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The subsequent poems were written at the request of my friend, the Hon. D. Kinnaird, for a Selection of Hebrew Melodies, and have been published, with the music, arranged, by Mr. BRAHAM and Mr. NATHAN.
SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY.
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes : Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
2. One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair’d the nameless grace Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face; Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.
3. And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
THE HARP THE MONARCH MINSTREL
1. The harp the monarch minstrel swept,
The King of men, the loved of Heaven, Which Music hallow'd while she wept
O'er tones her heart of hearts had given,
Redoubled be her tears, its chords are riven!
them virtues not their own; No ear so dull, no soul so cold,
That felt not, fired not to the tone,
It wafted glory to our God;
The cedars bow, the mountains nod;
Its sound aspired to Heaven and there abode ! Since then, though heard on earth no more,
Devotion and her daughter Love
To sounds that seem as from above,