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FROM JOB. A SPIRIT pass'd before me: I beheld The face of immortality unveil'd; Deep sleep came down on every eye save mineAnd there it stood,--all formless--but divine : Along my bones the creeping flesh did quake; And as my damp hair stiffen'd, thus it spake :
« Is man more just than God? Is man more pare
• Expende Annibalem :-quot libras în dece summo Inrepies 1.
JUVENAL, Sat. X.
• The Emperor Nepos was acknowledged by the Senate, by ths Italians, and by the provincials of Gaul; his moral virtues and military talents were loudly celebrated; and those who derived any private benefit from his government announced in prophetic strains iho restoration of public felicity.
By this shameful abdication, he protracted his life a few years, in a very ambiguous state, between an emperor and an exile, till —
GIBBOX'S Decline and Fall, vol, vi, p. 220.
ODE TO NAPOLEON BUONAPARTE. 'T is done—but yesterday a king !
And armd with kings to striveAnd now thou art a nameless thing
So abject-yet alive!
And can he thus survive?
Who bow'd so low the knee?
Thou taught'st the rest to see.
To those that worshipp'd thee;
To after-warriors more
And vainly preachid before.
That led them to adore
The triumph, and the vanity,
The rapture of the strife
To thee the breath of life;
Wherewith renown was rife-
The victor overthrown! The arbiter of others' fate
A suppliant for his own!
Or dread of death alone?
Dream'd not of the rebound;
Alone- how look'd he round ?-
And darker fate hast found:
Was slaked with blood of Rome, Threw down the dagger-dared depart,
In savage grandeur, home.
Yet left liim such a doom!
Had lost its quickening spell,
An empire for a cell;
His dotage trifled well :
* Certaminis gaudia, the expression of Attila, in his harangue to bis army, previous to the battle of Chalons, given in Cassiodorus.
Unless, like he of Babylon,
Life will not long confine
Wilt thou withstand the shock?
His vulture and his rock ? Foredoom'd by God-by man accurst, And that last act, though not thy worst,
The very fiend's arch mock; He in his fall preserved his pride, And, if a mortal, had as proudly died !
DEATH OF THE RIGHT HON. R. B. SHERIDAN,
SPOKEN AT DRURY-LANE THEATRE
Yet better had he neither known
The thunderbolt is wrung;
To which thy weakness clung:
To see thine own unstrung;
Who thus can hoard his own!
And thank'd him for a throne !
In humblest guise have shown.
Nor written thus in vain-
Or deepen every stain.
To shame the world again-
Is vile as vulgar clay;
To all that pass away;
To dazzle and dismay;
Thy still imperial bride;
Still clings she to thy side ?
Thou throneless homicide ?
And gaze upon the sea;
It ne'er was ruled by thee!
That earth is now as free!
What thoughts will there be thine,
But one-« The world was mine.»
When the last sun-shine of expiring day
2. The fiend's arch mock-
"The cage of Bajazet, by order of Tamerlane.
When the loud cry of trampled Hindostan
Ye orators! whom yet our councils yield, Arose to Heaven in her appeal from man,
Mourn for the veteran hero of your field! His was the thunder-his the avenging rod,
The worthy rival of the wondrous Three! The wrath-the delegated voice of God!
Whose words were sparks of immortality! Which shook the nations through his lips—and blazed Ye bards! to wbom the Drama's Muse is dear, Till vanquish'd senates trembled as they praised. He was your master-emulate him here! And here, oh! here, where, yet all young and warm,
Ye men of wit and social eloquence! The gay creations of his spirit charm,
He was your brother-bear his ashes hence! The matchless dialogue—the deathless wit,
While powers of mind almost of boundless range, Which knew not what it was to intermit;
Complete in kind—as various in their change, The glowing portraits, fresh from life that bring
While eloquence-wit-poesy-and mirth, Home to our hearts the truth from which they spring;
That humbler harmonist of care on earth, These wondrous beings of his fancy, wrought
Survive within our souls-while lives our sense To fulness by the fiat of his thougbt,
of pride in merit's proud pre-eminence, Here in their first abode you still may meet,
Long shall we seek his likeness—long in vain, Brighit with the hues of his Promethean heat;
And turn to all of him which may remain, A halo of the light of other days,
Sighing that Nature formd but one such man, | Which still the splendour of its orb betrays.
