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In silence Matthew lay, and eyed
The spring beneath the tree;
And thus the dear old man replied,
The gray-haired man of glee:
“ Down to the vale this water steers, How merrily it goes ! 'Twill murmur on a thousand years, And flow as now it flows.
“ And here, on this delightful day,
I cannot choose but think
How oft, a vigorous man, I lay
Beside this Fountain's brink.
“My eyes are dim with childish tears,
My heart is idly stirred,
For the same sound is in my ears
Which in those days I heard.
“ Thus fares it still in our decay :
And yet the wiser mind
Mourns less for what
“ The Blackbird in the summer trees,
The Lark upon the hill,
Let loose their carols when they please,
Are quiet when they will.
6 With Nature never do they wage
A foolish strife; they see
A happy youth, and their old age
Is beautiful and free:
“ But we are pressed by heavy laws;
And often, glad no more,
We wear a face of joy, because
We have been glad of yore.
“ If there is one who need bemoan
His kindred laid in earth,
The household hearts that were his own,
It is the man of mirth,
“ My days, my Friend, are almost gone, My life has been approved, And many
love me; but by none Am I enough beloved.”
“ Now both himself and me he wrongs,
The man who thus complains !
I live and sing my idle songs
Upon these happy plains,
“ And, Matthew, for thy Children dead I'll be a son to thee!” At this he grasped my hand, and said, “ Alas! that cannot be.”
from the fountain-side; And down the smooth descent Of the green sheep-track did we glide; And through the wood we went;
And, ere we came to Leonard's Rock,
He sang those witty rhymes
About the crazy old church clock,
And the bewildered chimes.
WRITTEN WHILE SAILING IN A BOAT AT EVENING.
How richly glows the water's breast
Before us, tinged with evening hues,
While, facing thus the crimson west,
The Boat her silent course pursues !
And see how dark the backward stream!
A little moment past so smiling!
And still, perhaps, with faithless gleam,
Some other Loiterers beguiling.
Such views the youthful Bard allure;
But, heedless of the following gloom,
He deems their colours shall endure
Till peace go with him to the tomb.
- And let him nurse his fond deceit,
And what if he must die in sorrow !
Who would not cherish dreams so sweet,
Though grief and pain may come to-morrow?
COMPOSED UPON THE THAMES NEAR RICHMOND.
GLIDE gently, thus for ever glide,
O Thames ! that other Bards may see
As lovely visions by thy side
As now, fair River ! come to me.
O glide, fair Stream ! for ever so,
Thy quiet soul on all bestowing,
Till all our minds for ever flow,
As thy deep waters now are flowing.