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Disdain to act mean falsehood's coward part, And, like a giant of no earthly race,
To his broad shoulders heaved his ponderous mace.
When time has worn its summer boughs away, Fly to God's mercy-fly, ere yet too late
And hung its trunk with moss and lichens sere, Perhaps one hour marks thy eternal fate
The mountain warrior rested on his spear. Let the warm tear of deep contrition flow.
And thus, and at this hour, a hundred chiefs, The heart obdurate melt, like softening snow, Chosen avengers of their country's griefs; The last vain follies of thy youth deplore,
Chiefs of the scatter'd tribes who roam the plain Then go-in secret weep-and sin no more!" That sweeps from Andes to the western main,
The stars innumerous in their watches shone Their country gods around the coiling smoke, Anselmo knelt before the cross alone.
With sacrifice and silent prayers, invoke. Ten thousand glowing orbs their pomp display'd, For all, at first, were silent as the dead; Whilst, looking up, thus silently he pray'd : The pine was heard to whisper o'er their head, “O! how oppressive to the aching sense,
So stood the stern assembly: but apart, How fearful were this vast magnificence,
Wrapt in the spirit of his fearful art, This prodigality of glory, spread
Alone, to hollow sounds “ of hideous hum," From world to world, above an emmet's head, The wizard-seer struck his prophetic drum. That toil'd his transient hour upon the shore Silent they stood—and watch'd, with anxious Of mortal life, and then was seen no more
eyes, If man beheld, on his terrific throne,
What phantom shape might from the ground arise : A dark, cold, distant deity, alone!
No voices came-no spectre form appear'd Felt no relating, no endearing tie,
A hollow sound, but not of winds, was heard That hope might upwards raise her glistening eye, Among the leaves, and distant thunder low And think, with deep, unutterable bliss,
Seem'd like the moans of an expiring foe. In yonder radiant realm my kingdom is!
His crimson feathers quivering in the smoke, “ More glorious than those orbs that silent roll, Then, with loud voice, first Mariantu spoke :Shines Heaven's redeeming mercy on the soul “ Hail we the omen -Spirits of the slain, 0! pure effulgence of unbounded love!
I hear your voices! Mourn, devoted Spain ! In thee I think I feel I live-I move
| Pale-visaged tyrants ! still, along our coasts, Yet when-0! thou, whose name is Love and Light, Shall we despairing mark your iron hosts? When will thy dayspring on these realms of night Spirits of our brave fathers, curse the race Arise? O! when shall sever'd nations raise Who thus your name, your memory disgrace! One hallelujah of triumphant praise !
No: though yon mountain's everlasting snows “Soon may thy kingdom come, that love, and peace, / In vain Almagro's* toilsome march oppose; And charity, may bid earth's chidings cease! Though Atacama's long and wasteful plain Meantime, in life or death, through good or ill, Be heap'd with blackening carcasses in vain ; Thy poor and feeble servant, I fulfil,
Though still fresh hosts those snowy summits scale, As best I may, thy high and holy will,
And scare the llamas with their glittering mail; Till, weary, on the world my lids I close,
Though sullen castles lour along our shore; And hasten to my long and last repose!”
Though our polluted soil be drench'd with gore ;
Insolent tyrants ! We-prepared to die,
Your arms, your horses, and your gods, defy!”
He spoke: the warriors stamp'd upon the ground, ARGUMENT.
And tore the feathers that their foreheads bound. Assembly of Indian warriors--Caupolican, Ongolmo, " Insolent tyrants !" burst the general cry,
Teucapel-Mountain chief-Song of the Indian wizard We, met for vengeance! We-prepared to die! - White woman and child.
Your arms, your horses, and your gods, defy !" Far in the centre of the deepest wood,
Then Teucapel, with warm emotion, cried, Th' assembled fathers of their country stood.
“ This hatchet never yet in blood was dyed! 'Twas midnight now: the pine-wood fire burnt red, May it be buried deep within my heart, And to the leaves a shadowy glimmer spread: If living from the conflict I depart, The struggling smoke, or flame with fitful glance, Till loud, from shore to shore, is heard one cry, Obscured, or show'd, some dreadful countenance; · See! in their gore where the last tyrants lie !'” And every warrior, as his club he reard,
The mountain warrior. “(), that I could raise With larger shadow, indistinct, appear'd;
The hatchet too, as in my better days,
And our swift arrows hiss'd like rushing rain, In sea-wolf's skin, here Mariantu stood;
I cleft Almagro's iron helm in twain ! Gnash'd his white teeth, impatient, and cried, “ Blood !”
