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Whilst light and darkness bound it,
To make it ours and thine !
And frowns and fears from Thee,
Would not more swiftly flee
Thou yieldest or withholdest, Oh let be
The fiery mountains answer each other;
Their thunderings are echoed from zone to zone ; The tempestuous oceans awake one another, And the ice-rocks are shaken round Winter's throne, When the clarion of the Typhoon is blown.
From a single cloud the lightning flashes,
Whilst a thousand isles are illumined around, Earthquake is trampling one city to ashes, An hundred are shuddering and tottering; the sound
Is bellowing underground.
But keener thy gaze than the lightning's glare,
And swifter thy step than the earthquake's tramp; Thou deafenest the rage of the ocean; thy stare Makes blind the volcanoes; the sun's bright lamp
To thine is a fen-fire damp.
From billow and mountain and exhalation
The sunlight is darted through vapour and blast ;
From city to hamlet thy dawning is cast,
In the van of the morning light.
THE WORLD'S WANDERERS.
TELL me, thou star, whose wings of light
Will thy pinions close now?
Tell me, moon, thou pale and grey
Seekest thou repose now?
Weary wind, who wanderest
On the tree or billow ?
Stands yawning on the highway of the life Which we all tread, a cavern huge and gaunt;
Around it rages an unceasing strife Of shadows, like the restless clouds that haunt The gap of some cleft mountain, lifted high Into the whirlwinds of the upper sky.
Not knowing that a shadowy ...
Wait peacefully for their companion new; But others, by more curious humour led,
Pause to examine, — these are very few, And they learn little there, except to know That shadows follow them where'er they go.
TIME LONG PAST.
LIKE the ghost of a dear friend dead
Is time long past.
Was time long past.
There were sweet dreams in the night
Of time long past : And, was it sadness or delight, Each day a shadow onward cast Which made us wish it yet might last
That time long past.
There is regret, almost remorse,
For time long past.