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I never cast a flower away,
The gift of one who cared for me,
A little flower,-a faded flower,-
But it was done reluctantly.
I never looked a last adieu
To things familiar, but my heart
Shrank with a feeling almust pain,
Even from their lifelessness to part.
I never spoke the word farewell!
But with an utterance faint and broken ;
A heart-sick yearning for the time
When it should never more be spoken.
DEATH AND BURIAL OF A CHILD AT SEA.
My boy refused his food, forgot to play,
And sickened on the waters, day by day;
He smiled more seldom on his mother's smile,
He prattled less, in accents void of guile,
Of that wild land, beyond the golden wave
Where I, not he, was doomed to be a slave;
Cold o'er his limbs, the listless languor gréw;
Paleness came o'er his eye of placid blue :
Pale mourned the lily where the rose had died,
And timid, trembling, came he to my side.
He was my all on earth. Oh! who can speak
The anxious mother's too prophetic woe,
Who sees death feeding on her dear child's cheek,
And strives in vain to think it is not so ?
Ah! many a sad and sleepless night I passed
O'er his couch, listening in the pausing blast,
While on his brow, more 'sad from hour to hour,
Drooped wan dejection, like a fading flower!
At length my boy seemed better, and I slept-
Oh! soundly !--but, methought, my mother wept
poor Emma; and, in accents low, Said, ' Ah! why do I weep,
in vain For one so loved, so lost ? Emma, thy pain Draws to a close ! even now is rent in twain The loveliest link that binds thy breast to woeSoon, broken heart, we soon shall meet again !' Then o'er my face her freezing hand she crossed, And bending kissed me with her lip of frost.
I waked ; and at my side-oh! still and cold !
Oh! what a tale that dreadful chillness told !
Shrieking, I started up, in terror wild;
Alas! and had I lived to dread my child ?
Eager I snatched him from his swinging bed,
His limbs were stiff—he moved not-he was dead !
Oh ! let me weep!-what mother would not weep,
To see her child committed to the deep ?
No mournful flowers, by weeping fondness laid,
Nor pink, nor rose, drooped on his breast displayed ;
Nor half-blown daisy in his little hand :-
Wide was the field around, but 'twas not land.
Enamoured death, with sweetly pensive grace,
Was awful beauty to his silent face.
No more his sad eye looked me into tears !
Closed was that
beneath his pale cold brow; And on his calm lips, which had lost their glow, But which, though pale, seemed half unclosed to speaky Loitered a smile, like moonlight on the snow. I gazed upon him still—not wild with fearsGone were my fears, and present was despair ! But as I gazed, a little lock of hair, Stirred, by the breeze, played, trembling on his cheek ; Oh, God ! my heart !- I thought life still was there. But to commit him to the watery grave, O'er which the winds, unwearied mourners, rave
One, who strove darkly sorrow's sob to stay,
Upraised the body; thrice I bade him stay;
wordless woe had much to say,
And still I bent and gazed, and gazing wept.
At last my sisters, with humane constraint,
Held me, and I was calm as dying saint;
While that stern weeper lowered into the sea
My ill-starred boy! deep-buried deep, he slept.
And then I looked to heaven in agony,
And prayed to end my pilgrimage of pain,
That I might meet my beauteous boy again!
Oh! had he lived to reach this wretched land,
And then expired, I would have blessed the strand !
But where my poor boy lies I may not lie;
I cannot come with broken heart to sigh
O'er his loved dust, and strew with flowers his turf
His pillow hath no cover but the surf;
I may not pour the soul-drop from mine eye
Near his cold bed : he slumbers in the wave!
Oh! I will love the sea, because it is his grave !
The soft blooms of summer' are fair to the eye,
Where brightly the soft silver Medway glides by ;
And rich are the colours which autumn adorn,
Its gold-checkered leaves, and its billows of corn.
But dearer to me is the pale lonely rose,
Whose blossoms in winter's dark season unclose,
Which smiles in the region of winter's stern blast,
And smooths the rough present by signs of the past.
And thus when around us affliction's dark power
Eclipses the sunshine of life's glowing hour,
While drooping, deserted, in sorrow we bend,
O sweet is the presence of one faithful friend.
The crowds whom we smiled with, when gladness was ours,
Are summer's bright blossoms, and autumn's gay stores ;
But the friend on whose breast we in sorrow repose,
That friend is the winter's lone beautiful rose.