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    Sonnets to Sidney LanierAnd Other Lyrics byClifford Anderson Lanier

    Edited, with an Introduction,by Edward Howard Griggs

    New York B. W. Huebsch 1915

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    Copyright, 1915, byB. W. HUEBSCH

    Printed in U. S. A.

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    Table of Contents

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    INTRODUCTION 9

    SONNETS TO SIDNEY LANIER 15

    I. Since corn hath 'increment above, below' . 17II. My gentle tiller of right noble fields . . 18

    III. Thou art not plagued with any cares of life 19IV. Since thou art King, and I thy subject Prince 20V. Thou magic breather of the silver flute . . 21

    VI. When in the blaze of honor-giving eyes . 22VII. Never can I forget one wintry night . . 23

    VIII. What wonder that thy voice is true of sound 24

    OTHER LYRICS 25Love's Reserve 27

    Hymn to the Great Artist 28The American Philomel 29Forest Elixirs 31

    Death in Life 33Wilhelmein 35Five O'Clock Tea 36The Happiest 37To Mrs. Vinnie Ream Hoxie 38

    Benvenuto Cellini 39The Men Behind the Books 40

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    PAQBMetric Genesis 41

    Transformation 42

    Edgar Allan Poe 4,3Keats and Fanny B. 44The Greatest of These Is Love 45

    His Silent Flute 46

    To a Poet Dying Young 47

    Acknowledgment 48The Western Gate

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    I

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    INTRODUCTION

    GoD gave us our relatives; we thank the LordHe let us choose our friends, the modernscoffer has it indicatingthe deeper significancein the spirtualrelationshipfreelychosen. When,however, to the deep bond of blood is added thebond of friendship: when the fine spiritual relationshipcrowns the family affection: then indeed is the union rare and wonderful. Suchwas the love of Clifford and Sidney Lanier thelove that found its finest literaryexpression inthe sonnets that follow.

    In the Lanier brothers was the best blood of theold Southland, developing to fine, chivalrousmanhood, touched with that tenderness thatcrowns the man with the woman's refinement offeeling and appreciation. Intimately togetherin boyhood and early college days, they foughtthrough the splendid losing fight of the war,much of the time in close association. Sidneysuffered captivity, while Clifford was shipwrecked, but fortunatelyescaped that period ofimprisonment, amid the horrors of Point Lookoutprison, that broke Sidney's health and perhaps

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    caused his sadly early death. Devoted patriots,keeping faith with their dear lost cause, thebrothers had in common that generosity of viewand magnanimity of spiritthat made them accept the largerAmerican ideals and cooperate inbuilding the New South that is part of the newnation.

    Younger by two years and only less gifted thanhis marvelous brother, it seemed to Clifford, inthe bitter time of reconstruction, that his dutywas to put aside, as avocation, his longings fora literarycareer, and accept the less attractivesphere of business life. It was necessary forsome one of the family to shoulder the materialproblem, and Clifford cheerfullyaccepted it,thatSidney might have the fuller freedom. A letterof their father to Clifford, under date of June23rd, 1878, gives the situation of Clifford's lifeat the age of thirty-our:

    What you say relative to the distinction othermen have won in the world brings to me an almostpainful sense of your sacrifices. I do indeeddaily think of you as a hero, who has had thecourage to repress aspirations for distinction,

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    with the view of benefiting others. On the notion that what could not be well helped must beborne (for you and I have been environed withcircumstances hard to deal with) I have reluctantly acquiesced in your continued uncongenial vocation. But the fact of acquiescencewas only possible,irst on the idea that you werethereby rendering important aid to dependentrelatives, and, second, in the hope that everysucceeding year would somehow bring about achange. ... I have not been without fear thatin the midst of

    yourbrave work

    youhave had

    moments of repining.If there were moments of regret, the sacrifice

    was made gladly and continued bravely.Though Clifford might not wed the muse, sheremained a sister to him, and his output in theavocation of letters was significantand worthy.

    In Sidney Lanier's heroic struggles with ill-health and material difficulties,here were manytimes when he had to call for help to the brotherwho stood behind his aspirations calls so pathetic as to bring tears to the eyes as one readsthem in the tender brother letters. To these ap-

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    peals, made confidently, if reluctantly, the response was always swift and glad. Thus some ofthe laurel is due the one who helped make possible the full-crowned song.

    When the material help was sent, it was transfigured, not only by the spirit in which it wasgiven, but by an accompanying sonnet, voicing,beyond the power of prose, the brother love. Itis these sonnets, kept lovingly by SidneyLanier,and valued highly by him as poetry as well as forlove's sake, that are here printed for the firsttime, with two exceptions; one having appearedin the Independent and one in the New YorkTimes, shortly after Clifford Lanier's death.Sincere, direct, beautiful, and weighted withthought, they have at times a Shakespearianquality, reminding us of that unmatched cycleof songs of friendship. Brief and few as thesesonnets are, it were a pity should they not livefor a larger circle, not only for beauty's sake,but to strengthen our faith in love.

    The lyrics following these sonnets are selectedfrom the little volume Apollo and Keats, published privately in 1902. Chiefly personal in

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    character, delicate in music, always sincere expressionof thought and mood, they belong withthe sonnets as a memorial expressing the spiritand character of one of nature's gentlemen,generous, gifted,fine and true Clifford Lanier.

    EDWARD HOWARD GRIGGS.

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    II

    MY gentle tiller of rightnoble fields,Thou tuneful shepherd of the oaten reed,How far above the false capriciousyieldsOf swarthy delvers in the mines of greedIs thy full gleaning of the poet's corn,Thy shepherding of melodies divine,Thy spiritualtilth,whereof is bornA harvest satisfying,rich,benign What opulence of fickle treasured goldCan with thy real gain its wealth compare?Foul noisome weeds doth that accursed mould,Fair luscious maize doth this soul's garden bear.

    Then speed thy husbandry with Music's art Thou hast for garner all the world's great

    heart (March 16, 1875).

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    Ill

    THOU art not plagued with any cares of life Infestingworries of this earthlysense ;For thou canst pipe to peace, contending strife,And win the love of chafingmalcontentsBy wise, benignant largesseof thy song:Thou makest of all foes thy vassals good.If cares assail,intent to do thee wrong,Thy spirit'sowers, like armies in a wood,Beat fine alaru