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Alas! my dear! not all our care and art Can tread the maze of man's deceitful heart :
THE LOVER'S JOURNEY.
The sun is in the heavens, and the proud day,
Attended with the pleasures of the world, with me."
Is all too wanton. The maiden frown'd, and then conceived “ that
King John, act iii. sc. 3. wives
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, Could walk as well, and lead as holy lives
Are of imagination all compact. As angry prudes who scorn'd the marriage-chain,
Midsummer Night's Drear. Or luckless maids who sought it still in vain.”
0! how the spring of love resembleth The friend was vex'd ; she paused, at length she Th' uncertain glory of an April day, cried,
Which now shows all her beauty to the sun,
And by-and-by a cloud bears all away. “Know your own danger, then your lot decide ;
And happily I have arrived at last That traitor, Beswell, while he seeks your hand,
Unto the wished haven of my bliss. Has, I affirm, a wanton at command ;
Taming of the Shrew, act v. sc. 1. A slave, a creature from a foreign place, The nurse and mother of a spurious race;
It is the soul that sees; the outward eyes Brown, ugly bastards—(Heaven the word forgive, Present the object, but the mind descries; And the deed punish!)-in his cottage live ; And thence delight, disgust, or cool indifference rise To town if business calls him, there he stays, When minds are joyful, then we look around, In sinful pleasures wasting countless days; And what is seen is all on fairy ground; Nor doubt the facts, for I can witness call
Again they sicken, and on every view
Here ceased th' informer ; Arabella's look Or, if absorb’d by their peculiar cares,
Our feelings still upon our views attend,
And their own natures to the objects lend ; “I wish to know no more : Sorrow and joy are in their influence sure, I question not your motive, zeal, or love,
Long as the passion reigns th' etlecis endure ; But must decline such dubious points to prove : But love in minds his various changes makes, All is not true, I judge, for who can guess
And clothes each object with the change he takes; Those deeds of darkness men with care suppress? His light and shade on every view he throws, He brought a slave, perhaps, to England's coast, And on each object, what he feels, bestows. And made her free; it is our country's boast ! Fair was the morning, and the month was June, And she perchance too grateful-good and ill When rose a lover; love awakens soon; Were sown at first, and grow together, still; Brief his repose, yet much he dreamt the while The colour'd infants on the village green,
Of that day's meeting, and his Laura's smile; What are they more than we have often seen ? Fancy and love that name assign'd to her, Children half-clothed who round their village stray, Call'd Susan in the parish register ; In sun or rain, now starved, now beaten, they And he no more was John ; his Laura gave Will the dark colour of their fate betray :
The name Orlando to her faithful slave. Let us in Christian love for all account,
Bright shone the glory of the rising day, And then behold to what such tales amount." When the fond traveller took his favourite way;
His heart is evil," said th' impatient friend He mounted gayly, felt his bosom light, "My duty bids me try that heart to mend," And all he saw was pleasing in his sight. Replied the virgin : “we may be too nice,
“ Ye hours of expectation, quickly fly, And lose a soul in our contempt of vice;
And bring on hours of blest reality ;
Hear her sweet voice, and press her yielded hand." And what for virtue can I better do
First o'er a barren heath beside the coast Than to reclaim him, if the charge be true ?" Orlando rode, and joy began to boast.
She spoke, nor more her holy work delay'd ; “This neat low gorge,” said he, “with golden 'Twas time to lend an erring mortal aid :
bloom, “ The noblest way,” she judged, “a soul to win, Delights each sense, is beauty, is perfume ; Was with an act of kindness to begin,
And this gay ling, with all its purple flowers, To make the sinner sure, and then t'attack the sin." A man at leisure might admire for hours ;
This green-fringed cup-moss has a scarlet tip, As the author's purpose in this tale may be mistaken, That yields to nothing but my Laura's lip; he wishes to observe, that conduct like that of the lady's And then how fine this herbage! men may say here described, must be meritorious or censurable, just A heath is barren ; nothing is so gay: as the motives to it are pure or selfish; that these mo: Barren or bare to call such charming scene lives inay in a great measure be concealed from the mind of the agent ; and that we often take credit to our virtue for Argues a mind possess'd by care and spleen.” actions which spring originally from our tempers, incli.
