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A Mother's Tears.
Alas, for us too soon | Though raised above 565 The reach of human pain, above the flight Of human joy ; yet, with a mingled ray Of sadly pleased remembrance, must thou feel A mother’s love, a mother’s tender woe Who seeks thee still, in many a former scene ; 570 Seeks thy fair form, thy lovely-beaming eyes, Thy pleasing converse, by gay lively sense Inspired : where moral wisdom mildly shone, Without the toil of art ; and virtue glowed, In all her smiles, without forbidding pride. 575 But, O thou best of parents wipe thy tears ; *. Or rather to PARENTAL NATURE pay The tears of grateful joy, who for a while Lent thee this younger self, this opening bloom Of thy enlightened mind and gentle worth. 586 Believe the Muse : the wintry blast of death Kills not the buds of virtue; no, they spread, Beneath the heavenly beam of brighter suns, Through endless ages, into higher powers : Thus up the mount, in airy vision rapt, 585 I stray, regardless whither ; till the sound Of a near fall of water every sense Wakes from the charm of thought : swift-shrinking back I check my steps, and view the broken scene. Smooth to the shelving brink a copious flood 596 Rolls fair and placid; where collected all, In one impetuous torrent, down the steep It thundering shoots, and shakes the country round, At first, an azure sheet, it rushes broad; Then whitening by degrees, as prone it falls, 595 And from the loud resounding rocks below,
Impetuous Stream. Retirement.
Dashed in a cloud of foam, it sends aloft
Gains on the sun ; while all the tuneful race, *
Smit by afflictive noon, disordered droop,
Now, while I taste the sweetness of the shade, While Nature lies around deep-lulled in Noon, 630 Now come, bold Fancy, spread a daring flight, And view the wonders of the torrid Zone : Climes unrelenting ! with whose rage compared, Yon blaze is feeble, and yon skies are cool.
See, how at once the bright effulgent sun, 635 Rising direct, swift chases from the sky The short-lived twilight ; and with ardent blaze Looks gayly fierce o'er all the dazzling air : He mounts his throne ; but kind before him sends, Issuing from out the portals of the morn, 640 The * general Breeze, to mitigate his fire, And breathe refreshment on a fainting world. Great are the scenes, with dreadful beauty crowned And barbarous wealth, that see, each circling year, Returning Suns and f double Seasons pass: 645 Rocks rich in gems, and mountains big with mines. That on the high equator ridgy rise, Whence many a bursting stream auriferous plays : Majestic woods, of every vigorous green, Stage above stage, high-waving o'er the hills; 650 Or to the far horizon, wide diffussed, A boundless deep immensity of shade. Here lofty trees to ancient song unknown,
* Which blows constantly between the tropics from the east, or the collateral points, the north-east and south-east: caused by the pressure of the rarefied air on that before it, according to the diurnal motion of the sun from east to west. * *
+ In all climates between the tropics, the sun, as he passes and repasses in his annual motion, is twice a-year vertical, which produces this effect.
Fruits of the Burning Zone. :
The noble sons of potent heat and floods 655 -
And burning sands that bank the shrubby vales, 660 li
A friendly juice to cool its rage contain. o Bear me, Pomona l to thy citron groves ; | To where the lemon and the piercing lime, |
With the deep orange glowing through the green, 665
Quench my hot limbs ; or lead me thro’ the maze, 670
Embowering endiess of the Indian fig ;
s:- : - The Burning Zone. :
Of vegetable life, beyond whate'er *
* The Hippopotamus, or river horse. I