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And evermore beside him on his way

The unseen Christ shall move,
That he may lean upon his arm and say,

" Dost thou, dear Lord, approve ?

Beside him at the marriage feast shall be,

To make the scene more fair; Beside him in the dark Gethsemane

Of pain and midnight prayer.

O holy trust ! O endless sense of rest !

Like the beloved John To lay his head upon the Saviour's breast,

And thus to journey on!

BLIND GIRL OF CASTÈL-CUILLÈ.

FROM THE GASCON OF JASMIN.

Only the Lowland tongue of Scotland might
Rehearse this little tragedy aright;
Let me attempt it with an English quill;
And take, O Reader, for the deed the will.

THE BLIND GIRL OF CASTÈL-CUILLÈ.

FROM THE GASCON OF JASMIN.

I.

At the foot of the mountain height

Where is perched Castèl-Cuillè, When the apple, the plum, and the almond tree

In the plain below were growing white,

This is the song one might perceive On a Wednesday morn of Saint Joseph's Eve : “The roads should blossom, the roads should

bloom,
So fair a bride shall leave her home!
Should blossom and bloom with garlands gay,
So fair a bride shall pass to-day !”

This old Te Deum, rustic rites attending,

Seemed from the clouds descending ;

When lo ! a merry company
Of rosy village girls, clean as the eye,

Each one with her attendant swain,
Came to the cliff, all singing the same strain ;
Resembling there, so near unto the sky,
Rejoicing angels, that kind Heaven has sent
For their delight and our encouragement.

Together blending,
And soon descending

The narrow sweep
Of the hill-side steep,

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