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Was it a dream? or did my love behold
Indeed my lonely couch?—Methought the breath Fann'd not her bloodless lip; her eye was cold
And hollow, and the livery of death Invested her pale forehead. Sainted maid ! My thoughts oft rest with thee in thy cold grave, Through the long wintry night, when wind and
, wave Rock the dark house where thy poor head is laid. Yet, hush! my fond heart, hush! there is a shore
Of better promise; and I know at last,
When the long sabbath of the tomb is past, . We two shall meet in Christ—to part no more.
Saw'st thou that light? exclaim'd the youth, and
paused : Through yon dark firs it glanced, and on the stream That skirts the woods it for a moment play'd. Again, more light it gleam'd,—or does some sprite Delude mine eyes with shapes of wood and streams, And lamp far beaming through the thicket's gloom. As from some bosom’d cabin, where the voice Of revelry, or thrifty watchfulness, Keeps in the lights at this unwonted hour ? No sprite deludes mine eyes,—the beam now glows With steady lustre.-Can it be the moon
* These Fragments were written upon the back of his mathematical papers, during the last year of his life.
Who, hidden long by the invidious veil
Tie pious man, In this bad world, when mists and couchant storms Hide Heaven's fine circlet, springs aloft in faith Above the clouds that threat him, to the fields Of ether, where the day is never veil'd With intervening vapours, and looks down Serene upon the troublous sea, that hides The earth's fair breast, that sea whose nether face To groveling mortals frowns and darkens all; But on whose billowy back, from man conceal’d, The glaring sunbeam plays.
Lo! on the eastern summit, clad in gray,
And from his tower of mist,
There was a little bird upon that pile ;
The song was soft, yet cheerful, and most clear,
() PALE art thou, my lamp, and faint
· Thy melancholy ray:
Is walking on her way.
I throw aside the learned sheet,
Sad vestal, why art thou so fair,
Or why am I so frail ?
Methinks thou lookest kindly on me, Moon,
And cheerest my lone hours with sweet regards! Surely like me thou’rt sad, but dost not speak
Thy sadness to the cold unheeding crowd; So mournfully composed, o'er yonder cloud Thou shinest, like a cresset, beaming far From the rude watch-tower, o'er the Atlantic wave. O GIVE me music for my soul doth faint;
I'm sick of noise and care, and now mine ear Longs for some air of peace, some dying plaint,
That may the spirit from its cell unsphere.
Hark how it falls! and now it steals along,
Like distant bells upon the lake at eve, When all is still; and now it grows more strong,
As when the coral train their dirges weave, Mellow and many-voiced; where every close, O'er the old minster roof, in echoing waves re
flows. Oh! I am wrapt aloft. My spirit soars
Beyond the skies, and leaves the stars behind. Lo! angels lead me to the happy shores,
And floating pæans fill the buoyant wind. Farewell ! base earth, farewell! my soul is freed, Far from its clayey cell it springs,
And must thou go, and must we part?
Yes, Fate decrees, and I submit; The pang that rends in twain my heart,
i Oh, Fanny, dost thou share in it?
Thy sex is fickle, when away,
Some happier youth may win thy--
Au! who can say, however fair his view, .
Through what sad scenes his path may lie ?
Ah! who can give to others' woes his sigh, Secure his own will never need it too ?
Let thoughtless youth its seeming joys pursue,
Soon will they learn to scan with thoughtful eye
The illusive past and dark futurity; Soon will they know
Hush'd is the lyre--the hand that swept
The low and pensive wires, .
Yes—it is still—the lyre is still;
The spirit which its slumbers broke
Yet I would press you to my lips once more,
Ye wild, yet withering flowers of poesy; Yet would I drink the fragrance which ye pour,
Mix'd with decaying odours : for to me Ye have beguiled the hours of infancy,
As in the wood-paths of my native