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DECAY. SUOOESTEB BY VIEWING THE ANCIENT RUINS IN CARDIFF AND LLANDAFF." VIEWLESS tyrant! mighty sov'reign! Reigning still wheit others fall- Since creation first felt sirupain, Till is spread its fun'ral pall- Wide thine empire as this planet, North and south, and east and west. All that doth this world inhabit Bow. beneath thy stern behest. View yon pile of feudal lordling, Climb each broken, stony stair, J'ry lattice-casement crumbling, Pavement rent, and damp walla bare. Mark the bird of evil omen, Listen to the owlet's scream, See the stealthy, hidden fox-den, 'Stead of pompous feudal sheen. Wasted now thfc nave and altar, Chapel-bell no more shall ring, Matins swell, or vespers whisper, As the cowled monks do sing. Muteeach voiceofniirth and gIadnees, Wassail song and frolic glee; Minstrel's song, rewarding largess With its tones of melody. Each and all, that erst were bloom- ing, Now are overpast and gone; Rust, and blight, and darkness loom- ing O'er each worn and mildew'd stone. O'er them now Decay doth triumph, E'en though ages mock'd his prey; Desolation sits in silence, Holding court in ruins grey. But 'tis man, of all creation, Sole triumphant o'er decay; He, though bound awhile in fetters, From them soars at length away. Death, Decay, and twin corruption, Then on him lose all their pow'r; Life immortal, sown within him, Ripens to the full-blown llowlr. Here Decay's vast empire ceases, Bounded by a sea of life; Perfect being ever after, Ends 'twixt Death and Life the strife. S. B. BEAL.

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