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LOVE comes back to his vacant dwelling,
The old, old Love that we knew of yore!
We see him stand by the open door,
With his great eyes sad, and his bosom swelling.
He makes as though in our arms repelling,
Ah, who shall help us from over-spelling
E'en as we doubt in our heart once more, With a rush of tears to our eyelids welling Love comes back to his vacant dwelling.
OU shun me, Chloe, wild and shy
As some stray fawn that seeks its mother Through trackless woods. If spring-winds sigh, It vainly strives its fears to smother ;—
Its trembling knees assail each other
And yet no Libyan lion I,
No ravening thing to rend another; Lay by your tears, your tremors by— A Husband's better than a brother;
Nor shun me, Chloe, wild and shy
As some stray fawn that seeks its mother.
"ON LONDON STONES."
N London stones I sometimes sigh
For wider green and bluer sky ;— Too oft the trembling note is drowned
In this huge city's varied sound ;— "Pure song is country-born"—I cry.
Then comes the spring,—the months go by,
In vain !—the woods, the fields deny
Mine is an urban Muse, and bound
"FAREWELL, RENOWN !"
FAREWELL, Renown! Too fleeting flower,
That grows a year to last an hour;-
Too often trodden under feet,—
Nay ;-had I Dryden's angry power,—
Farewell!-Because the Muses' bower
Is filled with rival brows that lower ;-
The Bard, that "pays," must please the street ;But most... because the grapes are sour,—
"MORE POETS YET!"
ORE Poets yet!"-I hear him say, Arming his heavy hand to slay ;— "Despite my skill and 'swashing blow,' They seem to sprout where'er I go ;I killed a host but yesterday!"
Slash on, O Hercules! You may.
And though you cut, not less will grow
Too arrogant! For who shall stay
The first blind motions of the May?
Who shall out-blot the morning glow ?—
Who? There will rise, till Time decay,