* The first Spaniard who visited Chili. He entered it
by the dreadful passage of the snows of the Andes ; but His lofty brow with crimson feathers bound,
afterwards the passage was attempted through the desert Here, brooding death, the huge Ongolmo frowo'd ; of Atacama.
My strength is wellnigh gone! years mark'd with Caupolican uplifts his axe, and cries, wo
“Gods of our land, be yours this sacrifice ! Have o'er me pass'd, and bow'd my spirit low! Now, listen, warriors !”—and forthwith commands Alas, I have no son! Beloved boy!
To place the billets in the captive's hands.
With looks aghast,
Where Santiago frowns upon the plain ?"
“ Earth upon the billet heap; Raising his hatchet high, Caupolican
“ So may a tyrant's heart be burind deep !" Survey'd th' assembled chiefs, and thus began:
The dark woods echoed to the long acclaim, « Friends, fathers, brothers - dear and sacred
“ Accursed be his nation and his name !" names !
WARRIOR. Your stern resolve each ardent look proclaims :
“Captive, declare who leads the Spanish bands, On then to conquest; let one hope inspire ;
Where the proud fortress shades Coquimbo's sands? One spirit animate-one vengeance fire. Who doubts the glorious issue? to our foes
CAPTIVE. A tenfold strength and spirit we oppose.
“Ocampo !"In them no god protects his mortal sons, Or speaks, in thunder, from their roaring guns.
WARRIOR, Nor come they children of the radiant sky;
“ Earth upon the billet heap;
Again, with looks aghast, “ But vain our strength, that idly, in the fight, The captive in the trench a billet cast. Tumultuous wastes its ineffectual might,
“ Pronounce his name who here pollutes the plain Unless to one the hatchet we confide:
The leader of the mailed hosts of Spain ?” wet one, our numbers-one, our counsels guide. And, lo! for all that in this world is dear,
CAPTIVE. : raise this hatchet, raise it high, and swear,
“ Valdivia !"Never again to lay it down, till we,
At that name a sudden cry And all who love this injured land, are free." Burst forth, and every lance was lifted high. At once the loud acclaim tumultuous ran :
WARRIOR. “Our spears, our life-blood, for Caupolican! With thee, for all that in this world is dear,
“ Valdivia - Earth upon the billet heap; We lift our hatchets, lift them high, and swear, “So may a tyrant's heart be buried deep !" Never again to lay them down, till we,
The dark woods echoed to the long acclaim, And all who love this injured land, are free.” “ Accursed be his nation and his name !" Then thus the chosen chief: “Bring forth the And now loud yells, and whoops of death, ro slave,
sound; And let the death-dance recreate the brave." The shuddering captive ghastly gazed around,
Two warriors led a Spanish captive, bound When the huge war-club smote him to the grouna
SONG TO THE GOD OF WAR.
In the valley of the dead,
Where no sun, nor day or night, Forthwith, with louder voice, the chief commands, Breaks the red and dusky light; “ Bring forth the lots--unbind the captive's hands; By the grisly troops, that ride, Then north, towards his country, turn his face,
Of slaughter'd Spaniards, at thy side, And dig beneath his feet a narrow space."*
Slaughter'd by the Indian spear,
Mighty Epanaum,t hear! * The reader is referred to Molina for a particular description of the war-sacrifice, which is very striking and poetical.
* Name of the war deity.
“ Hark, the battle -Hark, the din! Then firmly spoke :Now the deeds of death begin!
“White woman, we were free, The Spaniards come, in clouds ! above, When first thy brethren of the distant sea I hear their hoarse artillery move!
Came to our shores! White woman, theirs the Spirits of our fathers slain,
Theirs, if the blood of innocence be spilt!
Thou camest here a captive-so abide,
Till the Great Spirit shall our cause decide."
He spoke : the warriors of the night obey;
And, ere the earliest streak of dawning day,
They led her from the scene of blood away.
Ocean cave-Spanish captive-Wild Indian maid-Genius
of Andes, and spirits.
pek the dead !” ! 'Tis dawn :-the distant Andes' rocky spires, The wavering fire flash'd with expiring light, | One after one, have caught the orient fires. When shrill and hollow, through the cope of night, Where the dun condor shoots his upward flight, A distant shout was heard ; at intervals
| His wings are touch'd with momentary light. Increasing on the listening ear it falls.
