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WERE no bright smiles to shed their light
Upon life's clouded way, Our path would lead through constant night,
Without one cheerful ray.
A smiling face is like the sun,
Whose rays encircle earth
Without regard to birth.
Smiles well compare with fragrant flowers
Upon some desert spot —
Which mark affliction's lot.
Warm-hearted smiles wield magic power
O’er all the sons of grief –
Imparting kind relief.
The angels smile who bend their flight
Towards our fallen sphere;
The sorrowful to cheer.
Were smiles to glow in every face
Now sternly fixed on men,
A paradise again.
FAR away!- my home is far away,
Where the blue sea laves a mountain shore ; In the woods I hear my brothers play, 'Midst the flowers my sister sings once more,
Far away! my dreams are far away,
When, at midnight, stars and shadows reign ; 6 Gentle child,” my mother seems to say, “ Follow me, where home shall smile again!”
Far away! my hope is far away,
Where love's voice young gladness may restore ;
THE LADY ROSE.
Why better than the lady rose
Love I this little flower ? Because its fragrant leaves are those
I loved in childhood's hour.
Let Nature spread her loveliest,
By spring or summer nursed ; Yet still I love the violet best,
Because I loved it first!
Thou beautiful new-comer,
With white and maiden brow, Thou fairy gift from summer,
Why art thou blooming now ?
No sweet companion pledges
Thy health as dew-drops pass ; No rose is on the hedges,
No violet in the grass.
Thou art watching, and thou only,
Above the earth's snow-tomb; Thus lovely and thus lonely,
I bless thee for thy bloom.
“Chide not my lingering
Where storms are dark ;
Is in the bark;
Through winter's long day;
As summer birds and summer flowers,
To cheer the heart, so briefly stay, So spirit-pleasures from the bowers
Of love and peace soon haste away.
But summer birds and summer flowers
Return with each returning spring; So oft return life's happy hours,
When spirit-joys the soul may sing.