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which, by rendering territorial incorporation impossible, Cheer'st the low threshold of the peasant's cell !
Thy power and majesty,
Submitted to the chains character of the English people by unconstitutional ap- That bind thee to the path which God ordains plications and unnecessary increase of military power.
That thou shalt trace, The advisers and alettors of such a design, were it pos- Till, with the heavens and earth, thou pass away! sible that it should exist, would be guilty of the most Nor less, the stillness of these frosty plains, heinous crime, which, upon this planet, can be com Their utter stillness, and the silent grace mitted. The author, trusting that this apprehension of yon ethereal summits white with snow, ariscs from the delusive intluences of an honourable (Whose tranquil pomp, and spotless purity, jealousy, hopes that the martial qualities he venerates
Tieport of storms gone by will be fostered by adhering to those good old usages
To us who tread below) which experience has sanctioned; and by availing our Do with the service of this Day accord. selves of new means of indisputable promise : particu- | -Divinest Object, which the uplifted eye larly by applying, in its utmost possible extent, that Of mortal man is suffered to behold; system of tuition whose master-spring is a habit of Thou, who upon yon snow-clad Heights hast poured gradually enlightened subordination ;-by imparting Meek splendour, nor forget'st the humble Vale, knowledge, civil, moral and religious, in such measure Thou who dost warm Earth's universal mould, that the mind, among all classes of the community, And for thy bounty wert pot unadored may love, admire, and be prepared and accomplished
By pious men of old; to defend that country under whose protection its fa- Once more, heart-cheering Sun, I bid thee hail! culties have been unfolded, and its riches acquired ;– Bright be thy course to-day, let not this promise fail! by just dealing towards all orders of the state, so that no members of it being trampled upon, courage may every
'Mid the deep quiet of this morning hour, where continue to rest immoveably upon its ancient All nature seems to hear me while I speak, English foundation, personal self-respect ;-by adequate By feelings urged, that do not vainly seek rewards, and permanent honours, conferred upon the Apt language, ready as the tuneful notes deserving ;- by encouraging athletic exercises and man. That strcam in blithe succession from the throats ly sports among the peasantry of the country ;-and by
Of birds in leafy bower, especial care to provide and support Institutions, in Warbling a farewell to a vernal shower. which, during a time of peace, a reasonable proportion – There is a radiant but a short-lived flame, of the youth of the country may be instructed in mili- That burns for Poets in the dawning East; tary science.
And oft my soul hath kindled at the same, The author has only to add, that he should feel little When the captivity of sleep had ceased; satisfaction in giving to the world these limited attempts. But he who fixed immovably the frame to celebrate the virtues of his country, if he did not Of the round world, and built, by laws as strong, encourage a hope that a subject, which it has fallen
A solid refuge for distress, within his province to treat only in the mass, will by
The towers of righteousness; other poets be illustrated in that detail which its impor- He knows that from a holier altar came tance calls for, and which will allow opportunities to The quickening spark of this day's sacrifice; give the merited applause to PERSONS as well as to knows that the source is nobler whence doth rise
The current of this main song;
That deeper far it lies
Than aught dependent on the fickle skies.
Have we not conquered ?— By the vengeful sword?
Ah no, by dint of Magnanimity;
That curbed the baser passions, and left free
Clear-sighted Honour-and his staid Compeers, Hail, universal Source of pure delight!
Along a track of most unnatural years,
In execution of heroic deeds;
Whose memory, spotless as the crystal beads
Of morning dew upon the untrodden meads, Whether thy orient visitations smite
Shall live enrolled above the starry spheres. The haughty towers where monarchs dwell;
- Who to the murmurs of an earthly string, Or thou, impartial Sun, with presence bright
Of Britain's acts would sing, 'The Ode was published along with other pioces, now interspersed
He with enraptured voice will tell through this Volume.
Of One whose spirit no reverse could quell;
of Ope that mid the failing never failed :
What steps so suitable as those that move
Of glory—and felicity—and love,
Surrendering the whole heart to sacred pleasures ?
