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An angry brook, it sweeps the glade,
No longer Autumn's glowing red Upon our Forest hills is shed; No more, beneath the evening beam, Fair Tweed reflects their purple gleam ; Away hath passed the heather-bell, That bloomed so rich on Needpath-fell, Sallow his brow, and russet bare Are now the sister-heights of Yair. The sheep, before the pinching heaven, To sheltered dale and down are driven, Where yet some faded herbage pines, And yet a watery sun-beam shines : In meek despondency they, eye The withered sward and wintry sky,
And far beneath their summer hill,
My imps, though hardy, bold, and wild, As best befits the mountain child, Feel the sad influence of the hour, And wail the daisy’s vanished flower ; Their summer gambols tell, and mourn, And anxious ask,—Will spring return, And birds and lambs again be gay, And blossoms clothe the 'hawthorn spray?
Yes, prattlers, yes. The daisy's flower Again shall paint your summer bower;
. Again the hawthorn shall supply
To mute and to material things New life revolving summer brings ; The genial call dead Nature hears, And in her glory re-appears. But Oh! my country's wintry state What second spring shall renovate ? What powerful call shall bid arise The buried warlike, and the wise? The mind, that thought for Britain's weal, The hand, that grasped the victor steel? The vernal sun new life bestows Even on the meanest flower that blows;
But vainly, vainly, may he shine, Where Glory weeps o'er Nelson's shrine ; - And vainly pierce the solemn gloom, That shrouds, O Pitt, thy hallowed tomb!
Deep graved in every British heart, O never let those names depart ! Say to your sons,-Lo, here his grave, Who victor died on Gadite wave ; To him, as to the burning levin, Short, bright, resistless course was given ; Where'er his country's foes were found, Was heard the fated thunder's sound, Till burst the bolt on yonder shore, Rolled, blazed, destroyed,—and was no more.
Nor mourn ye less his perished worth,
Who, born to guide such high emprize,
Had'st thou but lived, though stripp'd of power, A watchman on the lonely tower, Thy thrilling trump had roused the land, When fraud or danger were at hand;