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He lands us on a glassy stage,
Safe from the storms, and prelate's rage.
He gave us this eternal spring,
Which here enamels everything;And sends the fowls to us in care,
On daily visits through the air.
He hangs in shades the orange bright,
Like golden lamps in a green night;And does in the pomegranates close
Jewels more rich than Ormus shows.
He makes the figs our mouths to meet;And throws the melons at our feet.
But apples plants of such a price,
No tree could ever bear them twice. With cedars, chosen by His hand From Lebanon, He stores the land;And makes the hollow seas, that roar, Proclaim the Ambergris on shore. He cast (of which we rather boast)
The gospel's pearl upon our coast;And in these rocks for us did frame A temple, where to sound His name. O, let our voice His praise exalt, Till it arrive at heaven's vault!Which, thence (perhaps) rebounding, may Echo beyond the Mexique bay."
Thus sung they, in the English boat,
An holy and a cheerful note;
And all the way, to guide their chime,
With falling oars they kept the time.
234 TWE.NTV-FOUKTU SUNDAY AFTER TMNITY.
TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.SMe.
"The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not iatermeddie with his joy."—Peovebbs liv. 10.
Why should we faint and fear to live alone,
Since all alone — so Heaven has willed—we die,
Nor even the tenderest heart, and next our own,
Knows half the reasons why we smile or sigh?
Each in its hidden sphere of joy or woe,
Our hermit spirits dwell, and range apart;
Our eyes see all around, — in gloom or glow, —
Hues of their own, fresh borrowed from the heart.
And well it is for us our God should feel
Alone our secret throbbings; so our prayer
May readier spring to heaven, nor spend its zeal
On cloud-born idols of this lower air.
For if one heart in perfect sympathy
Beat with another, answering love for love,
Weak mortals all entranced on earth would lie,
Nor listen for those purer strains above.
Or what if Heaven for once its searching light
Lent to some partial eye, disclosing all
The rude, bad thoughts that in our bosom's night
Wander at large, nor heed Love's gentle thrall?
Who would not shun the dreary, uncouth place?
As if, fond leaning where her infant slept, A mother's arm a serpent should embrace;
So might we friendless live, and die unwept.
Then keep the softening veil in mercy drawn,
Thou who canst love us, though thou read'st us
As on the bosom of the aerial dawn
Melts in dim haze each coarse, ungentle hue.
A SONNET.— Wordsworth.
Scorn not the Sonnet; critic, you have frowned, Mindless of its just honors; with this key Shakspeare unlocked his heart; the melody Of this small lute gave ease to Petrarch's wound; A thousand times this pipe did Tasso sound; Camoens soothed with it an exile's grief; The Sonnet glittered a gay myrtle-leaf Amid the cypress with which Dante crowned His visionary brow; a glow-worm lamp, It cheered mild Spenser, called from Faery-land To struggle through dark ways; and, when a damp Fell round the path of Milton, in his hand The thing became a trumpet, whence he blew Soul-animating strains, — alas, too few!
EXPERIENCE. Jane Taylor.
How false is found, as on in life we go,
Ourearly estimate of bliss and woe!
Some sparkling joy attracts us, that we fain
Wo old sell a precious birthright to obtain.
236 EXPERIENCE. There all our hopes of happiness are placed;
Life looks without it like a joyless waste;
No good is prized, no comfort sought beside,
Prayers, tears, implore, and will not be denied.
Heaven pitying hears the intemperate, rude appeal,
And suits its answer to our truest weal;
The self-sought idol, if at last bestowed,
Proves what our wilfulness required, — a goad.
Ne'er but as needful chastisement is given
The wish thus forced, and torn, and stormed from
But if withheld, in pity, from our prayer,
We rave a while of torment and despair, —
Refuse each proffered comfort with disdain,
And slight the thousand blessings that remain.
Meantime Heaven bears the grievous wrong, and waits,
In patient pity, till the storm abates;
Applies with gentlest hand the healing balm,
Or speaks the ruffled mind into a calm;
Deigning, perhaps, to show the mourner soon
'T was special mercy that denied the boon.
Our blasted hopes, our aims and wishes crost,
Are worth the tears and agonies they cost,
When the poor mind, by fruitless efforts spent,
With food and raiment learns to be content.
Bounding with youthful hope, the restless mind
Leaves that divine monition far behind;
And, tamed at length by suffering, comprehends
The tranquil happiness to which it tends;
Perceives the high-wrought bliss it aimed to share,
Demands a richer soil, a purer air, —
That't is not fitted, and would strangely grace
The mean condition of our mortal race;
And all we need in this terrestrial spot
Is cilm contentment with "the common lot."
SAY,HENRY, SHOULD A MAN OF MIND.
Say, Henry, should a man of mind Sigh o'er his brittle crust,
Or grieve because he is not joined
To fibres more robust?
Look round, with philosophic ken,
Through Nature's works below,
From very atoms up to men
We find it ordered so —
That much of all we finest hold,
Admire with one acclaim,
Is of a delicater mould, .
And of a feebler frame.
Look at bent lilies as you walk,
How elegantly thin!
Yet well the fragrance from that stalk
Proclaims the power within.
Look at the bird with glossiest wings,
Yet sweeter taste than plume,
That scuds, that murmurs, sips, and sings,
And feasts upon perfume.
Look at the rose his bill invades
With eager, wanton strife!
On what a slender stalk it fades
And blushes out its life.