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Still in thy garden let me watch their
pranks, And see in Dian's vest between the
ranks Of the trim vines, some maid that half
believes The vestal fires, of which her lover
grieves, With that sly satyr peeping through the leaves!
PHANTOM OR FACT
A DIALOGUE IN VERSE
Fair cities, gallant mansions, castles old, And forests, where beside his leafy hold The sullen boar hath heard the distant
horn, And whets his tusks against the gnarled
thorn ; Palladian palace with its storied halls ; Fountains, where Love lies listening to
their falls ; Gardens, where flings the bridge its airy
span, And Nature makes her happy home
with man: Where many a gorgeous flower is duly
fed With its own rill, on its own spangled
bed, And wreathes the marble urn, or leans
its head, A mimio mourner, that with veil with
drawn Weeps liquid gems, the presents of the
dawn ;Thine all delights, and every muse is
thine ; And more than all, the embrace and
intertwine Of all with all in gay and twinkling
A LOVELY form there sate beside my
bed, And such a feeling calm its presence
sled, A tender love so pure from earthly
leaven, That I unnethe the fancy might con
trol, 'Twas my own spirit newly come from
heaven, Wooing its gentle way into my soul ! But all the change-It had not stirr’d,
and yetAlas! that change how fain would I
forget! That shrinking back, like one that had
mistook ! That weary, wandering, disavowing
look ! 'Twas all another, feature, look, and
frame, And still, methought, I knew, it was
the same !
Mid gods of Greece and warriors of
romance, See! Boccace sits, unfolding on his
knees The new found roll of old Mæonides ; But from his mantle's fold, and near the
heart, Peers Ovid's Holy Book of Love's sweet
smart! 1 O all-enjoying and all-blending sage, Long be it mine to con thy mazy page, Where half conceal'd, the eye of fancy
views Fauns, nymphs, and winged saints, all
gracious to thy muse! 1 I know few more striking or more interesting proufs of the overwhelming influence which the study of the Greek and Roman classies exercised on the judgments, feelings, and imaginations of the literati of Europe at the commencement of the restoration of literature, than the passage in the Filocopo of Boccaccio, where the sage in: structor, Racheo, as soon as the young prince and the beautiful girl Biancofiore had learned their letters, sets them to study the Holy Book, Ovid's Art of Love. “ Incomincið Racheo a mettere il suo officio in esecuzione con intera sollecitudine. E loro, in breve tempo, insegnato & conoscer le lettere, fece leggere il santo libro d'Ovvidio, nel quale il sommo poeta mostra, come i santi fuochi di Venere si debbano ne' freddi cuori accendere." -(Coleridge.)
This riddling tale, to what does it be-
space Of time this wild disastrous change took place?
Call it a moment's work and such it
seems) This tale's a fragment from the life of
dreams ; But say, that years matur'd the silent
strife, And 'tis a record from the dream of life.
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BIOGRAPHY ** LOCKHART (J. G.), Life of Sir Walter Scott, 1837.-*HUTTON (R. H.), Scott, 1878 (English Men of Letters Series). (Containing two chapters of excellent criticism on Scott as a poet.) – Yonge (C. D.), Scott, 1888 (Great Writers Series). -- SAINTSBURY (George), Sir Walter Scott, 1897 (Famous Scots Series). — HUDSON (W. H.), Sir Walter Scott, 1901 (Scots Epoch Makers). - HUGHES (Mary A. W.), Letters and Recollections of Scott, Smith, Elder & Co., 1904. NORGATE (G. Le G.), Life of Sir Walter Scott, Methuen, 1906. - JENKS (T.), In the Days of Scott, A. S. Barnes, 1906. *LANG (A.), Sir Walter Scott, 1906 (Literary Lives Series).
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WILLIAM AND HELEN
" O, Mother, what is gone is gone,
What's lost forever lorn : Imitated from Bürger's Lenore. See Lock
Death, death alone can comfort me; hart's Life of Scott, Volume 1, Chap. 7.
O had I ne'er been born !
“O, break, my heart, 0, break at once! “Alas, my love, thou tarriest long!
Drink my life-blood, Despair ! ( art thou false or dead ?”
No joy remains on earth for me,
For me in heaven no share."
