'He heard the widow's heaven-breathed prayer of praise, He mark'd the shelter'd orphan's tearful gaze. Please to add these two lines. 'And o'er the portioned maiden's snowy cheek, Bade bridal love suffuse its blushes meek. And for the line, 'Beneath this roof, if thy cheer'd moments pass. I should be glad to substitute this, 'If near this roof thy wine-cheer'd moments pass.
Among these ditties was one, the last of the concert, and to the following effect: Ah! bleak and barren was the moor, Ah! loud and piercing was the storm, The cottage roof was shelter'd sure, The cottage hearth was bright and warm An orphan boy the lattice pass'd, And, as he mark'd its cheerful glow, Felt doubly keen the midnight blast, And doubly cold the fallen snow.
"The guardian oak Mourn'd o'er the roof it shelter'd: the thick air Labour'd with doleful sounds." ELLIOTT of /Sheffield/. MANY days had passed, and Alice was still alone; but she had heard twice from Maltravers. The letters were short and hurried. One time his father was better, and there were hopes; another time, and it was not expected that he could survive the week.
After an hour's ramble, now retreating, resting, sitting close by the pond, in a warm nook, writing this, shelter'd from the breeze, just before noon. The emotional aspects and influences of Nature! Yet how clear it is to me that those are not the born results, influences of Nature at all, but of one's own distorted, sick or silly soul.
I. The solitary bird of night Thro' thick shades now wings his flight, And quits his time-shook tow'r; Where, shelter'd from the blaze of day, In philosophic gloom he lay, Beneath his ivy bow'r. II. With joy I hear the solemn sound, Which midnight echoes waft around, And sighing gales repeat. Fav'rite of Pallas! I attend, And, faithful to thy summons, bend At Wisdom's awful seat.
The Coast of this Country, at least so much of it as lays to the Northward of 25 degrees of Latitude, abounds with a great Number of fine bays and Harbours, which are Shelter'd from all winds; but the Country itself, so far as we know, doth not produce any one thing that can become an Article in Trade to invite Europeans to fix a settlement upon it.
The place was well shelter'd from the wind that rock'd the treetops, and I fear'd to go much further, for we might come on open country at any moment and so double our peril. It seem'd best, therefore, to lay the old gentleman snugly in the bottom of this dingle and wait for day.
"Grossly that man errs, who should suppose That the green valleys, and the streams and rocks, Are things indifferent to the shepherd's thoughts: Fields, where with cheerful spirits he has breathed The common air the hills, which he so oft Has climb'd with vigorous steps which have impress'd So many incidents upon his mind, Of hardship, skill or courage, joy or fear, Which, like a book, preserves the memory Of the dumb animals whom he has saved, Has fed or shelter'd; linking to such acts, So grateful in themselves, the certainty Of honourable gain; these fields, these hills, Which are his living being, even more Than his own blood what could they less? have laid Strong hold on his affections, are to him A pleasurable feeling of blind love The pleasure which there is in life itself."
Many such hours, from time to time, the last two summers I attribute my partial rehabilitation largely to them. Some good people may think it a feeble or half-crack'd way of spending one's time and thinking. May-be it is. Sept. 5, '77. I write this, 11 A.M., shelter'd under a dense oak by the bank, where I have taken refuge from a sudden rain.
Nature! in the midst of thy disorders, thou art still friendly to the scantiness thou hast created: with all thy great works about thee, little hast thou left to give, either to the scythe or to the sickle; but to that little thou grantest safety and protection; and sweet are the dwellings which stand so shelter'd.