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At once a new thought's king and prisoner,
Feeling the truer life within his life,
The fountain of his spirit's prophecy,
Sinking away and wasting, drop by drop,
In the ungrateful sands of sceptic ears.
He in the palace-aisles of untrod woods
Doth walk a king; for him the pent-up cell
Widens beyond the circles of the stars,
And all the sceptred spirits of the past
Come thronging in to greet him as their peer;
But in the market-place's glare and throng
He sits apart, an exile, and his brow
Aches with the mocking memory of its crown.
But to the spirit select there is no choice;
He cannot say, This will I do, or that,
For the cheap means putting Heaven's ends in

pawn,
And bartering his bleak rocks, the freehold stern
Of destiny's first-born, for smoother fields
That yield no crop of self-denying will;
A hand is stretched to him from out the dark,
Which grasping without question, he is led
Where there is work that he must do for God.
The trial still is the strength's complement,
And the uncertain, dizzy path that scales
The sheer heights of supremest purposes
Is steeper to the angel than the child.
Chances have laws as fixed as planets have,
And disappointment's dry and bitter root,
Envy's harsh berries, and the choking pool
Of the world's scorn, are the right mother-milk
To the tough hearts that pioneer their kind,
And break a pathway to those unknown realms
That in the earth's broad shadow lie enthralled ;
Endurance is the crowning quality,
And patience all the passion of great hearts ;
These are their stay, and when the leaden world

Sets its hard face against their fateful thought,
And brute strength, like a scornful conqueror,
Clangs his huge mace down in the other scale,
The inspired soul but flings his patience in,
And slowly that outweighs the ponderous globe,-
One faith against a whole earth's unbelief,
One soul against the flesh of all mankind.

Thus ever seems it when my soul can hear
The voice that errs not; then my triumph gleams,
O'er the blank ocean beckoning, and all night
My heart flies on before me as I sail;
Far on I see my lifelong enterprise,
Which rose like Ganges ’mid the freezing snows
Of a world's sordidness, sweep broadening down,
And, gathering to itself a thousand streams,
Grow sacred ere it mingle with the sea ;
I see the ungated wall of chaos old,
With blocks Cyclopean hewn of solid night,
Fade like a wreath of unreturning mist
Before the irreversible feet of light;-
And lo, with what clear omen in the east
On day's gray threshold stands the eager dawn,
Like
young
Leander

rosy

from the sea Glowing at Hero's lattice !

One day more These muttering shoalbrains leave the helm to me: God, let me not in their dull ooze be stranded; Let not this one frail bark, to hollow which I have dug out the pith and sinewy heart Of my aspiring life's fair trunk, be so Cast up to warp and blacken in the sun, Just as the opposing wind 'gins whistle off His cheek-swollen mates, and from the leaning One poor day! Remember whose and not how short it is ! It is God's day, it is Columbus's. A lavish day! One day, with life and heart, Is more than time enough to find a world.

mast Fortune's full sail strains forward !

1844.

AN INCIDENT OF THE FIRE AT HAM

BURG.

The tower of old Saint Nicholas soared upward to

the skies, Like some huge piece of Nature's make, the growth

of centuries; You could not deem its crowding spires a work of

human art, They seemed to struggle lightward from a sturdy

living heart. Not Nature's self more freely speaks in crystal or

in oak, Than, through the pious builder's hand, in that

gray pile she spoke; And as from acorn springs the oak, so, freely and

alone, Sprang from his heart this hymn to God, sung in

obedient stone.

It seemed a wondrous freak of chance, so perfect,

yet so rough, A whim of Nature crystallized slowly in granite

tough; The thick spires yearned towards the sky in quaint

harmonious lines, And in broad sunlight basked and slept, like a

grove of blasted pines. Never did rock or stream or tree lay claim with

better right To all the adorning sympathies of shadow and of

light;

And, in that forest petrified, as forester there

dwells Stout Herman, the old sacristan, sole lord of all its

bells.

Surge leaping after surge, the fire roared onward

red as blood, Till half of Hamburg lay engulfed beneath the

eddying flood; For miles away, the fiery spray poured down its

deadly rain, And back and forth the billows sucked, and paused,

and burst again.

From square to square with tiger leaps panted the

lustful fire, The air to leeward shuddered with the gasps of its

desire; And church and palace, which even now stood

whelmed but to the knee, Lift their black roofs like breakers lone amid the

whirling sea.

sook ;

Up in his tower old Herman sat and watched with

quiet look ; His soul had trusted God too long to be at last forHe could not fear, for surely God a pathway would

unfold Through this red sea for faithful hearts, as once he

did of old.

But scarcely can he cross himself, or on his good

saint call, Before the sacrilegious flood o'erleaped the chureh

yard wall;

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