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A mighty Spirit is eclipscd—a Power The secret enemy whose sleepless eye Hath pass'd from day to darkness - to whose Stands sentinel-accuser-jadge—and spr.
The foe the fool_the jealons and the vain, Of light no likeness is bequeath’d- no name, The envious who but breathe in others' pais, Focus at once of all the rays of Fame! Behold the host! delighting to deprave, The flash of Wit,the bright Intelligence, Who track the steps of Glory to the grave, The beam of Song - the blaze of Eloquence, Watch every fault that daring Genins ove Set with their šun-but still have left Half to the ardour which its birth besten
Distort the truth, accumulate the lie, The enduring produce of immortal Mind; | And pile the Pyramid of Calumny! Fruits of a genial morn, and glorious noon, These are his portion - but if join'd to the A deathless part of him who died too soon. Gaunt Poverty should league with den But small that portion of the wondrous
If the high Spirit must forget to soar, These sparkling segments of that circling And stoop to strive with Misery at the deer,
To soothe Indignity- and face to face Which all embraced—and lighten'd over all, Meet sordid Rage—and wrestle with Da To cheer- to pierce-to please-or to appal.
grace, From the charm'd council to the festive To find in Hope but the renewid caress
| The serpent-fold of further Faithlessness Of human feelings the unbounded Jord; If such inay be the ills which men assil In whose acclaim the loftiest voices vied, What marvel if at last the mightiest fail! The praised - the proud-who made his Breasts to whom all the strength of feeling praise their pride.
given When the loud cry of trampled Hindostan Bear hearts electric-charged with fire free Arose to Heaven in her appeal from man,
(leaven, His was the thunder-his the avenging rod, Black with the rude collision, inly tora. The wrath-the delegated voice of God! | By clouds surrounded, and on whirlwind Which shook the nations through his lips
borne, and blazed Driven o'er the lowering atmosphere that Till vanquish'd senates trembled as they
nurst praised. | Thoughts which have turn'd to thunder
scorch- and burt
But far from us and from our mimic scent And here, oh! here, where yet all young Such things should be-if snch have ein and warm
becn; The gay creations of his spirit charm, Ours be the gentler wish, the kinder tak. The matchless dialogue-the deathless wit, To give the tribute Glory need not asl. Which knew not what it was to intermit; To mourn the vanish'd beam - and add a The glowing portraits, fresh froin life that
Of praise in payment of a long delight. Home to our hearts the truth from which
they spring; These wondrous beings of his Fancy, Ye Orators! whom vet our council yield,
Mourn for the veteran Hero of your held To fulness by the fiat of his thought, The worthy rival of the wondrous Three! Here in their first abode you still may meet, Whose words were sparks of Immortals Bright with the hues of his Promethean heat, | Ye Bards! to whom the Drama's Muse is dat A halo of the light of other days,
He was your Master -- emulate him here! Which still the splendour of its orb betrays. Ye men of wit and social eloquence!
He was your Brother-bear his ashes hence!
While Powers of Mind almost of boundles But should there be to whom the fatal
Complete in kind—as various in their Of failing Wisdom yields a base delight,
change, Men who exult when minds of heavenly torte While Eloquence_Wit_Poesy_and
and Mirth, Jar in the music which was born their own, That humbler Harinonist of care on a Still let them pause—Ah! little do they know Survive within our souls—while lives That what to them seem'd Vice might be
sense but Woe.
Of pride in Merit's prond pre-eminence, Hard is his fate on whom the public gaze Long shall we seek his likeness_long in Is fix'd for ever to detract or praise; And turn to all of him which may rend Repose denies her requiem to his name, Sighing thatNature form'd but one such... And Folly loves the martyrdom of Fame. And broke the die-in moulding Sheri
The eye the same, except in tears.
How welcome those untrodden spheres! B walks in benuty, like the night
How sweet this very hour to die! Of clondless climes and starry skies; To soar from earth, and find all fears ad all that's best of dark and bright Lost in thy light-Eternity! M eet in her aspect and her eyes : hus mellow'd to that tender light It must be so: 'tis not for self Which heaven to gaudy day denies. That we so tremble on the brink;
And striving to o'erleap the gulph, ne shade the more, one ray the less, Yet cling to Being's severing link.
Had half impair'd the nameless grace | Oh! in that future let us think
To hold each heart the heart that shares, Or softly lightens o'er her face ;
With them the immortal waters drink, here thoughts serenely sweet express And soul in soul grow deathless theire! How pure, how dear their dwelling-place. nd on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
Exulting yet may bound, mind at peace with all below,
And drink from all the living rills
That gush on holy ground;
A step as fleet, an eye more bright, IIe Harp the Monarch-Minstrel swept, I Hath Judah witness’d there;
The King of men, the loved of Heaven, And o'er her scenes of lost delight Which Music hallow'd while she wept Inhabitants more fair.
