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Droop thy wings’ parting feathers. Spasms of death
Are on thee. -
Laid thus low by age 2 . Oris't
All-grudging man has brought thee to this end ?
Perhaps the slender hair, so subtly wound
Around the grain God gives thee for thy food,
Has proved thy snare, and makes thine inward pain.
I needs must mourn for thee. For I—who have
No fields, nor gather into garners—I
Bear thee both thanks and love, not fear nor hate.
And now, farewell! The falling leaves, ere long,
Will give thee decent covering. Till then,
Thine own black plumage, which will now no more
Glance to the sun, nor flash upon my eyes,
Like armor of steeled knight of Palestine,
Must be thy pall. Nor will it moult so soon
As sorrowing thoughts on those borne from him fade
In living man.
Who scoffs these sympathies
Makes mock of the divinity within ;
Nor feels he, gently breathing through his soul,
The universal spirit.—Hear it cry,
“How does thy pride abase thee, man, vain man!
How deaden thee to universal love,
And joy of kindred, with all humble things—
God’s creatures all !”
And surely it is so. He who the lily clothes in simple glory, He who doth hear the ravens cry É. *a, Hath on our hearts, with hand invisible, In signs mysterious, written what alone Our hearts may read.—Death bring thee rest, poor bird.
THE day had been a day of wind and storm –
The wind was laid, the storm was overpassed,
And, stooping from the zenith, bright and warm,
Shone the great sun on the wide earth at last.
I stood upon the upland slope, and cast
My eye upon a broad and beauteous scene,
Where the vast plain lay girt by mountains vast,
And hills o'er hills lifted their heads of green,
With pleasant vales scooped out, and villages between.
The rain-drops glistened on the trees around,
Whose shadows on the tall grass were not stirred,
Save when a shower of diamonds, to the ground,
Was shaken by the flight of startled bird;
For birds were warbling round, and bees were heard
About the flowers; the cheerful rivulet sung
And gossiped, as he hastened ocean-ward;
To the gray oak, the squirrel, chiding, clung,
And, chirping, from the ground the grasshopper upsprung.
And from beneath the leaves, that kept them dry,
Flew many a glittering insect here and there,
And darted up and down the butterfly,
That seemed a living blossom of the air.
The flocks came scattering from the thicket, where
The violent rain had pent them; in the way
Strolled groups of damsels frolicsome and fair;
The farmer swung the scythe or turned the hay,
And 'twixt the heavy swaths his children were at play.
It was a scene of peace—and, like a spell,
Did that serene and golden sunlight fall
Upon the motionless wood that clothed the cell,
And precipice upspringing like a wall,
And glassy river, and white waterfall,
And happy living things that trod the bright
And beauteous scene; while, far beyond them all,
On many a lovely valley, out of sight,
Was poured from the blue heavens the same soft, golden light.
I looked, and thought the quiet of the scene
An emblem of the peace that yet shall be,
When o'er earth’s continents, and isles between,
The noise of war shall cease from sea to sea,
And married nations dwell in harmony;
When millions, crouching in the dust to one,
No more shall beg their lives on bended knee,
Nor the black stake be dressed, nor in the sun
The o'erlabored captive toil, and wish his life were done,
Too long at clash of arms amid her bowers,
And pools of blood, the earth has stood aghast,
The fair earth, that should only blush with flowers
And ruddy fruits; but not for aye can last
The storm; and sweet the sunshine when 'tis past;
Lo, the clouds roll away—they break—they fly,
And, like the glorious light of summer, cast
O'er the wide landscape from the embracing sky,
On all the peaceful world the smile of heaven shall lie.
.4 Winter Scene.—IDLE MAN.
