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OX.

THE NILE.

It flows through old hushed Egypt and its sands,

Like some grave mighty thought threading a dream,

And times and things, as in that vision, seem Keeping along it their eternal stands, – Caves, pillars, pyramids, the shepherd bands That roamed through the young world, the glory

extreme Of high Sesostris, and that southern beam, The laughing queen that caught the world's great

hands.

Then comes a mightier silence, stern and strong

As of a world left empty of its throng,
And the void weighs on us; and then we wake,

And hear the fruitful stream lapsing along 'Twixt villages, and think how we shall take Our own calm journey on for human sake.

CXI.

THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE ORIOKET.

GREEN little vaulter in the sunny grass,

Catching your heart up at the feel of June,

Sole voice that's heard amidst the lazy noon, When even the bees lag at the summoning brass ; And you, warm little housekeeper, who class

With those who think the candles come too soon,

Loving the fire, and with your tricksome tune
Nick the glad silent moments as they pass ;
Oh sweet and tiny cousins, that belong

One to the fields, the other to the hearth,
Both have your sunshine ; both, though small, are

strong At your clear hearts ; and both were sent on earth To sing in thoughtful ears this natural song :

In-doors and out, summer and winter, Mirth.

OXII,

ONE DEAD.

Is it deep sleep, or is it rather death?
Rest anyhow it is, and sweet is rest :-
No more the doubtful blessing of the breath ;
Our God hath said that silence is the best,
And thou art silent as the pale round moon,
And near thee is our birth's great mystery :-
Alas, we knew not thou would'st go so soon!
We cannot tell where sky is lost in sea,
But only find life's bark to come and go,
By wondrous Nature's hidden force impelled, -
Then melts the wake in sea, and none shall know
For certain which the course the vessel held ;-
The lessening ship by us no more is seen,
And sea and sky are just as they have been.

OXIII,

HIGH SUMMER.

I NEVER wholly feel that summer is high,

However green the trees or loud the birds,

However movelessly eye-winking herds Stand in field ponds, or under large trees lie, Till I do climb all cultured pastures by,

That, hedged by hedgerows studiously trim,

Smile like a lady's face with lace laced prim, And on some moor or hill that seeks the sky Lonely and nakedly,-utterly lie down,

And feel the sunshine throbbing on body and limb,

My drowsy brain in pleasant drunkenness swim, Each rising thought sink back and dreamily drown, Smiles creep o'er my face, and smother my lips,

and cloy, Each muscle sink to itself, and separately enjoy.

H

OXIV.

ON FIRST LOOKING INTO CHAPMAN'S HOMER.

MUCH have I travell’d in the realms of gold,

And many goodly states and kingdoms seen ;

Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told

That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne :

Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold :
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies

When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes

He stared at the Pacific—and all his men
Look'd at each other with a wild surmise-

Silent, upon a peak in Darien,

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