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But Linden show'd another sight,

From Æthiopia's lofty mountains rollid, When the drum beat at dead of night,

Where Nile's proud stream through gladCommanding fires of death, to light

den'd Egypt pours, The darkness of the scenery.

In raptur'd strains thy praise was hymn'd of old, By torch and trumpet fast array'd,

And still resounds on Ganges' faithful shores! Each horseman drew his battle-blade, Within thy beauteous coral's full-blown bell And furious every charger neigh'd

Long since the immortals fix'd their fond To join the dreadful revelry :

abode; Then shook the hills by thunder riven; There day's bright source, Osiris, lov'd to dwell, Then flew the steed to battle driven ;

While by his side enamour'd Isis glow'd. And rolling like the bolts of heaven,

Hence, not unconscious, to his orient beam Far Aash'd their red artillery.

At dawn's first blush thy radiant petals spread, But redder yet their fires shall glow

Drink deep the effulgence of the solar stream, On Linden's heights of crimson'd snow; And, as he mounts, still brighter glories And bloodier still the torrent flow

shed. Of Iser rolling rapidly.

When at the noon-tide height his fervid rays The combat deepens ! on, ye brave,

In a bright deluge burst on Cairo's spires, Who rush to glory, or the grave !

With what new lustre then thy beauties blaze, Wave, Munich, all thy banners wave,

Full of the God, and radiant with his fires ! And charge with all thy chivalry.

Brilliant thyself, in store of dazzling white 'Tis morn ;—but scarce yon level sun

Thy sister-plants more gaudy robes unfold; Can pierce the war-clouds rolling dun, This flames in purple-that, intensely bright, Where fiery Frank and furious Hun

Amid th' illumin'd waters burns in gold. Shout in their sulphury canopy. Few, few shall part where many meet;

To brave the tropic's fiery beam is thine, The snow shall be their winding-sheet;

Till in the distant west his splendors fade;

Then too thy beauty and thy fire decline,
And every sod beneath their feet
Shall be a soldier's sepulchre.

With morn to rise in lovelier charms array'd.
Thus from Arabia borne, on golden wings,

The Phenix on the sun's bright altar dies;

But from his flaming bed, refulgent, springs, $265. A British War-Song.

And cleaves, with bolder plume, the sapphire

skies. Quit the plough, the loom, the mine ; What mystic treasures in thy form conceald


Perpetual transport to the sage supply; Join our brothers on the brine;

Where Nature, in her deep designs reveald, Arm, ye brave,-or slavery !

Awes wondering man, and charms th' exPeace, so lov’d, away is filed;

ploring eye! War shall leave his iron bed;

In thy prolific cup and fertile seeds, To your arms, avengers dread!

Are trac'd her grand regenerative powers ; Strike, oh strike at tyranny.

Life springing warm from loath'd putrescence For our homes, our all, our name!

breeds, Blast again the tyrant's aim ;

And lovelier germs shoot forth and brighter Britain's wrongs swift vengeance claim;

flowers. Rush to arins-or slavery.

Nor food to the enlightend mind alone, Lo! the shades of Britons proud !

Substantial nutriment thy root bestow'd ; Hear them in yon flitting cloud !

In famine's vulture-fangs did Egypt groan, “ Freedom, children, or a shroud,"

From thy rich bounteous horn abundance Choose with British bravery.

flow'd. Heroes of the sea, the shore,

Hence the immortal race in Thebes rererd, Quit your laurell'd rest once more ;

Thy praise the theme of endless rapture made, Dreadly rouse the battle's roar,

Thy image on a hundred columns reard, Vengeance hurl on tyranny !

Ánd veil'd their altars with tline hallowd


But far beyond the bounds of Afric borne, $206. The Lotos of Egypt; a Poem. By the Thy fowers the Lama's gilded shrine adorn,

Thy honors flourish'd 'mid Thibetian snows; Rev. T. Maurice.

