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And such the new-born heroes found it here,
And drain'd the draught with an applauding cheer.
“ Huzza ! for Otaheite !" was the cry.
How strange such shouts from sons of Mutiny!
The gentle island, and the genial soil,
The friendly hearts, the feasts without a toil,
The courteous manners but from nature caught,
The wealth unhoarded, and the love unbought;
Could these have charms for rudest sea-boys, driven
Before the mast by every wind of heaven ?
And now, even now prepared with others' woes
To earn mild virtue's vain desire, repose ?
Alas ! such is our nature ! all but aim
At the same end by pathways not the same;
Our means, our birth, our nation, and our name,
Our fortune, temper, even our outward frame,
Are far more potent o'er our yielding clay
Than aught we know beyond our little day.
Yet still there whispers the small voice within,
Heard through Gain's silence, and o'er Glory's din:
Whatever creed be taught or land be trod,
Jan's conscience is the oracle of God.

Remorse for the black deed as yet half done,
And what he hid from many show'd to one :
When Bligh in stern reproach demanded where
Was now his grateful sense of former care ?
Where all his hopes to see his name aspire,
And blazon Britain's thousand glories higher ?
His feverish lips thus broke their gloomy speil,
“ 'T is that! 't is that ! I am in hell ! in hell !" 2
No more he said; but urging to the bark
His chief, commits him to his fragile ark ;
These the sole accents from his tongue that fell,
But volumes lurk'd below his fierce farewell.

VII. The launch is crowded with the faithful few Who wait their chief, a melancholy crew: But some remain'd reluctant on the deck Of that proud vessel - now a moral wreck — And view'd their captain's fate with piteous eyes ; While others scoff"d his augur'd miseries, Sneer'd at the prospect of his pigmy sail, And the slight bark so laden and so frail. The tender nautilus, who steers his prow, The sea-born sailor of his shell canoe, The ocean Mab, the fairy of the sea, Seems far less fragile, and, alas ! more free. He, when the lightning-wing'd tornados sweep The surge, is safe — his port is in the deepAnd triumphs o'er the armadas of mankind, Which shake the world, yet crumble in the wind.

IX. The arctic sun rose broad above the wave; The breeze now sank, now whisper'd from his cave; As on the Æolian harp, his fitful wings Now swell’d, now flutter'd o'er his ocean strings. With slow, despairing oar, the abandon'd skiff Ploughs its drear progress to the scarce-seen cliff, Which lifts its peak a cloud above the main : That boat and ship shall never meet again ! But 't is not mine to tell their tale of grief, Their constant peril, and their scant relief ; Their days of danger, and their nights of pain; 'Their manly courage even when deem'd in vain ; The sapping famine, rendering scarce a son Known to his mother in the skeleton; The ills that lessen'd still their little store, And starved even Hunger till he wrung no more ; The varying frowns and favours of the deep, That now almost ingulfs, then leaves to creep With crazy oar and shatter'd strength along The tide that yields reluctant to the strong; The incessant fever of that arid thirst Which welcomes, as a well, the clouds that burst Above their naked bones, and feels delight In the cold drenching of the stormy night, And from the outspread canvass gladly wrings A drop to moisten life's all-gasping springs; The savage foe escaped, to seek again More hospitable shelter from the main ; The ghastly spectres which were doom'd at last To tell as true a tale of dangers past, As ever the dark annals of the deep Disclosed for man to dread or woman weep.

