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-on a Highland moor, in the wet, a horse.” Then, binding on the gir. and wild, and chill month of Septem- dle he had given him a few minutes ber. That is more than Homer says ago in his jeopardy by the merciful of Ulysses. As to sleep-a man sea-nymph Leucothea-once a morwith the ophthalmia will lie broad tal-and who assured him that long awake with his large scarlet eyes as he wore it he should not perishsticking out of his head-experto he“ prone into the sea, with widecrede--all spring. Ulysses was in a spread palms prepared for swimburning fever-in Nostalgia—and all ming, fell." the world knows that Nostalgia mur- We have ourselves been shipders sleep. Well for him that he wrecked in a small way on saltescaped calenture — for then the water, and boat-wrecked in a smaller waves would have seemed the green on fresh water, and we know of no hills of Ithaca, and he would have description of a struggle of the sort leaped overboard to kiss his imagi. at all comparable, in power and nary father-land. But perhaps, after truth to this in the Odyssey. The all, he did sometimes sleep-with escape is prodigious—but surely not out himself knowing he did so any therefore incredible and the swimmore than Homer. A strange dim mer Ulysses. slumbrous influence-sleep-and-no
"Two nights of terror and two dread: sleep-yet neither feverish nor un
ful days refreshing — comes and goes over Bewilder's in the deep!" the brain of the solitary studentwhether in a close cell poring on his To have made that nothing miracubooks—or in an open boat perusing lous-though it would still have been the stars. At sea, 'tis as if a unist for wonderful—all that was wanting was a few minutes or moments shrouded a plank or an oar. In a corkthe Bear-or as if the wing of some jacket a man may float till he dies of bird kept wavering between the inanition. Ulysses had Leucothea's eyes of the watcher and the Wain. life-preserver, the most poetical ever In such slumber-if it indeed inva. worn--and Minerva bade the billows ded the dragon eyes of Laertiades- subside before him—and Boreas blew never did the Calypso either fall off bim drifting on towards the Phæa. or run up into the wind- for if a cian land. He was saved by his own man can walk, and ride, and play the vast strength and magnanimous spifiddle sleeping-so can he steer- rit, encouraged and assisted by sea. unless he be a great hulking land. nymph, and heavenly Goddess, and lubber, or a horse-marine.
the will of Jove. If such a struggle But Neptune, “ traversing, on his and such an escape be not within return from Ethiopia's sons, the the rigbtful use of imagination in mountain heights of Solyme," espies “a wild and wondrous tale," then let the Calypso “as she were dancing poets write of ponds and pits, and home !" and shaking his brows at not of the Sea. Nay, they had bet. the slayer of Polyphemus, he
ter keep to land.carriage, and take
care not to exaggerate the speed of "callid Storms from all quarters, covering earth
a Comet on a railway, or its burden
of cotton bales. The desperate and and sea With blackest clouds, and night rush'd
often-baffled attempts of Ulysses to down from heaven.”
effect a landing are all co naturally
and variously and minutely descriShe is driven wild about the deep, bed-with absolutely no exaggeraas Boreas drives over the autumnal tion at all—that we forget the superplain a mass of matted thorns. As natural aid that had hitherto borne if in sport, the South gives her to the him up—and now see merely an ableNorth, and the West receives her like bodied seaman, sole survivor of a a plaything from the East—and then wreck, saving himself in the last exall at once-as when the tempest fall. tremity by great presence of mind, ing on a heap of stubble disperses strength, and skill, in spite of surf every way the arid straw8-asunder and rock-and soon as he crawls fly all her timbers !-And lo! Ulys. ashore, laying himself down — as ses, bestriding a plank, “ oars it on does Ulysses-on some rushes growward with his feet as he had urged ing by- and passionately, and grate
fully, and piously “kissing the life. heap of leares–Jies Ulysses-chief giving Earth.”
of all the chiefs of Ithaca--of old Numb and naked-]ying on ooze chosen companion of the King of among rusbes—perhaps in the haunts Men-and in front of Troy_ with of wild beasts - on an unknown his wiles and his valour-in power coast-what a contrast is his con- of destruction second but to Achil. dition to what it was within that les ! quiet cave on Calypso's bosom! But There let the magnanimous sleep he rues not the hour he left that while we with Minerva glide into repose-he was prepared to suffer- the sumptuous chamber of the Prinand seeks the shelter of a wood near cess Royal in the palace where King the river, up whose mouth he had Alcinous reigns- the divine Nausia swum — and creeps into a close caa. She is smiling in her sleep-for covert formed by two olive-trees. she is dreaming of her nuptials. Her " A covert which nor rough winds
dearest companion seems to say blowing moist
_“Awake! awake! Nausicaa! Oh! Could penetrate, nor could the noon-day
wherefore hath thy mother born a sun
child so negligent! Up, up-and away Smite through it, or unceasing showers
with us all to the fountains—where pervade,
midst of merry-making we shall So thick a roof the ample branches cleanse thy robes and garments allform'd,
for the days of thy virginity are numClose interwoven; under these the chief bered. Awake! awake! the prime of Retiring, with industrious hands amass'd the land have long been wooing NauAn ample couch, for fallen leaves he sicaa to become a bride!” Appafound
relled is she-quickly as a rose-tree Abundant there, such store as had suf- seems apparelled by the dawn; and ficed
meeting her father on his way to Two travellers or three for covering council, asks if he will lend her for warm,
a day the use of mules and a carThough winter's roughest blast had raged riage to convey his wardrobe, and the wbile.
