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ON GREENOUGH'S GROUP OF THE ANGEL AND CHILD.
I STOOD alone; nor word, nor other sound,
That was not mine; and feelings undefined, And thoughts flow'd in upon me not my own. "T was that deep mystery-for aye unknown
The living presence of another's mind. Another mind was there-the gift of fewThat by its own strong will can all that's true In its own nature unto others give, And mingling life with life, seem there to live. I felt it now in mine; and oh! how fair, How beautiful the thoughts that met me thereVisions of Love, and Purity, and Truth! Though form distinct had each,they seem'd,as'twere, Imbodied all of one celestial air
To beam for ever in coequal youth.
And thus I learn'd—as in the mind they moved-
That bound them all. Thus sure, as passionless, Their love did grow, till one harmonious strain Of melting sounds they seem'd; then, changed again, One angel form they took-Self-Happiness.
This angel form the gifted Artist saw,
E'en to the world of sense; bidding its cell,
A being of the skies-with man to dwell. And then another form beside it stood; "T was one of this our earth-though the warm blood Had from it pass'd-exhaled as in a breath Drawn from its lips by the cold kiss of Death. Its little "dream of human life" had fled; And yet it seem'd not number'd with the dead,
But one emerging to a life so bright That, as the wondrous nature o'er it spread, Its very consciousness did seem to shed
Rays from within, and clothe it all in light. Now touch'd the Angel Form its little hand, Turning upon it with a look so bland, And yet so full of majesty, as less Than holy natures never may impressAnd more than proudest guilt unmoved may brook. The Creature of the Earth now felt that look, And stood in blissful awe-as one above Who saw his name in the Eternal Book, And Him that open'd it; e'en Him that took The Little Child, and bless'd it in his love.
ON A FALLING GROUP IN THE LAST JUDG MENT OF MICHAEL ANGELO.
How vast, how dread, o'erwhelming is the thought Of space interminable! to the soul
A circling weight that crushes into naught
ON REMBRANT: OCCASIONED BY HIS PICTURE OF JACOB'S DREAM.
As in that twilight, superstitious age,
ON THE PICTURES BY RUBENS, IN THE LUX-
High o'er the rocks of reason's lofty verge Impending hangs; yet, ere the foaming surge Breaks o'er the bound, the refluent ebb of taste Back from the shore impels the wat'ry waste.
TO MY VENERABLE FRIEND THE PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY.
FROM One unused in pomp of words to raise
Of selfishness, has been the manly race
ON SEEING THE PICTURE OF FOLUS, BY PELIGRINO TIBALDI.
FULL Well, TIBALDI, did thy kindred mind
Of gales and whirlwinds, hurricanes and storms.
On Hecla's top to stretch, and give the word
ON THE DEATH OF COLERIDGE.
AND thou art gone,most loved, most honour'd Friend!
THE TUSCAN MAID.
How pleasant and how sad the turning tide
The pure twin-being for a little space,
This turning tide is URSULINA'S now;
The time is mark'd upon her brow; Now every thought and feeling throw
Their shadows on her face;
And so are every thought and feeling join'd, "T were hard to answer whether heart or mind Of either were the native place.
The things that once she loved are still the same;
PROFESSOR FRISBIE was the son of a respectable clergyman at Ipswich, Massachusetts. He entered Harvard University in 1798, and was graduated in 1802. His father, like most of the clergymen of New England, was a poor man, and unable fully to defray the costs of his son's education; and Mr. FRISBIE, while an under-graduate, provided in part for his support by teaching a school during vacations, and by writing as a clerk. His friend and biographer, Professor ANDREWS NORTON, alludes to this fact as a proof of the falsity of the opinion that wealth constitutes the only aristocracy in our country. Talents, united with correct morals, and good manners, pass unquestioned all the artificial barriers of society, and
[Born 1784. Died 1822]
their claim to distinction is recognised more willingly than any other.
Soon after leaving the university, Mr. FRISBIE commenced the study of the law; but an affection of the eyes depriving him of their use for the purposes of study, he abandoned his professional pursuits, and accepted the place of Latin tutor in Harvard University. In 1811, he was made Professor of the Latin Language, and in 1817, Professor of Moral Philosophy. The last office he held until he died, on the 19th of July, 1822. He was an excellent scholar, an original thinker, and a pure-minded man. An octavo volume, containing a memoir, some of his philosophical lectures, and a few poems, was published in 1823.
To her myself, my all I'd give, For her alone delighted live,
For her consent to die.
Whene'er by anxious care oppress'd,
At her sweet smile each care should cease,
And drive my griefs away.
In turn, I'd soften all her care,
Each thought, each wish, each feeling
Should sickness e'er invade,
My voice should soothe each rising sigh, My hand the cordial should supply;
I'd watch beside her bed.
Should gathering clouds our sky deform,
My bosom to its bolts I'd bare;
Together should our prayers ascend; Together would we humbly bend,
To praise the Almighty name; And when I saw her kindling eye Beam upwards in her native sky,
My soul should catch the flame.
Thus nothing should our hearts divide, But on our years serenely glide,
And all to love be given;
And, when life's little scene was o'er, We'd part to meet and part no more, But live and love in heaven.
