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Strange-That where all is peace beside,
For there—the Rose o'er crag or vale,
He who hath bent him o'er the dead (3)
Which, seen from far Colonna's height,
he exhibits on a nearer view, the weight his mind carries with it Make glad the heart that has the sight,
in his every-day intercourse, somehow or other are reflected And give to loneliness delight. There shine the brighi ubodes ye seck,
around on liis compositions, and co-operate in giving a collateral lake dimples upon Ocean's check,
force lo their impression on the public. To this we must assign So smiling round the walers lave
some part of the impression made by the Giaour. The thirtyThese Edens of tbe eastern wave.
live lines, beginning 'lle wlio bath bent him o'er the dead,' are Or if, at times, the transient breeze
so beautiful, so original, and so utterly beyond the reach of any Break the smooth crystal of the seas, Or brush one blossom from the trees,
one whose poctical genius was not very decided and very rich, How graceful is the gentle air
that they alone, under the circumstances explained, were sustiThat waves and wafls the fingrance there."
cient to secure celebrity to this poem.” Sir E. Brydges.-E. The whole of this passage, from line 7 down to line 167, “Who “Ay, but lo die and go we know not where, beard it first bad cause to grieve,” was not in the first edition.
To lje in co!d obstruction!” -E.
Measure for Measure. (1) The attachment of the nightingale to the rose is a well-known (8) I trust that sew of my readers have ever had an opportuPersian fable. If I mistake not, the “Bulbul of a thousand tales” nity of witnessing what is here altempted in description, but is one of his appellations.-(Thus Mesihi, as translated by Sir those who have will probably retain a painful remembrance of William Jones :
that singular beauty which pervades, with sew exceptions, the “ Come, charming maid! and hear thy poet sing,
features of the dead, a few hours, and but for a few hours, after Thyself the ruse, and be the bird of spring :
“the spirit is not there.” It is to be remarked in cases of vioLove bids him sing, and Love will be obey'd.
lent death by gun-shot wounds the expression is always that of Be gay: too soon the flowers of spring will fade."-E.
languor, whatever the natural energy of the sufferer's character: (2) The guitar is the constant amusement of the Greek sailor but in death from a stab the countenance preserves its traits of by night: with a steady fair wind, and during a calm, it is ac- feeling or ferocity, and the mind its bias, to the last. companied always by the voice, and often by dancing.
(6) In Dallaway's Constanlinople, a book which Lord Byron (3) ** Jl once the public notice is drawn lo a poet, the talents is not unlikely to bave consulted, I find a passage q oled from
Enough-no foreign foe could quell
What can he tell who treads thy shore ?
Thy sons to deeds sublime, Now crawl from cradle to the grave, Slaves-- nay, the bondsmen of a slave,(3)
And callous, save to crime; Stain'd with each evil that pollutes Mankind, where least above the brutes; Withoul even savage virtue blest, Without one free or valiant breast, Still to the neighbouring ports they waft Proverbial wiles, and ancient craft; In this the subtle Greek is found, For this, and this alone, renown'd. In vain might Liberty invoke The spirit to its bondage broke, Or raise the neck that courts the yoke : No more her sorrows I bewail, Yet this will be a mournful tale, And they who listen may believe, , Who heard it first had cause to grieve.
Far, dark, along the blue sea glancing, The shadows of the rocks advancing Start on the fisher's eye, like boat Of island-pirate or Mainote; And, fearful for his light caïque, He shuns the near but doubyfw creek: Though worn and weary with his toil, And cumber'd with his scaly spoil, Slowly, yet strongly, plies the oar, Till Port Leone's safer shore Receives him, by the lovely light That best becomes an Eastern night.
Who thundering comes on blackest steed, (4) With slacken’d bit and hoof of speed ?
Hers is the lovelines in death,
The farewell beam of feeling past away!
Clime of the unforgotten brave !
Siy, is not this Thermopyle?
O servile offspring of the free!
