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Graven on her cankered walls, solemnities
The Hebrews thus, carrying in joyful state 10 Thick boughs of palm, and willows from the
brook, Marched round the altar—to commemorate How, when their course they through the desert
took, Guided by signs which ne'er the sky forsook, They lodged in leafy tents and cabins low; 15 Green boughs were borne, while, for the blast
that shook Down to the earth the walls of Jericho, Shouts rise, and storms of sound from lifted
trumpets blow !
And thus, in order, ʼmid the sacred grove
Why speak of Roman Pomps ? the haughty
claims Of Chiefs triumphant after ruthless wars ; The feast of Neptune—and the Cereal Games, 30 With images, and crowns, and empty cars; The dancing Salii-on the shields of Mars Smiting with fury; and a deeper dread Scattered on all sides by the hideous jars Of Corybantian cymbals, while the head
35 Of Cybele was seen, sublimely turreted!
At length a Spirit more subdued and soft Appeared—to govern Christian pageantries : The Cross, in calm procession, borne aloft Moved to the chant of sober litanies. 40 Even such, this day, came wafted on the breeze From a long train-in hooded vestments fair Enwrapt—and winding, between Alpine trees Spiry and dark, around their House of prayer, Below the icy bed of bright ARGENTIERE. 45
Still in the vivid freshness of a dream,
They, too, who send so far a holy gleam 55
Trembling, I look upon the secret springs
? See Note.
And marvel not that antique Faith inclined
The lamented Youth, whose untimely death gave
occasion to these elegiac verses, was Frederick William Goddard, from Boston in North America. He was in his twentieth year, and had resided for some time with a clergyman in the neighbourhood of Geneva for the completion of his education. Accompanied by a fellow-pupil, a native of Scotland, he had just set out on a Swiss tour when it was his misfortune to fall in with a friend of mine who was hastening to join our party. The travellers, after spending a day together on the road from Berne and at Soleure, took leave of each other at night, the young men having intended to proceed directly to Zurich. But early in the morning my friend found his new acquaintances, who were informed of the object of his journey, and the friends he was in pursuit of, equipped to accompany him. We met at Lucerne the succeeding evening, and Mr. G. and his fellow-student became in consequence our travelling companions for a couple of days. We ascended the Righi together; and, after contemplating the sunrise from that noble mountain, we separated at an hour and on a spot well suited to the parting of those who were to meet no more. Our party descended through the valley of our Lady of the Snow, and our late companions, to Art. We had hoped to meet in a few weeks at Geneva ; but on the third succeeding day (on the 21st of August) Mr. Goddard perished, being overset in a boat while crossing the lake of Zurich. His companion saved himself by swimming, and was hospitably received in the mansion of a Swiss gentleman(M. Keller) situated on the eastern coast of the lake. The corpse of poor Goddard was cast ashore on the estate of the same gentleman, who generously performed all the rites of hospitality which could be rendered to the dead as well as to the living. He caused a handsome mural monument to be erected in the church of Küsnacht, which records the premature fate of the young American, and on the shores too of the lake the traveller may read an inscription pointing out the spot where the body was deposited by the waves. LULLED by the sound of pastoral bells, Rude Nature's Pilgrims did we go, From the dread summit of the Queen? Of mountains, through a deep ravine, Where, in her holy chapel, dwells "Our Lady of the Snow.”
The sky was blue, the air was mild ;
And we were gay, our hearts at ease;
If foresight could have rent the veil
1 Mount Righi—Regina Montium.
Oh GODDARD !—what art thou ?-a name— 25
We met, while festive mirth ran wild,
We parted upon solemn ground
Fetch, sympathising Powers of air,
Beloved by every gentle Muse
Though lodged within no vigorous frame,