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COME to my heart of hearts, thou radiant face!
So shall I gaze for ever on thy fairness;
Thine eyes are smiling stars, and holy grace

Blossoms thy cheek with its exotic rareness,
Trellising it with jasmin-woven lace:

Come, laughing maid, yet in thy laughter calm, Be this thy home,

Fair cherub, come!

Solace my days with thy luxurious balm, And hover o'er my nightly couch, sweet dove, So shall I live in joy, by living in thy love!



WHITE Devil! turn from me thy lowering eye,
Let thy lean lips unlearn their bitter smile,
Down thine own throat I force its still-born lie,
And teach thee to digest it in thy bile,

But I will merrily mock at thee the while:
Such venom cannot harm me; for I sit

On a fair hill of name, and power, and purse, Too high for any shaft of thine to hit,

Beyond the petty reaching of thy curse,
Strong in good purpose, praise, and pregnant wit:
Husband thy hate for toads of thine own level,
I breathe an atmosphere too rare for thee:
Back to thy trencher at the witches' revel,

Too long they wait thy goodly company:
Yet know thou this, I'll crush thee, sorry devil,
If ever again thou wag thy tongue at me.


NAME for comfort, refuge, hope, and peace,
O spot by gratitude and memory blest!
Where, as in brighter worlds, "the wicked cease
From troubling, and the weary are at rest,"

And unfledged loves and graces have their nest: How brightly here the various virtues shine,

And nothing said or done is seen amiss; While sweet affections every heart entwine,

And differing tastes and talents all unite, Like hues prismatic blending into white, In charity to man, and love divine:

Thou little kingdom of serene delight, Heaven's nursery and foretaste! O what bliss Where earth to wearied men can give a home like this.


SCENE of disunion, bickering, and strife,

What curse has made thy native blessings die? Why do these broils embitter daily life,

And cold self-interest form the strongest tie?
Hate, ill concealed, is flashing from the eye,
And muttered vengeance curls the pallid lip;
What should be harmony is all at jar;
Doubt and reserve love's timid blossoms nip,

And weaken nature's bonds to ropes of sand
While evil indifference takes the icy hand
(O chilling touch!)-of constrained fellowship:

What secret demon has such discord fanned? What ill committed stirs this penal war, Or what omitted good? Alas! that such things are.


How fair and facile seems that upland road,
Surely the mountain air is fresh and sweet,
And briskly shall I bear this mortal load
With well-braced sinews, and unweary feet;
How dear my fellow-pilgrims oft to meet
O'ertaken, as to reach yon blest abode

We strive together, in glad hope to greet,
With angel friends and our approving God,

All that in life we once have loved so well, So that we loved be worthy: her bright wings, My willing spirit plumes, and upward springs Rejoicing, over crag, and fen, and fell, And down, or up, the cliff's precipitous face, To run or fly her buoyant happy race!


THIS body,-O the body of this death!
Strive as thou wilt, do all that mortal can,
This is the sum, a man is but a man,
And weak in error strangely wandereth

Down flowery lanes, with pain and peril fraught, Conscious of what he doth, and what he ought. Alas, - but wherefore? scarce my plaintive breath Wafts its faint question to the listening sky, When thus in answer some kind spirit saith;

"Man, thou art mean, altho' thine aim be high; All matter hath one law, concentring strong

To some attractive point, and thy world's core Is the foul seat of hell, and pain, and wrong:

Yet courage, man! the strife shall soon be o'er, And that poor leprous husk, sore travailing long, Shall yet cast off its death in second birth, And flame anew a heavenly centred earth!"


HEAPS upon heaps, - hillocks of yellow gold,
Jewels, and hanging silks, and piled-up plate,
And marble groups in beauty's choicest mould,
And viands rare, and odors delicate,
And art and nature, in divinest works,

Swell the full pomp of my triumphant state With all that makes a mortal glad and great; - Ah no, not glad: within my secret heart


The dreadful knowledge, like a death-worm lurks, That all this dream of life must soon depart; And the hot curse of talents misapplied Blisters my conscience with its burning smart, So that I long to fling my wealth aside: For my poor soul, when its rich mate hath died, Must lie with Dives, spoiled of all its pride.


THE sun is bright and glad, but not for me,
My heart is dead to all but pain and sorrow,
Nor care nor hope have I in all I see,

Save from the fear that I may starve to-morrow; And eagerly I seek uncertain toil,

Leaving my sinews in the thankless furrow,
To drain a scanty pittance from the soil,
While my life's lamp burns dim for lack of oil.
Alas, for you, poor famishing patient wife,
And pale-faced little ones! your feeble cries

Torture my soul; worse than a blank is life
Beggared of all that makes that life a prize:
Yet one thing cheers me, is not life the door
To that rich world where no one can be poor?


A GLORIOUS VIsion; as I walked at noon,
The children of the sun came thronging round me,
In shining robes and diamond-studded shoon;
And they did wing me up with them, and soon

In a bright dome of wondrous width I found me,
Set all with beautiful eyes, whose wizard rays,

Shed on my soul, in strong enchantment bound me; And so I looked and looked with dazzled gaze,

Until my spirit drank in so much light That I grew like the sons of that glad place,

Transparent, lovely, pure, serene, and bright: Then did they call me brother; and there grew

Swift from my sides broad pinions gold and white, And with that happy flock a brilliant thing I flew!


A TERRIBLE dream: I lay at dead of night

Tortured by some vague fear; it seemed at first Like a small ink-spot on the ceiling white, To a black bubble swelling in my sight,

And then it grew to a balloon, and burst; Then was I drowned, as with an ebon stream,

And those dark waves quenched all mine inward light, That in my saturated mind no gleam

Remained of beauty, peace, or love, or right: I was a spirit of darkness! - yet I knew

I could not thus be left; it was but a dream; Still felt I full of horror; for a crew

Of shadowy ITs hemmed in my harried mind, And all my dread was waking mad and blind.

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