Author:

The Tryst

I.

I went, alone, to the old familiar place
Where we often met,–
When the twilight soften’d thy bright and radiant face
And the sun had set.
All things around seem’d whispering of the past,
With thine image blent–
Even the changeful spray which the torrent cast
As it downward went!
I stood and gazed with a sad and heavy eye
On the waterfall–
And with a shouting voice of agony
On thy name did call!

II.

With a yearning hope, from my wrung and aching heart
I call’d on thee–
And the lonely echoes from the rocks above
They answer’d me!
Glad and familiar as a household word
Was that cherish’d name
But in that grieving hour, faintly heard,
‘T was not the same!
Solemn and sad, with a distant knelling cry,
On my heart it fell–
‘T was as if the word ‘Welcome’ had been answer’d by
The word ‘FAREWELL!’

Recollections

DO you remember all the sunny places,
Where in bright days, long past, we played together?
Do you remember all the old home faces
That gathered round the hearth in wintry weather?
Do you remember all the happy meetings,
In Summer evenings round the open door–
Kind looks, kind hearts, kind words and tender greetings,
And clasping hands whose pulses beat no more?
Do you remember them?

Do you remember all the merry laughter;
The voices round the swing in our old garden:
The dog that, when we ran, still followed after;
The teasing frolic sure of speedy pardon:
We were but children then, young happy creatures,
And hardly knew how much we had to lose–
But now the dreamlike memory of those features
Comes back, and bids my darkened spirit muse.
Do you remember them?

Do you remember when we first departed
From all the old companions who were round us,
How very soon again we grew light-hearted,
And talked with smiles of all the links which bound us?
And after, when our footsteps were returning,
With unfelt weariness, o’er hill and plain;
How our young hearts kept boiling up, and burning,
To think how soon we’d be at home again.
Do you remember this?

Do you remember how the dreams of glory
Kept fading from us like a fairy treasure;
How we thought less of being fam’d in story,
And more of those to whom our fame gave pleasure.
Do you remember in far countries, weeping,
When a light breeze, a flower, hath brought to mind
Old happy thoughts, which till that hour were sleeping,
And made us yearn for those we left behind?
Do you remember this?

Do you remember when no sound ‘woke gladly,
But desolate echoes through our home were ringing,
How for a while we talked–then paused full sadly,
Because our voices bitter thoughts were bringing?
Ah me! those days–those days! my friend, my brother,
Sit down and let us talk of all our woe,
For we have nothing left but one another;
Yet where they went, old playmate, we shall go–
Let us remember this.

The Winter’s Walk

MARK’D–as the hours should be, Fate bids us spend
With one illustrious, or a cherish’d friend–
Rich in the value of that double claim,
Since Fame allots the friend a Poet’s name,–
My ‘Winter’s Walk’ asserts its right to live
Amongst the brightest thoughts my life can give,
And leaves a track of light on Memory’s way
Which oft shall gild the future Summer’s day.

Gleam’d the red sun athwart the misty haze
Which veil’d the cold earth from its loving gaze,
Feeble and sad as Hope in Sorrow’s hour,
But for THY soul it still had warmth and power;
Not to its cheerless beauty wert thou blind,
To the keen eye of thy poetic mind

Beauty still lives, tho’ nature’s flow’rets die,
And wintry sunsets fade along the sky!
And nought escaped thee as we stroll’d along,
Nor changeful ray, nor bird’s faint chirping song;
Bless’d with a fancy easily inspired,
All was beheld, and nothing unadmired;
Not one of all God’s blessings giv’n in vain,
From the dim city to the clouded plain.

And many an anecdote of other times,–
Good earnest deeds,–quaint wit,–and polished rhymes,–
Many a sweet story of remembered years
Which thrilled the listening heart with unshed tears,–
Unweariedly thy willing tongue rehearsed,
And made the hour seem brief as we conversed.

Ah! who can e’er forget, who once hath heard,
The gentle charm that dwells in every word
Of thy calm converse? In its kind allied
To some fair river’s bright abundant tide,
Whose silver gushing current onward goes,
Fluent and varying; yet with such repose

As smiles even through the flashings of thy wit,
In every eddy that doth ruffle it.
Who can forget, who at thy social board
Hath sat,–and seen the pictures richly stored,
In all their tints of glory and of gloom,
Brightening the precincts of thy quiet room;
With busts and statues fall of that deep grace
Which modern hands have lost the skill to trace,
(Fragments of beauty–perfect as thy song
On that sweet land to which they did belong,)
Th’ exact and classic taste bv thee displayed;
Not with a rich man’s idle fond parade,
Not with the pomp of some vain connoisseur
Proud of his bargains, of his judgment sure,
But with the feelings kind and sad, of one
Who thro’ far countries wandering hath gone,
And brought away dear keepsakes, to remind
His heart and home of all he left behind.

