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Placed with our backs to bright reality,
But some there are who deem themselves most
free When they within this gross and visible sphere Chain down the winged thought, scoffing ascent, Proud in their meanness: and themselves they
cheat With noisy emptiness of learned phrase, Their subtle fluids, impacts, essences, Self-working tools, uncaused effects, and all Those blind omniscients, those almighty slaves, Untenanting creation of its God.
But properties are God: the naked mass (If mass there be, fantastic guess or ghost,) Acts only by its inactivity. Here we pause humbly. Others boldlier think That as one body seems the aggregate Of atoms numberless, each organized ; So by a strange and dim similitude Infinite myriads of self-conscious minds Are Gäe all-conscious Spirit, which informs With absolute ubiquity of thought (His one eternal self-affirming act !)
All his involved Monads, that yet seem
And what if some rebellious o'er dark realms Arrogate power? yet these train up to God, And on the rude eye, unconfirmed for day, Flash meteor-lights better than total gloom. As ere from Lieule-Oaive's vapoury head The Laplander beholds the far-off sun Dart his slant beam on unobeying snows, While yet the stern and solitary night Brooks no alternate sway, the Boreal Morn With mimic lustre substitutes its gleam, Guiding his course or by Niemi lake Or Balda Zhiok,* or the mossy stone Of Solfar-kapper,f while the snowy blast
* Balda Zhiok; i. e. mons altitudinis, the highest mountain in Lapland.
† Solfar-kapper; capitium Solfar, hic locus omnium quot
Drifts arrowy by, or eddies round his sledge, Making the
poor babe at its mother's back* Scream in its scanty cradle: he the while Wins gentle solace as with upward eye He marks the streamy banners of the North, Thinking himself those happy spirits shall join Who there in floating robes of rosy light Dance sportively. For Fancy is the power That first unsensualizes the dark mind, Giving it new delights; and bids it swell With wild activity ; and peopling air, By obscure fears of beings invisible, Emancipates it from the grosser thrall Of the present impulse, teaching self-control, Till Superstition, with unconscious hand,
quot veterum Lapponum superstitio sacrificiis religiosoque cultui dedicavit, celebratissimus erat, in parte sinus australis situs semimilliaris spatio a mari distans. Ipse locus, quem curiositatis gratia aliquando me invisisse memini, duabus prealtis lapidibus, sibi invicem oppositis, quorum alter inusco circumdatus erat, constabat.-Leemius de Lapponibus.
* The Lapland women carry their infants at their back in a piece of excavated wood, which serves them for å cradle. Opposite to the infant's mouth there is a hole for it to breathe through.—Mirandum prorsus est et vix credibile nisi cui vidisse contigit. Lappones hyeme iter facientes per vastos montes, perque horrida et invia tesqua, eo presertim tempore quo omnia perpetuis nivibus obtecta sunt et nives ventis agitantur et in gyros aguntur, viam ad destinata loca absque errore invenire posse, lactantem autem infantem si quem habeat, ipsa mater in dorso bajulat, in excavato ligno (Gieed’k ipsi vocant) quod pro cunis utuntur: in hoc infans pannis et pellibus convolutus colligatus jacet.—Leemius de Lapponibus.
Seat Reason on her throne. Wherefore not vain,
That shriek, which never murderer heard, and
Or if the Greenland Wizard in strange trance Pierces the untravelled realms of Ocean's bed Over the abysm, even to that uttermost cave By misshaped prodigies beleaguered, such As earth ne'er bred, nor air, nor the upper sea : Where dwells the Fury Form, whose unheard
With eager eye, pale cheek, suspended breath,
* Jaibme Aibmo. † They call the Good Spirit Torngarsuck. The other great
Forces to unchain the foodful progeny
If there be beings of higher class than Man, I deem no nobler province they possess, Than by disposal of apt circumstance To rear up kingdoms : and the deeds they prompt
but malignant spirit is a nameless Female; she dwells under the sea in a great house, where she can detain in captivity all the animals of the ocean by her magic power. When a dearth befalls the Greenlanders, an Angekok or magician must undertake a journey thither. He passes through the kingdom of souls, over a horrible abyss into the Palace of this phantom, and by his enchantments causes the captive creatures to ascend directly to the surface of the ocean.-See Crantz's History of Greenland, vol. i. 206.