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And voices lose the tone that shed
As though its waters ne'er could sever,
Breaks into floods that part for ever.
O you that have the charge of love,
Keep him in rosy bondage bound, As in the fields of bliss above
He sits, with flowerets fettered round :— Loose not a tie that round him clings,
Nor ever let him use his wings;
Is found below far eastern skies,— Whose wings, though radiant when at rest,
Lose all their glory when he flies! Some difference of this dangerous kind,— By which, though light, the links that bind
The fondest hearts may soon be riven;
THE PAUPER'S FUNERAL.
I saw a pauper once—when I was young—
Smiling to where the death-bell heavily rung :.
On the rough boards the earth was gaily flung:
Was coldly said.—Then all, passing away,
Left the scarce-coffined wretch to quick decay.
It was an autumn evening;—and the rain
Had stopped awhile—but the loud wind did shriek,
And brought the deluging tempest back again .
Along the sky there ran a lightning vein ;—
His home;—his flight was heavy, and his wing
THE TREASURES OF THE DEEP.
What hidest thou in thy treasure caves and cells?
Yet more, the depths have more !—What wealth untold
Won from ten thousand royal argosies.
Yet more, the depths have more !—Thy waves have rolled
—Dash o'er them, ocean! in thy scornful play,
Yet more! the billow and the depths have more—
Give back the lost and lovely !—those for whom
To thee the love of woman hath gone down,
0 Heaven!—0 beantifnl and boundless sky!
Upon whose breasts stars and pale planets lie,
Unnumbered and innumerable, ever
Mocking with bright'ning eyes man's vain endeavour I—
Thou radiant wilderness, through which the moon
Moves like a spirit, without voice or tune
Accompanied, or song or choral shout,
Save what the universal spheres send out
For aye,—inaudible, though vast and deep,—
Thou world of worlds, within whose arms the sun
Awakens; and, when his bright task is done,
Like a reposing child, lies down to sleep,
Amongst thy golden bowers I—
O gentle heaven!
Art thou indeed the home,—the happy shore,