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Imps in the barn with mousing owlet bred, Brightens or fades; yet all, with magic art,
Control the latent fibres of the heart. Whose dark eyes flash'd through locks of blackest As studious Prospero's mysterious spell shade,
Drew every subject spirit to his cell; When in the breeze the distant watch-dog bay'd:- Each, at thy call, advances or retires, And heroes fled the Sibyl's mutter'd call,
As judgment dictates, or the scene inspires. Whose elfin prowess scaled the orchard wall. Each thrills the seat of sense, that sacred source As o'er my palm the silver piece she drew, Whence the fine nerves direct their mazy course, And traced the line of life with searching view, And through the frame invisibly convey How throbb'd my futtering pulse with hopes and The subtle, quick vibrations as they play. fears,
Survey the globe, each ruder realm explore; To learn the colour of my future years !
From reason's faintest ray to Newton soar. Ah, then, what honest triumph fush'd my breast; What different spheres to human bliss assign'd! This truth once known-To bless is to be blest! What slow gradations in the scale of mind ! We led the bending beggar on his way,
Yet mark in each these mystic wonders wrought; (Bare were his feet, his tresses silver gray,) O mark the sleepless energies of thought! Soothed the keen pangs his aged spirit felt,
Th’adventurous boy, that asks his little share, And on his tale with mute attention dwelt. And hies from home with many a gossip's prayer, As in his scrip we dropt our little store,
Turns on the neighbouring hill, once more to see And sigh'd to think that little was no more, The dear abode of peace and privacy ; He breath'd his prayer, “ Long may such goodness And as he turns, the thatch among the trees, live!"
The smoke's blue wreaths ascending with the 'Twas all he gave, 'twas all he had to give.
breeze, But hark! through those old firs, with sullen swell, The village common spotted white with sheep, The church clock strikes! ye tender scenes, fare- The churchyard yews round which his fathers sleep; well!
All rouse reflection's sadly pleasing train, It calls me hence, beneath their shade, to trace And oft he looks and weeps, and looks again. The few fond lines that time may soon efface. So, when the mild Tupia dared explore
On yon gray stone, that fronts the chancel door, Arts yet untaught, and worlds unknown before, Worn smooth by busy feet now seen no more, And, with the sons of science, woo'd the gale Each eve we shot the marble through the ring, That, rising, swell’d their strange expanse of sail; When the heart danced, and life was in its spring; So, when he breathed his firm, yet fond adieu, Alas! unconscious of the kindred earth,
Borne from his leafy hut, his carved canoe, That faintly echo'd to the voice of mirth.
And all his soul best loved-such tears he shed, The glow-worm loves her emerald light to shed, While each soft scene of summer beauty fled. Where now the sexton rests his hoary head. Long o'er the wave a wistful look he cast, Oft, as he turn’d the greensward with his spade, Long watch'd the streaming signal from the mast; He lectured every youth that round him play'd; Till twilight's dewy tints deceived his eye, And, calmly pointing where our fathers lay, And fairy forests fringed the ev uing sky. Roused us to rival each, the hero of his day.
So Scotia's queen, as slowly dawn'd the day Hush, ye fond flutterings, hush! while here alone Rose on her couch, and gazed her soul away. I search the records of each mouldering stone. Her
had bless'd the beacon's glimmering height, Guides of my life ! instructers of my youth ! That faintly tipt the feathery surge with light; Who first unveil'd the hallow'd form of truth; But now the morn with orient hues portray'd Whose every word enlighten'd and endear'd; Each castled cliff, and brown monastic shade: In age beloved, in poverty revered;
All touch'd the talisman's resistless spring, In friendship's silent register ye live,
And lo, what busy tribes were instant on the wing! Nor ask the vain memorial art can give.
