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It had not created a warmer emotion

Than the present, fair nymphs, I was blest with

from you ;

Than the shell, from the bright golden sands of the

ocean,

Which the emerald waves at your feet gladly

threw.

For, indeed, 'tis a sweet and peculiar pleasure,

(And blissful is he who such happiness finds,) To possess

but a span of the hour of leisure In elegant, pure, and aerial minds.

ON RECEIVING A COPY OF VERSES

FROM THE SAME LADIES.

H

AST thou from the caves of Golconda, a gem
Pure as the ice-drop that froze on the moun-

tain ? Bright as the humming-bird's green diadem, When it flutters in sunbeams that shine through

a fountain ?

Hast thou a goblet for dark sparkling wine ?

That goblet right heavy, and massy, and gold ? And splendidly mark'd with the story divine

Of Armida the fair, and Rinaldo the bold ?

Hast thou a steed with a mane richly flowing ?

Hast thou a sword that thine enemy's smart is? Hast thou a trumpet rich melodies blowing ? And wear'st thou the shield of the famed Bri

tomartis ?

What is it that hangs from thy shoulder so brave,

Embroider'd with many a spring-peering flower ? Is it a scarf that thy fair lady gave ?

And hastest thou now to that fair lady's bower ?

Ah! courteous Sir Knight, with large joy thou art

crown'd; Full many the glories that brighten thy youth ! I will tell thee my blisses, which richly abound

In magical powers to bless and to soothe.

On this scroll thou seest written in characters fair

A sun-beaming tale of a wreath, and a chain : And, warrior, it nurtures the property rare

Of charming my mind from the trammels of pain.

This canopy mark : 'tis the work of a fay;

Beneath its rich shade did King Oberon languish, When lovely Titania was far, far away,

And cruelly left him to sorrow and anguish.

There, oft would he bring from his soft-sighing lute Wild strains to which, spell-bound, the nightin

gales listen'd! The wondering spirits of Heaven were mute, And tears ’mong the dewdrops of morning oft

glisten’d.

In this little dome, all those melodies strange,

Soft, plaintive, and melting, for ever will sigh ; Nor e'er will the notes from their tenderness change,

Nor e'er will the music of Oberon die.

So when I am in a voluptuous vein,

I pillow my head on the sweets of the rose, And list to the tale of the wreath, and the chain,

Till its echoes depart; then I sink to repose.

Adieu! valiant Eric ! with joy thou art crown'd,

Full many the glories that brighten thy youth,

I too have my blisses, which richly abound

In magical powers to bless, and to soothe.

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ADST thou lived in days of old,

( what wonders had been told

Of thy lively countenance,
And thy humid eyes, that dance
In the midst of their own brightness,
In the very fane of lightness;
Over which thine eyebrows, leaning,
Picture out each lovely meaning :
In a dainty bend they lie,
Like the streaks across the sky,
Or the feathers from a crow,
Fallen on a bed of snow.
Of thy dark hair, that extends
Into many graceful bends :
As the leaves of hellebore
Turn to whence they sprung before.
And behind each ample curl
Peeps the richness of a pearl.
Downward too flows many a tress
With a glossy waviness,
Full, and round like globes that rise
From the censer to the skies
Through sunny hair. Add too, the sweetness
Of thy honied voice ; the neatness
Of thine ankle lightly turn'd:
With those beauties scarce discern'd,
Kept with such sweet privacy,
That they seldoin meet the eye
Of the little Loves that fly
Round about with eager pry.
Saving when with freshening lave,

Thou dipp'st them in the taintless wave;
Like twin water-lilies, born
In the coolness of the morn.
0, if thou hadst breathed then,
Now the Muses had been ten.
Couldst thou wish for lineage higher
Than twin-sister of Thalia ?
At least for ever, evermore
Will I call the Graces four.
Hadst thou lived when chivalry
Lifted up her lance on high,
Tell me what thou wouldst have been ?
Ah! I see the silver sheen
Of thy broider’d-floating vest
Covering half thine ivory breast :
Which, o Heavens! I should see,
But that cruel Destiny
Has placed a golden cuirass there,
Keeping secret what is fair.
Like sunbeams in a cloudlet nested,
Thy locks in knightly casque are rested :
O’er which bend four milky plumes,
Like the gentle lily's blooms
Springing from a costly vase.
See with what a stately pace
Comes thine alabaster steed;
Servant of heroic deed !
O'er his loins, his trappings glow
Like the northern lights on snow.
Mount his back! thy sworid unsheath!
Sign of the enchanter's death ·
Bane of every wicked spell;
Silencer of dragon's yell.
Alas! thou this wilt never do:
Thou art an enchantress too,
And wilt surely never spill
Blood of those whose eyes can kill.

TO HOPE.

.

W

HEN by my solitary hearth I sit,
And hateful thoughts enwrap my soul in

gloom; When no fair dreams before my “mind's eye” flit,

And the bare heath of life presents no bloom ; Sweet Hope! ethereal balm upon me shed, And wave thy silver pinions o'er my head.

Whene'er I wander, at the fall of night,
Where woven boughs shut out the moon's bright

ray,
Should sad Despondency my musings fright,

And frown, to drive fair Cheerfulness away, Peep with the moonbeams through the leafy roof, And keep that fiend Despondence far aloof.

Should Disappointment, parent of Despair,

Strive for lier son to seize my careless heart When, like a cloud, he sits upon the air,

Preparing on his spell-bound prey to dart : Chase him away, sweet Hope, with visage bright, And fright him, as the morning frightens night!

Whene'er the fate of those I hold most dear

Tells to my fearful breast a tale of sorrow, O bright-eyed Hope, my morbid fancy cheer;

Let me awhile thy sweetest comforts borrow: Thy heaven-born radiance around me shed, And wave thy silver pinions o'er my head !

Should e'er unhappy love my bosom pain,

From cruel parents, or relentless fair, O let me think it is not quite in vain

To sigh out sonnets to the midnight air! Sweet Hope ! ethereal balm upon me shed, And wave thy silver pinions o'er my head.

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