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The lady's words, when forced away,
The last she to her babe did say,

My own, my own, thy fellow-guest
I may not be; but rest thee, rest,
For lowly shepherd's life is best!'

"Alas! when evil men are strong No life is good, no pleasure long. The boy must part from Mosedale's groves, And leave Blencathara's rugged coves, And quit the flowers that Summer brings To Glenderamakin's lofty springs; Must vanish, and his careless cheer Be turned to heaviness and fear. --Give Sir Lancelot Threlkeld praise Hear it, good man, old in days! Thou tree of covert and of rest For this young bird that is distrest; Among thy branches safe he lay, And he was free to sport and play, When falcons were abroad for prey.

"A recreant harp, that sings of fear
And heaviness in Clifford's ear!
I said, when evil men are strong,
No life is good, no pleasure long,
A weak and cowardly untruth!
Our Clifford was a happy youth,
And thankful through a weary time,
That brought him up to manhood's primo
-Again he wanders forth at will,
And tends a flock from hill to hill:
His garb is trumble; ne'er was seen
Such garb with such a noble mien ;
Among the shepherd-grooms no mate
Hath he, a child of strength and state!
Yet lacks not friends for solemn glee,
And a cheerful company,

That learned of him submissive ways;
And comforted his private days.

To his side the fallow-deer
Came, and rested without fear;

The eagle, lord of land and sea,

Stooped down to pay him fealty;

And both the undying fish that swim

Through Bowscale-Tarn did wait on him,

The pair were servants of his eye

In their immortality;

They moved about in open sight,

To and fro, for his delight.

He knew the rocks which angels haunt

On the mountains visitant;

He hath kenned them taking wing:

And the caves where fairies sing

He hath entered; and been told
By voices how men lived of old.
Among the heavens his eye can see
Face of thing that is to be;
And, if men report him right,
He can whisper words of might.
-Now another day is come,
Fitter hope, and nobler doom:
He hath thrown aside his crook,
And hath buried deep his book;
Armour rusting in his halls

On the blood of Clifford calls;-
'Quell the Scot,' exclaims the Lance-
Bear me to the heart of France,

Is the longing of the Shield

Tell thy name, thou trembling Field;
Field of death, where'er thou be,

Groan thou with our victory!

Happy day, and mighty hour,

When our shepherd, in his power,

Mailed and horsed, with lance and sword,

To his ancestors restored,

Like a re-appearing star,

Like a glory from afar,

First shall head the flock of war!"

Alas! the fervent harper did not know
That for a tranquil soul the lay was framed,
Who, long compelled in humble walks to go,
Was softened into feeling, soothed, and tamed.
Love had he found in huts where poor men lie,
His daily teachers had been woods and rills,
The silence that is in the starry sky,
The sleep that is among the lonely hills.

In him the savage virtue of the race,

Revenge, and all ferocious thoughts were dead:
Nor did he change; but kept in lofty place
The wisdom which adversity had bred.

Glad were the vales, and every cottage hearth;

The shepherd lord was honoured more and more:

And, ages after he was laid in earth,

"The Good Lord Clifford " was the name he bore.


YES! full surely 'twas the echo,

Solitary, clear, profound,

Answering to thee, shouting cuckoo !

Giving to thee sound for sound.

Unsolicited reply

To a baddling wanderer sent;
Like her ordinary cry,
Like-but oh how different!

Hears not also mortal life?
Hear not we, unthinking creatures!
Slaves of folly, love, or strife,
Voices of two different natures?

Have not we too?-Yes we have

Answers, and we know not whence;
Echoes from beyond the grave,
Recognised intelligence?

Such within ourselves we hear

Oft-times, ours though sent from far;
Listen, ponder, hold them dear;

For of God,-of God they are!



(Reprinted from "THE FRIEND.")

OH! pleasant exercise of hope and joy!

For mighty were the auxiliars, which then stood
Upon our side, we who were strong in love!
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,

But to be young was very heaven!-0, times!
In which the meagre, stale, forbidding ways
Of custom, law, and statute, took at once
The attraction of a country in romance!

