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From rock to rock leaps with delirious bound,

Crushing the cliffs, which downward worn and rent With his fierce footsteps, yield in chasms a fearful

vent To the broad column which rolls on, and shows More like the fountain of an infant sea Torn from the womb of mountains by the throes Of a new world, than only thus to be Parent of rivers which flow gushingly, [back! With many windings, through the vale :-Look Lo! where it comes like an eternity,

As if to sweep down all things in its track, Charming the eye with dread,-a matchless cataract,

Horribly beautiful ! but on the verge,
From side to side beneath the glittering morn,
An Iris sits, amidst the infernal surge,
Like Hope upon a death-bed, and, unworn
Its steady dyes, while all around is torn
By the distracted waters, bears serene
Its brilliant hues with all their beams unshorn :

Resembling, 'mid the torture of the scene,
Love watching madness with unalterable mien.

THE VENUS OF MEDICIS.
But Arno wins us to the fair white walls,
Where the Etrurian Athens claims and keeps
A softer feeling for her fairy halls.
Girt by her theatre of hills, she reaps
Her corn, and wine, and oil, and Plenty leaps
To laughing life with her redundant horn.
Along the banks where smiling Arno sweeps

Was modern Luxury of Commerce born,
And buried Learning rose, redeem'd to a new mom.

There, too, the Goddess loves in stone, and fills
The air around with beauty; we inhale
The ambrosial aspect, which, beheld, instils
Part of its immortality; the veil
Of heaven is half undrawn ; within the pale
We stand, and in that form and face behold
What mind can make, when Nature's self would

fail ; And to the fond idolaters of old Envy the innate flash which such a soul could

mould: We gaze and turn away, and know not where, Dazzled and drunk with beauty, till the heart Reel with its fulness; there— for ever there Chain'd to the chariot of triumphal Art, We stand as captives, and would not depart. Away !_there need no words, nor terms precise, The paltry jargon of the marble mart,

Where Pedantry gulls Folly, we have eyes : Blood-pulse--and breast, confirm the Dardan shep

· herd's prize. Appear'dst thou not to Paris in this guise ? Or to more deeply-blest Anchises ? or, In all thy perfect goddess-ship, when lies Before thee thy own vanquish'd Lord of War ? And gazing on thy face as toward a star, Laid on thy lap, his eyes to thee upturn, Feeding ou thy sweet cheek! while thy lips are

With lava kisses melting while they burn, Shower'd on his eyelids, brow, and mouth, as from an

urn! Glowing, and circumfused in speechless love, Their full divinity inadequate

That feeling to express, or to improve,
The gods become as mortals, and man's fate
Has moments like their brightest; but the weight
Of earth recoils upon us ;-let it go !
We can recall such visions, and create,
From what has been, or might be, things which

grow
Into thy statue's form, and look like gods below.

I leave to learned fingers, and wise hands,
The artist and his ape, to teach and tell
How well his connoisseurship understands
The graceful bend, and the voluptuous swell :
Let these describe the undescribable :
I would not their vile breath should crisp the stream
Wherein that image shall for ever dwell;

The unruffled mirror of the loveliest dream
That ever left the sky on the deep soul to beam.

THE NIGHT BEFORE THE BATTLE OF

WATERLOO. There was a sound of revelry by night, And Belgium's capital had gather'd then Her Beauty and her Chivalry, and bright The lamps shone o'er fair women and brave men ; A thousand hearts beat happily ; and when Music arose with its voluptuous swell, Soft eyes looked love to eyes which spake again,

And I went merry as a marriage-bell; [knell ! But hush ! hark ! a deep sound strikes like a rising

Did ye not hear it ?-10; 'twas but the wind,
Or the car rattling o'er the stony street;
On with the dance ! let joy be unconfined ;
No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet

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To chase the glowing Hours with flying feet-
But, hark! that heavy sound breaks in once more,
As if the clouds its echo would repeat;

And nearer, clearer, deadlier than before !
Arm! arm ! it is it is the cannon's opening roar!

Within a window'd niche of that high hall
Sate Brunswick's fated chieftain ; he did hear
That sound the first amidst the festival,
And caught its tone with Death's prophetic ear;
And when they smiled because he deemed it near,
His heart more truly knew that peal too well
Which stretched his father on a bloody bier,

And roused the vengeance blood alone could quell : He rushed into the field, and, foremost fighting, fell.

Ah! then and there was hurrying to and fro,
And gathering tears, and tremblings of distress,
And cheeks all pale, which but an hour ago
Blushed at the praise of their own loveliness ;
And there were sudden partings, such as press
The life from out young hearts, and choking sighs
Which ne'er might be repeated; who could guess

If ever more should meet those mutual eyes,
Since upon night so sweet such awful morn could

rise ?

And there was mounting in hot haste : the steed,
The mustering squadron, and the clattering car,
Went pouring forward with impetuous speed,
And swiftly forming in the ranks of war;
And the deep thunder peal on peal afar;
And near, the beat of the alarming drum
Roused up the soldier e'er the morning star ;

While thronged the citizens with terror dumb, Or whispering, with white lips“ The foe! They

come ! they come !" And wild and high the “ Cameron's gathering"

rose ! The war-note of Lochiel, which Albyn's hills Have heard, and heard, too, have her Saxon foes : How in the noon of night that pibroch thrills, Savage and shrill! But with the breath which fills Their mountain-pipe, so fill the mountaineers With the fierce native daring which instils

The stirring memory of a thousand years, And Evan's, Donald's fame rings in each clans-man's

ears ! And Ardennes waves above them her green leaves Dewy with nature's tear-drops, as they pass, Grieving, if aught inanimate e'er grieves, Over the unreturning brave,-alas ! Ere evening, to be trodden like the grass Which now beneath them, but above shall grow In its next verdure, when this fiery mass

Of living valour, rolling on the foe And burning with high hope, shall moulder cold and

low. Last noon beheld them full of lusty life, Last eve in Beauty's circle proudly gay, The midnight brought the signal sound of strife, The morn the marshalling in arnis,--the day Battle's magnificently-stern array ! The thunder-clouds close o'er it, which, when rent, The earth is covered thick with other clay,

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