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LXXVIII.

LXXXV.
No chemistry for them unfolds her gasses, Laura, who knew it would not do at all
No metaphysics are let loose in lectures,

To meet the daylight after seven hours' sitting No circulating library amasses

Among three thousand people at a ball, Religious novels, moral tales, and strictures To make her curtcay thought it right and fitting Upon the living manners, as they pass us; The Count was at her elbow with her shawl,

No exhibition glares with annual pictures ; And they the room were on the point of quitting, They stare not on the stars from out their attics, When lo! those cursed gondoliers had got Nor deal (thank God for that!) in mathematics. Just in the very place where they should not. LXXIX.

LXXXVI. Why I thank God for that is no great matter,

In this they're like our coachmen, and the cause I have my reasons, you no doubt suppose,

Is much the same—the crowd, and pulling, hauling, And as, perhaps, they would not highly flatter, With blasphemies enough to break their jaws, I'll keep them for my life (to come) in prose;

They make a never intermittent bawling. I fear I have a little turn for satire,

At home, our Bow-street gemmen keep the laws, And yet methinks the older that one grows

And here a sentry stands within your calling;
Inclines us more to laugh than scold, though laughter But for all that, there is a deal of swearing,
Leaves us so doubly serious shortly after.

And nauseous words past mentioning or bearing.
LXXX.

LXXXVII.
Oh, Mirth and Innocence! Oh, Milk and Water !

The Count and Laura found their boat at last, Ye happy mixtures of more happy days !

And homeward floated o'er the silent tide, In these sad centuries of sin and slaughter,

Discussing all the dances gone and past; Abominable Man no more allays

The dancers and their dresses, too, beside; His thirst with such pure beverage. No matter,

Some little scandals eke: but all aghast I love you both, and both shall have my praise :

(As to their palace stairs the rowers glide) Oh, for old Saturn's reign of sugar-candy!

Sate Laura by the side of her Adorer, Meantime I drink to your return in brandy.

When lo! the Mussulman was there before her.

LXXXVIII.
LXXXI.
Our Laura's Turk still kept his eyes upon her,

“Sir," said the Count, with brow exceeding grare, Less in the Mussulman than Christian way,

“Your unexpected presence here will make Which seems to say, “Madam, I do you honor,

It necessary for myself to crave
And while I please to stare, you'll please to stay." I hope it is so; and at once to wave

Its import? But perhaps 'tis a mistake;
Could staring win a woman, this had won her,
But Laura could not thus be led astray;

All compliment, I hope so for your sake;
She had stood fire too long and well, to boggle

You understand my meaning, or you shall." Even at this stranger's most outlandish ogle.

"Str,” (quoth the Turk,) “'tis no mistake at all

LXXXIX.
LXXXII.

“That lady is my wife !Much wonder paints The morning now was on the point of breaking,

The lady's changing cheek, as well it might; A turn of time at which I would advise

But where an Englishwoman sometimes faints,
Ladies who have been dancing, or partaking

Italian females don't do so outright;
In any other kind of exercise,
To make their preparations for forsaking

They only call a little on their saints,

And then come to themselves, almost or quite ; The ball-room ere the sun begins to rise,

Which saves much hartshorn, salts, and sprinkling Because when once the lamps and candles fail,

faces, His blushes make them look a little pale.

And cutting stays, as usual in such cases.
LXXXIII.

XC.
I've seen some balls and revels in my time,

She said,—what could she say? Why not a word; And stayed them over for some silly reason, But the Count courteously invited in And then I look'd (I hope it was no crime)

The stranger, much appeased by what he heard : To see what lady best stood out the season;

“Such things, perhaps, we'd best discuss within," And though I've seen some thousands in their prime, Said he; “ don't let us make ourselves absurd Lovely and pleasing, and who still may please on,

In public, by a scene, nor raise a din, I never saw but one, (the stars withdrawn,) For then the chief and only satisfaction Whose bloom could after dancing dare the dawn.

Will be much quizzing on the whole transaction."
LXXXIV.

