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Perhaps, indifference has not chill'd it,
And like you, a legitimate child of the spheres, Haply, it yet a throb may give
Escape from the eye to enrapture the ears! Yet no—perhaps, a doubt has kill'd it!
Sweet spirit of mystery ! how I should love,
In the wearisome ways I am fated to rove,
Inhaling for ever your song and your sigh!
'Mid the crowds of the world and the murmurs of ON THE DAWNING OF A NEW YEAR'S DAY.
I might sometimes converse with my nymph of the WHEN midnight came to close the year,
air, We sigh'd to think it thus should take
And turn with disgust from the clamorous crew, The hours it gave us-hours as dear
To steal in the pauses one whisper from you.
Oh! come and be near me, for ever be mine,
We shall hold in the air a communion divine,
As sweet as, of old, was imagin'd to dwell But, Cara, when the dawn was nigh
In the grotto of Numa, or Socrates' cell. Which came another year to shed,
And oft, at those lingering moments of night, The smile we caught from eye to eye
When the heart is weigh'd down and the eyelid is Told us those moments were not fled;
light, Oh no! we felt some future sun
You shall come to my pillow and tell me of love, Should see us still more closely one!
Such as angel to angel might whisper above!
Oh Spirit and then, could you borrow the tone Thus may we ever, side by side,
Of that voice, to my ear so bewitchingly known, From happy years to happier glide;
The voice of the one upon earth, who has twin'd And, still, my CARA, may the sigh
With her essence for ever my heart and my mind! We give to hours, that vanish o'er us,
Though lonely and far from the light of her smile, Be follow'd by the smiling eye,
And exile and weary and hopeless the while,
Could you shed for a moment that voice on my ear,
That she comes with consoling enchantment to speak,
And kisses my eyelid and sighs on my cheek, They try to persuade me, my dear little sprite, And tells me, the night shall go rapidly by, That you are not a daughter of ether and light For the dawn of our hope, of our heaven is nigh! Nor have any concern with those fanciful forms
Sweet Spirit ! if such be your magical power, That dance upon rainbows and ride upon storms;
It will lighten the lapse of full many an hour; That, in short, your’re a woman; your lip and your And let Fortune's realities frown as they will, breast
Hope, Fancy, and Cara may smile for me still. As mortal as ever were tasted or press'd ! But I will not believe them-no, science! to you I have long bid a last and a careless adieu : Still flying from Nature to study her laws,
PEACE AND GLORY. And dulling delight by exploring its cause,
WRITTEN AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF THK You forget how superior, for mortals below, Is the fiction they dream to the truth that they know. Oh! who, that has ever had rapture complete,
WHERE now is the smile that lighten'd Would ask how we feel it, or why it is sweet;
Every hero's couch of rest ? How rays are confused, or how particles fly
Where is now the hope that brightened Through the medium refin'd of a glance or a sigh!
Honour's eye, and pity's breast? Is there one, who but once would not rather have
Have we lost the wreath we braided, known it,
For our weary warrior men ? Than written, with HARVEY, whole volumes upon
Is the faithless olive faded,
Must the bay be pluck'd again? it? No, no-but for you, my invisible love,
Passing hour of sunny weather, I will swear, you are one of those spirits that rove
Lovely in your light awhile, By the bank where, at twilight, the poet reclines,
Peace and Glory, wed together, When the star of the west on his solitude shines,
Wander'd through the blessed isle ; And the magical fingers of fancy have hung
And the eyes of Peace would glisten, Every breeze with a sigh, every leaf with a tongue !
Dewy as a morning sun, Oh! whisper him then, 'tis retirement alone
When the timid maid would listen
To the deeds her chief had done.
Is the hour of dalliance over ?
Must the maiden's trembling feet 1 This and the subsequent poem have appeared in the
Waft her from her warlike lover public prints.
To the desert's still retreat ?
Take back the vows that, night and day,
My heart receiv'd, I thought, from thine ; Yet, no-allow them still to stay; They might some other heart betray,
As sweetly as they've ruin'd mine!
