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Displays the cot or busy town,
The verdant mead or flowery vale; Or tells his woes to distant friends,
Or listens to the fire-side tale.
The ship, the sky, the rolling waves,
His contemplation every day; Unless a distant sail pass by,
Which for old Eugland bends her way. The sight again renews his grief,
Again he feels each parting pain; “ To happiness !" he thinks they go,
As swift they plough the foaming main.Why, foolish man, thy country leave?
Was it the pressure of the times ? No flowers of consolation grow,
Or bud, or bloom, in foreign climes. Thy home! where'er that home may be,
Thy friends! whate'er may be their state, Would prove a balm to beal thy woes,
A shelter from the storms of fate. England! my country and my home,
Thou only shalt my heart possess; Thou wilt my every sorrow soothe,
And steal a pang from each distress. England! the envy of the world ;
England! of mighty power and name; England! a Briton's proudest boast,
A British muse shall speak thy fame
THE LAST WISH OF RAYMOND THE ROMANTIC.
6 Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damned :
Whether the souls of the depart- As I lay on my couch, in a small Doed can visit the living has been long minican Convent at Naples, to which a matter of doubt and dispute; yet I had been conveyed through the the universality of the opinion seems, burning ashes of the volcano, by a in some degree, to countenance it. poor brother of that order, I dreamThere is a strange longing in hu- ed of home and of happiness; I fanman nature after the fearful and ter cied myself once more listening to rible secrets of the grave, that would the mighty weltering of the ocean, fain acquire knowledge of the state as it dashed its huge waves in defiwe are hereafter doomed to be pla ance against the rocks of my native ced in : that this curiosity should be shore; I heard again the war of that damped with fear is not to be won tremendous night-wind that appals dered at. The feeling of dim horror the heart of every Zetlander, as he that must accompany any communi. cowers shuddering in his small hacation with a being, which we know bitation ; deeming that the terrible to have been once as ourselves, but king of storms is abroad, shaking of which we know nothing either as his all-covering wings: and I thought to its nature, its power, or its intent: I was again scaling the dizzy steps the idea of corruption, of fear, of I have so often trod in quest of the mystery, and terror which is associ. eggs of sea-fowl; and beheld, from ated with such thoughts, lend inten- the rustling precipice, the eternal sity to horror, and clothe even the lashing and rushing of the boiling loathsomeness of the charnel-house sea beneath. Terrific as these viin more hideous apparelling; the sions were in themselves, my heart idea of which is abhorrence, the re- felt gladdened in the idea that I was ality distraction. I value not the treading no foreign strand; and ridiculous stories and feigned proofs that if I perished, the breeze that of Glavil, and such writers; but the gave life to my brethren, would redoubting of such a man as Johnson ceive my latest sigh. may shield from contempt another, As I passed through one of the who may believe in such appear- great piazzas or squares of the city,
met my friend Rudolph Feldspar, My health had been greatly in of the Mermaid, who seemed de jured by my last adventure in the lighted and surprised to see me; but, mountain ; indeed so much, that I greatly grieved to perceive the wonexpected not, and scarce hoped to derful change that the harassing recover; the fierce, ardent spirit of cares of my wild life had made upon Raymond was at length quelled: my constitution, I informed him of but I longed once more ere I closed my strange adventures, and expres
mortal career, to view again my sed to him the great desire I had to native Zetland : when once I had re-visit Zetland; he said that he himthought of this, my mind was like self was about to sail almost imme an electric flash darting from one diately for England, and thenee, object to another; all things assum after some slight preparation, he ed a brighter and more favorable ap- should direct his course homeward. pearance, and my heart yearned and “But perhaps," said he, "you will panted for the hour when I should join me;" and as he spoke, he adbehold, shrouded in all its misty vanced towards me, and taking my glory, the land of wind and storm. arm we proceeded onwards.
