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CLARIBEL

A MELODY.

1. WHERE Claribel low-lieth The breezes pause and die,

Letting the rose-leaves fall : But the solemn oak-tree sigheth,

Thick-leaved, ambrosial,
With an ancient melody

Of an inward agony,
Where Claribel low-lieth.

2. At eve the beetle boometh

Athwart the thicket lone: At noon the wild bee hummeth

About the moss'd headstone: At midnight the moon cometh,

And looketh down alone. Her song the lintwhite swelleth, The clear-voiced mavis dwelleth,

The callow throstle lispeth, The slumbrous wave outwelleth,

The babbling runnel crispetin, The hollow grot replieth Where Claribel low-lieth.

1

LILIAN.

Airy, fairy Lilian,

Flitting, fairy Lilian,
When I ask her if she love me,
Clasps her tiny hands above me,

Laughing all she can ;
She'll not tell me if she love me,

Cruel little Lilian.

When my passion seeks

Pleasance in love-sighs,
She, looking thro' and thro' me
Thoroughly to undo me,

Smiling, never speaks :
So innocent-arch, so cunning-simple,
From beneath her gather'd wimple

Glancing with black-beaded eyes,
Till the lightning laughters dimple

The baby-roses in her cheeks ;
Then
away

she flies.

Prythee weep, May Lilian!

Gayety without eclipse
Wearieth me, May Lilian :
Thro' my very heart it thrilleth

When from crimson-threaded lips
Silver-treble laughter trilleth :

Prythee weep, May Lilian.

Praying all I can,
If
prayers

will not hush thee,
Airy Lilian,
Like a rose-leaf I will crush thee,

Fairy Lilian.

ISABEL.

1.
Eyes not down-dropt nor over-bright, but fed

With the clear-pointed flame of chastity,
Clear, without heat, undying, tended by

Pure vestal thoughts in the translucent fane

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