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Grimly retired, as up th' ethereal steep
The heavenly coursers mounted of the sun
And bade the stars withdraw.

J. F. PExxIE.


'Twas one of those ambrosial eves
A day of storm so often leaves
At its calm setting—when the west
Opens her golden bowers of rest,
And a moist radiance from the skies
Shook trembling down, as from the eyes
Of some meek penitent, whose last
Bright hours atone for dark ones past,
And whose sweet tears, o'er wrong forgiven,
Shine, as they fall, with light from heaven.



She was a form of life and light
That seen, became a part of sight,
And rose where'er I turn'd my eye,
The morning star of memory.



Among the ruin'd temples there, Stupendous columns, and wild images Of more than man, where marble demons watch The Zodiac's brazen mystery, and dead men Hang their mute thoughts on the mute walls around.



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No tear
Hath fill'd his eye save that of thoughtful joy
When, in the evening stillness, lovely things
Pressid on his soul too busily : his voice,
If, in the earnestness of childish sports,
Raised to the tone of anger, check'd its force,
As if it feard to break its being's law,
And falier'd into music: when the forms
Of guilty passion bave been made to live,

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In pictured speech, and others have wax'd loud
In righteous indignation, he hath heard
With sceptic smile, or from some slender vein
Of goodness, which surrounding gloom conceald,
Struck sunlight o'er it: so his life hath flow'd
From its mysterious urn a sacred stream,
In whose calm depth the beautiful and pure
Alone are mirror'd ; which, though shapes of ill
May hover round its surface, glides in light,
And takes no shadow from them.



Let music
Charm with her excellent voice an awful silence
Through all this building, that her sphery soul
May (on the wings of air) in thousand forms
Invisibly fly, yet be enjoy'd.



'Tis a ditty
Not of these days; but long ago 'twas told
By a cavern wind unto a forest old :
And then the forest told it in a dream
To a sleeping lake, whose cool and level gleam
A poet caught as he was journeying
To Phæbus' shrine.



Graceful, when it pleased him, smooth and still
As the mute swan that floats adown the stream,
And on the waters of th' unruffled lake
Anchors her quiet beauty.



Never was known a noise of such distraction !
Noise so confused and dreadful; justling crowds
That run and know not whither; torches gliding,
Like meteors, by each other in the street.


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The Elms of New Haven.. WILLIS 29 On the Picture of a Girl leading
On seeing a Deceased Infant ....

her Blind Mother through the


KINGSLEY 32 Beranger to his Old Coat .....
A Highland Maiden ...... SCOTT 33

The Summer Webs ......MOORE 34 Hymn to the Night..
The War of the League

MACAULAY 35 First Love's Recollections
Blessed be God for Flowers

Mrs. C. TINSLEY 37 On revisiting the Country..
To the Red-breast........ KEBLE 39


...... SCHILLER 39 December

Edith MAY
Forest Hymn
.... BRYANT 40 Frost

....ANON. 53 Midnight at Sea ...... WILSON 43 BRILLIANTS


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This work is designed to form a collection of the choicest Poetry in the English language. Nothing but what is really good will be admitted.



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We shall be obliged by communications of passages of really beautiful poetry,” which any of our readers may have stored in their own collections, or may discover in their readings, especially those flashes of genius which we gather together under the title of “Brilliants."

No original poetry will be inserted. J. M. (Tivoli.)— His views are precisely in accordance with our own.

We shall give place to good translations of fine passages of foreign

poets. W. E. R.-In blank verse it is often a beauty to give the word unabbre

viated, although it makes a syllable too much according to measure. HEDERACEUS.—We shall be obliged by transmission of the poems he

describes. JUVENIS.—A collected edition of Mrs. Hemans' Poems has been pub

lished, we believe, by Longman & Co. ROSALINDA.—Talfourd's lon can be had in a neat pocket volume,

published, we think, by Mr. Moxon. We have to acknowledge the receipt of various “ Beauties” of poetry

from “ A Reader," " M. M.” "" Bristol,” “A Celt,” Lady L.," “M. P.” “D. (Newcastle),” “ Cantab," “ B. A.,” “ The Rev. S. I.” “ The Rev. G. L. T.,” “ A Lawyer,” “ Rev. E. C.,” “A Parent;" and many others, some of which will be used, and for all which we thank the contributors.



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it and Humour.

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N. P. Willis is an American who has distinguished himself by a little very beautiful poetry and a great deal of very coscombical prose. His later works have not fulfilled the promise of his earlier ones. His first efforts were his best, and among them are to be found many poems which will take a permanent place in the literature of the English langnage. Like almost all the poetry yet produced by America, that of Willis is wanting in nationality. It might have been written in any country; it breathes nothing of the spirit of a new world; it belongs essentially to Europe and its associations. Thus it even with the following, which is extracted from a poem delivered by the author before the Linonian Society of Gala College, in New Haven. But it is characterized by a charming delicacy, both of sentiment and of expression.

THE leaves we knew
Are gone these many summers, and the winds
Have scatter'd them all roughly through the world ;
But still, in calm and venerable strength,
The old stems lift their burdens up to Heaven,
And the young leaves, to the same pleasant tune,
Drink in the light, and strengthen, and grow fair.
The shadows have the same cool, emerald air ;
And prodigal as ever is the breeze,
Distributing the verdure's temperate balm.
The trees are sweet to us. The outcry strong
Of the long-wandering and returning heart
Is for the thing least changed. A stone unturn'd
Is sweeter than a strange or alter'd face;
A tree, that flings its shadow as of yore,
Will make the blood stir, sometimes, when the words
Of a long-look'd-for lip fall icy cold.
Ye who, in this Academy of shade,
Dreamt out the scholar's dream, and then away
On troubled seas went voyaging with Care,
But hail to-day the well-remember'd haven-
Ye, who at Memory's trumpet-call have stay'd
The struggling foot of life, the warring hand,
And, weary of the strife, come back to see
The green tent where your harness was put on-

you trod the shadowy street this morn,
Leapt not your

heart up to the glorious trees ?
Say—Was it only to my sleep they came-
The angels, who to these remember'd trees


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