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and Trek The beautiful prayer of this true Sister of Charity, in a church at

They demanaidnight, we have never forgotten since we read it, more than twenty ? one wherears ago; especially this passage : tendens 3

" Oh! let me walk the waves of this wild world,

Through faith unsinking ;-stretch thy saving hand
To a lone cast-away upon the sea,
Who hopes no resting-place except in heaven.
And oh! this holy calm,- this peace profound,
That sky so glorious in infinitude,
That countless host of softly-burning stars,
And all that floating universe of light,
Lift up my spirit far above the grave,

And tell me that my prayers are heard in heaven!" bted es eos

Magdalene first sees her lover die, and then dies also. The scene of
El the lover's death has this fine passage :-
" Frankfort.-A sweet mild voice is echoing far away

In the remotest regions of my soul :
'Tis clearer now, and now again it dies,
And leaves a silence smooth as any sea,

When all the stars of heaven are on its breast.
Magdalene.- We go to sleep, and shall awake with God!"
Her own death strikes consternation into the bereaved multitude :-

Woe and death
Have made that angel bright their prey at last!
But yesterday I saw her civenly face
Becalm a shrieking room with one sweet smile!
For her old age will tear his hoary locks,
And childhood murmur forth her holy name,

Weeping in sorrowful dreams!
Another Voice.-

Her soft hand closed
My children's eyes,- and when she turned to go,
The beauty of her weeping countenance
So sank into my heart, that I beheld
The little corpses with a kind of joy,
Assured by that compassionate angel's smile

That they had gone to heaven."
els are * They who assert that the City of the Plague has nothing but ghastly

ution and chilling images, can never have read its many passages of human

tenderness and deep pathos, nor those of lofty sublimity, from which

we must seize on one ere we take our leave of Wilson's poetry-the reste image of London at noon during the plague :

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1 Silent as nature's solitary glens

Slept the long streets, and mighty London seemed,
With all its temples, domes, and palaces,
Like some sublime assemblage of tall cliffs
That bring down the deep stillness of the heavens
To shroud them in the desert. Groves of masts
Rose through the brightness of the sun-smote river,
But all their flags were struck, and every sail
Was lowered. Many a distant land had felt
The sudden stoppage of that mighty heart.
Then thought I that the vain pursuits of man
Possessed a semblance of sublimity,
Thus suddenly o'erthrown; and as I looked
Down on the courts and markets, where the soul
of this world's business once roared like the sea,
That sound within my memory strove in vain,
Yet with a mighty power, to break the silence,
That like the shadow of a troubled sky,
Or moveless cloud of thunder, lay beneath me,
The breathless calm of universal death."

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The Address to a Wild Deer has often been quoted for its brave and buoyant picture of nature and nature's

“Magnificent creature! so stately and bright!" The Scholar's Farewell, and the Children's Dance-the scene of the first being Oxford, and of the last the vale of Grassmere-are delicious poems, full of the saddest and the most joyous pictures of human life. The music of the latter poem clings to the memory like the tone of sweet bells heard in youth's happiest hours. We could quote it all, but must content ourselves with two stanzas, limning the returning party and the happy poet amongst them :

“ O'er Loughrig cliffs I see one party climb,

Whose empty dwellings, through the hushed midnight,
Sleep in the shade of Langdale Pikes sublime,
Up Dunmail Raise, unmindful of the height,
His daughter in his arms, with footsteps light
The father walks, afraid lest she should wake!
Through lonely Easdale, past yon cots so white
On Helen Crag side, their journey others take;

And sone to those sweet homes that smile by Rydal Lake.
“ He too, the poet of this humble show,
Silent, walks homeward through the hours of rest,
While quiet as the depths of spotless snow,
A pensive, calm contentment fills his breast !
O wayward man! were he not truly blest!
That lake so still below, that sky above!
Unto his heart a sinless infant prest,
Whose ringlets like the glittering dew-wire move,

Floating and sinking soft amid the breath of love!" Meanwhile, the lion-like poet showed no signs of age; the step ag firm, the motion seemingly as lithe as ever, when, with one hand rested behind him, the other striking his staff upon the pavement, with broad-brimmed hat, and tawny length of hair, that fell almost to the shoulders, he passed majestic down the Bridges, to sun himself leisurely homeward along Prince's Street, through the stream of human life; to which “the old man eloquent was so well known as to seem scarcely any longer eccentric."

