Obrázky na stránke
PDF
ePub

IV.

He spake of early friends whom once he loved,

Who climbed the hill of science in their youth

In the pure light of a diviner truth,
Until his inmost breast his troubled spirit moved

Till all the secret depths of joy and pain
Gave thought and feeling to his look and tone,
Like one who mourned his friends long dead and gone,

Or saw departed lover's shade again : And, for their sakes, the world seemed dull and rude:

Those speculations of the lofty soul,

Whose single aim was Virtue's highest goal, Had made a sanctuary in green

solitude While from their burning lips those high truths passed. The oracles he kept which sundered them at last :

V.

THROUGH good and ill r:port, honour and blame,

Steadfast he kept his faith-firmly adhered

To his first creed, nor slight nor censure feared. The cause hath triumphed— Hazlitt but a name !

What matters it, since Hazlitt's name shall stand, -
Despite detraction's venom, tyrants' rage, -
The Patriot, Philosopher, and Sage,

High in the annals of his native land !
Oh! say not then that Hazlitt died too soon

Since he had fought and conquered—though the strife

Cost him his health—his happiness—his life-
Freely he yielded up the noble boon!

He saw the mists of error roll away,
And closed his eyes—but on the rising day.

VI.
SOUL-SICK of the dull world, when thou didst turn

To gentle hearts, forgetful of its strife,

With all the sweet humanities of life,
Pure and intense thy generous breast did burn:

And soon from all life's troubles thou didst part,
After thy weary journey, going to rest,
Midst love and prayers that reached thy inmost breast,

And soothed and sanctified thy broken heart. They laid thy cold remains-dust unto dust :

In the omnipotence of truth and love,

Thou heldst thy faith, all fear and doubt above,
Or in their dread despite, still kept thy trembling trust :

Forlorn thy course, oh! traveller alone-
Yet o'er thy soul's dim path immortal halos shone !

[merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small]

PROJECT FOR A NEW THEORY OF CIVIL

AND CRIMINAL LEGISLATION.

VOL. I.

B

[ocr errors][merged small]
« PredošláPokračovať »