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Alone, at this same witching hour,
She first beheld his radiant

eyes Gleam through the lattice of the bower,

Where nightly now they mix their sighs ;
And thought some spirit of the air
(For what could waft a mortal there?)
Was pausing on his moonlight way
To listen to her lonely lay!
This fancy ne'er hath left her mind :

And — though, when terror's swoon had past, She saw a youth, of mortal kind,

Before her in obeisance cast, Yet often since, when he hath spoken Strange, awful words, -and gleams have broken From his dark eyes, too bright to bear,

Oh! she hath fear'd her soul was given
To some unhallow'd child of air,

Some erring Spirit, cast from heaven,
Like those angelic youths of old,
Who burn'd for maids of mortal mould,
Bewilderd left the glorious skies,
And lost their heaven for woman's eyes !

Fond girl ! nor fiend nor angel he,
Who woos thy young simplicity ;
But one of earth's impassion's sons,

As warm in love, as fierce in ire
As the best heart whose current runs

Full of the Day-God's living fire !

But quench'd to-night that ardour seems,

And pale his cheek, and sunk his brow; Never before, but in her dreams,

Had she beheld him pale as now:
And those were dreams of troubled sleep,
From which 'twas joy to wake and weep;
Visions, that will not be forgot,

But sadden every waking scene,
Like warning ghosts, that leave the spot

All wither'd where they once have been !

“ How sweetly,” said the trembling maid,
Of her own gentle voice afraid,
So long had they in silence stood,
Looking upon that tranquil flood -

How sweetly does the moonbeam smile
“ To-night upon yon leafy isle !
66 Oft, in my fancy's wanderings,
“ I've wish'd that little isle had wings,
66 And we, within its fairy bowers,

66 Were wafted off to seas unknown,
66 Where not a pulse should beat but ours,

And we might live, love, die alone ! 5 Far from the cruel and the cold,

66 Where the bright eyes of angels only 66 Should come around us, to behold

“ A paradise so pure and lonely! “ Would this be world enough for thee?”. Playful she turn'd, that he might see

The passing smile her cheek put on; But when she mark'd how mournfully

His eyes met hers, that smile was gone; And, bursting into heart-felt tears, “ Yes, yes,” she cried,“ my hourly fears, “ My dreams have boded all too right “ We part — for ever part-to-night! " I knew, I knew it could not last $6 'Twas bright, 'twas heavenly, but 'tis past !

66 Oh! ever thus, from childhood's hour,

66 I've seen my fondest hopes decay; 66 I never lov'd a tree or flower,

6 But 'twas the first to fade away. 66 I never nurs'd a dear gazelle,

“ To glad me with its soft black eye, , 66 But when it came to know me well,

66 And love me, it was sure to die ! 66 Now too the joy most like divine

" Of all I ever dreamt or knew, “ To see thee, hear thee, call thee mine, " Oh misery! must I lose that too?

on peril's brink we meet ; “ Those frightful rocks — that treacherous sea — 66 No, never come again — though sweet,

“ Though heaven, it may be death to thee. “ Farewel - and blessings on thy way,

6 Where'er thou go'st, beloved stranger ! 66 Better to sit and watch that

ray, 66 And think thee safe, though far away,

66 Than have thee near me, and in danger !"

66 Yet go

“ Danger! -- oh, tempt me not to boast – The youth exclaim'd — “ thou little know'st

" What he can brave, who, born and nurst
“ In Danger's paths, has dar'd her worst !
“ Upon whose ear the signal-word

66 Of strife and death is hourly breaking ; “ Who sleeps with head upon the sword

“ His fever'd hand must grasp in waking ! " Danger ! — ”

66 Say on

thou fear'st not then, " And we may meet -- oft meet again ?"

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« Oh ! look not so, - beneath the skies
“ I now fear nothing but those eyes.
“ If aught on earth could charm or force

My spirit froni its destin'd course,
“ If aught could make this soul forget
66 The bond to which its seal is set,
66 "Twould be those eyes ; they, only they,
6 Could melt that sacred seal away!
66 But no

'tis fix'd — my awful doom 66 Is fix'd on this side of the tomb 66 We meet no more

why, why did heaven “ Mingle two souls that earth has riven,

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