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And let not Reason fail me, nor the sod
Draw from my death Thy living flower and grass,
Before I learn that Love, which is, and was
My Father, and my Brother, and my God! !
Steel me with patience! soften me with grief!
Let blow the trumpet strongly while I pray,
Till this embattled wall of unbelief
My prison, not my fortress, fall away!
Then, if Thou willest, let my day be brief,
So Thou wilt strike Thy glory thro’ the day.


[The Death of Oenone etc. 1892.)

Will my tiny spark of being wholly vanish in your

deeps and heights? Must my day be dark by reason, Oye Heavens, of your

boundless nights, Rush of Suns, and roll of systems, and your fiery clash

of meteorites?

"Spirit, nearing yon dark portal at the limit of thy human

state, Fear not thou the hidden purpose of that Power which

alone is great, Nor the myriad world, His shadow, nor the silent Opener

of the Gate.”

FAITH. [The Death of Oenone etc. 1892.) Doubt no longer that the Highest is the wisest and the



Let not all that saddens Nature blight thy hope or break

thy rest, Quail not at the fiery mountain, at the shipwreck, or

the rolling Thunder, or the rending earthquake, or the famine, or

the pest!

Neither mourn if human creeds be lower than the heart's

desire! Thro' the gates that bar the distance comes a gleam of

what is higher. Wait till Death has flung them open, when the man

will make the Maker Dark no more with human hatreds in the glare of death

less fire!


[Gedichtet und veröffentlicht 1889 (Demeter etc.).]

SUNSET and evening star,

And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,

When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,

Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep

Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,

And after that the dark!

And may there be no sadness of farewell,

When I embark;

For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place

The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face

When I have crost the bar.

Matthew Arnold.

Lebensdaten. 1822, 24. Dez., geb. zu Laleham (Middlesex). 1841–44, Universitätsjahre zu Oxford. 1851, Ernennung zum Lay Inspector of Schools.

Heirat mit Frances Lucy Wightman. 1857–67, Professor of Poetry, Oxford. 1886, Rücktritt vom Amte. 1888, 15. April, + zu Liverpool.

Poetische Werke in Buchform. 1849. The Strayed Reveller, and other Poems. 1852. Empedocles on Etna (lyr. Drama), and other Poems.

Darin das lyrisch-epische Gedicht: “Tristram and Iseult”.

Beide Bände unmittelbar nach der Ausgabe zurückgezogen und ersetzt durch die “Poems” 1853 und 1855. “Empedocles” erst 1867 wieder ganz veröffentlicht. 1853. Poems [First Series].

Darin das Epos: "Sohrab and Rustum”. 1855. Poems. Second Series.

Darin das epische Gedicht: “Balder Dead”. 1858. Merope [Drama). 1867. New Poems. 1869. Erste Gesamtausgabe.

Prosawerke in Buchform.

(Auswahl) 1865. Essays in Criticism (First Series]. 1867. On the Study of Celtic Literature.

Vorher im Cornhill Magazine 1866.

1869. Culture and Anarchy.
1873. Literature and Dogma.
1877. Last Essays on Church and Religion.
1879. Mixed Essays.
1882. Irish Essays.
1888. Essays in Criticism. Second Series (postum].

Bibliographie der Werke und Einzeldrucke in Zeitschriften etc. T. Burnett Smart, The Bibliography of M. Arnold. 1892 [8/-).

Enthält zugleich ein Verzeichnis von “Criticisms and Reviews

of M. Arnold's Writings”.

Briefe und "Note-Books". Letters of M. Arnold 1848–88. Ed. by G.W.E. Russell.

2 vols. 1895 [15/-).

Auch in der "Eversiey Edition”, Macmillan, 2 vols. [à 4/-). M. Arnold's Note-Books. Ed. by Mrs. Wodehouse 1903


Ausgaben. [The Complete] Poetical Works of M. A., in one vol. (716).

London, Macmillan & Co. Zuerst 1890.

Nicht aufgenommen sind einige Jugendgedichte, darunter "Alaric at Rome” (Rugby 1840) and “Cromwell” (Oxford 1843). Neudruck: Cromwell, Third Edition, Oxford 1891 [1/6]; Alaric at Rome and other Poems, with an Introduction by R. Garnett 1896 [2/6].

Auswahl des Verfassers : Selected Poems (The Golden Treasury Series). Macmillan & Co. Zuerst 1878 (2/6).

Die prosaischen Werke nur in Einzelausgaben (alle oben genannten außer den “Ess. in Crit.” à 216); die beiden Serien “Essays in Criticism” am bequemsten in der Tauchnitz Edition Nr. 2486–87 [I], 2859 [II] (geb. à 2,20 M.).

Auswahl des Verfassers: Passages from the Prose Writings of M. Arnold. Smith, Elder & Co., 1880 (7/6).

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