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The trumpet of the angel cast
Upon the heavenly lyre its blast,
And on from sphere to sphere the words
Re-echoed down the burning chords -
“Forevermore, forevermore
The reign of violence is o'er !"

THE BRIDGE.

I STOOD on the bridge at midnight,

As the clocks were striking the hour, And the moon rose o'er the city,

Behind the dark church-tower.

I saw her bright reflection

In the waters under me, Like a golden goblet falling

And sinking into the sea.

And far in the hazy distance

Of that lovely night in June, The blaze of the flaming furnace

Gleamed redder than the moon.

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Among the long, black rafters

The wavering shadows lay, And the current that came from the ocean

Seemed to lift and bear them away ;

As, sweeping and eddying through them,

Rose the belated tide,
And, streaming into the moonlight,

The seaweed floated wide.

And like those waters rushing

Among the wooden piers,
A flood of thoughts came o'er me

That filled my eyes with tears.

How often, oh, how often,

In the days that had gone by, I had stood on that bridge at midnight,

And gazed on that wave and sky!

How often, oh, how often,

I had wished that the ebbing tide Would bear me away on its bosom

O'er the ocean wild and wide!

For
my

heart was hot and restless,
And
my
life was full of

care, And the burden laid upon me

Seemed greater than I could bear.

But now it has fallen from me,

It is buried in the sea ;
And only the sorrow of others

Throws its shadow over me.

Yet whenever I cross the river

On its bridge with wooden piers, Like the odour of brine from the ocean

Comes the thought of other years.

And I think how many thousands

Of care-encumbered men,
Each bearing his burden of sorrow,

Have crossed the bridge since then.

I see the long procession

Still passing to and fro,
The young heart hot and restless,

And the old subdued and slow !

And for ever and for ever,

As long as the river flows,
As long as the heart has passions,

As long as life has woes ;

The moon and its broken reflection

And its shadows shall appear, As the symbol of love in heaven,

And its wavering image here.

TO “ THE DRIVING CLOUD.”

GLOOMY and dark art thou, O chief of the mighty

Omawhaws ; Gloomy and dark, as the driving cloud, whose name

thou hast taken ! Wrapt in thy scarlet blanket, I see thee stalk through

the city's Narrow and populous streets, as once by the margin

of rivers Stalked those birds unknown, that have left us only

their footprints. What, in a few short years, will remain of thy race

but the footprints ?

How canst thou walk in these streets, who hast trod

the green turf of the prairies ? How canst thou breathe in this air, who hast breathed

the sweet air of the mountains ? Ah! 'tis in vain that with lordly looks of disdain

thou dost challenge Looks of dislike in return, and question these walls

and these pavements, Claiming the soil for thy hunting-grounds, while downStarve in the garrets of Europe, and cry from its

trodden millions

caverns that they too Have been created heirs of the earth, and claim its

division !

Back, then, back to thy woods in the regions west of

the Wabash ! There as a monarch thou reignest. In autumn the

leaves of the maple Pave the floors of thy palace-halls with gold, and in

summer

Pine-trees waft through its chambers the odorous

breath of their branches. There thou art strong and great, a hero, a tamer of

horses ! There thou chasest the stately stag on the banks of

the Elk-horn, Or by the roar of the Running-Water, or where the

Omawhaw Calls thee, and leaps through the wild ravine like a

brave of the Blackfeet !

Hark! what murmurs arise from the heart of those

mountainous deserts ! Is it the cry of the Foxes and Crows, or the mighty

Behemoth, Who, unharmed, on his tusks once caught the bolts

of the thunder,

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