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man, we observe no permanent order. The laws of Nature on the contrary, forever are the same: operating with equal constancy, whether in the Scythian, the Atlantic, or the Indian ; the Antarctic or Pacific. \Vhen the waves swell with storms; the sky darkens with clouds, and rocks reverberate, till echo weary in repeating their sounds; how vast is the conception of a power, alone capable of commanding obedience to his mandate :
" Silence, ye troubled waves; and thou, deep, peace;" Said then th omnific word ; “Your discord cease.”
THE VALE OF TEMPE.
If towering and impending rocks, abrupt and gigantic mountains, and, above all, the ocean, elevate the mind, and exalt it above mortality, the woody dingle, the deep and romantic glen, the rocky valley, and the wide, the rich, the fascinating vale, associating ideas of rural comfort, and of peaceful enjoyment, cheerful industry, robust health, and tranquil happiness, draw us from subjects too high for human thought, chain us to the earth, and enchant us with magic spells. No country abounds more in those characters, in which Nature delights to speak to the imagination, than Greece. Her mountains were not more the theme of her poets, than her vales and her valleys. In that fine country, no vale was more celebrated than that of Tempe; a vale, in which the peasants frequently assembled, in order to give entertainments to each other, and to offer sacrifices. A Greek writer calls it “a festival for the eyes," and the gods were believed frequently to wander in it. Of this enchanting spot, Pliny has given a description in the fourth book of his Natural History; but Ælien has left the most copious and accurate account of it. 6 Tempe," says he, "is
situated between the mountains of Ossa and Pelion, which are the highest mountains in Thessaly; and are divided in this place with a singular kind of attention. They enclose a valley five miles in length, but which, in breadth, often does not exceed a hundred feet. In the middle flows the river Peneus, which, at first, is little more than a cataract; but, by the addition of many smaller streams, it at length assumes considerable magnitude. Among the rich shrubs upon its banks, are various beautiful windings and recesses; not the works of human hands, but of spontaneous nature, which seems to have formed everything in this spot with the solicitude of a mother. A profusion of ivy is seen in all parts of the woods, which, with the vine, ascend the tops of the highest trees, cling round their branches, and fall luxuriantly between them. The different species of convolvulus, which grow upon the sides of the hills, throw their white flowers and creeping foliage over the rocks; while, in the vale, or wherever they can find a level surface, groves of all kinds, in venerable arches, or capricious forms, afford a cool and refreshing retreat. Nor are there wanting frequent falls of water, with the most pure and crystal springs, sweet to drink, and wholesome to the bather. The thrush, the wood lark, and the nightingale, procreate in the thickets, and with their songs shorten the way, and soothe the ears of the traveller; who finds, in every path, arbours and grottos, and seats of repose. The Pencus still continues through the vale, idly, as it were, and with a glassy smoothness; while the depending boughs, which crowd over its surface, yield an almost constant shade to those who navigate the river.” In the vale of Tempe, Ford has laid the scene of a contest, between a nightingale and a lutanist ; finely imitated from a passage in Strada's Prolusions.
- Passing from Italy to Greece, the tales,
To glorify their Tempe, bred in me
This contest was begun by a nightingale, who, chancing to hear a lutanist play several airs upon his lute, endeavoured to surpass them. In this attempt, however, the unfortunate bird failed : on which
Down dropt she on the lute,
MOV'D by a strange mysterious power,
I touch the deep ton'd string.
Where mossy vestments cling,
No locks his head array'd,
And suink amidst the shade.
“ How vain your idle schemes. Beneath my grasp, the fairest form, Dissolves and mingles with the worm,
Thus vanish mortal dreams.
I treat as childish toys.
I bury human joys."
And meaner hopes devour.
She scorns thy envious power.
Since beauty then to time must bow,
Let brighter charms be yours.
While time himself endures.
THE BURIAL OF SIR JOHN MOORE. NOT a drum was heard nor a funeral note,
As his corse o'er the rampart we hurried, Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot,
O'er the grave where our hero we buried.
The sod with our bayonets turning,
And our lantern dimly burning.
Nor in sheet nor in shroud we bound him,
His martial cloak wrapt around him.
We spoke not a word of sorrow,
And bitterly thought of the morrow.
And smooth'd down his lowly pillow,