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TO A. K 

Dkai! F 

Mv " Works," for so far, (trivial eiiouu'li 
works I) ai'C now in three volumes, containinti' a 
Iniiidi'ed and tliii'teen ))oems, long and short. 
These claim to be u'enuine in their way, and 
heyond this the wi'iter tliiid^s or cares very little 
about them ; but it endjoldens him to ask you to 
acce])t the present little book, and to continue to 
think kindly of 

YoDl Fl{] IvN 1). 

Marcli. ist'i.j 




Invitation to a Painter 



Song. '-'Wo Two" .... 



George Levison ; or, the Sehoolfelknvs . 



The Old Sexton 



Eeeo\ery ...... 



The Shooting Star .... 



" On the Longest Day" 



Abbey Asaroo ..... 



L-ate Autumn , . .... 



Kobin Kcclbreast ..... 



Sir lliigli de la Pole . . . • 






In Weimar ...... 






The Lupracauu, or Fairy Shoemaker 



After Sunset ..... 



Southwell I'ark 



The Little Del! 



A \\'ite 



01(1 ]\Iaster Grunsey and Goodman Dodd 



The r>;ur Little ^Maiden 



■• Aeross the Sea" .... 



Ilis Town ...... 


\ X 1 V 

. llyiuii ...... 



The ()ueen uf the Forest 






Progress ...... 



Tliu Windinj^ Ijunl<s of Erno ; or, the 

Euiij^rant's Adioii to Ballyshaniion 



L(.iss . . . . • 



Winter Verdure 



A Di-eain of a Gate - 



Danger ..... 



The Abl)ot of Iiinisfallen . 



Sunday J>ells .... 



I'wo Fairies in a Garden . 






^''ightwind .... 



AVinter Cloud .... 

1 .')2 


lOxening Fi'ayer 



A Vernal Voluntary 



A Gravestone .... 





XI. II. 

■J'he .M<i\vers .... 



Diigmalisin .... 


XI. IV. 

./1-A'liau JIarj) .... 



Ainoiig the Heather . 


Two -Moods 



-Mea (:ul|,a .... 


XI. \ HI. 

D.iwii un the Shore . 



'J'o tlu; Nightingales . 



■• 'J'lirse little iSun'j,>"" 


\\.\. M.lll. 

.f tllcr.e ]MK;n 
I p|icarcii in ;u 

, X!V, \X\II1. \,\\1\, X.\X\" 

•;irl\- \ ohiiii;'. cut I !]■ pi'inl soiii 



J.VAL tVom London, good wy Walter! hoiuul- 

Ics^ jail of bricks nnd gas; 
Ciu'c not it' your J'^lxliibiiion swarm with porti'ait 

and Gi! Bias, 
Oi' ',vita niarvcls dear to Iluskin ; i\y t!ir swelter, fly 

l!i( crusli, 
jji'itish ^Mammon in his glor\', — in his brc^athlcss 

I'ace iiiid nl^li. 
l.i'ave the hot tunuiltuous city ioi' the breakers' 

rival roar, 
(]i:ir \ o!;r soi't subiii'ban landscape for the rude liilU 

iiy the shorr. 

InvltaiiMii til (I Pdiiifer 

Lcau-Ui;? of >i!;oko lor moriiin:'; vnjjour lifted off a 

Ci'inoliiii' fur barefoot bf-auty. and lor " somctliinu' 

iif'W and straiiLi'e'" 
All your towuy wit and 'j,'o.-sip. You >liall both in 

li( Id and litir, 
Paddy"> cunninir and j)olitene>5 ■'.vitli tlic Cockitey 

ways compare, 
Cateli those lilts and old-woi'ld tunes the maidens 

at till ir needle sin;.;', 
P^-L'p at daneei's, IVoni an out^kirt of the blithe 

aj)]»laiisive rinu', 
See o;ir j):--tty (,'oiwt ot'Jusiiee, whfrt- t!ie swearing's 

V(. ry -"trijUL;-, 
>rc oi;r l!;t:c plain St. P^t.-r'- with it- kn<eiinu' 

peasant throng' : 
ib_ar thi- bi'oLi'Ut' aial (-'jeiic round \i)\\: sketch a 

hunili'f/d \v\A\ ^ceneS; 
'"Xot nare ■.\hi>ky and >liil!cla:;h) — ^v(•ddinL;■ bae- 

(piet-, I'uneral hi i-ni-.< ; 
!'ov>- at pli;a-'ur:-, niion or niidniiilit ; chanm' a v.'i'rd 

^■.■i^h all you nc/r t : 
Ten time- -a't'ri' tiani in i'hui'land, far L-- traninnii'd 

in v'oui' t'fi t. 

f.'frifatii)." to a Painter. 

iicro, tlie oiiiy daiiii'cr known 

Is wnlking where the land's your own. 

Landscape-lords are left alone. 

We are bari'en, 1 confess it ; but our scope of view 

is fine; 
Diirniiyini;' slia!)es of mountains -wave on each 

So witiulrawu that never liouse-rooia utmost pomp 

of cloud may lack, 
Dawn or suisset, nioon or planet, or mysterious 

i'ills beneatii I'un all p.-wriidvle, I'ocky, raoory, 

plea^^ant ;.;Vven ; 
j^^rou) i;s Lou'di the Flood tf.'scending, flashes like 

a sword i)etween, 
ThrouLi'ii our cra,<>-s and woods and meadows, to the 

mou.nded harbour-sand, 
To fii ' liay, calm blue, oi'. sometimes, whose 

Titanic arms expand 
Welcome to the nsi^'hty billow l•ollin^• ii; (i'oui 

r>evi foundland. 

Ii/vitatluii to u PahiU 

Outs, potutofs, cliiip; in putchc.s I'ound the I'oeks 

and bnuldci-stones, 
Like a iiiotlcy r<iU'<i'(.'(l ganneiit I'or tlie lean Earth's 

juttin*^' hones ; 
?Jo()rs extrnd, and hou'S and furzes, 'sv]ier(^ you 

s;:l(h)ni meet a soul, 
But the Jk -o;n-nian oi' woman, ^vho to earn a stiniiy 

Stoo])s hencati! a noddiuu' hurden of the i-cent: d 

()]• a jolly ;.>;aiter'd Sport-;ma.n, striding near the 

grous(;"s haunt, - 
Slow the aiiehoiilie In I'on, musing l^y Iiis voieehss 

Siar!]( (1, wiili the starth-d echo on tlie lonely (dirf 

Ilising, iiaps a\\ay. And now a sunnnit shows us, 

widi' and faiv. 
All l;!( hiown uneven eounIi'\-, lit v.ilh "watci'S hei'c 

and iieTc ; 
South wai'd, n.on:il;ii;:- — noi'lii v, ai'd, mountains — 

\'.-e:-l\vai'd, gohirJi n:yslery 
( )f eoru.-ealion, when \\\v \ )ays!ar l!:nLi< his lai'gessc 

en ihc Si'a ; 

Iiirifd.doii to a -Painter. 5 

Peasant cots Avitli Imnible ]iag'<:;-ai'ts ; mansions with 

obsequious j^TOves ; 
A S])ire, a St(>e|)le, I'ival standards, v.-liic!i tlie 

liberal distance loves 
To set in union. There the dear but dirty little 

Town abides, 
And you and I come home to dinner after all our 

walks and rides. 
You shall taste a cleanly jnuhlino'; 
J5ut, brinu' shoes )o stand a inuddin^-. 

L^'t nie tahe you by the )niirca()Ji, sj)rinkled vrith 

die (« olden V^'eeds 
^vlerry troops of Ii'!>h Fairies mount by mooidight 

for lh(dr steeds, — 
V\'herctb!'e sacred and al)undant over idl the land' tluy-. 
?ilany cuws are feeding through it; cooling, oi' a 

sultry da_v, 

'■ .MurvaL^-li," Icvfl pUifo iioiii' t'lc soa, salt marsh. 
■• (.;iM>!oii Wivds,-" va-wurt, ealk'd " lion-^hulccu li 
(lilUu yell. i\v bov). also •■ lairy-liurM'."' 


IiivHafloii to a Painter. 

By the River's Ijrink, tliat joriruevs under Fairy 

Hill, and past 
(ieiitle cadences of landsca])e sloping to the sea \\\. 

Now the yellow sand is round us, drifted in fantastic 

Heights and hollows, foils and bastions, pyramids 

and curving capes, 
Jircczy ridges thinly waving with the bent-weed/s 

pallid green. 
Delicate for eye that sips it, till a bettei- feast is 

Where the turf swells thick-embi'oider'd v.-itli tiic 

fragrant purple thyine, 
VVhei'C, in ])lots of sjieckled orchis, j)oet larks bi.gin 

tlieir i'hyn;e, 
lionevM i;'aliun) wafts an invitation to the u'viisv 

Rabbits' doorways wear tor garlands a/iire tuiis oi' 

v>il(l lieailsi as;-, 
Paths of sward aniiuid ihe h'dloeks, dijiuing into 

il-rny dells. 
Show you iii'aps of childhood's iri'asui'e — twisted, 

vai'\'-!inled sliriis 

Invitation to a Painter. 

L;i[)t ill moss and blossoms, empty, and fbrii'ctful 

ol' tlic wave. 
llal a ereature scoui'in<^- nimbly, hops at onee into 

his cave ; 
Brother Coney sits rc^'ardant, — wink an eye, and 

Avliere is he ? 
Towns and villau'es we pass through, but the pcopU' 

skip and tiee. 
Ovei' sandy slope, a Mountain lifts afai' his line 

blue liead ; 
There the sava^'e twins of eagles, gaping, hissing 

to be fed, 
V^'elcome l)aek their wide-wing"d parent with a 

rabbit seareely dead 
Hung in those powerl'ul yellow claws, and gorgi- 

the bloody tlesh ami fur 
On hxlge of roek, their cradle. Shepherd-boy I 

with lind(S and voice bestir 
To your watch of tender !aml)kins on a lonesome 

If you, cai'eless in the sunshine, see a rapid shadow 

Down the verdant undercliff. Afar that conquering 

eve can swi^ei) 

8 Jnv'datlijn to a Fuiufcr. 

Mountain -[i'lcii-;, and ^/?o//, and warren, to tlie 

inaru'in of tlio dct]), 
Woi'M- than do^- or tli'ret, — vani<li iVoni your p'old- 

U'rri.'n-nioi^y d(-ll-, 
NibMinu: nativL'S of tlie Ijurrow I peek youi' inmost 
windinc:' eel!*: 
When such cruelties appear; 
But a Paintci' (h3 not fear, 
Xor a Poet. loiti-rin^- uiar. 

Painter, vrliar is sjiread before you ? "Ti- the u'rcat 

Atlantic Si-a ' 
Alany-colMurM ilooi' ot' ocean, where the lights and 

>had<)v,^ fh-; 
\\'aves and wavi lets runiiinu' l:i;idi\vard wirij a 

spai'kh' and a son^', 
Ci">stal Lii'i'en \\\\\\ ruwuven. hurstlnu'- hiiLi'hth' 

Thou-and livinu' -hau'S of \vei;;di-r in \\\.- clear 
n; >!)is ol' 

. 1 .. . 1. 

Tuvltatlon to a Painter. 


Lcngtlis of strand, and soatbwl armies rising like a 

])ulf of smoke ; 
Di'ift and tangle on the limit where the wandering; 

water fails ; 
Level faintly-elear hoi'izon, toucli'd with clouds and 

phantom sails, — 
(J eonie hither ! weeks together let us v.atch the 

hig Atlantic, 
jjhic or pui'ple, green or gurly, dark or shining, 

smooth or frantic. 
Far across the tide, slow-heavino;, I'ieh autumnal 

daylight sets ; 
See our crowd of busy row-boats, hear us noisy 

with oui' nets, 
Where the glittering spi'ats in millions from the 

I'ising mesh ar(/ sti'ipt. 
Till there seai'ce is room for I'owing, every gunvrale 

neai'ly dipt ; 
(^u'!s ai'ouiid us, llyinu', drop[)in[i', thick in air as 

fh'.kt s of -now, 
Snatehinu' luckless little fishes in their silvery over- 

Xow one streak of western scai'let linu'ci's upon 

ocean's edii'c, 


Invifatiuii to a Piiuiirr. 

Xow tlii'Oiigli i'ii)ples of tlio splendour of the moon 
we swit'tly weilu'e 

( );ii- loadt.'d bow.- ; tlic iislier-liamlrt Ijeucons will] 
domestic liiflit : 

(_)n the shore tlie cails and liorses wait to travel 
thi'OtiLih tlie iiSLrht 

To a distant city market, wlule the boatmen >v.]> 
and sleep, 

While tht! iirmamental Ptillness arclies <''er tie- 
dusky dee]), 
Ivrer mutteriiiL;' chaunts and dii'^es 
Round its rocks and sa:idv ve.rLTts. 

Ei'e We jiart at winter's pe'iird, I ^hall vl,\\ you of a 

On a swii'linu' Sty;:ian river, to a. u'hostly y(dlu\'. 

When the jii-ht- ai'e Idaek ainl L;u-ty, then do ecl- 

in m\"i'iads e'lidie 
Throuuh the jioiil-;;i)d down tla- raj>id>. liurryinsj 

10 liie e)Ci-a}i-tidie, — 

Incitatlun to a Painter. 11 

But they lear tlie frost or iiioousliinc, in tlicir 

imid-bcds coiliiiu' close — 
Aii'J tlie -wcai-nieii, on tlie plattbriii of tliat pig'iny 

Built anloll^•the river-currents, Avitli a dam to eitlier 

Pull the purse-net's heavy end to s\vin<j; across their 

v.ooden tank, 
Ere they loose the cord ahout it — then a slimy 

wj'iu-gllng heap 
Falls ^viih s])lashir.u', where a thousand fellow- 

j)riso]iL'rs heave and creej). 
Chili winds roar above the wearmen, dai'kling rush 

the iloods below: 
There they watch and work their eel-nets, till the 

late dawn lets them li'o. 
There we'll join their eely suppei', bearinjj,' sujokc the 

best we can, 
(House's i'liriiiture' a salt-box, truss of straw, and 

Heaikv n Con's astounding' stories, Lo^v a n;ytho- 

loiiie {'el 
Chased a man o'ei' miles oi' ecnuiti'}', swaliow'd two 

doi;'S at a meal, 


Invitation to (I Painter. 

To tlio liissinix I)ii1)l)ling iiuisic of tlie j)aii ami 

Dcnsev ;^'i'o\vs tlie I'cck avoiUMl iis, cacli like 

Mussulman a-squat, 
Each -with victuals in his iinjxci's, wc devour th. m 
hot hot ; 
Smoky ]'ays our lantern throwing', 
Jiuddy peat-iirc ua.rndv ulo\viii;j;, 
?Soisilv the j^iver llowiiiu'. 

But lii'st of all — the time's at lia.iid to journey to 

our Holy Well, 
Clear as \vheii tlu' old Saint liless'd it, l■isin^• in iis 

rock-ht)und cell. 
Two U'rcat Ci'osses, carv;'d in l)osse<, cm'ves. and 

fillets intcrlacin;^', 
Spread their au'cd arms of stoiu:-. as if in semjiitei'nal 

l)les>inu' ; 
l-'ive much-wi'iiikled thornti'ecs bend, as tliouuh in 

everla>tin.u' j)ra_\ i'. 
( ireeidv shines \\\r L^rowinu' ei'o;), alou'i' th(^ >!iilti-r'd 

hill-side ihcre: 

Iiiri cation to a Paiidcv. II 

But the tristful little Ai)l)ey, cruniMiiig ainonjj 

weeds and u'rass, 
Xevcrmore can suns or seasons bring a smile to as 

the}' })ass ; 
My a Avindow-gap or mullion cree])s the fringe of 

ivy leaves, 
Xettles crowd the seulj-'tured doorway, A\licre the 

wind goes tliroauh and grievus; 
Sad tlie tender Idae oi' hareljells (ju its ledges low 

and hiu-h ; 
Merry sin^inu' of tlie ^.uldfmeh there sounds pensive 

as a si-h. 
"Tis a ([vy of sunnnei' : see you, how tlie jiilgrinis 

v^'end along ; 
rcarlet }>i-tiico:it, Idue nunitle, grey frieze, mingling 

in the throng. 
Ijy the pathway sit ti:e Jjeggars, each an aihnent 

aiid a \vhue:> ; 
Lame a. ad sickly huuri s pass them, tottei'ing in that 

jiiluiam line ; 
( iiildrtn carried i>y their j)arents, veiy loth to let 

thrui die ; 
Lovely girls too, with their eyelids do^vncast on a 

ro,-ar\' : 

Tar it at id n tu a P(tint< 

Slu'Uiiken men, and \vitc!i-lik(' women ; younci' wviw 

in their ])rou{Ic~t ])rime ; 
Guilty fiji'elieacU, liot-b!ood iUces, peniinee-vowM 

for secret crime. 
All i.)y turn, in <V)\\ [irocession, price tlie venerable 

Barelbot, Ijarchead, s'ven times duly kneelini;' in 

til" accustumM rounds ; 
Tliriee ariioni:' the hoary ruins, once beibi'e the 

wasted slu'inf', 
Once at ureat cai'ven cross, and once to Ibrni 

tiic ?i[y^nc ^-ici'n, 
I)i])j)inf:' i'ev(;i-ential lin-rer in the \Ve;!, on l)rov.- 

and 1-reast. 
^.leanwldle -worn and v/an, tiie Sick nu'l.")' tlio-'' 

ront'-d tlioi'iiti'ef s ]'('-t, 
Waitiii'i' sadly, il'ji'e ai'c human iiuui'cs of'oui' land 

and day, 
On a. liiou~and-yr;,rs-old baekii'ound. — -tiil in 

kr.-i.i;:-, it and tliey ! 
^\'altei', i!:akc a vow ik.u' break it : turn y<u;r jiihjrin'. 

>\<\,~ unr way. 
<) liiiu'iii yi)U cone-', be'lu'e llni'e till 
< )n ■ ha\vlh(lI•n-^o\^■"r in ('olamb's A\b. 11 I 



SOX(^. '• WE TWO." 


ET all yoiii- looks be t2,Tavc and cold ; 
Or snii'e U])Ou me still ; 
And u'ive TOur iuind. or cls-'e withhold; 

Take leave lio\ve"er yon will. 
No liui;'eriiig trace within your face 

Of love's reL;'ard is seen : 
V.'e two no more shall be — 
A ever- -what v.e've been. 

it is not now a longiufj; day 

Divides us, noi' a year; 
\ our heart i'roni mine has turn'd away, 
Xo)' hencefoi'th sheds a tear. 

16 SuiKj. '•' //> Two." 

Tlie winter snow may come and go, 
And A])ril sliadows gi'e: n : 

We two no moi'e <]iall Ik.' — 
XevL'i' — what Me"ve heen. 


All n(,'VL'r 1- eouiitlei^s lioiu's that ln-ini: 

Full many a chaiiCL' and chainje, 
Mav ehdo.-e a I)' i:Li'ai'-ho\' tor kin<j,\ 

Or cleave a mountain-rang'e. 
Tlie s;ilf-;-ea tiu'' may yet he dried 

That roll-- lar laiid- hetwcen : 
V^e tuo no jni'.re can in — 

Xevir — vvhat \\'e"ve hetn. 