Land of our fathers! precious unto me Firm as a rock iu stationary fight :
Since the first joys of thinking infancy; In motion rapid as the lightning's gleam;
When of thy gallant chivalry I read, Fierce as a flood-gate bursting in the night
And hugged the volume on my sleepless bed! To rouse the wicked from their giddy dream
O England !-dearer far than life is dear, Woe, woe to all that face her in the field !
If I forget thy prowess, never more
Be thy ungrateful Son allowed to hear
Thy green leaves rustle, or thy torrents roar!
But how can He be faithless to the past,
Whose soul, intolerant of base decline,
Saw in thy virtue a celestial sign, The very humblest are too proud of heart:
That bade him hope, and to his hope cleave fast ! And one brief day is righdy set apart
The Nations strove with puissance ;--at length To Him who lifteth up and layeth low;
Wide Europe heaved, impatient to be cast, For that Almighty God to whom we owe,
With all her living strength,
With all her armed Powers, Say not that we have vanquished—but that we survive.
Upon the offensive shores. How dreadful the dominion of the impure!
The trumpet blew a universal blast! Why should the song be tardy to proclaim
But Thou art foremost in the field ;-there stand: That less than power unbounded could not tame
Receive the triumph destined to thy Hand ! That Soul of Evil—which, from Hell let loose,
All States have glorified themselves;-their claims Rad filled the astonished world with such abuse,
Are weighed by Providence, in balance even; As boundless patience only could endure ?
And now, in preference to the mightiest names, - Wide-wasted regions—cities wrapt in flame
To Thee the exterminating sword is given. Who sees, and feels, may lift a streaming eye
Dread mark of approbation, justly gained !
Exalted office, worthily sustained !
Imagination, ne'er before content,
But aye ascending, restless in her pride,
From all that man's performance could present, Are but the avowed attire Of warfare waged with desperate mind
Stoops to that closing deed magnificent,
And with the embrace is satisfied.
— Fly, ministers of Fame,
Whate'er your means, whatever help ye claim,
Bear through the world these tidings of delight ! Is doomed to perish, to the last fair tree !
- Hours, Days, and Months, have borne them, in the sight
Of mortals, travelling faster than the shower, A crouching purpose-a distracted will —
That land-ward stretches from the sea, Opposed to hopes that battened upon scorn,
The morning's splendours to devour; And to desires whose ever-waxing horn
But this appearance scattered ecstasy, Not all the light of earthly power could fill;
And heart-sick Europe blessed the healing power. Opposed to dark, deep plots of patient skill,
– The shock is given-the Adversaries bleedAnd to celerities of lawless force;
Lo, Justice triumphs! Earth is freed! Which spurning God, bad flung away remorse- Such glad assurance suddenly went forthWhat could they gain but shadows of redress ? It pierced the caverns of the sluggish North-So bad proceeded propagating worse;
Jt found no barrier on the ridge And discipline was passion's dire excess.
Of Andes-frozen gulfs became its bridgeWidens the fatal web, its lines extend,
The vast Pacific gladdens with the freightAnd deadlier poisons in the chalice blend
Upon the Lakes of Asia 't is bestowedWhen will your trials teach you to be wise ?
The Arabian desert shapes a willing road, -0 prostrate Lands, consult your agonies !
Across her burning breast,
For this refreshing incense from the West !
-Where snakes and lions breed,
Where towns and cities thick as stars appear, And, with the Guilt and Shame, the Woe hath vanished, Wherever fruits are gathered, and where'er Shaking the dust and ashes from her head!
| The upturned soil receives the hopeful seed-No more-these lingerings of distress
While the Sun rules, and cross the shades of nightSally the limpid stream of thankfulness.
The unwearied arrow liath pursued its flight ! What robe can Gratitude employ
The eyes of good men thankfully give heed, So seemly as the radiant vest of Joy?
And in its sparkling progress read • A discipline the rule whereof is passion.-LORD BAOOK. How virtue triumphs, from her bondage freed!
Tyrants exult to hear of kingdoms won,
Preserve, O Lord! within our hearts
And loses its sweet savour!
