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It was inexact to describe this piece, which Polidori printed in 1843, as a
“first attempt”, for
, dated in his fifth year, and a prose romance, never finished,
, written during school years, preceded it. But in writing to Swinburne
in 1870 the poet describes a still later piece, written in 1845, as
“what I may call my first poem (after still more childish
things) I believe, and enclose it you for a lark. Of course it is on nothing
less than Napoleon at Waterloo!”
It is called
“The End Of It”
, and has a biographical interest, showing that the youthful Dante
Gabriel was not quite oblivious of the world's events. Here are two of the four
stanzas which are printed in Mr. Wise's Catalogue:
- His brows met, and his teeth were set,
- And his mouth seemed in pain,
- And madness closed and grappled with him
- As they turned his bridle-rein.
- And albeit his eyes went everywhere,
- Yet they saw not anything:
- And he drew the bit tightly, for he thought
- That his horse was stumbling.
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1 Vol. iii, Catalogue of the Ashley Library.
- There was a great shouting about him
10And the weight of a great din:
- But what was the battle he had around
- To the battle he had within?
- A pond in motion to the stress of the ocean,
- A lamp to a furnace-eye,
- Or the wind's wild-weeping fits
- To the voice of Austerlitz
- When it shook upon the sky.
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