Thus we have before us his life in Edinburgh, his contest for the chair of Moral Philosophy there, which he so long and honourably occupied, his splendid writings in Blackwood, and his association with all the distinguished men of that literary corps and of the Scottish metropolis. The haunts of Wilson in town were the gathering places of genius and conviviality. In the country they were the mountains, the moors, and the streams. His tall and athletic form, and active and ardent character, marked him out for a deep enjoyment of all the loveliness of nature, and the sports of the wild. He had a head like the head of a Jupiter, as may be seen by the fine busts of him. His long locks fell in radiant volumes upon his shoulders; and in all his actions you saw the vigour, and joyous power and freedom of his nature. He was a great wrestler, a great angler, a great shooter, and a great walker. In life or in the pages of Blackwood, the angle and the gun were his companions, amid the most splendid and solitary scenery of the kingdom. At one time he was traversing the piny mountains, and the lonely lochs of the Highlands; at another strolling through the defiles of Patterdale, or scaling

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heights of Skiddaw. Once, taking refuge in a farm-house in the zu Declaration

*alands of Scotland, I was told that Professor Wilson and his wife Laille 23 done the same thing just before, on their way towards the Fordt ter t ern coast on foot, with a view to visit Staffa and Iona. With

1 and the w-appy family around him, John Wilson seemed for years to breathe if tes hing but the spirit of happiness and the full enjoyment of life. se o douring away at his lectures and his magazine articles, and parthe

ging the society of Edinburgh during the college terms, he was v

e r ready to fly off on their close to his beloved hills and streams. ** Edinburgh his house was for many years 6, Gloucester-place, in

-3 New Town. In the country his favourite abode was Elleray. Le but pain

** Many anecdotes of his manly humour, kindliness, and exploits of policie ysical vigour, are related of him in that neighbourhood : amongst har lagi bers, that he was once balloted for the local militia there, and E l clined finding a substitute, but chose to serve. Here, then, might

- seen the poet and philosopher passing his drill, and maneuvring

ink and file. He would attend for his ration and his tommy, and Det i cking them on the point of his bayonet, march down the town

here the regiment lay, and present them to the first old woman he et. For these vagaries he was called up before the officers to be

primanded; but the affair was sure to change very speedily from e, mai poate grave to a merry one, and to end by the officers inviting him to

artake of their mess. How long he continued to indulge his whim Learta sabatoes not appear.

Hogg gives somewhere a very amusing account of a week that he

pent with him at Elleray, where he says they had curious doings ke pet shot mong the gentlemen and the poets of the lakes. According to his tras litbe si ccount they used to ramble far and wide amongst the lakes and triking his wountains, fishing, and climbing, and talking, and would give each

Flembe ther a challenge to write a poem on some given subject, in the bestie dust de vening after dinner. Hogg's relation of these poetical contests is Prince's Store nost laughable. They seated themselves in separate rooms; but,

Old Buccording to a custom very common, and perhaps universal, amongst enxuttie," poets, of chanting their verses aloud as they form them, Hogg could its in Balways hear how the matter was progressing with his antagonist. That If the verse did not flow well, there was a dead silence; if it began in to flow and expand, there was heard a pleasant murmur, as of a

mountain streain. As the inspiration grew, and the work sped, tho W sound rose and swelled, like the breeze in the sonorous forest of lov "northern pines ; and when there was a passage of supposed pre

Ereminence of beauty and strength struck out, then it rose into at & grand and triumphal tide of song, like the wind pealing through

the mountain passes, or the ocean pouring in riotous joy on the

shore. When it reached so grand a climax, Hogg says he used to of a Jupe mit exclaim,-“There, it's all over with me; I'm done for !” and with

that he gave up the contest for the day, knowing that the case was sit hopeless.

This humming habit of poets is a singular characteristic. WordsChina worth, amongst the woods, and rocks, and solitary crags of Cumberthe gun menda land, might be heard murmuring to himself a music of his own; so

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that a stranger, seeing the grave and ancient man strolling along, often with a little bundle of sticks under his arm, that he has unconsciously gathered, and humming out some dimly intelligible stanzas in a breeze-like and Æolian-harp-like wildness of cadence, might take him for a very innocent old man, not over-burdened with business or other matters. Amongst the great luxuriant laurels that flourish round his house, you might trace his retired perambulations by his top-like humming, and say,

“ Over its own sweet voice the stock-dove broods." Southey's garden, and that of his only neighbour, were merely divided by a hedge. In the garden of the neighbour was sitting once with the neighbour a visitor from a distance, when a deep and mysterious booming, somewhat near, startled the stranger, and caused him to listen. Recollecting that they were near the lakes, the sound, which at first seemed most novel and unaccountable, anpeared to receive a solution; and the visitor exclaimed, -" What! have you bitterns here?” “Bitterns !” replied the host; "oh no ; it is only Southey humming his verses in the garden walk on the other side of the hedge !"

