Of a true woman's soul bent down and But hath gone calmly forth into the lowly

strife, Before the face of daily mysteries ; - And all its sins and sorrows hath withA love that blossoins soon, but ripens slowly

With lofty strength of patient woman. To the full goldenness of fruitful prime,

hood : Enduring with a firmness that defies For this I love her great soul more than All shallow tricks of circumstance and

ce and all, time,

That, being bound, like us, with earthly By a sure insight knowing where to cling, thrall, And where it clingeth never withering; — She walks so bright and heaven-like These are Irene's dowry, which no fate

therein, Can shake from their serene, deep-builded Too wise, too meek, too womanly, to sin. state.

Like a lone star through riven stormIn-seeing sympathy is hers, which chas. clouds seen teneth

| By sailors, tempest-tost upon the sea, No less than loveth, scorning to be bound Telling of rest and peaceful heavens nigh, With fear of blame, and yet which ever | Unto my soul her star-like soul hath

hasteneth To pour the balm of kind looks on the Her sight as full of hope and calm to wound,

me ; If they be wounds which such sweet teach | For she unto herself hath builded high ing makes,

A hoine serene, wherein to lay her head, Giving itself a pang for others' sakes; Earth's noblest thing, a Woman perNo want of faith, that chills with side

fected. long eye, Hath she ; no jealousy, no Levite pride

SERENADE. That passeth by upon the other side ; For in her soul there never dwelt a lie. From the close-shut windows gleams no Right from the hand of God her spirit

spark, came

The night is chilly, the night is dark, Unstained, and she hath ne'er forgotten The poplars shiver, the pine-trees moan, whence

My hair by the autumn breeze is blown, It came, nor wandered far from thence, Under thy window I sing alone, But laboreth to keep her still the same, | Alone, alone, ah woe ! alone! Near to her place of birth, that she may

The darkness is pressing coldly around, Soil her white raiment with an earthly The windows shake with a lonely sound, spot.

The stars are hid and the night is drear,

The heart of silence throbs in thine ear, Yet sets she not her soul so steadily | In thy chamber thou sittest alone, Above, that she forgets her ties to earth, Alone, alone, ah woe ! alone! But her whole thought would almost seem to be

The world is happy, the world is wide, How to make glad one lowly human Kind hearts are beating on every side ; hearth;

Ah, why should we lie so coldly curled For with a gentle courage she doth strive Alone in the shell of this great world ? In thought and word and feeling so to Why should we any more be alone ? live

| Alone, alone, ah woe ! alone! As to make earth next heaven ; and her heart

0, 't is a bitter and dreary word, Herein doth show its most exceeding The saddest by man's ear ever heard ! worth,

We each are young, we each have a heart, That, bearing in our frailty her just part, Why stand we ever coldly apart ? She hath not shrunk from evils of this Must we forever, then, be alone ? life,

| Alone, alone, ah woe! alone !



The changeful April sky of chance

And the strong tide of circumstance, This little blossom from afar

Give me, old granite gray,
Hath come from other lands to thine ;
For, once, its white and drooping star Some of thy pensiveness serene,
Could see its shadow in the Rhine.

Some of thy never-dying green,

| Put in this scrip of mine, — Perchance some fair-haired German maid

That griefs may fall like snow-flakes Hath plucked one from the selfsame

light, stalk,

And deck me in a robe of white, And numbered over, half afraid,

Ready to be an angel bright, Its petals in her evening walk. O sweetly mournful pine.

A little of thy merriment, “ He loves me, loves me not,” she cries ; la “ He loves me more than earth or

Of thy sparkling, light content,

Give me, my cheerful brook, heaven !' And then glad tears have filled her eyes

| That I may still be full of glee

And gladsomeness, where'er I be, To find the number was uneven.

Though fickle fate hath prisoned me And thou must count its petals well,

In some neglected nook. Because it is a gift from me ;

Ye have been very kind and good And the last one of all shall tell

To me, since I 've been in the wood; Something I've often told to thee. Ye have gone nigh to fill my heart;

But good-bye, kind friends, every one, But here at home, where we were born, I've far to go ere set of sun ; Thou wilt find blossoms just as true,

Of all good things I would have part, Down-bending every summer morn, The day was high ere I could start, With freshness of New England dew.

