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ROCKED IN THE CRADLE OF THE DEEP.
Rocked in the cradle of the deep,
And such the trust that still were mine,
THE LAST LEAF.
BY 0. W. HOLMES.
I saw him once before
With his cane.
They say that in his prime,
Cut him down,
Through the town.
But now he walks the streets, And he looks at all he meets
So forlorn; And he shakes his feeble head, That it seems as if he said
"They are gone."
The mossy marbles rest
In their bloom,
And the names he loved to hear Have been carved for many a year
On the tomb.
My grandmamma has said
In the snow.
But now his nose is thin,
Like a staff,
In his laugh.
I know it is a sin
At him here,
Are so queer!
And if I should live to be
In the spring-
Where I cling.
I THINK OF THEE.
BY GEORGE D. PRENTICE.
I THINK of thee, when morning springs
From sleep with plumage bathed in dew, And, like a young bird, lifts her wings
Of gladness on the welkin blue.
And when, at noon, the breath of love
O'er flower and stream is wandering free And sent in music from the grove,
I think of thee I think of thee.
I think of thee, when soft and wide
The evening spreads her robes of light, And, like a young and timid bride,
Sits blushing in the arms of Night.
And when the moon's sweet crescent springs
In light o'er heaven's deep, waveless sea, And stars are forth like blessed things,
I think of thee-I think of thee.
I think of thee ;-that eye of flame,
Those tresses falling bright and free, That brow where “ Beauty writes her name,
On fancy rush ;-I think of thee.
BY W. H. TIMROD.
They slander thee, “old traveller,"
Who say that thy delight
In thy wantonness of might,
Before thy restless wings,
To a thousand brighter things.
Thou passest o'er the battle-field
Where the dead lie stiff and stark, Where nought is heard, save the vulture's scream,
And the gaunt wolf's famished bark.
From the blood enriched clay,
To the rustic's merry lay.
Thou hast strewn the lordly palace
In ruin o'er the ground,
Where the harp was wont to sound;
With the dwellings of the poor, And a thousand happy hearts enjoy
What one usurped before.