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Give birth, full often, to unguarded words;
I grieve that, in your presence, from my longue
Too much of frailty hath already dropped;
But that too much demands still more.

You know,
Revered Compatriot;—and to you, kind Sir
(Not to be deemed a Stranger, as you come
Following the guidance these welcome
To our secluded Vale) it may be cold,
That my demerits did not sue in vain
To One on whose mild radiance many gazed
With hope, and all with pleasure. This fair Bride,
la the devotedness of youthful Love,
Preferring me to Parents, and the choir
Of gay companions, to the natal roof,
And all known places and familiar sights,
(Resigned with sadness gently weighing down
Her trembling expectations, but no more
Than did to ber due honour, and to me
Yielded, that day, a confidence sublime
In what I had to build upon)- this Bride,
Young, modest, meek, and beautiful, I led
To a low Cottage in a sunny Bay,
Where the salt sca innocuously breaks,
And the sea breeze as innocently breathes,
On Devon's leafy shores ;- a sheltered Hold,
Jo a soft clime encouraging the soil
To a luxuriant bounty! - As our steps
Approach the embowered Abode-our chosen Seat-
See, rooted in the earth, her kindly bed,
The unendangered Myrtle, decked with flowers,
Before the threshold stands to welcome us!
While, in the flowering Myrtle's neighbourhood,
Not overlooked, but courting no regard,
Those native plants, the Holly and the Yew,
Gave modest intimation to the mind
How willingly their aid they would unite
With the green Myrtle, to endear the hours
Of winter, and protect that pleasant place.
– Wild were the Walks upon those lonely Downs,
Track leading into Track, how inarked, how worn
Toto bright werdure, between fera and

Corse Winding away its never-ending line On their smooth surface, evidence was none : But, there, lay open to our daily haunt, A range of unappropriated earthi, Where youth's ambitious feet might move at large; Whence, unmolested Wanderers, we beheld The shining Giver of the Day diffuse His brightness, o'er a tract of sea and land Gay as our spirits, free as our desires, As our enjoyments boundless.-- From those Heights We dropped, al pleasure, into sylvan Combs; Where arbours of impenetrable shade, And mossy seats, detained us side by side, With hearts at ease, and knowledge in our hearts “That all the grove and all the day was ours.'

Enliven d happiness with joy o'erflowing, With joy, and-oh! that memory should survive : To speak the word — with rapture! Nature's boon,

Life's genuine inspiration, happiness
Above what rules can teach, or fancy feign ;
Abused, as all possessions are abused
That are not prized according to their worth.
And yet, what worth? what good is given to Men,
| More solid than the gilded clouds of heaveu ?
What joy more lasting than a vernal flower?
Nope! 't is the general plaint of human kind
la solitude, and mutually addressed
From each to all, for wisdom's sake:- This truth
The Priest announces from his holy seal;
And, crowned with garlands in the summer grove,
The Poet fits it to bis pensive Lyre.
l'et, ere that final resting-place be gained
Sharp coctradictions may arise by doom
Of this same life, compelling us to grieve

That the prosperities of love and joy
! Should be permitted, oft-limes, to endure
So long, and be at once cast down for ever.
Oh! tremble Ye to wliom hath been assigned

course of days composing happy inonths,
| And they as happy years; the present still
So like the past, and both so firm a pledge
Of a congenial future, that the wheels
Of pleasure move without the aid of hope :
For Mutability is Nature's bane;
And slighted Hope will be avenged; and, when
Ye need her favours, Ye shall find her uot;
But, in her stead-fear-doubı-and agony !»


This was the bitter language of the heart: But, while he spake, look, gesture, tone of voice, Though discomposed and vehement, were such As skill and graceful Nature might suggest To a Proficient of the tragic scene Staadiog before the multitude, beset With dark events. Desirous to divert Or slem the current of the Speaker's thoughts, We signified a wish to leave that Place Of stilloess and close privacy, a nook That seemed for self-examination made, Or, for confession, in the sinner's need, Hidden from all Men's view. To our attempt He yielded pot; but, pointing to a slope

Of mossy turf defended from the sun, | And, on that couch inviting us to rest, · Fall on that tender-hearted Man he turned

& serious eye, and thus his speech renewed.

