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No banner from the lonely tower

Shall wave its blazon'd folds on high; There the tall grass and summer flower

Unmark'd shall spring and die. No more thy bard for other ear

Shall wake the harp once loved by thineHush'd be the strain thou canst not hear,

Last of a mighty line !


[It was in the battle of Sheriffmoor that young Clantonald fell, leading on the Highlanders of the right wing. His death dispirited the assailants, who began to waver. Glengarry, chief of a rival branch of the Clan Colla, started from the ranks, and, waving his bonnet round his head, cried out, “ To-day for revenge, and to-morrow for mourn

The Highlanders received a new impulse from his words, and, charging with redoubled fury, bore down all before them. - See the Quarterly Review article of “ Culloden Papers."]


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CHIEFTAINS, lead on ! our hearts beat high

Lead on to Salem's towers ! Who would not deem it bliss to die,

Slain in a cause like ours? The brave who sleep in soil of thine, Die not entomb'd but shrined, 0 Palestine !

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Souls of the slain in holy war !

Look from your sainted rest. Tell us ye rose in Glory's car,

To mingle with the blest; Tell us how short the death-pang's power, How bright the joys of your immortal bower.


Young son of the brave ! we may weep for thee now. For well has thy death been avenged by thy band,

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Prepare the pageart and the choral song,

And we have wept when soaring genius died, The pealing chimes, the blaze of festal light ! Check'd in the glory of his mid career! And hark! what rumour's gathering sound is nigh? But here our hopes were centred-all is o'er : Is it the voice of joy, that murmur deep?

All thought in this absorb'd,-she was—and is no Away! be hush'd, ye sounds of revelry !

more! Back to your homes, ye multitudes, to weep ! Weep! for the storm hath o'er us darkly pass'd, And England's royal flower is broken by the blast! We watch'd her childhood from its earliest hour,

From every word and look blest omens caught;

While that young mind developed all its power, Was it a dream? so sudden and so drcad

And rose to energies of loftiest thought. That awful fiat o'er our senses came !

On her was fix'd the patriot's ardent eyeSo loved, so blest, is that young spirit fled, One hope still bloom'd, one vista still was fair; Whose early grandeur promised years of fame? And when the tempest swept the troubled sky, Oh! when hath life possess'd, or death destroy'd She was our dayspring—all was cloudless there; More lovely hopes, more cloudlessly that smiled? And oh ! how lovely broke on England's gaze, When hath the spoiler left so dark a void? E’en through the mist and storm, the light of For all is lost-the mother and her child !

distant days.
Our morning-star hath vanish'd, and the tomb
Throws its deep lengthen'd shade o'cr distant
years to come.

Now hath one moment darken'd future years,
And changed the track of ages yet to be!

Yet, mortal! midst the bitterness of tears,
Angel of Death ! did no presaging sign

Kneel, and adore th' inscrutable decree ! Announce thy coming, and thy way prepare ? Oh! while the clear perspective smiled in light, No warning voice, no harbinger was thine, Wisdom should then have temper'd hope's excess; Danger and fear seem'd past—but thou wert there! And, lost One ! when we saw thy lot so bright, Prophetic sounds along the earthquake's path We might have trembled at its loveliness. Foretell the hour of nature's awful throes; Joy is no earthly flower-nor framed to bear, And the volcano, ere it burst in wrath,

In its exotic bloom, life's cold, ungenial air.
Sends forth some herald from its dread repose :
But thou, dark Spirit ! swift and unforeseen,
Cam'st like the lightning's flash, when heaven is All smiled around thce : Youth, and Love, and
all serene.

Hearts all devotion and all truth were thine !

On thee was riveted a nation's gaze,
And she is gone !—the royal and the young, As on some radiant and unsullied shrine.
In soul commanding, and in heart benign! Heiress of empires ! thou art pass'd away
Who, from a race of kings and heroes sprung, Like some fair vision, that arose to throw
Glow'd with a spirit lofty as her line.

O'er one brief hour of life a fleeting ray,
Now may the voice she loved on earth so well Then leave the rest to solitude and woe!
Breathe forth her name unheeded and in vain; Oh! who shall dare to woo such dreams again !
Nor can those eyes on which her own would dwell Who hath not wept to know that tears for thee
Wake from that breast one sympathy again :

were vain? The ardent heart, the towering mind are fled, Yet shall undying love still linger with the dead.

