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Him that smiled in his gladness as a babe that

smiles in its slumber; Even for him it exists! It moves and stirs in its

prison ! Lives with a separate life: and—“ Is it a spirit!"

he murmurs : “Sure, it has thoughts of its own, and to see is only

a language !"

MAHOMET. UTTER the song, O my soul! the flight and

return of Mohammed, Prophet and priest, who scattered abroad both evil

and blessing, Huge wasteful empires founded and hallowed slow

persecution, Soul-withering, but crushed the blasphemous rites

of the Pagan And idolatrous Christians. For veiling the Gospel

of Jesus, They, the best corrupting, had made it worse than

the vilest. Wherefore Heaven decreed th' enthusiast warrior

of Mecca, Choosing good from iniquity rather than evil from

goodness. Loud the tumult in Mecca surrounding the fane

of the idol ; Naked and prostrate the priesthood were laid—the

people with mad shouts Thundering now, and now with saddest ululation Flew, as over the channel of rock-stone the ruinous

Shatters its waters abreast, and in mazy uproar be

wildered, Rushes dividuous all-all rushing impetuous on


CATULLIAN HENDECASYLLABLES. * HEAR, my beloved, an old Milesian story !

High and embosomed in congregated laurels, Glimmered a temple upon a breezy headland; In the dim distance amid the skiey billows Rose a fair island; the god of flocks had placed it. From the far shores of the bleak resounding island Oft by the moonlight a little boat came foating, Came to the sea-cave beneath the breezy headland, Where amid myrtles a pathway stole in mazes Up to the groves of the high embosomed temple. There in a thicket of dedicated roses, Oft did a priestess, as lovely as a vision, Pouring her soul to the son of Cytherea, Pray him to hover around the slight canoe-boat, And with invisible pilotage to guide it Over the dusk wave, until the nightly sailor Shivering with ecstasy sank upon her bosom.




UNCHANGED within to see all changed without

Is a blank lot and hard to bear, no doubt. Yet why at others' wanings shouldst thou fret? Then only might'st thou feel a just regret,

See note at the end of the volume.

Hadst thou withheld thy love or hid thy light
In selfish forethought of neglect and slight.
O wiselier then, from feeble yearnings freed,
While, and on whom, thou may'st-shine on! nor

Whether the object by reflected light
Return thy radiance or absorb it quite:
And though thou notest from thy safe recess
Old friends burn dim, like lamps in noisome air,
Love them for what they are; nor love them less,
Because to thee they are not what they were.




A LOVELY form there sate beside my bed,

And such a feeding calm its presence shed, A tender love so pure from earthly leaven That I unnethe the fancy might control, 'Twas my own spirit newly come from heaven, Wooing its gentle way into my soul ! But ah!—the change-It had not stirred, and yet, Alas! that change how fain would I forget! That shrinking back, like one that had mistook! That weary, wandering, disavowing look! 'Twas all another, feature, look, and frame, And still, methought, I knew, it was the same!


This riddling tale, to what does it belong ?
Is’t history ? vision ? or an idle song ?

Or rather say at once, within what space
Of time this wild disastrous change took place ?


Call it a moment's work (and such it seems)
This tale's a fragment from the life of dreams;

that years matured the silent strife, And 'tis a record from the dream of life.


ALL look and likeness caught from earth,

All accident of kin and birth,
Had passed away. There was no trace
Of aught on that illumined face,
Upraised beneath the rifted stone
But of one spirit all her own ;-
She, she herself, and only she,
Shone through her body visibly.

LL Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their

The bees are stirring—birds are on the wing-
And Winter, slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring !
And I, the while, the sole unbusy thing,
Nor honey make, nor pair, nor build, nor sing.

Yet well I ken the banks where amaranths blow, Have traced the fount whence streams of nectar flow,

Bloom, O ye amaranths! bloom for whom ye may, For me ye bloom not! Glide, rich streams, away! With lips unbrightened, wreathless brow, I stroll: And would you learn the spells that drowse my

soul ? Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve, And hope without an object cannot live.

VERSE, a breeze mid blossoms straying,

Where Hope clung feeding, like a bee-
Both were mine! Life went a maying
With Nature, Hope, and Poesy,

When I was young !
When I was young ?—Ah, woful when!
Ah ! for the change 'twixt Now and Then!
This breathing house not built with hands,
This body that does me grievous wrong,
O'er aery cliffs and glittering sands,
How lightly then it flashed along :-
Like those trim skiffs, unknown of yore,
On winding lakes and rivers wide,
That ask no aid of sail or oar,
That fear no spite of wind or tide!
Naught cared this body for wind or weather
When Youth and I lived in't together.

Flowers are lovely ; Love is flower-like;
Friendship is a sheltering tree;
O! the joys, that came down shower-like,
Of Friendship, Love, and Liberty,

Ere I was old !
Ere I was old ? Ah woful Ere,

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