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ANASTASIUS TO HIS CHILD, ALEXIS, SLEEPING.
Sleep, oh, sleep, my dearest one, I think of all I am, the while,
While I watch thy placid slumbers, Of guilt's dark hours, and life all And pour, in low and pensive tone,
blasted, To lull thee, wild and plaintive And thou the only thing to smile numbers.
Upon the heart, so wildly wasted: If my tears thy pillow steep,
Oh, what can tell the rush of thought, Sleep--thou canst not see me weep! With joy, grief, rapture, anguish,
fraught! Thy cheek is pillow'd on mine arm,
As if secure that thee it shielded, But with a thrill of keener pain, And there a flush more deeply warm A shuddering dread has now o'erThe pressure to its tint hath yielded :
come me, Thy hand, which mine did lately clasp, That dries those kindly tears again, Dwells there, relaxing in its grasp. Oh, should the future tear thee from
me! I love to view thy beauteous face, Ah me, ab me! I hold thee nowTo cheer me thro' the day's long Shall I ask ever-where art thou?
toiling; I love its every change to trace, I cannot call thee back again, Shaded by thought - in pleasure Nor o'er again these joys be living, smiling:
And thousand worlds were pledg'd in Amid the world, with pride I see
vain, All eyes do homage unto thee:
To give what now this hour is giving;
But I shall writhe in fruitless woe, But, oh, this hour is most-most dear, With pangs, which-no, I do not know.
When, even from the friendly stealing, I seek my only pleasure here,
Yet wherefore thus perversely run And fix on thee my every feeling; To boded ill from present pleasure? When thou dost seem all-all mine I know not why; but lives there one,
Who binds his life in one rich treaTo live, breathe, smile, for me alone.
Whom the wild thought has never And, oh, to guard thee thus from ill,
crost, No other joy can rank before it. “ What should I feel, were this but When ev'n thy sleep seems conscious
lost ?” still How true a love is watching o'er it! Should he now wake, and see my face Such perfect confidence is shown
So chang'd by passions, fiercely In this defenceless hour alone.
Would he not deem, that in my place Sleep, thou can’st not know the love, Some fiend was o'er his pillow bend
Which passes all of outward showing; Much may my looks, words, actions I speak too loud-he seems disturbdprove,
My wild emotion must be curb’d. But how much more untold is glowing!
Hark, his lips move; and gently frame, And now, in silent loneliness,
In dreamy slumber, words halfIt passes all I most express.
Ah, was not that?-it is my name, A tender sadness melts my soul,
Which by those cherub lips is And Memory, with her train attend
I feel a thrill of vivid joy, Seems all her pages to unroll,
To know that I his thoughts employ. While Hope her airy dreams is blending.
He fear'd, that, ere his eyes could My tears are sweet; yet see not thou, close, Lest thou mistake their drops for woe. A weary vigil mine should number,
Dear innocent! he little knows
What childish innocence display'd, How quickly youth shakes hands E'en in that hand so careless laid !
with slumber E'en ere my voice had soften'd, thou When to my own near couch I steal, Wert in oblivion, deep as now.
I'll listen still to hear thee breath
ing, Now gently I withdraw my arm, 'Till with that lullaby I feel
Fearful thy quiet sleep of breaking ; Sleep's dewy mantle o'er me wreathThou giv'st no token of alarm,
ing: And pleas'd I see thee not awaking; How sweet the sound, how welcome The taper sbaded with my hand,
dear, Gazing on thee awhile I stand.
Which tells me what I love is near! How beautiful in his repose !
But first, ere I can calm recline, The long dark lash the white lid In silent prayer I kneel beside thee, fringing,
And sue each blessing may be thine, The rich hair clustering on his brows, Long forfeited, or still denied me. And the blue vein his forehead Now one last kiss, with caution given, tinging.
And I resign my watch to Heav'n. The Sonnets are in general more or less good. The following is in the spirit of Cowper:
While rapt I lie near this lone waterfall,
Ah, wherefore vainly do I woo thee here?
THE LOVE, THAT CANNOT DIE.
