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POEMS OF NATURE.

Jeans, idle tears, I know not what they mean, Tears from the depth of some dirine despoir Rise in the heart & gather to the eyes

on the happy autumn fields,

In looking And thinking

on the

days that

are no more.

CHILD MEMORIAL LIBRARY

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POEMS

OF NATURE.

WORLDLINESS.

INVOCATION TO LIGHT.

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH.

The World is too much with us; late and soon, Hall, holy Light, offspring of Heaven first-born!

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers; Or of the Eternal coeternal beam
Little we see in nature that is ours ;

May I express thee unblamed ? since God is light,
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon! And never but in unapproachéd light
This sea that bares her bosom to the moon,

Dwelt from eternity, dwelt then in thee,

Bright effluence of bright essence increate. The winds that will be howling at all hours And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers, whose fountain who shall tell ? before the sun,

Or hear’st thou rather pure ethereal stream, For this, for everything, we are out of tune;

Before the heavens, thou wert, and at the voice It moves us not. -Great God! I'd rather be Of God, as with a mantle, didst invest A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn,

The rising world of waters dark and deep, So might I, standing on this pleasant lea, Won from the void and formless infinite.

Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn; Thee I revisit now with bolder wing,
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea ; Escaped the Stygian pool, though long detained
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathéd horn. In that obscure sojourn, while in my flight

Through utterand through middle darkness borne,
With other notes than to the Orphean lyre,
I sung of Chaos and eternal Night,

Taught by the heavenly Muse to venture down
DAYBREAK.

The dark descent, and up to reascend, A WIND came up out of the sea,

Though hard and rare : thee I revisit safe, And said, “O mists, make room for me!”

And feel thy sovereign vital lamp ; but thou

Revisitest not these eyes, that roll in vain It hailed the ships, and cried, “Sail on, To find thy piercing ray, and find no dawn ; Ye mariners, the night is gone."

So thick a drop serene hath quenched their orbs, And hurried landward far away,

Or dim suffusion veiled. Yet not the more Crying, “Awake! it is the day.”

Cease I to wander where the Muses haunt

Clear spring, or shady grove, or sunny hill, It said unto the forest, “Shout!

Smit with the love of sacred song ; but chief Hang all your leafy banners out!”

Thee, Sion, and the flowery brooks beneath, It touched the wood-bird's folded wing,

That wash thy hallowed feet, and warbling flow, And said, “O bird, awake and sing!”

Nightly I visit : nor sometimes forget

Those other two equalled with me in fate,
And o'er the farms, “O chanticleer, So were I equalled with them in renown,
Your clarion blow; the day is near !" Blind Thamyris and blind Mæonides,
It whispered to the fields of corn,

And Tiresias and Phineus, prophets old : “Bow down, and hail the coming morn!”

Then feed on thoughts that voluntary move

Harmonious numbers ; as the wakeful bird It shouted through the belfry-tower, Sings darkling, and in shadiest covert hid “Awake, O bell! proclaim the hour." Tunes her nocturnal note. Thus with the year

Seasons return, but not to me returns
It crossed the churchyard with a sigh,
And said, “Not yet! in quiet lie.”

Day, or the sweet approach of even or morn,
Or sight of vernal bloom, or summer's rose,

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW.

Or flocks, or herds, or human face divine ;

The whistling ploughman stalks afield ; and, But cloud, instead, and ever-during dark,

hark ! Surrounds me, from the cheerful ways of men Down the rough slope the ponderous wagon Cut off, and for the book of knowledge fair

rings ; Presented with a universal blank

Through rustling corn the hare astonished Of nature's works, to me expunged and rased,

springs ; And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out. Slow tolls the village-clock the drowsy hour; So much the rather thou, celestial Light,

The partridge bursts away on whirring wings ; Shine inward, and the mind through all her powers Deep mourns the turtle in sequestered bower, Irradiate ; there plant eyes, all mist from thence And shrill lark carols clear from her aerial tower. Purge and disperse, that I may see and tell

JAMES BEATTIE. Of things invisible to mortal sight.

MILTON.

THE SABBATH MORNING.

PACK CLOUDS AWAY.

Pack clouds away, and welcome day,

With night we banish sorrow;
Sweet air, blow soft ; mount, lark, aloft,

To give my love good morrow.
Wings from the wind to please her mind,

Notes from the lark I 'll borrow :
Bird, prune thy wing ; nightingale, sing,

To give my love good morrow.
To give my love good morrow,
Notes from them all I 'll borrow.

With silent awe I hail the sacred morn,
That slowly wakes while all the fields are still !
A soothing calm on every breeze is borne ;
A graver murmur gurgles from the rill;
And echo answers softer from the hill ;
And softer sings the linnet from the thorn :
The skylark warbles in a tone less shrill.
Hail, light serene ! hail, sacred Sabbath morn!
The rooks float silent by in airy drove ;
The sun a placid yellow lustre throws ;
The gales that lately sighed along the grove
Have hushed their downy wings in dead repose ;
The hovering rack of clouds forgets to move,
So smiled the day when the first morn arose !

