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That charm all eyes. So bright, so fair, appear'd To the still lake, whose stillness is to sight
As beautiful, as grateful to the mind.
But to what object shall the lovely girl Was spread, and we partook a plain repast. Be liken'd? She, whose countenance and air
Here, resting in cool shelter, we beguiled Unite the graceful qualities of both, The midday hours with desultory talk ;
E'en as she shares the pride and joy of both. From trivial themes to general argument
My gray-hair'd friend was moved: his vivid eye Passing, as accident or fancy led,
Glisten’d with tenderness; his mind, I knew, Or courtesy prescribed. While question rose Was full; and had, I doubted not, return'd, And answer flow'd, the fetters of reserve
Upon this impulse, to the theme--erewhile Dropping from every mind, the solitary
Abruptly broken off. The ruddy boys Resumed the manners of his happier days; Withdrew, on summons, to their well-earn'd meal; And, in the various conversation, bore
And he, (to whom all tongues resign'd their rights A willing, nay, at times, a forward part:
With willingness, to whom the general ear Yet with the grace of one who in the world Listen'd with readier patience than to strain Had learn'd the art of pleasing, and had now Of music, lute or harp,--a long delight Occasion given him to display his skill,
That ceased not when his voice had ceased,) as ne Upon the steadfast vantage-ground of truth. Who from truth's central point serenely views He gazed with admiration unsuppress'd
The compass of his argument---began
Mildly, and with a clear and steady tone.
DISCOURSE OF THE WANDERER, AND AN Not, doubtless, without help of female taste
EVENING VISIT TO THE LAKE. And female care. “A blessed lot is yours!”
ARGUMENT The words escaped his lip with a tender sigh
Wanderer asserts that an active principle pervades che Breathed over them; but suddenly the door
universe. Its noblest seat the human soul. How lively Flew open, and a pair of lusty boys
this principle is in childhood. Hence the delight in Appear'd, confusion checking their delight,
old age of looking back upon childhood. The dignity, Not brothers they in feature or attire,
powers, and privileges of age asserted. These auto
be looked for generally but under a just gosernment But fond companions, 90 I guess'd, in field,
Right of a human creature to be exempt from being And by the river's margin, whence they come,
considered as a mere instrument. Vicious inclinations Anglers elated with unusual spoil.
are best kept under by giving good ones an opportunity One bears a willow pannier on his back,
to show themselves. The condition of multitudes de. The boy of plainer garb, whose blush survives plored, from want of due respect to this truth on the More deeply tinged. Twin might the other be
part of their superiors in society. Former conversation
recurred 10, and the wanderer's opinions set in a clearer To that fair girl who from the garden mount
light. Genuine principles of equality. Truth placed Bounded-triumphant entry this for him!
within reach of the humblest. Happy state of the two Between his hands he holds a smooth blue stone, boys again adverted w. Earnest wish expressed for a On whose capacious surface see outspread
system of national education established universally Large store of gleaming crimson-spotted trouts ;
by government. Glorious effects of this foretold. Wan.
derer breaks off. Walk to the lake. Embark. De. Ranged side by side, and lessening by degrees
scription of scenery and amusements. Grand spectacle Up to the dwarf that tops the pinnacle.
from the side of a hill. Adureas of priest to the Supreme Upon the board he lays the sky-blue stone
Being; in the course of which he contrasts with ancient With its rich freight:--their number he proclaims; barbarism the present appearance of the scene before Tells from what pool the noblest had been dragg'd;
him. The change ascribed to Christianity. Apostrophe
to his flock, living and dead. Gratitude to the Al. And where the very monarch of the brook,
mighty. Return over the lake. Parting with the soli. After long struggle, had escaped at last
tary. Under what circumstances. Stealing alternately at them and us (As doth his comrade too) a look of pride; “ To every form of being is assign'd,” And, verily, the silent creatures made
Thus calmly spake the venerable sage, A splendid sight, together thus exposed;
“An active principle:-howe'er removed
Of azure heaven, the unenduring clouds,
No chasm, no solitude; from link to link
It circulates, the soul of all the worlds.
