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I have vast cities all renowned afar ;
Bagdad whose ramparts armour-like appear ;
Mysore is throned, a queen; Medina seems
Bristling with spires upon its thousand towers, And o'er its gay kiosques, in golden beains,
The cohort of an army's banded powers Camped on the plain, while from afar appears O'er gorgeous tents the glittering of its spears.
Thebes, standing still, seems, on the desert sands,
To wait its people absent since the dawn, Madras a double city broadly stands ;
Afar, in splendour, Delhi towers alone, Where, turret crowned, twelve elephants can march Abreast beneath its gate's triumphal arch.
Fair child, amid such wonders fly with me;
Come o'er the roofs, with flowers and garlands gay, To the wild Arab's camp, and thou shalt see
The maids dance featly at the close of day,
Beneath the sycamore and fig-tree, there
The dome of Moorish minaret softly swells;
The porcelain tower with all its gilded bells,
We'll push aside the plantain-leaves that shado
The dreamy young Sultana in her bath;
That nightly from her lattice, o'er the path,
First in the East earth's paradise was set,
And spring perennial strews, with lavish hand,
Joy smiles for ever in my happy land;
My happy country is the nebulous West :
Where the white cloud in varying vapour flies;
And sombre or serene in lonely guise
Watching its aspect in the distant skies.
There is a sweetness for the sorrowing heart,
Where the dark lake above the forest pours
Its wreathing mists, and where stern winter lowers On the high hills as he would ne'er depart; And in the star that looks like lovely hope Mingling its dawn in heaven's dim azure cope
With the gray cadence of the evening hours.
Our shadowy skies will please thy infant woes
That o'er thy mother's absence wake and weep:
The hum of brooks; the echoes light that leap
That lately lulled thy cradled head to sleep.
Seek not blue skies where the horizons lie :
Vapours, and mists, and thunder-clouds are given
In grand confusion to our varied heaven, Tempering our beams; while to the gazer's eye, Those fleecy masses, hurried dark and fast, Assume the shape of wondrous billows vast
Up from some world unknown impetuous driven.
On our rough seas the winds for me exalt
The thundering tubes columnar, air and sea;
My songs arrest the storm careering free ;
Like a bright bridge of purest pearl, for me.
The Alhambra's frail and Moorish porticos
Are mine ; and mine the Grotto's haunted hall
With its basaltic pillars dark and tall,
Where stood the palaces of old Fingal.
Startling the night with counterfeited dawn,
There oft, at my command, a meteor streams
Ruddy and far amid the skies, and gleams
Bathing in ocean all its thousand beams.
My sisters bright shall be my servants all :
Then come with these, and let us gaily throng
The old morose abbaye with dance and song. My dwarfs and giants shall obey thy call : Come wind thy horn upon some trackless height, To guide the viewless dogs that, through the night,
Pursue the chase our startled woods along.
Thou, too, shalt see, amid his feudal halls,
In humble guise, the stately baron bold
And lofty scutcheons blazoned on the walls ;
Stained on the glass in colourings of gold.
In gothic churches old our spells arou se,
Thro' the weird aisles, the breezes loud or low,
That with a fitful voice of wailing flow.
In revelry unceasing to and fro.
What soft enchantments dwell amid the West !
Heaven is too far; thy wing is feeble; come,
Come, and forget with us the wish to roam
Far sweeter than the country of his home.
The wavering sprite, with less reluctant ear,
Heard the fallacious summons, almost won ;
He caught a glimpse of Heaven, and he was gone!
TO THE WALL-FLOWER.
Most fragrant flower !—The early born of Spring.
Oh! I do love thee! Not so much that thou
Art one amongst the first to deck the brow
As above all, for this Where thou dost chuse
Thy dwelling once, altho' Time's hand may bruise,
Though desolation's crumbling finger shake
Yes! I do love thee most, that for the sake
VOL. III. NO. XIX.
A FRIEND IN NEED.
For some little time after the ladies left The baronet stretched his hand to the the room there was an attempt at desultory young man, as he said, “my dear boy, you conversation on the parts of Sir Jasper and have sayed me a world of trouble, and I Frank-ending, as all such attempts are thank you. Let the subject drop for ever ; sure to do, in failure. Ulick had his own duty, and an unpleasant exercise of it too, reason for silence, and after the lapse of a would have urged me to speak; and now little time there was no sound to be heard that you have so kindly forestalled me in the except the occasional tinkling of a glass or occasion, I am perfectly content.
One more a decanter, when Frank suddenly broke glass to our nearer and dearer connexion, ground, after a glance at his friend, by say- and so to the ladies. What say you, Mr. ing to Sir Jasper,
Blake ?” "By the way, Sir Jasper, I had a mes- “Why, to say the truth, sir,” said Frank, sage from you to-day, by Isabella, that you " Mr. Blake is the person to whose advice wished to speak with me."
I owe it, that I have pleased you in this " Ahem! Why—to say truth, I did wish matter, by anticipating your just remonto speak with you."
strance, and promising to you a different “Very good, sir, then I ain perfectly at career.
