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The while the thoughts rose in her eyes like stars
The day is wonderfully beautiful!
Rome's old gray ruins glisten in its light,
Clothe themselves ere they die. All Nature lies
INNOCENT WELCOME TO EVIL.
How thou art like the daisy in Noah's meadow,
Wrapp'd up its leaves, and shut the treacherous water
A WILFUL LITTLE LADY.
A rosebud set with little wilful thorns,
NATURE'S PITY FOR HUMAN PRIDE.
Earth laughs in flowers to see her boastful boys Earth proud, proud of the earth which is not theirs; Who steer the plough, but cannot steer their feet Clear of the grave.
Softest peace enwrap her!
Content be still the breathing of her lips!
Be tranquil ever, thou blest life of her!
And that last hour, that hangs 'tween heaven and earth, So often travell'd by her thoughts and prayers,
Be soft and yielding 'twixt her spirit's wings!
Life is a city, fiill'd with straying streets,
And Death the market-place where each one meets. BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER.
It was a green spot in a wilderness,
Touch'd by the river Jordan. The dark pine
Set all the windows,
The shaggy brutes stretch on the velvet couches,
Jewels five-words long,
That on the stretch'd forefinger of all Time
Sparkle for ever.
Morn, like a maiden glancing o'er her pearls, Stream'd o'er the manna-dew, as though the ground Were sown with star-seed.
P. J. BAILEY.
THE HAUGHTY BEAUTY OF MUSIC.
Or music pours on mortals
The plump wain at even
Bringing home four months' sunshine bound in sheaves.
He'd lie in fields,
And through his fingers watch the changing clouds,
Those playful fancies of the mighty sky.
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