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Eternal, boundless, undecay'd,

A thought unseen, but seeing all, 10
All, all in earth or skies display'd,

Shall it survey, shall it recall:
Each fainter trace that memory holds

So darkly of departed years,
In one broad glance the soul beholds,

And all. that was, at once appears.

Before Creation peopled earth,

Its eye shall roll through chaos back;
And where the farthest heaven had birth,

The spirit trace its rising track. 90
And where the future mars or makes,

Its glance dilate o'er all to be,
While sun is quench'd, or system breaks,

Fix'd in its own eternity.

Above or Love, Hope, Hate, or Fear,

It lives all passionless and pure:
An age shall fleet like earthly year;

Its years as moments shall endure.
Away, away, without a wing,

O'er all, through all, its thought shall fly, 3
A nameless and eternal thing,

Forgetting what it was to die.


The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;
And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea,
When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.

Like the leaves of the forest when Summer is green,
That host with their banners at sunset were seen:
Like the leaves of the forest when Autumn hath blown,
That host on the morrow lay wither'd and strown.

For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,
And breathed in the face of the foe as he pass'd; 10
And the eyes of the sleepers wax'd deadly and chill,
And their hearts but once heaved,—and forever grew still!

And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,
But through it there roll'd not the breath of his pride;
And the foam of his gasping lay white on the turf,
And cold as the spray of the rock-beating surf.

And there lay the rider distorted and pale,

With the dew on his brow, and the rust on his mail;

And the tents were all silent, the banners alone,

The lances unlifted, the trumpet unblown. 20

And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail,
And the idols are broke in the temple of Baal!
And the might of the Gentile, unsmote by the sword
Hatti Mielted like snow in the glance of the Lord!


There be none of Beauty's daughters

With a magic like thee;
And like music on the waters

Is thy sweet voice to me:
When, as if its sound were causing
The charmed ocean's pausing,
The waves lie still and gleaming,
And the lull'd winds seem dreaming.

And the midnight moon is weaving

Her bright chain o'er the deep; 10

Whose breast is gently heaving,
As an infant's asleep:

So the spirit bows before thee,

To listen and adore thee;

With a full but soft emotion,

Like the swell of Summer's ocean.


So, we'll go no more a roving

So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving,

And the moon be still as bright.

For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul wears out the breast,

And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have rest.

Though the night was made for loving,

And the day returns too soon,
Yet we'll go no more a roving

By the light of the moon.


Oh, talk not to me of a name great in story;
The days of our youth are the days of our glory;
And the myrtle and ivy of sweet two-and-twenty
Are worth all your laurels, though ever so plenty.

What are garlands and crowns to the brow that
wrinkled?'Tis but as a dead flower with May-dew besprinkled.
Then away with all such from the head that is hoary!
What care I for the wreaths that can only give glory!

Oh Fame !—if I e'er took delight in thy praises, 'Twas less for the sake of thy high-sounding phrases, Than to see the bright eyes of the dear one discover She thought that I was not unworthy to love her.

There chiefly I sought thee, there only I found thee;
Her glance was the best of the rays that surround thee;
When it sparkled o'er aught that was bright in my story,
I knew it was love, and I felt it was glory.


How pleasant were the songs of Toobonai,

When summer's sun went down the coral bay!

Come, let us to the islet's softest shade,

And hear the warbling birds! the damsel said:

The wood-dove from the forest-depth shall coo,

Like voices of the gods from Boolotoo:

We'll cull the flowers that grow above the dead,

For these most bloom where rests the warrior's head;

And we will sit in twilight's face, and see

The sweet moon glancing through the tooa tree, 10

The lofty accents of whose sighing bough

Shall sadly please us as we lean below;

Or climb the steep, and view the surf in vain

Wrestle with rocky giants o'er the main,

Which spurn in columns back the baffled spray.

How beautiful are these! how happy they,

Who, from toil and tumult of their lives,

Steal to look down where nought but ocean strives!

Even he too loves at times the blue lagoon,

And smooths his ruffled mane beneath the moon. so


Yes—from the sepulchre we'll gather flowers,
Then feast like spirits in their promised bowers,
Then plunge and revel in the rolling surf,
Then lay our limbs along the tender turf,

And, wet and shining from the sportive toil,

Anoint our bodies with the fragrant oil,

And plait our garlands gather'd from the grave,

And wear the wreaths that sprung from out the brave.

But lo! night comes, the Mooa woos us back,

The sound of mats are heard along our track; 3"

Anon the torchlight dance shall fling its sheen

In flashing mazes o'er the Marly's green;

And we too will be there; we too recall

The memory bright with many a festival,

Ere Fiji blew the shell of war, when foes

For the first time were wafted in canoes.

Alas! for them the flower of mankind bleeds:

Alas! for them our fields are rank with weeds:

Forgotten is the rapture, or unknown,

Of wandering with the moon and love alone. 40

But be it so:—they taught us how to wield

The club, and rain our arrows o'er the field:

Now let them reap the harvest of their art!

But feast to-night! to-morrow we depart.

Strike up the dance! the cava bowl fill high!

Drain every drop !—to-morrow we may die.

In summer garments be our limbs array'd,

Around our waists the tappa's white display'd;

Thick wreaths shall form our coronal, like spring's,

And round our necks shall glance the hooni strings; so

So shall their brighter hues contrast the glow

Of the dusk bosoms that beat high below.


But now the dance is o'er—yet stay awhile;
Ah, pause! nor yet put out the social smile.
To-morrow for the Mooa we depart,
But not to-night—to-night is for the heart.
Again bestow the wreaths we gently woo,
Ye young enchantresses of gay Licoo 3

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