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JAMES MONTGOMERY
Scottish poet and journalist
(1771 - 1854)
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The violets were past their prime,
  Yet their departing breath
    Was sweeter, in the blast of death,
      Than all the lavish fragrance of the time.
      - The Adventure of a Star [Violets]

Golden Bill! Golden Bill!
  Lo, the peep of day;
    All the air is cool and still,
      From the elm-tree on the hill,
        Chant away:
          . . . .
            Let thy loud and welcome lay
              Pour alway
                Few notes but strong.
      - The Blackbird [Blackbirds]

The Rose has but a Summer reign,
  The daisy never dies.
      - The Daisy--On Finding One in Bloom on Christmas Day
        [Daisies]

Blue thou art, intensely blue;
  Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?
      - The Gentianella [Gentians]

When evening closes Nature's eye,
  The glow-worm lights her little spark
    To captivate her favorite fly
      And tempt the rover through the dark.
      - The Glow-worm [Glowworms]

A work of skill, surpassing sense,
  A labor of Omnipotence;
    Though frail as dust it meet thine eye,
      He form'd this gnat who built the sky.
      - The Gnat [Gnats]

There is a calm for those who weep,
  A rest for weary pilgrims found,
    They softly lie and sweetly sleep
      Low in the ground.
      - The Grave [Graves]

'Tis not the whole of life to live;
  Nor all of death to die.
      - The Issues of Life and Death [Life]

Bliss in possession will not last;
  Remember'd joys are never past;
    At once the fountain, stream, and sea,
      They were,--they are,--they yet shall be.
      - The Little Cloud [Bliss]

Joys too exquisite to last,
  And yet more exquisite when past.
      - The Little Cloud [Joy]

Dark-green and gemm'd with flowers of snow,
  With close uncrowded branches spread
    Not proudly high, not meanly low,
      A graceful myrtle rear'd its head.
      - The Myrtle [Myrtle]

The tall Oak, towering to the skies,
  The fury of the wind defies,
    From age to age, in virtue strong.
      Inured to stand, and suffer wrong.
      - The Oak [Oak]

Distinct as the billows, yet one as the sea.
      - The Ocean (st. 6) [Ocean]

Two roses on one slender spray
  In sweet communion grew,
    Together hailed the morning ray
      And drank the evening dew.
      - The Roses [Roses]

While rose-buds scarcely show'd their hue,
  But coyly linger'd on the thorn.
      - The Roses [Roses]

Eagle of flowers! I see thee stand,
  And on the sun's noon-glory gaze;
    With eye like his, thy lids expand,
      And fringe their disk with golden rays:
        Though fix'd on earth, in darkness rooted there,
          Light is thy element, thy dwelling air,
            Thy prospect heaven.
      - The Sunflower [Sunflowers]

When the good man yields his breath
  (For the good man never dies).
      - The Wanderer of Switzerland (pt. V)
        [Immortality]

Hope against hope, and ask till ye receive.
      - The World before the Flood (canto V)
        [Hope]

His home, the spot of earth supremely blest,
  A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.
      - West Indies (pt. III, l. 67) [Home]


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