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And noiseless as a lovely dream is gone.
And was she here? and is he now alone?
gem hath dropp'd and sparkles o'er his chain ?
The tear most sacred, shed for others' pain,
That starts at once-bright-pure—from Pity's mine,
Already polish'd by the hand divine !
Oh! too convincing-dangerously dear-
In woman's eye the unanswerable tear!
That weapon of her weakness she can wield,
To save, subdue-at once her spear and shield :
Avoid it-Virtue ebbs and Wisdom errs,
Too fondly gazing on that grief of hers !
What lost a world, and bade a hero fly? .
The timid tear in Cleopatra's eye.
Yet be the soft triumvir's fault forgiven,
By this—how many lose not earth—but heaven!
Consign their souls to man's eternal foe,
And seal their own to spare some wanton's woe!
'Tis morn—and o'er his alter'd features play
The beams—without the hope of yesterday.
What shall he be ere night? perchance a thing
O'er which the raven flaps her funeral wing :
By his closed eye unheeded and unfelt,
While sets that sun, and dews of evening melt,
Chill-wet-and misty round each stiffen'd limb,
Refreshing earth reviving all but him!
“Come vedi-ancor non m'abbandona."
Slow sinks, more lovely ere his race be run,
Along Morea's hills the setting sun;
Not, as in Northern climes, obscurely bright,
But one unclouded blaze of living light!
O'er the hush'd deep the yellow beam he throws,
Gilds the green wave, that trembles as it glows.
On old Ægina's rock, and Idra’s isle,
The god of gladness sheds his parting smile;
O'er his own regions lingering, loves
Though there his altars are no more divine.
Descending fast the mountain shadows kiss
Thy glorious gulf, unconquer'd Salamis !
Their azure arches through the long expanse
More deeply purpled meet his mellowing glance,
And tenderest tints, along their summits driven,
Mark his gay course, and own the hues of heaven ;
, darkly shaded from the land and deep, Behind his Delphian cliff he sinks to sleep.
On such an eve, his palest beam he cast,
When-Athens ! here thy Wisest look'd his last.
How watch'd thy better sons his farewell ray,
That closed their murder'd sage's (11) latest day!
Not yet-not yet—Sol pauses on the hill
The precious hour of parting lingers still;
But sad his light to agonizing eyes,
And dark the mountain's once delightful dyes :
Gloom o'er the lovely land he seem'd to pour,
The land, where Phæbus never frown'd before,
But ere he sank below Cithæron's head,
The cup of woe was quaff'd—the spirit filed ;
The soul of him who scorn'd to fear or fly-
Who lived and died, as none can live or die!
But lo! from high Hymettus to the plain,
The queen of night asserts her silent reign. (12)
No murky vapour,
herald of the storm,
Hides her fair face, nor girds her glowing form;
With cornice glimmering as the moon-beams play,
There the white column greets her grateful ray,
And, bright around with quivering beams beset,
Her emblem sparkles o'er the minaret :
The groves of olive scatter'd dark and wide
Where meek Cephisus pours his scanty tide,
The cypress saddening by the sacred mosque,
The gleaming turret of the gay Kiosk, (13)
And, dun and sombre 'mid the holy calm,
Near Theseus' fane yon solitary palm,
All tinged with varied hues arrest the eye-
And dull were his that pass’d them heedless by.
Again the gean, heard no more afar,
Lulls his chafed breast from elemental war;
Again his waves in milder tints unfold
Their long array of sapphire and of gold,
Mixt with the shades of many a distant isle,
That frown-where gentler ocean seems to smile. (14)
Not now my theme_why turn my thoughts to thee ?
Oh! who can look along 'thy native sea,
Nor dwell upon thy name, whate'er the tale,
So much its magic must o'er all prevail ?
Who that beheld that Sun upon thee set,
Fair Athens ! could thine evening face forget ?
Not he_whose heart nor time nor distance frees,
Spell-bound within the clustering Cyclades !
Nor seems this homage foreign to his strain,
His Corsair's isle was once thine own domain-
Would that with freedom it were thine again!
The Sun hath sunk-and, darker than the night,
Sinks with its beam upon the beacon height
Medora's heart-the third day's come and gone-
With it he comes not-sends not-faithless one!
The wind was fair though light; and storms were
Last eve Anselmo's bark return'd, and
His only tidings that they had not met!
Though wild, as now, far different were the tale
Had Conrad waited for that single sail.
The night-breeze freshens-she that day had past
In watching all that Hope proclaim'd a mast ;
Sadly she sate-on high–Impatience bore
At last her footsteps to the midnight shore,
And there she wander'd heedless of the spray
That dash'd her garments oft, and warn'd away:
She saw not-felt not this—nor dared depart,
Nor deem'd it cold-her chill was at her heart;
Till grew such certainty from that suspense-
His very Sight had shock'd from life or sense!
It came at last-a sad and shatter'd boat,
Whose inmates first beheld whom first they sought;
Some bleeding—all most wretched—these the few
Scarce knew they how escaped this all they knew.
In silence, darkling, each appear'd to wait
His fellow's mournful guess at Conrad's fate:
Something they would have said; but seem'd to fear
To trust their accents to Medora's ear.
She saw at once, yet sunk not-trembled not-
Beneath that grief, that loneliness of lot,
Within that meek fair form, were feelings high,
That deem'd not till they found their energy.
While yet was Hope-they soften'd_futter'd-wept-
All lost that softness died not—but it-slept ;
And o'er its slumber rose that Strength which said,
“ With nothing left to love there's nought to dread."
'Tis more than nature's; like the burning might
Delirium gathers from the fever's height.
“ Silent you stand-nor would I hear you tell " What speak not
breathe not-for I know it well