Aug 272011
 

Some with horse-gestures and spiritual breath,
A fine noble neck that will not bend;
A fiery eye; talk that did not fade.
Alteration upon alteration given
No approving stamp, but in the house fine things 
Are kept. All is done as was done before.

Those few by right of rank
By every right that nature knows,
That contain such ancestry and grace,
Noble pause in speech and haughty face
That in manor-house or tenement the tradition's kept;
All remembered gaiety and high shows.

Enmities mended that would wreck the worst;
Beautiful things; beautiful books among the plates;
A bell that calls the spirit home.
All words a ritual word or look, or some
Action presaged in story or high song.
All is done as was done before.

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