must know," said he, “there is a lodged the dim and reverend figures spectacle exhibited this day in the of the saints: as you gaze around, city which is rather of a singular with eyes determined to penetrate kind, and will, perhaps, amuse you; through the mysterious twilight that prayers are this day offered at the reigns over here, you may discern shrine of St. Januarius, their patron occasionally a half-closed door, prosaint, in the great cathedral; come, bably leading to some haunt of reliyou must with me, they will be about gious fanaticism, the sight of which it even now; we must, if possible, awakens strange feelings of curiosity contrive to banish this despondency. 'and awe. This St.Januarius of theirs,"continu We soon arrived at this reverend ed Feldspar, "you must know, suffer- pile; and I was witness to a spectaed martyrdom about the end of the cle which, though termed by Addithird century; and while the execu son a bungling performance, certaintioner was performing the act of deca- ly very much affected me: as we pitation, some pious personage I think entered, the organ was playing a caught about an ounce of his blood, low solemn music, which' rolled which has been preserved, without deeply along, and was answered aits decreasing, ever since." I smiled gain by sounds, like the whisperings at his jocularity; and he was con of a spirit, made by the crowd, who tinuing, when we perceived an im- waited in the intense agony of sumense multitude moving on towards perstition for the, in their eyes, the great cathedral, and made haste preternatural event. From the Cato join them: we found that it con thedral, after the priest had uttered sisted chiefly, of people of the first a low prayer, a few, amongst whom rank in Naples, headed by the bre. I was admitted, passed through a thren of the different religious orders; private door, and entered the chapel amongst the most conspicuous of of the saint; where I saw a sumptuwhich were the Franciscans, the ous press, with folding doors of silAugustines, and the Dominicans ; ver, which being opened, there gushand followed by an immense con ed forth a strong perfume ; and I course of the Lazaroni, who had beheld, cased in a large bust of sil. flocked from their caverns at Pensi- ver, studded with jewels and stones lippo, to be spectators of the scene. of an immense value, what I was Before this mêlée walked the chief told was the head of St Januarius; priest in his pontificials, bearing this was carefully lifted up and carupon a velvet cushion, richly orna. ried back to the Cathedral, where mented with gold, the costly vial the Chief Priest had remained. Upon containing a solid dark looking sub- the approach of this sacred effigy, stance resembling coagulated blood: he knelt down, took the vial in his upon this he looked with the deepest hands, and uttered a low prayer for marks of veneration and awe, and protection against the mountains, the band of monks seemed to re and thanks for the late deliverance. gard it with feelings of pride and ex I contemplated him with interest; ultation. The tops of the houses, for he was, indeed, a fine and venerwhich were principally of stone, and able picture. A few hoary locks flat-roofed, together with the balco- fell down his back as he knelt, and nies, were thronged with spectators, he strained his eyes heavenward in who bowed as the sacred relic passed the frenzy of devotion. There was a them; indeed, the miracle about to wildness, a tincture of belief in the be performed was considered as one miracle he expected to be performed, of the great of great by the Neapo- that sat upon his countenance, and litans.
gave a peculiar expression to his fine The Cathedral of Naples, though features: around him stood the peobuilt in the gothic style of architec-ple, gazing with fear, reverence, and ture, is, nevertheless, a splendid and expectation upon him; and the low magnificent building; and the first breaking and impressive sound of the view of it, awful and imposing; the organ completed the scene. Suddark and imbrowned walls cast a denly he rose, apparently in an er. gloomy and solemn shade over the tasy of joy—“Our prayer is granted whole of the inside, and scarcely re- my children,” said he'; “behold!" veal the dusky recesses, wherein are the held the vial towards them
the blood was liquified-the miracle father; and they believed that all was accomplished. Never did I hear their wishes had been granted, and any thing to equal the expressions of all their prayers heard. joy which the deluded multitude ut This tuinult was somewhat allayed tered: the air was rent with their by a full burst of the organ; and a shouts, and nothing was heard but chorus of voices, from some unseen blessings and exclamations of as- persons, chaunted the following tonishment: a thousand benedictions hymn" were showered upon the head of the
HYMN TO SAINT JANUARIUS."
