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Wordsworth. - Born 1770, Died 1850.
1207.—THE DAFFODILS. I wander'd lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host of golden daffodils, Beside the lake, beneath the trees Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretch'd in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. The waves beside them danced, but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee :A Poet could not but be gay In such a jocund company! I gazed-and gazed—but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought; For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude ; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.
Wordsworth.—Born 1770, Died 1850.
A nun demure, of lowly port;
Of all temptations ;
The freak is over,
In fight to cover.
In heaven above thee!
Who shall reprove thee !
Sweet silent Creature!
Of thy meek nature !
Wordsworth.-Born 1770, Died 1850.
1208.—TO THE DAISY.
For thou art worthy,
Which love makes for thee!
Thoughts of thy raising ;
While I am gazing.
1209.—BY THE SEA. It is a beauteous evening, calm and free; The holy time is quiet as a nun Breathless with adoration; the broad sun Is sinking down in its tranquillity; The gentleness of heaven is on the Sea: Listen! the mighty being is awake, And doth with his eternal motion make A sound like thunder-everlastingly. Dear child! dear girl! that walk'st with me
here, If thou appear untouch'd by solemn thought Thy nature is not therefore less divine : Thou liest in Abraham's bosom all the year, And worship’st at the Temple's inner shrine, God being with thee when we know it not.
Wordsworth.-Born 1770, Died 1850.
1210.-TO SLEEP. A flock of sheep that leisurely pass by One after one; the sound of rain, and bees
Wordsworth.--Born 1770, Died 1850.
Murmuring; the fall of rivers, winds and A village schoolmaster was he, seas,
With hair of glittering gray; Smooth fields, white sheets of water, and pure As blithe a man as you could see
On a spring holiday. I've thought of all by turns, and still I lie
And on that morning, through the grass Sleepless; and soon the small birds' melodies
And by the steaming rills, Must hear, first utter'd from my orchard trees,
We travell’d merrily, to pass And the first cuckoo's melancholy cry.
A day among the hills. Even thus last night, and two nights more I
“Our work," said I, “ was well begun; lay
Then, from thy breast what thought, And could not win thee, Sleep! by any
Beneath so beautiful a sun,
So sad a sigh has brought ? " stealth: So do not let me wear to-night away:
A second time did Matthew stop;
Upon the eastern mountain-top,
“Yon cloud with that long purple cleft
Brings fresh into my mind
A day like this, which I have left
Were in the sky that April morn 1211.-WRITTEN IN EARLY SPRING.
Of this the very brother. I heard a thousand blended notes
With rod and line I sued the sport While in a grove I sat reclined,
Which that sweet season gave, In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
And coming to the church stopp'd short Bring sad thoughts to the mind.
Beside my daughter's grave.
Nine summers had she scarcely seen,
The pride of all the vale; And much it grieved my heart to think
And then she sang :- she would have been What Man has made of Man.
A very nightingale. Through primrose tufts, in that sweet bower,
Six feet in earth my Emma lay; The periwinkle trail'd its wreaths;
And yet I loved her moreAnd 'tis my faith that every flower
For so it seem'd, -than till that day Enjoys the air it breathes.
I e'er had loved before. The birds around me hopp'd and play'd,
And turning from her grave, I met Their thoughts I cannot measure
Beside the churchyard yew But the least motion which they made
A blooming Girl, whose hair was wet It seem'd a thrill of pleasure.
With points of morning dew. The budding twigs spread out their fan
A basket on her head she bare ; To catch the breezy air;
Her brow was smooth and white : And I must think, do all I can,
To see a child so very fair, That there was pleasure there.
It was a pure delight! If this belief from heaven be sent,
No fountain from its rocky cave If such be Nature's holy plan,
E’er tripp'd with foot so free; Have I not reason to lament
She seem'd as happy as a wave
That dances on the sea.
There came from me a sigh of pain
And did not wish her mine!"
Methinks I see him stand, Uprose the morning sun;
As at that moment, with a bough And Matthew stopp'd, he look'd, and said
Of wilding in his hand. “The will of God be done !"
1213.—THE WIDOWED MOTHER. Mottle with mazy shades the orchard slope ;
Here o'er the chestnut's fretted foliage, gray I.
