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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;
And still I thought of thee.
Long was the prayer he uttered,
Yet it seemed not so to me ;
And still I thought of thee.
But now, alas ! the place seems changed ;
Thou art no longer here :
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
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,
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.
In the valley of the Pegnitz, where across broad mea
dow-lands Rise the blue Franconian mountains, Nuremberg the
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
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
On the square the oriel window, where in old heroic
days Sat the poet Melchior singing Kaiser Maximilian's
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
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