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And, as a pleasant woman will,
Had cheered the long, dull ride,

Besought me, with so sweet a smile,
That—though I hate delays—

I could not choose but rest awhile—
(These women have such ways')

u On yonder mossy ledge she sat,

Her sketch upon her knees,
A stray brown lock beneath her hat

Unrolling in the breeze;
Her sweet face, in the sunset light

Upraised and glorified,—
I never saw a prettier sight

In all my mountain ride.

"As good as fair; it seemed her joy

To comfort and to give;
My poor, sick wife, and cripple boy,

Will bless her while they live 1"
The tremor in the driver's tone

His manhood did not shame: "I dare say, sir, you may have known—

He named a well-known name.

Then sank the pyramidal mounds,

The blue lake fled away;
For mountain-scope a parlour's bounds,

A lighted hearth for day!
From lonely years and weary miles

The shadows fell apart;
Kind voices cheered, sweet human smiles

Shone warm into my heart.

We journeyed on; but earth an$ sky
Had power to charm ao more •

Still dreamed my inwa it-turning eye
The dream of memor j o'er.


Ah! human kindness, human love—

To few who seek denied— Too late we learn to prize above

The whole round world beside!


All day the darkness and the cold

Upon my heart have lain, Like shadows on the winter sky,

Like frost upon the pane;

But now my torpid fancy wakes,

And, on thy Eagle's plume,
Rides forth, like Sinbad on his bird,

Or witch upon her broom 1

Below me roar the rocking pines,

Before me spreads the lake,
Whose long and solemn-sounding waves

Against the sunset break.

I hear the wild Rice-Eater thresh

The grain he has not sown;
I see, with flashing scythe of fire,

The prairie harvest mown 1

I hear the far-off voyager's horn;

I see the Yankee's trail—
His foot on every mountain-pass,

On every stream his sail.

By forest, lake and water-fall,

I see his peddler show;
The mighty mingling with the mean,

The lofty with the low.

He's whittling by St. Mary's FaUs,

Upon his loaded wain; He's measuring o'er the Pictured Rocks,

With eager eyes of gain.

I hear the mattock in the mine,

The axe-stroke in the dell,
The clamor from the Indian lodge,

The Jesuit chapel bell I

I see the swarthy trappers come

From Mississippi's springs; And war-chiefs with their painted brows,

And crests of eagle wings.

Behind the scared squaw's birch canoe,
The steamer smokes and raves;

And city lots are staked for sale
Above old Indian graves.

I hear the tread of pioneers

Of nations yet to be; The first low wash of waves, where soon

Shall roll a human sea.

The'rudiments of empire here

Are plastic yet and warm; The chaos of a mighty world

Is rounding into form 1

Each rude and jostling fragment soon
Its fitting place shall find—

The raw material of a State,
Its muscle and its mind!

And, westering still, the star which leads
The New World in its train

Has tipped with fire the icy spears
Of many a mountain chain.


The snowy cones of Oregon

Are kindling on its way; And California's golden sands

Gleam brighter in its ray!

Then, blessings on thy eagle quill,

As, wandering far and wide,
J thank thee for this twilight dream

And Fancy's airy ride T

Yet, welcomer than regal plumes,

Which Western trappers find, Thy free and pleasant thoughts, chance-sown,

Like feathers on the wind.

Thy symbol be the mountain-bird,

Whose glistening quill I hold; Thy home the ample air of hope,

And memory's sunset gold!

In thee, let joy with duty join,

And strength unite with love, The eagle's pinions folding round

The warm heart of the dove I

So, when in darkness sleeps the vale
Where still the blind bird clings,

The sunshine of the upper sky
Shall glitter on thy wings!


A Beautiful and happy girl,

With step as light as summer air,
Eyes glad with smiles, and brow of pearl,
Shadowed by many a careless curl

Of unconfined and flowing hair, A seeming child in everything,

Save thoughtful brow and ripening charms As Nature wears the smile of Spring

When sinking into Summer's arms.

A mind rejoicing in the light

Which melted through its graceful bower,
Leaf after leaf, dew-moist and bright,
And stainless in its holy white,

Unfolding like a morning flower:
A heart, which, like a fine-toned lute,

With eyery breath of feeling woke,
And, even when the tongue was mute,

From eye and lip in music spoke.

How thrills once more the lengthening chain

Of memory, at the thought of thee! Old hopes which long in dust have lain Old dreams, come thronging back again,

And boyhood lives again in me;
I feel its glow upon my cheek,

Its fulness of the heart is mine,
As when I leaned to hear thee speak,

Or raised my doubtful eye to thine.

I hear again thy low replies,

I feel thy arm within my own,
And timidly again uprise
The fringed lids of hazel eyes,

With soft brown tresses overblown.
Ah ! memories of sweet summer eves,

Of moonlit wave and willowy way, Of stars and flowers, and dewy leaves,

And smiles and tones more dear than they!

Ere this, thy quiet eye hath smiled

My picture of thy youth to see, When, half a woman, half a child,

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