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from its likeness to the
the way ;
not to be
“My ear-rings ! my ear-rings ! he'll say they should
have been Not of pearl and of silver, but of gold and glittering * Glittering,
Sheen, that 15 Of jasper* and of onyx* and of diamonds shining which clear,
brightly. Changing to the changing light, with radiance in
Jasper, a sincere
precious That changeful mind unchanging gems are not be- stone.
Onyx, a pre. fitting * well
cious stone, Thus will be think—and what to say, alas ! I cannot so called tell.
finger-nail. * He'll think when I to market went, I loitered * by Insincere,
trusted, de20 He'll think a willing ear I lent to all the lads might ceitful. say ;
Befitting, He'll think some other lover's hand among my tresses* Loitered, lin noosed, *
gered, deFrom the ears where he had placed them, my rings layed.
, of pearl unloosed ;
ing hair. He'll think when I was sporting so beside this marble Noose &
say I am a woman, and we are all the same ; He'll say I loved when he was here to whisper of his
without luck, 30 For what to say to Muça, alas ! I cannot tell.
unhappy, “I'll tell the truth to Muça, and I hope he will be
lieveThat I thought of him at morning, and thought of That musing on my lover, when down the sun Musing, was gone,
When down, His ear-rings in my hand I held, by the fountain &c., at sun
all alone ; 35 And that my mind was o'er the sea, when from my &c., she loves
hand they fell,
state in the north of Af.
him at eve;
in the well !”
him from the tom of her heart.
THE FORSAKEN MERMAN.*- Árnold. MATTHEW ARNOLD (1822– ), son of the celebrated Dr. Arnold, occupies an eminent position. His poems include several dramas after the antique, and a series of lyrics and sonnets of an emotional kind. Among his works may be mentioned Empedocles on Etna and The Merope.
COME, dear children, let us away ;
below. Bay, a bay is a broad
Now my brothers call from the bay ;* arm of the sea running for a short dis
Now the great winds shorewards blow; tance into the land. Now the salt tides * seawards flow;
5 Tides, the flow and
Now the wild white horses play, ebb of the sea. Champ, to make a Champ and chafe * and toss in the spray.* snapping noise with
Children dear, let us away. the jaws in chewing.
this Chafe, to rage or fret.
way. Spray, small particles Call her once before you go,
IO of water sprinkled or driven by the wind
Call once yet, from the tops of the
In a voice that she will know :
“ Margaret ! Margaret!”
15 Children's voices, wild with pain.
Surely she will come again.
This way, this way,
20 Foam, to spit out The wild white horses foam * and fret. froth, to be in a rage.
Margaret ! Margaret !
Call no more.
Then come down;
Come away, come away.
30 We heard the sweet bells over the bay ? Caverns, deep hollow In the caverns * where we lay, places in the earth
Through the surf * and through the swell, Surf, the foam made The far-off sound of a silver beli ? by the dashing of the Sand-strewn caverns, cool and deep, 35
Where the winds are all asleep;
* Merman, a man of the sea; a fabled marine animal having the upper part like & man and the lower like a fish.
formation it resem. bles mail-armour.
the centre of it.
Where the spent lights quiver* and gleam ; Quiver, to tremble.
Gleam, to flash light.
Sway, to incline to Where the sea beasts * ranged all round
one side, to bend. 40 Feed in the ooze * of their pasture-ground ;
Sea beasts, animals Where the sea-snakes * coil and twine,
living in the sea.
Ooze, moisture, soft
Sea-snake, a fabulous
Mail, meaning the 45 Round the world for ever and aye ?
skin of the snake, so When did music come this way?
called, because in its Children dear, was it yesterday !
Brine, the sea, saltChildren dear, was it yesterday
(Call yet once) that she went away? 50 Once she sate with you and me,
On a red gold throne in the heart of the sea, * Heart of the sea, se
cret part of the sea; She combed its bright hair, and she tended it * Tended it, took care
pray Kinsfolk, relations.
thee." 60 I said, “Go up, dear heart, through the waves. Say thy prayer, and come back to the kind sea
[the bay. She smiled, she went up through the surf in
Children' dear, was it yesterday? Children dear, were we long alone ? 65
“The sea grows stormy, the little ones moan. Long prayers,” I said, “in the world they say: Come,” I said, and we rose through the surf in
the bay. We went up the beach,* by the sandy down * Beach, sea-shore. Where the sea-stocks bloom, to the white- Down, a hill. walled town.
Sea-stock, a flower, 70 Through the narrow paved streets, where all shore.
an anemone, found near the sea
But we stood without in the cold blowing air:s.
in a hive.
We climbed on the graves, on the stones
worn with rains, Aisle, a passage in a And we gazed up the aisle* through the 75 church.
small leaded panes.
She sate by the pillar ; we saw her clear: Hist! hush, atten- “ Margaret, hist? * come quick, we are here. tion, silence, listen.
Dear heart,” I said, “ we are long alone.
The sea grows stormy, the little ones moan."
80 Sealed, fixed with an For her eyes were sealed * to the holy book. attentive gaze.
“Loud prays the priest ; shut stands the door.”
children, call no more. Come away, come down, call no more. Down, down, down,
85 Down to the depths of the sea. Humming town, at a She sits at her wheel in the humming town, distance the noise of
Singing most joyfully.
Hark, what she sings : “Oh joy, oh joy,
For the wheel where I spun,
And the blessed light of the sun."
95 Shuttle, an
Till the shuttle * falls from her hand,
And the whizzing wheel stands still. ing the thread of the
the She steals to the window, and looks at the sand ; threads of the warp And over the sand at the sea ; in weaving. And her eyes are set in a stare ;
IOO Anon, soon, quickly,
there breaks a sigh, immediately.
And anon there drops a tear,
From a sorrow-clouded eye, Sorrow-laden, full of
And a heart sorrow-laden, sorrow, weighed down A long, long sigh.
105 Mermaiden, maid of For the cold strange eyes of a little Mermaiden, * the sea, having the
And the gleam of her golden hair. upper part like woman and the lower like a fish, and sup
Come away, away,
children. posed to have long
Come, children, come down. golden hair.
The hoarse * wind blows colder; Hoarse, harsh, disagreeable.
Lights shine in the town.
She will start from her slumber Gusts, sudden blasts
When gusts * shake the door ; of wind.
She will hear the winds howling,
instrument used for shoot
IIO Whirl, to go round and round, to toss about in a confused manner.
Faithless, false, not true to her promise.
We shall see, while above us
And then come back down.
Spring - tides, those which rise higher than ordinary tides, after new and full moon. Broom, a wild evergreen shrub, with leafless pointed twigs. Blanched, made white or whitened. Creek, a small inlet of the sea. Hie, to hasten. Ebb-tide, the going back or retiring of the tide. Sleeping town, the in. habitants had retired to rest.
THE SKY-LARK.-Hogg. JAMES HOGG (1770-1835) was born in Ettrick Forest in Selkirkshire. He was a farmer and a shepherd, and hence called the “Ettrick Shepherd,” but he was more successful as a poet. Chief work: The Queen's Wake, containing the beautiful fairy ballad Kilmeny: he also wrote songs and novels.
BIRD of the wilderness,
gay. Emblem * of happiness, 5 Blest is thy dwelling-place
Matin, morning song. Oh to abide * in the desert with thee !
Lea, pasture land, a
Emblem, sign or
figure, a token.
Abide, to live.
Lay, & sopg.