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The leader of the band he had undone ; But by a thread, like sharks who have Who.born perchance for better things, had set
gorged the bait; His life upon a cast which linger'd yet: Yet to the very last they battled well, But now the die was to be thrown, and all And not a groan inform’d their foes who fell. The chances were in favour of his fall: Christian died last--twice wounded; and And such a fall! But still he faced the shock, Obdurate as a portion of the rock
Mercy was offer'd when they saw his gore; Whereon he stood,and fix'd his levellid gun, Too late for life, but not too late to die, Dark as a sullen cloud before the sun. With though a hostile hand to close his eye.
A limb was broken , and he droop'd along
The crag, as doth a falcon reft of young. The boat drew nigh, well arm'd, and firm The sound revived him, or appear'd to wake
Some passion which a weakly gesture spake; To act whatever Duty bade them do; He beckond to the foremost who drew nigh, Careless of danger, as the onward Wind But, as they near’d, he rear'd his weapon Is of the leaves it strews, nor looks behind :
highAnd yet perhaps they rather wish'd to go His last ball had been aim'd, but from his Against a nation's than a native foe,
breast And felt that this poor victim of self-will, He tore the topmost button of his vest, Briton no more, had once been Britain's still. Down the tube dash'd it, levelled, fired, They hail'd him to surrender—no reply;
and siniled Their arms were poised, and glittered in As his foe fell; then, like a serpent, coild
His wounded, weary form, to where the steep They hail'd again-- no answer; yet once more Look'd desperate as himself along the deep; They offered quarter louder than before. Cast one glance back, and clench'd his The echoes only, from the rock’s rebound,
hand, and shook Took their last farewell of the dying sound. His last rage 'gainst the earth which he Then flashed the flint, and blazed the vol
forsook; leying flame, Then plunged: the rock below received And the smoke rose between them and their
like glass aim,
His body crush'd into one gory mass, While the rock rattled with the ballets' With scarce a shred to tell of human form,
Or fragment for the sea-bird or the worm; Which peal'd in vain, and flatten'd as they A fair-haird scalp, besmear'd with blood
and weeds. Then flew the only answer to be given Yet reek’d,the remnant of himself and deeds ; By those who had lost all hope in earth or Some splinters of his weapons (to the last,
As long as hand could hold, he held them fast) After the first fierce peal, as they pull'a Yet glitter'd, but at distance-hurld away
To rust beneath the dew and dashing spray. They heard the voice of Christian shout, The rest was nothing -- save a life mis-spent
“Now fire!" And soul but who shall answer where it And ere the word upon the echo died,
went? Two fell; the rest assail'd the rock's rough "Tis ours to bear, not judge the dead; and
they And, furious at the madness of their foes, Who doom to hell, themselves are on the way, Disdain'd all further efforts, save to close. Unless these bullies of eternal pains But steep the crag, and all without a path, Are pardon'd their bad hearts for their Each step opposed a bastion to their wrath ;
worse brains. While, placed 'midst clefts the least acces
sible, Which Christian's eye was train'd to mark The deed was over! All were gone or ta’en,
The fugitive, the captive, or the slain. The three maintain’d a strife which must Chain'd on the deck, where once, a gallant
not yield, In spots where eagles might have chosen They stood with honour, were the wretched to build.
few Their every shot told;while the assailant fell, Survivors of the skirmish on the isle; Dash'd on the shingles like the limpet shell; But the last rock left no surviving spoil. But still enough survived, and mounted still, Cold lay they where they fell, and welterScattering their numbers here and there,
While o'er them flapp'd the sea-birds' dewy Surrounded and commanded, though not nigh
wing, Enough for seizure, near enongh to die, Now whecling nearer from the neighThe desperate trio held aloof their fate
: And screaming high their harsh and hungry | Swam round the rock, to where a shallow dirge:
cleft But calm and careless heaved the wave Hid the canoe that Neuha there had left
Drifting along the tide, without an oar, Eternal with unsympathetic flow; That eve the strangers chased them from Far o'er its face the dolphins sported on,
the shore; And sprung the flying-fish against the sun, But when these vanish’d, she pursued her Till its dried wing relapsed from its brief
Regain'd, and urged to where they found To gather moisture for another flight.
it now: Nor ever did more Love and Joy embark,
Than now was wafted in that slender ark. 'Twas morn ; and Neuha, who by dawn
of day Svam smoothly forth to catch the rising ray, Again their own shore rises on the view, And watch if aught approach'd the amphi- No more polluted with a hostile hue;
bious lair No sullen ship lay bristling o'er the foam, Where lay her lover, saw a sail in air: A floating dungeon: all was Hope and Homel It flapp'd, it fillid, and to the growing gale A thousand proas darted o'er the bay, Bent its broad arch: her breath began to fail With sounding shells, and heralded their With fluttering fear, her heart beat thick
way ; and high,
The Chiefs came down, around the people While yet a doubt sprung where its course
pour’d, might lie:
And welcomed Torquil as a son restored ; Bat no! it came not; fast and far away The women throng’d, embracing and emThe shadow lessen'd as it clear'd the bay.
