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UPON SEEING A COLOURED DRAWING OF THE BIRD
OF PARADISE IN AN ALBUM.
By charities and duties that proceed
So fair, so sweet, withal so sensitive,
Who rashly strove thy Image to portray?
That to this mountain-daisy's self were known The beauty of its star-shaped shadow, thrown On the smooth surface of this naked stone!
And what if hence a bold desire should mount High as the Sun, that he could take account Of all that issues from his glorious fount !
So might he ken how by his sovereign aid
And were the Sister-power that shines by night
Fond fancies ! wheresoe'er shall turn thine eye On earth, air, ocean, or the starry sky, Converse with Nature in pure sympathy ;
All vain desires, all lawless wishes quelled, Be Thou to love and praise alike impelled, Whatever boon is granted or withheld.
Resplendent Wanderer ! followed with glad eyes Where'er her course; mysterious Bird ! To whom, by wondering Fancy stirred, Eastern Islanders have given A holy name—the Bird of Heaven! And even a title higher still, The Bird of God! whose blessed will She seems performing as she flies Over the earth and through the skies In never-wearied search of ParadiseRegion that crowns her beauty with the name She bears for us—for us how blest, How happy at all seasons, could like aim Uphold our Spirits urged to kindred flight On wings that fear no glance of God's pure sight, No tempest from his breath, their promised rest Seeking with indefatigable quest Above a world that deems itself most wise When most enslaved by gross realities !
* In the class entitled “ Musings," in Mr. Southey's Minor Poems, is one upon his own miniature Picture, taken in childhood, and another upon a landscape painted by Gaspar Poussin. It is possible that every word of the above verses, though similar in subject, might have been written had the author been upacquainted with those beautiful effusions of poetic sentiment. But, for his own satisfaction, he must be allowed thus publicly to acknowledge the pleasure those two Poems of his Friend have given him, and the grateful influence they have upon his mind as often as he reads them, or thinks of them.
All Powers and Places that abhor the light Joined in the transport, echoed back their shout, Hurrah for -, hugging his Ballot-box!
They thus would rise, must low and lower sink
Blest Statesman He, whose Mind's unselfish will Leaves him at ease among grand thoughts: whose Sees that, apart from magnanimity,
[eye Wisdom exists not; nor the humbler skill Of Prudence, disentangling good and ill With patient care.
What tho' assaults run high, They daunt not him who holds his ministry, Resolute, at all hazards, to fulfil Its duties ;-prompt to move, but firm to wait,Knowing, things rashly sought are rarely found; That, for the functions of an ancient State Strong by her charters, free because imbound, Servant of Providence, not slave of FatePerilous is sweeping change, all chance unsound.
UPON THE LATE GENERAL FAST.
RELUCTANT call it was; the rite delayed;
IN ALLUSION TO VARIOUS RECENT HISTORIES AND
NOTICES OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.
PORTENTOUS change when History can appear
Said Secrecy to Cowardice and Fraud, Falsehood and Treachery, in close council met, Deep under ground, in Pluto's cabinet, “ The frost of England's pride will soon be thawed; “ Hooded the open brow that overawed “ Our schemes ; the faith and honour, never yet
TO THE PENNSYLVANIANS.
Wło ponders National events shall find
Days undefiled by luxury or sloth,
LONG-PAVOURED England! be not thou misled
Au why deceive ourselves ! by no mere fit
Men of the Western World ! in Fate's dark book HARD task! exclaim the undisciplined, to lean
That long-lived servitude must last for ever.
Perish the grovelling few, who, prest between From unsubmissive necks the bridle shook
Wrongs and the terror of redress, would wean To give, in their Descendants, freer vent
Millions from glorious aims. Our chains to sever And wider range to passions turbulent,
Let us break forth in tempest now or never ! To mutual tyranny a deadlier look?
What, is there then no space for golden mean Nay, said a voice, soft as the south wind's breath, And gradual progress ?—Twilight leads to day, Dive through the stormy surface of the flood And, even within the burning zones of earth, To the great current flowing underneath ;
The hastiest sunrise yields a temperate ray; Explore the countless springs of silent good ; The softest breeze to fairest flowers gives birth : So shall the truth be better understood,
Think not that Prudence dwells in dark abodes, And thy grieved Spirit brighten strong in faith. She scans the future with the eye of gods.
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SONNETS DEDICATED TO LIBERTY AND ORDER.
In the true filial boson's inmost fol
Of all who for her rights watehd, toild and bled,
Knows that this propheey is not too bold.
What-how! shall she submit in will and deed
The xrrum pecus of a Gallie breed!
Dear Mother! if thou nest thy steps retrace, Locked in our world's embrace through weal and Go where at least meek Innoceney dwells; woe;
Let Babes and Sucklings be thy oracles.
Feel for the wrongs to universal ken
And seek the Sufferer in his darkest den,
Whether conducted to the spot by sighs
Taught him concealment) hidden from all eyes
Rest not in hope want's icy chain to thaw
By casual boons and formal charities;
SONNETS UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH.
He felt; but his parental bosom's lord SUGGESTED BY THE VIEW OF LANCASTER CASTLE
Was Duty,-Duty calmed his agony. (ON THE ROAD FROM THE SOUTH).
And some, we know, when they by wilful act This Spot—at once unfolding sight so fair
A single human life have wrongly taken, Of sea and land, with yon grey towers that still
Pass sentence on themselves, confess the fact, Rise up as if to lord it over air
And, to atone for it, with soul unshaken Might soothe in human breasts the sense of ill,
Kneel at the feet of Justice, and, for faith
Broken with all mankind, solicit death.
Is Death, when evil against good has fought
With such fell mastery that a man may dare A prison's crown, along this way they past For lingering durance or quick death with shame, By deeds the blackest purpose to lay bare ?
Is Death, for one to that condition brought, From this bare eminence thereon have cast Their first look-blinded as tears fell in showers
For him, or any one, the thing that ought
To be most dreaded ? Lawgivers, beware,
Lest, capital pains remitting till ye spare
Seemingly given, debase the general mind;
Tempt the vague will tried standards to disown, For worst offenders: though the heart will heave
Nor only palpable restraints unbind, With indignation, deeply moved we grieve,
But upon Honour's head disturb the crown, In after thought, for Him who stood in awe
Whose absolute rule permits not to withstand Neither of God nor man, and only saw,
In the weak love of life his least command.
Not to the object specially designed,
Howe'er momentous in itself it be, Judgments and aims and acts whose higher source
Good to promote or curb depravity, Is sympathy with the unforewarned, who died
Is the wise Legislator's view confined. Blameless with them that shudderedo'er his grave, His Spirit, when most severe, is oft most kind; And all who from the law firm safety crave.
As all Authority in earth depends
Copying with awe the one Paternal mind.
From even the humblest functions of the State ; A theme for praise and admiration high.
If she, self-shorn of Majesty, ordain Upon the surface of humanity
That never more shall hang upon her breath He rested not; its depths his mind explored ; The last alternative of Life or Death.