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BY MAJOR CALDER CAMPBELL.
Not on the boisterous MAIN,
To-day, and on the morrow wooingly
Not 'mid unpeopled Woods,
The bosom longs for fellowship; and, bowed
Not in the hour of WoE,
Of feeling craves a sympathising friend
But in the merry HALL,
For answering mirth and love's responsive glance;
In health, in mirth, in crowds,
Thy moments, thou shalt need no wakening chime
Yet, pause-Another spot,
When in the House of God hymned prayers impart
DELAVAL O'DORNEY: AN AUTOBIO- hand! The commander of our consort had
received his own orders, so there was little to
delay our aitack; we hove too for a moment PARTING company with the squadron, we to lower down the boat, and then standing made the land, and, following up the orders for a while close in-shore to avoid the light, of the admiral, everything seemed to favour we at length loosed the top-yallant sails, and, our enterprise—we escaped the notice of the wi:h the sea breeze freshening up astern, enemy-ihe night settled in unusually dark, bore rapidly down upon a large three-decker, and, without meeting any obstruction, we en the flag-ship of the capitan pacha, distinguish. tered the Bay of Scio. Never, to the eye of ed by the lanterns on her poop. Onward, onvengeance, was there presented a more gra- ward, we bore--still no alarm :—the Turks tifying or promising sight! In a moment, as in their fancied security, giving loose to their we rounded a headland, instead of the thick brutal passions, now only thought of gratify. darkness of the night a blaze of light bursting them at the expense of their miserable upon our startled vision. The Turkish fleet captives, and, seeing no need of caution, liad was illuminated from stem to stern; from the that night posted no look out men or watchers. truck of the huge line of battle-ship to her “Now, sons of the Greeks !" cried Canaris ; lower deck, there was one stream of light; "the moment of vengeance is come; bright the concentrated rays of a thousand lamps though their lights be, they themselves shall glittered on the surrounding waters, dazzling furnish a bonfire to.night, brighter and redder, by their brilliancy the sight of the infidels, to tell of the triumph of vengeance and the and shrouding our approach in deeper gloom. cross! Let us only be firm, and make sure work It was some high festival, and the sounds of of it. Forward! and project the grapnel! Now, savage revelry came floating across the wa- silence, my mates !” said he, steering the ters, waking the silence of those now desolate fire-ship right for the bow of the infidel. We shores, the scenes of the late terrific drama. were not more than three cables' length from To our ears such sounds were like the voices the enemy; the deep hum, mingled with rude of demons exulting over their work of car. music, and shouting of her immerise crew, nage ; but the hour of vengeance was at were heard as distinctly as if we were on
board. "'Tis time we see to ourselves into * Continued from p. 41.
the boat, men-into the boat, signor," whis
pered Canaris, and lashing the helm to wind. I vengeance !" Hark, hark! to that new ward, and taking the match, he applied it to cry of horror : the fire is approaching the the port-fire, which communicated with the magazine. See ! the desperate Mussulmans combustibles in the hold, and followed us into throw themselves overboard and perish in the boat, when we pulled with all our strength the waves—and then one loud explosion in-shore, to get out of the reach of danger; shaking earth and sea like an earthquake, we then calmly lay upon our oars, waiting to and the huge line of battle ship is torn asunwitness the event. A bright flame now flicker. der, and hurled, with all it contains, in blazed up from the fore part of the fire-ship, ing masses to the lurid skies. Down, down which kept steadily nearing the infidel, and they come-human remains and burning then burst into a red lurid blaze. With timbers hissing in the agitated waters, and breathless anxiety we now watched her pro- all around is wrapt in darkness : the still. gress. A moment more, and she had fasten- ness of death succeeds—there is nothing to ed herselt in the bows of the enemy, and we tell of the past convulsion, but a slight heavfelt that his destruction and our vengeance ing of the sea. were ceriäin. The mast of the fire-ship had We gazed at each other in silence, fallen just as she came in contact with the stunned by the awful catastrophe,—we ourinfidel, and for some time she lay unheeded selves had prepared and anticipated it. under their bows, a burning and destructive Camaris only spoke. "'Tis well,” said he, wreck. The bowsprit of the Turk was now in that even dying, the infidels had a foreflames, and in a moment the contagious ele- taste of that hell to which their bloody dee's ment had caught the rigging and shrouds, so well entitled them.” which glittered in the air like fiery serpents. We pulled out of the bay at sunrise, perThe besotted wretches now seemed awakened ceived the Greek squadron close in-shore, from their apathy, but only to fancy that the and got safely on board. I had not long joinfire was accidental, and proceeded from their ed, when, as the morning broke, we observown vessel, and to rouse to make futile efforts ed, and made the signal to chase, a large to extinguish it. Soon, however, they per- sloop of war, which was running along the ceived the real cause, and the imminence of land under a heavy press of canvass. We their danger, and their cry of alarm came had no doubt she was of the fleet dispersed like music to the ears of the vindictive Greeks. in the night, and as we were the best sailor
Terror and confusion were at their height in the squadron, outstripping the rest, we - there was no escape.
