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Drawing bright water for his rosy lips,
Clung as the ivy clings--the deep spring-tide
“ Alas ! my boy, thy gentle grasp is on me,
And now fond thoughts arise,
How shall I hence depart?
“ How the lone paths retrace where thou wert play
And I, in joyous pride,
Wove, e'en as pearls, the lilies round thy hair,
Beholding thee so fair!
“And oh! the home whence thy bright smile hath
parted, Will it not seem as if the sunny day
Turn'd from its door away ? While through its chambers wandering, weary
hearted, I languish for thy voice, which past me still
Went like a singing rill ?
“ Under the palm-trees thou no more shalt meet me, When from the fount at evening I return,
With the full water-urn; Nor will thy sleep's low dove-like breathings greet
me, As 'midst the silence of the stars I wake,
And watch for thy dear sake.
“ And thou, will slumber's dewy cloud fall round
thee, Without thy mother's hand to smooth thy bed ?
Wilt thou not vainly spread Thine arms, when darkness as a veil hath wound
thee, To fold my neck, and lift up, in thy fear,
A cry which none shall hear ?
“What have I said, my child ?-Will He not hear
thee, Who the young ravens heareth from their nest ?
Shall He not guard thy rest, And, in the hush of holy midnight near thee, Breathe o'er thy soul, and fill its dreams with joy?
Thou shalt sleep soft, my boy!
“I give thee to thy God—the God that
thee, A wellspring of deep gladness to my heart!
And precious as thou art, And pure as dew of Hermon, He shall have thee, My own, my beautiful, my undefild !
And thou shalt be His child.
6. Therefore, farewell ! I go, my soul may fail me, As the hart panteth for the water-brooks,
Yearning for thy sweet looks But thou, my first-born, droop not, nor bewail me; Thou in the Shadow of the Rock shalt dwell,
The Rock of Strength.--Farewell!”
THE CHILD AND DOVE.
SUGGESTED BY CHANTREY'S STATUE OF LADY
Thou art a thing on our dreams to rise,
Thou art a thing to recall the hours,
Are they gone ? can we think it, while thou art there,
No! never more may we smile as thou