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And meekly strove to expiate

The scorn that crazed his brain :

And how she nursed him in a cave,

And how his madness went away, When, on the yellow forest leaves,

A dying man he lay :

His dying words—but when I reached

That tenderest strain of all the ditty, My faltering voice, and pausing harp,

Disturbed her soul with pity.

All impulses of soul and sense

Had thrill'd my guileless Genevieve, The music and the doleful tale

The rich and balmy eve;

And hopes, and fears that kindle hope,

An undistinguishable throng, And gentle wishes long subdued,

Subdued and cherished long :

She wept with pity and delight

She blushed with love and maiden shame, And like the murmur of a dream,

I heard her breathe my name.

I saw her bosom heave and swell,

Heave and swell with inward sighs I could not choose but love to see

Her gentle bosom rise.

Her wet cheek glowed, she stept aside,

As conscious of my look she stept,

Then suddenly with timorous eye

She flew to me and wept.

She half-enclosed me with her arms

She pressed me with a meek embrace, And, bending back her head, looked up,

And gazed upon my face.

'Twas partly love and partly fear,

And partly 'twas a bashful art, That I might rather feel than see

The swelling of her heart !

I calmed her fears, and she was calm,

And told her love with virgin pride ; And thus I won my Genevieve,

My bright and beauteous bride!

And now once more a tale of wo,

A woful tale of love I sing,
For thee, my Genevieve! it sighs

And trembles on the string.

When last I sung the cruel scorn,

That crazed this bold and lovely knight, And how he roamed the mountain woods,

Nor rested day nor night,

I promised thee a sister tale

Of man's perfidious cruelty ;
Come, then, and hear what cruel wrong

Befell the dark Ladie.



MAGNIFICENT Creature ! so stately and bright!
In the pride of thy spirit pursuing thy flight ;
For what hath the child of the desert to dread,
Wafting up his own mountains that far-beaming

head; Or borne like a whirlwind down on the vale ?-Hail! King of the wild and the beautiful !

hail ! Hail ! Idol divine ! whom Nature hath borne O’er a hundred hill-tops since the mists of the

morn, Whom the pilgrim lone wandering on mountain

and moor, As the vision glides by him, may blameless adore ; For the joy of the happy, the strength of the free, Are spread in a garment of glory o'er thee.

Up! up to yon cliff! like a king to his throne !
O’er the black silent forest piled lofty and lone
A throne which the eagle is glad to resign
Unto footsteps so fleet and so fearless as thine,
There the bright heather springs up in love of thy

Lo! the clouds in the depth of the sky are at rest;
And the race of the wild winds is o'er on the hill!
In the hush of the mountains, ye antlers, lie still-

Though your branches now toss in the storm of

delight, Like the arms of the pine on your shelterless

height. One moment—thou bright Apparition !-delay ! Then melt o'er the crags, like the sun from the day.

Aloft on the weather-gleam, scorning the earth,
The wild spirit hung in majestical mirth :
In dalliance with danger, he bounded in bliss,
O’er the fathomless gloom of each moaning abyss ;
O'er the grim rocks careering with prosperous

Like a ship by herself in full sail o'er the ocean !
Then proudly he turn’d ere he sank to the dell,
And shook from his forehead a haughty fare.

well, While his horns in a crescent of radiance shone, Like a flag burning bright when the vessel is gone.

The ship of the desert hath pass’d on the wind,
And left the dark ocean of mountains behind !
But my spirit will travel wherever she flee,
And behold her in pomp o'er the rim of the sea-
Her voyage pursue-till her anchor be cast
In some cliff-girdled haven of beauty at last.

What lonely magnificence stretches around !
Each sight how sublime! and how awful each

sound !
All hush'd and serene, as a region of dreams,
The mountains repose ʼmid the roar of the streams,
Their glens of black umbrage by cataracts riven,
But calm their blue tops in the beauty of Heaven.


Here the glory of nature hath nothing to fear Ay! Time the destroyer in power hath been And the forest that hung on yon mountain so

high, Like a black thunder-cloud on the arch of the sky, Hath gone, like that cloud, when the tempest

came by. Deep sunk in the black moor, all worn and de

cayd, Where the floods have been raging the limbs are

display'd Of the Pine-tree and Oak sleeping vast in the

gloom, The kings of the forest disturb'd in their tomb.

E’en now, in the pomp of their prime, I behold
O’erhanging the desert the forests of old !
So gorgeous their verdure, so solemn their shade,
Like the heavens above them, they never may

The sunlight is on them in silence they sleep
A glimmering glow, like the breast of the deep,
When the billows scarce heave in the calmness of

morn. -Down the pass of Glen-Etive the tempest is

borne, And the hill-side is swinging, and roars with a

sound In the heart of the forest embosom'd profound. Till all in a moment the tumult is o'er, And the mountain of thunder is still as the shore When the sea is at ebb; not a leaf nor a breath To disturb the wild solitude, steadfast as death.

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