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POEMS.

CLARIBEL.

A MELODY.

1.

:

WHERE Claribel low-lieth
The breezes

pause

and die, Letting the rose-leaves fall But the solemn oak-tree sigheth,

Thick-leaved, ambrosial,
With an ancient melody

Of an inward agony,
Where Claribel low-lieth.

2.

At eve the beetle boometh

Athwart the thicket lone :
At noon the wild bee hummeth

About the moss'd headstone : At midnight the moon cometh,

And looketh down alone.

Her song the lintwhite gwelleth, The clear-voiced mavis dwelleth,

The callow throstle lispeth, The slumbrous wave outwelleth,

The babbling runnel crispeth, The hollow grot replieth Where Claribel low-lieth.

LILIAN.

1. AIRY, fairy Lilian,

Flitting, fairy Lilian,
When I ask her if she love me,
Claps her tiny hands above me,

Laughing all she can;
She'll not tell me if she love me,

Cruel little Lilian.

2.

When my passion seeks

Pleasance in love-sighs
She, looking thro' and thro' me
Thoroughly to undo me,

Smiling, never speaks :
So innocent-arch, so cunning-simple,
From beneath her gather'd wimple

Glancing with black-beaded eyes, Till the lightning laughters dimple

The baby-roses in her cheeks;
Then away she flies.

3.

Prythee weep, May Lilian!

Gaiety without eclipse
Wearieth me, May Lilian :

heart it thrilleth When from crimson-threaded lips Silver-treble laughter trilleth :

Prythee weep, May Lilian.

Thro' my very

:

4.
Praying all I can,
If prayers will not hush thee,

Airy Lilian,
Like a rose-leaf I will crush thee,

Fairy Lilian.

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