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Oft with the babes we wandered in the wood, Gazed on her sun-burnt face with silent awe, Or viewed the forest-feats of Robin Hood :
Her tattered mantle, and her hood of straw ; Oft, fancy-led, at midnight's fearful hour,
Her moving lips, her caldron brimming o’er ; With startling step we scaled the lonely tower; The drowsy brood that on her back she bore, O’er infant innocence to hang and weep,
Imps, in the barn with mousing owlet bred, Murdered by ruffian hands, when smiling in its sleep. From rifled roost at nightly revel fed ; [shade,
Ye Household Deities ! whose guardian eye Whose dark eyes flashed thro' locks of blackest Marked each pure thought, ere registered on high; When in the breeze the distant watch-dog bayed : Still, still ye walk the consecrated ground,
And heroes fled the Sibyl's muttered call, And breathe the soul of Inspiration round. Whose elfin prowess scaled the orchard-wall. As o'er the dusky furniture I bend,
As o'er my palm the silver piece she drew, Each chair awakes the feelings of a friend.
And traced the line of life with searching view, The storied arras, source of fond delight,
How throbbed my fluttering pulse with hopes and With old achievement charms the wildered sight ; To learn the colour of my future years ! [fears, And still, with Heraldry's rich hues imprest,
Ah, then, what honest triumph flushed my breast; On the dim window glows the pictured crest. This truth once known—To bless is to be blest ! The screen unfolds its many-coloured chart. We led the bending beggar on his way, The clock still points its moral to the heart. (Bare were his feet, his tresses silver-grey) That faithful monitor 'twas heaven to hear, Soothed the keen pangs his aged spirit felt, When soft it spoke a promised pleasure near ; And on his tale with mute attention dwelt. And has its sober hand, its simple chime,
As in his scrip we dropt our little store, Forgot to trace the feathered feet of Time ? And sighed to think that little was no more, That massive beam, with curious carvings wrought, He breathed his prayer, “ Long may such goodness Whence the caged linnet soothed my pensive 'Twas all he gave, 'twas all he had to give. [live !" thought ;
Mercy's mandate winged their flight, Those muskets, cased with venerable rust; Had stopt to dwell with pleasure on the sight. Those once-loved forms, still breathing thro' their But hark! thro’ those old firs, with sullen swell, dust,
The church-clock strikes !ye tenderscenes,farewell ! Still,
from the frame in mould gigantic cast, It calls me hence, beneath their shade, to trace Starting to life-all whisper of the Past !
The few fond lines that Time may soon efface. As thro' the garden's desert paths I rove, On yon grey stone, that fronts the chancel-door, What fond illusions swarm in every grove !
Worn smooth by busy feet now seen no more, How oft, when purple evening tinged the west, Each eve we shot the marble thro' the ring,
We watched the emmet to her grainy nest; When the heart danced, and life was in its spring;
Childhood's loved group revisits every scene ; Hush, ye fond flutterings, hush! while here alone
When only Sorrow wakes, and wakes to weep, What softened views thy magic glass reveals, What spells entrance my visionary mind When o'er the landscape T'ime's meek twilight With sighs so sweet, with transports so refined ? As when in ocean sinks the orb of day, (steals ! Ethereal Power ! who at the noon of night Long on the wave reflected lustres play ;
Recall'st the far-fled spirit of delight; Thy tempered gleams of happiness resigned From whom that musing, melancholy mood Glance on the darkened mirror of the mind. Which charms the wise, and elevates the good ;
The School's lone porch, with reverend mosses Blest MEMORY, hail! Oh grant the grateful Muse, Just tells the pensive pilgrim where it lay. [grey, Her pencil dipt in Nature's living hues, Mute is the bell that rung at peep of dawn, To pass the clouds that round thy empire roll, Quickening my truant-feet across the lawn ; And trace its airy precincts in the soul. Unheard the shout that rent the noontide air, Lulled in the countless chambers of the brain, When the slow dial gave a pause to care.
Our thoughts are linked by many a hidden chain.
