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Then steal away with eyes that glisten,
Again to linger round and listen.
Oh! can she bear to think that he
Whom she has loved so tenderly,
Her only earthly hope and stay,
For ever should be wrench'd away?
No, no!-to such o'erpowering grief
Oblivion brings a short relief:
She hears no sound, all objects swim
Before her sight confused and dim;
She feels each sick’ning sense decay,
Sinks shudd'ring down, and faints away!
Her child revives,-its fit is o'er ;
When with affrighted zeal it tries
By voice and kisses to restore
The mother's dormant faculties;
Till nature's tides with quicken'd force
Resume their interrupted course :
Her eyes she
opens, sees her boy,
Gazes with sense-bewilder'd start,
Utters a thrilling cry of joy,
Clasps him in transport to her heart,
Stamps kisses on his mouth, his cheek,
Looks up to heaven, and tries to speak;
But voice is drown'd in heaving throbs,
Outgushing tears, and gasping sobs.
THE SUN'S ECLIPSE.JULY 8TH, 1842.
'Tis cloudless morning, but a frown misplaced,
The summer smile from Nature's brow hath chased.
What fearful change,
What menacing catastrophe is thus
Usher'd by such prognostics ominous ?
Is it the light of day, this livid glare,
What means the withering coldness in the air
That chills my heart,
And what the gloom portentous that hath made
The glow of morning a funereal shade!
O’er the Sun's disc a dark orb wins its slow
The god of day
Hangs in the sky, a corpse! th' usurper's might
Hath storm'd his throne, and quench'd the life of light!
A pall is on the earth the screaming birds
To covert speed;
Bewilder'd and aghast, the bellowing herds
Rush o'er the mead ;
While men, pale shadows in the ghastly gloom,
Seem spectral forms just risen from the tomb.
Transient, tho’ total was that drear eclipse :
With might restored
The Sun re-gladden'd earth—but human lips
Have never pour’d
In mortal ears the horrors of the sight
That thrill'd my soul that memorable night.
To every distant zone and fulgent star
Mine eyes could reach,
And the wide waste was one chaotic war;
O’er all and each,
'Twas noon, and yet a deep unnatural night
Save where some orb unsphered, or satellite
Glared as it darted through the darkness dread,
A thousand simultaneous thunders crash'd,
As here and there
Some rushing planet 'gainst another dash'd,
Shooting thro' air
Volleys of shatter'd wreck, when, both destroy'd,
Founder'd and sank in the engulphing void.