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Lazaret, Malta. January ig, iSjj.



JOSEPH. Tl



JOSEPH.

O PUREST Symbol of the Eternal Son !
Who dwelt in thee as in some sacred shrine,
To draw hearts after thee, and make them

thine ;
Not parent only by that light was won,
And brethren crouch'd who had in wrath be-
gun,
But heathen pomp abased her at the sign
And the hid Presence of a guest divine,
Till a king heard, and all thou bads't was

done.
Then was fulfill'd Nature's dim augury,
That "Wisdom, clad in visible form, would

be
So fair, that all must love and bow the knee ; "'
Lest it might seem, what time the Substance

came,
Truth lack'd a sceptre, when It but laid by
Its beaming front, and bore a willing shame.

Lazaret, Malta. Ja7iiiary 20, 18 jj.



74 SUPERSTITION,



SUPERSTITION.

O Lord and Christ, Thy children of the South

So shudder, when they see
The two-edged sword sharp-issuing from Thy

mouth,

As to fall back from Thee,
And cling to charms of man, or heathen rite
To aid them against Thee, Thou Fount of

love and light !



But I before Thine awful eyes will go

And firmly fix me there,
In my full shame ; not bent my doom to
know,

Not fainting with despair ;
Not fearing less than they, but deeming sure,
If e'en Thy Name shall fail, nought my base

heart can cure.
Lazaret, Malta, January 21, 18 jj.



ISAAC. 75



ISAAC.

Many the guileless years the Patriarch spent,
Bless'd in the wife a father's foresight chose ;
Many the prayers and gracious deeds, which

rose
Daily thank-offerings from his pilgrim tent.
Yet these, though written in the heavens, are

rent
From out truth's lower roll, which sternly

shows
But one sad trespass at his history's close.
Father's, son's, mother's, and its punishment.
Not in their brightness, but their earthly stains
Are the true seed vouchsafed to earthly eyes.
Sin can read sin, but dimly scans high grace.
So we move heavenward with averted face.
Scared into faith by warning of sin's pains ;
And Saints are lower'd, that the world may rise.

Valletta. January .s-j, i8^^.



76 REVERSES.



REVERSES.

When mirth is full and free,
Some sudden gloom shall be ;
When haughty power mounts high,
The Watcher's axe is nigh.
All growth has bound ; when greatest found,
It hastes to die.

When the rich town, that long
Has lain its huts among,
Uprears its pageants vast.
And vaunts — it shall not last !
Bright tints that shine, are but a sign
Of summer past.

And when thine eye surveys,
With fond adoring gaze,
And yearning heart, thy friend —
Love to its grave doth tend.
All gifts below, save Truth, but grow
Towards an end.

January jo, 1833.



HOFE. 7 J



HOPE.

We are not children of a guilty sire,

Since Noe stepp'd from out his wave-tossed

home,
And a stern baptism flush'd earth's faded

bloom.
Not that the heavens then clear'd, or cherub's

fire
From Eden's portal did at once retire ;
But thoughts were stirr'd of Him who was to

come,
Whose rainbow hues so streak 'd the o'ershad-

owing gloom.
That faith could e'en that desolate scene ad-
mire.
The Lord has come and gone ; and now we

wait
The second substance of the deluge type,



78 ST. PAUL AT ME LIT A.

When our slight ark shall cross a molten

surge ;
So, while the gross earth melts, for judgment

ripe,
Ne'er with its haughty turrets to emerge,
We shall mount up to Eden's long-lost gate.

Valletta. February 5, 18 jj.



ST. PAUL AT MELITA.

" And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks,
and laid them on the fire, there caine a viper out of
the heat."

Secure in his prophetic strength,

The water peril o'er,
The many-gifted man at length

Stepp'd on the promised shore.

He trod the shore ; but not to rest,

Nor wait till Angels came ;
Lo ! humblest pains the Saint attest,

The firebrands and the flame.



WARNINGS. 79

But, when he felt the viper's smart,

Then instant aid was given ;
Christian ! hence learn to do thy part,

And leave the rest to Heaven.

Messifia. February 8, l8jj.



WARNINGS.



When Heaven sends sorrow.
Warnings go first,
Lest it should burst
With stunning might
On souls too bright

To fear the morrow.

Can science bear us

To the hid springs
Of human things ?
Why may not dream,
Or thought's day-gleam,
Startle, yet cheer us ?



8o DREAMS.

Are such thoughts fetters,

While Faith disowns
Dread of earth's tones,
Recks but Heaven's call,
And on the wall

Reads but tieaven's letters ?

Between Calatafimi and Palermo.

February 12, 18 jj.



DREAMS.



