CONTEMPLATION . Thou, o my grief, be wise and tranquil still, The eve is thine which even now drops down, To carry peace or care to human will, And in a misty vale enfolds the town. . While the vile mortals of the multitude, By pleasure, cruel tormentor, goaded on, Gather remorseful blossoms in light mood-- Grief, place thy hand in mine, let us be gone. . Far from them. Lo see the vanished years, In robes outworn lean over heaven's rim; And from the water, smiling through her tears, . Remorse arises, and the sun grows dim; And in the east, her long shroud trailing light, List, o my grief, the gentle steps of night.