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" What think you, as she lies in her green cove,
Our little sleeping boat is dreaming of?
If morning dreams are true, why I should guess
That she was dreaming of our idleness,
And of the miles of watery way
We should have led her by this time of day.”

“ Never mind,” said Lionel, “Give care to the winds, they can bear it well About yon poplar tops ; and see ! The white clouds are driving merrily, And the stars we miss this morn will light More willingly our return to-night. List, my dear fellow, the brecze blows fair; How it scatters Dominic's long black hair! Singing of us, and our lazy motions, If I can guess a boat's emotions."

The chain is loosed, the sails are spread,
The living breath is fresh behind,
As, with dews and sunrise fed,
Comes the laughing morning wind.
The sails are full, the boat makes head
Against the Serchio's torrent fierce,
Then flags with intermitting course,
And hangs upon the wave,
Which fervid from its mountain source
Shallow, smooth, and strong, doth come;
Swift as fire, tempestuously
It sweeps into the affrighted sea ;

In morning's smile its eddies coil,
Its billows sparkle, toss, and boil,
Torturing all its quiet light
Into columns fierce and bright.

The Serchio, twisting forth Between the marble barriers which it clove At Ripafratta, leads through the dread chasm The wave that died the death which lovers love, Living in what it sought; as if this spasm Had not yet past, the toppling mountains cling, But the clear stream in full enthusiasm Pours itself on the plain, until wandering, Down one clear path of effluence crystalline Sends its clear waves, that they may fling At Arno's feet tribute of corn and wine ; Then, through the pestilential deserts wild Of tangled marsh and woods of stunted fir, It rushes to the Ocean.

A LAMENT.

Swifter far than summer's flight,
Swifter far than youth's delight,
Swifter far than happy night,

Art thou come and gone. • There is evidently something wrong in this passage

As the earth when leaves are dead,
As the night when sleep is sped,
As the heart when joy is fled,

I am left lone, alone.

The swallow Summer comes again,
The owlet Night resumes her reign,
But the wild swan Youth is fain

To fly with thee, false as thou.
My heart each day desires the morrow,
Sleep itself is turned to sorrow,
Vainly would my winter borrow

Sunny leaves from any bough.

Lilies for a bridal bed,
Roses for a matron's head,
Violets for a maiden dead,

Pansies let my flowers be:
On the living grave I bear,
Scatter them without a tear;
Let no friend, however dear,

Waste one hope, one fear for me.

TO

1.

The serpent is shut out from paradise;
The wounded deer must seek the herd no more

In which its heart-cure lies ;

The widowed dove must cease to haunt a bower,
Like that from which its mate with feigned sighs

Fled in the April hour:
I too, inust seldom seek again
Near happy friends a mitigated pain.

II.
Of hatred I am proud,—with scorn content:
Indifference, that once hurt me, now is grown

Itself indifferent;
But, not to speak of love, pity alone
Can break a spirit already more than bent.

The miserable one
Turns the mind's poison into food,
Its medicine is tears, its evil good.

III.

Therefore if now I see you seldomer,
Dear friends, dear friend! know that I only fly

Your looks because they stir
Griefs that should sleep, and hopes that cannot die :
The very comfort that they minister

I scarce can bear; yet I,
So deeply is the arrow gone,
Should quickly perish if it were withdrawn.

IV.

When I return to my cold home, you ask
Why I am not as I have ever been?

You spoil me for the task

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VOL. IV.

Of acting a forced part on life's dull scene,-
Of wearing on my brow the idle mask

Of author, great or mean,
In the world's carnival. I sought
Peace thus, and but in you I found it not.

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Full half an hour, to-day, I tried my lot
With various flowers, and every one still said,

“ She loves me -loves me not." * And if this meant a vision long since fledIf it meant fortune, fame, or peace of thought

If it meant-but I dread
To speak what you may know too well;
Still there was truth in the sad oracle.

VI.

The crane o'er seas and forests seeks her home;
No bird so wild, but has its quiet nest,

When it no more would roam ;
The sleepless billows on the ocean's breast
Break like a bursting heart, and die in foam,

And thus, at length, find rest:
Doubtless there is a place of peace
Where my weak heart and all its throbs will cease

VII.

I asked her, yesterday, if she believed
That I had resolution. One who had

Would ne'er have thus relieved

* See Faust.

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