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Of Husband and of Father; nor unhearing
Of that divine and nightly-whispering Voice,
Which from my childhood to maturer years
Spake to me of predestinated wreaths,
Bright with no fading colours !
Yet at times My soul is sad, that I have roam'd through life Still most a Stranger, most with naked heart At mine own home and birth-place : chiefly then, When I remember thee, my earliest Friend! Thee, who did'st watch my boy-hood and my youth ; Did'st trace my wanderings with a Father's eye; And boding evil yet still hoping good Rebuk'd each fault, and over all my woes Sorrow'd in Silence! He who counts alone The beatings of the solitary heart, That Being knows, how I have lov’d thee ever, Lov'd as a brother, as a Son rever'd thee ! Oh! tis to me an ever new delight. To talk of thee and thine; or when the blast Of the shrill winter, rattling our rude sash, Endears the cleanly hearth and social bowl;
Or when as now, on some delicious eve,
We in our sweet sequester'd Orchard-Plot
Sit on the Tree crook'd earth-ward ; whose old boughs,
That hang above us in an arborous roof,
Stirr’d by the faint gale of departing May,
Send their loose blossoms slanting o'er our heads !
Nor dost not thou sometimes recall those hours,
When with the joy of hope thou gav'st thine ear
To my wild firstling-lays. Since then my song
Hath sounded deeper notes, such as beseem .
Or that sad wisdom, folly leaves behind ;
Or such as, tun'd to these tumultuous times,
Cope with the tempest's swell!
These various strains, Which I have fram'd in many a various mood, Accept, my Brother! and (for some perchance Will strike discordant on thy milder mind) If aught of Error or intemperate Truth Should meet thine ear, think thou that riper age Will calm it down, and let they Love forgive it!
For a Fountain on a Heath.
This Sycamore, oft musical with Bees,
Such Tents the Patriarchs lov'd ! O long unharm’d
May all its aged Boughs o'er-canopy
The small round Basin, which this jutting stone
Keeps pure from falling leaves! Long may the Spring,
Quietly as a sleeping Infant's breath,
Send up cold waters to the Traveller
With soft and even Pulse! Nor ever cease
Yon tiny Cone of Sand its soundless Dance,
Which at the Bottom, like a Fairy's Page,
As merry and no taller, dances still,
Nor wrinkles the smooth Surface of the Fount.
Here Twilight is and Coolness : here is Moss,
A soft Seat, and a deep and ample Shade.
Thou may'st toil far and find no second Tree.
Drink, Pilgrim, here! Here rest! and if thy Heart
Be innocent, here too shalt thou refresh
Thy Spirit, list’ning to some gentle Sound, i
Or passing Gale or Hum of murmuring Bees !
'Tis true, Teootoctastes Satyrane! . (So call him, for so mingling Blame with Praise And smiles with anxious looks, his earliest friends, Masking his birth-name, wont to character His wild-wood fancy and impetuous zeal,) 'Tis true that, passionate for ancient truths And honoring with religious love the Great
Of elder times, he hated to excess, ' • With an unquiet and intolerant scorn,
The hollow puppets of an hollow Age,
Ever idolatrous, and changing ever
Its worthless Idols! Learning, Power, and Time,
(Too much of all) thus wasting in vain war
Of fervid colloquy. Sickness, tis true,
Whole years of weary days, besieged him close,
Even to the gates and inlets of his life!
But it is true, no less, that strenuous, firm,
And with a natural gladness, he maintained
The Citadel unconquer'd, and in joy
Was strong to follow the delightful Muse,
For not a hidden Path, that to the Shades
. Of the belov'd Parnassian forest leads,
Lurk'd undiscover'd by him; not a rill
There issues from the fount of Hippocrene,
But he had trac'd it upward to its source,
Thro' open glade, dark glen, and secret dell,
Knew the gay wild flowers on its banks, and cullid
Its med’cinable herbs. Yea, oft alone,
Piercing the long-neglected holy cave,
The haunt obscure of old Philosophy,
He bade with lifted torch its starry walls
Sparkle, as erst they sparkled to the flame
Of od’rous Lamps tended by Saint and Sage.
O fram'd for calmer times and nobler hearts !
O studious Poet, eloquent for truth!
Philosopher ! contemning wealth and death,
Yet docile, childlike, full of Life and Love !
Here, rather than on monumental stone,
This record of thy worth thy Friend inscribes,
Thoughtful, with quiet tears upon his cheek.