But wherefore these, in feeble rhyme recal?
Thy taste, thy wit, thy verse, are known to all;
Such things are for the World, and therefore doth
The World speak of them; loud, and nothing loth

To fancy that the talent stamped by Heaven
Is nought unless their echoed praise be given,
A worthless ore not yet allowed to shine,
A diamond darkly buried in its mine.
These are thy daylight qualities, whereon
Beams the full lustre of their garish sun,
And the keen point of many a famed reply
Is what they would not ‘willingly let die.’
But by a holier light thy angel reads
The unseen records of more gentle deeds,–
And by a holier light thy angel sees
The tear oft shed for humble miseries,–
The alms dropp’d gently in the beggar’s hand,
(Who in his daily poverty doth stand
Watching for kindness on thy pale calm brow,
Ignorant to whom he breathes his grateful vow).
Th’ indulgent hour of kindness stol’n away
From the free leisure of thy well-spent day,
For some poor struggling Son of Genius, bent
Under the weight of heart-sick discontent;
Whose prayer thou hearest, mindful of the schemes
Of thine own youth;–the hopes, the fever-dreams
Of Fame and Glory which seemed hovering then,
(Nor only seemed) upon thy magic pen;

And measuring not how much beneath thine own
Is the sick mind thus pining to be known,
But only what a wealth of hope lies hushed
As in a grave,–when men like these are crushed!

And by that light’s soft radiance I review
Thy unpretending kindness, calm and true,
Not to me only,–but in bitterest hours
To one whom Heaven endowed with varied powers;
To one who died, e’er yet my childish heart
Knew what Fame meant, or Slander’s fabled dart!
Then was the laurel green upon his brow,
And they could flatter then, who judge him now;
Who, when the fickle breath of fortune changed,
With equal falsehood held their love estranged;
Nay, like mean wolves, from whelp-hood vainly nurst,
Tore at the easy hand that fed them first.
Not so didst THOU the ties of friendship break–
Not so didst THOU the saddened man forsake;
And when at length he laid his dying head
On the hard rest of his neglected bed,
He found,–(tho’ few or none around him came
Whom he had toiled for in his hour of Fame;–

Though by his Prince, unroyally forgot,
And left to struggle with his altered lot;–)
By sorrow weakened,–by disease unnerved,–
Faithful at least the friend he had not served:
For the same voice essayed that hour to cheer,
Which now sounds welcome to his grandchild’s ear;
And the same hand, to aid that Life’s decline,
Whose gentle clasp so late was linked in mine!

The Christening

(Of my Brother’s infant Son, February 21, 1839.)
I.

THERE is a sound of laughter light and gay,
And hurried welcomes, as of joyful greeting;
The stir and murmur of a holiday,
The grouping of glad friends each other meeting:
And in the midst art THOU–thou tiny flower,
Whose coming hath so cheer’d this wintry hour!
II.

Helpless thou liest, young blossom of our love!
The sunshine of fond smiles around thee beaming,
Blessings call’d down on thee from Heaven above,
And every heart about thy future dreaming:–
Meek peace and utter innocence are now
The sole expression of thy baby brow.
III.

Helpless thou liest, thy little waxen face
Eagerly scann’d by our inquiring glances,
Hoping some lovely likeness there to trace,
Which fancy finds, and so thy worth enhances;
Clothing with thought mature, and power of mind,
Those infant features, yet so faintly lined.
IV.

And still thy youthful mother bendeth down
Her large, soft, loving eyes, brimful of gladness,
Her cheek almost as waxen as thine own,
Her heart as innocently free from sadness:
And still a brighter smile her red lip wears,
As each her young son’s loveliness declares.
V.

And sometimes as we gaze a sigh is heard,
(Though from the happy group all grief seems banished,)
As thou recallest, little nestling bird,
Some long familiar face whose light hath vanish’d;
Some name, which yet hath power our hearts to thrill–
Some smile, whose buried beauty haunts us still!
VI.