O'er tones her heart of hearts had given, The cedarg wave on Lebanon, Redoubled be her tears, its chords are But Judah's statelier maids are gone!
riven! It soften'd men of iron mould,
More blest each palm that shades those It gave them virtues not their own;
plains No ear so dull, no soul so cold,
Than Israel's scatter'd race; That felt not, fired not to the tone, For, taking root, it there remains Till David's lyre grew mightier than his In solitary grace:
It cannot quit its place of birth,
It will not live in other earth.
But we must wander witheringly,
In other lands to die;
Our temple hath not left a stone,
Devotion and her daughter Love
Weep for the harp of Judah's broken If that high World, which lies beyond
shell; Our own, surviving Love endears; Mourn-where their God hath dwelt the If there the cherish'd heart be fond,
And where shall Israel lave her bleeding |
VIIL feet? And when shall Sion's songs again seem lo.
Be On! snatch'd away in beanty's bloom, sweet?
On thee shall press no ponderous tomb; And Judah's melody once more rejoice
Bat on thy turf shall roses rear The hearts that leap'd before its heavenly
Their leaves, the earliest of the years voice?
And the wild cypress wave in tender glove Tribes of the wandering foot and weary And oft by yon blue gushing stream
I Shall Sorrow lean her drooping head, How shall ye flee away and be at rest! The wild dove hath her nest, the fox his cave,
And feed deep thought with many a dream,
And lingering pause and lightly tread: Mankind their country-Israel but the grave!
Fond wretch! as if her step disturb
the dead! VL.
Away; we know that tears are vain, On Jordan's banks the Arabs' camels stray,
That death nor heeds nor hears distress: On Sion's hill the False One's votaries pray,
Will this unteach us to complain? The Baal-adorer bows on Sinai's steep
Or make one mourner weep the less 1 Yet there-even there--Oh God! thy thun-| And thou -- who tell'st me to forget,
Thy looks are wan, thine eyes are wel. Thero— where thy finger scorch'd the tabletstone!
IX. There-where thy shadow to thy people
shone! Thy glory shrouded in its garb of fire:
My Soul is dark.-Oh! quickly string
The harp I yet can brook to hear; Thyself-none living see and not expire!
And let thy gentle fingers fling Oh! in the lightning let thy glance appear! If in this heart a hope be dear,
| Its melting murmurs o'er mine ear. Sweep from his shiver'd band the oppres
That sound shall charm it forth again; sors' spear:
If in these eyes there lurk a tear, How long by tyrants shall thy land be trod!
'Twill flow, and cease to burn my brain How long thy temple worshipless, oh God!
But bid the strain he wild and deep,
Nor let thy notes of joy be first:
I tell thee, Minstrel, I must weep,
| Or else this heavy heart will burst; JEPATHA'S DAUGHTER.. For it hath been by sorrow purst,
And ached in sleepless silence long; SINCE our country, our God-Oh, my Sire! And now 'tis doom'd to know the worst, Demand that thy Daughter expire;
And break at once-or yield to song. Since thy triumph was bought by thy vowStrike the bosom that's bared for thee now!
And the voice of my mourning is o'er,
Came o'er that eye of blue;
And then methought it did appear And of this, oh, my Father! be sure TA violet dropping dew: That the blood of thy child is as pure I saw thee smile- the sapphire's blaze As the blessing I beg ere it flow,
Beside thee ceased to shine; And the last thought that soothes me below. It could not match the living rays
That fill'd that glance of thine. Though the virgins of Salem lament, Be the judge and the hero unbent! | As clouds from yonder sun receive I have won the great battle for thee, A deep and mellow die, And my Father and Country are free! Which scarce the shade of coming eve
Can banish from the sky, When this blood of thy giving hath gush'd, I Those smiles unto the moodicst mind When the voice that thou lovest is hush'd, Their own pure joy impart; Let my memory still be thy pride, Their sunshine leaves a glow behind And forget not I siniled As I died ! "That lightens o'er the heart
Shrunken and sinewless, and ghastly bare:
From lips that moved not and unbreathing Days are done, thy fame begun ;
frame, Thy country's strains record
Like cavern'd winds, the hollow accents triumphs of her chosen Son,
came. The slaughters of his sword !
Saul saw, and fell to earth, as falls the oak, e deeds he did, the fields he won, At once, and blasted by the thunder-stroke. The freedom ho restored !