braced She gazed, and flung the sea-foam from By Neuha, asking where they had been
chased, To watch as for a rainbow in the skies. And how escaped ? The tale was told; and On the horizon verged the distant deck,
then Diminish'd, dwindled to a very speck- One acclamation rent the sky again; Then vanish'd. All was ocean, all was joy! And from that hour a new tradition gave Down plunged she through the cave to Their sanctuary the name of "Neuha'sCave.”
rouse her boy; An hundred fires, far flickering from the Told all she had seen, and all she hoped,
height, and all
Blazed o'er the general revel of the night, That happy Love could augur or recal; The feast in honour of the guest, return'd Sprang forth again, with Torquil following To Peace and Pleasure, perilously earn'd;
A night succeeded by such happy days His bounding Nereid over the broad sea ; As only the yet infant world displays.
Whom I have sought in darkness and in
lightSCENE 1.-MANFABD alone.--Scene, a Gothic Ye, who do compass earth about, and dwell Gallery.- T'ime, Midnight.
In subtler essence-ye, to whom the tops
Of mountains inaccessible are haunts, Manfred. The lamp must be replenish’d, And earth's and ocean's caves familiar but even then
things It will not burn so long as I must watch: I call upon ye by the written charm, My slumbers—if I slumber-- are not sleep, which gives me power upon you - Rice! But a continuance of enduring thought,
A paust. Which then I can resist not: in my heart They come not yet. -- Now by the voice of him
There is a vigil, and these eyes but close Who is the first among you - by this sign, To look within; and yet I live, and bear Which makes you tremble— by the claims The aspect and the form of breathing men.
of him But grief should be the instructor of the Who is undying,-Rise! appear ! Appear wise :
(A pause. Sorrow is knowledge: they who know the If it be 80.–Spirits of earth and air, most
Ye shall not thus elude me : by a power, Must mourn the deepest o'er the fatal truth; Deeper than all yet urged , a tyrant-spell
, The Tree of Knowledge is not that of Life. which had its birth-place in a starcondemnd. Philosophy and science, and the springs The burning wreck of a demolish'd world, Of wonder, and the wisdom of the world, A wandering hell in the eternal space ; I have essay'd, and in my mind there is By the strong curse which is npon iny soul, A power to make these subject to itself -- The thought which is within me and But they avail not: I have done men good,
around me, And I have met with good even among I do compel ye to my will.- Appear!
(A star is seen at the darker end But this avail'd not: I have had my foes,
of the gallery: it is stationary: And none have baffled, many fallen before
and a voice is heard singing But this avail'd not: - Good, or evil, life,
And the summer's sun-set gilds
Though thy quest may be forbidden,
Voice of the Second Spirit. Space bosom'd not a lovelier star.
A wandering mass of shapeless flame,
The menace of the universe; mund his waist are forests braced,
Still rolling on with innate force, The Avalanche in his hand;
Without a sphere, without a course, Bat ere it fall, that thundering ball
A bright deformity on high.
The monster of the upper sky!
And thou! beneath its influence born-
Thou worm! whom I obey and scornBut I am he who bids it pass,
Forced by a power (which is not thine, Or with its ice delay.
And lent thee but to make thee mine) I am the Spirit of the place,
For this brief moment to descend, Could make the mountain bow
Where these weak spirits round thee bend And quiver to his cavern'd base –
And parley with a thing like theeAnd what with me wouldst Thou?
What would'st thou, Child of Clay! with me! Voice of the Third Spirit.
The Seven Spirits. In the blue depth of the waters,
Earth, ocean, air, night, mountains, winds, Where the wave hath no strife,
thy star, Where the wind is a stranger,
Are at thy beck and bidding, Child of And the sea-snake hath life,
Clay! Where the Mermaid is decking
Before thee, at thy quest, their spirits areHer green hair with shells;
What would'st thou with us,son of mortals Like the storm on the surface Came the sound of thy spells;
Manf. ForgetfulnessD'er my calm Hall of Coral
First Spirit. Of what_of whom_and why? The deep echo rollid
Manf. Of that which is within me; read To the Spirit of Ocean
it there Thy wishes unfold !
Ye know it, and I cannot utter it.
Spirit. We can but give thee that which
we possess : Where the slumbering earthquake Ask of us subjects, sovereignty, the power Lies pillow'd on fire,
O'er earth, the whole, or portion, or a sign And the lakes of bitumen
Which shall control the elements, whercof Rise boilingly higher;
We are the dominators, each and all, Where the roots of the Andes
These shall be thine. Strike deep in the earth,
Manf. Oblivion, self-oblivion As their summits to heaven
Can ye not wring from out the hidden realms Shoot soaringly forth;
Ye offer so profusely what I ask ? I have quitted my birth-place,
Spirit. It is not in our essence,in our skill; Thy bidding to bide--
But-thou may'st die. Thy spell hath subdued me,
Manf. Will death bestow it on me? Thy will be my guide!
