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POETICAL WOEKS 



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CONTENTS OF BYRON'S POETICAL WORKS. 



■WVEArinCAL ■rETOH..... * 

^DTUtTItEIIKHT TO MITRRAT't LOKDOR 

KDITlOIt 1 

■OURS OF IDLENESS; A. S«riea of Fa«ms, oticliial 

RBd frmnaUted.. t 

IMinlloo Y 

Tntmet • 

Oo the Dettb or ■ roQDg Ijtdj, CoadD to lh« Anlhor* 

and very dear to bim 6 

») S 8 

To D « 

BflUpboa • Friend _ t 

A Frafmeol ,. 9 

On iMTiQg Ncwetead Abbey 9 

Xiaee whtteo Id "Letter* of u ItaltaD Nua and 

•a Ea(llab Oealleaua : b; J. J. Bouueaa : fouaded 

•■Facta" 9 

Aaawer to the foregoiag, addreased to Miaa ^~^— . 10 

Adriao'a Adilresa to hia Soul when dying 10 

Traaalatioa from Caloltua. Ad Lenbiam 10 

Traaalatloa of the Epitaph ouVircil aadTiballua, by 

Domitiua Maraua 10 

tmMalion or Tibulloa. •' Solplcia ad Cerialham". 10 
Traoalalioo rrom Catullaa. •' Lagele Venerea, Cq. 

pidlDeaqoe." &" 10 

Imitated (rem CatQllaa. To FJlea 10 

TranalatioB from Horace. "Juatoia et teoacem," 

iu. 10 

From Aaacreon 11 

Fnm Aoacreflo 11 

From the Promethetu TiDctua of Aeachjloa ...... 11 

To Kmma 11 

To M. 8. e _. 19 

To Carolloe 13 

TaO-t Same , 11 

To IteSame U 

Staniaa to a Lkdj, with the Poema of Camoeoa.... 13 

Tba Firal Kiaa of Loee 19 

Od a Change of Maatera at a (reat PubUe School .. 19 

To the Duke of Doiaet 19 

Fraf menl, written abortly after the Marriage of Miaa 

Cbawcrth 14 

Sran'a. A Medley It 

Oa a dialant View of the Village and School of Har- 
row oo the Hill U 

ToM 16 

To Woman 16 

To M S.U 

To Uary. oa receiTiog her Picture .a... • 19 

ToLeabia 10 

Line* addreaaed to a youog Lady, who waa alarmed at 

the Sound of a Bullet hiaaing aear her IT 

LoTe'a laal Adieu 17 

Damaetaa 17 

To Marion 17 

To a Lady who preaeated to tha Author a Lock of 

Hair brauled with bia owa 19 

OvtarofAlea. A Tale IS 

The Epiaode of Hilaj and Euryalu II 

Traiulalioo from the Medea of Euripldea 99 

Tboufbta auggeated by a College Examination.. ••. S4 

To a beautiful Quaker -. M 

The Comeliaa 3b 

An Occaaiooal Prologue to " The Wheel of Fortune '• 36 

Oa the Death of Mr. Fox 36 

Tha Tear 36 

Eeply loaome eeneaof J. M. B. Plgot, EaQ.iOa tha 

Cruelly of hia Miatreaa 29 

To tha alghlog Strephos 29 

To Elila 39 

Lacbio y tiair ■ •« 

To Romance 

Anawer to aome elegant Veraea aeol by a Friend to 

the Author, complaining that one of hia Deacrlp. 

tiona waa rather too warmly drawn 38 

■legy oo Newatead Aboey 3£ 

Chlldiah BrcolleclioDa ~ 

Anawettoa baantifal Poem, entitled •• The CommoB 

Lot" 

To a Lady wboprcaeuted the Author with the Velvet 

Band which bound her Treaae ._ 

Remembrance 93 

Llaea addreaaed to the Bee. J. T. Bechcr, on hia ad- 

vlalng the Author to mix mora wilh Society .... 
Tha Death of Calmar and Orla. As Imitation of Man 

phaiaoii'B OaalaA • 



L'AmltIa aat rAmoar aana Allaa i 

The Prayer of Nature 9t 

To Edward Noel Long, Eaq 9* 

Oh! had mr fate been inio'd with **lin« ! ......... 99 

Iwould I were a careleaaChild H 

When 1 roTnJ a young Highlander »•. 99 

To George, &rl Delawarr IS 

To the Earl of Clare 91 

Lioea written beneath an Elm in the CharchyuU 

of Harrow I* 

Altlcle on the " Houra cf Idlcneaa," from the Edl*. 

burgh BeTiew 9i 

ENOLTSH BABDS AND SCOTCH REVIEWERS; 

A Satire 41 

Preface 41 



Poelif 
THE CURSE OF MINERVA . 



ODE TO NAPOLEON BUONAPARTE TO 

HEBBEW MELODIES 71 

She waika in Beauty • Ta 

The Harp the Monarch Minalrel awept TS 



If that high World. 

The wild Gazelle 73 

Oh! weep for Ihoae •• 73 

Oo Jordao'a Baoka 73 

Jcphlba'a Oaughier 79 

Ob ! anatch'd away in Beauty'* Bloom 78 

My Soul ia dark 73 



I thei 



neep . 



Thy Daya 

Song of Saul before hia last Battle 73 

Saul 74 

"All la Vanity, saith Ibe Preacher" T4 

When Colduess wrape thia auffering Claf 74 

ViaioD of Belahatzar • 74 

Sun of the Sleepleaa 75 

Were my Boaoin aa fulae aa thou deem'al It to bv.. 75 

Herod'a Lament for .Vlariamoe 76 

On the Day of toe Oc'.trucliun of Jcruaalem by Tito* T6 

By the Ri>era of Babylou we aat down and wept... 75 

The Deatruciino of bennachonb T9 

A Spirit paaseJ before me. From Job 76 

THE MOKOANTE MAGGIOBE OF PULCI» T9 

Adveitiaeuent T9 



theoiaoub 

the bride of abydos . 
the corsair 

LARA 



8T 



SIEGE OF CORINTH »....„...._. IM 

FARISINA ~~ 141 

PRISONER OF CHILLON ....>... - 148 

BEPFO „ a. ........... 190 

MAZEPFA -..„ 15* 

THE PROPHECY OF DANTB » 183 

Dedication 163 

Preface ie3 

Canto I 189 

Canto II 196 

Canio 111 M 

Canto IV let 

THE BLUES: A Literary Eclogue 168 

THE VISION OF JUDGMENT 173 

Preface 171 

THE AGE OF BRONZE; or. Carmtn Seculare at 

Annua baud Uirabilia »....« 180 

THE ISLAND 199 

OCCASIONAL PIECES, 1807— 1B24 1»I 

The Adieu. Writleu under the Impreaaioo that th* 

Author would eoon die «».., 197 

Toa eaia Lady «..~ 198 

To Anne «.._»..» - 198 

To tha Same ..~ ».._.. ....»_-..~. IM 



CONTENTS. 



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Yo u Oak al Rawalcxl ]M 

Od ttclailmt Harrow IW 

CrIUpk <iD jQha Adama. ol Boutbwall I» 

\omj 8oQ 199 

yarawrll : tf evtfr foodeat Prayer 200 

Bri<ht ba Iha Plarr of tb; Soul 300 

When watwri|inrtH 2(K) 

To a joolhful Frifud 200 

Lion iQHcnbrd uptic a Cup formed from a Skull... 201 

Well '. Ihou an happy' 201 

loarriplioa oo the Mcnumml rif a faTciurit<> Do; .. 901 
To a Lady, no bein^ aftked my Reasoa for quiltiog 

Eoglaod lo the bpnoc 302 

Bcmiod me oot, reniiod me ant 20^ 

There waa a Time. I need oot oame 202 

»Jd wilt Chou weep whro I am low! 203 

riU the U.iblel ai;.iiD. A S og 203 

tjlaotaalo a Lady, oo leaeiog Raglaod 203 

Line* to Mr. Hndi;ana 304 

Linei wruieo lo ao Album at Malta 304 

To Klnreore 2<M 

Btaolaa coropoaed durioe a Thnoder Storm 306 

Staoxai* wntlea iQ pa-aiug the AmbraeiaQ Gulf 'joe 

The Spell i> broke, the Ijha.-m in dnwD : 3011 

Written after Mwimmiof; from Se-toa lo Abydoa.... 306 

Lioex m the Traeellera' Book at Arcb.imemia 300 

Maid of Atheoa' ere wa part 20ff 

Tnnalalioo o' the Nataea' Dole in the Medea.... „ 307 

My Epitaph 307 

Bukitilute for ao Kpitaph 307 

Linea vtntler. beueaih a Pirture 2n> 

Traualalioo ot (irret War Soog J07 

Trainlat'oo of Homaic Suoe 307 

On Parting 30n 

Epitaph f'r Jn-epb Blaikelt 2l)ei 

Farewell lo Ma'ta 2tU3 

To Diees. A Fragment 3ou 

Oh M(j<jre*a iMfil operatic Fafi-e, or farriral Opera .. 30t» 
Epi-ile to a Friend. Ill anawertn aome Linea exhort- 

iu{ the Author lobe rheerful, and to*'b,uiah care" 2011 

Tolhyraa. " Without a 8toiie."4c 20il 

Stniat. "Aviay, a«ay' ye Noteacf Woe" ....210 
S'anzjta. *'One eirueele tnore. and I am free".... 3tO 

Eothauaaii. " When Time." \f 2 in 

Btaoxaa. "And Ihou art dead, aa young am foir" .. 211 
Btaiiua. ■■ If •ometiinea in the Ma.iUtK of Men". 2; I 
Oo a CoroeliaL Heart, which was broken 311 



the Fr. 
I lo a Udr < 



eping , 



•The Chain I fir." he. From the Turkiah .... 312 
Lioea written oo a blank Leaf of "The Pleoaurea of 

Memory " 312 

Addreae, oo the opening of Drury Laue'rhealce, Ibl3 312 

rarenthetoal Aiklreaa, bv Or. Plugiary 213 

Vef'H'a fouwl lo a Hummer House al Hales-Owen.. 219 

K^meraber Ibee 1 remember tbee ! 3!3 

To Time 313 

Timnalulion of a Romaic Iaivc tfoog 314 

■Ujbus. *'Tbuu art ool fulae. bul thou an Ackle" 314 
On being asked, what waa the "Origin of Love ".. 314 
■Untua, "Remeinberhim, whom Passion's Power" 314 

Oo Lord Thurlow'a Poems 316 

To l/,rd Thutlnw 314 

To Thomas Moore. Written the F.Tenlng before 

his SIS I toMr. l^lgb Moot, May ID, 1BI9 SIS 

linprMmptu. - When from the Mean " die 316 

Sonoel, lo Oeneera 216 

ftjooel, lo the San 
From the Porlugo 
The neeil'a ririsa 
Windatr Porliea.. 
■twiua for Music, 
Addrraa for the Ca 
Fraccetl If *o Kf 
Coodiilatory Addle 

on the Kegeni's 



316 

IS." 2lf 

I unloishsO Rhapsody 21/1 



•Tu 1 



I ^^aeapa from KIba.. 



Ode from tba F 

WalsrIno." 

tnm lbs Freneh, - Musi Ihc 

Cbisfl" 

e> the aiaiof "Iba Uflos o( H 

Fnaak 



*• Ws do Pol rursa Ibsa, 



DOMESTIC PIECF.8: UU: 

Fare thee Well -»..„_..»„. 

A Sketch ^««. 

Stanzas to Augusta. " Whet; all around," tic 
SlaTtzas to the Same. "Though the Day of 



Epistle 



, my sweet Siaur," 139 



THE DREAM „ 

DARKNESS 

Churchill'a Grave; a Pad literally rendered , 
Prnmelheua 

A Fraemeot. " Cou 



Ballad 00 the Siege and Contiuosrof Alhama . 

Sonelto di Vittorelh, Per Monacu 

Traoslalioo from Villorelli. On a HuD 

'lanVM for Music. "Bright be the Place." Ac 

Mao.as for Muiic. "Thev sa ^nal Hope," 6ic 

■I Thooias Moore, " MyBoal li on Ihe Shore," Ac... 

•t 1 he pjsl of Helen by Caoova 

tf. oc for the Luddites 

N. we 'II go 00 more a roelog 

•| 1'h.imas Moore. " What are you doiog now." ftc... 

Versicles 

lo Mr.Murray. "To hook Ibe Reader," &c 

THE LAMENT OF TaSSO 

Eiuatle fiom Mr. Murray to Dr. Polidori 

Kpislle to Mr. Murray. " My dear Mr. Murray,"tie... 
To Mr. Murrae. "Slrahan. Ton.oo. Llolot," &c... 

On the Binh of John William Billo Hoppner 

ODE ON VENICE 



Ihe Pn 



heRepe«lor Lord Edward 



Soiioel lo Oenrge I 
FitZi:erald'a Forfei 

l':iiii:ram, from Ihe French of Rulhierea : 

Sisiixas. "Could Love for ever," «fe ! 

t'Q -jiy Wedding Day ! 

F.pilnph for Williom Put I 

Epigram. "Jn digging up your Bones," «£c t 

fran<;esca da rimini : 

Sisoius, "When a Man hath no Freedom," ace.. .. : 

Epigram. "The Wor:d is a Bundle of Hay," fte.. .. ; 

The Charily Ball 1 

Kpigram no mv Wedd.t^ Day. To Penelope ! 

Oo -ny Ttirty-thir^ B<,.b Day ! 

Epigram on the Braziets' company having resolved 

to pieaei'l ao 4doreta tc Queen Caroline : 

Mi.nial. Lit, I, Episl, 1 1 

Bowles and Campbell ! 

Epigrams oo Caallereagn 

J'lhn Real I 

The ('ooqiieat, A Fragment ! 

To Mr. Murray. "FurOrford and for Waldegrava," 

The irl'ah Avatar'.'.'..'.'.'..'..'..'..' .'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. i 

Ktanzaa wrilten helwaao F.3rence and Plaa. ........ ' 

Kiaiiiaa lo a Hinloo Air ) 

To the Cnuotesa of Bleaaioetoo 1 

Htantas Inscribed — " On this Duy I complela ny 
Tbittysiilb Year" I 

Api-endiK • ■ ■•• 1 

MANFIIFD ., I 

M\KINII FALIERO '. 

IIKA'/EN AND KARTII ) 

HARDANAPALIiB I 

TIIF. TWO FOSCAEI I 

CAIN < I 

WKRNER I 

THE nr.FORMED TIANSFIIBMKO I 

MILDR HAR'ILP'H PILUBIMAUS 4 

AnoenUl :— l>ols«toCblUa U-MLd - 4 



BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF LORD BYRON 



GEORGE GORDON BYRON, Lord Brron, waj 
•oro at Dover, on Itie 22.1 Jatiuary, 1768, He waj 
Jbe 8T»n<l>"n of the celef rated Admiral Bvron, and 
■uccfeded hi*: ereat-uiicit- Willian. L'.rd Byron, while 
«• school, in 1798. His falher was the admiral's only 
*i.^ Captain John Byron <f the piards. so notnrious 
for his pallanlnes and reckless dissipalKwi, by his 
•econd wife Catlisrine GorJmi, an Aberdeemliire 
hcire«», and a lintfal dcsceiidaul from the house of 
Hui'ley. By .ne eccentricity and misconduct of the 
iIJ l^rd Byrou, and of the captain his aephew, the 
ffpjiatioD of the faniilv nf Bvron, so ancient and 
aouourabfe in En^iish hisJnrv, fnd been cnnsiderably 
^u-inhhed. whin it was fated to give birth tn the first 
p^cl i>f his a^e. The former was tried by his peers 
. r killin? his relation, Mr. Chaworth, in a combat 
With swords after a ta\ern dispute, under circutn- 
-linrwi so eipiivocal. that he was indicted for murder, 
i. d oidy saved from the penalty attendant on man- 
ilau^hter by pleading his peerage, an escape which 
I'd not prevent him from being consizned by public 
ipHiion to a life of seclusion and obscurity. Captain 
Bjron, on the other hand, was so dissipated, that he 
nb.'ained the name of the "mad Jack Bvrou." He 
w:»s one of the handsomest men of his day, but so 
immepjed in all the fashionable vices, thai at ienelh 
l^ be seen in his coiiipany was deemed discreditable. 
In his tweiity-sevciitll year he seduced Amelia, mar- 
chitmess of Carmarilien, daughter of the earl of 
Holderiiesse, to whom, on a divorce foliowin», he 
wa« unitc-l in inarriat^e. This ceremony the itl- 
fated lady did not survive more than Iwn years, « lieu 
he took (or a second wife >liss Gordon, whose fortune 
be quickly dissijiaied, leaving her a destitute widow 
in I79I, with a son, the celebrated subject of tliis 
article, then only three years of ai?e. Previously to 
the death of her husband, liavin^ been deserled by 
him, Mrs. Byron jirudeiitly retired with her infant 
son to Aberueen, where she lived in narrow circum- 
stances and ETrcat seclusion. It is necessary to be thus 
paiticular in these preparatory details, in the present 
instance, because the sinsularity of the circumstances 
attendant upon the early cIiildh"od nf Lord Byron, 
teems to have operated very maleriaUy in the forma- 
tion of bis very slrikintc character. Cntil seven 
years of a^e the care of his education rested solely on 
bis mother, to whose excusable, but injudicious in- 
dulgence, some of the waywardness by which it was 
tubseqjently marked, was even by himself attributed. 
Being then of a weakly constituiioD^ that disadvan- 
Ikge, added to a slight malconformation in one of his 
feel, naturally rendered him an object of peculiar 
aclicitudc ird to invigorate his constitution, he was 
moi sent to achool. but allowed to brace his limbs upon 
Ihe mountaitis ii. the neighbourhood ; where be early 
acquired associations, aud encountered a mass of 
legendary lore which indisputably nurtured his poeti- 
cal tendencies. At the age of seven he was sent to 
the grammar-school at Aberdeen. In 179?, Ihe death 
of his great-uncle, without issue, pave Byron the 
titles and estates of the family, on wiiich, being then 
ten ye^rs of age, he was removed from the immediate 
tare of his mother, and placed under the guardian- 
ship of the earl of Carlisle. On this change the 
youthful rrd was placed at Harrow, where he dis- 
tiaruished himsell more by his love of manly sports 
Utd by his undaunted spirit, than by his attention to 
bis studies. 

While yet at school, he fell deeply in love with 
Mist Cliaw orlh, Ihe daughter and heiress of the gen- 
tleman who tuad fallen by the hand of his great-uncle, 
whom he met with on his occasional visits to New- 
Ctcad. This lady, ultimately, mairied another and 
»ore mahire suitor. 

Lord Byron was deeply wounded by this dlsap- 
^intment, and to the latest period of his life regaid- 
td it with the mo»t melancholy feeling*. 

1 * 



I Wnen between sixteeo atu! leventeeD. ba wat 
[ entered of Trinity College, Cam-)ridge ; and here, ag 
at Harrow, his dislike of discipline drew u[)Od him 
much unavoidable rebuke, which he repaid with 
I sarcasm and satire; and among other practical jokes 
kept a bear, which he observed he was training up 
I for a degree. At nineteen he (juiited the aniversity 
and to(»k up his resideixe at the family seat of New- 
' stead AbUy, where he indulged himself chiefly in 
I aniusemenl, and especialiv in aqualic sports and 
i swimming. In 1807, wh.le' still at Newstead. he ar- 
r.iniied his early productions, which he caused to be 
I printed at Newark, ynder the title of "Hours of 
j idleness," by George Gordon Lord riyron, a Minor. 
I These poems, although exhibiting some ind-icationof 
I the future poet, also betrayed several mark-, of juve* 
iiilityand imitation, which induced the Edinburgh 
reviewers to indulge in a celebrated attack, much 
less distinguished for wit or acumen, than for unrea- 
' souable causticity and ill-nature. The ridicule and 
neglect produced by this critique, roused the anger ol 
; the rising poet, who took his revenge in bis cele- 
t rated satire of " English Bards ai d Scotch Review- 
ers." It is unpleasant to relate that about this timo 
Lord Byron gave into a career of dissipation, too pre- 
\ valeut among the youthful possessors of rank and 
fortune, when aItot;ether uncontrolled. 'I bus hia 
I fortune was deeply involved before he had attained 
Itiral maturity, and his constitution much impaired 
i by the excesses in which he spent it. 1 his however 
j was not a course to last ; and in the year 1809, he 
■ deterniined to travtl, and accordingly, in company 
' with his fellow-collesian, John Cam H()bhousp, Esq.. 
he embarked at Falmouth, for Lisbon, and pr* ceeden 
I by Ihe soulhern provinces of Spiin to the Mediter- 
j ranean. His suojefpienl peregr^ ation in Greece, 
Turkey, &.C., need not be detailed here, haying been 
rendered so famous by his fine poeni of "Childe 
I Harold's Pilgrimage." He returned home in June, 
] I8I1, after an absence of two years, and had not long 
! arrived before he was summoned to Newstead, by 
the dangeious illness of his mother, who breathed 
her last before he could reach her. 

The publication of Childe Harold, which now took 
place, at once placed its author on the loftiest pin- 
nacle of poetic tame, 'I he splendour and originility 
of the poem astonished and dazzled his contempora- 
ries. Panegyric tlowed in upon him from alinOBt 
every quarter, and his acquaintance became univer- 
sally courted. His manners, person, and conversa- 
tion, were well calculated to heighten the allractioo 
at first created by his genius ; and" it is to be regretted 
that, amidst the allurements and excitement presented 
in the glittering world of fashion, Lord Byron be- 
came involved in intrigues which were scarcely cal- 
culated to enhance his reputation for morality. 

1 he quick and scrutinising glance which Lord 
Byron had cast on Eastern character and manners, 
were now manifested in "The Giaour;" "The 
Bride of Abydos : " "The Co<^ir," (the copyiight 
of which, as well as that of Childe Harold, he gaT» 
to Mr. Dallas;) "Lara;" and " The Siege of Co- 
rinth ; " which followed one another in quick lutcee- 
sion. For parliameiiary duties, he seems to have 
had a decided distaate; and it was not unt'-l his re- 
turn from Ihe Continent that he ventured to speak- 
He made his maiden speech in February, ISI2, from 
the opposition bench, against the frame-work bill, 
and was argumentative and lively, if not very 
original. Having now become a character whose 
support might be of considerable consequence, he 
was congratulated accordingly. Another time he 
addressed (he house in suppoi^t of Catholic emancipa- 
tion, -nd a third and last time ou presenting a peti- 
tion from Major Cartwright. 

Ou the ?d of Januar>\ tSl5, he married Annj \m 
oella, ouly daughter of Sir Ralph Milbaoke Noel 

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH. 



But, t9 wham Ke b&d proposed himself x year be' 
fen^ axid b«ea rejecled. The fortune received wiiii 
Ui lidy wu not lar^e, and bis own having been pre* 
Tio«ulT auch entbraJleJ, the reckless system of 
q|>ieoaour which succeeded the marriage, could not 
be loD^ mAiDtaioed, ajij after enduring considerable 
eabarnaunentf, it was bnally settled that Lajy 
ByroD, who hxJ presented his U rdship with a daugh- 
ter OQ the lOtb of December, should pay her father a 
Tuit uatjl better arrangements could be made. From 
this »iiit. Lady Byron ultimately refused to return. 
and a formal separation ensued, the exact merits of 
Which will most likely never be aaceriained. This 
nature produced a cousiderable sensation in the 
wcrld of iishion, and the most contradictory rumours 
prevailed, in the midst of which Lord Byron left 
EngtaDd, with an expressed resolution lever to 
return. He crctsed over to France, through which 
he passed rapidiy to Brussels, taJiing on hiB way a 
rarvey of the fielJ of Waterloo. He then visited the 
backi of the Rhine, S»-i!zerland, and the nnrth of 
Italy, and for some lime tnok up his atxhle at Venice. 
Here he was joined by Mr. Hobhouse, who accom- 
panied him on a visit to Rome, where he completed 
kit third canto of "Childe Harold," which showed 
Uial hi^ wounded minJ had in no degree chilled his 
poetic fire. Not long after appeared ■' The Prisoner 
o( ChilloD. a Dream, and other poems ; '* aiid lo 1817, 
** Manfred," a tragedy, and the " Lament of Tasso." 
Ia one of his excursions from Italy, he resided for 
■ome time at Abyiios, and thence proceeded to I'ene- 
dot and (he island of Scio, where he likewise staid 
three months, during which time he visited every 
classical scene, and frequently slept in the peasants 
eotUges, to whom his liberality OLide him a welcome 
neil. He also visited several other islands, and at 
len^h repaired lo Athens, where he sketched rr 
of the scenes of the fourth and last Canto of Childe 
Harold, which poem was published in ISIS. Jn the 
■une year appeared? the playftd jeu desprit of 
**Beppo.'' Id Ibid, was publi.shed the romautic tak 
of "Mazeppa^^and tlie same ye>r was marked with 
the commencement of bis •* Don Juan." In 1820, 
wai publisfatti "Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice." 
In (he same year appeared the noble dr.nia of 
"Sardanapalus; " **rhe Two foscari," a tragedy; 
and " Cain," a mystery. 

When l^rd I'lyron quitted Venice, after visiting 
■erera] parts of the Italian dominions of Austria, he 
■ettled at Pisa; where he became connected with the 
OuDba family, in whose behalf he e:idured some in- 
eonrentence, which ended iu (he banishmrutol (he 
COdou Gamba. and the open residence uf the Coun- 
toM with Lord Byron. Iu 1^22, in conjunction with 
Mr. Leigh Hunt, who on invitation had become hit 
ftiest, and Mr. Percy fiysslie Shelley, the peri(Klicnl 
publication called " 'I he Liberal." was conmienced, 
which, principally owing to the unha|ipy fate of Mr. 
ftbetley, (tvbo j>erished by the upsetting of a boat in 
the ^leditemnean,) exteiuled nniy to (our nunibers. 
la (hit work tint appeared the celebrated " Vision of 
Judgntent." ' Heaven anj Karth," a n.ystery, also 
first apjicared in ih^ Lib*nl. The later Cantos of 
DOD Juiu, with " Wenicr." a tragedy, and the •• De- 
formed Tranffnnir:d," a fragmeut, bring up (be rear 
of Lord Ityron'i performances. 

In (he autumn of IS22. he quitted Pita and winter. 
■I at Genoa, md now bi!gan tu indulge th«>»c frelino 
lo regard lo the efTorU of the Cretkt lo throw nfl the 
MahiOietan yoke, ubich delernnned hiin lo lend 
then the aid of bis [«rvjQ, purse, and inAurnce. In 
AufutU tK23. he rmlarked. arcnmianied by five or 
mm irUadt, id an Kugltih fenel vtbicb be had tired 



for the purpose, and arrived at the commescciDaDt of 
the third campaign. He established himself some 
time IU Cephaiouia, and generously advanced I2,OOC 
pounds sleiliug in aid of the cause which he had 
espoused. After due preparation, he sailed from 
ArgosToli with two louian vesi^els. and takins con- 
siderable specie on beard, he proceeded (o Misso- 
longhi; v.bere, af-er considerable hazard and dangei 
and the loss of one of his vessels, he finally arrirjd, 
and was received \%ith ever\- possible mark if 1 a;- 
our that Grecian gratitude could devise. HisinfiLeAft 
was very salutary in the mitigation of the ferocil] 
with which the war was waged on the part of th« 
Greeks; but it was much more difficult to produce 
union among their leaders. He immediately l*gir 
to form a brigade of Suliotes. five hundred of whom 
were taken into his pay, with a vie« li an expedilioo 
against Lepan'o; but such was the disorderly and 
unsettled t:!mper of these troops, he was obliged to 
postpone it. This unexpected disappointmeolprey- 
ed on his spiiitg, and on the 15th lebruary, be wai 
attacked xMth a sjTsr? fit )f he epilepsy. He had 
subsequently other attacks, ol', at length (he viotenco 
of the disorder began to yield to tlie skill of his phy- 
sician, and be was recommended lo remove for a 
while from the flat, man>hy, and unhealtliful site ol 
MissoloDghi to Zante. This step, with hli usui] 
tenacity, he refused lo take: " I cannot quit Greece, 
(he wrote lo a friendj while tliere is a chance < f my 
being even of (suppObed) utility. There it a ttaJu 
worth mllions; such as I am, and while I can stand 
at all, I must stand by the cause. While I sav this, I 
am aware of the di&culltes, dissensions, ancf defecti 
of the Greeks themselves, but allowance must be 
made for them by all reasonable people." On (ha 
expedition against Lepanto being given up, other pro- 
jects were proposed with reference bnlh to military 
operations and lo congresses for uniting eastern and 
western Greece ; but, unhappily, (he fatal moDieot 
was at hand, which vtas to deprive the Greek cauM 
of its firm and energetic friend. 

On the 9th of April, Lord B>Ton, while ridinjf oo . 
got extremely wet ; and, scarcely recovered from tl, 
efiecis of his former disorder, a fever endued, whicJ 
it is (bought might Iiave yielded to copious bleedinr 
in the first instance, bu( which, owing eiiher to bu 
own objec(ion. or the inadequate opinion of ihe phy- 
sician of the nature of (he disease, was destined lo 
prove fatal on ibe evening of tlie 19th April, 1824. 
The body of Lf)rd Pyron uaa brought to England, 
and laid in state in Jy>ndon, but uas sub>.equently 
escorted out of town by a funeral piocessiou, of whico 
several distineu>ibed characters, and a uunil>er of tho 
carriages of the nnbihly and per.iry formed a part 
It was received at Nottingham by the corjioration, 
and attended to the rdare of interment at Hucknell, 
near bis own seat vf .\c» stead Abbey, where a p^ia 
marble slab merely records bit name and title, date 
of death, and age. Besides Un only egitimaie child 
and lietress. Lord Byron lefl another daughter is 
luly, to whom he lefl 5.00CU. on the cnuditiou of doC 
marrying an Englishman. Ihe succeanr lo hm 
esUlc and title was his cousio, CapU George Amoa 
Byron, of (he royal navy. 

This is not (he pL-ice to en(er into an analytitof ^ 
meiiis of Lord Byron, nnr to charactenie speri 
ficatty liii various productions. Bui of one IhiD^ wt 
may speak wiih a probability amounting aloio«t to 
certainty— and ttat is, ai tn the periLtncDCT cf his 
f>oeiical reputation. \Vhili( the Englith laofi^ifi 
tliall endure, Lord Byroa't pocou wiUhm m^ wbM 
ever i( piivuli. 



TRB 

WORKS 

OF 

LORD BYRON. 



ADVERTISEMENT TO MURRAY^S LONDON EDITION. 

AL J» distance of eight years from Lord Byron's death, in arranging his poetical works for thii Ihe finrt 
nvpletc and uniforai editiou of them, it haa been resolved, after much consideration, to follow, a« closely ■ 
DOUitle, the order of chronolo^. \Vith a writer whose pieces do not prominently connect theni^Irea with 
tee actu?j sequence of his private hibtor}-, another course mi^ht have seemed more advisable; but, io the cue 
^i ca* whoii jtDtposilions reflect constantly the iucidents of his own career, the developenient of his eenti- 

4W3ts, and tfec pTo-wth of his character — in the case of a Petrarch, a Burns, a Schiller, or a B}Ton, the 

fcit'antages of the plan here adopted appear unquestionable. 

The poetical works of Lord Byron, thus arranged, and illustrated from his own diaries and letters — (to 
many of which, as ''et in MS., the Ediior has had access), — and fmm the information of his surviving 
friends, who have in general answered every enquiry wi;h prompt kindness, — will now present the clearest 
picture of (he hi8!or\- of the nian, as they must ever fonn ihe nof.lesl monument of his ^nius. 

Besides ihc juvenile miscellany of ISOt, entitled " Hours of Idleness,'* and the satire of " English Bards and 
Scotch Reviewern," first puhlishwi in 1SG9, the present volume embraces a variety of Occasional Pieces, many 
of them now first priuted, written t»etween IK)7 and the summer of ISlO. Its contents bring down, theretore, 
the poetical autobiography of Lord Byron, from the early days of Southwell and Harrow, to (he lime when he 
oad seriousU entered on the ereat work which fixed hi* place in the hiijhest rank of English literature. 

Here the reader is enabled lo take '* the river of his lite" at its sources, and trace it gradually from the boyish 
e^ons of passionately tender friendships, innocent half-fanciful loves, and that vaffue melancholy which han^ 
^r the first stirring of ambition, uniil, widening and ^tren^henins as it flows, it begins to aj.jiear discoloured 
• iin the bitter waters of thwarted all'ection and outraged pride. No person, it is hoped, will hesitate lo confesa 
tal new U^ht is thrown on such of these jiitices as had been published previously, by the arrana:enient and 
^notation which they have at length received — any more than that, anion? ihe miimr [Otins now for the first 
mne printed, there are several which claim a higher place, as productions of I^rd Byron's genius, than any 
c( those with which. Id justice to him and to his reader, lluy are thus interwoven. 

Composed entirely of verses written between tlie ages of fifleen and twenty three, this volume,'— even con- 
fidered in a mere literary point of view, — must be allowed to stand alone m Uie histon' o{ Juvenile Poetry, 
But every f^^e of It is in fact, when rightly understood, a chanter of the author's " confessions ;" and it is by 
cootempfatln^ these faithful records of the progress of his mintl and feelings, in conjunction with those already 
presented in the prose notices of his life. — which mutually illustrate and confinn each other thmnghnut, — 
(hut the reader can alone prepare himself for entering wilh full advantage oq the finst canto of Childe Harold. 

The Editor*! notes are indicated by the addition of the letter £. 
London, Junt, IS3^ 

HOURS OF IDLENESS,' 

A SERIES OP POEMS, ORIGINAL AND TRANSLATED 



VirfinibiB pnerisque canto. Horact, lib. 2. Oat I, 

M^t' !f in pjiK' iivtt ji^Tt Ti vttKu. Homer, Biad, 1,2491 

Be whiitlod u bo xrent, for want of thought Drydai. 



TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE 

FREDERICK, EARL OF CARLISLE 

KNIGHT OF THE GARTER, ETC., ETC., 

rX3 SECOND EDITION OF THESE POEMS IS INSCRIBED, BY HIB 

OBLIGED WARD AND AFFECTIONATE KINSMAN,* 

THE AUTHOR 

I n» Int a th« Vmion •dllloa. » Tint pobllatinl In ISOT. 

3 UiM , dnughtrr of xvilliam. fourth I/>rd Byroo ((rT«tl.erfa( unclr of Ih. ro*t\ b«ram., )D 1T48, th» wlfc 
Hury, f anh Karl of rarti-le. and waa tbr mother of Ibc ?rtb Karl, to whom tbia dedication waa KldrfaMd. fV 
kdT wa> a loetna In h»r "ay. The Fairr'a auawei to Mra. Orenllc'a "Pnijai of ladiflannca," U FMnh' 0$ 
tMtlan, la aaaallj Mcrtb«4 to bcr —S. 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



FKEFACX TO THE FIRST EDITION. 



Id nibmittiDS to the public rye the foUowini; collec- 
tion, I have uo! only In conifcil the diflicultiej thai 
writer* of vene i;en"all): encounter, but Djav incur 
Qie charge of presumption for obtruding myself on the 
world, when, Tithoul doubt, 1 might be, at my age, 
man usefully em|iloved. 

These prxxluclions'are the fmits of the lighter hours 
of a young man who has lalely conipleled his nine- 
teenth year. As they bear the internal evidence of a 
boyish mind, this is, perhaps, unnecessary inlormalion. 
Some few were wiilten during the disadvantijes of 
illness and depression of spirits: under the former in- 
ttaence, " Childuh RccolUcl ions," in parlicular, were 
eonposed Thisconsidera'inn, though it cannot excite 
ihe voice of praise, may at least arrest the ami of cen- 
mn. A considerable j'wirtion of these poems has been 
oriTately nrinleil. at the request and for the perusal of 
mj •r'.onds. I am sensible that the parual and fre- 
^acDtiT injudicious admiration of a social crcle is not 
Uie criterion by which poetical genius is to be rati- 
mat Jd, yet, " to do greatly," we must " dare greatly ;" 
and I have hazarded my reputation and feelings in pub- 
lishing this voliBie. **'! have passed the Rubicon," and 
must stand or fall by the " cist of the die.'' In the 
latter event, I shall submit without a murmur ; for, 
thnuj'.k not without solicihide for the fate of these efTu- 
noai, my ei|ieclation5 are by no means sanguine. It 
a probable that I may have' dared much and do!:e li'.- 
tle , for, in the ivords of Cow|.er, " it is one thing to 
wnle what mav please our friends, who, because they 
»re such, are apt to be a little bi:i3»ed in our favour, 
«nd another to ivrite what may please every body ; be- 
cause they who have no connection, or even know- 
ledge of the author, will be sure to find fault if Ihoy 
can," To the truth of this, however, I do not wholly 
mbscrihe : on Ihe contrary, I feel convince.1 that these 
triflea will not be treatcjl with injustice. Their merit, 
if they possess anv, will be liberally allowed ; their 
onmerous faults, oii the other hand, cannot eipecl that 
favour which has been denied to others of maturer 
years, decided character, and far greater ability. 

1 have not aimed at ciclusive originality, still less 
have I studied any particular model for imitation : 
•ome translations .are given, of "hich many are p.ira- 
phrutic. In Ihe original pieces there niayapiieara 
casual coincidence with authors whose works I have 
been accustomed to read ; but I have not been guilty 
of intentional plagiarism. To pro<Iuce any thing en- 
tirely new, in an age so fertile in rhyme, <vould be a 
Herculean task, .as every lubject has already been 
treated to its utmost extent. I'oetry, however, is not 
my primary vocation; to divert the dull moments of 
indispotirion, or the monnlony of a vacant hour, urged 
me " to this sin ;" little can be eiiiecied from so un- 
promising a muse. .Mv wreath, scanty as it must be, 
to all I sliall dciive from these proJuctions; and I 
•hall never attempt to replace its fading leaves, or 
pluck a nngle adilitional sprig from ernies ivh-re I 
«m, at best, an intruder. Though acciutmnrJ, il my 
younger days, to rove a careless mountaineer on the 
Highlands of Scotland, I have not, >.f late yean, h.ad 
tu benefit of such cure >ir, or so elevali-J a residence, 
m might eiiat:« jitf to sii'er the lists with geuume 
Inrdt, wlio hJie "nVriri both these ad-.anlages. Ilut 
Ihey derive e .a.Jeni'-le fame, and a few not lr« 
ffoflt, frtim th<ir pnidjctions; while I ilnll expiate 
my ruhnm .as an interln(*r, certainly without the la|. 
ter, and in all pmbalnliir with a very jluht ihare of 
th« former. I leave In others" virum voliiaie |wr <iri." 
I Inr.i to Ihe few i»hj will hear with patinice •• duica 
•it Anlfmn Kl loco," To Ihe former worthies I n-sif n, 
without re|iining, Ihe ho|« of immortiliiy, and nnitriil 
myself with the nol very njrnilnriit prospect of nuk- 
ing amongst "Hie mob of neii'leiin-ii wlio wnle;"— 
my readers mu»l drtermine wliell.ir Idirriay'-Hith 
eaje," Of Itie tionour ol a [»i«'huiiio'is jiage in *' Tne 
( •lal'rrua ol Royal and Not le Aulhnn."— a work to 
wbick i» tmnf a uutor jiUmU ^^j^"*" ■ liiaa- 



mucb as many names of considerable length touod* 
and antiquity, are thereby rescued from the roecurity 
which unluckily overshadows several vcluminoua pro- 
ductions of their illustrious beaiers. 

With slight hopes, and some fears, I publish tha 
first and last attempt. To the dictates of young am- 
bition may be ascribed many actions more criminal 
and equally absurd. To a few of my cwn age tht 
contents may ad'ord amusement : I trust they will, at 
least, be found ■harndess. It is highly improbable, 
from my situation and pursuits hereafter, that 1 shoula 
ever obtrude myself a second time on Ihe public ; not 
even, in the very doubtful event of present indulgence, 
shall I be tempted to commit a future trespass of ttM 
same nature. The opinion of Dr. Johnson on the 
Poems of a noble relation of mine,» " That when a 
man of rank appeared in the character of an author, 
he deserved to have his merit handsomely allowed " 
can have little weight witli verbal, and still less wiUi 
periodical censors ; but were it otherwise. 1 should be 
loth to avail myself of the priv:lege. and would rather 
incur the bitterest censure of anon\'iiious criticuaDf 
than triumph in booours granted iolefy to a Utle. 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



ON THE DEATH OF A YOrNG LADT, COUSIN 
TO THE AUTHOR, A-ND VERY DEAR TO 
HIM. » 

HushM are the winds, and stiil the evenin? ^looin^ 
Nnl f'en a yeiihir wanders through the erovc, 

Whilst I return, to view my M;if e^rel 3 tomb, 
And scatter ilowersoii the dust 1 love. 

Within this narrow cell reclines her clay. 
That clay where once such animation beam'd, 

The King of Termn leized her as his prey, 
Not worth, Dor beauty, have her life redeezn'd. 

Oh ! could that Kin? of Terrnrs pity feel. 
Or Heaven reverse the dreud decrees of fate! 

Not here the mourner would his Rritt revcHj, 
Not here the muse her virtues would relate. 

But wherefore ween ? Her matchlea ?ririt snan 
Beyond where splendid shines the orb of day ; 

And weepins ansels lead her lo those bowen 
Where endless pleaaure* virtue's deeds repajt 

And shall presumptuous mortals Heaven arraign. 
And, madly, c'^'ikc I'rovidence accuse? 

Ah ! no, far Ily frruii me attempts so vain;— 
I'll ne'er sutmissiou to my God refuse. 

Yet Is remenihrance of those virtues dear, 
Yet fifsh Ihe iiiemnrj- ot that t>e.iulei.us fece; 

Still tliey call f..rth my wann aftectinn's tear, 
Still ill oiy heart retaiu Uieir ivouleJ pUca. 



Let Folly smile to view the namei 
Of Ihee and ine it. friendship twinelj 

Yet Virtue will have Rrealer clamu 
To love, than rank wjih vice combiwrf. 



1 Thr Karl of ('■rll«lr. wtt.wr wnrkn hs*« lOLf nctlvvd 
tht m<*t^l nf public •prliii>«r. to «bicb, by Iheii iDirtnato 

WOTlh. tlirf Wfr» W.II rritlllrJ. 

3 Ttir aiiihor rlaima itie tn-liilcrnr* of lb« rrftdvr man 
for ihi* pir.-» ih«T«, p>Ttiap«, mvj '-thir In thf c«ll«-lli>a| 
bill ■« It wtm wniira si tn carlirr prri•M^ ihio tbe cmI 
(b<- lie r»in|»^l «i ttir mxr »t rotirlrrD), iibtl hi* AralMMV, 
U prrfrrtf^l •uhinitltutf tl In Iht^ iDi1>it<*-u>p of bia rrtcM 
In \ut prncnt tiai«, to inakiat aiibrr atklitioa or •ll«t»* 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



Since mle dccR'd luv hifhcr birtllt 
f «< cnry nol thii «iudy sute ; 
Thiue i» the grille of uiodest w-ortlj. 

Oar louU »l least congenial uieel. 
Nor nui tliy lot i"V ""'' ili>«rae«; 

0« intercourse i; not l<^ s" 
liDce wurib uf nuk auppl 



I llie place. 
Noveuber, £02. 



If tluit with honour hii to ctowb my dif, 
Oti 1 niay no other fame n»y de«di npav ' 
Thai, oiily lAnl, shall riD^V out the •pot ; 
By Uiil reniember'd, or with tlial forjoC 



ON LEAVING NKWSTEAD ABBEY. 

"Vrtij iott Ihoa tvi'/J the hall, acn oC the » 
avK? Thou loukr>t froia thy lower t'i.<la7- y« 
t-'am, and ttlf bl.i.l of the deaert comsa, it ^vwls i 



Ib thee, I fonrtlv hoped to clasp 
A friend, whom Jeilh alone could tenr 

Till envv, with iii«ri^nanl erasp, 
Deuich'd thee from my breast for (Ter. 

Tree, she has forced thee from my breast. 

Yet, in my liearl thou keeii'st Uiy seat; 
There, there ihine imaje still must rest, 

Until that heart shall cease to beiL 
And. when the jrave restores her dead, 

When life ajain to dust is Kiven. 
On thy dear breast I'll hiy mv hrad— 

Without thee, where would be my heaven? 
February, 1S03. 



EPITAPH ON A FRIEND. 

• 'Aarfif )rpl» jtiv fAo/ijrts Ivl iuiolo-iv Ivo^." 
Laerltxu, 

Oh. Friend '. for ever loved, for ever dear '. 
What fruitless tears have bathed thy honour'd bier! 
What siahs re-echo'd to Ihv |larlin^' breath. 
Whilst thou wast strujslins in the paiin of death I 
Could tears retard the tyrant in his course ; 
CouM sii;hs avert the dan's i-leiiiless force ; 
Could youth and v.rlue claim a short delay, 
Or beaiitv charm Hie spectre from his prey ; 
Thou still hadst lived to hless my acliine sisht, 
Thv comrade's honour and thy friend's delight 
If iet thv jeulle spirit hover nish 
The sjiot where now thy inoulderins ashes lie, 
Here wilt thou read, recorded on my heart, 
A ?rief loo det-p to trust the sculptor's art. 
No marble marks thy couch of lowly sleep. 
But liviiu; statues there are seen to weep ; 
AHlicIion's semblance bends not o'er thy tomb, 
Affliction's self deplores ihv youthful doom. 
What thoush thv sire lament Ins failing line, 
A father's sorrows cannot equal mine 1 
Though none, like tliee. his dviii? hour will cheer, 
Tet otiier oUspring soothe Ins ansmsh here : 
B\», who with me shall hold thy forinei place? 
Tl.ne iiiia»e. what new friendship can efface? 
A-i, none 1 —« father', tears will cease to flow. 
Time will assuaie an infant brolhcr's woe ; 
To all, save one, is coiisotation known, 
While soliiarj- friendship sighs »lone. 



A FRAGMENT 

When, to their airy hall, mv fathen' voice 
Shall call my jp:nt, joyful in their choice ; 
When, poiseil uixin tlie sale, inv ("nn shall nde, 
Or, dark mi misl. dnreiid the moiintaiirs side ; 
Oh 1 n.av mv shade beliolJ no sculpfir'd urns. 
To mark the spot where eirlh to earth returns! 

No leii'thcn'd scroll, no pi '-'''' ••""•'- 

Mj epitaph shall be mv K 



Throjsh Ihv bifJements, Newstead, the hollow wiudi 

w hisilc ; 



■■encumber'd stone ; 



In thy once smiling garde 
Have choked up the i 



; bloom 'd in the 



Of the mailcover'd Barcns, who proudly to battle 

Led their vass-als from F.urope to Palestine's plain. 
The escutcheon and shield, which with every blai 
rattle. 
Are the only sad vestiges now that remain. 
No more doth old Robert, n ilh harp-stringing numben 
Raise a liame iu the breast for the war-laureUM 
wreath; 
Near Askalon's towers, John of Horislan < slumbers, 

Unnerved is the hand of his minstrel by death. 
Paul and Hubert, too. sleep in the valley of Creasy , » 

t'or the safety of Edward and England they fell 
XIv fa'hers 1 the tears of your countrj- redress ye : 

GW vou fought, how you died, still her annals can 
tell. 
On Marston.' with Rupert,' 'gainst traitors contending. 
Four brothers enrich'd witli their blood the bleil 

field ; 
jr the nahis of a monarch their country defending, 
Till death their attachment to royally seai'd. 
Shades of hemes, farewell 1 your descendant departing 

Frtim the se.at of his ancestors, bids you adieu ! 
Abroad, or at home, vour remembrance imiarling 

New courage, lie'li think upon glory and you. 
Tliouih a tear dim his eye at this sad se]iaration, 

'T is nature, nol fear, that eiciles his regret ; 
Far distant he goes, with the same emiil.Mion, 
The lame of his fathers he ne'er can forget, 
riiat fame, and that memory still will he cherish; 

He vc ws that he ne'er w ill dissrace vour renown: 
l-ike vou he will live, or like you he will perish : 
When decay'd, may be mingle his dust with yo« 
own I 

S03. 



LINES WRITTEN IN " LETTERS OF AN ITA 
LIAN NIN AND AN ENGLISH GENTLE- 
W.AN: BY J.J. ROLSSEAU: FOUNDED -3N 
FACTS," 

" Away, away, your flattering arts 
May now bclray some simpler hearts; 
And you will smile at their believing. 
And they shall weep at your deceiving." 



In the parli of HorfieleT," paysTTiorolon, " there w»f 
l«. tomr of the rumit n'f which are r**! vis.ble, r«JM 
ilau (:&.ile, whifb was tte ct.tt nuiiHioa ol Ralph d« 



a 1 wn of 1 



• family of Byron i 



iimersted i 



.inrtu 



the I 



#eBmDl4 at If ewiteod, for whom he h**! tarniM > nmiantic 
■turbm.-Dt, 0/ oerUei dale Ibaa any ol ^u aobuol frtcad- 



e tbv kuigbts wbo fell oil the Klonoua 
Add of Cresty. — E- 

3 Th" baiile of MaretoD Moor, where the adbereoti ol 
CbHllea i. were defciitc^l. 

4 Bon of llie Elertor PsIatlDe. and Depbew to Cbarlea I. 
He a-ter-carda "■""■ "-' th< Beet Is ibe ni4> « 
Cbark* U. 



10 



HOURS OF IDLKNESS. 



4KaWER TO THE FOREGOING, ADDRSaSEO 
TO MIS3 . 

Dear, fimpie ^irl, ihoie flattering arti, 

Fron which thou Mst ;uaril fmf female hearts, 

Exist bu! in ini«inaiioD, — 

Were pLinioms of ihme own creation ; 

For he who news thai witchiri» ^race, 

That perfect fonn, that lovely ("ace, 

Wilh tya adnnnn^, oh ! believe me. 

He o£ver vt'i^hea lo Jective thee: 

Once i:i thy i>nlish*J mirror elince, 

Thf'U 'tt there descry ihai elei^ince 

Which from our sex deiiiaud:) such pnuei, 

But envy in the ni her raises: 

Then he who tells thee of ihy beautT, 

Believe tut, onlv <Jot» hi' i!utv : 

Ah: fi; not ("roni the cnnaid youth; 

I. is not fliUery, — 'l is truth. 

Jalj, 1804 



Quae DoQc abidia id lora — 
Fatlidula. njida. Dudula. 
N»c, Qt aultM, (labia jocoa?] 

Ah! jenlle, fleeting, warVin* sprite, 
FheiKl and iiaociate of this cls,y ! 

To wfiat unknown region borne. 
Wilt thou now wins (hy dij^ant tiight/ 
No more with wonted humour ^y, 

Bat pallid, cbeerlesa, and forlorn. 



TRANSLATION FROM CATULLUS. 

AO LESBlASf. 
Cqml to Jnre that youth niu»t be— ■ 
Greavrr than Jore he aeenis to me — 
Who, free frniu JtMlnusy's alarna, 
Securely news thy mi'chlrsB chamw. 
That clieek. which ever diniplin^ g'owt, 
That «jou:li. fn>ni %vhencc such iiiuiic floiri| 
r.- hini. alike, arc alwayB known, 
Reserve)! for hmi. and hinn alone. 
Ah- Le^ia: ili^u^h *t is death to me, 
I cuinoi chooK but look on ihee; 
Bui, at the ai^hl, my senses f1- ; 
I oe<H]s niust eaze, bui, fri^iu^, flie; 
Whilit 'renibliNC wiih a thi.unnd fean, 
I*arch'd in ih*" 'hrrwt niv toneur adlieres, 
Mv iml^ l>eit3 ipjick. riiv breaih heave* ftbOTt, 
My linili^ deny thnr slight supiiort. 
Cold dr y% my fiallwl f ice o'erspread, 
Wilh dra'i " l-inguor drort|»^ my head, 
Mv ear? with linuhne »-ch'»e» ring, 
And life itvlf ik on ilic wine : 
Mjf ^ta refuse the checnnr ncht, 
Th«' ■ orl» are veileH L" iiarle^ nich! 
S*>t!i pa.in '(ly (i=<<iJ''« i,rkk beucaln, 
Axd feeli a tciu(X>rary death. 



BT POMlllt'9 MaRSCS. 

R« who fltiMin*e m fp>r nitn.t^r^ r^IlM, 
A(i'( 'm- mtv a-rurk ihr HirTrr h re of Inve, 

By Ikw'h'a^ (iiir.]<ul lunJ ahkr cnntmM'd, 
fit ootiiradca in Clyiiau rcKiona move ] 

1 rh» aB<: •- 



lillTATION OF riBULLUS. 

**ba/|n...« ad CenQtbum."— Lib. 4. 
Cruel Cerinthus: does the fell disease 
Which racks my breast yo\ir tickle boson pleue? 
Alas 1 1 wish'd but to o'ercoiiic the pun. 
That I mishi live for love and yo' sfain: 
But now 1 scarcely shall bewail n.; ute: 
By ddlb aloue 1 can ivoid your bate. 



TRANSLATION FilOM CATULLOa 

[Lusete, Veoern, Copidineaque, ftc] 

Te Cup'ds, droop each little head, 
Ncr let your wiiig^ with joy be ipread. 
My Le^bia's favourite bird u dead, 

Whom dearer than her eyes ahe lOT«d : 
For he was ccutle, and so true. 
Obedient to her can he flew, 
No fear, no wild alsrm h»* knew, 

But L^btly o'er her bosom moved: 

And softly flulterin? here and there, 
He never sought to clenve the air, 
Bui chimip'd oft, and. free I'mm care, 

Tune*! to her ear his erateful strain. 
Now having pus'd the §!foniy bourn 
From w hence he never can return, 
tiia death and Leshia's erief I mourn, 

Who si»h5, alas ! but si^hs in vain. 

Oh ! curst be thoi;, devonrin* ^rave ! 
Wh(«e jaws eternal vif-tinu crave, 
From whom no earthlv power can bv^ 

For Ihou hait Ja*en the bird away. 
From thee my Lestu'j'i eyes overflow. 
Her swollen cheeks with neepiu? glow 
Thou art the cause of all her woe, 

Receptacle of lifers decay. 



IMITATED FROM CATULLUS 
TO ELLEN. 
Oh *. miuht I kiss those eyes of fire^ 
A million scarce would i|uecc: dean: 
Still would 1 steep my li[« in olva, 
And dwell an a«e on eve.7 kiss: 
Nor then mr ftoul sliould sated be; 
Slill wuuld i kis»aiid din* to thee: 
Nou^hi should my kiM fmm thine di»en 
Still would we ktsss and kiss for ever; 
E'en though the numl»en did exceed 
The ypllow Inrvesia couniles seed. 
To rwrt would be a vain endeavour: 
Could 1 desist ? ~ ah : never — never. 



TRANSLATION FROM HORACEi 

[loatam et Iraamn propoaiU TlnuD* te.) 

The niAO of fim ar.d noble «ouI 
No faciiouaclainour^ cari cmitrol. 
No lhreariiin< tyrant's darkling brow 

Cm iwenr iJni from his jutt intent: 
Galea the warnin waves which plough, 

Bv AusUr on the billows &j>eiit, 
To rofb the AdriVic main. 
Would awe hts hx'd deleniiined mind in ndP 

Ay. anJ the rwl ncht ami of Jove, 
Hurilinx Ins liKhUiinrs from :«h«tv«, 
Wilh all his Icrmtx fherr unlurlvi, 



He 1 



uld. t 



Thr flaniei<if an ckpirnx world, 
A(n<» in crwii'iir clt.in» m..'d. 
In vait pmniiaruinH rum hurl'd, 
Mirht licht h * (loriou* funen) pflei 
Kill dauntlou uidsl the wreck ot earth he 'i ■ 



HOURS OF IDLtiNKSS. 



u 



FROM ANACR£ON« 

[OiX« Xtyuv ArpuiaSy K. r. A«] 

I with to tuD« my quivering lyra 
To deed! o( fame xud uutn of fira ; 
To echo, from its nairi^ swrll, 
How heroei fought and natioriB fell, 
Wheu Atreus' soai advauced to war 
Or TTTian Cadmui roved alnr ; 
Sul itill, to martial strains uokDOwn, 
My Ivre recurs to love alone. 
Fired with the hope of future fame, 
1 leek some unbler heroes u.ime; 
The dyins; chords are struue; anew, 
To war. to war, my harp is due: 
With glowing string, the epic stndn 
To Jove'i great sou 1 raise a^iu ; 
Alcidei and his glorious deeds, 
B^usalh whose arm the Hydra bleeds 
A-M ill ID vain ; my wayward lyro 
Wakes silver notes of soft desire. 
Ai i\i, ye chiefs reuo\rn'd in arms I 
Adieu toe clang of war's ainrms 
To other deuls my soul is strung, 
And sweeter no'es shall now be sung; 
My harp shall all its powers reveal, 
To (el! the tale my heart must feel ; 
Love, I^ve alone, my lyre shall clajm. 
In 100(1 of blin ind ligiu of flame. 



FROil ANACREON. 

{MtvowKTuus irod' itpaiSt f^* ^* ^0 

Twu novr the hour when Ni^ht haddriveo 
Her car half round yon sable heaven ; 
Bootes, only, seem'd to roll 
His arctic charge around ihc pole; 
While mortals, lost in genTle sleep, 
Forgot to smile, or ceased to weep: 
At this lone hour, the i^anhian boy, 
Descending from the realms of joy, 
Quick to my gate directs his course, 
And knocks with all his litile force. 
My vision fled, alamt'd I rose,— 
" What stranger breaks my blest repose?" 
"Alaat" replies the wily child 
In falteriiig accents sweeily mild, 
•* A hapless infant here 1 roam, 
Far from my dear mitemal home. 
Oh ! shield me from the wintry bUatl 
The nightly storm is pouring fast. 
No prowling rol>ber lingers here. 
A wandering Inby wlio can fear ?** 
I heard his seeming artless lile, 
I heard his sighs upon the ^le: 
My breast was never pity's foe, 
But f*-U for all the baby's woe. 
I ^rew the bar. and by the light 
Voung Love, the infant, met my siglit; 
His bow across his shoulders flung, 
And thence his latal <|niver hung. 
Ah' latledid I *hmk the dart 
Wou.J rankle soon within my heart). 
With care 1 tend m^ weary guest, 
His little fingers chill my breast j 
Hif s:io8By curls, his arute wing. 
Which droop with nightly showers, I wriip 
His shiverins; limbs the embers warm ; 
And now reviving from the storm, 
Stnrce had he felt his wonted glow, 
Than swift he seized his slender bow :— . 
*' I fain would know, my gentle host," 
nt cried. " if this its str'enirth has loft; 
I fear, rrlaxM with midnight dews. 
The strings their foniier aid refuse." 
With poison tipt, hii arrow flies, 
Deep Lb mj tortured heart it hm j 



Tlien loud the jovo as urcnin laugh'd : — 
" My l>ow can still tn:pel the shaft : 
»T is firmly bx'd. thy snjhs reveal it ; 
Say courteous hobl, caust thou not feel it ^ 



fbom the prometheus v1nctd8 of 
a:schylus. 

[Mijfa/i* 6 ndvra vi^uv, «. r. A*} 

Great Jove, to whos.e almighty throne 

Both gods and roorLils houiage pay. 
Ne'er may my soul thy power disuwoi 

Tliy dread behests ue>r disobey. 
Oft shall the sacied victim fUl 
Ins 
My 
'Gaiiist him who rules the sky and azure nufeb 

How ditTerent now thy joyless late, 

Since first Hesiono thy bride, 
When placed aloft in godlike state, 
The Liushine beauty by thy side, 
Thou sat'st, wbile reverend Ocean smiled, 
And mirthful strains the hours beg-jiled, 
The Nymphs and Tritons danced around, 
Noryetthydoom wuilx'djDor Jove relentless fh)wnU 
Harrow, Dec 1, 1801. 



TO EMMA. 

Sloce now the hour is come at but, 

When you must quit jour anxious lorer 

Since new our dream ol bliss Is past, 
One i>ang, my girl, and all is over. 

Ala* ! that pang will be severe, 

Which bids us part to meet no mora; 

Which tears me Tar from one so dear, 
Departing for a distant shore. 

Well ! we have passed some happy boon 
And joy will mingle with our tears* 

When thinking on these ancient towera, 
The sheiler of our infant years ; 

Where from this Gothic casement's height 
We view-d the lake, tne park, 'he dell. 

And still, though tears obstruct our sight, 
We Imgeriug look a last farewell. 

O'er fields through which we used to run 
And spend tlie hours in childish play ; 

O'er shades where, vvhei* our race wai oOD^ 
Reposing on my breast you lay ; 

Whilst I, admiring, too remiss, 
Forgot to scare the hovering flies, 

Tet envied every fly the kiss 

It dared to give )'0ur slumbering eyee 

See still the little painted bark, 

In which 1 rwv'd you o'er the lake , 

See there, high wavin? o'er the park, 
The elm 1 claaiber'd for your saie. 

These times art. pas - our joys are gone^ 
You leave me, leave this happy vale; 

The^e scenes I must retrace alone : 
Without thee what will they avail ? 

Who can conceive, who has not proTOd, 
The anguish of a last embrace f 

When, torn from all you fondly loved. 
You bid a long adieu to peace 



1 Lord njrron in one of till dlertei raym, *• My Qrst Hu^ 
row Ter^eK, (that is, RnijhBh, •■ Kiercisn), ■ truvlaMo* 
of ■ chorua friim the Prumetheun of Aeschylus, wero r»« 

I celTed by Dr. Drury. my graud palir^a (our brad martar] 
bat couWj. I4o oae had, at that time, Uif IfesI MtM| 

'•tell sbQoM tataiO* \alDfomj,"—^ 



la 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



Thi« a th« deepejt of oar wofs, 

For this these lean our cheekj bedew ; 

Thii IS of love the final close, 
Oh, God I the foadesU la«t adieu : 



TO M. S. G. 

WheneVr I view those lips of thine, 
Their hoe invites my Tervent kiss; 

Tet, I forego that bliss divine, 
Alai '. it were unhallowM blisa. 

Whene'er t dreani of that pure breaat, 
How could I dwell upon its snows ! 

Tet '^ the daring wish represt, 
For that, — would banish its repose, 

A fiance from thv soul-searching eve 
Can raise with nope, depress with fear ; 

Yet 1 conceal my love, —and why? 
1 TTould Dot force a painfui tear. 

1 ne'er have tild my love, yet thou 
Hast »een my ardent flame too well ; 

And sh^M I plead my passi'm now. 
To make thy bosom'i heaven a nell 

No ! for thou never canst be min^ 

United by the priesi's decree : 
By any lies but those divine, 

Ahoe, my beloved, ttiou ne^er thalt be. 

Th'ni let the secret fire consume, 

liCt it consume, thou shall not know: 

With joy I court a certam dffom. 
lUtber than spread its guilly glow. 

I ▼'ill cot ease my tortured heart, 

Hy driving duve eyed peace from thine 

Bather than such a sting imparl, 

£ach thought presumptuous I resign- 

Te»! yield those lips, for which I M brave 
More than I here shall dare to tell; 

Thy innocence and mine to save, — 
1 bid thee now a UsX farewell. 

Yes ! yield that breast, to Keek despair, 
And hope no more thv soO embrace* 

Which to obtain my soul would dare, 
All, all reproach, but thy disgrace. 

At least from guilt shall Ihou be free. 
No matron shall thy shame reprove; 

Thougti cureless p-'nes may prey on nuB^ 
No martyr shall thou be to love. 



TO CAROLINE. 

ThinkV thon I saw thy beauteous eyea, 
SufTined in tcare, implore to stay ; 

And h''ard unmoved Ihy plenteous si^ht, 
Which said far more than words can say } 

Tboueh keen the rricf Ihy tears erprest. 
When lave and Ihm* lav l«otli oVrihrown ; 

r«t sllll. niT ffirl. Ibis bteediuc brrajl 
Tbrobt tf Willi deep SL<rrow as Ihine oxfxk. 

Vit when rair cheeks with anguish gtoir'd, 
W "'O Ibv tweel lii»i were jfunM u, mine, 

The teafi t^al fnun ».> evelid. rlow'd 
Were lost in IUm which fell fnun (hioe. 

Tbnu cnuld'sl not feel my bunting rherk, 
Thy ruihiiig tr^n Iia'I i|tieiichM its AaiBO, 

And u Ihy l/'iigiir rH.i)%l l<t i|-r:Jr. 
In ttgtis alone it bmllinl my oaine. 

Aaq yet, ni)- rirl, ve werp in vain, 

ta Ta4ii CI r fiio lu sighs drpluri 



Remembrance only caB remain,— 
But that will make as weep the mon 

Again, thou best beloved, adieu ! 

Ah ! if thou canst, o'ercoroe regret, 
Nor let thy mind past joys review,^ 

Our only hope is to forget 



TO CAROLINE. 

When I Tiear yon express an affection so warm. 
Ne'er think, mv beloved, that I do not believe 

For your lip would the snul of suspicion disarm. 
And your eye beams a ray which can never deceifA 

Yet, still, thif fond bosom regrets, w-htle adoring. 
That love, like the leaf, must fall iiito the sear; 

TTiat age will come on, when remembrance, deplco*!!^ 
Contemplates the scenes of htr youth with a tear 

That the time must arrive, when, no longer retaining 
Their auburn, ihtT^e locks must wave thin to the 
breeze, 

When a few silver hairs of those tresses remaining. 
Prove nature a prey to decay and disease. 

*T is this, mv beloved, which spreads gloom o*er my 
features, 

Though I ne'er shall presume to arraign the decree. 
Which fif>d has proclaim'd as ihe fate of his creaturei^ 

lu the death which one day will deprive you of me. 

Mistake not, sweet sceptic, Ihe cause of emotion. 
No doubt can the mind of your lover invade ; 

He worships each look with such fai'hful devotion, 
A smile can encliaot, or a tear can dissuade. 

. But as death, niy beloved, soon or late shall overtake va^ 
j And our breasts, which alive with such 8>'mpalb« 
1 glow, 

Will steep in the grave till the blast shall an-ajte ns, 
( Wlien calling tlie dead, in earth's bosom lild low,— 

Oh '. then ?et us drain, while we may, d»ught* of 
pleasure, 
Which fnmi passion like ours may unceasingly flowj 
Let us pass round the cup of love's bliss in full measure^ 
And qualT (he contents as our nectar below. 

1805. 



TO CAROLINE, 

Oh ! when shall Ihe grave hide for ever my sorrow? 

Ob! when shall my soul wiug her flight from tbii 
clay ? 
The present is hell, and the coming tomorrow 

But brings, wiih'oew torture, 'he curse of today 

From my eye flows no tear, from ray Zips floif tf 
curves, 

I blast not the ficnd« who have huri'd me from bU« 
For j-wr is Ihe soul which hewniling r. hcanes 

Its querulous grief, when in anguish tike ttat. 

Was my eve, *s4eid of tears, with red fury fbkei 
bri;;liriiiiig, 
Woulil mv lips breathe a flame wbtcb do streua 
C'ulJ .TMuage, 
Go our foes <ihniiid my glance bnch In vengeuK« Ji 

idththitig, 

With lntii5p»rl my tongue ^ive a loose to its nfsc 

Bui now learn and curses, alike unavailing, 
Wnuhl add In the M>iiU of our lyrnnls deltrht; 
I Coiild they view us nur sad senaminii bcw.-wnnff, 
'I'bcir mercilns heart would rejoice al the si|lit 

Yet tlill, Ihouxh tvc ben<l wilh a frigiiM rnignjilirw 
l,iic iM-an.i no) f,.r us with one rav Hut ran chl •'> 

Love and hoiic ufKin earth bnn^ no more rtiiisolii i 
l<i the (nve it our bope, fur lu life <i uur fstf. 



UOUxtS OF IDLENESS. 



13 



Ob ; wl«n, KT adored, id the lomb inll (hey pts<.« me, 
Si£>r«i ill life, tbve xiui irieudshif* for rve'r zrn fl«d ? 

If uc^iu in Ibe noiision of death 1 emtrace ibee, 
PerhafB they will leave uamoleftted the dead 

180& 



STANZA5 TO A LADT, 
WITH THE PUEMS OF CaMOENS.* 

Thw vo!ite p!ed^e nf fond tsteem, 
Pcrhapt. dear girl ! fvr dic ihou It pnx*; 

It nii^ uf love's eor lanhns dream, 
A theme we tie~er can de:»pise. 

Who blames it but the enrinus .boL 
The old snd diAif-noiott-d iiiiid ; 

Or puj'il of the prudish school, 
In uugle iorrovT dcwni'd lo fade ? 

Tbet read, dear ^rl ! wilh feeling read. 
For ihoa will ne'er be one of (ho»0; 

To tbee Id tx^d 1 ihall not plead 
1%. pity for the poet^ woei. 

H« ^r%M in » o(h a ^eouine bard ; 

KJ wat no faint, gctitinui flaniei 
like bu, oiay Inve be thy reward, 

Bat not thy baplea £ate the ■am& 



THE rmST KISS OF LOVE. 

'£pa»Ta uovvov ^;^li.— Jnocreon. 

Away inth Four fictions nf flimsy mnvince ; 

Tho« tissues nl Ulschood which hWv has wove ! 
Give me the mild Inam of the soul-bre^lhuig glance, 

Or the rapture which dwells on the first lust of luve. 

Te rhymers, whose bo«oms wilh phantxsy rlow, 
■Whose pastoral passions are made for tijc ^mve; 

Fiom what blest inspiration vour sonnets would flow, 
Could you ever have tasted the fint kisa of love. 

If Apollo should e>r his assistance refuse. 
Or the Nine be disposed from your service to rove, 

Invoke them no more, bid adieu to the muse. 
And try the effect of the first kiss ol lo\-e, 

hate you, ye coM compositions of art : 

Though prudes ma »• condemn me, and bigots reprove, 
court the effusioua that spring from the h^cart, 

Which throbs with delight to the first kiss of love. 

1 3nr shepherds, your flocks, tho«c fantast-ical theme*, 
Perhi.^ may amuse, lb:>u;h they nrver can move: 

4readia di^splars but a reeion of dreams ; 
What are visions like theac to the fii^l kiss of love t 

Oh ' cease to afTinn that man, since his btrth, 

Fl-»m Adnm till now, has with wTe'chedneso atrove; 

torn ii>rtion of paradise !till is on earth. 
And EUeu revives in the first kiss of love. 

WVn age chills the blood, when oor pleasores are 
past — 

For years fleet awav with the wirurs of the dove — 
The dearest renieinhraDce will still be the last, 

Our sweetest memorial the fir»l kia- of love. 



1 LorO Btnoffbrd'i truMlatioDi at Camoeos' Anunorr 
Vcrae*, aad LiUlc'a Poem*, art meoiioo^ bj Mr. Moore 
M ksTtot bt.«« at Uus period t CartunU tlody of Lori 



ON A CHANGE OF MASTF>RS AT A GREAl 
fLBUC SCHOOL. 1 

Where are those honours, Ida I once vour own, 
When W>1-;b 1 hllM your u.agisvrial tbiDM / 
As ancieui Ki)iiir, (anl tailing lo discrace, 
HaiI'd a Uirbanan m hft i'r^r% place. 
So you. dt^eiterate. share as hard a fate, 
And sen' h-mp^-sus « hert jnur Pmliusr!^ 
Of iiarn.w l.iain. yrt uf a o>rn»wt.r sou!, 
Foni|insu!. If l(l& you in his harsh control j 
Pr'uiptisu*. l»y iK> si'Cial virtue suaj-'d, 
With lloiad jargon, and with rain mradc; 
Willi noisy iiou>ense. anil new-faugJe.! rule^ 
Such as were ne'er before enforced n '^cbooU 
Mistaking (ledau ry for leat nine's laws. 
He env»rns, sanctioned but by self applause, 
Wi:h i m the sanie dire fac attending; Rume, 
ll'-'fted Ma ■ ffou must sLimp your doom : 
Like her o'erthmwn, for ever lost to fame, 
No trace of science left you, but the name. 

July, ISTo. 



TO THE DURE OF DORSET.! 

Dorset ! whose early steps with mine have atray^ 
Eiplorine every palh of Ida's clade ; 
Whom still adection 'aueht me to defend, 
And naue n>c less a r> rmt than a b-iend, 
Though the harst- custom of our jouthful )»and 
Bade thtr obey, the gave mt to comiidnd ; * 
1 hee, on whose htad a fe »v short years will ahower 
The ^ft of net es aud the pride o^ power ; 
E'en DOW a natiie iHusinoub ts thmc onn, 
RcDOv^nM in raiiK. noi far beneath the throne. 
Yet, Dorset, let not this se»Iuce thy soul 
To shun fair science, or e\-adc mnirol. 
Though passive tutors, » fearful to drepraise 
The titled child, whose future breath may raise, 
View ducaJ errors with indul?etii eyes. 
And wink at faults they IrenXle to chastise. 

When youthful jnrasites, wh" U-fid the knee 
To wealth, their »nlden idol, nr>i to thee. — 
And even in simple lyivhtxxi's opemnj; da^m 
Some slaves are found to flatter and to fawn, — 
When these declare. " that |>iimp alone abotikl wail 
On one by birth predestined to be creat ; 
1 hit iKXiks nere only nieant for drud^nt froli, 
That gallant spirits scorn the conauon rulca;" 



1 lo March. IfOS, Hr. 
nf hcMi-muier at Huro 
ler. — S. 

3 " Dr. Vrarf, whom T plowed t'lariforl^, was 1b« 
beat, the kiodet'l (and jri-l sinrt. too/ frifnd I rvt-r bad 
acd 1 took upoo btm ■till u ■ tethrr." — Byrvn Diary. 

9 Id looking o*er mj papers to select ■ few additinna. 
poema for \ii\» a«-<x)Uil edition, I Touud ihe abovr \\ot% 
whicb I h«d totally forfutlen, compum^ in the sumcier at 
IW6. ■ short lime preTinae in ntydc|Mrturr from Harrow. 
They were |i<J:ew^ to a youi.^ whooJftfllcw of big:, ranl^ 
who had t>eeD my frequeot rompftuioo io eoine rambles 
thmueh the QeightwuntiRrnuDlry : however, he DeTtrww 
the hu^%^ sDd moat pnjbably never will. Aik oo a re-pe- 
rusal, 1 found Ihem DOl worxe than ■omr other piecrt ic 
the coUerlloD, I ha*e now publirbe<I th*-ni. f^ir the first 
lime, after a alicht re»iai..ii. — fUeorfp^rhD Frt-dthck. 
fourth Duke of I)oreet. b<.ro Woromber 15. K«. Tbia 
amiable Dobteman wa> killed by a ti]I from hiH tJr«e, 
while buutins orat DuMid. Kebriiary 32, IBI&, beine <tD a 
viait nt lh€ time Ic hu muth-r. the d>i*-Le*M]owa3Kr. umJ 
heriteY-ond hua'iao.1. charle- Earl o* Wbitworth.ttei. Lord 
Lieuteuatit of Irflaod.} 

ry publir m hool lb* Jonior boy* sre cnmpletety 



I ihe opf' 



I liD they atla-.Q a »e«l la 

\h\B fftau U 9r batioi., \ery 

I p«r1o4 



the hiKhe 

properly, oo class u czrcipt \ bat aft«r a 

Ihey cummaod lo (aro ihoae wbo aoocwwl. 

6 Allow me to diMcUtm any prranaai anafft'<aB, erca tk« 
moat distant. 1 merely meotios faftaraUj wkfti la UM 
oncD the wmkae— at ^xtctpuu%. 



14 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



EteUeve them not ; — they point the path to tluu&c, 

Aikd seek to b'ul the tioDours of thy DUDe. 

Thtd to the few in IJa'h early throng, 

WboM souls disdain net lo condemn ihe wtodc; 

Or if, uiiidat the cooirades of ihy youth, 

None dare to raise the itenier voice of truth, 

A&k thine own heart ; U will bid Ihee, boy, rorbear; 

For totit 1 know that virtue tio^era there. 

Tes ! 1 have niark'd thee niany a passing day, 
But now new scenes invite me far away ; 
fes ! I have niark'd within ibal generous mind 
& soul, if well matured, to bless mankind. 
&h ! tbot^h myself, by nature haughty, wild. 
tVb<-<m Indiscretion haild her favourite child; 
Fhouch ever)* error slainps me for her own, 
And joonis my fait, I fain would fall alone ; 
rh">ugb my proud heart no pn-cept now czn tami^ 
I.'ovc the Tirtues which I cannot claim. 

*T :s not enough, with other sons of power, 
Ts gleam Ihe lambent meteor of an hour; 
To swpII some peerage pai^f in feeble pride, 
With long-drawn names that grace no page beabfs 
Then ihare with titled crowds the common lot — 
(i> life just gn^ed at, in the grave forgot ; 
While nought divide* Ihee f'roni the vulgar dead. 
Except the dull cold stone that hides thy head. 
The mouldering 'scutcheon, or the herald's roll, 
That well-embfazon'd but neglected scroll, 
Where lords, unhonour'd, ju (he tomb may find 
One spot, to leave a worthless name behind. 
Thtrt *i*>ep, unnoticed as the gloomy mults 
That veil their dust, their follies, and their faulti, 
A TiM, with old armorial lists o'erspread, 
In records destined never to Ije read. 
Fain would I view thee, with prophetic eyes, 
ICxalted more among the good ana wise, 
A glorious and a long career pursue, 
As first in nnk, the finit in talent too: 
Spurn every vice, each little meanness shun ; 
Not Fortune's minion, but her noblest son. 

Turn to the annals of a former day ; 
Bright are the deeds thine earlier sires display. 
One, though a courtier, lived a man of worth, 
And caird, proud b<jast ! the British drama fortlL 
Another view, not less renown'd for wit ; 
Alike for courts, and camps, or senate* fit; 
Bold in the field, and favcur*d by the Nino; 
In every splendid part ordain'd to shine ; 
Far, far diitinguish'd from the glittering throng, 
The pride of princes, and the Ixiast of long. 
Such were thy fathers ; thus preserve their name; 
Not heir lo lilies only, but to fame. 
The hour draws nigh, a few brief days will doie, 
To me, this little scene of joys and wo«a^* 
Each knell of time now wanis me to resign 
Shades where hope, Feace, and Friendship all were 

mine: 
Hope, that ould vary like the rainbow^s buo, 
Aud gild (heir pinions as the moments (lew ; 
Peace, lliat reflection never frown'd Jiway, 
By dreams of ill to c'oud some future day ; 
Frieadship. whose truth let childhood onir tell ; 
Alas ! they love not long, w ho love so well. 
To these arlieu '. nor let me linrcr n'?r 
■^cenn ^iPd, aa exttei hail their native shore^ 
fleruling slowly throujEh the dark-blue deep, 
Beheld by eyes that Dioum, yet caraiol weep. 

Dorset, farewell \ I tvill not a<4t one part 
Of lad remembran^i- in so ynunc a heart ; 
The cnmins mcnow from thy youthful mind 
Will «wfe]i iny name, nor leave a trace behind. 
And yet. |H*rha|«, in nonie maturrr ymr, 
Since cltanee has thnmn us in the wlftame ipLcre, 
Since (he sanif! seriate, nay. Die tame dctale, 
May one d*y claim our siifrrajce U>t tne sialc, 
We hence may meet, and pa-s r«ch r>ther br 
With faint regard, or cold .ii»l distant eyo. 
for me, in future, nei'hrr fneml or f?« 
A stranger to ibysclf. ijiy weal or wn«. 
With thM DO otort again I hi>pe to tja«s 
Tb* *«eaUMboB of our mj\j nem ( 



No iDore, as once, in social bout reirice, 

Or hear, unlen in crowds, thy welUknown woitm. 

Still, if the wishes of a heart untaught 

To veil those feelings which perchance it ovghtt 

If these, — but let me cease the leugtheo'd straili| — 

Oh ! if theae wishes are not breath(^ in vain, 

The guardian seraph who directs thy fate 

Will leave thee clorioui, aa be fouxul thee rraat. 



WRITTEN BHORTLY AFTER TH« HAS 

RIAOE OF MISS CUAWORTH. 

Hills of Annesley, bleak and barren, 

Where my thoughtless childhood ttny% 
How the northern tempests, warrinf^ 

Howl above thy tufted shade ! 
Now no more, the hours beguilinf, 

Former favourite hauntx I see ; 
Now no more my Mary smiling 

Hakes ye seem a heaveu (o mi. 

180S 



GRANTA.— A MEDLEY. 






Kol tdvTm Kpa 



Oh ! could Le SageV i demons fift 

Be realised at my desire. 
This night my trembling form hcM lift 

To place it on St. Mary's spire. 

Then would, unrooPd, old Granta's halls 

Pedantic inmates full display ; 
Fellows who dream on lawn or stalls, 

The price of venal votes to pay. 

Then would I view each rival wight, 

Petty and Palmerston survev: 
Who canvaa there with all their mijht, 

Against the next elective day. S 

Lo ! candidates and voters lie 

All lull'd in sleep, a goodly Duaber: 
A race renown*d for piety. 

Whose conscience w uu't disturb their tluBta 
Lord H— ,> indeed, may !»t demur; 

Fellows are sage reflecting men i 
They know preferment can occur 

But very seldom, — now and then 

They know the Chancellor h-u got 

Some pretty livings in dmpoaiT: 
Each hoiies that one may be his lot, 

And therefore smiles on hu prapo«L 
Now from the soporific scene 

I Ml turn mine eve, as night growt lata. 
To view, unheeded and unseen. 

The studious tons of Alma ftlatec 
There, in apartments sma!l and damp^ 

The candidate for college prizee 
Sits porinc by the midnight lamp ; 

Goes la'e to bed, yet early risea. 

He surely well deserves to gain them, 
With alt the honours of his cotli^*, 

Who, st-iving hardly lo obtain them. 
Thus seeks unprofitable kD0wladj[«i 



1 The nisbli Aottrui of V* A*(r, when AnMdt^tlM 
demon, pisrra ttnn VAr^ttu* ud (D •U*tt*d •itnatloa, ttoi 
unrui>r« lh« tt'iusn tf,r iDcpvclloo. 

9 Ob ihr dratti of Mr. ntt. !■ JuMty, IfML Lord ■•» 
ry P'tlj siHl Ixird ralmfnlna w«r« raad «■!«■ lo rsf r» 
•TBI lb* llDlvrraltjuf CsmbrtOt* >■ yultoKsaL — r 

I KJwardllsr«t7 n«ok«, IhM UM IU«ft». HU 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



15 



WfeA uaiteta hoore of rest 

To toui preciiely metre* Atti« ; 
Or a^tate* hit uixioui breast 

in aolving probleois DuLhemitici 

Wbo TCTds false ^Jantitiea in Sealef> 

Or j}U2zIe» o'er the deen thsngle ; 
Deprived of many a nhnlesnuie meal ; 

Id barborouc Laiia ^ doom'd io wruftt 

KeoouDCinc eiTry pleasing pa^ 

Froiu authors of hisioric use ; 
tivfenin^ lo the lelierM sa?e, 

The tquare of the hypotbeDuse.* 

StiJlj harmless are these occupatiooi. 
That hurl nniie but the hapless studtnt, 

Cozupared with other recreations, 
Woicb bricg together the imprudent ; 

Whose daring revels shock the sight, 

When Tice and Infamy combine, 
Wheo drunkeuness and dice invite, 

At trery sense is steepM id wine. 

K*A so the methodisiic crew, 

Who nlaiis of reformation [ay t 
Ib humhic attitude they sue, 

And for the sins of others pny : 

Forcttting that their pride of spirit, 

Their exultation in their trial, 
Detnicts mc«t lir^dv from the merit 

Of all their boasted self-deniaL 

T is mom : — from these I turn my si^ht 
What scene is this » hich meets the eye? 

A Bomerous crowd, arravM in wbite,^ 
Acr«B the green in numbers fly. 

liMd hnp in air the chapel bell ; 

T is hush*d : — wbAt sounds are these I hear ? 
The or)^*s soft celestial swell 

Rolls deeply on the list'oing ear. 

To this is joinM the sacred song. 
The royal minstrel's hallow'd strain; 

Though he wha hesri the music louf 
Will never \s1sh to hear a^io. 

Obt choir would scarcely be excused, 
Even as a band of raw beginners ; 

All merer now must be refused 
To sucK a set of croaking smnen. 

If David, when his toils were ended. 

Had heard these blockheads sin; before him, 

To us his psalms had ne'er descended, — 
In furious mood he would have tore'enL 

T£ke luckless TsraeliteSf when taken 

By some inhuman tyrant's order, 
Were x^ked to sin^. by joy fonakeOf 

Oo Babylonian river's border. 

Oh I bad they sung in notes like (hen, 

Inspired bv stratagem or fear, 
Thev might have set their hearts at eua, 

The devil a soul had stayM to bear. 

Bat if I scribble longer now, 
The deuce a soul wilt stay to read ; 

Mypen is bluDt, my ink is low ; 
nr is almost time to slop, indeed. 

1 Bc«l«*s pnblirstton od Greek Metres dltpltys eonsider* 
ab>a tstent snd lDj;eDDitr, but, as might be expected Id so 
difflrult ■ work, ii not remarksblo for ftocuracy. 

3 Tbe Latin of the school* is of the csnrnt tp»ti$», and 
•ot very iotelHrlblt. 

S Th« disroTsry of Pythuioras, that the square of 'he 
hyfothesDM w vqusl to (h« squares of ths othsr two sides 
sf m rifht-ABirleO trianclc- 

4 •■ s satai's day ths stodsats wewsarpHoss la chap«L 



Therefore, ^ewtil, old Graota^ spi;v I 
No niore, like Cleufas, 1 Ay ; 

No more thy theme my muse inspiret : 
Tbe reader 'i Unsd, and so am L 



ON A DISTANT VIEW OF THE VILLAGE AM 
SCHOOL OF HARROW ON THE HILL. 



Oh ' mlbl praeterltos referst si Jupiter i 



- Virtii 



Te scenes of my childhood, whose loved reccLVcetioo 
Enibiilers the present, compared with the past j 

Where science tir^l dawuM on the powers of refiectios 
And friendships were formed, loo romantic to last ; 

Where fancy yet joys to relrace the resemblance 
Of comrades, in friendship and mischief allied ; 

How welcome lo me vour neVr-fading reniembranea, 
Which rests in the bosom, though hope is denied I 

Again I revis:! the hills where we sported. 

The streams where we swam, and the fields where 
we fought ; 
The school where, loud wam'd by the t)en, we resorted, 

To pore o'er the precepts by pedagogues taught. 

A^in I behold where for hours I have ponder'd. 
As reclining, at eve, on you tombslnne * 1 Uy ; 

Or round the steep brow of Ihe churchyard I w&nder'd. 
To catch the last gleam of tlie sun's selling ray. 

I once more view the room, with spectators surrounded. 

Where, as Zanga,6 I iroj on Alonzo o'erthrown ■ 
Whiic, to swell my young pride, such applause* t** 
sounded, 

I fancied that Mossop '^ himself was outshone : 

Or, as Lear, I nour'd forth the deep imprecation, 
Bv mv daughters, of kiogdoni and reason deprired 

Tilt', fired by loud pUudiIsS and self adulation, 
1 regarded myself as a Garrick revived. 

Te dreams of my boyhood, how much I regret yoa 
Unfaded your memory dwells in my breast ; 

Though sad and deserted, I ne'er can forget you i 
Your pleasures may still be in fancy i>ossest. 

To Ida full oft mav remembrance restore me. 
While fate shall' the shades of the future unroll • 

Since darkness o'ershadows the prospect twfore maif 
More dear is the beam of the past to my soul ! 

But, if through the course of the years which await in« 
Some new scene of pleasure should open to view, 

I will say,whilewi»h rapture the ihougWslLill elate m& 
**0b ! iuch were the days %vhich my infoncy knew-^ 
JS06 



TOM . 

Oh ! did those eyes, instead of fire. 
With bright but rild affection shine, 

Though they mlgh* kindle less desire, 
Love, more than mortal, would be tain*. 



ft They show s tnmb to the rh-jfchysrd at Harrow, ctta- 
mantliog 8 Tiew o»er Windsor, ■which was fo well known 
to 1>« hia tavQurite r»ting-place, tbat the tioyB call^ )( 
"Byron** Tomb;'* anJ here, they eajf, he used to lit for 
hoiira, wnpt up in thought. — £. 

fl For the diaplay of Mb declamatory powers «a lbs 
•pjcch-dayn, he selected slway* the mn«t vehemeDt pss' 
■agea; Much Bi the a[>eech of Zaoga nrer the tody of Aloa- 
so, and Lear's aildren to th« storm. -^E. 

7 Mossop, n cotemporary of tJarrick, famous for his ps^ 
formitnce of Z&oga. 

8 M My grand patron. Dt Dmry, had a ireat notion thai 
I shoQld turn out so ontor. from my flutncy, my tattoo* 
leace. my Tolc«t, my ccptouness of i^tctuoalioo, tad nqi 
•cUoo.**— Bgrom JHary. 



lb 



frr tbrtu art fnm'd gn lieaveDlT fair, 

Howe'tr 'Jiwe prt» n jv wiidir bajL 
We nunl iw'mire, bul >till .l«.[jur j 

ThjU UUt gUont fortiidf qteem. 
Wbcn .Vatnre stmp'd tf.y hiautenaa birli, 

Ho HJucb MrttctioD in ihe** sboue, 
She fear'i Ihatj trc divine for earth. 

Tie ikiet aught cUioi thee for iheir OWB i 

nifTefnre, to fuin) her dewl tmrk, 
J«at aiKeli mufht dui.uie Uie pruau 

fee hade a ipxrrcl li(hlDiit( lurk 
Wiihiu lbcs« OBtc celertul ej-M. 

T}it>e tt>i«;hl the bnldnt sylph appal, 
Wheii gleamim >nlh nieridiui blaxt] 

Thv bcaulj- Uiuit eor^pture alt ; 
Bul \v ltf> cao bear ihme ardent gais ) 

T if «»'d that Berenice'i hair 
in Man adorm ihe eault of h«av«B ; 

•jt l!,e} would ue'er permit tbe« tber% 
TbuQ wouUit tc* Ur outahina Ih* affrca. 

For did those ere* ai planetj roll, 
Thj litter Ivhia "ould icarre appcu ; 

C en 'ilia, w-liict ipteDji nuw coniroi, 
Vioaii twmkl* dusJ; througii Uwir ^tev.* 

IKML 



TO WOMAN. 

WtsuB ! nperieoc* mi^bt ban toM a* 

That all oiual Icee thee tvbo behold tbaas 

Surelv eaperiencc inirlit have taught 

Thy nnueat promises are uaiigbl ; 

Bul, placed in ajl Ihv charms befora iul 

All 1 loriel, but to adore Ihce. 

Oh, atrmary I thou choicest blesaini^ 

When join'd » lib bni<^, when Hill ]iiimhi1||i | 

But bow much cunicJ by every lover 

When tiope is t1e<l and passion 's over. 

Wnuan. that fair and Mud deceiver, 

How pmmpl are striplings lo tielieve hal 

How throbs the pulse « bin lirjl iva iteir 

The eye that mils lu (losay blua. 

Or S|a'rkles biack, or mildly tbrosn 

A beam fmnj under hazel browi I 

How quxk we creOit ev<rr> oath. 

And bear her pliebt Ihe wolin^ tnlkl 

Fondly we ho(»- 't will lajt for ay*, 

>^'heu, lo ! she rbani^ in a day. 

This record will for ev«r atand, 

** Wottuji, tbj T0W1 arv tracad iB aoA.*ft 



HOURS OF ITLENESS. 



TO M. 8. a 

Wbm I draara thai yoo kna na, jm V nrcty txjtn 

Eatrod iiol your an^er to slM*f ; 
F^T in viaioria aJona your aiTertior raA litaf— 

I PaB, and it Icavca oia to wevp. 

Tba-i, Morphaua ' cnvelnpa aiy faraltlei (M, 

Shad o'er me your laninior beinrn ; 
ftould be dream of trvoi^ht but leaembJa thi tail, 

What nptura ccleatial » ojina I 

Thej tell ua tha* ilumbrr. toe aittar nl daath, 

Mortality's en.bleni it (rirtn ; 
To bit how I l< Qj lo resiru my fraij braalh, 
n thia ba a f.;. elaatt o< baa van I 



1 •Tvoaf Ike hIraM ttan la all lb« beavea, 
Ha*lB« ««• assiMM. ac lalraal bn tt«a 
Tfc Ivlaai* la Uall ■pkelsa tUJ Ihey r*tura.** 

Itsliftlra. 

• Tka hai Haa la ilmal a Marti tnaalaUaa fnim i 



Ah ! fron-n not, tweet lady, nnbeod yoor soft bvow, 

Nor deem me too tiappy id tlus: 
If 1 sin in oiy drearu, I atone for it noir, 

TnUB doomed but tn gaze u^n bltaa. 

Though tn viajnos, tweet lady, perhapa yOQ 

Ob . think not my peuanoe deficien! ! 
Whan dneama of roor presence my aiuMiten Hrritilli 

To anaka trUl ba turtora tufficieaU 



TO MART, 
OH IKCEIVINO HER PICTTHE.* 

This faint resemblance of thy i hanni, 

TVusli itrong at mortal ct ernld girt, 
My constant heart of fear dmimt, 

Revivea my hopea, and bidi me liTe, 
Hera I can trace Ihe l-»is of gold 

Which muad thy >.-v»7 f' rebead snTS, 
The checks which sprung from oeauty^ otoqU 

Tha Upe which made me beauty 'a a!a*«. 

Here I can traca — ah, no ! that ey«^ 

Whoae aiure Hoatt in liquid fira, 
Must all the painier's art defy. 

And bid him from the taaji ratira, 
Hera I behr^ld ita beaulenut ha« ; 

But whera "t the («ni ao sweeOy ifnTtl^ 
Which gate a lustre to it< blue, 

l.ika Luna o'er the ocean playinf t 

Sweet copy 1 far more dear to ma, 

Ijfelesa, unfeeling as thou art. 
Than all the livir,g fomia oiuld ba, 

Save her who placed thee next my bait 

Bbe placed it, ad, with needleaa fear, 
Lest time niieht shake my wavering KvL 

Cneonscious ihal her image there 
Held every senae in fast contraL 

Thro' hrora, thro' years, thro' tima, t vrill ckm 
Mv hope, in gloomy momenta, rtlaax 

Id life's last couDict 1 wiU ap|iear, 
And maat my fond eapirmg gaxe. 



TO LC8BIA. 

t^riiia I tinea fkr fron yoa 1 *ve r*ii|aA 
Our iouli with food affBctwo glow Dot) 

»o« tay 1 a I. not you, have cnangad, 
I "d tall yog why,— bul yet 1 know aoL 

Ttnr poliah'd brow no emres hava m^ 

Ant), l>e>bia ! we are not niu<h oldar 
■um, tnjuibling. fint my heart I loat, 

Ot told my love, with hope grown bolte. 
SiKtaeo waa then our utmasf age, 

Two years b.ive lingrring |iaat away, lofCl 
And now new ihoufbts our minds enguau 

At laajt 1 feel ditpowd to stray, lota I 
T la I that am alone to blama, 

I, tb.it am rvil'y of .ove's traaano | 
Since ><<ur street breail Is still tha auM^ 

Caprice muit be my only raaarv, 

1 do no*, love ! iuapjct ynnr truth, 
Witbjolnsu.iubt my boaou baaraM(| 

Warm was the nuaion of By youth, 
One Iraca of dark detail i! laavs ut 

I 0( llilt - 






Mary," who Is oat lo ke •oaftaaaaaC anik %( 
inrsl^t. or "Mary" trf Al>«ns*«a, ail lAat aaa 
u«Nl la, Itiat she waa of aa bumbts. If 004 
•lii.D la lifs, — sod Ibsl sh* tml kMw tiatl 
f..|.l-ii hair, "..r whl.li." says Mi M.»r.. - b. aaod I* 
lflio« a luk, aa wall aa her |>lclaiv,aBius«liU '—1s" U 



HOURS OF IDLENESS, 



1? 



Ho, DD, my flame wxs not prctenrted ; 

For. ob I lovbd vou ni«l snicerely ; 
A»d — tbourli our di cam al l.wt is ended — 

My bowJDi still estreiii* you dearly. 
No more we mfet in yonder bowers; 

Acwia'c Ins -iirxde I'lie i.rone to roviogj 
But uiilr*, tinner lirarls th.in nura 

lUwe found uionoiooy lu loving. 
Your chcekN soft hloom is uninn>alr'd( 

New U-.iut.es still are d;\ily bngiit'OiBg," 
Tour e*.e for conquest beams iire;iareJ, 

The 'forge of love's resisiless lighloiPj* 
^nt-'d thus, to make tlieir iKwom; bl*^, 

Miny will throng To sigh like me, lovet 
llora constant they may prove, indeed ; 

Fonder, alas I tbey ne'er can be, love 1 

LINES ADDRESSED TO A YOUNG LADY. 

[Aa ihe •<ithor wa<i di«f barging tiM pksloto i 



learmcnts we noothe the tad be&rtp 
vow for an a^e to be tnje ; 
n hour may coninand us to part, 
lite us ia love's last ;4dieu ! 



Iwtir 



paM 



■ of ' 



Mod of ( 

Sowios utaozati were aildreaseil tbo oext uLSruiu 
Doubtless, sweet girl! the hissing lead, 

Wafling destruction o'er thv charms. 
And hurtling *> o'er thv lovely head, 

Has ttll'd Uial breast" with fond alarnu. 
Sui^ly some envious demons force, 

Vei i to behold such benuty here, 
ImpeU'd the bullet's viewless' course^ 

Diverted ti^m its first career. 
YeB I in that nearly fatal hour 

The ball obey'd some hell-bom g^^ide; 
But Itcaven, u\h iJterjiosin^ power, 



Yet, 



In pity turn'd iVt deatl, 

perchance olc rembi 



de. 



; tear 



V^noii that thrilling U^som fell ; 
Winch I, lli' unconscious cause of fear, 

Extracted from ils glistening celt ; 
Say, what dire penance can atone 

For such an outrage done to thee? 
Arraign 'd before thy beauty'? throne. 

What punishment will thou decree? 
Might I jwrform the judge's part, 

The sentence I should scarce deplore; 
. only would restore a heart 

Which but beloiig'd to thee before 
The least atnnen.ent I can make 

Is to become no lonjcer free ; 
Henceforth I hreaMie but for thy Bake, 

Thou fihalt be all m all to me. 
But (nou, perhaps. nia.V now reject 

Such expiaiion of my cuilt ; 
Come then, some other mode elect; 

Let it be death, or what thou wilt 
Choose then, relentless ! and I swear 

Nought sh.ill thv dreaJ decree prevent. 
Yet hold— one litile word forbear! 

Let it be aught but baaishmeaL 



Still Hope, breathing peace through the grier-swollM 

VVill whis[»er, " Our meeting we yet may renew :• 
With tl.is dream of deceit half our wirrow 's repreat, 
Ncr taste we the poison of love't lx<>t adieu ! 

Oh ! ma^^ you yen pair: in the sunshine of youtb 
Love t\>'ined round their childhood his flow*!! M 
they grew ; 

Thev flounsii awhile id the season of hruth, 
Till chill'd oy the wider of love's last aiieul 

Sweet lady ! why thus aoir. a tear 6'eal its txj 
Down a cheek which outrivals thy -•som iu 1ITIC> 

Yet why do I ask ? — to distraction a .»rey, 

Thy reason has oerisad wivh .cve-s last adieu! 

Oh '■ who is yon misanthrope, bhunmng nrtan^Dd? 

From cities to caves of the forest he flew : 
There, raving, he howU his conipbir.t to the wind ; 

The DiouutaiiLB reverberate loveU last adieu t 

Now hate rules a heart which in love's easy chains 
On'-e passion's tumultuous blandishmenis knew j 
Despair now inflanies the dark lide of his veins; 
I He ponders in frenzy on love's last adieu I 

' How he envies the wretch with a soul wrapt in afeel 
I His pleasures are scarce, vul his troubles are few, 
Who laughs at the pang thai he never can feel, 
And dread* not the anguish of love's last adieul 

YouIIi flies, life decays, even hope is o'ercast ; 

No more with love's former devotion we sue. 
He spreads his voung wing, he retires with the blast; 

The shroud of allcclion is love's Isit adieu I 

In this life of probation for rapture divine, 
Asirea d-clares that s >iiie penance Is due ; 

From htm who has w(.tshi[ipM at love"s gentle dlria^ 
The atonement is ample in .eve's last adieul 

Who kneels to the god. on his alfar of light 
Mu> tiivrlle aiid cvpress alternately strew. 

His mvriie, m emblem cf purest delight ; 
His cypress, the garland of love's la^t adieu h 



LOVE'S LAST ADIEU. 
An d' ail ftc <i>tvyu. — Ancurton^ 

The roses of love glad the garden of life, 
Though nurture 1 'mid v e*iJsdro|ipiii^ pestilent dew 

Tin time crops ll e leaves -y-xh. unmerciful knife, 
Or prunes Iheni for ever, j k**' i]?jtl adieu! 



1 The orcurrenrp took place at Sott=«er4, v^ tte 
1>eautift]1 tntir to wbom the lines were sdireased wu 
MiM Hou*oD — E. 

S Tbis word Is used hj Or«r, In bis poem to the FaUl 
litters: — 

"Iron elael of arrowy shower 
HartiM throngl) the d«rkeL*tf air ** 



DAM^TAS. 
In law an infaot.s And in years % hof 



mud a sla 



! to ( 



;3y; 



' ynse of shame and tirtaa wean'd 
In lies an adept, m deceit a fiend ; 
Verserl Hi h\ii"crisv while yet a child; 
Fickle aa wind, of "intlinalions wild ; 
Womto his dupe, his lieedless friend a toot; 
Old in tlie world, though scarcely broke from Kbrql 
Dainaelas ran through all the maze of sm, 
And found the goal when othem just begin : 
Even still ronfiklini; passions shake hts soul, 
And bid him dram the dregs of pleas re's bowl ; 
Bel, pall'd with vice, he breaks his ft mer ch*il^ 
Atid what was once bis bliss appears uis tanOi 



TO MARION. 



Manon ! wTiv that pensive brow? 
What d^-^urt to life h.\sl thou ? 
Change tba ^itT^aeutcd air j 
Frowns bttoE. i rot one so fair. 
T is not love disturbs thy re*t, 
Lrve 's a stranger to (hy breast ; 
He h dimpling smiles appears, 
Or courus iu sweetly timil tean, 



a* 



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HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



Or bends th« Untuid eyelid dsvrs, 

Ihit ibuns ihe cold forbiddm; CrowiL 

Tken rwun?e Ifay ftmuer 6ns, 

Some Will lov^ and all admire; 

While Uoi icy upect cbdla tu, 

Nought but cool Lodiaereofe thrills V. 

Wouldst ihou vraDdenn^ hearti be{uila, 

Smtl« al lenjiC, or mxoi to tinUc 

F.}es like tLiDc were oever njeaxtt 

To hide Iheir ortn in dark rcttraint ; 

Snite of all thou fain wouldit say, 

Still in truanl beams they jilav. 

Thy lips — bi't here niy'modest Moso 

Her impulse chaste must needs refuse : 

She blu&he*, curliiei, fron iis^ — in short sbt 

lireads ttxt the subject should transport m» ; 

Aai flytn; ol] in search of rt:ason, 

Brings prudeoce baci£ in prrvrr seaica. 

All I shall tlicrerure oy (vr'lit; er 

t think, IS neither here nor iher:) 

b« that such 1 1^4, of looks endearing, 

Were fonii'd tor better thm^ thui aoaeriBf i 

Of sooihiii^ compliDients divested, 

Advice at least 's difiinteresled ; 

Such is Div anleu song to Uiee, 

From all the flow of flattery free; 

Counsel Itke mine ts as a bmtber's, 

My heart ts given to some oihen ; 

That it to sar. uotkiird to cozen. 

It shares iXicA among a dozen. 

Marion, adieu ! oh, pr'ylhee «Ii?M «ot 
This w?niiLg, thoueh it may delight not; 
AJid. lest mjr precepts be displeasing 
To lho*c who ihmk remonstrance leazing, 
At once I 'IJ tell thee our opinion 
Cooccniing woman's sondnmimon: 
Hovre^r we ci7e with admirj^tioo 
On eves of blue or lips camatvoc, 
How'e'er the flowine locks attract ub, 
HoireVr tt'ise beaufies may distract tu^ 
8ti:i Sckle, we are prone to rove, 
TbMe CAJcnot fii our souls to Iota : 
It u not too were a s'ncture 
To UT they form a pretty picture ; 
Bui woG*d0| thou see Ihe fieiiet chain 
Which biDdi Ds in yoar humble tnin. 
To ha.ll yoQ queetu of all creation, 
k'Vw, in a wonJ, *l ii AnitruUion. 



TO A LADT 

ir«0 PRE9KHTED Tv TH« ACTTIOR A LOCK 1 
or HAIR riRAlDKD WITH Hia OWN. AMD j 
APPOINTED A NiriKT IN DECKMBKR TO [ 
ilBET inU IN THK GARDEN. 

These locks, which fondly Ihas •Dtwtoa, 
In finrf r cliains ovr hearts confine, 
Tlian all th' unmea»v.|; proieitaliong 
Which swell with n. n»er*e (ove-'wstinnft. 
Oar lo»e is fii'd. I think we 've provod it» 
Nor time, nor place, nor art have niuved it ; 
Then wherefore should we sii^h and wluoa, 
With yrrnindless jealouir r«pinc, 
With silly whiDiS snd fane (« frar/.ie, 
UcrelT to make our love romantic } 
Whr shrnild you weep like Lydia J^ailCQlib, 
And fret with •elf-created aiifuish } 
Or doom the hTer jno lute cIkjmh, 
On wibtar nights to tifh haif fmuo 
!■ lullast tiijjit* to sue fnr pardOQ. 
Only oocauw the srenc '• » r^rdeo} 
For ^rdeiia •ifin, iif one consent, 
8l»c» Snak-p«jre art Ihe pr«!r«deDt, 
S<oce .'ulirl first dt.*«-*a.rraJ her jaMiOOi, 
To form th« pihs of asii);naUob.> 



Oh ! would some mndTm muie insptiei 
And seat her by a sea-coal fire ; 
Or baj^ me bard at Christmas written. 
And \r' * the scene of love io Britain, 
He surely, in coinnnseration, 
Had changed the place of declaration. 
In Italy 1 *ve no objeclicn ; 
Warm nights are proper for reflection; 
But here our climate is so ri^id. 
Thai love i'^lf is rather frigid: 
Tbiuk on our chilly situation^ 
And curb this rage for iuiiUtion ; 
Then let us meet, as oO we've done, 
Beneath the influence of the sun ; 
Or, 'J il midnight J must nief>t yon, 
Wiijin your mansion let me ?reet yor 
There we can love for hours together, 
Much better, ir such snowy weather, 
Than placed in alt th' Arcadia:i gtwvca 
That ever witoewM rural loves; 
Then, if mv passion fail to please, 
Neit nii^ht 1 'n be content to freeze ; 
No more 1 11 etve a loose to laughter, 
But cune my fate for ever after.^ 



OSCAR OF ALVA.* 

A TALK. 

Bow sweetly shines through azure iklei^ 

The lamp of Heaven on Lora'sahorB; 
Where Alva's hoar)- turrt^ts rise, 

And bear the din' of arms do mora 
Bnt often has yon rolling moon 

On AlvaV casques of silver play'd ; 
And view'd, at midnight's silent iMXin, 

Her chiefs in gleajmng mail array'd : 
Axkd on the crimsonM rocks beneath. 

Which (owl o'er ocean's sullen How, 
P&le in the scalterM ranks of death, 

She saw tlie gasping n-arrior low; 
While many an eye which ne'er again 

Could mark the nsine orb of day, 
Tum'd fceblv fnim Ihe ^ry plain. 

Beheld in ^eath her fading ray. 
Once to those eyes the lamp of Love, 

They b>esl her dear i.ropitious light ; 
But now she etinniier'd from abofe, 

A sad, funereal torch of aifbt. 
Faded is Alva's Dobk race, 

And grry hjr towere are seen afar 
No more her henira uri^e the cbaaa^ 

Or roll the cnjusou tide of war. 



from whom hf wai some hoDtlri^ miles dlitsnt at tkf 
lltBf thi* wat wnlt^o; tnd [c^r Julirt. who hsf atcpt «0 
Uoiut >» "tb« lomb f>t all the Capiil*-!*," ha* t)«en roif 
{vrrUd. with a tnCiiiic aUrrtfitao of her nam«. Into M 
'.Ka<hati d>m»<l. williiiix lo a r^rdro of (heir owo i-rcatioa 
<n-;cc M.9 icofltb uf Deetmbtr^ (a s Tillage who 



Surh ha« brro ihr randoui 
. crtitoi. We would advln*- thr<w U^•ri 
, Imats sod srbllcn ol de'crum tt rcsi. 



1 Ha 



heard that ■ very aerere and (ulcliate r>^ 
■Df' tiaa breo [«>"'~<j oo Ihe abnr« piirm, I bi-g leafe l*^ 
rrpljr 10 a qootattoo from so adrrurnj work. "Carrs 
Slrv^47«r Id Vraaoa.'*— >' As w« «rr« rciitctnrlaiinc t 
piiuilni oo a Isrre arste. la which, smon« oUler tc*im, ta 
lh« uD<^*«>«>d wh>ilf> l«oftk of a warr.nr, a pru4lsb-look* 
lD« lauy, wbo trem«(1 to hav^ 1/ urhrJ the a^a it dssprra* 
tloa. after bavloji atlrullfelf aorrfffd It Ibruufh bri 
gISM, otw«rT*d to her party, thai IhrrM »aa a ireni d««: 
of iBdSt-cram to tbat rirlurc MsiUnir 8. shrrw'ly wbls- 
parvd Is By asi. *uisi the laJf^^Tum «sa to tka r*- 
msTk.' " 



ltt< 



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itvtr^phr of 



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Bthor Has bm^n unrn' 



tnta lAif was aititratH by lb* f1oi7 
iito." ID (hr fr*t woiamw ct IkAil 
• Obnst-ftMr." It al». baan ai«ai 
Ut tbs ILtnleua of **! 



HOURS OF IDl ENESS 



19 



B^*whe wu 1 ut J. AIva*ff clan ? 

Way frowi the mos* od Alva's stons ? 
Bar towen resouud do tte|>9 of quo, 

l^ej echo to Uie gale alooe. 
Ajd vrheD that ^le is fierce »nd high, 

A souDd la heard io yonder hail ; 
It rues htnrsely through tlie skyj 

Aiki Ttbral»s o'er the mouldering fraU. 
fts, when the cdilying tempest si^bif 

It shakes the shrcid or ihca.T brave; 
Bat there no more his banners rise, 

No more his plumes of sable wavo. 
Fair *\one the sun on Oscar's birth, 

When An^8 hailM his eldest bora ; 
The \-a3sal5 round their chieftain's hearth 

Crowd to applaud the Ixappy Qiom. 
Tbey feast rpon the mountain deer, 

The pibroch raised its piercin,? note ; 
Toeladden more thair hi?hUud cheer, 

The strains in martial numbers float : 
And they who heard the war-notes wild^ 

Hoped that one day the pibroch's slrau 
Should play before the hero's child 

While he should lead the tartan trauL 
Another year is quickly past, 

And Angus haiU another son ; 
His aat-il day is like the last. 

Nor soon the jocund feast was don& 
Tan^ht by tbeir sire to bend the bow, 

On Alra's dusky hills of wind, 
The hoyi in childhood chased the roe, 

And left their hounds in speed behind. 
Bat ere lhe:r vears of youth are o'er, 

They miLgle in the ranks of v^-ar; 
rhey lightly wheel the bright claymore, 

And send the whistling arrow far. 
Dark was the flow of Oscar^ hair. 

Wildly it slreamM alone the ^le j 
But Allan's locks were bright and fair, 

A-id t>ensive seem'd his cheek, and pale. 
But Oscar own'd a herr-'s soul. 

His dark eye shone through beams of truth; 
Allan had early learn'd control. 

And smooth bis words liad been from youth. 
Both, both were brave ; the Saxon spear 

Was shiver'd oft beneath their steel ; 
And Oscnr's bosnm scorn'd to fear. 

But Oscar's bosom knew to feel ; 
While Allan's soul belied his fonn, 

Unworthy with such charms to dwell 
Teen as the liehtning of the storm, 

Ou foes his deadly vengeance felL 
from high Southrmnon's distant tower 

Arrived a younj and noble dame ; 
With Kenneth's lands to form her dower, 

Glcnalvon's blue-eyed daughter came ' 
And Oscar claim'd the beauteous bride- 

And Angus on his t>scar smiled : 
.« toothed the father's feudal pride 

Thus to obtain Glenalvoc's child. 
Bartc to the pibroch's plewing note ! 

Hark to the swelling uuptiai song 1 
!■ joyous strains the ,.ces float. 

And still the choral peat prolong. 
See how the hemes' hlood-red plumea 

Assembled wave in Alva's h^tli ; 
Each Touth his varied plaid assunjee. 

Attending on their chieftain's calL 
R is not war 'heir aid demanils. 

The pibmch phys the song of tx-ac* . 
To Ouar's nuptials' thmng the bauds. 

Nor wei iCe suunds of pleash^e cea«b 
Bot w^re is Oscar ? sure 1 is late t 

b thit e bridesrooM^ tnicat flajwr 



At length young Allan joio'd the bride ; 

*' Why comes not Oscar," Angus nic ■ 
**Is he not here ?" the youth replied : 

** With me he roved "not o"er the |.S^ 
" Perchance, forgetful of the day, 

*Tis his to chase the bounding roej 
Or ocean's waves prok-ng his stay ; 

Yet Oscar's bark is seldom slow," 
*• Oh, no ! " the anguish'd sire rejoU tl 

** Nor chase, nor wave, mj^ boy delay , 
Would he to Mora seem uiikind i 

Would aught to her impede his my 
**0h, search, ye chiefs 1 oh, search arooaA 

Allan, with Uiese through Alva fly j 
Till Oscar, till my son is found, 

Haste, baste, nor dare attempt reply,* 
All is confusion — through the vale 

The name of Oscar hoirsely rings ; 
It rises on the murmuring gale. 

Till Digbt expands her dusky wingi, 
It breaks the stillness of the night, 

Tut echo^ through her shades in vain , 
It sounds through morning's mistv light, 

Bui Oscar comes not o'er the plain. 
Three days, three sleepless nights, the ChM 

For Oscar search d each mountain cave 
Then hope is lost ; in boundless grief. 

His locks in grey-torn ringlets wave. 
** Oscar ! my son ! — thou God of Heav*n, 

Restore the prop of sinking age ! 
Or if that hoj e no more is given. 

Yield his assassin to my rage. 
"Yes, on some desert rocky shore 

My Oscar's whi'en'd bones must lie; 
Then grant, thou God ! I ask no more, 

With him his frantic sire may die ! 
"Yet he may live, — a^vay. despair! 

Be calm, my soul ! he yet may live; 
T* arraign my' fate, my voice forbear ! 

God ! my impicus prayer for^re 
" "What, if he live f r me no more, 

1 sink forgotten it the dust. 
The Isope of Alva's age is o'er: 

Alas! can pangs like these be just?" 
Thus did the hapless parent mourn, 

Till Time, who soothes severest woe. 
Had bade serenity return, 

And made the tear-drop cease to flow. 
For still some latent hope survived 

That Oscar might once more appeer; 
His hope now droop'd and now revivedi 

Tilt Time had ti>ld a tedious year. 
Days roird along, the orb of light 

Again had run his (.estined race; 
No (hear birss'd his fi.ther's sight, 

And sorrow left a fainter trace. 

For youltfii'v Allan still remain'd, 

And now his father's only joy : 
And Mora's hear* was quickly gain'd. 

For beauty crown'd the faif-hair'd bot 
Sbe thousht that Oscar lo-v was laid^ 

And Allan's face was wondrous EaiT 
If (Jscar Iivtd. gome o'her maid 

Had claimM his faithless bosoro'^ rcM, 
And Angus said, if one year more 

|j fruitless hope was pass'd a*ray, 
His foiriIe»t scruples should be o'er. 

Aud he would name their nuptial diy. 
Slow roll'd the moons, but blest at last 

Arrived the de,arlv destined morn : 
The vear of anxious Iremhtiog past. 

Wlat siuiics the lovers' cheek* aaotftt 



M 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



Huk to tbe pibmcb^t pleasing oote I 

Hart to theiwellme nup"-.*! toog! 
la joyous 8trai[Ls the voices rioal, 

AjMi «lill the choral peaJ prolong. 

AiTliD the clan, in festive crowd, 

ThroB? throujh the gate of Alvl's hall ; 
The souiiils of mirth re'-echo loud, 

Jiiid all tiieir former joy recall. 
B'it who is he. \vhose darken'J hrow 

Gloon^ in the iniiibl of general mirth? 
Before h.* eves' far fiercer slow 

The blue 'llames curdle o'er the hearth. 
Dark is 'he robe which wraps his form, 

And tali his [duiiie of ^ory red j 
His voice is like the risin? siorm. 

But li^lit and trackle^ is his tread. 
T is noon of nighl, the r.leJie soea round. 

The bride;;room'4 health is dee[.lv quaff'd 
With shouts the vaul'ed roofs resound, 

And all combine to hail the draught. 
Sadden the stranger chief arose, 

Aad all the claunrjus crowd are hush'd ; 
And An^s' cheek with wnnJer ilows, 

And Nlora's tender bosom tilush'd. 
'Old man : " he cried, "lliis pled;e is done; 

Thou saw'jt t was duly drank by me; 
It hail'd the nuptials of liiv son : 

Now will I claim a pleclge from thee. 
" While all around is mirth and joy, 

To bless thy Allan's liappv lot. 
Say, ha 1st thou ne'er another hoy? 

Say, why should Oscar be forgot?" 

** Alag ! " the hapless sire replied. 

The hi; tear starlinj as he spo^«. 
"When llscar left my hill, or diea, 

Tlii» ago! heart was almost broke. 

"Thrice ha.s the earth revolved her course 
Since Ihor's form has bless'd my sight; 

And Allan is my tast resource. 
Since martial' Oscar's death or flighL** 

• T is well," replied the strant^er stem, 
And fierceU llajh'd Ins rollin; ey^ 

"Thy Oscar's fate i fain would le.U'D, 
Perhaps the hero did not die. 

* Perchance, if those whom most he loved 
Would call, thy Oscar ii,i!;ht reurn; 

Parchance the chief h;is only roved ; 

For him thy Beliane yet may bum.i 
■• FiH hish the liowl ihe table round, 

We will not claim Ihe oled^e by stealth 
With wine let every cup lie crow-i'd : 

Pledge nie deinrted Oscar's heailh." 

" With all my soul," old AntrJS said. 

And HII'd Ins enblel to II e b'ini : 
" Here s to mv Loy 1 alive or dead 

I ne'er shali'fiDC a sou like him." 

" Braf elv, oM mm, t*ii heailh has sped 
But wfiv diH-> Allll ireliiblini! stnii.l ? 

CoDie. dn'nk rrmriii'.nnce of the dead. 
And nise thy cup with firmer hand." 

Tbe cnn-son ccw of A.'n's face 

Was liiri.'d at once 10 «ha<; y Into , 
The dro|is of i eath ench other chase 

Adown in ag<iiii7inf; dew. 

Tlrice did he raine the fohlel hirh, 
An<l till ice hit li|/> rrfusi-d to taile; 

For thrice he iaui<lii the iirainer'i eye 
Uu bia nilb deaiUy fury placed. 

I Itruar Trre. ■ IHtlilind rralKnl on Ihe ftnl nl Mif, 
MM •»•! (Irr. h(l.l<~t r.t II.- cw^...i.in,--0.«/-I«iil mnin 
Ik* Ar« >'f IWa , »nC III* mine •-111 pr0MXVt« the prlrae**! 

•Mala at ibv l;«iue ti^afWIUiie — B. I 



"And is il thus a brother hails 
A brother's fond remembrance here? 

If thus altVci ion's strength jirevails. 

What mi^ht we not expect from fear?'* 



Internal fear apiiall'd his soul ; 

;-£( Slid, and dLisl''d the cup In earth. 
" 'T is he ^ I hear a-." murderer's voice ! " 

Loud shrieks a darkly g^ainin? form. 
• A murderer's voire 1 " the niof replies, 

And deeply sw'dls the bursting storm. 
The tapers wink, Ihe chieftains shrink, 

The stnni^er 's ^ne. — ar-'^«t the crew 

And tall the shade terrific grew. 
His waist was bound with a broad bell round, 

Mis plume of sable stream'd on hi°h ; 
But his l.reast was bare, wkhlhe red wounds ttaeTK 

And fij'd was the jlare of his gl issy eye. 
And thric- he smiled, with his eye so wild, 

On Aiiius bending low the knee ; 
And thrice he frown'd on a chief on Ihe grouoa. 

Whom shivering crowds with horror see. 
The l-olts louil roll from pole to pole. 

And thUnJersthronsh the nelkm ring. 
And the gleaming form thro' the mist of the sttin: 

Was borne on high by the whirlwind's wing. 
Colli was the feast, the revel ceased. 

Who lies upon the slonv floor ? 
Oblivion press'd old Angus' breast. 

At leug'h his life-puUe throbs once mora 

" Away, away ! let the leech essay 
To |H>ur thi' light on Allan's eyes:" 

His sand is done, — his race is run : 
Oh ! never more shall Allan rise 1 

But Oscar's breast is cold as clay. 

Ills locks are lifted by the gale; 
And Allan's barbed arrow lay 

With him in dark Glentanar's vala. 

And whence the dreadful stranger came, 

Or M ho, no mortal wight can tell ; 
But no one doubts the form of tlame. 

For Alva's sous knew Oscar well. 

Ambition nerved young Allan's hand, 

Exulting demons wiiig'd his dart ; 
While Knvy waved her burning brand, 

And |)our'd her venom round bis iusiA 

Swift is Ihe shaft from Allan's bow ; 

Whose streaming life blood slaine Wt Mi 
Dark Oscar's sable cri«l is low. 

The dart has drunk his vital tida. 

And Mora's eye cOuiO Jf Ian move. 
She bade his wounded pride rebel t 

Alas : that eyn which l>e.am'd with lof* 
Should urge the soul to deeds of beU. 

uo '. seesi thou not a lonely tomb 

Which rises o'er a warrior dead ? 
it glimmers through the twilight glooa 

Uh ! Ilml is Allan's nuptial bed. 
Par. distant far, Ihe noble grave 

Which held hll clan's great ashes itOod| 
And o'er his corse uo banners wave. 

Fur they were sLiin'd with kindred blood 

What miiirl'el grrv. what hoary bard, 
Shall Allan's deeils on hari..atriii(s fua? 

The solig u glon-8 chief rewjrd, 

llul who can strike a niiirderer'i pruaar 

rowtmng. untonchM. the hsrp most «taa4f 
No iiiinsfTi dsre Ibe tbriif »w»«»; 

Gui t would benumb his (Ulliird tiaud. 
U^ turp in ttuiditem^ tlnnla WWM kNifei 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



91 



He lyn of Euie, iio hallotr'd vene, 
9h»ll «ound his •lonej hieb in lir : 

A<l;.n( (»ther'» biilcr cune, 
A brother's Jeath-groan ecboM there. 



THE EPISODE OF NISCS AND EUKTALl'S. 
i PARAPHRASE FROM THE iENEID, LIB. IX. 

Nisui, the guirdian of the portal, stood, 

Eager to sild hii arms wi h hostile l-lood ; 

Well skilVd in ti?ht the quiverins lance to meld, 

Cr pour his arrows tliiou;^ th' enil^atlled field : 

Froru Ida torn, he left his sylvan cave, 

Aud sought a foreign home, a distant grave. 

To fatch the niovenjenls of the Daunian host, 

With him Kur)-:ilus suslims the post ; 

No lovelier mien adoru'd the ranks of Troy, 

And LeardJess bloom vet graced the gallant Iwy; 

Though feiv the seasojjs of his youthful life, 

As yet I novice iu tl;e uwrtial strife, 

T Has lis, with heauty, valour'^ifts to share — 

A SU1.1 heroic, as his funn was fair : 

These bum with oue pure liame of gmerous love : 

In peace, in wir, united still they move ; 

Friendship and glorv fomi their joint reward ; 

And now c-imbined they hold their nightly guard. 

" What god," ejclaim'd the first, " instils this fire? 
Or, in itself a god, what great desire ? 
Mv labouring soul, with anxious thought oppress'd, 
Abhors this station of inglorious rest ; 
The lOTe of fame with this can ill accord, 
Be '• mine to seek for glory with my sword. 
See^l thou yon camp, with torches twinkling dim, 
■Where drunken slumbers wrap each lazy limb f 
Where contideuce and e.ise the watch disdain, 
And drowsy Silence holds her sable reign ? 
Ti.en hear rov thought :— In deep and sullen grief 
Onr Irooos and leaders mourn their absent chief. 
Now could the gifts and promised prize be thine 
(The deed, the danger, and the fame be mine), 
Were this decreed, beneath von rising mound. 
Methinks, an easy pilh perchance were found J 
Which past. I speed mv way to Pallas' walls, 
And lead yEucas from Evander's halls." 

With equal ardour fired, and warlike joy. 
His gliwing friend .iddress'd Hie DarJan bnv: — 
" These deeds, my Nisus, shalt thuu dare alone ? 
Must all the fame, the peril, be Ihine own ? 
Am I by thee despised, and left afar. 
As one unfit to share the toils of war ? 
Not thus his son the great Ophelles taught; 
Not ihus my sire in Argive combats fought ; 
Kit thus, when Ilion fell by heavenly hate, 
I track'd Sneas through the walks of fate : 
Thou know'st mv deeds, my breast devoid of fear, 
And hostile life<lrops dim my gnry spear. 
Here is a soul with hone immortal bums. 
And life, ignoble life for glory spurns. 
Fanie, fame is cheaplv earn'd by fleeting breath ! 
The price of honour is the sleep of death." 

Then Nisus, — " Calm thy bosom's fond alarms: 
Thy heart beats fiercely 10 the din of arms. 
More dear thy worth and valour than my own, 

•wear by him who fills Olympus' throne 1 
So nvay I triumph, as I speak the tr,>th. 
And clasp again th; comrade of my youth ! 
But should 1 faf.. — a=d he who dare^ advance 
Through hostile legnns must abide by chance,.- 
If some Butulian ami, with adverse blow, 
Should lay the friend who ever loved thee \o^ 
Live Ihou. such beauties I would fain preser-is 
Thy budding years a lenglheu'd term deser-s. 
When humbled in the dust, let some cne ^■>, 
Whose gentle eyes -'ill shed one tear fo' ue; 
Whose manly am. mav snatch me hack by lorcft. 
Or wealth redeem frnili foes my captive co^se ; 
Or, if my destiny these 1«; leny, 
in Uie ipoiler'a power mj ube> Me, 



Thy pious care may raise a simple tomb, 
To mark thy love, and signalize my doom. 
Why should thy doting wretched mother weM> 
Her only boy, reclined in endless sleep? 
Who, for thv 8.ike, the tempest's furj dared. 
Who, for thv s.ake. war's deadly peril shared ; 
Who braved' what woman never braved before 
Aud left her native for C.e Latian shore." 

" In vain you damp the ardour of my soul," 
Replied Kuivalus ; " it scorns control ! 
Hence, let us haste '."— their hml'iier guards aiwe, 
Roused by their call, nor court again lepose ; 
The pair, buov'd up on Hope's emlling winj. 
Their sUtions leave, aud speed to seek the king. 

Now o'er the earth a solemn stillness ran, 
And luU'd alike the eares of brute and man ; 
Save where the Dardan leaders nightly hold 
Alternate converse, and their plans unfold. 
On one great point the council are agreed, 
An instant mess.age to their prince decreed ; 
Each lean'd ujioii ibe lance he well could wield, 
And poised with easy arm his ancient shield ; 
When Nisus and his friend their leave requeit 
To olTer something to ihcir high behest. 
Wilh anxious tremors, yet una wed by fear, 
The faithful pair before Ihe thmiie appear: 
lulus greets them ; at his kind command. 
The elder first addressd the ha;iry baud. 



■■ With patience" (thus Ilyrtacides began) 
*' Atlena, nor judge from vouth our humble plan. 
Where yonder beacons half expiring beam, 
Our sluiiibering foes of future conquest dream, 
Nor heed that we a secret path have traced, 
Between Ihe ocean and the portal placed. 
Beneath the covert of the blackeninn smoke. 
Whose shade securely our design will cloak 1 
If you, ye chiefs, and fortune will allow. 
We'll bend our course to vonder mountain's brow 
Where Fallas' walls at dis'u^e meet Ihe sight, 
Seen o'er the glade, v»..cn not obscured by night. 
Then shall JEneas in his pride return. 
While hostile matrons raise their oltspring's um; 
And Latian spoils and (lurjiled heaps of dead 
Shall mark the havoc of our hero's tread." 
Such is our purpose, not unkuoivn the way ; 
AVhere yonder torrents devious waters stray. 
Oft have we seen, >vhen hunting by the stream, 
The distant spires above the valleys gleam." 
Mature in rears, fnr sober wisdom famed. 
Moved bv the speech, Aleihes here exclaim'd,— 
" Ye parent gods I who rule the fate of Troy, 
Still dwells the Dardan spirit in the boy ; 
When minds like these m striplings thus ye ram 
Tours is the godlike acl. be yours the praise ; 
In sallant youth, my fainting hopes revive, 
And llion's wonted glories still survive." 
Then in his warm embrace the boys he press'd, 
And, quivering, sirain'd them 10 his aged breast; 
V/ith tears Ihe burning cheek of each hedew'd, 
And. sobbing, thus his firet discourse renew'd : 
" What gift, my counlrjmen, what martial prize 
Can we bestow, which you may not despise? 
Our deities the first best boon have given — 
Internal viriues are Ihe gift of Heaven 
What poor' rewards can bless your deeds on eat U^ 
Doubtless await such yojng, exalted worth, 
.ffineas and Ascanius shall combine 
To yield applause, far, far surpassing mine." 
lulus then : — " Bv all the powera above I 
By ihose i'enales wfio my country love ! 
By hoary Ve^la's sacred fane, 1 swear, 
>iy hopes are all in you. je generous pair 1 
Restore niv father lo my grateful sieht, 
And all my sorrows y eld to one delight. 
NiS'ls I two silver gohlets aie thine own, 
!<a\ed from / rishi's stately denies o'erthreWB 
My sire secured Iheni on 'hat talal day, 
Nor left incb bowls as Argive nrieeri fnjt 



HOURS OP IDLENESS. 



Two mauy tr'.^», alio, ihall be tnioe ; 
Twn uleoU polish'd from th« gliltenn? mine; 
Ab mciem cup, whicb Tyriau Dido cave, 
Whilr yet our vessels jireisM Ihe Punic wave: 
But « Ueu the hostile chiefs at length bow down, 
When great ^neas weirs Hespei-ia's crown, 
The cawjue, the Luckier, and the fiery steed 
Which Turnus ^ides with more than mortal speed, 
Are thine ; no envious lot shall theo be cast, 
I pledge my word, irrevocably past : 
Nay more, twe^^e ilaves, and twirs sis captive dame* 
To soothe thy sofier hours w.th a aorous tlames, 
Aad all the realms which now thj Latins sway 
The labours of to-nif;hl shall well repay, 
tut thou, my generous youth, \vhose tender yean 
Arc near my owu, whose worih mv heart revere*, 
HencefoTtVi aiTection, sweelly thus begun, 
Sbi^^l jc-.B yjr bosonjs and our souls in one; 
Wi'hoat thy aid, no glory shall be mine ; 
Wilhnut thy dear advice, no great desiETi ; 
Alike through life esleem'd, thou godlike boy, 
In ^ar my bulwark, and in peace my joy.** 

To him Euryalus : — " No dav shall shame 
The rising glories which from this I claim, 
fortune may favour, or the skies mav frown, 
But valour, spite of fate, obtains renown. 
Tet, ere from hence our eager steps depart. 
One boon I beg, the nearest to my heart : 
My mother, sprung from Priam's royal line, 
Like thine ennobled, hardiv less divine, 
Nor Troy nor king Acesles' realms restrain 
Her feeble age from dangers of the main; 
Alone ihe came, alt selfish fesTs above, 
A bright example of maternal love. 
Unknown the secret enterprise I brave, 
Lest grief should bend my parent to the grave; 
From this aloue no fond adieus 1 seek, 
No fainting mother's lips have press'd my cheek; 
Bt gloomy night and thv ri^lit hand 1 vow 
Her parting tears would shake mv purfiose nowr. 
Do thou, my prince, her failing age pustain. 
In Ihee her much loved child mav live again; 
Her dying hours with pious conduct bless, 
Aasist lier wants, rrlieve her fond distress: 
So dear a hope muat all my soul inflame, 
To rise in ginrv, or to fall in fame." 
Struck with a jiljal care so deeply felt, 
In lean! at once the Trojan warrinrs melt . 
Faster than all, lulus' eye's o'erftow ! 
Such love was his, and "such had been his woe. 
"All (hou hasl ask'd. receive," the prince replied; 
" Nor ihis alone, but many a pifl beside. 
To cheer Ihy mniher's yean shall l>e my aim, 
Creusrf'si style but waiilmg to the dame. 
Fortune an adverse wayward course may ruoj 
But tiea'd thv niuthrr in so dear a son. 
Now, by my life ! — mv si.e's most sacred oath — 
To thee I ,.l 



To thee I ,.ledge mv (ult, my firmest Irnlh, 

All the reward, which once to ihee were vow', 

:r thnu shouldtt fall, on her shall be besiow'd." ' 

Thus S|ioke Ihe wef-pin^ priiire. then forth to view 

A itimnirig falchtor. fmni iht shrath he drew ; 

Lycaon'i o*jin«f skill Ind iraced ihe steel, 

For friendh to rnvv and far fiiea to feel ; 

A tawnv t-idc, thr'M^K)ri^h lion'i sikiiI, 

Slain 'ii.idHt thr forr^i. in Ihe hunter's toil, 

Mnettheus tr guard the elder vfutli b^toivt. 

And old Alelhrs- ra*|ue leftn'ds Ins Imws. 

4rmd. thence Ih-y go. « h.le all Ui'awrmblod tnun, 

1*0 aid their raKWj implore ihr go<li in vain. 

More thin a bnv. m wi*Jnni and in grace, 

lulus holds anii'ht the c.'rfi hi^ plire : 

(lis prayer he srndi ; bu* what can prayen avail, 

Loat 10 the oiurmun of Ihe sighing gale ! 

Th« trench is pawM, arxl. favoured by the n^hl. 
Thnvf^j steepinf fcjea Ibey wheel Iheir wary ftighL 

I Th« ao(h«r oC !«!■% loM oa k« slfkl wkaa Trar wai 



When shall the sleep of manr a fbe be o'er } 

Alas ! some slumber who shall wake no mora I 

Chariots and bridles, miz'd with arms, are aaeo ; 

And flowing flaski. and scaiter'd troops betwaeo: 

Bacchus and Mars to rule the camp combine ; 

A mingled chaos ibis of war and wjoe. 

*' Nj>w," cries the first, " for deeds of blood prepw^ 

With me the conquest and Ihe labour share: 

Here lies our path , lest any hand ari^e, 

Watch thou, while many a dreaming chieftain dka; 

1 'II carx-e our passage through the heedless foe, 

And clear thy road with many a deadly blow." 

Hit whispering accents then The youth repreas'd, 

And pierced proud Rhamnes thro' his panting braul 

Srretch'd at his ease, th' tncnulious king reposed ; 

Debauch, and not fatigue, his eyes had ciosed 

To 1 urnua dear, a prophet and' a prince, 

His omens more than augur's ^kill evince: 

But he, who thus foretold the fate of ^ 

Could no! avert his own untimely fall. 

Next Remus' armour-bearer, hapless, fell, 

And three unhappy slaves Ihe carnage swell; 

The charioteer along his courser's sides 

Expires, Ihe steel his sever'd neck divides; 

And, last, his lord is numbered with the deadi 

Bounding convulsive, flies the gasping head: 

From theswolTn veins the blackening torrenti poor j 

Stain'd is the couch and earth with cloiting gore. 

Young I^amyrus and I^amus next expire. 

And gay Serranus, fill'd with youthful fire; 

Half the long night in childish eames was paai'd i 

Luird by the potent grape, he sfep' at lait : 

Ah : happier far had he the morn surre /'d, 

And till Aurora's dawn his skill display d. 

In slaughter'd folds, the keepen lost in sleep. 
His hungry fangs a lion thus may sleep ; 
*Mid the sad flock, at dead of night he prowla, 
With murder glutted, and in carnage rolls: 
Insatiate still, through teeming herds he roama; 
In seas of gore the lordly tyrant foams. 

Nor less the other's deadly vengeance came, 
But falls on feeble crowds without a name ; 
His wound unconscious Fadus scarce can feel. 
Tet wakeful Rhssus sees the threatening steel ; 
His coward breast l>ehind a jaj- he hi'Ie«, 
And vainly in the weak defence conrides ; 
Full in hia heart, the falchion search'd his veina. 
The reekinij weapon bears alternate stains ; 
Through wine and blood, commingling aa they flow 
One feeble sjiirit seeks Ihe shades below. 
Now w here Messapus dwelt thcv bent their way. 
Whose fires emit a faint and trenibling ray ; 
There, unconfincd, tiebold each grazing steed, 
Vnwatch'd, unheeded, on the herbage feed : 
Brave Nisus here arrests hi^ comrade's arm, 
Too flush 'd with carnage, and with conquest wvm 
" Hence let ui haste, the dangemus nath is passed 
Full foe* enough lo night have brcithed their laati 
Soon wtll the diy those eastern clouds sdom ; 
Now let us speed, nor tempi the rising scnk' 

What silver arms, with \arious art emboia'd, 
What tiowls and mantles in confusion ton'd, 
They leave n'gnrdUw ! yet one gtitleriiig prize 
Attracts the younger hero's wandering evea; 
The gilded harness Rhanmea' coursers felt, 
The eenii which stud the monarcli'i golden bait 
This from Ihe pallid cone was <{uickly torn, 
Once by a line of former chirftaint worn. 
Th'eiulling Iniy the studded gintlr wnn, 
Mruapui' helm his brad tn triumph beera ; 
Thru from the Irnti Iheir cautious itriis thej band 
lo seek (he vale where safer (aitis citeod. 

Juiit at (his hot—, « band of Latian horse 
To I'uniui' c^mp fninue (heir destined onune 
While the stow j'^t *beir lardy march delay, 
The kntghts. imps'ivnl, tour along the way 
Thrrr hundred mail-<U^inen, by VoUieaa IH, 
To Tmiia with tl^' -«r'« ^rrnkm ip«<i 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



23 



Mow Vbtj »ppro»ch Ihe trenth, lod view th* wilU, 

When, on the li-n, • hi^ht rcriecimn WU ; 

The pluuderM helu.ci, ihrT>ush ite wiiiiDg nisht, 

ghedt forth a t.lver railiiuct, el.incinitt.nghl. 

Toliccni with quatiou loud the pair alarms : — 

"Stand stra^gleral slioH : « hv early thus inarnu? 

rrom » htnce i to wliom?"— He n.ecU » ith no re()ly. ; 

Tniit.ns the covert i.f the iii?!it, Ihey ny : 

The thickefj drpth with liurrirJ pace ihey trtan. 

While lonuJ the wood the houle squidrou ipreaiL 

With brakei entiniled. scarce i path hetween, | 
Dre»r\ and dark apiiears Ihe sylvan scene: 
Euryalus his heavy .i.t.ils impede, 
The bomhs and ivindine turns his steps mislead ; 
But Nlsus scours aloa^ the fures'.'a maze 
To where Ulinia" s!e«U in sifely eiraie. 
Then hadi'vard o'er the pli:n his eyes eitend. 
On every Side they seei his ab-ienl iriond. 
" O God ; mv tjoy," he cries, •' of me t^'^ell, 
Jn what iuifiod M perils art Ihou IrO : 
Listening he runs— aiove the wavin; trees, 
Tuniuitiions voices 5"t41 the pi«iii£ breeze; 
The «ar-crv rises Ihuaderiu; hnols around 
Wake the dark echoes o( the Irru.blins jround. 
Aeam he turns, of footsteps hears the noise ; 
The soulJ elate*, the sijht his hope des'Toytt 
The h.\plessbov a ruffian train surrou«d. 
While leustheiiins snides hii weary way conrrmisa : 
Him nilh loud shouts ihe furious kmshts punae, 
Strus;lin?invain, a captive to Ihe crew 
Wh it can his ffend 'saiiis! ihmn?me nun.'^n dire t 
An ' must he rush, his comrade's fate to share > 
What force, what aid, what stralaeem oaf. 
Back to redeem the Ijtian sroiler's prey i 
His life a votive ransom nobly give. 
Or die with hmi for whom he wish'd to live? 
Poising with strength his liOed lance on hijll. 
On I.una'sorb he cast his frenzied eye: — 
"GoddeM serene, transcending every star ! 
Queen of the skv, whose beams are seen afa r I 
By niglil heaveri owu thv swjy, ty day the gioee, 
IVhen, as chaste llian. here tliou deign'sl to rove; 
If e'er myself, or sire, have sought to grace 
Thine altars with the produce of Ihe chu*. 
Speed, speed niv dart to pierce yon vaunting crowd, 
To free niv friend, and scatter far the pmud." 
Thus having said the hissing dart he flung; 
Through patted shades the hurtlin» weapon lungi 
The thinitv p^int in Sulmo's entrails lay, 
TransHi'd" his heart, anil stretch d him on Ihe ciay : 
Ht mis. he dies. — the troop in wild amaze. 
Unconscious whence the death, w ith horror gaze. 
While lale ihev stare, through Tagus' temples riven, 
A secowl shan with eiiual force is driven : 
''ierce Volscens rolls around his lowering eye»; 
Veil'd by the night, secure the Trojan lies. 
Burning with wrath, he view'd his soldiers fall, 
" Thou vnuth accurst, thy life shall pay for all !" 
Quick from the sheath hi; flaming glaive he drew, 
And, racing, on the bov defenceless flew. 
Nisus no more the blicieniiig shade conceals, 
Fortl., forth he starts, and all his love reveals ; 
A"hast, confused, his fears to madnes me, 
And pour these accents, shneking as he flies: 
" Me me, — your vengeance hurl on me alone ; 
3ete'she3'.he Mie steel, my blood is all your oim. 
Te sLam- .pheres I thou conscious Heaven ! attest ! 
We could not — durst not — lo : the guile confesl I 
All, all was mine, _ his early fate suspend ; 
He oniv oved lov well his hapless fnend : 
Spare ipare. ve chiefj ! from hiiii your rage remore : 
His fiult 1,-as' friendship, all hn crime was love." 
He pray'd in vam : the dark aMai,!:i's swortl 
Pierc^l the fair siJe, Ihe snow^ lx»on. gored j 
L.iwly to eai'h inrlm™ his plume^lad trw^ 
And sanguine torrcnls mantle o'er his breast : ^ 
A> nrce young rose, whose blossom rcents Ihe ur, 
Linrjid in dejth, enpirc^ lieneaih the share ; 
Or aira»on poppv, sinking with Ihe shower, 
f>fi-i..iat (esily, fali> > UliiDf 8ower ) 



Thus, sweetly arcoping, bends his lovelv he>d. 
And hngeruig beautv hovers aiuid the dead. 

But fierv Naus stems Ihe battle's tide, 
Bevenije his leader, and despair hii guide J 
Volscens he seeks amidst Ibe plhenng host, 
Volscens must s«m apiicase his comrade's ghott 
Steel flashing, pours on steel, fne crowds on foe; 
Rage nerves liis arm, (ale gi.-rJiis in even- blow > 
bi vain beneath unnumber'd wounJi ho b.eetj, 
Nor wounds, nor dealh. dntraclcd Nisas ceeds 
In vieivlets circlei wheei'd, us fi'-Cbion fi.ee. 
Nor uuiu the hero's grasp till Vol»cens cxs; 
Deep in his llnriat lis end the wei|vm found. 
The tvran;'* soul rted, groaning llii-:.ugh the KOM 
^■hu»'.^ls•J< all his lond alleciion proved — 
Dyitig, revenged the f.ile of him he loved ; 
Tlien .in bis Uisoiii sought his wciiled place. 
And death was heavenly iu his friend's embrace 1 

Celestial pair ! i' aughl my verse can claim. 
Wafted on Time's broad pmion. yours is liiuel 
Ages on ages shall vour tale admire. 
No future dav shall' see your iu>nies expire. 
While sundsthe Capitol, immortal dome ! 
Aad vanquiah'd millions bill Iheit emiiresi KOBf 



TRANSLATION FROM THE MEDEA 0» 
ELKII'IUES. 

['EfvTc; trip /MV dyov, c t. X.l 

When fierce confl;,-4ing passions nrge 

The breast where l.'ve is wont to glow, 
What miuJ can stem the su.niiy surge 

Which rolls the tide of human woe? 
The hoj« of pra.se, the dread of shame. 

Can rouse the tortured breast no mora | 
The wild desire, the juiltv flame, 

Ahaorljs each wish it felt before. 

Bui if alTeclion gently thrills 

The soul bv purer "dreams possesl. 
The pleasing'baliii of mort.al ilb 

In love can sonilie the aching breut. 
If thus thou ci"mie:»t in disguise. 

Fair Venus ! from thy native heaven. 
What be.trt unfeeling would despise 

The sweetest boon the gods hive gina? 

Bnl never from thv golden bow 

Mav I beneath ihe shall eipire! 
Whose creeping venom, sure and slow. 

Awakes an all-coosiiimng fire : 
Te racking doubts '. ye jealous fears I 

With others wa,T lutc-nal war; 
Benentance, source of f'.-tii'T lean, 

I'rom me be ever distant At 
MiT DO distracting thoughlt iesjrey 

■fhe holv calm ol sacred love ! 
May all the hours be wiiig'd with jay 

Which hover faithful hearts above I 
Fair Venus! on Miv myrtle shrine 

May I with some fond lover sigh. 
Whose heart mav niinele pure with miM — 

With me to live, with me to die 1 



Mt naliv 
Now d 



..... „.. ! beloved before. 
IT dearer as mv peaceful hom^ 
Ne'er may 1 quit thv rocky shors, 

A h.ip'-5o ba:iish''d wrei-n to roam I 
This vcrv da)=. this verv hour, 

May Iresign this Reet'Iig breath I 
Nor ouit my silent hun.hie howsr ; 
A ooom to me far worse thu deilk 

Have I not heard Ihe eiile-i sigh. 
And seen the eiile's snenl tear. 
Through distant climes condemn' I to Bf, 
I A pensive weary WADdAraril0/e? 



84 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



Ah ! hnpliM dime I « no nit bewajit 

No rrienJ Ihj- nrelched fale deplort». 
Ho kiEidred voice wuh rspture hails 

■fhy slept wiihiD a srrau^er's doon. 
•erish Die fiend whose iron heart. 

To fair airecliou's iruih unknoim. 
Bids her he fondiv loved dc|iart, 

I'lipiticd, helpl'ess, and alone : 
Who neer unlocks iviih silver key a 

The milder treasures of his wuf,— 
Ma;- such a friend be far from me, 
And ocean's siormj between us rell I 



mouGiiTs srcGESTEn b7 a college 

E.\A.MINATIO.V. 

High in the midst, surrounded bv his neera. 

Magnri., . hi, ample front sublime uprea?. 

Placed on h« chair of sLate, he seeiiii a jod, 
Vhile Sophs and Freshmen tremble at ftis nod. 

\, all aronn I sit wrapt ,n speecJ.leis jinnm, 
lis voice in thunder shakes ihe aouiiifiiig dome: 
•enoiinciu, dire reproach to luckless fools, 

. Tskill d to ploj ,n niathe.natic rules. 
Hapiiy Ihe yoirth in Euclid "s axioms tri«d, 

. housrh liiile versed in any art beside ; 

Who. scarcely skill'd an E■^ll^h line to pen, 

When cfv.l" ' V'"",","°' •""'■ '''' f"*"^" ""«>, 

*> hen r.f ward fiade hi^ ronnupri.... i, i i 

Ih- H«nr^ 1,^,, 1 ■"> t^oi'iueniij bands advance, 

Ur Henrv Inn.ole.! on the cresi of frince, ^ 



rV^^U i T"^",""" '»"■ h», of .Spar.a ; ^ 

^n ell n hat e,l.cts sage Lvciir-us ma.le. 
While Blackston-'s on the shelf neelecied laid ; 
Of Grecian dnmas vaunts Ihe de,ilhlc-s fame. 
Of Avon s bard remenit«rin? scarce the uamk. 

