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DEATH AND THE WARRIOR.

Like the morning's dew shall pass that grief

Thou comest with me to dwell!
Thy bark may rush through the foaming deep,

Thy steed o'er the breezy hill;
But they bear thee on to a place of sleep,

Narrow, and cold, and chill !"
“ Was the voice I heard thy voice, O Death ?

And is thy day so near ?
Then on the field shall my life's last breath

Mingle with Victory's cheer!
Banners shall float with the trumpet's note,

Above me as I die !
And the palm tree wave o'er my noble grave,

Under the Syrian sky.
High hearts shall burn in the royal hall,

When the minstrel names that spot ;
And the eyes I love shall weep my fall-

Death ! Death ! I fear thee not.33
• Warrior! thou bearest a haughty heart,

But I can bend its pride!
How shouldst thou know that thy soul will part

In the hour of Victory's tide ?
It may be far from thy steel-clad bands,

That I shall make thee mine;
It may be lone on the desert-sands,

Where men for fountains pine !
It may be deep amidst heavy chains,

In some strong Paynim hold-
I have slow dull steps and lingering pains,

Wherewith to tame the bold !"
" Death! Death: I go to a doom unblest

If this indeed must be !
But the cross is bound upon my breast,

And I may not shrink for thee!
Sound, clarion, sound for my vows are given

To the cause of the holy shrine;
I bow my soul to the will of Heaven,

O Death! and not to thine!"

SONG OF THE CID.

THE MASQUER'S SONG.

The festal eye o'er earth and sky,

In her sunset robe looks bright;
And the purple hills of Sicily,

With their vineyards, laugh in light.
From the marble cities of her plains

Glad yoices mingling swell;
But with yet more loud and lofty strains

They shall hail the vesper-bell.
Ob! sweet the tones when summer breeze

Their cadence wafts afar,
To float o'er the blue Sicilian seas,

As they gleam to the first pale star.
The shepherd greets them on his beight,

The hermit in his cell;
But a deeper power shall breathe to-night,

In the sound of the vesper-bell.

SONG OF THE CID.

(Founded on a passage in Southey's Chronicle.)

'Twas the deep mid-watch of the silent night,

And Leon in slumber lay,
When a sound went forth in rushing might,

Like an army on its way!
In the stillness of the hour,
When the dreams of sleep have power,

And men forget the day.
Through the dark and lonely streets it went,

Till the slumberers awoke in dread; The sound of a passing armament,

With the charger's stony tread, There was beard no trumpet's peal, But the heavy tramp of steel,

As a host's, to combat led.

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SONG OF EMIGRATION.

Through the dark and lonely streets it passid,

And the hollow pavement rang,
And the towers as with a sweeping blast,

Rock'd to the stormy clang!
But the march of the viewless train
Went on to a royal fane,

Where a priest his night-hymn sang.
There was a knocking that shook the marble floor,

And a voice at the gate, which said
. That the Cid Ruy Diar, the Campeador,

Was there in his arms array'd;
And that with him from the tomb,
Had the Count Gonzalez come,

With a host, uprisen to aid;
And they came for the buried king that lay

At rest in that ancient fane ;
For he must be array'd on the battle-day,

With them, to deliver Spain !"
Then the march went sounding on,
And the Moors, by moontide sun,

Were dust on Tolosa's plain.

SONG OF EMIGRATION.

THERE Was heard a song on the chiming sea,
A mingled breathing of grief and glee;
Man's voice, unbroken by sighs, was there,
Filling with triumph the sunny air;
Of fresh green lands, and of pastures new
It sang, while the bark through the surges fler.

But ever and anon

A murmur of farewell
Told, by its plaintive tone,

That from woman's lip it fell.
“ Away, away, o'er the foaming main !"
This was the free and joyous strain--
“There are clearer skies than ours, afar
We will shape our course by a brighter star ;

SONG OF EMIGRATION,

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There are plains whose verdure no foot bath press'd, And whose wealth is all for the first brave guest."

“ But alas ! that we should go,"

Sang the farewell voices then,
“ Froni the homesteads warm and low,

By the brook and in the glen."
“ We will rear new homes, under trees that glow
As if gems were the fruitage of every bough;
D'er our white walls we will train the vine,
And sit in its shadow at day's decline,
And watch our berds, as they range at will
Through the green savannas, all bright and still.

“ But woe for that sweet shade

Of the flowering orchard trees,
Where first our children played

'Midst the birds and honey-bees !!!
“All, all, our own shall the forests be,
As to the bound of the roe-buck free!
None shall say, 'hither, no farther pass!
We will track each step through the wavy grass !
We will chase the elk in his speed and might,
And bring proud spoils to the hearth at night.”

“ But oh ! the gray church-tower,

And the sound of the Sabbath bell,
And the shelter'd garden bower-

We have bid them all farewell !"
“We will give the names of our fearless race
To each bright river whose course we trace;
We will leave our memory with mounts and floods,
And the path of our daring in boundless woods !
And our works unto many a lake's green shore,
Where the Indian's graves lay alone before !"

“But who shall teach the flowers,

Which our children lov'd, to dwell
In a soil that is not ours?

--Home, Irome, and friends farewell!

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TIME'S SONG.

TIME'S SONG.

OʻzR the level plain where mountains

Greet me as I go,
O'er the desert waste where fountains

At my bidding flow,
On the boundless beam by day,

On the cloud by night,
I am rushing hence away!

Who will chain my flight?
War his weary watch was keeping;

I have crush'd bis spear;
Grief within her bower weeping;

I have dried ber tear;
Pleasure caught a minute's hold

Then I hurried by,
Leaving all her banquet cold

And her goblet dry.
Power had won a throne of glory-

Where is now his fame?
Genius said _“I live in story ;"

Who hath heard his name?
Love, beneath a myrtle bough,

Whisper'd—Why so fast?"
And the roses on his brow

Wither'd as I pass'd.

I have heard the heiser lowing

O'er the wild wave's bed,
I have seen the billow flowing

Where the cattle fed;
Where began my wanderings?

Memory will not say ;
Where will rest my weary wings?

Science turns away.

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