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They were o all the summer's day;
But happier far at night,
When they knelt to say their evening prayers,
With spirits pure and light,
And the father and mother kiss'd their babes:–
It was a blessed sight!
The morrow—I was far away,
Musing with many fears,
How those fair creatures would be changed,
In ten or twenty years;
And I thought about their sweet “good night,”
Till my heart was moved to tears:
OH, come! for the lily
Is white on the lea;
Oh, come! for the wood-doves
Are pair'd on the tree:
The lark sings with dew
On her wings and her feet;
The thrush pours its ditty,
Loud, varied, and sweet:
We will go where the twin-hares
'Mid fragrance have been,
And with flowers I will weave thee
A crown like a queen.
Oh, come! hear the throstle
Invites you aloud; y
And soft comes the plover's cry
Down from the cloud :
BRIGHT rose the sun o'er Jordan's plain,
And on her cities seem'd to bend,
His last fond looks—the tuneful strain
Of myriad birds, sang of their end;
Yet they, unconscious, met the while,
With sinful rites, that morning's smile.
Far off, the walls of Sodom gleam'd
Soft through the rosy-tinted air,
Distant and noiseless, as she dream'd
Of pageants new, and pleasures rare;
And nearer still, Gomorrah stood,
Bathed in the morning's golden flood.
HerP. were out—the lengthen'd line
Of soldiers, chariots, pagans proud,
Were moving to the Idol's shrine,
'Neath which their haughty souls had bow’d,
And as they march'd, the timbrels rang,
And loud and louder grew their clang.
"Twas their last march—the morning light
Shone on Gomorrah's proudest then,
On Priest, on altar, lo. rite,
And the assembled host of men;
But ere the sacrifice was made,
Altar and priest in dust were laid.
And in the blackness fell a shower,
Where one might think that Sodom lay,
Far off it fell, and lit each tower
And battlement with light of day;
While from Gomorrah's loftiest spires,
Watch'd many a one the “sea of fires.”
The storm roll'd on o'er Jordan's plain,
Despair then seized the pagan host,
When fast the drops of molten rain
Were on their sacred temples tost;
They'd seen dread Sodom's fate: their own
To other watchers soon was known.
The earth grown weary of its load,
These awful pyres shook as a brand,
Then sank, that Asphaltites flood.
Might hide them from the quaking land
And as they sank, her poison'd waves,
Were covering for the cities' graves.
en rose the moon on that drear night,
It shone not on the cities, flush'd
With pleasure and with sin–its light
Fell on the Dead Sea dark and hush'd;
Heaven's awful vengeance then was o'er;
And Jordan's Cities were no more.
WE come! we come! and ye feel our might,
As we're hastening on in our boundless flight,
And over the mountains, and over the deep,
Our broad, invisible pinions swee
Like the spirit of liberty, wild and free!
And ye look on our works, and own 'tis we ;
Ye call us the Winds; but can ye tell
Whither we go, or where we dwell?
Ye mark, as we vary our forms of power,
And fell the forest, or fan the flower;
When the harebell moves, and the rush is bent,
When the tower's o'erthrown, and the oak is rent;
As we waft the bark o'er the slumbering wave,
Or hurry its crew to a watery grave;
And ye say it is we; but can ye trace
The wandering Winds to their secret place?
And, whether our breath be loud and high,
Or come in a soft and balmy sigh—
Our threatenings fill the soul with fear,
Or our gentle whisperings woo the ear
With music aerial—still, 'tis we.
And ye list, and ye look; but what do ye see?
Qan ye hush one sound of our voice to peace,
Or waken one note, when our numbers cease?
Our dwelling is in the Almighty's hand;
We come and we go at his command.
Though joy or sorrow may mark our track,
His will is our guide, and we look not back:
And if, in our wrath, ye would turn us away,
Or win us in gentlest airs to play,
Then list up your hearts to him who binds
Or frees, as he will, the obedient Winds !
ALAs! how light a cause may move
Dissension between hearts that love?
Hearts that the world in vain had tried,
And sorrow but more closely tied; -
That stood the storm, when waves were rough,
Yet in a sunny hour fall off,
Like ships, that have gone down at sea,
When heaven was all tranquillity!
A something, light as air—a look,
A word unkind or wrongly taken—
Oh! love, that tempests never shook,
A breath, a touch like this hath shaken.
And ruder words will soon rush in
To spread the breach that words begin;
And eyes forget the gentle .#
They wore in courtship's smiling day;
And voices lose the tone that shed j
A tenderness round all they said,
Till fast declining, one by one,
The sweetnesses of love are gone,
And hearts, so lately mingled, seem
Like broken clouds—or like the stream,
That smiling left the mountain's brow,
As though its waters ne'er could sever,
Yet, ere it reach the plain below,
Breaks into floods, that part for ever,