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Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful bird
Sings darkling, and in shadiest covert hid,
Tunes her nocturnal note. Thus with the year
Seasons return; but not to me returns

Day, or the sweet approach of even or morn,
Or sight of vernal bloom, or summer's rose,
Or flocks, or herds, or human face divine;
But cloud instead, and ever-during dark
Surrounds me, from the cheerful ways of men
Cut off, and for the book of knowledge fair,
Presented with a universal blank

Of nature's works, to me expunged and rased,
And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out.
So much the rather thou, celestial Light,

Shine inward, and the mind through all her powers
Irradiate; there plant eyes; all mist from thence
Purge and disperse, that I may see and tell
Of things invisible to mortal sight


Then fare ye well, ye citizens of Ghent!
This is the last time you will see me here,
Unless God prosper me past human hope.
I thank you for the dutiful demeanor

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Henry Taylor

Which never no not once- in any of you
Have I found wanting, though severely tried
When discipline might seem without reward.
Fortune has not been kind to me, good friends;
But let not that deprive me of your loves,
Or of your good report. Be this the word;
My rule was brief, calamitous — but just.
No glory which a prosperous fortune gilds,
If shorn of this addition, could suffice
To lift my heart so high as it is now.
This is that joy in which my soul is strong,
That there is not a man amongst you all
Who can reproach me that I used my power
To do him an injustice. If there be
It is not to my knowledge; yet I pray him,
That he will now forgive me, taking note
That I had not to deal with easy times.


1 had a dream, which was not all a dream.

The bright sun was extinguished, and the stars
Did wander, darkling, in the eternal space,

Ray less and pathless, and the icy earth

Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;


Morn came, and went, and came, and brought no day,

And men forgot their passions, in the dread

Of this their desolation; and all hearts

Were chill'd into a selfish prayer for light.

And they did live by watch-fires; and the thrones,

The palaces of crowned kings, the huts,

The habitations of all things which dwell,
Were burned for beacons : cities were consumed,
And men were gathered round their blazing homes,
To look once more into each other's face:
Happy were those who dwelt within the eye
Of the volcanoes and their mountain torch:
A fearful hope was all the world contained:
Forests were set on fire; but, hour by hour,
They fell and faded; and the crackling trunks
Extinguished with a crash - and all was black.
The brows of men, by the despairing light,
Wore an unearthly aspect, as, by fits,
The flashes fell upon them. Some lay down
And hid their eyes, and wept; and some did rest
Their chins upon their clinchéd hands, and smiled;

And others hurried to and fro, and fed

Their funeral piles with fuel, and look'd up,

With mad disquietude, on the dull sky,

The pall of a past world; and then again

With curses, cast them down upon the dust,

And gnash'd their teeth, and howl'd. The wild birds shriek d
And, terrified, did flutter on the ground,

And flap their useless wings: the wildest brutes
Came tame, and tremulous; and vipers crawl'd
And twined themselves among the multitude,
Hissing, but stingless - they were slain for food:
And War, which for a moment was no more,
Did glut himself again: a meal was bought
With blood, and each sat sullenly apart,

Gorging himself in gloom: no love was left;

All earth was but one thought— and that was death, Immediate and inglorious; and the pang

Of famine fed upon all entrails. Men

Died; and their bones were tombless as their flesh:
The meagre by the meagre were devoured.
Even dogs assail'd their masters,- all save one,
And he was faithful to a corse, and kept

The birds, and beasts, and famished men at bay,
Till hunger clung them, or the dropping dead
Lured their lank jaws: himself sought out no food,
But, with a piteous, and perpetual moan,
And a quick, desolate cry, licking the hand
That answered not with a caress- - he died.
The crowd was famished by degrees.