VIII. When all was now prepared, the vessel clear, Which hail'd her master in the mutineer A seaman, less obdurate than his mates, Showd the vain pity which but irritates ; Watch'd his late chieftain with exploring eye, And told, in signs, repentant sympathy; Held the moist shaddock to his parched mouth, Which felt exhaustion's deep and bitter drouth : But soon observed, this guardian was withdrawn, Nor further mercy clouds rebellion's dawn.! Then forward stepp'd the bold and froward boy His chief had cherish'd only to destroy, And, pointing to the helpless prow beneath, Exclaim'd, “ Depart at once ! delay is death !" Yet then, even then, his feelings ceased not all : In that last moment could a word recall

X. We leave them to their fate, but not unknown Nor unredress'd. Revenge may have her own : Roused discipline aloud proclaims their cause, And injured navies urge their broken laws. Pursue we on his track the mutineer, Whom distant vengeance had not taught to fear. Wide o'er the wave --- away ! away ! away! Once more his eyes shall hail the welcome bay ; Once more the happy shores without a law Receive the outlaws whom they lately saw ;

(* Isaic Martin, I saw, had an inclination to assist me; and as he led me with shaddock, my lips being quite parched, we explained each other's sentiments by looks. But this was observa, and he was removed. He then got into the boat, but was compelled to return." - Bligh.]

: (* Christian then said, ' Come, Captain Bligh, your officers and men are now in the boat, and you must go with them : if you attempt to make the least resistance, you will instantly be put to death ;' and, without further ceremony, I *u forced over the side by a tribe of armed ruffians, where tbar untied my hands. Being in the boat, we were veered astera by a rope. A few pieces of pork were thrown to us,

also the four cutlasses. After having been kept some time to make sport for these uinfeeling wretches, and having undergone much ridicule, we were at length cast adrift in the open ocean. Eighteen persons were with me in the boat.

When we were sent away, · Huzza for Otaheite!' was frequently heard among the mutineers. Christian, the chief of them, was of a respectable family in the north of England. While they were forcing me out of the ship, I asked him whether this was a proper return for the many instances he had ex. perienced of my friendship ? He appeared disturbed at the question, and answered, with much emotion, That-Captain Bligh - that is the thing - I am in hell - I am in hell!!". Blign.)

Nature, and Nature's goddess — woman — woos
To lands where, save their conscience, none accuse ;
Where all partake the earth without dispute,
And bread itself is gather'd as a fruit';
Where none contest the fields, the woods, the streams :-
The goldless age, where gold disturbs no dreams,
Inhabits or inhabited the shore,
Till Europe taught them better than before :
Bestow'd her customs, and amended theirs,
But left her vices also to their heirs.
Away with this! behold them as they were,
Do good with Nature, or with Nature err.
“ Huzza! for Otaheite ! ” was the cry,
As stately swept the gallant vessel by.
The breeze springs up; the lately flapping sail
Extends its arch before the growing gale ;
In swifter ripples stream aside the seas,
Which her bold bow flings off with dashing ease.
Thus Argo Y plough'd the Euxine's virgin foam;
But those she wafted still look'd back to home -
These spurn their country with their rebel bark,
And fy her as the raven fled the ark;
And yet they seek to nestle with the dove,
And tame their fiery spirits down to love.

And, wet and shining from the sportive toil,
Anoint our bodies with the fragrant oil,
And plait our garlands gather'd from the grave,
And wear the wreaths that sprung from out the brave.
But lo! night comes, the Mooa woos us back,
The sound of mats are heard along our track;
Anon the torchlight dance shall fling its sheen
In flashing mazes o'er the Marly's green;
And we too will be there; we too recall
The memory bright with many a festival,
Ere Fiji blew the shell of war, when foes
For the first time were wafted in canoes.
Alas! for them the flower of mankind bleeds;
Alas! for them our fields are rank with weeds :
Forgotten is the rapture, or unknown,
Of wandering with the moon and love alone.
But be it so:they taught us how to wield
The club, and rain our arrows o'er the field:
Now let them reap the harvest of their art !
But feast to-night! to-morrow we depart.
Strike up the dance ! the cava bowl fill high !
Drain every drop!-to-morrow we may die.
In summer garments be our limbs array'd ;
Around our waists the tappa's white display'd ;
Thick wreaths shall form our coronal, like spring's,
And round our necks shall glance the hooni strings;
So shall their brighter hues contrast the glow
Of the dusk bosoms that beat high below.