• You never saw, your eyes did never look On the bright Form of Her whom once I loved :Her silser voice was beard upou the earth,

A sound unknowo to you; else, honoured Friend ! . Your heart had borne a pitiable share

Of what I suffered, when I wept that loss,
And suffer now, not seldom, from the thought
That I remember, and can weep no more.-
Stripped as I am of all the golden fruit
Of self-esteem; and by the cutting blasts
Of self-reproach familiarly assailed ;
I would not yet be of such wintry bareness,
Bat that some leaf of your regard should hang
l'pon my naked branches:— lively thoughts

« But Nature called my Partner to resign ller share in the pure freedom of that life, Enjoyed by us in common.– To my hope, To my heart's wish, my tender Mate became The thankful captive of maternal bonds; dud those wild paths were left to me alone. There could I meditate on follies past; And, like a weary Voyager escaped

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From risk and hardship, inwardly retrace
A course of vain delights and thoughtless guilt,
And self-indulgence-without shame pursued.
There, undisturbed, could think of, and could thank
Mer--whose submissive spirit was to me
Rule and restraint-my Guardian-shall I say
That earthly Providence, whose guiding love
Within a port of rest had lodged me safe ;
Safe from temptation, aod from danger far?
Strains followed of acknowledgment addressed
To an Authority enthroned above
The reach of sight; from whom, as from tbeir source,
Proceed all visible ministers of good
That walk the earth-Father of heaven and earth,
Father, and King, and Judge, adored and feared !
These acts of mind, and memory, and heart,
And spirit,-interrupted and relieved
By observations transient as the glance
Of flying sunbeams, or to the outward form
Cleaving with power inherent and intense,
As the mute insect fixed upon the plant
On whose soft leaves it hangs, and from whose cup
Draws imperceptibly its nourishment,-
Endeared my wanderings; and the Mother's kiss,
And Infant's smile, a waited my return.

« Seven years of occupation undisturbed Established seemingly a right to hold That happiness; and use and habit gave To what an alien spirit had acquired A patrimonial sanctity. And thus, With thoughts and wishes bounded to this world, I lived and breathed ; most grateful, if to enjoy Without repining or desire for more, For different lot, or change to higher sphere, (Only except some impulses of pride With no determined object, though upheld By theories with suitable support) Most grateful, if in such wise to enjoy Be proof of gratitude for what we have; Else, I allow, most thankless.- But, at once, From some dark seat of fatal Power was urged A claim that shattered all.-Our blooming Girl, Caught in the gripe of Death, with such brief time To struggle in as scarcely would allow Her cheek to change its colour, was conveyed From us, to regions inaccessible; Where height, or depth, admits not the approach Of living Man, though longing to pursue. -With even as brief a warning-and how soon, With what short interval of time between, I tremble yet to think of-our last prop, Our happy life's only remainiog stayThe Brother followed ; and was seed no more!

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« In privacy we dwell-a wedded pairCompanions daily, often all day long : Not placed by fortune within easy reach Of various intercourse, nor wishing aught Beyond the allowance of our own fire-side, The Twain within our happy collage boro, Jomates, and heirs of our united love; Graced mutually by difference of sex, By the endearing names of nature bouud, And with no wider interval of time Between their several births than served for One To establish something of a leader's sway; Yet left them joined by sympathy in age; Equals in pleasure, fellows in pursuit. Ou these two pillars rested as in air Our solitude.

It soothes me to perceive, Your courtesy withholds not from my words Attentive audience. But, oh! gentle Friends, As times of quiet and unbroken peace Though, for a Nation, times of blessedness, Give back faint echoes from the Historian's page; So, in the imperfect sounds of this discourse, Depressed I hear, how faithless is the voice Which those most blissful days reverberate. What special record can, or need, be given To rules and habits, whereby much was done, But all witbin the sphere of little things, Of humble, though, to us, important cares, And precious interests? Smoothly did our life Advance, not swerving from the path prescribed ; Her annual, her diurnal round alike Maintained with faithful care. And you divine The worst effects that our condition saw If you imagine changes slowly wrought, And in their progress imperceptible; Not wished for, sometimes noticed with a sigh (Whate'er of good or lovely they might bring), Sighs of regret, for the familiar good, And loveliness endeared-- which they removed.

