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They have planted thorn-trees
For pleasure here and there.
To dig one up in spite,
In his bed at night.
Up the airy mountain,
Down the rushy glen,
For fear of little men;
Trooping all together ;
And white owl's feather!
SONG OF WOOD-NYMPHS.
THE FAIRY CHILD.
The summer sun was sinking
With a mild light, calm and mellow;
And his loose locks of yellow.
The robin was singing sweetly,
And his song was sad and tender ;
Smiled with a sweet, soft splendor.
My little boy lay on my bosom
THE GREEN GNOME.
A MELODY. And his heart and his eye were laughing.
Ring, sing! ring, sing! pleasant Sabbath bells ! I sate alone in my cottage,
Chime, rhyme ! chime, rhyme ! thorough dales The midnight needle plying ;
and dells ! I feared for my child, for the rush's light Rhyme, ring! chime, sing ! pleasant Sabbath In the socket now was dying !
Chime, sing ! rhyme, ring ! over fields and fells ! There came a hand to my lonely latch,
Like the wind at midnight moaning ; And I galloped and I galloped on my palfrey I knelt to pray, but rose again,
white as milk, For I heard my little boy groaning.
My robe was of the sea-green woof, my serk was
of the silk; I crossed my brow and I crossed my breast, My hair was golden yellow, and it floated to my But that night my child departed, —
shoe; They left a weakling in his stead,
My eyes were like two harebells bathed in little And I am broken-hearted !
drops of dew;
My palfrey, never stopping, made a music sweetly 0, it cannot be my own sweet boy,
blent For his eyes are dim and hollow;
With the leaves of autumn dropping all around me My little boy is gone – is gone,
as I went; And his mother soon will follow.
And I heard the bells, grown fainter, far behind The dirge for the dead will be sung for me,
me peal and play, And the mass be chanted meetly,
Fainter, fainter, fainter, till they seemed to die And I shall sleep with my little boy,
away ; In the moonlight churchyard sweetly.
And beside a silver runnel, on a little heap o JOHN ANSTER. I sand,
I saw the green gnome sitting, with his cheek | And we saw the kirk before us, as we trotted upon his hand.
down the fells, Then he started up to see me, and he ran with And nearer, clearer, o'er us, rang the welcome of cry and bound,
the bells. And drew me from my palfrey white and set me on the ground.
Ring, sing ! ring, sing ! pleasant Sabbath bells ! O crimson, crimson were his locks, his face was / Chime, rhyme ! chime, rhyme ! thorough dales green to see,
and dells ! But he cried, “ | light-haired lassie, you are Rhyme, ring! chime, sing ! pleasant Sabbath bound to marry me!”
bells ! He clasped me round the middle small, he kissed Chime, sing ! rhyme, ring ! over fields and fells!
ROBERT BUCHANAN. me on the check, He kissed me once, he kissed me twice, – I could
not stir or speak; He kissed me twice, he kissed me thrice, – but LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI.
when he kissed again, I called aloud upon the name of Him who died
"O, what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, for men.
Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge has withered from the lake,
“O, what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
The squirrel's granary is full,
With anguish moist and feyer-dew,
Fast withereth too." And as I named the Blessed Name, as in our need we can,
“I met a lady in the meads, " The ugly green green gnome became a tall and
Full beautiful, - a fairy's child, comely man:
Her hair was long, her foot was light, His hands were white, his beard was gold, his
And her eyes were wild. eyes were black as sloes,
“I made a garland for her head, His tunic was of scarlet woof, and silken were his
And bracelets too, and fragrant zone ; hose ;
She looked at me as she did love, A pensive light from Faëryland still lingered on
And made sweet moan. his cheek, His voice was like the running brook, when he “I set her on my pacing steed, began to speak ;
And nothing else saw all day long; “0, you have cast away the charm my step-dame For sidelong would she bend, and sing put on me,
A fairy's song. Seven years I dwelt in Faëryland, and you have set me free.
"She found me roots of relish sweet, O, I will mount thy palfrey white, and ride to And honey wild and manna-dew; kirk with thee,
And sure in language strange she said, And, by those little dewy eyes, we twain will "I love thee true.' wedded be!”
