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ONE writes, that “ Other friends remain,"
That “ Loss is common to the race,”
And common is the commonplace, And vacant chaff well meant for grain. That loss is common would not make
My own less bitter, rather more :
Too common! Never morning wore
Who pledgest now thy gallant son ;.
A shot, ere half thy draught be done, Hath stilled the life that beat from thee.
O mother, praying God will save
Thy sailor, while thy head is bowed,
His heavy-shotted hammock-shroud Drops in his vast and wandering grave. Ye know no more than I who wrought
At that last hour to please him well;
Who mused on all I had to tell, And something written, something thought ; Expecting still his advent home;
And ever met him on his way
With wishes, thinking, here to-day,
That sittest 'ranging golden hair;
And glad to find thyself so fair, Poor child, that waitest for thy love? For now her father's chimney glows
In expectation of a guest ;
And thinking “this will please him best," She takes a ribbon or a rose ;
For he will see them on to-night;
And with the thought her color burns;
And, having left the glass, she turns Once more to set a ringlet right;
And, even when she turned, the curse
Had fallen, and her future Lord
Was drowned in passing through the ford, Or killed in falling from his horse.
0, what to her shall be the end ?
And what to me remains of good ?
To her, perpetual maidenhood, And unto me, no second friend.
DARK house, by which once more I stand,
Here in the long unlovely street,
Doors, where my heart was used to beat So quickly, waiting for a hand, A hand that can be clasped no more,
Behold me, for I annot sleep,
And like a guilty thing I creep
The noise of life begins again,
And ghastly through the drizzling rain On the bald street breaks the blank day.
A HAPPY lover who has come
To'look on her that loves him well,
Who lights, and rings the gateway bell, And learns her gone, and far from home,
He saddens, all the magic light
Dies off at once from bower and ball,
And all the place is dark, and all
In which we two were wont to meet,
The field, the chamber, and the street For all is dark, where thou art not.
Yet as that other, wandering there
In those deserted walks, may find
A flower beat with rain and wind, Which once she fostered up with care ;
So seems it in my deep regret,
O my forsaken heart, with thee,
And this poor flower of poesy, Which, little cared for, fades not yet. But since it pleased a vanished eye,
I go to plant it on his tomb,
That if it can it there may bloom, Or dying there at least may die.
FAIR ship, that from the Italian shore
Sailest the placid ocean plains,
With my lost Arthur's loved remains, Spread thy full wings, and waft him o'er! So draw him home to those that mourn,
In vain; a favorable speed
Ruffle thy mirrored mast, and lead Through prosperous floods his holy urn! All night no ruder air perplex
Thy sliding keel, till Phosphor, brigkt
As our pure love, through early light Sball glimmer on the dewy decks! Sphere all your lights around, above;
Sleep, gentle heavens, before the prow;
Sleep, gentle winds, as he sleeps now, My friend, the brother of my love I
My Arthur! whom I shall not see
Till all my widowed race be run;
Dear as the mother to the son, More than my brothers are to me!
I HEAR the noise about thy keel;
I hear the bell struck in the night;
I see the cabin-window bright; I see the sailor at the wheel.
Thou bringest the sailor to his wife;
And travelled men from foreign lands;
And letters unto trembling hands; And, thy dark freight, a vanished life. So bring him: we have idle dreams :
This look of quiet flatters thus
Our home-bred fancies : oh, to us, The fools of habit, sweeter seems
To rest beneath the clover sod,
That takes the sunshine and the rains,
Or where the kneeling hamlet drains The chalice of the grapes of God,
Than if with thee the roaring wells
Should gulf him fathom deep in brine ;
And hands so often clasped in mine Should toss with tangle and with shells.
CALM is the morn, without a sound,
Calm as to suit a calmer grief,
And only through the faded leaf The chestnut pattering to the ground: Calm and deep peace on this high wold,
And on these dews that drench the furze,
And all the silvery gossamers
That sweeps, with all its autumn bowers,
And crowded farms and lessening towers, To mingle with the bounding main : Calm and deep peace in this wide air,
These leaves that redden to the fall;
And in my heart, if calm at all, If any calm, a calm despair :
Calm on the seas, and silver sleep,
And waves that sway themselves in rest,
And dead calm in that noble breast Which heaves but with the heaving deep.
Lol as a dove when up she springs,
To bear through Heaven a tale of woe,
Some dolorous message knit below The wild pulsation of her wings;
Like her I go : I cannot stay ;
I leave this mortal ark behind,
A weight of nerves without a mind, And leave the cliffs, and haste away