Ah! most to Her, the early widow’d, come
Thoughts of the blossoms that from earth have perish’d;
Lost to her lone and solitary home,
Though in her brooding memory fondly cherish’d:–
Her little grandson’s baby-smiles recall
Not one regretted hope of youth, but all!
VII.

Her Son’s son lies upon her cradling knee,
And bids her heart return, with mournful dreaming,
To her own first-born’s helpless infancy,
When hope-youth’s guiding star-was brightly beaming;
And He, who died too soon, stood by and smiled,
And bless’d alike the mother and her child.
VIII.

Since then, how many a year hath fleeted past!
What unforeseen events, what joys, what sorrows,
With sunshine or with clouds have overcast
The long succession of her lonely morrows;
Ere musing o’er this fair and new-born face,
A fresh link carried on her orphan’d Race!
IX.

Fair child, that race is not by man’s award
Ennobled,–but by God; no titles sounded
By herald’s trump, or smooth and flattering bard,
Proclaim within what lines thy rank is bounded:–
Thy power hereditary none confine,
The gift of Genius, boy, by right is thine!
X.

Be humble, for it is an envied thing;
And men whose creeping hearts have long submitted
Around the column’d height to clasp and cling
Of Titled Pride–by man to man transmitted,–
Will grudge the power they have less cause to dread,
Oppose thee living, and malign when dead.
XI.

One of thy lineage served his country well
(Though with her need her gratitude departed);
What in her memory now is left to dwell?
The faults of him who died half broken-hearted:–
And those, whose envious hands ne’er stretch’d to save,
Pluck down the laurels springing from his grave.
XII.

Yet hush! it is a solemn hour; and far
Be human bitterness and vain upbraiding;
With hope we watch thy rising, thou young star,
Hope not all earthly, or it were too fading;
For we are met to usher in thy life,
With Prayer,–which lifteth hearts, and quelleth strife!
XIII.

Hush’d is the busy group, and still as death;
All at the sacred altar meekly kneeling;
For thy sake, who so lately drew thy breath,
All unto Heaven with earnest heart appealing.
A solemn voice addresses the Most High,
And with a murmuring echo we reply.
XIV.

All holy be the hour! and, oh! may Heaven
Look down and bless the anxious mother’s part,
As meekly she confides the treasure given
So lately to her young and hoping heart;
And pleads that God’s great love may be his stay,
And guide her little Wanderer on his way.
XV.

So let it be! and when the noble head
Of thy true-hearted father, babe beloved,
Now glossy dark, is silver-gray instead,
And thy young birth-day far away removed;
Still may’st thou be a comfort and a joy,–
Still welcome as this day, unconscious boy!

The Poet’s Choice

I.

‘Twas in youth, that hour of dreaming;
Round me, visions fair were beaming,
Golden fancies, brightly gleaming,
Such as start to birth
When the wandering restless mind,
Drunk with beauty, thinks to find
Creatures of a fairy kind
Realised on Earth!
II.

Then, for me, in every dell
Hamadryads seem’d to dwell
(They who die, as Poets tell,
Each with her own tree);
And sweet mermaids, low reclining,
Dim light through their grottos shining,
Green weeds round their soft limbs twinng,
Peopled the deep Sea.
III.

Then, when moon and stars were fair,
Nymph-like visions fill’d the air,
With blue wings and golden hair
Bending from the skies;
And each cave by echo haunted
In its depth of shadow granted,
Brightly, the Egeria wanted,
To my eager eyes.
IV.

But those glories pass’d away;
Earth seem’d left to dull decay,
And my heart in sadness lay,
Desolate, uncheer’d;
Like one wrapt in painful sleeping,
Pining, thirsting, waaking, weeping,
Watsh thro’ Life’s dark midnight keeping,
Till THY form appear’d!
V.

THEN my soul, whose erring measure
Knew not where to find true pleasure
Woke and seized the golden treasure
Of thy human love;
And, looking on thy radiant brow,
My lips in gladness breathed the vow
Which angels, not more fair than thou,
Have register’d above.
VI.

And now I take my quiet rest,
With my head upon thy breast,
I will make no fiurther quest
In Fancy’s realms of light;
Fay, nor nymph, nor wingēd spirit,
Shall my store of love inherit;
More thy mortal charm doth merit
Than dream, however bright:
VII.

And my soul,-like some sweet bird
Whose song at summer eve is heard,
When the breeze, so lightly stirr’d,
Leaves the branch unbent,–
Sits and all-triumphant sings,
Folding up her brooding wings,
And gazing out on earthly things
With a calm content.

