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THE MAID OF ERIN.
TUNE" The maid of Lodi.”
Upon a distant shore,
Is she whom I adore;
On her bestow them free,
Who sweetly sung to me.
In some propitious hour,
Endow'd with wealth and pow'r ;
communicating such pieces to the public; for, if we are not misa taken in our judgment, they will be found worthy of being preserved, and will ultimately rank with those lyrics which are destined to become the themes of a future age. In the piece immediately before us every reader of taste will, we think, recognise the hand of a genuine poet—of one in whom the polish of a well informed mind, and a correct taste, are united with a heart feelingly alive, as well to the finer sympathies of life, as to the grand and striking features of external nature, and a fancy capable of embodying all the charms of both in the most soul-touching strains. The sentiments of this piece breathe a sensibility which is peculiar only to the poet of nature, while there is spread over the expressions, the allusions, and the imagery, a sort of classical charm, that proves the whole to be the offspring of a very refined muse. In short, though we know it to be a hasty and careless performance, we may without hesitation assert, that it would do no discredit to the first lyrical bards of our country, and that its author, if he only equal them in industry and application, will one day or other dispute with them their title to the laurels they have acquired.
That wealth and power sharing,
My peerless queen should be
Who sweetly sung to me.
May long between us roar,
She'll lodge within its core;
And mild and young is she,
Whọ sweetly sung to me.
That my last hour is nigh,
I'll lay me down and die;
That I in Heav'n shall see
Who sweetly sung to me.
MY MUSE, LET US WAKE.
TUNE.“ Moll Roone." My Muse, let us wake Erin's harp from its slumbers
The shades of our fathers are fitting aroundIt grieves them to think that its sweet flowing numbers
Should cease in fair Erin's green vallies to sound. Their sorrow is loud in the storm of the mountain,
It swells in the din of the blustering gale;'Tis heard in the plaints of the murmuring fountain,
And softly repines in the breeze of the vale.
But waken the wild notes, and pleas’d they will hear them
When silence no longer their melody shrouds;And sweetly the sounds will enliven and cheer them,
As, list’ning, they bend from their light fleecy clouds. Twill joy them to hear us tell over the story
That sheds an immortal renown on their name,How honour's star guided, and led them to glory,
Till, dying, they fell on the bosom of fame. Their sons- s_'twill with heartfelt devotion inspire them,
To see the bright annals of Erin unrolld; They'll-think of her wrongs, and the thought it will fire
them, To copy the deeds of their fathers of old: And heroes like these, who will never surrender
The honour and rights of their emerald isle, Will guard her in peace, and in battle defend her,
Till freedom again on old Erin shall smile. *
My Muse, let us wake, is by the gentleman who favoured us with the supplement to “ See the ship in the bay is riding,” p. 112, of this Vol. There is a sublimity in the poetry which we think incredible, in what he styles his first assay with the lyric muse;certainly a delicacy and originality of thought runs through it, on which it would be difficult for ordinary genius even to stumble, in this age of imitation, when all the graceful epithets have been worn to threadbareness by every croaking scribbler who, in the last stages of his lunacy, conceives himself a poet. We are certainly warranted to indulge the hope, that, when the faculties he is attempting to rouse, under this auspicious opening, have been awakened to that power of which they seem susceptible, the soft airs of Erin will be the vehicles of the warmest sensibility,—the transcendent beauty of her landscape will receive a heightening glow from the improvement of her minstrelsy,--the pathos of her music will be no longer condemned to grovel amid the wretched mechanism of bull-stringers, but her hero and her bard shall with equal right slumber “ on the bosom of fame.”
THE SONG OF THE LAST HARPER.
Tune Erin go Bragh.” Ar! dark are the halls where your ancestors revelld,
And mute is the harp that enliven’d the day; The tow'rs that they dwelt in are awfully levell’d,
The signs of their greatness are sunk in dec. y. Where is the chief that strode forward to glory? Where is the bard that told valour's dread story? Alas! they are gone, and the years now before ye
Are faintly illumin'd by Fame's setting ray. 0 Erin! whilst life in this bosom is swelling, Shall I neglect thee, the land of my birth? On thy mountains I'll hold with sweet Friendship my
dwelling, And hymn forth thy praises, thou favourite earth. Beauty shall weave rosy garlands beside ine, Peace round thy shores shall with plenty provide me: In thy prosperous hour, O my country I'll pride me,
And the trials that point to the nations thy worth.
THE MOON DIMM’D HER BEAMS.
TUNE_" Young Terence M.Dunough."
As she sail'd thro' the star-studded vault of the sky, And slowly the moss-cover'd branches all bow'd
To the breezes of night moaning dismally by: When o'er the long grass of her love's narrow bed,
The dew-sprinkled daughter of Dargo reclin’u;
And sadly she sigh’d to each gust of the wind.
« Oh! where is the warrior that awfully rose
In his might like the wide-spreading oak on the heath? Alas! the bright eye that flash'd fire on his foes
For ever is clos'd in the slumber of death!
The bards sit around, wrapt in silence and grief,
Who shall comfort the sorrowing soul of the chief? Oh! where are the blood-crusted spear and the shield?
In indolent rest 'neath the wall they recline; And where are his dogs that were fierce in the field?
Round his grass-tufted hillock they lingering whine O hear me! thou spirit of Crothal, attend!
In pity look down on the house of thy rest; For thee doth the fast-falling tear-drop descend,
And thine the last sigh that escapes from my breast."
WHEN WAR WAS HEARD.
TUNE_" The Hermit of Killarney."
Arous'd me from thy side,
For thee I would have died.
Beneath the spreading tree,
To live for love and thee.
When gloomy care disturb'd thy rest,
Or sorrow dimm'd thine eye,
Return thee sigh for sigh?