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And spreads her arms—as if the general | If, when that interference hath relieved him, air
He must sink down to languish Alone could satisfy her wide embrace. In worse than former helplessness--and lie Melt, principalities, before her melt!
Till the caves roar, -and, imbecility Her love ye hailed-her wrath have felt;
Again engendering anguish, But she through many a change of form The same weak wish returos, that had hath gone,
(creature, before deceived him. And stands amidst you now, an armed Whose panoply is not a thing put on,
But Thou, Supreme Disposer ! mayst not But the live scales of a portentous nature;
speed That, having wrought its way from birth to The course of things, and change the creed, birth,
'[to the earth! Which hath been held aloft before men's Stalks round-abhorred by Heaven, a terror sight
Since the first framing of societies, I marked the breathings of her dragon Whether, as bards have told in ancient crest;
song, My soul, a sorrowful interpreter,
Built up by soft seducing harmonies ;
And by the power, of wrong!
ON A CELEBRATED EVENT IN ANCIENT As stretches a blue bar of solid cloud
HISTORY. Across the setting sun, and through the
A ROMAN master stands on Grecian fiery west.
(games So did she daunt the earth, and God defy! And to the concourse of the Isthmian And, wheresoe'ershe spread hersovereignty, He, by his herald's voice, aloud proclaims Pollution tainted all that was most pure.
The liberty of Greece !-the words rebound Have we not known-and live we not to Until all voices in one voice are drowned ; tell
Glad acclamation by which air was rent! That Justice seemed to hear her final knell? And birds, high flying in the element, Faith buried deeper in her own deep breast Dropped to the earth, astonished at the Her stores, and sighed to find them insecure!
sound! And Hope was maddened by the drops A melancholy echo of that noise that fell
Doth sometimes hang on musing fancy's
ear: From shades, her chosen place of short
[dear; Shame followed shame—and woe supplan- Ah ! that a conqueror's word should be so ted woe
Ah ! that a boon could shed such rapturous Is this the only change that time can show?
joys ! How long shall vengeance sleep?
Ye A gift of that which is not to be given patient heavens, how long ?
By all the blended powers of earth and Infirm ejaculation ! from the tongue
heaven. Of nations wanting virtue to be strong Up to the measure of accorded might,
UPON THE SAME EVENT. And daring not to feel the majesty of right.
When, far and wide, swift as the beams of Weak spirits are there-who would ask, Upon the pressure of a painful thing, The tidings passed of servitude repealed, The lion's sinews, or the eagle's wing ; And of that joy which shook the Isthmian Or let their wishes loose, in forest glade, field, Among the lurking powers
The rough Ætolians smiled with bitter scom. Of herbs and lowly flowers,
''Tis known," cried they, “that he, who Or seek, from saints above, miraculous aid; would adorn That man may be accomplished for a task His envied temples with the Isthmian crown, Which his own nature hath enjoined-and Must either win, through effort of his own why?
The prize, or be content to see it worn
By more deserving brows.-Yet so ye prop, CLOUDS, ungering yet, extend in solid bars
By breezeless air to smoothest polish, yield As if the wreath of liberty thereon
A vivid repetition of the stars ; Would fix itself as smoothly as a cloud, Jove—Venus—and the ruddy crest of Mars, Which, at Jove's will, descends on Pelion's Amid his fellows beauteously revealed top."
At happy distance from earth's groaning
Where ruthless mortals wageincessant wars. TO THOMAS CLARKSON, ON THE FINAL Is it a mirror?-or the nether sphere PASSING
Opening to view the abyss in which it feeds ABOLITION OF THE SLAVE TRADE, ! Its own calm fires ?– But list ! a voice is MARCH, 1807.
(the reeds, CLARKSON ! it was an obstinate hill to Great Pan himself low-whispering through climb :
[thee • Be thankful, thou ; for if unholy deeds How toilsome, nay, how dire it was, by Ravage the world, tranquillity is here !" Is known, -by none, perhaps, so feelingiy; But thou, who, starting in thy fervent prime,
Go back to antique ages, if thine eyes Didsi first lead forth this pilgrimage sublime, The genuine mien and character would Hast heard the constant voice its charge trace repeat,
(seat, of the rash spirit that still holds her place, Which, out of thy young heart's oracular Prompting the world's audacious vanities ! First roused thee. -Oh, true yoke-fellow of See, at her call, the Tower of Babel rise · Time
The Pyramid extend its monstrous base With unabating effort, see, the palm
For some aspirant of our short-lived rac Is won, and by all nations shall be worn !
Anxious an airy name to immortalize. The bloody writing is for ever torn, There, too, ere wiles and politic dispute And thouľ henceforth shalt have a good Gave specious colouring to aim and acts man's calm,
See the first mighty hunter leave the brute A great man's happiness; thy zeal shall find To chase mankind, with men in armies Repose at length, firm friend of human
packed kind !