XCI.
The pame of this Aurora I'll not mention, They enter'd, and for coffee call'd-it came,

Although I might, for she was nought to me A beverage for Turks and Christians both,
More than that patent work of God's invention, Although the way they make it's not the same.
A charming woman, whom we like to see;

Now Laura, much recover'd, or less loth But writing names would merit reprehension, To speak, cries “ Beppo ! what's your pagan name! Yet if you like to find out this fair she,

Bless me! your beard is of amazing growth! At the next London or Parisian ball

And how came you to keep away so long ? You still may mark her cheek, out-blooming all. 'Are you not sensible 'twas very wrong?

XCII.

XCVI. And are you really truly, now a Turk ? Himself, and much (heaven knows how gotten) eash With any other women did you wive?

He then embark'd with risk of life and limb,
Is 't true they use their fingers for a fork ? And got clear off, although the attempt was rash;

Well, that's the prettiest shawl-as I'm alive! He said that Providence protected him-
You'll give it me? They say you eat no pork. For my part, I say nothing, lest we clash
And how so many years did you contrive

In our opinions: well, the ship was trim,
To-Bless me! did I ever? No, I never

Set sail, and kept her reckoning fairly on, Saw a man grown so yellow! How's your liver ? Except three days of calm when off Cape Bonn. XCIII.

XCVII. * Beppo ! that beard of your's becomes you not; They reach'd the island, he transferr'a his lading,

It shall be shaved before you're a day older: And self and live-stock, to another bottom, Why do you wear it? Oh! I had forgot

And pass'd for a true Turkey merchant, trading Pray don't you think the weather here is colder ? With goods of various names, but I've forgot'em. How do I look? You shan't stir from this spot However, he got off by this evading,

In that queer dress, for fear that some beholder Or else the people would perhaps have shot him;
Should find you out, and make the story known. And thus at Venice landed to reclaim
How short your hair is! Lord! how gray it's grown!” His wife, religion, house, and Christian name.
XCIV.

XCVIII.
What answer Beppo made to these demands His wife received, the patriarch rebaptized him,
Is more than I know. He was cast away

(He made the church a present by the way ;) About where Troy stood once, and nothing stands; He then threw off the garments which disguised him, Became a slave of course, and for his pay

And borrow'd the Count's small-clothes for a day; Had bread and bastinadoes, till some bands His friends the more for his long absence prized him,

Of pirates landing in a neighboring bay, Finding he'd wherewithal to make them gay,
He join'd the rogues and prosper'd, and became With dinners, where he oft became the laugh of them,
A renegado of indifferent fame.

For stories but I don't believe the half of them.

XCV.

XCIX.
But he grew rich, and with his riches grew so Whate'er his youth bad suffer'd, his old age
Keen the desire to see his home again,

With wealth and talking made him some amends;
He thought himself in duty bound to do so, Though Laura sometimes put him in a rage,
And not be always thieving on the main ;

I've heard the Count and he were always friends. Lonely he felt, at times, as Robin Crusoe, My pen is at the bottom of a page,

And so he hired a vessel come from Spain, Which being finish’d, here the story ends;
Bound for Corfu: she was a fine polacca,

'Tis to be wish'd it had been sooner done, Mann'd with twelve hands, and laden with tobacco. But stories somehow lengthen when begun.

NOTES TO BEPPO.

1.

“Cortejo” is pronounced "Corteho," with an aspiLike the lost Pleiad, seen no more below. rate, according to the Arabesque guttural. It meang

Page 189, line 48. what there is as yet no precise name for in England, Quæ septem dici ser tamen esse solent." -OVID. though the practice is as common as in any tramon2.

tane country whatever. His name Giuseppe, called more briefly, Beppo.

4. Page 190, line 24. Beppo is the Joe of the Italian Joseph.

Raphael, echo died in thy embrace. 3.

Page 191, line 19. The Spaniards call the person a “Cortejo.". For the received accounts of the cause of Rapha

Page 191, line 3. Jel's death, see his Lives.

Until a day more dark and drear,
And a more memorable year,
Should give to slaughter and to shame
A mightier host and haughtier name;
A greater wreck, a deeper fall,
A shock to one-a thunderbolt to all.