This is the freedom of the universe;
In like removal tranquil though severe, Unfolded still the more, more visible,
We are not so removed for utter loss; The more we know; and yet is reverenced least, But for some favour, suited to our need? And least respected, in the human mind,
What more than that the severing should confer Its most apparent home. The food of hope Fresh power t' commune with the invisible world, Is meditated action; robb’d of this
And hear the mighty stream of tendency Her sole support, she languishes and dies.
Uttering, for elevation of our thought, We perish also; for we live by hope
A clear sonorous voice, inaudible And by desire; we see by the glad light,
To the vast multitude : whose doom it is And breathe the sweet air of futurity,
To run the giddy round of vain delight, And so we live, or else we have no life.
Or fret and labour on the plain below. To-morrow-nay, perchance this very hour, “But, if to such sublime ascent the hopes (For every moment hath its own to-morrow!) Of man may rise, as to a welcome close Those blooming boys, whose hearts are almost sick And termination of his mortal course, With present triumph, will be sure to find Them only can such hope inspire whose minds A field before them freshen'd with the dew Have not been starved by absolute beglect; Of other expectations ;-in which course
Nor bodies crush'd by unremitting toil; Their happy year spins round. The youth obeys To whom kind nature, therefore, may afford A like glad impulse ; and so moves the man Proof of the sacred love she bears for all; 'Mid all his apprehensions, cares, and fears; Whose birthright reason, therefore, may ensure. Or so he ought to move. Ah! why in age
For me, consulting what I feel within
In times when most existence with herself
That, far as kindly nature hath free scope
Country, society, and time itself,
of one maternal spirit, bringing forth Though strength decay, to breathe in such estate And cherishing with ever-constant love, As shall divide them wholly from the stir
That tires not, nor betrays. Our life is turn'd Of hopeful nature. Rightly is it said
Out of her course, wherever man is made
As a brute mean, without acknowledgment
Of common right or interest in the end; In aspect and forbidding, yet a point
Used or abused, as selfishness may prompt. On which 'tis not impossible to sit
Say, what can follow for a rational soul In awful sovereignty-a place of power- Perverted thus, but weakness in all good, A throne, that may be liken'd unto his,
And strength in evil? Hence an after call Who, in some placid day of summer, looks
For chastisement, and custody, and bonds, Down from a mountain top,-say one of those And oft-times death, avenger of the past, High peaks that bound the vale where now we are, And the sole guardian in whose hands we dare Faint, and diminish'd to the gazing eye,
Intrust the future. Not for these sad issues Forest and field, and bill and dale appear,
Was man created; but t' obey the law With all the shapes upon their surface spread: Of life, and hope, and action. And 'tis known But, while the gross and visible frame of things That when we stand upon our native soil, Relinquishes its hold upon the sense,
Unelbow'd by such objects as oppress Yea almost on the mind herself, and seems Our active powers, those powers themselves become All unsubstantialized, how loud the voice
Strong to subvert our noxious qualities : Of waters, with invigorated peal
They sweep distemper from the busy day, From the full river in the vale below,
And make the chalice of the big round year Ascending! For on that superior height
Run o'er with gladness; whence the being moves Who sits, is disencumber'd from the press
In beauty through the world; and all who see Of near obstructions, and is privileged
Bless him, rejoicing in his neighbourhood.” To breathe in solitude above the host
“ Then,” said the solitary, “ by what force Of ever-humming insects, ’mid thin air
of language shall a feeling heart express That suits not them. The murmur of the leaves, Her sorrow for that multitude in whom Many and idle, visits not his ear;
We look for health from seeds that have been sowo This he is freed from, and from thousand notes In sickness, and for increase in a power Not less unceasing, not less vain than these,- That works but by extinction ? On themselves By which the finer passages of sense
They cannot lean, nor turn to their own hearts Are occupied ; and the soul, that would incline To know what they must do: their wisdom is To listen, is prevented or deterr'd.
