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And the squirrel leaps adown,
Holding fast the filbert brown;
And the lark, with more of mirth
In his song than suits the earth,
Droppeth some in soaring high,
To pour the rest out in the sky;
While the woodland doves, apart
In the copse's leafy heart,
Solitary, not ascetic,
Hidden and yet vocal, seen
Joining, in a lovely psalm,
Man's despondence, nature's calm,
Half mystical and half pathetic,
Like a sighing in a dream.*
All these sounds the river telleth,
Softened to an undertone
Which ever and anon he swelleth
By a burden of his own,

In the ocean's ear.
Ay! and Ocean seems to hear
With an inward gentle scorn,
Smiling to his caverns worn.

**While floating up bright forms ideal,

Mistress, or friend, around me stream;
Hall sense-supplied, and half unreal,
Like music mingling with a dream.'

John Kenyon.

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I do not doubt that the music of the two concluding lines mingled, though very unconsciously, with my own dream,' and gave their form and pressure to the above distich. The ideas however being sufficiently distinct, I am satisfied with sending this note to the press after my verses, and with acknowledging another obligation to the valued friend to whom I already owe so Dany. 1844.

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Harken, harken! The child is shouting at his play Just in the tramping funeral's way. The widow moans as she turns aside To shun the face of the blushing bride, While shaking the tower of the ancient church, The marriage bells do swing. And in the shadow of the porch An idiot sits, with his lean hands full Of hedgerow flowers and a poet's skull, Laughing loud and gibbering, Because it is so brown a thing, While he sticketh the gaudy poppies red .In and out the senseless head Where all sweet fancies grew instead. And you may hear at the self-same time, Another poet who reads his rhyme, Low as a brook in the summer air,-Save when he droppeth his voice adown, To dream of the amaranthine crown His mortal brows shall wear. And a baby cries with a feeble sound 'Neath the weary weight of the life new-found. And an old man groans,— with his testament Only half-signed, -for the life that's spent. And lovers twain do softly say, As they sit on a grave, 'For aye, for aye.' And foemen twain, while earth their mother Looks greenly upward, curse each other. A school-boy drones his task, with looks Cast over the page to the elm-tree rooks. A lonely student cries aloud Eureka! clasping at his shroud.

A beldame's age-cracked voice doth sing
To a little infant slumbering.
A maid forgot en weeps alone,
Muffling her sobs on the trysting stone.
A sick man wakes at his own mouth's wail.
A gossip coughs in her thrice-told tale.
A muttering gamester shakes the dice.
A reaper foretells good luck from the skies.
A monarch vows as he lifts his hands to them.
A patriot leaving his native land to them,
Cries to the world against perjured state.
A priest disserts upon linen skirts.
A sinner screams for one hope more.
A dancer's feet do palpitate
A piper's music out on the floor
And nigh to the awful Dead, the living
Low speech and stealthy steps are giving,
Because he cannot hear!
And he who on that narrow bier
Has room enough, is closely wound
In a silence piercing more than sound.


Harken, harken!
God speaketh to thy soul,
Using the supreme voice which doth confound
All life with consciousness of Deity,

All senses into one,-
As the seer-saint of Patmos, loving John

(For whom did backward roll
The cloud-gate of the future) turned to see
The Voice which spake. It speaketh now,
Through the regular breath of the calm creation,
Through the moan of the creature's desolation

Striking, and in its stroke, resembling
The memory of a solemn vow,
Which pierceth the din of a festival
To one in the midst,—and he letteth fall

The cup, with a sudden trembling.


Harken, harken!
God speaketh in thy soul,

Saying, “O thou that movest
With feeble steps across this earth of mine,
To break beside the fount thy golden bowl

And spill its purple wine,Look up to heaven and see how like a scroll, My right hand hath thine immortality In an eternal grasping! thou, that lovest The songful birds and grasses underfoot, And also what change mars and tombs polluteI am the end of love !-give love to Me! O thou that sinnest, grace doth more abound Than all thy sin! sit still beneath my rood, And count the droppings of my victim-blood,

And seek none other sound !'

Harken, harken!
Shall we hear the lapsing river
And our brother's sighing ever,

And not the voice of God?


GRIEF sate upon a rock and sighed one day,

(Sighing is all her rest!) • Wellaway, wellaway, ah, wellaway!' As ocean beat the stone, did she her breast, Ah, wellaway!.. ah me! alas, ah me!'

Such sighing uttered she.


A cloud spake out of heaven, as soft as rain

That falls on water,—'Lo, The Winds have wandered from me! I remain Alone in the sky-waste, and cannot go To lean my whiteness on the mountain blue

Till wanted for more dew.


“The Sun has struck my brain to weary peace,

Whereby constrained and pale I spin for him a larger golden fleece Than Jason's, yearning for as full a sail. Sweet Grief, when thou hast sighed to thy mind,

Give me a sigh for wind.

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