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Some — and they were not few — knelt down. All were sincere and truthful in their sorrow.
The service done, the mourners stood apart, and the villagers closed round to look into the grave before the pave5 ment-stone should be replaced. One called to mind how
he had seen her sitting on that very spot, and how her book had fallen on her lap, and she was gazing with a pensive face
upon the sky. Another told how he had wondered much that one so delicate as she should be so bold, how 10 she had never feared to enter the church alone at night,
but had loved to linger there when all was quiet, and even to climb the tower stair, with no more light than that of the moon's rays stealing through the loopholes in the thick,
old wall. 15 A whisper went about among the oldest there, that she
had seen and talked with angels; and when they called to mind how she had looked, and spoken, and her early death, some thought it might be so indeed. Thus coming
to the grave in little knots, and glancing down, and giving 20 place to others, and falling off in whispering groups of
three or four, the church was cleared, in time, of all but the sexton and the mourning friends.
They saw the vault covered and the stone fixed down. Then, when the dusk of evening had come on, and not a 25 sound disturbed the sacred stillness of the place, when
the bright moon poured in her light on tomb and monument, on pillar, wall, and arch, and most of all, (it seemed to them,) upon her quiet grave, — in that calm time, when
all outward things and inward thoughts tecm with assur30 ances of immortality, and worldly hopes and fears are
humbled in the dust before them, — then, with tranquil and submissive hearts, they turned away, and left the child with God.
L._ADDRESS TO THE MUMMY IN BELZONI'S
HORACE SMITH, (HORACE SMITH, a native of London, died in July, 1849, in the seventieth year of his age. In 1812, in conjunction with his elder brother, James Smith, he published a volume called “Rejected Addresses,” consisting of imitations of the popular poets of the day. It had great and deserved success, and has since been frequently reprinted. Horace Smith was a stock broker by profession; but in the leisure hours stolen from his employment, he wrote a number of works of fiction, which were received with favor, and many contributions, both in verse and prose, to the magazines of the time. His poems have been collected and published in two volumes. He was a very arniable and estimable man.) 1 And thou hast walked about how strange a story!)
In Thebes's o streets three thousand years ago,
And time had not begun to overthrow
2 Speak! for thou long enough hast acted dummy;
Thou hast a tongue – come, let us hear its tune;
Revisiting the glimpses of the moon;
3 Tell us —
for doubtless thou canst recollect
Of either pyramid that bears his name? 8
* Thebes was a celebrated city of Upper Egypt, of which extensive ruins still remain.
| The Memnonium was a building combining the properties of a palace and a temple, the ruins of which are remarkable for symmetry of architecture and elegance of sculpture.
The great sphinx, at the pyramids, is hewn out of a rock, in the form of a lion with a human head, and is one hundred and forty-three feet in length, and sixty-two feet in height in front.
$ The pyramids are well-known structures near Cairo. According to Herodotus, the great pyramid, so called, was built by Cheops, (pronounced Kē'ops) He was succeeded by his brother Cephren, (pronounced Se'fren,) or Cephrenes, (pronounced Se-fre'nēz,) who, according to the same historian, built another of the pyramids.
Is Pompey's Pillar really a misnomer? •
4 Perhaps thou wert a Mason, and forbidden
By oath to tell the mysteries of thy trade;
say what secret melody was hidden
5 Perchance that very hand, now pinioned flat,
Has hob-a-nobbed with Pharaoh, glass to glass :
Or doffed thine own to let Queen Dido pass;
A torch at the great temple's dedication.
6 I need not ask thee if that hand, when armed,
Has any Roman soldier mauled and knuckled;
Ere Romulus and Remus had been suckled :
7 Since first thy form was in this box extended,
We have, above ground, seen some strange mutations;
New worlds have risen we have lost old nations,
8 Didst thou not hear the pother o'er thy head
When the great Persian conqueror, Cambyses, * Pompey's Pillar is a column almost a hundred feet high, near Alexandria, It is now generally admitted by the learned to have had no connection with the Roman general whose name it bears.
+ This was a statue at Thebes, said to utter at sunrise a sound like the wanging of a harpstring or of a metallic wire,
Marched armies o'er thy tomb with thundering tread,
O’erthrew Osiris, Orus, Apis, Isis, †
9 If the tomb's secrets may not be confessed,
The nature of thy private life unfold: -
And tears adown that dusky cheek have rolled :
10 Statue of flesh — immortal of the dead !
Imperishable type of evanescence!
And standest undecayed within our presence,
11 Why should this worthless tegument endure,
If its undying guest be lost forever ?
In living virtue; that when both must sever
LI. - SPANISH WAR SONG.
* Egypt was conquered 525 B. C., by Cambyses, the second king of Persia. ↑ These are the names of Egyptian deities.
Wake! wake! the old soil where our warriors repose,
With Aragon's cry on the shrill mountain blast; 5 The ancient Sierras give strength to our tread,
Their pines murmur song where bright blood hath been shed
LII. HALLOWED GROUND.
Its Maker meant not should be trod
Erect and free,
To bow the knee?
2 Is 't death to fall for Freedom's right?
He's dead alone that lacks her light !
The sword he draws:
A noble cause !
3 Give that! and welcome War to brace
Her drums! and rend Heaven's reeking space!
The charging cheer,
Shall still be dear.
4 And place our trophies where men kneel To Heaven ! but Heaven rebukes