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For, more to me than birds or flowers,

My playmate left her home,
And took with her the laughing spring,

The music and the bloom.
She kissed the lips of kith and kin,

She laid her hand in mine:
What more could ask the bashful boy

Who fed her father's kine ?

She left us in the bloom of May:

The constant years told o'er Their seasons with as sweet May morns,

But she came back no more.

I walk, with noiseless feet, the round

Of uneventful years ;
Still o'er and o'er I saw the spring,

And reap the autumn ears.
She lives where all the golden year

Her summer roses blow;
The dusky children of the sun

Before her come and go.
There haply with her jewelled hands

She smooths her silken gown,--
No more the homespun lap wherein

I shook the walnuts down.
The wild grapes wait us by the brook,

The brown nuts on the hill,
And still the May-day flowers make sweet

The woods of Follymill.
The lilies blossom in the pond,

The bird builds in the tree,
The dark pines sing on Ramoth hill

The slow song of the sea.

I wonder if she thinks of them,

And how the old time seems,

K

If ever the pines of Ramoth wood

Are sounding in her dreams.

I see her face, I hear her voice :

Does she remember mine?
And what to her is now the boy

Who fed her father's kine?

What cares she that orioles build

For other eyes than ours,—
That other hands with nuts are filled,

And other laps with flowers ?

O playmate in the golden time!

Our mossy seat is green,
Its fringing violets blossom yet,

The old trees o'er it lean.

The winds so sweet with birch and fern

A sweeter memory blow;
And there in spring the veeries sing
The
song

of long ago.
And still the pines of Ramoth wood

Are moaning like the sea, -
The moaning of the sea of change

Between myself and thee!

TELLING THE BEES.1
HERE is the place; right over the hill

Runs the path I took ;
You can see the gap in the old wall still,

And the stepping-stones in the shallow brook.

* A remarkable custom, brought from the Old Country, formerly prevailed in the rural districts of New England. On the death of a member of the family, the bees were at once informed of the event, and their hives dressed in mourning. This ceremonial was supposed to be necessary to prevent tha swarms from leaving their hives and seeking a new home.

There is the house, with the gate red-barred,

And the poplars tall;
And the barn's brown length, and the cattle-yard,

And the white horns tossing above the wall.
There are the beehives ranged in the sun;

And down by the brink
Of the brook are her poor flowers, weed-o'errun,

Pansy and daffodil, rose and pink.
A
year
has

gone, as the tortoise goes, Heavy and slow; And the same rose blows, and the same sun glows,

And the same brook sings, of a year ago.
There's the same sweet clover-smell in the breeze;

And the June sun warm
Tangles his wings of fire in the trees,

Setting, as then, over Fernside farm.
I mind me how with a lover's care

a From my Sunday coat I brushed off the burrs, and smoothed my hair,

And cooled at the brookside my brow and throat. Since we parted, a month had passed,

To love, a year;
Down through the beeches I looked at last

On the little red gate and the well-sweep near.
I
can see it all now,—the slantwise rain

Of light through the leaves,
The sundown's blaze on her window-pane,

The bloom of her roses under the eaves.
Just the same as a month before,—

The house and the trees,
The barn's brow gable, the vine by the door,-

Nothing changed but the hives of bees.
Before them, under the garden wall,

Forward and back,

Went drearily singing the chore-girl small,

Draping each hive with a shred of black.

Trembling, I listened: the summer sun

Had the chill of snow;
For I knew she was telling the bees of one

Gone on the journey we all must go !
Then I said to myself, "My Mary weeps

For the dead to-day:
Haply her blind old grandsire sleeps

The fret and the pain of his age away.”
But her dog whined low; on the doorway sill,

With his cane to his chin,
The old man sat; and the chore-girl still

Sung to the bees stealing out and in.
And the song she was singing ever since

In my ear sounds on :“Stay at home, pretty bees, fly not hence !

Mistress Mary is dead and gone!"

THE GIFT OF TRITEMIUS. TRITEMIUS of Herbipolis, one day, While kneeling at the altar's foot to pray, Alone with God, as was his pious choice, Heard from without a miserable voice, A sound which seemed of all sad things to tell, As of a lost soul crying out of hell. Thereat the Abbot paused,—the chain whereby His thoughts went upward broken by that cry; And, looking from the casement, saw below A wretched woman,

hair a-flow, And withered hands held up to him, who cried For alms as one who might not be denied. She cried, “For the dear love of Him who gave His life for ours, my child from bondage save; —

with grey

_“O man

My beautiful, brave first-born, chained with slaves
In the Moor's galley, where the sun-smit waves
Lap the white walls of Tunis !”—“What I can
I give,” Tritemius said : “

my prayers.”Of God !" she cried, for grief had made her bold, “Mock me not thus ; I ask not prayers, but gold. Words will not serve me, alms alone suffice; Even while I speak perchance my first-born dies.”

"Woman !” Tritemius answered, “from our door
None go unfed; hence are we always poor :
A single soldo is our only store.
Thou hast our prayers;—what can we give thee more?”

"Give me,” she said, “ the silver candlesticks
On either side of the great crucifix.
God well may spare them on his errands sped,
Or He can give you golden ones instead.”

Then spake Tritemius, “Even as thy word,
Woman, so be it! (Our most gracious Lord,
Who loveth mercy more than sacrifice,
Pardon me if a human soul I prize
Above the gifts upon his altar piled!)
Take what thou askest, and redeem thy child."

But his hand trembled as the holy alms
He placed within the beggar's eager palms;
And, as she vanished down the linden shade,
He bowed his head and for forgiveness prayed.

So the day passed, and when the twilight came
He woke to find the chapel all aflame,
And, dumb with grateful wonder, to behold
Upon the altar candlesticks of gold!

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