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Which blown upon will blind thee with its glare,
Or smother'd stifle thee with noisome air.
Clap on the extinguisher, pull up the blinds,
And soon the ventilated spirit finds
Its natural daylight. If a foe have kenn'd,
Or worse than foe, an alienated friend,
A rib of dry rot in thy ship's stout side,
Think it God's message, and in humble pride
With heart of oak replace it;thine the gains-
Give him the rotten timber for his pains !

MY BAPTISMAL BIRTH-DAY.*

GOD'S child in Christ adopted,—Christ my all,

What that earth boasts were not lost cheaply,

rather Than forfeit that blest name, by which I call The Holy One, the Almighty God, my Father ? Father ! in Christ we live, and Christ in TheeEternal Thou, and everlasting we. The heir of heaven, henceforth I fear not death : In Christ I live! in Christ I draw the breath Of the true life !—Let then earth, sea, and sky Make war against me! On my front I show Their mighty master's seal. In vain they try To end my life, that can but end its woe. Is that a death-bed where a Christian lies ? Yes! but not his—'tis Death itself there dies.

* These are presumably the verses recited by Coleridge to Emerson when the latter made a pilgrimage to Highgate on

Το του ΕΣΤΗΣΕ του επιδανούς Epitaphium testamentarium αυτόγραφον. .

Quæ linquam, aut nihil, aut nihili, aut vix sunt mea.

Sordes
Do Morti : reddo cætera, Christe ! tibi.*

EPITAPH.

STOP, Christian passer-by "Stop, child of God, •

And read with gentle breast. Beneath this sod A poet lies, or that which once seem'd he.0, lift one thought in prayer for S. T. C.; That he who many a year with toil of breath Found death in life, may here find life in death! Mercy for praise-to be forgiven for fame He ask'd, and hoped, through Christ. Do thou

the same !

9th November, 1833.

August 5, 1833. “When I rose to go, he said, 'I do not know whether you care about poetry, but I will repeat some verses I lately made on my baptismal anniversary,' and he recited with strong emphasis, standing, ten or twelve lines, beginning, ‘Born unto God in Christ—"'-ENGLISH Traits, § 1, First Visit to England.

* Literary Souvenir, 1827.

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