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The earth's fair bosom ; while the streaming veil
Protects thy modest blooms
And wash'd with tears, the mournful verse
Sweet is thy reign, but short:-The red dog-star
Thy greens, thy flowerets all,
Remorseless shall destroy
Nor Summer's ruddiest fruits,
Can aught for thee atone.
Each joy and new-born hope
AN ADDRESS TO THE DEITY.
ODE TO SPRING.
God of my life! and Author of my days!
Permit my feeble voice to lisp thy praise ;
Yet here the brightest seraphs could no more
Than veil their faces, tremble, and adore.
Worms, angels, men, in every different sphere, Crown'd with fresh blooms and ever springing All nature faints beneath the mighty name,
Are equal all,- for all are nothing here.
Which nature's works through all their parts
I feel that name my inmost thoughts control,
Impetuous Passion stops her headlong tide :
At thy felt presence all emotions cease,
And my hush'd spirit finds a sudden peace, Thee, best beloved ! the virgin train await
Till every worldly thought within me dies, songs and festal rites, and joy to rove And earth's gay pageants vanish from my eyes ; Thy blooming wilds among,
Till all my sense is lost in infinite,
And one vast object fills my aching sight.
But soon, alas! this holy calm is broke;
My soul submits to wear her wonted yoke ;
With shackled pinions strives to soar in vain,
And mingles with the dross of earth again.
But he, our gracious Master, kind as just,
Sees the first wish to better hopes inclined ;
Marks the young dawn of every virtuous aim,
And fans the smoking flax into a flame.
He reads the language of a silent tear,
And sighs are incense from a heart sincere.
Such are the vows, the sacrifice I give;
Accept the vow, and bi ? the suppliant live:
From each terrestrial bondage set me free;
Still every wish that centres not in thee;
Bid my fond hopes, my vain disquiets cease,
And point my path to everlasting peace.
When all is smiling, tranquil, and serene,
And vernal beauty paints the flattering scene
O teach me to elude each latent snare,
And dancing lustres, where the unsteady eye, And whisper to my sliding heart,-Beware! Restless and dazzled, wanders unconfined With caution let me hear the syren's voice, O'er all this field of glories ; spacious field, And doubtful, with a trembling heart, rejoice. And worthy of the Master: he, whose hand If friendless, in a vale of tears I stray,
With hieroglyphics elder than the Nile Where briars wound, and thorns perplex my way,
Inscribed the mystic tablet, hung on high Still let my steady soul thy goodness see,
To public gaze, and said, “ Adore, O man! And with strong confidence lay hold on thee; The finger of thy God." From what pure wells With equal eye my various lot receive,
Of milky light, what soft o'erflowing urn, Resign’d to die, or resolute to live;
Are all these lamps so fillid ? these friendly lamps Prepared to kiss the sceptre or the rod,
For ever streaming o'er the azure deep While God is seen in all, and all in God.
To point our path, and light us to our home. I read his awful name, emblazon'd high How soft they slide along their lucid spheres ! With golden letters on th' illumined sky;
And silent as the foot of Time, fulfil Nor less the mystic characters I see
Their destined courses : Nature's self is hush'd Wrought in each flower, inscribed in every tree ;
And, but a scatter'd leaf, which rustles through In every leaf that trembles to the breeze
The thick-wove foliage, not a sound is heard I hear the voice of God among the trees ;
To break the midnight air; though the raised ear, With thee in shady solitudes I walk,
Intensely listening, drinks in every breath. With thee in busy crowded cities talk;
How deep the silence, yet how loud the praise ! In every creature own thy forming power, But are they silent all? or is there not In each event thy providence adore.
