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Then, God, take me! We shall be

near, More near than ever, each to each : Her angel ears will find more clear

My heavenly than my earthly speech; And still, as I draw nigh to thee, Her soul and mine shall closer be.

1841.

THE HERITAGE.

The rich man's son inherits lands, And piles of brick, and stone, and

gold, And he inherits soft white hands,

And tender flesh that fears the cold,

Nor dares to wear a garment old ; A heritage, it seems to me, One scarce would wish to hold in fee.

A heritage, it seems to me,
A king might wish to hold in fee.
What doth the poor man's son inherit ?

A patience learned of being poor,
Courage, if sorrow come, to bear it,

A fellow-feeling that is sure

To make the outcast bless his door; A heritage, it seems to me, A king might wish to hold in fee. O rich man's son ! there is a toil

That with all others level stands; Large charity doth never soil,

But only whiten, soft white hands,

This is the best crop from thy lands; A heritage, it seems to be, Worth being rich to hold in fee. O poor man's son ! scorn not thy state ;

There is worse weariness than thine, In merely being rich and great ;

Toil only gives the soul to shine,

And makes rest fragrant and benign; A heritage, it seems to me, Worth being poor to hold in fee. Both, heirs to some six feet of sod,

Are equal in the earth at last ; Both, children of the same dear God,

Prove title to your heirship vast

By record of a well-filled past;
A heritage, it seems to me,
Well worth a life to hold in fee.

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Whai doth the poor man's son inherit?

Stout muscles and a sinewy heart, A hardy frame, a hardier spirit ;

King of two hands, he does his part

In every useful toil and art ; A heritage, it seems to me, A king might wish to hold in fee. What doth the poor man's son inherit?

Wishes o'erjoyed with humble things, A rank adjudged by toil-won merit, Conterit that from employment

springs, A heart that in his labor sings ;

In his tower sat the poet

Gazing on the roaring sea, “Take this rose,” he sighed, and

throw it Where there's none that loveth me. On the rock the billow bursteth

And sinks back into the seas, But in vain my spirit thirsteth

So to burst and be at ease. Take, O sea ! the tender blossom

That hath lain against my breast;
On thy black and angry bosom

It will find a surer rest.
Life is vain, and love is hollow,

Ugly death stands there behind,

Hate and scorn and hunger follow

Him that toileth for his kind.” Forth into the night he hurled it,

And with bitter smile did mark How the surly tempest whirled it

Swift into the hungry dark. Foam and spray drive back to leeward,

And the gale, with dreary moan, Drifts the helpless blossom seaward

Through the breakers all alone.

Strength and wisdom only flower

When we toil for all our kud. Hope is truth, — the future giveth

More than present takes away, And the soul forever liveth

Nearer God from day to day.” Not a word the maiden uttered,

Fullest hearts are slow to speak, But a withered rose-leaf fluttered Down upon the poet's cheek.

1842.

II.

A LEGEND OF BRITTANY.

PART FIRST.

I.

Stands a maiden, on the morrow,

Musing by the wave-beat strand, Half in hope and half in sorrow,

Tracing words upon the sand : “Shail I ever then behold him

Who hath been my life so long,
Ever to this sick heart fold him,

Be the spirit of his song ?
Touch not, sea, the blessed letters

I have traced upon thy shore, Spare his name whose spirit fetters

Mine with love forevermore!” Swells the tide and overflows it,

But, with omen pure and meeta Brings a little rose, and throws it

Humbly at the maiden's feet. Full of bliss she takes the token,

And, upon her snowy breast, Soothes the ruffled petals broken

With the ocean's fierce unrest. “Love is thine, O heart ! and surelv

Peace shall also be thine own For the heart that trusteth purely

Never long can pine alone.”

FAIR as a summer dream was Mar.

garet, Such dream as in a poet's soul might

start, Musing of old loves while the moon

doth set : Her hair was not more sunny than

her heart, Though like a natural golden coronet It circled her dear head with careless

art, Mocking the sunshine, that would fain

have lent To its frank grace a richer ornament.

III.

In his tower sits the poet,

Blisses new and strange to him Fill his heart and overflow it

With a wonder sweet and dim. Up the beach the ocean slideth

With a whisper of delight, And the moon in silence glideth

Through the peaceful blue of night Rippling o'er the poet's shoulder

Flows a maiden's golden hair, Maiden lips, with love grown boldei.

Kiss his moon-lit forehead bare. “Life is joy, and love is power,

Death all fetters doth unbind,

II. His loved one's eyes could poet ever

speak, So kind, so dewy, and so deep were

hers, But, while he strives, the choicest

phrase, too weak, Their glad reflection in his spirit

blurs; As one may see a dream dissolve and

break Out of his grasp when he to tell it

stirs, Like that sad Dryad doomed ro more

to bless The moital who revealed ber lovelia

ness.

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VI. O, what a face was hers to brighten

light, And give back sunshine with an

added glow,

Full many a sweet forewarning hath

the mind, Full many a whispering of vague de

sire, Ere comes the nature destined to unbind Its virgin zone, and all its deeps in

spire, Low stirrings in the leaves, before the

wind

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XXII. The wooded hills sloped upward all

around With gradual rise, and made an even

rim, So that it seemed a mighty casque un

bound From some huge Titan's brow to

lighten him, Ages ago, and left upon the ground, Where the slow soil had mossed it to

the brim, Till after countless centuries it grew Into this dell, the haunt of noontide

dew.

XIX. Yet Margaret's sight redeemed him

for a space From his own thraldom; man could

never be Ahypocrite when first such maiden grace

Smiled in upon his heart; the agony

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