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A thought of refuge, for a mind detained
Reluctantly amid the bustling crowd ?
Where now the beauty of the sabbath kept
With conscientious reverence, as a day
By the almighty Lawgiver pronounced
Holy and blest ? and where the winning grace
Of all the lighter ornaments attached
To time and season, as the year rolled round ?”

“ Fled !” was the Wanderer's passionate response, “ Fled utterly! or only to be traced In a few fortunate retreats like this ; Which I behold with trembling, when I think What lamentable change, a year—a monthMay bring; that brook converting as it runs Into an instrument of deadly bane For those, who, yet untempted to forsake The simple occupations of their sires, Drink the pure water of its innocent stream With lip almost as pure.—Domestic bliss (Or call it comfort, by a humbler name,) How art thou blighted for the poor Man's heart ! Lo! in such neighbourhood, from morn to eve, The habitations empty! or perchance The Mother left alone,—no helping hand To rock the cradle of her peevish babe ; No daughters round her, busy at the wheel, Or in dispatch of each day's little growth Of household occupation ; no nice arts

Of needle-work; no bustle at the fire,
Where once the dinner was prepared with pride ;
Nothing to speed the day, or cheer the mind;
Nothing to praise, to teach, or to command !

The Father, if perchance he still retain His old employments, goes to field or wood, No longer led or followed by the Sons ; Idlers perchance they were,—but in his sight; Breathing fresh air, and treading the green earth ; 'Till their short holiday of childhood ceased, Ne'er to return! That birthright now is lost. Economists will tell you that the State Thrives by the forfeituro-unfeeling thought, And false as monstrous ! Can the mother thrive By the destruction of her innocent sons In whom a premature necessity Blocks out the forms of nature, preconsumes The reason, famishes the heart, shuts up The infant Being in itself, and makes Its very spring a season of decay! The lot is wretched, the condition sad, Whether a pining discontent survive, And thirst for change ; or habit hath subdued The soul deprest, dejected-even to love Of her close tasks, and long captivity.

Oh, banish far such wisdom as condemns A native Briton to these inward chains,

Fixed in his soul, so early and so deep;
Without his own consent, or knowledge, fixed !
He is a slave to whom release comes not,
And cannot come. The boy, where'er he turns,
Is still a prisoner ; when the wind is up
Among the clouds, and roars through the ancient woods ;
Or when the sun is shining in the east,
Quiet and calm. Behold him—in the school
Of his attainments ? no; but with the air
Fanning his temples under heaven's blue arch.
His raiment, whitened o’er with cotton-flakes
Or locks of wool, announces whence he comes.
Creeping his gait and cowering, his lip pale,
His respiration quick and audible ;
And scarcely could you fancy that a gleam
Could break from out those languid eyes, or a blush
Mantle upon his cheek. Is this the form,
Is that the countenance, and such the port,
Of no mean Being ? One who should be clothed
With dignity befitting his proud hope ;
Who, in his very childhood, should appear
Sublime from present purity and joy!
The limbs increase ; but this organic Frame,
So gladsome in its motions, is become
Dull, to the joy of her own motions dead;
And even the touch, so exquisitely poured
Through the whole body, with a languid will
Performs its functions ; rarely competent
To impress a vivid feeling on the mind

Of what there is delightful in the breeze,
The gentle visitations of the sun,
Or lapse of liquid element—by hand,
Or foot, or lip, in summer's warmth—perceived.

-Can hope look forward to a manhood raised
On such foundations ?”

“ Hope is none for him !" The pale Recluse indignantly exclaimed, “And tens of thousands suffer wrong as deep. Yet be it asked, in justice to our age, If there were not, before those arts appeared, These structures rose, commingling old and young, And unripe sex with sex, for mutual taint; If there were not, then, in our far-famed Isle, Multitudes, who from infancy had breathed Air unimprisoned, and had lived at large ; Yet walked beneath the sun, in human shape, As abject, as degraded ? At.this day, Who shall enumerate the crazy huts And tottering hovels, whence do issue forth A ragged Offspring, with their upright hair Crowned like the image of fantastic Fear; Or wearing, (shall we say?) in that white growth An ill-adjusted turban, for defence Or fierceness, wreathed around their sun-burnt brows, By savage Nature ? Shrivelled are their lips; Naked, and coloured like the soil, the feet On which they stand; as if thereby they drew Some nourishment, as trees do by their roots,

From earth, the common mother of us all.
Figure and mien, complexion and attire,
Are leagued to strike dismay ; but outstretched hand
And whining voice denote them supplicants
For the least boon that pity can bestow.
Such on the breast of darksome heaths are found;
And with their parents occupy the skirts
Of furze-clad commons; such are born and reared
At the mine's mouth under impending rocks;
Or dwell in chambers of some natural cave;
Or where their ancestors erected huts,
For the convenience of unlawful gain,
In forest purlieus ; and the like are bred,
All England through, where nooks and slips of ground
Purloined, in times less jealous than our own,
From the green margin of the public way,
A residence afford them, ʼmid the bloom
And gaiety of cultivated fields.
Such (we will hope the lowest in the scale)
Do I remember oft-times to have seen
’Mid Buxton's dreary heights. In earnest watch,
Till the swift vehicle approach, they stand ;
Then, following closely with the cloud of dust,
An uncouth feat exhibit, and are gone
Heels over head, like tumblers on a stage.
-Up from the ground they snatch the copper coin,
And, on the freight of merry passengers
Fixing a steady eye, maintain their speed;
And spin—and pant—and overhead again,

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