The Island.

CANTO TIIE SECOND.

III. But now the dance is o'er — yet stay awhile ; Ah, pause ! nor yet put out the social smile. To-morrow for the Mooa we depart, But not to-night-to-night is for the heart. Again bestow the wreaths we gently woo, Ye young enchantresses of gay Licoo ! How lovely are your forms! how every sense Bows to your beauties, soften'd, but intense, Like to the flowers on Mataloco's steep, Which fling their fragrance far athwart the deep!We too will see Licoo; but-oh! ny heart! What do I say? - to-morrow we depart !

I. How pleasant were the songs of Toobonais, When summer's sun went down the coral bay ! Come, let us to the islet's softest shade, And hear the warbling birds ! the damsels said : The wood-dove from the forest depth shall coo, Like voices of the gods from Bolotoo; Well cull the flowers that grow above the dead, For these most bloom where rests the warrior's head; And we will sit in twilight's face, and see The sweet moon glancing through the tooa tree, The lofty accents of whose sighing bough Shall sadly please us as we lean below; Or climb the steep, and view the surf in vain Wrestle with rocky giants o'er the main, Which spurn in columns back the baffled spray. How beautiful are these ! how happy they, Who, from the toil and tumult of their lives, Steal to look down where nought but ocean strives ! Even he too loves at times the blue lagoon, And smooths his ruffled mane beneath the moon.

IV. Thus rose a song - the harmony of times Before the winds blew Europe o'er these climes. True, they had vices — such are Nature's growth But only the barbarian's— we have both: The sordor of civilisation, mix'd With all the savage which man's fall hath fix'd. Who hath not seen Dissimulation's reign, The prayers of Abel link'd to deeds of Cain ? Who such would see may from his lattice view The Old World more degraded than the New, Now new no more, save where Columbia rears Twin giants, born by Freedom to her spheres, Where Chimborazo, over air, earth, wave, Glares with his Titan eye, and sees no slave.

II. Yes - from the sepulchre we 'll gather flowers, Then feast like spirits in their promised bowers, Then plunge and revel in the rolling surf, Then lay our limbs along the tender turf,

V. Such was this ditty of Tradition's days, Which to the dead a lingering fame conveys

1 The now celebrated bread.fruit, to transplant which Captain Bligh's expedition was undertaken.

? (The vessel in which Jason embarked in quest of the golden fleece.)

3 The first three sections are taken from an actual song of

the Tonga Islanders, of which a prose translation is given in “ Mariner's Account of the Tonga Islands." Toobonai is not however one of them ; but was one of those where Christian and the inutineers took refuge. I have altered and adued, but have retained as much as possible of the original

In song, where fame as yet hath left no sign
Beyond the sound whose charm is half divine ;
Which leaves no record to the sceptic eye,
But yields young history all to harmony;
A boy Achilles, with the centaur's lyre
In hand, to teach him to surpass bis sire.
For one long-cherish'd ballad's simple stave,
Rung from the rock, or mingled with the wave,
Or from the bubbling streamlet's grassy side,
Or gathering mountain echoes as they glide,
Hath greater power o'er cach true heart and ear,
Than all the columns Conquest's niinions rear ;
Invites, when hicroglyphics are a theme
For sages' labours or the student's dream;
Attracts, when History's volumes are a toil,
The first, the freshest bud of Fecling's soil.
Such was this rude rhyme - rhyme is of the rude.
But such inspired the Norseman's solitude,
Who came and conquer'd; such, wherever rise
Lands which no fues destroy or civilise,
Exist: and what can our accomplish'd art
Of verse do more than reach the awaken'd heart ?

