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Alas for Sax! Had he aright preferr'd He jump'd in person. Death or Victory The kindly element, to which he gave
Was his device, “ and there was no mistake," Himself so fearlessly, we had not heard
Except his last; and then he did but die, That it was now his winding-sheet and grave, A blunder which the wisest men will make. Nor sung, 'twixt tears and smiles, our requiem for Aloft, where mighty floods the mountains break the brave.
To stand, the target of ten thousand eyes, He soon got drunk, with rum and wi a renown,
And down into the coil and water-quake
To leap, like Mara's offspring, from the skies As many others in high places do;Whose fall is like SAM's last-for down and down,
For this, all vulgar flights he ventured to despise. By one mad impulse driven, they founder through And while Niagara prolongs its thunder,
The gulf that keeps the future from our view, Though still the rock primeval disappears, And then are found not. May they rest in peace! | And nations change their bounds--the theme of We heave the sigh to human frailty due
wonder And shall not Sam have his! The muse shall cease
Shall Sam go down the cataract of long years To keep the heroic roll, which she began in Greece And if there be sublimity in lears, With demigods, who went to the Black Sea
Those shall be precious which the adventurer shed For wool, (and, if the best accounts be straight,
When his frail star gave way, and waked his fears Came back, in negro phraseology,
Lest by the ungenerous crowd it might be said, . With the same wool each upon his pate,)
That he was all a hoax, or that his pluck had flod. In which she chronicled the deathless fate Who would compare the maudlin ALEXANDER, Of him who jump'd into the perilous ditch
Blubbering, because he had no job in hand, Left by Rome's street commissioners, in a state Acting the hypocrite, or else the gander, Which made it dangerous, and by jumping which With Sam, whose grief we all can understand? He made himself renown'd, and the contractors His crying was not womanish, nor plann'd rich
For exhibition; but his heart o'erswellid I say, the muse shall quite forget to sound
With its own agony, when he the grand The chord whose music is undying, if
Natural arrangements for a jump beheld, She do not strike it when SAM Patch is drown'd. ! And, measuring the cascade, found not his courage LEANDER dived for love. Leucadia's cliff
quellid. The Lesbian Sappho leap'd from in a miff, His last great failure set the final seal . To punish Phaon; Icarus went dead,
Unto the record Time shall never tear, Because the wax did not continue stift; While bravery has its honour,-while men feel And, had he minded what his father said,
The holy, natural sympathies which are He had not given a name unto his watery bed. First, last, and mightiest in the bosom. Where And HELLE's case was all an accident,
The tortured tides of Genessee descend,
He came-his only intimate a bear,As everybody knows. Why sing of these ?
(We know not that he had another friend,) Nor would I rank with Sam that man who went Down into Ætna's womb-EMPEDOCLES,
The martyr of renown, his wayward course to end. I think he call'd himself. Themselves to please, The fiend that from the infernal rivers stole Or else unwillingly, they made their springs;
Hell-draughts for man, too much tormented him, For glory in the abstract, Sam made his,
With nerves unstrung, but steadfast in his soul, To prove to all men, commons, lords, and kings, He stood upon the salient current's brim; That “some things may be done, as well as other His head was giddy, and his sight was dim; things."