II. Such was the hazard of the die; The wounded Charles was taught to fly By day and night through field and flood, Stain'd with his own and subjects blood; For thousands fell that flight to aid : And not a voice was heard t' upbraid Ambition in his humbled hour, When truth had nought to dread from power. His horse was slain, and Gieta gave Ilis own—and died the Russians' slave. This too sinks after many a league Of well sustained, but vain fatigue; And in the depth of forests, darkling The watch-fires in the distance sparkling

The beacons of surrounding foesA king must lay his limbs at length.

Are these the laurels and repose For.which the nations strain their strength! They laid him by a savage tree, In outworn nature's agony ; His wounds were stiff-his limbs were starkThe heavy hour was chill and dark ; The fever in his blood forbade A transient slumber's fitful aid, And thus it was; but yet through all, Kinglike the monarch bore his fall, And made, in this extreme of ill, His pangs the vassals of his will ; All silent and subdued were they, As once the nations round him lay.

MAZEPPA.

ADVERTISEMENT.

“Celui qui remplissait alors cette place était un gentilhomme Polonais, nommé Mazeppa, në dans le palatinat de Padolie ; il avait éte élevé page de Jean Casimir, et avait pris à sa cour quelque teinture des belles-lettres. Une intrigue qu'il eut dans sa jeunesse avec la femme d'un gentilhomme Polonais, ayant été découverte, le mari le fit lier tout nu sur un cheval farouche, et le laissà aller en cet état. Le cheval, qui était du pays de l'Ukraine, y retourna, et y porta Mazeppa, demi-mort de fatigue et de faim. Quelques paysans le secoururent: il resta longtems parini eux, et se signala dans plusieurs courses contre les Tartards. La supériorite de ses lumières lui donna une grande considération parmi les Cosaques : sa r patation s'augmentant de jour en jour, obligea le Czar it le faire Prince de l'? mrüine." -VOLTAIRE, Hist. de Charles XII. p. 196.

“Le roi fuyant et poursuivi eut son cheval tué sous lui; le Colonel Gieta, blessé, et perdant tout son sang, lui donna le sien. Ainsi on remit deux fois à cheval, dans la fuite, ce conquérant qui n'avait pu y monter pendant la bataille.”-VOLTAIRE, Hist. de Charles XII. p. 216.

“ Le roi alla par un autre chemin avec quelques cavaliers. Le carrosse, où il était, rompit dans la marche; on le remit à cheval. Pour comble de disgrace, s'égara pendant la nuit dans un bois; là, son courage ne pouvant plus suppl er à ses forces épuissées, les douleurs de sa blessure devenues plus insupportables par la fatigue, son cheval étant tombé de lassitude, il se coucha quelques heures au pied d'un arbre, en danger d'être surpris à tout moment par les vainqucurs qui le cherchaient de tous côtés.”—VOLTAIRE, Iist. de Charles XII.

p. 218.

I. 'Tw49 after dread Pultowa's day,

When fortune left the royal Swede, Around a slaughter'd army lay,

No more to combat and to bleed. The power and glory of the war,

Faithless as their vain votariss, men, Had pass'd to the triumphant Czar,

And Moscow's walls were safe again,

III.
A band of chiefs! alas! how few,

Since but the fleeting of a day
Had thinn'd it; but this wreck was true
And chivalrous: upon the clay
Each sate him down, all sad and mute,

Beside his monarch and his steed, For danger levels man and brute, 1

Anda! are fellows in their need.

Said Sweden's monarch, thou wilt tell
This tale of thine, and I may reap,
Perchance, from this the boon of sleep,
For at this moment from my eyes
The hope of present slumber flies."

