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There, filling with thy gale,
Upon the starlit Sea,
Of many an Argosy
Which rest upon the Bay,
Like Seagulls fast asleep, Whilst moonbeams round them play,
And sportive billows leap.
Anon amid the Pines
That skirt a mountain road, Whose rugged pathway winds
By many a lone abode,
Thy minstrel Song is heard,
Deep, vigorous, and free, Fresh as the Carol of a bird
And full of Melody.
Thy voices are like Friends
Lost in the long ago ; Whom Heaven kindly sends
To woo us from our woe.
I feel their soothing thrill
All through my being leap, Bright as the sparkling rill,
Strong as refreshing sleep.
Thus thou dost cheer me on,
Breath of the Evening wind, Till weariness is gone,
And care is left behind.
THE OLD SCHOOLMASTER.
FRIEND, wouldst thou hear me speak
Of one I love full well ; Then listen to my verse,
As I the Story tell.
A little Village nestling down
Amid a Yorkshire dale ;
The centre of my Tale.
Its walls are cob of ancient date,
The roof is thatched, and green With lichens, moss, and waving grass,
And house-leeks up between.
Low is the door with wooden latch,
And trellis-work around; Where oft mid shadow of the porch
The owner's seat is found.
When Summer days are warm and fair,
And bees go humming by; And like a blossom flits along
The beauteous butterfly;
When garden plots are all aglow
With wealth of fragrant flowers, And clustering roses bud and blow
Through all the balmy hours ;
Then, with a Homer on his knee,
Or book of Holy Writ,
He loveth oft to sit.
But when stern Winter wraps the earth
With many a snowy fold ; And days are short and nights are long,
And winds are fierce and cold ;
He seeks the shelter of his cot,
The comfort of his chair ;
A Summer's peace is there.
There glows the ruddy fire of peat,
A kettle swings above;
Dark shelves of oak hang on the walls,
Replete with golden store
And Greek and Latin lore.
Behind a Screen of antique make,
That cuts the room in two,
Permit a distant View,
There oft you'll find my Worthy Friend,
As speeds the day along, Conversing with the Ancient Bards
In lays of glorious song.
A tall Old Man with silver hair,
And cheeks like apples red; With honest eyes of tender blue,
That o'er his face doth shed
A lustre of the Olden Days,
In years long, long ago,
His soul was all aglow.
When in the old Cathedral School
He taught the growing Youth To conjugate, decline, construe,
With judgment and with truth.
But now his Teaching Days are done,
His Friends have passed away ; Of those he made in Manhood's Morn,
Scarce one remains to-day.
Like ripe Fruits drop from off a tree,
He saw them one by one
They ripened and were gone.
And now he loves to contemplate
On those whom once he knew ; And trusts that the Great Architect
Those Friendships will renew.
I often went to visit him
Towards the Close of Day, When Evening tints were in the West,
And all the Sky was gay.
There would I stand and look awhile
Before I entered in,
A picture for a king.
Upon his brow the golden light
Of Eventide did play, And in his Eyes the Light of Heaven
Was brighter than the Day.