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Or rapt Isaiah's wild, seraphic fire;
Perhaps the Christian volume is the theme
How guiltless blood for guilty man was shed ; How He, who bore in heaven the second name,
Had not on earth whereon to lay his head : How His first followers and servants sped:
The precepts sage they wrote to many a land : How he, who lone in Patmos banishéd,
Saw in the sun a mighty angel stand, [command. And heard great Babylon's doom pronounced by Heaven's
Then kneeling down to Heaven'S ETERNAL KING,
The saint, the father, and the husband prays : Hope “springs exulting on triumphant wing,”
That thus they all shall meet in future days : There ever bask in uncreated rays :
No more to sigh or shed the bitter tear; Together hymning their Creator's praise,
In such society, yet still more dear; While circling time moves round in an eternal sphere.
Then homeward all take off their several way;
The youngling cottagers retire to rest; The parent pair their secret homage pay,
And proffer up to Heaven the warm request, That He who stills the raven's clamorous nest,
And decks the lily fair in flowery pride,
For them and for their little ones provide ;
TO A MOUNTAIN DAISY.
ON TURNING ONE DOWN WITH THE PLOUGH.
WEE modest crimson-tipped flower,
Thy slender stem;
Thou bonnie gem.
Alas! it's no thy neebor sweet,
Wi' speckled breast,
The purplin east.
Cauld blew the bitter biting north
Amid the storm,
Thy tender form.
The flaunting flowers our gardens yield,
O'clod or stane,
There, in thy scanty mantle clad,
Thou lift'st thy unassuming head
In humble guise :
And low thou lies!
Such is the fate of artless maid,
And guileless trust;
Low i' the dust.
Such is the fate of simple bard,
Of prudent lore,
And whelm him o'er!
Such fate to suffering worth is given,
To misery's brink,
He, ruined, sink !
Even thou who mourn'st the Daisy's fate,
Full on thy bloom,
Brnys. TO MARY IN HEAVEN.
Thou lingering star, with lessening ray
That lov'st to greet the early morn, Again thou usher’st in the day
My Mary from my heart was torn. O Mary! dear departed shade!
Where is thy place of blissful rest? See'st thou thy lover lowly laid ?
Hear'st thou the groans that rend his breast?
That sacred hour can I forget,
Can I forget the hallowed grove, Where by the winding Ayr we met,
To live one day of parting love! Eternity will not efface
Those records dear of transports past; Thy image at our last embrace;
Ah! little thought we 'twas our last !
Ayr, gurgling, kissed his pebbled shore,
O’erhung with wild woods, thickening green; The fragrant birch, and hawthorn hoar,
Twined am'rous round the raptured scene; The flowers sprang wanton to be prest,
The birds sang love on every sprayTill too, too soon, the glowing west
Proclaimed the speed of winged day.
Still o'er these scenes my mem'ry wakos,
And fondly broods with miser care !
Time but the impression stronger makes,
As streams their channels deeper wear. My Mary, dear departed shade!
Where is thy place of blissful rest ? See'st thou thy lover lowly laid ? Hear'st thou the groans that rend his breast ?
LEFT AT A REVEREND FRIEND'S IIOUSE.
O Thou dread Power, who reign'st above!
I know thou wilt me hear,
I make my prayer sincere.
The hoary sire—the mortal stroke,
Long, long be pleased to spare ; To bless his filial little flock,
And show what good men are.
She, who her lovely offspring eyes
With tender hopes and fears, 0, bless her with a mother's joys,
But spare a mother's tears !
Their hope—their stay--their darling youth
In manhood's dawning blush-
Up to a parent's wish!