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THE YANKEE GIRLS.
BY MICAH HAWKINS.
HISTORIANS, poets, painters, all,
Their unassuming mien imparts
The Yankee girls! oh what a charm!
“What shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue."
SKIRTING with gold Heaven's tranquil blue,
Aurora opes the smiling dawn: Through drapery of resplendent hue,
Hope breaks—the sun of manhood's morn.
Melting to nothing in its eye,
The stars that gemmed the infant's sky.
The sun has risen above the wave
It looks down on the mountain's browThe shadow that the morning gave
In measure vast-where is it now? So shrinks hope's promise-still is man
Panting in his meridian dayThe phantoms with which morn
In hope's bright dawning-where are they ; Noon breaks the word of promise made to morn: Hope of its gaudy dawn-dreams all, is shorn.
As gilds the west Sol's fading light,
Strong shadows back on earth are cast: Hope turns to Heaven in ardour bright
Vesting in twilight shades the past : Eve welcomes, in its holy gloom,
The birth-night of another dawnHope's setting rays the grave illume,
From whence will break eternal morn: Shadowless day the waking soul will viewMan, perfect made, will shades no more pursue.
BY P. P. COKE.
I loved thee long and dearly,
Hath come again;
My heart's dear pain,
The ruin lone and hoary,
The ruin old
At even told
That spot-the hues Elysian
Of sky and plain-
Thou wast lovelier than the roses
In their prime;
Of sweetest rhyme;
Without a main.
But fairest, coldest, wonder!
Thy glorious clay
Alas the day!
The lilies of the valley
By young graves weep,
Where maidens sleep;
THE AZURE SMILE OF SUMMER EYES.
BY M'DONALD CLARKE.
THE azure smile of summer eyes
May charm the young and gay,
Like winter's sundown ray,
That all its loneness feels,
Where gloomy music steals.
Our feelings darken, like the rays
Of twilight through a cloud,
And hopes, unbreathed aloud :
And gone—to come no more,
The forms, so loved of yore.
O sing the mourning songs, my child,
The bleak wild songs of old,
That now are closed, and cold.
Once with enjoyment bright,
In memory's moonless night.