Who biddest me honour with an artless song,

Affectionate, a mother lost so Ion"..

I will obey, not willingly alone,

But gladly, as the precept were her own:

And, while that face renews my filial grief,

Fancy shall weave a charm for my relief,

Shall steep me in Elysian reverie,

A momentary dream, that thou art she.

My mother! when I learned that thou wast dead,
Say, wast thou conscious of the tears I shed?
Hovered thy spirit o'er thy sorrowing son,
Wretch even then, life's journey iust begun?
Perhaps thou gavest me, though unseen, a kiss i.
Perhaps.a tear, if souls can weep in bliss— L
Ah that maternal smile! it answers—Yes. J

I heard the bell tolled on thy burial day,
I saw the hearse, that bore thee slow away,
And, turning from my nursery window, drew
A long, long sigh, and wept a last adieu!
But was it such ?—it was.—Where thou art gone
Adieus and farewells are a sound unknown.
May I but meet thee on that peaceful shore,
The parting sound shall pass my lips no more!
Thy maidens, grieved themselves at my concern,
Oft gave me promise of a quick return.
What ardently I wished, I long believed,
And, disappointed still, was still deceived.
By disappointment every day beguiled,
Dupe of to marrow even from a child.
Thus many a sad to-morrow came and went,
Till, all my stock of infant sorrow spent,

I learned at last submission to my lot,

But, though I less deplored thee, ne'er forgot.

Where once we dwelt our name is heard no more, Children not thine have trod my nursery floor; And where the gardener Robin, day by day, Drew me to school along the public way, Delighted with my bauble coach, and wrapt In scarlet mantle warm, and velvet capt, 'Tis now become a history little known, That once we called the pastoral house our own. Short-lived possession! but the record fair, That memory keeps of all thy kindness there, Still outlives many a storm, that has effaced A thousand other themes less deeply traced. Thy nightly visits to my chamber made, That thou mightest know me safe and warmly laid; My morning bounties ere I left my home, The biscuit, or confectionary plum; The fragrant waters on my cheeks bestowed By thy own hand, till fresh they shone and glowed: All this, and more endearing.still than all, Thy constant flow of love, that knew no fall, Ne'er roughened by those cataracts and breaks, That humour interposed too often makes; All this still legible in memory's page, And still to be so to my latest age, Adds joy to duty, makes me glad to pay Such honours to thee as my numbers may; Perhaps a frail memorial, but sincere, Not scorned in heaven, though little noticed here.

Could time, his flight reversed, restore the hours, When, playing with thy vesture's tissued flowers, The violet, the pink, and jessamine, I pricked them into paper with a pin, (And thou wast happier than myself the while, Wouldst softly speak.and stroke my head.and smile,) Could those few pleasant hours again appear, Might one wish bring them, would I wish them

here? I would not trust my heart—the dear delight Seems so to be desired, perhaps I might.— But no—what here we call our life is such. So little to be loved, and thou so much, That I should ill requite thee to constrain Thy unbound spirit into bonds again. Thou, as a gallant bark from Albion's coast (The storms all weathered and the ocean crossed) Shoots into port at some wellhavened isle, Where spices breathe and brighter seasons smile. There sits quiescent on the floods, that show Her beauteous form reflected clear below, While airs impregnated with incense play Around her, fanning light her streamers gay; So thou, with sails how swift! hast reached the

shore, "Where tempests never beat nor billows roar*," And thy loved consort on the dangerous tide Of life, long since, has anchored at thy side.

* Garth. VOL. II, M


Rut me, scarce hoping to attain that rest,
Always from port withheld, always distressed—•
Me howling winds drive devious, tempest tossed,
Sails ript, seams opening wide; Mid compass lost,!
And da)i by day some current's thwarting force
Sets tee more distant from a prosperous course.
But oh the thought, that thou art'safe, and he 1
That'thought is joy, arrive what may to me.
My boast' is not that I deduce my birth
From loins enthroned, and rulers of the earth;
But higher far my proud pretensions rise—
The son.of parents passed into the skies.
And now, farewell — time unrevoked has ruri
His wonted course, yet what I wished is done.
By contemplation's help, not sought in vain,
I seem to have lived my childhood o'er again;
To have rsnewed the joys that once were mine,
Without the sin of violating thine;
And while the wings: of fancy still are free,
And I can view this mimic shew of thee,
Time has bjt half succeeded in his theft—
Thyself removed, thy power to soothe me left.


What virtue or what mental grace But men -urwrualified and base '. ..

Will boast iri their possession r . Profusion apes the noble part Of liberality of heart, T.:. ..

And dulness of discretion.

If every polished gem we find,
Illuminating heart or mind, .;

Provoke to imitation; s . t :,. .
No wonder friendship does the sacics
That jewel of the purest fbme, .,

Or rather constellation.

»No knave but boldly will pretend 'The requisifes that, form .a friend, A real and a sound one, Nor any fool he would deceive, But prove as ready to believe, And dream that he had found one.

Candid, and generous, and just, '' Boys car*-but little -whom they trust, An error soon coiTetted—

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