GEORGE L E ^^ I S O N ; 


THE noisy spaiTOws in our clematis 
Chatted of rain, a pensive summer dusk 
Shadinf the little lawn and ";arden-":round 
Between our threshold and the village-street ; 
With one pure stai', a lonely altar-lamp 
I a twilight's vast cathedral. But the clouds 
Were gravely gathering, and a fitful hreeze 
Flurried the \viudow-foliage that before 
Hung delicately })ainted on the sky, 
And wafted, showering; fi'om their ^'olden boss, 
The white-rose petals. 

On the garden side 
Our wall being low, the great Whiterose-l)Usli lean'd 
A thousand tend'.'r little heads, to note 


George Levlsoit ; 

The doings of the vi!la<i-c all day long; 
From when the labourei's, tnidging to their toil 
In earliest sunshine, heaid tlie out])ost coeks 
Whistle a quaint refrain from tarni to liii'm, 
Till hour of shadow, silence, and repose, 
Tlie ceasing footstep, and the taper's light. 
Up tt) the churchyard rail, down to the; brool-;, 
And lifted fields beyond with grove and hedge. 
The Rose-bush gazed; and p(^opIe, as they pass'd, 
Aware of sweetness, look'd aloft in turn ; 
School-children, one arm round a comrade's neck. 
Would point to some rich cluster, and repay 
A flying bloom witli fair(!r glance of joy. 

In tliat warm twilight, certain }-cars ago, 
At sunset, -vvilli tlie roses in a trance. 
And many another blossom last a.sleej), 
One Flow'r ol' Flow'rs was closing like the rest. 
Night's ]i(;rald star which look'd across the world 
Saw iiotliing pi'cttii.'i' than our little chihl 
Sa\iuL!,' Ins evening |)i'ayei' at mother's knee, 
'i"'h(; while skirt f(;!ding on the naked feet, 
Too tendei' for rougli ways, his eyes al I'cst 
Oil his ni(»l]!ei''s fice, a window inio heaven. 
Ki^s"d now, and settled in his cot, he's pleased 

or, the SclioolfeUmcs. 19 

With murmuring song, until the large lids droop 
And do not I'ise, and slumber's regular breath 
Divides the soft round mouth. So Annie's boy 
And mine was laid asleep, I heard her foot 
Stir overhead ; and hoped there would be time 
Before the rain to loiter half an hour, 
As far as to the po})lars down the road, 
And hca)' the corncrakes tin'ough the meadowy vale, 
And watch the childhood of the virgin moon, 
Al)Ove that sunset and its marge of clouds 
A floating crescent. 

Sweetheart of my life ! — 
As then, so now ; nay, dearer to me now, 
Since love, that fills the soul, cx))ands it too, 
And thus it holds more love, and ever moi'c, — 

swcetlicart, helpmate, guardian, Ijctter self! 
Green be those downs and dells a])Ove tlie sea, 
Smootli-grecn for ever, by the ))lough unhurt. 
Nor overdrifted by tlieir neighbouring sands, 
"Where first I sav,- you; first :-ince long before 
When vre were children at an inland place 
And play'd together. I had often thought, 

1 wonder should I know tliat pleasiuit child? — 
Hfu'dly, I fear'd. 1 knew her the first gHuipse : 

20 George Lcvison ; 

While yot the flexile curvature of hat 

Kept all her face in shadow to the chin. 

And -when a breeze to which the harebells danced 

Lifted the sun a moment to her eyes, 

The ray of reco<i;nition flew to mine 

Through all the dignity of womanhood. 

Like dear old friends we wei'c, yet wondrous new. 

The others chatted; slie and I not much. 

Hearing her ribljon whirring in the wind 

(Xo doubting hopes nor whimsies l)orn as yet) 

"Was pure felicity, like his who slee])s 

Within a sense of some unknown good- fortune, 

True, or of dreamland, undetermined which ; 

jNIv buoyant s])irit tranquil in its joy 

As the wliite seamew swinging on the wave. 

Since, what vicissitude ! We read the })ast 

Bound in a volume, catch the story uj) 

At any leaf we choose, and much foi'get 

How eveiy blind to-morrow was evolved. 

How each oracular sentence shaj)ed itself 

For after compi'chension. 

Thus I mused, 
Then also, in tliat bui'icd summer dusk, 
Hicli heavy summer, upon autumn's verge, 

or, the Sclwolfelloics. 21 

INIy wife and boy in)staii's, I leaning grave 
Against the window ; and through favourite paths 
Memory, as one who saunters in a wood, 
Found sober joy. In turn tliat eve itself 
Rises distinctly. Troops of dancing moths 
Brush'd the dry grass. I heard, as if from far. 
The tone of passing voices in the street. 
Announced by cheerful octaves of a horn, 
Tliose rapid wheels flew, shaking our white-rose, 
That link'd us with the modern Magic- Way, 
And all the moving million-peopled world. 
For evei'v evenin<>' done our little daro- 
To keep the threads of life from tanglemcnt. 
In happy hour came in tlie lottery-bag, 
Whose messenger had many a prize for us : 
The multifarious page ephemeral, 
The joy at times of some brave book, whereby 
The world is richer ; and more special words. 
Conveying conjured into dots of ink 
Almost the voice, look, gesture that we knew, — 
From Annie's former house, or mine, from shore 
Of murky Thames, or rarer from hot land 
Of Hindoo or Chinese, Canadian woods, 
Ov that huge isle of kangaroos and gold, 

22 Gcdvcje Levlson ; 

Magnetic metal, — tims to the four winds 

One's ancient comi'ades scatter'd tlirouu-h the worhl. 

WJicre'sGeorgynow, 1 thought, our dread, our pride, 

Geoi'gc Levison, tlie sultan of the school I 

With Greek and Latin at those fingers' ends 

That sway'd the ^-inning oar and Ijat ; a prince 

In pocket-money and accoutrement; 

A Cribh in list, a Cicei'o in tonf;-ue; 

Already victor, when his eye should deign 

To iix on any summit of success. 

For, in liis haughty careless way, he"d hint — 

" I've got to ])ush my fortujie, liy-and-ljye." 

TIov," wc all Vv'orsliipp'd Georg}- Levison ! 

But vj-hen I went to colh-u'c he v/as u'one, 

They said to travel, and he took away 

Mentor conjoin'd with Ci'iehton from my hopes, — 

Xo ti'ifling Idank. Geoi'ge had little thei'c. 

But could — v.liat could he not? . . . And nov.-. 

Some citv, in the sti'anL-'ci's' Ijurird-ground, 
Sonu! desert sand, or hollow under sea, 
llid(.'s him witliout an ej)ita])h. So men 
Sli]) under, lit to shape tlie \\orld an(;\v ; 
And leave their ti'aee — in scho(/lijov memories. 

or, the School fdhnni. 23 

Then I w(?nt thinkinLi' how mueli changed I was 
Since tliosc okl school-times, not so far invaj-, 
Yet now Hkc pve-existcnce. Can tliat liovisc, 
TJioso fiekis and trees, be extant anyvvhei'e ? 
ilave not all vanish'd, place, and tiuic, and men ■' 
Or with a journey could I find them ail, 
And myself with them, as 1 used to 1)C? 
Sore Avas my battle after ([uitting these. 
N^o one thing- fell as plann'd for; soitows came 
And sat beside me ; years of toil AV(>nt round ; 
And victory's self A\'as j)ale and garlandless. 
Fog rested on my heart; till softly blew 
The wind that clear'd it. "Twas a simple turn 
Of life, — a miracle of heavenly love, 
For which, thank God ! 

When Annie calfd me u]i. 
We both bent silent, looking at our boy; 
Kiss'd unaware (as angels, may be, kiss 
Oood mortals) on tlie smoothly rounded cheek, 
TurnM from tlie window, whei'e a IHnge of leaves, 
With outlines melting in the darkening blue, 
Waver'd and pecp'd and whisper'd. Would she 

Not yet a little were those clouds to stoop 

24 George Levison ; 

Witli freshness to the garden and tlie field. 
1 waited by our open door ; -wliile bats 
riew silently, and rnusk gei'aniuni-leavcs 
Were fragrant in the twilight that had queneh'd 
Or tamed the dazzling searlet of their blooms. 
Peace, as of heaven itself, ])ossess"d jny heart. 
A Ibotstej), not the light stej) of my wife, 
Disturb'd it ; then, -with slacker pace, a man 
Came up beside the porch. Accosting Avhom, 
And answering to my name : " I fear,"' he said, 
" You'll hardly recollect me now ; and yet 
We were at school together long ago. 
Have you forgotten Georgy Levison !" 

lie in the red arm-chair; I not tiir oil', 
Excited, laughing, wiiiting for his iitce : 
The first fiash of the candles told me all : 
()■,•, if not all, (•nough, and more. Those eyes. 
^^'llen they look'd up at last, wei'e his Indeed, 
Jjut mesh'd in ugly network, hke a ^nai'e; 
And though his mouth preserved the imperious curve 
Invasion, vacillation, di>conTcnt, 
W'arpM rvei-y feature like a (■I'dokcd 'j,la>^. 
[lis hair liunn' iircnraturclv gre\ and thin; 

or, the Schoolfelhnvs. 25 

From tliread-bare sleeves tlie witlier'd tremulous 

Protruded. Why paint every toucli of blight? 

Tea came. Tie hurried into ceaseless talk ; 
(jrlauced at the ways of many foreign towns ; 
Knew all those men whose names are on the tongue, 
And set tlieir worths punctiliously; brought back 
Our careless years ; paid Annie compliments 
To spare; admired the pattern of the cups; 
Lauded the cream, — our dairy's, was it not? 
A country life was })leasant, certainly. 
If one could be content to settle down; 
And yet the city had advantages, 
lie trusted, shortly, miderneath his roof 
To practise hospitality in turn. 
But first to catch the roof, eh ? Ha, ha, ha ! 
That was a business topic he'd discuss 
With his old friend by-and-l)ye — 

For me, I lono^'d 
To hide my face and groan ; yet look'd at him ; 
()pj)0sing pain to grief, presence to tliought. 

Later, when wine came in, and we two sat 


(Icorge Lcris(ni. ; 

The drewrv liours touotlui', liow lie talk'd ! 

His schemes of life, liis selieiiies of^^-oi-k and wealli;. 

JntcjitioTis and iiivpiitioiis, jjlots and j)laiis, 

Travels and ti'iuni]jlis, f'ailui'es, uoldcn hopes. 

He was a yonng man still — had jii-T l;(;Liun 

To see his way. I knew what he could do 

If once h(; tried in (.arnest. He'd rctui'n 

To Law, next term l.'Ut one; meanwhile cunipiete 

His n-roat woi'k, " Tin; PhJh^sopliii <if Life, 

Or, Man's Iifhition to lite. I n'lCvi-r-cf 

Tlie matter lying ixady to his hand. 

Forty suhscrihers more, two u'uin'';!S each, 

Would make it safe to jiuhlish. All this time 

He fiird his glass and eni[itied, aiul Ids lonuue 

W(;nt thick and stammeiing. Vv'heii tlie wine eatne 

(Perliaps a blame for iiie — who know:- :') I saw 
The iilistei'ing eye; a thin and eag.'r hand 
^ladi' the ileeantcr chattel' (ju tlie glass 
Fiike ague. Could T stop luni ? So at last 
He \\'e])t, and moan'd lie was a lannM man, 
liodv and soid ; then cursed his ciu mii's 
\\\ name, aiul pi'onnscd puni>!i;ncnt ; made vaunt 
Of genius, leai'ning; caught my hand again, — 

or, tlie Scliool fellows. 27 

Did I forn-et my friend — my dcai' old friend ? 

Had I a coat to sj)are ? He had no coat 

But thiri one on his back; not one shirt — sec ! 

"l\vas all a nightmare; all ])lain wretched truth. 
And how to play j)liysician ? Where's the strength 
Repairs a slow self-ruin from without? 
The fall'n must clin)I) innumerahle steps, 
With humbleness, and diligence, and i)ain. 
How help him to the first of all that steep? 

Midnight was past. I had proposed to find 
A lodging near us; tor, to say the truth, 
I could not bid my wife, lor such a guest 
In such a jilight, ju'epare the little room 
We still cidl'd '' Emma's"' iVom my sister's name. 
Then with a sudden musteriuL;' up of wits, 
And ev'n a touch of his old self, that (juick 
Melted my heart anew, he signified 
His bed v.'as waiting, he would say good-night. 
And begg'd me not to stir, he knew his road. 
V)\\\ arm in arm 1 brought him up the sti'cet, 
Among the rain-])ools, and the pattering drops 
Drumming upon our canojjy; where few 

28 George I.tvlson ; 

Or none -wore out of doors ; and once or twice 
Some casement from an upper stoi'v slied 
Penurious lamplig-lit. 

Tediously Ave kept 
The morning meal in vain expectancy. 
Our box of clothes came back; the peop'le said 
He paid "without a word, and went his way, 
They knew not whithei'. lie return'd no more. 
lie now is dead. 

Througli all the summer-time 
The touch of that unhappy visit lay, 
Like trace of fi'ost on gardens, on our life. 
Great cities give events to every hour ; 
Not so that ancient villaiz-e, small, remote, 
Half-hid in Ijoscage of a peaceful vale, 
Willi guardian liills, but welcoming the sun, 
And every group of seasonable stars 
That rise upon the circle of the year: 
Oj)en to natural influence.-; far 
From jostling crowds ot' congregated men. 

That villaii'e also lies l)eliind u^ now ; 
Midst other tidds abide we, othi^r liices. 
Annie, my dai'ling, we were hajijix there, 
And Heaven continues lia])pin(— and hope 

or, the Schoolfellows. 29 

To us and to our children. May their steps 

Keep the good pathway tlirough this perilous world. 

That village is far-off, that year is fled. 

But still, at many a meditative hour 

By day or night, or with memorial flash, 

I see the ghost of Georgy Levison ; 

A shifting phantom, — now with hoyhood's face 

And merry curls ; now haggai'd and forlorn, 

As when the candles came into the room. 

One sells his soul ; another squanders it ; 
The flrst buys up the world, the second starves. 
Poor George was loser pal])al)ly enough ; 
Supernal Wisdom only knows how much. 



(inscribed to alfijf.u hetiiel.) 

WAS nifi'li the lioui' of eveninsj; pray'i 
The Sexton climbM his turret-stair, 
^Vearily, Ijeiii'j,' veiy old. 
Tlie wind of Spring; Ijicw fresh ;ind cold, 
Wakening' tlici'e /EoHan thi.'ills, 
And carryiiiii I'raurance from tlie hills. 

From a careen cleft he lean'd, 
]-]veini>; the landscape newly i,n'een'd ; 
The lai'u'e sun, slowly ]n(n"in'j' dov>'n, 
]-"lush"d the chimneys of tin/ town, — 
Tlje --aine wliere h;' Wu- first ;dive 
l-^iu'lity ve:n'-; ;!L;'o and hve. 

J3al)e he see> liinrsi-lf, ;ind huy ; 
Youth, a-tir \vith hope and joy ; 

The Old Sexton. 31 

Wife and wedded love he sees ; 
Children's children round his knees ; 
Friends departing one by one ; 
The fi'ravevard in the settina' sun. 

He seats him in a stony niche; 

The bell-rope sways within his reach ; 

High in the rafters of the roof 

The metal waixler hangs aloof; 

All the townsfolk wait to liear 

That voice they know this many a year. 

It is ])ast the ringing hour; 

There is silence in the tower ; 

Save that on a pinnacle 

A robin sits, and sings full v/ell. 

FIu:-]; — at length for prayer they toll : 

God receive the parted soul ! 



FOR many a clay, like one ^vho?e limbs are stiff". 
Whose head is lieavy mItIi some f{i'icvous ail, 
I felt, i'rom wicked thouiihts, the whole woi'hl drag 
As millstone round my neck, all my force tlul. 
Dry u]), and ravel into dust and rag. 
Bur lo, I slept, and \v;iking glad as if 
I had been hearing mu-ic in my sleep. 
Went forth, and look'd u])on thy watery deep, 
O King Unset 11 ! By stretch ot'some u'l'cat hand 
My sad, eonfuM"'d, fr;irtiil soul was sliriv'n ; 
J knew the traiujuil iiiind restored tn mi- 
To enjoy the cwloiir of that jmrc blue hcav'n, 
]?urjily cloud->]iadt)\^s on tlic uiN-cni.-li s( a, 
AikI ripjiliiiLi' Avlntt' fuiim on the yellow sand. 





AUTU3IXAIi night's deep azure dome 
Darken'd the lawn and terrace liigli, 
Where uTori[)S liad left their niusic-room 

For starry hush and open sky, 
To v/atch tlie meteoi's, how they went 
Across the stately lirmanient. 

As Walter [)aced with Josephine, 
The loveliest maid of all he knew, 

Touch'd by the vast and shadowy scene, 
Their friendly spirits closer drew, 

j^eneath the dim-lit hollow niulit, 

And those strani^'e sii^iials moviny bright. 


34 Tlie Slwotiiifj Star. 


'• A ^vi^•ll/" siiid Walter, — " have you heard' — 
yv'i.-:]i"d ill the shoothi'j: of a star, 

FidiiU itself?" " Prepare your word,"" 
Said Josephine; '' t]iere"s iioniiht to mar 

Tiie shiiiina' cliance." " And may I tell ''" 

" () no I I'or that would break the spell."" 


But now a splendid meteor tlew, 
And ere it died the wish w;is made, 

And won : for in a flash they knew 
'i'lie ha,j)])y truth, so lom^' delay"d, 

\VIiieli months and \-<'ars had never lirou^ht," 

rrom this bri<4'ht flcetinu' moment cauidit. 

VI 1. 


.N the Louu'cst j3a\', 
Ilt'iiv'n was gay, 
Roses and sunsliiiie alunu" the wa^ 
I loitcr'd and stood, 
In listless mood, 
^Vitll iiiuny a sigh, 
I kiien- not vrhy : 
Nothing' pleasant; nothing good. 

On the Shortest Day, 
liL-av'n w;is grey, 
(Jolducss and mire along the way 
How or where 
IJad I cast oif care .' 


For liglit and strons, 
With a snatch of sonij, 
I stept tlirough tlie mud and biting air. 

Moods, tliat drift, 

Or creep and shift, 
Or change, not a Avindy cloud more swift, 

No fetter found 

To hohl you bound, — 

Can 1 dare to go 

To the depth below 
Whence ye rise, overspreading air and ground .' 

There in the gulf 

Oi' my deejt dec]) self. 
Stranger than land of dragon and eli', 

Acts and schemes, 

Hopes and dreams. 

Loves and ])i'aises, 

Follies, (lijgi'itces, 
Swarm, and each monieu! therewith teems. 

'J'liey rise like l)i'eath 
(_)f eomini; death, — 
Of Jiov.-'i- ihat tlie >oul remembereth,— 

Tlie Present, whose ))lace 
Is a footsolc-space, 
Being ilien as nought. 
But the Present hath wrouu'ht 
All this ; and our Will is king, bv God's grace. 