A tongue in every star, that talks with man, Thy hopes shall animate my drooping soul, And woos him to be wise ? nor woos in vain : Thy precepts guide me, and thy fears control : This dead of midnight is the noon of thought, Thus shall I rest, unmoved by all alarms,
And Wisdom mounis her zenith with the stars. Secure within the temple of thine arms ;
At this still hour the self-collected soul
Of high descent, and more than mortal rank;
Which must burn on for ages, when the sun,-
Forgets his wonted journey through the east. With decent triumph, and a look serene;
Ye citadels of light, and seats of gods! Teach me to fix my ardent hopes on high,
Perhaps my future home, from whence the soul, And having lived to Thee, in Thee to die. Revolving periods past, may oft look back
With recollected tenderness on all
Its deep-laid projects, and its strange events,
As on some fond and doating tale that sooth'd
Her infant hours–O be it lawful now
Approach your burning confines. Seized in The dazzled sight, but with mild maiden beams
thought, Of temper'd lustre court the cherish'd eye On Fancy's wild and roving wing I sail, To wander o'er their sphere; where hung aloft From the green borders of the peopleu Tarth, Dian's bright crescent, like a silver bow
And the pale Moon, her duteous fair attendant ; New strung in heaven, lists high its beamy horns From solitary Mars; from the vast orb Impatient for the night, and seems to push Of Jupiter, whose huge gigantic bulk Her brother down the sky. Fair Venus shines Dances in ether like the lightest leaf; E'en in the eye of day; with sweetest beam To the dim verge, the suburbs of the system, Propitious shines, and shakes a trembling flood Where cheerless Saturn midst his watery moons Of sofien'd radiance from her dewy locks. Girt with a lucid zone, in gloomy pomp, The shadows spread apace ; while meekend Eve, Sits like an exiled monarch : fearless thence Her cheek yet warm with blushes, slow retires I launch into the trackless deeps of space, Through the Hesperian gardens of the west, Where, burning round, ten thousand suns appear, And shuts the gates of day. "Tis now the hour Of elder beam, which ask no leave to shine When Contemplation from her sunless haunts, Of our terrestrial star, nor borrow light The cool damp grotto, or the lonely depth
From the proud regent of our scanty day ; Of unpierced woods, where wrapt in solid shade Sons of the morning, first-born of creation, She mused away the gaudy hours of noon, And only less than Him who marks their track, And sed on thoughts unripen’d by the sun, And guides their fiery wheels. Here must I stop, Moves forward ; and with radiant finger points Or is there aught beyond ? What hand unsee To yon blue concave swell'd by breath divine, Impels me onward through the glowing orbs Where, one by one, the living eyes of heaven Of habitable nature, far remote, Awake, quick kindling o'er the face of ether To the dread confines of eternal night, One boundless blaze : ten thousand trembling fires, I To solitudes of vast unpeopled space,
The deserts of creation, wide and wild;
WILLIAM. Where embryo systems and unkindled suns
John, faithful John, is with the horses come; Sleep in the womb of chaos ? fancy droops,
Mamma prevails, and I am sent for home.
Thrice happy whom such welcome tidings greet Invoke thy dread perfection?
Thrice happy who reviews his native seat! Have the broad eyelids of the morn beheld thee?
For him the matron spreads her candied hoard, Or does the beamy shoulder of Orion
And early strawberries crown the smiling board;
For him crush'd gooseberries with rich cream Support thy throne? 'O look with pity down On erring, guilty man! not in thy names
combine, Or terror clad: not with those thunders arm'd
And bending boughs their fragrant fruit resign:
Custards and sillabubs his taste invite;
Sports fill the day, and feasts prolong the night. That whispers comfort to the swelling heart
Think not I envy, I admire thy faie :t Abash'd, yet longing to behold her Maker.
Yet, ah! what different tasks thy comrades wait!
Some in the grammar's thorny maze to toil, But now my soul, unused 10 stretch her powers
Some with rude strokes the snowy paper soil, In flight so daring, drops her weary wing,
Some o'er barbaric climes in maps to roam, And seeks again the known accustom'd spot, Dresi up with sun, and shade, and lawns and Far from their mother-tongue, and dear loved
Harsh names of uncouth sound, their memories load, A mansion fair, and spacious for its guest,
And oft their shoulders feel th' unpleasant goad.
Doubt not our turn will come some future time. Shall stand unveiled, and to my ravished sense
Now, William, hear us twain contend in rhyme, Unlock the glories of the world unknown.
For yet thy horses have not eat their hay,
Then spout alternate, I consent to hear, si
Let no false rhyme offend my critic ear;-
But say, what prizes shall the victor hold ?
I guess your pockets are not lined with gold !
A ship these hands have built, in every part
Carved, rigg'd, and painted, with the nicest art; As conscious she had ill fulfill'd
The ridgy sides are black with pitchy store, The promise of the dawn.
