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Long was it ere that fountain, pulsing slow,
Caus’d once again that chalice to run o'er; When, thinking no like hindrance now to know,
He rais’d it to his parched lips once more:
Once more, as if to cross his purpose bent,
The watchful bird as if on this one thing, That drink he should not of that stream, intent
Struck from his band the cup with eager wing.
But when this new defeat his purpose found,
Swift penalty this time the bird must pay : Hurld down with angry force upon the ground,
Before her master's feet in death she lay :
And he, twice baffled, did meantime again
From that scant rill to slake his thirst prepare ; When, down the crags descending, of his train
One cried, “O Monarch, for thy life forbear!
· Coild in these waters at their fountain head,
And causing them so feebly to distil,
And doth with venom all the streamlet fill.
Dropp'd from his hand the cup : - one look he
cast Upon the faithful bird before his feet, Whose dying struggles now were almost past,
For whom a better guardian had been meet;
Then homeward rode in silence many a mile;
But if such thoughts did in his bosom grow, As did in mine the painfulness beguile,
Of that his falcon's end, what man can know?
I said, “ Such chalices the world fills up
For us, and bright and without bale they seem A sparkling potion in a jewell’d cup,
Nor know we drawn from what infected stream.
“Our spirit's thirst they promise to assuage,
And we those cups unto our death had quaff'd, If Heaven did not in dearest love engage
To dash the chalice down, and mar the draught.
“ Alas for us, if we that love are fain
With wrath and blind impatience to repay, Which nothing but our weakness doth restrain,
As he repaid his faithful bird that day ; If an indignant eye we lift above,
To lose some sparkling goblet ill content, Which, but for that keen watchfulness of love, Swift certain poison through our veins had sent.
ON THE DEATH OF HENRY KIRKE WHITE.
UNHAPPY White!! while life was in its spring,
Henry Kirke White died at Cambridge, in 1806, in consequence of over-study.
'Twas thine own genius gave the final blow,
AFAR IN THE DESERT.
AFAR in the Desert I love to ride
prime, All the passions and scenes of that rapt'rous time, When the feelings were young, and the world was
new, Like fresh bowers of Paradise opening to view !
All - all now forsaken, forgotten, or gone!
Afar in the Desert I love to ride, With the silent Bush-boy alone by my side; When the wild turmoil of this wearisome life, With its scenes of oppression, corruption, and
strife, The proud man's frown, and the base man's fear, And the scorner's laugh, and the sufferer's tear, The malice, and meanness, and falsehood, and
folly, Dispose me to musing and dark melancholy; When my bosom is full, and my thoughts are high, And my soul is sick with the bondman's sigh, Oh, then there is freedom, and joy, and pride, Afar in the Desert alone to ride! There is rapture to vault on the champing steed, And to bound away with the eagle's speed; With the death-fraught firelock in my hand, (The only law of the Desert land)But 'tis not the innocent to destroy, For I hate the huntsman's savage joy.
Afar in the Desert I love to ride, With the silent Bush-boy alone by my side, Away - away from the dwellings of men, By the wild deer's haunt and the buffalo's glen; By valleys remote, where the oribi' plays; Where the gnoo , the gazelle, and the hartebeest 3
graze, | Antilope Pygmæa
* Antilope Gnu. s Antilope Bubalis.
And the gemsbok ! and eland ? unhunted recline ; By the skirts of gray forests o'ergrown with wild
And the elephant browses at peace in his wood; And the river-horse 3 gambols unscar'd in the
flood; And the mighty rhinoceros wallows at will In the vlei, where the wild-ass is drinking his fill.
Afar in the Desert I love to ride
Afar in the desert I love to ride
s Antilope Oreas. • Hippopotamus.
4 A marsh or small lake. 5 The great Karroo is an uninhabitable wilderness, about 300 miles long by 80 broad, forming an elevated plain, or tract of table-land, between the great ridges of the Zwartbergen (Black Mountains) and Sneeuwbergen (Snow-Moun. tains). 6 Antilope Pygarga.
Antilope Strepsiceros. 8 Equus Quagga.