Unchequer'd by alloy;The sacred double-numbers then
Not the remotest desire ever to call them mine own.Years thus fleeted away! Although our houses were only
Tell me, to which should I the preference pay?
To the hand but wont to stealO'er the lyre in gentle mood.From the sparkling waterfalls,From the brook that purling calls,Shall Silenus' loathsome beastBe allow'd at will to feast?Aganippe's * wave he sipsWith profane and spreading lips,--With ungainly feet stamps madly,Till the waters flow on sadly.
(* In the original, Schwager, which has the twofold meaning ofbrother-in-law and postilion.)
"Wilt go, then, dear infant, wilt go with me there?My daughters shall tend thee with sisterly careMy daughters by night their glad festival keep,They'll dance thee, and rock thee, and sing thee to sleep."
That we by night
Awaiting a beating and scolding.But see what they're tasting: the choicest of beer!Though three times and four times they quaff the good cheer
I asked her name--twas Kate, she said--"Oh lovely Kate! how kind art thou!
Firm as rocks appear'd to rise,Walls and palaces thou seest
Instead of first thereon inscribing aught,
Syllables teeming with thought, by a fond pair are exchang'd.Then becomes whispering, talk,--and stamm'ring, a language enchanting;
And straight a pile prepare!