Among the rest, Mazeppa made
His pillow in an old oak's shade
Himself as rough, and scarce less old,
The Ukraine's hetman, calm and bold;
But first, outspent with this long course,
The Cossack prince rubb'd down his horse,
And made for him a leafy bed,

And smoothed his fetlocks and his name,

And slack'd his girth, and stripp'd his rein, And joy'd to see how well he fed ; For until now he had the dread His wearied courser might refuse To browse beneath the midnight dews: But he was hardy as his lord, And little cared for bed and board ; But spirited and docile too; Whate'er was to be done, would do. Shaggy and swift, and strong of limb, All Tartar-like he carried him; Obey'd his voice, and came to call, And knew him in the midst of all; Though thousands were around,--and Night, Without a star, pursued her flight,That steed from sunset until dawn His chief would follow like a fawn.

IV.
This done, Mazeppa spread his cloak,
And laid his lance beneath his oak,
Felt if his arms in order good
The long day's march had well withstood-
If still the powder fill'd the pan,

And fints unloosen'd kept their leck-
His sabre's hilt and scabbard felt,
And whether they had chafed his belt-
And next the venerable man,
From out his harresack and can

Prepared and spread his slender stock;
And to the monarch and his men
The whole or portion offer'd them,
With far less of inquietude
Than courtiers at a banquet would.
And Charles of this his slender share
With smiles partook a moment there,
To force of cheer a greater show,
And seem above both wounds and wo;
And then he said Of all our band,
Thongh firm of heart and strong of hand,
In skirmish, march, or forage, none
Can less have said or more have done
Than thee, Mazeppa! On the earth
So fit a pait had never birth,
Since Alexander's days till now,
As thy Bucephalus and thou :
All Scythia's fame to thine should yield
For pricking on o'er flood and field.”
Mazeppa answer'd Ill betide
The school wherein I learn'd to ride!”
Quoth Charles—"Old Hetman, wherefore so,
Since thou hast learn'd the art so well?”
Mazeppa said ""Twere long to tell :
And we have many a league to go,
With every now and then a blow,
And ten to one at least the foe,
Before our steeds may graze at ease
Beyond the swift Borysthenes:
And, sire, your limbs have need of rest,
And I will be the sentinel
Of this your troop."-"But I request,"

"Well, sire, with such a hope, I'll track
My seventy years of memory back:
I think 'twas in my twentieth spring, -
Ay, 'twas,—when Casimir was king-
John Casimir,-I was his page
Six summers, in my earlier age;
A learned monarch, faith! was he,
And most unlike your majesty:
He made no wars, and did not gain
New realms to lose them back again ;
And (save debates in Warsaw's diet)
He reigned in most unseemly quiet;
Not that he had no cares to vex,
He loved the muses and the sex ;
And sometimes these so froward are,
They made him wish himself at war,
But soon his wrath being o'er, he took
Another mistress, or new book:
And then he gave prodigious fêtes--
All Warsaw gather'd round his gates
To gaze upon his splendid court,
And dames, and chiefs, of princely port;
He was the Polish Solomon,
So sung his poets, all but one,
Who, being unpension'd, made a satire,
And boasted that he could not flatter.
It was a court of jousts and mimes,
Where every courtier tried at rhymes ;
Even I for once produced some verses,
And sign'd my odes Despairing Thirsis.
There was a certain Palatine,

A count of far and high descent,
Rich as a salt or silver mine;
And he was proud ye inay divine,

As if from heaven he had been sent;
He had such wealth in blood and ore

As few could match beneath the throne;
And he would gaze upon his store,
And o'er his pedigree would pore,
Until by some confusion led,
Which almost look'd like want of head,

He thought their merits were his own.
His wife was not of his opinion-

His junior she by thirty yearsGrew daily tired of his dominion;

And, after wishes, hopes, and fears,

To virtue a few farewell tears, A restless dream or two, some glances At Warsaw's youth, some songs, and dances, Awaited but the usual chances, Those happy accidents which render The coldest dames so very tender, To deck her Count with titles given, "Tis said, as passports into heaven; But, strange to say, they rarely boast Of these who have deserved them most.

V. “I was a goodly stripling then;

At seventy years I so may say,

• This comparison of a "salt mine" may perhaps be admitted to a Pale w the wealth of the

consists greatly in the salt núna.

