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Till he starting cried, from his dream awake,
And the white canoe of my dear?'
Quick over its surface played -
The name of the death-cold maid !
Which carried him off from shore;
And the boat returned no more.
This lover and maid so true
And paddle their white canoe !
FROM BERMUDA, JANUARY, 1804.
I Lady D., I supposed, was at this time till in 2 The chapel of William Tell, on the Lake as Switzerland, where the powers of her pencil must | Lucerne, have been frequently awakened.
Oh! might the song awake some bright design,
Have you not oft, in nightly vision, strayed
The morn was lovely, every wave was still,
Nothing can be more romantic than the little gliding for ever between the islands, and seer !i39 harbour or St. George. The number of beautiful to sail from
one cedar-grove into another, orm inlets, the singular clearness of the water, and altogether the sweetest miniaturu of nature that the animated play of the graceful little boats, ( can be imagined
Some elfin mansion sparkled through the shade ;
THE GENIUS OF HARMONY.
AN IRREGULAR ODE.
THERE lies a shell beneath the waves
Such as of old,
| This is an allusion which, to the few who which the hospitality of its owner robbed me op, are fanciful enough to indulge in it, renders the by asking me to visit him. He was a plain good scenery of Bermuda particularly interesting. In man, and received me well and warmly, but I the short but beautiful twilight of their spring never could turn his house into a Grecian temple pvenings, the white cottages scattered over the again. slands, and but partially seen through the trees * Ariel. Among the many charms which Ber. that surround them, assume often the appear. muda,ʻthe still vexed Bermoothes,'has for a poetic ance of little Grecian temples, and fancy may eye, we cannot for an instant forget that it is the embellish the pour fisherman's hut with columns scene of Shakspeare's Tempest, and that here he which the pencil of Claudo might imitate. I had | conjured up the delicate Ariel.' one favourite object of this kind in my walks,
This magic shell
Of those entrancing airs?
Oh ! seek it, wheresoe'er it floats;
And, if the power
Go, bring the bright sheil to my bower,
And thou shalt own,
From the pellucid tides, that whirl
From the rich sigh
On Afric's burning fields ;5
is an account of
" In the Histoire naturelle des Antilles there conjectures that the idea of the harmony of the Curaçoa, on the back of which were lines filled senting the solar beams as arrows, supposes them
some curious shells, found at spheres originated with this poet, who, in reprewith musical characters se distinct and perfect, to emit a peculiar sound in the air. was sung from one of them. that, the writer assures us, a very charming trio 5 In the account of Africa which d'Ablancon:t
has translated, there is mention of a tree in that Macrobius, tbe lanar tone is the gravest and hand produce very sweet sounds. (The'singing
According to Cicero, and his commentator country, whose branches when shaken by the Laintest on the planetary heptachord.
tree of the Arabian Nights. It is found in that the heavens are anirnal, attributes their har half shells like an opened walnut, whiclı, struck
Leone Hebreo, pursuing the idea of Aristotle, India. The musical sounds proceed from two mony to per:ect and reciprocal love. This 're- by the air, sound like castanets.) eiproco amor e os Leone is the oldotys of the 6 Alluding to the extinction, or at least the ancient Empedocles, who seems, in his Love and disappearance, of some of those fixed stars which Hate of the Elements, to have given a glimpse we are taught to consider as suns, attended of the principles of attraction and repulsion. each by its system. Descartes thought that our
* Leucippus, the atomist, imagined a kind of earth might formerly have been a sun, which portices in the heavens, which he borrowed from became obscured by a thick incrustation over ile Analagoras and possibly suggested to Descartes surface. This probably suggested the idea of 2 • Heraclides, pon the Vllegories of Homer, central fire.
O'er the cold bosom of the ocean wept,
Since thy aerial spell
Where she, who waked its early swell,
The syren, with a foot of fire,
Or guides around the burning pole
While thou !
Beneath Hispania's sun,
Thou'lt see a streamlet run,
Listen !-- when the night wind dies
There, by that wondrous stream,
Go, lay thy languid brow,
Sate on the chill Pangæan mount, 3
From which his soul bad drunk its fire !
What pious ecstasy
Whose seal upon this world impresti
Or, dost thou know what dreams I wove,
It is thought by some, that these are to be 2 They call his lyre apxalotpotov érta yopdov reckoned amongst the fabrications which were Opows. See a curious work by a professor or frequent in the early times of Christianity. Still Goreek at Venice, entitled Hebdomades, sive it appears doubtful to whom we should impute septem de septenario libri, lib. 4, cap. 3, p. 177. them; they are too pious for the Pagans, and to
3 Eratosthenes, telling the extreme veneration poetical for the Fathers. of Orpheus for Apollo, says that he was accustomed w go to the Pangwan mountain at daybreak, and
5 In one of the hymns of (1 pheus, he attribuies there wait the rising of the sun, that he might a figured seal to Apollo, with which he imabe the first to hail its beams.
gines that deity to have steniped a variety of * There are some verses of Orpheus preserved
sorms upon the universe. to us, which contain sublime ideas of the unity O Alluding to the cave near Samos, where and magnificence of the Deity. As those which Pythagoras devoted the greater part of his days Justin Martyr has produced:
and nights to meditation and the mysteries of Ούτος μεν χαλκειον ες ουρανον έστηρικται his philosophy. Jamblich. de Vit. This, as Χρυσειω νι θρονο, κ.τ.λ.
Holstenius remarks, was in imitation of the Ad. Græo, cohortat. Magi.