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Juvenile Poems.




impelled to seek for sympathy; but a Poet's feelings

are all strong. Quicquid amet valde amat. Akenside COMPOSITIONS resembling those here collected are

therefore speaks with philosophical accuracy when not unfrequently condemned for their querulous he classes Love and Poetry, as producing the same

effects : Egotism. But Egotisra is to be condemned then only when it offends against time and place, as in a His

Love and the wish of Poets when their tongue tory or an Epic Poem. To censure it in a Monody

Would toach to others' bosoms, what so charms

Their own. or Sonnet is almost as absurd as to dislike a circle

Pleasures of Imagination. for being round. Why then write Sonnets or Mono- There is one species of Egotism which is truly dies! Because they give me pleasure when perhaps disgusting; not that which leads us to communicate nothing else could. After the more violent emotions our feelings to others but that which would reduce of Sorrow, the mind demands amusement, and can the feelings of others to an identity with our own. End it in employment alone: but, full of its late suf The Atheist, who exclaims “pshaw!" when he ferings, it can endure no employment not in some glances his eye on the praises of Deity, is an Egotist : measure connected with them. Forcibly to turn an old man, when he speaks contemptuously of Love. away our attention to general subjects is a painful verses, is an Egotist: and the sleek Favorites of and most often an unavailing effort.

Fortune are Egotists, when they condemn all “mel. But O! how grateful to a wounded heart

ancholy, discontented” verses. Surely, it would be The tale of Misery to impart

candid not merely to ask whether the poem pleases From others' eyes bid artless sorrows flow,

ourselves, but to consider whether or no there may And raise esteem upon the base of Woe!

not be others, to whom it is well calculated to give The communicativeness of our Nature leads us to an innocent pleasure. describe our own sorrows ; in the endeavor to de

I shall only add, that each of my readers will, I scribe them, intellectual activity is exerted; and hope, remember, that these Poems on various subfrom intellectual activity there results a pleasure, jects, which he reads at one time and under the inwłuch is gradually associated, and mingles as a cor-fluence of one set of feelings, were written at differrective, with the painful subject of the description. ent times and prompted by very different feelings ; - True!" (it may be answered)" but how are the and therefore that the supposed inferiority of one Prelic interested in your sorrows or your Descrip- Poem to another may sometimes be owing to tho tron?" We are for ever attributing personal Unities temper of mind in which he happens to peruse it. to imaginary Aggregates. What is the Public, but a term for a number of scattered individuals ? of whom My poems have been rightly charged with a pru as many will be interested in these sorrows, as have fusion of double-epithets, and a general turgidness experienced the same or similar.

I have pruned the double-epithets with no sparing Holy be the lay

hand ; and used my best efforts to tame the swell Which mourning soothes the mourner on his way. and glitter both of thought and diction.* This latter If I could judge of others by myself, I should not hesitate to affirm, that the most interesting passages * Without any feeling of anger, I may yet be allowed to are those in which the Author develops his own express sume degree of surprise, that after having run the

critical gauntlet for a certain class of faults, which I had, viz. feelings ! The sweet voice of Cona* never sounds a too ornate and elaborately poetic diction, and nothing havsu sweety, as when it speaks of itself; and I should ing come before the judgment-seat

of the Reviewers during almost suspect that man of an unkindly heart, who the long interval

. I should for at least seventeen years, quarter would read the opening of the third book of the Para- after quarter, have been placed by them in the foremost rank dise Lost without peculiar emotion. By a Law of our ridicule for faults directly opposite, viz. bald and prosaic lan

of the proscribed, and made to abide the brunt of abuso and Nature, he, who labors under a strong feeling, is guage, and an affected simplicity both of matter and manner

-faults which assuredly did not enter into the character of . Ogsian.

my compositions.-Literary Life, i. 51. Published 1817



fault however had insinuated itself into my Religious And when thou lovest thy pale orb to shroud Musings with such intricacy of union, that some- Behind the gather'd blackness lost on high ; times I have omitted to disentangle the weed from And when thou dartest from the wind-rent cloud the fear of snapping the flower. A third and heavier Thy placid lightning o'er the awaken'd sky accusation has been brought against me, that of ob- Ah such is Hope' as changeful and as fair! scurity ; but not, I think, with equal justice. An Now dimly peering on the wistful sight; Author is obscure, when his conceptions are dim Now hid behind the dragon-wing'd Despair : and imperfect, and his language incorrect, or unap But soon emerging in her radiant might, propriate, or involved. A poem that abounds in She o'er the sorrow-clouded breast of Care allusions, like the Bard of Gray, or one that imper- Sails, like a meteor kindling in its flight sonates high and abstract truths, like Collins's Ode on the poetical character, claims not to be popularbut should be acquitted of obscurity. The deficiency is in the Reader. But this is a charge which every poet, whose imagination is warm and rapid, must