Thus kindred objects kindred thoughts inspire, -But when the sons of peace, of pleasure sleep, As summer clouds flash forth electric fire. When only sorrow wakes, and wakes to weep, And hence this spot gives back the joys of youth, What spells entrance my visionary mind
Warm as the life, and with the mirror's truth. With sighs so sweet, with transports so refined ! Hence homefelt pleasure prompts the patriot's sigh;
Ethereal power! who at the noon of night This makes him wish to live, and dare to die. Recall'st the far fled spirit of delight;
For this young Foscari, whose hapless fate
When reason, justice, vainly urged his cause,
Glad to return, though hope could grant no more, Lulld in the countless chambers of the brain, And chains and torture hail'd him to the shore. Our thoughts are link'd by many a hidden chain. And hence the charm historic scenes impart: Awake but one, and lo, what myriads rise ! Hence Tiber awes, and Avon melts the heart. Each stamps its image as the other flies !
Aërial forms in Tempe's classic vale Each, as the various avenues of sense
Glance through the gloom, and whisper in the Delight or sorrow to the soul dispense,
In wild Vaucluse with love and Laura dwell, When o'er the blasted heath the day declined, And watch and weep in Eloisa's cell.
And on the scath'd oak warr'd the winter wind; 'Twas ever thus. As now at Virgil's tomb When not a distant taper's twinkling ray We bless the shade, and bid the verdure bloom: Gleam'd o'er the furze to light him on his way So Tully paused, amid the wrecks of time, When not a sheep-bell soothed his listening ear, On the rude stone to trace the truth sublime; And the big rain-drops told the tempest near ; When at his feet, in honour'd dust disclosed, Then did his horse the homeward track descry, Th’immortal sage of Syracuse reposed.
The track that shunn'd his sad, inquiring eye; And as he long in sweet delusion hung,
And win each wavering purpose to relent, Where once a Plato taught, a Pindar sung; With warmth so mild, so gently violent, Who now but meets him musing, when he roves That his charm'd hand the careless rein resign'd, His ruin'a Tusculan's romantic groves ?
And doubts and terrors vanish'd from his mind. In Rome's great forum, who but hears him roll Recall the traveller, whose alter'd form His moral thunders o'er the subject soul ?
Has borne the buffet of the mountain storm ; And hence that calm delight the portrait gives : And who will first his fond impatience meet? We gaze on every feature till it lives!
His faithful dog's already at his feet! Still the fond lover sees the absent maid;
Yes, though the porter spurn him from the door, And the lost friend still lingers in his shade! Though all, that knew him, know his face no Say why the pensive widow loves to weep,
And see, the master but returns to die !
The blasts of heaven, the drenching dews of He bends to meet each artless burst of joy,
earth, Forgets his age, and acts again the boy.
The wanton insults of unfeeling mirth, What though the iron school of war erase These, when to guard misfortune's sacred grave, Each milder virtue, and each softer grace;
Will firm fidelity exult to brave. What though the fiend's torpedo touch arrest Led by what chart, transports the timid dove Each gentler, finer impulse of the breast:
The wreaths of conquest, or the vows of love? Still shall this active principle preside,
Say, through the clouds what compass points her And wake the tear to pity's self denied.
flight? Th’intrepid Swiss, who guards a foreign shore, Monarchs have gazed, and nations bless'd the Condemn’d to climb his mountain cliffs no more,
sight. If chance he hears the song so sweetly wild, Pile rocks on rocks, bid woods and mountains rise, Which on those cliffs his infant hours beguiled, Eclipse her native shades, her native skies:Melts at the long-lost scenes that round him rise, 'Tis vain! through ether's pathless wilds she And sinks a martyr to repentant sighs.
goes, Ask not if courts or camps dissolve the charm : And lights at last where all her cares repose. Say why Vespasian loved his Sabine farm;
Sweet bird! thy truth shall Haarlem's walls Why great Navarre, when France and freedom attest, bled,
And unborn ages consecrate thy nest. Sought the lone limits of a forest shed.
When, with the silent energy of grief, When Dioclesian's self-corrected mind
With looks that ask'd, yet dared not hope relief, The imperial fasces of a world resign'd,
Want with her babes round generous valour clung, Say why we trace the labours of his spade, To wring the slow surrender from his tongue, In calm Salona's philosophic shade.
