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With them I take delight in weal,

And seek relief in woe ;
And while I understand and feel

How much to them I owe,
My cheeks have often been bedewed
With tears of thoughtful gratitude.

My thoughts are with the Dead, with them

I live in long past years,
Their virtues love, their faults condemn,

Partake their hopes and fears,
And from their lessons seek and find
Instruction with a humble mind.

My hopes are with the Dead, anon

With them my place shall be ;
And I with them shall travel on

Through all Futurity;
Yet leaving here a name, I trust,
Which will not perish in the dust.


THE thread she spun it gleamed like gold 1 In the light of the odorous fire,

Yet was it so wondrously thin, That, save when it shone in the light, You might look for it closely in vain.

The youth sat watching it,
And she observed his wonder,

And then again she spake,
And still her speech was song;
"Now twine it round thy hands, I say,
Now twine it round thy hands, I pray!
My thread is small, my thread-is fine,

But he must be

A stronger than thee,
Who can break this thread of mine!'


And up she raised her bright blue eyes,
And sweetly she smiled on him,

And he conceived no ill;
And round and round his right hand,

And round and round his left,

He wound the thread so fine.
And then again the woman spake,

And still her speech was song,
"Now thy strength, O stranger, strain !
Now then break the slender chain.'

Thalaba strove, but the thread

By magic hands was spun,
And in his cheek the flush of shame

Arose, commixt with fear.
She beheld and laughed at him, .

And then again she sung,
My thread is small, my thread is fine,

But he must be

A stronger than thee,
Who can break this thread of mine !

And up she raised her bright blue eyes,

And fiercely she smiled on him :
'I thank thee, I thank thee, Hodeirah's son!
I thank thee for doing what can't be undone,
For binding thyself in the chain I have spun!'

Then from his head she wrenched

A lock of his raven hair,
And cast it in the fire,
And cried aloud as it burnt,
Sister! Sister ! hear my voice !
Sister! Sister! come and rejoice!

The thread is spun,
The prize is won,

The work is done,
For I have made captive Hodeirah's son.'

From Thalaba.


Born 1771. Died 1836.

N EEP graved in every British heart,

U O never let those names depart!
Say to your sons—Lo here his grave,
Who victor died on Gadite wave;
To him, as to the burning levin,
Short, bright, resistless course was given.
Where'er his country's foes were found
Was heard the fated thunder's sound,
Till burst the bolt on yonder shore,
Rolled, blazed, destroyed,-and was no more.

Nor mourn ye less his perished worth,
Who bade the conqueror go forth,
And launched that thunderbolt of war
On Egypt, Hafnia, Trafalgar ;
Who, born to guide such high emprize,
For Britain's weal was early wise :
Alas! to whom the Almighty gave,
For Britain's sins, an early grave!
His worth, who, in his mightiest hour,
A bauble held the pride of power,
Spurned at the sordid lust of pelf,
And served his Albion for herself ;

Who, when the frantic crowd amain
Strained at subjection's bursting rein,
O'er their wild mood full conquest gained,
The pride, he would not crush, restrained,
Showed their fierce zeal a worthier cause,
And brought the freeinan's arm to aid the freeman's laws.

Hadst thou but lived, though stripped of power,
A watchman on the lonely tower,
Thy thrilling trump had roused the land,
When fraud or danger were at hand ;
By thee, as by the beacon-light,
Our pilots had kept course aright ;
As some proud column, though alone,
Thy strength had propped the tottering throne.
Now is the stately column broke,
The beacon-light is quenched in smoke,
The trumpet's silver sound is still,
The warder silent on the hill !

Oh, think, how to his latest day,
When Death, just hovering, claimed his prey,
With Palinure's unaltered mood,
Firm at his dangerous post he stood;
Each call for needful rest repelled,
With dying hand the rudder held,
Till, in his fall, with fateful sway,
The steerage of the realm gave way!
Then, while on Britain's thousand plains,
One unpolluted church remains,
Whose peaceful bells ne'er sent around
The bloody tocsin's maddening sound,
But still, upon the hallowed day,
Convoke the swains to praise and pray;
While faith and civil peace are dear,
Grace this cold marble with a tear,–
He, who preserved them, Pitt, lies here!

Nor yet suppress the generous sigh,
Because his Rival slumbers nigh ;
Nor be thy requiescat dumb,
Lest it be said o'er Fox's tomb.
For talents mourn, untimely lost,
When best employed, and wanted most;
Mourn genius high, and lore profound,
And wit that loved to play, not wound;
And all the reasoning powers divine,
To penetrate, resolve, combine ;
And feelings keen, and fancy's glow,-
They sleep with him who sleeps below;
And, if thou mourn’st they could not save
From error him who owns this grave,
Be every harsher thought suppressed,
And sacred be the last long rest!
Here, where the end of earthly things
Lays heroes, patriots, bards and kings ;
Where stiff the hand, and still the tongue,
Of those who fought, and spoke and sung ;
Here, where the fretted aisles prolong
The distant notes of holy song,
As if some angel spoke agen,
All peace on earth, good-will to men;
If ever from an English heart,
Oh here let prejudice depart,
And, partial feeling cast aside,
Record that Fox a Briton died !
When Europe crouched to France's yoke,
And Austria bent, and Prussia broke,
And the firm Russian's purpose brave
Was bartered by a timorous slave,
Even then dishonour's peace he spurned,
The sullied olive-branch returned,
Stood for his country's glory fast,
And nailed her colours to the mast.
Heaven, to reward his firmness, gave
A portion in this honoured grave;

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