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YOU ASKED, I REMEMBER.
You asked, I remember, if those that have flown To the regions of sunshine, would visit again The scenes of past grief, to mortality known, The dream of anxiety, chequered with pain?
From courts of the skies should the spotless e’er
bend, And delights, once endeared, unimpassioned descry; Is there aught that could bid the wrapt spirit descend, Or a wish rise unbidden, to waken the sigh ?
If so, 'tis the thought of that innocent bliss,
If so, 'tis remembrance of love's plighted vow, The sweets of communion, once ardent and true ; And the wish that those veiled in mortality now, Should soar disembodied, and friendship renew.
YES, life is but a waste,
Love is a guide, when lorn
'Tis Love Burns on the cloud, the gem of day!
Along affliction's coast,
O thou Inspirer! who
When pleasure's mellow note
The lightning crossed my way,
A pillar given
Be nigh at the dread hour
O then the spirit cheer, And bid it on its passage speed !
LIFT ye my country's banner high,
Blood, blood, is on its spangled fold,
God! all the seas thy channels hold,
These glorious stars and stripes that led
These symbols that to kings could tell
Dishonoured shall they be by hands,
No! let the earthquake-utterance be
Up, then! determine, dare and do, What justice claims, what freemen may ; What frowning heaven demands of you, While yet its muttering thunders stay;
That thou, forever from this soil
Then to the universe wide spread
WEEP not, when sad distress is nigh, When bliss and transie pleasures fly; When earthly blessings droop and fade, When all is wrapt in sorrow's shade.
Weep not, when death with cruel dart,
Weep not, for as the morning cloud, Doth nature's radiant smile enshroud ; But scatters soon ;—these gloomy woes, Shall flee, and all be calm repose.
Weep not, for as the floweret fair,