Fare you well! with sighs we banish
Nymph so fair and guest so bright; Yet the smile, with which you vanish,
Leaves behind a soothing light! Soothing light ! that long shall sparkle
O'er your warrior's sanguine way, Through the field where horrors darkle,
Shedding Hope's consoling ray!
To its absent idol true,
Glory still will sigh for you!
THE LAKE OF THE DISMAL SWAMP.
WRITTEN AT NORFOLK, IN VIRGINIA.
"They tell of a young man who lost his mind upon the death of a girl he loved, and who, suddenly disappearing from his friends, was never afterwards heard of. As he had frequently said, in his ravings, that the girl was not dead, but gone to the Dismal Swamp, it is supposed be had wandered into that dreary wilderness, and had died of hunger or been lost in some of its dreadful morasses."-Anon.
"La Poésie a ges monstres comme la nature."
1801. To be the theme of every hour The heart devotes to fancy's power, When her soft magic fills the mind With friends and joys we've left behind, And joys return, and friends are near, And all are welcom'd with a tearIn the mind's purest seat to dwell, To be remember'd oft and well By one whose heart, though vain and wild, By passion led, by youth beguild, Can proudly still aspire to know The feeling soul's divinest glow! If thus to live in every part Of a lone weary wanderer's heart; If thus to be its sole employ Can give thee one faint gleam of joy, Believe it, Mary! oh! believe A tongue that never can deceive, When passion doth not first betray And tinge the thought upon its way! In pleasure's dream or sorrow's hour, In crowded hall or lonely bower, The business of my life shall be, For ever to remember thee! And though that heart be dead to mine, Since love is life and wakes not thine, I'll take thy image, as the form Of something I should long to warm, Which, though it yield no answering thrill, Is not less dear, is lovely still! I'll take it, wheresoe'er I stray, The bright, cold burthen of my way! To keep this semblance fresh in bloom, My heart shall be its glowing tomb, And love shall lend his sweetest care, With memory to embalm it there!
“THEY made her a grave, too cold and damp
For a soul so warm and true; And she's gone to the Lake of the Dismal Swamp,' Where, all night long, by a fire-fly lamp,
She paddles her white canoe.
And her paddle I soon shall hear;
When the footstep of death is near !"
His path was rugged and sore,
And man never trod before !
If slumber his eyelids knew,
The flesh with blistering dew!
And the copper-snake breath'd in his ear, Till he starting cried, from his dream awake, “ Oh! when shall I see the dusky Lake,
And the white canoe of my dear ?"' He saw the Lake, and a meteor bright
Quick over its surface play'd-
The name of the death cold maid!
Which carried him off from shore;
And the boat return'd no more.
This lover and maid so true
In passion's moment breath'd to me!
And has become too pure for thee! Take back the kiss, that faithless sigh
With all the warmth of truth imprest ; Yet, no—the fatal kiss may lie : Upon thy lip its sweets would die, Or bloom to make a rival blest!
1 The Great Dismal Swamp is ten or twelve miles distant from Norfolk, and the lake in the middle of it (about seven miles long) is called Drummond's Pond.
Are seen, at the hour of midnight damp,
And paddle their white canoe !
Not all the charm, that ethnic fancy gave
The morn was lovely, every wave was still,
When the first perfume of a cedar-hill
Sweetly awak'd us, and with smiling charms,
The fairy harbour woo'd us to its arms
Through plantain shades, that like an awning twis'd
And kiss'd on either side the wanton sails, Lady, where'er you roam, whatever beam
Breathing our welcome to these vernal vales; Of bright creation warms your mimic dream;
While, far reflected o'er the wave serene, Whether you trace the valley's golden meads, Each wooded island sheds so soft a green, Where mazy Linth his lingering current leads ;'
That the enamour'd keel, with whispering play, Enamour'd catch the mellow hues that sleep,
Through liquid herbage seem'd to steal its way: At eve on Meillerie's immortal steep;
Never did weary bark more sweetly glide, Or musing o'er the Lake, at day's decline,
Or rest its anchor in a lovelier tide! Mark the last shadow on the holy shrine,a
Along the margin, many a brilliant dome, Where, many a night, the soul of Tell complains
White as the palace of a Lapland gnome, Of Gallia's triumph and Helvetia's chains ;
Brightened the wave; in every myrtle grove Oh! lay the pencil for a moment by,
Secluded, bashful, like a shrine of love, Turn from the tablet that creative eye,
Some elfin mansion sparkled through the shade; And let its splendour, like the morning ray
And, while the foliage interposing play'd, Upon a shepherd's harp, illume my lay!
