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· Thus far have I pursued my solemn theme

With self-rewarding toil, thus far have sung Of godlike deeds, far loftier than beseem

The lyre which I in early days have strung :

And now my spirit's faint, and I have hung The shell, that solaced me in saddest hour, On the dark cypress! and the strings which

rung With Jesus' praise, their harpings now are o'er, Or, when the breeze comes by, moan and are

heard no more.

And must the harp of Judah sleep again?

Shall I no more reanimate the lay? Oh! thou who visitest the sons of men,

Thou who dost listen when the humble pray,

One little space prolong my mournful day! One little lapse suspend thy last decree!

I am a youthful traveller in the way, . And this slight boon would consecrate to thee, Ere I with Death shake hands, and smile that I

am free.

LINES WRITTEN ON A SURVEY OF THE

HEAVENS,

IN THE MORNING BEFORE DAYBREAK.

Ye many twinkling stars, who yet do hold Your brilliant places in the sable vault Of night's dominions !—Planets, and central orbs Of other systems !—big as the burning sun Which lights this nether globe,—yet to our eye Small as the glowworm's lamp!—To you I raise My lowly orisons, while, all bewilderd, My vision strays o'er your ethereal hosts ; Too vast, too boundless for our narrow mind, Warp'd with low prejudices, to unfold, And sagely comprehend. Thence higher soaring, Through ye I raise my solemn thoughts to Him, The mighty Founder of this wondrous maze, The great Creator! Him! who now sublime, Wrapt in the solitary amplitude Of boundless space, above the rolling spheres Sits on his silent throne and meditates.

The angelic hosts, in their inferior Heaven, Hymn to the golden harps his praise sublime, Repeating loud, “ The Lord our God is great," In varied harmonies.--The glorious sounds Roll o'er the air serene—The Æolian spheres, Harping along their viewless boundaries,

Catch the full note, and cry, “ The Lord is great,"
Responding to the Seraphim. O'er all
From orb to orb, to the remotest verge
Of the created world, the sound is borne,
Till the whole universe is full of Him.

Oh! 'tis this heavenly harmony which now
In fancy strikes upon my listening ear,
And thrills my inmost soul. It bids me smile
On the vain world, and all its bustling cares,
And gives a shadowy glimpse of future bliss.

Oh! what is man, when at ambition's height,
What even are kings, when balanced in the scale
Of these stupendous worlds! Almighty God!
Thou, the dread author of these wondrous works!
Say, canst thou cast on me, poor passing worms
One look of kind benevolence ?-Thou canst : .
For Thou art full of universal love,
And in thy boundless goodness wilt impart
Thy beams as well to me as to the proud,
The pageant insects of a glittering hour.

Oh! when reflecting on these truths sublime, How insignificant do all the joys, The gauds, and honours of the world appear ! How vain ambition! Why has my wakeful lamp Outwatch'd the slow-paced night ?-Why on the

page, The schoolman's labour'd page, have I employ'd The hours devoted by the world to rest, And needful to recruit exhausted nature ? Say, can the voice of narrow Fame repay

The loss of health ? or can the hope of glory
Lend a new throb into my languid heart,
Cool, even now, my feverish aching brow,
Relume the fires of this deep sunken eye,
Or paint new colours on this pallid cheek?

Say, foolish one-can that unbodied fame,
For which thou barterest health and happiness,
Say, can it soothe the slumbers of the grave ?
Give a new zest to bliss, or chase the pangs
Of everlasting punishment condign?
Alas ! how vain are mortal man's desires !
How fruitless his pursuits ! Eternal God !
Guide thou my footsteps in the way of truth,
And oh ! assist me so to live on earth,
That I may die in peace, and claim a place
In thy high dwelling.--All but this is folly,
The vain illusions of deceitful life.

LINES SUPPOSED TO BE SPOKEN BY A LOVER

AT THE GRAVE OF HIS MISTRESS.

OCCASIONED BY A SITUATION IN A ROMANCE.

Mary, the moon is sleeping on thy grave,
And on the turf thy lover sad is kneeling,
The big tear in his eye.—Mary, awake,
From thy dark house arise, and bless his sight
On the pale moonbeam gliding. Soft, and low,
Pour on the silver ear of night thy tale,

Thy whisper'd tale of comfort and of love,
To soothe thy Edward's lorn, distracted soul,
And cheer his breaking heart.—Come, as thou

didst,
When o'er the barren moors the night wind howld,
And the deep thunders shook the ebon throne
Of the startled night!_0! then, as lone reclining,
I listen'd sadly to the dismal storm,
Thou on the lambent lightnings wild careering
Didst strike my moody eye;—dead pale thou wert,
Yet passing lovely.-Thou didst smile upon me,
And oh! thy voice it rose so musical,
Betwixt the hollow pauses of the storm,
That at the sound the winds forgot to rave,
And the stern demon of the tempest, charm’d,
Sunk on his rocking throne to still repose,
Lock'd in the arms of silence.

Spirit of her! My only love! O! now again arise, And let once more thine aëry accents fall Soft on my listening ear. The night is calm, The gloomy willows wave in sinking cadence With the stream that sweeps below. Divinely swellOn the still air, the distant waterfall [ing Mingles its melody ;-and, high above, The pensive empress of the solemn night, Fitful, emerging from the rapid clouds, Shows her chaste face in the meridian sky. No wicked elves upon the Warlock-knoll Dare now assemble at their mystic revels.

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