Down by yon hazel copse, at evening, blazed Brightens or fades ; yet all, with magic art,
As studious PROSPERO's mysterious spell
Survey the globe, each ruder realm explore ;
The adventurous boy, that asks his little share, And hies from home with many a gossip's prayer, Turns on the neighbouring hill, once more to see The dear abode of peace and privacy.; And as he turns, the thatch among the trees, Thesmoke's blue wreaths ascending with the breeze, The village-common spotted white with sheep, The church-yard yews round which his fathers sleep; All rouse Reflection's sadly-pleasing train, And oft he looks and weeps, and looks again.
So, when the mild TUPIA dared explore Arts yet untaught, and worlds unknown before, And, with the sons of Science, wooed the gale That, rising, swelled their strange expanse of sail ; So, when he breathed his firm yet fond adieu, Borne from his leafy hut, his carved canoe, And all his soul best loved-such tears he shed, While each soft scene of summer-beauty fled. Long o'er the wave a wistful look he cast, Long watched the streaming signal from the mast; Till twilight's dewy tints deceived his eye, And fairy-forests fringed the evening-sky.
So Scotia's Queen, as slowly dawned the day, Rose on her couch, and gazed her soul away. Her eyes had blessed the beacon’s glimmerig
height, That faintly tipt the feathery surge with light; But now the morn with orient hues pourtrayed Each castled cliff, and brown monastic shade : All touched the talisman's resistless spring, And lo, what busy tribes were instant on the wing !
Thus kindred objects kindred thoughts inspire, As summer-clouds flash forth electric fire. And hence this spot gives back the joys of youth, Warm as the life, and with the mirror's truth. Hence home-felt pleasure prompts the Patriot's
sigh; This makes him wish to live, and dare to die. For this young FOSCARI, whose hapless fate Venice should blush to hear the Muse relate, When exile wore his blooming years away, To sorrow's long soliloquies a prey, When reason, justice, vainly urged his cause, For this he roused her sanguinary laws; Glad to return, tho’ Hope could grant no more, And chains and torture hailed him to the shore.
And hence the charm historic scenes impart ; Hence Tiber awes, and Avon melts the heart. Aërial forms in Tempe’s classic vale Glance thro' the gloom and whisper in the gale ; In wild Vaucluse with love and LAURA dwell, And watch and weep in Eloisa's cell. 'Twas ever thus. Young AMMON when he sought Where Ilium stood, and where PELIDES fought,
Sate at the helm himself. No meaner hand
And hence that calm delight the portrait gives :
What tho' the iron school of War erase
The intrepid Swiss, who guards a foreign shore, Condemned to climb his mountain-cliffs no more, If chance he hears the song so sweetly wild Which on those cliffs his infant hours beguiled, Melts at the long-lost scenes that round him rise, And sinks a martyr to repentant sighs.
Ask not if courts or camps dissolve the charm : Say why VESPASIAN loved his Sabine farm ; Why 'great NAVARRE, when France and freedom Sought the lone limits of a forest-shed. [bled, When DIOCLETIAN's self-corrected mind The imperial fasces of a world resigned, Say why we trace the labours of his spade In calm Salona's philosophic shade. Say, when contentious CHARLES renounced a throne, To muse with monks unlettered and unknown, What from his soul the parting tribute drew? What claimed the sorrows of a last adieu ? The still retreats that soothed his tranquil breast Ere grandeur dazzled, and its cares oppressed.
Undamped by time, the generous Instinct glows Far as Angola's sands, as Zembla's snows; Glows in the tiger's den, the serpent's nest, On every
form of varied life imprest. The social tribes its choicest influence hail :And when the drum beats briskly in the gale, The war-worn courser charges at the sound, And with young vigour wheels the pasture round.