Ảnd Boodh and Bramah on thy stalk repose. Emblem sublime of that primordial power, Where'er fair Science dawn'd on Asia's shore,

That brooded o'er the vast chaotic wave, Where'er her hallow'd voice Devotion rais d, Accept my duteous homage, holy flower, We see thee graven on the golden ore,

As in thy favorite flood my limbs I lave. And on a thousand sparkling gems emblaz'd.

I go,

Child of the sun, why droops thy withering | “And ah!" said the youth, "since to-morrow

head, While high in Leo flames thy radiant sire? To fight in a far-distant land, With Egypt's glory is thy glory fled,

Your tears for my absence sonn ceasing to flow, And with her genius quench'd thy native fire! Some other will court you, and you will bestow For, direr than her desert's burning wind,

On a wealthier suitor


hand." Gaul's furious legions sweep yon ravag‘d vale; “Oh, hush these suspicions,"fair Imogene said, Death stalks before, grim Famine howls behind, So hurtful to love and to me; And screams of horror load the tainted gale. For if you be living, or if you be dead,

stead Nile's crimson'd waves with blood polluted roll; I swear by the Virgin that none in your Her groves, her fanes, devouring fire con

Shall husband of Imogene be. sumes ;

“Andife'er for another my heart should decide, But mark, slow-rising near the distant pole, Forgetting Alonzo the Brave,

A sudden splendor all her shores illumes. God grant that to punish my falsehood and pride, Fatal to Gaul, 'tis Britain's rising star,

Thy ghost at my marriage may sit by my side, That in the south the bright ascendant gains, May tax me with perjury, claim me as bride, Resplendent as her Sirius shines from far,

And bear me away to the grave.”
And with new fervors fires the Libyan plains. To Palestine hasten'd the warrior so bold,

His love she lamented him sore;
A race as Egypt's ancient warriors brave,
For her insulted sons indignant glows;

But scarce had a twelvemonth elaps’d, when

behold, Defies the tropic storin, the faithless wave, And hurls destruction on their haughty foes. A baron, all cover’d with jewels and gold,

Arriv'd at fair Iniogene's door.
Exulting to his source old Nilus hears
The deep'ning thunders of the British live:

His treasure, his presents, his spacious domain,

Soon made her untrue to her vows, Again its lovely head the Lotos rears,

He dazzled her eyes, he bewilder'd her brain, Again the fields in rainbow glories shine.

He caught her affections, so light and so vain, Still wider, beauteous plant! thy leaves extend, And carried her home as his spouse.

Nor dread the eye of an admiring muse; In union with the rising song ascend,

And now had the marriage been blest by the

priest, Spread all thy charms, and all thy sweets diffuse.

The revelry now was begun;

The tables they groan'd with the weight of the Of that bold race beneath the Pleïads born,

feast, To chant thy praise a northern bard aspires; Nor yet had the laughter and merriment ceas'd, Nor with more ardor erst at early dawn

When the bell of the castle roll done! The Theban artists smote their votive lyres. 'Twas then with amazement fair Imogene found For, oh! can climes th’excursive genius bound? A stranger was placed by her side; Narimid Siberia bursts the heav'n-taught His air was terrific, he utter'd no sound, strain,

He spoke not, he mov'd not, he look'd not At either pole the Muse's songs resound,

around, And snows descend and whirlwinds


in But earnestly gaz'd on the bride. vain.

