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Their slender ditties when the trees are bare.
-- Not Brothers they in feature or attire,
But lo! where from the rocky garden Mount Crowned by its antique summer-house-descends, Light as the silver fawn, a radiant Girl; For she hath recognized her honoured Friend, The Wanderer ever welcome! A prompt kiss The gladsome Child bestows at his request ; And, the flowery lawn as we advance, Hangs on the Old Man with a happy look, And with a pretty restless hand of love. -We enter-by the Lady of the Place Cordially greeted. Graceful was her port: A lofty stature undepressed by Time, Whose visitation liad not wholly spared The finer lineaments of form and face ; To that complexion brought which prudence trusts in And wisdom loves. —But when a stately Ship Sails in smooth weather by the placid coast On homeward voyage, what-if wind and wave, And hardslip undergone in various climes, Have caused her to abate the virgin pride, And that full trim of inexperienced hope With which she left her haven-not for this, Should the sun strike her, and the impartial breeze Play on her streamers, fails she to assume Brightness and touching beauty of her own, That charm all eyes. So bright, so fair, appeared This goodly Matron, slinning in the beams Of unexpected pleasure. Soon the board Was spread, and we partook a plain repast.
But 0, the animation in the mien Of those two Boys! Yea in the very words With which the young Narrator was inspired, When, as our questious led, he told at large Of that day's prowess! Him might I compare, His look, tones, gestures, eager eloquence, To a bold Prook that splits for better reed, And, at the self-same moment, works its way Through many channels, ever and anon Parted and reunited: his Compeer To the still Lake, whose stillness is to sight As beautiful, as grateful to the mind. - But to what object shall the lovely Girl Be likened? She whose countenance and air Unite the graceful qualities of both, Even as she shares the pride and joy of both.
Here, resting in cool shelter, we beguiled The mid-day hours with desultory talk ; From trivial themes to general argument Passing, as accident or fancy led, Or courtesy prescribed. While question rose And answer flowed, the fetters of reserve Dropping from every mind, the Solitary Resumed the manners of his happier days ; And, in the various conversation, bore A willing, nay, at times, a forward part; Yet with the grace of one who in the world
Had learned the art of pleasing, and had now i Occasion given him to display his skill, | Upon the sicadfast 'vantage ground of truth.
He gazed with admiration unsuppressed
My grey-haired Friend was moved; his vivid eye Glistened with tenderness; bis Mind, I knew, Was full; and had, I doubted not, returned, Upon this impulse, to the theme-erewhile Abruptly broken-off. The ruddy Boys Withdrew, ou summons to their well-earned meali And He-(to whom all tongues resigned their rights With willingness, to whom the general ear Listened with readier patience than to strain Of music, lute or harp,-a long delight That ceased not wlien liis voice had ceased) as One Who from truth's central point serenely views The compass of his argument, --began Mildly, and with a clear and steady tone.
ARGUMENT Wanderer asserts ibat an active principle pervades the
Universe-Its poblest seat the buman soul - How
lively this principle is in Childhoodtlence the delight Or so he ought to move.
Ah! why in age in Old Age of looking back upon Childhood - The Do we revert so fondly to the walks dignity, powers, and privileges of Age asserted— Of Childhood- but that there the Soul discerns
Thiese noi to be looked for generally but under a The dear memorial footsteps unimpaired just government-Right of a human Creature to be of her own native vigour-thence can hear ere not from being considered as a mere Instrument Reverberations; and a choral song,
- Vicious inclinations are best kept under by giving Commingling with the incense that ascends good ones an opportunity to shew Ulemselves - The Unda unted, tow'rd the imperishable heavens, condition of multitudes deplored from want of due From her own lonely altar?--Do not think respect to this truth on the part of their superiors in That Good and Wise will ever be allowed, society-former conversation recurred to, and the Thougli strength decay, to breathe in such estate Wanderer's opinions set in a clearer light--Genuine As shall divide them wholly from the stir principles of equality-Truth placed within reach of Of hopeful nature. Rightly is it said the humblest.—Happy state of the two Boys again. That Man descends into the Vale of years; adverted 10-Earnest wish expressed for a System of Yet have I thought that we might also speak, National Education established universally by Go- And not presumptuously, I trust, of Age, vernment-Glorious effects of this foretold— Wan- As of a final EMINENCE, though bare derer breaks off-Walk to the Lake-embark-De- In aspect and forbidding, yet a Point scription of scenery and amusements-Grand spec
On which is not impossible to sit tacle from the side of a hill - Address of Priest to the In awful sovereignty-a place of powerSapreme Being-in the Course of which he contrasts - A Throne, that may be likened upto his, with ancient Barbarism the present appearance of Who, in some placid day of summer, looks the scene before him-The change ascribed to Chris- Down from a mountain-top:--say one of those tianity-Apostrophe to bis Flock, living and dead- High Peaks, that bound the vale where now we are. Gratitude to the Alioighty-- Return over the Lake - Faint, and diminished to the gazing eye, Parting with the Solitary - Under what circum- Forest and field, and bill and dale appear,
With all the shapes upon their surface spread:
But, while the gross and visible frame of thiny's DISCOURSE OF THE WANDERER, AND AN
Relinquishes its hold upon the sense,
Yea almost on the mind herself, and seems
All unsubstantialized,-how loud the voice To every Form of l'eing is assigned,»
Of waters, with invigorated peal Thus calmly spake the venerable Sage,
From the full River in the vale below, « An active principle:-howe'er removed
Ascending !-For on that superior beight From sense and observation, it subsists
Who sits, is discncumbered from the press • In all things, in all patures, in the stars
Of near obstructions, and is privileged Of azure heaven, the unenduring clouds,
To breathe in solitude above the bost In flower and tree, in every pebbly stone
Of ever-bumming insects, 'mid thin air | That paves the brooks, the stationary rocks,
That suits not them. The murmur of the leaves The moving waters, and the invisible air.