Oft has the aged tenant of the vale Leaned on his staff to lengthen out the tale ; Oft have his lips the grateful tribute breathed, From sire to son with pious zeal bequeathed. When o'er the blasted heath the day declined, And on the scathed oak warred the winter-wind ; When not a distant taper's twinkling ray Gleamed o'er the furze to light him on his way ;
When not a sheep-bell soothed his listening ear, only anticipate the future, by concluding what is possible And the big rain-drops told the tempest near ;
from what is past. On her agency depends every effusion Then did his horse the homeward track descry,
of the Fancy, who with the boldest effort can only com The track that shunned his sad, inquiring eye ;
pound or transpose, augment or diminish the materials
which she has collected and still retains. And win each wavering purpose to relent,
When the first emotions of despair have subsided, and With warmth so mild, so gently violent,
sorrow has softened into melancholy, she amuses with a That his charmed hand the careless rein resigned, retrospect of innocent pleasures, and inspires that noble And doubts and terrors vanished from his mind. confidence which results from the consciousness of having Recall the traveller, whose altered form
acted well. When sleep has suspended the organs of sense Has borne the buffet of the mountain-storm ; from their office, she not only supplies the mind with And who will first his fond impatience meet ?
images, but assists in their combination. And even in
madness itself, when the soul is resigned over to the tyranny His faithful dog's already at his feet !
of a distempered imagination, she revives past perceptions, Yes, tho' the porter spurn him from the door,
and awakens that train of thought which was formerly Tho' all, that knew him, know his face no more,
most familiar. His faithful dog shall tell his joy to each,
Nor are we pleased only with a review of the brighter With that mute eloquence which passes speech.- passages of life. Events, the most distressing in their And the master but returns to die !
immediate consequences, are often cherished in remem. Yet who shall bid the watchful servant fly? brance with a degree of enthusiasm. The blasts of heaven, the drenching dews of earth,
But the world and its occupations give a mechanical The wanton insults of unfeeling mirth,
impulse to the passions, which is not very favourable to
the indulgence of this feeling. It is in a calm and wellThese, when to guard Misfortune's sacred grave,
regulated mind that the Memory is most perfect; and Will firm Fidelity exult to brave.
solitude is her best sphere of action. With this sentiment Led by what chart, transports the timid dove is introduced a Tale illustrative of her influence in solitude, The wreaths of conquest, or the vows of love ? sickness, and sorrow. And the subject having now been Say, thro’ the clouds what compass points herflight? considered, so far as it relates to man and the animal Monarchs havegazed, and nations blessed the sight. world, the Poem concludes with a conjecture that suPile rocks on rocks, bid woods and mountains rise, perior beings are blest with a nobler exercise of this faculty. Eclipse her native shades, her native skies :'Tis vain ! thro’ Ether's pathless wilds she goes, And lights at last where all her cares repose.
Sweet bird ! thy truth shall Harlem's walls attesty SWEET MEMORY, wafted by thy gentle gale, And unborn ages consecrate thy nest.
Oft up the stream of Time I turn my sail, When, with the silent energy of grief,
To view the fairy haunts of long-lost hours, With looks that asked, yet dared not hope relief, Blest with far greener shades, far fresher flowers. Want with her babes round generous Valour clung, white charms in Genius, and refines in Art';
Ages and climes remote to Thee impart To wring the slow surrender from his tongue, 'Twas thine to animate her closing eye ;
Thee, in whose hands the keys of Science dwell, Alas ! 'twas thine perchance the first to die,
The pensive portress of her holy cell ; Crushed by her meagre hand when welcomed from Whose constant vigils chase the chilling damp the sky."
Oblivion steals upon her vestal-lamp. Hark! the bee winds her small but mellow horn, They in their glorious course the guides of Youth, Blithe to salute the sunny smile of morn.
Whose language breathed the eloquence of Truth; O’er thymy downs.she bends her busy course,
Whose life, beyond preceptive wisdom, taught And many a stream allures her to its source. The great in conduct, and the pure in thought ;
’tis night. That eye so finely wrought, These still exist, by Thée to Fame consigned, Beyond the search of sense, the soar of thought, Still speak and act, the models of mankind. Now vainly asks the scenes she left behind ; From Thee gay Hope her airy colouring draws ; Its orb so full, its vision so confined !