His vizor was clos'd, and gigantic his height, Four thousand summers have thy pride survey'd, His armor was sable to view ;

Thy Pharaohs moulder in their marble tombs; All laughter and pleasure were hush'd at his Oblivion's wings the pyramids shall shade,


[affright, But thy fair family unfading blooms ! The dogs as they eyed him drew back with Still’mid these ruin'd tow’rs admir'd, rever'd,

And the lights in the chamber burnt blue. Wave high thy foliage, and secure expand; His presence all bosoms appear'd to dismay, These vast but crumbling piles by man were The guests sat in silence and fear; rear’d;

At length spoke the bride, while she trembled But thou wert form'd by an immortal hand !


pray, With Nature's charms alone thy charms shall Sir knight, that your helmet aside you would lay,

And deign to partake of our cheer.” With Being's self thy beauteous tribe decline; The lady is silent--the stranger complies, Oh! living, may thy fow'rs my temple shade, And his vizor he slowly unclos'd. And decorate when dead my enried shrine ! Oh gods! what a sight met fair Imogene's eyes,

What words can express herdismay and surprise, $ 267. Alonzo the Brave and the Fair Imogene. When a skeleton's head was expos'd ! M. G. Lewis, Esq.

All present then utter'd a terrified shout, A WARRIOR so bold, and a virgin so bright, And turn’d with disgust from the scene; Convers'd as they sat on the green :

The worms they crept in, and the worms they They gaz'd on each other with tender delight, crept out, Alonzo the Brave was the name of the knight, And sported his eyes and his temples about, The maid was the Fair Iinogene.

While the spectre address'd Imogene:




“ Behold me, thou false one! behold me!” he | To think that time so soon each sweet devours,

To think so soon life's first endearments fail, “ Behold thy Alonzo the Brave.

Aud we are duped by Hope's amusive tale; God grants that, to punish thy falsehood and Who like a flatterer, when the happiest hours pride,

Are past, and most we wish her cheering lay, My ghost at thy marriage should sit by thy side, Will Ay as faithless and as fleet as they ! Should tax thee with perjury,claim thee as bride,

And bear thee away to the grave.”
This saying, his arms round the lady he wound,

$ 270. Sonnet. At a Convent. Bowles. While fair Imogene shriek’d with dismay; Ir chance some pensive stranger hither led, Then sunk with his prey through the wide- His bosom glowing from majestic views, yawning ground,

The gorgeous dome, or the proud landscapeNor ever again was fair Imogene found,

hues, Or the spectre that bore her away.

Should ask who sleeps beneath this lonely bed, Not long liv'd the baron, and none since that


Matilda! To the cloister'd scene, To inhabit the castle presume:


A mourner beauteous and unknown, she came, For chronicles tell, that by order sublime,

To shed her tears unmark'd, and quench the There Imogene suffers the pains of her crime, of ruthless love: yet still her look serene

flame And mourns her deplorable doom. At midnight four times in each year does her. As the pale moonlight in the midnight aisle.

Her voice was soft, which yet a charm could sprite,

lend When mortals in slumber are bound, Like that which spoke of a departed friend, Array'd in her bridal apparel of white, And a meek sadness sat upon her smile! Appear in the hall with the skeleton knight, Be the rude spot by passing pity blest, And shriek as he whirls her around.

Where, hush'd to long repose, the wretched While they drink out of skulls newly torn from

rest. the grave, Dancing round them pale spectres are seen: Their liquor is blood, and this horrible stave

$ 271. Sonnet. Bowles. They howl: “ To the health of Alonzo the O TIME, thou know'st a lenient hand to lay Brave,

Softest on sorrow's wounds, and slowly thence And his consort, the false Imogene.” (Lulling to sad repose the weary sense)

The faint pang stealest unperceiv'd away; § 268. Sonnet. Bowles.

On thee I rest my only hope at last,

And think, when thou hast dried the bitter tear Whose was that gentle voice, that whisper- That Aows in vain o'er all my soul beld dear, ing sweet,


may look back on ev'ry sorrow past, Promis'd, methought, long days of bliss sincere? And meet life's peaceful evening with a smile, Soothing it stole on my deluded ear,

As some lone bird at day's departing hour Most like soft music that might sometimes cheat

Sings in the sunbeam of the transient show's, Thoughts dark and drooping. 'Twas the voice Forgetful though its wings are wet the while; of Hope.

