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     They deem me cold, that through the years departed,
I ne'er have bowed me to some form divine.
     They deem me proud, that, where the world hath flattered,
I ne'er have knelt to languish or adore;
     They think not that the homage idly scattered
Leaves the heart bankrupt, ere its spring is o'er.

No! in my soul there glows but one bright vision,
     And o'er my heart there rules but one fond spell,
Brightening my hours of sleep with dreams Elysian
     Of one unseen, yet loved, aye cherished well;
Unseen? Ah! no; her presence round me lingers,
     Chasing each wayward thought that tempts to rove;
Weaving Affection's web with fairy fingers,
     And waking thoughts of purity and love.

Star of my heaven! thy beams shall guide me ever,
     Though clouds obscure, and thorns bestrew my path;
As sweeps my bark adown life's arrowy river
     Thy angel smile shall soothe misfortune's wrath;
And ah! should Fate ere speed her deadliest arrow,
     Should vice allure to plunge in her dark sea,
Be this the only shield my soul shall borrow—
     One glance to Heaven—one burning thought of thee!

I ne'er on earth may gaze on those bright features,
     Nor drink the light of that soul-beaming eye;
But wander on 'mid earth's unthinking creatures,
     Unloved in life, and unlamented die;
But ne'er shall fade the spell thou weavest o'er me,
     Nor fail the star that lights my lonely way;
Still shall the night's fond dreams that light restore me,
     Though Fate forbid its gentler beams by day.

I have not dreamed that gold or gems adorn thee—
     That Flatt'ry's voice may vaunt thy matchless form;
I little reck that worldlings all may scorn thee,
     Be but thy soul still pure, thy feelings warm;


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