From stem to stern 'tis twice ten inches o'er. Another morning soon shall rise,
The lofty mast, a straight smooth hazel framed, Another day salute our eyes,
The tackling silk, the Charming Sally named ; As smiling and as fair as she,
And,--but take heed lest ihou divulge the tale,
The lappet of my shirt supplied the sail,
An azure riband for a pendant flies :-
Now, if thy verse excel, be this the prize.
For me at home the careful housewives make,
The West its sweetness gives, the East its spice :
From soft lonian isles, well known to fame,
Ulysses once, the luscious currant came.
The green transparent citron Spain bestows, Hist, William! hist! what means that air so gay? And from her golden groves the orange glows. Thy looks, thy dress, bespeak some holyday : So vast the heaving mass, it scarce has room Thy hat is brush'd; thy hands, with wondrous Within the oven's dark capacious womb; pains,
'Twill be consign'd to the next carrier's care, Are cleansed from garden mould and inky stains; I cannot yield it all,—be half thy share. Thy glossy shoes confess the lackey's care ; And recent from the comb shines thy sleek hair. What god, what saint, this prodigy has wrought ?* • Fortunate senex, his inter flutnina nota. Declare the cause, and ease my labouring thought? Non equidem invideo, miror magis.
1 At nog hinc alii sitientes ibimus Afros,
Pars Scythiam, et rapidum Cretæ veniemus Oaxem. • Sed tamen, ille Deus qui sit, da Tityre nobis.
Well does the gift thy liquorish palate suit;
WILLIAM I know who robb'd the orchard of its fruit.*
Cease! cease your carols, both! for lo the bell, When all were wrapt in sleep, one early morn,
With jarring notes, has rung out Pleasure's knell. While yet the dew-drop trembled on the thorn,
Your startled comrades, ere the game be done, I mark'd when o'er the quickset hedge you leapi, Quit their unfinish'd sports, and trembling run. And, sly, beneath the gooseberry bushes crept it Haste to your forms before the master call! Then shook the trees; a shower of apples fell,-
With thoughtful step he paces o'er the hall, And where the hoard you kept, I know full well ; Does with stern looks each playful loiterer greet, The mellow gooseberries did themselves produce, Counts with his eye, and marks each vacant seat ; For through thy pocket oozed the viscous juice. Intense the buzzing murmur grows around, HARRY
Loud through the dome the usher's strokes resound:
Sneak off, and to your places slyly steal, I scorn a telltale, or I could declare
Before the prowess of his arm you feel.
WHAT DO THE FUTURES SPEAK OF? Had not our master supp'd abroad that night.
IN ANSWER TO A QUESTION IN THE GREEK GRAMMAR. EDWARD. On the smooth whitewash'd ceiling near thy bed,
They speak of never-withering shades,
And bowers of opening joy ; Mix'd with thine own, is Anna's cipher read;
They promise mines of fairy gold,
And bliss without alloy
They whisper strange enchanting things
Within Hope's greedy ears ;
And sure this tuneful voice exceeds
The music of the spheres
They speak of pleasure to the gay,
And wisdom to the wise; And, whispering, saved the virgin from disgrace:
And soothe the poet's beating heart
With fame that never dies.
To virgins languishing in love,
They speak the minute nigh;
And warm consenting hearts they join,
And paint the rapture high.
In every language, every tongue,
The same kind things they say ; Or Parmesan excels a Suffolk cheese ;
In gentle slumbers speak by night,
In waking dreams by day.
Cassandra's fnte reversed is theirs ;
She, true, no faith could gain, Tell, if thou canst, where is that creature bred,
They, every passing hour deceive,
Yet are believed again.
TIIE RIGHTS OF WOMAN.
Yes, injured woman! rise, assert thy right!
Woman! 100 long degraded, scorn'd, opprest; O born to rule in partial Law's despite,
Resume thy native empire o'er the breast! Go forth array'd in panoply divine ;
That angel pureness which admits no stain,
And kiss the golden sceptre of thy reign
Of bright artillery glancing from afar;
Blushes and fears thy magazine of war.
Non ego, te vidi, Damonis
-Tu post carecta latebas. Lenta salix quantum pallenti cedit olivæ. $ Dic quibus in terris, et eris mihi magnus Apollo.
