O FAST her amber blood doth flow
From the heart-wounded Incense Tree,
Fast as earths
In silent rivulets to the sea!
Beauty may weep her fair first-born,
Perchance in as resplendent tears,
Such golden dewdrops
bow the corn
When the stern sickleman appears:
But O! such perfume to a bower
Never allured sweet-seeking bee,
As to sip fast that nectarous
A thirstier minstrel drew in me!
WHEREFORE, unlaurelld Boy,
Whom the contemptuous Muse will not inspire,
With a sad
kind of joy
Still singst thou to thy solitary lyre?
The melancholy winds
Pour through unnumberd reeds their idle woes,
And every Naiad finds
stream to weep her sorrow as it flows.
Her sighs unto the air
The Wood-maids native oak doth broadly tell,
And Echos fond despair
Wherefore then should not I,
Albeit no haughty Muse my heart inspire,
Fated of grief to die,
it to my solitary lyre?
SWEET in her green dell the flower of beauty slumbers,
Lulld by the faint breezes sighing through her
Sleeps she and hears not the melancholy numbers
Breathed to my sad lute mid the lonely air.
Down from the high cliffs the rivulet is teeming
To wind round the willow banks that lure him from above:
that in tears, from my rocky prison streaming,
I too could glide to the bower of my love!
Ah! where the woodbines with sleepy arms have wound her,
Opes she her eyelids at the dream of my
Listening, like the dove, while the fountains echo round her,
To her lost mates call in the forests far
Come then, my bird! For the peace thou ever bearest,
Still Heavens messenger of comfort to me
fond bosom, O faithfullest and fairest,
Bleeds with its death-wound, its wound of love for
A STAR is gone! a star is gone!
There is a blank in Heaven;
One of the cherub choir has
His airy course this even.
He sat upon the orb of fire
That hung for ages there,
And lent his music to the choir
the nightly air.
But when his thousand years are passd,
With a cherubic sigh
He vanishd with his car at
For even cherubs die!
Hear how his angel-brothers mourn
The minstrels of the spheres
Each chiming sadly in
And dropping splendid tears.