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JAMES LEE.

JAMES LEE.

I.

AT THE WINDOW.

1. Ah, love, but a day,

And the world has changed ! The sun 's away,

And the bird 's estranged ; The wind has dropped,

And the sky's deranged : Summer has stopped.

Look in my eyes !

Wilt thou change too? Should I fear surprise ?

Shall I find aught new In the old and dear,

In the good and true, With the changing year ?

3.

Thou art a man,

But I am thy love ! For the lake, its swan

For the dell, its dove; And for thee - (oh, haste !)

Me, to bend above, Me, to hold embraced !

II.

BY THE FIRESIDE.

Is all our fire of shipwreck wood,

Oak and pine ?
Oh, for the ills half-understood,

The dim, dead woe

Long ago
Befallen this bitter coast of France !
Well, poor sailors took their chance ;

I take mine.

A ruddy shaft our fire must shoot.

O'er the sea :
Do sailors eye the casement - mute,

Drenched and stark,

From their bark And envy, gnash their teeth for hate O’ the warm safe house and happy freight

- Thee and me?

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