Meantime, beneath the mountains' glittering heads, It ceased; when, bursting from the thickest wood, A boundless ocean of gray vapour spreads, With lifted axe, two gloomy warriors stood: That o'er the champaign, stretching far below, Wan in the midst, with dark and streaming hair, Moves on, in cluster'd masses, rising slow, Blown by the winds upon her bosom bare,
Till all the living landscape is display'd A woman, faint from terror's wild alarms,
In various pomp of colour, light, and shade, And folding a white infant in her arms,
Hills, forests, rivers, lakes, and level plain, Appear'd. Each warrior stoop'd his lance to gaze Lessening in sunshine to the southern main. On her pale looks, seen ghastlier through the blaze. The llama's fleece fumes with ascending dew;
“Save!” she exclaim'd,with harrow'd aspect wild ; | The gem-like humming-birds their toils renew; “ 0, save my innocent-my helpless child !” And see, where yonder stalks, in crimson pride, Then fainting fell, as from death's instant stroke. The tall flamingo, by the river's side, Caupolican, with stern inquiry, spoke
Stalks, in his richest plumage bright array'd, “ Whence come, to interrupt our awful rite,
With snowy neck superb,* and legs of lengthening At this dread hour, the warriors of the night?”
shade. “ From ocean.”
Sad maid, for others may the valleys ring, “Who is she who fainting lies, For other ears the birds of morning sing, And now scarce lifts her supplicating eyes ?” For other eyes the palms in beauty wave, “ The Spanish ship went down: the seamen bore,
Dark is thy prison in the ocean cave! In a small boat, this woman to the shore :
Amid that winding cavern's inmost shade,
A dripping rill its ceaseless murmur made :
Hung, threatening, from the vast and vaulted roof; Warriors, 'tis yours, here, to decide their fate.” | And through a fissure, in its glimmering height,
“ Vengeance !” aloud, fierce Mariantu cried : Seen like a star, appear'd the distant light; “ Vengeance ! let vengeance dire be satisfied ! Beneath the opening, where the sunbeams shine, Let none of hated Spanish blood remain,
Far down, the rock weed hung its slender twine. Woman, or child, to violate our plain !"
Here, pale and bound, the Spanish captive lay, Amid that dark and bloody scene, the child Till morn on morn, in silence, pass'd away; Stretch'd to the mountain chief his hands, and When once, as o'er her sleeping child she hung, smiled.
And sad her evening supplication sung,A starting tear of pity dimm'd the eye
Like a small gem, amidst the gloom of night, Of the old warrior, though he knew not why.
A glow-worm shot its green and trembling light, “O! think upon your little ones!” he cried, And, 'mid the moss and craggy fragments, shed “ Nor be compassion to the weak denied."
Faint lustre, o'er her sleeping infant's head; Caupolican then fix'd his aspect mild
And hark! a voice-a woman's voice-its sound On the white woman and her shrieking child, Dies, in faint echoes, ʼmid the vault profound
“ Let us pity the poor white maid !+
She has no mother near! Terrific imaginary beings, called “Man-animals," No friend to dry her lear! that leave their caves by night, and scatter pestilence and death as they fly. See Molina.
* The neck of the flamingo is white, and its wings of + "Render them back upon the insulted ocean."-Cole- rich and beautiful crimson. ridge.
+ From Mungo Park.
Upon the cold earth she is laid :
Each eyeball, as in life, was seen to roll,
Each lip to move ; but not a living soul
Was there, save bold Ongolmo and the seer. And mark, across the gloom an Indian girl move The warrior half advanced his lifted spear, slow
Then spoke—« Dread master of the secret lore! Her nearer look is sorrowful, yet mild
Say, shall the Spaniards welter in their gore ?” Her hanging locks are wreath'd with rock-weed “Let these mute ministers the answer tell,” wild
Replied the master of the mighty spell. Gently she spoke, “Sad Christian, dry thy tear Then every giant shadow, as it stood, Art thou afraid ? all are not cruel here.
Lifted on high a skull that dropp'd with blood. 0! still more wretched may my portion be, “ Wizard, to what I ask do thou replyStranger, if I could injure thine and thee!
