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ABSENCE.

'Tis not the loss of love's assurance,

It is not doubting what thou art,
But 'tis the too, too long endurance

Of absence, that afflicts my heart.
The fondest thoughts two hearts can cherish,

When each is lonely doomed to weep,
Are fruits on desert isles that perish,

Or riches buried in the deep. What though, untouched by jealous madness,

Our bosom's peace may fall to wreck; Th' undoubting heart, that breaks with sadness,

Is but more slowly doomed to break. Absence! is not the soul torn by it

From more than light, or life, or breath? "Tis Lethe's gloom, but not its quiet

The pain without the peace of death!

SONG.

WITHDRAW not yet those lips and fingers,

Whose touch to mine is rapture's spell;
Life's joy for us a moment lingers,

And death seems in the word-farewell.
The hour that bids us part and go,
It sounds not yet, oh! no, no, no.
Time, while I gaze upon thy sweetness,

Flies like a courser nigh the goal;
To-morrow where shall be his fleetness,
When thou art parted from my

soul? Our hearts shall beat, our tears shall flow, But not together-no, no, no!

THE LAST MAN.

All worldly shapes shall melt in gloom,

The Sun himself must die,
Before this mortal shall assume

Its Immortality!
I saw a vision in my sleep,
That gave my spirit strength to sweep

Adown the gulf of Time!
I saw the last of human mould,
That shall Creation's death behold,

As Adam saw her prime'
The Sun's eye had a sickly glare,

The Earth with age was wan,
The skeletons of nations were

Around that lonely man!
Some had expired in fight,—the brands
Still rusted in their bony hands;

In plague and famine some !
Earth's cities had no sound nor tread
And ships were drifting with the dead

To shores where all was dumb!
Yet, prophet like, that lone one stood,

With dauntless words and high, That shook the sere leaves from the wood

As if a storm passed by, Saying, We are twins in death, proud Sun, Thy face is cold, thy race is run,

'Tis Mercy bids thee go. For thou ten thousand thousand years Hast seen the tide of human tears,

That shall no longer flow. What though beneath thee man put forth

His pomp, his pride, his skill;

And arts that made fire, floods, and earth,

The vassals of his will ;
Yet mourn not I thy parted sway,
Thou dim discrowned king of day:

For all those trophied arts
And triumphs that beneath thee sprang,
Healed not a passion or a pang :

Entailed on human hearts.
Go, let oblivion's curtain fall

Upon the stage of men,
Nor with thy rising beams recall

Life's tragedy again.
Its piteous pageants bring not back,
Nor waken flesh upon the rack

Of pain anew to writhe;
Stretched in disease's shapes abhorred,
Or mown in battle by the sword,

Like grass beneath the scythe.
Er'n I am weary in yon skies

To watch thy fading fire ;
Test of all sumless agonies,

Behold not me expire.
My lips that speak thy dirge of death-
Their rounded gasp and girgling breath

To see thou shalt not boast.
The eclipse of Nature spreads my pall,-
The majesty of Darkness shall

Receive my parting ghost ! This spirit shall return to Him

That gave its heavenly, spark;
Yet think not, Sun, it shall be dim

When thou thyself art dark !
No! it shall live again, and shine
In bliss unknown to beams of thine,

By him recalled to breath,

Who captive led captivity,
Who robbed the grave of Victory,

And took the sting from death!
Go, Sun, while Mercy holds me up

On Nature's awful waste
To drink this last and bitter cup

Of grief that man shall taste,
Go, tell that night that hides thy face,
Thou saw'st the last of Adam's race,

On Earth's sepulchral clod,
The dark’ning universe desy
To queạch his Immortality,

Or shake his trust in God!

THE RITTER BANN.

THE Ritter Bann from Hungary

Came back, renowned in arms, But scorning jousts of chivalry

And love and ladies' charms. While other knights held revels, he

Was wrapt in thoughts of gloom,
And in Vienna's hostelrie

Slow paced his lonely room,
There entered one whose face he knew,-

Whose voice, he was aware,
He oft at mass bad listened to,

In the holy house of prayer. 'Twas the Abbot of St. James's monks,

A fresh and fair old man; His reverend air arrested eria The gloomy Ritter Bann.

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But seeing with him an ancient dame

Come clad in Scotch attire,
The Ritter's colour went and came,

And loud he spoke in ire,
“ Ha! nurse of her that was my bane,

Name not her name to me;
I wish it blotted from my brain :

Art poor?-take alms, and flee.”
“ Sir Knight," the abbot interposed,

“ This case your ear demands;" And the crone cried, with a cross enclosed

In both her trembling hands :
Remember, each his sentence waits;

And he that shall rebut
Sweet Mercy's suit, on him the gates

Of Mercy shall be shut.
You wedded undispensed by Church,

Your cousin Jane in Spring ;-
In Autumn, when you went to search

For Churchmen's pardoning,
Her house denounced your marriage-band,

Betrothed her to De Grey,
And the ring you put upon her hand

Was wrenched by force away.
Then wept your Jane upon my neck,

Crying, 'Help me, nurse, to flee
To my Howel Bann's Glamorgan hills :'

But word arrived-ah me!
You were not there; and 'twas their threat,

By foul means or by fair,
To-morrow morning was to set

The seal on her despair

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