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Though the red sun for hours hath burn'd,

And now, in his mid course, hath met The peak of that eternal pile

He pauses still at noon to bless,
Standing beneath his downward smile,

Like a great Spirit, shadowless !
Nor yet she comes — - while here, alone,

Saunt'ring through this death-peopled place,
Where no heart beats except my own,
Or 'neath a palm-tree's shelter thrown,

By turns I watch, and rest, and trace
These lines, that are to waft to thee
My last night's wondrous history.

There standing, beautiful, alone,

With nought to guard her, but her charms. Yet did I, then - did even a breath

From my parch'd lips, too parch'd to move, Disturb a scene where thus, beneath Earth's silent covering, Youth and Death

Held converse through undying love? No-smile and taunt me as thou wilt

Though but to gaze thus was delight, Yet seem'd it like a wrong, a guilt,

To win by stealth so pure a sight: And rather than a look profane

Should then have met those thoughtful eyes, Or voice or whisper broke the chain

That link'd her spirit with the skies, I would have gladly, in that place, From which I watch'd her heavenward face, Let my heart break, without one beat That could disturb a prayer so sweet. Gently, as if on every tread,

My life, my more than life, depended, Back through the corridor that led

To this blest scene I now ascended, And with slow seeking, and some pain, And many a winding tried in vain, Emerg'd to upper air again.

Dost thou member, in that Isle

Of our own Sea, where thou and I Linger'd so long, so happy a while,

'Till all the summer flowers went by How gay it was, when sunset brought

To the cool Well our favourite maids Some we had won, and some we sought

To dance within the fragrant shades, And, till the stars went down attune Their Fountain Hymns to the young moon ?

The sun had freshly risen, and down

The marble hills of Araby,
Scatter'd, as from a conqueror's crown,

His beams into that living sea.
There seem'd a glory in his light,

Newly put on — as if for pride
Of the high homage paid this night

To his own Isis, his young bride,
Now fading feminine away
In her proud Lord's superior ray.
My mind's first impulse was to fly

At once from this entangling net-
New scenes to range, new loves to try,
Or, in mirth, wine, and luxury

Of every sense, that night forget. But vain the effort-spell-bound still, I linger'd, without power or will

To turn my eyes from that dark door, Which now enclos'd her 'mong the dead ;

Oft fancying, through the boughs, that o'er The sunny pile their flickering shed, 'Twas her light form again I saw

Starting to earth — still pure and bright,
But wakening, as I hop'd, less awe,

Thus seen by morning's natural light,
Than in that strange, dim cell at night.

That time, too-oh, 'tis like a dream —

When from Scamander's holy tide I sprung as Genius of the Stream,

And bore away that blooming bride, Who thither came, to yield her charms

(As Phrygian maids are wont, ere wed) Into the cold Scamander's arms,

But met, and welcom'd mine, instead Wondering, as on my neck she fell, How river-gods could love so well ! Who would have thought that he, who rov'd

Like the first bees of summer then,
Rifling each sweet, nor ever lov'd

But the free hearts, that lov'd again,
Readily as the reed replies
To the least breath that round it sighs
Is the same dreamer who, last night,
Stood aw'd and breathless at the sight
Of one Egyptian girl; and now
Wanders among these tombs, with brow
Pale, watchful, sad, as though he just,
Himself, had risen from out their dust!

Yet so it is—and the same thirst

For something high and pure, above This withering world, which, from the first,

Made me drink deep of woman's love

But no, alas -she ne'er return'd:

Nor yet — though still I watch — nor yet,

| These songs of the Well, as they were called by the ancients, are still common in the Greek isles.

As the one joy, to heaven most near
Of all our hearts can meet with here-
Still burns me up, still keeps awake
A fever nought but death can slake.

Farewell ; whatever may befall-
Or bright, or dark — thou'lt know it all.