Such is Ihe youth vvhn,e scientific pale 
Cl«-honour,. n.edals, fellowships, awailj 
Or even, perhaps, ihe declama'ion pri,^ ' 
If.o.uchslor,ou,hei,,„hel,f„hnri 
But lo no c»>mmoi, orator can hope 
The envied silver cup wihin his scope. 
J.O thit our he.ads much elo,me,ice remiire. 
Th'^M.,.,a,.-. 4 glou i„, si, le, or Tully's^ra 



We do not I 



r cle: 



>inc« 



K. «,i - >'?I*^''in:;tor<inviuce. 

Kf other orator, of pilcin, proud ; 

rh.r 'JZ . '" '''f '"">clves. noi move the crowd : 

Our fnvily prefer, the mutteriii!; Inne, 

A |,ro,„.r inixfire of the sipieak and ;man: 

JNo K.rroiv d (race of action must be seen : 

Tlie slirtlest motion ivould d„ple.a.,e the 6ein ; • 

Whil,t every slarini; rnduile would prate 

Againsl « bat he could never imiUle. 

The man nho hope. I' obtain the pmmised cop 
**"" '" "tie posture stand, and ne'er look up j 

J'ly. The rhoru. from wh.rl, ihl. i. "i/, „ 'h", '^5' 

:.;err.':':i'r .';'.;.:a'',::r' "" -"- -•'-'■■ •-• 

STh. or<»ln.l |, " KoflofvJv dvoftavri «X«o« I 

ooi.;:",:;;^,';';;,; l.*.::';:,;"^^:'. "■;,"■',."" "r- "•"■ 

~i.l~l ■. ^rt6,n.,o, so an«",d bl. llj„n?'r.','i' '«""■■ 

.'h.r;.*;:i'„." :""" '•'" "-5 --' ',;';:':;:;,rM I 

turn'. .., ih,.?.^r« ."■ """■ •''•""•'""'"•I l>T hcs rio. ( 



Nor stop, hut rattle ove.- even word — 

No matter what, sfi it can 710/ be heinj. 

Thus let bin, Imrrv on, nor think to r«t: 

W ho speak, the fastests suie to ,,«ik the best: 

\Vho utters mr,l withm the .hort'esl s,«« ' 

Way safely hope to win the wordy race. 

The son. of science these, who, thus repaid, 
I-inser 11, ease in Grama's slussish shade ] 
» here on Cam s sedj) banks supine l.hev lie. 
I nknown. unhoiioureo^ live, unwept for-die? 

They think all leamine fij'J within their ykiSk: 

In nianners rude, in foolish forms precise. 

All modem arts, affeclin» to despise- 

Mn' '".'k'"^ Ro"'le.v's, Brunck's, or Porsont* noto 

More than the verse on ivhich Ihe criUc iVTOte- 

»ain as their honours, heai-y as their ale 

Md as their wit, and tedious as their tale ; 

10 friend .hip de.ad, though not uniau-hl to 'ed 

M hen Self and Church demand a bi/ol zeal 

Whether 1 ,s Pitt or t>e<tv lules the hour : 1 ' 
IVh 'i'"'i' V , ""IT''^'" ""lil-^. Iliey ben/ the bund 
Bui should a storm o'erwhelm him with disrrlce 
They 'd ,ly to seek Ihe next who fill'd liis Z:e ' 
h are the men who le.,rnin-'s treasure, '^uiid I 



Such is the 

Thl! 



iCtice, 






•ard! 



_-_- Jiiuch, at least, we may | resume to say — 
The premium can't exceed the price they ^y. 

TO A BEACTIFUL QDAKEH. 
Sweet ^irl I thoush oiilv once we met. 
That meelln; I »hall m-'er foreet - ^ 
And Ihoush we ncer mav meet ajrain. 
Remembrance will ihv lorn, rela^.^ 
I would not say, " I love." but still 
My senses slrusjle with niv will : 
M.^?.'"" '"''''"■'■ ""=<• fi^ni my breast, 
Mv thoughts are more and more reprkst: 
In vain 1 check Hie ri,in» ,i;hs ' 

Another lo the Last rep! ira: ' 
I'erhips this is not love, but vet 
Our meeting I can ne'er forget 
What Ihou-h we never silence broke, 
wur e\e» a sweeler laiit;iia«e siioke- 
The loneue 111 llallerme f:.lsehood j'eallu 
And tells a tale il never feels - ^^^ 

Deceit ,he g„iiij. |,p, |n,par|,' 
And hush the iirndales of the heart: 
Bui soul , liiterpr, ters. the eves, ' 
Spurn such restraint, and «:oni diagniw; 
As bus our Klances oft convenKxl, 
And all our Ixiso-ns fell relraiW, 
r>o spirit, from within, reproved in. 
Say ralher •• 'l was Ihe s,,i'ril moveJ,»» 
ThouKh what they uiterd I repress, 

F^r [.".Til'"" '■""'"''•■"■">■ <"« i 
ror as on tliee my nieiiiorv imnders. 

lerchancetomelhiliealM, iVaiideli 
This for n.yvlf, at le.ist. I 'II i,y, 

A w'^k'r".! ',',:'*■■"" "'"""^'' "'<''<' »>roO«» 1» • 

A".a«e, With It mv fancy leems; 

'n "leep. 11 sniilr, i„ iiei-im, dreams; 

I ne vsinii ch.irini the houn .»,-»,, 

^n,l bids ne cuine Aurora's ray 
. »J;'h«>kin«shimlK-niofdeli,ht 

Which nuiko me wish for en.nea nirhJ. 

Since, oh I whaleer mv future fair 
I ^''"^' l"? or "oo uiy steps await, ' 

i b,i!u?:.'r."'';i:;:?„''':''''°', •'"■'''"'^^^^Ji^i^- 
.i'"'iiT'«d^':h:;:\"'„"r,.'r,,i,'"''7 *■'"' '- ^^ 

luenll,) ih. h„»!,?.r^ ' " ""^ ■'" ■' "^ "»—• 

! '<JI in. OooQu, ^ rrpre-mll., ||„ t;im«a||.. A 
m Uu fiDfnm.nL * 



uflwiiif t««ulr«i 



I OOOIZISOL 



HOT'KS OF IDLENESS. 



25 



T«B>tn) V* n», by stormi beset, 
Xhio'e image I can oe'ei (orgel. 
AIu '• »?»in nn more we meet. 
No mere our former looks repeat ; 
Tl>en lei me brealhe this parting prayer, 
The dirLite of my bosom's c:ire ; 
" >Uv Heaveu » ?uird my lovely quaker 
Th*l aiuruish never can o'erlake her ; 
riiat peace ard virtue ne'er forsake her. 
But bliss be aye lier heart's partaker I 
Oh : may the'baippy mortal, fated 
To be, by dearest lies, related. 
For her each hour new joys discover, 
And lose the husband in the lover ! 
lAay that fair iKisom never know 
What 'I IS to feel the restless woe 
Which stuns the soul, w iih vain regret, 
Of turn who never can forget 1 " « 



THE CORNELIAN 

No specious sjilendour of this stono 

End^n it to my iii^mory ever ; 
With lustre only once it sh.iiiej 

And blu-shea modest .ts the giver. 
Bome. who can sneer at friendship's ties, 

Have, for my weakness, oft reproved me , 
Tet still the simple ^il't I prize,— 

For I am sure the ?iver loved me. 
He otfer'd it with downost loo":, 

A.' fmri'ul that I niishi refuse it ; 
I told him, when the gift 1 tixik, 

My only tear should be to lose it. 
This pledge attentively I view'd, 
And s[arkliii? as I lieid it near. 
Melhoughl one droji the stone beJew'd, 

And ever since I 've ioved a tear. 
*till. to adoni his humble youth, 

Nor wealth nor birlli their treasures yieH ; 
Bot he wl» seeks the lli.vi-ers of truth, 

Must quil the garden for the field. 
T is not the pl.-.nt uprenr'd in sloth, 

Which beauty shows, and sheds perfume; 
The Dowers wliich vicld the most of both, 

In Nature's wild luxuriance bloom. 
Had Fortune aided .Nature's care, 
For once forsettins to be lilind. 
His would have been no ample share, 

If well prnportion'd to his mind. 
But had the eoddess clearlv seen. 

His form had tii'd her hckle breast ; 

Her countless hoards would Ins have been. 

And none reaiam'd to give the resL 



AN OCCASIONAL FROLOGrE, 
CLIVERED PREVIOOS TO THE PERFORM- 
AHCE OF " THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE," 
AT A PRIVATE THEATRE. 

giDce fce refinement of this poli.f'd are 
Has swe,)l imnior.il raillen' fnim tt.» sLire ; 
Since taste has now eipuiiaed licentious wit. 
Which stamp'd disgrace on all an autlflr writ; 
Since now to plea^e with purer scenes we seek. 
Nor dare to call the I'lush from Beauty's cheek; 
Oh ! et the moilesl .Muse snn.e pity claim, 
And aieel indul«ence. Hicu^li she find Liot fame. 
Still, not for her alone we wish res|,fct, 
Otheni appear more conscious of defect : 
■To-mght no veteran Roscii you behold, 
In all the arts of scenic action old ; 



No Cooke, no Kemble, can salute you hat. 

No Siddous draw the sympathetic tear ; 

To-niuhl you throng to witunsi the deOut 

Of embryo actors, to the Drama new : 

Here, then, our almost untled;;ed wings we tiy| 

Clip not our pinions ere the birds can Hy . 

Failing in this our first attempt to soar. 

Drooping, alas ! we fill to rise no more. 

Not one poo- '.reiiibler only fear betraj-s. 

Who hopes, yet almost dreads, to meet yoorpiftini 

But all our dr.imatis iiersoiia: wait 

in fond suspense this crisis of their fate. 

No venal views our progress can retard, 

Your generous plaudits are our sole reward. 

For these, each Hero all his power displays. 

Each ttiiiid Heroir.e shrinks before your gazB. 

Surely the last wtll some protection find ; 

None to the softer sej can prove unkind : 

While Vouth and Beauty form the female shield, 

The slerneil censor to the fair must yield. 

Vet, should our feeble ertorts nousht avail, 

Shoulil, after all. our best emlravours fail. 

Still let some mercy in your bosoms live. 

And, if you call 't applaud, at least forgiv©. 



ON THE DEATH OF MR. FOX, 
THE FOLLOWINO ILLIDERAL IMPROMPTU 
I APPEARED IN A MORNINO PAPER. 

•' Our nation's foes lament on Foi's death, 
But bless the hour when Pitt resign'd his breath; 
These feelings wide, let sensf and truth unciue, 
We give thepalm w here Justice points its due." 

TO WHICH THE AUTHOR OF THESE PIECE* 
SENT THE FOLLOWING REPLY 

Oh factious viper I whose enven.-im'd tooth 
^Vould mangle still the de.id, perverting truth; 
What lh''Ugh our " nation's foes" lamenl the I^t 
With generous feeling, of the good and great. 
Shall dastard tongues essay to blast the name 
Of him whose meed exists in endless fame? 
When Pitt eii'ired in plenitude of power. 
Though ill success obscured his dying hour. 
Pity her dewy w inss before him spread, 
For noble spirits " war not « ilh the dead :" 
His friends, in tears, a last sad requiem gave. 
As all his errors slumber'd in the grave ; 
He sunk, an Atlas bending 'neilh the weight 
(If cares o'erw helming our contlic'ing state; 
When, lo ! a Hercules in Fl appe.ard, 
■Who fur a tiinf the ruin'd fabric reiir'd : 
He. too, is fall'n, who Bri'ain's loss supplied, 
■With hini our fast reviving hopes have died ; 
Not one great peojHe only raise his urn. 
All Europe's far^llended regions mcum. 
*' These feelings wide, let sense and truth undue. 
To sive the palm where Jus'ice points its due;" 
■Vet let not caiiker'd Calumnv assnil. 
Or round our statesman wind lier gloomy vei!. 
foi '. o'er whose corse a mourning « orlil must we^ 
Whose dear remains in hon'ur'd marble sleep 
For whom, .at last, e'en hostile nations groan. 
While friends ami foes alike his talents own ; 
Foi shall in Britain's future annals shine, 
Nor e'en to P<ll the pat.-iot's p'llu resign ; 
Which Envy, wi-ariiig Candour's s.acred muK, 
For Pxtl, and PM alone, has dared to uk. 



1 Tbmic.-MS wir* VTltiM u Hurowpte, u Ai«nst. 



THE TEAR. 

" O Isrhrymariim fonn. ifuerti iarroe 
Duii-ulrjin orl.i. f« .mmo : qnaUr 
Frill • m imo qui ..i.triilem 
■ Pettore le, pia Nyniptia, ten»lt. — w •> 

When Friendship or l/>ve our sympathies taPH, 
When Truth iu * glance should ippeer. 



t$ 



HOURS OF IDLENESS 



Too of! (• 1 iinile trt ip hrpocrita'i wile, 

To mas^ detei*a»;; i >r f'nr ; 
Gi" oic lie 5oft s.^^ whilst the soul-telllxif ey« 

h dimni'd for i lime wiih a Tear. 
kL'l i Charity's glow, to us mortals below, 

S«jws the »oul from tx.-hariiy clear; 
Coaipusion will meli where this virtue ii felt, 

And its due it UffusaX id a Tear. 
The man doom'a vT *AiI with the blait of the ^e, 

Through billo-.^s Atbutic to steer, 
A» be zjctiii* O'tT the wave which may soon be his gTAVS, 

The jrecQ sparUea bright with a Ttaw. 
The 9(xdier brave* death for a fanciful nrea Ji 

Id Glory's romau ic ijareer ; 
0a( he raises the foe when in battle laid low, 

And bathes every wound with a Tear. 
If with hi^b-boundin? prid? he return to his bride^ 

Renouncing the gore-crimson'd spear, 
All hit toils are repaid when, embncing the maid. 

Prom her eyelid be kisus the Tear. 
Sweet scene of my youth !i seat of Friendahip and 
Truth, 

Where love chased each fast-fleetinj year, 
Letb to leave Ihee, I mouni'd, for a last look I turned, 

But thy spire wis scarce seen through a Tear. 
Though my vows I can pour to my Mary no more, 

>ty Mar^- to Love once so denr ; 
In the ihaJe of h*;r bower I remember the hour 

She rewarded those vows with a Tear. 
By another possest, may she live ever bleit I 

Her name still my heart must revere: 
With a sigh 1 resign wlut 1 once thought waimine, 

And forgive her deceit with a Tear. 
Te friends of my heart, ere from you I depart, 

This hope to my breast is most near : 
U arain we shall meet in this rural retreat, 

May we meet, as we part, with a Tear. 
When my snul winjs her flight to the regio&i of night, 

And iiiy cor^e shall recline on its bier, 
Ai ye }}a38 by the toihu where my ashes consume, 

Oh ! moisten their dust with a Tear. 
May no marble bestow (lie splendour of woe 

Which the children of vanity rear; 
No fiction of fame shall blaion mv name, 

Aiilaak — all 1 wub— iia Tear. 

October 26th, 190& 



BtPIT TO SOME VKRSrs OF J. M. T PTGOT, 
ESt^., ON THE CRLELTVOF HIS MISTKE&S. 

Why, Ficol, complain of thisdimsers disdun? 

\Vhy thus in de>|iair do you fret } 
For nionthi you may (r>-, yH, beljcve me, a sifb 

Will iievftr oc'aiu a ctNjurtte. 
Would you («Mch hrr to love } for t time seem to roTf ; 

Al fiiit the may frown in a (»*fl ; 
Bui k»fe her awhile, t;:c shortly will smile, 

AtM then you niay kiss your cnjuette. 
For iuch are the itrs al tinw fanciful fain 

They think ali nur lr.a.Ace a debt : 
fw. a mr1i.il ucfclecl lonn takes an rtfcct, 

And huiiiblca the proudest cut|Uftle. 
Dm*^mh\e your pain, and le'>(ihrB your chain, 

Anrl feuem hrr hauitur lo rr^rl ; 
If a/1 □ vnu ihall mU, the ir* iiiorv will deny, 

Tbai youn is the n«y cf«|w-ire. 
If ttill, from falw pridr, ri*iiT panip >c deride, 

Thsf^himsiral »irr.n forrri ; 

•oBMOTbrr btmiie, wtx* »itl inrlt wl*b yoor flr^ 
Aod Usgh al the litUe oK^urlla. 



For me, I adere some twenty or more, 

And love them most dearly; bit yet, 
Though my hean they eothnil, I 'd abandon thsB aB| 

Did they act like your blooming coquetta. 
No longer repine, adopt this design. 

And break through ner slight-woven net; 
Away with deapair, no longer forbear 

To Hy from the captious cotjuette. 
Then quit her, my friend ! your t>osom defend, 

Err quite with her snares you 're t)e**;I : 
Lest your deep- wounded heart, when inccnied bf thr 

Should lead jtni to cone the coqnette. 

October Z7th, U0& 



TO THE SIGHING STREPHON. 

Tour pardon, my friend, if my rhymes did offend } 
Vour pardon, a tlio'isand tiiues o't" 



Since your beautiful maid your flame has repaid, 

No more 1 your folly rearet ; 
She's now most divine, and I bow at the ihrine 

Uf this quickly reformed co«|uetle. 
Yet s'ill, I must own, I should never have knows 

From your verses, what else she de^erved ; 
Your pain seem'd so great, 1 pitied yror fate 

As your fair was so deviiisli reserved. 
Since the balm-breathing kisa of this ma£r)cal mi« 

Can such wonderful transjioits produce; 
Since the " world you forget, when your lipe once hftva 
met," 

My counsel will ^t but abuse. 
You say, when *' I rove, I know nothing of Ion;* 

T is true, I am given to range ; 
If I rightly remeuilier, I 've loved a good noffibtf 

Yet there 's pleasure, at least, in a clun^ 
I will not advance, bv the mie* of romance. 

To humour a whimsical fair ; 
Though a smile maydeliifhl, yet afrown won^aAi^)^ 

Or drive me to dreadful despair. 
While my blood it thus warm T ne'er shall rdbm, 

To mix in the Platoniits' school ; 
Of this I am sure, was my pa»ioo so pore, 

Thy mislrcfls would think nie a fool. 
And if I should shun every woman forona^ 

Whose ima^e must fill mv wliolc breast — 
Wliom I must rr-fer, and sigh but for bet 

What an msull t would be to (he real 1 
Now, Strephon, good bye ; I cannot deaj 

Tour puaion apoeir^ most absurd ; 
Such love as you |ilr-.id is pure love i 

For it Duly coututs in the word. 



TO ELIZA 

EIir», what fools are the ^fu»lulman sect. 

Who to woman drtiv the srkul's fulu'v eiirf««et) 
Could they »«• thee, KIim. they 'd own then N/ect, 

And Ihisdoclrme would uii-cl with a geucnd rausl 
ance. 
Had their prophet posMss'd half an atom of tei ^e, 

He ne'er would have women fn)Mi |i«rmdis« ^'iven 
Iiisit^ of his houris, a (liinsv pretenrr. 

With women alone he haj fteopled his heareo 
Tel still, to inrrm^f vour cilamitie? nior*. 

Not pttntrnl with ■Irnnviiig yr>ur Uvtir* of Bpl-ft, 
He .itlniB mtr f^Mir liiithxii.l to khare itninngRt for -t^- 

With v)ul< )ou 'd diai>en>e but ttus last, wtte 00«ll 
beir It t 



of Lord ByioB's sarliMt leiurs war* ■ 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



91 



Ob biabuiili't ii li^d, lo the tvivM most anciTU ; 
WU I oa t cootndict, what to oil has been said, I 

"TboBch wouea tn uigeli, yet wedlock 'k tb* 



LACHIN T GAIR.» 



Amy, ye py landtcapes, ve gardens of 

■ i„. •!.„ «.;.,;„ — nf I..T..rv rove 



— ,.,-o-. ,„.Te garden 

In jrou let Uie minioDs of luxury rove; 
Rtstore me the rocks, where tlie suow-flake reposes, 

Though still the* are sicred lo freedom aud love 
Tet, Clrtouia, beloved arc thy mnunlaios, 1 

Hounl^ their while summits Ihrnigh elemenfi war J 
Though «it»ra;t» foam 'sleid of uiioolb-flowing foun- , 
taint, I 

I ugh for the valley of dark Loch na Garr. i 

Ak ! there my youns footsteps in infancy wander'd ; 1 

My cap was the birancl, my cloak was Ihe plaid ; » 
Ob cbie(bli^^ Ion; pprish"d my memory poiiJer'd, 

As daily I strode throueh ihe piuf-cover'd 'lade. 
I tcught not my home till Ihe day's dyinj ^lory 

Gave place to Ihe ravs of Ihe hri'ht polar star ; 
For fancy was cheer'd \iy traditional slorj', 

Disclosed by the natives of dark Loch u» Garr. 

" Shada of the dead I have I not heard your voicee 

Rise on the ni;hl-rcllin? breath of the gale ?" 
Burelv Ihe m>uI of the hero rejoicea, 

Ami rides on the wind, o'er bis own Highland vale. 
Round ly>ch na Tiarr while the stormy mist gathere, 

Winter presides in his cold Icy car : 
Clouds there encircle Ihe forms of my fathers ; 

They dwell in the tempests of dark Loch na Garr. 

•< ni^tarr'd,' though brave, did no visions foreboding 

Tell you tlial fate bad forsaken your cause ?" 
Ah ! were you destined to die at Culloden,« 

Victorj' c'rown'd not your fall with applause: 
Still were you happ » death's earthy slun.ber, 

Tou rest with youi clnn m the caves of Braemar;* 
The pibroch resounds, to the piner's loud number, 

Your deeds on Uie echoes of dark Loch na Garr. 

Tears have roll'd on, Loch na Garr, since I left you, 

Years must eh.pse ere 1 tread you ajain ; 
Nature of verdure and flow'rs has bereft you, 

Yet Jtill are you dearer than Albion's plain. 
England '. Iby beauties are time and domestic 

To one who has roved on the mounUms af»r: 
Oh for the crags that are wild and majestic ! 

The steep frowning glories of dark Loch n» Girr 1 



1 £<e»iii |i Om'i 
Ltcll >"» Ourr, tow 
•rD Higtilandii, oea 



M It Is pronounced in the Krse, 



eut In the N 
tiid.' One of Gur motlero tour 
., ..- .... higtieHt mouijlain. perhaji* it 
Be thu •■ it mnjr, II i« ctrtniuly "lie of 
mt- and pitturecqiie amongi 
n.Ba -Vlps." Its app*'aranr^ !• 

1 spent 



6i,ist Bri 



1 This w 



Catrilo- 

lu-kT hue, but lh« 

Near l.achin y tJair 

or Ihe early part of my life, the recollevtioa 

pivec birth lo these ■taozss. 

■J is errnneoui'y pronnunreil ptad: the proper 

1 (accuidms to the Scotch) it thown by Iht 

brtbneraphy. 

a I sllude here to my mnternnl ance.tnrt, " the (Jor- 
^n,.'* miliy of whum foujrhl fjr the uofortunate rrture 
Chtrlet. belter koown by the name of the lTeleii,ler. 
This tinuich «a. neirlj allied by bln.,1, .. »ell t. tnsrli- 
ment. t-) the Blutrtn. Oeorse, Ihe »-™d.I Earl of Hunt. 
Wy, mtrne.l the rrlncei. Annahelli Slimrl. Jaiieliler of 
Itrnen Ihe Flr«l cf »..otl»iid. By her he left four ..mt : 
Ibe third, Sir W.IhnmUoidon, I have the honour lo claim 
■■ oae of my prugenltort. 

4 Whether any peTi«he<t tn the tialtle of Conodes I am 
■ot eeruln: but, tt many f.ll In the Insurreilum, 1 htit 
laed the name of tie principal ictios, 'j«ri pro lo<0. 

t k tract of tht Hlftludi eo callad. Thert It al«) • 
Swtto U Intmu 



TO ROMAN ^E. 

Parent of golden dreams, Ronanoe < 

Auspicious queen of childish joyi. 
Who Usid'st al'Uii;, in airy dance, 

Thy votive IrMU of cirls and boyi; 
At length, in spells no l..nger bound, 

I break Ihe lettei-s of my youth ; 
No more 1 tread thy niystic round, 

But leave thy realms for those of Tralk> 

And yet 't is bard to quit Ihe dreams 

Which haunt the unsuspicious soul, 
Wlwre every nvmph a goddess seems 

Whose eyes through rays immortal *>I) 
While Fancy holds her boundless ici^ 

And all assume a varied hue ; 
When virgins seem no lonecr vain. 

And even woman's smiles are tniB 

And must we own thee but a name. 

And from thy hall of clouds descend > 
Nor find a sylph in every dame, 

A Pylades s in every friend ? 
But leave at once thy realms of air 

To min'lin; band's of fairy elves ; 
Confess that woman 's false as fair. 

And friends have feeling for — tbemMtW ! 

With shame I own I 'vc felt thy sway 

Repentant, now thy reign is o'er: 
No more thy precept's I obey, 

No more on fancied jiitiions toal. 
Fond fool ; to love a sparkling eye, 

And think that eye to 'ruth was dear; 
To trust a passing wanton's sigh. 

And melt beneath a wanton't tear t 

Romanpe ! disgusted with deceit 

Far from thy motley court I fly. 
Where Affectation holds Iter seat. 

And sickly Sensibility ; 
Whose silly tears can ntver flow 

For any pantos encepling thine ; 
Who turns aside fmm real woe, 

Tn tteep in dew thy gaudy shrine. 

Now join with sable StTiipathy, 

With cypress crowri'd. arra'v'd in wc^da. 
Who heaves with thee lier simple sigh. 

Whose breast for every bosom bleeds ; 
And call thv sylvan female choir. 

To niourii a swain for ever gone, 
Who once could glow » ith equal Ore, 

But bends not now before thy throut 

Ye genial nympbs, whose ready tears 

On all occasions swiflly flow ; 
Wlioje bosoms heave with fancied (eurr, 

With fancied flames and phreusy glow ; 
Say, "ill you mourn my atisent name. 

Apostate from your senile train ? 
An infant bard al'leasl m'y claim 

From you a sympaUietic 8;:i.ii. 

Adieu, fond race I a long adieu ! 

The hour of fate is hovering nigh ; 
E'en now Ihe eulf appears in view, 

Where unlamented you must lie: 
Oblivion's lilac'ueuing lake is seen. 

Convulsed by gales you cmiiot weatler; 
Where vou, and eke your eeiille queen, 

Alas 1 must perish altogether. 



8 tt It hardly iiece.rarv to «*l, that Pyladei w«. tht 
compani.-i of Drette.. and a lartuer in one of ih.iee tnetd- 
thip..h;h, wilh lh,*e of Arhlllet and P.Iriclut, HUM 
snd Eurynlu., I>aui"ii tad Pyihitk h>»t be«n haiidol 
Jjwo to po.len'y «. remarktble in.ttncet of .It«ctni»nt% 
which in Ob prohabibly never elUled beyond Kit "»»«'^ 
lion of iLt pet. or tht PK« of u. hlrtona* al iao«»»» 
I aoveUst. 



S8 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



AJ^SWER TO SOME ELEGANT VERSES SENT 
BY A FRIEND To THE AUTHOR, CoM- 
PLAINING THAT ONE OF HIS UEStRIH- 
TIONS WAS RATHER TOO WARMLY 
DRAWN. 

* Sot if any old Udy. koight, priest, or pbytician, 
&bould fOBtleniD me for pniilir^ a seronj clitioo; 
If food Madam SqaiDtum my work ahould abuse. 
Mar I venture to give her a »inar\ of mv qiumt 1 '* 
Ifett 2ath G^4t. 
Condotir compels me, Reclier 1 to commend 
T*te vftse u'hicb blends the censor \vi:h the rneod 
Tour strong yet ju^t reproof extorts ajiplause 
From me, the heedless and imprudent cause. 
For ttia wild error wliich pcn,'ades my strain, 
I roe for pardon. — must I sue in vain ? 
TLc wise sometimes from Wisdonrs ways depart; 
Cui youth then husti the dictates of (he beartr 
Precepts of prudence curb, but can't control, 
Tlie fierce emotions of the flowing snuL 
When L'lve'!* delirium haunts the flowing miud, 
Ltmpin^ Decorum lingers far behind ; 
Vainly the dotard mends her prudish pace, 
Outstrip! and vanquished in the mental chase. 
The voun?, the old. hive worn the chains of lore: 
Let (nfMC they ne'er confined uiy lay reprove: 
Le! those whose souls contemn the pleasing po>ver 
Their censures on the liapless victim shower. 
Oh ! how I hate the nerveless, frigid son», 
The ceaseless echo of rhe rh>-niin§ throns, 
Whofte laUiUT'd lines in chillins- nunibers flow, 
To p-iin! a prinj the author ne'er can know ! 
The artlesi Helicon I boast is youth j — 
My lyre, the heart ; niv muse, the simple truth. 
Far be 't from me the •' virgin's mind'' to " taint : " 
Seduction's dread is here no slight restraint. 
The maid whose virgin breast is -joid nf guile, 
Who« wishes dimple in a modest »niile, 
Whose downcast eye disdains the wanton leer, 
Firm in her virtue's strength, yet not severe — 
She whom a coiL^cious grace shall thus refioe 
Will ne'er be " tainted ' by a strain of miod. 
But for the nymph whose p-emature desires 
Tonuenl her bosom with unholy fires, 
No net tn snnre her willing heart is sprean : 
She would hive fallen, though slie ne'er had read. 
For me, I fain would jile^ise the chosen few, 
Whose aouls, to ferling and to nature true. 
Will spare the childi-ili verse, and not destroy 
The light effusions of a heedless boy, 
I seek not glor}- from 'he aenselciS crowd ; 
Of fancied laurels, I stiall ne'er be pmud : 
Their wannest piaudits I would scarcely prize, 
Tbeir ineen or censures I alike despise. 

November 26, 1900. 



ELEGY ON NEWSTEAJ) ABBEY.i 



Newitead I faat-fatlm^, once-re^plen<fent dome! 

Reliffinii'f ihniie' repentant Henry's^ pride I 
nf wamom, n^'tik*, and dames the cloigrer'd tomb 

Whose pensive iliajei around tJiy ruins i(lide, 
E»il to thy pile *. more bonour'd in Ihy fall 

Thar. mn.tem inan<inia in Ihnr pilKr'd sUle; 
Pm-jll) nnj«tif fniwn* thy vaulted lull, 

ScovClmg defiance on the blasts of nte. 
No mail-clad serft,* nbniient to iheir lonl. 

In grim amy the cnnison cross * demand ; 

1 As no* pr^m no th)a v'lbiert Is slrvad^ prlDted.th* sd* 
^tt hmA.ftitiamUy, on intrrll m nt ina^rltny thr (■>l)'<winf 
It Is BOW Kldnl SI iV rsrthular rrqueat *tt •om9 rrirails. : 

t Hearf II fr^uocM Nvwttead sonn aftrr the murdvr of 
rkoniM I D«r-krL 

I Tl>t« wrr*) la v**^ W Wa<lfr Hroll, lo hla po«tlU*'Tb« 
WtU lluoumab;'* ayuoo]riii'>ua *'tb vsmsI. I 

4 Th* r«l Ofcas was lh« b*lf * of l>la croudara. I 



Or gay assemble round the festive board 
Their ciiiefs retainers, an iir.mortil bajid : 

Else might inspiring Fancy's magic eve 
Reirace their progress through the lapse of tllU^ 

Marking each ardent youih, ordain'd lo die, 
A votive pilgrim in JudeaSc!ia:e. 

But not from thee, dark pile I departs the cbiel* 

His feudal rta m in other regions lay : 
In thee the wounded coi-sc'ence courts lelie^ 

Retiring from the garish blaze of day. 

Yes ! m thy gloomy ceiis and shades [^rofouad 
The monk abjured a world he ne'er ccbid view ; 

Or bloodstain'd guilt repenting solace fonud, 
Or innocence from stern oppression flew. 

A momrch bade thee from that wild arise, 

Where Sherwood*s outlaws once were wtxif to 
prowl ; 
And Superstition's crimes, of various dyes. 

Sought shelter in Ilie priest's protecting cowi. 
Where now the grass exhales a murky dew. 

The humid pall of Iife-eilinguibh u clay, 
Id sainted fame (he sacred fathers grew. 

Nor raised their pious voices bui to pray. 
Where now the bats their wavering wings extend 

Soon as the gl'"»ajiiing* spreads her waning shades 
The choir did oft their mingling vespers bl^. 

Or matin orisons to Mar)-s paid. 
Years mil on vears ; to ages, a^es yield ; 

Abbots to abbots, in a line, succeed : 
Religion's charter their protecting shield. 

Till royal sacrilege their doom decreea. 
One holy Henry rear'd the gothic walls, 

And bade the pious iiiiiinies rest in peace 
Another Henry"' the kind gift reca'Is, 

And bids devotion's halluw'd echoes ceaa. 
Vain is each threat or supplicating prriyer; 

He drives them exiles from their bleat abode, 
To roam a drear\- w orld in deep desfiair — 

No friend, no home, no refuge, bn* **»•'" ''od. 
Hark bow the hall, re^^undins to (he strain. 

Shakes wiih the martial niusic's novel din ! 
The heralds of a warrioi's haughty rei^, 

High crested banners wave thy walls withUL 
Of changing sentinels the distant hum, 

The mirth of ft-asts, the clang nf bumishM ann^ 
The braying trumpet and (he hoexrser drum, 

Unite in concert with increased alarms. 
An abbey once, a regal fortreft • now. 

Encircled by insulting rebel powers. 
War's dread m.ichines o'erhrxng 'hy 'hreatenlnf brow, 

And dart dcttructKin in sulphureous showere. 
Ah vain defence '. the hostile traitor's siege, 

Ttiough oft repulseil, by guile o'ercomes the bnt* 
His throngine fo^ opfiresa (he fadhful liege. 

Rebellion's reekin; standanli o'er him wave. 
Not unavengrefl the ragin* baron yields; 

The blixnl of traitors smears (he puqile plalL i 
Uncnmjuer'd Mill, his falchion there he wicld% 

And d.i)-s of glory yet for him remiiti. 
Still t.i that hour the *varrior wished to strew 

Vlfgather'd laurels on a sclf*»nught grave; 
But ('hvrlcs* protecting genius hither rtew, 

The oiooarcb's fneiid, the oiocarch's hope, « mw 

ft As "RinamlDff,** the ScHtlsh won) for lwili(ht is to 
mirp prM>tl>nl. and hu brrn rfcnrr.'ornjr.l tiv tnaar snl* 
nrni hlrrnry m.-ii. rarlifMtortr by \tt M r-.r* to b s Lsl- 



I tute rcolurrd lu ua* il uB srcvaal «f ill 
harmnnr 

« Th« priory wa* d^lraied lo lb* Virrla. 

T At xhf diwtiiiinn of ths mnDaatrrtcs. Bsarv TIIL 
bt-stowril Nrwatrad Abbey oa Bir Jut.o Brioa. 

fl Newatrad au.talopd a (yins'.^a.'sttl« sMfs U Ita «« 
bstWMO C'bsrUs I. and bta parkaniasA. 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



Trembling, ihf jnitcVd him i from th' uoeqiui itnfe, 

In otber fields Uie torreut to rejiet ; 
FW nobler couib.its, here, reserved hii 



^ir nobler couib.its here, reserved his life. 
To lead Ihc bloJ where godlike Falkland » fell. 
.•en, 
I sound, 



From thee, p»r pile ! to lawloB plunder 
While dyin: groans their painlul requi 
r»I dilfereul incense now ascends to heaven, 
Sach victims wallow on the gorj- ground. 
There man? a pale and ruthless roblicr's corse, 

Nojsouie and ghast, deliles thy sacred sod ; 
O'er mingling man, and horse comniix'd with horse. 

Corruption's heap, the savage spoilers trod. 
Grarea, lon» with rank and sii;hin» weeds o'crsnread, 

Ransack'J resign perforce iheir mortal mould: 
FrODi rufhan fangs «»cape not e'en the dead, 

Raked from repose in search for buried goli 
Gmh'd is the harp, unstrung the warlike lyre, 

The minstrel's pilsicd hand reclines in death ; 
No more he strikes the quivering chords wiih fire, 

Or sings the glories of the mart.al wreath. 
At length the sated murderers, gnrsed with prey, 

Retire ; the clamour of the (i?ht is o'er ; 
Silence again resumes her awful sway. 

And sable Horror guards the massy door. 
Here Desolation holds her dreary court : 

What satellites declare her dismal reign ! 
Shrieking their dir»e, ill-omcn'd birds rewrt. 

To (ill their vigils in the hoary fane. 
Soon a new morn's restoring beams dispel 

The clouds of anarchy from Britain's skiee; 
The fierce usurper seeks his native hell, 
' And Nature triumphs as the tyrant dies. 
With storms she welcomes his eipiring groans ; 
WhirivN-inds, responsive, greet his labouring b: 
Earth shud.ic^ as her caves receive his linnes, 

LcV-^.a^- ihe oti'erillg of so dark a death. 
The '^eal T'i^.r* now resumes the helm, 

he fuides through gentle seas the prow of state ; 
ho». .iieen, with wonted smiles, the peaceful realm, 

Aad heals the bleeding wounds of wearied hate. 
ito gloomv tenants, Newstead I of thy cells, 

Howjin^ ret.gn Iheir violated nest ; 
Anin Tne master on his tenure dwells, 

Ilnjoy'd, I'-^-iii atisence, with enraptured zaL 
Vassals, nithir thy hospitable pale. 

Loudly carousing, bless tlieir lord's return ; 
Culture again adorns the gladdening vale. 

And matrons, once lamenting, cease to mourn. 
A thousand songs no tuneful echo f^oat. 

Unwonted foliage mantles o'er the tree* ; 
And hark 1 the horns psnclaim a mellow uote, 

I'he hunters' cry hangs lengthening on the breeze. 
Beneath their courser^' hoofs the valleys shake : 

What fears, what anxious hopes, attend the chase I 
rhe dying slag seeks refuse in the lake ; 

Exulting shouts announce the finish'd race. 
Ah ! happy davs ; loo happy to endure ! 
Such simple sports our plain forefathers knew : 



So snlend i vices glitter'd to allure ; 

Tbeir jf ys were many, as iheir cxm wen tBW» 
From these descending, sons In sires succeed ; 

Time steals along, and Ijeilh uprears his dart; 
Another chief impels the foaming steed. 

Another crowd "pursue the panting harl. 
Ne"-5tead ! w'.lat saddening change of scene it lUU 

Thy yawning arch betokens slow decay • 
The last and youngest of a noble line _ 

Now holds thy mouldering turreU in his sway 
Deserted now, he scans thv grey-worn towers ; 

Thy vaults, where dead of feudal ages sleep; 
Thy cloisters, pervious to the wintry showers ; 

These, these he views, and view-s lliem but Vc vmf 
Yet are his tears no emblem of regret ; 

Cherish'd alfection onlv bids them flow. 
Pride, hope, and love forbid him tc ft'.tt*. 

But warm his bosom w'tt •SiF'-*-'"'''' S''*- 
Tel be >>ref-rr ttec la the gilded domes 

Or gewgaw grottos of the vainly great; 
Tet lingers 'mid thy damp and mossy tnmba. 

Nor breathes a muruiur 'gainst the will of ta.\A, 
Haply thy sun, emerging, yet may shine, 

Thee In irradiate with meridian ray ; 
Hours splendid as the p,ast mav still be Ihine, 

And blew thy future as thy ("ormer day. 



CHILDISH RECOLLECTIONS. 

ich tblcgt were. 



th; 



l)rottifr Sir Willi 


im held hteh 


rmy. Tli.- forinr 


wna i-rnrral- 


mnt of tin* Tnwer 


aml fo».-runr 


afterwards the u 


itiapry James 



1 LiOrd RfrnD snd Ills 
enmoisnds :u ttit? royal i 
iD'Cnirr ID Irrlana, lii-ulf 
to Jamea, Dukr of Ynrll, 
II. ; the latter had a prmcipsl sta-c in many ailjciu 

1 l.uHii> Carey, Lord Vinoounl ?»tliluiid. the mn 
eompiittled tibd of his airt-, wa« kill.-.l at the bottle of 
Newbury. cIiarKloi 1° the roiika of Lord Byron's regiment 
if i-a»alry. 

9 This is an hislnrira. «rt. \ ylolent tempesr occurred 
Immr-liatrly •Mtnequeol In Ihe death or inlermi-Dl of 
Cromwell, whieh ocrasion«J miMiy ilt»piili.» beiwe^o his 
parti.«nt aad the cavaliers: txjlli inlervreled the rirruin- 
staoee into diTine luIerpostlioH ; but ^heihrr u approha* 
tioo or roQdemaatiMo, \«e leave to the vasuista o.' that see 
to d^tds I l.ave Tnade sucb uss of tba oocuseace aa 
SDitvd the tab.vct ( t taf posm. 

4 ;ktiiM u. 



And ' 



most dear to i 



When slow Disease, with all her host of paini, 
Chills Ihe warm tide which flows along the veiia) 
When Health, allrishled, spreitds her rosy wing. 
And tlies with everj' changing gale of spring; 
Not lO the aching frame alone contiiied. 
I'livieldins panis assail the drooping mind : 
What grisK loniis, the spectre train of woe. 
Hid shiiddeVllig .Nature sl-.rilik beneath the blow 
With Resignation wage relentless strife, 
While Hope retires appall'd, .and clings to life. 
Yet less the pang when, Ihroiigli ihe tedious hour, 
Remembrince sheds nrouiwi her genial power, 
Calls back the vanish 'd davs to rapture givea. 
When love was bliss, and Hea';'y form'd cJrheavea 
Or, dear to youth, portrays each childish scene. 
Those fairy'bm^ers, where all in turn have been. 
As w hen through clniids that pour the summer stom 
The orb of da\ unveils his diitjiit form, 
Gil'ir with faii'ii beams Ihc crystal dews of rain. 
And dimly twinkles o'er the walery plain j 
Thus, while Ihe future dark and cheerless gleanx, 
■J'he sun ol menniry, glowins through mv •eajD 
"Thoneh sunk the radiance r.f his former blaie. 
To scenes far distant points his paler rays; 
Still rules my seuses with unbounded sway. 
The iiasl confounding with Ihe present d.ay. 

Oft does my heart indulge Ihe rising thought, 
Which still recurs, unlook'd for and unsought; 
My soul to Fancy's fond suggestion yields. 
And raams romantic o'er her ary tields. 
Scein's of mv voiith. develo|ie<l. crond to view. 
To \. Iiich : li'iig have bade a last adieu ! 
Se-ats of delight, inspiring youthful themes; 
Friends lost to me for aye, except in dreauj; 
Some who in marble prematurely sleep. 
Whose forms I now rememlier hul to weep; 
Some w ho yet urge Ihe *aine schnlastic count 
Of early science, future fame Uie source ; 
Who, still contending in the studious iica, 
In quick rotation fill the senior place. 
TnK,e with a thousand visions now unite. 
To da77le, though they please, my aching light 
Ida '. blest siiol, » here .Science 'lolds her rvin, 
How joyous once I join'd thy ycihful tjtiin I 
Bright ill idea gleams thy lofty «pir«, 
A^n I mingle wilh th; playlul quin; 



3» 



HOURS or IDLENESS. 



Oar tricki of n»chi«f, every childish ^:anie, 
Uoehinfed bjr time w distance, seem the same ; 
TbTX}uj;b wiiiiing paths aloiif^ (he glade, I trac« 
The socia) smile of everj- welcome face ; 
Jly wonted hauota, my scenes ot joy and woe, 
E^b early boyish friend, or youttitui foe, 
Our feuds dissolved, but no! my friendship past: — 
[ bless the former, and forgive the last. 
Hours of my youth ! when, nurtured in my breast, 
To iove a stratiger, friendship made me blest ; — 
Friendship, the dear peculiar bond of youth, 
When every artless bosom thrrtba with truth ; 
Untaught by worldly wisdom how to fei^, 
And check each impulse with prudential rein; 
When all we feel, our honest souls disclose — 
In love to friends, in open hate to foes ; 
No varnish 'd tiles the lips of youth repeat, 
Nodear-bou^hl knowledge purchased by deceit 
Rypocrisy, the gift of len^Ihen'd years, 
Matured by age, tts garb of prudence wean. 
When now the boy is ripen'd into man, 
His csrcful sire chauk^ fortn some wary plan ; 
loitruc'j his son from candour's path to shriuk, 
^sioothly to speak, and cautiously to think; 
SttH to assent, and never to deny — 
A patmri'i praise-can well reward the lie: 
And who, when Forturie*s warning voice is heard, 
Would lose his opening prospects for a word ? 
AlHiough afi:ains( thai ^vo^d his heart rebel, 
And truth indignant all bis bosom swell. 

Away with themes like this ! not mine the task 
from ftalterine fiends to (ear the hateful mask; 
Let keener bards delight in satire's sting ; 
My fancy ft<«ar3 not on Detraction's w ing : 
Oiicc, a':d but once, she aini'd a deadly blow, 
To hurl defiance on a secret foe ; 
llut when that foe. from feeling oi from shame. 
The cause unknown, yet still to me the same, 
War/i'd b? some friendly hint, perchance, retired, 
With this' submission all her ragt expire.]. 
from dreaded pangs that leeble foe to save, 
bbe huxh'd her young resentnient, and forgave 
V, if my muse a fiedaut's mrtrait drew, 
Ponipnnu^ virues are fcut known to fev^ : 
I never fear'd the youuz U3urj>er's nod, 
And he whi wiel.is must sometimes feel the rod. 
If since on Gnnta's failirtes, known to all 
Who sfiarc the a>nversc of a college hall, 
She foinelinus trided in a lighter sinin. 
T ii put, and thus she will not sin ag;un ; 
Soon must her early song fnr ever cease, 
And all may rail wtieo I shall rest in peace. 

Here first rcmemher'd t>e the joyous band, 
Who hail'd me chirf, oltediewt to command ; 
Who jrtin'd with nic in every boyish sf^trt — 
Their fint adviu-r, and Ihcir last resort ; 
Nor shrunk bencith the uiwtart pedant's frown. 
Or all the vible glnnci of his frown ; 
W|k», thus transplanted from his father's school — 
Cnfil In govern, Kiiorant of rule — 
Rucceciled bim, w linm all unite (o praue, 
The dear [.r«*crpi(.r of my trirly days ; 
/rofcuj,' the pride of science and the boast, 
Ij g'da now, alas I for ever Inst. 
W.,!* Kim. for yean, we srarch'd the classic r*Cfli 
And 'war «J the niaMcr, Ihou^h we loveii the so^e : 
R^i/3ft at U«t. his antall yet peaceful seat 
V/OB learning's labour .« the blest retreat 



] Dr. Prary. Thii mrwi «hk aotlpirflllr-ni mar rrilrrd 
*M& h'A atttiill'.o in MnrrU IMA. irtrr hnvit.r rratdrd 
lblrlT*0«* fftrm •! tUrrow. thr ImI iwniljr m tirmii- 
mamt't; sa ntrii-* h» hrlil wilh r^nti hnonur ij t.imvrir 
Wa S^VaoU** lo tUr T«>rf r-Hrliaivr ■rh'Xtl nw, t «.1l< h b« 
mtm\4m\. ytnrtjttc wuuM hrrr br ■tipprilit': w . il would 

loabU^. A rnDiMrr«t>l- r'aiU-t l.xtli pile* l>rtWf>rDlhr«« 
rlvftl oaodldsiaa hit til* vs^aut chair: of thU 1 oao ouly 



Pomposia £R« hr* magisterial chair j 
P-jinpoms governs, — but, my muse, forbeari 
Con'empt, in silcLce be the pedant's lot; 
His name and precepts oe alike (itrgot ; 
No more his nientiou shall my verse de^r&de,** 
To htm my tribute i» already paid. 

High, through those elms, with hoary branche* 
crown'd, 
Fair lda*f bower adorns the landscape round ; 
There Science, from her favoured seat, surveyi 
The vale where rural Nature claim herpraiae; 
To her awhile resigns her youthful train. 
Who move in joy, and dance along the plain; 
In scatter'd groups each favour^'d haunt pursce, 
Repeat old pastimes, and discover new ; 
Flush'd with his rays, beneath the rooiitide ituii 
In rival bands, between the wickets run. 
Drive o'er the sward the liall with nctive force;, 
Or chase with nimble feet its rapid course. 
But these with sloiver steps direct Iheir way, 
V'here Brent's cool waves in limpid cunents 8tr»y 
While yonder few search out some greer. retreat, 
And arbours shade them from the sumo.er heat : 
Others, again, a pert and lively crew, 
Some nju^h and thoughtless stranger placed in view 
With frolic quaint their antic jests expose, 
Ard tease the grumbling rustic as he goes : 
Nor rest with this, but mar*- a passing fray 
Tradition treasures for a future day : 
** >T was here (he gathered swains fcr vengetoci 

fought. 
And here we earnM the conquest dearly bought ; 
Here have we fled before superior might. 
And here renew'd the w.;d tumultuous fight" 
While thus our souls with early passions swell. 
In lin«riug tones resnrnds the distant be.l; 
Th' allotted hour of dally sport is o'er. 
And I-eaniing beckons from her temple's doot 
No splfnhd tablets grace her simple hall, 
Put ruder reconis fill the dusky wall ; 
There, ueeply carved. In hnl: ! e^t: ""frVe naSM 
Secures its owner's academic fa"* * 
Here mingling view the nan es of lire aua Km — 
The one long graved, the other .;ja' k»eguij , 
These shall survive alike when son .nd si'^ 
neneath one common sirxikc of fate expire: 
I'erhaps their last memorial these alone. 
Denied in death a mnnumeni?! stone, 
Whilst to the gale in mournful cadence w&re 
The sighing weeds thai hide (heir nameless grtn 
And heie my name, and many an early friendX 
Along the wall in lengthen'd line extends. 
Th:*^h still our deeds amuse the youthful raea^ 
Who tread our steps, and fill our fornier place, 
Who yourg obey'd their lords in Nllciit awe, 
Whose Dod commanded, and whose voice wu la « 
And now, in turn, pnwew the reins of |)Ower, 
To mie the lltile tvrants of an tiour ; — 
Though sometimes, with the tales oi^ ancient (*if, 
They ;ia«B thr drcar>' winter's eve away — 
'• And thus our fnniier rulers Htcmm'd the tide, 
And thus tl.ev di^ilt the combat side by sMe ; 
JuM in this place the mouldering walls they scalek' 
Nor bolts nor Iwrs against their strength avail'd ; 
Here Probnn c;uiie. the rising fny to quell. 
And here he falt.r'd forth his last farewell j 
And here one ni^ht abrm.l Ihev darcil lo roam, 
Wl.ilr Ixdd Pouipomi bravely staid at home ; » — 
While thus they sT>eaK, the hour must soor. arrive 
When ninies o| these, like ourv, alone survive: 
Yet a few yean, one general wreck will wUelflS 
The faint remembrance of our fairy realm. 

Dmr honed nre? though now wr meet no mt^ 
One last long took on wha! we were t>efofe - 
Oi r Tint kind gri-^tmgi, and our Ust adiej — 
r.Tw tearn fmni eym i nusM to wrm^ with yoa. 
n hrougn nptendid circlei«, fashion's Kau«ly wprU, 
Where folly's glaring standard wavaa uoHfuiIM, 
I pluujrrd lo dmwn in mime my fon-t ra(ra(, 
Aikl sJt I sought or hoped wu to fbigvw 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



31 



▼«!■ wUi 1 if douce BOiue wellTDnnDber'd face, 
•eaa old ajaraLnioD t/ my earlv raca, 
AdTmoc«d to clajm hii Uitna with hoDCit joy, 
My eyes, my heut. proclimi'd me inll i boy ; 
Tbf ^lirteriK^ Kene, Ihe fluitenn^ croups arouud, 
Were quite fcrTottto when my friend was TouDd ; 
The tmilee of beaity — (for, alas I I *ve known 
UThat t It to bend before Love's miclit\ thmne) — 
The KOQilnnr bea-jty, though those smiles were dar 
Coold hardly charm me, wheu that friend wuoeaX 
%U llKHiehL- bewilder'd in Ihe fond surf n»e, 
The woods of Ida danced before my eyes; 
1 niv the ipriclitly wand'rera pnur alnn^, 
I t»vr acd jnm'd a^in the joyous ihrongj 
Puitinr, ipiio I traced her I'rfty grove, 
Aud fneodship's feelings thumph'd over loT*. 

Tel, why should I alone with such delij^ht 
Retrace the circuit of my former flight ? 
b there no cause beyood the common claim 
Vodear-d to all in chtldhood^s very ttuiie ? 
Ah ! sure some stronger impulse vibrates here, 
Which whisi»ers friendship will be doubiy dear 
To one who thus for kindred hearts must roun, 
Aitd seek abroad the love denied at home. 
Tbote hearts, dear Ida, hAve 1 found m thea — 
A boine^ A world, a paradise to me. 
Stern Death forbade mv orTih-in youth to share 
The tender ipiidance ot a father's care. 
Can rank, or e'en a guardian's name, supply 
The love which rli>teus lo a father's eye ? 
For this can wealth or title's «ound atoue. 
Made, by a parent's early loss, mv own i 
What brother sprinp a brother's "love to at^t } 
What sister's gentle kiss has prest my ch«cJl? 
For me how dull the vacant momenta rise, 
To oo fond bosom link'd by kindred ties ! 
Ofl in the proereas of some fleeing dream 
Fraternal smiles collected round me seem ; 
While still the visions to my heart are prest, 
The Tcice of love will murinur in my rest : 
1 hear — 1 wake — and m the sound rejoice ; 
I hear a^in — but, ah '. no brother's voice. 
A hermit, 'midst of crowds, I fain must stray 
Alone, (hough thousand pilgrims fill the way ; 
While these a thousand kindred wreaths eatwtne, 
I cannot call one single blossom mine : 
What then remains F in solitude to groan, 
To mil in fnendship, or to sieh alcne. 
Thus most 1 cling to some endeanng band. 
And Dooe more dear than Ida's social baua. 

Akmzo ! * best and dearest of my fnends, 
Thy name ennobles him who thus commends: 
From this fond tribute ihnu canst gain no praise; 
The praise is his who now that tribute pays. 
Ohl in the promise of thy earlv i-outh. 
If hope a:«ticipate the wonls of^ truth, 
Some loftier Inrd shall sing (hv ctorious name. 
To build hii own ujion thv deathless fame. 
Frend of mv heart, nnd foremost of the list 
Of those with whom I lived supremely blest, 
0(\ have we drained the font of anc>ni lore, 
Though drinking deeply, thirsting still the mere. 
Fet, wh'D confiuemeiil's lingering hour was dice, 
Our spofiti, our studies, and our souls were one: 
T-velher we impell'd the tlving ball ; 
Togetner waited in ocr tutor's hall ; 
Together join'd in cricket's manlr toil, 
Or shared Ih produce of the river's spoil ; 
Or, pijDgi'i; rem the green declining shore, 
Oar pit&nl limbs Ihe buoyant billows t>ore ) 
In every element, unchanged, the same. 
Ail, all that brcthers should be, but the name. 



Nor yet are you forgot, my jocnod boy I 
DavuM,'^ the harbinger of childish joy; 
For ever foremost in the ranks of fun, 
The laughing herald of the harmless pnn 
Yei with a breast of such oatenals made — 
Anxinus to pleue, of pleasing half afraid; 
Candid and lil»eral. xvith a heart of s'cel 
In danger's pith, though not cilanghl to ttuL 
Still I remember, in the facticiis strife. 
The rus'ic's musket aim'd a^r^inst my fifs: 
High |>oised in air the ma55y weapon huof 
A cry of horror burst from ever^- tongue ; 
\Vhi'lst I. in comb.^l with anoiht^r foe, 
Fou:;ht on. unconscr vs of th' impending Mow* 
Your arm. brave Ijoy arrested his career — 
Forn-anJ you sprung, insensible to fear ; 
Disarm 'd and ttaHled by ynur conquering band| 
The grovelline savage rolPd upon me sand: 
An act like this, can simple (hanks repay f 
Or all the labours of a grateful lay ? 
Oh no ! whene'er my breast forgets the dee^ 
That instant, Davutf it deserves to bleed. 

Lycus .'• on me thy claims are justly greU 
Thv milder virtues could mv muse relate, 
To 'thee alone, unrivali'd, would belong 
The fireble ctTorts of my leng^then'd song. 
Well canst thou boast, to lead in senates fit, 
A Spartan firmness with Athenian wit : 
Though yet in embryo these perfections shine^ 
Lyctu ! thy father's f:^nie will soon be ihine, 
■\% here learning nurtures the superior mind. 
What may we hope from genius thus refined ! 
When time at length matures thy growing yeu% 
How wilt thou tower above thvfeilow peers I 
Prudence and sense, a sjiiril bold and free, 
With bonour^s soul, united beam in thee. 

Shall fair Euryalia * pass by unsung ? 
Fron^ ancient lineage, not unworthy sprung: 
What though one sad dissension t>ade us pajt. 
That name is yet cmbalnt'd within my heart; 
Tet at Ihe mention does that heart rebound, 
And palpitate, responsive to the sound. 
Envy dissolveJ our lies, and not our will ■ 
We once were friends,— 1 11 think we are so ittt 
A form unmatch'd in nature's partial mould, 
A heart untainted, we in thee behold : 
Yet not the senate's 'hunder thou shall wield. 
Nor seek for glor>- in the tented field j 
To mio'Js of ruder texture these be given 
Thy soul shall nearer soar its native heavr% 
Haply, in polish'd courts might ht thy seat. 
But that thy tongue could never forje deceit: 
The courtier'* supple bow and sneering smile. 
The flow of compliment, the slipjwry wile. 
Would make thai breast with indignation tKim, 
And all the glittering snares to tempt thee spoTB. 
Domestic happiness will stamp ih* fate ; 
Sacred to love, unclomled e'er by Ka'e ; 
The world admire tiiee, and thy fnends ador ^ 
Ambitico's slave alone rt^uld toil for more. 

Now last, but nearest, ;f Ihe social band. 
See honest, open, generous Cleori * stand ; 
\y\XD scarce one speck to cloud the pleasing team, 
No vice degrades that purest wul serene. 



1 Tkt Horn. JohD WtoKflfld. of thr C'fU'tri-am (iuanla. 
erolker to Kirbsrd. (north Vi^muot Powrr»court. He 
HW of s f«T«r. IB hii torctieth r«-ar. ct Coimhn. Msf 
4U, 1911.— •'Or sll buEDsQ b«iug«," 9tiy* Lord BTrto, 
**! »»•, fsrhiM, It oat tim*. if lan^l aturhec « poor 
WlJHfleW. 1 had kaowQ bim tM better tui' of his life. 



Kent, a^*d tweotyfocr. — K. 

3 John Fitreibboo. »<ffond Earl of CTsre, bom June % 
1792. Hit fMthrr, wh.im be tucYrrtle^l Jtnusry U, 180^ 
wa» for nearly twel»t; yfsr» Lord CLam-fllnr of Irelsjsd* 
Hia LorOahip la now (1836) Uovertur of Bombay. — E. 

4 Gf-cnif-iohn, fifth Earl of IVJaTarr, bora Oct. f^ 
ITVl; au^eetled hia fathpr, Jobn-lti^hard. Joly W. 17M 
Tbia BDneBi family bate breo barona by tbc male llDS 
froin .'343 : ttiv:r aart^tor. Sir Tbros^ Weal. bavlBf bMS 
aummnued to parliuneot sa Loid Weal, lbs ItlL BttW. 
II. —B. 

5 TVJw^r't ?T<v| Lottfi b^. -■tO WbcSD t 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



Ob tlw mme day our studious race be^n, 
Od the iune dav our studious race was run ; 
Thus tide by tiile we pa«'d our 6r5t career, 
Thus tide \y i.de we strove for nnaDy a year; 
At la£t roQcluded our 6cholasiic life, 
We neither conquer'd id the classic strife: 
As speaken^ each supports an ei)u\I oamo, 
And crowds aiioi-- o both a partial fame : 
To ioothc a yoatbful rival's early pride, 
Though Cleon's randour would the paJm divide, 
Yet caudours self compels me now to own 
Justice awards il to my fneud alone. 

Oh 1 friends retrrelled, seen is for ever dear, 
Remembrance halI^ ytm with her warmest tear I 
Droopins, %Uc beiida o'er f^-nsive Faucy'a urn, 
To trace the hourj which never can return ; 
Yet With the retmspt-ciion loves to dwtU, 
And loothe the sorrows of her last fare\veU I 
Tct greets ihe triumph of my boyish mmd, 
As infaoi laurels rouud my head v* ere twined, 
Whcu Probus' praise repaid my lyric son?, 
<ir placed me higher in thegludious throng;; 
Ur when my first harangue received applause, 
His sa^c instruction the pnmeval cause, 
What gratitude to him my 3"ul possess 
While hr«(ic (if driwnmK hotrours fiL'd my breast! 
For all my humbie fame, to htm al'. ie 
The praise is due, who n^de that f? me my own 
Oh I (Tuld I snnr above these feeble .ays, 
These youn< etfusions ti my early days, 
To bim my muse her h ablest stra'in would ^ivet 
The soii^ nii'ht pensh, but the theme might live. 
Tet why for hiro the needieis verw essay ? 
His boiiour^d name requires no vaiD duplay i 
By ever)' son of grateful ld,i blest, 
It finds an echo in each youthful breast ; 
A fame beyond the glories of the proud, 
Or all the plaudits of the vefia! crowd. 

Ida ! not yet exhausted is the theme, 
Nor closed the progress of my youthful dream. 
How many a friend deserves the grateful strain 
What scenes of childhood still unsung remain 
Yet Icl me hush Ihis echo of the oast, 
This parting song, the dearest and the last j 
And brood m secret o'er those houn of joy, 
To me a silent and a sweet emp!.'>y. 
While future hope and fear alike unknown, 
I think With [>le.\sure on the p;i3t alone ; 
Yes. to the pa.'t alone my heart confine, 
AnJ chase the phantom of what once n-as mine. 

Ida I st... o er thy hills in joy preside^ 
And proudly steer through time's eventful tide ; 
Still may ihy blooming sons thy name revere, 
Smile ID liiv hnwer, l.ul quit tUee with a tear ; — 
That tear, jWlnps. the fondest whirh will flow 
Cer Ihnr laM scene of happiness below. 
Tell me, ye irary few, who glide along, 
The feeble vrterain of • ». e former thron|r, 
WbOM friends, like au<amn leaves by tempeiti 

whirl'd. 
Are swppt for ever from this hufv world 
devolve the llcettng momenta of vour youth, 
Wh-le Care as yet w.ihheld hrr veimmM t<«thj 
8a) If recirriihrancp diyi likr tln-se endean 
Be>'Ovd the rapture of jiucrcnlinK vr-.ri ? 
«ky can ambitM-n's fever'd dr»f->m bestow 
80 swot-t a Ltilm to »of)i|ip yojr hour* of vroef 
Can trcj«uTps, hoarded fnr some tJiinkless sou. 
Cau royal smiles^ nr wreaths by wLiughler iroi 
Can itanor prmine. mill's inaturer to^s, 

iFor gliltrrmt biublm ire nnt lefl 'o l»<»yi) 
lerafl one wene n much U lovrd to »iew, 
Aa those ivVrr Voutti her rarland twmcd for foa 7 
4h, DO ! amidot Ihr rl<H,niy cain. of ace 
To« lam Willi f-illrring Iniid life's varied pagw; 
rtniM the record of yciur d ly* on inrth. 
Vnullied oeW \^h«re >t marks vour birth ; 



Still lingering pause above each cheouerM leai^ 

Aud blot with tears the !>3ble lines o[ grief; 

Where Passion o'er the theme her rcantle ttmr. 

Or weeping Virtue sigh'd a faint adieu ; 

But bless ll»e scroll which fairer wordu adorn, 

Traced by the rosy finger of Jhc mora : 

When Friendshiji bow'd before the ehnne of truttl| 

Ajid Love, without bis piuiou,'^ smiled on youtb. 



ANSWER TO A BEAUTIFUL POB* 
ENTITLED " THK COMMON L«T."* 

Montgomerr ! true, Ihe comoon lot 

or mortals lies m Lelhe'^ wave: 
Yet wmie stial! nev-r be forgot — 

Some shall exist beyond the grave. 
" Unknown the rpgirn of his birth," 

The he.-o* rolls the tide of war; 
Yet not unknown his n.-arlial worth. 

Which glares a meteor from afaP, 
His joy or grief, his weal or woe. 

Perchance may 'scape the page of hiot} 
Yet nations uowunborn will know 

The record of his deathless name. 
The patriot's and the poet's frame 

Musi share the common tomb of all 
Their glory will iml sleep the same; 

That will arise, though eu-.pires CuL 
The lustre of a beauty's eye 

A«unie» the ghastly stare of deatb ; 
The fair, the brxve, tV good must die. 

And sink the yawning grave beoeatL 
Once more the speaking eye revives, 

Si'll beaming through the lover's itraiB 
For Hetrarcli's Laura shll survives: 

She died, but ne'er will die again. 
The rolling srisous pass away, 

And *l ime, untirinar, waves his wuif ; 
Whilst honour's laurels ne'er decay. 

But bloom in fresh, unfading spring. 
All, all must sleep in erim repoee. 

Collected in the sdent tomb ; 
The old aad young, with friends and foM^ 

Festering alike in shrouds, consume. 
The moulderkTig marble lasts its /hy, 

Yel falls at length an useless fane; 
To ruin's PuthicM faiig^ .1 prev, 

The wrecks of pillar'd pride remaUk 
What, though the sculpture be destroy^ 

Fmm dark oblivion nieaiJ to guard; 
A bright renown sliall be rnjny'd 

By those \% hose virtues claim rewafX 
Then do not t-iv the common lot 

Of ill hesd.-ep 111 L»-ihe's wave; 
Some few w ho ne'er will be forgot 

bhaU burst the bondage of the gir r*. 



TO A LADY 
WHO PRESKNTED THE AUTHOR WITH TBI 
I VF.LVKT BAND WHICH BOCND HIB 
TRK^SES. 

TJiis Hand, which boimd thv yellow half. 
Is mine, twrv\ girl : Ihy pleilge of lov«{ 
It cl >ima mv warmest, dearest care, 
I Like relics leO of saints above. 

t ' L'ADitto wt rAownr «Ba elk*,** H t FraMh pt^ 

I f Whileo hr Jim-a Mootiurocrf.sQtbotof -TheW|»> 
4ertr in llwit»efl«ud." Ac. 
1 4 Vr MrtJcolar beie U ban aBsdatf Ie. tht nftitm 



HOURS OF IDLENESS, 



13 



0k I I will wear it ncTt my heart ; 

T will bind my aoul iq hoods to thee 
Vrrm me ajcaio \ wiii ne'er depart. 

Bat miDgte m tbe gn-vc n-ith me. 
The dew I nlfaer fmni thy lip 

Ib Dot ao dear to ai? u tlui ; 
That I but for a nioiiiPiil »ip, 

Aod bauquet uo a trausient bite i 
Thi* will recall each youlhfnl tceoe, 

E'en when our lives are oo the wzxib^ 
The leaves of Love will •till be ^een, 

Wbeo Memory bids them bud a^aio. 
Oh ! little lock of g:oldei) hue, 

Id gently waving rin£;let curPd, 
By the dear bead on winch yoq grew, 

I would not lose you for a world. 
Not lbnus;h a tbousaad more adora 

The polish'd brow where ouce yoo thone, 
Like raya which g:il'l a cloudless mom, 

Beueatb Cotumbi^'K fervid zooe. 

1806. |FirBtpabluhed,1833J 



REMEMBRANCE. 
*T IS doDC ! — I saw it in my dreams j 
No more witb H^pe the future beaau : 

My days of happiness art few : 
ChilPd by misfortuoe's wiotry blut, 
My dawn of life Is oTcrcast, 

Love, Hope, and Joy, alike adieu ! — 
Would I could add KemembraDce too I 

1806. rFint publiabed, IKX).] 



LINES 
&D9AKMKD TO THK REV. J. T. BECnER, 

OK HI« ADVISING THE AUTHOR TO MIX 

MORE WITH SOCIETY. 
Dear Becher, you tell me to mix with mankind J—- 

I cannot deny such a prt-ct-pt ii wise : 
But retirement accords with the tone of my mind: 

I will not descend to a world I despise. 
^.d the senate or camp my exertions require, 

Ambition might prompt me. at once, to go forth; 
When infancy'3 years of probation expire, 

Perchance I may strive to distinguish my birth. 
The fire in the cavern of Etna conceaPd^ 

Still ma-ntles unseen in its secret recess ; — 
At length, in a volume terrific reveal'd, 

No torrent can quench it, no bounds can repres. 
Oh I thus, the desi'« in my bosom for fame 

Bids me live but to hope for posterity's prr.ise. 
Could I soar with the ph'cnii on pinions of flame^ 

With him I would wish to expire in the blaze. 
Tor he life of a Fox, of a Chatham the death, 

What censure, what danger, what woe would 1 
brave ! 
Their Ii\es did not end when they yielded their brt-ath ; 

Their glory illuminea the gloom of their jjrave. 
?et why should 1 mins^le in Fnshion's full herd ? 

Why crofKi to her leaders, or cringe to her rulta? 
Why beoJ to ue proud, or applaud the absurd ? 

Why search for delight iu tlie friendship of fouls? 
I ha'> tasted the sweetj and the bitters of love ; 

111 /riendship I early was taoght to believe; 
My jtaston the matrons of prudence reprove j 

I lave found that a friend may profess, yet *eceive. 



•r llayanl, Nemonrs, Fidwuril th« Blark PriDr«, cod. la 
B>}re mn^ern titarti. thf rsme cf Marlborough Frrderi"k 
%e Orfst, Coa»t Haie, f'hnrlcs of Sw<-dt-n, ^ec., are iXrrzi' 
H«r lo •very hi«lV.c«J res'lt-r, but the exact plaros of their 
trfrth art knosm to • very small proporlluo of their i^ 
■Inn. 



To me what ii wea.th ?-~ it may paa in ta h«v 

If tyranbt prevail, or if Fortune should t'Dwm: 
To me what is title ? — the pnantom of power ; 

To JT.s wliat IS fashion f — 1 seek but renows. 
Deceit ii a stranrcr u vet lo my ritjl ; 

I still am uupractisc^l to varaish the tnrth i 
Then why should I live i.i s baleful control ? 

Why waste upon folly the days of my youth ? 



THE DEATH OF CALMAR AND ORLA. 

AN IMITATION or MaCPHERSON's OSSIAH.* 

Dear arc the days of youth ! Age dwells on thea 
remembrance through the miit of time. In the tw li^at 
be recalls the sunny huurs of morn. He lifts hti «•#■« 
With tremblmg hand, " Not thus feebly djd I rais« ihe 
steel before my fatheii! » Past ia the race of heroe*. 
But their fame rises on the harp; their souls ride on 
the win^ of the wind ; they hear the sc -and through 
the sigbs of the storm, aitd rejoice iu therr mil of 
clouds ! Such is Calmar. The grey stone marks his 
Darrow houu. He Uwks down from eddying tem- 
pests: he rolls his fonn in the whirlwind, aJjd hovert 
on the I'tast ( f the mouurain. 

In Morvei. dwelt the chief; a beam of war to Fin 
nl His stups in the held were marfee<l in blood. 
Lochlin's sons had (led brfjre his anxrj- sj>ear ; but 
mild was (he eye of Calmar • soft was the flow of hii 
yellow locks: they streamt-d like the ineteor oi tht 
night. No maid was the sigh of his soul : his thougliti 
were given 'o fnendshin, — to dark-haired Urla, de- 
itffjyer of heroes ! Equa' were their swords m battle ; 
but fierce was the pride of <>rla : — gen'le alone to 
Calma.. Tojether they dwell in the cave of Oithona. 
From I^chlm. Swann bounded o'er the blue waves. 
Erin's sons fell beneath his might. Fingal roused his 
chiefs to combat. Their ships cover the ocean. Theii 
hosts throng on the green hills. Tliey come to the aid 
of Erin. 

Niiiht rose in clouds. Darkness veils the armies -. 
but the blazing oaks gleam through the valley. The 
eons of Lnclilin slept: their dreams were of blood. 
They lift the spear in thought, and Fingal flies. Not 
80 the h«t of Morven. To watch was the post o( 
Orla. Calmar stood by his side. Their spears were 
in their hands. Fingal called his chiefs; they stood 
around. The king was in the midst. Grey were his 
locks, hut strong was the arm of the king. Age with- 
ered not his powers. " Sons of Mor\'en," s;tid the 
j hero, "to-morrow we meet the fne. But where ii 
' Cuthullin, the shield of Erin? He rests in the hallf 
j of Tura ; he knows not of oor coming. Who wili 
I speed thmugh Lochlin to the hero, and call the chief 
to arms ? The path is by the swords of foes ; but 
many are my heroes. They are tliunderlolts of war. 
Sp&ik, yc chiefs ! Who will arise ?" 

"Son of Trenmor! mine be Ihe deed/- said dark- 
haired (.Jrla, ''and mine alone. What is death to me? 
I love the sleep of the mighty, but Kttle is the danger. 
The soTia of Ixchlin dream. I will seek car borne 
CuThullin. If I fall, raise the song of bards ; and lay 
me by the stream of I.uba."— "And shall thou fifi 
alone?" said liir-haired Calmai. "Wilt thou Wm 
thy friend -.far? Chief of Oithona? not feeble is my 
arm in fight. Could I sec thee die, and not lift the 
spear ? No, Orla I ours haa been Ihe chase of the -r«. 
buck, and the feast of sliells; ours be the path of ^iix- 
ger : ours has been the cave of Oithona ; ours be the 
narrow dwellin* on the banks of Lubar." *■ Caiitar," 
said the chiff of Oithona, *' wh7 shooM thy ye.Iow 
locks be darkened m the dust o? Erin? I.el we fat 
alone. My father dwells ic hi* hall of air : he win 
lejoice in his boy j but (^* b'-30-c--«d Mora spreads tm 
fcattt tor her son u. Morveo. She luteos to the stepi 

1 It may b« srre&sary v> otn«rTp, Uiat eke akrry, tbooxk 
mnititlrrnblf *aneO m tb* mtutropha* U t&keo fpom 
1 ** NiAtiM acJ Rarynlus," of whirb epltude t tnuiettOB M 
'^ireaili civen Id the nreAc&I valmaA. 



^ueai]7 fiveo la the prcMUl Tolom*. 



34 



HOURS OF II/LENESS. 



of Am feuter on the he:ith, and thinks it is the tread of 
CtlaoT. Let him not say, M;ftlniar has fallen by the 
■tee! of LochliD : he died wilL eloomy Orla, the chief 
3^ the dark brow.* Why shnuM tears dim the azure 
ey* of Mora t Why should her voice «. vt Orla, the 
ieairoyer of Calmar? Live, Calniar ! i.ive to raise 
BT stone of moss ; live to revenge me in the blood of ! 
Lochlm. Jnin tlie song of bard^ above my grave. 
Sweet will be the son^ of death to Orla. from the voice 
of Calmar. My ghost shall smile on the notes of 
praise." *' Orla," said the son of Mora, " could I raise 
the iong of death to niv friend ? Could 1 give bis 
ame to the winds? Ko, my h-art would speak in 
M^ht' flint and broken are the sourids of sorrow. 
>l»! our souls shali hear 'he 50n< together. 0.».e 
do-jd sha-'d be ours en high : the bards will miugle the 
ttBQies cf Orla lad Calmar." 

'fb?y quit the circle of the chiefs. Their steps are 
W the host of Lochlin. The dyio? Maze of oak dim 
twiiikles through the oisht. The northern star points 
the path to Tura. Swaran, Ihe kin?, rettsoii his lonely 
hill. Here ihe troops are mixe.1 : they frown in sleep ; 
their shields beneath their heads. Their swords gleam 
al diaiance in heaps. The fires are faint ; their embers 
tail in smoke All is hushed; but the gale sighs on 
the rocks above. Ligh'ty wheel the heroes through 
the slumbering band. Half the journey is past, when 
Mathon, resting or. YM shield, meets the eye of Orla. 
It rolls in flame, and glistens through the shade. His 
tf'Csn is raised on high. " Why dost thou bend thy 
bniw, chief of Oilhona ?" said fair-haired Calmar: 
" we are in the nitdst ef foes Is Hiis a time for de- 
Iv ?" ** it IS a time for vengeance," said Orla of the 
r oomy brow. *' Mathon of f/ichlin sleeps : sees! thou 
Ois spear ? Its point is d"im with the gore of my f ither. 
The blood of Mathon slnll reek on mine; but shall I 
i?ay him sleeping, son of Mora? No ! he shall feel his 
wound : my fame shall not soar on the blood of slum- 
ber. Rise, Mathon, rise ! The son of Connal calls j 
thy Vif ■ is his; rise to combat." Mathon starts from 
tieep, but did he rise alone? No: the gathering 
chiefs bound on the plain. " Fly ! Calmar, flv ! " said 
^rk-haired Orla. *'■ .Mathon is mine. I shall die in 
Joy: but Lochlin crowds aronnd. Fly through the 
ftbade of mght." Hrla turns. The hflm of Mithon 
n cleft ; his shield falls from his arm : he shudders in 
his blood. Ht roils by the side of Ihe blazing oak. 
Stnimon sees him fall : his -vrath rises : his weapon 
(litters on the head of Orla: but a spear pierced hia 
•ye. His brain gushes throujh the wound, and fnaroa 
uii the spear of Calmar. As roll the waves of the 
Ocean on two mighty barks of the north, so j»our the 
Dieo of Lochlin on the chit-fs. As, breaking the surge 
in foam, jtroudly steer '.he barks of the north, so rise 
the chie<aof Mor\en on the scattered crests of Loch- 
lin. The din of arms came tn the ear of FingaJ. He 
ttrikes his shield ; hi!« sons Ihrmg around ; the people 
pour along the heath. Kyno bounds in joy. Ossian 
■tilks in his amis. Oscar shake* the spear. The 
eagle wing of Fillan floats on Ihe wind. Dreadful is 
tks cling of dfaih ! m^ny are the widows of Lochliu I 
ftl-irren previils in its strength. 

Morn gl'inniers on (he hilts: no living foe ii seen; 
but the slepfrt-n are maiiv ; grim Ihev lie nu F-rin. 
The breeze of ocean lif'j ihrir lock* ; )et they do not 
awake. The tiawk* scream atiovc their prey. 

Whnse yellow locks wave o'er the breast of » chief? 
Bnghl as the gold of Ihe itnneer. they mingle with 
\hedark hair of his'riend. 'Turalmar: he lies on 
the boM.m of Or*.a. Theirs ii one stream of hlotid. 
fierce it Ihe iook o( the gloomy Orla. He brrathea 
not: but bis eye is still a Hame. It glares in tiealh 
■Dclneed. Hit hand is grasn^! *n Calncir^; hut Cal- 
■lar live*! he livrs, thougn inw. ** Itise," nid lh» 
CiDf, " rise, son f.t Mora : 'I la mine to heal Ihe vnunds 
if ^ron. Calmar may yet bound on the htlls of 
Morrva.' 

w NeT«r .iiore sluit! ralmirrhav Ihedrer of M'>rven 
Wiik '/ria," M..I 'I.I- hcP). " Wt.tl wrrr thr rhaw tn 
ae »'.oM } VVV> \»o.j|.| ilu'r the *\f">U <y laitl.* -vitn 
i Oill latnill ftoiffawutiiy eoul, Orla! 



^e* soO. to me as the dew of mom. It glared on mnmt 
ID lightning : to me a silver beam of night, flea/ my 
swonl to blue-eyed Mora ; let it hang m my aipty 
hall. It is not pure from blof^id : but it could not save 
Orla. Lay me with my friend. Rame the song wbcB 



i dark ! 



They are laid by the stream of Lubar. Four grey 
stones mark the dwelling of Orla and Calmar. Whci 
Swaran w.-is bound, our siiils rose on the blue wavea. 
The winds gave our barks to Morven : — the bardi 
raised the song. 

" What ft)rm rises on the roar of clouds ? 'NVhoie 
dark ^host gleams on the red streams of tempoeti? 
His voice rolls on the thunder. 'T is Orla, Ihe brown 
chief of Oithona. He was unmalchrd in war. Peace 
to thy soul, Orla ! thy fame will not perish. Noi 
thine, Calmar! Lovely wast thou, eon of blue-eved 
Mora; bu* not harmless was thy awo-d. It hangs ia 
thy cave. The ghosts of Lochlin shriek amund its 
steel. Hear thy praise, Calmar! It dwells on tbi 
voice of Ihe mighty. Thy name shakes on the echota 
of Morven. Then raise thy fair locks, son of Mora 
Spread them on the arch of the raunbow; and nmU 
through the tears of the storm." ^ 



L'AMITIE EST L'AIHOUR SANS AIIX& 

Why should my anxious breast repine, 

Because my youth is fled? 
Days of delight may still be mine ; 

Affection is not deail 
In tracing back the years of youth, 
One firm record, one lasting truth 

Celestial consolation brings ; 
Bear it, ye breezes to tlie seat, 
Where first my heart responsive beat,— 

" Friendship is Love without his wiop ! • 

Through few, hut deeply chequered yean, 

What moments have been mine! 
Now half obscured by clouds of tean, 

Now bright in rays divine ; 
Howe'er my future doom b Piat, 
My soul, enraptured with t^je oast, 

To one iilea fondly clin^ ; 
Friendship ! that '.houghl is » I thine own, 
Worth worlds of bliss, that < flt^-h^ alooe — 

" Friendship is Love with lut his winftl* 

Where yonder yew-trees lightly wm 

Their branches on the gale, 
Un.iceded heaves a simple grave, 

WhVh tells the common tale ; 
Round tins unconscious schoolltoys itraT, 
Till the dull knell of childish play 

From ynmler studious mansion rings; 
But here whene'er my footstejis move, 
My sileni \r^n too plainly nmve 

" Frieiidkhip u Love wiLoout his wiapl 

Oh. Love ! before Ihy glowing shrioe 

Mv early vows wcrr pud ; 
My hnpci, my dreams, my heart wasthiai^ 

Hut these arc now ilecayM ; 
For thine are piiiinns like the wind, 
No trace of thee remains behind, 

Except, alas ! thy jealous sting*. 
Away, away ! delusive j'owrr. 
Thou shall not haunt niy coming hoar; 

L'oleas, indeed, wiUiout thy winkS. 



1 I frtr l^liii't Itir wimno hu nompl tt\j awrikrvwt 
rrj n<i[i« ihal Ms(ph«r*)i]*« c>«i*n ni.|hl prnv* Ikfl 
iitolaUoa or • •cr»-« of pornia et.mrin* in llirmMlvM 
,t. wnilp th« tmpiMluri' >• tli«roTrrrO, thr mi nl q4 Ikfl 
iih r«-u)a>u* undiipiilfd, Ihoiifh o-A «riih"tii rinlu-* 
rlftiitirir. !■ »<iin<> parU, liiriU aftd tKtnit»«ile dr'.'tta^ 
■ — 1 K* C^rwBt kiimbtr lllDlllInK will b» ;«rr1ni.«d W Ikfl 
I atlin.raiB rrf thf onftoal u •■ atlvnipt, tlow»T«i lDfart«^ 

. whlcb oim ■■ -*—* *■■"-' to Uaix ttvouito aalkai. 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



SI 



9nt of mj youth ! ' i'lr distant s^uv 

RaciJli each scene of jov ; 
Mr bosom glovn with former fire,— 

In mind a^in a bor. 
Thy grove of clnis, thv verdant hill, 
Thy everr path delights me still, 

Each flower a double fm^rance flingi j 
A^in, as once, in converje gay, 
Each dear associate seems to say, 

" friendship is Love wl'hout his wing? I ** 

My Lycua I ^ wherefore djsi thou weep ? 

Thy felling lean restrain ; 
Affection for a lime miy sleep, 

But, chj t will wake spin. 
Thiok, thini, mj^ frienj, when DCit we meet, 
Oiir loug-wish'd interview, how sweet ! 

From this my hope of rapture spriiiga; 
While youthful hearts thus fondiv swdl, 
Abtence, mv friend, can only telf^ 

" Frieodsiiip ia Love without his wingi ! " 

In one, and one alone deceived, 

Did I my errnr mourn ? 
No — from oppressive bonds relieved, 

I left the wretch to scorn. 
* tum'd to those my childhood knew, 
With feeling warm, with bosoms true, 

Twined with my heart's according strings 
And till those vital chords shall hrei, 
For none but these my breast shall wake 

Friendship, the power deprived of wings I 

Fe few ! my soul, my life is youn, 

My memory and my hope ; 
Tour worth a lasting love ensures, 

Unfetter'd in its scope; 
from smooth deceit and terror sprung. 
With aspect fair and honey'd tongue. 

Let Adulation wait on kin^ ; 
With joy elate, by snares bese^ 
We, we, my friends, can ne'er forget 

" Friendship is Love without his wings!* 

Fictions and dreams inspire the bard 

Who rolls the epic soug ; 
Friendship and Truth be my reward—' 

To me no bavs belong ; 
If Uurelld Fame but dwells with lies, 
Me the enchantress ever flies. 

Whose heart and not whose fancy sings ; 
Simple and young. I dare doI feisn ; 
Mine be the rude vet heartfelt s'.rain, 

^ Friendsh* j) is Love without his wings I " 

December, 1806. 



THE PRATER OF NATLTIE.* 

FalheT of Light 1 preat God of Heaven ! 

HearNl thou (he accents of despair ? 
Cu ?uilt like man's he e'er forgiven ? 

Can vice alone for crimes by prayer? 
Father of Light, on Ihee I call! 

Thou we'st my soul is dark within : 
Thou who canst mark the sparrow's fall, 

Avert from me the death of sin. 
No shrine I seek, to sects unknown ; 

Oh. pnint to me the [with of truth I 
T^y dread. oniiii|Hi(t:rice I own , 

Spare, yft amend, the faulb of youth. 
Lei bIK^ts rear a gloomy fane. 

Let superstition Inil the pile, 
Ii«t pni'sts, to sj.md llitrir whie reign, 

With tales ot mystic riles beguile. 

1 H«rrr^ a The Fjrl of Clare. — E. 

I It t«<]ifE:Dn to ronjprturefof wtiat rra»'>D. — but them* 
Auuw were uot IndniinJ !□ the put)liratiua nf 1H}7 ; 
ttoQcb f?w wtll htvltBie to plar« tbem tiigber ibas uj 
tti«t ftvcB to Uiai vuluiQs. — B 



Shall man confine his Maker's away 

To Gothic domes of mouldering stone ? 
Thy temple is the face of day ; 

Earth, ocean, heaven tiiy boundlea thzMA 
Shalt man condemn bis race to hell, 

Unless they bend in pompous form? 
Tell us thai all, for one who fell. 

Must perish m the mingling storm? 
Shall each pretend to reach the skiet, 

Tet doom his brother to expire. 
Whose soul a diderenl hope supplies, 

Or doctrines less severe ^pire f 
Shall these by creeds they can't expouiui. 

Prepare a fancied blissor woe ? 
ShaD^'-eptiles, grovelling on the ground, 

Their great Creator's purpose know? 
Shall those who live for self alone, 

tVhnse vears float on in daily crime-* 
Shall they" by Faith for guilt atone. 

And live beyond the bounds of Time ? 
Father I no prophet's laws I seek, — 

Thy laws in Nature's works appear; — ^ 
I own mvseif corrupt md weak. 

Tet will I pray, for thou wilt hear! 
Thou, who canst guide the wandering star 

Through trackless realms of aether's space, 
Who calm'st the elemental war. 

Whose hand from pole to pole I trace : — 
Thou, who in vrisdom placed me here. 

Who, when thou wi!t, can take me henee. 
Ah ! whilst I tread this earthly Bphere, 

Extend to me thy wide defence. 
To Thee, my God, to Thee I call \ 

Whatever weal or woe betide. 
By thy command I rise or fail. 

In liiy protection I confide. 
If, vfhen this dust to dust's restored. 

My soul shall float on airy wing, 
How shall thy glorious nanie adored 

Inspire her fet-ble voice to sing 1 
But if this fleetin? spirit share 

With clay the gir^,ve's eternal bed, 
While life vet throbs I raise my prayer. 

Though doom'd no more to quit the dead. 
To Tbee I breathe my humble strain. 

Grateful for all thy mercies \a£t. 
And hope, my God. to Thee a^ain 

This erring life may t:y at last, 

December 29. If 



TO EDWARD NOEL LONG, ESQ.* 

"ZTU eco coatnlerim joeimdo mutu unice.*'~-i 

Dear Lcmz. in this sequester'd scene, 

While all around in slumlurr lie, 
The joyous dap which furs have been 

Come rolling fresh on Fancy's eye; 
Thus if amidst the gathering "toim. 
While cinuds the d*rken'd noon deform, 
Ton heaven assumes a varied glow, 
I hail the sky's celes'ial bow. 
Which spreads the sign of future peace, 
And bids the war of tempests cease. 



4 Ttiis Toynf gcntlp 
t)o-.h ■! Marrow 

Copfoha^en. H< 



ind 






nth iJii 



I the 






to 



not the heart 
cble t>eiiiE It 

auiI ai-rciroplii , — , -^ 

frelt«d."— ^yrt/x Ptarjs fi!Xl. 



ly In IHW. 

the IVnituiiita; llie tran>r»rl !■ 

m foul or rt the nipht hy uulhcr 

falh*T.'*«ayB l-»ird Byroi "wroU 

IB mm'a epita('h. 1 pn'mt»«'i — b'll I haJ 

romi'trte It. He na^ phi b a eu*^. am*- 

:ly renuiiiu long id thm woilil; c?itl) latoflT 

mak« kira the ao«« iv 



S6 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



Ah ! Ifcoueh the present hrin^ but pain, 
I think those days may come again j 
Or if, in nieianchnly aiood, 
Somelurkin? envious fear intrude, 
To check my bosom's fondest thought, 

And interrupt the rolden dream, 
I crush the fiend with malice frau5ht, 

And still indulge my vionted theme. 
Although we ne'er a^ain can trace, 

In Granta's vale, the pedant's lore ; 
Nor throutih the i^roves of !da chase 

Our raptured visions as before, 
Though youth has ilown on rosy pinion, 
And Slanhood claims his stern dominion - 
A^e will not every hope destroy, 
But yield some hours of sober joy. 

Yes, I will hope that Time's broad wing 
Will shed around some dews of jpriu? ; 
But ;f hK scythe must swe* p tne flowen 
Which bloom amon? the fairy bowers, 
While smiling Youth delishts to dweU, 
And hearts with early rapture swell ; 
If frowninj Me, with cold control, 
Connnes the current of the soul, 
Conceals the tear of Pity's e\e, 
Or checks the sympathetic sie;h. 
Or hears unmoved misfortune's groan, 
And bids me feel for self alone j 
Ob ! may Uiy bosom never learn 

To sooDie its wonted heedless flow | 
Btill. still despise the censor stern, 

But ne'er fnrgel a.iolhtrr*B woe. 
Tes, as yo'i knew me in the d.ivt 
O'er which Hemenitinnce yet (lelayi, 
Still may I rove, untntor'd, wild. 
And even in age at lieart a child. 

Tboush now on airy visions borne, 

To ynu my soul is still the same, 
on has It been my fate to mourn, 

And all my fnrriier joys are tame. 
But, hence 1 ye hours of sable hue ! 

Your frowns are gone, my sorrows o*eri 
By every bliss my childhood knew, 

I Ml think upoii your shade no more. 
Thus, when the whirl^^ind's rage is past, 

And caves their sulb?n roar eiiclf*ae. 
We heed no more the wintry blast, 

When lull'd by zephyr to repose, 

FnU often has my infant Muse 

Attuned to love her languid lyre; 
But now, without a theme to choose, 

The strains in stolen sighs expire. 
My youthful nymphs, aUs* are flown; 

fc- is a wife, and C a moth«, 

And Carolina sighs alone. 

And jMary *« given to another ; 
And Cora's eye, which roHM on mei, 

Can now no more my love recall : 
In tn/'th, dear lyin^j 't was lime to flea 

For Cora's eye will shine on all. 
And though the sun, with genial rayi, 
His beams alike to all difplays, 
And every lady'* eve 's a mn. 
These last thoiild be confined to one. 
The soul'i meridian don't lircome her, 
Whose sun dispUv* » etneral tu miner t 
Thus faint ii every fr^-mcr (lame. 
And paiwjon's self ii now a name. 
Aa, when the elttung (lames are low, 

T he aid which nncf improv«yl (heir llgl I, 
And bade them burn with fiercer gl"w, 

Knw qiienrliRs all th'-ir iparki in night ( 
Th«i has It been with p:mn.n'« tirrt, 

Aj many a bf>v and girl rrmemtKirs, 
While all'lhe force of Invp eip.ren. 

Kltin{uistrd with the dying emben. 

Bal DOW, dnr I^ng, M i midnight*! noois 
Mad doodf otecun the vaterx luxm, 



Whose beauties I shall not rebeane, 
Described id every stripling's verse; 
For why should I the path go o'er. 
Which every bard has trod beforer 
Yet ere yon-silver lamp of night 

Has Ihrice perfffl-m'd her stited ^nln(^ 
Has thrive retraced her path of light, 

And chased away the gloom profound, 
I trust that we, my gentle friend, 
Shall reti her rolling oral rend 
Above the dear-loyed pe?-Leful seat. 
Which once contain'd our youth's retreat;! 
And then with those our chiUlhttod knew, 
We '11 mingle in the festive crew j 
While mnny a tale of former day 
Shall wing the laughin* hours away; 
And all the flow oi souls shall pour 
The sacred intelleclual shower. 
Nor cease till Luna's waning horn 
Scarce glimmers through the mist of KOfik 



TO A LADY.* 

Oh! had my fate been join'd with thine, 

As once this pledge appear'd a lokeo, 
These follies had not tlien been mine. 

For then my peace had not been broken.' 
To thee these early faults I owe, 

To thee, the wise and old rejiroving: 
Thev know my sins, but do not know 

T was ihine to break the bonds of loving 
Tot once, my siiul, like thine, was pure. 

And all its rising tires could smnlhcr; 
But now thy vows no niore endure, 

Bestow'd by thee upon anotlier. 
Perhaps his peace 1 could destroy. 

And :>)ioil the h]is:>es that await him^ 
Yet let my rival smile in joy, 

For thy dear sake 1 cannot bate him. 
Ah ! iince tby angel form is gon-j, 

My hcvrt no-more can rest with any; 
But wh:it it sought in tliee atone. 

Attempts, alas! to find in many. 
Then fare thee well, deceitful maid I 

'T were vain and fruitless to regret thee; 
Nor Hope, nor Memnry yield their aid. 

But I'ride may te^ch me to forget thee. 
Yet all this giddy waste of rears, 

This tiresome round of pilling pleasures; 
Tliese varini loves, these matron's fears, 

These Ihcighlless strains to pissioo's meaann 
If thou wert mine, had all been hush'd: — 

Thi-) f heck, iinw pale from early riot. 
With [insMf'n's h«-ctir ne'er had flush'd. 

But bL)om'd in calm domestic quiet. 
Yes, once the niral scene was iwret. 

For Nature seem'd to smile before thee; • 



1 Th« two rrirnd* were tmtti paHdlonatdy attarbetf M 
narrow- ind lomotlmt')* inndo rti-Dntioii* tbitber l» 
|flt>)er, to rrvtve their ■chnclboy recoDecttoiiB. — L 

a Mr«. Miittcra. — E. 

B "Our unln<i would htive hralH frudi to whtct bl««4 
had l>r»n thed by our fnthert— tl wmiW h' >r Joined Unda 
brnii.1 And rtrh— H wiMild hnTc >nln*.l •! Iriwt on* *i-mr\ 
tiirt two P.TKOIH nut m-mnnhrj in f»'Br»{ihr la two jrtrt 
mr «>l<l<>r}.nnil— and— aul — wAa( hai t rra ttia rrault ] *' 
— Vvron lUart, 1H91 

4 "Our nirrimita.*' aay" I-ord Ityrou In IPK. -wtn 
atolfti onel, and a rotr Iractini frtmi Mr. rhow&rtti*i 
jroiind In thi»»r of my mnilirr w« ilif itmct of our ioitf 
vifwa. But Mk- artl'iur wb« nil nii mj Mdit. 1 waa wrl 
on* : nhr woa Yniaiilr iili« likf.l ror M a rnnoarr brothar. 
■ml trmtfd and laiiRhv«l at nia mm a boy; •)!«, bnwaTot 
|i*c too brr pirturf. and Ibat wm •»inrlbi&| to m»M» 
vrrwrg upoo. lliul I marrinl bri, prrbapa lb* WW*. 
Unuur uf my lUa wuukl bava tioaa 4tltara«L."— & 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



37 



Rut oow I (tek for other joys: 

To Uiinfc would drive iny soul to madDe 
tn tbou^hilesb throng nod empty nn'isn 

I conquer half my bosoui's salloess. 

Fist, even in these a thought will steal 
(a spite of ever)- vain cn-le^vour, — 

Jknd tieiKlj uji-hl pity wh:»^ I fjel,— 
T ; tuu^w that tbou art lost for evex. 



: WOULD I WERE A CARELESS tHILU 

i wouli I were a careless chiM, 

Still dwellms in my Hi?hland cave, 
tlr roaiiiint; Ihn'U'h the dusky wild, 

Or V>utnliii£ o'er ihe drirk blue wave ( 
The cunihrojs pomp of Sayon » pndo 

Accords ii»t with the frceborn soul, 
Which !^ve^ t.if ntouiitiin's crsffiv side. 

And seeks the rocks where billows roU. 
Ftiriune ! take back these cul'ured lands. 

Take back 'his itarr.e of splendid sound ! 
t hate the l-uch of servile hands, 

I hale Ihe slives that crin*e around. 
FUce me amnn^ the rocks I love, 

Which snutid to (>ceii!*s wildest roar; 
1 ask hut rhis — a§nin to rr.ve 

Thniu'h scenes my youih hath known befora. 
Few are mv years, acd yet I fed 

The world was ne'er desi2;n"d for me . 
Ah I why do dark'uin* shades conceal 

Tbe hoirr when man must cease to be ? 
Unce I t)ehetd a splendid dream, 

A visionary scene of bliss : 
Truth : — wherefore did thy hated beam 

Awake me (o a world like this ? 
I loved — but those I lov^ are eone ; 

And friends — my early frienis are fled i 
How cheerless feels the heart alone. 

When all its former hnpt-s a-e dead ! 
Thou2h ^v companions o er the bowl 

Dispel awhile the sen^e of ill ; 
Though pleasure stirs the maddening soul, 

The hear. — the heart — is lonely stiU. 
How dull ! to hear tlie voice of those 

Whom rank or chance, whom wealth or power 
Have made, though neither friends oor foes. 

Associates of the festive hour. 
Give me aeain a faithful few. 

In veara and feelm?s still the same, 
And i will (ly the mfdui^hl crew, 

Where boist'rous joy Ts but a name. 
And woman, lovely woman ! thou. 

My h:>pe. my comforter, my all! 
How cc'i must be njy bosom now, 

When e'en thv smiles bejin to paU ► 
Without a siffh would I resi^ 

This busy scene of splendiii woe. 
To mike that calm contentment mine 

Which virtue knows, or seems to know. 
Fain would I fiy the haunts of men — 

I seek to shn.i. not hate mankind ; 
Wv breast requires the sul!en jlen, 

Whose ?loom may suit a darken'd mind. 
Oh ! that to me the win^ were ^iven 

Which bear the turtle 'o her nest '. 
Then would I cleave the vault of heaven, 

To flee away and be at rest.o 



WHEN I ROVED A YOUNG HIGHLANDER. 

AVlien I roved a youn^ Highlander o^ r the dark heatk 

And cl inib'd thy bleep sunmiit, oh Morven of uowl« 
To ga7e on Ihe torrent that Ihunder'd bcDeath, 

Or the mist of (he tempest that gather'd belcir,4 
Untutor'd by science, a stranger to fear. 

And rude as the rocks where my infancy gl%w, 
No feeling, save one, to my bosom wag dear ; 

Need I say, my sweet Aliry,* 't was centred ihtqc 

Tet it could not be love, for I knew not the name,« 

What passion can dwell in fhe heart of a child ? 
But still I perceive an emotion the same 

As I felt, when a b^fy, on the crag-cover'd wiU 
One image alone on my bosom impressed, 

I loved my bleak regions, nor panted foi new: 
And few were my wants, for my wishes were bfe»*d 

And pure were my thoughts, for my soul was wiU 
you. 

] I arose with the dawn ; with my dog as my guide, 

From mountain to mountain I bounded along j 
1 breasted Ihe billows of Dee's 6 rushin? tide, 

I And heard a: a distance the Highlander's aong: 

I At eve. on my heath cover'd couch of repose. 

No dreajiis, save of Mar) , were spreaa to my Tiew 

, And n-arm to th? skies my devotions arose, 

I For the first of my prayers was a blessing on you. 

I I left my bleak home, and my visions are pone; 

The mountains are variish*d, mv youth is no mora; 
As Ihe-lasl of mv nee. I must wither alone, 
I And delight but in days I have witnessed before; 
j Ah I splendour has raised, hut embitter'd my lot ; 
i More dear were the scenes which ray infancy knew i 
! Though my hopes may have fail'd, yet thej ar« nut 
fi^rgot : 
Though cold is my heart, still it lingen with yoa. 



1 SMs^nsch. or Saxon, a Gaelic word, lisatfyiDg el.rter 
ZAWluid or Ecglish. 

i "Aod I ran], Ub! Ibat T bud wjd^b hke » dovr; for 
lk» wouM I ny awaj- acd be at ie»t."~- Ptilm I». 6. 
Tkka fcr»e alto r^Dstiiute* ■ part Of the motf: beasttfo) 
or laJifuage. 



Omiu. 

4 This win not appear extracrdlnary to ttioM who h»T» 
bern sccustr-mf^ to the mouDtaiT:*. It l; oj do aeazw 
DLfommcn.on attaiuin^ thw lo? of Ben-e-riB, B«D-y-t>fiQrd, 
Ar., to perceive, b^twren tae sacr-mit anrf lh« ▼xl>y, 
cloodB po'ariogdown ran. and ocfsnioDall^^ccrovjaaied by 
t^htciog, wnile the spectator iilerallr look* down tipo 
the itorm, peifeetiy secure iTom it» effect* 

fi In Lord Byrou'i Diary, for 1?13, he aaya. "I have 
been thinkiDg lately a good deal of Mary Duff. HowTer> 
odd that 1 sboula barr been ao utterly, devotedly fond t* 
that ptrl. at an age when I could neither feel paaeion, »oi 
know the me^n-tg of the word! And the effect! My 
n:oib'!r oscd alwaya to rally me abont l*:!* childuh amoai . 
and, at last, many ycam after, wbeD I wan nixteen. ah* 
told me One day: *0h, Byron, I have had a letter fron 
I Eainborgh, from Mias Abercrombie. sod yr.ur oJd Bweet- 
ocart, Mary Duff. 18 married to a Mr. Cockburn,' [Robert 
Cockburn, Eni., of F/linburgh.] And what was mv ae- 
•rfer? I really cannot explain or account for my feeling* 
Bt that moment: t::: they nearly threw me into cootuI- 
BionB — to the horror of my mother and aslonifchment o( 
e»ery body. And it if a phenomenon io my existence 
(for I was not eight yeant oid). which has puxzied and wilt 
puzile me to the latest hour of it." — Agnin, in January, 
, 1^15. a few dsys after bis marriage, in a letter to hiafheaj 
I Captain Hay. Ihe port thus speaks of bis childish attacli* 
loent : — " Pray tell me more — or as much m yoa li ke, ot 
your coofiin Mary. 1 beliere I told you our story bocm 
years ago. I was twenty-seven a few day* aeo, and 1 
hive nevfr seen her iince we weie children, aiid yuuDf 
I children too; but I never forget her. nor ever ean. Yoa 
I wilj oblige me by presenting her with my best .especta, 
I aud all (food wishes- It may seem hdiculouH — but it is at 
%Vf rate, 1 hope, not offeniitTe to her Dor hers — iB me to 
pretend to recollect anything ahout her. at ao earTy t 
period of tMtth our lives, alm<<8l, if oot quite, in oar oura** 
rics: — but it was a pleaaanl dream, which nbe must par 
don me for rememheriDg. Is sht pretty still I 1 have Itw 
EnioAt perfect idea of her person, as a child; but Tlae* \ 
•uppose, has play^ the devil with as twth."— R. 



38 



HOURS OF IDLENESS. 



VHien I see some dark hill point its crest to the sky^ I 

I think of the rocks that o'ershado-.v Coibleea ; i ! 
When I see the soft blue of a iove^jeakin? eye, ' 

I think of those eves tlial endear"d the rude sceae; j 
When, hip'^i some'lii^hl-wavin^ locks I hehoM, j 

That faiut'ly lesenible mv Marj-'s in liue, 
I think on the Ions flovnrg ringlets of gold. 

The locks that were sacred to beauty, and yon. | 

Fet the dav may arrive when the mountains once more 

Shall rise to my sisht in their mantles of sno.\v: I 
B'at while these soar above me, unchanged as before, . 

Will Mary be there to receive me ? — ah, no ! j 

Adieu, then, ye hi!-ls, where my childhood was bred ! 

Thou sweet flowing Dee, to thy waien. adieu ! 
Ko home in the forest shall shelter my head, — 

jUi ! Alary, what home could be mine but with you ? 



TO GEORGE, EARL DELAWARR.a 

(A ! yes, I will own we were dear to each other ; 

The friendships of childhood, though fleeting, are 
true: 
The love w'hich you felt was the love of a brother, 

Kor leas the aflectinn 1 cherish'd for you. 
Bnt Friendship can vary her gentle dominion ; 

The attachment of years in a moment expires: 
Like Love, too, she moves on a swjft-waving pinion. 

But glows not, like Love, with unquenchable fires. 
Full oft have we w^nder'd through Ida together, 

And blest were the licenes of our youth, I allow; 
In the sprins: of our life, bow serine is (he weather 1 

But winter's rude lempcsis are gathering now. 
No more with af-ction shall memory blending, 

The wonted delights of our childhood retrace: 
When pride steels the bosom, the heart is unbending, 

And what would be justice appears a disgrace. 
However, dear Georse, for I still must esteem you — 

The few whom I love I can never upbraid — 
The chance which has lost may in future redeem you, 

Re[>entance will cancel the vow you have made. 

will not complain, and though chill'd is affection, 

With nie no corroding r»*seutnient shall live: 
aly tjosoin is calni'd by the simple reflection, 

That both may be wrong, and tliat both should for- 
give. 
ion knew that my soul, that my heart, my existence. 

If danger demniided, were w liolly your own ; 
Inu knew me unaller'd by years or b'v distance. 

Devoted to love and to friendship alone. 
7tm knew, — but away with the vain retrospection . 

The Ixmd of alTcdion no longer endures ; 
Txf I.ilc you niiv droop o'er the fond recollection. 

And sign for the friend who was formerly youri. 
For the present, we (art, — I will hope not for ever; 

For time and regrul will re^fore yon at last : 
Ts forget our dissension we both ^hruld endeavour 

1 ask DO atooeuient, but days like 'iic p^AL, 



TO THE EARL OF CLARE. 



i\earlr 

Frteod i mv youth ! when voung we roved, 
Like Rtnidinirv niutuillv brlovt-d, 

With rrirnd(hip'% \mrirst ginw, 
The Mm which win^'d 'hn»r rn^ houn 
Wai tuch .n pirajurr leldoiii sbowcn 

On morlalt here helnw. 
TTje recollection term* alone 
Dmrer tliin all the joyt I \t knoiro, 



mt far from i 

> •lK«, p. 11 



When distant far from you: 
Though pain, 't is still a pleaain; ptiK 
To trace tho« dayg and houn again, 

Aiid sigh agaia, adieu ! 

My pensive memory lingers o'er 
Those scenes to be enjny'd no mora, 

Those scenes regretted ever ; 
The measure of our voulh is full, 
Life's evenins dream' is dark and duU, 

And we may meet — an 1 never . 

As when one parent spring supplica 

Two streams which from one foiinta;* tiB, 

Together joined in vain; 
How soon, diverging from their source, 
E-ach. murmuring, seeks another coune. 

Till mingled in the main! 

Our vital streams of weal or woe, 
Though near, alas I distinctly flow, 

Nor mingle as before : 
Now swift or slow, now black or dear, 
Till death's unfalhom'd gulf appear. 

And both shall quit the shore. 
Oc souis, my friend 1 which once supplied 
One wish, nor breathed a thought beside, 

Now flow in different channels: 
Disdaining humbler rural sports, 
T is yours to mix in pulish'd courts. 

And shine in fashion's annals ; 
'T is mine to waste on lov* my time. 
Or vent my reveries in rhyme. 

Without the aid of reason ; 
For sense and reason (critics knoiv ii) 
Have quitted every amorous poet. 

Nor left a thought to seize on. 
poor Little ! sweet, melodious bardl 
Of late esteem d it nicnslrrms hard 

That he, who sang before all, — 
He who the lore of love expanded, -^ 
By dire reviewers sliould be branded 

Ai void of wit and moral.* 
And yet, while Beauty's prai*« is thine 
Harmonious favourite of the Nine I 

Repine not at thy lot. 
Tliy soothing lay? may Rtill be read, 
When pprsecntion's arm is dead. 

And critics are forgoU 
Still I mu«t yield those worthies ment, 
Who chasten with unsparing spirit. 

Bad rhymes and those who wnte ttaflW 
And though myself may he the next 
By critic sarcasm to l>r vext, 

I really will not fight tbeni.« 
Perhaps thev would do quite ai wdl 
To break the rudely sounding ibell 

(If such a young U'ginner : 
Hf who offends at pert nineteen. 
Ere thirty mav become, I ween, 

A very harden'd sinner. 
Now, Clare, I must return toyoa; 
And. sure, apologies are due : 

Accept, then, my concession. 
In truth, dear Clare, in fancy's flight 
1 soar along fnm left to right ; 

My muse admires digreiiBion. 
I think I Kiid 't would be your fate 
To add one itar to royal etale ; — 



SThr, 



• ainniu wer« wriftfn i 
ro rrit|.|iip to > nnrthrri 
Ihr nrttioh All 



rtrr the ipfw MiBM 
nnrthrrn rrvirw. nn * or» pahM- 
trrrun. — K«e l-Allnbtian H«>*iow, 
Ju\j. IKH, RTlirle nn " Kptalles, OJr«, lotl oth«t fucM^ 
by Ttioniw Liiile, K«j."-K. 
i A b»H (horrMfo rrfrr^n«)drfl«I hli rrvUwri 

tat rniift>it. ir tllil 
p»rtrkilir«l roDMira D) 

tb«ir tom^ HHlUiiUt 



ilrat. 
• eiya 



noU.lS OF IDLENESS. 



39 



liar r«^ smiles atieitd you I 
AMd iboulJ n iiobW n.niiarcti ^eigT^ 
Tou will tint seek tiis ^luf't;^ in vaio, 

If worlh ciii recouinie id yc i. 
Tel since in daiiser courts abound, 
Where specious rivals flitter round, 

From sairt» may saiub preserve yoc \ 
And »ran( your love or friendship ue'ei 
From any cUim a kmilreJ cire, 

Bui those who liest deserve youl 
Not for a moment may you s'ray 
From truth's secure, unerring way I 

May no delights decoy ! 
O'er roses may your fo<itsleps move, 
Tour smiles be ever smiles of love, 

Your tears be leare of jny ! 
Oh ! if you wisn thd.t happiness 
Tour comiiis: days and years may blesa, 

And virtues crown your brow ; 
be still as you were wont to he, 
Spotless as you 've been known to xne,^ 

Be still as you are now.i 
And though some triflin; share ot praisa 
To cheer my las* declining days, 

To me were doubly dear ; 
Whilst blessing your helcved name, 
I M waive at once a poet's fame, 

To prove a prophtt here. 

UNES WRITTEN BENEATH AN ELM IN 
THE CHURCHTAKD OF HARROW, a 
Spot of my youth ! wliose hoary branches sijh. 
Swept by the breeze that fans thy cloudless sky; 



1 "Of all I have ever konwn, Clare has always been the 
least oHered in every lliing from the excelltot quahtiea 
and kind affeclinns which atla. hetl me to him so ttlrongly 
at school. 1 "hoiilU hardly have Ihnupht it possible fur 
society (or the world, as it is called.) to leave a being with 
•o little of the leQvpn of bad fia^^sinus. I do not tprak 
from reraonal cxf.fTieace only, but from all I have ever 
heard of hjra from o( hers, during aboeiice aud distance." — 
Mfron Dtart, iWl. — E. 

S Oo loaine his natural daughter, AUegra, In AprihlSXZ, 



U'herr now alone I muse, who oil have tmd, 
With those I I(>\ed, tjiv sofr and verdant irkd J 
Wlih rinse "ho, scitler'd f;ir, perchance deplon^ 
Like me, the happy scenes they knew before: 
Oh I as I tiace a^iiii thy ^« indin^ hill. 
Mine eves admire, my Iieari adores thee stlU, 
Thou tfroopiuf; E'.m ! bene.ith wh^se boughs I Ili|, 
And ffpqueut mused the 'wilislit h-^'ira away ; 
A\'liere. as tliey fuice were wont, my timba rt«nil^ 
But, ah : without the thoughts which then WW| 

mine: 
How do thy branches, moanin* to tie ^last, 
Invite the bosom lo recall the past. 
And serm lo whisper, as they gently r«rell, 
" Take, while thou canst, a I'ingenng, last farewd^ ' 

When fate shall chill, at length, this fever'd breagt, 
And calm its cares and passions into rest, 
Ofl have I thought, 't would sotdhe my dyin^ hour,— 
If ausht may soothe when life resigns her power,— 
To know soiiie humbler grave, some narrow cell, 
Would hide my bosom whure it loped to dwell ; 
With this fond dream, methinks't were sweet to dM — 
And here it lin£er*d, here my heart mi^hl lie; 
Here mi^M 1 sleep where all my hopes arose, 
Scene of my youth, and couch of my repose ; 
For ever sirel'ch'd beneath this mantling shade, 
Tress'd by the turf where once my childhood playM; 
Wrapt by the soil thai veils the spot I loved, 
Miit'd wi'h the earih o'er which inv footsteps moved; 
Blest bv tlie innaues that chinii'd niy youthful ear, 
MouruM by the few my soul acknowledged here; 
Deplored by those in early days allied. 
And unremember'd by the world beside. 

September 2, 1 807. 



Lord Byron «ent her remains fo be buried at Harrow 
"where," he says, in d letter to Mr. Murray, "I once 
hope^ lo have laid my own." "There is." he adds "a 
spot in the ehurehy^rd, near the foot-path, on the brow 
of (he hill looking towards Windsor, and a tomb umler a 
laree tree {bearing the name cf Pearhie. or Penchey), 
where I used to sit for hours and hours when a boy. Thi« 
^vaa my favourite sp^t ; but a» 1 wish to erect a tablet t« 
her mi'mory, the body had tetter be deported In thf 
church; ".~and it was so accordinglj. — £. 



The "LlDM written beneath an Elm at Harrow," were the lapt in the little volume printed at Newark, !n I80T. 
The reader is referred to Mr. Moore'a Xolues, for varto'ia interesting particulars respecting the impresoion produced 
on Lord Byron's mind by the celebrated Critique of his juvenile performances, put forth in the Edinburgh Review 
— a journal which, at that time. pOMe»--ied nearly undiv .Jed influence aud authority. The pt»el'» diaries and letten 
affonl evidence that, in his latter days, he ccdbi lered his piece as the work of Mr. (now Lord) Brout;bam ; but ob 
what grnunda he had come to that co'nclueion he nowhere meulions. It forms, however, from whatever pen It xuy 
teva proceeded, ma important a link In Lord Byron's literary his'Ajry* that we insert it at length. — £. 



ARTICLE FROM THE EDINBURGH RE\TEW, FOR JilNUARY, 1S0& 

9»*rt ef Idlethas ; a Serits of Poems, original and translated. By George Qardon, Lord Byron, a Minor 

8vo. pp. 200. Newark, IS07. 



Ths poeay of this yotin^ lord belon*^ to the class [ 
jrhici neither gods nor men are said to permit. Id-! 
ieed, we lo not recollect to have seen a quantity of 
Tcrse With so few devia'ions in either direction from : 
Uiat exact standard. His effusions are spread over a 
dead flat, and can no more ^et above or below the 
level, than if they were so much statrnant water. As 
Ai. extenuation of this oiFence, the noble nuthor is pecu- 
liarly forward in pleadin? niitiority. We hive it ;.j 
the litlepasce, and on the very back of the volume ; it 
foUowt his name like a favourite par' of his style, ' 
Much stress is laid upon it in the preface; and the j 
poenis are connected with ihis t;eneril s;.\tenieut of h J I 
ease, by particular dates. subsi;uiiiatin^ thenf^e at which I 
Mrb Tv*s wnlien. Now, the law upon the point cfl 
OMiDritf we boiJ to be perfectly dear. It a i pleat 



available only to the defendant ; no plaintiff caD <?ftt" 
it as a supplemeofan,- ground of action. Thus, ii hixf 
suit coulJ be brousht ajainst Lord Byron, for the pnr* 
pose of compelling him to put into court a certaia 
quantity of poetry, and if judijinenl were spven a^inst 
him, it is hie;hly probable ihat an exception wouli be 
taken, were he to deliver /^rr poetry the contei.ts o( 
this volume. To this he mii;ht plead mnwrity ; but, 
as he now makes voluntiry tender of ihe article, b* 
hath no rinht to sue. on that ground, for the price m 
g:ood current jiraise, should the joods be unmaiketable. 
This is our view of the law on the point ; and we dar» 
to sav, so will it be ruleil. Perliaps, however, la 
reality, all that he tells m about his youth is mtbef 
wit' t View to increaM our wocaer than to soften oar 
ccD%*ira. Ue possibly meua to &aj| **Soo Iwr a 



4« 



CRITIQUE FROM THE I^^DINBURGH REX'ltW, 



Biaor cm write ! This poem was actually compoted 
by B yoQDg man of eighteen, and this by one of only 
uxteen ! " But, alas ! we all remember the poetry of 
Cowley at ten, and Pope at twelve ; aiiJ so far from 
hearing with any de^ee of surprise, that very po(K 
verses were written by a vouth from his leaving scho* I 
to his leaving college, inclusive, we really believe Ihu 
to be the mosi conimon of u^ll occurrencea : that it ha p- 
pens m the life of nine men in ten who are educated m 
England ; and that the tenth man writes belter verse 
than Lord Byron. 

Uiz other plea of privilege our author rather brings 
jrward in order to waive il. He certainly, however, 
iats allude frequently tn his family and ancestors — 
sometimes in poetry, sometimes in notes ; aiid» while 
giving up his claim on the score of rank, he Uikes care 
to remember us of Dr. Johnson's savin?, that when a 
nobleoiai appears as an author, hl's merit should be 
■andsomeiy acknowledged. In truth, it is this con- 
sideration only that induces us to give Lord Byron's 
poems a place in ow review, beside our desire to coun- 
sel hwn,lhat he do forthwith abandon poetry, and turn 
bis talei. J, which are considerable, and his opporluni- 
aea, which are ^reat, to better account. 

With (his view, we must beg leave seriously to as- 
•ure him, that the mere rhyming of the final syllable, 
Ten when accompanied by the presence of a certain 
jumber of tcet, — nay, although (which does not al- 
ways happen) those feel should scan regularly, and 
have been all counted accurately upon the fingers, — is 
not the whole an of poetry. Wc would entreat him 
to believe, that a certain portion of liveliness, some- 
what of fancy, is necessary to constitute a poem, and 
that a poem in the present day, to be read, must contain 
at least one thought, either 
from the ideas of former 
pressed. We put it to his 
anything io deserving the 
like the following, written i 
youth of eighteen could say 



degree ditferent 
■iteri, or differently ex- 
iiidour, whether there is 
anie of poetrj- in verses 
1K)G; and whHher. if a 
iterest 



to bis ancestors, a youth of nineteen should publish 
It: — 

^ Shades of heroa, farewell ! your descendant, depail- 

ing 

From the se?.t of his ancestors, bids you adieu ! 

Abroad or at home, your reinembmnce imparling 

New courage, he 11 think u\yoD glory and you. 

'Thou^ a tear dim his eye at this sad separation, 

T is nature, not fear, that excites bin regret : 
Far djstatit he rocs, wiih the s-ime emulation ; 
The tf me of his fathers he ne'er can forget. 
That fame, and that memory, still will he cherish ; 

He vows that he ne'er will disgrace your renown ; 
Like ymj will he live, or like you will he perish ; 
When deciy'd, may he mingle bis dust with your 

New, wc positively do assert, th.it there is nothing 
better than these stanzaj in the ''hole compass of the 
noble minor's volume. 

Lord Pyron should also have a care of attempting 
what the greatest |»ocl» hive done tx-fore him, forconi- 
parisoiis (a* he niu.«i have had occasion to Bce a( his 
w 'ting master's) are odicius. Gray's IWe on Klon 
College sliould rsally have kept out the ten hnhbline 
•tanzas " On a diatanl View of Uie Village and School 
•f Harrow." 



• Where finer yet joyi to retn 
Of cf>inr.i'li-s, in fnrndnhip 



the revmblanco 

I nii-chirf utlird, 



Which rcitji in the br.toni, though Ii"pe ii drnied. 

In like manner, the exqaiiite linn of Mr. Rn^i-p 

*'On a Ttar,'"' uut\\\ have warned the noble anthi-r oi 

ttioM pmniv^, and t|rarcd ui a whula duaen aud^ 

•taoLU aa the fnl'uw i^ : — 

Mdd Charity's K*.ow, t a« «nnrtalt hnlnw, 

Hhowi the toul from harl>.irity cirar ; 
CcBi[«Mim) will melt wher^ *hu virlu« la fait, 
Aad Ito 4«w ia di0 aaad io ■ T«gir. 



The man doomed to fail with the blast of the fUe, 

Through billuws Atlantic to hteer, 
Aa he bends o'er the wave, which may soon be ^ 

The green sparkles bright with a Tear," 
And BO of instances in which fnrmer poeta haf« 
failed. Thus, we do nor think Lord Hyron w^s mad* 
for translating, during his nonage, " Adrian's Addr«i 
to his Soul," when Pope succeeded so iuditferently iQ 
the attempt. If our readers, however, are of anotbW 
opinion, they may look at it. 

**Ah ! gentle, fleeting, wavering sorita^ 
Friend and associate of this clay I 
To what unknown region trome 
Wilt thou now wing thy distant flight 
No more with wonted humour gay, 
Bui pallid, cheerless, and toriorn-" 
However, be this as it may. we fear his translatioui 
and inntations arc great favourites wi'h Lord Byron, 
We have them of all kinds, from Anacreon to Ossian ; 
and, viewing them as school exercises, they may p.ass* 
Only, why print them after they have had their day 
and served their turn ? And why call the thing in p. 
79.1 a translation, where tvoo words (OcAw Aiyctv^ of 
the original are expanded into four lines, and the other 
thing in p. 81.1, where /ttffovifKTtaig irofl' wpatj is 
rendered by means of six hobbling verses ? As to hia 
Ossianic poesy, we are not very good judges, lieiug, in 
truth^ 80 moderately skilled in that species of com* 
position, that we should, in all probability, be criticia 
ing sonie bit of the genuine ilacj'herson itself, wcra 
we to express our opinion of Lord Byron's rhapsodies. 
If, then^ the following beginning of a " Son^ of Baids* 
is by his lordship, we veniure to ob-jecl to it, as far at 
we can comprehend it. *' What form rises on the roar 
of clouds, whose dark ghost gleams on ihe red stream 
of tempests? His voice rolls on tlie thunder: His 
Orla, the brown chief of Oilhnna. He was,'* &« 
After detaining this " bmwn chief" some time, the 
bards conclude by giving him their advice to "raise 
Lis fair locks ; '' then to *' spread (hem on the arch of 
the rambow ;" and "to sniile through the tears of the 
storm." Of this kind of thing there are no less thAD 
Tii>je pases ; and we can so far venture an opinion in 
their favour, that they look very like Macpherson : and 
we are positive they are pretty nearly as stupid and 
tiresome. 

It is a iort of privilege of poets to be egotists; but 
they should " use it as uol abusing it ; " and particular- 
ly one who piques himself (though indeed at the ripe 
age of nineteen; on being " an infant bard," — ('* The 
arilesa Helicon 1 boast is youth ") —should either jBOt 
know, or should seem not (o know, so much at)Out\jis 
own ancestry. Hf^Mdcs a poem above cited, on the 
family scat of the Hymns, we have aiiotht-r of eleven 
pnses, on the self-same si;l);ect, intro'luced with an 
ajK)logy, "he cert.iii.ly had nii intention of inserting 
it," but really " the particular rcquesi of s<jnie friends," 
&c. he, II concludes with live slan/as on himself 
'* the last and youngest of a nohle Ime." There is a 
crnrMl Jral also about \\\% maternal ancestors, in a |M>era 
on Lachin y Gair, a mountain where he spent pari of 
his youth, and niight have learnt that pibroch is not a 
bagpipe, any more (ban duel means a (iddie. 

As the author has dtilicatcd so large a part of his 
volume to immortaliKe \i\s cniployuietila al sclio«i| and 
college, we cannot |>ns.MMy dismiss il withoi:l present- 
ing the reader with a apectmcu of llirse ingenious eif» 
mrins. In an ode w.th a (irrek mollo, called Gniit% 
wo have the following maguiliccu*. stanzaa • — 
" There, in apartments small and dampi 
The candirl.att* for colleir prites 
Sill pftriiK by the miilmirlit tan p, 
(.iocs Lite to tied, yet early nwa. 
•* Who rmN fatw quinti'irs in Set©, 
<»r pM77Jes o'er the dt-fp Inangla, 
DrjirivfNl of many a wlifilrwimc meal, 
fij barbarous latj i doooi'd to wranflsi 



»Bmp. il. 



%%mf,n. 



ENGLISH BARDS AND SCOTCH REVIEWERS 



41 



**R«>ounciag every pleasint; page, 
From authors of historic use, 
Preferring lo Ihe lelJer'd sage 
The sijuare of the hypoleuuse. 
"Still harniitssare these occupations, 

That hurt none but the hipless student. 
Compared with uther rccrealiuns, 

Which brin; together the imprudent," 
We are sorrj- to hear so bad an account of the col- 
fege psalmody as b cootaiued in the following Attic 
rUiizas: — 

" Our choir would scarcely be excused 

Even as a hand of raw beginners; 

All mercy now must be refused 

To such a set of croaking sinners. 

•* If David, when his toils were ended, 

Had heard these blockheads sin; before him, 
To us his psahus had ne'er descended : 
in fiiricus mood he would have tore 'em I " 



Bnt, whatever judgment may be passed on the Doenu 
of this noble minor, it ^eems we must take Ihea m wc 
find them, and he content; for they are the la»t we 
shall ever have from him. He is. at best, he says, but 
an intruder into the groves of Parnassus: he ocTer 
lived in a ^rret, like thorough-bred poets j aad 
'* though he once roved a careless mountaineer ir the 
Highlands of Scotland," he has not of late enjff/ed 
this advantage. Moreover, he expects no profit from 
his publication ; and, whether it succeeds or not, "it 
is *njhly iwprobab.e, from his situatiuo and rursuiti 
hereafter," »nat be should a^in condescend to k«coiBe 
an author. Therefore let us take what we ee*, a::d be 
thankful. What ri^hl have we poor devils to oe cice ? 
We are well oil" to have ^ot so much from « mac ol 
this lord's station, who does not live in a garrcl, but 
'* has the sway" of Mewstead Abbey. Again we say. 
let us be thankful ; and, with honest Sancho, bid Got 
bless the giver, nor look the gift horse m the moulik 



ENGLISH BARDS AND SCOTCH REVIEWERS; 

A SATIRE.* 



« 1 had rather oe a kitten, and cry mew ! 

Than one of these same metre ballad-mongers." — ShaJtspatr^ 
^ Such shameless bards we have ; and yet 't is true, 

There arc as mad, abandon'd critics too." — Pope. 



PREFACE.* 



All my friends. learned and unlearned, have ur^ 
ne not lo publish this Satire with my name. If 1 
were to be " turned from the career of my hum"ur by 
•mbbles qnick, and paper bullets of the brain," I 
•hould have com|^d with their counsel. But I am 
not to be terrified by abuse, or bullied by reviewers, 
with or without arms. I can sifely say that I have 
attacked none personally, who did not commence on 
the otfensive. An author's works are public property : 
he who purchases may jud^e, and publish his opinion 
if he pleases ; and the aurnors I have endeavoured to 
commemorate mav do by me as I have done by them. 
1 dare say they will succeed better in condemniu^ my 
acribblHjgs, than in mending their own. But my object 
is not to prove that I can write well, but, if possible, 
to make olheni write better. 

As the poem has met with far more success than 1 
expected, 1 have endeavoured in this edition to make 



1 The erst edition n'this satire, which then bcgao with 
What ie D'* thr ninctv-uPTenth hne ( Time was. ere 
p«t." See.). appear*'d m Slarch, 1809. A Becnnil, lo which 
the aulbor prefixr^i hii* name, fullnwed in Odobur of that 
year: aud a thin] aiid fourth were railed for duriD? hie 
fl*fc' Hlgrimafe, ID IPIO and IWll. On his return to Eng- 
huiv, * flft^h edition wa** prepared for the press by hiraseir, 
wilk considerable rare, b«t suppressed, and, exc**pt one 
lopy, destroyed, when oo the eve of publication. The 
■<Xt is Exjw crimed from the copy that escaped; on casu- 
A> mt-r'.ing with which, in 1616, he re-pertiMCd the 
w-'ole, and wrote on the niargiu nome annolationn, a few 
of which we ahiH preserve,— diBtrnguishiii? them, by the 
iBoertioD of their date, from thuoe affixed to the prior 



•dit 



t nf theie MS. notes of lr<10, appenni on the fly- 
leaf, hod run* thua: — "The binding of this volume is 
oouaulerahly loo TaluaMe for the cnnlentu; and nothing 
bnt the cx'Ufiidenitlon of its being the prnperf^ uf n«nth«r, 
wr^eotB me from consi^njiig thm mi"er;Me record «»f 
mtapiared a&cei and iLdicicriminita acrimony to the 
ftamea.*'— B. 

V Thi» preface waa written for the lecond edition, and 
prlnte.] with 11. The nuble author had left (hia couutrr 
Vreviout to the ptibltcalino nf that ecfiticn, and ia ool yet 
. — *Vole to th€ fijurih •4itioiit 1811. — {" He La, 



1 gone acf *».*'— ft UIO.] 

4* 



some additions and alterations, to render It m&«« wot 
thy of public perusal. 

In the first edifion of this satire, published anonj. 
mously, fnurleen lines :n Ihe subject of Bowles's Pom 
were written by, and inserted at the request of, iX 
Jna;enious friend of mine, 3 who has now in the preai 
a volume of poetry. In the present edition they are 
erased, and some of my own substituted in their stead j 
my only reason for this being that which I conceive 
would operate with any other person in the same man- 
ner, — a determinntion not to publish with my name 
any production, which was not entirely and exclusirely 
my own comix)5ition. 

With* regard to the real titents of many of the 
poetical persons w-hose performances are mentioned or 
alluded tc in the folloning pages, it is presumed by the 
author that there can be little difference of opinion in 
Ihe public at large; though, like other sectaries, each 
has his separate tabernacle of proselytes, by wnom hit 
abilities are over-rated, his faults overlooked, ar<d hit 
mbtricil canons received without scniple and without 
consideration. But the unquestionable possession o| 
considerable genius by seve-al of the writers here cen- 
sured renders their memal prostitution more to be re- 
gretted. Imbecility may be pitied, or, at worst, laugh- 
ed at and forgotten ; pervc-ted powers demand the 
most decided reprehension. No one can wish moro 
than the author that some known and able writer had 
undertaken their exjjosore ; but Mr. GIfford has do- 
votwi himself to Massinger, and, In the at}sei:j]e of tho 
regular physician, a country jiractitiouer may, in case* 
of absolute' necessity, be allowed to prescribe his not. 
trum to prevent the extension of so aeplorabte an epi 
deniic, provided there be no quackerj* in his treatment 
of Ihe mabdy. A caustic is here oJVered ; as It is to ba 
fearcil nothing; short of actual cautery can recover the 
numerous patients afflicted with the present prevalent 
and" distressing rabies for rhyniing. — As to the Edin 
burgh Reviewers, it would indeed require an HerciJe» 
to crush the Hydra; but if the author succeeds ia 
merely "bruising one of the heads of the serpent,* 
thou:£h his own han-l should suffer in the encounterf bt 
will be amply satisfied. 



42 ENGLISH BARDS AND SCOTCH RE VIEWERS. 

ENGIJSH BARDS AND SCOTCH ^Sr-Lll;: Z^[ ITu^^i 'n-T^ 



REVIEWERS. 



SBH most I hear ? » — shall hixirse FitrgenJd bawl 
Bit creaking couplets in a tavern hall, a 
Aid I not siB?, lest, h.iplj'. Scotch reviews 
Sht.uld dub me 5cr.ibbler. and denounce my muse? 
Prepare for rhjTne— I '11 publish, right or wrong. 
Fools are my theme, let satire be my song. 

Oh ! nature's nnblest |ifl — mv jrey goose-quill ' 
Blive of my thoughts, obedif ot to my will, 
Torn from thy p.irent bird to form a pen, 
That mighty 'iiistnmient of little men ! 
The pen I fore;lonmed to aid the mental throes 
Of brains that bhour, big with verse or prose, 
Though Dvmphs forsairi, and cnTics may deride 
The lover's soiace. and the author's pride. 
What wfls ! what poets d'lsl thou daily raise ! 
How freipient .5 thy use, how small thy praise! 
Condeinn'd at length to be forgotten quite. 
With ak the pages which 't was thine to writfl. 
But thou, at least, mine own especial pen ! 
Once laid .iside. hut now assumed asain. 
Our task co.-'plete, like i^amet's ' shall be f.ee ; 
Though spurn'd by ot'-ers. yet beloved by me: 
Then let us Soar to-day ; nri conmion theme. 
No eastern virion, no distemper'd dream 
Inspires — our path, tliourh full of ihnm?, is plain ; 
Smooth be the verse, and easy be the strain. 

When Vice triumphant holds her sov'reign sway, 
Obey'd bv all who nought beside obey j 
When Follv, froiuent harbinger of crime, 
Bedecks her cap with bells of every clime ; 
When knaves and fools combined o'er all prevail, 
And weigh their Justice in a golden scale; 
E'en then the boldest start from public sneers, 
AfraiJ of shame, unknown In other fears, 
More darkly sin, bv satire kept in awe. 
And shrink from ridicule, though not from law. 



Such i 



but not belong 



r hand, 
to chase. 



! the force of w'.t 

ie arrows of satii 
The roy:.l vices of our age den 
A keener weapon, and a niigh' 
Still there are follies, e'en for I 
Ann yield at least nmuseiiieiit i 
I.augh when I laugh. I seek no other fame ; 
The cry is up. and -cribbler^ are my giiiie. 
Speed, 'PegTtsus ! — ye strains of great and small, 
Ode, eiic. elegy, have at you aK I 
I loo can scrawl, and once ufrfm a time 
I poured along the town a floid of rhyme, 
A scho-.lboy *cak. iinwovliv praise or blame ; 
IprinKd — older clrildren do the vame. 
•T is pleasant, fure, to nee one's name in print: 
A bwik 's a book, alihoiigli there "a nothing m 't. 
Not tha a title's vmiiliog rlinrm can save 
Or «rawl or srriljbler from an equil grave : 
This L-imbr mu.t own. since his ptrician name 
Fa I'd to pri-M-rve the spurious farce from shame. 
Nc matfrr. r»e*irge rontiiiu;.« siill to write,* 
rbcug.i now the name is veiled from public sighL 



limit — *'S«iaper pro suiJUor tantumT ouoqtiimn 

ir|i'iniim, 

Veialiis U.Utt riuci Thraelile CmlrlT"- 

Jllli. Kil. I. 

IMr. PimepiM. f«r»llmi«ly termn) br C.ihh.-ll lb 

•Umsll IV. I l'.»-l." inlliru hi« onniial inhiite of »e.. 

tj ruil.1: 1...I r..nl.|il»ill> "Pimm, he 



Not seek great Jell'rcy's. yet, like him, will to 
Self-constituted judge of poesy. 

A man must serve his time to every trade 

Save censure — critics all are ready made. 
Take hackney'd jokes from .Miller.^gnt by l<A%, 
With just enough of learning to mixjuote; 
A mind well skilld to find or forge a fault, 
A turn for pulinins, call it Attic salt , 
To Jeffrey go, be .silent and discreet. 
His pay is just ten slerlint, pounds per sheet: 
Fcir not to lie, 't will seem a sharper hit ; 
Shrink not from blasphemy, 't will pass for wi ; 
Care not for feeling — pass your proper jeot. 
And stand a critic, hated yet caress'd. 

And shall w-e own such judgment ? 00 — a soob 

Seek roses in December — ice in June ; 

Hope constancy in wind, or corn in chaff, 
' Delieve a v/oirian or an epitiph, 
I Or anv other thing that 's false, before 

You trust in critics, who ihcms/'lves are sore ; 
' Or yield one single thought to be misled 
i By leflrey's heart, or l,ambes Rirotian bead.i 

To these young tyrants.* by themselves nMSDlaecd. 
! Combined usurpers on the throne of ta.si.' , 
i To these, when authors bend in Jujmoie awe, 
I And hail their voice as truth, their word as law 
i While these are censors, 't would be sin to spare • 
I While such are critics, why should I forbear ? 

B'lt vet, so near all modern worthies run, 

'T is'doubtful whom to seek, or whom to shun ; 

Nor know wc svhen to spare, or where to strike 

Our bards and censors are so much alike. 

Then should you ask me,! why I venture o'er 
The path which Pope and Giffoid trod before; 
If not yet sicken'd, you can still proceed : 
~o on ; mv rhvme will tell you as you read. 

But hold'l " exclaims a friend, — '•' here 's soms I 
gleet : 
This — th.at — and t'other line seem incorrect" 
What then r the self-same blunder Pope has got. 
And careless Dryden — " Av, but Pye his not: " — 
Indeed : — 't is granted, faith I — but what care I f 
Better to err with Pope, than shine with Pye. 

Time was, ere yet in these degenerate daji 
lenoble themes (tblained mistiken nraise, 
When sense and wit with poesy allied. 
No fabled graces, flourisli'd side by side ; 
From the same fount their iiispinition drew. 
And, rer-'d by 'ast- bloom'd fairer as they grew. 
Then, if. his bapp) «le. a Pope's pure stnin 
Sought the rapt soul to chain., tier sought in van ; 
A polish'd nation's praise aspiretl to claim, 
And raised the pimple's as the fioel's fame. 
Like him great Dryden pour'd the tide of sonj, 
In stream less smooth, indeed, vet doiilily strong. 
Then Congreve's scenes could ciieer. or (itwaytf art 
For inlure then an Knglish aiitlience I'elt 
H-ll why these namw, or greater still, retrace. 
When .-ill to feebler bards resign their place? 
Vet to such times our lingeriiie looks aic cast. 
When taste and reason with those tiniia are pait. 
Now look around, and turn i-arli inninc page. 
Survey the precious works lint i.li-ase the age. 
This truth at le.isl let s-atire's self show. 
No deailh of bards can be coniplaiii'd of now. 



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lk« imi rt)S|4rr nf tl-il U'OI- 

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4 U !*• Mlakaiia (•«l«« 



mIm-I 



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iih* that oiir T.lnmio- 

•mpu af Cid llamal e» 



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lb' nr>l iml Isal of Ilia RiliDliurth Reaiaw { 



1 /ail«.— "Ciir tsme 



ENGLISH BARDS ANt) SCOTCH RE\lEVv'ERS. 



43 



}%• lo'ded press beoeith her labour groans, 
And printera* devils shake their weary bones j 
Whi^' ^outhcy's epics cram the creakin* shelves, 
And Lille's lyrics shioe in hot-press'd tweUes. 
Thus «aith the Preacher : " Nought beneath the sun 
Is new ; " yet slill from change to change we ruD : 
What varied wonders lenjpt 'is as they pass! 
The cow-pox, tractors. ^lva.'ii-im, and ^as, 
Id turn* appear, to make the vulvar s'are^ 
Till iflesv\oin bubble burets — and all is air I 
Nor less new schooU of Poetry arise, 
Where dull pretenders grapple for the prize: 
O'er taste awjiile these pseuio-barda prevail : 
Eac"^ country book-club bo\v5 the knee to Baal, 
And. hurlin» lawful genius (mm the throne, 
Err^ls a shr'ne and idol of ts ou'n ; 
Some leaden calf— but whjm it matters not, 
From soaring Southey down to grovelling Stott.> 

Behold ! in various thrones the scribbling crew, 
Foi Do'ice ewser, pass in lon^ review: 
Each spurs hie jaded Pegasus apace, 
And rhyme and blank miinlaio an equal race; 
Sonnets 00 sonnets crowd, and ode on ode j 
And tales of terror jostle on the road ; 
Imnieoiurable measures move alnug ; 
For sinipenng folly loves a varied son», 
To strange mysterious dulness still the friend, 
Admires the strain she cannot comprehend. 
Thus Lays of M.nstrels^ — may they be the last! — 
On half strung harp» whine mournful to the blast 
While mountain tpirits prate to river sprites. 
That dames may listen to the sound at nights ; 
And goblin brat's, of Gilpin Horner's brood, 
Decoy young border-nobles through the wood. 
And sk'ip at every step, Lord knows how high, 
And frighten foolish babes, the Lord knows why; 
While high-born ladies in their magic cell. 
Forbidding knights to read who cannot spell, 

1 eiott, better known In the "Morninp Post" by the 
name of Hnflx. Thxn peiBovast ia at prf><>ent the mrwt 
profound explorer of the bathos. I remeiiibf r, whrn the 
feigniue family left Portugal, a special Ole of MasTer 
•tott't. besiomog thuii :--(Sroa ta-juitur quoad Hibtr' 
•»•.) — 

*• Princely offtpring of Braeinzti, 

Erin greets thee with a Btaoia," ttc 
AIM a Sonnet to Rats, well worthy of the Bubrfect, and a 
Boat thundering Ode, coronienciDg a* follows: — 
«'0h! for a Lny ! loud oe the surgo 

That lashei Lapland's sounding shore.*' 
Lard bare merer on us : the " Lay of the Last Minstrel ** 
was Qotbing to thx. 

9 See the " Lay of the Lost Minstrel," paisim. Never 
was any plan *o incungruous and absurd as the ground- 
work of this produrtioQ. The entrance of Thunder and 
Lightning, prok^uimng to Bayes' tragedy, untcrtunately 
lakes away the merit of originality froin the dialueue be- 
tween M.-Mieurs the Spirits of F\(>»d and Fell in the flrst 
canto. Then ». have the araiaMe William of Dek.raine, 
"a stark mosB-InKiper," Tidelirtt, a happy mrapoimd of 
joarher, sheep-stcaler, and highwayman. The proprirty 
M >is magical lady's injitoctiou nnt lo read cao only be 
equali d by his candid acknowledem<'iit of his ind^peiidi;n(re 
of the tiammela of ^pellitig, although, to use hin own e|e- 
jant pnraae, " ': wan his nefk-vrme at Hirribee," i.e. 
the pallowB. — The biography of Gilpin Ilnrncr. and the i 
marvellous p»*d"Hirian page, who travelleil Iwjre a^ fawt as 
Lis master's hnrwe without the aid of aeven-leaeued bootn, 
ere cnef$-d'o'uvre in the improvement of taste. For 
larid'nt we ha?e the invmible, but by no means sparing 
box en thtf ear bestowed on the pagf, ond the entrance of 
a koighl and charg-r into the rx'^Ilf, coder (he very 
natural di"gui«e of a wain of hay. Marmion. the hero of 
the latter mmanre, is exactly what William nf nHnraino 
wo dd Lave b^en, had he been able to rend and write. 
T^e poem was msnufactured for McNsrs. CoD«>t&ble. Mur- 
lav, Bod Millc-r, wr.iKhipful booksellers, in c^nNtdr-mtion 
of Che receipt of a sum of mc-m-y ; and truly, conoidfring 
the inspiration. 11 is a very .re-litable proiUicinD. If Mr. 
Scott win wrte for hire, let him do l.u> best for his psy- 
BBstars, tmt Dot (ll»grace his eeni'm, which ts unloubCedly 

imt, by • n^tlUM of UMk-)*ti«r balM uo'tw-n. 



Despatch s 

Ajid fight n'lth boDcst i 



) to shield ; 



Next view in state, proud prancing on huMcr 
The go 1(1 en- crested haughty Slarniion, 
Now forging scrolls, now foremost in the fighti 

. Not quite a felon, yet but half a knight, 
The gibbet or the field prepared to grace ; 

, A mi^^hty mixture ol the great and base. 
And think'st thou, ^icolt ! by vain conceit perchuic*^ 
On public taste to foist thy stale »>mance, 
Though Murniy with his Miller may combine 
To yield thy muse just half-a-crown per luie? 
No ; when the sons of song descend to trade. 
Their bays are sere, their former iLirels fade. 
Let such forego the poet's sacred name, 

I Who rack their bmins for lucre, not for fame; 

i Still for stern Mammon may (hey toil in vain ! 
And sadly gaze on gold they cannot gain ! 
Such be Ihew- meed, such still Ihe just reward 

j Of prostituted muse and hir^ing bard 1 
For this we spurn Apollo's venal son, 
Ana bid a long " good night to Marmion.** > 

These are the themes that claim our plaudits DOi»; 
These are the bards to whom (he muse niust bow : 
I While Milton. Dryden, Pope, alike forgot, 
' Resign their hallowM t^ys to Walter ScotL 

The time has been, when yet the muse was yonnj 
When Homer swept the lyre, and Maro sung, 
An epic scarce ten centuries could olaim, 
While awe-struck nations hail'd the magic nama 
The work of each immortal bard apjteara 
The single wonder of a thousand years.* 
Empires have moulder'd from the face of earth, 
Tongues have expired with those who gave them biftt 
Without the glory such a strain can give, 
As even in ruin bids the language live. 
[ Not so with us, though minor bards content, 
! On one great work a life of labour sj enl ; 
With eagle pinion soaring to the skies, 
Behold the ballad-mouser Southey rise ! 
To him let Camoens, Milton, Tass") yield. 
Whose annual strains, like annie*. take the field. 
First in the ranks see .loan of Arc advance. 
The scourge of England and the boast of Franca 
I Though burnt by wicked Bedford for a witcL, 
Behold the statue placed in glory's niche ; 
Her fetters hurst, and just releised from priBon, 
I A virgin phoenix irom her ashes risen. 
I Next see tremendous Thaiaba come on,,* 
! Arabia's monstrous. wiP. and wondrous son ■ 
Donidaniel's dread destioyer, who o'erthrew 
More mad magicians than the world e'er knew 
Immortal hero ! all thy fnes oVrcome, 
For ever reien — the^ival of Tom Thumb! 
Since startled metre fled before thv face. 
Well wert thou doom'd the last of all thy racol 
Well mis^ht triumphant genii bear thee hence. 
Illustrious co^queror of common sense ! 
Now, last ani greatest, Madoc spreads his saili. 
Cacique in Mexico, and prince in Wales; 

3 "Good nicht to Marmion" — the pathetic and ».« 
prophetic exri.imalino of Henry Blount. E«quire, oo th% 
deulh of honest Marmtnn. 

4 Aa the Oilynsey is so closely connected with the storj 
of the IliQ.l, Ihcy may atmobt be rliiMi'd as one piraad hi^ 
toricnl poem. In alluding to Milton and Ta^fHi, we co^ 
sider the " Paradise L'wi," and "{jierusalcmme Libcrata,*' 
as their PtandBxxi efforts; siore neither Ihr "Jtrrutnalen 
ConqurT*-u " nf the Italian, nor the " Pa^adl^e Regained" 
of ttie Kngh^h bard obtjined a proportiunate celt^bnty to 

poema. Uuery : Which of Mr. Bouthty'a 



wii; 



5 "Thalabs," Mr. Sonthey's aecona purtn, Is written \m 
optrD defiaiicr of precedent and poetry. Mr. 8. wished to 
produce eomfthiitg novel, and 8)L''ceed<rd to a mireclo 
*■ Joau ufArc" waa marTelloas eiouyb. but "The'.abn'* 
waA one of those poems " whIcL** to the words of Pot* 
Nuo, "will l>e read when Uam«i and Vlryil a.e fortotle:^ 
hut — «*( tor Ik**" 



44 



ENGLISH BARDS AND SCOTCH REVIEWERS. 



