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When two pure hearts are pour'd in one another, And love too much, and yet can not love less; But almost sanctify the sweet excess
By the immortal wish and power to bless.(1)
Mix'd in each other's arms, and heart in heart, Why did they not then die?—they had lived too
Should an hour come to bid them breathe apart;
They should have lived together deep in woods, Unseen as sings the nightingale; (2) they were Unfit to mix in these thick solitudes
Call'd social, haunts of Hate, and Vice, and Care: (3)
(1) ["Learn by a mortal yearning to ascend
Towards a higher object. Love was given,
(2) ["The shadowy desert, unfrequented woods,
And to the nightingale's complaining notes
Tune my distresses, and record my woes."- SHAKSPEARE.] (3) [MS." Call'd social, where all vice and hatred are."]
How lonely every freeborn creature broods!
Now pillow'd cheek to cheek, in loving sleep,
Stirr❜d with her dream, as rose-leaves with the air ; (1)
Or as the stirring of a deep clear stream
(1) [In one of Wilson's minor poems, "On the Death of a Child" (1812), occurs this beautiful image :
"All her innocent thoughts,
Like rose-leaves scatter'd."-E]
(2) ["We are somewhat more than ourselves in our sleeps, and the slumber of the body seems to be but the waking of the soul. It is the ligation of sense, but the liberty of reason; and our waking conceptions do not match the fancies of our sleeps. At my nativity my ascendant was the watery sign of Scorpius; I was born in the planetary hour of Saturn, and I think I have a piece of that leaden planet in me. I am no way facetious, nor disposed for the mirth and galliardise of company; yet in one dream I can compose a whole comedy, behold the action, apprehend the jests, and laugh myself awake at the conceits thereof. Were my memory as faithful as my reason is then fruitful, I would never study but in my dreams; and this time also would I choose for my devotions; but our grosser memories have then so little hold of our abstracted understandings, that they forget the story, and can only relate to our awakened souls a confused and broken tale of that that has passed."- SIR THOMAS BROWNE.]
O'erpowering us to be whate'er may seem
Good to the soul which we no more can bind; Strange state of being! (for 't is still to be) Senseless to feel, and with seal'd eyes to see. (1)
She dream'd of being alone on the sea-shore, (2)
(1) [MS.-"Strange state of being!- for 't is still to be
And who can know all false what then we see?"]
(2) " One of the finest moral tales I ever read, is an account of a dream in the Tatler, which, though it has every appearance of a real dream, comprehends a moral so sublime and so interesting, that I question whether any man who attends to it can ever forget it; and, if he remembers, whether he can ever cease to be the better for it. Addison is the author of the paper; and I shall give the story in his own elegant words: - I was once in agonies of grief that are unutterable, and in so great a distraction of mind, that I thought myself even out of the possibility of receiving comfort. The occasion was as follows:- When I was a youth, in a part of the army which was then quartered at Dover, I fell in love with an agreeable young woman of a good family in those parts, and had the satisfaction of seeing my addresses kindly received, which occasioned the perplexity I am going to relate. We were, in a calm evening, diverting ourselves, on the top of a cliff, with the prospect of the sea; and trifling away the time in such little fondnesses, as are most ridiculous to people in business, and most agreeable to those in love. In the midst of these our innocent endearments, she snatched a paper of verses out of my hand, and ran away with them. I was following her; when on a sudden the ground, though at a considerable distance from the verge of the precipice, sunk under her, and threw her down from so prodigious a height, upon such a range of rocks, as would have dashed her into ten thousand pieces, had her body been made of adamant. It is much easier for my reader to imagine my state of mind upon such an occasion, than for me to express it. I said to myself, it is not in the power of Heaven to relieve me-when I awaked, equally transported and astonished, to see myself drawn out of an affliction, which, the very moment before, appeared to be altogether inextricable.' -What fable of Æsop, nay of Homer, or of Virgil, conveys so fine a moral? Yet most people have, if I mistake not, met with such deliverVOL. XVI.
And o'er her upper lip they seem'd to pour,
Anon-she was released, and then she stray'd(')
The dream changed:-in a cave she stood, its walls
[and lurk; Where waves might wash, and seals might breed Her hair was dripping, and the very balls
Of her black eyes seem'd turn'd to tears, and mirk The sharp rocks look'd below each drop they caught, Which froze to marble as it fell,—she thought.
ances by means of a dream. Let us not despise instruction, how 'mean soever the vehicle may be that brings it. Even if it be a dream, let us learn to profit by it. For, whether asleep or awake, we are equally the care of Providence; and neither a dream, nor a waking thought, can occur to us without the permission of Him in whom we live, and move, and have our being."— DR. BEATTIE.]
"Anon-there were no waters- but she stray'd
And wet, and cold, and lifeless at her feet,
Pale as the foam that froth'd on his dead brow, Which she essay'd in vain to clear, (how sweet
Were once her cares, how idle seem'd they now!) Lay Juan, nor could aught renew the beat
Of his quench'd heart; and the sea dirges low Rang in her sad ears like a mermaid's song, And that brief dream (1) appear'd a life too long.(2)
And gazing on the dead, she thought his face
Like to her father's features, till each trace
More like and like to Lambro's aspect grew― With all his keen worn look and Grecian grace;
And starting, she awoke, and what to view? Oh! Powers of Heaven! what dark eye meets she there?
'Tis 'tis her father's-fix'd upon the pair!
(1) [MS." And that short dream contain'd a life too long."]
(2) ["I awoke from a dream - well! and have not others dreamed ? — Such a dream!-but she did not overtake me. I wish the dead would rest, however. Ugh! how my blood chilled. -and I could not wake-and and-heigho!
'Shadows to night
Have struck more terror in the soul of Richard,
I do not like this dream, I hate its foregone conclusion.' And am I to be shaken by shadows? Ay, when they remind me of- no matter― but, if I dream thus again, I will try whether all sleep has the like visions. Since I rose, I've been in considerable bodily pain also; but it is gone and over, and now, like Lord Ogleby, I am wound up for the day."-- B. Journal, 1813.]