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To whom used my boy George quaff else,
King Charles, and who's ripe for fight now ?
BOOT AND SADDLE
Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!
(Chorus) “ Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!”
Ride past the suburbs, asleep as you'd say;
5 Many's the friend there, will listen and pray God's luck to gallants that strike up the lay
(Chorus) “ Boot, saddle, to horse, and away !”
Forty miles off, like a roebuck at bay,
(Chorus) “ Boot, saddle, to horse, and away ! ” 16. Noll.
Oliver Cromwell, England's patriot general and statesman, after Charles I.'s execution Lord Protector of England.
III. 10. Flouts (ME. fluyten, jeer, play the flute). Scoff, mock. 11. Fay. An archaic form of faith.
Who? My wife Gertrude; that, honest and gay,
15 (Chorus) “ Boot, saddle, to horse, and away ! ”
Song From Pippa Passes ” *
The year's at the spring,
An Epistle +
CONTAINING THE STRANGE MEDICAL EXPERIENCE OF
SHISH, THE ARAB PHYSICIAN
KARSHISH, the picker-up of learning's crumbs,
Blown like a bubble, kneaded like a paste, Pippa's hymn strikes the keynote of the whole poem, asserting that “the service of all God's children is equally valuable in his sight.”
+ An Epistle was begun at Rome in the winter of 1853-54, and finished later at Florence. It was published in Men and Women, 1855.
The poem is based on the account given in John ii. 1-46 of Christ's healing of Lazarus. Hardly less remarkable than the depictment of the effect of Lazarus’ experience on his subsequent life is the psychological study of the learned leech, with his incredulous, science-trained intellect and his heart hungering for God's truth. Despite his protestations, we soon feel that it is to tell this strange tale of Lazarus--not to discourse of spiders and borage--that he writes to his master, and the truth breaks out at the last in that yearning eloquent cry for the God of Love.
To coop up and keep down on earth a space
5 That puff of vapor from his mouth, man's soul) -To Abib, all-sagacious in our art, Breeder in me of what poor skill I boast, Like me inquisitive how pricks and cracks Befall the flesh thro’ too much stress and strain, Whereby the wily vapor fain would slip Back and rejoin its source before the term,And aptest in contrivance (under God) To baffle it by deftly stopping such:The vagrant Scholar to his sage at home
15 Sends greeting (health and knowledge, fame with peace) Three samples of true snake-stone-rarer still, One of the other sort, the melon-shaped, (But fitter, pounded fine, for charms than drugs) And writeth now the twenty-second time.
My journeyings were brought to Jericho:
30 I cried and threw my staff and he was gone. Twice have the robbers stripped and beaten me, And once a town declared me for a spy; But at the end, I reach Jerusalem,
17. Snakestone. Placed upon a snake-bite, it was supposed to absorb or charm away the poison.
21. Were brought. That is, in his last letter. 22-33
See the true spirit of the man of science,-his zeal in pursuit of knowledge, his contempt of hindering dangers.
28. This gives us the date of the Epistle. Titus Flavius Vespasianus was sent by Nero in 66 to conduct the war against the Jews; when proclaimed emperor in 70 he left his son to carry on the war.
Since this poor covert where I pass the night, 35
36. Bethany. A village two miles from Jerusalem. The leech indicates the distance vividly and characteristically.
42. Choler (Gr. chole, bile). Here used in its original sense of bile.
45. Spider. Probably one of the saltigrade species, which springs on its prey like a cat or tiger. Spiders were used internally and externally for medicine down to a comparatively recent period. Sir Walter Raleigh, for instance, approved the healing virtues of a certain spider preparation.
57. Porphyry. A hard stone used by the ancients as a mortar.
60. Hadst. Wouldst have. Zoar. One of the cities of the plain," near the Dead Sea ; cf. Gen. xix. 22.
Yet stay! my Syrian blinketh gratefully,
'Tis but a case of mania: subinduced
The just-returned and new-established soul 63. et seq. Karshish protests that it is because he fears to trust his Syrian messenger with important matters that he tells the idle tale of Lazarus-thus deprecating Abib's scorn. 82. Exhibition. Here has its medical sense to administer a remedy.