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To meet him coming; theirs through every year
Pure transports, such as each to each endear!

And laughing eyes and laughing voices fill

Their home with gladness. She, when all are still,
Comes and undraws the curtain as they lie,

In sleep how beautiful! He, when the sky
Gleams, and the wood sends up its harmony,

When, gathering round his bed, they climb to share
His kisses, and with gentle violence there
Break in upon a dream not half so fair,

Up to the hill-top leads their little feet;
Or by the forest-lodge, perchance to meet
The stag-herd on its march, perchance to hear
The otter rustling in the sedgy mere;

Or to the echo near the Abbot's tree,

That gave him back his words of pleasantry-
When the House stood, no merrier man than he!
And, as they wander with a keen delight,
If but a leveret catch their quicker sight

Down a green alley, or a squirrel then

Climb the gnarled oak, and look and climb again, If but a moth flit by, an acorn fall,

He turns their thoughts to Him who made them all;

These with unequal footsteps following fast,

These clinging by his cloak, unwilling to be last.
The shepherd on Tornaro's misty brow,

And the swart seaman, sailing far below,
Not undelighted watch the morning ray
Purpling the orient-till it breaks away,
And burns and blazes into glorious day!
But happier still is he who bends to trace
That sun, the soul, just dawning in the face;
The burst, the glow, the animating strife,
The thoughts and passions stirring into life;
The forming utterance, the inquiring glance,
The giant waking from his tenfold trance,
Till up he starts as conscious whence he came,
And all is light within the trembling frame!

What then a Father's feelings? Joy and Fear
In turn prevail, Joy most; and through the year
Tempering the ardent, urging night and day
Him who shrinks back or wanders from the way,
Praising each highly-from a wish to raise
Their merits to the level of his Praise,
Onward in their observing sight he moves,

Fearful of wrong, in awe of whom he loves!

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