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SHEPHERD. “ Warrior, warrior, stay thine arm!
Sheathe, O sheathe thy frantic sword!”
. There is a tradition among the Swiss, that they are descended from the ancient Scandinavians; among whom, in a remotr age, there arose s prievous a famine, that it was determined in the p ubly of the nation, that every tenth man and his family should quit their country, and seek a new posession. Six thousand, chosen by lot, thus emigrated at once from the North. They prayed to God to conduct them to a land like their own, where they might dwell in freedom and quiet, finding food for their families, and pasture for their cattle. God, says the tradi. tion, led them to a valley among the Alps, where they cleared away the forests, built the town of Switz, and afterwards peopled and cultivated the cantons of Uri and Underwalden.
WANDERER. “ Ab! I rave-I faint--the charm
Flies, and memory is restored.
“ Yes, to agony restored
From the too transporting charm :Sleep for ever, O my sword ! Be thou wither'd, O mine arm!
« Art thou a WRETCH of hope forlorn, The victim of consuming care ? Is thy distracted conscience torn
By fell despair ?
“ Do foul misdeeds of former times Wring with remorse thy guilty breast? And ghosts of unforgiven crimes
Murder thy rest!
“ Thou yet shalt know, how sweet, how dear,
Till she reply.
In woman's love.
The hand of God.
“ Lash'd by the furies of the mind, From wrath and vengeance wouldst thou flee? Ah! think not, hope not, fool, to find
A friend in me.
« By all the terrors of the tomb, Beyond the power of tongue to tell ; By the dread secrets of my womb;
By death and hell;
“A bruised reed he will not break; Afflictions all his children feel ; He wounds them for his mercy's sake,
He wounds to heal. “ Humbled beneath his mighty hand, Prostrate his providence adore: 'Tis done -Arise! He bids thee stand,
To fall no more.
“ I charge thee Live!-repent and pray, In dust thine infamy deplore; There yet is mercy-go thy way,
And sin no more.
- There is a grief that cannot feel; It leaves a wound that will not heal;
My heart grew cold,-it felt not then : When shall it cease to feel again?
HANNAH. Ar fond sixteen my roving heart Was pierced by love's delightful dart: Keen transport throbb’d through every vein, -I never felt so sweet a pain ! Where circling woods embower'd the glade, I met the dear romantic maid: I stole her hand,-it shrunk,-but no; I would not let my captive go. With all the fervency of youth, While passion told the tale of truth, I mark'd my Hannah's downcast eye, 'Twas kind, but beautifully shy.
Not with a warmer, purer ray,
The angel of affliction rose, And in his grasp a thousand woes ; He pour'd his vial on my head, And all the heaven of rapture fled.
Yet, in the glory of my pride,
THE OCEAN. WRITTEN AT SCARBOROUGH, IN THE SOWIER O
1805. ALL hail to the ruins,* the rocks and the shores! Thou wide-rolling ocean, all hail ! Now brilliant with sunbeams, and dimpled with oars, Now dark with the fresh blowing gale, While soft o'er thy bosom the cloud shadows sail, And the silver-wing'd sea-fowl on high, Like meteors bespangle the sky, Or dive in the gulf, or triumphantly ride, Like foam on the surges, the swans of the tide. From the tumult and smoke of the city set free, With eager and awful delight; From the crest of the mountain I gaze upon thee; I gaze,-and am changed at the sight; For mine eye is illumined, my genius takes flight, My soul, like the sun, with a glance Embraces the boundless expanse, And moves on thy waters, wherever they roll, From the day-darting zone to the night-shadow'd
pole. My spirit descends where the day-spring is bora, Where the billows are rubies on fire, And the breezes that rock the light cradle of more Are sweet as the phenix's pyre: O regions of beauty, of love, and desire ! O gardens of Eden! in vain Placed far on the fathomless main, Where nature with innocence dwelt in her youth, When pure was her heart, and unbroken her truth But now the fair rivers of Paradise wind Through countries and kingdoms o'erthrown; Where the giant of tyranny crushes mankind, Where he reigns,—and will soon reign alone; For wide and more wide, o’er the sunbeaming zone He stretches his hundred-fold arms, Despoiling, destroying its charms; Beneath his broad footstep the Ganges is dry, And the mountains recoil from the flash of his eye Thus the pestilent Upas, the demon of trees, Its boughs o'er the wilderness spreads, And with livid contagion polluting the breeze, Its mildewing influence sheds : The birds on the wing, and the flowers in their beds, Are slain by its venomous breath, That darkens the noonday with death, And pale ghosts of travellers wander around, While their mouldering skeletons whiten the
ground. Ah! why hath JEHOVAH, in forming the world, With the waters divided the land, His ramparts of rocks round the continent hurl'd, And cradled the deep in his hand, If man may transgress his eternal command,
* Scarborough Castle.
