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IPRAY THEE LET ME WEEP TO-NIGHT.
I PRAY thee let me weep to-night,
Like cave-lock'd fountains sleeping.
The friends I loved in early youth,
The faithless and forgetting,
Whom, though they were not worth my love, I cannot help regretting;
My feelings, once the kind, the warm,
But now the hard, the frozen;
The path I should have chosen;
I would give worlds, could I believe
When Flattery has caress'd me?
I cannot bear to think of this,
Oh, leave me to my weeping;
WEAKNESS ENDS WITH LOVE.
I SAY not, regret me;
You will not regret;
You will try to forget me,
We shall hear from each other,
Those names from another
Which once were so dear!
The soul where they fed.
Of the chain that once bound me, The memory is mine,
But my words are around thee,
Their power is on thine; No hope, no repentance, My weakness is o'er,
It died with the sentence
I love thee no more!
THERE is in life no blessing like affection: It soothes, it hallows, elevates, subdues, And bringeth down to earth its native heaven. It sits beside the cradle patient hours, Whose sole contentment is to watch and love; It bendeth o'er the death-bed, and conceals Its own despair with words of faith and hope. Life has naught else that may supply its place; Void is ambition, cold is vanity,
And wealth an empty glitter, without love.
AGE AND YOUTH.
"I'LL tell thee," said the old man, "what is life. A gulf of troubled waters-where the soul, Like a vex'd bark, is toss'd upon the waves Of pain and pleasure, by the wavering breath Of passions. They are winds that drive it on, But only to destruction and despair. Methinks that we have known some former state More glorious than our present; and the heart Is haunted by dim memories-shadows left By past felicity. Hence do we pine For vain aspirings-hopes that fill the eyes With bitter tears for their own vanity. Are we then fallen from some lovely star, Whose consciousness is as an unknown curse?"
How often, in this cold and bitter world, Is the warm heart thrown back upon itself! Cold, careless, are we of another's grief; We wrap ourselves in sullen selfishness; Harsh-judging, narrow-minded, stern and chill In measuring every action but our own. How small in some men's motives, but how mean! There are who never knew one generous thought; Whose heart-pulse never quicken'd with the joy Of kind endeavour, or sweet sympathy. There are too many such!
THE POET'S FIRST ESSAY.
It is a fearful stake the poet casts, When he comes forth from his sweet solitude Of hopes, and songs, and visionary things To ask the iron verdict of the world. Till then his home has been in fairyland, Shelter'd in the sweet depths of his own heart; But the strong need of praise impels him forth; For never was there poet but he craved That golden sunshine of secure renown, That sympathy which is the life of fame. It is full dearly bought: henceforth he lives Feverish and anxious, in an unkind world, That only gives the laurel to the grave.
CHARLES SWAIN was born in Manchester, | in October, 1803. In his fourteenth year he was apprenticed to a dyer, but he is now, I believe, an engraver and lithographer, in his native city. When about twenty years of age, he made his first appearance as a writer in the Manchester Iris, then edited by JAMES MONTGOMERY. In 1827 he published his contributions to this and other periodicals, under the title of Metrical Essays on Subjects of History and Imagination. In 1841 he printed, in a beautiful volume, illustrated in the style of ROGERS's Italy, The Mind and other Poems,
embracing all he had written which he deemed worthy of preservation. The Mind is his longest and most finished production. SOUTHEY said of SWAIN, that "if ever man was born a poet, he was;" and he merited the praise far better than many others the encomiums which the laureate so liberally bestowed. He has earnestness, tenderness, and a refined taste. He addresses himself to the heart and the imagination, in poems remarkable for their sincerity and simplicity, which are as melodious as MOORE's and as pure as CowPER's.
"Still askest thou what am I?Go, ask the bard whose visions I inspire: And, oh! he will reply,
The lyre-the lyre-the soul-exalting lyre!"
THE KIND OLD FRIENDLY FEELINGS.
THE kind old friendly feelings!
We have their spirit yet
Tho' years and years have pass'd, old friend,
And something of gray Time's advance
The warm old friendly feelings!
Like those loved links of old!
Ere the last old friendly feelings
Had taught one tear to flow!
The kind old friendly feelings!
May meet us with a tear?
