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You knew-but away with the vain retrospection,

The bond of affection no longer endures ; Too late you may droop o'er the fond recollection,

And sigh for the friend who was formerly yours. For the present, we part, I will hope not for ever,

For time and regret will restore you at last; To forget our dissension we both should endeavour,

I ask no atonement, but days like the past.

TO MARY.

On receiving her Picture. This faint resemblance of thy charms,

Though strong as mortal art could give, My constant heart of fear disarms,

Revives my hopes, and bids me live. Here I can trace the locks of gold

Which round thy snowy forehead wave; The cheeks which sprung from Beauty's mould,

The lips which made me Beauty's slave. Here I can trace-ah, no! that eye

Whose azure floats in liquid fire, Must all the painter's art defy,

And bid him from the task retire. Here I behold its beauteous hue,

But where's the beam so sweetly straying, Which gave a lustre to its blue,

Like Luna o'er the ocean playing ? Sweet copy ! far more dear to me,

Lifeless, unfeeling as thou art, Than all the living forms could be,

Save her who placed thee next my heart.

She placed it, sad, with needless fear,

Lest time might shake my wavering soul, Unconscious that her image there

Held every sense in fast control. Through hours, through years, through time 'twill

cheer; My hope, in gloomy moments, raise; In life's last conflict 'twill appear,

And meet my fond expiring gaze.

DAMÆTAS.
In law an infant, and in years a boy,
In mind a slave to every vicious joy;
From every sense of shame and virtue wean'd,
In lies an adept, in deceit a fiend;
Versed in hypocrisy, while yet a child;
Fickle as wind, of inclinations wild;
Woman his dupe, his heedless friend a tool,
Old in the world, though scarcely broke from

school;
Damætas ran through all the maze of sin,
And found the goal, when others just begin;
Even still conflicting passions shake his soul,
And bid him drain the dregs of pleasure's bowl;
But pall'd with vice, he breaks his former chain,
And what was once his bliss appears his bane.

TO MARION.
MARION ! why that pensive brow?
What disgust to life hast thou ?
Change that discontented air;

Frowns become not one so fair. * In law, every person is an infant who has not attained the age of 21.

"Tis not love disturbs thy rest, Love's a stranger to thy breast; He in dimpling smiles appears, Or mourns in sweetly. timid tears; Or bends the languid eyelid down, But shuns the cold forbidding frown. Then resume thy former fire, Some will love, and all admire; While that icy aspect chills us, Nought but cool indifference thrills us. Wouldst thou wandering hearts beguile, Smile at least, or seem to smile? Eyes like thine were never meant To hide their orbs in dark restraint; Spite of all thou fain wouldst say, Still in truant beams they play. Thy lips—but here my modest Muse Her impulse chaste must needs refuse, She blushes, curt sies, frowns,-in short she Dreads lest the subject should transport me; And Aying off in search of reason, Brings prudence back in proper season. All I shall therefore say (whate'er I think, is neither here nor there), Is, that such lips, of looks endearing, Were form'd for better things than sneering; Of soothing compliments divested, Advice at least 's disinterested; Such is my artless song to thee, From all the flow of flattery free; Counsel like mine is as a brother's, My heart is given to some others; That is to say, unskill’d to cozen, It shares itself among a dozen. Marion adieu! oh! pr’ythee slight not This warning, though 't may delight not,

And, lest my precepts be displeasing
To those who think remonstrance teazing,
At once I'll tell thee our opinion,
Concerning woman's soft dominion:
Howe'er we gaze with admiration,
In eyes of blue, or lips carnation;
Howe'er the flowing locks attract us,
Howe'er those beauties may distract us,
Still fickle we are prone to rove,
These cannot fix our souls to love ;
It is not too severe a stricture
To say they form a pretty picture;
But wouldst thou see the secret chain,
Which binds us in your humble train,
To hail you queens of all creation,
Know, in a word, 'tis ANIMATION.

OSCAR OF ALVA.*

A Tale.
How sweetly shines, through azure skies,

The lamp of Heaven on Lora's shore ;
Where Alva's hoary turrets rise,

And hear the din of arms no more. But often has yon rolling moon

On Alva's casques of silver play'd; And viewd, at midnight's silent noon,

Her chiefs in gleaming mail array'd. And on the crimson'd rocks beneath,

Which scowl o'er ocean's sullen flow, Pale in the scatter'd ranks of death,

She saw the gasping warrior low.

The catastrophe of this tale was suggested by the story of • Jeronymo and Lorenzo,' in the first volume of the Armenian, or Ghost-Seer.' It also bears some resemblance to a scene in the third act of Macbeth.'

While many an eye, which ne'er again

Could mark the rising orb of day, Turn'd feebly from the gory plain,

Beheld in death her fading ray. Once to those eyes, the lamp of Love,

They blest her dear propitious light; But now she glimmer'd from above,

A sad, funereal torch of night, Faded is Alva's noble race,

And gray her towers are seen afar; No more her heroes urge the chase,

Or roll the crimson tide of war. Bat who was last of Alva's clan?

Why grows the moss on Alva's stone ? Her towers resound no steps of man,

They echo to the gale alone.
And when that gale is fierce and high,

A sound is heard in yonder hall;
It rises hoarsely through the sky,

And vibrates o'er the mouldering wall. Yes, when the eddying tempest sighs,

It shakes the shield of Oscar brave; But there no more his banners rise,

No more his plumes of sable wave. Fair shone the sun on Oscar's birth,

When Angus hail'd his eldest born; The vassals round their chieftain's hearth,

Crowd to applaud the happy morn. They feast upon the mountain deer,

The pibroch raised its piercing note; To gladden more their highland cheer,

The strains in martial numbers float.

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