'Twas thine to animate her closing eye; Say, when contentious Charles renounced a throne, Alas! 'twas thine, perchance, the first to die, To muse with monks unletter'd and unknown, Crush'd by her meager hand, when welcomed from What from his soul the parting tribute drew?
the sky. What claim'd the sorrows of a last adieu?
Hark! the bee winds her small but mellow The still retreats that soothed his tranquil breast,
horn, Ere grandeur dazzled, and its cares oppress'd. Blithe to salute the sunny smile of morn.
Undamp'd by time, the generous instinct glows O’er thymy downs she bends her busy course, Far as Angola's sands, as Zembla's snows; And many a stream allures her to its source. Glows in the tiger's den, the serpent's nest, 'Tis noon, 'tis night. That eye so finely wrought, On every form of varied life imprest.
Beyond the search of sense, the soar of thought, The social tribes its choicest influence hail:- Now vainly asks the scenes she left behind; And when the drum beats briskly in the gale, Its orb so full, its vision so confined ! The war-worn courser charges at the sound, Who guides the patient pilgrim to her cell? And with young vigour wheels the pasture round. Who bids her soul with conscious triumph swell? Oft has the aged tenant of the vale
With conscious truth retrace the mazy clue Lean'd on his staff to lengthen out the tale ; Of varied scents, that charm'd her as she flew ? Oft have his lips the grateful tribute breathed, Hail, Memory, hail! thy universal reign From sire to son with pious zeal bequeath'd. Guards the least link of being's glorious chain.
The beauteous maid, who bids the world adieu, PART II.
Oft of that world will snatch a fond review;
Oft at the shrine neglect her beads, to trace
And ere, with iron tongue, the vesper bell
Bursts through the cypress-walk, the convent cell,
Oft will her warm and wayward heart revive, The Memory has hitherto acted only in subservience to the senses, and so far man is not eminently distin- To love and joy still tremblingly alive ; guished from other animals; but, with respect to man, The whisperd vow, the chaste caress prolong, she has a higher province ; and is often busily employed, Weave the light dance and swell the choral song when excited by no external cause whatever. She pre- With rapt ear drink th' enchanting serenade, serves, for his use, the treasures of art and science, his. And, as it melts along the moonlight glade, tory and philosophy. She colours all the prospects of life : for “ we can only anticipate the future,
by conclud To each soft note return as soft a sigh, ing what is possible from what is past.” On her agency And bless the youth that bids her slumbers fly. depends every effusion of the fancy, who with the boldest But not till time has calm’d the ruffled breast, effort can only compound or transpose, augment or dimi- Are these fond dreams of happiness confest. nish, the materials which she has collected. When the first emotions of despair have subsided, and Not till the rushing winds forget to rave,
Is heaven's sweet smile reflected on the wave. sorrow has softened into melancholy, she amuses with a retrospect of innocent pleasures, and inspires that noble
From Guinea's coast pursue the lessening sail, confidence which results from the consciousness of hav- And catch the sounds that sadden every gale. ing acted well. When sleep has suspended the organs Tell, if thou canst, the sum of sorrows there ; of sense from their office, she not only supplies the mind Mark the fix'd gaze, the wild and frenzied glare, with images, but assists in their combination. And even in madness itself
, when the soul is resigned over to the The racks of thought, and freezings of despair! tyranny of a distempered imagination, she revives past But pause not then-beyond the western wave, perceptions, and awakens that train of thought which was Go, view the captive barter'd as a slave! formerly most familiar.
Crush'd till his high, heroic spirit bleeds, Nor are we pleased only with a review of the brighter And from his nerveless frame indignantly recedes. passages of life. Events, the most distressing in their immediate consequences, are often cherished in remem
Yet here, e'en here, with pleasures long rebrance with a degree of enthusiasm.
sign'a, But the world and its occupations give a mechanical Lo! Memory bursts the twilight of the mind. impulse to the passions, which is not very favourable to Her dear delusions soothe his sinking soul, the indulgence of this feeling. It is in a calm and well When the rude scourge assumes its base control; regulated mind that the memory is most perfect: and And o'er futurity's blank page diffuse solitude is her best sphere of action. With this sentiment is introduced a tale illustrative of her influence in soli.
