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One kindlier heart, all untainted by earth,
They say, that afar in the land of the west,
There verdure fades never; immortal in bloom,
Sweet strains wildly float on the breezes that kiss.
But fierce as the snake, with his eyeballs of fire, When his scales are all brilliant and glowing with ire, Are the warriors to all, save the maids of their isle, Whose law is their will and whose life is their smile ; From beauty, there, valor and strength are not rovers, And peace reigns supreme in the green isle of lovers.
And he who has sought to set foot on its shore,
· DEATH OF THE FLOWERS.
BY W. C. BRYANT.
The melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year, Of wailing winds, and naked woods, and meadows brown
and sere. Heaped in the hollows of the grove, the withered leaves
lie dead; They rustle to the eddying gust, and to the rabbit's tread. The robin and the wren are flown, and from the shrubs the
jay, And from the wood-top calls the crow, through all the
Where are the flowers, the fair young flowers, that lately
sprang and stood In brighter light and softer airs, a beauteous sisterhood ? Alas! they all are in their graves, the gentle race of flowers Are lying in their lowly beds, with the fair and good of
ours. The rain is falling where they lie; but the cold Novem
ber rain Calls not, from out the gloomy earth, the lovely ones again.
The wind-flower and the violet, they perished long ago, And the wild-rose and the orchis died amid the summer
But on the hill the golden-rod, and the aster in the wood, And the yellow sun-flower by the brook in autumn beauty
stood, Till fell the frost from the clear, cold heaven, as falls the
plague on men, And the brightness of their smile was gone from upland,
glade and glen.
And now, when comes the calm, mild day, as still such
days will come, To call the squirrel and the bee from out their winter
home, When the sound of dropping nuts is heard, though all the
trees are still, And twinkle in the smoky light the waters of the rill, The south wind searches for the flowers whose fragrance late he bore,
[more. And sighs to find them in the wood and by the stream no
And then I think of one who in her youthful beauty died, The fair, meek blossom that grew up and faded by my
side : In the cold moist earth we laid her when the forest cast
the leaf, And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief; Yet not unmeet it was, that one, like that young friend of
ours, So gentle and so beautiful, should perish with the flowers.