«Calm as a frozen Lake when ruthless Winds Blow fiercely, agitating carth and sky, The Mother now remained; as if in her, Who, to the lowest region of the soul, Had been crewhile unsettled and disturbed, This second visitation had no power To shake; but only to bind up and seal; And to establish thankfulness of heart In Heaven's determinations, ever just. The eminence on which her spirit stood, Mine was unable to ariain. Immense The space that severed us! But, as the sight Communicates with Heaven's ethereal orbs Incalculably distant; so, I felt That consolation may descend from far; (And, that is intercourse, and union, too) Wbile, overcome with speechless gratitude, And, with a holier love inspired, I looked On her--at once superior to my woes And Partner of my loss.- heavy change! Dimness o'er this clear Luminary crept Insensibly ;--the immortal and divine Yielded to mortal reflux; her pure Glory, As from the pinnacle of worldly state Wretched Ambition drops astounded, fell Into a gulf obscure of silent grief, And keen heart-anguish - of itself ashamed, Yet obstinately cherishing itself: And, so consumed, She melted from my arms ; And Jeft ine, on this earth, disconsolate.

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«What followed cannot be reviewed in thought; Much less, retraced in words. If She, of life Blameless; so intimate with love and joy, And all the tender motions of the Soul, Had been supplanted, could I hope to standInfirm, dependent, and now destitute!

I call'd on dreams and visions, to disclose
That which is veiled from waking thought; conjured
Eternity, as men constrain a Ghost
To appear and answer ; to the grave I spake
Imploringly;-looked up, and asked the leavens
If Angels traversed their cerulean floors,
If fixed or wandering Star could ridings yield
Of the departed Spirit—what Abode
It occupies—what consciousness retains
Of former loves and interests. Then my Soul
Turned inward, -to examine of what stuff
Time's fetters are composed ; and Life was put
To inquisition, long and profitless!
By pain of heart-now checked—and now impelled-
The intellectual Power, through words and things,
Went sounding on, a dim and perilous way:
And from those transports, and these coils abstruse,
Some trace am I enabled to retain
Of time, else lost;-existing unto me
Only by records in myself not found.

Expressed the tumult of their minds, my voice
There mingled, hcard or not. The powers of song
I left not uninvoked; and, in still groves,
Where mild Enthusiasts tuned a peasive lay
Of thanks and expectation, in accord
With their belief, I sang Saturnian Rule
Returned,-a progeny of golden years
Permitted to descend, and bless mankind.
-With promises the Hebrew Scriptures teem :
I felt the invitation; and resumed
A long-suspended office in the House
Of public worship, where, the glowing phrase
Of ancient inspiration serving me,
I promised also,-with undaunted trust
Foretold, and added prayer to prophecy;
The admiration winning of the crowd;
The help desiring of the pure devout.

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« Scorn and contempi forbid me to proceed! But History, Time's slavish Scribe, will tell low rapidly the Zealots of the cause Disbanded-or in hostile ranks appeared ; Some, tired of honest service ; these, outdone, Disgusted, therefore, or appalled, by aims Of fiercer Zealots—so Confusion reigned, And the more faithful were compelled to exclaim, As Brutus did to Virtue, ‘Liberty, I worshipped Thee, and find thee but a Shade!'

a From that abstraction I was roused, -and how? Even as a thoughtful Shepherd by a flash Of lightning startled in a gloomy cave Of these will bills. For lo! the dread Bastile, With all the chambers in its horrid Towers, Fell to the ground :—by violence o'erthrown Of indignation; and with shouts that drowned The crash it made in falling! From the wreck A golden Palace rose, or seemed to rise, The appointed Seat of equitable Law And mild paternal Sway. The potent shock I felt : the transformation I perceived, As marvellously seized as in that moment When, from the blind mist issuing, I beheld Clory—beyond all glory ever seen, Confusion infinite of heaven and earth, Dazzling the soul! Meanwhile, prophetic harps In every grove were ringiog, ‘War sball cease; Did ye not hear that conquest is abjured? Bring garlands, bring forth choicest flowers, to deck The Tree of Liberty: --My heart rebounded; My melancholy Voice the chorus joined;

- Be joyful all ye Nations ! in all Lands, Ye that are capable of Joy be glad! llenceforth, whate'er is wanting to yourselves In others ye shall promptly find;-and all Be rich by mutual and rellected wealth.'

