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THB YOCNO MAHINF.lt 9 DKXAM.
In slnmDers of miamgnt the sailor boy lay,
His hammock swung loose at the sport of the wind;
But, watch worn and weary, his cares flew away,
He dreamed of his home, of his dear native bowers,
While memory each scene gaily covered with flowers,
Then fancy her magical pinions spread wide,
And bade the young dreamer in ecstacy rise;— Now far, far behind him, the green waters glide, And the cot of his forefathers blesses his eye.
The jessamine clambers, in flower, o'er the thatch;
And the swallow sings sweet from her nest in the wall All trembling with transport, he raises the latch;
And the voices of loved ones reply to his call.
A father bends o'er him with looks of delight;
His cheek is impearled with a mother's warm tear; And the lips of the boy in a love-kiss unite,
With those of the sister his bosom holds dear.
The heart of the sleeper beats high in his breast,
And a murmur of happiness steals through his rest,— "O God! thou has blest me; I ask for no more."
Ah! whence is that flame which now bursts on his eye?
Ah! what is that sound which now larums his ear r 'Tis the lightning's red glare, painting wrath on the sky!
'Tis the crashing of thunders, the groan of the sphere!
He springs from his hammock,—he flies to the deck,— Amazement confronts him with images dire,—
Wild winds and mad waves drive the vessel a wreck,—
Like mountains the billows tremendously swell:
Unseen hands of spirits are ringing his knell,
O sailor boy! woe to thy dream of delight!
In darkness dissolves the gay frost-work of bliss: Where now is the picture that fancy touched bright,
Thy parents' fond pressure, and love's honied kiss:
O sailor boy! sailor boy! never again
Unblessed, and unhonoured, down deep in the main,
No tomb shall e'er plead to remembrance for thee,
But the white foam of waves shall thy winding-sheet be,
On a bed of green sea-flower thy limbs shall be laid;
Around thy white bones the red coral shall grow; Of thy fair yellow locks, threads of amber be made,
And every part suit to thy mansion below.
Days, months, years, and ages, shall circle away,
Earth loses thy pattern for ever and aye;—
THE VICTOR ANGELS.
New when fair mom orient in Heaven aoDeared,
So warned he them, aware themselves, and soon
"Vanguard, to right and left the front unfold,
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