Oh ! miserable power
To dreams allow'd, to raise the guilty past,
And back awhile the illumined spirit to cast

On its youth's twilight hour ;
In mocker}' gulling it to act again
The revel or the scoff in Satan's frantic train !

Nay, hush thee, angry heart !
An Angel's grief ill fits a penitent ;
Welcome the thorn — it is divinely sent,

And with its wholesome smart



TEMPTATION. 8 1

Shall pierce thee in thy virtue's palmy home,
And warn thee what thou art, and whence
thy wealth has come.

PcBshim. February 26, 18 jj.



TEMPTATION.

O HOLY Lord, who with the Children Three

Didst walk the piercing flame,
Help, in those trial-hours, which, save to
Thee,

I dare not name ;
Nor let these quivering eyes and sickening

heart
Crumble to dust beneath the Tempter's dart.

Thou, who didst once Thy life from Mary's
breast

Renew from day to day.
Oh, might Thy smile, severely sweet, but rest

On this frail clay !
Till I am Thine with my whole soul ; and fear.
Not feel a secret joy, that Hell is near.
Frascati. March 28, 18 jj.

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82 OUR FUTURE.



OUR FUTURE.

" What I do, thou knowest not now ; but thou
shalt know hereafter."

Did we but see,
When life first open'd, how our journey lay
Between its earliest and its closing day,

Or view ourselves, as we one time shall be,
Who strive for the high prize, such sight

would break
The youthful spirit, though bold for Jesu's
sake.

But Thou, dear Lord !
Whilst I traced out bright scenes which were

to come,
Isaac's pure blessings, and a verdant home.
Didst spare me, and withhold Thy fearful
word :
Wiling me year by year, till I am found
A pilgrim pale, with Paul's sad girdle bound.
Tre Fontane. April 2^ ^^33-



HEATHENISM. 83



HEATHENISM.

'Mid Balak's magic fires
The Spirit spake, clear as in Israel ;
With prayers untrue and covetous desires

Did God vouchsafe to dwell ;
Who summon'd dreams, His earlier word to

bring-
To patient Job's vex'd friends, and Gerar's
guileless king.

If such o'erflowing grace
From Aaron's vest e'en on the Sibyl ran,
Why should we fear, the Son now lacks His
place
Where roams unchristen'd man ?
As though, where faith is keen, He cannot

make
Bread of the very stones, or thirst with ashes
slake.

Messina. ■ April 2 1, 1833.



84 TAG RM INI.



TAORMINL



And Jacob went on his way, and the Angels of
God met him."



Say, hast thou track'd a traveller's round,

Nor visions met thee there,
Thou couldst but marvel to have found

This blighted world fit?*fair ?

• >

And feel an awe within thee rise, ''v/

That sinful man should see
Glories far worthier Seraph's eyes

Than to be shared by thee ?

Store them in heart ! thou shalt not faint

'Mid coming pains and fears,
As the third heaven once nerved a Saint

For fourteen trial-years.

Magnisi. April 26, jSjj,



SYMPATHY.



SYMPATHY.

Souls of the Just, I call not you
To share this joy with me,

This joy and wonder at the view
Of mountain, plain, and sea ;

Ye, on that loftier mountain old,
Safe lodged in Eden's cell,

Whence run the rivers four, behold
This earth, as ere it fell.

Or, when ye think of those who stay
Still tried by the world's fight,

'Tis but in looking for the day
Which shall the lost unite.

Ye rather, elder Spirits strong !

Who from the first have trod
This nether scene, man's race among

The w^hile you live to God,



86 RELICS OF SAINTS.

Ye see, and ye can sympathize —
Vain thought ! their mighty ken

Fills height and depth, the stars, the skies,
They smile at dim-eyed men.

Ah, Saviour ! I perforce am thine,

Angel and Saint apart :
Those searching Eyes are all-divine

All-human is that Heart.

Agosta . April 2g, 1 8jj.



RELICS OF SAINTS.

" He is not the God of the dead, but of the living ;
for all live unto Him."

"The Fathers are in dus% yet live to God : "
So says the Truth : as if the motionless clay
Still held the seeds of life beneath the sod,
Smouldering and struggling till the judgment-
dav.



DA Y-LABORERS. 87

And hence we learn with reverence to esteem
Of these frail houses, though the grave con-
fines ;
Sophist may urge his cunning tests, and deem
That they are earth ; — but they are heavenly
shrines.

Palermo. June i, 18 jj.



DAY-LABORERS.

" Ajid he said, It is finished."

One only, of God's messengers to man,
Finish'd the work of grace, which He began;
E'en Moses wearied upon Nebo's height,

Though loth to leave the fight
With the doom'd foe, and yield the sun-bright
land

To Joshua's armed hand.