Wreathing the structure into various grace, Yet, Lady! no—for song so rude as mine,
Fancy would love in many a form to trace Chase not the wonders of your dream divine;
The flowery capital, the shaft, the porch, Still, radiant eye! upon the tablet dwell;
And dream of temples, till her kindling torch Still, rosy finger! weave your pictur'd spell ;
Lighted me back to all the glorious days And, while I sing the animated smiles
Of Attic genius ; and I seem'd to gaze Of fairy nature in these sun-born isles,
On marble, from the rich Pentalic mount, Oh! might the song awake some bright design,
Gracing the umbrage of some Naiad's sount.
Sweet airy being !" who, in brighter hours,
Liv'd on the perfume of these honied bowers,
In velvet buds, at evening, lov'd to lie, And wondering Genius, as he learn d to trace
And win with music every rose's sigh! The faint conception kindling into grace,
Though weak the magic of my humble strain, Might love my numbers for the spark they threw,
To charm your spirit from its orb again, And bless the lay that lent a charm to you.
Yet, oh! for her, beneath whose smile I sing, Have you not oft, in nightly vision, stray'd For her, (whose pencil, if your rainbow wing To the pure isles of ever-blooming shade,
Were dimm'd or ruffled by a wintry sky,
A moment wander from your starry sphere,
1 Nothing can be more romantic than the little harbour They charm’d their lapse of nightless hours along! of St. Georye. The number of beautiful islets, the singular Nor yet in song, that mortal ear may suit,
clearness of the water, and the animated play of the grace
ful little bonts, gliding for ever between the islands, and For every spirit was itself a lute,
seeming to sail from one cedur grove into another, form, all Where Virtue wakened with elysian breeze,
together, the sweetest miniature of nature that can be imPure tones of thought and mental harmonics
2 This is an illusion which, to the few who are fanciful Believe me, Lady, when the zephyrs bland
enough to indulge in it, renders the scenery of Bermuda Floated our bark to this enchanted land,
particularly interesting. In the short but beautiful twilight These leafy isles upon the ocean thrown,
of their spring evenings, the white cottages, scattered over
the islands, and but partially seen through the trees that sur. Like studs of emerald o'er a silver zone;
round them, assume often the appearance of little Grecian temples, and fancy may embellish the poor fisherman's hut
with columns which the pencil of Claude might imitate. I 1 Lady D., I supposed, was at this time still in Switzer- had one favourite object of this kind in my walks, which .and, where the powers of her pencil must have been fre- the hospitality of its owner robbed me of, by asking me to quently awakened.
visit him. He was a plain good man, and received me well 2. The chapel of William Tell, on the Lake of Lucerne. and warmly, but I never could turn his house into a Grecian
3 M. Gebelin savs, in his Monde Primitif, "Lorsque Stra- temple again. oon crut que les anciena theologiens et Poëtes placaient 3 Ariel. Among the many charms which Bermuda has les Champs Elysées dans les Isles de l'Océan Atlantique, il for a poetic eye, we cannot for an instant forget that it is n'entendit rien à leur doc:rine." M. Gebelin's supposition, the scene of Shakspeare's Tempest, and that here he conI have no doubt, is the more correct; but that of Surabo is, jured up tho" delicate Ariel," who alone is worth the whole in the present instance, most to my purpose.
heaven of ancient mythology.