Gillies's History of Greece, which contains, perhaps, the first Athenians, though, from its situation between Athens and MeSeed of the thought thus expanded into full perfection by genius: gara, the inhabitants of the latter cily contested its possession for - The present state of Greece, compared to the ancient, is the some time with the Athenians. The name, says Gillies, in his sileti obscurity of the grave contrasted with the vivid lustre of History of Greece, is associated with the honourable battle active lise.” Moore.-E.
fought on the 201h October, 480 years before Christ, between the (1) “ There is infinile beauty and effect, though of a painful and Persians under Xerxes, when he invaded Attica, and the Greeks, alcunst oppressive character, in this extraordinary passage; in who successfully delended their country with a force of oply allah the author has illustrated the beautiful, but still and me- 380) ships against 2,000, of which they destroyed about 20%).-E. iancholy, aspect of the once-busy and glorious shores of Greece, (5) Athens is the property of the kislar Aga (the slave of the by an image more true, more mourn ul, and inore exquisitely seraglio and guardian of the women), who appoints the Waywode Ginished, than any that we can recollect in the whole compass A pander and eunuch-These are not polite, yel true appellations of poetry." Jeffrey.-E.
now governs the governor of Athens ! (2) The isle of Salamis lies the Saronic Gulf, on the southern (4) “The reciter of the tale is a Turkish fisherman, who has coast of Attica, nearly opposite to Eleusis. It belonged to the been employed during the day in the Gulf of Ægina. and in the
To-night, set Rhamazani's sun;
He stood-some dread was on his face, Soon Hatred settled in its place: It rose not with the reddening flush Of transient Anger's hasty blush, (3) But pale as marble o'er the tomb, Whose ghastly whiteness aids its gloom. His brow was bent, his eye was glazed; He raised his arm, and fiercely raised, And sternly shook his hand on high, As doubling to return or fly: Impatient of his flight delay'd, Here loud his raven charger neigh'dDown glanced that hand, and grasp'd his blade: That sound had burst his waking dream, As slumber starts at owlet's scream. The spur hath lanced his courser's sides; Away, away, for life he rides ! Swift as the hurl'd on high jerreed (4) Springs to the touch his startled steed; The rock is doubled, and the shore Shakes with the clattering tramp no more; The crag is won—no more is seen His Christian crest and haughly mien. (5) 'T was but an instant he restrain'i That fiery barb, so sternly rein'd; 'Twas but a moment that he stood, Then sped as if by Death pursued; But in that instant o'er his soul Winters of Memory seem'd to roll, And gather in that drop of time A life of pain, an age of crime. O'er him who loves, or hates, or fears, Such moment pour's the grief of years: What felt he then, at once opprest By all that most distracts the breast? That pause, which ponder'd o'er bis fale, Oh, who its dreary length shall date! Though in Time's record nearly nought, It was Eternity to Thought!
Beneath the clattering iron's sound
On-on he hasten'd, and he drew
evening, apprehensive of the Mainole pirales who insest the coast of all kinds of small-arms, loaded with ball, proclaim it during the of Altica, lands with his boat on the harbour of Port Leone, the night. apcient Piræus. lle becomes the eye-wilness of nearly all the in
(3) “Hasty blush."-For hasty all the editions, till the twelftl, cidents in the story, and in one of them is a principal agent. I read“ darkening blush.”—E. is lo his feelings, and particularly to his religious prejudices, that we are indebted for some of the most forcible and splendid parts of darted from horseback with great force and precision. It is a fa
(4) Jerreed, or Djerrid, a blunted Turkish javelin, which is the poem.” George Ellis.
vourite exercise of the Mussulmans; but I know not is it can be (1) In Dr. Clarke's Travels, this word, which means Infdel, called a manly one, since the most expert in the art are the blak is always wrillen according to ils English pronunciation, Djour. eunuchs of Constantinople. I think, next to these, a Mamlouk al Lord Byron adopted the llalian spelling usual among the Franks Smyrna was the most skilful that came within my observation. of the Desert.-E.
(5) “Every gesture of the impetuous horseman is full of anxiety (3) "Tophaike," musket.— The Bairam is announced by the and passion. In the midst of his career, whilst in full view of liit candon at sunset ; tbe illumination of the mosques, and the firing astonished spectator, he suddenly checks his steed, aud, rising
For infinite as boundless space
The hour is past, the Giaour is gone;
The steed is vanish'd from the stall ;
And oft had Hassan's childhood play'd
on bis stirrup, surveys, with a look of agonising impatience, the
(2) This part of the narrative not only contajas much brilliant distant city illuminated for the seast of Bairam; then, pale with and just description, but is managed with unusual lasle. The anger, raises his arm as if in menace of an invisible enemy; but, lisherman has, hitherto, related nothing more than the extraorawakened from his trance of passion by the neighing of his charger, dinary phenomenon which had excited his curiosity, and of which again burries forward, and disappears.” George Ellis.-E.
