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THE FOREST SANCTUARY.

“ Ihr Plätze aller meiner stillen freuden,
Euch lass' ich hinter mir auf immerdar!

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So ist des geistes ruf an mich ergangen,
Mich treibt nicht eitles, irdisches verlangen."

Die Jungfrau von Orleans.

Long time against oppression have I fought,
And for the native liberty of faith
Have bled and suffer'd bonds."

Remorse ; a Tragedy.

[The following poem is intended to describe the mental con

flicts, as well as outward sufferings, of a Spaniard, who, flying from the religious persecutions of his own country, in the sixteenth century, takes refuge, with his child, in a North American forest. The story is supposed to be related by himself, amidst the wilderness which has afforded him an asylum.]

I.

The voices of my home!—I hear them still! They have been with me through the dreamy

nightThe blessed household voices, wont to fill My heart's clear depths with unalloy'd delight!

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I hear them still, unchanged : though some fro

earth Are music parted, and the tones of mirthWild, silvery tones, that rang through days mor

brightHave died in others; yet to me they come Singing of boyhood back—the voices of my home!

II.

They call me through this hush of woods repos

ing In the grey stillness of the summer morn; They wander by when heavy flowers are closing, And thoughts grow deep, and winds and stars are

born. Even as a fount's remember'd gushings burst On the parch'd traveller in his hour of thirst, E’en thus they haunt me with sweet sounds, till

worn

By quenchless longings, to my soul I say-
Oh! for the dove's swift wings, that I might flee

away,

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And find mine ark! Yet whither? I must bear
A yearning heart within me to the grave.
I am of those o'er whom a breath of air-
Just darkening in its course the lake's bright wave,
And sighing through the feathery canes?_hath

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To call up shadows, in the silent hour,
From the dim past, as from a wizard's cave!

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So must it be! These skies above me spread : Are they my own soft skies ?—Ye rest not here, my

dead!

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Ye far amidst the southern flowers lie sleeping,
Your graves all smiling in the sunshine clear;
Save one ! a blue, lone, distant main is sweeping
High o'er one gentle head. Ye rest not here!
'Tis not the olive, with a whisper swaying,
Not thy low ripplings, glassy water, playing
Through my own chestnut groves which fill mine

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But the faint echoes in my breast that dwell,
And for their birthplace moan, as moans the ocean-

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Peace !—I will dash these fond regrets to earth,
Even as an eagle shakes the cumbering rain
From his strong pinion. Thou that gav'st me birth
And lineage, and once home,-my native Spain !
My own bright land-my fathers' land-my child's !
What hath thy son brought from thee to the wilds?
He hath brought marks of torture and the chain-

Traces of things which pass not as a breeze ;
A blighted name, dark thoughts, wrath, woethy

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VI.

A blighted name! I hear the winds of morn-
Their sounds are not of this! I hear the shiver

Of the green reeds, and all the rustlings, borne
From the high forest, when the light leaves quiver:
Their sounds are not of this !—the cedars, waving,
Lend it no tone : His wide savannahs laving,
It is not murmur'd by the joyous river !

What part hath mortal name, where God alone Speaks to the mighty waste, and through its heart

is known?

VII.

Is it not much that I may worship Him.
With nought my spirit's breathings to control,
And feel His presence in the vast, and dim,
And whispery woods, where dying thunders roll
From the far cataracts ? Shall I not rejoice
That I have learn'd at last to know His voice
From man's ? I will rejoice !--my soaring soul

Now hath redeem'd her birthright of the day, And won, through clouds, to Him her own un

fetter'd way!

VIII.

And thou, my boy! that silent at my knee
Dost lift to mine thy soft, dark, earnest eyes,
Fill’d with the love of childhood, which I see
Pure through its depths, a thing without disguise ;
Thou that hast breathed in slumber on my breast,
When I have check'd its throbs to give thee rest,
Mine own! whose young thoughts fresh before me

rise ! Is it not much that I may guide thy prayer, And circle thy glad soul with free and healthful air?

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