The sun-born blood suffused her neck, and threw
O'er her clear nut-brown skin a lucid hue,
Like coral reddening through the darken'd ware,
Which draws the diver to the crimson cave.
Such was this daughter of the southern seas,
Herself a billow in her energies,
To bear the bark of others' happiness,
Nor feel a sorrow till their joy grew less :
Her wild and warm yet faithful bosom knew
No joy like what it gave; her hopes ne'er drew
Aught from experience, that chill touchstone, whose
Sad proof reduces all things from their hues :
She fear'd no ill, because she knew it not,
Or what she knew was soon - too soon — forgot :
Her smiles and tears had pass'd, as light winds pass
V'er lakes to ruffle, not destroy, their glass,
Whose depths unsearch'd, and fountains from the hill,
Restore their surface, in itself so still,
Until the earthquake tear the naiad's cave,
Root up the spring, and trample on the wave,
And crush the living waters to a mass,
The amphibious desert of the dank morass !
And must their fate be hers ? The eternal change
But grasps humanity with quicker range ;
And they who fall but fall as worlds will fall,
To rise, if just, a spirit o'er them all.

VI. And sweetly now those untaught melodies Broke the luxurious silence of the skies, The sweet siesta of a summer day, The tropic afternoon of Toobonai, When every flower was bloom, and air was balm, And the first breath began to stir the palm, The first yet voiceless wind to urge the wave All gently to refresh the thirsty cave, Where sat the songstress with the stranger boy, Who taught her passion's desolating joy, Too powerful over every heart, but most O'er those who know not how it may be lost; O'er those who, burning in the new-born fire, Like martyrs revel in their funeral pyre, With such devotion to their ecstasy, That life knows no such rapture as to die : And die they do; for earthly life has nought Match'd with that burst of nature, even in thought, And all our dreams of better life above But close in one eternal gush of love.

VII. There sat the gentle savage of the wild, In growth a woman, though in years a child, As childhood dates within our colder clime, Where nought is ripen'd rapidly save crime; The infant of an infant world, as pure From nature - lovely, warm, and premature ; Dusky like night, but night with all her stars ; Or cavern sparkling with its native spars ; With eyes that were a language and a spell, A form like Aphrodite's in her shell, With all her loves around her on the deep, Voluptuous as the tirst approach of sleep; Yet full of life — for through her tropic check The blush would make its way, and all but speak;

VIII. And who is he ? the blue-eyed northern child i Of isles more known to man, but scarce less wild ; The fair-hair'd offspring of the Hebrides, Where roars the Pentland with its whirling seas ; Rock'd in his cradle by the roaring wind, The tempest-born in body and in mind, His young eyes opening on the ocean-foam, Had from that moment deem'd the deep his home, The giant comrade of his pensive moods, The sharer of his craggy solitudes, The only Mentor of his youth, where'er His bark was borne ; the sport of wave and air; A careless thing, who placed his choice in chance, Nursed by the legends of his land's romance ; Eager to hope, but not less firm to bear, Acquainted with all feelings save despair. Placed in the Arab's clime, he would have been As bold a rover as the sands have seen, And braved their thirst with as enduring lip As Ishmael, wafted on his desert-ship; % Fix'd upon Chili's shore, a proud cacique ; On Hellas' mountains, a rebellious Greek; Born in a tent, perhaps a Tamerlane ; Bred to a throne, perhaps unfit to reign. For the same soul that rends its path to sway, If rear'd to such, can find no further prey Beyond itself, and must retrace its

way Plunging for pleasure into pain: the same Spirit which made a Nero, Rome's worst shame, A humbler state and discipline of heart, Had form'd his glorious namesake's counterpart ; *

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! (George Stewart. “He was," says Bligh, “ a young man of creditable parents in the Orkneys; at which place, on the return of the Resolution from the South Seas, in 1780, we

receiveri so raany civilities, that, on that account only, I || should gladly have taken him with me; but, independent of

this recoinreodation, he was a seaman, and had always borne a good character."]

* The “ ship of the desert" is the Oriental figure for the camel op dromedary; and they deserve the metaphor well, the former for his endurance, the latter for his swiftness.

