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Though this indeed promotion gains,
To Comfort's Home, the ancient inn ;
Old David is our living kin;
“No farther, lassie, let me stray;
Of what was grand, of what was gay :
THE OLD FAMILIAR FACES. I HAVE had playmates, I have had companions, In my days of childhood, in my joyful school-days; All, all are gone--the old familiar faces ! I have been laughing, I have been carousingDrinking late, sitting late, with my bosom cronies; All, all are gone—the old familiar faces ! I have a friend,-a kinder friend has no man; Like an ingrate, * I left my friend abruptly; Left him, to muse on the old familiar faces. Ghost-like, I paced round the haunts of my childhood, Earth seem'd a desert I was bound to travel, Seeking to find the old familiar faces !
* Ingrate, ungrateful person.
Friend of my bosom, thou more than a brother,
A bee-hive's hum shall soothe my ear;
With many a fall, shall linger near.
Shall twitter from her clay-built nest;
And share my meal, a welcome guest.
Each fragrant flower that drinks the dew;
A WARNING REPLY. Yes, there is holy pleasure in thine eye! The lovely cottage in the guardian nook Hath stirr'd thee deeply ; with its own dear brook, Its own small pasture, almost its own sky ! But covet, not the abode-0 do not sigh As many do, repining while they look ! Intruder's who would tear from Nature's book This precious leaf with harsh impiety. Think what the home would be if it were thine, Even thine, though few thy wants! roof, window, door, The very flowers are sacred to the poor, The roses to the porch which they entwine : Yea, all that now enchants thee, from the day On which it should be touch'd would melt away.
Wordsworth. THE AGE OF CHILDREN HAPPIEST. Laid in my quiet bed, in study as 'twere, I saw within my troubled head a heap of thoughts appear ; And every thought did show so lively in mine eyes, That now I sigh’d, and then I smiled, as cause of thoughts did
rise. I saw the little boy, in thought, how oft that he Did wish of God, to 'scape the rod, a tall young man to be! The young man eke that feels his bones with pain opprest, How he would be a rich old man, to live and lie at rest! The rich old man that sees his end draw on so sore, How would he be a boy again to live so much the more ! Whereat full oft I smiled, to see how all those three, From boy to man, from man to boy, would chop and change degree.
Earl of Surrey.
THE HAPPY HEART.
O sweet content !
O punishment !
Work apace, apace, apace, apace;
Honest labor bears a lovely face!
O sweet content !
Work apace, apace, apace, apace;
AFTON WATER. Flow gently, sweet Afton, among the green braes, Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise; My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream, Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream. Thou stock-dove, whose echo resounds thro’ the glen, Ye wild whistling blackbirds in yon thorny den ; Thon green-crested lapwing, thy screaming forbear, I charge you disturb not my slumbering fair. How lofty, sweet Afton, thy neighbouring hills, Far mark'd with the courses of clear winding rills; There daily I wander, as noon rises high, My flocks and my Mary's sweet cot in my eye. How pleasant thy banks and green valleys below, Where wild in the woodlands the primroses blow : There oft, as mild evening weeps over the lea, The sweet-scented birk shades my Mary and me. Thy crystal stream, Afton, how lovely it glides, And winds by the cot where my Mary resides; How wanton thy waters her snowy feet lave, As gath’ring sweet flow'rets she steins thy clear wave. Flow gently, sweet Afton, among the green braes, Flow gently, sweet river, the theme of my lays; My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream, Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.
ON A FRIEND WHO DIED IN ITALY.
Sailest the placid ocean plains,
With my lost Arthur's loved remains,
In vain ; a favorable speed
Ruffle thy mirror'd mast, and lead
All night no ruder air perplex
Thy sliding keel, till phosphor, bright
As our pure love, through early light Shall glimmer on the dewy decks !
Sphere all your lights around, above ;
Sleep, gentle heavens, before the prow;
Sleep, gentle winds, as he sleeps now My friend, the brother of my love! .
My Arthur! whom I shall not see
Till all my widow'd race be run;
Dear as the mother to the son, More than my brothers are to me!
I hear the noise about thy keel;
I hear the bell struck in the night; .
I see the cabin window bright; I see the sailor at the wheel.
Thou bringest the sailor to his wife,
And travelld men from foreign lands;
And letters unto trembling hands; And, thy dark freight, a vanisli’d life!
So bring him : we have idle dreams ;
This look of quiet flatters thus
Our home-bred fancies : oh! to us, The fools of habit, sweeter seems
To rest beneath the clover sod,
That takes the sunshine and the rains,
Or where the kneeling hamlet drains The chalice of the grapes of God,
Than if, with thee, the roaring wells*
And hands so often clasp'd in mine
* Wells, waves.