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And Love is now a worldly flame,
Whose shrine must be of gold; And passion, like the sun at noon,
That burns o'er all he sees, Awhile as warm, will set as soon,
Oh! call it none of these.
With zephyrs always playing
Through gardens always bright. Then now, oh May ! be sweeter
That ere thou 'st been before ; Let sighs from roses meet her
When she comes near our shore.
Imagine something purer far,
More free from stain of clay,
Yet human still as they:
No mortal word can frame,
And call it by that name!
PALE BROKEN FLOWER! Pale broken flower! what art can now recover thee Torn from the stem that fed thy rosy breath-
In vain the sun-beams seek
To warm that faded cheek! The dews of heaven, that once like balm fell over
thee, Now are but tears, to weep thy early death!
POOR WOUNDED HEART!
Poor wounded heart, farewell!
Less bitter far will be,
This life has been to thee-
So droops the maid whose lover hath forsaken her; Thrown from his arms, as lone and lost as thou;
In vain the smiles of all
Like sun-beams round her fallThe only smile that could from death awaken her
That smile, alas! is gone to others now
Poor broken heart, farewell!
Like waves whose strife is past,
Thou sleep'st in peace at last-
THE PRETTY ROSE-TREE. Being weary of love, I flew to the grove,
And chose me a tree of the fairest ; Saying, “ Pretty Rose-tree, thou my mistress shalt be, I'll worship each bud that thou bearest.
For the hearts of this world are hollow,
And fickle the smiles we follow;
To have a pure love to fly to :
And the only one now I shall sigh to."
When the beautiful hue of thy cheek through the
dew Of morning is bashfully peeping, “Sweet tears," I shall say (as I brush them away,) At least there's no art in this weeping."
Although thou shouldest die to-morrow,
"T will not be from pain or sorrow, And the thorns of thy stem are not like them
With which hearts wound each other : So, my pretty Rose-tree, thou my mistress shalt be,
And I'll ne'er again sigh to another.
THE EAST INDIAN. Come May, with all thy flowers,
Thy sweetly-scented thorn, Thy cooling evening showers,
Thy fragrant breath at morn: When May-flies haunt the willow,
When May-buds tempt the bee, Then o'er the shining billow
My love will come to me. From Eastern Isles she's winging
Through wat'ry wilds her way, And on her cheek is bringing
The bright sun's orient ray: Oh! come and court her hither,
Ye breezes mild and warmOne winter's gale would wither
So soft, so pure a form. The fields where she was straying
Are blest with endless light,
SHINE OUT, STARS! Shine out, Stars ! let heaven assemble
Round us every festal ray, Lights that move not, lights that tremble,
All to grace this eve of May. Let the flower-beds all lie waking,
And the odours shut up there, From their downy prisons breaking,
Fly abroad through sea and air.
And would Love too bring his sweetness,
With our other joys to weave,
True as the lute that no sighing can waken,
And blooming for ever unchanged as the tree!
Oh, what glory, what completeness,
Then would crown this bright May eve, Shine out, Stars ! let night assemble
Round us every sestal ray, Lights that move not, lights that tremble,
To adorn this eve of May.
THE YOUNG MULETEERS OF GRENADA.
OH! the joys of our evening posada,
When, resting at the close of day,
Sit and sing the last sunshine away!
Which hung around us seem gone,
Again beguile them on.
In sleep is still breathing the sigh,
Half breaks from our lips as we lie.
Again we 're up and gone-
Beguiles the rough way on.
NIGHTS OF MUSIC. Nights of music, nights of loving,
Lost too soon, remember'd long, When we went by moon-light roving,
Hearts all love, and lips all song.
All my spirit felt to thee,
Worth whole years of fame to me! Nights of song, and nights of splendour,
Fill'd with joys too sweet to lastJoys that, like your star-light tender,
While they shone, no shadow cast.
From my fading memory fly,
Not a beam, a leaf, shall die!
TELL HER, QH TELL HER. Tell her, oh tell her, the lute she left lying
Beneath the green arbour, is still lying there; Breezes, like lovers, around it are sighing,
But not a soft whisper replies to their prayer. Tell her, oh tell her, the tree that, in going,
Beside the green arbour she playfully set, Lovely as ever is blushing and blowing,
And not a bright leaflet has fallen from it yet. So while away from that arbour forsaken,
The maiden is wandering, oh! let her be
OUR FIRST YOUNG LOVE. Our first young love resembles
That short but brilliant ray, Which smiles, and weeps, and trembles
Through April's earliest day. No, no—all life before us,
Howe'er its lights may play,
Like that first April ray.
A blaze serener, grander,
Of heaven, die calm away:
Bring all the light it may, "T will shed no lustre o'er us
Like that first trembling ray
As blithe as if the blessed light
Of vernal Phæbus burn'd upon his brow.