And broke the die-in moulding Sheridan!
THE IRISH AVATAR.
Ere the Daughter of Brunswick is cold in her
grave, Still let them pause-Ah! little do they know
And her ashes still float to their home o'er the tide, That what to them seem'd vice might be but woe.
Lo! George the triumphant speeds over the wave, Hárd is his fate do whom the public gaze
To the long-cherish'd Isle which he loved like hisIs fix'd for ever to detract or praise;
bride. Repose denies her requiem to his name,
True, the great of her bright and brief era are gone, And Folly loves the martyrdom of Fame. The secret enemy whose sleepless eye
The rainbow-like epoch where Freedom could pause Stands sentinel-accuser-judge-and spy,
For the few little years, out of centuries won, The foe-the fool- the jealous—and the vain,
Which betray d not, or crushid not, or wept not her The eavious who but breathe in others' pain, Behold the host! delighting to deprave,
True, the chains of the Catholic clank o'er his rags, Who track the steps of glory to the grave,
The castle still stands, and the senale 's no more, Watch every fault that daring genius owes
And the famine, which dwelt on her freedomless cracs Ualf to the ardour which its birth bestows,
Is extending its steps to her desolate shore.
To her desolate shore—where the emigrant stands | These are his portion—but if join'd to these
For a moment to gaze ere be flies from his hearth; Gaunt Poverty should league with deep Disease, Tears fall on his chain, though it drops from his hands, If the high spirit must forget to soar,
For the dungeon he quits is the place of his birth. And stoop to strive with misery at the door, To soothe indignity-and face to face
But he comes! the Messiah of royalty comes! Meet sordid rage-and wrestle with disgrace,
Like a goodly Leviathan rolld from the waves ! To find in hope but the renew'd caress,
Then receive him as best such an advent becomes, The serpent-fold of further faithlessness,
With a legion of cooks, and an army of slaves! If such may be the ills which men assail,
He comes in the promise and bloom of three-score, What marvel if at last the mightiest fail?
To perform in the pageant the sovereigo's partBreasts to whom all the strength of feeling given But long live the Shamrock which shadows him o'er! Bear bearts electric-charged with fire from heaven, Could the Green in his hat be transferr'd to his heart! Black with the rade collision, inly torn, By clouds surrounded, and on whirlwinds borne, Could that long-wither'd spot but be verdant again, Driven o'er the lowering atmosphere that nurst
And a new spring of noble affections ariseThoughts which have turn'd to thunder-scorch-and Then might Freedom forgive thee this dance in thy chain, burst.
And this shout of thy slavery which saddens the skies. But far from us and from our mimic scene Such things should be--if such have ever been;
Is it madness or meanness which clings to thee now?
Were he God-as he is but the commonest clay, Ours be the gentler wish, the kinder task, To give the tribute Glory need not ask,
With scarce fewer wrinkles than sins on his browTo mourn the vanish d beam- and add our mite
Such servile devotion might shame him away. Of praise in payment of a long delight.
Ay, roar in his train! let thine orators lash * See Fox, Burke, and Pitt's eulogy on Mr Sheridan's speech on the Their fanciful spirits to pamper his pridecharges exhibited against Mr Hastings in the House of Commons. Not thus did thy Grattan indignantly tlash Mr Pitt entreated the House to adjourn, to give time for a calmcr
His soul o'er the freedom implored and denied. consideration of the question than could then occur aftur the immediate effect of that oration.
'Fox, Pitt, Burke.
Ever-glorious GRATTAN! the best of the good! Till now, when the Isle which should blush for his birth, So simple in heart, so sublime in the rest!
Deep, deep, as the gore which he shed on her soil, With all which Demosthenes wanted, endued, Seems proud of the reptile which craw'l from her earth, And his rival or victor in all he possess'd.