« Such recantation had for me no charm, Nor would I bend to it ; who should have grieved At aught, however fair, that bore the mien Of a conclusion, or catastrophe. Why then conceal, that, when the simply good In timid selfishness withdrew, I sought Other support, not scrupulous whence it came, And, by what compromise it stood, not nice? Enough if notions seemed to be high-pitched, And qualities determined.--Among men So charactered did I maintain a strife llopeless, and still more hopeless every hour; But, in the process, I began to feel That, if the emancipation of the world Were missed, I should at least secure my own, And be in part compensated. For rights, Widely--inveterately usurped upon, I spake with vehemence; and promptly seized Whate cr Abstraction furnished for


needs Or purposes; nor scrupled to proclaim, And propagate, by liberty of life, Those new persuasions. Not that I rejoiced, Or even found pleasure, in such vagrant course, For its own sake; but farthest from the walk Which I had trod in happiness and peace, Was most inviting to a troubled mind; That, in a struggling and distempered world, Saw a seductive image of herself. Yet, mark the contradictions of which Man !s still the sport! Here Nature was my guide, The Nature of the dissolute; but Thee, O fostering Nature! I rejected-smiled At others' tears in pity; and in scorn At those, which thy soft influence sometimes drew From my unguarded heart.---The tranquil shores Of Britain circumscribed me; else, perhaps, I might have been entangled among deeds,

« Thus was I reconverted to the world; Society became my glittering Bride, And airy hopes my Children.- From the depths Of natural passion, seemingly escaped, My soul diffused herself in wide embrace Of institutions, and the forms of things; As obey exist, in mutable array,

'pon life's surface. What, though in my vems There flowed no Gallic blood, nor load I breathed The air of France, not less than Gallic zeal Kindled and burnt among the sapless (wigs Of my exhausted heart. If busy Men In sober conclave met, to weave a web Of amity, whose living threads should stretch Beyond the seas, and to the farthest pole, There did I sit, assisting. If, with noise And acclamation, crowds in open air

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Which, now, as infamous, I should abhor

Some boundary, which his Followers may not cross Despisc, as senseless : for my spirit relished

In prosecution of their deadly chase, Strangely the exasperation of that Land,

Respiring I looked round.—How bright the Sun, Which turned an angry beak against the down How promising the Breeze! Can aught produced Of her own breast ; confounded into hope

In the old World compare, thought I, for power Of disencumbering thus her fretful wings.

And majesty with this gigantic Stream, —But all was quieted by iron bonds

Sprung from the Desert ? And behold a City Of military sway. The shifting aims,

Fresh, youthful, and aspiring! What are these The moral interests, the creative might,

To me, or I to them? As much at least The varied functions and high attributes

As He desires that they should be, whom winds Of civil Action, yielded to a Power

And waves have wafted to this discant shore, Formal, and odious, and contemptible.

In the condition of a damaged seed, -In Britain, ruled a panic dread of change;

Whose fibres cannot, if they would, take root. 'The weak were praised, rewarded, and advanced ; Here may I roam at large ;—my business is, And, from the impulse of a just disdain,

Roaming at large, to observe, and not to feel; Once more did I retire into myself.

And, therefore, not to act-convinced that all There feeling no contentment, I resolved

Which bears the name of action, howsoe'er To fly, for safeguard, to some foreign shore,

Beginning, ends in servitude-still painful, Remote from Europe; from her blasted hopes ; And mostly profitless. And, sooth to say, Her fields of carnage, and polluted air.


