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Till broad and fierce the star came forth on Ely,' &c., the cathe Ely's * stately fane, dral of. Ely, Cam. And town and hamlet rose in arms o'er all the 70 bridgeshire.
boundless plain ; Belvoir, castle in Till Belvoir's * Iordly terraces the sign to LinLeicester.
coln sent, Trent, a river 180 And Lincoln sped the message on o'er the wide miles long, rises in vale of Trent ;* Staffordshire. Gaunt, Lancaster
er Till Skiddaw saw the fire that burnt on Castle.
Gaunt's * embattled pile,
ghers of Carlisle. *
PARADISE AND THE PERI.—Moore. THOMAS MOORE (1779-1852), the most popular of Irish poets, was born in Dublin. Chief poems : Lalla Rookh (Tulip-Cheek), a brilliant series of Oriental tales, published in 1817. It became very popular from its rich colouring and Oriental spirit. The Irish Melodies, which are remarkable for their beauty and simplicity. Moore also wrote the Life of Byron. Peri, an imaginary One morn a Peri * at the gate being like a fairy, re- Of Eden stood, disconsolate ; * presented as a descendant of fallen angels shut out from Of life within, like music flowing, Paradise until their
And caught the light upon her wings
Through the half open portal * glowing,
Should e'er have lost that glorious place.
“ Are the holy spirits who wander there,
Mid flowers that never shall fade or fall! Cashmere, an inde. Though mine are the gardens of earth and sea, pendent state in the And the stars themselves have flowers for me. north of Hindostan. It is very moun One blossom of heaven outblooms them all! tainous, and is cele- Though sunny the lake of cool Cashmere,* 15 brated for its magpi. ficent climate, and
With its plane-tree isle reflected clear, the beautiful shawls And sweetly the founts of that valley fallmade there.
The Though bright are the waters of Sing-su-bay, Golden flools. The Alton Kól, or golden And the golden floods* that thitherward strayriver of Tibet, which Yet, oh! 'tis only the blest can say runs into the lakes of Sing-su-hay, has a
How the waters of heaven outshine them all! great quantity of gold Go, wing thy flight from star to star, in its sands. Luminous, giving
Giving From world to luminous * world, as far
As the universe spreads its flaming wall :
All the pleasure, &c. one moment's happiness in heaven is worth an eternity of earthly pleasures.
Blue flower, the Bramins believe that the blue Campac flowers only in Paradise. Bramin, an Indian priest. Nymph, a fabled female being inhabiting the earth and the waters. Erring, going wrong. Redeem, to make atonement for.
25 Take all the pleasures * of all the spheres,
And multiply each through endless years,—.
One minute of heaven is worth them all!
The gates of light beheld her weeping ; 30 And, as he nearer drew and listened
To her sad song, a tear-drop glistened
From Eden's fountain, when it lies
Blooms nowhere but in Paradise.
The Peri yet may be forgiven 40 Who brings to this Eternal Gate
The Gift that is most dear to Heaven.
Cheered by this hope, she bends her thither;45 Still laughs the radiant eye of heaven
Nor have the golden bowers of Eden
Slowly, she sees a child at play,
As rosy and as wild as they-
The beautiful blue damsel-flies *
From his hot steed, and on the brink 60 Of a small imaret's * rustic fount
Impatient fling him down to drink.
To the fair child, who fearless sat,
Though never yet hath day-beam burned 65 Upon a brow more fierce than that* —
Sullenly fierce; a mixture dire,
Dark tales of many a ruthless* deed :
Oaths broken-and the threshold stained
Balbec, a ruined city of Syria, north of Damascus, in the valley of the Lebanon,
Damsel-flies, a species of beautiful insects whose graceful and elegant appearance has procured for them the name of Damsels.
Imaret, a place where pilgrims are lodged and nourished for three days without charge. Haggard, careworn.
Upon a brow, &c., his countenance showed that he had led a very wicked life.
Ruthless, cruel, with.
Blood of guests, he With blood of guests.* There written, all
Yet tranquil now that man of crime
Though still, whene'er his eye by chance
Met that unclouded, joyous gaze,
As torches, that bave burned all night
Encounter morning's glorious rays.
hi, the As slow the orb of daylight * sets, sun.
Is rising sweetly on the air Syria, a province of From Syria's * thousand minarets. * Asiatic Turkey. The boy * has started from the bed Minaret, the tower of a mosque, or å Of flowers, where he had laid his head, Mohammedan place And down upon the fragrant sod of worship.