TIME, REAL AND IMAGINARY. expect from his contemporaries. Milton did not escape it; and it was adduced with virulence against Gray and Collins. We now hear no more of it: On the wide level of a mountain's head not that their poems are better understood at present, (I knew not where, but 't was some faery place than they were at their first publication ; but their Their pinions, ostrich-like, for sails outspread, fame is established ; and a critic would accuse him. Two lovely children run an endless race, self of frigidity or inattention, who should profess

A sister and a brother ! not to understand them. But a living writer is yet This far outstript the other; sub judice; and if we cannot follow his conceptions Yet ever runs she with reverted face, or enter into his feelings, it is more consoling to our And looks and listens for the boy behind : pride to consider him as lost beneath, than as soaring For he, alas! is blind ! above us. If any man expect from my poems the O'er rough and smooth with even step he pass'd, same easiness of style which he admires in a drink. And knows not whether he be first or last. ing-song, for him I have not written. Intelligibilia, non intellectum adfero.

I expect neither profit nor general fame by my writings ; and I consider myself as having been

MONODY ON THE DEATH OF amply repaid without either. Poetry has been to me its own “ exceeding great reward : " it has soothed

CHATTERTON. my afflictions; it has multiplied and refined my en. joyments; it has endeared solitude: and it has given O what a wonder seems the fear of death, me the habit of wishing to discover the Good and Seeing how gladly we all sink to sleep, the Beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me. Babes, Children, Youths and Men,

S. T. C. Night following night for threescore years and tel

But doubly strange, where life is but a breath

To sigh and pant with, up Want's rugged steepJUVENILE POEMS.

Away, Grim Phantom! Scorpion King, away

Reserve thy terrors and thy stings display

For coward Wealth and Guilt in robes of state

Lo! by the grave I stand of one, for whom
Maid of my Love, sweet Genevieve ! A prodigal Nature and a niggard Doom
In beauty's light you glide along :

(That all bestowing, this withholding all) Your eye is like the star of eve,

Made each chance knell from distant spire or donio And sweet your voice, as seraph's song. Sound like a seeking Mother's anxious call, Yet not your heavenly beauty gives

Return, poor Child! Home, weary Truant, home! This heart with passion soft to glow : Within your soul a voice there lives! Thee, Chatterton! these unblest stones protect It bids you hear the tale of woe.

From want, and the bleak freezings of neglect. When sinking low the sufferer wan

Too long before the vexing Storm-blast driven, Beholds no hand outstretch'd to save, Here hast thou found repose! beneath this sod! Fair, as the bosom of the swan

Thou! O vain word! thou dwell'st not with the cloud That rises graceful o'er the wave,

Amid the shining Host of the Forgiven
I've seen your breast with pity heave, Thou at the throne of Mercy and thy God
And therefore love I you, sweet Genevieve ! The triumph of redeeming Love dost hymn

(Believe it, O my soul !) to harps of Seraphim.



Mild Splendor of the various-vested Night!
Mother of wildly-working visions ! hail !
I watch thy gliding, while with watery light
Thy weak eye glimmers through a fleecy veil ;

Yet oft, perforce ('t is suffering Nature's call,)
I weep, that heaven-born Genius so shall fall;
And oft, in Fancy's saddest hour, my soul
Averted shudders at the poison'd bowl.
Now groans my sickening heart, as still I view

Thy corse of livid hue ;
Now indignation checks the feeble sigh,
Or flashes through the tear that glistens in mine eye.

Is this the land of song-ennobled line?

But that Despair and Indignation rose, \
Is this the land, where Genius ne'er in vain And told again the story of thy woes;
Pour'd forth his lofty strain ?

Told the keen insult of the unfeeling heart;
Ah me! yet Spenser, gentlest bard divine, The dread dependence on the low-born mind;
Beneath chill Disappointment's shade

Told every pang, with which thy soul must smarı, He weary limbs in lonely anguish laid.

Neglect, and grinning Scorn, and Want combined !
And o'er her darling dead

Recoiling quick, thou bad'st the friend of pain
Pity hopeless hurg her head,

Roll the black tide of Death through every freezing While “ 'mid the pelting of that merciless storm,"

vein! Sink to the cold earth Otway's famish'd form!

