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Poem by Matthew Arnold

A Picture at Newstead

WHAT made my heart, at Newstead, fullest swell?
T was not the thought of Byron, of his cry
Stormily sweet, his Titan agony;
It was the sight of that Lord Arundel
Who struck, in heat, the child he loved so well,
And the childs reason flickered, and did die.
Painted (he willed it) in the gallery
They hang; the picture doth the story tell.
Behold the stern, mailed father, staff in hand!
The little fair-haired son, with vacant gaze,
Where no more lights of sense or knowledge are!
Methinks the woe which made that father stand
Baring his dumb remorse to future days
Was woe than Byrons woe more tragic far.

Matthew Arnold

Poem Theme: Abbeys

Matthew Arnold's other poems:
  1. Stanzas Composed at Carnac
  2. Calais Sands
  3. Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse
  4. Heines Grave
  5. Rachel

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