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But round my heart the ties are bound,
Farewell, old Coila's hills and dales,
To fair FIDELE's grassy tomb
Soft maids and village hinds shall bring
This pathetic piece, the genuine expression of the writer's own feelings, was written when he had taken a resolution to quit his native country for the West Indies, in consequence of the difficulties in which he was involved.
No wailing ghost shall dare appear
To vex with shrieks this quiet grove, 'T
And melting virgins own their love.
No wither'd witch shall here be seen,
No goblins lead their nightly crew;
The redbreast oft at evening hours
When howling winds and beating rain
Each lonely scene shall thee restore,
* Written as a Dirge on the supposed death of Imogen, in Shakespear's" Cymbeline."
MORNING AND EVENING.
SAY, Sweet carol! who are they
And the meek maid who binds her yellow hair,
Say, sweet carol! who are they
The loosen'd steed in grassy stall;
The Thanies feasting in the hall;
BORN in yon blaze of orient sky,
Sweet May! thy radiant form unfold;
And wave thy shadowy locks of gold.
For Thee the fragrant zephyrs blow,
For Thee descends the sunny shower,
And brighter blossoms gem the bower.
Light Graces, drest in flowery wreaths,
And tiptoe Joys their hands combine;
* Introduced in the tragedy of " Ethwald," act ii. The beautiful imagery in this song is accommodated to the time of the Saxon Heptarchy.
Warm with new life the glittering throngs,
WHAT dreaming drone was ever blest
To day be mine-I leave the rest
Give me the mind that mocks at care,
On comes the foe-to arms-to arms-
'Tis victory in all her charms,
Or fame in Britain's story :
* This piece, which possesses all the brilliancy and high finish characteristic of the author's poetry, is inserted in "The Botanic Garden," part ii.