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On the desert wide his gaze he bent
Anon to the kindling East he sent
Impatient looks, while his wakeful ear
Harken'd a footstep falling near.
He turn’d, like the dauntless stag at bay,
Or the lion roused at the sight of prey,
And he was aware that his guest stood nigb,
Gazing like him on the brightning sky.
The stranger said to the Arab chief,
« On the brow of my lord there is wrath and grief-
Turn not from patience thy noble mind,
Peradventure thy heart its desire shall find.”
“No,” cried Abdallah," it may not be-
Glory and power have departed from me!
One who hath blood of my race on his hand
Hath escaped the revenge of my thirsting brand."
The stranger flung off his deep disguise,
And stood reveal’d to Abdallah's eyes.
“ Behold in thy grasp thy defenceless foe-
My bosom is bared to thy dagger's blow.”
The eagle eye of that Shiek so proud
Gleam'd like the flash of the thunder-cloud,
And red as the Kamsin's * lurid hue
The mantling blood of his dusk cheek grew.
“ Hassan,” he cried, “ thou hast judged me well-
Honour and faith with my bold tribe dwell;
Never hath one of my people harm'd
The guest that his household hearth had warm’d.
“ Take from yon valley my fleetest steed-
Swift from the face of my warriors speed;
Thou’rt safe while the scarce up-risen sun
But half his daily course hath run.
“ Thou’rt safe till the shadow the date-tree throws
In a lengthen'd darkness eastward grows,
But I swear by the flash of my father's sword,
To pursue thee then, and I'll keep my word.”
THE CRAVEN HEART.
« Hark! 'tis his battle-cry borne on the gale-
Look, from yon lattice high, far down the vale ;
How rolls the tide of war-how fares my son
Deals he death round as his sire oft hath done ?"
Thus the Khan's mother spake, proud was her mien,
While mem'ry call’d back the days that had been;
Meekly his bride obey'd, gazing through tears,
With a wife's fondness and weak woman's fears.
“Hark! 'tis his courser's step !-bravely indeed
Hath our young hero's sword won valour's meed!
Say, come his warriors home laden with spoil,
Maidens led captive, fair flocks, corn and oil ?”
Full soon that chief they saw speed o’er the plain-
Comrade nor captive brought he in his train.
Back from the fight came the craven that morn,
Nought had he earn'd save his proud mother's scorn.
* Bruce relates that the coming of the hot poisonous wind of the Desert is indi. cated by the appearance of a dead red halo in the atmosphere.
A DOZEN YEARS HENCE. « Let's drink and be merry,
Alas! for old Reverence, Dance, sing, and rejoice,”
Faded and flown; So runs the old carol,
Alas! for the Nobles, “ With music and voice."
The Church, and the Throne, Had the Bard but survived
When to Radical creeds, Till the year thirty-three,
Peer and Prince must conform, Methinks he'd have met with
And Catholics dictate Less matter for glee;
Our new Church Reform; To think what we were
While the schoolmaster swears In our days of good sense,
'Tis a useless expense, And think what we shall be
Which his class won't put up with A dozen years hence,
A dozen years hence.
O! once the wide Continent
Rang with our fame, And nations grew still
At the sound of our name; The pride of Old Ocean,
The home of the free,
The scourge of the despot,
By shore and by sea,
Of the fallen and the feeble
The stay and defence-
But where shall our fame be
A dozen years hence ?
Perhaps 'twere too much
To rejoice at the thought,
That its authors will share
In the ruin they wrought;
That the tempest which sweeps
All their betters away,
Will bardly spare Durham,
Or Russell, or Grey:
For my part I bear them
No malice prepense,
But I'll scarce break my heart for't,
A dozen years hence.
The peace and the plenty
That spread, over all, Blithe hearts and bright faces
In hamlet or hall; Our yeomen so loyal
In greenwood or plain, Our true-hearted burghers
We seek them in vain; For Loyalty's now
In the pluperfect tense, And freedom 's the word
For a dozen years hence.
When Cobbett shall rule
Our finances alone,
And settle all debts
As he settled his own;
When Hume shall take charge
Of the National Church,
And leave his old tools,
Like the Greeks, in the lurch!
They may yet live to see
The new era commence,
With their own “ Final Measure,"
A dozen years hence.
The Nobles of Britain,
Already those excellent Once foremost to wield
Friends of the mob, Her wisdom in council,
May taste the first fruits Her thunder in field,
Of their Jacobin Job; Her Judges, where learning
Since each braying jackass With purity vied,
That handles a quill, Her sound-headed Churchmen,
Now flings up his heels Time-honour'd, and tried ;
At the poor dying Bill ; To the gift of the prophet
And comparing already I make no pretence,
The kicks with the pence, But where shall they all be
Let them think of the balance
A dozen years hence?
A dozen years hence.
Wben pris ons give place
To the swift guillotine,
And scaffolds are streaming
Where churches have been;
We too, or our children,
Believe me, will shake
Our heads-if we have them
To find our mistake;
To find the great measure
Was all a pretence,
And be sadder and wiser
A dozen years hence.
