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not had for years, and may not have again, draw near in what is nearest ; and do you, my dear Lord, vouchsafe your friend ond brother some clear tokens as to that goal you say has from child. hood been mentally prescribed you, and the way you have taken to gain it.
Lord H.-I will do this willingly, and the rather that I have with me a leaf, in which I have lately recorded what appeared to me in glimpse or flash in my young years, and now shines upon my life with steady ray. I brought it, with some thought that I might impart it to you, which confidence I have not shown to any yet ; though if, as I purpose, some memoir of my life and times should fall from my pen, these poems may be interwoven there as cause and comment for all I felt, and knew, and was. The first contains my thought of the beginning and progress of life :
Are here discerned, and, from its own impulso, It is permitted to the soul to circle, Hither and thither rove, that it may sco Laws and elernal covenants of its world, And stars returning in assiduous course, The causes and the bonds of lifo to learn, And from afar foresce the highest will. How he to adipirable harniony Tompers the various motions of the world, And Father, Lord, Guardian, and Builder-up, And Dcity on every sido is styled. Next, from this knowledge the fourth stage proceeds: Clcansing away its stains, unind daily grows more pure, Enriched with various lcarning, strony in, virtue, Extends its powers, and breathes sublimer air: A secret spur is felt within the inmost heart, That he who will, may emerge from this perishablo stato, And a happier is sought By ambitious rites, consecrations, religious worship, And a new hope succceus, conscious of a better fate, Clinging to things above, expanding through all the heavens, And the Divine descends to meet a holy love, And unequivocal token is given of celestial life. That, as a good scrvant, I shall receive my reward ; Or, if worthy, enler as a son, into the goods of my father, God hiinself is my surety. When I shall put of this life, Confident in a better, frco in my own will, He himself is my surety, that a fifth, yet higher state shall ensuo, And a sixth, and all, in fine, that my beart shall know how to ask.
(From the Latin of Lord Herbert.)
First, the life stirred within the genial seed,
Seeking its properties, whence plastic power
Was born. Chaos, with lively juice pervading,
External form in its recess restraining,
While the conspiring causes might accede,
And full creation safely be essayod.
CONJECTURES CONCERNING THE HEAVENLY LIFE.
Purified in my whole genius, I congratulate mysclf
Socure of fate, while neither am I downcast by any terron,
Nor slore up secret griefs in my heart,
pass my days cheerfully in the midst of mishapo,
Despite the evils which engird the earth,
Seeking the way above the stars with ardent virtue.
I havo roceived, buforehand, the first fruits of heavenly life
A third stage, now, sccne truly great contains The solemn feast of heaven, the theatre of earth, Kindred and specice, varied forms of things
I now mek the later, sustained by divine love,
Through which, conquering at once the scoffs of a gloomy destiny,
I leave the barbarous company of a frantic age,
Breathing out for the last time the infernal air-breathing in the supernah
I enfold myself wholly in these sacred flancs,
And, sustained by them, ascend the highest domo,
And far and wide survey the wonders of a new sphero,
And see well-known spirits, now beautiful in their proper light,
And the choirs of the higher powers, and blessed being
With whom I desire to mingle fires and sacred bondo
Passing froin joy to joy the hcaven of all,
What has been given to ourselves, or sanctioned by a common vow.
God, in the meantime, accumulating bis towarde,
May at once incrcase our honour and illustrato his own love.
Nor heavens shall be wanting to heavens, nor numberleus ages to life,
Nor new joys to these ages, such as an
Eternity shall not diminish, nor the infinite bring to an end.
Nor, more than all, shall the fair favour of the Divine bo wanting-
Constantly increasing these joys, variod in almirablo moles,
And inaking each stato yield only to one yot happier,
And what we never even knew how to hope, is given to us-
Nor is aught kept hack except what only the One can conceivo,
And what in their own nature are by far most perfect
In us, at least, appear embellished,
Since the sleeping minds which heaven prepares from the beginning
Only our labor and industry can vivify,
Polishing them with learning and with morale,
That they may return all fair, bearing back a dowry to heaven,
When, by use of our free will, we put to rout those illo
Which beaven bas neither dispelled, nor will hercaster dispel.
Thus through us is magnifica tho glory of God,
And our glory, loo, shall resound throughout the heavens,
And what are the due rewards of virtue, finally
Mus render the Father himself more happy than his wont.
Whence still more aniple grace shall be showered upon us,
Each and all yielding to our prayer,
For, if liberty be dear, it is permitind
To roam through the lovelic st regions obvious to innumerable hearona
And gather, as we pase, the delights of each,
If fiscd contemplation he chosen rather in the mind,
All the mysteries of the high regions shall be laid open to us,
And the joy will be to know the methods of God,-
Then it may be perunitted to act upon earth, to have a care
or the wcal of men, and to bestow just laws.
If wc arc morc delighted with celestial broe,
We are dissolved into flames which glide about and excite ono another
Mutually, embraced in sacred ardours,
Spring upwarus, enfolded together in firmest honds,
In parts and wholes, mingling by turns,
And the arunur of the Divine kindles (in them) still new ardour,
It will make us happy to praisc God, while he commands us,
The angelic choir, winging together with sweet inodulation,
Sounds through heaven, publishing our joys,
And beauteous spectacles are put forth, hour by hour,
And, as it were, the whole fabric of heaven becomes a theatro,
Till the divine eneryy pervades tho whole sweep of the world,
And chisels out from it new forins,
Adornej with new facultics, of larger powers
Our forms, too, may then be renewed
Assume new forms and senses, till our
Joys again rise up consummate.
If trusting thus, I shall have put off this mortal weod,
Why may not then still greater things be disclosed ?
George H.-(who, during his brother's reading, has listened, with head bowed down, leaned on his arm, looks up after a few moments' silence)-Pardon, my lord, if I have not fit words to answer you. The nood of your thought has swept over me like music, and like that, for the time, at least, it fills and satisfies. I am conscious of many feelings which are not touched upon there, -of the depths of love and sorrow made known to men, through One whom you as yet know not. But of thcsc I will not speak now, except to ask, lorne on this strong pinion, have you never faltered till you felt the need of a friend ? strong in this clear vision, have you never sighed for a more homefelt assu. ranice to your faith ? steady in your demand of what the soul ro