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TALFOURD, SIR THOMAS.
Innocence ... ...
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The Deserted House
Insipid Flattery ...
Blessed be God for Flowers
The New Order of Nobility
Spring Showers . ...
To a Friend
Life through Death
WILLIS, N. P.
The Elms of New Haven ...
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A Simile ...
visiting the Banks of the Wye, during a Tour, July 13,
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Life and Death ...
The Eye ...
TO AN INFANT SMILING AS IT AWOKE.
The following exquisite composition came into the possession of one of the Editors many years ago from a source he cannot remember, nor has he been enabled to discover who was the author, or if it has yet appeared in print. Certainly the best of our poets might be proud to claim it as his own.
AFTER the sleep of night as some still lake
Displays the cloudless heaven in reflection,
Into a waking smile of recollection,
So doth the laughing azure of those eyes
Display a mental heaven of its own : In that illumined smile I recognise
The sunlight of a sphere to us unknown; Thou hast been dreaming of some previous bliss In other worlds—for thou art new to this.
Hast thou been wafted to elysian bowers
In some blest star, where thou hast pre-existed;
About the golden harps of seraphs twisted ;
Of the great Fountain Spirit in the sky,
Whence thou hast fall’n-a dew-drop from on high--
We deem thy mortal memory but begun;
But hast thou no remembrance of the past,
Which o'er thy slumbering faculties hath cast
Athwart thine eyes celestial sights are given,
Display a transitory glimpse of heaven; And thou art wrapt in visions all too bright For aught but seraphim or infant's sight.
Emblem of heavenly purity and bliss !
Mysterious type, which none can understand !
Limbs lately touch'd by the Creator's hand.
This sweet little poem was written by Miss LANDON, better known, perhaps, as L. E. L. We feel it to be the utterance of a strong emotion ; it awakens our own emotions by sympathy, and that is the mission of poetry, whether it be uttered in rhyine or prose. Another charm of this lyric is its unity.
Good Night !--what a sudden shadow