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I Am fond of the swallow ;-I learn from her flight,
Had I skill to improve it, a lesson of love :
She dwells in the skies, she is ever above.
Suspended and poised in the regions of air;
It is winged like herself, 'tis ethereal fare.
And, dreading the cold, still follows the sun :
And the place where he shines not, immediately shun.
It is dangerous food that we find upon earth :
In itself it is hurtful, as vile in its birth.
And only when building a nest for her young ;
A thought upon anything filthy as dung.
To bask every moment in infinite Love;
That leads to the Dayspring appearing above.
A FIGURATIVE DESCRIPTION OF THE PROCEDURE OF
IN BRINGING A SOUL TO THE POINT OF SELF-RENUNCIATION
AND ABSOLUTE ACQUIESCENCE.
'Twas my purpose, on a day,
Love, with power divine supplied,
Next he hastened to convey Both my frail supports away ; Seized my rushes; bade the waves Yawn into a thousand graves : Down I went, and sunk as lead, Ocean closing o'er my head. Still, however, life was safe ; And I saw him turn and laugh : “ Friend,” he cried, “ adieu ? lie low “ While the wintry storms shall blow; “When the spring has calmed the main, “You shall rise and float again.” Soon I saw him, with dismay, Spread his plumes and soar away ; Now I mark his rapid flight, Now he leaves my aching sight ; He is gone whom I adore, 'Tis in vain to seek him more. How I trembled then and feared, When my Love had disappeared ! “ Wilt thou leave me thus,” I cried, “ Whelmed beneath the rolling tide ?”. Vain attempt to reach his ear ! Love was gone, and would not hear.
Yet he leaves me, -cruel fate ! Leaves me in my lost estate ! “Have I sinned? Oh say wherein ? “Tell me, and forgive my sin ! . “King and Lord, whom I adore, “Shall I see thy face no more? “Be not angry; I resign, “ Henceforth, all my will to thine : “I consent that Thou depart, “ Tho' thine absence breaks my heart; “ Go then, and for ever too; “ All is right that Thou wilt do." This was just what Love intended, He was now no more offended ; Soon as I became a child, Love returned to me and smiled ; Never strife shall more betide 'Twixt the bridegrooin and his bride.
A CHILD OF GOD LONGING TO SEE HIM BELOVED.
THERE's not an echo round me,
But I am glad should learn How pure a fire has found me,
The love with which I burn. For none attends with pleasure
To what I would reveal ; They slight me out of measure,
And laugh at all I feel.
The rocks receive less proudly
The story of my flame ; When I approach, they loudly
Reverberate His name.
And comforts at a stand ; They bid me look for gladness,
And better days at hand. Far from all habitation,
I heard a happy sound, Big with the consolation
That I have often found :
I said, “ My lot is sorrow,
“My grief has no alloy ;" The rocks replied—“ To-morrow,
“ To-morrow brings thee joy.' These sweet and secret tidings
What bliss it is to hear ! For, spite of all my chidings,
My weakness and my fear, No sooner I receive them,
Than I forget my pain, And, happy to believe them,
I love as much again. I fly to scenes romantic,
Where never men resort ; For in an age so frantic
Impiety is sport; For riot and confusion
They barter things above, Condemning, as delusion,
The joy of perfect love.
In this sequestered corner,
None hears what I express; Delivered from the scorner,
What peace do I possess ! Beneath the boughs reclining,
Or roving o'er the wild, I live as undesigning
And harmless as a child.
No troubles here surprise me ;
I innocently play,
And guards me all the day :
Preserves me safely here,
Who fill a child with fear.
HAPPY SOLITUDE-UNHAPPY MEN.
My heart is easy, and my burthen light;
ASPIRATIONS OF THE SOUL AFTER GOD.
My Spouse ! in whose presence I live,
Sole object of all my desires,
And canst easily double its fires;
From fear of adversity free,
Because 'tis assigned me by Thee.
Thy riches and glory divine ; . I have only my life to repay,
Take what I would gladly resign. Thy will is the treasure I seek,
For Thou art as faithful as strong ; There let me, obedient and meek,
Repose myself all the day long.
My spirit and faculties fail ;
On finish what love has begun !
And dwell in the soul Thou hast won!
I cry, who is worthy as Thou !
'Tis all that is left of me now.
Too deep for the plummet of thought! On an ocean of deity tossed,
I am swallowed, í sink into nought. Yet lost and absorbed as I seem,
I chant to the praise of my King : And, though overwhelmed by the theme,
Am lappy whenever I sing.
DIVINE JUSTICE AMIABLE.
Thou hast no lightnings, O Thou Just! |
Or I their force should know;
My soul approves the blow.
Than it adores Thy ways,
A subject of its praise.
In shades of central night ;
But lest I grieve Thy sight.
And I will love Thee still ;
Shall please me, though it kill.
Am I not worthy to sustain
The worst Thou canst devise ?
And meet Thy sacred eyes ?
And in my saddest hours
Pervading all my powers.
And when Thy wrath should move, Too gentle to endure my pain,
Thou sooth'st me with Thy love,
I have no punishment to fear ;
But, ah ! that smile from Thee Imparts a pang far more severe
Than woe itself would be.
THE TRIUMPH OF HEAVENLY LOVE DESIRED.
Ah! reign, wherever man is found,
My Spouse, beloved and divine !
When every human heart is Thine.
To think that all are not Thine own :
Where is Thy zeal ? arise ; be known!
All hearts are cold, in every place,
Yet earthly good with warmth pursue ;
Thaw these of ice, and give us new !
TRUTH AND DIVINE LOVE REJECTED BY THE WORLD.
O Love, of pure and heavenly birth!
Whence comes it, that, your power the same