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All are gone away and past !
And if Robin should be cast
Sudden from his tufted

And if Marian should have
Once again her forest days,
She would weep, and he would craze:
He would swear, for all his oaks,
Fall'n beneath the dock-yard strokes,
Have rotted on the briny seas;
She would weep that her wild bees
Sang not to her-strange! that honey
Can't be got without hard money!

So it is; yet let us sing Honor to the old bow-string ! Honor to the bugle-horn! Honor to the woods unshorn! Honor to the Lincoln green! Honor to the archer keen ! Honor to tight Little John, And the horse he rode


! Honor to bold Robin Hood, Sleeping in the underwood! Honor to Maid Marian, And to all the Sherwood clan ! Though their days have hurried by, Let us two a burden try.



Many the wonders I this day have seen :

The sun, when first he kist away the tears

That fill’d the eyes of Morn;—the laurel'd peers Who from the feathery gold of evening lean ;The Ocean with its vastness, its blue green,

Its ships, its rocks, its caves, its hopes, its fears,

Its voice mysterious, which whoso hears Must think on what will be, and what has been. E'en now, dear George, while this for you I write,

Cynthia is from her silken curtains peeping So scantly, that it seems her bridal night,

And she her half-discover'd revels keeping. But what, without the social thought of thee, Would be the wonders of the sky and sea ?


HAD I a man's fair form, then might my sighs

Be echoed swiftly through that ivory shell

Thine ear, and find thy gentle heart; so well Would passion arm me for the enterprise :

But ah! I am no knight whose foeman dies;

No cuirass glistens on my bosom's swell;

I am no happy shepherd of the dell
Whose lips have trembled with a maiden's eyes.
Yet must I doat upon thee-call thee sweet,

Sweeter by far than Hybla's honey'd roses

When steep'd in dew rich to intoxication.
Ah! I will taste that dew, for me 't is meet,

And when the moon her pallid face discloses,
I'll gather some by spells, and incantation.

O SOLITUDE ! if I must with thee dwell,

Let it not be among the jumbled heap

Of murky buildings: climb with me the steep,
Nature's observatory-whence the dell,
Its flowery slopes, its river's crystal swell,

May seem a span; let me thy vigils keep

'Mongst boughs pavilion'd, where the deer's swift leap Startles the wild bee from the foxglove bell.

But though I'll gladly trace these scenes with thee,

Yet the sweet converse of an innocent mind, Whose words are images of thoughts refined, Is

my soul's pleasure ; and it sure must be Almost the highest bliss of human kind,

When to thy haunts two kindred spirits flee.

How many bards gild the lapses of time!

A few of them have ever been the food
Of my delighted fancy,I could brood

Over their beauties, earthly, or sublime :
And often, when I sit me down to rhyme,

These will in throngs before my mind intrude :

But no confusion, no disturbance rude
Do they occasion ; 't is a pleasing chime.
So the unnumber'd sounds that evening store ;

The songs of birds——the whispering of the leaves-
The voice of waters—the great bell that heaves

With solemn sound, and thousand others more, That distance of recognizance bereaves,

Make pleasing music, and not wild uproar.


As late I rambled in the happy fields,

What time the skylark shakes the tremulous dew

From his lush clover covert ;—when anew Adventurous knights take up their dinted shields: I saw the sweetest flower wild nature yields,

A fresh-blown musk-rose ; ’t was the first that threw

Its sweets upon the summer: graceful it grew As is the wand that


Titania wields. And, as I feasted on its fragrancy,

I thought the garden-rose it far excell'd; But when, O Wells! thy roses came to me,

My sense with their deliciousness was spellid: Soft voices had they, that with tender plea

Whisper'd of peace, and truth, and friendliness unquell’d.

TO G. A. W.

Nymph of the downward smile and sidelong glance !

In what diviner moments of the day

Art thou most lovely ? when gone far astray
Into the labyrinths of sweet utterance ?
Or when serenely wandering in a trance

Of sober thought? Or when starting away,

With careless robe to meet the morning ray,
Thou sparest the flowers in thy mazy dance ?
Haply 't is when thy ruby lips part sweetly,

And so remain, because thou listenest :
But thou to please wert nurtured so completely

That I can never tell what mood is best,
I shall as soon pronounce which Grace more neatly

Trips it before Apollo than the rest.


What though, for showing truth to flatter'd state,

Kind Hunt was shut in prison, yet has he,

In his immortal spirit, been as free
As the sky-searching lark, and as elate,
Minion of grandeur! think you he did wait ?

Think you he naught but prison-walls did see,

Till, so unwilling, thou unturn'dst the key ?
Ah, no! far happier, nobler was his fate!
In Spenser's halls he stray'd, and bowers fair,

Culling enchanted flowers; and he flew
With daring Milton through the fields of air :

To regions of his own his genius true
Took happy flights. Who shall his fame impair

When thou art dead, and all thy wretched crew ?

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