The sunny wave, the bower, the breezy hill, Where matter darkles or where spirit beams;
From the pellucid tides,' that whirl
The planets through their maze of song,
Murmuring o'er beds of pearl;
From the rich sigh Borrow for sleep her own creative spells,
of the sun's arrow through an evening sky," And brightly show what song but faintly tells ! To the faint breath the tuneful osier yields
On Afric's burning fields ;)
That I respire in all, and all in me,
One mighty mingled soul of boundless harmony !
Welcome, welcome mystic shell!
Many a star has ceas'd to burno
Many a tear has Saturn's urn
O’er the cold bosom of the ocean wept,
Since thy aerial spell
Hath in the waters slept !
With the bright treasure to my choral sky,
Where she, who wak'd its early swell,
The syren, with a foot of fire,
Walks o'er the great string of my Orphic Lyre, Of those entrancing airs,'
Or guides around the burning pole The genii of the deep were wont to swell,
The winged chariot of some blissful soul!' When heaven's eternal orbs their midnight music
While thou ! roll'd!
Oh, son of earth! what dreams shall rise for thee!
Beneath Hispania's sun,
Thou’lt see a streamlet run,
Which I have warı'd with dews of melody;8
Listen !-- when the night-wind dies And I will fold thee in such downy dreams,
Down the still current, like a harp it sighs ! As lap the spirit of the seventh sphere,
of attraction and repulsion. See the fragment to which I When Luna's distant tone falls faintly on his ear!? allude in Laertius, Αλλοτε μεν φιλοτητα, συνερχόμιν'. κ. And thou shalt own,
A. Lib. 8. Cap. n. 12. That, through the circle of creation's zone,
1 Leucippus, the atomist, imagined a kind of vortices in the heavens, which he borrowed from Anaxagoras, and
possibly suggested to Descartes. 1 In the " Historie Naturelle des Antilles," there is an ac- 2 Heraclides, upon the allegories of Homer, conjectures count of some curious shells, found at Curacoa, on the back that the idea of the harmony of the spheres originated with of which were lines, filled with musical characters, so dis- this poet, who in representing the solar beams as arrowe, tinct and perfect, that the writer assures us a very charming supposes them to emit a peculiar sound in the air. trio was sung from one of them. "On le nomme musical, 3 In the account of Africa which d' Ablancourt has transparce qu'il porte sur le dos des lignes noirâtres pleines de lated, there is mention of a tree in that country, whose notes, qui ont une espèce de clé pour les mettre en chant, branches when shaken by the hand produce very sweet de sorte que l'on dirait qu'il ne manque que la lettre à cette sounds. "Le même auteur (Abenzégar) dit, qu'il y a untablature naturelle. Ce curieux gentilhomme (M. du Mon- certain arbre, qui produit des gaules comme d'osier, et qu'en tel) rapporte qu'il en a vu qui avaient cinq lignes, une clé les prenant à la main et les branlant, elles font une espèce et des notes, qui formaient un accord parfait. Quelqu'un d'harmonie fort agréable," etc.etc.-L'Afrique de Marmol. y avait ajouté la lettre, que la nature avait oubliée, et la 4 Alluding to the extinction, or at least the disappearance faisait chanter en forme de trio, dont l'aire était fort agréa- of some of ihose fixed stars, which we are taught to conble." Chap. 19. Art. 1l. The author adds, a poet might sider as suns, attended each by its system. Descartes thought imagine that theso shells were used by the syrens at their that our earth might forinerly havo been a sun, which beconcerts.
