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A YOUTH too certain of his power to wade
On the smooth bottom of this clear, bright sea,
To sight so shallow, with a bather's glee,
Leaped from this rock, and but for timely aid
He, by the alluring element betrayed,

Had perished. Then might Sea-nymphs (and with sighs

Of self-reproach) have chanted elegies

Bewailing his sad fate, when he was laid

In peaceful earth; for, doubtless, he was frank,
Utterly in himself devoid of guile;

Knew not the double-dealing of a smile;
Nor aught that makes men's promises a blank,
Or deadly snare: and he survives to bless

The Power that saved him in his strange distress.



DID pangs of grief for lenient Time too keen, Grief that devouring waves had caused, or guilt Which they had witnessed, sway the man who built This Homestead, placed where nothing could be


Naught heard, of ocean troubled or serene?
A tired Ship-soldier on paternal land,

That o'er the channel holds august command,

The dwelling raised,

a veteran Marine.

He, in disgust, turned from the neighboring sea
To shun the memory of a listless life

That hung between two callings. May no strife
More hurtful here beset him, doomed though free,
Self-doomed, to worse inaction, till his eye
Shrink from the daily sight of earth and sky!



(A Friend of the Author.)

FROM early youth I ploughed the restless Main,
My mind as restless and as apt to change;
Through every clime and ocean did I range,
In hope at length a competence to gain;
For poor to Sea I went, and poor I still remain.
Year after year I strove, but strove in vain,
And hardships manifold did I endure,
For Fortune on me never deigned to smile;
Yet I at last a resting-place have found,
With just enough life's comforts to procure,
In a snug Cove on this our favored Isle,

A peaceful spot where Nature's gifts abound;
Then sure I have no reason to complain,

Though poor to Sea I went, and poor I still remain.



(Supposed to be written by a Friend.)

BROKEN in fortune, but in mind entire
And sound in principle, I seek repose
Where ancient trees this convent-pile inclose,*
In ruin beautiful. When vain desire

Intrudes on peace, I pray the Eternal Sire
To cast a soul-subduing shade on me,
A gray-haired, pensive, thankful Refugee;
A shade, but with some sparks of heavenly fire
Once to these cells vouchsafed. And when I note
The old Tower's brow yellowed as with the beams
Of sunset ever there, albeit streams

Of stormy weather-stains that semblance wrought, I thank the silent Monitor, and say,

"Shine so, my aged brow, at all hours of the day!

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ONCE on the top of Tynwald's formal mound
(Still marked with green turf circles narrowing
Stage above stage) would sit this Island's King,
The laws to promulgate, enrobed and crowned;

*Rushen Abbey.

While, compassing the little mound around,
Degrees and Orders stood, each under each:
Now, like to things within fate's easiest reach,
The power is merged, the pomp a grave has found.
Off with yon cloud, old Snafell! that thine eye
Over three Realms may take its widest range;
And let, for them, thy fountains utter strange
Voices, thy winds break forth in prophecy,
If the whole State must suffer mortal change,
Like Mona's miniature of sovereignty.

DESPOND Who will,


- I heard a voice exclaim,

"Though fierce the assault, and shattered the de


It cannot be that Britain's social frame,
The glorious work of time and providence,
Before a flying season's rash pretence

Should fall; that she, whose virtue put to shame,
When Europe prostrate lay, the Conqueror's aim,
Should perish, self-subverted. Black and dense
The cloud is; but brings that a day of doom
To Liberty? Her sun is up the while,

That orb whose beams round Saxon Alfred shone :
Then laugh, ye innocent Vales! ye Streams,

sweep on,

Nor let one billow of our heaven-blest Isle

Toss in the fanning wind a humbler plume."



(During an Eclipse of the Sun, July 17.)

SINCE risen from ocean, ocean to defy,
Appeared the Crag of Ailsa, ne'er did morn
With gleaming lights more gracefully adorn
His sides, or wreathe with mist his forehead high:
Now, faintly darkening with the sun's eclipse,
Still is he seen, in lone sublimity,

Towering above the sea and little ships;
For dwarfs the tallest seem while sailing by,
Each for her haven; with her freight of Care,
Pleasure, or Grief, and Toil that seldom looks
Into the secret of to-morrow's fare;

Though poor, yet rich, without the wealth of books,
Or aught that watchful Love to Nature owes
For her mute Powers, fix'd Forms, or transient

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Varying her crowded peaks and ridges blue;
Who but must covet a cloud-seat, or skiff

Built for the air, or wingèd Hippogriff,

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