Have fled, dear friend, like morning dreams
Still we've kept the kind old feelings
ONE I knew
Whose semblance painter's pencil never drew ; Droop, fall!-as from the rose fades soft the dew. Dying in tints of beauty-leaf by leaf! "Twas whisper'd love first call'd the canker there; But if she grieved, none ever saw her grief, The thought were torture: should a breath declare That unkind love had left her cheek less fair! And thus she fed on hope, who said away From scenes too dear; that 'neath a foreign air No more the worm within her breast should prey; No more her spirit faint, her little strength decay! Love? I will tell thee what it is to love! It is to build with human thoughts a shrine, Where hope sits brooding like a beauteous dove; Where time seems young-and life a thing divine. All tastes, all pleasures, all desires combine To consecrate this sanctuary of bliss.
Above, the stars in shroudless beauty shine; Around, the streams their flowery margins kiss: And if there's heaven on earth, that heaven is surely this.
Yes, this is love-the steadfast and the true; The immortal glory which hath never set; The best, the brightest boon the heart e'er knew; Of all life's sweets the very sweetest yet! O, who can but recall the eve they met, To breathe in some green walk their first young While summer flowers with evening dews were wet And winds sigh'd soft around the mountain's brow. And all was rapture then, which is but memory now. Hers was a form to dream of-slight and frail; As though too delicate for earth-too fair To meet the worldly conflicts which assail Nature's unhappy footsteps everywhere! There was a languor in her pensive air, A tone of suffering in her accents weak, The hectic signet, never known to spare, Darken'd the beauty of her thoughtful cheek,
And omen'd fate more sad than even tears might speak.
The angel-rapt expression of her eyeThe hair descending, like a golden wing, Adown her shoulders' faded symmetry; Her moveless lip, so pined and perishing,The shadow of itself;-its rose-like spring Blanch'd ere its time; for morn no balm might wake; Nor youth with all its hope, nepenthe bring! She look'd like one whose heart was born to break; A face on which to gaze made every feeling ache! The peasant, hastening to the vine-ripe fields, Oft turn'd with pity towards the stranger maid, Whose faltering steps approach'd yon mount, which yields
A view from shore to farthest sea display'd; And there, till setting day, the maiden stray'd; Watching each sail, if haply she might find The distant ship which her dear friends convey'd ; And still hope gave her wings to every wind, And whisper'd, "See, they come !" till ached her wearied mind.
FORGIVE AND FORGET.
FORGIVE and forget! why the world would be lonely,
But some gentle thoughts of affection there live; And the best of us all require something concealing,
Some heart that with smiles can forget and forgive! Then away with the cloud from those beautiful eyes, That brow was no home for such frowns to have
Oh, how could our spirits e'er hope for the skies, If Heaven refused to Forgive and Forget.
LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
LET us love one another,-
And few linger till eve:
But leaves some one to grieve; And the fondest, the purest,
The truest that met,
To forgive and forget!
There are hearts, like the ivy,
In sunlight and shade;
To the oak, not in part,
Imbibe the same dew,Or to fall with its loved oak,
And perish there too. Thus, let's love one another
Midst sorrows the worst, Unalter'd and fond,
As we loved at the first; Though the false wing of pleasure May change and forsake, And the bright urn of wealth Into particles break,
There are some sweet affections
That wealth cannot buy, That cling but still closer When sorrow draws nigh And remain with us yet, Though all else pass away; Thus, let's love one another As long as we stay.
IF THOU HAST LOST A FRIEND.
If thou hast lost a friend,
By hard or hasty word,
By hard or hasty word,
Oh! tell him, from thy thought
Thy lonely heart seems dead;
Go, call him to thy heart again;
THE CHAMOIS HUNTERS.
AWAY to the Alps!
For the hunters are there, To rouse the chamois
In his rock-vaulted lair. From valley to mountain, See!-swiftly they goAs the ball from the rifleThe shaft from the bow. Nor chasms, nor glaciers, Their firmness dismay; Undaunted, they leap
Like young leopards at play; And the dash of the torrent Sounds welcome and dear, As the voice of a friend
To the wanderer's ear. They reck not the music
Of hound or of horn, The neigh of the courser,
The gladness of morn. The blasts of the tempest
Their dark sinews brace; And the wilder the danger,
The sweeter the chase. With spirits as strong
As their footsteps are light, On-onward they speed,
In the joy of their might: Till eve gathers round them, And silent and deepThe bleak snow their pillowThe wild hunters sleep.
THE FIRST PRAYER.
