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Thy choral memory of the bard divine, And weave their web again ; some, bow'd Thy love of Tasso, should have cut the knot
and bent, Which ties thee to thy tyrants ; and thy lot Wax gray and ghastly, withering ere their Is shameful to the nations,-most of all,
time, Albion ! to thee : the Ocean queen should And perish with the reed on which they leant;
Some seek devotion, toil, war, good, or crime, Abandon Ocean's children ; in the fall According as their souls were form'd to sink Of Venice think of thine, despite thy watery
or climb: wall.
But ever and anon of griefs subdued I lov'd her from my boyhood she to me
There comes a token like a scorpion's sting, Was as a fairy city of the heart,
Scarce seen, but with fresh bitterness imbued; Rising like water-columns from the sea,
And slight withal may be the things which Of joy the sojourn, and of wealth the mart;
bring And Otway, Ratcliff, Schiller, Shakspeare's Back on the heart the weight which it would art,
fling Had stamp'd her image in me, and even so,
Aside for ever : it may be a soundAlthough I found her thus, we did not part,
A tone of music,-summer's eve-or spring, Perchance even dearer in her day of woe,
A flower—the wind-the ocean—which shall Than when she was a boast, a marvel, and
wound, a show.
Striking the electric chain wherewith we are 19.
darkly bound; I can repeople with the past and of The present there is still for eye and thought,
24. And meditation chasten'd down, enough ; And how and why we know not, nor can And more, it may be, than I hoped or sought; And of the happiest moments which were Home to its cloud this lightning of the mind, wrought
But feel the shock renew'd, nor can efface Within the web of my existence, some The blight and blackening which it leaves From thee, fair Venice ! have their colours behind, caught :
Which out of things familiar, undesign'd, There are some feelings Time cannot be. When least we deem of such, calls up to view numb,
The spectres whoin no exorcism can bind, Nor Torture shake, or mine would now be The cold—the changed-perchance the dead cold and dumb.
The mourn'd, the loved, the lost—too many! But from their nature will the tannen grow
- yet how few! Loftiest on loftiest and least shelter'd rocks,
Wearied with the contemplation of Rooted in barrenness, where nought below Of soil supports them 'gainst the Alpine
scenes so humiliating to the eye shocks
man,—the Poet and the Pilgrim, for Of eddying storms ; yet springs the trunk, they are now confessedly the same, and mocks
rejoices to escape into the pure soliThe howling tempest, till its height and frame tude of nature, and to sooth his mind Are worthy of the mountains from whose with the survey of less transitory blocks
beauties. At Arqua, the little hamlet Of bleak, gray, granite, into life it came, And grew a giant tree ;-the mind may his life, and where his house, chair,
where Petrarch spent the last years of grow the same. 21.
&c. are still shewn to travellers, exExistence may be borne, and the deep root
actly as the relics of Shakspeare are at Of life and sufferance makes its firm abode Stratford-upon-Avon, Byron is filled In bare and desolated bosoms: mute with admiration of the modest retreat The camel labours with the heaviest load, selected by this illustrious poet, and And the wolf dies in silence,—not bestow'd enters fully, for a moment, into the In vain should such example be; if they, quiet and self-subdued spirit of one Things of ignoble or of savage mood,
with whom, in general, he appears to Endure and shrink not, we of nobler clay
have May temper it to bear.—it is but for a day.
very little in common. 22.
32. All suffering doth destroy, or is destroy'd,
And the soft quiet hamlet where he dwelt Even by the sufferer; and, in each event,
Is one of that comp. xion which seeins made Ends. Some, with hope replenish'd and For those who their mortality have felt,
rebuoy'd, Return to whence they came with like intent, In the deep unbrage ot'a green hill's shade,
And sought a refuge from their hopes decay'd
Which shows a distant prospect far away Venice Preserved ; Mysteries of Udol. Of busy cities, now in vain display'd, pho; the Ghost-seer, or Armenian ; the For they can lure no further; and the ray dlerchant of Venice ; Othello.
of a bright sun can make sufficient holiday,
nities of petty tyrants, is well fitted to Developing the mountains, leaves, and call up that mist of morbid contempt flowers,
through which Lord Byron delights And shining in the brawling brook, where-by, to look upon the frail pageants of exClear as its current, glide the sauntering hours
ternal grandeur. With a calm languor, which, though to the eye Idlesse it seem, hath its morality.
