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1 Fontenelle, in his playful rifacimento of the learned ma- chap. vii. Crebillon, too, in one of his most amusing little Der an adventure of this kind which was detected and ex- quille, assert this privilege of spiritual beings in a manner
« E'er yet, o'er mortal brow, let shine “Such effluence of Love Divine, " As shall to-night, blest maid, o'er thine."
'Tis thus the world's obtrusive wrongs
Obscure with malice keen Some timid heart, which only longs
To live and die unseen.
Happy the maid, whom heaven allows To break for heaven her virgin vows! Happy the maid!-her robe of shame Is whiten'd by a heavenly flame, Whose glory, with a ling’ring trace, Shines through and deifies her race!
Pity me, love! I'll pity thee, If thou indeed hast felt like me. All, all my bosom's peace is o'er ! At night, which was my hour of calm, When, from the page of classic lore, From the pure fount of ancient lay My soul has drawn the placid balm, Which charm'd its every grief away, Ah! there I find that balm no more. Those spells, which make us oft forget The fleeting troubles of the day, In deeper sorrows only whet The stings they cannot tear away When to my pillow rack'd I fly, With wearied sense and wakeful eye: While my brain maddens, where, oh, where Is that serene consoling prayer, Which once has harbinger'd my rest, When the still soothing voice of Heaven Hath seem'd to whisper in my breast, " Sleep on, thy errors are forgiven!" No, though I still in semblance pray, My thoughts are wand'ring far away, And ev'n the name of Deity Is murmur'd out in sighs for thee.
Grow to my lip, thou sacred kiss, On which my soul's beloved swore That there should come a time of bliss, When she would mock my hopes no more. And fancy shall thy glow renew, In sighs at morn, and dreams at night, And none shall steal thy holy dew Till thou’rt absolved by rapture’s rito. Sweet hours that are to make me blest, Fly, swist as breezes, to the goal, And let my love, my more than soul Come blushing to this ardent breast. Then, while in every glance I drink The rich o'erflowings of her mind, Oh! let her all enamor'd sink In sweet abandonment resign'd, Blushing for all our struggles past, And murmuring, “I am thine at last !"
Think on that look whose melting ray
For one sweet moment mix'd with mine, And for that moment seem'd to say,
“I dare not, or I would be thine !"
Think on thy ev'ry smile and glance,
On all thou hast to charm and move; And then forgive my bosom's trance,
Nor tell me it is sin to love.
A NIGHT THOUGHT. How oft a cloud, with envious veil,
Obscures yon bashful light, Which seems so modestly to steal
Along the waste of night!
Oh, not to love thee were the sin;
For sure, if Fate's decrees be dono, Thou, thou art destined still to win,
As I am destined to be won !
terials of Van-Dale, has related in his own inimitable man
pused at Alexandria. See L'Histoire des Oracles, dissert. 2.
stories, has made the Genie Mange-Taupes, of the Isle Jon.
rather formidable to the husbands of the island.
But now I mourn that e'er I knew A girl so fair and so deceiving.
Fare thee well.
ON TIIE BIRTHDAY OF MRS.
WRITTEN IN IRELAND. 1799.
Few have ever loved like me,
Yes, I have loved thee too sincerely ! And few have e'er deceived like thee,
Alas! deceived me too severely.
Of all my happiest hours of joy,
And even I have had my measure, When hearts were full,' and ev'ry eye
Hath kindled with the light of pleasure, An hour like this I ne'er was given,
So full of friendship's purest blisses ;
Let's feel as if we ne'er could sever;
Be thus with joy remember'd ever!
Fare thee well !-yet think awhile
On one whose bosom bleeds to doubt thee; Who now would rather trust that smile,
And die with theo than live without thee
Fare thee well! I'll think of thee,
Thou leav'st me many a bitter token ; For see, distracting woman, see, My peace is gone, my heart is broken :
Fare thee well!
Oh! banish ev'ry thought to-night,
Which could disturb our soul's communion ; Abandon'd thus to dear delight,
We'll ev'n for once forget the Union !
Aud tremble o'er the rights they'd die for;
Then come, my friends, &c.
A FAMILIAR EPISTLE.
J. AT-NS-N, ESQ. M. R. I. A.
In ev'ry eye around I mark
The feelings of the heart o'erflowing ; From ev'ry soul I catch the spark
Of sympathy, in friendship glowing. Oh! could such moments ever fly;
Oh! that we ne'er were doom'd to lose 'em ; And all as bright as Charlotte's eye, And all as pure as Charlotte's bosom.
Then come, my friends, &c.
For me, whate'er my span of years,
Whatever sun may light my roving ; Whether I waste my life in tears,
Or live, as now, for mirth and loving ;
Wherever fate may cast your rover;
Then come, my friends, &c.
Though long at school and college dosing,
every vision makes its own.
Mary, I believed thee true,
And I was bless'd in thus believing ;
The doctors of the Porch advise, As modes of being great and wise, That we should cease to own or know The luxuries that from feeling flow : “ Reason alone must claim direction, “ And Apathy's the soul's perfoction.
1 These words were written to the pathetic Scotch air « Galla Water."
That Epictetus blamed that tear,
"Like a dull lake the heart must lie; “Nor passion's gale nor pleasure's sigh, “ Though Heav'n the breeze, the breath, supplied, Must curl the wave or swell the tide !"
Such was the rigid Zeno's plan To form his philosophic man ; Such were the modes he taught mankind To weed the garden of the mind ; They tore from thence some weeds, 'tis true, But all the flow’rs were ravaged too!
Oh! when I've seen the morning beam Floating within the dimpled stream; While Nature, wak’ning from the night, Has just put on her robes of light, Have I, with cold optician's gaze, Explored the doctrine of those rays? No, pedants, I have left to you Nicely to sep'rate hue from hue. Go, give that moment up to art, When Heaven and nature claim the heart; And, dull to all their best attraction, Go-measure angles of refraction. While I, in feeling's sweet romance, Look on each day beam as a glance From the great eye of Him above, Wak’ning his world with looks of love !
Now listen to the wily strains, Which, on Cyrene's sandy plains, When Pleasure, nymph with loosen'd zone, Usurp'd the philosophic throne,Hear what the courtly sage's' tongue To his surrounding pupils sung :" Pleasure's the only noble end " To which all human pow'rs should tend, And Virtue gives her heav'nly lore, " But to make Pleasure please us more. “Wisdom and she were both design'd “To make the senses more refined, “That :an might revel, free from cloying, " Then most a sage when most enjoying."
Is this morality ?-Oh, no! Ev'n I a wiser path could show. The flow'r within this vase confined, The pure, the unfading flow'r of mind, Must not throw all its sweets away Upon a mortal mould of clay: No, no,—its richest breath should rise In virtue's incense to the skies.
I've heard, there was in ancient days
A Lyre of most melodious spell; 'Twas heav'n to hear its fairy lays,
If half be true that legends tell.
'Twas play'd on by the gentlest sighs,
And to their breath it breathed again In such entrancing melodies
As ears had never drunk til then!
Not harmony's serenest touch
So stilly could the notes prolong ; They were not heavenly song so much
As they were dreams of heavenly song!
But thus it is, all sects we see
whose actions teach
If sad the heart, whose murm'ring air
Along the chords in languor stole, The numbers it awaken'd there
Were eloquence from pity's soul.
The plain good man,
Or if the sigh, serene and light,
Was but the breath of fancied woes, The string, that felt its airy flight,
Soon whisper'd it to kind repose.
And when young lovers talk'd alone,
If, 'mid their bliss that Lyre was near, It made their accents all its own,
And sent forth notes that Heaven might hear.