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Fct I did oft and long repine

The last of human sounds which rose, Chat we could only meet by stealth.

As I was darted from my foes,

Was the wild shout of savage laughter, VIII.

Which on the wind came roaring after • For lovers there are many eyes,

A moment from that rabble rout: And such there were on us;-the devil

With sudden wrath I wrenched my head, On such occasions should be civil

And snapp'd the cord, which to the mane The devil !—I'm loth to do him wrong,

Had bound my neck in lieu of rein, It might be some untoward saint,

And, writhing half my form about, Who would not be at rest too long,

Howl'd back my curse ; but 'midst the tread, But to his pious bile gave vent

The thunder of my courser's speed, But one fair night, some lurking spies

Perchance they did not hear nor heed :
Surprised and seized us both.

It vexes me-for I would fain
The Count was something more than wroth: Have paid their insult back again.
I was unarm'd; but if in steel,

I paid it well in after days :
All cap-à-pie from head to heel,

There is not of that castle gate, What 'gainst their numbers could I do?- Its drawbridge and portcullis' weight, 'Twas near his castle, far away

Stone, bar, moat, bridge, or barrier left; From city or from succor near,

Nor of its fields a blade of grass, And almost on the break of day;

Save what grows on a ridge of wall, I did not think to see another,

Where stood the hearth-stone of the hall; My moments seem'd reduced to few;

And many a time ye there might pass, And with one prayer to Mary Mother,

Nor dream that e'er that fortress was : And, it may be, a saint or two,

I saw its turrets in a blaze, As I resign'd me to my fate,

Their crackling battlements all cleft, They led me to the castle gate : 1

And the hot lead pour down like rain Theresa's doom I never knew,

From off the scorch'd and blackening roof, Our lot was henceforth separate.

Whose thickness was not vengeance-proof. An angry man, ye may opine,

They little thought that day of pain, Was he, the proud Count Palatine;

When launch'd, as on the lightning's flash, And he had reason good to be,

They bade me to destruction dash, But he was most enraged lest such

That one day I should come again, An accident should chance to touch

With twice five thousand horse, to thank Upon his future pedigree;

The Count for his uncourteous ride. Nor less amazed, that such a blot

They play'd me then a bitter prank, His noble 'scutcheon should have got,

When, with the wild horse for my guide While he was highest of his line;

They bound me to his foaming flank: Because unto himself he seem'd

At length I play'd them one as frankThe first of men, nor less he deem'd

For time at last sets all things erenIn others' eyes, and most in mine.

| And if we do but watch the hour, 'Sdeath! with a page-perchance a king

There never yet was human power Had reconciled him to the thing;

Which could evade, if unforgiven, But with a stripling of a page

The patient search and vigil long
I felt-but cannot paint his rage.

Of him who treasures up a wrong.
IX.

XI.
**Bring forth the horse !'--the horse was brought; " Away, away, my steed and I,
In truth, he was a noble steed,

Upon the pinions of the wind, A Tartar of the Ukraine breedy

All human dwellings left behind; Who look'd as though the speed of thought We sped like meteors through the sky, Were in his limbs; but he was wild,

When with its crackling sound the night Wild as the wild deer, and untaught,

I checker'd with the northern light: With spur and bridle undefiled

Town--village none were on our track, 'Twas but a day he had been caught;

But a wild plain of far extent, And snorting, with erected mane,

And bounded by a forest black; And struggling fiercely, but in vain,

And, save the scarce seen battlement In the full foam of wrath and dread

On distant heights of some strong hold, To me the desert-born was led ;

Against the Tartar's built of old, They bound me on, that menial throng,

No trace of man,--the year before Upon his back with many a thong;

A Turkish army had march'd o'er ; Then losed him with a sudden lash

And where the Spahi's hoof bath trod Away l-away!—and on we dash!

The verdure flies the bloody sod :Torrents less rapid and less rash.