canje obscured by a thick incrustation over its surface. This 2 According to Cicero, and his commentator, Macrobius, probably suggested the idea of a central fire. the lunar tone is the gravest and faintest on the planetary 5 Porphyry says, that Pythagoras held the sea to be a tear. beplachord. “Quam ob causam summus ille cæli stellifer Try 9 åritav ÚSV 1X2266 5726 $sxpuov. De Vit, and some cursus, cujus conversio est concitatior, acuto et excitato one else, if I mistake not, has added the planet Saturn as the movetur sono: gravissimo autem hic lunaris atque infimus." source of it. Empedocles, with similar affectation, called --Somn. Seip. Because, says Macrobius, “spiritu ut in the sea “the sweat of the earth :" of pars 175 70s. See extremitate languescente jam volvitur, et propter angustias Rittershusius upon l'orphyry, Num. 41. quibus penultimus orbis arctitur impetu leniore converti- 6 The system of harmonized orbs was styled by the antur."- In Somn. Scip. Lib. 2. Cap. 4. It is not very easy cients, the Great Lyre of Orpheus, for which Lucian arto understand the ancients in their musical arrangement of counts, not Aupas ATX WIT05 485* THY TSV xovdjesvæ¥ *o*p** the heavenly bodies. See Ptolem. Lib. 3.
αρμονιαν συνεβαλλετο, κ. τ. λ. Η Astrolog. Leone Hebreo, pursuing 'the idea of Aristotle, that the 7 Διελς ψυχας ισαριθμός τους αστροις, ενειμε 9' εκατ. heavens are animal, attributes their harmony to perfect and την προς εκαστον, και μέιδασας “ΩΣ ΕΙΣ ΟΧΗΜΑ. Pia reciprocal love. “Non perd manca fra loro il perfetto e ton. Timæus. reciproco amore: la causa principale, che ne mostra il loro
8 This musical river is mentioned in the romance of amore, e la lor amicizia harmoniaca e la concordanza, che Achilles Tatius. ETIO TOT AMB * * * * $$ ****** Prans T# perpetuamente si trova in loro."- Dialng. 2. di Amore, p. 105*705 2.22. KVTOS: The Latin version, in supplying the hia 58.' This reciproco amore" of Leone is the ponotus of tus, which is in the original, has placed the river in Hispa the ancient Empedocles, who seems, in his Love and Hate nia. “In llispania quoque fluvius est, quem primo a4 of the Elements, to have given a glimpse of the principles pectu," etc. etc.
A liquid chord in every wave that flows,
Mingling their beams
Oh, mortal! such shall be thy radiant dreams!
TO GEORGE MORGAN, ESQ.
OF NORFOLK, VIRGINIA.'
FROM BERMUDA, JANUARY 1804.
ΚΕΙΝΗ Δ' ΗΝΕΜΟΕΣΣΑ ΚΑΙ ΑΤΡΟΠΟΣ, ΟΙΑ Θ' ΑΛΙΠ. Wafted his prayer to that eternal Power,
ΛΗΞ, ΑΙΘΥΙΗΣ ΚΑΙ ΜΑΛΛΟΝ ΕΠΙΔΡΟΜΟΣ Η ΕΠΕΡ Whose seal upon this world imprest
ΙΠΠΟΙΣ, ΠΟΝΤΩ ΕΝΕΣΤΗΡΙΚΤΑΙ. The various forms of bright divinity!
Callimach, Hymn. in Dd. v. ii. Or, dost thou know what dreams I wove, 'Mid the deep horror of that silent bower,"
Oh! what a tempest whirl'd us hither!?
Winds, whose savage breath could wither
All the light and languid flowers
That bloom in Epicurus' bowers !
Yet think not, George, that Fancy's charm His spirit flew through fields above,
Forsook me in this rude alarm. Drank at the source of nature's fontal number,
When close they reef”d the timid sail, And saw, in mystic choir, around him move
When, every plank complaining loud,
We labour'd in the midnight gale,
And e'en our haughty main-mast bow'd !
The muse, in that unlovely hour, By the great diadern that twines my hair,
Benignly brought her soothing power, And by the seven gems that sparkle there,
And, midst the war of waves and wind,
In songs elysian lapp'd my mind! 1 These two lines are translated from the words of Achil- She open'd, with her golden key, les Tatius. Εαν γαρ ολιγος ανεμος εις τας δινας εμπιση,
The casket where my memory lays το μιν υδωρ ως χορδη κρεται, το δε πνευμα τ8 υδατος πλες- Those little gems of poesy, τρον γινεται. το ρευμα δε ως κιθαρα λαλε.. Lib. 2. 2 Orpheus.
