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III, 2.

Can she, with fiction, charm the cheated mind, Lo, steel-clad war his gorgeous standard rears !

When to be grateful is the part assign'd ? The red cross squadrons madly rage, *

Ah no! she scorns the trappings of her art; And mow through infancy and age ;

No theme but truth, no prompter but the heart Then kiss the sacred dust and melt in tears.

But, ladies, say, must I alone unmask ? Veiling from the eye of day,

Is here no other actress ? let me ask. Penance dreams her life away ;

Believe me, those, who best the heart dissect, In cloister'd solitude she sits and sighs,

Know every woman studies stage effect. While from each shrine still, small responses rise. She moulds her manners to the part she fills, Hear, with what heartfelt beat, the midnight bell As instinct teaches, or as humour wills; Swings its slow summons through the hollow And as the grave or gay her talent calls, pile!

Acts in the drama till the curtain falls. The weak, wan votarist leaves her twilight cell,

First, how her little breast with triumph swells To walk, with taper dim, the winding aisle ;

When the red coral rings its golden bells ! With choral chantings vainly to aspire,

To play in pantomime is then the rage, Beyond this nether sphere, on rapture’s wing of fire. Along the carpet's many-colour'd stage ;

Or lisp her merry thoughts with loud endeavour, III. 3.

Now here, now there in noise and mischief ever! Lord of each pang the nerves can feel,

A school-girl next, she curls her hair in papers, Hence with the rack and reeking wheel. And mimics father's gout, and mother's vapours ; Faith lifts the soul above this little ball! Discards her doll, bribes Betty for romances ; While gleams of glory open round,

Playful at church, and serious when she dances; And circling choirs of angels call,

Tramples alike on customs and on toes, Canst thou, with all thy terrors crown'd, And whispers all she hears to all she knows; Hope to obscure that latent spark,

Terror of caps, and wigs, and sober notions ! Destined to shine when suns are dark ?

A romp! that longest of perpetual motions ! Thy triumphs cease! through every land,

-Till tamed and tortured into foreign graces, Hark! truth proclaims, thy triumphs cease! She sports her lovely face at public places; Her heavenly form, with glowing hand,

And with blue, laughing eyes, behind her fan, Benignly points to piety and peace.

First acts her part with that great actor, man. Flush'd with youth, her looks impart

Too soon a flirt, approach her and she flies! Each fine feeling as it flows;

Frowns when pursued, and, when entreated, sighs! Her voice the echo of a heart

Plays with unhappy men as cats with mice;
Pure as the mountain snows:

Till fading beauty hints the late advice.
Celestial transports round her play

Her prudence dictates what her pride disdain'd, And softly, sweetly die away.

And now she sues to slaves herself had chain'd! She smiles! and where is now the cloud

Then comes that good old character, a wise, That blacken'd o'er thy baleful reign ?

With all the dear, distracting cares of life;
Grim darkness furls his leaden shroud,

A thousand cards a day at doors to leave,
Shrinking from her glance in vain.

And, in return, a thousand cards receive;
Her touch unlocks the day-spring from above, Rouge high, play deep, to lead the ton aspire,
And lo! it visits man with beans of light and love. With nightly blaze set Portland-plaee on fire;

Snatch hralf a glimpse at concert, opera, ball,
A meteor, traced by none, though seen by all ;

And, when her shatter'd nerves forbid to roam,
VERSES

In very spleen-rehearse the girls at home.

Last, the gray dowager, in ancient flounces, WRITTEN TO BE SPOKEN BY MRS. SIDDONS.

With snuff and spectacles the age denounces ; Yes, 'tis the pulse of life! my fears were vain ;

Boasts how the sires of this degenerate isle I wake, I breathe, and am myself again.

Knelt for a look, and duell'd for a smile. Still in this nether world; no seraph yet!

The scourge and ridicule of Goth and Vandal, Nor walks my spirit, when the sun is set,

Her tea she sweetens, as she sips, with scandal ; With troubled step to haunt the fatal board,

With modern belles eternal warfare wages, Where I died last-by poison or the sword;

Like her own birds that clamour from their cages ; Blanching each honest cheek with deeds of night,

And shutlles round to bear her tale to all, Done here so oft by dim and doubtful light.

