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Where'er had pass'd his summer years of life, Then turning, vaulted on his pawing steed,
And instant spurr'd him into panting speed. But all'unknown his glory or his guilt,
His face was mask'd the features of the dead,
And such 'tis known Sir Ezzelin had worn
Upon the night that led to such a morn.
If thus he perish'd, Heaven receive his soul! A Serf that cross'd the intervening vale,
His undiscover'd limbs to ocean roll;
Such as the busy brain of Sorrow paints, And still another hurried glance would snatch, And woos to listen to her fond complaints : And follow with his step the stream that flow'd, And she would sit beneath the very tree As if even yet too much its surface showd: Where lay his drooping head upon her knee; At once he started, stoop'd, around him strown And in that posture where she saw him fall, The winter floods had scatter'd heaps of stone; His words, his looks, his dying grasp recall ; Of these the heaviest thence he gather'd there, And she had shorn, but saved her raven hair, And slung them with a more than common care. | And oft would snatch it from her bosom there, Meantime the Serf had crept to where unseen And fold, and press it gently to the ground, Himself might safely mark what this might mean; As if she staunched anew some phantom's wound He caught a glimpse, as of a floating breast, Herself would question, and for him reply ; And something glitter'd starlike on the vest, Then rising, start, and beckon him to fly But ere he well could mark the buoyant trunk, From some imagined spectre in pursuit; A massy fragment smote it, and it sunk:
Then seat her down upon some linden's root, It rose again but indistinct to view,
And hide her visage with her meagre hand, And left the waters of a purple hue,
Or trace strange characters along the sandThen deeply disappear'd: the horseman gazed, This could not last-she lies by him she loved ; Till ebb'd the latest eddy it had raised;
Her tale untold her truth too dearly proved.
The event in section xxiv Canto II. was sug-lhe replied, that he saw two men on fcot, who cano gested by the description of the death or rather down the street, and looked diligently about, to burial of the Duke of Gandia.
observe whether any person was passing. That The most interesting and particular account of seeing no one, they returned, and a short time afthis mysterious event is given by Burchard, and is terwards two others came, and looked around in the in substance as follows: “On the eighth day of same manner as the former: no person still appearJune, the Cardinal of Valenza, and the Duke of ing, they gave a sign to their companions, when a Gandia, sons of the Pope, supped with their mother, man came, mounted on a white horse, having beVanozza, near the church of S. Pietro ad vincula ; hind him a dead body, the head and arms of which several other persons being present at the entertain- hung on one side, and the feet on the other side of ment. A late hour approaching, and the cardinal the horse; the two persons on foot supporting the having reminded his brother, that it was time to body, to prevent its falling. They thus proceeded return to the apostolic palace, they mounted their towards that part where the filth of the city is usuhorses or mules, with only a few attendants, and ally discharged into the river, and turning proceeded together as far as the palace of the Car- with his tail towards the water, the two persons dinal Ascanio Sforza, when the duke informed the took the dead body by the arms and feet, and with cardinal, that before he returned home, he had to all their strength flung it into the river. The perpay a visit of pleasure. Dismissing therefore all son on horseback then asked if they had thrown it his attendants except his staffiero, or footman, and in, to which they replied, Signor, si (yes, Sir.) He a person in a mask, who had paid him a visit whilst then looked towards the river, and seeing a mantle at supper, and who, during the space of a month or floating on the stream, he inquired what it was that thereabouts, previous to this time, had called upon appeared black, to which they answered, it was a him almost daily, at the apostolic palace, he took mantle; and one of them threw stones upon it, in this person behind him on his mule, and proceeded consequence of which it sunk. The attendants of to the street of the Jews, where he quitted his ser- the pontiff then inquired from Giorgio, why he had vant, directing him to remain there until a certain not revealed this to the governor of the city ; to hour; when, if he did not return, he might repair which he replied, that he had seen in his time a to the palace. The duke then seated the person in hundred dead bodies thrown into the river at the the mask behind him, and rode, I know not whither; same place, without any inquiry being made respectout in that night he was assassinated, and