“ Lucullus, when frugality could charm,

Had roasted turnips in the Sabine farm." - Pore. • The consul Nero, who made the unequalled march which deceived Hannibal, and defeated Asdrubal; thereby accom. plishing an achievement almost unrivalled 'n military annals. The first intelligence of his return, to Hannibal, was the sight of Asdrubal's head thrown into his carnp. When Han. nibil saw this, he exclaimed with a sigh, that " Rome would now be the mistress of the world." And yet to this victory of Xero's it might be owing that his imperial namesake reigned

But grant his vices, grant them all his own,
How small their theatre without a throne !

IX.
Thou smilest; - these comparisons seem high
To those who scan all things with dazzled eye;
Link'd with the unknown name of one whose doom
Has nought to do with glory or with Rome,
With Chili, Hellas, or with Araby ;-
Thou smilest ? - Smile; 't is better thus than sigh;
Yet such he might have been; he was a man,
A soaring spirit, ever in the van,
A patriot hero or despotic chief,
To form a nation's glory or its grief,
Born under auspices which makes us more
Or less than we delight to ponder o'er.
But these are visions ; say, what was he here?
A blooming boy, a truant mutineer:
The fair-hair'd Torquil, free as ocean's spray,
The husband of the bride of Toobonai.

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X. By Neuha's side be sate, and watch'd the waters, Neuha, the sun-flower of the island daughters, High born, (a birth at which tbe herald smiles, Without a scutcheon for these secret isles,) of a long race, the valiant and the free, The naked knights of savage chivalry, Whose grassy cairns ascend along the shore; And thine - I've seen - Achilles ! do no more. She, when the thunder-bearing strangers came, In vast canoes, begirt with bolts of fame, Topp'd with tall trees, which, loftier than the palm, Seem'd rooted in the deep amidst its calm : But when the winds awaken'd, shot forth wings Broad as the cloud along the horizon flings, And sway'd the waves, like cities of the sea, Making the very billows look less free; She, with her paddling oar and dancing prow, Shot through the surf, like reindeer through the snow, Swift-gliding o'er the breaker's whitening edge, Light as a nereid in her ocean sledge, And gazed and wonder'd at the giant hulk, Which heaved from wave to wave its trampling bulk: The anchor dropp'd ; it lay along the deep, Like a huge lion in the sun asleep, While round it swarm'd the proas' Aitting chain, Like summer bees that hum around his mane.

The sea-spread net, the lightly-launch'd canoe,
Which stemm'd the studded archipelago,
O'er whose blue bosom rose the starty isles;
The healthy slumber, earn'd by sportive toils ;
The palm, the loftiest dryad of the woods,
Within whose bosom infant Bacchus broods,
While eagles scarce build higher than the crest
Which shadows o'er the vineyard in her breast;
The cava feast, the yam, the cocoa's root,
Which bears at once the cup, and milk, and fruit;
The bread-tree, which, without the ploughshare, yields
The unreap'd harvest of unfurrow'd fields,
And bakes its unadulterated loaves
Without a furnace in unpurchased groves,
And flings off famine from its fertile breast,
A priceless market for the gathering guest;
These, with the luxuries of seas and woods,
The airy joys of social solitudes,
Tamed each rude wanderer to the sympathies
Of those who were more happy, if less wise,
Did more than Europe's discipline had done,
And civilised Civilisation's son !

XII.
Of these, and there was many a willing pair,
Neuha and Torquil were not the least fair:
Both children of the isles, though distant far;
Both born beneath a sea-presiding star;
Both nourish'd amidst nature's native scenes,
Loved to the last, whatever intervenes
Between us and our childhood's sympathy,
Which still reverts to what first caught the eye.
He who first met the Highlands' swelling blue
Will love each peak that shows a kindred hue,
Hail in each crag a friend's familiar face,
And clasp the mountain in his mind's embrace.
Long have I roam'd through lands which are not mine,
Adored the Alp, and loved the Apennine,
Revered Parnassus, and beheld the steep
Jove's Ida and Olympus crown the deep:
But 't was not all long ages' lore, nor all
Their nature held me in their thrilling thrall;
The infant rapture still survived the boy,
And Loch-na-gar with Ida look'd o'er Troy, !
Mix'd Celtic memories with the Phrygian mount,
And Highland linns with Castalie's clear fount.
Forgive me, Homer's universal shade!
Forgive me, Phoebus ! that my fancy stray'd;
The north and nature taught me to adore
Your scenes sublime, from those beloved before.

