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Chiefly, this moment, would my soul renew To you its pledged affections, latest *met:
(The absent ever it shall keep in view), But oh, Companions of my youth, not yet May I your female care and manly zeal forget.
Yes, all without was drear, and all within
Was dark and hopeless ! pale disease had shed Her dullest glooms, and fain would I have been A quiet slumberer, numbered with the dead.
with sweet solicitation led And tender blandishment, my troubled breast
From fears and doubts and terrors fancy-fed, And lulled my spirit to a heavenly rest With Hope and Peace and Joy and many a long-lost guest
These were the only two of the family whom the author met at home on returning from a journey, soon after which meeting this poem was written.
Then Sister, Brother ! friends whom ne'er I hai]
Without some gentse stirring of the heart, Then Sister, Brother ! friends who never fail
To hold in absence with a secret art
A sweet communion with my better part, Accept my thanks, accept my humble lays !
And for one moment if your features dart That simple welcome which Affection pays, Though faultering, weak and poor, my verse were richin praise! A BALLAD
Of a YOUNG MAN that would read unlawful Books,
and how he was punished.
CORNELIUS AGRIPPA went out one day,
And if any one ask my Study to see,
your life let nobody enter that door.
There liv'd a young man in the house who in vain
On the Study-table a book there lay,
And these horrible leaves of magic between
The young man, he began to read
And more and more the knocking grew,
Two hideous horns on his bead he had got
What would'st thou with me ? the Wicked One cried,
What would'st thou with me? cried the Author of ill,
What would'st thou with me? the third time he cries,
with a furious joy were possest
Henceforth let all young men take heed