Ye woods! that wave o'er Avon's rocky steep, Sublime of thought, and confident of fame,

To Fancy's ear sweet is your murmuring deep! From vales where Avon winds, the Minstrel* came. For here she loves the cypress wreath to weave,

Light-hearted youth! aye, as he bastes along, Watching, with wistful eye, the saddening tints of eve
He meditates the future song,

Here, far from men, amid this pathless grove, llow dauntless Ælla fray'd the Dacian foe;

In solemn thought the Minstrel wont to rove,
And while the numbers Rowing strong

Like star-beam on the slow sequester'd ride
In eddies whirl, in surges throng,

Lone-glittering, through the high tree branching wide Exulting in the spirits' genial throe,

And here, in Inspiration's eager hour, In tides of power his life-blood seems to flow.

When most the big soul feels the mastering power,

These wilds, these caverns roaming v'er,

Round which the screaming sea-gul's soar, And now his cheeks with deeper ardors flame, With wild unequal steps he pass'd along, His eyes have glorious meanings, that declare

Oft pouring on the winds a broken song: More than the light of outward day shines there,

Anon, upon some rough rock's fearful brow A holier triumph and a sterner aim!

Would pause abrup--and gaze upon the waver Wings grow within him; and he soars above

below. Or Bard's, or Minstrel's lay of war or love. Friend to the friendless, to the Sufferer health, He hears the widow's prayer, the good man's praise ; Who would have praised and loved thee, ere to

Poor Chatterton! he sorrows for thy fate To scenes of bliss transmutes his fancied wealth,

late. And young and old shall now see happy days. On many a waste he bids trim gardens rise,

Poor Chatterton! farewell! of darkest hues Gives the blue sky to many a prisoner's eyes;

This chaplet cast I on thy unshaped tomb; And now in wrath he grasps the patriot steel,

But dare no longer on the sad theme muse,
And her own iron rod he makes Oppression feel.

Lest kindred woes persua le a kindred doom:
For oh! big gall-drops, shook from Folly's wing.

Have blacken'd the fair promise of my spring ;
Sweet Flower of Hope! free Nature's genial child! And the stern Fate transpierced with viewless dart
That didst so fair disclose thy early bloom, The last pale Hope that shiver'd at ry heart!
Filing the wide air with a rich perfume!
For thee in vain all heavenly aspects smiled ;
From the hard world brief respite could they'win-Hence, gloomy thoughts ! no more my soul shał

dwell The frost nipp'd sharp without, the canker prey'd |On joys that were ! No more endure 10 weigh within!

The shame and anguish of the evil day,
Ah' where are fled the charms of vernal Grace,
Aud Joy's wild gleams that lighten'd o'er thy face? Sublime of Hope I seek the cottaged dell,

Wisely forgetful! O'er the ocean swell
Youth of tumultuous soul, and haggard eye!

Where Virtue calm with careless step may stray Thy wasted form, thy hurried steps, I view, On thy wan forehead starts the leihal dew,

And, dancing to the moon-light roundelay,

The wizard Passions weave a holy spell !
And oh! the anguish of that shuddering sigh!

O Chatterton! that thou wert yet alive!
Such were the struggles of the gloomy hour,

Sure thou wouldst spread the canvas to the gale
When Care, of wither'd brow,

And love with us the tinkling team to drive
Prepar'd the poison's death-cold power:

O'er peaceful Freedom's undivided dale ;
Already to thy lips was raised the bowl,

And we, at sober eve, would round thee throng,
When near thee stood Affection meek
(Her bosom bare, and wildly pale her cheek,) Hanging, enraptured, on thy stately song!

And greet with smiles the young-eyed Poesy
Thy Bullen gaze she bade thee roll

All defily mask'd, as hoar Antiquity.
On scenes that well might melt thy soul;
Thy nalive coi she flash'd upon thy view,
Thy native col, where still, at close of day,

Alas vain Phantasies! the fleeting brood - face smiling sate, and listen'd to thy lay ;

Of Woe self-solaced in her dreamy mood ! Thy Sister's shrieks she bade thee hear,

Yet will I love to follow the sweet dreari, And mark thy Mother's thrilling tear;

Where Susquehannah pours his untamed stream
See, see her breast's convulsive throo,

And on some hill, whose forest-frowning side
Her silent agony of woe!

Waves o'er the murmurs of his calmer tido
Ah! dish the poison'd chalice from thy hand!

Will raise a solemn Cenotaph to thee, And thou hadst dash'd it, at her soft command,

Sweet Harper of time-shrouded Minstrelsy!

