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We sail;—thou readest well the misery
Told in these faded eyes, but much doth

sleep Within, which there the poor heart loves to


Or dare not write on the dishonoured brow; Even from our childhood have we learned to

steep The bread of slavery in the tears of woe, And never dreamed of hope or refuge until now.

XXIV. “Yes—I must speak—my secret should

have perished Even with the heart it wasted, as a brand Fades in the dying flame whose life it

cherished, But that no human bosom can withstand Thee, wondrous Lady, and the mild com

mand Of thy keen eyes :yes, we are wretched

slaves, Who from their wonted loves and native land

Are reft, and bear o'er the dividing waves The unregarded prey of calm and happy graves.

XXV. “We drag afar from pastoral vales the

fairest Among the daughters of those mountains

lone, We drag them there, where all things best

and rarest Are stained and trampled :-years have come

and gone Since, like the ship which bears me, I have


No thought ;-but now the eyes of one dear

Maid On mine with light of mutual love have

shoneShe is my life, I am but as the shade Of her,-a smoke sent up from ashes, soon to


XXVI. «• For she must perish in the Tyrant's hallAlas, alas !'-He ceased, and by the sail Sate cowering—but his sobs were heard by


And still before the ocean and the gale
The ship fled fast till the stars 'gan to fail,
And round me gathered, with mute coun-

tenance, - The Seamen gazed, the Pilot, worn and pale With toil, the Captain with grey locks, whose

glance Met mine in restless awe-they stood as in a


XXVII. “• Recede not! pause not now! thou art

grown old, But Hope will make thee young, for Hope

and Youth Are children of one mother, even Love

behold! The eternal stars gaze on us !—is the truth Within your soul? care for your own, or ruth For others' sufferings ? do ye thirst to bear A heart which not the serpent Custom's

tooth May violate?-be free! and even here, Swear to be firm till death!' they cried, “We

swear! we swear!'

XXVIII. “The very darkness shook as with a blast Of subterranean thunder at the cry; The hollow shore its thousand echoes cast Into the night, as if the sea, and sky, . And earth, rejoiced with new-born liberty, For in that name they swore! Bolts were

undrawn, And on the deck with unaccustomed eye

The captives gazing stood, and every one Shrank as the inconstant torch upon her coun

tenance shone.

ΧΧΙΧ. They were earth's purest children, young

and fair, With eyes the shrines of unawakened thought, And brows as bright as spring or morning, ere Dark time had there its evil legend wrought In characters of cloud which wither not. The change was like a dream to them ; but

soon They knew the glory of their altered lot, In the bright wisdom of youth's breathless

noon, Sweet talk, and smiles, and sighs, all bosoms

did attune.

xxx. “But one was mute, her cheeks and lips most


Changing their hue like lilies newly blown, Beneath a bright acacia's shadowy hair, Waved by the wind amid the sunny noon, Showed that her soul was quivering; and

full soon That Youth arose, and breathlessly did look

On her and me, as for some speechless boon:

I smiled, and both their hands in mine I took, And felt a soft delight from what their spirits



“ That night we anchored in a woody bay, And sleep no more around us dared to hover Than, when all doubt and fear has passed

away, It shades the couch of some unresting lover, Whose heart is now at rest: thus night

passed over In mutual joy :-around, a forest grew Of poplars and dark oaks, whose shade did

cover The waning stars prankt in the waters blue, And trembled in the wind which from the

morning flew.


“The joyous mariners, and each free maiden, Now brought from the deep forest many a

bough, With woodland spoil most innocently laden; Soon wreaths of budding foliage seemed to

flow Over the mast and sails, the stern and prow Were canopied with blooming boughs,—the

while On the slant sun's path o'er the waves we go

Rejoicing, like the dwellers of an isle Doomed to pursue those waves that cannot cease

to smile.

III. The many ships spotting the dark blue deep With snowy sails fled fast as ours came nigh, In fear and wonder; and on every steep Thousands did gaze; they heard the startling


Like earth's own voice lifted unconquerably
To all her children, the unbounded mirth,
The glorious joy of thy name-Liberty!
They heard !-As o'er the mountains of the

earth From peak to peak leap on the beams of morn

ing's birth:

IV. “So from that cry over the boundless hills, Sudden was caught one universal sound, Like a volcano's voice, whose thunder fills Remotest skies,—such glorious madness

found A path through human hearts with stream

which drowned Its struggling fears and cares, dark Custom's

brood; They knew not whence it came, but felt

around A wide contagion poured—they called aloud On Liberty—that name lived on the sunny flood.

v. “We reached the port-alas ! from many

spirits The wisdom which had waked that cry was

fled, Like the brief glory which dark Heaven in


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