The cottage of Wilson at Elleray was a simple but elegant little villa, standing on high ground overlooking Windermere, but at the distance of some miles. As you approach Ambleside from Kendal, you pass, as you begin to descend the hill towards Lowood, a gate leading into a gentleman's grounds. The gateway is, on either side, hung with masses of the Ayrshire rose. There is a poetical look about the place; and that place was the country retreat of John Wilson. A carriage road, winding almost in a perfect circle, soon introduces you to a fine lawn, surrounded by plantations, and before you, on a swelling knoll, you discern the cottage. It is hung with ivy and Ayrshire roses ; and commands a splendid view over the lake and all the mountains round. At the back a plantation of larches ascends the hill, screening it from the north. At the foot of these plantations, and sheltered in their friendly bosom, lie the gardens, with bees, and pleasant nooks for reading or talk. Walks extend all through these woodlands, and one of them conducts you through the larch copse, up the hill, and from its sunimit beyond the house, gives you a most magnificent panoramic view of the whole country, with its mountains, and lakes, and plains, and the very ocean. In one direction, you have Morecomb Bay and Ulverstone Sands, with the Crags of Cartmell ; in another, Coniston and other Fells; then Eskdale Fells, Dunmail Raise ; Bow Fell, far beyond, and Langdale Pikes. In another you catch the summit of Skiddaw, and the lofty ridges in the neighbourhood of Patterdale, with Shap Fell. Below you is all the breadth and the scenery of Windermere.

Such a view is a perpetual enjoyment. The constant changes of cloud and sun cast over it a constant change of aspect. Now all is shining out airy, and clear, and brilliant; and now dark and solemn lie the shadows, black often as night, and wild from passing tempests, in the mysterious hollows of the hills. When you descend to

station the house, the scene around is made all the more soft and attractive Sie unich to the senses by the change from such immense range of vision, and

stern character of many of the objects presented. Here all is beauty

L and repose. The knoll on which the house stands is particularly i Elisha

round, and is well laid out in lawn and flower-beds. The house But itself is simple, and consists principally of one long room, which, by

32 folding-doors, can be formed into two, with a hall between them. a mga Behind this lie the kitchen and offices. At the end, next to

835,- Windermere, is a large bay window, overlooking the upper part of He said there the lake, towards Langdale and Coniston Fell. The window is pro

vided with seats for the full enjoyment of this splendid view. A is a sus pleasantly swelling slope descends to the meadows which lie between anden 3: its feet, and the house of the late Bishop Watson. The front door ter ich is in a bay window, lined with stands of plants, and having in direct at Deals view Ray Castle on the far side of the lake. jextinta Such is the poet's cottage at Elleray, in itself unostentatious, but ied most res surrounded by the magniticence of nature in the distance, and by snd the nato its quiet sweetness at hand. Years ago, when Mrs. Wilson was Bittems!'s living, and the children were young and about them, we can conceive bia varg i no happier spot of earth. No man was more formed to enjoy all that

life had to offer, both at home and abroad, in such scenery ; his wife

was a most charming woman, and his children full of spirit and prois mise. The affectionate tenderness which diffused itself through the Wir whole of Wilson's being, and the depth of that happiness which he I enjoyed here, are manifested in such poems as the Children's Dance, Patent and the Angler's Tent. When his tent was pitched in a Sabbath

e valley far off, he thus referred to the homes of both himself and his en companion, the poet of Rydal :

" Yet think not in this wild and fairy spot.

This mingled happiness of earth and heaven,
Which to our hearts this Sabbatb-day was given,
Think not that far-off friends were quite forgot
Helm Crag arose before our half-closed eyes,
With colours brighter than the brightening dove:
Beneath that guardian mount a cottage lies,
Encircled by a halo breathed from love!
And sweet that dwelling rests upon the brow,
Beneath that sycamore, of Orest hill,
As if it smiled on Windermere below,
Her green recesses and her islands still!
Thus gently blended many a human thought
With those that peace and solitude supplied,
Till in our heart the moving kindness wrought
With gradual influence like a flowing tide,
And for the lovely sound of human voice we sighed,"


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But the great charm and ornament of that house has vanished, the young steps have wandered forth, and found other homes; and it must now be a somewhat solitary spot to him who formerly found collected into it all that made life beautiful. Nay, steam, as little as time, has respected the sanctity of the poet's home, but has drawn up its roaring iron steeds opposite to its gate, and has menaced to rush through it, and lay waste its charmed solitude. In plain words, I saw the stakes of a projected railway running in an

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