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PHILIP JAMES BAILEY
English poet
(1816 - 1902)
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The death-change comes.
  Death is another life. We bow our heads
    At going out, we think, and enter straight
      Another golden chamber of the king's
        Larger than this we leave, and lovelier.
          And then in shadowy glimpses, disconnect,
            The story, flower-like, closes thus its leaves.
              The will of God is all in all. He makes,
                Destroys, remakes, for His own pleasure, all.
      - Festus (sc. Home) [Death]

Write to the mind and heart, and let the ear
  Glean after what it can.
      - Festus (sc. Home) [Authorship]

Earth took her shining station as a star,
  In Heaven's dark hall, high up the crowd of worlds.
      - Festus (sc. The Centre) [World]

America! half brother of the world!
  With something good and bad of every land.
      - Festus (sc. The Surface, l. 340) [America]

England! my country, great and free!
  Heart of the world, I leap to thee!
      - Festus (sc. The Surface, l. 376) [England]

See the gold sunshine patching,
  And streaming and streaking across
    The gray-green oaks; and catching,
      By its soft brown beard, the moss.
      - Festus (sc. The Surface, l. 409) [Sun]

Corruption springs from light: 'tis one same power
  Creates, preserves, destroys; matter whereon
    It works, on e'er self-transmutative form,
      Common to now the living, now the dead.
      - Festus (sc. Water and Wood) [Light]

Defining night by darkness, death by dust.
      - Festus (sc. Water and Wood) [Comparison]

The course of Nature seems a course of Death,
  And nothingness the whole substantial thing.
      - Festus (sc. Water and Wood) [Nature]

The beautiful are never desolate;
  But some one alway loves them--God or man.
    If man abandons, God himself takes them.
      - Festus (sc. Water and Wood Midnight)
        [Beauty]

Dewdrops, Nature's tears, which she
  Sheds in her own breast for the fair which die.
    The sun insists on gladness; but at night,
      When he is gone, poor Nature loves to weep.
      - Festus (sc. Water and Wood--Midnight)
        [Dew]

I love night more than day--she is so lovely;
  But I love night the most because she brings
    My love to me in dreams which scarcely lie.
      - Festus (sc. Water and Wood--Midnight)
        [Night]

Night brings out stars as sorrow shows us truths.
      - Festus (sc. Water and Wood--Midnight)
        [Sorrow]

It matters not how long we live, but how.
      - Festus (sc. Wood and Water) [Life]

Life hath more awe than death.
      - Festus (sc. Wood and Water) [Life]

The heart is its own Fate.
      - Festus (sc. Wood and Water, Sunset) [Fate]

How slight a chance may raise or sink a soul!
      - Festus--A Country Town [Chance]

Nature means Necessity.
      - Festus--Dedication [Nature]

The hero is the world-man, in whose heart
  One passion stands for all, the most indulged.
      - Festus--Proem (l. 114) [Heroes]

Let each man think himself an act of God.
  His mind a thought, his life a breath of God.
      - Festus--Proem (l. 162) [Man]

Faith is a higher faculty than reason.
      - Festus--Proem (l. 84) [Faith]

Evil and good are God's right hand and left.
      - Prelude to Festus [Evil]


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