On the eve of sail. alone seemed to gain upon her. A sterning, all the Turkish boats were hoisted in. chase is proverbially a long one, and so it There was no time to get them out ; two proved, for it was late in the afternoon besmall quarter boats were lowered down, but fore we were within gunshot of the enemy. sank alongside from the crowd of eager The rest of our little squadron were then wretches that sprang into them. Now rose hull down to windward, and we off the island from her crowded decks the wild cry of des- of Mytilene. pair, and calls upon Allah and the prophet, ...“ Bravo !" said old Miaulis, rubbing his mingled with desperate ravings and blas- hands with delight, "we shall have to attack phemy. See! they cut their cables, and them single-handed-all the glory shall be vainly try to extricate themselves from their ours.” destructive enemy, but fast are her deadly He gave the word to clear for action, embraces. The whole of the fore part of and two nine-pounders on the forecastle their vessel is on fire, and they are driven were brought to bear upon the Turk. He back in one dense multitude towards the did not seem, however, to relish these disstern-now glows with fervent heat her tri. tant hostilities, or the ignominy of retreatple tier of artillery, and the loud roar of the ing; but seeing that he was fully equal to us, shotted guns peals forth at intervals, carry. and that there was no prospect of his being ing destruction into the hulls of the rest of overpowered by the other vessels of the the fleet, which, seized with consternation, Greeks coming up, as the breeze was dying are running out to sea.
away, and they far astern, he gallantly Every object in that huge burning mass hauled to the wind, clewed, up his courses, was to us as visible as if it had been noon- and hoisting at the same time his blood-red day. Ha! who is that hoary wretch, rush. ensign, calmly awaited our approach. ing wildly from side to side in the poop, Miaulis now briefly but emphatically ad. tearing his beard, and waving his arms con- dressed his men; they were mostly islanders, vulsively above his head ? 'Tis the savage natives of Hydra and Ipsara, good seamen desolator of Scio! It is the capitan pacha ! and brave fellows, and they answered him See ! see ! how he stands on the break of with cheers. It was evident, however, from the poop, and calls in desperation on his bar the equality of force, and the gallant bear. barous crew to save him ! He calls in ing of the Turk, that the action would be vain !-he, whose word an hour ago had obstinate and bloody. We still kept bearbeen as imperious as fate, is now as unheed- ing steadily down, the guns were cast loose, ed as any of the wretched mass that throng the boarding-pikes were arranged, and the around him. The Greeks gloated upon this men stood silently at their quarters, while terrific sight.
