George William Lewis Marshall-Hall

(28 March 1862 – 18 July 1915 / Australia)

George William Lewis Marshall-Hall Poems

1. To Giusue Carducci 1/1/2004
2. On Reading Shakepeare's Sonnets 1/1/2004
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On Reading Shakepeare's Sonnets

THY verse is like a cool and shady well
Lying a-dream within some moss-walled close
Far from the common way, where violets doze
In green-deep grass beside the sweet hare-bell.

And each wayfarer as he stoopeth there
Doth spy a face that is most like his own,
So weary and—ah me!—so woe-begone
That almost he forgetteth his deep care.

There is a royal restraint in thy sad rhyme,
Dis-calmèd calm, and passion passionless,
And mellowed is all taint of bitterness
Into the harmony of that still time ...

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