They Loved One Another

THEY loved one another! young Edward and his wife,
And in their cottage-home they dwelt, apart from sin and strife.
Each evening Edward weary came from a day of honest toil,
And Mary made the fire blaze, and smiled a cheerful smile.
Oh! what was wealth or pomp to them, the gaudy glittering show,
Of jewels blazing on the breast, where heaves a heart of woe!
The merry laugh, the placid sleep, were theirs; they hated sloth,
And all the little that they had, belonged alike to both,
For they loved one another!

They loved one another; but one of them is gone,
And by that vainly cheerful hearth poor Edward sits alone.
He gazes round on all which used to make his heart rejoice,
And he misses Mary’s gentle smile, he misses Mary’s voice.
There are many in this chilly world who would not care to part,
Tho’ they dwell together in one home, and ought to have one heart,
And yet they live! while never more those happy ones may meet;
And the echo from her home is gone of Mary’s busy feet:
And they loved one another!

They loved one another! but she hath past away,
And taken with her all the light, the sunshine of his day;
And Edward makes no loud lament, nor idly sits and mourns,
But quietly goes forth at morn, and quietly returns.
The cottage now is still and dark, no welcome bids him home,
He passes it and wanders on, to sit by Mary’s tomb.
Oh! weep my friends-for very sad and bitter it must be
To yearn for some familiar face we never more may see-
When we loved one another!

The Arab’s Farewell To His Horse

MY beautiful! my beautiful! that standest meekly by
With thy proudly arched and glossy neck, and dark and fiery eye;
Fret not to roam the desert now, with all thy winged speed-
I may not mount on thee again-thou’rt sold, my Arab steed!
Fret not with that impatient hoof-snuff not the breezy wind-
The further that thou fliest now, so far am I behind;
The stranger hath thy bridle rein-thy master hath his gold-
Fleet-limbed and beautiful! farewell! -thou’rt sold, my steed-thou’rt sold!

Farewell! those free untired limbs, full many a mile must roam,
To reach the chill and wintry sky, which clouds the stranger’s home;
Some other hand, less fond, must now thy corn and bed prepare;
The silky mane I braided once, must be another’s care!
The morning sun shall dawn again, but never more with thee
Shall I gallop through the desert paths, where we were wont to be:
Evening shall darken on the earth; and o’er the sandy plain
Some other steed, with slower step, shall bear me home again.

Yes, thou must go! the wild free breeze, the brilliant sun and sky,
Thy master’s home-from all of these, my exiled one must fly.
Thy proud dark eye will grow less proud, thy step become less fleet,
And vainly shalt thou arch thy neck, thy master’s hand to meet.
Only in sleep shall I behold that dark eye, glancing bright
Only in sleep shall hear again that step so firm and light:

And when I raise my dreaming arm to check or cheer thy speed,
Then must I starting wake, to feel-thou’rt sold, my Arab steed!

Ah! rudely then, unseen by me, some cruel hand may chide,
Till foam-wreaths lie, like crested waves, along thy panting side:
And the rich blood, that is in thee swells, in thy indignant pain,
Till careless eyes, which rest on thee, may count each started vein.
Will they ill-use thee? If I thought-but no, it cannot be-
Thou art so swift, yet easy curbed; so gentle, yet so free.
And yet, if haply when thou’rt gone, my lonely heart should yearn-
Can the hand which casts thee from it now, command thee to return?

Return! -alas! my Arab steed! what shall thy master do,
When thou who wert his all of joy, hast vanished from his view?
When the dim distance cheats mine eye, and through the gath’ring tears
Thy bright form, for a moment, like the false mirâge appears.
Slow and unmounted will I roam, with weary foot alone,
Where with fleet step, and joyous bound, thou oft hast borne me on;
And, sitting down by that green well, I’ll pause and sadly think,
‘It was here he bowed his glossy neck, when last I saw him drink! ‘

When last I saw thee drink! -away! the fevered dream is o’er-
I could not live a day, and know, that we should meet no more!
They tempted me, my beautiful! for hunger’s power is strong-
They tempted me, my beautiful! but I have loved too long.
Who said that I had given thee up? Who said that thou wert sold?
‘Tis false-’tis false, my Arab steed! I fling them back their gold!
Thus, thus, I leap upon thy back, and scour the distant plains;
Away! who overtakes us now, shall claim thee for his pains!

