On first looking into Chapman's Homer (John Kilpatrick)
- (Posted 2003-10-12) CPDL #05671: PDF, MIDI, XML & MuseScore files
- Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2003-10-12). Revised 2020-04-05
- Score information: A4, 16 pages, 230 kB Music part 12 pages Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
First published: 2003 revised 2020
Description: 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.