Onward he went, and fiercer grew the heat, nations, or our indifference. It cannot therefore be in. Dust rose in clouds before the horse's feet; proper, much less immoral, to give an instance of such For now he pass'd through lanes of burning sand self-deception.
Bounds to thin crops, or yet uncultured land ;
Where the dark poppy flourish'd on the dry Here a grave Flora* scarcely deigns to bloom, And sterile soil, and mock'd the thin-set rye. Nor wears a rosy blush, nor sheds perfume ;
“ How lovely this !" the rapt Orlando said ; The few dull flowers that o'er the place are spread, “ With what delight is labouring man repaid ! Partake the nature of their fenny bed; The very lane has sweets that all admire, Here on its wiry stem, in rigid bloom, The rambling suckling and the vigorous brier; Grows the salt lavender that lacks perfume ; See! wholesome wormwood grows beside the Here 'the dwarf sallows creep, the septfoil harsh, way,
And the soft slimy mallow of the marsh ; Where dew-press'd yet the dog.rose bends the Low on the ear the distant billows sound, spray ;
And just in view appears their stony bound; Fresh herbs the fields, fair shrubs the banks adorn, No hedge nor tree conceals the glowing sun, And snow-white bloom falls flaky from the thorn; Birds, save a watery tribe, the district shun, No fostering hand they need, no sheltering wall, Nor chirp among the reeds where bitter waters run. They spring uncultured, and they bloom for all.” “ Various as beauteous, Nature, is thy face," The lover rode as hasty lovers ride,
Exclaim'd Orlando : “ all that grows has grace And reach'd a common pasture wild and wide ; All are appropriate ; bog, and marsh, and fen, Small black-legg'd sheep devour with hunger keen Are only poor to undiscerning men ; The meagre herbage, fleshless, lank, and lean; Here may the nice and curious eye explore Such o'er thy level turf, Newmarket! stray, How Nature's hand adorns the rushy moor; And there, with other black-legs find their prey : Here the rare moss in secret shade is found, He saw some scatter'd hovels, turf was piled Here the sweet myrtle of the shaking ground; In square brown stacks; a prospect bleak and wild ! Beauties are these that from the view retire, A mill, indeed, was in the centre found,
But well repay th' attention they require ; With short sear herbage withering all around ; For these my Laura will her home forsake, A smith's black shed opposed a wright's long shop, And all the pleasures they afford partake.” And join'd an inn where humble travellers stop. Again the country was enclosed, a wide
" Ay, this is nature,” said the gentle sqnire ; And sandy road has banks on either side ; “ This ease, peace, pleasure, who would not admire? Where, lo! a hollow on the left appear’d, With what delight these sturdy children play, And there a gipsy tribe their tent had rear’d; And joyful rustics at the close of day;
"Twas open spread, to catch the morning sun, Sport follows labour, on this even space
And they had now their early meal begun, Will soon commence the wrestling and the race ; When two brown boys just left their grassy seat, 'Then will the village maidens leave their home, The early traveller with their prayers to greet: And to the dance with buoyant spirits come; While yet Orlando held his pence in hand, No affectation in their looks is seen,
He saw their sister on her duty stand ; Nor know they what disguise or flattery mean; Some twelve years old, demure, affected, sly, Nor aught to move an envious pang they see, Prepared the force of early powers to try; Easy their service, and their love is free ; Sudden a look of languor he descries, Hence early springs that love, it long endures, And well-feign'd apprehension in her eyes ; And life's first comfort, while they live, ensures ; Train’d, but yet savage, in her speaking face They the low roof and rustic comforts prize, He mark'd the features of her vagrant race ; Nor cast on prouder mansions envying eyes : When a light laugh and roguish leer express'd Sometimes the news at yonder town they hear, The vice implanted in her youthful breast : And learn what busier mortals feel and fear; Forth from the tent her elder brother came, Secure themselves, although by tales amazed, Who seem'd offended, yet forbore to blame Of towns bombarded, and of cities razed ; As if they doubted, in their still retreat, The very news that makes their quiet sweet, And their days happy ; happier only knows
The ditches of a fen so near the ocean are lined with He on whom Laura her regard bestows."
