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I saw thee weep-the big bright tear
Came o'er that eye of blue;
A violet dropping dew:
Beside thee ceased to shine;
That fill'd that glance of thine.
THOU whose spell can raise the dead
Bid the prophet's form appear. “Samuel, raise thy buried head!
King, behold the phantom seer !” Earth yawn'd; he stood the centre of a cloud: Light changed its hue, retiring from his shroud. Death stood all glassy in his fixed eye; His hand was wither'd, and his veins were dry; His foot, in bony whiteness, glitter'd there, Shrunken and sinewless, ard ghastly bare; From lips that moved not, and unbreathing frame, Like cavern'd winds, the hollow accents came. Saul saw, and fell to earth, as falls the oak, At once, and blasted by the thunder-stroke.
As clouds from yonder sun receive
A deep and mellow dye, Which scarce the shade of coming eve
Can banish from the sky,
Their own pure joy impart;
That lightens o'er the heart.
THY DAYS ARE DONE.
6. Why is my sleep disquieted ?
The days are done, thy fame begun;
Thy country's strains record The triumphs of her chosen Son,
The slaughters of his sword! The deeds he did, the fields he won,
The freedom he restored !
Though thou art fall'n, while we are free
Thou shalt not taste of death! The generous blood that flow'd from thee
Disdain'd to sink beneath : Within our veins its currents be,
Thy spirit on our breath!
"ALL IS VANITY, SAITH THE
The monarch saw, and shook,
And bade no more rejoice; All bloodless wax'd his look,
Ånd tremulous his voicë. " Let the men of lore appear,
The wisest of the earth, Åöd expound the words of fear, Which már our royal mirth."
OH, Mariamne! now for thee
The heart for which thou bled'st is bleeding; Revenge is lost in agony, | And wild remorse to rage succeeding
Oh, Mariamne! where art thou ?
While sadly we gazed on the river Thou canst not hear my bitter pleading ;
Which rollid on in freedom below, Ah, couldst thou—thou wouldst pardon now,
They demanded the song; but, oh never Though Heaven were to my prayer unheeding. That triumph the stranger shall know!
May this right hand be wither'd for ever, And is she dead ?-and did they dare
Ere it string our high harp for the foe! Obey my frenzy's jealous raving ? My wrath but doom'd my own despair;
On the willow that harp is suspended, The sword that smote her 's o’er me waving.- 1 Oh Salem ! its sound should be free; But thou art cold, my murder'd love!
And the hour when thy glories were ended And this dark heart is vainly craving
But left me that token of thee: For her who soars alone above,
And ne'er shall its soft tones be blended And leaves my soul unworthy saving.
With the voice of the spoiler by me!
THE DESTRUCTION OF SENNACHERIB.
She's gone, who shared my diadem;
She sunk, with her my joys entombing ; I swept that flower from Judah's stem
Whose leaves for me alone were blooming, And mine's the guilt and mine the hell,
This bosom's desolation dooming; And I have earn'd those tortures well,
Which unconsumed are still consuming !
THE Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
Like the leaves of the forest when Summer is green,
Like the leaves of the forest when Autumn hath
That host on the morrow lay wither'd and strown. FROM the last hill that looks on thy once holy dome, I beheld thee, Oh Sion! when render'd to Rome:
“For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,
And breathed in the face of the foe as he pass'd; 'Twas the last sun went down, and the flames of
And the eyes of the sleepers wax'd deadly and chill, thy fall Flash'd back on the last glance I gave to thy wall. Ang
12. And their hearts but once heaved, and forever grew
still! I look'd for thy temple, I look'd for my home,
And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide, And forgot for a moment my bondage to come; I beheld but the death-fire that fed on thy fane,
But through it there roll'd not the breath of his
pride : And the fast-fetter'd hands that made vengeance in
And the foam of his gasping lay white on the turf, vain.
And cold as the spray of the rock-beating surf. On many an eve, the high spot whence I gazed Had reflected the last beam of day as it blazed;
And there lay the rider distorted and pale, While I stood on the height, and beheld the decline,
With the dew on his brow, and the rust on his mail;
And the tents were all silent, the banners alone, Of the rays from the mountain that shone on thy
The lances unlifted, the trumpet unblown. shrine.
