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WHO ABANDONED HIMSELF TO AN INDOLENT AND
Such a green mountain 't were most sweet to climb,
LINES TO W. L. ESQ.
WHILE HE SANG A SONG TO PURCELL'S MUSIC, bless
WHILE my young cheek retains its healthful hues, The adventurous toil, and up the path sublime And I have many friends who hold me dear; Now lead, now follow: the glad landscape round, -!methinks, I would not often hear Wide and more wide, increasing without bound ! Such melodies as thine, lest I should lose
All memory of the wrongs and sore distress,
For which my miserable brethren weep! ;
But should uncomforted misfortunes steep
And if at death's dread moment I should lie
With no beloved face at my bod-side,
To fix the last glance of my closing eye,
Methinks, such strains, breathed by my angel-guide
Would make me pass the cup of anguish by,
Mix with the blest, nor know that I had died !
ADDRESSED TO A YOUNG MAN OF FORTUNE That shadowing pine iis old romantic limbs, Which latest shall detain the enamour'd sight
HENCE that fantastic wantonness of woe,
O Youth to partial Foriune vainly dear!
To plunder'd Wani's tralf-shelter'd hovel go, Sleeps shelter'd there, scarce wrinkled by the gale!
Go, and some hunger-bitten Infant hear Together thus, the world's rain turmoil left,
Moan haply in a dying Mother's ear: Streich'd on the crag, and shadow'd by the pine,
Or wben the cold and dismal fog-damps brood And bending o'er the clear delicious fount,
O'er the rank church-yard with sere elm-leaves Ah! dearest youth! it were a lot divine
strew'd, To cbeat our noons in moralizing mood,
Pace round some widow's grave, whose dearer part While west-winds fann'd our temples toil-bedewid :
Was slaughter'd, where o'er his uncoflin'd limbs Then downwards slope, oft pausing, from the The flocking flesh-birds scream'd! Then, while thy
heart mount, To some lone mansion, in some woody dale,
Groans, and thine eye a fiercer sorrow dims, Where smiling with blue cye, domestic bliss
Know (and the truth shall kindle ihy young mind)
What Nature makes thee mourn, she bids thee heal! Gives this the Ilusband's, thal the Brother's kiss!
O abject! if, 10 sickly dreams resign'd,
All efforiless thou leave life's commonweal
A prey to Tyranis, Murderers of Mankind.
To giad and fertilize the subject plains ;
How many various-fated years have past, Where Inspiration, his diviner strains
What happy, and whai mournful hours, since last Lou murmuring, lay; and starting from the rocks I skimm'd the smooth thin sione along thy breast, Severgreens, whose spreading foliage mocks Numbering its light leaps ! yet so deep imprest Want's barren soil, and the bleak frosts of age, Sink the sweet scenes of childhood, that mine eyes Ani Bigotry's mad fire-invoking rage!
I never shut amid the sunny ray,
But straight with all their tinis thy waters rise, orek retiring spirit! we will climh,
Thy crossing planli, thy marge with willows gray,
And bedded sand ibat veind with various dyes Che ing and cheer'd, ihis lovely hill sublime ; in from the stirring world uplified ligh
Gleam'd through thy bright transparence! On my se noises, faintly wasted on the sind,
Visions of childhood! oft have ye beguiled To quiet musings shall attune the mind, And oft the niclancholy theme supply),
Lone manhood's cares, yet waking fondest sighs :
Ah! that once more I were a careless child ! There, while the prospect through ihe gazing eye
Pours all its healthful greenness on the soul,
COMPOSED ON A JOURNEY HOMEWARD; THE AUTHOR We'll discipline the heart to pure delight,
HAVING RECEIVED INTELLIGENCE OF THE BIRTH Rekiniling sober Joy's domestic Name.
OF A SON, SEPTEMBER 20, 1796. They whom I love shall love thee. Honor'd youth! Oft o'er my brain does that strange fancy roll Now may Heaven realize this vision bright! Which makes the present while the flash doth last)
Seem a mere semblance of some unknown past,
We lived, ere yet this robe of Flesh we wore.
