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By sacred charter, holden for her use.

- These, and whatever else the garden bears Of fruit or flower, permission 'asked or not, I freely gather; and my leisure draws A not unfrequent pastime from the sight Of the bees murmuring round their sheltered hives In that enclosure ; while the mountain rill, That sparkling thrids the rocks, attunes his voice To the pure course of human life which there Flows on in solitude. But, when the gloom Of night is falling round my steps, then most This Dwelling charms me; often I stop short, (Who could refrain ?) and feed by stealth my sight With prospect of the company within, Laid open through the blazing window there I see the eldest Daughter at her wheel Spinning amain, as if to overtake The never-halting time; or, in her turn, Teaching some Novice of the sisterhood That skill in this or other household work, Which, from her Father's honoured hand, herself, While she was yet a little-one, had learned. Mild Man! he is not gay, but they are gay ; And the whole house seems filled with gaiety. --Thrice happy, then, the Mother may be deemed, The Wife, from whose consolatory grave I turned, that ye in mind might witness where, And how, her Spirit yet survives on earth!”

END OF THE SIXTH BOOK.

THE EXCURSION.

BOOK VII.

THE CHURCH-YARD AMONG THE MOUNTAINS

CONTINUED.

ARGUMENT. Page 251, Impression of these Narratives upon the Author's mind

-252, Pastor invited to give account of certain Graves that lie apart_253, Clergyman and his Family—256, Fortunate influence of change of situation_258, Activity in extreme old age _262, Another Clergyman, a character of resolute Virtue 264, Lamentations over mis-directed applause—265, Instance of less exalted excellence in a deaf man - 268, Elevated character of a blind man

n_269, Reflection upon Blindness -270, Interrupted by a Peasant who passes—271, his animal cheerfulness and careless vivacity_272, He occasions a digression on the fall of beautiful and interesting Trees -273, A female Infant's Grave—274, Joy at her Birth275, Sorrow at her Departure—276, A youthful Peasant277, his patriotic enthusiasm and distinguished qualities 282, his untimely death—283, Exultation of the Wanderer, as a patriot, in this Picture—283, Solitary how affected— 284, Monument of a Knight—285, Traditions concerning him —286, Peroration of the Wanderer on the transitoriness of things and the revolutions of society–288, Hints at his own past Calling—288, Thanks the Pastor.

BOOK SEVENTH.

THE CHURCH-YARD AMONG THE MOUNTAINS

CONTINUED.

WHILE thus from theme to theme the Historian passed,
The words he uttered, and the scene that lay
Before our eyes, awakened in my mind
Vivid remembrance of those long-past hours ;
When, in the hollow of some shadowy vale,
(What time the splendor of the setting sun
Lay beautiful on Snowdon's sovereign brow,
On Cader Idris, or huge Penmanmaur)
A wandering Youth, I listened with delight
To pastoral melody or warlike air,
Drawn from the chords of the ancient British harp
By some accomplished Master, while he sate
Amid the quiet of the green recess,
And there did inexhaustibly dispense
An interchange of soft or solemn tunes,
Tender or blithe; now, as the varying mood

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