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There is confusion worse than death,
Trouble on trouble, pain on pain,
Long labour unto aged breath,
And eyes grown dim with gazing on the pilot-stars.
But, propt on beds of amaranth and moly,
How sweet (while warm airs lull us, blowing lowly)
With half-dropt eyelids still,
From cave to cave thro' the thick-twined vine
To watch the emerald-colour'd water falling
Thro' many a wov'n acanthus-wreath divine !
Only to hear and see the far-off sparkling brine,
Only to hear were sweet, stretch'd out beneath the
The Lotos blooms below the barren peak :
The Lotos blows by every winding creek:
All day the wind breathes low with mellower tone:
Thro' every hollow cave and alley lone
Lotos-dust is blown.
We have had enough of action, and of motion we,
Rollid to starboard, rolld to larboard, when the
surge was seething free,
Where the wallowing monster spouted his foam.
fountains in the sea.
Let us swear an oath, and keep it with an equal In the hollow Lotos-land to live and lie reclined
On the hills like Gods together, careless of mankind.
For they lie beside their nectar, and the bolts are
Far below them in the valleys, and the clouds are
Round their golden houses, girdled with the
gleaming world :
Where they smile in secret, looking over wasted
lands, Blight and famine, plague and earthquake, roaring
deeps and fiery sands, Clanging fights, and flaming towns, and sinking
ships, and praying hands. But they smile, they find a music centred in a
Steaming up, a lamentation and an ancient tale of
Like a tale of little meaning tho' the words are
Chanted from an ill-used race of men that cleave
Sow the seed, and reap the harvest with enduring
Storing yearly little dues of wheat, and wine and oil;
Till they perish and they suffer-some, 'tis whisper'd
-down in hell
Suffer endless anguish, others in Elysian valleys
Resting weary limbs at last on beds of asphodel. Surely, surely, slumber is more sweet than toil,
Than labour in the deep mid-ocean, wind and
wave and oar;
Oh rest ye, brother mariners, we will not wander