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Hearing thee, or else some other,

As merry as a brother,
I on the earth will go plodding on,
By myself, cheerfully, till the day is done.

COWPER'S GRAVE.-Mrs. Browning. It is a place where poets crown'd may feel the heart's

decaying ; It is a place where happy saints may weep amid their

praying : Yet let the grief and humbleness as low as silence lan

guish : Earth surely now may give her calm to whom she gave

her anguish. O poets, from a maniac's tongue was poured the deathless

singing! O Christians, at your cross of hope a hopeless hand was

clinging! O men, this man in brotherhood your weary paths be

guiling, Groaned inly while he taught you peace, and died while

ye were smiling! And now, what time ye all may read through dimming

tears his story, How discord on the music fell and darkness on the glory, And how when, one by one, sweet sounds and wandering

lights departed, He wore no less a loving face because so broken

hearted, He shall be strong to sanctify the poet's high vocation, And bow the meekest Christian down in meeker adora


Nor ever shall he be, in praise, by wise or good forsaken, Named softly as the household name of one whom God

hath taken. With quiet sadness and no gloom I learn to think upon

him, With meekness that is gratefulness to God whose heaven

hath won him,

Who suffered once the madness-cloud to His own love to

blind him, But gently led the blind along where breath and bird

could find him ;



And wrought within his shattered brain such quick poetic As hills have language for, and stars, harmonious influThe pulse of dew upon the grass kept his within its

number, And silent shadows from the trees refreshed him like a


Wild timid hares were drawn from woods to share his

home-caresses, Uplooking to his human eyes with sylvan tendernesses: The very world, by God's constraint, from falsehood's

ways removing, Its women and its men became, beside him, true and

loving And though, in blindness, he remained unconscious of

that guiding, And things provided came without the sweet sense of

providing, He testified this solemn truth, while phrenzy desolated, -Nor man nor nature satisfies whom only God created.

Like a sick child that knoweth not his mother while she

blesses, And drops upon his burning brow the coolness of her

kisses, That turns his fevered eyes around—'My mother!

where's my mother?'As if such tender words and deeds could come from any

other !

The fever gone, with leaps of heart he sees her bending

o'er him, Her face all pale from watchful love, the unweary love

she bore him!

Thus woke the poet from the dream his life's long fever

gave him, Beneath those deep pathetic eyes which closed in death

to save him.

Thus? oh, not thus! no type of earth can image that

awaking, Wherein he scarcely heard the chant of seraphs, round

him breaking, Or felt the new immortal throb of soul from body parted, But felt those eyes alone, and knew,- 'My Saviour! not

deserted ! Deserted! Who hath dreamt that when the cross in

darkness rested, Upon the Victim's hidden face, no love was manifested ? What frantic hands outstretched have e'er the atoning

drops averted ? What tears have washed them from the soul, that one

should be deserted ? Deserted! God could separate from His own essence

rather ; And Adam's sins have swept between the righteous Son

and Father : Yea, once, Immanuel's orphaned cry His universe hath

shaken-It went up single, echoless, ‘My God, I am forsaken!' It went up from the Holy's lips amid his lost creation, That, of the lost, no son should use those words of deso

lation ! That earth's worst phrenzies, marring hope, should mar

not hope's fruition, And I, on Cowper's grave, should see his rapture in a


Could great men thunder
As Jove himself does, Jove would ne'er be quiet ;
For every pelting, petty officer
Would use his heaven for thunder ;-
Nothing but thunder. Merciful Heaven!

Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt
Splitt'st the unwedgeable and gnarled oak
Than the soft myrtle : but man, proud man,
Dress'd in a little brief authority,-
Most ignorant of what he's most assurd,
His glassy essence,-like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tricks before high Heaven
As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,
Would all themselves laugh mortal.



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Oh! wherefore come ye forth, in triumph from the

With your hands, and your feet, and your raiment all

red ? And wherefore doth your rout send forth a joyous shout ? And whence be the grapes of the wine-press which ye

tread ? Oh evil was the root, and bitter was the iruit,

And crimson was the juice or the vintage that we trod; For we trampled on the throng of the haughty and the

strong, Who sate in the high places, and slew the saints of

God. It was about the noon of a glorious day of June, That we saw their banners dance, and their cuirasses

shine; And the Man of Blood was there, with his long essenced

hair, And Astley, and Sir Marmaduke, and Rupert of the

Rhine. Like a servant of the Lord, with his Bible and his sword,

The General rode along us to form us to the fight, When a murmuring sound broke out, and swell’d into a

shout, Among the godless horsemen upon the tyrant's right.

And hark! like the roar of the billows on the shore,

The cry of battle rises along their charging line! For God! for the Cause! for the Church! for the Laws ! For Charles King of England, and Rupert of the

Rhine! The furious German comes, with his clarions and his

drums, His bravoes of Alsatia, and pages of Whiteball ; They are bursting on our flanks. Grasp your pikes :

close your ranks :For Rupert never comes but to conquer or to fall. They are here :—they rush on.—We are broken-We are

gone. Our left is borne before them like stubble on the blast. O Lord, put forth thy might! O Lord, defend the right! Stand back to back, in God's name, and fight it to the


Stout Skippon hath a wound :—the centre hath given

ground: Hark! hark!-What means the trampling of horsemen

on our rear? Whose banner do I see, boys? 'Tis he, thank God, 'tis

he, boys. Bear up another minute. Brave Oliver is here. Their heads all stooping low, their points all in a row, Like a whirlwind on the trees, like a deluge on the

dykes, Our cuirassiers have burst on the ranks of the Accurst,

And at a shock have scattered the forest of his pikes. Fast, fast, the gallants ride, in some safe nook to hide

Their coward heads, predestined to rot on TempleAnd he-he turns,-he flies,-shame to those cruel eyes

That bore to look on torture, and dare not look on war.

Bar :

Ho! comrades, scour the plain : and ere ye strip the

slain, First give another stab to make your guest secure;

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