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But who are they that as a cloud

And doves are hovering near;
Bearing unto the lost and proud

Their freight of glorious cheer?
None, bird-like, sit upon thy crest

So beautiful as these;
None, statelier, have ever prest

Through thy tall surging seas.
The Mission Ships!-ride on thy waves

No treasures like to them:
Ocean, within thy secret caves,

Is hidden no such gem.
For holy footsteps tread that deck

Of men that bear away
Riches, that shall survive the wreck

Of the last dooming day.
And journeys o'er thy mighty tide

Embassage, vast and high,
From the world's Monarch, who has died,

To man who may not die.

DESOLATION OF TYRE.

IT SHALL BE A PLACE FOR THE SPREADING OF NETS, IN

THE MIDST OF THE SEA.

ISAIAH.

High on the rock-embattled steep

That braved the storm and flood,

Proud mistress of the foaming deep,
The
queen

of traffic stood.
Damascus, Syria, and the Isles

Enriched her gathering store;
The ships of Tarshish bore their spoils,

And Ophir gave the ore.
In broidered robes her virgins shone,

And kings confessed her sway;
The costliest odours were her own,

The nations were her prey.
Beautiful were her graces all,

Yea, of that city's praise
The minstrel sang in bower and hall,

And strangers came to gaze.
Dim is her glory, gone her fame,

Her boasted wealth has filed;
On her proud rock, alas! her shame,

The fisher's net is spread:
The Tyrian harp has slumbered long,

And Tyria's mirth is low,
The timbrel, dulcimer and song

Are hushed, or wake to wo!

TWILIGHT SONG OF SHEPHERDS OF THE ANDES.

BENEATH the brow of yonder steep

The tints of twilight fade:
On Chimberoz' the shadows sleep,

That in the valley played.

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Lorn in the saffron-belted west,

The star of evening shines;
The dew is on the plantain's breast,

And gems the curling vines.
My flocks are sleeping peacefully

Secure from nightly ill;
And, watchful guardian over me,

My dog is faithful still.
How sweet the hour of peaceful thought,

How rich retirement's calm!
How free its pleasures, for unbought

Is bland contentment's balm.

In this sequestered woodland scene,

Fond love and peace reside;
While rural health of cheerful mien,

With labour doth abide.

Then give me still my mountain air,

My flock and shepherd's nest;
The loved companion these to share,

And I am truly blest.

PRAYER FOR THE DEAD!

PRAYER for the dead ! yet pray not thou

For him that in repose is blest;
The calm and coffined sleeper now,
Where weary travellers are at rest:

Unconscious of the smile or tear,

Life's blessed sympathies unknown, Thy voice falls listless on his ear

Who with decay is left alone.

Prayer for the dead! yet pray thou

For him that girdeth up to fly, Where waits prepared for his brow

The glorious chaplet of the sky: For ever free from human ills,

The billows of this Jordan trod, He'll drink the satisfying rills

That flow fast by the throne of God.

Prayer for the dead! yet pray not thou

For dwellers 'neath the stormy cloud, O’er which mild Mercy Alings no bow,

The fainting, faithless, and the proud: For them that in their spirit-powers,

And in immortal madness strong, Still buffet the unwasting hours, And shout in agony,

How long!

Prayer for the dead! whom from their sleep

Time's solemn footfall fails to wake, Whose midnight dreamings, still and deep,

The judgment-trumpet may not break: Yet in whose soul, if there be shed

Light from the Cross, new life begins ; They cluster round your hearths—the dead!

The dead in trespasses and sins.

SWEET ORB OF NIGHT! I SAW THEE RISE.

Sweet orb of night! I saw thee rise

In cloudless lustre o’er the plain; I saw thee climb the azure skies,

With radiant splendours in thy train: I marked thy mildly pensive beam

At midnight's still and hallowed hour; I watched the fitful, lonely gleam

That played on yonder ivied tower.

Sweet orb of night! I often love

When day with all its cares is o’er, To wander in the silent grove,

And there the Source of Light adore: O then, how false all else appears,

While wrapt in awe thy course I view, And see thee mount the starry spheres,

And tread the fields of heavenly blue!

THE HOUSE OF REFUGE.

Taou'st seen the boy in his bright glow

Of spring-like promising ;
Thou'st seen him in Guilts vortex low,

An unnamed loveless thing:
And thou hast, Levite-like, passed on,

Or given the fruitless sigh
To hopes that budded and were gone,

To promises that die.

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