The sky was dull, and dim, and gray,

And a low breeze crept moaning by

I could have answer'd with a sigh" Away!-away!--my breath was gone

But fast we fled, away, awayI saw not where he hurried on:

And I could neither sigh nor pray; 'Twas scarcely yet the break of day,

And my cold sweat-drops fell like rain And on he foam'd-away !-away

Upon the courser's bristling mane:

X.

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But, snorting still with rage and fear,

Which whelms the peasant near the door He flew upon his far career ;

Whose threshold he shall cross no more, At times I almost thought, indeed,

Bewilder'd with the dazzling blast, He must have slacken'd in his speed;

Than through the forest-paths he past But no—my bound and slender frame

Untired, untamed, and worse than wild ; Was nothing to his angry might,

All furious as a favor'd child And merely like a spur became :

Balk'd of its wish; or fiercer still-
Each motion which I made to free

A woman piqued—who has her will.
My swoln limbs from their agony
Increased his fury and affright:

XIII.
I tried my voice,-'twas faint and low,

The wood was past; 'twas laore than noon, But yet he swerved as from a blow:

But chill the air, although in June: And, starting to each accent, sprang

Or it might be my veins ran coldAs from a sudden trumpet's clang :

Prolong'd endurance tames the bold; Meantime my cords were wet with gore,

And I was then not what I seem, Which, oozing through my limbs, ran o'er ; But headlong as a wintry stream, And in my tongue the thirst became

And wore my feelings out before A something fierier far than flame.

I well could count their causes o'er;

And what with fury, fear, and wrath,
XII.

The tortures which beset my path,
“ We near'd the wild wood-'twas so wide, Cold, hunger, sorrow, shame, distress,
I saw no bounds on either side ;

Thus bound in nature's nakedness; 'Twas studded with old sturdy trees,

Sprung from a race whose rising blood That bent not to the roughest breeze

When stirr'd beyond its calmer mood, Which howls down from Siberia's waste,

And trodderi hard upon, is like And strips the forest in its haste,

The rattlesnake's, in act to strike, But these were few, and far between,

What marvel if this worn-out trunk Set thick with shrubs more young and green, Beneath its woes a moment sunk? Luxuriant with their annual leaves,

The earth gave way, the skies roll'd round, Ere strown by those autumnal eves

I seem'd to sink upon the

ground That nip the forest's foliage dead,

But err’d, for I was fastly bound. Discolor'd with a lifeless red,

My heart turn'd sick, my brain grew sore, Which stands thereon like stiffen'd gore

And throbb'd awhile, then beat no more: Upon the slain when battle's o'er,

The skies spun like a mighty wheel; And some long winter's night hath shed

I saw the trecs like drunkards reel, Its frost o'er every tombless head,

And a slight flash sprang o'er my eyes, So cold and stark the raven's beak

Which saw no farther: he who dies May peck unpicrced each frozen cheek;

Can die no more than then I died. 'Twas a wild waste of underwood,

O'ertortured by that ghastly ride, And here and there a chestnut stood,

I felt the blackness come and go, The strong oak, and the hardy pine !

And strove to wake; but could not make But far apartmand well it were,

My senses climb up from below: Or else a different lot were mine

I felt as on a plank at sea, The boughs ga,e way, and did not tear

When all the waves that dash o'er thee, My limbs; and I found strength to bear

At the sa ne time upheave and whelm, My wounds, already scarr'd with cold

And hurl chce towards a desert realm. My bonds forbade to loose my hold.

My undulating life was as We rustled through the leaves like wind,

The fancied lights that flitting pass Left shrubs, and trees, and wolves behind; Our shut eyes in deep midnight, when By night I heard them on the track,

Fever begins upon the brain; Their troop came hard upon our back,

But soon it pass’d, with little pain, With their long gallop, which can tire

But a confusion worse than such: The hound's deep hate, and hunter's fire:

I own that I should deem it much, Where'er we flew they follow'd on,

Dying, to feel the same again ; Nor left us with the morning sun;

And yet I do suppose we must Behind I saw them, scarce a rood,

Feel far more ere we turn to dust:
At day-break winding through the wood,

No matter; I have bared my brow
And through the night had heard their feet Full in death's face-before-and now.
Their stealing, rustling step repeat.
Oh! how I wish'd for spear or sword,

XIV.
At least to die amidst the horde,

“My thoughts came back; where was I? Coll And perish-if it must be 80

And numb, and giddy: pulse by pulse At bay, destroying many a foe.

