Page images
PDF
EPUB

affections have been moved, and my imagination exercised, under and for the guidance of reason.

Here might I pause, and bend in reverence
To Nature, and the power of human minds;
To men as they are men within themselves.
How oft high service is performed within,
When all the external man is rude in show;
Not like a temple rich with pomp and gold,
But a mere mountain chapel that protects
Its simple worshippers from sun and shower!
Of these, said I, shall be my song; of these,
If future years mature me for the task,
Will I record the praises, making verse
Deal boldly with substantial things-in truth
And sanctity of passion, speak of these,
That justice may be done, obeisance paid
Where it is due. Thus haply shall I teach,
Inspire, through unadulterated ears

Pour rapture, tenderness, and hope; my theme
No other than the very heart of man,

As found among the best of those who live,

Not unexalted by religious faith,

Nor uninformed by books, good books, though few,
In Nature's presence: thence may I select
Sorrow that is not sorrow, but delight,
And miserable love that is not pain
To hear of, for the glory that redounds
Therefrom to human kind, and what we are.
Be mine to follow with no timid step

Where knowledge leads me; it shall be my pride
That I have dared to tread this holy ground,
Speaking no dream, but things oracular,
Matter not lightly to be heard by those
Who to the letter of the outward promise
Do read the invisible soul; by men adroit
In speech, and for communion with the world
Accomplished, minds whose faculties are then
Most active when they are most eloquent,
And elevated most when most admired.
Men may be found of other mould than these;
Who are their own upholders, to themselves
Encouragement and energy, and will;
Expressing liveliest thoughts in lively words
As native passion dictates. Others, too,
There are, among the walks of homely life,
Still higher, men for contemplation framed;
Shy, and unpractised in the strife of phrase;

Meek, men, whose very souls perhaps would sink
Beneath them, summoned to such intercourse.
Theirs is the language of the heavens, the power,
The thought, the image, and the silent joy:
Words are but under-agents in their souls;
When they are grasping with their greatest strength
They do not breathe among them; this I speak
In gratitude to God, who feeds our hearts
For his own service, knoweth, loveth us,
When we are unregarded by the world."

INDEX TO THE POEMS.

AAR, The Fall of the, iii. 140
Abbeys, Old, iv. 82
Address to Kilchurn Castle, iii. 20
to my Infant Daughter, ii.

|

63

to the Scholars of the School
of
v. 72
Admonition, ii. 284
Aerial Rock, ii. 291
Affections, Poems founded on the,

i. 218

Affliction of Margaret

The,

i. 272

Afflictions of England, iv. 58
After-thought (Duddon), iii. 264
Airey-Force Valley, ii. 99
Aix-la-Chapelle, iii. 136

Alban Hills, From the, iii. 203
Albano, iii. 201

Alfred, iv. 19

Alfred's Descendants, iv. 19
Alice Fell, i. 175
Aloys Reding, iii. 141
Ambleside, ii. 366

Applethwaite, At, ii. 286

Aquapendente, Musings near, iii. 181
Armenian Lady's Love, The, i. 328
Artegal and Elidure, i. 233
Authors, A plea for, ii. 363
Author's Portrait, To the, ii. 353
Autumn (Sept.), 318
(Two Poems), iv. 249
Avon, The (Annan), iv. 115

BANGOR, Monastery of Old, iv. 9
Banks of a Rocky Stream, On the,
v. 16

Anticipation (Oct. 1803), iii. 76
Apennines, Among the Ruins of a
Convent in the, iii. 217
Apology (Eccl. Son., 1st Part), iv. 13
(Eccl. Son., 2nd Part), iv. 44
(Son. Punishment of Death),

iv. 305

(Yarrow Revisited), iv. 120

Baptism, iv. 72
Barbara, i. 254
Beaumont, Sir George, Epistle to,
iv. 306

To the Lady, ii. 322
Beauty, i. 252

Beggar, Old Cumberland, v. 46
Beggars (Two Poems), ii. 118
Benefits, Other (Two Son.), iv. 31
Bible, Translation of the, iv. 46