And so my journey 's scarce begun. For Nature, ever kind to love,

Heaven help me! how could I forget Hath granted them the same sweet To beg of thee, dear violet ! tongue,

Some of thy modesty, Whether with German skies above, | That blossoms here as well, unseen, Or here our granite rocks among. As if before the world thou 'dst been,

Oh, gire, to strengthen me.


A BEGGAR through the world am I, -
From place to place I wander by.
Fill up my pilgrim's scrip for me,
For Christ's sweet sake and charity!

Not as all other women are
Is she that to my soul is dear ;

Her glorious fancies come from far,
A little of thy steadfastness,
Rounded with leafy gracefulness,

Beneath the silver evening-star,
Old oak, give me,

And yet her heart is ever near. That the world's blasts may round me

II. blow, And I yield gently to and fro,

Great feelings hath she of her own, While my stout-hearted trunk below | Which lesser souls may never know; And firm-set roots unshaken be.

God giveth them to her alone,

And sweet they are as any tone Some of thy stern, unyielding might,

Wherewith the wind may choose to blow. Enduring still through day and night Rude tempest - shock and withering

III. blight, –

Yet in herself she dwelleth not, That I may keep at bay

| Although no home were half so fair;


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UNTREMULOUS in the river clear, Toward the sky's image, hangs the im.

aged bridge ; So still the air that I can hear The slender clarion of the unseen midge ; Out of the stillness, with a gathering

creep, Like rising wind in leaves, which now

decreases, Now lulls, now swells, and all the while

increases, The huddling trample of a drove of

sheep Tilts the loose planks, and then as grad

ually ceases In dust on the other side ; life's em

blem deep, A confused noise between two silences, Finding at last in dust precarious peace. On the wide marsh the purple-blossomed

grasses Soak up the sunshine ; sleeps the

brimming tide, Save when the wedge-shaped wake in

silence passes Of some slow water-rat, whose sinuous

glide Wavers the sedge's emerald shade from

side to side ; But up the west, like a rock-shivered

surge, Climbs a great cloud edged with sun

whitened spray ; Huge whirls of foam boil toppling o'er

its verge, And falling still it seems, and yet it

climbs alway.
Suddenly all the sky is hid

As with the shutting of a lid,
One by one great drops are falling

Doubtful and slow,
Down the pane they are crookedly


And the wind breathes low; Slowly the circles widen on the

river, Widen and mingle, one and all ; Here and there the slenderer flowers

shiver, Struck by an icy rain-drop's fall. Now on the hills I hear the thunder

mutter, The wind is gathering in the west ;


She is a woman : one in whom
The spring-time of her childish years
Hath never lost its fresh perfume,
Though krowing well that life hath room
For many blights and many tears.

IX. I love her with a love as still As a broad river's peaceful might, Which, by high tower and lowly mill, Seem following its own wayward will, And yet doth ever flow aright.

And, on its full, deep breast serene,
Like quiet isles my duties lie;
It flows around them and between,
And makes them fresh and fair and green,
Sweet homes wherein to live and die.

The upturned leaves first whiten and

The crinkled lightning

Seems ever brightening,
Then droop to a fitful rest ;

And loud and long
Up from the stream with sluggish flap Again the thunder shouts
Struggles the gull and floats away;

His battle-song, Nearer and nearer rolls the thunder

One quivering flash, clap,

One wildering crash, We shall not see the sun go down to Followed by silence dead and dull, day:

As if the cloud, let go, Now leaps the wind on the sleepy marsh,

Leapt bodily below And tramples the grass with terrified To whelm the earth in one mad overfeet,

throw, The startled river turns leaden and harsh.

And then a total lull. You can hear the quick heart of the tempest beat.

Gone, gone, so soon !

No more my half-dazed fancy Look ! look ! that livid flash!

there, And instantly follows the rattling thun. Can shape a giant in the air, der,

No more I see his streaming hair, As if some cloud-crag, split asunder, The writhing portent of his form ; Fell, splintering with a ruinous

The pale and quiet moon crash,

Makes her calm forehead bare, On the Earth, which crouches in silence And the last fragments of the storm, under ;

| Like shattered rigging from a fight at sea, And now a solid gray wall of rain | Silent and few, are drifting over me. Shuts off the landscape, mile by mile ; For a breath's space I see the blue wood again,

