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They bind the unoffending creature's brows | The dews of morn, or April's tender shower?' With happy garlands of the pure white Stroke merciful and welcome would that be

Which should extend thy branches on the This done, a festal company unite

ground, In choral song; and, while the uplifted If never more within their shady round

Those lofty-minded law-givers shall meet, Of Jesus goes before, the child is borne Peasant and lord, in their appointed seat, Uncovered to his

grave. Her piteous loss Guardians of Biscay's ancient liberty. The lonesome mother cannot choose but

mourn ; Yet soon by Christian faith is grief subdued,

INDIGNATION OF A HIGH-MINDED And joy attends upon her fortitude.

SPANIARD. 1810. We can endure that he should waste our lands,


Despoil our temples, and by sword and, ONE OF THESE FUNERALS. 1810.

Return us to the dust from which we came ;

Such food a tyrant's appetite demands : Yet, yet, Biscayans ! we must meet our And we can brook the thought that by his foes

hands With firmer soul. yet labour to regain

Spain may be overpowered, and he possess, Our ancient freedom; else 'twere worse For his delight, a solemn wilderness. than vain

Where all the brave lie dead. But when of To gather round the bier these festal shows.

bands, A garland fashioned of the pure white rose Which he will break forus, he dares to speak, Becomes not one whose father is a slave :

Of benefits, and of a future day Oh! bear the infant covered to his grave!

When our enlightened minds shall bless his These venerable mountains now inclose


(weak; A people sunk in apathy and fear.

Then, the strained heart of fortitude proves If this endure, farewell, for us, all good!

Our groans, our blushes, our pale cheeks The awíul light of heavenly innocence


(strength to bear. Will fail to illuminate the infant's bier :

That he has power to inflict what we lack And guilt and shame, from which is no delence,

AVAUNT all specious pliancy of mind Descend on all that issues from our blood. In men of low degree, all smooth pretence !

I better like a blunt indifference

And self-respecting slowness, disinclined THE OAK OF GUERNICA.

To win me at first sight : and be there joined

(reserve, The ancient oak of Guernica, says Laborde in Patience and temperance with this high his account of Biscay, is the most venerable Honour that knows the path and will not natural monument. Ferdinand and Isabella,

swerve ; in the year 1476, after hearing mass in the Church of Santa Maria de la Antigua, re- Affections, which, if put to proof, are kind ; paired to this tree, under which they swore to And piety towards God. Such men of old the Biscayans to maintain their fueros (privi- Were England's native growth; and, leges). What other interest belongs to it in throughout Spain, the minds of this people will appear from the Forests of such do at this day remain ; following

Then for that country let our hopes be SUPPOSED ADDRESS TO THE SAME. 1810. bold;

For matched with these shall policy prove Oak of Guernica ! Tree of holier power


(gold. Than that which in Dodona did enshrine Her arts, her strength, her iron, and her (So faith too fondly deemed) a voice divine, Heard from the depths of its aerial bower, How canst thou fourish at this blighung

1810. bour?

[to thee, O'ERWEENING statesmen have full long What hope, what joy can sunshine bring relied Or the soft breezes from the Atlantic sea, On fleets and armies, and external wealth: But from within proceeds a nation's health ; In ore who lived unknown a shepherd's life Which shall not fail, though poor men Redoubted Viriatus breathes again ; cleave with pride

And Mina, nourished in the studious shade, To the paternal floor; or turn aside, With that great leader* vies, who, sick of In the thronged city, from the walks of gain, strife As being all unworthy to detain

And bloodshed, longed in quiet to be laid A soul by contemplation sanctified. In some green island of the western main. There are who cannot languish in this strife, Spaniards of every rank, by whom the good Of such higł. course was felt and under

1811. stood ;

{a life. The power of armies is a visible thing, Who to their country's cause have bound Formal, and circumscribed in time and Erewhile by solemn consecration given

space ;

(trace To labour, and to prayer, to nature, and to But who the limits of that power shall heaven.*

