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By day its voice is low and light;
Never—for ever !” Through days of sorrow and of mirth, Through days of death and days of birth, Through every swift vicissitude Of changeful time, unchanged it has stood, And as if, like God, it all things saw, It calmly repeats those words of awe,
6 For ever-never!
“ For ever-never !
Never—for ever!” There groups of merry children played ; There youths and maidens dreaming strayed; O precious hours! O golden prime, And affluence of love and time!
Even as a miser counts his gold,
Never-for ever!” From that chamber, clothed in white, The bride came forth on her wedding night; There, in that silent room below, The dead lay in his shroud of snow; And in the hush that followed the prayer Was heard the old clock on the stair,
6 For ever-never !
“ For ever-never!
The Rainy Hay,
THE day is cold, and dark, and dreary ,
And the day is dark and dreary.
My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
And the days are dark and dreary.
Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Some days must be dark and dreary.
RHE rocky ledge runs far into the sea,
And on its outer point, some miles away, The Lighthouse lifts its massive masonry –
A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day. Even at this distance I can see the tides,
Upheaving, break unheard along its base ;A speechless wrath, that rises and subsides
In the white lip and tremor of the face. And as the evening darkens, lo ! how bright,
Through the deep purple of the twilight air, Beams forth the sudden radiance of its light,
With strange, unearthly splendour in its glare! Not one alone ;—from each projecting cape
And perilous reef along the ocean's verge, Starts into life a dim, gigantic shape,
Holding its lantern o'er the restless surge. Like the great giant Christopher it stands
Upon the brink of the tempestuous wave, Wading far out among the rocks and sands,
· The night-o'ertaken mariner to save. And the great ships sail outward and return,
Bending and bowing o'er the billowy swells, And ever joyful, as they see it burn,
They wave their silent welcomes and farewells. They come forth from the darkness, and their sails
Gleam for a moment only in the blaze ; And eager faces, as the light unveils,
Gaze at the tower, and vanish while they gaze. The mariner remembers when a child,
On his first voyage, he saw it fade and sink; And, when returning from adventures wild,
He saw it rise again o'er ocean's brink.
Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same
Year after year, through all the silent night Burns on for evermore that quenchless flame,
Shines on that inextinguishable light ! It sees the ocean to its bosom clasp
The rocks and sea-sand with the kiss of peace;It sees the wild winds lift it in their grasp,
And hold it up, and shake it like a fleece. The startled waves leap over it; the storm
Smites it with all the scourges of the rain ; And steadily against its solid form
Press the great shoulders of the hurricane. The sea-bird wheeling round it, with the din
Of wings and winds and solitary cries, Blinded and maddened by the light within,
Dashes himself against the glare, and dies. A new Prometheus, * chained upon the rock,
Still grasping in his hand the fire of Jove, It does not hear the cry, nor heed the shock,
But hails the mariner with words of love. “Sail on!” it says, " sail on, ye stately ships ;
And with your floating bridge the ocean span ; Be mine to guard this light from all eclipse,
Be yours to bring man nearer unto man!”
* PROMETHEUS. Fabled History says that Prometheus was chained to a rock on Mount Caucasus, by order of Jupiter, because he had stolen fire from the Sun wherewith to animate a beautiful figure of clay which he had made. An eagle or vulture was sent to prey on his liver. He was eventually delivered by Hercules, who killed the eagle.