Imágenes de página

There freedom's praise no more the valley cheers,

There patriot war no more her banner waves; Nor bard, nor sage, nor martial chief appears,

But stern barbarians rule a land of slaves.


Of mighty realms are such the poor remains,

Of mighty realms that fell when mad with pow'r, They lur'd each vice to revel on their plains;

Each monster doon’d their offspring to devour!

O ALBION! wouldst thou shun their mournfulfates,

. To shun their follies and their crimes be thine; And woo to linger in thy fair retreats, The radiant Virtues, progeny


Bright Truth, the noblest of the sacred band, Sweet Peace, whose brow no ruflling frown de

forms, Fair Charity, with ever open hand, : And Courage, smiling 'midst a thousand storms.

O haste to grace our Isle, ye lovely train!

So may the Pow'r whose hand all blessing yields, Give her fam'd glories ever to remain, And crown with annual wealth her laughing




THE sun far southward bends his annual way,

The bleak north-east wind lays the forest bare, The fruit ungather'd quits the naked spray,

And dreary Winter reigns o’er earth and air.

No mark of vegetable life is seen,

No bird to bird repeats his tuneful call; Save the dark leaves of some rude evergreen,

Save the lone red-breast on the moss-grown wall.

Where are the sprightly scenes by Spring supply'd,

The May-flower'd hedges scenting ev'ry breeze; The white flocks scattring o'er the mountain side,

The woodlark warbling on the blooming trees?

Where is gay Summer's sportive insect train,

That in green fields on painted pinions play'd? The herd at morn wide-pasturing o'er the plain,

Or throng'd at noon-tide in the willow'd shade?,

Where is brown Autumn's ev'ning, mild and still,

What time the ripen'dcorn fresh fragrance yields, What time the village peoples all the hill,

And loud shouts echo o'er the harvest fields?

To former scenes our fancy thus returns,

To former scenes that little pleas'd when here! Our Winter chills and our Summer burns,

Yet we dislike the changes of the year.


To happier lands then restless fancy flies,
Where INDIAN streams thro'




Where brighter suns and ever-tranquil skies,

Bid new fruits ripen, and new flow'rets blow.

Let truth these fairer happier lands survey,

There half the year descends in wat’ry storms; Or nature sickens in the blaze of day,

And one brown hue the sun-burnt plain deforms.

There oft as toiling in the maizy fields,

Or homeward passing on the shadeless way, His joyless life the weary lab'rer yields,

And instant drops beneath the deathful ray.

Who dreams of nature free from nature's strife?

Who dreams of constant happiness below? The hope-flush'd ent’rer on the stage of life;

The youth to knowledge unchastis'd by woe.


For me, long toild on many a weary road,

Led by false hope in search of many a joy; I find in earth's bleak clime no blest abode,

No place, no season sacred from annoy.

For me, while Winter rages round the plains,

With his dark days I'll human life compare; Not those inore fraught with clouds and winds and

rains, Than this with pining pain and anxious care. O whence this wond'rous turn of mind our fate!

Whate'er the season or the place possest, We ever murmur at our present state;

And yet the thought of parting breaks our rest: Why else, when heard in ev’ning's solemn gloom,

Does the sad knell that, sounding o'er the plain, Tolls some poor lifeless body to the tomb,

Thus thrill my breast with melancholy pain? The voice of reason echoes in my ear,

Thus thou ere long must join thy kindred clay; No more these “ nostrils breathe the vital air,"

No more these eyelids open on the day.

O Winter, round me spread thy joyless reign,

Thy threat'ning skies in dusky horrors drest! Of thy dread rage no longer I'll complain,

Nor ask an Eden for a transient guest. Enough has Heaven indulg'd of joy below,

To tempt our tarriance in this lov'd retreat: Enough has Heaven ordain's of useful woe,

To make us languish for a happier seat.

There is, who deems all climes, all seasons fair,

There is, who knows no restless passion's strife; Contentment, smiling at each idle care;

Contentment, thankful for the gift of life; She finds in Winter many a scene to please; The morning landscape fring'd with frost-work

gay, The sun at noon seen through the leafless trees,

The clear calm ether at the close of day. She marks th' advantage storms and clouds bestow,

When blust'ring CAURUS purifies the air, When moist AQUARIUS pours the fleecy snow,

That makes th'impregnate glebe a richer harvest

bear :

She bids for all our grateful praise arise

To him whose mandate spake the world to form; Gave Spring's gay bloom, and Summer's cheerful

skies, And Autumn's corn-clad field, and Winter's

sounding storni.

« AnteriorContinuar »