TELL me, O ye stars of night-
Or more innocent and fair,
Tell me, O ye flowers that meet
By the valley or the stream, Have ye incense half so sweet,Fragrance in your rich retreat,
That ye deem
Half so dear to Heaven's care,
From the coming of the Word, Aught more holy, more sublime, From the heart of any clime, Hast thou heard,
Than the voice ascending there, Than that lowly infant's prayer?
THE BIRD OF HOPE.
A GOLDEN cage of sunbeams
The whole bright morning sung
It was the bird of Hope-my love-
And ever of to-morrow
The syren song began!-
I listen'd, thinking still of thee,
And of thy promised word:
Though ours should be a cottage home,
It was the bird of Hope-sweet love-
SIR EDWARD BULWER LYTTON.
EDWARD LYTTON BULWER, now Sir EDWARD | BULWER LYTTON, is the youngest son of General BULWER of Heydon Hall, Norfolk, and ELIZABETH, daughter of HENRY W. LYTTON, Esquire, Herts. He was born in 1803, and his father dying during his infancy, the care of his youth devolved upon his mother, who sent him to Cambridge to complete his education. His first appearance as an author was in 1826, when he published a volume of verses entitled Weeds and Wild Flowers, including a Poem on Sculpture which obtained the chancellor's medal at the Cambridge commencement in 1825. In the following year appeared O'Neil or the Rebel and other Poems, and his first prose work, Falkland. Neither of these books attracted much attention, but Pelham, which was printed in 1828, placed him in the front rank of living novelists. It was rapidly followed by The Disowned, Devereux, Paul Clifford, Eugene Aram, The Student, England and the English, Athens, The Pilgrims of the Rhine, The Last Days of Pompeii, Rienzi, Ernest Maltravers, Alice, Night and Morning, Zanoni, The Last of the Barons, and three or four volumes of critical and miscellaneous articles, originally pubin The New Monthly Magazine and The Monthly Chronicle while he was editor of those periodicals. These, with a few political tracts, constitute, I believe, all his acknowledged works in prose.
Besides his poems already mentioned, and his dramas, Sir BULWER LYTTON has written The Siamese Twins, Isinael an Oriental Tale, Leila or the Siege of Grenada, Historical Odes, The Ill-omened Marriage, Eva and other Tales and Poems, and a Translation of the Poems and Ballads of Schiller, the last of which appeared in the spring of 1844. His dramatic writings are the Lady of Lyons, The Duchess de la Valliere, Richelieu, The Sea Captain, Money, and Cromwell, all of which but the last have been acted successfully in the British and American theatres.
Sir BULWER LYTTON and JAMES SHERIDAN KNOWLES, though not the best, are the most popular dramatic poets of the age. Both have
produced fine acting plays and clever analyses of character; and in the works of both may be found isolated passages of genuine poetry. KNOWLES has the deepest feeling and purest sentiment; LYTTON the most sparkling wit and most poetical expression. Altogether they are nearly equal in merit as in success.
Sir BULWER LYTTON is the greatest of living English novelists, and it is probable that he will always be ranked among the classic writers of his country. In the Lady of Lyons he well expresses his cardinal maxim, "There is a future left to all men who have the virtue to repent and the energy to atone." It had been well if in many instances he had illustrated this beneficent idea by better examples. The general tendency of his works is immoral, and they are nearly all imbued with a sickly and shallow philosophy. He has no faith in humanity. He breaks down the barriers between right and wrong. By presenting vice divested of its grossness he renders it attractive. Instead of holding up virtue as the only source of felicity, he makes his criminals happy men, and challenges for them in every condition our admiration.
The novels in which he has shown most originality and power are Eugene Aram, The Last Days of Pompeii, Night and Morning, Ernest Maltravers, Zanoni, and Paul Clifford, the last of which is among the most depraving books produced in this age. Athens, its Rise and Fall, is a work in which he has exhibited more scholarship and perhaps a higher order of talent than in any thing else. A sequel to the two volumes already published is to follow, comprising a history of Athenian philosophy, manners, and customs.
He has added very little to his reputation by any of his poetical writings except his dramas. Some of his shorter pieces, however, have simplicity and epigrammatic point.
BULWER entered the House of Commons at' an early age, and has been a liberal and consistent politician. He was made a baronet under the Melbourne administration, and assumed the name of LYTTON on the death of a relative in 1844.