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Yes, still he's fixed, and sleeping !

This silence too the while, Its very hush and creeping Seem whispering us a smile ;

Something divine and dim

Seems going by one's ear, Like parting wings of cherubim,

“ We've finished here."

From out a balmy bosom

Our bud of beauty grew ; It fed on smiles for sunshine,

On tears for daintier dew : Aye nestling warm and tenderly,

Our leaves of love were curled So close and close about our wee

White Rose of all the world.

Who say,



With mystical faint fragrance

Our house of life she filled ; Revealed each hour some fairy tower

Where wingéd hopes might build ! We saw — though none like us might see —

Such precious promise pearled Upon the petals of our wée

White Rose of all the world.

But, evermore the halo

Of angel-light increased,
Like the mystery of moonlight

That folds some fairy feast.
Snow-white, snow-soft, snow-silently

Our darling bud up-curled,
And dropt i' the grave -- God's lap- our wee

White Rose of all the world.

O, THOSE little, those little blue shoes !
Those shoes that no little feet use.

O the price were high

That those shoes would buy,
Those little blue unused shoes !
For they hold the small shape of feet
That no more their mother's eyes meet,

That, by God's good will,

Years since, grew still,
And ceased from their totter so sweet.
And 0, since that baby slept,
So hushed, how the mother has kept,

With a tearful pleasure,

That little dear treasure,
And o'er them thought and wept !
For they mind her forevermore
Of a patter along the floor ;

And blue eyes she sees

Look up from her knees
With the look that in life they wore.
As they lie before her there,
There babbles from chair to chair

A little sweet face

That's a gleam in the place, With its little gold curls of hair. Then O wonder not that her heart From all else would rather part

Than those tiny blue shoes

That no little feet use, And whose sight makes such fond tears start !


Our Rose was but in blossom,

Our life was but in spring, When down the solemn midnight

We heard the spirits sing, Another bud of infancy

With holy dews impearled !' And in their hands they bore our wee

White Rose of all the world.

You scarce could think so small a thing

Could leave a loss so large ; Her little light such shadow fling

From dawn to sunset's marge. In other springs our life may be

In bannered bloom unfurled, But never, never match our wee White Rose of all the world.




All in our marriage garden

Grew, smiling up to God, A bonnier flower than ever

Suckt the green warmth of the sod ; O beautiful unfathomably

Its little life unfurled ; And crown of all things was our wee

White Rose of all the world.

Among the beautiful pictures

That hang on Memory's wall Is one of a dim old forest,

That seemeth best of all ; Not for its gnarled oaks olden,

Dark with the mistletoe ; Not for the violets golden

That sprinkle the vale below ;

Not for the milk-white lilies

That lean from the fragrant ledge, Coquetting all day with the sunbeams,

And stealing their golden edge ; Not for the vines on the upland,

Where the bright red berries rest, Nor the pinks, nor the pale sweet cowslip,

It seemeth to me the best.

This name, whoever chance to call

Perhaps your smile may win. Nay, do not smile! mine eyelids fall Over mine eyes, and feel withal

The sudden tears within.

Is there a leaf that greenly grows

Where summer meadows bloom, But gathereth the winter snows, And changeth to the hue of those,

If lasting till they come ?

Is there a word, or jest, or game,

But time encrusteth round With sad associate thoughts the same ? And so to me my very naine

Assumes a mournful sound.

I once had a little brother,

With eyes that were dark and deep; In the lap of that old dim forest

He lieth in peace asleep : Light as the down of the thistle,

Free as the winds that blow, We roved there the beautiful summers,

The summers of long ago ; But his feet on the hills grew weary,

And, one of the autumn eves, I made for my little brother

A bed of the yellow leaves. Sweetly his pale arms folded

My neck in a meek embrace, As the light of immortal beauty

Silently covered his face ; And when the arrows of sunset

Lodyed in the tree-tops bright, He fell, in his saint-like beauty,

Asleep by the gates of light. Therefore, of all the pictures

That hang on Memory's wall, The one of the dim old forest Seemeth the best of all.


My brother gave that name to me

When we were children twain, When names acquired baptismally Were hard to utter, as to see

That life had any pain.

No shade was on us then, save one

Of chestnuts from the hill, And through the word our laugh did run As part thereof. The mirth being done,

He calls me by it still.

Nay, do not smile ! I hear in it

What none of you can hear, The talk upon the willow seat, The bird and wind that did repeat

Around, our human cheer.

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away !"

Earth saddens, never shall remove,

Where once we dweltour name is heard no more; Affections purely given ;

Children not thine have trod my nursery floor; And e'en that mortal grief shall prove And where the gardener Robin, day by day, The immortality of love,

Drew me to school along the public way,
And heighten it with Heaven.

