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Brpan Waller Procter

And the frost shrinks back, like a beated

hound, The sea ! the sea ! the open sea !

Under the steaming, steaming ground. The blue, the fresh, the ever free!

Behold, where the billowy clouds flow by, Without a mark, without a bound,

And leave us alone in the clear gray sky! It runneth the earth's wide regions round ; Our horses are ready and steady.

- So, ho ! It plays with the clouds ; it mocks the skies ; I'm gone, like a dart from the Tartar's bow. Or like a cradled creature lies.

Hark, hark! - Who calleth the maiden

Morn I'm on the sea ! I'm on the sea !

From her sleep in the woods and the I am where I would ever be ;

stubble corn? With the blue above, and the blue below,

The horn,

the horn! And silence wberesoe'er I go ;

The merry, sweet ring of the hunter's horn. If a storm should come and awake the deep, What matter? I shall ride and sleep. Now, thorough the copse, where the fox is

found, I love, O, how I love to ride

And over the stream, at a mighty bound, On the fierce, foaming, bursting tide, And over the high lands, and over the low, When every mad wave drowns the moon O’er furrows, o'er meadows, the hunters go! Or whistles aloft his tempest tune,

Away!- as a hawk flies full at its prey, And tells how goeth the world below,

So fieth the hunter, away, And why the sou’west blasts do blow. From the burst at the cover till set of sun,

When the red fox dies, and — the day is I never was on the dull, tame shore,

done ! But I lov'd the great sea more and more, Hark, hark ! - Who ound on the wind And backwards flew to her billowy breast,

is borne? Like a bird that seeketh its mother's nest ; 'Tis the conquering voice of the hunter's And a mother she was, and is, to me ;

horn. For I was born on the open sea !

The horn, the horn!

The merry, bold voice of the hunter's horn. The waves were white, and red the morn, In the noisy hour when I was born ;

Sound ! Sound the horn! To the hunter And the whale it whistled, the porpoise

good rollid,

What's the gulley deep or the roaring flood ? And the dolphins bared their backs of gold ; | Right over he bounds, as the wild stag And never was heard such an outcry wild

bounds, As welcom'd to life the ocean-child !

At the heels of his swift, sure, silent hounds.

0, what delight can a mortal lack, I're liv'd since then, in calm and strife, When he once is firm on his horse's back, Full fifty summers, a sailor's life,

With his stirrups short, and his snaffle With wealth to spend and a power to range,

strong, But never have sought nor sighed for And the blast of the horn for his morning

change ; And Death, whenever he comes to me,

Hark, hark! - Now, home! and dream Shall come on the wild, unbounded sea !

iill morn Of the bold, sweet sound of the hunter's


The horn, - the horn! Rise! Sleep no more ! 'Tis a noble morn : 0, the sound of all sounds is the hunter The dews hang thick on the fringed thorn,


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Ah!— With what thankless heart

I mourn and sing !
Look, where our children start,

Like sudden Spring !
With tongues all sweet and low,

Like a pleasant rhyme, They tell how much I owe

To thee and Time !


A THOUSAND miles from land are we,
Tossing about on the roaring sea ;
From Willow to bounding billow cast,
Like fleecy snow on the stormy blast :
The sails are scatter'd abroad, like weeds,
The strong masts shake like quivering

The mighty cables, and iron chains,
The huls, which all earthly strength disdains,
They strain and they crack, and hearts like

stone Their natural hard, proud strength disown. Up and down! Up and down ! From the base of the wave to the billow's

crown, And midst the flashing and feathery foam The Stormy Petrel finds a home, A home, if such a place may be, For her who lives on the wide, wide sea, On the craggy ice, in the frozen air, And only seeketh her rocky lair

PEACE! what do tears avail ?
She lies all dumb and pale,

And from her eye
The spirit of lovely life is fading,

And she must die !
Why looks the lover wroth ? the friend up

Reply, reply!
Hath she not dwelt too long
'Midst pain, and grief, and wrong?

Then, why not die ?
Why suffer again her doom of sorrow,

And hopeless lie ?
Why nurse the trembling dream until to.

morrow ?
Reply, reply!
Death! Take her to thine arms,
In all her stainless charms,

And with her fly
To heavenly haunts, where, clad in bright-

ness, The Angels lie. Wilt bear her there, O Death! in all her

whiteness ? Reply, reply!


WE are born ; we laugh ; we weep ;

We love ; we droop; we die !

And died untam'd upon the sands Where Balkh amidst the desert stands !

Ah! wherefore do we laugh or weep?

Why do we live, or die ? Who knows that secret deep ?