The full reflection of her vivid hues. tude, sickness, and sorrow. And the subject having now 'Tis but to die, and then, to weep no more, been considered, so far as it relates to man and the Then will he wake on Congo's distant shore; animal world, the poem concludes with a conjecture Beneath his plantain's ancient shade, renew that superior beings are blest with a nobler exercise The simple transports that with freedom flew ; of this faculty.
Catch the cool breeze that musky evening blows,
And quaff the palm's rich nectar as it glows;
And chant the rude, traditionary verse
Ah! why should virtue fear the frowns of fate? What charms in genius, and refines in art;
Hers what no wealth can buy, no power create ! Thee, in whose hand the keys of science dwell, A little world of clear and cloudless day, The pensive portress of her holy cell ;
Nor wreck’d by storms, nor moulder'd by decay ; Whose constant vigils chase the chilling damp A world, with Memory's ceaseless sunshine blest, Oblivion steals upon her vestal lamp.
The home of happiness, an honest breast. The friends of reason, and the guides of youth, But most we mark the wonders of her reign, Whose language breathed the eloquence of truth; When sleep has lock'd the senses in her chain. Whose life, beyond preceptive wisdom, taught When sober judgment has his throne resign'd The great in conduct, and the pure in thought; She smiles away the chaos of the mind; These still exist, by thee to fame consign'd, And, as warm fancy's bright elysium glows, Still speak and act, the models of mankind. From her each image springs, each colour flows.
From thee sweet hope her airy coloring draws; She is the sacred guest! th’immortal friend! And fancy's fights are subject to thy laws. Oft seen o'er sleeping innocence to bend, From thee that bosom spring of rapture flows, In that dead hour of night to silence given, Which only virtue, tranquil virtue, knows. Whispering sei aphic visions of her heaven.
When joy's bright sun has shed his evening ray, When the blithe son of Savoy, journeying round And hope's delusive meteors cease to play ; With humble wares and pipe of merry sound, When clouds on clouds the smiling prospects close, From his green vale and shelter'd cabin hies, Still through the gloom thy star serenely glows: And scales the Alps to visit foreign skies; Like yon fair orb, she gilds the brow of night Though far below the forked lightnings play, With the mild magic of reflected light.
And at his feet the thunder dies away,
Oft, in the saddle rudely rock'd to sleep,
Go, with old Thames, view Chelsea's glorious While his mule browses on the dizzy steep,
pile ; With Memory's aid, he sits at home, and sees And ask the shatter'd hero, whence his smile ? His children sport beneath their native trees, Go, view the splendid domes of Greenwich-go, And bends to hear their cherub voices call, And own what raptures from reflectior flow, O'er the loud fury of the torrent's fall.
Hail, noblest structures imaged in the wave! But can her smile with gloomy madness dwell ? A nation's grateful tribute to the brave ! Say, can she chase the horrors of his cell? Hail, blest retreats from war and shipwreck, hail ! Each fiery flight on frenzy's wing restrain, That oft arrest the wondering stranger's sail. And mould the coinage of the fever'd brain ? Long have ye heard the narratives of age, Pass but that grate, which scarce a gleam sup- The battle's havoc, and the tempest's rage ; plies,
Long have ye known reflection's genial ray There in the dust the wreck of genius lies ! Gild the calm close of valour's various day. He, whose arresting hand divinely wrought
Time's sombrous touches soon correct the piece, Each bold conception in the sphere of thought ; Mellow each tint, and bid each discord cease: And round, in colours of the rainbow, threw A softer tone of light pervades the whole, Forms ever fair, creations ever new!