LiEY, ^VQ\ is Abbey Asaroe, i)y Ballyshannon 

It lias TioitluT door nor window, the v.alls are broken 

down ; 
Tl)e carven stones liescattoi'M in bi'iarand nettie-l)ed; 
Tlic O'idy leet are tliose tliat come at ])urial of the 

A iitth' rocky rivulet I'nns niurnrnring' to the tide, 
Pinu'inu' a son'4' of ancient da\'s, in sorrow, not in 

pride ; 
T!)!' i)(>j'e-tr('e and the !i<i'htsome asli across tin 

])orta! grow, 
And lu'.'iven il-cli'is now the root" of Al)bey Asaroe. 

■■ i^ l-,'-tvrc."' ;i D'Hlic I'lr lli!' (.■Itli.T-trci' {■'iiinf'urn:^ iii'irn'. 

Ahhi'ij Asarnc. 39 


It looks boyond the harbour-stream to Bulbaii 

mountain I)lue ; 
Tt hears tlie voice of Erna's full, — Atlantic breakers 

too ; 
High ships go sailing past it; the sturdy clank of 

J3rings in the salmon-boat to haul a net upon the 

shores ; 
And tliis way to his home-creek, when the summer 

day is done, 
The weary lishei' sculls his punt across the setting- 
sun ; 
While green with corn is Sheegus Hill, his cottage 

white below ; 
But grey at every season is Abbey Asaroe. 


Thei'e stood one day a poor old man above its bi'okcn 

Me lieard no running rivulet, he saw no mountain- 
ridge ; 

lie turn'd his back on Sheegus Hill, and view'd 
vvitli mistv siu'ht 

40 Ahhnj Asaroc. 

The abbey wnlls, tlie bui'ial-ground with crosses 

Gfhostly white ; 
Under a weary weight of years he bowM upon liis 

Perusing in the present time the former's epitajih ; 
For, grey and wasted like the walls, a figure full of 

This man was of the blood of them who founded 



From Derry Gates to Drowas Tower, Tirconnell 

bi'oad was theirs ; 
Spearmen and ])lnnder, bai'ds and wine, and hoh' 

abbot's |»i'aycrs ; 
With chanting always in the house which they liad 

l)nilded high 
To fJod and to Saint Bernard, — whereto they came 

to die. 
At worst, no workhouse gi'ave for him ! tlie ruins 

of his race 
Sliall rest among the ruin'd stones of tjjis their 

saintly ])laco. 

Ahhey Asaroe. 41 

Tlie fond old man was weeping ; and tremulous and 

Along- the rough and crooked lane he crept from 


[Asaroo, Eas-Aitl/ia-Jiuaiil/i, C'ataract of I\ocl Hugh, a famous 
watorfall .in tho river Erne, where King JIugh is said Ui 
have been (h'owned abunt 2.'i(!0 years ago, gave name to the 
neighbouring Abbey, fiaindeil in the twelftli century.] 




^CTCjBER, — and tlie skies are cool and ^ii'cy 
0"cr stubbles emptied oftlieir latest -lieaf, 
Bai'c meadow, and tljo >lowly l■allin^' leaf. 
Tlic diu'nity of woods in I'icli decay 
Acconls t'ull well witli this majestic Li'riei' 
That clotlies our solemn jmrjile hills to-day, 
AVhose afternoon is hush'd, and wintry bi'ief. 
< >rdy a roliin sin^s ii'om any s])ra\'. 
And. nio-hf sends up her jiale cold mouii, and sjiills 
\\'hirc mi.-t airoundL tin- hollows (/file.' hills, 
]'!i;;nrom- (;f tii'tli or lake: the pca-aiit -Ci.- 
Ilis cot and. stackvai'd, with i!ie homi.-tead trees, 
] ii-i-land('d : but no vain tei'i'O!' thi'iil- 
III- in ili'ci harvi stinii; : he slrcps :;[ la-i'. 



(a child's soxg.) 


'~^ OODBYE, ooo(ll)ye to Summer ! 
For Summer's nearly done; 
The jjarden sniilinii' faintly, 

Cool Ijrcezes in the sun ; 
(Jul' thruslies now ai'e silent, 

Our swallows iiown away, — 
But Robin's here, in coat of hrown, 

AVith ruddy breast-knot gay. 
Robin, Robin l^edbreast, 

O Robin dear ! 
Roljin sing-s so sweetly 

In the falling of the year. 


Bright yellow, red, and orange, 
The leaves com:' down in host?. ; 


Rubin Ri'tlbn-dst. 

The trees are Iiidiiiii Prince>, 

Bat soon tliey'll turn to Gliosis; 
The katliery jieai's and a})i)les 

Hanu" I'usset on tlie bougli ; 
Its Autumn, Autumn, Autumn late, 

"Twill soon be Winter now. 
Robin, I{ol)in Redbreast, 

O Robin dear! 
And wdiat will tliis jioor Robin do? 

For i)inchinfr davs are near. 


The fireside for the erieket. 

The wlieatstaek tor the mouse, 
When trcmblinu' ni^■ht-^^ inds whistle 

And moa.n all round the house ; 
Tlie' frosty ways lik;' iron, 

Thi' l)i'an(dies [ilunied with snow,- 
Alas ! in Winter d.cad and dark 

\\'h(ri.' can poc^r Robin ^o i 
l^jbin, Roidn ]■( dbrcast, 

() Robin (bar! 
And a crumb ot' bread f(ir Robin, 

His little heart to clu.tT. 





SIR HUGH DE LA POLE was a sturdy old 
Vv ho ii) war and in peace had done every man rio'lit; 
Had lived with his neiuhbours in lovin<; accord, 
Save the Abbot and Monks, whom he fiercely ab- 

And to their feet alone refused oak-floor and sward. 

With LTuests round his table, good servants at call, 
His laughter made echo the wide castle-hall ; 
He \\]iooi)"d to the falcon, he hunted the de(,'i'; 
If down by the Abbey, his comrades could he;ir — 
■' A [ilague on tliese mummers, who mime all t!ir 
vear I " 


Sir lliKjh de la Pole. 

And now see liini .-tretcliM on liis leuve-takinp!: bed. 

Five minutes ago willi a calm sniih' lie said, 

" 1 can trust my poor soul to the .l^oi'd God of 

" Thougli living unpriested and dying unslu-iven. 
" Say all of you, friends/ ]\Iay his sins ue I'oi'given I'" 

But some who [ire near to hiiii sorely I'ejjine 
lie thus should decease like an ox or a swine; 
So a message in haste to the Aiiljcy they send, 
Vv'Ik.'U the voice cannot y\ws, and the ai'ui caimot 

bend ; 
jMjr this reign, as all reigns (U), a])j)ro;;c!n.'s an (ltd. 

S;!vs mv liid}', " Too long I haveyii Idcd m\- mind/" 
S(ni Ivichai'd 'Mo go ^vitI! llir world" i< ineline(i. 
•' Sweet .^iother of '\Iercy ! "" sobs .(ane, his youn; 


'• (> Sa\ioiir, iiiri;ct not my \v\iV:- and my vous !" 
In |)ra\'r \\n- the- dying \ii'V -jiirit sin; ho\vs. 

Sir Hugh de la role. 47 


At once the good Abbot forgets even' wrong. 
And s})eeds to the giUc wliich repclTd him so long; 
Tlie stair (^' Pax vobiscum !") is strange to his tread; 
lie puts everyone forth. Not a. sound from that bed ; 
And the sparlv from beneath the white eyebrow is 

Again the door opens, idl enter the place, 
Whei'e pallid and stern lies the well-beloved face. 
" The Church, thi'ough (k»d's lielj) and Saint 

Simon's, hatli won 
To her bosom of pity a jjcnitent son." 
Sec the cross on his breast: hark, tlie knell is bcj-un. 

\yho feasts with young liichard ? who shrives the 

fur Jane ? 
Whose mule to the C;;stle jogs right, without rein? 
Our Abbey iuis moorland and meadoviland wide, 
Where Iliigh for his hunting aiid hulking ^vould 

Full ol priest-hating whimsies and paganish [)ride. 

48 Sir Hugh de hi Pule. 


In the chancel tlie tomb is of Hucrh de la Pole. 
Ten thous<in(] fine masses were said for his soul, 
Witli prayinfi', and tinklincr, and incense, and fiame: 
In the centre whereol', without start or exclaim, 
His bones fell to dust. You may still n.-ad the name, 
"Twixt an abbot's and bishop's who once were of 


XI r. 


SPIRIT of the Suniiiici'tinie ! 
]?riiiij,' back the I'oscs to tiie dells 
le swallow I'roni her distant clime. 
The ho;iev-!iee i'roni drowsv cells. 

J5rin^- hack the friendship of the sun ; 

The ^'ilde*! evcninj^'s, calm and late, 
When merry children homeward run, 

And |)(>epiiiii' stars bid lovers wait. 

Brin<i' hack the sin^■inp; ; and the scent 
Ot' nu-adowlands at dewy ])rime; — 

Oh, briuLi' ayain my heart's content, 
Thou Spirit of the Summertime ! 


(OCTOBICH, 18-jO.) 


IX little Gevman Weimar, 
Witli sott grucn hills enlulded, 
Where shad}" Iliu-hrnok \vaii(lers. 
A (ireat Alan llvcil and wi'ote ; 
I II litt' and art and natiii'e 
lie conn'd tlu'lr ■■' ojien secret,"" 
(Jt'nien and lioui's and fortunes 

He reverently took note. 
{'])on a \ ei'fie ot' I'^urope, 
Faeiiiij thi' silent ;-nns;ts, 
And loud Atlantic hillnws, 

I'ur ii'.i', tiK^, ro^e hi- thouuiit. 

I'ui'u'd to a shapi of stars on hi^li 
Witliiu the spiiiiual sky 
Oi'niany an u]i\vard-n'azinu' t\vi'. 

Li IVcirnar. 51 

And now, tliis new October, 

Within a holy <xarden, 

'Mid flowers and trees and crosses, 
When dusk be;2;ins to fall, — 

Where linden leaves are paling, 

And poplar leaves are gilded, 

And crimson is tlie wild-vine 
That hangs across the wall, — ■ 

I see the little temple 

Wherein, with dtist of princes, 

The body lies of Goethe, 
And may not move at all. 

He mark'd all changes of the yeai' ; 
He loved to live ; he did not fear 
The never-broken silence here. 

Slow foots the grey old Sexton, 
The ducal town's Dead-watcher. 
Attendinf»' day and night time 

A bell that never rings ; 
The corpse upon the pallet, 
A thread to evciy finger,— 
The sliditest touch would sound it, 

But silence broods and clings. 


/// // (dinar. 

Bosido tlic room of stilliiPss, 

^Vl]i!o yet his coiicli i,-^ warniei', 

This old ijiaii Iiatli liis Ijidiiio-^ 
Tliirelroiii rlic key ho brinn'S. 
For ijiiii-!ily mortals, in liis ilay, 
\\\i hath uiilockM the House of Clay,- 
For tlicni, as we are wont to say. 

By yellow-leafy midualk 

Slow loots that a'jed Si xton ; 

" J(i ti-(ihl ! 1 have ^f'en (ioethe, 

And <pok(ii toi) with liim."' 
Tie" lamp \vith eoi'd hc' louaji's. 
And 1, hy stcjis desemdinu', 
JJcliold throuuh i^i'ated dooi'way 

A ehand)! !• ehill and dim, — 
( iaze on a dai'k r' d eoj'icr : 
iMill i'oui'^eorc years wei'e enmitcd. 
\\ In 11 that L;rand lead lay useles>, 

And (aeli In I'oie limh. 

SchilJi !■■- dn-f i- eln.-i- Ik .-ide, 

And (.'ai! AuL;u>t"- no! fai-, — de!ii<-d 

ili- elnj-iii phiet- hy jirlncidy pride. 

In Weimar. 53 

The day had glooiird and drizzled, 

But eleav'd itself in partin*^, 

The hills were soft and hazy, 
Fine colours streak'd the west, 

(Above that distant ocean) 

And Weimar stood before nie, 

A dream of half my lifetime, 
A vision for the rest : 

The House that fronts the fountain, 

Tlie Cottage at the woodside, — • 

Long since 1 surely knew them, 
But still, to sre was best. 

Town and Park tor eyes and feet : 

But all tir inhabitants I greet 

Are Ghosts, in every walk and street. 



LET us not toacli and prracli ?o much, 
But eliorisli, rather tliau profess ; 
Be careful liow the tliouulits mc touch 
Of God, and Love, aiul Holiness, — 

A charm, most spii'itual, faint, 
And delicate, foi'sakes the l»rea^t, 

Bii'd-like, ^vhen it ]iei'ceives the taint 
()f prying breath upon its nest. 

I'sino', cTijoyinu', let u- live; 

Set here to urow, what should ve do 
I'Jut take what soil and climate i:ive ? 

Fov thence must come our sa}) and line 

Ijlooniiii'^- as sw( ctly as av(^ may, 
\or beckon comers, noi' de1)ar: 

Let them take bahii tu' uall away, 
Accordiii'i' as thcii' nalurcs ai'c : 

Every Dai/. 55 

Look straio'lit at all thiii'js from the soul, 
But boast not much to understand ; 

Make each new action sound and "whole, 
Tlien leave it in its ])lace unscann'd : 

Be true, devoid of aim or care; 

rs'or posture, nor antatjonise : 
Know well that clouds of this our air 

But seem to wrap the mi<i'hty skies : 

Search starry mysteries overhead, 

Where wonders u'leam ; yet bear in mind 

That Earth "s our planet, firm to tread, 
\or in the star-dance left behind : 

For nothinij; is withheld, be sure, 
Our being needed to have shown ; 

The far was meant to be obscure. 

The near was placed so to be known. 

Cast wc no astrologic sclieme 

To map the course we must pui'sue ; 

But use the lights whene'er they l)eam, 
And evei'v trustv landmark too. 

Ererij Day. 

The Future let us not pennit 

To choke us in its slnujow's clasp; 

It cannot touch u<, nor we it ; 

The pr( SL-nt nionient"> in our 'jrasp. 

Soul severVl fi'orn the Truth is Sin ; 

The (lark and dizzy tiulf is ])oubt; 
Ti'uth never moves, — umnoved tliei'cin, 

Oui' road is straight and fiiin throuu'hout. 

This ]load't()r ever dotli aljide. 

The universe, it'i'atc so call, 
AI;iy ^ink a\N ay (.»n eitli'i' side : 

But This a.nd (ioD at once :rhall fall. 




(a riivme for the childrex.) 


LFrXLE Cowboy, what have you heard, 
I'p oil the hjiiely rath's green mound? 
r)nly tile plaintive.' yellow bird 

SighiiiL:' in >ulti'y ii''Id< around, 
Chary, eluii'y, eliary, elue-ee ! 
Only the u'ras>hoi)])er and the bee? 
" Tlp-taj), rip-ran, 
Tick-a-tack-too I 
Scarlet leather sewn together, 

This will inaki.' a shoe. 
Left, right, pull it tiuht ; 

Summer days are warm ; 
L'nderground in winter, 
J.auuhinu' at the storm 1" 

■•' lliiili,"" auciont i;;irihfn fm't. 

■■ Yt-lliA\ bii'il." tlif \ ello'A-Luiuing. i.iy ijDjTiii. 

iS The lAvprucaun. 

Lay youi' ear close to the hill. 
Do you not catch the tiny clamour — 
Busy click of an elfin hammer, 
Voice of the Lupracaun singinii- shrill 
As he merrily plies his trade? 

He's a s[)an 

And a fjuarter in height. 
Get him in siu'ht, hold him tiu-ht. 

And you 're a made 
Man ! 

You watch your cattle the summer day, 
Sup on potatoes, slcfp in the hay ; 

How v.ould you like to I'oU in your carria^'e. 
Look for a duchess's daughtei' in mai'riaLi'e ? 
Seize the Shoemaker — then you may I 
'' Biii' boots a-huntini:', 
Sandals in the hall, 
Wliitf lijr a Aveddinu-li.ast. 

Pink for a l)all. 
Tliir- way, lliat w;iy, 
So we make a shoe ; 

TJic lAqiracann. 59 

(retting rich every stitcli, 
Tick-tack-too !" 
Nine-and-nincty treasure-crocks 
This keen miser-iairy liath, 
Hid in mountains, woods, and rocks, 
Ruin and round-tow'i", cave and rath, 
And where the coi'morants buikl ; 
From times of okl 
Guarded by liiiu ; 
Each of them fiU'd 
Full to the brim 
With gold ! 


I caught him at work one day, myself, 

In the castle-ditch where foxglove grows, — 
A wrinkled, wizen'd, aiul bearded elf, 
Spectacles stuck on his pointed nose, 
Silver buckles to his hose. 
Leather apron — shoo in his laj) — 
'' kil)-riip, tip-tap, 

Tack-tack-too ! 
(A grig ski])p'd upon my caj), 
Awav the moth flew") 

GO Tlie I^upracaiat. 

Buskins for <i fairy prince, 

Brogues for liis son, — 

Pay me well, piiy nie "well, 

When the job is done !"' 

The rogue was mine, beyond a doubt. 

I stared at him ; he stared at me; 

'' Servant, Sir I" '■' Hum])hl"' says he, 

And pull'd a snuff-box out. 
He took a long ])inch. look'd better ])lcased, 

The queer little Lu})racaun ; 
Offer'd the box with a v.'himsical grace, — 
Pouf ! he Hung the dust in my flice. 
And, Avhile I siieezed, 
Was ixone ! 




'' I '^IIE vast and solemn company of clouds 

"^ Around the Sun's doatli, lit, incai'nadincd, 
Cool into asliy wvm ; a.s Xiu'lit (>nslii'Ouds 
The level i)astui'e, crecj)ing uj) Ixdiind 
Tliroagli voiceless vales, o'er lawn and pui'plcd hill 
And hazed mead, her mysteiy to fulfil. 
Cows low from f ii'-olf fai'uis ; the loitering Avind 
Sighs in the ludge, a'ou hear it if you will, — 
Though all the wood, alive atop with winii's 
ljit\ing and sinking throuadi tlu; lealy nooks, 
Seethes with the clamour of ten thousand rooks. 
Xow every souml at length is liuslfd away. 
These few are sacred mouu-nts. One more Day 
|)roj)s in the shadowy gulf of b}gone things. 





T~^RIE\I) F.dwnrd. from this turn remark 

V ■ '■ 

J»- A vistit ot The Jji'idt.'uroom s Park, 

Fair Soutli-well, shut uliilo you ^vtre Iiere 

By selfish Cii])id. ^sllo idhjws 

A -uiiiiy ulimp^e tlii'ouLili bet clieri houuiis 

Ot'ih'lls oi'ci'ra— witli iidhnv dvcr, 

A^iid oiif white Corner ut'thr house 

Buih t'ur tlie yiiuiiu" ILir's \\ C'lhliiinf-day, 

The dull old walls heinii' s\\e])t awa}'. 

