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THE DYING SENECA.
He died not as the martyr dies,
Wrapped in his living shroud of flame;
He fell not as the warrior falls,
Gasping upon the field of fame;
A gentler passage to the grave,
The murderer's softened fury gave.
Rome's slaughtered sons and blazing piles
Had tracked the purple demon's path,
And yet another victim lived
To fill the fiery scroll of wrath; Could not imperial vengeance spare His furrowed brow and silver hair?
The field was sown with noble blood,
The harvest reaped in burning tears,
When, rolling up its crimson flood,
Broke the long-gathering tide of years;
His diadem was rent away,
And beggars trampled on his clay.
none pitied ; — they who knelt
At morning by the despot's throne,
At evening dashed the laurelled bust,
And spurned the wreaths themselves had strewn;
The shout of triumph echoed wide,
The self-stung reptile writhed and died!
A STILL, Sweet, placid, moonlight face, And slightly nonchalant,
Which seems to claim a middle place
As morning dew and blushing day
And yet, and yet I cannot love
Those lovely lines on steel;
They beam too much of heaven above, Earth's darker shades to feel; Perchance some early weeds of care
Around my heart have grown,
And brows unfurrowed seem not fair, Because they mock my own.
Alas! when Eden's gates were sealed, How oft some sheltered flower Breathed o'er the wanderers of the field,
Like their own bridal bower;
Yet, saddened by its loveliness,
And humbled by its pride,
Earth's fairest child they could not bless,It mocked them when they sighed.
A ROMAN AQUEDUCT.
THE sun-browned girl, whose limbs recline
Hot on the green flakes of the pine,
As, through the flickering noontide glare,
Of arches, lifting once in air
The rivers of the Roman's plain;
Say, does her wandering eye recall
Or for the dead one tear let fall,
Whose founts are broken by their
From stone to stone the ivy weaves
Nod heavy in the drowsy gale.