For his field-pastime, high and absolute,
(found, COMPOSED WHILE THE AUTHOR Thus in your books the record shall be ENGAGED WRITING "A watchword was pronounced, a potent OCCASIONED BY THE CONVENTION sound,
[dew OF CINTRA, 1808. ARMINIUS !-all the people quaked like Stirred by the breeze-they rose a nation, Not 'mid the world's vain objects ! that
(vaunted skill True to herself—the mighty Germany,
The free-born soul, -that world whose She of the Danube and the Northern sea,
In selfish interest perverts the will, She rose, and off at once the yoke she Whose factions lead astray the wise and threw.
brave; All power was given her in the dreadful Not there! but in dark wood and rocky cave. Those new-born kings she withered like a And hollow vale which foaming torrents fill flame."
(shame With omnipresent murmur as they rave Woe to them all ! but heaviest woe and Down their steep beds, that never shall be To that Bavarian who did first advance
still : His banner in accursed league with France, Here, mighty nature! in this school sublime First open traitor to a sacred name !
I weigh the hopes and sears of suffering
THE SAME OCCASION.
And through the human heart explore my | Like echo, when the hunter-train at dawn way,
(may. Have roused her from her sleep: and And look and listen-gathering, whence I forest-lawn,
(resound Triumph, and thoughts no bondage can Cliffs, woods, and caves her viewless steps restrain.
And babble of her pastime L-On, dread
power! COMPOSED AT THE SAME TIME AND ON With such invisible motion speed thy flight,
Through hanging clouds, from craggy
height to height, [herdsman's bower, I DROPPED my pen :--and listened to the Through the green vales and through the wind
That all the Alps may gladden in thy That sang of trees up.torn and vessels tost; might, A midnight harmony, and wholly lost
Here, there, and in all places at one hour. To the general sense of men by chains con
fined Of business, care, or pleasure, -or resigned FEELINGS OF THE TYROLESE. To timely sleep. Thought I, the impas. The land we from our fathers had in trust,
sioned strain, Which, without aid of numbers, I sustain,
And to our children will transmit, or die : Like acceptation from the world will find. And God and nature say that it is just.
This is our maxim, this our piety; Yet some with apprehensive car shall drink That which we would perform in arms-we A dirge devoutly breathed o'er sorrows past,
must! And to the attendant promise will give We read the dictate in the infant's eye;
heedThe prophecy,—like that of this wild blast, And, at our feet, amid the silent dust
In the wife's smile ; and in the placid sky; Which, while it makes the heart with sad- of them that were before us..-Sing aloua ness shrink,
[ceed. Tells also of bright calms that shall suc- Give, herds and flocks, your voices to the
Old songs, the precious music of the heart !
wind ! While we go forth, a self-devoted crowd,
With weapons in the fearless hand, to assert Of mortal parents is the hero born
Our virtue and to vindicate mankind. By whom the undaunted Tyrolese are led ? Or is it Tell's great spirit, from the dead Returned to animate an age forlorn ? ALAS! what boots the long, laborious quest He comes like Phæbus through the gates Of moral prudence, sought through good of morn
and ill ; When dreary darkness is discomfited : Or pains abstruse—to elevate the will, Yet mark his modest state ! upon his head, And lead us on to that transcendent rest That simple crest, a heron's plume is worn. Where every passion shall the sway attest O liberty! they stagger at the shock ; Of reason, seated on her sovereign hill; The murderers are aghast; they strive to What is it, but a vain and curious skill, flee,
(rock If sapient Germany must lie deprest, And half their host is buried :--rock on | Beneath the brutal sword? Her haughty Descends :-beneath this godlike warrior, schools
sav, see !
Shall blush ; and may not we with sorrow Hills, torrents, woods, embodied to bemock A few strong instincts and a few plain rules, The tyrant, and confound his cruelty. Among the herdsmen of the Alps, have
More for mankind at this unhappy day ADVANCE-come forth from thy Tyrolean Than all the pride of intellect and thought? ground,
(tamed, Dear liberty! stern nymph of soul unSweet nymph, oh, rightly of the mountains and is it among rude untutored dales, named
(to mound There, and there only, that the heart is Through the long chain of Alps from mound true ? And o'er the eternal snows, like echo, And, rising to repel or to subdue, bound,
Is it by rocks and woods that man prevails?
Ah, no! though nature's dread protection HAIL, Zaragoza ! If with unwet eye fails,
We can approach, thy sorrow to behoid, There is a bulwark in the soul. This knew Yet is the heart not pitiless nor cold ; Iberian burghers when the sword they drew Such spectacle demands not tear or sigh. In Zaragoza, naked to the gales
These desolate remains are trophies high Or fiercely-breathing war. The truth was felt of more than martial courage in the breast By Palafox, and man, a brave compeer, Of peaceful civic virtue . they atttest Like him of noble birth and noble mind; Thy matchless worth to all posterity. By ladies, meek-eyed women without fear; Blood flowed before thy sight without reAnd wanderers of the street, to whom is
I heaved dealt
Disease consumed thy vitals ; war upThe bread which without industry they find. The ground beneath thee with volcanic
Dread trials ! yet encountered and sustained O'er the wide earth, on mountain and on Till not a wreck of help or hope remained,
And law was from necessity received. plain, Dwells in the affections and the soul of man A godhead, like the universal Pan, But more exalted, with a brighter train. And shall bis bounty be dispensed in vain, Say, what is honour ?-"Tis the finest sense Showered equally on city and on field,
Of justice which the human mind can And neither hope nor steadfast promise Intent each lurking frailty to disclaim,
frame, yield In these usurping times of fear and pain ?