Telia via strange tales^ as other travellers do, 
More old than Mandeville'a, and not so true. 
Oh, Soulhey I Southey I * cease thy varied song! 
A bard may chant too often and too long : 
As thou art strong in verse, in mercy, spare ! 
A fourth, alas ! were more than we could bear. 
But if, in spite of all the world can say, 
Ihou still will vt;r>eward plod thy weary way: 
If still in Berkeley ballads most uncivil, 
Thou will devote old women lo the devil, 9 
The babe unborn thy dread intent may rue: 
•* Goil help thee," S6uthey,3 and thy readers too. 

Next comes the dull disciple of thy school, 
That mild apostate from poetic rule, 
The simple Wordsworth, framer of a lay 
As soft as evening in his favourite May, 
Who warns his friend " to shake off toil and trouble, 
And quit his books, for fear of growing double j"* 
Who, both by precept and example, shows 
That prose is verse, and verse is merely p^se; 
Convincing all. by demonstration plain. 
Poetic souls delight ii prose insane ; 
And Christmas stories torlurfrj into rhyme 
Contain the essence of the true sublime. 
Thus when he tells the Ule of Bettj- Foy, 
The idiot mother of " an idiot boy ; " 
A mnon-struck. silly lad. who lost his way, 
And, like hi-i bard, confounded night with day ; 
So close on each pathetic part he dwells, 
Jlod each adventure so sublimely tells, 
7 nat all who view the " idiot in his glory" 
Conceive the bard the hero of the story. 

Shall gentle ColeriJo:e pass unnDticed here, 
To turgid ode and tumid stanza dear? 
Though themes of innrx-ence amuse him best, 
Tet still obscurity 's a welcome guest. 
If Inspiration should her aid refuse 
To him who takes a pixy for a muse,« 
Yet none in lofty numbers can surpass 
The bard who soars to elegise an ass. 
So well the subject suits his noble mind. 
He braya, the laureat of the loiig-ear'd kind. 

Oh! wonder-working Lewis! monk, or bard, 
Who fain wouldst make Parnassus a churchyard : 



1 We bef Mr. Soulhey'* pardon : " Madoc diwlains 
d^cracJlDit title of ffiic." Bee hi« prrfare. Why is 
decr»t]fd ( fiiKl by whnmi f>rtaii)ly tbe 1at« roniaunts of 
Mut^rt Cottl«, LnurcflC. Pye, Ogiivy, Hole, ond gfnile 
Mistrrw Cowlry, havr nnt exallc*] thr epic muse; btji, qb 
Mr. 8outbi-y*i poem "diaJaini the appeilatlna," allow ua 
loaak — hOM )iFaubHt(tut>ftl any thint; tHrtti-r in ita alrad 7 
or muni hr b« rontcnl to rival S\t Rirhard Blarkmore iii 
Ifae quaotity oi well ax lualily of hii verw 7 

9 8<>« *«The Old Woman of D«ttelfy." a ballad, by Mr. 
Boulhpy, whrrrin an nc^nl priitlcwomon ia carried away 
by Oerlzrbub, on a " hich-trottlng home." 

B Thff Iii«t linr. " (Jofl hrrp th«T." t* an evidrnt plnicio- 
liam from Ihr Anti-jn'-<ibin lo Mr. B'tulhcv. id hla i)ac- 
lylira, — [L-.rd Byr'-n hrre ailntl'-t to Mr. OifTnrd'a parody 
as Mr. Southt-y'n Darlyiica, which eurl>i ihui*: — 
* Ne'er talk of cara njiain ' look nt thy np'-liinR-book ; 

Dilwrirth and I)ycli<- are b«lh mad nt tiiy qnnntilira — 

Dactylin rall'Ht thou 'oinT — 'Uud help thee, ailly 

t Lyrical Dallada, p.«. — "TheTaMmTumrd, ' Stoou 1. 
*^Up, up, my rnrud. and clear yntir looka| 
Wtiy all lbt> loil and troiiblr 7 
Dp, itp, rry rnend. and quit your booka* 
Or aurely joo Ml crow double.'* 

• Mr. W. In hla pr«fa<e lab'>ura bard to prove, thai 
prom aod versa are muih Ihr aamr ; and rertniuly bla 
pimmpU and praclua ar* alrlrlly conrMrroablo : — 

•• AB') Ibua *o tU-ttf'* qu<-«ll»nt he 

Ma-le anawrr. like a iravoUrr Ik.I(L 
Tba ro. k rt * -nv». lo wh->o. |i>-wbon, 

AikI the «iin <<d ahlne •o<o»d."4rc. 4rr.,p. 139. 

• Coleridffe'f I'oaiua, p. II . H-nua / tha Plilea. t. e. 
DvvgMhira tairiva p. 49 «e tavi*, • (.iiira to | youu^ 



Lo 1 wreaths of yew, not laurel, bind thy brow 

Thy muse a sprite, Apollo's seiton thou ! 

Whether on ancient tombs tnou tak'st thy stunt 

By gibb'ring spectres hiil'd, iliy kindred band; 

Or tracest chaste descriptions on thy page, 

To please the females of our modest age ; 

All bail, M- P. 1 *» trom whose infernal bra m 

Thin sheeied phantoms glide, a grisly trait ; 

At whose command " grmi women " throng ic eniw£j. 

And kings of fire, of water, and of clouds, 

With " smal I grey men," " wild yagers," and wl» a!>^ 

To crown with honour thee and Walter Scott; 

Again all hail ! if tales hke thine may please, 

St. Luke alone can vanquish the disease : 

Even Satan's self with thee might dre.ad to dwaU, 

And in thy skull discern a deeper hell. 

Who in soft guise, surrounded by a choir 
Of virgins melting, not to Vesta's hre, 
With sparkling eyes, and cheek by passion flush'*?, 
Strikes his wild lyre, whil t lisleniug dames are huabV 
T is Little ! youn^- Camllus of his day, 
As sweet, but as immoral, in his lay ! 
Grieved to condemn, the muse must still be Just, 
Nor spare melo-Jinus advocUes of lust. 
Pure is the Ihmie which o'er her altar bumsj 
From grosser incense wiih disgust she tuma: 
Yet kind to youth, this expiation o'er, 
She bids thee " mend thy 1-ine, and sin no nkon.* 

For thee, tnnslator of the tinsel song. 
To whom such glittering ornaments belong, 
Hibernian Strangfonl ! with thine eyes of blue, 
And boasted lock< of red or auburn hue. 
Whose plaintive s'rain each love-sick miss admire^ 
And o'er harmonious fustian h,ilf expires, 
Learn, if Ihuu canst, to yield thine author's senae, 
Wor vend Ihy sonnets on a f'Use pretence. 
Tliiiik st tlr 'U to gain thy verse a higher place, 
By dressing CamoensS in a suit of lace? 
Mend, Strangford 1 mend thy niorals and thy taste; 
Be warm, but pure ; be nmorous, but be chas'.e. 
Cease In (iereive ; ihy pilfer'd harp restore, 
Nor teach the Lusiaa bard to copy Moore. 

Behold I — ye tarts ! one momen' spare the text — 
flayley's last work and worst — until his next : 
Wliellier he spin r>of)r couplets into plavs. 
Or damn the ittad with purgatorial praise, 
His style in youth »rage is .still the same, 
For ever feeble and fur evert.ime. 
Triumphant first see "Temper'? Tri«niph«**»biDO 
At least I 'm sure they triuniph'd over mine. 
Of *' Music's Triuniphs," all who read may tweftr 
That luckless inuaic never Iriumph'd there.** 

Moravians, rise ! bestow some meet reward 
On dull devotion— Lo ! the Sabbath lard. 
Sepulchral Grihame,'* iKiurs his notes sublima 
lu mangled prose, nor ten aspires to rhyme; 



1 "For every ono kiiow« liUIr Mntt'a nn M. P.**— SMft 
poem to Mr. Lewi*, lu 'The tStateamao,' auppoaed to b« 
written by Mr. Jekyll. 

e The reader, who may wlah for an cxplanntlon Qflttl^ 
may refer lo " Slrancford'a CBmoriia," p. 137. note to ^ 
&0., or to thn laxl pa4t<? of ttio Kdinburgh Uevlaw, C0 
S'rnnitrord'a ComoeLt. 

P If la Qiao to be remarked, (hot the Ihinf^ t^^ev to ika 
pubti.' o<t p'M'ma of Ciiinorna ore no more to b:i fouB4 la 
the orltrlnnl PorliiKurne, than In the Sonc of Holomoo. 

10 Ilnylry'a two ra'>at nntnriotia verae produrllona art 
"1 niiniph- of Tem|>er," and "The Triumph of Mualn." 
lie liiiM ulao wrlllcn much cnmrdy In rhyme, epiatlea, 4re» 
&c. An he U rather i>n eli-irant writer of noie* tnd Mo> 
RfHl^iy. l>-t ua rert.mmeiiO Tope'a advUe lo WycherlaT lo 
Mr. II. 'a inn'*idrratit>n, vlx. " lo rttnvert hi" porlry UlO 
pFiiae," wJiirh may bo raatly done bv tnktiii away tha 
nnnl •vMuMx fif «*>rh rouplil. — j Thr inly i-erfi-rmaow 



rb Ha 



nbried li hi» Life of l.ow 

Mr. 



per. III! l-r*. l>nl ht-l<<rl.a bet't. okrl hnl livK 
Uoulhey In ibe UitrMeriy UavirW, Vi.l. SRI., p. 'JU. | 

11 Mr. rtrahamt !.«« fMiunil forth twu vu'iuiea of r«Bt 
uridei the i>anie g. *• BabMito x> tikt." lilt • D.btloU )*lc 
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ENGLISH BARDS AND SCOTCH REVIE WERS. 



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Bnab into Walk the Gospel of St. Luke, 

A«d boldly pilfers from tlie Pentiteuch; 

And, UDdisturb'd bv conscieniious <iunlm«, 

Perverls Ihe Frophels, and nurloins Ihe Psilmi. 

Hiil, Symiiilli)' '■ thy sofl iJci brings 

A thousinu visions of a thousand IIuk^s, 

And shows, still whimpering through three score of 

years, 
The maudlin prince of mnnmftil sonneteers. 
And art thou not their prince, hinnonious Howie*. 
Thou fir^t, great oracle of tendei souls .■ 
W/.ether thou sing'sl with equal eise, and grief, 
The fall of empires, or a yellow Ic.if; 
Whether thy muse itfbst lanienL-iblv tells 
What meiTy sounds proceed frnni llxlord Delia," 
Or, still in bells delighlins, hndb a friend 
la every chiine that jinsled Irnui Osteud j 
Ah ! how much iuster were thy muse s hap, 
If to thy bells thou wouldst but add a cap . 
Delishtful Bowles ! still llessinR and slill ble»t. 
All love thy strain, but children like it best 
Tis thiae, wilh gentle Littles moral song, 
To soothe the mania of the amorous throng 1 
With thee our nursery damsels shed tlieir lean, 
Ere miss as yet completes her infant years : 
But in her teens thy whining powers are vain ; 
She quits poor Bowles for Little's purer si ram. 
Now to soft themes thou scornest in couhua 
The lofty numbers of a harp like thiue : 
"Awake a louder and a loflier Btrain,"» 
Such as none heard before, or will again I 
Where all Discoveries jumbled from the floal. 
Since first the leaky ark repn,ed in mud, 
By more or less, are sung in every book, 
from Captain Noih down to Caplain (.oot 
Nor this alone ; but, pausing on Ihe road, 
The bard sighs forth i gentle spisode ; » 
And gravely tells — altenJ. each beauteous mm! — 
When first Madeira trembled to a km. 
Bowles 1 in thy memory let this precept dwell, 
Stick to thy sonnets, man ! — at least they sell. 
But if some new-born whim, or larger bribe. 
Prompt thy crude brain, and claim thee lor a serine, 
If chance some bard, though once by dunces feard 
Now, prone in dust, tan only be revereJ ; 
If Pope, whose fame and genius, from the first, 
Have foii-d I'-e best of critics, needs Ihe worst, 
Do thou essay: e.arh fault, each failing scan; 
The first of poets was, al,.s : but man. 
Rake from each ancient dunghill ev'ry pearl. 
Consult Lord Fanny, and confide in Curll ; * 
Lei all the scand.als of a former age 
Perch on thy pen, and flutter o'er thy page^ 



Thri.ng'il 
Nol r.ii>cd lli\ ho..( , 
A meet rewatd h.ul . 
And link'd Ihcc lo II: 



Mhed .obsequently "Tho Bird, of S'^""'"''''' "°''„°"',t' 
pi.ce.; but hi. ...luil.lion rest, or, h,. •• babbalb. H = 
Mcan Ufo M •■■ advocate at the Ed.uburgh bar: liut he 
ETmtl, .uccc. Iherr. and being ot .melancholy .Dd 
H™ ,i,.n,t Ifmucrsmcnt, eotcred into buly orjcra, aud 
„l7rri to . curTc'y "" DTf^i". «^"' "« "'"^ '° '"'' 

I 8ee Dowlt.'. "Sonnet, to Oltord," «nd " Slaniai on 
h.aring Ihe Bell, of O.leud." 

a "Awake a louder." a<c.. 1. the fir.t line In Bowie.'. 
"Spirit of DiKOT.ry." a very .pirited and pretty dw.rf- . 
•pie. Among other ciqanite line. w« h«»« the follow- j 

'='«^- "Aki« 

•tole OB III. li.fning .ilencc, noer yet ] 

Here heard 1 they trembled even u :! the power, Se. 
That K the wo(.d. of Madeira trembled to a ki.. ; very 
aurh utoni.hed. •> well they m.ght be, at .neb a pheiio- 
aroQD. - 1" tt'-NuoteJ aud ml«under.tood by me; but 
■ot lotenlio.alf/. It wo. not the " woniin." but Ihe peo- 
•le In ihein who trembled— why. He.veu only know.— 
onle.. they were overheard making the ppxligiouomack. 
— B. IbW.) 

i The epliwde .bo»« tlluded to I. the .tory of Robert « 
MmUd" Olid " Anna d'Arfet," a pair of cou.lant oyer., 
who performed th. k .. above mentioned, that .Urtled the 
wood, af Moileiro. 

4 Carll U one of tht heroe. of the Dunolad, "nd wm a 
«nkMU«l. iJord Fanny It the poetical naine of Lord Hal- 
Mf I wUuc at " UaM (c th> Imiutot of Hohu»' 



AfTecl a cindoi-T whicli'thou canst not lial, 
Clolh« envy in the garb ot honest zeal ; _ 
Wxite, as if SI . John's soul could still mspirt. 
And do from l.aie « hat M.allcl » did for hire. 
Ohl hadsl thou lived lu tlul cnnsenial time, 

ilh lliiiiiis, and wiin Kilph to rbyBl»i» 
viih Ihe le-i ariMiiid his living head, 
:,,„,ltl,clionde.id;i 
.wu'dihy glorious piM, 
Dunci.id tor thy paina. 
Another epic! Who inllicts agaiu 
More books of blank tpon Ihe sous of men? 
BtEOtiau Coltle, rich Rrislowa's boast, 
Import: old sluries from Ihe Cambrian craist, 
And sends his goods to market —all alive I 
Lines forty tlious,ind, cantos twenty-five I 
Fresh fish from Helicon I » who'll buy? who'll biq 
The precious bargain's cheap — in faith, not L 
Your turtle-feeder's verse mu^t needs be fiat, 
Though Bristol bloat him wirli Ihe verdant fat; 
If Conimerce lillii the purse, ihe clogs the brain. 
And Amos Cotlle strikes the lyre in vain. 
!n him an author's luckless lot behold, 
Condemu'd to make the bonks which once he lold. 
Oh, Amos Cottle I — Phoibus 1 whal a name 
To fill the speaking-trump of future fame ! — 
Oh. Amos Cotlle I for a moment think 
What meagre profits spring from pen and ink 
When Ihus devoted lo poetic dreams. 
Who will peruse thy prosliluted reamt? 
Oh pen perverted ! jiaper misapplied ! 
Had Cottle s slill adoro'd the counter's aide, 
Bent oe'r the desk, or, boro to useful toils, 
Been taught to make Ihe paper ivhich he soili, 
Plough'd, delved, or plied Ihe oar with lusty lim. 
He had not sung of Wales, nor 1 of him. 
As Sisyphus against the infem.al steep 
Rolls the huge rock whose motions ne'er may nleeft 
So up thy hill, ambrosi.il Richmond, heaves 
Dull Maurice 10 all his granite weight of leavM 
Smooth, solid monumeuis of mental pain! 
The pelrilactions of a plodding brain. 
That, ere they reach the top, fall lumbering back l(pl« 

With broken lyre and cheek serenely pale, 
Lo ! sad Alcaeus wanders down the vale ; 

t Lord Bnlingbroke hired Mallei to traduce Pope allel 
bi. decease, because the p.iet had retained »ome c)pi« ot 
a work by Lord Bolingbroke — the " Patriot King." — 
which that .plendid. but ra dignant, gcniu. h«d orderej to 
be de.lroyed. -t"Boliiigbroke'« thirst of vengeance, 
.ny. Pr. Johnson, " Incited him to blast the memory of 
the man over whom he had wept in hi. la.t .truggle. ; 
and he employed Mallet, anothei friend of P-pe. to teU tha 
Ule to the public, with all It" aggravalion..") 
6 Denni. the critic, and Ralph the rhyme.ter.— 
" Silence, ya wolves ! while Ralph to Cynthia SowU, 
Making night hideous: answer I 



Dvncimi. 

1 See Bowie.', late edition of Pope", work^ for whlc» 
he received three uundrcd pound.. Tho. Mr. B. eipert- 
enced bow much easier it in to profit by the repuution a 
another, than to elevate his own. 

8 "Fre.h O.h from Helicon!" — "Helicon" la > moti»- 
Uin. and not a fish-pond. It .hould have been "Hippo 
crcne."— B. 1S16. 

g Mr. Cottle. Amo,, Jo.eph, I don't k»o« which, bnj 
one r.r both, once ncller. ol bonk, they did iiol write, .ind 
now writer, of b-mkr, they do nol sell, have piibli.hed • 
pair o.' epic. •■ A Ifted," - (poor Allied ' Pye ho- been H 
him loo!)-" Alfred," and the •■ Fall ot Cambria." 
i 10 Mr. Maurice hath manufactured the componeat part, 
of a pon,lv.-"U. quarto, upon the beoulie. ot ••Richmond 
Hill " mid the like ; — it also take, in a cnarml'ig view of 
Tilrnham ureen. Hammomilb, Sr.alford. Old .nj New. 
anu the pari" ailjo'ent. —(The Rev. Thorn.. M.u-c« •\ta 
wrote ••\VHBimin.ter Abbey," ooJ other poem., the" Hi.- 
torv ot Ancient and M.«)ern Hind.stan," fte.. and hi. own 
I " Memoir.; comprehending Anecdote, of Literary Ch8r»* 
I 'era. dunuB » period ot thiity year.;"- a very amu.lai 
I piece of autobiography. He died in ISM, at hi. apartmen«t 
in the Rriii.h MuMom; where be had bMB i«- war 
I js»rf woiainnt teepel 01 USS.J 



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ENGLISH BARDS AND SCOTCH REVIEWERS. 



Tboofrh fiir they rose^ and might have bloom'd at last, 
HiB b^pes have perished by the northern blast; 
Nipp'd ID the bud by Caledooian gaJea, 
His b'ossoics wither as the blast prevails I 
O'er I'is lost works let classic Sheffield weep; 
Way no rude hand disturb their early sleep I > 

Ye* say ! why should the bard at once resign 
His cUini to favour from the sacred nine ? 
For ever startled by the minded howl 
Of DPTihtrn wolves, that still in darkness prowl 
A coward brood, which inaiigle as thev prey, 
By helliih instinct, all that cross flieir way ; 
Agtd or youuff, the living and the dead, 
No mercy tind — these harpies must be fed 
Why do the injured unresisting yield 
Thi cahu possession of their native field ? 
Why tamely thus before thei * fangs re'reat, 
Nor hucl the LI«od-houuds back to Arthur's Seatf 3 

Hralth to in-.mortal Jeffrey I once, in name, 
England could boisf a judge almost the same; 
lu sfiul so like, so mercifui, yet jufrf, 
Sfljtie thniK Ibal Saian has resijti'd his htist, 
Ar.d ^ ieu lije s[iirit to the wcrld 2^in, 
7o seiittiice letters, as he sentenced men. 
With hsud less mighty, tut with heart as black, 
With voice as willing to decree the r^ck ; 
Bred m 'he courts betimes, Ihnugb all that law 
As yet tuth laiiiht hmi is to find a flaw; 
Since well insirucfed ni ihe patriot school 
To rail at pariy, thnn^h a party tool, 
Wlio knows, if chance his patrons should restore 
Back to the sway they forfeited before, 
tlis scribbling tr»ils some recompense mav meet. 
And raise Ijiii Daniel to Ihe judgmem-seat ? 
I^t Jetl rcy'b shade indulge the pious hope, 
And creeting thus, present him with a rope: 
** Hei^r to my virtues I man of equal mind ! 
Skill'd to co'ndeii-n as to traduce mankind, 
Tkis curd receive, fnr thee reserved with care, 
To wield in judgment, and at length to \vear." 

Health lo great Jeffrey! Heaven preserve his IifOf 
To flourish on Ihe fertile shores of Fife, 
And guard it sacred in its future wars, 
Since authors sonietin.es seek the field of Man I 
Can none remeniber tliat eventful day, 
That ever glorious, almost fatal fray, 
When Liille's le.idless pistol met his eye, 
And Bow Street myrmidonB stood laughing by?* 
Oh, day disastrous I on her firm-set lock, 
Dunediii'a castle felt a secret shock ; 
Dark roll'd the sympathelic waves of Forth, 
Lnw (froan'd the dtarrlwl whirlwinds of Uie north, 
Tweed ruflled half his waves to form a t<ar, 
The other half pursued its cilm career; * 
Arthur's sleep snmniil nodded to Its base, 
The aurly Tolboolh scarcely kept her place. 



I Poor Montponifrr, thoogh pmt»ed by evfry KngJlBh 
Rfvlrw, h.i« Lt-rn bitterly rcvik-d by the hxltiiburKh. 
Aflvr alU t)ie hnni of Khrlflfld in o oiao uf rouMdrralile 
lemua. Ilta •• Womlrrrr of Swilzerloucl ■• is wurtti h 
IhtjiiMod "Lyrkcsl Uulliuls," and at Icsjil fihy "dri;railrd 

i Arthur's flrit; ifir bill which overhanrs EdiobnrKli. 
S Is 1NI4. Mr>»Ti. Jtarry and Moors rort at Chslk- 



the 



<lup| ' 



pre 



■ or 



Ibfl moKiKlrary . aiK], on rinmlnatirto, lh<* bolU »f the pirn 
tnls wvr* roaitd tu hiTe evnporAlc'f. This lurntfiit ^l^fm 
urcasioa lo nurb wnKicery lu Ihr dolly phnU. [Thr prr- 
earitnc a.iU waa tlrurk out of thr attU edilinn, smi ihc 
•Djvlay. after t>rinx •uhmtlled lo Mr. Moore, •ulwlituted 
U IJI flare. — "I am luformr-it thai Mr. Moors pnltiKhrd 
at fb« (irar a dttaTowul i.t the itiilrments tii Iho new«ia- 
p*n, aa far na reiciifded hini^-ir: ami. in ju«l1r« to bun. 1 
aebllo* tbifl rJrruinaUnre A* I lirvcr henrd of it before. I 
leaiioiri atala Ine fMirii<-o Hra.am] wm ojily uiM>lr ai<iuaiul> 
•d with lh« foi^t Tery loUlf. — .l.ti-ijiber «, I«n."j 

< The Tweed her* bebiiTed with proper decorum ) III 
SPomld h«T» been hichly reprehraatblr lo tlie Kniillah half | 
ctlhm ritaf tit kjTs ativsva th* aai»'«st ajiMplouofapplv i 

I 



The Tolbootfc felt — for marble sometunei t^ % 

On such occasions, feel as much as man — 

The Tolboolh felt defrauded of his chamu. 

If JeCfrey died, except within her armi: * 

Nay last, not least, on that portentous morn. 

The sixteenth story, where himself was bora. 

His patrimonial garret, fell lo ground, 

And pale Edina shudder'd at the sound • 

Sirew'd were the streetsaround with milk'WhitsnaaM 

Flow'd all the Canongate with inky stieami; 

Thi* of his candour seem'd the sable dew, 

Tha* of his valour show'd the bloodless hcf ; 

And all with justice dt^em'd the two combined 

The mingled emblents of his mighty mind. 

But Caledonia's goddess hover'd o'er 

The field, and saved him from Ine wrath of Moore; 

From either pistol snalch'd the vengeful lead, 

And straight restored it lo her favourite's hcM ; 

That head, with greater than magnetic pow*r. 

Caught it, as Danae caught the golden snowY, 

And, though the thickening dross will scarce refina, 

Augments its ore, and is itself a mine. 

" My son," she cried, " ne'er thirst for gore aguD, 

Resign the p-stol and resume ftie pen; 

O'er politics and poesy preside, 

Boast of thy couutry, and Britacnia's ^ido 

For Jong .15 Albion's heedless sons submit. 

Or Scottish taste decides on English wit, 

So long shall last thine unmolested reign, 

Nor any dare to take thy name in vain. 

Behold, a chosen band shall aid thv plan, 

And own thee chieftain of the crit'ic clan. 

First in the i>at-fed phalanx shall be se«n 

The iravdl'd thane, Athenian Aberdeen.* 

Herb'-.rt shall wield Thor's hammer,' and someUmai 

In gratitude, thou 'It jiraise his nigged rhymes. 

Smug Sydney « ton lliy bitter page shall seek, 

And classic Hallam,9'jiiuch reuown'd for Greek; 



This displaf of nympathy no the part of the Tolbootfc 
(the pribcipal prlnon iu Kdjuhurgh), whii-h truly wcma Q 
have beru mo«t ottccltd on this oi-i-Bttioo, is much to b« 
rommeiidfd. It was to be opprchi-nded. that Ihe many 
uiihojipy criminalu execulfil in Iht- front mi^tht have ren- 
dered (he ediAre more callous. She la auid to be of IhC 
aoflei aex, bei-a'jae her dehcai y of feeling oo Ihia day wid 
troly feminiue, though, like moat fcmiuiue impulM»,per* 
bapa a hitle MrliiHb. 

Ilta lonlahtp has beeo mxtch abroad. It a meinber of 
theAlbrnian M<H-iely. and reviewer of " (irll'a TopM^raphy 
of Troy." — ((JrofKe Unmilton Oordon. fmirth K^ri of 
Aberdrrii, K.T., F.It.S., and P.K.A. Ill im, hi» lordship 
published an •' Inquiry into Ibe pnnciplea of Beauty ll 
Urecian Arrhlterturc."— E.) 

7 M r. tirrbert ia a tmnaiator of Icelandic and ether po*> 
try. One of the principal pieces ts a " Kuug oo the Reeo 
very of Thor'n Manniier:" Die traimluhno la a pleaaOBl 
cbaut lu the Tulftiir louirur, and endrlh thua : 
••Insleiw'. of money aiul rlitija, I wot, 
The hiLi-cr'n bruUea were her lot. 
Thua Odin .son his hammer got.'* 
fThe Hon. William Ilerbirt. brother in thv Karl of Car- 
uuTviMi. He aiMn Pubhahed. lu lejl, "HrlKs," a poem la 



lie aiMo pubhahi 
0..-K.I 



8 The UeT. Sydney Smith, tba repute<I luthrr of Pat«f 

Plyinlry'a I.^ltera. and aiimlry criUclmni — [^ow(lfc^a) 

oue uf Ihe Cauoiia Keaidenttury of tJt. Pauiy tie. &i. 

>' UrnoD'a Addreaa to hia f^'uitituenla on tSe Reform Dill." 

and many olhrrpierea pubbahnl anouymo-.inly, or paeudo 

Lom<nialy, ore generally narrlbed to thia eminently wilty 

peraon, w'to haa put flirth notliini, It ia behrved. ta hta 

wu nam* except ■ volume of bciinoua. — K.| 

B Mr. Ilallum reviewed Payne Knlyhfa **Taate.** ao4 

aa eireedincly arrere on a»n)r Orerk veraea therein. 11 

■a iinl diarovered that the Imea were I'indar'a till tba 

eaa renderH It impoaolble to raiieel the rrHii|ue, whlc> 

attll alniida nn everliMlliie mnniinteut of Hallani'a mieou* 

Ity.- Aula aJJtd to ttconJ arfiliitti. The auid llallam l« 

Ili'eijBrd iMTtiiine he la fulaely aci'Uaed, aeekii|[ that lie neVM 

diK.lh hi irollnml llnuae. If Ibia be Iru.-. I am aorry - 

not f.ir bt.itr>^ «a>* ao. but on bm arrnunt, na I uiuteralaiM 

he dill nut irview Lord llclland'a prrrnimaiiie, I am fM 
ba«auaa It otom mmrm mui faioful to awatt uwl Irkauw t* 



ENGLISH BARDS AND SCOTCFI REVIEWERS. 



47 



BeotI may perchance his name and influence lend, 
And paltry Hillam ' shall Iraduce his friend ; 
While CTV Thilia"» luckless volary, Lanibe,» 
Dimn'dlike Uie devil, devil-like will dainn. 
Known be ihy naine, unbounded be thy sway ! 
Thy Holland's banquets shall each toil repay : 
While srateful Ilritain yields the praise she owea 
To HoUaud's hireling and to learning's foes. 
Yet mark one caution ere thy neit Review 
Spread iu light win's of satlron and of blue, 
Beware lest blundering Brougham ' da.roy the lale, 
Turn beef to bannocks, cauliHowers to kaiL" 
Thus, having said, the killed goddess kist 
Her aon, and vanish'd in a Scottish misL* 

Then prosper, Jeffrey ! pertest of the train 
Whom Scotland pampers with her fiery grain I 
Whatever blessing wait a genuine Scot, 
10 double portion swells thy glorious lot; 
r«r thee Edina culls her evening sweets, 
And showera their odours on thy candid sheets, 
Whose hue and fragrance to thy work adhere — 
This scents its pages, and that gilds its rear.' 
Lo ! blushing Itch, coy nymph, euamour'd grown. 
Forsakes the rest, and cleaves to thee Uone ; 
And, too unjust to other Pi.cli5h men. 
Enjoys thy penon, and inspires thy pen ! 

Illustrious Holland ! hard would be hii lot, 
His hirelings menlion'd, and himself forgot I 
Holland, with Henrv Petty 6 at his back, 
The wbipper-iu and huntsman of the pack. 
Blest be the banquets spread at Holland House, 
Where Scotchmen feed, and critics may carouse I 
Long, long beneath that hospitable roof^ 
Shall Grub-street dine, while duns are kept aloof. 
See honest Hallam lay aside his fork, 
Resume his pen, review his Lordship's wort, 



priUe It. 


If Mr 


Hallam 


will tell 


the real 


Dame 


hall find 


a place 


nr'rrllicl 


nt, the 


aaid nair 


c b« of 


ijllable^ 


and wil 


come in 


o the ve 



e who did rPTiew It, 
the text; provided, 
o orthodox mosiral 
e: till thea. HaUam 
mait ktaad for waot of a bette 

1 PIIUm !■ B totor at Eton. — [Mr. Pillant became afler- 
wiirxla Rector of the Hieh School of E.linbure;h, and has 
DOW been for lome years ProfeBsor of Humanity at that 
DnWeraity. There wa« not, it ib believed, the ■lightest 
IbaDttatioo for the charge in the teiL — E.] 

* The Hon. George Lamhe reviewed " Bereaford'i Mite- 
|!«^" tod In, moreover, author of a farre enacted with 
norh applause at the Priory. Stnnmore; and damned with 
freal expeditioo at the Inle theatre, Covent (iardea. It 
WM cDtitled, "Whidlle for It." 

9 Mt. Broogham. In No. XXV. of the Edinbor^h Re- 
Tlew, throughout the article concerning Doc Pedro de 
Ccvalh», haa dmplayed more poJitiCB than policy: many 
of the worthy barpe*.e» of Edir.hurgh teing so ine^njed 
■I the InfemoQH principles it evinces, a* to hare with- 
drawn their ■ubBcnplion.i. — [Here followed, in the Orst 
•(Ution, — " The name of this pemona&e ia pronounced 
■room tn the Boalh, but the truly northern and mti$ieal 
proonDciatloo ta Broueh-am, in two dyllablea;" hot for 
tbia, Ltrd B. aubttitnred in the tecond edition: — "It 
pwma that Mr. BrouRham i« not a Pict, a« I supposed, but 
■ Borderer, and his cnme is pronounced Brooci, from 
TwBt toTtj:— •ob« it."— E-i 

4 I ought to apoloftse to the worthy deltlea for Intro- 
tfvice a o«w godde«fl with ehort pi-lticoats to thei 
tat, a}aa '. what was to be done 1 
doa.lt'8 e«aiaa. It being well known th 
feBioa to be found from ClacknionHn to CaithLaaa; yet, 
witboQt iupernatoral sRi-ncy, how was Jeffrsy to be 
Mved T The national " kelpiea " ore loo unpoeticU, and 
the "brownlea" and " gude neighbours " (spihU of a 
good disposition) refused to extricate him. A godd-^s, 
tbarefora, has been called for the purpose; and great ought 
to b« tha rralltude of Jeffrey, seeing it \h the only com- 
Btt»ic«tioa ha aver held, or la likely to hold, with atiy 
thiat Mavaoly. 

• •«• th« oolovr of tha back bindlnf of the Edinbtirgb 
■«rl«w. 

• LeH H«i7 Pelty;— DOW (1837^ Uuqtew cf 'jum' 



And, grateful for the dainties on his plate. 
Declare hu larxlWirJ can at least irari&late t ■ 
[lunedin 1 view thy children with delight, 
They write for food —an A-ed because they write 
And lest, when healed w /» the unusual erap«, 
Some glowing thoughts should lo the press escajM^ 
And tinge with red the female reader's cheeky 
My lady skims the cream of each cnlique; 
Breathes o'er the pa^e her p \rity of sou!, 
Reforms each error, and refines the »% bole.^ 

Now to the Drama turn — Oh ! motley sight 
Whal precious scenes the wondering eyes iavite \ 
Puns, and a prince within a barrel penl,9 
And Dibdin's nonsense yield complete content 
Though DOW, thank Heaven ! the Roscioniania*! 0% 
And full-grown actors are endured once more; 
Vet what avail their vam attemjits to please, 
While British critics sufler scenes Uke these ; 
While Reynolds vents his " daxnoies ! " " poota I *• Ui 

" zounds I " »o 
And common- place and common sense confotmda? 
WhileKeDney'8*'World" — ah! where ii Kenneyi** 

wit? — 
Tires the sad eallery, lulls the listless pit; 
And Beaumont's pllfer'd Caratach affords 
A tragedy ccmple'le in all but words? *^ 
Who but must mourn, while these are all the JVgS 
The degradation of our vaunted stage ! 
Heavens! is all sense of shame and talent gone? 
Have we no living bard of merit ? — none ! 
Awake, George Colman ! CtiDiberland,iiavikel 
Ring the alarum bell ! let folly quake I 
Oh, Sheridli ! if aught can move thy pen, 
Let Comedy assume her throne again ; 
Abjure the mummery of the German schools; 
Leave new Pizarros to translating fools; 
Give, as thy last memorial to the age, 
fine classic drama, and reform the a'age. 
Gods ! o'er those boards shall Folly rear her head, 
Where Garrick trod, and Siddons lives to tread? 
On thrse shall Farce display Boffofin'rj-'s mask. 
And Hook conceal his heroes in a cask ? 
Shall sapient managers new scenes produce 
From Cherry, bkeffington, and Molher Goose? 



7 Lord Holland has translated some specimens of Lop* 
de Vega, inserled in hi« hfe of the author. Both are bo* 
praised by his dxtxnteralti guests. — (We are not awaro 
that I.ord Holland has subsequently publisht^l any verwo, 
except an onive^rsally admired vefHinn of the 2(ith canto 



ven by way of appe» 
s volomes. — E.| 
e Certain It is, her ladyship Is sn^perted of navinj difr 
played h<-T matchless wit in the E-linburgh Review. How- 
ever tha't may be, we know, from g<w«j authority, that tb* 
manuscripts are submitted to her peraHDl— no doubtt lof 
'•orreclion. 

9 In the melo-drams of Tekell, that heroic prinea ti 
clapt into a barrel on the atage; a new aaylum fordistr««» 
ed heroea. 

10 All these are fcTonrite expressions of Mr. ReynoVli^ 
and prominent in hisccmedies, living and defunct. — [Tha 
reBvler is referred to Mr. Keynolds'a Aotobiography, pnb- 
lished in 1626. for a full account of hia Tolominoua wrl- 
tiuja for the stage. — E-] 

11 Mr. Kenney haa aince wrltteo many •tKcetafa) 
drama". — E. 

_ , I 13 Mr. T. Sheridan, the new manager of Dmry Lana 
luhj not^ say Caie- 1 tji^mre. stripped the tragedy of Bondura of the dialogne, 
and exhibited the scenes as the spectacle of Carartacoa. 
Was this worthy of his sire I or of himself I — (Thomoa 
Sheridan, who united much of the convivial wil of hla 
parent to many Rmiahle quaUlies. received, after the t«r- 
mination of his Ihratriral management, Ihe appototmeDt 
of colonial paymaster at the Cape of Good Hope, where ha 
died in Septemt>er, 1&17 leaving a widow, who«« novsl qf 
"Carwfll" has obtained much approbalicn, and isvermJ 
childfpn; among others, the accomplished aniboreaa of 
"Rosalie" and other poema. now lb« lloooarmbt* ICn. 
Norton.— E-l 

19 Richard Cnmberland, the well-known anthor of 1b« 
"Weal Ladian." the "Observer," and one of Ibo Bwrf 
ananof of •Dtoblosnshies, died Id 1811. — & 



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ENGLISH BARDS AND SCOTCH REVIEWERS 



While Sbakspeare, Otway, Masain^er, forgot, 
On tulls must moulder, or in closeis rot ? 
U> ' with what pomp the daily prints proclaim 
The rival candidates for Attic fame ! 
Iq Knin array thouth J^wis' spectres rise, 
Still Skcffin^ton aud ijnose divide the prize.l 
Aiid sire greal Skefliiigton must claim our praise, 
For skinless rmts and skeletons of plays 
IUnown"d alike ; whose eenius ne'er confines 
Her flight to ^rnish Greenwood's jay designs ; 5 
Nor sleeps nritli "Sleeping Beauties,'" but anon 
II five fao. lions acts comes thundering on,3 
Vrhile poor John Bull, beivilder'd with the scene. 
Stares, wondering what the devil it can mean ; 
J^ut as some hands applaud, a venal few ! 
fci-her than sleep, n by John applauds it too. 

Such are we now. Ah ! wherefore should we tur 
Vs what our fathers v^-ere^ unless to mourn ? 
Degenerate Britons ! are ve dead to shame, 
r , kind to duluess, do you fear to blame? 
Veil may the nobles of our present race 
V7alch each distortion of a Naldi's face j 
Well may tliey smile on Itily's buffoons, 
4jd worship Catalani's pantaloons,* 
Jince their omi drama yieUi no fairer trace 
fc. wit than puns, of humour than grimace.* 

Tnen let Ausonia, skitl'd in every ari 
ko soften manners, but corrupt the 'heart. 
Pour her eiolic follies o'er the town, 
lo sanction Vice, and hunt Decorum down : 
I*t wedded strumpets languish o'er Deshayes, 
ind bless the promise which his torm displays ; 
While Gayton bounds before Ih' enraptured looka 
"I hoarj- marnuises, and stripling dukes : 
1-et high-born lechere eve the livelv Presle 
rwirl her light lirabs, that spurn the needless veil : 
l*t Angiolini bare her breast of snow, 
Wave the white arm, and point the pliant toe; 
Collini trill her love-inspinng song, 
Jjraitl her fair neck, anci charm the listening throng I 
Whet not your scvthe, suppressors of our vice I 
Ksfomiiug saints ! too delicately nice! 
By whose decrees, our sinful souN to save, 
No Sunday tankards foam, no barbers shave ; 
4nd beer undrawn, ami beards unmnwn, display 
fwiT holy revei«nce for the .Sabbath-day. 
Oi ha:l at once tre patron and Ihe pile 
3f Vice and folly, Greville and Argyle ! • 



1 nibdln'i pontomlme of Molhfr Oncf, had a run of 
iwlr • huodrnl iiitti.«, oii-J brnuelil more than twenty 
•facnnnd {munUa to Ihe trrasury of Covent Darxlea Ihea- 

Mr. Ore^Dwood la, wr betlrve, •cpD«^-painter lo Drory 
t«no I .eaire— a< ancb, Mr. Skefflugloa la much ImleblMl 
lo bim 

S Hi 'low Sir I.omky] SkemortoD la Ihe llluitnona 
wtLir jt Ih* "Hfrptiinii Ui-n'jtf, aii-l •ome ciirnnlica, 
mn jularly " Mai.la ana Burbclora:" Baccalaurll baculo 
c^ta quani lauro dienl. 

4 NaMl and Ca.'alaoi rfnulre little nottcei for the vie- 
eca of Ibe one. and the aalarjr of Ibe other, will enuble dp 
iODf lo re<-ollecI tbaae a 4 a'tif vaMatmoda. B*-alJra. we 
are atiJI tilack and blue troni Ihe •lueeieoa Ihe Ural olEhl 
01 Itle laur'a appearance lo trouaera. 

B Thi tollowint IweolT ll"<« ""a alrnek olT one olrhl 
tn«r lyrrs Byron-e relum frum Ihe Opera, and aeni Ihe 
oeil na-i.-mnt lo Ihe primer, wiih a re<|ueel lo baaa Ibam 
placed where Ihejr oow apr^ar. — E. 

a TorieTeol anr blunder, anrh aamlalakloo alrerl for 
a man, I be^ i - - 



I V/here yon proud palace. Fashion's hillowM fc«« 
Spreads wide her portals for the motley train, 
Behold Ihe new Peironius ■■ of Ihe day. 
Our arbiter of pleasure and of play ! 
There the hired eunuch, the Hesperian choir, 
The melting lute, the soft lascivious .jTe, 
The song from Italy, the step from F^aice, 
The midnight orgy, and the m.a7y dance. 
The smile of beauiy, and the flush of wine. 
For fops, fools, gamesters, knaves, and lords combiM 
Each to his rtumour — Comus ail allows ; 
Champaign, dice, music, or vour neighbour's spaa* 
Talk not lo us, ye sUarving sons (< trade ! 
Of piteous ruin, which ourselves have made; 
In Plenty's sunshine Fortune's minions bask. 
Nor think of poverty, except "en masque,"* 
When for the night some lately titled ass 
Appears ihe beggar which his granosire was, 
The curtain dropp'd, the gar burietla o'er. 
The aud-.cnce take their turn u|ion Ihe floor; 
-'- round the room the -irchng dow'gera sweep, 
in loose walti the thin-clad daughters leap ; 
The first in lengthen'd line majestic swim. 
The last display the free unfetler'd limb 1 
Those for Hibernia's lustv sons repair 
With art the charms which nature could not ipft.s 
These after husbands wing their eager flight. 
Nor leave much mystery for the nuptial night 

Oh ! blest retreats of infamy and ease. 
Where, all forgotten but the power to please. 
Each maid may give a loose lo genial thought. 
Each swain may le;\ch new 6\-stcms, or be laurht : 
There Ihe blithe joungsfer, just retum'd .'rom"Sp»i% 
Cuts the light pack, or calls Ihe rattling main; 
The jovial caster 's set, and seven 's the nick, 
Or — done! — a thousand on the coming trick 1 
If, mad with loss, existence 'gins to tire. 
And all your hope or wish is to expire. 
Here 's Powell's pistol ready for your life. 
And, kinder stil'., two Pageis for vour wile; 
Fit consummation of an earthly race 
Begun in folly, ended in disgmce; 
While none but menials o'er the bed of death, 
vvash thy red wounds, or watch thy wavering breetli 
Traduced by liars, and forgot by all. 
The mangled victim of a drunken brawl. 
To live like Clodius, and like Falkland fall.i 

Truth ! rouse aome genuine bard, and guide his kaiJ 
To drive thu pestilence from out Ihe land. 
E en I— least thinking of a thoughtless throng, 
Justskill'd to know the right and choose Uie wion;, 

bar of an In.tilunon whleb materially nUeela Ihe moiab 
Of the higher orders, while the lower may not even move 

Vir and flddl*. wuhout a chance of la. 

■ beharloui. — [Cuineivini; the lore- 



dtc 
joins 



, loieihe 



llectlon _, _. , 

loslilulinn. Col'inel Ore 
I.ord Byron. The ronti 

Oreailla and In Mr. Mor 

whom 11 waa amicably i 

1 Peir 



Ihe le 



ey 



e-y pre 



fello 



hia 






« miinaser of Ihe Arpyle 
landed an eiplnnalini. ol 
fferred to Mr. Urliie(ihe 
ir»)un Ihe pari ofColona] 
e part of Lord Byroo ; bv 
-E.) 

arum" to Nero, " aW 
mm Mr. CoDsreT*'* -OH 



rtt that unmr, nhlrti la hrrr ■lliKin] la. A 
ivatuman, with whom I tm ■lir>itly ■i-(]ii«iiitrfi, |..at m 
th% Ars7l» Rooma. wT«-niI ihnuaoiKj [■ouinU at b;..kirom- 



tnflt 




Barhrlur *' «»itb of tli 

I knrw the late LnrO Fnlklaod well. Od Soadn 
night I UhfW him preaidmit nt iiio nwo tables to all lb« 
boiieai pri*l^ ..f hn-pumity ; on \Vnlnc»dnv morninf at 
three oVlitrk. I taw ■irrl.ht^ bcr.>re m*^ sh' that reniamfld 
O' ciJurnFr, fcelina, and a hndt o( ra«eioo«. He waa a fat- 
liint aiij au<-c-o«if..I offK-rr : hi« faulla w^re the fHuHa <J a 
aailt.r — a« .iirli. Urtt'nn will forjue lh.-m. He dird l.ka 
■ hraTe mmi in a twllrr roiiw; r..r had he rallro id hka 
dt>rk of the fri^alv to whii h he waa >u«l 
net la would hnve hrra held ap by 
eininplfl to ■uf^-erdiiif b^ro«a. * 
lied lo a dtiel hf Mr. Pmw«ii, la 
)l by wrda only ihal Uird Dyroa fsva 



b »• ««n I ajTMlf c«a Uauty. •■ • l«i« ««wof«li/ 



hia own itimotiAle* prea^ed 
triv«d b) adm'niatflr 

9i9 rntMi. ^ B.) 



iir orruioa. Tko«ck 

■e-iiu UM <Mtu at the tiniaf h* a«a* 
lUaf lo lU wUow ud aUMNB ii 



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49 



Fntd Hi thit ije when reason's shield is lost, 
To 6?ht my COUP* Ihrouf h passion's countless holt, 
Whom every palii o( pleasure's llow'ry way 
Has luretl in' turn, anJ all have led astray — 
E'eo I o.ust raise my voice, e'en I must feel 
««ich scf ftes, such men, destroy the public weal ! 
Although some kinj, censorioijs friend will say, 
» What art Ihou better, meddlni; fool, than they ? » 
And every brother nke will snule to see 
That miiacle, a moralist in me. 
No matter — when some bird in virtut Itrong, 
Giflford perchance, shall rajse the chasleuing song, 
Then sleep my pen for ever ! and my voice 
Bt only heard to hail him, and rej-jice ; 
Brjolce, and yield mv feeble praise, thou;h I 
Vjj (eel the lash that Virtue must apply. 

As for the smaller fry, who swarm in shoali 
From silly Hafiz up to simple Bowles,' 
Why should we call them from their dark abode, 
In broad St. Giles's or in Tottenham-road ? 
Or (since some men of fashion nobly dare 
To scrawl in verse) from Bond-street or the Square? 
If things of ton their harmless lays indite. 
Most wisely dooro'd to shun the public si^ht. 
What harm ? in spite of every cri:ic elf, 
Sir T. mav read bis s!an?as to hiiufelf ; 
Miles And'rewi ■> slill his strength m couplets try. 
And live in prolo^es, though his dramas die. 
Lords too are bards, such things at limes befall. 
And t is some praise in peers to wnte at all, 
Tet, did or taste or reason sway the limes. 
Ah ! who would take their titles with their rhymes? 
Roscommon ! ShetTield ! with your spirits fled. 
No future laurels deck a noble head ; 
No muse will cheer, with renovating smile. 
The paralytic puling of Carlisle. 
The punv schoolboy and his early lay 
Men [virjon, if hn'follies pass away ; 
But who forgives 'he senior's ceaseless verw, 
Wh.ise hairs grow hoary as his rhymes grow worse? 
What heterogeneous honours deck the peer 1 
Lord, rhyniesler, pelil-maitre, pamphleteer ! » 
So dull in youth, so drivelling in his age. 
His scenes alone had danin'd our sinking suge : 
But uianajers for once crie.1, " Hold, enough ! * 
Nor drugg'd their audience with the tragic stuff. 
Yet at their judgment let his lordship laugh. 
And case his volumes in congenial calf; 
Yes I doff that covering, where morocco shines. 
And hang a calf-skin » on these recreant lines. 

With you, ye Druids! rich in native lead. 
Who daily scribble for your daily bread ; 
With you' I war not : Clifford's heavy hand 
H— crush'd, without remorse, your numerous band. 
Ot " all the lalents" vent your venal spleen ; 
WiLt is your plea, let pity be your screen. 



Let monodies on Fox regale your crew. 
And Melville's .Mantle ' prove a blanket tool 
One common Leilie wails each hapiess b.ard, 
And, |)eace be with you ! 'I is your best rewiri : 

h danmiug fame as Dunciads only give 
Could bid your lines beyond a morning live; 
But now at once your fleeting labours dose, 
With names of g'realer note in blest repose. 
F.ar be't from me unkindly to upbraid 
The lovely Rosa's prose in masijuerade. 
Whose strains, the fvithful echoes of her mult. 
Leave wondering comprehension far behiiid.s 
Though Crusca's bards no more our journals &U. 
Some'slrasglets skirmish round the columns still; 
Last of the howliig hosl which once was Bell's, 
Matilda soive.s yet, and Hazit yells ; 
And .Merry's metaphors appear anew, 
Chiin'd to the signature of O. P. Q.i 

When some brisk youth, the tenant of 2 stall. 
Employs a pen less pointed than his awl, 
Leaves his snug shop, forsakea his store of ■b'les, 
SI. Crispin (|uils, and cobbles for the mase, 

'ens ! riow the vulsar stare ! how crowds spplantf 

ladies read, and Titerali laud ! * 
If chance some wicked wagshmld pass his jest, 

s.heer ill iialure — don't the world kiinw best? 

us must guide when wits admire the rhyme, 
And Capel Lotll » declares 't is quite sublime. 
■■ ■. then, ve happy sons of needless trade ! 
Swains 1 quit the plough, resign the useless spade I 

Burns and Bloonifiel J, nay, a greater far, 
Gifibrd was born beneath an adverse star, 
Fossook the hbours of a servile state, 
Stemm'd the rude storm, and triunrjih'd over fate: 
Then why no more ? if Plicebus smiled on yc'i, 
Bloomfiei'd ! why not on brother Nathan loo ? '<• 
Him loo the mania, not the muse, has seized; 
Not inspiration, but a mind diseased : 
And now no boor can seek his last abode. 
No common be inclosed without an ode. 
Oh ! since increased refinement deigns to smile 
On Britain's sons, and bless our genial isle. 
Lei poesy go forth, pervade the whole. 
Alike the rustic, and mechanic soul ! 
Ye tuneful cobblers ! still your notes proIoDft 
Compose at once a slipper and a song ; 
So shall the fair your haiidywork penise, 
Your sonnets sure shall please — perhaps your shoe*. 



1 What woald be the sentimen 
^9rB. Hafii, could he rise from h 
• he*rai (wtiere be repoiei 
(rieiUi tfomer and Calull 
snmcd by one Stolt of Droi 
execrable of literary poachi 

9 Milci Peter AoiiTe^n, many y 
Olossloftti 



of the Peraian Aoa- 
tpleodid eepalchre at 
ilh Ferdousi and Sadi. the 
. and behold bi^ name as- 
r*. the moat impudent and 
for the daily pnuta? 

for Bewdley, 

of Waleii'a Voluiitepr*, pFopnetcr of 

IJartfonl, author of nu 



0.1 far. 



rd . 



I tSU.— P. 



! of the heroes of 



6 "Melville's Mantle." 

6 Thia lovely little Jessica, 



parody c 



" Elijah's Maiitle • 



toUo* 



the daughter of the nole^ 



of I 



Delli 






of very rofeot. 

: b.!.iiee auodry 

dihon of the Monk — 

: P.j3t — an exceedinc 

which ia belter." — B- 



publiBbed two volun 
at*le absurdiliea in rhyme, as timep 
novels in the style of the linst edit 
[••She aince married the Mnn 
eood match; mud la now dead 
1816.] 

7 Theae are the aiBnatorea of variona worthies who 
figure in the poetical departmeota of the newapapera. 

8 "Thia vtaa meant for poor Blackett. who "aa thas 
patroi,i«cd by A. J. B." (LaJy Byron); "lot !»«< I did 
Dot know, or Ihia would not have been wrilleL, at least 1 
tbiok not." — B. 1H16. 

9 Capel Loifl, E«q., the Maecenas of shoemakers, sod 
prefa.-e-wnter-erneral lo <liRlre.'«ed vera^'men ; a kicd ci 



grttii 



S The Karl of Carlisle baa lately pnbliahed an eiehteen. 
pcDoy pamphlet on the tlalB of tbc "taee. and offer? hie 
p]MD for building a new theatre. It la to be hoped hie j 
lordaiiip will be permitted to bring lorward sny thing for 
Uie elage — except biit own tneediea. I 

4 "Doff that I'/JO'v bbie, 

Asd bang s calt-akio 00 tbuas 1 



do I 



inttn,- 



lb to lie delivered cl 
know how to brini; forih.— (The poet 
in fifHl celebrity to the ii.itice of Capel 
Hill, F.Bqiiiree. who read his ••Farmtr's 



to 1 



Sis 



. J'>hn. 



lord Csrllale'a worka, 
fonapics.'Uh ornament 

* The real la all but lestbe: 



nernhfr ll.al. aflrr all thai haj been done by the real o4 
frw fprinK the public ayn.patby i>id not rest p.nnft. 

leiitly on the rimiable Bloorabeld. who died in wxtrens 

Kjverly. in lf23. — E.) 
10 Ser Walhanlel BloomOeld'a ode, .jle«y. 3r wbate»«( 

le or any one ebe chooses to call it, DC lbs SdossfSS ^ 

' lloQingtoD Green." 



50 



ENGLISH BARDS AND SCOTCH RE\aEWERS. 



Mar Moorli:id weavers ' boist Pindaric ikiU, 
Aoi Uilon' Uvt U loaetr than llieir bill ! 
While (lUDCtual beaui reward the grateful notet, 
And pay for {xjcdis — wheu they pay for coals* 

To the famed throng tiow paid the tribula dutt, 
Neglected genius : let me turn lo you. 
Ccme forth, oh Cantpbell 1 2 give thy talents scope i 
Wuo dares aspire if thou must cease lo hope ) 
And thou, melodious Rogers [ rise at last, 
Becall the pleasing memory of the past ; 
Arise ; let blest remembrance still inspire, 
And strike to wonted tones thy hallowM lyre; 
Restore A|iollo lo his vacant throne. 
Assert thy country's honour and thine own. 
What I must deserted Foesy still ueep 
Where her last hr>pes with pious Cowper sleep ? 
Unless, perchance, from his cold bier slie turns. 
To deck the turf that wraps Ler minstrel. Bums 
Ko ! though contempt hath niark'd the spurious Lrood, 
The rate who rhyme from folly, or lor food, 
Yet stiM some genuine sons 't is hers lo boast. 
Who, least affecting, still elTect the most : 
Feel as they write, and write but as they feci — 
Bear witness Gillord,* Sotheby,* Macueil.^ 

" Whv slumbers Giirord ? " once was asked in vain : 
Why slumbers Gilford > let us ask again. 
Arc there no follies for his pen to purge ? « 
Are ther» no fools whose backs demand the KOUlge ? 
Are there no sins for satire's bard to greet ? 
Stalks not gigantic Vice in even- street ? 
Shall peers or princes tread pollution's path. 
And 'scape alike the law's and muse's wr**h ? 
Nor blare with guilty glare through future time, 
Eternal beacons of cowumniate crime? 
Arouje thee, GitTurd I be thy promise claim'd, 
Make bad men better, or at least ashamed. 

l'nhap[iy White ! ^ while life was in its spring. 
And thy young muse just wave«I her joyous wing, 
The spoiler swept that soaring lyre away. 
Which else had sounded an inimortal lay. 
Oh ! what a noble heart was here undone. 
When Science' self destroy'd her favourite son ! 
Tes, she too much indulged thy fond pursuit. 
She scw'd the seeds, but death hath reap'd Ihe fruiL 
T was thine own genius gave the final blow. 
And help'd to plant Ihe wound that laid thee low: 
&> the struck eagle, stretch'd u|<in Ihe plain, 
.1 gjj roiling duuds to soar again. 



No more thn 



I VI 1, " RecollecUoiu of t WeiTer la the MoorUnds of 
■tsAfnlshlrs." 

1 II would tw siii-vrllaotis lo re<ilt to the mlDd of tbs 
reirtrr the suthon ot •■ Tht Ptcuurn of Mrinorr" sod 
"Tfi« PiFuuri-i of H')iie," Ihe ln<«l hrauliful dijsrlio 

Kas 10 our UiiKo.t-, If »a ei.epl I'n,,', •• Ems, oo 
a : " bat so iniiiijr [u>«>ta«lrrs hs»e started up, that eTen 
Ui« oaroea of Canipbrll auj Kugera are become tlraoce. 

S OilTopl. author of the Baviad and Maeelad, the flrat 
mUrcm r{ Ihe day, and Iranalalor of Juvnial. 

4 ■othsbr, Iranilalnr of WIeland'a Utieron aod TIrdl'a 
•*)Tllcs. aod aultior of " 8aDl." aa epts p^-em.— [Mr. 
•^b<).7 baa slare easeollalljr rali'd bis rrpiilalloa bs 
nrluBsoniioal porma. aod a Iraualatloool Ibe Jliad. — E.J 

• MacBell, whnaa p'>ema are deaervadly pnpalar, par* 
Oeolarl, -Hcollaod'a Kcailb," and Iba •• Waea of War," 
•t waleh Iro Iboocaod »>p)pa were aold ta on* moQIb.— 
[Beclor Macaall died lu 1611).- E.] 

Mr. OlOonJ promlaad pobllrlf tbat th« Pavlad and 
Maexad aboold ool ba hia laal oncloal »orka; In him 
.•m«mb«r, •• Mos ta rrlobUotea dracuoea." — [Mr. Ijlf. 
»>cd bmraa Iha adilir ol the Uuarl-rlr Ueilaw, 
Ihabrrf'irtb or^-npiMl m<jat of bla lima. — a faw inoulba 1 I 
■Aar Iba Iral aipearaore of IbIa aallie.— E.| 

7 llaorr Klika Wbiie dl«l al Carabridfe. la Octohar, 
^04, Ik oieaeaaaare of loo much ■xerlloo la Ibe puraull 
•1 alodix Ibal »uuld baia iualiiia.| a mind ubicb dliraaa 
m4 r"a» y a»ald sot impair, aod whlrb death llstlf da- 
alroyad ralb^r Ibaa snUlued. fl.a p<wma atR<uad la sorb 
Waallaa M loDal lm;>r««a Ibe reader wilb lh«i lleelleat re- 
fral Ihal ao att'iil a period was allolleil lo talriiU, wbtrb 
waia bare di(niO»J aees Ika aac'ad raaettiMa ka waa 



View'd his own feather on the fatal dart. 
And wiug'd the slinft Ibal quiver'd in his be«rt 
Keen were his pangs, but keener far to feel 
He nursed the pinion which impell'd the sleel ; 
While the sajiie plumage that had warmd hia Dfltf 
Drank the lajl life.drop of his bleeding breast 
There be who say, in these enlighlen'd days. 
That splendid lies are all the poet's praise j 
That sliaiu'd invention, ever on the wing, 
Alone impels the modern bard to sing : 
'T IS true, that all who rhyme — ni-y, all who irritB 
Shrink from that fatal word to geni-js — trite; 
Vet Truth sometimes will lend her noblest fires, 
And decorate the verse herself inspires : 
This fact in Virtue's name let Crabbe < attest; 
Though nature's sternest painli.r, yet the best. 

And here let Shee» and Genius find a place, 
Whose pen and pencil yield an equal grace; 
To guide whose hand the sister arts combine. 
And trace Ihe poet's or the painter's line ; 
Whose magic touch can bid the canvass glow, 
Or pnur the easy rhynie's hat-monious flow; 
While bone irs, doubly merited, attend 
The Poet's rival, but the painter's friend. 

Blest is th5 man who dares approach the bower, 
Where dwelt Uie muses at their natal hour; 
Whose steps have press'd, whose eye has mark'd l&l 
The clime that nursed the sonj of song and mu, 
The scenes which glory slill must hover o'er, 
Her place of birth, her own Achaian shore. 
But doubly blest is he whose heart expands 
With hallow'd feelings for those classic lauds; 
Who rends the veil of ages long gone by. 
And views t^ieir remnants with a poet's eye ! 
\Vright <.'<"t was Ihy happy lot at once to view 
Those shores of glory, and to sing them loo; 
And suT! no common muse inspired thy pen. 
To hail the land of gods and godlike nien. 

And you, associate bards ! '< who snatch to li^hl 

hose gems ton long withheld from modern sight: 
Whose mingling taste combined to cull th: wmtb 
^Vhere attic flowers Aonian oilours breathe, 
And all tiie.i- renovated fragrance flung, 
To grace the beauties of your native tongue; 
.Now let those minds, that nobly could transriue 
The gloriou" spirit of the Grecian muse. 
Though 811(1 the echo, smrn a borrow'd lonei 
" Mign Actiala'a lyre, and strike your own. 

Let the*, or such as llieic, with just appUuae, 
Restore the muse's violated laws j 
But not in flimsy Darwin's fiomjinus chime, 
That mighty master of unmeaning rhyme. 
Whose gilded cvmbals, more adorii'd tlum dear, 
1 he eye delighted, but fatigued the ear ; 
In show the simple Ivre could once surpass, 
But now, worn down, appear in native brsa; 
^Vhlle all his train 'if hovering sylplis aroiuu 
Evaiwrate in siniilM and sound : 
Hun lei them shun, with him let tinsel dif . 
False glare altracu, but more offends tlie ere.'* 



6 •■ I c^aalder Cratibe and Coleridge aa li.e flra of tt^ 
times, la potut of [lower aod ceiiiua. " — D. Ihlt 

Mr. Sbee, autbor of " Rhrinea on An." swl "Ik, 
menli of Art."- (Now (IKI7,) sir Martin Shee, sa< 
Prraldenl of Iba Royal Academy. — F..] 

10 Waller Rodwell WrIthI, Ula eonaol-teneral for lb« 
8e»en iilanda, la aulhnr of a lery beaiililul poem, Jnal 

birb ' piililKlied : It la enlilled " Home Iniilrae," and la devrlp- 
ot the lairs and Ibe adjareol roail nf Oreecc— (To 
...,7 ,hlnl edilinn, which rame out lo IKItl. waa adtled aa 
esrrllent Iranelalloo of Ibe •• llrrate " nf Ainerl. After 
bis leliirn lo Rutland. Mr. Wri|bl waa eliueea kaaordsr 
of llury Ml. Kdmunda.— E.) 

11 The Iranalalora of Iba Aalhol^y, Bland and Mart 
sate, ba*e alaca puhllatied aeporala pna'ma, wbleL eei^is 
leolue Ibal naly retjulrta opportunity to alula acitaauaa 

IJ The neilrct of Ibe "BoUolo Oardea " b soax mat 
«f rv'llrnlae taata. Tbe tntmmrj la lla aola I 



ENGLISH BARDS AND SCOTCH REVIEWERS. SI 



Tet let (hem not to vulgar Wordsworth stoop, 
The airane»l object of the lowly group, 
Whose veree, oi" all but childish prattle void, 
Seems blessed harmony to Lamb and Lloyd : » 
Let them — but hold, my muse, nor dare to teach 
A. ilraiu far, far beyond tliy humble reach: 
The native genius with their being given 
Will point the path, and peal their notes to heaven. 

And thoo, too, Scott !» resign to minstrels rude 
The wilder slogan of a border feud : 
let others spin their meagre lines for hire ; 
Enough for genius if itself inspire I 
Let Soulhey sing, although his teeming mose, 
Prolific every spring, be loo profuse ; 
Let simple Wordsworlh ' chime bis childish vene, 
ixd brother Coleridge lull the babe at nurse ; 
Let apectre-mongering Lewis ami. at most. 
To rouse the gal eries, or lo raise a ghost ; 
Let Moore still sigh ; let Strangford steal from Moore, 
And swear that Camoens sang such notes of yore; 
Let Havley hobble en, Montgomery -ive. 
And godly Grahinie chint a stupid stave; 
Let sonneteering Bowles his strains refine, 
And whine and whimper to the founecn.h line ; 
Let Str.lt. Carlisle.' Malilda, .and the rest 
Of Grub Street, and of Urosveiior I'lace the best, 
Scrawl on, till death release us from tiie strain. 
Or Common Sense assert her rights again. 
But thou, with powers that mock the aid of praise, 
Shouldst leave to humbler bards ignoble lays : 
Thy countr\'s voice, the voice of all the nine. 
Demand a iiallow'd harp — that hari. is thine. 
Say ! will not Caledonia's annals yield 
The gi.irious record of some nobler field, 
Than the vile foray of a plundering clan. 
Whose proudest deeds disgrace the name of man? 
Or Marmion's acts of darkness, fitter food 
For Sherwood's outlaw tales iX Kobin Hood ? 
Scotland ! still proudlv claim Ihv native bard. 
And be thy praise bis'first, his best reward 1 

1 M«»rs. Umb and Lloyd, the most Ignoble foUowen 
at Soullic-y aaj Co. 
a Bt thf bre. I hnpe tbsl in Mr. Srotfi neit poem, hU 
_ ,. . _ 1 ._....,.-., .n .. (,.^.,13^5," and 



J aUdutrJ 

the L&dy of Ibe Lay and her 
bravo, Wiiham ol Deluraiae. 

3 "tJnjuJt." — D. 1818. 

4Itmayt>e asked, whyl hare censured Ihe^ Earl 
Carlisl*. my guardian and 
■ volume of puerile poems 
diaD^llip wa.. nominal, 
to diariivrr- Ihr relat 
•orry for 11; but as tii 
very eaaen 
mory with ttii 
diSeccni 
aclibblt 
previ 

■ .■ r.r v^Mffi. iM'^uiiea a "uiniei iiiui; i-jun.. 

•9, I do not alep aHide to 1 

_ (bs come (airly in review 

wi*"h IhoaeoV'other patrician literati. If before I escaped I 
'rom my teen", 1 «a:d any thing in favour of hia lord- | 
•bip'a paper liooks. U wae in the way of dutiful dedl. 



Yet not with thee alone his name should lire. 
But own the vast renown a world can give ; 
Be known, perchauce, when Albion is no more. 
And tell the tale of what she was before. 
To future tinies her faded fame recall. 
And save her glory, though his country faU. 
Vet what avails the s.auguine poet's hope. 
To conquer ages, and with time to cope ? 
New eras spread their wings, new nations rise. 
And other victors fill the applauding skiei; 
A few brief generations Meet along. 
Whose sons forget the poet and his song 

.V, what once-loved minstrels scarce may ckia 
The transient mention of a dubious name! 
When fame's loud trump Itatli blown iis nohlerf tit* 
Thoush long the sound, the echo sleeps at last; 
And glory, like the phauii 'midst her fire». 
Exhales her odours, blaze-s and expires. 
Shall hoarv Granta call her sable sons. 
Expert in science, more expert at puas ? 
Shall these appr«,ach the muse? ah, no ! she fliei, 
Even fTOiii the tempting ore of Seatou's prize- 
Though printers coiidc-cend the press lo soil 
With rhyme by lloare,* and epic blank by HoyU:« 
.Not him whose page, if still upheld by wUist, 
Krquires no sicred theme to bid us list.t 
Ve I who in Granta's honours would surpass, 
.Mi.st uinuiit her 1 eyasus, a full-grown ass ; 
A r.al well norlhv of her ancient dam, 
Whose Helicon is'duller than her Cam. 

There Clarke, still striving piteously "to pleaia,' 
Forgelling doggrcl leads not lo degrera, 
A would-be satirist, a hired hu.iijon, 
A moiithlv scribbler of some low lampoon, 
Condemu'd to drudge, the meanest of the mean, 
And furbish falsehoods for a magazine, 
Devotes to scandal his congenial mind ; 
Himself a 'iviiig libel on mankind. 8 

Oh : dark asylum of a Vandal race ! » 
At once th^ l>orist of learnine. and disgraca! 

So lost to i'hofbus, that nor Hodgson's to verse 

Can make thee better, nor poor Hewson's" WOtt^ 

But where fair Isis rolls her purer wave. 

The partial muse delighted loves to lave ; 

On her green banks a greener wreath she vrove, 

T'l crown the bards that haunt her classic grove; 

Where Kichards wakes a genuine poel's fires. 

And uiodern Britons glory in their sires.* 2 



; least an far a« I have I 
lahln I canuiit help, and am very 
tirdahii. •vemed to f^rgel il on a 
uioo to me, I rtall not hurdco my me- 
ollectioD. I do not think that personal 
acctiou the unjust condemn lion of a bo.lher 
ul 1 9ee no rea.on why tliey should act an a 
when the author, noble or iguohie, has for a 
, of years, beguiled a "diKcerning p;it)li 
fcjvertiftcmenla have 11) with di 
dox, imperial noneense. Benid 



6 The Rev. Charles James Hoare published. In 1608, th« 
"Shipwrc-k of bt. Paul." a iSeaiuniao pni« poem. — B. 

6 The Kev. Chariea Hiyle. aolhor ot " Eindua," an 
epic in thirteen books, and aeveral other Seatonian ptia« 
p..eras. - E. 



7 The "Garaea of Hi-yle," well kn 



and I 



I of 



> thai 



tie Totarle* 
ded t)y tha 

vasanea of hi* pneilcal namenake, whose poem comprised, 
as'exprensly stated in the advertisement, all tha •• pUguea 
of Egypt." 

8 This person, who haa lately betrayed the most r»btd 
aymptom. of confirmed aolhorthip. is vrnler of a poem 
dem.minated the "Art of Plensiiif," as •• lucus a no» 
lucendo," containing lillte pieananlry and less poetry. Ha 
al>o acts aa m-mthlv ttipendiary and c.llector of calum* 
nies for the •■ Satirist." ir this ucfonuoaie young mas 
would exchange the magazinet for the malhematii 



ty. It 

mizht eventually prove more serviceable than hia present 

IparQ 1 V " rn»o Cambridgeshire the Kmpeior Pmbus traneport- 

cou'ferrrd. I'lat th^y may be | ed a canderable b<«iy of 

,nd publicly acknowledged. Wh; 



lie the first opportunity of pronoun- 
ciae my auicere recantation. I have heard that anme 
persona coaicive me to be under obhgnlions to L.ord Car- 
lisle: if so. 1 shall be most particularly happy 
what they i 
duly appreci 



^'aiidals. " — Oibb" 



advanced aa an opinion on his pnnled 
things, I amprerared to support, if Dccea.iry. by quotu- 
Ilona from elegies, eulogies, odes, epi«'«le», and certain 
tarelioua and dainty Iraiediea bearing hia name and 
toBrki — 

•« What can ennoble knaves, or foole, or eowardjl 
Alaa ' not all the blood of all the llowarda." 
geaayaPopa. Amen! — fMuch tor aavas- wnwer the 
ftrawlalluii might be." — B. WtS.. 



; the breed i 



Declil 
uljt the 
Btill in high perleo* 



derable 
nd Fall. vol. II. p. t3. 
truth o( this aa«frtion 
lion. 

10 This gentleman'a name requires no pralae : the maa 
who in tianxlation diaplaya unquestionable geolaa may b* 
well elpe.led to excel in original compoai.lon. or wli!ob 
It IS to be hoped we anail soon see a splendid apvclmaa. 

11 Uewiun Clarke, Eii/,, as it l> wriltea. 
, IJ The "Aliorlg.jal Btltcns," an excelleat po«» k7 

^aiaMieda. — ITha Rev. Ueoija Bloliaivt* D-D. haa «■« 



■6 



ENGLISH BARDS AND SCOTCH REVIEWERS. 



To- *»A ^ • ', thus unaLsk'd, h. ve Jared to tell 
My ft **k\^ ''4^t "~ei v)L« sK-^uIq kn. w loo well, 
ZaI ^-r i. - I jiour oaae me hb.-e cigagi 
Thft host Ok iJioti tha* in-'est her ?£e; 
No j-jf. apnlii se her honoar'd naii.e shall Lise, 
As dnt ID freedom, dt-arest ti Ihe mcse. 
Oh ! would thy bards but emulate tlrj- fame, 
And ns* more worthy, Albioo, of thy ni-me! 
What Athens ^vas in science, Rome m power, 
What Tyre appeir'd in her meridian hour, 
T is thine al once, f lir Albion • to have been — 
Earth s cliief diclatress, ocean's lovely queen : 
But Rcnie decayed, and Athens strew'd the plaih, 
And Tyre's proud piers lie shatler'd in the ina'q; 
Like these thy stren?lh mav sink, in ruin huri-'„ 
And Britain fall, the bulwark of the world. 
But let me cease, and dread Cassaudn's fate, 
WitL warning ever scolF'd at, till too late; 
To thsmes less lofiy still my lay confine. 
And urge thy bards to e^o a came like thine.^ 

Then, hapless Britain ! be thy rulers blest, 
TTic senate's oracles, the people's ;est ! 
StiH hear thy motley orators dispense 
The flowers of rheroric, though not of sense, 
While Canning's colleasues hale him for his w'± 
Aid :d dame "Portland ^ jiUs the place of Pitt 

Yet once again, adieu ! ere this the sail 
That wafts me hence is shivering in the gale; 
And Afric's coast and Calpe's adverse height, 
Abd Stamboul's minarets must ^reet my sight : 
Thence shall 1 stray through beauty's native cVt^^ 
Where Kair* is clad in rocks, and crown'd wkh * ih 

sublime. 
But should I back return, no tempting pTftsi 
Shall dr3g my journal from the desk's recess ; 
Let coxcombs, printing as Uiev come from far. 
Snatch his own wreath of ridicule from Carr: 
Let Aoerdeen and Elgin * siill pursue 
The shade of fame through regions of virtu ; 

•eot from tti* press " Songii of the Ahorii^nal B«r'l8 •■ 
BrKaJD," "Modern France." two volumrs of Mi«crIIart 
ooa I'oems and Uampton Lertures "On the Divine Or. 
fiD of Prnf.litvy." Thu (Tf-ntltman is now Rector of St. 
Martm'i ID the FieU. — E.] 

1 With thia Tenie ihe satire originally ended. — E. 

S A friend of mine being «»ked, why hli Grare oLPort- 
Isod wu likened to an old woman 7 rt-plied. •• Uk *■»[>■ 
posed It Willi br-^^use he wat* past bearing." — His Or»r« 
la oow gBttjred to hm xran.l-mothetH, wh^re he ulr^-p* an 
•ODod •« c7-r; hut evr-n tita ak-ep wta belter thau hia 
•oIleaeueH' wakiUK. Ihll. 

I Uenr^la. 4 Mount CaDrata*. 

ft Lord Elgin woold fain t<vri*uadeQa ttial all the flforfa, 



Waste useless thousands on their Phidian freak% 
' Miishapeo monuments and maim'd antique*; 
And make their grand saloons a general mart 
For all the mutilated blocks of art, 
Of Dardan tours let dilettanti tell, 
I leave topography to rapid Getl ;6 
And, quite content, no more shall interpose 
To stun the public tar — at least with proao 
Thus far I 've held my undisturb'd career, 
prepared for rancour, steel'd 'gainst selfish fe«r, 
This thing of rhyme I oe'er disdain'd to own 
Though not obtrusive, yet not quite unknown: 
My voice ^vas heard agaih, though not so loud, 
My page, though nameless, never disavow'd; 
And now at once I 'ear the veil away : — 
Clieer on (he pack ! the quarrj* stand's at bay, 
Unscared by all the din of Melbourne house. 
By Lambe's resentment, or by Holland's spou«e. 
By Jedrey's harmless pistol, Haliam's ragu, 
Ediaa's brawny sons and brimstone page. 
Our men in buckram shall have blows enough^ 
And feel they too are *■' penetrable stuff: " 
And tliough 1 hope not henre unscathed to go, 
Wlio conquers me shaH find a stubborn foe. 
The time hath been, when no harsh sound would fUC 
From lins that now may seem Imbued w4th gail ; 
Nor fools nor follies tempt me to despise 
The meanest thing that crawPd beneath my eyec: 
But now, so callous grown, so changed since you*)| 
1 've leani'd to think, and slemly speak the *nith; 
Learn'd t\> deride Ihe critic's starch decree, 
And break him on Ihe wheel he mtant forme; 
To spurn the rod a scribbler bids me k»^a, 
Ncr care if cnurts and crowds applaud or hiss: 
Nay more, though all my rival rhymesters frown, 
\ too can hunt a poetaster down ; 
And, arm'd in proof, the gauntlet cast at once 
To Scotch marauder, and to southern dunce. 
Tbus jiuch I 've dared ; if my incondite lay 
Hat.^ wrong'd these nghteous'times, let others «ay: 
This, 'et the world, which knows not how to spare 
Yet raiely blames unjustly, now declare,! 

h and without no«e«, in hia atone-ahop are the work ol 
dins' 'Trtdat Judaeus"* 

C Mr. OeliS Topography of Troy and Ithaca raonot faO 
to eoi-ure the Jpfr"^*"'"'* '^^ every man popseva.-d of eUi^ 
Kiral laFle, M well for Ihe informalron Mr. tJeil rooTejl 
to the mind of Ihe render, an for the ability and reaearek 
the rewfective works display. 

7 " The greater i>arl o' 'his satire I moBt flnc-rrely wteb 
had never been wtilten — not only on acrount of the Ld- 
juMtire of much of the rritiral, and nome of the pcraooal 
pari of It — but the lone and temper are aucb a« I caoDot 
aprrove." — £»roH. J uly 14, I61tl. i7iodaii,Oca««a.— & 



iP*: 



POSTSCRIPT TO TIIF, SECOND EDITION. 



I have Iwcn infonnp/!, since the present edition went 
k* Ibc pre*, thM my injsly anil well-bcloveti cnii^ina, 
ikt K<liiil)iirf;ti HevicwerSr arc prr|pariiig a nitMt vetie- 1 
incat enlique on mv poor, i^rntlc, iittruiitine. Muse, I 
whrin tt'i-v nave already 10 bc-^eriled ivilh Oieir uo- 
gailj ril<ildr>' : 

** Taota^ne inlrilt eoetritibu* Inet** 

•nnpov I rnu»l mv of Jeffrey as Sir Andrew Acue> 
Cheek «iili, "an I l.ad kno«n lie wa. to runnine of 
fclM-e, I III I wri hiin danined ere I had r..i,e>,i him." 
TThil a pitv it ,^ lint I ,l,all I e lieyotH (he Poiipliorm 

bef.re the n,'«t n I.er ha, pa».d (he Tivccd I Dul I 

y«l hojx- t.i li^ht m) fipe wrth it in Pcr»ia. | 

My li'fllern Irirnd. Invi- appiiir-l me, with jtmfiro, ' 
(rf|i«r.Mn.li'v I'lwarl* thiir Bli'at lilenry anthrnpoiiha- 
f jl. J'di'V ; l.n! « hat rU' tva, to he done «'|il> him 
|j<l h.< .1 rl< |,„'li. >>li< h'i't Iv '• ltil>i: aixl .landit- 

in»,'.|:l dakr 1|,I-1I 11 ,,.! I.y "rill tpiak.nj '•• I 

h»»« al'iurol I...I. alr.vlv »ell kiKiwD. and of Jel- 
trm't miiid I lui* lUI*! ni) Irw opiuioa lor liu Ih 



thence >uitained any injuryj — what sciTenger WM 
ever soiled liy heinj pelted with mud ? II may bemd 
thai I quit F.nclatiil herause I have censured :lie« 
" [jersons of honour and wit about town ; " but i ajn 
romiiii; hack again, and their veni^eancc wdl keep hot 
till my return. Those who know me can testify thai 
niv motivra for leaving En^laml are ven' dilfereot 
frt.m fears, literal^- or l>civ>n.al : those who tfo not, niuy 
Dne day l,e convinced. Since the |.ul.licalion of tint 
thinic, my name has not been coiicealetl ; I havu heMi 
niostly in I.ondon. ready to anxiver for ir.y traiarro^ 
sK<ln,'and in dailv rvpc i tatioii of s>lndr^ cartel, ; hvil, 
al.\s! "the ai^e of rl.ivaliy is over," or, in the vulpu 
toniiie, there is no spirit now a-da\-j. 

•I'tiere is a youth )rli|.id llivi'ion Clarke isilhandl 
tiilii\n\ a sirrr ol Kmaiiiiil I'ollerr, and, I believe, • 
denizen of Iterwii k i-p.'nn OTil, whom I have iDtrO 
diio-J n t'l.M- |Mi;. . hi inimI, teller r..n.|.ii,. 'h.i, I* 
has I'CCil arrtisti'ii.e.l to mirt i be i>. notwilli.laiKliOf, 
1 very i.d ■ of, and lot nr tt'anm that I can ditrunr 
eantpt k iKianwl i^uaritl » iUi i fcvi, kipl Ira km ■ 



HINTS FROM HORACE. 



5.1 



C«»bridge to Bit for a fellowship, and whom the] 
lf»lousy of his Trinil» coulemporaries preventeJ from 
Vucc<«. has 'leen sbusin; mc, and, whil is worse. Ihe 
ilefeii^'if*^ innocent above mc lioned, in "The Sail- 
riit" frr one year and some months. I am utterly un- 
conscious 01 havin? given him any provocation; in- 
deed, I am guiltless of having he^ird his name, till 
coupled with " The Satirist." He has therefore no 
reason to complain, and 1 dare say that, like Sir fret- 
ful Plagiary, he is rather pleased than otherwise. I 
have now mentioned all who have done me ti.e honour 
to DJtice me and mine, that is, my hear and my book, 
oicept the editor of " The Satirist," who, it seems, it a 



gentleman —God wot 1 I wish he could impart a IitU« 
of his gentility to his subordinate scribblers I heal 
that Mr. Jerninghani ii about to lake :ip the cudeels fol 
his .Ma-cenas. Lord Carlisle. 1 hope not : he was on* 
if llie few, who, in the very short intercourse I had 
ivith him, treated me with kindness when a boy ; and 
whatever he may say or do, " pour on, I will endure/" 
1 have nothing further to add, save a general noi« M 
iksgiving to readers, purchasers, and pubjisbol^ 
and, in the words of Scott, 1 wish 

"To alt and eacb ■ fair gonil night, 
And rosy dreams oad slumtKrs light.** 



HINTS FROM HORACE: 

BEING AN ALLUSION IN ENGLISH VERSE TO THE EPISTLE 'AD 
PISONES DE ARTE POETICA," AND INTENDED AS A SEaUEL 10 
" ENGLISH BARDS AND SCOTCH REVIEWERS." 



— "Ergo fnn^r vice colie, scntam 
Eedd.r. ,ua. f«rum vale.. .x,ar. iP'-'-ndl. ^^^^ ^^^^ 



"Ehymei tn difflcoU things — tier i 



HINTS FROM HORACE. 

Athem. Capuchin Convent, March W, 1811. 
Who would not laugh, if Lawrence, hired to grace 
Hia costly canvass with each flatter'd face, 
Abused liis art, till Nature, with a blush. 
Saw cits grow centaurs underneath his brush? 
fir, shoj'd some limner join, for show or sale, 
* maid of honour to a mermaid's tail ? 
Or low Dnbost i — as once the world has seen — 
Tiegrade God's creatures in his graphic spleen I 
Not all Ihat forced politeness, which defends 
Fools in their faults, could gag his grinning friends. 
Believe me. Moschus, like that picture seem? 
The book which, sillier than a sick man's dreams, 
Displays a crowd of fi2ure<; incomplete, 
Poetic nightmares, without head or feet. 
Humana capHi cervirem piclor equinam 
Juogere ai veljt, el varias iliducere plumas, 
UndiQUe collaliB membrn, ut turpiter atrum 
Deainat in piacem mulier formosa auperne: 
fipectatum ailmiasi rieum leneatia, amiri I 
Credilf, Piaunee, iati tabulae fore librsm 
Peraimilem, cujua, veiui aegri aomnia, vanae 



1 In an Engllah newBpap<r, which finds ita way abroad 
wherever there are Englialinen, I read an acrount ot this 

^IrtT itauber'a carit-atura of Mi. H us a " beast," and 

the eon-tTuenl action, tec. The circumstance la, pro- 
iMbly, loo well knosfn to require further commenU — 
rriie s<^nlleman here alluded to was Thomaa Hope, F...q., 
the aolhor of » Auaalaaioa," and one of the most munill- 
•ant pstroDs of art lliis lountrr ever pnsaesaej. HavinR. 
•MESAovt. offended an unprincipled Erench painter, by 
uise Dubost. ibat adventurer rev.nged himaelf by a pic- 
ture called "Beauty and the Beast." in which Mr. Hopo 
ud faia InJy were repreaented aicunlin; to the well-known 
airy story. The pirtuie had too miicn malice J^' 'o aoc- 
eeed: and, to the diagrace of John Bull, the exbibilion 01 
H ia aaid lo have fetched Ituriy pounda in a day. A bro- 
ther of Mr.. Hope thrust hi« swnrd through the canvsas; 
and M. Dubnat had tar conaolall.in 10 get Bve pounds 
dainu"e». The alfnir rnaJe much noiae at the lime; 
though Mr. Hope h.id not then placsd himaelf on that Krat 
of lllersiy eisiMeiice. v»hlrh he afterwards attained. Fro- 
kably. li.Ued, no man'. reputBti..n In the world waa ever 
«, auAknly tJd vompletely allered. a. his waa b» the 
wioranse ix lia toajnlllMat loruuc*. B« oistf In 
uik -B-l 



Poets and painters, as all artists knoi^. 
May shoot a little with a lengthen'd U>. ; 
tVe claim this mutual mercy for our task, 
And grant in turn the pardon which we ask; 
But make not monslers spring from gentle datuf.— 
Birds breed not vipers, tigers nurse not lambs. 

A labour'd, long exordium, sometimes tends 
(Like patriot speeches) out lo paltry ends; 
And nonsense in a lofiy note goes down, 
As pertness passes with a legal gown : 
Thus many a hard describes in p'ompous strain 
The clear brook babbling through the goodly plant 
The groves of Granta, and her gothic halls, 
"'■ " Coll., Cam's stream, slaiu'd windows, and 'U 

walls : 

Or, in advent'rous numbers, neatly aims 
To paiut a rainbow, or — the river Thames.' 

Ton sketch a tree, and so perhaps may shine — 
But daub a shipwreck like an alehouse sign ; 
You plan a tiaje— it dwindles lo a pot ; 
Then glide down Grub-street — fasting and forgot J 
LaugliM into Lethe by some quaint Review, 
Whose wit is never troublesome till — true. 

In 5ne, to whatsoever you aspire, 
Let it at least be simple at:d entire. 

The greater portion of the rhyming tribe 
(Give ear, my friend, for thou hast been a scribe^ 
iput not 
potcwlas. 



Fingenlur apeciea, ot nee pea, 
Reddalur fr.rmae. I'ictoribua 
Quidlibcl audendi aemper fuit 



el ban 

ipla. 



Sell 
Sed noi 

Inroeptla grnvibua plen 
Puipureua, late qui aplem 
Asauitur panr.us; cum-lu 
El prope 



; (tun 
Red nuni 



Rhe 



at Ilia lorua : el forlBFee rupressna 
quid hoc, si fractia eualnt Clapes 
ilQlo qui jiiugil-ur? smphors coeplt 



a " Whtre jinis description bald the (lM« af i 



5« 



54 



HINTS FROM HORACE. 



Are led astray by tome peculiar lure. 

I iaix>ur to Iwlincf — beK^me obscure ; 

Otie fells while followioe elegance too fast; 

ADOtber soarsj intiated with bontbast ; 

Too low, a third crawls on, afraid to fly, 

He spins his subject to satitt}- ; 

Absurdly varyiDsr, be at la»t CDjraves 

rUh in the wockIs, and boar* beneath the wave* . 

Unless your care'i eiact, your judt^ment nice, 
The f.ipM frr-m folly lea J a but into vice ; 
None are coii.plete, all wanting m some part, 
Like certaio tailors, limited in a*!. 
For galligastins Slowsheara is your man ; 
But coats mus* claim another artisan.i 
Now this to Die, I own, seems much the «an;fi 
Ai Vjlcan's feet to bear Apollo > trame ; 
Or, w.th a fair compiesiou, to expose 
Black eyes, bkck ringlets, but — a bottle M« ! 

1> ar authors ! suit your topics to your slrei^i, 
Ai«i ponder well your lubjeci, and its length ; 
Nor lift your load, befure you 're quite aware 
What weight your shoulders witl, or will not, bea» 
But lucid Order, and Wir'n si-en toice^ 
Await (he poet, skilfu. n Tiis cnoicc; 
With native eloquence h« siars along, 
Grace m bis thoughts, and music in his song. 

Let judgment teach him wisely to combine 
With future narts i.K now omitt'*d line: 
Thh shall li.e author choose, or that reject, 
precipe io hlvlc. »uJ cautious to select ; 
Nuf slight applau-* will candid iPcnsatTord 
To him who furnwhes a wai:::r^ word. 
TliciJ fear not if ■* is nee>ttul to proiluce 
Some t^rrn yi-Wnown, or ob-.olele in use, 
(As Pitt 2 Ra, .ufiiishM us a word or two, 
W^-ich Iriicn^Taphers declines to do j) 
Soyi-u indec!, with care, — (but be content 
To Like It -ia 'k-ense nnly; — may invent. 
New wonls find credit \n lhet>e la:ter diys, 
If neatly grafted on a CtalJic phrase. 
What Chaucer, Spt-Uiier did, we scarce refnse 
To Drydcu*s or to Pope's ma'.urer u use. 

Drrlpimar dperie recll. Brrvm pmc laboro, 
Otwcurua flo: sirctaatcin Irvia. Dprvi 
D«flciuol niiiiTii(|ue: rrnVwuu^ grauJia. tarpft . 
Berpit t.jmi, (iituK oimium. limKlnxqiie procellae : 
Qai tnriare cirpit rrm prodiKiahter uuam, 
DrlptiiDuru sylviH u(i[iint;il fliirtilitiN aprum. 
]ii vttiuin <lurit rulfat* fusa, ri caret ai le, 
Aemiliiini cm-a lii.ltiin fuhrr uduk cI utieu«« 
Ezprimrt, et m^Mt^H intitahKur arrcr rai'iltue; 
lafehi opcrii nuinma quia i>on(.T^ t«>riiin 
NeMcirt. Huur t-eo mr. m\ Tuid fnm|>"ii.>re eurrm, 
Kno mitRl* fwe velim. luam pravo Tivere uaso, 
Bpetlarhlun. iiiirriB otuIih iii!;o<|ue (-apiltu. 

8v.3iile mntrrifm »rNiriii. «|Ui *rribMi«, equam 
Vtnbun; rl Ttr*«|p dtu quid forre rrtinM-nl 
Quir] ^klfant tiiiiiiTi. Cui Irrln pi.t.'iiif r eril rf, 
Jl« facuit.lia dmrrrt biinc nfc luriJu* nrdo. 

OrtJtciM tiAT vtrlua cnl cl rvan*. out rgo fallor, 
XJl jam ouur ijir.i. jam oiinc drU-iiTia din 
Pkiaquc dilTfral. rl prai-BdiB in lrinpu« om.nat i 
Hoe kmet, bur >.\>cTUb\ proiniMi carmintn auctor. 

Id Tivhlx rtiiin Ifiium caul>iiiqur ■fri-iidla: 
Dixrrl* n{ri*icir, nnttini hi jaHida vrrbiiin 
Rnllider.t j.inrtura nnfum. Kk for'* nrcpme eflt 
luduiiH m'lnHtrair rr<-pfilihu« ahdiln fprurn, 

r<iiilini{t;l; dat.ilurque hfolia miinptB ptflpnteri 
n: a.va rH'-lu<|i)e nii|>rr habrtmul vtrrni nilcm. Ml 
t^ra'^ri font*" rftilaul, parcr ilriorln. Uiiid aulviD 
Camliu Pl«titf«j(ir dabtt K'xniinun, a-lrmplum 
Vlfftlio Vario<jueT r^u cur. ac-quitvre pauca 

! Mrre fmninno mnrtaU wrrr rommonly coiit^ nl Wilti 
«B« Ullor and wilh oiif hill, bot th» m-ire partn-iilur r<*ii« 
tl«in«o friuiid tt iinp'Mltihk loronflda lh*-ir Inwrr itarmrnt* 
U> lb* tDMtiri* uf ihrir t»-l7 dotrK**. I ■p'-ak tt thr Iv 
flaaiDf of iNiu wriBi rrfririn mmy h**« ■tttce uk«a plaL-a 
I Mlttiif lU'iw, nor 'ipsitr Ut knuw. 

S Mr. nu mnm ihrral *d hi* addltlom looor tnrtlaincDl- 
•ry lanvuNi a* iiikjr !>• aoru Id uiauy ^gt*infcUotta, uar* 



If yoQ can add a little, say why not, 

As well as William FiU. and Walter Scott ? 

Since they, by force of rhyme and force ol lis^f 

Enrich'd our island's ill-united tongues ; 

T IS then— and shall be — lawful to precent 

Reform in writing, a^ in parliament. 

As forests shed their foliage by degrees. 
So fade expressions which in season please; 
And we and ours, alas ! are due to fate, 
And works and n^ords but dwindle to a date. 
Though as a monarch nods, and commerce caJj^ 
Tmpeluous rivers stagnate in canals ; 
Though iwaiTips subdued^ and marshes drain'd, Mitlil 
The heavy ploughshare and the vellow grain, 
And rising ports along the busy shore 
Protect the vessel from old Ocean's roar, 
AM, all, must perish ; but. surviving last. 
The iove of letters half preserves the.past 
True, some decay, yet not a few revive ; s 
ThoL-»h those sha'l'sink, which now ippear to thrivi^ 
M custom arbitrates, whose shifting s^vaj 
Oiir life and language must alike obey. 

The immortal wars which gods and angek mgc, 
Are they not shown m Milton's ncred pa^e ? 
His itHiin wll teach what numl^ers best belong 
To themes celestial told in ep:c song. 

The slow, sad sTanza will conectly patnt 
The lover's anguish, f-r thr triend's complaint 
But wliich deserves the i-':i-el — rhyme or blank? 
Which h<.Id>; on Ueliccn !be ni?her rank ? 
I,et sqiiibbline cr iticj> by themsekes disjiute 
This point, as puzzhng as a Chancer)- suiL 

Satiric rhynie first sprang frr>ni selfish spleen. 
Tou doubl — sec Drjdeu, i'ope, SU Patrick's dean 

Blank verse is now, with one consent, allied 
To Tragedy, and rtreiy quits her side. 
'I'hough mad Almanzor rhymed in Dryden'i d».yi. 
No sing-iMug hero rants in moilem plays ; 

8t ponsum, InvldfN^r ; enm ttneua Catonlt rt £&■! 
Sprnniifni patri-jM dilavcrtl. et uoTa rerun 
Numina prniulcrit ? I,if ail, »ei.iperque licebllf 
BiEnalum prar<«ente Dt-ta prcKjiwere udoira. 

Vl ailvac rnhtN pmiii)a mutaulur in auuoa; 
Prima ruUuDt : iln vcrl>orunt vrlua intrnt af>tii^ 
El ju»enuin rilii Roieiit tnodo nata, vigfotqaa 
Debemur mnrli not-tfaque; Bivr rerrptut 
Irrra Neptunus rlRtMen aquilotiibiiii arcvt, 
Re«i» opup; ■ifnhnve din polun, aptaque remU 
ViciiiAM uibra alit. rt grave pmhl aralrum: 
Bpu ruTKum mutnvil miquiTiii friiKibrm amola, 
T>ncturt tier mrliDB; murlalia fa.la prnhonl : 
JJt^um iwrmofuoi »\r\ hcurt*. ft catia »i»tl. 
Miilia rrnaKf-riiMir, quae jam ceridrre; radrotqoe, 
Uuae uitiir nuiit lo hnnoir vocabula. ai volel am; 
Qut-in i^m-n Br:>ilnuni eKi. et jui*. el nurma Inqaaadl- 
<hirum<iiie el tnalla t>ella. 



Quo 


p>rribi pi 


T^ufr^u 


'"; 


qui-nm 


Til Itvimenu. 
noia pnmam: 


Pont 


riiarn ii 


rluna ent T 


ii « 


riitenlia 


crnnpn*. 


Qui* 


tamei) c 


aifu..«elr« 


nH r 


iniaeril 


aurlnr, 


Oram 




rrrtBiiI. el « 
1 propria rn 


dhi 


r «u»3 j 


itict lia art. 


Ar 


hilivtii 


:ambo; 


Run 


mn-ri 


eprre iH-de 


-n r 


■tnl.--.qi 


e foihuroU 


Alter 


nm aplu 


111 ■ertnciii 




el p.ipu 


area 


Vim 


litem » 


rrpiti.i, et 


oat 


lui rebu 


■ aicendia. 


Mu 


"B iJei))l 


fldiliuadiv 


m, p 


iierwqu 


e dtMrrum* 


Et putfilem V 


Ktorem, rt 


equ 


um rer 


BiDiuc. prtmoiia 


aotd 


hallndM 


nid fHy, i 


nd 


otd won 


en'B atorleai, an ftl 



III r»',l. ihia U the ir.illrnniuin <t blarkleller : thaok* M 
our llrtiers, Wrlier*. and HrolU ! — (Thei* wa* eomidcr* 
able nialire tu i^ua riitliiiK H'l >«r, b pixir Ueiinaii bark, 
a mere o.-nBiiurb«lB uT Sir Waller ftcotl, between lb* two 
other iiamen.— t.| 

4 " Mac Plerkoof," the « Hunelad," and all Rwirt** lu» 
pODiiliif bulla-t*. WhateTer their other «*<>rk« nmj W 
ILrae oriKlUB<ed lo perwMial feeliiiia, buJ angry ratorl (A 
uuwurtbj nv«l«; Bod lhi)u|[h Itie aiiililr of IbMc aaUrai 
•JrVftir* Ui« pi«lu-al. Ibeir pdiuaac/ tf«U«»to tnm ikg 
««ng» c^%n» ^ • wriiani 



HINTS FROM HORACE 



a 



Wbilit mcdeit Comedy her verse lbregoe« 
For ie»l Hid pun ' in very middl.^ prose. 
Not Itat our F.eos or Bcauuionti show the won* 
Or lose ooe poinl, because tlicy wrote in veree. 
But io ThaliJ pleases to appcir. 
Poor virgi« ! ilaninM some twenty time. » year I 

WhaUer the scene, let this advice have weight . 
Adapt yOT language tf> your hero's slate. 
At times Velpomeae forgets to ?roan, 
And brisk Thalia lakes a serious lone; 
Nor unregarded will the act pass by 
Where angry Townly » lifts his voice on high. 
Anin, our SUakspeare limits verse to kinjs, 
When comnnn prcse will ser- for common things. 
And lively Hal rttigns hevoir .«. 
Xo " hollowing Hotspur » " and his sceptred sirt. 

T is not enou;h, ye bards, with all your art. 
To nlish p'lems'; — they must l.mcli Ihe heart : 
VlhiK-tr the scene be bid, whal,-'er the song, 
Sfil' '• -..'-ear the hearer's soul alwe ; 

Ct .imana your audience or to smile nr weep, 

Whiche'er laiy please ym-anv tlnn. but sleep. 
The p'lel claims our tears; but, by Ms uiie, 
Before I shed theui, let me see him grieve. 

If hmish'd Romeo felgii'd nor 8i!;h nor tear, 
Lull'd bv his buCTir. 1 should sleep or sneer. 
Sad B»rJs no doubt, become a serums face, 
And men l0"k angry in the proper plnce. 
At double meanings folks seem wondrous »Iy, 
And sentiment prescribes a pensive eye ; 
For nature fomi'd at lirst the inward man, 
And arton copv nature — when they can. 
She bids the beating hearl with rapture bound. 
h»ised lo.the stars, or levell'd wilh the ground ; 
And for expression's aid, 't is said, or sung, 
S^e gave our mind's interpreter — the tongue, 
Who, worn with use, of late would fain dispenw 
(At least in Iheitresi with common sense; 
O'erwhelm wilh sound the b"ies, gallery, pit, 
And raise a laugh with any thing —but wit. 



To skilful writers it will much import. 
Whence jprinj their scenes, from common ure or 
court; 

Et iuvennra curM. et libera Tint referre. 
De«-ripia« tervuf vice., npf rnnxiiie eolore* 
Cur re". "1 nequeo ie"i"fi>qu'. l'""" "»l"'°' ' 
Cor DMnre, puden. pr.»f. qnam di«-frr rnalOT 
Ver»ibu« ex pom Iragicis rt:» comira nou Tuu, 

Sb':r;r.';;'r.r'.:;ird:rto;;r"'"- 

lr»tu*iue Chremea tumnl'i delilieal ore. 

Vt trseicu. plenimuue J"lPt .f rmone p«le.tri. 

Tekphu. ,1 PHeu., cum pa..p^r et exul, ute.qu. 

Projicit ampulla*, et eppquipedalia vcrha, 

Bi curat ror .pprtar,t,. telie.».c 1"'rela 
Hnn iBline"! pnl'l-ra fi-se poeniala; dulrim innlo, 

It quoci.inue »oli-c t. anirocim audilon. agnnta. 

E, rdeatil.' .. .rr.d. ut, it. Il;n..bu. adfl.nt 

numeui TiiltUf *1 »i» me Here dolpodum eat 

Frimum lp»i titi'i ; lun= lua me iuforluuia laedent. 

Telephe, »<■! P'^le"- 1"'' •' "laodali Inqofrie. 
Ant dormitatio. aul ridrbo; Iri»tit mne^tura ^ 
Vuf.nm terba il«Tifnt ; irattiro. plena miparum, 
Ludeotem, lasciva; aev^rum. aeris dirlu. 
ForTMl enim -al.ifa r-'i"'' ""• '?'°' ■,,°"1'',™ -,, 
Fortuliarum h»bilum : jutnt. aut ImpelW ad irami 
in, .d buraum m.-mre sra'i d.dur„. H .u,U; 
Po.t effort .nimi motii- im-rpr-t, liogu.. 
SI dK-enln en.nl r..rtnn!i ab-'Oa dxla, 
R,>m.oi tnll«l equilc. P«M.lr-i'ie .■■.hmnno. 
Inlereril muUum, naruana k«lii«;or u henul 



I Whether thev seek applause by imile or t«»r, 
To draw a "Lyng \ alel," or a " I-ear. 
' A sage, or rakish youngster wild from JJ-h"^ 
A wanrtenng " IVregrine, • or plain John B^ l' 
All per«,n, please wh.n nalure's voice prevul^ 
Scottish or Irish, bom in Wills or Walt». 

Or follow common fame, or forge a plot 
Who cares if mimic heroes lived o> not? 
One precept serves to regulate the scene : — 
Make it appear as if i.t migAI have Uen. 

If some Crawcansir ynu aspire to draw, 
Presenl him raving, and above all law : 
If feir.ale furies in vour scheme are plann d. 
Macbeths tierce dame is re;uJy to your hand; 
For tears and ireachery. for good and ev.l, 
Constance, King Richard. Hamlet and the VnU 
But if a ne«v design you dir.' essay, 
And freely wander from the beaten way, 
True to your charade rs. till all be l«al, 
I Preserve' consistency from first to last. 

T is hard to venture where our betten fail, 
Or lend fresh interest to a twice-lold tale; 
And yet, perchance, 't is wiser to prefer 
A hacknev'd plot, than choose a new, and err, 
Vet copy not loo closely, but record, . ,_ __ 

More justly, thought for thought than word for wn 

MstnrusDe arnex, an adtliir florente juveDTa 
F>rT°d"a" an malrona pf.lriia, in aedula nulriXI 

C^Wbn.'tD A^iyrlua; Thpbia nutnlua '•• '"^*' 

Aut lamam .eq'jere. ant fibi cocirDieritK llii|» 
Bcrlplor Hoooralum ■! forte reponia Achillemi 
Impiirr, Iracuodua. Inelnrabiha affr, 
Juia oeget «lbi Data, nihil oral arrnjet armlA. 
Bit Medea feroi Invictaqae; flfbilia Ino; 
PerOJna Ixion; lo vaea ; tnatia Orealra; 
6i quid loexpenum a<-,nae commiltia, el oudM 
Ptraonam fnrraare noTaro ; aervetur ad imum 
Qaalia ab iDc^pto proccfaent. el aibl conptel. 
" Difflcil. eat p-.>pne commob.a d,cere;4 tuq« 
Reruua lliacum carmen deducie la ac4UB, 
Qua'm al proferrea ignnta Indiclaque prima*. 
Poblica roalcriea pnvatl Joria eril. •[ 
Tt^,. ^irr* wileni patulutnque m'-rahena orbem, 
, .^rbo carabia reddere Odua 



Ko 



4 - Piffititt tU prupr 
cler, Mde. de Sciien ' 

.t; I. nr, thf mf'»t 



re." — Mde !)•■ 
., hare left Ihall 
dippQla on the ro.'abing of lhi< pa-i.age in a tract CO.. 
idcrablT loDge, thau lb, poem n ■""=7- ■'''/" "^'^ 
t Ih* clna*- of Ibe elcTi-oth rolume of Ma-ame ue i»e- 
,gnc'a Ullera, .^.l.-.l by Grouvf lie. f'\"'"^}_,l[;^ 
amiDg ttia 



lake 



...bje 



Ihe 



, par 



I not 



,:,. I 



1 With all lb. Tulear appUoa. and crIMcl abhorrence 
.r>«>i. thej baTe Anatolia o. Iha.r aide; who perm'ta 
tbam W ormtora, and gi'aa Ihain Mliaequalire by a I 
«Uq«>.ltloD. 

t In Vanbrifh'i comedy <l( the " Prtnoked Hu». 
laad.'*— B. 

« •• 4iid t< bl» e»r 1 '11 boiuw, Mortiiaer '"-I ""T 

tr. 



•• (arlhiiij candle " a> ^iwk»aidly i 

reaped for the wila of Ixjuia the ..^u..,- - ■■-'>" — 

aiecle induced me In auhjom theae illu.lrioua •"""'"'''•• 
lat, Boileau ; •• II "t difflclle de trailer de- aujela qui aont 
a la portee de tout le mnnde d'nne maniere qi *ouB lea 
rende propre., ce qui a'api^lle .•a;.rropner "■".»''!<■•/"'» 
tour qi'o» , dnnne." 2d. Ballcx : " Mai. il "t bien 
difflcile de donner dea Ira.la fropto. el i"''""!"''" "°» 
etre. puremenl poaaihlea." 3d, Da. ,er : •■ II r.l difflcl. 
de trmlt.r cnnveuablement cea ca.acterea que to"' •« 
monde pent loTenter." MJe, de Sr.igne'a op.nion «d 
j.l.Iion. conaiatins of «)me thiily pacea. I -m.t. pt^ 
il.rlT aa M. Gron.ella ob.er.ea, -U choae cat b.M 
remarqiiable. aucune de cea diverae. inlerpretaMon. M 
parait etre I. Tenlable." B"'- ,f "y"' '""I'^Hla " 

any years afterwarda. - Le lumincui uumarwa 
made h,.Vppe.ra„ce, lo ^'^^"J"^^ °„''„.'"',;'«;,^'': 
'c.t'nr'''".n7!!om" nO°/y''a^ hence.'VomJbody. .till mnr. 
luminoua. -ill douMlea. .larl up and demoh.h Pum.™^ 
and hia ayelem 00 thla weighty affair, aa if he were M 
ietler thai Ptol^^y and Tycho. "' ,"" ,"f f '°''„°' ,!? 
more conaequence ihan a.lronomicl " '•u almn. ox tM 
preeent comrl. I am happy ui aay. " la ""'«"•"''•'" 

rrV^;";h:'ma,fer"- rz'ii :l,v.i'z:::^lii 

leaal aa good • acholar aa Serign* »«a aaid. 

"A little learning la • dinjeiana ihlnl." 
And, >» thla eompanaon ol comm.nu, II "»T •» (JT 
ceivrf low ijood d.«l may l» l«"i>"«' • pertiOM »• thi 
I nxoprii an. 



56 



HINTS FROM HORACE. 



Nor trace your prototype fhroogh narrow way^, 
Bat only follow where he nieriis praise. 

For yoii, your.5 barJ ! whom luckless fate may lead 
To tremble on ihe nod of all who re.id, 
Krf; vour first score of cantos time unrnlls, 
Beivare — for God's sake, don't t)e^in like Bowlesl i 
"Awake a louder and a loftier strain," — 
And pray, what follows from hiS boiling brain? — 
He siuka to Southey't level in a trice, 
Whose epic mountains never fail in mice I 
Not so of yi • e awoke your mii;hty sire 
The temper'd wirblin^^ of his master-lyre; 
Soft as the gentler breathing of the lute, 
" Of man's hrst disobedience and the fruit • 
He speaks, but, as his subject swells along, 
Karlh, heaven, and Hades echo with the 5005. 
Still to the midst of things he hastens on, 
As if we wituess'd all already done ; 
Lea\'es ou his path whatever 'seems loo mean 
To raise ihe subject, or adorn the scene; 
Gives, as each pnge Impnjves upon the sight, 
Not smoke from brightness, but from darkness — light 
And tnrfh and ficlion with such art compounds, 
We know not where to fix their several boundi. 
If vou wou!l please the public, dei^n to hear 
What soothes (he mioy-neaded monster's ear; 
tf your heart triumph when the hands of all 
Applaud in thunder at the curtam's fall, 
XQlerprm, aec deailies imitator ic arctum 
Dnde pedem proferre pudor velet, aul operii iex* 
Wee sic int'iiiiea, Qt scnptor Cyclicus t.liin : 
"Forluiiain Priami caiitabo, et nobjle bellum.** 
Quid digoum tanto ferel hie prnmitfsor tiiatu? 
Parturiunl mnotei : oaaceiar ndit-uius raus. 
Quaiilu I'ectiua hic, qui oil m<>lilur lueptc '. 
•• Die mihi, Mu»(a, Ttrum eaptae p«J8t (rinport Trc)]*e, 
Qui mnrev hominum mullorum TiJit, el urben. " 
JfoD fiimum ex Tulsfoie, Ned ex furoo dare tucem 
Cogitat, ut iip«:io8a denroc mtracula proinat, 
Antiphaieu, Styl)amc)ue. et euia Cyrlope Chvybdtllk 
Hec reditum Diomedia at iutenlu Melfagn. 
Nee gemiao bcllum Tri.janum orditur sb ovo. 
fi*ni|wr ad eventum festinal: et ic mrdias rea 
NoQ secus ar ootaH, audiCnrem rapit, et quae 
Deaperat Iractata ailVKcere po^ae. relini;uit: 
Atque tta inentitur. me vtiris Talxa remiaeet, 
Frimo He mnlium, mt;dio ae distiepel imum. 

Tu, quid ego el pDpulus tnreum deiideret, audi. 
Si plauauna egea Bjlaea maQeolis, et usque 

1 Atvjut two jeara ago a jronoe man, named Townnend, 
WW uioouo<ed by Mr. (Uimberlaiid. iQ a reTiew »<iiice de- 
•M«ed a« bfin? cunaged id an rpic p-itrn to b*.- enlilied 
" Armagedduo." The plan and *ip~cim<-L promiHe much; 
btit I hope asithLT to orTfnd Mr. Townneud. nor hia 
frieoda.br rerommending to hia aWeolMin the hue* of 
Horace lo which ibeae rhymeM allude. U Mr. Townaetid 
•occceda Id bis undeilakmt!. as there is reaeon to hope, 
how much Will Ihe world be imlrtitcd to Mr. Ciimberratid 
for bringing turn t>efore the public ! But, till that evrnl- 
fol day arrive*, it may ht doubled wh^l^er the premulure 
display of hiH plao ffubliine as the idran eoiifn'«edly are) 
baa n;l. — by rainiug eipertatioo too hiirh, or dimiQiahing 
cunostty, by devclopiiik hta arirument.— rnlher lucurred 
lh« buard of injuring Mr. TiiwiiKeod's future pro«pecU. 



Deserve those plaudits — itudy nature*! P*4S^ 
And sketch the striking traits of every age : 
While varying man and varv-ii^ years uafold 
Life's little tale, so ofi, so valniv told : 
Observ; his simple childhood's 'dawning days. 
His t-ranks. Ms prate, bis playmates, and bu pUys 
1 111 time at length the mannish tvro weanr. 
And prurient vice outstrips his lardy teens! 

Behold him Freshman ! forced no more to groui 
O'er VirgiPs 2 devilish verses and — his own ; 
Prayers are too tedious, lectures too abstruse, 
He flies from Tavell's frown to *' Fordham's Mews 
(Tnlucky Tavell ! 3 doom'd lo dativ cares 
Py pugilistic pupils, and by bears,) •• 
Fines, tutors, tasks, conventions threat in vain, 
Refore hounds, hunters, and Newmarket p1»uu 
R:^ugh with his elders, witii his equals rash, 
Cjvil to sharpers, prodigal of cash"; 
Constant to nought — save hazard and a whore. 
Vet cursing both — for both hive made him B0r« ; 
I'nread (unless, since boobs beguile disease, 
The p— X becomes his passage to degrees); 
FooPd, pillaged, dunn'd, he wastes his term Away 
And unexpell'd perhaps, retires M. A.; 
Master of arts ! »> hells and clubi * procJaim, 
Where scarce a blackleg beare a brighter "--»* 

Launch'd into life, extinct his early fire, 
He apes the^jelfisli p.iidence of his sire; 
Marries for money, chooses friends for rank, 
Buys land, and shrewdly trusls nof to the Bank 
Sits in the Senate; gets a snn and heir; 
Sends him to Harrow, for himself was there. 
Mute, though he voles, unless when call'd to ctuet 
His son 'b so sharp — he 'U see the dog a peer ! 
Manhood declines — age palsies ever)- Hmb ; 
He quits Ihe scene — or else the scene quits him; 
Scrapes weallh, o'er each departing penny griefe*. 
And avarice seizes all ambition leaves: 






Culheit ac I 

Imberbia 

Gaudet equ 



ir. Von plaudite, dical ; 
itaiidi aunt tibi mores, 

am ticil puer. el pede certo 



cnlluu 



'. ct i 



ipl; 



iigua 



Conv 



fludiiM, acta*! 



t 0(« 



rin gramme e 
iribuH aaper* 

■re pemlz 
rilia 



p oavet . 



1 shall I 

>}{ my praiiM-l and Mr. Tow 
.tuBtrd by unw 



the bumble ir 

out aupf-jae 

•iiggeatioo. I wiah the nutbnr all the aiicrraa lie ran wiah 

himwif, ani ahMtl be truly happy to we epir poetry weigt 

ed lip from Itie hnihoa Hhere it liea auiikm wilh Kiiuihe) 

Citlle. r;owky (Mr«. or Ahrahnm). Ogilvy, Wilk.e, Vy, 



mutare laboret. 
Multa aenem ronvcniual im-ommnda; yel qund 
Quncrit, et luventia miaer abalinet, ar timet uti; 
Veiqui>d rea omne* imiide gdideqiie miniatral, 
Pilntor, ape Inncua, ineia, Bvidu»«jiie fuluri; 
DilMciiia, quaarulua. laudator lempona uru 

3 Harvef, (he circulator of the ei>cu/a(joa of th% 
blood, uaed to rthig awny Virgil In hla er«taay of ftdiiili» 
tiou, and auy, "the book had a devil." Now, auch a ak»> 
raiiet aa I am copying would probably tling ii awar atek 
but rather wtah Ihut ihe devil had ihe book; sol tnm 
di«liW to the |»oet. iMit well fouiideil horror of hexam*. 
the public achool penaiire of " I»n| aotf 
u(rh to brgel an niiftpothy to p->rtry ht ikt 
lan'a life, aod, perhaps, ao far may b« ac a<^ 



aad 41 'I I)] 



(•II of pa^-t and prearnt daya," K^ 
Millon, he mar b* better than B'aekmort ; If not 
'. an Aitttmaehui. I ahould dei-m myaelf pre- 



la Dot 

•vmptu'iiia. aa a young min, m ufT'Tini 
Dot wMreM'sJ Moor allll ynnngrr. Mr. T'lwnaend haa (he 
■raaleal .limrultlva \n rnoMiiiler : but In cniiqurnnr tnem 
m* Will (Ifot f rnpl'iymenl ; to having conquered them, hia 
rt««rJ. I know l<m well •• the arribbter'a M-ori. the 
•rUti-'a cfjoiumHy : " aiHl I am aCrald lime will trnrh Mr. 
rowoMoJ lo know them tteiitjr. Th^xe who aurree.!, 
a«d thoM* T-ho do not, muat bear thla alike, and II la hard 
Co aay whtnta have moat of il. ) iru*t that Mr. Town- 
aaad'a abara will t>a froro aaay ; — t»u will anon kniw 
naokiiKl wfi: aaoucb aoi 10 altilbuta IMa axpreaaloo 10 



Short- ta( 
residue of I 

8 " lurnndum, reglna, Jubea renovare dolorem." I dira 
aay Mr. Tavell (to whom I mean no affn.nt) will ODder* 
hethri anjp one elae doca 



and It la do ma 

eiita, "qmieqiie ipsa 1 
[ quorum para magna tut,*' 



VHlt. et quorum para magna tut," all ltme$ ami ttrmM b«Mir 
leptimony. 

4 The Rev. (1. F. Tavell wm ■ felkw and tutor ei 
Trinity College. Cambridge, during I-.rd Dvrvu'a rral- 
denre. and owed thla imlire lo the Xeal with which ho hitf 
pro|e«tr<l acalnat aome Juvenfla vagariea, aufflclentlT aa 
ptniiied in Mr. Moore'a Motlcea, »ol. I. p. 810.- K. 

ft " Hell," a fam'ngboiiae ao catletl, whera yoo rlak i*- 
tte, and are cheated a good deal. 'M.'lub," a pkaasnt jcx. 
jntory. whara you toaa mora, aod va «ol aapfcaai m m 



HINTS FROM HORACE 



5"! 



1 «fit 



■eferl 



SeBniui. 

Outm nuae nunt orulin ^ubjrcla fideUbus, et quai 

Ipiie •ibi Tradil sr^cialox- Not tamfD intiw 

Di»na rfi, i.ro;ne» in Bccnam : rauUaque tollea 

Ex otolis, qnie mox narr»;t far-uiiiiia praetjeDB. 

He puf^rw roram populo M^dfa truridpt; 

Alil humana palam roqual exta nefarius AtreaBi 

Aul in Bvem Frogne vertatur, Cailmus in anguec 

Qaodcuoque oeteDdii mihi sic, iocredulua odi. 



Coonti cent per eent, and smiles, or winly freta, 
O'er hoard, diminish'a '>» you.12 Ilnpeful's debts; 
Weij-hs well and wisely wliat to sell or buy, 
Complete in all life's ie&ions — lua to die ; 
Peerish and spitef-^l, doaliu?: hard to please, 
Ccmmemiiiig every time, save tiniei. like these ; 
Crazed, querulous, fonsaken, half fr-r^ot, 
Ejpiroa unwept— is buried— let liiiu roll 

But from the Drama let me not dijress, 
Nor spare my precepts, though they please you less. 
Though woman weep, and hardest hearts are stirr'd. 
When what is dee is nlher seen than heard, 
yet many deeds jireservi-d in history's page 
Are belter told than acted on the stage : 
riie ear sustains what shocks the tiinid eye, 
And horror thus subsides to sympathy. 
True Briton a1- beside, I here am French 
Uloodshed 't is surely better to retrench 
The gladiatorial gore we teach :o (low 
.n tragic scene di^us's, tin ugh but in show, 
We hale the c.-wnage while we see the trick, 
\i I find small svmpathy m lieiiig sick. 
N'o on ine st.age the reiiride Macbeth 
Appals an aucli^-nce wi;h a niomrch's death ; 
Til gaze when sable Hul erl threats to scar 
Voung Arthur's ejes, ran nurs or iiatuie hear ? 
A hallcred heroine i Johpson sought to slay — 
We saved Irene, but half damii'd the play, 
And (Heaven be praised !) our tolerating times 
Sfint metamorphoses to pantomimes ; 
And Lewis' "elf, with all l.is sprites, would quake ' 
To change Earl Osir-^nd's negro to 1 snake ! 
Because, in scenes excitinr j^- or LTief 
We loathe the action which exceeds oenef : 
And vet, God knows ! what may not ai'tliors do. 
Whose postscripts prate of dyeing " heroines blue?" » 

Above all thines, Dan Poet, if you can. 
Eke out your acts, 1 pray, with mortal man; 
Nor call a ghost, unless some cursed scrape 
Must open ten trap-doors for your escajie. 
Of all the monstrous things 1 'd fain forbid, 
1 loathe an opera worse than Dennis did ; ' 

8« pnero, easti^tor ceneorqae minorotn. 
Multa reninl anni renienles cnmniola secum, 
Mulla rei-edeolen adirnuiit. Ne forte seiiilea 
Mandentur juveni partes, puernque viiiles. 
Semper in aa^unclin. aevtyjue morabimiir aptla 



1 " Irene had to Bpenk two lim 
^nnd her ntck; but the audieiiri 
Kd «he was obliged to go off the 
•Bll'j Joftajci. [Tilt 



) with the bowstring 
cried out 'Murder ! ' 
Btage 



Where good and evil persons, ri|ht or wposg, 
Bage, love, and aught but moratise, in song, 
H.-.il, la^t memorial of our foreign friends, 
Which Gaul allows, and still Hesperia liendll 
Napc)leon'3 edicts no embargo lay 
On whores, spies, singers, wisely shipp'J awiy. 
Our giant capital, whose squares are spread 
Wiiere rusics earn'd, and now may beg, their bm^ 
111 all iniquity is grown so nice. 
It scorns amu-enients which ipe not of price. 
Hence the pert shopkeeper, whose throbbing e«T 
Aches with orchestras which he pays to hear. 
Whom shame, not s\ mpatnv. forbids to snore. 
His anguish doubling by his own " encore ; " 
Stiuec/ed in " Fop s Aliev," jostled by the beaul. 
Teased witli Ills hat, and trembling fur his toes; 
Scarce wrestles through the night, nor tastes of eaa. 
Till the dropp'd curtain gives a glad release : 
Why this, and more, he sutlers — can ye guess?- 
Because it costs him dear, aud makes him dress. 

So prosper eunuchs fnim F.lruscan schools ; 
Give us but fiddlers, and Ihev 're sure of fools! 

les were plavM by many a reverend clerk* 

(Wliat harm, if David danced before the ark?) 

Ill Christinas revels, simple country folks 

Were pleased with morrice-mumm'ry and am* 

jokes. 
Improving vears, with things no longer kno'^n. 
Produced blrhe Punch and merry Madame Joan, 
Who still frisk on with feais so lewdly low, 
T is slranje Reiivolio •■ sullers such a show ; 
Suppressing peer ! to whom e.ach vice gives place, 
(Jalhs, boxing, begging. — all, save rout and race. 
Farce frillowed Comedy, and re.ach'd her prime, 
In ever-laughimc Foote's fanl.astic time: 
.Mad wag ; wlio panloii'd none, nor spa.-ed the bed 
And turn'd some very si.-rinns things to jest. 
Nor church nor stale esc iped his public sneers, 
Arms nor the gown, priests, lawyers, voluoteem 
" Alas, poor Yonck ! " now for ever mute ! 
Whoever laughs a laugh must sigh for Foole. 
We smile, perforce, when histrionic scenei 
Ape the swoln dialogue of kings and queens, 
\Vhcn " Chrnnoiiholnnlhologos must die," 
And Arthur struts in mimic majesty. 

bus ! with whom once more I hope to • V 
And smile at folly, if we can't at wit ; 
Yes, friend 1 for thee I 'II quit my cvnic cell. 
And hear Swifl's motto, " Vive la bagatelle !" 
Which charm 'd our days in each .I'.eean clima, 
As oft at home, with revelry and rhyme 
Then may Euphrosyne, who sped the past. 
Soothe thy life's scenes, nor leave thee in thelail; 
But find in thine, like pagan Plato's bed,6 
Some merry manuscript of mimes, when dead. 

Now to the Drama let us bend our eyes, 
Where fetter'd by whig Walpole low she liei; 






ardfl 



sad Irii'.ie wail carried off. to be put to dt-ath behind 
the BcenM. "This >how»," eays Mr. Malono, "how 
Itady modern audienrrs are 10 condemn, in a new play. 
wlia: they have frequeiilly eaduri-d »cry quittly in an old 
one. Rowe has made MonexcB. in Tamerlane, die by the 
bowstring without offence." LlavieB assures OB, in his 
lire of Oarrick, fhal the strancling Irene, contrary to 
Horace's rule, eorajn populo, was suggested by Gar- 
rlck.-E.] 

2 la Oe postscritt to the "OaBtte Spectre," M'. Lewis 
lellB OS, that though blaciB w.-re unlinown in F.ngland at | o oc.......u 

Ike period of hiB actlr^n, yet he ban made the ana^hronu-m rnce-bor»e8 u 

.- — , ..a .1,. and it he could have produced the , the turf. K% 

' — I quote him— I exculpatio-i? 



Fabula. quae pOBci ' 
fiec Dcus inlersit, 



lit qninto prodnctior 
eel 

vludice nndoi 






Hy ■ 



4 "The first theatrical representati' 
IcricB and Mornlilic^,' were e 
mas, by moults ,'as the only pi 
bitterly by the rierg/ and fit 
The dranii ' 



entitled 'My* 
clrd a< Chhst- 
.>uld read), aiK! 



Sic. Ae 



naking hii 
old ha 



" blue he woold ha'e made herl " 

a In no9, Dennis, the critic, wrote an " Eamy on tu' 
Operas after the Italian m.inuer, which are about to bi 
ntablished on Itie KucliBh Sage;" in which he endca 
»o»rs to sho'ai, that It is a dncr«ion of more pernicloui 
scAMqacDce Ibai the most UccnUooa play that «Ter «(i 
pond n|»> the lUfe. — E. 






1 f, t'ndi 
1 Sopliora 



1 fo- lastily, bee 



>w a Tolome ot the Mimst q4 
day he died. .-Vide Bartheleml, 
Lnertiiis, If agreeable. Ds Paa* 
mberland. In his Obsemr IwK 
it morai iike the aajlnja of fubUus Sjiu. 



wax found I 
or DIogel 
Jest'bo 



5S 



HINTS FROM HORACE. 



C* mjptioD |6n*d her, for she fearM her ^laince; 
Decorum Itft her for an oi«ra dance I 
Yet Chesterfield, I whose [>oIish'd j>cn tDveiehs 
'Gainst laughter, {ou^ht for freedom to our pujtj 
Cucherk'd by aieeriuis of pntriciaa brains, 
And diunoinj; dulnees of lord cbinibcrlaini. 
Repeal Ihit act ! a^ain let HunmiK roam 
Wild Ver the slA^e — we 've time for tears at home ; 
Let Ajcher iilant the horns od Sullen's brows, 
And Estif.mia £jull her Copper '- spouse ; 
Tlie moral *8 scant — but that may be excused, 
Men go nDl to be lectured, but amused. 
He whrim our jilavs dispose to ?nr>d or ill 
Must wear a he^d'in want of Willis' skill ; 
Ay, but Mscheath's example — psha !— no more I 
It form'J no thieves — the thief was form'd before; 
AiJ spite of puritans and Collier's curse,' 
Pla)i make mankind no beMer, and no worse. 
The 1 s]iare our sti^e, ye melhodisfic men J 
Nor burn damn'd llmrj- if it rise aerain. 
Rut whv to brain-scorch'd bigots (hiis appeal? 
Can hea'vei-ly mercy dwell with earthly zeal ? 
For tiirves of fire and fa^ot let them hope \ 
Times dear alike to puritan or pope. 
As piou5 Calvin saw Servetus blaze. 
So would new sects on newer victims gu& 
E*eD now the songs of Solyma be^in ; 
Faith cants, perpler'd apolosist of sin ! 
While the Lord's Rcrvant cha-ilens whom he loveif 
Ind Simeon * kicks, where Baxter only " shoves." * 
Whom nature guides, so writes, that every dunes, 
En-^ptured, thinks to do the same at once; 
But afler mky thumt^ and bitten nails, 
Arjd twenty scatter'J (juirc, the coxcomb fails. 

Let pastoral be dumb ; for who can hope 
To match the vuthfui eclogues of our I'ope 
Vet bis and >'hillii)s' faults, nf difTerent kind, 
For art too rude, (or nature too refined. 
Instruct how hard the medium 't is to hit 
Twixl tyo much polish and loo coarse a wit 
A vul^i scrfbtiler, cerTes, stands disgraced 
In this nice a?e, when all aspire to taste ; 
The dirty lansiage. and the nmsome jest. 
Which pleased in Swift nf yore, we now detest; 
Proscribed not only in the \vorId |rf»litc, 
Bui even too nasty for a city knight ! 

Pence to Swift's faults I his wit hath made them paaa, 
Cnmatch'd by all, save matchless Iludibnu: 
Whose author i% perhaiis the Hr^l we meet 
Who from -jut couplet lopp'd two final feet ; 
Ex onto flrtDm rarmro ■rgaar, ol slht rjiilTt* 
0p«ret lilrra . audfl muMmn. fniilraqa^ laboret 
Atwua Idrtn: tnutum *rnfB junrturnqnr pollrt : 
Ttuium dr mfilio ■umrd* acccdil hotiun*. 
BilTii dnlurll ravfunt. mr iudirf, FauDl, 
Re *rlut itinalt triTiia, ar pftir forrnnrR, 
Aot oiminro trom* juvrn«>ntar Trraihim anquam* 
Aai.trnmuDda rrrp^nt, iKnom*o''^ii']Uc dirt*. 
OffruiluDtur fnim, quit)"* cmi rqun*, rt pater, «t rea: 
Her, •! quid fnrll -'-rna probal rl naria emtor» 
Acquia »-cipt'")' ac'mia. doiianivr cnrnna. 

hjil»"« k>nKa brrvt auhjpila. voralur tamhDH. 

Nowian tamh^ia, rnni p^a<m rrOdrrrl Irion, 
rrluiua mi eilremont aimilia albl : oou Ita piidrtn* 



1 Hla ap^rb CO 
•laqut-Dt ftti.rtm. 

) Mlrt.arl rtrps, 
■ttl have a Wlfa.* 



tht Llc«aalD|{ Art la ona of bia moat 
tha Coppar C«pt«lK, U *• Rata ■ Wlfa 



4 Mr. nttnvoD la tha vary hallr nf hrllvfk. and <a«nratnr 
•I **go<Ml wDTka." Ha la uUly aan"^rml t>* Jnhu Sli. k- 
teiV a kahri-irrr la lh« aam« vinv^ard - ^nt I ut no mote, 
tm, a^ropltoi lo Johaa/ la fall ffiofrrfatloa, "JVa Avpaa 
/•r tktm «• l**tk».*' i 

B ' Baitvr'a Bk^va to iaavy-*— «1 ChrUllana,** Iha 
««t«(at>'« titu 'W « WMik OM« lb cotiri ny*\», aad Ukalj 1 
waatb t» te «9 a^la* I 



Nor Isn is merit thas the Wmijer bM^ 

This measure move* a faToiir.te of the Nom, 
Though at first view ci»ht feet Oiay seem m fttt 
Fomi'd, save in ode, to bear a serions strain. 
Yet hcntt has shown our wondering isle of late 
This niea£ure shrinks not from a theme o[ wei|^ 
And, varied skilfully, surjiasKS far 
Heroic rh>-Tne, but most m love and mr^ 
Whose fluctuations, tender or sublime. 
Arc curt»'d loo much by long-recumng rhymB. 

Rut many a skilful judge abhors to see, 
What few adnure — irreeiilanly. 
This some vouchsafe to pardon ; but *t is ham 
When such a word conleuU a Bndsh bard. 

And must the bard his glowing thoughts confizM, 
Lest censure hover o'er some faultv line ? 
Remove whate'er a critic niav suspect, 
To gam the paltry sutTmee of' "correct f 
Or pnme the ipirit of each daring phrasei, 
To fly from error, not lo merit pmse ? 

Te, who seek finish'd models, never cease. 
By day and night, to read the works of Greecet 
Rut our good fathers never ben! thei. brains 
To heathen Grtek, content with native atraioft 
The few who read a jiage, or used a pen, 
Were aalisfied with Chaucer and old Ben; 
The jokes and numbers suited to their taste 
Were (juaiol and careless, any thing but chast% 
Vet whether right or wmng the 3>'icient niiCA, 
It -will not do to call our fathers fools ! 
Though you and I, who eruditely know 
To separate the elegant and low. 
Can also, when a hobLling line appean, 
Detect with fingers in default of ears. 

In soofh I do not know, or greatly care 
To learn, "ho our first F.nglish itmilers wer« ; 
Or if, till roofs received the vagrani art, 
f)ur Muse, like that of Thespis, krpt a cart; 
Put this a certain, since our Shakspeare's days, 
There's pomp ennugh, if little else, in plaji; 
Nor will Metj-nniene ascend her throne 
Without higli heels, white plume, and Bristol stOM 

Old comedies still meet with much apptauif, 
Though too licentious for dranintic laws; 
At least, we modems, wisely, *t is confest, 
Curtail, or silencf-, the lasciv ioua jest 

WhateVr their fol1ie«, and their faults beside^ 
Our enieqirifling bania pass nought untried ; 
Nor do they merit sJight applause wlio cbooea 
>c Fiigliah sutiject fur an Knsl>sh muse, 
Tanlior et paulo gravlorque ▼rntrri ad aar*% 
Bpondpoa atabilra 1q ^ i pnlrrna r^cfpit 
CommoituB el palifua; not) at dc triie apcaod 
Ce.1rrrl aut qoarta a~-ialilcr. the *l id Aod 
Nnttiiihiia irtmr-tn* a)<par«l raru^, el Knnl. 
In arfnom mipnoa mni-rio rum pnodrrr Trraoa. 

Aut tcnorHtap prrmit artia rnminr turpi. 
_ Ptoti <]tiivi« vulcl imtnoituluiii prvmala Jodcsi 
lata Ilomnnm *ri)ia mt liid't'na p'<rlia 



Mill 



n.iuc hr 



I pun 



proavi 


na 


itiD 


oa rt nbin 


roa at 


r aalea 


nl 


nlu 


n [Mittrula 


airvrnqB^ 


•tullr 


mi rut 1 


al ni'vio «|0 at voe 


Dnrhan 
rTH|iir a 


Tu 


rpi, 


o •rponeir 
Kllia rallr 


diftO, 

lua rl aBrk 
r Camoaoaa 




C' 


nlqi 


r Frroncl 


ta Thpaptai. 




farfibos on 




Km "'"'fcTM Mai 



HINTS FROM HORACE. 



59 



Aad Imt* to mindi which ncTcr dare inveDt 
Pracch flippiMy »Jid German sentimeat 
Wberv u tU ivin; lao^uasc which could claim 
PcMtic more, u philosophic, fame. 
U »11 our bird!, more palieut of deliy. 
Would »top, like Pope, to polish by ihe war? 

Lord« «f the quill, whose critical assaults 
Cetlhrow whole quartos wilh their quires of bulta. 
Who ao->n detect, and mark where'er we fail, 
Asd prove our marble with too nice a nail ! 
l)MH'H:ri;us himself was not so bad ; 
He only thought, out you would make, us mad I 

But truth tr nv, most rhymers rarely guard 
Aaiusl that ridicule they deem so hirJ ; 
la prison nejligent, Ihev wear, from sloth. 
Beards of » week, and nails of annual growth J 
Beside in garrets, flv from those Ihey meet. 
All walk in alleys,' rather than the street. 

With fittle rhyme, less reason, i'f you pleajo, 
The name of poet may be got wilh ease, 
to that not tuns of heileboric juice 
Shall ever turn vour head to any use; 
W -ite tat like Wordsworth, live beside a Lake, 
And keep your bushv locks a year from Blake; i 
Then print your bcA, once more reluro lo town, 
And boys shail hunt your hardship up aod down. 

Am I not wise, if such some foets' plight, 
To purge in spring — like Ba^es — before I wnte 
If this precaution soften'd not my bile, 
I know no scribbler wilh a madder style; 
But since (perhaps my feelings are too Dice) 
I cannot purchase fame at such a price, 
I 'll labour yralis as a grinder's whee!,_ 
And, blunt mvsclf. give edge to others steel. 
Nor write at all, unless to leach the art 
T» those rehearsing for the poet's part ; 
From Horace show the pleasing paths of song, 
AJld from my own example — » hat is wrong. 

Though modern practice sometimes differs quite, 
Tis just as weH to think before you write ; 
l*t everv book that suits your theme be read. 
So shall you trace il to the fountain-head. 

He who has leam'd the duty which he owe* 
To t>itods and countrv, aod to pardon foes ; 
Wh'J models his deportment as may best 
Accord with brother, sire, or stranger gu-st 
Ami de«erere, et cilebrare dame^tir* f»ct«« 
Vel qui pr«..ttjla«. »fl qui cfocutrf wgatu. 
Vtc Tirlulc loret clari.Vf polmliun armii. 
tto.m liii5->«. Uliom. •> doq oCcnderrl u"™- 
auproane 'oeiarum liznBP la*)* »t mora. °*» " 
ipnmpi..o« ..iie'OK. carmrn re^.-hf nditf, quod E0» 
Mnlla dlM rl mutta litura co-ri-uil. alT'e 
PraesM-lum i'cin noD rasliei'i'. >J unuem. 

iDefQlum Dliwera quia fnrtiiii*Iius arte 
Credit. <•! excludit BaDoa Helir-iUP porlas 
Demofr.to.; bona par. non iin?ue. poncrf cura% 
Won b.rb«m : aenela pelil !•)•-». balnea vital. 
Raociacrlur 'Oim irelium nnm.:nqii» portao. 
8i tnbua Autiryna caput .naaiiatiile ounquam 
Tj»»ori Linunroramiseril. Oeeolarvus, 
Qat pnrifnr bilcm aub verni tempcna h..'am. 
Koo alio, faceret ine^i.ta pwmata : verum 



Who take* our laws and wonhif » ther »i», 
Nor roars reform for senate, ch irch, and bar} 
In practice, rather than loud pruepl. »T«e, 
Bids not his tongue, but heait, philnaoplus* » 
Such IS the man the poet should rehearse, 
Ai joint exemplar of his life and verse. 

Sometimes a sprightly wit, and tale well toll 
Without much grace, or weiaht, or art, will boM 
A longer empire o'er the public mind 
Than sounding trifles, empty, though refineil. 
Vnhappv Greece ! thv sons of ancient day* 
The muse may celebrate with perfect praise, 
Whose generous children narrow'd no! their hearta 
With commerce, given alone to amis and arts. 
Our bovs (save those whom public schools compel 
To ■' long and short " before they "re taught 10 tpeU) 
From frugal fathers soon imbibe by rote, 
" A penny saved, my lad. 's a penny got.' 
Babe of a city birth I from sixpence take 
Tlie third, how much will the remainder make?— , 
"A groat." — " Ah, bravo! Dick hath done the ta»l 
He Ml swell my fifty thousand to a plum." 

Tbev whose young souls receive this rust betime^ 
T is i-fear, are fit for any thing but rhymes ; 
And Locke will tell vou, that the father 's right 
Who hides all verses from his children's sight; 
For poets (savs this sage.^and many more,) 
>lake sad mechanics wilh their lyric lore; 
And Delphi now. however rich of old- 
Discovers little silver, and less gold. 
Because Parnassus, Ihourh a mount divine, 
Is poor as Irus,' or an Irish mine.* 

Two objects always should the poet move, 
Or one or both. — to ple.-ise or lo improve. 
Whaie'er you leach, be brief, if you design 
Fo' oui remembrance your didactic liue ; 
Redunlance places memory on Ihe rack. 
For brains may be o'erloaded, like the back. 

Fiction does best when taught to look like tma. 
And fairy fables bubble none but youth : 
Expect no credit for too wondrous tales. 
Since Jonas only springs alive from whale*! 
Respicere exemplar Tilae, moruroque jubel» 
P.wtum imilalnrem. el rivaa hine ducere root*. 

Interdum Bpecitwa locis, raoralaqoe recle 
Tabula. nuHiua venena. sine pcodiTe el arte, 
Valdiua oblecia' [»puluin, mehuwjue moratnr, 
Quam ▼emua LBopea rerura nueae^ue caooiao. 

(Iraiia losecium. Oram dei-il lue rolundo 
Muu I'sui. praeler tandem niiitiua avana. 

DiaruQt in partes centum dii^ucere : dieat 

FihuB *lbini. Si de quiniuore remota e«t 

Vncia quid Ruperal? polerat dixifae — Triena. n. 

Rem ^len. .errare l.iara. Fed.l unrn : quid tt » 

Rerai^. AD haec anirao:* aerugu el rura perujl 

Cum aemel imbuTil. apeiamuH rarrai'ia fingi 

Aot pro.lfCTe.».ihinl. aul delegare poelae; 
Aul Bimul et jueuR-Ja et idonea direrr; vitae, 
.^uiilquid praeeipiea. ealo breTH ; ul eito iliet* 
Pereipiant aoimi dtiriles. tenec2*fliie fldetea. 
Omne atiperiaeuum plenn de p". lore manaU 



mitantie.t; ertJ (u...^. 

Il«ldere quae ferrum valet, exeon. ip.a .eeaadl. 
Hanul et oltlcium. ml seriben. ip»e. doeebo; 
Cnde parentur opea ; quid alal formelque p<ielara I 
Qmid deoeat. q''*a Don: quo virtue, quo feral error, 
8cnb«ndi rerle, Kipere em et I'lnetpium 'I lont. 
Bem tibi 8(icTalirae piiterunt nelendcre enartfte : 
V.rtaque pro-. .am rem li'.n invita .equeut.ir. 
Qui didieil patriae quid debeat. el quid nmicia; 
au« ait auKue pareo.. quo fraet amandu.. et tioape*! 
Qicd .Jt eonwripti, qu'id judie I officium; quae 
rarte. id belhim mi».i du.i. ; illc poifeilo 
Reddcic per»uu»e acil coov.mieutia cuiqne. 

TtLt faro'.oa • !on.or aa LIcinu. him.eir. and tyettar 
•aid, aod m.7. like him. be one day a aenator, havini; • 
Ctlsi qoaliHealion •.haa one halt of tha he«U he crop., 
ft*. — ladepeudeuet 



Vrc 






cat ch' 'at 


.ila ttHI 




Neu 


pr&r.ue Lamiae ti 




a pueriim 








nal 


by mr, bu 


the H.ili 


n tr»»»- 




rimt a* foUnvtii 


— 


E una CO 


IB a mto 


creder* 


moUo 'IravasRntf. che u 
■no fiehuolo '"oUiTi ^ r"' 




n, n i-crtD 


Pita, ch« 






.1i 


ra.lo nrl 1 






d' nro 


e d* tr^foto. " — 


Ed 


uca^iuTie 


de, Fane 






r Loc>9. y\t the 




Id hav- a 


.orlic rrir 








thf 


world, iba 


thf fall. 










-I.M or 11 


iproT.nl. ' 




Tory ■ 


«I(lmn npfii. thai a 


V ( 


ue diacoT« 


ra miuca of (old or 



;ii;'eronrar„...u.."-E.l 

S ■• I m PRupenor : •■ llila la the aome beecar wio boxe* 
ie,lh VW<a,-t f..r a poonc o( k.d'. fry. «hi.h l.i loel, a*4 
half a diaen leilb he.idra. — See <llfa-«j. b. lA 

4 T'-e Irl.h e"ld m.ne of Wleliiow. whicll fteU* tatf 
on enoucti to eirear oj, or fild a bid (uUm. 



60 



HINTS FROM HORACE. 



Toaag men with aught brt ele^oce dispense; 
Maturcr years require a little sense, 
Tu cod at once : — that bard for at] is fit, 
Who mingles wel' instructinn wit+i his wit ; 
For him reviews shall smile, for him o'erfiow 
The patronage of Paternosler-row ; 
liis book, wfih Longman's liberal aid, shall pass 
f\Vho ne'er despises books thai brio? him brass) ; 
Through three long weeks tlie taste of London lead, 
And cross St. George's Channel and the Tweed. 

But every thing has faults, nor is 't unknown 
That Larps and tiild'es of:en lose their tone, 
And wayward voices, at their owner's call, 
With all hJB best endeavours, only squall ; 
Dog3 blink tiieir covey, flints withheld the spark,> 
And double-barrels (damn them !) miss their mark.' 

Where frequent beauties strike the reader'i view 
Wc must not quarrel for a blot or two j 
Biit pardon equally to books or men, 
The slips of human nature, and the pen. 

Yet if an author, spite of foe or friend, 
Despises all advice too much to mend, 
But ever twangs the sime discordant string, 
Give him no quarter, howsoe'er he sing. 
Let Hav-j-d'5 3 fate o'ertake him, who, for once, 
Produced a play too dashing for a dunce: 
At first none deem'U it his ; but when his name 
Announced the fact — what then ? — it lost its fame. 
Though all deplore when Milton deigns to doze, 
in a long work 't is fair'to steal /epose. 

As pictures, so shall poems be ; some stand 
The critic eye, and please w'^en near at hand j 
But 01 hers at a distance str.^- .he sight ; 
This seeks the shade, but that demands the light. 
Nor dreads the connoisseur's fastidious view. 
But, ten times scrutinised, is ten time^ new. 

FamassiiD pilgrims ! ye whom chance, or choice. 
Hath led to listeu to the Muse's voice, 



Centurt 


w aeoior 


am n^iXaat expertia frugia : 


Cclii pne 


ereuul p 


untera priemata 


Khair 


oea. 


Omne lul 


r punrtu 


ni. qui raificult 


utile 


ulcU 


'^ctorem 


^••Ictltin. 


», panterque ir 


oneod 


o. 


Hie mere 


B«Ta I»iKT Stalls; hir e 


t marc 


tranilt. 


Et lonrurr 


nolo mcT 


plnn prorogat 


»f«um 




Sum dr 


icl8 lam 


rn, qiiihus igno 
aoDum reddit 


quem 


Himaa ; 


Haw on 


e churdi 


▼ ult QUOQ 


PoKenllq 


eRriT^n 


peniaepn remlttit ac 


ufum: 


Kee •ttmpf.T fenel 


y-lcunque m 


nabili 




Verum lit 


i phira 




e. oou 


eco paucU 


Offend Bf 






i-odu 




A at huftix 


n« pariim 


raTit nntura. 


Quid 


erjoT 


Ct ■cnpto 


r fli pecrn 


t idrm rit>rarlu 


a u-Mjii 


p. 


QuamTia 


rat mom 


uf, »ent8 earn 


; ul c 


iharoedaa 


Ridel ur.e 


honla o'l 


aemp*T obrrn 


t fadv 


m ; 


Sicmib'. 


qm mull 


um ccvat. At C 


horni 


ua llle, 


Quem b\a 




urn rum rUu m^rur; 


el Mftn 


lodiltnor, 


tl'ian.J.-). 


e honua dnrrai 


at Ilo 


nerua. 


V^Tum open iniij!') 


tan «-«l fibr^pcr 


aomniim. 


Ul pirlu 


ru, p«»^at 


: eril quae, ai 


pr-.pi 


a Hl^a, 


Te rapiet 


inorta; et ^iiaedini, at 
t otwcumm ; *i)lel hapc 


mtitun 




Hmc ami 


autt 1 


ire vidort* 


indicia ar 


Kuti.m q 
ult acme 


an ooo formid 
; baec deciea r 


It aeu 


mra : 


Mcplac 


epctita 

clerta 


plarebit 


lTtllae«t 


p)et la a 


mofllnKly cham 


\c or that n 


tvra .-r fun 


and billr 


iirM wilh will 


rti the 


r Bulhor an 



Receive this counsel, and be timely wiaft; 

Few reach the summit which before youUei. 

