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Yon eddying balls of foam-these arrowy

GORDALE. gleams, That o'er the pavement of the surging. At early dawn, or rather when the air

Glimmers with fading light, and shadowy eve streams

Is busiest to confer and to bereave,
Welter and flash-a synod might detain
With subtle speculations, haply vain,

Then, pensive votary ! let thy feet repair But surely less so than your far-fetched To Gordale-chasm, terrific as the lair, themes!

Where the young lions couch ;-—for so, by


O the propitious hour, thou mayst perceive THIS, AND THE TWO FOLLOWING, WERE The local deity, with oozy hair SUGGESTED

W. WESTALL'S And mineral crown, beside his jagged urn VIEWS OF THE CAVES, ETC., IN Recumbent. Him thou mayst behold, who YORKSHIRE


His lineaments by day, yet there presides, PURE element of waters ! wheresoe'er Thou dost forsake thy subterranean haunts, Teaching the docile waters how to turn ;

Or, if need be, impediment to spurn, Green herbs, bright flowers, and berry- And force their passage to the salt-sea tides !

bearing plants, Rise into life and in thy train appear : And, through the sunny portion of the year, THE MONUMENT COMMONLY CALLED Swift insects shine, thy hovering pur- LONG MEG AND HER DAUGHTERS, NEAR

suivants : And, if thy bounty fail, the forest pants ; And hart and hind and hunter with his A weight of awe not easy to be borne*

Fell suddenly upon my spirit-cast spear,

From the dread bosom of the unknown past, Languish and droop together. Nor unfelt When first I saw that sisterhood forlorn ; In man's perturbed soul thy sway benign ; And her, whose massy strength and stature And, haply, far within the marble belt Of central earth, where tortured spirits pine The power of years – pre-eminent, and

(placed For grace and goodness lost, thy murmurs Apart-to overlook the circle vast. melt

(with thine. Their anguish, and they blend sweet songs While she dispels the cumbrous shades of

Speak, giant-mother! tell it to the morn

night ;

Let the moon hear, emerging from a cloud, MALHAM COVE.

At whose behest uprose on British ground WAS the aim frustrated by force or guile, Thy progeny ; in hieroglyphic round When giants scooped from out the rocky Forth-shadowing, some have deemed, the ground

infinite, Tier under tier—this semicirque profound? The inviolable God, that tames the proud ! (Giants-the same who built in Erin's isle That causeway with incomparable toil !) Oh, had this vast theatric structure wound

COMPOSED AFTER A JOURNEY ACROSS With finished sweep into a perfect round, THE HAMILTON HILLS, YORKSHIRE. No mightier work had gained the plausive Dark and more dark the shades of evening smile

(the hour; Of all-beholding Phæbus ! But, alas, Vain earth!—false world !- Foundations

The wished-for point was reached, but late must be laid

WAS, In heaven ; for, 'mid the wreck of is and Things incomplete, and purposes betrayed perfect circle, eighty yards in diameter, are

The daughters of Long Meg, placed in a Make sadder transits o'er truth's mystic seventy-two in number, and from more than glass

three yards above ground, to less than so many Than noblest objects utterly decayed. feet: a little way out of the circle stands Long

Meg herself, a single stone, eighteen feet high.

When the author first saw this monument, as he *Waters (as Mr. Westall informs us in the let- came upon it by surprise. he might overrate its ter-press prefixed to his admirable views) are importance as an object; but, though it will not invariably found to flow through these caverns. bear a comparison with Stonehenge, he must

fell ;

And little could be gained from all that Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep! dower

The river glideth at his own sweet will : Of prospect, whereof many thousands tell. Dear God! the very houses seem asleep; Yet did the glowing west in all its power And all that mighty heart is lying still! Salute us :--there stood Indian citadel, Temple of Greece, and minster with its

OXFORD, MAY 30, 1820. tower Substantially expressed-a place for bell Ye sacred nurseries of blooming youth! Or clock to toll from. Many a tempting isle, In whose collegiate shelter England's With groves that never were imagined, lay flowers

[hours 'Mid seas how steadfast! objects all for the Expand enjoying through their vernal eye

The air of liberty, the light of truth; Of silent rapture; but we felt the while Much have ye suffered from time's gnawing We should forget them ; they are of the sky, tooth, And from our earthly memory fade away! Yet, O ye spires of Oxford ! domes and

towers !

