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Another says, “I prefer the nave

Of a temple of Baalbec; There my little ones lie when the palm-trees wave, And, perching near on the architrave,

I fill each open beak."
“Ah !” says the last, "I build my nest

Far up on the Nile's green shore,
Where Memnon raises his stony crest,
And turns to the sun as he leaves his rest,

But greets him with song no more.
“In his ample neck is a niche so wide,

And withal so deep and free,
A thousand swallows their nests can hide,
And a thousand little ones rear beside,

Then come to the Nile with me."

THE NIGHTINGALE.

The rose looks out in the valley,

And thither will I go ! To the rosy vale, where the nightingale

Sings his song of woe.

The virgin is on the river-side,

Culling the lemons pale : Thither, yes ! thither will I go, To the rosy vale, where the nightingale

Sings his song of woe.

They go, they go, to the river and plain,

To ruined city and town,
They leave me alone with the cold again,
Beside the tomb where my joys are lain,
With hope like the swallows flown.

GAUTIER (French).

A DOUBTING HEART.

The fairest fruit her hand hath culled,

T is for her lover all :
Thither, — yes ! thither will I go,
To the rosy vale, where the nightingale

Sings his song of woe.
In her hat of straw, for her gentle swain,

She has placed the lemons pale :
Thither, - yes ! thither will I go,
To the rosy vale, where the nightingale
Sings his song of woe.
GIL VICENTE (Portuguese). Translation

of JOHN BOWRING.

WHERE are the swallows fled ?

Frozen and dead
Perchance upon some bleak and stormy shore.

O doubting heart !
Far over purple seas
They wait, in sunny ease,

The balmy southern breeze
To bring them to their northern homes once more.

THE NIGHTINGALE.

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