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7.

TO SLEEP.

Fond words have oft been spoken to thee, Sleep!
And thou has had thy store of tenderest names;
The very sweetest words that fancy frames
When thankfulness of heart is strong and deep!
Dear bosom Child we call thee, that dost steep
In rich reward all suffering; Balm that tames
All anguish; Saint that evil thoughts and aims
Takest away, and into souls dost creep,
Like to a breeze from heaven. Shall I alone;
I surely not a man ungently made,
Call thee worst Tyrant by which Flesh is crost r
Perverse, self-will'd to own and to disown,
Mere Slave of them who never for thee pray'd,
Still last to come where thou art wanted most!

8.

With Ships the sea was sprinkled far and nigh,

Like stars in heaven, and joyously it showed;

Some lying fast at anchor in the road,

Some veering up and down, one knew not why.

A goodly Vessel did I then espy

Come like a Giant from a haven broad;

And lustily along the Bay she strode,

Her tackling rich, and of apparel high.

This Ship was nought to me, nor I to her,

Yet I pursued her with a Lover's look;

This Ship to all the rest did I prefer:

When will she turn, and whither? She will brook

No tarrying; where she comes the winds must stir:

On went She, and due north her journey took.

0.

TO THE RIVER DUDDON.

O mountain Stream! the Shepherd and his Cot
Are privilegM Inmates of deep solitude:
Nor would the nicest Anchorite exclude
A Field or two of brighter green, or Plot
Of tillage-ground, that seemeth like a spot
Of stationary sunshine: thou hast view'd
These only, Duddon! with their paths renew'd
By fits and starts, yet this contents thee not.
Thee hath some awful Spirit impell'd to leave,
Utterly to desert, the haunts of men,
Though simple thy Companions were and few;
And though this wilderness a passage cleave
Attended but by thy own Voice, save when
The Clouds and Fowls of the air thy way pursue.

10.

FROM THE ITALIAN OF MICHAEL ANGELO.

Yes! hope may with my strong desire keep pace,

And I be undeluded, unbetray'd;

For if of our affections none find grace

In sight of Heaven, then, wherefore hath God made

The world which we inhabit? Better plea

Love cannot have, than that in loving thee

Glory to that eternal Peace is paid,

Who such Divinity to thee imparts

As hallows and makes pure all gentle hearts.

His hope is treacherous only whose love dies

With beauty, which is varying every hour;

But, in chaste hearts uninfluenced by the power

Of outward change, there blooms a deathless flower,

That breathes on earth the air of paradise.

11.

FROM THE SAME.

No mortal object did these eyes behold

When first they met the placid light of thine,

And my Soul felt her destiny divine,

And hope of endless peace in me grew bold:

Heav'n-born, the Soul a heav'n-ward course must hold;

Beyond the visible world She soars to seek,

For what delights the sense is false and weak,

Ideal Form, the universal mould.

The wise man, I affirm, can find no rest

In that which perishes: nor will he lend

His heart to aught which doth on time depend.

'Tis sense, unbridled will, and not true love,

Which kills the soul: Love betters what is best,

Even here below, but more in heaven above.

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