“O, enter not in judgment, Lord ! ” But not a word from Judah's wars
The pious mother prays :
Impute not guilt to thiy frail child !
says. With Paynim and with Saracen
“O, say thy pater-noster, child ! At length a truce was made,
0, turn to God and grace! And every knight returned to dry
His will, that turned thy bliss to bale, The tears his love had shed.
Can change thy bale to bliss.” Our gallant host was homeward bound
“O mother, mother, what is bliss? With many a song of joy ;
O mother, what is bale ? Green waved the laurel in each plume,
My William's love was heaven on earth, The badge of victory.
Without it earth is hell. And old and young, and sire and son, “ Why should I pray to ruthless Heaven, To meet them crowd the way,
Since my loved William's slain ? With shouts and mirth and melody, I only prayed for William's sake, The debt of love to pay.
And all my prayers were vain." Full many a maid her true-love met, “ O, take che sacrament, my child, And sobbed in his embrace,
And check these tears that flow ; And fluttering joy in tears and smiles By resignation's humble prayer, Arrayed full many a face.
O, hallowed be thy woe !" Nor joy nor smile for Helen sad,
“ No sacrament can quench this fire, She sought the host in vain ;
Or slake this scorching pain;
No sacrament can bid the dead
Arise and live again,
“0, break, my heart, 0, break at once !
Be thou my god, Despair ! She rends her raven hair,
Heaven's heaviest blow has fallen on me, And in distraction's bitter mood
And vain each fruitless prayer.” She weeps with wild despair,
“ O, enter not in judgment, Lord, “0), rise, my child," her mother said, With thy frail child of clay ! “ Nor sorrow thus in vain ;
She knows not what her tongue has A perjured lover's fleeting heart
spoke ; No tears recall again."
Impute it not, I pray !
“ Forbear, my child, this desperate woe,
And turn to God and grace ; Well can devotion's heavenly glow
Convert thy bale to bliss.'
"O mother, mother, what is bliss ?
O mother, what is bale ? Without my William what were heaven,
Or with him what were hell ? "
Wild she arraigns the eternal doom,
Upbraids each sacred power, Till, spent, she sought her silent room,
All in the lonely tower. She beat her breast, she wrung her
hands, Till sun and day were o'er, And through the glimmering lattice
shone The twinkling of the star. Then, crash ! the heavy drawbridge fell
That o'er the moat was hung;
The hoof of courser rung.
As off the rider bounded ;
A beavy footstep sounded.
tap! A rustling stifled noise ;Door-latch and tinkling staples ring;
At length a whispering voice. “ Awake, awake, arise, my love!
How, Helen, dost thou fare? Wak'st thou, or sleep'st I laugh'st thou,
or weep'st ? Hast thought on me, my fair ? ” “My love! my love !-so late by night !-
I wake, I wept for thee: Much have I borne since dawn of morn;
Where, William, couldst thou be?":
* Let the wind lowl through hawthorn
bush ! This night we must away ;. The steed is wight, the spur is bright;
I cannot stay till day. “ Busk, busk, and boune ! Thou mount'st
behind Upon my black barb steed : O'er stock and stile, a hundred miles,
We haste to bridal bed." "To-night-to-night a hundred miles !
O dearest William, stay! The bell strikes twelve-dark, dismal
hour ! 0, wait, my love, till day!” “ Look here, look here--the moon shines
clearFull fast I ween we ride : Mount and away! for ere the day
We reach our bridal bed. “ The black barb snorts, the bridle
rings; Haste, busk, and boune, and seat thee: The feast is made, the chamber spread,
The bridal guests await thee." Strong love prevailed : she busks, she
bounes, She mounts the barb behind, And round her darling William's waist
Her lily arms she twined.
As fast as fast might be ;
heels The flashing pebbles flee. And on the right and on the left,
Ere they could snatch a view, Fast, fast each mountain, mead, and
plain, And cot and castle flew. “ Sit fast-dost fear ?-The moon shines
clear-Fleet goes my barb-keep hold ! Fear'st thou ? :- O no! she faintly
“ We saddle late--from Hungary
I rode since darkness fell; And to its bourne we both return
Before the matin-bell."
* O, rest this night within my arms,
And warm thee in their foll ! Chill howls through hawthorn bush the
wind :-My love is deadly cold.”
"But why so stern and cold ? “What yonder rings ? what yonder
sings? Why shrieks the owlet gray ? “ 'T is death-bell's clang, 't is funerai
song. The body to the clay.