Our church and state, our courts and camps, 

Reward to very moderate heads indeed I 

In these plain common sense will travel farj 

All are not tnkines who mislead the bar: 

But poesy between the best anil worst 

No medium knows ; you must be last or fiist 

For niiddliDg poets' miserable volumes 

Are danm'd alike by gods, and men, ard coItmuM 

Again, my Jeffrey ! — as that sound inspires, 
How wakes my bosom to its wonted nres! 
Fires, such as gentle Caledonians feel 
When Southrons wriihe upon their critic wheel, 
Or niild Ectftctics.* when some, worse than Turki^ 
Wuuld rob poor Faith to decorate ** good works." 
Such arc the (rr^ntal feelings thou canst claim—- 
My falcon liies not at ignoble game. 
Mightiest of all Dunedin's beasu of cbaMl 
For thee my Pe°asus would mend his p«'* 
Arise, my Jeffrey I or my inkless pea 
Shijl never blunt its edge on meanT r«en; 
Till l-hee or ihine mine evil eye discerns, 
Alas! I cannot "str.ke at wretched kerne*.* 
Inhuman Saxon I wjt thou then resign 
A muse and heart by choice so wholly thine? 
Dear d — d contemner cf my schoolboy songs, 
Hast thou no vengeance for my manhood's wtod^ 
If unprovoked U:ou onoe cnuld bid me bleed, 
Hast ihou no weapon for my daring deed ? 
What ! not a word ! and am I then so low 
Wilt thou forbear, who never spared a foe? 
Hast thou no wrath, or wish to give it veat? 
No wit for nobles, dunces by descent? 
No jest on " minors," quibbles on a name, 
Noi one facetious pawgraph of blame? 
Is it for this on ilioii I have stood. 
And thought of Homer less than Holyrood ? 



may.j j^*en 


m, quamviact Toce paterns 


FiugcriB ad recti 


m, et per te nnpia ; hoc tibl dictuc 


Tolle laeraor: ce 


rlia mtdium et toierabile rebtil 


Rtfrte coDcedi ; r 


Qiiaiiltun juriNel actor 


Causarum medio« 


hs abeat virtute di»>ertl 


M.fKAa!ae. nee »c 


t qiiaDlum Ca-^selliua Aoluf ' 


Bed tamen in pre 


tin vht: medii>cribuM ewe >oetlB 


k'cn hominea. dc 


D di, non roocesfere columnse. 


Ut ^ralas toter m 


f naaa ajr mphnnia discora. 


EtcrsBsum ooku 


trotum, et Sardo mm melle papavei 



OffcQdunt, polerat duci qu 



< Utii 



timea apoke in ror.vrrnattoii ; ao murh hn, that Ih'ie who 
kRjw him miRhl almoat laorf they bear bim utter the 
word*. - Mtort. — K. 

9 Aa Mr. Pnpa (onk the llberir of dnmolax Homrr, lo 
wh'.m he waa un-'er frrat oMitatUtn* ~ " And Htmtr 
(rfsmn htm !)eattt" — *' mar be prraumn] (hat anr hnly 
or Blijr thiii| may he damned In vrne by piirllral lirriiae; 
■Jtd. lo raaa of aecldeut, I beg leave In plead ao tlluatrloiia 
• pree^laoU 

• r<.r the atory of nuir Havard'a lr«<rdr. ae« • Davlev'a 
Llfa t,f Oarrirk." I brlirTc it la '• K-rulua " or'-Charlra 
Iba n.-ai- ThD rn'mctil tl v)^« kimwa in ke hia the 
UiMtre tblnnrtl, ar>d lb' Nwik«4 ir rafuaed lo ||ve Ibe 
■— If^aary bueu fur the oopjndtA ■ 



4 To the Eclectic or Chnaliao Rcvlrwern, I have to r* 
turn thnoliR fir the r>-r*our of that charily whirh. Ii 
IfOO. induced them to expreaa a hope thnt a thinit fhca 
publifhcd by me mipht lead to certain coni>equeiire«, 
which, allhough natural enough, aurely came but raahly 
from reverend lipa. I refer them to their own pagea, 
where they c<iOBnituIaIcd Ihemat-tvea on th- proapecl of • 
tilt between Mr. Jeffrey and myself, from which aome 
great good was to accrue, provided one or twth were 
knijcked od the head. Having Burvived two yeara anil s 
half ihoae " Klegira " which they were kiiidly preparltis 
to review, I hav»> on peculiar guato to give them " ao iojr- 
fui a trouble," except, indeed, "upon compuUion, Ha);" 
but tr. aa David aayi It (he *' Rivala," ll ahould cnme to 
" bloutly BwnnI and gca (ighllni;.* we "won't ruD, wlQ 
we. Sir Luciua T " I do irnt know what 1 hail done lo 
Iheae p>tectic geiitlemcQ : my worka are their lawful per* 
quiMiIe, to be hewn ir. plecea like Agag, If 11 aeem meet 
unto them; but why ihcy ahould be In auch a hurry to 
kill off their aiilhor, I am ignorant. "Th* race la not al- 
waya to the awifl, n<M- the hBUle to (he atrong : " and 

up the other 1 and. in return for their good 
them an opporttinlty of repeating them. 
Had any rUher ael of mm expreaard aiirh aentimeola, I 
ahould have amited, and left them to the "recnrxllDi 
angel;** but from (he phnrlaeea of t'hrlalianlly decency 
might he exp«t'«ed. I ran ae^ure theee breihren, that, 
puhhcao and ainner ai 1 am, I would not have treated 

I " mineenemy'a dog ihua." Tc Bhow them the aupenont7 

I of my hr thrrly lov. If ev«r the Reverend MaMro. 
Siin><nh ur KnmMlrn ahould be engaged lo amk a eoBflM 
■B thai in which they iei]ur«lnl ina to fall. I hop* MiM 

j nay earifM* with bring * winged " only, aad lij«l flonp 

, eldo taay b- at band to titroc . Uia bftU. 



I I l.')td then 
lwl.hr.. gl, 



HINTS FROM HORACE. 



fil 



Ou thore o( Euline or iEsean sea, 

Mi hit« antraveird, fondly turned to thee. 

Ah 1 If. mt cease ; in vam n.y Losom burn., 

from Corvdon unkind Alexis lurnj: ' 

Th, rhymes are vain ; lliy Jed rev Iheo forego, 

Nor WM) that anser which he uill not show. 

What then ? — Edina starves some lanker «0D, 

Yo write an article thou cansi not shun ; 

Some lea fastidious Scotchman shall Ir found, 

A> bold -n Billingsgate, tbou-h less renown-i 

A3 if at Uble some discorxlint dish 
Should shock our optics, su-h as frogs for fish ; 
A3 oU in lieu of butter mea leery. 
And poppies please not lu a modem pie , 
U aU such mfilures then be half a c^lm^ 
We must have excellence to relish rhyme. 
Mer« roast and boil d no epicure invites ; 
rtn* poetry disgusts, or else delights. 

Who 5h"ot not flying rarely touch a guni 
Will he who sivims not to the nver runi' 
And men unptTictised in eTchanging ki.ocU 
Must go to Jackson » ere they dare to box. 
Wbale'er the weaiwn, cudgel, fist, or foi , 
None reach eipertness without years of toil; 
Butfiny dunCB can, with iwrfect ease. 
Tag twenty thousand couplets, wtien they please. 
Why not? — sl.all I, thus qualified 'o sit 
For rotten boroughs, never show my wit I 
Shall I, whose fathers with the quorum sale, 
And lived in freedom on a fair estate ; 
Who len me heir, with stables, kennels, packs, 
To all their income, and to— luJice its tax ; 
Whose form and pedigree have scarce a lault, 
Shall 1, I say, suppress my attic salt ? 

Thus think " the mob of gentlemen ; " but yon. 
Besides all this must have some gen i-js too. 
Be this vour sober judgment, and a rule. 
And print nt« piping hot from Soulliey s scnool, 
Who (ere another Thalaba appears), 
I tnist, tvill spare us for at least nine years. 
And hark ve, Southey 1 3 pr^y - but lo n t be vex d 
Born all your last three works — ana half the next. 



But why this vain advice ? once publishnl, book- 
Tan never be recall'd — fmm pastry -coi fes : 

Thoujh " MadiK," with •' Fucelle," < inrtead C pok 
May travel back to liuito — on a trunk • 

Orpheus, we learn from Ovid and Lemprie«H| 
Led all wild beasts but women by the ear; 
And h,id he fiddled at the present hour. 
We '•^ seen tlie linns waltzins in the Tower, 
And old Aniphiou, such ^'•"e '"'"'V'r w™^ 
Had built St. Paul's without the aid of Wren. 
Verse too was ju.tice, and the bards of Greec* 
Did more than constables to keep the peace; 
Ab.lish'd cuckoldom with much applause, 
CalI'd coui.tv meetings, and enforced the liws. 
Cut down crown influence with reforming scythe*, 
And served the church — without demanding UUM* 

Mcmhrmoii iDtus pnsitis. delcre licebit 

du.^J oon edid.-n.; ii.;»rit vox tniMa rejertl. 

S.lv«»lrei liotnioes eacer interpre«que deonUI 
Cae<iibu9 et victu foedo detcrruit Orptieui : 
DkIub O hoc len.rt KfM. rabidnvque leonet: 
Diclui el Amphion. Ttl./baiiae coudilor ■reis, 
Baxa mo»ere sono teeludini". et prece blanda 
Ducere quo »ellel : fuit b«ec rap.entia quondank 
Publira pnv.li. tecerneie; .acra protani.; 
Concubilu prollibere vago; darp jura mamw, 
Opiiida moliri : tegts iondfre tieno. 



E 

Carminibus ■ 
Tyrtaeusque 






I Hnn 

J Martia bella 



me animn 
SI paulom 

Indoctuwi 



nTentamqi 
5df<--»<<'t. 



p.la 



c poema invandia, 

u9 abKtiDcl armis, 
■ii*B. quiescil. 



1 tolla 



npoD 



Liber et ingeuo 
Buraman numi 



j'udet Sneered— Qnidnl! 
praeaertim census rqneslrem 
rum, vitioque r^moius ab omni. 

Id°ub°ju'd°c"rm''M"elTeli8; .'. qu'.d tamen dim 

BehpaeriB. in Metti desceodat judicis aures. 

El palri., el uoetras, nonumqae premam r m mnnuK. 

1 Inveniea alium, si te hie faatidit, Alexin. 

I Lord Byron's taste for boxing brought him BCqoalnt 
.1 at ao early pen"d. w.lb this di.lingoi.hed. and, it Is 

„t ,JI mncb to «8V. rcipicUi. profesjor of the art; for 
^hol^.^ouehou. life. be. and a..o 'Y 'a" Mr^ «ind- 
K-T, ».nr^riaiiied a »iO' ere regard. In a Dni? to the 
',e™;nth cVnrn? lin Juao. he call, him " bis old friend, 
and corporeal pastor aod master. — fc« 

1 Mr. Southey has M-J lied snolher canister to b,s 
tail in Ihe -Corse of Kets;=a." maugre the aegl"' of 
Slil^ drc. and has in or,- -"»-' .^^out .7e°,o"'rJ 

M.nrtoo canal, "as al.irmed by the cry of •• one in jeo- 
„X •• he rushed alo:.j. colle.led a bo.iy of tn'b "•/• 
Siscr. (supping on buller-milk in ""•i'r'°\'^''^'^lh 
pro.:nred three rakes, one eel-pear 



the above word, are ", „'„";;, '',';7„'j>',',V";,'; .!! X"t^,,''lt 
?r'd'.'na'^,d".?'Kilharrc-<:eurdru'orExodu. E^^^^^ 
Epi-on.ad, Calvary. Fall of Camhr.a. S.eee of Acre. Do« 
Rxlerick. and Tom Tliomb the Great, are the "am" « 
"he iwelve jurors. The judged are fye. Bowie., and the 
bellm.nof i5L Scpul.hre's. The same advocate, rro and 
con, will be employed a. are now engaged in Sir F. Bur- 
den's celebrated cause in Ihe Scotch courts. J"' P""''; 
aniiouslv a"a I the result, and all ttve publishers will ba 
subpoenaed a> witne„es. - Bui .Mr. Southey ha. pnbh.h- 
cd ihe -Curse of Kehama." - an inT.linf title to quil^ 
hVrs Bv the bve, it is a good deal beneath Scott and 
Cs"Fbell!a»d n'r^ich ab<.vf Snuthey, to allow the booby 
Ballanlyne lo entitle them, in the Ed.nburgh Aunnal Re. 
ei»ler (of which, by the bye Souihey i. edilor) -the 
Irand poetical triumvirate of the day " But^n second 
Thoughts, It can be no great degree ot pra.se lo be the nne- 
cved leader* of the Mind, though they might as wc.l xee|) 
to them«el»e. - Scotfs th.rly thousaLd copies sold, 
which must Kidly discoront poor Southey 'so n,aleabe.. 
Poor Souihey, it should seem, is the " Lep.dus of this 
poetical triuirivirate. 1 am only surprised lo see htm in 
such good company. 
"Such things, we know, are neither rich nor raisi. 
But wonder how the devil Xe came there. 
The trio are well defined in the sixth proposition o( 
iSclid?!" Because, ,D the triangle. DD C A c B, D B 
is edual to A C, and B C common to both; the two sides 
D B, B C, are equal to the two A C, C B, each to each and 
the angle D B C is equal to the angle A C B therefor, 
the ba.e D C is equal to the ba-e A B, and the mangle B 
B C (Mr. SoulbeyliB equal to the triangle A C B. 



leap, which 



last (horresco referees) pulled nut — his o» 
The unfortnnsle man was gone for ever, a 
lam quarto wherewith he had taken the 
pr^'ved. on laqairr. to ha.e been Mr. '^"'^'f ' >?' *"", 
lu-ala^niy of sinking" wM so greal, Ihat it h" "'"r 
."ce tiUn besrd of, though «.me ma.nlain mat .1 1. .1 
(his momeol concealed at Alderman Birch's pastry premi- 
se., CornhiU. Be this as it may, the coroner . Inquest 
k^uBh In B .erdict of " Felo de bibliop,.la" against a 
'n.,.rio unknown" and cirvumsuotial csiience being 
rtJ« stion, aesinst lb. "Cur- of Kebama" (U which 



lo me ir,u..,. -hichis .6.nrd." ic.-The editor of 
the Edinburgh Register will Sort the rest of cl:e theorem 
hard by his slaMiog ; he has only to ero^a the ri jer i u 
Ihe first turnpike f.ither side '• Pons Asmcrum. 

Frenchman has both more truth and poetry loo on bii 
s,de-(tbey rarely go together)- than our patriotic min- 
.1,-1 whose lir.t es^av was in prsise of a fanatical French 
;trumpel. whose l.lle of witch would >t c -lect with lb. 
chau"e of the first letter. 

5 Like Sir Bland Burgess's - Richard ;" .h. 'enth boo» 
of which I read at Malta, on • trunk of Eyrea, 19, l-ock- 
spur.streel. If this be dootiled. I shaJ .>uy a portmantean 
to quote from. 
I . This Latin ha, sorely pntlM Ihe ^"'7'"|'T "l"'"!; 
bnrgh. Ballanlyne «.id .1 meant "- " »""';''" ■''"'■'J;;, 
bul Soothey claimed it a. half English ; Bco.l swor. 1 « 
the "Brig o' Stirling." he "ad ,ust pa-ied t-o Klnj 
James's and a doien Douglasses o.er it. At la*l 11 « 
decided by Jelfrey, that it meant nothing more boi im 
, than the '•counter of Arcby COMlable'. ako*. 



63 



HINTS FROM HORACE. 



And hence, throushoul all Hp1I,is and the East, 
Each poet waj a prophet and a pnesj, 
Whise old-establish'd board of joint controli 
Included kingdoms in the cure of souls. 

N«t rose the martial Homer, Epic's prince. 
And fijhlins 's been in fashion ever since ; 
And old Tyrt^us, when the Spartans warr'd, 
(A liiriim; leadsr, but a lofly bard,) 
Though wall d llhome had resisted long. 
Reduced the fortress by the force of song. 
When oracles prerail'd, in limes of old, 
la sonj alone Apollo'i will was tnld. 
lien if your verse is what all verse' should be, 
And gods were not ashamed on't, why should we ? 

The Muse, like mortal females, mav be woo'c! : 
In turns she 'II seem i Papbian, or a prude ; 
Fierce as a bride when first she feels affright, 
M''d za the same upon the second night; 
Wild as the wife of alderman or peer. 
Now for his grace, and now a grenadier" 
Her eyes beseem, her heart belies, her zone, 
Ice in a crowd, and lava when alone. 

If verse be studied with some show of art. 
Kind Nature always will perform her part; 
Though without gei:ius, and a native vein 
Of wit, we loathe an artificial strain — 
yet art and nature join'd will win the prize. 
Unless they act like us and our allies. 

The youth who trains to ride, or run a race. 
Must bear privations with unruffled face, 

Be caird to labour when he thinks to dine. 
And, harder still, leave wenching and his wine. 
Ladies who sing, at least who sing at sight, 
Have followed music through her farthest flight. 
But rhymers tell you neitlier more or less, 

« I 've got a pretty poem for the press ; " 
And that 's enough j then write and print so fast : — 
If Satan take the hindmost, who 'd be last ? 
They storm the types, they publish, one and all. 
They leap the counter, and thev leave the stalL 
Provincial maiilens, men of high command, 
Yea, baronets have ink'd the bloody hand ! 1 
Cash cannot quell iheui ; I'cllio nlay'd tins prank, 
fThen fhcrbus lit^t found credit m a bank I) 
Not all the living only, but the dead, 
Fool on, as fluent as an Orpheus' head ;« 
Damn'd all their days, they posihumnuslv thrive 
Dug up from dust, lliough buried when alive 1 
Reviews record ihia epidemic crime. 
Those IliHiks of Mirfyrs to the rage for rhyme. 
Alas I woe ivorth the wribbler I often .een 
In Morning I'-ist. or Mnulhlv Magazine. 
There lurk his earlier lavs ;' but soon, hot-prcss'd. 
Behold a ijuartn ! — 1 arls must tell the rest. 
Then leave, ye wi>r, the lyre's precarious chords 
To muKsiiiaJ barnneli, or madder lords, 

Ver«lhot endill; dinar per rarmlin .ortet: 
Bl tllar mniialriln •m r.i ,t imlia rrcuio 
I-i-rii. irnl.l. m..l,. l.,.lu.,u, rn^rli... 
Kl loiieorum iiiwnim (Inn i nr torle p.ijnrl 
8U lihl Muna lyror •'ikfn, el ,-Hntnr Afnllo. 

fttliirt rtrrel ■■tidahili. rarinrn, in arti-, 
Qnar.iiuin nl «., wr alijiliiim ami dlvile veiia, 
Ji«f ry.lr q.ilil pr«i«it Tiilro Inicrnlum : altrrlua aie 
Allria poaril op^rn ri-a, rl ronjiirat amire. 
Qui •liklrl opialaro cutaii ronlincrrr mrlain, 
Miilla lul'l frni,n. piirr; aii.ln.ii. ei aliM; 
Atatmull V„,„ „ „„o qui l',th,a carnal 
Tibirro. didlnl piiua, riliniiill<iur in<i||iiittcm. 
Kaac aalla aat tllilaae; ego inira purinafa |ian|o: 

1 Tha n-A llaiul of I'lairr, InlmtliKr,! fpiirrallr In a 
■llbiu. mallla Iha ililekl of a baruoal ot (ha LniU'J Kllif 



Or coimtrj- Crispins, now grown so.-newhat itUi^ 
Twin Doric minslrels, drunk with Doric ale I 
Hark to those notes, narcotically soft ! 
The cobbler-laureaU a sing to Capel Lofft l« 
Till, lo! that modern Midas, as he hear», 
Adds an ell jrowth to his egrsgioua eara ! 

There lives one druid, who prepares in fme 
gainst future feuds his poor revenge of rhyme, 
Kacks his dull iiiemorv. and his duller muse. 
To publish faults which friendship should excoM, 
If friendship 's nothing, self-regard might teach 
More pohsh'd usage of his p irts o speech 
Put what is sh.ame, or what is aught lo him? 
He vents hi! spleen, or gratifies his whim. 
Some fancied slight has roused his lurking hate. 
Some folly cross'd, some jest, or some debate 
Lp to his den Sir Scribbler hies, and soon 
The galher'd gall is voided in lampoon. 
Perhaps at some pert speech you 've dared to frotre 
I'erhaps your poem may have pleased the town: 
copet extremum tcabu 



SI bee Nnthaniel'a pardon: he l» not aeobbler; il U ■ 
•atlor. but begged Capel l.„in to aink tile profesjion in hit 

prefare to two pair of panla i^ha !-or camo^ wtich 

he wnhed the public lo try on,, but the sieve of a palroa 
let 11 oul. and to far a« red Ibeecpense of an advertiiement 
lo his counlry riiatomera. —Merry's •■ Mrerliilds whine" 
waa nothine lo all thia. The •• Delia Cruacana •■ wera 
people of aome etiucation, and no profesaioD; but tbeaa 
rcadian. ("Areadea ambo "^bumpklna both) aend out 
leir native noDseose wilhout the amolleal allov.and leave 
all the ahnea and Kmalldolhea In Ihe pariah unr.naired. lo 
patch up EleEi„ on Endn,ure. and I'aean. to l.unpliwd,!? 
hitting on a shopb"ard, they de.cribe the lleldi of battle, 
■hen the only I,1,kx1 they ever mw wa, ,hed frnm Iba 
iiger; ani. an " liiaay on War " is produced by the ulutb 
pan of a "poet, " 

own that nins each poets made a Tate." 
"h* ^oi''°°k "" '""' """ """ °' ''°'^' *'"' " •" *•* 
< Thia well-meaning grntleman haa apolled aorae excel. 
lent .hoemaker., and been occcary lo the poetical un- 
doing of many of the In.luMnou. poor. Nalhaniel Bloom- 
I field and hi. brother Bnbby have act all tinnier.eli'blr. 
•inmng : nor baa the malady confined it.eir to one county 
Pralt t.« (who once was «viier) haa caught the coolagiOB 
of poironnge. and de,„y„i , poor fellow named Ulockelt 
Int.. poetry: but he died during the operation, leaving on 

1 he girl. If .he don't lake a p<»tical twi.t. and coine forth 

•> a •hoe-m..kiiii; !.ariiho, may ,lo «ell; but Ihe "Imge- 

dlea are ai ri. kely aa if they bad bi-en the offspring of 

I!,°„, 1 '.^ °' ' '■'•°'',""°" P"" [«"• ''■'" patron, ot Ibis 

p.«r lad ar. rrrlaiiily an.wer.blc f,.r bi> end; and il ought 

be fo liidiclable off.n. e. But tbi. la the Ica-I lliey 

,7, i''h'"^' .'",'• ''" ' """""■■"' »< bsrharily, they bay. 

ide the (Isle) man p.»lhnmou.ly ridieuloii^ by nrintini 

What he would have l„d ,cn.. enough never lo r-lnt hio? 

rir. I.erle. ibr.r raker, of - Remain." come jnder lbs 

iiilule sgnin.l ■• re.urr-cllon men." What doe. It air 

ily whether a poor dear desil dunce 1. lo be aluek up In 

Niirgenn.'or In si.noner.' Hall t I. n «, bad lo un-ertk 

be. a. bl. blunder. I I. II not better to gibbsl his 

II a heath, thaij bi. annl In an octavo I " Ws kiow 

ve are. but we kinrn not what we may he: "and II 

e hopnl we never .hall know, it a man wl.o has 

thr.uigh hie With .on of eclat, la U. Dnd blnarll 

IS moiintebniik on Ihe other .ule of stjv snj nr.d., jiks 

p.«.r Joe I Is, ken. Ihe lo.ighlii,-.Io.k uf puisatfty. Tbs 

plea of piiblirslinn I. to prn, Ide for the child ; ni -v, mlshl 

not some of Ihi. "Sulor nltts Irepi.lnin'a" f r en.l. and 

si-oiher. hsve done a decent srlinn wiihnni ;;..el«llDs 

I rsll Into blngrnphy T And then hi. lr.(nphon .n)|| 

I Into ao Misnv moilicums ' — "'In Ihe ll.i. he., ol Momuch. 

I Ihe Rigbi p|„„. H.,.,m|.8o. and Mm. sod Ml.. SomeNxly, 



. *c 



Ah, CBl.ersm Kurrdlces- sin 

fcrydicsa uno isr.isbui tu 



lilgicl. lliiaus; 
I lUKlelile Vucsbsl ( 
ine npse." — 

UssrgM, Is. tn. 



Ilk uf iledlesl 

le divides II smiui 

"I s poll Istll l>< 



J.C." — why. 



I. dollliff UDI 
■re Is bul t 
Why. I'ralt, 
1 sia fsDiilIsi 
i-iMiii csn .nsre ml. in .lulelT 1 her* I. s rhild. 
Old s dclicalion : .end Ihe girl 1 1 bar | r«ss. tks 
lo lbs irmi, uti Ills dMlicaUoa la Urs mtU. 



HINTS FROM HORACE. 



63 



If 10, alM 1 't ii nature in the man — 
Idtv Heaven fnrive vou, for he never can! 
Then IK ii .o ; a'ld may his >v,ii,erms bays 
Bloom fresh in ijlire, thoush tliey lade in prai«l 
While his lost songs no more shall steep and ilinK, 
The dullest, fattest weeds on Lethe's l)rink, 
But spnnsing upwards from the sluegish mould. 
Be (what they never ^^ere before) be — sold ! 
should some rich bard (but such a monster now, 
ii modern phvtlcs, we can scarce allow), 
Should some pretending scribbler of the court. 
Some rhyming peer - there 's plenty of the «)rt I 
All but one poor dependent priest withdrawn, 
(Ah ! tc« regardless of his chaplain's yawt !) 
Condemn the unlucky curale to recite 
Tlieir last dramatic work by canJIe-light, 
How would the preacher turn each rueful leal, 
Dull as his seii.-.ons, hut not half so brief! 
Yet, since '1 is promised at the rector's death, 
He '11 risk no living for a little breath. 
Then spouls and founs, and cries at evetv line, 
(The Lord forgive him '.) " Bravo I grand I divine 
Hoarse with those praises (which, by Halt ry lea, 
Dependence bariers for her bitter bread), 
He strides and stamps along wilh creaking boot, 
I'ill the floor echoes his emphatic foot. 
Then sits again, then rolls his piniis eye, 
As when the dying vicar will not die! 
Nor feels, forsooth, emotion at his heart; — 
But all dissemblers overact therr part. 

Ye who aspire to " build the lofly rhyme,"' 
Believe not all who laud vour false " sublime ; " 
Bui if some friend shall hear your work, and say, 
" Expunge that stanza, lop that line away," 
And, after fruitless efforts, you relum 
Without amendment, and he answers, Burn I 
That instant throw your paper in the fire. 
Ask not his thoughts, or follow his desire ; 
But (if true bard !) you scorn to condescend. 
And will not alter what you can't defend, 
If vou will breed this bastard of your brains,' 
We 'I' "Tive no words — I 've only lost my pains 

SI carmina condes, 

KoDqnsm te fallant anima .ub vulpe lalenlM. 
QuiDtilio li quid reoilares, Corrige, sojen. 
Ho('(>irbal) el hoc . melius te p"«"e ne^aret, 
Bia ler^ue eiperlum (ruatra. delere jubebat. 
El male lornaloa lucudt reddere verfua. 

S'.ir„'"ih™vi?b"um.''ruro";rrr.batin.nem, 

Quid aiue nyali leque et tua eo 



ntroduj 






1 Here mil Mr. GilTord allow 
to hie DOlice the «ole aurvivi 
mm," Ille last of Ihe Cruacan 

found" by our U.ly of Puni.hrnciit I here he i», aa ve- 
IT as in the days n( "well .aid Baviad the Correct. I 
Ihouelit FiUg^ralJ had beeu the loil of poesy ; but, alaa '. 
be la only the penullitnale. 

A familiar E,,tlU (o I*" Bditcr o/ Hi Mornint 
Chronteta. 
■ What reams of paper, (toofia of Ink," 
Do aome men spoil, who never Ihmk 1 
And ao perhapa you 'II aaf of me. 
In which your rea,ler« may aaree. 
Still I wnle on, and tell you why( 
Nothing 'a ao bad. you can't deny, 
Bui may malruil or eoltrluiD 
Wilhoul the rn» of gi»ui8 paio, *o. So. 

On aoma Midtrn Quacki «nj Ra/oroiilla. 
i% tracing of the human miud 

Through all ila varioua cotraea, 
though alrunge, 'I la true, wo often and 

It koowa nol Ita reanurrea: 
And men through life aaanm© a Tart 

For which no talenta Ihey p,«a»M, 
Yet wonder that, with all their art. 
They meet no belter with succeaa, Ac. ««. 
t Sm MIIIoo's Lyetdaa.- K. 

$ **Bmitard ^ your draiu. *• — MlDflrTt baing the Aral 
fcr Jvpilar'a head-piece, and a sanely of equally onac- 
•omatakta jatfluxlliona opon earth, anch M Hadoc xa. 



let, if you only prize your favourite thought, 
As critics kindly do, and authors ought j 
If yi.ur cool friend annoy you now and then. 
And cross whole pages wilh his (lUguy pen; 
No iiii'ter, throw your ornanienis aside, — 
Better let bim than all the world deride. 
Give light to nnssages too much in s.iade. 
Nor let a doubt obscure one verse you 've mad*: 
Your friend's " a Johnson," not to leave one wort. 
However trifling, which may seem absurd ; 
Such erring trilles lead to serious ills, 
And furnish food for critics,* or their qai'Ji. 

As the .Scotch fiddle, with its touching tune. 
Or the sad inlluence of the angry moon, 
All men avoid bad writers' ready tongues. 
As yawning wallers fly ' FitZbCnbble's lungs; 
Yet on he mouths — ten minutes — tedious ewh 
As prelate's homily, or |ihceiiian's speech; 
Long as the last years of a lingering lease, 
When riot pauses unlil rents iiicreise. 
While such a minstrel, muttering fustian, etraye 
O'er hedge and ditch, through unfrequented wayi, 
If by some chance he walks into a well, 
And shouts for succour with stentorian yell, 
" A rope 1 help, Christians, as ye hope for grace .' 
Nor woman, man, nor child will stir a pace; 
For there his carcass he might freely fling. 
From frenzy, or the humour of the thing. 
Though this has hanpen'd to more bards than on* 
I '11 tell you Budgell's story,— and have done. 

Budgell, a rogue and rhymester, for no good, 
(Unless his case be much nii.suiiderstood) 
When teased wilh creditors' continual claim^ 
"To die like Cito,"« leapt into the Thames! 
And therefore be it lawful through the town 
For any bard to poison, hang, or drown. 
Who saves the intended suicide receives 
Small 'hanks from him who loalhes the life he \t»vm 
And, sooth to say, mad poets must nol lose 
The glory of that death they freely choose. 

Nor is it certain that some sorts of verae 
Prick not the poet's conscience as a curse ; 

Vlr bonna et prodena verana reprehendet loertel 
Culpabil duroa; incomplie allinel alrum 
Transverao ralamo aignum: amhitioaa recidel 
Ornamenla; parum Claris lucem dare coget ; 
Arguel ambigue dictum; mulnnda nolabit; 
Firl Ariatarchoa: oec dicet. Cur ego amicnm 
Otfeiidnm in nugisT hae nugae aeria ducent 
In mala deriaum aemel eireptumque ainiatre. 

i;t mala quern acabiea aiit mcrbua regiua urptet 
Aul fanaticua error et iracunda fliana, 
Veeauum tetigiase timent fugiuntq'ie poetam, 



veeauum leiigiase iinieu, logiuiii^ ,= i-vj,;.^^., 
Qui aapiunt: agilaDl pueri, inraLtique aequnntM. 
Hie dura aubliraea veraua ruclatur. et errat 



■epi 



In puteum. foveamve ; liret, Succurrlle, loopiin 
Clamet, lo civea ■ nqp ait qui lollere curel. 
Si quia curel opem f-rie, el demittere fuaen). 
Qui Bcia an prudeiia hue ae dejecerit, afquo 
Servari nolilT Dicam : Siculique poelar 
Narrabo inierilum. Deua immortalia haberi 
Dum cupil Kmpedoclea, ardentem fngidua AetDUD 
Inailuit : ait jua hceatque penre poena: 

« " A etnrt fof the crttlcfc"— B«J««, in !»• " *•••*• 
Ml." 

t And the "waltera" are the only fortunate peoplawlw 
can •• dy" from Ihem: all the real, »ii. the aad aobaert- 
beraloihe "Literary Fund." being compelled, b) coar;»lT 
ic alt out the recilalloo without a hope of ricliiminf. 
•Sic* (that la, by choking FiU. wilh bad wine, or worM 
poelr;;"me aeraaa t Apollo!" 

OOn hla Ubla were found Iheao worda: "What r«lo 
did, and Addiaon approved, rannol be wrong." But Addl- 
aon did not " appro.e ; " and It he had, it would nol kaT* 
meude,! the malter. He had iuTlted bia daughter on tk« 
«iinr walec-parly ; bul Miaa Budgel'. by aome acodMl, 
1 e«jped ima laal pat.rt»l altoDlion. Thna faU tb«V«» 
IHUuil c* " AtUoai," aad ihe eaeini K tase. 



64 



THE CURSE OF MINERVA. 



And 

roor'd lik 



Doud 1 with vile drams on Sunday he was found, 
Or jot a child ou consecrated g^round I 

hauiilcJ u'llh a rhynnng ra.e:e — 
bear just bu."stiug from his cage. 
lovltum <]ui Mfrvat, Idem tacit occidentl. 
^lat homo, et ponet famo)>be mc 

1 If "dosed with." Sec. be ceoflured as low, I beg lesTC 
lo Mfer lo the ongmal for •omeihing Btill lower; and if 
any r<?«der will irauMliite "Miuxcnt iu patnoi cineren," 
lio. Into ft dcccQt cou|i|etf I will liu>ert s&id couplet lu Uea 
of ta« preMBt. 



If free, all fly his versifying fit, 

F-ital at once to simpleton or wiL 

But him, unhappy ! whom he seizes, — Mm 



He Hays with 

Prolies to ttie quick wlic 

And gorges like a lawyi 



linibby limb; 

re'er he makes hli biwd^ 

r — or a leech. 



avfae Taluit bi fraD^eic clolbro*, 
doctuii)<iue fugat recitator aterbu*. 
arnpuit, teuel, occiditque legeodOi 
cutem* oui plcua ciaoiu* tiinkd* 



THE CURSE OF MINERVA.' 



AthcDft, Capncbln ConveDt. March 17, IfilL 

Slow sinks, more lovely ere his race be run, 

Aiorg xMorea's hills the setting sun : 

Not, as in northern climes, ohscureiy bright, 

But one unclouded blaze of living light ; 

O'er the hush'd deep tiie yellow beam he throws. 

Gilds the gieen wave that trembles as it g!ows: 

On old /Esina's rock and Hydra's isle 

The god of r'adness sheds his parting smile; 

O'er his own reeions lingering loves to shine, 

Though there his altars are no more divine. 

Descending fast, the mounfain-shadows kisi 

Thy glorious gnlf, uiiron(|uer'd Salamis ! 

Their a/ure arches Ihroiieli the long expanse, 

More deeply purpled, meet his mellowing glance, 

And tenderest tints, along their summits driven, 

Mark his gay course, and own the hues of heaven; 

Till, darkly shaded from the land and deep, 

Behind bis Delphian rock he sinks to sleep. 

On such an eve his palest beam he cast 
When, Athens ! here thy wisest look'd his last. 
How watch'd thy brtter sons his farewell ray, 
That closed their murdered sage's - latest day I 
Kot yet — not yet — Scl pauses on the liill, 
The precious hour of parting lingers still; 
But tad his light lo agonising eves, 
And dark the mounti r.'i once delightful dyet, 
(iloom c)Vr (he lovely land he seem'd (o pour, 
The land where PIkkIius never frowc'd before; 
Bui ere he sunk below Cilheron's head, 
The cup of woe was quatT'd — the spirit fled ; 
The toul of him that scorn'd to fear or fly, 
Who lived and died as none can live or die. 



But, lo ! from high Hymettus to the plain 
The queen of night asserts her silent reign ; • 
No murky vapofrr, herald of the storm. 
Hides her fnir face, or girds her glowing form. 
With cornice gliinniering as the moonbeams pUy 
There the white column greets her grateful ray, 
And bright around, with quivering beams becet, 
Her emblem sparkles o'er the minaret : 
The groves of olive scalter'd dark and wiac, 
Where meek Cephisus sheds his scanty tide, 
The cypress saddening by the sacreil mosquai 
The gleaming torrent of the gay kiosk,* 
And sad and sombre 'mid the Imly calm. 
Near Theseus' fane, yon solitary palni ; 
All, tinged with varied hues, arr<>l the ey« ; 
And dull were his that pass'd (Jiem heedfeat bf 

Again the ^gean, heard no more afar. 
Lulls his chafed breast from elemental wvi 
Again his waves in milder tints unfold 
Their long expanse of sapphire and of gt)ld, 
Mix'd with the shades of many a distant isU 
That frown, where gentler ocean deigns totiklii^ 

As thus, within the wall of I'allaa' fane, 
I mark d the beauties of the land and main, 
Alone, and friemllew. on the ntagic shore, 
Whose arts and arms hul live in jmicIs* loret 
Oft as the matchless dome I turn'd to scan, 
Sacred to gods, but not secure from nian. 
The past return'd, the present seem'd lo ce*«*. 
Aud Glor)- knew no clime beyond her Greece 



Hours roll'd along, and Dian's orb on high 
Had gain'd (tie centre of her softest sky ; 
And yet unwearied still my footstejxs trod 

- _ . I o'gr ji^g y3j„ shrine of many a vanish'd god: 

1 TM« flerre philippic od I^rd FTIeln, whwte collection But chiefly, Pallas! Ihine; when Hecate's jiUf^ 
of Athenian nitrblri wBi ultimately purrljuiird for the CheckM bv Ihy columns, fell more sadly fair 
untion.lti ihie.ii thecoit of thir'T-ftve ihou,.«nd [wundH, OVr the chill marble, where the startling tread 
wu writtrn nt Athenn. lo Marrh. IMl. and prepart-d for Thrills the lone heart like echoes fmm the dead. 
pijbl.r8ti..n iloDK w'lh the " Hint, from Horace ; but, i^,,^ ,,_^,| , „,„^,.,i. and tre-isured every trace 
like tl.at .atlre. aupi-rewed by Urd Byrou. from molirea y. . . /• reronli-d nf her'nc^ 

fthieh the reader will en.ily undcrMand. « wai flrit i ,7/, . i . ■ .^ recomm oi her race, 



Whf 



rj«o to the world, in IHM. Few can wonder iIiQt LopJ 1 " 'V'' ''' ■ » K'^''t f«rm before mc stPfHle, 
lyron'a fi'elinc* ahnuld ho«e Ix-cn |K>wrrri>lly ririted by And I'alias hail d mc in her own abode! 



Yes, M was Mincrva*s self; hut, ."»h ! how chauad, 
Since n'vr the Marrlan ndd in arms she ranged I 
Not such aser>.t. I.v hi ' 



rie of the devrKjtled 1' 
<ae to l^>fd Klit-o to keep In 
«loua marble, rernaiitnt, tliey ir 

^rlahed for ever amI'Ut the m ..- - . , , ,. , . 

which Athena haa aime wilnewed ; and Dial thrtr pr»- | Her form apprar'd from i'liidia^' jd.istic liaod: 
MOr« In Kn^laiMj haa already, by unlTeri*al xlmlaalon, (ionc wirr (he terrors of her awful brow, 
«a«D of the mo«l rB*rntlnl ndvantare In the flno aria of Hcr idle rgis bore no Gorgon nuw ; 

oar own ouutry. The fxllllral alhiMons in thla jxiem . __ _ . 

. Doi «,.rh aa require inu. h rjplai.ftttou. It moiaHia g T-h, twilleht tn Hrffca la much ahofier than t 

rwii country; the daya lo wlutar ar* touiar, but to 

nrr of li-aa duration. 



rd, llie ault.nr, c 



oniiiied tu aajr cullvctlTo •dUlun of 



7 B<>rralr* drunk th« heiiilfM h 
■•t 'Iha l.riif of ••letulitii.). II 'I 
l«a of bia iiUol^t«a lu 



ah irt itmn befora atiD- 
.). ii.(vi/.*iaiau.!Uc (>)« aa(rc»* 
t till iha tua ««ut Oowft. 



4 The kl'wk la 


a Tnrklah anmmer-houa*) tha pa>m to 


without the par 


rnt walla of Athena, not far frrm tlu 


Irmplc of Thearu 


>, triMrrn whirh antl the lre« (be waT 


^DlaiVvDra. f>| 


>i*ua' atraua to liuletd MUilr* vt4 l'l» 



■■•«■• MMluu. I .IL 



THE CURSE OF MINERVA 



68 



Bar btlm wu dinffd, and the broken tance 
•muiM weak and ihanirss eVn to nmrial j^ittcce ; 
Th« olive branch, which srill she dei<itM in clasp, 
Bhnnk frnui her touch, aniJ wUlicrM m her ^rasp; 
Afid, ab '. though itill the brightest nf the sky, 
Cfftettii! lean hcJunniM her lartce blue eye ; 
Round the rent ca»<(ue her owlel circlcl hlow, 
And mouro'd bis misireas witb a ihrick of woe* 

** Mortal ! ** — 1 was thus the tpak* — " that blvtb 
»l shame 
Froclajui itiee Briton, once a noble name j 
Firvl of Ihe ini^hiy, forcinn»t of (he free. 
Now hnnour'd itit by all. and least bv niei 
Cbi«f of thy foes sh II Haltu still be found. 
8e«k'ait.thou the cause of loathing ? ~ look around* 
Lo ! here, despite oi war and wasting hrc, 
I aitw tucceasive tyrannies ex|)ire. 
"Scoped from the ravage of the Turk and Goth, 
Thjr countrr sends a 5|>oiif r worse itou lx)lh. 
BurVey this vacant, viobtcd fane; 
Recount the relics torn thai yt- 1 remain : 
These Cecrojts pUced, this JVncle* a-lornM,! 
That Adrian rear'd when dnxipin!? Science moum'd. 
What more I owe lei sfralilude .tiest — 
Know, Alaric nnd EI*;in did ihe rr&t. 
That all may tra.ru from tvhenre the pUiDderer cunc, 
The insulted wa.1] sustains his hiie<l name: 
For Elgin's fame thus ^ratt-ful PiILu pirtds, 
Below, his name — above, behold hu decOsl 
Be ever haii'd with ei|ual honour here 
The Gothic monarch and the I'icrish j#cr: 
Amis ove the first his rii^ht. the Ia>i h;id oooe, 
But baselv stole what le^s bArbarjans vvon. 
So when ihe linn quits his fell repa-st, 
Ncil prowls the wolf, the filthy j-ickal last: 
Flesh, limbs, and blood the foriuer make fhejrown. 
The last poor brute securely ^naw* Ihe lx)ne. 
Tel still the go^ls are just, and crimes ire croaM ; 
See here whil Elijin won, .ind what he hmt ! 
Aoo'her name wjih hi* jtollules niv shrine : 
Behold where Uian's beams disdii'n toshinel 
Some r«lnbutinn still mijht I'allas chmi. 
When Venus half aveug^ Miuerva'i shame,"* 

She ceased awhile, and thus I dared reply, 
To soothe the vcnareance kindlin* in her eye : 
•* Daughter of Jove! in Britain's injured name, 
A true-born Brilon may the deed difrluin. 
Frown not on E eland ; England owns him not i 
Athena, no : Ihv plunderer ^-ns a So^t. 
Ask'st thou Ihe difference } Fmni fair Phyles' ton tn 
Survey Bcrotia ; — Caledonia's ours. 
And well I know within that ()a».tard bnd » 
Hath Wisdom's eo«ide^ never hfld Cfuimiand ; 
A barren soil, where Nature's »ernis, coubned 
To siem sterility, can tlint the mind ; 
Whose thistle well betnvs the unj^ard earth. 
Emblem of all to whom 'the land eivesbulh; 
Each eeninl influence nurturrd to resist ; 
A land of menuneas. sophistry, and ii.ist. 
Each bree/e from fo^KV mount and marshy plau 
Dilute* with drivel ever>' drizzly brain. 
Till, bur^l at leiish, each wal'ry head o'erflowa, 
Fwi as their soil, ind frigid as their snow*. 
Then thousand schenies of pt-lulance and pride 
Dcupatch her scheming chiMren far and wide : 
BPtne ea»t, some west. si')nie every w here but DOith, 
lb quest of lawleas gain, they issue forth. 

1 Tbta !• ■pok^o of Ihe riiy in r-Derst. and not of Ihe 
AtroMlis 10 p«riiculflf. Tlif trmpirtif JiipUrr oiymrm*. 
ky cov* kOppOMwl thr I'iufhron. wm rtmihr^i Nv lla-lnao; 
etitot* Mtumii* ar^ ■taudiog. of tbe mu4t tMautiful mar- 
kl>««a aMbttn-lare. 

1 H\9 lanl«hi[>'» nimr. and thai of ooe who an Inncer 
hmrm tl, ■:• rar»rj rori^i'iouou^ly on iht- Variht-unn ; 
»W»e. In a pMi aoi far rti-iant. tfe thf torn rr-mii«iiti of 
tk* bUK> r«llcvoa, dc«irJ7«d ta a vsio alicmpt tu remove 
Ikam. 

t-UUh bMUrd%'**«ean]|a« Is auOtllnthan O'^ralW 



And thus— Sffurwd be the day and yeart 

She sent a Pici to pjav the feloii here. 

Yel Cnlfduma claims' some native worth, 

As dull H<rt:lia ^ve a I'indar birth ; 

.Ho may her few. the Icticrd and ihe bran, 

Bound to no ilime. and victors of the ^nTC, 

!^liake otf the sordid dust .>f such a laud. 

And shine like children of a l:appier tlraod ; 

A> once, of )ore. in some obnoxious phrc. 

Ten uamea (if found) ha>] laved a wrelcbed raea.* 

"Mortal!" the blue>eyed mud resumed, "m 

Brar hick my mandate to thy native shore. 
Though fallen, aU»! this vrneeancc yel is miD^ 
To lurii my counsels frtr from Unds like ihiuc 
Hear then 'in silence Pallas' stern behest; 
IJear and believe, for Time will lell tbe rciL 

" First on the head of him who did this dead 
Mv cur^e shall lisrht.— on linn ai:d all hit send 
U'illiout one spark of intellectual tire, 
Hr all the sous as ■tei.seless as the sire : 
ll one with wil the parent brood dis^rar«, 
relieve hini basUrd nf a brighter race : 
SUM wvh his hireltn? ar-iits let him prate. 
And fi-lly's priisr repav for Wisiloni's hate) 
Lone .'f ih.-ir patron's eusto let them tell, 
Whf>sc nr»tdc!St, liadweubto is ^ to sell: 
To »ell. and make — may Shame rectrnl the da|r*.- 
The state receiver of his pilfer'ii prev.* 
Meantime, the tl.itlerins. feeble dotard. West. 
Europe's worst dauber, and [>oor Britain** hest| 
With palsied hand shall turn each mo.lel o'er, 
And own him>elf an infant uf fourscore* 
He all the bruisers cuUM fnmi all M. lilies', 
That art aiiil nature may cmiiare their »I\le«; 
While brawny brutr* in stufid wnuiler stare. 
And marvel at his lordship's * stone shop '• thera. 
Kuund the Ihruug'd ^te shall sauntering 

creep, 
To lounge and lucubrate, to prate and peep ; 
White many a languid m.iid, with longing sigh, 
On Slant sia'ues casts the cnnoun eve ; 
The room with Inuisient glance a(i|'earf to skim, 
Vr( marks the mishlv bark and lenrh of limb ; 
Mourns oer the dirtcrence of mir and then ; 
Exclaims, 'These Greeks indeM were proi-ef mi 
Draws slight comparisons of ihese with those. 
And eovies L^is all her Aitic beaui. 
When shall a mo^lpm maid have twains like '.ha 



Ala 



■ Ha 



• Me 



And last of all. amidst ' he z^ying crew, 
Some calm I'pec'amr. as he lakes his view. 
In silent indignation mixd with itnrf, 
Adnures the plunder, but abh-^r^ the ihiet 
Oh. Ina'hed in life, nt.r panion'd in Ihe dust, 
May hale (.iirsuc his sacrilegious lusl ! 
I,ink*d with thr frvil ihat fired the EpKmtaD dd 
Shall vengirance fid'ow far hevond The tomb. 
And Eratostraius and Ekin slime 
In many a branding page and bumine line: 
Alike r^rve<l for aye lo stand accurs'd, 
Perchaoce the second blacker ttiaD the finL 

*' So let him stand, through a»e» yet unborn, 
Fix'd statue on the poJestal of >corn ; 
Though not for hmi alnne rrveiige shall wiit, 
But rils rhv coun'rv for her coming fafe : 
Iltrs were the deeds thai taught her lawless suo 
To do wtiat oA Britannia's self had done. 



I lo 1P18. thirty.flve ttoDtiaod pounrta w*r« t^rt^ t> 
Tarliameul A>r iba purohsae of the Elrm m^rMn. — E. 

& Mr. Wml. nn a^finf the " Kl?!o f:oU«rtioB " CI n^ 
poiM- we ■tiBll hr-ar of (ht '* Ab^raha* " aad -Jtrk Plia^ 
pard *' eoUecttoo), deelsrvd btntavlf **s mar* tyro** It 
art. 



Poor rr*h was aadlr patslW wtv a th« mi 
flrit •fxhib>l<-a ai Gli: l IIoum b> a-lrtl if li 
atuua abap I " — He Wka ni^l i U m ft «^<V> 



rSlai 



6» 



66 



THE WALTZ. 



Jjaok to the Biltie — blazing from afu", 
Tottr old ally yet uiourns perfidious wxr,* 
Kot to iuch deed* did Pallas lend her aid, 
Or break the compact which herv:lf had made, 
Far from luch council^ from the failhJe» field 
She fled — bui left behind her Gorgoo shield : 
A fatal ^ift that *urn'd your friends to stone, 
And leH loct Albiou hated and aloQS. 

" Look to the East, where Gans;e«* swarthy Iici 
Shall shake your tyrant empirt to its b.ise ; 
ho ! there Kcbelii'^ri rears her eiiasHy head, 
Asd glares the Nemesis of native df^d ; 
Till Indus rolls a deep purpureal (lo(xl» 
And claims his long arrcar of uortliem b!ood. 
So nuT ye peritli ! — VallAi, when she ^r© 
/our free-Lom rights, forbade ye to enilave. 

**Look on your Spain 1 — she clasps the hand iba 
liates, 
Bot bnj Jiy clasps, and thrusts you from her ntei. 
B«ar witoess, bright Ilarossa '.'thou canst tell 
Whose vrere '.he sous that bravely fought and felL 
But Lusitania. kind and dear ally. 
Can spare a few to fight, and aomettmes fly. 
Oh 'lorious field ! by Famine fiercely won, 
The Gaul retires for nnce, and all is done I 
But %vhen did Pallas teach, that one retreat 
Retrieved three lung olympiads of defeat ? 

" l./xik laM at home — y** love not to look there , 
On the ffrim smile of CornfnrtlKSs despair: 
Four city saddens: loud thoush Rfxel hnwii, 
Here Famine fainta, and yonder RijiDe prowli. 
See all alike of more or less berclt ; 
No misers .remhle when there '« nothing !efl- 
• Blest pip^r creilit ;' a who slull dare to «inj> 
It clo^ like leail Cnrrupliou^s weary winy. 
Yet Pall-is plurkM ench premier bv the ear, 
Who g''J» and mco Alike disdam'd u> hcar| 
But one, repentant o'er a bankrupt state, 
Od Palb^ rails— but calls, alas ! loo late: 
Tlir-n ravea for • • i to thil >ren:T t>eDds, 
Tboufih be and Pallas never yet were friendt. 
Hini »eiale» hear, whom never yet thev heard, 
CoDlempluouA once, and now no less aUurd. 
Bo, onrr if yore, each rea.v)nab!e fm^ 
Swore fa.ih and fealty tn his scvereign 'loc.* 
Thus hailM your rulers their pitncian dod^ 
Ai Egrpt cboee an onion for a gt-nL 

•• Now fare ye w«ll '. enjoy your little bOQr| 
Go, %n*\) Ibe shadow o( your ranith'd power; 



does o'er the faflnre of each fondest 9cb«KM j 

Tour strength a name, your bloated wealth eali^ 

Gone is that gold, the Oiarrei ol niankiod, 

And pirates barter all thai 's lefl bebmd.* 

No more the I .relings, purchased near and te| 

Crowd to the ranks of mercenary war. 

The idle merchant on the useless «iuay 

; Jiroops o'er the bales do bark may bear avay} 

I Or, bacJt retumins, sees lejected r*orea 

' Rot piecemeal on his own encumbe* d shoret. 

;The starved mechanic breaks his rusting loom, 
And dcsiperate mans him 'gainst the coming dooob 
Then m the senate of your sinking sUtc 
Show me the man whose counsels may have wesgtal 

I V^ain is each voice where tones could once comoiaBi) 
E'en factions cease to charm a factious land : 
?e'. jarring sects convulse a sister isle, 

' And tight with maddening hands the mutual pi!*. 



"^ is done^ t is past, since Pallas warns in nil 
The Furies seize her abdicated reign : 
Wide o'er the realm they wave their kindling bru 
And wring ber vitals with their fier)- hands. 

convuliive struggle still remains, 
And Gaul shall weep ere Albion wear her chaiDk 
The binner'd pomp of war, (he gliltenog filesi, 
O'er whose gay trappings stern f^ellona *milee* 
The brazen trump, the spirit-stirring drum, 
That bid the foe defiance ere they come ; 
The hero boumling at his country's call, 
I'he glorious death that consecrates his fall, 
Swell the young heart with visionary chaiBD% 
And bid it antedate the joys of arms. 
But ku'<w, a lesNon you mav yet be taught, 
With death alone are laurefs cheaply bought I 
Not in the conHict Havoc seeks delight, 
His day of niercv is the day of fight. 
But when the field is fought, the baltle won, 
Though drenchd with gore, his woes are but bag« 
His de'per deeds as vcl ye know by name ; 
The slaughter'd peawnt and the rav^iih'd dame, 
The rifted mansion and the foe reap d field, 
III suit with >ouls at home, untaught tn yield. 
Sav with what eye along the distant down 
\Vould flying burgher? mark the blazing town) 
How view the column ol ascending tbmee 
Shake his red shadow o'er the startled 1 hamci) 
N»y, frown not, Albion! for the torch wa« thin* 
Thai lit such j>yreB fn.m Tagus to the Rhine i 
Now should thev burst on thy devoted coast, 



1 T\9 tflkir of C<ip»ahac*a-~- L 

t • BiMt |«p«r rrtrilit ' lut imI be«t nypTy* 



Go, ask thy bo«r>m who deserves them ni'^nt. 
The iaw o'r heaven and earth is life for life, 
And she who raised, in vain regrela, the strifc.* 



t The Dc«l e»d Dovat tnAeksra U i 



THE WALTZ; 

AN APOSTROPeiC UYMN.« 



*tMb w luriiu'i bask., OTCr»»l*'* balllit, 
Oiiul M^m* UBd to ah. cbk'ma Ih. .t|bt, 
^ b«. tB thfl da.M lb. irK-rful |(«Mm. Imi). 
Tb. tun •! uiatbt, U4 ««aiwi> 



DBTD^I'S Ttrit. 



TO THl frBLISHIR. lOmermlT. »l Um fnanl tlicUoa, hi I81».» BiilJ 

^_ T" » _ .11..^ _.t. I »T lb* PlMI'l •"• "» •»"'•' »M bT •• BM«« nilOM 

■ir,— I IB • cnratry (•>Bllra»B of i midMDd tmittj. ,^„ ,, ,i,oiiid b. tomttitfoi •» ki. k»di»of k. - I kwh" 
I Bifh hi', bma t nvluniculmta (or t rarum ^, „,,,,.. |.,i.t lo . tii.oil, "ib.i • Miula aall.M* 
karouch : h>.iu tiMl th. oOft of k> nuny Tota u pi,Mir.u.M <>• •t.iiiiiit i. mnisud u> m.. Tbu tmri\ 

I ,.pi«».. fo. willUk. or. W ro.li»01 I » Ik. ••!»» 

« Tki. >;;«. ••• wniu. .1 rk.!t..k.iii lb tb. .•mm. I .■>> ..r.. wiu mi bk. ih.i I U«u< "«r ku «• Mi 
^I^M JHI II wBMiUMT wail «««»«J«> II.. Wio. • HOI. .< •• pal (li»l <IWV » 



THE WALTZ. 



mm ai lor draaeatlc happines; is, fiftren jmn xga, 
Wt Titit to Londno, I mamrd a niiddle-aee«l uiAid of 
beacnir. We lived hajipiljr al Ilornem Hall, till lul 
Huoa, wheo idt wire knd I n-ere invited bv the 
CottDtea of Waltzatray (a distant reUtion o{ mj 
fpouae) to pus the winter in town. Thinking uo 
lumt, and our girls bein^ come to a marriaf^cable (or, 
M th^ c^l t, mark*tal/lc) ige. and having ttesidet a 
Cbaacery luit ioveteratety entailed upon the family 
«stal:, w- came up in our nld chariot,— of which, by 
the Lye, my wife prew so much ashamed in less than a 
week. that! waiobli^ed tobuy asecoud-ltand bamuche, 
•f which I might mount the box. Mn. H. says, if 1 
•ouM drice, but never see ihe inside — that place be- 
fall reterved for the Honourable Augusf'ts Tiptoe, ber 
partner-general aod opera-knight. Hearing gT«at 
praises of Mrs. II. *s dancing (she was fa nous for birlh- 
nigbt minuets in the latter end of the last ceiilurv), I 
anbooleil, and went to a ball at the Co».ntess's, expect- 
ing to see a country dance, or, at mr.st, cotillions.reels, 
and all the old [>aces to the newest tunes. But, judge 
of my surprise, ou arriving, to see poor dear Mrs. 
Homem witli her arms half round the loins of a huge 
hus».r-Iook.in^ genlleman 1 never set eyes oo before ; 
and his, to say truth, raiher more than half round her 
waist, turning round, and round, to a d — — d 8ce-sa\r 
np-and-dowD son of tune, that reminded me of the 
"Black Joke,** only more " a^cffuojo," till it made 
me quite giddy with wondering they were not so. Bv- 
and-by Ihev stopped a bit, and I thousht ibey would 
•it or fall down : but do ; with Mn. H.'s hand on his 
■houlder, ** qriam fjmi/ian7er"» (as Terence said, 
rhen I was at school), thry walked about a iniuutc, 
and Ihen at it again, like two cockchafers spitted on 
tbo same bodkin. I asked what all this meant, when, 
with a loud lawch, a child no older than our Wilhel- 
mina (a name I never heard but in the Vicar of Wak^ 
field, though her mother would call her af'er the 
Princess of Swappenbach,) said, ** Lord ! Mr, Hornem, 
ean*l you sec they arc valtzing ? " or waltzing (I forget 
whicfe); and then up she got, and her mother and 
utter, and away they went, and round-atxiufed it till 
KcppeMime. >ow, thai I know what it is, 1 like it of 
all Ihingi, and so noes Mn. H. (though I have broken 
ny shins, and four times overturned Mrs. Hornem '» 
maid, in prachsing Ihe preliminary steps in a morn- 
ing). Indeed, so much do I like it, that having a turn 
fcr rhyme, tastily displayed in some election ballads, 
and songs in honour of all the victories (but til! lately 
I have had little practice in that way). I sat down, and 
with the aid of William Filzgerald, Esq.j^ and a few 
bints from Dr. Busby.' (whose recitations I attend, and 
ain monstrous fond of Master Busby's manner of de- 
U«ring his father's late successful " Drurj- t.aue Ad- 
dre«,") I composed the following hymn, w'berewiihal 
to make my sentiments known to the public; whom, 
MTtrthelss, I heartily despise, as well as the critics. 
1 am, Sir, voun, fac. kc 

HORACE HORNEif. 



Henceforth in al. Ihrbnini.e of hrigbtncas shine^ 

The least a vesiU of the virgin Nine 

Far be from thee and thine tlie r.aijie of prndai 

Mnck'd, yet triumphant ; sneer'd at, un«ul»duod ; 

1 by legs must move to conrjurr as they fly, 

If but thy coats are reasonably hijli ; 

Thy breast — if tjarc enough — refjuires no shield : 

Dance forth — sans armour Ihou shah take the fidd» 

And own — impregnable to tnott assaults, 

Thy not too lawfully begotten " Waltz." 

Hail, nimble nymph ! to whom the young husaai 
The whisker'd votary of waltz and war, 
His night devotes, despite of spur and boots ; 
A sight unniatch'd siiirc Orpheus and hi& brutci; 
Hail, spirit-stirring Waltz I — beneath whose banivn 
A modern hero fought for modish ma-iners , 
On Hounslntv^s heath to rival Wellestey's* fame, 
Cock'd — tired —and oiis&'d his man — but gaio'd hii 

aim ; 
Fail, moving Muse ! to whom the fair one's breart 
Gives all it can, and bids us take the rest. 
Oh : for (he flow of Busljv. or of Fitz, 
The laiter's loyalty, the frVmer's wits. 
To "energise 'the object I pursue," 8 
And give both Belial aud his dance their dn«t 

Imperial Walti • imported from the Rhino 
(Famed for the growth of yictligrees and wiat)t 
Long be thine import from all du^y free, 
And hock itself be less rblei-m'H tlisn thee; 
In some few qualities alike — for hock 
Improves our cellar — f/)M< our living stock. 
The head to hock belongs — thy subtler art 
Intoxiciles alone the heedless heart : 
Through the full veins thy gentler po son swim% 
And wakes to wantonuesa'the williag UmbG. 

Oh, Germany ! how much to thee wo ovrOj 
As heaven-ljorn Pitt can testifv below, 
Erp cursed confederaMon made thee Trance's, 
And only left us thy d— — d debts and dances I 



THE WALTZ. 



Mom tff the many-twinkling feet ! * whose chanat 
Are now extended up from tegs to arms ; 
Terpsichore '. — too long mi5<leenrd a maid — 
Reprjacbiul term — bentow'd but to upbraid — 



t To riral Lord WeJlesIey'R, or hifl nephfw's, u tiw 
reader please*: — the not gained a pretty woman. wfcij« 
he deaervtfd, by fighting for; and the other ha« bero flghl- 
iDg in the Peninsula maoy a long day, "by ShrcWMbary 
rlivk," without paining nny thing io fkat cotinlry but !):« 
title of "the tJrt-at Lord." and "the I.nrd ; " whkh 
Bavnurs of profanation, ha^ine bt-rn hitherto »pp!ied odW 
to that Being to whom " Tt DeuTnt " for rarnope are the 
roQkesI blasphemy— II is to be pruumedthe geoeral wiU 
one day rnurn to hi^ Sanine farm: there 



1 My t^tla *• an fbrcoltea.ir t toio ran 
Ibrvotlea w%%x b« aevcr rcinetnhoTed; bu 
title-part not'o of a Ctibollc pneol for i 
bulk token, after mseb hanllos for tb- '- 
■rwlfad tba Doaey 



■aid t 



I bought my 
hroe-shilliog 

— . , .-. J •Ixpenre. I 

■•■»«— .-> _N<->; n J papikt, b«>ikng nil fot Ihe memory 
•f rtrc«T«l •Dd •'No p<ipery," aud 'ju 



«i rtrc«TU •DO -no popery,- aud <june regrettiDf tha 
tevnU of ih» pop*, b«c* a t wt cut'l bura hira any 

I Bm •* B«>ect«d AddTMMa.** ~ B. 

♦ •aiMiufciU Mi«r-twlakila(feat.* — Or«k 



The Lord PetertK^rough ri-ni',uero<I contlneota in ■ aoia- 
mer ; we do mure — we contrive jjoiu lo concjuer and In«t 
Ihem in a Bhorter season. If ihe"grrftit Lord** ** Cm- 
etnitarioii pr.>gr'>M io at-nrulture be on speedier than ttia 
proportional averase nf t rae in P>tpe'a couplel, it will. «r. 
cording to the farmers' provert), be "ploughiag witli 
dogi." 

By the bye— one of this lllTistrlooa person** new titles 
fa rnrgolten— It i«, howerer, worth remembrriiip — *• .SdN 
•arfor igl m^ndo!" trtdut. potttrt ! If this be Ibe ap- 
pellalioD annexed by the inhabitants of Ihe Peninnula t 
the narae nf a man who has not yet saved ihein —query 
— are Ihey worth aavinc. even in tbia world ? for, trcco'tt 
log to the mitdeRl motlifli-aliooa of any Chriotiao ereed. 
thwe three wordi. make the otlda much oe-^uat them 1b 
Ibe neft — " Saviour of K.e worM," <iiioU,a '— II wer» 
to tw withed thai be, or any ose el«e, could oave t rorner 
of it — hi* r^uiitry. Yel thi« stupid tni'D'.raf r. although 
il shoira the near e<innrrtion between Biipertiitlon aad 
Impiety, so far haa its use, ihni it prove* ihere ran be lit* 
lie lo dread from tho*ie ("atholi.. (iuquiaitorlal CalholleB 
loo) who can rnnfer such an appellatioi. ot. a Pr^ittiant. 
I auppoae oext year he wilt b« entitled the " Virgio 
Mary : " If ao. lx>rd Ueorge Cordon h.mself wonld ha"^ 
Doihing to otuccl to such Ilbeial buUnla of our L«dr ol 
Babylon. 

6 Among the addretaefl aeot In lo tH« Dm.y Lane Coa- 
mit(«« was one by Dr. Busby. whic:i btgai y aakics— 
*'VThtn eoergialng objects men pnrsno, 
WhataMU«p»«Ujpc« th«r ttsaadol* •&> 



THE WALTZ. 



Of iib«id!« %nd Humer be^rt. 
We I le« th« «iiil — for titoT^e the Third it IcfU 
Of kino Ui« >j-iX — and l^st. nni least iii worth, 
Foi gracioutl) bt-ai-lt;tig lity»ri;e the Founh. 
To Gernauy. and highut-ssm serene, 
Who ni»e us mil lions — drm'i ive nwc the queen? 
To Grrmanv, what owe we iioi besides ? 
So of! ».esl..win2 Hrunswirkers and hrides: 
IVhn paid for vulear, with her roval blood, 
Pawu from the item of card Teuionic slud : 
"Whd wut us — so be pardon'd all ber faults — 
A dozcD dukes, some kiii^, a quecQ — aud Waltz. 

But peace to her — her emperor and diet, 
T^ou^h n*^w traniferr'd tn Buonriparie'i " fiatl* 
Bark to my Ihrine — O MtJ*e of uioiinn ! lay, 
How Cr»i to Albion fouud thy Waltz her way ? 

Borne on the breath of hvperhnrean ^les. 
From Hamburg's i>nrt (while Mamtiur^ yet badmatif), 
Ere yet unlucky Fame — comprH d to creep 
To snowy Goiieiiburg — was chili'd to sleep ; 
Oi, starting from her slunil«rs, deijn'd ari:>ef 
Helieoland \ to s.'nrk thy mart with lies ; 
While uuburnf >Joscnw i yet had news to send, 
Nor owed her fiery exit to a fnend. 
She came — Waltz came — and with her coitaio seta 
0( true despatches, and as true razetles ; 
Then flamed of AusterliU the blest despatch, 
Which Mnnileur nor .Morning I'ost can match; 
And — alniost crush'd beneath the fflnrious oewi * 
Ten plays, and forty talrs of Koizetme's; 
One envoy's letters, sii cmiiosers' airs, 
And loads frin Frankfort and from I^ipsic UxTtf 
Meincr's ffur volumes U[mmi wr-manktrid, 
Like l^pland witches to ensure a wind ; 
Bnjock'9 heaviest tome for ballast, and. to hack It, 
Of Meyue, tech as should not sink the packet. 

Fr^n^bt with »hi» car^o — and her fairest freight, 
Drbichlful Walt?^ on tiptoe for a mite. 
The welcome vessel reacb'd the efi'^I strand, 
And round her flock 'il itie daushlers of the land* 
firA decent Davul. wlien. before the ark, 
H;» mo.1 pas-seul ci'citcd some remark ; 
Not ToTC icni i;-.iiMie, when his Sancho thought 
The i:nieht s findanjo friskier than it ongbl : 
Not soft Hero«Jias. %*hen, "jih wuinin* treai^ 
Her nimble feet diuce.! otT nnnibcr's head ; 
Not Cleopatra ou her ealley's <lrck, 
Display *d so much of Ue, or more of iterK, 
Than tbou, amlrwial Waltz, wbrn tir^i the moon 
Beheld thee twirling to a Saxon tune ! 

To yon. ye husbands of ten years ! whose brotrt 
Af he with the annual tributes of a spouM; ; 
To you of nine vears less, who only bear 
The bttddini; tpfoufs of those that you thall n-«tr, 
With a-l >l ornriMients xmuu'l tbriii mll'd 
Of nitit*- briM. or Uw-a warded eol.j ■ 
To you. yp iinlmns. ever »rn Hie waicn 
To tiui a viu'v or make a daughter's, match ; 



1 Tltr psirtnttr aranD nf oar ■mtahl* illtes eann 


rtt h« 


•olf neellr cominpiKlfNl — nnr ■iilwrrih^d f^r. Air 


tfiRat 


•:b«>r dr-isil* omiiln) in lh<- variou* drMittlrtip* nt ou 


r r\i^ 


^««tt amrmiwailnr. hr did imt «ImI» (h^iui iu<> oiurh 


orco- 


picJ witi) ih« «tploit« ttf ColonrI t:— •, In «wim 


mine 


Il-'tn rrnifri. aii't KBli'fiiif ov^r nwti ImpaMahlf. 


that 


o«« #otir» |>ru*iitr*> p*Ti»hr<: br tmiwur in ili^ ni<«l n 


fluii* 


ebilT msDUpr, ■- r<.ll..ui:- lo Oeiirral Kr«to|.hin- 


cm- 



■QDintt* ttjitnacriiinn. tli# mii«rim[>lMin of tallow am] 
trsis if\\ waa 4MI fcat, Ihal ih» markrl wa* inN<l^iial<> lo 
Ula <l«nuiut : «n4 Ihua nnr hvtvXf^ atwl Ihirly-ihrrr lh<ia> 
faad pttm0.u* **f9 aiflrvK} to ilvalh, ty t>»iiif rrriitrrd in 
VbOtMnin* •llrl ' The lamplirlilrra of UoiM'ttt tia'r •iO'-« 
■■Wrntvd a pinl (of olt< a ptf^r, aud ih^ iallPw-< liaii<l|pra 
ha** ■oaoim<i«iB|f v.ImI a q'lantily of t^at iniMil<l» (four 
Ut Iba piiurnt), in Oir rHivt of Iha aaiTiviojc lii-yltoana i 
— Ih« aririilf will 9*nm, hy turh rirrt.ena, and a iroprr 
•tiaatirn tn lbi> ^ua/ify ralttrr ihait Ih* quaiiiiiy nf \\t^^ 
flMO^ e« totallT allrviairil. ll UaaM. ib rn.irn.ihal itia 
•■U(««1ied I'kraiii* .>•• tuiMmbMl •lily ittnuMud bMV«« 
to • 4ttr'* B*"! *• *)■' •«S«riBC mwiiifMMarwa. 



To you, ye children of — whom chance aceotit-* 
Alvjays the l.i>iii%, and soij^tiirvei their lonta; 
To you. ye sin^e genltcmen, who «*k 
Torirtiits for (iTe. or pleasure* for a week { 
As L' ve or Hymen your endeavnurs jfuide, 
To e^aiu your own, nr snatch another's brida,** 
To 0.;e and all the lovely stranger came. 
And ever> ball-room echces with her nama. 

Endearing Waltz ! — to thy more melting tw 
Row Irish jia;, and ancient ri^adoon. 
Scotch reels. avaun\! and c<»untrj- -dance, forejo 
Your future clamis to each fantastic toe ! 
Waltz — Wallz alone — botii le^ and anna aemaadJi 
Liberal of feet, an .' lavish of her hands; 
Hands which n.ay freely nn^e in public light 
Where ne'er l«etore — but — pray " put out the \\^ 
Meibinks the glare of jonder chandelier 
Shinei niuch ton far — or I am mvich too ccar; 
And true, though strange — Waltz 'vbispen ttui ft 

mark, 
" Mt liipperv s'eps are safest in the (lark ! " 
Rut here the 'Muse xviih due decorum halU, 
And lends her longest petticoat to Waltz. 

Obsenrint travellers of every time ! 
Yt quartos publish d ii|Kin every clime! 
O say. shall dull Rnmaika's heavy round. 
Fandango's wriggle, or Rolero's bound ; 
Can F-ffjpt's AUnas^ — tantalising ^mup — 
Coluinbia's caperers to the warlike whoop- 
Can ausbt (mm cold Kamschaika to Ca|>« Hani 
With Waltz compare, or after Waltz t«e borne? 
Ah. no ! fnim Mnrier's page* d«wo to Ctalt'i, 
Each tour:st pens a paragraph for '* Waltz.** 



Though in your daii^hter^' daughters yet vou tLri?», 
Burst from your lead, and IjC yourselves ali.*e ! 
Back t'> the balUrooiii speed your spectred Lo«li 
Fool"* Kradise is dull to that' you lost. 
No trcacliennis jiov^der bids ctmjecturc quake; 
No stitf-starch'd stays make meddling (ingen ache; 
(Transferr'd to those anddsnjous things 'bat a[>e 
Goata in their visage.3 women in thair slia|«j) 
No dinisel faiii's %vhen rather closely presb"d» 
But more caressing sremi "hen nii*»' caress'd | 
Supertluous harislinm, and rrvivmc ^alts. 
Both banisb'd by the sovereign cordial '* Waltx.* 

Seductive W*altz!— thoueh on thy native thnre 
Evifn Wcrter's self prf>cliim'd thee half a whore) 
Werter — tn decent vice Ibouijb much inclined, 
Vet warm, not wanton ; dazzled, but not blind — 



3 Da Oct Of tlrU — who do for hlr« what Welta doXk 
fraiia. 

3 tt rannot be comrlilnr-d now. ta In the l.ady llam» 

alrrr'a liinr. of itir " Sirur dr la Croix." itial iher* be 
" Qo »tii>lirr«i" hul bnw far Itievr are tnilinilioaa «| 
valour Id ihe Arid, or rlio-wherr, may tli// be ^urall<»* 
ahle. Murt) may t>e. and hhih t>rrn, avourhrd oa WMk 
aidr^. lo (tte bklrn timr pt)ili»cp'icr« Hod whiakrra, aed 
anlilirra none — Hripio hiinaplf waa •hav-o - llaBSlhal 
(ho.iKiii hia one rye hnndxime eit<ui|rl> wilhnul a beord| 
hul AdrioD. thr rinpemr. wor# a lirard (tiaviDf warta •■ 
hli rhii), whirh nrittirr Ibe Kmprrsa Kabioa oor evni Ihe 
rniirdrra rnuld a>mlr)- Turrnnr had wtiaki-ra. Marl- 
txiroiijEti nun*- — RuuDapa If ta uiiwtiakrrnt. th* RfKcOl 
wtiiakrrrd: •' arraJ " citalnrva of mind aod whiikero 
may or m>iy doi fo ininiirri liul railainly ih« dirrvrtut 



furir 



I tiehair of \ 



of tha laa( mri>iirD.d. »e 
Ihao Ik* anothfua •< Ao- 
1 tttt raijri. or It^or* I — 
FoMnrrlv, rad wa* a ravouittv cm ur. K«c l,«di<«Kfclet< 
rry*«rninrdy uf Ham Allry, leril; Arl I. Mn— 1. 

" Ta/«i«. Now Ibi a «h«' — ^kat ovteoretf tattrf 

oomr- D^ii by lh« wiodow t 

•• ^.friaao. A blark mae'a, I thlak. 

"T*g,t: I iMuk aoi ae: I Ulok e r«< to UClli 
mo«l in h'liton." 

Thvrr l» ••nolhlni o*w itodar th* aoi;'* bet r«4; Itofl 
a /aaamrUa, kta eow aabMdarf laU • /fmmrt «'a eeieaA 



THE WALTZ. 



flwv^h g«fille Gcntis, in her ttrire wilh Stiel, 
Would eveo [•rr«cnbe (lice Tntni a Paris ball ; 
The ^hiOQ haiU — from coufitesses to queeuSf 
Ami niaidt uid valets waltz behind the scenes ; 
Wide aud more wide thy wiichin? circle spreads, 
And turns — if nothiu; else — at least our head* f 
With thee even clumsy cits attempt to bounce, 
Aiid cockneys practise'what they can't pronounce 
Gods '. hou 'the glorious then:e iiiy strain exalts, 
Ad J rhyme finds partner rhyme inpraise of " Waltz ! " 

B'.csl was (he time Waltz cho>e for her debut ; 
The court, (he Ke»tn(, like herself were new ; * 
yew lace for friends f"r Iocs some new rewards; 
S>ff omameDts for bl.»ck and royal guards ; 
^'e«» laws to hang the rogues that roar'd for bread ; 
>*tw coins (most new) 5 hj follow those that fled J 
"New victories — nor can we prize (hem less, 
Tl.ou^ii Jcnky wonders al his own succ«s ; 
New wars, t«ecause the old succeed so weM, 
That most survivors envy those who fell ; 
»w mistresses — no. old — and yet t is true, 
Though they be o/rf, t!ie thins is something new ; 
■Kach iieiv^ quite new — (except some ancient tricks),' 
>e*v white sticks, gold-sljcks, broom-sticks, ail Dew 

sticks! 
With vei's or ribands — deckM alike in hue, 
^'ew troo|»ers strut, new lumcoaTs blush in bluei 

■So s-iilh the muse : my .* what say you ? 

Such wa^ the time when Waltz mizht'best mj u ntain 
Her new preferments in this novel feisn ; 
Such was the (Uiie, nor ever yel was such ; 
Hufips are no tuore^ and iwllicnals iiof mitch; 
Morals and minue's, virtue and her slavs. 
And tell-tale powder — all have had their dayi. 
The ball besjins — the Itonours of the house 
First duiy done by daushter or by spouse, 
"Sniue potentate — or royal or serene — 
With Kent's say prace, or sapient Glostcr** mien. 
Leads forth IheVendy dame, whose rising flush 
Misjht once have lieeu mis'.iken for a blush. 
From where the garb jusl leaves the bosoni free, 
That spot *vbere hearts * were once supposed to be ; 

1 Ad iDBrhroQiiiu- Waltz and the balt.« of Aopterlitt 
*Te before ■■!(! to hsTc opfiitTj the ball tn^etner; the bard 

vogue till the RcgeDt auaiut^ Ibf irme of hii popularity. 
Vr'altz, the cnmel, whiKkt^rM. aod the new eoTertimrnl, 
illamioated hrarcD aad earlh, in til iheir glory, much 
t^out ihe lamp lime : of these the comt-t nol^ ha* di«- 
■fpeared; the otUer three coatinae to ulomab os slilL— 
fTtiitar*$ Deotl. 

3 Amnngpt others t new nloepenee — ■ creditable coin 
Bow forlhcomtQgt worib a pound, io paper, at tb« (airect 
esIcDlatioa 

S"Oh that M>*r ahooW thni oTereome mipht!*' VTiio 
Ace* not rt-racmber the "dfhcale iOTestigaliou " in tb« 
"Merry Wivf, of Wiu.l.«r ? " — 

•* Porrf. I'ray you. come D^ar : If I •UBp^l without 

»e»t; I deserve I U Mnwnrtw? whither b^r you lhi'« ? 

•* ,Mr». Ford. What have you Io do vi hither they bear 
It? — ynu were bent meddle with hurk-w»phir.g." 

4 Ths geivle, or ferorioon. reader may flll up the blank 
im he plcR«rM— there are ceveral diSMvtlabic oameB at Kit 
•ervice (being already in the he(;pm'»): it would not be 
(air to bark any peculiar initial agaia:^! the alphabet, an 
every month will add to the h»! now eaiere<l for the 
awecpotaltea : — a di«lineui"hed rmtaonant ta mU to be ihr 
(ilT^arite, rr^ch agaiast the wiahet of the knovtng onei. 

A •• Wt haTC chane-d all that," aay- Ihe Mork Dwtor 
— *l ia all enoe— A<<mo.1fuii know* where. After aM, it 
la of nn ereat tmpnrtaure how wim^'n's heart* are dtii- 
peaeri of- ihry haTe nature'p priTilege to distribute them ! 
M abaordly aa pmuible. Hut there are aUo acme men 
with bearu ao li^orouehly bad, aa to retuiud aa of ihoae 
pi^eftcsLaaa o{l»i mealiab«d La aaturaJ buiory tU. a i 



Round all the confioes of the yielded mJn, 

The itrangest liarul may wacier ucdisplued) 

The lady^s in return uiay S^^a«p as much 

As princely pauDc)«s o/lfer to her touch. 

Pleased mjod the i halky floor how well tbef Mf^ 

One hand reposing on the royal hip; 

The other to the shcuider no less royal 

Ascending with affection truly loyal'! 

Thus front to front the partners move or ttand. 

The foot may rest, but none withdraw the band' 

And all in tiirn may ril.iw in their rank. 

The Earl of— Asterisk — and Lady— Blank J 

Sir — Such-a one— with those of fashion's \VM 

For whose blest sumanies — vide " Morning Pod' 

(Or if for thrl impartial print too late, 

Search Doctors' Comnmos sii months from tny dato)*" 

Thus all and each, in movement swifi or slow, 

The genial contact gently undersjo ; 

Till some misht marvel, with the modest Tirt, 

If " nothing follows all (his palming uork ?"• 

True, honest Mirza I — you may trust inj rbymt^ 

Something does follow at a fitter lime ; 

The breast thus publicly resiga'd to roan. 

Id private may resist him if it can. 

O ye who loved our grandmothers of yorB, 
FitJiialrick. Sheridan, and many more. 
And thou, roy prince ! whose sovereign taate and wtO 
It is to love the lovely beldames still ! 
Thou ghost of Queetisbur)-! whose judging ipritt 
Sitan may spare to peep a single night, 
Pronounce— if ever in yourda^s of bliss 
Asoiodeus struck so bright a stroke as tbia ; 
To teach the young ideas how to rise. 
Flush in the cheek, and languish in the €Vt% ; 
Rii^h to (he heart, and lishlen throu-h the frasML 
With hilf told wish and ill -dissembled flame. 
For prurient nature still will storm the breast <* 
iVho^ tempted thus, can answer for ibe rest? 

Rut ye — who never felt a single thought 
For what our morals are to be, or ought ; 
Who wisely wish the charms you view to reap, 
Say — would you make those beauties quite lo cheap } 
Hot from the hands promiscuously applied, 
Rnurid the slight waist, or down the glowin)^ side. 
Where were the rapture then to clasr the form 
From this lewd grasp and lawless coubct warm > 
At once love's most endearing thought resign. 
To press (he hand so press *d by none but thi n e ; 
To gaze upon that eye which never met 
Another's ardent look without regret; 
Approach the lip which all, without restraint, 
Come near enoush — i f not to touch — lo taint } 
If such thou lovest — love her then no more, 
Or give — like her — caresses to a score : 
Her mind with these is jone, and with it go 
The little left behind it to bestow. 

Voluptuous Waltz I and dare I thus blasphODsy 
Thv bard foreot thy praises were his theme. 
Terpsichore forgive '. — at every ball 
My wife now waltzes — and my daughters thaUj 
My son — (or stop — 't is needless to enquire^ 
Tliese little accidents should ne'er transpire j 
Some ajes hence our genealojic tree 
Will wear as green a bouzh for him as me) — 
Waltzing shall rear, to make our name amenda, 
Grandsons for me — in heirs to all bis friends. 



man of aolid atone — only to ba opened t>y forca*-Bai 
wh'D ilivid'-d. you diarover a loarf in the i«oira, Ufaty* 
and with the reputatioD of brim Teoc-nioua. 

8 Io Tarkry a pertinent, here ao impertiB«Bt a** atvcVk 
auou», q^fttioo — Iiieratiy put, ax la iba trit, by a rat* 
■lac to MortcT. aa aaakoc a Waiu In Tira Tirfi MiMlaa'B 



n 



ODE TO NAPOLEON BIONAPARTE. 



ODE TO NAPOLEON BUONAPARTE/ 



"Exppnde Aaalbtlem. — fvol Ubrw i 



JUV£2(A.U Jl«<. t. 



•IW bnpmr Nepoa wm teknowleilgpd tj the Senate, by th« lUIiui*, and by the Provlndali of On ; hk Eaaaa' 
vtrtaaa, aad mUitary Ulvati, were louillj relebrated; and thcM who dcnved aay privale beneil froa tola rOTar» 
Moat anoouDced id prophPttc ulTtirm the rmloration of publtc felicity. • • By this ahamafal sodieati«at k 

m "racteO hn life a fevr yeira, lo a Tery ambLguoua auta, batwaeo an Emperor and an Exile, UU " — «S 

»^# 'S VtctiM mmd r^Uy vol. Tt. p. 220. 



7 U ^oiifi — but yesterday a King I 

AnJ irm'd with Kin|r» to strive — 
AXi/i a.<v thou art a nameless thing i 

So abject — yet alive ! 
fr thit (he niao of thousand thrones, 
Who strew'd our earih with hostile bourn, 

And can he thus sunive? a 
Brace he, uiiscall'd the Momin? Star, 
Nor mm aor liend bath mien to far. 

a 

ni-minded man ! why sconive thy kind 

Who bow'd so lo^v the tnee? 
By ri?i'i§ on thvself growu blind, 

Tliou lau?hfsl Itie rest to »ee. 
With lui'ht umjuestionM, — power to tira,- 
Tbine only pi ft hath been the ^ve, 

To those th:it worsliipjrd thee ; 
Nor till thy fait could mortals guea 
Ambitiou'a leas Ihaa Uitleueas 1 

IIL 

Fhanki for that lesson — it will teach 

To aner-warnors more, 
Than high Pliiloanphy can preach, 

And vainly preic'li'd before. 
That spell ui'^m the minds of men 
Breaks never to uniie a^ain. 

That led them to adore 
Tho« Paeod tliiues of »abre sway, 
With front! of brua, and feet of claj. 



■ The reader hat 


■een. that l^rd RyroD, when pobllab- 


iBf •• The Coraat r," 


Id January. IPH. aiiDmin.ed an ap- 


^really quite arric 


ua Tftulutioo ti^ withdraw, for aome 


yeara at leaMl, fr(,m 


pof^try. Ilia iHti-rt of the Frbniary 


aMl March (ollowin 


e. abound Id rrprtillnna of the aaiiM 


^etrrmlnati'iD. Oo 


(hu mortitng of the ninth of April he 


wrltM — - tin mm 


■ rhyme for— or rather /rom — me. 


I Uve lakeo my 1 


ave of that HluKe, and hcDcefurth wil 


Bwuotrbank It oo 


looRer." In the fteninir. a Uiix<*tte 



POUDI 

wiUio 



Kctraordtnary annotinrrd the atKlit alloa or Fonlaini-blcaUt 
and the I'orl *iolaled hti Towa nrit morntiiB, by fom- 

liD| thlvOde, whirh h** Immedtftlfly puhlmhetl. though 
ame. if ia Diary Maya. - Aprtl 10. To^ay 
I ba»e boird one hour — wnitt-n on <Me to NniKilfoo 
■uoDaparic — ropiH It — eileu nil biwuiu — drunk four 
Vitilee of aoda water, aod redde away the real of mjr 
ane.' — R. 

S-l d'lri't know— bft I think l,rrto I (nn innrrX com- 
pared with IhiN rrralurr), hate ael my nfe "n cu*\n not a 
Bltlionth pan of thi* manV But. aftT all, a rrnwn may 
■ol br worth dvint for. Yet, lo nullive l.i"tt for Ihia ' ! ! 
Oh thai Juvriial or Johnson could n-e from the drad > 
' Ktpeml" — qooi h^tmn In duo* auinmfi Invenlral* I 
feDew lh#y were ilRhl In the b'lanre of morlnlityi but I 
tbosfhl Ihrif liviog diiat wel(h<-d more §9r»l». Al^! 
Ihia Imperial diiiiond haib a flaw tn It. and la now hanlly 
01 lo atirk lo axliitrr'a I'^nnl ; — the pen of (he hialnriao 
«DO*l rata it wr>rtb a ducat I'aha ' * •omethlng t<>o much 
•f Ihla.' But I wno'l ci*« h'm up aero now ; Ihongh all 
Ma admlrara have, like lb* Thaaa^ tallaa froa bin." — 
a«r#« Dlmr^, April ft.— IL 



IV. 

The trinmph, and the vanity, 

The rapture of the strife a — 
The earthquake voice of Victoryi 

To thee the breath of life ; 
Tlie sword, the sceptre, and that twtj 
Which man seeni'd made tut to obcj, 

■\Vherewiih renown was rife — 
All quelled : — Dark Spirit ■ what mail hi 
The madness of thy memory 1 

V. 
The Desolator desolate ! 

The Victor overthrown 1 
The Arbiter of others' fate 

A Suppliant for his own 1 
Is it some yet mipe^-tal Impo 
That wiih such chan^ can calmly oopa> 

Or dread of death aloue ? 
To die a prince — or tive a slave — 
Thy choice a most i^tx>bly brave I 

VI. 
He who of old would rend the oak, 

Dream'd not of the rebound; 
Chain'd by the trunk he viinly broke 

Alone — how look'd he round ? 
Thou, in the stcrniiew of th; strength 
An er]ual deed hast done at length, 

And darker fate hast found : 
He fell, the foresi prowlers' prey : 
Bui thou must eal Ihy heart awajl 

VIL 
The Roman,* when hi* buroin; hetit 

Was slaked with jlood of Rome, 
Threw down the dagger — dared deptf% 

In sava<te crandcur, home. — 
He dared dejiart in utter scorn 
Of men ihsri'such a yoke had bonM, 

Vet icfl him such a doom i 
Hi? only pl"r\' was that hour 
O'' self-liphelil abandoii'd powtf. 

vni. 

The Spaniard, when the luit of pwiy 

Had lost ilsquickeiiini; .:>ell, 
?ast crowns for roiarics away, 

An empire for a cell ; 
A ilricl accountatit of liii beaA^ 
A subtle disputant on creedt, 

llisdnlaee iriHe*! well: 
Tel belter had he urithcr known 
A bigol'i ilirme, nor dcHpofi IhroM, 

IX. 
But (hon — from Hit relnclant has4 

Tlie ihnndcrMJt is wruiif — 
Too late thou leav'st the bi^h commwri 

To which Ihy weakueM clunc; 



t Tertamlnta 



««injk 



ODE TO NAPOLEON BUONAPARTE. 



1} 



It it cooogh to gnerv \U 

To lee tbme own unsimoc : 
Tt IhiDk ibai God'i fur fi-ortd h&th t 
Th« footstool fi4 ft thiUf ao meu ; 



JUd Carth hfttb tpilt ber blood fbr btm, 

W ho tbas cac board hit owti ! 
And Mocurchs bow'd the irrDibliog Umh| 

And th\nkM bun (or a Ihmne I 
Fail FrMdoiu ! we may hnlil (hre dear, 
When thus thy mi'litiftst foe* their fear 

In humblest rvi«e ha\e shnwo. 
Ob ! ne>r maT tyriDt leavf hrhiod 
A brigbter oaoie U lure inanh>p4 | 

XL 

Thine evil deeds are writ id gon^ 

Nor wriUen thus m T:»tD — 
Tby tnuniphs tell of lime no mort 

Or detpen even stAin: 
r hr>u badsl died as honour diet. 
Some Dew N?.polenn michi ansa. 

To ihanic ihe world «:aiD — 
But who would war the solar bet|b!^ 
To Ml lA tacb ft fttairleai oigbt } 

xn. 

WeisbM Id (be btlance, hero itoil 

li file a> ruipe clay ; 
Thy Kalev Morulily ! are jnat 

To all that jtus t\nj -. 
B\^ yet mcthoughi the liring rreat 
Sonie bieher i^tartci should animate, 

To da72]e ani dismay : 
Nor deriuM Cnotempt could tbni make Blilft 
Of these tbc Couqueron o[ tbe earth. 

xni. 

And tbe. prtnid Aoftna^ osoomfa] flower, 

Thy iLll impenaJ cnde ; 
Bow be»n her breast the torturiag boor) 

Still clinnahclo thy lide? 
Musi ahe too bend, must she too share 
TbT late re]>entance, Inn? drspair^ 

Thou thronetess llnmicide? 
If itill she loves Ihee, hoard tbat gem f 
n* ift worth thy Tftuiib'd diaUem ! > 

XIV 

Then baste thee to Ibr inTlea Iil^ 

And raze upon Ihe sea ; 
That element may meet tbv anile 

It ne'er was nile<l br the'cl 
Or trace with thine all idle hand 
Id loitenn; rpood u|>od the saod 

That K.irih :• onw 43 iree ! • 

T>i*t Corinth'f ^)«^a^opue' hath now 
TnziaferT d ois by-wor^ to thy brow. 



IV, 

Tbou Timcmr ! in hit captiT»e^ cafe • 

Wba: Iboa^hti will there br thine. 

MTbile fcr\iodin*in tby pnscu'd raj^? 

But one— "Tbe world wcu nuiwl* 
Coleas, Ilk* he of Babyloa, 
All sense is wntb thy sre^itre {Onei 

Life will not toni; cotifane 
Tbat spin! pour'd « widely forth— 
80 lofl( obey'd — fc UUie woith 1 



XVt 

Or. like the thief of fire from beeTca,* 
Wilt tboc wifhirtanil the sh^ck ? 



For(id>.«>m'd by Ciod — bv man aecant« 
And that last act, though' not thy woo^ 

Tbe vTTx ripiid's arrh mock ; * 
Re in bis fall preserrnJ his pride, 
AAd, if ft ntorul, had as proodiy died 1 



ivn. 

There was a dar — there was aD hour, 
While earth ivi. Gaol's— Gaul thint 
Wbext (hi\ immeasurable powor 

Unsated to resi^ 
Bad been an an of purer fame, 
Than nthers rmiod Marenfo^ duua 

AmTriided thy decline, 
Tbrou|;h tbt I004 twUiehl of all tim^ 
Depute acme paseinf clouds o< crimen 

xvra. 

Bot Qkiq fbmoth must be a kin^, 

And don the purple vett. — 
As if that foolish rt)t>e could wnnf 

Remembrance fmm thy breast. 
Where is that faJed gnrnienl ? where 
The ^w^aws thou wert fond to wear, 

Thf star — the string — the creil? 
Vain fro-xard child of empire ! aav, 
Are ftU tby playthings snatch'd away? 



XIX. 

Where vaj the wearied eye repoa 

When i^ing on li:c Great ; 
Where Dcilher cniHy Rlory glcwt, 

Nor despicable stale } 
Tea — one - Uie finl — the last—the b« 
The Cincmnalus of the West, 

\V*hom cn?7 dared not hate, 
Peqaearh'd the name of Washinetoo, 
To make man blutb there w;n but one 1 



1 It It well koowB that Count Netpperi;. • (eotlerota la 
At tntl» cf tbr rmp^ror of Auitnt, »bn was first |>r«< 
•MtH to Man* Louita with:a a rv« daT> afttr Kapoleoo's 
abdioatton, hecane, id tbe «rqntL, k«r rbimtMrlaiB. and 
tkea htr hcataod. He it •mm t« ba^a ^cta a mat of r»- 
«arkably piaia appMr%a<>t. TkaC<n)Bt Oitrf la IB31.— K. 

t DleayalM (ke 1i.aaff>i, iinBiat a graaief tjrmat 



tbaa ktt fktber, on beisf fbt tht teoood tlma baat^atf 
from Sfracoae, rrttrsd \o CoiiDtb. where kt waa •Mtfsd 
to tora acbcMlmaster. (or a aubsi*t«ac«.— IL 

t Tba ca^a oT Eta^uct, by enler at Tamarlaaa. 

4 Prtmcthaaa. 

ft — — - Tha 'ery firsd'a arch oork — 
1« Up a WKAtoA, and auppoaa bci aha*tt.**«* 

Wa »<*1teTe ihtra to at doabt tf tke trath t( tbt aatetfeta 

bete aJlvdtd la — •< M Kpoiaoa • Kariac feaad Wiam lie 
wonky amaat, U* Tciy asaa:^ « kla aiflfm li 



w 



HEBREW MELODIES. 



HEBREW MELODIES 



ADTERTISEMENT. I 

Tht •obeei^ucnt points wer< wntten at the re^nejt 
if my (nend, the lion. DfiuflM Kinuajrd, for a Selec- 
iNMl of Hebrew Melodiev and have t>een pulli!»hed, 
with the music, arranged by Mr. Bniiam and Mr. 
Mithan. 
Jauirr, ItU. { 

SHE WALKS IN BEACTT.> ! 



Soe n.m in beautr, like the nirht 

Of cloudlns cliiiia and st-irr)- skiei; 
And all thai i best of dark and l.rigbt 

Meet lu her ii|iert and her eves: 
Thus niellow'd to that lender ii;ht 

WbicL beaveo to gaudy day deaiek 
II. 
Odc shade the more, one ray the less, 

Had half imrnifd the aanielea grace 
Which waves in everj raveu tress, 

Or softly lish'^ens o'er her face ; 
Where thoughts serenely sweet express, 

liovr pure, bow dear their dweiiiag-pUc& 
III. 
And on that cheek, and o'er that brow, 

So son, so calm, vet elo<|iirjit. 
The miles that win, the tiiils that glow, 

But tell nf days hi goodness s|ieut, 
A niind at peace with all t>elow, 

A heart whose love is inuoceat 1 



THE HARP THE MONARCH MINSTREL 

SWEPT. 

L 

The harp the monarch minstrel swept. 

The King of men, the InvcJ of Heaven, 
Which Music hallrw'd while she wejil 

O'er tones her heart nf hear.3 had given, 

Redftuliletl L-e her tears, ils chorals are riven t 
Ilsoflen'd men 01 in... miul.l. 

It give II. em virtues not their OWTJ ; 
No ear so dull, no soul so cold. 

That fell not. hred not to Ihe tone, 

Till l^avid's lyre grew miglitier tbia bit tbnaMl 
IL 
It loU the triumphs of our Kinj, 

It watted gl»ry to our God ; 
II made our glidden'd valleys ring. 

The cedars bow, Ihe mounUins nod ; 

Its W)uH aspired to heaven and there abod* 1 
■ince then, though heard on earih do more, 

Devotion and her diugliter Love 
It.ll tiJ the l.ursling sinril soar 

To sounds ihil seem as from above. 

In drcanit that day's broad light csld not resDon. 

IT THAT HIGH WORLD. 
I. 

U that high world, which lies beyond 

If Ihere Ihe rhernh'.l lirarl l.e foil.!. 
The ej* the same, eicei-t la icars — 



How welcome those ODtrwdden spbem 1 

How swet-t this very hour to die 1 
To soar from earlh and hud all lean 
Lost ID thy light — Etermty 1 
II. 
It most be SO • *t is not for self 

That we so tren.l.le on Ihe brink; 
And ilnvin^ to o'erleap Ihe jutf, 

1l^ to Rein?'5 •icveril.^ link. 



Oh! 



Met .15 Ih.i.k 



To hold each heart the heart that shani^ 
With Iheii. the in.ninilal waters .Iriiik, 
And soul ui !«ul grow deathless Ibeinl 



THE WILD GAZELLE 
I. 

The wild gaielle on Judah's hilli 

Kxuliing vel mav U.ui.d, 
And drinh from all Ihe living rilll 

Tlial gush 01. holy ground ; 
Its air)- step and glorious eye 
May glaxice in tameless transport bj I «* 

II. 
A step as fleet, an eve more bright, 

Hull Judah wiln^s-d llierej 
And o'er her sriries of lost delight 

Inhibilanis ii...re fair. 
The ce.l irs wa\e on Lebanon, 
But Judah's statelier maids are gODel 

III. 
More blest eacli palm that shades tbott pU» 

Than Israel's scalti-r'd race ; 
For, taki'ig rr.ol, it there reuiailtt 

In solilar>- grace : 
It caiiiiol .)uit its place nf birth. 
It will uut live iQ other earth. 

IV. 
But we must wander witheringly, 

Inmher lan.lMo.lie; 
And where our fathers' xshe« bi^ 

thir own mav never he: 
Our leinple halh ii.it left a stone, 
Aud Aluckery sits on Salem's IbrQDS 



OHI WEEP FOR THOS& 
I. 

Oh ! wBrp for those that wept bv Babel's strtuiK, 
Whose slirines are desoble. whose land a dicui; 
Weep for Ihe harp of Ju.lah's hn.lieii shell ; 
Muura — where then God hath dwell the QoJNi 
dwell I 

II. 
And where shall I'nel lave her bleeding feet > 
Ai..| when sliMI /.ion's songs again «<-elli sweet? 
Ar.il Judah's niel.xlv n:.ce ii^Tc rejoice 
1 be hearu tliat Icip'd bcfoie its heavculy Toiee) 

III. 
Tribes of the wandering foot and weary brrui, 
How shall ve Iti^e iw»v sn.l lie al rest ! 
The wild^li.ve liaili her not. Ihe f.il his nw%. 
Mankiud ttaeir coastry — Israel but the gran 



I nmt llsalsa 

«■ (r«a • tali "> 
Wll»«< H.irl.... 



i hs to^1 llvroa. ( 



) Vfi JORDAN'S BANK!. 

• ol hia laiBlioii. th» ft»-»ol . 

ui« wti^ *iM»nf^ mfmmqtm ^ On Jorrtan's Kinks the Arab camels tIraT, 

Oe HtauS hill J» talia On*'! loUrwi fofk 



HEBREW MELODIES. 



^S 



TVt &ut-idnrer bnwi on SiiiAi'i sleep — 
T«Hh«re — even there — Oh God! ihy ihandenileep : 
II. 

Tkere — where thy fingrr •-orch'd the tablet tioQa 1 
Tbere — whrrc thy iliadivv lo thv )>eo|tle iliouol 
Thj clorjf ihroutlt-i] in ili parli <<{ tire : 
Tbfielf — ooue Uviug sec and not expire 1 

111. 
Oh! in the lishtnin; lei Ihr sl.inre appear; 
Sweep fmiii his shiverd li.in.l Ihe opjinrssor'! ipezrt 
How loni; by lyraiils slilll lliy land be \n4 1 
Uow ;uD{ tby temple wonthipless, Uh Uwd 1 



JEFHTHA'S DAUGHTER 
I. 

SiiKe onr Counhr, onr GM _ Oh, my Sirs I 
DeDiaod that ihy DauKliU-r expire; 
Sinre ttiv Iriuiiiph «ai bougjtl bv thv vo\T— . 
Strixe the bosom that 's tared (at thee now I 

II. 
And the voice of my mniimin' is o*er| 
Aud the iiinunlaiiu iieliuld nie no uioro: 
ir Ihe baud tluit I love lav me Inw, 
Tbexe camiot be pam lu the blow I 

III. 
And of this, oh, mr Father I be siir» 
Thai the blood of ihy child is as pure 
As the bless. nir I beg ere il How, 
And ILe Ust thought that sooihei ma below. 

IV. 
Tlion5b the virgins of Salem lament, 
Be the judse and the hero iinbeiil 1 
1 liave won Ihe erial battle for thee, 
Aad my f kther aud Country are treat 

V. 
Wlien this blood of thv cirinj hath roth'i 
When Ihe roice thai lliou Invest is hn.hM 
Let my memory still be Ihy pride, 
Alid forget not 1 smiled as 1 died 1 



OH! SNATCH'D A IV AY IN EEACTTS 

BLUOJL 

L 

Oh 1 inatcbM away in beauty's bloom- 
On thee shall prei« no {niiiderous tonib; 

iiut 00 tny lurt shall roses rear 

Their leaves, the earliest of ihe year ; 
And the wild cypress wave in tender gloom i 

II. 
And oft by yon blue erushin^ stream 

Shall Sorro'.v lean jier droopini; head, 
And feed deep 'hoii^hl wiih many a dream, ' 

And lingering pau^e and lijliliv Iread ; 

Fond wretch 1 ai if her step di'sturb'd tha dead I 
III. 
Away ! we know that team are vain, 

Thil death nor heeds nor hears dutreai 
Will this nnteach il» In complain } 

Or make one nmunier weep Ihe lea? 
And thou— who lell si me lo forget. 

Thy loolo are wan, thiue eyes are w«t 



MY 80DL IS DARK. 
L 

Mt xrol is dark — Oh '. <i«cklT string 
The har|. I yet can bmi.k tohexr; 

And Icl thy penile lin-t-rs tliii^ 
Itaiudling murmurs o'er "iim, i,a> , 



If in this hear* a hope t>e dear, 
Thai sound t h-al" charm il forth ifaA 

If in these e\e« there lurk a tear, 
1 will dow, and cease to bum my bnl^ 

II. 

But bid the strain be wild and deep^ 

Nor let thy uoles of joy be lirst t 
1 tell ihee. minstrel, 1 must iv^p. 

Or else this heavy heart will burtt> 
For it ha'h been bj sorrow nun»cd. 

And ached in sleipless siler.ce lon^; 
Anil now 'I IS dnoin'd lo know ihe won^ 

And break at once — or yield to aong. 



I SAW THEE WEZP 
I. 

I law fhee weep — the bi? bright tcu 

Came o'er ihal eye of blue ; 
And then meihou^tii it d.J appear 

A violet dropping dew : 
I snw thee smile — the sapphire's blut 

Beside lliee ce-a>ed to shine ; 
It could not ntatcli the liviu); rayi 

That mi'd that glance of (hiua. 

II. 

A> donds from yonder r-!! v^ceiTe 

A deep and mellow dye. 
Winch scarce ihe shade of cominr art 

Can bai.ish fniin Ihe iky,, 
Thn>e smiies unto Ihe uiiHHlieat oand 

1 he;r i'« n pure joy imjiarl ; 
Tnc;r sunshine l&ives a ^iow behind 

Thai lighleu: :'er Ibe heart. 



THY DAYS ARE DOHB 
L 

Thy daT¥ are done, Ihy fame begna | 

I'hy country's struus record 
Tlic triumphs of her chosen Son, 

The slaushlers ol his sword I 
T)ie needs he did, the helds ha VO^ 

TLe freedom he restomi 1 

IL 

Tt onfh thoa art fall'n, while we an tm 
Thou slialt Dot taste of death 1 

The generous blood that flow'd fraa tfaw 
Dislaio'd to sink beiiealh : 

Wilhin our veins its cuiTeuts tM, 
Thy spirit on our breath t 

lU. 

i ny name, onr charging hofti a]on|f 

Shall be the hatlle-wnrd ! 
Thy fall, the theme of chora! ae^ 

Fnim virgin voices pourM ! 
To weep would do thy elory WTcag} 

Thou Shalt not be dcplorcA. 



SONG OF SAUL BEFORE HIS LAST BATTU 
1. 

Warriors and chiefs ! should Ihe shaft or the iwort 
Pierce me id lending the lost of the U-Tl, 
Heeil not the corse, though a king's, in jour patkt 
Bury your steel in the bcMmt ol Oath 1 

n. 

Thou who art hearing my buckler and bow, 
Should the soldiers uf i»ul Inos -way fmm tht tM, 
Stretch me that inomeol in blooo at thy tsetl 
Mine bt the doom Touh they daied 9fA lo naA 



u 



HEBREW MELODIES 



lO. 

Fmw«n k> sthen, bol nercr w« part, 
■ tir to my rortltj, too at mv he&rt 1 
Bn^ht If the duJenif boundlesK the iwiy. 
Ql kiflfl; Uw dniik, wbicb amuu m toiuj I 



Tboa wbose fpell can ni>e the dad, 
>■ i! the pmphrfi frvrm ap|)ear. 
' "Saciuel, rai>e thv buried head ! 
Kius, beholil the phautom seer 1** 

C^h yawn'd ; he stood, the centre of t doiid : 
Light clanged its hue, retiring fmin his shiXJud. 
D«ith sltK^i all ^l.v.sv in his fued eye ; 
His hand ^^-as wither d, and his reins were dry J 
His foot^ ID bnnv whiteness, glifer'd there, 
Shmuken and sinewless, and erh^tly bare ; 
Fh^u lips Itt-it Uinvel not and unbreathingfnme, 
U%e cavern'd winds, ttie hollow accents caiue. 
P«ul r\w, and fell to eanh, as falls llie oak. 
At oix, iui blasted by the thuuler-Mroka. 

IL 

• Why ii my steep disquieted > 
Who IS he thai calls the dead ? 
Is It Ibnu, O Kiiij > Behold, 
Bloodless are ilirse Innbs, and cold ' 
Such ire mine ; .lod such stall bt 
Thine to-Diorr<iw, w hen with uai 
Ere the coining day is done. 
Such stult thou be, such thv ton. 
Fire thee well, hut for a .l.iy, 
Then we oiix our inouldenh; clay. 
Thou, thv race, lie pale aiul low, 
Pierced Ijy shifts of many a bow j 
And the falchion bv thv side 
To thv liearl thv hand sliall ^ide: 
Crowulevv, breathless. Iie.idji-»s tall. 
Sod and sue, the bouse o( Saul I" 



ALL IS VANirr, SAITH THE PREACHER." 

fiiDe, witidom, lore, and power 'vere miiM^ 

And he:ilih and youth posseis'd me; 
Idy i(oblei» lilusb*d from every rioe, 

And lovely forms cirejs'd me; 
I luim'd my lirarl in t>ea'jty'B eye^ 

And fell my s'tui (trow lemler^ 
Ail earth can ;ive, or mortal prizi^ 

Was uiiue of re^ splcttdour. 

II. 

i fWve to t) amber o'er whit days 

Remembrance can difcorer. 
Which all that life or earth dispUyi 

Would lure n.e to live over. 
There rme iki dav. itirre ndl'd DO boo 

Of pleasure uneml.i'ler'd ; 
Aod not a tra|>pin( -Icclt'd my poirtf 

Thai gall'd ool while it (liUcr^ 

IIL 

To* forpml of the fteld, by irt 

Ami il/ells, IS won from hjfmltl(| 
Bal tlul which colli iriund llie heUT. 

Oh • who b'll. |,o>>rl .d clunuug) 
B WiMm.t hit in «,^l,>ln'slor., 

Nor niuiir'i .'.„■■ ran lute it | 
Mtt there il sunn fii trrmm 

Tka nal ikil nuet eadun IL 



WBEM COLDKESS WRAPS T&S SCITKUaB 
CLAT. 



When eddnen wnpe thie f&SsTioc el»y. 

Ah ! whither strays the uuDtirtail auaal 
It cannot die, it cannot star, 

Bui leaves Its darkeo'd duit behind* 
Then, uiieniljodied, dnlb .1 trace 

Bv stepe each planet's heavenly wijt 
Or till at once the realms of space, 

A thing of eyes, that all survey? 
IL 
Eternal, bound lees, nndecavM, 

A thoushi unseen, but seem; all, 
All. ill 10 earth, or skies displar'd, 

shall It survey, shall it recall: 
Each fainter trace that memory boldl 

So darkly of departed years. 
In one broad glance the ;,oul beholdl^ 

And all, that was, at once appears 

III. 

Before Creation peopled earth. 

Its eye shall roll throuzh Chaoe back; 
And where the furthLHl ht^ven tiad btI1J^ 

1 he spirit trice its rising track. 
And where the future mars or Dia^jH^ 

Its clance dilate o'er ill to be 
While suD is quench'd or syttem bratt^ 

Fu'd m iti own eteriuty. 

IV. 
AboTC or Dure, Hope, Hate, or Faur, 

It livea all [laasionless and pore : 
An a^e shall ileet like tartbly year; 

I's years as moments shall endare. 
Awav, awav. without a wm^, 

O'er all, through all. its thoogbt tball || 
A nanielev and eleruil thina. 

Forgetting what it wai U3 dlo. 



VISION OF BELSHAZZAE. 



The Kin; was on his thmne. 

The Satrai^ thmni;'d the hall 
A thmsaiul In lelil la'iigis iboD* 

Oer that hifih feMival. 
A th'iujand '■ups of pild, 

In Julah derm'd Jivioa — 
Jehovah s vemel^ hold 

The godlea Ueatheu'i wna I 
II. 
lo that inme hni:r and haQ, 

I 'le tiiisen of I hand 
Cau.e forth anmsl the wall, 

And wrote as if ou sandl 
The hncers of s nan j — « 



ohta 



hand 



AJoin the (etten ran. 

And traced thcui like a waad. 
III. 
The mnnarth aaw, and thooc. 

And t>adc no more rT*oic«; 
All blKKllFW wild hia'look. 

And Irrniulnus his voice. 
• l.el the men o( lore ippear. 

1 he « isrst ol (he esrth, 
And ei|)ound the words of fku^ 

Which uiar our royal nuitll.* 
IV. 
ChaldeB>s seen sre <nnd, 

But here Ibrr hare no ikiDj 
And the uuaoowD letian maf 

UatoldaidaataliuU. 



HEBREW MELODIES. 



Tt 



A^ l*b«l^ men of a^ 

An wit lod deep in lora; 
B*t now Ihey wen aol uge, 
TlMj lair — but Lnew oom 



A aptr^ in the land, 

A ttmn^er md a youth, 
Be heard Sie kine's command. 

He jnw llwl wrilin;'! Inilh. 
The lamps around were bright, 

The prophecy in view ; 
Be read il on that ni;ht,— 

f he nioiTow proved it tnub 

VI. 
• BelshanarH grave it made, 

H.» kinplom |>a5sM anaT, 
Be, n the balance neish'd, 

h light and worthless clay, 
The ihroud, hii robe of tUte, 

His canorT the stone ; 

"h. Mfcl* ■•' at hl« a^lr- 1 



8CN OF THE SLEEPLESSI 

tm of the sleepless ! melancholy star ! 
Whoee tearful beam glows ireniulously far, 
That ihoiv'st the darkness thou canst not dispel. 
How like art Ibou to jov remember'd well 1 
So giMms the paat, the light of other days, 
Which shines, but warms not wi;h its powerlcM rays J 
A nighl-beam Sorrow watcheth to bth'^ld, 
DitlJBCl, but diitaiit — clear — but, oh hoir eoid I 



WERE MT BOSOXJ AS FALSE AS THOU 
DEEM-ST IT ro BE. 



Were my boeom as hlse aa thou deem'st it to be, 

I need not have wandered froni far Galilee; 

It was but abjuring my creed to efface 

The curse which, thou say'st, is the crime of my race. 

II. 

If the bad CTer triumph, then God is with theel 
If the slave only sin, thou art s|>otleis and freel 
If the Exile on earth is an Outcast on high, 
Lite oo in thy failb, hut in mine 1 will die. 

III. 

I have lost for that faith more than thnn canst beitow, 
Ai the God who permits Ihee to prosper doth know ; 
U his hand it my heart and my hope — and iu thine 
Tke land and the life which for him I rcaign. 



HEROD'S LAMENT FOR MARLiMNI. 



Oh, Mariatnne ! now for Ihee 

The heart for wti.-h thou bledVt it bleedioft 
B*Tenge is lott in army, 

Aoi wild remors* to rage iDcceedin(. 
Oh, Mrrianme ! where art Ihnu ? 

•i^ou canst not hear my bitiei pleading: 
Ah', couldst thou — thou ivouldsl lanhm now 
Tbosfh Heaven were to my prayer unbeedrnj. 

a 

Afid b the dead 7 — and did they dare 
Obey my frenry's jealous nving? 

My wrath but doom'd n.y own d»[airi 
Tka nrotd that tuote bar *■ v'ei hm wirlar 



But thou art cold, my mnrderM lowl 
And Ibit dark heart it vainly cnTili( 

For her who soar* alone above. 
And leaves my toul unworthy taving. 

IIL 

She 't gone, who shared my diadem ; 

She sunk. With her my loyi entombinf; 
I twept that Ilower from Judah's stem. 

Whose leaves for me alone were blaoaua(| 
And mine't the guilt, and mine the heli, 

This bosom's desolation dooming; 
And I have cani'd those tortures weil, 

Which unconsumed are still contumlxi(l 



ON THE DAY OF THE DESTRCCTIOIt Of 
JERUSALEM BY TITUS. 



From the lail hill that looks on thy once holy dona, 

I beheld Ihee, oh Sion ! when render'd to Rome : 

■T was thy last tun went down, and the Oames o( Of 

fall 
Flaih'U back on the last glance I gave to thy wall. 

n. 

I look'd for toy temple, I look'd for my home, 
And forgot for a moment my bondage to come ; 
: beheld but the death-tire that fed on Ihy fane, 
Aad the fast fetter'd bands that made vengea nc i m 
Tain. 

m. 

Oa many an eve, the high spot whence I gazed 
lUti reHected the lasl beam of day as il blaied ; 
While I tiood on the height, and beheld the decline 
Of the rayt from the mountain that shone on thy abriiiak 

IV. 
And now on that mountain I stood on that day, 
Hut 1 mark'd not the twilight beam melting away; 
Oh: would tha' the lightning had glared in its stead, 
And the Ihunderl»lt burst oo the conqueror't head I 

V. 
But the f5ods of the Pagan shall never profane 
The shrine where Jehovah disilaio'd not to reigBJ 
And scatier'd and scorn'd as thy people may be, 
Our worship, oh lather ! is only for thee. 



BT THE RIVERS OF BABYLON WE (At 
DOWN AND WEPT. 



We sate down and wept by the waters 
Of Babel, anu thounht of the day 

When our foe, in the hue of his slaughtan^ 
Made Salem's high places his prey ; 

And ve, oh her desolate daughters ! 
Were icatter d all weeping away. 

IL 

While tadir we gazed on "he river 
W'-ich rolld on in freedom below, 

They deniamled the song ; but, oh never 
That triumph the stranger shall know! 

May thii r glit hand be witber'd for ever. 
£n it tiring our high haip for the foal 

in. 

On the willow that harp it suspended, 
Oh Salem ! iti sound ihoulil be free ; 

And the hovr when tht glories were mtat 
But letl me that token o( thee : 

And ne'er ihall iti Mft tones tie blatidet 
With the «oic* of tb* spoUvr kl aail 



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MORGANTE MAGGIORE. 



TBB DESraCCnON OF SENNACHERIB. 
L 

Th» AfByriui cuno down like the wolf on the fold, 
Aju] biB coboru were gleamiog id purple ajid gold ; 
And the theeo of their spears was like stars od the lea, 
Wbea tbe blue wave rolls Dightly od deep Galilee. 

II. 
ISk* tbt leaiTes of tbe forest when Summer is gntn^ 
That kost with their banoen at sunset uere seeu : 
Ijkc the leaves of Jie forest when Autumo halh blowB, 
Thai host OB toe morrow lay wilberM and ftrowD. 

IIL 
For the An^el of Death snread bis win^s on the blast. 
And breathed in the face o( the foe as he pass d ; 
And the eyw>s of the sleepers wax'd deadly and cbiU, 
Aal their bearu but ones heaved, and U)r ever ciew 
itiUl 

rv. 

And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide, 
But through It there rolPd ool the breath of his pride: 
And the foam of bis ^aspiii' lay white od the turf^ 
And ooUl u the spray oi tbe rock-beatiog surf. 

V. 

And there lay the rider distorted and pale, 

With the dew on hu brow, and the nul on hts mail ; 



And tbe tents were all silent, the hamien Alauat 
Tbe lajic£* militted, the trumpet unblown. 

VI. 
And the widows of Ashur are loud m th«ir ^fiM, 
And the idols arc broke ic the leniplc of BaaJ; 
Aod tne mi^ht of the Gentile, uosmote by tbe SWIN 
Ualh melted like inow in the glauce ot the Lord 1 



A SPIRIT PASSED BEFORE Mfi 

rROU JOB. 

1. 

A spirit pass'd before me : I beheld 

The fac^of imuionaiily unvcil'd — 

Deep steep cime down ou every ^ye mremiae— 

And there it stood, — all tormlcss — but diviLer 

Along Diy bones the crceiiiu; deah did quai^e , 

And as my damp hair sliiico d, thus it spake ; 

II. 

" Is man more just than God ? Is man more pan 
Thau he who deems even Seraphs inse/ure? 
Creatures of clay— vain dwdlera in thedustl 
The moth survives you, and arc ye more just ? 
Thing's of a d.\y '. vou wHlier ere the i ight, 
llccdleai and bliotf to Wisdom's watt d lightl " 



THE MORGANTE MAGGIORE OP PULCI." 



ADVERTISEMENT. 

The Morgante Mapgiore, of the first canto of which 
Iha translation is olleretl, divides with the Orbndo 
Xnoamoralo the honour of having formed and suKse?>tcd 
the itvle and siory nf Ariosto. The great defects of 
Boiardo were his treating ttm seriously Ilie narntiva 
of chivalry, and his hirsh 8ty!e. Armsto, in his con- 
tinuali'io, bv s judicious mixture of the *niety nf Fulci, 
lias avniiied the one ; and Rcrni. in his reformation of 
Boiardo's poem, h.is corrected the other. Pulci may 
be cou-idered as tlie precur-or and model of Btrni 
•Iloyriher, as he has partly been to Ari'isto, however 
inferior to both his cof/ists. He is do less the founder 
of a new style of poclrj- very la'ely »prun» up m Kng* 
bod. I allude to that of the ingenious VVhistlecraft. 
The serious poems on Rnnrc-svalles in the same hn- 
rua^e, and more (larlicularly tbe excellent one of Mr. 
Merivale. are to In: traced lo the same source. I: has 
never yet been decided entirely whe'her Pulci's tnten- 
tiOD was or was not to deride the religion which is one 
of his favourite topics. It apfienrs to me, that such an 
iDtentinii would have been no le^s ha ardous lo the 
poet than to the priest, particularly in that age and 
oounrr>- ; and the T»e^mi^sn■rl to publish the |ioeni, and | 
iti reception among the clisMCsof Italy, prove IImI it ; 
■either wa> nor is so interpreted. Thit he intended 
to ndioule the monajtic life, and sulTered liis iinagina- 
ttott to play with the sinipie dulness of hii converted 
fiui% seems evident enough ; but surely it were as 
Bftjuil to accuse him of irrelii:ir»n on this account, as 
to denounce Fielding for his {'arson Adami, nanialos, 

1 CompOMd a* KaftBoi, la February, 1630. 



Thwacknm« Sopple, and the Ordiury in Jonafbuv 
Wild, —or Scott, for the ex(|uisile Uie of his CoveiMkaV 
ers in •b- " Taltt of my I,andlord.'* 

In the follow in- translation I have used the liberty 
of theoii^^inal with the proper names: as PuVri uset 
Gan. Ganellon, or Ganellone ; Carlo, Carlomagno, or 
Carlomnno; K'ludel, or Rondeijo, &.C., as it tuils bi» 
convenience: so has the tr:>nsl.\tnr. In olhei res|iectft 
the version is faithful lo Ihc best of the translator** 
ability in comt ning his inlcrprelatinu of the one Ian*- 
guagr with the not very easy task of reducing it to tht< 
same versitiralifin in '.lie other. The reader, on com- 
paring it with the original, is reipiested (o rrmeuiber 
that the antiquated bn^'tii^re of I'ulci. however pure,, 
is nr.t e-isy to ilie ger.cnrlny of Haliins theiii3elve», froia 
its creal mixture ot Tuscan pr")veibs; and he nujr 
therefore be more induliieot to he present attempt. 
How fir the Iranslalir has succeeiled, and wbeltier or 
no he shall continue tltc ""'••k. arc rjuesticns which tti» 
public will decide. Me w.is i..diiced to make the ex 
perimenl par ly by his love for, and |iartinl mtercciune- 
wilh. Ihc Itili'n languasc, of which it is so casj tc 
acquire a slifl.^ kno%*ledfe, and with which it ii i» 
neirly impos^iMc l"or a foreigner to become acrur»t«|y 
converMnl. The Kalian lansuage is like a capriciov 
beauty, who accords her smiles to all. her fatours » 
few. and sometimes iea:l to those who have courted her 
loncest The Iraiisl.ilor u isbed also lo pre«nt in tm 
Kn^lish dress a pait at le^st of a |)Orm never yet rei- 
dereil mto a northern language ; at the wme time thai 
It has been the orii!iinl of tome of the rnoul releliuteil 
prr»lu(-liohs on this side of the AIja, u well as of thoet 
recent expenmehts in jioelry id Euglaiid which hif* 
been alrculy mentioned. 



CANTO PRIMO. 



ImU»«|nid j 



CANTO THE FIRST 
I. 

In the l>erinning was the Word —it ftrtd \ 
tunl ^M^^ the Wonl, the Woid no lei« « || 
J This «ai in Ihr l«-^.nning, I*, my m««U 
I Uf UimkUi^, a*l wiiUmt turn in«4^ Vtt 



MORGANTE MAGGIOUE. 



71 



Pwo, giuito Si^nor brnnno c pio, 
MAXU-'^nii fnln uli lie vti aii;fli (ui, 
Cbe tu* icroiii[i\£ni, ^ •vcliimi a mcflioria 
Vm. UoiOM Uilica e Ub{ui ituruu 

II. 

B •• Vertrint, fi?li», e innlre, e «po»» 
Di quel M51 or, chc ti Jiilf le clime 
Del *irlo e Urll' jliiacs e d' ueiii OMl, 
Viel di clir tiabnel tuo li disse Atel 
P«rclw lu «'dr' luo' jcru iKiwi, 
Coo dolce nnic e ttil tfrilu e fcoave, 
AjuU 1 itrrai uiifi hcui^iiaiueiile, 

III. 

Bra Del tempOf quindo Filomrna 
Coo la «ircll» M laiiie^ila c pLin, 
Chi ti nnirda dl sua aiiUCA [iciia, 
E !!»• boechflli If niulV ii.iun.oi-a, 
I Febo il earn. Ieni)irnit.. iiiria, 
Che 1 tuo Kelnnlc I' iiinriiusira ancorl. 
Cd afl'^''^^ apiiuuto :iir on77i>iiIe, 
Tai ch« Tituu si grafUava la froaie. 
IV. 

Qnanl ^ vani la ma bnirhett^, prima 
Per ubbld.r rhi »en<pre ul-bidir deMio 
tA Tienle, e fal.car^i iti pnisa e 111 rima, 
£ del niio Carlo Imperador m' mcrt-bl* ; 
Che 10 quant] U peima hi |><u(i> 111 cima, 
Che tulli la sua {lona prevarrebbe : 
E abla quella rtlnria, a quel ch' 1' re^ju^ 
Dl Carlo male ioleu, e icrilU peggio, 
V. 

Diceva pa Linnanio Aretino, 
Clie s' e^li avewe avulo »crittor decno, 
Com' ct;U ebbe UD Urniauiio il 5i;o>ipi» 
Ch' ave»M dili;('D7ia avu o e inst-.:no ; 
larebbe Carlo Magnn un uoni divirio ; 
Pern cir c^li ebbe gran viltoric c regnO| 
E fece p«r la cinema e per la feilc 
C«rto aiiai ptu, che dod ti dice o creda. 

VL 

Gnarditi ancora a lan Libentore 
tjuclla badia li prnso a Maiinppello, 
Giu ue cli Alibnjzzi f.itu i^er luo onore, 
Dove fu la baria«lia e 'I ^raii nx;t:rllo 
D' un re [la^an, die Carlo ii».iier\doro 
Cccise, e tanlo del sue po^ioi lello ; 
E Tcdesi (ante ossa, e Unto il siiiDO, 
Cbc tulle m Uiuiialla |xii u vedraiuM. 

VIL 

lia n moodo cteco e i.^orante con prezza 
Le fue »ir1u, com' io Torrei vedeie : 
£ tu, FioreDza, de la 911a grandcTza 
Pot>iedi, e senipre potr;ti [lossedera 
Orni cottume ed ognt ^enlilezza 
Cac li jKilesbe aquistare n avere 
Cot KDun col teioro o COD la lancia 
Dal Dobil iau£ue t veuuto di Francii. 

VIII. 
Dodici patadini areva in corte 
Carlo ; e 1 piu tavin e (iiiiow en Orland* 
Oan (raditnr b conduce a la morte 
In Roncuvatle un tratlatc ordiiiaudo ; 
La dove il conio aono lanio fnrte 
Dopo la Jtilnrfna rotla, quaudo 
Ne la loa coii.inedia Dante oui dic*^ 
£ metielo oou Carlo lu ctcl lelice. 

IX. 

Bn per Puqna quella di lutalei 
Carlo la cone area lulla in Taric ! 
Orlando, com' io dico il priuci|al« 
Kt* L U fiuew, AaloUo, • Aatufi ■ 



T, i»iotlier, bride, 
: 10 > M cK b ke; 



Therrfr re, Jiisl Ixird : (mro out lh» hifh tboi*, 
:ai:u and | loiu, bid an an^rl Hee, 
tin!v. to be in) coiiipan.on. » ho 

bhall help oiy Uiuuuk, nonby, old aong tfaroufh 

II. 

And 'hou, oh Viryio ! dauelit< 

U( llir taiiif Lord, wtiii ica\ 
Of heayeu, and hull, and r\en Ihi 

The d.\> tliy t.al.nel said •• All hail ! " lu ihae, 
Since .0 tiiy yivaiiUi pit\*i ne'er denic.1, 

With floxui;- rhyiiK-.: a plraaiil aljleinj jea, 
Be in ,i,y verv.1. ihei, brnisnh kind, 
And tu liie end lUuiuiuate uij uimil. 

lit. 

*T wa^ in the season when lad Philomel 
Wi»ps Willi hmiMci, "lii> rcii.ciiibeT and 

Depl.ire, Iheairirlll ».«, irhicli Uilh b.lrl, 

And lll.lke^ the lanipli^ eii:iiii<)i:-'d. to tlie hand 
Of I'Ineii.ii I.) I'l.ci-I.u- loved sn well 

111* car (bill leiiiperM by hi« *ire'* cnnimand) 
W.u siveii, and nn the hnrir.ili'i* verge jusl now 
Ap|>ear'd, so that Tithouus scratcb'd his brow t 

IT. 

When I prepared my bark first to ohey. 
As It should still obey, the hetiD, my mindf 

And carr^- prose nl rhvnie., and this mv lay 
or Cliarles the F.iiipemr, v. limn ynti »ill find 

By sevt-ral |ien8 alreadv praiswl ; bill Iheyr 
Wlm to dilluse his einry were inclined, 

For all tlia' I can w^ in prn^e nr verse. 

Have understood Ctiarlts, badly, ajtd vvroto wan% 



Leonardo AretiDO said already. 

That il. like I'epiii. I harles had had a writer 
Of eenius i}iiick, and dil.i^etiTlv steady, 

.\o hero would in hist r^ look brighter; 
He ii; the cabinet l*iiis always ready. 

And in llie field a most vic'lorinus fiehtc. 
Who for the church and Christian faifh had 
Certea, far uiure than yet is said of tiiOucbL 

VI. 

You still mar see at Saint Liheralore, 
The abUv. no sreat ivav frrim Manopel], 

Erected in the Abru7zi to Ins glory, 

llecause of llie ereal battle in which fell 

A pasnn king, according to the slorv. 

And felon people whom Cliarlei sent to heU- 

And there are Imlies so niaiiy. and sn many. 

Near tbeui Giuaad'a's ss-ould seem few, if any. 

v:l 

But the world, blind and ignorant, dont pria 
His virtues as I wish to see them ■ thou, 

Florence, by his f real bounty don't arise. 
Anil liasf, and may have. iV lliou wilt allow, 

All proper customs and true courtesies : 

Whale'er ihnu hast .icquired from then till BOW 

With knuhtly courage, treasure, or the lance, 

Is sprung from out the noble blood of France 

VIIU 
TweWe paladins had Charles in coiirl, of wbnm 

The wisest anJ most famous was Orlando; 
Him ImlorOin cmiUucled to the loiiib 

In Roiice^valles, as tie villain i.lann'd too. 
While the honi mit >o loud, and kneli'd Ihadsai 

(If their sad rout, though he did all kai(btcaad* 
And Dante in his comedy has given 
To him a haj-py seat with Charlca is heank 

IX. 

T was Chrislman^lar ; in Paris all h'll toort 
Cliarlex held : Iherhief. I sav, Uriands mm, 

The Dane ; Astolfo Ihe/e too did rewrt, 
Ajo Auuifi, Ibc (ay tM 1 u pui 



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MORGANTE MAGGIORE. 



Funnu ^te e cote trionf^le, 
E mol'i) £e)**bravaii S.id Dioni^ ; 
A&gioliD di Bkjona, ed I'tivieri 
V wzx veButo, • '1 geuUl £er}inghlen» 



Envl AtoUcs cd Avino, ed Ottone 
Di Nomnodia, Riccanlo FalaJino, 
E 'I wrio N:imo. e '1 vecchio Salamona, 
Guilder da MrulioDC, e Bxldoviiio 
Ch' em fi^liuol del tnsto Ganellone. 
J'roppo lieio en il fi^huol di Hipino ; 
TauIo che ipesso d' allegrezza ^emi 
Vefgeado tutti i paladioi iiuieiue. 

XI. 

Ua la Fortuna attenta sta nascosaf 
Per ^uastar seuiure cioacun Dostro effetto j 
Meotre chc Carlo coti si riposa, 
Orlando governava in fatio e in detto 
La cortc e Car!o M.i^no ed o^ni cosa t 
GiD per iDTidia scnppia il maladetto, 
E coniinciava ud di con Carlo a dire: 
Abbiam uoi tempre Orlaado ad ubbidir*. 

XIL 
Pd bo crcdato mille volte dirti : 
Orlando ha in &e troppa presunzionei 
Not siaiu qui conti, re, duchi a servirti 
E Naiiio, Otlone, Cggieri e Salamone, 
Per oriorarti ot^iiun, jirr ubbidirti : 
Che cnsiui abbi 0f;ni reputazioue 
f«ol •otfenrem ; ma siam dtliberati 
Da UD lauuullo qod tiscr goveruaU. 

XIII. 
Tn comiQciasti insino in Aspramnnto 
A dar^li a iutender che fusse ^at;liardo, 
E (acesse gran co-e a <iuella ffnitc ; 
Ma ftc linn Tu^e statu it buon Glitrardo, 

10 10 che la vittoria era d' Almonte : 

>la e^li ebbe seinpre 1' occhio a lo steodardo; 
Chc 81 voleva ((nt-j di comnarlo : 
Questo e colui ch* ha ruenlato, CotIol 

XIV. 

■i H rirorda fia sendo in Guascosn*, 
QuauJo e' vi venne la f;ente di Spa^ia, 
U popol de^ Cnsliani avra vergo^na, 
Se oon inosirava la sua forza nias^a. 

11 Ttr cnrivien pur dir, (uniido e' biaognai 
Sappi ch' ognuiio iriipcridur it KiRna: 
Quaiil' io per ine, np.issero qu"' nionti 
Cb' 10 pa&sai *D qua cou tetsauladuo coati. 

XV. 

Ia toa ^ndezza dispensar li TQoIe, 
E far ''he c)a<icun abbi la lua partai 
La cone lulU quanta se ne dunle : 
Tu credi chc cmlui lia fnrse Marte? 
Orlando un ^iorno udi ijueste parole, 
Chr si tedera inlello in di^jtartc : 
DiBpncqucgli di Gnn ouel che dicen} 
Ma mnlto piu cbe Carlo gli creden. 

XVL 

K Tnlle COD U ipada Decider Gaoo ; 

Ml I'l.Virri ID i\ur.l riir77J}8l DliM, 

E I)urliiid.ina i;ti trapse Ji mano. 



;cl.r«ppc 



; J.v.«s 



OrUiido II n1r<no con Carlo Mano, 

E iKKo iiirii che quivi doa V UCOM ) 

E a.p*r.»i di Pann *olo, 

E Koppu •' Diioza di •dc^no • dl doolo. 

XVII. 
Ad Crntclllni mo^lir del Daneat 
Talw CotliHA, f |M}i (o|»e ll/)nd«.1o) 
E 'd vervu Hnn tl luo ranititin poi pnat. 
▲ida * tnllA, ootuo vid« qaclU^ 



Id featiral and in triumphal sport, 

The mucb-reoo«-D'd SI. Dennis tmsig (k*c 
An^iolin of Ba^onne, and OliTCTf 
And gentle BeliDj^hieh too came there i 



AtoI'io, and Anno, and Othone 

Of Normandy* and Richard PidadiB, 
Wise Hamo, and the ancient SalamoQC, 

Walter of Lion's Moiuit and Batdovin, 
Who WAS the wn of the sad Ganellone, 

Were there, eiciting too much ^ladnea la 
The son of Pepin : — when his knigh'! came hitlMi^ 
Ue gTvas'd with joy to ace them altogether. 

XL 

Bat watchful Fortune, lurking, takes good heed 
Ever lonie bar 'gainst our intents to bring. 

While Charles reposed him thus, in word and deat^ 
Orlando ruled court, Charles^ and ei'cry thing; 

Curst Gan, with envy bursting, had fuch need 
To vent his spite, that thus with Charles the kiog 

One day he openly began to say* 

*« Orlando must we always Iheo obey } 

XIL 

*' A thousand times I 'vc becD about lo ay, 

Orlando too presumpluously goes on ; 
Here are we, counts, kings* dukes* to own thy imy, 

Haiiin, and Otho, Oeier. Solomon, 
Each has to honour thee and to obey ; 

But he has too much credit near the throne 
Which we won't sutfer* but are qui'.e decided 
By such a boy to be do longer guided. 

XIIL 
"And eveo at Aspramont Ihou didat b^a 

To let hini know he wi^ a gallant knight, 
And by the fount did much the day lo win; 

But I know who that d ly had won the figb 
If it had not or good Gherardo been : 

The victory was AInionle's else ; his sight 
He kept unon the standard, and the laurels 
Id fact auu fairness are his earniug, Charles 

XIV. 
" If thou rememberest being in Gascony, 

When there ad\-anced the nationi out of 9pail^ 
The Christian cause bad sufl'erM shamefully, 

Had not his valour driven them l>ack agaio. 
Best speak Uie truth when there 's a reason why: 

Know then, oh emperor < (hat all compUiBi 
As for myself, 1 shall rc|att the mounts 
O'er which 1 cross'd with two and sixty cooBtk 

XV. 

** *T is fit thy grandeur should dixpense relief 
So thai each here may have his proper |>art^ 

For the whole court is more or les* in grief: 
Perhaps thou dceni'st this lad a Mirs id haari}* 

Orlando one day heard this speech in brief, 
As by himself it chanml he i.-\te ajtart : 

Displeased he was with Gan because he said it, 

But much Diore still that Charles should give him enA 

XVL 

And with the sword he would hare murdsiM Ot% ' 
But Oltvrr thni^t in between the pair, 

And rn.ni hit tian.I eKlocte.! Durtmdan, 
And thus at IrnKth thcv ftcpanted werft. 

Orhndo angry too with Carloman, 

\V.ii)ier1 but liitte lo have ilaio htm there | 

Then forth alone from l^aris weni the chiot; 

And bunt and maJdcnM with disdaio and grliC 

XVII. 
From Ermellina, consorl of the Oioei, 

I'e (ni>y Cortant. snd thfo louk Hoodell, 
A«d no tnirardi Krw prick'd him o'er the pbta| 

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fm ■bbnccUrle Is bnccU diitesa. 
Oriaitdow cbc imurrito avaa ii cerrello, 
Con' clu diMM : beo venga il 1X1)0 OiUadoi 
Oil Toll* ia n U testa dar col bnndo. 

IVIIL 

Cob* colai che U furii coDsi^lia, 

a;li p&ren i Gan dar Tcruneota t 
da ta belU >i fe' manviglia : 
Orlando si rawiiie prestamente: 
E la tua sposa pi^liava la bri^lia, 
C icese dal caval subitaiiieota: 
Ed ognt co*a narrava a co«leL 
E lipotoHi alcuD giomo coo im 

XIX. 

ttn ti parti portato dal furore, 
E tenuino passare in Fa^ania: 
£ meDtre cbc cavaica, il iraditor* 
Di Gan icmpre ricor^ per la via : 
E cavalcando d' uuo in aliro errore, 
lo un deserto tmova una baJia 
In luoghi oscuri e paesi lonlaoi, 
Cb' era a' coo^' tra CrisXiaai e paganL 

ZX. 
I^ abate si cbiaznava Chiaramonte, 
Era del lacgue disceao d'AD^iante 
Di topra a ta badia v' era un gran monta, 
Dove abitava alcun fiero gigaute, 
De' quali udo avea nonje hassamonte, 
L' altro Alabastro, e 'I terzo era Mor^intei 
Cou certe frombe gittavan da alto, 
Ed ogni di ticevan qualcbe assalto. 

XXI. 

t oonachetti con potieoo ascire 

Del monistero o per legne o per acqn*. 
Orlaodo piccbia, e Don^volietioaprire, 
Fio che a I* abate a la fioe pur pucqua j 
Eotrato dreuto cominciava a dire, 
Come colui, cbe di Maria ^a nacqua 
Adnra, ed era Chstian battezzato, 
E cou* egU era a la bailu arrivatiX 

XXII. 
Ofaw I* abate : il ben renuto shi: 
Di quel ch* in ho roleniler b darenio, 
pot che tu credi a! ti^liuo) di Mana; 
E la ca^on. cavalier, ti direnio, 
Accio che iHH) r iniputi a vilUnia, 
Perchc a I' eotrar resiateoTa facemo^ 
E nOD ti voile apnr quel mouaclicttD; 
Coei iDlerrieo chi vive coo scvpetia 

XXIIL 
Qsaado ci renni al principio abitars 
Queste nmutagne, beuche iieoo oactm 
Coiue tu veOi ; pur si poiea utare 
Sanza tospello, ch' ell' eran ticure i 
Sol da le Here t* avevi a guardare ; 
Femnci tpesso di bnjire faure ; 
Or ci bi«opia, s^ vngljanio ktarcif 
Di 1« beaue d!imniiche guanUrcL 
XXIV. 
Qoeita ci bn pttittn&to ttare a tegno 
flooa apttanti tre fieri gigaiiti. 
Non tc oi <]uel paese o di qua! ref^M^ 
Ma Diolto ■r>n fett>ci tulti quaoli : 
La forra e T imlvolcr giuut* a lo *ngefTO 
Sai che pun 'I tuttn ; e Doi doo si:iiii bajtaatl ; 
Qoesti perlurban ii I' orazioD Dr>s!n, 
Cbe ooo eo piu cbc Ur, i* aim uoi moitra. 

XXV. 
on aBtfchi padri oovtn nel deeerto, 
8e le lor 'fpr* unie erano e giuste, 
Dri beo jervir da l)\n n* aveau bvtofi meito { 
IN ereder aol viveaua di iocwte i 



Stretch'd forth her amu to ckap ber Unrd ania t 

Orlando, m wboM brua Ui w«a tdt w«U, 
Aj " Welcome, my Orlando, i £me,*> rhe ajd| 
Raited up ha iwonl te uuie ber on cm bead* 

IVUL 
Like bizn a fnrjr coiiBielj ; bit reTeni;« 

00 Gan io that nub act he teem'd to take 
Which Aldabella thought eitretnely- tt'^oga ] 

But iOOQ Orlando found himself awake ; 
And hi» spouse look hi& bridle on this chan^ 

And he dismounted from his horse, aiw* ^sto 
Of every thing which pasa'd without I'^euu, 
Asi tbeo repoaed binisdf loius daya intb bm* 

XK. 

Then foil of wrath departed front the place, 
And far as pa^an couuluei roa^iM a&lray, 

And while be rode, yet siill at ex ^ry pace 
The traitor Gan rumeDiberd b/ the w ly ; 

And wandering on in error a Jor^ snace, 
An abbey which in a lone de»«Tt lay, 

'Midst ^icns obscure, and distam lands, he found, 

Which form'd the Cbrutiau'i iiid the pagaa't bn«< 

XX. 

The abbot waa callM Clennom, and by blood 
Descended from An2T?jite: under cover 

Of a great mountains brow tiie abbey stood. 
But certain savage giants l^okM hiui over; 

One Pa^isaniont was fnreiaos. of the broody 
And Alabaster and Mnrgsate hover 

Second and third, with certain hliDgs,and throw 

In dJuJy jeopardy Ibe plact Iwlow. 

XXL 

The monki conH paa tfe convent gate no mon^ 
Nor leave their cells nr water or for wood; 

Orlando knock'd, but n.oe would ope, before 
L'nto the prior it at length seeui^d good ; 

Enter'd, he mid that L« was taught '0 adore 
Him who was borL of Mar>'s holiest blood, 

And was baptized a Christian ; and then Uiow^ 

How to the abbey be bad found his road. 

XXIL 

Said the abbo*, " Too are welcome ; what ii miM 
We give yon freely, since that )ou believe 

With us m Ma-y Mother'^Son divine; 
And thai you may not, cavalier, conoeivt 

The cause of our delay to let you in 
To lie rusticity, you shall receive 

The reason wh) our gate waa harr'd to yoo 

Thus those wbc in suspicion live must oa 

XXIIL 

« When hither to inhabit first we came 

These mountain^ albeit fha* they are ohecOTB^ 

As vou f-erceivc, yet without (ear or blame 
They seem'd to promise an asylum sure; 

From savaee bnjles alone, loo tierce to tame^ 
T was lit our (jtiiet dwelling In secure ; 

But DOW if here we *d stay, we needs must j^fcarl 

A^ainit aouieatic beaats with waich and vraxd. 

xxrv. 

** These make n« stand, in fact, upon the watch; 

For late there have appcar'd three giants rou^| 
What nalmo or what ktngdnni bore the tatch 

1 know not, but they are all of tunj^e stutf ; 
When force and malice with some gt-niu» inateh, 

Y«iu know, they can do all — \ee are not euov(k 
And these to much our orisf^ns derange, 
1 know not what to do, till outten cban^ 

IXV. 

" Ow ancient fathers living the deacrt iOj 
Fur just snd boty works Mere duly f«Jj 

Toini not tbey lived sb locusts aote, H taferlaiB 
That Buu* waa raiA'd down inm b«av« 



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PioT^ 6x1 cie! la mannt. ques'o e ccrlo ; 
)la qui ouviru chc sjHssn assis;^ e ^mlB 
Sa»*. clip piovnij ill »n(ira ijuel uionie, 
Chc gttlUOb Alaliajttin e I'l^^iamoutB. 

XXVL 

E T twTft ch' e Mormiite, as-ai pin fiero, 
|)vts?lir epiui •- f-y<i ecerri p i;h 0].jii, 
K fVUAi,U \(t(\n tjiji : tjut^lo e pur vero J 
Nou frf>s*n far Che J" ira iinil liCnjipu 
AlfDrre che parlan cnsi iii f tr.nlero, 
Un wsio pur chc KnnJel quasi ^snippi 
Che da' gi^Dti fiu ventic 'l.i ^Ilo 
Tauto, di* e' preee aouo il tclto un nlta 

XX VII. 
^tati drento, cavnher, i«r Dio, 
iJitse r abate, chir la tniDnn axaez, 
Kiipnixlif Orlando : c-int .tlaie 11110, 
Cfislui not) vuol che 'I inin rav.1l pio pasca, 
^tgUn che io sfuiirehhe dt-l res'jo : 
<(Ui'I *asan par chf ill bu'tri brnccin nacco. 
KIs|N»3e r! unto |>adre : lO uon T in^nDO, 
Cnxlo ct« *1 luonte un ^oruo gittenumo. 

XAviir. 

Olbndo fnTcmar fece R.'>ridelIo, 
E nr.tiiuti per «e da cula7i<>De: 
Poi 'fiioe : abai<>, 10 vo^lio andare » qutHo 
Cht dt-llr al tuiuu cava) coti qurl cauioue. 
Dijac r ah.ittj r come car fr.iidlo 
Cnrjsii^Iierntli nriza passinuc? 
In li >coDfortn, barr-j. Ji t.tl »ita ; 
Ch' 10 10 cbe lu VI Ia5cerai U viU. 

XXIX. 

Quel PwBmnnt* porLi in man tre dardi ; 
Chi ^wiu.be. cti! hulnii. chi ina/Aifrusti ; 
Sai chf gisinti piu di not o^'i^rdi 
Sod per rnjinii. cht* mmi auco pm ^lusti z 
E pur X- v.ioi 4nd..r f:i chc n ?ii,irdi, 
Che <)ueaij Bon villan nioltr. c mhusti. 
RisiKiM UrI.Ando: io Io vedm per curto; 
Ed ATTiCMi a |ii« lu pel diaeno. 