And now on that mountain I stood on that day,
And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail, But I mark'd not the twilight beam melting away;
And the idols are broke in the temple of Baal;
And the might of the Gentile, unsmote by tho Oh! would that the lightning had glared in its
sword, stead, And the thunderbolt burst on the conqueror's head!
wa Hath melted like snow in the glance of the Lord
But the Gods of the Pagan shall never profane
A SPIRIT pass'd before me: I beheld
And there it stood,-all formless-but divine: BY THE RIVERS OF BABYLON WE SAT Along my bones the creeping flesh did quake; DOWN AND WEPT.
And as my damp hair stiffen'd, thus it spake: We sat down and wept by the waters
“ Is man more just than God? Is man more pure Of Babel, and thought of the day
Than he who deems even Seraphs insecure? When our foe, in the hue of his slaughters, Creatures of clay-vain dwellers in the dust! Made Salem's high places his prey;
The moth survives you, and are ye more just? And ye, oh her desolate daughters!
Things of a day! you wither ere the night,
Heedless and blind to Wisdom's wasted light !"
THE LAMENT OF TASSO.
And revell’d among men and things divine,
And pour'd my spirit over Palestine, Ar Ferrara, in the Library, are preserved the In honor of the sacred war for him, original MSS. of Tasso's Gierusalemme and of The God who was on earth and is in heaven, Guarini's Pastor Fido, with letters of Tasso, one For he hath strengthen'd me in heart and limb. from Titian to Ariosto; and the inkstand and chair, That through this sufferance I might be forgiven, the tomb and the house of the latter. But as mis- I have employ'd my penance to record fortune has a greater interest for posterity, and lit- How Salem's shrine was won, and how adored. tle or none for the contemporary, the cell where Tasso was confined in the hospital of St. Anna
II. attracts a more fixed attention than the residence or But this is o'er-my pleasant task is done ;the monument of Ariostom-at least it had this effect My long sustaining friend of many years ! on me. There are two inscriptions, one on the outer If I do blot thy final page with tears, gate, the second over the cell itself, inviting, unne- Know, that my sorrows have wrung from me none cessarily, the wonder and the indignation of the But thou, my young creation ! my soul's child ! spectator. Ferrara is much decayed, and depop-Which ever playing round me came and smiled, ulated; the castle still exists entire; and I saw the And woo'd me from myself with thy sweet sight, court where Parisina and Hugo were beheaded, Thou too art gone-and so is my delight: arcording to the annal of Gibbon.
And therefore do I weep and ir.ly bleed
I have not sunk, for I had no remorse,
Oh Leonora! wilt not thou reply? Long years of outrage, calumny, and wrong; I was indeed delirious in' my heart Imputed madness, prison'd solitude,
To lift my love so lofty as thou art; And the mind's canker in its savage mood,
But still my frenzy was not of the mind; When the impatient thirst of light and air
I knew my fault, and feel my punishment Parches the heart; and the abhorred grate, Not less because I suffer it unbent. Marring the sunbeams with its hideous shade, That thou wert beautiful, and I not blind, Works through the throbbing eyeball to the brain Hath been the sin which shuts me from mankind. With a hot sense of heaviness and pain;
But let them go, or torture as they will, And bare, at once, Captivity display'd
My heart can multiply thine image still; Stands scoffing through the never-open'd gate, Successful love may sate itself away, Which nothing through its bars admits, save day The wretched are the faithful; 'tis their fate And tasteless food, which I have eat alone
To have all feeling save the one decay, fill its unsocial bitterness is gone;
And every passion into one dilate, And I can banquet like a beast of prey,
As rapid rivers into ocean pour;
But ours is fathomless, and hath no shore
Of minds and bodies in captivity.