Yet there is one who loved thee--and whose soul

With mild affections nature form'd to melt; Oh, many a bright existence we have seen

His mind hath bow'd beneath the stern control Quench'd in the glow and fulness of its prime; Of many a grief—but this shall be unfelt ! And many a cherish'd flower, ere now, hath been Years have gone by—and given his honour'd head Cropt ere its leaves were breathed upon by time. A diadem of snow; his eye is dim ; We have lost heroes in their noon of pride, Around him Heaven a solemn cloud hath spreadWhose fields of triumph gave them but a bier ; The past, the future, are a dream to him !




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Yet, in the darkness of his fate, alones
He dwells on earth, while thou in life's full pride

art gone!

All deeply, strangely, fearfully serene,
As in each mvaged home th' avenging one had




The Chastener's hand is on us--we may weep,
But not repine-for many a storm hath pass'd,
And, pillow'd on her own majestic decp,
Hath England slept, unshaken by the blast!
And War hath raged o'er many a distant plain,
Trampling the vine and olive in his path ;
While she, that regal daughter of the main,
Smiled in serene defiance of his wrath !
As some proud summit, mingling with the sky,
Hears calmly far below the thunders roll and dic.

The sun goes down in beauty-his farewell,
Unlike the world he leaves, is calmly bright;
And his last mellow'd rays around us dwell,
Lingering, as if on scenes of young delight.
They smile and fade-but, when the day is o'er,
What slow procession moves with measured

Lo! those who weep, with her who weeps no more,
A solemn train—the mourners and the dead !
While, throned on high, the moon's untroubled ray
Looks down, as carthly hopes are passing thus away.



Her voice hath been th’awakener—and her name
The gathering-word of nations. In her might,
And all the awful beauty of her fame,
Apart she dwelt, in solitary light.
High on her cliffs, alone and firm she stood,
Fising the torch upon her beacon-tower-
That torch whose flame, far streamingo'er the flood,
Hath guided Europe through her darkest hour.
Away, vain dreams of glory !--in the dust
Be humbled, Ocean-queen ! and own thy sentence

just !

But other light is in that holy pile,
Where, in the house of silence, kings repose;
There, through the dim arcade and pillard aisle,
The funeral torch its deep-red radiance throws.
There pall, and canopy, and sacred strain,
And all around the stamp of woe may bear;
But Grief, to whose full heart those forms are vain,
Grief unexpress'd, unsoothed by them-is there.
No darker hour hath Fate for him who mourns,
Than when the all he loved, as dust, to dust




Hark! 'twas the death-bell's note! which, full

and deep, Unmix'd with aught of less majestic tonc, While all the murmurs of existence sleep, Swell’d on the stillness of the air alone ! Silent the throngs that fill the darken'd street, Silent the slumbering Thames, the lonely mart; And all is still, where countless thousands meet, Save the full throbbing of the awe-struck heart !

We mourn-but not thy fate, departed One !
We pity—but the living, not the dead;
A cloud hangs o'er us!“the bright day is done,"
And with a father's hopes, a nation's fled.
And he, the chosen of thy youthful breast,
Whose soul with thine had mingled every thought-
He, with thine early fond affections blest,
Lord of a mind with all things lovely fraught;
What but a desert to his eye, that earth,
Which but retains of thee the memory of thy


1" I saw him last on this terrace proud,

Walking in health and gladness ;
Begirt with his court-and in all the crowd

Not a single look of sadness.


“ The time since he walk'd in glory thus,

To the grave till I saw him carried, Was an age of the mightiest change to us,

But to him a night unvaried.

A daughter beloved--a queen--a son

And a son's sole child had perish'd; And sad was each heart, save the only one

By which they were fondest cherislı'd."

Oh! there are griefs for nature too intenso,
Whose first rude shock but stupifies the soul ;
Nor hath the fragile and o'erlabour'd sense
Strength e'en to feel at once their dread control.
But when 'tis past, that still and speechless hour
Of the seal'd bosom and the tearless eye,
Then the roused mind awakes, with tenfold power
To grasp the fulness of its agony !

1 - The bright day is done,

And we are for the dark."-SHAKSPZARE.

_"The Contrast," written under Windsor Terrace, 17th Feb. 1820, by IIorace Smith, Esq.

