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TO THE QUEEN.
REVERED, beloved,-0 you that hold
A nobler office upon earth
Than arms, or power of brain, or birth,
Victoria,-since your Royal grace
To one of less desert allows
This laurel greener from the brows
And should your greatness, and the care
That yokes with empire, yield you time
To måke demand of modern rhyme,
Then-while a sweeter music wakes,
And through wild March the throstle calls,
Where, all about your palace-walls,
Take, Madam, this poor book of song;
For, though the faults were thick as dust
In vacant chambers, I could trust
And leave us rulers of your blood
As noble till the latest day!
“ Her court was pure; her life serene;
God gave her peace; her land reposed;
A thousand claims to reverence closed In her as Mother, Wife and Queen;
“ And statesmen at her council met
Who knew the seasons, when to take
By shaping some august decree,
Which kept her throne unshaken still,
Broad-based upon her people's will,
And compassed by the inviolate sea.” MAROH, 1851.
WHERE Claribel low-lieth
Letting the rose-leaves fal): But the solemn oak-tree sigheth,
Of an inward agony,
At eve the beetle boometh
Athwart the thicket lone:
About the mossed headstone: At midnight the moon cometh
And looketh down alone. Her song the lintwhite swelleth, The clear-voiced mavis dwelleth,
The callow throstle lispeth, The slumbrous wave outwelleth,
The babbling runnel crispeth, The hollow grot replieth Where Claribel low-lieth.
AIRY, fairy Lilian,
Flitting, fairy Lilian
Laughing all she can;
Cruel little Lilian.
When my passion seeks
Pleasance in love-sighs, She, looking through and through me Thoroughly to undo me,
Smiling, never speaks: So innocent-arch, so cunning-simple, From beneath her gathered wimple
Glancing with black-beaded eyes, Till the lightning laughters dimple
The baby-roses in her cheeks;
Prithee weep, May Lilian!
Gayety without eclipse Wearieth me, May Lilian: Through my very heart it thrilleth
When from crimson-threaded lips Silver-treble laughter trilleth:
Prithee weep, May Lilian.
Praying all I can,