Like some old ruin, “ nodding to its fall !" -To drop all metaphor, that little bell

Thus wornan makes her entrance and her exit; Call’d back reality, and broke the spell.

Not least an actress, when she least suspects it. No heroine claims your tears with tragic tone;

Yet nature oft peeps out and mars the plot,
A very woman-scarce restrains her own!

Each lesson lost, each poor pretence forgot ;
Full oft, with energy that scorns control,

At once lights up the features of the soul ;. * This remarkable event happened at the siege and Unlocks each thought chain'd down by coward art, sack of Jerusalem, in the last year of the eleventh century. And to full day the latent passions start!

After a tragedy, performed for her benefit, at the - And she, whose first, best wish is your applause, Theatre Royal in Drury-lane, April 27, 1795.

Herself exemplifies the truth she draws. 36

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Dlatth. Paris, p. 34.

Born on the stage-through every shifting scene,

CAPTIVITY. Obscure or bright, tempestuous or serene, Still has your smile her trembling spirit fired! Caged in old woods, whose reverend echoes wake And can she act, with thoughts like these inspired? When the hern screams along the distant lake, Thus from her mind all artifice she flings,

Her little heart oft flutters to be free,
All skill, all practice, now unmeaning things! Oft sighs to turn the unrelenting key.
To you, uncheck'd, each genuine feeling flows; In vain! the nurse that rusted relic wears,
For all that life endears—to you she owes. Nor moved by gold-nor to be moved by tears;

And terraced walls their black reflection throw
On the green mantled moat that sleeps below.

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THE SAILOR.
The sailor sighs as sinks his native shore,
As all its lessening turrets bluely fade ;
He climbs the mast to feast his eye once more,
And busy fancy fondly lends her aid.
Ah! now each dear, domestic scene he knew,
Recall’d and cherish'd in a foreign clime,
Charms with the magic of a moonlight view;
Its colours mellow'd, not impair’d, by time.
True as the needle, homeward points his heart,
Through all the horrors of the stormy main ;
This, the last wish that would with life depart,
To see the smile of her he loves again.

She starts, she trembles, and she weeps !
Her fair hands folded on her breast.
-And now, how like a saint she sleeps !
A seraph in the realms of rest!
Sleep on secure! Above control,
Thy thoughts belong to heaven and thee!
And may the secret of thy soul
Remain within its sanctuary !

TO
Go-you may call it madness, folly ;
You shall not chase my gloom away.
There's such a charm in melancholy,
I would not, if I could, be gay.

0, if you knew the pensive pleasure
That fills my bosom when I sigh,
You would not rob me of a easure
Monarchs are too poor to buy.

When morn first faintly draws her silver line,
Or eve's gray cloud descends to drink the wave;
When sea and sky in midnight darkness join,
Still, still he views the parting look she gave.
Her gentle spirit, lightly hovering o'er,
Attends his little bark from pole to pole;
And when the beating billows round him roar,
Whispers sweet hope to soothe his troubled soul.
Carved is her name in many a spicy grove,
In many a plantain forest, waving wide;
Where dusky youths in painted plumage rove,
And giant palms o'erarch the golden tide.
But lo, at last he comes with crowded sail !
Lo, o'er the clif what eager figures bend!
And hark, what mingled murmurs swell the gale!
In each he hears the welcome of a friend.
—'Tis she, 'tis she herself! she waves her hand!
Soon is the anchor cast, the canvass furl'd;
Soon through the whitening surge he springs to

land,
And clasps the maid he singled from the world.

FROM EURIPIDES.
There is a streamlet issuing from a rock.
The village girls, singing wild madrigals,
Dip their white vestments in its waters clear,
And hang them to the sun. There first I saw

her.
Her dark and eloquent eyes, mild, full of fire,
'Twas heaven to look upon; and her sweet voice,
As tunable as harp of many strings,
At once spoke joy and sadness to my soul!

TO AN OLD OAK.

Immota manet; multosque nepoles,
Mullir virům volvens durando sæcula, vincit.-Virg.

Dear is that valley to the murmuring bees;
And all, who know it, come and come again.
The small birds build there; and, at summer

noon,
Oft have I heard a child, gay among flowers,
As in the shining grass she sate conceal'd,
Sing to herself

Round thee, alas, no shadows move!
From thee no sacred murmurs breathe !
Yet within thee, thyself a grove,
Once did the eagle scream above,

And the wolf howl beneath.

