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Nought endures but thou, O Lord;
Everlasting is thy word !
Thou, the first, the midst, the end ;
Thou, the deathless, changeless friend :
Grant us, Lord, beyond the skies,
Flowers whose fragrance never dies.
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 the gloom,
The abode of the dead, and the place of the tomb.
Shall we build to Ambition ? Ah! no, Affrighted he shrinketh away ;
For see! they would pin him below To 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, The trappings which dizen the proud ?
Alas! they are all laid aside,
And here's neither dress nor adornment allow'd,
But the long winding-sheet and the fringe of the
To Riches ? Alas! 'tis in vain,
Who hid in their turns have been hid :
The treasures are squander'd again;
And here in the grave are all metals forbid,
But the tinsel that shone 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 reveller here.
Shall we build to Affection and Love?
Ah! no; they have wither'd 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 sob, not a sigh meets mine ear
Which compassion itself could relieve ; Ah! sweetly they slumber, nor hope, love, 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,
Are 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, which ensures it fulfillid; And the third to the Lamb of the great sacrifice, Who bequeathed us them both when he rose to the
ONE adequate support
For the calamities of mortal life
Exists—one only—an assured belief,
That the procession of our fate, howe'er
Sad or disturb’d, is order'd by a Being
Of infinite benevolence and power,
Whose everlasting purposes embrace
All accidents, converting them to good.
The darts of anguish fir not where the seat
Of suffering hath been thoroughly fortified
By acquiescence in the Will Supreme
For time and for eternity :—by faith,
Faith absolute in God, including hope,
And the defence that is in boundless love
Of his perfections: with habitual dread
Of aught unworthily conceived, endured
Impatiently, ill done, or left undone,
To the dishonor of his holy name.
Soul of our souls, and safeguard of the world,
Sustain—thou only canst—the sick of heart,
Restore their languid spirits, and recall
Their lost affections unto thee and thine!
THE cold wind strips the yellow leaf,
The stars are twinkling faintly o’er us;
All nature wears her garb of grief,
While day's fair book is closed before us.
The songs have ceased, and busy men
Are to their beds of silence creeping;
The pale, cold moon looks out again
On the tired world so softly sleeping.
0! in an hour so still as this,
From care, and toil, and tumult stealing,
I'll consecrate an hour to bliss
To meek devotion's holy feeling,
And rise to Thee—to thee, whose hand
Unrolled the golden lamp of heaven;
Mantled with beauty all the land;
Gave light to morn, and shade to even.
Being, whose all-pervading might
The laws of countless worlds disposes;
Yet gives the sparkling dews their light,
Their beauty to the blushing roses :
Thou, ruler of our destiny !
With million gifts hast thou supplied us,
Hidden from our view futurity,
Unveiling all the past to guide us.
Though dark may be earth’s vale, and damp,
A thousand stars shine sweetly o’er us,
And immortality's pure lamp
Gladdens and gilds our path before us.
And in the silence of the scene
Sweet tones from heaven are softly speaking,
Celestial music breathes between,
The slumbering soul of bliss awaking.
Short is the darkest night, whose shade
Wraps nature's breast in clouds of sadness;
And joy's sweet flowers, that seem to fade,
Shall bloom anew in kindling gladness.
Death's darkness is more bright to him
Who looks beyond in visions holy,
Than passion's fires, or splendor's dream,
Or all the glare of sin and folly.
The silent tear, the deep-fetch'd sigh,
Which virtue heaves in hours of quiet,
Are dearer than pomp's revelry,
Or the mad laugh of frenzied riot;
Smiles from a conscience purified,
Far lovelier than the fleeting glory
Conferr'd in all a monarch's pride,
Embalm'd in all the light of story.
This joy be ours-our weeks shall roll-
And let them roll-our bark is driven
Safe to its harbor—and our soul
Awaking, shall awake in heaven.