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"Twas all in vain, a useless matter,-
And blankets were about him pinned;
Yet still his jaws and teeth they clatter,
Like a loose casement in the wind.
And Harry's flesh it fell away;
And all who see him say, 'tis plain,
That, live as long as live he may,
He never will be warm again.
No word to any man he utters,
A-bed or up, to young or old;
But ever to himself he mutters,
"Poor Harry Gill is very cold."
A-bed or up, by night or day;
His teeth they chatter, chatter still.
Now think, ye farmers all, I pray,
Of Goody Blake and Harry Gill.

I WANDERED lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee
A Poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:

I gazed-and gazed-but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude,

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.

THE REVERIE OF POOR SUSAN.

AT the corner of Wood Street, when daylight appears,
There's a thrush that sings loud, it has sung for three years:
Poor Susan has passed by the spot, and has heard

In the silence of morning the song of the bird.

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"Tis a note of enchantment; what ails her? She sees A mountain ascending, a vision of trees;

Bright volumes of vapour through Lothbury glide,
And a river flows on through the vale of Cheapside.
Green pastures she views in the midst of the dale,
Down which she so often has tripped with her pail;
And a single small cottage, a nest like a dove's,
The one only dwelling on earth that she loves.

She looks, and her heart is in heaven: but they fade,
The mist and the river, the hill and the shade:
The stream will not flow, and the hill will not rise,
And the colours have all passed away from her eyes.

POWER OF MUSIC.

AN Orpheus! an Orpheus!—yes, faith may grow bold,
And take to herself all the wonders of old ;—
Near the stately Pantheon you'll meet with the same
In the street that from Oxford hath borrowed its name.
His station is there ;-and he works on the crowd,
He sways them with harmony merry and loud;
He fills with his power all their hearts to the brim-
Was aught ever heard like his fiddle and him?
What an eager assembly! what an empire is this!
The weary have life, and the hungry have bliss ;
The mourner is cheered, and the anxious have rest;
And the guilt-burthened soul is no longer opprest.
As the moon brightens round her the clouds of the night,
So he, where he stands, is a centre of light;
It gleams on the face, there, of dusky-browed Jack,
And the pale-visaged baker's, with basket on back.
That errant-bound 'prentice was passing in haste-
What matter! he's caught-and his time runs to waste-
The news-man is stopped, though he stops on the fret,
And the half-breathless lamp-lighter he's in the net!
The porter sits down on the weight which he bore;
The lass with her barrow wheels hither her store;-
If a thief could be here he might pilfer at ease;
She sees the musician, 'tis all that she sees !

He stands, backed by the wall;-he abates not his din;
His hat gives him vigour, with boons dropping in,

From the old and the young, from the poorest; and there; The one-pennied boy has his penny to spare.

O blest are the hearers, and proud be the hand

Of the pleasure it spreads through so thankful a band;

I am glad for him, blind as he is!-all the while

If they speak 'tis to praise, and they praise with a smile

That tall man, a giant in bulk and in height,
Not an inch of his body is free from delight;
Can he keep himself still, if he would? oh, not he!
The music stirs in him like wind through a tree.

There's a cripple who leans on his crutch; like a tower
That long has leaned forward, leans hour after hour!-
A mother, whose spirit in fetters is bound,

While she dandles the babe in her arms to the sound.
Now, coaches and chariots! roar on like a stream;
Here are twenty souls happy as souls in a dream:
They are deaf to your murmurs-they care not for you,
Nor what ye are flying, nor what ye pursue!

WRITTEN IN MARCH.

WHILE RESTING ON THE BRIDGE AT THE FOOT OF
BROTHER'S WATER.

The cock is crowing,
The stream is flowing,

The small birds twitter,
The lake doth glitter,

The green field sleeps in the sun;

The oldest and youngest

Are at work with the strongest ;

The cattle are grazing,

Their heads never raising;

There are forty feeding like one!
Like an army defeated

The snow hath retreated,
And now doth fare ill

On the top of the bare hill;

The plough-boy is whooping-anon-anon
There's joy in the mountains;

There's life in the fountains ;

Small clouds are sailing,

Blue sky prevailing ·

The rain is over and gone!

