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THE OCCULTATION OF ORION.'
I saw, as in a dream sublime,
Like the astrologers of eld,
Beneath the sky's triumphal arch
The moon was pallid, but not faint
Thus moving on, with silent pace, And triumph in her sweet, pale face, She reached the station of Orion. Aghast he stood in strange alarm ! And suddenly from his outstretched arm Down fell the red skin of the lion Into the river at his feet. His mighty club no longer beat The forehead of the bull ; but he Reeled as of yore beside the sea, When, blinded by Enopion,
THE OCCULTATION OF ORION.
He sought the blacksmith at his forge,
Then, through the silence overhead,
(1) Astronomically speaking, this title is incorrect; as I apply to a constellation what can properly be applied to some of its stars only. But my observation is made from the hill of song, and not from that of science; and will, I trust, be found sufficiently accurate for the present purpose.
I STOOD on the bridge at midnight,
As the clocks were striking the hour, And the moon rose o'er the city,
Behind the dark church-tower.
I saw her bright reflection
In the waters under me, Like a golden goblet falling
And sinking into the sea.
And far in the hazy distance
Of that lovely night in June, The blaze of the flaming furnace
Gleamed redder than the moon.
Among the long, black rafters
The wavering shadows lay, And the current that came from the ocean
Seemed to lift and bear them away ;
As, sweeping and eddying through them,
Rose the belated tide,
The sea-weed floated wide.
And like those waters rushing
Among the wooden piers,
That filled my eyes with tears.
How often, o, how often,
In the days that had gone by, I had stood on that bridge at midnight
And gazed on that wave and sky!
How often, 0, how often,
I had wished that the ebbing tido Would bear me away on its bosom
O'er the ocean wild and wide !
For my heart was hot and restless,
And my life was full of care, And the burden laid upon me
Seemed greater than I could bear.
But now it has fallen from me,
It is buried in the sea ;
Throws its shadow over me.