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Nor heeds the eternal drom that followeth,
Ah, precious days of unreflecting breath!
There lay (so might we fancy) one who smiled
Through all life's paradox unreconciled,
Enjoying years the grown man squandereth.
And if his latest hour was touched with pain,
And some dim trouble crossed his childish brain,
He knew no fear,--in death more blest than we.
And now from God's clear light he smiles again,
Not ill-content his mortal part to see
In such a spot, amid such company.


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And the high gods took in hand

Fire, and the falling of tears, And a measure of sliding sand

From under the feet of the years; And froth and drift of the sea;

And dust of the laboring earth; And bodies of things to be

In the houses of death and of birth; And wrought with weeping and laughter,

And fashioned with loathing and love,
With life before and after

And death beneath and above,
For a day and a night and a morrow,

That his strength might endure for a span With travail and heavy sorrow,

The holy spirit of man.

From the winds of the north and the south

They gathered as unto strife; They breathed upon his mouth,

They filled his body with life; Eyesight and speech they wrought

For the veils of the soul therein, A time for labor and thought,

A time to serve and to sin;

They gave him light in his ways,

And love, and a space for delight,
And beauty and length of days,

And night, and sleep in the night.
His speech is a burning fire;

With his lips he travaileth;
In his heart is a blind desire,

In his eyes foreknowledge of death;
He weaves, and is clothed with derision;

Sows, and he shall not reap;
His life is a watch or a vision
Between a sleep and a sleep.


THE WELL OF ST. JOHN. “There is plenty of room for two in here,

Within the steep tunnel of old gray stone; And the well is so dark, and the spring is so

clear, It is quite unsafe to go down alone."

“It is perfectly safe depend upon it,

For a girl who can count the steps like me, And if ever I saw dear mother's bonnet,

It is there on the hill by the old ash tree."

“ There is nobody but Rees Morgan's cow

Watching the dusk on the milk-white sea. 'Tis the time and place for a life-long vow,

Such as I owe you, and you owe me.”

“Oh, Willie, how can I, in this dark well?

I shall drop the brown pitcher, if you let go: The long roof is murmuring like a sea-shell,

And the shadows are shuddering to and fro."

“'Tis the sound of the ebb in Newton Bay,

Quickens the spring as the tide grows less, Even as true love flows alway

Counter the flood of the world's success."

“There is no other way for love to flow;

Whenever it springs in a woman's breast, To the home of its own heart it must go,

And run contrary to all the rest."

“ Then fill the sweet cup of your hand, my love,

And pledge me your maiden faith thereon, By the touch of the lettered stone above,

And the holy water of St. John.”

“Oh what shall I say? My heart drops low;

My fingers are cold, and my hand too flat. Is love to be measured hy handful so?

And you know that I love you-without that.”

Bring back, bring back, the vanished years,

Oh! bring me back one vanished face I lost in that thick mist of tears;

Fill once again her vacant place.

Once more, once more, oh! bring once more,

To my cold heart the swell and glow, That dear voice brought in days of yore;

Sing low, sweet birds, sing soft and low!

Bring back, bring back, the olden time,

When we were children, she and I, And life was one long rush of rhyme;

Ah! sing dear birds, sing clear and high!

Time creeps or flies, and all things change;

Who keepeth aught of all he had? The dear old dreams grow cold and strange;

Sing low, sweet birds, sing low and sad!

And who hath done what once he planned,

When first he gaily hoisted sail,
And shaped his course for his dreamland?

Ah! wild birds droop your wings and wail

All-all that course is scattered o'er

With cold, dead hopes that shrouded lie, Whose wailing ghosts for evermore

Haunt our low steps, and moan and cry!

With outstretched hands, in dark and gloom,

We grope our way we know not where; l'ncertain shades beside a tomb;

Oh, birds your wailing seems despair!

The shadows fall and day is past,

The cold white moon gleams o'er the hill; The last faint whispering notes—the last! Tremble and cease, and all is still.



Not where long passed ages sleep,

Seek we Eden's golden trees,
In the future folded deep,

Are its mystic harmonies.
All before us lies the way,

Give the past unto the wind;
All before us is the day,

Night and darkness are behind.
Eden with its angels bold,

Love and flowers and coolest sea,
Is not ancient story told,

But a glowing prophecy.

They stooped in the gleam of the faint light over

The print of themselves on the limpid gloom; And she listed her full palm toward her lover,

With her lips prepared for the words of doom.

But the warm heart rose, and the cold hand fell, And the pledge of her faith sprang, sweet and

clear. From a holier source than the old saint's well, From the never-ebbing tide of love-a tear.


THE PLAGUES OF IRELAND. OH, Ireland, my country, the hour

Of thy pride and thy splendor hath passed, And the chain that was spurned in thy moments

of power Hangs heavy around thee at last. There are marks in the fate of each clime,

There are times in the fortunes of men, But the changes of realms and the chances of time

Shall never restore thee again.

Thou art chained to the wheel of the foe

By links which a world cannot sever, With thy tyrant through storm and through calm

thou shalt go, And thy sentence is bondage forever. Thou art doomed for the thankless to toil,

Thou art left for the proud to disdain, And the blood of thy sons and the wealth of thy soil

Shall be lavished and lavished in vain.

Thy riches with taunts shall be taken,

Thy valor with coldness be paid, And of millions who see thee thus sunk and for.

saken Not one shall stand forth in thine aid. In the nations thy place is left void,

Thou art lost in the list of the free; Even realms by the plague and the earthquake

destroyed May revive, but no hope is for thee.


Oh! wild birds sing to me a strain,

The old familiar blessèd lays;
Oh! fill my heart with joy and pain,

And so bring back the vanished days.

