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And when thou wouldst solace gather,

When our child's first accents flow,
Wilt thou teach her to say « Father!"

Though his care she must forego!
When her little hands shall press theo,

When her lip to thine is press'd,
Think of him whose prayer shall bless thee,

Think of him thy love had bless'd!
Should her lineaments resemble

Those thou never more mayst see,
Then thy heart will softly tremble

With a pulse yet true to me.
All my faults perchance thou knowesta

All my madness none can know ;
All my hopes, where'er thou goest,

Whither, yet with thee they go.
Every feeling hath been shaken ;

Pride, which not a world could bow,
Bows to thee—by thee forsaken,

Even my soul forsakes me now:
But 'tis done all words are idle-

Words from me are vainer still ;
But the thoughts we cannot bridle

Force their way without the will.
Fare thee well !-thus disunited,

Torn from every nearer tie.
Sear'd in heart, and lone, and blighted,
More than this I scarce can die.

March 17, 1930

A SKETCH.
" Honest-honest Iago !
If that thou be'st a devil, I cannot kill thee."

SHAKSPEARE.
Born in the garret, in the kitchen bred,
Promoted thence to deck her mistress' head;
Next for some gracious service unexpress'd,
And from its wages only to be guess'd-
Raised from the toilette to the table,-where
Her wondering betters wait behind her chair.
With eye unmoved, and forehead unabash’d,
She dines from off the plate she lately wash'de
Quick with the tale, and ready with the lic-
The genial confidante, and general spy-
Who could, ye gods ! her next employment gue mas
An only infant's earliest governess!
She taught the child to read, and taught so well,
That she herself by teaching, learn'd to spell.

An adept next in penmanship she grows,
As many a nameless slander deftly shows :
What she had made the pupil of her art,
None know—but that high Soul secured the heart,
And panted for the truth it could not hear,
With longing breast and undeluded ear.
Foil'd was perversion by that youthful mind,
Which Flattery fool'd not-Baseness could not blind,
Deceit infect not-near Contagion soii-
Indulgence weaken-nor Example spoil-.
Nor master'd Science tempt her to look down
On humbler talents with a pitying frown-
Nor Genius swell—nor Beauty render vain-
Nor Envy ruffle to retaliate pain-
Nor Fortune change—Pride raise-nor Passion bow,
Nor Virtue teach austerity-till now.
Serenely purest of her sex that live,
But wanting one sweet weakness-to forgive,
Too shock'd at faults her soul can never know,
She deems that all could be like her below :
Foe to all vice, yet hardly Virtue's friend,
For virtue pardons those she would amend.

But to the theme :-now laid aside too long, The baleful burthen of this honest songThough all her former functions are no more, She rules the circle which she served before. If mothers—none know why—before her quake; If đaughters dread her for the mothers' sake; If early habits—those false links, which bind At times the loftiest to the meanest mindHave given her power too deeply to instil The angry essence of her deadly will ; If like a snake she steal within your walls, Till the black slime betray her as she crawls ; If like a viper to the heart she wind, And leave the venom there she did not find ; What marvel that this hag of hatred works Eternal evil latent as she lurks, To make a Pandemonium where she dwells, And reign the Hecate of domestic hells? Skill'd by a touch to deepen scandal's tints With all the kind mendacity of hints, Whilemingling truth with falsehood-sneers with smiles A thread of candour with a web of wiles ; A plain blunt show of briefly-spoken seeming, To hide her bloodless heart's soul-harden'd scheming; A lip of lies—a face form’d to conceal; And, without feeling, mock at all who feel : With a vile mask the Gorgon would disown; A cheek of parchment-and an eye of stone. Mark, how the channels of her yellow blood Ooze to her skin, and stagnate thero to mud.

Cased like the centipede in saffron mail,
Or darker greenness of the scorpion's scalo
(For drawn from reptiles only may we trace
Congenial colours in that soul or face)
Look on her features! and behold her mind
As in a mirror of itself defined :
Look on the picture! deem it not o'ercharged
There is no trait which might not be enlarged:
Yet true to “Nature's journeymen," who mado
This monster when their mistress left off trade-
This female dog-star of her little sky,
Where all beneath her influence droop or die.

Oh! wretch without a tear-without a thought,
Sare joy above the ruin thou hast wrought-
The time shall come, nor long remote, when thou
Shalt feel far more than thou ipflictest now;
Feel for thy vile self-loving self in vain,
And turn thee howling in unpitied

pain.
May the strong curse of crush'd affections light
Back on thy bosom with reflected blight!
And make thee in thy leprosy of mind
As lonthsome to thyself as to mankind !
Till all thy self-thoughts curdle into hate,
Black-as thy will for others would create :
Till thy hard heart be calcined into dust,
And thy soul welter in its hideous crust.
Oh, may thy grave be sleepless as the bed,
Thé widow'd couch of fire, that thou hast spread !
Then, when thou fain wouldst weary Heaven with prayer,
Look on thine earthly victims-and despair !
Down to the dust !-and, as thou rott'st away,
Even worms shall perish on thy poisonous clay.
But for the love I bore, and still must bear,
To her thy malice from all ties would tear-
Thy namethy human name to every eye
The climax of all scorn would hang on high,
Exalted o'er thy less abhorr'd compeers-
And festering in the infamy of years.