The strength of the Conservative of office, of past favours or future exparty in Ediuburgh, including, as it pectations, they were hopelessly and does, within its ranks, an immense inextricably involved. majority of the property, the re The Conservative party knew too spectability, and the intelligence of well the difficulties with which they Edinburgh, is now acknowledged had to contend, to be sanguine as to even by its opponents. The Con- the result. The events of the last servative meeting of November 1831, two years were freshly before them, for ever set at rest the assertion that to prove how little the suggestions of the adherents of Ministry enjoyed a reason were likely to avail amidst the monopoly of wealth and intelligence, excitement, which, for their own puras well as of numbers. It proved poses, the Ministry had seen fit to that, to say the least, the talent and sanction, if not to create. They felt worth of the metropolis were divi- how little it was to be expected that ded; that the property of the capital moral should yet assert its influence was decidedly opposed to the policy over physical force, when the whole of Ministers; and that in every thing object of the Ministry during that which ought to give real importance period, seemed to bave been to deify to a party, the Conservatives, in the crowd, to fall down before the stead of being that insignificant and image of brute strength which they desponding handful which it was the had set up, to pander to its evil object of the press to represent propensities, to palliate its atrocithem, were a body important even ties, to pervert its natural feelings in mere numbers, conspicuous for towards its superiors and its benefacworth, distinguished in talent, pre- tors. They traced the extensive eminent in wealth, firm in maintain working of that poison in the general ing, and fearless in avowing, their relaxation of the principles of social principles.
order--in the unmanly abuse poured Under a bill which professed to give on the Queen-on the very King, to every party in the state the means who, for having introduced the meaof efficiently expressing their opi- sure of Reform, had for a moment nions in Parliament, it was surely no been greeted with the title of the unreasonable or extravagant preten- English Alfred,—in the attacks on the sion, that such a body of men should persons of our Judges and nobility, claim for themselves the privilege of in the insults offered to our Bishops expressing their views through a re within the house of God,—in the presentative animated by the same seats and castles of our peerage conprinciples, rather than by one whose signed to the flames,-in the palaces whole views and opinions, habits, and of our Bishops, sacked and plunderprejudices, were directly opposed to ed,—in the three days' conflagration them. But least of all, upon the pre- and pillage of Bristol, in the riots sent occasion, could they hope that of Derby, of Merthyr, of Coventry,their interests or opinions could meet in the traitorous attempt on the perwith fair play at the hands of two son of the King,—in the disgraceful individuals, not only hostile to them attack on the Preserver of his country, in general politics, but the mere on the very anniversary of her depledged nonlinees and organs of the liverance and his own glory. They existing Government. Whether as knew well that the evil spirit which Conservatives merely, or as citizens had been thus called into action, of Edinburgh-of Great Britain would not be allowed to lie dormant; they equally felt, that even if they that every art would be used to exhad been unable to fiud a fit repre- cite and keep up the delusions under sentative of their own, they must still which the mass of their countrymen refuse their support to those whose laboured, both as to the feelings and free-will was a mere mockery, and motives of the Conservative party, who, upon every question, could be and as to the future results of the nothing else but the mouth-pieces of Bill; that to gain the temporary sup: that Government, with which, by ties port of the crowd, the grossest and
most abject flattery of its prejudices, presumption proportioned to the
its ignorance, its very vices, would be profundity of iheir ignorance, belie-
resorted to on the part of the Minis- ved themselves capable of solving,
try and their supporters. They felt as if by intuition, all the vast and
bow little likeliliood there was that complicated problems of govern-
the still small voice of reason from ment.
the virtuous and intelligent, should How prophetically has Dryden, in
as yet make itself heard by those his noble lines, described the con-
who were daily told by those in duct of our Ministers, and the pre-
authority, that they were themselves valent doctrines of our time, in an
the wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, epistle to the Whigs of his day!
best, and who, consequently, with a
“ But these new Jehus spur the hotmouth'd horse,
Instruct the beast to know his native force,
To take the bit between his teeth, and fly
To the next headlong steep of anarchy.
Almighty crowd, thou shorten'st all dispute,
Power is thy essence, wit thy attribute;
Nor faith, vor reason, make thee at a stay,
Thou leap'st o'er all eternal truths in thy Pindaric way.
Athens, no doubt, did righteously decide,
When Phocion and when Socrates were tried,
As righteously they did those dooms repent,
Still they were wise whatever way they went ;
Crowds err not, though to both extremes they run,
To kill the father and recall the son !"
Doubtful, however, as the pros- would at once uphold with firmness
pect of returning a constitutional the cause of the Constitution, and
representative under such circum- put to silence the calumny so indus-
stances might be, the Conservative triously circulated by the Ministry
citizens of Edinburgh felt it to be and their mocking birds of the press,
their duty to make the attempt. The that the friends of that Constitution
battle of common sense and rational were the enemies of the people.
