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Dear home in England, safe and fast
100 Home-Thoughts from Abroad
twice over, Lest you
should think he never could recapture
The Soldier's Dream Our bugles sang truce—for the night-cloud had lower'd,
And the sentinel stars set their watch in the sky; And thousands had sunk on the ground overpower’d,
The weary to sleep, and the wounded to die.
When reposing that night on my pallet of straw,
By the wolf-scaring faggot that guarded the slain, At the dead of the night a sweet vision I saw,
And thrice ere the morning I dreamt it again.
Methought from the battle-field's dreadful array,
Far, far I had roam'd on a desolate track : 'Twas autumn,,and sunshine arose on the way
To the home of my fathers, that welcomed me back.
I flew to the pleasant fields traversed so oft
In life's morning march, when my bosom was young; I heard my own mountain-goats bleating aloft, And knew the sweet strain that the corn-reapers
Then pledged we the wine-cup, and fondly I swore,
From my home and my weeping friends never to part; My little ones kiss'd me a thousand times o’er, And my
wife sobb'd aloud in her fulness of heart.
Stay, stay with us !rest ! thou art weary and worn’;
And fain was their war-broken soldier to stay ;But sorrow return'd with the dawning of morn, And the voice in my dreaming ear-melted away.
Blows the wind to-day, and the sun and the rain are
flying, Blows the wind on the moors to-day and now, Where about the graves of the martyrs the whaups are
Blows] inversion of grammar=the wind blows.
Grey recumbent tombs of the dead in desert places,
Standing-stones on the vacant wine-red moor, Hills of sheep, and the homes of the silent vanish'd
races, And winds, austere and pure :
Be it granted me to behold you again in dying,
Hills of home! and to hear again the call ; Hear about the graves of the martyrs the peewees
crying, And hear no more at all.
Gaunt's Dying Speech
From Richard 11. 11. i.
Gaunt. Will the king come, that I may
my last In wholesome counsel to his unstaid youth ? YORK. Vex not yourself, nor strive not with your
breath; For all in vain comes counsel to his ear.
GAUNT. Oh, but they say the tongues of dying men Enforce attention like deep harmony : Where words are scarce, they are seldom spent in vain, For they breathe truth that breathe their words in pain. He that no more must say is listen'd more Than they whom youth and ease have taught to glose; More are men's ends mark'd than their lives before : The setting sun, and music at the close, As the last taste of sweets is sweetest, last, Writ in remembrance more than things long past : Though Richard my life's counsel would not hear, My death's sad tale may yet undeaf his ear. YORK. No; it is stopp'd with other fattering
Direct not him whose way himself will choose : 'Tis breath thou lack'st, and that breath wilt thou lose.
GAUNT. Methinks I am a prophet new inspired And thus expiring do foretell of him : His rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last, For violent fires soon burn out themselves ; Small showers last long, but sudden storms are short ; He tires betimes that spurs too fast betimes ; With eager feeding food doth choke the feeder : Light vanity, insatiate cormorant, Consuming means, soon preys upon itself. This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands, This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England, This nurse, this teeming womb of royal kings, Fear'd by their breed and famous by their birth, Renowned for their deeds as far from home, For Christian service and true chivalry, As is the sepulchre in stubborn Jewry Of the world's ransom, blessed Mary's Son, This land of such dear souls, this dear dear land, Dear for her reputation through the world, Is now leased out, I die pronouncing it, Like to a tenement or pelting farm : England, bound in with the triumphant sea, Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame,
pelting) paltry, petty.
With inky blots and rotten parchment bonds :
life, How happy then were my ensuing death !
MILTON ! thou shouldst be living at this hour :
Thy soul was like a Star, and dwelt apart;
BREATHES there the man with soul so dead,
This is my own, my native land !
From wandering on a foreign strand ?