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TO MARY ON EARTH

One or two of the shorter pieces have been printed before

in the Athenæum.

PROLOGUE.

TO DAVID IN HEAVEN.

Quo diversus abis ?

Quem Di diligunt, adolescens moritur.

B

TO DAVID IN HEAVEN.

1.

Lo! the slow moon foaming

Thro' fleecy mists of gloaming, Furrowing with pearly front the jewel-powder'd sky!

Lo, the bridge moss-laden,

Arch'd like foot of maiden, And on the bridge, in silence, looking upward, you and I!

Lo, the pleasant season

Of reaping and of mowingThe foam-fringed moon above,-beneath, the river

duskily flowing !

2.

Violet-colour'd shadows,

Blown from scented meadows,

Float o'er us to the pine-wood dark from yonder blue

corn-ridge;

The little river gushes

Thro' shady sedge and rushes,
And gray gnats murmur o’er the pools, beneath the

mossy bridge ;-
And you and I stand darkly,

O’er the keystone leaning,
And watch the pale mesmeric moon, in the time of

gleaners and gleaning.

3.

Do I dream, I wonder ?

As, sitting sadly under A lonely roof in London, thro' the grim square pane I

gaze ?

Here of thee I ponder,

In a dream, and yonder The pale streets seem to stir and breathe beneath the

white moon's rays.

By the vision cherish'd,

By the dark hope bravéd, Do I but dream a hopeless dream, in the city that

slew you,

David ?

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