\\"id(' aud hjw, it- (■;iv(s ai'c laid 

Ov(:r a ^ji'iider colonnade, 

Pai'tlv hiilinu', pai'lly si cii, 

Annd rcdiinilant veil- ol ui'i'en. 

\\diieh u'lii'iinid i-illai'- into oowei'S, 

And lo]» tlic'n ^\•ith a ti-a ze (ji' How (i'- : 

Southivell Park. 63 

The slight fence of a crystal door 

(Like air enslaved by magic lore) 

Or window reaching to tlic floor, 

Divides the richly furnish'd rooms 

From terraces of emerald sward, 

\'ases full of scarlet blooms, 

And little gates of rose, to guard 

The sidelong steps of easy flight; 

Or, -with a touch, they all unite. 

All's perfect for a Ei'ide's delight, 

And She a worthy queen of all ; 

Gold-hair'd (I've seen her), slim and tall; 

With — O a true celestial iiice 

Of tender gravity and grace, 

And gentle eyes that look you through, 

Eyes of softly solemn blue. 

Serene the wealthy mortal's fate. 

Whose last wild-oats is duly sown ! 

Observe his Pai'adise's gate. 

With two heraldic brutes in stone 

For sentries. 

Did the coppice move? 
A straggling deer perhaps. ]3y Jove ! 
A woman brushinti- throuu'h : she's trone. 


Soutlni-ell Parh. 

Xow what tlir deuce can briiiL;- lior tliere ^ 
JoU', lad: it"< none oi'oiii' afi'air. 

Well — }'(>irre 1o voyaLi'c, and I'm to stav. 
Will Lucv ki,-> }'ou, some otliei' day, 
V\'heii you cany your iiui;'ie'ts l»ack this \\'d\ ? 
You must not <^vo\v so rich and wise 
That friends shall tidl to I'ecoii'insc 
The schooli,.oy-twiid<le in youi' eyes. 
]-^ach his own track. Flj nniid my farm, 
And kec]) the old i()l!c"s chimnev warm. 
Jjut hov.a;V( 1' we sti'ive, and chance to thi'ive, 
\\'e shall -carc'dy overtake this Youth, 
^^dlO ha.s adl to his w\A\, and s- ems in truth 
The very luekie-t inan alive."" 

II. — liv Tin-: P(jxi). 

' me-e walls ot ^.'I'l'iii, n;y i-^mmrlmr, 
A laiiyrinlii oi'-iiade and >he(-n, 
J>ar oui liic WMi'h.l a thousand ndlc-, 
IIcljiiuL;" the |KiT]nvay"s v>indi)iLi' \\ili,s 
'i'o ]i()~(' yiiii l<.) ll;i' end. ?\n\\- tiriid^, 
"Wdial tlaink- nnuht our di-crxc Idr this 
Wdiich laiidy \\as a swamp, aiid is 

Soiitlui'ell Park. 65 

An elfin lake, its curving brink 
Embost witli rhododendron bloom, 
Azalens, lilies, — -jewelries, 
(Ruby and amethyst grow like these 
Under our feet) on fire to dress, 
Round eveiy little glassy bay, 
The sloping turf with gorgeousness ? 
As right, we look our best to day ; 
No petal dropt, no speck of gloom. 

Emnieliiie, this faery lake 
Rose to its mai'giiis for youi' sake; 
As yet without a name, it sues 
Your best invention ; thiidc and choose. 
Its flood is gather'd on tlie fells, 
(Whose foldings you and I shall trace) 
irid in many a hollow place ; 
But through Himalayan dells, 
Where the silveiy pinnacles 
Hanging f lint in furthest heaven 
Catch th(! flames of morn and even, 
Round the lowest raii!])art swells 
The surge of rhododendron flow'rs, 
Indian anecstiy of ours : 
And the tr()[)ic woods luxuriantly 

66 Southwell Park. 

By Oronooko's river-sea 
Nurtured the germs of this and this: 
And there's a blossom first was seen 
In a dragon-vase of \yliite and green 
13y the sweetheart of a mandarin, 
Winking her little eyes for bliss. 

Look, how these merry insects go 
In rippling meshes to and fro, 
Waltzing over the liquid glass, 
Dropping their shadows to cross and travel. 
Like ghosts, on the pavement of sunny gravel, 
INIaybe to music, whose thrills outpass 
Our finest ear, — yes, even youi's. 
Whom the mysticism of sound allures 
From star to stai'. In this gulf beyond, 
Silent pco])le of the ])ond 
Slip from noonday u'lare, to win 
Their crystal twiliii'hts iiir within. 
See the crcatares glance and hide. 
Tui'n, and wavci', and glimmer, aiul glide, 
Jerk away, ascmd, and poise, 
Come and vani-h without noise. 
Mope, with mouth (if drowsy driid-^ing, 
WaviuL;' lins and ews unwinkintz-. 

Sonthiccll Park. 

Flirt a tail, and shoot below. 

How little of their life we know ! 

Or these birds' life that twittering dart 

To the shrubbery's woven heart. 

Which is happier, bird or fish ? 

Have tliey memory, hope, and wish ? 

Vai'ioiis temper ? perverse will ? 

Tlie secret source of boundless ill. 

Why should not Juiman creatures run 

A careless course througli shadow and sun ? 

Ah, Love, that may never be ! 

We are of a diffl-rent birth, 

Of deeper sjdiere than the fishes' home, 

Higher than bird's wings may I'oam, 

Greater than ocean, air, and earth. 

The Summer's youth is now at prime. 
Swiftly a season whirls away. 
Two days past, the bladed coi'n 
^^'hisper"d nothing of harvest-time ; 
Alread}' a tinge of brown is l)Oi'n 
On the bai'ley-s])ears that liti'htly sway; 
The plumes of purple-seeded grass, 
Bowinu' and bending as you pass, 
Our mowers at the Ijrcak of dav 


Soutlixrell Park. 

Shall sweep them into swathes of hay. 

So the season whirls away. 

And every asj)ect we must learn, 

Sonthwell's every mood discern ; 

xVll sides, over the country speed, 

' She upon her milk-white steed, 

And he u[)on his grey," to roam 

(jlluinv, turn moi'e gladly home; 

]-'lan, im])rove. and see our tenants; 

\'isit neigidjours, tor pleasure or jx'iianee ; 

Excellent jx'ople some, no douht. 

And the rest will do to talk about. 

.June, Jul}', and August; next 

Se])trnd)er comes; and hei'c v/e stand 

1'o watch those swallows, souk.; clear <l:iy, 

^^'i^h a hii'dish (rouhlc, hrii' [M-i'plex'd, 

l>i'ldiiig adieu in thcii' trihe's old way, 

'!"hi>ugh the suiiheam coaxes llicm yet to '^tay ; 

."^winging tln'ou'^h tlje j;(>[iul()us iiii', 

!)ip]iiiig, evei'y hii'di, in phiy, 

To kiss lis Hying i;M;!n-(. tla !■*>. 

.\nd wh' n Autumn's v.tjihhy li('ir,\- hiind 

i*;iinls willi hrown gold the liccflicn Iciives, 

And ihe \/\uO conii s ((xd, ;:;i(l lln' ^]l('av(S. 

SouthiceU Park. 69 

Quivers filTd with bounty, rest 

On stubl)Ic-sIoj)e, — tlu^n we shall say 

Adieu Ibi' a time, our fa(liii<.>' bow'rs, 

l-*u;tures -within and out-of-dooi's, 

And all the petted greenhouse flow'rs. 

But, thoiiii'h your harp remains behind, 

To keej) the ]>iano company, 

Your li'entle Sj)irit of Serenades 

Shall ^^■ateh with us how dayliu'ht fades 

Where sea and air enhance their dyes 

A thousaiid-ibld for lovers' eyes. 

And we siiall fancy on far-off coast 

The chill ])avilions of the fi'ost, 

And landscapes in a snow-wreath lost. 

— You, the well-fended nunlike child, 

I, the bold youth, left loose and wild, 

Join'd tou'ethci' for evei'more. 

To wander at vrill by sea and shore, — 

.^trange and very sti'ange it seems ! 

^lore like the shifting world of dreams. 

Choose a. path, my Emmelin(>, 
Through this laljyrinth of green, 
As though 'twere life's perplexing scene. 
To go in search of your missing I)Ook, 

70 Southwell Park. 

You careless girl ? one other search ? 
Wood or garden, ^vhich do you say ? 
'Twere only toil in vain ; foi-, look — 
I found it, free of spot or smircli, 
On a pillow of Avood-sorrel sleeping: 
Under the Fox's Cliff to-(hiy. 
Not so much as your j)lace is lost, 
Given to this delicate Avai-den's keeping, — 
Jasmin, that deserves to stay 
Enshi'ined there henceforth, never toss'd 
Like other dying hlooms away. 

Summer, autumn, winter, — yes, 
And much will conu' that we cannot "'uess ; 
Every minute hrings its chance. 

Bend we now a j)ai'ting glance 
Down through tlie peaceful purity, 
Tlu' shadow and the mystciw, 
As old saints look into tluir ii'i'ave. 
Watei'-elves may jx'cp at me; 
( )n]y my own wife's i]icc I see, 
l.ikf^ snniiy liu'lit witliin the wiive. 
Dearer to u\c than snuiiy liu'lit. 
It rose, and look'd away my iiiu'ht: 

Southicell Park. 71 

Whose phantoms, of desire or dread, 
Like foo;s and shades and dreams are fled." 


" A fire keeps burning in this breast. 
The smoke ascending to my brain 
Sometimes stupefies the pain. 
Sometimes my senses drop, no doubt. 
I do not always feel the pain : 
Bat ni}' liead is a weary weary load. 
What ])lace is this ? — I sit at rest, 
With grass and buslies round aljout ; 
Xo dust, no noise, no endless road, 
No torturing light. Stay, let me think, 
Is this the place wliere I knelt to drink. 
And all my hair broke loose and fell 
And floated in the cold clear well 
Hung with rock-weeds? two children came 
With pitchers, but they screani'd and ran ; 
The woman stared, the cursed man 
Laugh'd, — no, no, this is not the same. 
T now remember. Draim'ing through 

72 Southwell Park. 

The thorny fence has toi'n my <j,'own. 
These boots are very nearly done. 
What matter? so "s my journey too. 

Nearly done ... A quiet spot ! 
Flowers toucli my hand. It's summer now. 
What summer meant I had forg'ot ; 
Except that it was glaring hot 
Through tedious days, and heavy hot 
Through dreadful nights. 

This drooping bough 
Is elm ; the shadow lies below. 
Gathering flowers, we used to creep 
Along the hedgerows, where tlie sun 
Came through like this ; then, every one, 
Find out some ai'hour close and cool, 
To weave them in our rushy ca])S, — 
Primi'oscs, bluebells, such a hea]). 
The cliildren do so still, perhajjs. 
Some, too, were quite tall girls. 

You fool ! 
Was it tor this you made your way 
To Soutliwell Pai'k by night and day? 
— A million times I used to sav 

SoutliwcU Park. 73 

These two words, lest tliey niit;lit be lost : 

After a wliile, turn where I wouUl 

I heard them. . . . This is his domain ; 

Each tree is his, each blade of grass 

Under my feet. How dare I pass, 

A tatter'd vagrant, half insane, 

Scarce lit to slink by the roadside. 

These lordly bounds, where, with his Bride — 

I tell you, kneeling on this sod, 

He is, before the face of God, 

My liusband ! 

I was innocent 
TJie day 1 first set eyes on him, 
Eyes that no tears had yet made dim, 
Nor fever wild. The day he went, 
(That day, O God of Heaven !) 1 found. 
In the sick brain slow turning round, 
Dreadful forebodings of my fate. 
A week was not so long to wait : 
Another pass'd,— and then a third. 
My face grew thin — eyes fix'd — I heard 
And started if a feather stirr'd. 
Each night ' to-morrow !' Iicard me say. 
Each mornintr ' he will come to-dav.' 

74 Soutliwell Park. 

Who taps u])on the chamber door? — 
A letter — he -svill come no more. 
Then stupor. Then a horrid sti'ii'e 
Trampling my 1)rain and soul and life, — 
Hunting me out as Avith a knife 
From home — from home — 

And I was young, 
And liappy. May his heart be wrung 
As mine is ! learn that even I 
Was something, and at least can die 
Of such a wound. In any case 
He'll see the death that's in my face. 
To die is still within the power 
Of girls with neither rank nor dower. 

This is Southwell. I am here. 
The house lay that side as one came. 
How sick and deadly tired I am ! 
Time has been lost : O this new fear, 
That I may fill aiid never rise ! 
Clouds come and go within my eyes. 
I 'm hot and cold, my lind)s all slack, 
^Iv swollen feet the same as d^ad ; 
A weiu'lit like lead draws down my head, 

Sduthwell Park. 75 

The bou<2;hs and brambles pull me back. 

Stay : tlie wood opens to the hill. 

A moment now. The liouse is near. 

But one may view it closer still 

From these thick laurels on the right. 

. . . What is this? Wlio come in sight ? 

He, with his Bride. It sends new might 

Through all my feeble body. Hush ! 

Which way ? which way ? which way ? that bush 

Hides them — they're coming — do they pause ? 

He points, almost to me ! — he draws 

Her tow'rds him, and I know the smile 

That's on his face — O heart of guile ! 

\o, 'twas the selfish gaiety 

And arrogance of wealth. I see 

Your Bride is tall, and graceful too. 

That arch of leaves invites you through. 

I follow. Why should I be lotli 

To hurt her? . . . Ha! I '11 find them both. 

Six words suffice to make her know. 

Both, both shall hear— it must l)e so." 

^(mt I tic ell Pur It. 


" Seven years li'one, and we togetlier 
Raml)le as before, old Ned ! 
Not a brown curl on your head 
Soil'd with touch of time or weatlier. 
Yet no wonder if you fear'd, 
With that broad chest and bushy l)eard, 
Lucy might scarce remember you. 
My letters, had they painted ti'ue 
The child grown woman ? 

Hero's our way. 
Autumn is in its last decay ; 
The hills have misty solitude 
And silence; dead leaves droj) in the wood. 
And free in Southwell Park v>'e stray, 
Where only the too-much freedom baulks. 
These half-obliterated walks, 
The tangling gi'ass, the shrubberies choked 
Witli briars, the runnel which hris soak'd 
Its lawn-foot to a marsh, bctwcjcn 
The tre;K;h(;rous tuits of brighter green, 
The garden, ])l;inn"d with costly cure, 
N^ow wilder'd as a nuiniac's hair; 

Southicell Park. 11 

The hlhidcd mnnsion's constant <ilooni, 
Winter !uul summer, night and day, 
Save when the stealthy hours let fall 
A sunbeam, or more pallid I'ay, 
Crce])ing' across the floor and wall 
From solitary room to room, 
To pry and vanish, like the rest, 
AVeary of a useless quest; 
The soniln'e face of hill and grove. 
The very clouds which seem to move 
Sadly, he it swift or slow, — 
How unlike this, you scarcely know, 
Was Southwell Park seven years ago. 

Human Spirits, line by line, 
Have left hereon tlieir visible trace; 
As may, methinks, to Eye Divine, 
Human history, and each one's share. 
Be closely written everywhere 
Over tlu! solid planet's iace. 

A sour old Witch, — a surly Youth, 
Wvr grnudson,- — three great dogs, uncouth 
To stJ-in^'ers (I 'm on terms with all), 
Are housi-hol'l now. Sometimes, at tidl 
Of dusk, a Shiipe is said to move 


Soutliwcll Park. 

Amid the drear entanuled ^rovc, 
Or seems lameiitiiigly to stand 
Beside a ])ool that "s close at liand. 
Rare are the human steps tliat pass 
On mossy walk or tufted grass. 

Let 's force tlie brusliwood barrier, 
No path remaining. Here 's a chair ! 
Once a cool delightful seat, 
Now the wai'ty toad's retreat, 
Cushion'd with fungus, sprouting rank, 
Smear'd widi the lazy gluey dank. 
No douljt the Gliost sits often there — 
A Female Shadow with wide eyes 
And dri])ping garnnnits. Tins way lies 
The pool, the little jileasure-lake, 
Which cost a pretty sum to make. 
Stoop foi' this ])ough, and see it now 
A disuuil solitai'y slough, 
Scummy, weedy, I'agged, rotten. 
Shut inj'ail, foi'so(»k, foi'gotten. 

]M()>t of the story you have heard : 
The lju\\(.'r ()i'I)liss at leiiii'lh ]ire])ared 
To the l;i>l hlussom, line ot' ^ildinii', 
(Xevei' such a <lainty Iniildln'j) 

Suutliioell Park. 

One clay, Bride and Bridegroom came ; 
The hills at dusk with merry flame 
Crowning their welcome : they had June, 
Grand weather — and a honeymoon ! 
Came, to go away too soon. 
And never come again. 

Tlie Bride 
Was in her old home when she died, 
On a winter's day, in the time of snow, 
(She never saw that year to an end), 
And he has wander'd far and wide. 
And look'd on many a distant hill. 
But not on these he used to know, 
Bound his Park that wave and hend. 
And people tliiidc he never will. 

Who can prohe a spirit's pain ? 
Who tell that man's loss, or gain ? 
How far he sinn'd, how far he loved, 
How much hy what befell was moved, 
If tliere his real happiness 
Began, or ended, who shall guess? 
Trivial the biographic scroll 
Save as a history of the soul, 
Perhaps whose mightiest events 

80 Southwell Park. 

Are dumb and secret incidents. 

A man's true lite and Instory 

Is like the bottom of the sea, 

Where mountains and huu'e valleys hide 

Below the wrinkles of the tide, 

Under the peaceful mirror, under 

Billowy Ibani and tempest-thunder. 

Rude is the liower-shi'ubs' ovcrii'rowth, 
Dark Irowns the clump of firs beyond. 
At twiliu'ht one miuht well be loth 
To liuLi'er here alone, and find 
The stoiy vivid in one's mind. 
A Younii' Girl, (jcntly biMl and fail-, 
A widow's daughter, whom the Jlcir 
]Met somcwhcn' ^\■i stwai'd (m a time, 
Canu; down to this secUuh-d [jond. 
That's now a mat of vs^euds and slime, 
One sumnn'r-diiy seven ycai's a^'o, 
Sunshin;' above and iiowci's i)e!o\\" ; 
Xeu'lcet liad driven her to despair; 
And, poor ihmu', in \\vr ir'iizicd mood 
Ijiii'stiiiLi' upon thfii' soliiudi'. 
Sh'.' drowu'd licrsilf, licfon; th.r i'aec 
( )!' Hridc ;iia! IJi'iihu'i'oom. s!('i't'"s the iilacc. 

Southicell Park. 81 

Now mark — tliat voi'v smtimer day 
Vou, Xed, and I lookM down this way, 
And saw tlie ^'irl herseli^ — yes, wc I 
Skirting tlie coppice — that was She. 

