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Walks o'er the free, unlorded soil,
Effacing with her splendid share
The drops that war had sprinkled there!
Thrice happy land ! where he who flies
From the dark ills of other skies,
From scorn, or want's unnerving woes,
May shelter him in proud repose !
Hope sings along the yellow sand
His welcome to a patriot land;
The mighty wood, with pomp, receives
The stranger, in its world of leaves,
Which soon their barren glory yield
To the warm shed and cultured field :
And he who came of all bereft,
To whom malignant fate had left
Nor home nor friends nor country dear,
Finds home and friends and country here!

Such is the picture, warmly such,
That long the spell of fancy's touch
Hath painted to my sanguine eye
Of man's new world of liberty!
Oh ! ask me not if truth will seal
The reveries of fancy's zeal,
If yet my charmed eyes behold
These features of an age of gold-
No-yet, alas ! no gleaming trace !
Never did youth who loved a face
From portrait's rosy flattering art
Recoil with more regret of heart,
To find an owlet eye of gray,
Where painting poured the sapphire's ray,
Than I have felt, indignant felt,
To think the glorious dreams should melt
Which oft, in bovhood's witching time,
Have rapt me to this wondrous clime !
But, courage ! yet, my wavering heart !
Blame not the temple's meanest part, *
Till you have traced the fabric o'er :-
As yet, we have beheld no more
Than just the porch to freedom's fane,
And, though a sable drop may stain
The vestibule, 'tis impious sin
To doubt there's holiness within !
So here I pause--and now, my Kate,
To you (whose simplest ringlet's fate

* Norfolk, it must be owned, is an unfavourable specimen of America. The characteristics of Virginia in general are not such as can delight either the politician or the moralist, and at Norfolk they are exhibited in their least attractive form. At the time when we arrived, the yellow fever had not yet . disappeared, and every odour that assailed us in the streets very strongly accounted for its visitation.

Can claim more interest in my soul
Than all the Powers from pole to pole)
One word at parting; in the tone
Most sweet to you, and most my own.
The simple notes I send you here, *
Though rude and wild, would still be dear,
If you but knew the trance of thought
In which my mind their murmurs caught.
'Twas one of those enchanting dreams
That lull me oft, when music seems
To pour the soul in sound along,
And turn its every sigh to song !
I thought of home, the according lays
Respired the breath of happier days;
Warmly in every rising note
I felt some dear remembrance float,
Till, led by music's fairy chain,
I wandered back to home again!
Oh! love the song, and let it oft
Live on your lip, in warble soft!
Say that it tells you, simply well,
All I have bid its murmurs tell,
Of memory's glow, of dreams that shed
The tinge of joy when joy is fled,
And all the heart's illusive hoard
Of love renewed and friends restored !
Now, sweet, adieu !- this artless air,
And a few rhymes, in transcript fair,
Are all the gifts I yet can boast
To send you from Columbia's coast;
But when the sun, with warmer smile,
Shall light me to my destined isle,+
You shall have many a cowslip-bell
Where Ariel slept, and many a shell
In which the gentle spirit drew
From honey flowers the morning dew!

TO CARA,
AFTER AN INTERVAL OF ABSENCE,
CONCEALED within the shady wood

A mother left her sleeping child,
And fitw to cull her rustic food,

The fruitage of the forest wild.
But storms upon her pathway rise,

The mother roams, astray and weeping;
Far from the weak appealing cries

Of him she left so sweetly sleeping.
* A Crifling attempt at musical composition accom anied this epistlo.

Bermuda.

TAN

She hopes, she fears; a light is seen,

And gentler blows the right wind's breath; Yet no—'tis gone—the storms are keen.

The baby may be chilled to death!
Perhaps his little eyes are shaded

Dim by death's eternal chill —
And yet, perhaps, they are not faded ;

Life and love may light them still.
Thus, when my soul, with parting sigh,

Hung on thy hand's bewildering touch, And, timid, asked that speaking eye,

If parting pained thee half so much: I thought, and oh forgive the thought!

For who, by eyes like thine inspired, Could e'er resist the flattering fault

Of fancying what his soul desired? Yes I did think, in Cara's mind,

Though yet to Cara's mind unknown, I left one infant wish behind,

One feeling, which I called my own!
Oh blest! though but in fancy blest,

How did I ask of pity's care
To shield and strengthen, in thy breast.

