Elizabeth Barrett Browning



Literatur: Barrett Browning
Literatur: The Cornhill Magazine


                   A Musical Instrument.


4                             I.
WHAT was he doing, the great god Pan,
   Down in the reeds by the river?
Spreading ruin and scattering ban,
Splashing and paddling with hoofs of a goat,
8   And breaking the golden lilies afloat
   With the dragon-fly on the river?


He tore out a reed, the great god Pan,
   From the deep cool bed of the river.
12   The limpid water turbidly ran,
And the broken lilies a-dying lay,
And the dragon-fly had fled away,
   Ere he brought it out of the river.


High on the shore sate the great god Pan,
   While turbidly flowed the river,
And hacked and hewed as a great god can,
With his hard bleak steel at the patient reed,
20   Till there was not a sign of a leaf indeed
   To prove it fresh from the river.


He cut it short, did the great god Pan,
   (How tall it stood in the river!)
24   Then drew the pith, like the heart of a man,
Steadily from the outside ring,
Then notched the poor dry empty thing
   In holes as he sate by the river.


[85] "This is the way," laughed the great god Pan,
   (Laughed while he sate by the river!)
"The only way since gods began
To make sweet music they could succeed."
32   Then, dropping his mouth to a hole in the reed,
   He blew in power by the river.


Sweet, sweet, sweet, O Pan!
   Piercing sweet by the river!
36   Blinding sweet, O great god Pan!
The sun on the hill forgot to die,
And the lilies revived, and the dragon-fly
   Came back to dream on the river.


Yet half a beast is the great god Pan
   To laugh, as he sits by the river,
Making a poet out of a man.
The true gods sigh for the cost and pain, –
  For the reed that grows nevermore again
   As a reed with the reeds in the river.





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The Cornhill Magazine.
Bd. 2, 1860, Juli, S. 84-85.


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The Cornhill Magazine   inhaltsanalytische Bibliographie
The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824-1900.
Hrsg. von Walter E. Houghton. Bd. 1. Toronto 1966.





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