LOVE. And ere the next heart-beat, the windhurled pile,

| TRUE Love is but a humble, low-born That seemed but now a league aloof,

thing, Bursts crackling o'er the sun-parched And hath its food served up in earthen roof;

ware; Against the windows the storm comes It is a thing to walk with, hand in hand, dashing,

Through the every-dayness of this work. Through tattered foliage the hail tears day world, crashing,

Baring its tender feet to every flint,
The blue lightning flashes, Yet letting not one heart-beat go astray

The rapid hail clashes, From Beauty's law of plainness and con-
The white waves are tumbling,

tent; And, in one baffled roar, A simple, fireside thing, whose quiet Like the toothless sea mumbling

smile A rock-bristled shore,

Can warm earth's poorest hovel to a The thunder is rumbling

home; And crashing and crumbling, – Which, when our autumn cometh, as it Will silence return nevermore ?


And life in the chill wind shivers bare Hush! Still as death,

and leafless, The tempest holds his breath Shall still be blest with Indian-summer As from a sudden will ;

youth The rain stops short, but from the In bleak November, and, with thankful eaves

heart, You see it drop, and hear it from the Smile on its ample stores of garnered leaves,

fruit, All is so bodingly still ;

As full of sunshine to our aged eyes Again, now, now, again As when it nursed the blossoms of our Plashes the rain in heavy gouts,


Such is true Love, which steals into the TO PERDITA, SINGING.

heart With feet as silent as the lightsone dawn The voice is like a fountain, That kisses smooth the rough brows of Leaping up in clear moonshine ; the dark,

Silver, silver, ever mounting, And hath its will through blissful gen

Ever sinking, tleness,

Without thinking, Not like a rocket, which, with passion. To that brimful heart of thine. ate glare,

Every sad and happy feeling, Whirs suddenly up, then bursts, and Thou hast had in bygone years, leaves the night

Through thy lips comes stealing, steal. Painfully quivering on the dazed eyes;

ing, A love that gives and takes, that seeth

Clear and low ; faults,

| All thy smiles and all thy tears Not with flaw-seeking eyes like needle In thy voice awaken, points,

And sweetness, wove of joy and woe, But loving-kindly ever looks them down From their teaching it hath taken: With the o'ercoming faith that still Feeling and music move together, forgives;

Like a swan and shadow ever A love that shall be new and fresh each Floating on a sky-blue river hour,

In a day of cloudless weather.
As is the sunset's golden mystery,
Or the sweet coming of the evening-star,

It hath caught a touch of sadness,
Alike, and yet most unlike, every day,

Yet it is not sad; And seeming ever best and fairest now;

It hath tones of clearest gladness, A love that doth not kneel for what it

Yet it is not glad'; seeks,

A dim, sweet twilight voice it is But faces Truth and Beauty as their Where to-day's accustomed blue peer,

| Is over-grayed with memories, Showing its worthiness of noble thoughts With starry feelings quivered through. By a clear sense of inward uobleness;

Thy voice is like a fountain
A love that in its object findeth not
All grace and beauty, and enough to sate

Leaping up in sunshine bright,
Its ibirst of blessing, but, in all of good

| And I never weary counting Found there, sees but the Heaven-im

| Its clear droppings, lone and single, planted types

Or when in one full gush they mingle, Of good and beauty in the soul of man,

Shooting in melodious light. And traces, in the simplest heart that Thine is music such as yields beats,

Feelings of old brooks and fields, A family-likeness to its chosen one,

And, around this pent-up room, That claims of it the rights of brother Sheds a woodland, free perfume ; hood.

0, thus forever sing to me! For love is blind but with the fleshly O, thus forever! eye,

The green, bright grass of childhood That so its inner sight may be more clear;

bring to me, And outward shows of beauty only so Flowing like an emerald river, Are needful at the first, as is a hand And the bright blue skies above ! To guide and to uphold an infant's steps : 0, sing them back, as fresh as ever, Fine natures need them not: their earnest Into the bosom of my love, – look

The sunshine and the merriment, Pierces the body's mask of thin disguise, The unsought, evergreen content, And beauty ever is to them revealed,

Of that never cold time, Behind the unshapeliest, meanest lump The joy, that, like a clear breeze, went of clay,

Through and through the old time! With arms outstretched and eager face ablaze,

Peace sits within thine eyes, Yearning to be but understood and loved. With white hands crossed in joyful rest,

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