Iniau'ine (tins at least is known) 
Tlie frantic ci'oatare's pluno'e ; the bride 
.Swooninu' \)x lier husband's side ; 
And liini, alone, and not alone, 
Turning auliast from each to eacli, 
Shouting' for lielp, but none in reach. 
He sees the drowning woman sink, 
Twice — thrice — then, headlong from the brink. 
He drays her to the grass — too late. 
Ther(} iiy his servants was he found, 
Bewildcr'd by tlie stroke of fate ; 
With two j)ale figures on the ground. 
One in the chill of watery death, 
( )ne with long-drawn painful breath 
Reviving. Suddni was the blow, 
Di'oadt'ul and deep the chanue. We go 
To liiid the house. 

Suspicion pries 
from wrinkled mouth and wrinkled eyes, 
i)uiii' dame I Yet eoiir-taiit t'rieiids are we, 

>s2 Soutliwcll Park. 

())■ iiL\cr sliuuld I ■yn\<\) tliis key, 
())• tread tliis br(nid ami loiK-Iy stair 
From uudei'urouud, or let this glare 
(Jf outdoor v/orM insult the uloom 
That lives in each tbrsakcu room, 
Through ^vhich the gammer daily creeps, 
And all t'rom dust ami mildew kee[)S. 
Fl'W liunds may slide this veil a>ide. 
To show — a ])ictui'e ol'the Bi'ide. 
Is sIk' ur.t gently diLi'uified? 
Ilt-r curving neck, how smooth and lonu' 
Ilt-r eyes, they suttly look you througli : 
To thiid; of violets v,\re to wrong 
Their luc('ncy ot'livinu' hhu-. 

The new ho])e of that fiiir youni:' vritt-. 
Til-- -;icr(;d and myst{/riou- life 
\\ hich cuunt- a- yet no >• j.'ai'a.ti- hours, 
Yifldint;' tf) S()rru\v'- hurit'nl puNvers, 
(j)iuiieh"d, ii.- I'aiiit glt-am Ih-Ioi'l- a murn ; 
Aiid \\\\rn her hr.athll-^ \y..A>r ww- horn, 
Almij>t ;;.- .-till \\\'- mother Iny. 
Alnio-r a- ilumh, day atiei' dia\\ 
Till oil ill.' litlh -;i'' i';;--'d away : 
Anil I far ioo .~L-on ) hui' mari'iauv-ijL-il 

Soi/thwcll J\irk. 

Mu«t now bc'j,iu to ring lier knell. 
Grcybeai'd, and child, and village-lass, 
Who stood to see her wedding pass — 
Xo tiu'iher stoops the Inxiry head, 
The niei'ry maid is still unwed, 
The child is \\:t a cliild, lio more, 
Watching her hearse go by their door. 
Her bridal wreath one summei' gave. 
The next, a garland tor \\vv grave. 

Close the shntter. ]3right and sharjj 
The ray tiills on those slirouded things, — 
A grandi piano and a harj), 
Wher.' no one ever plays oi' sings. 

II im ? — he hardly can tbrget. 
."''till, lite ^'oes on ; he's a young man yet; 
Hi- roiid has many a turn to take. 
He mav ivW this v.'ood, fill uj) the lake, 
Throw down the liouse (so should not I), 
Or siil it to you, Xed, it'}ou"il buy. 
iJr, Murhaps, coine tlioughti'ully l)ack some da}-, 
V\ :ih hinid)lc heart, and head grll^vn grey. 

Homeward now, as (piiek as you will : 
Tlie-e afternoons are short and chill. 
Till re's my haggart, uiidi^r the hill: 

84 .Southwell Park. 

'I'lirouu'li evening's fog tlie cornstacks rise 

Like domes of a little Arab city 

(sirt by its -wiill, Avith a l)unch of trees 

At a coi'ner — jialnis, for ;iuglit one sees. 

Sister Lucy is there alone ; 

The good old father and mother gone ; 

And Fni not married — more is the pity I 

Seem f old bacheloi' in your eyes ? 

— Well, Xed, alter dinner to-night, 

When the ruddy hcai'th gives just the light 

We used to think best, you'll s[)read your sail 

And earry us fai', without wave or gale; 

And we'll talk of the old yeai's, and the new, 

Of what we hav',' d,uiu\ and mean to do." 


OLEFUL^vas the land, 
Dull on every side, 
Neither soft nor grand, 

Barren, hleak, and wide; 
Nothing look'd with love ; 

All was dingy brown ; 
The very skies above 

Seem'd to sulk and frown. 

Plod<ling sick and sad. 

Weary day on day : 
Searching, never glad, 

Many a miry way ; 
l.^oor existence lagg'd 

In this barren place ; 
While the seasons draii'g'tl 

Slowlv o'er its fiee. 

80 Tlie Llffle Ddl. 

SpriiMj:, to sky and |:i;roui]{l, 

Came bet'ore I ^■ucs.s"(l : 
Then one day 1 found 

A valley, like a nest ! 
GiKU'dcd with a spell 

Sure it must have ])ecn — 
This little fairy dell 

Whieh I had never seen. 

Open to the l)lue, 

Green l)anks henim'd it round 
A rillet \va!ider"d thn>ui;li 

\\'itli a linklinii- sound ; 
Briars amonjj,' tin; roeks 

A tanii'led ai'Iioiir made: 
Pi'imi'oscs in Hocks 

(Ji'cw l)ene;ith their shade. 

jMerr\- l)ir(ls a, i'cw, 

Ci'cntui'is wihlly tnnu-, 

Pereli'd ;iiid suntj,' and il(;\v ; 
Timid fu'hhnicc^ eiuiie ; 

Thii Little Dell. 87 

J3cetles in tlie moss 

Journey'd here and there ; 
Butterflies across 

Danced t]n'ouii,h sunlit air. 

There I often redd, 

SuuLi' alone, or dream'd ; 
Blossoms overhead, 

Where the west wind strcam'd ; 
Small horizon-line, 

Smoothly lilted up. 
Held this world of mine 

In a grassy cup. 

The barren land to-day 

Hears my last adieu : 
Xor an hour I stay ; 

Eai'th is wide and new. 
Yet, fai'ewell, f irewell I 

^lay the sun and show'rs 
Bless that Little Dell 

Of safe and ti'aiKjuil hours ! 



THE wife sat tliouglitfully turniiit^ over 
A l)ookinscril)ecI witlitliescliool-g'irrsname; 
A tear, one tear, fell hot on the cover 

So quickly closed ^vhen hci' hushand came. 

1I(! c;iiii(> and he went away, it was nothing-; 

With connnonplace words upon either side ; 
Hut, just with the sound of the room-door shutting, 

A dreadful door in her soul stood wide. 

Love sIh' had read of in sweet I'omaiu^es, 
Love that could sorrow, luit nevei' fail ; 

Hiult her own ])alace t)f noble fancies. 
All tlie wide world like a iiury-tale. 

Hk'ak and hittei- and uttci'ly dolei'id 
Spread to this wonnin lu'r map of life: 

A Wife. 89 

Hour after lioiir she look'd in her soul, full 
Of deep dismay and turbulent strife. 

Face in hands, she knelt on the carpet ; 

The cloud was loosen'd, the storm-rain fell. 
O ! life has so much to wilder and warp it, 

One j)oor heart's day what poet could tell .' 



STI{ATFORD-OX-AVO.\, A.IJ. l-j07. 



OD save you, Goodman Dodd, — a sici'lit to 
see A'ou ! 

D. Save you, good ^lastei' (ii'unst'y,- -Sir, liow 
l)e you .' 

(i . Middlisli, thank Iieav'n. Hai'c wcatliei' for 
tlie wlu^at. 

]}. I'ai'ins will he tliir.--.fy, after all this heat. 

C/. And .-(> i> \\('. Sit (hjwii on this here hfTieli : 
We'll drink ;i pot o'yale, num. Hither, wmcli I 

Master Griuiscij and Goodman Dodd. 91 

My service — lia ! I'm well enouG,li, i' fegs, 
But for this plagucy rlieum i" liotli my letrs. 
Whiles I can't hardly get about : O Jear ! 

D. Thou see'st, we dou't get younger every 

(r. Thou'i't a young fellow yet. 

D. Well-nigh three-score. 

G . I he thy elder fifteen year and more. 
Hast any news ] 

I). Not much. Xew-Place is sold, 

And Willy Shakespeare's bought it, so I'm told. 

(r. What, little V/illy Shakespeare bought the 

Place ! 
Lord bless us, how young folk gets on apace I 
Sii' fiTigh's grciit house beside the gi'amniar- 

school I — 
This Sli:ikes[)eare's (take my woi'd U})on'tj nu i'vA. 
1 minds him sin" he wei'c so hiii'h's mv knee : 

1*2 Old Master Grunscy and 

A stiri-iu" little iniscliicf cliau was he ; 
One (lay I cotcliM liiiii pcltin" o" my necsf' 
Below the cliiircli : " Yoii let 'en swim in peaee, 
" Yoiinu' doi;'!"' I says, " or I sliall ilino- thee in. 
^Vill was on t'other hank, ami did Init u'rin, 
And eall out, " Sii', yon eome across to here I" 

1). 1 knows old John this five and thirty year. 
In old times many a cup he made me diink ; 
liiut ^^'illy weren't ahorn then, I don't thiidv. 
( )r niiiiht a' lieen a i)abe on's mothi-r's arm, 
When I did cart 'en lleeces I'rom our farm. 
I wfiit a cooi'tin' then, in Avon-Lane, 
And, tho' l)it further, I was always tinn 
To hrimj \\\\ can thcrihy, upun a chance 
To catf'h some t'ooli^h little nod or ^'lance, 
< )r '' m(ct me, ?»Iary. wont "i e, (/iiarlcott' wa\-. 
" ( ))• down at Chij)ti/n ljrid;^e, next holidiiy '." — 
Il'alth. .Ma>ter (irun^ev. 

(! . Thaid<.'('e, t'riiud. "Tis \\i)\. 

W {■ mi'_;iit do warsr tlian ca!! aimtliiT put. 
(jdod rvli-tiv-,-; Xan ! Will >i]ake-pearc, tr.jtii, I 
Jviicw ; 

Goodinaii Dodd. 93 

A nimhle curly-patc, and pretty too, 

.Vhout the street ; lie grow'd an idle lad, 

And like enouiili, 'twas tlioug'ht, to turn out bad ; 

1 don't juit fairly know, hut folk did say 

lie vex'd the Lucvs, and so tieed awav. 

D. He's warth as much as Tanner Twigtj to- 
day ; 
And all by plays in Lunnon, 

G. Folk talks big : 

Will Shakespeare warth as much as Tanner 

Twi^'g — 
Tut tut I Is Will a player-man by trade .' 

1). ( )' course he is, o' course he is : and made 
A wouudy heap o'money too, and bought 
A pla\house for Inmself like, out and out; 
And makes up }days, l)eside, for 'en to act ; 
Tho" I cidi't tell thee I'ightly, for a fact, 
If out o" l)Ooks or his own head it be. 
^Vl•"ve other work to thiidc on, thee and me. 
Thev sav ^^'ii^s doin' iineh', howsomcver. 


Old Master Gruu&exj and 

(t. Vv'Iiy, l)o(I(J, tlie little elia)) was always 
I (loii't know nothing' now o" such-like tovs ; 
Xew fashions jjlenty, man, sin" we wei'e Ijoys : 
V\ e tised to lia" rare nuirnniinu's, i)iip|)et-slio\v> 
And r^Ioi'alti's, — they can't much Ijctter tho.-r. 
The Death of, Judas was a pretty tliin<2, 
" So-la I so-la \" the Divil u-(_(l to sino-. 
Ijlu time '^'oes on, tor sure, and fashion alters. 

D. I']! at lh(> Crown, last nigdit, says youiii 
Jack Walters, 
" W'ilh's a ureat man n(jw !" 

G. A j..It,;rhe::d: 

\\'h.!t d(M-s it count f<ii', v."h(-n afl'- diO;i;' a.nd sa'd 
.Vii ! ^v]lo'il ii'icy, I t \', ill .-ay " C^nev"" or '• (io" 
Su'di-iike' as him (l^n't iTeI;on much, I ti'ow. 
>\y. lih-\' -liail i!'avi-l iir-f, lik^ thcc , nd mc 
>!•(• jjiiiiKiii, to iind. (lul \\\<.:\\ u'i-cat nan hi-. 
Aw i.iari". . ii:U-t tlii-y. S;:iiir- ! to s'-i- ilic C'lmrl 
Take watir d'lW II to ( i i'^ mw ich : ihi .■:■'-• i:nf -jidf' 
llrr lli'_iiiit-- in hi-r tVii!- aial imh'-- and jf-arl-, 
JJai-oii--, and l;»;'d,-.^ and ch'anihijrlains, au'i cai'l-, 

Guodinaii Dndd. 95 

So thick as midges round lier, — look at such 

An tliou wouhrst talk of greatness ! why, the 

Is on theii' stewards and lackeys, Goodman Dodd, 
Who'll hardly answer Shakespeai'o wi' a nod, 
And let him come, dofF'd cap and bended knee. 
We knows a trifle, neighbour, thee and me. 

D. V^G may, Sir. This liere's grand old Strat- 
ford I)rcw ; 
Xo better vale in Lunnon, search it through. 
Xew-Place l)cn"t no such bargain, when all's done; 
"Twas dear, I knows it. 

G. Thou bouglit'st bettci', n-.wu, 

At Hoggin Fields: all ain't alike in skill. 

1). Thanks to the Lord above ! I've not done 
Xo more has thee, friend Grun>ey, in tli}- trade, 

(t. So-.~o. But here's youn^' Will wi' 3none\ 

[)(') Old Jlastrr Grvii^ey and 

Aiul money saved ; whereon I sets him down, 
Say (Isc ^\ ho Hkes, a ci'edit to the town ; 
Tlio" ^ome do shake tlieh' heads at player-folk. 

U. A vei'y civil man, to chat and joke ; 
I've ofttimcs had a hit o' Talk \\\ \\\\\. 

G. How doth old Master Shakesi)eare .' 

/;. Bravely still. 

And so doth madam too, the comely dame 

G . And ^Villy■s wih--- vvdiat usr-il to he hei' 
name .' 

1). ^Vhy, II;ithaway, I'ro" do'\\'n liy .'-^hott(-r} 
1 don't tli!iik ^lie's so niijeh ahoui o' lat'-. 
Thi'lf >oi,. ihoii ~fc"st. the only .-on t1ic\- had. 
Di.d la-t y,ai-. and >lir too.k on di-r,:dtiil had: 
An.l -o tlM- taylluT did awhile, I'm lold. 
'I'lii- hoy I," dii ii-- wa.- nii!c i.r tcji y^ai' old. 

\\'il!\- hiiii-rll' i!ia\' hiijr h-i'o VMW . ma\han. 

Goodinun Dodd . 


(i . He ahvtiys -was a clever little cliajf. 
I'm glad oMiis luck, an "twcre for old Joliirs 

Your arm, sweet sii'. Oli, how my ie[i's do 
ache '. 



THE POOR LITTLi: :-iaid]:n 



(.iEXTLE face and clear iduc evc' 

The little niaideii hath, wjio jtlie^ 
Hci' needle at the eottau-u dooi', 
{)]•, wirli a conii'ade ;^'irl oi' more, 
Gi'oiip'd un the sliady ll(■(l^■ero^v-^■ras:^, 
I love to find lit-r a- I ]ia>~, — 
llimdjly contented, >ini]il\' u'av, 
And .-inuinu' sweetly : many a dav 
I've carried tiir alonu" my ■\va\' 
l-'i'om that liur intiint's hiok and voie.' 
A >!ri'nu'th that made my >oul rt-joic''. 

i ) -: .1 : in r tiitiicr iln 

iiiother knou-1 nut wlici'e !o ■;(■(■!; 

Tlie Poor Little Alaidev. 


Five cliiidren's food; the little maid 
Is far too youiio' for others' aid, 
Willingly would slie do her best 
To slave at sti'angers' rude behest ; 
But she is young and weak. Her thread. 
From dawn till Idinding rushlight sped. 
Could never win lier single bread. 


xVnd must the Poorhouse save alive 
This Jiother and her hel})less five, 
Wlicre Guardians, no Angelic band, 
With callous eye and pinclnng luind. 
Receive the wretclied of their kin, 
Cursing the law that lets them in .' 
I see her growing pale and tliin, 
Poor Child; (the little needle-song 
Is ended) — and perha])s ere lonu' 
Her cojiin jolting in their cart 
To \\here the })aupers lie apart. 

Just I'rom that cottage-step one sees 
A Man-iion with its lawn and tree^. 

100 The Poor JAttle Maiden. 

Where man and wife are wearing; old 
Within a \vilderness of gold, 
Amidst all hixui'ics and graces, 
Except the light of children's faces. 
All, had the little ]Maid forlorn 
In that fine house been only horn, 
How she were tended, night and morn 
A long-tail'd pony then were hers. 
And winter mantles edged with furs, 
And servants at her least command. 
And wealthy suitors for her hand. 




IWALK'D in the lonesome evening, 
And who so sad as 1, 
WIkm). I saw the young men and maiden^ 
jMerrily passing by. 

To thee, my Love, to thee — 
So I'iiin would I come to thee ! 
While the ripples told upon sands of gold 
A)ul I look across the sea. 

I stretch out my hands ; who will clasp them .' 

I call, — thou rei)l!est no Avord : 
() why should heart-hanging he weaker 

Than th.e waving wint^'s of" a Itird I 


•' Across the Si 

To tlice, my Love, to tliec — 
So faiii v.'ould I conu; to tliee I 
For the tide's at rest from east to west. 
And I look aei'oss tlie sea. 

TliereV-i joy in the liopeful niorning, 
There's peace in the parting' day, 

There's sorrow witli 

evei'V love!" 

Whose triic-Iove is far away. 
To thee, ni\- Love, to tl;ee — 
So fain would I conic to thee ! 
And the wat(,'i' "s bright in a still mooidiu 
As I look aci'oss th.o sea. 



FAR-OPF Town my memory Iiauiits- 
Siiut in by fields of coni and flax. 
Like housinLi's <i,'ay on elephants 

Heaved on the hnge hill-backs. 

How pleasantly that image came ! 

As down the zigzag road I press'd, 
Blithe, but unable yet to claim 
His I'oot'lVom all the rest. 

And i should see my Friend at Iiouk/, 

i'e in the little town at last 
Those v.-eleoine letters dated I'rom, 
(jladdening the two years past. 

iC*4 His Town. 

1 recollect the summer-light, 

The bridge with poplars at its end, 
The slow brook turning left and right, 
The greeting of my fi'iend. 

1 found him ; he was mine, — his Ijooks, 
His home, his day, his favourite walk, 
The joy of swift-conceiving looks, 
The wealth of living talk. 

July, no doubt, comes briglitly still 

On blue-eyed flax and yelloAving wheat 
liut soi'i'ow shadows vale and hill 
Since one heart ceased to beat. 

Is not the climate colder ihere, 

Since that Youth died ? — it must be so ; 
A dund) regi'et is in the air; 
The brook r(>j)ines to iiow. 

Wing'd tlrithcr, i'ancy oidy sees 

An old eliui'ch on its I'ising ground, 
And undci'iKjath two sycamon; trees 
A little u'ras^v mound. 




OHOW diiiily walks the wisest 
On liis jouvney to the grave, 
Till Thou, Lamp of Souls, arisest, 
Beaming over land and wave ! 