Which a brave people into light can bring
Or hide, at will. --for freedom combating,

By just revenge inflamed? No foot may THE FRENCH AND THE SPANISH


No eye can follow to a fatal place HUNGER, and sultry heat, and nipping

That power, that spirit, whether on the

(wind blast


[by night From bleak hill-top, and length of march Like the strong wind, or sleeping like the Through heavy swamp, or over snow-clad Within its awsul caves.-From year to year height,

(past, Springs this indigenous produce far and These hardships ill sustained, these dangers No craft this subtle element can bind,

near The roving Spanish bands are reached at last,


Risiug like water from the soil, to find

Charged, and dispersed like foam ; but as a every nook a lip that it may cheer.
Of scattered quails by signs to reunite,
So these,-and, heard of once again, are

1811. With combinations of long-practised art

HERE pause : the poet claims at least this And newly-kindled hope ; but they are fied, praise, Gone are they, viewless as the buried dead ; That virtuous liberty hath been the scope Where now 2-Their sword is at the foe- 1 Of his pure song which did not shrink from man's heart !

(thwart, hope And thus from year to year his walk they in the worst moment of these evil days ; And hang like 'dreams around his guilty From hope, the paramount duty that Heaven bed.


[heart. For its own honour, on man's suffering

Never may from our souls one truth depart, SPANISH GUERILLAS. 1811.

That an accursed thing it is to gaze They seek, are sought ; to daily battle led, On prosperous tyrants with a dazzled eye; Shrink not, though far outnumbered by Nor, touched with due abhorrence of their their ioes :


(spilt, For they have learnt to open and to close For whose dire ends tears flow, and blood is The ridges of grim war; and at their head And justice labours in extremity, Are captains such as erst their country bred | Forget thy weakness, upon which is built, Or fostered, self-supported chiefs, —like i wretched man, the throne of tyranny !

those Whom hardy Rome was fearful to oppose, Whose desperate shock the Carthaginian THE FRENCH ARMY IN RUSSIA. 1812-13, fled.

HUMANITY, delighting to behold

A fond reflection of her own decay, • See Laborde's character of the Spanish people: from himn the sentiment of these last two lines is taken.

• Sertorius.

Hath painted winter like a traveller-old, And loud and long of winter's triuniph sing! Propped on a staff--and, through the sullen Sing ye, with blossoms crowned, and fruits, day,

and flowers,

(showers, In hooded mantle, limping o'er the plain, Of winter's breath surcharged with sleety As though his weakness were disturbed by And the dire flapping of his hoary wing! pain :

Knit the blithe dance upon the soft green Or, if a juster fancy should allow

grass ;

[your gain ; An undisputed symbol of command, With feet, hands, eyes, looks, lips, report The chosen sceptre is a withered bough, Whisper it to the billows of the main, Infirmly grasped within a palsied hand. And to the aerial zephyrs as they pass, These emblems suit the helpless and forlorn, That old decrepit winter-He hath slain, But mighty winter the device shall scorn. That host, which rendered all your bounties

vain ! For he it was-dread winter! who beset, By Moscow self-devoted to a blaze Flinging round van and rear his ghastly net, Of dreadful sacrifice; by Russian blood Thai host,—when from the regions of the Lavished in fight with desperate hardipole

hood; They shrunk, insane ambition's barren goal. The unfeeling elements no claim shall raise That host, as huge and strong as e'er defied To rob our human nature of just praise Their God, and placed their trust in human For what she did and suffered. Pledges pride!

Of a deliverance absolute and pure (sure As fathers persecute rebellious sons, She gave, if faith might tread the beaten He smote the blossoms of their warrior


(High youth ;

Of Providence. But now did the Most He called on frost's inexorable tooth Exalt his still small voice;—to quell that Life to consume in manhood's firmest hold ; host Nor spared the reverend blood that feebly Gathered his Power, a manifest Ally; runs ;

He whose heaped waves confounded the For why, unless for liberty enrolled

proud boast And sacred home, ah ! why should hoary or Pharaoh, said to Famine, Snow, and age be bold?


