e'en a cruel glance would slay!
There it would lie, unsouled, poor thing!
All stark, all formless, and all cold,
Its little body changed and battered,
By death and dying rudely shattered.
A dead word is a hateful thing,
A barren, rattling, ting-ting-ting.
A curse on ugly trades I cry
That doom all little words to die!
THE WANDERER AND HIS SHADOW
You'll ne'er go on nor yet go back?
Is e'en for chamois here no track?
So here I wait and firmly clasp
What eye and hand will let me grasp!
Five-foot-broad ledge, red morning's breath,
And under me--world, man, and death!
This is no book--for such, who looks?
Coffins and shrouds, naught else, are books!
What's dead and gone they make their prey,
Yet in my book lives fresh To-day.
This is no book--for such, who looks?
Who cares for coffins, shrouds, and spooks?
This is a promise, an act of will,
A last bridge-breaking, for good or ill;
A wind from sea, an anchor light,
A whirr of wheels, a steering right.
The cannon roars, white smokes its flame,
The sea--the monster--laughs and scents its game.
He who has much to tell, keeps much
Silent and unavowed.
He who with lightning-flash would touch
Must long remain a cloud!
THE NEW TESTAMENT
Is this your Book of Sacred Lore,
For blessing, cursing, and such uses?--
Come, come now: at the very door
God some one else's wife seduces?
THE "TRUE GERMAN"
"O Peuple des meillures Tartuffes,
To you I'm true, I wis."
He spoke, but in the swiftest skiff
Above all thou shouldst see clearly where the injustice is always greatest:--namely, where life has developed most punily, restrictedly, necessitously, and incipiently, and yet cannot help regarding _itself_ as the purpose and standard of things, and for the sake of self-preservation, secretly, basely, and continuously wasting away and calling in question the higher, greater, and richer,--thou shouldst see clearly the problem of gradation of rank, and how power and right and amplitude of perspective grow up together.Page 19
--The young man values metaphysical explanations, because they show him something highly significant in things which he found unpleasant or despicable, and if he is dissatisfied with himself, the feeling becomes lighter when he recognises the innermost world-puzzle or world-misery in that which he so strongly disapproves of in himself.Page 37
--Our present civilisation has grown up on the.Page 42
In order to understand _ourselves_ we must understand _it_ but then, in order to mount higher we must rise above it.Page 61
In India (says Lubbock) a carpenter is accustomed to offer sacrifice to his hammer, his hatchet, and the rest of his tools; in the same way a Brahmin treats the pen with which he writes, a soldier the weapons he requires in the field of battle, a mason his trowel, a labourer his plough.Page 66
The tree and, compared with it, the seed from which it sprang,--this enigmatical contrast seems to prove that the same spirit embodied itself in both forms, now small, now large.Page 75
If he formerly believed that in every event he could recognise warnings, menaces, punishments, and every kind of manifestation of divine anger, he now finds divine goodness in all his experiences, --this event appears to him to be full of love, that one a helpful hint, a third, and, indeed, his whole happy mood, a proof that God is merciful.Page 76
There is a _defiance of self,_ to the sublimest manifestation of which belong many forms of asceticism.Page 84
--Art also fulfils the task of preservation and even of brightening up extinguished and faded memories; when it accomplishes this task it weaves a rope round the ages and causes their spirits to return.Page 90
Genius does nothing but learn how to lay stones, then to build, always to seek for material and always to work upon it.Page 92
mankind and the world.Page 99
With their northern strength and stiff-neckedness they threw mankind back again, brought about the counter-reformation, that is, a Catholic Christianity of self-defence, with all the violences of a state of siege, and delayed for two or three centuries the complete awakening and mastery of the sciences; just as they probably made for ever impossible the complete inter-growth of the antique and the modern spirit.Page 132
often insignificant truth that is the fruit which he knows how to shake down from the tree of knowledge.Page 159
(which every man and every party possess), and pouncing upon them: for which purpose their dagger-pointed intelligence is of good service (whilst men, hesitating at the sight of wounds, are often generously and conciliatorily inclined).Page 165
also Disraeli's reference to the "High Priestesses of predestination.Page 172
--A man may be justly proud of an unbroken line of _good_ ancestors down to his father,--not however of the line itself, for every one has that.Page 202
If it is so, however, it furnishes a bad proof of the _intellectual_ significance of all convictions.