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Into its furrows shall we all be cast,
In the sure faith that we shall rise again
At the great harvest, when the archangel's blast
Shall winnow, like a fan, the chaff and grain.
Then shall the good stand in immortal bloom,
In the fair gardens of that second birth; And each bright blossom mingle its perfume
With that of flowers which never bloomed on earth. With thy rude ploughshare, Death, turn up the sod,
And spread the furrow for the seed we sow; This is the field and acre of our God,
This is the place where human harvests grow.
TO THE RIVER CHARLES.
River! that in silence windest
Through the meadows bright and free,
Till at length thy rest thou findest
In the bosom of the sea !
Four long years of mingled feeling,
Half in rest, and half in strife,
I have seen thy waters stealing
Onward, like the stream of life.
Thou hast taught me, Silent River !
Many a lesson, deep and long;
Thou hast been a generous giver,
I can give thee but a song.
Oft in sadness and in illness
I have watched thy current glide,
Till the beauty of its stillness
Overflowed me, like a tide.
And in better hours and brighter,
When I saw thy waters gleam, I have felt my heart beat lighter,
And leap onward with thy stream. Not for this alone I love thee,
Nor because thy waves of blue From celestial seas above thee
Take their own celestial hue.
Where yon shadowy woodlands hide thee,
And thy waters disappear,
Friends I love have dwelt beside thee,
And have made thy margin dear. More than this;—thy name reminds me
Of three friends, all true and tried ; And that name, like magic, binds me
Closer, closer to thy side. Friends
my soul with joy remembers ! How like quivering flames they start, When I fan the living embers On the hearthstone of my
heart! 'Tis for this, thou Silent River !
That my spirit leans to thee; Thou hast been a generous giver,
Take this idle song from me.
BLIND Bartimeus at the gates
Of Jericho in darkness waits;
He hears the crowd ;-he hears a breath
Say, “It is Christ of Nazareth!”
And calls in tones of agony,
'Ιησού, ελέησόν με!
The thronging multitudes increase;
“Blind Bartimeus, hold thy peace!”
But still, above the noisy crowd,
The beggar's cry is shrill and loud;
Until they say, “He calleth thee!”
θάρσει, έγειραι, φωνεί σε!
Then saith the Christ, as silent stands
The crowd, “What wilt thou at my hands ?”
And he replies, “O give me light!
Rabbi, restore the blind man's sight!"
And Jesus answers, 'Tiaye
“Η πίστις σου σέσωκέ σε!
Ye that have eyes, yet cannot see,
In darkness and in misery,
Recall those mighty Voices Three-
'Ιησού, ελέησόν με!
θάρσει, έγειραι: “Υπαγε!
Η πίστις σου σέσωκέ σε!
Filled is Life's goblet to the brim;
And though my eyes with tears are dim,
I see its sparkling bubbles swim,
And chant a melancholy hymn
With solemn voice and slow.
No purple flowers,—no garlands green,
Conceal the goblet's shade or sheen,
Nor maddening draughts of hippocrene,
Like gleams of sunshine, flash between
Thick leaves of mistletoe.
This goblet, wrought with curious art,
Is filled with waters, that upstart,
When the deep fountains of the heart,
By strong convulsions rent apart,
Are running all to waste.
And as it mantling passes round,
With fennel is it wreathed and crowned,
Whose seed and foliage sun-embrowned
Are in its waters steeped and drowned,
And give a bitter taste.
Above the lowly plants it towers,
The fennel, with its yellow flowers,
And in an earlier age than ours
Was gifted with the wondrous powers,
Lost vision to restore.
It gave new strength, and fearless mood;
And gladiators, fierce and rude,
Mingled it in their daily food;
And he who battled and subdued,
A wreath of fennel wore.
Then in Life's goblet freely press
The leaves that give it bitterness,
Nor prize the coloured waters less,
For in thy darkness and distress
New light and strength they give !
And he who has not learned to know
How false its sparkling bubbles show,
How bitter are the drops of woe,
With which its brim may overflow,
He has not learned to live.
The prayer of Ajax was for light;
Through all that dark and desperate fight,
The blackness of that noonday night,
He asked but the return of sight,
To see his foeman's face.
Let our unceasing earnest prayer
Be, too, for light,-for strength to bear
Our portion of the weight of care,
That crushes into dumb despair
One half the human race.
O suffering, sad humanity!
O ye afflicted ones who lie
Steeped to the lips in misery,
Longing, and yet afraid to die,
Patient, though surely tried !
I pledge you in this cup of grief,
Where floats the fennel's bitter leaf,
The Battle of our Life is brief,
The alarm,-the struggle,-the relief, -
Then sleep we side by side.
Maiden! with the meek brown eyes,
In whose orbs a shadow lies,
Like the dusk in evening skies !
Thou whose locks outshine the sun,
Golden tresses, wreathed in one,
As the braided streamlets run!
Standing, with reluctant feet,
Where the brook and river meet,
Womanhood and childhood fleet!