There once the steel-clad knight reclined,
His sable plumage tempest toss'd ;
And, as the death-bell smote the wind,
From towers long fled by human kind

His brow the hero cross'd!
Then culture came, and days serene;
And village sports, and garlands gay.
Full many a pathway cross'd the green ;
And maids and shepherd youths were seen

To celebrate the May.
Father of many a forest deep,
Whence many a navy thunder fraught
Erst in thy acorn-cells asleep,
Soon destined o'er the world to sweep,

Opening new spheres of thought !
Wont in the night of woods to dwell,
The holy Druid saw thee rise ;
And, planting there the guardian spell,
Sung forth, the dreadful pomp to swell

Of human sacrifice !
Thy singed top and branches bare
Now straggle in the evening sky;
And the wan moon wheels round to glare
On the long corse that shivers there

Of him who came to die!

Sweet drop of pure and pearly light!
In thee the rays of virtue shine;
More calmly clear, more mildly bright,
Than any gem that gilds the mine.
Benign restorer of the soul !
Who ever fly'st to bring relief,
When first we feel the rude control
Of love or pity, joy or grief.
The sage's and the poet's theme,
In every clime, in every age;
Thou charm'st in fancy's idle dream,
In reason's philosophic page.
That very law* which moulds a tear,
And bids it trickle from its source,
That law preserves the earth a sphere,
And guides the planets in their course.

TO A VOICE THAT HAD BEEN LOST.

Vane, quid affectas faciem mihi ponere, pictor ?
Aëris et linguæ sum filia;
Et, si vis similem pingere, pinge sonum.-Ausonius.

TO TWO SISTERS.*

Well may you sit within, and, fond of grief,
Look in each other's face, and melt in tears.
Well may you shun all counsel, all relief.
0, she was great in mind, though young in years !
Changed is that lovely countenance, which shed
Light when she spoke, and kindled sweet surprise,
As o'er her frame each warm emotion spread,
Play'd round her lips, and sparkled in her eyes.
Those lips so pure, that moved but to persuade,
Still to the last enliven'd and endear'd.
Those eyes at once her secret soul convey'd,
And ever beam'd delight when you appear'd.
Yet has she fled the life of bliss below,
That youthful hope in bright perspective drew!
False were the tints ! false as the feverish glow
That o'er her burning cheek distemper threw !
And now in joy she dwells, in glory moves !
(Glory and joy reserved for you to share.)
Far, far more blest in blessing those she loves
Than they, alas ! unconscious of her care.

ONCE more, enchantress of the soul,
Once more we hail thy soft control.
-Yet whither, whither didst thou fly?
To what bright region of the sky?
Say, in what distant star to dwell ?
(of other worlds thou seem'st to tell)
Or trembling, fluttering here below,
Resolved and unresolved to go,
In secret didst thou still impart
Thy raptures to the pure in heart?

Perhaps to many a desert shore,
Thee, in his rage, the tempest bore ;
Thy broken murmurs swept along,
'Mid echoes yet untuned by song ;
Arrested in the realms of frost,
Or in the wilds of ether lost.

Far happier thou ! 'twas thine to soar
Careering on the winged wind.
Thy triumphs who shall dare explore ?
Suns and their systems left behind.
No tract of space, no distant star,
No shock of elements at war,
Did thee detain. Thy wing of fire
Bore thee amidst the cherub-choir ;
And there a while to thee 'twas given
Once more that voicef beloved to join,

Which taught thee first a flight divine,
And nursed thy infant years with many a strain

from heaven!

ON A TEAR. 0! That the chymist's magic art Could crystallize this sacred treasure ! Long should it glitter near my heart A secret source of pensive pleasure. The little brilliant, ere it fell, Its lustre caught from Chloe's eye; Then, trembling, left its coral cellThe spring of sensibility!

FROM A GREEK EPIGRAM. WHILE on the cliff with calm delight she kneels, And the blue vales a thousand joys recall, See, to the last, last verge her infant steals! O fly-yet stir not, speak not, lest it fall. Far better taught, she lays her bosom bare, And the fond boy springs back to nestle there.

+ In the winter of 1805.

On the death of a younger sister.

* The law of gravitation. #Mrs. Sheridan's.

