A WINTER EVENING HYMN TO MY FIRE.





Nicotia, dearer to the Muse

Than all the grape's bewildering juice,

We worship, unforbid of thee;

And as her incense floats and curls

In airy spires and wayward whirls,

Or poises on its tremulous stalk

A flower of frailest reverie,

So winds and loiters, idly free,

The current of unguided talk,

Now laughter-rippled, and now caught

In smooth dark pools of deeper thought

Meanwhile thou mellowest every word,

A sweetly unobtrusive third;

For thou hast magic beyond wine

To unlock natures each to each;

The unspoken thought thou canst divine;

Thou fill'st the pauses of the speech

With whispers that to dreamland reach,

And frozen fancy-springs unchain

In Arctic outskirts of the brain.

Sun of all inmost confidences,

To thy rays doth the heart unclose

Its formal calyx of pretences,

That close against rude day's offences,

And open its shy midnight rose!



JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL.





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