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[CANTO II.
LARA.

CANTO THE SECOND.

I.

Night wanes — the vapours round the mountains curled ^ Melt into mom, and Light awakes the world, Man has another day to swell the past, And lead him near to little, but his last ; But mighty Nature bounds as from her birth, 650 The Sun is in the heavens, and Life on earth ; ^ Flowers in the valley, splendour in the beam. Health on the gale, and freshness in the stream. Immortal Man ! behold her glories shine. And cry, exulting inly, " They are thine ! " Gaze on, while yet thy gladdened eye may see : A morrow comes when they are not for thee : And grieve what may above thy senseless bier, Nor earth nor sky will yield a single tear ; Nor cloud shall gather more, nor leaf shall fall, 660 Nor gale breathe forth one sigh for thee, for all ; ^ . [Compare — "Now slowly melting into day, Vapour and mist dissolved away," Sotheby's Constance de Castile, Canto III. stanza v. lines 17, 18.] . [Compare the last lines of Pippa's song in Browning's Pippa Passes — "God's in His Heaven, all's right with the world ! "] . [Mr. Alexander Dyce points out the resemblance between

these lines and a passage in one of Pope's letters to Steele (July 15,