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and gray

-Thy lake, 'mid smoking woods, that blue From the bright wave, in solemn gloom,

(morning's ray retire Gleams, streaked or dappled, hid from The dull-red steeps, and, darkening, still Slow travelling down the western hills, to aspire, fold

(gold ; To where afar rich orange lustres glow Its green-tinged margin in a blaze of Round undistinguished clouds, and rocks, From thickly-glittering spires, the matin

and snow, bell

Or, led where Via Mala's chasms confine Calling the woodman from his desert cell. The indignant waters of the infant Rhine, A summons to the sound of oars, that pass, Hang o'er the abyss :—the else impervious Spotting the steaming deeps, to early mass; gloom Slow swells the service, o'er the water His burning eyes with fearful light illume. borne,

(of morn. While fill each panse the ringing woods Farewell those forms that in thy noontiae

The Grison gipsy here her tent hath shade,

(glade; Sole human tenant of the piny waste ;

placed, Rest, near their little plots of wheaten Her tawny skin, dark eyes, and glossy Those charms that bind the soul in powerless trance,



Bend o'er the smoke that curls beneath the Lip-dewing song, and ringlet-tossing dance.

The mind condemned, without reprieve, to Where sparkling eyes and breaking smiles illume

(woe, The sylvan cabin's lute-enlivened gloom.

O'er life's long deserts with its charge of

With sad congratulation joins the train, -Alas ! the very murmur of the streams Breathes o'er the failing soul voluptuous

Where beasts and men together o'er the

plain dreams,

(dwell Move on-a mighty caravan of pain ; While slavery, forcing the sunk mind to On joys that might disgrace the captive's Hope, strength, and courage, social suffer

ing brings,

(and springs. cell,

(marge, Her shameless timbrel shakes on Como's

Freshening the waste of sand with shades And winds, from bay to bay, the vocal She, solitary, through the desert drear

Spontaneous wanders, hand in hand with barge.

Fear. Yet arts are thine that soothe the unquiet heart,

A giant moan along the forest swells And smiles to solitude and want impart. Protracted, and the twilight storm foreI loved by silent cottage-doors to roam,

tells, The far-off peasant's day-deserted home; And, ruining from the cliffs, their deafenAnd once I pierced the mazes of a wood, ing load

[abroad ; Where, far from public haunt, a cabin Tumbles,—the wildering thunder slips stood;

On the high summits darkness comes and There by the door a hoary-headed sire


(snows; Touched with his withered hand an ancient Hiding their fiery clouds, their rocks, and lyre ;

The torrent, traversed by the lustre Beneath an old gray oak, as violets lie, broad, Stretched at his feet with steadfast up- Starts like a horse beside the flashing ward eye,

(sound : road; His children's children joined the holy In the roofed bridge, t at that terrific hour, -A hermit with his family around ! She seeks a shelter from the battering

shower. But let us hence, for fair Locarno smiles

(ing wood Embowered in walnut slopes and citron --Fierce comes the river down : the crashisles ;

Gives way, and half its pines torment the

flood; Or seek at eve the banks of Tusa's stream, * While, 'mid dim towers and woods, her waters gleam;

+ Most of the bridges among the Alps are of

wood and covered ; these bridges have a heavy The river along whose banks you descend appearance, and rather injure the effect of the in crossing the Alps by the Simplon Pass. scenery in some places.

Fearful, beneath the water-spirits call, * Loose-hanging rocks the day's blessed eye
And the bridge vibrates, tottering to its that hide,

And crossest rear'd to death on every side,
Which with cold kiss Devotion planted

near, Heavy, and dull, and cloudy is the night: And, bending, watered with the hunan tear, No star supplies the comfort of its light,

That faded silent from her upward eye, Glimmer the dim-lit Alps, dilated round,

Unmoved with each rude form of danger And one sole light shifts in the vale pro

nigh, found :

Fixed on the anchor left by Him who saves While opposite, the waning moon hangs Alike in whelming snows and roaring waves.

still And red, above the melancholy hill. By the deep gloom appalled, the gipsy On as we move, a softer prospect opes, sighs,

(eyes. Calm huts, and lawns between, and sylvan Stoops her sick head, and shuts her weary slopes.