On nearer view, a motley spectacle
Appeared, of high pretensions-unreprored

But by the obstreperous voice of higher still; « Fresh blew the wind, when o'er the Atlantic Main

Big Passions struiting on a petty stage; The Ship went gliding with her thoughtless crew; Which a detached Spectator may regard Avd who among them but an Exile, freed

Not unamused.-But ridicule demands From discontent, indifferent, pleased to sit

Quick change of objects; and, to laugh alone, Among the busily employed, not more

Ac a composing distance from the haunts With obligation charged, with service taxed,

Of strife and folly,-though it be a treat Than the loose pendanı-10 the idle wind

As choice as musing Leisure can bestow; Upon the tall mast, streaming :--but, yc powers

Yet in the very centre of the crowd, Of soul and sense c-mysteriously allied,

To keep the secret of a poignant scoru, 0, never let the Wretched, if a choice

llowe'er to airy Demons suitable, Be left him, trust the freight of his distress

Of all unsocial courses, is least fit To a long voyage on the silent deep!

For the gross spirit of Mankind,-the one For, like a Plague, will Memory break out;

That soonest fails to please, and quickliest turns And, in the blank and solitude of things,

Toto vexation. Let us, then, I said, Upon his Spirit, with a fever's strength,

Leave this unknit Republic to the scourge Will Conscience prey.- Fecbly must They have felt

Of her own passions; and to Regions haste, Who, in old time, attired with snakes and whips

Whose shades have never felt the encroaching are, The vengeful Furies. Beautiful regards

Or soil endured a transfer in the mart
Were turned on meihe face of her I loved ;
The Wife and Mother, pitifully fixing

Of dire rapacity. There, Man abides,

Primeval Nature's Child. A Creature weak Tender reproaches, insupportable !

In combination (wherefore else driven back Where now that boasted liberty? No welcome

So far, and of his old inheritance From unknown Objects I received; and those,

So easily deprived ?) but, for that cause, Known and familiar, which the vaulted sky

More dignified, and stronger in himself;
Did, in the placid clearness of the night,

Whether to act, judge, suffer, or enjoy.
Disclose, had accusations to prefer
Against my peace. Within the cabin stood

True, the Intelligence of social Art

Hath overpowered his Forefathers, and soon
That Volume-as a compass for the soul-

Will sweep the remnant of his line away;
Revered among the Nations. I implored
Its guidance; but the infallible support

But contemplations, wortbier, uobler far

Than her destructive energies, atttnd of faith was wanting. Tell me, why refused To One by storms annoyed and adverse winds;

Bis Independence, when along the side Perplexed with currents; of his weakness sick ;

Of Mississippi, or that Northern Stream Of vain endeavours tired ; and by luis own,

That spreads into successive seas, he walks ;

Pleased to perceive his own unshackled life, And by his Nature's, ignorance, dismayed !

And his innate capacities of soul,

There imaged: or, when having gained the top
« Long-wish'd-for sight, the Western World appeared; Of some commanding Eminence, which yet
And, when the Ship was moored, I leapt ashore Intruder ne'er beheld, he thence surveys
Judignantly-resoived to be a Mau,

Regions of wood and wide Savannah, vast
Wio, having o'er the past no power, would live Expanse of unappropriated earth,
No longer in subjection to the past,

With mind that sheds a light on what he sees;
With abject miod- from a tyrannic Lord

Free as the Sun, and lovely as the Sun, Inviting pevance, fruitlessly endured.

Pouring above his head its radiance down So, like a Fugitive, whose feet have cleared

Upon a living, and rejoicing World !


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« So, westward, tow'rd the unviolated Woods

Knowledge the source of tranquillity--Rural Solitude I beat my way; and, roaming far and wide,

favourable to knowledge of the inferior Creatures1 Failed not to greet the merry Mocking-bird ;

Study of their habits and ways recommended-ExAnd, while the melancholy Muccawiss

hortation to bodily exertion and Communion with The sportive Bird's companion in the Grove)

Nature-Morbid Solitude pitiable-Superstition betRepeated, o'er and o'er, his plaintive cry,

ter ihan apathy-Apathy and destitution unknown in I sympathized at leisure with the sound;

the io fancy of society-The various modes of ReliBut that pure Archetype of human greatness,

gion prevented il-illustrated in the Jewish, Persian, I found him not. There, in his stead, appeared