And for murder repays him with shouts and a smile ! Ere Tully arose in the zenith of Rome,
Without one single ray of her gepius, without Though unequalled, preceded, the task was begun- The fancy, the manhood, the fire of her raceBut Grattan sprung up like a god from the tomb The miscreant who well might plange Erin in doubt, Of ages, the first, last, the saviour, the One!
If she ever gave birth to a being so base. With the skill of an Orpheus to soften the brute; If she did—let her long-boasted proverb be hushid,
With the fire of Prometheus to kindle mankind; Which proclaims that from Erin no reptile can Even Tyranny listening sate melted or mute,
springAnd Corruption shrunk scorchd from the glance of See the cold blooded serpent, with venom full flushid, his mind.
Still warming its folds in the breast of a King! But back to our theme! back to despots and slaves ! Shout, drink, feast, and flatter! Oh! Erin, how low
Feasts furnish'd by Famine! rejoicings by Pain! Wert thou sunk by misfortune and tyranny, till True Freedom but welcomes, while slavery still raves, Thy welcome of tyrar.ts hath plunged thee below
When a week's Saturnalia hath loosend her chain. The depth of thy deep in a deeper gulph still. Let the poor squalid splendour thy wreck can afford My voice, though but humble, was raised for thy right,
(As the bankrupt's profusion his ruin would hide) My vote, as a freeman's, still voted thee free, Gild over the palace, Lo! Erin, thy lord!
This hand, though but feeble, would arm, in thy fight, Kiss his foot with thy blessings denied!
Aud this heart, though outworn, had a throb still
for thee! Or if freedom past hope be extorted at last,
& weat' in Medain If the Idol of Brass find his feet are of clay, Yes, I loved thce and thine, though thou art not my Must what terror or policy wring forth be classid
land; With what monarels ne'er give, but as wolves yield I have knowa noble hearts and great souls in thy sons their prey?
And I wept with the world o'er the patriot band
Who are gone, but I weep them no longer as once. Each brute hath its nature, a king's is to reign,
To reign! in that word see, ye ages, comprised For happy are they now reposing afar,The cause of the curses all annals contain,
Thy Grattan, thy CURRAN, thy SUERIDAN, all From Cæsar the dreaded, to GEORGE the despised! Who, for years, were the chiefs in the eloquent war,
And redeemd, if they bave not retarded, thy fall.
Their shades cannot start to thy shouts of to-day,Half an age's contempt was an error of Fame, Nor the steps of enslavers and chain-kissing slaves
And that « Halis the rascaliest sweetest young Prince!» Be stamp'd in the turf o'er their fetterless clay. Will thy yard of blue riband, poor Fingal, recal Till now I had envied thy sons and their shore, The fetters from millions of Catholic limbs?
Though their virtues were hunted, their liberties flel, Or, has it not bound thee the fastest of all
There was something so warm and sublime in the core The slaves, who now hail their betrayer with hymns ? Of an Irishman's heart, that I envy-thy dead. Ay! « Build him a dwelling!» let each give his mite!
Or, if aught in my bosom can quench for an hour Till, like Babel, the new royal dome hath arisen!
My contempt for a nation so servile, though sore, Let thy beggars and Helots their piltance unite
Which though trod like the worm will not turn upon
Power, And a palace bestow for a poor-bouse and prison !
*T is the glory of Grattan, and genjas of Moore ! Spread-spread, for Vitellius, the royal repast,
Sept. 16th, 182). Till the gluttonous despot be stuft to the gorge! dod the roar of his drunkards proclaim him at last
THE DREAM. The Fourth of the fools and oppressors call'd«George!»
Till they groan like thy people, through ages of woe! A boundary between the things misnamed
And dreams in their developement have breath,
And tears, and tortures, and the touch of joy; But let not his name be thine idol alone
They leave a weight upon our waking thoughts, On his right band behold a Sejanus appears! They take a weight from off our waking toils, Thine own CASTLEReagn! let him still be thine own! They do divide our being; they become
A wretch, never pamed but with curses and jeers! portion of ourselves as of our time,
And look like heralds of elernity :
JII. They pass like spirits of the past, ---they speak A change came o'er the spirit of my dream. Like sybils of the future; they have power
There was an ancient mansion, and before
Its walls there was a steed caparison'd:
The boy of whom I spake ;- he was alone,
And pale, and pacing to and fro; anon Is not the past all shadow? What are they?
