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But ’neath yon crimson tree,
Lover to listening maid might breathe his flame,
Nor mark, within its roseate canopy,
Her blush of maiden shame.
Oh, Autumn! why so soon
Depart the hues that make thy forest glad ;
Thy gentle wind and thy fair sunny noon,
And leave thee wild and sad !
Ah! 't were a lot too blest
For ever in thy colour'd shades to stray ;
Amidst the kisses of the soft southwest
To rove and dream for aye ;
And leave the vain low strife
That makes men mad—the tug for wealth
and power, The passions and the cares that wither life, And waste its little hour.
A MOTHER'S DEATH. THEN died lamented, in the strength of life, A valued Mother and a faithful Wife; Call'd not away, when time had loosed each hold On the fond heart, and each desire grew cold ; But when to all that knit us to our kind, She felt fast bound, as charity can bind Not when the ills of age, its pain, its care, The drooping spirit for its fate prepare; And each affection failing, leaves the heart Loosed from life's charm, and willing to depart ;But all her ties the strong invader broke, In all their strength, by one tremendous stroke :: Sudden and swift the eager pest came on, And terror grew, till every hope was gone: Still those around appear'd for hope to seek! But view'd the sick, and were afraid to speak.
Slowly they bore, with solemn step, the dead :-
When grief grew loud and bitter tears were shed-
My part began; a crowd drew near the place,
Awe in each eye, alarm in every face :
So swift the ill, and of so fierce a kind,
That fear, with pity, mingled in each mind;
Friends with the husband came, their griefs to blend ;
For good-man Frankford was to all a friend.
The last-born boy they held above the bier,
He knew not grief, but cries express'd his fear;
Each different age and sex reveal'd its pain,
In now a louder, now a lower strain ;
While the meek father, listening to their tones,
Swellid the full cadence of the grief by groans.
The elder sister strove her pangs to hide,
And soothing words to younger
minds applied :
•Be still, be patient,' oft she strove to say ;
But fail'd as oft, and weeping turn'd away.
Curious and sad, upon the fresh-dug hill,
The village-lads stood melancholy still ;
And idle children wand'ring to-and-fro,
As nature guided, took the tone of woe.
Arrived at home, how then they gaze around,
In every place-where she no more was found!
The seat at table she was wont to fill;
The fire-side chair, still set, but vacant still ;
The garden walks, a labour all her own;
The lattice bower with trailing shrubs o'ergrown;
The Sunday-pew, she fill’d with all her race;
Each place of her's was now a sacred place,
That, while it call'd up sorrows in the eyes,
Pierced the full heart, and forced them still to rise.
“Art thou beautiful ?--Live then in accordance with the curious make and frame of thy Creation, and let the beauty of thy person teach thee to beautify thy mind with holiness, the ornament of the beloved of God."-Wm. Penn.
BIND up thy tresses, beautiful one,
Of brown in the shadow and gold in the sun!
Free should their delicate lustre be thrown,
O'er a forehead more pure than the Parian stone
Shaming the light of those Orient pearls
Which bind o'er its whiteness thy soft wreathing
Smile—for thy glance on the mirror is thrown,
And the face of an angel is meeting thine own!
Beautiful creature -I marvel not
That thy cheek a lovelier tint hath caught;
And the kindling light of thine eye hath told
Of a dearer wealth than the miser's gold.
Away--away-there is danger here-
A terrible Phantom is bending near;
Ghastly and sunken, his rayless
Scowls on thy loveliness scornfully-
With no human look-with no human breath,
He stands beside thee,--the haunter, DEATH!
Fly--but alas, he will follow still,
Like a moon-light shadow beyond thy will;
In thy noon-day walk-in thy midnight sleep,
Close at thy heel will that Phantom keep
Still on thine ear shall his whispers be-
Woe--that such Phantom should follow thee!
In the lighted hall where the dancers go,
Like beautiful spirits to and fro;
When thy fair arms glance in their stainless white,
Like ivory bathed in still moon-light;
And not one star in the holy sky,
Hath a clearer light than thine own blue eye!
Oh then-even then-he will follow thee,
As the ripple follows the bark at sea;
In the soften'd light-in the turning dance,
He will fix on thine his dead, cold glance-
The chill of his breath on thy cheek shall linger,
And thy warm blood shrink from his icy finger!
And yet there is hope.—Embrace it now,
While thy soul is open as is thy brow;
While thy heart is fresh-while its feelings still
Gush clear as the unsoil'd mountain rill-
And thy smiles are free as the airs of spring,
Greeting and blessing each breathing thing.
When the after cares of thy life shall come,
When the bud shall wither before its bloom,
When thy soul is sick of the emptiness
And changeful fashion of human bliss ;
And the weary torpor of blighted feeling
Over thy heart as ice is stealing,
Then, when thy spirit is turn'd above,
By the mild rebuke of the Christian's love;
When the hope of that joy in thy heart is stirr'd,
Which eye hath not seen, nor ear hath heard,
THEN will that phantom of darkness be Gladness and Promise and Bliss to thee.
THE CHINA TREE.
Though the blossoms be ripe on the China tree,
Though the flower of the orange be fair to see,-.
And the pomegranite's blush, and the humming-birds
Throw the charms of elysium, 0 South, on thy
It is dearer to me to remember the North,
Where scarce the green leaf yet comes timidly
forth,To walk in thy gardens, and dream that I roam Through the verdureless fields and the forests of
If the golded-hued oriole sing from the tide,
Oh, the blue bird is sweeter by Delaware's side:
And the sound of that flood on the beaches so dear!
Ne'er ripples the river so pleasantly here.
Oh, the pebble-strown beaches, that echo all day
To the kill-deer's shrill shriek and the bank-swal-
low's lay, And at eve, when the harvest moon mellows the
shade, To the sigh of the lover, the laugh of the maid! China tree! though the blossoms, in chaplets, may
bond The brows of the brave, and the necks of the fond, Never think that fit garlands our oak cannot form, For heads as majestic, and bosoms as warm, They may sit in thy shade, but their dreams are
away, With the får hills and forests, yet naked the gray, With the floods roaring wildly, the fields lying bare, And the hearts -oh, the hearts,--that make paradise there!
SINCE I KNEW THEE! THE Spring is coming with her flowers
To bid the heaven and earth be gay; To breathe a pledge of happier hours,
And chase all gloomier thoughts away: The young birds hear her welcome voice;
And 'mid the budding trees rejoice;