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Awake! not Greece-she is awake!
Awake, my spirit,—think through whom My life-blood tracks its parent lake
And then strike home!
Tread all reviving passions down,
Unworthy manhood—unto thee, Indifferent should the smile or frown
Of beauty be!
If thou regret'st thy youth-why live ?
The land of honourable death Is here—up to the field, and give
Away thy breath!
Seek out—less often sought than found
A soldier's grave, for thee the best, Then look around, and choose thy ground,
And take thy rest.
BY THE REV. GEORGE CROLY.
Look on this brow !—the laurel wreath
Beamed on it, like a wreath of fire; For passion gave the living breath,
That shook the chords of Sappho's lyre ! Look on this brow !--the lowest slave,
The veriest wretch of want and care, Might shudder at the lot that gave
Her genius, glory, and despair.
For, from these lips were uttered sighs,
That, more than fever, scorched the frame; And tears were rained from these bright eyes,
That from the heart, like life-blood, came.
She loved !-- she felt the lightning-gleam,
That keenest strikes the loftiest mind;
The world a waste before-behind.
And she had hope—the treacherous hope,
The last deep poison of the bowl,
Nor lose one misery of soul.
She cast one weeping glance above,
The whole concentred strife of Love !
WRITTEN ON THE FIRST VIEW OF FONTHILL ABBEY.
BY THE REV. W. L. BOWLES.
The mighty master waved his wand, and lo!
all !-O never may the spell
Is not this grove A scene of pensive loveliness ?—The gleam Of Dian's gentle ray falls on the trees, And piercing through the gloom, seems like the smile That Pity gives to cheer the brow of Grief; The turf hath caught a silvery hue of light, Broken by shadows, where the branching oak Rears its dark shade, or where the aspen waves Its trembling leaves. The breeze is murmuring by, Fraught with sweet sighs of flowers and the song Of sorrow, that the nightingale pours forth, Like the soft dirge of love.
There is oft told A melancholy record of this grove: 'Twas once, they say, the haunt of young AffectionAnd now seems hallowed by the tender vows That erst were breathed here.
Sad is the tale That tells of blighted feelings, hopes destroyed; But love is like the rose, so many ills Assail it in the bud !--The cankering blast, The frost of winter and the summer storm, All bow it down; rarely the blossom comes To full maturity ; but there is nought Sinks with so chill a breath as Faithlessness, As she could tell whose loveliness lives yet In village legends.—Often at this hour Of lonely beauty, would she list the tale Of tenderness, and hearken to the vows Of one more dear than life unto her soul; He twined him round the heart which beat with all The deep devotedness of early love, Then left her, careless of the passion which He had awakened into wretchedness. The blight which withered all the blossoms love
Had fondly cherished, withered too the heart
Within yon bower
The cold long rest of death.
L. E. L.
REPROACH ME NOT.
OH! gentle shade-reproach me not,
For hours of mirth too late gone by! Thy loveliness is ne'er forgot
However wild the revelry. For o'er the silent goblet, thou
Art still remembered, and a cloud, Comes o'er my heart, and o'er my brow;
And I am lone, while all are loud.
Reproach me not,--Reproach me not
For mingling in the noisy scene ! Mine is indeed a gloomy lot,
To think on joys which but have been ; To meditate on woes, which yet
Must haunt my life, and speed my fall ! Some minds would struggle to forget,
But mine would fain remember all.
I think on thee,
I think and sigh,– Though thoughts are sad, and sighs are vain ! There's something in thy memory,
That gives a loveliness to pain ; But yet, ah! gentle saint, forgive
The faults this wretched breast hath known! Had fate allowed thee but to live,
Those shadowing faults had ne'er been shewn.
Thy friends are fading from my sight,
But from my mind they ne'er depart; They leave behind them in their flight, Their images upon my
heart ;And better 'twere that all should go
From this dark world, since thou art gone ! I need no friend to share my woe!
I love to weep apart,_alone.