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TAERE have been poets that in verse display
The elemental forms of human passions :
Poets have been, to whom the fickle fashions
And all the wilful humours of the day
Have furnished matter for a polished lay:
And many are the smooth elaborate tribe
Who, einulous of thee, the shape describe,
And fain would every shifting hue pourtray
Of restless Nature. But, thou mighty Seer!
'Tis thine to celebrate the thoughts that make
The life of souls, the truths for whose sweet sako
We to ourselves and to our God are deas.
of Nature's inner shrine thou art the priest,
Where most she works when we perceive her least.

SONNET

BY SIR THOMAS NOON TALFOURD:

ON THE LECEPTION OF THE POET WORDSWORTH AT OXFORD.

O NEVER did a mighty truth prevail
With such felicities of place and time,
As in those shouts sent forth with joy sublime
From the full heart of England's Youth to hail
Her once neglected Bard within the pale
Of Learning's fairest Citadel! That voice,
In which the Future thunders, bids rejoice
Some who through wintry fortunes did not fail
To bless with love as deep as life, the name
Thus welcomed; — who, in happy silence share
The triumph; while their fondest musings claim
Unhoped-for echoes in the joyous air
That to their long-loved Poet's spirit bear
A nation's promise of undying fame.

If thou indeed derive thy light from Heaven,
Then, to the measure of that heaven-born light,
Shine, Poet, in thy place, and be content:-
The stars pre-eminent in magnitude,
And they that from the zenith dart their beams,
(Visible though they be to half the earth,
Though half a sphere be conscious of their brightness)
Are yet of no diviner origin,
No purer essence, than the one that burns,
Like an untended watch-fire, on the ridge
Of some dark mountain; or than those which seem
Humbly to hang, like twinkling winter lamps,
Among the branches of the leafless trees;
All are the undying offspring of one Sire :
Then, to the measure of the light vouchsafod,
Shine, Poet l in thy place, and be content.

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CONTENTS.

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Artegal and Elidure, 1815..

Farewell Lines.

To a Butterfly, 1801.

Farewell, 1802.

87

91

94

94

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A Morning Exercise, 1828

137

To the Daisy, 1802.

137

A whirl-blast from behind the hill, 1799..

The Green Linnet, 1803......

138

The Contrast. The Parrot and the Wren, 1825. 139

To the small Celandine, 1803 ..

139

To the same Flower, 1803

140

The Waterfall and the Eglantine, 1800....

140

'The Oak and the Broom. A Pastoral, 1800...... 141

Song for the Spinning Wheel, 1812 ...... 142

The Redbreast chasing the Butterfly, 1806 ...

...... 142

The Kitten and Falling Leaves, 1804

143

A Flower Garden, at Coleorton Hall, Leicester.

shire, 1824...

144

To the Daisy, 1805 .

145

To the same Flower, 1803

145

To a Sky.lark, 1805....

145

To a Sexton 1799

146

Who fancied what a pretty sight, 1803 .

146

Song for the Wandering Jew, 1800.

............. 146

The Seven Sisters; or, the Solitude of Binnorie,

1804....

146

The Danish Boy. A Fragment, 1799 .......

.......... 147

To a Lady, in answer to a request that I would

write her a Poem upon some Drawings of

Flowers in the Island of Madeira ..

148

Glad sight wherever new with old..

148

The Pilgrim's Dream ; or, the Star and the Glow.

worm, 1818......

149

Hint from the Mountains for certain Political Pre.

tenders, 1817......

149

Stray Pleasures, 1806.....

149

On seeing a Needlecase in the form of a Harp,

1827......

150

The Poet and the Caged Turtledove, 1830

...... 150

A Wren's Nest, 1833.

150

Love Lics Bleeding

151

Companion to the foregoing

152

Rural Illusions, 1832 ...

152

Address to my Infant Daughter, on being reminded

that she was a Month old, 1804....... 152

The WAGGONER, 1805 ...

153

Notes to Poems of the Fancy.

162

191

.. 216

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