XXX. 

D'tne r abate col v^narln in fmntei 
Vi. che da Dim e nie sn In-iiedHto. 
Ollaiido. p:>i Ltir sjlito cUk- iI iiiontA. 
Si diri»o, conic 1' al.attr drtto 
Gli avea. dove sia ((u**! l*a.isimonle; 
II quale Urhnd.i vegtfeiidn v>lrr|n, 
Moltulo ^nuidra di Jiicioe d^ivatile: 
Pot domajMu, tK fliar volea |icr Uiila f 

XXXL 

If' promrttera di farlo co'l^ro. 
Orbndndiue: pa7^i> .Virnrjno, 
Io 7rinoa le, coin' e di Dio volere, 
Vkf darli mrtrtc, e non prt r.i<:i7/ino; 
A' otniuri luoi fatto Ini .Ixpi irrir ; 
Nnn i»uo pMi c«iiii|-orUrii can ntasdnOh 
Queitii ^i^iite an* r «i *.or»e a furia, 
^uaudo Mioli cir • gli diceva ui^iuna. 

XXXII. 

S rilnrriJito nve aupcltava Orlando. 
]t qual noil I'cra |armo da lioiuH 
6ubiln venor U cun'a ri'^ndu, 
r. Ia&^*ia uo ciMT aiid.ir fuor dp la fWnnb*, 
Che miu la It^ta ^lugiira mioluito 
Al crrtilr Orlando, e I' elinrtio riinlfOtuba; 
l:' caddr i*t la jiena Irin.i»nil» ; 
Ua piu cL« uiurlo par, Untu a ilordito. 

XXXIII. 



({uMto iMil', Ml (MT chi n>*BVfvi ftotrio? 
Mft Crulo I ftuoi tMMi iiiulo •bbAudooara^ 



But here ^ it 6t we bcfp on the alert In [tirwi. 

Our b-<nndv or t^te the stones showcrM dow& ^ 
Fn-iii ort'yon niouniaiQ dailv runtii? faiter, 
Aud lluug b) Fassamout and AlaLatlcf. 

XXVL 
"The third. Mrtfjanle. *i savi^eil hy fu*; ba 

I'tucks up pint^, iteerht^, i^ipLar-treet, and oak% 
And riiiijs 'hfiii. our cnnunnt.itv to bury ; 

And All that I can Jn but mure pmvokea " 
Whtk thus Ihey parley in the ceuietery, 

A stnue from ont^ of tlieir ^i^ntic st'mket. 
Winch rcarly crushed Kondcll, came tumbling orw 
So that he tcMk a long leap uoder cover. 

XXVII. 

" Frtr God take, cavalier, come in with speed ; 

The rn.inna 's lalliu? now," the ablxit cri^ 
" This felloH- dn«i noi wish mv hor^e «-.ould k^td^ 

Dear abbot,** Roland unto ln'm rrp isd. 
'*0f rcstiveness he 'd cure hiin h*:i he need ; 

I'hal htniif Hceuis with ^onil will and aim irpUcd. 
Thehr-iy f.lheraiid, " I dor/t dernve ; 
They '11 one day tliiig the uiouutoin, 1 behevo. ' 

XXVIIL 

" Orlando bade them take care of Rondello^ 
And Ahn made a hreaktast of his own : 

" Abbot," >ie said, •* I want Io hnd that fellow 
Who (Innj; al my good honw; >*'U corner-stooe ^ 

.Said tlie abbot, " Lei not mv advce fteeiu tliaUAfTy 
As to a bnither dear I s|)e'ak alone ; 

I w(.ul,J .Jivtiiade yr.u. barou. from this stnfe. 

At kuuwiu( lurc that you will Iuk your life. 

XXIX. 

" T^it Passamont has in lu!i hand three darts- 
Such slin:<s, clnb> lialla^ti -stones, ttiat yield ro« *«rt 

Vnu know that t;ianl& have much stouter hea'ftl 
Than us, with reason, in pn)|»onion just: 

If go vou will, guanl well a:;,iiiisl their arts. 
For'thrse are verv barbarouB and robwii,» 

Orlando aiiswerd. •' This I Ml see, be sure, 

Aud walk the wild od fool to be •ecure." 

XXX. 

The ahbnt sisn'd the ^eat cross on his fronl, 
" Then ?o vou with (irHlh i*-niv.n and uuM " 

Orlando, alter he li.-<.d scaled the n.oiiiil, 
As The abt/ot bad directed, kept Ilia iina 

Hi^ht Io ihe usual hauni of I'aNsnmont ; 
Who. spcint; hiiii atone in this desnjii, 

SurvevM tiini fore and alt with e\e» obserrant, 

'I'beoaak'd him, *' It he wish'd to stay u Mrsut?" 

XXXL 

And pmrniied him an nflice of ^raal eaMb 
Hu( laid Orlando, "Siracen insane I 

I come 10 kill you, if it shall w pleaw 

CiiHl, no! 10 serve as footl«ov in your train ; 
You ivith hit monks %o oft have hmke the pom 

Vile dop : 'I IS i»a»t bis patience U. sustain. " 
Tne ?iani ran to fetch hut arms, ipnle fii^rioiif 
Whco he received an aoswsr so uijurtuui. 

XXXII. 

And h^inc retum'd to where Orlando stood, 

Who bad not moved him fn>nt the spot, and fW«gfj|f 
The cord, he huri'd a stone with tlreii<ih so luda, 
><.bnw'd a saniplrof hi^ skill inslingmK, 

II MlI'd on (nuni orl.tiKlo's helmel (ocul 

And bead, and tel (mmIi head aud helmel rioffalg^ 
So llnl be swtMMt'd wtlh paiM .u if he <ltrd. 
Hut utoru lUau dead, he seemM so itupiliixL 

XX XI 1 1. 

Then Pawimnnt, who Ihouclii him slain natrtgk^ 
Sai.l, '•! Mill (o.Aii,) utnle he lies aluuc. 

Uiunr. nifl I why lurh rravrn did I h^til >** 
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Mufinie (trlindn, ch' e^\i arebbe il lortxk 
Mtuire il ^leiiuit '* imie va a s|ogliare, 

£ ntocava e la foru e la o^ola. 



immazzitol 
una hai. 



XX MV. 

E £TTdo forte : ^c*"'^, nve ' 
Bcti ti )>rn£Uti li' ai-trniii : 
Volcm a dntio. cue, $' ale 
rs ic ^uDi (la uip fiif^ir, ca 
A lra<Jiii>eiito >nfr:unato in' liai. 
Ikiudf tl ^ii;Anic allur uiar^vigliatO 
Si vol»e a Jncto, r ntnieva it {^^sso; 
Foi II ctiioo per tor di terra ud iukiw 

XXXV. 
Orlaodn a\ea Cortana i^iiuda in maoo ; 
Trasse a la l«ta : e Cortana U<liavt; 
per nipz^n il irjichm p.irii del {la^axkOi 
£ Px>«.iinntite morto mvioava : 
£ iiel cadtrre il «ti{Nrrbn t vrllanO 
Divotaiiieiile Marnii txsteniiiiiaira ; 
&la iiKTOtrp rhr Lit^eininta il crudn e acertef 
OtUimIo nugra2iara il t^re « '1 VuiXh 

XXXVL 

Oicendo: qaanta ^razia n^^ m* ha Matal 
Sciupre li vmn. o ii^or mm, teuuto ; 
per tc conosco la riia ulvtita ; 
Prro Che dil ctiriiite era abbattutO: 
0§iii rosa a rajjinu fu iiusurata ; 
N(»ii ral uo>iro i^^.ier ».iii7Ji il tuo ajatOk 
Fr.ir<»'ti. i*^>|>ra me te:i<u la mano. 
Txuto cfae ajicur ninrDi a Carlo MioOi 

xxxrii. 

Pbi rh' ebbe qnesto detto sen' aodoe, 
Tamo Che 'rouva Alabastro yiM basso 
Che >i *for7nva, ^juiinlc e' \o lrov«ie, 
Di sre^lier d' ma rtjt:* fuon un ma^so. 
Orlando, cnn»' e' jiniibe a <(ue!. ^rtdne : 
Che p<*nsi tu. ghmtrnri. ^ittir >iuel «.\s:iO ? 
Cjuaitdo AI.-ltlX^tr^ riue:»io i^ridn luieude, 
Subitajueule la lua frumba preude, 

XXX'VIII. 

E* trasM d* una pictra moltn prossa, 
Tanici ch* Orlando tMS"«iio schermiae^ 
Chr se 1' avcsse ^mnto la jicrctJisa, 
^n^ biso^iiava i1 iii»-.lico ve^l^se. 
Orlaudn adi)|Fero poi la sua irossa ; 
ht\ )<-itietK>L tviiLa la s[t.idi niissai 
E innrio cadde fiursln baUibma, 
£ uoD duiicDlico pero Macooe. 

XXX IX. 

Monpinle arsT^ ai luo nindn an pala^io 
Falto di fruche e Ji sche-'e e d; lem 
(jurvi, st^oudu lui, SI |M)sa ad a^io ; 
Quivt la lu.ffc il riiichiiide e scrrx 
Ortaiido jiipchi.i, e dara^h disa^in, 
I*erche il i(ignnle dal ionnoai '.(errB} 
VenoPcli aprir cnme una cosa uatlAj 
Ch* uir aspra visioue aveva (atu. 

XU 

E *gl' paim ch* an ferric lerpcntc 
L' area asaal.lo, e chian.ar M^romctto; 
Ma MacomeMo nnn valea nteiite: 
Ouu' e' chiaiinva (lesu ttftiedetto ; 
E libenlc 1' avea tiiLalmeule. 
\#?ni>e alb jmrta, ed ebbe co»i detto; 
Chi buZTn |ua r pur tcitH'Tc borl>»llai>d(K 

Tu '1 lapm tmto, gli nK|o«e OrUudo* 

XU. 

?«D<o per far*!, come a' tuo' fntctH, 
Far ae' peccati tunt ii i^niteiizia, 
Da* nionaci maudalo, caiiivelh, 
Gov e suto e diviua providtsozia ; 



Eipecially nrlaodn, »uch a koight. 

At tn drarrt Mould alinott be a wron^. 
While the <iau( fv o put oil hit defeoooi 
Orlukdo baa recall'd Lii force and Koaea i 

XXXIV. 

And loud henhoTitcd, '*(iianl, where doft jo ^ 
"'h'iu thoupbiV Die dout'tleaa inr the bivr oUUiA; 

To il.e nthi al^'ul— xv.Ui.mi wiuct thou rtlooik* 
Tc lly n.> vengeance — curriili rent^de?" 
■ was but bv ircaclier> ihou laid'it me low,* 
The ;unt hiia^ioiiikhuienl betny'd, 

And luru'd al>ciut, and btnpp'd hi» journey oh, 

Aiid ibco be sloopM lu pick up a great aiouft. 

XXXV. 

Orlando had Cortana bare iu hand ; 

~ split (he h^d in twain ua? what ha icbMadi* 

Cortana clave the skuil lik*- a true brand, 
And |a::a(i Pas^tiiu'iit died unredeein'd, 
;l limh and hau^htv. as he lav he banird, 
And most devnutlvMacon still blaspheuied; 
ji while his crude,' rude blaspheiuiea Iw bean^ 

Orlando Uouk'd Ibe father and the Word,— 

XXX\X 

Savine, " What price to me thou V thii day |inml 
And I to thte. oh I>nnl ! am evtrr b>iund. 
kiiuw iiiv life wai vived b\ Iher (r»ii, heaven, 
Since bv Ihf fiianl 1 u as lairlv dow na. 

AH ihin^' h\ thVe are measuml jii-»i and even; 
Our i-^.vvfV «ilh"uttl 

I pni\ Mire Uke bred "f i„e. 1=11 1 

Al least return o 



[UlbefboBd 



: to Carlouian." 



XXXVIi. 
And bavin* said thus much, he went hii wayj 

And Alaba^te^ he found out t«k'W, 
Dom^ tlie very l>eM tttnl lU hm: lay 

To timA fnti'n out a l>ank a rork or two, 
Orland.., when he reachd hin., lou.l Vo afi 

" ll.«vv tbinkM th'Mi. ghittoii. 4uch a sHuie to thiOir V 
When ALila^lcf heard his deep voi'*c ruig, 
He 9uddeidy betuuk liiin to his sliug, 

XXXV IU. 

And hurIM a frasTnent of a sire so Urpe, 
Thai if II had 111 lact fultill'd its ii.issioo, 

And Kolaiul n.tt avail'd him of hi< tan;e. 

There uf.ulJ ha\e t/ren no neeil of a phyildUL 

Orlando stri )imiis*-I( in turn to charee, 
And iL his I'ulkr tNJS/~)ni made incision 

With ail his s^vord. Tlir loijl fell ; but o'erthlOir^fc 

However by uo means forgot MacouB. 

XXXIX. 

hJnrffTinte had a patice in his mr-fe, 

Conij-tsed ol branches. Inei tif wood, and nr^ 
And itrrfch d hin.seK at ea^e m Ihia abo«le, 

And -.hut himself al ni^Mt n ilhin his berth. 
Orlando kiiock'd, and kntH:k'd a^am, to goad 

1 he piaui Iroiii his -;if p ; and he cuue (cct\ 
The door to open, like a cran- ihing. 
For a rough dreani Itad shook fbui uumberljiCi 

XU 

He thou'hf that a fierce vrpent had attarJc*^ kin , 
And Mahomet he calPd ; bi I Ma^oulet 

Is nnihin* worth, and mu an instan' back'd him 
Rut [iraviiw bicvied J*-su, he wan set 

At liberty Ir.nn all the fears which rack'd him 
And to the ci'e he camr with ccaf re<Ti1 — 

** Who knock* here .'"grumblii.e all the while, aid ki 

** Tbat,** taid Orlando, " you wUt <iUickly tee i 

XU. 

« T come to preach to rrm. u to yocr brtithan 
Sent by ttie m serabi'e monkj — repeotanoa; 

For ^*^ovld^cnre Jivme. in you and otherny 
Coudemus the evil done my new acgtiiinUfcifc 



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T%i Will ch* ivttt fatro a torto a quelli, 
£ <1aU) id rirl c<>si (lue^^ta seiiienzia; 
Sapi'i, Che frrddo gia piu ch' uu pilutro 
LaJcalo bo l'a:>sauiouie e' 1 tuo AUbutro. 

X1.II. 
ti'int Mnr^n'e : o i^cntit caraliere, 
Per lo tuo Die rnu mi dir villaniai 
Di grain ti iiomc tuo vorrei siperej 
Se se' Cn.'^tiart, Jeli diiln io cortesia. 
Rispose Orlando : di cnul masUere 
Coutrnlerotli per la fede ini;i ; 
Adoro Cnsio, ch' c hinnor verace; 
E puoi tu adorarlo, se U piace. 

XUIL 
BjtpoK i1 Sinciu COD umil vocei 

10 ho fciUo una strana f isionc- 

Che m' x«aliva un lerpente frrocai 
fioD iri valeva i«r chiamar Maconei 
Onde aJ \uo Dio che fu cnnfitio id croc0 
RivoUi prrtto la niia intenzinne; 
E' Dii soccorse, e fui lil>ero e sano^ 
£ COD dispotto al lutto e»ser Crulnno. 

XLIV. 
Rjfpote Orlando : bamn ^iu9*n e pio, 
Se ques'o buon volcr terrai nel core, 
L' anima tua am 'luel vero Dio 
Cbe ci pun tol ^mdir d* eteroo ODore 
£ f* lu vorrai, Ktrai compngno duo, 
£ u)iem:ti cnn prrft-llo aniure : 
or idnii vns'ri son bu^iardi e Tarn . 

11 vero Dk> • lo Uto de' Cruiiaui. 

XLV. 
Tenrw (pcsto Si^or ».in7a peccato 
Ne le »iu iiiadre reri;iiie riiil7i;llai 
Se coniAces?! ^nicl Sii^nor b«ilo, 
gaDTa 1 (iuil 1)011 ^l^pIelld^ mAc o stella, 
Arnti jfia Macnn tuo nniirjntn, 
E la lua fede ini<|ii:t mtfiusla e fella ; 
IlaMr773ii al mm Dm di hunn Ulriito. 
Morgaote gli ris[»so : io sou couUmUk 

XIM. 
£ cone Orlando iiihiln abhracciaPB i 
Orlando gran cartfVr gli fac«i, 
E disM : a la )ia<lia ti vn* iiiet.are. 
Moricante. andianci pre^To. m[iondea; 
Co' n.nirtci la pace ci vuni fare. 
De la qual cos:* Orlando in ttr codea, 
Diccrido ; fraifl mio dtvoto p bunno, 
lo TO cbe chicgga a 1* abate (lerdobO. 

XLVU. 
Da pr>) chr Pin rallunnnato t' ha, 
£d acrtlAin |«t la aua umilUde; 
Tuntii rbr lu aiiCfir u«i unnlla. 
I)ine Miironle: |ter b tua t>rtnt.ide^ 
Poi f he il lun Dm mm wmpre omai nra, 
Diniium dri nomr iim la vrr.ta.tr, 
poi di nir di«|i(ir pimi %\ lun comandn ; 
Ond' t' gli diMCf roro' rjfli era OrUuda 

XI.VMI. 
Dtot n rionte : Get n tienrdrttn 
Prr Miittr volte rincranatn na : 
ftciditni* hn iHuiiar, banm |>rrfctto, 
Ptr tuMi I tempi dr la viia im* i 
E, com' in diMi •rmprf mat tii(^ettO 
Emtt ti vn* (wr lj tua r«cliardia. 
Inairme nudlr e^nr ni^inuimj 
K 'b T«nu U tndia |<rii i' tDvianx 

XI. I\. 
S Mr la Tia da ne' rtcanti mrrtl 
OrlajMlrj cf'ij M'Toi.fr u r«mr>a ■ 
IM U l..r m<.n« vn' rba ti fmif..rt| | 
9 fiol Ui« piAcfi a Utu, I Die ytJxUik^ , 



T is TTTtt on bi?h — your wrong moit pay aoofttf^t 

Frnoi hraveo itself i» Usued uut tbii '^*nm» 
Know then, itai cnlder uon- ihan a pilaaler 
1 leA your Pasiaiuoal and Alabaater." 

XLa 

Itori^ante, aaid, ** Oh gentle cavalier I 

Now by thy God aay nie no viUanTi 
Tbe favour of your name I fain wouMlw*. 

And if a Christian, Sficak for courteiy *■ 
Replied Orlando, " So much to your •& 

1 by my faith disclose contentedly ; 
Christ I adore, who is the p^enuine Lordf 
Aod, if you pleaae, by you may b* adoraA 

XLIII. 

The Saracen rejoined in hnmble tone, 
I have had an eilraonJinary vuioo; 

A savasr serfjent fell ou Die alunet, 

And NUcon would not pity my conditia«| 

Hence to tJiy God, who for ye did atone 
l'(ton the cross, preferr'd 1 my peiitiooj 

His liuiel^' succour set me safe :\nd free. 

And 1 a CUruUau am dibpo^cil to be.^ 

XIJV. 
Orlando anfwer'd, "Bamn just and piom, 

H this good wish vour heart c:in realtr aaOV% 
To the tnje God, yoii w ill cot then deny oi 

K'cmal honour, you ivilt go above, 
And, if you niease, a friends we will ally a, 

And I will love you wilh a perfect love. 
Your idols are vain liars, fnll of fraud : 
The only true God u the CbriaUau^t GodL 

XLV. 
" The liord descended to the virarin breait 

Of Marj- Mother, sinless and divine; 
If you acknowledge the Redeemer bleat, 

With'Ut whom nt-iiher sun nor star can abliM^ 
Abjure bad Mncon'.-i faUr and felon tcbt, 

Your renc^do goil, and worship nime.,— 
Baptize yourself with zral. since you re|>cnt* 
lo wUicb Morganie aiiswer'd, ** I *iu cODteoL* 

XLVI. 

And then Orlando to embrace him flew, 

And made mi;rb of his ci>nvrri. as he cne^ 



I gladly manhal < 



rptied ; 



« Tn tht 

To whom .Mf> 
"1 In tl.r friar, have for jt 

Which ihmg nrLiiido ht-nrd with In^rard prid% 
SavniE, " My bn»t|,er, so devout and giwt 
A^ the abbul pardoo, ai 1 wub you nould t 

XLVIL 
** Since God hai granted your itlununatioil, 

Acrepiinc »nu ni mercv for his nwn. 
Humility .hn'iild be ymr t'lni nblaimn." 

Morrante iLiid, " Knr gfXKlnesB' take. maka 
Since that ynur f •n.l n tn l,r mine — your statioi^ 

Aih] In vour name m verilv l-rMiown; 
Then wtll'l ever)- tbme al yi'ur mnmiand da» 
Ou which Iho other said, he was Orlando, 

XI.VIII. 
" Then," qtinth the giant, " tdew^l he Je«n 

A Hioiiond (in.es with eraiitudr and praieel 
Oft. perlrcl l-;»n.ii ! Invr I hrani nf jnu 

Thinuifh ^11 Ihr dillereni |f ri«i1t nf my dtyi 
And. as I said, to l*r ynur vaval ton 

I wuh. for vour irreal Kn">"iri alwara.* 
Thus rr.iNmiii«. ihry rnntiniHtl mnrh in uf, 
Aiid onwards U> ihc'ablicy went Umir way. 

XI.1X. 
And hr the w:it iltnnt the ei^^nts dead 

(trim In w itti Mnrrinle rrj*«.n*d " Be, 
For »hf r dpfrajT, I pr ly yi u. cniiifnrlad ; 

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A Bonaei iTcan txtto mille torti ; 
E la no»lra »crtluri iper'o suom. 
U ben rrniunenlo, e *l m^ punito; 
E aui 0)0 ba questo Siguor UJito, 

r. 

Fero ch* ef;li una l.i ^itisti/ia tanto,^ 
Che Tuol, che senipre II suo giudicio morda 
Opiun ch' abbi peccato t-into o quanto ; 
E c«i il hen hstorar si ricorda : 
E Doo una senza giusti2ia santo : 
Adunque al suo voler presto V accorda: 
Cbe debbe ognun vnlcr quel che TUOl qaestoi 
Ed acconlani voienlieri e presto. 

LI. 

E KDii I nmtri dotlnri accordati, 
Figl^do tu;ti uue conctusione, 
Cbe que' son oel ciel glonficall, 
S' a\essin nel peiisier compa-sione 
De' miseri pareiiti, che dannati 
Son ne lo inferno in gran coufusionei 
La lor feljcila nulla s.irebbe ; 
E vidi die qui ingiusto Iddio parebbe. 

UL 
Ua egll anno posto in Gnu ferma spene; 
£ tanto pare a lor, qunnto a iui pare j 
Affemian cio ch' e' fa, die ticci bene, 
E che non pnssi in nessiiii inoilo errare: 
Se padre o niadre e nell' eteriie pene, 
Pi queslo nfio si [losson coiiturbare: 
Che quel che piace a Dio, sol piacealoro* 
Questo t' osserva ne 1' eterno coro. 

LIII. 
A] citIo fuol bastar poche parole, 
Pisse Morgante ; tu il potrai vedere, 
De'miei fnilelli. Orlando, se nii duole, 
E s* to m' accordcro di Uin al volere. 
Come tu di' che in ciel servar si suole : 
Mnrii CO' moni ; nr pensiam di godcre; 
Id vo tagliar le mani a tutti quanti, 
E porteroUe a que' monaci santi, 

LIV. 
Accio ch* ognun sia piu sicuro c certo, 
Com' e' sr>n niorti, e non abhtit |)aun 
Audar snieiti per questo Jeserlo ; 
E perche feegan la niia niente pun 
A quel Sigiior che ni' ha il suo regno aperto. 
E tntto fuor di tenebre si nscura. 
E ooi laglio le maiii a' due fratelli, 
E Uiciagli a le fiere ed agli ucceUi. 

LV. 

A la b.adia insieme se ne vanno. 
Ove I' abate assai dubbioso aspetta : 
I monaci che '1 fafo aiicor non sanoO| 
Correvaiin a I' abali- tutti in fretli, 
Diceiido paurosi e picii' d' alTanno; 
Voletc vni cestui drento 5i rHctta ? 
Qdani!o I' abate vedeva il gigante, 
Si turbo tulto oel pruiio seuibiaoto. 

Orlando che tnrbato eosi il vede, 
Gli disse prrato; aliate, dalti pace, 
Quwto e Cristiaiin. e in Crisin nosiro cred^ 
E rinneealo ha il suo Mjcon f:ilhce. 
MnrgantR i moiicherin niosfro per fedc, 
Come i giganti ciascun niortn 'i^ce: 
Dnnde 1' abate riiigraziavia Iddio, 
Diceodo ; or m' bai contento, Signor mlo. 

LVn. 

E ris^mrtliTa, e squidrava Morgante, 
La sua grandezza e una volta e due, 
E poi gli disse ; O laninso gigaute, 
Bii^pi cb' lo DDcrnu maravigUo piti% 



A thousand wrongs unto the monks tb^ on't 

I And our true Scripture souodttb oprUf, 
Good is reivarded, and chastised the lU, 
I Which the l<ord oever (ailelb to fulfil 



" Because his love of justice unto all 
I Is such, he wilU his judgment should deioqff 

All who have «in, hoivever great or small, 
I But good he well reineniben Ut restore. 

Nor without justice holy could we call 
I Him, whom I now require you to adore. 

All men must make his will their wislie* (Wl| 

And quickly and spuntaueously obey. 

I LL 

"And here our doctors are of one accoid, 
i Coming oti this point to tlie s.ime concfuston,— 

That ill their thoughts u ho prai>e in heafen the Ittt 
' If pity e'er was guilty of intrusion 

For their unfortunate relations stored 
I In hell below, and danin'd in great confusion,— 

Their Ipppincrt would be reduced to nought, 
I And Uius unjust the Almighty's self be Ihoujbt. 

I UL 

" But they in Christ have firmest hope, and ill 

Which seems :o hi-n, to them loo must appeal 
WtH done; nor could it otherwise befall; 

He never can in niiv pur|)Ose err. 
If sire or mother suffer endless thrAll, 

They don't distuib ihniisehes for him or ben 
What plea-.eaGod lo iheni must joy inspire ;.* 
Such is the observance of the eternal choir." 

LIII. 
" A nurd onto the wise," Morganle mid, 

" Is wont to be enough, and you shall sea 
How much I grieve aliout my brethren dead} 

And if the will of God seem good lo me, 
Just, as yoB tell me, '1 is in heaven obeyd — 

Ashes' lo ashes '. — merry let us be ! 
I will cut off the hands fmiii both their tTnIlkl^ 
AJid carry them uulo the holy mouju, 

LTV. 
" So that all persons mar be sure and certain 

That they are de.id, arid have no further fear 
To wander solitary this de-en in. 

And th.it they may peneive my spirit clear 
By the Lord's grace, who hath withdrawn the enztUi 

Of darkness, making his bright realm appear." 
He cut hi- brethren's hands off al these words, 
And lelt them to the savage beasts ud biida. 

LV. 
Then to the abbey they went on together, 

Where wailed them the abbot in great doubt 
The nionks,who knew not yet the fact, ran tii.'im 

To their superior, all in breathless rout, 
Saving with tremor, " I'lease to Veil us whethtf 
! \'"u wish to have this person in or out >" 
' The iUM, looking through upon the giant, 
j "Too greatly fear'd, at fir^t, to be compUaub 
j LVI. 

I Orlando seeing him thus agitated, 
1 Said quickly, " Abbot, be thou of good cheer | 
He Chrisl believes, as Christian must be rated. 

And hath renounced his Macon false;" MrbJcbhW 
Mor^ante with the hands corroborated, 

A pnioi of both the gianb" faie quite clear ; 
Thence with due thanks, Ihc abbot God adored, 
Saying, " Thou bast contented me, oh Lord 1 " 

I LVII. 

Me gaied ; Morganle's heiglil he calnlated, 
j And liinre than once contemplated hu S1M| 
' And then he said, " tlli giant celebrated I 
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Cbf H •Teplieai r KtlUasi le piuite, 
Quaod' lo ngu-iniu or U l:iiir-z?.i: tuei 
Tu urai or |i«rfet(o e vero aiinco 
A CruU), quauto tu gli en tnaao4, 

LVllI. 
fn n«(ni ipoital, Saul ;ii rhiamato, 
Perue^i niclIo 1 1 It^ir lii t rislo ; 
V*Q i;inrun jkh da In tfirtn iull:in^ltOt 
Perche pur mi [lersr^m ? dissf 1 i lilo I 
E' il ravvide allnr del su? peccaro 
Ando [loi predic-indo sempre Crialo; 
£ fltlo e or dtr la fcde ui.a tmiuha, 
ia qua! per luiio risuoua e riutbouba. 

LIX. 
Co«i firai to ancor, Mort^nte mio: 
E ch s' rnieiidi, e scrillo iicl Van»elo, 
Che ini!;;;if>r fesln (a d' un snio IdJio, 
C'ljt di uovaiiLiiinn- allri su in cielo : 
lo U coud.ilii rh' o2mi tuo il.sio 
Rivnl^ a •pi-l Msiiiir ci'ii eiiisto zel<^ 
Ch<r lu mr.i, Idice iii srn.pllerno, 
Cb* cri jjcrdutu, e daiiualu ail^ lufemix 

LX. 

S crande onore a Mor^nte facfrrm 
X.' allelic, r ninlti lii n v>ii |K»Ii : 
Vd gi'^rnn, cnnie ad Orlniidn piaccT^, 
A spasMi in tpia r in la si stuio audali : 

Mull'* aniiadiirc c ctrli archi appiccati: 
Mnrgtiiite jlicnr piari|ue un die ne vrde; 
Oode e' sel cime bench' oproj ool crede. 

r,xi. 

Avea quel luo^ d* ac<|ua carestia: 
Orlando ,l,x.e mmr liuon fnlello: 
iAnrtunr, vo' clic di piarcr ti six 
Aalar per I' ir.pia : nnd' e ris|iose a qneUo I 
Cnniand\ cio clic lut.i rlic f.mo jia ; 
E IK»esi ill i>p.illa un eraii Cinello, 
EdavvirMvii la vrrvi una fniile 
Dove lolea ber seuipre appie del monte. 

I.XII. 

Oinnto a la fonte. irnie tin ?ran fracano 

Duul.iln vcnir prr la Inre^ta: 
Via unii cavo ilil lnrra«.i, 
Pnwia » I" arco, ol al7.ua la Irala ; 
Ecro ippanre un i;ran Jtrn^gr al |iasso 
l)i |i»rci. e vannn onn nn>lla IrnipeaU; 
Earr,vnrnnalla(-.,i!<Maappun'o 
DooJe il gi^ute e da lur loprag^iuata 

LXIII. 

Iforyante a la ren'ura a un netta ; 
Appniito ne l* ort-rcliio In 'iicarnaTl i 
Da I' allro lain ta-vi la virrel'a ; 
Oude il rineliial <iu niorln eatiil^llan; 
I'd lllfo, ,|u«ii per firne vrndclla, 
Add"Wi al unn ei>r<n"' iraCnan'lata ; 
E pcrclir e' itiun^e Intppo loi'i. al urco, 
tiau fu Mnrganle a (rni|(0 a Irar cou P aroo. 

LXIV. 

Vadradnti vpnuto il (iorcD adn«v>, 
(•li dcllr Mi fU la li-ata un i^ran punzoDe > 
Per Di«Jn rl.r <!' infniiK' ii.jinn > I' mm, 
£ nmrlu albtn a .|ni'ir alirn In gmnr : 
Gli alln iif.r -i \nt.'rn.lo .lue I i^rcmio, 
Hi iiiiMiMi Initi II. fiK 




Mnrcaii' 



iiiuove un enlip. 



•nac ■ '•■ <* i" I •'■ouil 1."' Iilrriliv •ulirlpaln] Ihr 
iMkal^al t«imi >*f nr "^ fiirixl aad uirtatvr ^^-^auStauJ 
k> Wl * axt k« ka> ailliid la lU klibwt ■ ■■ 4 



Ho\r ynu could lear and din; Ihe treei yon Utedi^ 

When I iK-linld ynur form with my oiro ejt^ 
Vou now a tiue and perfect friend u'lll show 
Vounflf \o Chrui| as ouce you \^ere a foe. 

LVIll. 
" And one of our apostlea, Saul once named, 

Long per8CCU'p>J sine the faith of Cliri«t, 
Till, one dav. Iiy the Spirit heinj mil luied, 

• Whv dcst Ihou pense-ulf nie thus •' said Chnllt 
Ami then f (im Ins olleuce he nas reel iiin'd, 

And »eii| lor e\er alter pieachine I hrist. 
And of the faith hecanie a trump, u hose 50umba( 
O'er the whuie earlh u echoing aud rebotuidjo^. 

UX. 
"So, inr Moi^nte, vou tnav do likew'w: 

He who repentj— Ihui ivrilea the Eva.-.4«Ii«t — 
Occasions more rejnicins in Ihe skiei 

Than innely-iuoeof Ihe celestial list. 
You niav l>e sine, should each deiiire ame 

Willi'jnst zeal for the l/inl. that you'll exist 
Anions the happy s.)inl5 for evermore ; 
Bui you were lot aiul daiim'd to bell tiebra I" 

LX. 

And thus ^eaf honour !o Mor*:in(c paid 
The ahbul ; inanv days Ihey .lid rejiose. 

One day. a, ivilh ilrlan.lo ll,ev Uilh slray'd, 

An.! niinler'il here and there, " hcre'er they ehoak 

The abbot -hnw'd a cinlnhrr. where array'd 
Much armour was. and hung up certain botfff 

And one of these Morgante for a winin 

Girl 00, tbough usele&>, he believed, to bin 

LXI. 

There being a want of water in the plaeai 

llrlanJo. like a worthy hrolhrt. said, 
** Morgaii'e, I could wisii \ou in this cisa 

To go for water." ■• \ou shall he obevM 
In all niiiiinands,- was the repli. •• straightwiTi,* 

l|Kin his shoiil.ler a great tub he lai.l 
And went nut on his wav unto a lounUin, 
Where he svaa wout lu Jrink below tbe —"— ^"fi 

LXI I. 

Arrived there, a prodigious noise he heart, 
Winch su.l.h-nly along Ihe forest spread J 

Whereat fnuii out \n> quiver he prei^rea 
An arrow for his l«w, and lilts his head ) 

And In! a nionstrous herd of sw-iiie appear*, 
And onward rushes with leinpeituoui treii^ 

And lo the fountain's brink precisely |inun| 

Su llial the giaut '• joiu'd by all Ibe bouik 

LXIIL 

Jforcante at a venture shot au arrow, i 

Which pierce.1 j pi; precisely in Ihe ew, ^ 

And paM'J unl" the otlur side .'|int- lhoruuirk| 
.So thai Ihe l«>ar, delunrl. lai liipp'd up BalA 

Anollier. lo revenge his (ellow farrew, 
A?ainsl the giant rusli'd in hcrce career. 

And re.acird the |i.assage with w lu ifl a (oo^ 

Mjrgaulc was not now in liuie to about 

LXIV. 

Percetring that the pig svas on him clow, 
He gave hitll 'ich a punch u|un Ihe bead, 

Ai llcHir',1 hini w thai he no inoie an>se, 
'^inastiing the very lione ; and tie fell dead 

t1-M 10 the other. 'Having H-en turh blom^ 
1 ^e ohrr pigi along the valley nrj ; 

l«'tCaiiIeoii Ins neck the bucket look, 

•u'l In.iu tlie ipring, winch neither iwertej OBT A ltk . 

p»fir« en ik* kfi." or *« f«B«a la ik« k»«<*'~*n 
|..ii,o,i,. la lu la l».la."-l. Ik« ilaM aM tra^aaa* 
ph'aM ol oal kr<l puf ihila, wka Hula Oaaa ttat IM 

lit lalkiai tba fataal Tuwu. 



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LXV. 
Oa V im fpaJla U linello area pneto, 
Di r »l'ni • p rri, f? 6[)3ccuv3 il tcrreno; 
E tona a la teiJia. cli' c pur fliicmio, 
Ch' una c^ciola d' acqua non va in UDO. 
Orlatt'lo flic *l Tcdea lomar si ln»to 
Co' por:i niorti, c cnu quel va^ picQO; 
Maravtsliosi che sU taiiic forte : 
Cob r atate j e spaUacui le port& 

LXVI. 

Bomci T*5^ndo V acqu:* freici 
Si ralie^-orno, ma piu de' cinifhiali; 
Ch' 0!;ni a/iiinal *i nlte^rra de I' oca ; 
E posano a Jomiire i breviali : 
O^iun f' affaDiu, e non par che 5!' inereaa, 
Accio che ipcsla cirne no* t' imaJi, 
E cbe |>oi »ecca «t|>rse di riclo; 
£ la iligiune skresiomo a dneto. 

LXV II. 
E feTC"> a scflppi? cnrpo pf r qn tratto, 
£ scuffiin. clir panan de V acqua uscih j 
Tanto che 'I cane sen dnlera e 'I ^tto^ 
Cbe 2li oMi nnianean tmppo puliti. 
L' abate, pni che nmito onoro ha fatto 
A tu>ti, un di dnp(, qiie»ii cnnviti 
D*ne a Morganie un destrier invito bello^ 
Cbe lungo tempo leuuto avea quelio. 

L.WItI. 
Jlor^nte in n *n nn pmto il car^l mena, 
E Ttio! che corra. e che facci n»rii pruora, 
E peiiM che di ferro abbi la schiena, 
O for^e rmn creilevi schiacciar I' uova: 
Questo cava] »* acnwia (»er la pena, 
£ scoppia, e 'n su la 'ern «i ritruo\'a. 
Dicca Mt'rraitte: lieva bu roz7one ; 
£ ra pur puazeccbiaudo co lo iprooe. 

LXIX. 
Ma fimlmente conrien ch' ejrit ftnonte, 
E disse : io lOD pur le^^ier come |>enna, 
Ed e icoppiatn ; che ue di' Ui, conte ? 
Rispnw Orlando ; un arbnre d' antenna 
Jkli par piuiioslo, e l.a ^?sia la fronfe; 
Lmcw!.! ai>Jir cbe la fnriuni accenna 
Che lueco appicdc ne veiira. Morgajilt. 
£d 10 coii ferro, disse il gigante. 

LXX. 

Qoanilosen mestier. tu mi vedrai 
Cora' io mi prrvero ne la bairaglia. 
Orlando disae: io credo tu farai 
Come buoii cavalier, se Dio mi raglia; 
Ed Micn me dormir nnii inircrai : 
Di questn tuo caval non te nc ca^lia ; 
Vorrebbesi porlarin in qualche bosco; 
Ua il modo lie la via non ci cooooco. 

LXXI. 

Dose n pr*Tite : in il portero beu k), 
Da jmi che porter nic non ha rolutft, 
Per render ben i>er nnl. conie fa Dio ; 
>la to' che a porlo addfHsn nn dia ajuto. 
Orlando ?lt dicra : Morpinte mio, 
S' al mio conal^lio ti sarai altenulo^ 
Questn ca^al (u imn ve 'I poriercaU, 
Cbe b tiSi couie tu a lui tace&ti. 

LXXIt. 
•Ctiftrda che non facesw la rcndetta. 
Come fece cia Neaso rosi morto : 
Nco so >e la ^ua iitoria hai inteao letta; 
E* tj fara scoppiar; datti oonfnrto. 
Di9M Mnrptute : aiuia cb' io lue 1 inetta 
AddroBo, e |iot vedrai a' m ve lo porlo t 
Io |iorterei, Orlando mto eentile, 
Con \9 '^"■p"* ia qud famfwil^ 



LXV. 
The ton wa» CT» one ihoulder, aci lber« w«t« 

The ho^ on rmhrr, and he brush'd ipac* 
On to the abbev, though bv no means near, 

Nnr spill one dmp ol vvater iii hit ncB. 
Orl\ndo, neein^ bim so vym ai^eaj 

With rbe dnd twiar^, and with (hat brioiftri VMIk 
Marveli'd to see bis strength to very ?reat; 
So did the abbot, aud »ct vt ide the fate. 

I LXM. 

The monks, who jaw the walcr fresh and gooi. 
I Rejniced, bui much more lo i»erce»ve ibe porS] - 
All auiuiati are ?Ud at si^hl of food : 

Tbey by their breviaries to sleep, and woik 
With Rreedv pleasure, and in :*iich a mood, 

1 hat the ilesb neeila no tall bencith tbcir Cofkh 
Of rankrie» and of rot there is ik> fear, 
For aU Lbe fasts are now left m ajrear. 

\ LXV II. 

As thnujch they wish'd to bunt at once, ther atej 

And gorged so that, as if the l^nrs hid beao 
In waler. sorely cneved the doe and cat. 

Perceiving thai ibev all were pick'd loo clci8& 
The ahbnt, wh^ to all' did honour <renl, 
A few days af'er this convivial scene. 
Gave to Mnr^aiiic a fine bor^e, well irain'd, 
I Which he long (iiue bad^or hiniseU' oiaintaiaV. 

I LXVIIL 

j The horw Momnte to a meiadow !ed, 

To pillop, and to put him (n the )>roo^ 
Thinfeins that he a bark of ,mn had. 

Or to skim e<zs unbroke was lis^ht enonjh; 
' Bui the horse, sinkiii; with (he |>ain, fell dead, 
{ And burst, whilr cold on earth lay head and hOOt 
Won^ntc said, *' tiet up. thou sulky cur I " 
And still coutiuued pricking wiib tbe spur* 

LXIX. 

But finally he thousht fi' ro dismotinl, 
And &aiJ. " I am as li?ht as any feather, 

And he has burst ; — to this wh<.i «»y you, cocnl ■ 
Orlando answer'd, " Like a shtpS niast rath«r 

Tou seem to me. and with the tmrk for front :-• 
Let him go! Fortune wills ihai ne toother 

Should march, but ynu on foot Morjante slilL' 

To nbicb lbe ^iaut auswer-d, *' So 1 wiU. 

LXX. 

•* When there shall be occasion, yoo will te* 
How I approve mv courage in the fiebL" 

Orhiido said. " I really think vou 11 be. 

If it should prove God's will, a s^ixiJly kni^t} 

FJor will j*ou napping there discover me. 

Rut never mind your horse, thous^h out nf ngM 

T were best to carry him into some wood, 

If but tbe means or way I uudentuod.'' 

LXXI. 
The fiant said, " Then carrr him T will. 

Since that to carry me he 'was so slack — 
To render, as the ^s do. eond for ill ; 

But lend a band to place him on mv back," 
Orlando answer'd. « If my counsel still 

Mar wejsh, Mnryan'e, do not undertake 
To lift or carrj this dcid ci'urser, who, 
As you baie done to bim, will Jo to yoo. 

LXXH. 
"Take care he don't reven:;e himself, thoufh dii^ 

As Nesaui did of ol.l tffvond itll cure, 
I dont kunw it the fact ynu 've heard or read ; 

But be will make you bur,i. rou may be sura." 
**Bul bflp bim on mv b'^ck." Mnrjante aaid. 

** And you !hili see what wpi^hl I can Ciidvn 
I Id place. 'ni\^ geiitie Ruland, of this palfrey 
' Wilb «U Uw bells, J "d cany yooOw baUr|i * 



MORGANTE MAGGIORE. 



Lxxin. 

Oiat V tlnte : D caxn[>aDil t* e bcM ; 
Ha le cunpane voi V arete rotte. 
Dicei Mor^Dte, e' ne porlOD le pent 
Color che iiiorti son la id quelle ^rott*) 
E levoMi il cavallo in su le >chiene, 
£ dlsse: ^ardi a' io leDio di ^tte, 
Orlando, neJJe ganibe, e t' in Io pouo; 
E fe' duo lalli col cavallo addoiso. 

LXXIV. 

Sn Morpnte com? una montapa : 
8e faces queato, non e niamviglia; 
Ma pure Orlando con seco li la^na ; 
Perctie pur era oniai di sua famit^lia 
Temcnza avea non pisliasse magagn^ 
Un' altra volia cestui riconsidia: 
Pogalo ancor, no! portare al deserto. 
DuM Morgaute: il portero per ceito, 

IJlXV. 
E portoUo, e ?ittollo in lun^o stranOi 
E tnrno i la badia subitaitiente. 
Diceva Urlando : or che piu ditnoriano ? 
Mor^ante, qui non facciam noi niente; 
£ prese un ^iorno I' abate per nnano, 
£ dispr a quel molto discrelamente, 
Che vuol f>artirde la sua revercQzta^ 
E dumaudava o perdouo e liceozia. 

K de rii onnr ricevuti da questi, 
Qualclie volta pnrendo, ara buon merito; 
E dice ; io iuleiiilo ristnrare c presto 
1 persi ^iomi dt- 1 tempo pretenlo^ 
E^ iOD piu dr che licenzia arei chitsto, 
BenigiiD padre, se nnn ch' io mi perito; 
Non 10 mostrarvi quel che drenio senlo ; 
Taulo Ti Tcggo del uiio fttar couteuto. 

LXXVIL 
Io me Be porto per sempre nel core 
L' abatCf la bailia, qut^tn deserto ; 
Tauto v' ho posto in picciol tempo amorei 
Rend ivi su ijcI ciel per me buou merto ; 
<}uel vero l)io, quello etenio St»nore 
Che VI serba il ttuo re^no al hue apertoi 
Noi aspeliiam voslrn beueJizionej 
Raccomandiamci a le vo&tre urazjone. 

I-X.W'!II, 

Qnando V abate il conte Orlando Inteie, 
Rinleneri nel cur per la dnlccTza, 
Tauto fervor nel |ietto se ^li accese; 
E diue: cavalirr, se a lua pmdezza 
Non anno statf. beni^m e cortew, 
Come convien-i a la ^ran ^enlitleKs; 
Che an che cin ch' i' ho fallow stato poco, 
liicol[*a la iguonuizia nostra e il loco» 

lAXIX- 

ffol li potremo di mme onnnre, 
Di prclirtie di laudi- e pateriinstrl, 
PiutttMln (he d» cena o desinarc, 
O d' altri CfM.vcncvnl che da chiostrii 
Tu m* hii ill le ti fiHn inniniorare 
Per niitk alle rcrrlk-ur.ie che tu mostri ; 
Ch' to me iie veuKo oie lu andrai leco. 
E <l* altra parte lu rciii qui lueco. 

LXXX. 

TkB^n ch* a quettn par cnntraddirtone ; 
Ma 9n rtie tu «e* tavm. e *iiirridi e euatlf 
E uiteikli il mm tarlar f v diirrizioiMj 
lie* benrflcj i'iVi pietoni Kiu^li 
Renda il Si^nore a te tmmrraxinne, 
iH rui mandito in nun'c vivr fusfl J 
Pw If virtu dri quit lil^ri inmo, 

R pMMiB a Iiu • a to BUI as finilii— 



LXXIIL 

The abtot said. ** The i teeple may do w«n, 
But, fi>r the bellSf you Ve broken them, I wtiL 

Uorgante answer'd, *' Let then> pay ia bell 
1 he j>enalty who lie dead in yon ^t ; • 

And hoisting up the horse from where be fall, 
He said, " Now look if 1 the ^out have got, 

Orlando, in the legs — or if I have force;** — 

And tbeo he made two gambola with (b» httm, 

LXXIV. 

Morgante wai like an^ mountain framed; 

So if he did this, *l ii no pmdi^ ; 
But secretly himself Orlando blamed, 

Bt'cause he was one of his family; 
And fearing that he might be hurt or majBiV| 

Once more he bade him lay his burden by i 
" Put down, nor bear him further the desert !■,• 
Mor;gante said, " I 'il carry bim for certain.* 

LXXV 

He did ; and stow'd him in some nook avnv. 
And to the ab)>py then relurn'd with spceiL 

Orlando said, " Why longer do we stay i 
Morganie, here is nought to do indeed.' 

The abbot by the hind he took one day, 
And said, wiih great respect, he had agreed 

To leave his rev;;rence ; but for this deciiioa 

He wished to hMc his pardon and pen 



Lxrvx 

The honours they continued to receive 

Perhaps exceeded what his merits claimMi 

He said, " I mean, and quickly, to relaieve 
The lost days of time pa!>t, h htch may be blaail 

Some dnys a^ I sliould have askM your leare^ 
Kind father, but I really was aiihanied. 

And know not how to >.how my aentimeDty 

So much i see you with our stay cooleat. 

Lxxvn. 

"Iwn in my heart I bear through erery cliaM 
The abbot, abbey, and this solitude — 

So much 1 love yon in so short a time; 

For me, from heaven reward you with all fOOd 

The tiod so true, t!ie eternal LonI sublime ! 
VVho>e kingdom at the last hath open stood. 

Meantime we stand expectant of your blcaiog. 

And recoouiiend us to your prayers with praMiOg.' 

LXXVIII. 

Now r-hen the abbot Count Orlando heard. 
His heart grew son with inner lendernCM, 

Such fervour in hi^ bosom bred each word ; 
And, " Cavaltcr." he said, " if I have leai 

Courteous and kind to your i^reat worth appearfli 
Than fits me for such geiillc blood to cxprwis 

I know I have done too little in this ease : 

But blame our ignorance, and this poor pla4ft 

LXXIX. 

" We can indeed but honour you with maaOiy 
And sermons. thallk^glVlng^», and |>aler-oa»tai% 

Hot tii|>|>rr^, dinners (lilttiii; other |)lacet 
In vi-rilv much rather than the cloislen) ; 

nm such a Inve for y"U my heart enibra^-«t, 

Knr t|i'>uv\iid virtues which your b<w)w iaiUl\ 

That w hcrrtorVr you go I Um shall be. 

And, ou the other part, you rest with m«k 

LXXX. 

" This may inTrlve a tecmine mntradictkm i 
But )ou I know are ugr, and frrl. aitil tJtara^ 

And understaiit! my s|ieech with full ronv.cttoa 
Kor Tour just pious dre<t« may vou lie fnemi 

With Uio l/ird's great rrwsrd and l«rnediclioB, 
Itv H horn you were dirrciH to this wule i 

To hia high mercy is our fmvlom duo, 

for wkich w« nuider thaalu to lua aad |«& 



MORGANTE MAGGIORE. 



91 



LXXXI. 

Ta d tul olnlo r lujiua e la rita s 
TaoU peiturb-izioii ^n que eicaoti 
Ci dctlOD, Che la ttmda era tuiArhtl 
0a rifrovar Gesu ci'n ^li altn sautit 
Peir 'nipiio ci dunl la ma parlila, 
B !»cuiunla[i restinju lutli quaiiti ; 
K* riteiier poaiamli i luesi e gli anai I 
Chi tb BOO k' da veitir queati pauui, 

LXXXIL 
Kl i\ porUr la lancia e I' annadun i 
K puniisi iiieri'ar con essa^ ctmie 
Con qiiMli ci|i[)a ; e leggi la scritturi : 
Qaeslo 5i»ap*^ al cie! drizzo le some 
Per lua virtu ; va in [lace a tua venture 
Cbi 'u li sla, cb' io nou ricerco il nnme; 
Ma diro semi.re, s' io son douianJalo, 
Cb' un an^tul qui da U'n Iua>i aiandatOk 
LXXXIII. 
te e" e armadTTi o cosa che tu vojha, 
Vat;ene lu zanibra e (iigliane lu slesil, 
E cun[iri a i,nes1o gigaiite le sco^Iia- 
Rispoie Orl.^iido ; «e arniadura aveatt 
Praia che nui uscisaini de la soglia, 
Che quecio niio com; agnn difen'iesai i 
Que«o accelto to, e aaraiumi piacerft, 
bioe r abate : veuite a veders. 
LXXXIV. 
E In certa cameretta enirali lonn, 
Che d' arniadure veccliie era copioot 
Dice P abate ; tulte ve le dono. 
Woryinte va rovistando ne;ni ctnx ; 
Ma iolo uti ceriosber^o sli (u bnonOi 
Cb' avea liila la inasliariieginiisa : 
Maraiislinssi che In cunpri appuntoi 
Che mai piu gu'in fo*^ gliea' era agginsb 
LXXXV. 
4«eito fo d' nn ?itante miisnrata, 
Ch' a la b-»dia fu nifirto per aniico 
Dal gnu Mil™ d' Aiignuite, ch' arrintB ; 
V era, i' ajipunto questa istora dico ; 
El era ne le nnira istoriilo. 
Come e' hi mono qnesTo gran nimico 
Che ffcea la badiasia luns^ »«crra: 
E Milon t' e com' e' I' abbatte iu tem. 

LX^Xni. 

Tcnvndo questa istoria 11 conte Orlando, 
Fra luo cor disse : o Dio, che mi sol tutto^ 
Come vetine Milon qui capilando, 
Che ha questo gi^nte qui distnjtto? 
E lesse certe lettre lacniiiando, 
Cbe DOli note tenir piu ll viso ascitltto^ 
Com' 10 airo ne la ies;uenle istoria: 
Di nui Ti (uanli il Re de r alu gloria. 



LXXXL 
•« Too Mved at once mir life and imil : lueh tmi 

The ciants cau-ed us, lh»i the war uu lot 
Bjp which we could pursue a til career 

In search of Jesus and Ihe sainily ho«t; 
And your deliarlure breeds such sorrow h«n, 

That coml\irile« we all are to our cost ; 
But mouths and years you would not ftajr 10 llcn, 
l^or ar« you form'd to wear our sobei doth , 

LXXXH. 
" But to bear arms, and wield the lance ; inJwt, 

Wilb these as iiiucb is done as with this cosrl j 
In proof of which the Scriptures you may rod. 

Tills giant up to heaven may bear his soul 
Bt your compassion: niw in peace proceed. 

Vour stale auJ uame I seek not to uuroll ; 
But, t I 'm aik'd. this answer shall be given. 
That here an angel was sent down from baaireb 

Lxxxin. 

If yoo want armour or aught else, go in. 

Look o'er the wardnjbe, and take what jrOO 
And cover with it o'er lliis eiant's skin." 

Drlaiido aiiswer'd, " If there should lie Ion* 
Some anuour. ere our journey we begin, 

U'liich mijlil be turned to niy companioo'i ■% 
The gif> would be accepUble to nie." 
"The abbot said to huu, " Come in and Me.' 

LXXXIV. 
And in a certain clo^t, where the wall 

Was cover'd with old armour like a crtnt. 
The abbot said to them, " I give vou all" 

Morjranle niminaged piecemeal from the dot 
The whole, w hich. save one cuir.». was too amil 

Ajd th.al too tad Ihe mail inlaid with rtuL 
Thev woiider'd how it fitted tiini exactly, 
Wbicb ne'er has suited othen so compactly. 

LXX.VV. 
T was an immeasurable gi-iofs, who 
I Py the great .Milo of Agrante fell 
Before the alibev many vears ago. 
i The slnrv on the wall ivas figured wdl; 
In the I ist nionien' of 'he abliey s foe, 
I Who long had wage.1 s war implacabtal 
Precisely as the war ocrurr'd they drew h^^ 
I And there was Milo as he overthrew haa. 

I i.xxxvi. 

Seeing this hisforr. Count llrlando s«id 

111 his own heart, " I 111 Gf«l. who lu the *T 

Know'st all things I how was Milo hither led ? 
Who causeil the giant in this place to die?" 

And cerUio letter^ weepins. then he read. 
So ihat he could not kerp bis visage dry,— 

As I will tell in the ensuing story. 

From evil keep you the high King o( glorf I 



THE GIAOUR: 

A FRAGMENT OF A TURKISH TALE. 



To wrui h Lit' aoinioc oarsrr nnr nrisnier ri 
Fox wbttb joy hath so balm — and tIfitcuoB i 



tlOORK 



TO 

■ AMUGL ROGERS, ESQ., 
A n.lOHT BCT MOST EINCERK TOKEM . 
or ADMIRATION FOR HIS OBNIDB, | 

REarciT FOR ms cbaracibr. 



AND CRATITCDE FOR IIIS FRTEHtmny, 

THIS PRODUCTION IS INSCRIBSO 

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AKD AFFECTIONATE BERTART 

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THE GIAOUR. 



ADVKRTISEMENT. 

Tbe tile which these disjointed fngmenti preanit, ti 
Ibvodetj upnii CLrcuui*taurc« now Itru cnutinou m tiie 
£iit thajj lunn^rly i eitlii-r because the Udiea are oiore 
circumBpert tlian iit the "oldcu lime," or because the 
Christiaiu ha\ e belter forlime, or lesa entei [inse. The 
•tr>ry, w heuentirf, cniilairitJ the adventures of ,i (eiiule 
•lav'e. wlin wasihrnwn, tti the Musaulmaii luaiiner, ti.to 
Ihe sea fi r iutiiifli'v, and avenged bv a ynune Vene- 
tUn. her loter. al the time the >even hlaud^ were jo*- 
iess*"J by the Itepubhc nf Venice, and iooq alter the 
Axaai.ls were l>eaten back from the Morea, which they 
bii nvage^l h>r *nuie tjine siib-equerit Ui the Kuwnin 
ID • troD. The Jeseitinn of \Ut M.uuotes, on l»eiii» re- 
fused the plunder nf MjsiT\, ItaJ to the abandonn.ent 
Cf that eulerprise, aud to the desnlatiou o( ihe Morea, 
4urin^ which the cruelty esercisrd on ai: iides was 
Upar^leltxi eveo lO the auiali of the faitiiful.i 



THE GIAOUR. 



No Heath of air to break the ware 
Toal mils below ILe Athrnian's ei-avc^ 
Thai lornh^ which, jlrainiiii o'er Ihe dU^ 
Finl rrrets llic hniiiewanl veerint slut 
Hi^h f.Vr Ihe lau.i he ^aved id v.na; 
Wbco ihall iuch hero live agam ) 



Fair dime I where every scMfn tmQea 
Beiiti^naiit o'er those blerv-sej islr*. 
Which, .eer, from far Colonna'. height, 
>Iakr ;liil ;he heart that hails the sight, 
AnJ leml U> liiiielmest delight. 
There n.ildiv .lii.,|.lni;. Ocean's cheek 
Kellrclj the IMits ol iiianv a |«.ik 
Cai,zhl ><l Ihe lau<liiii: M.Ira that laTt 
The»e K.lri-.of the C3>lprn wave: 
AihI fcf at Iiiiirs a IrariMei.l breeze 
nreak the Wuc crvMal of the ^eaj. 
Or sueep one bliistf>ni from the treei, 
How welroiiie is each gentle air 
Tbil «ake» and wafj Ihe Mnnrs Iherel 
P'.r there — Ihe KiRe oVr cra^ or vile, 
bultaiia of Ihe Ni^hliii^le.* 
The ntaid for w houi his melody, 
His Ihnusaiid soiies are heard on high. 
Blooms blushini; lo her lover's Ule : 
His qufeii. Ihe eanleil queen, hit Row, 
I'htieiit by w iii'I^. unchilt'd by sijowt. 
Far from Ihe winleri of tlie west. 
By every breeje and season bleil, 
Relurin ttie sweett b\ nature given 
lo Wte»t Njceiuc back to heaceu ; 



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•t ibi> Jiinir.l. I" int ••<I'« •>!"'• 
n* oirfi liant .l.sll n,„'tj ku lrr.(hlr>l •lnr« i 
AM 'beD "III nrrls •>• .imMnfiK^I >o Ibr (Ifhl. 
tibeu ahill r.>iu|uif -ilh lli> laint) 10 sichl.' "— E.] 
9 Th. slU'bravnt of lb* nlitilin.slr to Ihe rose Is a 
*U-tM>p« r.r.iss hau. If I mi.tas. •at. lbs -Viilbiil 
I • ikMMM uta ' w .■• •< ku i>>«ll»llll«« 



Aod (ratehil yields that uniliog iky 
Her fairest hue arid frajcrajit sigh. 
And a:aoy a summer Hovver i» tb«r«, 
And many a shade thit love =:<gbr JkUK 
And nianv a grotto, meant fc>r r«at, 
Th It holils Ihe jiirate hir a gueil ; 
Whose bark in shel erine cove below 
Lurks for (he [lassin? peaceful prow. 

Is heard, and seen Ihe eieiiiiif; star'; 

Th.-u sleahiii; with Ihe nii.Iilki oar, 

Kar sh.ided by the rockv .bore. 

Rush Ihe M.ght.prnw lers on ll,e prey. 

And turn lo sjroaiis his roundelay. 

hlraii;e — ihal « here Nature loved to btm, 

As if for Gods, a dwelling place. 

And even" charm and grace halh oiixV 

Wilhm the paradise ?lie hi'd, 

There man, enalnour'd of dislreji, 

Should mar it into ■\ildemess. 

And trample, brute like, o'er each flowtt 

1 hat tx>ks not one laboriouo hour ; 

Nor claims the culture of his haiid 

To bloom alons the fairy land. 

But sprmss as to preclude hii care. 

And swecilv woos him— but to spare 1 

S(raii;e — Ihal where all is gieacc Waidl^ 

■"■ ■ r pnde. 



and I 



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To da 

It II as though ilic heii.ls prevail'd 

Against the seraphs Ihet asuii'd. 

And. hid on hravenl» thionei, ihoold 4wd 

The freed inheritors ol hell : 

So soil Ihe scene, so forrn'd for joy, 

So cunt ttie tyrauta ttiat Jctroy ! 

He who hath heol him o'er the dead 
Ere the (irM dav of dealli is /led. 
The hrst dirk day ol nothingneis, 
The last of d.in?er and di^lrexi, 
(Before Decavs ellaciiig fiiitrert 
Have swept tlie lines where beauty lhin(U 
And maik'd the mild angelic air, 
The rapture of refKise ihnt 's there. 
The fii'd yet lender trails Ihit streak 
The languor of Die placid chr. k. 
And — but for that s;id shroudeil eye, 
That fir^ not, wins not, wer|ra not, DOW 
And but for that chill. eliaii;ele»i brow, 
Where cold olotructionS aialhv » 
Afifials the ga/iiie mourners heart. 
As il to hini It could inifian 
The doom he dreads, lei •Iwelll npODS 
Vei, bul for these and these alone. 
Some moRieots, av, one treacheroiii hour. 
He still mifht doubt the iiranl's power; 
So fair, to calm, so lofiU seal'd, 
The firtl, last ln<ik bv dealh revealM!* 
Such i> the aspect of Ibis ^hore ; 
T IS Creece, but livlni! (Ireece no mOT* I 
So coldly swi-el, to deadly fair, 
We atari, for loul it wanting there. 



pisnt amiiiiFm.nl of tb« Om«I 
■ Irailr fall wind, and dtttlDf I 
war* by lb* voice, aoj oftta kf 
unci Of. 
• ** Ay, hot to die and fo we kcost aot where, 
To lye la cod uhslruninn r " 

Mrfur. for Mra.ure, Art II. ee. V 
t I truat thai few of my reader, bavc ever bad aa q^ 
mninilly of «*iln...inc » k«t I. h.r. ■tleiDflfsl lo da> 
wnplKio. hut Ib'i.. who b.^. «1ll piolMMy t.lain a rata- 
111 r.ni.mhraDr. ut ihal .ing<,lar beauty which rer*adr% 
ihr rralure. of th. deinl. • f.w hour^ 

[tur.. .ri.t "111. .ntrll I. ■; t Ih.ra •• 



hour., aft. 



Ihe .pirll I 

of .inleul dar-^ by |a»> 

always Iba, cf laaeaal. 
lb* .iirTerer'a rt.raiUrl 



iralU of laalUf sa iaracll/, and Ika BiM lie bla» le Ita 
laali 



THE GIAOUR. 



89 



Hen is th« loreltncM in death, 
Thai parts doi qui e wiih |iariin^ breathi 
Bui tieaul)' null IhnI fearful lilniiii. 
Thai hue tvhich bauiits it to the tomb^ 
ExprnsiotiS last recetiiu* ny, 
X glided ti.ilo hovering round decay, 
The farewell heaiii of feelins pasi away ! 
Ipark of lli«- Hanie, |ierclia:ice o( nekr inly birlh, 
fVbich gleauis but warms no uioie its cbeiish'ieartll 

Clime of the unforsrnlteri bnve ! 
Whose land from plaiu lo niount.iin-caT« 
Was Kree-loni'i home or Cllorv's gravo! 
Sbnne of Ue nll^hIy : can i' 6e, 
That this IS all n-uiainsof iheel' 
Aji|irn.ich. thou craven cmuching ilaTei 

Sav, IS not, this Themii'pvla ? 
ThrjK waters lilue that round vou l»re^ 

Oh servile ort-priui; of the free — 
Pmnounce whii sea. what shore is Ihit) 
The suit, Ihu rock of .Salin.is 1 
Thrte scenes, their story not unknown, 
jirise, and make ajfiiii your ow n ; 
Snatch fn.m the ashes of vour sire* 
The eniliers ol then former hres ; 
And lie who in the strife expires 
Will add to tlieir, a name of fear, 
That Tyrann* shall quake to hear 
And leave his sons a hope, a fame. 
They loo will ra her die than shame: 
For Freedom's hatlle once he^un, 
Beque-ith'd hy hicedini; .Sire to Son, 
Tliouicli haltlcd ofi IS ever won. 
Bear witness, (ireece, thv living pa^e. 
Attest il liiairv a deathless ai!e ! 
While kni8s,in dustv daikr ess hid, 
Have left a nameless' pyranii.l. 
Thy heroes, Ihouirh llie jeiieral doom 
Hath swept ihe column from their tomb, 
A mightier monunient command. 
The mountains of llieir name land ! 
There points thv Muse to » raujer's ey» 
The graves of t'hose thai cannot die ! 
T »*ere long In tell, -'iid sad to trace, 
Each step from splendour to disgrace ; 
Enough - no foreign foe could iiuell 
Thy soul, till Inim Itself it fell ; 
Yes I Self-aliaseinent paved the way 
To vilUin-bouds and Uesjiot sway, 

Wh»l can he tell who treads thy shore ? 

A^o legend of thine olden time, 
No theme on which the .Muse inighl UU 
Hif;n as thine own in davs of yore. 

When iiuin ivas worltiv of thv dim*. 
The hearts ivilhin thv vallevs bred, 
The herv s<iul5 thai riiiihl have led 

Thy y.ns lo deeds sul.lime, 
Now'crawl from cradle to the frave, 
Kave. _ n.iy, Ihe Ix.ndsinen of a »la»e,» 

And callous, save lo crime ; 
Staiird with eaoh evil that |iullulei 
Mankind, where least above Ihe bralM; 
Without even sav.age virtue blest. 
Without one free or valiant breast. 
Still lo the neighbouring |K.rts the) wail 
Proveroial wiles, in I ancient craft.- 
In this the tublle Creek IS found, 
Tor this, and this alone, renowu'd. 
Ij Tiin might l.ilierlv invoke 
Ttie sn /it to Its iHiod'age broke, 
Or rais. It neck that courts .b; yok( I 
tio Dioi» her sorrows I tiewail 
Tel thu will lie a mournful tale. 
And they who listen niay believe. 
Who heard it first had cause to grieve. 



I Alheis Is tbe pmpertr of l^e Kiilar An (tbe sliTe of 
kt Mrmglio •Bd v&srOiao f f tne womi-n), wbu sppoiuts lb* 
.rarw<0«. A (MU'lei uid tuout-h — lhe«e are oot polite, 
*•! lr«« ifflnnnas— »jw i9»*rm* (b« 

8* 



Far, dark, along the blue tea rlaodJ^ 
The sh.adows of the rocks advanciDf 
Sl.irt on the hsher's eve like boat 

or island pirate or M.t le ; 

And fearful for his light caique, 
lie shuns the near hut doubttul crveki 
Thoui:h worn and wearv wilb biS M^ 
And cumlx-r'd with his scaly ipoil, 
blowlv, yet strongly, plin< the oaf, 
T.ll I'nn l.e<uie's siifer shore 
Receive, hini bv the lovelv ' ght 
That best bcco .les an Eastna iu|ht 

Who thundering comes on blackeel mi 
With slacken'd hil and hoof ol a|Ksed j 
Beneath the clat enng iron's sound 
The cavern'd echoes wake around 
lu lash fur lash, and bound for bound ; 
The fouii that streaks the courser's tid* 
Seems gatherd fnim the oceanlije : 
Thouih weary waves are sunk to rest. 
There -1 none wnhin his rider', breast, 
And though lo-niotniw's leiiqiest lower, 
n IS calmer than Ihv heart, voung GiaOO It 
I know lliee not, I Ina he thy race. 



I I tr 



Wnai lime sliall sirengihen, not efTaeei 
Though young and pale, thai sallow ircgt 
Is scathed bv fierv passion's brunt ; 
1 hough lieill on ^rlli thine evil eye. 
As Uleteor-like Ibou glides! bv, 
Right well 1 view and deem thee one 
\\ huoi Ulhman's sons should slay or tbl> 

On — on he h isteii'd, and he drew 
Mv ga7e of wonder as he Hew : 
Thou-h like a demon if the night 
He pass',1, and vanishd from my (ifllL 
His aspect and his air in.pri^s'd 
A troubled inemnrv on mv bieast, 
A'al long upon inv'sartled ear 
Rung Ins daik cou'iser't hoofs of fear. 
He spurs his s'eed ; he nears 'he reepw 
1 hal, julliiig. shadows o'er the deep; 
He winils around; he Imrries by ; 

clir\es hnii (Mm niiue ey«J 



•veil I 



• he 



Whose glance is hi'il on those that Bmi 

And not a -larbiil slimes loo bright 

On hull who lakes such tuneless Hight 

He wound along ; but ere he pais'd 

One glance he snalch'd. as if Ins last, 

A moment check'd his wheeling steed, 

A moment brea-heil him from his spoal, 

A moment on his stirrup stood — 

Why looks he o'er ihe olive wood } 

The crescent glimmers nn ihe hill. 

The .Mosipie's high lamps are nuireriBjlffllt 

Though too remote for sound to wako 

In echoes of the far tophaike,» 

The flashes of each joyous peal 

Are seen to prr.ve the Slosleni*i teaL 

To-night, set llhama:ani's sun ; 

To-night, the liainin (east '» beig-jn : 

To-niiht — but who and what art Itxia 

Of foreun garb and fearful brow? 

And what are these to thine or thee. 

Thai Ihou should'st either pause or (let? 

He stood — some dre.ad was on hu Ut», 
Soon Hatred settled in its place: 
It n>se not with the reddening Hush: 
Of transient Anger's Itasty blush. 



2 Id Dr. Cttfke'a Travels. Ibts word, whirB meau T^^ 
ill, IS alwavs writlea «reorUii)f to iu Raitlisb proaaaat» 
tics. Ojvur. l.i>id nvroii Bdu|ileiJ (be luliao apeUiaf aaiM 
■ iDooi the Fnmkn uf Ibe Ix-tuiI. — E. 

8 "Toibsike," musket. Tbe liairam Is aaaMiaoad V$ 
the rioDoD Hi «iib-el . the tllDlniaalioa of lbs m«««M« 
■oil ihe Cniit of all kiDili Italian ai^ Iniiil wm Ml 
psvxUiiB tl dofuc 1^ uc&t. 



M 



THE GIAOUR. 



But palt w iroHiIr o'er the tomb, 

WIio«e ghastly n'biti:ness aids ittelnom. 

H IS brow WIS beol, his eye was glazed ; 

He nised tM> ami, and Jierctly raised. 

And lernly shook bis hands lu high} 

Am dnultuiu; to reium or tly : 

Inratient ot his flight delayed. 

Here loud his raven charter nei^h'd — 

r>nivn elancrd tliat tiand, and ^rasp^d his bbd% 

That sound bad bun>l his nalliii; dream, 

As Sluuil>er starts at owlet's scream. 

The spur hath lanced Ins courser's sidet; 

Awar, awav, for life he rides ; 

Strifi as the iiurl'd on hi;li jerreed 1 

£iriii^ to the touch hi> startled steed; 

The rrtck is dMihIed, and the shore 

Shake* with the clattering tramp ao mora; 

The craj is won, no n.i.le is »<n-n 

Ilis Christ iaa crest and haughty mien.* 

Twas but an ins'ant he restrain'd 
rhat fiery barb so sternly rein'd ; 
T was but a moment that he stood. 
Then s|>ed as if by death pursued; 
But in that iiBlant o'er his soul 
Winters of Memory seeind to roU, 
And gather id that drop of time 
A life of lain, an age of crime. 
O'er him who loves, or hates, or fean, 
Such ninmeiit pours the ^rief of vears I 
What fell lu then, at once oppresl 
B» all tliat most distracts the breast ? 
TVial lause, "hich iKiudcr'd o'er his fate, 
Oh, who Its dre.Try lenjth shall date 1 
Tbimsh in Tunes rewird iicaily nought. 
It was K'-snuty to Ttiou^lit '. 
For intiniie iLi'lnuiidleia sjnce 
The ihsu'hi that CoK^icncr most embnea^ 
Which in ilself ran cumpreheud 
Woe without Dajiie, or Iidi«, or end. 

The hour is past, the Giaour is 5006; 
And did be riy or fall alone? 
Woe to Hat ho-ir he came or went 1 
The curse (or lla«iu's sin was sent 
To turn a palace to a tomb ; 
He came, he went, like the simoom,* 
That barbiMser of fate and ^luoui. 



J Jerrrrd.OFfljernd.l l>lunted Tortinti j«»Hin, wliirh f 
4irle<l tr.ini liorirbsck «illi «r-«l fon o ami |ireri.inn. II 
to s fiTDuntc rxriciMeof trie M iiuulmanx ; tiut I know o-it 
l( II ran !»• .-al!...! • manlf od«. mii.r Itie mn»l esprrl 10 
Ibr sil sir llir Blurk Kuui.rli-of Con.l«nllii..pk. I llitok. 
MS I loitiefM.. a Ml m Ion II ii Sniyrua was tb« movl skilful 



nfoti, 



TKIK 



a E»rry feilur* of Itie imp.-luoos horwman Is full of 
■aairly sod pmsioq. In thr m>0"l of his mri-fr. whilst id 
full virw of the ai>tnuiKhi.tl Hperrilnr, be tuUilfUlji clirrkt 
kis sUrd, sikJ nsinj un liit •tirrnp, surTryii. willi s Im.k 
ofsfouisinx imimliriK-e, IhrdiHtDnl city itluminatrO tor llie 
fcMl uf llairmm ; ihfn psl« *'''ti anger, raurs hi- arm ■• 
If IB meuar* of so invisible rneiiiyi bul svrakfoi-d truin 
kla irso. « of t«.«.oo by llie nrijl.iue '■' In" . tutirrr, acsia 
ksrrita lurosril. sou Jlsailvsra. —UVJOROK K1.LI8. 

t Tb» lilMl of tlie .le«.n. falsi In r»'ry Itiinr iKini.snd 
•TUB .llci.lr.jl.illle«.li-rn(»--Iiy |*t>yiBI01BU U.iire H..i, 
pilksia. llle li"lif»l Birounl ul Ihe •pp-srsui-r an.t elTrrl. 
•r lb* ■uff'KSIiDf ttaal of itiB Iti-B."!! : — " Al elrvro 
S's^-'k." hm asya. -while we ronlemplBleil Willi «reBI 
^Uasore the niKKed lof ot CliliclcrF. lo which we were fsat 
B^rT^rhilifl. aixl wjiere we were In wilsce ouraeltes Wllh 
pJealyofrvMj waler. I Ins. niir 2iil.)e.rried out wilhsloiid 
«ole<. • rail iiiaiO y.iur Isces, foi liere la the eimuom." I 
saw from the a-iulliesal B hsie cume, in colour Ike the 
fiirple pan of Ibe rsiiih.iw,biit not a*, compreaaed or Ihlck. 
Il Jid Bol (Acury Iweiiiy yania lo bresitlh, and waa BiNlUl 
IwaKe feel bi|li flom Ihe (Cotind. II WBa B kind of bliiab 
•fDB Iha sir. sod II ni.j.ed eery rapidly ; for 1 a.«fce «iiulu 
lars to fall upi.n Ihe f rouod, with my head lo the nnrlh. 
mM. wh.B I (ell Iha heal of Ha cureul pUloly upon my 
kM. Wa Bll lay ItBt OB Iha arouuil Ba if dead. UU '.'.'» 
NM M II was blo-B Beer Tie mrle..!. or ru'l'l* h"". 
•kxs I BB- WBB. lade«.|, pawed, bul ma licbl sir. « hich 
■U Mav, «aa 1 a kaat to ifcflsa aaA>aaua& fof a; 



Beneath whose widelT-wutisf Iraak 
The »ery cypress drmipa to death — 
Dark tree, still sad when others' jrief blli^ 
The only constant mourner o'er Uie dasid I 

The iteed is vanish'd from the stall t 

No serf is seen in Hassan's hall : 

The lonely spider's thin ijrev luul 

>Vave5 slnivlv tvidemiu; o'er Uie wall | 

The bat builJs in his harem bower, 

And in Ihe fortress of bis iiower 

The owl usur|is the beacon-tower; 

The wild-dos; how Is o'er the fountain*! bria 

With balHed thirst, and famine, rrim ; 

For the stream has shrunk from its marbla bal, 

Where the weeds and the desolate lust are tfl^ 

T w:\» sweet of yore to see it plaT 

And chase the sultriness of day, 

As spnn^ins hish the silver dew 

In whirls fantastically lleiv, 

And fltin? luxurious coolness round 

The air, and verdure o'er the ;mund, 

T was sweet, when cloudless stars wera bii(Ma 

To new the wave of watery light, 

And hear its niclodv by iiiffht. 

And oft bad Hassan's (Thildbood playW 

Around the verje of that cascade; 

And oft upini his mother's breast 

That sound had harmonized his reat; 

And oft had Hassan's Vouth along 

Its bank been soothed by Heauty's tong; 

And sof'er scein'd each uielliiig tooa 

Of .Music min;lcd with I's own. 

But ne'er shall Has:,aii's A^ repoa* 

Along Ihe brink at twilight's cUoe. 

The s'ream thai (ill'd that font is lied — 

The blood that wamid bis heart usbadi 

And here no more sliall human voica 

He beard to ra^e, reeret, rejoice. 

The l.a»t sad note that swelld the gala 

■\V.\s woman's wildret funeral wail : 

Tliat i|urncli'd in sileice. all is still, 

Rut the lattice tliat Haps when the mud itriUfll 

Thiineh raves the cusi and Hoods Iba rai^ 

No hind shall close its clasp agailu 

f)n desert sinds "l ivere joy lo icaa 

The rudest 8lei«s of fellow' null. 

So here the very voice of lirief 

Miirht wake an Kchn like relief — 

At least I would siy, " All are not gnott 

There lingers l.tfe. thoujh but in one"— 

For nianv a gilded chamber 's there, 

Which Solitude inieht well forbear; 

Wiihiu that dome as \el Decay 

llalh slo« ly wnrk'd hef cankering way — 

But gli«im IS gather'.l o'er tba gala. 

Nor there the F.ikir s self will wait ; 

Nor there will wandering Derviie itafi 

For bounty cheers not bis delay ; 

Nor there'will weary stranger halt 

To bless the sacreil •' brea.l and all.'* 

Alike iiiiisl Wealth and I'overtj 

I'ass heedless and uiiheerltsj by. 

For Courtesy and I'lty died 

^Vith Hassan on Ihe inounUin aidflk 

Ills roof, ih >t refuge unto nien, 

Is Drsolation's liungrr den. 
The guest Hies tbeJall. aii.l the eassal t.tm Wwm 
Siuce b I turt>au uaa ■left by the luKdcl's adira I * 



(lart, I fnuod dlailacily la my breast Ihst I had imblbait 
pari of II ; uor wBa t fre* of SB Balhmalle aeBBSMna ..*d I 
hsd beeo some inonlha la Italy. SI Ihe hslha of roiatt« 
near Iwn yearB sfleiwBolB." — (tea truce's Ute tat T^ 
aela, p. «hl. >dll. IMO. - K. | 

4 To panske of loni, to break bread sad all wilt yaa 
bnai.euaufea Ihe aafelyur Ihe fueal : eves Ibougb aa aa^ 

t I seed hardly ubaeias, Ibal rhsrlly sad IToapltaillTaH 

Iks tiBi aattaa a«iBka«' S Miknnm t aa« la ■* li^ 



THE GIAOUR. 



•1 



ikor tb* •nood of coming frd, 
■■1 kX > loic* oiineeir 10{reet; 
Mora D^r— nch lurlao I cin Kaa, 
And tiWer-iheathed a'&jEhan ; i 
I'he fomuost o( the band ■% te«D 
An Emir bv hii rarb o( grren : * 
•Ho', who jn itiou?" — "Thii low oUm* 
BipllH of M'Hlem hilh I xm." — 
•The bunhen ye w 5fiilljr bear, 
8«rnn one thai clainu your ulniost care^ 
And. doublles», holds ioine precious freight, 
tij humbif bilk would jbdly >v:>it." 

■* Thou tpeakot looth : thy skifl' unmoor, 
And wan us Froiii the iileiil shore ; 
Nay. leave the sail still furlM, and pljr 
The nearest oar Ihal 's sollerd by, 
Aod midway to those rocks where sleep 
The channell'd witen dirk aod deep. 
Heat from your task — so — bi^vely dont, 
Our eourw has been ri»ht swiftly run ; 
Tet 1 ii ibe loujest voyage, 1 trow, 
Thitoiiaof— • • • 

• • • • • ••• 

SoIIen it plun^, and slowly sank. 
The calm was rippled to the bank ; 
I iratch'd it as it sank, niethought 
Some motion from the current caught 
Beslin-'d it more,— t was but the beam 
That checker'd o'er the '-''d^ stream: 
I ^azed, till sanishin? from view, 
Like lessenins [icbble rt withdrew ; 
Slill less and les. a speck of white 
That «nim'd the tide, then mock'd t^is lifhtl 
And all its bidden secrets sleep, 
Known but to Genii of the deep. 
Which, tremblin; in their coral caves, 
Tlsejr dare not whisper to the waves. 



As ntinj on its purple win^ 
The insect-queen « of eastern spring, 
0*er emerald meadoivs of Kashnjeer 
Invites the voung pursuer near, 
And leads liini on from flower to flowei 
4 weary chase and wasted liour, 
Then leaves hini, as it soars nn high, 
With panting hnrt and tearful eye: 
io Bciuiy lures the fu!I-g:c^-n child, 
With hue as bht;M, and winar as wild ; 
A chase of idle hopes and fears, 
Begun in folly, closed ia tears. 
If won, to equal ills belray'd. 
Woe waits the insect and the maid ; 
A life of |iain, the loss of peace. 
From infant's pUy, and man's caprica 
The lovely toy so fiercely sought 
Hath lost its charm by being caught 
For even- touch that woo'd its stay 
Hath bnjsh'd its briBhlest K'fcs away. 
Till charm, and hue, and beauty gone. 



Till charm, and hue. and be: 
*T a left to 6y or Call alone. 



wry evserslly prartlswl by his dlsrlplM. The <lr»t pral«« 
tksl can l>e bnlowH oD s rhtvf. Is a paoctjrle oi 
toiDiy : ilie "St. «' till valour. 

I The alas hsii. s loot iuf" "ora with pistols l> the 
Ntt, m a melsl arat^burd, gfueralljr of silver; and. BmoDC 
Iks wealthier. cilU or ol gold. 

Serwrs le the pnvilreed rolniirof the prophet's ooiBeT- 
«a« prWBdH dew-eoilsnt..; with them, ss here, '*i*.ti \ine 
kaily lohefilanre) ^v sopiiowed to •upernede the oeirisity 
Of load works: they are the worst of ■ very iDdiUcrcot 
krood. 

9 - Ralaca alslkoeni '■ slelkoom salsm ' " pears be with 

Co; M with you peace— the salQlatinn reseived *nr Ihs 
ttfol : — to a rbriMtiaa. - t'rlaruls." a tood journey ; of 
•ssbu hirestm. ssbao «nla;" |™«i mora, rxnl even; 
■ad soBst laea, ** may yoa sad be happy ; " are tbs usual 
aalaiM. 

4 Tks MM-vn>iad hitiertr •( Kaskwtt, tks aai ran 
WH kMBttta: tf Ito «<elas. 



With wnnitded wing, or bleeding brva. 
Ah '. where shall either victim rest] 
Can this with faded pinion soar 
rmiii rose to tu.'p a> before ? 
Or Reauly. blighled in an hour. 
Find joy nithili her bn.ken bower? 
No : gayer insects Hulteriog by 
Ne'er droop the wing o'er those that Aa 
And lovelier things have oit-rry shosra 
To every failing but then own. 
And every woe a tear can claim 
Except an erring sister's shams. 



The Mind, that broods o'er guilty woi^ 

Is like the Scorpion girt by tm^ 
In circle narro" ing as it glows. 
The flames around their ca|>live closl^ 
"Till inly search'-l by thousand throes, 

And nuddening in her ire, 
One sad and sole relief she knows. 
The sting she nourish "d for her foei^ 
Whose venom never yet was vain. 
Gives but one pang, and cues all paj% 
And darts into her desperate brains 
So do the dark in soul expire. 
Or live l,ke Scorpion eirt by 6re; 
So writhes the mind Remorse hath riw 
Unfit for earth, undoom'd for heaven. 
Darkness above, desptir beneath, 
Around it flame, within it death 1 > 



Black ITasian from the Harem flies, 
Nor bends on woman's form his eyes ; 
The unwonted chjtse each hour emploj% 
Tet shares he not the hunter's joys. 
Not thus was Hassan nont to fly 
When l.eila dwelt in his Sent. 
Dolh L.eila there no looser dwell? 
That tale can only Hassan tell : 
Strange rumours in our city say 
I'pon that eve she fled away 
When Khamazan't • last sun was Kt, 
And flashine from each minaret 
Millions of lamps prtKlaim'd the feast 
Of Bairam throujh the boundless East. 
T was then she went as to the bath, 
Which Hassnii vainlv se-irrh'd in wndbt 
For she was flown her master's laje 
In likeness of a Cfeorgian page. 
And far beyond the Moslem's |iower 
Had wrong'd him with the faithless GilM 
Somewhat of this hail Hassan oremM; 
But still so fond, M) fair she seem'd. 
Too well he trusted to the slave 
Whose treachery de erved a grarei 
And on that eve" had gone to niosqua^ 
And thence to feast in his kiosk. 
Such is the tale hit Nubians tell, 
Who did not watch their charge loo iraB 
But others say. thai on that night, 
Bv pale Phingari's i trembling light. 
The Giaour upon his jet-blark sleed 
Was seen, but seen *lone to speed 
With bloody spur along the shore, 
Nor maid nor page behind him bore. 



S MlKdlng to the dubir 
placed for eipcrlmcnl by re! 
lain that the p>*itioo of tl 
the head, ie merely s ccjv 
have arluBlly brniiclil lo tl 

;".5°.D'V.Vir'o' '""" 
Iticy will probably 



llo« 



rilbout bein{ i 



pf'per, 
tbrsis. 

e The esnsos al senfti cIOM Ihs I 

1 rhi^srt, tks loaam. 



ned lowsj^ 
■ uUi.e movemrot: but olhsis 
be vcr.|l<-t " Feic de •«." TLs 
«le<l to * epecdy decisioa of tis 
ly eetabltiihed as IDeect Csl«^ 
red 10 live as loOK SS 'bey thlSit 

rlyred (or the sake *rf as hf|V 



THE GIAOUR. 



Bv •ya^i dark charm *\ wtr* raia to t«U» 
Bot niM OD that of the Gajuslle, 
It wDl uaitt the (aiirr ndl : 
A* lar|t*< as laii^uistiiii^ly ilark, 
But ^u)il bt^ani'J lnrih in rvrr)- spark 
That darted frojo btiitnth th« lid^ 
Bnght aj -.he If ivcl ol G.innchid.« 
Tea, Sold, and bh'iuM our pruphet oy 
Thai ftinii was nnuslit but Lreathing dajl 
Bt Alia ! 1 would answer t,A\ ; 
Though M Al-Sirals » arch 1 stood. 
Which tolten n"er ihc fierv Hood, 
With ParaJ.se wi hiii mvvifw. 
And all his Houni Imkoniii' throu'h. 
Ob ; who youn- l.rilj's slii.re could read 
And keep'll<al jtorlion of his creed, 
Which jaith Ihat woman is but dust, 
Aaonlless lov for tyrant's lust ?a 
On her nnzlil Muftis gi7e, and nwn 
That through her eve tlic Inimorlal shone) 
On hrr (air cberkVunf.vlin; hue 
The youn; |ionie;rran,ite'» * blossoou strew 
Their bloom in blushi^ ever new j 
Her hair in hvacinthine ' How, 
Wbeii len to roll it, folds belnir. 
As midst her handmaids in the hall 
She stood superior to them all, 
Halh snei.t I he marble where her feet 
GImii'd » hiter than the mountain sleal 
Ere from the cloud that ; .ve it birth 
It fell, and cau°br one st.iin of earth. 
Tliecyi-uel noblv walks the water; 
So move,! on earth C ircas-ia's d.iu^hler, 
The iovrlieii birl of Fniiitneslan I • 
A> r^rs h'r crest the ruffled Swan, 

And •pums the waie « illi w in^ of pride, 
VPhen |n« the sleps of stringer man 

Alnns the banks tli.it liriund her tide; 
Thus rose fair L^eila » w liiler neck : — 
Thus anii'd witn beauty would she check 
Intrusion's glance, tiil Folly's irvze 
Shrunk from the charms irmeani to praise. 
Thus high and graceful w-a* her gait J 
rier heart as lender to her male ; 
Her mate — stern llisian, who was he? 
Alu ! that name was not for Uiee ! 



Stem Tlaasan hath x Journey ta*en 
With twenty vavals in his tral^^ 
Each anii'd. as best hrconies a man, 
With irquebuss and alaghan ; 



1 The eelehrateil bibulous rubf of 9'iltaQ niso-^hld. the 
•Dtelliotirf o( Ittskhsr; finrn its ppleodnur. oinird 8rhrt>- 
lfrm«. -th» tm. h ..f mclil : " •I"" " "is cup jt ih. 



i^. 



■Ills 



1. bill •• w«. ' 



• t»nl ed 

W0.-4 o( thi'f •yllaxl.^: an ll'ileibrlnl hss it ; but I 
loM RirhstO«-in rrdu.ff* It to • .li»iif liihle. snij w 
"Jsn«hi'l." I bSTp irfi In ttie text thr orthoirapl 
Dm oo« with the proDiiocittion of iti* other. 

1 AlKirsl. Ihs brilM of d'slb, narrower than 
thread ut • fimiihrd •pitrr. and •liar|.'r lliia Ihr «l 
• •w.r«. 0<ri obich the >!ii..iinlmiii> mini aUla 
rai>li*«, to »birh It !• tl.r nair riilrinrt; bill this li 
Iht wnr«i. Ihr riTi.r tM-nraib hrint hell iii.pir, into w 
m Ibar b* 'i;>ertr<l. Ibe iMi-kllful aiul lender of t'oit 
trt^i to torililr i^ilh ■ - farili» de^rriwtii A»»rni.* 
T«;-» pleaainr la pr<»|»e«t Li lti» oril pia-rnger. Thi 



r thP K'.rio 


■IM« at I'Mt B thiM n| 


brhafvJ 'mnm 


rii. but by r*f ih» Kmivr 


ImiNB itilrrpr 


pl ihr ifti ihrir cwii «»7, 


moirli*. fri.n 


a hravB ■••iiif ^firmirt 


rtiiDnt a<*<-«r 


n *-muy Alti«-» of Ihinxa " 



■ ikorKr lul doxoocrda for the Jr«> soil Chrtslii 
I « 'MKar 1 

r<r>li.. I>. » 

■ bC b>i or Mil 
■si asrlud. It 

u ;n«i..i,Kk ii.e; 

1« i\r •outo'd tb« olbsi sea. roft€«iTiii| Ibtm to b« •iip«r' 
maim* bf lbs lloiina. 

4 *• or'slal •Italic, whirb may. perhaps, IhoQgta falrty 
■lolafk. a* il««m*4 " plua Araba ^u'ra Arat-ia. " 

( i<.vlalb<>a. la » rahir •• nWnniil i " aa ronimna ■ 
fciiasbi la iba aaaura ^mU aa II aiaa mmimg Ua Ulaaka. 

• ■ taueaaalan" UiaaaMk 



The chief before, as deck'd foi inr» 

Bears iu his belt the scimitar 

Stain'd with the best of Amact blooC 

When iu the pass Ihc rebels sloo-*^ 

And few retum'd tt. till the tale 

Of what befell in Fame's v.alc 

The pistols which his girdle bOie 

\Vcre those that once a pasha wore^ 

Which still, tiiough ;cmm'd a^d boaM irHi 0it 

Even robbers tremble to behold. 

T IS s:ud he goes to woo a brijo 

More true than her who left his iid»; 

The failhlesi ^lave that broke her hoir« 

And, worse '.nan faithleas, for a Uiaour 1 



The rin's last rays arc on the hill. 
And srarkle in the fountain rill, 
Whosa v»elconie waters, cool and cleaj( 
Drive ble&sings from the mountaineer; 
Here may the loitering merchant Greek 
Find ihat repose 't were vain to seek 
In cities I jdged too near his lord, 
AntI treuiLling for his secret hoard — 
Hcje may he rest where none can lee^ 
In crowds a slave, in deserts free ; 
Aitfi. with forbidden wine may stain 
Tte bowl a Moslem must not draiiL 



The foremost Tartar *s in the pp 
Conspiruoiis bv hii vellow cap ; 
The rest in lengtlieiiing line the while 
Wind slowly ihr' ueh the long defile l 
Above, the mountain rears a [leak, 
\Vhere vultures whet the thintv beak, 
And theirs may be a feast to night. 
Shall lemjit ilieni down ere morrow*! li|tt 
Ilencath, a river's wintry- stream 
Has shrunk before the summer lieam, 
And leO a channel bleak and bare. 
Save sliriibs lb it spring to |ierish them 
Each side the midway path there lay 
Small brtiken crags of granite grey, 
By time, or mountain lighlmng, riven 
From summits clad in mists of heaven | 
For where is he thai h.ilh beheld 
The peak of Liakura uuveil'd ? 



They reach the grore of pine ttlul ; 
" nisniillali I 1 now the peril >% past ; 
For yonder view the npemng plain. 
And there we 'II prick oiir sieeils amaJB:* 
The Chiaiis spake, and as he said, 
A bullet whistled o'er his head ; 
The foreni'»t Tartar bites :;.e ground! 

Scircc had Ihey Ii3ie to check the rein. 
Swill fnim their slecds the ri.lers bound J 

But three shall never mount again. 
Unseen the foes fliat give the wound, 

1'liedvliig ask revenge in vain. 
With steel unshealh'd, and carbine besl^ 
Some o'er Ibeir courser's lianieaa leant. 

Half shell.-r'.l by llie ster.1 ; 
Some flv beiieilli the nearest rrsck, 
And ibrre awail Ihe roiiiinc slinck, 

NiT l.melv s'aiid to bleeil 
Bniealli the .liafi of foea uns<sen. 
Who dare nnl ipiit llirir craegy i fr en n 
.Stern llxssin only from Ins horse 
|li>.laiii> lo licbt. and krr|is his COUne, 
Till lirry llaslM-s in Hie van 
rnirlaiii'i liai sure the rrtbber^lan 
Have well lecured the only way 
Ctiuld uovv avail the pmtniaed prey; 



THE GIAOUR. 



M 



rbwi f»ri*d hii Tery Deard > with ir«, 
4Bd {lirmJ bis eve wuli fiercer 6re ; 

Th"ugh tAi au.l nt^r tl.tr butleti hia, 
I Src tcipcd a blfMxJicr hour ihau lliu.'* 
▲ltd IM'W the f'Kr iheif cnveit «)Uil, 
Xpdcill hii vnssUai0 5iit*rn>t ; 
B'Jt HajiSAiii fnnvu and furious vrnnj 
Aredrtaded more than tin^ile sv?ord, 
Nnrof bis ttille bAiut a luau 
Resi^ii'd carbine or ata^itian, 
Not rat:>ed the craveQ cr), Ani3UD ! S 
in fuller sit;h'.. more near and tieor. 
The latel}' ajiibu:>li*d Toeb ap|>ear, 
Ahd. ibauiiis froin the gmve, adraDce 
^tjmA who on battle ch.irgpr prance. 
Who leaJj thetx "ti with Toreigii brand 
Fit flashing iu his rel n^bt .'nn!? 
•"T ii he : *( is he : I know h.m now ; 
I know him by his pallid brow ; 
I know hini by tlie evil eye ' 
ThAt aids {ii» eirvious trcacheiy; 
I know hiiu by his jei bt.iclt barb; 
Though now array'd in Anuul sarb, 
Aposlale from tiis own vile (aith, 
It shall not save tnni fmm the death t 
T ii he: well met m any hour, 
Lost Leila's lure, accursed Giaour!* 

At mill the river into ocean^ 
!d sable l«»rrpnt wildly slreamin?; 

As the tea-tide's n|i|Kwiii« mn'mn, 
In Mure column |>rnij,Hy eleainine. 
Beats back the current riiany a nxj, 
In curlme (oani and iniiii^liiiz flntKl, 
While eddying whirl, an 1 breaking warei, 
Rouseil by the bl.ist of win'er, rave ; 
Throush s|i.irn,..^ V*^)' '" Ih'indering cUih, 
The liehtninjn of tl-e waters Hash 
In awful whiteness o'er the shore, 
Thit shines and shaken heoeaih the roar; 
Thrni — as the stream and ocean greet, 
With waves that madd'-n as ihey Bieet — 
Tlius ]oiii the Itaiids. »*iimi nnitual wrong, 
And late, and fury, drive ahm?. 
The bickenne sabres' snivmn; jar; 

And pealins; wi.le or rmsm? near 

Its echo*-, on the thrrthhine ear. 
The deathshot hiiwin^ frmi afar; 
The shock, the shou'., the groan of war, 

H-rerberate a!'»ng ihit vale, 

More suited to the shepherd's tale : 
Though few the numbers — theirs the strife, 
That neither uprire? nor speaks for lite ! 
Ah ! fondly youthful hearts cm press, 
To scire and" share the dear caress; 
But Lnve itself could npver pant 
For all that Reaulv %\£\\* to eranl 
Wiih half the fervour Hste beslowi 
Tpon the last emhracr of fnr*. 
When gra[ipiin* in the tishi thev fold 
Thf« anus that ne'er shill lose ihetr hold i 
Frieotls meet to jwiri ; Ix>ve laughs at faith; 
True foes, once met, are join'd tUl death i 



With mhre shiver'd to the hilt» 
?eldrippine wrh the blood he<(pilt, 
Fel sirain'd within ilie sevcr'J hitd 
Which quivers round that faithiess brand ; 



1 A ph<> 



. ih*- ( apuiii I'» 
MTV O'l !•••>« In 



I tlfrr cml*». to thr h"tr>r kA all l)>p Jr«f><mati«. ih? f<ur- 
Umtttnt muila<-hl<« twmtf^], Ihef ■tn.nj rrnt <tt tiifir owd 
•MmK. ««i1 wrr rxiert*^! evrry mn[nf>Dt lo rhancr Ihfir 
enlour. •nI at lul ruDtlrNrriftn] to •uhaidr, whitb, probtt- 

Vty asTMi m<>r« h«aitt thiL ihey cuotaioiKl baitf. 
i 'ABuiio." quirler, pardoo. 

t Th» "•Til eft."m coRimoc •UKr«tltloa la t))« Lrvant, 
ct< trp ynt Very iiB(ulAr 
I UcasKlf M aOedfld. 



■M ef vbick the imaj^Ti 



His turban far behind him roird 

And dell in twain its hruiesi foli) 

Hi* fiowiii^ rot>e by falchion 'oro, 

And cnnison as those clouds of tzjjra 

That, streak'd wilh du<Jty red, portcul 

1 he day shall have a storuiv end ; 

A stam'on every busli tliat txiro 

A fragment of his palam|<ore,4 

His brea:it with woniidi unnumbcr*d rtvn^ 

Hi' back to earth, his face lo heaven, 

Fall'n Hassan lies— his unclosed ey« 

Vet lowering on his cnemv. 

As if the huur that seaKd Ins fate 

Surviving: left his quenchless hate: 

And o'er him bends 'hit foe with t»w 

As dark as his ttiat bled below. — 



" Ves, Leila sleeps beneath the wit^ 
But his shall be a redder grave ; 
Her spirit pointed well the steel 
Which tau^hi th^l felon heart to freL 
He cajl'd the prophet, but hi^ j^iwer 
Was vaio ag;iiiibt thtr ven^flul (iiaoui 
He calld <in Alia — but Uie word 
Arose unheeded or unheard. 
Thou Haymm fool I Cf>uld Leila's pnyvr 
Be |>ass*d, and thine acci>rded there ) 
I walch'd my time, I leagued with IbeM^ 
The traitor in his turn to sei e ; 
My wrath is ivreck d. (he deed isdon% 
And now I go — but go alone." 



The browsing camels' bells are tinklin^i 
His uiother look''! from hei lattice high — 

She saw the dews of eve lH-.pnnkhng 
The pasture grrtfti beucTh htr eve, 

M.e saw ihr planet* f,»intK twinklmgi 
" T is iwiiiiht -sure his tr'i.n is mgh.'* 
She could not res' in the garden bower. 
But gazed rhrouih the gra e of his steepest towv 
** Whj comes he not ? his steeds are fleet, 
N.M shrink thev frnin the sunnner heal ; 
Why send> nof'thc liDdegn>oin his promised fiftt 
Is his heart more cold, or his barb less swift? 
Oh, false reproach ! yon Tartar now 
Has gain'd our i -arest niouirtaio's brevr, 
And warilv the sleep descenJ*, 
And now wiihir, the vail.-v trends; 
And he "otnrs the gift at his saddle bow 
How could I deem hisct-tiner slflw ? 
Right uell my l.irgess ^hall rejay 
His welcome speed, and wear}- way,* 
The Tartar lighte,! at the gate. 
But scarce upheld his fainting wcigUi 
His swarthy visage sp-ike dl^t^e3S, 
Put -his mi£jhi he from weariness; 
His garb wilh «nguine spots was dyed. 
Bui ihrte might be trom liis courser's bJ*, 
He drew the token from his ve*i — 
An^el of Hc:ith : 1 i> H.issans cloven CTtlt I 
His calpar » rent— his caf'an red — 
'• l-ady. a fwirful bride thy *rm hath wedl 
Me, not froni n.ercv. did they '•jaw, 
fiui this empmpled' pledge fi hear. 
Peace to the braxe! v.hfKcbt.xKl isipilti 
Woe lo the Giaour I for his the guilL » 

A turban * carved in cnarsrst stone, 
A pillar with rank weeds o'ergiowa, 

4 Thf flowrreO atiawtt eraeratty voro by prreosa of rtak* 

5 I he ralpac U thr anliij '-ap nr reBlr* part of tbf hra^ 
«»•— r the fbaw^l iBwnuod rouDd it. and form* ttaa lurtes. 

UTtir lurt>an, piUar, sod iD»rnpti»f t«-«». J*cor«l» tb« 
torn tw of tbe (t«raaiihra, whether is ibc narl^rj ar Ibt 
wildt-ruecs. Iu thr niniiDLaiii« jrua fi«N)Br*Ur gmm»\ ailaf 
meinruto*; and od inquiry yuu are lofurinw] thaf Uif 
recocd aoma TteUa oC rabcUioo, pIuAdar, w rrreficib 



94 



THE GIAOUR. 



Whereon can now be scarcely read 
Tbe Konui vene tlut iKOurns ihe dead, 
point oui ihe &po( where Hasan fell 
A victim ID thai lonely dell. 
There tleepi u true an UsntaDlie 
A« cer al Mecca bent the knee; 
A» ever icotn'U fnrbiUJen wjtie. 
Or praj-'d with face trnvards the fhrinBi 
Id orisons resumed anew 
Atiolenin tonud of *' Alia Flu! "1 
Yet died he hy a tiran^er's hand, 
jknd stranger in his native land ; 
Tet lied he .11 in amts he stood, 
Mnd unavenged, at lea!>1 II ljtcx)d. 
But him (he n.aidi nf Paradise 

lm|iatienl to their lialls invite, 
Aod the dark heaven of llouns'cvci 

On him fliiall ^l.\nce for ever brlcht ; 
They come— iheir kerchiefs sreen they ware,* 
And welcome wiih a kiss ihe brave ! 
Who [alia in battle '^itM a Giaour 
b worthiefrl aun immorul bower. 



Bo* tb<m, false Infidel ! shall friths 
Beneath avenipni; Monkir's' scythe; 
And fppm ill trirment 'scipe alone 
To trander round )o>t Eblis** throne ; 
And fire unquenrh'd, unquenchable, 
Around, witlnn, thy hean shall dwell; 
JioT ear can hear nor tOD'ue can tell 
Tbe tortures of that inward hell ! 
JJot firtt, on carlh as Vampire * sent. 
Thy cnne shall frr.m its tomb be rent 1 
Then ehastlv hauni thy native pUce, 
And tuck the blood of all thy race ; 
There fn-mi Ihv daucb'er, sister, wrife, 
At niidiMcht drain the stream of life ; 
Yet loathe the banquet winch perforce 
Must feed thv livid livin* coniC : 
Thy victim! Vrc they yei ei|«ir« 
8b^l know the demon for their aire, 



tk» MiDan 



he ranrlaJlDC wnrdi ot ihe MneziiD'f 
the hiRhrit gallpry on thr pxlfrif>r of 
1. Od k «tTll fVi'Ding. whrn lh« Murum ha« a 
xhirh !• frr<iueolly the cwk, the r-fft-rt is •ol«nut | 
ftBd brBatiful tMyood all Ibe brll« iD Chnsteadom. 

9 Th* thilowiQc ]• port of ■ baillr ■^nt; of the Turks : — 
• 1 are— I arc a <lirk'ry*^) Rirl ot Paratliae, and ahe wit?* 
■ haadkrrrhirf.a kerrbtrfofRreco; uiJcneaaloDd, 'Come, 
fclai B«. Im I luve thee,' " &c. | 

t Mnokir and Nrkir. are the ioqaiffitor* of Ihe drmd, be- | 
fbf* whom the rofpae underR'Teta •1ii;hl nnvinale and pre- | 
fmnlfijj trtioiDf fur .1imiiati..o. If ihe an-wen are uod* 
•r the f IrifMl, he ta hauled np with a •fjthr and Ihurr.prd 
4o«a with a rrd-hot mare till pr^prrly aeaantied. with • 
Tan*!t7of futMidiarr prnbalmo*. Thr-iffl'-e of lhr»e aM(rb 
la mft •ineeiire ; Ib^rr arr biit Iwn, and llie numtx-r of or- 
tkndoi de^ra>nl bern» in a ■mall prnp"r»iMO Uilh^ remam- 
4cr. ibeir haoila arc alwaya fulL bee Relif. Ccrc^mou and 
•aW'a Korao. | 

4 Ebha, the Oriental Prtore nf T>arknea«. — JD'Herbelot 
SDfifmf^ Ihia title lo ha»e been a rorruptlnn ' f Ihr IJ'f^li 1 
^afloXo^. U wa« thr arP*'ll»'i«n '•mifrrrrd by f 



■na DpoD the pi 



■ of ( 



ap*"- 



foAnbtsa myl 


hnlivy. F.hlji li 


aLiiffi-rrdailrrr 


.lalMin 


flora 


felt primrfHl ri 


Ilk fur tiavini 


rrfimnl In wor«h 


p AOn 


m. la 


totttnrmtlj Ui Ihr •iipfme »■" 


inmaiiil: allrtini. 


in jii. 


flia* 


lla« o( lii> r'li 


•il. thit him. 


rif liad t».n f.iin 


irtl of 


elh.. 


fv«J Ara, whilM Adam waa o 


air a ciealun o 


CU17. 


bM 


Bona. - r. 1 










* Tlw Vanir< 


r» aQp^raftlln 


n 1* •III! r'a^ra 


la th 


I.*- 


«nL l|..i..«i 


TiMiriirrnrl 1^ 


lU a 1 .11, .LIT 


»hii!i 


Ml. 


■oatktr 


, CI.-, oa 1 


halaha, vi..l-.. 


hui.l 


hraa 



The B" 



rifted 



• V»f*j»il««*'t.*" I r»r*»1lr.l a wh'le familif b^ii.r I 

%f lb* artram of a rhiU. wblrh they imafoej m»al pr(>. 

•^J fr<rtn •'irh t •lailalKiO Tl.r (Jrrrlla O. t^r mrDMOD 

Ika worri wiiho.li h'irr.ir I f^ixJ thai " nrr>i«rfil"lLa«" i* aa 
•fc: iM liinau llaUair arfHaioo — al ka«t ia -3 app'ird 
|» Ar**Blu*. whrj, af^M.liDf 'x> ih« Orerka, mam an-r hia 
inU aalaated by l^ Uava TIm aoOarM. howavar. ■•• . 



As cursing thee, (hou cursio;^ tbcm. 
Thy flowers are wither'd on the gte«. 
But one thai for thy crime must Call, 
The vmineest, mo&t licloved nf all, 
Shall'bless thee with a Jalhei'i name 
1 hat word shall wrap thv hean m ilamel 
Tel must thnu end thy task, and h:-»rk 
Her chrek's last tinge, her eye's tait spark* 
And the last glassv £;lanre must vienr 
Which frrezcs o er its lifeless blue ; 
Then with unhallow'd hand sliall tcsi 
1 he Ireiwes of her vellow hair, 
Of which in life a Wk when shorn 
Affection's fnnd&t pledge was worn, 
But now IS borne away by thee, 
MeniornI of thine a^riny : 
Wtl wiih ihme own best hlood shall <r^« 
Thv gnashui!; tnnih and ha^jard lipj 
IhenMaikin- to thv sullen jrave. 
Go— and wirr Gouls-^nd Afnisrate; 
Till these in hoi rnr shrink away 
From spectre more accursed than theft 



'How name re von lone Caloyer? 
His features! have scann'd belot* 
In mine own land : *l is maiiv a year, 
Sir.ce, dashin; by the luntlv shorn, 
I saw him ur»e as f.eel a steed 
As ever served a hor^tmaii's need. 
But once I saw that face, yel then 
It was so mark'd wih inward paiay 

I could not pass it by asr^in ; 

II breathes the same dirk spirit now. 
As death were sUnip'd ui>od bis brow. 

* T is twic* three years at summer tid* 
Since first anionc nur freres be caiiM| 
And here it soothes him to aliide 

For some dark dee«i he will not lUBNb 
But never at our ve^i^r prayer, 
Nor e'er before confession chair 
Kneels he, nor recks he when ari» 
Incen«e or anthem to the skies, 
But brfiorh within his cell ahne. 
His faith and nee alike unknowiu 
The sea fnmi Taynini land he craaC, 
And here ascended fmm Ihe masl; 
Vet seems he not of Oihinan race^ 
But only Christian in his face: 
I 'd jud^e him some stray rrne^t^ 
Repentant of the change he made. 
Save that he shuns our holv thnna, 
Nor tastes he ».icred breaJ and win*. 
Grc-it Iars;es9 lo these walls he broufbtf 
And ihuB our abbot's favour bought ; 
But ucre I prior, not a day 
ShnulJ brocik such straneer's further itl.7. 
Or (wnl within our i eti.ince cell 
Should doom him there for lye to dvrilL 
Much in his visions mutirn he 
(If maiden wheln/d t*riieaih the tea; 
Of tahres chshm-, forinrn flvmc, 
\Vn>nrs aveiierd. and Moslem dvinr. 
On cliff he hath l^eii known lo ttaiJ, 
And r>ve as to vtnie bluo ly land 
Fre>h arvet'd fioni its (areul hub, 
Invisible to all but him. 
Which l.rcknn« onward to his rnT% 
And lures (0 leap luiu the ware." 



Dirk and unrarlhlT ia Ihe icowl 
1 hit riarrs iM-nraiti hit du^ky cowl 1 
Thr Mifh or thai dilalmc eye 
Reveals tuo much of limes fone bj | 

• The freahaeas nf lh« fkre, aod th« «fto««> (f fta to 
vlth hlortd. are the or»er-fiiUi.f •»€•»• of a v,m^i,. tA 



THE GIAOUR. 



9f 



Ttio«^ v»ryin», iodisrinct its hue, 

Off will bis ^Unce the i^zer rue, 

for in it lurks that nameless 9|>c)l, 

Which ifMukk, \\Ae\( uus|)eakable, 

4 tptril yet unquelPd and hieh, 

That cUrnis and kcrps ascetiileccy ; 

And like the bird w^o^e pliiiona quakO) 

But ciiinnt t\y the ^zifg arake, 

TV .11 othen tjuail beneath his look, 

Nor 'aca(je the glance tliev scarce can brook. 

From hull the half-affrighled Kriar 

When met alone would laiu retire, 

Am if that eye and bit er smile 

Transferr'dtn others fear and ^ilet 

Not oft to smile Jescendelh he, 

And when he doih *t is sad to see 

That he bui mocks at Misery. 

How thai pale hp will curl and qnircrl 

Then fix once more ai if for ever ; 

As if his sorrow or disdain 

Forbade him e*er to smile asrain. 

Well were it so— such gh.is'ly mirth 

From joya-jnce ne'er dei ived its birth. 

But sadder still it were to ti.ice 

What once were feeling in thai facCi 

Time liaih not yet the feiturcs tix'd, 

But briphte'- traits wx'h evil niix'd ; 

And there are hues not alwiv** f.ided, 

Which speak a mind not alldrsraded 

Even by the cnrnw throu-li «litoh it waded. 

The common crowd but see the eloom 

Of way wani deeds, and fitting doom ; 

The clo^e observer can espy 

A treble loul, and hnea^e hi?h : 

Alas! though both besiow'd in vain, 

Which Grief cjuld change, and Guilt cooU ituiu 

It was no vulvar tencnteiit 

To which such Infiy eifis were tent, 

And still witn little less ihau dread 

On such the sisht is nveti-d. 

The rooHesfl cot, decav"d and rent, 

Will scarce del ly the pxvsi-r by ; 
The tower by war or tempest bent, 
While yet may frown one bat!leinpnt, 

Demands and daunts "be stttin^er's tj9 
Each ivied arch, ?nd pilhr Inne, 
Pleads haughtily for glories guue I 

0u floating robe around him foldm?, 

Stow iwee|« he through the columnM aitle 

With drrad l»eheld. with elc»oni ).>eholdiug 
The riln that sanctify the Dile. 

But when the anthem shakes the choir, 

And kneel the monks, his ste{>s retire; 

By yonder lone and wavrrin? torch 

Hitasi>rct glares within the porch; 

There will he p^use till alt is done — 

And hear the praver. but utter Done. 

8e«— bv (he hairillumineil wall 

His hnnil fly liack. his dark hair fall, 

That [^le brow wildly wreathing round, 

As if the Ooi^on there had Ixiund 

The sablest of the serpent-braid 

That o'er her fearful forehe.ad stray'di 

For he declines the convent oath, 

And leases those locks unhallow'J growth, 

But wears our garb in all beside; 

And. not from pietv but pride, 

Givec wealth to walls that never heard 

Of his one holy vow nnr word. 

Lo ! — mark ye. as the harnmny 

Peals louder praises to the skv. 

That livid cheek, that stony air 

Of mix'd defiance and despair! 

Saint Francis, keep him fnmi theshrinal 

Else may we dread the nraih divine 

Made manifest bv awful sign. 

If ever evil aneel bore 

The form of mortal, such he were; 

By All ny hofM of sins t:>r^iven, 

iKk loQke an Bot qI tikrh aor botnat * 



To love the softest hearts are prone, 
But such vJin ne'er be all his own ; 
Too timid in bis woes lo nhare. 
Too meek to meet, or brave despair, 
And sterner hearts alone may feel 
Ttie wound thai time can never heaL 
The rut^jted metal of the mine 
Mual burn before its surface shme, 
Bui plunged within (he furnace- flame, 
It beiidaand melts— llinu>;h still iheai 
Then temper'd to thy want, or will, 
T ivill serve thee tn defend or k:!! ; 
A breast-plate for thine hour of noed, 
(Jr blade lo bid thv fueiiLin blee^i; 
But if a dagger's form tt tjear, 
Let those who sli.ipe its edsic, l)ewa,ri 
Thus passion's lire, and woman's art, 
Can turu and lame the sterner heart ; 
F"om these its form and tone arc ta*ea, 
And what they make it, must reniain, 
But break — before it bend again. 



If solitude succeed to eTief, 
Release from pain is slight relief; 
The vacant bosom's wilderness 
Might thank the pang that made it lei^ 
We loathe what none are left to sharet 
Even bliss— *t were woe ahine to beer 
The heart once left thus ^^w.laIe 
Must fly at last for eaw— to hala 
It is as if the dead could feei 
The icy worm around them steal, 
And shuilder, as the reptiles creep 
To revel o'er their rottins sleep, 
Without the |»ower to scare away 
The colli coDsunter? of their clay ! 
It nas if the desert bird.' 

Whose beak unlocks her hosom*s itrav 

To still her f:imish'd iiesilin^' screMi, 
Nor mourns a life to them transfcrr'd. 
Should rei.d her rash devoted breast, 
And find them flown her empty nest- 
The keenest p^ngs the wreiched find 

Are rapture lo the dreary vo<d, 
The leafless desert of the mind, 

The was'e n( feeliii's unein|HoyU 
Who wotild be doom'd to gaze upon 
A skv without a chuii or sun ? 
J.cKt hideous far the tempest's roar 
Than ne'er lo brave the bJlows more-* 
Thrown, when tlie war of winds m 0^«, 
A lonelv wreck on fortune's >hore, 
»Mid sullen calm, and silent oay, 
I'nseen to drop by duti decay ; — 
Better to sink beneath the shock 
Than mojltter piecemeal on Uie rock t 



** Father ! thy days have pass'd in pesce, 

'Mid counted beads, and countless pny^ 
To bid the sins of others cease. 

Thyself without a crime or rare, 
five transienl ills that all must tear, 
Has been thv lot from youth to age; 
And thou w^ll bless thee from the ra{« 
Of passions tierce and uncotitroU'd, 
Such as thy penitents unfold. 
Whose !*ecret s'lis and sorrows rest 
Within thy pure and pitying breast 
Mv davK 'houch few, have j>ass'd aetow 
In much of jpj-, hut more ot woe ; 
Yet stiM in hours nf inve or strife, 
I 've V.ipH tnc wearincMOf life: 
Now leagued with friends, now girtbyfei% 
1 loathed the languor of repose. 



96 



THE GIAOUR. 



Mow BMhinK left to Ion or h*ta. 
No won wiib hofie or prtdt elate, 
1 *d nther bt Die tbm; that cnwU 
Moet Qoxinu oVr « liuc^e^o** waUx, 
Tbao pa» mr dull, unvarrtu^ ^^Jh 
Coiulemii'd to nipditate and ^a2£. 
Ytl, lurki a \vis\i withiu uiy breajt 
For rest —but not to feel 'I'ia rest. 
So<jn shall niv htf thai ivnh fulfil J 
AihJ I sliall k]ee{i wiihnul the dream 

Of I'liat I Kit, and would be stili, 

Dark as to thee niv lU^di iiiar seeis; 
iU ii.eiiiory now u'but the Inrnb 
Oljuys Ini; dead ; iiiv hope, their doom 
Though better to have died "lib thoie 
Thau bear a life ol liii^eniig woei. 
Mj •piril.hniilk not tu»u,liiD 
The «arrhiii2 Ihrorsfl rrj.M-li»ij plls , 
Nor nought the self icconlrj <rave 
Of anneiil fnol and nimlern kiure: 
Yet death I have lu.l feard to meet J 
And in the field it had been iweet, 
Hid danier wi»d me on to nic»e 
Toe slave o( clory, not ol loie. 
I %e bmveO it— Doi lor houour*! bout J 

I Uliilc at laurels won nr lost ; 

To such let olhen carve their vnj, 

For high reuowu, or hireling fay : 

But place ariin before luy eyes 

Au?lit that I deem a worthy priie| 

The maid 1 love, the man 1 hate, 

Aod I will h'jut the steps ol fiia, 

Yo save or slav, as these require, 

Tbr«iUKh tending steel, and mllin* Bret 

Nor ne«J'st thou diubt this speech from 00* 

Who would hut do — whAt he halK dona. 

Dnth u but whnl the haughty brave. 

The weak mist bear, the wretch uiust cniTa| 

Then let life <o to Him who rave ; 

] have not iiuailM to dan5rr'B brove 

Wbcu high and happ/ — Deed 1 7%oto f 
• •••*• 

*•! loved her, Friar ! nay, adored — 

But Irieae are words that all can usa 
Ipfovesl It niore in deed thin word ; 

Toere '■ bliKid ufiou that dinted iword, 
A itaiu Its steel can never lose : 

T was shed for her, w-ho died for me. 

It warm'd the heart of one ahhorr'di 
Nay. start not — no— nor bend ihy knea. 

Nor "niidst uiy mis such act record ; 
Thou wilt absolve me Inun the deed. 
For he waa hiistite to thy creed I 
The very name of NirAreoe 
Was wormwood to his Paviiim upleea. 
I'njt^trful f.«>l ' since but (or bnind« 
Well wielilC'l in s"iiie harlv haudl, 
And wound, by (iahleaiii given. 
The sur™t pasa to Turkish hejven, 
For hiin Ins Houris itill ought wut 
Impatient at the Hr^ipliel's gate. 
I loved her— love will linJ ita war 
Throo<h (aths where wolvt^ would for to pr 
And if It dare> emmgh. 1 were hard 
If p>»ion met not »>nif reward — 
No nat'er how, or where, ni whj, 
I did not vainly seek, nor sigh i 
Tet »miel,liie», with renior.e, in T«i» 
I wish she had not loved ajpin. 
Hhe dml - I dare not tell the. hove ; 
Bat ick — 1 is wriilrn on oiv hmw I 
Tlien read of (am li.e curw and cniD*, 
Id characters unworn t>v time ; 
tlill. ere Ihiiu dost ciindrmo me. p*UM| 
Not Bine Hie act, Hioiigt' I ihe QIUM. 
Tet *ii he but what 1 Ind done 
Hed sBe bean false to more than on*. 
Faithle* U hill., h. gave the blow | 
Bui true to n.a 1 taxi hm. Irw ' 
Rnwv'e. dnerve.) tiW d»iK ■> i(bl ki^ 

ih> Inufeerj •»• mtk k> aM ( 



To me the ^ve her heart, Ibmt aO 

Which tyranny Cain tw'er eotbrmU; 

And I, alas ! Ion late to save I 

Vet all 1 then could give, 1 gave, 

'^ was some relief, our foe a gnive. 

His death sits lightly , but her late 

Has made trie — wtial thou well niavit hate 

His doom was seal'd — he knew it wall, 
Warn'd bv the voice of iteru Taheer, 
Deep lu whose daikly boding ear 1 
The .lealh^hnt peai'd nf niurder near 

As filrJ the tniop to whete Ihey feU I 
He died too III tliC battle broil, 
A time that heeds unr pain nor IdUj 
One crv to Mahnmet for aid, 
One praver to Alia all he made: 
He knew and cnissd me id the fray— 
1 ga/ed upon hiln where he lay. 
And walcli'd his spirit ebb away : 
Thiiuijh picrceJ like pan! by hunten' alMl, 
He felt 1 ol lialf that now 1 (eel. 
I search'd, but vainly seitrhM, to find 
The wi.rkiiigs ol a wiunded mind J 
Each (eaturc of that sullen cnrse 
Peiray'd his n'e. l^:*. i>d remone. 
Oh, what had /cn<«arice given to tnea 
Despair u(inu his fving face ! 
The late re|ientanc'e nf that hour, 
Wben reuiteuce liatb lost tier power 



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Of own ob^fr^iimu. ()o my ihirj jniiinry lo C«p« 
nc pa«*ftl through lh« deflla 
tM'twpfo K«rftil« sod t'ok>aDa 
niliiiK raUier out of tba path, 
hia haoil, ft* tf ID paiD. 1 fxxJt 
ire Id pen)." h« aowrrcd. 
>t oow 10 AlbsDia. Doi lo tb« 
luDSlii, OT Lrpvuto; Ibrrc art 
plcDty of a*. Well arine<l, kikI lh» f.'honalf* ha** bot oour- 
«S« lo be thifTeii.'*— "Tiue, AlTrittll, biil Uf-Terthe)««a 
ne lo my ^ar*." — "The nhut r &ot % 
Utpbaifce hu bvru flrcd thi« moromg." — " I lirar II not- 
liDK— Bum — tlom— Bi plaioly aa I bear yout 
... P,b« •**— " A» r"u piea^e, Airrmli; if II te 
10 will 11 be."— I left this quirk-eared predratl- 
uil rode up to nftolli. hi« Chnaliau toinpalrlnl, 
wh"-» e*™. lbf>ueb ool Bi all proi'hflir. by on mraoa ral- 
Uti#0 the lDielInro<a. \Vt all arrlfed at Ci>Iouub. r^ 
B hixira. and rel'iracd IriBurdy, (layioi « 
tlliant ihiiiKt. to more Uf.^.iiiKr* that apitlled 
of U«t>ri. uptiD tk* a)t*:akrD «eei. Romaic 
Arnaoul. Turkuh, tlaliao. mu4 F.aili-L were all eierci«ed( 
ihft uofitrtuuaia Muwu maL 
Wbllr w« were ii>titrti)platiDK thr beautiful pTOxpri-l. DcN 
waa ori-upieil ali-uit tti« rolumo* I ih(tii|[ht h> waa 
mod into BQ anth|uarian, aoO aoled hiin if b« ba4 
bvom* ft >* raJftw-eadro" atau T " N»." kBid be, " 6ul 
will tM uAffui 10 makiiiK a ••tBnil:" aoA 
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beea IB *' TillBiixiia roinpauT." aud otir*e|vra to a bM 
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I <ftr- aay ia now henriOR mi.re o.u«kriry tl.ao e»er wiU 
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1(1 )rft»e (he town for the hiU» t<Hini.rMw. la Ibt wl». 
I (•luro. [vrhap* y»a will thei iece>*t w\9." ' Dat* 
h. «bo «B> pfefteuL reinarted a- a lfaio« .rf e«iira% 
1 ..f no «<.i.*e.|iieii.a. -lO tOe m-nft time h* will |r« 
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pwk «• ttwlr aa^Mtft. 



TITK GIAOUR. 



91 



T# tcoj osft Itfrroi from the grave, 
Aod will not toolbe, ajLd cauoot uive. 



* The cold in clinte &re cold in blood. 

Their 1ot« can icairce deserve the oune ^ 
Bnt mioe wu like the Uva Aood 

That boils id Etna's brcrut of (UnM. 
I cuinot praie in Doliog straia 
Of ladye-lovc. and be?uty'i chain ! 
U changiDg cherlL, and scorching vein, 
Lip* taught tc writhe, but not complaiDf 
If oar«ti[^ heart, aua maddening brain, 
And daring deed, and veogetul steel. 
And all that I have felt, aud feel, 
Betoken love — that love was mine, 
And ibewD by many n bitter sign. 
*T u true, I could not vphine nor sigh, 
I knew but to obtiin 7r die. 
I die — but first I have possessed, 
And come what may, 1 have Uen blew'd. 
Shall I the doom I sought upbraid ? 
No — reft of all, yet uudismar* -i 
But for the thought of Leila slain, 
Give me the pleasure witli the pauQ, 
80 would I live aod loTe again. 
I grieve, but not, icv holy guide! 
For him who diet, out be* who died : 
She tleeps beuealb the wanJering wftTe — 
Ah 1 bad she but an earthly grave, 
This breaking heart and ttu^bbing head 
Should seek and share hrr narrow bed. 
She was a fonu of life and light. 
That, teen, became a part of sight J 
And rose, where'er I tum'd mine ey«| 
llie Morning -star of Memory 1 
*Tes, Love indeed is light from heaven; 

A spark of that immortal fire 
With angels sbaied, by Alia given, 

To lift from earth our low desire. 
Dero'.ion wafls the mind above, 
Bnt Heaven itseif descends in love; 
A feeUng from the Godhead caught. 
To wean from self each sordid thought; 
A Ray of him who formed the whole ; 
A Glory circling round the soul ! 
I grant my love imperfect, all 
That mo.ni.1 by the nanie miscall ; 
Then deent it evil, what thou wilt; 
But say, oh sav, hen was not guilt ! 
She was mv life's unerring light ; 
That quenc'hM, what beam shall break my I^U 
Oh ! would it ^hone to lead me still. 
Although to death, or deadliest ill ! 
Whv marvel ye, if they who lose 

This present jov, this future hope, 

No more with sorrow meekly cope; 
In phrenzy then their fa'c accuse : 
In madness do those fearful deeds 

That seem to add but guilt to woe? 
Alaa 1 the breast that inly bleeds 

Hath nought to dreid fmni outward blow 
Wlo falls from all he knows of blio, 
Cares little into what abvss. 
Fierce as the gloomy vulture't now 

To thee, old man, my deeds appear t 
I read abhorrence on thy brow. 

And this too n as 1 born to bear t 
^ 1 TWi, iu's like that bird of prey, 
With havoc have I mark'd my way: 
But this vm taught me by the dove^ 
To die — and knnw no second ovew 
Tbif lesMM ret hath man to le^-Q, 
Taught bv the thing he dares to spnmt 
The bird that sings within the brake, 
The «w;io that •wjuos npou the lake, 
One niate, and one alone, will take. 
And lei the fool Hill prone to range, 
And sneer on all who cannot changOy 
Futake his Jest with boastmg boyv 



But deem such feeble, beartlen aua, 
Less than yon solitary swin ; 
Far. lar beneath the shallow uuld 
He led believing and betray'd. 
Such shauie Jt lt:a5t was never miaa — 
Leila ' each *hought was only thine ! 
My good, Bij ^it, mr wed, my wa<k 
My hope on high — mv all below. 
Earth holds no other iTke 10 thee, 
Oe if It doth, in vain for me : 
For worlds I dare not view the daaae 
Kesembling thee, yet not the same. 
The very crimes that nrur my voijth. 
This bed of death— attest my tmthi 
T IB al I too late — thou wcrt, thoo ait 
The cneriah'd madness of my heart 

" And sne was lost — and yet I breatbeA, 

But not the breath of human life : 
A serpent round my heart waa wreathei.^ 
And stung my every thought to stnJe. ' 
Alike ail time, abhorr'd all place, 
Shuddenng I shrunk from N:ilure's hm, 
■VVhere every hue thit charm'd befort 
The blackness of mv bosom wore, 
T^c rest thou dost aJreadv know, 
Af^ all my sins, and hnlf mv wo«. 
Fat talk no more of penitence 
Ttwa »eest ! soon shrill part frooi hent^ 
And if thy holy tale were true. 
The deed that 's done canst thmi undo? 
Think me not thankless — but this gnat 
Looks not to priesthood for relief.* 
My soul's est.ite in secret guess: 
But wouldst thou pity more, say \em. 
When thou canst bid my Leila live, 
Then will I sue thee to forgiv* ; 
Then plead mv cause in that high pUc» 
Where purchased massea prolFcr grac«. 
Go, when the hunter's hand hath wrung 
From forest -cave her shrieking younj, 
Asm* cahii the lonely lioness : 
BtL soothe not — mock not my diatre^l 

" In earlier days, and calmer hoori, 

Whea heart with heart delights to bleirf 
Where bloom my native vallev's bnivera. 

I had — Ah! have 1 now?— 1 fnendl 
To him this pledge I charge thee Ktid, 

Memorial of a vouthful vow; 
I ;ruuld remind him of mv end : 

Though souls absorbed like mine allow 
Brief jhousjht to d latant frieudsMp's daiaa, 
Yet dear to him my blighted name. 
'T is strange — he prophesied my doonij 

And i have smiled — I then could snule^ 
When Prudence would his voice assume, 

And warn — I reck'd not what — the wh& 
But now remenibmiice whispers o'er 
Those accents hcarcely mark'd l)cfore. 
Say — that his bodings can;^ past, 

And he will start to hear meir truth, 

And wish his words bad not been lOGlkt 
Tell him. unheeding as 1 waa. 

Through many a busy bitter scene 

Of all our golden youth had been, 
Id pain, my niltering tongue had tried 
To bless his memorv en I died ; 
Lut Heaven in wrai>i wrjold turn iway, 
If Gnilt should for Cne ruiltleia pnf. 
I do not ask h.>M not to otanie. 
Too gentle he to wccjid mr nania ; 
And what have I :c do with hmt ? 
I do not ask him not to moum, 
Snch cold request might sound like team j 



I Tb* mnoh 's lermoo ts nmlttod. tt wvnu to kar 1 a«a 
•o llttl* affect opoo tbe patlftoU thkt II «nnkl favva no hofm 
trota lb* rralei. It may tw aaSrtMil to uy, tbat It wrm 
or t customary length (an ^ay b« pcro«lv»d from the lDt«r> 
nptlou aod DDeaatoeM r 'h* pvtlvot^ aad woa dsUveied 
U Ihe utuU taw of uU «3th«deft gtmAtn- 



THE GIAOUR. 



AmI wtttf (kan friendships manlv tear 
M\J better ip^ce a brother's bier"^ 
B«t bear this riug, hu owd of old, 
XaA tell him— whit thou dcmt behold 1 
The wither'd frame, the ruin'd mind. 
The wrack by pa.«sioD left behiud. 
A thrivell'd scroll, a scAtler'd leaf, 
8mr*d by tbe autumu bla&t of gnef 1 



'Tell me no more of fancy*i gleam, 
JIo, father, no, 't was not a dream ; 
Alu ! the dreamer first niusl sleep, 
I only waich'd, aud wish'd to weep J 
But could not- for inv burning brow 
Throbb'd to the very brain as now t 
1 wishM but for a single tear, 
At fomething welcome, new, and deari 
1 withM it then, 1 wish it sttl) \ 
Desoajr is «in>DKer than my wilL 
Watte not thine orison, despair 
I? mightier than thy pious prayer t 
I wculd not, if 1 might, be blest; 
I want no panidise. but rest. 
T was then, I tell ihee, lather! th»tt 
I BV her ; yet, she lived agTiin ; 
And shining in her white svuinr.i 
At through yon p^le grey cloud the itKT 
Which now I irue on, as on her, 
Wlio look'd and looks fir lovelier j 
Dimly I view its trembling spark ; 
To-morrow'i night shall be mora dark ; 
And I, befnre its rays appear, 
That lifelcfs thing the living fear, 
I wander, father I fnr my soul 
b fieeling towards the final goad. 
Z nw her, friar ! and I rose 
For^elfi;! of our former woe* : 
And Hishm^ from my couch, I dart, 
And clasp her to my desperate heart ; 
I dasp — whit IS it thai 1 clasp ? 
Ko brrathing form within my grasp. 
No heart tlut beats reply to mine, 
Tet, K^ila ! ye' Ihc form is thine! 
And art ihnu. denrrst, changed so mnchi 
At nieet my eye, yet mock niy touch? 
Ah ! were thy beau»ies e'er so cold, 
I care not ; so my arms enfold 
The all they ever wish'd to hold. 
Alu I around a shadow prcst. 
They shrink upon my lonely breati : 
Tet Ktill M is there ! In Mlcnce siandt, 
Aad beckons with beseeching hands ! 
With braided hair, and bnght bUck eje- 
I knew 't was false — she could not dfi 
9ot he is dead ! within the dell 
1 Mw him buned where be fell ; 
He srmiM ool, for he cannot break 
tnm miXh ; why then art tbon awikitr 

7«t|MUi**a>kP(nA. 



They told me wild wavei roIM ibom 
The face 1 view, the form I lore ; 
They told me — *t was a hideout tale I 
I 'd tell it. but my tongue would hdi 
If true, and from thine ocean-cave 
Thou com'st to claim a calmer graTC| 
Oh ! pass thy dewy fingers o'er 
This brow that then will burn do muiifc 
Or place them on my hopeless hean i 
But, sh:tpe or shade ! whate'er Ihoft ut^ 
In ntercy ne'er again depart ! 
Or farther with tliee bear my soul 
Than winds can waft or waters ndll 

« 4 * 4 * « 

** Such is my name, and such my UW 

Confessor ! to thy secret ear 
I breathe the sorrows I bewail. 

And thank thee fnr ihr generoia totf 
This glazing eve could never shed. 
Then lay me vVith the humblest de*i, 
And, save the crots a*ove my head, 
Be neitlier name nor emblem spready 
By prying stranger to he read, 
Or stay the passing pilgrim's tread. **• 

He pa!*s'd — nor of his name and rae* 
Hath left a token or a tnce. 
Save what the father must not tay 
Who ahnved him on his dying day I 
This broken tale was alt we knew 
Of her he loved, or him he slew. 



9 The clrcumstSDce to which the above storr rclat«< 
WM BOL very uucomiDOO in Torkey. A few yean ago Uw 

wif« of Murblar Tarha romplainrd to Mb ruber of Lls«oa*t 
•apptved iQfidflUy : he ai>knl with whom, and xhe bad Ihm 
barbarity lo give in a lint of the twrWe handiomeat womea 
tH Yanloa. They wer« seixcd. fttfttroed up in aarka, and 
drowued in the lake the snme nigbi ! One of the (oards 
who WQi present Informed me, that not one of the victims 
altered a rry, or showt^l a HTmptom of terror at ao suddea 
a "wrenrh from all we know, frnm all we love." The 
fate of phroHine, the foiresi of this Mchflce, U the tu^ 
Jcct of many a Romaic Dod Arnaoul ditty. The "^sry te 
the text 1" one told of a younjj WoetiaD many y» rs afo, 
and Qow nearly fr.rpitlttn. I heard it bj accideni recjtad 
tfj one of the catfev-houne atorT-tentfrt who abound la thv 
Levant, and «ing or recite their uarralive*. Tba addi- 
bona and tQivrpotatt(>ns hy the translatrr will t>e easily 
dlMllnc'st^'^ from the reet, by the «ant <■( Kastera Ima- 
fery; and 1 regret that my meinnry t.M letsined ao few 
fra^enta of the original. For the ronlmU of aomt et 
'd partly to D'Herbrloi, and partly 
Dd. a* Mr. Weber jtiotly entUIca It. 
•(^ahph Vathak." I do ool kwm 
inthor of that ainrular volume may 
nwn bi> material*; aome of hi* lor dea:^ ar« to ba 
I the " Biblintheque OrKUlale;" but for oorract* 
eoetiime, beauty of dewnptton, and power el 
ition. It hr surpaaaee all Kuropean Imitatiuaa; aai 
■rh marka ftf ortflinatlty, that thoM who luv« 
iv* Kaal will Aod aomn dlSrulty la beHav|a| It SB 



to that miist ^:al•te^l 
••sublime Ule," tl 
from what eource tl 



tha 



BaaMlaa 



bflfnre It U - Harfy Vall»f ^• wll 



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THE BRIDE OF ABYDOS. 



THE BRIDE OF ABYDOS; 

A TURKISH TALB.t 



• Had w oeier toTed m kindly. 
Hid wa Drver lovnj «o blindly, 
Never IB«I or [ever parted, 
Wt kad H'n bMB bnUB-kmrt**.' 



TO 

*■■ BiaHT HONOORABLB 

LORD HOLLAND, 

TBI'S TALB 

IS INSCRIBED, 

BVBRT SENTIMENT 07 RBOARD 

AND RESPECT, 

BT HIB ORATEFULLt OBLIOKD 

ABO nncERB raiEND 

BYRON. 



THE BRIDE OF ABYDOS 



CANTO THE FIRST. 
I. 

Kdow ye the land where the cypress auJ myrOs 

Are embteros of deeds that are done in their clime ? : 
Where the ra?e of the vulture, tile love of the turtle. 

Now melt iuto sorrow, now madden to crime? 
Know ye the land of the cedir and vine, 
Where the flowers ever b|o«Bom. the beams ever ibine ; 
Where the light wings of Zephyr, oppre^a'd with per- 
fume. 
Wax faint o'er the gardens of Gul ^ in her hlooKQ; 
Where the citron and olive are fairest of fruiU 
And the voice of the nightingale never is mute. 
Where the tints of the earth, and the hues of ttj ikj 
In colour though varied, in beauty may vie. 
And the purple of ocean is deepest ii. dye; 
Where the virgins are soft as the roses they tvjx, 
And all, save the spirit of man, is divine ? 
T u the clime of the East ; 't is the hnd ol the Son — 
Can he smile on such deeds as his children have done ?• 
Ob! wild as the accents of lovers' farewell 
A'V the hearts which they bear, and the tales which 

theytelL 

IL 

Begirt with many a gallant ilava, 

Apparel I'd as becomes the brave. 

Awaiting each his lord's behest 

To gujtie his steps, or gunrd hii re«t. 

Old (lia.lirsale in his Divan: 
Deep thought was in his iged eyej 

And though the face of Mussulman 
Not oft betrays to standen by 

The mind within, well skill'd to bido 

All but uiKonquerable pride, 



1 **T1ir Vlride of Abydo*" waj publiabed ta tAa oegla- 
t^ o( Dwember, laia.— E. 
■ -Oot," tharoM. 

S**to«la made of lira, and cblldrea of Iba 8aa, 
Wllk wbOBl ravaaga Is Tixtue." — 

lomo'B BiMafs. 



His pensive cheek and poixlerlag brtw 
Did more than ho was wont arow. 

IH. 
"Let the chamber be cleu'd."— The tnim ik 
pear'd — 

" Now call me the chief of the Harem gvai4.* 
With Giaffir Is none liut his only son, 

And the Nubian awaiting the sire's award, 

'• Haroun — when all :he crowd that wait 

Are p.is>'d beyond the outer gate, 

(Woe to the head whose eve l>eheM 

Mv child Zuleika's face umeil'd '.) 

Hence, lead my ilaughter from her toww} 

Her fate is fix'il this very hour : 

Yet not to her repeat in j thought ; 

By me alone be duty taught '. " 

" Pacha '. to hear is to obey." 
No more must slave to despot ray- 
Then to the lower had ta'en his way, 
But here young Selim silence brake, 

First lowly rendering reverence moal} 
Ant; downcnit look'd, and gently spakjip 

S'^ standing at the Pacha's feel: 
For sun of Moslem niust expire. 
Ere dare to sit before his sire ! 

" Father ! for fear that thou should'it chid* 
My sister, or her sable guide, 
Know — for the fault, if fault there ba, 
Was mine, then fall thy frowns on ma — 
So lovelilv the morning shone. 

That — let the old and weary sleep— 
I could not ; and to view alone 

The fairest scenes of land and deep, 
With none to listen and reply 
To thoughts with which my heart beat hl|i^ 
Were irksome — for whale'er my mood. 
In sooth I love not solitude ; 
1 on Zuleika's slunibei broke. 

And. as thou tnowest that for ms 

Soon turns the Harem's graling key. 
Before the guardian slaves awoke 
We to the cypress gnives had flown. 
And made Kirlh, main, and heaven oul SWBl 
There linger'd we, beguiled too long 
Wilh Me noun's tale, i- Sadi's son; ; « 
Till I, who heard theleep tambour* 
Beat thy Divan's appmaciiing hour, 
To thee, and to mv duty true, 
Wam'd bv the sound, to greet thee Bew 
But there Zuleika wauCers yet — 
Nav, Father, rage not — nor forge< 
That none can pierce that secret bowar 
But those who waicL the women's tow«.* 

IV. 

- Son of a slave " — the Pacha said — 
" From unlielievin' n,other bred. 
Vain were a fathers hope to see 
Aught that beseems a man in thee. 

4 lletnnno and Letts, the Romeo sad Jallat <f Uaa 1 
}adl, the moTal poet of Peraia. 

ftTamtmar. Tarkiah dram* whlcb aoaa* ^ aM3 
MOa, aod twlUfkl. 



100 



THE BRIDE OF ABYDOS. 



[Canto I 



Thoa, whfin thine arm s^nuEd bend tb« bow 
Aod hurl the J<irt, and curb the steed. 
Thou, Greek m soul if not id creedj 
Must (lOre where babbling waters flow, 
And watch. UDfoldin; roses blow. 
^Vnuld &it yoD orb, whose matin glow 
Thy Uatless eves so much admire, 
WjuJd lend thee •^methinij of his fire I 
Tbou, who would'st see thi's battlement 
St Cbhstian catinon piecemeal rent : 
Nit, t»n.elv view old Slambor* wall 
Bei'nre the ^o^ of Moscow fall, 
Nor strike oie stroke for life and death 
A^inst the curs of Nazareth I 
Go— let thy less thaii woman's tand 
AAume the dislajf — not (he brand. 
But Haroun ! — to mv daughter speed i 
And hark — of thine own head lake heed 
IE thus Zuleika oft take* win? — 
Thou see'sl yon bow — it hath a string !" 

V. 

jNc wand from Selim's lip wa« heard, 

M least that met old GiafiRr'n ear. 
But everj- frown and every %vord 
Pierced keener tlian a Christian's swonJ. 

** Son of X slave ! — reproach'd with (ear ( 
Those ^ibes had cost another dear. 
Son of a slave ! — and who my sire ? " 

Thus held his thoughts iheir dark oreer ) 
And glances ev'n of more thin ire 
Flash forth, then faintly disappear. 
Old Giaf&r ?azed upon his ion 

And started ; for withm his eve 
H« r»d how much his wrath bad dODe| 
He saw rebellion there be?un : 

"Come hither, boy— what, liO reply? 
t mark thee — and I know thee too ; 
Bat ihere be deeds thou dar'st not do i 
Bat if thy beard had manlier length. 
And if thy hmd had skill and stren^^ 
I M joy to see tbee brenk a lance, 
Albeit ogainit my own p^^rchance." 

As ineehQgly (heee accents fell, 
On Selun's eye he fiercek Razed : 

That eve returned him' glance for glanca, 
And proudly to his mrc'i was raised. 

Till Giartir's ouail'd and shrunk askanca — 
And why — he tclr, but durst not tell. 
•* Muth I misdoubt this wayward boy 
Will one day work me more annoy i 
I never loved him from his birth, 
And —but h:i arm is little worth, 
And scarcely in Ihe chase could copa 
With tiuiid faivn or an'elope. 
Far leas would venture into strife 
Where man roniends for fame and lifb — 
I would not tru^t thai look or lone : 
r»Jo — nor the blncnl so near my own. 
That binod — ho hith not heard — do mow — 
I Ml walch him cirnerthan tiefora. 
Heitan Anbi to my tncht, 
Or Christian crouchim; in the fU!;M — 
Rat hirk : — I ht-ar Zulcikai Toice ; 

Like lloiinV hvmn it meets mine ear i 
She is the o(^^nrlln; of my choice ; 

Ob ! more than rv'n her mother dear, 
With a'l to hofie, and noucht to fear — 
My l>nl ever %velc.)mr here! 
Bweel, is Ihe ifrvrt foontam'i wara 
To lipi ju^i cTHil.] in time to tare — 

Such to inv litiiKint iKhl art ihou ; 
TVor oan they nafi to Merca's thnna 
M«r« Ihaiiki for lif-, thxn I for thiiia, 

Wbo bint Uiy birtb and blc« thee now." 