At Florence he seems to have If from society we learn to live,
thought of little except the statues in 'Tis solitude should teach us how to die; thegallery, and the tombs in the church It hath no flatterers ; vanity can give of Santa Croce. This, we think, is the No hollow aid ; alone-man with his God first time that he has ever come directmust strive.
ly upon the subject of art ; and alThe description of an Italian even though he is careful to tell us how ing on the banks of the Bretna, is one much he prefers a single green valley, of the most beautiful passages in the
or roaring cataract, and all the masterpoem. The poetry of Nature, which pieces of the chisel and the pencil
, he has learned 'from Wordsworth, still his soul is so conversant with ideal seems to be heightened and improved creations of loveliness, majesty, and in his hands, by the unseen influence terror, that he speaks of the Venus, of the more glorious scenes and cli- the Apollo, and the Laocoon, in a style mates to which he has transferred it.
which our readers will easily acknow27.
ledge to be far superior to any thing The Moon is up, and yet it is not night
which the admiration of art had beSanset divides the sky with her-a sea
fore embodied in English Poetry. Of glory streams along the Alpine height
49. Of blue Friuli's mountains ; Hcaven is free From clouds, but of all colours seems to be There, too, the goddess loves in stone, and
fills Melted to one vast Iris of the West, Where the Day joins the past Eternity ;
The air around with beauty ; we inhale While on the other hand, meek Dian's crest
The ambrosial aspect, which, beheld, instils Floats through the azure air-an island of Part of its immortality; the veil the blest !
Of heaven is half undrawn ; within the pale 28.
We stand, and in that form and face behold A single star is at her side, and reigns
What Mind can make, when Nature's self
would fail ; With her o'er half the lovely heaven; but still Yon sunny sea heaves brightly, and remains And to the fond idolaters of old Rolled o'er the peak of the far Rhætian hill, Envy the innate flash which such a soul could
mould. As Day and Night contending were, until Nature reclaim'd her order :-gently flows
There is something to us inexThe deep-dyed Brenta, where their húes instil pressibly touching in the transition The odorous purple of a new-born rose, from this splendid enthusiasm to the Which streams upon her stream, and glass'd mournful shades of the Florentine within it glows,
cemetry. Never was more deep mean29.
ing conveyed in one line than in the Fi’d with the face of heaven, which, from eighth of this stanza. afar,
54. Comes down upon the waters; all its hues,
In Santa Croce's holy precincts lie From the rich sunset to the rising star,
Ashes which make it holier, dust which is Their magical variety diffuse :
Even in itself an immortality, And now they change ; a paler shadow strews Though there were nothing save the past, Its mantle o'er the mountains ; parting day
and this, Dies like the Dolphin, whom each pang im- The particle of those sublimities
bues With a new colour as it gasps away,
Which have relaps'd to chaos :-here repose The last still loveliest, til—'tis gone and Angelo's, Alfieri's bones, and his,
The starry Galileo, with his woes ;
Here Machiavelli's earth, return'd to whence We must not venture upon Fer
it rose. rara. The strain of sentiment is in
Although the Venus is the only general quite the same with that of his Lament of Tasso. But Ferrara is great statue of which he speaks when
at Florence, we prefer to quote his only one of a long line of half-peo
verses concerning the Apollo and the pled cities, and perished sovereignties, Loacoon at the saine time. through which he passes; and the
160. view of such scenes, where all the
Go see misery that is appears so distinctly to Laocoon's torture dignifying painbe the necessary consequence of the A father's love and inortal's agony envious jealousies and brutal marig. With an immortal's patience blending:-- Vaix
all is gray.
The struggle ; vain, against the coiling strain Which reigns when mountains tremble, and
Plunge in the clouds for refuge, and with.
From their down-toppling nests; and bel, Rivets the living linksthe enormous asp
lowing herds Enforces pang on pang, and stifles gasp on Stumble o'er heaving plains, and man's dread gasp.
hath no words. :61.
65. Or view the Lord of the unerring bow, Far other scene is Thrasimene now; The God of life, and poesy, and light Her lake a sheet of silver, and her plain The Sun in human limbs arrayed, and brow Rent by no ravage save the gentle plough ; All radiant from his triumph in the fight; Her aged trees rise thick as once the slain The shaft hath just been shot--the arrow Lay where their roots are; but a brook hath bright
Made the earth wet, and tum'd the unwill.
rich as they are in relics of fallen And madden'd in that vision--are exprest
grandeur and inimitable art, and still AU that ideal beauty ever bless'd The mind with in its most unearthly mood, plays herself both in beauty and sub
more so in scenes where nature disWhen each conception was a heavenly guest limity, are, after all, only the avenues Starlíke, around, until they gathered to a god! to the main attraction of the poet and
From the smiling beauties of the the poem. Even Greece, with all her Vale of Arno, he rushes to breathe natural graces, and all her heroic reagain, an atmosphere more congenial collections, wants that majestic charm to his soul, among the rugged defiles of unapproached greatness, which of Thrasimene the imperishable man
binds the heart of every profound nument of Carthagenian skill and Roc thinker to the contemplation of the man despair. It is well known that skeleton of Rome, It was here that an earthquake, which shook all Italy, the nature of man arrayed itself in occurred during the battle, and was greatness so terrific, that it almost meunfelt by any of the combatants, rited the name of a disguise. It was 62.
here that imagination and passion, I roam
disdaining all individual hopes, and By Thrasimene's lake, in the defiles
feelings, and exactions, concentrated Fatal to Roman rashness, more at home;
themselves with unswerving pertinaciFor there the Carthaginian's warlike wiles Come back before me, as his skill beguiles
ty in the idea of country. The host between the mountains and the
A Roman thought himself great and shore,
noble, not because he was himself, not Where Courage falls in her despairing files, for any thing that himself had done or And torrents, swoln to rivers with their gore, could do, but simply because his birth Reek through the sultry plain, with legions and home were in the eternal city, scatter'd o'er.