(gale, She hears, upon the mountain-forest's While mists, suspended on the expiring brow,

[below ; Moveless o'erhang the deep secluded vale, The death-dog, howling loud and long. The beams of evening slipping soft between, On viewless fingers counts the valley-clock, Gently illuminate a sober scene; Followed by drowsy crow of midnight cock. Winding its dark-green wood and emerald The dry leaves stir as with a serpent's walk, glade, A01, far beneath, banditti voices talk ; The still vale lengthens underneath the Behind her hill, the moon, all crimson,

shade ;

(recede, rides,

While in soft gloom the scattering bowers And his red eyes the slinking water hides. Green dewy lights adorn the freshened mead, -Vexed by the darkness, from the piny On the low brown wood-huts § delighted gulf

sleep Ascending, nearer howls the famished wolf, Along the brightened glooni reposing deep. While through the stillness scatters wild ( While pastoral pipes and streams the landdismay

(prey. scape lull, Her babe's small cry, that leads him to his And bells of passing mules that tinkle dull,

In solemn shapes before the admiring eye

Dilated hang the misty pines on high, Now, passing Urseren's open vale serene, Huge convent domes with pinnacles and Her quiet streams, and hills of downy towers,

(showers. green,

(Terror's breath, And antique castles seen through drizzling Plunge with the Reuss embrowned by Where danger rooss the narrow walks of

From such romantic dreams, my soul, death ;

(dizzy height,

awake ! By floods, that, thundering from their Lo! Fear looks silent down on Uri's lake, Swell more gigantic on the steadfast sight; Where by the unpathwayed margin, still Black drizzling crags, that, beaten by the

and dread,

[tread. din,

Was never heard the plodding peasant's Vibrate, as is a voice complained within ;

Tower like a wall the naked rocks, or reach Bare steeps where Desolation stalks, afraid, Faro'er the secret water dark with beech ; Unsteadiast, by a blasted yew upstayed ;

More high, to where creation seems to end, By cells! whose image, trembling as he Shade above shade, the aërial pines ascend, prays,

(surveys ; Yet with his infants man undaunted creeps Awe-struck, the kneeling peasant scarce And hangs his small wood-cabin on the

steeps. * “Red came the river down and loud, and oft The angry spirit of the water shriek'd." -Home's Douglas.

1 Crosses commemorative of the deaths of

travellers by the fall of snow, and other acci+ The Catholic religion prevails here; these dents, are very common along this dreadful cells are, as is well known, very common in road. Catholic countries, planted, like the Roman $ The houses in the more retired Swiss valleys tombs, along the roadside.

are all built of wood.

bell ;

(veys ;

Where'er below amid the savage scene Eastward, in long perspective glittering. Peeps out a little speck of smiling green, shine

(recline; A garden-plot the desert air perfumes, The wood-crowned cliffs that o'er the lake "Mid the dark pines a little orchard blooms; Wide o'er the Alps a hundred streams A zig-zag path from the domestic skiff,


(gold: Threading the painful crag, surmounts the At once to pillars turned that flame with cliff.

[know Behind his sail the peasant stries to chun - Before those hermit doors, that never The west that burns like one dilated sun, The face of traveller passing to and fro, Where in a mighty crucible expire No peasant leans upon his pole, to tell The mountains, glowing-hot, like coals of For whom at morning tolled the funeral fire.

(foregoes, Their watch-dog ne'er his angry bark But lo! the boatman, overawed, before Touched by the beggar's moan of human The pictured sane of Tell suspends his oar; wors;

(shade Confused the Marathonian tale appears, The grassy seat beneath their casement While burn in his full eyes the glorious The pilgrim's wistful eye hath never stayed. tears.

(days - There, did the iron genius not disdain And who that walks where men of ancient The gentle power that haunts this myrtle Have wrought with godlike arm the deeds plain,

(chide of praise, There might the love-sick maiden sit, and Feels not the spirit of the place control, The insuperable rocks and severing tide ; Exalt, and agitate his labouring soul? There watch at eve her lover's sun-gilt sail Say, who, by thinking on Canadian hills, Approaching, and upbraid the tardy gale ; Or wild Aosta lulled by Alpine rills, There list ai midnight till is heard no more, On Zutphen's plain; or where, with softened Below, the echo of his parting oar.