Yet ah! how much must that poor heart Of love and social scenes it seem'd to speak,

endure, Of truth, of friendship, of affection meek;

Which hopes from thee, and thee alone, That hand in hand along life's downward

a cure! slope Might walk with peace, and cheer the tranquil hours:

$ 272. The Tunbridge School Boy. Spokenly Ah me! the prospect sadden'd as she sung;

Mr. Thomas Knox at the annual Visitation Loud on my startled ear the death-bell

rung: of Tunbridge School. Chill darkness wrapt the pleasurable bowers Sweet is thy month, O Maia! nor less sweet She built-whilst pointing to yon breathless Life's earliest prime, when roseate blossomsblow clay,

[away!" In Fancy's fairy meads, the Elysian fields She cried, “ No peace be thine : away, Of infantine illusion, on the breast

Of boys, who court, like us, the classic Muse, $ 269. Sonnet. Bowles.

And daily sip the dews of Castalie.

Happy the school-boy! did he prize his bliss, As o'er these hills I take my silent rounds, "Twere ill exchang’d for all the dazzling gems Still on that vision which is flown I dwell! That gaily sparkle in ambition's eye;

On images I lov’d, (alas, how well!) His are the joys of nature, his the smile, Now past, and but remenaber'd like sweet sound The cherub smile, of innocence and health,

Of yesterday! yet in my breast I kcep Sorrow unknown, or if a tear be shed, Such recollections, painful though they seem; He wipes it soon; for hark! the cheerful voice And hours of joy retrace, till from my dream Of comrades calls him to the top, or ball.

I wake, and find them not: then I could weep. Away he hies, and clamors as he goes

With glee, which causes him to tread on air ; | Is simple; yet ’tis nature's voice, and comes Bounding along elastic to the field,

Directly from the heart;—and to the heart Or play-ground, scarce the well-stuff’d leathern It deeply pierces ; I could weep, and smile orb

To think I wept-how plaintive are the notes ! Springs from the earth so light, so swift as he: Like such as oft I hear the nightingale And well he earns the sport he well enjoys, Modestly warble from the thickest shade, For from the morning's dawn o'er learning's Concealment seeking, yet betray'd by tones His steady eye has por'd till eventide. [page Softer and sweeter than Italia's sons Early he woke; and scarce had chanticleer Strain from their throats to raptur'd theatres. Announc'd Aurora's orient blushing beams, But not to ode and elegy alone When from the furret of the classic dome His ardor leads; his emulative skill The bell importunate rang shrill and loud, In epigram he tries; and many a point And call’d him from his pillow; up he sprang, Inserts which Martial might not blush to own, Shaking soft slumbers from his shining eyes, With classical expression neat and terse. And eager to renew his daily task.

Oft on the banks of Medway, near the dome First lowly on his knees with orisons

Of Sydney's noble race, he sits reclin'd, His Father high in heaven he supplicates And meditates the verse where Waller sat To bless his earthly sire, her that bore him, And sung his Sacharissa ; by his side Friends, tutors, all that watch with anxious care Horace and Ovid. While the trembling reed To guide his footsteps in the paths of peace: With Ay appendant lures the golden chub, Then to the limpid spring he hies, and laves His pencil in his hand, he studious notes In the cold element his morning face.

Some bright idea, or some polish'd phrase His Aowing locks well kempt, all neat and fresh Suggested by the Muse that haunts the groves As vernal violets wash'd with drops of dew, Of Penshurst, classic ground: if Britain's isle He takes his seat upon the classic bench, Can boast such ground, then Penshurst's is the With Lily's volume duly op'd before him,


[scream And cons the task to memory assign'd, Though solitude now reigns, and the heron's Repeating rules of grammar o'er and o'er Drowns with the din each song of Philomel. With patience unsubdued; but now and then The task well finish'd, to the master's eye He sweetens toil with gingerbread's nice cates, The stripling bard submits with anxious heart, Or apples par'd unseen beneath the form, Happy, ihrice happy could it meet with praise. Or conversation softly interchang'd

