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A violet by a mossy stone

Half hidden from the eye ! Fair as a star, when only one

Is shining in the sky. She lived unknown, and few could know

When Lucy ceased to be ; But she is in her grave, and 0,

The difference to me!



But, Mary, you have naught to fear,

Though smiled on by two stranger-men. Not for a crown would I alarm

Your virgin pride by word or sign, Nor need' a painful blush disarm

My friend of thoughts as pure as mine. Her simple heart could not but feel

The words we spoke were free from guile ; She stooped, she blushed, she fixed her wheel,

'T is all in vain, she can't but smile ! Just like sweet April's dawn appears

Her modest face, - I see it yet,
And though I lived a hundred years

Methinks I never could forget
The pleasure that, despite her heart,

Fills all her downcast eyes with light;
The lips reluctantly apart,

The white teeth struggling into sight,
The dimples eddying o'er her cheek,

The rosy cheek that won't be still :-
O, who could blame what flatterers speak,

Did smiles like this reward their skill ?
For such another smile, I vow,

Though loudly beats the midnight rain, I'd take the mountain-side e'en now,

And walk to Luggelaw again !


The shades of eve had crossed the glen

That frowns o'er infant Avonmore, When, nigh Loch Dan, two weary men,

We stopped before a cottage door. “God save all here," my comrade cries,

And rattles on the raised latch-pin; “God save you kindly," quick replies

A clear sweet voice, and asks us in.
We enter; from the wheel she starts,

A rosy girl with soft black eyes :
Her fluttering courtesy takes our hearts,

Her blushing grace and pleased surprise.
Poor Mary, she was quite alone,

For, all the way to Glenmalure, Her mother had that morning gone,

And left the house in charge with her. But neither household cares, nor yet

The shame that startled virgins feel,
Could make the generous girl forget

Her wonted hospitable zeal.
She brought us in a beechen bowl

Sweet milk that smacked of mountain thyme, Oat cake, and such a yellow roll

Of butter, – it gilds all my rhyme ! And, while we ate the grateful food

(With weary limbs on bench reclined), Considerate and discreet, she stood

Apart, and listened to the wind.



Sweet Highland Girl, a very shower
Of beauty is thy earthly dower !
Twice seven consenting years have shed
Their utmost bounty on thy heail ;
And these gray rocks, this household lawn,
These trees,

- a veil just half withdrawn,
This fall of water that doth nake
A murmur near the silent lake,
This little bay, a quiet road
That holds in shelter thy abode ;
In truth together ye do seem
Like something fashioned in a dream,
Such forms as from their covert peep
When earthly cares are laid asleep!
But O fair Creature ! in the light
Of common day so heavenly bright,
I bless thee, Vision as thou art,
I bless thee with a human heart :
God shield thee to thy latest years !
I neither know thee nor thy peers ;
And yet my eyes are filled with tears.

Kind wishes both our souls engaged,

From breast to breast spontaneous ran The mutual thought, - we stood and pledged


" The milk we drink is not more pure,

Sweet Mary, - bless those budding charms!— Than your own generous heart, I 'm sure,

Nor whiter than the breast it warms !"

She turned and gazed, unused to hear

Such language in that homely glen;

With earnest feeling I shall pray For thee when I am far away ;

SWEET STREAM, THAT WINDS. Sweet stream, that winds through yonder glade, Apt emblem of a virtuous maid, Silent and chaste she steals along, Far from the world's gay, busy throng; With gentle yet prevailing force, Intent upon her destined course ; Graceful and useful all she does, Blessing and blest where'er she goes ; Pure-bosomed as that watery glass, And Heaven reflected in her face.

For never saw I mien or face In which more plainly I could trace Benignity and home-bred sense Ripening in perfect innocence. Here scattered like a random seed, Remote from men, thou dost not need The embarrassed look of shy distress, And maidenly shamefacedness : Thou wear'st upon thy forehead clear The freedom of a mountaineer ; A face with gladness overspread, Soft smiles, by human kindness bred ; And seemliness complete, that sways Thy courtesies, about thee plays ; With no restraint, but such as springs From quick and eager visitings Of thoughts that lie beyond the reach Of thy few words of English speech, A bondage sweetly brooked, a strife That gives thy gestures grace and life! So have I, not unmoved in mind, Seen birds of tempest-loving kind, Thus beating up against the wind.