And massy, motionless they spread; here
shine How beautiful is night! A dewy freshness fills the silent air;
Upon the crags, deepening with blacker
night No mist obscures, nor cloud, nor speck, nor
Their chasms; and there the glittering argenstain, Breaks the serene of heaven :
try In full-orb'd glory, yonder moon divine
Ripples and glances on the confluent streams. Rolls through the dark-blue depths.
A lovelier, purer light than that of day
Rests on the hills; and oh! how awfully,
Into that deep and tranquil firmament,
The summits of Auseva rise serene !
The watchman on the battlements partakes How beautiful is night!
The stillness of the solemn hour; he feels
The silence of the earth; the endless sound II.
Of flowing water soothes him; and the stars, Who, at this untimely hour,
Which in that brightest moonlight well nigh Wanders o'er the desert sands?
quench’d, No station is in view,
Scarce visible, as in the utmost depth
Draw on with elevating influence
Musing on worlds beyond the grave, he
And to the Virgin Mother silently
Breathes forth her hymn of praise.
Robert Southey.--Born 1774, Died 1843.
The fruitful mother late,
They wish'd their lot like hers :
1215.—THE HOLLY TREE.
The Holly Tree ?
The eye that contemplates it well perceives
Its glossy leaves,
Order'd by an Intelligence so wise,
Wrinkled and keen;
No grazing cattle through their prickly round And, looking up to her fix'd countenance,
Can reach to wound; Sob out the name of Mother, then did she But, as they grow where nothing is to fear, Utter a feeble groan.
Smooth and unarm’d the pointless leaves At length, collecting, Zeinab turn'd her eyes
appear. To Heaven, exclaiming, “Praised be the Lord ! He gave, He takes away!
I love to view these things with curious eyes,
And moralize ;
And in this wisdom of the Holly Tree
Can emblems see,
One which may profit in the after-time. 1214.-A MOONLIGHT SCENE.
Thus, though abroad perchance I might How calmly, gliding through the dark blue
Harsh and austere; The midnight moon ascends! Her placid To those, who on my leisure would intrude, beams,
Reserved and rude ;Through thinly-scatter'd leaves, and boughs Gentle at home amid my friends I'd be, grotesque,
Like the high leaves upon the Holly Tree.
And should my youth, as youth is apt, I He, in a close and dusky counting-house, know,
Smoke-dried, and sear’d, and shrivell’d up his Some harshness show,
heart. All vain asperities I day by day
So, from the way in which he was train'd up, Would wear away,
His feet departed not; he toild and moila, Till the smooth temper of my age should be Poor muckworm ! through his three-score Like the high leaves upon the Holly Tree.
years and ten,
And when the earth shall now be shovell’d on And as when all the summer trees are seen
him, So bright and green,
If that which served him for a soul were still The Holly leaves a sober hue display
Within its husk, 'twould still be dirt to dirt. Less bright than they ; But, when the bare and wintry woods we
Robert Southey.-Born 1774, Died 1843. see, What then so cheerful as the Holly Tree ? So serions should my youth appear among The thoughtless throng;
1217.-LOVE. So would I seem amid the young and gay They sin who tell us Love can die. More grave than they ;
With life all other passions fly, That in my age as cheerful I might be
All others are but vanity.
In Heaven Ambition cannot dwell,
Earthly, these passions are of earth,
But Love is indestructible.
Its holy flame for ever burneth ; 1216.—THE ALDERMAN'S FUNERAL.
From Heaven it came, to Heaven returneth;
Too oft on earth a troubled guest,
At times deceived, at times opprest,
It here is tried and purified, But the poor man rung never at his door;
Then hath in Heaven its perfect rest: And the old beggar, at the public gate,
It soweth here with toil and care, Who, all the summer long, stands hat in But the harvest time of Love is there. hand,
Robert Southey.—Born 1774, Died 1843. He knew how vain it was to lift an eye To that hard face. Yet he was always found Among your ten and twenty pound subscribers, Your benefactors in the newspapers. His alms were money put to interest
1218.—THE MISER'S MANSION. In the other world,—donations to keep open A running charity account with Heaven,
Thou mouldering mansion, whose embattled Retaining fees against the Last Assizes,
side When, for the trusted talents, strict account
Shakes as about to fall at every blast; Shall be required from all, and the old Arch
Once the gay pile of splendour, wealth, and Lawyer
pride, Plead his own cause as plaintiff.
But now the monument of grandeur past. Who should lament for him, Sir, in whose
Fallen fabric! pondering o'er thy time-traced heart
walls, Love had no place, nor natural charity ?
