Where all looks flow'ry, wildand sweet,
And nought but love is wanting;
We think how great had been our bliss,
If heav'n had but assign'd us

To live and die in scenes like this,


With some we've left behind us!

As trav❜llers oft look back at eve,
When eastward darkly going,
gaze upon that light they leave
Still faint behind them glowing,-
So, when the close of pleasure's day

To gloom hath near consign'd us,
We turn to catch one fading ray.
Of joy that's left behind us.


AIR-The Little Harvest Rose.


IN the morning of life, when its cares are un


And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,

When we live in a bright beaming world of our


And the light that surrounds us is all from within ;

Oh! 'tis not believe me, in that happy time

We can love, as in hours of less transport we


Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay sunny prime,

But affection is warmest when these fade


When we see the first charm of our youth pass us


Like a leaf on the stream, that will never re


When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,

Now tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn; Then, then is the moment affection can sway

With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew ;

Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they, But the love, born of Sorrow, like Sorrow is true!

Un climes full of sunshine, though splendid their


Yet faint is the odour the flow'rs shed about;

"Tis the clouds and the mist of our own weeping


That call their full spirit of fragrancy out.

So the wild glow of passion may kindle from mirth,

But 'tis only in grief true affection appears; To the magic of smiles it may first owe its birth, But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears!


AIR-Limerick's Lamentation.

WHEN cold in the earth lies the friend thou hast


Be his faults and his follies forgot by thee then;

Our right to this fine air (the «Lochaber» of the Scotch) will, 1 fear, be disputed; but, as it has been long connected with Irish words, and is confidently claimed for us by Mr. Bunting and others, I thought I should not be authorized in leaving it out of this collection.

Or, if from their slumber the veil be removed,
Weep o'er them in silence and close it again.
And, oh! if 'tis pain to remember how far

From the path-ways of light he was tempted

to roam,

Be it bliss to remember that thou wert the star That arose on his darkness, and guided him home.

From thee and thy innocent beauty first came The reavelings, that taught him true love to adore,

To feel the bright presence, and turn him with shame

From the idols he darkly had knelt to before. O'er the waves of a life, long benighted and


Thou cam'st like a soft golden calm o'er the


And, if happiness purely and glowingly smiled. On his ev'ning horizon, the light was from thee.

And though sometimes the shade of past folly would rise,

And though falsehood again would allure him

to stray,

He but turn'd to the glory that dwelt in those


And the folly, the falsehood soon vanish'd away. As the Priests of the Sun when their altar grew dim,

As the day-beam alone could its lustre repair, So, if virtue a moment grew languid in him, He but flew to that smile, and rekindled it there!


AIR-Castle Tirowen

REMEMBER thee! yes, while there's life in this heart;

It snall never forget thee, all lorn as thou art; More dear in thy sorrow, thy gloom and thy


Than the rest of the world in their sunniest hours

Wert thou all that I wish thee, great, glorious, and free,

First flower of the earth, and first gem of the


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