America, Aspects of Christianity in, Bird of Paradise, Coloured Drawing

of the, iv. 285

(Three Son.), iv. 67
American Episcopacy, iv. 68
American Tradition, iii. 252

Ancient History, On a celebrated

-, Suggested by a
Picture of, ii. 229
Biscayan Rite (Two Son.), iii. 96
Bishops, Acquittal of, iv. 64
Bishops and Priests, iv. 69

Event in (Two Son.), iii. 81
Anecdote for Fathers, i. 190
Animal Tranquillity and Decay, v. 60 Black Comb, Inscription on a stone
Anio, iii. 202
Anna, ii. 343

on the side of, v. 6

View from the top of,

ii. 195
Boat, Sailing in, at Evening, i. 17
Bologna, At (Three Son.), iv. 293
Bolton Priory, The founding of, iv.
237

Books and Newspapers, Illustrated,

iv. 221
Borderers, The, i. 73

[blocks in formation]

Brownie's Cell, iii. 44

Brownie, The, iv. 112
Brugés (Three Poems), iii. 131
Buonaparte (Two Son.), iii. 61
Burial Place in the South of Scot-
land, iv. 99

CALAIS (Three Son.), iii. 59
Fishwomen at, iii. 130

Camaldoli, at the Convent of (Three
Son.), iii. 209

Canute, iv. 21

Canute and Alfred, iv. 240
Captivity. Mary Queen of Scots, ii.
327

Castle, composed at
iii. 27
"Castle of Indolence," Written in my
Pocket Copy of, i. 245
Casual Incitement, iv. 10
Catechising, iv. 73
Cathedrals, &c., iv. 86
Catholic Cantons, Composed in one
of the (Two Poems), iii. 142
Celandine, The Small, v. 57

To the Small (Two Poems),

ii. 23

Cenotaph (Mrs. Fermor), v. 70
Chamouny, Processions in the Vale
of, iii. 166

Character, A, iv. 199
Charles the First, Troubles of, iv. 56
-the Second, iv: 60
Chatsworth, ii. 350

Chaucer. Selections from, v. 17
Chiabrera, Epitaphs
from, v. 61

Chichely, Archbp., to Henry the
Fifth, iv. 37
Child, Áddress to

Cockermouth Castle, Address from
the Spirit of, iv. 148
Cockermouth, In sight of, iv. 147.

Burns, At the Grave of, iii. 2

-Thoughts suggested near the Coleorton Hall, Elegiac Musings in
residence of, iii. 6

To the Sons of, iii. 9
Butterfly, To a, i. 166
To a, i. 242

the grounds of, v. 90
Juscription for an Urn
in the grounds of, v. 3

for a Seat

in the groves of, v. 4
den of, v. 2

grounds of, v. 1
Collins, Remembrance of, i. 18
Cologne, In the Cathedral of, iii. 137
Commination Service, iv. 78
Complaint, A, i. 256

translated

a, i. 171
Characteristics of a, i. 170
Childhood, Poems referring to the
period of, i. 166

Childless Father, The, i. 280
Child, To a (written in her Album),
iv. 353

Churches, New, iv. 84
Church to be erected (Two Son.),
iv. 84

[blocks in formation]

in a gar-

in the

[ocr errors]

Complete Angler," Written on a
blank leaf in the, ii. 295
Conclusion (Duddon), iii. 263
(Eccl. Son.), iv. 90
(Miscell. Son., 2nd Part),

ii. 334

Death), iv. 304
Confirmation (Two Son.), iv. 74
Congratulation, iv. 83
Conjectures, iv. 2

(Son. Punishment of

Contrast, The. The Parrot and the
Wren, ii. 40

Convent in the Apennines, iii. 217
Convention of Cintra, composed
while writing a Tract on (Two
Son.), iii. 85
Conversion, iv. 13

Cora Linn, Composed at, iii. 48
Cottage Girls, The Three, iii. 161
Council of Clermont, The, iv. 23
Countess' Pillar, iv. 118

« ՆախորդըՇարունակել »