To look into the eyes of others, thence "And may it not be hoped, that, placed by age To be instructed what they must avoid :
Ot rather, let us say, how least observed,
Fix'd within the reach of every human eye; How with most quiet and most silent death, The sleepless ocean muimurs for all ears; With the least taint and injury to the air
The vernal field infuses fresh delight Th’ oppressor breathes, their human form divine Into all hearts. Throughout the world of sense, And their immortal soul may waste away.” E'en as an object is sublime or fair, The sage rejoin'd, “I thank you; you have That object is laid open to the view spared
Without reserve or veil; and as a power My voice the utterance of a keen regret,
Is salutary, or an influence sweet, A wide compassion which with you I share. Are each and all enabled to perceive When, heretofore, I placed before your sight That power, that influence, by impartial law. A little one, subjected to the arts
Gifts nobler are vouchsafed alike to all; Of modern ingenuity, and made
Reason,-and, with that reason, smiles and tears; The senseless member of a vast machine,
Imagination, freedom in the will, Serving as doth a spindle or a wheel;
Conscience to guide and check; and death to be Think not, that, pitying him, I could forget Foretasted, immortality presumed. The rustic boy, who walks the fields, un taught Strange, then, nor less than monstrous might be The slave of ignorance, and oft of want
deem'd And miserable hunger. Much, too much
The failure, if th' Almighty, to this point
Liberal and undistinguishing, should hide
And virtue difficult, abstruse, and dark ; Through which I struggled, not without distress Hard to be won, and only by a few; And sometimes injury, like a lamb enthralla Strange, should he deal herein with nice respects, 'Mid thorns and brambles; or a bird that breaks And frustrate all the rest! Believe it not: Through a strong net, and mounts upon the wind, The primal duties shine aloft, like stars ; Though with her plumes impair'd. If they, whose The charities that soothe, and heal, and bless, souls
Are scatter'd at the feet of man, like flowers; Should open while they range the richer fields The generous inclination, the just rule, Of merry England, are obstructed less
Kind wishes, and good actions, and pure thoughts, By indigence, their ignorance is not less,
No mystery is here ; no special boon
And not for meek of heart. The smoke ascends Such as the boy you painted, lineal heirs
To heaven as lightly from the coitage hearth Of those who once were vassals of her soil, As from the haughty palace. He, whose soul Foilowing its fortunes like the beast or trees Ponders this true equality, ay walk Which it sustain'd. But no one takes delight
The fields of carth with gratitude and hope ; In this oppression ; none are proud of it;
Yet, in that meditation, will he find It bears no sounding name, nor ever bore;.
Motive to sadder grief, as we have found,A standing grievance, an indigenous vice
Lamenting ancient virtues overthrown, Of every country under heaven. My thoughts And for th' injustice grieving, that haih made Were turn'd to evils that are new and chosen, So wide a difference betwixt min and man. A bondage lurking under shape of good,
« But let us rather turn our gladden'd thoughts Arts in themselves beneficent and kind,
Upon the brighter scene. How blest the pair But all too fondly follow'd and too far;
Of blooming boys (whom we beheld e’en viow) To victims, which the mercisul can see
Blest in their several and their common lot!
Or range the grassy lawn in vacancy,
Idle,-but no delay, no baim, no loss :
For every genial power of heaven and earth, Lastly, I mourn’d for those whom I had seen Though all the seasons of the changeful year, Corrupted and cast down, on favour'd ground, Obsequiously doth take upon herself Where circumstance and nature had combined 'To labour for them; bringing each in turn To shelter innocence, and cherish love;
The tribute of enjoyment, knowledge, health, Who, but for this intrusion, would have lived, Beauty, or strength! Such privilege is theirs Possessid of health, and strength, and peace of mind, Granted alike in th' outset of their course Thus would have lived, or never have been born. To both; and, if that partnership must cease,
"Alas! what differs more than map from man! I gricve not,” to the pastor here he turn'd, And whence that difference? whence but from “ Much as I glory in that child of yours, himself?
Repine not, for his cotlage comrade, whom
Belike no higher destiny awaits
The wish for liberty to live, content
With what Heaven grants, and die, in peace of Long-reverenced titles cast away as weeds; mind,
Laws overturn'd; and territory split, Within the bosom of his native vale.