The old gray stones the plaided chief sur. 'Mid stormy vapours ever driving by,

Can guess the high resolve, the cherished Where ospreys, cormorants, and herons cry,

pain, Hovering o'er rugged wastes too bleak io of him whom passion rivets to the plain, rear

Where breathed the gale that caught

lear : That common growth of earth, the foodful

Wolfe's happiest sigh, Where the green apple shrivels on the spray, And the last sunbeam fell on Bayard's eye; And pines the unripened pear in summer's Where bleeding Sidney from the cupretired, kindliest ray ;

And glad Dundee in "saint huzzas" expired! Even here Content has fixed her smiling reign

But now with other mind I stand alone With Independence, child of high Disdain. Upon the summit of this naked cone, Exulting, 'mid the winter of the skies, And watch, from peak to peak amid the sky Shy as the jealous chamois, Freedom flies, Small as a bird the chamois chaser fly.* And often grasps her sword, and often eyes: Through vacant worlds where nature riever Her crest a bough of winter's bleakest pine, gave 'Strange weeds and Alpine plants her helm A brook to murmur or a bough to wave, entwine,

Which unsubstantial phantoms sacred And, wildly-pausing, oft she hangs aghast,


(and motion sleep. While thrills the Spartan fife," between Through worlds where life, and sound, the blast.

Where silence still her death-like reign extends,


Save when the startling cliff unfrequent 'Tis storm; and hid in mist from hour to in the deep snow the mighty ruin drowned, hour,

(pour : Mocks the dull ear of time with deaf All day the floods a deepening murmur abortive sound.

[to height. The sky is veiled, and every cheerful sight: - 'Tis his while wandering on, from height Dark is the region as with coming night; But what a sudden burst of overpowering light!

* For most of the images in the next sixteen

verses I am ndebted to M. Raymond's inteTriumphant on the bosom of the storm

resting observations annexed to his translation Glances the fire-clad eagle's wheeling form; of Coxe's Tour in Switzerland.

To see a planet's pomp and steady light Broke only by the melancholy sound
In the least star of scarce-appearing night, Of drowsy bells for ever tinkling round :
While the near moon, that coasts the vasi Faint wail of eagle melting into blue

Beneath the clifts, and pine-wood's steady
Wheels pale and silent her diminished round, sugh;t
And far and wide the icy summits blaze, The soiiiary heiser's deepened low;
Rejoicing in the glory of her rays: Or rumbling, heard remote, of falling snow;
To him the day-star glitters small and Save that, the stranger seen below, the boy

Shouts from the echoing hills with savage Shorn of its beanis, insufferably white,

joy. And he can look beyond the sun, and view Those fast-receding depths of sable blue,

When warm from myrtle bays and tranFlying till vision can no more pursue !

quil seas,

(breeze, - At once bewildering mists around him Comes on, to whisper hope, the vernal close,

When hums the mountain-bee in May's And cold and hunger are his least of woes; The demon of the snow, with angry roar

glad ear,

And emerald isles to spot the heights appear, Descending, shuts for aye his prison door. When shouts and lowing herds the valley Then with despair's whole weight his spirits

fill, sink,

(drink, and louder torrents stun the noontide hill, No bread to feed him, and the snow his When fragrant scents beneath the enWhile, ere his eyes can close upon the day,

chanted tread

(spread, The eagle of the Alps o'ershades her prey. Spring up, his choicest wealth around him Hence shall we turn where, heard with The pastoral Swiss begins the cliffs to scale, sear asar,

Ilong Aar?

To silence leaving the deserted vale; Thunders through echoing pines the head- | Mounts, where the verdure leads, from Or rather stay to taste the mild delights

stage to stage,

And of pensive Underwalden's * pastoral

pastures on as in the Patriarchs' age : heights ?

O'er lofty heights serene and still they go,

And hear the rattling thunder far below; Is there who 'mid these awful wilds They cross the chasmy torrent's foam-lit

bed, The native genii walk the mountain green?

Rocked on the dizzy larch s narrow (read; Or heard, while other worlds their charms Or steal beneath loose mountains. hali reveal,

deterred, Soft music from the aërial summit steal ?

That sigh and shudder to the lowing herd. While o er the desert, answering every close,

-I see him, up the midway cliff he creeps Rich steam of sweetest perfume comes and To where a scanty knot of verdure peeps, goes.