His hosom throbs, till soon the judge's brows, Of nests, and slides, and marbles, weighty cares, That frown'd terrific, gentler looks assume: Yet not unpleasing. Soon the busy school He calls the urchin with a friendly voice, Glows with a general hum, as when in May And stroking his curl'd locks, " "Tis good," The bees go forth to rifle honey'd flowers,

he cries, They buz and murmur, yet no labor slight, " And to reward thy well-done task I grant But bring home luscious loads to enrich the hive. A holiday.” Straight all the air resounds The morning part well said, new cares suc- “ A holiday!" loud shouts from infant lips ceed;

Proclaim a holiday! they eager rush For now the authors of a golden age,

To snatch the licens'd joy ; each moment lost Virgil and Horace, Tully's copious page,

Seems like an hour. Then take, Otake your fill, And Homer's manly melody, invite

Ye innocent tribes, nor let severity The ear attun'd by nature and by art,

Too rigorous rob you of the fleeting day: To revel in the luxury of verse,

'Tis brief at best, and hardly shall ye

know Or prose well measur’d, fraught with sense and In life's most boasted years a purer bliss sound

Or more exalted. Fly then o'er the lawn, Harmonious; polish'd is his ear, and keen Climbyonder hill-expatiate through the grove, His intellect, he hears, he tastes, he feels, Or from the green bank plunge into the wave. Till his whole soul elate with ecstasy,

Why need I urge? already they are gone ; Catching the flame of genius, boldly dares Some in the limpid stream already merg’d, To emulate the beauty he admires :

Their pastime take, and cleave the ambient Hence in the evening exercise the theme Or buoyant on the surface foat supine, [wave, Pregnant with moral truth, express'd in style Sporting like halcyons on the smooth expanse. Purely Augustan; one day sure to grace

Thus nerv’d with added strength they urge the The bar, the pulpit, or the author's page,

ball Himself to aggrandize, and serve mankind. At cricket, manly game! the boast of Kent, Nor seldom does the stripling snatch the lyre, Tunbrigia's sons against all England's race; And strike the deep-ton'd shell. Alcæus now Norlast, though least, the sprighily boysofJudd, He emulates; whose sinewy, nervous lines Scorning to be surpass'd in school, or field. Pour forth, like Handel's strains, full harmony;

Others, as seasons urge, with wary eye And now he sings with Sappho softly sweet; Search every thicket for the mossy nest; The liquid measures flow like honey'd drops

And, thoughtless of the wrong, the eggs despoil, That trickle from the dædal cells of bees,

Blue as the ethereal concave, streak'd vein'd Adonis closing the mellifluent lay

By nature's pencil with a thousand dyes. With gentlest cadence. Listen yet once more! 'Tis elegy I hear; the mouroful verse

* Sir Arthur Judd, the founder.



Oh! my companions ! rob not the poor bird, Hovers around their pillows ; rivers, groves, For many a pang she feels; but be content Bird's-nests on tops of tallest trees are seen, With viewing the fair prize, and leave it there. With callow young, or eggs of varied hue; Sweetly the song from yonder hawthorn bush Goldfinches, larks, or linnets, lim'd with twigs, Shall pay your generous pity as you pass ; Or snar'd in traps, or gudgeons on the hook. And conscious virtue shall a bliss bestow, The orchard's charms with added lures appear: Which rapine, though successful, never tastes, Already up the tree they seize the prize ; Though India's


enrich the plunderer. There plums and pippins, pears of freshest hue, Trust not in wrong and robbery for happi- Clusters of grapes, no longer out of reach, ness ;

Distil nectareous juices on their lips, Nor, when autumnal suns the pensile fruit Which seem to smack again : so strong and Mature and on the southern garden-wall

true Blushes the nectar'd peach like Hebe's cheek, Itnagination's pencil paints the scene. O’erleap the fence. Oh, turn thy roving eye Thus cheer'd by slumbers and a holiday, From orchards rich with vegetable gold, With double diligence they ply the task The pippin and the pear; and learn, like me, Upon the morrow: then vacation's good, The ripend cherry, shining, sleek, and plump, When to ingenuous minds allow'd it gives To view with all the stoic's apathy.

