The Eve of St. Agnes: Stanza 36 - Summary

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Beyond a mortal man impassion’d far
At these voluptuous accents, he arose,
Ethereal, flush’d, and like a throbbing star
Seen mid the sapphire heaven’s deep repose;
Into her dream he melted, as the rose
Blendeth its odour with the violet,—
Solution sweet: meantime the frost-wind blows
Like Love’s alarum pattering the sharp sleet
Against the window-panes; St. Agnes’ moon hath set.


      The words of Made line addressed to Porphyro of her dream filled Porphyro with new zeal and life. His dullness was gone and he was once again a divine being on account of his bright and red face.

      Madeline’s words of deep and passionate love moved Porphyro to new excitements and vigor. He experienced a passion which is rarely felt by a human being. He at once gave up kneeling and stood before his beloved. His personality at this movement sparkled most. His face shone with a reddish color. He was like a twinkling star in the calm, blue sky. He rose his personality to such a stature that the Porphyro of her dream was no other than the red Porphyro standing before her. The rose merged its fragrance into that of the violet. Oneness was established. This mixture of the two personalities was a happy one. While the two lovers were meeting inside the room, the hail was falling over the window-panes outside. It was an indication that time was fleeting. Many changer were taking place in external nature. Even the moon had set. These were warning to the lover and the beloved that they should quicken their activities otherwise their end was imminent.

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