In Westminster Abbey

"The Southern Transept, hardly known by any other name but Poets’ Corner"
DEAN STANLEY

Tread softly here; the sacredest of tombs
Are those that hold your poets. Kings and queens
Are facile accidents of Time and Chance.
Chance sets them on the heights, they climb not there!
But he who from the darkling mass of men
Is on the wing of heavenly thought upborne
To finer ether, and becomes a voice
For all the voiceless, God annointed him:
His name shall be a star, his grave a shrine.

Tread softly here, in silent reverence tread.
Beneath those marble cenotaphs and urns
Lies richer dust than ever nature hid
Packed in the mountain’s adamantine heart,
Or slyly wrapt in unsuspected sand–
The dross men toil for, and oft stain the soul.
How vain and all ignoble seems that greed
To him who stands in this dim claustral air
With these most sacred ashes at his feet!
This dust was Chaucer, Spenser, Dryden this–
The spark that once illumed it lingers still.
O ever-hallowed spot of English earth!
If the unleashed and unhappy spirit of man
Have option to visit our dull globe,
What august Shades at midnight here convene
In the miraculous sessions of the moon,
When the great pulse of London faintly throbs,
And one by one the stars in heaven pale!

The Widow To Her Son’s Betrothed

I.

AH, cease to plead with that sweet cheerful voice,
Nor bid me struggle with a weight of woe,
Lest from the very tone that says ‘rejoice’
A double bitterness of grief should grow;
Those words from THEE convey no gladdening thought,
No sound of comfort lingers in their tone,
But by their means a haunting shade is brought
Of love and happiness for ever gone!
II.

My son!–alas, hast thou forgotten him,
That thou art full of hopeful plans again?
His heart is cold–his joyous eyes are dim,–
For him THE FUTURE is a word in vain!
He never more the welcome hours may share,
Nor bid Love’s sunshine cheer our lonely home,–
How hast thou conquer’d all the long despair
Born of that sentence–He is in the tomb?
III.

How can thy hand with cheerful fondness press
The hands of friends who still on earth may stay–
Remembering his most passionate caress
When the LONG PARTING summon’d him away?
How can’st thou keep from bitter weeping, while
Strange voices tell thee thou art brightly fair–
Remembering how he loved thy playful smile,
Kiss’d thy smooth cheek, and praised thy burnish’d hair?
IV.

How can’st thou laugh? How can’st thou warble songs?
How can’st thou lightly tread the meadow-fields,
Praising the freshness which to spring belongs,
And the sweet incense which the hedge-flower yields?
Does not the many-blossom’d spring recal
Our pleasant walks through cowslip-spangled meads,–
The violet-scented lanes–the warm south-wall,
Where early flow’rets rear’d their welcome heads?
V.

Does not remembrance darken on thy brow
When the wild rose a richer fragrance flings–
When the caressing breezes lift the bough,
And the sweet thrush more passionately sings;–
Dost thou not, then, lament for him whose form
Was ever near thee, full of earnest grace?
Does not the sudden darkness of the storm
Seem luridly to fall on Nature’s face?
VI.

It does to ME! The murmuring summer breeze,
Which thou dost turn thy glowing cheek to meet,
For me sweeps desolately through the trees,
And moans a dying requiem at my feet!
The glistening river which in beauty glides,
Sparkling and blue with morn’s triumphant light,
All lonely flows, or in its bosom hides
A broken image lost to human sight!
VII.

But THOU!–Ah! turn thee not in grief away;
I do not wish thy soul as sadly wrung–
I know the freedom of thy spirit’s play,
I know thy bounding heart is fresh and young:
I know corroding Time will slowly break
The links which bound most fondly and most fast,
And Hope will be Youth’s comforter, and make
The long bright Future overweigh the Past.
VIII.

Only, when full of tears I raise mine eyes
And meet thine ever full of smiling light,
I feel as though thy vanish’d sympathies
Were buried in HIS grave, where all is night;
And when beside our lonely hearth I sit,
And thy light laugh comes echoing to my ear,
I wonder how the waste of mirth and wit
Hath still the power thy widow’d heart to cheer!
IX.

Bear with me yet! Mine is a harsh complaint!
And thy youth’s innocent lightheartedness
Should rather soothe me when my spirits faint
Than seem to mock my age’s lone distress.
But oh! the tide of grief is swelling high,
And if so soon forgetfulness must be–
If, for the DEAD, thou hast no further sigh,
Weep for his Mother!–Weep, young Bride, for ME!

Babel

KNOW ye in ages past that tower
By human hands built strong and high?
Arch over arch, with magic power,
Rose proudly each successive hour,
To reach the happy sky.