(powers Garden, and groves ! your presence over"They are of the sky,

The soberness of reason; till, in sooth, And from our earthly memory fade away." Transformed, and rushing on a bold exTHESE words were uttered as in pensive

change, mood

sight: I slight my own beloved Cam, to range We turned, departing from that solemn Where silver Isis leads my stripling feet ; A contrast and reproach to gross delight,

Pace the long avenue, or glide adown A id life's unspiritual pleasures daily wooed! The stream-like windings of that glorious But now upon this thought I cannot brood ;

street, It is un table as a dream of night;

An eager novice robed in fluttering gown! Nor will I praise a cloud, however bright, Disparaging man's gifts, and proper food.

OXFORD, MAY 30, 1820. Grove, isle, with every shape of sky-built Shame on this faithless heart ! that could

dome, Though clad in colours beautiful and pure, Such transport-though but for a moment's


(space : Find in the heart of man no natural home : Not while-to aid the spirit of the place The immortal mind craves objects that endure :


The crescent moon clove with its glittering These cleave to it; from these it cannot The Clouds, or night-bird sang from shady

[bough, Nor they from it: their fellowship is secure.

But in plain daylight :-She too, at my side,

Who, with her heart's experience satisfied, COMPOSED UPON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE. Maintains inviolate its slightest vow! SEPT. 3, 1803

Sweet fancy! other gifts must I receive ;

Proofs of a higher sovereignty I claim; Earth has not anything to show more Take from her brow the withering flowers fair :

of eve,

(restore: Dull would he be of soul who could pass And to that brow life's morning wreath A sight so touching in its majesty: Let her be comprehended in the frame This city now doth like a garment wear Of these illusions, or they please no more. The beauty of the morning; silent, bare, Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie

RECOLLECTION OF THE PORTRAIT OF Open unto the fields, and to the sky;

KING HENRY VIII. TRINITY LODGE, All bright and glittering in the smokeless

CAMBRIDGE. air. Never did sun more beautifully steep

The imperial stature, the colossal stride,

Are yet before me; yet do I behold In his first splendour valley, rock, or hill; The broad full visage, chest of amplest


(pride: say, he has not seen any other relique of those The vestments broidered with barbaric dark ages which can pretend to rival it in singu- And lo! a poniard, at the monarch's side, larity and dignity of appearance.

Hangs ready to be grasped in sympathy



With the keen threatenings of that fulgent PARSONAGE IN OXFORDSHIRE. eye,


WHERE holy ground begins, unhallowed Below the white-rimmed bonnet, far de

ends, Who trembles now at thy capricious mood? Is marked by no distinguishable line; 'Mid those surrounding worthies, haughty The turf unites, the pathways intertwine; king!

And, wheresoe'er the stealing footstep We rather thir's, with grateful mind sodate,


(friends, How Providence educeth, from the spring Garden, and that domain where kindred, of lawless will, unlooked-for streams of And neighbours rest together, here con good,


(sound Which neither force shall check nor time Their several features, mingled like the

Of many waters, or as evening blends ON THE DEATH OF HIS MAJESTY With shady night. Soft airs, from shrub

and flower,

(grave; Ward of the law !-dread shadow of a And while those lofty poplars gently wave

Waft fragrant greetings to each silent king!

