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Bring flowers, fresh flowers, for the bride to wear!
They were born to blush in her shining hair.
She is leaving the home of her childhood's mirth,
She hath bid farewell to her father's hearth,
Her place is now by another's side-
Bring flowers for the locks of the fair young bride!
Bring flowers, pale flowers, o'er the bier to shed,
A crown for the brow of the early dead !
For this through its leaves hath the white-rose burst,
For this in the woods was the violet nursed.
Though they smile in vain for what once was ours,
They are love's last gift-bring ye flowers, pale
Bring flowers to the shrine where we kneel in prayer,
They are nature's offering, their place is there!
They speak of hope to the fainting heart,
With a voice of promise they come and part,
They sleep in dust through the wintry hours,
They break forth in glory-bring flowers, bright
"Alas! the mother that him bare,
If she had been in presence there,
In his wan cheeks and sunburnt hair,
She had not known her child."
REST, pilgrim, rest! -thou 'rt from the Syrian land,
Thou 'rt from the wild and wondrous east, I know
By the long-withered palm-branch in thy hand,
And by the darkness of thy sunburnt brow.
Alas! the bright, the beautiful, who part,
So full of hope, for that far country's bourne !
Alas! the weary and the changed in heart,
And dimm'd in aspect, who like thee return!
Thou 'rt faint_stay, rest thee from thy toils at last,
Through the high chesnuts lightly plays the breeze,
The stars gleam out, the Ave hour is pass’d,
The sailor's hymn hath died along the seas.
Thou 'rt faint and worn-hear'st thou the fountain
welling By the grey pillars of yon ruin'd shrine ? Seest thou the dewy grapes, before thee swelling ? -He that hath left me train'd that loaded vine!
He was a child when thus the bower he wove,
(Oh! hath a day fled since his childhood's time?)
That I might sit and hear the sound I love,
Beneath its shade—the convent's vesper-chime.
And sit thou there!--for he was gentle ever;
With his glad voice he would have welcomed thee,
And brought fresh fruits to cool thy parch'd lips'
fever-There in his place thou ’rt resting-where is he?
If I could hear that laughing voice again,
But once again !-how oft it wanders by,
In the still hours, like some remember'd strain,
Troubling the heart with its wild melody!
-Thou hast seen much, tired pilgrim! hast thou
In that far land, the chosen land of yore,
A youth—my Guido—with the fiery mien,
And the dark eye of this Italian shore ?
The dark, clear, lightning eye!-on Heaven and
And I-my heart grew young
child! My blessed child !--I had but him--yet he Fill'd all my home ev'n with o’erflowing joy, Sweet laughter, and wild song, and footstep free- Where is he now ?—my pride, my flower, my boy!
childhood melted from my sight, Like a spring dew-drop--then his forehead wore A prouder look-his eye a keener light-I knew these woods might be his world no more! He loved me—but he left me !_thus they go, Whom we have rear'd, watch’d, bless'd, too much
adored! He heard the trumpet of the red-cross blow, And bounded from me, with his father's sword !
Thou weep'st-I tremble-thou hast seen the slain
Pressing a bloody turf; the young and fair,
With their pale beauty strewing o'er the plain
Where hosts have met-speak! answer !-was he
Oh! hath his smile departed ?-Could the grave
Shut o'er those bursts of bright and tameless glee?
-No! I shall yet behold his dark locks wave-
That look gives hope-I knew it could not be !
Still weep'st thou, wanderer?—some fond mother's
glance O'er thee too brooded in thine early years
Think’st thou of her, whose gentle eye, perchance, Bathed all thy faded hair with parting tears ? Speak, for thy tears disturb me!-what art thou? Why dost thou hide thy face, yet weeping on ? Look up!-oh! is it—that wan cheek and brow!Is it—alas ! yet joy !-my son, my son!