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Be thine the offering, owing long
To thee, and to this pensive hour,
I love to watch at silent eve
Thy scatter'd blossoms' lonely light, And have my inmost heart receive
The influence of that sight.
I love at such an hour to mark
Their beauty greet the night-breeze chill, And shine, 'mid shadows gathering dark,
The garden's glory still.
For such 'tis sweet to think the while,
When cares and griefs the breast invade, Is friendship's animating smile
In sorrow's dark’ning shade.
Thus it bursts forth, like thy pale cup
Glist' ning amid its dewy tears, And bears the sinking spirit up
Amid its chilling fears
But still more animating far,
If meek Religion's eye may trace
The holier hope of Grace.
The hope, that as thy beauteous bloom
Expands to glad the close of day, So through the shadows of the tomb
May break forth Mercy's ray.
RHINEFIELD! as through thy solitude I rove,
Now lost amid the deep wood's gloomy night,
Doubtful I trace a ray of glimmering light;
Spreads its soft umbrage o'er the sunny glade,
I count the herd that crops the dewy blade :
That all around upon the chill breeze floats,
Broke by the lonely keeper's wild, strange notes,
A HILL NEAR ABERGAVENNY.
SKIRID! remembrance thy loved scene renews;
Fancy, yet lingering on thy shaggy brow,
Beholds around the lengthened landscape glow, Which charmed, when late the day-beam's parting hues
Purpled the distant cliff. The crystal stream
Pale on the grey tower falls the twilight glean
Which, as the sun shot up his last pale flame, Shook every light leaf shivering on the trees :
Then, bathed in dew, meek evening silent came, While the low wind, that faint and fainter fell, Soft murmured to the dying day—FAREWELL!
ON CROSSING THE ANGLESEY STRAIT TO BANGOR AT
'Twas night, when from the Druid's gloomy cave,
Where I had wander'd, tranced in thought, alone
'Mid Cromlech's and the Carnedd's funeral stone,
Lulled by the scene, a soothing stillness laid
Beamed on the rocks; with many a star arrayed,
O’er the smooth current streamed a silver light,
Of rocky Penmaenmaur deep darkness spread ;