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And the Poet, faithful and far-seeing

Sees, alike in stars and flowers, a part Of the self-same universal being,

Which is throbbing in his brain and heart. Gorgeous flowerets in the sunlight shining,

Blossoms flaunting in the eye of day,
Tremulous leaves, with soft and silver lining,

Buds that open only to decay ;
Brilliant hopes, all woven in gorgeous tissues,

Flaunting gayly in the golden light;
Large desires, with most uncertain issues,

Tender wishes, blossoming at night! These in flowers and men are more than seeming:

Workings are they of the self-some power, Which the Poet, in no idle dreaming,

Seeth in himself and in the flowers. Everywhere about us are they glowing,

Some like stars, to tell us Spring is born ; Others, their blue eyes with tears o'erflowing,

Stand like Ruth amid the golden corn; Not alone in Spring's armorial bearing,

And in Summer's green-emblazoned field, But in arms of brave old Autumn's wearing,

In the centre of his brazen shield ; Not alone in meadows and green alleys,

On the mountain-top, and by the brink Of sequestered pools in woodland valleys,

Where the slaves of Nature stoop to drink; Not alone in her vast dome of glory,

Not on graves of birds and beasts alone, But in old cathedrals, high and hoary,

On the tombs of heroes, carved in stone; In the cottage of the rudest peasant,

In ancestral homes, whose crumbling towers, Speaking of the Past unto the Present,

Tell us of the ancient Games of Flowers ; In all places, then, and in all seasons,

Flowers expand their light and soul-like wings, Teaching us, by most persuasive reasons,

How akin they are to human things And with childlike, credulous affection

We behold their tender buds expand ; Emblems of our own great resurrection,

Emblems of the bright and better land.

THE BELEAGUERED CITY.

I HAVE read, in some old marvellous tale,

Some legend strange and vague, That a midnight host of spectres pala

Beleagured the walls of Prague. Beside the Moldau's rushing stream,

With the wan moon overhead,
There stood, as in an awful dream,

The army of the dead.
White as a sea-fog, landward bound,

The spectral camp was seen,
And, with a sorrowful, deep sound,

The river flowed between.
No other voice nor sound was there,

No drum, nor sentry's pace;
The mist-like banners clasped the air,

As clouds with clouds embrace.
But, when the old cathedral bell

Proclaimed the morning prayer,
The white pavilions rose and fell

On the alarmed air.
Down the broad valley fast and far

The troubled army iled :
Uprose the glorious morning-star,

The ghastly host was dead.
I have read, in the marvellous heart of

man, That strange and mystic scroll, That an army of phantoms vast and wan,

Beleaguer the human soul.
Encamped beside Life's rushing stream,

In Fancy's misty light,
Gigantic shapes and shadows gleam

Portentous through the night.
Upon its midnight battle-ground
The spectral camp

is

seen, And, with a sorrowful, deep sound,

Flows the River of Life between.
No other voice, nor sound is there,

In the army of the grave;
No other challenge breaks the air,

But the rushing of Life's wave.
And, when the solemn and deep church-bell

Entreats the soul to pray,
The midnight phantoms feel the spell,
The shadows sweep away.

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Down the broad Vale of Tears afar

The spectral camp is filed ; Faith shineth as a morning-star,

Our ghostly fears are dead.

MIDNIGHT MASS FOR THE DYING YEAR. YES, the Year is growing old,

And his eye is pale and bleared !
Death, with frosty hand and cold,
Plucks the old man by the beard,

Sorely,-sorely!
The leaves are falling, falling,

Solemnly and slow;
Caw! caw? the rooks are calling,
It is a sound of woe,

A sound of woe!
Through woods and mountain-passes

The winds, like anthems, roll;
They are chanting solemn masses,
Singing, “ Pray for this poor soul,

Pray,-pray !"
And the hooded clouds, like friars,

Tell their beads in drops of rain,
And patter their doleful prayers ;-
But their prayers are all in vain,

All in vain !

There he stands in the foul weather,

The foolish, fond Old Year,
Crowned with wild flowers and with heather,
Like weak, despised Lear,

A king,-a king!
Then comes the summer-like day,

Bids the old man rejoice!
His joy ! his last! Oh, the old man grey
Loveth that ever-soft voice,

Gentle and low.
To the crimson woods he saith,

To the voice gentle and low
Of the soft air, like a daughter's breath,
Pray do not mock me so!

Do not laugh at me!"
And now the sweet day is dead;

Cold in his arms it lies;
No stain from its breath is spread
Over the grassy skies,

No mist or stain !

Then, too, the Old Year dieth,

And the forests utter a moan, Like the voice of one that crieth In the wilderness alone,

" Vex not his ghost !" Then comes, with an awful roar,

Gathering and sounding on,
The storm-wind from Labrador,
The wind Euroclydon,

The storm-wind!
Howl! howl! and from the forest

Sweep the red leaves away!
Would, the sins that thou abhorrest,
O Soul! could thus decay,

And be swept away!
For there shall come a mightier blast,

There shall be a darker day;
And the stars, from heaven down-cast,
Like red leaves be swept away

Kyrie, eleyson!
Christe, eleyson!

EARLIER POEMS.

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These poems were written for the most part during my college life, and all

of them before the age of nineteen. Some have found their way into schools, and seem to be successful. Others lead a vagabond and precarious existence in the corners of newspapers; or have changed their names and run away to seek their fortunes beyond the sea. I say, with the Bishop of Avranches, on a similar occasion, "I cannot be displeased to see these children of mine, which I have neglected, and almost exposed, brought from their wanderings in lanes and alleys, and safely lodged, in order to go forth into the world together in a more decorous garb.”

AN APRIL DAY.

WHEN the warm sun that brings
Seed-time and harvest has returned again,
'Tis sweet to visit the still wood, where springs

The first flower of the plain,

I love the season well,
When forest glades are teeming with bright forms,
Nor dark and many-folded clouds foretell

The coming-on of storms.

From the earth's loosened mould
The sapling draws its sustenance, and thrives;
Though stricken to the heart with winter's colú,

Phe drooping tree revives.

The softly.warbled song
Comes from the pleasant woods, and coloured wings
Glance quick in the bright sun, that moves along

The forest openings.

When the bright sunset fills
The silver woods with light, the green slope throws
Its shadows in the hollows of the hills,

And wide the upland glows.

And when the eve is born,
In the blue lake the sky, o'er-reaching far
Is hollowed out, and the moon dips her horn,

And twinkles many a star.

Inverted in the tide,
Stand the grey rocks, and trembling shadows throw,
And the fair trees look over side by side,
And see themselves below.

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