He sate him down, and seized a pen, and traced Creations of the mind !—The mind can make
Words which I could not guess of: then he lean'd Substance, and people planets of its own
His bow'd head on his hands, and sbook as 't were With beings brighter than have been, and give With a convulsion-then arose again, A breath to forms which can outlive all flesh.
And with his teeth and quivering hands did tear I would recal a vision which I dream'd
What he had written, but he shed no tears. Perchance in sleep-for in itself a thought,
And he did calm himself, and fix his brow A slumbering thought, is capable of years,
Into a kind of quiet: as he paused, And curdles a long life into one hour.
The lady of his love re-enter'd there;
She was serene and smiling then, and yet
She knew she was by him beloved, -she knew, I saw two beings in the hues of youth
For quickly comes such knowledge, that his heart Standing upon a hill, a gentle hill,
Was darkend with her shadow, and she saw Green and of mild declivity, the last
That he was wretched, but she saw not all. As 't were the cape of a long ridge of such,
He rose, and with a cold and gentle grasp Save that there was no sea to lave its base,
He took her hand; a moment o'er his face
A tablet of unutterable thoughts
He dropp'd the hand he held, and with slow steps Arising from such rustic roofs;—the hill
Retired, but not as bidding her adieu, Was crown'd with a peculiar diadem
For they did part with mutual smiles: he pass'd Of trees, in circular array, so fix'd,
From out the massy gate of that old hall, Not by the sport of nature, but of man:
And mounting on his steed he went his way, These two, a maiden and a youth, were there
And ne'er repass'd that hoary threshold more. Gazing-the one on all that was beneath Fair as herself--but the boy gazed on her;
IV. And both were young, and one was beautiful : A change came o'er the spirit of my dream. And both were young, yet not alike in youth.
The boy was sprung to manhood: in the wilds As the sweet moon on the horizon's verge,
Of fiery climes he made himself a home, The maid was on the eve of womanhood:
And his soul drank their sunbeams; he was girt The hoy had fewer summers, but his heart
With strange and dusky aspects; he was not lad far outgrown his years, and to his eye
Himself like what he had been; on the sea There was but one beloved face on earth,
And on the shore he was a wanderer; And that was shining on him; he had look d
There was a mass of many images Upon it till it could not pass away;
Crowded like waves upon me, but he was He had no breath, no being, but in hers;
A part of all; and in the last he lay She was his voice; he did not speak to her,
Reposing from the noon-tide sultriness, But trembled on her words; she was his sight, Couch'd among fallen columns, in the shade For his eye follow'd hers, and saw with hers,
Of ruin'd walls that had survived the names Which colour'd all his objects ;-he had ceased Of those who reard them; by his sleeping side To live within himself ; she was his life,
Stood camels grazing, and some goodly steeds The ocean to the river of his thoughts,
Were fasten'd near a fountain; and a man Which terminated all: upon a tone,
Clad in a flowing garb did watch the while, A louch of hers, his blood would ebb and flow, While many of his tribe slumber'd around: And his cheek change tempestuously-his heart And they were canopied by the bluc sky, Unknowing of its cause of agony.
So cloudless, clear, and purely beautiful,
That God alone was to be seen in heaven.
A change came o'er the spirit of
my dream. ller infant friendship had bestow'd on him;
The lady of his love was wed with one Herself the solitary scion left
Who did not love her better: in her home, Of a time-honour'd race. It was a name
A thousand leagues from his,-her native home, Which pleased him, and yet pleased him not—and why? She dwelt, begirt with growing infancy, Time taught him a deep answer--when she loved Daughters and sons of beauty,--but behold! Another; even now she loved another,
Upon her face there was the tint of grief, And on the summit of that hill she stood
The selded shadow of an inward strife, Looking afar if yet her lover's steed
And an unquiet drooping of the eye, Kept pace with her expectancy, and new.
As if its lid were charged with unshed tears.