throwning them, and that he had not therefore, considerinto the river. The servant, after having been ed it as a matter of any importance. The fisherdismissed, was also assaulted and mortally wound- men and seamen were then collected, and ordered ed; and although he was attended with great care, to search the river, where, on the following eveyet such was his situation, that he could give no in- ning, they found the body of the duke, with his telligible account of what had befallen his master. habit entire, and thirty ducats in his purse. He In the morning, the duke not having returned to was pierced with nine wounds, one of which was in the palace, his servants began to be alarmed; and his throat, the others in his head, body, and limbs. one of them informed the pontiff of the evening No sooner was the pontiff informed of the death of excursion of his sons, and that the duke had nothis son, and that he had been thrown, like filth, yet made his appearance. This gave the pope no into the river, than, giving way to his grief, he small anx
ut he conjectured that the duke shut himself up in a chamber, and wept bitterly. had been attracted by some courtesan to pass the The Cardinal of Segovia, and other attendants on night with her, and not choosing to quit the house the pope, went to the door, and after many hours in open day, had waited till the following evening spent in persuasions and exhortations, prevailed to return home. When, however, the evening ar- upon him to admit them. From the evening of rived, and he found himself disappointed in his ex- Wednesday, till the following Saturday, the pope pectations, he became deeply afflicted, and began to took no food; nor did he sleep from Thursday mornmake inquiries from different persons, whom he or- ing till the same hour on the ensuing day. At dered to attend him for that purpose. Among length, however, giving way to the entreaties of his
having discharged some timber from a bark in the consider the injury which his own health might susriver, had remained on board the vessel to watch it, tain, by the further indulgence of his grief."- Rose and being interrogated whether he had seen any coe's Leo Tenth, vol. i. page 265. one thrown into the river cn the night preceding,
The whirlwind's wrath, the earthquake's shock
Have left untouch'd her hoary rock, THE grand army of the Turks, (in 1715,) under The key-stone of a land, which still, the Prime Vizier, to open to themselves a way into Though fall'n, looks proudly on that hill, the heart of the Morea, and to form the siege of The landmark to the double tide Napoli di Romania, the most considerable place in That purpling rolls on either side, all that country,* thought it best in the first place As if their waters chafed to meet, to attack Corinth, upon which they made several Yet pause and crouch beneath her feet. storms. The garrison being weakened, and the But could the blood before her shed governor seeing it was impossible to hold out Since first Timolean's brother bled, against so mighty a force, thought it fit to beat Or baffled Persian's despot fled, a parley: but while they were treating about the Arise from out the earth which drank articles, one of the magazines in the Turkish camp, The stream of slaughter as it sank, wherein they had six hundred barrels of powder, That sanguine ocean would o'erflow blew up by accident, whereby six or seven hundred Her isthmus idly spread below: men were killed; which so enraged the infidels, that! Or could the bones of all the slain, they would not grant any capitulation, but stormed Who perish'd there, be piled again, the place with so much fury, that they took it, and That rival pyramid would rise put most of the garrison, with Signior Minotti, the More mountain-like, through those clear skies governor, to the sword. The rest, with Antonio Than yon tower-capt Acropolis, Bembo, proveditor extraordinary, were made pris Which seems the very clouds to kiss. oners of war.”-History of the Turks, vol. iii. p. 151.
On dun Cithæron's ridge appears MANY a vanish'd year and age,
The gleam of twice ten thousand spears ; And tempest’s breath, and battle's rage,
And downward to the Isthmian plain, Have swept o'er Corinth; yet she stands
From shore to shore of either main,
The tent is pitch'd, the crescent shines
And the dusk Spahi's bands advance
The turban'd cohorts throng the beach; Inthmus eigtx times in my way from Attica to the Morea, over the mountains, or in the other direction, when passing from the Gulf of Athens to that of
And there the Arab's camel kneels, Lepanto. Both the routes are picturesque and beautiful, though very differ And there his steed the Tartar wheels; ent: that by sea has more sameness, but the voyage being always within
The Turcoman hath left his herd, 1 right of land, and often very near it, presents many attractive views of the blande Salamis, Egina, Poro, &c., and the coast of the continent.
