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Till death, unmindful of his sinful state,
Bids him quick enter through his dreary gate,
W. C. R.
Life's but a dream of ill-spent hours,
Life's but a dream of waking care,
W. C. R.
EXTRACT FROM CHRISTABEL.
The silver lamp burns dead and dim,
But Christabel the lamp will trim;
While Geraldine, in wretched plight,
'O weary Lady Geraldine,
And will your mother pity one, Who am a maiden most forlorn ?'
Christabel answered, Woe is me!
Then Christabel knelt by the lady's side,
THE DYING SOLDIER.
The day-light is fading: the cloud-broken ray
Of that sleep that no vision or change ever knows.
Can I think that my hour of existence is near,
For a moment it gleams; but that moment must fly!
A. B. P.
Many years ago, a poor Highland Soldier, on his return to his native hills, fatigued, as it was supposed, by the length of the march and the heat of the weather, sat down under the shade of a birch tree on the solitary road of Lowran, that winds along the margin of Lochken in Galloway. Here he was found dead, and this incident forms the subject of the following verses.
From the climes of the sun, all war-worn and
Till, spent with the march that still lengthened before him, He stopped by the way in a sylvan retreat;
The light shady boughs of the birch-tree waved o'er him, And the stream of the mountain fell soft at his feet.
He sunk to repose where the red heaths are blended,
No arm in the day of the conflict could wound him,
Pale autumn spreads o'er him the leaves of the forest,
THE LAKE OF THE DISMAL SWAMP.
AN AMERICAN BALLAD.
A young man lost his mind upon the death of the girl he loved, and who suddenly disappearing from his friends, was never afterwards heard of. As he had frequently said in his ravings that the girl was not dead, but gone to the Dismal Swamp, it is supposed he had wandered into that dreary wilderness, and died of hunger, or been lost in some of its dreadful morasses. The great Dismal Swamp is 10 or 12 miles distant from Norfolk; and the lake in the middle of it (about 7 miles long) is called Drummond's pond.