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Sweet Innisfallen, long shall dwell In mem'ry's dream that sunny smile,
Which o'er thee on that evening fell, When first I saw thy fairy isle.
For, though unrivall'd still thy grace, Thou dost not look, as then, too blest,
But thus in shadow, seem'st a place Where erring man might hope to rest,-
'Twas light, indeed, too blest for one Who had to turn to paths of care;
Thro' crowded haunts again to run,
And leave thee bright and silent there ;
7-Might hope to rest, and find in thee
A gloom like Eden's, on the day He left its shade, when every tree,
Like thine, hung weeping o'er its way.
4-No more unto thy shores to come,
But, on the world's rude ocean tost, Dream of thee sometimes, as a home
Of sunshine he had seen and lost!
Weeping or smiling, lovely isle !
And all the lovelier for thy tears ; For though but rare thy sunny smile,
'Tis Heaven's own glance when it appears.
5-Far better in thy weeping hours
To part from thee, as I do now, When mist is o'er thy blooming bowers,
Like sorrow's veil on beauty's brow.
Like feeling hearts whose joys are few, But, when indeed they come, divine ;
The brightest light the sun e'er threw Is lifeless to one gleam of thine !
H. 4868.
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