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ORANGE AND GREEN.-Continued.
That aged peasant heard him, and knew him as he stood,
Remembrance kindly stirr'd him, and tender gratitude.
With gushing tears of pleasure, he pierced the listening train-
"I'm here to pay the measure of kindness back again!
Upon his bosom falling, that old man's tears came down ;
Deep memory recalling the cot and fatal town.
"The hand that would offend thee, my being first shall end;
I'm living to defend thee, my savior and my friend!"
"FROM the high sunny headlands of Bere in the west,
To the bowers that by Shannon's blue waters are blest,
I am master unquestion'd and absolute "-said
The lord of broad Munster-King Donald the Red-
"And now that my sceptre's no longer the sword,
In the wealthiest vale my dominions afford,
I will build me a temple of praise to that Power
Who buckler'd my breast in the battle's dread hour."
He spoke it was done and with pomp such as glows
Round a sunrise in summer that Abbey arose.
There sculpture, her miracles lavish'd around,
Until stone spoke a worship diviner than sound.
He said, and slowly turning, address'd the wondering crowd,
With fervent spirit burning, he told the tale aloud.
Now pressed the warm beholders, their aged foe to greet;
They raised him on their shoulders and chaired him through
As he had saved that stranger from peril scowling dim,
So in his day of danger did Heav'n remember him.
By joyous crowds attended, the worthy pair were seen.
And their flags that day were blended of Orange and of Green. And I abiding 'neath sultry skies,
There from matins to midnight the censers were swaying,
And from matins to midnight the people were praying;
As a thousand Cistercians incessantly raised
Hosannas round shrines that with jewejry blazed;
While the palmer from Syria-the pilgrim from Spain,
Brought their offerings alike to the far-honor'd fane;
And, in time, when the wearied O'Brien laid down
At the feet of Death's Angel his cares and his crown,
Beside the high altar a canopied tomb
Shed above his remains its magnificent gloom,
And in Holycross Abbey high masses were said,
Through the lapse of long ages, for Donald the Red.
In the days of my musings, I wander'd alone,
To this Fane that had flourish'd ere Norman was known;
And its dread desolation was saddening to see,
For its towers were an emblem, O Erin, of thee!
All was glory in ruins-below and above-
From the traceried turret that shelter'd the dove,
To the cloisters dim stretching in distance away,
Where the fox skulks at twilight in quest of his prey.
Here soar'd the vast chancel superbly alone,
While pillar and pinnacle moulder'd around—
There, the choir's richest fretwork in dust overthrown,
With corbel and chapiter "cumber'd the ground."
O'er the porphyry shrine of the Founder all riven,
No lamps glimmer'd now but the cressets of heaven-
From the tombs of crusader, and abbot, and saint,
Emblazonry, scroll, and escutcheon were rent;
While usurping their banners' high places, o'er all
The Ivy-dark mourner-suspended her pall.
With a deeper emotion the spirit would thrill,
In beholding wherever the winter and rain
Swept the dust from the relics it cover'd-that still
Some hand had religiously glean'd them again.
Then I turn'd from the scene, as I mournfully said-
God's rest to the soul of King Donald the Red."
WHAT WILL YOU DO, LOVE?
WHAT will you do, love, when I am going,
With white sail flowing,
To seas beyond?
What will you do, love, when waves divide us,
And friends may chide us,
For being fond?
Though waves divide us, and friends be chid-
And I'll pray for thee on stormy ocean,
In deep devotion-
That's what I'll do!
What would you do, love, if distant tidings,
Thy fond confidings
Should think other eyes,
Were as bright as thine?
Oh, name it not, though guilt and shame
Were on thy name,
I'd still be true;
But that heart of thine, should another share
And houlds his shtick convanient to be tappin' some wan down-
Aich blissed day, I watch to see him comin' up the shtrate,
For, by the greatest bit av luck, our house is on his bate.
The little b'ys is feared av him, for Larry's moighty shtrict,
And many's the little blagyard he's arristed, I expict;
The beggyars gets acrass the shtrate-you ought to see thim
And organ-groindhers scatthers whin they see him comin' by.
I know that Larry's bound to roise, he'll get a sergeant's post,
And afther that a captincy widhin a year at most,
And av he goes in politics he has the head to throive-
I'll be an Aldherwoman, Katae, afore I'm thirty-foive?