Life reassumed its lingering hold, When first my courser's race begun,

And throb by throb : till grown a pang I wish'd the goal already won;

Which for a moment would convulse, But now I doubted strength and speed.

My blood reflow'd, though thick and chill; Vain doubt! his swift and savage breed

My ear with uncouth noises rang, Had nerved him like the mountain-roe;

My heart began once more to thrill; Nor faster falls the blinding snow

My sight return'd, though dim; alas!

The dizzy race seem'd almost done,
Although no goal was nearly won:
Some streaks announced the coming sun-

How slow, alas! he came!
Methought that mist of dawning gray
Would never dapple into day;
How heavily it roll'd away

Before the eastern flame
Rose crimson, and deposed the stars,
And call’d the radiance from their cars,
And fill'd the earth from his deep throne,
With lonely lustre, all his own.

XVII.
“Up rose the sun; the mists were curl'd
Back from the solitary world
Which lay around-behind-before;
What booted it to traverse o'er
Plain, forest, river! Man nor brute,
Nor dint of hoof, nor print of foot,
Lay in the wild luxuriant soil ;
No sign of travel--none of toil;
The very air was mute;
And not an insect's shrill small horn,
Nor matin bird's new voice was borne
From herb nor thicket. Many a werst,
Panting as if his heart would burst,
The weary brute still stagger'd on;
And still we were-or seem'd-alone:
At length, while reeling on our way,
Methought I heard a courser neigh,
From out yon tuft of blackening firs.
Is it the wind those branches stirs ?
No, no! from out the forest prance

A trampling troop; I see them come!
In one vast squadron they advance!

I strovo to cry--my lips were dumb.
The steeds rush on in plunging pride ;
But where are they the reins to guide ?
A thousand horse--and none to ride!
With flowing tail, and flying mane,
Wide nostrils-never stretch'd by pain,
Mouths bloodless to the bit or rein,
And feet that iron never shod,
And flanks unscarr'd by spur or rod,
A thousand horse, the wild, the free,
Like wares that follow o'er the sea,

Came thickly thundering on,
As if our faint approach to meet;
The sight renerved my courser's feet,
A moment staggering, feebly fleet,
A moment, with a faint low neigh,

He answer'd, and then fell;
With gasps and glazing eyes he lay,
And reeking limbs immoveable,

His first and last career is done!
On came the troop—they saw him stoop,

They saw me strangely bound along

His back with many a bloody thong;
They stop—they start--they snuff the air,
Gallop a moment here and there,
Approach, retire, wheel round and round,
Then plunging back with sudden bound,
Headed by one black mighty steed,
Who seem'd the patriarch of his breed,

Without a single speck or hair
Of white upon his shaggy hide;
They snort-they foam-neigh--swerve aside,

And thicken'd, as it were, with glass.
Methought the dash of waves was nigh;
There was a gleam too of the sky,
Studded with stars ;-it is no dream;
The wild horse swims the wilder stream!
The bright broad river's gushing tide .
Sweeps, winding onward, far and wide,
And we are half-way, struggling o'er
To yon unknown and silent shore.
The waters broke my hollow trance,
And with a temporary strength

My stiffen'd limbs were rebaptized.
My courser's broad breast proudly braves,
And dashes off the ascending waves,
And onward we advance !
We reach the slippery shore at length,

A haven I but little prized,
For all behind was dark and drear,
And all before was night and fear.
How many hours of night or day
In those suspended pangs I lay,
I could not tell ; I scarcely knew
If this were human breath I drew.

xv. "With glossy skin, and dripping mane,

And reeling limbs, and reeking flank, The wild steed's sinewy nerves still strain

Up the repelling bank.
We gain the top: a boundless plain
Spreads through the shadow of the night,

And onward, onward, onward, seems,
Like precipices in our dreams,
To stretch beyond the sight;
And here and there a speck of white,

Or scatter'd spot of dusky green,
In masses broke into the light,
As rose the moon upon my right.