TO THE

THE BOY OF EGREMOND. FRAGMENT OF A STATUE OF HERCULES,

“ Say, what remains when hope is filed ?" COMMONLY CALLED THE TORSO.

She answer'd, “ Endless weeping !" AND dost thou still, thou mass of breathing stone, For in the herdsman's eye she read (Thy giant limbs to night and chaos hurld,)

Who in his shroud lay sleeping. Still sit as on the fragment of a world ;

At Embsay rung the matin-bell, Surviving all, majestic and alone ?

The stag was roused on Barden fell; What though the spirits of the north, that swept The mingled sounds were swelling, dying, Rome from the earth, when in her pomp she slept, And down the Wharfe a hern was flying; Smote thee with fury, and thy headless trunk

When near the cabin in the wood, Deep in the dust ’mid tower and temple sunk; In tartan clad and forest green, Soon to subdue mankind 'twas thine to rise,

With hound in leash and hawk in hood, Still, still unquell'd thy glorious energies !

The Boy of Egremond was seen, Aspiring minds, with thee conversing, caught* Blithe was his song, a song of yore ; Bright revelations of the good they sought ;

But where the rock is rent in two, By thee that long-lost spellt in secret given,

And the river rushes through,
To draw down gods, and lift the soul to heaven! His voice was heard no more !

'Twas but a step! the gulf he pass’d
But that step—it was his last !

As through the mist he wing'd his way,
TO

(A cloud that hovers night and day,)

The hound hung back, and back he drew Au! little thought she, when, with mild delight,

The master and his merlin too. By many a torrent's shining track she flew,

That narrow place of noise and strife
When mountain-glens and caverns full of night

Received their little all of life!
O'er her young mind divine enchantment threw, There now the matin-bell is rung;
That in her veins a secret horror slept,

The “ Miserere !” duly sung;
That her light footsteps should be heard no more,

And holy men in cowl and hood
That she should die-nor watch'd, alas ! nor wept Are wandering up and down the wood.
By thee, unconscious of the pangs she bore.

But what avail they? Ruthless lord,

Thou didst not shudder when the sword Yet round her couch indulgent fancy drew

Here on the young its fury spent, The kindred forms her closing eye required.

The helpless and the innocent. There didst thou stand—there, with the smile she

Sit now and answer groan for groan, knew,

The child before thee is thy own.
She moved her lips to bless thee, and expired.

And she who wildly wanders there
And now to thee she comes ; still, still the same The mother in her long despair,
As in the hours gone unregarded by !

Shall oft remind thee, waking, sleeping, To thee, how changed ! comes as she ever came

Of those who by the Wharfe were weeping; Health on her cheek, and pleasure in her eye!

Of those who would not be consoled
Nor less, less oft, as on that day, appears,

When red with blood the river rollid.
When lingering, as prophetic of the truth,
By the way-side she shed her parting tears-
For ever lovely in the light of youth!

TO A FRIEND ON HIS MARRIAGE.
On thee, blest youth, a father's hand confers

The maid thy earliest, fondest wishes knew. WRITTEN IN A SICK CHAMBER. Each soft enchantment of the soul is hers; THERE, in that bed so closely curtain'd round,

Thine be the joys to firm attachment due. Worn to a shade, and wan with slow decay, As on she moves with hesitating grace, A father sleeps ! O hush'd be every sound ! She wins assurance from his soothing voice; Soft may we breathe the midnight hours away! And, with a look the pencil could not trace, He stirs—yet still he sleeps. May heavenly dreams Smiles through her blushes, and confirms the choice. Long o'er his smooth and settled pillow rise ;

* In the twelfth century William Fitz-Duncan laid Till through the shutter'd pane the morning streams

waste the valleys of Craven with fire and sword; and And on the hearth the glimmering rushlight dies. was afterward established there by his uncle, David,

King of Scotland. * In the gardens of the Vatican, where it was placed by He was the last of the race; his son, commonly called Julius H., it was long the favourite study of those great the Boy of Egremond, dying before him in the manner here men to whom we owe the revival of the arts, Michael related; when a priory was removed from Embsay to Angelo, Raphael, and the Carracci.

