Dante, being sick
ens and crying out
troublous dream of his lady's death, is
bewept by his near
kinswoman; whom other
ladies lead thence, by reason of her grief,
Dante recounts his dream to the
ladies, who have awakened
whereto his grieving kinswoman also
- Gustave Flaubert, whose honoured rôle
- Was to be scribe to Nero's soul,
- And make French flesh to creep & crow
- O'er Carthaginian Salammbò,
- Lies here, in body, as in brain,
- Like Morgue-corpse tumid from the Seine.
- What shall be writ above his grave?—
- Vitellius— Nero's dying stave?
- “Fui Imperator!” (shall it
10 Or “Qualis Artifex pereo!”
Transcribed Note (page ):
xFlaubert became so bloated latterly that
he could hardly move and had
a special loose costume.
Note: For the first entry here see William Bell Scott,
William Blake: Etchings from his Works by William
Bell Scott. With Descriptive Text
Raisonné of Exhibition
Burlington Fine Arts Club. 1876
Scott's Etchings from Blake's
descriptive text. 1878
As in a tract of lifeless land, the scattered
pools of rain-water that
for a moment catch
the sky as the traveller passes—so
far-apart intervals of living labour in
life of an idle man. After death,
if these brief efforts be worthy, will all be
sky-brimmed water or
all a desert
- This little day—a bird that flew to me—
- Has swiftly flown out of my hand again.
- Ah! have I listened to its fugitive strain
- For what its tidings of the sky may be?
Lent Watts Gris-de-Flandres inkstand
Watts (Smith Biog. Vol. 3
- This word had Merlin said from of old:—
- That out of the Oak Tree Shade,
- In the day of France's direst dule,
- God's hand should send a Maid.
- And where Domremy, by Burgundy,
- Sits crowned with its oakenshaw,
- Even there Joan d'Arc, the Maid of God's Ark,
- The light of the day first saw.
- Where spirits go, what man may know?
10 Yet this may of man be said:—
- That, when Time is o'er and all hath suffic'd,
- Shall the world's chief Christ-fire rise to Christ
- From the ashes of Joan the Maid.
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