This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1829. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... REGINALD AND ROSINE. Poor Reginald ! I knew thee years ago, When thy bright brow, like day-break, beam'd with joy, And all was peace and sunshine. Every flower For thee breathed richer incense ; every hue That streak'd its delicate leaf far fairer seem'd To thee than others, for thou didst behold With the enthusiast's glance; every blithe bird That flung its warblings on th' enamour'd gale, Singing of Summer sunshine, Summer showers, Left deepest rapture on thy soul. Nature Flash'd like a glorious gem upon thine eye, Which, mirror-like, reflected it within. Rivers and rocks, woods, wilds, and wandering rills, Mountains and plains, valleys like rays of light, The crashing cataract and the boiling flood, The dark ravine frowning like Hate below, For thee had more attractions than the hours Of dalliance and delight,--for thee they had A tone mysterious and undefined As the deep murmuring midnight--midnight! It hung suspended o'er thy upraised brow, With all it countless stars "and fairy lights, Its glorious moon walking her pathless space O'er clouds and whirlwinds, like an ocean bark With sails of silver gliding o'er the sea Of heaven,--now hid behind some gloomy wave, Now mounting high above the feathering foam, Radiant with light and life, her diamond prow Breasting the golden billows of the sky, As if her sails were wafted by the wings Of the bright stars around her. How thou lovedst To contemplate her glories--to survey Th' enchanted atmosphere around--to watch, With their nobility of light, planets Fade in the grey dawn, or some gentle star, Giddy with gazing on the sun-born Queen, Shoot from its airy height, till Fancy, fired, Would listen to the wind that murmur'd by, As if with music fraught from those bright spheres. Romantic Reginald ! methinks I see Thy...
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