it is his immediate object to explain the cause to his hearers; but, (1) The blast of the desert, fatal to every thing living, and often instead of proceeding to do so, he stops to vent his execrations on alluded to in eastern poetry.-[Abyssinian Bruce gives, perhaps, the Giaour, lo describe the solitude of Hassan's once-luxurious the liveliest account of the appearance and effects of the suffocating haram, and to lament the untimely death of the owner, and of blast of the desert :-“At eleven o'clock,” he says, “while we Leila, together with the cessation of that hospitality which they contemplated with great pleasure the rugged top of Chiggre, to
had uniformly experienced. He reveals, as is unintentionally and wbich we were fast approaching, and where we were to solace unconsciously, the catastrophe of his story ; but he thus prepares ourselves with plenty of good water, Idris, our guide, cried out
his appeal to the sympathy of his audience, without much dimi with a loud voice, 'Fall upon your faces, for here is the simoom.' I say from the south-east a haze come, in colour like the purple
nishing their suspense." George Ellis. part of the rainbow, but not so compressed or thick. It did not
(3) “ I have just recollected an alteration you may make in the fecupy twenty yards in breadth, and was about twelve feet high proof. Among the lines on Hassan's serai is this, from tbe ground. It was a kind of blush upon the air, and it
• Unmeet for Solitude to share.' moved very rapidly; for 1 scarce could turn to fall upon the Now, lo share implies more thau one, and Solitude is a single ground, with my head to the northward, when I felt the heat or gentleman; it must be thusits current plainly upon my face. We all lay flat on the ground
• For many a gidded chamber's there, as if dead, till Idris told us it was blown over. The meteor, or
Which Solitude might well forbear;' purple haze, which I saw, was indeed passed, but the light air, and so on. Will you adopt ibis correction ? and pray accept a which still blew, was of a heal to threaten suffocation. For iny Stilton cheese from me for your trouble.-P. S. I leave this to part, I found distinctly in my breast that I had imbibed a part of your discretion : if any body thinks the old line a good one, or the it; nor was I free of an asthmatic sensation till I had been some cheese a bad one, don't accept of either." B. Letlers, Stilton, months in Italy, at the baths of Porella, near Iwo years after. Oct. 3, 1813. vads." See Bruce's Life and Travels, p. 470. edit. 1830.-E.) (4) To partake of food, w break bread and salt with your host,
Which, trembling in their coral caves,
I hear the sound of coming feet,
“Thou speakest sootb : thy skiff unmoor,
As rising on its purple wing
Sullen it plunged, and slowly sank,
The mind, that broods o'er guilty woes,
And maddening in her ire,
Is like the scorpion girt by fire, (6)
ensures the safety of the guest : even though an enemy, his person Christian, “Urlarula,” a good journey; or “saban hiresem, saban from that moment is sacred.
serula ;” good morn, good even ; and sometimes, “may your end (1) I need hardly observe, that charity and hospitality are the be happy;" are the usual salutes. first duties enjoined by Mahomet; and, to say truth, very generally (5) The blue-winged butterfly of Kashmeer, the most rare and practised by his disciples. The first praise that can be bestowed beautiful of the species. on a chies is a panegyric on his bounty; the next, on his valour. (6) Mr. Dallas says, that Lord Byron assured him that the para
(2) The ataghan, a long dagger worn with pistols in the belt, in graph containing the simile of the scorpion was imagined in his a melal scabbard, generally of silver; and among the wealthier, sleep. It forms, therefore, a pendant to the “psychological cugill, or of gold.
riosity,” beginning with those exquisitely musical lines :(3) Green is the privileged colour of the Prophet's numerous pretended descendants ; with them, as here, faith (the family inhe
“A damsel with a dulcimer,
In a vision once I saw; ritance) is supposed to supersede the necessity of good works :
It was an Abyssinian maid," etc. they are the worst of a very indifferent brood.
(4) “ Salam aleikoum! aleikoum salam! peace be with you; be The whole of which, Mr. Coleridge says, was composed by bim with you peace-lhe sa utation reserved for the Faithful:-10 a during a siesta.-E.