- Yet might it well become that City now, Into whose breast the tides of grandeur flow, To whom all persecuted men retreat; If a new Temple lift her votive brow Upon the shore of silver Thames--to greet The peaceful guest advancing from afar. Bright be the distant Fabric, as a star Fresh risen-and beautiful within !--there meet Dependence infinite, proportion just ; -A Pile that Grace approves, that Time can trust With his most sacred wealth, heroic dust!
But if the valiant of this land
By the deep soul-moving sense
Under mouldering banners pendant,
Songs of victory and praise,
Nor will the God of peace and love
The region that in hope was ploughed
He springs the hushed Volcano's mine;
puts the Earthquake on her still desiga,
He hears the word-he tlies-
And navies perish in their ports; For Thou art angry with thine enemies!
For these, and for our errors
And sins, that point their terrors,
But thy most dreaded instrument
Yea, Carnage is thy daughter!
Thioc arm from peril guards the coasts
Of them who in thy laws delight:
To THEE---TO THEE-
For a brief moment, terrible;
Let all who do this land inherit
Be conscious of Thy moving spirit!
For thy protecting care,
For tyranny subdued,
But hark—the summons !-down the placid Lake
0, enter now his temple gate! Inviting words-perchance already tlung, (As the crowd press devoutly down the aisle
Of some old Minster's venerable pile)
While the tubed engine feels the inspiring blast, | And has begun-its clouds of sound to cast
Towards the empyreal Heaven,
As if the fretted roof were riven.
Go-and with foreheads meekly bowed
The Holy One will hear!
Of mysteries revealed,
And final retribution,
Memorials of a Tour on the Continent. 1820.
'T is passed away ;-and now the sunless hour,
Best suits with fallen grandeur, to my sight
Offers the beauty, the magnificence,
speaks of it in lines which I cannot deny myself the pleasure of conAs ou a mirror that gives back the hues
necting with my own. Of living Nature; no-though free to chase
Time hath not wronged her, nor hath Ruin sought The greenest bowers, the most inviting ways,
Rudely her splendid structures to destroy, The fairest landscapes and the brightest days,
Save in those recent days, with evil fraught,
When Murability, in dronken joy lier skill she tried with less ambitious views.
Triumphant, and from all restraint released, For You she wrought;-ye only can supply
Let loose ber fierce and many-beadedi beast. The life, the truth, the beauty: she coufides
But for the scars in that onhappy rage in that enjoyment which with you abides,
Inflicted, firm sbe stands and undecayed ; Trusts to your love and vivid memory;
Like our first Sires, a beautiful old age 1 Thus far contented, that for You her verse
Is hers in venerable years arroyed ; Shall lack not power the a melting soul to pierce !»
And yet, to ber, benigrant stars may bring,
What fato denies to man,--a second spring.
When I may read of tilts in days of old,
And tourneys graced by Chieftains of renown,
If fancy would pourtray some stately town,
Which for such pomp fit theatre should be, FISH-WOMEN.-ON LANDING AT CALAIS.
Fair Bruges, I shall tben remember thee. Tis said, fantastic Occan doth enfold
Jo this City are many vestiges of the splendour of the Bargundian The likeness of whate'er on Land is seen;
Dukedom, and tbe long black mantle universally worn by the feBut, if the Nered Sisters and their Queen,
males is protably a remnant of the old Spanish connexion, which,
if I do not much deceive myself, is traceable in the grave deportAbove whose beads the Tide so long bath rolled,
ment of its inhabitants. Bruges is comparatively little disturbed The Dames resemble whom we here behold,
big that curious contest, or rather conflict, of Flemish with French How terrible bencath the opening waves
propensities in matters of taste, so conspicuous brough other parts To sink, and meet them in their fretted caves,
of Flanders. The hotel 10 wbich we drove at Ghent furnished an
odd instance, Tittarred, grotrsque-immeasurably old,
In the passages were paintings and statues, after the
antique, of liebe and Apollo ; and in the garden a little pond, about And sbrill and fierce in accent!-Fcar it not ;
a yard and half in diameter, with a weeping willow bending over it, For they Earth's fairest Daughters do excel;
and under the shade of that tree, in the centre of the pond, a wooden Pure undecaying beauty is their lot;
painted statue of a Dutch or Flemish Foor, looking ineffably tender Their voices into liquid music swell,
upon his mistress, and embracing her. A living deck, tethered at
The feet of the statues, alternately tormented a miserable cel and Thrilling each pearly cleft and sparry grot
itself with endeavours to escape from its bonds and prison. Had we The undisturbed Abodes where Sea-nymphs dwell! cbanced to espy the hostess of ibe hotel in this quoint rural retreat,
the exbibition would have teen complete. She was a true Flemisha
figure, in the dress of the days of Hollein, - ber symbol of office a BRUGES.
