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INITIATIONS OF IMMORTALITY.
The thought of our past years in me doth breed
Uphold us, cherish, and have power to make
To perish never;
Nor man, nor boy,
Hence, in a season of calm weather,
Can in a moment travel thither,
Ye that pipe and ye that play,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
And, O ye fountains, meadows, hills, and groves,
Forebode not any severing of our loves!
Yet in my heart of hearts I feel your might;
I only have relinquished one delight
To live beneath your more habitual sway.
I love the brooks which down their channels fret,
Even more than when I tripped lightly as they;
The innocent brightness of a new-born day
Is lovely yet; The clouds that gather round the setting sun Do take a sober coloring from an eye That hath kept watch o'er man's mortality; Another race hath been, and other palms are won
322 SONNET. — MESSIAH.
Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
SONNET. — Wordsworth.
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
A SACRED ECLOGUE.
Ye Nymphs of Solyma! begin the song:
Rapt into future times, the bard begun: A virgin shall conceive, a virgin bear a son! From Jesse's root behold a branch arise, Whose sacred flower with fragrance fills the skies; The ethereal spirit o'er its leaves shall move, And on its top descends the mystic dove. Ye heavens, from high the dewy nectar pour, And in soft silence shed the kindly shower! The sick and weak the healing plant shall aid, From storms a shelter, and from heat a shade. All crimes shall cease, and ancient fraud shall fail; Returning Justice lift aloft her scale; Peace o'er the world her olive wand extend, And white-robed Innocence from heaven descend. Swift fly the years, and rise the expected morn! O, spring to light, auspicious babe, be born! See, Nature hastes her earliest wreaths to bring, With all the incense of the breathing spring! See lofty Lebanon his head advance! See nodding forests on the mountains dance! See spicy clouds from lowly Saron rise, And Carmel's flowery top perfume the skies! Hark! a glad voice the lonely desert cheers: Prepare the way! a God, a God appears! A God, a God! the vocal hills reply, The rocks proclaim the approaching Deity. Lo, earth receives him from the bending skies! Sink down, ye mountains, and ye valleys, rise! With heads declined, ye cedars, homage pay! Be smooth, ye rocks S ye rapid floods, give way! The Saviour comes, by ancient bards foretold: Hear him, ye deaf, and all ye blind, behold S He from thick films shall purge the visual ray, And on the sightless eyeball pour the day: 'T is he the obstructed paths of sound shall clear, And bid new music charm the unfolding ear:
The dumb shall sing, the lame his crutch forego.
And leap exulting, like the bounding roe.
No sigh, no murmur, the wide world shall hear; From every face he wipes off every tear. In adamantine chains shall Death be bound, And Hell's grim tyrant feel the eternal wound. As the good shepherd tends his fleecy care, Seeks freshest pasture and the purest air, Explores the lost, the wandering sheep directs, By day o'ersees them and by night protects, The tender lambs he raises in his arms, Feeds from his hand, and in his bosom warms;
Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage, The promised father of the future age. No more shall nation against nation rise, Nor ardent warriors meet, with hateful eyes, Nor fields with gleaming steel be covered o'er, The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more;But useless lances into scythes shall bend, And the broad falchion in a ploughshare end. Then palaces shall rise; the joyful son Shall finish what his short-lived sire begun;
Their, vines a shadow to their race shall yield, And the same hand that sowed shall reap the field. The swain in barren deserts, with surprise, Sees lilies spring, and sudden verdure rise;And starts, amid the thirsty wilds to hear New falls of water murmuring in h:s ear.
On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes, The green reed trembles, and the bulrush nods. Waste sandy valleys, once perplexed with thorn, The spiry fir and shapely box adorn:
To leafless shrubs the flowering palms succeed, And odorous myrtle to the noisome weed. The lambs with wolves shall graze the verdan mead, And boys in flowery bands the tiger lead;