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To sweep from many an old romantic strain
Then would I seek the Pyrenean Breach
sway, And to the enormous labour left his name, Where unremitting frosts the rocky crescent
0 Foe the help of Angels to complete
seat Who dwells in heaven! But that aspiring
Hath failed, and now, ye Powers! whose
gorgeous wings And splendid aspect yon emblazonings But faintly picture, 'twere an office meet For you, on these unfinished shafts to try The midnight virtues of your harmony:— 10 This vast design might tempt you to repeat Strains that call forth upon empyreal ground Immortal Fabrics, rising to the sound Of penetrating harps and voices sweet!
Amid this dance of objects sadness steals
The venerable pageantry of Time,
FOB THE BOATMEN, AS THEY APPROACH THE
Jesu! bless our slender Boat,
Loud its threatenings—let them not
Breathed thy mercy to implore, 5
Where these troubled waters roar!
Saviour, for our warning, seen
Bleeding on that precious Rood;
Gently wound the peaceful flood, 10
We forgot Thee, do not Thou
Hither, like yon ancient Tower
Watching o'er the River's bed, Fling the shadow of thy power, 15
Else we sleep among the dead; Thou who trod'st the billowy sea, Shield us in our jeopardy!
Guide our Bark among the waves;
Through the rocks our passage smooth; z« Where the whirlpool frets and raves
Let Thy love its anger soothe: All our hope is placed in Thee; Miserere Domine !1
Not, like his great Compeers, indignantly
gleam Unfolds a willing breast) with infant glee Slips from his prison walls: and Fancy, free 5 To follow in his track of silver light, Mounts on rapt wing, and with a moment's
flight Hath reached the encincture of that gloomy sea Whose waves the Orphean lyre forbad to meet In conflict; whose rough winds forgot their
1 See Note. "See Note.
To waft the heroic progeny of Greece;
When the first Ship sailed for the Golden
Fleece— Argo—exalted for that daring feat To fix in heaven her shape distinct with stars.
ON APPROACHING THE STAUB-BACH,
Uttered by whom, or how inspired—designed For what strange service, does this concert
reach Our ears, and near the dwellings of mankind! 'Mid fields familiarised to human speech ?— No Mermaids warble—to allay the wind 5
Driving some vessel toward a dangerous
beach— More thrilling melodies; Witch answering
Witch, To chaunt a love-spell, never intertwined Notes shrill and wild with art more musical: Alas! that from the lips of abject Want 10 Or Idleness in tatters mendicant The strain should flow—free Fancy to enthral, And with regret and useless pity haunt This bold, this bright, this sky-born, WaterPall !l
THE FALL OF THE AAR—HANDEC.
From the fierce aspect of this Eiver, throwing His giant body o'er the steep rock's brink, Back in astonishment and fear we shrink:
1 See Note.
But, gradually a calmer look bestowing, Flowers we espy beside the torrent growing; 5 Mowers that peep forth from many a cleft and
chink, And, from the whirlwind of his anger, drink Hues ever fresh, in rocky fortress blowing: -They suck—from breath that, threatening to
destroy, Is more benignant than the dewy eve— 10
Beauty, and life, and motions as of joy:
NEAR THE OUTLET OF THE LAKE OF THUN.
Aloys Reding, it will be remembered, was CaptainGeneral of the Swiss forces, which, with a courage and perseverance worthy of the cause, opposed the flagitious and too successful attempt of Buonaparte to subjugate their country.
Abound a wild and woody hill
Well judged the Friend who placed it there 5