She stood breast high amid the corn, Clasped by the golden light of morn, Like the sweetheart of the sun, Who many a glowing kiss had won. On her cheek an autumn flush Deeply ripened ; -- such a blush In the midst of brown was born, Like red poppies grown with corn. Round her eyes her tresses fell, Which were blackest none could tell ; But long lashes veiled a light That had else been all too bright.

What hand but would a garland cull
For thee who art so beautiful ?
O happy pleasure ! here to dwell
Beside thee in some heathy dell;
Adopt your homely ways and dress,
A shepherd, thou a shepherdess !
But I could frame a wish for thee
More like a grave reality :
Thou art to me but as a wave
Of the wild sea ; and I would have
Some claim upon thee, if I could,
Though but of common neighborhood.
What joy to hear thee, and to see !
Thy elder brother I would be,
Thy father, — anything to thee.

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Now thanks to Heaven ! that of its grace
Hath led me to this lonely place ;
Joy have I had ; and going hence
I bear away my recompense.
In spots like these it is we prize
Our Memory, feel that she hath eyes :
Then why should I be loath to stir ?
I feel this place was made for her ;
To give new pleasure like the past,
Continued long as life shall last.
Nor am I loath, though pleased at heart,
Sweet Highland Girl ! from thee to part ;
For 1, methinks, till I grow old
As fair before me shall behold.
As I do now, the cabin small,
The lake, the bay, the waterfall ;
And thee, the spirit of them all!

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Behold, my lords, As yet a child, nor yet a fool to fame, Although the print be little, the whole matter I lisped in numbers, for the numbers came. And copy of the father : eye, nose, lip,

Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot. The trick of his frown, his forehead ; nay, the valley,

BOYISH AMBITION. The pretty dimples of his chin, and cheek ; his smiles ;

But strive still to be a man before your mother.

COW PER The very mould and frame of hand, nail, finger.

Motto of No. III. Connoisseur. Winter's Tale, Act ii, Sc. 3.

Thou wilt scarce be a man before thy mother. O, 't is a parlous boy ;

Love's Cure, Act ii. Sc. 2. BEAUMONT and FLETCHER, Bold, quick, ingenious, forward, capable ; He is all the mother's from the top to toe.

SCHOOL-DAYS. Richard III., Act. iii. Sc. I.

The school-boy, with his satchel in his hand,

Whistling aloud to bear his courage up. EARLY DEATH. “Whom the gods love die young," was said of Besides, they always smell of bread and butter.

Manfred. yore. Don Juan, Cant. iv. Stan. 12.

You'd scarce expect one of my age Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade,

To speak in public on the stage ; Death came with friendly care ;

And if I chance to fall below The opening bud to Heaven conveyed,

Demosthenes or Cicero, Aud bade it blossom there.

Don't view me with a critic's eye, Epitaph on an Infant.

But pass my imperfections by.

Large streams from little fountains flow,
Grief fills the room up of my absent child, Tall oaks from little acorns grow.
Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me;

Lines written for a School Declamation.
Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words,
Remembers me of all his gracious parts, I pray ye, flog them upon all occasions.
Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form. It mends their morals, never mind the pain.
King John, Ad iii. Sc. 4.

Don Juan, Cant. ii.

The Grave.








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But, children, you should never let

Your angry passions rise ; Your little hands were never made

To tear each other's eyes. Song XVI.



Oh, Mirth and Innocence ! Oh, Milk and Water ! Ye happy inixtures of more happy days !

Manfred. Fair laughs the morn, and soft the zephyr blows,

While proudly riding o'er the azure realm In gallant trim the gilded vessel goes ;

Youth on the prow, and Pleasure at the helm ; Regardless of the sweeping whirlwind's sway, That, hushed in grim repose, expects his evening

prey. The Bard, II. 2. Yet, ah! why should they know their fate,

Since sorrow never comes too late, And happiness too swiftly flies?

Thought would destroy their paradise. No more ; · where ignorance is bliss,

"T is folly to be wise. Ona Distant Inspire of pilon Collare.

As children gath'ring pebbles on the shore.
Paradise Regained, Book iv.

MILTON. One eare it heard, at the other out it went. Trotius and Crescide, Book iv.

CHAUCER. Children blessings seem, but torments are ; When young, our folly, and when old, our fear. Don Carlos.

OTWAY. I remember, I remember

How my childhood fleeted by, The mirth of its December,

And the warmth of its July. I Remember, I Remember.




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