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Like a poet hidden

In the light of thought,
Singing hymns unbidden,

Till the world is wrought
To sympathy with hopes and fears it heeded not;

Waking or asleep,

Thou of death must deem
Things more true and deep

Than we mortals dream,
Or how could thy notes flow in such a crystal

stream?

We look before and after,

Leave to the nightingale her shady wood ;
And pine for what is not ;

A privacy of glorious light is thine,
Our sincerest laughter

Whence thou dost pour upon the world a flood
With some pain is fraught;

Of harmony, with instinct more divine ; Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest Type of the wise, who soar, but never roam, thought.

True to the kindred points of Heaven and Home !

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH.

THE THRUSH.

Yet if we could scorn

Hate and pride and fear,
If we were things born

Not to shed a tear,
I know not how thy joy we ever should come near. Sweet bird ! that sing'st away the early hours

Of winters past or coming, void of care ;
Better than all measures

Well pleased with delights which present are,
Of delightful sound,

Fair seasons, budding sprays, sweet-smelling Better than all treasures

flowers, That in books are found,

To rocks, to springs, to rills, from leafy bowers Thy skill to poet were, thou scorner of the ground! Thou thy Creator's goodness dost declare,

Anul what dear gists on thee he did not spare, Teach me half the gladness

A stain to human sense in sin that lowers. That thy brain must know,

What soul can be so sick which by thy songs Such harmonious madness

(Attired in sweetness) sweetly is not driven From my lips would flow,

Quite to forget earth's turmoils, spites, and wrongs,
The world should listen then, as I am listening And lift a reverent eye and thought to heaven !

Sweet, artless songster! thou my mind dost raise
To airs of spheres, — yes, and to angels' lays.

now.

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY.

WILLIAM DRUMMOND.

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