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VIII.

And her's is still the spendthrift heart, that, when a wayward girl,

In passion's hour to pleasure's bowl cast in a priceless pearl;

But oh, her wealth of hoarded gems were all too poor to pay

The one rich pearl, in this wild hour her fears have flung away !

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The princely pearl to whom her brow, though dark, seemed, oh, how fairl And crowns were only precious things, when in her raven hair; Who paid her smiles with diadems, and bought, at empire's Cost, The love which he must lose to-day, when all beside is lost!

X. She hath risen like a queen l—a pause—a moment's pause !— and now One word hath torn the golden badge from off her royal brow !

The prows are turned to Egypt, and the flying sails unfurled, And the western breeze hath borne from him the fortunes of

the world !
THOMAS K. HERVEY.

Charge of the Light Brigade.

ALF a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE. 41

Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred,
For up came an order which
Some one had blundered.
“Forward, the Light Brigade 1
Take the guns,” Nolan said;
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

“Forward, the Light Brigade 1"
No man was there dismayed,
Not though the soldier knew
Some one had blundered :
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:—
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volleyed and thundered ;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flashed all their sabers bare,
Flashed all at once in air,
Sabering the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wondered :
Plunged in the battery smoke,
With many a desperate stroke
The Russian line they broke;

Then they rode back, but not, -
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volleyed and thundered:
Stormed at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
Those that had fought so well
Came from the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade 2
O the wild charge they made 1
All the world wondered.
Honor the charge they made
Honor the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred
ALFRED TENNYSON.

The Lotus-Eaters.

I

“(TOURAGE I’’ he said, and pointed toward the land;
“This mounting wave shall roll us shoreward soon.”
In the afternoon they came unto a land
In which it seeméd always afternoon.
All round the coast the languid air did swoon,
Breathing like one that hath a weary dream.
Full-faced above the valley stood the moon :
And like a downward smoke, the slender stream
Along the cliff to fall, and pause and fall did seem.

THE LOTUS-EA 7TERS. 43

II.

A land of streams some, like a downward smoke,
Slow-dropping veils of thinnest lawn, did go ;
And some through wavering lights and shadows broke,
Rolling a slumbrous sheet of foam below.
They saw the gleaming river seaward flow
From the inner land: far off, three mountain-tops,
Three silent pinnacles of aged snow,
Stood sunset-flushed: and, dewed with showery drops,
Up-clomb the shadowy pine above the woven copse.

III.

The charméd sunset lingered low adown
In the red West: through mountain-clefts the dale
Was seen far inland, and the yellow down
Bordered with palm, and many a winding vale
And meadow, set with slender galingale;
A land where all things always seemed the same !
And round about the keel, with faces pale,
Dark faces pale against that rosy flame,
The mild-eyed melancholy Lotus-eaters came.

IV.

Branches they bore of that enchanted stem,
Laden with flower and fruit, whereof they gave
To each, but whoso did receive of them,
And taste, to him the gushing of the wave
Far, far away did seem to mourn and rave
On alien shores; and if his fellow spake,
His voice was thin, as voices from the grave;
And deep asleep he seemed, yet all awake,
And music in his ears his beating heart did make.

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They sat them down upon the yellow sand,
Between the sun and moon, upon the shore;

And sweet it was to dream of Father-land,
Of child, and wife, and slave ; but evermore
Most weary seemed the sea, weary the oar,
Weary the wandering fields of barren foam.
Then some one said, “We will return no more;”
And all at once they sang, “Our island home
Is far beyond the wave; we will no longer roam.”

CHORIC SONG.
I.

THERE is sweet music here that softer falls
Than petals from blown roses on the grass,
Or night-dews on still waters between walls
Of shadowy granite, in a gleaming pass;
Music that gentlier on the spirit lies
Than tired eyelids upon tired eyes;
Music that brings sweet sleep down from the blissful skies.
Here are cool mosses deep,
And through the moss the ivies creep,
And in the stream the long-leaved flowers weep,
And from the craggy ledge the poppy hangs in sleep.

II.

Why are we weighed upon with heaviness,
And utterly consumed with sharp distress,
While all things else have rest from weariness?
All things have rest: why should we toil alone?
We only toil, who are the first of things,
And make perpetual moan,
Still from one sorrow to another thrown :
Nor ever fold our wings,
And cease our wanderings,
Nor steep our brows in slumber's holy balm;
Nor hearken what the inner spirit sings,
“There is no joy but calm l’”
Why should we only toil, the roof and crown of things?

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