Delighted with my bawble coach, and wrapped
In scarlet mantle warm and velvet cap,
'T is now become a history little known
That once we called the pastoral house our own.

Short-lived possession ! but the record fair,

That memory keeps of all thy kindness there,

Still outlives many a storm that has effaced OUT OF NORFOLK, THE GIFT OF MY COUSIN, ANN BODHAM.

A thousand other themes, less deeply traced : O that those lips had language ! Life has passed | Thy nightly visits to my chamber made, With me but roughly since I heard thee last. That thou mightst know me safeand warmly laid ; Those lips are thine, thy own sweet smile I see, Thy morning bounties ere I left my home, The same that oft in childhood solaced me; The biscuit, or confectionery plum ; Voice only fails, else how distinct they say, The fragrant waters on my cheeks bestowed “Grieve not, my child; chase all thy fears By thy own hand, till fresh they shone and

glowed, The meek intelligence of those dear eyes All this, and, more endearing still than all, (Blest be the art that can immortalize,

Thy constant flow of love, that knew no fall, The art that baffles time's tyrannic claim Ne'er roughened by those cataracts and breaks To quench it!) here shines on me still the same. That humor interposed too often makes ;

Faithful remembrancer of one so dear ! All this, still legible in memory's page,
( welcome guest, though unexpected here ! And still to be so to my latest age,
Who bid'st me honor with an artless song, Adds joy to duty, makes me glad to pay
Affectionate, a mother lost so long.

Such honors to thee as my numbers may,
I will obey,
not willingly alone,

Perhaps a frail meniorial, but sincere, But gladly, as the precept were her ownl; Not scorned in heaven, though little noticed here. And, while that face renews my filial grief, Could time, his flight reversed, restore the Fancy shall weave a charm for my relief,

hours Shall steep me in Elysian revery,

When, playing with thy vesture's tissued flowA momentary dream that thou art she.

ers, My mother! when I learned that thou wast dead, The violet, the pink, the jessamine, Say, wast thou conscious of the tears I shed ? I pricked them into paper with a pin, Hovered thy spirit o'er thy sorrowing son, (And thou wast happier than myself the while Wretch even then, life's journey just begun ? Wouldst softly speak, and stroke my head and Perhaps thou gavest me, though unfelt, a kiss; smile,) Perhaps a tear, if souls can weep in bliss — Could those few pleasant days again appear, Ah, that maternal smile ! it answers - Yes. Might one wish bring them, would I wish them I heard the bell tolled on thy burial day ;

here? I saw the hearse that bore thee slow away ; I would not trust my heart, the dear delight And, turning from my nursery window, drew Seems so to be desired, perhaps I might. A long, long sigh, and wept a last adieu !

what here we call our life is such, But was it such?- It was. – Where thou art gone So little to be loved, and thou so much, Adieus and farewells are a sound unknown ; That I should ill requite thee to constrain May I but meet thee on that peaceful shore, Thy unbound spirit into bonds again. The parting word shall pass my lips no more. Thou - as a gallant bark, from Albion's coast, Thy maidens, grieved themselves at my concern, (The storms all weathered and the ocean crossed,) Oft gave me promise of thy quick return; Shoots into port at some well-havened isle, What ardently I wished I long believed, Where spices breathe and brighter seasons smile; And, disappointed still, was still deceived, There sits quiescent on the floods, that show By expectation every day beguiled,

Her beauteous form reflected clear below, Dupe of to-morrow even from a child.

While airs impregnated with incense play Thus many a sad to-morrow came and went, Around her, fanning light her streamers gay, Till, all my stock of infant sorrow's spent, So thou, with sails how swift ! hast reached the I learned at last submission to my lot ;

shore But, though I less deplored thee, ne'er forgot. “Where tempests never beat nor billows roar";

But no,



And thy loved consort on the dangerous tide The father toils sair their wee bannock to earn,
Of life long since has anchored by thy side. An' kens na the wrangs o' his mitherless bairn.
But me, scarce hoping to attain that rest,
Always from port withheld, always distressed, Her spirit, that passed in yon hour o' his birth,
Me howling blasts drive devious, tempest-tossed, Still watches his wearisome wanderings on earth ;
Sails ripped, seams opening wide, and compass Recording in heaven the blessings they earn

Wha couthilie deal wi' the mitherless bairn !
And day by day some current's thwarting force
Sets me more distant from a prosperous course. O, speak him na harshly, - he trembles the
Yet O, the thought that thou art safe, and he ! - while,
That thought is joy, arrive what may to me. He bends to your bidding, and blesses your smile;
My boast is not that I deduce my birth

In their dark hour o' anguish the heartless shall From loins enthroned, and rulers of the earth;

But higher far my proud pretensions rise, That God deals the blow, for the mitherless bairn!
The son of parents passed into the skies.
And now, farewell !— Time, unrevoked, has run
His wonted course ; yet what I wished is done.
By contemplation's help, not sought in vain,

I seem to have lived my childhood o'er again,
To have renewed the joys that once were mine,

I REMEMBER, I remember -
Without the sin of violating thine ;

The house where I was born, And, while the wings of fancy still are free,

The little window where the sun And I can view this mimic show of thee,

Came peeping in at morn. Time has but half succeeded in his theft,

He never came a wink too soon,
Thyself removed, thy power to soothe me left.

