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By the drum’s dull muffled sound,
By the arms that sweep the ground,
By the volleying muskets' tone,
Speak ye of a soldier gone

In his manhood's pride.

By the chanted psalm that fills
Reverently the ancient hills,*
Learn, that from his harvests done,
Peasants bear a brother on

To his last repose.

By the pall of snowy white
Through the yew-trees gleaming bright;
By the garland on the bier,
Weep! a maiden claims thy tear-

Broken is the rose !

Which is the tenderest rite of all ?
Buried virgin's coronal,
Requiem o'er the monarch's head,
Farewell gun for warrior dead,

Herdsman's funeral hymn ?

Tells not each of human woe?
Each of hope and strength brought low?
Number each with holy things,
If one chastening thought it brings

Ere life’s day grow dim!

* A custom still retained at rural funerals in some parts of England and Wales.

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THE rose was in rich bloom on Sharon's plain,
When a young mother, with her first-born, thence
Went up to Zion; for the boy was vow'd
Unto the Temple service. By the hand
She led him, and her silent soul, the while,
Oft as the dewy laughter of his eye
Met her sweet serious glance, rejoiced to think
That aught so pure, so beautiful was hers,
To bring before her God. So pass’d they on
O’er Judah’s hills; and wheresoe'er the leaves
Of the broad sycamore made sounds at noon,
Like lulling rain-drops, or the olive boughs,
With their cool dimness, cross'd the sultry blue
Of Syria's heaven, she paused, that he might rest;
Yet from her own meek eyelids chased the sleep
That weigh'd their dark fringe down, to sit and

The crimson deepening o'er his cheek's repose,
As at a red flower's heart. And where a fount
Lay, like a twilight star, midst palmy shades,
Making its bank green gems along the wild,
There, too, she linger'd, from the diamond wave
Drawing bright water for his rosy lips,
And softly parting clusters of jet curls
To bathe his brow. At last the fane was reach’d,
The earth's one sanctuary—and rapture hush'd
Her bosom, as before her, through the day,
It rose, a mountain of white marble, steep'd
In light like floating gold. But when that hour


Waned to the farewell moment, when the boy
Lifted, through rainbow-gleaming tears, his eye
Beseechingly to hers, and half in fear,
Turn’dfrom the white-robed priest, and round herarm
Clung even as joy clings—the deep spring-tide
Of nature then swelld high, and o'er her child
Bending, her soul broke forth in mingled sounds
Of weeping and sad song.

“ Alas!” she cried,

“ Alas! my boy, thy gentle grasp is on me,
The bright tears quiver in thy pleading eyes;

And now fond thoughts arise,
And silver cords again to earth have won me,
And like a vine thou claspest my full heart-

How shall I hence depart?

“ How the lone paths retrace where thou wert

So late, along the mountains, at my side ?

And I, in joyous pride,
By every place of flowers my course delaying,
Wove, e'en as pearls, the lilies round thy hair,

Beholding thee so fair!

“ And, oh! the home whence thy bright smile hath

parted, Will it not seem as if the sunny day

Turn'd from its door away? While through its chambers wandering, weary

hearted, I languish for thy voice, which past me still

Went like a singing rill ?

“ Under the palm-trees thou no more shalt meet

me, When from the fount at evening I return,

With the full water-urn; Nor will thy sleep's low dove-like breathings greet

me, As midst the silence of the stars I wake,

And watch for thy dear sake.

“ And thou, will slumber's dewy cloud fall round

thee, Without thy mother's hand to smooth thy bed?

Wilt thou not vainly spread Thine arms, when darkness as a veil hath wound

thee, To fold my neck, and lift up, in thy fear,

A cry which none shall hear ?

“ What have I said, my child! Will He not hear

thee, Who the young ravens heareth from their nest ?

Shall He not guard thy rest, And, in the hush of holy midnight near thee, Breathe o'er thy soul, and fill its dreams with joy?

Thou shalt sleep soft, my boy.

“ I give thee to thy God—the God that gave thee, A well-spring of deep gladness to my heart !

And, precious as thou art, And pure as dew of Hermon, He shall have thee, My own, my beautiful, my undefiled!

And thou shalt be His child.

“ Therefore, farewell! I go—my soul may

fail me, As the heart panteth for the water brooks,

Yearning for thy sweet looks. But thou, my first-born, droop not, nor bewail me; Thou in the Shadow of the Rock shalt dwell,

The Rock of Strength.-Farewell !”


All night the booming minute-gun

Had peal'd along the deep,
And mournfully the rising sun

Look'd o'er the tide-worn steep.
A barque from India's coral strand,

Before the raging blast,
Had vaild her topsails to the sand,

And bow'd her noble mast.

The queenly ship!-brave hearts had striven,

And true ones died with her!
We saw her mighty cable riven,

Like floating gossamer.
We saw her proud flag struck that morn-

A star once o'er the seas,-
Her anchor gone, her deck uptorn,

And sadder things than these!

We saw her treasures cast away,

The rocks with pearls were sown ; And, strangely sad, the ruby's ray

Flash'd out o'er fretted stone.

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