A spur to industry, and to genius fire. I hate the purple cluster of the grape

Rest and alternate labour, these combin'd When, out of reach, it peeps between the leaves With discipline, shall form the emulous youth Half shown and half conceal'd, to tempt the To high accomplishments in liberal arts ;

And when his friends and country call him forth Insidious beauty! Comrade, touch it not: To generous services in busy life, If e'er in evil hour thou pluck the fruit With energetic force he acts his part, Unlawful, thou shalt rue it, short-liv'd sweet And strict propriety, in every place, Follow'd by bitterness. The owner sees However arduous, in the social sphere. Unseen, and tells the master of thy theft. Happy and honor'd, prominent he stands Then lo, the birchen fasces-hateful twigs; Among the sons of men; and lustre flings Down go the galligaskins; sighs and sobs Back on the place where education stored Too plainly tell what penalties and woes His mind with arts that taught him to excel. Brings disobedience, and the tempting fruit Pardon my daring, if amid this group Of that forbidden tree. Then learn content: Of school-boys, who, beneath your fostering A little weekly stipend is thine own,

smiles, And freely use it, as it was given for use. The muses, graces, virtues, cultivate, Does thy mouth water? See the matron's stall, I venture to foretell that, spurning ease, Plums, nuts, and apples, rangʻd in shining Some shall emerge, and add to the renown rows,

Of Tunbridge school; an ancient hoary seat Invite, nor rigid Prudence bids forbear; Of classic institution, favour'd long There purchase, paying ready cash, and eat, By patronage of men whose liberal souls, Welcome as nuts to thee thy mite to her. Amid the cares of gain, commercial toils, Enjoy thy feast, poor imp, and freely taste, Chief cause of Britain's proud pre-eminence, No fears or qualms empois'ning the regale; Still find an hour to listen to the muse, Then, with light heart, and pockets lighter still, And honor arts which seek no sordid pelf, Eas'd of thy inoney-root of every harm ! But add a grace to life, and build up man. Away again to drive the circling hoop,

O'tis a noble edifice; and here Or spin the top, or knuckle down at taw. The solid basis must be firmly laid

But now the shades of eve and turret bell In elemental lore. The pious Judd Proclaim the holiday too soon expir'd

Some centuries past here plac'd the corner-stone: “ In boys! allin, boys!" Instant to the school His sons, disdaining to degenerate, Repairing, low they bend to that high Pow: Support and deck the pile. "Tis nobly done, That guards them from the sultry noon-tide And merits praise, which, though our hearts heat,

can feel,

(due. The pestilence that walketh in the night,

Our tongues want words to speak in language And out of mouths of sucklings and of babes A school-boy!-you've heard my artless tale; Ordained praise. The choral hymn and pray'r 'Tis a true piciure of my simple life; Ascends like incense to the throne of heaven. Then how should I in language adequate

And now all weary, and with eyes half-closd, Describe your merits ? "Tis a copious theme, Down on the couch they sink, nor sooner And asks a genius, as your bounty large. down,

But this I know, instructed in the arts Than sleep seals up their lids: how hush'd the Of elegance and taste beneath this roof, din,

And cherish'd by your smiles, the day may The merry noise that echoed o'er the field The live long day! 'Tis silent all and still When I may strike the lyre with manly grace, Along the chambers of the dormitory, And justify the favour which e'en now Save where a gentle breathing soothes the ear, Indulgence, blinding judgement, has bestow'd. Or now and then a voice that talks in sleep : Tunbridge, May 9, 1802. For many a vision, or fantastic dream,



T. X.

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