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" The why the where—what boots it now to tell ? “ Since all must end in that wild word-farewell! " Yet would I fain-did time allow-disclose“ Fear not-these are no formidable foes ; “ And here shall watch a more than wonted guard, 460 “ For sudden siege and long defence prepared: “ Nor be thou lonely-though thy lord's away, “ Our matrons and thy handmaids with thee stay; " And this thy comfort—that, when next we meet “ Security shall make repose more sweet : 465 “ List !—'tis the bugle-Juan shrilly blew“ One kiss--one more-another-Oh! Adieu!" She rose-she sprung-she clung to his embrace, Till his heart heaved beneath her hidden face. He dared not raise to his that deep blue eye, Which downcast droop'd in tearless agony. Her long fair hair lay floating o'er his arms, In all the wildness of dishevell’d charms; Scarce beat that bosom where his image dwelt So full—that feeling seemed almost unfelt! 475 Hark—peals the thunder of the signal-gun! It told 'twas sunset-and he curs'd that sun. Again-again--that form he madly press’d, Which mutely clasp'd imploringly caress'd ! And tottering to the couch his bride he bore, One moment gazed—as if to gaze no more; Felt—that for him earth held but her alone, Kiss'd her cold forehead-turn'd-is Conrad gone ?
XV. “ And is he gone !"-on sudden solitude Ilow oft that fearful question will intrude! 485 “ 'Twas but an instant past-and here he stood ! " And now"--without the portal's porch she rush'd, And then at length her tears in freedom gush'd; Big-bright-and fast, unknown to her they fell; But still her lips refused to send — Farewell!" 490 For in that wordthat fatal word-howe'er We promise-hope-believe there breathes despair. O’er every feature of that still, pale face, Had sorrow fix'd what time can ne'er erase : The tender blue of that large loving eye 495 Grew frozen with its gaze on vacancy, . Till-Oh, how far!—it caught a glimpse of him, And then it flow'd--and phrensied seem'd to swim Through those long, dark, and glistening lashes dew'd With drops of sadness oft to be renew'd. 500 “He's gone !”—against her heart that hand is driven, Convulsed and quick—then gently raised to heaven; She look'd and saw the heaving of the main ; The white sail set—she dared not look again ; But turn’d with sickening soul within the gate- 505 " It is no dream-and I am desolate !"
From crag to crag descending-swiftly sped
Stern Conrad down, nor once he turn'd his head;
But shrunk whene'er the windings of his way
Forced on his eye what he would not survey, 510
His lone, but lovely dwelling on the steep,
That hail'd him first when homeward from the deep:
And she-the dim and melancholy star,
Whose ray of beauty reach'd him from afar,
On her he must not gaze, he must not think, 515
There he might rest—but on Destruction's brink :
Yet once almost he stopp'd-and nearly gave
His fate to chance, his projects to the wave;
But no-it must not bema worthy chief
May melt, but not betray to woman's grief. 520
He sees his bark, he notes how fair the wind,
And sternly gathers all his might of mind :
Again he hurries on-and as he hears
The clang of tumult vibrates on his ears,
The busy sounds, the bustle of the shore, 525
'The shout, the signal, and the dashing oar;
As marks his eye the seaboy on the mast,
The anchors rise, the sails unfurling fast,
The waving 'kerchiefs of the crowd that urge
That mute adieu to those who stem the surge; 530
And more than all, his blood-red flag aloft,
He marvell’d how his heart could seem so soft.
Fire in his glance, and wildness in his breast,
He feels of all his former self possest;
He bounds—he fliegmuntil his footsteps reach 535
The verge where ends the cliff, begins the beach,
There checks his speed; but pauses less to breathe
The breezy freshness of the deep beneath,
Then there his wonted statelier step renew;
Nor rush, disturb'd by haste, to vulgar view: 540
For well had Conrad learn'd to curb the crowd,
By arts that veil, and oft preserve the proud ; in
His was the lofty port, the distant mien, dip?
That seems to shun the sight-and awes if seen:
The solemn aspect, and the high-born eye, 545
That checks low mirth, but lacks not courtesy ; :
All these he wielded to command assent:
But where he wish'd to win, so well unbent,
That kindness cancell'd fear in those who heard,
And other's gifts show'd mean beside his word, 550
When echo'd to the heart as from his own
His deep yet tender melody of tone:
But such was foreign to his wonted mood,
He cared not what he soften'd, but subdued;
The evil passions of his youth had made 555
Him value less who loved-than what obey'd.
Around him mustering ranged his ready guard.
Before him Juan stands—“Are all prepared ?”
“ They are-nay more--embark'd: the latest boat “Waits but my chief ".
560 “My sword, and my capote.” Soon firmly girded on, and lightly slung, His belt and cloak were o'er his shoulders flung;
" Call Pedro here!” He comes-and Conrad bends,
With all the courtesy he deign'd his friends; 566
“ Receive these tablets, and peruse with care,
“ Words of high trust and truth are graven there ;
“ Double the guard, and when Anselmo's bark
“ Arrives, let him alike these orders mark:
* In three days (serve the breeze) the sun shall shine
« On our return-till then all peace be thine !” 570
This said, his brother Pirate's hand he wrung,
Then to his boat with haughty gesture sprung.
Flash'd the dipt oars, and sparkling with the stroke,
Around the waves' phosphoric(2)brightness broke; 575
They gain the vessel-on the deck he stands,
Shrieks the shrill whistle-ply the busy hands
He marks how well the ship her helm obeys,
How gallant all her crew-and deigns to praise.
His eyes of pride to young Gonsalvo turn- 580
Why doth he start, and inly seem to mourn?
Alas! those eyes beheld his rocky tower,
And live a moment o’er the parting hour;
She-his Medora-did she mark the prow?
Ah! never loved he half so much as now! 585
But much must yet be done ere dawn of day-
Again he mans himself and turns away;
Down to the cabin with Gonsalvo bends,
And there unfolds his plan-his means—and ends ;
Before them burns the lamp, and spreads the chart,
And all that speaks and aids the naval art; 591