And David wrought in turn a strenuous part,
Zeal for God's house consuming him in heart ;



88 WARFARE.

And yet he might not build, but only bring

Gifts for the Heavenly King ;
And these another rear'd, his peaceful son,

Till the full work was done.

List, Christian warrior ! thou, whose soul is

fain
To rid thy Mother of her present chain ; —
Christ will avenge His Bride ; yea, even now

Begins the work, and thou
Shalt spend in it thy strength, but, ere He
save,
Thy lot shall be the grave.
Palermo. June 2, 18 jj.



WARFARE.

"Freely ye have received ; freely give."

* ' Give any boon for peace !
Why should our fair-eyed Mother e'er engage
In the world's course and on a troubled stage.
From which her very call is a release .?

No ! in thy garden stand,

And tend with pious hand



WARFARE. 89

The flowers tnou piantest there,

Which are thy proper care,
O man of God ! in meekness and in love,
And waiting for the bhssful realms above.''



Alas ! for thou must learn,
Thou guileless one ! rough is the holy hand ;
Runs not the Word of Truth through every

land,
A sword to sever, and a fire to burn ?

If blessed Paul had stay'd

In cot or learned shade.

With the priest's white attire,

And the Saints' tuneful choir,
Men had not gnash'd their teeth, nor risen to

slay,
But thou hadst been a heathen in thy day.

Palermo. June j, 18 jj.



QO SACRILEGE.



SACRILEGE.



The Church shone brightly in her youthful
days,

Ere the world on her smiled ;
So now, an outcast, she would pour her rays

Keen, free, and undefiled :
Yet would I not that arm of force were mine,
Which thrusts her from her awful ancient
shrine.

'Twas duty bound each convert-king to rear

His Mother from the dust,
x'Vnd pious was it to enrich, nor fear

Christ for the rest to trust ;
And who shall dare make common or unclean
What once has on the Holy Altar been ?

Dear brothers 1 — hence, while ye for ill pre-
pare,

Triumph is still your own ;
Blest is a pilgrim Church ! — yet shrink to
share

The curse of throwing down.



LIBERALISM. 91

So will we toil in our old place to stand,
Watching, not dreading, the despoiler's hand.

Palermo. jfune 4, iSj^.



LIBERALISM.

"Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel. Howbeit
from the sins of Jeroboam Jehu departed not from
after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in
Bethel, and that were in Dan."

Ye cannot halve the Gospel of God's grace ;
Men of presumptuous heart 1 I know you

well.
Ye are of those who plan that we should

dwell,
Each in his tranquil home and holy place ;
Seeing the Word refines all natures rude,
And tames the stirrings of the multitude.

And ye have caught some echoes of its lore,
As heralded amid the joyous choirs ;



92 DECLENSION.

Ye mark'd it spoke of peace, chastised desires,
Good-will and mercy, — and ye heaid no

more ;
But, as for zeal and quick- eyed sanctity,
And the dread depths of grace, ye pass'd them

by.

And so ye have the Truth ; for ye in heart,

At best, are doubters whether it be true,

The theme discarding, as unmeet for you,

Statesmen or Sages. O new-compass'd art

Of the ancient Foe ! — but what, if it extends

O'er our own camp, and rules amid our

friends ?

Palermo. Jtme j, i8jj.



DECLENSION.



When I am sad, I say,

" What boots it me to strive,
And vex my spirit day by day.

Dead memories to revive ?



DECLENSION. 93

"■ Alas ! what good will come,
Though we our prayer obtain,

To bring old times triumphant home,
And wandering flocks regain ?

" Would not our history run

In the same weary round,
And service in meek faith begun,

At length in forms be bound ?

' * Union would give us strength —
That strength the earth subdue ;

And then comes wealth, and pride at length,
And sloth, and prayers untrue."'

Nay, this is worldly-wise ;

To reason is a crime,
Since the Lord bade His Church arise,

In the dark ancient time.

He wills that she should shine ;

So we her flame must trim
Around His soul-converting Sign,
And leave the rest to Him.
Palermo. June 6, 18 j^.



94 THE AGE TO COME.



THE AGE TO COME.

When I would search the truths that in me

burn,
And mould them into rule and argument,
A hundred reasoners cried, — " Hast thou to

learn
Those dreams are scatter'd now, those fires

are spent ?"
And, did I mount to simpler thoughts, and

try
Some theme of peace, 'twas still the same re-

ply.

Perplex'd, I hoped my heart was pure of guile,
But judged me weak in wit, to disagree ;
But now I see that men are mad awhile,
And joy the Age to come will think with

me : —
'Tis the old history — Truth without a home,
Despised and slain, then rising from the

tomb.

Falermo. June g, 1833.



EXTERNAL RELIGION. 95



EXTERNAL RELIGION.

When first earth's rulers welcomed home
The Church, their zeal impressed

Upon the seasons, as they come,
The image of their guest.