And, 'stead of haunting the trim Garden's school-
Where cold Philosophy usurps a rule,
Like the pale moon’s, o'er passion's heaving tide,
Till Pleasure's self is chill'd by Wisdom's pride-
Be taught by us, quit shadows for the true,
Substantial joys we sager Priests pursue,
Who, far too wise to theorise on bliss,
Or Pleasure's substance for its shade to miss,
Preach other worlds, but live for only this :-
Thanks to the well-paid Mystery round us flung,
Which, like its type, the golden cloud that hung
O'er Jupiter's love-couch its shade benign,
Round human frailty wraps a veil divine


FROM ORCUS, HIGH PRIEST OF MEMPHIS, TO Still less should they presume, weak wits, that DECIUS, THE PRÆTORIAN PREFECT.


Alone despise the craft of us who pray ;REJOICE, my friend, rejoice:— the youthful Chief Still less their creedless vanity deceive Of that light Sect which mocks at all belief, With the fond thought, that we who pray believe And, gay and godless, makes the present hour Believe !— Apis forbid — forbid it, all Its only heaven, is now within our power. Ye monster Gods, before whose shrines we fall Smooth, impious school ! — not all the weapons aim'd Deities, fram'd in jest, as if to try At priestly creeds, since first a creed was fram'd, How far gross Man can vulgarise the sky; E’er struck so deep as that sly dart they wield, How far the same low fancy that combines The Bacchant's pointed spear in laughing flowers Into a drove of brutes yon zodiac's signs, conceal'd.

And turns that Heaven itself into a place And oh, 'twere victory to this heart, as sweet Of sainted sin and deified disgrace, As any thou canst boast-even when the feet Can bring Olympus even to shame more deep, Of thy proud war-steed wade through Christian Stock it with things that earth itself holds cheap, blood,

Fish, flesh, and fowl, the kitchen's sacred brood, To wrap this scoffer in Faith's blinding hood, Which Egypt keeps for worship, not for food And bring him, tam'd and prostrate, to implore All, worthy idols of a Faith that sees The vilest gods even Egypt's saints adore. In dogs, cats, owls, and apes, divinities ! What! - do these sages think, to them alone The key of this world's happiness is known ? Believe !-oh, Decius, thou, who feel'st do care

1 That none but they, who make such proud parade For things divine, beyond the soldier's share, Of Pleasure's smiling favours, win the maid, Who takes on trust the faith for which he bleeds, Or that Religion keeps no secret place,

A good, fierce God to swear by, all he needs No niche, in her dark fanes, for Love to grace ? Little canst thou, whose creed around thee hangs Fools !— did they know how keen the zest that's Loose as thy summer war-cloak, guess the pangs given

Of loathing and self-scorn with which a heart, To earthly joy, when season'd well with heaven; Stubborn as mine is, acts the zealot's partHow Piety's grave mask improves the hue The deep and dire disgust with which I wade Of Pleasure's laughing features, half seen through, Through the foul juggling of this holy tradeAnd how the Priest, set aptly within reach This mud profound of mystery, where the feet, Of two rich worlds, traffics for bliss with each,

At every step, sink deeper in deceit. Would they not, Decius—thou, whom the’ ancient Oh! many a time, when, ʼmid the Temple's blaze, tie

O'er prostrate fools the sacred cist I raise, Twixt Sword and Altar makes our best ally – Did I not keep still proudly in my mind Would they not change their creed, their craft, for The power this priestcraft gives me o'er mankiadours ?