And guard the way of life from all offence
When lawless violence Such doom awaits us. Nay, forbid it Suffered or done. Heaven !
A kingdom doth assault, and in the scale We know the arduous strife, the eternal of perilous war her weightiest armies fail, To which the triumph of all good is given, Honour is hopeful elevation-whence High sacrifice, and labour without pause,
Glory, and triumph. Yet with politic skill Even to the death :-else wherefore should Endangered states may yield 10 terms unthe eye
just, Of man converse with immortality ?
Stoop their proud heads, but not unto the
dust, A foe's most favourite purpose to fulfil :
Happy occasions oft by self-mistrust
(an aim, An empty noise of death the battle's roar, Could they, poor shepherds, have preserved | If vital hope be wanting to restore, A resolution, or enlivening thought? Or fortitude be wanting to sustain, Nor bath that moral good been vainly Armies or kingdoms. We have heard a sought ;
(bore For in their magnanimity and fame Or triumph, how the labouring Danube Powers have they left, an impulse and a A weight of hostile corses : drenched with claim
(bought. gore Which neither can be overturned nor Were the wide fields, the Lamlets heaped Sleep, warriors, sleep! among your hills with slain. repose !
Yet see, the mighty tumult overpast, We know that ye, beneath the stern control Austria a daughter of her throne hath sold ! Of awful prudence, keep the unvanquished and her Tyrolean champion we behold soul,
Murdered like one ashore by shipwreck And, when, impatient of her guilt and woes, cast,
[bold, Europe breaks forth; then, shepherds ! Murdered without relief. Oh ! blind as shall ye rise
To think that such assurance can stand For perfect triumph o'er your enemies.
fast ! N
BRAVE Schill! by death delivered, take thy | Internal darkness and unquiet breath; flight
(rest And, if old judgments keep their sacred From Prussia's timid region. Go, and
(cipitate With heroes 'mid the islands of the blest, Him from that height shall Heaven preOr in the fields of empyrean light.
By violent and ignominious death.
Is there a power that can sustain and Stand in the spacious firmament of time,
cheer Fixed as a star : such glory is thy right.
The captive chieftain, by a tyrant's doom. Alas! may not be : for earthly fame
Forced to descend alive into his tomb, Is fortune's frail dependent : yet there lives A dungeon dark! where he must waste the A judge, who, as man claims by merit,
(dear; gives ;
And lie cut off from all his heart' hoids To whose all-pondering mind a noble aim, What time his injured country is a stage Faithfully kept, is as a noble deed :
Whereon deliberate valour and the rage In whose pure sight all virtue doth succeed. Of righteous vengeance side by side appear,
Filling from morn to night the heroic
With deeds of hope and everlasting praise : CALL not the royal Swede unfortunate, Say can he think of this with mind serene Who never did to fortune bend the knee ; And silent setters? Yes, if visions bright Who slighted fear, rejected steadfastly Shine on his soul, reflected from the day's Temptation ; and whose kingly name and When he himself was tried in open light.
state Have “perished by his choice, and not his fate!"
1810. Hence lives he, to his inner self endeared ; And hence, wherever virtue is revered,
Ah! where is Palafox? Nor tongue nor He sits a more exalted potentate,
pen Throned in the hearts of men. Should Reports of him, his dwelling or his grave! Heaven ordain
Does yet the unheard-of vessel ride the That this great servant of a righteous cause
wave? Must still have sad or vexing thoughts to Or is she swallowed up, remote from ken endure,
Of pitying human nature? Once again Yet may a sympathising spirit pause,
Methinks that we shall hail thee, champion Admonished by these truths, and quench
Redeemed to baffle that imperial slave, In thankful joy and gratulation pure.
And through all Europe cheer desponding
(right With new-born hope. Unbounded is the
Of martyrdom, and fortitude, and right. LOOK now on that adventurer who hath
Hark, how thy country triumphs Smilingly
The eternal looks upon her sword that His vows to fortune ; who, in cruel slight
Like his own lightning, over mountains, Of virtuous hope, of liberty, and right, high,
(streams. Hath followed wheresoe'er a way was made on rampart, and the banks of all her By the blind goddess ;-ruthless, undis
mayed ; And so hath gained at length a prospe- In due observance of an ancient rite,
rous height Round which the elements of worldly might | The rude Biscayans, when their children Beneath his haughty feet, like clouds, are Dead in the sinless time of infancy,
laid ! Oh, joyless power that stands by lawless Attire the peaceful corse in vestments white; Curses are his dire portion, scorn and And, in like sign of cloudless triumph bate,