"Literature and Art." Weekly Dispatch 1.2515 (20 Jan. 1850): 38. Excerpt.

The Germ. No. I.--Aylott and Jones, Paternoster-row.----
This is the first number of a little unpretending work, which carries on the progressing tendency of the age in a manner both unique and praiseworthy. The poetry is of a very high order, and there is much of that mysticism in which Coleridge used to clothe his sublime thoughts, found embodied in a paper entitled "Hand and Soul." We shall be better able to judge, however, from future numbers. The following little dreamy poem reminds us of Uhland:


Where sunless rivers weep
Their waves into the deep,
She sleeps a charmed sleep;
Awake her not.
Led by a single star,
She came from very far,
To seek where shadows are
Her pleasant lot.

She left the rosy morn,
She left the fields of corn,
For twilight cold and lorn,
And water-springs.
Thro' sleep as thro' a veil,
She sees the sky look pale,
And hears the nightingale,
That sadly sings.

Rest, rest, a perfect rest,
Shed over brow and breast;
Her face is toward the west
The purple land.
She cannot see the grain
Ripening on hill and plain;
She cannot feel the rain
Upon her hand.

Rest, rest, for evermore
Upon a mossy shore,
Rest, rest, that shall endure,
Till time shall cease;--
Sleep that no pain shall wake,
Night that no morn shall break,
Till joy shall overtake
Her perfect peace.

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Copyright © 2000 Thomas J. Tobin.

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