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Then shall we see across the vale

The village spire so white,
And the grey wood and meadow green

Shall live again in light.

So, William, from the moral world

The clouds shall pass away ;
The light that struggles thro' them now

Shall beam eternal day.

ERTHUSYQ.

To the BURNIE* BEE.

Blythe son of summer, furl thy filmy wing,

Alight beside me on this bank of moss ; Yet to its sides the lingering shadows cling,

And sparkling dews the dark-green tufts imboss.

Here may'st thou freely quaff the nectar'd sweet

That in the violet's purple chalice hides, Here on the lily scent thy fringed feet,

Or with the wild-thymes balm anoint thy sides.

Back o'er thy shoulders throw those ruby shards

With many a tiny coal-black freckle deckt, My watchful look thy loitering saunter guards,

My ready hand thy footstep shall protect.

* A provincial name of the beetle coccinella, or lady-birde Daunted by me beneath this trembling bough

On forked wing no greedy swallow sails, No hopping sparrow pries for food below,

Nor evet lurks, nor dusky blindworm trails.

Nor shall the swarthy gaoler for thy way

His grate of twinkling threads successful strain, With venom'd trunk thy writhing members slay,

Or from thy heart the reeking life's-blood drain.

Forego thy wheeling in the sunny air

Thy glancing to the envious insects round, To the dim calmness of my bower repair,

Silence and Coolness keep its hallowed ground.

Here to the elves who sleep in flowers by day

Thy softest hum in lulling whispers pour, Or o'er the lovely band thy shield display

When blue-eyed twilight sheds her dewy shower.

So shall the fairy-train by glow-worm light

With rainbow tints thy folding pennons fret, Thy scaly breast in deeper azure dight,

Thy burnish'd armour speck with glossier jet.

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With viewless fingers weave thy wintry tent,

And line with gossamer thy pendant cell, Safe in the rift of some lone ruin pent

Where ivy shelters from the storm-wind fell.

Blest if like thee I cropt with heedless spoil

The gifts of youth and pleasure in their bloom, Doom'd for no coming winter's want to toil,

Fit for the spring that waits beyond the tomb.

R, O

INSCRIPTIONS, by ROBERT SOUTHEY.

INSCRIPTION I.

For the Banks of the HAMPSHIRE AVON.

A little while, O Traveller! linger here,
And let thy leisure eye behold and feel
The beauties of the place ; yon heathy hill
That rises sudden from the vale so green,
The vale far stretching as the view can reach
Under its long dark ridge, the river here
That, like a serpent, thro' the grassy mead
Winds on, now hidden, glittering now in light.
Nor fraught with merchant wealth, nor fam'd in song,
This river rolls ; an unobtrusive tide
Its gentle charms may soothe and satisfy
Thy feelings. Look! how bright its pebbled bed
Gleams thro' the ruffled current; and that bank
With flag leaves bordered, as with two-edged swords !
See where the water wrinkles round the stem

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