3 APRIL 1880, Page 15



A LOVE that wanes is as an ebbing tide, Which slowly, inch by inch, and scarce perceived, With many a wave that makes brave show to rise, Fails from the shore. No sudden treason turns The long-accustomed loyalty to hate, But years bring weariness for sweet content, And fondness, daily sustenance of love, Which use should make a tribute easier paid, First grudged, and then withholden, starves the heart; And though compassion, or remorseful thoughts Of happy days departed, bring again The ancient tenderness in seeming flood, Not less it ebbs and ebbs till all is_ bare.

0 happy shore, the flowing tide shall brim

Thy empty pools, and spread drill tangled weeds In streamers many-coloured as the lights Which flash in northern heavens, and revive The fainting blossoms of the rocks ; but thou, 0 heart, whence love bath ebbed, art ever bare !