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And good luck to the miller
And to the miller's son;
And ever may the wind-wheel turn
THE THREE SONS.
The author of this exquisite poem is the Rev. THOMAS MOULTRIE, and it was, we believe, a contribution to one of the annuals many years ago. It has been often reprinted in collections of fugitive poetry, and probably few or none of our readers are unacquainted with it. Most certainly it is entitled to a place among BEAUTIFUL POETRY, for few things more beautiful exist in our language. The conception of the poem is quite original; the description of the three little boys is a picture for a painter; the sentiment is extremely touching. Few who are parents could read it without a sympathetic sob. The simplicity of the language assorts well with the simplicity of the idea, and the pure spirit of pious resignation which it breathes-the consolation found by the Christian in the promises of his faith—is the poetry of religion.
I HAVE a son, a little son, a boy just five years old, With eyes of thoughtful earnestness, and mind of gentle mould.
They tell me that unusual grace in all his ways appears, That my child is grave and wise of heart beyond his childish years.
I cannot say how this may be, I know his face is fair,
And yet his chiefest comeliness is his sweet and serious air: I know his heart is kind and fond, I know he loveth me, But loveth yet his mother more with grateful fervency; But that which others most admire is the thought which fills his mind,
The food for grave inquiring speech he everywhere doth find.
Strange questions doth he ask of me, when we together
He scarcely thinks as children think, or talks as children talk.
Nor cares he much for childish sports, dotes not on bat or
But looks on manhood's ways and works, and aptly mimics all.
His little heart is busy still, and oftentimes perplext With thoughts about this world of ours, and thoughts about the next;
He kneels at his dear mother's knee, she teacheth him to pray,
And strange, and sweet, and solemn then, are the words which he will say.
Oh, should my gentle child be spared to manhood's
A holier and a wiser man I trust that he will be: And when I look into his eyes and stroke his thoughtful brow,
I dare not think what I should feel, were I to lose him now!
I have a son-a second son-a simple child of three;
I do not think his light blue eye is, like his brother's, keen,
But his little heart's a fountain pure of kind and tender feeling,
And his every look's a gleam of light, rich depths of love revealing.
When he walks with me, the country folk, who pass us in the street,
Will shout for joy, and bless my boy, he looks so mild and
A playfellow is he to all, and yet with cheerful tone
Will sing his little songs of love, when left to sport alone. His presence is like sunshine sent to gladden home and hearth,
To comfort us in all our griefs, and sweeten all our mirth. Should he grow up to riper years, God grant his heart may
As sweet a home for heavenly grace, as now for earthly love.
And if beside his grave the tears our aching eyes must dim, God comfort us for all the love which we shall lose in him.'
I have a son, a third sweet son; his age I cannot tell, For they reckon not by years and months where he is gone to dwell.
To us, for fourteen anxious months, his infant smiles were
And then he bade farewell to Earth, and went to live in
I cannot tell what form is his, what look he weareth now, Nor guess how bright a glory crowns his shining seraph brow:
The thoughts that fill his sinless soul, the bliss which he doth feel,
Are number'd with the secret things which God will not
But I know (for God hath told me this) that he is now at rest,
Where other blessed infants be, on their Saviour's loving breast.
I know his spirit feels no more this weary load of flesh, But his sleep is bless'd with endless dreams of joy for ever fresh.
I know the Angels fold him close beneath their glittering wings,
And soothe him with a song that breathes of Heaven's divinest things.
I know that we shall meet our babe (his mother dear and I), Where God for aye shall wipe away all tears from every eye. Whate'er befals his brethren twain, his bliss can never
Their lot may here be grief and fear, but his is certain peace.
It may be that the tempter's wiles their souls from bliss
But, if our own poor faith fail not, he must be ours for ever. When we think of what our darling is, and what we still must be,
When we muse on that world's perfect bliss, and this world's misery;
When we groan beneath this load of sin, and feel this grief
Oh! we'd rather lose our other two than have him here again.
Here is a sweet lyric by THOMAS MOORE. Mark the beauty of the lines we have set in italic.
OH! do not look so bright and blest,
When brow like thine looks happiest,
That warns us then to fear their flight,
Why is it thus, that fairest things
And leave us but their tears!
Then, look not thou so bright and blest,
A SCULPTURED VASE.
The following delicious lines are by KEATS; suggested by a Sculptured Vase representing a procession with music. There is perfect originality in the thought, and the most refined taste is displayed in the composition. The poet has positively spiritualized hard stone.
HEARD melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on-
Fond youth, beneath the trees thou canst not leave,
THE DESERTED HOUSE.
For simplicity of conception and language, in appropriateness of imagery and the solemn tone it breathes, this little poem has been rarely surpassed. It is by ALFRED TENNYSON,
LIFE and thought have gone away
Side by side,
Leaving door and windows wide:
All within is dark as night :
Close the door, the shutter close,
Or through the windows we shall see
Of the dark deserted house.
Come away: no more of mirth
Is here or merry-making sound.
Come away for life and thought
But in a city glorious
A great and distant city-have bought
Would they could have stay'd with us!