irregular patches of a coarse and stained lava; a muddy
sediment rests on the horse-tail and other perennial On rode Orlando, counting all the while
herbs, which in part conceal the shallowness of the The miles he pass'd, and every coming mile ; stream; a fat-leaved, pale-flowering scurvy grass, appears Like all attracted things, he quicker flies,
early in the year, and the razor-edged bulrush, in the The place approaching where th' attraction lies; summer and autumn. The fen itself has a dark and sa. When next appear'd a dam—so call the place line herbage ; there are rushes and arrow-head, and in Where lies a road confined in narrow space;
a few patches the flakes of the cotton grass are seen, but A work of labour, for on either side
more commonly the sea-aster, the dullest of that nume. Is level fen, a prospect wild and wide,
rous and hardy genus; a thrift, blue in flower, but
withering and remaining withered, till the winter scatters With dikes on either hand by ocean's self supplied : it; the saltwort, both simple and shrubby ; a few kinds Far on the right the distant sea is seen,
of grass changed by their soil and atmosphere, and low And salt the springs that feed the marsh between; plants of two or three denominations undistinguished in Beneath an ancient bridge, the straiten'd flood a general view of the scenery: such is the vegetation of Rolls through its sloping banks of slimy mud;
the fen when it is at a small distance from the ocean ; Near it a sunken boat resists the tide,
and in this case there arise from it effluvia strong and That frets and hurries to th' opposing side ;
peculiar, half-saline, half-putrid, which would be consi.
dered by most people as offensive, and by some as dan. The rushes sharp, that on the borders grow,
gerous; but there are others to whom singularity of Bend their brown flow'rets to the stream below,
taste, or association of ideas, has rendered it agreeable Impure in all its course, in all its progress slow : and pleasant.
The young designer, but could only trace
“Gone to a friend, she tells me; I commend The looks of pity in the traveller's face:
Her purpose ; means she to a female friend ? Within, the father, who from fences nigh
By Heaven, I wish she suffer'd half the pain Had brought the fuel for the fire's supply, Of hope protracted through the day in vain : Watch'd now the feeble blaze, and stood dejected by: Shall I persist to see th' ungrateful maid ? On ragged rug, just borrow'd from the bed, Yes, I will see her, slight her, and upbraid: And by the hand of coarse indulgence fed, What! in the very hour? She knew the time, In dirty patchwork negligently dress'd,
And doubtless chose it to increase her crime." Reclined the wife, an infant at her breast ;
Forth rode Orlando by a river's side, In her wild face some touch of grace remain'd, Inland and winding, smooth, and full, and wide, Of vigour palsied and of beauty stain'd;
That rollid majestic on, in one soft flowing tide; Her blood-shot eyes on her unheeding mate The bottom gravel, flowery were the banks, Were wrathful turn'd, and seem'd her wants to Tall willows, waving in their broken ranks; state,
The road, now near, now distant, winding led Pursing his tardy aid-her mother there
By lovely meadows which the waters fed ; With gipsy state engross'd the only chair; He pass'd the way-side inn, the village spire, Solemn and dull her look; with such she stands, Nor stopp'd to gaze, to question, or admire; And reads the milk-maid's fortune in her hands, On either side the rural mansions stood, Tracing the lines of life ; assumed through years, With hedge-row trees, and hills high-crown'd with Each feature now the steady falsehood wears ;
wood, With hard and savage eye she views the food, And many a devious stream that reach'd the nobler And grudging pinches their intruding brood;
flood. Last in the group, the worn-out grandsire siis “I hate these scenes," Orlando angry cried, Neglected, lost, and living but by fits;
* And these proud farmers ! yes, I hate their pride : Useless, despised, his worthless labours done, See! that sleek fellow, how he strides along, And half protected by the vicious son,
Strong as an ox, and ignorant as strong; Who half supports him; he with heavy glance Can yon close crops a single eye detain Views the young ruffians who around him dance; But his who counts the profits of the grain ? And, by the sadness in his face, appears
And these vile beans with deleterious smell, To trace the progress of their future years : Where is their beauty ? can a mortal tell ? Through what strange course of misery, vice, These deep fat meadows I detest ; it shocks deceit,
One's feelings there to see the grazing ox ;Must wildly wander each unpractised cheat. For slaughter fatted, as a lady's smile What shame and grief, what punishment and pain, Rejoices man, and means his death the while. Sport of fierce passions, must each child sustain Lo! now the sons of labour! every day Ere they like him approach their latter end, Employ'd in toil, and ver’d in every way; Without a hope, a comfort, or a friend!
