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And the heavy night hung dark

The hills and waters o'er,
When a band of exiles moored their bark

On the wild New England shore.

Not as the conqueror comes,

They, the true-hearted, came; Not with the roll of stirring drums,

And the trumpet that sings of fame;

Not as the flying come,

In silence and in fear, — They shook the depths of the desert's gloom

With their hymns of lofty cheer. Amidst the storm they sang, And the stars heard and the sea! And the sounding aisles of the dim wood rang To the anthems of the free!

The ocean-eagle soared

From his nest by the white wave's foam, And the rocking pines of the forest roared, —

This was their welcome home!

There were men with hoary hair

Amidst that pilgrim-band; — Why had they come to wither there,

Away from their childhood's land?

There was woman's fearless eye,

Lit by her deep love's truth;
There was manhood's brow serenely high,

And the fiery heart of youth.

138 A Child's First Impression Of A Star.

What sought they thus afar?

Bright jewels of the mine?
The wealth of seas, the spoils of war?— They sought a faith's pure shrine!

Ay, call it holy ground,

The soil where first they trod!
They have left unstained what there they found, •

Freedom to worship God'


She had been told that God made all the stars That twinkled up in heaven, and now she stood Watching the coming of the twilight on, As if it were a new and perfect world, And this were its first eve. How beautiful Must be the work of nature to a child In its first fresh impression! Laura stood By the low window, with the silken lash Of her soft eye upraised, and her sweet mouth Half parted with the new and strange delight Of beauty that she could not comprehend, And had not seen before. The purple folds Of the low sunset clouds, and the blue sky That looked so still and delicate above, Filled her young heart with gladness, and the eve Stole on with its deep shadows, and she still Stood looking at the west with that half smile, As if a pleasant thought were at her heart. Presently, in the edge of the last tint Of sunset, where the blue was melted in

To the first golden mellowness, a star
Stood suddenly. A laugh of wild delight
Burst from her lips, and, putting up her hands,
Her simple thought broke forth expressively, —
"Father, dear father, God has made a star."


Sleep breathes at last from out thee,
My little, patient boy!
And balmy rest about thee
Smooths off the day's annoy.
I sit me down, and think
Of all thy winning ways;
Yet almost wish, with sudden shrink,
That I had less to praise.

Thy sidelong, pillowed meekness,
Thy thanks to all that aid,
Thy heart, in pain and weakness,
Of fancied faults afraid,
The little trembling hand
That wipes thy quiet tears, —
These, these are things that may demand
Dread memories for years.

Sorrows I Ve had, severe ones
I will not think of now;
And calmly, midst my dear ones,
Have wasted with dry brow;
But when thy fingers press,
And pat my stooping head,
I cannot bear the gentleness, —
The tears are in their bed.


Ah! first-born of thy mother,
When life and hope were new!
Kind playmate of thy brother,
Thy sister, father, too!
My light where'er I go,
My bird when prison-bound, —
My hand-in-hand companion, — no,
My prayers shall hold thee round,

To say, "He has departed," —
"His voice," —" his face," — " is gone,;
To feel impatient-hearted,
Yet feel we must bear on;
Ah! I could not endure
To whisper of such woe,
Unless I felt this sleep insure
That it will not be so.

Yes, still he's fixed and sleeping!
This silence too the while, —
Its very hush and creeping
Seem whispering us a smile; —
Something divine and dim
Seems going by one's ear,
Like parting wings of cherubim,

Who say, —-" We've finished here."


To fair Fidele's grassy tomb

Soft maids and village hinds shall bring Each opening sweet, of earliest bloom,

And rifle all the breathing spring.

No wailing ghost shall dare appear
To vex with shrieks this quiet grove;

But shepherd lads assemble here,
And youthful virgins own their love.

No withered witch shall here be seen,
No goblins lead their nightly crew;

The female fays shall haunt the green,
And dress thy grave with pearly dew.

The redbreast oft at evening's hours
Shall kindly lend his little aid, With hoary moss, and gathered flowers,
To deck the ground where thou art laid.

When howling winds, and beating rain,
In tempests shake thy sylvan cell;Or 'midst the chase on every plain,

The tender thought on thee shall dwell;

Each lonely scene shall thee restore,
For thee the tear be duly shed;Beloved, till life can charm no more;
And mourned, till Pity's self be dead.



Many a year is in its grave,
Since I crossed this restless wave;
And the evening, fair as ever,
Shines on ruin, rock, and river.

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