DR. JOHN LEYDEN.

Wake from thy nest, robin redbreast,

Sing, birds, in every furrow ; And from each hill let music shrill

Give my fair love good morrow. Blackbird and thrush in every bush,

Stare, linnet, and cock-sparrow,
You pretty elves, amongst yourselves,

Sing my fair love good morrow.
To give my love good morrow,
Sing, birds, in every furrow.

THOMAS HEYWCOD.

REVE DU MIDI.

WHEN o'er the mountain steeps
The hazy noontide creeps,
And the shrill cricket sleeps
Under the grass ;
When soft the shadows lie,
And clouds sail o'er the sky,

And the idle winds go by,
With the heavy scent of blossoms as they pass, -

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Then, when the silent stream
Lapses as in a dream,
And the water-lilies gleam
Up to the sun ;
When the hot and burdened day
Rests on its downward way,

When the moth forgets to play,
And the plodding ant may dream her work is

done,

The cottage curs at early pilgrim bark ;
Crowned with her pail the tripping milkmaid

sings;

Then, from the noise of war
And the din of earth afar,
Like some forgotten star
Dropt from the sky,
The sounds of love and fear,

The chime of bells remote, the murmuring sea,

The song of birds in whispering copse and wood, The distant voice of children's thoughtless glee,

And maiden's song, are all one voice of good. Amid the leaves' green mass a sunny play

Of flash and shadow stirs like inward life ; The ship’s white sail glides onward far away, Unhaunted by a dream of storm or strife.

JOHN STERLING

All voices sad and clear,

Banished to silence drear,
The willing thrall of trances sweet I lie.

Some melancholy gale
Breathes its mysterious tale,
Till the rose's lips grow pale
With her sighs ;
And o'er my thoughts are cast
Tints of the vanished past,

Glories that faded fast,
Renewed to splendor in my dreaming eyes.

As poised on vibrant wings,
Where its sweet treasure swings,
The honey-lover clings
To the red flowers,
So, lost in vivid light,
So, rapt from day and night,

I linger in delight,
Enraptured o'er the vision-freighted hours.

THE MIDGES DANCE ABOON THE BURN.

The midges dance aboon the burn;

The dews begin to fa';
The pairtricks down the rushy holm

Set up their e'ening ca'.
Now loud and clear the blackbird's sang

Rings through the briery shaw,
While, flitting gay, the swallows play

Around the castle wa'.

ROSE TERRY.

ROBERT TANNAHILL.

Beneath the golden gloamin' sky
NOONTIDE.

The mavis mends her lay ;

The redbreast pours his sweetest strains BENEATH a shivering canopy reclined,

To charm the lingering day; Of aspen-leaves that wave without a wind,

While weary yeldrins seem to wail I love to lie, when lulling breezes stir

Their little nestlings torn, The spiry cones that tremble on the fir;

The merry wren, frae den to den,
Or wander mid the dark-green fields of broom,

Gaes jinking through the thorn.
When peers in scattered tufts the yellow bloom ;
Or trace the path with tangling furze o'errun,

The roses fauld their silken leaves,
When bursting seed-bells crackle in the sun,

The foxglove shuts its bell; And pittering grasshoppers, confus’dly shrill,

The honeysuckle and the birk Pipe giddily along the glowing hill :

Spread fragrance through the dell. Sweet grasshopper, who lov'st at noon to lie

Let others crowd the giddy court Serenely in the green-ribbed clover's eye,

Of mirth and revelry, To sun thy filmy wings and emerald vest,

The simple joys that nature yields
Unseen thy form, and undisturbed thy rest,

Are dearer far to me.
Oft have I listening mused the sultry day,
And wondered what thy chirping song might say,
When naught was heard along the blossomed lea,
To join thy music, save the listless bee.

THE EVENING WIND.
DR. JOHN LEYDEN.

Spirit that breathest through my lattice , thou

That cool'st the twilight of the sultry day! ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY.

Gratefully flows thy freshness round my brow;

Thou hast been out upon the deep at play, O UNSEEN Spirit ! now a calm divine

Riding all day the wild blue waves till now, Comes forth from thee, rejoicing earth and air ! Roughening their crests, and scattering high Trees, hills, and houses, all distinctly shine, And thy great ocean slumbers everywhere. And swelling the white sail. I welcome thee

To the scorched land, thou wanderer of the sea ! The mountain ridge against the purple sky Stands clear and strong, with darkened rocks Nor I alone, a thousand bosoms round and dells,

Inhale thee in the fulness of delight ; And cloudless brightness opens wide and high And languid forms rise up, and pulses bound

A home aerial, where thy presence dwells. Livelier, at coming of the wind of night;

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