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I will obey, not willingly alone,
But gladly, as the precept were her own :
And, while that face renews my filial grief,
Fancy shall weave a charm for my relief,
Shall steep me in Elysian reverie,
A momentary dream that thou art she.

My mother! when I learn'd that thou wast dead,
Say, wast thou conscious of the tears I shed ?
Hover'd thy spirit o'er thy sorrowing son,
Wretch even then, life's journey just begun ?
Perhaps thou gav'st me, though unfelt, a kiss;
Perhaps a tear, if souls can weep in bliss-
Ah, that maternal smile! it answers-Yes.
I heard the bell tolld on thy burial day,
I saw the hearse that bore thee slow away,
And, turning from my nursery window, drew
A long, long sigh, and wept a last adieu !

But was it such ? It was. Where thou art gone, Adieus and farewells are a sound unknown. May I but meet thee on that peaceful shore, The parting word shall pass my lips no more ! Thy maidens, grieved themselves at my concern, Oft gave me promise of thy quick return. What ardently I wished, I long believed, And, disappointed still, was still deceived ; By expectation every day beguiled, Dupe of to-morrow even from a child. Thus many a sad to-morrow came and went, Till, all my stock of infant sorrow spent, I learn'd at last submission to my lot, But, though I less deplored thee, ne'er forgot.

Where once we dwelt our name is heard no more, Children, not thine, have trod my nursery floor; And where the garden'er, Robin, day by day, Drew me to school along the public way, Delighted with my bauble coach, and wrapp'd In scarlet mantle warm, and velvet capp'd, 'Tis now become a history little known, That once we called the pastoral house our own. Short-lived possession ! but the record fair, That memory keeps of all thy kindness there, Still outlives many a storm, that has effaced

A thousand other themes less deeply traced.
Thy nightly visits to my chamber made,
That thou might'st know me safe and warmly laid ;
Thy morning bounties ere I left my home,
The biscuit, or confectionary plum :
The fragrant waters on my cheeks bestowed
By thy own hand, till fresh they shone and giowed :
All this, and more endearing still than all,
Thy constant flow of love, that knew no fall,
Ne'er roughened by those cataracts and breaks,
That humour interposed too often makes;
All this, still legible in memory's page,
And still to be so to my latest age,
Adds joy to duty, makes me glad to pay
Such honours to thee as my numbers may ;
Perhaps a frail memorial, but sincere ;
Not scorned in heaven, though little noticed here.

Could Time, his flight reversed, restore the hours,
When, playing with thy vesture's tissued flowers,
The violet, the pink, and jessamine,
I pricked them into paper with a pin,
(And thou wast happier than myself the while,
Wouldst softly speak, and stroke my head and smile,)
Could those few pleasant days again appear,
Might one wish bring them, would I wish them here?
I would not trust my heart—the dear delight
Seems so to be desired, perhaps I might.-
But no-what here we call our life is such,
So little to be loved, and thou so much,
That I should ill requite thee to constrain
Thy unbound spirit into bonds again.

Thou, as a gallant bark from Albion's coast (The storms all weathered, and the ocean crossed) Shoots into port at some well havened isle, Where spices breathe, and brighter seasons smile, There sits quiescent on the floods, that show Her beauteous form reflected clear below, While airs impregnated with incense play Around her, fanning light her streamers gay ; So thou, with sails how swift! hast reached the shore, 'Where tempests never beat nor billows roar;' And thy loved consort, on the gerous tide

Of life, long since has anchored by thy side.
But me, scarce hoping to attain that rest,
Always from port withheld, always distressed -
Me howling blasts drive devious, tempest-toss'd,
Sails ripped, seams opening wide, and compass lost,
And day by day some current's thwarting force
Sets me more distant from a prosp'rous course.
Yet oh, the thought that thou art safe, and he !
That thought is joy, arrive what may to me.
My boast is not that I deduce my birth
From loins enthroned, and rulers of the earth;
But higher far my proud pretensions rise-
The son of parents passed into the skies.
And now, farewell-Time unrevoked has run
His wonted course, yet what I wished is done.
By contemplation's help, not sought in vain,
I seem to have lived my childhood o'er again ;
To have renewed the joys that once were mine,
Without the sin of violating thine ;
And, while the wings of Fancy still are free,
And I can view this mimic show of thee,
Time has but half succeeded in his theft-
Thyself removed, thy power to soothe me left.

THE BUCKET.-S. Woodworth.

How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood,

When fond recollection presents them to view ! The orchard, the meadow, the deep-tangled wild-wood,

And every loved spot which my infancy knew !
The wide-spreading pond, and the mill that stood by it,

The bridge, and the rock where the cataract fell,
The cot of my father, the dairy-house nigh it,
And e'en the rude bucket that hung in the well,-

The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket,
The moss-covered bucket which hung in the well.
That moss-covered vessel I hailed as a treasure ;

For often at noon, when returned from the field, I found it the source of an exquisite pleasure,

The purest and sweetest, that nature can yield.

How ardent I seized it, with hands that were glowing,

And quick to the white-pebbled bottom it fell ; Then soon, with the emblem of truth overflowing, And dripping with coolness, it rose from the well,

The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket, The moss-covered bucket arose from the well. How sweet from the green mossy brim to receive it

As poised on the curb it inclined to my lips !
Not a full blushing goblet could tempt me to leave it,

The brightest that beauty or revelry sips.
And now, far removed from the loved habitation,

The tear of regret will intrusively swell,
As fancy reverts to my father's plantation,
And sighs for the bucket that hangs in the well,

The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket, The moss-covered bucket that hangs in the well.

TO THE CUCKO0.-Wordsworth.
O BLITHE new-comer! I have heard,

I hear thee and rejoice :
O Cuckoo ! shall I call thee bird,

Or but a wandering Voice ?
While I am lying on the grass,

Thy loud note smites my ear ;
From hill to hill it seems to pass,

At once far off and near.
Though babbling only to the vale

Of sunshine and of flowers ;
Thou bringest unto me a tale

Of visionary hours.
Thrice welcome, darling of the Spring !

E’en yet thou art to me
No bird, but an invisible thing,

A voice, a mystery ;
The same whom in my school-boy days

I listened to ; that Cry
Which made me look a thousand ways

In bush, and tree, and sky.

To seek thee did I often rove

Through woods and on the green ; And thou wert still a hope, a love ;

Still long'd for, never seen! And I can listen to thee yet;

Can lie upon the plain,
And listen, till I do beget

That golden time again.
O blessed bird ! the earth we pace

Again appears to be
An unsubstantial fairy place ;

That is fit home for Thee !

SOMEBODY'S DARLING. INTO a ward of the whitewash'd halls,

Where the dead and dying lay, Wounded by bayonets, shells, and balls,

Somebody's Darling was borne one daySomebody's Darling, so young and so brave,

Wearing yet on his pale sweet face, Soon to be hid by the dust of the grave

The lingering light of his boyhood's grace. Matted and damp are the curls of gold

Kissing the snow of that fair young brow; Pale are the lips of delicate mould

Somebody's Darling is dying now. Back from his beautiful blue-veined brow

Brush all the wandering waves of gold; Cross his hands on his bosom now ;

Somebody's Darling is still and cold.
Kiss him once for somebody's sake,

Murmur a prayer, soft and low;
One bright curl from its fair mates take,

They were somebody's pride you know : Somebody's hand had rested there.

Was it a mother's soft and white ? And have the lips of a sister fair

Been baptized in those waves of light ?

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