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EDWIN AND ANGELINA.
Turn, gentle Hermit of the dale,
" And guide my lonely way, “ To where yon taper cheers the vale
“ With hospitable ray; « For here forlorn and loft I tread,
“ With fainting steps and Now, « Where wilds, immeasurably spread,
“ Seem length’ning as I go.” “ Forbear, my son,” the Hermit cries,
“ To tempt the dang'rous gloom ; “For yonder phantom only tlies
“ To lure thee to thy doom. “ Here, to the houseless child of want,
My door is open still; " And though my portion is but scant,
“ I give it with good will. 6. Then turn to-night, and freely share
“ Whate'er my cell bestows“ My rushy couch and frugal fare,
“ My blesling and repose.
« No flocks that range the valley free
“ To Naughter I condemn“ Taught by that Power that pities me,
“ I learn to pity them:. “ But from the mountain's grassy fide
“ A guiltless feast I bring" A scrip with herbs and fruits supply'd,
". And water from the spring. “ Then, Pilgrim, turn-thy cares forego
66 All earth-born cares are wrong“ Man wants but little here below,
“ Nor wants that little long."
His gentle accents fell:
And follows to the cell.
Far shelter'd in a glade obscure
The modeft mansion lay-
And strangers led aftray.
Requir'd a master's care-
Receiv'd the harmless pair.
To take their ev’ning reft,
And cheer'd his penfive gueft;
And spread his vegetable store,
And gaily prest and smil'd! And, skill'd in legendary lore,
The ling’ring hours beguild.
Its tricks the kitten tries;
The crackling faggot flies.
To soothe the stranger's woe;
And tears began to flow.
With answering care oppreft: “ And whence, unhappy youth,” he cry'd,
“ The sorrows of thy breaft? “ From better habitation spurn’d,
66 Reluctant doft thou rove? “ Or grieve for friendship unreturn'd,
“ Or unregarded love? “ Alas! the joys that fortune brings
“ Are trifling, and decay! “ And those who prize the paltry things,
“ More trifling till than they. " And what is friendship but a name
“ A charm that lulls to sleep “ A fhade that follows wealth or fame,
" And leaves the wretch to weep?
“ And love is still an emptier sound
“ The modern fair-one's jest; « On earth unseen, or only found
“ To warm the turtle's nest.
“ For shame, fond youth-thy sorrows hush,
" And spurn the sex,” he said; But while he spoke, a rising blush
His love-lorn guest betray'd.
Swift mantling to the view
As bright, as transient too.
Alternate spread alarms
A maid in all her charms !
“ And, ah! forgive a stranger rude,
“ A wretch forlorn,” she cried; « Whose feet unhallow'd thus intrude
" Where heaven and you reside: “ But let a maid thy pity share,
“ Whom love has taught to stray; 6. Who seeks for rest, but finds despair
« Companion of her way. 6. My father liv'd beside the Tyne,
“ A wealthy Lord was he; " And all his wealth was mark'd as minem
“ He had but only me.