The sabre round his loins to gird;
And there the volleying thunders pour,
Coumourgi-can his glory cease, Till waves grow smoother to the roar.
That latest conqueror of Greece, The trench is dug, the cannon's breath
Till Christian hands to Greece restore Wings the far hissing globe of death;
The freedom Venice gave of yore? Fast whirl the fragments from the wall,
A hundred years have roll'd away Which crumbles with the ponderous ball ;
Since he refused the Moslem's sway, And from that wall the foe replies,
And now he led the Mussulman, O’er dusty plain and smoky skies,
And gave the guidance of the van With fires that answer fast and well
To Alp, who well repaid the trust The summons of the Infidel.
By cities levell'd with the dust;
And proved, by many a deed of death.
How firm his heart in novel faith.
VI. Of those who wish and work its fall,
The walls grew weak; and fast and hot With deeper skill in war's black art Than Othman's sons, and high of heart
Against them pour'd the ceaseless shot,
With unabating fury sent
From battery to battlement;
And thunder-like the pealing din
Rose from each heated culverin; Where sallying ranks the trench assail,
And here and there some crackling dome And make the foremost Moslem quail ;
Was fired before the exploding bomb:
And as the fabric sank beneath Or where the battery, guarded well,
The shattering shell's volcanic breath, Alighting cheerly to inspire
In red and wreathing columns flash'd The soldier slackening in his fire,
The flame, as loud the ruin crash’d, The first and freshest of the host
Or into countless meteors driven, Which Stamboul's sultan there can boast,
Its earth-stars melted into heaven; To guide the follower o'er the field,
Whose clouds that day grew doubly dun, To point the tube, the lance to wield,
Impervious to the hidden sun, Or whirl around the bickering blade;
With volumed smoke that slowly grew Was Alp, the Adrian renegade !
To one wide sky of sulphurous hue.
But not for vengeance, long delay'd,
Alone, did Alp, the renegade, His gentle sires-he drew his birth;
The Moslem warriors sternly teach But late an exile from her shore,
His skill to pierce the promised breach: Against his countrymen he bore
Within these walls a maid was pent The arms they taught to bear; and now
His hope would win without consent The turban girt his shaven brow.
Of that inexorable sire, Through many a change had Corinth pass'd
Whose heart refused him in its ire, With Greece to Venice' rule at last;
When Alp, beneath his Christian name, And here, before her walls, with those
Her virgin hand aspired to claim. To Greece and Venice equal foes,
In happier mood, and earlier time, He stood a foe, with all the zeal
While unimpeach'd for traitorous crime, Which young and fiery converts feel,
Gayest in gondola or hall, Within whose heated bosom throngs
He glitter'd through the Carnival; The memory of a thousand wrongs.
And tuned the softest serenade To him had Venice ceased to be
That e'er on Adria's waters play'd
At midnight to Italian maid.
And many deem'd her heart was won. A charge against him uneffaced ;
For sought by numbers, given to none, He fled in time, and saved his life,
Had young Francesca's hand remain'd To waste his future years in strife,
Still by the church's bonds unchain'd: That taught his land how great her loss
And when the Adriatic bore In him who triumph'd o'er the Cross,
Lanciotto to the Paynim shore, 'Gainst which he rear'd the Crescent high,
Her wonted smiles were seen to fail,
And pensive wax'd the maid and pale;
More rare at masque and festival;
Or seen at such, with downcast eyes, Adorn’d the triumph of Eugene,
Which conquer'd hearts they ceased to prize : When on Carlowitz' bloody plain
With listless look she seems to gaze, The last and mightiest of the slain,
With humbler care her form arrays; He sank, regretting not to die,
Her voice less lively in the song, But curst the Christian's victory
Her step, though light, less fleet among
The pairs, on whom the Morning's glance
And take a long unmeasured tone, Breaks, yet unsated with the dance.