VL 

Fajr, as the first that fell of womankird, 

When on that dread yet lovely berpent smiling^ 
Whose imase then was slamp'd upon her mmd — 

But once be^ilcd — and ever more beguiling } 
Daz7J:n?, as tl^t, oh I too tr^nscenJant vision 

To Sorrow's phauIom-pcC)pled sluniber ^iven, 
Whrn heart nieeis heart a^ain in dreams Elyiiai^ 

And paints the lost on Earth revived in Uearvil 
Soft, as (he memory of buried love ; 
Pure, as the praver which Childhood wafts abOT*| 
Was she— the^.Auehterof thai rude old Chie*; 
Wbo met Ihe maid with tears — but not of griiC 
Who hath not proved how feebly words eaay 
To fix one spark of Beauty's heavenly ray? 
Who doth not feel, until his failing sfght 
Faints into dimness with its own delight, 
His cbaii^tng cheek, his suikmg heart confta 
The mieht — the majesty of Loveliueaa ? 
Such was Zuleika — such around her shon* 
The nameless charms anmarkM by her alooe} 
The li^hl of Icve, tlie purity of ^racc, 
The mind, the Music 3 breathing from her fuOf 
The heart whose softness h;iroicnized the wholfl** 
And oh ! that eye was in itself a Soul *. 
Her praceful arms in meekness bending 

Across her gently-budding breast; 
At one kind wor^i those arms cztendin( 

To clasp the neck of him who bleat 

His child caressinv and ctrest, 

Zuleika cams — and GiafTir felt 

His purpose half within him meltl 

Not that a^inst her fancied weal 

His heart though stern could ever feel; 

Affection chainM her to that heart ; 

Ambition tore the links apart 

**Zaleika! child of i^ntlenesl 

How dear this very day must tell. 
When 1 forget my own distrea, 

In losing what I love so well, 

To bid thee with another dwell i 

Another 1 and a braver man 

Was never seen in battle's van. 
We Moslem reck not much of blood { 

But yet the line of Canun.an « 
Unchanged, unchangeable hath stood 

First of the twld Timanot bands 
That won and well can keep their landk 
Enough that he who comes lo woo 
Is kinsman of the Bey O<lou : 
His yea™ need scarce a thought employ; 
I would not have thee wed a boy. 
And Ihou ihalt haves noble doweri 
And his and my united power 



3 ThU tjpTff\oD bu np< Witt) objrcltoos. I win Mt 
refer lo •' Him who htth not Mo>le in bii booU" b«l 
merely rrqiir^l ttm mdfr lo rrrollerl, for leu •««oiid«, Iba 
rroiureiof tho wnnt,.n %«tiom he tMlirv* lob* th« raoel 
bfsutlfiil ; anfl. If he then rf.iM nnt romprf tirDtl fully wkM 
!■ feebly rxprcM)*.! In the nboTe Unr. I ■>)■!) boorryruroa 
bi'th. For kri clfxiiirnt ponanxc In ttie Intcat wnrk of thf 
flmt femstr writer of thi», pi-rhupa of iny.a^e.on the loat* 
ocy (nnO (be ImmeOlsle roinpsriMno «scil«(l by ihtx nnaloffr) 
between ••[«iu(lii< vtH inutir," •»« vol. Hi. cmp 10. D« 
rAllemoffiie. Autl ii oot ihia eonneriloo itill •trooRerwitk 
Ihe oriKMitl thMD ibe opy 1 with tb» colourmic of Ntture 
, ibli ts r«th«r to be felt tbsn d*- 
ere ai« Bom* who will aDder«tu« 
itT* ion9 tmd tbef tx-hekl lh« eoii^ 
I harmnny •Dfiertrd lh« Idri ; ^ 

rtloM d«Bh«a (o lb* ••i\ta, anfl look- 
ing down ur^o lbs fra<m«nl«. only bcboU* U« raSMliOQ 
mulllpllvd! 

8 (:ara»msn Ofinn, or Kara Owaan n^\»n. la Iha pTl*> 
cipal laij.lh.>l.|«r lo Turkey: ba cu**id« Ua«D*«ia . ihuaa 
wbo, b; a kli>d of feudal ttoura. p-<a-»M ia»J no euadtUafl 
of •#r*lc«, Bia railed Timanota tb«r Mf** m Rpah •, •* 
ewnlini lo Ih* eiUotof tarritory. aa4 Wu| • •aftala BH^ 
bar lalo tba Aak^ t"B*n^V *^nijj. 



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THE BRIDE OF ABYDOS. 



idl 



Will laugh to fcofrn the death-firmjui, 
Which othen tremble but to scan. 
And teach the messenger i wh:it late 
Thfi bearer of such b<)On may wait. 
AiiJ now thou knnw'sl thv father's wiUj 

All that thy sex halh need to know: 
T was mine to teacb obedience still — 

Th« way to love, thy lord atay show.* 
VIII. 
n silence bow'd the virg:in's head ; 

And if her eye \\Tfi liUd with leari 
That stiried feeVing dare not shed, 
And clanged her cheek from pale to red, 

And red to pie, as 'Jirnn^h her ear* 
Those %vinged words like arrows siied. 

What could such be but niaiJen tean? 
So bright the tear in Beauty'* eye, 
Love half regrets to kiss it dry ; 
S*t sweet the blush of Ba&hfulness, 
ETen Fity scarce can wish it le» 1 
Whatever it was the sire forgot ; 
Or if remeuiber'd, mark'J it not ; 
T*3**:^ clapp'd his harids,i and call'd tui ftead, 

Resi^'d his genn-adom'd chibouque,> 
And mounlin5 fsatly for the mead. 

With Maugrabee * and Mamalijca. 

His way ajiiid his Delis took,» 
To witness many an active deed 
With sabre keen, or blunt jcrreed. 
The Kistir only and his Mwn 
Watch well the Harem's masiy doon. 

IX. 
Hu head was leant upon his hand, 

His eye loofc'd o'er the dark blue wate» 
That swiftly glides and gently swell* 
Between the winding Dardanelles; 
But yel he saw nor sea nor strand, 
Nor even his Pacha's turban'd band 

Mix in the game of mimic slaughter, 
Careering cleave tiie fo'ded felt* 
With sabre stroke ri^ht sharjity dealt : 
NormaskM (be javeiin-dartiiig crowd 
Nor heard their Ollahs i wild and loud — 
~. He thought but of old Gilffir^ daughter I 
X. 
No word from Selim's bosom broke ; 
One Nfh Zuleika*« thought bespoke : 



1 When a Pacb* Is •ufflclently stroog to resist, the wim^ 
fie nitriiiiengpr, who tt nlways ttie first l)ear«rr of the nnJer 
fcr bis deiitti, it •tranglcd lu^lead, aud scmettmes fire or 
six, ooe aftf r thr otlier, on the same errDQd, by command 
of the refrartory patient; if. on the conlrary, he in weak 
or loyal, he bows, kissen the Sultno's rei'prclable sixnature, 
and ia b-^^wilrung with great complaceucy. lo 1810. mere- 
n\ of these presents wtre exhibited ia the niche uf the 
Beraglio gate ; smong others, the head of the Parha of Bag. 
(Ut, a brave ynuug man, cut off by treachery, after a det- 
^rate retiiitiinte. 

1 CInppiBg ol the hands calls the terrants. The Turks 
hale a su^rfluaus expeaditara of voice, aad they have uo 
&cUs. 

S"Ohtt>ou!ine," the Turkish pipe, of which the smbef 
mouth-piece, and sometime* the ball which rontaioa the 
leaf; is adornrd with precious stooes, if lo pussessioii of tb« 
wealthier orders. 

4 *' Maugrabee," Moorish merceoariea. 

6 "Delts.'* brsToa who form the foilorn bo|>eorth« caT- 
•Iry, aad always beflc the action. 

e A twiited fold of /alt ii nsed for scimitar practice by 
the Turka, and few but Mu»^>ilman ormH can rut through 
it at a fticgle slrcke ; Kometinirn a tLUi^h turban is uHcd for 
tb* ^nmr purpo«e. Thr* Jerreed is a game of blunt jaT»* 
Una. aoimaiFd and graceriil. 

1 "Ollnhs," Alia i! Ailah, the "LeIIleV as the Spacish 
Mela call Ihpm. the sound 1h OIl.th : a cry of which the 
Turks, for a silent people, ore Bdmewhnt pn>().«e, purlieu- 
larly dunn« the jfrrced, or id the rha»e, bul mni^tly in 
battle. Thrlr anunation In the Rt^U, end gravity in the 
<h>Q^«r. with Ibslr pipe* and oombalolaa, form an amua- 
tat aMinaL 



Stilt ^7ed be throti^h the ^ttice %nMj 

Fale, mute, and mournfully aedate. 
To him Zuleika's eye w.ts turu'd. 
But little frnni his aspect Itram'd: 
Equal her ^rief, yet not the same; 
Her heart confess'd a gentler Hamei 
But yet that heart, alarm'd or weak, 
She knew not why, forlude lo 8i«alL 
Yet speak she must — bul " h«-n essay ? 
** How strange he thus should turn nw^fl 
Not llius we f'ei" before have met ; 
Not thuN shall be nur pirtins yet." 
Tb'—c paced she slowly through the roo^ 

And waichM his eye— it still was fii'd : 

She snatch'd the uru whereio was mix^ 
The Persian Alar-gul's* perfume, 
And sprinkled all its odours o'er 
The pictured roofs anj niarble floor j 
The drops, that through lus glitlenug vert 
The plajful girl's apjie-T,! addrtiss'd^ 
Unheeded o'er his bosom Hewi 
As if '.hat breast were marble too, 
" What, sullen yet ? it must not be — 
Oh ! gentle Selim, this fron. Uiee I » 
She saw in curious order set 

The fairest flowers of eastern land — 
** He loved them once ; may touch them y^ 

If offer'd by Zuleika's band." 
The childish "thought was har.Ilv breathed 
Before the rose was pluck'd and vvTcathed; 
The next fond moment siw her seat 
Her fairy form at Selim's feet : 
** This rose to calm my br.Tliicr's cant 
A message from the Hulbu! >»bean; 
It saya to-ni^ht he will prolong 
For Selim's ear his sweetest son?; 
And thoue;h his note is somewhat ud, 
He'll try for once a strain more glad. 
With some faint hope his altcr'd lay 
May ui]g these gloomy thoughts awaf. 

XI. 
"What! not receive my foolish flower? 

Nav then I am indeed unblest : 
On n/e cjn thus thy forehead lower? 

And know'st thou not who love* thee bat 
Oh, Selim dear! oh, more than deareetl 
Say, is it me thou hal'st or fearest ? 
Come, by thv head upon my breast, 
And 1 will kiss thee into rest, 
Since words of nnne, and son^ mjit &Q, 
Ev'n from my fabled nightingale. 
I knew our sire at times was stern, 
But this from tliee had yet to learn ; 
Too well I know he loves thee not; 
Bul is Zuleika's love forgot ? 
Ah ! deem 1 right ? the Tacha^s plan — 
This kinsman Bey of Carasman 
Perhaps may prove some foe of tbilM« 
If so. I sweir by Mecca's shrine. 
If shriiies that ne'er approach allow 
To woman's step admit her vow, 
Without thy free consent, command. 
The Sultan should not have my hand I 
Thmk'st thou that 1 could bear lo part 
WiUi thee, aud learn to halve my heart? 
Ah ! were I sever'd from Ihy side, 
Where were thy friend — aud who my gnlde > 

fl •* Atar>pT]t," ottar of rosea. The 1*er*laii la the ts«i| 
B The celling and wainftcotfi.or rather wall* of tLelfne* 
sulmon ap.trlmeota are gfr.«frally pniuted. In great houae^ 
with one clfrnal aud highly coloured new of Coontanti 
nnpic, whfTPin the principal fcRture ia a noble coutrmpt ol 
periprctive; below, armx. i^ciinitRrs, dec. are lo geDcnt 
fancifully and not inelegantly diBposed. 

10 It has been much doubt*-d whether the notes of tbfei 
•« L'lTer of the rose" ore nad or mt-rryt and Mr. Foi'e r^ 
mark-i on the subject havt? proToKrd Home lenrned co&tre* 
TtTtty UM to the opininoi* of the ancieuta oo the nubjeeC 1 
dare not venture a conjecture od the ptnnt, tboagb a Ulttl 
inci'Qcd to the *««riaTe uullaiztf** itc^i/ Ml. ros»M«liff 
taauh- 



9» 



THE BRIDE OF ABYDOS. 



[Cawto I 



T»n tare not ■*». Tl""* '1?^' "' "^ 
The hnoT thit lean my snul from Ihee . 
Et'n Airael.i frim his deadly quiver 

When flies that ihafl, and fly il must. 
That paru all elK, shall dwim for eve» 
Our beans to undividel dvist . 
XU. 
He lived - be birathed - he moved - he fell J 
He raised the maid from where she knelt ; 
H?s?rk^ -v., 5one- his keen eye shone 
With tlioujhts th?' long in ■t^"'!"'^.^,"'^'?. 
With tliou?ht5 that burn - in rays that melt. 
As the stream late conceal d 

By the fringe of its willows, 
When it rushes leveal'd 

In the light of Its billows; 
As llie bolt bursts on high 

From the black cloud that bound it, 
FLisli'd the sou! of that eye 

Through the long lashes round it, 
A war-horse at the Imnipet's sound, 
A linn roused by heedless hound, 
A tyrant waked lo sudden strile 
By graze of ill-direcled knife. 
Starts not to more convulsive lue 
Than he, who heard that vo>v d.spUy'd, 
And all, before repress d, betraj d . 
" Now thou art mine, for ever mine. 
With life to keep, and scarce with life resign 
Now thou art n>ine, that sacred oalh, 
though .worB ty one, bath tKjund us both. 
V«L foildlv. wiMfly hast thO'j done , 
Tto. vow h».h ..ved more h-ds than on«, 
But blench not thou -thy simplest ires. 
Claims mort; from me than ttnderness, 
r wo"?d not wrong the slenderest ha^ 
That clusters round thy forehead fair, 
For all the treasures buried lar 
Within the caves of IsLakar.'J 
This morning clouds upon me Ipwer-d, 
Bepr«x.ch«i on my head were shower d. 
And "Giaffir alm.^t call'd me coward 1 
Now I have motive to be brave ; 
Tlie son of his neelecte.! slave, 
Nav start not, 1 was the term he r>v^ 
May show, though little art to vaunt, 
A iLn hi; words nor deeAs «" d;-""*- 
D.J *>n, indeed '. - ye'. """,^' ""."'"• 
Perchance I am. al least shall be, 
But let our plighted secret vow 
Be onlv known to us as now. 
li^ifthe wretch wh.. dare, demwd 
From GiafTir thy reluclint band , 
M"re ill got weAl.h, a meaner «).U 
Holds not a MusselimN > control I 
Was he not bred in fcgniio I* 
A tiler race let Israel show 
But let that pas, - to none be told 
Our oath ; the rest shall time unloio. 
xi a.e and mine le.ve< -man Bey; 
I ',t partisam tor peril i day . 

XIII. 

• Think not Ihou »rt "t"' X'™ 'VV^* ' 
M, Sehm Ihou an ndiv chanted : 

But now thou -rt from lhy«lf .rtrancei^ 



1 • Airwl," Ih" •"«'' "• i'™'^ 
lTh« ir-s"""* "' I"* 1 r*-*"". 
A'H'ib'lo^ .ilicU /•"• 
i-Mo— lim." • r" 

Tr,H^ r<^^.^;- ,-»;rii r„.";;;;?r»'i 



thud so^ "!•'' •""'• 



My love thou surely knewW before, 
It ne'er was less, nor can be more. 
To see thee, hear Ihee, near thee stay, 
And hate the nif!-. 1 know not wly, 
Save that we meet not but by day ; 
With thee 10 live, with Ihee to die, 
1 dare not to my hope deny : 
Thy cheek, ihi..e eyo, thy lips "> k'«. 
Like this -and this -no more IhanlhB, 
For, Allah '. sure thy lips are Bame: 

What fever in thy veins is flushing? 
Mv own liave nearly caught the same, 
At least 1 feel my cheek too olushinf 
To soothe thy sickness, watch thy healt*. 
Partake, but never waste thy weallh, 
Or stand with smiles unmurmuring by, 
And lighten half thy poverty ; 
Do all but close thy dying eye. 
For that 1 could not live to try; 
To these alone my thoughts aspiroi 
More can I do ? or thou require ? 
But. Selim, thou must answer why 
We need so much of mystery ? 
The cause 1 cannot dream nor tell. 
But be it, since thou say'st t is well ; 
Yet what thou mean'sl by ' arms and 
Bevond mv weaker sense extends. 
I meant thai Gialfir should have heMl 

The very vow I plighted ihee ; 
His wrath would not revoke my word I 
But surelv he would leave me free. 
Can this fond wish seem strange lO m^ 
To be what I have ever been ? 
What other hath Zuleika seen 
From simple childhood's earliest hoar? 

What other can she seek to see 
Than thee, companion of her bower, 

The partner of her infancy ? 
These chensh'd llinughts with life bepm, 

Sav. «hv must I no more avow / 
What chailge is wrought to make me shun 

The tnlth; my pride, and thine till now! 
To meet the ga7e of siraiiger's eyes 
Our law our creed, our God denies. 
Nor shail one wandering thought ol'mia. 
At such, our Proi.hcl's will, reiiine 
No ' happier made by thai decree, 
He left me all in leaving Ihee. 
Seep were my ai.gmsh. thus compeUM 
To wed wilh one 1 ne er beheld . 
This wherefore should I not reve»l? 
Why will thou urge me to conceal? 
1 know the Pachas liau-.'hly mood 
To Ihee hath never hoded g™" J 
And he « often storms at noughtj 
Allah: forbid thai e'er he ought. 
And why 1 know not. l"" "l '•;•.» j_ 
My hearl concealment weiehi li«eiJ» 
If then such secr«y he crime. 

And such it feels while lurking hc»( 
Oh, Selim! tell me yet >n lime. 

Nor le:.ve me thus to th.'uglils of (Htk 
Ah S-yonder see the Tchncjdar,' 
My talher leaves the miniic war ; 
I tremble now lo meet his eye - 
S»y, Sclim, canst Ibou tell me why?" 

XIV. 

« Zuleika — to thy lower's retrwl 
Betake Ihee - GialTir 1 can S'*'' ' 
And now wilh him I fain must pl»«» 

i^ir-Hf^iJiiii'^i^wu^rri-.b— . 

Our Sultan lialli » •h"'t" ■»»» 
Such costly Iriumpli lo reo»». 



t • Ti-ho.-«l»r •• — oos «< tks 
*-i» uf sulborlly. 



Cahto II.] 



THE BRIDE OF ABYDOS. 



103 



Bol, mark mc. when the twilight drum 

Hath waru'd I lie troops to friod and liecp, 
'."a*.o thy cell will Schm come: 
Then ^ftly from the Harem creep 
tVhere we may winder by the deep . 
Our i^rdeo-baltleiuents are sleep; 
Nor these will nsh lutnider climb 
To list our words, nr sliol our time ; 
And if be doth, I want uot steel 
Which some baie fell, and more myj feeL 
PheQ shall thou learn of .Selim more 
Than Ihoi. .lusl hetrd or thought before 
Trust me, Zuleika — fear nut mc ! 
Thou kaow'st I bold a Harem key." 

' Fenr thee, my Selim ! ne'er till new 

U:d word like Ihii ** 

" Delay not tboo , 

I keep the key — and Haroun's guard 

II ive ro7/i£, and hope of jnof€ reward. 
I u ni*hl, ZUeika, Ihou shilt hear 

Mv tale, mv purpose, .lod mv feari 
I un not, love I what I appear." 



CANTO THE SECOKD. 
I. 

rbe winds are high on Belle's waTe, 

As on that nizhl of storuiy water 
When Love, who sent, forgot (o save 
The young, the beautiful, the brave, 

The lonely hoi>e of Septus' daughter. 
Jhl when alnne along the skv 
ler turret-torch was bl >7ing high. 
Though rising g:ile. and breakii'ig foam, 
And shrieking sea-birds wam"d him home; 
And clouds al'»ft and tides below. 
With signs and sounds, forbade to go, 
lie could not see. he would not bear 
Or sound or sign foreboding fear ; 
His eye but saw ihat light of lov^ 
Theonly sbr ithiii'd above; 
His ear but rang with Hero's son^, 
'• Te waves, divide not lovers long!* 
That Ule is old, but love anew 
Kby nerve young hearts to prove as true. 

II. 
The winds are high, and Helle's tide 

Rolls darJily heaving to the main ; 
And Night's descending shadows hiJe 

That 6eld with blood bedew'd in vain. 
The desert of old Prisms pride; 

The tombs, sole relics of his reign. 
Ail — s^ve immortal dreams that could be^sik 
The blind uld man of Scio's rocky i»le 1 
IIL 
Oh ! yet — for there my steps have been; 

These feet have prt^'d the sacred shore. 
These limbs that buoyant wave hatb borne 
Alinslrel ! with thee to mas*, to mourn, 

To trace again those fields of yore, 
Believing every hillock green 

Contains no fabled hero's ashes. 
And that around the undoubted scene 

Thine own "broad Hellespont" » still dashes, 

X T^e wraDgMng abont Ihta rpilhet, •'the broad Hellm- 
pnot** or the "twuDdlT-M HellCTp-iDt." wtietber It inraiM 
(me or iht other, or wbat il m<>ao9 at all, ha^ beeo heynod 
•n prtMibility of dtftm). I have evt-o tieant .( dippaled cd 
Iba kpot ; and oot forespein^ ■ Bpeptly rr'Dclusion to tfae 
cofilro»er»y. amiiwd my»clf witb hWtmmintr acroc* it in 
the mean timp; aod probably may aeaiu. t>«f' rr the poiut 
!• aeltleO. Imlet^, tbe quealiou aa to the truth of " th« 
ta1« of Trcjy -Jivioe " atiU rontiDnes. mu b of it mliofr 
Bp>B th« Ulixmanie word ** srrupog: " prot^ably Homer 
had Ibe aame ootino cf dlitaure tbat a eoqaette haa of 
tine ; and wbeo be talka tf boondlewi. meana half a mile ; 
M th« tatter, by a like figuTt^ wbea ah* aaya tUtMOl al- 
al, ali&fJr ap»cifl«a ttir«« «c«ka. 



Be leng my lot! and cold wer« be 
Who there could gaze denying thM I 

IV. 
The night hath closed on He1le*i 

Nor yet halh risen on Ida's hill 
Tbat moon, which shone oo his high tbia»4 
No warrior chid» her peaceful lieam, 

Rut conscious shepherds bless it stm. 
Their fiocks are grazing on the mdund 

Of him who fell the Dardan'i arrow i 
That mighly heap of gather'd ground 
Whic h Ammnn's sun ran proudly roturi,* 
By naliooi raised, by moi.archs crownVi, 

It now a lone and nmielea> barrow ! 

Within — thy dndliog-place br^ taofvW ■ 
Without — can only srraitgen breathe 
Tbe name of him that trot beneath i 
Dost long outlasts the stoned stone: 
But Thou — thy very dust a gone t 



Late, late to night will Dian cheer 

The iwain, and cha^e the boatman's /ear| 

Till then — no beacon on the cliff 

ALiy shape the course of struggling ikiff| 

The scatter'd lights that skirt the hajf. 

All. one by one. have died away j 

TTie only lamp of this lone hour 

Is glimmering in Zuleika's tower. 

Ves ! there h light in that lone chamber, 

Aod o'er htr silken ottoman 
Are thrown the frigranl beads of ambit 

O'er which her fairy fingers ran ; • 
Near these, with emerald rays beset, 
(How could *he Irius that gem forget?) 
Her mother's sainted amulet,* 
Whereon engraved the Koorsee text. 
Could smooth this life, and win the nail 
And by her comboioio » lies 
A Koran of illumined dres; 
And many a bright emblazon 'd rhyme 
By Persian scribes redeem 'd from time j 
And o'er those scrolls, not oft so mute. 
Reclines her now neglected lute ; 
And round her limp of fretted gold 
Bloom flowers in urns of China's mpnlQ , 
The richest work of Iran's loom, 
And Sheeraz' tribute of perfume ; 
All 11 It can eye or sense delight 

Are gathered in tbit gorgeous roomi 

Bui ret it hath an air of gloom. 
She, ot this Peri cell the sprite, 
Wb^ doth she hence, and oa lo rad* m nl^itl 

TI. 

Wrapt in the darkest sable vest. 
Which none save noblest Moslem wear, 



a Before his Pemian invaafon, and crowned the ftllaf 
with laurel, ice. He was afterwarda imitated by Car»> 
calla ID bia rare. It is believed that the last also po-.aoo«d 
a frieod, named FestuB, for tLe Kke of Dew Palroclaa 
pamea. I hiite eeec the *beep feedicg on the tombaol 

I Aesietea and Aotilochaa: the fitst ia in tba centre of t^ 

; plain. 

j 3 ^Vhen rtibt*td, the araber is tacceplible of a parfbra% 
which ia alight but not diaaereeable. 

i The belief la amult^ta eograTed oo cema, or ei>:Io«ed 
Id pohl boxea, ccntaioiDg acraps from the RorPDt wora 
rouod the ne. k. wnst. or arc. ia atill nniTer-al Id the 
Ea«t. The Koontt (throne) verae ia tbe st^cod cap. ot 
the Koraa deiKchbea the attributes of the Most High, rod 
is eograTed io tbia manner, aod worn by the pioua, aa Iht 
most esteemed and sublime of aM eeotencea. 

6 "Coraboloio" — a Torkish rosary. TbeMS8..par" 
ticularly those of the Persiana, are richly adorned aad 
lllomiDated. The Greek females are kept Id utter IfDO 
ranre; bnt many of the Turkish gitim are l-jt^y accooH 
piisbed. though not actualW qokllna-. ^r a ChriaOM 
eotena. Perhapa some of oar "w ) - alsaa ** ui|kl sol br 
tbe woraa for Utaehin^. 



104 



THE BRIDE OF ABYDOS. 



[CAirroO 



Td gnH rron winds of beareo lit breast 

A* heaveD itself to Setim dear. 
With cautious stepi the thicket tbreadins, 

And starting oft, as through the gbde 

The gust '.ih hollow mnauingK maiie, 
Till on Ihe smoother pathway treadinc^ 
More free her timid bosom beat. 

The maid pursued her nileut guide ; 
And though her terror urged retreat* 

How could she quit her Selim's sida 

How teach her teuder lips to dud*? 
VIL 
They reached at length a grotto, b«wi 

By oature, but enrargwi by art. 
Where Qft her lute she woni to tnoa, 

Aod oft her Korao couo'd apart; 
And oft in youthful reverie 
She dream 'd what Paradise might ba t 
Where wonian's parted boul shall go 
B:r Prophet had disdained to show ; 
But Selim's mamiou was secure, 
Nor deemM she. could he long endura 
His bower in otner worlds of bliaa 
Without fuTy most beloved in this I 
Oh I who fto dear with him could dwell 
What Uouh soothe him half lO well ? 

VIIL 
Since last she risited the spot 
Some change seem'd wrought withm (he grol 
It might be only that Ihe mght 
Di^uised ihiugs seen bv better bghti 
That brazen lamp but (liii4y threw 
A ray of uo celesiia) hue; 
But m a nook within the cell 
Her eye on stranger objects fell. 
There anus were piled, not sucb as wjald 
The lurban»d Delis in the field ; 
But brands of foreign blade and bilt. 
And one was red — perchance with guilt I 
Ah ! how without can hUtod be spill? 
A cup too on the Ixr^rd was set 
That did not seem to hold sherbet. 
What may this mean ? she turned to see 
UerSelim — "Ob! can tfusbebe?^ 

IX. 
Bis robe of pride was thrown aside, 

His brow no high crown'd turban bore, 
Bat in its stead a shawl of red. 

Wreathed lightly round, his temples wore : 
Tliat dagerr, on whose hill the gem 
Were worthy of a diadem, 
No l:>nger glitler'd at his waist, 
Where pisiols unndom'J were braced ; 
And from his belt a labre swung, 
4nd from his Bhouldrr I'-^sely hang 
The cloak of whi:e, thr thin rai<oto 
That deck* the waiidering i and iota ; 
Beneath — his ^Mdrn pta'od vest 
Clung like a cuirass lo hit breast ; 
The greav«a below his knee that wound 
With silver)- scales were sheathed and boaiiA. 
But were it not (hat high conmianj 
Spoke in hii eve, and tone, and hand, 
All that a careltw eye cmld see 
Xb tuni was suiue yuuug UaJiougeft.! 



' J nid I wis not what I serm'd ; 
And now tluw sc«'it ny words were tnw i 



r Oilioocl. a oBllor, ttinf I*, ■ Tnrklsh 
i«*>R«u. Ill* Turk! work (hf irnas. 
rwi'ir; mtxi I hnvf •frn (hr C'apUln 
• MrtrliiK tt sfS k\niit}(inri,t. Th-tr 



1 •©■llODf*" 
mlVat. the UrrrI 
Tknr inmm la pt> 
r»rbainor«ltisii > 

la lb* Ivit M ahrithril tjrhiu't with ■ilvr air iri<«« of nii 
Araaat rottM-r. ^hn «■• my hr«t (ho tmd ijuilifi) ttie p:<i- 
hw«, »t k\m ryr|.>. Drar (Julouiil In llir Mnrrs; Ihry 
wtrt ^lkt«] In araiM om vfsr tba aCttM, Uk* tb* kat-b vt 
m vanillin. 



I have a tale tbon hast not dretm'l, 

If soolb — its truth must others '•at. 
My story now t were vain to hido, 
I must not see thee Oiman's bride : 
But had not thine own tips declared 
How much of that youn^ heart 1 share4| 
1 could not, must not, yet have showo 
The darker secret of my own. 
In this I speak not now of love; 
That, let time, truth, and peril prorei 
But tiist — Oh I never wed anoUjor — 
Zuleika . 1 am not thy brother ! " 

XI. 
* Oh ! not my brother ! — yet unsaj — 

God ! am 1 left alone on earth 
To mourn — I dare not curse — the daj 

That saw my solitary birth ? 
Oh I thou wilt love me now no morel 

My Biuking heart foreboded ill ; 
But know THc all I was before. 

Thy sister — friend — Zuleifca still. 
Thou led'nl me here perchance to kill } 

If thou hast cause for vengeance, seel 
My breast is offer'd — take thy fili 1 

Far better with the dead to b© 

Than live thus nothing now to thee i 
Perhaps far worse, for now I know 
Why Giaffir always seem'd thy foe ; 
And I, alas ! am GiafTir's child. 
For whom thou wert contemnM, roTilad 
If not thy sister — would'st thou save 
Mv life, Oh 1 bid me be thy slave I » 

XII. 
•• My slave, Zuleika ! — nay, I 'm th'tM : 

Bat, gentle love, this transport calm, 
Tby lot shall yet be Ijnk'd with mine; 
I swear it bv our Proptiel's shrine, 

And be that thuusfht thv sorrow's balm. 
So may the Koran ^ verse uispiavd * 

Dpoo its sleel direct mv blade, 
in danger*s hour to guard us iK)th, 
As I prc<cr\e that awful oath ! 
The name in wh.ch thv heart hath prided 

Must chance ; but, mv Zuleika, koow, 
Tbat tie IS widen'd, not divided, 

Although tby .Sire ^ mv de:idliest foe. 
Mv father was to Giair.r'all 

"I'h*! Selim late was decm'd to thee; 
That brother wrought a brother's fall. 

Rut spired, at least, niv infancy; 
And lutrd me with a vai'n deceit 
That yet a like return may meet 
lie rear'd me. not with tender help, 

But like the nephew of a Cain ; ■ 
lie watcird me like a lion's whelp. 

Thai gntws and yet may break his chalB. 

My fa(her*s blooa in every vein 

3 ThechirirtenoD all Turkiiih TlrolUn» coDtilii sail 
tlmrs Ihe ooincof the plmror th'-ii manurtrlnr^, but more 
irtierillynuxirroin thr Koran, In Ipltvmor goM. AmoDcH 
those to my posMftMiou i» no« wiih * hind e of ulnicularroA. 
•tructloD; It t» vrry broaJ. antj thr edge oou-lit'd into ««f 
prntlna curvrs like Ihe ripplr of watt-r, or the wiiv.Tltt uf 
flame. I anked the Armciitiin who eold it, what p^Mlbb 
ow aurb ■ n^ure rnolJ ■dil : hr aaid, tli Itnliao.thal hnJM 
Bft know; but Ihe MuBaiilmant had an id.>a thai :h >m d 
tnU form nve a arTrrrr wound ; and lik<-d it Srrtu«< |l 
wa« " plu rcrm-e." I du] not mui'b admire Iborcaaoa. >ji 
bought 11 for Ua peruKarlly. 

I It la to be oharrved, (hat every allnalnn lo auy (h!Dg or 
p«fa(to>ge in Ihr OM TreUm^ol.etirh a* the Ark. or Tata, 
ia equally the priTilrge of Muaaulman and Jrw |nde<<d. 
Ihe formrr prnfr^i n> he miit-h b^ttrr amialDied with tte 
llvra. trur ami rnhiiloiia,'ir the patrtarrh*. 'ha la warrinta^ 
In unrown aa- red writ: ami n-'i uiott^nl iriih AOam.tbar 
biography of I'r 



cU iif ( 



III (^hrlal and Mahome. 
Piillpliar'a wife; and h< 



Mil M<»re 
Zulfiha 



1 pn.( 






with JcMph cooatiiniaa 
r laDgutf*. It la, tlMiv 
of ooatutn* to put ih« ■•«■ a< CbM^ «i 
Auftb, Into tbe DMUlb «f a li<»WB. 



tjkino tt] 



tHE SlilDE OF ASTDOS. 



lOS 



b boiliDf ; but for th> drar nka 
NoprMftnt T«oi;eance will I take; 

Toouga here I muit no more rem&in. 
Bnt tni, beloved Zuleika! bear 
How Guffir wrought this deed of fear. 

XIIL 
••How fint their itrife to ran^ur frew, 

1/ love or envy itiad ) them (nea, 
U Kaltera little if I knew ; 
la fiery spirits, stl^fats, though few 

And thoughtless, will disturb repoM 
In war Ablallah'a arm was strong, 
RememberM yet in Bosni:ic nona;. 
And Pasvvaa's i rebel hordes adust 
How little love they bnre such guest i 
His death is all I need relate, 
The stern effect of Giaffir's halo ; 
And how my birth disclosed to me, 
Wbate'er beside it makes, hath luade me freob 

XIV. 

" When Paswan, after ycarj of strife, 
At last for power, but first for life, 
lb Widin's walls too proudly sate, 
Our Pachas rallied round the slate; 
Nor last nor least in hizh cominaud. 
Each brother led a separate band ; 
They gave their horse-tails^ to the wiDd, 

And mustcrin* in Sophia's plain 
Their tents were prtch'd, their post assigo'd ; 

To one, alas ! assign'd in vain ! 
What need of words ? the deadly bowl, 

By Giiffir's order drus^'d and given. 
With venom subtle as his soul, 

Disniiss'd Abdaltah's hence to heaveo. 
Reclined and feverish in the bath, 

H?, when the hunter's sfort wm tip, 
But little deem'd a brother's wrath 
' To quench his thirst had such a cup i 
The bowl a bribed :i!tendanl bore ; 
He drank one drau:^ht,3 nor needed more I 
If thou my Ule, Zuleika. diubt. 
Call HarouD — he can tell it out 

IV. 

•*Th8 deed once done, and Paswan's feud 
Ib part s'.ippress'd, though ne'er subdued. 

Abdallah's Pachalick was gain'd : — 
Thou know**! not what in our Divan 
Can wealth procure for worse than man 

Atxiallah's honours were obtainM 
By him a brother's murder atain'd : 
*Tis true, the purchase nearly drained 
His ill-eot treasure, soon replaced. 
Would'st (Question whence ? Survey tbe wiftSi 
And i»k the <iqualid peasant how 
His gains repny his broiling brow! — 
Why me '.he stern usuqier spared. 
Why thus with me his palace shared, 
I know not. Shame, regret, remorse^ 
And liille fear from infant's force; 
Besides, adoption as a son 
By him whom He-iven accorded none, 
Or some unknown cabrvl, caprice, 
Preserved me thus ; — but not in peace i 
He cannot curb h'.i hauclity mood, 
Nor I forgive a father's blood. 



a * HorM-tall,** tli« sttnitird of a Pacha. 
SOtiifir, Partia of Arfrro CMirf>, or Scaturl, I »m not 
vara whtrh, wu trfallr inkeo off by thf Albaaian Ali, in 

In Ibt rouotrr, married ihp dauphttfr of lii* vlrtlm, Kome 
yaara aner th« •▼ent had tiKrD plitce at a bath io Sofihiu, 
•r Adriaiio^k. The poitoo was rnixfd in thecapor roffL-e, 
wkieh ta presented tMfore tb« aherbet bj th« bath keeper, 



XVI. 

" Within thy father's house are face ; 

Not all who break his brer.d are true* 
To these should 1 my birth disclose, 

His days, bis very hours were fcwi 
They only want a heart to lead, 
A hand to point thi^iti to the deed. 
But Harouaonly kjo\^, or knew 

This tale, wtiose close is almost nigh 
He in Abdulhh's palace grew, 

And held that [.»o&t m his Serai 

Which holds he here — he saw him dja 
But what could single slavery do? 
Avenge his lord r alas I loo late ; 
Or save his son from such a fate ? 
He chose the last, and when elate 

With foes sub-lud, or frtends hetnyVlj, 
Proud GialFir in hi^h inuii.ph sale, 
He led uie helpless to bin gate. 

And not in vam it set-ins essay'd 

To save Ihe life for which he pr:iy»d. 
The knowledge of my birih secured 

From all and each, but most from m* 
Thus Giatfir's safety was ensured. 

Removed he too from Koumelie 
To this our Asiatic side, 
Far from our seats hv Danube's tide, 

With none but H.Vroun, who retaine 
Such knowledge — and that Nubian feel 

A tyrant's secrets are but chains. 
From which the captive gladly steals, 
And this and more to me reveals i 
Such still to guilt jusi Alia tendi — 
Slaves, tools, accomplices — no fhendil 

X\1I. 

"All this, Zuleika, harshly sounds ; 

But harsher still my tale must be i 
Howe'er my tongue thy softness woundb 

Yet I must prove all truth to thee, 

I saw thee start this garb to see, 
Te( is it one I oft have worn. 

And long must wenr: this Galiongee^ 
To whom thy plighted vow is sworn, 

Is lender of those pirate hordes. 

Whose laws and V.ves are on their swords; 
To hear whose desolating tale 
Would make thy waning cheek more pale : 
ThoMe arms thou see'st my bami have brou^ 
The bauds that wield are not remote; 
This cup too for the ru^^ed knaves 

Is filt'd — ODce quaff 'd. they ne'er repinei 
Our Prophet might forgive the slaves; 

Tbe^ 're only intidels io wioe. 

XVIIL 



And listless left — for GnQir's fear 

Denied the courser and the spear — 

Thdli<hoft — Oh, Mahomet! how oft I— . 

In full divan the despot scoff'd 

As if t/iy weak unwi-:iii g hanci 

Refused the bridle or the brand i 

He ever went to war alcne, 

And pent me here untried — unknown; 

To Ifaroun's care wiib women left. 

By hope unblest, of fame bercfl. 

While thou — whose sof'ness long endeu'4 

Though it unmaniiM me, sif.. naJcbeer'd* 

To nrusa's ualls for safety sent, 

Awaitedst there the field's cyent. 

Haroun, who saw my spirit pininf 

Heneath inaction's sluggish yoke. 
Hi- captive, though with dread retrignlng 

My thraldom for a season broke, 
On promise to return before 
The day when Giaffir'a charge was 0*W, 
T IS vain — my tongue can not impart 
My &lmoct dnmksaoesB of heart, 



lOd 



THE BRIDE OF ABYDOS. 



[CAirfdll 



Wbn fliit (hli tibented ey* 
Harrej'd Eartb, Ocean, Sua, and Sky, 
Ai if my apiht pierced them through, 
And all their mniost wonders katvr ! 
Oua word alone ca.Q paint to thee 
That more than feeling — I wa» Free ! 
E'en for thy presence ceased to pine ; 
riM World — oaf, Heaven itieli was mine ' 

XIX 

•* The iballop of a trutly Moor 
Conyey'd me from hii idle Bhore ; 
I tonf'd to see the isles that gem 
Old Ocean's purple diadem : 
I lojghl by turns, and saw them all ; > 

Jlut when and where I join'd the creir. 
With whom 1 'm pledged to rise or fall, 

When aJl that we design to do 
Ifl done, 't will then be time more meet 
To t«U thee, when the tale *i complete. 

XX. 

•* T ii tme^ they arc a lawless brood. 
Bat rough in fonCf nor mild in mooa; 
And every creed, and every race. 
With them hath found — may find a place* 
But open speech, and ready hand, 
ObedieD(?e to their chief's eommaod; 
A soul for every enterprise, 
Thai never sees with Tern.r's eyct; 
Friendship for each, and faith to all,* 
And vengeaDce vow'd for those who fall, 
Have made them fitting instruments 
For more than e'en my own intents. 
And some — and I have studied all 

Distinguish'd from the vulgar rank, 
But chiefly to my council call 

The wisdom of the cautious Franks 
And wme to higher thoui^hts aspire, 

The last of Larabro's ^ patriots thcra 

Anticipated frted^mi share ; 
And oft around the civern fire 
On visiotjary schemes debate. 
To snatch the Rayahs 3 from their fate. 
So let them ease their hearts with prate 
Of equal rights, -.vhich man ne'er knew ; 
I have a love for frtednm too. 
Ay I let me like the ocean-Patriarch * roam. 
Or only know on land the Tartar's home! » 
My tent on shore, my galley on the sea, 
Arv more than cities and Serais to me : 
Borne by my steed, or wafted by my sail. 
Across the acsert, or before the gale, 
Bound wh»re thou wilt, my barb ! or glide, »ny prow I 
But be Ihr s'ar that guides the wanderer. Thou I 
Thou, my Zulcika, share and bless my nark : 
The Dove of p-tare and promise to mine ark' 
Or, since that hops denied in worlds of strife, 
Be tbou l!ie rainbow to the storms of life I 
The evening t>eam that smiles the clouds away, 
And tints lo-morrow with prophetic ray! 



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1780-00, for lh« in>k[>ri 



L. faroous for his efToris, Id 
of hit counlry. Ahsn*,' .ni-d 
. plrsl^. snd thr Arrhlprlnfo 



Blest '- as the Muezzin's strxn from Mecca^ wall 

To pilgrims pure and prostrate at his call ; 

Soft — as the melody of youthful days. 

That steals the trembling tear of sitecchleas praiM, 

Dear — as his native sijng lo Exile's ears, 

Shall sound each tone thy long-loved voice ecdeaiii 

For thee in those bright isles is built a twwer 

Blooming as Adeu 6 id its earliest hour. 

A thousand swords, with Selim's heart and hand. 

Wait — wave — defend — destroy — at thy comnuuid 

Girt by my band. Zuleika at my side, 

The spoil of nations shall bedeck niy bride. 

The Harem's languid years of listless ease 

Are well resign'd for cares— for joys like the«i 

Not blind to fate, I see, where'er I rove. 

Unnumbered penis, — but one only love! 

Yet well my toils shill ihat fund breast r?paf, 

Though fortune frown, or falser friends betray. 

How dear the dream in darkest hours of lU, 

Should all be changed, to Hnd thee fairhful still t 

Be but thv soul, like ^ehm's. firmly shows; 

To thee lie Sehm's tender as thine own; 

To soothe each sorrow, share m each delight. 

Blend every thnu^ht. do all — but disunite! 

Once free, 't is mint* our horde agam to guide ( 

Friends to each other, foes to au^ht beside : 

Yet there we follt.w hut the bent asMgn'd 

By fatal Nature lo man's warring kind : 

^Ia^k : where his carnage and his conquests «M> I 

He makes a s*>lii!ide, and calls it — peace I 

I like the rest nlu^t use my skill or strength. 

But ask no land beyond my sabre's length : 

Power swavs but by division — her resotirc* 

The blest alternative of fraud or force! 

Ours he the last ; in time deceit may come 

When citle^ cage us in a social home: 

There ev'c thy soul might err — how oft the h«ut 

Corruption shakes which peril could not part I 

And woman, more than man, when death or »••, 

Or even Disgrace, would lay her lover low, 

Sunk in the lap of Luxury will shame — 

Away suspiciim ! — net Zuleika '» name I 

But life IS hazard at the best : and here 

No more remains to win, and much to fear : 

Yes, fear ! — the doubt, ihe dread of losing thee^ 

By Osman's power, and Giaffir's stern decree. 

•jSat dread shall vanish with the favouring pJa, 

Which Love lo-ni-jht hath promised lo mr oil: 

No danger daunts the pair his smile hath blcit. 

Their steps still rovmg, but thtir hearts at rest 

With thee :ill toils are sweet, ench clime hath shmu 

Earth — sea alike — our world within our anus I 

Ay — let the loud winds whistle o'er the deck. 

So t!iat those arms cling closer mund my neck I 

The deepwf muni.ur of this lip ^hall be, 

No sigh for sateiy. hut a pn»yer for thee ! 

The war of eleincnls no fean. impart 

To l^ve, whose deadliest b««e is human Arti 

T!iere lie rhe only rocks our course cm check ; 

Here nioments menace — there are yean of wredc 

Rut hence ve thoughts that rise in I'lorror'i shap* 

This hour bestows, or ever bars esope. 

Few wr.nis remain of mine mv Ule to close ; 

Of thine but oj\e to waft us fro'ni our ff>cs ; 

Ve.i — foes — to me will Ciaflir's hale declin*} 

And ie no* Otman. who would part us, thioA } 



XXI. 



$ •* B«7sti»," — stl who pey tbs ca(;:istioa t«x, callcil 
th« •*iUrslrh." 

4 Tbp Arct nf «r>rsr«« (■ rior of th> frw wltk which ths 
|li.Mulm«o» profrM murb ■r4|usiiilaO -e. 

• Tbf wiDtlflriiiK Mf'- of ili0 A ribs, Ttrtsrs. sed Tnrko- 
wuMa, win lH> fotiDil wril <lrUilrtl lu inj b>Hik of K.aiilrro 
travtia. Tbst tl (na«r«i» ■ '■barm r«ri)hir lo lUrlf, eia- 
DOl bfl drnir,!. A f'lUDf Frrinh t^nt-fmito rnnfrwrt) to 
ChstMobrianil, that hf tirvi-r f<»,a*i bimarif sliuir, rsU •[>• 
iMf IB lb« SrMrt, wiib'iiii • •cuasllOB sftpiOMbiag U> rsp- 

|«ffe vluffli ««• U4«MiihttbW 



I ** His head and faith from doubt snd death 
Hclurn d in time mr guard tn save; 
Few heanl none lohl, tli.it oVr the wave 
From isle to U\c 1 mve<l the while: 
.^lul since, though ttarteil 1mm my band 
' 1'<>o iridom now I leave the land, 
No dei-d thry 've done, nor dre.1 sh«U do, 
Ere I have beard and doum'd il \oo i 



Canto II.] 



THE BRIDE OF ABYDOS. 



107 



I form the plan, decree the spoil, 
»T is fii I otlcoer share the toiU 
Bat now too long 1 've held tliine ear; 
Time presses, floats my lurk, and here 
We Itive behind but hate ajd fear. 
To-morrow (Jsnian with his traia 
Arrives — to-niehl must break thy chain: 
And would'sl thou save th:it haughty Bey, 

Perchance, /lu life who gave ihee thin^ 
With nie this hour away — away I 

But yet, though thou art plighted mine, 
Would'st thou recall thy will._.? vow 
AppaJlV 'yy truths impa.ied no^. 
Here rest I — no*, to see thee weui 
But be that peril 3tt my bead 1 " 

XXIL 

Zuleika, mute and motionless, 

Stood like that statue of distress, 

When, her last hope for ever gone, 

The mother harden 'd into stone ; 

All in the maid that eye could »ee 

Was but a younger Niobe. 

But ere her lip. or even her eye, 

Essay'd to jpc.tk. or look reply. 

Beneath ihc warden's wicket porch 

Far HashM on high a blazing torch ! 

Another — and another — and another — 

**OhI fly — uo more — yet now my moro than 

ther ! " 
Far, wide, through every thicket spread, 
The fearful li^ihis are gleatuing red; 
Nor these alone — for each right baud 
Is ready \sr'nh a shealhless braud. 
They i»ar*, pursue, return, and wheel 
With searv'iihg flambeau, shining steel 
And last of all, his sabre waving, 
Stern Giaffir in his fury raving: 
And now almost they toi>ch the cave- 
Ob ! must that grol be Selim^s grave ? 

XXIII. 

Dauntlest he stood — " T is come — eoon pail 
One kiss, Zuleika — t is my last : 

But vel niv bind not far from shore 
May hear ttns signil, see the Hash ; 
Yet DOW loo few — tlje attempt were rash . 

No matter — yet one edort more." 
Forth to the cavern iiiouih he slept; 

His pistol's echo ran* on high, 
Zuleika started not. nor wept, 

Despair benumbM her breast and eye 1 
"They hear me not, or if they ply 
Their" oars, 't is but to see me die; 
That sound hath drawu my foes more nig^ 
Then forth my father's srinutar, 
Thou ne'er hast seen less e<iuai warl 
Farewell, Zuleika !— Sweet ! retire: 

Yet stay within — here linger safe. 

At thee his rase will only chafe. 
Stir not — lest even tn thee perchance 
Some erring blade or ball should glance. 
Fear'st thou for him? — may I expire 
If in this strife I seek thy sire ! 
No— thcush by him that nnison pour'd; 
No— though again hr cull me coward I 
But tamely shall I meet their s'eet ? 
No — is each crest cave Au may feel!" 

XX IV. 

One bound he made, and ^inM the and 

Already at bis feel halh sunk 
The foreiuoit of the prying band, 

A gniping head, a quivering trunk : 
An'Sher falls — but rounil him close 
A t«-annin| circle of his r'>ea ; 
Frmn right to left his path he clefl, 

And almoit met the mpetiog wave: 
Hie boat appean — not five i>an' length — 
Hie zomm^m tmi» with deeperala »tna|fli*- 



I 0*1 ! are they yet in time to save? 

His feet the foremost breakers lave J 
1 His band are plunging in the bay. 



I They s'ruggle— now they touch the lanl! 
I They come— 't is but to add to ilaugblcr 
j His heart's best blood is ou the water. 

XXV, 

I Escaped from shot, unharm'd by sted, 
' Or scarcely grazed 'ts furce to feel, 
Had Selim won, Le:rayd, beset, 
To where the strand and billows met; 
There as his last step left the land, 
And the last death-blow dealt his hand— 
Ah ! wherefore did he turn to look 

For her his eyt but sought m vain? 
That pause, Ihit fatal gaze he look, 

Hath doom'd his denth, or fix'd hiscfaA 
Sad proof, in peril and m pain, 
IIov\' late will Lover's hope remain! 
His back was to ibe dashmg spray; 
Behind, but close, his comndes lay. 
When, at the instant, hiss'd the ball — > 
•* So may the foes of Giafhr fall ! ** 
Whose voice is heard ? whose carbine ruvl 
Whose bullet through the night-air saDf, 
Too nearly, deadly aim'd to err? 
'T is [hine— Abdallah'smurdererl 
The father siowlv rued thv hate, 
The son hath found a quicker fate: 
Fast from his breast the blood is bubbUn^ 
The whiteness of the seafoam troubLinj— 
If aught his lips essay'd to groan, 
The rushing billows choked the tone! 

XXVI. 

Morn slowlv rolls the clouds awiijr; 

F'^w tropiiies of the fight are therei 
The shouts that shook the midnight-bay 
Are silent ; but some signs of fray 
That strand of strife may bear, 
And fragments of ca'-h shiver'd brand; 
Steps siamp'd ; and aash'd into the sand 
The print of many a struggling hand 
Way there be mark'd ; nor far remote 
A broken torch, an oarless boat ; 
And tangled on the weeds that heap 
The bench where shelving lo the deep 

There lies a while cai^V ! 
T is rent in twain —one dark-red stain 
The wave yet ripples o*er in vain; 

But where is he who wore ? 
Ye ! who would o'er his relics weep, 
Go, seek them where the surges sweep 
Their burthen round Sigseum's steep 

And cast on Lemiios' shore : 
The sea-birds shriek above the prey, 
O'er which their hungry beaku delay, 
As shaken on his restless piHow, 
His head heaves with the heaving billoWf 
That hand, whose motion is not Ufa, 
Yet feebly seems to menace strife. 
Flung by the tossing tide on high, 
i Then levell'd with the wave — 
What rrcks it, though that corse shall Ite 
I Within a living grave? 
I The bird that tears that prostrate form 
: Hath ouly robb'd the meaner worm; 
The onlv heart, the only eve 
' Had bled or wept to see hi'm die, 
i Had lecn those scatter'd limbs corapoted 
j And iiiourn'd above his turban-itoue,! 
That heart hirh burst — that eye was claiM« 
Tea — closed before his own I 



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THE BRIDE OF ABYDOS. 



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xxvu. 

Bt Hellrt itream there is a loice of wail ! 

And woniiD'i eye ii wet — mui*s cheei^ is paja i 

Zaieika ; hrl of Giiffir's race, 
Tty desl.n'd lord is come too late: 

He sera noi— ne'er slnll lee Uiy face I 
Ciri he not hear 

The loud Wuln-ullcli ' warn his distant ear? 
Thy hanJniatds weeping at the gire, 
Tlie Koran c(iiuler> of the liviim of fate, 
Tliesilem slaves with folded amis that wait. 

Sighs in the hall, and shritks upon the gale, 
1 ell hiu. thy Ule ! 

Thon didil not view thy Selim fall ! 
Thai fearfal ni'.niant when he left the cave 
Thy heart grew chill : 

He was thy hope — ihy joy —thy love — thine all, 

Ai^ that kist thought on him thou could'st not savs 
SulEced to kill; 

Burst forth lu one wild cry and all was still. 
Peace to thy broken heart, and virgin grave i 

Ah ! happy : but of li.e to lose the worst '. 

That grief — though deep — thoMsh fatal— was thy 

Thrice l-ivpy ■ '>^" '" feel I'or fear tne force 
Of absence, shame, pride, hale, revenue, remorse! 
And, oh ; that pan» where more Ihan.Maduess liei ! 
The \\-orm that will not sleep — and never dies; 
Thoushl of the gloomy dav and ghastly night. 
That drtatts the darkness, and vet loathes the light, 
That winds around, and lean the quivering heart! 
Ah ! wherefore not consume it — and dejjart ! 
Woe to thee, rash and unrelenting chief! 
Vainlv ihcu hcap'sl Ihc dust uprin thv head, 
Vainly the sackciol*. o"er thy limbs dost spread 
By that same hand Abdallah — ielim bled. 
How let jl fear Ihy beard in idle grief: 
Thy pride of heart, thy bride for Oiman's bed. 
She, whom Ihy sulranhad but seen to wed, 
Thv Daughter 's dca.1 ! 
Hope of thine a'ie, thy twilight's lonelv beam, 
The SUir hith set thai shone en Helle's stream. 
What ouei.ch d iU ray ?— the blood that thou hast 

■hedl 
Rark ! to the hurried (Question of I^espair: 
"Who-e is my child?"— *nd £cbo uuwen — 
" Where ?"» 

XXTIIL 

Within (he place of thousand tombs 

That shioe beneath, while dirk abon 
The cad but t-iving cypress glooms 

And wiilicrs not, though branch and leaf 
Are sianip'd with an elerual griel^ 

Like early uorequiled I^ive, 
One sjiot riifts. whifli ever blooma, 

Ev'n in ftut deadlv grove — 
A single rose is shol Jin; ihrr* 

lu lonely lustre, Dieck and pale: 

1 T1l« d^alI:.«ofig of the Turkf*?) womcB. Tb« **al1ent 
^Te«" are thr lueo. wliM* fiollun* of decomia fortad 
MQPtalDI 10 putttc. 

3"Irmm» to lh« place of my birth, aod erlwl. 'Tht 
frttmla of my iroulh. valine are Ihey T ' and an K>-hu aif 



It looks as planted bv Despair — 
So while — so fairit — the sligliteit pla 

Might ivhirl the leaves on high ; 
And yet, though slcrms and blight amuif 

Anil hands more rude than wintry sky 
May wring it fmm the stem — in rain* 
To-ninrrow sees it bloom agnin 1 

The 3*..Tlk some spirit gently rears, 

And waters with ceiestial tears ; 
For well miv maids of Helle deem 

That this can be no eanhly liowei, 

Which mock-s li.v iempest"*s ivitherlng kev, 

And buds unshelterM by a bower ; 

Nor droo[a, thnugn Spring refuse her ihoiPH^ 



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To it ihe livelong night there sibgi 

A bird unseen — but not remote i 
Invisible Lis airy wings. 
But soft as harp that Houri strmp 

His long entrancing note I 
It were the Bulbul ; but his throat. 

Though niournful, pours nr.t such aitnfelt 
For they who listen cannot leave 
The spot, but linger there and grieve, 

As if they loved in vain 1 
And yet so sweet the tears they shed, 
'T is sorrow so unmii'd with dread, 
They scarce can bear the moru to break 

That melancholy spell. 
And longer yet would weep and wake^ 

He sings so wild and well ! 
But w hen the day-blush bursts frtna high, 

Elpires tliat magic melodr. 
And some have been w ho could belieT% 
(So fondly vouihful dreams deceive, 

Tel barsii be they ihat blame,) 
That note so piercing and j rofoiind 
Will shape and syllable » its sound 

Imo Zuleika's name. 
T is fn.m her cypres summit heard. 
Tint m-^lts in aiV the liquid word i 
*T is from her lowk vin;io earth 
That while rose takes its lender birth. 
There lale was laid a marble stone ; 
Eve saw it placed — the .Morrow gooel 
It was DO mortal arm that bore 
That deep fir'd pillar to Ihe shore; 
For there, as Utile's legends tell. 
Next morn 't was found where .Selim MI| 
1,-uh'd by Ihe tumbling tide, wh>?M w»t» 
I)enie<l his Ixincs a holier grave: 
And there by night, reclined, 't is aid, 
Is seen a ehislly lurtnn'd head ; 

And hence eriended bv Ihc billow, 

T IS named Ihe •' Pirite-plianlom's pill(nrl> 

Where firil i| lay that mourning flower 

Hath floiirish'd ; flourishelh Ibis hour, 

Alone and dewy, cnldiv pure and )ale; 

As weeping Beauty^ cheek al Sorrow^ tale I 



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For ■ heWtt thit Ihe •note of the dnd Ichabil the FonK 
of birds, wr Detii B<M in»el lo lb* Ehsl Loid l.jrutatctt'i 
rh(«l Hory. thv b-lirf uf ihe Pu- hr.» of Krnjil, thai 
fr I. Qrw Into hrr wimlow lu trir ahl^ of ■ ravrr 
l(iw« Orfnrtl'i Rrminlarrores). and tniiir other InatanfM, 
bnoc thit oiip^ritittrit] orarer homr. Thr moet BioiDlAf 
I WAS Ihe whim of t Worrnler lady, who. brlterloc hci 
daughter In fiial id th>- ahapc nf ■ ftlii|tin« bird, literally 
j fiirniah*^ hrr pr-w m Ihf ralhedral with raxre fall of iha 
kiod: and aa mhr waa nrb. and a b^nrCactrrM la basatlf^ 
ln( Ibe rhurrb, do objrclloo «a« toad* lu her karslaa 
I follf . For thia anacdoU, at« Orfortf'a UUar& 



CahtoI] 



THE CORSAIR. 



109 



THE CORSAIR: 

A TAIiE.» 



TO THOMAS MOORE, ESQ. 
Jty dear Moore. — I dedicate to you the laal produc- 
tion with which I ibilt trespass oo public paltence, 
od your iDdul^Dce. for K>me years ; and I own that I 
ioel uizious to avail my&e'.f of this latest aDd only op- 
portuDity of adomiDg n»y pa^es with a name, conse- 
crated hy uDbhakea public princi|ile, and the most 
undoubted aud various taJeols. While Ireland ranks 
you among the firmest of her pa ; nets ; while you 
tUnd alone the &rst of her banls iu her estimatiou, and 
Britaan repeats and ratifies Ihe decree, permit one, 
whose only regret, since our first acquaintance, has 
been the years he bad lost before it commenced, to add 
the humble but aioccre suffrage of friendship, to the 
Toice of more tb^n one nation. It will at least prove 
to yOQ. that I have neither forgiotten the gratification 
derived from voxir society, nor abandoned the prospect 
of its renewal, whenever your leisure or inclination 
allows you to atone to your frietids for too long an 
absence. It is said among those friends, I trust truly, 
that you are engaged in the composition of a poem 
whose scene will be laid in the East ; none can do 
those scenes so much justice. The wron^ of vour 
own country, the magnificent and fiery spirit o( her 
•ODs, the beiuty and feeling of her daughters, may 
there be found; and Collin*, when he dennmin3te<i 
his Oriental his Irish Eclogues, was not aware how 
true, at least, was a pari of his parallel. Your imagi- 
nation will create a warmer sun, and less clouded sky ; 
but wildness, tenderness, and originaJity, are part of 
your national claim of oriental descent, to which you 
have already thus far proved your title jaore clearly 
than the most zealous of vour country*B aniiquanans. 

May [ add a few woras on a subject on which alt 
men are supposed to be fiuent, and none agreeable? — 
Seif. I have wnl'en much, and published more than 
enough to demand a longer silence than I now medi- 
tate ; but, for some years to conjc. jl is my intention 
to tempt no further the award of "Gt^ls, men, nor 
columns." In Ihe piesent composition I have attempt- 
ed not the most difficult, but, perhaps, the best adapted 
measure to our language, the good old and now neglect- 
ed heroic couplet. The stanza of Spenser is perhaps 
too slow and dignified for naniljve; though, I confess, 
it is the measure most aHer my own heart: Scott 
alone, of the present generation, has hitherto com- 
pletely triumphed over the fatal facility of the octo- 
tyllab;: verse ; and this is not the least victory of his 
fertile lad mighty genius: in blank verse, Milton, 
Thomson, and our dramatists, are the beacons that 
^iue along the deep, but warn us from the rough and 
barren rock on which they ire kindled. The heroi 
eoQplet is not the most popular measure ccrtaicly ; but 
*n did not deviate into the other from a wish to flatter 

'«t is called public opiaion. I shall quit it without 
.Mother apo'o«7, and take my chance once more with 
tkit »»nificatW, in which I have hitherto published 
•uChihg but comjioaitions who^ former circulation is 
part of my present, and will be of my future regret. 

Wiftj regard to mv ^tory, and stories in general, I 
■hould have been glad to have renJered my pcrsoQagei 
IDortt perferl and amiable, if possible, irasmuch as I 
hBT« b«eii itnnetimes critirisej, and coneidered no less 

1 • Tbe Comi . ** «■« beeno on the :8th, and floisbed 
n th« SlxL or D«c«mt>ef, IHlS; • np\d\Xf of compoaillOD 
wUc^ Ukiui lato cocfUleratloa tH* extrsonllnarr bevoty 
ef ik« po«iB, It. perhHpn, aop^roJked in ibe tite.arj ki^ 
tmt ef tkm country. — )£. 

10 



responsible for their deeds and onalities than if all lui 
been personal. Be it w — if I tiave devuisd into tbe 
gloomy vanity of "drawing from self," the pictures are 
probably like, tmce they ar* unfavourable; and if not, 
those who know nie are undeceived, and those who do 
not, t have little interes: in undeceiving. 1 have oo 
particular desire that any but my acquainVance should 
think the author better tiian (he bem^s of his imagia- 
iiig ; bu! I cannot help a little surjinse, and perhape 
aTiiusement, at some odd critical exceptions in the pre- 
sent instance, when 1 see several bards (far more de* 
serving, 1 allow) in very reputable plight, and quita 
exempted from all particifalion in tne laulLs of thoee 
heroes, who, nevertheless, might be found with little 
more morality than '• The Giaour." and perhajis — but 
no — I must admit Childe Harold to be a very repulsive 
personage; and as to his identity, those who like it 
nmst give him whatever ** alias" they please. 

If, howeverj it were worth while to remove the ha- 
pressicn, it might be of some service to me, that th« 
man who it alike the delight of his readers and tb 
friends, the rxxt of all circles, and the idol of hu ow^ 
permits me nere and elsewhere to subscritM myieU, 
Aloet truly, 

And aSectionately, 

His obedient terrant, 

BTRON 

January % 181^ 



THE CORSAIR.' 



CANTO THE FIRST. 



I macctor dolorek 



" O'er the g!ad waten of the dark bine sea^ 
Our thoughts as boundless, and our souU as frM, 
Far as the breeze can bear, the billows foam, 
Survey our empire, and behold our home ! 
These are our realms, no liniits to their sway-* 
Our fiag the sceptre all who meet obey. 
Ours tbe Wild life in tumult still to range 
From toil to rest, and joy in every charge. 
Oh, who can lel! ? not thou, luxurious slave! 
Whoff s-^^ui would sicken o'er the leaving ware} 
Not thou, vain lord of wantonness and ease ! 
I Whom slumber soothes not — plwisure cannot pleHV • 
! Oh, who can tell, save he whose heart hath trittd, 
1 And danced in triumph o'er the waters wide. 
The exulting sense— the pulse's maddening plaT, 
That thrills the wanderer of that tracklefis way ? 
That for i'self can woo the approaching ^~^U 
And turn wh.it some deem danger to delight ; 
That seeks what cravens shun with more lUj. leal, 
And where the fpebirr faint — can only feel — 
Feel — to the rising bosom^ inmost core, 
Its hope awaken and its spirit soar ? 

3 The ilme In this poem may seem tou tbort fhr Cke 
occjiTrtucvn, but ibc wbole of iki Egean tsloa Lr« wlthll 
a few hours' sail of thw cuDtiaeat, atul lh« rv^tr most M 
kliMl cAvush ui tuJkMt Uit tfiK^ as I haw Ql'«n ftHUd 



no 



THE CORSAIR. 



[CaitmI 



No dread of death — if fv^th «s die our foea — 
6aTe that it seems even dul-ler than repose : 
Come when it will — we snatch the life of life — 
WhcD last— what recks it — by disease or Btrife ? 
I^t hirn who crawls enaniiiurM of decav, 
CliDg to his couch, and sicken years away ; 
Heave his thick breatli, and shake his palsied head J 
Ours— the fres-h turf, and not the feverish bed. 
While gasp by gasp he falters forth his soul, 
Oun with one p:in; — one bound — escapes control. 
Hit corse may boast its urn and narrow cave. 
And they who loathed his life miy gild his grave: 
Our» are the tears, though few, sincerely shed, 
When Ocein shrouds and sepulchres our dead. 
For us. even banquets fond regr»t sun^jly 
Id the red cup that crowns'our memory ; 
Aiid the brief epitaph in danger's day, 
When thn^e who wir at length divide the prey, 
And cry. Remembrauce saddening o'er each brow, 
How had the brave who fell exulted now ."* 

n. 

Such were the notes that from the Pirate's i'^le 

Around the kindling watch fire rang the while: 

Such were the sounds that thrill'd the rocks along, 

And unto ears as rugged seem'd a song ! 

In scatier'd groups u[»oii the golden sand, 

They g^me — carouse — converse — or whet the brand ; 

Select the anus — to each his blade assign, 

And car»-le.ss eye the blond that dims its shine; 

Repair the boat, replace the lielni or oar. 

While othrrs straggling muje along the shore 

For tbt; wild bird the busy •^prmses set. 

Or spread beneath the sun the dripping njt ; 

3aze where some distant sail a speck suppllei, 

With aii the thirsting eye of Enterpri«e ; 

Tell o'er ttie tales of many^ nighi oi loU, 

And marvel where they next fhall seize a spoil : 

No matter where— their chief 's allotment this; 

Theirs, to l>elieve no prey nor plan an.iss. 

But who that Chief? his'name on every shore 

Is famed and fear'd — they ask and know no more. 

With these he mingles not but to command ; 

Few are his wnnis, hut keen his eye and hand. 

Ne'er »easons he wjlh mirth their jovial mes&. 

But they forgive his silence for success. 

Ne'er for his lip the purpling cup they fill, 

That goblet m«es him uiilasied still — 

And (or his fare — the rudest of his crew 

Would thai, in turn, have pass'<l untnsted too. 

Earth's coarsest lirend, the garden's homeliest roots, 

And scarce the summer luxury of fruits, 

His short repast iii humbleness supply 

With all a hermit's board would scarce deny. 

But rrhile he shuns 'he gm^wer joys of sense. 

His mind seems nnurish'd bv Ihil abstinence. 

"Steer to that shore!" — they sail. "Do this!" *ti3 

done : 
" Now form and fo! low me ! " — the spoil Is won. 
Thus prompt his accents and his actions sail. 
And all obey and few inquire his will ; 
To such, brief answer and contemptuous eye 
Convey re^jroof, nor further deign reply. 

III. 
•«A sal! I — a nil !" — a promised prire to Hope I 
Her nation — flag — how sf>e:ik9 the telescope ? 
No pnze, alai ! — hut vet a welcome tail : 
The blorid-red sienal glitters m the gale. 
T« — she is ours — a home-returning bark — 
Blow fair, thoii breere ! -» she anchori ere the dijk* 
Atrnbly doubled is the cape — our t>ay 
Receive* that prow trjiich proudly tpumi the sprav 
How gloriously her gallant courw she gors! 
Her *'hilc wmg^ (Ivin- — never fnmi her foci — 
8hr w.'.ks the waters like a thing of life, 
And tremt lo dare the rlenieiit* to itrife. 
Who wrnjld not bravr the t.atlle fire — the wreck — 
To okove tbo monarch of her |>oopled deck } 

IV. 
■oana Vnr ber tide the nutling cable rings [ 
TlM miU an fur1'4 ;.Aad anchonuf rouad ilie iw1ii(b. 



And gathering loiterers on the land diicerD 
Her boat descendmg from the latticed stem. 
'T is mann'd — the oars keep concert to the stnadf 
Till grales her keel upon the shallow sand. 
Hail to the welcome shout ! — the friendly stHsecfat 
When hand gTa5ps hand uniting on the beach; 
The smile, the question, and the quick reply, 
And the heart's promise of festivity ! 



The tidings spread, and gathering growi the oowtd 
The hum of voices, a;id the laughter loud, 
And woman's gentler anxious tone is heard — 
Friends' — husbands' — lovers' name* m eacb iH 

word: 
" Oh ! are they safe ? we ask not of vaccem — 
But shall we see them ? will their accents blen? 
From where the battle roars — the billows chafl'^ 
They doubtless boldly did — but who are safe? 
Here let them haste lo ghdden and surprise, 
And kiss the doubt from these d»:lighted eyci ! * 

VI. 
" Where is our chief? for him we bear report — 
And dnubt that joy — which hails our cnmin^ — AoH 
Yet thus sincere — 't is cheering, though to brief; 
But, Juan ! instant guide us to our chief : 
Our greeting paid, we'll fenst on our return, 
And all shall hear what each may wish to leara.' 
Ascending slowly by the rock-hewn way. 
To where his watch-tower beetles o'er the bay, 
By bushy brake, and wild flowers blossomib^f, 
And freshness breathing from each silver spring, 
Whose scitter'd streams from granite basins bunt, 
Leap into life, and s{>arkhng woo your thirst: 
From crag to <iitf thev mount — Near yonder aif% 
What lonely straggler' looks along the wave ? 
In pensive jKisture leaning on the brand, 
Not oft a resting-stalT to \hM red hand ? 
*"T IS he — 't is Conrad — here — as wont — al0M| 
On — Juan ! — on — and make our purpose known. 
The lark he views — and tell him we would greet 
His ear with tidings he must quickly meet : 
We dare not yet approach — thou know'st hb mOOd 
When strange or uninvited seps intrude." 

VH. 
Him Juan sought, and told of their intent ; — 
He spake not — but a sign ex press 'd assent. 
These Juan calN — hey come — to their salute 
He bends hini slightly, but his lips are mute. 
"These lelters. Chief, are from the Greek — the ipf 
Who still proclaims our spoil or iicnl nigh : 
What^'er his tidings, we can well report 
Much that" — " Peace, peace I" — he cuti th^pM 

ting short. 
Wondenng i^ev tunij abash'd, while each to each 
Conjecture wh^pers in his muttering speech: 
Thev ivatch his glance with nnny a stealing lookt 
To gather how that eve the t dings took ; 
Bui. Ihlf ns if he gurss'd, with head aside, 
Perchance ffom some emotion, doubt, or pride, 
He read the scrol 1 — " My tablets, Juan, luLrk<* 
Where iiGon«lvo?" 

*' In the anchored bark.* 
'• There let him stay — lo him tlih onler beer— 
Bnrk to your duly — for my course pre|»arei 
Myself this enterprise *o-nigtit will slare.** 
** To-night, Lord Conrad ?" 

"At! at set of tni 
The Iiree7e wilt freihen wr.en tiicd.ir is doo* 
^ry r<n..ft — clo;tk —one hour- and we an giMk 
Sim* (til Ihy bugle — see thai free from nut 
Mv cirt.inr If>ck springs wnrlhv of mv Iniit; 
Be the rdgc nhaqieu'd of n>v t^anlmt brand, 
And giTC i'a giianl more ro<mi !<> hi my haa^ 
Thii let the arnmurrr with •|>er4l di«p^ ; 
L^st time ii more fatigued mv ami tkau tim 
M irk that tha ■tgiial guu be duljr ftml, 
T ' tell m wbMi lb* Dour ef stay S eCflfiA. 



CajtpoI.I 



THE CORSAIR. 



Ill 



VIIL 
^^jgj Quke c*emnc«, »nd retire in hista, 
Ten iDOD 10 leek »s»in ihe wucT wiite : 
Tel Ihry repioe doI — lo lh»l tonnJ ^ides; 
And who dare qucslioo auebt Ihal he decides? 
Thai maD o( loneliness ami mystery, 
Scarce seen to smile, and seldom beard to sigh ; 
Whose name a|i|>ab the fiercest of his cre\T, 
And tints each swarthy cheek with sallower hue; 
Still sways their souls with that comiiiatrdins art 
Tiat dazzles, leads, yet chills the vul;ir heart. 
What is that spell, that thus bis lawless train 
Confess and envv, yet oppose in vain ? 
What should it be, that Ihuj their faith can bind ? 
The power of 1 bought — the ii.igic ..f the Mind ! 
Link'd with success, assunie.1 and kept with skill. 
That moulds another's wwkness to iti "ill ; 
Wields wi h their hands, but, still lo the»e unknowOy 
Makes even their mightiest deeds appear his own. 
Such hath it been — shall be— beoeilh the sun 
The nunv still must labiur for the one 1 
T is Nature's doom — but let the wretch who toilt, 
Accuse not, hate not Um who wears the spoils. 
Oh : if he knew the weight of splendid chains, 
Bow Ugbt the balance of bis humbler pains I 

IX. 
Cnlike the heroes of each ancient race. 
Demons in act, but Gods at least in face. 
Id Conrad's form seems little to admire, 
Though his dark eyebrow shades a glance of fire: 
Robust but not Herculean — to the sight 
No giant frame sets forth his common height ; 
Tft, in the whole, who paused to look again. 
Saw more than marks the crowd of vulgar mcD 
They gaze and marvel how — and still confess 
That thus it is, but why they cannot guess. 
Sun-burnt his cheek, his forehead high and pale 
The sable curls m wild profusion veil ; 
And ofl perforce his rising lip reveals 
The haughtier thought it curbs, but scarce conceals. 
Though smo«h his voice, and calm his general mien. 
Still seems there something he would not have seen : 
His features' deepening lines and varying hue 
At Hmes attracted, yet perp.'ei'd the view, 
As if within that murkiness of mind 
Work'd feelings fearful, and yet undefined: 
Such might it be — tliat none could truly tell — 
Too close enquiry his stern glance would quell. 
There breathe but few whose aspect might defy 
The full encounter of his searching eye : 
He had the skill, when Cunning's gaze would seek 
To probe his heart and watch his changing cheek. 
At once the observer's purpo,e to espy, 
And on himself roll back his scmtiny. 
Lest he to Conrad rather should betray 
Some secret thought, than drag that chiers Xa-ixj. 
There was a laughing Devil in bis sneer. 
That raised emotions both of rage and fear; 
And where his frown of hatred darkly fell, 
Hope withering fled — and Mercy sigh'd farewell!' 



1 That Conrsd Is • clisracler not sltofether out of nature, 
I shall sltempt lo prove by some bisiotiral oinodeuces 
whicb I h«»e met wilb sinro wrilloe "The Cnnuiir. 

"Eocelin priBoonicr," dit Rolandini, ■'s'eQIeimoil daos 
■n silence meoacanl, II Hioit «ur la terre son visage (eroce, 
tf Be dooooit pomt d'ewor ■ sa prnfoode indignation. De 
tonics parte* rep^ndaot \f% •oldata «l ies peuplea occoaroi. 
sat; ill Toololenl voir c«t bomme. jadis si puiMlol, si la 

We o«l»er»«ll« wlstoil ds toutes partes 

Bccelia eWit d'une pelile l«.lle; mii« toot I'sspecl de n 
■eraoone, ton. sea mou.emen.. indiquoicnl uu Mlilat. - 
■«■ lamafe eloit amer, son drporlement siiperbe— el p«r 
••■ teui tjard, II (aiaoil trembler l« plus bardie."— Sii. 
■•lUi, lorn' 111. p. ^Itf. 

A^dja. "OlschcuB (Genterlc king of the VandaU. the 
saaqaerbr of both Cerlhife and B.me). el.lure mrOloene, 
tt aqal caeu flaudlmoa, sQlmo piofuQdua, eermooe rarue, 
hxartse conlempwr, Irm lurbldu.. hab,:Ddi cupidn., id 
sohoitaDdsa jeatee prcvideDliwumus,' OLt. ic. Jornan- 
tu <• Re»<u e<liei>, o. ». 

I ^tg leave to ^noU these iloomy fesHllea U keep Is 
■^•Msass mf eiasw sat CocssU 



Slight are the outward signs of evil tbnofbt, 
Within — within- 't was there the spirit wroafbt 
Love shows all changes- ■ Hate, Ambiiioia, GoUa, 
Betray no further than li.e bitter smile ; 
The lip's least curl, the lightest paleness thIOWB 
Along the govern'd a>|jecl, speak alone 
Of derper passions ; .luJ to ludge their miea, 
vould see, niust be himself uoseeo. 
ith the hurriej ticad, the upward af^ 
The clenched hand, the pause of agony, 
1 hat listens, sarling, \a,' the slep too near 
Approach intrusive on that mood of fear: 
Then — with each feature working from the heal), 
Wilh feelings loosed to stienglheii — r'lt depart : 
That rise- convulse — contend — that freeze, or flow 
Flush lu the cheek, or damp upon the brow ; 
Then — Stranger 1 if thou canst, and tremblest aoC, 
Behold his soul —the rest that soothes bis lot 1 
Mark — how that lone and blighted bosom scan 
The scathing thought of eiecrued years '. 
Behold — but who hath seen, or o'er shall saa, 
Man as himself — the secret spirit free ? 

XI. 
Yet was not Conrad thus by Nahire sent 
To lead the guilty — guilt's worse instrument — 
His soul was changed, before his deeds bad driva 
Him forth to war with man and forfeit heavsn. 
Warp'd by the world in Disappointment's KiMA, 
In words loo wise, in conduct ihtrt a fool ; 
Too firm to yield, and far too proud to stoop, 
Doom'd by his verv virtues for a dupe. 
He cursed those virtues as the cause of ill. 
And not the traitors who betray'd him still J 
Nor deeni'd that gifts bestow'd on better mea 
Had left him joy, and means to give again. 
Fear'd-thunu'd — belied— ere youth haJ Mt ■■ 

force. 
He hited man loo much to feel remorse. 
And thought the voice of wrath a sacred call, 
To pay the injuries of some on all. 
He knew himself a villain- hut he deemM 
The rest no better than the thing he seem'd; 
And scorn 'd the best as hypocrites who hid 
Those deeds the bolder spirit plainlv did. 
He knew himself detested, but he knew 
The hearts that loalh'd him, crouch'd and dreadat IH 
Lone, wild, and strange, he stood alike exempt 
From all allection and from all contempt : 
His name could s.adden, and his acts surprise; 
But they that fear'd him dared not lo daspisa: 
Man spurns the worm, but pauses ere he vr^ks 
The slumbering venom of the folded snake : 
The first niav turn — but not avenge the blow ; 
The Last eipires— but leaves no living foe ; 
Fast to the doom'd offender's form it clings. 
And he may crush — not con.iuer — suU it stiagk 

XIL 
None are all evil — quickening round his baalt. 
One softer feeling would not yet depart ; 
Oft could he sneer at others as beguiled 
By passions worthy of a fnol or child ; 
Yet 'gainst that passion vainly still he strova, 
And even in him it asks the name of Love ! 
Yes, it was love — unchangeable— unctianged. 
Felt but for one froii whom he never ranged ; 
Though fairest captives daily met his eye. 
He shunn'd, nor sought, but coldly pas'd thembf | 
Though many a beauty droop'd in nrison'd bowv, 
Nfne'cver soothed his'most unguarded ho«r. 
Yes — It was Love ~ if thoughts of tenderness, 
Tried in temjiUtion slrengtlien'd by distress, 
Unmoved bv absence "-rm in every iliiue. 
inj yei — Oh nior- ihan all ! — untired by tlB*) 
Which nor defeated hi-,-e, nor baffled wile. 
Could render sullen were she near lo Simla, 
Nor rage could hre, nor sickness fret to veol 
On her one murmur of his disconte'^t ; 
Which still would meet with joy, with <almiiai|al 
f ehoold rotcb tar taxt 



Leal 'hat his lout of (rief • 



l12 



THE COKSAIR. 



Which oonihl removed, nor meoacol 'a remove— 
U the.-e bt lov» in mortaU — thu wu love ! 
He w»j » TiliaiD — ay — rEproachet ihoner 
VB hjm — but Dol Ihe pijsinD, nor its power, 
Whick oqIv proved, ill other virtues jona, 
Noi guUt itielf could quench this loveliejt one I 

XIIL 
He pansed a moment — till his hutenin? men 
raas'd the 6r%t winding downward to the glen. 
"Slrauie tidiDgji — many a peril have I past, 
Kor know i why this ueil appears the last I 
ret so my heart forebodes, but must not fear, 
Nor shall my followers find me (alter here. 
*T :8 rash to meet, but surer death to wait 
Till here they hunt us to undoubted fate ; 
And, if my plan but hold, and Fortune tmila, 
We Ml furnish mourners for our funeral-pile. 
Ay — let them slumber— peaceful be their dreami 
Worn ne'er aivoke them with such brilliant beami 
Aa kindle high tonight (but blow, thou breeze I) 
To wa^im these slow avengers of the seas. 
Now to Medora — Oh I my sinking heart, 
Long may her own be lighter than thou art I 
Vet was I brave— mean boast where all are brate! 
Even insects sting for aught I bey seek to save. 
This common courage which with brutei we ihue, 
That owes its deadliest ellorts lo despair, 
Small merit claiDu— but 't n-as my nobler hor» 
To leach mv few with numbers sliU to ccp«: 
Long have I led Item — not to vainly bleed r 
No medium now — we perish or succeed I 
so let it be — it irlcs not me to die ; 
But thus lo urge them whence they cannot fly. 
My Jot hath long had little ot' my care. 
But chafes my pride thus baffled in the snare i 
It this my skill ? my craft ? to set at last 
Hope, power, and life upon a single cast? 
Oh, Fate ; —accuse thy folly, not thy fate — 
She may redeou thee still — nor jet too late.' 

XIV. 

Thtn with himself communion held he, tiU 
He reach'd the summit of bis tower <rown'd hill ; 
There it the portal (oused — for wild and soft 
He heard those accents never heard too oft ; 
Through the high lattice far yet swoe: they rmf, 
Ami these the notea bis bird of beauty sung i 

1. 
" Deep in my nnl that tender secret dvrelli, 

Lonely ud lost to light for evermore, 
Save when to thine my heart rcsjionsive iirilli^ 

Then liemble* into silence as before. 
2. 
' There, in its centre, > sepulchral lamp 

Bums the slow flame, eternal — but unseeoi 
^]nrb not the darkness of drsriair cao damp, 

Tuougb vain its ray ai it had never been. 
3. 
" Remember me — Oh ! pase not thon njy frare 

Without one thoufhl whose relics there rediui 
Tlie only pani; my boio'" dare not brave 

Most be to hnd forge j\.^uess in thine. 
4. 
".M.. fowlost- faintest- latest accents hear — 

'Jnef for the dead not Virtue can reprove : 
Tnen give mo all t ever ask'd — • tear. 

The first — last — sole reward of to uincb lore I" 
"e peei'd the |«irUl — cross'd the corridor, 
And rrach'd ihe cluml«r as the strain gave o'er: 
"My own Medora I sure thy song is sad —" 

" Id Conrad i abMoce wnuld'st llinu luve it glad } 

Without thin, car to listen to mv lay, 

Still ain.1 mv ».ng my lllnu^hl^ my soul betray i 

Will must eifh arrcnt to mv tirisnm suil 

Mr h«rt uiihushM -although my li|i> were male! 

<lk I najiy a ai|l,l on this Line roiich reclined, 

itf ttmuiat l*v with aianiu bath wun'i (be srli^ 



rCAsiel 



And deeni'd the breath that foictly bon'd thy all 
The murmuring prelude of the ruder |»le; 
Though snfl. It seenj'd the low prophetic dirM, 
That uioum'd thee floating on the savage lum- 
Still would 1 rise to rouse the beacon fire. 
Lest spies less true should let Ihe blaze eipii* 
And many a reslleas hour oulwalch'd each star, 
And morning came — and slUl thou wert aiv. 
f)h ! how the chill blast on my bosom blew. 
And dav broke dreary on my troubled view. 
And still I gazed and gaarf — and not a prosr 
Was granted to my tears — my truth — my vow 
At length — 't was noon — I bail'd and biest theaart 
That met my sight — it near'd — Alas ! it esat 
Anoihe- came — Oh God 1 1 was thine at lajt ! 
Would that those daj-s were neer ! wilt thoo i^«r 
»Iy Conrad ! learn the joys of peace to share ? * 
Sure thou hast more than wealth, and many a iw— - 
As bright as this invites us not to roam : 
Thou know'sl it IS not peril that I fear, 
I only tremble when thou art not here ; 
Then not for mine, but that far dearer life, 
Which flies from love and languishes for strifc— 
How strange that heart, lo me to tender stiU, 
Should war with nature and its better will l* 

Yea, strange indeed — that heart hath low k«a 
changed ; " 

Worm-like t was trampled -adder-like avaand. 
Without one hope on earth beyond thy lov^^ 
And scarce a glimpse of mercy from above. 
^ et the same feeling which thou dost condema. 
My very love to thee is hale to them. 
So closely mingling here, tliat disentwined, 
I cease lo love thee when 1 love majikinJ: 
Yet dread not this- the proof of all the reel 
Assures Ihe future that my love will last; 
But — Oh, Medora ! nerve thy gentler heart ; 
This hour again — but not for long — we part.* 
"This hour we part ! — my heart foreboded thbl 
Thus ever fade my fairy dreams of blisa. * 
This hour — It cannot be— this hour awayl 
Von bark halh hardiv inchor'd in the bay: 
Her consort still is absent, and her crew 
Have need of rest before they toil anew i 
^ly love ! (hou mock'st my weaknea : and 

steel 
My breast before the time when it mast feel ; 
But trifle now no more svith my distrese. 
Such mirth halh less of play than bitlerneaa. 
Be silent, Conrad : -dearest I come and shan 
The feast these hands delighted to prenare; 
Light toil ! to cull and dress thy frugal fare I 
Set I have pluck'd the fruit that promised bat, 
And where net sure, pcrplet'd, but pleased, 1 
At such as srem'd Ihe fairest ; thrice the hiU 
My steps hive wound to try the aioleal rill l 
VesI thy sherlicl lo-night w,ll sweetly flosr. 
See how it s|iarklcs in its vase of snow! 
The grapea' gay juice thy b<«oni never chem : 
Thoo more than Moslem when the cup appeans 
Think not I mean lo chide — for I rejoice 
What others deem a penance is thy choice. 
n»t come, the board is spread ; our silver laffla 
Is trinim'd, and heeds not the simcco't damu: 
Then shall nir handmaids while Ihe tune alone, 
And join with me the dance, or wake Ihe suofl 
Or my guitar, which still thou lovV to hear, 
Shall soothe or lull — or, should it vei ihiua ear. 
We 'II turn ilie tale, by Ari.sto told. 
Of fair lllvi. |.ia loved and lell of old." 
Why — jhou wert svorso than he who bmke hb <■« 
To that lost dsiiuel, shouldsl thou leave nif <k.w| 
Or even that Irail.r chief — I 've leen ihce umU, 
When Ihe clear skv sliow'd Arudnr's Isle, 
Which I hive iKiinled 1mm thex clifli ll,e wh^e< 
And Itius hall iix.rtive, hilf m frar, I ssid, 
l^sl 'I inir sliould raise that diiubl to inors thas < •• 
Tlius Conrad, too, will quit eiv for the maiai 
And he deceived tam~ for — hecsime again t" 

I Oltea* raihae Osue ■ 



Cahto I.] 



tHE CORSAIR. 



lit 



''A^n — tpain — and oft a^in — my love! 

H lb«re be life betow, and hope atx>ve. 

He will return — but now, the moments briog 

The time of parlin» with redoubled wing : 

The why — the u here — what boots it now to tell? 

Sioce ill must end in that wild word — farewell 1 

r<^ would 1 fain — did time rillt«v — disclose — 

Fear not —these are no formidable foei* ; 

Aod here shall watch a more lh:tn wonted ^ard« 

For w^den siege and I0D5 defence prepared : 

Nor be thou lonely— (hough thy lord 's away, 

Chir matroni and ihy handmaids with thee blay ; 

And this thy comfort — that, when uexl we meetf 

Security sliill ra.ike repose more sweet. 

List ! — 't is the bugle ■' — Juan shrilly blew — 

**One bss — one more — auoiher — Uhl Adieu I* 

ifce rose — she sprung — she clung to his embrace, 
Till his heart heaved beneath her hidden face. 
He dared not raise to his that deep-blue eye, 
Which downcast droop'd in tearless agony. 
Her long fair hair lay floating o'er his armi, 
Id all the wildness of dishevell'd chnrms ; 
IScarce beat that bosom where his image dwell 
So full — (//a( feeling seem'd aimosl uiifelt ! 
Hark— pftils the thuiidemf the sigml-^n! 
It told t was sumet — and he ctin,ed that sun. 
A^in — again — that form he madly press'd. 
VVhich mutely claspM, imploringly caress'd I 
And tottering to the couch bis bride he bore, 
One momen'. gized — as if lo gaze no more ; 
Fell — that for him earth held but her alone, 
Ris'd ber cold forehead — turuM — is Conrad gone ? 

XV, 

•• Asd IS he goot ? " — on sudden solitude 
How oft that fearful question will intrude ! 
••*T was but an instant past — and here he stood ! 
And now " — without the portal's porch she rush'd, 
Aad then at length her tears in freedom gush'd ; 
Big — bright — and fast, unknown to her ttiev fell j 
But still her lijis refused to send — " Farewell 1" 
For in that word — that fatal word — howe'er 
We promise — hope — believe — there breathe* dee- 
pair. 
0*er every feature of that still, pale face, 
Had sorrow fiiM what time can ne'er erase. 
The tender blue of that large loving eye 
Grew frozen with its gaze on ncancv, 
Till — Oh, how far ! — it caught a glimpse of him, 
And then it flowM — and phrensied seem'd to swim 
Throuch those long, dark, and glisltning lashes dewM 
With drops of sadness oft to be retiew'd. 
•* He 's gone I" — againrt her heart th^t hand is driven, 
Convut:^ and quick —then genily raised to heaven: 
She look'd and saw the heaving of the main ; 
The white sail set — she dared not look again j 
Eut tumM with sickenmg soul within the gate — 
** It it DO dream — ud I am desolate ! " 

XVI. 
From crag to crag descending— swifHv sped 
Stern Conrad down, nor once he lurn'd his head; 
But shrunk whene'er the winJinss of his way 
Forced on his eye what he would not survey, 
His lone, but lovely dwelling on the sleep, 
That hail'd him first when homeward from the deep: 
And she — th« dim and melancholy star. 
Whose ray of benuty reach'd him from afar, 
On her he niU'it njt gaze, he must not think. 
There he might rest — but on Dratructinn's bnnkt 
Tet once almost he stopp'd — anil nearly gave 
His fate to chance, his projects to the wave : 
But DO— it must not be — a worthy chief 
May melt, but not betray to WDnian's grief. 
He sees his bark, he notes how fair the wici, 
And sternly gathers all his might of mind 1 
Aaiii he hurries on — and as he hears 
The clang of tumult vibrate on his ears, 
The busy sounds, the hustle of the itiore, 
l*be ittuut, ihc ii^nai, and the da^bm^ oar ; 

10 • 



As marks his eye the seaboy on the mait, 
The anchors rise, tje sails unfurling fast, 
The waving kerchiefs of the crowd that org* 
That mute adieu to those who stem the sur^; 
And more than all, bis blood-red tlag'alolt, 
He marvell'd how his heart could seem to toft. 
Fire in his glance, and wildness in his breattf 
He ieetz of alt his former self possest ; 
He bounds — he liies — until his toolsteps reach 
The verge where euds the did', begins the bee^ 
There checks his speed ; but pauses less to faecfttM 
The breezy fi-eshness uf the deep beneath, 
Than there his wonted stiteiier step renew 
Nor rush. Jisturb'd by haste, to vulgar viewt 
For well had Conrad learn'd lo curb the crowd. 
By arts that veil, and oft preserve the proud; 
His was the lofty port, the disUnt mien, 
That seeuis to shun the sight — and atvee if laea 
The solemn aspect, and the high-lwrn eye, 
That checks low mirth, but lacks not courtesy; 
All these he wielded to command assent : 
But where he wi&hed to wiUj so well unbent, 
That kindness cancell'd fear in those who beaird, 
And others^ gifts show'd mean beside his wordf 
When echo'd to the heart as from his own 
His deep yet tende-r melody of tone : 
But such was foreign to his wonied mood. 
He cared not what he soflen'd, but subdued 1 
The evil passions of his youth had made 
Him value leu who loved — thaii what obejU. 

XVII. 

Around him mnstenng ranged his ready guard. 
Before him Juan stanJs — " Are all prepared?" 
*' They are — nay more — embark 'd : the latest bott 
Waits but my chief——" 

*' My eword, and my cqratei. 
5*000 firmly girded on, and lightly slung. 
His belt and cloak were o'er his shoulders flung: 
"Call Pedro here!" He comes— and Cooraabettde 
With all the courtesy hedeign'd his friends j 
" Receive these tablets, :ind peruse with care, 
Word* of high trust and truth are graven there; 
Double the guard, and when An&elmo's bark 
Arrives, lei him alike these orders mark : 
la three days (serve the breeze) the sun shall ihliw 
Oh our return — till then all peace be thine! " 
This said, his brother Pirate's hand he wrung. 
Then to his boat with haughty gesture sprung. 
FlashM the dipt oars, and sparkling with rbe strok% 
Around the waves' phovphoric * brightness broke; 
Thev gain the vessel — 00 the deck he stands, ^ 
Shrieks the shrill whistle — ply the busy hands— 
He marks how well the ship her helm obeys, 
How gallant all her crew — and <leign5 to praistb 
His eyes of pride to young Gonsalvo turn — 
Why doth he start, and inly seem to mourn ? 
Alas I those eye* beheld his rocky tower. 
And live a moment o'er the parting hour; 
She — his Medora — did she mark the prow? 
Ah! never loved he half 80 much as now ' 
But much must yet be done ere dawu of daj^ 
Again he mans himself and turns awav ; 
Down to the cabin with Gonsalvo beiuls, 
And there unfolds his plan — his me^^iit — and ends; 
Before them burns the lamp, and spreads the charts 
And all that speaks and aids the naval art ; 
They to the midnight watch protract debate; 
To amcinus eyes what hour is ever late? 
Meantime, the steadv breeze serenelv blew, 
And fas! and falcon-hke the vessel riiw ; 
Pafls'd the high headlands of each clustering isle, 
To gam their port — long — long ere morning smil* 
And soon the night-glass through the narrow bay 
Disco-ers where the I'acha's galleyn laj-. 
Count they each sail — and mark liow there rjptne 
The li^hti iu vain e'er heedless Moslem shine. 

i 1y wicht, partlrutKrIy Is a wsm latitude, cT^ry ■Crofel 
of The n»r, ^Torr m'lt^CD of ihr iyxt m iMp. I* (0llmi4 

ij a cU^ut flwli like siiKt lifCiiQiue frtuu th* WEler* 



114 



THE CORSAIR 



ICamtoD 



Secure^ ODnoted, Conrad's prow pass*d by^ 
Aod iDchnr'd where his smbusb meant to lie; 
ScreeoM from wpial by the jutting caj"*) 
Thai rears on hi?h il^ njde fantasiic shape. 
Then rose his band to duly — ocl from sleep — 
Equipp'd for deedi alike on la.nd or deep ; 
While lean'd Iheir leader o'er the frettmf flood, 
Ard aimlj Ulk^d — aod yet he taikM of blood I 



CANTO THE SECOND. 
-ComoaKotU 1 dablocl denrt 1 » 

DAjrr& 



l9 CuroD^ bay floats many a rilley li^ht, 
TTircu^h Ccroi.'s Utlicea ihe lamps are bri5ht, 
For Sevd, the Pacha, makes a feast to-ni»ht : 
A feast' for psnnu^ed triumph yet to conie^ 
When he shall dra^ the fdter'd hovers home; 
This hath he sworn by Alia .n.l his sword, 
And faithful to hi? firman and his word, 
Hii summno'd prows collect along the coast, 
A.id great the erithering crews, and loud the boast; 
Already sharetf the captives and the prize, 
Though far the distant ff>c they thus despise; 
T is but to sail — no doubt to-morrow's Sua 
Will see the Pirates bound — their haven won I 
Meantime (he wiich may slumber, if they will. 
Nor only wake to war, but dreaming kill. 
Though all. who can, disperse on shore and seek 
To flesh their ^lowinc valour on the Greek ; 
How well auch deed becf>mes the lurban'd brave 
To bare the sabre's edge before a slave I 
Infest his dwellin* — but forbear to slay, 
Their arms are strong, yet merciful to-day, 
And do not deign to smite because they may 1 
Unlew some gay caprice suggests the blow, 
To keep in pnclice for (he con.iiig foe. 
Revel and rout the evening hours beguile^ 
And they who wish to wear a head must smile ; 
For Moslem mouthi produce their choicest cheer, 
And board their cunei, till the coait is dear. 

n. 

Hlfh in his hall reclines the turbanM Seyd ; 
Around — the bearded cniefs he came to lead. 
Rem-yvrd the banquet, and the laM pilatT— 
Forbidden draughts. 1 it said, he darrd to nnaff, 
Though to the rest the sober berr>*s juice ' 
The slave* bear fiuiid for rigid >to?!ems' use ; 
Tlic long chil>f)u*ju(-'3 2 dissr.ivine cloud supply. 
While dinrc the Alma^* to w.ld nimstr-lav- 
The nting mom will view the chief* embark ; 
But waves arc somewhat treacherous in 'he dark 
And revellent mav more securelv sleep 
On Silk-n coiirh than o'er the rugge-i Jerp- 
Feast if.t'C who can — nor combat till they roust. 
Anil lew to conqltr^l than to KoraikS tnjst ; 
And yet the numhrrs crowded .d hie h'>«t 
Mtght warrant uiore than bt'o the Pacha's boasL 

m. 

With rautitms rerercnce from the outer gate 
Slow stalks the slave, whov office there to w^it, 
Pows hit bent heail - bit h:\u(i talu'es the floor, 
Ert yet h.s tnnifuc the tnutcl 'il.ngi Imre: 
'' A capli*« [)er»ise, fn>ni the ptrate'f nest 
litcafiad, m her«— hiOiself would teU the rest."* 

lf>,ire*. 1 ■Ctilbmiqa*,'* pir^. I n«o<-io( flrla. 

4 It htM b*>«B ulMftrvfwl, (bii Tonrsd** •ulrrlof «lii>f ultn] 

■• I ip7 H oal of Btltir*. fvrtiaiM so. I flwl aomrlhirin 



He took the sign from Seyd*3 asscLting ey^ 
And leo the holy man id silence njgh. 
His arms were folded on his dark -green ves^ 
His step was feeble, and his look deprest ; 
Yet worn he seenrd of hardship more than yeui^ 
And pale his cheek with penauce, not from fears. 
VowM tn his God — his sable l.x^ks he wore. 
And these his lofty cap rose proudly o'er : 
Around his form his loose long robe was lhrowB| 
And wrapt a breast bestow'd on heaven aione 
Submissive, yet with self-pt^ssessmn mano'd. 
He calmly met the cohous eves tha< Kcaoa'a ; 
And question of his coming fain would tecft, 
Before ths Pacha's will allow'd to speak. 

IV. 

" Whence com'st thou, Dervtse ? " 

** From the oatlaw*s dec 
A fugitive — " 

" Thy capture where and when ? " 
*' From Scalanovo's port to Scio s isle, 
The Satck was bound ; but Alia did not smile 
I'pon our courM — the Moslem merchant's jains 
Tne Rovers won ; our limbs have worn tSeir craioa 
I had no death to fear, nor wealth to boaat, 
Be\ond the wandermg freednm which I lost; 
At "length a fishers humble boat bv night 
Aflbrded hope, and ofler'd chance "of (light; 
I seized the hour, and find my safety here — 
With thee — most mighty Pacha! who can fear?" 

"How speed the outlaws? ttand Ihey well prep&red, 
Their plun-iered wealth, and robber's rock, to guard I 
Dream they of this our preparation, doom'd 
To view with fire their scorpion ne«t consumed } 

"Pacha! the fetter'd captive's mourning eye, 
That weeps for flight, but ill can play the spy; 
I only beard the reckless waters roar, 
Those -vaves that -/oijM not hear me from tb* dm* 
I only mark'd the glorious sun and sky. 
Too bright — too blue — f<.r my captivity ; 
And fell — tha' all which Freedom's bosom choeri 
Must break my chain before it dried my tears. 
This m.iy'st thou judge, at least, from my escape, 
They little deem of aught in iienl't ibape ; 
EKe vainly had I pray'd or wiught the chance 
That leads me here — if eved with vigilance i 
The careless guard that did not nee me liy, 
Miv watch as idiv when thy power it uigh. 
Parha ! — my lin/bs are fiinf — and nature cnwm 
Kood for my hunger, rest from tossing wives i 
Pt-rmit my ab»rncc — peice be with thee ! Peae* 
With alt around! — now grant repose— release.* 

"Stay, Dervise! I have more In question — stay, 
J do cnniuiaiid thee — tit — dost hear ? — olwy ! 
More I must ank, and food the tiaves shall brinf | 
Thtni tbalt nor pine where all are banquetinj • 
The jupper done — prepare lliee to reply, 
C leariy and full — I love not mjiicry." 
*T uere vain lo guess what shook the piooi ina% 
Who lf«>k'd nitt lovingly on that Divan ; 
Nor Hhow'd high relish for the banquet preil| 
And lem respect for every fellow guest. 
T WTu hut s momrnl's peevish hectic put 
Along hischerk, ami traoquiMised as fast: 
Hp %\tf hini dovvn in silence, an-l hts look 
R>tuiiir.l the calm^e^s which before forsook i 
'I be (r.iM was jihrr'd in — but tumpiuoui (ai« 
\\r i.ti>ii>n'd IS if some |Kiison miiiglM there. 
For (uie so long corulenio'd lo toil and fasl, 
Melhiiiks he itrangety tftaro the rich repasL 
*< What ails Ihee, Dervise ) eat — dost thoa SQppOM 
This fc-ul a Chrisliao't ? or my friends thy foes > 
Whv dost thou shun the sill ? that tscrvd pledge^ 
Which, once i^rtakeo, blunts Uie sabrv't edge, 

DB Koendnte mny be rrjrctad u so Improtnttto fleClsai ti^ 
It la • nnioo wblrb wooM ool ha*r brta liBAfl**' SSlf 

In ihr ttreof sbero.**— •••UlBBOll'a Dm1U« esM IM 



Cum II.] 



THE CORSAIR. 



Hi 



liikei ev*n coDteoding tribes id peace unite. 
And luted hosts leem brellireu to tbe sijht ! " 

**S&lt seasons dainties — and my food is still 
Tbe iiumbtesl root, my drink ihe simplest rill ; 
And ni> stern vow aij oider's ' laws op|iose 
To bleak or minele bread with friends or foes; 
It may seem slraii;e — it there be auglit to dread. 
That peril rests upon my single head ; 
But fur thy sway — nay 'more — tt:y Sultsn's tbroDe, 
] taste nor bread nor banquet — sa\ealoiie; 
lnfrin;ed our order's rule, ihe Prophets rage 
To Mecca's dome might bar my pilgrimage." 

< Well — as thou wilt — ascetic as thou art — 
One question answer ; then in peace depart. 
How many? — Hal it cannot sure be day ? 
What star — what sun is bursting on tlie bay ? 
It shines a lake of fire 1 —away — away ! 
Ho: treacner^- 1 mv guards I my scimitar t 
The galleys feed the f.ames — and I afar ! 
A:cursed'Uervise; — these thy lidiiigs — thou 
Scnw villain spy — seize — cleave biiE— slaj hin 

Cp rose the Demse with that burst of light. 
Nor less his change of form appali'd the sight: 
Up rose thai Ucrvi^e — r.ot in saintly girb, 
But like a wariior bounding on his baib, 
Dash'd bis high cip, and lore his rot>e away — 
Shone his mailM breast, and flash'd his sabre's ray ! 
His close but glitti-ring ca^^gue, and sable plume. 
More glitteniig eye, and black brow's s-ibler gloom. 
Glared on the Moslems' eyes some Afrit sprite. 
Whose demon dralh-blow left no hc'iie for Sght 
The wild confusion, and Ike swarthy glow 
Of flames on high, and torches from below ; 
The shriek of terror, and the mingling yell — 
For swords began :o clash, and shouts to swell — 
Flung o'er that spot of earth the air of hell I 
Disiracled, to and fro, the flying slives 
Behold but bloodv shore and fiery waves ; 
Nought heeded ihey the Pachas angry cry, 
rftey seize that Der'vise ' — seize on Zataitai ! * 
He saw their terror — check'd tl« first despair 
That urged him but to stand and perish there. 
Since far too earlv and loo well cbc>'d. 
The flame was kindled ere the sijiuil made ; 
He saw their terror — from his baldric drew 
His bugle — bnef the blast — but slirillv blew; 
T is answer'd — '■ Well ve siieed, my eallaat aevr ! 
Why did 1 doubt their quickness of career ? 
And deem desiifn had left me single here ?" 
S» eeps his long arm — that sabre's n hirling sway, 
Shsds fast atonemen* for its first delay ; 
Completes his fury, what their fear begutl. 
And niabs the many basely quail to one. 
The cloven turbans o'er the' chamber spread, 
And scircc an arm dare rise to juard its head : 
Even Seyd, convulsed, o'erwheim'd, with l^ige, sur- 
prise, 
Ketresli before him, thoogh he still defies. 
No craven he — and yet he dreads the blow. 
So much C/infusion lingnifies his foe! 
His blazing gallevs still distract his sitht. 
He tore his beard, and foamius fled the fight ; » 
For now thi pirates pass'd the Herein cale, 
And bunt within — and it were death to wait ; 
Where wild Amazement sLrieking- kneetinj — 

thrtiwi 
Th» jword aside — in rain — the blood o'erflowj I 
The Corsairs pourini, haste to where within 
iDsited Conrad's bugle, and the din 



I "Zalausi," SaUB. 

I A eommnn so*) not ver/ Dovel elTect of Massnlman 
mft. See PriDft Eugene's Memoirs, pae* 2-4- "The 
■•rwkier received ■ woond lo th« tbi^ti; br plur^ed ap 
kla HMTt br Uw not*, bKsun he ww otiU«ed lo fail Ule 



Of groaning victims, and wild cries for \ih, 
Pniclaim'd how well he did (te work of strili 
They shout lo find him glim and lone'lj 'jiere, 
A glutted tiger mangling in his lairl 
But short their greeting — shortei bis reply — 
"'T is well — but Seyd escajies- and he moilfi*— 
Much hath been d"ne — but more remains to do— 
Their galleys blaze — why not their city too ?' 



Quick at the word — they seized him each i tflid^ 

And fire Ihe dome from minaret to porch, 

A stem delight was fii'd in Conrad's eye 

But sudden sunk — for on his ear the cry 

Of women struck, and like a deadly knell 

Knock 'd at that heart unmoved ly battle's yell. 

"Oh! burst the Harem— wrong not on your lira 

One female form — remember — wt have with. 

On them such outrage Vengeance n ill repay ; 

Man IS our foe. and such 't is ours to slay : 

But still we spared — niust spare the weaker pivy. 

Ohl 1 forgot — be. Heaven will no; forgive 

If at my word Ihe helpless cease to live : 

Follow who will— 1 go — we yet have time 

Our souls to lighten of at least a crime." 

He climbs the crackling stair — he bursts tbe dscr, 

Nor feels his feel glow scorching with the floor ; 

His breath choked gasping with the v lun ed smokiv 

But still from room to rtKim his nay he broke. 

Thev search — Ihey find — thev save : with lusty tnB 

Each bears a prize of unre»art{ed charms ; 

Calm their loud feare ; sus'aiu their sinking framM 

With all Ihe care defenceless beauty claims: 

So well could Conrad tame their fiercest mood, 

And check Ihe verv hands with gore imbrued. 

Bui who is she? w'lwm Coura<i'i anus convey 

From reeking pile and conibal's wreck —awaf.— 

Who but Ihe love of him he dooms to bleed ? 

The Harem queen — bnt still the slave of Seyd I 

VI. 

Brief time had Conrad now to greet Guln»r«,< 
Few words to re-asure the trembling fair ; 
For in that fiause compassion snalch'd from war. 
The foe before retiring, fast and far. 
With wonder saw their foo'stcps unpunraed. 
First slowlier fled — thi-n rallied — then with^ood. 
This Sevd jierceives, then fir^ perceives how few, 
Compared w ith his, Ihe Corsair's roving crew, 
And blushes o'er his error, as he eyes 
The rum wroujhl hv |ianic and surprise. 
Alia 11 Alia '. Vengeance swells Ihe cry — 
Shame mounts to rage that must atone or die ! 
And llame for flame and blood for blood must tell. 
The tide of triun.ph ebbs th.al f.ow'd loo well — 
When wrath returns to renovated strife. 
And those who fought for conquest strike for lith 
Conrad beheld the danger — he beheld 
His followers faint by freshenin; foes repell'd : 
" Uiie effort — one— to bre^k the circling host !• 
Th.-v foiin — unite — charje- waver— aUblM I 
Wiiiiin a narrower ring compress'd, beset, 
Hopeless, not heartless.' strive and strujzle yet — 
Ah : now they fisht in firmest file no mere, 
Hemm'd * . ~ •- 



oS — cleft down — and CruByM 



But each strikes sinzlv, silently, and home. 
And sinks oulwearicd raltier than o'erconie. 
His last faint quittance renderiii: with hi~ breatb, 
Till the blade -limmen in the grasp cf death 1 

VII, 
Rut first, ere came the rallying host to blowi, 
And rank to rank, and hand to hand oppose, 
Gulnare and all her Harem handmaids (re«»i. 
Safe in the dome of one who held their creed, 
Bv Conrad's mandate safely were Leslow'd, 
And dried those leara for life and fame that flo*l t 

4 OnlDsre, • femala Banw; II lBeu% ttXnJty tt< tM 
of Um pooMvivaau. 



116 



THE CORSAIR. 



[CAirroll 



And whCT »ts*t dark-eyed bdv, young Gulnare, 

HeC2\Vd DiNSe Citou^liU late wanderiug lu despair^ 

Much did abe marvel o'er the courtesy 

That sniooih'd his accents ; soflen'd in his eye : 

T was strange — that robber thua^.wiiti gore bcdew'd, 

Seem*d geniler then th^n Seyd iu foDuCst jQOod« 

The Pacha woo'd ai if he deeniM the jlave 

Must Keoi deli^bled with the heart be ^ave; 

The Corsair vow'd pii-'cction, socIhe-J Jifnght, 

As If his homage were a woman's right. 

"Tha wish is wrong — nay, worse for female — fSJii 

Yet much * Irng to view that chief agaU; 

If but lo tuo-tik forj what my f«Ar forgot, 

Th« life — my lovics; lord reaieniber'd uot I • 

Vill. 
And him fbe saw, where thickest carnage spread. 
But gather'd breathing from the happier dead j 
Far from his band, and hauling with a ho»t 
That deem right o^arlv won the field he lost, 
Feird — bl^^ing— ba'ffl.-tl of the death he sough^ 
And snatch'd to expiate aJl the ills he wrought ; 
Preserved to linger and to live in vain^ 
While Veiigeaoce ponder'd o"er new pKnfi of pain, 
And stauch'd the bJo'.Kl she «avcs to shwi again — 
But drop for drop, for Seyd's unglutted eye 
Woui-I doom him ever dying— ne'er to a:et 
Can this be he ? triumphant late she saw, 
When his red hand's wild gesture waved, alaw ! 
"Tis he indeed — disarm 'd but undeprest, 
Kis sole regret the life he still possest; 
His wounds too slight, though taken with that wiU, 
Which would have kiss'd the hand that then could kill. 
Oh were there none, of all the many given. 
To send his soul — he scarcely ask'd to heaven ? 
Must he alnne of all reUiu his breath, 
Who more than all had striven and str\ick for death ? 
He deepiv felt — what mortal hearls must feel, 
When thus reversed on faithless fortune's wheel, 
For crimes committed, and the victor's threat 
Of lingering tortures to repay the debt — 
He deeply, darkly felt; but evil pride 
That led to perpetrate — now serves to hide. 
8(iH in his stem and self-collected mien 
A conqueror's more than captive's air is seen, 
Though famt with wastiDg toil and stittening wound, 
But few thai saw — so calmlv gazed around : 
TTiough the far shouting of the distant cnawd, 
Their treniont o'er, rose insolently loud, 
We better warrior* who beheld him near, 
Insulted not the foe who taught them fear; 
And the gnm guAfds that to bis Jurance led, 
lo silence eyed him with a secret dread. 

IX. 
The Leech wa» sent — but not in mercy — there, 
To note how much the lite yet left could bear ; 
He found enousrh lo load with heaviest chain, 
And promise feeling for the nrcnch of pain : 
*'o-morrow — yra — lo-niorrow"s evening suD 
ill ktnking see inii>jlenien1's pangs beguo, 
^ rt^iiig with the wonlrd blush of morn 
•hold how well or ill those pangi are bomb. 
or lomientj Ihii ihf longest anJ the wont, 
Which adds all nihrr agnnv to lb:rit, 
Thil day by day dia h still forhrar:. to slake, 
While rmnsird vu'Ures Ihl around the stake. 
**0h! water — water:'* — sn.iliK^ Hate den let 
Til «irtim*» prayer -for if he drinks — he dies. 
Tlid wa« his doom — the Leech, the guard, were 

rone, 
Astd left proui Conrad fetter*il and alone. 

X. 

^ were nin tn paint to what his feelinp j^rew— 

|l even were doubtful if their virtim knew. 

There Is t wat, ■ cha'M of the iuhhI, 

When all ilt eh-mrr** rmiviilscil — combined — 

Lie dark and jarnn^ with |>rr1url>rd force, 

Aed fiiash.iif wiUi im|iruitcnt Remor»e ; 

lut junlins A«r;d — who Dwrr tjrAkc before — 

B^lvim •' i Tr&ni*rf Hum " mUu iu« •(r««l t* o'er. 



Vain voice ! the spirit burning but nnbent. 

May wriUje — rebel — the weaK alone repent I 

Even in that lonely hour wheu most it feeUi 

And, lo Itself, all —all that self reveals, 

No single passion, and uo ruling thought 

That leaves the rest ac once unseen, uusougfati 

But the wild prospect when the soul rev;ew»-» 

Ait rushing through their thousand avenuee. 

Ambilioo's dreams ctpirin*. love's regret, 

Endanger'd glory, life itself be3.et; 

The joy untasled, ths coctempl or hate 

^Gainst those who faiu woUd triumph in our h^ 

The hopeless past, Ihe haslnig future driven 

Too quickly on to guess if hell or heaven ; 

Deeds, thoughts, and words, perhaps remembcf^ Ml 

So kecnlv till that hour, but ue'er fo^.got ; 

Thii:g5 Tight or lovely in their acted time, 

But uow to siern rejlection each a crime; 

1 he withering sense of evil unrevcal d, 

Not cankering less because the more conceaVd-o 

All, in a word, from which all eyes niust start. 

That opening sep'dchre — the n-iked heart 

Bares with its buried woes, till Pride awake. 

To snatch the mirror from the mu\ — and break 

Ay — Pride can veil, and Courage brave it alL 

All — all —before — beyond — the deadliest (afl. 

Each hath some fear, and he who least betrays, 

The only hypocrite deserving praise: 

Not the loud recreant wretch who boaits Tjad flkl 

But he who looks on death — and silent dicjb 

So sleel'd by pondering o'er hi? far career. 

He half-way meets hun should be meoaca near I 

XL 
Id the high chamber of his highest tower 
Sate Conrad, fetler'd in the Pacha's power. 
His palace perish'd in the flame — this fort 
Conlain'd at once his captive and his court. 
Not much could Conrad of his sentence blame, 
His foe, if vanquish'd, had but shared the saHiei*- 
Alone he sate — in solitude hid i>caiiD'd 
His guilty bosom, but that breast hr mannMt 
One thought alone he could not — dared not meet— 
*' Ob, how these tidings vvill Mcdora greet ?" 
Then — onlv then — his clanking hands he raised. 
And strain'*] with rage the chain on which he gajje^f 
But fcoon he found — or feign 'd — or dream'd relief 
And smiled in self-dension of his grief, 
" And now come torture when it will — or maj, 
More need of rest to nerve me (rjr the day ! ** 
This said, with languor to hts mat he crept, 
And. whatsoe'er his vision?, quickly slept. 
T was hardly midnight when th:il fray begun. 
For Conrad's plans matured, at once were done; 
And Havoc loathes so much the waste of time. 
She scarce bad left :in uncommitted crime. 
One hour beheld him bince Ihe tide he stems*d — 
Disguised — discover'd — ccnquering — ta'ea -*CDa 

demn'd — 
A chief on land — an outhw on the deep — 
Destroying — saving — prisou'd — and asleep 1 

X1L 
He slept in calmest neeming — for Ms breath 
Was huhh'd »n drcp — Ah ! happv if in death 
He slept — Who o'er hi-i pl.if id slumber bend i? 
Hii fors are eone — and hrrr he hath no fneiida 
U it some seraph sent to eranlvhim rrace ? 
No, 'I 15 an earthly form with heavenly face! 
lis whi'c arm raised a lamp— vet eeUly hid* 
LeM the rav Hash abruptly on (he lid 
Of Ihal closed eye, which opens hut to pain, 
And tiiicfl uiirto^l — but once may cb>sr xt^'t^ 
Thai form, with eve so dark, and cherk so fair, 
And auburn waves of ermin'il and i<raidrd hair; 
Withihipenf fairv ItithtncM^ naked foot, 
Tlial shines like snow, and falU on earth aj mote- • 
Throuth guanls and duniiftsl nil h< how rime it tiMN 
Ah: ralbct ask what wilt noi woman d»rf» ? 
Whom youth and pilv lead like lhr«, (iviliure) 
She c<niM iml sleep ' »iul whiln the I'lrhd^ ritf 
lo Diutl«rin{ dreams yol saw kiM ^«te-(«Me^ 



Camto ir.] 



THE CORSAIR. 



m 



tte left hi &ide — his ti^et-rin^ ihe bnre, 

Wtuch nit lo BfXiCi idorn'd her baud before — 

Aod wiib it. scarcelv nuesiiouM, vcod tier waj 

'J hrough drowsy ^uarJ:« that must tl.at sis;d obej. 

Worn oui wiih toil, and tired wiih changing bluffl, 

Their eyes had envied Conrad his re[«Ore ; 

4Dd chill and ntiddiiu; a( Ihe turret d'X)r, 

rhey stretch their listless limbs, and watch do more; 

Just rabed their beads lo hail ihe biarnetrin^, 

Kor uk. or what or who the si^ ojay brio;. 

XIII. 
Bhe eazed in wonder : " Can he calmly sleep, 
WhHe other eyes his fall or m\'age weep f 
And mine in restlessness are wanderin? here — 
What sudJen spell halh made this thad st- dear? 
True— 1 is to bini my life» a:'d more. 1 o.ve. 
And me and mine he spared from wo'^ fltan woe: 
T a laie to think — but soft — his >,!L.n;ber breaks - 
How heavily he sighs ! — he starU — awakes! " 
He raised his head — and dazzled with tlie light, 
Hiseyr seemM dubious if it saw aright: 
He nutiatJ his lianJ — :he ^raijne of his chain 
Too harshly loM bim that he lived ?eAiD. 
•• Wlia. is that f.jrin ? if uo! a sha|*'of air, 
Me)b:ii<t% my jailor's face 6hows wondrous fair!" 
"Pinte : ihou koow'sl me not — bu! I am one, 
Griteful for deeds thou hist too rarely done ; 
Look on me — and reiuember her, thy hand 
Soalch'd from the (lames., and Ihy more feaiful band, 

I come through darkness — and I scarce know why — 
fct not to hurt — ] would not see thee die." 

If 90. kind lady I thine the only eye 
That would not here in that ^ay hnpe delight ; 
Theirs is the chance — and let tJiem use their right. 
But still I thank their courtesy or ihiue^ 
That would confess me at so fair a shnoe ! " 
Strange though it seem — yet with extremeat fricf 
b liok'd a mirth — it doth not bring relief— 
That playfulness of Sorrow ne'er bearuiles. 
And smil'es in bittemeb* — but still it smiles; 
Acd sometimes with the wisest and the best. 
Till even the scaffold i echoes with their jeit 1 
yet not the jny to which it teems akin — 
It may deceive all hearts, save that within. 
Wbat'eVr it was that fiash'd or Ccirad, now 
A laughing wi'.Jnesi half unbent his brow : 
And these his accents had a sound of mirth, 
As if the last he could enjoy on earth ; 
Tet 'gainst hisnalure- for through that short life. 
Few thoughts had be to spare from gloom and strife. 

XIV. 

• Corsair ! thy doom is named — bat I bare power 
To Boolhe the Pacha in bis weaker hour. 

Thee would I spare — nay more — would save thee 

DOW, 

But this — time — hope — nor even thy strength allow ; 

But ail I can. I will : at leasU delay 

The sentence that remits thee scarce a dar. 

More now were ruin— even thyself were loth 

The tain attempt shc'-.d bring but doom to both.^ 

* Tc» ! — loth indeed : — my soul is nerred to all, 
Or fall'n too low to fear a further fall : 

T^mpt not thyself with peril ; me with hope. 
Of flight from foes with whom I could not ccpe: 
Cn6t to vanquish— shall I meanly fly, 
The one ot a.1 my band that would not die? 
Tet there is one — to whom my memory cliogi, 
TflJ to these ejta her own wild softness springs. 

1 Is Blr Thomat Mor<^ for ln«ttnre, od the •csflbM.aDd 
ASDc Bolrra, Id ibe Tnwer. wh«>D. cruping h«r ocrk. shs 
rvKUtRn), tbst It " WM too «lcQi1er to Iroublr the headi- 
BMB much." DnnDE one pirt of the Freiicb RevolutioB. 

II became a fuhioo to leave voroe "mot" at a iepacj; aod 
tta ^oaaiitj of fucetlnna laai worda apokeo danof that 
p«n<Ml wooU ferta s naiaacbalr >cst Kct of s oouider- 



My sole resources in the pilh I trad 

Were these — my bark — my sword — mj lirm—W9 
God! 

TTie las: I left in youth ! — he leaves a* now — 

And Man tut work» his will to lay me low. 
1 1 have no thought to mock his throne vrith pnjm 

Wrung from the coward cnjuching of drsjoir; 
I It is enough — I breathe — and I can l>car. 

My sword ia smken from Ihe worthless hand 

I That li.ight hiive l>elter kept so true a brand; 
My bark is sunk or capiive — but my love — 
For her ic sooih uiy voice would mount abore i 
1 Ub : she Is all Iha! still 'o earth can bind — 
I And this "ill breik a heart so more than kind, 
; And blight a form — till thine ap|<ear'd, Gulnare I 
' Mine eye ne'er .isk'd if others weie as fair.** 
j*'Thou kw'sl another then? — but what to me 
; Is this — 'I is nothing — uoihing e'er can be : 
But yel — thou lovst — and — Oh: 1 envy those 
Whose hearts oi] hearts as faithful can repose, 
Who never feel the void — the wandering thought 
That sigh? o'er visions — such as mine halh wrooglU.' 
*• Lady — melhought thy love w,-<a his, for whom 
This arm redeem d thee from a fiery lomb." 
•*Wy love stem Seyd'i ! Oh — No — No — not m§ 

love — 
Yet much this heart, that strives no more, once itrow 
To meet bis r>assion — but it would not be. 
I felt — I feel — love dwells with — with the free. 
I am a ?lave, a favoured slave at best. 
To share his splendour, and seem very blest ! 
Oft must my soul the question undergo. 
Of — * Dost thou love ? ' and burn lo answer, * No 1 ' 
Oh I bard it is that fondness to sustain, 
Aod struggle not to feel averse in vain ; 
But harder still the heart's recoil to bear, 
And hide from one — perhaps another there. 
He tikes the hand I give not — nor withhold — 
Its pulse nor check 'd — nor quicben'd — calmly GSli 
And n hen resign *d. it drops a lifeless weight 
From one I never loved enough to bate. 
No warmth these lips return by bis imprest, 
And chiird rensembrance shudders o*er the reiL 
Ves — had I ever proved that passion's zeal. 
The chan°e to hatred were at least to feel : 
But slill — he goes unmourn'd — returns unsoorht— 
And oft when present — absent from my thought. 
Or when reflection comes — and come it must — 
I fear that henceforth 'I will but bring disgust; 
I am his slave — but, in despite of pride, 
*T were worse than bondage to beconie his bride. 
Oh I that this dotage of his breast would cease I 
Or seek another and tive mine release, 
But yesterday — I c*^u!d have slid, to peace ! 
Yes — if unwonted fondness now I feign. 
Remember — captive 1 *t is to break thy chain ) 
Repay the life that to thy hand I owe; 
To give Ihee bick to all endear'd below, 
W|o sh^ire such love as I can never know. 
Farewell — mom breaks — and I must now away: 
*T Will cost nie dear — but dread no death to-day 1 * 

XV. 
She prcss'd hi; fetter'd fingers to her heart, 
And bow'd her head, and lum'd her to deput, 
And noiseless as a lovely dream is gone. 
And was she here ? anj is he now alone ? 
What gem hath dropped and spaikles o'ei t£ fdftlA' 
The tear most sacred, shad for others' pain. 
That starts at once — bright — pure — from Fltfi 

mine. 
Already polish'd by the hand divine! 
Oh! too convincing — dangerously dear — 
In woman's eye the unanswerable tear ! 
That weapon of her weakness she can widd. 
To save, subdue — at once her «pear and AtlM 
Avoid it — Virtue ebbs and Wisdom errii 
Too fondir gizing on thit erief of hen I 
What lost a world, and bade a hero fly ? 
The timid tear ie Cleopatra^ ^& 



118 



THE CORSAIR. 



[Canto in 



T«« oe the Mft tliumvirt faoll forgiven, 

By this — how many lose not eanh — but heaven 1 

Coui^ their souls to mao's elemal foe, 

And teal their own to spare some wanton's woe 1 

XVL 

T is mom — and o'er his aller'd featnrea play 
The beams— without the hope of yesterday. 
What shall he be ere ni;ht? perchance a thing 
O'er which Ibe raven flaps her funeral wing, 
By his closed -ye unheeded and unfell ; 
While sets that sun, and dews of evening melt, 
Chill — wet — and misly round each stitt'en'd limb 
Etfreshing earth — reviving all but him 1 — 



CANTO THE THIRD. 



Slow sinks, more lovely ere his race be mn,> 
Along Morea's hills Ihe setting sun ; 
Not, as in Northern climes, obscurely bright, 
But one unclouded blaze of living light I 
O'er the hush'd deep the yellow beam he throws. 
Gilds the green wne, thai trembles as it glowa. 
On old jEjina's rock, and Idra's isle. 
The gfj'J of ffladness sheds his parting smile ; 
O'er his owu regions lingering, loves to shine, 
Thoulh there his altars are no more divine. 
Descending last the mountiin shadows kiss 
Thy glorious gulf, unconquer'd Salamis I 
Their.azure arches through the long expinse 
More deeply purjiled meet his mellowing glance, 
And tenderest tints, along their summits driven, 
Mark his gay course, and own the liues of heaven; 
Till, darkly shaded from the land and deep. 
Behind his Delphian cliff he sinks to sleep. 
On such an eve, his palest beam he cast, 
When — Athens 1 here thy Wisest lookd his laiL 
How watcird thv belter sons his farewell ray, 
That closed their murder'rt sage's a latest dayl 
Not yet — not yet — Sol |iauses nu the hill — 
The precious h"ur of parting liiigen still ; 
But sad his light to agonising eyes. 
And dark the mountain's once delightful dyes i 
Gloom o'er the lovely land he secni'd to pour. 
The land, where Phctbus never frown'd before j 
But ere he sunk below d'hasron's head, 
The cup of woe was quaff'd — the spun fled ; 
The soul of him who scorn'd to fear or flv — 
Who lived and died, as none can live or die! 
But lo : frfim high Hymeltus to the plain, 
1 he queen of nisht ass. rts her silent reign.» 
No murky vapour, herald "f the storm. 
Hide* hrr fair face, nor girdi her glowing form ; 
With cornice gliiniiiering as the moonbeams play, 
There the while column greets her grateful ray. 
And, brishi around wuh qiiiveiing beams beset. 
Her emblem sparkles oer ihe minaret : 
The gmvM of olive scatter'd dark and wide 
Where meek Ce|ihisus pojn his scanty tide, 
Tlie rviiiesi saddening by the sacred mosque, 
■The gleaming turret of Ihe gay kiosk.* 



1 Thp oprninK Warn, 
Mfllr 1.1H11I.-" I'Cir. m 
(Ihoufb (iniiln]} ^»«m 



Ttion It., tiBV.-, p*rhsp«, 



I to I 



ul Itirr 



Itte tSpniiK of It^ll, anil 
tfce renter nm»l «truii tlirir nppt-aranre hrre — ir be caD. 

I M.»t.i™ drink llir hrmlorli • iLnil time before soniel 
(the hour or rirnitl'in). n.'IwittiilBndinf itie «otr»tleaoi 
kl» dlMlplra Ul wait till tha sun wcsildowD. 

• Tl.a lollIlM Indrre" la ii>ur>> alinrlrr Ihin In nm 
•«• roiinirr llir day* l> wlutai ara loii|ri, but Is aum 
■«ro( aboMrl duitlinn. 



And, dun and sombre 'mid Ihe h(.Iy calm, 

Theseus' fane yon soliury palm. 
All tinged with varied hues, arrests the eye — 
And dull were his that pas^'d them heedless by. 
Again the .Egean, heard no more afar. 
Lulls his chafed breast from elemental war; 
Again his waves in milder tints untold 
Their loug array of sapphire and of gold, 
Mii'd with the shades of many a distant isle, 
That frown — where gentler ocean seems to iSllft 

II. 
Not now my theme — why turn my thoughli to tkn 
On ! who can look alon^ thy native sea. 
Nor dwell upon 'L> uahie, whate'er Ihe tale, 
So much its nia?ic must o'er all prevail ? 
Who that beheld that Sun upon thee set. 
Fair Athens', could thine evening face forget? 
Not he — whose heart nor time nor distance *TBe^ 
Spellbound » ihin the clustering Cycladea ! 
Nor seems this homage foreign to its strain. 
His Corsair's isle was once thine own domain — 
Would that with freedom it w ere thine again I 

III. 
The Sun hath sunk — and. darker than the night. 
Sinks with its beam upon the l)eacon height 
Medora's heart — Ihe third day 's crane and gone — 
With it he comes not — sends not — faithless one ! 
1 he w ind was fair though light ; and storms were nOBk 
Last eve Anselmo's bark return'd, and yet 
His only tidings that they had not met ! 
Thoujh wild, as now, far different were the lala 
Had Conrad waited for that single sail. 
The night-breeze freshens- she that day bad f^i 
In w.atching all that Hope proclaim'd a mast; 
S.adlv she -ate — on high — Impatience bore 
At last her footsteps to the midnight shore. 
And there she wander'd, heedless of the spray 
That dash'd her garments oft, and waro'd awayi 
saw not — felt not this — nor dared depart, 
dceni'd it cold — her chill was ai her heart J 
Till ?rew such certaiiitv from that suspense — 
His very Sight had sliockd (mm life or seosel 
It came at last— a sad and shattrr'd lioat. 
Whose inmaies first beheld whom first they sought ; 
Some bleeding — all most wretched — these Ihe few — 
Scarce knew ihev how escaped — lAu all they knew. 
In silence, darkling, each appear'd to wait 
His fellow's mournful euess at Cnnrad'a f ile : 
Somcihins they would have said ; but leem'd to fear 
To trust their accents to Medora's ear 
She saw at once, vet sunk not — trembled not — 
Beneath that grief, 'hat lonelinesiof lot, 
Wiiliin 'hat meek fair form, were feelings high, 
•ftnt deein'd not till they found tl eir enerny. 
While yet was Hope — Uiey soften'd- flattoM 

AM lost — that softness died not — but it slept ; 

And o'er lt^ sluliibir m>e that Strength which said, 

" Wrlh nnlliing l.-fl to love — there 's nousht to dread.' 

'T IS more thill mlure's ; like the burning migM 

Delirium gathers (rum Ihe lever's height. 

" Silent you stand — nor would I hear yon tell 

What — 5| eak oot — breathe not — for 1 know itwalka 

Yet would I a.sk — almost mv lip ilenies 

The — quick your answer — tell iiic where be llafc" 

" ladv ' v/r know not — scarce with li(e we flad| 

But here is one denies that he is dead : 

He saw him bound ; and blee«liiig — but aliva." 

She hrar.1 no fu-ther — 'I was in »ain toatnve — 

So Ihrolih'd ei L «iii — each thought — till tta 

withstood; 
Her nivn dark anul — thr» words at once subdued l 
She totters — (alls — and ariKeless had tli* wave 
I'erchancc but soatch'd ber (itHu anuUicr (nva; 



lampta "f ThaMna, ^ 
Inlarvanaa. — Crphli 
IHesos kea •« auaaa 



Ciirroini 



THE CORSAIR. 



119 



But that v> ilk hinds though rude, jei weeping eye». 
Ther TwlJ «ch iid u Pity's ha>te iurpl>« : 
Dash o'er her dealhlike cheek the oceaD dew, 
Rii«_ bn -sustain -tilU.fe return, anew; 
Awake her handmaids, with ihe malrnm leave 
That bintini! form o'er which Ihey gaze and grie»e| 
Tfien seek An^elmo'i caveriL, to report 
The Ule too lediova — whea the Irmrnph tbort. 

IV. 
In that wild council words wix'd warm and itrang* 
With IbouehU of ransom, rescue, and revenge; 
AM save repose or flight: slill l.ngenng there 
Brithed Conrad's spirit, and forbade Jf^!«''; i 
Whale er bis fate - the breasts lie form d and led. 
Will save him living, or appease bim dead. 
Woe to bis foes : tliere yet sunMve a few, 
WboK deeds are daring, aj their beiru are trw. 

V. 
Within th» Harem's secret chamber sate 
SUrn Sevd. still pondering n'er his Captives fate ; 
His thouVhls on love and hale alternate d we 1, 
Now wit'b Gulnare, and nniv m Conrad^ cell ; 
Here at his feet the lovely slave reclined 
Surveys his brow - would soothe his gloom of mind ; 
While many an anjious glance her large dark eye 
Sends in its idle search for synipalhy, 
Hu onlv bends in seeming oer his beadi,i 
But inly views his victim as he bleeds. 
"Pacha! thedayislhine: »nd on thy cresi 
Sits Triumph — Conrad laien — fall n the rest 1 
His doom IS 6l'd — be dies : and well his fate 
Was earu'd — yet much too worlhless for thy bate i 
Methinks, a short release, for ransom told 
With all his treasure, not unwisely sold ; 
Report speaks largely of his pirale-hoard — 
Would that of this mv Pacha were Ihe lord I 
While baffled, weiken'd by Ihis faial fray — 
WatchM — follow'd - he were tnen an easier I»ejr ; 
But once cut off — the remnant of his band 
Embark their wealth, and seek a safer strand." 
" Gulnare ! — if for each drop of blood a gem 
Were olTer'd nch as Stamboul's diadem ; 
If for each hair of his, a massy mine 
Of virgin ore should supplicating shine; 
If all our Arab talcs divulge or dream 
Of wealth were here — that gold should not redeem 1 
It had not now reJeem'd a single hour; 
But that I know him felter'd, in my power; 
And, thirsting for revenue, I ponder slill 
On pangs that longest rack, and latest kill." 
" Nay, Seyd I — I seek not to restrain thy rage. 
Too justly moved for mercy to assuage ; 
My thoughts were only to secure for thee 
His riches — thus released, he were not frM ; 
Dis.abled, shorn of half his mighl and band, 
t capture could but wail thy first command." 



" His capture could .' — and shall I Ihen resign 
Onedav to him — the wTelch already mine? 
Releas/; my foe ! — at whose remonstrance ? — Oune I 
Fair suitor '. — to thy virtuous gratihide. 
That thus repavs this Ciaour's relentinj mooo. 
Which thee and thine alone of all could spait. 
No dnuh- — regardless if Ihe pnze were fair, 
My thanks and praise alike are due — now bear I 
I have a counsel for thv gentler ear : 
I do mistrust Ihee, woman • a:.d each word 
Of thine slainps truth on all Suspicion tieanl._ 
Borne in his arms Ihmugli ftre from yon Serai — 
Say, werl Ihou lingering there with him lo fly ? 
Tliou need's! nnl answer — thv c.Miression ipeakl, 
Already reddening on ihv guilly cheeks ; 
Then, lovely dame, belliink thee : and beware: 
T IS not All life alone may claim such care I 
Another word and — nay — I need no mor* 
Afcorved was the moment when he bore ^ 



Thee from the (lamea, which better far — Imt — »— 
I then had mournd Ihee with a Inver • woe - 
Now 't is thy lord that warns- deceitful thing I 
Know'sl thou that 1 can clip thy wanton wmjl 
In words alone 1 am not wonl to chafe ; 
Look 10 thyself — nor deem thy falsehood ofel 
He rose — and slowly, slenily thence wilhdr»w, 
Rage in his eye and threils in his adieu : 
Ah ; little reck'd thai chief of womanhood — 
Which frowns ne'er queli'd, nor menaces suoaa«a| 
And little deem'd he what thy hearl, Gu nare ! 
When soft could feel, and when ince.^^ed could dafft 
His doubt, appear'd lo wrong — nor yet she knew 
How deep the root from whence compassion grew — 
She was a slave— from such may captives claim 
A fellow-feeling, didering but in name ; 
Still half unconscious — heedless of his wratli, 
I Again she venlured on the dangerous path, 
A'ain bis rage repeli'd — until arose 
That sln/e of Ihought, the source of woman's wowl 
I VI. 

Meanwhile - long anxious - wearr - rtiU - the an 
RoU'd day aud nighl - his soul could terror tame- 

Tb.s tearful interval of dcjbt and dread, 

When every hour might doom bim worse than deMi, 
When every step that echo'd by the gate, 
M.gnl emerin; lead where a« and slake await J 
When even- vnice that graloi on his ear 
Might he Ilie last thai he could ever hear • 
Could terror lame— that spirit stem and blftl 
Had proved unwilling as unfit to die ; 
T was worn — perhaps decay d — vet silent Btm 
That conflict, deadlier far than all before i 
The heat of 6gh^ Ihe hurry of the gale, 
Leave scarce one thought inert enough to qmui 
But bound and 6i'd m fetter'd solitude. 
To pine, the prey of every changing mood ; 
To rare on thine own heart ; and mediUta 
Irrevocable fauiti and coming fate — 
1 oo late the last to shun — the brat to mend- 
To count the hours thil struggle to thine end. 
With not a friend to animate, and tell 
To other ears ihat death became thee weU , 
Around Ihee foes to forge the ready Tie, 
And blot life's latest scene with calumny; 
Before thee tortures, which the soul can d««, 
Vrt doubts bow well the shrinking flesh may IMV 
But deeply feels a single cry would shame, 
To valour's praise thy last and dearrsl claim } 
The life thou leav'st below, denied above 
By kind monopolists of heavenly love ; 
And more Ihan doubtful paradise - thy heJTCT 
Of earthly hope- thv loved one from thee rvnm. 
Such were the thouirhls that outlaw must lultun, 
And govern pangs suqiassing morlal pain : 
And Fhose sus-am'd he - boot, it well on ? 
Since not to sink beneath, is something still 

VIL 
The fimt day pas'd - he saw not >>"- Gnl"«- 
The second -third- and still she came not there. 
But what her v.orJs avouch'd, her charms had do.» 
Or else he had nol seen another sun. 
The fourlh day roll d along, and with the night 
Came storm and darkness in their mingling might. 



\ Tk. combololo, « HahowtM nma> «ke bc«ll m 

\M -I — \' — lUeC^-aUM, 



un . now uc ii»i,;ii u ". .,— ,i I ■ 

That ne'er till now so broke ur^n his sleep 
And his wild spirit wilder wishes sent 
Roused by the roar of his own element I 
on had he ridden on Ihal winged wave, 
And loved lU roughness for the s,««.l it p*«» 
And now its dashing echo'd on his ear, 
A long known voice — alas : too vain y nrar . 
Loud sung the wind above ; and, doublv ^t»l, 
Shook o'er his turret cell the thunder-clottd ; 
And flash'd the lightning bv the lalticed bar, 
To him more genial than the midnight itar 
Close to the grimmering grate he dragg d hM a 
And ho|«d ihal peril might nol prote in vaij. 
ed his iron hand lo Heaven, and nrayM 



Tbe pitying flaah lo tuu Ibl fens ' 



)90 



B« itee, Md impioni prayer attract alike — 
The^onn ro I'd oovard, and d.sdain'd To .trike • 
lb p«l wai'd fa.nltr - ceaW - he fel( alone ' 
A. il wme fa,lhle» friend had .purn'd bU ^ , 

Via 

nf.h'"Jfir:^7p\'Li:d°*^t'"„red''»' 

WhL^.r hlT" 'T'!°<'«1 - 'hal fair .be ! 
AJn"}' "°^ '" •"■" ^ guardian saint 

More „w| her h'J.^' "'^'''" '^'""" ^^''^^ 

rj^'So'J^ u";,l!71^h^;4"fC »e^^"" """• "'•■ 

The lie* .u . "'":'^ " out one resource. 

The last - the ivoRt-if torture «ere not worw." 

Wtona,l' r?^?, '" T'l - "S- ''f» P^'aim 
"iiai lasi proclaim d iliev CnnnA e.f.ii ti. 

Whv shou/d-s. ,hou seek L o.'^Uaw' n,^ to^'Sf ' 

Well hire I earn d - nor here alone - the meed 
Ot Seyd-, revenge, by many a ladles, de^ "^ 

fo«i-^f„-?f-:?,r.ldr^''^ 

It &r* Thl^'^VUl'T' - ""' b^art i. moved : 
loved ~ "■" - P"'"* - "addend • 



ThK CORSAIR, 



[Cawto lU 



Reply not leli not now ihy tale a-ain 
Thou lovV another-and 1 love m viiI.• 
W I • '" b^" "■"« 'ruly dear 
An outlJvT ""'■'-""»' "■«rt not lonely here: 

Receive (hu pon.aru- nse-aod follow mel" 

w^ilT^'" ""l ''"'"' ' "f "*'P' "'" ?enily tirad 
Wilh these adornments, o'er each ilun.ber,,,» h^ii 
Thou ha., for^, _ „ ,hi, a ^rb f'r fl.'.ht"' '"^' 
ur ,1 ihal inslrument more lil for fight ?" 
" Misdoublin? Cor«ir I I have jain d the jtunL 
Ripe for revoll, and ereedy for reivard * ^ 
A imgle word of i,„„e removes thai chain : 
W, h:,u. some aid ho,v here could I remain ? 
Well, „„ce we n.el, halh .ped my bu,y Urn.. 
If m ausb. ev.l, for ihy nke ihe ci ime : ^ 

That haled Ivranl, Conrad -be mu,l ble«ll 
iKt Ihee ibudder _ but my loul ■• ch:..i'ed - 
Wiwud, jpurn'd, revile.) —and it shall Le avenm! 

Too faieliful, ,|,ou(h to biner l,oi,d,„ chain'd. 

I «>, ,K,t treacherous Ihen - nor Ihnj loo de^i 
Bui he ha, «,d il-and Ihe jealous well 
7 lose tyrants, teasirit, lenipin? lo rel«l ' 
Oejerve ,be f„e iheir fre.„Vn |?p, fo'rlTill. 

Iince wi h me came > heart he coul.l not buy' 
ll,7i?„f I '"■ "•'""'"""""K ; be balh laid, 
Bui for bii revue I with Ihee had (led. 

Ihri, word, are n„,e,i. |„„,|| render, Iroe. * ^ ^ 

fhi. leelMn crace w>. only lo pti^r, ' 

Min. Ion he lhr.,1,,,. ■ but l„. d.,l,i:e .tiU 
Would f.in rrvr'.e n.r f,„ |„, |„„||, „.,„ 
WhCT -eari.r of tb™ (IrCn, rbarn,, and n», 



I What, am I then a Icy for dotard', pi,. 
To wear but till Ihe ?ildmg frets a.vayY 

I saw thee — loved thee — owe thM> all »/%„fa „ 
If but ,o show hr,w gralefuli^a .hve ~" "'^ 

But had he not Ihu. menaced fame and life, 

,"ii k' ''^ ''"'P' b" oaths pronounced in strifcl 
1 s.lll had saved , bee- bu, 11,^ Pacba spar^™" 

tZ, ^'?,^" '^"" '"'■■' - '"^ '" prepared : 
Thou lov's! me not — nor know'st _ or bul the n.^ 
ALU. <h|j_love_that balred are Uie first- '"^ 
' ."irt " ''""" "*■ '"'"^ 'b"" wonId>i» m 
Nor f«r the fire that lijbts an Ea.lerD heart : 
1 u n.jw Ihe beacon of ihv salelv — now 

II poinu w„h,„ the port a .Slaino.e pr^wl 

But in one chamber, where our path muat le»iL 

" GuVnarc - Gulnare - 1 never fell till iow 
Mv abject fortune, wilher-d fame so low" 
11 " °"?' '"""y • '""' «"epi Diy band 
From earth w„h rurhless bul urn minhind. 
And therefore came 1, in my bark o7W^ 
To .mile the -miter wilh ihe scimitar; ' 
\Vho 'fJ"^ """P°" ~ °°' 'be secret knife - 
Who .pares a woman's Keks not slumber^ Ufa. 
Thine saved I glad;y. Lady, no, for tbi.- ^ 
1^1 me DO, deem ihal mercv shown amist 
Nr^hl^eVi^"* "=^»—«"e peace be w,^U,tI«„|| 
I'.iSliI we.irs apace- my last of earthly reat!"^ 

A^d^hl";^'; '''' "'J"'* """ "by sinew, shaken 
I hrard the order- aw _| will no! sie-T^ 
If thou will perish, I will fall wiih thee. 
My life - my love- my hatred -a I Mow 
Are on ihi, cast - CorJir ■ '. ,, bu. a Uo "l 



Are on ihi, cast - Cor^ir .' 'l is but a 
I Wiihout It fliehl were idle-how evade 
His sote pursuit ? my wrongs loo unrepaid 
One Wo v tl^^?'"^ 7 "" '™S. long .Z% y.™ 

I "l tiv ibl fi '''"" y>bee less than brand, 
111 try Ibe firmness of a female hand. ^ 
I he guards are gain'd -one moment all were oW 

wflTL ' feeble hand, Ihe morning cloud 
Will hover o'er Ihy .eaffold, and my ,bmwL" 

rx. 

She hiraVl, and v;,nish'd ere he could reply. 
Bul his glance followed far with ea-er e J- 
And galfiering, as he could, Ibe link, Iha'l biun* 

f>r at., in .K,. ^' ""."erilig — .hall he seek 

"r .hun Ihal rav ki indislincl and weak > 
Full on hi, brow, „ ,f f,„„, „,„„„,< air- 
ril,^-'".^ '1 "P*" ?»"e7 -on hi. eye 
Gleam d I .e h.l star of nf.hl, Ihe clea'rinr At , 
J.'^'carcely heeded Ihese-anolher ligM*^' 

Then j^^u,ed - and lum'd -and pauled - 1 1, ft, 
a^r""!.'"' '". ""• b""! - nor sign of ill _ 

A^^tr^.L^.n^w^fcf-r;^:;;—'"' 

ilarU from Ihe day abmpl and fearfully 

l'r,i";:^''r:'vT,' r'lT *",'" '■" •■•^ f>r no..!,, ^b, 

i. !f .Ti ', "■'■',''" '■'" and bn«,m fair: ^ ' 

A. if ,br |,te had beni her leaniii, head 

;«'»..e .ome objrcl of her doubl or drmd. 

Iliry inert — o,,on her brow — unknown -•»_• 

Uu bmrnm, L«d h.d Wl - t CbU i^i?!!'" 



