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THE DEATH OF THE FLOWERS.
Alas! they all are in their graves; the gentle race of flowers Are lying in their lowly beds, with the fair and good of ours. The rain is falling where they lie; but the cold November rain
Calls not from out the gloomy earth the lovely ones again.
The wind-flower and the violet, they perished long ago,
But on the hill the golden-rod, and the aster in the wood, And the yellow sun-flower by the brook in autumn beauty stood,
Till fell the frost from the clear cold heaven, as falls the plague on men,
And the brightness of their smile was gone, from upland, glade, and glen.
And now, when comes the calm mild day, as still such days will come,
To call the squirrel and the bee from out their winter home; When the sound of dropping nuts is heard, though all the trees are still,
And twinkle in the smoky light the waters of the rill, The south wind searches for the flowers whose fragrance late he bore,
And sighs to find them in the wood and by the stream no
And then I think of one who in her youthful beauty died, The fair meek blossom that grew up and faded by my side. In the cold moist earth we laid her, when the forests cast the
And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief; Yet not unmeet it was that one like that young friend of ours, So gentle and so beautiful, should perish with the flowers.
WILLIAM C. BRYANT.
She Walks in Beauty.
HE walks in beauty like the night
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent.
Hymn of the Hebrew Maid.
HEN Israel, of the Lord beloved,
An awful guide in smoke and flame.
The cloudy pillar glided slow;
THE DESTRUCTION OF SENNACHERIB.
Then rose the choral hymn of praise,
And trump and timbrel answered keen;
Our fathers would not know thy ways,
But present still, though now unseen,
To temper the deceitful ray.
And oh! when stoops on Judah's path,
Our harps we left by Babel's streams—
The tyrant's jest, the Gentile's scorn ;
And mute are timbrel, trump and horn.
SIR WALTER SCOTT.
The Destruction of Sennacherib.
THE Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold; And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea, When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.
Like the leaves of the forest when summer is green,
For the Angel of death spread his wings on the blast,
And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,
And there lay the rider distorted and pale,
And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail,
Song of the Captive Jews at Babylon.
OD of the thunder! from whose cloudy seat
Like a full wine-press, tread'st the world below;
Till Thou the guilty land hast sealed for woe.
THE CAPTIVE JEWS AT BABYLON. 3:
God of the rainbow! at whose gracious sign
The billows of the proud their rage suppress; Father of mercies! at one word of thine
An Eden blooms in the waste wilderness;
O'er Judah's land thy thunders broke, O Lord;
For thou didst ride the tempest-cloud of fate.
O'er Judah's land thy rainbow, Lord, shall gleam,
And songs shall wake and dancing footsteps gleam Where broods o'er fallen streets the silence of the dead.
The sun shall shine on Salem's gilded towers,
And angel feet the glittering Sion tread.
Thy vengeance gave us to the stranger's hand,
And Abraham's children were led forth for slaves;
Envying our fathers in their peaceful graves.
Where the pale willows shade Euphrates' waves.