A lever, of more might, in skilful hand, Leave the gross daylight joys that, in their bowers, To move this world, than Archimede e'er plano'd-, Languish with too much sun, like o'erblown I should, in vengeance of the shame I feel flowers,

At my own mockery, crush the slaves that kneel For the veild loves, the blisses undisplay'd Besotted round; and like that kindred bread That slily lurk within the Temple's shade ? Of reverend, well-drest crocodiles they feed,

At fam'd Arsinoë 1- make my keepers bless, And howl sad dirges to the answering breeze, With their last throb, my sharp-fang'd Holiness. O'er their dead Gods, their mortal Deities

Amphibious, hybrid things, that died as men, Say, is it to be borne, that scoffers, vain

Drown'd, hang'd, empal’d, to rise, as gods, again ;Of their own freedom from the altar's chain, Ask them, what mighty secret lurks below Should mock thus all that thou thy blood hast sold, This seven-fold mystery - can they tell thee ? No; And I my truth, pride, freedom, to uphold ? Gravely they keep that only secret, well It must not be :— think'st thou that Christian sect, | And fairly kept — that they have none to tell; Whose followers, quick as broken waves, erect And, dup'd themselves, console their humbled pride Their crests anew and swell into a tide,

By duping thenceforth all mankind beside. That threats to sweep away our shrines of pride Think'st thou, with all their wondrous spells, even And such the advance in fraud since Orpheus' they

timeWould triumph thus, had not the constant play That earliest master of our craft sublime Of Wit's resistless archery clear'd their way ? - So many minor Mysteries, imps of fraud, That mocking spirit, worst of all the foes, From the great Orphic Egg have wing'd abroad, Our solemn fraud, our mystic mummery knows, That, still to' uphold our Temple’s ancient hoast, Whose wounding flash thus ever ’mong the signs And seem most holy, we must cheat the most ; Of a fast-falling creed, prelusive shines,

Work the best miracles, wrap nonsense round Threat'ning such change as do the awful freaks In pomp and darkness, till it seems profound; Of summer lightning, ere the tempest breaks. Play on the hopes, the terrors of mankind,

With changeful skill ; and make the human mind But, tò my point – a youth of this vain school, Like our own Sanctuary, where no ray, But one, whom Doubt itself hath fail'd to cool But by the Priest's permission, wins its ray — Down to that freezing point where Priests despair Where through the gloom as wave our wizard-rods, Of any spark from the altar catching there - Monsters, at will, are conjur'd into Gods ; Hath, some nights since—it was, methinks, the night While Reason, like a grave-fac'd mummy, stands, That follow'd the full Moon's great annual rite- With her arms swath'd in hieroglyphic bands. Through the dark, winding ducts, that downward But chiefly in that skill with which we use stray

Man's wildest passions for Religion's views, To these earth-hidden temples, track'd his way, . Yoking them to her car like fiery steeds, Just at that hour when, round the Shrine, and me, Lies the main art in which our craft succeeds. The choir of blooming nymphs thou long'st to see, And oh ! be blest, ye men of yore, whose toil Sing their last night-hymn in the Sanctuary. Hath, for her use, scoop'd out from Egypt's soil The clangour of the marvellous Gate, that stands This hidden Paradise, this mine of fanes, At the Well's lowest depth — which none but hands Gardens, and palaces, where Pleasure reigns Of new, untaught adventurers, from above, In a rich, sunless empire of her own, Who know not the safe path, e'er dare to move- With all earth's luxuries lighting up her throne ;Gave signal that a foot profane was nigh : A realm for mystery made, which undermines 'Twas the Greek youth, who, by that morning'ssky, The Nile itself, and, 'neath the Twelve Great Shrines Had been observ’d, curiously wand’ring round That keep Initiation's holy rite, The mighty fanes of our sepulchral ground. Spreads its long labyrinths of unearthly light,

A light that knows no change - its brooks that run Instant, the Initiate's Trials were prepar'd, - Too deep for day, its gardens without sun, The Fire, Air, Water; all that Orpheus dar'd, Where soul and sense, by turns, are charm’d, surThat Plato, that the bright-hair'd Samiano pass’d, pris'd, With trembling hope, to come to -- what, at last ? And all that bard or prophet e'er devis'd Go, ask the dup of Priestcraft! question him For man's Elysium, priests have realis'd. Who, 'mid terrific sounds and spectres dim, Walks at Eleusis ; ask of those, who brave Here, at this moment--all his trials past, The dazzling miracles of Mithra's Cave,

And heart and nerve unshrinking to the last With its seven starry gates; ask all who keep Our new Initiate roves- as yet left free Those terrible night-mysteries, where they weep To wander through this realm of mystery;

? Pythagoras.

