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One empire still another breeds,
A giant progeny,
To war upon the pigmy gods of earth,
The tyrants, to whom ignorance gave birth.
Then, as I turn my thoughts to trace
The fount whence these rich waters sprung
Iglance toward this lonely place,
And find it, these rude stones among.
Here rest the sires of millions, sleeping sound
The Argonauts, the golden fleece that found.
Their names have been forgotten long;
The stone, but not a word, remains;
They cannot live in deathless song,
Nor breathe in pious strains.
Yet this sublime obscurity, to me
More touching is, than poet's rhapsody.
They live in millions that now breathe;
They live in millions yet unborn,
And pious gratitude shall wreathe
As bright a crown as e”er was worn,
And hang it on the green-leaved bough,
That whispers to the nameless dead below.
No one that inspiration drinks;
No one that loves his native land;
No one that reasons, feels, or thinks,
Can 'mid these lonely ruins stand,
Without a moistened eye, a grateful tear,
Of reverent gratitude to those that moulder here.
The mighty shade now hovers round— Of HIM whose strange, yet bright career, Is written on this sacred ground, In letters that no time shall sere; Who in the old world smote the turbaned crew, And founded Christian empires in the new.
And SHE the glorious Indian maid, The tutelary of this land, The angel of the woodland shade, The miracle of God's own hand, Who joined man's heart, to woman's softest grace, And thrice redeemed the scourgers of her race.
Sister of charity and love,
Whose life blood was soft Pity's tide,
Dear Goddess of the sylvan grove.
Flower of the Forest, nature's pride,
He is no man who does not bend the knee,
And she no woman who is not like thee!
Jamestown, and Plymouth's hallowed rock,
To me shall ever sacred be—
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I care not who my themes may mock,
Or sneer at them and me.
I envy not the brute who here can stand,
Without a prayer for his own native land.
And if the recreant crawl her earth, Or breathe Virginia's air, Or, in New England claim his birth, From the old Pilgrims there, He is a bastard, if he dare to mock, Old Jamestown’s shrine, or Plymouth’s famous rock.
Thou who art hid for ever from these eyes,
Thou who hast lain so long in that dark sleep,
Unconscious that thy mother still doth weep
Beside thy early tomb with heavy sighs,
My own fair child, thy voice no more replies
To the accustomed call of her whose tone
Dies on the chilly wind unheard, unknown.
My child, thy spirit bending from the skies,
Can view the wretched in the hour of prayer.
Look on me now—and though it may not be
That I shall trace thy heavenly form in air—
Shadow immortal that I cannot see,
O! wander round, and I shall deem I hear
Thy low voice whisper—“Weep no more for me.”
I WEEP while ; on thy modest face,
Thou pictured history of woman’s lovel
Joy spreads his burning pinions on thy cheek,
Shaming its whiteness; and thine eyes are full
Of conscious beauty, as they undulate.
Yet all thy beauty, poor deluded girl |
Served but to light thy ruin. —Is there not,
Kind Heaven | Some secret talisman of hearts
Whereby to find a resting-place for love?
Unhappy maiden I let thy story teach
The beautiful and young, that while their path
Softens with roses, – danger may be there;
That love may watch the Thubbles of the Stream,
But never trust his image on the wave.