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POEMS OF CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH

POEMS OF CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH.

PHILIP, MY KING.

CRADLE SONG.

FROM "BITTER-SWEET."

“Who bears upon his baby brow the round
And top of sovereignty.

Wuat is the little one thinking about ?

Very wonderful things, vo doubt ;
Look at me with thy large brown eyes,

Unwritten history!
Philip, my king!

Unfathomed mystery! Round whom the enshadowing purple lies Yet he chuckles, and crows, and nous, and winks, or babyhood's royal dignities.

Is if his head were as full of kinks Lay ou my neck thy tiny hand

Ind curious riddles as any sphinx ! With Love's invisible sueptre ladlen ;

Warpeil by colic, and wet by tears, I am thine Esther, to command

l'unctured by pins, and tortured by fears, Till thou shalt find a quiceu-landmaiden, Our little nephew will lose two years ; Philip, my king!

And he 'll never know

Where the summers go ; 0, the day when thou goest a-wooing,

le need not laugh, for he'll find it so. Philip, my king! When those beautiful lips 'gin suing,

Who can tell what a baby thinks ? And, somno gentle heart's bars unduing, Who cau follow the gossamer links Thou dlust enter, love-crowned, and there By which the manikin feels his way

Sittest love-glorified ! -- Rule kimlly, Out from the shore of the great unknown,
Temlerly over thy kingdom fair ;

Bliml, and wailing, and alone,
For we that love, ah! we love so blindly, Into the light of day?
Philip, my king!

Out from the shore of the unknown sca,

Tossing in pitiful agony ;
Up from thy sweet mouth up to thy brow,

Of the unknown sea that reels and rolls,
Philis, my king!

Specked with the barks of little souls,
Ti spirit that there lies sleeping now

Barks that were launched on the other side, Muy rise like a giant, and make men bow And slipped from heaven on an ebbing tiile ! As to one Heaven-chosen among his peers.

What does he think of his mother's cyes ? My Šaul, than thy brethren taller and fairer, What does he think of his mother's hair ? Let me behold thee in future years !

What of the craille-roof, that Ries
Yet thy heal needeth a circlet rarer,

Forward and backward through the air !
Philip, my king ; -

What does he think of his mother's breast,

Bure and beautiful, smooth and white, A wreath, not of gold, but palm. One day, Seeking it ever with fresh delight, Philip, my king !

Cup of his life, and couch of his rest? Thou too must tread, as we trod, a way

What does he think wb her quick embrace Thoruy, and cruel, and cold, and gray;

Presses his hand and buries his face Rebels within thee and foes without

Deep where the heart-throbs sink and swell, Will snatch at thy crown.

But march

With a tenderness she can never tell,

on, glorions,

Though she murmur the words Martyr, yet monarch ! till angels shout,

Of all the birds, As thou sitt'st at the feet of God victorious,

Words she has learned to murmur well ?
“ Philip, the king!”

Now he thinks he'll to sleep!
I cau seu the shadow creep

DIXAN MARIA MULOCK CRAIK.

Over his eyes in soft eclipse,
Over his brow and over his lips,
Out to his little finger-tips !
Softly sinking, down he goes !
Dowu he goes ! down he goes !
See! he's hushed in sweet repose.

JOSIAH GILBERT HOLLAND.

CHOOSING A NAME. I have got a new-born sister ; I was nigh the first that kissed her. When the nursing-woman brought her To papa, his infant daughter, How papa's dear eyes did glisten !

will shortly be to christen ; And papa has made the offer, I shall have the naming of her.

Catchings up of legs and arms;
Throwings back-and small alarms;
Clutching fingers ; straightening jerks ;
Twining fect whose each toe works ;
Kickings up and straining risings ;
Mother's ever new surprisings;
Hands all wants and looks all wonder
At all things the heavens under ;
Tiny scorns of smiled reprovings
That have more of love than lovings;
Mischiefs done with such a winning
Archness that we prize such sinning;
Breakings dire of plates and glasses ;
Graspings small at all that passes;
Pullings off of all that 's able
To be caught from tray or table ;
Silences, - small meditations
Deep as thoughts of cares for nations ;
Breaking into wisest speeches
In a tongue that nothing teaches;
All the thoughts of whose possessing
Must be wooed to light by guessing;
Slumbers, – such sweet angel-scemings
That we'd ever have such dreamings ;
Till from sleep we see thee breaking,
And we'd always have thee waking;
Wealth for which we know no measure
Pleasure high above all pleasure ;
Gladness brimming over gladness ;
Joy in care ; delight in sadness;
Loveliness beyond completeness ;
Sweetness distancing all sweetness;
Beauty all that beauty may be ;-
That's May Bennett ; that's my baby.

Now I wonder what would please her, –
Charlotte, Julia, or Louisa?
Ann and Mary, they're too common;
Joan 's too formal for a woman ;
Jane 's a prettier name beside ;
But we had a Jane that diel.
They would say, if ’t was Rebecca,
That she was a little Quaker.
Elith 's pretty, but that looks
Better in old English books ;
Ellen's left off long ago ;
Blanche is out of fashion now.
None that I have named as yet
Are so good as Margaret.
Emily is neat and fine;
What do you think of Caroline ?
How I 'm puzzled and perplexed
What to choose or think of next!
I am in a little fever
Lest the name that I should give her
Should disgrace her or defame her ;
I will leave papa to name her.

WILLIAM Cox BENNETT.

A CRADLE HYMN.

ABBREVIATED FROM THE ORIGINAL.

MARY LAMB.

BABY MAY.

CHEERS as soft as July peaches;
Lips whose dewy scarlet teaches
Poppies paleness ; round large eyes
Ever great with new surprise ;
Minutes filled with shadeless glailness ;
Minutes just as brimmed with sadness ;
Happy smiles and wailing cries;
Crows, and laughs, and tearful eyes ;
Lights and shadows, swifter born
Than on wind-swept autumn corn ;
Ever some new tiny notion,
Making every limb all motion ;

Hush ! my dear, lie still, and slumber

Holy angels guard thy bed ! Heavenly blessings without nuniber

Gently falling on thy head. Sleep, my babe ; thy food and raiment,

House and home, thy friends provide ; All without thy care or payment,

All thy wants are well supplied. How much better thou 'rt attended

Than the Son of God could be, When from heaven he descended,

And became a child like theo.

Soft and easy is thy cradle :

Coarse and hard thy Saviour lay: When his birthplace was a stable,

And his softcst bed was hay.

See the kinder shepherds round him,

Will they go stumbling blinilly in the darkness Telling wonders from the sky!

Of Sorrow's tearful shades ? There they sought him, there they found him, or find the upland slopes of Peace and Beauty, With his virgin mother by.

Whose sunlight never fades?

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