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As, on some night of starless weather,
They silently commune together,
Each sitting on his own head-stone !
The roofless house, decayed, deserted,
Its living tenants all departed,
No longer rings with midnight revel
Of witch, or ghost, or goblin evil;
No pale, blue flame sends out its flashes
Through creviced roof and shattered sashes -
The witch-grass round the hazel spring
May sharply to the night-air sing,
But there no more shall withered hags
Refresh at ease their broomstick nags,
Or taste those hazel-shadowed waters
As beverage meet for Satan's daughters;
No more their mimic tones be heard—
The mew of cat—the chirp of bird,
Shrill blending with the hoarser laughter
Of the fell demon following after |

The cautious good-man nails no more
A horseshoe on his outer door,
Lest some unseemly hag should fit
To his own mouth her bridle-bit—
The good-wife's churn no more refuses
Its wonted culinary uses
Until, with heated needle burned,
The witch has to her place returned
Our witches are no longer old
And wrinkled beldames, Satan-sold,
But young and gay and laughing creatures,
With the heart's sunshine on their features—-
Their sorcery—the light which dances
Where the raised lid unveils its glances,
Or that low breathed and gentle tone,
The music of Love's twilight hours,
Soft, dreamlike, as a fairy's moan
Above her nightly closing flowers,
Sweeter than that which sighed of yore,

Along the charmed Ausonian shore
Even she, our own weird heroine,
Sole Pythoness of ancient Lynn,
Sleeps calmly where the living laid her;
And the wide realm of sorcery,
Left by its latest mistress free,
Hath found no gray and skilled invader:
So perished Albion’s “glammarye,” .
With him in Melrose Abbey sleeping,
His charmed torch beside his knee,
That even the dead himself might see
The magic scroll within his keeping.
And now our modern Yankee sees
Nor omens, spells, nor mysteries;
And naught above, below, around,
Of life or death, of sight or sound,
Whate'er its nature, form, or look,
Excites his terror or surprise—
All seeming to his knowing eyes
Familiar as his “catechize,”
Or “Webster's Spelling Book.”

HAMPTON BEACH.

THE sunlight glitters keen and bright,

- Where, miles away,

Lies stretching to my dazzled sight

A luminous belt, a misty light, Beyond the dark pine bluffs and wastes of sandy

gray.

The tremulous shadow of the Sea I Against its ground Of silvery light, rock, hill, and tree, Still as a picture, clear and free, With varying outline mark the coast for miles On—on—we tread with loose-flung rein - Our seaward way, . Through dark-green fields and blossoming grain, Where the wild brier-rose skirts the lane, And bends above our heads the flowering locust

around.

spray.

Ha! like a kind hand on my brow Comes this fresh breeze, Cooling its dull and feverish glow, While through my being seems to flow The breath of a new life—the healing of the seasl

Now rest we, where this grassy mound His feet hath set In the great waters, which have bound His granite ancles greenly round With long and tangled moss, and weeds with cool spray wet.

Good-bye to Pain and Care I take Mine ease to-day; Here where these sunny waters break, And ripples this keen breeze, I shake All burdens from the heart, all weary thoughts away.

I draw a freer breath—I seem Like all I see— e Waves in the sun—the white-winged gleam Of sea-birds in the slanting beam— And far-off sails which flit before the South wind free.

So when Time's veil shall fall asunder, The soul may know No fearful change, nor sudden wonder, Nor sink the weight of mystery under, But with the upward rise, and with the vastness grow.

VOL. II. 4.

And all we shrink from now may seem No new revealing; Familiar as our childhood's stream, Or pleasant memory of a dream The loved and cherished Past upon the new life stealing.

Serene and mild the untried light May have its dawning; And, as in Summer's northern night The evening and the dawn unite, The sunset hues of Time blend with the soul's new morning.

I sit alone: in foam and spray Wave after wave Breaks on the rocks which, stern and gray, Shoulder the broken tide away, Or murmurs hoarse and strong through mossy cleft and cave.

What heed I of the dusty land And noisy town 2 I see the mighty deep expand From its white line of glimmering sand To where the blue of heaven on bluer waves shuts down l

In listless quietude of mind, I yield to all The change of cloud and wave and wind, And passive on the flood reclined, I wander with the waves, and with them rise andfall

But look, thou dreamer —wave and shore In shadow lie ; The night-wind warns me back once more To where my native hill-tops o'er Bends like an arch of fire the glowing sunset sky

So then, beach, bluff, and wave, farewell I bear with me No token stone nor glittering shell, But long and of shall Memory tell Of this brief thoughtful hour of musing by the Sea

LINES,

WRITTEN ON HEARING OF THE DEATH OF SILAs WRIGHT, OF NEW YORK

As they who, tossing midst the storm at night,
While turning shoreward, where a beacon shone,
Meet the walled blackness of the heaven alone,
So, on the turbulent waves of party tossed,
In gloom and tempest, men have seen thy light
- ë. in the darkness. At thy hour of noon,
While life was pleasant to thy undimmed sight,
And, day by day, within thy spirit grew
A holier hope than young Ambition knew,
As through thy rural quiet, not in vain,
Pierced the sharp thrill of Freedom's cry of pain,
Man of the millions, thou art lost too soon l
Portents at which the bravest stand aghast—
The birth-throes of a Future, strange and vast,
Alarm the land; yet thou, so wise and strong,
Suddenly summoned to the burial bed,
Lapped in its slumbers deep and ever long,
Hear'st not the tumult surging overhead.
Who now shall rally Freedom's scattering host?
Who wear the mantle of the leader lost 7
Who stay the march of slavery 2 He, whose voice
Hath called thee from thy task-field, shall not
lack
Yet bolder champions, to beat bravely back
The "; which, through his poor ones, reaches
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