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Then home he went, and left the Hart, stone dead
With breathless nostrils stretched above the spring.
-Soon did the Knight perform what he had said;
And far and wide the fame thereof did ring.
Ere thrice the Moon into her port had steered,
A cup of stone received the living well;
Three pillars of rude stone Sir Walter reared,
And built a house of pleasure in the dell.
And near the fountain, flowers of stature tall
With trailing plants and trees were intertwined,
Which soon composed a little sylvan hall,
A leafy shelter from the sun and wind.
And thither, when the summer days were long,
Sir Walter led his wondering paramour;
And with the dancers and the minstrel's song
Made merriment within that pleasant bow
The Knight, Sir Walter, died in course of time,
And his bones lie in his paternal vale.—
But there is matter for a second rhyme,
And I to this would add another tale.
THE moving accident is not my trade;
To freeze the blood I have no ready arts:
'T is my delight, alone in summer shade,
To pipe a simple song for thinking hearts.
As I from Hawes to Richmond did repair,
It chanced that I saw, standing in a dell,
Three aspens, at three corners of a square;
And one, not four yards distant, near
What this imported I could ill divine:
And, pulling now the rein my horse to stop,
I saw three pillars standing in a line,
The last stone-pillar on a dark hill-top.
The trees were grey, with neither arms nor head; Half wasted the square mound of tawny green; So that you just might say, as then I said,
Here, in old time, the hand of man hath been."
I looked upon the hill, both far and near,
More doleful place did never eye survey;
It seemed as if the spring-time came not here,
And Nature here were willing to decay.
I stood in various thoughts and fancies lost,
When one, who was in shepherd's garb attired,
Came up the hollow:-him did I accost,
And what this place might be I then inquired.
The shepherd stopped, and that same story told
Which in my former rhyme I have rehearsed.
"A jolly place," said he, " in times of old!
But something ails it now: the spot is curst.
You see these lifeless stumps of aspen wood-
Some say that they are beeches, others elms-
These were the bower; and here a mansion stood,
The finest palace of a hundred realms !
The arbour does its own condition tell;
You see the stones, the fountain, and the stream;
But as to the great Lodge! you might as well
Hunt half a day for a forgotten dream.
There's neither dog nor heifer, horse nor sheep,
Will wet his lips within that cup of stone;
And oftentimes, when all are fast asleep,
This water doth send forth a dolorous groan.
Some say that here a murder has been done,
And blood cries out for blood; but for my part,
I've guessed, when I 've been sitting in the sun,
That it was all for that unhappy Hart.
What thoughts must through the creature's brain have
Even from the topmost stone, upon the steep,
Are but three bounds-and look, sir, at this last
O master! it has been a cruel leap.
For thirteen hours he ran a desperate race;
And in my simple mind we cannot tell
What cause the Hart might have to love this place,
And come and make his death-bed near the well.
Here on the grass perhaps asleep he sank,
Lulled by the fountain in the summer-tide;
This water was perhaps the first he drank
When he had wandered from his mother's side.
In April here beneath the flowering thorn
He heard the birds their morning carols sing;
And he, perhaps, for aught we know, was born
Not half a furlong from that self-same spring.
Now, here is neither grass nor pleasant shade;
The sun on drearier hollow never shone;
So will it be, as I have often said,
Till trees, and stones, and fountain, all are gone."
Grey-headed shepherd, thou hast spoken well;
Small difference lies between thy creed and mine:
This beast not unobserved by Nature fell;
His death was mourned by sympathy divine.
The Being, that is in the clouds and air,
That is in the green leaves among the groves,
Maintains a deep and reverential care
For the unoffending creatures whom he loves.
The pleasure-house is dust :-behind, before,
This is no common waste, no common gloom;
But Nature, in due course of time, once more
Shall here put on her beauty and her bloom.
She leaves these objects to a slow decay,
That what we are, and have been, may be known ;
But at the coming of the milder day,
These monuments shall all be overgrown.
One lesson, Shepherd, let us two divide,
Taught both by what she shows, and what conceals; Never to blend our pleasure or our pride
With sorrow of the meanest thing that feels."
Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase),
Ae fond kiss, and then we sever,
Ah me! full sorely is my heart forlorn,
Ah, what can ail thee, wretched wight,
All are architects of Fate,
All thoughts, all passions, all delights,
An angel prisoned in an infant frame,
And this place my forefathers made for man!
And canst thou, Mother, for a moment think,
Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
A parish priest was of the pilgrims train,
Bird of the wilderness,
Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Brown Autumn cometh, with her liberal hand,
But who the melodies of morn can tell?
Care-charming Sleep, thou easer of all woes,
Close at the edge of a busy town,
Come live with me, and be my love,
Come, Sleep, O Sleep, the certain knot of peace,
Come then, ye virgins and ye youths! whose hearts,
Cupid and my Campaspe played,
Cyriac, this three years day these eyes, though clear