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Nun's Well, The cattle crowding round this beverage clear
Brigham To slake their thirst, with reckless hoofs have trod
The encircling turf into a barren clod;
Through which the waters creep, then disappear,
Born to be lost in Derwent flowing near ;
Yet o'er the brink, and round the limestone-cell
Of the pure spring (they call it the Nun's Well,”
Name that first struck by chance my
A tender Spirit broods—the pensive Shade
Of ritual honours to this Fountain paid
By hooded Votaresses with saintly cheer !
Albeit oft the Virgin-mother mild
Looked down with pity upon eyes beguiled
Into the shedding of “ too soft a tear.”
To his Son, Pastor and Patriot !--at whose bidding rise
John Words- These modest walls, amid a flock that need,
For one who comes to watch them and to feed, parsonage A fixed Abode---keep down presageful sighs. at Brigham Threats, which the unthinking only can despise,
Perplex the Church; but be thou firm,—be true
To thy first hope, and this good work pursue,
Poor as thou art. A welcome sacrifice
Dost Thou prepare, whose sign will be the smoke
Of thy new hearth; and sooner shall its wreaths,
Mounting while earth her morning incense breathes,
From wandering fiends of air receive a yoke,
And straightway cease to aspire, than God disdain
This humble tribute as ill-timed or vain.
Dear to the Loves, and to the Graces vowed, Mary Queen The Queen drew back the wimple that she wore ;
of Scots And to the throng that on the Cumbrian shore' landing at
Workington Her landing hailed, how touchingly she bowed ! And like a Star (that, from a heavy cloud Of pine-tree foliage poised in air, forth darts, When a soft summer gale at evening parts The gloom that did its loveliness enshroud) She smiled; but Time, the old Saturnian Seer, Sighed on the wing as her foot pressed the strand, With step prelusive to a long array Of woes and degradations hand in hand Weeping captivity, and shuddering fear Stilled by the ensanguined block of Fotheringay!
RANGING the heights of Scawfell or Black-comb, In the
In his lone course the Shepherd oft will pause,
between And strive to fathom the mysterious laws
Cumberland By which the clouds, arrayed in light or gloom, and Man On Mona settle, and the shapes assume Of all her peaks and ridges. What he draws From sense, faith, reason, fancy, of the cause, He will take with him to the silent tomb. Or by his fire, a child upon his knee, Haply the untaught Philosopher may speak Of the strange sight, nor hide his theory That satisfies the simple and the meek, Blest in their pious ignorance, though weak To cope with Sages undevoutly free.
At Sea, off Boldwords affirmed, in days when faith was strong the Isle of And doubts and scruples seldom teazed the brain, Man
That no adventurer's bark had power to gain
These shores if he approached them benton wrong;
For, suddenly up-conjured from the Main,
hide the Land—that search, though
And eager, might be still pursued in vain.
O Fancy, what an age was that for song !
That age, when not by laws inanimate,
As men believed, the waters were impelled,
The air controlled, the stars their courses held;
But element and orb on acts did wait
Of Powers endued with visible form, instinct
With will, and to their work by passion linked.
Science still DESIRE we past illusions to recall ?
crossed by To reinstate wild Fancy, would we hide
Mystery Truths whose thick veil Science has drawn aside ?
No,-let this age, high as she may, instal
In her esteem the thirst that wrought man's fall,
The universe is infinitely wide;
And conquering Reason, if self-glorified,
Can nowhere move uncrossed by some new wall
Or gulf of mystery, which thou alone,
Imaginative Faith? canst overleap,
In progress toward the fount of Love,-the throne
Of Power whose ministers the records keep
Of periods fixed, and laws established, less
Flesh to exalt than prove its nothingness.
The feudal Keep, the bastions of Cohorn, On entering Even when they rose to check or to repel
Douglas Tides of aggresive war, oft served as well
of Man Greedy ambition, armed to treat with scorn Just limits ; but yon Tower, whose smiles adorn This perilous bay, stands clear of all offence ; Blest work it is of love and innocence, A Tower of refuge built for the else forlorn. Spare it, ye waves, and lift the mariner, Struggling for life, into its saving arms! Spare, too, the human helpers! Do they stir 'Mid your
fierce shock like men afraid to die? No; their dread service nerves the heart it warms, And they are led by noble HILLARY.
Why stand we gazing on the sparkling Brine, By the SeaWith wonder smit by its transparency,
And all-enraptured with its purity ?-
Because the unstained, the clear, the crystalline,
Have ever in them something of benign ;
Whether in gem, in water, or in sky,
A sleeping infant's brow, or wakeful eye
Of a young maiden, only not divine.
Scarcely the hand forbears to dip its palm
For beverage drawn as from a mountain-well.
Temptation centres in the liquid Calm ;
Our daily raiment seems no obstacle
To instantaneous plunging in, deep Sea !
And revelling in long embrace with thee.
Isle of Man A YOUTH 100 certain of his power to wade
On the smooth bottom of this clear bright sea,
To sight so shallow, with a bather's glee,
Leapt from this rock, and but for timely aid
He, by the alluring element betrayed,
Had perished. Then might Sea-nymphs (and
Of self-reproach) have chanted elegies
Bewailing his sad fate, when he was laid
In peaceful earth : for, doubtless, he was frank,
Utterly in himself devoid of guile ;
Knew not the double-dealing of a smile ;
Nor aught that makes men's promises a blank,
Or deadly snare: and He survives to bless
The Power that saved him in his strange distress.
Isle of Man Did pangs of grief for lenient time too keen,
Grief that devouring waves had caused-or guilt
Which they had witnessed, sway the man who built
This Homestead, placed where nothing could be
Nought heard, of ocean troubled or serene?
A tired Ship-soldier on paternal land,
That o'er the channel holds august command,
The dwelling raised,-a veteran Marine.
He, in disgust, turned from the neighbouring sea
To shun the memory of a listless life
That hung between two callings. May no strife
More hurtful here beset him, doomed though free,
Self-doomed, to worse inaction, till his eye
Shrink from the daily sight of earth and sky!