Like fields of ice rent by the polar wind, At least, whatever fate the noon of life
And forced to join in less obnoxious shapes, Reserves for either, this is sure, that both
Which, ere they gain consistence, by a gust Have been permitted to enjoy the dawn;
Of the same breath are shatter'd and destroyid. Whether regarded as a jocund time,
Meantime the sovereignty of these fair isles That in itself may terminate, or lead
Remains entire and indivisible : In course of nature to a sober eve.
And, if that ignorance were removed, which breeds Both have been fairly dealt with ; looking back, Within the compass of their several shores They will allow that justice has in them
Dark discontent, or loud commotion, each Been shown, alike to body and to mind.”
Might still preserve the beautiful repose
Of heavenly bodies shining in their spheres.-
Amongst us,-hence the more do we require "O for the coming of that glorious time
The discipline of virtue; order else
Thus, duties rising out of good possess'd,
And prudent caution needful to avert An obligation, on her part, to teach
Impending evil, equally require Them who are born to serve her and obey; That the whole people should be taught and train'd. Binding herself by statute* to secure
So shall licentiousness and black resolve For all the children whom her soil maintains Be rooted out, and virtuous habits take The rudiments of letters, and inform
Their place ; and genuine piety descend, The mind with moral and religious truth,
Like an inheritance, from age to age. Both understood and practised, --so that none, “ With such foundations laid, avaunt the fear However destitute, be left to droop
Of numbers crowded on their native soil, By timely culture unsustain'd, or run
To the prevention of all healthful growth Into a wild disorder ; or be forced
Through mutual injury! Rather in the law To drudge through weary life without the aid Of increase and the mandate from above of intellectual implements and tools ;
Rejoice !-and ye have special cause for joy. A savage horde among the civilized,
For as the element of air affords A servile band among the lordly free!
An easy passage to th' industrious bees This sacred right, the lisping babe proclaims Fraught with their burdens; and a way as smooth To be inherent in him, by Heaven's will,
For those ordaind to take their sounding flight For the protection of his innocence:
From the throng'd hive, and settle where they list And the rude boy-who having overpast
In fresh abodes, their labour to renew ; The sinless age, by conscience is enroll'd,
So the wide waters, open to the power,
The will, the instincts, and appointed needs
Her swarms, and in succession send them forth ; To impious use by process indirect
Bound to establish new communities Declares his due, while he makes known his need. On every shore whose aspect favours hope This sacred right is fruitlessly announced, Or bold adventure ; promising to skill This universal plea in vain address’d,
And perseverance their deserved reward. To eyes and ears of parents who themselves Yes,” he continued, kindling as he spake, Did, in the time of their necessity,
“ Change wide, and deep, and silently performid, Urge it in vain ; and, therefore, like a prayer This land shall witness ; and as days roll on, That from the humblest floor ascends to heaven, Earth's universal frame shall feel th'effect, It mounts to reach the state's parental ear; E'en till the smallest habitable rock, Who, if indeed she own a mother's heart,
Beaten by lonely billows, hear the songs And be not most unfeelingly devoid
Of humanized society; and bloom Of gratitude to Providence, will grant
With civil arts, that send their fragrance forth,
From culture, unexclusively bestow'd
And faithful care of unambitious schools “ Look ! and behold, from Calpe's sunburnt cliffs Instructing simple childhood's ready ear: To the flat margin of the Baltic sea,
Thence look for these magnificent resuits !
Are at its centre, British lawgivers ; * The discovery of Dr. Bell affords marvello:is facilities Ah! sleep not there in shame! Shall wisdom's for carrying this into effect; and it is impossible to over
voice rate the benefits which might accrue to humanity from the universal application of this simple engine under an
From out the bosom of these troubled times enlightened and conscientious government.
Repeat the dictates of her calmer mind,
And shall the venerable halls ye fill
Then, with a sigh, sometimes I feel, as now, Refuse to echo the sublime decree?
