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For round their roots the fisher's boat is tied,

On whose trim seat doth Edmund stretch at ease, And while the lazy boat sways to and fro,

Breathes in his flute sad airs, so wild and slow, That his own cheek is wet with quiet tears.

But 0, dear Anne! when midnight wind careers, And the gust pelting on the out-house shed

Makes the cock shrilly on the rain storm crow,

To hear thee sing some ballad full of woe, Ballad of ship-wrecked sailor floating dead,

Whom his own true love buried in the sands! Thee, gentle woman, for thy voice re-measures Whatever tones and melancholy pleasures

The things of Nature utter; birds or trees Or moan of ocean-gale in weedy caves, Or where the stiff grass mid the heath-plant waves,

Murmur and music thin of sudden breeze.

THE KEEPSAKE.

THE
'HE tedded hay, the first fruits of the soil,

The tedded hay and corn-sheaves in one field,
Show summer gone, ere come. The foxglove tall
Sheds its loose purple bells, or in the gust,
Or when it bends beneath the up-springing lark,
Or mountain-finch alighting. · And the rose
(In vain the darling of successful love)
Stands, like some boasted beauty of past years,
The thorns remaining, and the flowers all gone./
Nor can I find, amid my lonely walk
By rivulet, or spring, or wet road-side,
That blue and bright-eyed floweret of the brook,

Hope's gentle gem, the sweet Forget-me-not !*
So will not fade the flowers which Emmeline
With delicate fingers on the snow-white silk
Has worked (the flowers which most she knew I

loved),
And, more beloved than they, her auburn hair.

In the cool morning twilight, early waked By her full bosom's joyous restlessness, Softly she rose, and lightly stole along, Down the slope coppice to the woodbine bower, Whose rich flowers, swinging in the morning breeze, Over their dim fast-moving shadows hung, Making a quiet image of disquiet In the smooth, scarcely moving river-pool. There, in that bower where first she owned her love, And let me kiss my own warm tear of joy From off her glowing cheek, she sate and stretch'd The silk upon the frame, and worked her name Between the Moss-Rose and Forget-me-notHer own dear name, with her own auburn-hair! That forced to wander till sweet spring return, I yet might ne'er forget her smile, her look, Her voice (that even in her mirthful mood Has made me wish to steal

away

and weep), Nor yet the entrancement of that maiden kiss With which she promised, that when spring returned, She would resign one half of that dear name, And own henceforth no other name but mine.

One of the names (and meriting to be the only one) of the Myosotis Scorpioides Palustris, a flower from six to twelve inches high, with blue blossom and bright yellow eye. It has the same name over the whole empire of Germany (Vergissmein nicht), and I believe, in Denmark and Sweden.

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TO A LADY.
WITH FALCONER'S "SHIPWRECK."
AH! not by Cam or Isis, famous streams,

In arched groves, the youthful poet's choice;
Nor while half-listening, mid delicious dreams,

To harp and song from lady's hand and voice;

Nor yet while gazing in sublimer mood,

On cliff, or cataract, in Alpine dell;
Nor in dim cave with bladdery sea-weed strewed,

Framing wild fancies to the ocean's swell;

Our sea-bard sang this song! which still he sings,

And sings for thee, sweet friend! Hark, Pity, hark! Now mounts, now totters on the tempest's wings,

Now groans, and shivers the replunging bark !

Cling to the shrouds !" In vain! The breakers

roarDeath shrieks! With two alone of all his clan Forlorn the poet paced the Grecian shore,

No classic roamer, but a ship-wreck'd man !

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Say then, what muse inspired these genial strains,

And lit his spirit to so bright a flame? The elevating thought of suffered pains,

Which gentle hearts shall mourn; but chief, the

name

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Of gratitude! remembrances of friend,

Or absent or no more! shades of the Past, Which Love makes substance! Hence to thee I send,

O dear as long as life and memory last !

I send with deep regards of heart and head,
Sweet maid, for friendship formed! this work to

thee : And thou, the while thou canst not choose but shed

A tear for Falconer, wilt remember me.

TO A YOUNG LADY

ON HER RECOVERY FROM A FEVER.

WHY need I say, Louisa dear!

How glad I am to see you here,
A lovely convalescent;
Risen from the bed of pain and fear,

And feverish heat incessant.

The sunny showers, the dappled sky,
The little birds that warble high,

Their vernal loves commencing,
Will better welcome you than I

With their sweet influencing.

Believe me, while in bed you lay,
Your danger taught us all to pray:

You made us grow devouter !
Each
eye
looked

up

and seemed to say, How can we do without her ?

Besides, wnat vexed us worse, we knew,
They have no need of such as you

In the place where you were going :
This World has angels all too few,

And Heaven is overflowing !

SOMETHING CHILDISH, BUT VERY

NATURAL.

WRITTEN IN GERMANY

IF
F I had but two little wings,
And were a little feathery bird,
To

you I'd fly, my dear!
But thoughts like these are idle things,

And I stay here.

But in my sleep to you I fly:
I'm always with you in my sleep!

The world is all one's own.
But then one wakes, and where am I?

All, all alone.

Sleep stays not though a monarch bids :
So I love to wake ere break of day:

For though my sleep be gone,
Yet, while 'tis dark, one shuts one's lids,

And still dreams on.

HOMESICK.

WRITTEN IN GERMANY.

'TIS
VIS sweet to him, who all the week

Through city crowds must push his way, To stroll alone through fields and woods,

And hallow thus the Sabbath-day.

And sweet it is, in summer bower,

Sincere, affectionate, and gay,
One's own dear children, feasting round,

To celebrate one's marriage-day.

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