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Enthusiasm and Other Poems   By: (1803-1885)

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ENTHUSIASM; AND OTHER POEMS,

BY SUSANNA STRICKLAND, (NOW MRS. MOODIE.)

LONDON: SMITH, ELDER, AND CO. 65, CORNHILL. MDCCCXXXI.

POEMS.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

ENTHUSIASM 1

Fame 25

The Deluge 37

The Avenger of Blood 44

The Overthrow of Zebah and Zalmunna 49

Paraphrase, (Psalm XLIV.) 57

Paraphrase, (Isaiah XL.) 59

The Vision of Dry Bones 61

The Destruction of Babylon 65

To the Memory of Mrs. Ewing 70

To the Memory of R. R. Jun. 74

An Appeal to the Free 77

War 80

The Earthquake 85

Lines, written amidst the ruins of a church on the coast of Suffolk 89

The Old Ash Tree 94

The Nameless Grave 97

The Pause 98

Uncertainty 100

The Warning 104

Lines on a new born Infant 106

The Christian Mother's Lament 108

The Child's first Grief 110

The Lament of the Disappointed 113

Hymn of the Convalescent 116

Youth and Age 120

Mary Hume 123

The Spirit of Motion 126

Lines written during a gale of wind 129

The Spirit of the Spring 132

O come to the Meadows 135

Thou wilt think of me, Love 139

The Forest Rill 142

To Water Lilies 146

Autumn 149

The Reapers' Song 153

Winter 155

Fancy and the Poet 159

Night's Phantasies 163

Songs of the Hours 169

The Luminous Bow 177

The Sugar Bird 179

The Dream 181

The Ruin 184

Winter calling up his Legions 193

There's Joy, &c. 200

Love 205

Morning Hymn 206

Evening Hymn 210

TO JAMES MONTGOMERY, ESQ.

With sincere admiration of his genius as a poet, his virtues as a Christian, and his character as a man, this Volume is most respectfully inscribed, by his obliged servant,

THE AUTHOR.

Reydon, Suffolk, Jan. 1st. 1831.

ENTHUSIASM.

Oh for the spirit which inspired of old The seer's prophetic song the voice that spake Through Israel's warrior king. The strains that burst In thrilling tones from Zion's heaven strung harp, Float down the tide of ages, shedding light On pagan shores and nations far remote: Eternal as the God they celebrate, Their fame shall last when Time's long race is run, And you refulgent eye of this fair world, Its light and centre, into darkness shrinks, Eclipsed for ever by the glance of Him Whose rising sheds abroad eternal day. Almighty, uncreated Source of life! To Thee I dedicate my soul and song; In humble adoration bending low Before thy footstool. Thou alone canst stamp A lasting glory on the works of man, Tuning the shepherd's reed, or monarch's harp, To sounds harmonious. Immortality Exists alone in Thee. The proudest strain That ever fired the poet's soul, or drew Melodious breathings from his gifted lyre, Unsanctioned by thy smile, shall die away Like the faint sound which the soft summer breeze Wins from the stately lily's silver bells; A passing murmur, a half whispered sigh, Heard for a moment in the deep repose Of Nature's midnight rest then hushed for ever! Parent of genius, bright Enthusiasm! Bold nurse of high resolve and generous thought, 'Tis to thy soul awakening power we owe The preacher's eloquence, the painter's skill, The poet's lay, the patriot's noble zeal, The warrior's courage, and the sage's lore... Continue reading book >>




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