Poems— Volume 2

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Author: George Meredith

A Later Alexandrian

An inspiration caught from dubious hues
Filled him, and mystic wrynesses he chased;
For they lead farther than the single-faced,
Wave subtler promise when desire pursues.
The moon of cloud discoloured was his Muse,
His pipe the reed of the old moaning waste.
Love was to him with anguish fast enlaced,
And Beauty where she walked blood-shot the dews.
Men railed at such a singer; women thrilled
Responsively: he sang not Nature’s own
Divinest, but his lyric had a tone,
As ’twere a forest-echo of her voice:
What barrenly they yearn for seemed distilled
From what they dread, who do through tears rejoice.

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Chicago: George Meredith, "A Later Alexandrian," Poems— Volume 2, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Poems—Volume 2 (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed September 25, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L9H2CHK553D3SUT.

MLA: Meredith, George. "A Later Alexandrian." Poems— Volume 2, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Poems—Volume 2, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 25 Sep. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L9H2CHK553D3SUT.

Harvard: Meredith, G, 'A Later Alexandrian' in Poems— Volume 2, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Poems—Volume 2, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 25 September 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L9H2CHK553D3SUT.