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O give me, O give me the wings of a dove!
Let me hasten my flight to those mansions above.
Ay, 't is now that my soul on swift pinions would soar,
And in ecstasy bid earth adieu evermore,


Lines TMritten in a Church-yard.

“It is good for us to be here. If thou wilt, let us make bere three tabernacles; one for thee, one for Moses, and one for Elias."

Methinks it is good to be here; .
If thou wilt, let us build—but for whom?

Nor Elias nor Moses appear;
But the shadows of eve that encompass with gloom
The abode of the dead and the place of the tomb.

Shall we build to Ambition ? Ah no!
Affiighted he shrinketh away;

For see, they would pen him below
In a small narrow cave and begirt with cold clay,
To the meanest of reptiles a peer and a prey.

To Beauty ? Ah no! she forgets
The charms which she wielded before; .

Nor knows the foul worm that he frets
The skin which but yesterday fools could adore,
For the smoothness it held, or the tint which it wore.

Shall we build to the purple of pride ?
To the trappings which dizen the proud ?

Alas! they are all laid aside,
And here 's neither dress nor adornment allowed,
But the long winding-sheet, and the fringe of the slıroud

To Riches ? Alas, 't is in vain!
Who hid, in their turns have been hid:

The treasures are squandered again;

And here in the grave are all metals forbid,
But the tinsel that shines on the dark coffin-lid.

To the pleasures which Mirth can afford,
The revel, the laugh, and the jeer ?

Ah! here is a plentiful board!
But the guests are all mute as their pitiful cheer,
And none but the worm is a reveler here.

Shall we build to Affection and Love?
Ah no! they have withered and died,

Or fled with the spirit above.
Friends, brothers, and sisters are laid side by side,
Yet none have saluted, and none have replied.

Unto Sorrow ?—the dead cannot grieve;
Not a soh, not a sigh meets mire ear,

Which compassion itself could relieve.
Ah, sweetly they slunber, nor love, hope, or fear;
Peace, peace is the watchword, the only one here.

Unto Death, to whom monarchs must bow?
Ah no! for his empire is known,

And here there are trophies enow !
Beneath, the cold dead, and around, the dark stone,
Ars the signs of a sceptre that none may disown.

The first tabernacle to Hope we will build,
And look for the sleepers around us to rise ;

The second to Faith, that insures it fulfilled; And the third to the Lamb of the great sacrifice, , Who bequeathed us them both when he rose to the skies


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In slumbers of midnight the sailor-boy lay;

His hammock swung loose at the sport of the wind;

But watch-worn and weary, his cares flew away,

And visions of happiness danced o'er his mind.

de dreamt of his home, of his dear native bowers,

And pleasures that waited on life's merry morn; While memory stood sideways half covered with Alcin 31

And restored every rose, but secreted its thorn.

Then Fancy her magical pinions spread wide,

And bade the young dreamer in ecstasy rise; Now far, far behind him the green waters glide,

And the cot of his forefathers blesses his eyes.

The jessainine clambers in flower o'er the thatch,

And the swallow chirps sweet from her nest in the wall All trembling with transport he raises the latch,

And the voices of loved ones reply to his call.

A father bends o'er him with looks of delight;

His cheek is impearled with a mother's warm tear; And the lips of the boy in a love-kiss unite

With the lips of the maid whom his bosom holds dear.

The heart of the sleeper beats high in his breast;

Joy quickens his pulses, -his hardships seem o'er; And a murmur of happiness steals through his rest,O God I thou hast blest me, I ask for no more."

Ahl whence is that flame which now bursts on Ľis eye?

Ahl what is that sound which now 'larms on his ear? 'T is the lightning's red gleam, painting hell on the sky!

'T is the crashing of thunders, the groan of the sphere'

He springs from his hammock, he flies to the deck;

Amazement confronts him with images dire;
Wild winds and mad waves drive the vessel a-wreck;

The masts fly in splinters; the shrouds are on fire.

Like mountains the billows tremendously swell;

In vain the lost wretch calls on mercy to save; Unseen hands of spirits are ringing his knell,

And the death-angel flaps his broad wings o'er the wave |

O sailor-boy, woe to thy dream of delight!

In darkness dissolves the gay frost-work of bliss. Where now is the picture that fancy touched bright,

Thy parents' fond pressure, and love's honeyed kiss ?

O sailor-boy! sailor-boy! never again

Shall home, love, or kindred thy wishes repay; Unblessed and unhonored, down deep in the main,

Full many a fathom, thy frame shall decay.

No tomb shall e'er plead to remembrance for thee,

Or redeem form or fame froin the merciless surge, But the white foam of waves shall thy winding-sheet be,

And winds in the midnight of winter thy dirge!

On a bed of green sea-flowers thy limbs shall be laid,

Around thy white bones the red coral shall grow; Of thy fair yellow locks threads of amber be made,

And every part suit to thy mansion below.

Days, months, years, and ages shall circle away,

And still the vast waters above thee shall roll ;
Earth loses thy pattern forever and aye,-
O sailor-boy! sailor-boy! peace to thy soul !


Old Grimes.

OLD GRIMES is dead; that good old man

We never shall see more; in
He used to wear a long, black coat,

All buttoned down before.

His heart was open as the day,

His feelings all were true;
His hair was some inclined to gray,

He wore it in a queue..

Whene'er he heard the voice of pain,

His breast with pity burned;
The large, round head upon his cane

From ivory was turned.

Kind words he ever had for all,

He knew no base design;
His eyes were dark and rather small,

His nose was aquiline.

He lived at peace with all mankind,

In friendship he was true; His coat had pocket-holes behind, 3 !

His pantaloons were blue.

Unharmed, the sin which earth pollutes

He passed securely o'er,
And never wore a pair of boots

For thirty years or more.

But good old Grimes is now at rest,

Nor fears misfortune's frown; He wore a double-breasted vest

The stripes ran up and down.

He modest merit sought to find,

And pay it its desert;
He had no malice in his mind,

No ruffles on his shirt.

His neighbors he did not abuse,

Was sociable and gay; .
He wore large buckles on his shoes,

And changed them every day.

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