XI. The white man landed ! — need the rest be told ? The New World stretch'd its dusk hand to the Old ; Each was to each a marvel, and the tie Of wonder warmd to better sympathy. Kind was the welcome of the sun-born sires, And kinder still their daughters' gentler fires. Their union grew: the children of the storm Found beauty link'd with many a dusky form ; While these in turn admired the paler glow, Which seem'd so white in climes that knew no snow. The chase, the race, the liberty to roam, The soil where every cottage show'd a home;

XIII. The love which maketh all things fond and fair, The youth which makes one rainbow of the air, The dangers past, that make even man enjoy The pause in which he ceases to destroy, The mutual beauty, which the sternest feel Strike to their hearts like lightning to the steel, United the half savage and the whole, The maid and boy, in one absorbing soul. No more the thundering memory of the fight Wrapp'd his wean'd bosom in its dark delight;

at all. But the infamy of the one has eclipsed the glory of the other. When the name of " Vero" is heard, who thinks of the consul ? – But such are human things !

I When very roung, about eight years of age, after an at. tack of the scarlet lever at Aberdeen, I was removed by me. dical adrice into the Highlands, Here I passed occasionally some summers, and from this period I date my love of moun.

tainocs countries. I can never forget the effect, a few years afterwards, in England, of the only thing I had long seen, even in miniature, of a mountain, in the Malrern Hills. After I returned to Cheltenham, I rised to watch them every afternoon, at sunset, with a sensation which I cannot describe. This was boyish enough ; but I was then only thirteen years of age, and it was in the holidays.

No more the irksome restlessness of rest
Disturb'd him like the eagle in her nest,
Whose whetted beak and far-pervading eye
Darts for a victim over all the sky:
His heart was tamed to that voluptuous state,
At once Elysian and effeminate,
Which leaves no laurels o'er the hero's urn;-
These wither when for aught save blood they burn;
Yet when their ashes in their nook are laid,
Doth not the myrtle leave as sweet a shade ?
Had Cæsar known but Cleopatra's kiss,
Rome had been free, the world had not been his.
And what have Cæsar's deeds and Cæsar's faine
Done for the earth ? We feel them in our shame :
The gory sanction of his glory stains
The rust which tyrants cherish on our chains.
Though Glory, Nature, Reason, Freedom, bid
Roused millions do wbat single Brutus did -
Sweep these mere mock-birds of the despot's song
From the tall bough where they have perch'il so long,
Still are we hawk'd at by such mousing owls,
And take for falcons those ignoble fowls,
When but a word of freedom would dispel
These bugbears, as their terrors show too well.

XIV.
Rapt in the fond forgetfulness of life,
Neuha, the South Sea girl, was all a wife,
With ro distracting world to call her off
From love; with no society to scoff
At the new transient flame: no babbling crowd
Of coxcombry in admiration loud,
Or with adulterous whisper to alloy
Her duty, and her glory, and her joy :
With faith and feelings naked as her form,
She stood as stands a rainbow in a storm,
Changing its hues with bright variety,
But still expanding lovelier o'er the sky,
Howe'er its arch may swell, its colours move,
The cloud-compelling harbinger of love.