And there, soothed sadly by the dirgeful wind, • Aron, a river near Bristol; the birth-place of Chatterton. Muse on the sore ills I had left behind

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O'er his hush'd soul our soothing witcheries shed,
And twine our faery garlands round his head.


v. The Pixies, in the superstition of Devopshire, are a race of

When Evening's dusky car, beings invisibly small, and harmless or friendly to man. At a

Crown'd with her dewy star, ragall distance from a village in that county, half-way up a wood-covered hill, is an excavation called the Pixies' Parlor. Steals o'er the fading sky in shadowy flight The roots of old trees form its ceiling; and on its sides are

On leaves of aspen trees innumerable ciphers, among which the author discovered his

We tremble to the breeze, own cipher and those of his brothers, cut by the hand of their Veil'd from the grosser ken of mortal sight childhood. At the foot of the hill flows the river Otter. To this place the Author conducted a party of young Ladies,

Or, haply, at the visionary hour, during the summer months of the year 1793 ; one of whom. Along our wildly-bower'd sequester'd walk, of staiure elegantly small, and of complexion colorless yet We listen to the enamour'd rustic's talk; c!ear, was proclaimed the Fuery Queen. On which occasion Heave with the heavings of the maiden's breast, the following irregular Ode was written.

Where young-eyed Loves have built their turilo


Or guide of soul-subduing power

The electric flash, that from the melting eye
Whom the untaught Shepherds call

Darts the fond question and the soft reply.
Pixies in their madrigal,
Fancy's children, here we dwell:

Welcome, Ladies! to our cell.
Here the wren of softest note

Or through the mystic ringlets of the vale
Builds its nest and warbles well ;

We flash our faery feet in gamesome prank, Here the blackbird strains his throat;

Or, silent-sandalld, pay our dester court
Welcome, Ladies! to our cell.

Circling the Spirit of the Western Gale,

Where wearied with his flower-caressing sport II.

Supine he slumbers on a violet bank;

Then with quaint music hymn the parting gleam When fades the moon all shadowy-pale,

By lonely Otter's sleep-persuading stream; And scuds the cloud before the gale,

Or where his waves with loud unquiet song Ere Morn with living gems bedight

Dash'd o'er the rocky channel froth along Purples the East with streaky light,

Or where, his silver waters smoothed to rest,
We sip the furze-flower's fragrant dews

The tall tree's shadow sleeps upon his breast.
Clad in robes of rainbow hues :
Or sport amid the rosy gleam,
Soothed by the distant-tinkling team,

While lusty Labor scouting sorrow

Hence, thou lingerer, Light!
Bids the Dame a glad good-morrow,

Eve saddens inlo Night.
Who jogs the accusion'd road along, Mother of wildly-working dreams! we view.
And paces cheery to her cheering song.

The sombre hours, that round thee stand

With downcast eyes (a duteous band!)

Their dark robes dripping with the heavy dew But not our filmy pinion

Sorceress of the ebon throne!
We scorch amid the blaze of day,

Thy power the Pixies own,
When Noontide's fiery-tressed minion

When round thy raven brow
Flashes the servid ray.

Heaven's luceni roses glow,
Aye from the sultry heat

And clouds, in watery colors drest,
We to the cave retreat

Float in light drapery o'er thy sable vest :
O'ercanopied by huge roois intertwined

What time the pale moon sheds a softer day, With wildest texture, blacken'd o'er with age :

Mellowing the woods beneath its pensive beam: Round them their manile green the ivies bind,

For 'mid the quivering light 't is ours to play,
Beneath whose foliage pale,

Aye dancing to the cadence of the stream.
Fann’d by the unfrequent gale,
We shield us from the Tyrant's mid-day rage.


Welcome, Ladies! to the cell

Where the blameless Pixies dwell : Thither, while the murmuring throng But thou, sweet Nymph! proclaim'd our Faery of wild-bees hum their drowsy song,

Quecn, By Indolence and Fancy brought,

With what obeisance meet A youthful Bard, “ unknown to Fame,"

Thy presence shall we greet ? ooes the Queen of Solemn Thought, For lo! attendant on thy steps are seen And heaves the gentle misery of a sigh,

Graceful Ease in artless stole,
Gazing with tearful eye,

And white-robed Purity of soul,
As round our sandy grot appear

With Honor's softer mien;
Many a rudely-sculptured name

Mirth of the loosely-lowing hair,
To pensive Memory dear!

And meek-eyed Pity eloquentiv fair,
Wearing gay dreams of sunny-tinctured hue, Whose tearful checks are lovely to the view
We glance before his view :

As snow-drop wet with dew.


