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THE CHILD'S LAST SLEEP.

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SUGGESTED BY A MONUMENT OF CHANTREY's.

Thou sleepest--but when wilt thou wake, fair child ?-

When the fawn awakes in the forest wild ?

When the lark's wing mounts with the breeze of morn?
When the first rich breath of the rose is born ?--

Lovely thou sleepest, yet something lies
Too deep and still on thy soft-seal'd eyes,
Mournful, tho sweet, is thy rest to see
When will the hour of thy rising be?

Not when the fawn wakes, not when the lark

On the crimson cloud of the morn floats dark

Grief with vain passionate tears hath wet
The hair, shedding gleams from thy pale brow yet ;
Love with sad kisses, unfelt, hath press'd
Thy meek-dropt eyelids and quiet breast ;
And the glad spring, calling out bird and bee,
Shall colour all blossoms, fair child! but thee.

Thou’rt gone

from us, bright one !--that thou shouldst die, And life be left to the butterfly !* Thou’rt gone, as

a dew-drop is swept from the boughOh! for the world where thy home is now! How may we love but in doubt and fear, How

may we anchor our fond hearts here, How should e'en joy but a trembler be, Beautiful dust! when we look on thee?

* A butterfly, as if resting on a flower, is sculptured on the monument.

THE SUNBEAM.

Thou art no lingerer in monarch's hall,
A joy thou art, and a wealth to all!
A bearer of hope unto land and sea--
Sunbeam! what gift hath the world like thee?

Thou art walking the billows, and ocean smiles-Thou hast touch'd with glory his thousand isles ; Thou hast lit up the ships, and the feathery foam, And gladden'd the sailor, like words from home.

To the solemn depths of the forest shades,
Thou art streaming on thro’ their green arcades,
And the quivering leaves that have caught thy glow,
Like fire-flies glance to the pools below.'

I look'd on the mountains—a vapour lay
Folding their heights in its dark array:
Thou brakest forth and the mist became
A crown and a mantle of living flame.

I look'd on the peasant's lowly cot--
Something of sadness had wrapt the spot;-
But a gleam of thee on its lattice fell,
And it laugh'd into beauty at that bright spell,

To the earth's wild places a guest thou art,
Flushing the waste like the rose's heart;
And thou scornest not from thy pomp to shed

A tender smile on the ruin's head.

Thou tak'st thro' the dim church-aisle thy way,

And its pillars from twilight flash forth to day, And its high pale tombs, with their trophies old, Are bath'd in a flood as of molten gold.

And thou turnest not from the humblest grave, Where a flower to the sighing winds may wave; Thou scatterest its gloom like the dreams of rest, Thou sleepest in love on its grassy breast.

Sunbeam of summer! oh! what is like thee?

Hope of the wilderness, joy of the sea !-
One thing is like thee to mortals given,
The faith touching all things with hues of Heaven!

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