old Miaulis, firm and collected, kept pacing “Ay,” said Canaris, in a deeply suppress. slowly the quarter-deck, the captain, an old ed voice ; "ay, countrymen-this indeed is follower, and a lieutenant, standing by to
execute his orders. Topmen were now sent condition to work round our antagonist, and
| limbs were strewn about, and the entire Miaulis now determined on his tactics ; decks covered with the dead or dying. the larboard guns were instantly loaded with The few wretches, not more than a dozen, grape and canister : and, with the starboard, who survived this carnage, rushed below as the men were told to take steady aim at the we gained the deck, with the exception of a masts and rigging. We were now within haughty Mussulman, who stood aft, waving half a cable's length, and Miaulis gave the with fierce gestures his scimitar, while with word, “ Fire !” At the same moment we the other hand he held the line by which the received the broadside of the infidel, which ensign was suspended ; his rich garb and killed a man at the gun I was standing jewelled ataghan bespoke him the com. near, and gave severe splinter wounds to mander ; and I was rushing forward with several ; a few suppresed groans were alone the rest, to contend for the honour of taking, heard. The smoke rolled a way, and Miaulis and hauling duwn the Turkish ensign, when had the satisfaction of seeing that our fire a low moaning caught my ear, and, stumhad brought down the enemy's fore.topsail bling over the prostrate bodies of the slain, yard, which hung in the slings. In a mo- my oleg was clasped by some one lying ment he was up in the wind, and taken aback, amongst them. With a blow of my sabre I and the confusion of the Turks was extreme was about to shake off the encumbrance,
"Ready about!” cried old Miaulis, leap. when looking down ward, who do I behold !ing from the carronade slide, on which he my lost preserver and faithful servunt, Nicolo had raised himself, and perceiving in an in- Vasi, blackened and disfigured, lying stant the situation of the enemy; " round amongst a group of captive Greeks, chained with her, and stand ready to give the infidels to a dismounted gun;* the small Greek flag a taste of our Grecian grape.'
which we had seen was in his grasp. To “ We ranged across the bows of the Turk, seize a handspike, prise up the gun-carriage, and ere he could recover himself, raked him and loose the fetiers of the unhappy boy, was with a broadside of these destructive mis about the work of a moment: he was frec, siles; the yell which rose from his crowded and I was turning to look aft, where the des. deck told its deadly effect. The Turk now perate Moissulman, with his back to the tafmanaged to pay off, and gave us a partial | frail, was engaged in a fierce encounter, keepbroadside ; but from the want of head-sails ing at bay all his assailants, when Nicolo he broached-to again next minute ; and, seized me by the hand, and pulled me to the once more, with a terrible discharge of gangway: • Save yourself-0 save yourgrape and canister, we raked his decks self?" cried the boy, as with a violent effort fore and aft. We hove-to, and taking up our he fung me overboard with himself ; the position on his bow, poured in broadside next moment I was struggling in the sea, after broadside in quick succession. The just as, with a terrific explosion, the Turkish main top.mast of the infidel now fell over corvette blew up. the side; but she fell off frorn the wind at It appeared, the Turks who survived the the same time his broadside was brought to action, in consequence of a previous resolubear, and he obstinately renewed the engagement, and kept up a very heavy fire for
* Numbers of Greek captives were found in this some time; but our vessel had suffered but condition on board of the Turkish ships at Navalittle in her rigging, so that we were in a'rino.-Ed.
tion, had blown themselves up sooner than thee appear, thiş thy noble devotion in the surrender a practice which, however des-cause of an oppressed and fallen people perate, is by no means uncommon in their would still be a proud and sufficient vindi. Daval history, and thus, for the second time, cation of thy memory! was the failbful Nicolo the preserverofmy life. All Greece was on tiptoe, waiting with
While I continued cruising in the Archi-anxiety the arrival of her illustrious friend. pelago, the campaign was vigorously con. After many disappointments, it was at length ducted on the continent. Mavrocordato announced that Lord Byron was on the sea, himself, with other chiefs, carried the war bound for Missolonghi, and on one of the latinto Western Greece ; Colocotroni closely ter days of December he landed amidst the besieged Patras, and though Corinth, which firing of cannon, and better, the joyful the Greeks had neglected properly to garri- cheers of the people he came to serve. He son or supply with provisions, was again was conducted by the president and the occupied by the Turks, the God of battles principal chiefs to the house prepared for willed that they should only enter it to fall him, and all Greece at length feit secure and into the hands of the patriots. But one of happy at having one leader on whose disinthe most important successes which attend- terested attachment she could rely. el the arms of the patriots was the occupa Next day, the different military chiefs, totion of Napoli de Romania after a long in-gether with the foreign Philhellenes, and vestment, which had reduced the wretched more particularly the English, were presentgarrison to the last extremity of famine ; ed to his lordship. We found hin frank and the palamida, or citadel, was surprised, with affable, with no appearance of that prejudice lilile or no resistance.