Thence down the steep a pile of grass he -And sure there is a secret power, that

throws, Here, where no trace of man the spot pro- Far different life to what tradition hoar

The fodder of his herds in winter snows. sanes, Nought but the herds that, pasturing Transmits of days more blest in times of Hung dim-discovered from the dangerous


(bland, steep,

Then summer lengthened out his season Or summer hamlet, flat and bare, on high And with rock-honey flowed the happy land. Suspended, 'mid the quiet of the sky,

Continual fountains welling cheered the How still! no irreligious sound or sight


(deadly taste, Rouses the soul from her severe delight,

And plants were wholesome,

now of An idle voice the Sabbath region fills

Nor winter yet his frozen stores had piled; Of deep that calls to deep across the hills,

Usurping where the sairest herbage smiled;

Nor hunger forced the herds from pastures * The people of this Canton are supposed to


(dare. be of a more melancholy disposition than the For scanty food the treacherous cliffs to other inhabitants of the Alps; this, if true, may proceed from their living more secluded,

+ This picture is from the middle region of Sugh, a Scotch word expressive of the sound the Alps.

of the wind through the trees.

has seen

Then the milk-thistle bade those herds de-, As man in his primeval dower arrayed mand

[hand. The image of his glorious Sire displayed, 'Three umes a day the pail and welcome Even so, by vestal nature guarded here But human vices have provoked the rod The traces of primeval man appear Of angry nature to avenge her God. The native dignity no forms debase, Thus does the father to his sons relate, The eye sublime, .nd surly lion-grace. On the lone mountain top, their changed The slave of none, of beasts alone the lord, estate.

He marches with his flute, his book, and Still, nature, ever just, to him imparts

sword ;

[pared Joys only given to uncorrupted hearts. Well taught by thạt to feel his rights, pre

With this “the blessings he enjoys to Tis morn: with gold the verdant moun- guard." tain glows,

(rose. More high, the snowy peaks with hues of And, as his native hills encircle ground Far-stretched beneath the many-tinted hills For many a wondrous victory renowned, A mighty waste of mist the valley fills, The work of freedom daring to oppose, A solemn sea! whose vales and mountains With few in arms,* innumerable foes, round

When to those glorious fields bis steps are Stand motionless, to awful silence bound. led,

(dead. A gulf of gloomy blue, that opens wide An unknown power connects him with the And bottomless, divides the midway tide. For images of other worlds are there ; Like leaning masts of stranded ships appear Awful the light, and holy is the air. The pines that near the coast their summits Uncertain through his fierce uncultured rear; (shore soul

(roll ; Of cabins, woods, and lawns a pleasant Like lighted tempests troubled transports Bounds calm and clear the chaos still and To viewless realms his spirit towers amain, hoar ;

(sound Beyond the senses and their little reign. Loud through that midway gulf ascending, Vnnumbered streams with hollow roar pro- And oft, when passed that solemn vision found:

(of birds,

[higis, Mount through the nearer mist the chant He holds with God himself communion And talking voices, and the low of herds,

Where the dread peal of swelling torrents The bark of dogs, the drowsy tinkling bell, fills And wild-wood mountain lutes of saddest The sky-roofed temple of the eternal hills ; swell.

Or, when upon the mountain's silent brow Think not, suspended from the cliff on high, Reclined, he sees, above him and below, He looks below with undelighted eye. Bright stars of ice and azure fields of -No vulgar joy is his, ät eventide

Snow; Stretched on the scented mountain's purple While needle peaks of granite shooting bare side.

Tremble in ever-varying tints of air : For as the pleasures of his simple day

-Great joy, by horror tamed, dilates his Beyond his native valley seldom stray,


limpart. Nought round its darling precincts can he And the near heavens their own delights find

-When the sun bids the gorgeous scene But brings some past enjoyment to his mind, farewell, While Hope, that ceaseless Jeans on Plea- Alps overlooking Alps their state up-swell ; sure s urn,

{return. Huge Pikes of Darkness amed, of Fear Binds her wild wreaths, and whispers his and Storms, †

Lift, all serene, their still, illumined forms, Once Man, entirely free, alone and wild. In sea-like reach of prospect round him Was blest as free--for he was nature's

spread, child.

Tinged like an angel's smile all rosy red. He, all superior but his God disdained, Walked none restraining, and by none restrained,


Alluding to several battles which the Swiss Confessed no law but what his reason

in very small numbers have gained over their Did all he wished, and wished but what he oppressors, the house of Austria.

* As Schreck-Horn, the pike of terror ; ought.

Wetter-Horn, the pike of storms, &c. &c.

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