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And silver flowers superbly intertwined;
The weedless plot before would shew its bright
And regular diversity of bloom,-
From virgin snow-drop, and the crocus blue,
The earliest daughters of the vernal year,
(What time the wandering cuckoo note is heard,)
To Autumn's latest lingerers, gilly-flowers,
Such as bestrew the Celtie Paradise, -
And lavender, that with its breath perfumes
The saddening, sickening beauties of the year!

Behind, the mountains rearing high their cones,
Would be my neighbours, with their woods and rocks
Precipitous, and ever-foaming streams ;
Now, when the heavens are clear, my gaze would mark
Their pastoral green, o'erspread with snowy flocks,
Their undulations, and their shadows deep,
Making a night of noonday; now mine eye
Would mark what time the clouds are dark, and dew
Like diamonds glisten'd on the summer grass.
The lowering piles break heavy on their tops
Meeting them, and arresting on their flight;
As, in far foreign climes, the albatross,
Deeming itself above terrestrial things,
High in etherial slumber, shrieking wakes
Far, far above the storms, when sudden dash'd
By veering gales, on Cimborazo's peak !

Before, the level champaign far and wide
Would spread its map of forests, and of fields
Of intervening hedge-rows, and green farms
In glorious cultivation ; here would stand
The proud steed grazing 'neath a shadowy elm,
And there the mottled kine, amid the grass
With drowsy eye, and ruminating mouths,
Listless reposing.–At far distance seen,
The everlasting sea would bluely spread
Its breast, and shew its islands faintly green,
While, casually mark'd at cloudless noon,
With breeze-expanded wing the vessels pass'd
Like giant sea-birds sailing

Upon the waters.

What my tasks would be
I may not tell ; perhaps the busy world
Would deem them frivolous, and I would not,
So much our tastes and tempers disagree.-

But where would stray my fancy? Where would roam
My unsubstantial visions ? Mid the depths
Of things that may not be! Of no avail
Are these our speculations, and our hopes,
Are these our wishes; dark reality
Comes like a cloud, and with its ebon hues,
Blots out the land of promise from my sight!

But thou art with me still, all glorious Moon,
Ploughing the azure depths, and looking down
In sanctified benignity on man ;
Down from thy throne thou gazest, and the trees
Bend as in love towards thee, and their leaves

Quiver as with a feeling of delight;

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Down from thy throne thou gazest-and the hills
Claim kindred with thee, and, in hoariness,
Tell that their years as numerous are as thine,
Their winters and their springs; thou gazest down
Upon the waters, that with calm delight
Glisten and glow, then reel and rush beneath
The overhanging banks, and then emerge,
Still singing, as they flow, a choral song !

Then come what may, be this my solace still
That nought can rob me of thy countenance
By night; nor of the glorious sun by day;
Nor of the beauty of the stars, when thou
Art resting in the interlunar cave,
And midnight rules in darkness. Add to this
That from the consciousness of right proceeds
All inward satisfaction ; and, that nought
External can destroy the peace within :
Then let the tempest beat, and let the world
Revel and riot in its foolishness;
Henceforth all murmurs, and repinings cease
Queen of the starry heaven ! awhile farewell!
Not from my heart but tongue; amid the noise
Of cities, and the bustle of mankind,
Often my musing soul will journey hence
To this green landscape, to these waters blue,
To these grey mountains, and to thee, their Queen !


