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human nature, a reflective habit, a mingling of reason and fancy, an imagination active, but not impassioned. The frame of mind which he labors to induce, and in which he must be read, is
* That sweet mood when pleasure loves to pay
Tribute to ease, and, of its joy secure,
that serene and blessed mood
We see into the life of things." This calm and holy musing, this deep and intimato communion with Nature, this spirit of peace, should sometimes visit us. There are periods when passionate poetry wearies, and a lively measure is discordant. There are times when we are calmed and softened, and it is a luxury to pause and forget the promptings of desire and the cares of life; when it is a relief to leave the crowd and wander into solitude; when, faint and disappointed, we seek, like tired children, the neglected boson of Nature, and in the serenity of her maternal smile, find rest and solace. Such moments redeem existence from its monotony, and refresh the human heart with dew from the urns of Peace. Then it is that the bard of Rydal Mount is like a brother, and we deeply feel that it is good for us to have known him.
PO E M S
TUNS fret not at their convent’s narrow room;
And hermits are contented with their cells; And students with their pensive citadels ; Maids at the wheel, the weaver at his loom, Sit blithe and happy; bees that soar for bloom, High as the highest Peak of Furness-fells, Will murmur by the hour in foxglove bells : In truth the prison, unto which we doom Ourselves, no prison is : and hence to me, In sundry moods, 'twas pastime to be bound Within the Sonnet's scanty plot of ground; Pleased if some Souls (for such there needs must be) Who bave felt the weight of too much liberty, Should find brief solace there, as I have found.