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fm ha« wu All he u^r, and scarce withstood — 
Ok! tli£ht but cerUiD pledge of crime — 't ii bloodt 



B« bad eecD battle — be hriJ brooded lone 

O'er promised pan^s lo seiiieiiced guill foreshown ; 

Be had beea tempted — chasteoM - • and ibe chain 

f et on hi« arms ml^lil ever there remain : 

Bet ne'er from strife — captivity — remorse^ 

From all his feeling io their inmost force — 

80 thrill'd — so shudder'd everj- creeping vein, 

As now they froze before that purple stain. 

That ipot of jlood, that light but guilty streak, 

Had banish 'd all the beauty from her cheek 1 

Blc>od he had view'd— could view unmoved — but 

tliea 
It flowM in combat, or was sbed by men ! 

XI. 

•"Tudone — he nearly waked — but it is done, 
Comir I he perish'd — thou art dearly won. 
All words would now be vain— away — away ! 
Our bark is tossing — H is alre.idy day. 
The few gain'd over, now are wholly mine, 
And these thy yet surviving band shall join : 
Anon my voice shall vindicate my hand, 
When once our sail forsakes thb bated strand." 

XII. 

She clappM her hands — and throusih the gallery pour, 

EquipD'a for flight, her vassals — Greek and Moor; 

Silent out quick they stoop, his chains unbind ; 

Once more his Kuibs are free as mouutaio wind 1 

But on hit heavy heart such sadness sate, 

As if they there transferr'd that iron weight 

No words are utter'd — at her sisn, a door 

Reveals the secret passage to the sh'^re ; 

The city lies behind — they speed. Ihey reach 

The glad waves dancing on the yellow beach ; 

And Conrad following, at her beck, obey'd, 

Nor cared he now if rescued or betray'd; 

Resistance were as useless as if Seyd 

T«t lived to view the doom bis ire decreed. 

XIII. 
Embarked, the sail nnfurrd, the light breeze blew — 
How much had Conrad's memory to review ! 
5DDk be in contemphtinn, till the cape 
Where last he anchor'd reard its giriot sh:ipe. 
Ah ! — since that fatal night, though brief the time, 
Had swept an age of terror, grief, and crime. 
As its far shadow frown'd above the mast. 
He veil'd his face, and sorrow'd as he passM ; 
He thought of all — Gonsalvo and his band, 
His fleeting triumph and his failing hand ; 
He thought on her afar, his lonely brid? : 
He turn'd and saw — Guluare, the bomictde ! 

XIV. 

She watchM his features till she could not bear 
Their freezinc aspect and averted air, 
And that strange fierceness foreign to her eye, 
Fell quench'd in tears, too late to shed or dry. 
6he knelt beside him and his hand she pressM, 
*• Thcu m^iy'st forgive though Allah's self detest j 
But tcr that deed of darkness what wert thou ? 
Reprcnch me — but not yet — Oh ! spare me now f 
1 am u> what I seem — this fearful night 
My bra/j c^-^Uder'd — do not mrxdden quite! 
U I had nev% .oved — though less mjr guilt, 
rhou badst not jved to — hale me — if thou wilt" 

XV. 

She wrong! his thoughts, they more himself upbraid 
Than her, thougb undesign'd, Ihe wretch he made; 
But speechless all, deep. dark, and unexprest, 
They bleed wiihin that silent cell — his Kreast. 
Still OTward. fair the Lrcezc. nor mugh ttie surge, 
The blue waves sport around the stern they urge; 
Far oc the horizon's verge appears a spei-k, 
4 1^ —a Bast — a sail — an armed deck! 



Their little bark her men of watch descry. 

And ampler canvass woos the wind from hi^} 

She bears her down majestically near, 

Speed on her prow, and terror In her tier ; 

A flash is seen — the ball beyond her bow 

Booms harmless, hissing to Ihe deep below. 

Up rose keen Conrad from his silent trance, 

A long, long absent gladness in his glance ; 

" 'T is mine — my blood-red flag ! again '^ agUB^ 

I am not all deserted on Ihe main ! " 

They own the signal, answer to the hail. 

Hoist out the boat at once, and slacken sail. 

*' T is Conrad ! Conrad '. " shouting from the deck. 

Command nor duty could (heir transport check 1 

With light alacrity and gaze of pride, 

They view him mount once more his vessel's side 

A smile retaxmg in each rugged face, 

Their arms can scarce forbear a rough embraca 

He, half forgetting danger and defeat. 

Returns their greeting as a chief may greet. 

Wrings with a cordial grasp Anselmo's hand, 

And feels he yet can conquer aud command 1 

XVI, 

These greetingB o'er, the feelings that o'eritow, 
Yet grieve to win him back wiihout a blow ; 
They sail'd prepared for vengeance — had they Ljmiwi 
A woman's hand secured that deed her own. 
She were their queen — less scrupulous are they 
Than haughty Conrad how they win their way. 
With many an- asking sfnile, and wondering stara, 
They whisper round, and gay.e upon Guluare; 
And her, at once above — beneath her sex, 
Whnjn blood appaird not, their regards perple& 
To Conrad turns her faint imploring eye, 
She drops her veil, and stands in silence by ; 
Her arms are meeklv folded on that breast, 
Which — Conrad safe — to f ite resign'd the reit 
Though worse than frenzy could that tx)som fill, 
Extreme in love or hate, 'in good or ill. 
The worst of crimes had left ber woman ttill I 

XVII. 

This Conrad mark'd, and felt — ah ! could he lea >•» 
Hate of that deed — but grief for her distress; 
What she has done no tears can wash away, 
And Heaven must punish on its an^ry day : 
But — it was done : be knew, whate'er her ^ilt, 
Fur him that poniard smote, that blood was spilt) 
And he was free : — and she for him had given 
Her all on earth, and more than all in heaven! 
And now he turn'd him to that dark-eyed slave 
Whose brow was bow'd benea'h tlie glance he gave 
Who now seem'd changed and humbled : — faint aitf 

meek, 
Bui v-arying oft the colour of her cheek 
To deeper shades of paleness — all its red 
That fearful spot which stain'd it from the dead I 
He took that hand — it Trembled — now (00 late — 
So soft in love — so wildly nerved io hate ; 
He clasp'd that hand — it tremb'.aj — and his own 
Had lost its firmness, and his voice its tone, 
"Gulnare I " — but she replied not — ''dear Gulnare' • 
She raised her eve — her oniy answer there — 
At once she sought and sunk in his embrace : 
If he had driven her from that res'ing-place, 
His had been more or less than mortal heart. 
But — good or ill — it bade her not depart. 
Perchance, but for the bodings nf his breast, 
His latest virtue then had jnin'd tlie rest. 
Vet even Metlora might forgive the kiss 
That ask'd from form so fair no more than this, 
The (irst, the last that Frailty stole from Faith- 
To lips where Love had lavi'sh'd all his breath. 
To lips — whose broken sighs such fragrance flui|» 
I As he had facn'd them freshly with his wing I 

XA'III. 
They gain by twilightli hour their londy U*. 
To them the very rocks ippcu to niila 



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[Cxirrom 



Tb€ k'«Te« hums NTith inioy a cheering sound, 

Tbe bdicons iilaze. their « laltd stations rounJ, 

ITie t>uaU are dariin? o'er Ihe curly bay, 

Aa» s[>oniTe dolphins bend them t'hrouzh the upray ; 

Wvea 'he hoarse sea-birUs shrill, discordiiit shriek, 

&.*els like the welcome of bis 'uneless beak '■ 

Bei-ealh ea«:li hnip that through its lattice gleams, 

V^iCir fancF paints the friends that trttn the beams. 

Oh . what can sauctify the joys of fconiCt 

£ike Hope's gay glance from Ocean^ troubled foam ? 

XIX, 

The lights are hi^h on beacon and fro*n fciwer, 
4Dd 'midst them Conrad seeks Medorai U wer: 
fle looks in vain — 't is straji^e — and all rrou % 
Amid so many, hers alone is dark. 
*r is strange — of ynre its welcume never h'li \, 
Nor now, perchance, exiinguish'd, only veii'4. 
With ihe nrsl boat descends he for the shore, 
And looks impatient on the lingering oar. 
Oh I for a wing jeyond the falcon's Hight, 
Tot<arhim Vt: an arrow to that height! 
With the first piuse the resting rowers gave, 
He waitj not — looks not — leaps into Ihe wa\ % 
•trives through the surge, bestrides the beach,L<d ^ 
Ascends the patn familiar to his e/e. 

flc reach 'd his turret door — he paused — no kv «) 
Broke from within ; and all was nisbt around. 
.•Je knock'd, and loudly — footstep nor reply 
Announced that any beard Br deem'd him nigh ; 
He knock'd — but faintly — for his trembling hand 
ktefused to aid his heavy heart's demand. 
The portal opens— t is a well-kuowQ face-> 
Mu\ not the form he pantt^ to embrace. 
Its lifts are silent— twice his own essayM, 
And fail'd to frame the question they delayM ; 
Hernatoh'd the lamp — lU light will answer all- 
It qu.'s his grasp, expiring in Ihe fall. 
He wonld not wait for th.at reviving iy — 
A« ».'«)n could he have linger'd there for day ; 
Il*r t'ln-mering through the dusky corridor, 
Aob ntt'Ci-equers o'er the shadow'd floor; 
B»s»«p>. th' chamber gain — his eyes behold 
All U».» hit LKirt believed not — yet foretold ! 

XX- 

He hiniM . it — i,X)ke not — sunk not — fixM his look, 

And set i**e -ni'oiis frame that lately shook : 

He gazed --L*w 'ong we gaze despite of pain, 

And know, Hu( 'lai-^ n-»t own, we gaze in vain I 

Id life itself *ht vas so still and flir, 

Th*t death wi'h tj-'nf^r »<perl wilherM Ihere ; 

And the cold du vet f » .'er mlder hand contained, 

Id that last gra«p as t iid.'TU were a'min'd 

As rf she scarcely leli, *)Ut fci<n'd a sleep, 



And veiPd — thought tttri'ki fiim all that lurkM 

below — 
Oh ! oVr the eye Dea'h mnr»t cer's his might, 
And hurls the spin! from he.- II, -on.' of light ; 
Sinks Ihovr blue orln in that long 'isl ccl-ote. 
But spares, ii jet, the charm ainuL"! Ln i.'pt — 
Tc, yet H.ey w-em as ihey forbore to smic, 
And wlsh'd rrpr^e — but onlv for a wi ilt ; 
Bui Ihe white throud, and each exiendol tr^ 
Lnn^ — fair — hul iprcad m utter lifelessjeiB, 
Whivh, I lie the njiort of rverv lunmier w'Mj 
Escaped the baffled wreiih lhi( strove to biul . 
Inne— and Ihe pale pure cheek, became jt M 
Bal she is Dothiug — wberefore is be here 7 

XXI. 
H« uk'd DO nnntinn — .ill were answerM nov 
By the 6nl glance on that still — marble brow. 
II was enough — she died — what rcck'd it hotr ? 



The love of youth, the hope of better years, 

The source of softest wishes, teuderest fean, 

The only living thing he could not hate, 

Was reft at once — and he deserved bis fate, 

Bui did not feel it less ; — the good explore, 

For peace, those realms where guilt can never loaf 

The proud — the wayward— whu have tix d belov 

Their joy, and tind thi? earth euou'ti for woe, 

Lose in that one their all — perchance a mile — 

But who in patience p^rls with all dehght ? 

Full many a stoic eye and asjiect stem 

Mask hearts where grief hath little left to lean) 

And many a withermg thought lies hid, not loit, 

In smiles that least befit who wear them most 

XXH. 
Bv those, that deepest feel, is ill eiprest 
The indistinciness of Ihe sutFerme breast ; 
Where thousand thoughts begin (o end in one, 
Which seeks from all the rei'uge found in dodo) 
No words sutSce the secret soul to show, 
For Truth denies all ekxjuerice to Woe. 
On Conrad's :>lricken soul exhaustion prest, 
And stufxir almost lull'd it into re«t ; 
So feeble now — his mother's softness crept 
Tt lhr)se wild eyes, which like an infant's wepCi 
it wj's the very weakness of his brain, 
V hica thus confe>-.*d niihout relieving pain, 
No». ^ saw his trickling tears — perchance, if ieea, 
Ihal .'selew* tiood of grief had never heen : 
No ■ loi^ they tlow'd — he dried them to depart. 
In h«.'nle<fl — hopeless — brokennesa of heart: 
The sua ^>r» forth — but Conrad's day is dim ; 
And the night com?th — ne'er to pass from him 
There is no darkness like the cloud of mind, 
On Gnefs vain e> ? — tte blindest of the blind ! 
Which may not — (L.re ntjt see — but turns aside 
To blackest shade— nor will endure a guide \ 

XXI I L 
His heart was form'd fo. soCne^ — i-^rpM to wronf^ 
Betrav'd too early, and beguiled t^ K 'g ; 
Each feeling pure — as falls tu*: dro-nu * d^w 
Within the grot ; like that had ..t^k M lo* 
Less clear, perchance, its earthly tiKU M.ap'^ 
But sunk, and chill'd, and petrified * la-t 
Yet tempests we:;r, and ligktning clea* *s the ifc 
If such ins heart. «) shattered it the shock. 
There grew one lit wer beneath its rugged b. w 
Though dark the shade — it shelterV — taf u •w 
The thunder came— that boll hath blasted i tk 
The Granite's firmness, and the Lilv's growth: 
The gentle plant h.ath left no leaf l6 lell 
Its late, but shrunk and wiiher'd where It (MI; 
And of its cold protector, blacken round 
But shiver'd fragments on the barren grotud I 

XXIV. 
T is mom — to venture on his lonely hour 
Few dare ; though now Anselmo sought his tow 
He was not there — nor seen along the shore ; 
Ere night, alarm'd, Ihcir tele is traverwd o'er: 
Another morn — another bids them seek. 
And shoul his name till echo wixeth weak ; 
Mount — gmtto- cavern — valley search'd io tIl 
They find on »hore a sea boat's bmkeii chain : 
Their hope rnvives — Ihcy follow o'er the main. 
T is idle all — moons roll .'-n moons away, 
And Conrad comes not — came not since Ihatdayi 
Nor trace, nor tidings of his dornn declare 
Where lives his grief, or i»eriBh'd his despsir ! _ 

Long monin'd his band whom none coald OMlWl 

beside ; 
And fair the monuncnl Ihey gave hii bridei 
Tor hfm tl.ey raiiie not the recording stniw — 
Mil debits ^H dubic**. dee<ls ton widely kuo«D{ 
He l«fl s t. orvAi.- s name to other t:met. 
LiAk'd Frith one vi*(ue, :nd a thotuand chinea.1 

3 Thi* tho •olnt -^ bni'^r whirh U rvpraMDlad It «■■ 
ln«unr# %' f^" -^f . 'han. '^r, b^ on* b**a narnad b* 
vo«d lb* bfnoJi j« pruv^titiitr. nuf p«rb«i« b* 1a mmi 



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^1 ,h. m..D Let., of which h. ,•>» P'^;"'"' /°;;J;''S1 I ^„"i,„„h,frns fo,« of U F,...'.. So «x,o « th. 

It tua> IhrouBb ■ rich but icry llal ™"' '»•""' i J ,^,. ,10,0,1 invulntriblt point and »B/ to »«• 

r«ache« withio • mile of the Mi«..««ippi ri».T, hflfch n id """'"'",,„ j„e„,, „ 1, ,0 bt hop<^ th. |» 
Biln tKlox th« city of Nrw O'l'""'- T" J„ h! ,e nmrnt wiH h"ld it hr • •trout milil»nr toree." — 
^^'T, ;'Z';h;T"rV.?':cr'u^iDy Il'"corroum"i..\: I A,„r.ca, S„..pa,tr. 

with thr-c la»r. which lie on the .outh-w^.t >ide, oud ^^ jj^Me.. cootiouafon of GrMfer-. Bioimphlal Hl» 
rte... with the Ml "f the same tirinie, and whicb He. \ ^^^^^ ^^ ^ .mgular paMiase in hi. account ol Arch- 

-.».,r„na. 10 the >ea. where tnete 1. an l«lalid formed by ^ ;^_^_^ , 
„of this late and the sea. The east 



C:« I 



IMl. byi 



■MHI. of Ihn iBlaud were fortifl.d. in the y 
kanl of pirate, under the command of one 
r.tte. A larse majority of the,e ou.iaw. are of ihnl 
ef the population nf the state of Luu 
the i.land of St. nomics-s Jorine the tnuble. there, and 
lock refuge in the i.land of r;uha . «i.J when the laat viat 
hrtwren France and Spain commenced, they were com- 
pelled to lea.e .hat I.land with the ,hoil notice of a e« 
Syt W.thOL. ceremony the,ent,re.l the Inited itat^. 
the mott of them the .late of I..)uiMa.ia. with all the 
oesroe. they had po««e»i.e<l in Cuba They were iiolir.ej 
hy the lio.eruor of that Stale of Ibe clau.e in the c.o- 
•Iitutioo which forbad the importulinn of "lixe.; but, at 

that "he would Jblain. if possible, the approbation of the 
General Uo.ernm.ot for their retainme thi. Pr"P»rty. - 
?he ITland of Barralaria ,. .itualed about lat. '^ deg. It 
mm loo VL 30-; and 1. as reinurkable for its health a. 
(or the .upenor si^ale and shell fish with whii I 
abound. The chief of thi. h"rde, like fhaili 
bad miied with hi. many vice. ..ime eirtu. 
year 1813. thi. parly had. from it» turpitude ai 
otaimed the aneoiion of the lio.eruor of Loui.inuo. ■ 
to break np the clablishineut he thousht proper to .ir 
at the he«). He therefore ..ffere.l . ,-war.l of SOO do ll 
for the head of .Mon.ieur U title, who wa. well kno 
In Ihe luhnbilnnl. of the cily of .N 



that 



Iron 

learnt In 

«f La Fii 
the latter of 15.CKK] 
Governtlr orxjered 
to l.a Fitte'. i.lan. 
»erty, and to bru 
Undilti. Thi« eoi 
i*h<. had been the 1 
■pproa' hed eery oe 
• man. or beard a ' 



ity of (treat repula 
iparte's army, where he 
was offered by the tio 
as answered by the olTi 



"ins 



1 deal 



bishop Blackbuornel and a. in some measure conneclrf 
with the profess.on of the hero of the foregoini! poem, I 
cannot resist the temptation of eltmrting it. — •■ Thermit 

„ «imething my.teriou. in Ihe history and character .( Dr. 

'so nl V^m HI ■• kbourne. The former u but imperfectly known ; and 
ho fled frcm ^ ^^ ^,^„ asserted he wa. a buccaneer; and that 

one of his brethren in that profession haTinp asked, oa 
his arrival in Knglanrt. what had became of hi. old chum. 
Dlackbourne, was answered, he is Archbishop of ^orK- 
We are informed, thai Blai khourne wo. in.t..lled «ub-de.» 
of Kleler, in ICW. which oflice he resigned in 1703: but 
aflei his .occe«..r l.ewi. Barnefs death, in llO-l, b. n- 
gained it. In the following year he became dean .and la 
nH. held with 11 the ar.hdeanery of Cornwall. He WM 
con.ecrated bishop of Eleter. Frbriiaiy U. nil); and 
iransl.ted to York. November 26. im. a. a reward, lo- 
cordins to court «andal. lor uniting Ueorfe I. 10 tb« 
Duches. of Monster. This, however, appear, to h.v. 
been an unfounded calumny. As archbishop he behaved 
' h great prudence, and was equally reiipeclable a. lh« 
Mies of the see. Rumour whisperW 
of his yoiilh. and that a pa-sion for 
the fair sex formed an item in the lii-t of his weal(uei*.«; 
but .0 far froLT beinp convicted by sevemy witnesse.. ka 
doe. not appear t.. have been directly . riminated by on.. 
In short. I look upon these aspeisioue as Ihe eneeu g| 
mere malice. How is il possible a buccaneer shou Id hava 
been .0 good a Bchotar as Blai kb-uine certainly was' Ha 
who ha.i .0 perfect a knowledge of the classic (partieo- 
larly ol the Gieek tragedians), as to he able Ic read the« 
with the same ease a. he i-ould Shnkspeare, mint ha.a 
taken great paiu. to acquire the learned language.; aad 
have had both leisure and good roaster.. But he wa. na- 
doubiedly edocaled at t_ hnst-churrh College, Oxford. Ha 
1. all.'weil to have been a pleasant man ; lhi» however, 
:urue.l against hm, byiu being said. ' Ita earned mora 



s de Moor. I guard:: 
,. In 
,1 h.,ldi 



rch fr 



Ity of New Drleans. all h 
V, under the command of a ma 
...ate assrwiate of this b"io Capiat 
[o the fortified i.land, bef 
ll he heard " ■"' ' 



. bearU than aoula. * 



und. 



aurrounded by armed r 
the mo«lern t:barle. d 



who had emer 
I, the Bayou. 11 
o^ir developed 



-The only Toire that could aoothe Ihe pmssian. of Ika 
.hMl" iot'uV- i «'aU fAlphonao III.) wa, that of an amiable .nd vlrta- 



isnbelia,' the daughter of the Duke of Savoy, and the 

l.i'wTsthVt grand-daughter of Philip II. King of Spain.— Her dyin| 

few noble word, .uuk deep into his memory: hi. fierce spirit melt. 

lealts; ,0, to tni. man. .00 o.„ e .0 oes^roy hi, life ^^^rJt"kT^^f:r^V::\:r^7:-^ri:^'°Z^ 

and all that -a. dear to h.m. he n..t only spared hi. Ufa ''"^^J °,,J%„ "be vanity of human U(.."-OI1IBOJI« 

kut oHered him that which would have ^'•^''^'^'^"' %,Tc7aXl^^ W.'k.,-1 lu. p. «», 

aoUler eaay tor Ua remainder of hu day.; ..hich wa. In- mi««"«ne« . •- 



LARA.' 



CANTO THE FIRST 
L 

Tkt hi** »r« Aii throoi;h Lint'i wide domiin, 
Ami Siarerr luff forgeu Ler (t:ud»l chain ; 



1 Tubll.bed la Au|fn.t, 1814. 
9 The reader I. appn.ed. ihat the 
._...s .„.! eo rirromstsnce of local .lid nut 
r hero of the jsiem to 



He their unhoped, but ii:iffir^tten lortl. 
The 'on: selfeiiled chieftnin, ii restored: 
There be t rijhl faces in the bojy hall, 
BowU on the boaul. and I anners on the wiD { 
Far checkering n-er the pictured window, pla/l 
The unwonted f:if;nH' hospitnlile blare ; 
And fiy retainers pther round the bearth, ^^ 
of Lara being With tongues lU loudness. iDd with eyea aU BM 



It. 



the word ' «e 

J the lower 

■al. of the wll. ha. 
follow: 



plied ' 



lassi 






ly couo.iy ) 

ne correctly ap- 1 -|-|,e (.j,ief of l.tn 18 returii'd a»:ilB : 

were never va.- ^,,c| „-||,. (,,(] l^ra cm«'d Ihe boundiOH auB? 

iployed *" .leslw- .._ 1. 1.^*. ,n irnn^ 



leflain.— [Ls-rd 



- I eft In ins sire, too Tiiune "uch Ions to juow, 
. . ,. /L~.'c'S'ie'f Lord of himself; -that heniase of woa, 

„ . jtimate.. that he meant ur. tor a cniei fe,rful emi t« which Ihc huniin braarf 



liU 



LARA. 



'CA»t9t 



With none to chack, and few to point in time, 
The thousand palLs timt slope the way to crime; 
Then, wlien he innst required commandment, thco 
Had Lar.i's daring boyhuod guvern'd nieo. 
It skills not, t>onti oit step by step to trace 
His youth through alt the mazes nf its race; 
Short was the cours^iis resilessness had run, 
But loug enough to leave hiiu half undone. 

HI. 
And Lara left in youth his father-land ; 
But from the hour he waved his parting hand 
Each trace wax'd fainler of his course, till all 
Had nearly ceased his memoiy lo recar.. 
Uis sire was dust, his vassals could declare, 
T was all (hey knew, that Lara was uot there ; 
Nor sent, nor came he, till conjecture grew 
Cold in the many, aniious in the few. 
His hall scarce echoes with his wonted name, 
Hts portrait darkens in its fading frame, 
ADOlner chief constled his destined bride, 
The young forgot him, and the old had died ; 
** Yet doth he live ! " excliims the impatient heir. 
And sighs for sables which he nuist not wear. 
A hundred scutcheons deck wilh gloomy grace 
The Laras' lasl and longest dwelling-place; 
But one is absent from the mouldenng file. 
That now were welcome in that Gothic pile. 

IV. 
He comes at last in sudden loneliness, 
And whence they know noi, w hy they need not guess ; 
They more might marvel, when the greeting 's o'er, 
Not that he came, out came not long before; 
No train Is his be>ond a single page. 
Of foreign aspect, and of tender age. 
Tears had roll'd on, and fast (hey speed away 
To those that wander as to those that stay ; 
But lack of tidings from another clime 
Had lent a flagging wing to wenrj- Time. 
They sec, they recognise, yet almost deem 
The present dubious, or the past a drtarn. 
He lives, nor yet is past his manhood's prime, 
Though sear'd by (nil, and snni-Mhing touch'd by time; 
His faults, whale'er they were, if scarce forgot. 
Might be untaught him by his varied lot ; 
Nor good nor ill of late were known, his namo 
Might yet uphold his patrimonial f;ime: 
His soul in youth was hauzhly, hut his sins 
No more than pleasure frnm (he stripling wini ; 
And sucli, if nnl vet harden'J in Iheir course, 
Might be redeemed, nor akk a long remorse. 



And they indeed were changed — *t is outckty seen, 
Whale'er he be, 't wa« not what he had been: 
That brow ill furrow'd lines had fix'd at la^t. 
And ipake of passions, but of passion past : 
The pride, btit nol the fire, of early days. 
Coldness of mien, and carelessness of praise; 
A high demeaiinur, a.id a glance that look 
Thffir ihoughls from olhrrs by a single look; 
And that urcastic levitv of lont^ue, 
The stinging of a licart'the uorM hath slung, 
TTiat darts in sreming plnfulnc-'S arour.d. 
And makes llio^e feci that'wiM not own the wound 
All these seem'd his, and somclhing more beneath 
Than glance Ci)utd well re\c.il, or accent breathe. 
l«*bitiotj, Rlory, love, Ihe coiiimon aim, 
Thai lonie cm conquer, and that all would claim, 
Wi!hin his breatt appeared uo innrt; to strive, 
Tet seemM :ii htrly lh.-v hnd hi-rn alive ; 
And sninedfrp fei'tini; it werr viln lo trac« 
At moiucnls tighteu'd oVr hts livid face 

VI. 
Not much he loved long niir^tion of the past. 
Nor lold of wondro s willt. and dnurti vast, 
In those far bnd^ wdrrr lir hir) windrr d lone. 
And — SI bini«rtf wouM hate il terni — unknown t 
T«t thimm in »ain hli eve could icarcely scin, 
Uor (i«uj tsyetmatm iraiu ius folluw mui ; 



But what he had beheld he shunned to show, 
As hardly worth a stranger's care to know ; 
If still more prying such enquiry grew, 
Uis brow fell darker, and bis words more Cnr. 

VII. 

Not unrejoiced *o sec him once again. 
Warm was his welcome to the haunts of man. 
Born of high lineage, Imk'd in high commaodf 
He mingled with the magnates of his land; 
Join'd the carnusats of the gieat and gay. 
And saw them smile or sigh t'neir hours aw&y j 
But still he only saw, and did not share. 
The common pleasure or the general care; 
He did not follow what they all pursued 
; With hope still baffled still lo be renew'd; 
I Nor shadowy honour, nor substantial gain, 
i Nor be.juty's preference, and ihe rival's paini 
'. Around him some myslcrious circle thrown 
' Repeli'd approach, and ihowM hini s'ill aloDB 
. Vpon his eye sat somt tiling of reproof, 
That kept at least frivolity aloof ; 
And tilings more timid tiiat l»elield him near, 
1 In silence gazed, or whisi)er'd mutual fear ; 
; And they the wiser, friendlier few confess'd 
They deem-d him better than his air expresa'd. 

VIII. 

T was strange — in youth all action and all lil!^ 
Burning for pleasure, not averse from strife ; 
Woman — the field —Ilic ocean — all that gaf» 
Promise of gladness, peril of a grave. 
In turn he tried — he ransack'd all below. 
And found his recompense in joy or woe. 
No tame, trite mediuni ; for his feelings so'ight 
In thai intenseness an escape from thought : 
The tempest of his heart in scorn had gazed 
On that the feebler elements hath raised ; 
The rapture of his Iieart had look'd on high, 
And ask'd if greater dwelt beyond the sky : 
Chain'd to eicess, the slave of each extreme, 
How woke he from the wildness of tliat dream t 
Alas ! he fold nol — but he did aAvake 
To curse the wither'd heart that would not farMft. 

IX. 

Books, for hli Tolume heretofore was Man, 

With eye more curious lie appear'd lo scan^ 

And oft. in sudden mood, for many a day. 

From all communion he would start awajri 

And then, his rarely caii'd attendants snid. 

Through night's long hours would souna hb buvW 

tread 
O'er the dark gallery, where his fathers froTrn'd 
In rude but antique |>ortrallure around : 
They heard, but wbisper'd — " I/ui/ most Dot bi 

known — 
The sound of words less earthly than his own. 
Yes, (hey who chose mieht smile, but some had m«b 
They scarce knew what, but more than should baw 

Why ga-ed he so upon tht ghastly head 

Which hands profane had galher'J from the dead, 

That still iH-sifle his op<'n'd volume lay, 

As if to startle all save him away ? 

Why slept he not when others were at rest } 

Whv heard no music, and received no guest? 

All was nnt wrll.thrvdrrm'd — hut where th* wTOOg 

Some knew perchance — but 't wrre a tilc too loQg; 

/hd such brsi 'es werr (rx) diicrcclly wwe. 

To more thui hint (heir knowlrdiro in nurmise ; 

But if they W(ndd — thev could " — around the boaid 

Thus Lara's vassals prall(ed of tlicir lord. 



It was Ihe night — and Lira's glassy stream 
The ^\rxn ar. utiiddm?. earl, w .th imaged b«l 
Sn nlin, llir u- iirn ^rnrrrly %rrm to stray, 
And v*-' 'li' V r'l '<• I'ke hippme«»iray ; 
Hedrrtmit fir mu\ tairv like from h gh 
The immortal lights tiut live aloog tb« Ayi 



Camto I. 



LARA, 



1% 



lb bank! art fringed wiih 111307 > sondljr tree, 

And flowers the lajrest tint may feast the bee; 

Roch in her chaplet infant Uiaji wove. 

And Innocence woul** olTer In her love. 

These <leck the shore ; the waves their channel make 

Id winding bright and mazy like the snake. 

All vtii IT still, so soft in earth and air, 

You scarce would start to meet a spirit there; 

Secure tltat nought of evil could delight 

To walk in such a scene, on such a night ) 

It was a moDient only for the 500*1 ; 

So Lara deem d, nor longer there he stood, 

Bet tum'd in silence to his castle-gate ; 

Such scene his soul no more could cnntemplate 1 

Such scene reminded him of otiier days. 

Of skies more cloudless, nioous 01' purer blaze, 

Of nights more soft and frequent, hearts that now — 

No — no — the storm may beat upon his brow, 

Dnfelt — unsparing — but' a night like this, 

A night of beauty, mocked sucli brexst as bis. 

XI. 

He tum'd within his solitary hall, 
And his high shadow shot along the wall : 
There were the painted forms of other times, 
T was all they lelt of virtues or of crimes. 
Save vague tradition ; and the gloomy vaults 
That hid their dust, their foibles, and' their fault* ; 
And half a column of the pompous page. 
That speeds the specious tjle from age to age ; 
Where history's pen its praise or blame supplin, 
And lies like truth, and still most truly lies. 
Hs wandering mused, and as the moonbeam shone 
Through the dim lattice o'er the floor of stone. 
And the high fretted roof, and saints, that there 
O'er Gothic windows knelt in pictured prayer, 
Reflected in fantastic figures grew, 
Like life, but not like mortal life, to view; 
His bristling locks of sable, brow of gloom. 
And the wide waving of his shaken plume, 
Glanced like a spectre's attributes, and gave 
His aspect all Oat terror gives the grave. 

XII. 
T was midnight — all was slumber; the lone light 
Dimm'd in the lamp, as loth to break the night. 
Hark ! there be murmurs heard in Lara's hall — 
A sound — a voice — a shriek — a fearful call ! 
A long, loud shriek— and silence— did they hear 
Thit frantic echo burst the sleeping ear? 
They heard and rose, and, tremulously brave, 
Rush where the sound invoked their aid to save; 
They come with half-lit Upers in their hands, 
And snatch'd in startled haate unbelteil brands. 

xin. 

Cold as the marble where his length was laid, 

Pale 13 the beam that o'er his features play'd, 

Was L-ira siretch'd ; his hilf-drawn sabre near, 

Dropp'd it should seem in more than nature's fear; 

Vet he w-as (irni, or had been firm till now, 

And still defiance knit his gather'd brow ; 

'l hough mix'd with terr»>r, senseless as he lay, 

There l,»cd npon his lip the wish to slay ; 

iome half-form'd threat in utterance there had died, 

Some imprecation of desfiairing pride ; 

His eye was almost seal'd, but not forsook 

Even in its trance the gladiator's look. 

That oft awake his aspect could disclose, 

And now was fii'd in horrible repose. 

They raise him — bear him ; — hush ! be breathes, he 

speaks, 
The swarihv blush recolnurs in his cheeks. 
His lip resumes its red, his eye, though dim. 
Rolls wide and wild, each slowlr quivering limb 
Recalls its function, but his worAi are strung 
In terms that seem not of his native tongue : 
Distinct but Blranre, enough they understand 
To deem thrm accents of another land : 
Ami soch thev were, and meant to lut-i-t an «T 
Ttet bms him not — alaa I tliat cannat bear 



xrv. 



His page approach'd, and he alone appeared 
To know the import of the words they beir4 
Ar«l, by the chai gcs of his cheek and brow. 
They were not such as Lara should avow, 
Nor'he interpret, — yet with less surprise 
I'lian those around their chieftain's state ha ey*^ 
But Lara's proslra'e form he bent beside. 
And in that tonjue whch seem'd his own rtpUai, 
And Lara heeils those tones that get tly seem 
To soothe away the horrors of his d-eam — 
If dream it were, that thus could overthrow 
A breast that needed not ideal wot 

XV 

Whate'er his frenzy dream d or eye beheld, 
If yet remeniber'd,' ne'er to be reveal'd, 
Rests at his heart: the custom'd morning came, 
And breathed new vigour in his shaken frame ; 
And solace sought he none from priest nor leech. 
And soon the same in movement and in speech 
As heretofore he fill'd the passing hours. — 
Nor less he smiles, nor more his forehead loweil| 
Than these were wont ; and if the coming night 
Apr"f'>l '^^ welcome now to Lara's sight. 
He to his marvelling vassals show'd it not. 
Whose shuddering proved thtir fear was less foifgL 
In trembling pairs (alone they dared not) crawl 
The a-Monish'd slaves, and shun the fate<l hall; 
The waving banner, and the clapping door, 
The rustling tapestry, and the echoing lloor; 
The long dim shadows of surrounding trees. 
The tlapping bat, the night song of the breeze; 
Aught they behold or hear their thought appall, 
As evening saddens o'er the d.ajk grey walla. 

XVL 
Vain thought ! that hour of ne'er nnravell'd {loon 
Came not again, or Lara could assume 
A seeming of forgetfulness, that made 
His vassals more amazed nor less afraid — 
Had memory vanish'd then with saise restored? 
Since word, nor look, nor gesture of their lord 
Bctray'd a feeling that recall'd to these 
That fever'd moment of his mind's disease. 
Was It a dream? was his the voice that spoke 
Those strange wild accents ; his the cry that broke 
Their slumber ? his the oppress'd, o'erlabour'd beut 
That ceased to beat, the look ihat made them start? 
Could he who thus had suBer'd so forget. 
When such as saw Ih.at suB'ering shudder yet } 
Or did that silence prove his memory fix'd 
Too deep for words, indelible, unmix'd 
In that corroding secrecv which gnaws 
The heart to show the e'lTect, but not (^ canje? 
Not so in him ; his breast had buried Loth, 
Nor common gazers could discern the growth 
Of thoughts that mortal lips must leave half told; 
They choke the feeble words that would unfold. 

rviL 

In him inexplicably mii'd appear'd 

Much to be loved and haled, sou'ht and feu'dl 

Opinion varying o'er his hidden lot. 

In praise or railing ne'er his name forgot: 

His silence fomi'd a iheme for others' prate — 

They guess'd — they gazed— they fain would kM« 

his fate. 
What had he been ? what was he, thus unknown, 
Who walk'd their world, his lineage only knows) 
A hater of his kind ? yet some would say. 
With them he cnuld seem gay amidst the gay ; 
But own d that smile, if oft observed and near, 
Waned in its mirth, and wilher'd to a sneer; 
That smile might reach his lip, but pass'd not kf 
None e'er could trace its laughter to his eye I 
Yet there was soflness loo in his regard. 
At times, a heart as not by nature hard^ 
But once pciceived, his spirit seem'd to thUa 
Such weakness, as unworthy of its pnda, 
And s'eel'd itself, as scorning t» rrideeB 
On; icttH fioDi others' half witoheU esIMB) 



11 • 



198 



LARA. 



[CamtoI 



b lell-inflicted penuice of a breast 

IVhieh teodemess nii^ht once have wrung from rait 

In TigiliDCe of grii-f (hat would compel 

Th« wml to hite for having loved loo welL 

XVIII. 
There wai Id him a vital scorL of all : 
As if the woret had fall'ii which could befall, 
He rtood a itl^nger in this brealhins world, 
An erring spirit from another hurl'd ; 
A thin^ of dark imaginings, that shaped 
By choice the perils he by chance escaped ; 
But 'scaped m vain, for in their memory yet 
Hi» mind would lialf emit and half regret : 
With more capacity for love than earth 
B»sU>ws on most of mortal mould and birth, 
His early dreams of good oulslnpp'd the truth. 
And troubled manhood foUow'd baffled youth ; 
With thought 01 years in phantom chase misspent, 
And wasted powers for better purpose lent ; 
And hery passions that had jKiur'd their wrath 
in hurried desolation o'er his path, 
And left the better feelings all at strife 
In wild reflection o'er his stormv life; 
But haughty still, and loth himself to blame, 
He cali'd on Nature's self to shire the shutie, 
And charged all fiulls upon the fleshly form 
She gave to clog the soul, and feast the worm ; 
Till he at last confounded good and ill, 
And half mistook for fate the acts of will ; 
Too high for common selfishness, he could 
At limes rejign his own for others" good. 
But not in pity, not because he ought, 
But in tome strange perversity of thought, 
That sway'd him onward with a secret jiride 
To do what few or none would do beside ; 
And this same impulse would, m tempting time, 
Mislead his spin' equallv to crime ; 
So much he soar'd beyond, or sunk beneath, 
The men with whom he felt coiidemn'd to breatho, 
And loiig'd by rood or ill to separate 
Himself from all who ibarfd Ins mortal state ; 
His mind abliomng tbis had find her throne 
Far from the world, m regions of her own : 
Thus coldly passing all tliat [ass'd below. 
His blood in temperate seeming now would flowi 
Ah 1 happier if it ne'er with guilt had glow'd. 
But ever in that icv smoothness (iow'd ! 
T is true, n ilh oilier men their path he walk'd. 
And like the rest in seemini did and talk'd. 
Nor outraged Reason's rules b> Haw nnr start. 
His niadnes was not of the head, but heart; 
And rarely wanrler'd in his sjicecb, or drew 
His thoughts lo forth ai to ofTend the view. 

XIX. 
With all thai chilling mystery of mien. 
And seeming gladness to remain unseen. 
He had (if t were not niture's boon) an art 
Of filing memory on another's heart ; 
II was not love perchance — nor lute — nor anght 
That words can imaee to eipress the thought; 
But they who s.iw him did not see in vain. 
And once liehrld, would ask of hini ajain : 
And thode to whom he spake reniemlier'd well. 
And on the wonls, however litht, «ould dwell : 
None knew, nor how, nor why, but he entwined 
Himi»lf perforce aniund the bearers mind j 
There he was slainp'd. in liking, or in hate. 
If greeted once ; however brief the dale 
That fririklihip, pity, or aversion knew, 
8t.ll there within the inmost tho.igbi he grew. 
You cnuld not penetrate Ins i/nil, tint found, 
Deapile your wonder lo vour own he wound ; 
His nrnencr haiiiitr,! ilill ; and fr<ini the breast 
Hii foiri»l an >:l unwilling inlrreit : 
Vain was the iirugclr m that menUI net, 
His ■p>it ieem'd to dare y<>u lo forget I 

XX. 
nan to a fertlval, where kmghti and damn, 
kai •Oftil thai w«altk at loftj tiu«a(* cluou. 



Appear — a highborn and a welcome guett 
To Olho's hall came Lara with the real. 
The long carousal shakes the illumined hail 
Well speeds alike the banquet and the ball ;' 
And the gay dance of bounding Beauty's trai» 
Links grace and harmony in happiest chain: 
Blest are Ibe early hearts and gentle hands 
That mingle there in well-according bands; 
It IS a sight the careful brow might smoolh, 
And make Age smile, and dream itself to yooQi, 
And Youth forget such hour was past on eartb. 
So springs the exulting bosom to that mirlll I 

XXL 

And t^n gaied on these, sedately glad. 
His brow belied him if his soul was sad ; 
And his glance follow'd fast each fluttering hit. 
Whose steps of lightness woke no echo Ibeni 
He lean'd apimst tne lofty pillar nigh, 
With folded arms and lone attentive eye. 
Nor mark'd a glance so sernly tii'd on hi« — 
111 brook "d high Lara scnitinv like this: 
At lenelh he caught it, 't is a face ULinowa, 
But seems as searching his, and bis alone ; 
Prying and dark, a stranger's by his Biien, 
Who still till now had gazed on him unseen i 
At length encountering meets 'he mutnal gaxa 
Of keen enquiry, and of mute amaze ; 
On Lara's glance emotion ga hering grew, 
if distrusting that the stranger threw ; 
Along the stranger's asjiecl, fii'd and stem, 
Flash'd more than thence the vulgar eye could Imn 

XXIL 

" T is he ! " the stranger cried, and those that baud 

Re-echoed fast and far the whisper'd word. 

" T is he ! " — " T is » ho f " they queatioB bt • 

near, 

Till louder accents rung on Lara's ear ; 
So widely spread, lew bosoms well could broot 
The general marvel, or that single look : 
But Lara slirr'd not, changed not, the surprii* 
That sprung al first to his arrested eyes 
Seem'd now- subsided, neither sunk nor raised 
Glanced his eye round, though still the Strang*. >^ || 
And drawing nigh, eiclaim'd, with baughlT tMU, 
"T is he: — how came he thence? — what dijta kl 

here ? " 

XXIII. 

It were too much for Lara to pan bjr 

Such niiestioiis, so repealed fierce and nLht 

With look collected, but with accent cold, 

More mildly firm than petulantly bold, 

He turn'd, and met the inquisitorial lone — 

" Mv name Is Ura ! — when thine own is kaowm. 

Doubt not my fitting answer lo requite 

The unlook'd for courtesy of such a knight 

T is I jra I — further wouldst thou n ark or uk > 

I shun no question, and I wear no mask." 

" Thou shiinn'st no question I I-oiidcr — ii there dom 

Thy bran must answer, though thine ear would tti^ 

deem'st thou me unknown too? Gaze again I 
At least thy memory was not given in vain, 
level canst thou cancel half her debt, 
ily forliids thee lo forget." 
With slow and searching glance upon his faca 
Lara's eycv hut nothing there oiuld Iran 
knew, or cho«. lo know - with dubioua kMk 
lie deign'.l no answer, hul hii head lie shook. 
And half conlrmpluoui turn'd lo pass away) 
Bui the s'ern slranger niotion'd him to ilav. 

ord ! — I c^^rge thee slay, and answer iMn 
To one, who, wen tlytu ni.ble, were Uiy peer, 
But as thou wast and art _ nay, Iniwn not, lord. 
If fall*, 'I IS easy to duprove the word — 
Bui ai thou W1.I and arl, on thee looks down, 
Distniiii thy smiln, but iliakea not at thy fnwn. 

Art thou not he ? whusa deeds ** 

" WhalaW I Ik 
VTwda wild as then, aceuaen like to tki« 



Cum I.] 



LARA. 



197 



[ Utt DO farther; tbcwe nith wfiom they weigh 

May hear the rest, nor venture tu i<:iiQ'ay 

Tbs woudrous lale do doubt tbv toi.^e can tell. 

Which Ihus begins so <.ourleouil> and well. 

Lfll UEho cherish here his potishVJ guest. 

To him u»y ihauks and thoughts sh.ill be expre*'4,*' 

AdJ here their wonderin* h^sl hath interposed — 

" VVhate'er there be beiween you undisclosed. 

This is DO lime nor htim^ place to luar 

The mirthful meeting "ilh a wordy war, 

U tbou, Sir Ezzeliii, hasl aught to show 

Which it befits Couut Lara\ ear to know. 

To-morrow, here, or elsewhere, as may be:>t 

Beaeem your mutual jud^meut, speak the real j 

I pledge myself for thee, as not unknown, 

Though, like Couu*. Lara, now return'd aloae 

From other ianls, almost a stranger grown j 

And ir from Lara's bbKxi and gentle birth 

I augur right of courage and of worth, 

H« will not that untainted line belie. 

Nor aught that knighthood may accord, denj," 

"To-raorrow be it," Ezzelin replied, 

** Acd here our several worth and irulh be tried , 

1 ^age my life, n.y falchion to attest 

N^ wordi. so may t mingle with the bleat I * 

What answers Lara ? to its centre shrunk 

Hit aoul, in deep abstraction sudden sunk ; 

The words oi maov, and the eyes of all 

That there were gathered, seein'd on him to fall ; 

But his were silent, his appcar'd to stray 

Id ftu- forgctfulness away —away — 

Ahu! that heedlessness of all around 

Befpoke remembrance oaly too profound 

XXIV. 

•* Tn-morrow ! — ay. to-morrow ! ** further word 

Than those repeated none from Lara heard ; 

Dpoo his brow no outward passion spoke; 

From his large eye no flashing anger broke ; 

Fet there was something fix'd in that low tone, 

Which show'd resolve, determined, though unknown, 

H« seized his cloak — his head he slightly bow'd, 

And passing Ezzelin, he left the crowd; 

And as he pass'd him, smiling met the frown, 

With which that chieftain's brow would bear him 

down : 
It was nor smile of mirth, nor struggling pride 
That curtM to scorn the %vrath it cannot hide; 
But that of one in hi? own heart secure 
Of ail that he would do, or could endure. 
Could this mean peace ? the calmness of the good? 
Or guilt grown old in desperate hardihood ? 
Alas '. too like in confidence are each, 
For man to trust to mortal look or speech ; 
From deeds, and deeds alone, may he discern 
Truths which it wrings the unpractised heart to learn. 

XXV 

And Lara eallM his page, and went his way --. 
Well could that stripling; word or sign obeyi 
Hi? only follower from those climes afar, 
Where the snul glows beneath a brighter star ; 
For Lara left the shore from whence he spnmji 
In duty paTient, and sedate though young; 
StJbnt as him he served, his faiih appears 
At)0»» his station, and beyond his years. 
rbo«M^ not unkno\vn the tongue of Lara's land, 
la tacn from him he rarely heard command ; 
But tleet his step, and clear his tones would come, 
When Larv'i lip breathed forth the words of homa 
■f boee accents, as his native ninunlains dear, 
AwsKc their absent echoes in his ear, 
Friends', kindred's, parents*, wonted voice reca 1, 
tVow lost, abjured, for one — his f end, hii all 
For him earth now disclosed no otiier ruidc j 
What Barrel then ht rarely left his tide ? 



^1 



XXVI. 

Ui form, and darkly delicate 
keew irhcieao bis native sua had m.^ 



But had not marr'd, thougL in bis beams he git'n 
The cheek where oft ' the unbidden blush sbeaa 

through ; 
Yet not ^ucti blush as mounts when health would tbow 
All l*-e heart's hue in that delighted glow; , 
But ' was a hectic tint of becret cart 
That for a burning moment fever'd there ; 
And tlie wild siiarkle of his eye seem'd caught 
Frr.m high, and lighten'd with electric thoueht, 
I'hough It-) black orb those long tow lashes* frinft 
Had teuiper'd with a melaichitly tinge ; 
Yet less of sorrow than of pride was lher«, 
Or, if H were grief, a grief that ucne should Asitm 
And pleased nut him the sporis that please hi %g9f 
The tricks of youth, the frolics of the jage ; 
For hours on Lara he would fix his glance, 
As all-fnrgottcu in that watchful trance ; 
And from his chief withdrawn, he wauder'd loD% 
Brief were his answers, and his questions none : 
Ihs walk the wood, his sport some foreigu booky 
His resting place the bank that curbs the brooki 
He seem'd. like htm he served, to Tve apart 
From all that lures the eye, and fills the heart; 
To know no brotherhooil, and take from earth 
No gift beyond that bitter boon — our birth. 

XXVIL 

If aught he loved, 't was Lara ; but was sbowa 

His faith in reverence and in deeds alone ; 

In mute attention ; and his care, which guested 

Each wish, fulfill'd it ere the tonerJie ezprea'd. 

StiH there was haughtiness in all he did. 

A spirit deep that brook'd not to be chid ; 

His zeal, though more than that of servile hand* 

In act atone obey-i, his air conmiands ; 

As if 't was Lara's less than /iii desire 

That thus he served, but surely not for hire. 

Slight were the tasks enjoin'd him by his lord. 

To !io!d the stirrup, or to bear the sword ; 

To tune his lu'e, or, if he wiH'd it more, 

On tomes of other times and tongues to pore; 

Rut ne'er to mingle with the menial tram, 

1 o whom he showM nor deference nor disdain, 

But that well-wor reserve which proved he knew 

No sympathy witn (hat familiar crew • 

His soul, xvliate'er hia station or his stem. 

Could bow to Lara, not descend to them. 

Of higher birth he seem'd, and better days, 

Nor mark of vulgar toil that hand betrays. 

So femininely white it might bespeak 

Another sex, when matcli'd with that smooth cbMkf 

But for his garb, and something in his gaze, 

More wild and high than woman's eye betrays; 

A latent fierceness that far more became 

His fiery climate than his tender frame: 

True, in his words it broke not from his breast, 

But from his aspect might be more than guess*a. 

Kaled his name, though rumour said he bore 

Another ere be left his mountain -shore ; 

For sometimes he would hear, however nigh. 

That name repeated loud without reply. 

As unfamiliar, or, if roused again, 

Start to the ^ound, as but remember'd then ; 

Unless 't was Lara's wonted voice that ipake. 

For then, ear, eyes, and heart would all awaJsA 

XXVII L 
He had Iook*d down upon the festive hall, 
And mark'd that sudden strife so mark'd of lilt 
And when the crowd around and near him told 
Their wonder at the calmness of the bold, 
Their marvel how the high-born Lara bore 
Such insult, from a itrangrr doubly sore, 
The colour of young Kaled went and caini^ 
The lip of ashes, and the cheek of (lame ; 
And o'er hii brow the dampening heart-drope thlVW 
The sickening itincss of that cold dew 
That rises as the busy bosom sints 
With heavy ihougbis from which reflection skrata* 
Tn — tnere be things which we most divUi mi 4Ml 
AmA wjBt ste ore thought be half aware . 



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LARA 



[CaittoIL 



Whatever might Ealed'a be, it wu enow 

To seal his lip, but agonise his brow. 

He gazed ou Ezzelm till Lara cast 

That sidelong smile upon ihe kuight he past; 

When Kaled saw that smile his visage fell, 

As if on something recogaised right ivell : 

His memory read in such a meauing more 

rhan Lara's aspect unto others wore . 

Forvrard he sprung — a uionient, both were gone, 

And all within that ball seeiii'd left aloue ; 

Each had so fuc'd his eye od Lara's mien, 

All had so mix'd their feelmg? wiih that scene, 

That wheo his long dark shadow through the porch 

No niore rtJieves the glare of yon high torch, 

Each pulse beats quicker, and all besoms seem 

To bound as doubting from too black a dream, 

Such aa we know is false, yet dread in sooth, 

Because the worst is ever nearest truth. 

And they are eone— but Ezzelm is there, 

With thoughtful visage and imperious air; 

Bet long remain d out ; ere an hour expired 

He waved his hand to Otbo, and retired. 

XXIX. 
The cmwd are gone, the revellers at reat ; 
The courteous host, and all-ipproving guett, 
Again to that accustom'd couch must creep 
Where joy subsides, and sorrow sighs to sleep. 
And man, o'crlabour'd with his beine's strife^ 
Shrinks to that sweet forgetfulncss of life : 
There lie love's feverish hope, and cunning's ^ile, 
Hate^ working brain, and lulPd ambition 'i wUe; 
O'er each vain eye oblivion's pinions %N"ave, 
And quench'd existence crouches in a grave. 
What better name may sluntber's bed become ? 
Night's sepulchre, the universal home. 
Where weakuess, strength, vice, virtue, lonk supine, 
Alike m naked betptessness recline; 
Glad for awhile to heave unconscious breath, 
Te( wake to wrestle with the dread of death, 
And ihun, though dav but dawn on ills increased, 
That sleep, the loveliest, since it dreami the least 



CANIO THE SECOND 
L 
Nietat winci — the vapourj round the mountains carl' 
Melt into mom, and Light awakes the world, 
tlan has aiioiher day to tntrll the past. 
And lead hini near to little, but his last ; 
But mightv Nature bounds as from her birth. 
The sun is tn (he heavens, and life on earth ; 
Flnwers in the valley, splendour in the beam, 
Health on the gale, and freshness in the stream. 
Immortal man ! behold her glories shine. 
And cr>\ exulting inly, " Thr-y are thine ! " 
Gue on, while yel thy gladdcn'd eye may ie« i 
A morrow conies when ihcy are not for Ihce : 
And grirve wliat nmv al>ove thy senseleM bier, 
Nor earth nor sky will yield a >in<lc tear : 
Nor cloud ihall gither more^ nor leaf shall fall, 
Nor pie breathe forth one si^h for thee, for all ; 
BjI creeping thing^ t,hM revel in Uieir spoil, 
AaJ 6t uxy day to fertilise tlic SL^il. 



T b morn — t is noon — awembled in the hall, 
Thegalher'd chieftains rome to Otho'i call ; 
Tis now Ihr prornivi hour, that nimi proclaim 
Tlie hf^ or dMih of Lira's future f.iinc ; 
When K/rchn Ins rlurgc niiy hf-re unfold, 
And wlutA'te'er ihr tatr, il must he told. 
Bu DiHh was plciUt-d. xnd Liia'» i.roiiiiw given, 
To ni««t it in the rye of iinn aii-l heaven. 



Whj eonm he imi } .Siirh (ruths m t*r dlTuIged. 
unki Iha sccuscr's rf»i is loug iiidul|[od 



TThT O 



TbP honr ki piiit^ snd Lin ton .« thmv^ 
W\sk i^H-«oo5din(, cdkUy ralMOl ui | 



Why comes not Ezzelin ? /he hour ii past, 
Aud murmurs rise, and Olho's Srow H o'ercuL 
" I know my friend ! his faith I cannot fear, 
If ye: he be ou earth, expect him here ; 
i The ro-'f that held him in the vjllev aUn^ 
Between my own and noble Lara's fandi : 
My halls from such a ^uest had honour ^IbV 
Nor had Sir Ezzelin his hos* disdain'd, 
But that some previous proof forbade his stay, 
And urged him to prepare against to-day, 
, The wof 1 I pledged for his I pledge again, 
Or will my^it r^eem his knighthood's stain.* 
He ceased — and Lara answer'd, " I aen bera 
To lend at thy demand a listenine ear 
I To tales of evil from a stranger's tongue, 
I Whose words already might my heart ha/e FTV% 
I But that I deem'd him bcarcely less than mad, 
! Or, at the worst, a foe ignobly had. 
\ I know him not — but nie it Bcems he knew 
j In lands where — but I mubt not trifle loo: 
j Produce this babbler— or redeem the pledge; 
\ Here in thy hold, and with thy falchion's cdf*.* 
I Proud Otho on the insLiut, reddening, threir 
j His glove on earth, and forth his sal>re flew 
I ** The last alternative befits me best, 
I And thus I answer for mine absent guest' 
jHVith cheek unchanging from its sallow gloom, 

* However near his own or other's touib ; 

With hand, whose almost careless coolness spok* 
Its grasp ivell-used to deal the sabre-stmke ; 
With eye, though calm, determined not lo spaxi^ 
Did I^ra too his willing weapon bare. 
In vain the circling chieftains round them cl0Md| 
For Utho's frenzy would not be opposed ; 
And horn his lip thnw words of insult fell — 
Uis sword is good who can maintain theu w4L 

IT. 

Short was the conflict ; furious, blindly rub, 
Vain Olho gave his bosom lo the gash : 
He bled, and fell ; but not wilh lieadlv wonnd, 
Stretch'd bv a dextrous sleight along the ^UM. 
" Demand thy life ! " He an^wer'd not : and thtt 
Froni thai red Hoor he ne'er had risen again, 
For Ijira's brow upon the moment grew 
I Almost lo blackness in its demon hue ; 
'd And fiercer shook his angry- falchion now 

• Than when his foe's was levelTd at his brow 
I Then all was stem cotteclediiess and art, 

I Now rose the unleaven'd hatred of his heart; 

i So little sparing lo Ihe foe he fcli'd. 

, 1'hat when the approaching crowd hii arm w HllhUJI 

; He almost turn'd the thinty point ou Ibote 

] Who thus for mercy dared to interpose ; 

1 But to a moment's tho\ieht that pur]K>M b«Dt ; 

I Vet lonk'd he on him still with eve intent. 

As if he loathed the inelfectual strife 
I That left a foe, linwe'er o'erthmw n, with li% 
' As if to search how far the wound he gat* 

Had leut its victim ouwanl to his grava. 

V. 

They raised the bleeding Otho, and the Leach 
Forbade all present (|^ue3tinn, licn, and speech 
The others met within a neichlmuhng hall. 
And he, incrnwl, ami beedtcu of (hem all, 
The cause and cnn(]urror in this sudden fray, 
In haushlv siltMK-e slowly strodf Mvay; 
He b.ick'it his sti-nl, his homeward path b« lOO^ 
I Nor call on Otho'i toweni a single look. 

VI. 

But where was he f that metenr of a nirhl, 
I Who nirnaceil hul tndiMpprar with lunt. 
! Whrrr was thin F.xrrlin ? who rauieaud W^L 
I To Irivr no other trace of his inlenl. 
I He l*'rt Ihe dome of Olhn long ne mom. 

In darkneiw-, ye! m* wrl» Ihr path »*** won 
! He cf)utd iii>t miss it : nrar h:i dwftlin( tay; 
' Bmi thtrv Iw was ao(, simI with oomii^ dar 



CahtoIL^ LARA. 



CuBC tut inqairr, which anfuldetl non^ht 
Exc«p( ihe ab«v'ce of the chief it sr'u^L 
▲ chimber teDa^tie»s ^ ^ietxi at rest, 
Bit boil alarm'd, hU rounuuricg tqu'res (?iffrMi^ 
Tbeir icarcb extends alooj;. ar>uu^ the path, 
In dread to meet the marki of provt-len' nntkl 
But Dooe ire there, and Dot i brake haib boroc. 
Nor gout of blood, oor sbred of niaotis tom ; 
Nor fall Dor »true5le hath defaced 'Jie ^nsi. 
Which still rciaiusa mark where oiunler waf i 
Nor dabbliu? fingeri left to tell the u!e. 
The bitter pr.nt of each convulsive uail, 
When availed haods that cea4<; to guard, 
Wound ID that pan; the siuuothne^ ol the iwinL 
Some rjcb bad been, if here a life wis reft, 
But these were not ; axid doubtin? hope 19 left j 
And strange suspicioo, nhispenu^ Lara's oamt, 
F w daily Diulterj o'er his blaclieii'd fame j 
Tjsd sudden ulenl when his form appear'd, 
▲viits the aUencc of tJ:e ibinr it fear'd, 
A^a lit woDied wondenuf 'j> renew, 
And dye conjecture with a duker hu& 

Days roll along, aod Otho^ woondi art heai'd, 
But not bis prifje^ and hate no mor* cooceala : 
He was a man of power, and Lara's ^^ 
The friend of all who K'ught to work him woi^ 
And from bis country^i ji^iice now demaxtdi 
Account of Ez7ehn at Lara's bauds. 
Who else th.in Lara could have cause to fear 
His presence? who had made him disap;_ieax, 
If not ibe man on whom bis menaced charg* 
Had sate 100 deeply were he left at largo ? 
The gctieni rua,our ignorauUy loud. 
The mystery dearest to the cunous crowd ; 
The »e«mirig friendlescness of him who strOT* 
To win no eon6dence, and wake no love ; 
The sweeping fierceness which his sou! betrayed, 
The skill with which he wielded his keen blade; 
Where bad his arm uuwarlike caught that art ? 
Where bad that fierceness ?ro« u u[>on his heart ? 
For it was not the blir.d capricious ra^ 
A word can kindle and a word assuage ; 
But the deep working of a soul ucmiz'd 
With aughi of pity where its wr.uh had fix'd ; 
Such aj long power and over^r^ed succeM 
Concentrates into all that 's merciless: 
Tb«»e, link'd with that desire \Thicb ever iwayt 
Mankind, the rather to condemn than praise, 
*Gainst lAia gathering raised at Icn^ih a sionn, 
Buch as himself might fear, and foes would fonB» 
And he must answer for the absent bead 
Oi OBC that haunts him still, alive or dead. 

VIIL 
W Ibin that land was many a malcontent, 
Who cursed the tyranny to' which be bent ; 
That soil ful. many a wrin^m; de«pot saw, 
Who work'd bis wantonness m form of law ; 
Long war withoul and frequent brrjil within 
Had made a path for blood and ^lant sin. 
That waited but a signal to begin 
New havoc, such as civil discord blends, 
Which knows no neuter, onus but foes or frieBds| 
Fiz'd in his feudal fortrew each was lord. 
Is word and deed obey'd. in snul abhorred. 
Tbok Lara had inberiitd his lands, 
And with them pining hearts aixi iduggish handt) 
Bit Iha! long abs«nca from his native clime 
Bad lef\ him stainless of opprt^sion's crime. 
And now, diverted by his milder sway, 
All ^read by slow degrees had worn away. 
The meutals fell their usual awe alone. 
Bit riore for him thsn them that fear was grown : 
Ihcy deem'd him now unhsppv, though at fijil 
Tber evil judgment augur'd of the worst, 
Aad MA.h long reattess night, and silent mood. 
Was traced to sickue^e, fed by solitude . 
And tho«(k tus tonely habits threw of late 
QIOMs »*« hia chuiber, theerhU was hu gmmt 



im 



For thence the wT«!ched oefer utoootbed wv 
For lliein. at !»%(, his soul onoi^^assioci k»ew, 
Cold to :he great, contemptuous to lb* hifh* 
The bumble jau'd nut his unherdiD^ eve ; 
hJccb he wi.ulJ -peak not. but beneath ha not 
They found asiium uil, and ue'er re}>rooC 
Abd they who watch'd might mark tba*., dtj hj 
Some new reiajuen ga'her'd to his sway ; 
But most of i.ite, <itice Exzchu \\xm lost, 
He play'd the courteous lord aud bounteom hoil. 
Perchance his smfe with Otho made him dread 
Some suare prejiared for bis obnoxious bead ; 
Whatever his vjcw, bis favour more obtains 
With these, the people, thin his fellow tbaoib 
If this were policy, 50 far 't wai sound, 
The million judged but of him as ifcey fbaz4 J 
from him by sterner chiefs to exile driven. 
They but retjuired a shelter, and 't wa« give^ 
By him 00 peasant mourn'd his rifled cx-X, 
And scarce the ijerf cuuld murmur o'er his lot | 
With him old avarice found its board secure, 
Willi bim contempt forbore to mock the ponr| 
Tou'h ijrcseni cheer and promised recnmpee^ 
Detain'd, till all lix) late to |art from thence: 
To hate he ofTer'd, ui:b the coming riyn|t^ 
The deep reversion of delayed revenge ; 
To love, long baUIed by the unequal match. 
The well-wiwi charms success wa* sure to 1 
Ail now was npe, be wails but to proclauo 
Thai slavery nothing wbich was still a name. 
The moment came, the hour when IHho rhonA 
Secure at Lst the vengeance which he soujfat 
His sun.mons found the destined criiuinal 
Begirt by tbt.usands in his swarming hall. 
Fresh from their feudal fetters newly riven. 
Defying canh, and confident of heaven. 

; Tbat inomii-g he had freed the soi..bomid slavm 

I Who dig no land for tynnts but 'beir grava ! 
Such is their cry —some watchword for the fi{U 
Must vindicate the wrong, and warp the right j 
Religiou — freedom — vengeaiice — what you wiSL 
A word 's enough to raise mankind to kill ; 
Some factious phr»se by cunning caught and spraiA 
That guilt may rcign, and woUcs aud worms atH 

IX, 
Throughout that dime the feudal chiefs had gaiftV 
Such sway, their infant monarch hardly reirn'd: 
>'ow was the boor for factiuoi rebel grcwth, 
The Serfi C'li'.cnio'd the one, and bated botht 

: They wailed bi^l a leader, and they frmnd 
One to tbeir cause inseparably bound ; 

I By circumstance compL-ll'd lo plunge a^iB, 
In self defence, amidst the slnft of aien. 
Cm off by some n.ystenoua fate from those 
Whom birth aud nature meant not for his ftMk 

1 H;id Lara from that night, to him accurst, 
Prejiared to Uieet but not alone, the worrt 1 
Some reason urged, whate'er it was, to ihu 
Eiw^uirv into deeds at distance done ; 
By mingling with his oh n the ca jse of UL 
E'en if he fo.ld. he still delav'd mt falL 
The iulien calm that h-ng his'bt^.m keot, 

' The I'orm that once had spent itself in^ ^^% 
Roused hy event? that seem'd foredoom 'd to Of^ 
His glooDiy fortune* to tbeir utmost verge. 
Burst forth, and made bim xU he onr« nlul ba^ 
And is again ; he only changed the scene. 
Light care bad be for life, and less for fane. 
But not less fitted for Ihe despcratv game: 
He deem'd himself mark'd out for otberV hatah 

' And niock'd at ruin so they shared bis fate. 
What cared be frr the freedom of the crowd? 
He rai^ the bund e but to bend the proo^ 
He had bnp«d quiet in his suDcu lair, 
But man an J lestiny beset htm there ; 
Inured to buaters, be was found a: bey I 
Aud they must kill, they caiinot loare tM faai 
Stem, unac.bi*ioiis, silent, b* ha<: t«<« 
Heuctrfor.L a caUu spectator of liVs ieca0| 
But drag^'d again uf«n the ar»»a, ■tood 
A Ittkdex not one^oai lo tte iamt i 



190 



LARA. 



[CamtoO 



ta TOic« — mien — ^hire — nva^ nature ipoke, 
Aad from bit eye the glidiator broke, 

X. 
What lx)o« the ort-repeated tale of strife^ 
The feast -f vultures, anJ Ihe waste of life } 
The Tar\ing fortuue of each separate field, 
The fierce Ihit vani)uish. and Che faint ihii field? 
The tmokjne mm, and the crumhled wall ? 
In this the struggle was the 6»me with all ; 
Save that di»leni|icr'd passions lent their force 
Id bitterness thtt banisli'd all reniorse. 
None »ued, for Mercy kne»- her cry Kit vain, 
The captive died ujion the biUleplaia : 
in either cause, one rage alone possess'd 
The empire of the alternate victor's breast; 
And they tliat stnote for freedom or for sway, 
D^m'd few were slain, while more reinain'd to flay 
It was loo hte to check the wasting brand, 
And Desolation reap''l the faniish'd land; 
The torch was lighted, and the (lame was sprtai 
And Carnage smiled upon her daily dead. 

XI. 
Fresh with the nerve the new-bom impt]lsc Strang, 
The first succes^tn Ijra"! nunihers clung: 
But that vain victory haih rvin'd all ; 
They form no longer to their leader's call i 
In blind confusion on the foe they press, 
Ana think to snntch is to secure succesl. 
The lus! of booty, and the thirst of hate, 
Lure on the broken brigands to their fate: 
Id vain he doth whale'e'r a chief may do. 
To check the headlon? fury of that crew ; 
In vain their stubborn ardour he would lame, 
The hand that kindles cannot ijuench the flame; 
The wary foe alone hath turn'd their mood. 
And shown their rashness to that erring brood I 
The feign'd retreat, the nirhtly ambuscade, 
The daily harass, and the fijht delayM, 
The long privation of the hoi>ed Biipjily, 
The tentless rest beneath the humid sky. 
The stubborn wall thai micks Ihe lenguer'i art, 
And palli the patience of his baffled heart, 
Of the« they had not deem'd : the battle-Jay 
They could encounter as a veteran may ; 
But more preferr'd the fury of the strife, 
And oreient death, to hourly suffering life: 
And famine wrings, and fever sweeps awaj 
His numben melting fast from their array ; 
Inle-nperate triumph fades to discontent. 
And I,ara'i loul alone irems still unbent 
But few remain to aid his voice and hand. 
And thousands dwindled to a scanty band : 
Desperate, though few, the last and best rnnaiBl 
To mourn the discipline they late disilain'd. 
One hope survives, the frontier is not far. 
And thence they niav escape from native war; 
And bear within them to the neighbouring stal* 
An exile's sorrows, or an outlaw's hale: 
Hard ii the ta-k their fatherland to quit, 
Bui balder ilUl to iieriib er submit. 

XII. 
R Is reeolved — thry march — consenting Night 
Slides with her nar their dim and tnrcblaa lli(bt| 
Already they perceive its Iranrjuil l>eam 
Sleep on Ihe surface of the larrier stream ; 
AlreadT they descry — U yon Ihe liank > 
Away ! I is lined with niaov a h'etile rank. 
Retnm or fly 1 — What glitin in the rear? 
T is (Mho's banner — llie nur.uer's si«r ! 
Ar* IhoH Ihe ihrnhrrdi' fires u|ion the hei|bt? 
Abu ! Iliev blaze loo widely for the lliglll ' 
Cot o(T from h"!', and rr.mpa».'d in the loll. 
Lees blood perchance bath bought a richer ipoH I 

.Mil. 
A wmenfi piuse — 't « but In breathe Ihelr band, 
Or sh»ll they (inward iirese, or hero withsUud > 
It Batters little — if they char»« the foes 
Wkc 'jf IMir border -tfreta tkau aurafe >ppue*. 



i Some few, perchance, may break and pui Ihi &a% 

' Ho%vever link'd to baffle sucL desien. 
, " The charge be ours ! to wail for their aaaa. 
Were fate well worthy of a coward's halt." 
, Forth flies each sabre,' rein'd ii every steed, 
' And the next word shall scarce outstrip the imi . 
In the next tone of Lara's fithenng breath 
llow many shall but hear the voice of death I 
I XIV. 

His blade is bared,— in bini there is an air 
As deep, but far loo trarquri for de>;iair ; 
A something of inditference moi\« than toca 
Becomes the bravest, if llicy feel fir men. 
He turn'd his eye on Kaled, ever near, 
' And still too fjithful to betray one fear; 
; Perchance 'I was but the moon's dim twilifht Qp^ 
i Along his aspect an unwonted hue 
Of mournful paleness, whose deep tint expTTV 
The truth, and not the terror of his breasL 
This Lara mark'd, and laid his band on bill 
It trembled nol in such ah hour as this ; 
Hi! lip was silent, scarcely heal his heart, 
His eye alone proclaim'd, " We will not part! 
Thy band may perish, or thy friends may flee. 
Farewell to life, but not adieu to ihee 1 " 
j The word hath pass'd his lips, and onward drlvaa, 
Pours the link'd band through ranks asunder riTta| 
Well has each steed obey'd Ihe aniied heel. 
And Dash the scimitars, and rings Ibe steel ; 
Outnumber'd, nol outbraved, they still oppoae 
Despair to daring, and a front to foes ; 
And blood is minijled with the dashing streaBi, 
Which runs all redly till ihe morning beam. 

XV. 
Commanding, aiding, animating all. 
Where foe appear'd to press, or friend to fall. 
Cheers Lira's voice, and waves or strikes hi< etHL, 
Inspiring hope himself had ceased to feel. 
None fled, for well tbey knew that flight wcra ma. 
But those that waver turn to smile again. 
While yet they find the firmest of Ihe foe 
Recoil before their leader's look and blowt 
Now girt with numbers, now almost alone, 
He foils their ranks, or rcunili-s his own ; 
Himself he spared nol— once they seem'd to tj— 
Now was Ihe lime, he waved his hand on high. 
And shook — Why sudden droops thai plumed cntf 
The shaft is sped — !he arrow 's in his breast I 
That fatal gesture left the unguarded side. 
And Death has stricken down yon arm of prida. 
The word of triumph fainted from his longne: 
That hand, so raised, how droopingly it buofl 
Bui yet the sword instinctiraly retains. 
Though from its fellow shrink the falling reiB| 
These Kaled snatches: diey with Ihe blow. 
And senseless bending o'er his aaddle-bow. 
Perceives not Lira Ihal Ins aniious page 
Beguiles his charger froni the comUat's rage : 
Meantime his followcT charge, and charge afllBi 
Xoo mix'd the sla} crs now to heed the tlain I 

XV\. 
Day glimmera on Ihe dring and Ihe dead, 
The cloven cuirase. and the helmleis head; 
The war-lKirse .maiterlew is on the earlh. 
And that last gasp hath bunt bis bloody girth; 
And near, yei quivering with what life remaioM. 
The heel thil urge<l him and the hand that nia'ii 
And some too near lliat rolling torrent lie, 
Whoee wale's inock the lip of tlime thai die ; 
Thai panting Ibiril which scorches in the braalk 
|0f Ihnse that .lie the soldier's fiery death. 
In vain inipeli the burning ninuih to crave 
(hie drop -- the last — In cool it lor Ihe graM | 
Witli feeble and convuliive rlTort iwept. 
Then liiiils along the criiiii..ird lurl haiecraf*; 
The faiiil remains of life mch slnigelr. w«.i«. 
Hill yet tbey reach the stream, slid l*nd to ta^ i 
They feel I's (itehiwes. and slmosl lurtske — 
Wh* pause > No lar<b*r Ibint l,a«e Ihej kl litte. 



Cahto n.] LARA. 

It b «DqM»rh*d, ud yet tbey feel it Dot ; 
U WM ao afODT — but now forgot I 

xni. 

Bettcath a hme. remoter from the tceoe, 

Where but for him that ttrife had nerer been, 

A breathing but deroled warrior \ay : 

T wai Lara bleeding Tast froin life avray. 

Hii follovrer ODce, and now hit only guide, 

Koeeli Kaled vratchrul o'er his \velling side, 

Aod \rith bis scarf would itanch the tides that rush, 

With each coavnjlsion, in a blacker guish ; 

AJDd then, as his faiot breathing waxes tow, 

Id fieebler, not less fatal trickling flow : 

He scarce can epeak, but moEions him 't is vain, 

And merely adds another throb to pain. 

He claipc the hand that pang which would assuage, 

And laaly smiles his thinks to (hat dark pige. 

Who nothing fears, nor feels, nor heeds nor seea, 

Save that damp brow which rests upon his knees j 

Save that nale aspect, where the eye, though dim. 

Held aU tne light that shone on earth for him. 

XVIU. 
The foe amTet, who loni; bad searchM tfae field, 
Their triumph nought till Lara too should yield : 
They would remove hiru. but they sec 't w;re Taii\ 
And be regards them with a calm disJal;:, 
That rose to reconcile htm with his fale, 
And that escape to death from living hate: 
And Olho comes, and leaping from his steed, 
Looks on ihe bleeding foe that made him bleed, 
And questions of his stale ; he ans^wen not, 
Scarce glances on him as on one forgot, 
And turns to Raled : — each remaining word 
They understood not, if distinctly h&ml ; 
His dying tones are in that other tongue, 
To which some strange rei u em b ranee wildly clunff. 
They sp^ke of other scenes, but what — is known 
To GLated, whom their meaning reach 'd alone; 
And he replied, though faintly, to their sound. 
While gazed the rest in dumb amazement round : 
They leem'd even then — that twain — unto the last 
To half forret tf.e present in the past ; 
To Lhare between themselves some separate fate, 
Whose darkness none t>eside should penetrate. 

XIX. 

Their words though &inl were many — from the tone 
Their import those who heard could judge alone ; 
From this, you might have deem'd young Kaled*s 

death 
More near than Lara*s by his voice and breath, 
§0 sad, so deep, and hesitating bmke 
The accents his scarce-moving pale lips spoke ; 
But Lara's voice, though low, at first was clear 
And :alm, till murmuring death gaspU hoarsely near : 
But from bis visage little could we guess, 
80 unrepentant, dark, and passionless. 
Bare that when struggling nearer to his last, 
Upon that page his eye was kindly cast ; 
And once, as Kaled's answering accents ceased, 
Rose Lara's hand, and pointed to the East : 
Whether {as then 'he brc 'king sun from high 
RollM back the cloudj the morrow cnu-ht his eye, 
Or that *t was chance, or some rememberM scene. 
That raised his arm to point where such had been, 
Scarce Kated seem'd to know, but .urn'd away, 
As if his heart abhorr'd that coming day, 
And shrunk his glance before that morn iog light. 
To look on Lara's brow — where all grew night, 
Tet sense tcro'd left, though better were its loss, 
For when one near display'd the alwolving cross, 
And prod'er'd to his toucb'lhe holy bead, 
Of which his parting soul might own the need. 
He look'd upon tt wrh an eye proiaoe, 
And smiled — Heaven pardon! if 'twere with dit* 

dain : 
A>d KAled, though be spoke doI, nor withdraw 
VMM ttnt faee his &x*d de^airioc new. 



18] 



With brow repulsive, and with gesture swA 
Flung back the hand winch held the sacred jifl, 
As if such but di&turb'd the expiriug man, 
Nor sceni'd to know hi^ life but ifun begal. 
That life of Imiiiortaiity, secure 
To none, save them whose faith in Christ ii fo^ 
' XX. 

But gasping heaved the brea'h that Tara drew. 
And dull the film along his dim eve grew ; 
His limbs stre:ch'd duttenng, and 'his head droo; d 9% 
The weak yet still uo'irin£; knee that bore; 
He presb'd the hand he hefd upon bis heart — 
It Ixals no more, but Kaled will not part 
', With the cold grasp, but feels, and feels in vaia,* 
' For that faint throb which an^-wers not again. 
i *' It beats ! " — Away, thou draimer ! he >s gone^ 
I It once was Lara which thou look'st upon. 

XXI. 
j He gazed, as if not yet had pass'd away 
, The haughty spirit of that humble clay; 
And those around have rouyed him from histnac^ 
But cannot tear from thence his fixed gUncc ; 
And when, in rai<^ing him from where he bore 
Within his arms the form that felt no more, 
He saw the head his breast would still suslain, 
Roll down like earth 10 earth upon the plain; 
He did not dash himself thereby, nor tear 
The glossy tendriU of his raven hair. 
But strove to s!aud and gaze, but reePd and fell. 
Scarce breathins more than that he loved so weiJ. 
Than that he loved 1 Oh I never yet l>eneath 
The breast of man such trusty love may breathe! 
That trying moment hath at once reveal'd 
The secret long and yet hut half conceal'd ; 
In baring to revive that lifeless breast. 
Its grief seem'd ended, but the sex coufess'd; 
An'3 life relum'd, and Kaled felt no shame — 
What now 10 her was Womanhood or Fazaa } 

XX IL 
And Lara sleeps not where his fathers sle^p, 
But where he died his grave was dug as deep; 
■ Nor is his monal slumber less prot\ und, 
j Though pnest nor bless'd nor marble deekU fti 

mound ; 
And he was monm'd by one whose quiet griel^ 
I Less loud, outlasts a people's for their ciuef, 
I Vain was all question ask'd her of the past, 
I And va in e'en menace — silent to the last ; 
She told nor whence, nor whv she left behind 
Her all for one who seem'd but little kind. 
j Why did she love him ? Curious fool ! — be still — 
I Is human love the growth of human will ? 
( To her he might be gentleness ; the stern 
j Have deeper thoughts than ynur dull eyes discern, 
' And when they love, your smilcrs euess not how 
Beats the strong heart, though less the lips avow. 
They were not common links, that form'd theckiita 
That twuod to Lara Kaled's heart and brain ; 
But that wild tale she brook'd not to unfi Id, 
And seal'd is now each lip that could have toU. 

XXJIL 
They laid him in the earth, and on his breast. 
Beside* the wound that sent hrs soul to rest. 
They found the scatter'd dints nf many a scar, 
Which were not planted there in recent war; 
Where'er hid pass'd his summer years of Ufh, 
It seems they vanishM in a hnd of strife; 
But all unknown his glory or his guilt. 
These onlv told that somewhere blood was ipUt| 
And Ezzclin, who mieht have spoke the nan, 
Retum'd no more — that mghi appeared hiS Lwu 

XXIV. 
Tpon that night (a peasant's is the tale) 
A Serf that cross'd the intervening Tale,> 



1S9 LARA. 



[CahtoII 



Wb»3 CynthiaH U^ht ilmott pve wav to mom, 
And oearly ¥eil*d m mist her wuiiiig'boni ; 



tfa. Tbc mewl tnternting sod partlroUr kccoont of it )■ 
fiT«D by Bun-bard, and >» id lubKUnce as folloWB: — «Ob 
tbe eifbtb <1&7 of Jiioe, tbr CarJioal of Valeaia tod the 
Duke .{ UaiiJia, m>dii ..f tbe Fupe. aupp^d with Ititfir mo- 
ther. Vanoiia. Di-ar the church of S. Puiro md vincutai 
Mveral other prraoua b«-iii(: preef-nt si tbe ratertaiumeut. 
▲ late hour apprnachiag. aud (he cardinal bavmg rraiiuded 
Itia brother, that it wai time to return to the apoHlniic 
palace, ib^y mouoled their horsea or mulea. with only a 
Crw atteDdaiiti,aod proceeded togt-tber a» farai thr- palai** 
pt Cardinal Aacaoiu STorza. nbea tbe Duke lufutmed tbe 
■annual that, b«fore he retururd home, ht> had to pay a 
rlair of pleaHure. Dismi»-rae, tbtrr-rt.re. all his allrod- 
Bfita, escepiiug bii itajf^ero. "f f'>olmau, aud a person in 
■ mask, wbu had paid hioi a viait whilst at supper, and 
who, during the itparr of a inonlb or tber»*abiiut«, previous 
to thin time, had callr-d up^n bim Hlmost daily, at tbe 
apoalolic palate, he took this fierv^D behind hini on bja 
male, and proceeded to tbe utrcfl of the Jews, where he 
fuitlcd hia serTaot, dirertmg faim to remain Ibere ootil a 
certain hour; when, if hr did not return, he might repair 
to tbe ptlare. Tbe Dukr iben neated the peraoo in tbe 
DUuik behind him. an>l ro<le. I know not i«biiher: but to 
th,.t n.ght be was aflsanaicaied.and thiowo inio the nver. 
The iiervant after b^Tiug brrn dixmiMrd. was a)«o 
aaKaulled and mortally woundi^; aoil alib >ugh be was 
■tleoded with great rare, yet eucb wa« hie ♦'itiiation, that 
be could give do loteJUgible accmint of what trnd b^fallrn 
bla mai-ter. In the mornic?, the Doke oot hanue re- 
tarned lo the palace, his servants b»-|['^D to be alarmed: 
and one of them informed the poniiff of the e»euing ex- 
caraion of his sods, and thu the Ouke had not yrl made 
kli appearance. This gate the P"pe DC small anxiety; 
but he roDjerlared that the Doke h;id been atlrarted by 
•omc rourtesan to pm>s the night with her, and, nut 
cbooeing to quit the bouse in open day, hud walled till the 
following evening to return home. SVhr-n, however, the 
CTeaiBg arrived, and he found himself di»appiiDted in his 
txpeciationw, be became deeply atllicted. aud began to 
Bake eonuines fptm different persons, whom he ordered 
lo attend him fcr that purprtee. Amongst these was a man 
Bamed Uiorgio Uchiaroui, who, having dis' barged some 
timber from a haik in the rivrr. had remained on board 
lb« vessel to walcb tt ; and b«*iug ioterrogaled whether he 
Mad seen any one thrown into the ri»er on the night pre- 
cvding, he replied, thai he pbw t^\o men on f'lOl, who 
cams down tbe street, and looked diligently about, to ob- 
•crT* whether iny peracn was pa'sing. That seeing oo 
c««, they relurneil.oud a nhort t-nie ufterwards two oihers 
came, and looked around in the same manner an the f'^r- 
mer : ar, person still appearinK< thty gave a nigo lu their 
coQpaoi'>i.4, when a mau rame, mounird on a white 
borve, haTiQg behind him a deAd body, the he»d and arms 
•< which bung "o one side, and the feel oo the other side 
ml the horse; tbe two persons on foot supporting the bojy, 
W prevent its falling. They Ih-itt pr-xri-tled towards Ihat 
fart, where the (llth of the city ih UHunlly diwhs'gcd into 
tbe rtter. arjj lurciog tbe horse, wiib hh tail t'^wanJ* the 
water, the two |>ers'.nii took the drad boily by tbe arm* 
■Bit feel, flDd With all their strrnRlh flung it into the rtvrr. 
Tbe penton oo hurseburk th<-n asked it Ihey had thrown 
U to: to wbicb they replied. .Signer, tt (yea, Hir). Me 
Ibeo lo(.:kr4 towards the river, and seeing a innnile Ooat- 
)■■ un Ibe strr-am. he eo<|iiired what tt wa* lhat appeared 
black, to whirh they answered, tt wbm a mantle; and one 
of them threw siunes u|i'>n it. in ronaeaumce of which it 
•aik. The a teudauts of the ponliff tLen en()iiirfd from 
9iorfin, w: j he had not revealed this to the governor of 
th«nly;to whi* h be rrplt*^!, that he had seen id hia 
time a hoodreii d<-ai] bodies thmwo into tbe river it the 
•ana place, witjioal any enquiry beiug made resprrtiug 
tbe^; aod that he bad not, therefore. coiiMidered it as a 
mallei of any importance. The fishermen and aeamen 
were th*? collected, aud ordered to search tbe river 
where, uo the rullowing evening, Ihey found the body of 
lbs Duke, w.ib his hatiit entire, atHl thirty duraU m his 
pursa. He «a« pierced with nine wouads. one of which 
was la bis ihr<«t, the others Id his hewl, body, and 
linhs. No sTRiuet wa« lb* pc,BllD iNioimed oi the deslh 
ml bia son, and thai he had h*eo 'arown. like filth, into 
die nver. than, giving way to b>s grief, he shnl h.m-rlf 
ap la a chant>er. and wept btitarv. The Canlmal -f He- 
frvvla. a*] olhrr atlrodauls oo ' Ihs I'ope. weni I'l the 
4tmi, Bad aft^r msoy hmirv spent In peisoajil'iii* and ei- 
bortati'.oa. prevailed ujiou bun to i'l in it lliria. Kiotn lbs 
•veaiag of We<lM«dar till (bs following Haiurday Ibe ro|>« 
laak au feod ; aor did b« sleep from Thursdsy innruing till 
^1 BM^ hHW OS Ua aaaalnt 4aj. At taaftb, bowavar. 



A SerC that rose bebtnes to thmad tb' wood. 

Anil hen- the bnugb thii bought bit c»..^eD'B Jhsd^ 

I'asB'd Ly the nver that divide> the plain 

Uf Olho's Uiids acd L.ira'a broad dotuaiD: 

He It^M X tramp — a horse and horseman brolK 

From out the wrwd — before bini was a cloak 

Wrapt round some buithen at hia saddle-bow 

Bent W3S his head, aud bidden was bis brow. 

Roused by the sudden Mght at such a time, 

And some foreboding lhat it might be crime, 

Himself unheeded watch'd the straii£;er'B coaiM, 

Who reacb'd the river, bnunded from bis borte, 

Aud lifting thehce the burlhen which be bore, 

Heaved up (he bank, and dash'd it from the abi>T^ 

Then paused, and lookM, and turo'd, and ■cenM 4 

watch, 
And still another hurried e:lance would Boatch, 
An<I follow with bis step the stream that flow'd. 
As if even yet Ion much its sui face shnw'd ; 
A» once he started, stoop'd, around him strowij 
The wmter flood? hnd scarier'd heaps of stone; 
Of IhejiC the heaviest thence he galher'd there, 
And (ilun<; them nilb a nmre than common cara* 
Meantime the Serf had crept to where unseen 
Himself mi^bt sately niaik what this mi^bt iDeu 
He caught a glimpse', as of a floating breast, 
Aiid something gli ler'd s'arbke on the vest; 
Rut ere he well could mirk the booyant trunk, 
A nnssy fragment smote it. and it sunk: 
It rose again, but indistinct to view, 
And left the waters of a pLrple hue, 
Then deeply disappear'd : the horseman gized 
Till ebb'd the latest eddy it bad raiseil ; 
Then turning, vaulted on bia pawing steed. 
And instant spurr'd him into [anting speea. 
His f.ice was mask'd — the features of the dead, 
H dead it %vere, escaped the observer's dread; 
But it in sr>oth a star its bt>som bore. 
Such II the bad^e ihal kniehthood ever worS| 
And such 't is known Sir Ezzclin bad worn 
Upon Ihe night tliat led to such a mom. 
If thus he perishM, Heaven receive bitioall 
His uudi^overM limbs to ocean roll ; 
Aud charitv upon the hope would dwell 
It wu not Lara's band by which be ftU. 

XXY. 
And Raled — Lara — Ki7elin, are gonei, 
Alike without iheir monuniriital stou* I 
The 6rst, all elForts vainly itmve to wcu 
From lingcrinj; where her chieftain^ bloaj h«t fcMB 
Grief had so tamed a spirit once too proud. 
Her lean were few, her wailing never loud ; 
But furious would you te^r ber from the spot 
Where vet she scarce l>etievcd thai he w« aoL 
Her eve'slini forth with alt the hvm; fire 
That haunis the tigress in her w hclpleaa ire; 
Hut lefl to waste hrr w^ary mnmruH then, 
She talk'd all idly unto sbapr-sof atr^ 
Such as Ihe busy brain of Sorrow painti. 
And woos to listen to hrr fond cnmp'aiulit 
And she would sit hencath the very tree 
Where lay his drooping head upon her knea; 
And in that [losture where she saw bim fall, 
His words bis looks, \u^ dyme graip recill ; 
And she bad shorn, hut saved her raven hair, 
And lift would snatch it from hrr boaom ther*, 
And fold, and pre*! it gcntlv to the ground. 
As il she slaiirh'd anew iome phantom's woobI 
Mrrvlf would question, and for him repljrg 
Tlien nsing, itnri, and brncMi him tf> flf 
From vuttr imagined s[trrlre in nunuit; 
Thru ir.it her down u|vin sonir lindru't root, 
And hi.lc her vii.ge wiili hrr mejigre hand, 
Or trace ilnnge eharactrn along ihn uikI — 
1 hii CiMild not last — she hri by bim ah« lored } 
Her tale untold — ber truth lo(> dearly provvd. 

giving way to the satresllea of bts alleadanU. bsbaps t» 
r'^lralD his aoriow, and to consider the lojurr wblak Mi 
owa healih might sostaia by ths farther imitilgmm ^ tM 



THE SIEGE OF CORINTH. 



ISS 



THE SIEGE OF CORINTH.' 



TO JOHN HOBHOUSE, Esa. 
THIS POEM 13 INSCRIBED 3YUIS FRIEND. 



ADVERTISEMENT I 

•* The ^nd army of Ihc Turks (in 1715), snder the 
Prime Vizier, to open to theii.«lv« i way into the I 
iieart of the Morea, and to form the siege of Napoli di 
Romania, the moat considerable place in all tliat coun- 
try,* Ihou'lil it besl in ihe first place to attack Corinth, ' 
upon which they miJe several ifornis. The ^amsoo I 
being weakened, and 'he ^vernor seeing it w?j ini- ! 
possible (o hold out i^inst so mighty a force, th'i'js:iil ' 
It 111 to beat a parley: but while they were Ireitfug 
about the articles, one of the mag-uines m the Turkish I 
camp, wherein they hid six hundred barrels of pow- ! 
der. blew up by accident, whereby six or seven hnn- [ 
dred men were killed ; which so eonvged the inSdels, ' 
thit they would not grant any capitulation, but s:orm- , 
ed the place with so much fury, that they took it, and ' 
<3ut most of the garrison, with Signior Mmotii, the J 
governor, to the sword. The rest, with Autooio 
^tmbo, pnveditor extraordinary, were made prisoDert 
m( war." — Hutory of Ihc TurhSy vol. lii. p. 151. 



THE SIEGE OF CORINTH. 



In the year itnce Jesas died fir men, 

Eijthteea hundred years and ten. 

We were a gallant company, 

Riding o'er land, and sailing o'er sea. 

Oh I but we went merrily 1 

We forded the river, and'clomb the high hill, 

Never our steeds for i day stood still ; 

Whether we lay in the cave or the shed, 

Our sleep felt soft on the hirdest bed ; 

Whether we couch'd in our rou?h capotCf 

On the rougher plank of our gliding lioat. 

Or stretch'd on the beach, or our saddles spread 

As a pillow tienealh the resting head. 

Fresh w-e woke upon the morrow : 

All our thoughts and words had scope, 

We had health, and we had hope, 
Toil and travel, but no sorrow. 
We were of ail tongues and creeds; — 
Some were 'hose who counted beads, 
Some of iiioMjue. and some of church. 

And sonic, or 1 mis-sav, of ofither; 
Yet through the wide world nii?h! yeseanb, 

Nor find a motlier crew nor btittier. 

Bu! some are dead, and some ire gone, 

Aud some are scattered and aione, ; 

1 Publtih«l Id JiDnary. leiO. I 

3 Ntpoll di RiiminiB \% ont now th» most eoofildfrabi* 
ylire ID the M>irra, but Tnp<il<iza. vrhtre ttie ra< ha r^ 
• 1el^ and m8iD[H)UB hit goTcrtiineul. >apnH is near 
kT%n%. I TiBU<f(I ■!) three in ]>^l<^ll ; aud. io (h« rours« 
of joiirofyin^ through the country from my flrd arrival 
Id 1^0■J. I omMirO Ihc Uthmua ei);it tun<a in my way 
frnm Altica to the Mor^a. otit thf inmuitainn; or in the 
olhrr dir^'ftinn. wh**!! pattMing from ihc (iulf of Athvo* to 
thai nf L'tv^t"- ^'(t) the roiil^x nre ptrture).q<ii; and 
beauiifii^ ihoujh »cry different: that ty «»■« han more 
Mmeof«i. but the vnyaee t)*'>OK alwtyx withio AiRhl of 
IftDtl. and ofieo vrry D(>ar It, pre«ei:t« many attradive 
newa of the itiaoda tUUoaia* ECuu* Poro, ^c. and ttie 
fOMt of tA« CofitlaeBt. 



And some are rebels on the bills > 

Thai look alon^ Epirus' valleyi, 

Where freedom still at momeotf nXlfai» 
And pays in blood oppression's ills; 

And some axe in a i^r countre'ti 
And some all restlessly at home , 

Rut never more, oh I never, we 
Shall meet to revel and to roam. 
But those hardy days flew cheerily I 
And when they now fall drearily. 
My tlioughts, like swallows, skim tht nuiOi 
Aud bear my spirit back again 
Over the eaith. and tlirough the air, 
A wild bird and a wanderer, 
T n this that ever wakes my strain. 
And ofl. too oft, implores again 
The few who raav endure my lay. 
To follow me so far away. 
Stringer — wilt Ihou follow now, 
And til with me on Acro-Corinth't brow } 

L 
Miny a vanish'd year and tge, 
And tempest's breath, and battle's ra^ 
Have swept oVr Corinth ; yel she standi, 
A fortress form'd to Freedoms hands. 
The whirlwind's wrath, the earthquake^ dlOC^ 
Have left untouch'd her hoar>- rock, 
The keystone of a laud, w hich still. 
Though fall'n, looks proudly on that hill. 
The landmark to the double fide 
That purpling rolls on e-ther side. 
As if their niters chafed to meet, 
Vet pause and crouch beneath her feet 
But cf'uld the blood before her shed 
Since first Timoleou's brother bled, 
Or baffled Persia's despot fled, 
Arise from out the ear'h which dranc 
The streim of slaughter as it sank, 
That sanguine ocean would o'erflow 
Her isfhinus idly spread betow ; 
Or could the bones of all the slain, 
Who perish \1 there, be piled again, 
Tlat nvH pjTamid would rise 
More monntatn-like, through those cletf Atai 
Than yon tower-capp'd Acropolis, 
Which seems the very clouds tu kiss. 

IL 

On don Cithaeron's ridge appears 
The gleam of twice ten thnusaud spcan; 
And downward to the Isthmian plain, 
From shore to shore of eilher main, 
The tent is pitch'd, the crescent shinei 
Along the Moslem's lea;uering lines; 
And the dusk Spahi's bands * advance 
Beneath each bearded pachaS glance; 
And far and wide^as eye can reach 
The turlatrd cohorts throng the beach ; 
And there the Arab's camel kneels. 
And there bis steed the Tartar wheels; 



the mouDiatafi. at the head of ec 

io that couDlry in timra of trouble. 

4 Turkish bulderv of military flefa, whlrh ob1t(9 
to )oiB tn« army, mounted at tbelT ova axpeBa*. *-l 



13 



134 



THE SIEGE OF CORINTH. 



Th» Turcoman hath left his herd, » 
The labre round his loinj to gird ; 
And there the volleyiug thuuden poor, 
Till waves |row smwilher to the ro»r. 
The trench is dug, the cannon^ breath 
Wings the far-hii>»in; glJbe of death ; 
Fast whirl the fragmeuta from the wall. 
Which crumbles with the poDderouj ball; 
And from that wail the foe rei)hes, 
O'er dusty plain and smoky skie-^ 
With fires that answer fast and well 
The summons of the Inlidel, 

III. 
But near and nearest to the wall 
Of those who wi,h and work its fall. 
With deeper skill in war's black art. 
Than Othman's sons, and high of halt 
As any chief that ever ^lood 
Triumphant in the fields of blood ; 
From post to post, and deed to deed, 
Fast spurrin» ou his recking steed, 
Where sallying ranks the trench assail, 
AJld ir.ake the foremost Moslem quail j 
Or where the battery, guarded well. 
Remains as yet impregnable, 
Alighting cheerly to inspire 
The soldier slackening in his firej 
The first and freshest of the host 
Which Stamboul's sultan there can boasi, 
To guide the follower o'er the field, 
To point the lube, the bnce to wield, 
Or whirl arouuil the bickering blade ; — 
Wa» Alp, the Adrian renegade ! 

IV. 
From Venice — once a race of worth 
His gentle sires — he drew his birth ; 
But late an exile from her shore, 
Acainst his couutrj men he bore 
The amis they taught to bear ; and DOW 
The turban girt his shaven brow. 
Through many a change had Corinth past'd 
With (ireece to Venice' rule at last ; 
And here, before her walU, with tliOM 
To Greece and Venice eijual foes. 
He stood a foe, with all the 7.eal 
Which young and liery converts feel. 
Within whose heated bosom throngs 
"The memory of a thousand wrongs. 
To him had Venice ceased to be 
Her ancient civic boasi — " the Free;" 
And in the jalace of bt Mark 
L'unamed accusers in the daik 
Within the •• Linn's mouth" had placed 
A charge against him uneffaced : 
He lied in time, and saved his life, 
To waste his future years in strife. 
That Uuglil his land how great her loa 
In him who triumph'd o'er the Cinss. 
•Gainst which he rcar'd the Crescent high, 
And battled Id avenge or die. 

V. 
Conmnurgi » — he svhose closing seen* 
Adom'd the triumph of Eugene, 



IThs life of th« TurmmsiK Is wsoderloi sod pslrt- 
urksl : Ihrj dwtti lu lanls. 

9 All Cotimnortl, lh« fsToorlle of Ihree SDltaDi, sod 
• nod Vii.i-i 10 A.lm'l III . stler r»«i»rrln« I'd' ponne- 
•oa (mm lh« IVortisna lo om <«mp«irii. "■■ mnrlsllr 
«0UMlr«l III Iht artl, wolli"! Ih^ tlrnnin*. SI Ihe tMltls 
«f rnnwi'Mllu (111 Ihr lilitn ul Cailowili). 10 lluncarT, 
a»dfa»ouiii« U) r«llr »iia «iiarila. II" ili"l "I hi" »i"inda 
MSI Mf. Ilia Ital onlrr oa* Ihr ilrrarllalioii ol (Irnnal 
■ f»iio»r, ai><l aoia* of hrf Clf final rri**"'r'a: and Ilia laal 
««llla.-Oll Ihal I r.iiil.l Ihu. aal" all llir Chllallao 
4n(a '•• a ••»«-li ai.d an n,.t <intilir ni.r of Callrula. Ha 
«ftj a ToaDS man 'tf crral amliilioii and uiiti'itindpd ri'* 
Min|»l.<i on txini loWl ir.at i'rinri' K.i|rwi. Il>»» ■.[•(.••d 
to felm. ■* waa a |i«at fnaraV" ba said, "I aball bvcoma • 



When on Carlowitr' bloodv pUin, 

The last and mightiest of the slain. 

He sank, regretting not to die. 

But cursed the Christian's victory — 

Coumourgi — can his glorv cease. 

That latest conciueror of Creece, 

Till Christian hands to Greece re«t<»» 

The freedom Venice gave of yore ) 

A hundred years have roll'd away 

Since he refix'd the Moslem's sway | 

And now he led the Mussulman, 

And gave the guidance of the van 

To Alp, who well repaid the trust 

By cities levell'd with the dust : 

And proved, by many a deed of death, 

How firm bis heart in novel faith. ** 

VI. 

The walls grew weak ; and fast and hot 

Against them pour'd the ceaseless shot, 

With uoabating fury sent 

t rom battery to balilement ; 

And thunder-like the pealing diq 

Rose from each heated culverin; 

And here and there some crackling don* 

Was fired before the exploding bomb; 

And as the fabric sank beneath 

The shattering shell's volcanic bmth, 

In red and wreathing coluiiins fiash'd 

The flame, as loud the ruin ciash'd. 

Or into countless meteors driven, 

Its earth-stars melted into heaven; 

Whose clouds that day grew doubly da% 

Impervious to the hidden sun. 

With volumed smoke that slowly gisw 

To one wide iky of sulphiirous hue. 

VII. 

Bnl not for vengeance, long delay'd. 
Alone, did Alp, the renegade, 
The Moslem wirriors s'ernly leach 
His skill to pierce the promised breach 
Within these walls a maid was pen* 
His hope would win, williout cooseot 
Of that inexorable sire, 
Whose heart refused him in its ire. 
When Alp, beneath his Christian nasM^ 
Her virgin hand aspired to claim. 
In happier mood, and earlier time, 
While uniinpeach'd for traitorous aimt. 
Gayest in gondola or hall. 
He glitter'd through Ihe Carnival ; 
And tuned Ihe softest serenade 
That e'er on Adria's waters playU 
At midnight to lulian maid. 

vnii. 

And many deem'd her heart was won , 
For sought liy numbers, given lo oone. 
Had voung Francesca's hand remain'd 
bhll Ly the church's bonds unchain'd I 
AnJ when the Adriatic bore 
Laiicioito lo Ihe I'aynim shore. 
Her wniilcd smiles were seen lo fail. 
And jieiisive wax'd Ihe miid and pele; 
More constant at confessional, 
More rare at mas(|ue and festival ; 
Or seen at such, wiJi downcail eyet 
Which comiuer'd hejrts they ce ised h tim 
With lisllew look she scrnis to gaze: 
Willi humbler care her form arrays; 
Her voice less lively in Mie song ; 
Her step, though light, li-w lUet smogf 
1 he rain, on whom ilic .Morning's (Una 
Breaks, yet uusalol with the dancer 

IX. 

Sent by lie sisle In guard Die land, 
(Which, wrested fnim the Moslem^ hM4 
While St bieski lamKi his piide 
Hy Bula wall and Ilsuibe's mta, 



THE SIEGE OF CORIiNTH. 



132 



Tin chieh of Venice wroni »w»y 
FrODj Pair* tn Kulxra « bay,) 
Miuotti hcia in Connlirs lAivers 
The l)oge'» delejaled powers 
While vel the pilvnig eye ..f Peace 
Smiled o'er her lci'u!;-riir'»o len Cireecei 
An.1 ere tlal (iilhleM truce vru broke 
Which freeii her fmni the unchnsliau yoke, 
With Iniii hii eentle liau^hier ciuie; 
Kor there, linc'e Menelau,' dune 
Forsoijk her lonl and land, to priTO 
Willi woes iwiit iiD lawless love, 
Had fairer form adorn d ti.e shore 
Thao abe, the iji2tchle«s tirajiger, bcra. 



The wall ii r«n(, the ruins jiirn ; 
And. with to-morrow's earliest davrn, 
O'er the disjoiiital m3» ^hall vault 
The foremost of the fierce assaulu 
The bands are niiils'd ; the chosen ran 
Of Tartar and of M;j5sulm»n, 
The full of hope, misiianieJ " forlorn," 
Who hoid the thought of dealh in scorn. 
And win Iheir way with falchion's forca, 
Or pave the way with many a corse, 
O'er which 'he following brave may rise. 
Their slepptog-stoae — the last who dies I 

XL 

Tis midnight : on the mountains brown 

The cold, round moon shines deeply down; 

Blue mil the waters, blue the sky 

Spreads like an ocean hun^ on high. 

Bespangled with those isles of light. 

So wildly, spiritually bri;;ht ; 

Who ever gazed upon them shining 

And tum'd to earlh wilhout repining, 

Nor wish'd for wiu^s to flee a%»ay, 

And mil with their eternal ray ? 

The waves on ciilier shore lay theri 

Cadm, clear, and azure as the air ; 

And scarce Iheir foam the pebbles shook. 

But munuur'd meekly as the brook. 

The winds were pillow'd on the wavet; 

The banners droop'd along their staves, 

And, as they fell around ihem furliiig. 

Above them shone ihe crescent curling; 

And that deep silence was luibroke. 

Save where the walch his signal 8|>oke, 

Save where the steed neigb'd oft and thrill. 

And echo answer'd from the hill. 

And Ihe wide hum of that wild host 

Rttstled like leaves from coast to coajt, 

As rose the Mueizin's voice in air 

In midnight c:ill to ivonted prayer ; 

It lose, that chanted mournful strain. 

Like some lone spirit's o'er Ihe plain I 

Twas musical, but sadly sweet, 

Such as when winds and har|).etringi meet, 

And take a long unmeasured tone. 

To mortal mioslrehy unknown. 

It seem'd to those wihin the wall 

A cry prophetic of their fall ; 

It struck even the besieger s ear 

With snmelhing ominous and dreir, 

An undetined and sudden thrill. 

Which makes the heart a moment stilL 

Then beat with quicker piiUe asliamea 

Of tliat strange sense its !ileiice framed ; 

Such as a sudden pasiing-l*!! 

Waket, though but for a stranger's knell. 

XIL 
The tent of Alp was on the shore ; 
The sound was hush'd, the prayer was o'er) 
The witch wis set, the night- round made. 
All mandates i»>ued and obey'd : 
T il but another anxious night, 
Xig paim tke morrow aaij ratpaUs 



With all revenge and love can pay. 

In gundon for their long delay. 

Few hours lemaiii, and he h.ith need 

Of rest, to nerve for iii.iuy a deed 

Of slaughter ; hut wiln.n lli^ soul 

The thmigh's like trt.ut.led wateraroD. 

He stood alone among the host; 

Not his Ihe loud fanatic bfiast 

To plant the crescent o'er the emm. 

Or risk a life with lifle loss, 

Secure in paradise tn l^ 

By Houris loved immortally: 

N'or his, what burning |atrioU feei, 

The stern eialledness of zeal. 

Profuse of Hood, unlired in toil, 

When batMing on the |c.rriit soiL 

He stood alone — a renegade 

Against the country he betray'd ; 

He stood aloue ainidit his band, 

"Without a trusted heart or hand : 

Tliev fnllow'd him, for he was brare^ 

And'gre.' 'he spoil he got and g^'^; 

They crouch'd lo liini, for he had skill 

To warp and wield the vulgar will: 

But still his Chlistian orijin 

With Ihem was little less than sin. 

They envied even the faithless fame 

He eam'd beneath a Moslem name; 

Since he, their mightiest chief, had bee* 

In youth a bitter Nazarene. 

They did not know how pride can stoop, 

When baffled feelings wilherii.g droop ; 

They did not know how hale can bum 

In hearts once changed from soft to itan; 

^"o^ all Ihe false anJ fatal zeal 

The convert of revenge can feet. 

He ruled them — nun may rule the wcn% 

By ever daring to be first ; 

So lions o'er (he iarkal sway ; 

Th: jacknl points, he fells tne prey, 

Then on the vulgar yelling press. 

To gorge the relics of success. 

XIII. 
His head grows fever'd, and his pnlie 
The quick successive Ihrobs convulse > 
In vain from side to side he throws 
His form, in courtship of rejiose; 
Or if he dozed, a sound, a start 
Awoke him with a sunken heart 
The turban on his hot brow preis'd. 
The nail weigh'd lead-like on his breell, 
Though oft and long beneath its weigh! 
Upon his eyes had slomljer sate, 
Wilhout of couch or canopy, 
Except a rougher field and sky 
Than now might yield a warrior's bed. 
Than now along the heaven was spread. 
He could not rest, he could not stay 
Within his tent to wait for day, 
But walk'd him forth along the sand. 
Where thousand sleepers slrew'd the stnai 
What pillow'd them i and whv should h* 
More wakeful thui the humblest be, _ 
Since more their neril, worse their tou 
And vet lliey fearless dream of spoil ; 
While he alone, where thousands nassv 
A nigh! of sleep, perchance their last. 
In sickly vigil wander'd on. 
And envied all he gazed upolL 

XIV. 
He felt hii soul become more light 
Beneath the freshness of the night. 
Cool was the silent sky, though cala, 
And latned his brow with airy balB 
Behind, Ihe camp — before him lay. 
In manv a winding creek and ba,, 
Lepanto's gulf ; and, on the brow 
Of Delphi's hill, unshaken snow. 

High and eternal, such as Bh'»<»e 

Tkroogh thff"w^ sasomm bnfU^ PM^ 



THE SIEGE OF CORINTH. 



Alwtf the gulf, the mouBt, the clime } 
It will Doi melt, like niaa, to tiice : 
Tyrant iml aUve are nvept a»»a.y, 
Less form'd to wear before ttie rif ; 
But that iThite veil, the lighleit, fraileit, 
Which nn the un^hty mount thou hailcst, 
While tower and tree are tora and real, 
Shines o'er its cra^^y battlement : 
Id form a peak, in height a cloud. 
In texture like a hovering shroud, 
Thus hi^h by parting Freedom spreadf 
As fron her food abode »he tied, 
And lio^er'd on the spot, where lon^ 
Her prophet spirit spake in soo^. 
Oh ! >tit] her a;en i( niomeuta falten 
Cer wilhcr'd fields, and ruiod allari, 
And fain would wake, in souls too brokflD) 
By poiotin* to each glorious token; 
But vain her voice, til) better dayi 
Dawn iD those yet remeniber'd rays, 
"Toich shone upon the Persian flying, 
And law the Spartan smile in dying. 

XV. 

Not mindless of these mi?hty timet 

Was Alp, despite his flight and crimes; 

And through this night, as on he wauder*d, 

Aud o'er the past and present ponder'd. 

And though* i^pon the glorious dead 

Who there in better cause had bled, 

He fell how faint and feebly dim 

The fame that could accrue to him, 

Who cheer'd the band, and waved the tiron!, 

A traitor in a turbau'd horde ; 

And led them to the lawless sie^ft, 

Whose best success were sacrilc5;e. 

Not to had those his fancy cuniber'd. 

The chiefs whose duit around him slumberM j 

Their phalanx marshall'd on the plain, 

Whose bulwarks were not then in vxia. 

They fell devoted, but undying; 

The very gale ihcir names seem'd M^hwj; 

The watere muraiur'd of their name : 

The woods were penpled with thcif ume; 

The silent pillar, lone and grey, 

CUimM kindn:4 with their s^red clay; 

Their spirits wrapp'd the du:ky mountain, 

Their nicmor>- sparkled o'er the fountaiu ; 

The meanest rill, tlie mijhiie*! river 

RolPd mingling with their fame for erer. 

Despite of every yoke nhe bearij 

That land is glory's slill and theirs! 

T is still a watchword to the earth : 

When Mian would do a deed o* worth 

He points to Greece, and turns to tread, 

So sanction'd, on the tyrant's heaul i 

He looks to her, and ruthe* no 

Where life is lost, or fre«dom wtMk 

IVL 

Btin by the shore Alp roately mia«4, 

Aol wooM the frahneu Night diffusod. 

There shrinks no ebtj io that tidelmi sia,! 

Which cliangelcM rolls eternally ; 

80 that wildest of waves, id their angriest mood. 

Scarce break on the bounds of the land for a rood ; 

And the powerless moon beholds them floW| 

HeedlcM if ih« Coins or go : 

( kim or high, in mam or bay, 

On th'ir course she halh im iway. 

The rof k unworn its toM dnih hire. 

And loiiks e'er the surf, but it comes not there; 

And the fniige of (he tmm may >>e seen bslow. 

On the line that it left loigt ages ako : 

A smooib short sjace of yellow sand 

Betwwc ii and Ihr grwncr laiid. 
Be wsoder'd on, along the l»nch, 
TQl wilhiD tbs range of ■ carbine's raach 

I TW rc«dM aM4 ksr<iT b« r«miBdff4 IhftI tkm* we mo 



Of the leaguerM wall ; but ther nw him Mt, 

Or how could he 'scape from ths hostile ^bot> 

Did traitors lurk in the Christians' hold ? 

Were their hands grown stiff, ur their beuts wazH 

cold ? 
1 know not, in sooth ; but from yonder wall 
There flash'd no fire, and !here hi-"!'d no ball^ 
Though he stood benei^th the b-ut-oQ s frown. 
That riaiik'd (he sea-ward gate of the town; 
Though he heard the sound, .iiid could almoit IflO 
The sullen words of the seutmet. 
As his measured step on the sloue below 
Clank 'd, as be p^ced it to and fro; 
And he saw the lean dogs benealh the w&ll 
Hold o'er the dead their carniv^xl. 
Gorging and growling o'er carcass and Uiab| 
They were too busv to bark at him ! 
From a Tartar's skull they hid stripp'd the fleah. 
As ve peel tlie fig when its fruit is fresh ; 
And their white tusks cniacb'd o'er th« whitM 

Ekull,9 
Aa It stipp'd through their jawi, when their edgl 

grew dull, 
Aa they lazily mnmbled the bones of the dead. 
When they scarce could too from the spot whn* 

they fed ; 
So well had they broken a lingering fast 
With those who had fallen for that night's repast 
And Alp knew, by the turbaoi that roUM on tte 

sand, 
The foremost of these were the best of his band: 
Crioisou and green were the shawls of their wear. 
And each scalp hid a single long tu/t of hair,' 
All the res! was shiven and bare. 
The scalps were in the wild dns's maw, 
The hair was tangled round his jaw : 
But close by the shore, on the edge of the gully 
There sat a vulture flapping a wolf. 
Who hid stolen from the hills, but kept awaj^ 
Scared by the dogs, from the human prey ; 
But he seized on his share of a steed that lay, 
Fick'd by the birds, on the sands of the bay. 

x\-ii. 

Alp tum'd him from the sickening sight f 
Never had shaken his nerves in tight; 
I But he better c^uld bmnk to behold the dying, 
Deep in the tide of their wann blood Ivmg, 
Scorch'd with the dealh-Ihint, and wri'thing inval^ 
Than the perishing dead who are past alt pain. 
There is something of pride in the perilous hoar, 
Whate'er be the shape in wbich de^th may low« ; 
For Fame is there to say who bleeds, 
And Honour's eye on daring deeds ! 
But when all in piNt. it \s humbling to tread 
O'er the wcltrrtng field of the tnmhlrss dead, 
And see worms of the earth, and fowls of thaair, 
Beasts nf (hr forest, all gathering thtrt) 
All regarding man 3s their prey, 
All rejoicing m his decay. 

.Will. 

There jt t temple in rum Htanda, 
Fashinn'd by Imis forgotten hands; 
Two or three ctilumns. and many a stonoi, 
Marble and cranite, with grass o'ergrown ( 
(lilt uiKin Time I it w ill leave no more 
Of the things to come than the thinp bcforal 

t Tht^ •prrlvlr I hiTo trfn, tiorh •■ dMcrlbH. btasalk 
tli« wall nf ihv Hrniftto ai roii>ianiiui>pr>. la ib« ItttU 
ravitirs WDtii bjr llie UiMptiorui la llir mrk. a asrrow l«r> 
!■<-« rtf whlit) projcrta briwrra ih» wall and tha «at#r. 
1 ihlnk Iti* fa. I la al«<> in*nti.<cwl id ll<Mi«uM>-a TratalA 
Tb« bi«1if« wore prob.blv tti(ui«> of aoiiia rrffa< lory JaaS- 
ft-rirn. — ("Th* M-naalU'D^ pn«lu/r^ hf ttir atala of tk« 
«»i-Bthfr. and Iravtni a <-<iinri'rlat)l» rahio, w^ra (■ aalaaa 
•«ilb Ih^ tin|'n-a«t(>ii« whuti v*» Imli wti*o, paaalfi| aa4aa 
ina palara i.f ihr HiillaB*. and xailns at Iht ihMMf 
rypr««>ra whl.'h riaa aLovc l)if »atl«, wr aaw tw« dovi 
(nawiQf a •Icjid bulf."— IIOUIIOt'HK. — K. ) 

t Thia ton. OT kiBf ktrk. la IrH from a aDfaaflHaa ttA 
Makomat wiD draw tbaca laio raiadlaa by H. 



THE SIEGE OF CORINTH. 



x3rt 



1 I mint here arkDowledge ft cloee. tfaoofih anlDteQ' 
Ivtiftl. reaemblaore in tbpKe twelve Itoes to a pa«*<agc ii 
ftD UDpubli!«heil poem or Mr. Colen.tijp, t-aliej "Chnsta' 
bel." It wa.^ nit till after theae liuea «er« wrilteu tliai 
I hearJ tlial wikl anil ainsularly oti^Mna] aad beaalifu 
Jnem rri'iled: au.1 16e .M8. of that prod 
•ftw till Terr rr.cully. bjr the " 

hiroaeir, who. I hope, latouviaeed ttiut I have not been a 
Wilful plactariHt. Theon^iual idea uriduuhiedly peitaioa 
to Mr. Uo'endgp, whiwe poem has been cora|«r*ed abota 
tourtno yean.. Lei me robrlude by a hope Ihal he will 
Dot loBffer delay the puMicatioa of a production, of which 
luu only a<ld my mile of appiobftUoa la Iha afipUuaa of 
or mtm eoimjMteai Jtidfaa. 



I of Mr. (.'"leridge 



Otrt vpoD Time f who for eyer will lt%aT6 i 

Ba( eooii(b i>f the |a»t lor the lulure id grieve, 
O'er Ui»t whicb Lailj been, lul o'er uai u UicJi mikt 

be: 
What we have seen, our sods sh-tn see ; 
BeauuauU of Umiga lliil liate |.,vo.'(J away, 
Fnfiuaut^ of btuue, rea/'ij by creaturaa of day I 

XIX. 
He Kite him dntra at a pillar's base, 
AuJ jia.^''! hid haud allnvarl tii> lace; 
lake uue iu dreary iuu»iii; iiiood, 
Pecliuiii; \va, his aliunde ; 
His iitrad was dmopnu; ou fail breas^ 
Fever'd. tdriibbiii^. auj opprta.s'd : 
And o'er his brnvv, so dowutvud ben > 
on his lieattu^ lin^era went. 
Hurriedly, as yuu may see 
Your own run over Hie ivorv key, 
Ere Ihe nie.-L,ured lnuc is taken 
By Ihe chords vou would awaken. 
There he sale .ill hmvilv. 
As he hcar.l Ihe iiijIil-Mind sigh. 
Was il the wind liimu^h s'liiie hoUovr ttonck 
Seat thai sufl and tender moan i > 
He lifted his head, and lie look'd on Ihe sea. 
But il was uiirippled as ^lass may be ; 
He look'd ou the long grass — it waved not a blade; 
How was that geulle souud convev'd ? 
He lookd 10 the baiineri— each liag lay still 
So did the leives ou Ci haerou's hill. 
And he fell not a breath come over his cheek 
What did Ihal sudden souud bespeak > 
He lurn'd lo ihe left — is he su e of sight ? 
There sate a lady, youthful and bright I 

XX 

He started up with more of fear 

Than if an aniied foe were near. 

"(Jod of my fathers I what i» here? 

Who art thou ? and whert:fore seat 

So near a hostile armanieiil ? " 

His trembling hands relused lo sijn 

The cross he deem'd no more divtna i 

He had resumed it in that hour, 

But conscience wrune awav the power. 

He gazed, he saw ; be knew the face 

Of beautv, and Ihe torni of grace: 

It was Ffancesc. by Ins side. 

The maid who might iiave been his bridel 

The rose was yet upon her cheek, 

But mellow'd wiln a tenderer streak: 

Where was the play of her soft lips fled ? 

Gone was the smile Ihal enliven'd their red. 

The ocean's calm w ithin their view, 

B#5ide her eve liad less of blue ; 

But like that' cold wave il stood still. 

And Its g' ,iice, though clear, was chilL 

Around her form a thin robe twining, 

Noughl conceal'd her bosom shining J 

Through the p.iting of her hair. 

Floating darkly downward il.ure, 

Her rounded arm show'd « hile and bar* i 

Arid ere yet she made reply. 

Once she raised her baud on hi;b ; 

It was so wan. and transparent of hue, i 

Tou might have seeu the moon shine through. 



XXL 

" I come from my re»t to him I low bait, 

Tlial I may be happy, and he may be bica'l, 

! have pass'd Uje i;uards, Ibe gate, tlie wall; 

Sought thee in laiity through foes and aU, 

''I IS said the lion will turn and riee 

From a maid in the pride of her purity ; 

And the Tower ou high, thai can shield Ih* gaat 

Thus from ihe tyrant of Ihe wood, 

H.iih extended lis mercv 10 euard me as well 

From the hinds of Hie leagileiing iu^cL 

1 come — and if I omie in vain, 

Never, oh never, we meet again I 

Thou hail done a fearl'ul deed 

In falling away from iby faihcre' creed i 

But d.ash that turban to earth, and sign 

The sign of the croi>s, and for ever be mine; 

Wring the black droji ftom thy heart. 

And to-morrow unites us no more to part." 

•' And where should our bridal couch be spraed? 

In the niidsl of the dying and the dead ? 

For tomorrow we gi\e to the slaugbler and flan* 

The sous and the shrines of the Cliristian "«*»* 

None, save thou and thiiie, I've sworn, 

Shall be left upon Ihe morn: 

But Ihee will 1 bear lo a lovely spot. 

Where our hands shall be join'd, aod our wmm 

forgot. 
There thou yet sha't be my bride. 
When once again I 've que.'.''d the pride 
Of Venice ; and her haled race 
Have felt the arm they would deba.i«^ 
Scourge, with a whip of scorpions, Ih'** 
Whom vice and envy made ujy foes." 

Upon his hand she laid her own — 

Light was the touch, but il thrill'd to the boMk 

And shot a cliillne.ss lo his heart, 

Which Bx'd hull beyond the power lo start 

l hough slight was tint grasp so monal cold. 

He could not loose hini from its hold ; 

But never did clasp of one so dear 

Strike on the pulse with such feeling of fear, 

As those thin lingers, long and wtute. 

Froze Ihiough his blood by their touch that nicbt 

The feverish glow of his brow was gone, ^^ 

And his heart sank so still that it felt like stou. 

As he look'd on the face, aud beheld ibi hue. 

So deeply changed from what he knew: 

Fair but fau.t — without the ray 

Of mind, that nude each feature play 

Like sparkling waves on a sunny day ; 

And her motionless lips lay still as death, 

And her worJs came forth without her breath. 

And there rose not a heave o'er her bosom's twd. 

And there seem'd not a pulse in her veins lo dwcu 

Thoush her eye shone nut, yet the lids were fix'd, 

Ai^ the glance that il gave was wild and unoux'e 

■VVTlli aught of change, as the eves mav nxm 

Of the resless who walk in a troubled dream.' 

Like the figures on arras, that gloomily glare, 

Siirr'd by the breath of the wintry air. 

So seeu by Ihe dyiig lamp's fiiful light. 

Lifeless, but life-like, and awful lo sight; 

As Ihev seem, through the dimness about to dag 

From the shadowy wall where their imarer fitnni k 



Fearfully flitting to and fro, 

As the gusts oa the tapestry come and go, 

"If not for love of me be given 

Thus much, then, fcr the love of heaTan^— 

Again I sav — that turban tear 

From otr thy faithless brow, and swear 

Thine inj'tred country's sons to spare. 

Or Ihnu an 'osl ; and never shall see — 

Notea.in — tn»,' |iasi — but heaven ar ■» 

If this thou dost accnni, albeit 

A heavy doom 't is ihine to meei. 

Thai ooom shall half absolve lb» tlB, 

And nercy t sale may recaiire tne* Ttrttta I 



12' 



'38 



THE SIEGE OF CORINTH. 



B«t pasM one momcDl more, and take 
The curat of Him lliou didst foi^ke ; 
And look ooce more to heaven, aod seo 
Its love for ever shut from thee. 
There is a light cloud by ilie moon — * 
T is passin;. and will pass lull soon — 
If, by the time its viiK)ur>- sail 
llath ceased her shaded orb to veil, 
Tby heart within thee is not changed, 
Then God and man are both avemed ; 
D.trk wilt thy d^xim be, darker »till 
Tbiue inmiorlality oC ill." 

Alp look'd to heaven, and saw on high 

1 he si^i she siiake of in the sky ; 

But bis heart was swollen, and tum'd aside 

By deep ititermioable pride. 

This first false passion of his breast 

RoH'd like a torrent o'er the rest. 

He sue for mercy 1 He dismav'd 

By wild words of a timid maid ! 

He, wron?d by Venice, vow to saTe 

Her sons, devoted to the grave ! 

No— lhoui;h that cluud were thunder'i wont. 

And charged to crush him — let it burst ! 

He look'd upon it earcestly, 

Without an accent of reply ; 

He waich'd it passin? ; it is flown : I 

Full on hii eye the clear moon shone, | 

And thus he spake — " Whateer my fate, | 

I ain no channeling — 't is too late : 

The reed in storms may bow and quiver, j 

I'hen rise aijain ; the tree must shiver. ; 

Whit Venice made me, 1 must be, ] 

Her foe in all, save love to thee : 

But thou art safe : oli, lly w ith me ! " 

He tuni*d, but she is gone ! 

Nothing is there but the column stone. 

Hath she sunk in the earth, or melted in air? ^ 

He taw not— he knew not — but nothing ii there. 

XX IL I 

The night is past, and shines the tmn 
As if that mom were a jocund one. 
Lightly and brightly bre.kb away 
The Alorning from her mantle erey. 
And the Noon will look on a sultry day. 
Hark to the trump, and the drum. 
And the mournful sound of the barbarous honi. 
And the flap of the banner,, that flit as they're home, 
And the iie'gh of the steed, and the multilu le's hum. 
And the clash, and the ihout, "They couiel they 
come '. " 



1 1 have been tr>td that the Idea expressed to Ihi* nod > 
Ik* five (M'lvtlnz harx lias been atlmired by DiOHe whose 
l^protiation !■ valuatilc. I am elail of it : but it Is abt 
•rlRioal — at lea«l not mine; il may be found mucti tetter I 
•aprrsst-'l to p«(('-t I^a-3-4. of the Enplit.h ▼i-rmnn of 
"Vatlirk" (I fnrjrl Ih.- pieriw paee of the Firnih), a 
work lo wliirh I h«»e bc-foiH reffftrt ; and never ri"ur to, 
M read, without « renvoi of diatifl' sliun.— (fh.- folL.w. 
Int la the fiMJioKi-:— ■"t>cluili-J iirince:' ssid ihc O.nlui 
■dilrenliit thr Caliph, -to viliom Providcnr,? halh ccnlulpd 
the rare nf ininimerahtf aubjeru; la it thii* that Ihcu 
Aiinilri,t thy inis.niot Thy rrlmi'. atcnlrrady rnrnpliti-d- 
end art thou now ha«t«-nini; lo thy piiniahnient I Thop 
koowr.t that lii-yond th.wc mnniilalns Ktilin and bis 
arrur«ed cll*i-» hcikt their Inferniil empire : end, Rfstiiri-d bT 
a mallKnalil rhanlnm. tbou art prf<ecdilli: lo lurrender 
Ihynrlf to ll..m ■ Thi« iniim.'iil la ihe In.t <.' Itriira ] 
■ llowrd Ihi-e: (iffr bark Nnuinnahar 10 ht-r fat tic '. who • 
•tut rrUin- a f*w »park« of lifv: d«-Mtr*7 thy towrr, with 
■U lu atx.rninalinna: ilrlvF Carathla from Ihyrpunclta: 
ka )•■•< I" ihr ■iihji-.l»: re.peri Ih" mliiii.lrr» of Ihr pro- 
fktrt: romprriMl.- for lliy trnpirlir- lijr un rxa oplarjr life; 
■ad, matrai' "I •.(i.an.lriint tl>r 0«)r» In voluplDoim in.lul- , 
lawa. lamri/l ihr .rimr, »ii Iht ..pulrhrf. o( chy an. .^• 

tera. Thou tH-r.<ib1«-l th- • 1 1* thai ct>c<-ure th<* ■un ; al 

IW lealaat ha i*f<tfwt» bi« ■pi, nrlMur, if thy hr-nit b«i nul | 
i>anil Ika lima of Baroy aaaifoal Ibaa will b* teal 
■t««af."'|-ik 



The honetailt > are plack'd {run the {nnnd ul 

the sword 
From its sheath ; and they form, and but wiil fta 

the woid. 
Tartar, and S|)ahi, and Turcoman, 
Strike your ten s, ana throi^g to the van ; 
Mount ye, spur yc, skirr the plain, 
'1 hat tlie fu'itive may flee in vain, 
^Vhen he breaks frr m the town ; and none CKips 
Aged or young, in the Chrisliau sha[>e ; 
While your tellows on foot, in a fiery mass, 
Bloodstain the breach through which Miey jam 
The steeds are all bridled, and snort to the rein, 
Curved is each neck, and flowiiig each mane ; 
While is the foam of their champ on the bit . 
The spears are uplifted j the matches are lit j 
The cannon are jjoiuled and read} to roar. 
And crush the wall they have crumbled \xk-f 
Forms in his phalanx each janizar ; 
Alp at their hiad ; his right arm ia bare. 
So is the blade of his scimitar ; 
The khan and the pachas are all at their pott; 
The vizier hiniselt at the head of the hosL 
When tlie culveiin's signal is fired, then on; 
Leave not in Conutli a living one — 
A priest at her altars, a chief in her halls, 
A hearth in her mansions, a stone on her wal]& 
God and the prophet — Alia Hu ! 
Up to the skies with that wild halloo ! 
"There the breach lies for [assage, the ladder li 

scale; 
And your hands on your sabres, and bow should jt 

fill? 
Re who first downs with the red cross may crave 
Ilis heart's dearest wish ; let him ask it, and have 1 * 
Thus utier'd Coumourgi, the dauntless vizier ; 
The reply w.« the bmndish of sabre and spear, 
And the shout of tierce thousands in ^ojmtt ii» i — 
Silence — hark to Uie signal — ^e 1 

XXIII. 
As the wolves, that headlong go 
On the stalely bulfalo, 
■Though with fiery eyea, and angry roar, 
And hoofs I hat stamp, and horns that gore, 
He tramples on earth, or losses on high 
'I he foremost, who rush on his strength bat lo tt*t 
Thus against the wall they went, 
Thus the first were backward lient ; 
Many a bosom, sheathed in brass, 
Strew'd the earth like broken glass, 
Sbiver'd by the shot, that tore 
The ground whereon they moved no mom 
Even as they fell, in file* they lay. 
Like the mower's grass at the close of day. 
When his work is done on the IcvelI'd plau: 
Such waa the fall uf the foremost slain. 

XXIV. 

As the apriaf tides, with heavy plash. 
From the clnla invading dash 
Ilu'^e fragments, sapn'd by the eeaseleai flow, 
Till while and tliuudcnng down they jo. 
Like the avalancht" 



On the ,Alpinc valea below: 

Thus at length, oulhreatheti and wore, 

Corinth's sons were downward borne 

By the long and oft rei.ew'd 

Charge of llie Moslem multitude. 

In liniiness lliev sKnI. and in inaiMiaMrMI, 

Ilcap'd bv the host of Ihe iiihdel, 

Hand to iViiid, and fool to foot : 

Nothing there, save death, was mute ; 

Stroke, and thrust, and 11 iih, and cry 

For (juaiter, or for \ictorv, 

Mingle there wilh the volleying thondv. 

Which mikrs the ditt lilt citiea wonder 

How the •ouiidmg battle goes 

If wilh (hem, or for their foes; 



ITka Wraalalla, Iliad urns a lam, ■ (■•he'a • 



THE SIEGE OF CORINTH. 



If Iber ixo** in<>i>">i <"' 'o'y rejoice 

In that &nDihiUt)n§ voice. 

Which pierce* Ihc deep hills througi aod thronp 

With »Q echo dread and new : 

You mijhl hire heard it, on that diy, 

O'er SaUmii and Me^ara ; 

(We have heanl Ihe hearen lay,) 

Even uulo Pirxus' bay. 

XXV. 

From the point of encounlerinj blades to lh« hilt, 

Sabres and swords with blood were pilt ; 

Bui the rampart is won, and Ihe spoil begun, 

And all but the after carm^e done. 

Shriller shrieks now min^lin; come 

From within Ihe piunJer'd dome: 

Hark to the haalc of flying feet. 

That splash in Ihe blood of the slippery ttrset} 

But here and there, where 'vantage gnusil 

Against the foe may sliU be found, 

Desperate groups, of twelve or ten. 

Make a pause, and luru again — 

With banded backs against the wall, 

Fier.ely stand, or fighting fall. 

There stood an old man — his hairs rrtn wbitc^ 

But his veteran arm was full of might: 

So gallantly bore he Ihe bruni of the fray, 

The dead before him, on Ihal day, 

In a semicircle lay ; 

Still he combaled unwoundo* 

Though retreating unsuirt)i.B.*«d. 

Many a scar of former tight 

Lurk'd beneath his corslet bright ; 

But of every wound his body bore, 

Each and all had been la'eo before : 

Though aged, he was so iron of limb, 

Few of our vouih could cope with hiir 

And Ihe foes', whom he singly kfpl at bay, 

Outnumber'd his ihin hairs of silver pcj. 

From right lo left his sabre swept : 

Many an Olhnan mother wept 

Sons that were unborn, when dipp'd 

His weapon first in Moslem gore, 

Ere his years could count a score. 

Of all he might have been ibe tin 

Who fell Ihal day beneath his ire I 

For, sonless left long years ago. 

His wrath made manv a childless foe; 

And since the day, when in the straiti 

His only boy had niel liis fate, 

His parent's iron han J did doom 

More than a hunan hecatomb. 

If shades by carnage be appeased, 

Patroclus' spirit less was pleased i 

Than his, Miiiolli's ion, who died I 

Where Asia's bounds and ours divide. i 

Buried he lay, where thousands before 

For thousands of years were inhumed on the sbsre J 

What of them is left, to tell I 

Where they lie, and how thej- fell ? 
Not a stone on their turf, nor a bone in their gnra ; 
B«< they live in the verse that immortally lavet 

XXVI. I 

a in to tbe Allah shout '. a band | 

Of the Mussulman bravest and best it at hand 1 | 

Their leader's nervous arm is Ijarc, i 

Swifter lo smite, and never lo ipare — j 

Cnclolhcd 10 the shoulder it waves them on; 
Thus in Ihe lishl is he ever Known 
Others a gaudier garb may show. 
To leinpl the i')oi> of ilic greedy foe ; 
Many a hand j „. < richer hill, j 

But nore on a strel more rudJily gilt; | 

Many a lollier turban may wear, — 
Alpiibulkiiownby Ihe white arm bare; 
Look tlirough the thick of the bg lit, t iithersi 

1 Is tkt BSTSl bsille si ths mouth of tks DsnlossUe^ 
■ Us VssMUss sa4 Tvks. I 



There it not a standard on that shore 
So vrell advanced Ihe ranks before; 
There is nol a banner in Moslem iv»l 
Will lure the Ilelhis half so far; 
It glauces like a falling slar ! 
Where'er that mighty arm is seen. 
The bravest be, or late have been j 
"There the craven cries for quarter 
Vainly 10 the vengeful Tartar; 
Or the hero, sileiil lying. 
Scorns to yield a groan in dying; 
Mustering his last feeble blow 
'Gains! Ihe nearest levell'd foe. 
Though faiut benealh Ihe mutual woiai^ 
Grappling on the gory ground. 

xxvu. 

still the old man stood erect, 

And Alp's career a niomenl check'd. 

" Yield thee, Minolti ; quarter lake, 

For thine own, thy daughter's sake." 

" Never, renegado, never! 

Though the lite of thy gift would last for M 

*' Francesca ! — tjh, my promised bride 1 

Must she too perish by thy pride ? " 

•' She is safe."—" Where ? where ? "— " !■ 

From whence thy traitor soul is driven— 

Far from thee, and undefiled," 

Grimly then Minolti smiled, 

As he saw Alp slaggering bow 

Before his words, w with a blow. 

« Oh God ! when died she ? " — " TatenlgM — 

Nor weep 1 for her spirit's flight: 

None of niv pure race shall be 

Slaves to .Maboniet and Ihee — 

Come on '. " — That challenge is in vain — 

Alp 's already with the sliin 1 

While Minolli's words were wreaking 

More revenge m bitter speaking 

Than his falchion's point had found. 

Had the lime allow'd 1= wound. 

From within Ihe neighbouring porch 

Of a long defended chur:h. 

Where the last and desperate few 

Would Ihe failing fight renew, 

Tlie sharp shot dash'd Alp to the ground ; 

Ere an eye could view the wound 

That crash'd through Ihe brain of 'Ji» in&W, 

Round he spun, and down he fell ; 

A fl.«h like fire within his eyes 

Blazed, as he bent no more to rise. 

And then eternal darkness sunk 

Through all the palpitating trunk ; 

Nought of life left, save a quivering 

Where his limbs were slighlly shiveringi 

They turn'd him on his back ; his breast 

And brow were slain'd wilh«ore and do^ 

And through his lips the life-blood mvcd, 

From its deep veins lately loosed 

But in his pulse there was co throb. 

Nor on t«s lips one dving sob ; 

Sigh, nor word, nor struggling breath 

Heraldeil h's way lo death : 

Ere his very llioughi could pray, 

Unanel'd ne pasa'd awav, 

Withoul a hope (mm mercy's lid. 

To the lasi — a Reuegade. 

x.win- 

Fearfallv Ihe veil arose 
Of his followers, and his foes; 
Tlicse in ^oy, ill fury lliose : 
Then again in conflicl mixing, 
Clash.ng swords, and spears traosixin|| 
Interchauped the blow and thrust, 
Iturling warriors in Ibe dust. 
Street by street, and toot by tolt, 
Still Minolti dans diipsta 



140 



THE SIfiGE OF CORINTtl. 



Tlw latest portion of the tand 
LeO bcDeaLb his high commaDd ; 
With him, aiding heart and band, 
The remnant of bis gallaut baod. 
8U1I the church is leuable. 

Whence issued late the fated ball 

That half avenged the city's fall, 
When Alp, her fierce assailaot, fell : 
Thither bending steralv back, 
They leave befjre a bloody track ; 
And, With their faces to the foe, 
Dealing wounds with every blow, 
rhc chief, and bis retreating train, 
Join to those within the fane ; 
Ticre they yet may breathe awbOe, 
Sheltered by the massy pile. 

XXIX. 
Brief brcathin?-time ! the turban^ hott, 
With adding ranks and raging boast, 
press onwards with such strength and heat, 
Ther numbers balk their own retreat j 
For nirrow the way that led to the spot 
Where still the Christians yielded not ; 
And the foremost, if fearful, may vainly try 
Through the massy column to turn and fly; 
They perfoi-ce mubt do or die. 

They die ; but ere their eyes could dose, 

Avengerrf o'er their bodies rose ; 

Fresh and furious, fut they fill 

The ranks unlhinn'd, though slaughtered itill ; 

And faint the weary Christians wax 

Before the still renewM attacks : 

And now the Olhmans train the gate; 

Still resists its iron weight. 

And still, all deadly aim'd and hot, 

From every crevice comes the shot j 

FroiD ever>' shatter'd window pour 

The volleys of the sulphurous shower: 

But the portal wavering grows and weak 

The iron yields, the hinges creak — 

It bends — it falls — and all is o'er j 

Lotl Corinth may resist no mors ! 

XXX. 

Darkly, sternly, and all alone, 

Minntti stood o'er the altar stone: 

Madonna's face upon him shone, 

Painted in heavenly hues above, 

Wiih eyes of light and Iwjks of lOTe, 

And placed upon that holy shrine 

To fix our thoughts on things divine, 

When pictured there, we kneeling lea 

Her, and the boy.God on her knee, 

Smiling sweetly on each prayer 

To heaven, as if to waft it there. 

Still she smiled ; even now she smiles, 

Though slaughter streams along her aisleti 

Minotti lifted hii aged eye. 

And made the sign of a cross with a sigh. 

Then scired a torch which blazed therebr ; 

Aod ttilt he stood, while with steel and flame, 

lamxd and onward the Mussulman came. 

XXXI. 
Tbe Taalls beneath (he nio^iic stone 
Con*xin d (he dead of a;es gone ; 
Their r.»r>cn were on the graven floor, 
But new h.rffible m .th gore . 
Tke carvciJ rrr»s, and curious hues 
The T\ne«l mirbic'j •"•.'n difluse, 
Wern siniMr'd, and slippery — sfam'd, and s(row% 
With br.Krn swnrds, and hrlnit o'enhrrwn: 
There \\cre dead alKivr. sr.d the dead belovr 
Lay enld m miny a cofl^ni'd nw: 
Tou nnrhl tre tbrm piled in lat.le stale. 
By 1 pale light through a glo >Miy gra'e; 
But Wir had entpr'H thrir lark cavea, 
Aod ftorvJ along (he vaullnl gnvet 
Htrmlfiliurt/ua IreifurvK, thickly %uim4 
b mmm b/ Uw OetUm dcui : 



Here, lhrougho:it the eiege, had been 
The Christians' chiefest magazine; 
To these a late form'd train now led, 
Wtnotti's last and stern resource 
Against the foe's o'erw helming forcA. 

XXXII. 
The foe came on, and few remain 
To strive, and those must strive in TliSl 
For lack of further lives, to slake 
The thirst of vengeance now awake, 
With barbarous blows they gash the deed. 
And loi) the already lifeless head. 
And fell the sLitucs from their niche, 
And spoil the shrines of oll'enngs hch, 
And from each other's rude ninds wrcil 
The silver vessels saints had bless'd. 
To the high altar on they go ; 
Oh, but it made a glorious show t 
On its table still beholj 
The cup of consecrated gold ; 
Massy and deep, a glitterinj prize, 
Brightly it sparkles to p'underers* eyeti 
That morn it held the holy wine, 
Converted by Christ to his blood so (Ntidc^ 
Which his worshippers drank at the break of 4fe| 
To shrive their souls ere they join'd m the inj* 
Still a few drops within it lay ; 
And round the sncred table glow 
Twelve lofty lamps, in splendid row. 
From the piirt^t metal cast j 
A spoil — the richest, and the last 

XXXIII. 
So near they came, the nearest afreteh'd 
To grasp Iti'e ajfoil he almost reach'd. 

Wlienold .Minoltrshand 
Touch'd wiTh the torch the train — 

»T is fired ! 
Spire, vaults, the shrine, the spoil, the slain. 
The turban'd victors, the Chris* lan tmid, 
AH that of living or dead remain, 
Huri'd on hi»h with the shiver'd fane. 

In one wild roar expired ! 
The shatter'd town — the walls thrown dowm — 
The waves a moment backward beut — 
The hills that shake, although unreut, 



Asif : 



rthquake joss'd- 



ay. 



The thousand shapeless thing? all driTen 
In cloud and flame athwart the heavwi, 

R| that tremendous blast — 
Pmclamrd the desperate conflict o'er 
On that too loi g alJiicied shore : 
like rockets go 
\e■^ there beloirt 
Many a tall ami gofklly man, 
Scnrch'd and shrivell'd to a span. 
When he fell to earth again 
I-ike a cinder strew d the plain : 
Down ihe ashes shower like rain ; 
Sfw\c fell in the gulf, which received the mrltf « 
With a thouMii.l circling wrinkles; 
Soniefi-llori the shore, but, fa 
Scalter'd oVr the iwhmus lay ; 
Christian or Moslem, uhich betbejl 
I-ct their nutthers see and say I 
When in cradled rest thev lay, 
And each nursing m')ther' smiled 
On the sweet ulecp of htr child, 
J.iitle drem'd she such a day 
Would rend those lender limbs tmb 
No! Ihc matrons that rb.-m bore 
Could ilisctrn their ojlspring mora; 
Thai one moment left no tnce 
M-.reof human fnrm or fice. 
Save a scalterM ic ilp or Ikmic : 
And down came hl.i/me rafteri, tOf 
Amuod, aiiil manv a fa!lin« iloae, 
Drrply din'e-l in the cl.iv. 
All l.hckrn'd llicrr and reekinn l». 
All the living ihingi that hcani 
Tlut dfadly egrUitbuUl diUppMI^ i 



PARISINA. 



lil 



Tk» »iW blnii fl»w ; the wiW dngi fled, 
^md kaTliog left Ihe unbuned dead ; 
Tht caineli froni their ke^iiera broke ; 
The dislinf'tiecr fonook the rnke — 
The nearer steed pluneeJ o'er the plain, 
And bunt tiis jirth, and tire hn rem ; 
The buU-fms'^ note, from out the niartb, 
DeepnioulbM arose, am! JolI.Iv hamh ; 
The ""olves yell'd on the cavern'J hill 
When: echo roll'd in ihuhcifr ilill ; 
The jackal'! troop, in gather'd ery > 
Bajr'd from afar eomplaiuiiiglf , 



With a mif d and mosrr.fnl Kniiid 
Like cryine t>al«. and ijeat*u houlU * 
With Hidden » .i.i(. and nitfied brtui, 
The eJ!;le led his rocky ne»l, 
And iiiiiuntnl neirt r lo the jun. 
The clou.li btncalli t. m lerni'J 10 dno ; 
Their sn.oke asnild In! sljnied beak, 
And nixte h.ui hi^tier ».ar and iliriek — 
Thut was Lonub lost and won 1 



1 1 WUen I kMT* Uk« > poetical Ueeaae 13 lian^laiit \ aimlea. 



the jackal trcm Atla. In Or»eeo I ne'er law «0T kei.. 
iheae aniniali ; l>ui atnni^ in« roiM "f F.plic«o« I kan 
heiKl llicm b; kuiiieda. The; kaaiit tuliu, a>£ taOoV 



PARISINA.' 