Alas, not I!

Why doth the violet spring

Unseen by human eye ?
Why do the radiant seasons bring

Sweet thoughts that quickly fly?
Why do our fond hearts cling

To things that die ? We toil, — through pain and wrong ;

We fight, — and fly;
We love ; we lose ; and then, ere long,

Stone-dead we lie.
O life! is all thy song,

“Endure and die" ?

SIT DOWN, SAD SOUL Sit down, sad soul, and count

The moments flying :
Come, – tell the sweet amount

That's lost by sighing !
smiles ?

- a score ? Then

laugh, and count no more ; For day is dying.

Lie down, sad soul, and sleep,

And no more measure The flight of Time, nor weep

The loss of leisure ; But here, by this lone stream, Lie down with us, and dream

Of starry treasure.

We dream : do thou the same :

We love — for ever; We laugh; yet few we shame,

The gentle, never. Stay, then, till Sorrow dies ; Then - hope and happy skies

Are thine for ever!

THE BLOOD HORSE GAMARRA is a dainty steed, Strong, black, and of a noble breed, Full of fire, and full of bone, With all his line of fathers known ; Fine his nose, his nostrils thin, But blown abroad by the pride within ! His mane is like a river flowing, And his eyes like embers glowing In the darkness of the night, And his pace as swift as light. Look, — how 'round his straining throat Grace and shifting beauty float ! Sinewy strength is on his reins, And the red blood gallops through his veins ; Richer, redder, never ran Through the boasting heart of man. He can trace his lineage higher Than the Bourbon dare aspire, Douglas, Guzman, or the Guelph, Or O'Brien's blood itself !

GOLDEN-TRESSED ADELAIDE Sing, I pray, a little song,

Mother dear! Neither sad nor very long : It is for a little maid, Golden-tressed Adelaide ! Therefore let it suit a merry, merry ear,

Mother dear !

Let it be a merry strain,

Mother dear! Shunning e'en the thought of pain : For our gentle child will weep, If the theme be dark and deep ;. And we will not draw a single, single tear,

Mother dear !

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Childhood should be all divine,

Mother dear! And like an endless summer shine ; Gay as Edward's shouts and cries, Bright as Agnes' azure eyes : Therefore, bid thy soug be merry : - dost

thou hear, Mother dear?



Tell me, what is a poet's thought ?

Is it on the sudden born ?
Is it from the starlight caught ?
Is it by the tempest taught,

Or by whispering morn ?

Was it cradled in the brain ?

Chain'd awhile, or nurs'd in night? Was it wrought with toil and pain ? Did it bloom

and fade again, Ere it burst to light ? No more question of its birth :

Rather love its better part ! 'T is a thing of sky and earth, Gathering all its golden worth

From the Poet's heart.

Touch us gently, Time !

Let us glide adown thy stream
Gently, — as we sometimes glide

Through a quiet dream.
Humble voyagers are We,
Husband, wife, and children three
(One is lost, — an angel, filed
To the azure overhead.)
Touch us gently, Time!

We've not proud nor soaring wings : Our ambition, our content,

Lies in simple things.
Humble voyagers are We,
D'er Life's dim, unsounded sea,
Seeking only some calm clime;
Touch us gently, gentle Time !

Charles Jeremiah Wells




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RACHEL, the beautiful (as she was call’d), Despis'd our mother Leah, for that she Was tender-ey'd, lean-favor'd, and did lack The pulpy ripeness swelling the white skin To sleek proportions beautiful and round, With wrinkled joints so fruitful to the eye. All this is fair : and yet we know it true That 'neath a pomane breast and snowy

side A heart of guile and falsehood may be hid, As well as where the soil is deeper tinct. So here with this same Rachel was it found : The dim blue-laced veins on either brow, Neath the transparent skin meandering, That with the silver-leaved lily vied ; Her full dark eye, whose brightness glis

ten'd through The sable lashes soft as camel-hair ; Her slanting head cury'd like the maiden

All these did tend to a bad proof in her.
For armed thus in beauty she did steal
The eye of Jacob to her proper self,
Engross'd his time, and kept him by her

side, Casting on Leah indifference and neglect ; Whereat great Heaven took our mother's

part And struck young Rachel with a barrenness, While she bore children : thus the matter

went ; Till Rachel, feeling guilty of her fault, Turn’d to some penitence, which Heaven

heard ; And then she bore this Joseph, who must,

and does,


And hung with hair luxuriant as a vine And blacker than a storm ; her rounded ear Turn'd like a shell upon some golden shore ; Her whispering foot that carried all her


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