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n.1.Quality or state of being smiling.
And made despair a smilingness assume.
- Byron.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Common to all is the melancholia Byron uses with devastatingly equivocal effect to explode the progress of genius: Self-exiled Harold wanders forth again, With nought of hope left, but with less of gloom; The very knowledge that he lived in vain, That all was over on this side the tomb, Had made Despair a smilingness assume....
You will be going over that ground again, it says, until that hour when agony's clawed face softens into the smilingness of a young spring day; when it shall be the simplest thing to take in your hands and hands of [dead] companions like E.W.T., and W.J.C., and A.G.V., in whose recaptured gentleness no sign of death's astonishment or time's separation shall be imaginable.
In the face of death, there is a gesture towards consolation: "the smilingness of a young spring day," and all the hope and optimism that that symbol from the natural world implies.