And hark! the lash and the increasing howl, The narrow circus of my dungeon wall,
And the half-inarticulate blasphemy! And freed the Holy Sepulchre from thrall; There be some here with worse than frenzy foal,
Some who do still goad on the o'er-labor'd mind, Oh! not dismay'd-but awed, like One ab ure, And dim the little light that's left behind
And in that sweet severity there was With needless torture, as their tyrants will
A something which all softness did surpass(s wound up to the lust of doing ill:
I know not how-thy genius master'd mine With these and with their victims am I class'd, My star stood still before thee:-if it were 'Mid sounds and sights like these long years have Presumptuous thus to love without design, pass’d;
That sad fatality hath cost me dear;
Fit for this cell, which wrongs me, but for thee
Hath lighten'd half its weight; and for the rest,
And look to thee with undivided breast,
And foil the ingenuity of Pain.
It is no marvel-from my very birth Where laughter is not mirth, nor thought the mind, i
My soul was drunk with love, which did pervade Nor words a language, nor ev'n men mankind;
And mingle with whate'er I saw on earth : Where cries reply to curses, shrieks to blows,
Of objects all inanimate I made And each is tortured in his seperate hell
Idols, and out of wild and lonely flowers, For we are crowded in our solitudes
And rocks, whereby they grew, a paradise, Many, but each divided by the wall,
Where I did lay me down within the shade Which echoes Madness in her babbling moods ; la
fof waving trees, and dream'd uncounted hours; While all can hear, none heed his neighbor's call
Though I was chid for wandering; and the wise None! save that One; the veriest wretch of all,
Shook their white aged heads o'er me, and said Who was not made to be the mate of these,
of such materials wretched men were made, Nor bound between Distraction and Disease.
And such a truant boy would end in wo; Feel I not wroth with those who placed me here?
And that the only lesson was a blow; Who have debased me in the minds of men,
And then they smote me, and I did not weep, Debarring me the usage of my own,
But cursed them in my heart, and to my haunt Blighting my life in best of its career,
Return'd and wept alone, and dream'd again Branding my thoughts as things to shun and fear?
* The visions which arise without a sleep. Would I not pay them back these pangs again,
And with my years my soul began to pant And teach them inward sorrow's stified groan ?
With feelings of strange tumult and soft pain; The struggle to be calm, and cold distress,
And the whole heart exhaled into One Want, Which undermines our Stoical success ?
But undefined and wandering, till the day No !-still too proud to be vindictive-I
I found the thing I sought, and that was thee; Have pardon'd princes' insults, and would die.
And then I lost my being all to be Yes, Sister of my Sovereign ! for thy sake
Absorb'd in thine--the world was pass'd away I weed all bitterness from out my breast,
Thou didst annihilate the earth to me!
I loved all solitude--but little thought
To spend I know not what of life, remote Look on a love which knows not to despair, From all communion with existence, save But all unquench'd is still my better part,
The maniac and his tyrant; had I been Dwelling deep in my shut and silent heart, Their fellow, many years ere this had seen As dwells the gather'd lightning in its cloud, My mind like theirs corrupted to its grave, Encompass'd with its dark and rolling shroud, But who hath seen me writhe, or heard me rave Till struck,-forth flies the all-ethereal dart! Perchance in such a cell we suffer more And thus at the collision of thy name
Than the wreck'd sailor on his desert shore; The vivid thought still flashes through my frame, The world is all before him-mine is here, And for a moment all things as they were
Scarce twice the space they must accord my bier. Flit by me ;--they are gone-I am the same. What though he perish, he may lift his eye, And yet my love without ambition grew;
And with a dying glance upbraid the sky I knew thy state, my station, and I knew
I will not raise my own in such reproof,
Although 'tis clouded by my dungeon roof
Yet do I feel at times my mind decline, Were punish'd by the silentness of thine,
But with a sense of its decay :- I see And yet I did not venture to repine.
Unwonted lights along my prison shine, Thou wert to me a crystal-girded shrine,
And a strânge demon, who is vexing me Worshipp'd at holy distance, and around
With pilfering pranks and petty pains, below Hallow'd and meekly kiss'd the saintly ground; The feeling of the healthful and the free; Not for thou wert a princess, but that Love But much to One, who long hath suffer'd so, Hath robed thee with a glory, and array'd
Sickness of heart, and narrowness of place, Thy lineaments in beauty that dismay'd