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Spirits of Love! ye heard her name! Obey The powerful spell, and to my haunt repair. Whether on clustering pinions ye are there, Where rich snows blossom on the Myrtle trees, Or with fond languishment around my fair Sigh in loose luxuriance of her hair ; O heed the spell, and hither wing your way, Like far-off music, voyaging the breeze!
Spirits ! to you the infant Maid was given Formed by the wondrous Alchemy of Heaven ! No fairer Maid does Love's wide empire know, No fairer Maid e'er heaved the bosom's snow. A thousand Loves around her forehead fly; A thousand Loves sit melting in her eye ; Love lights her smile—in Joy's red nectar dips, His myrtle flower, and plants it on her lips. She speaks! and hark that passion-warbled songStill, Fancy still that voice, those notes prolong. As sweet as when that voice with rapturous falls Shall wake the softened echoes of Heaven's Halls!
O (have I sighed) were mine the wizard's rod, Or mine the power of Proteus, changeful God! A flower-entangled Arbour I would seem To shield my Love from Noontide's sultry beam: Or bloom a Myrtle, from whose odorous boughs My Love might weave gay garlands for her brows. When Twilight stole across the fading vale, To fan my Love I'd be the Evening Gale;
Mourn in the soft folds of her swelling vest,
As when the savage, who his drowsy frame Had basked beneath the Sun's unclouded flame, Awakes amid the troubles of the air, The skyey deluge, and white lightning's glareAghast he scours before the tempest's sweep, And sad recalls the sunny hour of sleep: So tossed by storms alorig Life’s wildering way, Mine eye reverted views that cloudless day, When by my native brook I wont to rove, While Hope with kisses nursed the Infant Love. Dear native brook! like Peace, so placidly Smoothing through fertile fields thy current meek! Dear native brook! where first
young Stared wildly-eager in her noontide dream! Where blameless pleasures dimple Quiet's cheek, As water-lilies ripple thy slow stream ! Dear native haunts! where Virtue still is gay, Where Friendship’s fixed star sheds a mellowed
ray, Where Love a crown of thornless Roses wears, Where softened Sorrow smiles within her tears; And Memory, with a Vestal's chaste employ, Unceasing feeds the lambent flame of joy!
No more your skylarks melting from the sight
Scenes of my Hope! the aching eye ye leave Like yon bright hues that paint the clouds of eve! Tearful and saddening with the saddened blaze Mine eye the gleám pursues with wistful gaze: Sees shades on shades with deeper tint impend, Till chill and damp the moonless night descend.
TO A YOUNG LADY,
WITH A POEM ON THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.
Much on my early youth I love to dwell,
eye, And suffering Nature wept that one should die! †
Thus to sad sympathies I soothed my breast, Calm, as the rainbow in the weeping West:
* Lee Boo, the son of Abba Thule, Prince of the Pelew Islands, came over to England with Captain Wilson, died of the smallpox, and is buried in Rotherhithe churchyard. See Keate's Account.
† Southey's Retrospect.
When slumbering Freedom roused by high Disdain
Fallen is the oppressor, friendless, ghastly, low, And my heart aches, though Mercy struck the
blow. With wearied thought once more I seek the shade, Where peaceful Virtue weaves the myrtle braid. And O! if Eyes whose holy glances roll, Swift messengers, and eloquent of soul; If Smiles more winning, and a gentler Mien Than the love-wildered Maniac's brain hath seen Shaping celestial forms in vacant air, If these demand the impassioned Poet's careIf Mirth and softened Sense and Wit refined, The blameless features of a lovely mind ; Then haply shall my trembling hand assign No fading wreath to Beauty's saintly shrine. Nor, Sara! thou these early flowers refuseNe'er iurked the snake beneath their simple hues; No purple bloom the Child of Nature brings From Flattery's night-shade: as he feels he sings.