Many and idle, visits not his ear; Whale'er exists hath properties that spread
This he is freed from, and from thousand notes i Beyond itself, communicating good,
Not less unceasing, not less vain than these, A simple blessing, or with evil mixed;
By which the finer passages of sense Spirit that knows no insulated spot,
Are occupied; and the Soul, that would incline No chasm, no solitude; from link to link
To listen, is prevented or deterred.
« And may it not be hoped, that, placed by Age l'ofolded still be more, more visible,
In like removal tranquil though severe, The more we know; and yet is reverenced least, We are not so removed for ulter loss; And least respected, in the human Mind,
But for some favour, suited to our need? Its most apparent home. The food of hope
What more than that the severing should confer Is meditated action; robbed of this
Fresli power to commune with the invisible world, Her sole support, sbe languishes and dies.
And hear the mighty stream of tendency We perish also; for we live by hope
Uttering, for elevation of our thought, And by desire; we see by the glad light,
A clear sonorous voice, inaudible And breathe the sweet air of futurity,
To the vast multitude; whose doom it is And so we live, or else we have no life.
To run the givdy round of vain delight, To-morrow-nay perchance this very hour,
Or free and labour on the Plain below. (For every moment hath its own to-morrow!) -Those blooming Boys, whose bearts are almost sick « But, if to such sublime ascent the hopes With present triumph, will be sure to bad
Of Man may rise, as to a welcome close A field before them freshened with the dew
And termination of bis mortal course, of other expectations ;-in which course
Them only cao such hope inspire whose minds Their happy year spios round. The Youth obeys Have not been starved by absolute ueglect; A like glad impule; and so moves the Man
Nor bodies cruslied by upremilung soil, did all his apprehensions, cares, and fears,
To whom kind Nature, therefore, may afford
Proof of the sacred love she bears for all;
And miserable hunger. Much, too much
« Then,» said the Solitary, « by what force Of language sball a feeling Heart express ller sorrow for that multitude in whom We look for bealth from seeds that have been sown la sickness, and for increase in a power That works but by extinction? On themselves They cannot lean, nor turn to their own hearts To know what they must do; their wisdom is To look into the eyes of others, thence To be instructed what they must avoid : Or rather let us say, how least observed, How with most quiet and most silent death, With the least taint an injury to the air The Oppressor breathes, their human Form divine, And their immortal Soul, may waste away.”
The Sage rejoined, « I thank you-you have spared My voice the utterance of a keen regret, A wide compassion which with you I share. When, heretofore, I placed before your sight A Little-one, subjected to the Arts Of modern ingenuity, and made The senseless member of a vast machine, Serving as doth a spindle or a whcel; Think not, that, pitying him, I could forget The rustic Boy, who walks the fields, untaught; The Slave of ignorance, and oft of want,
« Alas! what differs more than man from man! And whence that difference? whence but from himself! For see the universal Race endowed With the same upright form!—The sun is fixed, And the infinite magnificence of heaven, Fixed within reach of every human eye; The sleepless Ocean murmurs for all ears; The vernal field infuses fresh delight Into all hearts. Throughout the world of sense, Even as an object is sublime or fair, That object is laid open to the view Without reserve or veil; and as a power Is salutary, or an influence sweet, Are each and all enabled to perceive That power, that influence, by impartial law. Gitts nobler are vouchsafed alike to all; Reason,-and, with that reason, smiles and tears, Imagination, freedom in the will, Conscience to guide and check, and death to be Foretasted, immortality presumed. Strange, then, nor less than monstrous might be deemed The failure, if the Almighty, to this point Liberal and undistinguishing, should hide
While she exacts allegiance, shall admit
- This sacred right is fruitlessly announced,
« Look! and behold, from Calpe's sunburnt cliff, To the flat margin of the Baltic sea, Long-reverenced Titles cast away as weeds; Laws overturned;—and Territory split, Like fields of ice rent by the polar wind, And forced to join in less obnoxious shapes, Which, ere they gain consistence, by a gust of the same breath are shattered and destroyed. Meantime the Sovereignty of these fair Isles Remaios entire and indivisible; And, if that ignorance were removed, which breeds Within the compass of their several shores Dark discontent, or loud commotion, each Might still preserve the beautiful repose Of heavenly Bodies shining in their spheres. -The discipline of slavery is unknown Amongst us, - hence the more do we require The discipline of virtue; order else Cannot subsisi, nor confidence, nor peace. Thus, duties rising out of good possessed, And prudent caution needful to avert Impending evil, equally require That the whole people should be taught and trained, So shall licentiousness and black resolve Be rooted out, and virtuous babits take
1 The excellence of moral qualities
And virtue, difficult, abstruse, and dark;
To heaven as lightly from the Cottage hearth
Ponders this true equality, may walk
Lamenting apcient virtues overthrown,
So wide a difference betwixt Man and Man.
