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“ The land of Song within thee lies,

Watered by living springs;
The lids of Fancy's

sleepless eyes
Are gates unto that Paradise,
Holy thoughts, like stars, arise,

Its clouds are angels' wings.
“Learn, that henceforth thy song shall be,

Not mountains capped with snow,
Nor forests sounding like the sea,
Nor rivers flowing ceaselessly,
Where the woodlands bend to see

The bending heavens below.
“There is a forest where the din

Of iron branches sounds !
A mighty river roars between,
And whosoever looks therein,
Sees the heavens all black with sin,

Sees not its depths, nor bounds.
" Athwart the swinging branches cast,

Soft rays of sunshine pour ;
Then comes the fearful wintry blast;
Our hopes, like withered leaves, fall fast;
Pallid lips say, 'It is past!'

We can return no more!'
“Look, then, into thine heart, and write!

Yes, into Life's deep stream !
All forms of sorrows and delight,
All solemn Voices of the Night,
That can soothe thee, or affright,-

Be these henceforth thy theme.”


'Ασπασίη, τρίλλιστος.
I HEARD the trailing garments of the Night

Sweep through her marble halls !
I saw her sable skirt all fringed with light

From the celestial walls!
I felt her presence, by its spell of might,

Stoop o'er me from above;
The calm, majestic presence of the Night,

As of the one I love.
I heard the sounds of sorrow and delight,

The manifold, soft chimes,
That fill the haunted chambers of the Night,

Like some old poet's rhymes.

From the cool cisterns of the midnight air

My spirit drank repose;
The fountain of perpetual peace flows there, -

From those deep cisterns flows.
O holy Night! from thee I learn to bear

What man has borne before !
Thou layest thy finger on the lips of Care,

And they complain no more.
Peace! peace! Orestes-like I breathe this prayer !

Descend with broad-winged flight,
The welcome, the thrice-prayed for, the most fair,

The best-beloved Night!



TELL me not, in mournful numbers,

“Life is but an empty dream !”
For the soul is dead that slumbers,

And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest !

And the grave is not its goal;
“ Dust thou art, to dust returnest,"

Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,

Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow

Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,

And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums are beating

Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world's broad field of battle,

In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!

Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!

Let the dead Past bury its dead !
Act,-act in the living Present!

Heart within, and God o’erhead!
Lives of great men all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,

Sailing o'er life's solemn main, A forlorn and shipwrecked brother

Seeing, shall take heart again. Let us, then, be up and doing,

With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing,

Learn to labour and to wait.

THERE is a Reaper, whose name is Death,

And, with his sickle keen,
He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,

And the flowers that grow between.
“Shall I have nought that is fair ?” saith he ;

“Have nought but the bearded grain ? Though the breath of these flowers is sweet to me,

I will give them all back again.”
He gazed at the flowers with tearful eyes,

He kissed their drooping leaves ;
It was for the Lord of Paradise

He bound them in his sheaves. “My Lord has need of these flowerets gay,”

The Reaper said, and smiled; Dear tokens of the earth are they,

Where he was once a child.
“ They shall all bloom in fields of light,

Transplanted by my care,
And saints upon their garments white,

These sacred blossoms wear."
And the mother gave, in tears and pain,

The flowers she most did love;
She knew she would find them all again

In the fields of light above.
Oh, not in cruelty, not in pain,

The Reaper came that day; 'Twas an angel visited the green earth,

And took the flowers away.

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There is no light in earth or heaven,

But the cold light of stars:
And the first watch of night is given

To the red planet Mars.
Is it the tender star of love ?

The star of love and dreams?
Oh, no! from that blue tent above,

Á hero's armour gleams.
And earnest thoughts within me rise,

When I behold afar,
Suspended in the evening skies

The shield of that red star.
O star of strength! I see thee stand

And smile upon my pain ;
Thou beckonest with thy mailed hand,

And I am strong again.
Within my breast there is no light,

But the cold light of stars ;
I give the first watch of the night

To the red planet Mars.
The star of the unconquered will,
He rises in my breast,

and resolute, and still,
And calm, and self-possessed.
And thou, too, whosoe'er thou art,

That readest this brief psalm,
As one by one thy hopes depart,

Be resolute and calm.
Oh, fear not in a world like this,

And thou shalt know ere long,
Know how sublime a thing it is

To suffer and be strong.


FOOTSTEPS OF ANGELS. WHEN the hours of Day are numbered,

And the voices of the night
Wake the better soul that slumbered,

To a holy, calm delight;
Ere the evening lamps are lighted,

And, like phantoms grim and tall,
Shadows from the fitful fire-light

Dance upon the parlour wall ;
Then the forms of the departed

Enter at the open door;
The beloved, the true-hearted,

Come to visit me once more;

He, the young and strong, who cherished

Noble longings for the strife,
By the road-side fell and perished,

Weary with the march of life!
They, the holy ones and weakly,

Who the cross of suffering bore,
Folded their pale hands so meekly,

Spake with us on earth no more!
And with them the Being Beauteous,

Who unto my youth was given,
More than all things else to love me,

And is now a saint in heaven.
With a slow and noiseless footstep

Comes that messenger divine,
Takes the vacant chair beside me,

Lays her gentle hand in mine.
And she sits and gazes at me

With those deep and tender eyes,
Like the stars, so still and saint-like

Looking downward from the skies.
Uttered not, yet comprehended,

Is the spirit's voiceless prayer,
Soft rebukes, in blessings ended,

Breathing from her lips of air.
Oh, though oft depressed and lonely,

All my fears are laid aside,
If I but remember only

Such as these have lived and died !

FLOWERS. SPAKE full well, in language quaint and olden,

One who dwelleth by the castled Rhine, When he called the flowers so blue and golden,

Stars, that in earth's firmament do shine ;Stars they are, wherein we read our history,

As astrologers and seers of eld;
Yet not wrapped about with awful mystery,

Like the burning stars which they beheld. Wondrous truths, and manifold as wondrous,

God hath written in those stars above; But not less in the bright flowerets under us

Stands the revelation of his love. Bright and glorious is that revelation,

Written all over this great world of ours; Making evident our own creation,

In these stars of earth,—these golden flowers,

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