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Thy heart was as a river

Without a main,
Would I had loved thee never,

Florence Vane.

But fairest, coldest wonder!

Thy glorious clay
Lieth the green sod under;

Alas the day!
And it boots not to remember

Thy disdain,
To quicken love's pale ember,

Florence Vane!

The lilies of the valley

By young graves weep,
The daisies love to dally

Where maidens sleep,
May their bloom, in beauty vying,

Never wane
Where thine earthly part is lying,
Florence Vane.


The Dule 's i' this Bonnet O' Mine.

THE dule 's i' this bonnet o' mine:

My ribbins 'll never be reet; Here, Mally, aw 'm like to be fine,

For Jamie 'll be comin' to-neet; He met me i' th' lone t’ other day

(Aw wur gooin' for wayter to th: well), An' he begged that aw 'd wed him i' May,

Bi th' mass, if he'll let me, aw will !

When he took my two honds into his,

Good Lord, heaw they trembled between!

An' aw durst n't look up in his face,

Becose on him seein' my e'en.
My cheek went as red as a rose;

There's never a mortal con tell
Heaw happy aw felt,-for, thae knows,

One could n't ha' axed him theirsel'.

But th' tale wur at th' end o'my tung:

To let it eawt would n't be reet,
For aw thought to seem forrud wur wrong;

So aw towd him aw 'd tell him to-neet.
But, Mally, thae knows very weel,

Though it is n't a thing one should own, Iv aw 'd th' pikein' o' th' world to mysel',

Aw'd oather ha' Jamie or noan.

Neaw, Vally, aw 've towd thae my mind;

What would to do iv't wur thee? " Aw'd tak him just while he's inclined,

An' a farrantly bargain he 'll be;
For Jamie 's as greadly a lad

As ever stept eawt into th' sun.
Go, jump at thy chance, an' get wed;

An' mak th' best o' th' job when it 's done!”

Eh, dear! but it 's time to be gwon:

Aw should n't like Jamie to wait; Aw connut for shame be too soon,

An' aw would n't for th' wuld be too late. Aw 'm o' ov a tremble to th' heel:

Dost think 'at my bonnet 'll do ? “Be off, lass,—thae looks very weel; He wants noan o'th' bonnet, thae foo!”


Abraham Lincoln.


You lay a wreath on murdered Lincoln's bier,

You, who with mocking pencil wont to trace, Broad for the self-complacent British sneer,

His length of shambling limb, his furrowed face,

His gaunt, gnarled hands, his unkempt, bristling hair

His garb uncouth, his bearing ill at ease, His lack of all we prize as debonair,

Of power or will to shine, of art to please;

You, whose smart pen backed up the pencil's laugh,

Judging each step as though the way were plain; Reckless, so it could point its paragraph,

Of chief's perplexity or people's pain,

Beside this corpse, that bears for winding-sheet

The Stars and Stripes he lived to rear anew, Between the mourners at his head and feet,

Say, scurrile jester, is there room for you?

Yes: he had lived to shame me from my sneer,

To lame my pencil and confute my pen; To make me own this hind of princes peer,

This rail-splitter, a true-born king of men.

My shallow judgment I had learned to rue,

Noting how to occasion's height he rose; How his quaint wit made home-truth seem more true

How, iron-like, his temper grew by blows;

How humble, yet how hopeful he could be;

How in goud fortune and in ill the same; Nor bitter in success, nor boastful he, Thirsty for gold, nor feverish for fame.

He went about his work, such work as few

Ever had laid on head and heart and hand,
As one who knows, where there 's a task to do,

Man's honest will must Heaven's good grace command;

Who trusts the strength will with the burden grow,

That God makes instruments to work his will, If but that will we can arrive to know,

Nor tamper with the weights of good and ill.

So he went forth to battle, on the side

That he felt clear was Liberty's and Right's, As in his peasant boyhood he had plied

His warfare with rude Nature's thwarting mights

The uncleared forest, the unbroken soil,

The iron bark that turns the lumberer's axe, The rapid that o'erbears the boatman's toil,

The prairie hiding the mazed wanderer's tracks,

The ambushed Indian, and the prowling bear,

Such were the deeds that helped his youth to train: Rough culture, but such trees large fruit may bear,

If but their stocks be of right girth and grain.

So he grew up, a destined work to do,

And lived to do it; four long-suffering years' Ill fate, ill feeling, ill report lived through,

And then he heard the hisses change to cheers,

The taunts to tribute, the abuse to praise,

And took both with the same unwavering mood, Till, as he came on light, from darkling days,

And seemed to touch the goal from where he stood,

A felon hand, between the goal and him,

Reached from behind his back, a trigger prest, And those perplexed and patient eyes were dim,

Those gaunt, long-laboring limbs were laid to resto

The words of mercy were upon his lips,

Forgiveness in his heart and on his pen, When this vile murderer brought swift eclipse

To thoughts of peace on earth, good will to men.

The Old World and the New, from sea to sea,

Utter one voice of sympathy and shame.
Sore heart, so stopped when it at last beat high!

Sad life, cut short just as its triumph came!

A deed accursed! Strokes have been struck before

By the assassin's hand, whereof men doubt If more of horror or disgrace they bore;

But thy foul crime, like Cain's, stands darkly out,

Vile hand, that brandest murder on a strife,

Whate'er its grounds, stoutly and nobly striven, And with the martyr's crown crownest a life With much to praise, little to be forgiven.


The Memory of the Dead.

ho fears to speak of Ninety-Eight?

Who blushes at the name?
When cowards mock the patriot's fate,

Who hangs his head for shame?
He 's all a knave, or half a slave,

Who slights his country thus;
But a true man, like you, man,

Will fill your glass with us.

We drink the memory of the brave,

The faithful and the few-
Some lie far off beyond the wave-

Some sleep in Ireland, too;
All, all are gone—but still lives on

The fame of those who died

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