Blind and weak behold him wander, 
Full of doubt and full of dread ; 

Till the dark is rent asunder. 
And the gulf of li^ht is spread. 

Shadows were the gyves that bound him, 
Now his soul is light in light; 

Heav'n within him, Heav'n around him, 
Pure, eternal, infinite. 



(a fa.\ta-y.) 


EAUTIFUL, lif-autiful Queen of the Forest, 
flow ;u't tliou liiddeii r-0 wondrous deep ? 
Flird nevei' suiif'; theiX'. l;iy never nioi'i'iced. 
All the tree- iii'e asleep. 

Xi'^h the d.rizzlinsi' watei'thll 

l-'luniedi fe'rns v,;:ve ;:nd wirhei': 

X'dices iVoni the woodlami.- call. 
•' lliiher, O liithei-:" 

Callinu' all the summer thiy, 

Throu''h liie woiidland>. l;ir a'.v;t\ . 

W'lii) l»y tli(- i'ivuli t luiter.- and, llnu.i-. 

Franeeil 1)V ;i mii'i'oi', a mui'mui'. ;: Irtak ; 
Tliri.wii V, Ikit the u'ra--'- eno! iinr iinu'ei'- 
iM;iV wiih hi- di', :nu!ul cheek '. 

The Queen of the Forest. 107 

Cuutious creatures gliding by, 

Mystic sounds fill liis pleasure, 
Tangled roof iidaid with sky, 

Flowers, heaps of treasure : 
^Vandering slowly all the day, 
Tlirough the woodlands, far away. 


Late last nigiit, betwixt moonlight and nioi'ning, 

Cauu' She, unthought of, and stood by liis bed ; — 
A. kiss tor love, and a kiss for warning, 
A kiss for ti'ouble and di'ead. 
Now her llitling fading gleam 

Haunis the vs'oodlands wide and lonely; 
Now, a Iralf-remember'd di'eam 

For Iris comrade only, 
II L' shall stray th.e livelong da\' 
Tlii'Dugl). the ibrest, iiir aviny. 


Dare not the hiding enchanti'ess to follovv" ''. 

Hearken the yew, he hath secrets of hers. 
The grey owl stirs in an oaktree's hollow, 
Tl)(> v>ind. ill <he ylooniv firs. 


The QiiPen uf f/ie Forest. 

Down aniuiiLC those dells of green, 

Cilin]p?(s, ^vlli5|)(■]•^, I'uii to wile tliee ; 
Wakino- eyes liavf nowhere seen 

Her that wonld beuuih; thee — 
Drau- tliee on, rill di-ath of day, 
ThroiiL:}! the du-k woodts, far away. 



" /^ lyy^ back my youth !'" the poets cry, 
^<~^ •' Givo back my youtli !" — -so sav not I,, 
Vouth_ p!:iy"d its ])ai't witli us; if \v( 
Ai'c losers, shoukl v:v piiuers bo 
By rccommeiiciup', witli tlie same 
CoHilitions, all the fiiiish'd ji'ame ' 
It' vi e r-ee better now, we are 
Already winners ju~t so far,- — 
And nurely asi-; to keep our winninu', 
W ipe out loss, for ;i new beuinninijj ! 
Thi? n.iay come, in ireaveifs u'ood v.-av, 
How, no moi'tal mtin sha.ll say; 
Jjii't not by fresli-recover'd taste 
For siiuarplums, or valentines, 
(Jr coiijuriiiii' l/aek the briu'htest day 
NViiieli L''ave its '•ill and therefore shint.-. 




Will ov lo>(', po?>r'>s or miss, 
There cannot l)e a ^veilker ^vaste 
Of niemorv's priviliLii' than tliis — 
To 'l\v('Il airionu' ca.-t-ofi' designs. 
'^taiiX'S, larv;;- of your:-eii, 
And leave tl:e true tliinii' on the slielt. 
Tlie Prcs(-nt-Fiiture, -.vlierewitli 'ijhjn(: 
Hours that liastLii to tlicir end. 




(a local ballad.) 


ADIEU to Ballysliannon ! Avherc I was bred 
and born ; 
do wlierc I may, I'll think of you. as sure as night 

and morn, 
The kindly spot, tlie friendly town, where everi 

one is known. 
And not a face in all tlie place but partly seems my 

own ; 
There's not a house or window, there's not a field 

or hill, 
But, cast or wesr, i;i foreign lands, ["11 recollect 

them still. 

112 TIlc IViiuliiifj Banks of Eriir. 

1 leave my \yarm licai't witli a on, though my back 

I"m forced to tuni — 
So a.dieu to Ballyshaniion. and tlic winding banks 

ol' Ei'iK' ! 

No U-ore on pleasant evenings -we'll saunter down 

tlie Mall, 
When the trout is rising to the fly, the sahnon to 

the fall. 
Tlie boat conies straining on her net. aiid heavily 

she cree])s, 
Cast oli', cast oil'! — she teels the oars, and to her 

berth she s\vee))s ; 
\ew foi'c and aft keej) hauling, and gatlaring uj.' 

the clue, 
Till a silver vave of -idinon I'olls in aiiion^' the crfW. 
Then ihev niiiV -it, Avith j/ijm s a-lit, a!;d niauy a joke 

and ' y;ii'n" ; — 
Adieu to Ball\>-hannon. aU'l the windini:' i',-.nk> 

of Krjie : 

Tin i(iu---ie ot'lh( \\;tteri;dl. thr mirror of tiie lidi , 
\\ heTi all the 'jreen-hili'd harbour is lull Ironi -!>!;• 
to side' — 

Tlic JVindiiKj BfwJis of Erne. 113 

From Portnasun to Eulliebawns, and round the 

Al)l.ey Bay, 
From rocky Inis Saimer to Coolnaririt pandhill? 

g'l't-}' ; 
Vv'Iiilc far upon the southern line, to iruard it like 

a wall. 
The Leiti'im mountains, clothed in blue, gaze calmly 

over all, 
\m\ v.ate]) t!ie shij) sail up or down, tlie red iia;:r 

;!t h('r «tern ; — 
Adieu to these, adieu to all the winding banks of 

l^rne ! 

Farewell to yon, Kildoney lads, and tln'm tliat 

pull an o;ii', 
-\. luu-sail S!_'t, 01' haul a net, from the Point to 

r.luUau'hrrore ; 
From Killybegs to bold Slieve-League, tliat ocean- 

niountain stec;), 
Six hmi'lred yai'ds in air aloft, six hundred in t!ie 

Fro;U Fooi'an to t!ie Fairy Bridge, and round b'y 
T;d!-n str;.i:d. 


114 Tlie IVinding Bcmks of Erne. 

Level and long, and white with waves, where gull 

and curlew stand ; — ■ 
IToad out to sea when on your lee the breakers 

you discern ! — 
Adieu to all the billowy coast, and winding banks 

of Erne ! 


Farewell Coolmoi'e, — Bundoran ! and your summer 

crowds that run 
From inland homes to see with joy th" Atlantic- 
setting sun ; 
To breathe the buoyant salted air, and spoil among 

the waves ; 
To gather shells on sandy beach, and tempt the 

gloomy caves ; 
To watch the flowing, ebbinu' tide, the boats, the 

crabs, the fish ; 
Youn'4' men and maids to meet and smile, and form 

a tender wish ; 
Tlie sick aim old in search of lu>alth, tor all things 

have tlif'ir turn — 
And 1 must ijidt my native shore, and the A^iiuiing 

bunks of ]->i'no I 

The JVinding Banks of Erne. 115 


Farewell to every white cascade from the Harbour 

to Bclleek, 
And every pool where fins may rest, and ivy-shaded 

creek ; 
The sloping- fields, the lofty rocks, where ash and 

holly grow. 
The one s]ilit yew-tree gazing on the curvino- 

flood below ; 
The Lough, that winds through islands under 

Turtiw mountain green ; 
And Castle CaldwelFs stretching woods, with 

tranquil bays between ; 
And Broesie Plill, and many a pond among the 

heath and fern, — 
For I must say adieu — adieu to the winding banks 

of Erne ! 


Th(^ thrusli will call through Carnlin groves the 

livelong summer day; 
The waters run by mossy cliff', and bank with wild 

flowers gay ; 
The girls will brino- their work and sing beneath 

a twisted thorn, 

116 21ie IVindiiifj B units of Erne. 

Or stray v.-itli s'.veotliearts down t!ie })ath among 

llie <,;ro\viiiu' corn ; 
Aloiifi' the river side tliey go, vvlnre I have fiften 

O, nevei' ^-llall I see again the days tiiat I have seen I 
A thousand chatiCLS are to one I never Riay 

I'etui'n, — 
Adieu to Jjally^Iiunnon, and the v.dndnng banks 

ot' Erne I 


Adii (1 to eveninLT tunic;-^. "wlien n;(j')'v n•.i^hbour^ 

And ih.; iid'L.' -ays tf> hoys and girh-, '• Cht up a;id 

^lJa^.(• your ic( t '. " 
To " -h; !i;;chus" and \\i-e oM talk ot' ]h'in"s (ki\s 

:ionc l)v — 
Who ti-'ueiiM \]\" I'ath on ^ueli a iiiu, and y.]ii v.. 

hn '.)i,i]u:- may he 
Oi' -:\]i'. ur hh,_, or ^v;;i■^■inl• cjii, ;': y/v.h raii> <i'' 

.v.>. nla K Jl-l 

The Winding Banks of Erne. 117 

And tender ditties sweetly sunix to pass tlie twilight 

The mournful song' of exile is now for me to 

learn — 
Adieu, my dear companions on the viinding banks 

of Erne I 


Now measure from the Commons down to each 

end of the i'urt, 
Round th(_' Ahney, .'Icy, and Knathei', — I wish no 

one any hurt ; 
The ^lain Street, ]Baek Street, College Lane, the 

^lall, and Portnasun, 
ff any foes of nunc are there, I ]ia!'don every 

I hoj)e that man and womankind v,"ill do the same 

\)\ me 5 
Foi' my heart is sore and heavy at voyaging the 

My loving friends I'll bear in miiid, and often 

fondly turn 
I'o think of lially.-hannon, and the winding banks 

of Erne. 

118 71ie JVindutf/ Banks of Erne. 

If ever I'm a money'd man, I mean, please God, 

to cast 
My golden anchor in the place where youthful 

years wei'e pass'd ; 
Though lieads that now are black and brown must 

meanwhile gatlier grey, 
New faces rise by every lieartli, and old ones drop 

away — 
Yet dearer still that Irish hill than all the world 

beside ; 
It's home, sweet home, where'er I roam, through 

lands and waters wide. 
And if the Lord allows me, I surely will return 
To my native Ballyshannon, and the winding 

banks of Erne. 




GRIEVE i!Ot mucli for loss of wealth, 
Loss of friends, or loss of fame, 
Loss of years, or loss of health; 

Answer, hast thou lost the shame 
Whose eai'ly trenioi' once could flush 
Tliy cheek, and make thine eyes to gush, 
xVnd send thy s])lrlt, sad and sore, 
To kneel with fice u})on the floor, 
Burden'd with consciousness of sin ? 
Art thou cold and hard within, — 
Sometimes lookini;' back surprised 
On thy old mood, scarce recognized, 
As on a picture of thy face 
In l)looming childhood's transient grace .' 
Then hast thou cause for grief; and most 
In seldom missinir what is lost. 



V.'itli the lo^s of Y(.-terdiiy, 

Tliou liiist lost To-dny, To-morrow, — 
All thou niiuhtVt have been. O l>i';iy, 

(Il'pi-ay tliou cunst) I'or }ioif:iiLi!!t sorrow 




I SAT at liouic, and thouti'ht there lived no 
Because the time is vviuter; but, to-(la\', 
Entering a j)ark a mile or two away, 
Smooth laurels tower'd as if no cold had been: 
Th'j taiiLded ivy, holly sharp and sheen, 
ilun<;' over nested I'erns, aiid crau'lets Ci'rey 
Broider'd with moss; hitili firs, a droopinii' screen, 
(lUarded their turty lawn in close an'ay. 
Soon shall the ho])eful -woodbine-iii'arland swinp;^ 
And countless buds the misty bi'anch impearl: 
My little J-*oi'tress, tiur come Sprln^- to you, 
Lite's and die year's, flow'r-cheek'd and s[)arklinir 

prl ! 
()r aru you, clnl'l, the S[)irit of the Spriii'j;, 
S;it(' in these warmer "'roves the winter throuLi'h ? 




RESPECT thine ofHce ; fear no man; 
Thou, Poet, art a sacristan, 
(Fo)' hi<i-her creatures tlian [)oor we, 
I think, are ])i'iests invisilily) 
"Tis thine to ti'ead on lujly irround, 
Wlierc meaner foot is wronulv found; 
"Tis thine to u'uard tlie [Mystcric'S, — • 
Whicli ai'e not >ho\vn to mortal eyes 
The purest, ch-ai'ist, — from disurace 
Of idols in the sacred phtce. 


J5v names of A't-nus and ot'Mars 
Thi' Tu-ean J:^.\ilr fdfd tlie stars 
\\\\]\ \(>\('V and wilh -warrior souls: 
Aloof each mighty planit rolls, 

A Dream of a Gate. 123 

Bv sao;cst Poet imconceived. 

Fancy on fancy, half-believed, 

Forger how they have sprung from nought. 

I often ])ictured in my thought 

A Gate, whereof we speak and write ; 

And found the same at dead of night, 

Neither by moon nor lantern-light. 


It was, in dreaming truth, a Gate 
\'aster than kings go throngli in state, 
And |)ierced a black gigantic wall 
Immeasurably built. To all, 
Wide, without l^ar or valve, it stood. 
And I'ound it throng'd a Multitude, 
From every nation that has Inrth 
Between the snowy poles of Earth. 


As bursts the sunshine from a cave 
Of hiii'h cloud, over field and wave, 
Gne, like a man, but more than mortal, 
Radiantly issues from tlie Portal, — 
Realm within it sottly In'ight, 
Purple shadow and golden light. 


A Drc'fiin of a Gate. 

On mystic niountains, liiijipy viile- 
^\ here circle lievond circle fails. 

" Come in I"— "twa? music trumpet-clear. 
'•' The Gate of Heaven is o])en here." 
"\\'hereat, a -wind of joy ami fi ar 
Swept all that miLi'hty j-Iulntrnle, 
All one -way Iraiiini:', all -uihlmd 
Tu sih/iiei', save a ^vlli>;)■■rinLV ^trrss 
Boi'u fi'om tlie hush ut' earni'.-tue-ss. 

But jaiiuTinLT tuiii.'S hreik'- up the charm, 

A- hclU a sli-epiii'l t()-,\ii alarm ; 

" ]5i-h)V<Ml Sh.'cp. :..;w;:j---. Ij-ware ! 

'• \ \\:> \> 11!) ti'u.; iiiiiiL;', i)Ui a >\i-\v ■ : 

'■ .\(t not.' (.)!■ mark or -iu'n nr tdk^n 

'' \Mici'^ot' tlir (irach'.- havi- -jKiki n. 

'• Ti:i^ lik" iiui' jU'ijiui-i-d !li:;.v"ii !--■■) mi\ 

" Wilh hcatla a-^ a:el \vi,ii la r.-lir^ 1 

'^ AjiMllynn ,.: .uaih -nn nfLiJit. 

" j^iil -oun I'a- Hri'lL-_i'oum .-hall invite, 

.i Dream of a Gate. 125 

" We're saved, the others flung- to Hell, 
- And hiillelujah ! all is well. 
■' Close eye and ear, my brethren, — say 
•' Phantom ! Delusion ! Fiend ! awav !'' 

Suddenly a little Child 

Han u}) to Avherc that .Vngel smiled, 

And cau'^ht his skirt ; v, ho, stooping low, 

Lifted him ; ;riid i .-;;;w th.em go, 

And sigh'd, — and siglnng, wakeii'd so; 

Amids', metiu^ught, a houndloss iiow 

( )i' i)00'f!e, many voi'jts Ment, 

Sea-like; \ knew not what it meisnt. 

Si:i;it Wiilirod, where a Pagan King 

Kmdt at llie Ibnt, laid !)ow'd to iiing 

'\riraculous water on his head; 

i'ut tlie grave King rose ui), anil said, 

" Tills vas not tiiouglsl of; caidst thou tell 

'' If n)y tnr;f:th;a-s ]:(■ in IP 11, 

" Or ll,;:vrn P" " In II: il," tla- sidr.t's reidy : 

'J'o V hdiii the King wiili h-.ttior eve. 

126 A Dream of a Gate. 

" Enouu'h ! I Avill not quit my I'ace." 
— To answer, Ilea rev is nut a j)Jfic(', 
Were Ijinnguig passports to disgrace. 


Sucli doctrines ^Nlatlier f'ear'd at Salem,* 
And, lest Ids own belief sliould fiiil 1dm, 
(So godly, that he turn'd inliuman) 
Hang'd twice a week some ])oor old woman, 
Xay, Brother Buri'oughs' self, who donbted, — 
That Sci'ipture's letter be not scouted ; 
Which, witli all marvels big and little, 
Not ludd and huggM in every tittle. 
Faith were slain dead (tliat 's now so strong), 
And 'Jh'utli, and Sense of i?ight and Wi'ong; 
Yes, tlie Ai^.MioiiTV tht'ii, no doubt, 
From soul of man were blotted out. 


J*rc(t()iii'iiiiiiicii, a great ti'ee 
Of T'jias kiml, diips constantly 
I'he violent poison, J'ei'srcution ; 

♦ IJ.ii'l :t cin-i.r,^ ;i;iil iii~;i luiivc roo rd in ClTiptcr ,\!X. uf 

i:,t!;ci-.,l'rs Jlislort; of tin I'nil.l Si,;f,s. 

A Dream of a Gate. 127 

Greater the marvel, though, if you shun 
Harm from a small infesting weed 
Which dotli the self-same venom breed, 
Verhalitt/, whose mesh is found 
In every field and garden-ground. 
Spirit to spirit, we are wise 
To meditate of mysteries, 
To see a little, dark and dim, 
For mortals are not Seraphim. 


A Dream should as a dream be told, 
Nov do I this of mine uphold 
Above the dreams of other men, 
Where all is oiit of waking ken. 
Let's to our daylight tasks, and trust 
The future, ns we ought and must. 
Go, noisy tongues, howe'er you v.ill ! 
One hath His plan, who kcepeth still. 
What is, He sees, — we cannot see ; 
He knows, we know not, what sli;d! i:^. 


Though Iligh-Priest, Mediciiie-uiuii, nor Lai;:,;, 
Zerdusht, Mohammed, Ihiddh, nor lls-ahn;.;. 