Theirs is but mirth assumed, and they conceal, But this Orlando felt not ; “Rogues," said he, In their affected joys, the ills they feel : “ Doubtless they are, but merry rogues they be ; I hate these long green lanes ; there's nothing They wander round the land, and be it true, They break the laws—then let the laws pursue In this vile country but eternal green ; The wanton idlers; for the life they live
Woods! waters! meadows! Will they never end ? Acquit I cannot, but I can forgive."
'Tis a vile prospect. Gone lo see a friend !" This said, a portion from his purse was thrown, Still on he rode! a mansion fair and tall And every heart seem'd happy like his own. Rose on his view—the pride of Loddon Hall:
He hurried forth, for now the town was nigh Spread o'er the park he saw the grazing steer, “ The happiest man of mortal men am I.” The full-fed steed, the herds of bounding deer: Thou art! but change in every state is near, On a clear stream the vivid sunbeams play'd, (So while the wretched hope, the blest may fear;) Through noble elms, and on the surface made "Say, where is Laura ?”—“ That her words must That moving picture, checker'd light and shade ; show,"
Th' attended children, there indulged to stray, A lass replied ; “ read this, and thou shalt know!" | Enjoy'd and gave new beauty to the day; "What, gone!"—her friend insisted—forced to Whose happy parents from their room were seen go:
Pleased with the sportive idlers on the green. “Is vex'd, was teased, could not refuse her!-No?" Well!" said Orlando, “and for one so bless'd, " But you can follow.” Yes ?" "The miles are A thousand reasoning wretches are distress'd; few,
Nay, these so seeming glad, are grieving like the The way is pleasant; will you come? Adieu ! Thy Laura !"--" No! I feel I must resign Man is a cheat--and all but strive to hide The pleasing hope, thou hadst been here, if mine : Their inward misery by their outward pride. A lady was it? Was no brother there?
What do yon lofty gates and walls contain, But why should I afflict me if there were ?" But fruitless means to soothe unconquer'd pain? “ The way is pleasant.”—“ What to me the way? The parents read each infant daughter's smile, I cannot reach her till the close of day.
Form'd to seduce, encouraged to beguile ; My dumb companion! is it thus we speed ? They view the boys unconscious of their fate, Not I from grief nor thou from toil art freed; Sure to be tempted, sure to take the bait ; Still art thou doom'd to travel and to pine, These will be Lauras, sad Orlandos these-For my vexation-What a fale is mine!
| There's guilt and grief in all one hears and sees."
Our traveller, labouring up a hill. look'd down And last the heath with all its various bloom, Upon a lively, busy, pleasant town;
And the close lanes that led the traveller home. All he beheld were there alert, alive,
Then could these scenes the former joys renew? The busiest bees that ever stock'd a hive: Or was there now dejection in the view ? A pair were married, and the bells aloud
Nor one or other would they yield—and why? Proclaim'd their joy, and joyful seem'd the crowd; The mind was absent, and the vacant eye And now proceeding on his way, he spied, Wander'd o'er viewless scenes, that but appear'd Bound by strong ties, the bridegroom and the to die.
Seem they grave or learned ?
Why, so didst thou-Seem they religious ? Foreshow distress, and only grief excite ;
Why, so didst thou ; or are they spare in diet, And for these cheerful friends, will they behold
Free from gross passion, or of mirth or anger, Their wailing brood in sickness, want, and cold; Constant in spirit, not swerving with the blood, And his proud look, and her soft languid air
Garnish'd and deck'd in modest compliment, Will-but I spare you-go, unhappy pair !"
