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IN hymns of praise, eternal God!
When thy creating hand
Stretch'd the blue arch of heaven abroad,
And meted sea and land,
The morning stars together sung,
And shouts of joy from angels rung.
Than Earth's prime hour, more joyous far
Was the eventful morn,
When the bright beam of Bethlehem's star
Announced a Saviour born!
Then sweeter strains from heaven began-
"Glory to God-good will to man.'
Babe of the manger! can it be?
Art thou the Son of God?
Shall subject nations bow the knee,
And kings obey thy nod?
Shall thrones and monarchs prostrate falk
Before the tenant of a stall?
"Tis He! the hymning seraphs cry,
While hovering, drawn to earth;
"Tis he the shepherds' songs reply,
Hail! hail Emmanuel's birth!
The rod of peace those hands shall bear,
That brow a crown of glory wear!
'Tis He! the eastern sages sing,
And spread their golden hoard;
"Tis He! the hills of Sion ring,
Hosanna to the Lord!
The Prince of long prophetic years
To day in Bethlehem appears!
He comes! the Conqueror's march begins,
No blood his banner stains;
He comes to save the world from sins,
And break the captive's chains!
The poor, the sick and blind shall bless
The Prince of Peace and Righteousness.
Though now in swaddling-clothes he lies,
All hearts his power shall own,
When he, with legions of the skies,
The clouds of heaven his throne,
Shall come to judge the quick and dead,
And strike a trembling world with dread.
PAINS OF THE IMAGINATION.
ON ocean's cliff, see beauty wild and pale, Watching alone the fury of the gale: Amid the dangers of the rugged coast, She marks her sailor's gallant vessel tost; Frantic with grief, her sunny locks she tears, As the red lightning on the breakers glares, And o'er the tumult of the boiling deep, Mad whirlwinds howl, and dark tornadoes sweep. Shall she, delighted, hear the tempest rave, And list the murmurs of the dashing wave! Think ye the grandeur of the scene can charm Her heart, that throbs at every gust alarm!
Behold yon volumes of sulphureous smoke,
Roll in black wreaths, and heaven with vapor choke!
The mountain trembles, and the earth afar
Feels the dread shock of elemental war;
Loud roars the ocean, and the mingled din
Breaks on the ear from rumbling caves within:
Then flames the crater: to the skies aspire
The liquid gushes of volcanic fire.
Aghast the peasant of Campania stands,
And mourns his ruin'd cot, his deluged lands,
Perchance his wife, his children's hapless doom,
Buried in flame, and hurried to the tomb.
While his lorn bosom is with anguish wrung,
Cares he what bards the scene sublime have sung?
How many Plinies once admired the sight,
Its grandeur traced, then perish'd in delight?
But hark!-in southern climes along the ground, Like distant thunders, runs a hollow sound: Wide and more wide extends the sullen jar, As when conflicting chariots rush to war;
Rocks, woods, and plains the wild commotion feel,
And the tall Andes to their bases reel;
In mountain waves, the undulating lea
Heaves, like the tossings of a troubled sea;
Impending ruin mocks the force of art,
And ghastly terror seizes every heart.
Then yawns the fathomless abyss, and down
At once are hurl'd the works of old renown,
The monuments of ages; all that man,
His genius, taste, and luxury could plan:
All, all in one promiscuous grave repose,
O'er which the earth, and gushing waters close,
And hence along the stagnant lake and plain,
Shall solitude and desolation reign.
Oh! who hath not in fancy trod alone,
The trackless deserts of the burning zone,
Nor felt a dreariness oppress his soul,
To mark the sands in eddies round him roll,
Like ocean's billows, threatening to o'erwhelm,
His wilder'd march, through many a weary realm?
No' verdure smiles, no crystal fountains play,
To quench the arrows of the god of day,
No breezy lawns, no cool, meandering streams,
Allay the fervor of his torrid beams;
No whispering zephyrs fan the glowing skies;
But o'er long tracts the mournful siroc sighs,
Whose desolating march, whose withering breath
Sweeps through the caravan with instant death;
The wandering Arab, startled at the sound,
Mantles his face, and presses close the ground,
Till o'er his prostrate, weary limbs hath pass'd,
In sullen gusts, the poison-wafting blast.
'Tis night: but there the sparkling heavens diffuse No genial showers, no soft-distilling dews; In the hot sky, the stars, of lustre shorn, Burn o'er the pathway of the wanderer lorn, And the red moon, from Babelmandel's strand, Looks, as she climbs, through pyramids of sand, That whirl'd aloft, and gilded by her light, Blaze the lone beacons of the desert night. From distant wilds is heard the dismal howl Of hideous monsters, that in darkness prowl: Urged by gaunt famine from his lair and home,
Along the waste, the tiger's footsteps roam,
And from afar, the fierce hyena's scream
At midnight breaks the traveller's fitful dream.
AUTHOR of The Fatal Jest, and other pieces, published at New York, in 1819.
RUDE was the storm, and her fallen hair
Stream'd in the gale from her bosom bare;
As alone, through the forest's blacken'd shade,
On errand of fear came the Indian maid.
Wild was her look; but her eye was bright
With the melting beam of Mercy's light-
Her speech was hurried; but kindness hung
On the accents bland of her warning tongue.
"White men, beware of Havoc's sweep!
He is waked in the forest, from sullen sleep-
He would drink your blood, in a guardless hour,
And your wives and slumbering babes devour.
"Beware!-for, the tempest, chain'd so long,
Shall burst tonight, in its fury strong-
The trees must root them against its sway,
And their branches cling, or be scatter'd away!
"The fire shall rage; for, the breeze is blowing-
The smoke rolls hither-the flames are glowing;
They climb the hills; to the vales they spread-
The night is black; but the forest is red.
"White men, beware!-And when at last,
Your fears are dead, and your dangers past,
Shall the voice of the warner be e'er betray'd—
Shall white men forget the Indian maid?"
MINISTER of the Second Congregational Church in Hanover Street, Boston. He is more distinguished as a writer of prose than poetry; though in the latter, he has executed some beautiful things. Several of the best articles of criticism in the North American Review are from his pen.
THE evening heavens were calm and bright ;
No dimness rested on the glittering light,
That sparkled from that wilderness of worlds on high
Those distant suns burn'd on with quiet ray;
The placid planets held their modest way;
And silence reign'd profound o'er earth, and sea, and sky.
Oh what an hour for lofty thought!
My spirit burn'd within; I caught
A holy inspiration from the hour.
Around me man and nature slept;
Alone my solemn watch I kept,
Till morning dawn'd, and sleep resumed her power.
A vision pass'd upon my soul.
I still was gazing up to heaven,
As in the early hours of even;
I still beheld the planets roll,
And all those countless sons of light
Flame from the broad blue arch, and guide the moonless night.
When, lo, upon the plain,
Just where it skirts the swelling main,
A massive castle, far and high,