TO SCROPE BERDMORE DAVIES.Esa 

THE FOLLOWING POEM IS INSCRIBED 

R ONK WHO HAS LONO ADMIRED HIS TALENTS AND VALUED HIS FRIENDSHIP 



ADVERTISEMENT. Ipartiality. One div she asked leave of her hoslard •• 

undertake a certain inurney, to which he consented, 

. . I but uiKin condition lliall <r ihonld bear her company J 

Tb» tollowins poem is jrounded on a cirnimsfance ; ^^^ ,^^ \^n]Ki by ihe~e niwns -o induce her, in ihe end, 
Bcntioned in Gibbon's " Anliquities of the House of , ^^ ,^^. ^^j^ „,^ obslmaie aversion which she had con- 
Brunswick." 1 am aware, that in modern times, the ^ ^j^^ ipiinsl him. And indeed his inleiit ivas accon;- 
delicacy or fastidiousness of the reader nay dccni such | ..[j^dj^i |,ui ,«, well, since, during the joi.rnev, she not 
tubjecl's unfit for the purposes of poetr)-. The Greek ; '^^^^^, jn-gsnd herself of all her hatred, but fell into the 
dramatists, and some of the best of our old Enghsti | • .,^ ^j,^„,j After their return, the Marquis had 
pinion: as Alfieri .vid I „H ,„„,,,. . 
recently, upon tl 



: of Azo i 



IS pol- 



Schiller hire also been, 
tinent. The following extract will e 
an which the story is founded. 1 he 
■uhstituled for Nicholas, as more melncal. 
" I'nder the reien of Nicholas 111. Ferra 
:oted with a domestic tragedy. By Ihe test 
attendant, and bis own ooscrration, ihe .Maicpiis of 
Este discovered the inceslunns loves of his wife Pari- 
una, and Hugo his b.aslard son, a beautiful and valiant 
youth. They were beheaded in Ihe castle by the sen- 
tence of a father and husband, who published his shame, 
and survived their eieculion.2 He was unfortunate, 
if Ihey were guilty : if they were incoceiJ, he was 
itill more unfortunate ; nor is there any possible situa- 
tien in which 1 can sincerely approve the last act of 
the justice of a parent." — GIBBON'S Mitallanmus 
Works, vol. iii. p. 470. 

1 he facta on which the present poem was grounded 
are thus given in Frizzi's History of Ferrara : — 

" Th.l turned out a calamitous year for the people of 
Ferrara ; for there occurred a very tn^cal event m 
the court of their sovereign. Our annals, both pnnted 
ana in manuscript, with the exception of the unjiolish- 
ed and negligent work of Sardi. and one other, have 
jiven the following relation of il.— from which, how- 
ever, are rejected many details, and especially the nar- 
rative of Bandclli, wtio wrote a century allerwards, 
and who does not accord with the contemporary h 
torlai 



upon iiie yon- i j, |,jp[,ened one day that a servant of Ihe Marquis, 
plaiu the tacts „,„|pj j>ese, or, as some call him, Giorgio, passing 



partmen's of Parisina. saw going cut from 
them one of her clumber-maids, all terrified and in 
lears. Asking the reason, she told hini that her mis- 
tress, for some slishi olTence, had been l«aling her; 
and, giving vent to her rage, she added, that she could 
lyhe revenged, il she chose to make known Ihe 
iiinal faroiliarilv which subsisted between Parisina 
and her strp-son. The servani took note of the words, 
and related them to his master. He was ailounded 
thereat, but, scarcely believing his eats, he a».«ured 
himself of Ihe lact, alas ' too clearly, on the ISlh o( 
May. by looking through a hole made in the ceiling of 
his >»ife's chamber. Instantly he bioke into a (urious 
ra?c, and arrested both of them, together with Aldo- 
brandino Rangoni, of Mixlcna, her gentleman, and 
Iso, as some aay, t"0 of Ihe women of her chamber. 



abettors of this sinful act. He ordered them to be 

brought to a hasty trial, desiring the rndges to pro 

bounce sen'ence, in Ihe accnstonied foims ujwn the 

culprits. This sentence was death. Some there were 

that bestirred themselves in favour of Ihe delinquents, 

and, amongst others, I'gocrinn Conlrario, who was all 

powerful with Niccolo, and also his aged and much 

deserving minister Alberto dal Sale. Ilolh of these, 

thtir tears flowing down th-ir checks, and upon their 

knee*, implored him for mercy; adducing whateyer 

reasons they could suggest for s|aring the nliender^ be- 

■"■*"'• , . .. J o. .1 J II, « • « .>,. Isidrs those molivea of honour and decency whick 

•• By the above-mentioned Sle.la dell' A-ssassino, the ^^^^^^^ „er,uade him to conceal from 'he public so 

at^uis, in the jear 1403, had a„f;" .<:''"f,'_,l,^;,» [ scandalous a deed. But hi. r:ige made him mlleiible, 

and. on the instant, he commanded that the seoteoce 
it juld be put in execution. 

" It was, then, in the prisons of the casUe and ex- 
actly in those frightful dungeons which are setn at Ihil 
davbenealh the chamber called the Aurora, at \^i fbot 
of the Linn's tower, al the top of Ihe street Gicyeoca, 
thai nn the night of the ilst of May were beheaded. 

- - ' accuied her, conduced Ike UHar WKtar k» ana » IM 



beiuti.'ul ani ingenuous youlh. Parisina Malatesta, 
eecond wife of Nicco'i, like the generality of step- 
Botherm treated him with lilUe kindness, lo the infinite 
ngret of the Marquis, who regarded him with fond 

f ratimbnl In JaDury, KiS. 

• " Ferrara i» laiKk decayed and depopoiated ; bat tht 
«M»U sl.U ellsw •»llr«; •o< I •»" the 
«■■ ud Haco 

' — AfTM's UtUr; UlT. — S. 



143 



PARISliNA. 



pitK of pmiahmenL She, all along, fincied ih»t iha 
yrti to be IbTOwn into a pit, iiid askal at every step, 
wbelher sYia nas yet come to Uie spot ? She was told 
that her paoishjueiit was the aie. She enquired wliat 
was become of Ugo, and received for answer, that he 
was alreaJy dead ; at Oie which, sighing grievously, 
»he eiclainied, ' Now, then, I wish not myself to 
live ;' and, being come to tlie block, slie s ripped her- 
wlf wlUi her i.wu hands of all her ornaments, lad, 
wrappin; a cloth round her head: ';;t..<i'"eu lo the 
'ill slr\>ite, which temiian^ the cruel scene. The 
On- »i» a^o.. wvh 'kin'^oui, who, together with the 
oUjeri, acccrdiug to two calendars in the lih.-ary of St. 
rrancesoo, was b jried in the cemetery of that convenL 
Nolhine ejse is liuown respecting ihe women. 

" The Marquis kept watch ihe whole of that dread- 
ful Bight, and, as he was walking backwards and for- 
wi.-ds, enquired of Ihe captain of ihe CTsIle if L'go 
was dead )et ? who answered him, yes. He then gave 
himself up to the most desfierate lamentations, ex- 
elainun;, ' Oh ! ttiat I too w ere dead, since I have 
been hurried on to resolve thus against my own Ugo '.' I 
And then gnawing with his leeth a cane which he had 
tn his iand, he passed the rest of the nijht in sighs and 
in tears, callinj lrei|uentlv upon his own dear Ugo. 
On Ihe foilowiiig day, calling to mind that il would be 
nece»»r> tcuiake public his juslilicatioo, seeing that I 
the traiisactiuD could not be kept secret, he ordered the j 
narratiye 'J> be drawn out upon paper, and sent it lo . 
all the courts of Italy. 

'■Ou rec tiling this advice, the Doge of Venice, 
Francesco foscari, gave orders, but without publishing | 
his reasons, that slop shou'd be put to the preparations 
for a tournamenl, whicLf under the auspices of the | 
ilari|uis, and at the eipense of the cit) of I'adua, ivas 
about to take place, io the square of St. Mark, in order 
to celetrale his advancement lo the djcal cliair. 

" The Marquis, in addition to what he had already 
done, from some unaccouutahle burst of vengeance, 
comnunded that as many of the married women u 
were well known lo hiai to be faithless, like his Hari. 
•ina, should, like her, be beheaded. Ainougsl others, 
Barberim, or, as some call her, Laodamia Koroei, » ife 
of the court judge, underwent this sentence, at the 
usual place of ciecutii n ; tliat is to say, in the quarter 
of St Giacomo, opfKnite the present fortress, beyond 
St Paul's. It cannot be told how strange appeared 
this proceeding in a prince, who, considering his own 
disposition, should, as it seemed, liave been in such 
eases most indulgent. Some, however, there were 
who did not fail to commend him." 

The above passage of Friz2i was translated by Lord 
Byron, and fonned a clotiiig note to the original edi- 
tion of " f ariaina."— E. 



U. 



PARISINA 



It u fhe hoar when from the boncht 
The nighiing.ilc's hi^h note is beard| 

It is the hour « hen lovers' vows 

Seciii rwect in every wliis|)er*d word ,' 

Ana gentle winds, aiiu waien near, 

Make music lo Ihe lonely ear. 

I.ach llower the dews liave lightly w< 

And in Ihe sky the stars are met, 

And on Ihr wive la deeper blue, 

And "-n liie leal a brr.w ncr hue. 

And in 'he heineii thai clear obiconk 

SiBoflli iljik. and darkly pure, 

Which'foll'.ivi the declihr ol day. 

At Ivtilifhl melts beneath the BiooD twij. • 



ITba II 



so («au1a«l la llila •nlloa i>«r» prlal«4aa aa< 
■jmr llm« ■!■!«. bet WI<>o|ad to th« poam mbmn 
■|.p«ari il» iraaiar pan o< wklah was aom-l 



But it if not to list to tha water&dl 

That Parisina leares her hall. 

And it is not lo gaze on the heavenly ight 

That the .ady Walks in iha shadow of ni^) 

And if .ne sits in Estes bower, 

'T is not for the sake of its full-blown flow*— 

She listens— but not for the nightingale — 

Though her ear expects as soft a tale. 

There glides a step through the foliage thick. 

And her cheek grows pale — and her baut k«M 

quick. 
There whispers a voice through the rusUinf Inta^ 
And her blush returns, and her bosom beavaai 
A moment more — and they shall mael— - 
T i> past — her lover 't at her feci. 

IIL 

And what unto them is Ihe world besuk^ 
With all its change of time and tide? 
Its living things— its earth and sky- 
Are nothing to their mind and eye. 
And heedless as the dead are they 

Uf au"ht around, above, beneath; 
As if all else liad pass'd aivay. 

They only for each other breathe ; 
Their very sighs are full of joy 

So deep, that did it not decay. 
That happy mailness would destroy 

'Ihc hearts which feel its fiery svrayi 
Of guilt, of peril, do they deem 
In that tumultuous tender dream ? 
Who that have fell that passion's power, 
Or paused or fear'd in such an hour ? 
Or thought how brief such momentlbil} 
But yet — they are already past 1 
Alas '. we must awake before 
We know such vision cornea do mora 

IV- 
With many a lingering look they leaw 

The siiol of guilty gladness past : 
And though they hope, and vow, they (riflv 

As if that parting were the last 
The frequent sigh — Uie long embrace— 

The lip that theie would cling for erar, 
While gleams on P.insiua's (ace 

The Heaven she (e irs w.!l not forfin ba^ 
As if each calmly conscious star 
Beheld her frailtv from afar — 
The frequent sigh, the long embrace, 
Vet binds them to their trystiDg-placa. 
Bat it must come, and they must part 
In fearful heaviness of heart, 
With all the deep and shudderinr cbOl 
Which follows fast the deeds of lU. 

V. 

And Hugo 11 gone lo his lonely bed, 

To covet ihere another's bride; 
But she must lay her conscious head 

A husband's trusting heart beside. 
But fercr'd in her sleep she seems, 
And red her cheek wilh troubled itmmt, 

And wuiten she in her uuresl 
A name she dare not breathe by day, 

And ckups her Lord unto Iha br«ul 
Which pants for one away ; 
And he to that embrace awakei, 
And, hippy in Ihe thought, mistakia 
Tlial dreaming sigh, and tvami am^ 
For such IS he was wnni lo bless; 
And could n very (niidneu weep 
O'er tier who loves him even is ilaaf 

VL 
Be elssjs'd her slrrping to his heart. 
And listened lo each bmkan wort I 
I hr dnth Pnnce Aao start. 
JcLu«al^s nioa te haaiM 



PARISINA. 



li» 



Aad well he tuij — a deeper loom 
Could scarcely thunder o'er hii louib, 
When he shall w^ke to tieep do DiorS, 
And itaud the eternal throne before. 
And welt be Diay — his earthly peaca 
Upon tiut sound ii doooiM to cease. 
Tnat sleeping whisjier of a name 
Beaoeakt her guilt and Azo*s shime. 
AikI whose that najiie ? that o'er his pillow 
fiouods fearful as the breaking billow, 
Which rolls the plank u[«a the shore, 

And dishes od the poiuted rock 
The wretch who sinks to rise no more, — 

So cojiie upon his stjul the shock. 
Aod whose that nanie?— 't i» Hugo*s, — hii«- 
In sooth he had not deem'd of this 1 — 
T is Hupo'*,— he, the child of one 
He loved — his own all-evil son — 
The offspring of his wayward youth, 
When he beiray'd Rianca's truth, 
The maid whose folly could coa£da 
Id him who aude her not bis bhdeu 

VIL 

He ptuckM his poniard in its shea!h. 

Put sheath'd it ere the point was OW 
Howe'er unworthy now to breathe, 
He could not slay a thine so fair — 
At least, Doi smiting — sleeping — (here — 
Kay more : — he did not wake her then. 
But gazed upon her with a gUnce 
Which, had she roused her from her trance. 
Had frozen her sense to sleep arain — 
And o'er his brow the burning lamp 
Qleam'd on the dew-drops big and damp. 
She spake no more — but still she slumberM - 
While, in bis thought, her days are uumbcr'd. 

nil. 

And with the morn be sought and found, 

in many a tale from those around, 

The proof of all he fear'd to know, 

Their present guilt, bb future woe; 

The long-conniving dimsels seek 
To save themsetves, and would tramrer 
The guill — the sliame — the doom — to her ; 

ConceaTuient is no more — they speak 

All circumstance which may compel 

Full credence lo the lale thev tell: 

And Azo's tortured heart and e^ 

Have nothing more to feel or hear. 

IX. 

He was not one who brook'd delays 

Within the chaniber of his state, 
The chief of Esie's ancient sway 

Upon his throne of judgment sate; 
His nobles and his guards are there, — 
Before him is the sinful pair; 
Both young,— and ont Iww passing fair! 
With swordless belt, and feller'd hand, 
Qb, Christ ! that thus a son should stand 

Before a father's face ! 
Tct Ihufc must Hugo meet his sire, 
And hear tfao sentence of bis ire. 

The tale of his disgrace ! 
And yet he seeini not overcome, 
Altboofh, as yet, his voice be dumkk 



Aod still, and pale^ and silently 

Did Parisina wait her doom ; 
How changffJ linca last her speaking eye 

Glanced gladness round the glitteriag roroi, 
Where high bom men were jtroud lo wait — 
Wliere Beauty watch'd to imitate 

Her gentle voice — her lovely mies — 
4Dd gather from her air and gait 

The graces of its (fiecn t 
Then, — liad her ere in sorrow wept, 
A Uw— lid werrion (oitb bad lea^ 



A thousand swords liad sheathlea sbona, 
And made her quart el all their own. 
Now,— wh^t is Khe ? and what ar« they? 
Can she conim iiitl, or thtrse ubcy ? 
All litem and unheeding now, 
With downcast eyes and knittine; broW| 
And folded arms, and treeziug air. 
And lips that scarce their scorn forbear, 
Her knights, her dames, htr court — is &i» • 
And he, (he chosen one, whose lance 
H<id yet been couch'd bclore her glancs, 
Who — were his arm a niomcut free — 
Had died jr gain'd her liber*;- , 
The minion of his father's bride,— 
He, too, 15 fettcr'd by her side ; 
Nor sees her swolii and fi.l. eye swim 
hc^ for her own despair than him : 
Those lids— o'er whicli the violet veu 
Wandering, leavns i tender siam, 
Shming through 'he smoothest white 
That e'er did boftesl kiss invite- 
Now seemM wi'h hot and livid cbw 
To prea, not shade, the orbs below ; 
Which glance so heavily, and &11, 
As tear on tear grows gatliermg itiU 

XI. 
And he for her had also wept, 

But for the eyes that on him gazed i 
His sorrow, if he felt it, slept ; 

Stern and erect his brow was raised. 
Whale'er the grief his sou! avow/d, 
He would not shrink before the crowd; 
But yet he dared not look on her ; 
Remembrance of the hours that were — 
His guilt — his love — his present stale — 
His lather's wrath — all good men's bate— - 
His earthly, his eternal f?.te — 
And hers, — oli, hen* I he dared not throw 
One look u|>on that deatlilike brow I 
Else had his rising heirt betray'd 
Rem'jrse for all the wreck it made. 

EL 
And Azo spake : — " But yesterday 

I gloried in a wife and son ; 
That dream this morning paas'd away; 
Ere day declines, I shall have none. 
My life must lineer on alone ; 
Well,— let that pass, — there breathes not ow 
Who would not do as I have done ; 
Those ties are broken — not by uie ; 

Let that too f.ass; — the doom's prepared! 
Hugo, the priest awaits on thee, 

And then — thy crime's reward ! 
Away! address thy prayers to Heaven, 

Before its evening stars arc met — 
Learn if thou there canst he forgiven ; 

Its mercy may absolve thee yet. 
But here, upon the earth beneath. 

There is no spot where thou and I 
Tt^lher for an hour could breathe ; 

Farewell 1 1 wilt not see thee die — 
But thou, frail thing 1 shalt view his he« — 
Away ! 1 cannot S|>eak the re«l ; 
Go ! woman of the wanton breast ; 
Not 1, but thou his blood dost shed t 
Go I if that sight thou canst outlive, 
And joy thee m the life 1 give." 

XI U. 
And here stern Azo hid his face — 
For on his brow the swelling vein 
Throlb'd as if back upon his brain 
The hot blood ebb'd and flow'd igaMf 
And therefore bow'd. he for a apace, 
And pass'd his shaking tiaiid along 

His eve, to veil it fmm the throng; 
While Hugo raised his chained haDd% 
And for a brief delay demands 
His father's ear : the silent sire 
Forbidi not i^ hal hi< words retpk^ 



144 



PARISINA. 



** I( M not that I dread the death — 
For thou tufi s«eo me b? thy iida 
Al! redly throa^r the battle ride 
Ao<i tbjit not once a usrlea bnad 
Thv ilavBt ha»e wrratcd Irnni my hand 
Halh Bh«l more b\n^d lO caufce ol tlune, 
Than cVr can »tam the axe of miiia: 

Thou i^T'et, uul niay'ft revunie mj bmtb, 
A fif f-yr uhich I thauk thre not ; 
Nor are niy motber'i wronics fnr^ot, 
Her ili^h'ed love and ruin'd name. 
Her offspring'! heritage o( sliame; 
Bui she IS in the gravr, where he, 
Her foii, thy rivil, soon ihall be. 
H;r bn^ken heart — mv ieT-r'd head - 
BhkW wiineM for Ihee ('mm the dead 
How trusty and how Ichdcr uera 
Thj- yout*'''u! love— pattTiiiI care, 
T IS true that t have dot.e tlec %rronff — 

lixn u n>uz for TcroDif : — lhi\ deetn'd thy blido^ 

The other victim of thv pride, 
Thou kntur'st fi.r me w:x> 'Je>tineJ long. 
ThoL saw'at and Mve'.e-i'M her cbaruis- 

Ajid with thy vcr^ cimit — my fcjrth, 

Thnu UuDiel'it me — u liule wortti; 
A match i*Dobte for her arms, 
Because, fonooth, I cmli uo' elaim 
The lawful heinhip of thy lujua, 
Nor flit on Eite'e lineal thmiie ; 

Vet, were a few ihorl suruniers miiMk 

My name should more than jtsle'i thiDM 
With honours aJJ ms own. 
I had a aword — ana have a brr»asl 
1 bat ihould have n-ou at h^ogbt > a oert 
Ai ever waved alooi^ (he hue 
Of slI tbeae tOTereien iire» of thine. 
Not alwayt knightly ipur» ara worn 
The bngh'eal by the better bcm; 
And mine have lanced mv cour^r't flank 
Before proud chieftof princely rank, 
When charfini; to the cheering cry 
Of ' kste aod of Victory !' 
I will not plead the ca-Jie of crime, 
Nor fcic thee to redeem frnm tinie 
A fe*» brief hours or dan th.it mart 
At fength roll o>r my reckJess du»t ;~ 
Such maildenin; moments as my put, 
They could not, and tliey did nol, luL 
Albeit my birth and name be b.ue, 
And thy nobility of race 
Disdain'd tn deck a thine like me — 

Vet in my hnenmentt Ihey tmce 

Some feature* of dit father"* face, 
And in niy ipirit ~ afl of thne. 
From th*^ — Ihu tamelessnea o{ heart — 
From lhr«--n3T, whercfnre do«t ihoa itait >— 
From thee in all their wtgfmT came 
My arm of gtren^h, my boo! of flame — 
Thou diitbl n-'t rixt me life alone, 
Rut all that tn:t(Te me more (hinti ow& 
See what thv fuilrv love halh doM I 
Rcpnid thrc'with too like a boo t 
I am no binUrd in my nul. 
For Ih:\t, l.kr thine. »' ''on'd cnntn>l | 
And for mv breath, It.i. huty boon 
Thc-o uavM and will rMtime m rnxm, 
I valued it no more Ihan Ihon, 
When rote thy cx«'|<ie ^bove thy brow, 
And we, all ii'de br tide, har* itrivea, 
And o'er the dra>l our cnurten dnveni 
Th« najt is tuttlnnt — ar^d al lajt 
The fuiure ran but U thi- (a.t ; 
Tel would I th.i' I then liad d.ad : 

For ihourh (hoij wnrkMi' mt mother'l Ul, 
And n^dt Ihi "vrn m\ dtvtmr;! bnde, 

1 fc«l thfvj irf niT father ildt: 
And banh u muii'U thy hard ^vcrM, 
T )■ Dot uujuat, aJtbougb *nnR tbae. 



1 ■■■ffbl— bsajklT— "Awir kmi^kS 



Be^t iv tin, to die in ihame, 
Uy life be^m and ends the laaei 
As err'd liie sire, to err'd the too. 
And thou rouftt pnni&h both tn (me. 
My crime teems went to human new. 
But Gud muit judge between ui too I * 

XIV. 
He ceased — and stood with folded ame^ 
On which the circlme fcitcn sounded; 
Aod not an ear but felt as wounded, 
Of ai) Ihc chiefs thst there were rank'd 
When those dull chains m meclinx cU^tt 
Till Fartsinii's fatal charmt 
A^*'i attracted every eye — 
\V(iii/d she thus hear him doomed to di* 
She i'ufxl, I said, all pile and still, 
The liv.n< cause of Hu,?o's ill : 
Her eyes unmoved, but full and wide, 
Not once had lurn'd to ei'her ude — 
Nor once did those twrel eyelnli close. 
Or tliade the planre o'er w hich they i^ 
But round their orbs of deej est blue 
The circling whi'e dilated ^rrw — 
And there with glassy ff«.e ghc stood 
As ice were in her curdled blooi ; 
But every now and then a tear 
So large and s'owly eather'd slid 
From I he long dark fringe of that ha hdf 
It was a thing to see, not hear ! 
And those who saw, it did surprise, 
Such drfipt could fall from humati ey«e. 
To speak she thought — the imperfect ooti 
Was chnked within her swelling thrxat, 
Yet tetni^ in that low hollow groan 
Her wlyne heart gushing in the ton*. 
It ceased — aeam she thought to sp«>k. 
Then burst her voice in one long shriek, 
And to the r.irlh she fell like stone 
Or statue from its Ijase o'erthMwu, 
More like a thing n^^t ne'er bad Ute,— 
A monument of Ajji's wife, — 
Than her, that living guil'y thing, 
Whose every passion was a stmg, 
Which urged to guilt, but could not bmr 
Thai guilt's detection and despur. 
But yet she lived — and all too toon 
Recover'd from that death-like swooa~> 
Bui scarce to rea«)n — evrry sense 
Had been o'erttnaig hv pangs intense | 
And each fr\il fibre of her l)rain 
(As bowstrings, when relax *d by nia, 
The emng arrow lanch aside) 
Sent forth her thoughts all wild and wS4c* 
The past a blank, the futx.'e bUck, 
W,ih glimp^e» of a Ireary track, 
Lrkc lightning on the desert path. 
When midnight s(orm« are musterinr wnft 
8h« fear'd —she fell that something lU 
Lay on her soul, to deep and chill — 
Thit there was tin and shame she koew| 
That some one wan to die — but who } 
She K-bl forgotten : —did the hrealbe^ 
Could this be itilt the earth beneath, 
The sky above, and men around ; 
Or wcrt they (icnHi wlio now to frowaV 
On one, he-fore wl)o*r evrs each rye 
Till (hen hi.l tmiM intrnii^thy? 
All wa^ confuted and nndt-riiied 
To her all jarr'd and wandering ealadl 
A chaos of Wild hnpei and fnan : 
And now in laughter, now id lean, 
But madly ilill m each eitrMiic, 
She strove with thai cnmuls r« dreia 
For to It teem'd on hrr to b.-Mk r 
OL t vainly must she ainvc to iraka* 

XV. 

The Convrnl bells are nngii^ 

Bui nmunifully and slow : 
In the grey ti)ure tumrl swiiftM 

With a deqp aeuBd, to a^ #% 



PARISINA 



la 



■nTily to the han tbef go t 

But '. Ih' hvnin II •iMini; — 
The mng lor thf dciJ Uelow, 
Or the living wtin shurlly ihall b« lol 

For ft dejanm^ bems'i soul 

Tiw lieub livniii pcili and the hollow belli ksoOi 

He it Dear his nional ^il ; 

Kneeliu? »t the Friar's knee: 

Sad to hear — and piluous In see — 

Kneeling on the bare cold ?rr)und, 

With the block before and the euardj aronnd- 

And the hradniau «ilh his bare arm ready, 

Tlal the blow may be boili in ill aud Heady, 

Feels if the aie be sharp aud true — 

Sitl^re he set ib ed»e anew : 

While the crowd in a speechless circle galhcf 

To lee the Sou fall by Ibe doom of the Father 1 

XVL 

II is a lovely hoar as yet 
Before the summer >uu shall set. 
Which rose u|ion Ihal hear) day, 
And mock'd il with his sleadiesi rajj 
And his evening beams are shed 
Full on Kui<o's fated htad. 
As his last c^n(e^sloIl [lourintf 
To the monk, his doom deploring 
In penitential holiness, 
He bends to hear his accents blea 
With absolution such aa u.ay 
Wipe our inonal stains away. 
That h'gh sun on Ins head did ;list<a 
As he tiicre did bow and listen — 
And the rings rif ch«.timl hair 
Curl'd hall down his neck so bar* t 
Bui bri»hter still llie heam was throw« 
Upon the axe winch near him shone 
With a clear and ehasllv glitter ■ 

Ob ! that partini; hour was bitter I 
Even the stern st.aod cbill'd with iwei 
Dark the crime, and juM the law — 
Vet they sbudder'd a> they san, 

XVII. 
The parting prayers are said itid oret 
Of that false son — and dann; lover I 
His beads aud sins are all recounled, 
His hours to their list iiiinnle mounted — 
His niautlia? cloak before waj siripp'd. 
His bright brown locks must now be clipp'd) 
>T is done — all closely are they shorn — 
Tlie vest which till this moment worn — 
The scarf which f'arhina ^ave — 
Must not adorn him to the erave. 
Even that must now be throwti aside, 
And o'er his eves the kerchief tied ; 
But no — that last indisiiuty 
Shall ne'er approach his haushty ey». 
All feelinss seemingly subdued, 
In deep disdain were half renrw'd. 
When h'eadnian's hands prepareil to bind 
Those eyes which \voultI not brook such bUt4i 
As if they dared not look on death, 
*• Jio — your3 my forfeit blood and breath — 
These hands are'chain'd — but let me die 
At least with an unshackled eve — 
Strike : " — and a» the word he said, 
Upon the block he bow'd his head ; 
These the last accents Hugo siioke : 
"Strike"— and Hashing fell .he stn>k« — 
Bnll'd the head — and. goshiog. sunk 
Back the stain'd and heaving tnink, 
In the dust, » hich each deep vein 
Slaked with its ensanguined rain ; 
His eves and lips a moment quiver. 
Convulsed and .(uick — then lis (or ertT. 
He died, u emii5 man should die, 

Without displav. %vithoiit parade; 

Meekly had he'txiw'd and pr.y'd. 

As not disdaining priestly aid, 
BTtr ilvpera'e of til hope on hilt 



And while before the Prior kneelinx, 

H IS heart was weao'd from earthly fecliac | 

His wrathful sire— his paramour — 

What were they m such an hour? 

No more reproach — no more despair; 

No thought but heaven — no word but pnw- 

Save the lew which fn-m him broke, 

When, bared to meet the headman's strokl^ 

He claim'd to die with eyes unbound, 

Hift lole adieu to those around. 

XTIII. 
Still IS the lips that closed in death. 
Each gazer's bosom held his breath i 
But )et, afar, Irom man to man, 
A cold electric shiver ran. 
As down the deadlv blow descended 
Clu hini « hose lite 'and love thus ended| 
And. with a hushing sound compress'd 
A sigh shniLk liack on every bieast ; 
But no more thrilling noise rose there, 
Bevond the blow that to the block 
Pierced through with forced and sullen tkOCl 
Save one : — wh.at cleaves the silent air 
So madly shrill,— so passing wild? 
That, as a mother's o'er her child, 
Done to death by sudden t»low. 
To the skv these accents go. 
Like a soiil's in endless woe- 
Through Azo's palacelaltice driven, 
Tliat h' rrid voice ascends to heaven, 
And everv eve is lurn'd thereon ; 
But sound and silht alike are eone I 
It was a woman's -hriek — and ne'er 
In madlier accents rose despair ; 
And those who heard it, as it past, 
In mercy wiah'd it were the lasL 

XIX. 

Huso is fallen ; and, from that hour, 

No more m palace, hall, or bower. 

Was Pansina heard or seen : 

Her name- as if she ne'er had been — 

Was haiiish'd from each lip aud ear, 

Like words of wantonness or fear ; 

And from Prince Azo's voice, by nogs 

Was mention heard of wife or son ; 

No tomb — no memory had they ; 

Theirs was oiicoiisccni'ted clay ; 

At least the kiiigli''s who died thatdijw 

But Pansina's fate lies hid 

Like dust beneath the coffin lid t 

Whether in convent slie aliode. 

And won to hea.en her drrary rood, 

By blighted and remor^fnl year» 

Of scourge, and fast, and ste'eblesi teu«| 

Or if she fell by hmvl or steel. 

For that dark love she ilaied to feel J 

Or if. ujton the moment sniote. 

She diet! bv torture* less remote ; 

Like him she saw upon the block, 

With heart that shared the headnian*i dlO^ 

In qnirken'd brokenness that calue. 

In pily. o'er her shallered Irame, 

None knew — and none can ever knJWI 

But whatsoe'er its end below, 

Uer life began and closed in wool 



XX. 

And Am fottnd another bride, 
And goofllv sons grew by his side; 
But none so lovelv and so brave 
As him who wither'd in the gravel 
Or if ihev were — on Ins told eye 
Their growth hut glaiice.1 unheeded fc» 
Or noticed wi'h a siiioih.-r'd sigh. 
But never te.ar his chrek desci-iided, 
And never smile his br<iw unbended | 
And o'er that fair broad brow w 
T'be intrrsecle^ lineeof thooghl 



u 



146 



THE PRISONER OF CHILLON. 



ThOM foiTOwi which the burning thin 

Of Sorrow ploughs uutiniciy there; 

Sca.r» of the lacentju; oiiod 

Which the Soul't »ir doth leaTt bctuod. 

Be wi* pajt all minh or woe : 

Nothing more rcoain'd below 

But alce{>lf3S oiehts 2U(J heavy dart, 

A nxind ill dead to Mx-ro or oniae, 

A heart which thunoM itself— a.bd vet 

ThAl would not yield — nor could torgit, 

Which, wheo it leait »ppear*<i ^ melt, 

Imcnseiy fuou^hl — inten-ety fell : 

The lec[ies> ice which ever froze 

Can odIv o'er the surface close — 

The living stream lies quick below, 

And flows — and cauoot cease to flow. 

Still wu hii Beal'd-u^) bosom haunted 

By tbouchu which .Nature hath impUntedj 

Too deeply rooted thence to vanish, 

Howe'er our ftifled teara we banish ; 

When, Btniggling as Ihey rite to •tart, 

We check tho*e wsten of the heart, 

Tjiey are oot dried — UkOM tern an^e4 



But flow back to the fv>tDtain-betd, 
And re^tiDg in their ipnog more pjTt, 
For ever id its depth endure, 
I'Dseeu, unwept, but uncougeal'd, 
And cherish'd mo^t where least rerwl 4, 
With luward starts of feelioff lefl, 
To throb o'er those of life bereft j 
Without the power to till again 
The desert gap which made his pUD ; 
Without the hope to Dieet ihem when 
United souls ehatl i^ladueas share. 
With all '.he coosc'.ousneas that he 
Had culy pass'd a just decree; 
That Ihey had wrought their doom jf ill 
Tel Azo's a^c was wretched stiti. 
The tainted branches of the tree, 
If lopp'd with care, a strength may lpT«| 
By whicti the rest shall bloom and live 
All greenly fresh and wildly free : 
But if the lightning, in its wrath, 
The waving bougla with fury gcalhtf 
The many trunk the ruin feeli. 
And never more a leaf reveaU 



THE PRISONER OF CHILLON 

A FABLE.! 



80NWIT ON CHILLON. 

Bternal Spirit o( the chainlen Miod 1 
Bnghtest ID dun^eoDs^ Liberty ! thon art, 
For there thy habitation is the heart — 

The heart which love of tfiee aluoc can biisa f 

AihI when thy sons to fetters are consigrt'd — 
To fetten. aod th^ damp vault's daylcss gloom, 
Their country conquers with their martyrdoDO, 

And Freedom's fan-e fnids wings on every wind. 

Chillon ! thy prison is a holy place, 
And thy sad floor au attar — for >t was trod, 

Until his ver^ ste[>t have left a trace 
Worn, as jf Ibr cold v>arement were a sod, 

Bj Bonntvard ! May oone thooe marks efiac* I 
For tbey appeal tioxa tyranny to God. 



When thu poem was compneed, I was not taffi- 
ciently iware of the history of JionniTard, or I should 
have ende^vouroJ to dignify the subject by an attempt 
to celebrate his counii;e and his virtue*. With some 
account of hin life I have been furnmhed, by the kind- 
ness of ■ citizen of that republic, which is ttill proud 
of the nieinnry of a man worthy of the best age of 
ancient freedom : — 

*■ FrsDcoti de BoDoWsrd, flls d« Lod!s dt BoBDlrsrd, orl- 
rlotlK dc HrjnA9\ ^1 Ketforur d« Luof*. Dkquit en 1400. 
11 fit tm stuilea ■ Tuna. «b 16)0 Jtuo Alme it Boant- 
Tird. soQ nncte, lut rrujni tc Tilfure de 8t. Victor, ^ot 
abcuti«>«il suK mqrs de (i«B«v«. •! qui formalt an bco»* 
tea roMidcrBblc. 

■■O* ffsBd bommt — (BoDBtvard merit* c« litre per )■ 
ftirr* d* •oo tin*. Is <iTO\lut* 4t voo roruf, la oobleMe dt 
•M ialcBt|r>a«, ta aaftkM d« sc* ooa*''!!*, lt> courage de •«« 
4*Barc)t*«, I'ateuJuf '•.« •*« rODoaiwaures, rt b vivsriu 
Ca tnm •«pnt),— e« gnnA hniau.*, ^t'tl esrlt«ra radtniia- 
tloo 4* Urn* fMQt fQ'bBc rertu ti»ro4^-j« {>#ut rocor* rmou- 
TOlr. \m*p\nn tofy-r* la pltu t|t« rft-Mboalsaftocc i!aua lea ! 
•oaun da« 4i«a««'7la ^ul aioitat litoeve. BoonivanJ ea 
fgt Xnmy^mrm db d«« f loa f«rm«« appui* : pour BMurer Is { 
Bb«M« 4* Botr« Bvpobtt^a*, ll sa crsifoit paa da perdi 
eoa«tsi la ■i*a«» ; il osblls fto r>-pD« : (I mfprUa a> 
HakMMa. II •• br()lf«a rirs poor aB«rcilr la Uinhaur , 
tf'MM paina ««11 boson da aoo «hotl : das oa momeal 11 : 



k cterit eomma to pis* ceU d« •«• ettoyena; II ta es i iB 
■v»e I'iDtiepldlUd'ao beroa, ct il acrlvil soo Hiitoira tTe* 
le eaiTflts d'oo pbllosophe et la cbaleur d'ua patnota. 

**I1 dit dan* )e rommmcemecit dc soa Histoire d« 0«> 
■^▼e. que, tf** qit'it tut commence dt hrt I'hittotrt 4t$ 
liattoat, U »t «enftl tntratne par torn govt pour Ul XU* 
puau^tt, doHt tt tpouit toujourt lag tnt*rtt$ : c'eat c* 
£out pouT la lit>ert« qui lui At saos doult adopter Oeaava 
pour sa patrla. 

" BoQQlTard, eocore Jeone, a'aonoDea tiautemeoteomrae 
le defaoseur de tieneve coutr* !■ Due da Saroye et !'£*•• 

" Co 1610, BocDlTird devleet la martyr de ta patrla : La 
Due d« Hsvoye eUot enira dans liear-Te avr rioq eeat 
hommrs, B'^ontvani craiot la reafceatinirul du Dur; II tou- 
lut so relirer a FritK>urc pour eo evitcr Ira •iiitea; malt 
11 fut trabi pai deui bommea qui rao-ompagiiaieol, el 
eooduti par ctdre du Prmr« a Ornlet>,oa il resta pruoDDier 
peouant deux aos. B-inQivard etait malheureuz daos ••• 
Tojroccs: comme «vs malheun o'svaiecl puiul raleatl sna 
teic pour UeoaTc, ll tfUti toujnun uo cDuemi redoutabia 
pour oeux qui Ls roenaraieot, cl par cnoBrqurnl 11 devall 
ctre •xposft a Icun ccupa. II tul rencontre eu IbSO sur la 
Jcra per dea voleura, qut le depoulllereot. el qui le miranl 





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la Iba llttia Tlllac* nl Onohr. aaar IjBJ««ub«, wbara ha 
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It : ara inaauacrlla.qul aoal daaa to 
prouveiit qii'il avatl bl«a la toe 
iLa.el qu'll avail appiofondl to lb«» 
irMDd bommi* aiuiail las sctaB*«% 
>o*st«Ql fdtra la ilotiv da UtaaTa | 
a pMur lea Alar dana <^iu villa sal* 
I aa biMi' thrqiiv au put>llo t aDa M 
fMra biblictbeqvis pulihquai at aei 
I raraa «1 battrs adtllOM da fal» 
duu agirs eeUaaUwa. WJib |i» 



THE PRISOxVER OF CHILLON. 



141 



teBtIi m»iat aiiQee. c« boo patrtote lostllua la Rrpubltqo* 
•M k«rlll<r«, ■ roDdition qu'elle «mploy«rait •«« bitu • 
•BtntcDir )• collnge doot oa prq}«ttait la rooOiiliOB. 

1) r&iBlt ^ae BoQDiTard mourut eo 1&10 ; toait •>■ a« 
■ami raa»ar«r, parre^o'i) f a udc lacDOO daaa Ic Nmk^ 
Wf ^ruia la mola da JolUaW U^O, jua^uaa tm Un." 



rHE PRISONER OF CIIILLON 



Mj hair it grej, but not ^ith ytu\ 
Nor grew it white 
lD»8iDglcmght,i 
Ai men^s have gTO\Ta from radden (an . 
M7 UiBbs are bowM, though not with toil, 

BJt rusted with a vile reiosc. 
For they hive been a duuseoo't spoiU 

And niine has been the fate of Iboae 
To whoDi the eoodly earth and air 
Are baun'd, and birr'd — forbiddea (are 1 
But this was for my father's f.ulh 
I sufferM chains rtnd coiirleJ death; 
Th»t faiher pcrisli'd at the itake 
For tcnela be would not forsake ; 
And for the same his liii&il mce 
In darkless found a dwelling place; 
We were seven — who now are one, 

Six in youth, and one in age, 
Finish^ as ihey had be^n, 

Proud of Persecution's n?e; 
One in fire, and two in field, 
Their belief with blxyd haTe leal'd. 
Dying as their father died, 
For the God tlieir foes denied ; — 
Three were in a dungeon ci^^ 
Of whom thi« wreck is left the last. 

II. 
There arc seven pillars of Gothic moold, 
In Chillon^B dungeons deep and old. 
There are seven columns, massy and grgy, 
Dim with a dull inipnsoud ray, 
A sunbeam which hath lost iu %v»y. 
And through the crevice and the cleft 
Of the thick wall is fallen and lefti 
Creeping o'er the door so damp, 
Like a marsh's meteor lamp: 
And in each pillar there is a ring» 

And in each ring there is a chain ; 
That iron is a cankering thing, 

For in these limbs its leelh remain. 
With marks that will not wear away, 
Tilt I hive done with this new day, 
Which now is painful to these eyes, 
Which have not seen the suu so rise 
For years — I cannot count them o'er, 
1 lost iheir long and heavy score, 
When my last brother dronp'd and difl^ 
And 1 lay living by ha side. 

III. 
Tbey chainM nseach to a column atoofli 
And we were three — yet, each alone ; 
We could not move a sm^le pace. 
We could not see each other's face, 
Byt with th.il pale and livid light 
That made us siran^ers in our sighti 
And thus together— yet anart, 
Fettcr'd m hand, hut p""^ '" heart: 
n* was stilt some solace, m the dearth 
Of the pure elements of cnrth, 
To hearken lo each other's speech, 
And each turn couiCortcr to each 

1 LedOTiro Srona, and othera. — Tti« aama ta aaMtlfd of 
Marie AaloioeU*'*. tti* wir« of Luuia Iba lixteeut 
UoMih u(A Id ^ait« to abort a period. Grief la aaid 



With some new hope, or legend old. 

Or son* heroically bold ; 

But even (he^ at length gretr eold. 

Our voices took a dreary tone, 

An echo of the dungeon stone, 

A grating sound — nut full and trm 
Aj they of yore were wont to bs. 
It mi^'ht be fancy — but to me 

They never sounded like our cwn. 

IV. 

I was the eldest of the three, 
And to uphold and cheer the real 
I ought to do — and did my beat ^ 
And each did well in his degree. 

The youn*:esl, whom my father loTtd, 
Because our mother's brow was given 
To him — with eyes as blue as bearen. 
For him my soul was sorely mored: 
And truly might it bedistreas'd 
To st*e such bird in such a nest ; 
For he was bcauiiful as day — 
(When day was beautiful tome 
As to young eagles, being free) — 
A polar day, which will not see 
A sunset till its summer 's gone. 

Its sleepless summer of long light, 
The snow-clad olVsprin; of the suu : 

And thus he wza as pure and bright, 
And in his natural spirit gay, 
With tears for nought but others* ilU, 
And then Ihey flow'd like mountain riUi^ 
Unless he could assuage the woe 
Which he abhorr'd to view below. 

V. 
The other was as pure of mind. 
But fnnii'd to comlui with his kind ; 
Strong in his frame, and of a mood 
Which 'gainst the world iu war tiad stood 
And perish'd in the foremost rank 

With joy : — but not in chains to pinst 
Bis spirit wither'd with their dank, 

Isaw ii silenlly decline — 

And so perchance in sooih did minoi 
But yet I forced it on to cheer 
Those relics of a home so dear 
He was a hunter of the hills. 

Had follow'd there the deer and wolf; 

To him this dungeon was a ^If, 
And fetter'd feet the worst of illt. 

VT. 

Lake Leman lies by Cbillon*! walla 1 
A thousand feet in depth below 
Its massy waters nieet and flow ; 
Thus much the lalhom-llne was sent 
From Chillou's snow-while battlemcnt.t 

Which round about the wave inlbraU. 



hutt of Ueotrva. On it* left are the eatraneea of the 
Khooe, aod np[<mile ere (he heights of Meilleria and Ikw 
range of Alps abo^c Boverrl auil Si. GinRO. Wear It. oa 
a bin l>ehiod. Uaturreot: twiow it. wa^hmg Us walla. Ifce 
lak« ba^becD tetbuuictl to the depth ol eoO (eel. Frrnrk 
meanure : within il are a range o( duo^pooR, io wbicb tbt 
early rcfoniHT*. aud pubsf^uenlly prisoners of alal*. wera 



erefornnffly cKTuttnl. la the cells are ■< 
r. rather, e'ltbt. one bein^ half mer^ej io l 
)ine of ihe»c arc rioga fnr itir fetter* aod 1 
I tlie pavement the «irp« of Bonui»ard ha 



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tettereil: 
left their 
He w«s rnnlloet] here Neverat T^an. It 1. by 
Ibia castle thai RouHxeau tiaa fixed the cata.-^tropb« of his 
Heluiae. io the reiK-ue of one nf her rbiMrea by Julia 
frum the water: the «hoi-k uf whtch, and the tlloeu pro* 
duced by ihe toinirrsiLi). 1« the .a>i«e t.f bcr dealb. Tke 
chateau ■■ large, tind seeo aioDg the lake for a great 41» 
Uace. The walli are while.— ["The early hi»tofy Si 
tkU aeslJa ** mj9 Mr. Teonaat, who want over II ta IH) 



148 



THE PRISONER OF CHILLON 



A drubla danfooQ-wall and wave 
Have DiAdE— ind like a living grave. 
Below lb* lurface ot the lake 
The dark vaull liai whereiu we lay, 
We heard it ripj-le di»'-» and dav : 

Sounding o-'er our lie^^b it ktiu'ck d ; 
And I have fell Ihe wiuter's sjti-ay 
Wash thniugh the bxrs when wiods were high 
And wanton iti the happy sky ; 
And theo the ver)- ruck hath rock'd, 
And ! have felt i' sJiake, uubliockM, 
Because 1 could hrive aiml^J to see 
The death Uiat wuuld have *e» me free. 

VII. 
I aid my nearer brother pined, 
I taid his uii^hty heart declined^ 
He loathed and put away his food ; 
It was uot that 't was coarse and rude, 
For we were u?ied to huuler'u fare. 
And for the like had liitte care: 
The milk drawn from the mountain !|;oat 
Was chanjed for water (roni thie muat| 
Our tread was such as captive's tears 
Have moistend many a thousand yean, 
Since man 6rst fieol his fellow men 
Like brult3 withio an iron den ; 
But what were these to us or him ? 
These "astej not his heart or tiinb; 
My brother's soul was of that nmuld 
Which in a palace bad grown cold. 
Had hii free breathing been denied 
The range of the sleep mountain's side; 
But why delay the truth ;■ — be died. 
1 saw, and could not hold his head, 
Nor reach his dying hand — nor dead,— 
Though hard I strove, but strove in vain, 
To rend and gnash my bonds m twain. 
He died — and they u'nlockM his chain, 
And 6coop''d for hint a shallow grave 
Even from the cold earth of our cave. 
1 beggM llient, as a boon, to lay 
His corse in dust whereon Ihe day 
Might shine — it was a f'>olish thought, 
BtJt then within mv brain il wrought, 
That even in death his f reeborn breast 
In luch a dungeon could not rest. 
1 might have spired my idle prayer — 
They coldly laugh'd —and laiil him there i 
The flat and lurfless earth above 
The being we so much did love ; 
His empty chain above il leant, 
Such murder's titling monunieot 1 

VIII. 
But he, the favourite and I he flower, 
Most cherish -d since his natal huuT, 
His mother's image in fair fice, 
The infant hve of all his race, 
His martyr'd father's dearest Ihoughl, 
My lait-st care, fr.r wlion, | vMiirhl 
To hoard my life, that bis mishl be 
Lw) wretched now, and one day free 
He, loo, who yet had held uiitired 
A spirit nalural or inspired — 
H«, loo, was ?itruck, and day by day 
V^u wlber'd ou the slalk away. 



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Oh, God ! it is a fearful thinf 

To see the human soul take wizig 

In any shape, in any mood: — 

1 '\e seen il n.shmg forth in blood, 

1 've see.t ii on ijie breaking oceao 

Strive with a swoln convulsive motkn, 

I 've seen the sick and ghastly bed 

Of Sin delirious with its dread : 

But these were horrors — ttiis wot woo 

L'nniiJt'd with such — but sure and slow i 

He laded, and so calm and meek, 

So softly worn, so sweetly weak, 

So tearless, yel so tender — kind. 

And grieved for those be left beliiud j 

WiUi all Ihe while a cheek whose bloom 

Was as a mockery of Ihe tomb, 

Whose fiuis as gently sunk away 

As a departing rainbow's ray — 

An eye of niosl transparent light. 

That almost made the dungeon brifht. 

And not a word of murniur — not 

A groan o'er his untimely lot,— 

A Fitile talk of belter days, 

A httle hope my own to raise, 

For 1 was sunk in silence — lost 

In this last loss, of all the most ; 

And then the sighs he would suppren 

Of fainting nature's feebleness, 

Mr.rc al twly drawn, grew less aod lewi 

I lisfen'd, but I could not hear — 

I caM'd, for I was v\ ild with fear; 

I knew 'I was hopeless, but mv dread 

Would not be thus admonished ; 

I caird. and thought 1 heard a sound — 

I burst my chiin with one strong bound, 

And rush'd to him : — I found biin oot, 

/ only stirr'd in this black spot, 

/ only lived — / only drew 

The accursed breath of dungeon dew j 

The last — (be sole— the dearest link 

Between me and the eternal brink. 

Which bound me to mv failing race, 

Was broken in ihis fal.il place. 

One on the earth, and one beneath — 

My brothers — Itoih had ceased lo breath* 

I tonk th\t hand whicli lay so still, 

Alan • my own was full as chill ; 

1 had not strength tn ^Ur, or striva, 

But felt thai I was still alive — 

A frantic feeling, when we know 

Thai what we love shall ne'er b6«X 

1 knnw not «hy 

I could nni die. 



IX. 

What next befell me then and ther* 

1 know nol well - I never knew.- 
First came Ibe lo'.s of light, and ur, 

And llicn of darkness loo. 
I had no Uinuzhl, no feeling — non* — 
Among the sloiiea I 8t*K>d a stone. 
And was. scarce conscious wlial I wii^ 
As shnibless crags within Ihe mitt : 
For all was blank, and bleak, and gnff 
It was not night -~- il was not day. 
It wss nol even the dniigenndight^ 
So hateful to my heavy sight, 
Bul vacaiiiy absorbing space. 
And fiicilncsi— without a place; 
There were no stars— no earth —do tint- 
No check — no change— no good — ooaa 
BmI silenre, and a stirtevi breath 
Which neither was of life nur dntb ) 
A «ea of slnrruint idleneu, 
BIiimI bouiidlfus, mute, aod iiinlliM^I 



A litht broke in upon my *"il%— 
It wu the c&iv of • 9u4 1 



THE PRISONER OF CIIILLON. 



149 



It ceued, and then it came a^ain, 

The iweetest sncg e^r ever heard, 
And mioe was th-iukfui tiii Diy eyea 
Ran over with Ihe e,\nd surnnse, 
An d (hey tliat mouienl cnuld uot leo 



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But iheo by dull degrees c.ime back 
My senses to their wonled track, 
I taw the dungeon vcaUs and Hoot 
Close ilowly round me as before, 
I law t..e glimmer of the sun 
Creeping as il before b.id done, 
But through the crevice where it came 
That binl was percb'd, as fond and t^OM, 

Aud lamer than u[)Ou ihe Irec; 
A lovely bird, with azure win^ 
And song that s.ud a thousand thingi, 

And seein'd to say theiit alt for me I 
I never saw its like before, 
I ne'er shall see .ts likeness more: 
It seeniM like me to want a mate, 
Sut w;i8 1)0* half so desniale, 
And il was come to love me ivhen 
None lived to love n.e so a£;ain. 
And cheering from my dungeon's bnnk. 
Had brought me back to feel and think. 
I ki3w not if it lale were free, 

Or broke its cage to perch on mine, 
But knowing wdl cafitivity, 

Sweet bird ! t could not wish for thine I 
Or if it were, in wiii«d guise, 
A visitant from Pnradise ; 
For— Heiven forgive that thought ! the while 
Which made nie Inth to weep and smile; 
I sometimes deem'd that it might be 
My brother's soul come down to me; 
But then at last away it Hew, 
And then 't was mortal — well I knew, 
For he would never thus have flown, 
And lefl me twice so doubly lone, — 
Lone — as the cor^e wiihin its shioud, 
Lone — as a sol itary cloud, 

A single cloud on a sunny day, 
While all the rest of heaven is clear, 
A frown uf»on the atmosphere. 
That hath no business lo appear 

When skies are blue, and earth il gij* 

XL 

A kind of change came in my fate, 
My keepers grew coIllpa3^i^nate; 
I know not whit had made them to, 
They were inured lo sights of woe, 
But so it was : — my broken chain 
With links unfaslen'd did remain. 
And it was liberty to stride 
Along my cell from side to side. 
And up and down, and then athwart, 
And tread it over every p^rt; 
And rouu 1 Ihe pillars one by one. 
Returning where my walk begun, 
Avoiding only, as I Vod, 
My brothers' graves without a sod ; 
For if I thought with heedless tread 
My step profaned their lowly bed, 
Mf breath came gaspinglv and thick, 
And my crusli d heart fell blind and sick. 

XIL 
iBcaJji Irt'^l -th-wall. 

It was lot therei*rf7Jit to escape, 
For I had hune-d one and all, 

Who loved me in a human shape ; 
And the whole earth would tv^a-^rfo th be 
A wider prison unto me . 
No child — no sire — no kin had 1 
No partner in taj misery ; 



I thought of this, and I was glad, 

F'T thought of ihem h^id made me mai j 

But 1 was curious lo ascend 

To my barr'd wmdows, and to bend 

Once more, upon the mounjuns higb^ 

The quiet of a loviiif eye. 

XIH. 
I saw them — and (hey were the same^ 
They were not changed like me in fremai 
I saw their thousand years of snow 
On high— their wide long hkc below, 
And the blue Rhone in fullest flow ; 
I heard Ihe torrents leap and gush 
O'er chmnell'd rock and broken bush; 
1 saw the while-wallM distant tovra, 
And whiter sails go skimming down; 
And then there was a little isle,' 
Which in mv very face did smile, 

1 he only one in view ; 
A small green isle, it seem'd no more, 
Scarce broader than my dungeon floor, 
But in it there were three tall trees. 
And o'er il blew the mountain breeze, 
And by it there were waters flowing, 
And on it there were young llowers growiSf 

Of gentle brea'h and hue. 
The fish swam by the castle w:xll. 
And they seeni'd joyous each and all 
The eagle rode ihe rising blast, 
Methou'ht he never flew so fast 
As then to me he wem'd to fly. 
And then new tears came in mv ejre, 
And 1 felt troubled — and would fain 
I had not left my recent chain ; 
And when 1 did descend again, 
The daikness of my dim abode 
Fell on me as a heivy load ; 
It was as is a new-dug grave. 
Closing o'er one we sought to save. 
And yet my glance, too much oppreat, 
Had almost need of such a rest. 

XIV. 
It mieht be months, or years, or dtje, 

I kept no count — I took no note, 
I had no hope my eyes to raise, 

And clear them of Iheir dreary mote; 
At last men came to set me free, 

I^k'd not why. and reck'd not wt^m 
It was at length the same to me, 
Fetter'd or fetterless lo be, 

I learn 'd to love despair. 
And thus when they appear'd at last 
And all my bonds aside were cast. 
These heavy walls to me had grown 
A he'mitage — and all my own! 
And hilf I felt as they were come 
To tear me from a second home: 
With spiders I had friendship made. 
And walch'd them lo their sullen trade, 
Had seen the mice by moonlight play. 
And why should I feci less than they ? 
We were all inmates of one place, 
And I, the monarch of each race. 
Had power to kilt —yet, strange to teL 
In quiet we had learn'd to dwell — 
My very chains and I grew fncnds, 
So much a ion? cfimmunion tends 
To make us what we are : — even I 
Regaiu'd my freedom with a sigh. 



1 Between the pntrnnceii of the Rhone and Tt11eaeav% 
DOI far from Chillon, Is a yfJt •mali iilan".; the only OM 
I rouW perrfiire, Id my voyage round and oTei the tak^ 
within llacinumfer^uce. It contmna ■ few t(eM(Illllnk 
ftot atMve tbre^), and (roro lU aincleoM* i 
•Ue ku • pMollu tfftct opoa Um rtsw. 



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BEPPO 



BEPPO:' 

A VENETIAN STORY. 



S» imiHU. Ftnwcn, Uoulear Traveller: Look, foa lisp. >Dd wear ttranfe mil*: dlMbU all I M teuAto ef fi 
**■ wvairy | be ooi of )o*« with your Mkiivity, aod almost chide tJod for making vou ibat a^aaltnaiTt ym aMj 
I will acUM Uaiik Uiat jna hare awam In a OondoU.—Aa You Likt It, Act IV. lie ' 

jSnnotation of the Commaitaton. 

■lied bjr tba rocii« Eii{lUb gcallaiBca of tlWM tm-r. t^ TO tt 



BEPPO. 



I. 

T ia known, »l .east it should be, th»t throughout 
AJl countries of 'he Calh''!ic persuasion, 

Seme weeks before Shrove Tuesday cooia iboat. 
The people take Iheir fill of recreation. 

And buy repentance, ere I hey emw devnut, 
However bi^h their rank, or low their station, 

With fiddling, feasting dancing, driiikin^, maiquin;, 

And other things whicn tu^y he had for asking. 

II. 

The moment night with duskv mantle covers 
The ikies (and the more duskily the better) 

The lime less liked by husbands than bv loven, 
Begins, and prudery- flings aside her fetter; 

And gaiety on reslless lijitoe hovers, 
Giggling with all the gallants who beset her; 

And there are s'lngs and ijuavers, mriring, humming, 

Guitars, and every other sort of strumming. 

III. 

And there are dresses splendid, but fantastical. 
Masks of all limes and nations Turks and Jam, 

And harlequins and clowns, with feats gvmoastical, 
Greeks, Romans, Yankee doodles, and'Hindoot; 

All cinds of dress, eiccpl the ecclesiastical. 
All people, as their fancies hit, may choose, 

But no one in these parts may quiz the clergy, — 

Therefore take heed, je Freethinker! < I cbai^ j*. 

IV. 
Fou M better walk about begirt with brian, 

lDBte:id of coat and smallclollies, than put OB 
A tingle otilch redeclin;; up<iu friars, 

Allhoui^h you swore it only was in fun ; 
rbey 'd haul you o'er the coals, and stir the firm 

Of Phlcgelhon with every mother's son. 
Nor say one mass to cool the caldron's bubble 
Thai buii'd jour bones, uolcsa you paid them double. 



But saTing this, you tnay pnt on whate'er 
Vnu like by way of doublet, cape, or cloak. 

Ksich as in Mmimoulh-streel, or in Rig Fair, 
Wouiil rig you out tn seriousness or joke ; 

And even in Italy such places are. 
With prellier iiaine in lofier accents spoke, 

For, bating CovenI tiardrn, I can hit on 

"-> o've that '• call'd " I'lazza" in Great Britaio 

n. 
This feast la lumed the Carnival, which being 

Inlcrjiretwl, iliifilies " farewt-ll to flesh:" 
lo call'd, iK'Cauv the name and thing agreeing, 

I'broiigh Lent Ihry live on llih l><th >.ill and fratL 
Hilt wh? tlirv ii.hrr l.rhl with i» much glee in, 

Is more than 1 can tell, although J gutm 



j T is as w« take a glass with friends at pertim 
I In the stage cuach or packet, just at ilailiug. 

VIL 

And thus they bid farewell to carnal dishei, 
j And solid meats, and highly-spiced ragouti, 
To live for forty days on ilWrea'd fisha. 

Because they have no sauces to their stewi, 
A thing which causes many *' poolis" and " pashas,* 

And several oatlis (which would not suit the Mli^ 
From travellers accustom'd from a boy 
To eat their salmon, at the least, with Kj; 

VIII. 

And therefore humbly I would recommend 
" The curious in hsh-sauce,'* before they cross 

The sea, to bid their cook, or wife, or friend. 
Walk or ride lo the strand, and buy in glass 

(Or if set out beforehand, these may aieod 
By any means least liable to loss), 

Ketchup, Soy, Chili-vincgar, and llarvey, 

Or, by the Lord ! a Leui will well nigh stan«|V| 

IX. 
That is to say, if your religion 's RomsB, 

And you at Rome would do as Romans do. 
According to the proverb,— although no maA| 

If foreign, is obliged to fast ; and you, 
If Protestant, or sickly, or a woman. 

Would rather dine in sin on a ragout — 
Dine and be d.^— d 1 1 don't mean to tie coerie^ 
But that 'a the penalty, to say no worse. 



Of all the places where the Carnival 
Was niosi facetious in the daya of ytire, 

For dance, and anng, and serenade, and tail. 
And maM^ue, and mime, and mystery, SM ■■ 

Than 1 have lime to tell now, or at all, 
Venice the bell fmni every city bore,— . 

And at the moineiil when I hx uiy story, 

That sea-bom city was in all her glory. 

XI. 

They 've pretty faces yet, tho^ same Venetiaasi 
niack eves, arcii'd l.r„ws, and sweet eTpnvica 

Such as of old were copied frvni the 'ireciani| 
In ancient arts by mrMlrrns mimick'd ill ; 

And like so many Venules of Titian's 
(The best 's at Florence— see it, if ye wUlJ 

Tliey look when leaning over the tMlcony 

Or atepp'd from out a picture by Gicrgtooe 

XIL 

Whose h nta are truth >nd beauty tt their bal , 
And when you to Maiifnni's palac* gO| 

That picture (linn soever line the rest) 
Is lovrlmt lo my miiut of all the ahoir | 



IIS bo aUn tn yosi 
And that 's the cause I rhyme U|>>.B it I 



T la but a iiortrail of hia ton and wiia, 
Aud ttif ; but tiuA t wr«aB I ton !■ Sfe I 



BEPPO. 



161 



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tAW m fall \it$ and lenfth, oot lore ideal. 

No, Dur idea, beautjr, that fioe oamo, 
But ■omcthin^ better stilt, to very reai, 

Thai the sweet Diodcl must have lieeD the nJBo; 
A thicu( ihxt you »-oulti purchase, be;, or steal, 

Wer •• DTt iDi|W>MiMe, besides a ^hanl• 
The face rjcalU some face, is 't were with pain, 
"tn ODCe hive lecDf but ne'er will loe agoia ; 

XIV. 
Ooecf those forms which flit by us, when w« 

Are younf , and fix our eyes on every face ; 
AaJ, oh ! the lovelhiess at times '.ve see 

la momentary gliJing, the solt trrace. 
The youth the blo<-.m, the beau;y which agree, 

In iraLy a nameless being ue rttnicc, 
Whose course and hnn^e we kuew Lot, nor shall know, 
Like the to«; Flet^ ^ seen co mure below. 

XV, 

I niJ th-tt like a picture by Gioi^inue 
Venetian women were, and «o they arc, 

Particularly seen from a taicony, 
(For beauty 's snmeiimes t>e»t set off afar) 

And there, just like a heroine of Uolduni, 
They petrp fmm out the blind, or o'er the birj 

AnJ truth to say, they "re mostly very pretty, 

4«d rather like to show it, more 'i tiie pity I 

For glances bc^et ojles, ogles ti^hi, 

Si^tis wishes, '.vishe* words, and word* a letter, 
Which flies on wings of lii^ht-heel'd Mercuries, 

Who do such things because they know no better J 
And then, God knows what mischief may arise. 

When love links two young people in one fetter, 
Vile assignations, and adulterous beds, 
Elopemeuti, broken tow», and hearts, and headi. 

XVII. 
Shakspeare described the sex in Desdemona 

As very fair, but yet suspect in fame, 
And {n this day from Venice to Veroni 

Such mitters may be probably the same, 
Except that since those times n-as never kDOwn ft 

Husband whom mere suspicion could ioflame 
To sutfocate a wife no more than twenty, 
Because she had a " cavalier serrente.'' 

xvia 

Their jealousy (if they are ever jeiloos) 

la of a fair complexion altogether, 
Mot like that sooty deril of Othello's 

Which smotbcra women in a bed of feather. 
But worthier of these much more jolly fellov^ 

When weary of the matrimonial tether 
His head for such a wife do mortal txithen, 
But takes at once another, or another's. 

XIX. 
Didst ever sec a Gondola ? For fear 

You sliould not, I'll describe it you exactly: 
T is a long cover' J boat Uiat 's common here, 

Carved at the prow, built lightly, but Cftnipactly, 
Kow'd by two nnvers, each cali'd " Gondolier," 

It elides along the water lookmg blackiy, 
Jos* like a coffin clapt in a canoe, 
Wbere none can make out w hat you say or do. 

XX. 

And up and dovm the long canals they (O^ 

Aad under the Rialto ihoot along. 
By ni'hl and day, all paces, swifi or slow, 

And round the theatres, s sable throng, 
They wait in tticir dusk livery of woe.— 

But not to them do wnpfu! thingt belong, 
For sometimes they coutajn a deal of fun, 
[ikt uoummg coiciics when the funeral ^s <loQe. 



XU. 



l"<|a«i JM9t«a4icl MI taiB«c •«« soleat "— OTn>> 



But to my story. — T wis some yean atOL 
It may be thirty /onv, more or laa, 

The Carnival was at lU height, and so 
Were all kinds of butliwuery and drea ; 

A certain lady went to see the show. 
Her real uime I know not, nor can guea. 

And MJ we U call her Laura, if you pfeaaa. 

Because it slip* into my veiie with eas*. 

XX IL 
She was not old, nor young, nor at the years 

Which certain people call a " certain ofe,' 
Which >t( the most unceiiain age appears, 

B«a"jse 1 never heard, nor coulj engage 
A i«rbOQ yet by prayers, or bribes, or tears, 

To name, define bv sjieech, or write on pan 
The period meant precisely by that word — 
Which surely is exceedingly absurd. 

X.XIII. 
Laura wat olooming still, had made the best 

Of time, and time relurn'd the complimeoL 
AnJ treated her genteelly, so that, drebs'd. 

She look'd extremely well where'er she weol; 
A prettT woman is a welcome gue»t, 

And Laura's brow a frstwn had rarely bent; 
Indeed she shone all smiles, and seem 'J to flattv 
Mankind with her black eyes for looking at bar. 

XXIV. 
She was a married woman — ^ is convenient. 

Because in Christian countries t is a rule 
To view their litlie slips with ejes more leniMl 

Whereas if single ladies pliy the fool, 
(Unless Within the period intervenienl, 

A well-timed wedding mikes the scandal 000^ 
I don*l know how they ever can get over it, 
Except they manage never to discoTer it 

XX'V. 

Her husband sail'd opoo the Adriatic, 
And made some voyages, to^, in other eea^ 

And when he lay in quarantine for pratique 
(A forty days' precaution 'gainst disease), 

Bii wife would mount, at times, her highest attie, 
For thence she could discern the ship with eaHE 

He was a mercriant trading to Alepi)0, 

Hi» name Giuseppe, call'd mere briefly, Bq>po. 

xxvu 

He waa a man u dnsky as a Spaniard, 
Sunburnt with travel, yet a portly figure; 

Though colour'd, as it were, within a tan-yaid, 
He was a person both of sense and vigour — 

A better seajnan never yet did man yard : 

And the. although her manners sliow'd no ngDm; 

Was deem'd a woman of the strictest principle. 

So much ai to be thought almost mvincible. 

XXViL 
But several years elapsed since they had met : 

Some people thcui;ht the bh'p wu lost, and iOne 
That he had somehow blunder'd into debt, 

And did not like the thoughts of steering bOBM | 
And there were several offer'd any bet. 

Or that he would, or that he would not com^ 
For most men (till by losing rendered sager) 
Will back their own opinions with a wager. 

XX\III. 

IT If said that their last parting was pathetic, 
As'partings olten are, or ought to be, 

And their presentiment was quite prophetic 
Thit they should never more each ochcr M*^ 

(A sort of morbid feeling, half peptic, 

Which I have known occur ir two or ihim\ 

When kneel in' on the shore uixn her ladkM^ 

Ue left this Adriatic Ariadne^ 



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XXIX 

4d^ Lftiin waited Ion;, and wept ft little, 
▲od thought of wearing weeds, as well she mieht; 

Cbe alin»it lost aJI appelile for victual. 

And couid not sirep with ease ainiie at oi^ht ; 

She deemM rbe window frirnes and shuHers brittle 
Ajaiiiit a dtriiie: h''>u!it;bre;iker or Bpri'.e, 

And so she thnueht it priideiit to Cf^iitircl her 

With & vic*-hu:>baibl, chicjly to protect her, 

XXX, 

She chose, find what is there they will not choose, 
II only you will but oppose their choice r) 

Till Beppf- 6ho"ld re-urii front hit long cruise, 
And bid mice more her faithful heart rejoice, 

A man snine women hke. and yet abu^e — 
A coxcomb wis he bv ihe public voice; 

A Count of wMitli, they '.aid. as wt-ll as quality, 

And ID hia pleasures of great libenUity. 

XXXI. 

And then he wu a Count, and then he knew 

Music, and dancing, fiddling, French and Tuscan: 

The tail not easy, be it known to you. 
For few IialMiiii speak the right Ktruscan. 

He was a critic upou operas, too. 
And knew all niceties of the sock and buskloj 

Aiid DO Veneiiaii audience culd endure a 

Soiig, scene, or air, when be cried *' seccatun 1 ' 

xxxn. 

His " braro** was decisive, for that sound 
Hush'd " Ac.-idenne" sigh'd in silent awe ; 

The fiddlers trembled a- he look'd amuiid. 
For fear of sfirne false niMeN de'ecteii (law ; 

The " prima donnaV tuneful heart would bound. 
Dreading the deep damnation of his " bah I " 

Soprano, t>abso, even the coutra-:tllo, 

Wub*d him five faUiom under the Kulto. 

xxxnr. 

Be patronised the Tmprovisatori, 

Nay, could himself exteni|jorise lotne stanzas. 
Wrote rhynics, sang aoncs. could also tell a story, 

Sold pictures, and was skilful in the dance aj 
Itali .ns cau be, though in ttii» their glory 

Must surely yield the palni to that which France hai) 
Id short, he was a nerfecl cnvaliero, 
And to his very vale*, seem'd a hera 

xxxrv. 

llien he was Ciithful too, as well as amorous ; 

So that DO »ort of female could complain, 
Although thrv 're now and then a liitle cljuuorona, 

He never put the jiretiy iouN m pam ; 
His hfcirt was one of those which most enamour w, 

Wax to receive, and inarhlc to retain. 
He was a lover of the giynl old school, 
Who still become more constant as they cooL 

x.\xv. 

No wonder such arcnmplishnients should lam 
A female he.id, however sage and stcidy — 

WiCn scarce a Uo\tc that HepiKi could return, 
In law he was aliii'vt as i^'xni as deid, he 

Nor sent, nor wrote, nor sliowM the least concern, 
Anl she had watie«l neveral yean already ; 

And really if a man won't lei us know 

Thai ub % alive, he ** dead, or thouUl be so. 

XXX'VI. 

Besldn, witMn the Alps, to every wnrnin, 
(Altlmugh, Cod kn')wi, il is a grievous sin,) 

T u, I may ny, [M-rmiiicl to have two men ; 
I CJfiM tell who hrsi brought the cuNtom in, 

BlI " Cavalirr srrvent*^" ar^ ijuile common. 
And tKi 'jrin nntic^ n-ir rara a pin ; 

Ajhi we may oil 'hr« 'ii'/ to uy (he worst) 

A mtand Kurnsge which corrupts the fint. 



xxxvu. 

The word was formerly a " Cicisbeo,** 

But that is now growo vulgar and indecent; 

The bpaniaida call (he person a " Cortejo " i 

For Hie same mode subsibts in Spain, though reOH 

In short, it reaches from the I'o to 'i eio, 
And may pei haps at last be o'er the sea sert. 

But Heaven preserve Old EngLind from such tfttl 'Wi 

Ct what becomes of damage and divorces? 

XXXVIII. 
However, I still think, n ith all due deferrace 

To the fair txusle part of the creation, 
Taat mart i&l ladies bhnuld preserve Ihe prefemoi 

In Itit-a-ttte or general conversation — 
Ami tills 1 say without peculiar reference 

To England, France, or .my other nation — 
Because they knfw the world, and are at ease, 
And being natural, naturally jilea^e. 

XXX IX. 
T is true, your budding Miss is very charming, 

But shy and awkward at tirsl cnniing out, 
So niuch alarnrd. that she i- qtiiie alarming, 

All Giggle, filush ; half I'erliiess, and listf Potrt 
And glaricmg at Mamma, for fear there S harm ii 

What you, she. tt, or they, mav be about, 
The Nursery still lisps out in all'they utter — 
Besides, they always smell of bread and butter. 

XL. 
But " Cavalier Servente'' is the phrase 

Used in pf>litest ciictes loejcj.ress 
This supernuuierar)' slave, who says 

Close to the lady as a part of dress, 
Her word the only law whicb he ol>eys. 

His is uo sinecure as you may guess : 
Coach, servants, gondfila. he goes lo call, 
Aud carries fan and tippet, gloves and ahawL 

Xl.I. 
With all its sinful doings., I must say. 

That Italy 's a pleasant place to nwL 
Who love to see Ihe sun shine every day, 

And vines (not nail'd lo walls) Inmi tree to tree 
Featoon'd, much like the hack scene of a play, 

Or iitelodrame, which people tiock to see. 
When Ihe first act is ended by a dance, 
In vineyards copied from the south uf France. 

XMI. 
I like on Autumn evenings lo ride out, 

Wilh'iTjt being forced in bid my groom be sore 
My cloak is round hi> middle srrapp'd about, 

Because the skies are not the niost secure; 
I know too that, if stoj p'd u[>oii niv route, 

Where the green alleys windm^ty nllure, 
Beeline with grapes red wagons clu'ke the way,— • 
Id England 't would be dung, dust, or a dray. 

XLHL 
I also like to dine on becaficaa. 

To see the sun set, sure he 'II rise to-morrow. 
Not tbrousli a misty morning twinkling weak as 

A drunken man's dead eve in maudlin sormw. 
But with all Heaven t'hiniself ; the day will break m 

Beauteous as cloudless, nor be forced lo Ijoirow 
That sort of f irthing candlelight which glimmen 
Where recking Loudon's smoky caldron simmeii. 

XLIV. 
I love the lanfuaffe, that sofi bastard Latin, 

Which njetfl like kixse* fnun a fematr month, 
And soiindt ai if it ^houij ^« writ on satin. 

With vll<I^I'*> »bich brmiheof the tweet Sogth 
And gentle liqiiid-i gliding all so pal in, 

Tliat not a single accent seems uncouth, 

1 Cnrtrjo • proooon*'**) Cortf ko, wMtt so uptrst*. •» 
online to lb« Arit>r*qur cullural. I( mraba what .Bars 
■ «• yet DO prrciM itam* tor to Kaglaihl. ih^ii|b Iks 
irartir* U M '"T'V^ as Is mgf UVAcmtAAc to«eln 
vbeUfw. 



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Lflct oiir btnh northern whisllin;, grunting guttural, 
Whidi we're obliged to hiss, and tpit, and loutter all. 

XLV. 
like the wooien too (forgive my folly), 
From ihe rich peasant cht^k of ruddy bronzo. 
And large Llack e)e3 (tiat Ma^h on you a volley 

Of ravs thai say a thousand thin^rs at ones, 
To tbe bigh dama's biuiv, more melancholy, 

BotcWar, and with a wild and liquid glancei, 
fieart oi her lips, and soul within her eyes, 
9ofl ai ber clime, and lunny as her skies. 

XLVI. 

e 70 of the hnd irhich siill it Paradise ! 

Italian beauty didst thou not inspire 
Saphael.i who died in thv embrace, and Ties 

With ail we know o( Heaven, or can desire, 
It what he hath be<)ue:ith'd us r — in what guise, 

'I hough Hashing frcin the fervour of the lyre, 
Would -vords describe Ihy pH.sl and present glow 
vVhile yi 1 Canova tan create below r 3 

XLVI I. 

En£;Iar.d ! with all thy faults I lore thee still," 

1 said at Calais, and hive not forgot it ; 
I like to speak and lucubrate my till ; 

I litwe the governmtjnt (but thai is not it); 
I like ths fr»>eJom of the press and quill ; 

I like the Habeas Corpus (when we've got it); 
I like 1 parlianientarv ilcLaie, 
Particularly when 't Is not too late ; 

XLV II I. 
I like the taxes, when they 're not too many ; 

I like a seacoal fire, when not too dear; 
I like a beef-ste:ik, tiKi, as well as any ; 

Have no nbjection to a pot of beer ; 
t like the weaiher, when il is not rainy, 

That is, I like two months of ever>- year. 
And so God save the Recent, C hurch, and Kingl 
Which means that 1 like all and every thing. 

xux. 

Our standing army, and disbanded seamen, 
Poor's rate. Reform, my own, Ihe nition's debt, 

Our htlle riots ]ust to show we ire free men. 
Our triHins bankruptcies in the Gazette, 

Our cloudy climate, and our chilly women, 
AH these 1 cm frpr»ive, and those forget, 

And greatlv venerate our recent gliTies, 

Acd wish they were not owing to the Tories. 



But to my tale of Laura, — for I find 
Digression is a sin, that by decrees 

Becomes exceeding tedious to my mind, 
And, therefore, may the reader lo*» displease* 

The gentle reader, who mav wax unkmd. 
And coring little for the a'ulhor's ease. 

Insist on knowing "what he means, a hard 

And hapleu situation for a bard. 

U. 

Ob that ' had the art of easy writing 

Wh»t sl:OuM be eaiv reading ! could I scale 

VuT.a»u5, where (he Sluses sit inditing 
Those prctt) poems never known to Etil, 



of Kspbtel'i 

t(/a tslkiDf thai, the whtpr, more firpprlsllj 
or wnmra, wnuki t>e u[ul<rr«(<M>d to tay, 
flc •prtk« a* a ■pfclator. nut ofllciallj, 

And ttlwoy*, resdrr. in ■ mi«(le»t way; 
fsrhifv, loo, to no vrry ifrml drRrt-e absll bs 

Apprar to havr otf»-U(l<\) lu thio lay, 
AlBn. •■ kH kanw. wtthout (be an, oar snonpts 
W«iM MSB DnAQlabM, liietbeir uolhmm'dlxxinrts. 
(tlgnoj/ Pnrutr'a DtwtL 



Uovr quickly would I print (Ihe world delightt«|^ 

A Cireci.m, Syrian, or Assyrian tale^ 
And sell you, mix'd with western seotimentaliflB| 
Some samples of the finest Urieutalism. 

Lll. 

But I am but a nameless sor of person, 
(A broken Dandy lately (>d my travels) 

And take for rhyme, to hook my rambling renst^ 
The first that Walker's Lexicon unravels. 

And when I can't find that, I put a worse oa, 
Not caring as I ought for critics' cavils ; 

I 've half a mind to tumble down to prose, 

But verse is more in fashion — so here goes. 

I LIII. 

I The Count and Laura made their new arrannHMal 
I VVhich lasted, as arranscmenls sometimrado, 
For half a dozen years without estrangement j 
1 They had their little dilTerences, too ; 
, Those jealous n biffs, which never any change meaol 
I In such affairs there probably are few 
I Who have not had this pouting sort of sqaabblc, 
•From sinners of high sUtion to the rabble. 

I LIV. 

But, on the whole, they were a happy pair, 
I As hippy as unlawful love could niake Ihem I 
iThe ^critlemin was fnnJ, the lady fair, 

The.r chains sO slight, 1 was not worth wUb II 
ore^k them : 
The world beheld them with indulgent air ; 

The pious only wislrd " the devil take thcml* 
He took them not ; he ver^- often wails. 
And leaves old sinners to be young ones' butt. 

LV. 
But they were voun» : Oh ! what without our tobIJi 

Would love be \ \vhat \vould youth be without lovn 
Youth lends it joy, and sweetness, vigour, lojlh, 

Heart, soul, and all that seems as from above* 
But, laneuishin^ with year^ il ^kuvs uncouth — 

One of few things experience don't improve, 
Which IS, perhaps, the reason why old feUowi 
Are always so preposterously jealous, 

LVL 

It was the Camiva!. as I have said 
Some six-.ind. thirty stany^s back, and so 

Laura the usual preparations made. 
Which you do when your mind ^ made up to gB 

To-night to Mrs. Bnelim's masquerade, 
Spectator, or partaker in the show ; 

The only difference known betuet-n ihe case* 

Is — here, we have six weeks of *' vanush^ Ute^ 

L\TL 
Laura, when dressM, i 

A pretty wonian as 
Fresh as the An^el o'er a new ini 

Or frniitispiece of a new Ma?a 
With all the fashions which the last month w«* 

ColourM, and silvtr paper leaved oetw«ctt 
That and the title-|ja^e, for (ear the ,.re«s 
Should soil Willi parts of speech the parts d ixtmk 

LVIIL 
Tliey went to Ihe Ridollo ; — M is s hah 

Where people dance, and sup, and 'ancea^ 
Its prfipcr ii:inie. perhai»?, were a nr.asqued b^, 

But that "s of no importance to iiiv strain • 
T is (on a smaller scale) like our Vanihall, 

Kxceptnig that it can't he spoili by ram ; 
The conqianv is " mixed " (the phrase I quote li 
As much as saying, ttiey 're belotv your DOtioe); 

LIX. 

) ' For a " mtzM company " imptles that, sit« 
Tourseir and fneuds, and half a hundcvd MOM 



i T sang before) 

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ulgar srf, the bore 
Of public plactt. where they tuisely brarc 

The 'whiooable stare of twenty score 
Of well-bred penooi, calld " Tht Wi/rtdf but I, 
Allbouf h 1 koow thexn, really doD't kxu>w whf* 



Thb ii the c»se in Enrland ; at least wa» 

During the djnastv of D.indiKs now 
Perchance tucceedn/ by some other cUjb 

Of initiated iuiilalors:— how 
Irrepanl.ly soon decline, alas ! 

Tne demagogues of fashion: all below 
b frail ; lion- easily Ibe world is lost 
By bre. or war, and aow and Iheo by frost 1 

LXl. 

CnishM was Napoleon by the northern Thor, 
Who knoclc'd his army down v^iib ity hammer, 

Stopp'd by the Wrmenlj, like a whaler, or 
A blundering novice in bis new French grammlTI 

Gond cause had he to doubt the chance of n-ar, 
And as for Fortune — but 1 dare not d a hcTi 

Because, were I to ponder to infinity, 

liw more I should believe in bcr divinity. 

Lxn. 

She nile« the present, past, and all to be yet, 
Sh« Jives ui luck in lo'leries, love and mama^ ; 

1 cannot say that she 's done much for me yet ; 
Not that 1 mean her bounties to disparage. 

We *ve not yet closed accounts, and we shall sec yeit 
How much she 'II mnke amends for [ost miscarriage 

Meantime the (ioddess 1 'II no more imj-Kirtune, 

Cnleit lo thank her when she 's made my fortunes 

Lxni. 

To tuni, — and to return ; — the devil take it 1 
This story ..ipv for ever tlmmgh my fingen, 

Because, just as the stnnza likes to make it, 
II needs must be — and so it rither lingers; 

This form of verse beipn, I can't well break it. 
But must keep time and tune like public singerv; 

Bnt if I once gel through my present measure, 

1 11 take another when 1 am next at leisure. 

Lxrv. 

They went to the Ridolto (1 is a place 
To which 1 mean to go myself lomorr 

Jual 10 divert my thoughts a little space, 

Because 1 'm rather liippish, and may borrow 

Some spirits, guessing at what kind of face 

May lurk beneath each mask ; and as rny sorrcw 

Slackens its pace sometinies. 1 'II make, or And, 

(ometbjng shall leave it half an hour betusd.) 

LXV. 

How Ijiura movee along the joyoos crowdj 
Smilea '.u her eyes, and sinificrs on her lipi , 

To tome she whisj* rs. others speaks aloud ; 
To some she curtsies, and to some she dijis, 

Compliinsof warmth, and this complaint avow'd. 
Her lover brings the lemoiiaile, she si|i« • 

Bhe th:o surveys, condemns, but pities still 

Her dearut fticods for being dress'd K ilL 

LXV I, 

Od« has false cnrls, another too much paint, 

A third — w here did she buy thai fnglilful hirblD ? 

A (ourib 's so pale ilir fears ibr 's going to fsini, 
A tiPh's lf«.k 's mlrir, dowdn>h. ii.d suburban. 

A silll.'s wl.itr silk hs, got , ,rll...T l..int. 

A •ornlli's I'uii nuKliii luirlv will lie her bane, 

Aad lol >» eirhlb sp,.<-ar..-" I 11 see no more! " 

rsf hu ilk* kiasiao't kmfs, tUy reuti ■ man. 



unrn. 



Meantme, wbfle abe was tbm at othen |*di|, 
Othen were levellinf their looks at her ; 

She heard the men's balf-whispcr'd ouode of pnU* 
And, till 't was done, determined not to sUr \ 

The women only thought it quite amazing 
Tlat, at her time of life, so many were 

Admirers still, — but men are so debased, 

Those brazen creatures always stut LhciT tjtf% 

For my part, now, I ne'er could understand 
Why naughty women — but I won't duew 

A thing which is a scandal to the land, 
I only don't see why it should be thua; 

And if I were but in a gown and baud. 
Just to entitle me to make a fuss, 

I 'd preach on this till Wilberforce and Romilly 

Should quote in their next speeches from my bOHK) 

LXIX. 
\Vhi1e Lanra thus was seen, and seeinj;, smiling. 

Talking, she knew not wby and cared not wlu], 
So that her female friends, with envy t.-oi!ing. 

Beheld her aira and triumph, and all tb^I ; 
And well-dres'd males still kriit before her filing, 

And passing bow'd and mingled with her chit j 
More than the rest one person secm'd to stare 
With pertinacity that 's rather rare. 

LXX 

He was a Turk, the colour of maho^oy : 
And Laura saw him, and at first was glad. 

Because the Turks so much admire pbilogyny, 
Although their us:ige of their wives is sad; 

*T is said they use no better than a dog any 
Poor woman, whom tliey purchase like a pad 

They have a number, though they ne'er exhibit *ea 

Four wives by taw, and concubines " ad libilum." 

LXXL 

They lock them up, and veil, and guard them dailj 
They scarcely can behold their male relatione, 

So that their moments do not pass so gayly 
As is supposed the case with northern natioDg; 

Continement, too, must make them look quite puely 
And as the Turks abhor long conversations. 

Their days are either pass'd in doing nothing. 

Or bathing, nuning, making love, and clolhinf. 

LXS'L 

They cxnnot read, and so don't I'sp in cnticiia ; 

Nor write, and so they don't affect tne muse; 
Were never caught in epigram or witticism. 

Have no romances, sermons, plays, reviews, — 
lo harems learning soon would make a pretty KlU^ 

But luckily these beauties are no " Blues ;" 
No bustling Bntherbys have they lo show 'em 
" That charming passage in the last new poca ■■ 

LXXIII. 

No solemn, antique gentleman of rhyme, 
Who having angled all his life for fama, 

And getting but a nibble al a time. 
Still fussily kee|» fishing on, the same 

Small "Triton of the minnosvs," tlie subliaM 
Of mediocrity, the furious tame. 

The echo Is echo, usher of the school 

Of female will, boy bards — in short, t tool 

IJtXIV. 

A stalking oracle of iwfol phrase. 

The approving " Oood '' (by no mam fctt !■ I» 
Ilunmiing like (lire an»und 'he newest blue, 

The bluest ol hluebottirs vou e'er saw, 
Teaiiiig With blAnie. escruria'iiig • ilh pT»ll^ 
I (.oriliig the little (jmr be rets sll raw, 
Tr:viislatiiig tongues he knows not even by l ettsi; 
And sweeliBf |riijs so mWtdliBg, bed w»e balm 



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LXXV. 
Om ItttH ftB Htbor that *s all aulAor, fells wi 

Is flbolicap QDiforma turnM up with ink, 
■i TU7 aaxtout, clever, fine, and jealous, 

One doQ*t kno^v what to lay to them, or think, 
Cnlea to pulT them with a pair of bellows; 

Of coicombry'i worat coxcombs e'en the pink 
Are preferable to these shreds of paper, 
These aziqueoch'd snufiiup of the nudnight t2p«r. 

Of tbaee mac x^e see severaJ, and of othen, 
McD of Ihc world, who know the world like men, 

Icott, Rogers, Moore, and all the better brother*, 
\VTio think of soraethin; else besides the pen ; 

But for the children of the " niie;hly mother's," 
The would-be wits, and can*t-be genttemeo, 

I leave them to their daily " tea is ready," 

fMUC coterie, and literary lady. 

Lxxvn. 

The poor dear Mussul women whom I mention 
Have none of these instructive pleasant people, 

And ant would seem to them a new invention. 
Unknown as bells within a Turkish steeple ; 

I think 'I would almost be worth while to pension 
(Though best-sown projects very often reap ill) 

A missionary au'.hor, just to preach 

Our Chnitian u»age of the parts of speech. 

LXXVIII. 

No chemistry for them unfolds her fr"««» 
No metaphysics arc lei loose in lectures, 

No circulating library amasses 

Relii^ious novels, moral (ales, and strictarw 

CpoD the living manners, as they pass us ; 
No exhibition glares with annual picture* j 

They stare not on the stars from out their attic*, 

Nor deal (thank God for that !) in mathematics. 

LXXIX. 

Whj I thank God for that Is no great matter, 
I nave my reaar.cs, vou no doubt Bup(>ose, 

Ani as, perhaps, they' would not highly flatter, 
I '11 keep them for my life (to come) in prose ; 

I fear I have a little tum for satire, 
And yet methinks the olJer that one growi 

Inclinn us more to tau^h Ittan scnld, though laughter 

Leaf ei u so doubly genous shortly after. 

LXXX. 

Ob, Mirth and Innocence ! Oh. milk and water I 
Ye happy mixtures of more happy days I 

1b these sad centuries of sin and slaughter, 
Abominable Man no more allays 

Bis thirst wiih such pure beverage. No matter, 
I love vou belh, and both shall have my praise: 

Oh, for old Saturn's reign of sugar-candy ! — 

Ueaotime I drink to your return in brandy. 

UOCXL 

Dor Laora's Turk still kept his eyes upon her, 
hem in the Mussulman than Christian way, 

Which seems to say, " Madam, 1 do you honour. 
And while I please to stsre, you 'H'plerue to stay." 

Could staring win a woman, (his had won her, 
But I^ura cnuld not thus be led astray ; 

Ste ban stood fire too long and well, to boggle 

E*en ^ this stranger's most outlandish ogle. 

LXXXIL 

The nnniing now was on the point of breakirf , 
A tum of time at which I would advise 

Ladies who have been d,incin«, or partaking 
In any oth-^r kind of eiercise. 

To make 'heir pre[>arations for fonaking 
The ballrojm ere the sun begins to ri^e, 

Because when once the Um]» and candle* CaU, 

Hie Uwhee make tham look litUa p«I«. 



Lxxxin. 

1 *ve teen aome balls and revels in my timti 
And stayed them over for some silly reasoB| 

And then I look'd (1 hope it was no crime) 
To see what lady be>t stood out the season ; 

And though I 've seen some Ihriusands in their pnzn% 
Lovely and pleasin?, and who still may pleaae on, 

I never saw but one (the stars withdrawn), 

Whose bloom could after dojicing dare the dawik 

LXXXIV. 

The name of this Aurora 1 '11 not mention, 
Although I might, for she was nought to me 

More than that patent work of Gtxl's invention, 
A charming woman, whom we like to see ; 

But writing names would merit reprehension, 
Yet if you like to find out this fair i/ie, 

At the next London or Parisian ball 

Vou still may mark her cheek, out-blooming alL 

LXXXV. 

Laura, who knew it would not do at all 
To meet the daylight after seven hours' sitUiif 

Among three thousand people at a bnll, 
To niake her curtsy thought it ri^ht and fitting; 

The Count was at her elbow witn her shawl, 
And they the room were on the j>oint nf quitting. 

When lo I those cursed eondoliers had got 

Just in the very place where they should tioi 

LXXXVh 

In this they^re like our coachmen, and the caoaa 

much the same— the crowd, and pulling, 
With blasphemies enough to break their Jaws, 

They make a never intemiilted bawling. 
At home, our Row-street genmien keep the lawip 

And here a sentry stands within your calling; 
But for all that, there is a deal of swearing, 
And nauseous words past mentioning or bearii^. 

LXXXVIL 

The Count and Laura found their boat at last) 

And homeward floated o'er the silent tide, 
DiscusAiiig all the dances ^ne and past ; 

The dancers and their dresses, too, beside; 
Some little scandals eke: but all aghAst 

(As to their palace stairs ilie rowers glide) 
Rate Laura by the side of her Adorer, 
When lo ! the Mussulman was there before hv. 

LXXXVIIL 
"Sir," said the Count, with brow exceeding grav^ 

** Your unexpected presence here will make 
It necessary fur myself to crave 

Its import ? But perhaps 't is a mistake ; 
I hone It is so ; and at once to waive 

All compliment, 1 hope so for yattr sake ; 
You understand mv meaning, or you ahall.** 
" Sir," (quoth the 'Turk) *' 't is no mistake at all, 

IJCXXIX- 

" That lady is my wife ' " .Much wonder painb 
The lady's changing cheek, as well it might; 

But where an Kuglishwoman sometimes faints, 
Italian females don't do so oulrii^ht; 

They only call a little on their saints. 

And then come tn tbemsrive*. almost or quite | 

Which saves much hirtsUoro, salti, and spriakUll 

f'CCl, 

And cutting stays, as usual in such caiv 

XC. 
She said,— what could she tay ? Why, not a words 

Rut '.he Count Cfurtenu^ly invited lu 
The straiiecr, much appeased by what he heard : 

"Such things. [>«Th:ips, we 'd Ix-Jt discuss within,* 
Said he ; *' don't let us make ourselves absurd 

In public, by a scene, nor raiie a din. 
For then ibe chief and only satisfaction 
Will be much quizzing on the whole tramdte** 



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xci. 



Tbey enter'd^ »nd for coffee all*d — it caxne, 

A bevem^e for Turks ana ChmtiaDB both, 
Although the way thcj- make i! 'i doX the Bame, 

I»»Dw Laura, much recover'J. or leu loth 
To ip»k, criei " Beppo 1 whaf 'i your paga.n name? 

Ble^s me . your beard is of imar.nc g^rowtb ! 
And how came ynu to keep aivay so long ? 
Are yoo uot teusibie M was ver}- wroo; ? 

XCI I. 
*■ Aod an yotj really, truly, now a Turk ? 

With any other women diJ vou wive? 
Ii»t rrue Ihey use their firjgers for a fork ? 

Well, that 's the prelliest shawl —as I 'm alive 
Tou II 5rve it ntj ? They 5ay you eat do pork. 

Aod how so Dianv years did you contrive 
To— Bleismel did I ever? No, I never 
Saw 1 man grown so yellow ! How *s your liver? 

XCHI. 
* Beppo ! that beard of yours becomes you not ; 

It shall be shaved before you 're a day older: 
Why do you wear it ? Uh 1 I h^d forgot — 

Prav don't you think the weather here is colder? 
How ^o I look ? Vou slia'n't stir from this spot 

lo that queer dress, for fear that sonie twholder 
Should find you out, and make the stor}- known. 
Bow thort vour hair it I Lord ! how giey it 'i grown t ** 

XCIV 
What answer Beppo made to these demands 

Is more than I k-jow. He was caat away 
About where Troy stood once, and nothing stands; 

Became a slave of courw, and for his pjy 
Had bread and baslinadoes. Iili some bauds 

Of ((irates landing in a nei^hlfourin^ bay. 
He jom'd the rrt^ues and prospered, and became 
A renegado of Uiditfcreut fame. 

xcv. 

Bat he grew rich, and with bis riches gnvr to 

Keen the desire lo see his home again. 
Be thought himself in dutv bound to do so, 

And not be always thieving on the main ; 



Lonelv be felt, at times, \» Robin Crusoe, 

And so be hired a vessel come from Spain, 
Bound for Corfu : she wa» a fine f)olacca, 
Mano'd with twelve haud:j, and laden with 



XCVL 
Himself, and much (heaven knows how gotten !) CMk 

He then embark'd with risk of life and limb, 
And got clear oiT, although the alttmpt was ntk 

He said that Providtiice protected hini — 
For my part, I say nothing— lesl we clash 

In our opinions : — well, the ship was trim, 
Set s^U, and kept her reckoning fairly on, 
Except three days of calm when off Cape Bcu 

XCVII. 
They reached the island, he tnnslerrM his ladinf^ 

And self and live stock to another bottom, 
And pLss'd for a true Turkey-nierchmt, fradiny 

With goods of various names, but 1 'vc forgot 'as 
However, he got off by this evading, 

Or else the people would perhaps have shot hia • 
And thus at Venice landed to reclaim 
Hii wife, religion, bouse, aj d Christian nama. 

XCVIII. 
His wife recei ed, the patriarch re-baptized him, 

(He made the church a present, by the way ;) 
He then threw off the garments which disguised hitt 

And borrow'd the Count's smaliclothes for a day : 
His friends the moie for his long absence prized bun 

Finding he 'd wherewithal to make them gay. 
With dinner% where he oft became the laugh of ^he^ 
For stories — but / don't believe the half ol them. 

xc:x. 

Whate'er hit vouth had suffer 'd, his old age 
With wealth and talking made him some amends; 

Though L^ura sometimes put him in a ra^, 

1 've heard the Count and be were always friends 

Mv pen is at the bottom of a page. 
Which being finish'd, here the story ends; 

T is to be wish'd it hid been sooner done, 

But stories somehow lengthen when begun. 



MAZEPPA.' 



ADVERTISEMENT. 

* Celui qui remplissait alors cette place etait nn get>> 
tilhomme Folotuk, bonmie Mazrppa, ne dans le f».ih. 
tinat de Todolie : il avail ete eleve page de Jean Casi* 
mir. et avait pris a sa cour quel<)ue (einlure des heltes- 
lettrea. t'r»e intnrue riu'il cut dans sa jeune^ise avec 
la lemme d'un gentilhoiiime Polonats avant ele dccou- 
Tene, tc mari le lit tier tout nu sur unciiev.il farouche, 
•4 le laiAsa allcr co crt ettt. Le cheval, qui etait du 
pays de I'l'kraine, y relourna, el y wrla Mazeppa, 
oemi-aiort de Titig^tc et de faim, Quelques [nysans le 
Mcoonirent : il re*la longtems [am)i eux, el pv sigiiala 
4ans plusieurs ounei com re lea Tartam. I^ supe- 
riorUi drtet lutnirres tui donna uiie grande cnnsirlcra- 
t'Ox parmi Irs Co».iquei : sa reputation s'lugmenlsnt 
de lOur en jour, ohlif..':* le C7-ar a le f*ire Pi.ncc de 
larfcrajoe.'*— VOL'lAIitE, Uisi. de Charla X/L p. 

** l>e roi foyant, et pnorvuivi, eut ton cheval tua 
■ooi lui ; le (>>lonel Oiela, liteur, et jicrdant tout son 
vng, lut tJoniu Ir tien. Aiiisi ou rrinil deui fots a i 
cbcTil, datit la 'uite. ce cnnquerant qui n*avail pu j ' 
moatmt pendant U bataille."— K 216. j 

1 W r1«M \m tke ••tomi wi HU, al B«*»«m. 



I " Le mi alia par on antre chemin avec qnelqnea eaT»> 
Hers. Le cirrrrtse, ou il eUil, n-nipit dans la marche ; 
on (e remit a chrvat. Four comble de diigrace, il sV 
gara peudant la nuitdans un b 'is ; li, fin courage as 
pouvanl plus suppleer a $es forces rpuisces, les don 
leurs de sa blessuredevenues plus invupportables pu 
la fatigue, son cheval etani lonibe de lassitude, ifst 
coucha (|uelques heures au pied d'un arbre, en danger 

; d'etre surjins a tout moment nir les vaiuqueurs, qui i* 

; cberctiaieut de tuus cotes."— P. 218. 



MAZEPPA. 



T was after dread Pullnwa'i day, 

When fortune left the royal ^«*•d•| 
Amund a slauclilerM army lay, 

No more lo combat and lo bleed. 
The power and glory of the war, 

Faithtn* at llicir vain vulinrt, ■>«, 
}Ud |taVd to the (rmmphanl ( rar. 

And Moscow's walls were safa agftl^ 
Until a day ni"r« dark a id drew, 
A ad a aiora meaorabts v«r 



MAZEPPA. 



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Iboold give to ilaurhter xnd to ihune 
A mightier host aoJ hiuehlier ouue; 
A greater wreck, a deeper bf., 
A ibock to oue — a tbuuUerbolt to aU. 

II. 
Such was the haTard of the die ; 
The woundetl Charles wa^ taught to fly 
By day aud njohl through tielU and i^nod, 
SUioM with bis own and sut^jects^ blood ; 
For thousands felt that l^i^ht to aid : 
And not a voice wa> heard t' upbraid 
Ambition in his humbled hour, 
When truth had nouglit to dreid rrom power. 
His horse wa^ statn, and Gieta ^ve 
Bis own — and diei! the Kussiaiis* slave. 
This too sinks after manj- a lea^e 
Of well iuslain'd, but vnin ra(is:ue; 
And in the depth of fores's, darkling 
The watch -tires in the distance sparkling* 

The beacons of surrounding fc*ea — 
A king must lay his limbs at len^h. 

Are these the laurels and repose 
For which the nations strain their itren^ r 
They laid hhn by a savage tree, 
In outworn nature's a^ny ; 
His wounds were stitT — his limbs were stAfk 
The heavy hour was chill and dark ; 
The fever in his b' -od fnrbadi 
A transient slumber-s tiiful aid : 
And thus it was ; but jet through all, 
Kin^like the monarch lx>re his fall, 
Aud made. In (his extreme of ill, 
His panp the vassals of his will : 
All silent and subdued were they, 
J>M once the oatioiis round him lay. 

III. 
A oand of chiefs ! — alas ! how few, 

Since but the fleeting of a day 
Had thino'd it ; but this wreck was true 

And chivalrous: U[«n the clay 
Each sate him down, all sad and mute^ 

Reside his monarch and his steed. 
For danger levels man and bnjte, 

And all are fellows in their need. 
Amonc the rest, Marepfw niade 
His pillow in an old oak's shade — 
H'ciself as nm»h. and scarce less old, 
The Ukraine's Hetman, calm and bold ; 
But first, outspeiit with this long course. 
The Cossack prince rubb'd dnwn his hcrse, 
And made for him a Icnfy bed, 

And sjnooth'd his fetlocks and his mane, 

And slaik'd his girth, and strippM hu rein. 
And joy d to see how well he fed ; 
For until now he had the dread 
His wearied courser might refuse 
To browse beneath the midnight dewit 
But he was hardy as his lord, 
And little cared for bwl and tward ; 
But spirited and docile tuo ; 
Whate'er was to be done, would da 
Shaggy and swift, and strong of limb, 
Ail Tartar-like he came<l him ; 
Obey'd his voice, and came to call, 
And knew him in the midst of all : 
Fhough thousands were around,— and Night, 
Without a star, pursued her flight,— 
Thai steed from sunset unti. dawn 
Hit chief would follow like a fawn. 

IV. 
Thii done, Ma^pa spread his cloak, 
And laid his l^oce beneath hu oak, 
Felt If his anse in order roixl 
The long day's march haJ well withftood — 
B still ihe powder till'd the pan, 

And flints unloosened kept their lock — 
Bit Mbre's hilt and Bcabl>ard felt, 
Aiid whether Ihey had chafed his belt ~ 

14 



And next the venerable man, 
From out his havr«ack aad can. 

Prepared and spread hio »ic[iuer ftodl 
And to the monarch aud hi!< men 
The whole or ix>rtion otJer'd th^ 
With far less of inquietude 
Than courtiers at a banquet would. 
And Charles of this his slender share 
With smiles partook a momeiit there, 
To force of cheer a greater show. 
And seem above both " ounds ana woe ; — • 
And then he said — '* Of all our band. 
Though fnm of heart and strong of band, 
In skirmish, march, or lurage, none 
Can lets have siid or more have done 
Than thee, M.?.ep[n ! t)ii the earth 
So fit a pair had never birth, 
Since Alennder s days till now, 
As ihv Bucephalus and thou : 
All Scv'hia's fiune to thine should vield 
For prVkiiig on o'er flood and field." 
M izeppa answer'd — " III betide 
The school wherein I learn'd to ride ! " 
Quoth Charles — " old Hetman, wherefora i^ 
Since thou hast learnM the art so well?" 
Mazeppa said — *' 'T were long to teliv 
And we have many a league to go, 
With every now and then a blow, 
And ten to one at least Ihe foe, 
Before our steeds may graze at eaie, 
Beyond the swift Roryjthenes: 
And, Sire, your limbs have need of reit. 
And I wlll'be the sentinel 
Of this your troop."— " Rut I request," 
Said Siveden's monarch, " ll.uo wilt tcU 
This (ale of thine, and I may reap, 
Perchance, from this 'he boon nf sleep f 
For at this moment from my eye* 
The hope of present slumber flies." 

" Well, Sire, with such a hope, I 'U tnck 
My seventy years of nieniory back : 
I think t WM in my iwentietb sprioif,— 
Ay, H was, — when Caslmir was kibg — 
John Casimir,— 1 was his page 
Six summers, in my earlier age : 
A Icanicd mnnarch, fai'.h '. was be, 
And most unlike your majesty ; 
He made no wars, and did not gain 
New realms to lo^e them back again ; 
And (save debates in Warsaw's diet) 
He reign'd in most unseemly quiet; 
Not that he had no cares to'vei, 
He loved the muses and the sex : 
And sometimes these so fuward ue| 
They made him wish hiDiself at w»r; 
But soon his wrath being o*er, he took 
Another mistress, or new book : 
And then he gave prodigious fetet — 
AU Warsa" galher'd round his gatfli 
To gaze upon his splendid court. 
And dantes, and chiefs of princely port 
He was the polish Sniomon, 
So sung his poets, all but one. 
Who, being unpension'd. made a satir% 
And boasted thai he could not flatter. 
It was a court of joust* and mimes, 
Where even- courlirr tried at rhymei; 
Evfii I for once nrtxiuced tome verwe. 
And sign'd mv odes ' I>es)airiug Thynob 
There was a ceriam Talitine. 

A count of far aud hi?h descent, 
Richasa tailor siUerntine^i 
And he was proud, ye mav divine. 

As if from heaven he had be<-n sent 
He had such wealth in blood and ore 

As few could match beneath the thron*; 

1 Thfi corapariBOD of s ** ««/f-niln«*' may. pvikcpe, t 
pennitteil to s Polir. •» tbs weallk ol U* •M&uy MWd » 
fn»Xif Id tlio asJl-KUB*» 



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MAZEPPA. 



AdA be wrmW 5*76 ujon his store, 
And o'er fajs p^i^ree ^•'ould pore, 
Until by iome confusion led, 
Which almost look'd hke want of head, 

He thDughl Uieir merits were his own. 
His wife was Got of his opiiiioD — 

Uii junior she by thirty yean — 
Grew diily tired of his dominion ; 

Aitd, liter wishes, hopes, and fean, 

To virtue a few farewell tears, 
A restless dreaiu or two, some glances 
At Warsaw*! youth, louie songs, and dances, 
Awaited but the usual chances, 
Those hajipy accidents which render 
The coldest dimes so very teuder, 
To deck her Count with titles given, 
T? is aaid, as passports into beu\ en ; 
Bui, slrang-e to say, they rarely boast 
Of Uieae, who have deserved Ihem moit. 

V. 
•<I was a goodly striplinf then; 

At seveaty yeai^ I to may say, 
Thai there were few^ or bo)-5 or men, 

Who, in my dawning time of daj^ 
Of v2ts=A\ or of knight's decree, 
Could vie in vamiies with uie ; 
For 1 had strength, youth, gaiety, 
A port, not like 'o this ye see. 
But smooth, as all is rugged now ; 

For time, and care, and war, have pIOQShM 
My very soul frnm out my brow : 

And thus I should be disavow'd 
By all my kind and km. could they 
Conipire my day am! yesterday ; 
This change was wrought, too, lon^ ere !£• 
Had ta'eo my features for his (la^e : 
Wilh years, ye know, have not declined 



Telling old tales beneath a tree, 
With starless skies my canopy. 

But let me on : Theresa's K)rm 
Melhinks il glides befipre me now, 
Between uie and yon ch»tuut^ bough. 

The memory is so quick and wann; 
And yet I lind no words to tell 
The shape of her I jtncd so wcU: 
She had Ibe Asiatic eye, 

Such as our Turkish neichboarhood 

Hath mmgled with our I'olish blood. 
Dark as above us is (be sky ; 
But thmii^h it stole a lender light, 
Like the tirsi nwvinrisc of midnight ; 
Lar^ dark. And swimming in the stream, 
Which seeiii'd lo mell to itt own beam; 
All love, hair laneunr. and half fire, 
Like saints that at (he s'ake expire. 
And lift their raptured lr>ok« on high, 
As th'Hjgh it were a joy to die. 
A browlike a midsunimer lake, 

Traiiitparent with the nun therein. 
When wa\cs no murinur dare to mak«, 

And heaven lieholde her face wiihio. 
A cheek and lip— but why prncet-d } 

I loved her then — I l»ve her ilitl; 
And such ai I am. love indf^-d 

In fierce ctlremei — in good and ill. 
But slill «• love even in our rag«, 
Am' ha iniod to our very ite 
Wif.i Mic vim shadow of Uie put, 
Ai II Mazep{ii to the last 

VI. 
"We met w« gired — I »»w. and ilg^ d. 
She did no( sprak, and yet replied ; 
There arc ten (KmuuihI tones and sign* 
Wt tiear tnd irr, but iK>ne drfioa — 
|o*oIuntarv .pirki of tjinufhl. 
Which itnkr lr<>m out the f.cart 0^«rwro«(Mt, 
Aitd {oroi a «iraiige intelligsnc*, 
Alikm myaurtoia u^ uiimm, 



Which link thi buminf chain that bii^ 
Without their wilt, young hearts and mirrfi 
Convevm^, as the electric wire, 
We itnow not how, the absorbing fire.— 
1 saw, and sizbM — in silence wept. 
And still reluctant distance kept. 
Until I was made known so her, 
And we might then and (here confer 
Without suspicion — then, even then 

I long*d, and was resolved to speak 
But on my lips they died again. 

The accents tremulous and weak. 
Until one hour. — 1 here is a game, 

A frivolous and foolisb ptiay, 

Wherewith we while away thedaj) 
It is — I have forgot the name — 
And we to this, it seems, were set. 
By some strange chmce, which i forgstt 
I reck'd not if I won or lost, 

It was enough for me to be 

So near to her, and oh I to see 
The being whom I loved the most— 
I watch'd her as a senf jnel, 
(May ours this dark night watch as well 1 

Until 1 saw, and thus it was, 
TTiat she was pensive, nor perceived 
Her occupition, nor was grieved 
Nor glad lo lose or gain : but still 
PiayM on for hours, as if her will 
Yet' bound her to the place, though not 
That hers might be the winning lot. 

Then through my brain the thought did pH 
Even as a Hash of lightning; there. 
That there was sonielhmg in her air 
"Which would not doom me to despair; 
And on the thought my words broke fnrtb, 

All incoherent as they were — 
Their eloquence was little worth. 
But yet she liiten'd — 't is enough — 

Who listens once will lisieo twice; 

Her heart, be sure, is nut of ice, 
And cne refusal no lebuif. 

va 

''I loved, and was beloved again — 

They tell me, SirCj you never knew 

Those gentle frailties ; if 't is tme, 
I shorten all my joy or pain : 
To you 't would seem absurd as rain; 
But all men are not bora (0 reign, 
Or o'er their passions, or as you 
Thus o'er themselves and nations toa 
I am — or rather wom — a pnnce, 

A chief of (hnu'uDds, and could lead 

Them on where each would foremost Mam 
But could not o'er mvself evince 
The like control — I^ul to re-ume 1 

I loved, and was beloved again ; 
In nfloth. it la a happy d(K)m, 

Rul yet where liappies( ends in paia*<^ 
We met in secret, and the hour 
Which led me lo thai ladvS bower 
Was fiery Kxpoctalion'i dower. 
Mv d.iys and mgliU were nothing — tD 
Eiccpl that hour which doHi recall 
In the Iniig l.ipse from youlh (0 age 

No other like itself— I 'd give 

The l'kn»Mirt back again lo live 
It o'er niirt more — and br a |ag«, 
The happy pigc, who wa% the lord 
Of one vA\ heart, and his own sword. 
And liad no other i^cni nor wealth 
&ive nature's gift of youlh and heeltlu* 
We met in ■ccrel— doubly iwret. 
Some wiy, lliev find il so to meet ; 
1 know not (ha: — I would have giTM 

Mv life but to hare call'd her mioe 
In the full ff;ew t.f eatlh and hur«| 

Fur I did oH anil long tr\, cm 
nel w% omM oolj Beet t^ 1 



MAZEPPA. 



.69 



nn. 

* for kmn tb«r« are maoy eye*, 

Attl iQcb fh«re werj on us ; — tb« Jsvil 

0» tucb OCC3U10D9 should be cifil — 
Tbo dcTil ! — Piu loth to do him wroDc, 

It might be some unlow^rd samt, 
HTho wo'iU not be af rcst^oo long, 

But (c bia piou9 bile g.Ave vent — 
Balone fair night, some lurjtjng spiei 
fturpri«d and seized us tx^ih. 
Th<i Count wai something more Ihan WTOlh— 
1 was uuami'd ; but if iu sleeL 
All cap-a|)ie fn m head to hetl, 
What 'gains: their numbers could I do? — 
*T was near his castle, far away 

From city or fiom succour near, 
imi almo>i on Ihc break of day ; 

Jid not think to st^e annihsr, 

My momcr^ta seem'd reduced to few j 
Aod with one p.-ayer to Mary Moloer, 

Aad, it may be, a saint or two^ 
As 1 resi^nM nie to my fate, 
Tbey leil nie to tlie castle ?ate: 

Theresa's 'iiwni I never knew^ 
Out lot HTu henceforth separate,— 
An angry man, ye mav opine, 
Was he, the proud Cnuni Palatjna 
And be had reason good to be. 

But be uas most enraged lest such 

An acciJt-Dt should chance to touch 
Upon his future pedi^ee; 
Nor less ama7ed, thai such a blot 
His noble 'scutcheon should have got, 
While he was highest of his line : 

Because unto hiniseif he seem'd 

The first <>( men, nor less he deemed j 

In othen' eves, aod most in mine;. ! 

^eath 1 with a pagt — perchanc* a kinf ' 

Had reconciled him to the thing; | 

But with a stripling of a pa?c — 
1 fdt — but caimot paint bit ra^ 

IX. I 

"• ' Brin; forth the horse ! ' — the hone wu bronjht ; t 

In truth, he wis a ooble »teetl, 

A Tartar of the LTiraine breed. 
Who look'd as though the speed ol thought 
Were Id tiis limbs ; but he <vai wild. 

Wild as the wild deer, and untaught. 
With spur and bridle uiideliled — 

*T was but a d.iy he had been caught ; 
And snorting, with erected mane. 
And itru^^hrig fiercely, but in vain. 
Id the full foam of nraih aod dreul 
To me the desert-born was led : 
They bound me on, that menial throng, 
Cpon his back with many^ (hnn^; 
Then loosed him with a sudden tash — 
A way < — away ! — and on we daah ! — 
Tarrenlt leu rapid ani! less rash. 



' Away ! — away | _ My breath \n» pnt 
I saw not where he hurried nn; 
T >vas scarcely yet the break of diy. 
And 09 he faiiii'd — away ! — aw-ay ! — 
Tne'lasl of human sounds which rose. 
As 1 was darted from my foes. 
Was the wild shout of saiaje laughter, 
Which on the \viiiH c-Tnie n)ario^ after 
A moment from that rablile rout : 
With sudden wrath I wreucli'd my bead, 
Aod snapp'd the cord, which to the malM 
Had bound my neck in lieu of rem, 
And, writhing half my form :il«ul, 
HowI'd hack my curse ; hut "niiJsl th» tnas, 
Th« thnnder of my courser's speed, 
PtrthuK* they did not he«r nor be«4 ■ 
It T«XM me — for I would fail, 
■•*• fsU ttoir ianll back agaU 



I paid it well in after days : 

1 hero is not of that castle ^ate, 

lu drawbridffe and |)orlcu!lis' weight. 

Stone, bar. moat, bridie, or barrier left; 

Nor of il> tielos a blade of srass, 

8av* w hal grows on a ridge of wall, 

Where stood ihe hearthsl'niie of the luul| 
Aod many a lime ye there might paSL 
Nor dream that e'er that fortress waa 1 
1 saw its turrets in a blaze. 
Their crackling balllrmenis all clell, 

And the hot lead )Kiur down like rails 
From otr the scurcli'd and blackening rool 
Whose ihicknciis was not vengeancc-prooL 

They little thought that dav of paia. 
When lanch'd, as on Ihe lightning's tlaab. 
They bade nie to dtstructiuu d.ish, 

That one day 1 siould come again. 
With twice hve tho'isand horse, lo thank 

The Count for his uiicourteous ride. 
Thev play'd me then a bitter prank. 

When, with the ./ild horse for mp fiu^ 
They bound me to Ids foaming ttank 
At length 1 play'd h.ein one as frank — 
For time at last sets ah things even — 

And if we do but ivaich the hour, 
•There never yet was human power 
Which could evade, tf unforgiven, 
The patient search and vigil lon^ 
Of turn who treasures up a wroof 

XL 
" Away, away, nny steed and I, 

Upon the pinions of the wind. 

All human dwellings left behind; 
We sped like meleors'lhrough the sky 
When with its crackling sound the nijn 
Is chequer'd with the northern light: 
Town — village — ncue were on our track 

But a wild plain of K>r eilent. 
And twunded by a forest black ; 

And, save the scarce seen battlement 
On distaut heights of tome strong hold. 
Against the Tartars biult of old, 
No trace of man. The year before 
A Turkish army had giarch'd o'er; 
And » here the Spahi's hoof hath ttxid. 
The verdure Hies the bloody sod: — 
The sky was dull, and dim, and grey, 

And a low breeze crept moaning by — 

I could have answer'd with a sigh — 
But fast we Hed, awav, away — 
And .1 couid neither sigh nor pray ; 
And my cold sweatKlrops fell like rain 
Upon the courser's brisiling mane ; 
But, snorting still n ith rage and fear, 
He flew upon bis far career : 
At limes I almost thought, indeed. 
He must have slacken'd in his speed ; 
But no — my bound and slender franw 

Was nothing to his angry might. 
And merely like a spur became: 
Each motion which I made to free 
My swoln limbs from their agony 

Increased his fury and aSright : 
I tried my voice,— 't was faint and low 
But yet he swerved as from a blow ; 
And, starling lo each accent, spnn( 
As fmm a sudden trumpet's clang : 
Meantime niy cords were wet with gore^ 
Which, oozing through my limbs, ran of » 
And in my tongue the thirst t>ecame 
A somelhloj fierier far than flsmf 

XII. 
" We near'd the wild wood — t wai so Wli^ 
I saw no bo-jnds on either side ; 
T was studded with old sturdy trees. 
That bent not to the mugbest breere 
W'htcb howls dowD from SttMriaV W^ 
Aui tkift Ike fatat m ili taMUf— 



80 



MAZEPPA. 



Bat fbeae wert few. and fu between 
8el thick With ihrubs more Tocug xod frMOy 
LiUTinuit with iheir uiDu&f leavea, 
Ere itrowD bj tb"se autijinoal eves 
That Dijj the forest's foliage dead, 
Di«colour d with a lifeless red, 
Which slaoJs thereon hke sUifeD'd jore 
Cpon Ihe lUiD wheu bitllc'a o'er, 
And snriie long winter's nigbl hath shed 
Its frost o*er ever)- louibless head, 
So COL J aad b^rk the raven's beak 
May peck unpierced each frozen cheek : 
*T was a wild was'.e of underwood, 
And here nod there a chesfout stot*^ 
The itron? oak, and the hardy piue, 
But far apart — and well it were, 
Or else a diifereot lot were mioe — 
The bouilis gave way, and did not tear 
My linihs; ami I found glrenglh to bear 
My wounds already scarr'd with cold — 
My bouili forbad'' to loose my hold. 
We rustled tlimuirh the leaves like wind. 
Left shrubs, and tree*, and wolves behind; 
By ni?ht I heard tiicm on the track. 
Their troop caiue hard ujoii our back. 
With thcH- long ^llop, which can tire 
1 be hound's deep kite, arid hunter^s fire i 
Where'er we flew they follow'd on. 
Not left us wilh *he morning sun ; 
Behind I caw them, scarce a rood. 
At day-break winding through the wood. 
And through (he oighl had heard their fcst 
Their s(i?aling, rustling step re(*eaL 
Ob ! how I wi^th'd for spear or sword. 
At leait to die auiidbt the horde, 
And perish — if it must be so — 
At bay, destroying Datiy a foe. 
When nrst my courier's race begon, 
! wiih'd the goal alieady woo ; 
But now I doubled strrjigth and speed. 
Tain doubt ! his swift and dvage breed 
Hid nen-ed him like the mouriiain-ro« ; 
Nor faster falls the blinding mow 
Which whelina the [>easaut near the door 
'«Vhose Ihrc&hHd he bliatl cum no more, 
Bevnlder'd with the dazzling blast, 
Th;»D thmugh the fore»l-palhs he fxut — 
tJntired, untamed, and worse \\ixn wild; 
All furious at a favuur'd child 
Balk'd of Its wish ; nr fierrer still — 
A woman piqued — v. ho has ber wilL 

xin. 

** The wooj was past ; t was more than QOC^ 

But chill the air. slthonfh in June ; 

Or it might 1* my veins ran cold — 

Prolnt.g'd endurance Un.e» the bold; 

Aud I w:ii !hen cot what I seem, 

But headlong as a wintry tfrean^ 

And nnre my feelings out befure 

. well c«>uld count iLeir causes o'er: 

And what with fur^, feir. aiul wralt 

The tortures w hich besrt my pith. 

Cfi4^ hunger, sorrow, shinie, disircM, 

Thus tjoijnd in rulureN nak«-dne« : 

Sprung fr>m a race whone rising; blood 

Wh-n •'■•r'd beymd i'l calmer moud, 

And (rodrlen h*rd u|inD, is like 

The nttieinike'i, in act to strike, 

Wh.ll mar>el if this woni-out trunk 

Beneath lis wnes a n.onirii( sunk } 

The earth g>ve way. 'hr skies r.II'd rooad, 

1 leem'd to »pnk uix'tn the r^'uiKl; 

But crr'd. for I was fitilv U^urMl. 

My hr.irl lurnM sprk, my brnii grew sora, 

And ihroM/.l .<wl.ilr. ihen l-ral no morti 

Tlie sktes ipun hkr a ntichtv wheel ; 

I nw the iren li«f> .In.i.kar.ti rnel, 

An<l I il'irM f^^^l •! rang i>>r uiy ry«, 

Whtrh M^ f...<.r'f,rr tf ^hO'llW 

An 1<f no (itors Ihiii thru 1 d.ad. 
)Vton«nd ^ \hMl (bMU J nd«, 



I felt that blackness come and gou 
And strove to wake ; but coi:*4 not BiAki 

My senses climb up frnrn below; 

I (ell aj on a plank at sea. 

When all the waves that dash o'er Ihee, 

At the lame time upheave and whclai. 

And hurl thee inwards a desert realm. 

My utjdulating life was as 

1 he fancied lights that fiitiic' pass 

Our shut eves in dei-p midnigai, when 

Fever begins upon the brain ; 

But s<^>ou n pass'd, With little pain, 
Bui a confusion worse than such : 
I own that I shuulJ deeui It much. 

Dying, to feel Ihe same again ; 

And yet 1 do supjiose we must 

Feel far ninre ere we lum to doit t 

No matter ; 1 have bared my brow 

Full in Death's face — befure — and new. 

XIV 

" My thoughts came back ; where waa I ? OdI 

And numb, and giddy : pulse by pulse 

Life resumed its lingering hold, 

And Ihmb by ihrob : till gmwn a panj 

Which for a moment would convulse, 

M» blood retlow'd, though tiiick and ehUJ 
Jly ear with uncouth noiies rang. 

My heart began once Uiore to thrill ; 
My sight returned, though dim ; alas ! 
And tiiicken'd, as it were, with glass. 
Mcthought ibe dash of waves was nigfa| 
There was a gleam too of the sky, 
S'jdded with stars ; — it is no dreaoi; 
The wild \j^rse swims the wilder streami 
The bright broad river's cushing tide 
Sweeffs, wiMdiitg onward, far and wtde^ 
And we are half-way, struggling o*er 
To yon unknown and silent shore. 
The waters broke my hollow tranc^ 
And with a temporair ttrenetb 

My stiffened limbs were rebantized. 
My courser's brrtad breast pmudly brav«^ 
And dashes off the ascending waves. 
And onward we advance: 
We reach !he alir.pry shore at leoflh 

A h.iven I but litde pri/ed, 
For all behind was dark aiul drear, 
And all before was inght and fear. 
How niany hrrurs of nirhi or day 
In those KU3|>ended pano I lay, 
I could Dtil tell ; I scarcely knew 
If this were buoun breath 1 draw. 

XV. 

*■ With gtnsvy skin, and dnpniof nuD^ 

And reeiinr linibs. aitd rrekmg flank. 
The Wild stn^rs tinewif nerves still strmiB 

I'p the rej^-lling liank. 
We gam 'he inp ; a l»oundless plain 
Spreads thmiiEh Ihe sh-dow of the o!(h^ 

And nnwafil. onwird, onward, tTflMj 

Like precipices In our dreams, 
To itreicli tieyond the sight ; 
And here and tht-re a "perk of wh(te| 

Or sralter'd sjiol of dusky green, 
In masBes hmke into the IieU, 
As roil* the ni"OM u|ifin my right i 

Hul nought disiincttv seen 
In Ihe dim waste would indicato 



Thf 



■gale 



No iwinkliiic t:i|K-r from afaf 
Sl<««] like a hospit.Mr star; 
Not rv.-n an i<iii« f^Iiiti^ fie 
To make hull inrrrv wiinniTWOM 
That verv rhrjt had rhrrr'd ne 
Althoiith drfer-nl. ttrlriimf sidl, 
Rentm-lmi me. through tserr OL 



MAZEPPA 



181 



XVI. 



•Qhwspd we went — but slack tnd tlow } 

Hb ttTac* forcr al length o'enpcnt, 
Tb« dmoprug rourirr, biU and loir, 

Ai\ frebly foaiciit; wniL 
A uckiy tnfanl had )uil jiower 
To guide hiic forward in Ihat fcscT • 

But useless all (o oie i 
Ei« Ike w bora tauenesi naught arjL d — 
Mt liir.^ werr bouud ; my lorce htd fu! d, 

Wrchancc, had thev U.-en free. 
With feeble rdnrl ilill I tried 
To rend the tx>rids so starkly tlfid — 

But still it tvu ID vaiu ; 
My liml* were only wrung the mora, 
Aod sonn the idle strife gave o'tr, 

Which bul protons'd their jiaia: 
The diz7.y race seein'd alnioei done, 
Aithiugh no goal was ucarly wod : 
Some strraks announced the cooiing caB*- 

How slow, alas ! he cauic ! 
MetliOughl thit mist of dawuing yrey 
Would ncTer dapple into day ; 
How heavily it rolPd away — 

Before the eastern flame 
Rose crimson, and de|to«cd tbe fhiri| 
And ctll'd t!ie radiance fmin tbeir cui, 
And fiird the earth, from his deep UiroM, 
Wilh lonely lustre, ail ha own. 

rviL 

^ Up nwe the sun ; th« mists wera corlV 
Back from the solitary world 
Which lay .irouod — behind -- before ; 
What booted it lo traverse o'er 
Plain, forest, river ? Man nor bnite, 
Nor dint of hoof, nor pnnt of foot, 
Lay in the wild luxuriant sort ; 
No sign of travel — none of toil ; 
Tbe very air wis mute ; 
And not au insect's shrill smaJl horn, 
Nor matin bird's new voice wii boroe 
From herb nor thickeL Many a went, 
Panting as if his heart would burtt. 
The weary bnjie still sta^grr'd on ; 
And stil! we were — or seem'J — aloMi 
At length, while reeling on our wiy^ 
Melhou^ht ; neard a courier neigh, 
From out yon tuft of bUckeinua; fin. 
It it the wind lho«e branches stirs? 
No, no ! from cut the forest prance 

A trampling troop ; I »ce them cornel 
Im one vast squailron they idvaiir" ! 

I strove to cry — my lips weie dumb. 
Tbt steeds rush on ia'plui^ng pnde ; 
But where are they the reins to guide ? 
A thousand hor»e — and none to ridel 
With flowinc tail, and flying mane, 
Wide nostrils — never strelch'd by pain, 
Moutttf bli>ndlr«s to the bii or rem, 
And feet that iron never shod, 
And flsnks unscarr'd by spur or md, 
A thousand horse, the wild, the free, 
hike rt-avrt that follow o'er the sea, 

Came thickly thundennR on, 
Ai if our faint approach to meet ; 
Tbe sight re-nerved uiy Conner's feet, 
A momeut staggering, feebly fleet, 
A moment, with a faint low neigh, 

Ht aoswer'd, and then fell ; 
With gas|rt and gUzing eye* he lay, 

And reeking limbs immoveablft, 
His fir^t .*nd last career is dnnel 
Ob came the troop — they sa w him ttOO^ 

They saw me strangely bouud aJoiif 

His back with msny abloo-Jy (himr : 
They stop — Ihey slart — they snulf the ao^ 
Oallop a moment hero and there, 
Anrmck, nrfire. wheel round and rouod, 
n«a pUxmm tmtk. wUh radden bound, 



Headed by one black mighty itced. 
Who seem'd the patriirrb of hu treed* 

Without a single speck nr hair 
Of white upoi bis sluggy hi.lr ; 
They snort— they ff>aih — neigh— iWCnftilM 
And backward to tJie forwl fly. 
By instinct, from a human eye, — 

They, left me there to my despair, 
Link'd ;o he dead and stitfe:iing wretch^ 
Whose lifeless limbs beneath uie stretc^ 
Relieved from ttai unwujied neightf 
From whence I could n;jt extncatQ 
Nor him nor me — and there we laj 

The dving on the dead I 
I lillle deein'd anothtftday 

Would Mc my houselen, help1e« Httd. 

"And therefrom mom to twilight hud, 

I felt the heavy hours toil round. 

With just eu.'U2h of life lo see 

My lait of suns 50 down on me, 

In hojteleffl certaintv of mind, 

Tttat makes us feel at teneth mi^V 

To that which our foreboding yean 

Presenis the wor"! and last of fean 

Inevitable — even a boon, 

Nor more unkind for coming ■oon; 

Tet shunu'd and dreaded with luch au% 

As if It only wereasn;ire 

That pnidence might e«cape: 
At limes both wi>h'd for and implored, 
At times stmght ivith seif-poiuted iwoni, 
Yet still a dark and hideous cloie 
To even intoleraole woes. 

And welcome in no shape. 
And, strange to say, the sous of pleasore, 
They who have revcH'd beyond measura 
Id beauty, wassail, wine, and tre&fiure, 
Die calm, or calmer, oil ihau bo 
W'bose herilige was misery : 
For he wbo hath in turn rua throo^b 
All that was beautiful and new, 

Hath nought to hope, and nought to letfc; 
And, save the future, (which h viewM 
Not quite as men are bise or good, 
Bul as their nerves may l»e eodied,) 

With nought perhaps to gne^e : — 
The wretch still hopes his wcet must end. 
And Death, whoui he bhould deem hu friea^ 
Appears, to his di«itetnper'd t«> 
AiTivt^l lo rob tiiin of his piite, 
The tree of his new PanJ-iC 
To-morrow would Ji;»ve gi en bim all, 
Repaid his pangs. rept.rV his fall ; 
To-morrow would have I«n the fint 
Of days no more deptore-J or curst, 
Bul bright, and long, and beckumng yiM^ 
Seen dazzling through the misl of teart, 
Guerdon of many a painful hour 
To-niofTDW would have given him powtf 
To rule, to shine, to smite, to save — 
And most it dawD upon his graved 

** The fDb was sinking — stitl X lay 

ChaiiiM to the chill and s*ilfesinf •to*^ 
I thought to mingle ihere our cUt ; 

Ami my din* eyes of death haioeed 

No hope an-se o( being freed : 
I cast my last hKiki up the sky. 

And there between me aud tbe «a 
I law the expwtmg raven fly. 
Who scarce would n-ait till both tkooU <l% 

Kre his rri«ast l*e\m ; 
He flew, anii (>en h'd, then flew one* mam, 
And each tone nearer than before; 
1 taw Lu wing through twilight flit, 
And once so ne3r me be illt 

1 could have sftiota. but \»ck*i Om Ikwgfe 
But the »tif:ht K^ctioD oi my haad| 
Aikd Seebim aoralrMac of tiie mad. 



U» 



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169 



THE PROPHECY OF DANTE. 



The exerted thrpftt^s faint struggling noise, 
■Which scarcely could be ciiied a voice, 

Together icared him off at length- — 
I know no mir e — my laiest dream 

Is somethiii^ of a lovely star 

Which fix'd my dull eyes from afar. 
And went and came with wandering bean^ 
And of the cold, dull, swimming, dense 
Seaution of recurring sense, > 

Anc then subsiding back to death, 
Ano then apto a littie breath, 
A little thnll, a short suspense, 

An icy sickness curdling o'er 
Itfy lieart, and sparks that cro»M my brain • 
A |Bip> a throb, a start of pain, 

A sjgh, and nothing more. 

XIX. 

* I woke — where was I ? ~ Do I see 
A human Dtce kxik down on Die ? 
And doth a roof above nie clt:»se ? 
Do these limbs on a couch repose? 
la this a chamber where I lie ? 
And is it niort.-il yon bright eye. 
That watches me' wiUi gentle glance ? 

I closed my own again once more. 
As doubtful that my former trance 

Could not as yel be o'er. 
A slender girl. long-hairM, and tall, 
Sate watclimg bv the cottage wall; 
The »p:*rble of fier eve I caught, 
Even with my first return of thonght ; 
For ever and anon she threw 

A prying, pitying glance on me 

With her black eyes so wild and freei 
I ^zed, and ga^.ej, until I knew 

No vision it could be,— 
Bat that I lived, and was released 
From adding to the vulture's feast : 
And when the Cos-cick maid beheld 
My heavy eyes ai length unsealM, 
She smiled — and 1 essayM to speak. 

But faiPd — and she approarh'd, and made 

With lip and finger signs tliat said, 
I must not strrve as yel to break 
The ailri'ce, till my strength should be 
Enough to leave uiy accents free ; 
And then her hand on mine she laid, 
And smontlt'd the pillow for my head, 
And stole along on tiptoe tread, 

And gently oped the door, and spake 
In whispers — ne'er was voice so iweet I 
Even music follow'd her light feet ; — 

But those she c^Vd were not awake, 



And she went forth ; bat, ere ibe pi«H. 

Another look on me she cast, 

Another sign she made, to say, 
That I bad nought to fear, thit all 
Were near, at my command or caJl, 

And she would not delay 
Her due return : — while she was gOM, 
Melhought 1 felt too much alone. 

XX. 
•' She came with mother and with sir**- 
What need of more ? — I will not tin 
With long recital of the rest, 
Since 1 became the Cossack's sue*t. 
They found me senseless on the [.lain — 

They bore me to the nearest hut — 
They brought me into life again — 
Me — one day o'er their realm to reign I 

Thus the vain f lol w ho strove to glut 
His rage, refining on my pain. 

Sent me forth to the wilderness, 
Bound, naked, bleeding, and alone, 
To pass '.he desert to a throne, — 

What mortai his own doom may guoM?*- 

Let none despond, let none despair ! 
To-morrow the Borysthenes 
May see our coursers graze at ease 
rpon his Turkish bank,— and never 
Had I such welcome for a river 

As i sha!I yield when safelv there.' 
Comrades, ffood night I "— The Hetman ftl«V 

Ills length beneith the oak-tree shade. 

With leafy couch already made, 
A I>ed nor comfortless nor new 
To him, who took his rest whene'er 
The hour aniveil, no matter where; 

Hi* eyes the hastening slumbers steep. 
Atid if ye man-el Charles forjot 
To thank his tale, h£ wonder'd not, — 

The king had been an hour asleep. 



1 "Charles, having pprrpived that the day waa toal lal 
thai his only rhaiire nf Har^-ty whh to retire wit) tte 
olmo»t preoipitalmn, Buffered hinwelf lo be nouDt»-J on 
bomebacK, and wilh (he remnina of hti army fled to ■ 
place railed I'erewolorbna, nilualrd io the anRle forir ed hj 
th« junrtioii of the Vorskla and ih« Dorynthenea. Urn, 
armmpanir^ by Mareppa, and a few hundred* of Ha fol- 
lowers, Charles awam over the letter preiit river, and pro. 
ceeding OTer a desolate country, tu dar.ger of penahiof 
with huD^er, at leD(;th rt-ached the D'-g. where be wi« 
kindly r«<eiTed by the TnrkiPh pncha. Ibe RuMtaa em- 
voy at the Bublime Purle demanded that Mnzefpa ahoaU 
be delivered np to Peter, but the Old Helm:)n of the Cm- 
•arka eiirap«d thia fate by tiiktne a diaeaae whirb bultaad 
hi* death." — BA&BOW*S i^aiar tU Ortat rp. i«— 
901.- B. 



THE PROPHECY OF DANTE. 



DEDICATIOF 

t^J I if Inr fTie cold anj rinmlf dim* 

Whrrc I tvit Ixirn. bill trlirrc I wouM ti ilo, 

CM -hi- crrjl I'lftSiir of llaly 
I 4arr In SmlJ li.e miilalivi! rhvme, 
ll>niri Riinir rnpr of llir VMitli<i iiihlimc, 

nioii in Ihr niitt ; and honwirvrr I 

Fall ili'irt of III! iniiiinrtAl li.iriiiony, 
Fhj fr: la bnrl mil panjnn uie Ilia crima. 

I Wrinu «| aimuila U« ••am>t tl Ul(< mi ps^ 



Tboq, In the pride of Baoljr «nij of Toolh, 

Spaknl I and for xhee to vpeak and b« obcjV 
Arc one ; Diil only in Ihe auiiny South 

Such louiidi arc uticr'd, and sucli rharma di^i^f^ 
So awect a lan^.icc from ao fair a ntnu'h — 

Ah '. to wh.ll cITorl would il uol |>crauad«> 

RiMDOa. lunrll, iai9k 



In Iht cour«c of • itliil to Iha dty of RiTMM h ft* 
«uiiBi<r u( 1819, II waj Kuw«tad U (k« Miter B^ 



THE PROPHECY OF DANTE. 



Canto l.J 



hATinf composed something on the subject of Tasso*i 
ffinfiuameni, he should do the saoie on Daote^s exile, 
*-the tomb of '^e i-oet forming one of (he principal 
•bjects of iDlerckt iu Qiat city, both to the oalive and 
to the ttrau^er. 

** Od this hint I spake," and the result has been the 
IbltowiDg four cantos, in teraa riuii,;iowoflercd to the 
reader. If they are understood and approved, it is my 
purpoie to continue the poem, in various other cantos, 
to its natural conclusion in the present a^ The 
reader is requested to suppose thit Daiite adiiresses him 
Id the interval between the conclusion of the Divina 
CoDiraedia and his death, and shnrMy before the latter 
•vent, foreiellin; the fortunes of Italy in general in the 
•Bsuinf centuries. In adopting Ihis plan 1 have had in 
■»y mind the Cassandra of Lycophron, and the Pro- 
phecy of Nereus by Horace, as well as the Prophecies 
of Holy Writ. The measure adopted is the terza rima 
of Dante, which I am no! aware to hive <;een hitherto 
tried in our language, except it may be by Mr. Hayley, 
of whose translation I never saw but one extract. 
auoted in the notes to Caliph Valhek ; so that — if I 

00 not err — Ihis poem may be considered as a metrical 
experiment. The cantos are short, and about the same 
length of (hose of the poet, whose name I have bor- 
rowed, and most probably taken in vain. 

Amongst the incon.-eiiiencesof authors in the pre- 
•ent day, it is difficult for any who have a name, good 
or bad,' to escape translation. I have had the fortune 
to see the fourth canto of Childe Harold translated into 
Italian versi scioiti, — that is, a poem WTitten in (he 
Spevsereaji stanza into blank verse^ without regard to 
the natural divisions of the stauxa or of the sense. If 
the present pnem, being on a national topic, should 
chance to undergo the same fate, I would request the 
Italian reader to remember that when I have failed in 
the imitation of his great ''Padre Alighter," I have! 
foiled in imitating that which all study and few under- 
ttand, since tu this very day it is not yet settled what 
wa» the meaning cf the allegory- in the first canto of 
the Inierno, un.ess Count Alarchetti's ingeniou? and 
probable conjecture may be considered as having de- 
cided the question. 

He may also pardon my failure the more, as I am 
not quite sure that he would be pleased with my suc- 
cess, since the Italians, v/ith a pardonable nationality, 
are particularly jealous of all that is left them as a 
nation, — their literature; and in the present bitterness 
of the classic and romantic war, are but ill disposed to 
permit a foreigner even to approve or imitate ihem, 
without finding some fault wiih his ultramontane pre- 
•umption. I can easily enter into all this, knowing 
what would be thought in England of an Italian imi- 
tator of Milton, or if a translatian of Monte, or Pinde- 
monte, or Ariel, should be held up to the rising gene- 
ration as a model for their future poetical essays. But 

1 perceive that I am deviating into an address to the 
Italian reader, when my business is with the English 
ne : and be they few or many, I must take mv leave 
of twth. 



16S 



THE PROPHECY OF DANTE.' 

CANTO THE FIRST. 

On;« more in man's frail world ! which I had left 
So long that 't was forgotten ; and I feel 
The weight of clay again,— loo soon bereft 

Of the immortal vision which could heal 



Flore 



1 Daote Allghieii was b< 
•r ■□ aocirnt and hoonurab 
hi* life b« Kain^d 8r>me cr^d 
dlMlDKaithed himfipir by h 
tbe Florentioffl obtained a aifnal victory 
of Areno. He b»-« 



May, 1265. 

Id the early part of 

Hilary character, and 



111! more emineiit by the atqui- 
•ItioD of court honour"; and at the nge of tliirly-five. he 
lOM to t>e oxie of the rtiicf ciagiBtratcH of Floreoct, when 
ttsl tflgaity WM ooDfcrrea by tbe •uflracea of Ibo pe«i|ia. 



My earthly sorrows, and to God^« own tkie« 

Lift me from that deep gulf without repeal, 

Where late my eats rung with the damned criaa 
Of souls in hojieless bate; and from that place 
Of lesser tormeut, h hence men may arise 

Pure from the fire to join the angelic race; 
'Midst whom my own bright Beatrice bleas'd • 
My spirit with her lieht ; and to the base 

Of the eternal Triad ! first, last, best, 
Mysrerinus, three, atile, iu&iile, great God '. 
Soul universal 1 led the mortal guest, 

Unblasied by the glory, though he trod 
From star to star to' reach the almighty throna. 
Oh Beatrice I whose sweet limbs the sod 

So Inng hath presa'd, and the cold marble stone, 
1 hou sole pure seraph of my earliest love, ' 

Love so incff'able, and so alone, 

That nought on earth could more my bosom move, 
And meeting thee in heaven was but to meet 
That without which my soul, like the arkleae dove 

Had waiider*d slill in search of, nor her feet 
Helieved her wing till found ; without thy light 
My paradise had still been incomplete.i 

Since my tenth sun gave summer to mv sight 
'I'hou «ert my life, the essence of niy thought, 
Loved ere 1 knew the name of love,< and bright 

Still in these dim old eyes, now overwrought 

With the world's war, and year?, and banishment, 
And tears for thee, by other woes untaught ; 

Fnf mine is not a nature to be bent 
By tyrannous faction, and the brawling crowd. 
And though the long, long conflict hath been spent 

Id vain, and nevermore, save when the cloud 
"Which overhangs the Apennine, my mind's eye 
Pierces to fancy Florence, once so proud 

Of me, can I return, though but to die. 
Unto my native soil, they have not yet 
Quench'd the old exile's spirit, stern and faigh. 

Bu! !he sun. though not overcast, must set. 
And the night comelh j I am old in days, 
And deeds, and contemplation, and have met 

Destruction face to face in all his ways. 

The world hath left me, what it found me, pure, 
And if 1 have not gather'd yet its praise, 

I sought it not by any baser lure ; 
Man wrongs, and Time avenges, and my name 
May form a monument not all ohuure, 



ind he dit 



altalioo the pcet bimseir dated hl« priacipa] 

Italy was at that time distrncted by the 

hibehnea andGuelph», — among 

part. Iq one of the pro- 

posBeBFioDB poiiflscated. 



Kiififorlu 

contending fartionaof th 

[he latter Daiite took a 

b&nixhfd, h 



and 1 



1321. Boccaccio thua deecrit)ea 



'He 



I of the 



Ktdle 



Id disposition, and, from the 
at manhood, gravf in hie manner and dt-portroent. His 
clothes were plain, and his drei-a always confoniable Co 
bis years : bia face was long; hie ncae aqnilioe ; bis eyea 
rather large than olherwiiie. His complexioD was dark, 
melancholy, and pensive. In his meals he waa eztreaHy 



1 reqti 



8 **Che eol per te belle opre 

Che faono in Cielo i1 sole e I* altre ateU« 

Dentro di lui* ti ertde U Paradt$o, 

CoKi »e ^uardi flso 

Penaar ben del ch* ogni terren' piaccre." 
Canzone, In which Dante descr!t>e« tbe peri'U) of Beatric*, 
Strophe third. 



immortalized commeitred while he was io bia Diath 
r. and she io her eighth year. It i» Aaid that their 
I banquet lu the bouse of Folco For- 
ij certain it is, Ihat the impreaaloa 



tinaro, her fathe 

th'-n made nn the suere, tihie and cmslanl Icart of Du»t« 
wn« not obliterated by her death, which hapfaaad mSlat m 
Uitervai of aiKteen year*. — CA KT. — E. 



1C4 



THE PROPHECY OF DANTE. 



[Canto l 



i joogh neb wu not my ambition"! end or um, 
Tn iiid to the raiij-^lont>u5 list d thoac 
Who dihblc ID iLe pet'iuea y ome, 

Asd iiiAke Uieo'i tickle Lreatb the h lud that blowt 
Their uil, aod deem it ?lorT to be clui'd 
With coiiquemri, and virtue's o.Uer foes, 

Ib bloo-lT chronicles of ages f^at. 

I would have fa-'d my Florence great and free;* 
Oh Florence I Florence: uulo me ihoo wast 

Like lha2 Jenisalcm which the Almighty He 
Wcp' jrer, '• but thou wouldst not j** as the t>d 
Gathers its young, I would have ^athei'd thee 

Beneaih a jtareut piDioOf had a', thou heard 
>Iy votie; but as the adder, deaf and herce, 
A^ins! tbe breast that chrrwh'd thee wu siirr'd 

Tfcy ?enoDi, and my state ihou didst aniercc, 
And doom \hU bf>dy fnrlcit to the fire. 
Alaj ! how bitter is his co-mtry's curw 

To hira who for that couotrr uould expire, 
Bui did not merit to expire Iry her, 
And loves her, h)ves tier cveu in her ire 

The tUv Diay come when she will cca^e lo err, 
The dav mav come bhe would be proud to hare 
TVjC dusl she dffmi.s to scaiter, and transfer* 

Of hiQi, whom she denied a home, the ^ravc. 
But this shall not be granted ; let my dust 
Lie where it fall5 ; nor shall (he soil which gara 

Uc >ireath, but in her sudden fury thrust 
Mc f )ith Ift breathe elsewhere.' so renssume 
My iDdi*naui bones, becaust- her an^ry gust 

Forvwth ii over, and repeat'd her dor.ni ; 

No. — she denied roc what was mine — my nxif^ 
And siiill not liave wha' is not hers— my tomb. 

Too Ions her amied wrath hatli kept aloof 

The breail which would have bled for her, the heart 
Tial beat, the mind Hut wa> temptation proof, 

The man who foughU inild, trivt-IPd, and each part 
Of a inic citizen fulfiMd, and mw 
Fit his rewanl the Guelfs ascendant art 

Fa» hift de>lnictioo even into a law. 
Th«c Ihinp are tiof made for forgelfulneji, 
FliTcnrr hhill tt forgutteo tiral ; too raw 

■]n.^ wound, loo deep the wrong;, and the dlstreai 
Of such endurance toti prolmig'd to make 
My pardon prea er. her injustice less, 

Thougti late repented ; yet — yci ff>r her sake 
I feel y»Die fonder vcaruinp, and for thme, 
My own Beatrice, 1 would hardly take 

Vengeance upon tbe hnd which "nee was minei, 
And still is hallow'd bv lb? du