XV.
Here, in this grotto of the wave-worn shore,
They pass'd the tropic's red meridian o'er ;
Nor long the hours they never paused o'er time,
Unbroken by the clock's funereal chime,
Which deals the daily pittance of our span,
And points and mocks with iron laugh at man.
What deem'd they of the future or the past ?
The present, like a tyrant, held them fast :
Their hour-glass was the sea-sand, and the tide,
Like her smooth billow, saw their moments glide ;
Their clock the sun, in his unbounded tow'r;
They reckon'd not, whose day was but an hour ;

The nightingale, their only vesper-bell,
Sung sweetly to the rose the day's farewell ; !
The broad sun set, but not with lingering sweep.
As in the north he mellows o'er the deep;
But fiery, full, and fierce, as if he left
The world for ever, earth of light bereft,
Plunged with red forehead down along the wave,
As dives a hero headlong to his grave.
Then rose they, looking first along the skics,
And then for light into each other's eyes,
Wondering that summer show'd so brief a sun,
And asking if indeed the day were done.

XVI.
And let not this seem strange : the devotee
Lives not in earth, but in his ecstasy ;
Around him days and worlds are heedless driven,
His soul is gone before his dust to heaven.
Is love less potent? No - his path is trod,
Alike uplifted gloriously to God;
Or link'd to all we know of heaven below,
The other better self, whose joy or woe
Is more than ours; the all-absorbing flame
Which, kindled by another, grows the same,
Wrapt in one blaze; the pure, yet funeral pile,
Where gentle hearts, like Bramins, sit and smile.
How often we forget all time, when lone,
Admiring Nature's universal throne,
Her woods, her wilds, her waters, the intense
Reply of hers to our intelligence !
Live not the stars and mountains ? Are the wave
Without a spirit ? Are the dropping caves
Without a feeling in their silent tears ?
No, no ; — they woo and clasp us to their spheres,
Dissolve this clog and clod of clay before
Its hour, and merge our soul in the great shore.
Strip off this fond and false identity! -
Who thinks of self, when gazing on the sky ?
And who, though gazing lower, ever thought,
In the young moments ere the heart is taught
Time's lesson, of man's baseness or his own ?
All nature is his realm, and love his throne.

XVII. Neuha arose, and Torquil : twilight's hour Came sad and softly to their rocky bower, Which, kindling by degrees its dewy spars, Echoed their dim light to the mustering stars. Slowly the pair, partaking nature's calm, Sought out their cottage, built beneath the palm ; Now smiling and now silent, as the scene; Lovely as Love — the spirit ! — when serene. The Ocean scarce spoke louder with his swell, Than breathes his mimic murmurer in the shell, ?

1 The now well-known story of the loves of the nightingale and rose need not be more than alluded to, being sutliciently familiar to the Western as to the Eastern reader.

If the reader will apply to his ear the sea-shell on his chimney-piece, he will be aware of what is alluded to. If the text should appear obscure, he will find in " Gebir" the same idea better expressed in two lines. The poem I never read, but have heard the lines quoted by a more recondite reader -who seems to be of a different opinion from the editor of the Quarterly Review, who qualified it, in his answer to the Cri. tical Reviewer of his Juvenal, as trash of the worst and most insane description. It is to Mr. Landor, the author of " Gebir," so qualitied, and of some Latin poems, which vie with Martial or Catullus in obscenity, that the immaculate Mr. Southey addresses his declamation against impurity ! (Mr. Landor's lines above alluded to are —

* For I have often seen her with both hands

Shike a dry crocodile of equal height,
And listen to the shells within the scales,

And fancy there was life, and yet apply,

The jagged jaws wide open to the car." In the “ Excursion" of Wordsworth occurs the following exquisite passage:

“ I have seen
A curious child, applying to his car
The convolutions of a smcoth.lipp'd shell,
To which, in silence hush'd, his very soul
Listen'd intensely, and his countenance soon
Brighten'd with joy; for murmuring from within
Were heard sonorous cadences ! whereby,
To his belief, the monitor express'd
Mysterious union with its native sea.
Even such a shell the universe itself
Is to the ear of faith ; and doth impart
Authentic tidings of invisible things :
Of ebb and How, and ever during power ;
And central peace subsisting at the heart
Oi endless agitation."]

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