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Forget not our wounded companions, who stood*

In the day of distress by our side; While the moss of the valley grew red with their blood,

They stirr'd not, but conquer'd and died. That sun which now blesses our arms with his light

Saw them fall upon Ossory's p*ain;— Oh, let him not blush when he leaves us to-night,

To find that they fell there in vain!


Tj^RIN ! the tear and the smile in thine eyes,
**^ Blend like the rainbow that hangs in thy skies!
Shining through sorrow's stream,
Saddening through pleasure's beam,
Thy suns with doubtful gleam
Weep while they rise.

* This alludes to an interesting circumstance related of the Dalgais, the favorite troops of Brien, when they were interrupted in their return from the battle of Clontarf, by Fitzpatrick, prince of Ossory. The wounded men entreated that they might be allowed to fight with the rest. "Let stakes be stuck in the ground," said they, "and suffer each of us, tied to and supported by one of these stakes, to be placed in his rank by the side of a sound man."— "Between seven and eight hundred wounded men," adds O'Halloran, "pale, emaciated, and supported in this manner, appeared mixed with the foremost of the troops ; never was such another sight exhibited." Hist. Ireland, bk. xii. chap. 1.

Erin! thy silent tear never shall cease,
Erin ! thy languid smile ne'er shall increase,

Till, like the rainbow's light,

Thy various tints unite,

And form in heaven's sight
One arch of peace!


AH breathe hot his name! let it sleep in the shade,
^ Where cold and unhonor'd his relics are laicl:
Sad, silent, and dark, be the tears that we shed,
As the night-dew that falls on the grass o'er his head.

But the night-dew that falls, tho' in silence it weeps,
Shall brighten with verdure the grave where he sleeps,
And the tear that we shed, though in secret it rolls,
Shall long keep his memory green in our souls.


TTTHEN he, who adores thee, has left but the name

*' Of his fault and his sorrows behind, Oh! say wilt thou weep, when they darken the fame

Of a life that for thee was resigned?
Yes, weep, and however my foes may condemn,

Thy tears shall efface their decree;
For Heaven can witness, though guilty to them,

I have been but too faithful to thee.

With thee were the dreams of my earliest love;

Every thought of my reason was thine;
In my last humble prayer to the Spirit above

Thy name shall be mingled with mine.
Oh! blest are the lovers and friends who shall live

The days of thy glory to see; But the next dearest blessing that Heaven can give

Is the pride of thus dying for thee.


rTHE harp that once through Tara's halls

The soul of music shed,
Now hangs as mute on Tara's walls,

As if that soul wTere fled.—
So sleeps the pride of former days,

So glory's chill is o'er;
And hearts, that once beat high for praise,

Now feel that pulse no more.

No more to chiefs and- ladies bright,

The harp of Tara swells;
The chord alone, that breaks at night,

Its tale of ruin tells.
Thus Freedom now so seldom wakes,

The only throb she gives
Is when some heart indignant breaks,

To show that still she lives.


T?LY not yet, 'tis just the hour

When pleasure, like the midnight flower,
That scorns the eye of vulgar light,
Begins to bloom for sons of night,

And maids who love the moon.
'Twas hut to bless these hours of shade
That beauty and the moon were made;
'Tis then their soft attractions glowing
Set the tides and goblets flowing.

Oh stay ! — Oh stay ! —
Joy so seldom weaves a chain
Like this to-night, that 0 ! 'tis pain

To break its links so soon.

Fly not yet, the fount that play'd
In times of old through Ammon's shade,
Though icy cold by day it ran,
Yet still, like souls of mirth, began

To burn when night was near.
And thus should woman's heart and looks
At noon be cold as winter brooks,
Nor kindle, till the night, returning,
Brings their genial hour for burning.

Oh stay !— Oh stay ! —
When did morning ever break,
And find such beaming eyes awake

As those that sparkle here?

* Solis Fons, near the Temple of Amnion,


AH! think not my spirits are always as light,

^ And as free from a pang, as they seem to you now i

Nor expect that the heart-beaming smile of to-night

Will return with to-morrow to brighten my brow. No :—life is a waste of wearisome hours,

Which seldom the rose of enjoyment adorns; And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers

Is always the first to be touched by the thorns. But send round the bowl, and be happy awhile :—

May we never meet worse, in our pilgrimage here, Than the tear that enjoyment can gild with a smile,

And the smile that compassion can turn to a tear.

The thread of our life would be dark, Heaven knows!

If it were not with friendship and love intertwin'd; And I care not how soon I may sink to repose,

When these blessings shall cease to be dear to my mind. But they who have lov'd the fondest, the purest,

Too often have wept o'er the dream they believ'd; And the heart that has slumber'd in friendship securest

Is happy indeed if 'twas never deceiv'd.
But send round the bowl: while a relic of truth

Is in man or in woman, this prayer shall be mine: That the sunshine of love may illumine our youth,

And the moonlight of friendship console our decline.

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