And then he knew this leap would be his last,I will not be fatigued, by citing more
Saw air, and earth, and water wildly swim, Who jump'd of old, by hazard or design,
With eyes of many multitudes, dense and vast, Nor plague the weary ghosts of boyish lore,
That stared in mockery; none a look of kindness VULCAX, APOLLO, PHAETOR-in fine,
And tier on tier, the myriads waiting there
Sam was born free as Cæsar; and he might
The hopeless issue have refused to try; In logic, and the safer course they took ;
No! with true leap, but soon with faltering flight, By any other, they would have been stump'd, Unable to argue, or to quote a book, sbrook ;
“Deep in the roaring gulf, he plunged to endless And quite dumb-founded, which they cannot
night.” They break no bones, and suffer no contusion, But, ere he leap'd, he begg'd of those who made
Hidir.g their woful fall, by hook and crook, Money by his dread venture, that if he In slang and gibberish, sputtering and confusion; Should perish, such collection should be paid But that was not theway dam came to his conclusion. As might be pick'd up from the company"
Where wealth and power with glare and splen
dour rise, Let fools and slaves disgustful incenso burn! Still Memory's moonlight lustre let me prize; The great, the good, whose course is o'er, discern, And, from their glories past, time's mighty lessons
To his mother. This, his last request, shall be,Though she who bore him ne'er his fate should
An iris, glittering o'er his memory, [knowWhen all the streams have worn their barriers low, And, by the sea drunk up, forever cease to flow. On him who chooses to jump down cataracts,
Why should the sternest moralist be severe ? Judge not the dead by prejudice—but facts,
Such as in strictest evidence appear;
Else were the laurels of all ages sere. Give to the brave, who have pass'd the final goal,
The gates that ope not back,--the generous tear; And let the muse's clerk upon her scroll, sroll. In coarse, but honest verse, make up the judgmentTherefore it is consider'd, that Sam Patch
Shall never be forgot in prose or rhyme; His name shall be a portion in the batch
of the heroic dough, which baking Time
Kneads for consuming ages and the chime Of Fame's old bells, long as they truly ring,
Shall tell of him; he dived for the subline, And found it. Thou, who with the eagle's wing, Being a goose, wouldst fly, dream not of such a
Eve o'er our path is stealing fast;
River and mountain! though to song
Hail! sober evening! thee the harass'd brain
The silent hour of bliss! when in the west
- they rove, In tones of heavenly music comfort breathc, And tell what weal or bale shall chance the moon
beneath. Hour of devotion! like a distant sea, The world's loud voices faintly murmuring die; Responsive to the spheral harmony, While grateful hymns are borne from earth on high. 0! who can gaze on yon unsullied sky, And not grow purer froin the heavenward view ? As those, the Virgin Mother's meek, full eye, Who met, if uninspired lore be true, Polt a new birth within, and sin no longer knew. Let others hail the oriflamme of morn, O'er kindling hills unfurl'd with gorgeous dyes , O, mild, blue Evening! still to thee I turn, With holier thought, and with undazzled eyes;- .
Yet, should the stranger ask, what lore
Her son,—the second of the band,
* Prom“ Yamoyden."
THE GREEN ISLE OF LOVERS.
They say that, afar in the land of the west, Where the bright golden sun sinks in glory to rest, Mid fens where the hunter ne'er ventured to tread, A fair lake unruffled and sparkling is spread; Where, lost in his course, the rapt Indian discovers, In distance seen dimly, the green Isle of Lovers.
There verdure fades never; immortal in bloom, Soft waves the magnolia its groves of perfume ; And low bends the branch with rich fruitage de
press'd, All glowing like gems in the crowns of the east; There the bright eye of nature, in mild glory hovers: "Tis the land of the sunbeam,—the green Isle of
Lovers! Sweet strains wildly float on the breezes that kiss The calm-flowing lake round that region of bliss Where, wreathing their garlands of amaranth, fair
choirs Glad measures still weave to the sound that inspires The dance and the revel, mid forests that cover On high with their shade the green Isle of the Lover.
But fierce as the snake, with his eyeballs of fire, When his scales are all brilliant and glowingwith ire, Are the warriors to all, save the maids of their isle, Whose law is their will, and whose life is their smile; From beauty there valour and strength are not
rovers, And peace reigns supreme in the green Isle of
Lovers. And he who has sought to set foot on its shore, In mazes perplex'd, has beheld it no more ; It ficets on the vision, deluding the view, Its banks still retire as the hunters pursue ; 0! who in this vain world of wo shall discover The home undisturb'd, the green Isle of the Lover!
When all the brightest stars that burn
At once are banish'd from their spheres, Men sadly ask, when shall return
Such lustre to the coming years ! For where is he*—who lived so long
Who raised the modern Titan's ghost, And show'd his fate in powerful song,
Whose soul for learning's sake was lost? Where he-who backward to the birth
Of Time itself, adventurous trod, And in the mingled mass of earth
Found out the handiwork of GoD ?t Where he-who in the mortal head,
Ordain'd to gaze on heaven, could trace The soul's vast features, that shall tread
The stars, when earth is nothingness? Where he—who struck old Albyn's lyre, $
Till round the world its echoes roll,
The diapason of the soul ?