Its death-like torpor vanish'd-and its doom,
To cast its own dark hues o'er life and nature's


And thy young name, ne'er breathed in ruder tone, Thus dying, thou hast left to love and grief alone.



And such his lot whom thou hast loved and left,
Spirit ! thus early to thy home recall’d!
So sinks the heart, of hope and thee bereft,
A warrior's heart, which danger ne'er appall'd.
Years may pass on--and, as they roll along,
Mellow those pangs which now his bosom rend;
And he once more, with life's unheeding throng,
May, though alone in soul, in seeming blend;
Yet still, the guardian-angel of his mind
Shall thy loved image dwell, in Memory's temple


Daughter of Kings ! from that high sphere look

down Where still, in hope, affection's thoughts may rise; Where dimly shines to thee that mortal crown Which earth display'd to claim thee from the skies. Look down ! and if thy spirit yet retain Memory of aught that once was fondly dear, Soothe, though unseen, the hearts that mourn in

vain, And in their hours of loneliness-be near ! Blest was thy lot e’en here--and one faint sigh, Oh! tell those hearts, hath made that blest



Yet must the days be long ere time shall steal
Aught from his grief whose spirit dwells with thee:
Once deeply bruised, the heart at length may heal,
But all it was-oh! never more shall be.
The flower, the leaf, o'erwhelm'd by winter snow,
Shall spring again, when beams and showers return,
The faded cheek again with health may glow,
And tho dim eye with life's warm radiance burn;
But the pure freshness of the mind's young bloom,
Once lost, revives alone in worlds beyond the tomb.


But thou ! thine hour of agony is o'er,
And thy brief race in brilliance hath been run;
While Faith, that bids fond nature grieve no more,
Tells that thy crown-though not on earth-is won.
Thou, of the world so early left, hast known
Nought but the bloom and sunshine--and for thee,
Child of propitious stars ! for thee alone,
The course of love ran smooth and brightly free.
Not long such bliss to mortal could be given :
It is enough for earth to catch one glimpse of heaven.

2 These stanzas were dated, Brownwhylfa, 23d Dec. 1817, and first appeared in Bluck.cood's Magazine, vol. iii. April 1818.

EXTRACT FROM QUARTERLY REVIEW. “The next volume in order consists principally of translations. It will give our readers some idea of Mrs Hemans' acquaintance with books, to enumerate the authors from whom she has chosen her subjects ;--- they are Camoens, Metastasio, Filicaja, Pastorini, Lope de Vega, Francisco Manuel, Della Casa, Cornelio Bentivoglio, Quevedo, Juan de Tarsis, Torquato and Bernardo Tasso, Petrarca, Pietro Bembo, Lorenzini, Gesner, Chaulieu, Garcilaso de Veganames embracing almost every language in which the muse has found a tongue in Europe. Many of these translations are very pretty, but it would be less interesting to select any of them for citation, as our readers might not be possessed of or acquainted with the originals. We will pass on, therefore, to the latter part of the volume, which contains much that is very pleasing and beautiful. The poem which we are about to transcribe is on a subject often treated and no wonder; it would be hard to find another which embraces so many of the elements of poetic feeling; so soothing a mixture of pleasing melancholy and pensive hope ; such an assemblage of the ideas of tender beauty, of artless playfulness, of spotless purity, of transient yet imperishable brightness, of affections wounded, but not in bitterness, of sorrows gently subdued, of eternal and undoubted happiness. We know so little of the heart of man, that when we stand by the grave of him whom we deem most excellent, the thought of death will be mingled with some awe and uncertainty; but the gracious promises of scripture leave no doubt as to the blessedness of departed infants; and when we think what they now are and what they might have been, wliat they now enjoy and what they might have suffered, what they have now gained and what they might have lost, we may, indeed, yearn to follow them; but we must be selfish indeed to wish them again constrained' to dwell in these tenements of pain and sorrow. The · Dirge of a Child,' which follows, embodies these thoughts and feelings, but in more beautiful order and language:

“No bitter tears for thee be shed," etc.-Vide page 55.


What though, ere yet the noonday of thy fame
Rose in its glory on thine England's eye,
The grave's deep shadows o'er thy prospect came?
Ours is that loss—and thou wert blest to die !
Thou mightst have lived to dark and evil years,
To mourn thy people changed, thy skies o'ercast;
But thy spring morn was all undimm'd by tears,
And thou wert loved and cherish'd to the last !

1 " The course of true love never did run smooth."



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