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Long the smile his heart will cherish,

To its absent idol true,
While around him myriads perish,

Glory still will sigh for you!

TO

1801. To be the theme of

every hour The heart devotes to Fancy's power, When her soft magic fills the mind With friends and joys we've left behind, And joys return and friends are near, And all are welcomed with a tear ! In the mind's purest seat to dwell, To be remembered oft and well By one whose heart, though vain and wild, By passion led, by youth beguiled, Can proudly still aspire to know The feeling soul's divinest glow! If thus to live in every part Of a lone weary wanderer's heart; If thus to be its sole employ Can give thee one faint gleam of joy, Believe it, Mary! oh! believe A tongue that never can deceive, When passion doth not first betray And tinge the thought upon its way! In pleasure's dream or sorrow's hour, In crowded hall or lonely bower, The business of my life shall be, For ever, to remember thee! And though that heart be dead to mine, Since love is life and wakes not thine, I'll take thy image as the form Of something I should long to warm, Which, though it yield no answering thrill, Is not less dear, is lovely still ! I'll take it, wheresoe'er I stray, The bright, cold burthen of my way! To keep this semblance fresh in bloom, My heart shall be its glowing tomb, And love shall lend his sweetest care, With memory to embalm it there !

SONG.
TAKE back the sigh, thy lips of art

In passion's moment breathed to me ;
Yet, no-it must not, will not part,
'Tis now the life-breath of my heart,

And has become too pure for thee !

Take back the kiss, that faithless sigh

With all the warmth of truth imprest;
Yet, no-the fatal kiss may lie,
Upon thy lip its sweets would die,

Or bloom to make a rival blest!
Take back the vows that, night and day,

My heart received, I thought, from thine ;
Yet, no-allow them still to stay,
They might some other heart betray,

As sweetly as they've ruined mine!

A BALLAD.

THE LAKE OF THE DISMAL SWAMP.

WRITTEN AT NORFOLK IN VIRGINIA.

They tell of a young man who lost his mind upon the death of a girl he loved, and who, suddenly disappearing from his friends, was never afterwards heard of. As he had frequently said, in his ravings, that the girl was not dead, but gone to the Dismal Swamp, it is supposed he had wandered into that dreary wilderness, and had died of hunger, or been lost in some of its dreadful morasses.'- Anon. "La Poésie a ses monstres comme la Nature.'-D'Alembert.

* THEY made her a grave, too cold and damp

For a soul so warm and true ;
And she's gone to the Lake of the Dismal Swamp,
Where, all night long, by a fire-fly lamp,

She paddles her white canoe.
• And her fire-fly lamp I soon shall see,

And her paddle I soon shall hear ;
Long and loviog our life shall be,
And I'll hide the maid in a cypress tree,

When the footstep of Death is near!
Away to the Dismal Swamp he speeds-

His path was rugged and sore,
Through tangleil juniper, beds of reeds,
Through many a fen, where the serpent feeds,

And man never trod before !
And when on the earth he sunk to sleep,

If slumber his eyelids knew,
He lay where the deadly vine doth weep
Its venomous tear, and nightly steep

The flesh with blistering dew!
And near him the she-wolf stirred the brake,

And the copper-snake breathed in his ear,

The Great Dismal Swamp is ten or twelve miles distant from Norfolk, and the Lake in the middle of it (about seven miles long) is called Drummond's Pond,

Till he starting cried, from his dream awake,
*Oh! when shall I see the dusky Lake,

And the white canoe of my dear?'
He saw the Lake, and a meteor bright

Quick over its surface played -
*Welcome,' he said, my dear-one's light!
And the din shore echoed, for many a night,

The name of the death-cold maid !
Till he hollowed a boat of the birchen bark,

Which carried him off from shore;
l'ar he followed the meteor spark,
The wind was high and the clouds were dark,

And the boat returned no more.
But oft, from the Indiau hunter's camp,

This lover and maid so true
Are seen, at the hour of midnight damp,
To cross the lake by a fire-fly lamp,

And paddle their white canoe !

EPISTLE III.

TO THE MARCHIONESS DOWAGER OF D---LL.

FROM BERMUDA, JANUARY, 1804.
LADY, where'er you roam, whatever beam
Of bright creation warms your mimic dream ;
Whether you trace the valley's golden meads,
Where mazy Linth his lingering current leads ;'
Enamoured catch the mellow hues that sleep,
At eve, on Meillerie's immortal steep :
Or, musing o'er the Lake, at day's decline,
Mark the last shadow on the holy shrine, a
Where, many a night, the soul of Tell complains
Of Gallia's triumph and Helvetia's chains;
Oh ! lay the pencil for a moment by,
Turn from the tablet that creative eye,
And let its splendour, like the morning ray
Upon a shepherd's harp, illume my lay !
Yet, Lady! 10-for song so rude as mine,
Chase not the wonders of your dream divine;
Still, radiant eye! upon the tablet dwell;
Still, rosy finger ! weave your pictured spell ;
And, while I sing the animated smiles
Of fairy nature in these sun-born isles,

| Lady D., I supposed, was at this time still in 2 The chapel of William Tell, on the Lake of Switzerland, where the powers of her pencil must Lucerne. have been frequently awakened,

Oh! might the song awake some bright design,
Inspire a touch, or prompt one happy line,
Proud were my soul to see its humble thought
On painting's mirror so divinely caught,
And wondering genius, as he leaned to trace
The faint conception kindling into grace,
Might love my numbers for the spark they threw,
And bless the lay that lent a charm to you !

