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And thine was many an art to win and bless,
ress; The Mother's Heart.
The earnest tearful prayer all wrath dis
arming! When first thou camest, gentle, shy, and fond,
Again my heart a new affection found, My eldest-born, first hope, and dearest
But thought that love with thee had reach'd treasure,
its bound. My heart received thee with a joy beyond
All that it yet had felt of earthly pleasure; Nor thought any love again might be
At length thou camest; thou, the last and So deep and strong as that I felt for thee.
Nick-named "the Emperor," by thy laughing Faithful and fond, with sense beyond thy years,
brothers, And natural piety lean'd to heaven;
Because a haughty spirit swell'd thy breast, Wrung by a harsh word suddenly to tears,
And thou didst seek to rule and sway the Yet patient of rebuke when justly given:
others; Obedient, easy to be reconciled;
Mingling with every playful infant wile And meekly cheerful, such wert thou, my
A mimic majesty that made us smile: child!
And oh! most like a regal child wert thou! Not willing to be left; still by my side
An eye of resolute and successful scheming; Haunting my walks, while summer-day was Fair shoulders curling lip and dauntless dying;
brow Nor leaving in thy turn: but pleased to glide Fit for the world's strife, not for Poet's dreamThro’ the dark room where I was sadly lying,
ing: Or by the couch of pain, a sitter meek,
And proud the lifting of thy stately head, Watch the dim eye, and kiss the feverish cheek. And the firm bearing of thy conscious tread.
Different from both! Yet each succeeding claim, Summer is gone: and autumn's soberer hues
I, that all other love had been forswearing, Tint the ripe fruits, and gild the waving Forthwith admitted, equal and the same;
corn; Nor injured either, by this love's comparing; The huntsman swift the flying game pursues, Nor stole a fraction for the newer call,
Shouts the halloo! and winds his eager horn. But in the mother's heart found room for all! "Spare me awhile, to wander forth and gaze
On the broad meadows, and the quiet stream,
The Child of Earth.
The bleak wind whistles: snow-showers, far and Fainter her slow step falls from day to day,
near, Death's hand is heavy on her darkening Drift without echo to the whitening ground:
Autumn hath passed away, and, cold and drear, Yet doth she fondly cling to earth, and say, Winter stalks on with frozen mantle bound:
"I am content to die, but, oh! not now! Yet still that prayer ascends. “Oh! laughingly Not while the blossoms of the joyous spring My little brothers round the warm hearth Make the warm air such luxury to breathe;
crowd, Not while the birds such lays of gladness sing; Our home-fire blazes broad, and bright, and Not while bright flowers around my footsteps
And the roof rings with voices light and Spare me, great God! lift up my drooping
Spare me awhile! raise up my drooping brow! I am content to die, - but, oh! not now!" I am content to die, but, oh! not now!"
The spring hath ripened into summer time; The spring is come again the joyful spring!
The season's viewless boundary is past; Again the banks with clustering flowers are The glorious sun hath reached his burning
The wild bird dips upon its wanton wing: Oh! must this glimpse of beauty be the The child of earth is numbered with the dead!
“Thee never more the sunshine shall awake, "Let me not perish while o'er land and lea, Beaming all redly through the lattice-pane;
With silent steps, the Lord of light moves on; The steps of friends thy slumbers may not Not while the murmur of the mountain-bee
break, Greets my dull ear with music in its tone! Nor fond familiar voice arouse again! Pale sickness dims my eye and clouds my Death's silent shadow veils thy darkened brow;
Why didst thou linger? thou art happier I am content to die, but, oh! not now!"
Samuel Rogers ward 1762 in London geboren, wo sein Vater als Bankier lebte, erhielt eine sehr sorgfältige Bildung, machte grössere Reisen und trat dann in das väterliche Geschäft ein, seinen fortwährenden Aufenthalt in London, nur dann und wann durch einen Ausflug nach dem Festlande unterbrechend. Nach einigen Angaben starb er bereits 1832, nach Anderen, und dies scheint das Richtigere zu sein, lebt er noch in sehr hohem Alter.
