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But thus to see, from day to day,

Thy brightening eye and cheek,
And watch thy life-sands waste away,

Unnumbered, slowly, meek;
To meet thy smiles of tenderness,

And catch the feeble tone
Of kindness, ever breathed to bless,

And feel, I'll be “alone ;"

To mark thy strength each hour decay,

And yet thy hopes grow stronger, As filled with heaven-ward trust, they say, Earth


not claim thee longer;" Nay, dearest, 't is too much— this heart

Must break when thou art gone; It must not be; we may not part ;

I could not live " alone !"






BRAVELY our trim ship rode the tempest through;

And, when the exhausted gale had ceased to rave, How broke the day-star on the gazer's view!

How flushed the orient every crested wave! The sun threw down his shield of golden light

In fierce defiance on the ocean's bed; Whereat, the clouds betook themselves to flight,

Like routed hosts, with banners soiled and red. The sky was soon all brilliance, east and west;

All traces of the gale had passed away The chiming billows by the breeze caressed,

Tossed lightly from their heads the feathery spray. Ah! thus may Hope's auspicious star again Rise o'er the troubled soul where gloom and grief have



Thou wanderer from green fields and leafy nooks !

Where bloom the flower and toils the honey-bee Where odorous blossoms drift along the brooks,

And woods and hills are very fair to see —

Why hast thou left thy native bough to roam,

With drooping wing, far o'er the briny billow? Thou canst not, like the osprey, cleave the foam,

Nor, like the petrel, make the wave thy pillow. Thou ’rt like those fine-toned spirits, gentle bird !

Which, from some better land, to this rude life Seem borne — they struggle, 'mid the common herd,

With powers unfitted for the selfish strife ! Haply, at length, some zephyr wafts them back To their own home of peace;, across the world's dull



That I were in some forest's

green retreat! Beneath a towering arch of proud old elms; Where a clear streamlet gurgled at my

feet Its wavelets glittering in their tiny helms ! Thick clustering vines, in many a rich festoon,

From the high, rustling branches should depend; Weaving a net, through which the sultry noon

Might stoop in vain its fiery beams to send, There, prostrate on some rock's gray sloping side,

Upon whose tinted moss the dew yet lay, Would I catch glimpses of the clouds that ride,

Athwart the sky—and dream the hours away; While through the alleys of the sunless wood [imbued. The fanning breeze might steal, with wild-flowers' breath

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SWEET boy! before thy lips can learn

In speech thy wishes to make known,
Are “thoughts that breathe and words that burn"

Heard in thy music's tone.

Were Genius tasked to prove the might,

The magic of her hidden spell,
She well might name thee with delight

As her own miracle.

Who that hath heard, from summer trees,

The sweet wild song of summer birds, When morning to the far-off breeze

Whispers her bidding words;

Or listened to the bird of night,

The minstrel of the star-light hours, Companion of the fire-fly's flight,

Cool dews, and closed flowers ;

But deemed that spirits of the air

Had left their native homes in heaven, And that the music warbled there

To earth awhile was given ?

For with that music came the thought

That life's young purity was theirs, And love, all artless, and untaught,

Breathed in their woodland airs.

And when, sweet boy! thy baby fingers

Wake sounds of heaven's own harmony, How welcome is the thought that lingers

Upon thy lyre and thee!

It calls up visions of past days,

When life was infancy and song

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