I spent the whole of last summer, and passing by, unnoticed, a hundred less a part of the ensuing winter, on the outwardly distinguished spots, where Hampshire coast, visiting successively feeling would love to linger, and senmost of its sea-ports and bathing-pla- timent find inexhaustible sources of ces, and enjoying its beautiful diversi. interest and contemplation. ty of sea and wood scenery, often so For want of a better, however, I set intermingled, that the forest-trees dip out with my silent guide, but soon down their flexile branches into the strayed wide of its directions, ramsalt waters of the Solon sea ; and green bling away, and often tarrying hours lawns and healthy glades slope down and days in places unhonoured by its to the edge of the silver sands, and notice, and perversely deviating froin not unfrequently to the very brink of the beaten road, that would have conthe water. In no part of Hampshire ducted a more docile tourist, and one is this characteristic beauty more stri- of less independent tastes, to such or kingly exemplified than at the back of such a nobleman's or gentleman's seat, the Isle of Wight, that miniature ab- or summer-house, or pavilion, built stract of all that is grand and lovely on purpose to be visited and admired. throughout England. Early in Au. But I did not shape my course thus gust, I crossed over from Portsmouth designedly in a spirit of opposition to to Ryde, purposing to fix my head- the mute director, whose (not unserquarters there, and from thence to viceable) clue led me at last amongst make excursions to all such places as are the romantic rocks and cottages of accounted worthy the tourist's notice. Shanklin, Niton, and Undercliff. It But a guide-book is at best an unsym- led me to those enchanting spots and pathizing companion, cold and formal to their lovely vicinity; but to entice as the human machine that leads you me thence, was more than its inviting over some old abbey, or venerable ca- promises could effect ; and finally. I thedral, pointing out indeed the prin- took up my abode for an indefinite cipal monuments and chapels, but time in a cottage of grey native stone,

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backed by the solid rocks, and tapes- speaking, there is something peculi-
tried in front with such an interwoven arly interesting in the character of sea-
profusion of rose and myrtle, as half faring men, even of those whose voy-
hid the little casements, and aspired ages have extended little beyond their
far over the thatched roof and project- own shores. The fisherman's life in-
ing eaves. Days, weeks, months, slip- deed may be accounted one of the most
ped away imperceptibly in this delic constant peril. For daily bread, he
cious retreat, and in all the luxury of must brave daily dangers. In that
lounging felicity. Mine was idleness, season when the tillers of the ground
it is true, the sensation of perfect ex- rest from their labours—when the ar-
emption from all existing necessity of tisan and mechanic are sheltered with
mental or corporeal exertion ;- not in theirdwellings—when the dormouse
suspension of ideas, but rather a sea- and the squirrel hide in their woolly
son of unbounded liberty for the wild nests, and the little birds find shelter
vagrant thought to revel in, to ram- in hollow banks and trees, or resort to
ble at will beyond the narrow bound- milder regions, the poor fisherman
aries assigned by the claims of business must encounter all the fury of the
or society, to her natural excursiveness. combined elements---for his children's
Summer passed away—the harvest was bread is scattered on the waters.
gathered in — autumn verged upon It is this perpetually enforced in-
winter, and I still tenanted the rock tercourse with danger that interests
cottage. No where are we so little our feelings so powerfully in their be
sensible of the changes of season as in half, together with its concomitant
the sea's immediate vicinity; and the effects on their character-undaunted
back of the Isle of Wight is peculiarly · hardihood-insurmountable perseve-
illustrative of this remark. Complete rance--almost heroic daring; and, ge-
ly screened from the north by a con- nerally speaking, a simplicity of heart,
tinued wall of high rocky cliff, its and a tenderness of deportment to
shores are exposed only to the south- wards the females and little ones of
ern and westerly winds, and those are their families, finely contrasting their
tempered by the peculiar softness al- rugged exterior. But, unfortunately,
ways perceptible in sea-breezes. On a it is not only in their ostensible call-

mild autumn day, or bright winter's ing of fishermen, that these men are landelike morning, when the sun sparkles on the forward in effronting peril

. The temptwbite sands and scintillating waves, ation of contraband trade too often on the sails of the little fishing-boats allures them from their honest and that steal along the shore with their peaceable avocations, to brave the laws wings spread open, like large butter- of their country, and encounter the with many-coloured lichens, a luun- carious, though sometimes considerger on the beach will hardly perceive able gains. Of late, this desperate that the year is in its “sere and yel- trade has extended almost to an orlow leaf," or already fallen into the ganized system ; and, in spite of all decrepitude of winter. And when the the preventive measures adopted by unchained elements proclaim aloud government; it is too obvious that the that the hoary tyrant hath commenced numbers of these “ free traders” are his reign, when the winds are let loose yearly increasing, and that their hafrom their caverns, and the agitated zardous commerce is more daringly sea rolls its waves in mountainous and vigorously carried on. Along the ridges on the rocky coast, when the Hampshire coast, and more particusea-fowl's scream is heard mingling larly in the Isle of Wight, almost in harsh concord with the howling every seafaring man is engaged in it, blast; then, oh! then,-who can tear to a less or greater extent. For the himself from the contemplation of a most part, they are connected in secret scene more sublimely interesting than associations, both for co-operation and all the calm loveliness of a summer defence; and there is a sort of freeprospect? To me its attractions were masonry among them, the signs and irresistible; and besides those of ina- tokens of which are soon apparent to nimate nature, I found other sources an attentive observer. “The Customof interest in studying the character House sharks," as they térm them, are and habits of the almost amphibious not their most formidable foes, for they dwellers on that coast, Generally wage a more desperate warfare, (as re



