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Oh! talk of Him in solitary glooms,
Where o'er the rock the scarcely waving pine
Fills the brown shade with a religious awe.
His praise, ye brooks, attune, ye trembling rills,
And let me catch it as I muse along.
Ye headlong torrents, rapid and profound;
Ye softer floods, that lead the humid maze
Along the vale; and thou, majestic main,
A secret world of wonders in thyself,
Sound His stupendous praise, whose greater voice
Or bids you roar, or bids your roarings fall.
Soft roll your incense, herbs, and fruits and flowers,
In mingled clouds to Him whose sun exalts,
Whose breath perfumes you, and whose pencil
Ye forests, bend; ye harvests, wave to Him;
Breathe your still song into the reaper's heart,
As home he goes beneath the joyous moon.
Ye that keep watch in heaven, as earth asleep
Unconscious lies, effuse your mildest beams.
Great source of day, best image here below
Of thy Creator, ever pouring wide
From world to world the vital ocean round,
On Nature write with every beam his praise.
Bleat out afresh, ye hills; ye mossy rocks,
Retain the sound; the broad, responsive low,
Ye valleys, raise : for the Great Shepherd reigns,
And his unsuffering kingdom yet will come.
Ye woodlands all, awake; a boundless song
Burst from the groves; and when the restless day,
Expiring, lays the warbling world asleep,
Sweetest of birds, sweet nightingale, entrance The listening shades, and teach the night His
praise. Ye chief, for whom the whole creation smiles, At once the head, the heart, the tongue of all, Crown the great hymn! In swarming cities vast, Still sing the God of seasons as they roll. For me, when I forget the darling theme, Whether the blossom blows, the Summer ray Russets the plain, inspiring Autumn gleams, Or Winter rises in the blackening east, Be my tongue mute, my fancy paint no more, And, dead to joy, forget, my heart, to beat !
P with me, up with me, into the clouds !
For thy song, lark, is strong;
Up with me, up with me into the clouds,
With clouds and sky about thee ringing,
Lift me, guide me, till I find
That spot which seems so to thy mind.
I have walked through wildernesses dreary,
And to-day my heart is weary:
Had I now the wings of a fairy,
Up to thee would I fly.
There is madness about thee, and joy divine
In that song of thine :
Lift me, guide me, high and high,
To thy banqueting-place in the sky.
NHOU art laughing and scorning;
And, though little troubled with sloth,
Drunken lark! thou wouldst be loath
To be such a traveller as I.
Happy, happy liver,
With a soul as strong as a mountain-river,
Pouring ont praise to the almighty Giver,
Joy and jollity be with us both!
Alas! my journey, rugged and uneven,
Through prickly moors and dusty ways must
wind; But hearing thee, or others of thy kind, As full of gladness, and as free of heaven, I, with my fate contented, will plod on, And hope for higher raptures when life's day is done.
21. ASPIRATIONS OF YOUTH.
HIGHER, higher, will we climb,
Up to the mount of glory,
That our names may live through time
In our country's story:
Happy, when her welfare calls,
He who conquers, le who falls.
Deeper, deeper, let us toil
In the mines of knowledge; Nature's wealth and learning's spoil
Win from school and college; Delve we there for richer gems Than the stars of diadems.
Onward, onward, may we press,
Through the path of duty:
Virtue is true happiness;
Excellence, true beauty.
Minds are of celestial birth :
Make we, then, a heaven of earth.
Closer, closer, let us knit
Hearts and hands together,
Where our fireside comforts sit
In the wildest weather.
Oh! they wander wide who roam,
For the joys of life, from home.
22. THOUGHTS OF HEAVEN.
They come and go
Like the soft breathing of a listening maiden,
While round me flow
The winds from woods and fields with glad-
When the corn's rustle on the ear doth come;
When the eve's beetle sounds its drowsy hum;
When the stars, dewdrops of the summer sky,
Watch over all with soft and loving eye, —
While the leaves quiver
By the lone river,
And the quiet heart
From depths doth call,
And garners all, -
Earth grows a shadow;
And heaven lives
In the blessed soul!
They are with me
When deep within the bosom of the forest Thy morning melody
Abroad into the sky, thou, throstle, pourest; When the young beams glance among the trees; When on the ear comes the soft song of bees ;