that of her brothers, to the sea-side That bed with joy the suffering chief re- Fountains ? « Welcome art thou to nown'd
mules and carriage-or to aught else Contemplated, and occupying soon
thou choosest to ask”-replies her The middle space, heap'd higher still father, who sees through the lids of the leaves.
his Nausicaa's eyes, too transparent As when some swain hath hidden deep
to hide the truth that comes in innohis torch Beneath the embers, at the verge ex
cent revelation from her heart. As
is the king of a land, so are his peotreme Of all his farm, where, having neighbours
ple--and these few words dispose us
kindly towards the Phæacians. The none, He saves a seed or two of future flame
tempest-tost-we now know-has
fallen neither among savages nor Alive, doom'd else to fetch it from afarSo with dry leaves Ulysses overspread
barbarians; and his sleep next night His body, on whose eyes Minerva poured will not-we are assured-be among The balm of sleep, and eager to restore withered Jeaves, between two oliveHis wasted strength soon closed their trees, in a wood—but perhaps among weary lids."
soft folds of purple, on a sculptured
couch, beneath the portico of a pa. And there, coiled up like some ani- lace. mal of the wood--beneath a huge
Thus having spokev, he gave orders to the slaves, and they obeyed,
In order that she (the maiden) might-anoint-berself together with her attendant wo
men. She seized the lash and the shining reins, And lashed (the mules) to burry (them on ;) and there was a creaking sound from the
mules, For unceasingly they were straining-onward; and carrying-forward the vestments,
and the maiden) berself, Not alone, for along with her verily went běr other attendants.
But when they came to the very-limpid current of the river, Where there were perennial washing-tanks, and much water Beautiful from-under-onward-flowed, excellently (adapted) to purify what-is-foul, There they indeed from the car the mules first unyoked,* And drove them near the eddying stream To eat honey.sweet couch-grass : while they (the maidens) from the car With their hands took the vestments, and bore them into the dark water. And forthwith challenging to a contest, they tramped them in tanks. But when they had washed them, and purified them from all filth, Forthwith they spread-them-out by the shore of the sea, where especially The ocean laved the pebbles on the main-land. And having bathed and anointed themselves with rich oil, They then took dinner by the banks of the river. And they waited while their clothes were-being-dried by the brightness of the sun.
But when the maid-servants, and herself (the princess), were satisfied with food, They fell-8-playing at ball, having laid-aside their head-gear. And to them the beautiful-armed Nausicaa began a song : Ag when Diana delighting-in-arrows bounds along a mountain, Or along the extremely-steep Taygetus, or Erymanthus, Gladdening-herself with (in the pursuit of) boars, and swift stags, And along with her the Nymphs, the daughters of the Ægis-bearing Jove, The rural (goddesses) sport,--and Latona exults in her soul: And above them all bears her head and front, And is easily distinguished-beyond (all), and all are beautiful, In like manner was the unsubdued (unmarried) virgin (Nausicaa) pre-eminent
among her attendant maidens.
Beautiful was the Isle of Secrecy What a Scotch picture! Perhaps
and beautiful, singing at her web to us therefore is it so pleasant to among the incense of the cedar-fire, look upon-for change that virgin its immortal Queen. But more touch- into one of humbler rank and with ing far to our human heart, the sight a homelier name—and let the place of those virgins at their playful em- be ployment among the silver springs “A flowrie howm between twa verdant nor, wild as it was, had Calypso's
braes, voice such perfect sweetness as hers Where lasses use to wash and spread who now leads in their sport the
their claes,” choral song. A Princess--the daugh and lo! we are in the heart of our ter of a King!
own Pentland bills-and see a gentle Borne back are we—as we gaze shepherdess, not less lovely than and listen-thousands of years—in. Nausicaa—though she be but a cotto the blest simplicities of the pri- tar's child, and the Scherian damsel meval time. Simplicities! Yet ac. the daughter of a King. cordant all with rank's distinctions But why shriek the maidens in --then drawn by a fine spirit, sepa. their glee? The Princess casting rating not the innocent hearts that the ball at one of them, misses her felt and obeyed its gentle sway-and mark, and it falls into the river, leaving the manners—then loveliest That shriek has awakened a sleepfar-to the gracious guidance of ing lion. The monster shews himnature.
self at the edge of the wood, and the
• ÚTEXTpoíauray. How comprehensive and expressive this combination of preposi. tions ! imo from under the yoke, er out of the barness, sopo before proceeding to wash. sportive train are dispersed in ter- the virgin-kept aloof in suppliant ror-all but Nausicaa. A lion ? Aye posture--and the noble virgin-after -a lion. For every thing, for the her short fright-became calm as a time being, is what it seems-and a dove. lion seems—Ulysses.
