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All is of God! If he but wave his hand,
The mists collect, the rain falls thick and

loud,
Till, with a smile of light on sea and land,

Lo! he looks back from the departing cloud.

Angels of Life and Death alike are his; Without his leave they pass no threshold

o'er; Who, then, would wish or dare, believing this,

Against his messengers to shut the door?

DAYLIGHT AND MOONLIGHT.

In broad daylight, and at noon,
Yesterday I saw the moon
Sailing high, but faint and white,
As a school-boy's paper kite.

In broad daylight, yesterday,
I read a Poet's mystic lay ;
And it seemed to me at most
As a phantom, or a ghost.

But at length the feverish day
Like a passion died away,
And the night, serene and still,
Fell on village, vale, and hill.

Then the moon, in all her pride,
Like a spirit glorified,
Filled and overflowed the night
With revelations of her light.

And the Poet's song again
Passed like music through my brain ;
Night interpreted to me
All its grace and mystery.

THE JEWISH CEMETERY AT NEWPORT.

How strange it seems! These Hebrews in

their graves,

Close by the street of this fair seaport town, Silent beside the never-silent waves,

At rest in all this moving up and down!

The trees are white with dust, that o'er their

sleep

Wave their broad curtains in the south

wind's breath, While underneath such leafy tents they keep

The long, mysterious Exodus of Death.

And these sepulchral stones, so old and brown,

That pave with level flags their burial-place, Seem like the tablets of the Law, thrown down

And broken by Moses at the mountain's

base.

The very names recorded here are strange,

Of foreign accent, and of different climes; Alvares and Rivera interchange

With Abraham and Jacob of old times.

“ Blessed be God! for he created Death!”

The mourners said, “ and Death is rest and

peace"; Then added, in the certainty of faith, “ And giveth Life that never more shall

cease.

Closed are the portals of their Synagogue,

No Psalms of David now the silence break,

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