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Yet shall arise upon my way,

Affection's buds and blossoms fair ; The same that in my early day

With heavenly fragrance filled the air.

They live—they breathe ; and on my heart

I wear, still wear those cherished flowers ; And death alone those ties can part,

First woven in my home's sweet bowers. O pause, old Time ! for though to thee

I have not brought the tribute due ; And hours, days, years, have fled from me,

Still to my mortal trust untrue ;

Yet, in thy course thou hast not seen,

Ungenerous wish, or fault unmourned, And all that ought not to have been

Upon a sorrowing heart returned.

And ere I bow beneath thy sway,

Full many a virtue shall be mine ; For I will consecrate each day,

To bend at duty's hallowed shrine.

Then pause, old Time, ere o'er my flowers,

Thy fatal sithe is coldly laid ; And leave, O leave, some lingering hours,

Ere Nature's final debt is paid.

FROM THE SACRED OFFERING.

THE LILY OF THE VALLEY*.

Fair flower, that, lapt in lowly glade,
Dost hide beneath the greenwood shade,

Than whom the vernal gale
None fairer wakes on bank or spray,
Our England's lily of the May,

Our Lily of the vale!

Art thou that “Lily of the field,”
Which, when the Saviour sought to shield

The heart from blank despair,
He showed to our mistrustful kind
An emblem of the thoughtful mind

Of God's paternal care?

Not thus, I trow; for brighter shine
To the warm skies of Palestine

Those children of the East :
There, when mild autumn's early rain
Descends on parched Esdrela's plain,

And Tabor's oak-girt crest;

* The Editor has taken a liberty (for which the beauty of the language as well as the poetry must plead her excuse) of extracting this piece from The British Months,a poem in twelve parts, by Dr. MANT, Lord Bishop of Down and Connor, recently published by Mr. Parker, West Strand.

More frequent than the host of night,
Those earth-born stars, as sages write,

Their brilliant disks unfold;
Fit symbol of imperial state,
Their sceptre-seeming forms elate,

And crowns of burnished gold.

But not the less, sweet spring-tide's flower,
Dost thou display the Maker's power,

His skill and handywork;
Our western valleys' humbler child,
Where, in green nook of woodland wild,

Thy modest blossoms lurk.

What though nor care nor art be thine,
The loom to ply, the thread to twine,

Yet, born to bloom and fade,
Thee too a lovelier robe arrays,
Than, e'en in Israel's brightest days,

Her wealthiest king arrayed.

Of thy twin leaves the embowered screen,
Which wraps thee in thy shroud of green ;

Thy Eden-breathing smell ;
Thy arched and purple-vested stem,
Whence pendent many a pearly gem,

Displays a milk-white bell.

Instinct with life thy fibrous root,
Which sends from earth the ascending shoot,

As rising from the dead,

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And fills thy veins with verdant juice,
Charged thy fair blossoms to produce,

And berries scarlet red.

The triple cell, the twofold seed,
A ceaseless treasure-house decreed,

Whence aye thy race may grow,
As from creation they have grown,
While Spring shall weave her flowery crown,

Or vernal breezes blow.

Who forms thee thus, with unseen hand ?
Who at creation gave command,

And willed thee thus to be;
And keeps thee still in being, through
Age after age revolving? Who

But the great God is he?

Omnipotent to work his will ;
Wise, who contrives each part to fill

The post to each assigned;
Still provident, with sleepless care,
To keep, to make thee sweet and fair

For man's enjoyment-kind !

“ There is no God," the senseless say :“ O God! why cast'st thou us away, ?”

Of feeble faith and frail, The mourner breathes his anxious thought :By thee a better lesson taught,

Sweet lily of the vale !

Yes, He who made and fosters thee,
In reason's eye perforce must be

Of majesty divine.
Nor deems she, that his guardian care
Will He in man's support forbear,

Who thus provides for thee.

THE SNOW-DROP.

Lone flower, hemmed in with snows as white as they,
But hardier far, once more I see thee bend
Thy forehead, as if fearful to offend,
Like an unbidden guest. Though day by day,
Storms, sallying from the mountain-tops, waylay
The rising sun, and on the plains descend ;
Yet art thou welcome, welcome as a friend
Whose zeal outruns his promise. Blue-eyed May
Shall soon behold this border thickly set
With bright jonquils, their odours lavishing
On the soft west wind and his frolic peers ;
Nor will I then thy modest grace forget,
Chaste snowdrop, vent'rous harbinger of spring,
And pensive monitor of fleeting years !

WORDSWORTH,

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