And when the elders spoke of the darkness and silence of the great spaces my soul must wander through, my mother wailed yet more loudly and flung yet more ashes upon her head.
Nor shall this peace sleep with her; but as when The bird of wonder dies, the maiden phoenix Her ashes new create another heir As great in admiration as herself, So shall she leave her blessedness to one- When heaven shall call her from this cloud of darkness- Who from the sacred ashes of her honour Shall star-like rise, as great in fame as she was, And so stand fix'd.
How proud the good ship bore you Adown the golden bay, The sun's last light upon its sails-- I stood there mournfully; For I know it left the darkness-- Took the sunlight all away.
The voice of the boatman replied out of the darkness:-- "She'll bump herself to pieces against this pier!
And a few steps may bring us to the spot, Where haply crown'd with flowrets and green herbs; The Mountain Infant to the Sun comes forth Like human life from darkness.-- The ameliorating effects of song and music on the minds which most delight in them, are likewise very poetically expressed.
This was a delicate, pallid creature, with a high forehead, and wide-open pupils, which looked as if they could take in all the shapes that flit in what, to common eyes, is darkness,--a girl said to be clairvoyant under certain influences.
But soon within the mountains he is lost Within the darkness,--as some vessel tost Upon the trackless waves of unknown seas, But further from the awful cavern flees.
Critics ambitious to say something new may rake out slanders from the archives of enemies, and discover faults which derogate from the character we have been taught to admire and venerate; they may even point out spots, which we cannot disprove, in that sun of glorious brightness, which shed its beneficent rays over a century of darkness,--but this we know, that, whatever may be the force of detraction, his fame has been steadily increasing, even on the admission of his slanderers, for three centuries, and that he now shines as a fixed star in the constellation of the great lights of modern times, not alone because he succeeded in crossing the ocean, when once embarked on it, but for surmounting the moral difficulties which lay in his way before he could embark upon it, and for being finally instrumental in conferring the greatest boon that our world has received from any mortal man, since Noah entered into the ark.
Of the Emperour of Persye, and of the lond of darknesse and of other Kyngdomes, that belongen to the grete Chane of Cathay, and other Londes of his, unto the See of Greece.
But the great matter is this, that THE CHOICE IS BEING MADE, that it will continue to be made, and that all around us, so that it can never be arrested and darkened again, is the dawn of human possibility...." (White could also see his dead friend's face with its enthusiastic paleness, its disordered hair and the glowing darknesses in the eyes.
--In that disastrous day, when this vast world Shall, like a tempest-shaken edifice, Rock into giant fractures--as the sound Of the Archangel's trump, upon the deep, Bids fall the bonds of nature, to let forth Destruction's formless fiend from world to world, Trampling the stars to darkness,--Even then, Like that proud Roman exile, musing o'er The dust of fallen Carthage, I shall stand, Myself a solemn wreck, calm and unmoved Among the ruins of the works of God.
She waited alone with faith, watching till it should come,--left alone with this beam glimmering like a moth through darkness!--for thus was a believer, or one who resolved on believing, left in that day, when he turned from the machinery of the Church, and stood alone, searching for God without the aid of priestly intervention.
They had gone outside before the alarm; she, Bertha, was swept away in that tumult which came raging through the darkness.--He stood transfixed, but only for an instant, rather by the stroke of helplessness than by fear; and then, blindly, without plan or foresight, darted down the covered way.
He climbed up till the cone got so narrow he could go no further, and answered back in the darkness:--"I see nothing at all!"
Though his beauty were such as never mortal dreamed of, it would be as nothing,--swallowed up as darkness,--in the awful, spiritual brightness of the messenger of God.
Therefore, while Elsie slept, she prayed,--looking farther than the city-streets, and darkness,--looking farther than the shining stars.
Cease, Eleonora, cease these needles plaints, Less usefull than thy helpe of hands was at The deed of darkness,--oh, the blackest deed That ever overclouded my felicity!
She was the Mother, and hers was the travail of all birth; in sorrow she forever gathered to herself her Fate-conquered children; her sorrowful countenance she veiled in thick mists, and, year after year, shrouded herself in wintry desolation: while he was the Eternal Father, the Revealer of all things, he drove away the darkness, and in his presence the mist became an invisible exhalation; and, as out of darkness and death, he called into birth the flowers and the numberless forests,--even as he himself was every morning born anew out of darkness,--so he called the children of the earth to a glorious rising in his light.
The foundation of the whole creative process is the calling into Light out of Darkness--"that which makes manifest is light"--and consequently the converse action is that of sending out of Light into Darkness, that is, into Notbeing.
After this it was permitted to her to read in the archives of the heavenly country the story of one, who, neglecting all that the advocates of God could say, had found himself, when the little life was completed, not upon the threshold of a better country, but in the midst of the Land of Darkness,--that region in which the souls of men are left by God to their own devices, and the Father stands aloof, and hides His face and calls them not, neither persuades them more.
Hence, towards evening, when our powers of thought and judgment are relaxed,--at the hour, as it were, of subjective darkness,--the intellect becomes tired, easily confused, and unable to get at the bottom of things; and if, in that state, we meditate on matters of personal interest to ourselves, they soon assume a dangerous and terrifying aspect.
If the religion that is professed in the free States be not wholly a dead letter,--if the moral and intellectual light which they appear to enjoy be indeed light, and not darkness,--then the abolition of slavery is certain, and cannot be long delayed.
But to be put forth by forces no man could resist--to be left outside, with the doors of our own houses closed upon us--to be confronted by nothing--by a mist, a silence, a darkness,--this was enough to paralyse the heart of any man.
No ray of light penetrates the "realm of darkness"--to borrow a famous phrase from a Russian critic--conjured up before us by the young dramatist.
The spectral figures, as you call them, are a little too real for me to fancy a close proximity in the darkness,--unarmed, too."
Checked at last, there comes from it a cry as if the light of day had turned to darkness,--when the truth simply is, that darkness is being mastered and surrounded by the light of day.
An alarm took place during the darkness,--whether real or imaginary does not appear,--and the men became scattered again.
But in the Cuban negro of service, dumbness is the complement of darkness;--you speak, and the patient right hand pulls the strap that leads the off horse, while the other gathers up the reins of the nigh, and the horses, their tails tightly braided and deprived of all movement, seem as mechanical as the driver.
When they were quite near the place, the semidarkness had come, and Quade began to shout in his tremendous voice.