Not working with the eye without the ear, And now approaching to the journey's end,
And but with purged judgment trusting neither ? His anger fails, his thoughts to kindness tend,
Such and so finely bolted didst thou seem.
Henry V. act ii. sc. 2. He less offended feels, and rather fears t'offend : Now gently rising, hope contends with doubt,
Better I were distract, And casts a sunshine on the views without;
So should my thoughts be sever'd from my griefs, And still reviving joy and lingering gloom
And woes by strong imagination lose
The knowledge of themselves. Alternate empire o'er his soul assume ;
Lear, act iv. sc. 6. Till, long perplex’d, he now began to find The softer thoughts engross the settling mind: GENIUS! thou gift of Heaven! thou light divine! He saw the mansion, and should quickly see Amid what dangers art thou doom'd to shine! His Laura's self-and angry could he be ? Oft will the body's weakness check thy force, No! the resentment melted all away.
Oft damp thy vigour, and impede thy course ; " For this my grief a single smile will pay,” And trembling nerves compel thee to restrain Our traveller cried ; " and why should it offend, Thy nobler efforts, to contend with pain ; That one so good should have a pressing friend ? Or Want (sad guest!) will in thy presence come, Grieve not, my heart! to find a favourite guest And breathe around a melancholy gloom ; Thy pride and boast-ye selfish sorrows, rest; To life's low cares will thy proud thought confine, She will be kind, and I again be blest."
And make her sufferings, her impatience, thine. While gentler passions thus his bosom sway'd, Evil and strong, seducing passions prey He reach'd the mansion, and he saw the maid; On soaring minds, and win them from their way; ** My Laura !”—“My Orlando! this is kind; Who then to vice the subject spirits give, In truth I came persuaded, not inclined :
And in the service of the conqueror live; Our friends' amusement let us now pursue,
Like captive Samson making sport for all And I to-morrow will return with you."
Who fear'd their strength, and glory in their fall. Like man entranced, the happy lover stood Genius, with virtue, still may lack the aid * As Laura wills, for she is kind and good : Implored by humble minds and hearts afraid ; Ever the truest, gentlest, fairest, best
May leave to timid souls the shield and sword As Laura wills, I see her and am blest."
of the tried faith, and the resistless word ;
When left by honour, and by sorrow spent,
The nobler powers that once exalted high
And strength of mind but stronger madness make. The mind was fill'd, was happy, and the eye When Edward Shore had reach'd his twentieth Roved o'er the fleeting views, that but appear'd to year, die.
He felt his bosom light, his conscience clear; Alone Orlando on the morrow paced
Applause at school the youthful hero gain'd, The well-known road ; the gipsy tent he traced ; And trials there with manly strength sustain'd: The dam high-raised, the reedy dikes between, With prospects bright upon the world he came, The scatter'd hovels on the barren green,
Pure love of virtue, strong desire of fame : The burning sand, the fields of thin-set rye, Men watch'd the way his lofty mind would take, Mock'd by the useless Flora, blooming by ; And all foretold the progress he would make.
Boast of these friends, to older men a guide, Yet was he studious, serious, moral, grave, Proud of his parts, but gracious in his pride, No passion's victim, and no system's slave ; He bore a gay good nature in his face,
Vice he opposed, indulgence he disdain'd, And in his air were dignity and grace ;
And o'er each sense in conscious triumph reign'd. Dress that became his state and years he wore, Who often reads will sometimes wish to write, And sense and spirit shone in Edward Shore. And Shore would yield instruction and delight
Thus while admiring friends the youth beheld, A serious drama he design'd, but found His own disgust their forward hopes repellid; 'Twas tedious travelling in that gloomy ground; For he unfix'd, unfixing, look'd around,
A deep and solemn story he would try, And no employment but in seeking found ; But grew ashamed of ghosts, and laid it by ; He gave his restless thoughts to views refined, Sermons he wrote, but they who knew his creed, And shrank from worldly cares with wounded Or knew it not, were ill disposed to read ; mind.