But nought distinctly seen
In the dim waste would indicate
The onen of a cottage gate;
No twinkling taper from afar
Stood like a hospitable star;
Not even an ignis fatuus rose
To make him merry with my woes :
That very cheat had cheer'd me then !
Although detected, welcome still,
Reminding me, through every ill,
Of the abodes of men.

XVI.
"Onward we went-but slack and slow;
His savage force at length o'erspent,
The drooping courser, faint and low,

All feebly foaming went.
A sickly infant had had power
To guide him forward in that hour;

But useless all to me.
His new-born tameness nought availd,
My limbs were bound; my force had failid,
Perchance, had they been free.
With feeble effort still I tried
Co rend the bonds so starkly tied

But still it was in vain;
My limbs were only wrung the more,
And soon the idle strife gave o'er,
Which but prolong'd their pain.

And backward to the forest fly,

He flew, and perch'd, then flew once more, By instinct, from a human eye.

And each time nearer than before; They left me there, to my despair,

I saw his wing through twilight flit, Link'd to the dead and stiffening wretch,

And once so near me he alit Whose lifeless limbs beneath me stretch,

I could have smote, but lack'd the strength; Relieved from that unwonted weight,

But the slight motion of my hand, From whence I could not extricate

And feeble scratching of the sand, Nor him nor me-and there we lay,

The exerted throat's faint struggling noise The dying on the dead !

Which scarcely could be called a voice, I little deem'd another day

Together scared him off at length. Would see my houseless, helpless head. I know no more-my latest dream

Is something of a lovely star “ And there from morn till twilight bound,

Which fix'd my dull eyes from afar, I felt the heavy hours toil round,

And went and came with wandering beam, With just enough of life to see

And of the cold, dull, swimming, dense My last of suns go down on me,

Sensation of recurring sense, In hopeless certainty of mind,

And then subsiding back to death, That makes us feel at length resign'd

And then again a little breath, To that which our foreboding years

A little thrill, a short suspense, Presents the worst and last of fears

An icy sickness curdling o'er Inevitable-even a boon,

My heart, and sparks that cross'd my brain Nor more unkind for coming soon ;

A gasp, a throb, a start of pain,
Yet shunn'd and dreaded with such care,

A sigh, and nothing more.
As if it only were a snare
That prudence might escape:

XIX.
At times both wish'd for and implored,

“I woke-Where was I-Do I see? At times sought with self-pointed sword,

A human face look down on me? Yet still a dark and hideous close

And doth a roof above me close ? To even intolerable woes,

Do these limbs on a couch repose ? And welcome in no shape.

Is this a chamber where I lie ? And, strange to say, the sons of pleasure, And is it mortal yon bright eye, They who have revell’d beyond measure

That watches me with gentle glance ? In beauty, wassail, wine, and treasure,

I closed my own again once more, Die calm, or calmer, oft than he

As doubtful that the former trance Whose heritage was misery :

Could not as yet be o'er. For he who hath in turn run through

A slender girl, long-hair'd, and tall, All that was beautiful and new,

Sate watching by the cottage wall; Hath nought to hope, and nought to leave; The sparkle of her eye I canght, And, save the future, (which is view'd

Even with my first return of thought, Not quite as men are base or good,

For ever and anon she threw But as their nerves may be endued,)

A prying, pitying glance on me With nought perhaps to grieve :

With her black eyes so wild and free: The wretch still hopes his woes must end,

I gazed, and gazed, until I knew And Death, whom he should deem his friend,

No vision it could be,Appears, to his distemper'd eyes,

But that I lived, and was released Arrived to rob him of his prize,

From adding to the vulture's feast: The tree of his new paradise.

