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Who in the blaze of riper day
Failure? While tide-floods rise and boil
A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
Ir chanced upon the merry, merry Christmas eve
dreary“Oh! never sin and want and woe this earth will leave, And the bells but mock the wailing round, they sing
so cheery. How long, O Lord ! how long before Thou come again?
Still in cellar, and in garret, and on moorland dreary The orphans moan, and widows weep, and poor men toil
in vain, Till the earth is sick of hope deferred, though Christ
mas bells be cheery."
Then arose a joyous clamour from the wild fowl on the
mere, Beneath the stars, across the snow, like clear bells
ringing, And a voice within cried—“ Listen !-Christmas carols
even here! Though thou be dumb, yet o'er their work the stars
and snows are singing.
Blind! I live, I love, I reign; and all the nations
through With the thunder of my judgments even now are
ringing; o Do thou fulfil thy work, but as yon wild fowl do, Thou wilt heed no less the wailing yet hear through it
- angels' singing."
MY HUNTING SONG.
FORWARD ! hark ! forward 's the cry! One more fence and we're out on the open! So to us at once, if you want to live near usFollow them, hark to them, darlings ! as on they go, Leaping and sweeping down into the vale below! Cowards and bunglers whose heart or whose eye is slow
Find themselves staring alone.
So the great cause flashes by, Nearer and clearer its purposes open, While louder and louder the world-echoes cheer us : Gentlemen, sportsmen, you ought to live up to us, Lift us and lead us, and hallo our game to usWe cannot take the hounds off, and no shame to us
Don't be left staring alone!
Ask if I love thee? Oh smiles cannot tell
Weeping for thee!
Ask if I love thee? How else could I borrow Pride from man's calumny, strength from thy sorrow? Laugh when they sneer at the fanatic's bride Knowing no bliss, save to toil and to bide
Weeping for thee !
The world goes up and the world goes down,
And the sunshine follows the rain ;
For woman is warm though man be cold,
And the night will hallow the day ;