Oh! listen thou saint of the mountain of flame :
As the last strain died away in the I had been conveyed to Feldspar's echoes of the Cathedral, the rush of lodgings in the city; from whence, the crowd, who were absolutely elec as soon as my health permitted, we trified, and who seemed determined, set sail for England. We weighed though it should be at the expense anchor under the most favourable of their lives, to see the holy blood, circumstances; but I shall not atwas tremendous ; indeed so powe tempt to describe it; it would be erful, that by the violence of the superfluous, tedious, and monotofirst shock, Feldspar and I were se nous; it was like all others, parated ; and every one was so closeTy jammed together, that it was quite
“ Alternate sun, alternate showers;” impossible to move: it was at this and descriptions, by much more skilmoment that I felt a slight pressure ful hands, would equally apply to it; on my shoulder; and a voice in low one thing, however, happened, which but deep accents whispered in myear, is too important to be omitted.. “Raymond! remember your pledge. One evening we were suddenly -I shuddered the voice thrilled becalmed: not a breath of air could through me my blood ran back to be felt, and the vessel floated simy heart. I had heard the voice, it lently upon the vast and stirless sea. resembled George Harvey's, though She seemed a huge, solitary thing it was deeper. I endeavoured to upon a boundless plain, where silence gain a sight of the mysterious speak ever brooded. I never saw so dead er, but it was impossible; my arms a calm : the sailors crowded and were fast squeezed to my sides, and huddled together, and shook their I could not turn my head : horrible heads, and said it boded no good. ideas rushed into my mind - the The moon was shining calm and excessive pressure, the heat of the bright, high in the vaulted heavens, place, and my weak state of body and flooded the blue water with her overpowered me. I felt myself beams, which reflected them like pogrowing weaker and weaker. I lished silver. I stood near the stern, uttered a feeble cry for help, and and contemplated, with inexpressible faintcd.
feelings, this novel scene. Asi gazed,
I felt a soft and melancholy languor ever heard, accompanied as with the steal over me. I felt that delicious sad winding of a thousand horns, and ness which I had before experienced, the clashing of cymbals. It swellwhen listening to the soft song of the ed from softness to command, and Bucentunri, as I reclined in the gal. thrilled through the ears of every ley that bore me over the moonlight one. Nothing was visible, nor cond waves of the Adriatic. Suddenly, as I exactly tell whether the sounds I watched, a strain burst upon my proceeded from the water or the ears, wilder than any thing I had air.
SONG OF THE WATER SPIRITS.
Retire ! Retire !
Is passing by
Retire! Retire !
Upon the trembling sea.
Retire ! Retire !
Retire, or perish!
We listened in fear and astonish- death, yet unable to avoid it, like ment to this appalling command, the fair victim of the sea monster. and exclamations of terror were I alone felt all the power and gran. heard on all sides. The first con- deur of the scene; my life was a sideration was, how we were to straw to we; and I watched its apavoid the danger threatened, when proach with mixed emotions of awe the sea assumed an appearance that and hope. The noise of strange strangely contrasted with the slummusic and song now waxed louder bering quietude it had before exc and louder as the vast billow adhibited. At about the distance of vanced ; it rolled on, nearer and a mile, from where the vessel lay, nearer; we could now perfectly see there suddenly swelled a wave, which it; it was one immense sheet of towered up to the sky, and seemed water, like an arch, stretching for threatening defiance against the hea- miles, that cast its dark shadow vens; it rolled onwards like a giant over us. In it, forms stranger and in his pride, glorying in his immen- wilder than thought can conceive, or sity, and kissed, as it passed, the words describe, danced and plunged smiling face of the firmament. All about. In the centre, upon a throne were chilled to the heart, for we of purest chrystal, emitting rays doubted not that destruction was brighter than those of the sun, sat inevitable. How could it be avoided
an enormous figure, the like whereof --there was no retreating; there was was never seen. His head was as not wind enongh to crisp the sea, that of a bull, in which one eye much more to stir a sail. It ad- glared like a meteor ; and his huge vanced slowly and steadily on; and body, clothed in scales, that gleamed distant sounds of tumult and revelry like burning gold. Upon his right were heard, but near us, all was as hand, holding for a spear the spiral calm and placid as before ; like the lance of the sea unicorn, frowned treacherous desert wave, that smiles the dark form of the Miner of Zeller. as it lures on to death. Each one field, clad in armour of the most stood irresolute, gazing on the beautiful gems, each of them worth mighty moving thing ; expectant of an empire; on his left, a Spirit,