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Unto thy guidance from this hour;
O let my weakness have an end!
The confidence of reason give;
253 COMPOSED UPON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE
SEPTEMBER 3, 1802
ARTH has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
From out the hallelujahs, sweet and low,
Let my tears drop like amber while I go
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
CROSSING THE BAR1
UNSET and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
When I embark;
For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
1 Reprinted with the permission of The Macmillan Company.
REFLECTIVE, DESCRIPTIVE AND
On Man, on Nature, and on Human Life .
RUBÁIYÁT OF OMAR KHAYYÁM OF
A ges of Progress! These eight hundred years
Hadst thou the Secret? Ah, and who may tell?
Nay, we can never be as wise as thou,
1 The text is that of the fifth edition. Though ostensibly a translation, he poem as a whole is more properly regarded as an original production eveloped from suggestions furnished by the Persian poet. (See the atroduction to The Quatrains of Omar Kheyyam, by John Payne.) The material contained in the notes is mainly derived from Fitzgerald's ommentary, which without further acknowledgment is freely transcribed r paraphrased; from Nathan Haskell Dole's multivariorum edition of he Rubáiyát; and from the work by John Payne which is referred to bove.
The epigraph, for which the present editors are responsible, is eprinted through special arrangement with Charles Sci ibner's Sons.