It rose, till human pride was crushed–
Quick came the unexpected change;
A moment every tone was hushed,
And then again they freely gushed,
But sounded wild and strange.

Loud, quick, and clear, each voice was heard,
Calling for lime, and stone, and wood,
All uttered words–but not one word;
More than the carol of a bird,
Their fellows understood.

Is there no Babel but that one,
The storied tower of other days?–
Where, round the giant pile of stone,
Pausing they stood–their labour done,
To listen in amaze.

Fair springs the tower of hope and fame,
When all our life is fairy land;
Till, scarcely knowing what to blame,
Our fellows cease to feel the same–
We cease to understand.

Then, when they coldly smile to hear
The burning dreams of earlier days;
The rapid fall from hope to fear,
When eyes whose every glance was dear,
Seem changing as they gaze:

Then, when we feel ’twere vain to speak
Of fervent hopes–aspirings high–
Of thoughts for which all words are weak–
Of wild far dreams, wherein we seek
Knowledge of earth and sky:

Of communings with nature’s God,
When impulse deep the soul hath moved–

Of tears which sink within the sod,
Where, mingling with the valley clod,
Lies something we have loved:

Then cometh ours;–and better theirs–
Of stranger tongues together brought,
Than that in which we all have shares,
A Babel in a world of cares–
Of feeling and of thought.

The Forsaken

I.

IT is the music of her native land,–
The airs she used to love in happier days;
The lute is struck by some young gentle hand,
To soothe her spirit with remember’d lays.
II.

But her sad heart is wandering from the notes,
Her ear is fill’d with an imagined strain;
Vainly the soften’d music round her floats,
The echo it awakes is all of pain!
III.

The echo it awakes, is of a voice
Which never more her weary heart shall cheer;
Fain would she banish it, but hath no choice,
Its vanish’d sound still haunts her shrinking ear,–
IV.

Still haunts her with its tones of joy and love,
Its memories of bitterness and wrong,
Bidding her thoughts thro’ various changes rove,–
Welcomes, farewells, and snatches of wild song.
V.

Why bring her music? She had half forgot
How left, how lonely, how oppress’d she was;
Why, by these strains, recal her former lot,
The depth of all her suffering, and its cause?
VI.

Know ye not what a spell there is in sound?
Know ye not that the melody of words
Is nothing to the power that wanders round,
Giving vague language to harmonious chords?
VII.

Oh I keep ye silence! He hath sung to her,
And from that hour–(faint twilight, sweet and dim,
When the low breeze scarce made the branches stirs)–
Music hath been a memory of HIM!
VIII.

Chords which the wandering fingers scarcely touch
When they would seek for some forgotten song,–
Stray notes which have no certain meaning, such
As careless hands unthinkingly prolong,–
IX.

Come unto HER, fraught with a vivid dream
Of love, in all its wild and passionate strength,–
Of sunsets, glittering on the purple stream,–
Of shadows, deepening into twilight length,–
X.

Of gentle sounds, when the warm world lay hush’d
Beneath the soft breath of the evening air,–
Of hopes and fears, and expectations crush’d,
By one long certainty of blank despair!
XI.

Bear to the sick man’s couch the fiery cup,
Pledged by wild feasters in their riotous hours,
And bid his parch’d lips drink the poison up,
As tho’ its foam held cool refreshing powers,–
XII.

Lift some poor wounded wretch, whose writhing pain
Finds soothing only in an utter rest,
Forth in some rude-made litter, to regain
Strength for his limbs and vigour for his breast;–
XIII.

But soothe ye not that proud forsaken heart
With strains whose sweetness maddens as they fall;
Untroubled let her feverish soul depart–
Not long shall memory’s power its might enthral;
XIV.

Not long,–tho’ balmy be the summer’s breath!
In the deep stillness of its golden light,
A shadowy spirit sits, whose name is DEATH,
And turns, what was all beauty, into blight;
XV.

And she, before whose sad and dreaming eye
Visions of by-gone days are sweeping on,
In her unfaded youth shall drooping die,
Shut from the glow of that Italian sun:
XVI.

Then let the organ’s solemn notes prolong
Their glory round the silence of her grave,
Then let the choral voices swell in song
And echo thro’ the chancel and the nave;
XVII.

For then her heart shall ache not at the sound,
Then the faint fever of her life shall cease
Silence, unbroken, calm, shall reign around,
And the long restless shall be laid at peace.