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For round their roots the fisher's boat is tied,

On whose trim seat doth Edmund stretch at ease, And while the lazy boat sways to and fro,

Breathes in his flute sad airs, so wild and slow, That his own cheek is wet with quiet tears.

But 0, dear Anne ! when midnight wind careers, And the gust pelting on the out-house shed

Makes the cock shrilly on the rain storm crow,

To hear thee sing some ballad full of woe, Ballad of ship-wrecked sailor floating dead,

Whom his own true love buried in the sands! Thee, gentle woman, for thy voice re-measures Whatever tones and melancholy pleasures

The things of Nature utter; birds or trees Or moan of ocean-gale in weedy caves, Or where the stiff grass mid the heath-plant waves,

Murmur and music thin of sudden breeze.

THE KEEPSAKE.

THE
HE tedded hay, the first fruits of the soil,

The tedded hay and corn-sheaves in one field,
Show summer gone, ere come. The foxglove tall
Sheds its loose purple bells, or in the gust,
Or when it bends beneath the up-springing lark,
Or mountain-finch alighting. · And the rose
(In vain the darling of successful love)
Stands, like some boasted beauty of past years,
The thorns remaining, and the flowers all gone./
Nor can I find, amid my lonely walk
By rivulet, or spring, or wet road-side,
That blue and bright-eyed floweret of the brook,

Hope's gentle gem, the sweet Forget-me-not!*
So will not fade the flowers which Emmeline
With delicate fingers on the snow-white silk
Has worked (the flowers which most she knew I

loved),
And, more beloved than they, her auburn hair.

In the cool morning twilight, early waked By her full bosom's joyous restlessness, Softly she rose, and lightly stole along, Down the slope coppice to the woodbine bower, Whose rich flowers, swinging in the morning breeze, Over their dim fast-moving shadows hung, Making a quiet image of disquiet In the smooth, scarcely moving river-pool. There, in that bower where first she owned her love, And let me kiss my own warm tear of joy From off her glowing cheek, she sate and stretch'd The silk upon the frame, and worked her name Between the Moss-Rose and Forget-me-notHer own dear name, with her own auburn-hair! That forced to wander till sweet spring return, I yet might ne'er forget her smile, her look, Her voice (that even in her mirthful mood Has made me wish to steal away and weep), Nor yet the entrancement of that maiden kiss With which she promised, that when spring returned, She would resign one half of that dear name, And own henceforth no other name but mine.

* One of the names (and meriting to be the only one) of the Myosotis Scorpioidles Palustris, a flower from six to twelve inches high, with blue blossom and bright yellow eye. It has the same name over the whole empire of Germany (Vergissmein nicht), and I believe, in Denmark and Sweden.

TO A LADY.
WITH FALCONER'S “SHIPWRECK.”
AH! not by Cam or Isis, famous streams,

In arched groves, the youthful poet's choice; Nor while half-listening, mid delicious dreams,

To harp and song from lady's hand and voice;

Nor yet while gazing in sublimer mood,

On cliff, or cataract, in Alpine dell; Nor in dim cave with bladdery sea-weed strewed,

Framing wild fancies to the ocean's swell;

Our sea-bard sang this song! which still he sings,

And sings for thee, sweet friend ! Hark, Pity, hark ! Now mounts, now totters on the tempest's wings,

Now groans, and shivers the replunging bark !

Cling to the shrouds!” In vain! The breakers

roar Death shrieks! With two alone of all his clan Forlorn the poet paced the Grecian shore,

No classic roamer, but a ship-wreck’ man!

Say then, what muse inspired these genial strains,

And lit his spirit to so bright a flame? The elevating thought of suffered pains,

Which gentle hearts shall mourn; but chief, the

name

Of gratitude! remembrances of friend,

Or absent or no more! shades of the Past, Which Love makes substance! Hence to thee I send,

O dear as long as life and memory last!

I send with deep regards of heart and head,
Sweet maid, for friendship formed! this work to

thee: And thou, the while thou canst not choose but shed

A tear for Falconer, wilt remember me.

TO A YOUNG LADY

ON HER RECOVERY FROM A FEVER.

WHY need I say, Louisa dear!

How glad I am to see you here,
A lovely convalescent;
Risen from the bed of pain and fear,

And feverish heat incessant.

The sunny showers, the dappled sky,
The little birds that warble high,

Their vernal loves commencing,
Will better welcome you than I

With their sweet influencing.

Believe me, while in bed you lay,
Your danger taught us all to pray:
You made us grow devouter !

looked and seemed to say,
How can we do without her ?

Each eye

up

Besides, wnat vexed us worse, we knew,
They have no need of such as you

In the place where you were going :
This World has angels all too few,

And Heaven is overflowing !

Why beats it thus? Through yonder coppice-wood
Needs must the pathway turn, that leads straightway
On to her father's house. She is alone!
The night draws on—such ways are hard to bit
And fit it is I should restore this sketch,
Dropt unawares no doubt. Why should I yearn
To keep the relique ? ’twill but idly feed
The passion that consumes me. Let me haste !
The picture in my hand which she has left;
She cannot blame me that I followed her:
And I may be her 'uide the long wood througn.

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Sandoval.
YOU loved the daughter of Don Manrique ?
Earl Henry.

Loved ?
Sandoval. Did you not say you wooed her ?
Earl Henry.

Once I loved Her whom I dared not woo! Sandoval.

And wooed, perchance, One whom you loved not! Earl Henry.

Oh! I were most base Not loving Oropeza. True, I wooed her, Hoping to heal a deeper wound; but she Met my advances with impassioned pride, That kindled love with love. And when her sire, Who in his dream of hope already grasped The golden circlet in his hand, rejected My suit with insult, and in memory Of ancient feuds, poured curses on ny head, Her blessings overtook and baffled them!

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