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And with a voice, whose every note
Yet how shall we roam o'er an Eden like ours, Where a charm at each footstep invites us to stay, And each moment is fraught with the pleasures
of hours? Here all sunny hearts one emotion pervades, It heaves the smooth bosom, and lights the
dark eye, While the whisper'd consent of the bashfullest
maid, Like the airy lute's music is won by a sigh. Then let spirit and senses one rapture employ,
And melt in delight ere its ardour be cold, Till our souls are o’erwhelm'd by the fullness of joy,
As the camel bends under his burden of gold.” Applauding clamors rose around,
And broke the tenor of her song ;
That swept the vaulted roof along ;
She had not learnt the fearless look
That beams on all as none were by, Nor could she yet, unblushing, brook
The stare of wild impurity;
But turn’d an instant to the sky
That hurried glance, half-pleased, half-righted,
And like the calm wave at the base
Whose colours tint the watery glass,
And all its own emotions smother,
The time, her youth, and praise, inspired,
For each ecstatic thought retired; ; And when she struck the lyre again,
'Twas not in that exulting measure, But the sad softness of the strain Flow'd rather like the balm of pain,
Than the rich maddening draught of pleasure; Yet still it had the fading glow,
Like the last hue of Autumn-leaves,
Ere ice-drops gem the sparkling eaves,
SUPPOSED TO BE
Who had accompanied the Russians to their country.
The following lines breathe more of imagination and romance than of real passion, which would seem not to be in good taste, as the heart, when it is deeply sunk with grief and affliction, seldom chooses to wander into the wizard retreats of fancy. Here, however, it is justifiable, for when the original intensity of passion is subdued by long disappointment, and softened by some faint glimpses of distant hope, imagination resumes her sway, and soothes affliction by her fairy images.
I look through the mist and I see thee not-
Has my bower no longer charms for thee?
In vain have I found the Sea-parrot's* nest,
Dost thou roam amid the eagle flocks,
Return! the evening mist is chill,
She stood on the beach all the starless night,
New Monthly Magazine.
• They ornament their parkis, mantles, and all their dresses, with the feathers of the Sea-parrot, Storm-finch, and Mauridor,
4 Japan produces red pearls, which are not legs esteemed than white,
TO THE LAST LEAF OF AUTUMN.
We would recommend the “ Last Leaf in Autumn," and the moral deduced from it, to the attention of youth, for the old need hardly be reminded of either. From the moment inan begins to descend the vale of life, his last day is always obtruding itself upon him--always lessening the enjoyment of the moment, always mingling with his lighter reflections,
"Day and night Hovering, unseen, around” his a way,
And mid" his " loneliest musings near." But giddy youth always feel as if this day were never to arrive, and it is to be regretted, that the picture generally given of it from the pulpit, is clothed in such terrific and fearful drapery, that, instead of dwelling upon it as we ought, we endeavour to chace it entirely from our memory. There is a sober and pensive sweetness, a holy resignation, in the following allusion to it, that strips it of all its terrors, and makes it almost a pleasure to think of it. Such is the witchery of true poetry. -ED.
Frail child of Spring, that summer's sun
From noontide’s glowing sovereignty ; -- But now a zephyr makes thee sigh,
And rustle as it passes by ;-