;
St. Andre's feet ne'er kept more equal time,Not ev'n the feet of thy own Psyche's rhyme:
That little time with lyre and rhymeTo while away- forbidden things!My heart would feel to be a crime
112 Down to this time,113 Wad ding a Lallan tongue, or Erse,114 In prose or rhyme.
Unknowing war, unknowing crime,Gentle Saadi, mind thy rhyme.
Are you---poor, sick, old ere your time---Nearer one whit your own sublimeThan we who never have turned a rhyme?
Made with no loss of time,A prose kinema, not, not assuredly, alabasterOr the "sculpture" of rhyme.
The natural crowd is a mob to him, their prayer a vulgar rhyme;The freeman's speech is sedition, and the patriot's deed a crime.
The ode sublime,Or with Pen-bryn's bold bard pursuesA rival rhyme.
But, seated in this chair, I can in rhymeRoll back the tide of Time.
The Knight, Sir Walter, died in course of time,And his bones lie in his paternal vale.--But there is matter for a second rhyme,
And Life, that sets all things in rhyme,may make you poet, too, in time-
Oh, this is the week when no rhymster may rhymeOn the joy of the bush or the ills of the time,
So sure of death the marbles rhyme,Yet can't help marking all the time