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Nor pleased it less around me to behold
Far up the beach, the yeasty sea-foam rolled ;
Or, from the shore upborne, to see on high
Its frothy flakes in wild confusion fly.

View now the Winter storm ! above, one cloud,
Black and unbroken, all the clouds o'ershroud.
All where the eye delights, yet dreads, to roam,
The breaking billows cast the flying foam
Upon the billows rising, all the deep
Is restless change; the waves so swelled and steep,
Breaking and sinking, and the sunken swells,
Nor one, one moment in its station dwells :
But nearer land you may the billows trace,
As if contending in their watery chase ;
May watch the mightiest till the shoal they reach,
Then break and hurry to their utmost stretch ;
Curled as they come, they strike with furious force,
And then re-flowing, take their grating course,
Raking the rounded flints, which ages past
Rolled by their rage, and shall while ages last.

Far off the petrel, in the troubled way,
Swims with her brood, or flutters in the spray;
She rises often, often drops again,
And sports at ease on the tempestuous main.

In-shore, their passage tribes of sea.gulls urge,
And drop for prey within the sweeping surge ;
Oft in the rough opposing blasts they fly
Far back, then turn, and all their force apply,
While to the storm they give their weak complaining cry ;
Or clap the sleek white pinion to the breast,
And in the restless ocean dip for rest.

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O FESTAL Spring! midst thy victorious glow,
Far-spreading o'er the kindled woods and plains,
And streams that bound to meet thee from their chains,
Well might there lurk the shadow of a woe
For human hearts, and in the exulting flow
Of thy rich songs a melancholy tone,
Were we of mould all earthly, we alone,
Severed from thy great spell, and doomed to go
Farther, still farther, from our sunny time,
Never to feel the breathings of our prime,
Never to flower again ! But we, O Spring !
Cheered by deep spirit-whispers not of earth,
Press to the regions of thy heavenly birth,
As here thy flowers and birds press on to bloom and sing.


The cock is crowing,
The stream is flowing,
The small birds twitter,

The lake doth glitter,
The green fields sleep in the sun ;

The oldest and youngest
Are at work with the strongest ;
The cattle are grazing,

Their heads never raising ;
There are forty feeding like one !


Like an army defeated,
The snow hath retreated,
And now doth fare ill

On the top of the bare hill ;
The ploughboy is whooping-anon-anon !

There's joy on the mountains ;
There's life in the fountains,
Small clouds are sailing,

Blue sky prevailing;
The rain is over and gone !


“ The woodman's heart is in his work,

His axe is sharp and good :
With sturdy arm and steady aim
He smites the gaping wood;

From distant rocks

His lusty knocks
Re-echoing many a rood.”

We had nearly threaded the wood, and were approaching an open grove of magnificent oaks on the other side, when sounds other than of nightingales burst on our ear, the deep and frequent strokes of the woodman's axe, and emerging from the Penge, we discovered the havoc which that axe had committed. Above twenty of the finest trees lay stretched on the velvet turf. There they lay in every shape and form of devastation : some, bare trunks stripped ready for the timbercarriage, with the bark built up in long piles at the side ; some with the spoilers busy about them, stripping, hacking, hewing; others with their noble branches, their brown and fragrant shoots all fresh as if

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they were alive-majestic corpses, the slain of to-day! The grove was like a field of battle. The young lads who were stripping the bark, the very children who were picking up the chips, seemed awed and silent, as if conscious that death was around them. The nightingales sang faintly and interruptedly - a few low, frightened notes like a requiem.

Ah! here we are at the very scene of murder, the


very tree that

they are felling; they have just hewn round the trunk with those slaughtering axes, and are about to saw it asunder. Into how grand an attitude was that young man thrown as he gave the final strokes round the root; and how wonderful is the effect of that supple and apparently powerless say, bending like a ribbon, and yet overmastering that giant of the woods, conquering and overthrowing that thing of life! Now it has passed half through the trunk, and the woodman has begun to calculate which way the tree will fall; he drives a wedge to direct its course; now a few more movements of the noiseless saw; and then a larger wedge. See how the branches tremble ! Hark how the trunk begins to crack! Another stroke of the huge hammer on the wedge, and the tree quivers, as with a mortal agony, reels, shakes, and falls. How slow, and solemn, and awful it is! How like to death, to human death in its grandest forms ! Cæsar in the Capitol, Seneca in the bath, could not fall more sublimely than that oak.

Even the heavens seem to sympathize with the devastation. The clouds have gathered into one thick low canopy, dark and vapoury as the smoke which overhangs London ; the setting sun is just gleaming underneath with a dim and bloody glare, and the crimson rays spreading upward with a lurid and portentous grandeur, a subdued and dusky glow, like the light reflected on the sky from some vast conflagration. The deep flush fades away, and the rain begins to descend, and we hurry homeward rapidly, yet sadly, forgetful alike of the flowers and the wetting—thinking and talking only of the fallen tree.


“ Daffodils that come before the swallow dares, and take

The winds of March with beauty.”

Fair Daffodils, we weep to see

You haste away so soon ;
As yet the early-rising sun

Has not attained his noon.

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