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Ask for more than He has done?

When was ever his right hand

Over any time or land
Stretched as now beneath the sun?

How they pale, Ancient myth and song and tale, In this wonder of our days,

When the cruel rod of war

Blossoms white with righteous law, And the wrath of man is praise!

Blotted out!
All within and all about
Shall a fresher life begin;

Freer breathe the universe

As it rolls its heavy curse
On the dead and buried sin !

It is done!
In the circuit of the sun
Shall the sound thereof


forth. It shall bid the sad rejoice,

It shall give the dumb a voice, It shall belt with joy the earth!

Ring and swing, Bells of joy! On morning's wing Send the song of praise abroad!

With a sound of broken chains

Tell the nations that He reigns IVho alone is Lord and God!


OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES. [Born in 1809. A Physician, and Professor of Anatomy in Harvard University. Well known as author of The Autocrat of the Breakfast-table and other prose writings, as well as of poems, humorous, critical, or occasional, for the most part).

DEAREST, a look is but a ray
Reflected in a certain

A word, whatever tone it wear,
Is but a trembling wave of air;
A touch, obedience to a clause
In Nature's pure material laws.
The very flowers that bend and meet,
In sweetening others, grow more sweet;
The clouds by day, the stars by night,
Inweave their floating locks of light;
The rainbow, Heaven's own forehead's braid,
Is but the embrace of sun and shade.
How few that love us have we found !
How wide the world that girds them round !
Like mountain-streams we meet and part,
Each living in the other's heart,
Our course unknown, our hope to be
Yet mingled in the distant sea.
But Ocean coils and heaves in vain,
Bound in the subtle moonbeam's chain;
And love and hope do but obey
Some cold, capricious planet's ray,
Which lights and leads the tide it charms
To Death's dark caves and icy arms.
Alas! one narrow line is drawn,
That links our sunset with our dawn;
In mist and shade life's morning rose,
And clouds are round it at its close;
But ah! no twilight beam ascends
To whisper where that evening ends.

Oh! in the hour when I shall feel
Those shadows round my senses steal,
When gentle eyes are weeping o'er
The clay that feels their tears no more,
Then let thy spirit with me be,
Or some sweet angel, likest thee!

THE LAST READER. I SOMETIMES sit beneath a tree,

And read my own sweet songs;
Though nought they may to others be,

Each humble line prolongs
A tone that might have passed away
But for that scarce-remembered lay.
I keep them like a lock or leaf

That some dear girl has given ;
Frail record of an hour as brief

As sunset-clouds in heaven,
But spreading purple twilight still
High over memory's shadowed hill.
They lie upon my pathway bleak,

Those flowers that once ran wild,
As on a father's care-worn cheek

The ringlets of his child;
The golden mingling with the grey,
And stealing half its snows away.
What care I though the dust is spread

Around these yellow leaves,
Or o'er them his sarcastic thread

Oblivion's insect weaves ?
Though weeds are tangled on the stream,
It still reflects my morning's beam.
And therefore love. I such as smile

On these neglected songs,
Nor deem that flattery's needless wile

My opening bosom wrongs;
For who would trample, at my side,
A few pale buds, my garden's pride?
It may be that my scanty ore

Long years have washed away,
And where were golden sands before,

Is nought but common clay;
Still something sparkles in the sun
For memory to look back upon.
And when my name no more is heard,

My lyre no more is known,
Still let me, like a winter's bird,

In silence and alone,
Fold over then the weary wing
Once flashing through the dews of spring.
Yes, let my fancy fondly wrap

My youth in its decline,
And riot in the rosy lap

Of thoughts that once were mine,And give the worm my little store When the last reader reads no more!

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STRANGE that one lightly-whispered tone

Is far, far sweeter unto me
Than all the sounds that kiss the earth,

Or breathe along the sea !
But, lady, when thy voice I greet,
Not heavenly music seems so sweet.
I look upon the fair blue skies,

And nought but empty air I see;
But, when I turn me to thine eyes,

It seemeth unto me
Ten thousand angels spread their wings
Within those little azure rings.

The lily hath the softest leaf

That ever western breeze hath fanned,
But thou shalt have the tender flower,

So I may take thy hand;
That little hand to me doth yield
More joy than all the broidered field.
O lady! there be many things

That seem right fair, below, above;
But sure not one among them all

Is half so sweet as love ;-
Let us not pay our vows alone,
But join two altars both in one.



[Born in 1809. Beginning as a school-teacher, he made a wan. dering journey about the United States ; became a journalist ; and ultimately a barrister. A volume of Hymns to the Gods, written at an early period, is one of his most noted poetical works].

TO SOMNUS. O thou the leaden-eyed! with drooping lid Hanging upon thy sight, and eye half-hid By matted hair: that, with a constant train Of empty dreams, all shadowless and vain As the dim wind, dost sleep in thy dark cave With poppies at the mouth, which night-winds wave, Sending their breathings downward-on thy bed, Thine only throne, with darkness overspread, And curtains black as are the eyes of Night: Thou, who dost come at time of waning light, And sleep among the woods, where Night doth hide And tremble at the sun, and shadows glide

1 An American friend whom I have consulted in various matters connected with this book believes (without however vouching for it as a certainty) that Mr. Pike was a General in the Confederate army during the Civil War, and was killed in the course of that struggle.

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