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As thou, O Earth! dost mingle with the music of the spheres ;
For they must be prepared below to whom gold harps are given.
And have deep music in their souls to join the choir of heaven.
That place which doth contain
My books, my best companions, is to me
Beaumont & Fletcher.
My never failing friends are they,
With them I take delight in weal,
And, while I understand and feel
My cheeks have often been bedew'd
Sir E- Brydges.
New views to life, and teach us how to live; They soothe the grieved; the stubborn they chastise;
Fools they admonish, and confirm the wise: Their aid they yield to all, they never shun The man of sorrow, or the wretch undone :Unlike the hard, the selfish and the proud, They fly not sullen from the suppliant crowd; Nor tell to various people various things, But show to subjects what they show to kings.
The soul of song is in their deathless pages Even as the odour in the flower enshrin
There the crowned spirits of departed ages
Have left the silent melodies of mind, Listen, oh, listen! let their high words cheer thee!
Their swan-like music ringing through all woes;
Let my voice bring their holy influence near
The Elysian air of their divine repose!
MEANING OF THE LOOK.
THE MEANING OF THE LOOK.
"And the Lord turned and looked upon Peter."
I think that look of Christ might seem to
"Thou Peter! art thou then a common stone Which I at last must break my heart upon, For all God's charge, to his high angels,
Guard' my foot better?
Did I yesterday Wash thy feet my beloved, that they should
Quick to deny me 'neath the morning sun ?-
Evening steals on nature's calm repose, Like death on beauty,-brightest at its close.
A lowly task was mine, O little book,
Rejoicing in their loveliness:-and now
A sweet love-token to the children young ;Let thy fair leaves sing to them this fond lay:
"Come to the old haunts, where our kindred dwell:
We were but lowly ones in that bright train,
Yet the soft breeze played o'er us, as o'er them;
With theirs, our petals drank the gentle
And therefore are we lovely ;-for the air Of that sweet region breathes of Love and Peace,
Truth, Purity, and Beauty :-list our song Come with us, love us, live with us and these."