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Hark! what murmurs arise from the heart of those

mountainous deserts? Is it the cry of the Foxes and Crows, or the mighty

Behemoth, Who, unharmed, on his tusks once caught the bolts of

the thunder, And now lurks in his lair to destroy the race of the red

man ? Far more fatal to thee and thy race than the Crows

and the Foxes, Far more fatal to thee and thy race than the tread of

Behemoth, Lo! the big thunder-canoe, that steadily breasts the

Missouri's Merciless current! and yonder, afar on the prairies, the

camp-fires Gleam through the night; and the cloud of dust in the

gray of the daybreak Marks not the buffalo's track, nor the Mandan's dex

terous horse-race; It is a caravan, whitening the desert where dwell the

Camanches ! Ha! how the breath of these Saxons and Celts, like the

blast of the east-wind, Drifts evermore to the west the scanty smokes of thy

wigwams!

THE BRIDGE.
I stood on the bridge at midnight,

As the clocks were striking the hour,
And the moon rose o'er the city,

Behind the dark church-tower.

I saw her bright reflection

In the waters under me,

Like a golden goblet falling

And sinking into the sea.

And far in the hazy distance

Of that lovely night in June, The blaze of the flaming furnace

Gleamed redder than the moon.

Among the long, black rafters

The wavering shadows lay, And the current that came from the ocean

Seemed to lift and bear them away;
As, sweeping and eddying through them,

Rose the belated tide,
And streaming into the moonlight,

The seaweed floated wide.

And like those waters rushing

Among the wooden piers,
A flood of thoughts came o'er me

That filled my eyes with tears.
How often, oh, how often,

In the days that had gone by,
I had stood on that bridge at midnight,

And gazed on that wave and sky!
How often, oh, how often,

I had wished that the ebbing tide Would bear me away on its bosom

O'er the ocean wild and wide!

For my heart was hot and restless,

And my life was full of care, And the burden laid upon me

Seemed greater than I could bear.

But now it has fallen from me,

It is buried in the sea ;
And only the sorrow of others

Throws its shadow over me.
Yet whenever I cross the river,

On its bridge with wooden piers, Like the odour of brine from the ocean

Comes the thought of other years.
And I think how many thousands

Of care-encumbered men,
Each bearing his burden of sorrow,

Have crossed the bridge since then! I see the long procession

Still passing to and fro
The young heart hot and restless,

And the old subdued and slow.

And for ever and for ever,

As long as the river flows,
As long as the heart has passions,

As long as life has woes;
The moon and its broken reflection

And its shadows shall appear,
As the symbol of love in heaven,

And its wavering image here.

EXCELSIOR.

The shades of night were falling fast,
As through an Alpine village passed
A youth who bore, mid snow and ice,
A banner, with a strange device,

Excelsior

His brow was sad; his eye beneath
Flashed like a falchion from its sheath,
And like a silver clarion rung
The accents of that unknown tongue,

Excelsior !

In happy homes he saw the light
Of household fires gleam warm and bright!
Above, the spectral glaciers shone,
And from his lips escaped a groan,

Excelsior!

Try not the Pass !" the old man said; “Dark lowers the tempest overhead, The roaring torrent is deep and wide!” And loud that clarion voice replied,

Excelsior!

“O stay," the maiden said, "and rest
Thy weary head upon this breast!”
A tear stood in his bright blue eye,
But still he answered, with a sigh,

Excelsior !

“Beware the pine-tree's withered branch!
Beware the awful avalanche!
This was the peasant's last Good-night,
A voice replied, far up the height,

Excelsior!

At break of day, as heavenward
The pious monks of Saint Bernard
Uttered the oft-repeated prayer,
A voice cried through the startled air,

Excelsior!

A traveller, by the faithful hound,
Half-buried in the snow was found,
Still grasping in his hand of ice
That banner with the strange device,

Excelsior!

There in the twilight cold and gray,
Lifeless, but beautiful, he lay,
And from the sky, serene and far,
A voice fell, like a falling star,

Excelsior!

PAUL REVERE'S RIDE. LISTEN, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. He said to his friend, “ If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch Of the North Church tower as a signal light,One, if by land, and two, if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the country-folk to be up and to arm. Then he said, “Good night!” and with muffled oar Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore, Just as the moon rose over the bay, Where swinging wide at her moorings lay The Somerset, British man-of-war; A phantom-ship, with each mast and spar Across the moon like a prison-bar,

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