To mortal minstrelsy unknown.
It seem'd to those within the wall
A cry prophetic of their fall :
It struck even the besieger's ear (Which wrested from the Moslem's hand,
With something ominous and drear, While Sobieski tamed his pride
An undefined and sudden thrill, By Buda's wall and Danube's side,
Which makes the heart a moment still, The chiefs of Venice wrung away
Then beat with quicker pulse, ashamed
Of that strange sense its silence framed ; Minotti held in Corinth's towers
Such as a sudden passing-bell The Doge's delegated powers,
Wakes, though but for a stranger's knell. While yet the pitying eye of Peace Smiled o'er her long-forgotten Greece:
XII. And ere that faithless truce was broke
The tent of Alp was on the shore; Which freed her from the unchristian yoke.
The sound was hush'd, the prayer was o'er; With him his gentle daughter came,
The watch was set, the night-round made, Nor there, since Menelaus' dame
All mandates issued and obey'd : Forsook her lord and land, to prove
'Tis but another anxious night, What woes await on lawless love,
His pains the morrow may requite Had fairer form adorn'd the shore
With all revenge and love can pay,
In guerdon of their long delay.
Of rest, to nerve for many a deed
Of slaughter; but within his soul And, with to-morrow's earliest dawn,
The thoughts like troubled waters roll. O'er the disjointed mass shall vault
He stood alone among the host; The foremost of the fierce assault.
Not his the loud fanatic boast The bands are rank'd; the chosen van
To plant the crescent o'er the cross, Of Tartar and of Mussulman,
Or risk a life with little loss, The full of hope, misnamed “ forlorn,”
Secure in paradise to be Who hold the thought of death in scorn,
By Houris loved immortally: And win their way with falchion's force,
Nor his, what burning patriots feel, Or pave the path with many a corse,
The stern exaltedness of zeal, O’er which the following brave may rise,
Profuse of blood, untired in toil, Their stepping-stone-the last who dies !
When battling on the parent soil.
He stood alone-a renegade
Against the country he betray'd;
He stood alone amidst his band, 'Tis midnight: on the mountains brown
Without a trusted heart or hand; The cold round moon shines deeply down;
They follow'd him, for he was brave, Blue roll the waters, blue the sky
And great the spoil he got and gave; Spreads like an ocean hung on high,
They crouch'd to him, for he had skill Bespangled with those isles of light,
To warp and wield the vulgar will; so wildly, spiritually bright;
But still his Christian origin Who ever gazed upon them shining,
With them was little less than sin. And turn'd to earth without repining,
They envied even the faithless fame Nor wish'd for wings to flee away,
He earn'd beneath a Moslem name; And mix with their eternal ray?
Since he, their mightiest chief had been The waves on cither shore lay there
In youth a bitter Nazarene. Calm, clear, and azure as the air ;
They did not know how pride can stoop, And scarce their foam the pebbles shook,
When baffled feelings withering droop; But murmur'd meekly as the brook.
They did not know how hate can burn The winds were pillow'd on the waves ;
In hearts once changed from soft to stern ; The banners droop'd along their staves,
Nor all the false and fatal zeal And, as they fell around them furling,
The convert of revenge can feel. Above them shone the crescent curling;
He ruled them-man may rule the worst, And that deep silence was unbroke,
By ever daring to be first: Save where the watch his signal spoke,
So lions o'er the jackal sway; Save where the steed neigh'd oft and shrill,
The jackal points, he fells the prey, And echo answer'd from the hill,
Then on the vulgar yelling press,
To gorge the relics of success.
His head grows fever'd, and his pulse Like some lone spirit's o’er the plain :
The quick successive throbs convulse ; 'Twas musical, but sadly sweet,
In vain from side to side he throws Such as when winds and harp-strings meet, His form, in courtship of reziose ;