When Reason seemed the most to assert her rights;
When most intent on making of herself
A prime enchantress-to assist the work,
Which then was going forward in her name!
Not favoured spots alone, but the whole earth,
The beauty wore of promise-that which sets
(To take an image which was felt no doubt
Among the bowers of paradise itself)
The budding rose above the rose full blown.
What temper at the prospect did not wake
To happiness unthought of? The inert
Were roused, and lively natures rapt away!
They who had fed their childhood upon dreams,
The play-fellows of fancy who had made
All powers of swiftness, subtility, and strength
Their ministers,-who in lordly wise had stirred
Among the grandest objects of the sense,
And dealt with whatsoever they found there
As if they had within some lurking right
To wield it ;-they, too, who of gentle mood

Had watched all gentle motions, and to these
Had fitted their own thoughts, schemers more mild,
And in the region of their peaceful selves;-
Now was it that both found, the meek and lofty
Did both find helpers to their heart's desire,
And stuff at hand, plastic as they could wish,-
Were called upon to exercise their skill,
Not in Utopia,-subterraneous fields,—

Or some secreted island, Heaven knows where !
But in the very world, which is the world
Of all of us-the place where in the end
We find our happiness, or not at all!

IT is no spirit who from heaven hath flown

And is decending on his embassy;

Nor traveller gone from earth the heavens to espy!
"Tis Hesperus-there he stands with glittering crown,

First admonition that the sun is down,

For yet it is broad daylight!-clouds pass by;

A few are near him still-and now the sky,

He hath it to himself 'tis all his own.

O most ambitious star! an inquest wrought
Within me when I recognised thy light;

A moment I was startled at the sight:

And, while I gazed, there came to me a thought

That even I beyond my natural race

Might step as thou dost know:-might one day trace
Some ground not mine; and, strong her strength above
My soul, an apparition in the place,

Tread there, with steps that no one shall reprove!



FIVE years have passed; five Summers, with the length

Of five long Winters! and again I here

These waters, rolling from their mountain springs

With a sweet inland murmur.*-Once again

Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs,

Which on a wild secluded scene impress

Thoughts of more deep seclusion; and connect

The landscape with the quiet of the sky.

* The river is not affected by the tides a few miles above Tintern 2 D

The day is come when I again repose

Here, under this dark sycamore, and view
These plots of cottage ground, these orchard tufts,
Which, at this season, with their unripe fruits,
Are clad in one green hue, and lose themselves
Among the woods and copses, nor disturb
The wild green landscape. Once again I see
These hedge-rows, hardly hedge-rows, little lines
Of sportive wood run wild; these pastoral farms
Green to the very door; and wreaths of smoke
Sent up, in silence, from among the trees!
With some uncertain notice, as might seem,
Of vagrant dwellers in the houseless woods,
Or of some hermit's cave, where by his fire
The hermit sits alone.

Though absent long,
These forms of beauty have not been to me
As is a landscape to a blind man's eye:
But oft, in lonely rooms, and 'mid the din
Of towns and cities, I have owed to them,
In hours of weariness, sensations sweet,
Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart;
And passing even into my purer mind,
With tranquil restoration:-feelings too
Of unremembered pleasure: such, perhaps,
As may have had no trivial influence
On that best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembred acts
Of kindness and of love. Nor less, I trust,
To them I may have owed another gift,
Of aspect more sublime; that blessed mood,
In which the burthen of the mystery,
In which the heavy and the weary weight
Of all this unintelligible world

Is lightened:-that serene and blessed mood,
In which the affections gently lead us on,-
Until, the breath of this corporeal frame
And even the motion of our human blood
Almost suspended, we are laid asleep
In body, and become a living soul:

While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.

If this

Be but a vain belief, yet, oh! how oft,
In darkness, and amid the many shapes
Of joyless day-light; when the fretful stir
Unprofitable, and the fever of the world,
Have hung upon the beatings of my heart,
How oft, in spirit, have I turned to thee,

O sylvan Wye! Thou wanderer thro' the woods,
How often has my spirit turned to thee,

And now, with gleams of half-extinguished thought,
With many recognitions dim and faint

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