“She took me to her elfin grot, Back we galloped, never stopping, he before and
And there she wept, and sighed full sore; I behind,
And there I shut her wild, wild eyes And the autumn leaves were dropping, red and With kisses four.
yellow, in the wind : And the sun was shining clearer, and my heart "And there she lulled me asleep, was high and proud,
And there I dreamed – ah, woe betide! As nearer, nearer, nearer rang the kirk bells | The latest dream I ever dreamed sweet and loud,
On the cold hill's side.
"The wind to the waves is calling,
The moonlight is fading away; And tears down thy cheek are falling,
Thou beautiful water-fay!”
“ The wind to the waves is calling,
And the moonlight grows dim on the rocks ; But no tears from mine eyes are falling,
'T is the water which drips from my locks." “The ocean is heaving and sobbing,
The sea-mews scream in the spray; And thy heart is wildly throbbing,
Thou beautiful water-fay!”
THE waters purled, the waters swelled,
A fisher sat near by,
With tranquil heart and eye;
He sees the waves divide,
Springs from the troubled tide.
“Why lur'st thou from below, In cruel mood, my tender brood,
To die in day's fierce glow
The little fishes dwell,
And be forever well. “ Bathes not the smiling sun at night
The moon too - in the waves ?
“My heart is wildly swelling,
And it beats in burning truth; For I love thee past all telling, Thou beautiful mortal youth.”
HENRY HEINE (German). Translation
of CHARLES G. LELAND.
Comes he not forth more fresh and bright Some of these may be broken, and some may be From ocean's cooling caves ?
rotten ; Canst thou unmoved that deep world see, But if twenty for accident should be detached, That heaven of tranquil blue,
It will leave me just sixty sound eggs to be hatched. Where thine own face is beckoning thee
“Well, sixty sound eggs, -- no, sound chickens, Down to the eternal dew?
I mean : The waters purled, the waters swelled, - Of these some may die, - we'll suppose seventeen, They kissed his naked feet;
Seventeen ! not so many, — say ten at the most, His heart a nameless transport held,
Which will leave fifty chickens to boil or to roast. As if his love did greet. She spake to him, she sang to him ;
“But then there's their barley : how much will
they need ? Then all with him was o'er, — Half drew she him, half sank he in,
Why, they take but one grain at a time when
they feed, -
So that 's a mere trifle ; now then, let us see,
“Six shillings a pair-five-four--three-and-six, THE NIGHTINGALE AND GLOW-WORM.
To prevent all mistakes, that low price I will fix;
Now what will that make ? fifty chickens, I said, A NIGHTINGALE, that all day long | Fifty times three-and-sixpence-I'll ask Brother Had cheered the village with his song,
Ned. Nor yet at eve his note suspended,
“O, but stop, — three-and-sixpence a pair I Nor yet when eventide was ended, Began to feel - as well he might
must sell 'em ;
Well, a pair is a couple, - now then let us tell 'em; The keen demands of appetite;
A couple in fifty will go (my poor brain !) When, looking eagerly around,
Why, just a score times, and five pair will remain. He spied, far off, upon the ground, A something shining in the dark,
“Twenty-five pair of fowls -- now how tiresome And knew the glow-worm by his spark ;
it is So, stooping down from hawthorn top, That I can't reckon up so much money as this ! He thought to put him in his crop. Well, there 's no use in trying, so let 's give a The worm, aware of his intent,
guess, Harangued him thus, quite eloquent, - I'll say twenty pounds, and it can't be no less. “Did you admire my lamp," quoth he,
“Twenty pounds, I am certain, will buy me a cow, “As much as I your minstrelsy, You would abhor to do me wrong,
Thirty geese, and two turkeys, -eight pigs and
a sow; As much as I to spoil your song ; For 't was the self-same Power divine
Now if these turn out well, at the end of the year,
I shall fill both my pockets with guineas, 't is Taught you to sing, and me to shine; That you with music, I with light,
clear.” Might beautify and cheer the night." Forgetting her burden, when this she had said, The songster heard his short oration, The maid superciliously tossed up her head; And, warbling out his approbation, When, alas for her prospects ! her milk-pail Released him, as my story tells,
descended, And found a supper somewhere else.
And so all her schemes for the future were ended. WILLIAM COWPER.