GIPSIES.

YET are they here the same unbroken knot
Of human beings, in the self-same spot!

Men, women, children, yea the frame
Of the whole spectacle the same!
Only their fire seems bolder, yielding light,
Now deep and red, the colouring of night;
That on their gipsy-facos falls,

Their bed of straw and blanket-walls.

"Tis a note of enchantment; what ails her? She sees
A mountain ascending, a vision of trees;

Bright volumes of vapour through Lothbury glide,
And a river flows on through the vale of Cheapside.
Green pastures she views in the midst of the dale,
Down which she so often has tripped with her pail ;
And a single small cottage, a nest like a dove's,
The one only dwelling on earth that she loves.
She looks, and her heart is in heaven: but they fade,
The mist and the river, the hill and the shade:
The stream will not flow, and the hill will not rise,
And the colours have all passed away from her eyes.

POWER OF MUSIC.

AN Orpheus! an Orpheus!-yes, faith may grow bold,
And take to herself all the wonders of old ;-

Near the stately Pantheon you'll meet with the same
In the street that from Oxford hath borrowed its name.
His station is there ;-and he works on the crowd,
He sways them with harmony merry and loud;
He fills with his power all their hearts to the brim---
Was aught ever heard like his fiddle and him?
What an eager assembly! what an empire is this!
The weary have life, and the hungry have bliss;
The mourner is cheered, and the anxious have rest;
And the guilt-burthened soul is no longer opprest.
As the moon brightens round her the clouds of the night,
So he, where he stands, is a centre of light;
It gleams on the face, there, of dusky-browed Jack,
And the pale-visaged baker's, with basket on back.
That errant-bound 'prentice was passing in haste-
What matter! he's caught-and his time runs to waste--
The news-man is stopped, though he stops on the fret,
And the half-breathless lamp-lighter he's in the net!
The porter sits down on the weight which he bore;
The lass with her barrow wheels hither her store;--
If a thief could be here he might pilfer at ease;
She sees the musician, 'tis all that she sees !

He stands, backed by the wall;-he abates not his din;

His hat gives him vigour, with boons dropping in,

From the old and the young, from the poorest; and there.

The one-pennied boy has his penny to spare.

O blest are the hearers, and proud be the hand

Of the pleasure it spreads through so thankful a band;

I am glad for him, blind as he is!-all the while

If they speak 'tis to praise, and they praise with a smile

That tall man, a giant in bulk and in height,
Not an inch of his body is free from delight;
Can he keep himself still, if he would? oh, not he!
The music stirs in him like wind through a tree.

There's a cripple who leans on his crutch; like a tower
That long has leaned forward, leans hour after hour!-
A mother, whose spirit in fetters is bound,

While she dandles the babe in her arms to the sound.

Now, coaches and chariots! roar on like a stream;
Here are twenty souls happy as souls in a dream:
They are deaf to your murmurs-they care not for you,
Nor what ye are flying, nor what ye pursue!

WRITTEN IN MARCH.

WHILE RESTING ON THE BRIDGE AT THE FOOT OF
BROTHER'S WATER.

The cock is crowing,
The stream is flowing,
The small birds twitter,
The lake doth glitter,

The green field sleeps in the sun;
The oldest and youngest

Are at work with the strongest ;

The cattle are grazing,

Their heads never raising;

There are forty feeding like one!

Like an army defeated

The snow hath retreated,
And now doth fare ill

On the top of the bare hill;

The plough-boy is whooping-anon-anon
There's joy in the mountains;

There's life in the fountains;

Small clouds are sailing,

Blue sky prevailing⚫

The rain is over and gone

GIPSIES.

YET are they here the same unbroken knot
Of human beings, in the self-same spot!
Men, women, children, yea the frame
Of the whole spectacle the same!
Only their fire seems bolder, yielding light,
Now deep and red, the colouring of night;
That on their gipsy-faces falls,

Their bed of straw and blanket-walls.

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