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IX. There, thou !—whose love and life together fled, Have left me here to love and live in vainTwined with my heart, and can I deem the dead, When busy Memory flashes on my brain ? Well-I will dream that we may meet again, And woo the vision to my vacant breast : If aught of young Remembrance then remain,
Be as it may Futurity's behest, For me ?twere bliss enough to know thy spirit blest!
X. Here let me sit upon this massy stone, The marble column's yet unshaken base; Here, son of Saturn! was thy fav’rite throne: (4) Mightiest of many such! Hence let me trace The latent grandeur of thy dwelling place. It may not be: nor ev'n can Fancy's eye Restore what Time hath labour'd to deface.
Yet these proud pillars claim no passing sigh, Unmoved the Moslem sits, the light Greek carols by.
XI. But who, of all the plunderers of yon fane On high, where Pallas linger'd, loth to flee The latest relic of her ancient reign; The last, the worst, dull spoiler, who was he? Blush, Caledonia! such thy son could be! England ! I joy no child he was of thine: Thy free-born men should spare what once was free;
Yet they could violate each saddening shrine, And bear these altars o'er the long-reluctant brine. (5)
XII. But most the modern Pict's ignoble boast, To rive what Goth, and Turk, and Time hath spared :(6) Cold as the crags upon his native coast, His mind as barren and his heart as hard, Is he whose head conceived, whose hand prepared, Aught to displace Athena's poor remains : Her sons too weak the sacred shrine to guard,
Yet felt some portion of their mother's pains, (7) And never knew, till then, the weight of Despot's chains.
Tore down those remnants with a Harpy's hand, Which envious Eld forbore, and tyrants left to stand.
XIV. Where was thine Ægis, Pallas ! that appall’d Stern Alaric and Havoc on their way ? (8) Where Peleus' son? whom hell in vain enthrallid, His shade from Hades upon that dread day, Bursting to light in terrible array! What! could not Pluto spare the chief once more, To scare a second robber from his prey?
Idly he wandered on the Stygian shore, Nor now preserved the walls he loved to shield before.
Cold is the heart, fair Greece! that looks on thee,
And once again thy hapless bosom gored,
But Harold felt not as in other times,
XVII. He that has saild upon the dark blue sea, Has view'd at times, I ween, a full fair sight; When the fresh breeze is fair as breeze may be, The white sail set, the gallant frigate tight; Masts, spires, and strand retiring to the right, The glorious main expanding o'er the bow, The convoy spread like wild swans in their flight, The dullest sailer wearing bravely now,
ily curl the waves before each dashing prow.
XVIII. And oh, the little warlike world within ! The well-reeved guns, the netted canopy, (9) The hoarse command, the busy humming din, When, at a word, the tops are mann'd on high: Hark to the Boatswain's call, the cheering cry! While through the seaman's hand the tackle glides; Or school-boy Midshipman that, standing by,
Strains his shrill pipe as good or ill betides, And well the docile crew that skilful urchin guides.
XIX. White is the glassy deck, without a stain, Where on the watch the staid Lieutenant walks: Look on that part which sacred doth remain For the lone chieftain, who majestic stalks, Silent and fear'd by all —not oft he talks With aught beneath him, if he would preserve That strict restraint, which broken, ever balks
Conquest and Fame: but Britons rarely swerve From Law, however stern, which tends their strength
Thus loitering pensive on the willing seas,
XXI. The moon is up; by Heaven a lovely eve! Long streams of light o'er dancing waves expand; Now lads on shore may sigh, and maids believe : Such be our fate when we return to land ! Meantime some rude Arion's restless hand Wakes the brisk harmony that sailors love; A circle there of merry listeners stand,
Or to some well-known measure featly move, Thoughtless, as if on shore they still were free to rove.
XXII. Through Calpe's straits survey the steepy shore: Europe and Afric on each other gaze! Lands of the dark-eyed Maid and dusky Moor Alike beheld beneath pale Hecate's blaze : How softly on the Spanish shore she plays, Disclosing rock, and slope, and forest brown, Distinct, though darkening with her waning phase ;
But Mauritania's giant-shadows frown, From mountain-cliff to coast descending sombre down.
'Tis night, when Meditation bids us feel
Death hath but little left him to destroy!