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Yet, by thine hair so lightly flowing,

And by thy smiling lips, I vow,
And by thy cheek so brightly glowing,

And by the meekness of thy brow,

And by those eyes, whose tranquil beam

So joyfully is wont to shine, As if thy bosom could not dream

Of half the woe that preys on mine,

I do not murmur that another

Hath gained the love I could not wake; I look on him as on a brother,

And do not hate him—for thy sake.

And, Mary, when I gaze on thee,

I think not on my own distress; Serene--in thy serenity,

And happy—in thine happiness.

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A FLOWER, in Nature's fairest dress,

Bloomed on its parent tree;
Brightly it blushed in loveliness-

That blush was not for me!
Oh! not for me, right well I knew;

And yet I watched it where it grew,

Fondly and fearfully; And often from my heart I prayed That gentle Flower might never fade.

I could bave borne to see it bloom

By other hands c:ressed, Giving its blossoms and perfume

To deck another's breast;
And when that Flower, in future days,
Had met my melancholy gaze,

Still living and still blest,
I should have spoke a calmer tone,
And made its happiness my own.

But thus to find it hurled away

By him to whom it clung,
To watch it withering day by day,

So beautiful and young !
To see it dying, yet repress
The agony of tenderness

That lingers on the tongue !-
Alas! and doth it come to this,
Mary, thy cherished dream of bliss !

Gone is the color from thy cheek,

The lustre from thine eye;
Thy brow is cold, thy step is weak,

Thy beauty passeth by!

In ignorance supremely blest,
Thy child is slumbering on thy breast,

And feels not “she will die!”
Alas! alas !—I know not how
I speak of this so coldly now!

I love to muse on thee by night!

And, while my bosom aches, There is a something of delight

In thinking why it breaks ; Therefore doth Reason come in vain ;I dote on this consuming pain;

Cling to the wounds it makes; Talk-dream of it, and find relief E’en in the bitterness of grief.

Where are ye now, ye coldly wise,

Who bid the passions sleep,
Who scorn the mourner when he sighs,

And call it crime to weep?
Yours is the lifelessness of life! -
I will not change this in ward strife

For all your precepts deep,
Nor lose, in my departing years,
The pain-the bliss—the throb of tears!


I saw thee wedded-thou didst go

Within the sacred aisle,
Thy young cheek in a blushing glow

Betwixt a tear and smile.
Thy heart was glad in maiden glee,
But he it loved so fervently

Was faithless all the while;
I hate him for the vow he spoke-
I hate him for the vow he broke.

I hid the love that could not die,

Its doubts, and hopes, and fears, And buried all my misery

In secrecy and tears ;
And days passed on, and thou didst prove
The pang of unrequited love

E’en in thine early years;
And thou didst die--so fair and good-
In silence, and in solitude !

While thou wert living, I did hide

Affection's secret pains :
I'd not have shocked thy modest pride

For all the world contains;
But thou hast perished, and the fire
That, often checked, could ne’er expire,

Again unhidden reigns:

It is no crime to speak my vow,
For, ah! thou canst not hear it now.

Thou sleepest ’neath thy lowly stone

That dark and dreamless sleep;
And he, thy loved and chosen one-

Why goes he not to weep ?
He does not kneel where I have knelt;
He cannot feel what I have felt,

The anguish still and deep,
The painful thoughts of wbat has been,
The canker-worm that is not seen !

But I—as o'er the dark blue wave

Unconsciously I ride,
My thoughts are hovering o'er thy grave,

My soul is by thy side.
There is one voice that wails thee yet,
One heart that cannot e'er forget

The visions that have died;
And aye thy form is buried there

A doubt-an anguish—a despair ! (1820–1821.)

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