" Then I am obliged to Mr. Blake, my The good baronet was disturbed ; any- dear Frank, and I think it creditable to you thing approaching to an angry discussion to acknowledge so freely your having taken was alike foreign to his nature, and particu- his advice." larly repugnant to his habits of easy self- “ Nay, after all, Sir Jasper, I assure you indulgence after dinner; still he felt that be the advice I gave was only accepted because should not shrink from the conveyance of he had previously made up his mind 10 foladvice, or even censure, upon a subject in low the same course himself. Men as much which all that was dear to him was most in- in love as my friend Frank, seldom hesitate terested, and after a momentary panse be between the smiles of beauty and the charms commenced,
of a pack of cards; and in this instance he “You see, my dear Frank, I- but only followed the example of an Irish friend after all I don't see why we should trouble of mine, who never failed to collect the sepaMr. Blake with our family discussions, so rate opinions of his acquaintance, not with take your wine and call on me at twelve to the idea of following their counsel, but by morrow.”
acting according to his own, to convince "I should rather hear you now, sir, and them of his understanding. No more wine, as to my friend Blake, I have no objection thank you.” They proceeded to the drawto his presence if you have not, particularly ing-room, and the evening ended happily. as you opinions on the subject in hand hap- Shortly after midnight they separated, and pen to coincide.”
Ulick having seen Frank and Miss Elton to “ Indeed !"
their own home, proceeded on foot to his “Indeed. You have heard reports, I am lodging. The night was fiue, calm, and aware, sir, of my habits of play, which, cool, and he loitered on from street to street, though possibly exaggerated in the main, now thinking over the enjoyments of the are, nevertheless, substantially true. Under day, now calculating on his own chances of the circumstance in which I am placed in being enabled to inanufacture a large fortune your family, your anxiety is natural and just, out of a small one ; giving himself up, in and does you honor; I am the spoiled child, short, to those fancies and speculations however, of fortune-unused to reproach, which, let them commence as they will, it to remonstrance even; but I say to you, is the blessed privilege of youth and health upon my honor as a gentleman, that I have to turn to its own advantage, when he was had serious thoughts of giving up the pro- passed by a tall, slight figure, who seemed pensity to which you object before to-day, belated and anxious to gain home, and and that from this moment I do so for whose thoughts were evidently pleasant ones, ever."
for he hummed a gay air as he walked jaun
I bid you."
tily forward. He had passed Ulick some ing my leave-still worse and worse isn't little way, when, on the opposite tack, and it?" coming against him, three young men ap- “Horrible, most horrible," again shouted proached, arm-in-arın; as they passed him his comrade. somewhat rudely, and without making way “ Go home, sir, you are drunk, and sleep in the least for him on the flags, to prevent off your ill-manners," said the person stophim from being obliged to step into the ped, with admirable coolness ; "if you are dirty street, he heard one endeavour to stop what I scarcely expect to find you, you will the others by a rough reinonstrance, coupled see my address on this card, when you are with an oath, from doing something which sober enough to read it. May I ask, do you his companions with equal vehemence in- carry such things about sisted upon their right and pleasure to do. “No, my son, I don't,” said the rioter,
"Come along, I tell you, and be d— for “but here's my bill and a receipt in full for a pair of riotous blackguards,” expostulated you," and as he spoke he struck his interrothe person who first spoke, “d'ye think I'm gator across the face with sufficient force to to have
my bones as well as my sleep broken make him stagger. with your cursed skylarking ? Come along, The person so rudely and wantonly as
saulted recovered himself instantly, and “I won't Bill, that's plain, 'till I have it throwing his cloak from his shoulders, placed out of the chap. I say, my fancy, let me a heavy and evidently an unexpected blow go. Let me go and be you'll tear my somewhere about the body of his opponent. new waistcoat."
He was a slight figure when uncloaked, but Right, my son, quite right,” hiccupped his hit was a palpable one, and given with the third," so let him go, Bill, and I'm the such thorough good-will that, had the other feller 'll back hiin. I say, now your up to not been urged on and seconded by the claret and the next nob to champagne, Tom, whoopings and yelling of his drunken friend, so push right down, and if I'm not in your the lesson already given would have been train call me sugar
I'll not melt, my sufficient. Both, however, now attacked the cosey."
passenger, while the third, contrary to Meantime the pugnacious party had es- Ulick's expectations, never interfered in the caped from the grasp of his better-advised least to draw off his friends or prevent them coinrade, who seeing possibly that further from the unmanly outrage they evidently remonstrance availed nothing, again took his contemplated. Nay, when Ulick comarm, and thụs arm-in-arm, as at first, they menced a remonstrance, he said insolently again brushed past Ulick, who, partly from enough,curiosity and partly from dislike at their in- “ I tell you what, my fine fellow, if you solence, kept close upon them until after a have a home, tramp for it; and until you brisk walk of a few minutes they again came reach it keep never ininding any man's buup with the person who had shortly before siness but your
own.” passed Ulick.
In his present temper a word of insolence He was still walking rapidly forward, and was, to our hero, what the sound of the bustill as he went he hummed his song. gle is to the war-horse, or the cry of the “ I say, my man ?"
beagle to the thoroughbred. The passenger stopped his song and turned A man's business, you scoundrel,” he briskly round.
said, in high dudgeon, “and do you call “I say, my fine feller, you're just after this a man's business? or dare you call doing two most ungentleinanly things ? and yourself a man, to stand by and look at it ?" so as I took the trouble to come back and tell And, without wasting more words, he struck you, I expect you'll say how much obliged the second of the stranger's assailants, reyou are—won't
peating his blows until the fellow staggered “What are those two things ?" said the and finally fell. “ Fear nothing, sir,” said person addressed, in a somewhat contemp- he to the person he assisted, " the cowardly tuous tone.
ruffians have looked for a beating, and they Why, in the first place you touched my shall have it," and without further waste of elbow as you passed me-d- -d ungentle- time or speech, he again struck at and lemanly that—was it not ?"
velled his opponent, who had arisen and was “Horrible, by "chimed in his riotous staggering forward. Meantime, on looking abettor."
round for the third or more peaceable of the “And then you sing in the streets with-gang, he observed hiin ir. ull flight down out your music-master, or even without ask- the street, urged probab.v o that exercise