Men's words and works, their hopes and fears,

Henceforth forbid to love,
Paused, when a Martyr claim'd her tears,

Or Saint inspired her love.

But craving wealth, and feverish power,

Such service now discard ;
The loss of one excited hour

A sacrifice too hard !

And e'en about the holiest day,

God's own in every time,
They doubt and search, lest aught should stay

A cataract of crime.



96 ST. GREGORY NAZIANZEN.

Where shall this cease ? must crosiers fall.

Shrines suffer touch profane.
Till, cast without His vineyard wall,

The Heaven-sent Heir is slain ?

Falermo. Ji^'ie 1 1, iSjj.



ST. GREGORY NAZIANZEN.

Peace-loving man, of humble heart and true !

What dost thou here ?
Fierce is the city's crowd : the lordly few

Are dull of ear I
Sore pain it was to thee, — till thou didst quit
Thy patriarch-throne at length, as though for
power unfit.

So works the All-wise ! our services dividing

Not as we ask :
For the world's profit, by our gifts deciding

Our duty-task.
See in king's courts loth Jeremias plead ;
And slow-tongued Moses rule by eloquence
of deed 1



ST. GREGORY NAZIANZEN. 97

Yes ! thou, bright Angel of the East ! didst
rear

The Cross divine,
Borne high upon thy Uquid accents, where

Men mock'd the Sign ;
Till that cold city heard thy battle-ciy,
And hearts were stirr'd, and deem'd a Pente-
cost was nigh.

Thou couldst a people raise, but couldst not
rule : —

So, gentle one,
Heaven set thee free, — for, ere thy years were
full.

Thy work was done ;
According thee the lot thou lovedst best.
To muse upon the past, — to serve, yet be at
rest.

Palermo. j'une I2^ ^Sjj.

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98 REVERENCE.



REVERENCE.

1 BOW at Jesu's name, for 'tis the Sign
Of awful mercy towards a guilty line.
Of shameful ancestry, in birth defiled,

And upwards from a child
Full of unlovely thoughts and rebel aims

And scorn of judgment-flames,
How without fear can I behold my Life,
The Just assailing sin, and death-stain'd in
the strife ?

And so, albeit His woe is our release.
Thought of that woe aye dims our earthly

peace ;
The Life is hidden in a Fount of Blood !

And this is tidings good
For souls, who, pierced that they have caused

that woe.

Are fain to share it too :
But for the many, clinging to their lot
Of wordly ease an1 sloth, 'tis written, '' Touch

J\Ie not."
Off Monte Pellegrino. June 14, iSjj.




THE PILLAR OF THE CLOUD.



Lead, Kindly Light, amid the encircUng
gloom,

Lead Thou me on !
The night is dark, and I am far from home —

Lead Thou me on !
Keep Thou my feet ; 1 do not ask to see
The distant scene, — one step enough for me.

99

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lOO SAMARIA.

I was not ever thus, nor pray'd that Thou

Shouldst lead me on ;
I loved to choose and see my path, but now

Lead Thou me on !
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will : remember not past years.

So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still

Will lead me on,
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till

The night is gone ;
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since, and lost

awhile.
At Sea. Jtine i6, iSjj.



SAMARIA.



O RAIL not at our kindred in the North,
Albeit Samaria finds her likeness there ;
A self-formed Priesthood, and the Church cast
forth
To the chill mountain air.



JONAH. lOI

Wh?.t, though their fathers sinned, and lost
the grace

Which seals the Holy Apostolic Line ?

Christ's love overflows the bounds His Pro-
phets trace
In His reveal'd design.

Israel had Seers ; to them the Word is nigh ;
Shall not that Word run forth, and gladness

give
To many a Shunammite, till in His eye
The full Seven-thousand live ?

Off Sardinia, ytme ly, i8jj.



JONAH.

** But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarsbish, from the
presence of the Lord."

Deep in his meditative bower,

The tranquil seer reclined ;
Numbering the creepers of an hour,

The ffourds which o'er him twined.



I02 JONAH.

To note- each plant, to rear each fruit
Which soothes the languid sense,

He deem'd a safe, refined pursuit, —
His Lord, an indolence.

The sudden voice was heard at length,

" Lift thou the prophet's rod !'"
But sloth had sapp'd the prophet's strength,

He fear'd, and fled from God.

Next, by a fearful judgment tamed.

He threats the offending race ;
God spares ; — he murmurs, pride-inflamed,

His threat made void by grace.

What } — pride and sloth ! man's worst of foes 1

And can such guests invade
Our choicest bliss, the green repose

Of the sweet garden-shade ?

Off Sardinia. Jmie j8 , i8jj.



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FAITH AGAINST SIGHT.



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