While here I lie upon the grass,

And the old trees their shadows fling; And clouds across the blue sky pass,

Oh! wild birds sing, oh! wild birds sing.

In the spirits' perfect air,

In the passions tame and kind, Innocence from selfish care,

The real Eden we shall find,

The sear and yellow leaf” of age

Bears on its fragile stem,
The flowers of hope and love and faith,

A glorious diadem.
These flowers we find forever,

Beyond the “shining shore,”
Within the Amaranthine bowers,
They bloom to pale no more.


It is coming, it shall come,

To the patient and the striving, To the quiet heart at home,

Thinking wise and faithful living. When all error is worked out,

From the heart and from the life; When the sensuous is laid low,

Through the Spirit's holy strife; When the soul to sin hath died,

True and beautiful and sound; Then all earth is sanctified,

Up springs paradise around. Then shall come the Eden days,

Guardian watch from seraph eyes; Angels on the slanting rays,

Voices from the opening skies. From this spirit land, afar,

All disturbing force shall flee; Stir nor toil nor hope shall mar Its immortal unity.


GOING OUT AND COMING IN. Going out to fame and triumph,

Going out to love and light; Coming in to pain and sorrow,

Coming in to gloom and night. Going out with joy and gladness,

Coming in with woe and sin; Ceaseless streams of restless pilgrims

Going out and coming in! Through the portals of the homestead,

From beneath the blooming vine; To the trumpet tones of glory,

Where the bays and laurels twine; From the loving home-caresses

To the chill voice of the worldGoing out with gallant canvass

To the summer breeze unfurled.

FLOWERS. How bright and beauteous are the flowers,

Those undertones of love, Which God has given to us below,

From Eden bowers above.
They bloom upon the hillside,

And in the lovely glen,
They brighten children's faces,

And cheer the hearts of men.

Through the gateway, down the footpath,

Through the lilacs by the way; Through the clover by the meadow,

Where the gentle home-lights stray; To the wide world of ambition,

Up the toilsome hill of fame, Winning oft a mighty triumph,

Winning oft a noble name. Coming back all worn and weary,

Weary with the world's cold breath; Coming to the dear old homestead,

Coming in to age and death. Weary of its empty flattery,

Weary of its ceaseless din, Weary of its heartless sneering,

Coming from the bleak world in.

Their fragrance fills the evening air,

Floats on the evening breeze,
And like an angel whisper,

Speaks to the hearts of ease.
The flowers of spring are beautiful,

But summer blooms more rare,
The autumn and the winter flowers,

May teach us-ne'er despair. The springtime of our life would seem

A landscape, covered o'er With flowers in bright and rich array,

Exhaustless in their store; While summer flowers of life are filled

With dews distilled from care, We find no rose without a thorn,

How e'er so bright and fair.

Going out with hopes of glory,

Coming in with sorrows dark; Going out with sails all flying,

Coming in with mastless barque. Restless stream of pilgrims, striving

Wreaths of fame and love to win, From the doorways of the homestead Going out and coming in!




O, the good gods, How blind is pride! What eagles are we still In matters that belong to other men! What beetles in our own!

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A creature not too bright nor good
For human nature's daily food,
For transient sorrows, simple wiles,
Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears, and smiles.

Hands of invisible spirits touch the strings
Of that mysterious instrument, the soul,
And play the prelude of our fate

How beautiful is gentleness, whose face

Like April sunshine, or the summer rain, Swells everywhere the buds of generous thought? So easy, and so sweet it is; its grace Smoothes out so soon the tangled knots of

pain. Can ye not learn it: will ye not be taught?

143. Pride-of all others the most dangerous faultProceeds from want of sense, or want of thought. The men who labor and digest things most, Will be much apter to despond than boast.

There is nothing lighter than vain praise,

Yellow, yellow leaves,
Falling, falling, falling!
Death is best, when hope
There is no recalling;
Yet O, yellow leaves,
How the parting grieves.

The impatient Wish, that never feels repose,
Desire, that with perpetual current flows;
The fluctuating pangs, of Hope and Fear,
Joy distant still, and orrow ever near

Speech is morning to the mind;
It spreads the beauteous images abroad,
Which else lie furled and clouded in the soul.


148. When all the blandishments of life are gone, The coward sneaks to death, the brave live on.

With deep affection and recollection, I often think of those Shandon Bells,

Whose sounds, so wild, would

In the days of childhood, Fling round my cradle their magic spells.

139. The mind, that ocean where each kind Does straight its own resemblance find; Yet it creates transcending these, Far other worlds, and other seas, Stop, Mortal! Here thy brother lies,

The Poet of the Poor.
His books were rivers, woods, and skies,

The meadow, and the moor;
His teachers were the torn hearts' wail,

The tyrant and the slave,
The street, the factory, the jail,

The palace—and the grave!

149. They are flown. Beautiful fictions that our fathers' wove In Superstition's web when Time was young, And fondly loved and cherished: they are

flown Before the wand of Science!

150. Patience! why 'tis the soul of peace: Of all the virtues, 'tis nearest kin to heaven: It makes men look like gods. The best of men That e'er wore earth about him, was a sufferer, A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit: The first true gentleman that ever breathed.

141. Star after star from heaven's high arch shall rush, Suns sink on suns, and systems, systems crush, Headlong, extinct, to one dark centre fall, And death, and night, and chaos mingle all! Till o'er the wreck, emerging from the storm, Immortal nature lifts her changeful form, Mounts from her funeral pyre on wings of flame, And soars and shines, another and the same.

151. Who gripes too much casts all upon the ground; Too great a grateness greatness doth confound.

152. Thou art perhaps like me for a season; Thy years will have an end. Thou shalt sleep in thy clouds,

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