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Scottish poet and journalist
(1771 - 1854)
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A day of such serene enjoyment spent,
  Were worth an age of splendid discontent.
      - [Enjoyment]

A mother's love--how sweet the name!
  What is a mother's love?
    --A noble, pure and tender flame,
      Enkindled from above,
        To bless a heart of earthly mould;
          The warmest love that can grow cold;
            This is a mother's love.
      - [Mothers]

Beyond this vale of tears
  There is a life above,
    Unmeasured by the flight of years;
      And all that life is love.
      - [Future]

Birds, the free tenants of earth, air, and ocean,
  Their forms all symmetry, their motions grace,
    In plumage delicate and beautiful,
      Thick without burthen; close as fish's scales,
        Or loose as full blown poppies on the gale;
          With wings that seem as they'd a soul within them,
            They bear their owners with such sweet en-chantment.
      - [Birds]

Counts his sure gains, and hurries back for more.
      - [Gain]

Dipp'd in the hues of sunset, wreath'd in zones,
  The clouds are resting on their mountain-thrones;
    One peak alone exalts its glacier crest,
      A golden paradise, above the rest;
        Thither the day with lingering steps retires,
          And in its own blue element expires.
      - [Sunset]

(Eternity) a moment standing still for ever.
      - [Eternity]

Faith is the flame that lifts the sacrifice to heaven.
      - [Faith]

Gashed with honourable scars,
  Low in Glory's lap they lie;
    Though they fell, they fell like stars,
      Streaming splendour through the sky.
      - [Glory]

His steps are beauty, and His presence light.
      - [God]

Home, kindred, friends, and country--these
  Are ties with which we never part;
    From clime to clime, o'er land and seas,
      We bear them with us in our heart:
        But, oh! 't is hard to feel resign'd,
          When these must all be left behind!
      - [Exile]

I travel all the irksome night,
  By ways to me unknown;
    I travel, like a bird of flight,
      Onward, and all alone.
      - [Travel]

My equal he will be again
  Down in that cold oblivious gloom,
    Where all the prostrate ranks of men
      Crowd without fellowship, the tomb.
      - [Equality]

Mystery of waters, never slumbering sea!
      - [Sea]

Night is a lively masquerade of day.
      - [Night]

O Thou by whom we come to God--
  The Life, the Truth, the Way;
    The path of prayer Thyself hast trod;
      Lord, teach us how to pray.
      - [Prayer]

Oh! when shall I visit the land of my birth,
  The loveliest land on the face of the earth?
    When shall I those scenes of affection explore,
      Our forests, our fountains,
        Our hamlets, our mountains,
          With the pride of our mountains, the maid I adore?
            Oh! when shall I dance on the daisy-white mead,
              In the shade of an elm, to the sound of the reed?
      - [Exile]

Once every atom of this ground lived, breathed, and felt like me!
      - [Earth]

Prayer is the Christian's vital breath,
  The Christian's native air;
    His watchword at the gates of death,--
      He enters heaven with prayer.
      - [Prayer]

The dead are like the stars, by day
  Withdrawn from mortal eye,
    But not extinct, they hold their way
      In glory through the sky:
        Spirits from bondage thus set free,
          Vanish amidst immensity.
            Where human thought, like human sight,
              Fails to pursue their trackless flight.
      - [Death]

The dew-drop in the breeze of morn,
  Trembling and sparkling on the thorn,
    Falls to the ground, escapes the eye,
      Yet mounts on sunbeams to the sky.
      - [Dew]

The flower of meekness on a stem of grace.
      - [Meekness]

The purple heath and golden broom
  On moory mountains catch the gale,
    O'er lawns the lily sheds perfume,
      The violet in the vale.
      - [Flowers]

The soul, immortal as its sire, shall never die.
      - [Soul]

The upward glancing of an eye when none but God is near.
      - [Prayer]

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