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cent circumstances have too fatally loured blossoms of the horn poppy. testified,) with that part of our naval The peculiar neatness of the little caforce employed by government on bin had early attracted my attention, the preventive service. Some of the which was further interested by the vessels on the station are perpetually singular appearance of its owner. He hovering along on the coast; but in was a large tall man, of about sixty, spite of their utmost vigilance, im- distinguished in his person by an air mense quantities of contraband goods of uncommon dignity, and by a dress, are almost nightly landed, and no the peculiarity of which, together with where with more daring frequency his commanding carriage, and countethan in the Isle of Wight.

nance of bold daring, always suggested In my rambles along its shores, the buccaneer of romantic legends to the inhabitants of almost every cot- my fancy. He wore large loose trowtage and fisherman's cabin, for many sers of shaggy dark-blue eloth, a sort miles round, became known to me. of woollen

vest, broadly striped with I have always a peculiar pleasure in grey, for the most part open at the conversing with these people, in lis- throat and bosom, and buckled in at tening with familiar interest (to which the waist with a broad leathern belt, they are never insensible) to the de- in which two pistols were commonly tails of their feelings and opinions, stuck, and not unfrequently an old and of their family concerns. With cutlass ; and over his shoulder was some of my new acquaintances I had slung a second belt of broad white ventured to expostulate on the ini- knitting, to which a powder-flask, a quitous, as well as hazardous na- leathern pouch, and often a thick short ture of their secret traffic, and many duck-gun, were suspended. A dark fur wives and mothers sanctioned, with cap was the usual covering of his head, approving looks and half-constrain- and his thick black hair was not so ed expressions, my remonstrances much intermingled with grey, as to their husbands and sons. These streaked with locks of perfect whiteheard for the most part in sullen ness. Notwithstanding this formiddown-looking silence, (not however able equipment, the harmless avocaexpressive of ill-will towards me,) tion of a fisherman was his ostensible or sometimes answered my arguments employment, though, to all appearwith the remark, that " Poor folks ance, not very zealously pursued ; for, must live;" that “ half of them, du- in the day-time, he was oftener to be ring the war, had earned an honest seen lying along the shore in the broad livelihood in other ways; but now they sun, or strolling by the water's edge, were turned adrift, and must do some or cleaning the lock of his gun, under thing to get bread for their little ones; the shadow of a projecting crag, than and, after all, while the rich and great busied with the hook and line in his folks were pleased to encourage their little boat, or mending his nets by the trade, it was plain they could not think cabin door. At almost all hours of the much harm of those who carried it on.' night, a light was seen burning at the This last was a stinging observation, cottage window, and the master of the one of those with which babes and family, with his son, was invariably sucklings so often confound the so- absent, if (as was sometimes my cusphistry of worldly wisdom. Amongst tom) I looked in on them after dark, these humble families there was one, on my retnrn from some distant spot at whose cabin I stopped oftenest, and towards my own habitation. lingered longest, in my evening ram At such an hour I was sure to find bles. The little dwelling was wedged the female inmates, (the wife and wiin a manner into a cleft of the grey dowed daughter of the man I have rock, up which, on every slanting been describing) in a state of visible ledge, the hand of industry had accu- perturbation, for which it was easy to mulated garden mould, and fostered a assign a cause; but I had remonstrabeautiful vegetation; and immedi- ted in vain with the infatuated husately before it, a patch of the loveliest band, and it was still more fruitless to green sward sloped down to the edge argue with the helpless women. Riof the sea-sand, enamelled with aro- chard Campbell was not a native of matic wild thyme, and dotted, next the Isle of Wight, nor one trained the ocean, with tufts of thrift, centau- from his youth up to “ go down to ry, and eringo, and with the gold-com the sea in ships, and occupy his busi

