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It will tincture Love's plume with a different
hue! Then, oh! what pleasure, where'er we rove, . To be doom'd to find something still that is
dear; And to know, when far from the lips we love,... We have but to make love to the lips that are
THE IRISH PEASANT TO HIS MISTRESS.
THROUGH GRIEF AND THROUGH DANGER.
AIR-I once had a True Love
THROUGH grief and through danger thy smile hath
cheer'd my way, Till hope seem'd to bud from each thorn that round
me lav; The darker our fortune, the brighter our pure love
burn'a, [ill shame into glory, till fearinto zcal uras luru'd:
Oh! slave as I was, in thy arms my spirit felt free, And bless'd e'en the sorrows that made me more
dear to thee.
Thy rival was honour'd while thou wert wrong'd
and scorn'd; Thy crown was of briers while gold her brows
adorn'd: She woo'd me to temples, while thou lay'st hid in
cayes ; Her friends were all masters, while thine, alas !
were slaves ; Yet cold in the earth at thy feet I would rather be Than wed what I loved not, or tur one thought from
They siander thee sorely, who say thy vows are
frail Hadst thou been a false one, thy cheek had look'd
less pale! They say too, so long thou hast worn these ling’ring
chains! That deep in thy brart they have printed their
servile stains ; Ok! do not believe them-no chain could that sou
Where shincth thy spirit, there liberty shineth
WHIN THEQUGH LIFE UNBLEST WE ROVE.
AIR-Banhs of Banria.
When through life unblest we rove,
Losing all that made life dear; Should some notes, we used to love
In days of boyhood, meet our ear; Oh! how welcome breathes the strain;
Wake ing thoughts that long have sleptKindling former smiles again
In faded eyes that long have rept!
Like the gale that sighs along
Beds of oriental flow'rs,
ur Where the spirit of lord is, there is liberty. »
St. Paui, 2 Corinth ans ii, 17
Is the grateful breath of song,
That once was heard in happier hours. Fill’d with balm the gale sighs on,
Though the flow’rs have sunk in death. So, when pleasure's dream is gone,
Its memory lives in Music's breath!
Music! oh! low faint, how weak,
Language fades before thy spell ! Why should Feeling ever speak,
When thou canst breathe her soul so well ? Friendship’s balmy words may feign,
Love's are ev’n more false than they; Oh! 'tis only Music's strain
Can sweetly sooth, and not betray !
IT IS NOT THE TEAR AT THIS MOMENT SHED..
It is not the lear at this moment shed,
When the cold turf has just been laid o'er him,
1 These lines were occasioned loy the loss of a very near and deur relative, who died laicly at Madeira.
That can tell how beloyed was the soul that's fled,
Or how deep in our hearts we deplore him : 'Tis the tear through many a long day wept,
Throùgh a life by his loss all shaded : "Tis the sad remembrance, fondly kept,
When all lighter griefs have faded !
Oh! thus shall we mourn, and his memory sught, While it shines through our hearts will improve
them; For worth shall look fairer, and truth rore bright,
When we think how he lived but to love them! And, as buried saints the grave perfume,
Where fadeless they've long been lying,
From the image he left there in dying! :
'Tis belived 'That this harp that I wake now for