What's that again? Y'are jokin', surely,-Kate, is it thrue?
Last noight, you say, he-married? and Alleen O'Donahue?
O Larry, c'u'd ye have the hairt-but let the spalpeen be;
Av he demanes hmsilf to her, he's nothing more to me.
The ugly sheamp! I alwas said, just as I'm tellin' you,
That Larry was the biggest fool av all I iver knew;
And many a toime I've tould mesilf-you see it now, av coorse-
He'd niver come to anny good av he got on the foorce.
OH! now my dear friends, I'm going to relate,
If you pay attention, you've not long to wait;
My father lived in a place called Graymote,
He'd a sow, and a cow, and a fine billy goat.
This goat, sure, he had a queer, curious way,
He'd go out each morning and stop out all day;
When he'd come home at night, like a bull he would roar,
Till my father got up for to open the door.
One day we sat down, and was going to ate,
The goat leaped on the table and shtole all the mate;
And without saying a word, shure the dirty ould gommagh,
He druv his two horns in my poor father's stomach.
Says me mother to me, "Jamsey." "Yis, ma'am," says I.
Take the goat to the market, and sell him, now try;
The words she scarce spoke, when the goat gave a jump,
And struck me mother, oh, gorra! such a murthering thump.
Then all in the house bate a hasty retrate,
And the goat bucked away at the divil's own rate;
He spied my father's coat hanging up, gave a bawl,
Made a charge on the "frize," and druv his head in the wall.
Some time afther they went to look for the goat,
They searched all around, till they came to the coat;
But all of the goat that was left the next day,
Was only the shtump of his tail, and it bucking away.
Dear emblem of my native land,
By fresh fond words kept fresh and green;
The pressure of an unfelt hand-
The kisses of a lip unseen;
A throb from my dead mother's heart-
My father's smile revived once more-
Oh, youth! oh, love! oh, hope thou art,
Sweet Shamrock from the Irish shore!
Enchanter, with thy wand of power,
Thou mak'st the past be present still:
The emerald lawn-the lime-leaved bower-
The circling shore-the sunlit hill;
The grass, in winter's wintriest hours,
By dewy daisies dimpled o'er,
Half hiding, 'neath their trembling flowers,
The Shamrock of the Irish shore!
And thus, where'er my footsteps strayed, By queenly Florence, kingly RomeBy Padua's long and lone arcade
By Ischia's fires and Adria's foamBy Spezzia's fatal waves that kissed My poet sailing calmly o'er;
By all, by each, I mourned and missed The Shamrock of the Irish shore!
I saw the palm-tree stand aloof, Irresolute 'twixt the sand and sea; I saw upon the trellised roof
Outspread the wine that was to be;
A giant-flowered and glorious tree
I saw the tall magnolia soar;
But there, even there, I longed for thee,
Poor Shamrock of the Irish shore!
Now on the ramparts of Boulogne,
As lately by the lonely Rance, At evening as I watched the sun,
I look! I dream! Can this be France? Not Albion's cliffs, how near they be,
He seems to love to linger o'er; But gilds, by a remoter sea,
The Shamrock on the Irish shore!
I'm with him in that wholesome clime-
That fruitful soil, that verdurous sod―
Have still a simple faith in God.
Hearts that in pleasure and in pain,
Where hearts unstained by vulgar crime
The more they're trod rebound the more, Like thee, when wet with Heaven's own rain, O Shamrock of the Irish shore!
Memorial of my native land,
True emblem of my land and race-
Thy small and tender leaves expand,
But only in thy native place.
Thou needest for thyself and seed
Soft dews around, kind sunshine o'er;
Transplanted, thou'rt the merest weed,
O Shamrock of the Irish shore!
They roamed a long and weary way,
Nor much was the maiden's heart at ease, When now, at close of one stormy day,
They see a proud castle among the trees. "To-night," said the youth, "we'll shelter there,
The wind blows cold, the hour is late! So he blew the horn with a chieftain's air, And the porter bowed as they passed the gate. "Now welcome, lady!" exclaimed the youth, "This castle is thine, and these dark woods all."
She believed him crazed, but his words were truth,
For Ellen is Lady of Rosna Hall. And dearly the Lord of Rosna loves
What William, the stranger, wooed and wed; And the light of bliss, in these lordly groves, Shines pure as it did in the lowly shed.