The nursling I had cradled there.
And many an hour beguiled by pleasure,

And many an hour of sorrow numbering: I ne'er forgot the new-born treasure

I left within thy bosom slumbering.
Perhaps, indifference has not chilled it,

Haply, it yet a throb may give-
Yet no-perhaps a doubt has killed it!

O Cara I-does the infant live?

TO CARA,
ON THE DAWNING OF A NEW YEAR'S DAY.
WHEN midnight came to close the year,

We sighed to think it thus should take
The hours it gave us--hours as dear

As sympathy and love could make Their blessed moments! every sun Saw us, my love, more closely one! But, Cara, when the dawn was nigh

Which came another year to shed,

The smile we caught from eye to eye

Told us those moments were not fled;
Oh, no!- we felt some future sun
Should see us still more closely one!
Thus may we ever, side by side,
From happy years to happier glide;
And still, my Cara, may the sigh

We give to hours that vanish o'er us
Be followed by the smiling eye

That Hope shall shed on scenes before us!

TO THE INVISIBLE GIRL. THEY try to persuade me, my dear little sprite, That you are not a daughter of ether and light, Nor have any concern with those fanciful forms That dance upon rainbows and ride upon storms; That, in short, you're a woman; your lip and your breast As mortal as ever were tasted or pressed ! But I will not believe them-no, science! to you I have long bid a last and a careless adieu : Still flying from Nature to study her laws, And dulling delight by exploring its cause, You forget how superior, for mortals below, Is the fiction they dream to the truth that they know. Oh! who that has ever had rapture complete Would ask how we feel it, or why it is sweet; How rays are confused, or how particles fly Through the medium refined of a glance or a sigh? Is there one who but once would not rather have known it Than written, with Harvey, whole volumes upon it? No, no-but for you, my invisible love, I will swear you are one of those spirits that rove By the bank where, at twilight, the poet reclines, When the star of the west on his solitude shines, And the magical fingers of fancy have hung Every breeze with a sigh, every leaf with a tongue ! Oh!'whisper him then, 'tis retirement alone Can hallow his harp or ennoble its tone; Like you, with a veil of seclusion between, His song to the world let him utter unseen, And like you, a legitimate child of the spheres, Escape from the eye to enrapture the ears! Sweet spirit of mystery! how I should love, In the wearisome ways I am fated to rove, To have you for ever invisibly nigh, Inhaling for ever your song and your sigh ! 'Mid the crowds of the world and the murmurs of care. I might sometimes converse with my nymph of the air, And turn with disgust from the clamorous crew, To steal in the pauses one whisper from you.

She hopes, she fears; a light is seen,

And gentler blows the night wind's breath;
Yet no-'tis gone—the storms are keen,

The baby may be chilled to death!
Perhaps his little eyes are shaded

Dim by death's eternal chill-
And yet, perhaps, they are not faded ;

Life and love may light them still.
Thus, when my soul, with parting sigh,

Hung on thy hand's bewildering touch,
And, timid, asked that speaking eye,

If parting pained thee half so much:
I thought, and oh forgive the thought!

For who, by eyes like thine inspired,
Could e'er resist the flattering fault

Of fancying what his soul desired ?
Yes I did think, in Cara's mind,

Though yet to Cara's mind unknown,
I lest one infant wish behind,

One feeling, which I called my own!
Oh blest! though but in fancy blest,

How did I ask of pity's care
To shield and strengthen, in thy breast,

The nursling I had cradled there.
And many an hour beguiled by pleasure,

And many an hour of sorrow numbering,
I ne'er forgot the new-born treasure

I left within thy bosom slumbering.
Perhaps, indifference has not chilled it,

Haply, it yet a throb may give-
Yet no-perhaps a doubt has killed it!

O Caral-does the infant live?

TO CARA,
ON THE DAWNING OF A NEW YEAR'S DAY.
WHEN midnight came to close the year,

We sighed to think it thus should take
The hours it gave us--hours as dear

As sympathy and love could make
Their blessed moments! every sun
Saw us, my love, more closely one!
But, Cara, when the dawn was nigh

Which came another year to shed,

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