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STAR that bringest home the bee,
And sett'st the weary labourer free!
If any star shed peace, ’tis thou,
That send'st it from above;
Appearing when heaven's breath and brow
Are sweet as her’s we love.

Come to the luxuriant skies,
Whilst the landscape's odours rise,
Whilst far-off lowing herds are heard,
And songs, when toil is done,
From cottages, whose smoke unstirr'd,
Curls yellow in the sun.

Star of love's soft interviews,
Parted lovers on thee muse;
Their remembrancer in heaven
Of thrilling vows thou art,
Too delicious to be riven
By absence from the heart.

TO THE RAINBOW.

TRIUMphal arch, that fill'st the sky
When storms prepare to part,

I ask not proud Philosophy
To teach me what thou art.

Still seem as to my childhood's sight,
A midway station given—

For happy spirits to alight
Betwixt the earth and heaven.

Can all that Optics teach, unfold
Thy form to please me so,

As when I dreamt of gems and gold
Hid in thy radiant bow 2

When Science from creation's face
Enchantment's veil withdraws,

What lovely visions yield their place
To cold material laws |

And yet, fair bow, no fabling dreams,
But words of the Most High

Have told why first thy robe of beams
Was woven in the sky.

When o'er the green undeluged earth
Heaven's covenant thou didst shine,

How came the world's grey fathers forth,
To watch thy sacred sign

And when its yellow lustre smiled
O'er mountains yet untrod,

Each mother held aloft her child,
To bless the bow of God.

Methinks, thy jubilee to keep,
The first made anthem rang

On earth, delivered from the deep,
And the first poet sang.

Nor ever shall the Muse's eye,
Unraptured greet thy beam;

Theme of primeval prophecy,
Be still the poet's theme !

The earth to thee her incense yields, The lark thy welcome sings,

When glittering in the freshen'd fields The snowy mushroom springs.

How glorious is thy girdle cast
O'er mountain, tower, and town;

Or mirror'd in the ocean vast,
A thousand fathoms down |

As fresh in yon horizon dark,
As young thy beauties seem,

As when the eagle from the ark
First sported in thy beam.

For, faithful to its sacred page,
Heaven still rebuilds thy span;

Nor lets the type grow pale with age,
That first spoke peace to man.

YE MARINERS OF ENGLAND.

YE mariners of England!
That guard our native seas;
Whose flag has braved, a thousand years,
The battle and the breeze 1
Your glorious standard launch again,
To match another foe!
And sweep through the deep,
While the stormy tempests blow:
While the battle rages loud and long,
And the stormy tempests blow.

The spirits of your fathers
Shall start from every wave
For the deck it was their field of fame,
And ocean was their grave:
Where Blake and mighty Nelson fell,
Your manly hearts shall glow,
As ye sweep through the deep,
While the stormy tempests blow:
While the battle rages loud and long,
And the stormy tempests blow.

Britannia needs no bulwark,-
No towers along the steep ;
Her march is o'er the mountain-waves,
Her home is on the deep.
With thunders from her native oak,
She quells the floods below,
As they roar on the shore,
When the stormy tempests blow:
When the battle rages loud and long,
And the stormy tempests blow.

The meteor flag of England
Shall yet terrific burn,
Till danger's troubled night depart,
And the star of peace return.
Then, then, ye ocean warriors,
Our song and feast shall flow
To the fame of your name,
When the storm has ceased to blow :
When the fiery fight is heard no more,
And the storm has ceased to blow.

EXILE OF ERIN.

TheRE came to the beach a poor exile of Erin,
The dew on his thin robe was heavy and chill;
For his country he sigh'd, when at twilight repairing,
To wander alone by the wind-beaten hill.
But the day-star attracted his eye's sad devotion,
For it rose o'er his own native isle of the ocean,
Where once, in the fire of his youthful emotion,
He sang the bold anthem of Erin go bragh

Sad is my fate 1 said the heart-broken stranger,
The wild deer and wolf to a covert can flee;
But I have no refuge from famine and danger,
A home and a country remain not to me.
Never again, in the green sunny bowers,
Where my forefathers lived, shall I spend the sweet hours,
Or cover my harp with the wild-woven flowers,
And strike to the numbers of Erin go bragh

Erin, my country! though sad and forsaken,
In dreams I revisit thy sea-beaten shore;
But, alas! in a far foreign land I awaken,
And sigh for the friends who can meet me no more
Oh, cruel fate' wilt thou never replace me
In a mansion of peace, where no perils can chase me 2
Never again shall my brothers embrace me?
They died to defend me, or live to deplore .

Where is my cabin door, fast by the wild wood?
Sisters and sire | did ye weep for its fall?
Where is the mother that look'd on my childhood
And where is the bosom-friend, dearer than all P
Oh, my sad heart! long abandon'd by pleasure,
Why did it doat on a fast-fading treasure ?
Tears, like the rain-drop, may fall without measure,
But rapture and beauty they cannot recal.

Yet all its sad recollections suppressing,
One dying wish my lone bosom can draw:
Erin an exile bequeaths thee his blessing !
Land of my forefathers' Erin go bragh !
Buried and cold, when my heart stills her motion,
Green be thy fields, sweetest isle of the ocean'
And thy harp-striking bards sing aloud with devotion,-
Erin mavournin, Erin go bragh

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