March 29, 1823.

STANZAS TO AUGUSTA.

WHEN all around grew drear and dark,

And reason half withheld her rayAnd

hope but shed a dying spark Which more misled my lonely way; In that deep midnight of the mind,

And that internal strife of heart, When dreading to be deem'd too kind,

The weak despair-the cold depart ;

When fortune changed-and love fled far,

And hatred's shafts flew thick and fast, Thou wert the solitary star

Which rose, and set not to the last. Oh! blest be thine unbroken light!

That watch'd me as a seraph's eye, And stood between me and the night,

For ever shining sweetly nigh. And when the cloud upon us came,

Which strove to blacken o'er thy rayThen purer spread its gentle flame,

And dash'd the darkness all away. Still may thy spirit dwell on mine,

And teach it what to brave or brook -There's more in one soft word of thine

Than in the world's defied rebuke. Thou stood'st, as stands a lovely tree,

That still unbroke, though gently bent, Still waves with fond fidelity

Its boughs above a monument. The winds might rend—the skies might pouz,

But there thou wert-and still wouldst bo Devoted in the stormiest hour

To shed thy weeping leaves o'er me. But thou and thine shall know no blight,

Whatever fate on me may fall; For Heaven in sunshine will requite

The kind-and thee the most of all. Then let the ties of baffled love

Be broken-thine will never break; Thy heart can feel—but will not move ;

Thy soul, though soft, will never shake. And these, when all was lost beside,

Were found, and still are fix'd in thco ;And bearing still a breast so tried,

Earth is no desert-ev'n to me.

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THE PRISONER OF CHILLON.

ADVERTISEMENT. When this poem was composed, I was not sufficiently aware of the history of Bonnivard, or I should have endeavoured to dignify the subject by an attempt to celebrate his courage and his virtues. Some account of his life will be found below, furnished me by the kindness of a citizen of that republic, which is still proud of the memory of a man worthy of the best age of ancient freedom:

François de Bonnivard, son of Louis de Bonnivard, a native of Seysel, and Seigneur of Lunes, was born in 1496; he was educated at Turin. In 1510 his uncle, Jean-Reiné de Bonnivard, resigned to him the Priory of Saint-Victor, which adjoins the walls of Geneva, and which was a considerable living

This great man-Bonnivard is deserving of this title from his greatness of soul, the uprightness of his heart, the nobility of his intentions, the wisdom of his counsels, the courage of his actions, the extent of his learning, and the brilliancy of his wit—this great man, who will ever excite the admiration of all those whom an heroic virtue can move, will always inspire the most lively gratitude in the hearts of those Genoese who love Geneva. Bonnivard was always one of its firmest supports; to protect the liberty of our republic, he never feared to lose his own; he forgot his ease, he despised his wealth; he neglected nothing to render certain the happiness of the country that he dignified by his adoption ; from that moment he loved it as the most zealous of its citizens, he served it with the intrepidity of a hero, and he wrote its history with the simpli. city of a philosopher, and the ardour of a patriot.

He says in the commencement of his “ History of Geneva," that, “ As soon as he commenced to read the histories of nations, he felt himself carried way by his love for republics, the interest of which he always advocated.” It was, doubtless, this very love of liberty, that made him adopt Geneva as his country.

ard while yet young, boldly stood forward as the defender of Geneva, against the Duke of Savoy and the Bishop.

In 1519, Bonnivard became the martyr of his country; the Duke of Savoy having entered Geneva with five hundred men, Bonnivard feared the resentment of the Duke; he wished to return to Flabourg to avoid the consequences; but he was betrayed by two men who accompanied him, and conducted by order of the prince to Grolée, where for two years he remained a prisoner.

Bonnivard was unfortunate in his travels. As his misfortunes had not slackened his zeal for Geneva, he was always a redoubtable enemy to those who threatened it, and accordingly was likely to be exposed to their violence. He was met in 1530 on the Jura, by thieves, who stripped him of everything, and placed him again in the hands of the Duke of Savoy. This prince caused him to be confined in the Château of Chillon, where he remained without being submitted to any interrogatory, until 1536; he was then delivered by the Bernois, who took possession of the Pays de Vaud.

Bonnivard, on leaving his captivity, had the pleasure of finding Geneva free and reformed. The Republic hastened to testify its gratitude to him.

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