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“ Enough, enough, my yeoman good,
Thy grief let none gainsay ;
But I, who am of lighter mood,
Will laugh to flee away.
“ For who would trust the seeming sighs
Of wife or paramour ?
Fresh feres will dry the bright blue eyes
We late saw streaming o'er.
For pleasures past I do not grieve,
Nor perils gathering near ;
My greatest grief is that I leave
No thing that claims a tear.
“ And now I'm in the world alone,
Upon the wide, wide séa :
But why should I for others groan,
When none will sigh for me?
Perchance my dog will whine in vain,
Till fed by stranger hands;
But long ere I come back again,
He'd tear me where he stands.
“ With thee, my bark, I'll swiftly go,
Athwart the foaming brine;
Nor care what land thou bear'st me to,
So not again to mine.
Welcome, welcome, ye dark-blue waves !
And when you fail my sight,
Welcome, ye deserts, and ye caves !
My native land-Good night !”
CHORUS OF SPIRITS IN THE AIR. Before the walls of Rome. The assault; the army in
motion, with ladders to scale the walls ; Bourbon, with a white scarf over his armour, foremost.
Tis the morn, but dim and dark.
Whither flies the silent lark ?
Whither shrinks the clouded sun ?
Is the day indeed begun ?
Nature's eye is melancholy
O'er the city high and holy :
But without there is a din
Should arouse the saints within,
And revive the heroic ashes
Round which yellow Tiber dashes.
Oh, ye seven hills ! awaken,
Ere your very base be shaken !
Hearken to the steady stamp !
Mars is in their every tramp!
Not a step is out of tune!
As the tides obey the moon,
On they march, though to self-slaughter,
Regular as rolling water,
Whose high waves o'ersweep the border
Of huge moles, but keep their order,
Breaking only rank by rank.
Hearken to the armour's clank !
Look down o'er each frowning warrior,
How he glares upon the barrier :
Look on each step of each ladder,
As the stripes that streak an adder.
Look upon the bristling wall,
Manned without an interval !
Round and round, and tier on tier,
Cannon's black mouth, shining spear,
Lit match, bell-mouthed musquetoon,
Gaping to be murderous soon.
All the warlike gear of old,
Mixed with what we now behold,
In this strife 'twixt old and new,
Gather like a locusts' crew.
Shade of Remus! 'Tis a time
Awful as thy brother's crime !
Christians war against Christ's shrine :-
Must its lot be like to thine ?
Near--and nearer-nearer still,
As the earthquake saps the hill,
First with trembling hollow motion,
Like a scarce awakened ocean,
Then with stronger shock and louder
Till the rocks are crushed to powder,
Onward sweeps the rolling host !
Heroes of the immortal boast !
Mighty Chiefs ! Eternal shadows !
First flowers of the bloody meadows
Which encompass Rome, the mother
Of a people without brother!
Will you sleep when nations' quarrels
Plough the root up of your laurels ?
Ye who wept o'er Carthage burning,
Weep not-strike! for Rome is mourning * !
* Scipio, the second Africanus, is said to have repeated a verse of Homer, and wept o'er the burning of Carthage. He had better have granted it a capitu. lation.
Onward sweep the varied nations !
Famine long hath dealt their rations.
To the wall, with Hate and Hunger,
Numerous as wolves, and stronger,
On they sweep. Oh! glorious city,
Must thou be a theme for pity!
Fight, like your first sire, each Roman!
Alaric was a gentle foeman,
Matched with Bourbon's black banditti !
Rouse thee, thou eternal City !
Rouse thee! Rather give the torch
With thy own hand to thy porch,
Than behold such hosts pollute
Your worst dwelling with their foot.
Ah! behold yon bleeding Spectre !
Ilion's children find no Hector ;
Priam's offspring loved their brother
Roma's sire forgot his mother,
When he slew his gallant twin,
With inexpiable sin.
See the giant Shadow stride
O’er the ramparts high and wide !
When he first o'erleapt thy wall,
Its foundation mourned thy fall.
Now, though towering like a Babel,
Who to stop his steps are able ?
Stalking o'er thy highest dome
Remus claims his vengeance, Rome !
Now they reach thee in their anger :
Fire, and smoke, and hellish clangor
Are around thee, thou World's Wonder !
Death is in thy walls and under.
Now the meeting steel first clashes ;
Downward then the ladder crashes,
With its iron load all gleaming,
Lying at its foot blaspheming !
Up again! for every warrior
Slain, another climbs the barrier.
Thicker grows the strife: thy ditches
Europe's mingling gore enriches.
Rome! although thy wall may perish,
Such manure thy fields will cherish,
Making gay the harvest-home ;
But thy hearths, alas ! oh, Rome!--
Yet be Rome amidst thine anguish,
Fight as thou wast wont to vanquish!
Yet once more, ye old Penates !
Let not your quenched hearts be Ate's !
Yet again, ye shadowy heroes,
Yield not to these stranger Neros !
Though the son who slew his mother,
Shed Rome's blood, he was your brother :
'Twas the Roman curbed the Roman ;
Brennus was a baffled foeman.
Yet again, ye Saints and Martyrs,
Rise! for yours are holier charters.
Mighty Gods of temples falling,
Yet in ruin still appalling!
Mightier founders of those altars,
True and Christian,-strike the assaulters !
Tyber! Tyber ! let thy torrent
Show even Nature's self-abhorrent.
Let each breathing heart dilated
Turn, as doth the lion baited !
Rome be crushed to one wide tomb,
But be still the Roman's Rome!