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'Tis the early April lark,
And every leaf, and every flower
O sweet Fancy! let her loose;
While she held the goblet sweet,
Out o'er the tops of highest mountains skipping, Out o'er the hills, the trees and valleys tripping, Out o'er the ocean seas, without an oar or shipping. Hallo, my fancy, whither wilt thou go?
Amidst the misty vapors, Fain would I know
What doth cause the tapers;
While we travel here below. Fain would I know what makes the roaring thunder,
And what these lightnings be that rend the clouds asunder,
And what these comets are on which we gaze and wonder.
Hallo, my fancy, whither wilt thou go?
Fain would I know the reason
To know no winter's want:
And how these little fishes, that swim beneath salt water,
Do never blind their eye; methinks it is a matter An inch above the reach of old Erra Pater! Hallo, my fancy, whither wilt thou go?
Fain would I be resolved
How things are done;
And where the bull was calved
Of bloody Phalaris,
And where the tailor is
That works to the man i' the moon!
Fain would I know how Cupid aims so rightly; And how these little fairies do dance and leap so lightly;
And where fair Cynthia makes her ambles
Hallo, my fancy, whither wilt thou go!
Its ardors of rest and of love,
And the crimson pall of eve may fall
With wings folded I rest on mine airy nest,
And I laugh to see them whirl and flee,
Like strips of the sky fallen through me on high,
That orbed maiden with white fire laden,
An eagle, alit, one moment may sit
FANCY IN NUBIBUS.
In the light of its golden wings;
And when sunset may breathe, from the lit sea O, IT is pleasant, with a heart at ease,
Just after sunset, or by moonlight skies,
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY.
To make the shifting clouds be what you please, Or let the easily persuaded eyes
Own each quaint likeness issuing from the mould
Or, listening to the tide with closèd sight,
Which only the angels hear,
May have broken the woof of my tent's thin roof, Rise to the swelling of the voiceful sea.
The stars peep behind her and peer;
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE.