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They dared not feel new hopes were
For both, and trembling pleasures new.
Now neither sat beside the grave,
They speak of those so lately gone, And words of sorrow dry their tears; And even when the tear flows on It each to each the more endears. 40. For grief like theirs, without remorse, Is yet a gentle hallowed feeling, And darkens not the limpid source Of joy, from love's deep fountain stealing.
41. Thou Breeze of dawn, a music blent With hues that are a song of light! Thou Sky, whose dome, above them bent,
Expands the cloudless god to sight!
Thou greenest World, through countless ages
Adorned our bounteous home to be! So fair beyond the dreams of sages, Which are but glimpses caught from thee!
43. And Thou pervading Soul of All, In man's large mind most clearly shown,
Bear witness! ye consenting saw,
At morning oft, and oft at eve, They met below the old Yew-tree, For they would not forget to grieve, Though blest as mortal souls may be. 'Twere worth a thoughtful wish to see A loving pair so calm, so young,
With graven brow of shapely span, And sudden-moving, pensive eye.
With bold affection, pure and true,
'Mid graves, beside the churchyard tree,
While summer's light around them clung.
He seemed a more than common man, Whom children passed not heedless by,
48. Retired and staid was Henry's look, And shrank from men's tumultuous
And on the earth as on a book
But then at sight of bird or flower,
Most flashed his light whene'er he saw The kind and blooming face of Jane, When Love, by its supremest law, Bade care depart, and fears be vain.
Receiving at devotion's call
51. His Jane was fair to any eye; How more than earthly fair to him! To think that it should e'er be dim. Her very beauty made you sigh
So childlike young, so gravely sweet, With smiles of some disportive sprite, While blushes clear and fancies fleet Played o'er in rippling waves of light.
That filled with day her great blue
That made her all one gracious Whole,
54. She had no art, and little skill In aught save Right, and maiden Feel
On Henry's wisdom leant her will,
Sometimes amid the glimmering meads
The myriad flies their mazes weave.
While under heaven's warm lucent hues
And then, while earth was darkening o'er,
While stars began their tranquil day,
That power which men would fain forget,
The law of change and slow decay,
While in this mood one day they sat
To Jane her lover slowly said,
9. "In land of Greece in ancient days, A man, by many dreams possessed, Would wander oft from trodden ways, And rudest wilds he loved the best. 10
"He strewed his thoughts along the gale,
He gave his heart to earth and sky,
"His soul devout, his shaping mind, Had power at last o'er mystic things, And could the silent charms unbind That chain the fountain's icy springs.
12. "There shone a breezeless autumn
When o'er the crystal cell arose
"He sought to make the maid his own, For earthly love a human bride; Her voice had love's pathetic tone, But still her words the suit denied. 14.
"One day of pure delight was given In every month of changing skies,
And 'twas once more the autumnal heaven
That saw the Fountain Spirit rise.
"Again the youth his fay besought A mortal's lot with him to share, For converse all of airy thought Contents but souls ensphered in air ; 16. "And man will ask below the skies That breast may lean to beating breast, That mingling hands and answering
May halve the toil and glad the rest.
"I too,' she said, and saying darkened, • Must speak to thee of certain doom, To thee for whom my deeps have hearkened,
And oft have felt unwonted gloom.
"For thee my heart, so calmly blest, Has throbbed with keener hopes and joys;
My waves have sparkled unrepressed, And breathed for thee more vocal noise.
19. "Too fond has been our mutual love To last beneath yon clouded sun; And fate, that sternly sits above, Decrees our bliss already done. 20. "At morn or eve thou must no more Return for commune sweet with me; My gaze on mortal eyes is o'er, Because it may not feed on thee. 21. "Thou must in other pathways roam, But sometimes think that once we met; I seek my lonely cavern home, There still to live, but not forget.' 22.
But clear she saw, and truly felt,
As when a child first snaps the band
Long time she paused, and hid her face,
Then raised her head in piteous sor
Slow dragged along the unsmiling year, With winds, and mist, and foliage torn ; And, though their green love grew not sere, They could not cease to mourn. 2.
But still they strove to feed their hope,
As doubting in his look to trace A hope for e'en to-morrow.
To see the Sexton Henry came,
"The autumn woods are fair to see, Its clouds with straggling sunshine burn;
But lovelier will the springtime be, When warmth, and hope, and life return."
38. With long, sad smiles, of sorrow bred, The fate-struck lovers left each other, While both at heart more deeply bled Than even for a buried mother.
The father did not loudly blame,
At last he spoke, with lingering tongue :
"My friend, I will not say you no, Though Jane is still but weak and young From her old father's side to go. 5.
"Indeed, 'twould be a wiser plan, If you could come and live with me; Though I am not a book-learned man, With her to help we might agree. 6. "The house and fields are all my own, And will be his who weds with her,
"The chaff may glitter in the sun,
But when the waste has reached an end
The gains of thrift are coming in.
The wise man takes a day to win;
39. "And ever I have seen that they Who least had cause to fear the morrow, Have cheeriest walked the open way, Nor hung their heads in sorrow.
"Who does not feel how hard the
For one whose life must soon be o'er,
"And therefore, Jane, I think it right That you should choose a gainful man, One working hard from morn till night, Gathering and hoarding all he can. 42.
"Yet, mind you well, I do not say But Henry may your husband be; Though much I doubt if learning's pay Will keep a house from leanness free. 43.
"His health, by study much abused,
"His mother's stipend ceased with her,
"But stay till winter days be past,
With anguish more than dread.
But when the closing promise came, They both were comforted and cheered; "What some within an hour would For, freed from strife, remorse, and
The old man's eye no more they feared.