128 A JJreajti of a Gate. 

Nor any Pi'onliot, nicok or bhitant, 
For true Rclig-ioa hold a patent, 
Cnii niathcmaticiso the line 
Connecting' Jlunian and Divine, 
Th'.' line, siiy nitlier, lh;;t doth reacli 
JM'oni CJoD to every isonl and each, — 
TliOii^'h S|)l!ir<j;'eon'p overhead r;>vealin; 
J'iei'ce not tli;' tal)ernaele-eei!in;^-, — 
TliMiiirrir of Ci'o\vn-( 'oui't uiiii,']it play 
' ,Sen^;;tion' parlr; aero.-s tlie May, 
vV'itli le.--:-' aiiVont to his own sonl, 
Vnd yoni's, tiian in Ins pr( sent I'Ale,- — 
Yi!(_)iii.]j pio y, Olio know !!() niui'(; 
Than L'ajitnar. oC Fi ii r's !)o(>r, 
\(>r inoi'e tlian whcro maih' iiu" l.isi 

T'lroa^'li i;;:i> iv-ii'i ■' rdiiions p:i~>"d, — 
'riinn.d; t'X.'vy pniMhIe am! vii-ion 
'■ M' ^i'v'nes in'i'i'nal and eh >ian, 
l;^■ projeiei-po'l's !:;'liiu- toM, 
■ir-.r]^n-0 I ! : , ai-, : i. '-n ; ^ i ! i. .n-io!d, 
\V!!(; her (<:' ( ' r.';!;. or J.'W, or S we(K', 
[].■ i'e-.Midl^- i;o niwr,. i.iu^.ed 
i'li.m an\' i::ii'\ -lale \^'e i'( lel. — 

A Dream of a Gate. 129 

Though man's best wisdom on the earth, 
Man's learning, be as little worth 
For this, as to be six feet one 
Helps you to pry into the sun, — 
Still, when thf Soul is walking right, 
Hkavkx is sure to come in sight, 
Near or distant, faint or bright. 



I STROVE for wicked peace, bxxt might not win; 
The bonds would bite afresh, one moment 
'' Then burst them!" . . . , instantly I felt lies^in 
Damnation. Falling thi'ongh a chasm of j)lack, 
I swiftly sunk thousands of miles therein. 
Soul grew incorpoi'ate witli gross wc'ight of sin, 
Death clung about my feet : let none d;iro track 
^Iv journey. But a I'ar Voice (tall'd me back. 
I breatlie this world's infatuating air, 
And trendde as I walk, ^Nlost men are bold — 
I'crchance through madness. () that I could hold 
One ])ath, noi' Avander to the fen, nor dare 
Hetwcen tlu' ])i'ecipice and wild-beast's la,ir! 
For penalties are stablish'd ii'om of old. 




'T^TIE Abbot of Imnsfallen 

Awoke ere dawn of day ; 
Under the dewy green leaves 
Went he forth to pray. 

The hike around his island 

Lay smooth and dark and deep, 

And wra])t in a misty stiUness 
The mountains were all asleep. 

L(jw kneel'd the Abbot Cormac, 
Wlien the dawn was dim and grey; 

Tin- prayers of his holy oihce 
lie faithfully 'tran sav. 

132 TJlc Ahhut of Inrdsf alien. 

Low knecTd the Abbot Cormac, 
When the dawn was waxing red; 

And I'oi' his sins' t'ovgiveness 
A solemn prayer he said: 

Low kncel'd tliat lioly Aidjot, 

When tlie dawn was waxing clear ; 

And he ])ray"d with loving-kindness 
For his convent-brethren dear. 

Low kneel'd that blessed Abbot, 

When tlie dawn was waxing bright ; 

lie jji'ayM a gi'eat pi'ayer tor Ireland, 
lie jii"iy"d witli all his miulit. 

Low kneeTd that good old Father, 
While the snn began to dart; 

lie pi'ayM a pi'ayer for idl mankind, 
He pi'ay'd it i'rom his heart. 

Th'' Abbot of Inni-liillcn 

.\rii.-c upon hi- feet ; 
lie liciird a small bird >ingiiig. 

And ( ) but it -luiL'' swt;et I 

The Abbot of Innis fallen. 13o 

lie heard a white bird siniriner well 

Within a holly-tree ; 
A son<i; so sweet and haj)j)y 

Never before heard he. 

It suni^ upon a hazel, 

It sung upon a thorn ; 
He had never heard such music 

Since the hour that he was born. 

It sung upon a sycamore, 

It sung upon a briar ; 
To follow the song and hearken 

This Abbot could never tire. 

Till at last he well bethought him ; 

He might no longer stay ; 
So he bless'd the little white singing-bird, 

And gladly went his M-ay. 


I?ut, wlien he came to his Abbey-walls, 
He found a wondrous change ; 

He saw no friendly iaces there. 
For every face was strano-e. 

1 34 The Abbot of Innhfaileii. 

The strange men spoke unto liim ; 

i^nd he heard from all and each 
The foreign tongue of the Sassenach, 

Xot wholesome Irish speech. 

Then the oldest monk came forward, 

In Irish tongue spake he : 
'' Thou wearcst the holy Augustine's dress, 

And who hath given it to thee?" 

" I wear the holy Augustine's dress, 

And Cormac is my name, 
The Abbot of this good Abbey 

liy grace of God I am. 

•' I \^■ent forth to pray, at break of day ; 

And wlien my jjraycrs wei'e said, 
1 licarkerfd awhile to a little 1iird, 

That sun^' above my head.'' 

Th(- monks to him made ansuer, 

" Two huiidi'cd ycai's have gone o'er, 
>\m-i- (jur Abbot Cormac went tlinjugh the gate, 
And never was heard of more. 

The Ahhot of IiDiirfallen. 135 

" Matthias now is ovir Abbot, 

And twenty have pass'd away. 
The stranger is lord of Ireland; 

We live in an evil day.'" 


" Now give me absolution ; 

For my time is come," said he. 
And they gave him absolution, 

As speedily as might be. 

Tlum. close outside the window, 

The sweetest song they heard 
That ever yet since the world began 

Was utter'd by any bird. 

The monks look'd out and saw the bird. 

Its feathers all white and clean ; 
And there in a moment, beside it, 

Another white bird was seen. 

Those two they sang together. 

Waved their white wings, and tied ; 

Flew aloft, and vanish'd ; — 

But the ti-ood old man was dead. 

1 36 The Ahhot of InnisfaUen. 

They buried his blessed body 

Where lake and greensward meet ; 

A carven cross above his head, 
A lioliy-bush at his feet ; 

Where spreads the beautiful water 

To gay or cloudy skies, 
And the purple })eaks of Killarney 

From ancient woods arise. 



S^^'EET Sunday Bells ! your measured sound 
EnJianees tliat repose profound 
Of all the golden fields around, 
And range of mountain, sunsliine-drown'd. 

Amid the chister'd roofs outswells, 
And wanders up the winding dells, 
And near and far its message tells, 
Your holy song, sweet Sunday Bells ! 

Sweet Sunday Bells ! ye summon round 
The youthful and the hoary-crown'd, 
To one observance gravely hound ; 
Where comfort, strength, and joy are found. 

The while, your cadenced voice excels 
To waken memory's tender spells ; 

138 Sviuluij Dells. 

Revives old joy-l)eUs, iuueral-knells, 
And cliildhood's far-off' Suiulay Bell?. 

O Suiulay Bells ! your pleadin'j; sound 
The sliady sju'inu' of tears liatli found, 
In one whom neither pew nor mouiul 
May harbour in the hallow'd o-round : 

Wiiose heart to your old music swells; 
Whose soul a dee})er thouu'ht compels ; 
Who like an alien sadly dwells 
Within your chime, sweet Sunday Belh 




HITHER goest, brother elf?' 

" The sun is weak— to warm myself 
In a thick red tulip's core. 
Whither thou?" 

" Till day be o'er, 
To the dim and deej) snow-palace 
Of the closest lily-chalice, 
Where is veil'd the light of noon 
To be like my Lady's moon. 
Thou art of the day, I ween?" 

■' Yet I not disown our Queen. 
Nor at Lysc' am backward found 
When the mitjhtv feast comes round 

140 Two Fairies in a Garden. 

When She spreads aI)roa(l her power 
To proclaim a midnight hour 
For the pale blue fays like thee 
And the ruddy elves like me 
To mingle in a charmed ring 
With a perfect -welcoming ; 
Guarded from the moon-stroke cold, 
And wisp that scares us on the wold. 

" Swift that Xight is drawing near, 
When your abrupt and jovial cheer 
Mixes in our misty dance, 
Meeting else by rarest cliance. 
We love dark undew'd recesses 
Of the leafy M-ildernesses, 
Or to hide in some cold flower 
Shelter'd from the sunliu'lit hour, 
And more afliictive mortal eye." 

'•' (Iladly, gladly, do I spy 
Human children playinu' nigh, 
Feel, and so must ynu, the grace 
( )f a lovini:- liumau face. 
I'^lsi! whv come vou in tliis place !. 

Ttco Fairies in a Garden. 141 

() my sister, if we miri:ht 
Show ourselves to mortal sight 
Far more often ! — if they knew 
flalf the friendly turns we do ! 
Even now, a wntle thousrht 
Pays our service dimly wrought. 
Tlie paler favourites of the moon 
Cannot give nor take such boon !" 

•' Chantings, brother, liear you might, 

Softly sunfi' through still of night ; 

Calling from the Aveird North 

Dreams like distant echoes forth, 

Till through curtain'd shades they creep, 

To inlay the gloomy floor of sleep 

For babes, and souls that babe-like are : 

So we bless them from afar 

Like a faint but favouring star. 

— But tell me how in fields or bowers 

L'hou hast spent these morning hours?" 

" Through the tall hedge I have been, 
Shadowy wall of crusted green, 
Within whose heart the birds are seen. 

142 Two Fairies iv a Garden. 

Speedintj; swiftly thence away 
To tlie crowning chestnut-spray, 
1 watch'd a tyrant steal aloii'i' 
Would shiy the sweet thrusli in her song; 
Wani'd, she soon hroke off from sinking, 
There we left the branchlet swinging. 
Whisperins^ robin, down the walk, 
Xews of poising, pouncing htiwk, 
Tlie sycamore I next must strew 
On every leaf with honey-dew. 
And hither now from clouds I run ; 
For all my morning work is done." 

■' Alas, I wither in tlie sun, drawn to k-ave my nest 
Ere the day be laid to n/st ! 
liut to-night we lightly tr()0[) 
Uv till' younic moon's silver hoo[i ; 
W'eavinu' wide oui' h.'tcr rimks 
As on evening river-banks 
SInttin'j ei'owds of niidu'es fihuice 
Thi'nugh n.azis of tin \r aiiy da.nce : 
() niie-Jit ^■ou come, () mie-ht you see- 
All our shadow'd reveli'v 1 

Ticu Fairii'S in a Garden. 143 

Yet the next night shall he rarer, 
Next and next and next, still fairer ; 
We are waxing every night. 
Till our joy be full and hright ; 
Then as slowly do we wane 
With gentle loss that makes no pain. 
For thus are we with life endued : 
Ye, I trow, have rougher food." 

" Yes: with fra<;'rant soul we're fed 

Of every ilower whose cheek is red, 

Shunning yellow, blue, and white; 

And southward go, at the nightingale's Hight. 

^[an\' the faery nations l)e. 

() I how I long, I long to see 

The niooned midnight of our feast 

Flushing amher thi'ough the east, 

When every cap in Elfendom 

into that great ring shall come, 

Owt'aiid elf and fiiry l)lended. 

Till tlf imperial time be ended ! 

I'^vcn those fantastic Spi'ites 

Lay ;iside their dear delights 

( >i' fi'i.-akisli mischief and annovance 


Tv:o Fairies id a Garden. 

In tlie universal joyanco, 
One of whom I saw of late 
As I peepM tlirouu'Ii win(lo\v-p;rate, 
(Under roof I may nor enter) 
Haunt the liou5e\vife to torment her; 
Tanci'le up lier skein-^ of silk, 
Throw a mouse into her milk, 
Hide lier thimble, scorch her roast, 
Quickly drive her mad almost ; 
And T too vex'd, hecause I would 
Have hrouci-ht her succour if I could. 
—But where :-hall this he holdcn, sa\ ] 
Far awav .'"' 

" ( ), far aw;i\ , 
^ )vcr river must we tly. 
< )ver the si a, and the mountain hiid'i, 
'^ )xi'T cit}', set n afar 
I, ike a low and niislv ^tar. — 
SiHiii Ill-Ill atli u- 'jli't'-riiii: 
I>ike million -parl^-wnrni-. Jiut our wint 
l-"or file tliudit wil! iic'iT suffice. 
Some are training; liittiT-mice. 
1 a >i]v(r moth."' 

Tico Fairies in a Garden. 145 

" Be ware 
How I'll thrid the vaulted air ! 
A dragon-fly with glassy wings, 
Born beside the meadow springs, 
That can arrow-swiftly glide 
Thorough the glowing eventide, 
Nor at twiliffht-fall o-row slack, 
Sliall bear me on his long red back. 
Dew-stars, meteors of the nifjht. 
May not strike him with atfright, 
He can needle through the wood, 
Tliat's like a green earth-chained cloud, 
Mountain-summits deftly rake; 
Draw swift line o'er plain and lake; 
If at Lysco I be last, 
Other elves must journey fast, 
l.u a vo ! " 

'■' But Elf, I rede. 
Of all your herbs take special h('ed. 
Oiir ^listress tholes no garden flowers, 
Though we have freedom of these bowers. 
Tell me what you mean to treasure, 
Jvieh in "s atom ?"' 

146 Txco Fairies in a Garden. 

'' Gold-of-Pleasure, 
^ledic, Plumcseed, Fountain-arrow, 
^'ervain, Hunii-ry-o-rass, and Yarrow, 
Qnatrefoil and ^lelilot.'" 

*' These are well. And I have ii'ot 
Moonwort and the Filmy Fei'ii, 
Gathei'M nicely on the turn. 
Wo to fairy that shall lirin*; 
Biici'loss for an Ojl'erinjj, 
Toad-riax, Barley of the Wall, 
EnchantcrV Xiu'htsliade, woi'st of all. 
— (Jh, hrothei-, hush ! I tliint with fear I 
A ruoi'tid foot-ti-ji thi'catens near."', 

^' None can sec u-. Tione can hear. 
Yit, to make thee 1<.>- afraid. 
IIu-li \\t' hoth as thou ha>t pi'ay'd. 
I will x'ck tlic \crM' to sjM-ll 
Wi'ittiii round m\' dark ilnw"r"s In 11, 
T(j sin'j at >unsi t. i-'arc-tln r-well !"" 


E M I L Y, 

" /~^ OOI) evening. Why, of course it's you 
^^-^ You ' liiilf-iniagined,' — O I knew ! 
There, there, don't make a fuss, my dear. 
Come in and let 's have supper here. 

You "re married now, George; yes, I lieard 
And hioking bright, upon my word. 
And T .'—a little thin or so ?— 
One can't make cottage-roses grow 
As well in London — ■(_) dear me ! 
But never mind ; its life, you see. 

Mer name — don't tell me ; I don't care. 
Of course you make a loving pair. 
Your jolly healths ! Why, there you sit, 
And never eat or driidc a bit. 

148 Emily. 

'■ I low well I'm dre.-;t" — you tliink so, eh .' 
You like my hair done uj) this way .' 

Oh don't go yet, George ! stay, do stay I 
Five minutes longer ! ])lease don't go ! 
1 'm not fit company, I know — 
But just this one time — just this last I 

U 'ye ever think of days gone past, 
Wlien you and I a-courtin<r went, 
^0 loving, and so innocent? 
Our walks, our little messagts, 
Oui' notes, oui- quarrels ; aftei' these, 
Our makings-up — O wtre we not 
l?are tools I Then, of a suddt-n, came 
TIk' d('Sj)erate (juari'd, and for what .' 
l-'oi' nothing I — 1 was njost to Idame. 

What us( in cryinu' .' Ain't it tiuiny .' 
Xav, niv gdod >ii', I don't want money. 
1 don't, (lioi'u'e: no, I dun't indeed. 
Wdiv, I can \\w\ \ou if you ne'.d. 
Stoji, I '11 l;ike thi^: 1 'II tell \Wi why; 
A little locket 1 diall \m\\\ 

Emily. 149 

(Now mayn't I ?) big enough to hold 
A lock of hair, that you forgot, 
And so I kept it back. 

How cold 
The night-air strikes when one's so hot I 
Ah, you won't kiss me now. All right. 
Ta-ta, Geoi'O'e ; off vou y-o : n-ood- night ! '' 




( )AN I NCx l)la?t, 
Tlio stiiiimci' is past, 
And time and lilr ai'c speeding' fast. 

Winti'v wind, 
( )li, wlici'c to find 
The li()j)es we have h'i't so iiir behind ! 

Mystery cohl, 
To thee have they told 
Seei'ets the years may yet uni'old ? 

Sori'ov, oi' ni^lit, 
Is love so iiLiht 
A> to conic and uo like a hi'ceze's tiiu-Iit? 



Opiate balm, 
Is death so calm 
As to faint in one's ear like a distant psalm ? 



O NAMELESS Fear, which I -would tkin 
contemn ! 
The swai'thy wood-mar^'e, skeleton'd witli snow 
Driv'n by a sharp north-east on boup'h and stem ; 
The broad white moor, and sable stream below 
Blurr'd with grey smoke-wreaths wandering to 

and fro ; 
That monstrous cloud ])ressing the night on them, 
Cloiul without shape or colour, drooping slow 
Down all the sky, and chill sleet tor its hem ; — 
Such tiice of earth and time have I not watch'd 
In otliei' yeai's : why now my spii'it sinks. 
Like ca])tive who should hear, in helpless links, 
Some gate of horj'or stealthily unlatch'd. 
Who shows me ! but Calamity metliinks 
Is cree]jing nigh, her cruel plot being hatch 'd. 



(^ ()0D Lord, to thee I bow my head; 
-^ Pi'otect nie sleeping in my bed ; 
"May no ill dream disturb the night, 
Nor sinful thought my soul affright ; 
And sacred slumbers wi'ap me round, 

As with a guai'dian-an gel's wings, 
Fi'om every eai'thly sight and sound; 
While sweetest influence, like the dew 

Upon thine outer world of things, 
Prepares a morning fresh and new. 



COME iigain, dcliu'litful S]»riii<r, 
Hastci), it' you love u> ; 
Let your woddhiue-i^arland ?\vinir, 
\'aulr the l)lue ahove us ! 

X"a\', ali'eady she is liere : 

Steahhy hiu-jlitei's (juivei' 
'I'hi'ouii'h the ^Touiul, the atiii05])he!'e, 

Wood, and buhhhnu- river. 

.^wi-ct till' licrald \vc.-t\viiid blows, 
(ii'itii [jicj;.- (jur I'roin im Itiii'^- -nows 
.'^n(ju(li'(i]i-ti(i\\ 'r. ;iiid ci'neu--, dawn 
U'ilh datlddil aiduiid the lawn ; 
Tiicii' liii-iiy I'ods thr sallows uiM : 
'J"hf clanidi'du- rook- heu'iii to huild, 

A Vernal Voluntary. 155 

Watch the farmer di<^ and sow 
In his miry fields below, 
Gravely follow in the furrows 
Picking where his ])lough unburrows. 
Pearl-white lambkins frisk and bleat 
Or kneeling tug the kindly teat; 
The I'Oguisli rat is creeping nigh 
His darksome cavern ; low and high, 
Through sun-gleam or soft rainy gloom. 
Like childi'on coursing every room 
Of a new house, the swallows glance, 
Wafted over Spain and France 
From the sultry solemn Nile's 
Mysterious lakes of crocodiles, 
x\nd the desert-lion's roar, 
To a greener gentler shore. 
Xative lark from stair to stair 
( )f 1)i'illiant cloud aiul azure air 
Mounts to tile morning's toj), and sings 
His meri'y hymns on trembling wings, 
Tireless, till the cressets hi^li 
Twiid-:le do\\'n from cooler sky. 
Whai beholds he on this earth I 
A I'i.-ino- tide ot' love and mirth. 