And Fancy's flights are subject to thy laws. Who guides the patient pilgrim to her cell ? From Thee that bosom-spring of rapture flows, Who bids her soul with conscious triumph swell ? Which only Virtue, tranquil Virtue, knows. With conscious truth, retrace the mazy clue
When Joy's bright sun has shed his evening-ray, Of summer-scents, that charmed her as she flew ? And Hope's delusive meteors cease to play ; Hail, MEMORY, hail ! thy universal reign
When clouds on clouds the smiling prospect close, Guards the least link of Being's glorious chain.
Still thro' the gloom thy star serenely glows :
The beauteous maid, who bids the world adieu,
Oft of that world will snatch a fond review;
Oft at the shrine neglect her beads, to trace
Some social scene, some dear, familiar face :
Bursts thro' the cypress-walk, the convent-cell,
Oft will her warm and wayward heart revive,
To love and joy still tremblingly alive ; The Memory has hitherto acted only in subservience to
The whispered vow, the chaste caress prolong, the senses, and so far man is not eminently distinguished from other animals : but, with respect to man, she has a
Weave the light dance and swell the choral song; higher province; and is often busily employed, when ex
With rapt ear drink the enchanting serenade, cited by no external cause whatever. She preserves,
And, as it melts along the moonlight-glade, his use, the treasures of art and science, history and phi
To each soft note return as soft a sigh, losophy. She colours all the prospects of life ; for we can And bless the youth that bids her slumbers fly.
But not till Time has calmed the ruffled breast, Cold was her grasp, a withering scowl she wore; L
Yet still how sweet the soothings of his art !
From Guinea's coast pursue the lessening sail, Even now he claims the amaranthine wreath,
He, who, thro’ Nature's various walk, surveys
The good and fair her faultless line pourtrays ; And from his nerveless frame indignantly recedes. .Whose mind, profaned by no unhallowed guest,
Yet here, even here, with pleasures long resigned, Culls from the crowd the purest and the best;
Or, musing, mount where Science sits sublime,
Who acts thus wisely, mark the moral Muse,
A blooming Eden in his life reviews!
Ah! who can tell the triumphs of the mind,
By truth illumined, and by taste refined ?
Ah! why should Virtue fear the frowns of Fate ? Oft will she rise--with searching glance pursue
Dart thro' the deep recesses of the past,
But most we mark the wonders of her reign, So thro' the grove the impatient mother flies,
Long on the wood-moss stretched in sweet repose. · And, as warm Fancy's bright Elysium glows, Nor yet to pleasing objects are confined
From Her each image springs, each colour flows. The silent feasts of the reflecting mind.
And the bald veteran glows with wonted fire,
When the blithe son of Savoy, journeying round Go, with old Thames, view Chelsea's glorious pile,
And own what raptures from Reflection flow.
Hail, noblest structures imaged in the wave!
A nation's grateful tribute to the brave.
Hail, blest retreats from war and shipwreck, hail!
That oft arrest the wondering stranger's sail.
Gild the calm close of Valour's various day.
Mellow each tint, and bid each discord cease:
Hast thou thro’ Eden's wild-wood vales pursued supplies,
Each mountain-scene, majestically rude ;
Far from the din of Folly's idle strife;
Which still records beyond the pencil's power, The spectre Poverty unnerved his frame.
The silent sorrows of a parting hour;
Still to the musing pilgrim points the place And on the green hill's side the meteor played ; Her sainted spirit most delights to trace?
When, hark! a voice sung sweetly thro' the shade. Thus, with the manly glow of honest pride, It ceased—yet still in Florio's fancy sung, O’er his dead son the gallant ORMOND sighed. Still on each note his captive spirit hung ; Thus, thro' the gloom of SHENSTONE's fairy Till o'er the mead a cool, sequestered grot grove,
From its rich roof a sparry lustre shot.
As the stern grandeur of a Gothic tower And on the front these simple lines it bore.
Hence away, nor dare intrude !