Say, shall I live, and spurn them as they die?" And, lo! I bring, from banks and thickets wild, 'Twas silence. “Speak!” he cried-no voice was Wood-strawberries, and honey for thy child.”
Earth moan'd, and hollow thunder shook the air. SPANISH WOMAN.
'Tis pass'd—the phantoms, with a shriek, are flown, Whence? Who art thou, who, in this fearful And the grim warrior stands in the wild wood alone. place,
St. Pedro's church had rung its midnight chimes, Dost comfort speak to one of Spanish race?”
And the gray friars were chanting at their primes,
When winds, as of a rushing hurricane,
Shook the tall windows of the tower'd fane“ It is an Indian maid, who chanced to hear
Sounds, more than earthly, with the storm arose, Thy tale of sorrow as she wander'd near.
And a dire troop are pass'd to Andes snows, I loved a white man once-but he is flown,
Where mighty spirits in mysterious ring And now I wander heartless and alone.
Their dread prophetic incantations sing, I traced the dark and winding way beneath;
Round Chillan's crater smoke, whose lurid light But well I know to lead thee hence were death.
Streams high against the hollow cope of night. 0, say! what fortunes led thee o'er the wave,
Thy genius, Andes, towering o'er the rest, On these sad shores to find, perhaps, a grave ?”
Rose vast, and thus a spectre shade address'd. SPANISH WOMAN,
- Who comes so swift amid the storm? “ Three years have pass'd since a fond husband
Ha! I know thy bloodless form, left
I know thee, angel, who thou art, Me, and this infant, of his love bereft;
By the hissing of thy dart! Him I have follow'd-need I tell thee more,
'Tis Death, the king! the rocks around, Cast helpless, friendless, hopeless, on this shore ?”
Hark! echo back the fearful sound
'Tis Death, the king! away, awayINDIAN.
The famish'd vulture scents its prey-“O! did he love thee then ? let death betide,
Spectre, hence! we cannot dieYes, from this cavern I will be thy guide.
Thy withering weapons we defy; Nay, do not shrink! from Caracalla's bay,
Dire and potent as thou art !" E'en now, the Spaniards wind their march this | Then spoke the phantom of th' uplifted dart,way.
" Spirits who in darkness dwell, I heard, at night-fall as I paced the shore,
I heard far off your secret spell! But yesterday, their cannon's distant roar.
Enough, on yonder fata) shore, Wilt thou not follow? He will shield thy child, - My fiends have drank your children's gore; The Christian's God,-through passes dark and wild Lo! I come, and doom to fate He will direct thy way! Come, follow me;
The murderers, and the foe you hate! 0, yet be loved, be happy-and be free!
Of all who shook their hostile spears, But I, an outcast on my native plain,
And mark'd their way through blood and tears, The lost Olola ne'er shall smile again !"
(Now sleeping still on yonder plain,) So guiding from the cave, when all was still,
But one-one only shall remain, And silent pointing to the farthest hill,
Ere thrice the morn shall shine again." The Indian led, till, on Itata's side,
Then sung the mighty spirits. "Thee,” they sing, The Spanish camp and night-fires they descried : “ Hail to thee, Death! All hail, to Death the king. Then on the stranger's neck that wild maid fell, T.
The battle and the noise is o'erAnd said, “ Thy own gods prosper thee Fare The penguin flaps her wings in gore. well!”
« Victor of the southern world, The owl* is hooting overhead-below,
Whose crimson banners were unfurl'd On dusky wing, the vampire-bat sails slow.
O'er the silence of the waves,Ongolmo stood before the cave of night,
O'er a land of bleeding slaves !
Stern soldier, where is now thy boast?
Hark! hark! they are his latest cries!
Spirits, hence he dies ! he dies !” * The owl is an object of peculiar dread to the Indians of Chili.
* I trust this poetica licentia may be pardoneda
On the sad night of that eventful day
When on the ground my murder'd father lay!
I should not then, dejected and alone, The city of Conception-Castle-Lautaro-Wild Indian Have thought I heard bis injured spirit groan. maid-Zarinel-Missionary.
