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And ever and anon, the wind,

Sweet-scented with the hay, Turned o'er the hymn-book's fluttering leaves

That on the window lay.

Long was the good man's sermon,

Yet it seemed not so to me;
For he spake of Ruth the beautiful,

And still I thought of thee.

Long was the prayer he uttered,

Yet it seemed not so to me ;
For in my heart I prayed with him,

And still I thought of thee.

But now, alas ! the place seems changed ;

Thou art no longer here :
Part of the sunshine of the scene

With thee did disappear.

Though thoughts, deep-rooted in my heart,

Like pine-trees dark and high, Subdue the light of noon, and breathe

A low and ceaseless sigh ;

This memory brightens o'er the past,

As when the sun, concealed
Behind some cloud that near us hangs.

Shines on a distant field.

THE ARSENAL AT SPRINGFIELD.

This is the Arsenal. From floor to ceiling,

Like a huge organ, rise the burnished arms; But from their silent pipes no anthem pealing

Startles the villages with strange alarms.

Ah! what a sound will rise, how wild and dreary,

When the death-angel touches those swift keys ! What loud lament and dismal Miserere

Will mingle with their awful symphonies !

I hear even now the infinite fierce chorus,

The cries of agony, the endless groan, Which, through the ages that have gone before us, ,

In long reverberations reach our own.

On helm and harness rings the Saxon hammer,

Through Cimbric forest roars the Norseman's song, And loud, amid the universal clamour,

O’er distant deserts sounds the Tartar gong.

I hear the Florentine, who from his palace

Wheels out his battle-bell with dreadful din, And Aztec priests upon their teocallis

Beat the wild war-drums made of serpent's skin ;

The tumult of each sacked and burning village ;

The shout that every prayer for mercy drowns ; The soldiers' revels in the midst of pillage ;

The wail of famine in beleaguered towns;

The bursting shell, the gateway wrenched asunder,

The rattling musketry, the clashing blade ; And ever and anon, in tones of thunder,

The diapason of the cannonade.

Is it, О man, with such discordant noises,

With such accursèd instruments as these,
Thou drownest Nature's sweet and kindly voices,

And jarrest the celestial harmonies ?

Were half the power that fills the world with terror,

Were half the wealth bestowed on camps and courts, Given to redeem the human mind from error,

There were no need of arsenals nor forts :

The warrior's name would be a name abhorred!

And every nation, that should lift again Its hand against a brother, on its forehead

Would wear for evermore the curse of Cain !

Down the dark future, through long generations,

The echoing sounds grow fainter, and then cease ; And like a bell, with solemn, sweet vibrations,

I hear once more the voice of Christ say “Peace !" Peace! and no longer from its brazen portals

The blast of War’s great organ shakes the skies ! But beautiful as songs of the immortals,

The holy melodies of love arise.

NUREMBERG.

In the valley of the Pegnitz, where across broad mea

dow-lands Rise the blue Franconian mountains, Nuremberg the

ancient stands.

Quaint old town of toil and traffic, quaint old town

of art and song, Memories haunt thy pointed gables, like the rooks

that round them throng :

Memories of the Middle Ages, when the emperors,

rough and bold, Had their dwelling in thy castle, time-defying, cen

turies old;

And thy brave and thrifty burghers boasted, in their

uncouth rhyme, That their great imperial city stretched its hand

through every clime.13

In the court-yard of the castle, bound with many an

iron band, Stands the mighty linden planted by Queen Cuni

gunde's hand;

On the square the oriel window, where in old heroic

days Sat the poet Melchior singing Kaiser Maximilian's

praise. 14

Every where I see around me rise the wondrous

world of Art : Fountains wrought with richest sculpture standing in

the common mart ;

And above cathedral doorways saints and bishops

carved in stone, By a former age commissioned as apostles to our

own.

In the church of sainted Sebald sleeps enshrined his

holy dust, 15 And in bronze the Twelve Apostles guard from age

to age their trust;

In the church of sainted Lawrence stands a pix of

sculpture rare, 16 Like the foamy sheaf of fountains, rising through the

painted air.

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