He turn'd him right and round about
Upon the Irish shore;

And gae his bridle-reins a shake,
With adieu for evermore,

My dear;

With adieu for evermore.

The sodger from the wars returns,
The sailor frae the main ;
But I hae parted frae my love,

Never to meet again,

My dear;

Never to meet again.

When day is gane, and night is come,
And a' folk bound to sleep;

I think on him that's far awa',
The lee-lang night, and weep,
My dear;

The lee-lang night, and weep.


The Harp that once through Tara's Halls

THE harp that once through Tara's halls

The soul of music shed,

Now hangs as mute on Tara's walls

As if that soul were fled.

So sleeps the pride of former days,

So glory's thrill is o'er,

And hearts, that once beat high for praise,
Now feel that pulse no more.

No more to chiefs and ladies bright
The harp of Tara swells:

The chord alone, that breaks at night,
Its tale of ruin tells.

Thus Freedom now so seldom wakes,

The only throb she gives

Is when some heart indignant breaks,
To show that still she lives.



COULD Love for ever
Run like a river,

And Time's endeavour

Be tried in vain---
No other pleasure

With this could measure;

And like a treasure

We'd hug the chain.
But since our sighing

Ends not in dying,
And, form'd for flying,

Love plumes his wing;

Then for this reason

Let's love a season;

But let that season be only Spring.

When lovers parted
Feel broken-hearted,
And, all hopes thwarted
Expect to die ;

A few years older,
Ah! how much colder
They might behold her

For whom they sigh!


A Sea Dirge

FULL fathom five thy father lies:
Of his bones are coral made;

Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,

But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell ;
Hark! now I hear them--

Ding, Dong, Bell.


Rose Aylmer

AH! what avails the sceptred race,
Ah! what the form divine!
What every virtue, every grace !
Rose Aylmer, all were thine.

Rose Aylmer, whom these wakeful eyes
May weep, but never see,

A night of memories and of sighs

I consecrate to thee.



WHO is Silvia? what is she,

That all our swains commend her? Holy, fair and wise is she;

The heaven such grace did lend her That she might admired be.

Is she kind, as she is fair?

For beauty lives with kindness.
Love doth to her eyes repair,

To help him of his blindness;
And, being help'd, inhabits there.
Then to Silvia let us sing,
That Silvia is excelling;
She excels each mortal thing
Upon the dull earth dwelling;
To her let us garlands bring.


Lucy Ashton's Song

LOOK not thou on beauty's charming,—
Sit thou still when kings are arming,
Taste not when the wine-cup glistens,-
Speak not when the people listens,—
Stop thine ear against the singer,-
From the red gold keep thy finger,-
Vacant heart, and hand, and eye,
Easy live and quiet die.



THE sun upon the lake is low,
The wild birds hush their song;
The hills have evening's deepest glow,
Yet Leonard tarries long.

Now all whom varied toil and care
From home and love divide,
In the calm sunset may repair
Each to the loved one's side.

The noble dame on turret high,
Who waits her gallant knight,
Looks to the western beam to spy
The flash of armour bright.
The village maid, with hand on brow
The level ray to shade,

Upon the footpath watches now

For Colin's darkening plaid.

Now to their mates the wild swans row,

By day they swam apart;

And to the thicket wanders slow
The hind beside the hart.

The woodlark at his partner's side

Twitters his closing song

All meet whom day and care divide,-
But Leonard tarries long!



ORPHEUS with his lute made trees,
And the mountain tops that freeze,
Bow themselves when he did sing:
To his music, plants and flowers
Ever sprung; as sun and showers
There had made a lasting spring.

Everything that heard him play,
Even the billows of the sea,

Hung their heads, and then lay by.

In sweet music is such art,
Killing care and grief of heart
Fall asleep, or, hearing, die.

The Twa Corbies

As I was walking all alane


I heard twa corbies making a mane,
The tane unto the t'other say,

'Whar sall we gang and dine the day?'

'In behint yon auld fail' dyke,

I wot there lies a new-slain knight;
And naebody kens that he lies there
But his hawk, his hound, and lady fair.

'His hound is to the hunting gane,
His hawk to fetch the wild-fowl hame,
His lady's ta'en another mate,
So we may make our dinner sweet.

'Ye'll sit on his white hause bane,
And I'll pike out his bonny blue e'en :
Wi' ae lock o' his gowden hair,

We'll theek our nest when it grows bare.

'Mony a one for him makes mane,
But nane sall ken whae he is gane :
O'er his white banes, when they are bare,
The wind sall blaw for evermair.'


To One in Paradise


THOU wast all to me, love,

For which my soul did pine

A green isle in the sea, love,

A fountain and a shrine,

All wreathed with fairy fruits and flowers,
And all the flowers were mine.

'Fail, 'turf.'

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