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And, hark ! - a grieving voice, trembling and faint,
For now, upon each brief and breathless pause
“O! dost thou live under the deep, deep sea ?
66 There we will sit and sport upon one billow,
One moment, then, upon the dizzy verge
Then from the giddy deep she madly springs,
THE ELM TREE:
A DREAM IN THE WOODS.
“And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Firds tongues in trees."
AS YOU LIKE IT.
"Twas in a shady avenue, Where lofty elms abound
And from a tree
There came to me
And sometimes underground.
Amongst the leaves it seemed to sigh,
Amid the boughs to moan;
The roots took up the tone;
The dead began to groan.
No breeze there was to stir the leaves;
No bolts that tempests launch, To rend the trunk or rugged bark;
No gale to bend the branch; No quake of earth to heave the roots, That stood so stiff and stanch.
No bird was preening up aloft,
To rustle with its wing;
The solid bole
Had ne'er a hole
No scooping hollow cell to lodge
The martin, bat,
Or forest cat
The moping, snoring owl.
But still the sound was in my ear,
A sad and solemn sound,
And sometimes underground 'Twas in a shady avenue
Where lofty elms abound.
0, hath the Dryad still a tongue
In this ungenial clime?
As in the classic prime -
As in the olden time?
The olden time is dead and gone;
Its years have filled their sum And even in Greece her native Greece
The sylvan nymph is dumbFrom ash, and beech, and aged oak,
No classic whispers come.
From poplar, pine, and drooping birch, And fragrant linden trees,
No living sound
E'er hovers round, Unless the vagrant breeze, The music of the merry bird,
Or hum of busy bees.
But busy bees forsake the elm
That bears ne bloom aloft -
The blackbird in the croft ;
That else might murmur soft.
Vet still I heard that solemn sound,
And sad it was to boot,
And each minuter shoot;
And from the twisted root.
From these, a melancholy moan;
From those, a dreary sigh;
And wild winds sweeping by
Was steadfast in the sky.
No sign or touch of stirring air
Could either sense observe -
The thistle-down to swerve,
To take another curve.