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If that day
Should come, 'twould needs be a glad day for him :
As any that should meet him—
You said his kindred all were in their graves,
And that he had one brother
A fellow-tale of sorrow.
That is but
From his youth
James, though not sickly, yet was delicate;
Had done so many offices about him,
That, though he was not of a timid nature,
Yet still the spirit of a mountain boy
In him was somewhat checked; and when his brother
The little colour that he had was soon
Stolen from his cheek; he drooped, and pined, and pined
But these are all the graves of full-grown men !
Ay, sir, that passed away: we took him to us;
He was the child of all the dale-he lived
Three months with one, and six months with another;
And wanted neither food, nor clothes, nor love :
And when he lived beneath our roof, we found
(A practice till this time unknown to him)
He in his sleep would walk about, and sleeping
I judged you most unkindly.
But this youth,
How did he die at last?
One sweet May morning
(It will be twelve years since when spring returns)
You see yon precipice; it almost looks
Like some vast building made of many crags;
That rises like a column from the vale,
Whence by our shepherds it is called THE PILLAR.
They all had purposed to return together,
And told them that he there would wait for them :
They parted, and his comrades passed that way
Which at that time was James's home, there learned
The morning came, and still he was unheard of:
And that then is his grave ?—Before his death
Ay, that he did
And all went well with him?
If he had one, the youth had twenty homes.
And you believe, then, that his mind was easy ?—
Yes, long before he died he found that time
Is a true friend to sorrow; and unless
His thoughts were turned on Leonard's luckless fortune, He talked about him with a cheerful love.
He could not come to an unhallowed end!
Nay, God forbid !-You recollect I mentioned
Had brought upon him; and we all conjectured
Had walked, and from the summit had fallen headlong ;
We guess, that in his hands he must have had
The Priest here ended.
The stranger would have thanked him, but he felt
But added, that, the evening being calm,
This done, he went on shipboard, and is now