< But let us rather tyrn our gladdened thoughts
Much as I glory in that Child of yours,
Than the old hereditary wish fulfilled, ✓ The wish for liberty to live--content
With what leaven grants, and die-in peace of mind,
Within the bosom of his pative Vale.
Reserves for either, ibis is sure, that both
Ile paused, as if revolving in his soul
Their place; and genuine piety descend, Like an inheritance, from age to age.
To the Lake's margin, where a Boat lies moored
« With such foundations laid, avaunt the fear Of numbers crowded on their native soil, To the prevention of all healthful growth Through mutual injury! Rather in the law Of increase and the mandate from above Rejoice!—and Ye have special cause for joy. -For, as the element of air affords An easy passage to the industrious bces Fraught with their burtlens; and a way as smooth For those ordained to take their sounding flight From the thronged hive, and settle where they list In fresh abodes, their labour to renew; So the wide waters, open to the power, The will, the instincts, and appointed needs Of Britain, do invite her to cast off Her swarms, and in succession send them fortlı; Bound to establislı new communities On every shore whose aspect favours hope Or bold adventure; promising to skill And perseverance their deserved reward.
- Yes,» he continued, kindling as he spako, « Change wide, and deep, and silently performed, This Land shall witness; and as days roll on, Earth's universal Frame shall feel the effect Even till the smallest habitable Rock, Beaten by lonely billows, liear the songs Of humanized Society; and bloom With civil arts, that send their fragrance forth, A grateful tribute to all-ruling Heaven. From Culture, unexclusively bestowed On Albion's noble Race in freedom born, Expect these mighty issues; from the pains And faithful care of unambitious Schools Instructing simple Childhood's ready ear : Thence look for these magnificent results! Vast the circumference of hope-and Ye Are at its centre, British Lawgivers; Ah! sleep not there in shame! Shall Wisdom's voice From out the bosom of these troubled Times Repeat the dictates of her calmer mind, And shall the venerable Halls
Of darkness, stretched o'er guilty Europe, makes | The brightness more conspicuous, that iuvests
The happy Island where ye think and act :
« Ah! what a pity were it to disperse, Or to disturb so fair a spectacle, And yet a breath can do it!»
These few words The Lady whispered, while we stood and gazed Gathered together, all, in still delight, Not without awe. Thence passing on, she said In like low voice to my particular ear, «I love to hear that eloquent Old Man Pour forılı his meditations, and descant On human life from infancy to age. How pure lais spirit! in what vivid hues His mind gives back the various forms of things, Caught in their fairest, happiest attitude ! While he is speaking, I have power to see Even as he sees; but when his voice hath ceased, Then, with a sigh, I sometimes feel, as now, That combinations so serene and bright, Like those retlected in yon quiet Pool, Cannot be lasting in a world like ours, To great and small disturbances exposed,» Morc bacl she said—but sportive shonis were heard; Sent from the jocund hearts of those two boys, Who, bearing each a basket ou his arm, Down the green field came tripping after us, -When we bad cautiously embarked, the Pair Now for a prouder service were addrest; But an inexorable law forbade, And each resigned the oar wbich he had seized. Whereat, with willing hand I undertook The needful labour; grateful task!- to me Pregnant with recollections of the time When, on thy bosom, spacious Windermere! A youth, I practised this delightful art; Tossed on the waves alone, or 'mid a crew Of joyous Comrades. -Now, the reedy marge Cleared, with a strenuous arm I dipped the oar, Free from obstruction; and the Boat advanced
Abruptly here, but with a graceful air The Sage broke off. No sooner had he ceasest Than, looking forth, the gentle Lady said, « Behold, the shades of afternoon have fallen Upon this tlowery slope ; and see-- beyondThe lake, thougla briglie, is of a placid blue; As if preparing for the peace of evening. How temptingly the Landscape shines !— The air Breathes invitation ; casy is thc walk