Oh Music! thy celestial claim
Is still resistless, still the same; These verses were written for a Benefit at the
And, faithful as the mighty sea Dublin Theatre, and were spoken by Miss Smith, To the pale star that o'er its realm presides, with a degree of success, which they owed solely to The spell-bound tides her admirable manner of reciting them. I wrote of human passion rise and fall for thee ! them in haste ; and it very rarely happens that
Greek Air. poetry, which has cost but little labour to the writer, is productive of any great pleasure to the reader.
List! 't is a Grecian maid that sings, Under this impression, I should not have published
While, from Ilyssus' silvery springs, them if they had not found their way into some of
She draws the cool lymph in her graceful urn;" the newspapers, with such an addition of errors to And by her side, in music's charm dissolving, their own original stock, that I thought it but fair to Some patriot youth, the glorious past revolving, limit their responsibility to those faults alone which
Dreams of bright days that never can return! really belong to them.
When Athens nursed her olive-bough, With respect to the title which I have invented for With hands by tyrant power unchain'd, this Poem, I feel even more than the scruples of the
And braided for the muses' brow Emperor Tiberius, when he humbly asked pardon of
A wreath by tyrant touch unstain'd. the Roman senate for using “the outlandish term
When heroes trod each classic field monopoly.' But the truth is, having written the
Where coward feet now faintly falter ; Poem with the ole view of serving a Benefit, I
When every arm was Freedom's shield, thought that an unintelligible word of this kind And every heart was Freedom's altar! would not be without its attraction for the multitude,
Flourish of Trumpet. with whom, “if 't is not sense, at least 't is Greek.”
Hark! 't is the sound that charms To some of my readers, however, it may not be The war-steed's waking cars ! superfluous to say, that, by “Melologue,” I mean
Oh! many a mother folds her arms that mixture of recitation and music, which is fre- Round her boy-soldier when that call she hears . quently adopted in the performance of Collins's Ode
And, though her fond heart sink with fears, on the Passions, and of which the most striking ex
Is proud to feel his young pulse bound
See! from his native hills afar
The rude Helvetian flies to war;
For slave or despot, wrongs, or rights ;
A conqueror oft-a hero neverFar as the pure air spreads its living zone;
Yet lavish of his life-blood still, Wherever rage can rouse, or pity melt,
As if it were like his mountain rill,
And gush'd for ever!
Oh Music! here, even here,
Amid this thoughtless, wild career, And call's his distant love with such sweet power,
Thy soul-felt charm asserts its wondrous power. That, when she heard the lonely lay,
There is an air, which oft among the rocks Not worlds could keep her from his arms away;'
Of his own loved land, at evening hour, To the bleak climes of polar night,
Is beard, when shepherds homeward pipe their Where, beneath a sunless sky,
flocks; The Lapland lover bids his rein-deer fly,
Oh! every note of it would thnll his mind And sings along the lengthening waste of snow,
With tenderest thoughts would bring around his
knees 1 "A certain Spaniard, one night late, met an Indian The rosy children whom he left behind, woman in the streets of Cozco, and would have taken her
And fill each little angel eye to his home, but she cried out, 'For God's sake, Sir, let me go; for that pipe, which you hear in yonder tower, calls me With speaking tears, that ask him why with great passion, and I cannot refuse the summops; for He wander'd from his hut for scenes like these? Jove constrains me to go, that I may be his wife, and he my Vain, vain is then the trumpet's brazen roar; husband.'”-Garcilasso de la Vega, in Sir Paul Rycaut's tranelation
Sweet notce of home of love are all he hean,
And the stern eyes, that look'd for blood before, His children might still have been bless'd with his
And England would ne'er have been cursed with
And rouse the ranks of warrior-men!
On the Death of Sh-r-d-n.
Principibus placuisse viris.-Hor.
Yes, grief will have way—but the fast-falling tear
Shall be mingled with deep execrations on those
Who could bask in that spirit's meridian career,
And yet leave it thus lonely and dark at its close :
Whose vanity flew round him only while fed
By the odour his fame in its summer-time gave ;
Like the ghole of the East, comes to feed at his
Oh! it sickens the heart to see bosoms so hollow
And spirits so mean in the great and high-born;
To think what a long line of titles may follow
The relics of him who died-friendless and lord !
How proud they can press to the funeral array
Of one whom they shunn'd in his sickness and
How bailiffs may seize his last blanket to-day,
Whose pall shall be held up by nobles to-morrow!
And thou, too, whose life, a sick epicure's dream,
Incoherent and gross, even grosser had pass'd,
Were it not for that cordial and soul-giving beam
Which his friendship and wit o'er thy nothingness
No, not for the wealth of the land that supplies theo
No, not for the riches of all who despise thee,
Would I suffer what-even in the heart that thou LINES
hastOn the Death of Mr. P-r--v-l.