Have you not oft, in nightly vision, strayel
To the pure isles of ever-blooming shade,
Which bards of old, with kindly magic, placed
For happy spirits in the Atlantic waste ?
There, as eternal gales, with fragrance warın,
Breathed from Elysium through each shadowy form
In eloquence of eye, and dreams of song,
They charmed their lapse of nightless hours along!
Nor yet in song that mortal ear may suit,
For every spirit was itself a lute,
Where Virtue wakened, with elysian breeze,
Pure tones of thought and mental harmonies !
Believe Lady, when the zephyrs bland
Floated our bark to this enchanted land,
These leafy isles upon the ocean thrown,
Like studs of emerald o'er a silver zone;
Not all the charm that ethnic fancy gave
To blessed arbours o'er the western wave,
Could wake a dream more soothing or sublime,
Of bowers ethereal and the spirit's clime !

me,

The morn was lovely, every wave was still,
When the first perfume of a cedar-hill
Sweetly awaked us, and with smiling charms
The fairy harbour wooed us to its arms.
Gently we stole before the languid wind,
Through plantain shades that like an awning twined,
And kissed on either side the wanton sails,
Breathing our welcome to these vernal voles ;
While far reflected, o'er the wave serene,
Each wooded island sheds so soft a green,
That the enamoured keel, with whispering play,
Thr:ugh liquid herbage seemed to steal its way!
Never did weary bark more sweetly glile,
Or rest its anchor in a lovelier tide!
Along the margin many a brilliant dome,
White as the palace of a Lapland gnoine,
Brightened the wave; in every myrtle grove
Secluded bashful, like a shrine of love,

Nothing can be more romantic than the little gliding for ever between the islands, and seeming harbour of St. George. The number of beautiful to sail from one cedar-grove into another, form islets, the singular clearness of the water, and altogether the sweetest miniature of nature that the animated play of the graceful little boats, can be imagined.

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Some elfin mansion sparkled through the shade ;
And, while the foliage interposing played,
Wreathing the structure into various grace,
Fancy would love in many a form to trace
The flowery capital, the shaft, the porch,
And dream of temples, till her kindling torch
Lighted me back to all the glorious days
Of Attic genius ; and I seemed to gaze
On marble from the rich Pentelic mount,
Gracing the umbrage of some Naiad's fount.
Sweet airy being !2 who, in brighter hours,
Lived on the perfume of those honeyed bowers,
In velvet buds, at evening loved to lie,
And win with music every rose's sigh !
Though weak the magic of my humble strain
To charm your spirit from its orb again,
Yet, oh ! for her, beneath whose smile I sing,
For her (whose pencil, if your rainbow wing
Were dimmed or ruffled by a wintry sky,
Could smooth its feather and relume its dye),
A moment wander from your starry sphere,
And if the lime-tree grove that once was dear,
The sunny wave, the bower, the breezy hill,
The sparkling grotto, can delight you still,
Oh ! take their fairest tint, their softest light,
Weave all their beauty into dreams of night,
And, while the lovely artist slumbering lies,
Shed the warm picture o'er her mental eyes ;
Borrow for sleep her own creative spells,
And brightly show what song but faintly tells !

THE GENIUS OF HARMONY.

AN IRREGULAR ODE.

Ad harmoniam canere mundum.- Cicero, De Nat. Deor. lib. 3.

THERE lies a shell beneath the waves
In many a hollow winding wreathed,

Such as of old,
Echoed the breath that warbling sea-maids breathed ;

This is an allusion which, to the few who which the hospitality of its owner robbed me of, are fanciful enough to indulge in it, renders the by asking me to visit him. He was a plain good scenery of Bermuda particularly interesting. In man, and received me well and warmly, but I the short but beautiful twilight of their spring never could turn his house into a Grecian temple eveniugs, the white cottages scattered over the again, islands, and but partially seen through the trees 2 Ariel. Among the many charms which Ber. that surround them, assume often the appear- | muda,ʻthe still vexed Bermoothes,'has for a poetic ance of little Grecian temples, and fancy may eye, we cannot for an instant forget that it is the embellish the poor fisherman's hut with columns scene of Shakspeare's Tempest, and that here he which the pencil of Claude might imitate. I had conjured up the delicate Ariel.' one favourite object of this kind in my walks,

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