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To the mind's purified beings; 'twas the ground
Hath spread himself a couch, the Alps have rear'd a throne.
Lausanne! and Ferney! ye have been the abodes" Of names which unto you bequeath'd a name; Mortals, who sought and found, by dangerous roads, A path to perpetuity of fame : They were gigantic minds, and their steep aim, Was, Titan-like, on daring doubts to pile Thoughts which should call down thunder, and the flame Of Heaven, again assail'd, if Heaven the while On man and man's research could deign do more than smile.
The one was fire and fickleness, a child, Most mutable in wishes, but in mind, A wit as various,—gay, grave, sage, or wild,— Historian, bard, philosopher, combined : He multiplied himself among mankind, The Proteus of their talents: But his own Breathed most in ridicule, which, as the wind, Blew where it listed, laying all things prone,— Now to o'erthrow a fool, and now to shake a throne.
The other, deep and slow, exhausting thought, And hiving wisdom with each studious year, In meditation dwelt, with learning wrought, And shaped his weapon with an edge severe, Sapping a solemn creed with solemn sneer; The lord of irony,—that master-spell, Which stung his foes to wrath, which grew from fear, And doom'd him to the zealot's ready Hell, , Which answers to all doubts so eloquently well.
Yet, peace be with their ashes!—for by them, If merited, the penalty is paid; It is not ours to judge,—far less condemn; The hour must come when such things shall be made Known unto all,—or hope and dread allay'd By slumber, on one pillow,—in the dust, Which, thus much we are sure, must lie decay'd; And when it shall revive, as is our trust, 'Twill be to be forgiven, or suffer what is just.
But let me qnit man's works, again to read
Italia! too, Italia! looking on lhcc, Full flashes on the soul the light of ages, Since the fierce Carthaginian almost won thee, To the last halo of the chiefs and sages, Who glorify thy consecrated pages; Thou wert the throne and grave of empires; still The fount at which the panting mind assuages Her thirst of knowledge, quaffing there her fill, Flows from the eternal source of Rome's imperial hill.
Thus far I have proceeded in a theme Renewed with no kind auspices:—to feel We are not what we have been, and to deem We are not what we should be,—and to steel The heart against itself; and to conceal, With a proud caution, love, or hate, or anght,— Passion or feeling, purpose, grief or zeal,— Which is the tyrant spirit of our thought, Is a stern task of soul:—No matter,—it is taught.
And for these words, thus woven into song,
I have not loved the world, nor the world me; I have not flattered its rank breath, nor bow'd To its idolatries a patient knee, — Nor coin'd my check to smiles,— nor cried aloud In worship of an echo; in the crowd They could not deem rue one of such; I slood Among them, but not of them; in a shiuud Of thoughts which were not their thoughts, and still coul Had I not filed my mind, which thus itself subdued.
I have not loved the worl 1, nor the world me,— But let us part fair foes; i do believe, Though I have found them not, that there may be Words which are things,—hopes which will not deceive, And virlnes which are merciful, nor weave Snares for the foiling : I would also deem O'er others' griefs that some sincerely grieve;. That two, or one, are almost what they seem,— That goodness is no name, and happiness no dream.
My daughter ! with thy name this song begun—
My daughter! with thy name thus much shall end
J see thee not.—1 hear thee not,—but none
To aid thy mind's developement, to watch
Yet, though dull hate as duty should be taught, I know that thou wilt love me; though my name Should be shut from thee, as a spell still fraught With desolation,-and a broken claim: Though the grave closed between us, 'twere the same, I know that thou wilt love me; though to drain My blood from out thy being, were an aim, And an attainment,<-all would be in vain,Still thou would'st love me, still that more than life retain.
The child of love, though born in bitterness, And nurtured in convulsion. Of thy sire These were the elements, and thine no less. As yet such are around thee,_but thy fire Shall be more tempered, and thy hope far higher. Sweet be thy cradled slumbers! O'er the sea, And from the mountains where I now respire, Fain would I waft such blessing upon thee, As, with a sigh, I deem thou might'st have been to me!