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A Year's Life  (1841) 
by James Russell Lowell


A YEAR'S LIFE.

A


YEAR'S LIFE.


BY


JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL.


Ich habe gelebt und geliebet.


BOSTON:
C. C. LITTLE AND J. BROWN.


M DCCC XLI.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1841, by
C. C. Little and J. Brown,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.


CAMBRIDGE:
FOLSOM, WELLS, AND THURSTON,
PRINTERS TO THE UNIVERSITY.

DEDICATION.


The gentle Una I have loved,
The snowy maiden, pure and mild,
Since ever by her side I roved,
Through ventures strange, a wondering child,
In fantasy a Red Cross Knight,
Burning for her dear sake to fight.

If there be one who can, like her,
Make sunshine in life's shady places,
One in whose holy bosom stir
As many gentle household graces,—
And such I think there needs must be,—
Will she accept this book from me?

CONTENTS.


PAGE

Threnodia
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3
The Serenade
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10
Song. "Lift up the curtains of thine eyes"
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15
The Departed
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17
The Boblink
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24
Song. "What reck I of the stars, when I"
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30
The Poet
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32
Flowers
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35
The Lover
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43
To E. W. G.
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46
Isabel
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51
Music
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54
Song. "O! I must look on that sweet face"
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30
Ianthe
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65
Love's Altar
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76
My Love
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79
With a Pressed Flower
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84
Impartiality
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87
Bellerophon
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89
Something Natural
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97
The Syrens
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99
A Feeling
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105
The Beggar
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107
Serenade
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110
Irenè
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112
The Lost Child
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118
The Church
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120
The Unlovely
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124
Love-Song
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128
Song. "All things are sad"
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130
A Love-Dream
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134
Fourth of July Ode
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138
Sphinx
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140
Sonnets. I. Disappointment
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145
Sonnets. I.II. "Great human nature"
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146
Sonnets. I.III. To a Friend
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147
Sonnets. I.IV. Continued
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148
Sonnets. I.V. "O child of Nature"
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149
Sonnets. I.VI. "For this true nobleness"
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150
Sonnets. I.VII. To —
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151
Sonnets. I.VIII. Continued
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152
Sonnets. I.IX. "Why should we ever weary"
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153
Sonnets. I.X. Green Mountains
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154
Sonnets. I.XI. "My friend, adown Life's valley"
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155
Sonnets. I.XII. "Verse cannot say how beautiful"
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156
Sonnets. I.XIII. "The soul would fain"
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157
Sonnets. I.XIV. "I saw a gate"
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158
Sonnets. I.XV. "I would not have this perfect love"
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159
Sonnets. I.XVI. "To the dark, narrow house"
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160
Sonnets. I.XVII. "I fain would give to thee"
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161
Sonnets. I.XVIII. "Much had I mused"
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162
Sonnets. I.XIX. "Sayest thou, most beautiful"
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163
Sonnets. I.XX. "Poet! who sittest in thy pleasant room"
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164
Sonnets. I.XXI. "No more but so?"
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165
Sonnets. I.XXII. To a Voice heard in Mount Auburn
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166
Sonnets. I.XXIII. On reading Spenser again
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167
Sonnets. I.XXIV. "Light of mine eyes!"
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168
Sonnets. I.XXV. "Silent as one who treads"
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169
Sonnets. I.XXVI. "A gentleness that grows of steady faith"
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170
Sonnets. I.XXVII. "When the glad soul is full"
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171
Sonnets. I.XXVIII. To the Evening-star
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172
Sonnets. I.XXIX. Reading
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173
Sonnets. I.XXX. To —, after a Snow-storm
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174
Sonnet on Names. I. Edith
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175
Sonnets. I.II. Rose
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176
Sonnets. I.III. Mary
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177
Sonnets. I.IV. Caroline
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178
Sonnets. I.V. Anne
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179
"Goe, Little Booke!"
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180


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