Buried where buried Pharaohs sleep;
Secrets four thousand years could keep ! Where he-who, with a poet's eyes
of truth, on lowly nature gazed, And made even sordid Poverty
Classic, when in his numbers glazed ? Where that old sage so hale and staid,*•
The « greatest good" who sought to find Who in his garden mused, and made
All forms of rule for all mankind ?
Revered--the hierarch meek and wise,
Near where thy WESLEY's coffin lies. He, too--the heir of glory-wherett
Hath great Napoleon's scion fled ? Ah! glory goes not to an heir !
Take him, ye noble, vulgar dead ! But hark! a nation sighs! for he,$s
Last of the brave who perill'd all
Obeys the inevitable call !
For human rights who thought and did : We rear to them no temples proud,
Each hath his mental pyramid. All earth is now their sepulchre,
The mind, their monument sublimeYoung in eternal fame they are
Such are your triumphs, Death and Time
THE DEAD OF 1832.
0, TIME and Death! with certain pace,
Though still unequal, hurrying on, O'erturning, in your awful race,
The cot, the palace, and the throne! Not always in the storm of war,
Nor by the pestilence that sweeps From the plague-smitten realms afar,
Beyond the old and solemn deeps :
In crowds the good and mighty go,
And to those vast, dim chambers hie : Where, mingled with the high and low,
Dead Cæsars and dead SHAKSPEARES lie!
Dread ministers of God! sometimes
Ye smite at once to do his will, In all earth's ocean-sever'd climes,
Those whose renown ye cannot kill!
And shouldst thou e'er their bless'd allegiance slight The mind must wander, lost in endless night.
Farewell! forget me not, when others gaze Enamour'd on thee, with the looks of praise ; When weary leagues before my view are cast, And each dull hour seems heavier than the last, Forget me not. May joy thy steps attend, And mayst thou find in every form a friend; With care unsullied be thy every thought; And in thy dreams of home, forget me not!
CONCLUSION TO YAMOYDEN.
Say, when afar from mine thy home shall be,
Majestic nature ! since thy course began, Thy features wear no sympathy for man; The sun smiles loveliest on our darkest hours; O’er the cold grave fresh spring the sweetest flowers, And man himself, in selfish sorrows bound, Heeds not the melancholy ruin round. The crowd's vain roar still fills the passing breeze That bends above the tomb the cypress-trees. One only heart, still true in joy or wo, Is all the kindest fates can e'er bestow. If frowning Heaven that heart refuse to give, O, who would ask the ungracious boon--to live ? Then better 't were, if longer doom'd to prove The listless load of life, unbless'd with love, To seek midst ocean's waste some island fair, And dwell, the anchorite of nature, there ;Some lonely isle, upon whose rocky shore No sound, save curlew's scream, or billow's roar, Hath echoed ever; in whose central woods, With the quick spirit of its solitudes, In converse deep, strange sympathies untried, The soul might find, which this vain world denied.