Ha! was it not his form-his face--his hair . THE second moon had now began to wane,
Hold, soldier! Stern, inhuman soldier, spare ! Since bold Valdivia left the southern plain
Ha! is it not his blood ? • Avenge,' he cries, Goal of his labours, Penco's port and bay,
• Avenge, my son, these wounds! He faints -he
dies. Far gleaming to the summer sunset lay. The way-worn veteran, who had slowly pass'd
Leave me, dread shadow! can I then forget Through trackless woods, or o'er savannahs vast,
My father's look--his voice? he beckons yet! With hope impatient, sees the city spires
Now on that glimmering rock I see him stand: Gild the horizon, like ascending fires.
Avenge!' he cries, and waves his dim-seen
hand!” Now well-known sounds salute him, as more near The citadel and battlements appear;
Thus mused the youth, distemper'd and forlorn, Th' approaching trumpets ring, at intervals;
When, hark! the sound as of a distant horn The trumpet answers from the rampart walls,
Swells o'er the surge: he turn'd his look around, Where many a maiden casts an anxious eye,
And still, with many a pause, he heard the sound: Some long-lost object of her love to 'spy,
It came from yonder rocks; and, list! what strain Or watches, as the evening light illumes
Breaks on the silence of the sleeping main ? The points of lances, or the passing plumes.
“ I heard the song of gladness:
It seem'd but yesterday,
But it turn'd my thoughts to madness,
So soon it died away!
I sound my sea-shell; but in vain I try
To bring back that enchanting harmony!
Hark! heard ye not the surges say, Pensive and pale, Anselmo rode along,
0! wretched maid, what canst thou do? How sacred, ʼmid the noise of arms, appear'd His venerable mien and snowy beard.
O'er the moon-gleaming ocean, I'll wander away, Whilst every heart a silent prayer bestow'd,
And paddle to Spain in my light canoe!” Slow to the convent's massy gate he rode
The youth drew near, by the strange accents led
Where in a cave, wild sea-weeds round her head, Around, the brothers, gratulating, stand, And ask for tidings of the southern land.
And holding a large sea-conch in her hand, As from the turret tolls the vesper-bell,
He saw, with wildering air, an Indian maiden stand, He seeks, a weary man, his evening cell.
A tatter'd panco* o'er her shoulders hung
On either side, her long black locks were flung; No sounds of social cheer, no beds of state, Nor gorgeous canopies his coming wait;
And now by the moon's glimmer, he espies But o'er a little bread, with folded hands,
Her high cheek bones, and bright, but hollow, eyes, Thanking the God that gave, a while he stands;
Lautaro spoke: “ ()! say what cruel wrong Then, while all thoughts of earthly sorrow cease,
Weighs on thy heart? maiden, what bodes thy l'pon his pallet lays him down in peace.
song ?” The scene how different, where the castle-hall
She answer'd not, but blew her shell again ;
Then thus renew'd the desultory strain:
“Yes, yes, we must forget! the world is wide;
My music now shall be the dashing tide: Long quivering shadows streak the vaulted roof,
In the calm of the deep I will frolic and swim Whilst, seen far off, th’illumined windows throw
With the breath of the south, o'er the sea-blossom,t A splendour on the shore and seas below.
skim. Amid his captains, in imperial state, Beneath a crimson canopy, elate,
Now listen-If ever you meet with that youth, Valdivia sits-while, striking loud the strings,
0! do not his falsehood reprove, The wandering minstrel of Valentia sings.
Nor say,—though, alas, you would say but the
truth" For Chili conquer'd, fill the bowl again! For Chili conquer'd, raise th' heroic strain !"
His poor Olola died for love." • Bard," cried Valdivia, “ sleep is on thy lid !
Lautaro stretch'd his hand-she said, “ Adieu !”
And o'er the glimmering rocks like lightning few. Wake, minstrel "sing the war-song of the Cid !"*
He follow'd, and still heard at distance swell Lautaro left the hall of jubilee
The lessening echoes of that mournful shell. Unmark'd, and wander'd by the moonlight sea;
It ceased at once-and now he heard no more He heard far off, in dissonant acclaim,
Than the sea's murmur dying on the shore. The song, the shout, and his loved country's name.
“Olola !--ha! his sister had that name! As swell'd at times the trump's insulting sound,
0, horrid fancies ! shake not thus his frame.” He raised his eyes impatient from the ground; Then smote his breast indignantly, and cried,
* Indian cloak. “ Chili! my country; would that I had died
+ The sea-blossom," Holothuria, known to seamen by
the name of Portuguese man of war," is among the most * Omitted in the poem, as too much impeding the nar- striking and beautiful objects in the calms of the Southern rative.