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For frozen was the stream of song,
And cold and lifeless on my tongue

The broken accents died.
Sweet spirit, wherefore thus unkind ?
Has sickness o'er my palsied mind

Its spell of torpor cast?
Or cares, that on the bosom prey,
And steal the powers of youth away,

Ere youth itself is past ?
Or has monastic solitude
With its own sluggishness imbued

A mind once wont to soar ?
Or has dear woman ceased to be
The precious thing she was to me,

In happy days of yore ?
Oh, no! though solitude, and care,
And pain, in me have had their share,

They cannot rend apart
The chord of feeling that replies
To woman's smile, and voice, and eyes,

The chord within the heart.
Nor think, whate'er the heartless deem,
That woman e'er to bard can seem

A theme of little worth:
All things of glory or delight
In nature, are the poet's right,

His heritage by birth.
The clouds, the stars, the meek-eyed moon,
The splendours of the summer noon,

The stream, the flower, are his;
Man's regal front—the mystery
Of beauty in an infant's eye-

And woman's loveliness.

Whate'er is grand, or soft, or fair,
To him is as the stirring air,

That wakes the leaves from sleep:
But woman's charm has stronger power,
To pierce his spirit's inmost bower,

And search its riches deep.
Touch'd by the spell, his brain runs o'er
With fancies never known before ;

He feels within him rise
Powers, from himself erewhile conceal'd,
And wantons in the joyous field

Of new-born energies.

Then can it be, that, exiled long
From the green paradise of song,

I've lost my skill of old ?
Or is it doubt, and anxious fear,
Lest haply to her timid ear

The strain sound rude and bold ?
Whate'er the cause, forgive, sweet maid,
Him, who thus feebly has essay'd

To raise a note for thee;
And haply, at some distant time,
In that soft breast, this idle rhyme
May wake a thought of me.

E. H.



I've stood, as with a child's delight,

And watch'd the Rainbow rise,
When, like a pleasant look, its light

Made glad the earth and skies;
And bathed mine eye in its rich glare,
Still gazing, till the vacant air

Absorb'd its many dyes,
And darkness settled, cold and dull,
On all that was so beautiful.

To cheer our cloister'd loneliness,

So did a lady come,
She and her soft-eyed sister-grace,

From a far island-home.
Her form, her mien, her joyous eye,
Her converse blithe, yet womanly,

On our sequester'd gloom
A bright but transient iris cast:
She camemshe shone-and she is past.
The beam has vanish'd from our sight;

Has left us to become
A star of never-setting light

Within one happy home:
The gentle warmth of that sweet smile,
Which wont our passing looks awhile

With gladness to illume,
A deeper bliss must now impart,
Concentred round one loving heart.

Then, lady, if my feeble song

Speaks of a mind opprest,
Thou wilt forgive the unwilling wrong

Done to a theme so blest.
Join'd in the bonds of that sweet tie
Whose thraldom is true liberty,

With him thou lovest best,
May death but snap the chain of love
To bind its links more firm above !

E. H.


Thou know'st it not—that calm bright eye
Emits no flash when I am by ;
The conscious love that closes mine
Can wake no answering thought in thine:
Yet, dear one! I have loved thee ever,
And thou, alas! wilt love me never.
The speaking smiles I loved to trace
That lightly wreathe that perfect face,
And on that lip of beauty dwell,
Though not on me their brightness fell,
But on some page with interest fraught,
That waked so sweet a beam of thought;
Thou know'st not, that to treasure this
Is all my bosom's secret bliss ;
That when thy graceful form is near,
Thy full soft voice upon my ear,
The world is as it had not been,
For thou' alone art heard and seen.
Thou know'st it not--and I can bear
This silent grief without a tear ;
But oh! when thy kind hand has press'd
My own, and friendship's warmth express'd,
Then, to what trembling sad excess
I felt that hopeless tenderness!
And I have felt the sharpest pang
To see thine eye enamour'd hang
On one dear form, one lovely face,
And watch their sweet unstudied

'Twas but a passing pang-for she
Was form'd by Heaven for love and thee.

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And could my offer'd life but shed
One blessing on her favour'd head,
And amaranthine blossoms raise
To crown young love's delightful days;
The sun that made your way so bright
Would bless my death-bed with its light.
And thou wilt never know how deep


heart such love can sleep,
And never from those eyes so dear
Will fall, for me, love's precious tear,
No-not to dew the flowers that wave
Their pallid blossoms o'er my grave.

H. W.


there go,

He comes not-He, whose sunny eye

Lights the lone temple of my breast
With lamps of love, that never die;

There does his precious image rest,

sad thoughts, the while,
And brood on his sweet voice, and live upon his smile.

He comes not—and my anxious ear

Hangs fondly on each fancied sound;
I try to catch those accents dear,
But ah! my listening heart can hear

Only its own impatient bound;
Or try to still its throbs with thoughts of thee,
And those sweet words of love so lately breathed to me.

He comes not, this devoted hour,

When every thought was his alone;
When Love had dress'd sweet Fancy's bower,

And only his bright planet shone,
And many a tender word was framed to greet
His eager glance of welcome, kind and sweet.

And shall not this fond eye grow dim

With one soft tear for his distress?
Shall not this loving heart for him

Find blessings in the wilderness ?
Yes! ev'n in this sad hour, sweet sympathy
Of mutual grief our parted souls shall tie.
Yes, my own love! this lingering hour

Hath borne an equal pang for thee,
And many a thorn surrounds the flower

Of constancy thou wear'st for me ;


Yet bear its leaves of love some drops of balm,
Our changeless faith to bless—our troubled hearts to calm.

Soon shalt thou chase the trembling tear

That rises from my heart for thee,
Thy voice of music soft and clear

Shall whisper love's dear vow to me,
And fear's dim cloud shall pass, and sorrow's shower,
Beneath the sunbeam of that meeting hour.

In vain, till then, my restless sight

The brightest page of genius seeks,
Unless it yield some touching light

Of love, that on my darkness breaks ;
And fancy, truth, and wisdom, are to me
As nought, but when they wake some tender thought of thee.

Thou com'st not now—but soon that eye

With love's own glance will answer mine,
And these distracting thoughts will die

In one endearing smile of thine;
And the dull pain of long-deferred bliss
Be lost in Love's embrace-- his dear and welcome kiss!

H. W.


LEONORA. Poor Alonzo! he was the best friend that ever drank Xeres: he picked me out of the Guadalquivir, when I deemed I had said my last prayer.

It was a very conciliating introduction. I never in my life made a friend of a man to whom I was introduced in a formal kind of way, with bows from both parties, and cordiality from neither. I love something more stirring, more animated ; the river of life is at best but a quiet stupid stream, and I want an occasional pebble to ruffle its surface withal. The most agreeable introductions that ever fell to my lot were these ;my introduction to Pendragon, who was overturned with me in the York Mail ;-my introduction to Eliza, who contrived to faint in my arms on board the Albion packet ;-and my introduction to Alonzo, who picked me out of the Guadalquivir.

I was strolling beside it on a fine moonlight night, after a brilliant and fatiguing party, at which the Lady Isidora had made ten conquests, and Don Pedro had told twenty stories : I was tired to death of dancing and iced waters, glaring lights

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