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Sunshine and shower be with you, bud and bell !
WRITTEN IN MY POCKET-COPY OF THOMSON'S CASTLE OF
For never sun on living creature shone
Who more devout enjoyment with us took : And she will prize this Bower, this Indian shed, Here on his hours he hung as on a book, Our own contrivance, Building without peer ! On his own time here would he float away, --A gentle Maid, whose heart is lowly bred, As doth a fly upon a summer brook ; Whose pleasures are in wild fields gathered, But go to-morrow, or belike to-day, With joyousness, and with a thoughtful cheer, Seek for him,--he is filed ; and whither none can Will come to you ; to you herself will wed;
say. And love the blessed life that we lead here.
Thus often would he leave our peaceful home, Dear Spot! which we have watched with tender heed, | And find elsewhere his business or delight; Bringing thee chosen plants and blossoms blown Out of our Valley's limits did he roam : Among the distant mountains, flower and weed, Full many a time, upon a stormy night, Which thou hast taken to thee as thy own, His voice came to us from the neighbouring height: Making all kindness registered and known; Oft could we see him driving full in view Thou for our sakes, though Nature's child indeed, | At mid-day when the sun was shining bright; Fair in thyself and beautiful alone,
What ill was on him, what he had to do, Hast taken gifts which thou dost little need. A mighty wonder bred among our quiet crew.
My calmest faith escapes not pain ;
For thus to see thee nodding in the air,
The Man who makes this feverish complaint
Is one of giant stature, who could dance
Equipped from head to foot in iron mail.
Ah gentle Love! if ever thought was thine Tis said, that some have died for love :
To store up kindred hours for me, thy face And here and there a church-yard grave is found Turn
Turn from me, gentle Love ! nor let me walk In the cold north's unhallowed ground,
| Within the sound of Emma's voice, nor know Because the wretched man himself had slain,
Such happiness as I have known to-day.