156 A ]'e)-/uil Voluntary. 

— And was it I wlio lately said, 
'• Mirth is fled, and Love is dead," 
For chill and darkness on the day, 
As on my weak and weaiy spii'it lay ? 

Welcome, every breeze and show'r : 
Sun that courts the blossom ; 

Every new delicious flow'r 
Heap'd for Maia's bosom I 

Every bird ! — no bird alone, 

Always two to<_;x'ther ; 
Spring' inspirinsj; every tone, 

Flusijing' evei'y t'cather. 

Verdure 's tufted on the briar 
Like ci'ockets of a minster-^jiirc ; 
Fi'ee spi'outs the youiiu-liiiLi- corn ; a lio'Jit 
Is OH the hills; dim nooks u'row bri"'ht 
\\'ith |)!'inii'ose-buds ; witli scciit ;ind si^dit 
And soiiu', tlie chihlhood ot'the year 
Renew s (Mir own ; we see and hear, 
We ili'iid<: the traL;raiiee, as of yon^, — 
A ;^"lcai)i. a thrill, a breath, no njore. 

A Vernal Voluntary. 157 

Away, dull musing ! who are these 
Under the fresh-leaved linden trees? 
Th]-ee favourite Children of the Spring, 
Who lightl}- run, as half on wing, 
Dorothy, Alicia, Mary ; 
Over moorlands wide and airy. 
Deep in dells of early flow'rs, 
They have been abroad for hours, 
Flow'rs themselves, and fairer yet 
Than primi'ose, windflow'r, violet, 
Oi' even June's wild-rose to come. 
Frost never touch their opening bloom 
The tender fearless life to check ! 
—Alicia's hat is on her neck, 
With Hying curls and glowing face 
And ringing laugh, she wins the race ; 
Her eyes were made for sorrow's cure, 
And doubts of Heav'n to reassure. 
\'(ils of iresh and fragrant rain 
Sinking over the green ])lain, 
Founts of simny beams that lie 
Seatter'd through the vernal sky, 
The million-fold expanding woods. 
Are less delightful than these children's moods. 

158 .-J Vertial Volunianj. 

'Tis not life, to pine and cloy ; 

Sickness utters treason ; 
JJest they live, who Ijest enjov 

J:^veiy ^'ood in season. 

(Had, with moisten'd eyes, I learn 
April's own caressinii;: 

Children, every month in turn 
lii'infj vou three a hlessintr •' 




FAR from the churchyai'd dig his grave, 
(.)n some green mound beside the wave 
To westward, sea and sky alone, 
And sunsets. Put a massy stone, 
Witli mortal name and date, a liarp 
And bunch of hawthorn, carven sharp: 
Then leave it free to winds that blow. 
And patient mosses creeping slow, 
And wandering wings, and footstep rare 
()f human creature pausinir there. 




FTER the loivj;' bitrer days, and nitrlii- 
wcig'li'd do^vn witli my sadness, 
Faint I lay on the sofa witli soften'd Tlioii<i-hts in a 

Stilly she glided in, and tenderly came she beside 

Puttini:' her arm round my head that Ava> wearv 

with sorrowful aeliiuLi- ; 
\\'liisperin<i; low, in a voice trembling- with le>vt' and 

with ]iity, 
" KnowL'ST thou not tiiat 1 love Thre .' — am I not 

one in tliy -orrow .' 
'• Maze nnt thy <oul in dark wiiiiiin<_rs. jdy tli;it uiir 

j-'atlifi' cxi'f Is u.~. 
'' Since ^^■ith bis jMiwcr I'Xteinls tlif Iliuli One'?- 

care and ('omiia~~ion. 

A)igela. 10 1 

" Fear not the losing of love ; love is the surest of 

all things, 
•' Heaven the birth-place and home of everything 

lioly and lovely. 
" Go thou fearlessly on, unswerving from shades 

in thy pathway ; 
"' Pits and crags they seem, thou wilt find them 

nothing but shadows. 
•' Take thou care of the present, thy future will 

build itself for thee. 
" lite in the body is full of entanglements, harsh 

contradictions ; 
'• Keep but the soul-realities, all will unwind itself 

" Think of me, })ray for me, love me, — I cease not 

to love thee, my dearest.'* 

So it withdrew and died. The heart, too joyful, 

ttjo tender, 
I-"olt a new fear of its pain, and its want, and the 

desolate evening 
Simken. and dull, and cold. But quickly a kind 



162 Angela. 

.Soothed my feverish eyelids : my spirit t(i"ew 

cahiier and calmer : 
Noting, at length, how the gloom acknowledged a 

subtle suffusion, 
\'eiliug .with earnest peace the stars looking in 

through the window, — 
Where, at the time a])pointed from numberless 

millions of a":es, 
slowly, u{) eastern night, like a pale smoke 

mounted the moon-dawn. 




WHERE iiiountains round a lonely dal( 
Our cotta<2,'C-roof enclose. 
Come niti'lit or morn, the hissiu(^ pail 

With yellow cream o'erflows ; 
And roused at break of day from sleep, 

And cheerly trudn;ing hither, — 
A scythe-sweep, and a scythe-sweej), 
We mow the o:rass touether. 

The fog drawn up the mountain-side 
And scatterM flake by flake. 

The chasm of blue above 2;rows wide, 
And richer blue the lake ; 

164 The JJoivers. 

Gay sunlights o'er the liillocks creep, 
And join for golden weather, — 

A scythe-sweep, and a scythe-sweep, 
We mow the dale together. 


The goodwife stirs at five, we know. 

The master soon comes round, 
And many swaths must lie a-row 

Ere breakfast-horn shall sound : 
The clover and the florin deejt, 

Tlie grass of silvery feather, — 
A scythe-swee]), and a scythe-sweep. 

We mow the lUde tosietlier. 


The noon-tide bi'in^'s its welcomt- j'est 

(Jar toil-wet brows to diy ; 
Anew \\ ith mei'ry stave and jest 

The slirickiuij,' hone we ])lv. 
\\'hite fills thi.' In'ook from st(;ep To r^tec 

Among thr ])urplL' Iifailiei', - 

A seythc-<w( (']), and a se\thr'-^we(']i, 

We mow the (hilu toifrihur. 

The Moicers 


For diul, see, our shadows turn ; 

Low lies the stately mead : 
A scythe, an hour-glass, and an urn — 

All flesh is tjrass, we read. 
To-morrow's sky may laugh or weep, 

To Heav'n we leave it whether: 
A scythe-sweep, and a scythe-sweep, 

Wij 'vo done our task toirether. 





IHUS it is written."'— Where? 01), Avhere 
In the bhie chart of t]ie aii' 1 
In tlie sunlig'ht ? in tlie dark ? 
In the distant stany sjjark ? 
In the wliite scroll of the cloud? 
In the waved line of the flood .' 
In the forms of j)eak or cliff, 
In the I'ock's deejj hierofi;l\"i>h .' 
In tlie scribl)led veins of metal ? 
In the traciniis on the i)etal .' 
In tIk iirc-"s tantastie loom .' 
In the fur, or scale, oi' ])liuiie? 
In the irrectiiiL!,- hi'(.)tlier'> ulaiicc .'' 
In tlif c()i']»e"s Cduiiteiiancf .' 
in mm"- iTal tlinic^hts and wavs '. 
Tin;'"s \<.)\['j; ti'ack, w iias-inu' dav- .' 

Dogmatlsvi. 167 

In the cipher of the whole ? 
In the core of my own soul? 
Nay ! — I have sincerely sought, 
But no glimpse of this thing caught. 




J. All you now a throbljinu' wind that call; 
Over l■ifl^•e of cloiul and pui'plt' tiako .' 

Slid the ?unseT"s riiin'd palace-walls, 
Dim ilie lin(.' ot'nii.-t: alonir tlie lake.. — 
Ev-'-n a< tlie mist ot' ^lenjory. 
O the siimme-i'-niuhts that used to be ! 

An evininii" i'i>f's from tlie dead 
Dt' l()n<i;-au'o (ah me, how lonti'!) 
Lik'- a stui'v, like a soiiu', 
Tiihl, and -iuil:', imd i»;is>"d awiiv. 
Love w;is thei'e, that since hath Hid, 
Hope, N\ h(;.-i.' lock> arr tui'n'd t<i isvv. 
rririid>hip. with a tonLine ot'tiuth. 
And a lieatinu' lieail ot'\-outh. 
\\'iiiU,("d Jny, to(j, just aliuhted, 
l"vi i'-W( IciiiiK . unin\iti d ; 

/Eolian Harp. 169 

Love and Friendship, Hope and Joy, 
Witli arms about eacli-other twined. 
Merrily watching' a crescent moon, 
Shmg' to its g;ohl nail of a star, 
Over the fading crimsou bar, 
Like a hunter's horn : the happy wind 
Breathed to itself some twilight tune, 
And bliss had no alloy. 

Against the colours of the west 

Trees were standing tall and black : 

The voices of the day at I'est, 

Night rose around, u solemn flood. 

With fleets of worlds : and our delightful mood 

Rippled in music to the rock and wood; 

Music with echoes, never to come back. 

The touch upon my hand is this alone- — 

A heavy tear-drop of my own. 

Listen to the breeze : " O loitering; Time ! — 

" Unresting Time ! — O viewless rush of Time ! " 

Thus it calls and swells and tiills, 

From sunset's wasted ]ialace-walls, 

And u'hostlv mists that climb. 



(an lUISII SONG.) 

ONE evening; walking; out, I o'crtook a modest 
When the wind was Idowing cool, and tlie harvest 

leaves were falling;. 
*' Is oar road, by chance, the same? Might wo 

travel on together?" 
" O, I keep the mountain side, (she re])lied) among 
the heather." 


*' Your mountain air is sweet when tlu; days are 

long ;iiid sunny, 
When the grass grt)\vs round the rocks, and ihe 

wliiiibloom smells lik(! honey; 

•■ Collco/," v<iun(j; t;irl. 

Among the Heather. 171 

But the winter 's coming fast, with its foggy, 

snowy weather, 
And you '11 find it bleak and chill on your hill, 

among the heather." 


She praised her mountain home : and I '11 praise it 

too, with reason. 
For v.iiere Molly is, there 's sunshine and flow'rs 

at every season. 
Be the moorland black or white, docs it signify a 

Now I know the way by heart, every part, among 

the heather ? 


The sun o-oes down in haste, and the ni<2;ht falls 

thick and stormy ; 
Yet I 'd travel twenty miles to the welcome tliat 's 

before me ; 
Singing hi for Eskydun, in the teeth of wind and 

weather ! 
Love "11 warm me as I go through the snow, among 

the heather. 




SL()\y di'ap? this dreary season 
Tlie earth a himp of lead ; 
The vacant skies, blue skies or brown, 

Bereft of joy and hope. 

I cannot find a reason 

To --.s ish I were not dead,- 
L. nl'asten'd and let slide, uone down 

A diuiib and dusky slo])e. 
I recou'nize the look of cai'c 
In every fice; for now I sliare 
^^'hat makes a forehead wi'inkles wear, 

And sets a moutli to nio])e. 

A sombi'e, lanLi'uid yearninfj 
For silence and the dark: 

Tloo Moi,ds. 173 

Shall wish, or fear, or wisest word, 

Arouse me any more? 

Wliat profits bookleaf-turning ? 

Or ])rudent care and cark ? 
Or Folly's drama, seen and heard 

And acted as before ? 
No comfort for the dismal Day ; 
It cannot weep, or work, or pray ; 
A feehio pauper, sad and ^'rey, 

With no good thing in store. 


What lifts me and liti'litens ? 
Enriches and brightens 
'i'he day, the mere day, the most mai'vellous day ? 
(J pleasure divine ! 
An invisil)le wine 
Fours (piick through my beiny- ; broad Heaven is 

And the Earth i'ull of woiulers, and botli of them 
mine. — 
Wliat fii'st shall I do, shall 1 say .' 
Si'c the bai'cliCiided frolicsome babes as they I'un 
Go skii)ping from iight ibot to left foot in fun, — 

174 Ticn Moods. 

"Tis the pleasure of livinir ; 

Too loiifj; I 've o'erlookM it, 

In sulk and misfxiving, 

And lunatic fret ; 

But it Avakes in me yet, 

Though the world has rebuked it : 
() city and country ! O landscape and sun ! 

Air cloudy or breezy, 

And stars, every one ! 

Gay voices of children ! 

All duties grown easy, 

All truths unbewild'ring, 
Since Life, Life immortal, is clearly begun I 



AT me one night the angry moon, 
Suspended to a rim of cloud, 
Glared through the courses of the wind. 
Suddenly then my spirit bow'd 
And shrank into a fearful swoon 
That made me deaf and blind. 

We sinn'd — -we sin — is that a dream ? 
We wake — there is no voice nor stir ; 
Sin and repent from day to day, 
As tlioutrh some reeking; murderer 
Sliould dip his hand in a running stream, 
And lightly go his way. 

Embrace me, fiends and wicked men, 
For I am of yoiu' crew. Draw back. 
Pure women, children with clear eyes. 
Let Scorn confess mc on his rack, — 

176 Mea Culpa. 

Sti'Gtch'd down \)y force, uplooking; tlieii 
Into the >;olenin skies I 

Sinfrly we pass the o'k)(imy 'jate : 
Some roked in lionour, full of ])eace. 
Who of themselves ai'e not av-itre, 
Being fed with secret wickedness. 
And comfoi'ted with lies : my fate 
Moves fast ; I shall come there. 

With all so usual, hour by hour, 

And f(;eldc will so liuhtly twii'lM 

By every little breeze of sense. — 

Lay"st thou to heart this cummoii wui-ld .' 

Lay'st thdu to htait the I^iilini:' Po'Acr, 

.lust, infinite, intense .' 

Tliou ^\■i!t nut t'rowii, () (lod. Yet we 
|-lse;ijie not lh\' ti'anscend..iiT l;i\\ ; 
It rei:_;'n- witliin u- and wiiliou". 
\\ h;it e;ii ilily vi-ion never -aw 
M;in's n;d^eil -oul nia\' suihlenly see, 
Dreadful, ]!:i-T thouekt or doubt. 




DOWN on the shore, on tlic sunny shore ! 
Wliere the salt smell cheers tlie land ; 
Wliere the tide moves bright under boundless liglit, 

And the surge on the glittering strand ; 
Wh(!re the children wade in tlie shallow |)ools, 

( )r run from the frotli in ])loy ; 
Where the swift little boats with milk-white wings 

Are crossing the sapphire bay, 
And the ship in full sail, with a fortunate gale, 

Holds proudly on her way. 
Where the nets are spread on the grass to dry, 
And asl(;ep, hard by, the fishermen lie. 
Under the tent of the warm blue sky, 
With the hushing wave on its golden flooi' 
To sing theii' lullaby. 


Down on the Sliore. 

Down on tlio shore, on the stormy shore ! 

Beset ]>y a <]!,-ro\vlin<i' sea. 
Whose mad waves leap on the rocky steep 

Like wolves up a traveller's tree. 
Whei'e the foam files wide, and an angry blast 

Blows the curlew otF, with a screech ; 
Where the brown sea-wrack, torn up by the roots, 

Is tlung out of fishes' reach ; 
Wliere the tall shi]) rolls on the hidden shoals. 

And scatters her planks on the beach. 
Whci'c slate and straw through the village spin. 
And a cottage fronts the fiercest din 
With a sailor's wife sitting sad within, 
Ileai'kening the wind and watC'r's ro;ir. 
Till at last her teai's beuin. 




XT'OU sweet fastidious Nightingales ! 
A The myrtle hlooms in Irisli vales, 
By Avondhu and rich Lough Lcne, 
Through many a grove and bo\yerlet green, 
Fair-mirror'd round the loitering skill". 
The purple peak, the tinted clifl', 
The fflen where mountain-torrents rave 
And foliage blinds their leaping wave, 
Broad emerald meadows lill'd with tlow'rs, 
ILndjosom'd ocean-bays are ours 
Witli all their isles; and mystic tow'i's 
Lonely and grey, deserted long, — 
Less sad if they might hear that perfect song I 

What seared ye? (ours, I think, of old ) 
The sond)re Fowl hateh'd in tlu; cold / 

180 To the Nhjhtingales. 

King- Henry's Normans, mailM and stern, 
Smiters of galloglas and kern ? 
Or, most and worst, fraternal feud, 
Which sad Icrne long hath rued? 
Forsook ye, when the Geraldine, 
(jreat chieftain of a glorious line, 
Was b.unted on his hills and slain, 
And one to France and one to Spain, 
The I'emnant of tlie race withdrew ? 
^^'as it from anarchy ye flew, 
And fierce oppi'cssion's bigot crew. 
Wild complaint, and menace hoarse, 
Misled, misleading voices, loud and coarse? 


Come l)ack, () Birds, — or come at last! 
Vov Ireland's furious days are past; 
And, ])urged of enmity and wrong, 
IJei' eye, her stcj), oi'ow calm and strong. 
Why sliould we miss that ])ui'e delight? 
IJi'iei'is tlie journey, switt the flight; 

•■ (;:il!iit;l:!S.-' — "■ kern,'" — trisli fuoi-soldicr : l\w. heavy 
iiniicil. tlu' secduil liiclit. 

To the NifiJitiiir/ales. 181 

And Hcsper finds no fairer maids 
In Spanish bow'rs or English glades, 
No loves more true on any shore, 
Xo lovers loving music more. 
Melodious Erin, warm of heart, 
Entreats you ; — stay not then apart, 
But hid the Merles and Throstles know 
(And ere another May-time go) 
Their place is in the second row. 
Come to the west, dear Nightingales ! 
The Rose and Mvrtle bloom in Irish vales. 


THESE little Sonos, 
Found here and tlier* 
Floiiting in air 
By toi-cst and lea, 
Or liill-side heather. 
In houses and throng's. 
Or down by the sea, 
Have conie lou'ethei', 
How, 1 ran't tell : 
Hut 1 know t'ull well 
No witt\ g(iosr-w;ni{ 
()n an inkstand heu'ot 'em ; 
l>cnjeinl)cr each jdacc 
And nioincnt ni' u'raee. 
In snninicr oi' sprinu", 
W'intci' (II' autuiiin, 


By sun, moon, stars, 

Or a coal in the bars, 

In market or church, 

Graveyai'd or dance, 

When they came without search, 

Were found as by chance. 

A word, a line. 

You may say are mine ; 

But the best in the song's. 

Whatever it l)e, 

To you, and to me, 

And to no one belon"'s. 


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