Of an enormous city did survive,

But two

And they were enemies. They met beside

The dying embers of an altar-place,

Where had been heap'd a mass of holy things

For an unholy usage. They raked up,

And shivering, scraped, with their cold, skeleton hands, The feeble ashes; and their feeble breath

Blew for a little life, and made a flame

Which was a mockery. Then they lifted up

Their eyes as it grew lighter, and beheld

Each other's aspects



and shriek'd, and died;

Even of their mutual hideousness they died,

Unknowing who he was upon whose brow

Famine had written Fiend. The world was void:
The populous and the powerful was a lump,
Seasonless, herbless, treeless, manless, lifeless;

A lump of death, - a chaos of hard clay.
The rivers, lakes, and ocean, all stood still,

And nothing stirr'd within their silent depths.

Ships, sailorless, lay rotting on the sea,

And their masts fell down piecemeal: as they dropp'd,

They slept on the abyss, without a surge,

The waves were dead; the tides were in their grave;

The moon, their mistress, had expired before;

The winds were wither'd in the stagnant air,

And the clouds perish'd; darkness had no need

Of aid from them - she was the universe.

PITCH, Continued.

The various degrees of pitch may be thus represented:

Very high



Very low

á-à-delightful, joyous, glorious.
á-à-bright, pleasant, cheerful.
á-à-faith, peace, temperance, charity.
á - à - melancholy, suffering, sadness.
á-à-awe, desolation, woe, horror.

"That, in the formation of language, men have been much influenced by a regard to the nature of things and actions meant to be represented, is a fact of which every known speech gives proof. In our own language, for instance, who does not perceive in the sound of the words thunder, boundless, terrible, a something appropriate to the sublime ideas intended to be conveyed? In the word crash we hear the very action implied. Imp, elf,— how descriptive of the miniature beings to which we apply them! Fairy,how light and tripping, just like the fairy herself!—the word, no more than the thing, seems fit to bend the grass-blade, or shake the tear from the blue-eyed flower."- Robert Chalmers.


Very High Pitch.

"There's a dance of leaves in that aspen bower,

There's a titter of winds in that beechen tree,

There's a smile on the fruit and a smile on the flower,
And a laugh from the brook that runs to the sea!" - Bryant.

"Ring joyous chords!-ring out again!

A swifter still and a wilder strain!

And bring fresh wreaths! - we will banish all

Save the free in heart from our festive hall.

On through the maze of the fleet dance, on!". - Mrs. Hemans.

"On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;

No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet

To chase the glowing Hours with flying feet." — Byron.

High Pitch.

"A thousand hearts beat happily; and when

Music arose with its voluptuous swell,

Soft eyes look'd love to eyes which spake again,
And all went merry as a marriage-bell."-Byron.


"I come! I come! ye have called me long,
I come o'er the mountains with light and song!
Ye may trace my step o'er the wakening earth,
By the winds which tell of the violet's birth,
By the primrose stars in the shadowy grass,
By the green leaves opening as I pass.

"From the streams and founts I have loosed the chain,
They are sweeping on to the silvery main,
They are flashing down from the mountain brows,
They are flinging spray o'er the forest boughs,
They are bursting fresh from their sparry caves
And the earth resounds with the joy of waves.

Middle Pitch.

"Thought is deeper than all speech;

Feeling deeper than all thought;

Souls to souls can never teach

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Mrs. Hemans.

What unto themselves is taught."-C. P. Cranch.

"Be wise; not easily forgiven

Are those, who, setting wide the doors that bar

The secret bridal chambers of the heart,

Let in the day." — Tennyson.

"All the past of Time reveals

A bridal-dawn of thunder-peals,

Whenever Thought hath wedded Fact." - Ibid.

Low Pitch.

"Full knee-deep lies the winter snow,

And the winter winds are wearily sighing:

Toll ye the church-bell sad and slow,

And tread softly and speak low,

For the old year lies a-dying."-Tennyson.

"Down dropped the breeze, the sails dropt down,

'T was sad as sad could be;

And we did speak only to break

The silence of the sea."- Coleridge.

"His heavy-shotted hammock shroud

Drops in his vast and wandering grave." - Tennyson.

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