O my sweet baby! when I reach my door,
Thou wert a spirit, to this nether sphere
reprieve, While we wept idly o'er thy little bier !
While others wish thee wise and fair,
A maid of spotless fame,
Mayst thou deserve thy name!
That bids the Virtues hie
Confest 10 Fancy's eye ;
Content, in homespun kirtle ;
White Blossom of the Myrtle !
These Virtues mayst thou win;
To say, they lodge within.
Thy Mother shall be miss'd here ;
And Angels snatch their Sister;
May gaze with stifled breath ;
Forget the waste of death.
TO A FRIEND WHO ASKED, HOW I FELT WHEN THE
NURSE FIRST PRESENTED MY INFANT TO ME.
CHARLES ! my slow heart was only sad, when first
I scann'd that face of feeble infancy: For dimly on my thoughtful spirit burst
All I had been, and all my child might be! But when I saw it on its Mother's arm,
And hanging at her bosom (she the while
Bent o'er its features with a tearful smile) Then I was thrill’d and melted, and most warm Impress’d a Father's kiss : and all beguiled
Of dark remembrance and presageful fear,
I seem'd to see an angel-form appear 'T was even thine, beloved woman mild !
So for the Mother's sake the Child was dear, And dearer was the Mother for the Child.
Ev'n thus a lovely rose I view'd
In summer-swelling pride ;
Peep'd at the Rose's side.
ON THE CHRISTENING OF A FRIEND'S CHILD.
STRETCH'D on a moulder'd Abbey's broadest selle • Ην που ημων η ψυχη πριν εν τωδε των ανθρωπινω Where ruining ivies propp'd the ruins steep ειδει γενεσθαι. .
Her folded arms wrapping her tatter'd pall, Plat. in Phædon Had Melancholy mused herself to sleep.
The fern was press'd beneath her hair,
She listend to the tale divine,
And while she cried, the Babe is mine!, l'he long lank leaf bow'd fluttering o'er her cheek. The milk rush'd faster to her breast :
'Joy rose within her, like a summer's morn; l'hat pallid cheek was flush'd : her eager look Peace, Peace on Earth! the Prince of Peace is born Beam'd eloquent in slumber! Inly wrought, Imperfect sounds her moving lips forsook,
Thou Mother of the Prince of Peace, And her bent forehead work'd with troubled
Poor, simple, and of low estate! thought.
That Strife should vanish, Battle cease,
O why should this thy soul elate ?
Did'st thou ne'er love to hear of Fame and Glory?
And is not War a youthful King,
A stately Hero clad in mail ?
Beneath his footsteps laurels spring ; The Birth-place, this, of William Tell.
Him Earth's majestic monarchs hail Here, where stands God's altar dread,
Their Friend, their Play-mate! and his bold bright eye Stood his parents' marriage-bed.
Compels the maiden's love-confessing sigh Here first, an infant to her breast,
“ Tell this in some more courtly scene, Him his loving mother prest;
To maids and youths in robes of state ! And kiss'd the babe, and bless'd the day,
I am a woman poor and mean, And pray'd as mothers use to pray:
And therefore is my Soul elate.
War is a ruffian, all with guilt defiled, • Vouchsafe him health, O God, and give
That from the aged Father tears his Child !
He kills the Sire and starves the Son ;
The Husband kills, and from her board Yel stirring blood in Freedom's cause
Steals all his Widow's toil had won; A spirit to his rocks akin,
Plunders God's world of beauty; rends away The eye of the Hawk, and the fire therein! All safety from the Night, all comfort from the Day To Nature and to Holy writ
" Then wisely is my soul elate, ( Alone did God the boy commit:
That Strife should vanish, Battle cease : Where flash'd and roar'd the torrent, oft
I'm poor and of a low estale, His soul found wings, and soar'd aloft!