Kneels, with his forehead to the south, The boy, &c. At the common hours of Lisping the eternal name of God prayer, such Turks From purity's own cherub mouth, as are not able to attend the mosques are And looking, while his hands and eyes obliged to perform Are lifted to the glowing skies, this duty wherever they may be, or upon
Liko a stray babe of Paradise, whatever business Just lighted on that flowery plain, they may be about.
And seeking for its home again.
A scene, which might have well beguiled
For glories lost and peace gone by.
And how felt he, the wretched inan
Nor brought him back one branch of grace ?
Heart-humbled tones, “thou blessed child,
I looked and prayed like thee; but now"-
And hope and feeling, which had slept
Fresh o'er him, and he wept-he wept !
Blest tears of soul-felt penitence ! 120 In whose benign,* redeeming flow
Benign, kindly, fa
vourable. Is felt the first, the only sense
Of guiltless joy that guilt can know. “ There's a drop,"* said the Peri, “that down There's a drop, the from the moon
miraculous drop, sup
posed to falls in Egypt Falls through the withering airs of June precisely on St. 125 Upon Egypt's land, of so healing a power,
John's day in June
is thought to have So balmy a virtue, that e'en in the hour the effect of stopping That drop descends, contagion * dies,
the plague. And health reanimates * earth and skies.
Contagion, a catching
sickness, a plague. Oh ! is it not thus, thou man of sin,
Reanimates, to give 130 The precious tears of repentance fall ? back life. Though foul * thy fiery plagues within,
Though foul, &c., the One heavenly drop hath dispelled them all.”
soul of even the
greatest sinner may And now behold him kneeling there
be purified by a sinBy the child's side, in humble prayer,
cere repentance. 135 While the same sunbeam shines upon
The guilty and the guiltless one;
the angels rejoice The triumph of a soul forgiven.
upon the conversion 'Twas when the golden orb* had set,
of the sinner.
Golden orb, the sun, 140 While on their knees they lingered yet,
There fell a light, more lovely far
Dewed that repentant sinner's cheek.
Aurora Borealis, or
Northern Lights. 'Twas a bright smile the angel threw
Meteor, a fiery body From heaven's gate, to hail that tear
through the atmo150 Her harbinger * of glory near.
sphere. “ Joy, joy for ever! My task is done
Harbinger, messenThe gates are passed, and heaven is won!” ger.
THANATOPSIS.—W. C. Bryant. WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT (1794- ), one of the most eminent poets of America, was born in Massachusetts. His poems are noted for their national spirit, tenderness, grace, and beauty of description. Chief works: Thanatopsis; or, Thoughts on Death, and The Ages, a survey of the experience of mankind. To him who in the love of nature holds Communion, to hold
intercourse, fellowCommunion * with her visible * forms, she speaks
Visible, that which may be seen.
Various, different, A various * language ; for his gayer hours unlike each other. She has a voice of gladness, and a smile
And eloquence of beauty; and she glides Musings, moments of Into his darker musings,* with a mild thought.
And healing sympathy,* that steals away Sympathy, compassion.
Their sharpness, ere he is aware. When
thoughts Last bitter hour, the Of the last bitter hour * come like a blight * time of death. Blight, to wither up. Over thy spirit, and sad images to cause a thing to Of the stern agony, and shroud, and pall, decay.
And breathless darkness, and the narrow
Earth and her waters, and the depths of air-
Where thy pale form is laid with many tears, 20
And, lost each human trace, surrendering * up
And, lost each human trace, si yield up one's self Thine individual being, shalt thou go
25 Elements, the parts To mix for ever with the elements * of which anything is To be a brother to the insensible rock, composed.
And to the sluggish clod, which the rude un, plough-boy. Swain * Share, ploughshare, Turns with his share,* and treads upon. The the part of a plough which shears or cuts the ground. Shall send his roots abroad, and pierce thy 30
wish Couch, bed.
Couch* more magnificent.* Thou shalt lie Magnificent, grand.
down Patriarchs of the in- With patriarchs of the infant world * -with fant world, great men, such as Abraham, Isaac, &c., who lived The powerful of the earth-the wise, the 35 at the commence
good, ment of the world. Hoary seers, white. Fair forms, and hoary seers,* of ages past, headed from old age, All in one mighty sepulchre.--The hills wise men,
Rock-ribbed, and ancient as the sun-the