previous next

[244] Well he knew the tricks of magic,
     And the lapstone on his knee
Had the gift of the Mormon's goggles
     Or the stone of Doctor Dee.1

For the mighty master Agrippa
     Wrought it with spell and rhyme
From a fragment of mystic moonstone
     In the tower of Nettesheim.

To a cobbler Minnesinger
     The marvellous stone gave he,—
And he gave it, in turn, to Keezar,
     Who brought it over the sea.

He held up that mystic lapstone,
     He held it up like a lens,
And he counted the long years coming
     By twenties and by tens.

‘One hundred years,’ quoth Keezar,
     “And fifty have I told:
Now open the new before me,
     And shut me out the old!”

Like a cloud of mist, the blackness
     Rolled from the magic stone,
And a marvellous picture mingled
     The unknown and the known.

Still ran the stream to the river,
     And river and ocean joined;
And there were the bluffs and the blue sea-line,
     And cold north hills behind.

1 Dr. John Dee was a man of erudition, who had an extensive museum, library, and apparatus; he claimed to be an astrologer, and had acquired the reputation of having dealings with evil spirits, and a mob was raised which destroyed the greater part of his possessions He professed to raise the dead and had a magic crystal. He died a pauper in 1608.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
John Dee (2)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
1608 AD (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: