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388 FOREST MELODIES.
" 0, weepest thou, ere scarce a tie is riven, Weepest so early for the rest of heaven ?
What can console thy heart, When, farther on in the dark- way of life, Thou seest amid the tempest-warring strife,
Each earthly hope depart ?
"My child, my childó'midst trials new and
strange, 0, mayst thou ever keep a heart unchanged,
In innocence and love ; A heart that still shall look beyond the earth, Deeming its pleasures as of little worth,
Compared with those above!"
THE PARTING HOUR.
We parted,'and affection's tear Burn'd on my cheek awhile ;
But cloudy skies may quickly wear A happy, sunny smile,
And tears which mark the parting hour,
How like the sudden passing shower!
I wander'd forth, and cheerfulness Beam'd all around my way:
My spirit caught the tranquil blis3, Which gleam'd in every ray
Of pearly light that rested sweet
On dew and flower beneath my feet.