(room : Their tops, between them comes and goes Whose realm had dwindled to one stately! Whose universe was gloom immersed in Bright as the glimpses of eternity.

a sky gloom, Darkness as thick as life o'er life could To saints accorded in their mortal hour. Save haply for some feeble glimmering Of faith and hope ; if thou, by nature's COMPOSED AMONG THE RUINS OF A

doom, Gently hast sunk into the quiet tomb,

THROUGH shattered galleries, 'mid roofless Why should we bend in grief, to sorrow


(flowing tears, cling,

(trayed When thankfulness were best !-Fresh- The stranger sighs, nor scruples to upbraid

Wandering with timid footstep oft beOr, where tears flow not, sigh succeeding Old Time, though he, gentlest among the sigh,

thralls Yield to such after-thought the sole reply Which justly it can claim. The nation His lenient touches, soft as light that falls,

Of destiny, upon these wounds hath laid hears


From the'wan moon, upon the towers and In this deep knell—silent for threescore


(shade. An unexampled voice of awful memory.

Light deepening the profoundest sleep of

Relic of kings ! wreck of forgotten wars, JUNE, 1820.

To winds abandoned and the prying stars, FAME tells of groves—from England far Time loves thee! at his call the seasons

twine away

(hoar; Groves that inspire the nightingale to trill

Luxuriant wreaths around thy forehead And modulate, with subtle reach of skill And, though past pomp no changes can Elsewhere unmatched, her ever-varying lay; A soothing recompense, his gift, is thine !

Such bold report I venture to gainsay :
For I have heard the choir of Richmond

Chanting, with indefatigable bill,
Strains that recalled to mind a distant Composed in the grounds of Plass Newidd, near


Llangollyn, 1824.
When, haply under shade of that same
And scarcely conscious of the dashing oars

A STREAM, to mingle with your favourite

Plied steadily between those willowy shores: Along the Vale of Meditation flows;
The sweet-souled poet of “The Seasons"


So styled by those fierce Britons, pleased Listening, and listening long, in rapturous In nature's face the expression of repose; Ve heavenly birds! to your progenitors. • Wallachia is the country alluded to.

*Glyn Myrvr.


to see



Or haply there some pious hermit chose Wild Redbreast ! hadst thou at Jemimas To live and die, the peace of heaven his lip

(might say, aim;

(owes, Pecked, as at mine, thus boldiy, Love To whom the wild sequestered region A half-blown rose had tempted thee to sip At this late day, its sanctifying name. Its glistening dews; but hallowed is the Glyn Cafaillgaroch, in the Cambrian clay

[is gray, tongue,

(spot which the muse warms; and I, whose head In ours the Vale of Friendship, let this am not unworthy of thy fellowship; Be named; where, faithful to a low-roofed Nor could I let one thought-one motion

-slip On Deva's banks, ye have abode so long; That might thy sylvan confidence betray. Sisters in love-a love allowed to climb, For are we not all His, without whose Even on this earth, above the reach of

[ground? time!

Vouchsafed, no sparrow falleth to the

Who gives His angels wings to speed TO THE TORRENT AT THE DEVIL'S

through air,


And rolls the planets through the blue BRIDGE, NORTH WALES.

Then peck or perch, fond flutterer ! nor How art thou named ? In search of what forbear strange land

(such force To trust a poet in still musings bound. From what huge height, descending? Can Of waters issue from a British source, When Philoctetes in the Lemnian isle Or hath not Pindus fed thee, where the Lay couched ;-upon that breathless monuband

[hand ment, Of patriots scoop their freedom out, with On him, or on his fearful bow unbent, Desperate as thine? Or, come the in- Some wild bird oft might settle, and be

cessant shocks [throbbing rocks guile From that young stream," that smites the The rigid features of a transient smile, Of Viamala? There I seem to stand, Disperse the tear, or to the sigh give vent, As in life's morn; permitted to behold, Slackening the pains of ruthless banishFrom the dread chasm, woods climbing ment above woods

From home affections, and heroic toil. In pomp that fades not, everlasting snows, Nor doubt that spiritual creatures round And skies that ne'er relinquish their repose : us move, Such power possess the family of floods Griefs to allay that reason cannot heal ; Over the minds of poets, young or old ! And very reptiles have sufficed to prove

To fettered wretchedness, that no Bastille Gives to airy nothing

Is deep enough to exclude the light of A local habitation and a name.”