Thy rights are empire : urge no meaner claim,- Or study swept, or nicely dusted coat,
Or usual 'tendance ;-ask not, indiscreet,
Some snug recess impervious: shouldst thou try Try all that wit and art suggest to bend
The 'custom'd garden walks, thine eye shall rue Of ihy imperial foe the stubborn knee;
The budding fragrance of thy tender shrubs, Make treacherous man thy subject, not thy friend ; Myrtle or rose, all crush'd beneath the weight Thou mayst command, but never canst be free. Of coarse check'd apron,-with impatient hand
Twitch'd off when showers impend : or crossing Awe the licentious, and restrain the rude ;
lines Soften the sullen, clear the cloudy brow :
Shall mar thy musings, as the wet cold sheet Be, more than princes' gifts, thy favours sued;
Flaps in thy face abrupt. Wo to the friend She hazards all, who will the least allow.
Whose evil stars have urged him forth to claim But hope not, courted idol of mankind,
On such a day the hospitable rites ! On this proud eminence secure to stay ;
Looks blank at best, and stinted courtesy, Subduing and subdued, thou soon shalt find
Shall he receive. Vainly he feeds his hopes Thy coldness sosten, and thy pride give way.
With dinner of roast chickens, savoury pie,
Or tart or pudding :--pudding he nor tart Then, then, abandon each ambitious thought,
That day shall eat ; nor, though the husband try, Conquest or rule thy heart shall feebly move, Mending what can't be help'd, to kindle mirth In Nature's school, by her soft maxims taught,
From cheer deficient, shall his consort's brow That separate rights are lost in mutual love. Clear up propitious :--the unlucky guest
In silence dines, and early slinks away.
I scarce knew why, look'd cross, and drove me
from them :
Nor soft caress could I obtain, nor hope
Usual indulgencies; jelly or creams,
Relic of costly suppers, and set by
For me their petied one; or butter'd toast, The muses are turn'd gossips ; they have lost When butter was forbid ; or thrilling tale The buskin'd step, and clear high-sounding phrase, of ghost or witch, or murder-so I went Language of gods. Come then, domestic muse, And shelter'd me beside the parlour fire : In slipshod measure loosely prattling on
There my dear grandmother, eldest of forms, Of farm or orchard, pleasant curds and cream, Tended the little ones, and watch'd from harm, Or drowning flies, or shoe lost in the mire
Anxiously fond, though oft her spectacles By little whimpering boy, with rueful face; With elfin cunning hid, and oft the pins Come, muse, and sing the dreaded washing-day. Drawn from her ravell'd stockings, might have Ye who beneath the yoke of wedlock bend,
sour'd With bow'd soul, full well ye ken the day One less indulgent.Which week, smooth sliding after week, brings on At intervals my mother's voice was heard, Too soon ;-for to that day nor peace belongs Urging despatch : briskly the work went on, Nor comfort ;-ere the first gray streak of dawn, All hands employ'd to wash, to rinse, to wring, The red-arm'd washers come and chase repose. To fold, and starch, and clap, and iron, and plait. Nor pleasant smile, nor quaint device of mirth, Then would I sit me down, and ponder much Eer visited that day : the very cat,
Why washings were. Sometimes through hollow From the wet kitchen scared and reeking hearth, bowl Visits the parlour,-an unwonted guest.
Of pipe amused we blew, and sent alost The silent breakfast-meal is soon despatch'd ; The floating bubbles; little dreaming then Uninterrupted, save by anxious looks
To see, Montgolfier, thy silken ball Cast at the lowering sky, if sky should lower. Ride buoyant through the clouds—so near approach From that last evil, O preserve us, heavens ! The sports of children and the toils of men. For should the skies pour down, adieu to all
Earth, air, and sky, and ocean, hath its bubbles, Remains of quiet: then expect to hear
And verse is one of them—this most of all.
TO MR. S. T. COLERIDGE.—1797. Saints have been calm while stretch'd upon the rack,
Midway the hill of science after steep And Guatimozin smiled on burning coals ; And rugged paths that tire the unpractised feet, But never yet did housewife notable
A grove extends in tangled mazes wrought, Greet with a smile a rainy washing-day.
And fill'd with strange enchantment:-dubious -But grant the welkin fair, require not thou
shapes Who call'st thyself perchance the master there, Flit through dim glades, and lure the eager foot