“Why is my sleep disquieted ? ough thon art fall'n, while we are free Who is he that calls the dead ? Thou shalt not taste of death!
ls it thou, oh King? Behold, e generous blood that flow'd from thee Bloodless are these limbs, and cold : Disdain'd to sink beneath :
Such are mine; and such shall be thin our veins its currents be,
Thine, to-morrow, when with me: Thy spirit on our breath!
Ere the coming day is done,
Such shalt thou be, such thy son. y name, our charging hosts along,
Fare thee well, but for a day; Shall be the battle-word!
Then we mix our mouldering clay. uy fall, the theme of choral song
Thou, thy race, lie pale and low, From virgin-voices pour'd!
Pierced by shafts of many a bow: weep would do thy glory wrong!
And the falchion by thy side
To thy heart thy hand shall guide:
Son and sire, the house of Saul!"
"ALL IS VANITY, SAITH THE
PREACHER.” (ARRIORS and Chiefs! should the shaft or
the sword jerce me in leading the host of the Lord,
Fame, wisdom, love, and power were mine,
And health and youth possess'd me; leed not the corse, though a king's, in My goblets blush'd from every vine,
And lovely forms caress'd me; ury your steel in the bosoms of Gath!
I sunnd my heart in beauty's eyes,
And felt my soul grow tender; 'hou who art bearing my buckler and bow,
W, All earth can give, or mortal prize, hould the soldiers of Saul look away from
Was mine of regal splendour.
the foe, tretch me that moment in blood at thy feet!
I strive to number o'er what days line be the doom which they dared not
Remembrance can discover, to meet.
Which all that life or earth displays
Would lure me to live over. farewell to others, but never we part,
There rose no day, there rolld no hour leir to my royalty, son of my heart!
Of pleasure unembitter'd;
That gall’d not while it glitter'd.
The serpent of the field, by art
And spells, is won from harming;
But that which coils around the heart, SAUL
Oh! who hath power of charming ?
It will not list to wisdom's lore, Thou, whose spell can raise the dead,
1 Nor music's voice can lure it; Bid the prophet's form appear.
But there it stings for evermore “Samuel, raise thy buried head!
The soul that must endure it.
But leaves its darken'd dast behind. Chaldea's seers are good, Then, anembodied, doth it trace
But here they have no still: By steps each planet's heavenly way! And the unknoyn letters stood Or all at once the realms of space,
Untold and awful still. A thing of eyes, that all survey 1
And Babel's men of age
Are wise and deep in lore; Eternal, boundless, undecay'd,
But now they were not sage,
They saw-but knew no more.
A captire in the land,
A stranger and a youth, So darkly of departed years,
He heard the king's command, In one broad glance the soul beholds,
He saw that writing's truth. And all, that was, at once appears. The lamps around were bright,
The prophecy in view;
He read it on that night,-
“Belshazzar's grave is made, And where the future mars or makes,
His kingdom pass'd away, Its glance dilate o'er all to be,
He in the balance weigh'd, While sun is quench'd or system breaks, Is light and worthless clay. Fix'd in its own eternity.
The shroud, his robe of state,
His canopy, the stone; Above or Love, Hope, Hate, or Fear, The Mede is at his gate! It lives all passionless and pure:
The Persian on his throne!” An age shall fleet like earthly year;
Its years as moments shall endure. Away, away, without a wing,
XVII. O'er all, through all, its thought shall fly;! Sun of the Sleepless! melancholy star! A pameless and eternal thing,
Whose tearful beam glows tremulously far, Forgetting what it was to die.
That show'st the darkness thou canst wel
dispel, How like art thou to joy remember'd well XVI.
So gleams the past, the light of other days
Which shines, but warms not with it VISION OF BELSHAZZAR.
powerless rays; A night-beam Sorrow watcheth to behold,
Distinct, but distant-clear-but, oh hør The King was on his throne,
WERB my bosom as false as thou deemst it
to be, Jehovah's vessels hold
I need not have wander'd from far Galile; The godless Heathen's wine!
It was but abjuring my creed to efface
The curse which, thou sayst, is the crime In that same hour and hall,
of my race. The fingers of a hand Came forth against the wall,
If the bad never triumph, then God is And wrote as if on sand :
with thee! The fingers of a man ;
If the slave only sin, thou art spotless and A solitary hand
free! Along the letters ran,
If the Exile on earth is an Outcast on high, And traced them like a wand.
Live on in thy faith, but in mine I will die The monarch saw, and shook,
I have lost for that faith more than thou And bade no more rejoice;
canst bestow, All bloodless wax'd his look
As the God who permits thee to prosper And tremulous his voice.
doth know; “Let the men of lore appear,
In his hand is my heart and my hope-and The wisest of the earth,
in thine And expound the words of fear,
The land and the life which for him! Which mar our royal mirth."