Finish the strife by deadliest victory!
Fleet the Tartar's reinless steed,
But fleeter far the pinions of the wind,
Which from Siberian caves the monarch



HOCKHEIM. And sent him forth, with squadrons of his ABRUPTLY paused the strife;—the field And bade the snow their ample backs be- throughout stride,

Resting upon his arms each warrior stood, And to the battle ride.

Checked in the very act and deed of blood, No pitying voice commands a halt, With breath suspended, like a listening No courage can repel the dire assault ; Distracted, spiritless, benumbed, and blind, O silence! thou wert mother of a shout, Whole legions sink-and, in one instant, That through the texture of yon azure find

[descry, dome Burial and death: look for them-and Cleaves its glad way, a cry of harvest-home When morn returns, beneath the clear blue Uttered to Heaven in ecstasy devout ! sky.

The barrier Rhine hath flashed, through A soundiess waste, a trackless vacancy ! battle-smoke,

(view, On men who gaze heart-smitten by the

As if all Germany had felt the shock!

Fly, wretched Gauls ! ere they the charge YE storms, resound the praises of your

(the yoke) king!

Who have seen (themselves delivered from And ve mild seasons—in a sunny clime, The unconquerable stream his course Midway on some high hill, while father pursue.*

Time Looks on delighted---meet in festal ring, * The event is thus recorded in the journals of





WATERLOO. Now that all hearts are glad, all faces (The last six lines are intended for an bright,


Our aged sovereign sits; to the ebb and
Of states and kingdoms, to their joy or woe,

Insensible: he sits deprived of sight,

INTREPID Sons of Albion! not by you And lamentably wrapt in twofold night,

Is life despised ; ah, no, the spacious earth Whom no weak hopes deceived; whose Ne'er saw a race who held, by right of birth,

mind ensued, Through perilous war, with regal fortitude, Ye slight not life-to God and nature true;

So many objects to which love is due. Peace that should claim respect from law. But death, becoming death, is dearer far, less might.

[divine When duty bids you bleed in open war: Dread King of kings, vouchsafe a ray Hence haih your prowess quelled that To his forlorn condition! let thy grace

impious crew. Upon his inner soul in mercy shine; Heroes! for instant sacrifice prepared, Permit his heart to kindle, and embrace

Yet filled with ardour, and on triumph bent, (Though were it only for a moment's Mid direst shocks of mortal accident, space)

To you who fell, and you whom slaughter The triumphs of this hour; for they are


(event, THINE!

To guard the fallen, and consummate the

Your country rears this sacred monument! ON THE DISINTERMENT OF THE REMAINS OF THE DUKE D'ENGHIEN.

FEBRUARY, 1816. Dear reliques ! from a pit of vilest mould

Oh! for a kindling touch of that pure Uprisen-io lodge among ancestral kings; flame And to inflict shame's salutary stings

Which taught the offering of song to rise On the remorseless hearts of men grown From thy lone bower, beneath Italian skies, old

Great Filicaia! With celestial aim In a blind worship; men perversely bold

It rose-thy saintly rapture to proclaim, Even to this hour; yet at this hour they Then, when the imperial city stood requake ;


[East, And some their monstrous idol shall for- From bondage threatened by the embattled If, to the living, truth was ever told And Christendom respired; from guilt By aught surrendered from the hollow

and shame grave :

(brave! Redeemed, from miserable fear set free O murdered prince! meek, loyal, pious, By one day's feat, one mighty victory. The power of retribution once was given ; --Chant the deliverer's praise in every But 'tis a rueful thought that willow


(waxed dim. bands

The cross shall spread, the crescent hath So often tie the thunder-wielding hands

He conquering, as in earth and heaven Of justice, sent to earth from highest

was sung,

(GOD BY HIM. heaven!


the day:“When the Austrians took Hockheim, OCCASIONED BY THE SAME BATTLE. in one part of the engagement they got to the

FEBRUARY, 1816. brow of the hill, whence they had their first view of the Rhine. They instantly halted -not The bard, whose soul is meek as dawning a gun was fired-not a voice heard : they stood


(severe; gazing on the river, with those feelings which Yet trained The events of the last fifteen years at once called Fervid, yet conversant with holy fear,

to judgments righteously up. Prince Schwartzenberg rode up to know the cause of this sudden stop: they then gave

As recognizing one Almighty sway : three cheers, rushed after the enemy, and drove He whose experienced eye can pierce the then into the water.'



