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If the free Switzer yet bestrides alone
His chainless mountains, 'tis but for a time,
For tyranny of late is cunning grown,
And in its own good season tramples down
The sparkles of our ashes. One great clime,
Whose vigorous offspring by dividing ocean
Are kept apart and nursed in the devotion
Of Freedom, which their fathers fought for, and
Bequeath'd-a heritage of heart and hand,
And proud distinction from each other land,
Whose sons must bow them at a monarch's motion,
As if his senseless sceptre were a wand
Full of the magic of exploded science-
Still one great clime, in full and free defiance,
Yet rears her crest, unconquer'd and sublime,
Above the far Atlantic !-She has taught
Her Esau-brethren that the haughty flag,
The floating fence of Albion's feebler crag,
May strike to those whose red right hands have bought
Rights cheaply earn'd with blood. Still, still, for ever,
Better, though each man's life-blood were a river,
That it should flow, and overflow, than creep
Through thousand lazy channels in our veins,
Damm'd like the dull canal with locks and chains,
And moving, as a sick man in his sleep,
Three paces, and then faltering :-better be
Where the extinguish'd Spartans still are free,
In their proud charnel of Thermopylae,
Than stagnate in our marsh,—or o'er the deep
Fly, and one current to the ocean add,
One spirit to the souls our fathers had,
One freeman more, America, to thee!


RIVER, that rollest by the ancient walls,
Where dwells the lady of my love, when she
Walks by thy brink, and there perchance recalls
A faint and fleeting memory of me;





What if thy deep and ample stream should be
A mirror of my heart, where she may read
The thousand thoughts I now betray to thee,
Wild as thy wave, and headlong as thy speed !

What do I say— -a mirror of my heart?

Are not thy waters sweeping, dark, and strong? 10 Such as my feelings were and are, thou art;

And such as thou art were my passions long.

Time may have somewhat tamed them,-not for ever;
Thou overflow'st thy banks, and not for aye
Thy bosom overboils, congenial river!

Thy floods subside, and mine have sunk away :

But left long wrecks behind, and now again,
Borne on our old unchanged career, we move :
Thou tendest wildly onwards to the main,
And I-to loving one I should not love.

The current I behold will sweep beneath
Her native walls, and murmur at her feet;
Her eyes will look on thee, when she shall breathe
The twilight air, unharm'd by summer's heat.

She will look on thee,-I have look'd on thee,

Full of that thought: and, from that moment, ne'cr Thy waters could I dream of, name, or see, Without the inseparable sigh for her!

Her bright eyes will be imaged in thy stream,
Yes! they will meet the wave I gaze on now:
Mine cannot witness, even in a dream,

That happy wave repass me in its flow!


The wave that bears my tears returns no more :
Will she return by whom that wave shall sweep
Both tread thy banks, both wander on thy shore,
I by thy source, she by the dark-blue deep.


But that which keepeth us apart is not

Distance, nor depth of wave, nor space of earth, But the distraction of a various lot,

As various as the climates of our birth.

A stranger loves the lady of the land,
Born far beyond the mountains, but his blood
Is all meridian, as if never fann'd

By the black wind that chills the polar flood.
My blood is all meridian; were it not,

I had not left my clime, nor should I be, In spite of tortures ne'er to be forgot,

A slave again of love,-at least of thee. "Tis vain to struggle-let me perish young

Live as I lived, and love as I have loved; To dust if I return, from dust I sprung,

And then, at least, my heart can ne'er be moved.

April, 1819.



His offspring, who expired in other days

To make thy sire's sway by a kingdom less,-
This is to be a monarch, and repress

Envy into unutterable praise.

Dismiss thy guard, and trust thee to such traits,
For who would lift a hand, except to bless ?
Were it not easy, sir, and is't not sweet
To make thyself beloved? and to be
Omnipotent by mercy's means? for thus

To be the father of the fatherless,

To stretch the hand from the throne's height, and raise


Thy sovereignty would grow but more complete : A despot thou, and yet thy people free,

And by the heart, not hand, enslaving us.
Bologna, August 12, 1819.



COULD Love for ever
Run like a river,
And Time's endeavour
Be tried in vain-
No other pleasure
With this could measure;
And like a treasure

We'd hug the chain.
But since our sighing
Ends not in dying,
And, form'd for flying,
Love plumes his wing;
Then for this reason
Let's love a season;

But let that season be only Spring.

When lovers parted
Feel broken-hearted,
And, all hopes thwarted,
Expect to die ;
A few years older,
Ah! how much colder
They might behold her

For whom they sigh!
When link'd together,
In every weather,
They pluck Love's feather
From out his wing-

He'll stay for ever,
But sadly shiver

Without his plumage, when past the Spring.

Like chiefs of Faction,
His life is action-

A formal paction




That curbs his reign,
Obscures his glory,
Despot no more, he
Such territory

Quits with disdain.
Still, still advancing,
With banners glancing,
His power enhancing,

He must move on-
Repose but cloys him,
Retreat destroys him,
Love brooks not a degraded throne.

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Wait not, fond lover!
Till years are over,
And then recover

As from a dream.
While each bewailing
The other's failing,
With wrath and railing,

All hideous seem-
While first decreasing,
Yet not quite ceasing,
Wait not till teasing

So shall Affection
To recollection
The dear connexion

Bring back with joy:
You had not waited
Till, tired or hated,
Your passions sated

Began to cloy.
Your last embraces
Leave no cold traces-
The same fond faces


All passion blight:
If once diminish'd,
Love's reign is finish'd-

Then part in friendship and bid good-night. бо



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