Genius—some one said—is of no
sex-neither is Mercy-here willing “ Like a huge mountain lion forth he
to minister in the shape of Innocence. went,
Homer does not say Nausicaa blushWhom winds have vexed and rains; fire
ed, nor did she blush ; she was, we fills his eyes, And whether flocks or herds, or wood
daresay, “something more pale than land deer
wonted”—the fine flush of exercise He find, he rends them, and athirst for
was blanched on her cheeks—and blood,
her eyes fell without seeing them on Abstains not even from the guarded
the wild flowers at her feet. But the fold.
wretch before her was not an object Such sure to seem in virgin's eyes the from which modesty was now to chief,
avert her sight, but humanity to look All naked as he was !"
at and to relieve. And a hard trial this Nausicaa alone fled not-for Mi
for Ulysses the Leonine! In such
guise to stand before and accost a nerva quelled the fear quaking at
virgin whom he must have known her heart-and from her fine limbs
could be no other than a Princess. took away all tremors—in other
But he knew-yet all in honourwords she behaved like a king's
the way of womankind-he who had daughter. Lion-like as was Ulys
woo'd and won Penelope from all ses, her attendants probably after all
Sparta-he who had been admired saw he was a man-a mother-naked
by Helen-nor by her yet forgotten, man--and while they fled knew
as she shewed by her Tale of the that he was not going to devour
Wooden Horse to Telemachus, he them; but Nausicaa, constitutionally
who had ascended the bed of Circe brave-a great happiness-baving
-and had yet, in spite of all the seanever yet once in all her life met
met brine, the fragrance of Calypso's with evil-having been brought kisses lingerinç on his lips-he acup by a sensible mother, Arete,
costed well the high-born nymph, her sex's pride—and seeing, at
whom, in his magnanimous heart, he the basty glance she had ven
felt was as pure as her own zone; tured to take, wretchedness but not
and the fine-souled sculptors of wrath in the countenance of the man
Greece working in the spirit of Hoand not monster-waited bis ap
po mer, fixed them, as at that moment proach-unappalled-should he ap- .
they stood there, in the Parian marproach; but Ulysses--with a spread.
; ing bough held between him and
" Suppliantly-embrace- I. thy-knees, oh! princess : art thou a goddess, or a mortal ?
To clasp tby knees: deep grief pervades me all:
How persuasive to pity in that fair body of the son of her father's friend. breast to take the place of fear! And But here was an utter stranger whom with pity for the suppliant, how na. the sea had vomited - begrimed tural that the Princess should at such with ooze and mud-squalid from winning words feel pride in herself his bed of withered leaves—and in -thus likened to Diana! Nowhere presence of a Princess, and her bevy in poetry is there a more appropriate of well-robed maidens - paked as image than here that of the palm- drowned death. Time-place-pertree. It shows Nausicaa motion. sons-circumstances-all are diffeless, serene, and stately-while rent-and therefore a different feelsomething of a holy beauty-breath- ing and another law. Pity and ruth ed from religion-hovers around her prevailed with Nausicaa, but Ulysses head. The petition for himself is felt shame—and therefore, retiring enveloped in love and admiration, apart, and all prayers for the felicity of her
" the hero in the stream of whom he begs a boon-and his
His shoulders lared and loins incrusted closing benediction how compre.
rough hensive!“ Home-husband-con. With the salt spray; and with his hands
the scum “Stranger, thou seemst not worth
of the wild ocean from his locks exless or unwise. I am daughter of the
ssed. king—the brave Alcinous.” Forth- Then Pallas, progeny of Jove, his form with she orders her attendants to Dilated more, and from his head diffused bring him garments-and wine and His curling locks of hyacinthine flowers. food-and oil for the bath. “For a As when some artist, by Minerva made, wretched wanderer is he-and the And Vulcan wise to execute all tasks poor and stranger are from Jove. Ingenious, binding with a golden verge To them such gifts are great.” Bright silver, finishes a graceful work Ulysses bids the maidens stand Such grace the goddess o'er his ample apart-saying that he is ashamed to chest appear uncovered in a woman's sight. Copious diffused, and o'er his manly browe. The critics cannot understand this Retiring, on the beach he sat, with grace thinking of Telemachus bathed by And dignity illumed." Nestor's youngest daughter. But The Princess is amazed by his Telemachus was a mere youth-and majestic beauty-but here is the the virgin was in the house of her whole passage in prose; for though parents-and the chamber was hal. Cowper and Sotheby have given it lowed-and the Prince was not well-each in his own way-it has naked-but folds of drapery hung still to be done in verse-and after wet around him-and delicate was many trials we laid down our own the touch of the hand that from the pen in desnair.
pen in despair. cruise let fall the oil on the limbs and “ Listen to me, my maidens, re white-armed ones, that I may speak to you a word. Not against the will of all the gods who inhabit Olympus