And he would lastly be the nation's guide, Rejecting trade, a while he dwelt on laws, But, studying, fail'd to fix upon a side ; “ But who could plead, if unapproved the cause ?” Fame he desired, and talents he possess'd, A doubting, dismal tribe physicians seemd ; But loved not labour, though he could not rest, Divines o'er texts and disputationis dream'd; Nor firmly fix the vacillating mind, War and its glory he perhaps could love,
That, ever working, could no centre find. But there again he must the cause approve.
"Tis thus a sanguine reader loves to trace Our hero thought no deed should gain applause, The Nile forth rushing on his glorious race ; Where timid virtue found support in laws; Calm and secure the fancied traveller goes, He to all good would soar, would fly all sin, Through sterile deserts and by threatening foes; By the pure prompting of the will within ; He thinks not then of Afric's scorching sands, “Who needs a law that binds him not to steal," Th’ Arabian sea, the Abyssinian bands ; Ask'd the young teacher, “ can he rightly feel ? Fasils* and Michaels, and the robbers all, To curb the will, or arm in honour's cause, Whom we politely chiefs and heroes call : Or aid the weak, are these enforced by laws? He of success alone delights to think, Should we a foul, ungenerous action dread, He views that fount, he stands upon the brink, Because a law condemns th' adulterous bed? And drinks a fancied draught, exulling so to drink. Or fly pollution, not for fear of stain,
In his own room, and with his books around, But that some statute tells us to refrain ?
His lively mind its chief employment found;
Of all that crowds neglect, desire, pursue ;
He, unemploy’d, beheld life's shifting scene; It is but wish and proneness to the ill."
Still more averse from vulgar joys and cares, “Art thou not tempted ?"_" Do I fall ?” said Shore. Still more unfitted for the world's affairs. “The pure have fallen.”—“Then are pure no more : There was a house where Edward ofttimes went, While reason guides me, I shall walk aright, And social hours in pleasant trilling spent; Nor need a steadier hand, or stronger light ; He read, conversed and reason'd, sang and play'd, Nor this in dread of awful threats, design'd And all were happy while the idler stay’d; For the weak spirit and the grovelling mind ; Too happy one, for thence arose the pain, But that, engaged by thoughts and views sublime, Till this engaging trifler came again. I wage free war with grossness and with crime.” But did he love? We answer, day by day, Thus look'd he proudly on the vulgar crew,
The loving feet would take th' accustom'd way, Whom statutes govern, and whom fears subdue. The amorous eye would rove as is in quest
Faith, with his virtue, he indeed profess'd, Of something rare, and on the mansion rest; But doubts deprived his ardent mind of rest; The same soft passion touch'd the gentle tongue, Reason, his sovereign mistress, fail'd to show And Anna's charms in tender notes were sung ; Light through the mazes of the world below; The ear, 100, seem'd to feel the common flame, Questions arose, and they surpass'd the skill Soothed and delighted with the fair one's name : Of his sole aid, and would be dubious still; And thus as love each other part possess'd, These to discuss he sought no common guide, The heart, no doubt, its sovereign power confess'd. But to the doubters in his doubts applied ;
Pleased in her sight, the youth required no more; When all together might in freedom speak, Nor rich himself, he saw the damsel poor; And their loved truth with mutual ardour seek. And he too wisely, nay, too kindly loved, Alas! though men who feel their eyes decay, To pain the being whom his soul approved. Take more than common pains to find their way, Yet, when for this they ask each other's aid,
• Fasil was a rebel chief, and Michael the general of Their mutual purpose is the more delay'd : the royal army in Abyssinia, when Mr. Bruce visited that Of all their doubts, their reasoning clear'd not one, country. In all other respects their characters were Still the same spots were present in the sun;
nearly similar. They are both represented as cruel and Still the same scruples haunted Edward's mind,
treacherous ; and even the apparently strong distinction
of loyal and rebellious is in a great measure set aside Who found no rest, nor took the means to find.
when we are informed that Fasil was an open enemy, But though with shaken faith, and slave to fame, and Michael an insolent and ambitious controller of the Vain and aspiring on the world he came ;
royal person and family,