All mean as it is—must have consciously burn'd, In the dirge we sung o'er him no censure was heard, When the pittance, which shame had wrung from Unembitter'd and free did the tear-drop descend ;
thee at last, We forgot in that hour how the statesman had err’d,
And which found all his wants at an end, was reAnd wept for the husband, the father, and friend.
“ Was this, then, the fate"-future ages will say, Oh! proud was the meed his integrity won,
When some names shall live but in history's curse;
Be forgotten as fools, or remember'd &s worse-
"Was this, then, the fate of that high-gifted man,
The pride of the palace, the bower, and the hall,
The orator-dramatist-minstrel,—who ran
Through each mode of the lyre, and was master of Had known what he was, and, content to be good,
all! Had ne'er, for our ruin, aspired to be great.
1 The sum was So, left through their own little orbit to move,
two hundred pounds-offered when
Sh-r-d-n could no longer take any sustenanco, and declined, His years might have rollid inoffensive away; for him, by his friends.
“Whose mind was an essence, compounded with art | When the world stood in hope--when a spirit, that From the finest and best of all other men's powers
breathed Who ruled, like a wizard, the world of the heart, The fresh air of the olden time, whisper'd about, And could call up its sunshine, or bring down its And the swords of all Italy half-way unsheathed, showers!
But waited one conquering cry to flash out! "Whose humour, as gay as the fire-fly's light, When around you, the shades of your mighty in fame,
Play'd round every subject, and shone as it play'da Filicajas and Petrarchs, seem'd bursting to view, Whose wit, in the coinbat, as gentle as bright, And their words and their warnings—like tongues of Ne'er carried a heart-stain away on its blade ;
Over Freedom's apostles--fell kindling on you ! “Whose eloquence-brightning whatever it tried,
Whether reason or fancy, the gay or the grave- Good God! that in such a proud moment of life, Was as rapid, as deep, and as brilliant a tide
Worth the history of ages—when, had you but As ever bore Freedom aloft on its wave !"
hurl'd Yes-such was the man, and so wretched his fate ;
One bolt at your bloody invader, that strife
Between freemen and tyrants had spread through And thus, sooner or later, shall all have to grieve,
the worldWho waste their morn's dew in the beams of the Great,
That then--oh disgrace upon manhood! even then, And expect 't will return to refresh them at eve! You should falter, should cling to your pitiful In the woods of the North there are insects that prey Cower down into beasts, when you might have stood
breath, On the brain of the elk till his very last sigh ;'
men, Oh, Genius! thy patrons, more cruel than they,
And prefer the slave's life of damnation to death! First feed on thy brains, and then leave thee to die!
It is strange—it is dreadful;-shout, tyranny, shout,
Through your dungeons and palaces, “Freedom is LINES
If there lingers one spark of her light, tread it out, WRITTEN ON HEARING THAT THE AUSTRIANS HAD
And return to your empire of darkness once more ENTERED NAPLES.
For, if such are the braggarts that claim to be free, Carbone Notati!
Come, Despot of Russia, thy feet let me kiss
Far nobler to live the brute bondman of thee, Ay-down to the dust with them, slaves as they are- Than to sully even chains by a struggle like this ! From this hour, let the blood in their dastardly Paris, 1821.
veins, That shrunk at the first touch of Liberty's war, Be suck'd out by tyrants, or stagnate in chains !
THE INSURRECTION OF THE PAPERS. On, on, like a cloud, through their beautiful vales,
Ye locusts of tyranny, blasting them o'erFill, fill up their wide sunny waters, ye sails
" It would be impossible for His Royal Highness to disen From each slave-mart of Europe, and poison their gage his person from the accumulating pile of papers that shore !
encompassed it.”- Lord CASTLEREAGH's Speech upon
Colonel M.Mahon's Appointment.
Last night I toss'd and turn'd in bed,
But could not sleep—at length I said, hands
“I'll think of Viscount C-STL-R-GH, Shall be forged into fetters to enter their souls !
And of his speeches--that's the way."
And so it was, for instantly And deep and more deep as the iron is driven,
I slept as sound as sound could be ; Base slaves! may the whet of their agony be,
And then I dream'd--oh, frightful dream! To think—as the damn'd haply think of that heaven
Fuseli has no such theme; They had once in their reach-that they might have been free!
- never wrote or borrow'd
Any horror half so horrid ! Shame, shame, when there was not a bosom, whose heat
Methought the P-e, in whisker'd staté, Ever rose o'er the ZERO of -'s heart,
Before me at his breakfast sate: That did not, like echo, your war-hymn repeat,
On one side lay unread petitions,
On 't other, hints from five physicians
Notes from my Lady, drams for vapours 1 Naturalists have observed that, upon dissecting an elk,
There plans of saddles, tea and toast, there were found in its head some large flies, with its brain almost eaten away by them.- History of Poland.
Death-warrants and the Morning Post.