And leap o'er the bounds of his birth,
- But the cries of the fatherless mix with her To ravage the uttermost earth,
praise, And violate nations and realms that should be And the tears of the widow are shed on her bays. Distinct as the billows, yet one as the sea ?
O Britain ! dear Britain ! the land of my birth: There are, gloomy ocean, a brotherless clan, O isle, most enchantingly fair ! Who traverse thy banishing waves,
Thon pearl of the ocean ! thou gem of the earth! The poor disinherited outcasts of man,
O my mother! my mother! beware; Whom avarice coins into slaves.
For wealth is a phantom, and empire a snare; From the homes of their kindred, their forefathers' 0 let not thy birthright be sold graves,
For reprobate glory and gold : Love, friendship, and conjugal bliss,
Thy distant dominions like wild graftings shoot, They are dragg'd on the hoary abyss ;
They weigh down thy trunk,—they will tear up The shark hears their shrieks, and ascending to-day, I thy root:Demands of the spoiler his share of the prey. The root of thine oak, O my country! that stands Then joy to the tempest that whelms them beneath,
Rock-planted and flourishing free; And makes their destruction its sport;
Its branches are stretch'd o'er the uttermost lands, But wo to the winds that propitiously breathe,
| And its shadow eclipses the sea : And waft them in safety to port,
The blood of our ancestors nourish'd the tree; Where the vultures and vampires of Mammon re
From their tombs, from their ashes it sprung;
Its boughs with their trophies are hung; sort; Where Europe exultingly drains
Their spirit dwells in it:--and, hark! for it spoke ; The life-blood from Africa's veios;
The voice of our fathers ascends from their oak:Where man rules o'er man with a merciless rod, “ Ye Britons, who dwell where we conquer'd of old, And spurns at his footstool the image of God. Who inherit our battle-field graves ; The hour is approaching-a terrible hour!
Though poor were your fathers,-gigantic and bold,
We were not, we could not be, slaves; And Vengeance is bending her bow;
But firm as our rocks, and as free as our waves, Already the clouds of the hurricane lower,
The spears of the Romans we broke, And the rock-rending whirlwinds blow:
We never stoop'd under their yoke ; Back rolls the huge ocean, hell opens below:
In the shipwreck of nations we stood up alone, The floods return headlong,--they sweep The slave-cultured lands to the deep,
The world was great Cæsar's—but Britain our own. In a moment entomb'd in the horrible void, “For ages and ages, with barbarous foes, By their Maker himself in his anger destroy'd. The Saxon, Norwegian, and Gaul,
We wrestled, were foil'd, were cast down, but we Shall this be the fate of the cane-planted isles,
rose More lovely than clouds in the west,
With new vigour, new life, from each fall: When the sun o'er the ocean descending in smiles, | By all we were conguer'd-WE CONQUER’D THEM Sinks softly and sweetly to rest ?
ALL. -No !-Father of mercy! befriend the opprest;
- The cruel, and cannibal mind, At the voice of thy gospel of peace
We soften'd, subdued, and refined ; May the sorrows of Africa cease ;
Bears, wolves, and sea-monsters, they rush'd from And slave and his master devoutly unite
their den ; To walk in thy freedom, and dwell in thy light !* We taught them, we tamed them, we turn'd them As homeward my weary-wing'd fancy extends,
to men. Her star-lighted course through the skies,
“Love led the wild hordes in his flower-woven High over the mighty Atlantic ascends,
bands, And turns upon Europe her eyes:
The tenderest, strongest of chains; Ah, me! what new prospects, new horrors arise ? Love married our hearts, he united our hands, I see the war-tempested flood
And mingled the blood in our veins; All foaming, and panting with blood;
One race we became :-on the mountains and plains, 'The panic-struck ocean in agony roars,
Where the wounds of our country were closed, Rebounds from the battle, and flies to his shores. The ark of religion reposed,
The unquenchable altar of liberty blazed, For Britannia is wielding the trident to-day
And the temple of justice in mercy was raised. Consuming her foes in her ire, And hurling her thunder with absolute sway “ Ark, altar, and temple, we left with our breath From her wave-ruling chariots of fire :
To our children, a sacred bequest ; -She triumphs ;—the winds and the waters con O guard them, o keep them, in life and in death! spire,
So the shades of your fathers shall rest, To spread her invincible name;
And your spirits with ours be in Paradise blest: -The universe rings with her fame :
-Let ambition, the sin of the brave,
And avarice, the soul of a slave, * Alluding to the glorious success of the Moravian mis.
No longer seduce your affections to roam monaries among the Negroes in the West Indies. | From liberty, justice, religion, AT HOME.”