Aħ other men are vain. The Roman 63. Like to a forest fellid by mountain winds ;
only was proud. He looked him.
upon And such the storm of battle on this day,
self as a being animated with the inAnd such the phrenzy, whose convulsion spirations of a nobler nature than is blinds
given to other men. Even the Greek, To all save carnage, that, beneath the fray, with all his philosophy, poetry, art, An earthquake ree'd unheededly away! and eloquence, was regarded as an inNone felf stern Nature rocking at his feet, genious animal of a lower species, And yawning forth a grave for those who lay Nay, the Greeks, rich as their accomUpon their bucklers for a winding-sheet;
plishments were, seem to have acknowSuch is the absorbing hate when warring ledged their inferiority, whenever they nations meet! 64
were brought into actual contact either The Earth to them was as a rolling bark
with the bodies or the spirits of these Which bore them to Eternity ; they saw
“ Men of Iron."
All round us; we but feel our way to err :
Our hands, and cry • Eureka! it is clear
82. Whose agonies are evils of a day
Alas! the lofty city! and alas !
When Brutus made the dagger's edge surpass
Her resurrection; all beside-decay.
Alas, for Earth, for never shall we see
Rome was free!
Oh thou, whose chariot rollid on Fortune's 80.
Thy country's foes ere thou would pause to
O'er prostrate Asia ;-thou, who with thy
Annihilated senates Roman, too,
• here was, or is,' where all is
The dictatorial wreath.--couldst, thou diThe double night of ages, and of her,
vine Night's daughter, Ignorance, hath wrapt To what would one day dwindle that which
Thee more than mortal ? and that so supine gel, from which our correspondent supposes By aught than Romans Rome should thus that Lord Byron has borrowed not a little
be laid ? of the spirit, and even of the expressions, of She who was named Eternal, and array'd the Fourth Canto. We cannot, we must
Her warriors but to conquero she who veiľa confess, observe any thing more than such Earth with her haughty shadow, and discoincidences, as might very well be expected
The opening of the German Her rushing wings-Oh! she who was Al. poem appears to us to be very striking ; but
mighty haild ! the whole is pitched in an elegiac key. Lord
The sagest of usurpers, Cromwell; he
What crimes it cost to be a moment free
And famous through all ages! but beneath
His day of double victory and death
And thou, dread statue ! yet existent in see a monument in every stone.
The austerest form of naked majesty,
Thou who beheldest, 'mid the assassins' din, Without an ark for wretched man's abode,
tion on the present political degrada-
tion of Rome and Italy, he adverts to 88.
the fantastic but generous designs of And thou, the thunder-stricken nurse of Rienzi, the friend of Fetrarch, who Rome!
perished in a vain attempt to restore She-wolf! whose brazen-imaged dugs impart the Roman republic in the fourteenth The milk of conquest yet within the dome
century. Where, as a monument of antique art,
114. Thou standest:- Mother of the mighty heart, Rienzi! last of Romans! While the tree Which the great founder suck'd from thy Of Freedom's withered trunk puts forth a leaf, wild teat,
Even for thy tomb a garland let it be Scorch'd by the Roman Jove's etherial dart, The forum's champion, and the peo...-8 And thy limbs black with lightning-dost chief
Her new-born Numa thou—with reign, Guard thine immortal cubs, nor thy fond alas! too brief. charge forget ?
Egeria! sweet creation of some heart Thou dost ;-but all thy foster-babes are Which found no mortal resting-place so fair dead
As thine ideal breast; whate'er thou art The men of iron; and the world hath rear'd
Or wert,--a young Aurora of the air, Cities from out their sepulchres: men bled
The nympholepsy of some fond despair ; In imitation of the things they fear'd,
Or, it might be, a beauty of the earth,
Too much adoring; whatsoe'er thy birth,
116. But, vanquish'd hy himself, to his own
The mosses of thy fountain still are sprinkle slaves a slave
With thine Elysian water-drops ; the face 90.
Of thy cave-guarded spring, with years un-
Of the cleft statue, with a gentle leap
and ivy, creep, beam'd,
Fantastically tangled ; the green hills
Flowers fresh in hue, and many in their class,
Dance in the soft breeze in a fairy mass;
Here didst thou dwell, in this enchanted And would be all or nothing—nor could
Egeria! thy all heavenly bosom beating For the sure grave to level him ; few years For the far footsteps of thy mortal lover ; Had fix'd him with the Cæsars in his fate, The purple Midnight veil'd that mystic On whom we tread : For this the conqueror
With her most starry canopy, and seating