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So feels the fulness of our heart and eyes,
When all of genius which can perish dies.
A mighty spirit is eclipsed-a power
Hath passed from day to darkness—to whose hour
Of light no likeness is bequeathed—no name,
Focus at once of all the rays of fame!
The flash of wit, the bright intelligence,
The beam of song, the blaze of eloquence,
Set with their Sun--but still have left behind
The enduring produce of immortal mind;
Fruits of a genial morn, and glorious noon,
A deathless part of him who died too soon.
But small that portion of the wondrous whole,
These sparkling segments of that circling soul,
Which all embraced—and lightened over all,
To cheer-to pierce-to please-or to appal.
From the charmed council to the festive board,
Of human feelings the unbounded lord ;
In whose acclaim the loftiest voices vied,
The praised—the proud-who made his praise their pride.
When the loud cry of trampled Hindostan,
Arose to heaven in her appeal from man. :3
His was the thunder--his the avenging rod,
The wrath-the delegated voice of God!
Which shook the nations through his lips--and blazed
Till vanquished senates trembled as they praised.

And here, oh ! here, where yet, all young and warm The gay

creations of his spirit charm,";
The matchless dialogue--the deathless wit,
Which knew not what it was to intermit!
The glowing portraits, fresh from life, that bring
Home to our hearts the truth from which they spring ;
These wonderous beings of his fancy, wrought
To fulness by the fiat of his thought,
Here in their first abode

may meet,
Bright with the hues of his Promethean heat ;
A halo of the light of other days,
Which still the splendour of its orb betrays.
But should there be to whom the fatal blight
Of failing wisdom yields a base delight,
Men who exult when minds of heavenly tone
Jar in the music which was born their own,
Still let them pause-ah 1 little do they know
That what to them seemed vice might be but woe.
Hard is his fate on whom the public gaze
Is fixed for ever to detract or praise ;
Repose denies her requiem to his name,
And folly loves the martyrdom of fame.
The secret enemy whose sleepless eye
Stands centinel--aceuser-judge--and spy.
The foethe fool—the jealous and the yain,
The vious who but breathe in others' pain,

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Behold the host ! delighting to deprave,
Who track the steps of glory to the grave,
Watch every fault that daring genius owes
Half to the ardour which its birth bestows,
Distort the truth, accumulate the lie,
And pile the pyramid of calamny.

These are his portion—but if joined to these Gaunt poverty should league with deep disease, If the high spirit must forget to soar, And stoop to strive with misery at the door, To sooth indignity—and face to face Meet sordid rage--and wrestle with disgrace ; To find in hope but the renewed caress, The serpent fold of further faithlessness, If such may be the ills which men assail, What marvel if at last the mightiest fail ? Breasts to whom all the strength of feeling given, Bear hearts electric—charged with fire from heaven, Black with the rude collision, inly torn, By clouds surrounded, and on whirlwinds borne, Driven o'er the lowering atmosphere, that nurst Thoughts which have turned to thunder, scorcht, and burst. But far from us and from our mimic scene Such things should be if such have ever been ;

Ours be the gentler wish, the kinder task,
To give the tribute glory need not ask,
To mourn the vanished beam, and add our mite
Of praise, in payment of a long delight.

Ye orators ! whom yet our councils yield,
Mourn for the veteran hero of your field,
The worthy rival of the wonderous THREE *,
Whose words were sparks of immortality :
Ye bards ! to whom the drama's muse is dear,
He was your master-emulate him here :
Ye men of wit and social eloquence,
He was your brother-bear his ashes hence.

of mind almost of boundless range,
Complete in kind, as various in their change ;
While eloquence-wit-poesy—and mirth,
That humbler harmonist of care on earth-
Survive within our souls; while lives our sense
Of pride in merit's proud pre-eminence :-
Long shall we seek his likeness-long in vain,
And turn to all of him which may remain,
Sighing that nature formed but one such man, .
And broke the die-in moulding Sheridan.


* Pitt, Fox, Burke.


There is a land of every land the pride,
Beloved by heaven o'er all the world beside ;
Where brighter suns dispense serener light,
And milder moons emparadise the night;
A land of beauty, virtue, valour, truth,
Time-tutored age, and love-exalted youth ;
The wandering mariner, whose eye explores
The wealthiest isles, the most enchanting shores,
Views not a realm so beautiful and fair,
Nor breathes the spirit of a purer air ;
In every clime the magnet of his soul,
Touched by remembrance trembles to that pole ;'
For in this land of heaven's peculiar grace,
The heritage of nature's noblest race,
There is a spot of earth supremely blest,
A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest,
Where creation's tyrant, casts aside
His sword and sceptre, pageantry and pride,
While in his softened looks benignly blend
The sire, the son, the husband, father, friend:


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