But Winter has yet brighter scenes;–he boasts Splendors beyond what gorgeous Summer knows, Or Autumn, with his many fruits and woods All flushed with many hues. Come, when the rains Have glazed the snow and clothed the trees with ice. When the slant sun of February pours Into the bowers a flood of light. Approach The incrusted surface shall upbear thy steps, And the broad, arching portals of the grove Welcome thy entering. Look, the massy trunks Are cased in the pure crystal; branch and twig Shine in the lucid covering; each light rod, Nodding and twinkling in the stirring breeze, Is studded with its trembling water-drops, Still streaming, as they move, with colored light. But round the parent stem the long, low boughs Bend in a glittering ring, and arbors hide The glassy floor. O! you might deem the spot The spacious cavern of some virgin mine, Deep in the womb of Earth, where the gems grow, And diamonds put forth radiant rods, and bud With amethyst and topaz, and the place Lit up, most royally, with the pure beam That dwells in them; or, haply, the vast hall Of fairy palace, that outlasts the night, And fades not in the glory of the sun; Where crystal columns send forth slender shafts And crossing arches, and fantastic aisles
Wind from the sight in brightness, and are lost
Among the crowded pillars. Raise thine eye:—
Thou seest no cavern roof, no palace vault;
There the blue sky, and the white drifting cloud
Look in. Again the wildered fancy dreams
Of sporting fountains, frozen as they rose, -
And fixed, with all their branching jets, in air,
And all their sluices sealed. All, all is light,
Light without shade. But all shall pass away
With the next sun. From numberless vast trunks,
Loosened, the crashing ice ehall make a sound
Like the far roar of rivers; and the eve
Shall close o'er the brown woods as it was wont.
Description of the Quiet Island, From the Poem of “The Buccaneer.”—Rich ARD H. DANA.
THE island lies nine leagues away.
Along its solitary shore,
Of craggy rock and sandy bay,
No sound but ocean's roar,
Save where the bold, wild sea-bird makes her home,
Her shrill cry coming through the sparkling foam.
But when the light winds lie at rest,
And on the glassy, heaving sea,
The black duck, with her glossy breast,
Sits swinging silently,
How beautiful No ripples break the reach,
And silvery waves go noiseless up the beach.
And inland rests the green, warm dell;
The brook comes tinkling down its side;
From out the trees the Sabbath bell
Rings cheerful, far and wide,
Mingling its sound with bleatings of the flocks,
That feed about the vale amongst the rocks.
Nor holy bell, nor pastoral bleat,
In former days within the vale;
Flapped in the bay the pirate’s sheet;
Curses were on the gale;
Rich goods lay on the sand, and murdered men;
Pirate and wrecker kept their revels then.
But calm, low voices, words of grace,
Now slowly fall upon the ear;
A quiet look is in each face,
Subdued and holy fear :
Each motion's gentle; all is kindly done—
Come, listen, how from crime this isle was won.
The religious Cottage.—D. HUNTINgrow.
SEEst thou yon lonely cottage in the grove, With little garden neatly "lanned before, Its roof deep shaded by the elms above, Moss-grown, and decked with velvet verdure o'er ) Go lift the willing latch—the scene explore— Sweet peace, and love, and joy, thou there shalt find; For there Religion dwells; whose sacred lore Leaves the proud wisdom of the world behind, And pours a heavenly ray on every humble mind.
When the bright morning gilds the eastern skies, Up springs the peasant from his calm repose ; Forth to his honest toil he cheerful hies, And tastes the sweets of nature as he goes— But first, of Sharon’s fairest, sweetest rose, He breathes the fragrance, and pours forth the praise; Looks to the source whence every blessing flows, Ponders the page which heavenly truth conveys, And to its Author's hand commits his future ways.
Nor yet in solitude his prayers ascend; His faithful partner and their blooming train, The precious word, with reverent minds, attend, The heaven-directed path of life to gain. Their voices mingle in the grateful strain— The lay of love and joy together sing, To Him whose bounty clothes the smiling plain, Who spreads the beauties of the blooming spring, And tunes the warbling throats that make the valleys ring.