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0, tell me, pretty river !
Whence do thy waters flow? And whither art thou roaming,
So pensive and so slow?
“ My birthplace was the mountain,
My nurse, the April showers ; My cradle was a fountain,
O'er curtained by wild flowers.
“ One morn I ran away,
A madcap, hoyden rillAnd many a prank that day
I played adown the hill !
“ And then, ʼmid meadowy banks,
I flirted with the flowers,
To woo me to their bowers.
“ But these bright scenes are o'er,
And darkly flows my wave,
THE FAMILY MEETING.
We are all here !
We're all—all here.
We're not all here ! Some are away—the dead ones dear, Who thronged with us this ancient hearth, And gave the hour to guiltless mirth, Fate, with a stern, relentless hand, Looked in, and thinned our little band : Some like a night-flash passed away, And some sank, lingering, day by day; The quiet graveyard--some lie thereAnd cruel Ocean has his share
We're not all here.
We are all here ! E’en they—the dead—though dead, so dear; Fond Memory, to her duty true, Brings back their faded forms to view, How life-like, through the mist of years, Each well-remembered face appears ! We see them as in times long past : From each to each kind looks are cast : We hear their words, their smiles behold; They're round us as they were of old
We are all here.
We are all here !
THE WESTERN EMIGRANT.
An axe rang sharply mid those forest shades
trunks Fall, how the firm earth groans. Rememberest
thou The mighty river, on whose breast we sailed, So many days, on towards the setting sun ? Our own Connecticut, compared to that, Was but a creeping stream.” “Father, the
brook That by our door went singing, where I launched My tiny boat, with my young playmates round When school was o'er, is dearer far to me Than all these bold, broad waters. To my eye They are as strangers. And those little trees My mother nurtured in the garden bound Of our first home, from whence the fragrant
peach Hung in its ripening gold, were fairer, sure,
Than this dark forest shutting out the day." ** What, ho -my litt'e giri :* and with light
step A fairy creature hasted towards her sire And, setting down the basket that contained His noon repast, looked upwards to his face With sweet, confiding smile. - See, dearest, see, That bright-winged paroquet, and hear the song Of yon gay red-bird, echoing through the trees, Making rich music. Didst thou ever hear In far New England such a mellow tone?” _" I had a robin that did take the crumbs Each night and morning, and his chirping voice Did make me joyful, as I went to tend My snowdrops. I was always laughing then In that first home. I should be happier now, Methinks, if I could find among these dells The same fresh violets.” Slow night drew on, And round the rude hut of the emigrant, The wrathful spirit of the rising storm . Spake bitter things. His weary children slept, And he, with head declined, sat listening long To the swoln waters of the Illinois, Dashing against their shores. Starting, he
spake“ Wife ? did I see thee brush away a tear ? "T was even so. Thy heart was with the halls Of thy nativity. Their sparkling lights, Carpets, and sofas, and admiring guests, Refit thee better than these rugged walls,