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THE PARTING-A PICTURE.
BY G. MELLEN.
He loved her to the last. And when they parted
She made him at the altar-and his voice
But they must part. His call was to a land
Again he bent above her, but spake not.
TO A WAVE.
BY J. 0. ROCK WEL L..
List! thou child of wind and sea,
Tell me of the far off deep, Where the tempest's wing is free,
And the waters never sleep. Thou perchance the storm hath aided,
In its works of stern despair, Or perchance thy hand hath braided,
In deep caves, the mermaid's hair.
Wave! now on the golden sands,
Silent as thou art, and broken, Bearest thou not from distant strands
To my heart some pleasant token? Tales of mountains of the south,
Spangles of the ore of silver, Which with playful singing mouth,
Thou hast leaped on high to pilfer? Mournful Wave! I deemed thy song
Was telling of a floating prison, Which when tempests swept along,
And the mighty winds were risen, Foundered in the ocean's grasp,
While the brave and fair were dying. Wave! didst mark a white hand clasp
In thy folds as thou wert flying ?
Hast thou seen the hallowed rock,
Where the pride of kings reposes, Crowned with many a misty lock,
Wreathed with samphire green and roses? Or with joyous playful leap
Hast thou been a tribute flinging Up that bold and jutting steep,
Pearls upon the south wind stringing ?
Faded Wave! a joy to thee
Now thy flight and toil are over! Oh! may my departure be
Calm as thine, thou ocean rover ! When this soul's last joy or mirth
On the shore of time is driven, Be its lot like thine on earth,
To be lost away in heaven.
A PLEDGE TO THE DYING YEAR.
BY M. E. BROOKS.
Fill to the brim! one pledge to the past,
As it sinks on its shadowy bier;
We pour to the grave of the year!
To linger awhile in those bowers;
That gilded life's earlier hours.
Here's to the love—though it Aitted away,
We can never, no, never forget!
One pledge will we pour to it yet.
And bright on the wanderer broke,
Along the wild desert awoke.
Fill to the brim! one pledge to the glow
Of the heart in its purity warm !