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АH! little thought she, when, with wild delight,
That in her veins a secret horror slept,
That her light footsteps should be heard no more,
Yet round her couch indulgent Fancy drew
The kindred forms her closing eye required.
There didst thou stand-there, with the smile she
She moved her lips to bless thee, and expired.
* On the death of her sister.
And now to thee she comes; still, still the same As in the hours gone unregarded by !
To thee, how changed, comes as she ever came; Health on her cheek, and pleasure in her eye!
Nor less, less oft, as on that day, appears,
TO A FRIEND ON HIS MARRIAGE.
On thee, blest youth, a father's hand confers
As on she moves with hesitating grace,
Spare the fine tremors of her feeling frame!
At each response the sacred rite requires,
O'er her fair face what wild emotions play!
And settled sunshine on her soul descend!
Ah soon, thine own confest, ecstatic thought!
Gild the calm current of domestic hours!
THE YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF LADY **
AH! why with telltale tongue reveal
For this presumption, soon or late,
Sing Harriet's cheeks, and Harriet's eyes;
-Trace all the mother in the child!
* Alluding to some verses which she had written on an elder sister.
THE ALPS AT DAYBREAK.
THE Sunbeams streak the azure skies, And line with light the mountain's brow: With hounds and horns the hunters rise, And chase the roebuck thro' the snow.
From rock to rock, with giant-bound,
The goats wind slow their wonted way, Up craggy steeps and ridges rude; Marked by the wild wolf for his prey, From desert cave or hanging wood.
And while the torrent thunders loud,