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And, in that Mansion, Children of his own,
Or Kindred, gathered round him. As a Tree
That falls and dissappears, the House is gone;
And, through improvidence or want of love
For ancient worth and honorable things,
The spear and shield are vanished, which the Knight
Hung in his rustic Hall. One ivied arch
Myself have seen, a gateway, last remains
Of that Foundation in domestic care
Raised by his hands. And now no trace is left
Of the mild-hearted Champion, save this Stone,
Faithless memorial! and his family name
Borne by yon clustering cottages, that sprang
From out the ruins of his stately lodge:
These, and the name and title at full length,
SIR ALFRED IRTHING, with appropriate words
Accompanied, still extant, in a wreath

girding round the several fronts
Of three clear-sounding and harmonious bells,
That in the steeple hang, his pious gift.”

Or posy

“So fails, so languishes, grows dim, and dies,"
The gray-haired Wanderer pensively exclaimed,
“ All that this World is proud of. From their spheres
The stars of human glory are cast down;
Perish the roses and the flowers of Kings,
Princes, and Emperors, and the crowns and palms
Of all the Mighty, withered and consumed !
Nor is power given to lowliest Innocence
Long to protect her own. The Man himself
Departs; and soon is spent the Line of those
Who, in the bodily image, in the mind,
In heart or soul, in station or pursuit,
Did most resemble him. Degrees and Ranks.
Fraternities and Orders - heaping high

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New wealth upon the burthen of the old,
And placing trust in privilege confirmed
And reconfirmed are scoffed at with a smile
Of greedy foretaste, from the secret stand
Of Desolation, aimed: to slow decline
These yield, and these to sudden overthrow;
Their virtue, service, happiness, and state,
Expire; and Nature's pleasant robe of green,
Humanity's appointed shroud, enwraps
Their monuments and their memory. The vast Frame
Of social Nature changes evermore,
Her organs and her members with decay
Restless, and restless generation, powers
And functions dying and produced at need, -
And by this law the mighty Whole subsists :
With an ascent and progress in the main;
Yet, oh! how disproportioned to the hopes
And expectations of self-flattering minds !

- The courteous Knight, whose bones are here interred,
Lived in an age conspicuous as our own
For strife and ferment in the minds of men;
Whence altercation, in the forms of things,
Various and vast. A memorable age!
Which did to him assign a pensive lot
To linger ’mid the last of those bright Clouds,
That, on the steady breeze of honor, sailed
In long procession calm and beautiful.
He who had seen his own bright Order fade,
And its devotion gradually decline,
(While War, relinquishing the lance and shield,
HIer temper changed, and bowed to other laws)
Ilad also witnessed, in his morn of life,
That violent Commotion, which o’erthrew,
In town, and city, and sequestered glen,
Altar, and Cross, and Church of solemn roof,

And old religious House - Pile after Pile;
And shook the Tenants out into the fields,
Like wild Beasts without home! Their hour was come
But why no softening thought of gratitude,
No just remembrance, scruple, or wise doubt?
Benevolence is mild; nor borrows help,
Save at worst need, from bold impetuous force,
Fitliest allied to anger and revenge.
But Human-kind rejoices in the might
Of Mutability, and airy Hopes,
Dancing around her, hinder and disturb
Those meditations of the soul that feed
The retrospective Virtues. Festive songs
Break from the maddened Nations at the sight
Of sudden overthrow; and cold neglect
Is the sure consequence of slow decay.

— Even," said the Wanderer, “as that courteous Knight, Bound by his vow to labor for redress Of all who suffer wrong, and to enact By sword and lance the law of gentleness, (If I may venture of myself to speak, Trusting that not incongruously I blend Low things with lofty) I too shall be doomed To outlive the kindly use and fair esteem Of the poor calling which my Youth embraced With no unworthy prospect. But enough; - Thoughts crowd upon me

and 'twere seemlier


To stop, and yield our gracious Teacher thanks
For the pathetic Records which his voice
Hath here delivered; words of heartfelt truth,
Tending to patience when Affliction strikes ;
To hope and love; to confident repose
In God; and reverence for the dust of Man."

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Pastor's apprehensions that he might have detained his Auditors too

long - Invitation to his House — Solitary disinclined to complyRallies the Wanderer; and somewhat playfully draws a comparison between his itinerant profession and that of the Knight-errant, which leads to Wanderer's giving an account of changes in the Country from the manufacturing spirit -- Favorable effects - The other side of the picture, and chiefly as it has affected the humbler classesWanderer asserts the hollowness of all national grandeur if unsurported by moral worth -- Gives Instances

Gives Instances - Physical science unable to support itself - Lamentations over an excess of manufacturing industry among the humbler Classes of Society -- Picture of a Child employed in a Cotton-mill-Ignorance and degradation of Children among the agricultural Population reviewed— Conversation broke off by a renewed Invitation from the Pastor -- Path leading to hig House — Its appearance described - His Daughter -- His Wife His Son (a Boy) enters with his Companion -- Their happy appeur.

: - The Wanderer how affected by the sight of them.


THE pensive Sceptic of the lonely Vale
To those acknowledgments subscribed his own,
With a sedate compliance, which the Priest
Failed not to notice, inly pleased, and said,
“ If Ye, by whom invited I commenced

These narratives of calm and humble life,
Be satisfied, 'tis well, -- the end is gained;
And, in return for sympathy bestowed
And patient listening, thanks accept from me.
- Life, Death, Eternity! momentous themes
Are they -- and might demand a Seraph's tongue,
Were they not equal to their own support ;
And therefore no incompetence of mine
Could do them wrong. The universal forms
Of human nature, in a Spot like this,
Present themselves at once to all Men's view :
Ye wished for act and circumstance, that make
The Individual known and understood ;
And such as my best judgment could select
From what the place afforded have been given;
Though apprehensions crossed me that my zeal
To his might well be linked, who unlocks
A Cabinet with gems or pictures stored,
And draws them forth — soliciting regard
To this, and this, as worthier than the last,
Till the Spectator, who awhile was pleased
More than the Exhibitor himself, becomes
Weary and faint, and longs to be released.

But let us hence! my Dwelling is in sight, And there

At this the Solitary shrunk
With backward will; but wanting not address
That inward motion to disguise, he said
To his Compatriot, smiling as he spake ;

“ The peaceful Remains of this good Knight Would be disturbed, I fear, with wrathful scorn, If consciousness could reach him where he lies That One, albeit of these degenerate times, Deploring changes past, or dreading change

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