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In music and the sweet unconscious tone of animals, and soi es which are human,
Meant to express some feelings of their own; in the soft motions and rare smile of woman,
In flowers and leaves, and in the fresh grass shewe, Or dying in the autumn, I the inost Adore thee present or lament thee lost.
And thus I went, lamenting when I saw
A plant upon the river's margin lie,
And in despair had cast him down to die;
Had blighted as a heart which hatred's eye
The Heavens had wept upon it, but the Earth
Had crushed it on her unmaternal breast
I bore it to my chamber, and I płanted
It in a vase full of the lightest mould;
Fell through the window panes, disrobed of cold, Upon its leaves and flowers; the star which panted
In evening for the Day, whose car has rolled Over the horizon's wave, with looks of light Smiled on it from the threshold of the night.
The mitigated influences of air
And light revived the plant, and from it grew Strong leaves and tendrils, and its flowers fair,
Full as a cup with the vine's burning dew,
O'erflowed with golden colours ; an atmosphere
Of vital warmth infolded it anew, And every impulse sent to every part The unbeheld pulsations of its heart.
Well might the plant grow beautiful and strong,
Even if the sun and air had smiled not on it; For one wept o'er it all the winter long
Tears pure as Heaven's rain, which fell upon it Fiour after hour; for sounds of softest song
Mixed with the stringed melodies that won it To leave the gentle lips on which it slept, llad loosed the heart of him who sat and wept.
Had loosed his heart, and shook the leaves and flowers On which he wept, the while the savage
storin Waked by the darkest of December's hours
Was raving round the chamber hushed and warm; The birds were shivering in their leafless bowers,
The fish were frozen in the pools, the form Of every summer plant was dead [ ] Whilst this
THE TWO SPIRITS.
Ist. Spi. O Thou, who plumed with strong desire
Wouldst float above the earth, beware! A shadow tracks thy flight of fire
Night is coming ! Bright are the regions of the air,
And among the winds and beams It were delight to wander there
Night is coming !
2nd. Spi. The deathless stars are bright above;
If I would cross the shade of night,
And that is day !
On my gelden pluines where'er they move;
And make night day.
Ist. Spi. But if the whirlwinds of darkness wake#
Hail, and lightning, and stormy rain; See the bounds of the air are shaken
Night is coming !
Yon declining sun have ovoraken,
Night is coming !
2nd. Spi. I see the light, and I hear the sound;
I'll sail on the flood of the tempest dark With the calm within and the light around
Which makes night day: And thou, when the gloom is deep and stark,
Look from tby dull earth, slumber-bound, My moon-like flight thou then may'st mark
On high, far away.
Some say, there is a precipice
Where one vast pine is frozen to ruin O'er piles of snow and chasins of ice
Mid Alpine mountains ;
And that thelanguid storm pursuing
That winged shape for ever flies
Its aery fountains.
Some say, when nights are dry and clear,
And the death dews sleep on the morass, Sweet whispers are heard by the traveller
Which makes night day: And a silver shape like his early love doth pass
Upborne by her wild and glittering hair, And when he awakes on the fragrant grass,
He finds night day.
They were two cousins, alınost like to twins,
But thou art Love itself-ruling the motion
A BRIDAL SONG,
The golden gates of sleep unbar
Where strength and beauty met together,
In a sea of glassy weather.
Darkness, weep thy holiest dew,--
On a pair so true.
Fairies, sprites, and angels, keep her!
Holy stars, permit no wrong! And return to wake the sleeper,
Dawn, -ere it be long. O joy ! O fear! what will be done lu the absence of the sun !
Coine along !