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Of past events, to whom, in vision clear, Nor wanted lurking hamlet, dusky towns, The aspiring heads of future things appear, And scattered rural farms of aspect bright, Like mountain-tops whose mists have rolled And, here and there, between the pastoral away:

downs, Assoiled from all incumbrance of our time. The azure sea upswelled upon the sight. He only, if such breathe, in strains devout Fair prospect, such as Britain only shows ! Shall comprehend this victory sublime; But not a living creature could be seen And worthily rehearse the hideous rout, Through its wide circuit, hushed in deep Which the blest angels, from their peaceful repose, clime

Yea, even to sadness, quiet and serene ! Beholding, welcomed with a choral shout. Amid this solitude of earth and sky.

Through portal clear as loop-hole in a

storm EMPERORS and kings, how oft have temples rung


Opening before the sun's triumphant eye, With impious thanksgiving, the Almighty's Issued, to sudden view, a radiant form! How oft above their altars have been hung Earthward it glided with a swift descent: Trophies that led the good and wise to Saint George himself this visitant may be;

And ere a thought could ask on what intent Triumphant wrong, battle of battle born,

He sought the regions of humanity, And sorrow that to fruitless sorrow clung! A thrilling voice was heard, that vivified Now, from Heaven-sanctioned victory, City and field and flood, -aloud it cried,

peace is sprung; In this firm hour salvation lifts her horn.

Though from my celestial home, Glory to arms! but conscious that the nerve

Like a champion armed I come ; of popular reason, long mistrusted, freed

On my helm the dragon crest, Your thrones, from duty, princes ! fear to

And the red cross on my breast; swerve;


I, the guardian of this land, Be just, be grateful ; nor, the oppressor's

Speak not now of toilsome duty-Reviving, heavier chastisement deserve

Well obeyed was that command, Than ever forced unpitied hearts to bleed.

Hence bright days of festive beauty ; Haste, virgins. haste !—the flowers which

summer gave ODE.

Have perished in the field; (yield

But the green thickets plenteously shall COMPOSED IN JANUARY, 1816.

Fit garlands for the brave, “Carmina possumus

That will be welcome, if by you entwined ! Donare, et pretium dicere muneri.

Haste, virgins, haste ;-and you, ye matrons Non incisa notis marmora publicis,

grave, Per quæ spiritus et vita redit bonis

Go forth with rival youthfulness of mind, Post mortem ducibus clarius indicant

And gather what ye find Laudes, quam

Pierides ; neque

Of hardy laurel and wild holly boughs, Si chartæ sileant quod bene feceris, To deck your stern defenders' modest Mercedem tuleris."-Hor. Car. 8, Lib. 4.

brows! WHEN the soft hand of sleep had closed

Such simple gifts prepare, the latch

Though they have gained a worthier meed; On the tired household of corporeal sense,

And in due time shall share And Fancy, keeping unreluctant watch, Those palms and amaranthine wreaths Was free her choicest favours to dispense ;

Unto their martyred countrymen decreed, I saw, in wondrous perspective displayed,

In realms where everlasting freshness A landscape more august than happiest breathes!"

skill Of pencil ever clothed with light and shade; And lo! with crimson banners proudly An intermingled pomp of vale and hill,

streaming, City, and naval stream, suburban grove, And upright weapons innocently gleaming, And stately forest where the wild deer rove ; Along the surface of a spacious plain

Advance in order the redoubted bands, "From all this world's encumbrance did him. And there receive green chaplets from the self assoil."-SPENSER.

Of a fair female train, [hands

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