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The softly-warbled song
Comes from the pleasant woods, and colored wings
Glance quick in the bright sun, that moves
The forest openings.
When the bright sunset fills
The silver woods with light, the green slope throws
Its shadows in the hollows of the hills,
And wide the upland glows.
And, when the eve is born,
In the blue lake the sky, o'er-reaching far,
Is hollowed out, and the moon dips her horn,
And twinkles many a star
Inverted in the tide,
Stand the gray rocks, and trembling shadows
And the fair trees look over, side by side,
And see themselves below.
AN APRIL DAY.
Sweet April!-many a thought
Is wedded unto thee, as hearts are wed;
Nor shall they fail, till, to its autumn brought,
Life's golden fruit is shed.
WITH What a glory comes and goes the year! The buds of spring, those beautiful harbingers Of sunny skies and cloudless times, enjoy Life's newness, and eartn's garniture spread
And when the silver habit of the clouds
Comes down upon the autumn sun, and with
A sober gladness the old
His bright inheritance of golden fruits,
A pomp and pageant fill the splendid scene.
There is a beautiful spirit breathing now Its mellow richness on the clustered trees, And, from a beaker full of richest dyes,
Pouring new glory on the autumn woods, And dipping in warm light the pillared clouds, Morn on the mountain, like a summer bird, Lifts up her purple wing, and in the vales
The gentle wind, a sweet and passionate
Kisses the blushing leaf, and stirs up
And silver beech, and maple yellow-leaved, Where autumn, like a faint old man, sits down
By the wayside a-weary.
The golden robin moves.
Through the trees
The purple finch,
That on wild cherry and red cedar feeds,
And merrily, with oft-repeated stroke,
O what a glory doth this world put on For him who with a fervent heart, goes forth Under the bright and glorious sky, and looks On duties well performed, and days well spent! For him the wind, ay, and the yellow leaves Shall have a voice, and give him eloquent teachings.
He shall so hear the solemn hymn, that Death He lifted up for all, that he shall go
To his long resting-place without a tear.