1 For the trinkets with which the sacred Crocodiles were ornamented, see the Epicurean, chap. x.

Feeding on such illusions as prepare

Till, if our Sage be not tam'd down, at length, The soul, like mist o'er waterfalls, to wear His wit, his wisdom, shorn of all their strength, All shapes and hues, at Fancy's varying will, Like Phrygian priests, in honour of the shrineThrough every shifting aspect, vapour still ;- If he become not absolutely mine, Vague glimpses of the Future, vistas shown, Body and soul, and, like the tame decoy By scenic skill, into that world unknown, Which wary hunters of wild doves employ, Which saints and sinners claim alike their own; Draw converts also, lure his brother wits And all those other witching, wildering arts, To the dark cage where his own spirit flits, Illusions, terrors, that make human hearts, And give us, if not saints, good hypocrites Ay, even the wisest and the hardiest, quail If I effect not this, then be it said To any goblin thron'd behind a veil.

The ancient spirit of our craft hath fled,

Gone with that serpent-god the Cross hath chas'd Yes —such the spells shall haunt his eye, his ear, To hiss its soul out in the Theban waste. Mix with his night-dreams, form his atmosphere;



gyrics in the Anthologia on Anacreon, | Aspasia, 88.
ABDALLA, King of the Lesser Bucha. 46–48.

Aspen-tree, the, 387.
ria, 317. &c. See Lalla Rookh. Anacreontics, modern, 54. 62. 64, 65. 163. As slow our ship, 197.
Abdallah, 154. His Gazel, 158.


As vanquish'd Erin wept, 208.
Abdul Fazil, 397. n.

And doth not a meeting like this make Atalantis, Island of, 613.
A beam of tranquillity smil'd in the amends, 207.

Athens, and the Sectaries of the Garden,
west, 106.

And hast thou mark'd the pensive shade, 606, 607. Alciphron, 647. 668_680.
A broken cake, with honey sweet. (Ode 90.

Pyrrho, 143. el. seq. The mother of
LXX. Anacreon), 44.

And now with all thy pencil's truth art, 271.
Egean Sea, the, 256, 259.

(Ode xvII. Anacreon), 17.

Athol, Duke of, 493. n.
Agnew, Sir Andrew, 533, 534. 590. el Angels and archangels of the celestial Atkinson, Joseph, Epistle to, 84. Epistle

hierarchy of the primæval Syrians, from Bermuda to, 118. Tribute to his
Ah! where are they who heard in former 465, 480.

memory, 491.
hours, 268.
Angels, the Fallen, 395. 471. 481.

At the mid hour of night, 188.
Albermarle, Lord, anecdote of, 477. Angerianus, Latin verses of, translated, At length thy golden hours have wing'd
Album, the, 75. 491.

11. n., 19. n.

their flight (Anthologia), 48.
Alciphron, Athenian philosopher, an Anglesea, Marquis of, lord-lieutenant, At night, when all is still around, 602.
initiate in Egyptian Mysteries, 646. 518.

Attar Gul, or (vulgarly) Otto of Roses,
His recognition by the Roman tribune, Animal Magnetism, 558.

665. His daring, 666. He witnesses the Annual Pill, the, 524.

Augustine to his Sister, 246.
death of the Christian martyr Alethe, Antelope of Erac, 394. See also 664. Aurora Borealis, 397.
667. Account of this Epicurean philo- Anthology, the Greek :- Translations Aurungzebe, Mogul Emperor of Delhi,
sopher 667. 668.

of some Epigrams of, 46. 48. Songs from 317. 385.
Alciphron, a Fragment of 'The Epicu. the Greek, 310_313.