[Born, 1785. Died, 1842.1
MR. WOODWORTH was a native of Scituate, in | modesty and integrity as well as for his literary Massachusetts. After learning in a country town the art of printing, he went to New York, where he was editor of a newspaper during our second war with England. He subsequently published a weekly miscellany entitled "The Ladies' Literary Gazette," and in 1823, associated with Mr. GEORGE P. MORRIS, he established "The New York Mirror," long the most popular journal of literature and art in this country. For several years before his death he was an invalid, and in this period a large number of the leading gentlemen of New York acted as a committee for a complimentary benefit given for him at the Park Theatre, the proceeds of which made more pleasant his closing days. He died in the month of December, 1842, in the fifty-seventh year of his age, much respected by all who knew him, for his
How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood,
And e'en the rude bucket that hung in the well-
That moss-cover'd vessel I hail'd as a treasure,
For often at noon, when return'd from the field, I found it the source of an exquisite pleasure,
The purest and sweetest that nature can yield. How ardent I seized it, with hands that were glowing, And quick to the white-pebbled bottom it fell; Then soon, with the emblem of truth overflowing,
And dripping with coolness, it rose from the wellThe old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket, The moss-cover'd bucket, arose from the well.
How sweet from the green mossy brim to receive it,
As poised on the curb it inclined to my lips!
The brightest that beauty or revelry sips.
The tear of regret will intrusively swell,
And sighs for the bucket that hangs in the well-
Mr. WOODWORTH wrote many pieces for the stage, which had a temporary popularity, and two or three volumes of songs, odes, and other poems, relating chiefly to subjects of rural and domestic life. He dwelt always with delight upon the scenes of his childhood, and lamented that he was compelled to make his home amid the strife and tumult of a city. He was the poet of the "common people," and was happy in the belief that
The Bucket" was read by multitudes who never heard of "Thanatopsis." Some of his pieces have certainly much merit, in their way, and a selection might be made from his voluminous writings that would be very honourable to his talents and his feelings. There has been no recent edition of any of his works.
THE author of the "Airs of Palestine," is a native of Litchfield, Connecticut, and was born on the sixth of April, 1785. His great-grandfather, the Reverend JAMES PIERPONT, was the second minister of New Haven, and one of the founders of Yale College; his grandfather and his father were men of intelligence and integrity; and his mother, whose maiden name was ELIZARETH COLLINS, had a mind thoroughly imbued with the religious sentiment, and was distinguished for her devotion to maternal duties. In the following lines, from one of his recent poems, he acknowledges the influence of her example and teachings on his own character:
"She led me first to God;
Her words and prayers were my young spirit's dew. For, when she used to leave
The fireside, every eve,
I knew it was for prayer that she withdrew.
"That dew, that bless'd my youth,Her holy love, her truth,
Her spirit of devotion, and the tears
That she could not suppress,Hath never ceased to bless My soul, nor will it, through eternal years.
"How often has the thought
Of my mourn'd mother brought
Peace to my troubled spirit, and new power
The tempter to repel!
Mother, thou knowest well
That thou hast blessed me since thy mortal hour!"
Mr. PIERPONT entered Yale College when fifteen years old, and was graduated in the summer of 1804. During a part of 1805, he assisted the Reverend Doctor BACKUS, in an academy of which he was principal previous to his election to the presidency of Hamilton College; and in the autumn of the same year, following the example of many young men of New England, he went to the southern states, and was for nearly four years a private tutor in the family of Colonel WILLIAM ALLSTON, of South Carolina, spending a portion of his time in Charleston, and the remainder on the estate of Colonel ALLSTON, on the Waccamaw, near Georgetown. Here he commenced his legal studies, which he continued after his return to his native state in 1809, in the school of Justices REEVE and GOULD; and in 1812, he was admitted to the bar, in Essex county, Massachusetts. Soon after the commencement of the second war with Great Britain, being appointed to address the Washington Benevolent Society of Newburyport, his place of residence, he delivered and afterward published "The Portrait," the earliest of the poems in the recent edition of his works.
In consequence of the general prostration of business in New England during the war, and of
his health, which at this time demanded a more active life, he abandoned the profession of law, and became interested in mercantile transactions, first in Boston, and afterward in Baltimore; but these resulting disastrously, in 1816, he sought a solace in literary pursuits, and in the same year published "The Airs of Palestine." The first edition appeared in an octavo volume, at Baltimore; and two other editions were published in Boston, in the following year.
The "Airs of Palestine" is a poem of about eight hundred lines, in the heroic measure, in which the influence of music is shown by examples, principally from sacred history. The religious sublimity of the sentiments, the beauty of the language, and the finish of the versification, placed it at once, in the judgment of all competent to form an opinion on the subject, before any poem at that time produced in America. As a work of art, it would be nearly faultless, but for the occasional introduction of double rhymes, a violation of the simple dignity of the ten-syllable verse, induced by the intention of the author to recite it in a public assembly. He says in the preface to the third edition, that he was "aware how difficult even a good speaker finds it to rehearse heroic poetry, for any length of time, without perceiving in his hearers the somniferous effects of a regular cadence," and "the double rhyme was, therefore, occasionally thrown in, like a ledge of rocks in a smoothly gliding river, to break the current, which, without it, might appear sluggish, and to vary the melody, which might otherwise become monotonous." The following passage, descriptive of a moonlight scene in Italy, will give the reader an idea of its manner:
"On Arno's bosom, as he calmly flows,
Of waveless water, rest her radiant head.