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“Speak, father !” once again he cried,
“ If I may yet be gone!” And—but the booming shots replied,
And fast the flames rolled on.
And in his waving hair,
In still yet brave despair :
"My father! must I stay?” While o'er him fast, through sail and shroud,
The wreathing'fires made way.
They caught the flag on high,
Like banners in the sky.
There came a burst of thunder sound
The boy-oh! where was he? Ask of the winds that far around
With fragments strewed the sea !-
That well had borne their part;
Was that young faithful heart !
Thou art no lingerer in monarch's hall —
Thou art walking the billows, and ocean smiles ; Thou hast touched with glory his thousand isles; Thou hast lit up the ships and the feathery foam, And gladdened the sailor like words from home.
To the solemn depths of the forest shades,
glow, Like fire-flies glance to the pools below.
I looked on the mountains—a vapour lay
I looked on the peasant's lowly cot-
To the earth’s wild places a guest thou art,
Thou takest through the dim church-aisle thy
way, And its pillars from twilight flash forth to day, And its high pale tombs, with their trophies old, Are bathed in a flood as of molten gold.
And thou turnest not from the humblest grave, Where a flower to the sighing winds may wave ; Thou scatterest its gloom like the dreams of rest, Thou sleepest in love on its grassy breast.
Sunbeam of Summer ! oh, what is like thee?
Now autumn strews on every plain,
In rich profusion pours around
The valleys echo to the strains
The Homes of England.
He stately homes of England !
O'er all the pleasant land !
Through shade and sunny gleam,
Of some rejoicing stream.
The merry homes of England !
Around their hearths by night
Meet in the ruddy light!
Or childhood's tale is told,
Some glorious page of old.
The blessed homes of England !
How softly on their bowers Is laid the holy quietness
That breathes from Sabbath hours ! Solemn, yet sweet, the church-bell's chime
Floats through their woods at morn; All other sounds, in that still time,
Of breeze and leaf are born.