But I will trust that heart, where truth alone, In loveliest guise, sits radiant on her throne; And thus believing, fear not all the power or absence drear, or time's most tedious hour. If e'er I sigh to win the wreaths of fame, And write on memory's scroll a deathless name, 'Tis but thy loved, approving smile to meet, And lay the budding laurels at thy feet. If e'er for worldly wealth I heave a sigh, And glittering visions float on fancy's eye, "Tis but with rosy wreaths thy path to spread, And place the diadem on beauty's head. Queen of my thoughts, each subject to thy sway, Thy ruling presence lives but to obey ;
Sad was the theme, which yet to try we chose, In pleasant moments of communion sweet : When least we thought of earth's unvarnish'd
woes, And least we dream'd, in fancy's fond deceit, That either the cold grasp of death should meet, Till after many years, in ripe old age; Three little summers flew on pinions fleet, And thou art living but in memory's page, And earth seems all to me a worthless pilgrimage. Sad was our theme; but well the wise man sung, “ Better than festal halls, the house of wo;" 'Tis good to stand destruction's spoils among, And muse on that sad bourne to which we go. The heart grows better when tears freely flow; And, in the many-colour'd dream of earth, One stolen hour, wherein ourselves we know, Our weakness and our vanity,--is worth Years of unmeaning smiles, and lewd, obstrepe
rous mirth. "Tis good to muse on nations pass'd away, Forever, from the land we call our own; Nations, as proud and mighty in their day, Who deem'd that everlasting was their throne. An age went by, and they no more were known Sublimer sadness will the mind control, Listening time's deep and melancholy moan;
And meaner griefs will less disturb the soul; And human pride falls low, at human grandeur's
goal. Pallip! farewell! thee King, in idle jest, Thy persecutors named; and if indeed, The jewell'J diadem thy front had press'd, It had become thee better, than the breed Of palaces, to sceptres that succeed, To be of courtier or of priest the tool, Satiate dull sense, or count the frequent Lead, Or pamper gormand hunger; thou wouldst rule Better than the worn rake, the glutton, or the fool! I would not wrong thy warrior shade, could I Aught in my verse or make or mar thy fame; As the light carol of a bird flown by name: Will pass the youthful strain that breathed thy But in that land whence thy destroyers came, A sacred bard thy champion shall be found; He of the laureate wreath for thee shall clain The hero's honours, to earth's farthest bound. Where Albion's tongue is heard, or Albion's songs
Would I could say good night to pain,
INVOCATION. On quick for me the goblet fill, From bright Castalia's sparkling rill; Pluck the young laurel's flexile bough, And let its foliage wreathe my brow; And bring the lyre with sounding shell, The four-string'd lyre I loved so well! Lo! as I gaze, the picture flies Of weary life's realities; Behold the shade, the wild wood shade, The mountain steeps, the checker'd glade; And hoary rocks and bubbling rills, And painted waves and distant hills. Oh! for an hour, let me forget How much of life is left me yet; Recall the visions of the past, Fair as these tints that cannot last, That all the heavens and waters v'er Their gorgeous, transient glories pour. Ye pastoral scenes, by fancy wrought! Ye pageants of the loftier thought! Creations proud! majestic things! Heroes, and demigods, and kings! Return, with all of shepherds' lore, Or old romance that pleased before ! Ye forms that are not of the earth, Of grace, of valour, and of worth ! Ye bright abstractions, by the thought Like the great master's pictures, wrought To the ideal's shadowy mien, From beauties fancied, dreamt or seen! Ye speaking sounds, that poet's ear Alone in nature's voice can hear! Thou full conception, vast and wide, Tlour of the lonely minstrel's pride, As when projection gave of old Alchymy's visionary gold ! Return! return! oblivion bring Of cares that vex, and thoughts that sting' The hour of gloom is o'er my soul; Disperse the shades, the fiends control, As David's harp had power to do, If sacred chronicles be true. Oh come! by every classic spell, By old Pieria's haunted well; By revels on the Olmeian height Held in the moon's religious light; By virgin forms that wont to lave, Permessus ! in thy lucid wave! In vain! in vain! the strain has pass'd; The laurel leaves upon the blast Float, wither'd, ne'er again to bloom, The cup is drain'd—the song is dumb And spell and rhyme alike in vain Would woo the genial muse again.
FROM A MONODY ON J. W. EASTBURN But now, that cherish'd voice was near;
And all around yet breathes of him ;We look, and we can only hear
The parting wings of cherubim !
To share the bard's communion high ;
That floats before the poet's eye;-
From native bards disgusted fly,
The ribald strains of calumny ;Mourn ye a minstrel chaste as sweet,
Who caught from heaven no doubtful fire,
Alone for an immortal lyre.
That heart lies cold before its prime!
One deathless descant to our clime!
He sweeps a harp of heavenly tone,
That springs beside the eternal throne,
Link'd with his soul in bonds refined;
The sacred sympathy of mind.
Still shall cach object, like a spell,
Present the mind beloved so well.
Now is its onward progress won ?
Push the bold quest on earth begun !
Where fancy can no trophies raise-
Is whelm'd in wonder and in praise !
GOOD-NIGHT. Good night to all the world! there's none, Beneath the ~ over-going" sun, To whom I feel or hate or spite, And so to all a fair good-night.