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HYMN TO THE SEA.

145 Heaven's two great lights for ever set and rise ;

While the round vault above,

In vast and silent love, Is gazing down upon thee with his hundred eyes.

All night thou utterest forth thy solemn moan,
Counting the weary minutes all alone;
Then in the morning thou dost calmly lie,

Deep-blue, ere yet the sun

His day-work hath begun,
Under the opening windows of the golden sky.
The Spirit of the mountain looks on thee
Over an hundred hills ; quaint shadows flee
Across thy marbled mirror ; brooding lie

Storm-mists of infant cloud,

With a sight-baffling shroud Mantling the grey-blue islands in the western sky. Sometimes thou liftest up thine hands on high Into the tempest-cloud that blurs the sky, Holding rough dalliance with the fitful blast,

Whose stiff breath, whistling shrill,

Pierces with deadly chill .. The wet crew feebly clinging to their shattered Foam-white along the border of the shore Thine onward-leaping billows plunge and roar; While o'er the pebbly ridges slowly glide

Cloaked figures, dim and grey,

Through the thick mist of spray, [tide. Watchers for some struck vessel in the boiling

[mast. 146

NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Daughter and darling of remotest eld-
Time's childhood and Time's age thou hast beheld;
His arm is feeble, and his eye is dim :

He tells old tales again —

He wearies of long pain :Thou art as at the first : thou journeyedst not

with him.

ALFORD,

NEW YEAR'S DAY. The year is born to-day-methinks it hath A chilly time of it; for down the sky The flaky frost-cloud stretches, and the Sun Lifted his large light from the Eastern plains, With gloomy mist-enfolded countenance, And garments rolled in blood. Under the haze Along the face of the waters, gather fast Sharp spikes of the fresh ice--as if the year That died last night had dropt down suddenly In his full strength of genial government, Prisoning the sharp breath of the Northern winds; Who now burst forth and revel unrestrained Over the new king's months of infancy.

The bells rung merrily when the old year died ; He past away in music; his death-sleep Closed on him like the slumber of a child When a sweet hymn in a sweet voice above him Takes up into its sound his gentle being.

TO THE SONS OF BURNS.

147 And we will raise to him two monuments; One where he died, and one where he lies buried ; One in the pealing of those midnight bells, . Their swell and fall, and varied interchange, The tones that come again upon the spirit In years far off, mid unshaped accidents ;And one in the deep quiet of the soul, The mingled memories of a thousand moods Of joy and sorrow ;—and his epitaph Shall be upon him — “Here lie the remains Of one, who was less valued while he lived, Than thought on when he died.”

ALFORD.

TO THE SONS OF BURNS,

AFTER VISITING THE TOMB OF THEIR FATHER,

Mid crowded obelisks and urns
I sought the untimely grave of Burns;
Sons of the bard, my heart still mourns

With sorrow true;
And more would grieve, but that it turns

Trembling to you !
Through twilight shades of good and ill
Ye now are panting up life’s hill ;
And more than common strength and skill

Must ye display,
If ye would give the better will

Its lawful sway.

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TO THE SONS OF BURNS.

Hath nature strung your nerves to bear
Intemp’rance with less harm, beware!
But if the poet's wit ye share,

Like him can speed
The social hour—for tenfold care

There will be need.
Even honest men delight will take
To spare your failings for his sake,
Will flatter you ;—and fool and rake

Your steps pursue,
And of your father's name will make

A snare for you.
Far from their noisy haunts retire,
And add your voices to the choir
That sanctify the cottage fire

With service meet;
There seek the glories of your sire,—

His spirit greet.
Or where, mid“ lonely heights and hows,”
He paid to nature tuneful vows;
Or wiped his honourable brows

Bedew'd with toil,
While reapers strove, or busy ploughs

Upturn’d the soil :
His judgment with benignant ray
Shall guide, his fancy cheer, your way;
But ne'er to a seductive lay

Let faith be given ;
Nor deem that “light which leads astray

Is light from Heaven.”

149

VOICE OF THE WIND.
Let no mean hope your souls enslave ;
Be independent, generous, brave;
Your father such example gave,

And such revere ;
But be admonish'd by his grave,

And think and fear!

WORDSWORTH.

VOICE OF THE WIND.

CONSTANCY On all things works for good; the barren breeds, The fluent stops, the fugitive is fixed By constancy. I told you, did I not, The story of the wind, how he himself, The desultory wind, was wrought upon ?

The wind, when first he rose and went abroad Through the waste region, felt himself at fault, Wanting a voice ; and suddenly to earth Descended with a wafture and a swoop, Where, wandering volatile from kind to kind, He wooed the several trees to give him one. First, he besought the ash; the voice she lent Fitfully, with a free and lashing change, Flung here and there its sad uncertainties : The aspen next; a flutter'd frivolous twitter Was her sole tribute : from the willow came, So long as dainty summer dressed her out, A whispering sweetness; but her winter note Was hissing, dry, and reedy: lastly, the pine

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