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not the Supreme Being itself. The belief which some
5. superstitious persons whom I have brought upon the And from that hour did I with earnest thought stage entertain of the Deity, as injurious to the character Reap knowledge from forbidden mines of lore, of his benevolence, is widely different from my own. Yet nothing that my tyrants knew or taught In recommending also a great and important change I cared to learn, but from that secret store in the spirit which animates the social institutions of Wrought linked armour for my soul, before mankind, I have avoided all flattery to those violent and It might walk forth to war among mankind; malignant passions of our nature, which are ever on Thus power and hope were strengthen'd more and the watch to mingle with and to alloy the most bene
more ficial innovations. There is no quarter given to Revenge, Within me, till there came upon my mind or Envy, or Prejudice. Love is celebrated cvery where A sense of loneliness, a thirst with which I pined. as the sole law which should govern the moral world.
Alas, that love should be a blight and snare
To those who seek all sympathies in one!-
The shadow of a starless night, was thrown
Over the world in which I moved alone: -
Yet never found I one not false to me,
Hard hearts, and cold, like weights of icy stone
Which crushed and withered mine, that could not be
Aught but a lifeless clog, until revived by thee.
Thou Friend, whose presence on my wintry heart So now my summer-task is ended, Mary, And I return to thee, mine own heart's home;
Fell, like bright Spring upon some herbless plain;
How beautiful and calm and free thou wert
In thy young wisdom, when the mortal chain
Of Custom thou didst burst and rend in iwain, Nor thoa disdain, that ere my fame become A star among the stars of mortal night,
And walked as free as light the clouds among, If it indeed may cleave its natal gloom,
Which many an envious slave then breathed in vain
From his dim dungeon, and my spirit sprung Its doubtful promise thus I would unite
To meet thee from the woes which had begirt it long. With thy beloved name, thou Child of love and light.
8. The toil which stole from thee so many an hour, No more alone through the world's wilderness, Is ended,—and the fruit is at thy feet !
Although I trod the paths of high intent, No longer where the woods to frame a bower
I journey'd now: no more companionless, With interlaced branches mix and meet,
Where solitude is like despair, I went.Or where with sound like many voices sweet,
There is the wisdom of a stern content Water-falls leap among wild islands green,
When Poverty can blight the just and good, Which framed for my lone boat a lone retreat When Infamy dares mock the innocent,
Of moss-grown trees and weeds, shall I be seen: And cherish'd friends turn with the multitude But beside thee, where still my heart has ever been. To trample: this was ours, and we unshaken slood! 3.
9. Thoughts of great deeds were mine, dear friend, when
Now has descended a serener hour,
And with inconstant fortune, friends return;
Though suffering leaves the knowledge and the power
Which says :---Let scorn be not repaid with scorn. My spirit's sleep: a fresh May-dawn it was, When I walked forth upon the glittering grass,
And from thy side two gentle babes are born
To fill our home with smiles, and thus are we And wept, I knew not why; until there rose
Most fortunate beneath life's beaming morn; From the near school-room, voices, that, alas !
And these delights, and thou have been to me Were but one echo from a world of woes-
The parents of the Song I consecrate to thee.
Soon pause in silence, ne'er to sound again,
Though it might shake the Anarch Custom's reign, Such power, for I grow weary to behold
And charm the minds of men to Truth's own sway The selfish and the strong still tyrannise
Holier than was Amphion's? I would fain Without reproach or check.. I then controlld Reply in hope—but I am worn away, My tears, my heart grew calm, and I was meek and bold. And Death and Love are yet contending for their prey.
And what art thou? I know, but dare not speak :
And through thine eyes, even in thy soul I see
The forests and the floods, and all around
Into their caves to shriek, come forth, to spy
They say that thou wert lovely from thy birth,
glory; still her fame
Which shake these latter days; and thou canst claim The shelter, from thy Sire, of an immortal name.
That fearful darkness, the blue sky was seen
Most delicately, and the ocean green, The music of his home :-unwonted fears
Beneath that opening spot of blue serene, Fell on the pale oppressors of our race,
Quiver'd like burning emerald : calm was spread And Faith, and Custom, and low-thoughted cares, On all below; but far on high, between Like thunder-stricken dragons, for a space
Earth and the upper air, the vast clouds fled, Left the torn human heart, their food and dwelling-place. Countless and swift as leaves on autumn's tempest shed.
Between the whirlwinds and the rack on high,
That spot grew more serene; blue light did pierce On his pure name who loves them -- thou and I, The woof of those white clouds, which seem'd to lie Sweet friend! can look from our tranquillity
Far, deep, and motionless; while through the sky Like lamps into the world's tempestuous night,
The pallid semicircle of the moon Two tranquil stars, while clouds are passing by Past on, in slow and moving majesty; Which wrap them from the foundering seaman's sight,
upper horn array'd in mists, which soon That burn from year to year with unextinguish'd light. But slowly fled, like dew beneath the beams of noon.
Suddenly stain'd with shadow did appear;
A speck, a cloud, a shape, approaching grew,
Like a great ship in the sun's sinking sphere
Even like a bark, which from a chasm of mountains,
Which there collects the strength of all its fountains, From visions of despair I rose, and scaled
Comes forth, whilst with the speed its frame doth The peak of an aerial promontory,
quiver, Whose cavern'd base with the vext surge was hoary; Sails, oars, and stream, tending to one endeavour; And saw the golden dawn break forth, and waken So, from that chasm of light a winged Form Each cloud, and every wave :--but transitory
On all the winds of heaven approaching ever The calm : for sudden, the firm earth was shaken, Floated, dilating as it came: the storm As if by the last wreck its frame were overtaken. Pursued it with fierce blasts, and lightnings swift and
VIII, A course precipitous, of dizzy speed, Suspending thought and breath ; a monstrous sight! For in the air do I behold indeed An Eagle and a Serpent wreathed in fight :And now relaxing its impetuous flight, Before the aerial rock on which I stood, The Eagle, hovering, wheeld to left and right,
And hung with lingering wings over the tlood, And startled with its yells the wide air's solitude.
