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Or, turning to the Vatican, go see
Laocoons torture dignitying pain-
A father's love and mortal's agony
With an immortal's patience blending :-Vain
The struggle; vain, against the coiling strain
And gripe, and deepening of the dragon's grasp,
The old man's clench; the long envenomed chain
Rivets the living links.- the enormous asp
Enforces pang ou pang, and stifies gasp on gasp
Or view the Lord of the unerring bow,
The God of life, and poesy, and light-
The Sun in human limbs arrayed, and brow
All radiant from his triumph in the fight,
The shaft hath just been shot-the arrow bright
With an immortal's vengeance; in his eye
And nostril beautiful disdain, and might,
And majesty, flash their full lightnings by,
Developing in that one glance the Deity.
But in his delicate forin--a dream of Love,
Shaped by some solitary nymph, whose breast
Long'd for a deathless lover from above,
And madden'd in that vision-are exprest
All that ideal beauty ever bless'd
The mind with in its most unearthly mood,
When each conception was a heavenly gust-
A ray of immortality-and stood,
Starlike, around, until they gathered to a god!
And if it be Prometheus, Heaven stole from
The fire which we endure, it was repaid
By him to whom the energy was given
Which this poetic marble hath array'd
With an eternal glory--which, if made
By human hands, is not of human thought;
And Time himself hath hallowed it, nor laid
One ringlet in the dust-nor hath it caught (wronght A tinge of years, but breathes the flame with which 'twas
But where is he, the Pilgrim of my song,
The being who upheld it through the part?
Methinks he cometh late and tarries long.
He is no inore these breathings are his last;
His wanderings done, his visions ebbing fast,
And he himself as nothing :-if he was
Aught but a phantasy, and could be class'd
With forms which live and suffer-let that pass-
His shadow fades away into Destruction's mass,
Which gathers shadow, substance, life, and all
That we inherit in its mortal shroud,
And spreads the dim and universal pall
Through which all things grow phantoms; and the cloud
Between us sinks and all which ever glowed,
Till Glory's self is twilight, and displays
A melancholy halo scarce allowed
To hover on the verge of darkness ; rays
Sadder than saddest night, for they distract the gaze,
And send us prying into the abyss,
To gather what we shall be when the frame
Shall be resolv'd to something less then this
Its wretched essence; and to dream of fame,
And wipe the dust from off the idle name,
We never more shall hear,—but never more,
Oh, happier thought! can we be made the same ;
It is enough in sooth that once we bore
[gore. These fardels of the heart-the heart whose sweat was
CLXVII. Hark! forth from the abyss a voice proceeds, A long low-distant murmur of dread sound, Such as arises when a vation bleeds With some deep and immedicable wound; Through storm and darkness yawns the rendiug ground The gulf is thick with phantoms, but the chief Seems royal still, though with her head discrown'd,
And pale, but lovely, with materual grief She clasps a habe, to whom her breast yields no relief.
Scion of chiefs and inonarchs, where art thou ?
Fond hope of many nations, art thou dead ?
Could not the grave forget thee, and lay low
Some less majestic, less beloved head?
In the said midnight, while thy heart still bled,
The mother of a moment, o'er thy boy,
Death hush'd that pang for ever; with thee fled
The present happiness and promised joy
Which fill'd the imperial isles so full it seem'd to cloy.
Peasants bring forth in safety.--can it be,
Oh thou that wert so happy, so adored !
Those that weep not for kings shall weep for thee,
And Freedom's heart, grown heavy, cease tu hoard
Her many griefs for ONE; for she had pour'd
Her orisons for thee, and o'er thy head
Beheld her Iris.- Thou, too, lonely lord,
And desolate consort-vainly wert thou wed!
The husband of a year! the father of the dead!
Of Aackcloth was thy wedding garment made;
Thy bridal's fruit is ashes; in the dust
The fair-haired Daughter of the Isles is laid,
The love of millions! How we did entrust
Futurity to her' and, though it must
Darken above our bones, yet fondly deem'd
Vur children should obey her child, and bless'd
Her and her hoped-for seed, whose promise seem'd Like stars to shepherds' eyes : 'twas but a meteor beam'd.
CLXXI. Woc unto us, not her; for she sleeps well : The fickle reel of popular breath, the tongue Of hollow counsel, the false oracle, Which from the birth of monarchy bath rung Its knell in princely ears, till the u'erstang Nations have arm'd in madness, the strange fate Which trumbles mightiest sovereigns, and hath flung Against their blind omnipotence a weight Within the opposing scale, which crushes soon or late,
These might have been her destiny ; but no,
Our hearts deny it: and so young, so fair,
Good without effort, great without a foe;
But now a bride and mother and now there!
How many ties did that stern moment tear!
From thy Sire's to this bumblest subject's breast
It linked the electric chain of that despair,
Whose shock was as an earthquake's, and opprest The land which loved thee so that none could love thee CLXXIII.
Lo, Nemi! navelled in the woody hills
So far, that the uprooting wind which tears
The oak from his foundation, and which spills
The ocean o'er its boundary, and bears
Its foam against the skies, reluctant spares
The oval mirror of thy glassy lake;
And, calm as cherish'd hate, its surface wears
A deep cold settled aspect ght can shake,
All coiled into itself and round, as sleeps the snake,
Apd near Albano's scarce divided waves
Shine from a sister valley; and afar
The Tiber winds, and the broad ocean laves
The Latian coast where sprung the Epic war,
“Arms and the Man," whose re-ascending star
Rose o'er an empire;-but beneath thy right
Tully reposed from home ;-and where yon bar
Of girdling mountains intercepts the sight
The Sabine farm was till'd, the weary bard's delight.
But I forget.—My pilgrim's shrine is won,
And he and I must part, so let it be,
His task and mine alike are nearly done ;
Yet once more let us look upon the sea ;
The midland ocean breaks on him and me,
And from the Alban Mount we pow behold
Our friend of youth, that ocean, which when we
Beheid it last by Calpe's rock unfold
Those waves, we followed on till the dark Euxine roll'd.
Upon the blue Symplagades : long years
Long, though not very many, since have done
Their work ou both; some suffering and some tears
Have left us nearly where we had begun;
Yet not in vain our mortal race hath run,
We have had our reward-and it is here!
That we can yet feel gladden'd by the sun,
And reap from earth, sea, joy almost as dear
As if there were no man to trouble what is clear.'
Oh! that the Desart were my dwelling place,
With one fair Spirit for my minister,
That I might all forget the human race,
And, hating no one, love but only her!
Ye Elements !-in whose ennobling stir
I feel myself exhalted-Can ye not
Accord me such a being ? Do I err
lu deeming such inhabit many a spot? Though with them to converse can rarely be our lot.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, wbere none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar :
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cau not all conceal.
Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean-roll !
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain ;
Man marks the earth with ruin-his controul
Stops with the shore; upon the watery plain
The wrecks are all thy deed, nor doth remain
A shadow of man's ravage, save his own,
When, for a moment, like a drop of rain,
He sins into thy depths with bubbling groan, Without a grave, unknell'd, umcoffin'd, and unknown.