The Mother of the Prince of Peace, The straining oar and chamois chase
Joy rises in me, like a summer's morn: Had form’d his limbs to strength and grace:
Peace, Peace on Earth! the Prince of Peace is born!" On wave and wind the boy would toss, Was great, nor knew how great he was ! He knew not that his chosen hand, Made stzong by God, his native land Would rescue from the shameful yoke
HUMAN LIFE, of Slavery-the which he broke!
ON THE DENIAL OF IMMORTALITY
IF dead, we cease to be ; if total gloom
up life's brief flash for aye, we fare THE Shepherds went their hasty way,
As summer-gusts, of sudden birth and doom,
Whose sound and motion not alone declare,
But are their whole of being! If the Breath
Be Life itself, and not its task and tent, For to the Babe, that at her bosom clung,
If even a soul like Milton's can know death,
O Man! thou vessel, purposeless, unmeant, A Mother's song the Virgin-Mother şung.
Yet drone-hive strange of phantom purposes ! They told her how a glorious light,
Sarplus of Nature's dread activity, Strearning from a heavenly throng,
Which, as she gazed on some nigh-finish'd vase, Around them shone, suspending night!
Retreating slow, with meditative pause,
She formd with restless hands unconsciously! Blest Angels heralded the Savior's birth,
Blank accident! nothing's anomaly! Glory to God on high! and peace on Earth.
If rootless thus, thus substanceless thy state,
Go, weigh thy dreams, and be thy Hopes, thy Fears, A botanical mistake. The plant which the poet bere de- The counter-weights!—Thy Laughter and thy Tears scribes is called the Hart's Tongue.
Mean but themselves, each fittest to create,
But soon did righteous Heaven her guilt pursue!
Where'er with wilder'd steps she wander'd pale, Still Edmund's image rose to blast her view,
Still Edmund's voice accused her in each gale.
And to repay the other! Why rejoices
Thy heart with hollow joy for hollow good ?
Why cowl thy face beneath the mourner's hood,
Image of image, Ghost of Ghostly Elf,
These costless shadows of thy shadowy self?
With keen regret, and conscious guilt's alarms,
Amid the pomp of affluence she pined:
Could lull the wakeful horror of her mind.
Go, Traveller! tell the tale with sorrow fraught
Some tearful maid, perchance, or blooming youth May hold it in remembrance, and be taught
That Riches cannot pay for Love or Trutn.
THE VISIT OF THE GODS.
IMITATED FROM SCHILLER
NEVER, believe me,
OR, A VISION IN A DREAM.
(The following fragment is here published at the request of a They advance, they float in, the Olympians all!. own opinions are concerned, rather as a psychological curiosity, With Divinities fills my
than on the ground of any supposed poctic merits. Terrestrial Hall !
In the summer of the year 1797, the Autifor, then in ill health, had retired to a lonely farm-house between Porlock and Linton,
on the Exmoor confines of Somerset and Devonshire. In conHow shall I yield you
sequence of a slight indisposition, an anodyne had been preDue entertainment,
scribed, from the effects of which he fell asleep in his chair at Celestial Quire ?
the moment that he was reading the following sentence, or Me rather, bright guests! with your wings of up-Iere the Khan Kubla commanded a palace to be built, and a
words of the game sabstance, in Purchas's “ Pilgrimage:"buoyance
stately garden thereunto ; and thus ten miles of fertile grouod Bear aloft to your homes, 10 your banquets of joyance, were inclosed with a wall." The author continued for abou That the roofs of Olympus may echo my lyre!
three hours in a profound sleep, at least of the external senses, Ila! we mount! on their pinions they wafi up my Soul! during which time he has the most vivid confidence that he could
not have composed less than from two to three hundred lines; if
that indeed can be called composition in which all the images O give me the Nectar!
rose up before him as things, with a parallel production of the O fill me the Bowl!
correspondent expression, without any sensation, or conscious Give him the Nectar!
ness of effort. On awaking he appeared to himself to bare a
distinct recollection of the whole, and taking his pen, ink, and Pour out for the Poet,
paper, instantly and eagerly wrote down the lines that are here Ilebe! pour free!
