Poems and Songs

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W. Cuthbertson, 1871 - English poetry - 128 pages
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Page 80 - I lay concealed from sight For many a countless hour, At the childish boast of human might, And the pride of human power. When I saw an army upon the land, A navy upon the seas, Creeping...
Page 79 - may go and play," While I manage the world by myself. But harness me down with your iron bands, Be sure of your curb and rein, For I scorn the strength of your puny hands As the tempest scorns a chain.
Page 80 - I could not but think how the world would feel, As these were outstripped afar, When I should be bound to the rushing keel, Or chained to the flying car. " Ha ! ha ! ha ! they found me at last ; They invited me forth at length, And I rushed to my throne with a thunder blast, And laughed in my iron strength.
Page 82 - From the hidden cave below, And I make the fountain's granite cup With a crystal gush o'erflow. I blow the bellows, I forge the steel, In all the shops of trade; I hammer the ore and turn the wheel Where my arms of strength are made. I manage the furnace, the mill, the mint — I carry, I spin, I weave ; And all my doings I put into print On every Saturday eve. I've no muscles to weary, no breast to decay, No bones to be " laid on the shelf," And soon I intend you may " go and play," While I manage...
Page 11 - WILDINGS of nature, or cultured with care, Ye are beautiful, beautiful everywhere ! Gemming the woodland, the glen, and the glade, Drinking the sunbeams or courting the shade ; Gilding the moorland and mountain afar, Shining in glory in garden parterre. Ye bloom in the palace, ye bloom in the hall, Ye bloom on the top of the mouldering wall ; Ye bloom in the cottage, the cottager's pride — The window looks cold with no flowers by its side ; Ye twine up the trellis, ye bloom in our bowers, Ye carpet...
Page 80 - Oh! then ye saw a wondrous change On the earth and ocean wide, Where now my fiery armies range, Nor wait for wind and tide. Hurrah! hurrah! the water's o'er, The mountain's steep decline ; Time — space — have yielded to my power ; The world — the world is mine!
Page 11 - O beautiful flowers ! Did angels descend from their home in the skies To pencil those petals with exquisite dyes ? To store in your cells the rich odours of heaven, "Was employment so meet unto seraphim given ? Ye answer me, no ; 'twas an Almighty hand That clothed you in beauty and bade ye expand — Rich gems of creation, that ravish the sight And pour on the senses supernal delight ! Wildings of Nature, or cultured with care, Ye are beautiful, beautiful everywhere...
Page 79 - When I saw an army upon the land, A navy upon the seas, Creeping along, a snail-like band, Or waiting the wayward breeze ; When I...
Page 12 - ... his rich gushing store. Sweet'ners of life, ye are infancy's play; To boyhood's bright dream, O what charms ye display ! In years more mature we but love you the more, As tracing veiled beauties undreamt of before. To childhood, to manhood, to age ye are dear ; Ye are strewn at the bridal and strewn on the bier ; Fair flowers even there soothe the lone mourner's woes, And hallow the turf where loved ashes repose. Wildings of nature, or cultured with care, Ye are beautiful, beautiful everywhere...
Page 12 - Wildings of nature, or cultured with care, Ye are beautiful, beautiful everywhere ! When morn's early beams gild the glorious east, Your incense ascends unto Nature's High-Priest ; When sunset foreshadows the day's dewy close, Ye fold up your petals for welcome repose. Your odours impregnate with health every breeze, Ye furnish a feast for the banqueting bees ; Ye promise in eloquent language, though mute, Boughs bending with offerings of delicate fruit ; Ye tell, when your glory and fragrance is...

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