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ness in great waters." For many ge- longings, and would not control those nerations, his family had owned and of his child, especially as he had another cultivated a small farm in the North son, a fine promising lad, who took of England; himself had been bred willingly to the business of the farm, up a tiller of the ground, contrary to and already lightened his father's lahis own wishes, for they had pointed bours. The mother grieved sore at from his very cradle to a seafaring parting from her first-born, (what feellife; and all his hours of boyish pas- ings are like those of a mother totime and youthful leisure, were spent ward her first-born ?) and the young in the briny element, close to which, Maurice was her most loving and duat the head of a small bay, or inlet, tiful child, and she had reared him stood his paternal farm. Just as he with such anxious tenderness as only had attained his twentieth year, his mothers feel, through the perilous years father died, leaving him (an only child) of a sickly infancy. But the father the inheritor of all his little property, jested with her fears, and entered with and at liberty to follow the bent of his the ardour of a boyish heart into his own inclination. The temptation was son's enterprizing hopes; and at last strong: -Tumultuous wishes, and the youth won from her an unwilling powerful yearnings, were busy in his consent. And when she shook her head heart; but he was “ the only son of mournfully to his promises of bringhis mother, and she was a widow.” ing rare and beautiful things from He staid to comfort her old age, and foreign parts for her and his little to cultivate his little inheritance, part- sister, coaxed a half smile into her ly influenced perhaps in his decision tearful looks, by concluding with, by his attachment to a pretty blue

56. And then I will stay quiet with eyed girl, whose sweeter smiles re you and father, and never want to warded his filial piety, and whose hand leave you again.”—“ My Maurice left was very shortly its richer recompense. us,” said the mother, “and from that The widowed mother continued to time every thing went wrong. Before dwell under her son's roof, tended, like he had been gone a month, we buried Naomi, by a daughter-in-law as loving my husband's mother; but God called as Ruth, but happier than the Hebrew her away in a good old age, so we had matron in the possession of both her no right to take on heavily at her loss, children.

though we felt it sorely.” In addition Many children were born to the to his own land, Campbell rented some young couple, as likely boys and acres of a neighbouring gentleman, girls as ever the sun shone upon,” said whose disposition was restlessly litithe wife of Campbell, from whom, at gious, and Campbell being unhappily different times, I gleaned “ the sim- fiery and impetuous, disputes arose ple annals” I am relating. “But God between them, and proceeded to such was very good to them. He increased lengths, that both parties finally retheir store with their increasing fami- ferred their differences to legal arbily, and provided bread for the little trement. After many tedious, and apmouths that were sent to claim it. She parently frivolous delays, particularly never grudged her labour, and a bet- irritating to Campbell's impatient spiter nor a kinder husband than she was rit, the cause was given in favour of blessed with, never woman had. To his opponent; and from that hour he be sure, he had his fancies and parti- adopted the firm persuasion that imcular ways, and when he could steal a partial justice was banished from the holiday, all his delight was to spend land of his fathers. This fatal prejuit on the bay that was near their farm, dice turned all his thoughts to bitter(the worse luck) for many an anxious ness,—haunted him like a phantom in hour had she known even then, when his fields, by his cheerful hearth, in he was out in his little boat shooting his once-peaceful bed, in the very emwild-fowl in the dark winter's nights. braces of his children, “who, were But no harm ever came to him, only born,” he would tell them, in the their eldest boy, their dear Maurice, midst of their innocent caresses, (the mother never named him without - slaves in the land where their fathers a glistening' eye)

r took after his fa- had been free men. ther's fancy for the sea, and set his In this state of mind he eagerly heart on being a sailor.” And the fa- listened to the speculative visions of ther called to mind his own youthful a few agricultural adventurers, who

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