This moral, I think, may be safely attached,
“Reckon not on your chickens before they are THE MILKMAID.
hatched." A MILKMAID, who poised a full pail on her head, Thus mused on her prospects in life, it is said : “Let me see, - I should think that this milk
THE TOAD'S JOURNAL will procure
[It is said that Belzoni, the traveller in Egypt, discovered a living One hundred good eggs, or fourscore, to be sure. toad in a temple which had been for ages buried in the sand.] “Well then, - stop a bit, - it must not be for. In a land for antiquities greatly renowned gotten,
| A traveller had dug wide and deep under ground,
A temple for ages entombed, to disclose,
The gray moss and lichen creep over the mould, When, lo! he disturbed, in its secret repose, Lying loose on a ponderous stone. A toad, from whose journal it plainly appears Now within this huge stone, like a king on his It had lodged in that mansion some thousands of throne, years.
A toad has been sitting more years than is known; The roll which this reptile's long history records, And strange as it seems, yet he constantly deems A treat to the sage antiquarian affords:
The world standing still while he's dreaming The sense by obscure hieroglyphics concealed,
his dreams, -Deep learning at length, with long labor, revealed. Does this wonderful toad, in his cheerful abode The first thousand years as a specimen take, - In the innermost heart of that flinty old stone, The dates are omitted for brevity's sake: By the gray-haired moss and the lichen o'ergrown. “Crawled forth from some rubbish, and winked with one eye ;
Down deep in the hollow, from morning till night, Half opened the other, but could not tell why; Dun shadows glide over the ground, Stretched out my left leg, as it felt rather queer, Where a watercourse once, as it sparkled with Then drew all together and slept for a year.
light, Awakened, felt chilly, - crept under a stone;
Turned a ruined old mill-wheel around : Was vastly contented with living alone.
Long years have passed by since its bed became One toe became wedged in the stone like a peg, Could not get it away, - had the cramp in my leg; And the trees grow so close, scarce a glimpse Began half to wish for a neighbor at hand
of the sky To loosen the stone, which was fast in the sand ; | Is seen in the hollow, so dark and so damp, Pulled harder, then dozed, as I found 't was no Where the glow-worm at noonday is trimming use;
his lamp, Awoke the next summer, and lo! it was loose. And hardly a sound from the thicket around, Crawled forth from the stone when completely Where the rabbit and squirrel leap over the awake ;
ground, Crept into a corner and grinned at a snake. Is heard by the toad in his spacious abode Retreated, and found that I needed repose ; In the innermost heart of that ponderous stone, Curled up my damp limbs and prepared for a doze; By the gray-haired moss and the lichen o'ergrown. Fell sounder to sleep than was usual before, And did not awake for a century or more ; Down deep in that hollow the bees never But had a sweet dream, as I rather believe :
come, Methought it was light, and a fine summer's eve ; The shade is too black for a flower ; And I in some garden deliciously fed
And jewel-winged birds, with their musical hum, In the pleasant moist shade of a strawberry bed. Never flash in the night of that bower ; There fine speckled creatures claimed kindred with But the cold blooded snake, in the edge of the me,
brake, And others that hopped, most enchanting to see.] Lies amid the rank grass halfasleep, halfawake; Here long I regaled with emotion extreme ; And the ashen-white snail, with the slime in Awoke, -- disconcerted to find it a dream;
its trail, Grew pensive, — discovered that life is a load; Moves wearily on like a life's tedious tale, Began to get weary of being a toad;
Yet disturbs not the toad in his spacious abode, Was fretful at first, and then shed a few tears." - In the innermost heart of that flinty old stone, Here ends the account of the first thousand years. By the gray-haired moss and the lichen o'ergrown.
Down deep in a hollow some wiseacres sit
Like the toad in his cell in the stone ; Around them in daylight the blind owlets fit,
And their creeds are with ivy o'ergrown ;Their streams may go dry, and the wheels cease
to ply, And theirglimpses be few of the sun and the sky, Still they hug to their breast every time-hon
ored guest, And slumber and doze in inglorious rest; For no progress they find in the wide sphere of
THE PHILOSOPHER TOAD.
Where oaks are by ivy o'ergrown,