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When by my solitary hearth I sit And hateful

When by my solitary hearth I sit
And hateful thoughts enwrap my soul in gloom
When no fair dreams before my "mind's eye" flit
And the bare heath of life presents no bloom
Sweet Hope ethereal balm upon me shed
And wave thy silver pinions o'er my head!
Whene'er I wander at the fall of night
Where woven boughs shut out the moon's bright ray
Should sad Despondency my musings fright
And frown to drive fair Cheerfulness away
Peep with the moonbeams through the leafy roof
And keep that fiend Despondence far aloof!
Should Disappointment parent of Despair
Strive for her son to seize my careless heart
When like a cloud he sits upon the air
Preparing on his spell bound prey to dart
Chase him away sweet Hope with visage bright
And fright him as the morning frightens night!
Whene'er the fate of those I hold most dear
Tells to my fearful breast a tale of sorrow
O bright eyed Hope my morbidfancy cheer
Let me awhile thy sweetest comforts borrow
Thy heaven born radiance around me shed
And wave thy silver pinions o'er my head!
Should e'er unhappy love my bosom pain
From cruel parents or relentless fair
O let me think it is not quite in vain
To sigh out sonnets to the midnight air!
Sweet Hope ethereal balm upon me shed
And wave thy silver pinions o'er my head!
In the long vista of the years to roll
Let me not see our country's honour fade
O let me see our land retain her soul
Her pride her freedom and not freedom's shade.
From thy bright eyes unusual brightness shed
Beneath thy pinions canopy my head!
Let me not see the patriot's high bequest
Great Liberty! how great in plain attire!
With the base purple of a court oppress'd
Bowing her head and ready to expire
But let me see thee stoop from heaven on wings
That fill the skies with silver glitterings!
And as in sparkling majesty a star
Gilds the bright summit of some gloomy cloud
Brightening the half veil'd face of heaven afar
So when dark thoughts my boding spirit shroud
Sweet Hope celestial influence round me shed
Waving thy silver pinions o'er my head!.

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