On first looking into Chapman's Homer (John Kilpatrick)
- Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2003-10-12). Score information: A4, 12 pages, 161 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
Published: Now published as part of Two Homer Sonnets
Original text and translations
On first looking into Chapman's Homer
Much have I travell’d in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-brow’d Homer ruled as his demesne;
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He star’d at the Pacific—and all his men
Look’d at each other with a wild surmise—
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.