Though man for brother man has ceased THOUGH narrow be that old man's cares,

to feel, and near, The poor old man is greater than he seems: WHILE Anna's peers and early playmates For he hath waking empire, wide as dreams:

tread An ample sovereignty of eye and ear.

[marge ; Rich are his walks with supernatural cheer; Or float with music in the festal barge ;

In freedom mountain turf and river's The region of his inner spirit teems With vital sounds and monitory gleams

Rein the proud steed, or through the dance

are led ; Of high astonishment and pleasing fear. He the seven birds hath seen, that never Till oft her guardian angel, to some charge

Her doom it is to press a weary bedpart.

[rounds, Seen the Seven Whistlers in their nightly

More urgent called, will stretch his wings And counted them: and oftentimes will and friends too rarely prop the languid

at large,

[head. [hounds, For overhead are sweeping Gabriel's

Yet helped by genius-untired comforter ! Doomed, with their impious lord, the flying Can Cheat the time ; sending her fancy out

The presence even of a stuffed owl for her hart To chase for ever, on aerial grounds!

To ivied castles and to moonlight skies,



tain stream


Though he can neither stir a plume, nor For steadfast hope the contract to fulfil; shout,

(eyes. Yet shall my blessing hover o'er thee still, Nor veil, with restless film, his staring Embodied in the music of this lay,

Breathed forth beside the peaceful moun

(mother's ear

Whose murmur soothed thy languid Not the whole warbling grove in concert After her throes, this stream of name more heard

(can thrill

dear When sunshine follows shower, the breast Since thou dost hear it,-a memorial theme Like the first summons, cuckoo! of thy For others; for thy future self a spell bill,

To summon fancies out of time's dark cell. With its twin notes inseparably paired. The captive, 'mid damp vaults unsunned,

unaired, Measuring the periods of his lonely doom, That cry can reach; and to the sick man's Such age how beautiful! O lady bright, room

Whose mortal lineaments seem all refined Sends gladness, by no languid smile de- By favouring nature and a saintly mind clared,

(search To something purer and more exquisite The lordly eagle-race through 'hostile Than flesh and blood; whene'er thou May perish ; time may come when never

meet'st my sight,

(cheek, more

When I behold thy blanched unwithered The wilderness shall hear the lion roar ; Thy temples fringed with locks of gleaming But long as cock shall crow from household white,

(meek, perch

[thy wing. And head that droops because the soul is To rouse the dawn, soft gales shall speed Thee with the welcome snowdrop I comAnd thy erratic voice be faithful to the pare,

(that climb spring!

That child of winter, prompting thoughts,
From desolation towards the genial prime :

Or with the moon conquering earth's

misty air,

(light UNQUIET childhood here by special grace As pensive evening deepens into night.

And filling more and more with crystal Forgets her nature, opening like a flower That neither feeds nor wastes its vital power In painful struggles. Months each other in my mind's eye a temple, like a cloud chase,

[trace Slowly surmounting some invidious hill, And nought untunes that infant's voice; a Rose out of darkness : the bright work Of fretful temper sullies not her cheek ; stood still,

(proud, Prompt, lively, self-sufficing, yet so meek And might of its own beauty have been That one enrapt with gazing on her face, But it was fashioned and to God was (Which even the placid innocence of death vowed Could scarcely make more placid, heaven By virtues that diffused, in every part, more bright,)

Spirit divine through forms of human art: Might learn to picture, for the eye of faith, Faith had her arch - her arch when winds The virgin, as she shone with kindred light; blow loud, A nursling couched upon her mother's Into the consciousness of safety thrilled ; knee,

And Love her towers of dread foundation Beneath some shady palm of Galilee.


(spire Under the grave of things : Hope had her TO ROTHA

Star-high, and pointing still to something higher ;

(said, ROTHIA, my spiritual child! this head was Trembling i gazed, but heard a voice--it

gray When at the sacred font for thee I stood ;

Hell gates are powerless phantoms when

we build. Pledged till thou reach the verge of woman

hood, And shalt become thy own sufficient stay : •The river Rotha, that flows into Windermere Too late, I feel, sweet orphan! was the day from the lakes of Grasmere and Rydal.


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