In this secret, shadowy cell The tender images we love to trace,
Musing Memory loves to dwell,
With her sister Solitude.
Far from the busy world she flies,
Entranced she sits; from youth to age, : So scenes of life, when present and confest,
Reviewing Life's eventful page; Stamp but their bolder features on the breast;
And noting, ere they fade away,
The little lines of yesterday.
When lo, the Genius of this still retreat !
Can VIRGIL's verse, can RAPHAEL's touch impart When the hushed grove has sung its parting lay; Those finer features of the feeling heart, When pensive Twilight, in her dusky car,
Those tend'rer tints that shun the careless eye Comes slowly on to meet the evening-star ; And in the world's contagious climate die ? Above, below, aërial murmurs swell,
She left the cave, nor marked the stranger there; From hanging wood, brown heath, and bushy dell! Her pastoral beauty, and her artless air A thousand nameless rills, that shun the light, Had breathed a soft enchantment o’er his soul ! Stealing soft music on the ear of night,
In every nerve he felt her blest controul ! So oft the finer movements of the soul,
What pure and white-winged agents of the sky, That shun the sphere of Pleasure's gay controul, Who rule the springs of sacred sympathy, In the still shades of calm Seclusion rise,
Inform congenial spirits when they meet ? And breathe their sweet, seraphic harmonies! Sweet is their office, as their natures sweet!
Florio, with fearful joy, pursued the maid, Once, and domestic annals tell the time,
Till thro' a vista's moonlight-chequered shade, (Preserved in Cumbria's rude, romantic clime) Where the bat circled, and the rooks reposed, When Nature smiled, and o'er the landscape threw (Their wars suspended, and their councils closed) Her richest fragrance, and her brightest hue, An antique mansion burst in awful state, A blithe and blooming Forester explored
A rich vine clustering round the Gothic gate. Those loftier scenes Salvator's soul adored ; Nor paused he there. The master of the scene The rocky pass half-hung with shaggy wood, Saw his light step imprint the dewy green; And the cleft oak flung boldly o'er the flood; And, slow-advancing, hailed him as his guest, Nor shunned the track, unknown to human tread, Won by the honest warmth his looks expressed. That downward to the night of caverns led; He wore the rustic manners of a Squire ; Some ancient cataract's deserted bed.
Age had not quenched one spark of manly fire; High on exulting wing the heath-cock rose, But giant Gout had bound him in her chain, And blew his shrill blast o'er perennial snows; And his heart panted for the chase in vain. Ere the rapt youth, recoiling from the roar, Yet here Remembrance, sweetly-soothing Power!. Gazed on the tumbling tide of dread Lodore; Winged with delight Confinement’s lingering hour. And thro' the rifted cliffs, that scaled the sky, The fox's brush still emulous to wear, Derwent's clear mirror charmed his dazzled eye. He scoured the county in his elbow-chair; Each osier isle, inverted on the wave,
And, with view-halloo, roused the dreaming hound Thro’ morn's grey mist its melting colours gave; That rung, by starts, his deep-toned music round. And, o'er the cygnet's haunt, the mantling grove Long by the paddock’s humble pale confined, Its emerald arch with wild luxuriance wove. His aged hunters coursed the viewless wind :
Light as the breeze that brushed the orient dew, And each, with glowing energy pourtrayed, From rock to rock the young Adventurer flew; The far-famed triumphs of the field displayed; And day's last sunshine slept along the shore, Usurped the canvass of the crowded hall, When lo, a path the smile of welcome wore. And chased a line of heroes from the wall. Imbowering shrubs with verdure veiled the sky, There slept the horn each jocund echo knew, And on the musk-rose shed a deeper die ;
And many a smile and many a story drew! Save when a bright and momentary gleam High o'er the hearth his forest-trophies hung, Glanced from the white foam of some sheltered And their fantastic branches wildly flung. stream.
How would he dwell on the vast antlers there! O’er the still lake the bell of evening tolled, These dashed the wave, those fanned the mounAnd on the moor the shepherd penned his fold; tain-air,