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Look round thee !-o'er the slumbering deep,

A solemn glory broods ;
A fire hath touch'd the beacon-steep,

And all the golden woods;
A thousand gorgeous clouds on high

Burn with the amber light!-
What spell, from that rich pageantry,

Chains down thy gazing sight?

A softening thought of human cares,

A feeling link'd to earth!
Is not yon speck a bark which bears

The loved of many a hearth?
Oh! do not Hope, and Grief, and Fear,

Crowd her frail world even now,
And manhood's prayer and woman's tear

Follow her venturous prow?

Bright are the floating clouds above,

The glittering seas below;
But we are bound by cords of love

To kindred weal and woe.
Therefore, amidst this wide array

Of glorious things and fair,
My soul is on that bark's lone way-

For human hearts are there.

THE BIRDS OF PASSAGE.

Birds, joyous birds of the wandering wing !
Whence is it ye come with the flowers of spring ?-
“We come from the shores of the green old Nile,
From the land where the roses of Sharon smile,
From the palms that wave through the Indian sky,
From the myrrh-trees of glowing Araby.

“We have swept o'er cities in song renown'd-
Silent they lie with the deserts round!
We have cross'd proud rivers, whose tide hath roll'd
All dark with the warrior-blood of old;
And each worn wing hath regain'd its home,
Under peasant's roof-tree or monarch's dome.”

And what have ye found in the monarch's dome,
Since last ye traversed the blue sea's foam ?-
“We have found a change, we have found a pall,
And a gloom o'ershadowing the banquet's hall,
And a mark on the floor as of life-drops spilt-
Nought looks the same, save the nest we built!"

O joyous birds, it hath still been so;
Through the halls of kings doth the tempest go!
But the huts of the hamlet lie still and deep,
And the hills o'er their quiet a vigil keep:
Say what have ye found in the peasant's cot,
Since last ye parted from that sweet spot!

“A change we have found there—and many a change!
Faces, and footsteps, and all things strange !
Gone are the heads of the silvery hair,
And the young that were have a brow of care,
And the place is hush'd where the children play'd-
Nought looks the same, save the nest we made "

Sad is your tale of the beautiful earth,
Birds that o'ersweep it in power and mirth!
Yet through the wastes of the trackless air
Ye have a guide, and shall we despair?
Ye over desert and deep have pass'd—
So may we reach our bright home at last !

THE GRAVES OF A HOUSEHOLD.

They grew in beauty, side by side,

They fillid one home with glee ;Their graves are sever'd, far and wide,

By mount, and stream, and sea.

The same fond mother bent at night

O'er each fair sleeping brow;
She had each folded flower in sight-

Where are those dreamers now?

One, 'midst the forest of the west,

By a dark stream is laid -
The Indian knows his place of rest,

Far in the cedar shade.

The sea, the blue lone sea, hath one

He lies where pearls lie deep; He was the loved of all, yet none

O'er his low bed may weep.

One sleeps where southern vines are drest,

Above the noble slain;
He wrapt his colours round his breast

On a blood-red field of Spain.

And one-o'er her the myrtle showers

Its leaves, by soft winds fann'd; She faded 'midst Italian flowers

The last of that bright band.

And parted thus they rest, who play'd

Beneath the same green tree; Whose voices mingled as they pray'd

Around one parent knee !

They that with smiles lit up the hall,

And cheer'd with song the hearthAlas! for love, if thou wert all,

And nought beyond, 0 earth!

MOZART'S REQUIEM.

A short time before the death of Mozart, a stranger, of remarkable appearance, and dressed in deep mourning, called at his house, and requested him to prepare a requiem, in his best style, for the funeral of a distinguished person. The sensitive imagination of the composer immediately seized upon the circumstance as an omen of his own fate; and the nervous anxiety with which he laboured to fulfil the task, had the effect of realizing his impression. He died within a few days after completing this magnificent piece of music, which was performed at his interment.

“These birds of Paradise but long to flee
Back to their native mansion."

Prophecy of Dante.

A REQUIEM !--and for whom?

For beauty in its bloom?
For valour fallen-a broken rose or sword?

A dirge for king or chief,

With pomp of stately grief,
Banner, and torch, and waving plume deplored ?

Not so it is not so!

The warning voice I know,
From other worlds a strange mysterious tone;

A solemn funeral air,

It call'd me to prepare,
And my heart answer'd secretly-my own!

One more then, one more strain,

In links of joy and pain, Vol. V.-27

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