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"That lady was thy mother once,—
O God! I've seen her when she held
She smiled upon thy father, boy,
"Twas that which drove me wild!
"He was my brother, but his form
I grudged not that; -he was the prop
And manly beauty was of him
A token and a sign.
"Boy! I had loved her too,-nay, more, 'Twas I who loved her first;
For months-for years-the golden thought Within my soul was nursed;
he conquered-they were wed;
My air-blown bubble burst!
"Then on my mind a shadow fell,
And evil hopes grew rife;
The damning thought stuck in my heart,
And cut me like a knife,
That she, whom all my days I loved,
Should be another's wife!
"By Heaven! it was a fearful thing
And mark the placid calm that sat
That seemed in bitter scorn to say,
"I left my home-I left the land-
"I came again-I found them here-
He doted on that pale face there,
"He disappeared-draw nearer, child ;-
But there was one who rightly guessed
"It drove her mad-yet not his death,No-not his death alone:
For she had clung to hope, when all
"I am thy uncle, child,-why stare
The arras waves, but know'st thou not
I, too, have had my fears like these,
"I'll show thee what thy mother saw,-
To open this old chest.
"It has a secret spring; the touch
Is known to me alone;
Slowly the lid is raised, and now--
A sudden crash-the lid fell down-
That night they laid him on his bed,
He gnashed his teeth, and with wild oaths
And, ere the light of morning broke,
ABOU BEN ADHEM.
BY LEIGH HUNT.
ABOU BEN ADHEM (may his tribe increase !)
Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord." "And is mine one ?" said Abou. 66
'Nay, not so,” Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low, But cheerly still; and said, " I pray thee then, "Write me as one that loves his fellow-men."
The angel wrote, and vanished. The next night It came again with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blessed, And lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest.
A BETH GELERT.
THE spearman heard the bugle sound,
And still he blew a louder blast,
"Come, Gelert! why art thou the last
"Oh, where does faithful Gelert roam ?
So true, so brave; a lamb at home,
"Twas only at Llewellyn's board
The faithful Gelert fed;
He watched, he served, he cheered his lord, And sentinelled his bed.
In sooth, he was a peerless hound,
But now no Gelert could be found,
And now, as over rocks and dells
That day Llewellyn little loved
The chase of heart or hare :
Unpleased, Llewellyn homeward hied,
But when he gained the castle-door,
The hound was smeared with gouts of gore,
Llewellyn gazed with wild surprise,
Onward in haste Llewellyn pass'd-
And still, where'er his eyes were cast,
O'erturned his infant's bed, he found
He called his child-no voice replied;
"Hell-hound! by thee my child's devoured!" The frantic father cried;
And to the hilt his vengeful sword
His suppliant, as to earth he fell