Jiberty, if lost on the present occa Their efforts proved unsuccessful.
sion, they knew must be eventually The elements with which they had
won, and its ultimate triumph they to contend were yet too powerful.
felt must be promoted by taking their Vague hopes and wild expectations
stand at once, and enabling the can- in some-gratitude for a supposed
did and the reasonable, by a compa- boon in others-intimidation in one
rison of the respective supporters of quarter-misrepresentation in an-
the Conservative and Ministerial Other-utter incapacity of judging
candidates, to decide for themselves at all in a third ;-such were the cir-
on which side the preponderance of cumstances which decided the elec-
rank, wealth, respectability, and pro- tion, and returned two ministerial
perty in Edinburgh truly lay. nominees as the first members for
They looked round for a repre. Edinburgh in the Reform Parliasentative, and they found him in Mr ment. But disguise it as they might, Blair. Born and educated in Edin- the more clear-sighted of the other burgh, connected on the one hand party felt that in the 1518 votes with its mercantile and banking in- which were given for Mr Blair, there terests, and on the other with its lay a world of moral force and inwealthy and landed aristocracy, bred fluence, a weight of property which to habits of business, of admitted left all competition on their part high honour and private worth, tem- hopeless. The fact was so notorious, perately but firmly attached that even among the Whigs them. Conservative principles, placed by selves, we have heard but one opifortune and situation in a state of nion, namely, the expression of asto. perfect independence, they found in nishment and regret at the statement him a representative of their views, which the Lord Advocate, with a who by his sympathy with the people singular absence of that good taste and the moderation of his opinions, and right feeling which distinguishes
his general conduct, was so left to Property and Intelligence in the
himself as to state, in absence of Mr Choice of a Representative,” at the
Blair and his friends from the husto Public Dinner to which we are about
ings, that among his voters he could to direct the attention of our read-
number 400 who could actually buyers, thus adverted to the rash state-
up the whole 1518 who had supported ment of the Lord Advocate.
his Conservative opponent. The state “I read,” said he, “with ineffable
ment is so ludicrously and palpably indignation and contempt, the ex-
absurd, that any contradiction would pressions which the distinguished in-
be wasted on it. When his lordship dividual to whom I have referred, is
condescends on the names of the elect, reported to have used at the hust-
we shall believe it-but not till then. ings, when he stated, and stated in
But it seems not only were the our absence, that with his mighty
Conservatives bankrupt in wealth, arm, forsooth! he had slain the mon-
but in character too. His Lordship, ster Toryism; when he described
in the intoxication of his triumph at this great and enlightened metropo-
the supposed annihilation of the lis as having been, for the last se-
Tory party, described the defeated venty years, the great school of sy,
party as mere sycophants, and Edin- cophancy and servility, the mart and
Durgh itself, prior to the commence emporium of jobbing, where a vast
ment of the Whig. Millenium, as one and prosperous trade had been car-
vast emporium of corruption. The ried on in consciences and offices;
license of elections gives a consider where independence was bartered
able latitude to the controversial for places, and where men were re-
discussions of the press—but from cruited to keep down popular rights,
the first law officer of the Crown in by the bounty of promises, and the
Scotland-from the gentleman-the daily pay of corruption.” Sycophan-
man of letters, some temperance cy, indeed! who are the sycophants ?
of expression, to say nothing of Are they to be found in this distin-
truth, "might have been expected. guished assembly, or among the in-
How strongly does the excitement dependent members of that body to
of contest, particularly, it would which the learned Lord belongs, and
seem, in addressing that " delicate who, when he was not in power,
monster," the new constituency, dis- raised him, by their unanimous suf-
turb the natural candour of an ho- frages, to the head of the Bar ? I
nourable mind. “'Tis pitiful—'tis deeply lament that he should have
wondrous pitiful!” Did it never oc used such expressions. But he far-
cur to him, with how much more ther tells us, that not only the great
plausibility the epithet might be re numerical strength, the majority of
torted on one,who having notoriously wealth, also, is on his side-that they
advocated up to the latest period a re can countguinea for guinea, and acre
form of the most limited kind, was for acre with us, and we have been
suddenly found to have taken such promised a list, which, however, I
a stride in the path of democracy, the have not yet seen, where, by a cal-
moment the Ministry with which he culation, this will be made apparent.
had connected himself chose to in- Since they got into power, the Whigs,
troduce a measure so sweeping as to it seems, have waxed lusty and rich
astonish at once their friends and their upon our hands, and we have be-
enemies? Did he never think that come poor in numbers and in purse.
to his parliamentary colleague that The result of this has been, that we
epithet might have been applied with are not only sycophants, but exhibit
more justice, who, by some unac that sycophancy by resisting, on the
countable chance no doubt, had all one hand, the clamour of an excited
his life been all things to all adminie population, and opposing, on the
strations? He himself, we think, must other, the measures of a rash and ar-
have regretted an expression so in- rogant Administration.”—(Loud and
consistent with his usual courtesy, rapturous applause.)
could he have listened to the elo But we turn from the observation
quent and indignant terms in which itself to its practical refutation.
it was commented on by Mr P. Ro The Conservative body of Edin.
bertson, who, in proposing the toast burgh resolved to take the opportu-
of "The Legitimate Influence of nity of a public dinner to the candi-