That combinations so serene and bright, Trust not to partial care a general good;
Like those reflected in yod quiet pool, Transfer not to futurity a work
Cannot be lasting in a world like ours, of urgent need. Your country must complete To great and small disturbances exposed." Her glorious destiny. Begin e'en now,
More had she said, but sportive shouts were heard ; Now, when oppression, like th’ Egyptian plague Sent from the jocund hearts of those two boys, Of darkness, stretch'd o'er guilty Europe, makes Who, bearing each a basket on his arm, The brightness more conspicuous that invests Down the green field came tripping after us.The happy island where ye think and act; When we had cautivusly embark'd, the pair Now, when destruction is a prime pursuit, Now for a prouder service were addrest. Show to the wretched nations for what end But an inexorable law forbade, The powers of civil polity were given !”
And each resign'd the oar which he had seized. Abruptly here, but with a graceful air,
Whereat, with willing hand I undertook
Pregnant with recollections of the time
Of joyous comrades. Now, the reedy marge How temptingly the landscape shines! The air Cleard, with a strenuous arm I dipp'd the oar, Breathes invitation ; easy is the walk
Free from obstruction, and the boat advanced To the lake's margin, where a boat lies moord Through crystal water smoothly as a hawk, Beneath her sheltering tree.” Upon this hint That, disentangled from the shady boughs We rose together : all were pleased, but most Of some thick wood, her place of covert, cleaves The beauteous girl, whose cheek was flush'd with With correspondent wings th' abyss of air. joy.
“ Observe," the vicar said, “ yon rocky isle Light as a sunbeam glides along the hills
With birch trees fringed; my hand shall guide the She vanished, eager to impart the scheme
helm, To her beloved brother and his shy compeer. While thitherward we bend our course; or while Now was there bustle in the vicar's house
We seek that other, on the western shore,-And earnest preparation. Forth we went,
Where the bare columns of those lofty tirs, And down the vale along the streamlet's edge Supporting gracefully a massy dome Pursued our way, a broken company,
Of sombre foliage, seem to imitate Mute or conversing, single or in pairs.
A Grecian temple rising from the deep." Thus having reach'd a bridge, that overarch'd “ Turn where we may,” said I, " we cannot err Tbe hasty rivulet where it lay becalm’d
In this delicious region.” Cultured slopes, În a deep pool, by happy chance we saw
Wild tracts of forest ground, and scatter'd groves, A twofold image ; on a grassy bank
And mountains bare or clothed with ancient woods A snow-white ram, and in the crystal flood Surrounded us; and, as we held our way Another and the same ! Most beautiful,
Along the level of the glassy flood, On the green turs, with his imperial front
They ceased not to surround us : change of place, Shaggy and bold, and wreathed horns superb, From kindred features diversely combined, The breathing creature stood; as beautiful, Producing change of beauty ever new. Beneath him, show'd his shadowy counterpart. Ah! that such beauty, varying in the light Each had his glowing mountains, each his sky, Of living nature, cannot be portray'd And each seem'd centre of his own fair world : By words, nor by the pencil's silent skill; Antipodes unconscious of each other,
But is the property of him alone Yet, in partition, with their several spheres,
Who hath beheld it, noted it with care, Blended in perfect stillness, to our sight!
And in his mind recorded it with love! “Ah! what a pity were it to disperse,
Suffice it, therefore, if the rural muse Or to disturb, so fair a spectacle ;
Vouchsafe sweet influence, while her poet speaks And yet a breath can do it!"
Of trivial occupations well devised,
These few words And unsought pleasures springing up by chance ;
That, as the day thus far had been enrich'd
'The same should be continued to its close. “ I love to hear that eloquent old man
One spirit animating old and young, Pour forth his meditations, and descant
A gipsy fire we kindled on the shore On human life from infancy to age.
Of the fair isle with birch trees fringed; and thero How pure his spirit! in what vivid hues
Merrily seated in a ring, partook His mind gives back the various forms of things, The beverage drawn from China's fragrant herb. Caught in their fairest, happiest attitude !
Launch'd from our hand, the smooth stone skimmo While he is speaking, I have power to see
the lake; E'en as he sees ; but when his voice hath ceased, With shouts we roused the echoes: stiller sounds,