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The world at last to freedom! What were we,
If Brutus had not lived ? He died in giving
Rome liberty, but left a deathless lesson-
A name which is a virtue, and a soul
Which multiplies itself throughout all time,
When wicked men wax mighty, and a state
Turns servile.

WRITTEN BENEATH A PICTURE.
Dear object of defeated care !

Though now of Love and thee bereft,
To reconcile me with despair

Thine image and my tears are left.
'Tis said with Sorrow Time can cope;

But this I feel can ne'er be true;
For by the death-blow of my Hope

My Memory immortal grew.

THE PIRATES' SONG. “ O'er the glad waters of the dark blue sea, Our thoughts as boundless, and our souls as free, Far as the breeze can bear, the billows foam, Survey our empire, and behold our home! These are our realms, no limits to their swayOur flag the sceptre all who meet obey. Ours the wild life in tumult still to range From toil to rest, and joy in every change. Oh! who can tell ? not thou, luxurious slave! Whose soul would sicken o'er the heaving wave; Not thou, vain lord of wantonness and ease! Whom slumber soothes not-pleasure cannot please Oh! who can tell ? save he whose heart hath tried And danced in triumph o'er the waters wide,

The exulting sense—the pulse's maddening play,
That thrills the wanderer of that trackless way ?
That for itself can woo the approaching fight,
And turn what some deem danger to delight;
That seeks what cravens shun with more than zeal,
And where the feebler faint-can only feel
Feel to the rising bosom's inmost core,
Its hope awaken and its spirit soar ?
No dread of death, if with us die our foes-
Save that it seems even duller than repose :
Come when it will-We snatch the life of life
When lost-what recks it-by disease or strife ?
Let him who crawls enamour'd of decay,
Cling to his couch, and sicken years away,
Heave his thick breath, and shake his palsied head;
Ours the fresh turf, and not the feverish bed.
While gasp by gasp he falters forth his soul,
Ours with one pang-one bound-escapes control.
His corse may boast its urn and narrow cave,
And they who loath'd his life may gild his grave :
Ours are the tears, though few, sincerely shed,
When Ocean shrouds and sepulchres our dead.
For us, even banquets fond regret supply
In the red cup that crowns our memory,
And the brief epitaph in danger's day,
When those who win at length divide the prey,
And cry, Remembrance saddening o'er each brow,
How had the brave who fell exulted now !

THE PRISONER OF CHILLON,
But he, the favourite and the flower,
Most cherished since his natal hour,
His mother's image in fair face,
The infant love of all his race,

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His martyr'd father's dearest thought,
My latest care, for whom I sought
To hoard my life, that his might be
Less wretched now, and one day free;
He, too, who yet had held untired
A spirit natural or inspired
He, too, was struck, and day by day
Was withered on the stalk away.
Oh God! it is a fearful thing
To see the human soul take wing
In any shape, in any mood :-
I've seen it rushing forth in blood,
I've seen it on the breaking ocean
Strive with a swoln convulsive motion,
I've seen the sick and ghastly bed
Of Sin, delirious with its dread :
But these were horrors—this was woe
Unmix'd with such—but sure and slow :
He faded, and so calm and meek,
So softly worn, so sweetly weak,
So tearless, yet so tender-kind,
And grieved for those he left behind,
With all the while a cheek whose bloom
Was as a mockery of the tomb,
Whose tints as gently sink away
As a departing rainbow's ray-
An
eye

of most transparent light,
That almost made the dungeon bright,
And not a word of murmur-not
A groan o'er his untimely lot, -
A little talk of better days,
A little hope my own to raise,
For I was sunk in silence lost
In this last loss, of all the most ;

And then the sighs he would suppress
Of fainting nature's feebleness,
More slowly drawn, grew less and less;
I listen'd, but I could not hear-
I called, for I was wild with fear;
I knew 'twas hopeless, but my dread
Would not be thus admonished ;
I call'd, and thought I heard a sound
I burst my chain with one strong bound,
And rush'd to him :- I found him not,
I only stirred in this black spot,
I only lived—I only drew
The accursed breath of dungeon dew;
The last-the sole the dearest link
Between me and the eternal brink,
Which bound me to my failing race,
Was broken in this fatal place.
One on the earth, and one beneath-
My brothers—both had ceased to breathe :
I took that hand which lay so still,
Alas! my own was full as chill;
I had not strength to stir, or strive,
But felt that I was still alive
A frantic feeling, -when we know
That what we love shall ne'er be

I know not why

I could not die,
I had no earthly hopembut faith,
And that forbade a selfish death,

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AURORA RABY.

And then there was—but why should I go on, Unless the ladies should go off?_there was

Indeed a certain fair and fairy one,

Of the best class, and better than her class, Aurora Raby, a young star who shone

O'er life, too sweet an image for such glass, A lovely being, scarcely formed or moulded, A rose with all its sweetest leaves yet folded ; Rich, noble, but an orphan ; left an only

Child to the care of guardians good and kind ; But still her aspect had an air so lonely!

Blood is not water; and where shall we find
Feelings of youth like those which overthrown lie

By death, when we are left, alas ! behind,
To feel, in friendless palaces, a home
Is wanting, and our best ties in the tomb ?
Early in years, and yet more infantine

In figure, she had something of sublime
In eyes which sadly shone, as seraphs' shine.

All youth—but with an aspect beyond time;
Radiant and grave-as pitying man's decline ;

Mournful—but mournful of another's crime,
She look'd as if she sat by Eden's door,
And grieved for those who could return no more.
She was a Catholic too, sincere, austere,

As far as her own gentle heart allow'd,
And deem'd that fallen worship far more dear

Perhaps because 'twas fallen : her sires were proud Of deeds and days when they had fill’d the ear

Of nations, and had never bent or bow'd To novel power ; and as she was the last, She held their old faith and old feelings fast. She gazed upon a world she scarcely knew,

As seeking not to know it ; silent, lone,

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