That there were few, or boys or men,

I long'd, and was resolved to speak, Who, in my dawning time of day,

But on my lips they died again, Of vassal or of knight's degree,

The accents tremulous and weak, Could vie in vanities with me;

Until one hour. There is a game, For I had strength, youth, gayety,

A frivolous and foolish play, A port, not like to this ye see,

Wherewith we while away the day; But smooth, as all is rugged now:

It is—I have forgot the name For time, and care, and war, have plough'd And to this, it seems, were set, My very soul from out my brow;

By some strange chance, which I forget. And thus I should be disavow'd

I reck'd not if I won or lost, By all my kind and kin, could they

It was enough for me to be Compare my day and yesterday;

So near to hear, and oh! to see This change was wrought, too, long ere age The being whom I loved the most.Had ta'en my features for his page :

I watch'd her as a sentinel, With years ye know, have not declined

(May ours this dark night watch as well!) My strength, my courage, or my mind,

Until I saw, and thus it was, Or at this hour I should not be

That she was pensive, nor perceived Telling old tales beneath a tree,

Her occupation, nor was grieved With starless skies my canopy.

Nor glad to lose or gain ; but still But let me on: Theresa's form

Play'd on for hours, as if her will Methinks it glides before me now,

Yet bound her to the place, though not Between me and yon chestnut's bough,

That hers might be the winning lot. The memory is so quick and warm;

Then through my brain the thought did pass, And yet I find no words to tell

Even as a flash of lightning there, The shape of her I loved so well:

That there was something in her air She had the Asiatic eye,

Which would not doom me to despair ; Such as our Turkish neighborhood

And on the thought my words broke forth. Hath mingled with our Polish blood,

All incoherent as they were Dark as above us is the sky;

Their eloquence was little worth, But through it stole a tender light,

But yet she listened—'tis enough Like the first moonrise of midnight;

Who listens once will listen twice; Large, dark, and swimming in the stream,

Her heart, be sure, is not of ice,
Which seem'd to melt to its own beam;

And one refusal no rebuff.
All love, half languor, and half fire,
Like saints that at the stake expire,

VII.
And lift their raptured looks on high,

“I loved, and was beloved againAs though it were a joy to die.

They tell me, Sire, you never knew A brow like a midsummer lake,

Those gentle frailtics; if 'tis true, Transparent with the sun therein,

I shorten all my joy or pain ; When waves no murmur dare to make,

To you 'twould seem absurd as vain; And heaven beholds her face within.

But all men are not born to reign, A cheek and lip--but why proceed ?

Or o'er their passions, or as you I loved her then--I love her still;

Thus o'er themselves and nations too. And such as I am, love indeed

I am-or rather was-a prince, In fierce extremes-in good and ill.

A chief of thousands, and could lead But still we love even in our rage,

Them on where each would foremost bleed And haunted to our very age

But could not o'er myself evince With the vain shadow of the past,

The like control-But to resume:
As is Mazeppa to the last.

I loved, and was beloved again ;
In sooth, it is a happy doom,

But yet where happiest ends in pain.-
VI.

We met in secret, and the hour " We met-we gazed-I saw, and sigh'd,

Which led me to that lady's bower She did not speak, and yet replied ;

Was fiery Expectation's dower. There are ten thousand tones and signs

My days and nights were nothing-all We hear and sce, but none defines

Except that hour, which doth recall,
Involuntary sparks of thought,

In the long lapse from youth to age,
Which strike from out the heart o'erwrought, No other like itself-I'd give
And form a strange intelligence,

The Ukraine back again to live
Alike mysterious and intense,

It o'er once more-and be a page, Which link the burning chain that binds,

The happy page, who was the lord Without their will, young hearts and minds ; Of one soft heart, and his own sword, Conveying, as the electric wire,

And had no other gem nor wealth We know not how, the absorbing fire.

Save nature's gift of youth and health.I saw, and sigh'd-in silence wept,

We met in secret-doubly sweet, And still reluctant distance kept,

Some say, they find it so to meet; Until I was made known to her,

I know not that-I would have given And we might then and there confer

My life but to have call'd her mine Without suspicion—then, even then,

In the full view of earth and heaven;

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