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To count the echoings of my feet,
And watch the troubled flame.
And there in black and jaundic'd fit
And listen to the roar:
Plung’d foaming on the shore.
Then by the Lightning's blaze to mark
Her vain distress-guns hear :
To see no Vessel there!
But Fancy now more gaily sings ;
As sky-larks mid the corn,
Nods, till returning morn.
O mark those smiling tears, that swell The open'd Rose! From heaven they fell,
And with the sun-beam blend ; Blest visitations from above : Such are the tender woes of Love
Fost'ring the heart, they bend !
When stormy Midnight howling round
To me your arms you'll stretch :
Great God ! you'll say—To us so kind,
The houseless, friendless wretch!
The tears that tremble down your cheek,
In Pity's dew divine ;
The answ'ring swell of mine !
How oft, my Love! with shapings sweet
With eager speed I dart
I press you to my heart !
'Tis said, on Summer's evening hour
A fair electric flame:
Shoots rapid thro’ the frame!
COMPOSED AT CLEVEDON,
My pensive Sara! thy soft cheek reclin'd Thus on mine arm, most soothing sweet it is
* Light from plants. In Sweden a very curious phenomenon has been observed on certain flowers by M. Haggern, lecturer in natural
To sit beside out cot, our cot o'er grown
history. One evening he perceived a faint flash of light repeatedly dart from a marigold. Surprised at such an uncommon appearance, he resolved to examine it with attention; and, to be assured it was no deception of the eye, he placed a man near him, with orders to make a signal at the moment when he observed the light. They both saw it constantly at the same moment.
The light was most brilliant on marigolds of an orange or flame colour; but scarcely visible on pale ones.
The flash was frequently seen on the same flower two or three times in quick succession ; but more commonly at intervals of several minutes; and when several flowers in the same place emitted their light together, it could be observed at a considerable distance.
This phenomenon was remarked in the months of July and August at sun-set, and for half an hour, when the atmosphere was clear; but after a rainy day, or when the air was loaded with vapours nothing of it was seen.
The following flowers emitted flashes, more or less vivid, in this order :
1. The marigold, galendula officinalis.
4. The Indian pink, tagetes patula &: erecta. From the rapidity of the flash, and other circumstances, it may be conjectured that there is something of electricity in this phenome
It pours such sweet upbraidings, as must needs
For never guiltless may I speak of Him,
TO AN UNFORTUNATE WOMAN.
WHOM THE AUTHOR HAD KNOWN IN THE DAYS OP HER
Myrtle leaf, that ill besped
Pinest in the gladsome ray,
Far from thy protecting spray!
When the Rustic o'er his sheaf
Caroll'd in the yellow vale,
Love the dalliance of the gale.
Lightly didst thou, foolish thing!
Heave and flutter to his sighs,
* L'athée n'est point à mes yeux un faux esprit; je puis vivre avec lui aussi bien et mieux qu'avec le dévot, car il raisonne d'avantage, mais il lui manque un sens, et mon ame ne se fond point entièrement avec la sienne : il est froid au spectacle le plus ravissant, et il cherche un syllogisme lorsque je rends une action de grace.
“ Appel a l'impartiale postérité, par la Citoyenne Roland,” troisème partie, p. 67.