against his countrymen with which he has I but waited to witness the intrepid Canaris been charged. His conversation was mandestroy another Turkish line of battle-ship, ly and unassuming. His appearance has with which the Capitan Pacha endeavoured been often ard very differently described : to relieve Napoli, and then proceeded to to me he seemed in person about the middle join Mavrocordato in Western Greece. height, inclined to be full; his features,
I was in time to share in the gallant and though developing much of intellectual powsuccessful defence of Missolonghi, a defence er, were too massive for beauty, nor would which will ever shed the brightest lustre on they have attracted any particular attention ; the name of Mavrocordato. Here I had the bul, on the whole, as he himself says, good fortune to become acquainted with the
" He who looked, and paused to look again, renowned Marco Bozzaris-a hero, indeed,
Saw more than marks the common herd of men." and one who, though rude and illiterate, was worthy of the best days of Greece ; His hair, which, it is said, was once very and when, too soon after this, he met a glo- glossy and black, was now prematurely tingrious death in bis daring night attack on the ed with grey; his features too were at vari. Turkish army at Carparissa, all Hellas ance with his person, and betrayed in the mourned the splendid victory which had sunken cheek and wan complexion, and an cost them so precious a life; his last orders expression of despondency and suffering, to his small but devoted band, “ If you lose that the seeds of that fatal illness were al. sight of me during the combat, come and ready sown, which was so soon to deprive seek me in the pacha's tent,” are worthy to the world of his genius, and his native land be remembered with the heroic sentiments of the cherished hope of one day receiving of Leonidas.
into her service the aid of a mind enlightened Such were some of the most striking by deep study and long travel, and tested in events of the year 1823 in Greece ; but it that best though severest school, the school was yet to be distinguished by one as of adversity and trial. He acted with the worthy of commemoration—the accession greatest vigour in his new character of a to her ranks of one of the most illustrious warlike leader, and was wisely organising men of the present age, the noble Byron, bis brigade of Suliotes in the spring, when I who sealed the record of his munificent ser- received a packet from Signor Vostizza, vices in the cause of Greece, by now offering containing leiters, and one in particular from her his fortune and bis life. It was announc-my uncle, which obliged me, however reluc. ed towards the close of this year, that the tantly, to set out from Greece, on my return heroic bard, whose ly re had been alternate. homeward, immediately. I had some time ly heard waking, after ages of slavish before made known to him, and asked his a pathy and silence, the strains of liberty in forgiveness for not having sooner acquainted the deserted valleys of Greece, or subduing him with my having joined the Greeks. the soul to love with all the tenderness of The old man, after deprecating so hazardous the Teian muse, had laid his lyre aside, had an enterprise, continued his letter thus :hung it, not on the willows, but on her own “Why, Eugene, O why did you thus de
sea-green olive," until he could strike its ceive me? Think my dearest boy, what chords to the Pean of Victory; and, assum- would have been the consequence had you ing the hero's glaive, came to fight, side by fallen ; but you are alive, and my old longside, with her struggling sons for freedom. ing eyes again shall see you. I do not blame
Yes, generous Byron! thy love of liberty you for having embraced the cause of Greece was boundless as sincere ; and wast thou all it is worthy of our house, and you only that thy enemies have basely tried to make have shown that you inherit the adventur