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When first we met, I saw thee all
A girl's imagining could feign; I did not dream of loving thee,
Still less of being loved again.
I felt it not, till round my heart
Link after link the chain was wove; Then burst at once upon my brain
The maddening thought—I love! I love L
We then were parting, others wept,
But I let not one tear drop fall;
Mine was the coldest of them all.
But mine the ear that strained to hear
Thy latest step; and mine the eye That watched thy distant shape, when none
But me its shadow could descry.
And when the circle in its mirth
Had quite forgot Farewell and Thee,
I went to my own room, and wept
And time passed on; but not with time
The lesson of forgetfulness
Was what I could not teach my heart.
We met again, and women's pride
I would not, though my heart had broke,
1 felt thine eyes gazing on mine;
I felt my hand within thine hold;
And I was calm, and I was cold.
I knew the day, the very hour,
That you were wed, and heard your vow; I heard the wedding bells—O God!
Mine car rings with them even now!
1 may not say that you were false,
But I have often seen thine eye
And when you spoke to me, your voice
Would always take a softer tone; And surely that last night your cheek
Was almost pallid as my own.
But this is worse than vain Farewell!
Of heaven now I only crave For thee all of life's happiness,
And for myself an early grave!
Miss L. E. Landon.
DEATH OF A CHRISTIAN:
Calm on the bosom of thy God,
Fair spirit! rest thee now!
His seal was on thy brow.
Dust to its narrow house beneath!
Soul to its place on high!
No more may fear to die.
Mrs Hemans. OH! BANQUET NOT.
Oh! banquet not in these shining bowers,
There while the myrtle's withering boughs,
Moore. INFLUENCE OF HOPE
ON THE HUMAN MIND.
At summer eve, when heaven's aerial bow
What potent spirit guides the raptured eye