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Hence the goblet's shower
Hath such spells to win us-
O'er that flame within us.
THE FAREWELL TO N
THE FAREWELL TO MY HARP. .
Dear Harp of my Country! in darkness I found
thee, The cold chain of silence had hung o'er thee Salong, 2
* In that rebellious but beautiful song «When Erin first rose » there is, if I recollect right, the following line :
«The dark chain of silence was thrown o er the deep.»
The Chain of Silence was a sort of practical figure of rhetoric among the ancient Irish. Walker tells us of «a celebrated contention for precedence between Finn and Gaul, near-Finn's palace, at Almhaim, where the attending bards, anxious, if possible, to produce à cessa
When proudly, my own Island Harp! I unbound
thee, And gave all thy chords to light, freedom, and
The warm lay of love and the light note of glad
ness Have waken’d thy fondest, thy liveliest thrill ; But so oft hast thou echo'd the deep sigh of sad
ness, That ev'n in thy mirth it will steal from thee
Dear Harp of my Country ! farewell to thy numa
bers, · This sweet wreath of song is the last we shall
. twine; Go,-sleep, with the sunshine of fame on thy
slumbers, Till touch'd by some hand less unworthy than
If the pulse of the patrist, soldier, or lover,
Have throbb’d at our l»v, 'tis thy glory alone;
tion of hostilitics, shook the Cvain of Silence, and Aung themselves ainong the ranks.» -See also the Ode to Gaul, the son of Morni, in Miss Prook's «Reliques of Irish Poetry.»
I was but as the wind, passing heedlessly over, . And all the wild sweetness I waked was thy
MY GENTLE HARP.
R- The Coina or Dirge
My gentle Harp: once more « waken
The sweetness of thy slumb'ring strain ; In tears our last farewell was taken,
And now in tears we meet again. . No light of joy hath o'er thee broken,
But, like those harps, whose heavenly skill Of slavery, dark as thine, hath spoken
Thou hang'st upon the willows still.
And yet, since last thy chord resounded,
An liour of peace and triumph came, When many an ardent bosom bounded
With hopes-that now are turn'd to shape. Yet even then, while Peace was singing
Her halcyon song o'er land and sea, Though joy and hope to others bringing,
She only brought new tears to thee.
Then, who can ask for uoles of pleasure,
My drooping Harp from chords like thine : Alas! the lark's gay morning measure
As ill would suit the swan's decline ! Or how shall I, who love, who bless thee,
Invoke thy breath for freedom's strains, When ev’n the wreaths, in which I dress thee, • Are sadly mix'd-half flow'rs, half chairs !
But come,-if yet thy frame can berrow
One breath of joy-oh, breatke for me,
How sweet thy music still can be;
Thou yet canst wake at pleasure's thrill-
Mid desolation tuneful still!!
1 Dimidio magicæ résonant ubi Memnone chorde, • Atque vetus Thebe centum jacet obruta portis.
Juvenal. AS SLOW OUR SHIP.
Air-The Girl I left behind me.
As slow our ship her foamy track
Against the wind was cleaving, Her trembling pennant still look'd back
To that dear isle 'twas leaving,
From all the links that bind us ;
To those we've left behind us.
When, round the bowl, of vanish'd years
We talk, with joyous seeming,
So faint, so sad their beaming;
Each early tie that twined us, Oh sweet's the cup that circles then
To those we've left behind us.
And, when in other climes we meet
Some isle or vale enchanting,