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Never, tho' my mortal summers to such length of years

should come As the many-winter'd crow that leads the clanging rookery


Where is comfort ? in division of the records of the

mind ? Can I part her from herself, and love her, as I knew her,

kind ?

I remember one that perish'd: sweetly did she speak and

move :

Such a one do I remember, whom to look at was to love.

Can I think of her as dead, and love her for the love she

bore ? No-she never loved me truly : love is love for evermore.

Comfort ? comfort scorn’d of devils! this is truth the poet

sings, That a sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier


Drug thy memories, lest thou learn it, lest thy heart be

put to proof, In the dead unhappy night, and when the rain is on the


Like a dog, he hunts in dreams, and thou art staring at

the wall, Where the dying night-lamp flickers, and the shadows rise

and fall.

Then a hand shall pass before thee, pointing to his drunken

sleep, To thy widow'd marriage-pillows, to the tears that thou

wilt weep:

Thou shalt hear the “ Never, never," whisper'd by the

phantom years,

from out the distance in the ringing of thine ears;

And a song

And an eye shall vex thee, looking ancient kindness on

thy pain. Turn thee, turn thee on thy pillow : get thee to thy rest


Nay, but Nature brings thee solace ; for a tender voice

will cry:

'Tis a purer life than thine ; a lip to drain thy trouble dry.

Baby lips will laugh me down : my latest rival brings

thee rest. Baby fingers, waxen touches, press me from the mother's


0, the child too clothes the father with a dearness not

his due.

Half is thine and half is his : it will be worthy of the


0, I see thee old and formal, fitted to thy petty part, With a little hoard of maxims preaching down a

daughter's heart.

" They were dangerous guides the feelings—she herself

was not exemptTruly, she herself had suffer'd”—Perish in thy self-con

tempt !

Overlive it-lower yet—be happy! wherefore should

I care ?

I myself must mix with action, lest I wither by despair.

What is that which I should turn to, lighting upon days

like these ?

Every door is barr’d with gold, and opens but to golden


Every gate is throng’d with suitors, all the markets over


I have but an angry fancy: what is that which I should do ?

I had been content to perish, falling on the foeman's


When the ranks are rollid in vapour, and the winds are

laid with sound.

But the jingling of the guinea helps the hurt that Honour

feels, And the nations do but murmur, snarling at each other's Can I but relive in sadness? I will turn that earlier page. Hide me from my deep emotion, O thou wondrous


Mother-Age !

Make me feel the wild pulsation that I felt before the

strife, When I heard my days before me, and the tumult of my

life ;

Yearning for the large excitement that the coming years

would yield, Eager-hearted as a boy when first he leaves his father's


And at night along the dusky highway near and nearer

drawn, Sees in heaven the light of London flaring like a dreary

dawn ;

And his spirit leaps within him to be gone before him then, Underneath the light he looks at, in among the throngs

of men ;

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