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'Tis a note of enchantment; what ails her? She sees
A mountain ascending, a vision of trees;
Bright yolumes of vapour through Lothbury glide,
And a river flows on through the vale of Cheapside.
Green pastures she views in the midst of the dale,
Down which she so often has tripp'd with her pail ;
And a single small cottage, a nest like a dove's,
The only one dwelling on earth that she loves.
She looks, and her heart is in Heaven ;-but they fade,
The mist and the river, the hill and the shade ;
The stream will not flow, and the hill will not rise,
And the colours have all pass'd away from her eyes.
ON THE DEATH OF THE PRINCESS
CHARLOTTE HARK! forth from the abyss a voice proceeds, A long low distant murmur of dread sound, Such as arises when a nation bleeds With some deep and immedicable wound: Through storm and darkness yawns the rending
ground, The gulf is thick with phantoms, but the chief Seems royal still, though with her head discrown'd,
And pale, but lovely with maternal grief,
She clasps a babe, to whom her breast yields no relief.
Scion of chiefs and monarchs, where art thou ?
Fond hope of many nations, art thou dead?
Could not the grave forget thee, and lay low
Some less majestic, less beloved head?
In the sad midnight, while my heart still bled,
The mother of a moment, o'er thy boy,
Death hushid that pang for ever : with thee fled
The present happiness and promised joy
Which fill’d the imperial isles so full it seem'd to cloy.
Peasants bring forth in safety.-Can it be,
Oh thou that wert so happy, so adored !
Those who weep not for kings shall weep for thee,
And Freedom's heart, grown heavy, cease to hoard
Her many griefs for ONE; for she had pour'd
Her orisons for thee, and o'er thy head
Beheld her Iris.—Thou, too, lonely lord,
And desolate consort-vainly wert thou wed:
The husband of a year! the father of the dead!
Of sackcloth was thy wedding garment made;
Thy bridal's fruit is ashes : in the dust
The fair-hair'd daughter of the isles is laid,
The love of millions! How we did intrust
Futurity to her! and, though it must
Darken above our bones, vet fondly deem'd
Our children should obey her child, and bless'd
Her and her hoped-for seed, whose promise seem'd Like stars to shepherds' eyes :-'t was but a meteor deem'd.
MEDORA'S DEATH. His steps the chamber gain—his eyes behold All that his heart believed not-yet foretold ! He turn'd not-spoke not, And set the anxious frame that lately shook: He gazed-how long we gaze despite of pain, And know-but dare not own, we gaze in vain : In life itself, she was so still and fair, That death with gentler aspect wither'd there; And the cold flowers her colder hand contain'd, In that last gasp as tenderly were strain'd As if she scarcely felt, but feign’d a sleep, And made it almost mockery yet to weep: The long dark lashes fringed her lids of snowAnd veil'd-thought shrinks from all that lurks
Oh! o'er the eye Death most exerts his might,
And hurls the spirit from her throne of light!
Sinks those blue orbs in that last long eclipse,
But spares, as yet, the charm around her lips !
Yet-yet they seem, as they forbore to smile,
And wish'd repose-but only for a while;
But the white shroud, and each extended tress,
Long-fair-but spread in utter lifelessness,
Which, late the sport of every summer wind,
Escaped the baffled wreath that strove to bind;
These and the pale pure cheek, became the bier.
But she is nothing-wherefore is he here?
PALACE of beauty! where the Moorish lord, King of the bow, the bridle, and the sword, Sat like a genie in the diamond's blaze. Oh! to have seen thee in the ancient days, When at thy morning gates the coursers stood, The “ thousand,” milk-white, Yemen's fiery blood, In pearl and ruby harness'd for the king; And through thy portals pour’d the gorgeous flood Of jewell'd Sheik and Emir hastening, Before the sky the dawning purple show'd, Their turbans at the Caliph's feet to fling. Lovely thy morn—thy evening lovelier still, When at the waking of the first blue star That trembled on the Atalaya hill, The splendours of the trumpet's voice arose, Brilliant and bold, and yet no sound of war; It summon'd all thy beauty from repose, The shaded slumber of the burning noon. Then in the slant sun all thy fountains shone, Shooting the sparkling column from the vase Of crystal cool, and falling in a haze Of rainbow hues on floors of porphyry,
And the rich bordering beds of every bloom,
That breathes to African or Indian sky.
Carnation, tuberose, thick anemone,
Pure lily, that its virgin head low waved
Beneath the fountain drops, yet still would come.
Like hearts by love and destiny enslaved,
That see, and shrink, and yet will seek their doom.
Then was the harping of the minstrels heard
In the deep arbours, or the regal hall,
Hushing the tumult of the festival,
When the pale bard his kindling eye-ball rear'd,
And told of eastern glories, silken hosts,
Tower'd elephants, and chiefs in topaz arm'd;
Or of the myriads from the cloudy coasts
Of the far western sea, the sons of blood,
The iron men of tournament and feud,
That round the bulwarks of their fathers swarm'd,
Doom'd by the Moslem scymetar to fall,
Till the red cross was hurl'd from Salem's wall.
Where are thy pomps, Alhambra, earthly sun,
That had no rival and no second ?-gone!
Thy glory down the arch of time has rollid,
Like the great day-star to the ocean dim,
The billows of the ages o'er thee swim,
Gloomy and fathomless ; thy tale is told.
Where is thy horn of battle? that but blown
Brought every chief of Afric from his throne;
Brought every spear of Afric from the wall,
Brought every charger barbed from the stall,
Till all its tribes sat mounted on the shore,
Waiting the waving of thy torch, to pour
The living deluge on the fields of Spain !
Queen of earth's loveliness! there was a stain
Upon thy brow—the stain of guilt and gore,
Thy course was bright, bold, treacherous and 'tis o'er.
The spear and diadem are from thee gone ;
Silence is now sole monarch on thy throne!
OH! knowest thou why, to distance driven,
When Friendship weeps the parting hour, The simplest gift that moment given,
Long, long retains a magic power? Still, when it meets the musing view,
Can half the theft of Time retrieveThe scenes of former bliss renew,
And bid each dear idea live? It boots not if the pencill'd rose,
Or sever'd ringlet, meet the eye; Or India's sparkling gems inclose
The talisman of sympathy! “Keep it-yes, keep it for my sake !"
On fancy's ear still breathes the sound; Ne'er time the potent charm shall break, Nor loose the spell Affection bound !
THE POWER OF GOD.
Thou art, O God, the life and light
Of all this wondrous world we see:
Its glow by day, its smile by night,
Are but reflections caught from thee!
Where'er we turn, thy glories shine,
And all things fair and bright are thine.
When day with farewell beam delays,
Among the op’ning clouds of even,
And we can almost think we gaze
Through golden vistas into heaven,
Those hues that mark the sun's decline
So soft, so radiant, Lord, are thine