The Madonna di San Sisto.[These verses, written and published at the age of nineteen, are here preserved, partly from their association with my dear old friend and college teacher, Professor Longfellow, who liked them well enough to include them in his “Estray,” in 1847.] look down into my heart,
Thou holy Mother, with thy holy Son!
Read all my thoughts, and bid the doubts depart,
And all the fears be done.
I lay my spirit bare,
O blessed ones! beneath your wondrous eyes,
And not in vain; ye hear my heartfelt prayer,
And your twin-gaze replies.
What says it? All that life
Demands of those who live, to be and do,--
Calmness, in all its bitterest, deepest strife;
Courage, till all is through.