Bolton, that it might be as near as possible to the place + Once in the possession of Praxiteles, if we may be where the accident happened. That place is sttil known lieve an ancient epigram on the Guidian Venus.-Ana- by the name of the Strid; and the mother's answer, as lecta Vet. Poetarum, III. 200.

given in the first stanza, is to this day often repeated in On the death of her sister.

Wharfedale.-See Whitaker's Hist. of Craven.

TO THE

YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF LADY ****,

Spare the fine tremors of her feeling frame !
To thee she turns—forgive a virgin's fears !
To thee she turns with surest, tenderest claim:
Weakness that charms, reluctance that endears!
At each response the sacred rite requires,
From her full bosom bursts th’ unbidden sigh.
A strange, mysterious awe the scene inspires ;
And on her lips the trembling accents die.
O'er ber fair face what wild emotions play!
What lights and shades in sweet confusion blend !
Soon shall they fiy, glad harbingers of day,
And settled sunshine on her soul descend!
Ah soon, thine own confest, ecstatic thought!
That hand shall strew thy summer path with flowers;
And those blue eyes, with mildest lustre fraught,
Gild the calm current of domestic hours !

An, why with tell-tale tongue reveal* What most her blushes would conceal? Why lift that modest veil to trace The seraph sweetness of her face? Some fairer, better sport prefer ; And feel for us, if not for her.

For this presumption, soon or late, Know thine shall be a kindred fate. Another shall in vengeance rise Sing Harriet's cheeks, and Harriet's eyes ; And, echoing back her wood-notes wild, -Trace all the mother in the child !

AN EPITAPHT ON A ROBIN-REDBREAST.

THE ALPS AT DAYBREAK. THE sunbeams streak the azure skies, And line with light the mountain's brow: With hounds and horns the hunters rise, And chase the roe-buck through the snow. From rock to rock, with giant bound, High on their iron poles they pass ; Mute, lest the air, convulsed by sound, Rend from above a frozen mass.* The goats wind slow their wonted way, Up craggy steeps and ridges rude; Mark'd by the wild wolf for his prey, From desert cave or hanging wood. And while the torrent thunders loud, And as the echoing cliffs reply, The huts peep o'er the morning cloud, Perch'd, like an eagle's nest, on high.

TREAD lightly here ; for here, 'tis said,
When piping winds are hush'd around,
A small note wakes from under ground,
Where now his tiny bones are laid.
No more in lone and leafless groves,
With ruffled wing and faded breast,
His friendless, homeless spirit roves ;
-Gone to the world where birds are blest !
Where never cat glides o'er the green,
Or schoolboy's giant form is seen;
But love, and joy, and smiling spring,
Inspire their little souls to sing !

TO THE GNAT.

IMITATION OF AN ITALIAN SONNET.

Love, under friendship's vesture white,
Laughs, his little limbs concealing;
And oft in sport, and oft in spite,
Like pity meets the dazzled sight,
Smiles through his tears revealing.

But now as rage the god appears !
He frowns, and tempests shake his frame
Frowning, or smiling, or in tears,
'Tis love; and love is still the same.

WHEN by the greenwood side, at summer eve,
Poetic visions charm my closing eye;
And fairy scenes, that fancy loves to weave,
Shift to wild notes of sweetest minstrelsy ;
'Tis thine to range in busy quest of prey,
Thy feathery antlers quivering with delight,
Brush from my lids the hues of heaven away,
And all is solitude, and all is night!
-Ah now thy barbed shaft, relentless fly,
Unsheathes its terrors in the sultry air ;
No guardian sylph, in golden panoply,
Lifts the broad shield, and points the glittering spear.
Now near and nearer rush thy whirring wings,
Thy dragon scales still wet with human gore.
Hark, thy shrill horn its fearful larum flings !
- I wake in horror, and dare sleep no more !

A WISH.

A CHARACTER. As through the hedge-row shade the violet steals, And the sweet air its modest leaf reveals; Her softer charms, but by their influence known, Surprise all hearts, and mould them to her own.

MINE be a cot beside the hill,
A bee-hive's hum shall soothe my ear ;
A willowy brook, that turns a mill,
With many a fall, shall linger near.

* There are passes in the Alps, where the guides tell * Alluding to some verses which she had written on an you to move on with speed, and say nothing, lest the agi. elder sister. tation of the air should loosen the snows above.

+ Inscribed on an urn in the flower-garden at Hafod.

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