Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ON CERTAIN BOOKS (1), by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER



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First Line: Faith and fixt hope these pages may peruse
Last Line: Shall shake it into dust, like older lies.
Subject(s): Books; Reading


Faith and fixt hope these pages may peruse,
And still be faith and hope; but, O ye winds!
Blow them far off from all unstable minds,
And foolish grasping hands of youth! Ye dews
Of heaven! be pleased to rot them where they fall,
Lest loitering boys their fancies should abuse,
And they get harm by chance, that cannot choose;
So be they stained and sodden, each and all!
And if, perforce, on dry and gusty days,
Upon the breeze some truant leaf should rise,
Brittle with many weathers, to the skies,
Or flit and dodge about the public ways --
Man's choral shout, or organ's peal of praise
Shall shake it into dust, like older lies.






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