Nor brought too long a day;
But now I often wish the night

Had borne my breath away!

I remember, I remember (An Inverary correspondent writes: “Thom gave me the fol.

The roses, red and white, lowing narrative as to the origin of 'The Mitherless Bairn'; I

The violets, and the lily-cups, quote his own words. When I was livin' in Aberdeen, I was limping roun' the house to my garret, when I heard the greetin' o' Those flowers made of light !

A lassie was thumpin' a bairn, when out cam a big dame, bellowin' * Ye hussie, will ye lick a mitherless bairn!" I

The lilacs where the robin built, hobled up the stair and wrote the sang asore sleepin.' "]

And where my brother set

The laburnum on his birthday, –
When a' ither bairnies are hushed to their hame

The tree is living yet !
By aunty, or cousin, or frecky grand-dame,
Wha stands last and lanely, an' naebody carin'?

I remember, I remember 'T is the puir doited loonie, — the mitherless

Where I was used to swing, bairn!

And thought the air must rush as fresh

To swallows on the wing; The mitherless bairn gangs to his lane bed;

My spirit flew in feathers then, Nane covers his cauld back, or haps his bare

That is so heavy now, head; His wee hackit heelies are hard as the airn,

And summer pools could hardly cool

The fever on my brow! An' litheless the lair o' the mitherless bairn.


a wean.

Aneath his cauld brow siccan dreams hover there,
O' hands that wont kindly to kame his dark hair;
But mornin' brings clutches, a' reckless an' stern,
That lo'e nae the locks o' the mitherless bairn!

I remember, I remember

The fir-trees dark and high ;
I used to think their slender tops

Were close against the sky.
It was a childish ignorance,

But now 't is little joy
To know I'm farther off from heaven
Than when I was a boy.


Yon sister that sang o'er his saftly rocked bed
Now rests in the mools where her mammie is

laid ;




LITTLE Ellie sits alone
Mid the beeches of a meadow,

By a stream-side on the grass,

And the trees are showering down Doubles of their leaves in shadow,

On her shining hair and face.


She has thrown her bonnet by, And her feet she has been dipping

In the shallow water's flow.

Now she holds them nakedly In her hands all sleek and dripping,

While she rocketh to and fro.


Little Ellie sits alone,
And the smile she softly uses

Fills the silence like a speech,

While she thinks what shall be done, And the sweetest pleasure chooses

For her future within reach.


Little Ellie in her smile Chooses ...“I will have a lover,

Riding on a steed of steeds!

He shall love me without guile, And to him I will discover

The swan's nest among the reeds.


“And the steed shall be red-roan, And the lover shall be noble,

With an eye that takes the breath.

And the lute he plays upon Shall strike ladies into trouble,

As his sword strikes men to death.


“And the steed it shall be shod All in silver, housed in azure,

And the mane shall swim the wind ;

And the hoofs along the sod Shall flash onward and keep measure,

Till the shepherds look behind.

in my face.

When he gazes

He will say, 'O Love, thine eyes Build the shrine my soul abides in,

And I kneel here for thy grace.'


Then, ay then - he shall kneel low, With the red-roan steed anear him,

Which shall seem to understand

Till I answer, 'Rise and go !
For the world must love and fear him

Whom I gift with heart and hand.'


“Then he will arise so pale, I shall feel my own lips tremble

With a yes I must not say ;

Nathless maiden-brave, “Farewell' I will utter, and dissemble ; —

*Light to-morrow with to-day.'

X. “Then he'll ride among the hills To the wide world past the river,

There to put away all wrong;

To make straight distorted wills, And to empty the broad quiver

Which the wicked bear along.


“Three times shall a young foot-page Swim the stream and climb the mountain

And kneel down beside my feet ;

‘Lo, my master sends this gage, Lady, for thy pity's counting !

What wilt thou exchange for it?'


“And the first time, I will send A white rosebud for a guerdon,

And the second time, a glove ;

But the third time, I may bend From my pride, and answer, ‘Pardon,

If he comes to take my love.'


“Then the young foot-page will run, Then my lover will ride faster,

Till he kneeleth at my knee :

I am a duke's eldest son ! Thousand serfs do call me master,

But, O Love, I love but thee !''


“But my lover will not prize All the glory that he rides in,

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