And when the Cossack maid beheld To-morrow would have given him all,

My heavy eyes at length unsealed, Repaid his pangs, repair'd his fall;

She smiled-and I essay'd to speak, To-morrow would have been the first

But fail'd-and she approach'd, and made Of days no more deplored or curst,

With lip and finger signs that said, But bright, and long, and beckoning years, I must not strive as yet to break Seen dazzling through the mist of tears,

The silence, till my strength should be Guerdon of many a painful hour ;

Enough to leave my accents free; To.morrow would have given him power

And then her hand on mine she laid, To rule, to shine, to smite, to save

And smooth'd the pillow for my head, And must it dawn upon his grave?

And stole along on tiptoe tread,

And gently oped the door, and spake
XVIII.

In whispers-ne'er was voice so sweet! “The sun was sinking-still I lay

Even music follow'd her light fect ;Chain'd to the chill and stiffening steed,

But those she call'd were not awake, I thought to mingle there our clay ;

And she went forth; but, ere she pass'd, And my dim eyes of death had need,

Another look on me she cast, No hope arose of being freed:

Another sign she made, to say, I oast my last looks up the sky,

That I had nought to fear, that all And there between me and the sun

Were near, at my command or call,
I saw the expecting raven fly,

And she would not delay
Who scarce could wait till both should die, Her due return :--while she was gone,
Ere his repast begun;

Methought I felt too much alone.

XX.

To-morrow the Borysthenes • She came with mother and with sire

May see our coursers graze at ease What need of more ?-I will not tire

Upon his Turkish bank,--and never With long recital of the rest,

Had I such welcome for a river Since I became the Cossack's guest;

As I shall yield when safely there. They found me senseless on the plain

Comrades, good night!”–The Hetman threw They bore me to the nearest hut

His length beneath the oak-tree shade, They brought me into life again

With leafy couch already made, Me-one day o'er their realm to reign!

A bed nor comfortless nor new Thus the rain fool who strove to glut

To him, who took his rest whene'er His rage, refining on my pain,

The hour arrived, no matter where: Sent me forth to the wilderness,

His eyes the hastening slumbers steep, Bound, naked, bleeding, and alone,

And if ye marvel Charles forgot To pass the desert to a throne,

To thank his tale, he wondered not,What mortal his own doom may guess?

The king had been an hour asleep Let none despond, let none despair !

THE ISLAND;

OR,

CHRISTIAN AND HIS COMRADES.

ADVERTISEMENT.

The sail resumed its lately shadow'd white,

And the wind flutter'd with a freshening flight; The foundation of the following story will be The purpling ocean owns the coming sun, found partly in the account of the mutiny of the But ere he break-a deed is to be done. Bounty in the South Seas, (in 1789,) and partly in "Mariner's account of the Tonga Islands.

II.
The gallant chief within his cabin slept,
Secure in those by whom the watch was kept:

His dreams were of Old England's welcome shore,
CANTO I.

Of toils rewarded, and of dangers o'er;

His name was added to the glorious roll
I.

Of those who search the storm-surrounded Pole.
The morning watch was come; the vessel lay The worst was over, and the rest seem'd sure,
Her course, and gently made her liquid way; And why should not his slumber be secure?
The cloven billow flash'd from off her prow Alas! his deck was trod by unwilling feet,
In furrows form'd by that majestic plough ;

And wilder hands would hold the vessel's sheet; The waters with their world were all before. Young hearts, which languish'd for some sunny isle, Behind, the South Sea's many an islet shore. Where summer years and summer women smile; The quiet night, now dappling, 'gan to wane,

Men without country, who, too long estranged, Dividing darkness from the dawning main ; Had found no native home, or found it changed, The dolphins, not unconscious of the day, And, half uncivilized, preferr'd the cave as eager of the coming ray;

Of some soft savage to the uncertain wave The stars from broader beams began to creep, The gushing fruits that nature gave untill'd; And lift their shining eyelids from the deep; The wood without a path but where they willid;

Swam high,

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