Er gab heraus: Ode on Superstition and other Poems. London 1786. The pleasures of Memory, London 1792; Epistle to a Friend, London 1798; The vision of Columbus; Jacqueline; Human Life, London 1819; Poems, London 1815; Italy, London 1822, 5. Aufl. London 1830; Poems, London 1834, 2 Bde; u. A. m.
Sehr treffend characterisirt Sharon Turner ihn als Dichter in folgenden Zeilen:
To an old Oak.
The hour we met; and, when Aurora rose,
Rising, we climbed the rugged Apennine.
Well I remember how the golden sun
Filled, with its beams, the unfathomable gulphs,
As on we travelled, and along the ridge Once did the eagle scream above,
Mid groves of cork and cistus and wild fig, And the wolf howl beneath!
His motley household came. Not last nor least,
Battista, who upon the moonlight-sea There once the steel-clad knight reclined, Of Venice, had so ably, zealously
His sable plumage tempest-toss'd: Served, and, at parting, flung his oar away, And, as the death-bell smote the wind, To follow thro' the world; who without stain From towers long fled by human kind, Had worn so long that honourable badge, His brow the hero cross'd!
The gondolier's, in a patrician house,
Arguing unlimited trust. - Not last nor least, Then culture came, and days serene,
Thou, tho' declining in thy beauty and strength,
Faithful Moretto, to the latest hour And village-sports, and garlands gay:
Guarding his chamber-door, and now along Full many a pathway cross'd the green,
The silent, sullen strand of Missolunghi And maids and shepherd-youths were seen
Howling in grief. To celebrate the May!
He had just left that place
Of old renown, once in the Adrian sea, Father of many a forest deep,
Ravenna; where, from Dante's sacred tomb Whence many a navy thunder fraught!
He had so oft, as many a verse declares, Erst in thy acorn-cells asleep,
Drawn inspiration; where at twilight-time Soon destined o'er the world to sweep, Thro' the pine-forest wandering with loose rein, Opening new spheres of thought!
Wandering and lost, he had so oft beheld
(What is not visible to a poet's eye?) Wont in the night of woods to dwell, The spectre-knight, the hell-hounds and their The holy Druid saw thee rise;
prey, And, planting there the guardian-spell, The chase, the slaughter, and the festal mirth Sung forth, the dreadful poinp to swell Suddenly blasted. 'Twas a theme he loved, Of human sacrifice!
But others claimed their turn: and many a
tower, Thy singed top and branches bare
Shattered, uprooted from its native rock, Now struggle in the evening sky;
It's strength the pride of some heroic age, And the wan moon wheels round to glare
Appeared and vanished (many a sturdy steer On the long corse that shivers there
Yoked and unyoked) while as in happier days Of him who came to die!
He poured his spirit forth. The past forgot,
He is now at rest,
Gone like a star that thro' the firmament
Shot and was lost, in its eccentric course
Dazzling, perplexing. Yet thy heart, methinks,
Was generous, noble noble in its scorn
Of all things low or little; nothing there
Things long regretted, oft, as many know, Grey, nor did aught recall the youth that swam None more than I, thy gratitude would build From Sestos to Abydos. Yet his voice,
On slight foundations: and, if in thy life. Still it was sweet, still from his eye the thought Not happy, in thy death thou surely wert. Flashed lightning-like nor lingered on the way, Thy wish accomplished; dying in the land, Waiting for words. Far, far into the night Where thy young mind had caught ethereal fire, We sat, conversing no unwelcome hour, Dying in Greece and in a cause so glorious !
They in thy train ah little did they think, When round the Ark the birds of tempest As round we went, that they so soon should sit
Thou art gone;
War and the Great in war let others sing, And he who would assail thee in thy grave,
Havoc and spoil, and tears and triumphing; Oh, let him pause! For who among us all,
The morning-march that flashes to the sun, Tried as thou wert even from thine earliest
The feast of vultures when the day is done; years,
And the strange tale of many slain for one! When wandering, yet unspoilt, a highland
I sing a Man amidst his sufferings here,
Who watch'd and serv'd in humbleness and fear; Tried as thou wert, and with thy soul of flame,
Gentle to others, to himself severe
Still unsubdued by Danger's varying form,
He look'd elate! His beard, his mien sublime,
The sweet expression of that face,
Say who first pass'd the portals of the West,