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When last I roved these winding wood-walks green,
Green winding walks, and shady pathways sweet,
Ofttimes would Anna seek the silent scene,
Shrouding her beauties in the lone retreat.
No more I hear her footsteps in the shade :
Her image only in these pleasant ways
Meets me self-wandering, where in happier days,
I held free converse with the fair-haired maid.
I passed the little cottage which she loved,
The cottage which did once my all contain ;
It spake of days which ne'er must come again,
Spake to my heart, and much my heart was moved.
“Now fair befal thee, gentle maid !” said I,
And from the cottage turned me with a sigh.

We were two pretty babes, the youngest she,
The youngest, and the loveliest far I ween,
And Innocence her name. The time has been,
We two did love each other's company ;
Time was we two had wept to have been apart,
But when, by show of seeming good beguiled,
I left the garb and manners of a child,
And my first love for man's society,
Defiling with the world my virgin heart,
My loved companion dropped a tear, and fled,
And hid in deepest shades her awful head.
Belovèd, who shall tell me where thou art,
In what delicious Eden to be found,
That I may seek thee the wide world around?

AT OSTEND, JULY 22, 1787.

How sweet the tuneful bells' responsive peal!

As when, at opening morn, the fragrant breeze

Breathes on the trembling sense of wan disease, So piercing to my heart their force I feel ! And hark! with lessening cadence now they fall,

And now, along the white and level tide,

They fling their melancholy music wide; Bidding me many a tender thought recall Of summer days, and those delightful years

When by my native streams, in life's fair prime,

The mournfiul magic of their mingling chime First waked my wond'ring childhood into tears ! But seeming now, when all those days are o'er, The sounds of joy once heard, and heard no more.

OCTOBER, 1792.

Go, then, and join the roaring city's throng !

Me thou dost leave to solitude and tears,

To busy fantasies, and boding fears,
Lest ill betide thee: but 'twill not be long,
And the hard season shall be past: till then

Live happy; sometimes the forsaken shade

Rememb'ring, and these trees now left to fade ; Nor, 'mid the busy scenes and “hum of men," Wilt thou my cares forget: in heaviness

To me the hours shall roll, weary and slow,

Till, mournful autumn past, and all the snow Of winter pale! the glad hour I shall bless, That shall restore thee from the crowd again, To the green hamlet in the peaceful plain.

NOVEMBER

There is strange music in the stirring wind,

When lowers the autumnal eve, and all alone

To the dark wood's cold covert thou art gone, Whose ancient trees on the rough slope reclined Rock, and at times scatter their tresses sear.

If in such shades, beneath their murmuring,

Thou late hast passed the happier hours of spring, With sadness thou wilt mark the fading year; Chiefly if one, with whom such sweets at morn

Or eve thou'st shared, to distant scenes shall stray.

O Spring, return! return, auspicious May!
But sad will be thy coming, and forlorn,
If she return not with thy cheering ray,
Who from these shades is gone, gone far away,

APRIL.

WHOSE was the gentle voice, that, whispering sweet,

Promised, methought, long days of bliss sincere ?

Soothing it stole on my deluded ear, Most like soft music, that might sometimes cheat Thoughts dark and drooping! 'Twas the voice of Hope !

Of love and social scenes, it seemed to speak,

Of truth, of friendship, of affection meek;
That oh! poor friend, might to life's downward slope
Lead us in peace, and bless our latest hours.

Ah me! the prospect saddened as she sung;

Loud on my startled ear the death-bell rung;
Chill darkness wrapt the pleasurable bowers,
Whilst horror, pointing to yon breathless clay,
“ No peace be thine," exclaimed, “ away! away!"

MAY,

How shall I meet thee, Summer, wont to fill

My heart with gladness, when thy pleasant tide *First came, and on each coomb's romantic side Was heard the distant cuckoo's hollow bill? Fresh flowers shall fringe the wild brink of the stream,

As with the song of joyance and of hope,

The hedge-rows shall ring aloud, and on the slope
The poplars sparkle on the transient beam,
The shrubs and laurels which I love to tend,

Thinking their May-tide fragrance might delight,
With many a peaceful charm, thee, my best friend,

Shall put forth their green shoot, and cheer the sight! But I shall mark their hues with sickening eyes, And weep for her who in the cold grave lies !

ON A DISTANT VIEW OF ENGLAND

Ah! from mine eyes the tears unbidden start,

Albion, as now thy cliffs (that white appear

Far o'er the wave, and their proud summits rear To meet the beams of morn) my beating heart With eager hope and filial transport hails.

Scenes of my youth; reviving gales, ye bring,

As when erewhile the tuneful morn of Spring
Joyous awoke amidst your blooming vales,
And filled with fragrance every painted plain :

Fled are those hours, and all the joys they gave,

Yet still I gaze and count each rising wave That bears me nearer to your haunts again; If haply, 'mid those woods and vales so fair, Stranger to peace, I yet may meet her there.

DOVER CLIFFS.

On these white cliffs, that calm above the flood,

Uplift their shadowing heads, and, at their feet,
Scarce hear the surge that has for ages

beat,
Sure many a lonely wanderer has stood;
And, whilst the lifted murmur met his ear,

And o'er the distant billows the still eve

Sailed slow, has thought of all his heart must leave To-morrow; of the friends he loved most dear; Of social scenes, from which he wept to part:

But, if like me, he knew how fruitless all

The thoughts that would full fain the past recall, Soon would he quell the risings of his heart, And brave the wild winds and unhearing tideThe world his country, and his God his guide.

TIME.

O Time! who know'st a lenient hand to lay

Softest on sorrow's wound, and slowly thence

(Lulling to sad repose the weary sense) The faint pang stealest, unperceived, away ; On thee I rest my only hope at last,

And think, when thou hast dried the bitter tear

That flows in vain o'er all my soul held dear,
I may look back on every sorrow past,
And meet life's peaceful evening with a smile,-

As some lone bird, at day's departing hour

Sings in the sunbeam of the transient shower, Forgetful, though its wings are wet the while :Yet, ah! how much must that

poor

heart endure, Which hopes from thee, and thee alone, a cure !

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