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ODE ON THE DEATH OF THOMSON.
In yonder grave a Druid lies,
Where slowly winds the stealing wave!
In yon deep bed of whispering reeds,
Then maids and youths shall linger here,
To hear the woodland pilgrim's knell.
Remembrance oft shall haunt the shore,
When Thames in summer wreaths is drest, And oft suspend the dashing oar,
To bid his gentle spirit rest!
And oft as ease and health retire,
The friend shall view yon whitening spire,
But thou who own'st that earthly bed,
Yet lives there one whose heedless eye
Shall scorn thy pale shrine glimmering near?
But thou lorn stream, whose sullen tide
And see the fairy valleys fade,
Dun night has veiled the solemn view!
The genial meads, assigned to bless
Long, long thy stone and pointed clay
ELEGY WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCHYARD.
THE Curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea, The plowman homewards plods his weary way, And leaves the world to darkness and to me.
Now fades the glimmering landscape on the sight,
Save that from youder ivy-mantled tower,
Beneath those rugged elms, that yew tree's shade, Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap
Each in his narrow cell for ever laid,
The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.
The breezy call of incense-breathing morn,
The swallow twittering from the straw-built shed, of 5/
The cock's shrill clarion, or the echoing horn,
No more shall rouse them from their lowly bed.
For them no more the blazing hearth shall burn,
Oft did the harvest to their sickle yield,
Their harrow oft the stubborn glebe has broke; How jocund did they drive their team a-field!
How bowed the woods beneath their sturdy stroke!
Let not ambition mock their useful toil,
Their homely joys, and destiny obscure; Nor grandeur hear with a disdainful smile, The short and simple annals of the poor.
The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power,
The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
Nor you, ye proud, impute to these the fault,
Can storied urn and animated bust
Back to its mansion call the fleeting breath? Can honour's voice provoke the silent dust,
Or flattery soothe the dull cold ear of death?
Perhaps in this neglected spot is laid,
Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire; Hands, that the rod of empire might have swayed, Or waked to ecstacy the living lyre:
But knowledge to their eyes her ample page,
Full many a gem of purest ray serene,
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
Some village Hampden that with dauntless breast,
Some Cromwell, guiltless of his country's blood.
The applause of listening senates to command,
To scatter plenty o'er a smiling land,
And read their history in a nation's eyes,