weighty bunch of keys, prodent from her portly waist. In Brussels,
the modern taste in costume, architecture, etc. bas got the mastery: Barges I saw attired with golden light
in Gbeat there is a struggle: bat in Braçes old images are still paStreamed from the west) as with a robe of power:
ramount, and an air of monastic life among the quiet goings-on of
a thinly-peopled City is inespressilly soothing ;-a pensive cruce This is not the first portical tribute which in our times has been seems to be cast over all, even the very children. -- Estruci frum paid 10 ibis beautiful City. Mr Southey, in the Poet's Pilgrimage, » Journal.
And sober graces, left her for defence
To sweep from many an old romantic strain Against the injuries of Time, the spite
That faith which no devotion may renew! Of Fortune, and the desolating storms
Why does this puny Church present to view Of future War. Advance not-spare to hide,
Its feeble columns? and that scanty Chair! O gentle Power of Darkness! these mild hues;
This Sword that one of our weak times might sear; Obscure not yet these silent avenues
Objects of false pretence, or meanly true! Of stateliest Architecture, where the forms
If from a Traveller's fortune I might claim
A palpable memorial of that day,
Which ROLAND clove with huge two-handed sway,
And to the enormous labour left his name,
Where unremitting frosts the rocky Crescent bleach."
IN THE CATHEDRAL AT COLOGNE.
O for the help of Angels to complete
How gloriously pursued by daring Man, To an harmonious decency confined;
Studious that He might not disdain the seat As if the Streets were consecrated ground,
Who dwells in Heaven! But that inspiring heat The City one vast Temple-dedicate
Hath failed; and now, ye Powers! whose gorgeous wines To mutual respect in thought and deed;
And splendid aspect yon emblazonings To leisure, to forbearances sedate;
But faintly picture, 't were an office meet To social cares from jarring passions freed;
For you, on these unfinished Shafts to try
The midnight virtues of your harmony:-
Strains that call forth upon empyreal ground
Of penetrating harps and voices sweet!
Amid this dance of objects sadness steals
O'er the defrauded heart—while sweeping by, And monuments that soon must disappear:
As in a fit of Thespian jollity, Yet a dread local recompense we found;
Beneath her vine-leaf crown the green Earth reels : While glory seemed betrayed, while patriot zeal
Backward, in rapid evanescence, wheels Sank in our hearts, we felt as Men should feel
The venerable pageantry of Time, With such vast hoards of hidden carnage near,
Each beetling ramparı-and each tower sublime,
And what the Dell unwillingly reveals
erty shall yet be mine
To muse, to creep, to halt at will, to gaze: What lovelier home could gentle Fancy chuse?
Freedom which youth with copious hand supplied, Is this the Stream, whose cities, heights, and plains,
May in fit measure bless my later days.
FOR THE BOATMEN, AS THEY APPROACH TIE RAPIDS, Or strip the bough whose mellow fruit bestrews
UNDER THE CASTLE OF HEIDELBERG.
Jesu! bless our slender Boat,
By the current swept along;
Loud its threatenings- let them pot
Drown the music of a song,
1. Let a wall of rocks be imagined from three to six hundred for in height, and rising between France and Spain, so as physically the separate the two kingdoms- let us fancy this wall carved like a
crescent, with its convexity towards France. Lastly, let me surpm, AIX-LA-CHAPELLE.
that in the very middle of the wall a breach of three hundred
wide has been boaten down by the famous Roland, and we may base Was it to disenchant, and to undo,
a good idea of what the mountaineers call be · BRECK ve ReThat we approached the Seat of Charlemaine?