XIV. Wile baffled wile, and strength encounter'd strength, Thus long, but unprevailing :-the event Of that portentous fight appear'd at length : Until the lamp of day was almost spent It had endured, when lifeless, stark, and rent, Hung high that mighty Serpent, and at last Fell to the sea, while o'er the continent,
With clang of wings and scream the Eagle past, Heavily borne away on the exhausted blast.
XV. And with it fled the tempest, so that ocean And earth and sky shone through the atmosphere Only, 't was strange to see the red commotion Of waves like mountains o'er the sinking sphere Of sun-set sweep, and their fierce roar to hear Amid the calm: down the steep path I wound To the sea-shore-the evening was most clear
And beautiful, and there the sea I found Calm as a cradled child in dreamless slumber bound.
Sustain'd a crested head, which warily
The wreathed Serpent, who did ever seek
Like sparks into the darkness ;--as they sweep, Blood stains the snowy foam of the tumultuous deep.
XII. Swift chances in that combat-many a check, And many a change, a dark and wild turmoil ; Sometimes the Snake around his enemy's neck Lock'd in stiff rings his adamantine coil, Until the Eagle, faint with pain and toil, Remitted his strong flight, and near the sea Languidly flutter’d, hopeless so to foil
His adversary, who then rear'd on high Ilis red and burning crest, radiant with victory.
That open'd to the ocean, caught it there,
XIII. Then on the white edge of the bursting surge, Where they had sank together, would the Snake Relax his suffocating grasp, and scourge The wind with his wild writhings; for to break That chain of torment, the vast bird would shake The strength of his unconquerable wings As in despair, and with his sinewy neck,
Dissolve in sudden shock those linked rings, Then soar-as swift as smoke from a volcano springs.
XIX. She spake in language whose strange melody Might not belong to earth. I hoard, alone, What made its music more melodious be, The pity and the love of every tone ; But to the Snake those accents sweet were known His native tongue and hers; nor did he beat The hoar spray idly then, but winding on
Through the green shadows of the waves that meet Near to the shore, did pause beside her spowy feet.
Though in the likeness of a loathsome worm, know then, that from the depth of ages old
Sprang from the billows of the formless flood, Two Powers o'er mortal things dominion lold
Which shrank and fled; and with that fiend of blood Ruling the world with a divided lot,
Renew'd the doubtful war-thrones then first shook, Immortal, all pervading, manifold,
And carth's immense and trampled multitude, Twin Genii, equal Gods—when life and thought In hope on their own powers began to look, Sprang forth, they burst tlic womb of inessential Nought. And Fear, the demon pale, his sanguine shrine forsook.
XXXII. Then Greece arose, and to its bards and sages, In dream, the golden pinioned Genii came, Even where they slept amid the night of ages, Sleeping their hearts in the divinest flame, Which thy breath kindled, Power of holiest name! And oft in cycles since, when darkness gave New weapons to thy foe, their sunlike fame
Upon the combat shone-a light to save, Like Paradise spread forth beyond the shadowy grave.
XXXIII. Such is this conflict-when mankind doth strive With its oppressors in a strife of blood, Or when free thoughts, like lightnings are alive ; And in each bosom of the multitude Justice and truth, with custom's hydra brood, Wage silent war;—when priests and kings dissemble In smiles or frówns their fierce disquietude,
When round pure hearts, a host of hopes assemble, The Snake and Eagle meel—the world's foundations tremble!
XXXIV. Thou hast bcheld that fight-when to thy home Thou didst return, steep not its hearth in tears; Though thou mayst hear that earth is now become The tyrant's garbage, which to his compeers, The vile reward of their dishonour'd years, He will dividing give.—The victor Fiend Omnipotent of yore, now quails, and fears
His triumph dearly won, which soon will lend An impulse swift and sure to his approaching end.
Like earthquake did uplift the stagnant ocean Of human thoughts-mine shook beneath the wide emotion.
And laugh’d in light and music: soon, sweet madness Was pour'd upon my heart, a soft and thrilling sadness.
For when I rose from sleep, the Morning Star Shone through the woodbine wreaths which round my casement were.
XLI. 'T was like an eye which scem'd to smile on me. I watch'd, till by the sun made pale, it sank Under the billows of the heaviny sea; But from its beams deep love my spirit drank, And to my brain the boundless world now shrank Into one thoughil-one image-yes, for ever! Even like the day-spring, pourd on vapours dank,
The beams of that one Star did shoot and quiver Through my benighted mind—and were extinguish'd
XXXVI. Woe could not be mine own, since far from men I dwell, a free and happy orphan child, By the sea-shore, in a deep mountain glen; And near the waves, and through the forests wild, I roam'd, to storm and darkness reconciled : For I was calm while tempest shook the sky: But when the breathless heavens in beauty smiled,
I wept, sweet tears, yet too tumultuously for peace, and clasp'd my bands aloft in ecstacy.
And bent his eyes of kindling tenderness
XLIII. And said: a Spirit loves thee, mortal maiden, How wilt thou prove thy worth? Then joy and sleep Together tled, my soul was deeply laden, And to the shore I went to muse and weep; But as I moved, over my heart did creep A joy less soft, but more profound and strong Than iny sweet dream; and it forbade to keep
The path of the sca-shore: that Spirit's tongue Seem'd whispering in my heart, and bore my steps
sway My spirit like a storm, contending there alway.