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LOVE
All thoughts, all passions, all delights,

Whatever stirs this mortal frame,
All are but ministers of Love,

And feed his sacred flame. Oft in my waking dreams do I

Live o'er again that happy hour,
When midway on the mount I lay

Beside the ruin'd tower.
The moonshine stealing o'er the scene

Had blended with the lights of eve ;
And she was there, my hope, my joy,

My own dear Genevieve i She lean'd against the arméd man,

The statue of the arméd knight ; She stood and listen'd to my lay,

Amid the lingering light. Few sorrows hath she of her own,

My hope ! my joy ! my Genevieve ! She loves me best whene'er I sing

The songs that make her grieve. I play'd a soft and doleful air,

I sang an old and moving storyAn old rude song, that suited well

That ruin wild and hoary. She listen'd with a flitting blush,

With downcast eyes and modest grace ;
For well she knew I could not choose

But gaze upon her face.
I told her of the Knight that wore

Upon his shield a burning brand ;
And that for ten long years he woo'd

The Lady of the Land.

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I told her how he pined ; and ah !

The deep, the low, the pleading tone With which I sang another's love

35 Interpreted my own. She listen'd with a flitting blush,

With downcast eyes and modest grace ;
And she forgave me, that I gazed
Too fondly on her face.

40 But when I told the cruel scorn

That crazed that bold and lovely Knight, And that he cross'd the mountain-woods,

Nor rested day nor night ; That sometimes from the savage den, 45

And sometimes from the darksome shade, And sometimes starting up at once

In green and sunny glade
There came and look'd him in the face
An angel beautiful and bright ;

50 And that he knew it was a Fiend,

This miserable Knight! And that, unknowing what he did,

He leap'd amid a murderous band,
And saved from outrage worse than death 55

The Lady of the Land ;
And how she wept, and clasp'd his knees

And how she tended him in vain ;
And ever strove to expiate

The scorn that crazed his brain ; 60 And that she nursed him in a cave,

And how his madness went away, When on the yellow forest leaves

A dying man he lay ; His dying words--but when I reach'd 65

That tenderest strain of all the ditty, My faltering voice and pausing harp

Disturb'd her soul with pity!

All impulses of soul and sense

Had thrill'd my guileless Genevieve; 70
The music and the doleful tale,

The rich and balmy eve ;
And hopes, and fears that kindle hope,

An undistinguishable throng,
And gentle wishes long subdued,

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Subdued and cherish'd long !
She wept with pity and delight,

She blush'd with love and virgin shame ; And, like the murmur of a dream,

I heard her breathe my name. 80
Her bosom heaved—she stepp'd aside,

As conscious of my look she stept-
Then suddenly, with timorous eye

She fled to me and wept.
She half enclosed me with her arms

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She press'd me with a neek embrace ;
And bending back her head, look'd up,

And gazed upon my face.
'Twas partly love, and partly fear,
And partly 'twas a bashful art,

90 That I might rather feel, than see,

The swelling of her heart.
I calm'd her fears, and she was calm,

And told her love with virgin pride ;
And so I won my Genevieve,

95 My bright and beauteous Bride.

S. T. COLERIDGE.

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ALL FOR LOVE O talk not to me of a name great in story ; The days of our youth are the days of our glory ; And the myrtle and ivy of sweet two-and-twenty Are worth all your laurels, though ever so plenty.

thee ;

What are garlands and crowns to the brow that is wrinkled ?

5 'Tis but as a dead flower with May-dew besprinkled: Then away with allsuch from the head that is hoaryWhat care I for the wreaths that can only give glory? O Fame if I e'er took delight in thy praises, 9 'Twas less for the sake of thy high-sounding phrases, Than to see the bright eyes of the dear one discover She thought that I was not unworthy to love her. There chiefly I sought thee, there only I found thee; Her glance was the best of the rays that surround When it sparkled o'er aught that was bright in my story,

15 I knew it was love, and I felt it was glory.

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THE OUTLAW
O Brignall banks are wild and fair,

And Greta woods are green,
And

you may gather garlands there
Would grace a summer queen.
And as I rode by Dalton Hall

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Beneath the turrets high,
A Maiden on the castle-wall

Was singing merrily :
• O Brignail banks are fresh and fair,
And Greta woods are green ;

10 I'd rather rove with Edmund there

Than reign our English queen.'
• If, Maiden, thou wouldst wend with me,

To leave both tower and town,
Thou first must guess what life lead we 15

That dwell by dale and down.
And if thou canst that riddle read,

As read full well you may,
Then to the greenwood shalt thou speed
As blithe as Queen of May.'

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Yet sung she, ‘Brignall banks are fair,

And Greta woods are green ;
I'd rather rove with Edmund there

Than reign our English queen.

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I read you by your bugle-horn

And by your palfrey good,
I read you for a ranger sworn

To keep the king's greenwood.' 'A ranger, lady, winds his horn,

And 'tis at peep of light ;
His blast is heard at merry morn,

And mine at dead of night.'
Yet sung she, “ Brignall banks are fair,

And Greta woods are gay;
I would I were with Edmund there

To reign his Queen of May !

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With burnish'd brand and musketoon

So gallantly you come,
I read you for a bold Dragoon

That lists the tuck of drum.'
I list no more the tuck of drum,

No more the trumpet hear;
But when the beetle sounds his hum

My comrades take the spear.
And o! though Brignall banks be fair

And Greta woods be gay,
Yet mickle must the maiden dare

Would reign my Queen of May !

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• Maiden ! a nameless life I lead,

A nameless death I'll die ;
The fiend whose lantern lights the mead

Were better mate than I !
And when I'm with my comrades met

Beneath the greenwood bough,-
What once we were we all forget,

Nor think what we are now.'

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