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SONNETS ON A SUMMER VOYAGE.
BY E. SARGEANT.
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 been!
TO A LAND-BIRD.
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—
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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 track.
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 [To a boy four years olJ, on hearing him play on the harp.1
Sweet boy! before thy lips can learn
Are "thoughts that breathe and words that burn"
Who that hath heard, from summer trees,
When morning to the far-off breeze
Or listened to the bird of night,
Companion of the fire-fly's flight,
But deemed that spirits of the air
And that the music warbled there
For with that music came the thought
And love, all artless, and untaught,
And when, sweet boy! thy baby fingers
How welcome is the thought that lingers
It calls up visions of past days,
To us, and old remembered lays,
Revive in joy or grief within us,
Like lost friends wakened from their sleep With all their early power to win us
Alike to smile or weep.
And when we gaze upon that face,
And mark its dimpled artlessness,
We think of better worlds than this,
Of other beings pure as thou, Who breathe, on winds of Paradise,
Music as thine is now.
And know the only emblem meet
To be a child like thee, whose feet