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Brothers in Soul! though distant times, Produced
nursed in various climes,
Such to the tender-hearted Maid
“ Rerum Natura tota est nusquam magis quam in minimis."
Plin. Nat. Hist.
BENEATH the concave of an April sky,
Suddenly raised by some Enchanter's power,
2. Beneath the shadow of his purple wings Rested a golden Harp; – he touched the strings; And, after prelude of unearthly sound Poured through the echoing hills around,
“ No wintry desolations, “Scorching blight, or noxious dew, “ Affect my native habitations ; “ Buried in glory, far beyond the scope “Of man's inquiring gaze, but imaged to his hope “ (Alas, how faintly !) in the hue “ Profound of night's ethereal blue ; “ And in the aspect of each radiant orb; “ Some fixed, some wandering with no timid curb; “ But wandering star and fixed, to mortal eye, “ Blended in absolute serenity, “ And free from semblance of decline;
“ Fresh as if Evening brought their natal hour ; “ Her darkness splendour gave, her silence power, “ To testify of Love and Grace divine.
3. “ And though to every draught of vital breath “ Renewed throughout the bounds of earth or ocean, “ The melancholy gates of Death
Respond with sympathetic motion ;
Though all that feeds on nether air, “ Howe'er magnificent or fair, “ Grows but to perish, and entrust “ Its ruins to their kindred dust; “ Yet, by the Almighty's ever-during care, “ Her procreant vigils Nature keeps “ Amid the unfathomable deeps; “ And saves the peopled fields of earth “ From dread of emptiness or dearth. “ Thus, in their stations, lifting tow'rd the sky “ The foliaged head in cloud-like majesty, “ The 'shadow-casting race of Trees survive: “ Thus, in the train of Spring, arrive 6 Sweet Flowers; what living eye hath viewed " Their myriads ? - endlessly renewed,
“ Wherever strikes the sun's glad ray;
Mortals, rejoice! the very Angels quit .“ Their mansions unsusceptible of change, “ Amid your pleasant bowers to sit, “ And through your sweet vicissitudes to range!"
0, nursed at happy distance from the cares