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AS IT APPEARED TO ENTHUSIASTS AT ITS COMMENCEMENT. REPRINTED FROM "THE FRIEND."
H pleasant exercise of hope and joy!
For mighty were the auxiliars which
Upon our side, we who were strong
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive
But to be young was very heaven!-Oh! times,
Of custom, law, and statute, took at once
The attraction of a country in romance!
When Reason seemed the most to assert her rights,
*This, and the extract ("Influence of Natural Objects"), page 30, and the first piece of this class, are from the unpublished poem of which some account is given in the preface to " The Excursion."
The beauty wore of promise—that which sets
The budding rose above the rose full blown.
And in the region of their peaceful selves ;—
Not in Utopia, subterranean fields,
Or some secreted island, Heaven knows where !
TO A SKYLARK
THEREAL minstrel ! pilgrim of the
Dost thou despise the earth where
Or, while the wings aspire, are heart and eye
Both with thy nest upon the dewy ground?
Thy nest which thou canst drop into at will,
Those quivering wings composed, that music still!
Leave to the nightingale her shady wood;
A privacy of glorious light is thine;
Whence thou dost pour upon the world a flood
Of harmony, with instinct more divine;
Type of the wise who soar, but never roam ;
True to the kindred points of heaven and home!