Oh, dearer than the dearest, thro' this sea
What should they reck, or ken of things divine ? There are likewise a few religious pieces, containing more devotion than poetry. It is a common, and, to a considerable C. H. Townsend's Poetry. [No. 10. extent, a just remark, that religious poetry seldom succeeds. To what is this failure, so far as it exists, to be attributed ? Are we to ascribe it to the overawing nature of the subject? or is it that poets set themselves formally down to write on religious subjects, and that constraint is fatal to genius ? or that those who have made the attempt were for the most part deficient in ability? or that their abilities lay in another direction? It is a delicate and a difficult subject; nor is this, perhaps, the place for its discussion. We wish, however, that it were otherwise. The disunion between moral and intellectual beauty is surely an unnatural one. We wish to see all the rays of excellence converge to one point. We wish to see its various branches prove their relationship by a kindly coalition.
We had intended to make some remarks on the melancholy spirit which prevails throughout the present volume, with a reference to the religious sentiments of the writer ; but as we are not invested in the judicial robe of the “ British
Review," or the “ Christian Observer," and as besides “ The Etonian” is but a novice in such matters, we can only venture a word or two. Mr. Townsend must be well aware that many persons object to Christianity (we speak not of any particular system, but to religion in the abstract,) as inspiring gloom; or, at least, as not affording the consolations which its votaries ascribe to it; and they ground their opinion on the lives and writings of many of its followers. It is easy to reply, that melancholy arising from constitutional or other causes, has been erroneously attributed to religion ; that Cowper's mind was naturally disordered; and that Young and Johnson would have been happier if they had been more religious. This may be very true ; but will it satisfy the objectors ? or is it to be expected that they will take the trouble to investigate all the individual cases? Mr. Townsend has doubtless the promotion of Christian piety at heart; but did it never occur to him, that the publication of a work, in which its power to comfort the afflicted is so lịttle displayed, was so far calculated to prejudice the cause, by adding another to the list of discouraging examples? The authority of Cowper will probably be canonical with our writer.
“ True Pięty is cheerful as the day:
Can weep, indeed, and have a suffering groan
For others' woes—but smiles upon her own.” But we are advancing beyond our depth; and shall therefore conclude with apologizing to Mr. Townsend for pur hasty criticisin, and with assuring him that we shall be happy to meet him again
“When thotight is warm, and fancy flows, What will not argument sometimes suppose?”
COWPER. SHOULD chance send down to distant tinie This motley thing of prose and rhyme, Which friendly hands have thickly sown With others' wisdom-or their own; How will the men of future days, (When this one age, with all its blaze Of science, war, and minstrel lay, Has vanish'd like a cloud away) How will they ponder o'er this page, The little minor of an age, Reflecting, as it onward winds, The outline of departed minds ! How will they scan with eye intent The sparks of song and sentiment, Like foating clouds, of many a nue, Strown o'er the welkin's surface blue! To them the record shall unfold What their
fathers were of old ; What they disliked, and what approved, And how they thought and how they loved.
-There shall the mingled forms appear, Of timid Joy, and tender Fear; Wisdom, with calm looks fix'd above; The spectre of departed Love; Ambition's bright and restless eye, Still chasing Immortality; And downcast Sorrow, in her shroud; And young Hope, laughing through the cloud; And Nature, in her robe of green, Shall ’midst the varied group be seen.
Their hearts, as o'er the page they stray,
And worth shall kindle at the lays
Essay on Lions.
“ This. This is old Ninny's tomb.
—The Lion roars.)
MIDSUM. NIGHT'S DREAM.
It is not a little remarkable, that among the many eminent Naturalists, ancient and modern, with whose writings we are acquainted, no one, as far as we know, has made any mention of that extraordinary species, the British Lion. Juvenal says, that the English whale or shark was the largest of its kind; and common experience will teach us, that although since his time this animal has taken to a land life, yet even still he retains many traits of his original character, and can drink and duck, bite and spout, better than any Frenchman or gudgeon of them all. But no poet has celebrated, or philosopher described, the much more astonishing creature of British growth which we first mentioned. The silence of foreigners we shall attribute to envy; but the ailence of our own countrymen is to us quite inexplicable, seeing that this famous island has not wanted inost able heralds of her fame, in all its parts ; and even Goldsmith has devoted sundry pages of accurate English to so common an object as a cow. Every one has heard of the African Lion, and of the Asiatic