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Out of the living rock, to be adorned
Brought from the woods the honeysuckle twines Around the porch, and seems, in that trim place, A plant no longer wild; the cultured rose There blossoms, strong in health, and will be soon Roof-bigh; the wild pink crowns the garden-wall, And with the flowers are intermingled stones Sparry and bright, rough scatterings of the hills. These ornaments, that fade not with the
year, A hardy Girl continues to provide ; Who, mounting fearlessly the rocky heights, Her Father's prompt attendant, does for him All that a boy could do, but with delight More keen and prouder daring; yet hath she, Within the garden, like the rest, a bed For her own flowers and favourite herbs, a space, By sacred charter, holden for her use.
- These, and whatever else the garden bears Of fruit or flower, permission asked or not, I freely gather; and my leisure draws A not unfrequent pastime from the hum Of bees around their range of sheltered hives Busy in that enclosure; while the rill, That sparkling thrids the rocks, attunes his voice To the pure course of human life which there Flows on in solitude. But, when the gloom Of night is falling round my steps, then most This Dwelling charms me; often I stop short, (Who could refrain ?) and feed by stealth my sight
With prospect of the company within,
THE CHURCH-YARD AMONG THE MOUNTAINS,
ARGUMENT, Impression of these Narratives upon the Author's mind-Pastor invited to
give account of certain Graves that lie apart-Clergyman and his Family–Fortunate influence of change of situation-Activity in extreme old age-Another Clergyman, a character of resolute Virtuo -Lamentations over mis-directed applause-- Instance of less exalted excellence in a dea man-Elevated character of a blind manReflection upon Blindness-Interrupted by a Peasant who passes, his animal cheerfulness and careless vivacity-He occasions a digression on the fall of beautiful and interesting Trees-A female Infant's Grave-Joy at her Birth-Sorrow at her Departure-A youthful Peasant-his patriotic enthusiasm and distinguished qualities—his untimely death-Exultation of the Wanderer, as a patriot, in this Picture--Solitary how affected-Monument of a Knight–Traditions concerning him-Peroration of the Wanderer on the transitoriness of things and the revolutions of society-Hints at his own past CallingThanks the Pastor.
WHILE thus from theme to theme the Historian passed,
Amid the quiet of the green recess,
“These grassy heaps lie amicably close, Said I, "like surges heaving in the wind Along the surface of a mountain pool: Whence comes it, then, that yonder we behold Five graves, and only five, that rise together Unsociably sequestered, and encroaching On the smooth play-ground of the village-school ? "
The Vicar answered, -"No disdainful pride In them who rest beneath, nor any course Of strange or tragic accident, hath helped To place those hillocks in that lonely guise. -Once more look forth, and follow with your sight The length of road that from yon mountain's base
Through bare enclosures stretches, 'till its line