Which time has sav'd from ancient days ! 3 They called his lyro αρχαιοτροπον επτάχορδον Ορφεως. Take one of these, to Lais sungSee a curious work by a professor of Greek at Venice, en
I wrote it while my hammock swung, uitled" Hebdomades, sive septem de septepario libri." Lib. 4. Cap. 3. p. 177.
As one might write a dissertation 4 Eratosthenes, telling the extreme veneration of Orpheus Upon “suspended animation!" for Apollo, says that he was accustomed to go to the Pangæan mountain at day-break, and there wait the rising of the sun, that he might be the first to hail its beams. Ezeγερομενος τι της νυκτος, κατα την εωθινην επι το ορος το
Cassiodorus, whose idea I may be supposed to have bor. xawsvor IIxyyarov, apo GOU!! TAS væTOA «S, ovviam Tow rowed, says, in a letter upon music to Boetius, "Ut diadeΗλιον πρωτον. Καταστερισμ. 24.
ma oculis, varia luce gemmarum, sic cythara diversitate 5. There are some verses of Orpheus preserved to us, soni, blanditur auditui." This is indeed ihe only tolerable which contain sublime ideas of the unity and magnificence thought in the letter. Lib. 2. Variar. of the Deity. As those which Justin Martyr has produced : Norfolk. His talents are worthy of a much higher sphero,
1 This gentleman is attached to the British consulate at Ουτος μεν χαλκειον ες κρανον εστηρικται .
but the excellent dispositions of the family with whom he Χρυσες ενι θρονω, κ. τ. λ.
resides, and the cordial repose he enjoys amongst some of Ad Groc. cohortat.
the kindest hearts in the world, should be almost enough to It is thought by some, that these are to be reckoned atone to him for the worst caprices of fortune. The consul amongst the fabrications which were frequent in the early himself, Colonel Hamilton, is one among the very few intimes of Christianity. Still it appears doubtful to whom we stances of a man, ardently loyal to his king, and yet beloved should impute them; they are too pious for the Pagans, and by the Americans. His house is the very temple of hospitoo poetical for the Fathers.
tality, and I sincerely pity the heart of that stranger, who, 6 'In one of the Hymns of Orpheus, he attributes a figured warm from the welcome of such a board, and with the taste seal to Apollo, with which he imagines that deity to have of such Madeira still upon his lips, "col dolce in bocca," stamped a variety of forms upon the universe.
could sit down to write a libel on his host, in the true spirit 7 Alluding to the cave near Samos, where Pythagoras of a modern philosophist. See the Travels of the Duke de devoted the greater part of his days and nights to medita- la Rochefoucault Liancourt, Vol. 2. tion and the mysteries of his philosophy. Jamblich. de Vit. 2 We were seven days on our passage from Norfolk to This, as Holstenius remarks, was in imitation of the Magi. Bermuda, during three of which we were forced to lay-to
8 The tetracıys, or sacred number of the Pythagoreans, in a gale of wind. The Driver, sloop of war, in which I on which they solemnly swore, and which they called 7 gav went,
was built at Bermuda, of cedar, and is accounted an **V*X CUTES," the fountain of perennial nature.” Lucian excellent sea-boat. She was then commanded by my very has ridiculed this religious arithmetic very finely in his Sale regretted friend, Captain Compton, who in July last was of Philosophers.
killed aboard the Lilly, in an action with a French priva9 This diadem is intended to represent the analogy be- teer. Poor Compton! he fell a victim to the strange imtween the notes of music and the prismatic colours. We policy of allowing such a miserable thing as tho Lilly to find in Plutarch a vague intimation of this kindred harmony remain in the service : so small, so crank, and unmanagein colours and sounds. OVOS TO *** axov, MOT* Owens teable, that a well-manned merchanlman was at any time » *** WTOG TAV sprovov 1719 vi. De Musica.
match for her.