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Keep their most solemn vigils when the Clouds
SUGGESTED BY A PICTURE OF THE BIRD
The gentlest Poet, with free thoughts endowed,
Began the pencil's strife,
A sense of seemingly presumptuous wrong Gave the first impulse to the Poet's song; But, of his scorn repenting soon, he drew A juster judgment from a calmer view; And, with a spirit freed from discontent, Thankfully took an effort that was meant Not with God's bounty, Nature's love, to vie, Or made with hope to please that inward eye Which ever strives in vain itself to satisfy, But to recall the truth by some faint trace Of power ethereal and celestial grace, That in the living Creature find on earth a place,
A JEWISH FAMILY.
(IN A SMALL VALLEY OPPOSITE ST. GOAR, UPON THE RHINE.)
GENIUS of Raphael ! if thy wings
Might bear thee to this glen,
To pencil dear and pen,
And all his majesty,
O’er this poor family.
The Mother, — her thou must have seen,
In spirit, ere she came
Or found on earth a name;
Thy inspirations give, —
Predestined here to live.
Downcast, or shooting glances far,
How beautiful his eyes,
With that of summer skies !
Uncounted months are gone, Yet am I with the Jewish Child,
That exquisite Saint John.
I see the dark brown curls, the brow,
The smooth, transparent skin,
The holiness within ;
By blushes yet untamed ;
Nor of her arms ashamed.
Two lovely Sisters, still and sweet
As flowers, stand side by side;
The Christian of his pride :
Such beauty hath the Eternal poured
Upon them not forlorn,
Nor yet redeemed from scorn.
Mysterious safeguard, that, in spite
Of poverty and wrong,
From Hebrew fountains sprung;
Around the dell a gleam
And proud Jerusalem !
The Ear addressed, as occupied by a spiritual functionary, in
communion with sounds, individual, or combined in studied harmony. - Sources and effects of those sounds (to the close of 6th Stanza). — The power of music, whence proceeding, exemplified in the idiot. — Origin of music, and its effect in early ages, - how produced (to the middle of 10th Stanza). — The mind recalled to sounds acting casually and severally. - Wish uttered (11th Stanza) that these could be united into a scheme or system for moral interests and intellectual contemplation. — (Stanza 12th.) The Pythagorean