Babylonian, Chaldean, and Grecian modes of belief A Creature, squalid, vengeful, and impure;

- Solitary interposes — Wanderer points out the inRemorseless, and submissive to no law

fluence of religious and imaginative feeling in the But superstitious fear, and abject sloth.

humble ranks of society – Mlustrated from present -Enough is told! Here am 1-Ye have heard

and past times — These principles tend to recall exWhat evidence I seek, and vainly seek;

ploded superstitions and popery-Wanderer rebuts What from my Fellow-beings I require,

this charge, and contrasts the dignities of the ImaAnd cannot find; what I myself have lost,

gination with the presumptive littleness of certain Nor can reyain ; how languidly I look

modern Philosophers-Recommends other lights and l'pon this visible fabric of the World,

guides — Asserts the power of the Soul to regenerate May be divined- perhaps it hath been said :

herself --Solitary asks how-Reply-Personal appeal But spare your pity, if there be in me

-Happy that the imagination and the affections miAught that deserves respect: for I exist

tigate the evils of that intellectual slavery which the Within myself—not comfortless.- The tenour

calculating understanding is apt to produce-ExhortWhich my life holds, he readily may conceive

ation to activity of body renewed-How to commune Whoe'er hash stood to watch a mountain Brook

with Nature_Wanderer concludes with a legitimate In some still passage of its course, and seen,

union of the imagination, affections, understanding, Within the depths of its capacious breast,

and reason- Effect of his discourse-Evening - ReInverted trees, and rocks, and azure sky;

turn to the Cottage.
And, on its glassy surface, specks of foam,
And conglobated bubbles undissolved,
Sumerous as stars; that, by their onward lapse,

Betray to sight the motion of the stream,

flere closed the Tenant of that lonely vale Else imperceptible; meanwhile, is heard

His mournful Narrative-commenced in pain, A softened roar, a murmur; and the sound

In pain commenced, and ended without peace: Though soothing, and the little floating isles

Yet tempered, not unfrequently, with strains Though beautiful, are both by Nature charged

Of native feeling, grateful to our minds; With the same peosive office; and make known

And doubtless yielding some relief to his, Through what perplexing labyrinths, abrupt

While we sate listening with compassion due Precipitations, and untoward strails,

Such pity yet surviving, with firm voice, The earth-born Wanderer hath passed; and quickly, That did not falter, though the heart was moved, That respite o'er, like traverses and toils

The Wanderer saidWuse be again encountered. -Such a stream

« One adequate support Is human Life ; and so the spirit fares

For the calamities of mortal life lo the best quiet to its course allowed ;

Exists, one only;-an assured belief And such is mine, -save only for a hope

That the procession of our fate, howe'er That my particular current soon will reach

Sad or disturbid, is order'd by a Being
The unfathomable gulf, where all is still '»

Of infinite benevolence and power,
Whose everlasting purposes embrace

All accidents, converting them to good.

– The darts of anguish fox not where the seat
Of suffering hath been thoroughly fortified
Ry acquiescence in the Will Supreme

For Time and for Eternity; by faith,

Taith absolute in God, including hope,
State of feeling produced by the foregoing Narrative, and the defence that lies in boundless love

A belief in a superintending Providence the only of his perfections; with habitual dread 1

adequate support under affliction—Wanderer's eja: Of auyht unworthily conceived, endured

culation-account of his own devotional feelings in Impatiently; ill-done, or left undone, : youth involved – Acknowledges the difficulty of a To the dishonour of his holy Name.

lively faith -Hence immoderate sorrow--doubt or Soul of our Souls, and safeguard of the world!
despondence not therefore to be inferred - Con- Sustaio, Thou only canst, the sick of heart;
solation to the Solitary-Exhortations-How received Restore their languid spirits, and recall
-Wanderer applies his discourse to that other cause Their lost affections unto Thee and thine!»
of dejection in the Solitary's miod-disappointment
from the French Revolution --States grounds of hope Then as we issued from that covert Nook,
-insists on the necessity of patience and fortitude ' lle thus contioued – lifting up his eyes
with respect to the course of great revolutions— To Heaven, « low beautiful this dome of sky,

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