And steals a pensive languor o'er the soul. But, as he fondly snatch'd the wreath of fame, Hast thou through Eden's wild-wood vales purThe spectre poverty unnerved his frame.
sued Cold was her grasp, a withering scowl she wore Each mountain scene, majestically rude ; And hope's soft energies were felt no more. To note the sweet simplicity of life, Yet still how sweet the soothings of his art ! Far from the din of folly's idle strife; From the rude wall what bright ideas start! Nor there a while, with lifted eye, revered E'en now he claims the amaranthine wreath, That modest stone which pious Pembroke rear'd ; With scenes that glow, with images that breathe! Which still records, beyond the pencil's power, And whence these scenes, these images, declare : The silent sorrows of a parting hour ; Whence but from her who triumphs o’er despair ? Still to the musing pilgrim points the place,
Awake, arise! with grateful fervour fraught, Her sainted spirit most delights to trace? Go, spring the mine of elevating thought.
Thus, with the manly glow of honest pride, He, who, through nature's various walk, surveys O’er his dead son the gallant Ormond sigh’d. The good and fair her faultless line portrays; Thus, through the gloom of Shenstone's fairy grove, Whose mind, profaned by no unhallow'd guest, Maria's urn still breathes the voice of love. Culls from the crowd the purest and the best ; As the stern grandeur of a Gothic tower May range, at will, bright fancy's golden clime, Awes us less deeply in its morning hour, Or, musing, mount where science sits sublime, Than when the shades of time serenely fall Or wake the spirit of departed time.
On every broken arch and ivied wall; Who acts thus wisely, mark the moral muse, The tender images we love to trace, A blooming Eden in his life reviews !
Steal from each year a melancholy grace! So rich the culture, though so small the space, And as the sparks of social love expand, Its scanty limits he forgets to trace.
As the heart opens in a foreign land; But the fond fool, when evening shades the sky, And, with a brother's warmth, a brother's smile, Turns but to start, and gazes but to sigh!
The stranger greets each native of his isle ; The weary waste, that lengthen’d as he ran, So scenes of life, when present and confest, Fades to a blank, and dwindles to a span !
Stamp but their bolder features on the breast; Ah! who can tell the triumphs of the mind, Yet not an image, when remotely view'd, By truth illumined, and by taste refined ?
However trivial, and however rude, When age has quench'd the eye, and closed the But wins the heart, and wakes the social sigh, ear,
With every claim of close affinity ! Still nerved for action in her native sphere,
But these pure joys the world can never know ; Oft will she rise-with searching glance pursue In gentler climes their silver currents flow. Some long-loved image vanish'd from her view; Oft at the silent, shadowy close of day, Dart through the deep recesses of the past, When the hush'd grove has sung his parting lay ; O'er dusky forms in chains of slumber cast; When pensive twilight, in her dusky car, With giant grasp fling back the folds of night, Comes slowly on to meet the evening star ; And snatch the faithless fugitive to light.
Above, below, aërial murmurs swell, So through the grove th' impatient mother flies, From hanging wood, brown heath, and bushy dell ! Each sunless glade, each secret pathway tries ; A thousand nameless rills, that sbun the light, Till the thin leaves the truant boy disclose, Stealing soft music on the ear of night. Long on the woodmoss stretch'd in sweet repose. So oft the finer movements of the soul,
Nor yet to pleasing objects are confined That shun the sphere of pleasure's gay control, The silent feasts of the reflecting mind;
In the still shades of calm seclusion rise, Danger and death a dread delight inspire, And breathe their sweet, seraphic harmonies ! And the bald veteran glows with wonted fire, Once, and domestic annals tell the time When richly bronzed by many a summer sun, (Preserved in Cumbria's rude, romantic clime) He counts his scars, and tells what deeds were When nature smiled, and o'er the landscepe threw done.
Her richest fragrance, and her brightest hue,
A blithe and blooming forester explored
Where the bat circled, and the rooks reposed, Those loftier scenes Salvator's soul adored ; (Their wars suspended, and their councils closed,) The rocky pass half-hung with shaggy wood, An antique mansion burst in awful state, And the cleft oak fung boldly o'er the flood ; A rich vine clustering round the Gothic gate. Nor shunn'd the track, unknown to human tread, Nor paused he there. The master of the scene That downward to the night of caverns led ; Saw his light step imprint the dewy green ; Some ancient cataract's deserted bed.