Spirit. We are immortal,and do not forget; Fifth Spirit.
We are eternal ; and to us the past I'm the Rider of the wind,
Is, as the future, present. Art thou answered? The Stirrer of the storm;
Manf. Ye mock me- --but the power which The hurricane I left behind
brought ye here Is yet with lightning warm;
Hath made you mine. Slaves, scoff not at To speed to thee, o'er shore and sea I swept upon the blast:
The mind, the spirit, the Promethean spark, The fleet I met sail'd well, and yet
The lightning of my being, is as bright, Twill sink ere night be past.
Pervading, and far-darting as your own,
And shall not yield to yours, though coop'd Sirth Spirit.
in clay! Wy dwelling is the shadow of the night,
Answer, or I will teach ye what I am. Why doth thy magic torture me with light? Spirit. We answer as we answer'd; our
reply Seventh Spirit.
I. even in thine own words. The star which rules thy destiny,
Manf. Why say ye so? Was ruled, ere earth began, by me: Spirit. If, as thou say'st, thine essence be It was a world as fresh and fair
as ours, As e'er revolved round sun in air;
We have replied in telling thee, the thing Ils course was free and regular,
Mortals call death hath nought to do with us.
Manf. I then have callid ye from your
realms in vain; Ye cannot, or ye will not, aid me.
Spirit. Say; What we possess we offer; it is thine: Bethink ere thou disiniss us, ask againKingdom, and sway, and strength, and
length of daysManf. Accursed! what have I to do with
days? They are too long already. Hence - begone! Spirit. Yet pause: being here, our will
would do thee service; Bethink thee, is there then no other gift Which we can make not worthless in thine
Though thou seest me not pass by, Thou shalt feel me with thine eye As a thing that, though unseen, Must be near thee, and hath been ; And when in that secret dread Thou hast turn'd around thy head, Thou shalt marvel I am not As thy shadow on the spot, And the power which thou dost feel Shall be what thou must conceal.
And a magic voice and verse Hath baptized thee with a carse ; And a spirit of the air Hath begirt thee with a snare; In the wind there is a voice Shall forbid thce to rejoice; And to thee shall Night deny All the quiet of her sky; And the day shall have a sun, Which shall make thee wish it done.
Manf. No, none: yet stay-one moment,
ere we partI would behold ye face to face. I hear Your voices, sweet and melancholy sounds, As music on the waters; and I see The steady aspect of a clear large star, But nothing more. Approach me as ye are, Or one, or all, in your accustom'd forms. Spirit. We have no forins beyond the
elements of which we are the mind and principle: But choose a form - in that we will appear. Manf. I have no choice; there is no forın
on earth Hideous or beautiful to me. Let him, Who is most powerful of ye, take such aspect As unto him may seem most fitting - Come! Seventh Spirit. (Appearing in the shape of
a beautiful female figure.) Behold! Manf. Oh God! if it be thus, and thou Art not a madness and a mockery, I yet might be most happy. I will clasp thee, And we again will be-[The figure vanishes. My heart is crush'd !
(Manfred falls senseless. (A voice is heard in the Incantation which
From thy false tears I did distil An essence which hath strength to kill; From thy own heart I then did wring The black blood in its blackest spring; From thy own smile I snatch'd the snake, For there it coild as in a brake; From thy own lip I drew the charm Which gave all these their chiefest harm; In proving every poison known, I found the strongest was thine own.
By thy cold breast and serpent-smile, By thy unfathom'd gulfs of guile, By that most seeming virtuous eye, By thy shut soul's hypocrisy; By the perfection of thine art, Which pass’d for human thine own heart, By thy delight in others' pain, And by thy brotherhood of Cain, I call upon thee! and compel Thyself to be thy proper Hell!
And on thy head I pour the vial Which doth devote thee to this trial; Nor to slumber, nor to die, Shall be in thy destiny; Though thy death shall still seem near To thy wish, but as a fear; Lo! the spell now works around thee, And the clankless chain hath bound thee; O'er thy heart and brain together Ilath the word becn pass'd- now wither!
Though thy slumber may be deep, Yet thy spirit shall not sleep; There are shades which will not vanish, There are thoughts thou canst not banish; By a power to thee unknown, Thou canst never be alone; Thou art wrapt as with a shroud, Thon art gather'il in a cloud; And for cier shalt thou dwell In the spirit of this spell
SCENE II. - The Mountain of the Jungfrau.
Time, Morning MANFRED alone upon the Cliff's. Manf. The spirits I have raised abandon The spells which I have studied baffle me The remedy I reckd of tortured me; I lean no inore on super human aid. li hath no power upon the past, and for