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Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes ;
THE SAILOR'S GRAVE.
THERE is a spot in the lone, lone sea,
A spot unmarked, but holy,
In his ocean bed lies lowly.
From tempest and from billow,
Scarce rock his peaceful pillow.
They did not dare to sever:
'Tis now his home forever.
A glorious tomb they've found thee;
The boundless ocean round thee.
Thy name, thy worth, thy glory,
And grace Britannia's story.
WILLIAM HAINES LYTLE.
WILLIAM HAINES LYTLE, an American general and poet, born in Cincinnati, O., Nov. 2, 1826; killed at the battle of Chickamauga, Tenn., Sept. 20, 1863. He graduated at Cincinnati College, and studied law. He was a captain in the Mexican War; and in the Civil War served as colonel in 1861, and later as brigadier-general of volunteers, having been promoted to that rank for gallant conduct. His best-known poems are “ Antony to Cleopatra” and “ Jacqueline." No complete collection of his works was published.
ANTONY TO CLEOPATRA.
Ebbs the crimson life-tide fast;
Gather on the evening blast.
Hush thy sobs and bow thine ear;
Thou, and thou alone, must hear.
Bear their eagles high no more,
Strew dark Actium's fatal shore;
Prompt to do their master's will,
Die the great Triumvir still.
Mock the lion thus laid low :
'Twas his own that struck the blow;
Turned aside from glory's ray,
Madly threw a world away.
Should the base plebeian rabble
Dare assail my name at Rome, Where my noble spouse Octavia
Weeps within her widowed home, Seek her; say the gods bear witness
Altars, augurs, circling wings That her blood, with mine commingled,
Yet shall mount the throne of kings. As for thee, star-eyed Egyptian,
Glorious sorceress of the Nile, Light the path to Stygian horrors
With the splendors of thy smile.
Let his brow the laurel twine:
Triumphing in love like thine.
Hark the insulting foeman's cry! They are coming! quick, my falchion,
Let me front them ere I die. Ah! no more amid the battle
Shall my heart exulting swell; Isis and Osiris guard thee!
Cleopatra, Rome, farewell!
EDWARD ROBERT BULWER-LYTTON.
EDWARD ROBERT BULWER-LYTTON, Earl Lytton, pseudonym Ewen Meredith, an English poet, only son of the novelist, born at London, Nov. 8, 1831; died at Paris, Nov. 24, 1891. He was educated at Harrow and at Bonn. In 1849 he became attaché at Washington under his uncle, Sir Henry Bulwer. He rose finally to the rank of ambassador at Lisbon in 1874, after a service at Flor. ence, Paris, The Hague, St. Petersburg, Constantinople, Vienna, Athens, Madrid. He also ruled India, as Viceroy (1876–1880). He succeeded to his father's title of Baron Lytton in 1873, and in 1880 was made Earl of Lytton and Viscount Knebworth. In 1887 he was appointed Ambassador to France.
His earlier volumes were published under the name of “Owen Meredith :” “Clytemnestra and Other Poems" (1855); “The Wanderer, A Collection of Poems in many Lands" (1857); “Lucile" (1860); “Tannhäuser, or the Battle of the Bards," appeared anonymously in 1861 ; “Serbski Pesme” (1861) was a translation of Servian songs.
His later poems are “Chronicles and Characters" (1868); “Orval, or the Fool of Time” (1869); “ Fables in Song” (1874); and “Glenaveril” (1885). He has published in prose an Egyptian Romance, “ The Ring of Amasis ” (1863); “ Julian Fane, a Memoir” (1871); his father's “Speeches and Political Writings” (1874); “The Life, Letters, and Literary Remains of Edward Bulwer, Lord Lytton " (1883); “ After Paradise, or Legends of Exile" (1887); “Marah,” poems, and “King Poppy," posthumously (1892).
THE STORM ON THE MOUNTAIN.