And, slow advancing, hail'd him as his guest, High on exulting wind the heath-cock rose Won by the honest warmth his looks express'd. And blew his shrill blast o'er perennial snows; He wore the rustic manners of a 'squire ; Ere the rapt youth, recoiling from the roar, Age had not quench'd one spark of manly fire; Gazed on the tumbling tide of dread Lodoar ; But giant gout had bound him in her chain, And through the rifted cliffs, that scaled the sky, And his heart panted for the chase in vain. Derwent's clear mirror charm'd his dazzled eye. Yet here remembrance, sweetly soothing power! Each osier isle, inverted on the wave,
Wing'd with delight confinement's lingering bou. Through morn's gray mist its melting colours gave; The fox's brush still emulous to wear, And o'er the cygnet's haunt, the mantling grove He scour'd the country in his elbow chair; Its emerald arch with wild luxuriance wove. And, with view-halloo, roused the dreaming hound,
Light as the breeze that brush'd the orient dew, That rung, by starts, his deep-toned music round. From rock to rock the young adventurer flew; Long by the paddock's humble pale confined, And day's last sunshine slept along the shore, His aged hunters coursed the viewless wind: When lo, a path the smile of welcome wore. And each, with glowing energy portray'd, Imbowering shrubs with verdure veil'd the sky, The far-famed triumphs of the field display'd ; And on the musk-rose shed a deeper dye ;
Usurp'd the canvass of the crowded hall, Save when a bright and momentary gleam And chased a line of beroes from the wall. Glanced from the white foam of some shelter'd There slept the horn each jocund echo knew, stream.
And many a smile and many a story drew! O'er the still lake the bell of evening toll'd, High o'er the hearth his forest trophies hung, And on the moor the shepherd penn'd his fold ; And their fantastic branches wildly flung. And on the green hill's side the meteor play'd, How would he dwell on the vast antlers there! When, hark! a voice sung sweetly through the These dash'd the wave, those fann' the mountain shade:
air. It ceased-yet still in Florio's fancy sung,
All, as they frown'd, unwritten records bore Still on each note his captive spirit hung;
Of gallant feats and festivals of yore. Till o'er the mead a cool, sequester'd grot
But why the tale prolong ?--His only child, From its rich roof a sparry lustre shot.
His darling Julia, on the stranger smiled. A crystal water cross'd the pebbled floor,
Her little arts a fretful sire to please, And on the front these simple lines it bore : Her gentle gayety, and native ease Hence away, nor dare intrude!
Had won his soul; and rapturous fancy shed
Her golden lights, and tints of rosy red.
But ah! few days had pass'd, ere the bright vision
When evening tinged the lake's ethereal blue,
And her deep shades irregularly threw;
Their shifting sail dropt gently from the cove,
Down by Saint Herbert's consecrated grove;
Whence erst the chanted hymn, the taper'd rite
Amused the fisher's solitary night:
And still the mitred window, richly wreathed, Florio had gain'd a rude and rocky seat, A sacred calm through the brown foliage breathed. When lo, the genius of this still retreat!
The wild deer, starting through the silent glade, Fair was her form—but who can hope to trace With fearful gaze their various course survey'd. The pensive softness of her angel face?
High hung in air the hoary goat reclined,
And, while the coot her jet wing loved to lave, Those tenderer tints that shun the careless eye, Rock'd on the bosom of the sleepless wave; And in the world's contagious climate die ? The eagle rush'd from Skiddaw's purple crest,
She left the cave, nor mark'd the stranger there; A cloud still brooding o'er her giant nest. Her pastoral beauty and her artless air
And now the moon had dimm’d with dewy Had breathed a soft enchantment o'er his soul!
ray In every nerve he felt her blest control!
The few fine flushes of departing day.
And her broad lights on every mountain flung;
Florio, with fearful joy, pursued the maid, All, all escaped—but ere the lover bore Till through a vista's moonlight-checker'd shade, His faint and faded Julia to the shore,