Thy mouldering, mighty, melancholy state; The parlour spaniel, when she heard his step,
Each object to the musing mind recalls Rose slowly from the hearth, and stole aside
The sad vicissitudes of varying fate. . With creeping pace; she never raised her
Thy tall towers tremble to the touch of time, eyes
The rank weeds rustle in thy spacious To woo kind words from him, nor laid her
Fill'd are thy wide canals with loathly slime, Upraised upon his knee, with fondling whine.
Where, battening undisturb'd, the foul toad How could it be but thus ? Arithmetic
sports. Was the sole science he was ever taught; The multiplication-table was his Creed, Deep from her dismal dwelling yells the owl, His Pater-noster, and his Decalogue.
The shrill bat flits around her dark retreat; When yet he was a boy, and should have | And the hoarse daw, when loud the tempests breathed
howl, The open air and sunshine of the fields,
Screams as the wild winds shake her secret To give his blood its natural spring and play, seat.
'Twas here Avaro dwelt, who daily told
His useless heaps of wealth in selfish joy; Who loved to ruminate o'er hoarded gold,
And hid those stores he dreaded to employ.
For here, had justice reign'd, had pity known
With genial power to sway Avaro's breast, These treasured heaps which fortune made his
own, By aiding misery might himself have blest. And charity had oped her golden store,
To work the gracious will of Heaven intent, Fed from her superflux the craving poor,
And paid adversity what Heaven had lent. Then had thy turrets stood in all their state,
Then had the hand of art adorn'd thy wall, Swift on its well-worn hinges turn’d the gate, And friendly converse cheer'd the echoing
hall. Then had the village youth at vernal hour Hung round with flowery wreaths thy
friendly gate, And blest in gratitude that sovereign power That made
the man of mercy good as great. The traveller then to view thy towers had
stood, Whilst babes had lisp'd their benefactor's
name, And call'd on Heaven to give thee every good,
And told abroad thy hospitable fame. In every joy of life the hours had fled,
Whilst time on downy pinions hurried by, 'Till age with silver hairs had graced thy head, Wean'd from the world, and taught thee
how to die.
In vain to him benignant Heaven bestow'd
The golden heaps to render thousands blest; Smooth agèd penury's laborious road,
And heal the sorrows of afftiction's breast. For, like the serpent of romance, he lay Sleepless and stern to guard the golden
sight; With ceaseless care he watch'd his heaps by
day, With canseless fears he agonized by night. Ye honest rustics, whose diurnal toil
Enrich'd the ample fields this churl possest; Say, ye who paid to him the annual spoil,
With all his riches, was Avaro blest ? Rose he, like you, at morn, devoid of fear,
His anxious vigils o'er his gold to keep ? Or sunk he, when the noiseless night was near,
As calmly on his couch of down to sleep ? Thou wretch! thus curst with poverty of soul, What boot to thee the blessings fortune
gave? What boots thy wealth above the world's
control, If riches doom their churlish lord a slave ? Chilld at thy presence grew the stately halls,
Nor longer echoed to the song of mirth; The hand of art no more adorn'd thy walls,
Nor blazed with hospitable fires the hearth. On well-worn hinges turns the gate no more, Nor social friendship hastes the friend to
meet; Nor, when the accustom'd guest draws near
the door, Run the glad dogs, and gambol round his
feet. Sullen and stern Avaro sat alone,
In anxious wealth amid the joyless hall, Nor heeds the chilly hearth with moss o'er
grown, Nor sees the green slime mark the moulder
ing wall. : For desolation o'er the fabric dwells,
And time, on restless pinion, hurried by; Loud from her chimney'd seat the night-bird
yells, And through the shatter d roof descends the
sky. Thon melancholy mansion! much mine eye
Delights to wander o'er thy sullen gloom, And mark the daw from yonder turret fly, And muse how man himself creates his
And, as thy liberal hand had shower'd around
The ample wealth by lavish fortune given, Thy parted spirit had that justice found, And angels hymn'd the rich man's soul to heaven.
Robert Southey.-Born 1774, Died 1843.
1219.-AFTER BLENHEIM. It was a summer evening,
Old Kaspar's work was done,
Was sitting in the sun;
Roll something large and round
In playing there had found
Who stood expectant by;
And with a natural sigh “ 'Tis some poor fellow's skull,” said he; “Who fell in the great victory.”