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Bud and harvest, bloom and vintage,
These, like man, are fruits of earth;

Stamped in clay, a heavenly mintage,
All from dust receive their birth.

Barn, and mill, and wine-vat's treasures, Earthly goods for earthly lives,
These are Nature's ancient pleasures, These her child from her derives.

What the dream, but vain rebelling, If from earth we sought to flee?
JT is our stored and ample dwelling,

5T is from it the skies we see.

Wind and frost, and hour and season,
Land and water, sun and shade, —

Work with these, as bids thy reason,
For they work thy toil to aid.

Sow thy seed and reap in gladness!

Man himself is all a seed;
Hope and hardship, joy and sadness,

Slow the plant to ripeness lead.

HELLVELLYN.— Sir W. Scott.

In 1805, a young gentleman, who was fond of wandering amidst the romantic scenery of the "Lake District," in the counties of Westmoreland and Cumberland, in England, lost his way on the Hellvellyn Mountains, and perished there. Three months afterwards his remains were found, guarded by a faithful terrier-dog, the sole companion of his rambles.

I Climbed the dark brow of the mighty Hellvellyn, Lakes and mountains beneath me gleamed misty and wide;

186 HELLVELLYN.

All was still, save by fits, when the eagle was yelling,

And starting around me the echoes replied. On the right, Striden-edge* round the Red-tarn was

bending, And Cat jhedicam^ its left verge was defending, One huge, nameless rock in the front was ascending, When I marked the sad spot where the wanderer had died.

Dark green was the spot, 'mid the brown mountain heather,

Where the pilgrim of nature lay stretched in decay, Like the corpse of an outcast abandoned to weather,

Till the mountain winds wasted the tenantless clay. Nor yet quite deserted, though lonely extended, For, faithful in death, his mute favorite attended, The much-loved remains of her master defended,

And chased the hill-fox and the raven away.

How long didst thou think that his silence was slumber? When the wind waved his garment, how oft didst thou start? How many long days and long weeks didst thou number, Ere he faded before thee, the friend of thy heart? And, O, was it meet, that — no requiem read o'er him, No mother to weep, and no friend to deplore him, And thou, little guardian, alone stretched before him — Unhonored the pilgrim from life should depart?

When a prince to the fate of a peasant has yielded
The tapestry waves dark round the dim-lighted hall;

With scutcheons of silver the coffin is shielded,
And pages stand mute by the canopied pall;

* Hills in the Lake District.

Through the courts, at deep midnight, the torches are

gleaming, In the proudly-arched chapel the banners are beaming, Far down the long aisle sacred music is streaming, Lamenting a chief of the people should fall.

But meeter for thee, gentle lover of nature,

To lay down thy head like the meek mountain lamb; When, wildered, he drops from some cliff huge in stature, And draws his last sob by the side of his dam; And more stately thy couch by this desert lake lying, Thy obsequies sung by the gray plover flying, With one faithful friend but to witness thy dying, In the arms of Hellvellyn and Catchedicam.

THE REAPER AND THE FLOWERS. — Longfellow.

There is a reaper, whose name is Death,

And, with his sickle keen,
He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,

And the flowers that grow between.

"Shall I have nought that is fair?" saith he;

"Have nought but the bearded grain? Though the breath of these flowers is sweet to me,

I will give them all back again."

He gazed at the flowers with tearful eyes,

He kissed their drooping leaves; It was for the Lord of Paradise

He bound them in his sheaves

188 THE FLOWERS OF THE FOREST.

"My Lord has need of these flowerets gay,"

The reaper said, and smiled;
"Dear tokens of the earth are they, Where he was once a child.

"They shall all bloom in fields of light,

Transplanted by my care,
And saints, upon their garments white,

These sacred blossoms wear."

And the mother gave, in tears and pain,
The flowers she most did love;

She knew she should find them all again
In the fields of light above.

O, not in cruelty, not in wrath,

The reaper came that day;
'T was an angel visited the green earth,

And took the flowers away.

THE FLOWERS OF THE FOREST. - Mrs. Cockburn.

I 've seen the smiling of Fortune beguiling,
I 've felt all its favors, and found its decay;

Sweet is her blessing, and kind her caressing,
But soon it is fled, — it is fled far away.

I 've seen the forest adorned of the foremost

With flowers of the fairest, both pleasant and gay;Full sweet was their blooming, their scent the air perfuming; But now they are withered, and a' vvede away.

I 've seen the morning with gold the hills adorning, And loud tempest storming before the mid-day; —

I Ve seen Tweed's silver streams, glittering in the sunny beams, Grow drumly* and dark, as he rolled on his way,

O fickle fortune! why this cruel sporting?

O, why thus perplex us poor sons of a day? No more your smiles can cheer me, no more your frowns can fear me,

Since the flowers of the forest are a' wede away.

THE TRAGEDY OP THE LAC DE GAUBE.—MUnes.

The marriage-blessing on their brows,

Across the channel seas,
And lands of gay Garonne, they reach

The pleasant Pyrenees;
He into boyhood born again,

A child of joy and life;
And she a happy English girl,

A happier English wife.

They loiter not where Argeles,

The chestnut-crested plain,
Unfolds its robe of green and gold

In pasture, grape, and grain;
But on and up, where nature's heart

Beats strong amid the hills,
They pause, — contented with the wealth

That either bosom fills.

* Discolored,

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