Unboastful maid! though now the Lily pale

Transparent grace thy beauties meek;

A FAREWELL ODE ON QUITTING SCHOOL FOR JESUS Yet ere again along the empurpling vale,

The purpling vale and elfin-haunted grove,
Young Zephyr his fresh flowers profusely throws, WHERE graced with many a classic spoil
We'll tinge with livelier hues thy cheek;

Cam rolls his reverend stream along,
And haply, from the nectar-breathing Rose

I haste to urge the learned toil
Extract a blush for love!

That sternly chides my lovelorn song:
Ah me! too mindful of the days
Illumed by Passion's orient rays,

When Peace, and Cheerfulness, and Health

Enrich'd me with the best of wealth. A CHRISTMAS TALE, TOLD BY A SCHOOL-BOY TO HIS Ah fair delights! that o'er my soul LITTLE BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

On Memory's wing, like shadows fly!

Ah Flowers! which Joy from Eden stole UNDERNEATH a huge oak tree

While Innocence stood smiling by ! There was, of swine, a huge company,

But cease, fond heart! this bootless moan: That grunted as they crunch'd the mast :

Those hours on rapid pinions flown For that was ripe, and fell full fast.

Shall yet return, by Absence crown'd
Then they trotted away, for the wind grew high:

And scatter lovelier roses round.
One acorn they left, and no more might you spy.
Next came a raven, that liked not such folly :

The Sun who ne'er remits his fires
He belong d, they did say, to the witch Melancholy!

On heedless eyes may pour the day : Blacker was he than blackest jet,

The Moon, that oft from Heaven retires, Flew low in the rain, and his feathers not wet.

Endears her renovated ray. He pick'd up the acorn and buried it straight

What though she leaves the sky unblest
By the side of a river both deep and great.

To mourn awhile in murky vest ?
Where then did the Raven go?

When she relumes her lovely light,
He went high and low,

We bless the wanderer of the night.
Over hill, over dale, did the black Raven go.

Many Autumns, many Springs
Travellid he with wandering wings :
Many Summers, many Winters,

I can't tell half his adventures.

O Thou, wild Fancy, check thy wing! No more At length he came back, and with him a She, Those thin white nakes, those purple clouds explore. And the acorn was grown to a tall oak tree. Nor there with happy spirits speed thy flight They built then a nest in the topinost bough, Bathed in rich amber-glowing floods of light; And young ones they had, and were happy enow. Nor in yon gleam, where slow descends the day, But soon came a woodman in leathern guise, With western peasants hail the morning ray! His brow, like a pont-house, hung over his eyes. Ah! rather bid the perish'd pleasures move, Hed an ax in his hand, not a word he spoke, A shadowy train, across the soul of Love! But with many a hem! and a sturdy stroke, O'er Disappointment's wintry desert Aling Ai length he brought down the poor Raven's own Each flower that wreathed the dewy locks of Spring, oak.

When blushing, like a bride, from Hope's trim His young ones were kill'd; for they could not

bower de part,

She leap'd, awaken'd by the pattering shower. And duir mother did die of a broken heart. Now sheds the sinking Sun a deeper gleam,

Aid, lovely Sorceress! aid thy poet's dream!
The boughs from the trunk the woodman did sever; With fairy wand O bid the Maid arise,
And they floated it down on the course of the river. Chaste Joyance dancing in her bright-blue eyes;
They san'd it in planks, and its bark they did strip, As erst when from the Muses' calm abode
And with this tree and others they made a good ship. I came, with Learning's meed not unbestow'd ;
The ship it was launch'd; but in sight of the land When as she twined a laurel round my brow,
Such a storm there did rise as no ship could with. And met my kiss, and half return'd my vow,

O'er all my frame shot rapid my thrill'd heart,
It bulged on a rock, and the waves rush'd in fast: And every nerve confess'd th' electric dart.
The old Raven few round and round, and caw'd to
the blast.

O dear deceit! I see the Maiden rise,

Chaste Joyance dancing in her bright-blue eyes! He bein the last shriek of the perishing souls-- When first the lark, lugh soaring, swells his throule See! see! o'er the topmast the mad waler rolls ! Mocks the tired eye, and scatters the wild note,

Right glad was the Raven, and off he went fleet, I trace her footsteps on the acc wom’d lawn, And Death riding home on a cloud he did meet, I mark her glancing 'mid the gleam of dawn. And he thank'd him again and again for this treat: When the bent flower beneath the night-dew weep They haul taken his all, and Revenge was sweet! And on the lake the silver lustre sleeps,

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