preserved. At this moment he was unfortunately called out by Quicken his eyes with celestial dew,
a person on business from Porlock, and detained by him above
an hour, and on his return to his room, found, to his no small That Styx the detested no more he may view,
surprise and mortification, that though he still retained some And like one of us Gods may conceit him to be!
vague and dim recollection of the general purport of the vision Thanks, Hlebe! I quaff it! Io Pæan, I cry!
yet, with the exception of some eight or ten scattered lines and The Wine of the Immortals
images, all the rest had passed away ike the images on the Forbids me to die!
surface of a stream into which a stone had been cast, but, alas! without the after restoration of the latter.
Then all the charm
Vanishes, and a thousand circlets spread,
And each misshapes the other. Stay awhile,
The stream will soon renew its smoothneks, soon IMITATED FROM ONE OF AKENSIDE'S BLANK VERSE
The visions will return! And lo, he stays,
And soon the fragments dim of lovely forns
Come trembling back, unite, and now once more Near the lone pile with ivy overspread,
The pool becomes a mirror. Fast by the rivulet's sleep-persuading sound,
Yet from the still surviving recollections in his mind, the Autho Where “sleeps the moonlight” on yon verdant bed— has frequently purposed 10 finish for himself what had beco O humbly press that consecrated ground ! originally, as it were, given to him. Eauepov adıcy asw.
but the to-morrow is yet to come. For there does Edmund rest, the learned swain!
As a contrast to this vision, I have annexed a fragment of a And there his spirit most delights to rove:
very different character, describing with equal fidelt tho
dream of pain and disease. --Note to the first Edition, 1916.) Young Edmund! famed for each harmonious strain, And the sore wounds of ill-requited love.
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan Like some tall tree that spreads its branches wide, A stately pleasure-dome decree;
And loads the west-wind with its soft perfume, Where Alph, the sacred river, ran His manhood blossom’d: till the faithless pride Through caverns measureless to man, Of fair Matilda sank him to the tomb. ;
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
Since in me, round me, everywhere,
In anguish and in agony,
Up-starting from the fiendish crowd
Of shapes and thoughts that tortured me :
And whom I scorn'd, those only strong!
Still baffled, and yet burning still! And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seeth Desire with lothing strangely mix’d, ing,
On wild or hateful objects fix'd.
And shame and terror over all!
Deeds to be hid which were not hid,
Whether I suffer'd, or I did :
My own or others', still the same
Sadden'd and stunn'd the coming day.
Distemper's worst calamily.
The third night, when my own loud scream The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Had waked me from the fiendish dream,
O'ercome with sufferings strange and wild,
And having thus by tears subdued
My anguish to a milder mood,
To natures deepliest stain'd with sin •
For ayo entempesting anew It was an Abyssinian maid,
The unfathomable hell within, And on her dulcimer she play'd,
The horror of their deeds to view, Singing of Mount Abora.
To know and lothe, yet wish and do! Could I revive within me
Such griefs with such men well agree,
But wherefore, wherefore fall on me ?
And whom I love, I love indeed.
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At the house of a gentleman, who by the principles THE PAINS OF SLEEP.
and corresponding virtues of a sincere Christian con
secrates a cultivated genius and the favorable acci. Eee on my bed my limbs I lay,
dents of birth, opulence, and splendid connexions, it It hath not been my use to pray
was my good fortune to meet, in a dinner-party, with With moving lips or bended knees ;
more men of celebrity in science or polite literature, Bor silently, by slow degrees,
than are commonly found collected round the same My spint I to Love compose,
table. In the course of conversation, one of the parIn humble Trust mine eye-lids close,
ty reminded an illustrious Poet, then present, of somo With reverential resignation,
verses which he had recited that morning, and which No wish conceived, no thought express'd !
had appeared in a newspaper under the name of a Only a sence of supplication,
War-Eclogue, in which Fire, Famine, and Slaughter A sense o'er all my soul imprest
were introduced as the speakers. The gentleman so That I am weak, yet not unblest,
addressed replied, that he was rather surprised that