Austrians, their entry into Naples, 463.
rean,' as originally commenced in Antipater, epigram of, 48.

Autumn and Spring, 240.
verse, 668_-680. Epistle 1. From Antique, a Study from the, 117.

Avenging and bright fall the swift sword
Alciphron at Alexandria to Cleon at Antiquity, a Dream of, 114.

of Erin, 187.
Athens, 668. II. From Alciphron to Apollo, the god of poetry, 236.

Awake, arise, thy light is come, 248.
Cleon, 670. III. From Alchipron to Apollo, the High-Priest of, to a virgin Awake to life, my sleeping shell (Ode
Cleon, 672. IV. From Orcus, high of Delphi, 80.

Lx. Anacreon), 40.
priest of Memphis, to Decius, the Præ- | Apricots, the · Seed of the Sun,' 394. Away, away, ye men of rules (Ode Lil.
torian prefect, 678.
Arab, the tyrant, Al Hassan, (vide

Anacreon), 35.
Alethe, Story of the Martyr, 642—647. Lalla Rookh, the Story of The Fire-

Awful event, 535.
worshippers), 360. et seq.

Awhile I bloom'd a happy flower (Ode
Alexander, Right Hon. H., 156.
Arab Maid, the, 361. 393. 395.

LXXIII. Anacreon), 44.
Aliris, King, 317, 385, 398. His nuptials Arabia, 360, 361.

Azim, vi. 24. See Lalla Rookh.
with Lalla Rookh, 398.

Arabian shepherd, his camel, 272. n. Azor, idols of, 396.
All that's bright must sade, 224.
Ararat, Mount, 361.

Azrael, the angel of death, 465.
Alla, name of God in Mahometan coun. Archangels, 466. 471. 480.

Azure of the Chinese painting of porce-
tries, 322. (Vide Lalla Rookh,) 466. Ariadne, dance so named, 273.

lain, 396. n.
476. The throne of Alla, 469. 482. Ariel, 114. 487.502.
Alone in crowds to wander on, 242. Aristippus, to a Lamp given by Lais,

Alps, Song of the, 316.

America, Poems relating to, Preface, Arm'd with hyacinthine rod (Ode xxxi. Babylon, 251.
104, 105. Dedication to Francis Earl Anacreon), 25.

Ball and Gala described, 258. Allusion to
of Moira, Preface, 104.

Around the tomb, O bard divine ! (An- Almack's, 488. See Waltz, &c. et pas.
thologia), 46.

sim. The Romaika, 265.
Ammianus speaking of Alexandria in Arranmore! loved Arranmore ! 213. Ballads, legendary, 289–310.
Egypt, 611. n.
Array thee, love, 254.

Ballads, miscellaneous, 289–310.
Amra tree, 394. n.
Art. 271.

Ballads, occasional, passim.
Amrita, the Immortal tree, 309.

As by his Lemnian forge's flame (Ode Bank, coquetrylof the, with Government,
Amystis, the, a single draught of wine, XXVIII. Anacreon), 23.

492. Notes, 493.
18 n.

As by the shore, at break of day, 267. Bard, the Wandering, 211.
Anacreon, Odes of, 1.

As down in the sunless retreats, 245. Bards, of, 8. 180. 236. 299. 306. et pas-
The Odes are given in this Inder Ask not if still I love, 313.

in the order of the initial letter of each As late I sought the spangled bowers Battle, after the, 182.

(Ode vi. Anacreon), 10.

Battle, before the, 181.
Anacreon. Biographical and Critical As o'er the lake, in evening's glow, 608. Battle eve, song of the, 21).

Remarks, 3. Additional lyrics attri- As o'er her loom the Lesbian maid, 264. Battle, the parting before the, 288.
buted to Anacreon, 45, 46. Pane- As once a Grecian maiden wove, 271. Beaujolais, Count de, xlv.

et seq.

The poems,

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