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Of childhood, ye were bees, that to the hive
Of my young heart came laden with rich prize,
Gathered in fields and woods and sunny dells, to be
My spirit's food in days more wintery.
Yea, yet again ye come! ye come!
And, like a child once more at home
After long sojourning in alien climes,
I lie upon my mother's breast,
Feeling the blessedness of rest,
And dwelling in the light of other times.

O ye whose living is not Life,
Whose dying is but death,
Song, empty toil and petty strife,
Rounded with loss of breath!
Go, look on Nature's countenance,
Drink in the blessing of her glance;
Look on the sunset, hear the wind,
The cataract, the awful thunder;
Go, worship by the sea;
Then, and then only, shall ye find,
With ever-growing wonder,
Man is not all in all to ye;
Go with a meek and humble soul,
Then shall the scales of self unroll
From off your eyes-the weary packs
Drop from your heavy-laden backs;
And ye shall see,

With reverent and hopeful eyes,
Glowing with new-born energies,
How great a thing it is to BE!


THERE's a haven of sure rest

From the loud world's bewildering stress

As a bird dreaming on her nest,
As dew hid in a rose's breast,
As Hesper in the glowing West;
So the heart sleeps
In thy calm deeps,
Serene Forgetfulness!


No sorrow in that place may be,

The noise of life grows less and less: As moss far down within the sea, As, in white lily caves, a bee, As life in a hazy reverie;

So the heart's wave In thy dim cave, Hushes, Forgetfulness!

Duty and care fade far away

What toil may be we cannot guess:
As a ship anchored in the bay,
As a cloud at summer-noon astray,
As water-blooms in a breezeless day;
So, 'neath thine eyes,
The full heart lies,

And dreams, Forgetfulness!



WHAT reck I of the stars, when I
May gaze into thine eyes,

O'er which the brown hair flowingly

Is parted maidenwise

From thy pale forehead, calm and bright, Over thy cheeks so rosy white?


What care I for the red moon-rise?
Far liefer would I sit

And watch the joy within thine eyes
Gush up at sight of it;
Thyself my queenly moon shall be,
Ruling my heart's deep tides for me!


What heed I if the sky be blue?
So are thy holy eyes,

And bright with shadows ever new
Of changeful sympathies,
Which in thy soul's unruffled deep
Rest evermore, but never sleep.


He who hath felt Life's mystery
Press on him like thick night,
Whose soul hath known no history
But struggling after light;-
He who hath seen dim shapes arise
In the soundless depths of soul,
Which gaze on him with meaning eyes
Full of the mighty whole,
Yet will no word of healing speak,
Although he pray night-long,
"O, help me, save me! I am weak,
And ye are wondrous strong!"
Who, in the midnight dark and deep,
Hath felt a voice of might
Come echoing through the halls of sleep
From the lone heart of Night,
And, starting from his restless bed,
Hath watched and wept to know
What meant that oracle of dread

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That stirred his being so;

He who hath felt how strong and great
This Godlike soul of man,
And looked full in the eyes of Fate,
Since Life and Thought began;
The armor of whose moveless trust

Knoweth no spot of weakness, Who hath trod fear into the dust

Beneath the feet of meekness;
He who hath calmly borne his cross,
Knowing himself the king

Of time, nor counted it a loss
To learn by suffering;

And who hath worshipped woman still
With a pure soul and lowly,
Nor ever hath in deed or will
Profaned her temple holy —
He is the Poet, him unto

The gift of song is given,
Whose life is lofty, strong, and true,
Who never fell from Heaven;

He is the Poet, from his lips
To live forevermore,
Majestical as full-sailed ships,
The words of Wisdom pour.


"HAIL be thou, holie hearbe,
Growing on the ground,
All in the mount Calvary

First wert thou found;
Thou art good for manie a sore,
Thou healest manie a wound,
In the name of sweete Jesus

I take thee from the ground."
- Ancient Charm-verse.


When, from a pleasant ramble, home
Fresh-stored with quiet thoughts, I come,
I pluck some wayside flower
And press it in the choicest nook
Of a much-loved and oft-read book;
And, when upon its leaves I look
In a less happy hour,

Dear memory bears me far away
Unto her fairy bower,

And on her breast my head I lay,
While, in a motherly, sweet strain,
She sings me gently back again
To by-gone feelings, until they
Seem children born of yesterday.


Yes, many a story of past hours
I read in these dear withered flowers,
And once again I seem to be
Lying beneath the old oak tree,
And looking up into the sky,
Through thick leaves rifted fitfully,
Lulled by the rustling of the vine,
Or the faint low of far-off kine;

And once again I seem

To watch the whirling bubbles flee,
Through shade and gleam alternately,
Down the vine-bowered stream;
Or 'neath the odorous linden trees,
When summer twilight lingers long,
To hear the flowing of the breeze
And unseen insects' slumberous song,
That mingle into one and seem
Like dim murmurs of a dream;
Fair faces, too, I seem to see,
Smiling from pleasant eyes at me,
And voices sweet I hear,
That, like remembered melody,
Flow through my spirit's ear.


A poem every flower is,
And every leaf a line,
And with delicious memories
They fill this heart of mine:
No living blossoms are so clear
As these dead relics treasured here;
One tells of Love, of friendship one,
Love's quiet after-sunset time,
When the all-dazzling light is gone,
And, with the soul's low vesper-chime,
O'er half its heaven doth out-flow

A holy calm and steady glow.

Some are gay feast-songs, some are dirges,

In some a joy with sorrow merges;

One sings the shadowed woods, and one the roar

Of ocean's everlasting surges,

Tumbling upon the beach's hard-beat floor,

Or sliding backward from the shore

To meet the landward waves and slowly plunge once more.
O flowers of grace, I bless ye all
By the dear faces ye recall!


Upon the banks of Life's deep streams
Full many a flower groweth,
Which with a wondrous fragrance teems,

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