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She sits, inclining forward as to speak,
But then her face,
Over a mouldering heir-loom, its companion,
She was an only child-her name GENEVRA,
Just as she looks there in her bridal dress, She was all gentleness, all gaiety,
ller pranks the favourite theme of every tongue.
Great was the joy ; but at the nuptial feast, When all sat down, the bride herself was wanting, Nor was she to be found! Her father cried, “ 'Tis but to make a trial of our love !". And filled his glass to all ; but his hand shook, And soon from guest to guest the panic spread. 'Twas but that instant she had left Francesco, Laughing and looking back, and flying still, Hier ivory tooth imprinted on his finger.
Nor from that hour could any thing be guessed,
Francesco flew to VENICE, and, embarking,
Full fifty years were past, and all forgotten,
That mouldering chest was noticed ; and 'twas said By one as young, as thoughtless as Genevra, • Why not remove it from its lurking place ?!
· It burst, it fell; and lo, a skeleton,
With here and there a pearl, an emerald stone,
There then had she found a grave! Within that chest had she concealed herself, Fluttering with joy, the happiest of the happy; When a spring lock, that lay in ambush there, Fastened her down for ever
Mine be a cot beside the hill;
A willowy brook, that turns a mill,
With many a fall shall linger near.
The swallow oft, beneath my thatch,
Shall twitter from her clay-built nest; Oft shall the pilgrim lift the latch,
And share my meal, a welcome guest.
Around my ivied porch shall spring,
Each fragrant flower that drinks the dew ; And Lucy at her peals shall sing,
The village-church among the trees,
Where first our marriage vows were given, With merry peals shall swell the breeze,
And point with taper spire to heaven.
· Chreren by this hope she bends her thither;
Still laughs the radiant eye of Heaven,
When, o'er the vale of BALBEC winging
Slowly, she sees a child at play,
As rosy and as wild as they ;
From his hot steed, and on the brink
Impatient fling him down to drink.