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Nor these alone ; Columbia feels no less

Fresh speculations follow each success;

And philanthropic Israel deigns to drain

Her mild per-centage from exhausted Spain.

Not without Abraham's seed can Russia march;

T is gold, not steel, that rears the conqueror'8 arch.

Two Jews, a chosen people, can command

In every realm their 6cripture-promised land : —

Two Jews keep down the Romans, and upbdld

The accursed Hun, more brutal than of old:

Two Jews — but not Samaritans — direct

The world, with all the spirit of their sect.

What is the happiness of earth to them?

A congress forms their " New Jerusalem,"

Where baronies and orders both Invite —

Oh, holy Abraham I dost thou see the sight?

Thy followers mingling with these royal swine,

Who spit riot " on their Jewish gaberdine,"

Bat honour them as portion of the show —

(WTiere now, oh Pope! is thy forsaken toe?

Could it not favour Judah with some kicks?

Or has it ceased to " kick against the pricks ? ")

On Shyloek's shore behold them stand afresh,

To cut from nations' hearts their " pound of flesh."


Strange sight this Congress! destined to unite

All that's incongruous, all that 'a opposite.

I speak not of the sovereigns — they 're alike,

A common coin as ever mint could strike;

But those who sway the puppets, pull the strings,

Have more of motley than their heavy kings.

Jews, authors, generals, charlatans, combine,

While Europe wonders at the vast design:

There Metternich, power's foremost parasite,

Cajoles; there Wellington forgets to fight;

There Chateaubriand forms new books of martyrs ; >

And subtle Greeks - Intrigue for stupid Tartars;

There Montmorenci, the swom foe to charters,'

Turns a diplomatist of great eclat,

To furnish articles for the " Dcbats ;"

Of war so certain — yet not quite so sure

As his dismissal In the " Monlteur."

Alas: how could his cabinet thus err?

Can peace be worth an ultra-minister?

He falls indeed, perhaps to rise again,

u Almost as quickly as he conqucr'd Spain." *

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The mother of the hero's hope, the boy.

The young Astyanax of modern Troy ;»

The still pale shadow of the loftiest queen

That earth has yet to see, or e'er hath seen;

She flits amidst the phantoms of the hour.

The theme of pity, and the wreck of power.

Oh, cruel mockery 1 Could not Austria spare

A daughter? What did France's widow there?

Her titter place was by St. Helen's wave,

Her only throne Is In Napoleon's grave.

But, no — she still must hold a petty reign,

Flank'd by her formidable chamberlain;

The martial Argus, whose not hundred eyes

Must watch her through these paltry pageantries. 8

What though she share no more, and shared In vain,

A sway surpassing that of Charlemagne,

Which swept from Moscow to the southern seas I

Yet still she rules the pastoral realm of cheese,

Where Parma views the traveller resort.

To note the trappings of her mimic court.

But she appears I Verona sees her shorn

Of all her beams — while nations gaze and mourn —

Ere yet her husband's ashes have had time

To chill in their inhospitable clime;

(If e'er those awful ashes can grow cold j —

But no, — their embers soon will burst the mould;)

She comes ! — the Andromache (but not Racine's,

Nor Homer's,) — Lo ! on Pyrrhus' arm she leans I

Yes 1 the right arm, yet red from Waterloo,

Which cut her lord's half-shatter'd sceptre through.

Is offer'd and accepted! Could a slave

Do more? or less ? — and he In his new grave!

Her eye, her cheek, betray no inward strife,

And the c.r-empress grows as ex a wife!

So much for human ties In royal breasts!

Why spare men's feelings, when their own are jests?


But, tired of foreign follies, I turn home.

And sketch the group — the picture's yet to come.

My muse 'gan weep, but, ere a tear was spilt,

She caught Sir William Curtis in a kilt!

While throng'd the chiefs of every Highland clan

To hail their brother, Vich Ian Alderman!

Guildhall grows Gael, anil echoes with Erse roar.

While all the Common Council cry " Claymore!"

To sec proud Albyn's tartans as a belt

Gird the gross sirloin of a city Celt, •

She burst Into a laughter so extreme.

That I awoke — and lo! it was no dream '.

Here, reader, will we pause • — if there's no harm In This first—you '11 have, perhaps, a second " Carmen."


Enough of this — a sight more moui
The averted eye of the reluctant mu
The imperial daughter, the imperial
The imperial victim — sacrifice to p

to Christianity In France. Lord Byron perhaps alludes to the well-known joke of Talleyrand, who. meeting the Duke of Montmorenci at the same party with M. Rothschild, soon after the latter bad been ennobled by the Kmperor of Austria, i* said to have begged leave to present il. If premier baron J*"f to .V. U premier baron CArttien.]

1 Monsieur Chateaubriand, who has not forgotten the author in the minister, received a handsome compliment at Ver-riia from a literary sovereign: "Ah! Monsieur C, are you Mated tothat Chateaubriand who — who—who has written ■wu-rtnig »•• (fcrit qnetqur choie .') It Is said that the author of Atala repented him for a moment of his legitimacy.

1 [Count Capo d'lstrlas—afterwards President of C.reeee. The count was murdered in September, 1831, by the brother sod son of a Mainotc chief whom he hail imprisoned.] 1 [The Duke de Montmorenci-Lava!.] * [From Pope's verses on Lord Peterborough : —

"Ami he. whose lightning pterred the Pierian lines. Now forms my quincunx, and now ranks my vines. Or tames the genius of the stubborn plain. Almost as quickly as he ronquer'd Spain."] 1 [Napoleon Francois Charles Joserll, Duke of Relchstadt, died at the palace of Schunhrunn, July 22, 1832, having just attained his twenty-llrst year.]

6 [Count Neipperg, chamlierlain and second husband to Maria-Louisa, had but one eye. The count died in 1H31. Sec ante, p. 4fil.]'

* [George the Fourth is said to have been somewhat annoyed, on entering the levee-room at Ilolyrood (Aug. 1822) In full Stuart tartan, to sec only one figure similarly attired (ami of similar bulk)— that of Kir William Curtis. The city knight bad every thing complete—even the inife stuck In the garter. He asked the King, If he did not think him well dressed. "Yes!" replied his Majesty, "only you have no spoon in your bote." The devourer of turtle had a fine engraving executed of himself in Ids Celtic attire.]

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Adieu, thou Hill1 ! where early joy

Spread roses o'er my brow;
Where Science seeks each loitering boy

With knowledge to endow.
Adieu, my youthful friends or foes,
Partners of former bliss or woes;

No more through Ida's paths we stray;
Soon must I share the gloomy cell,
Whose ever-slumbering inmates dwell

Unconscious of the day.

Adieu, ye hoary Regal Fanes,

Ye spires of Granta's vale.
Where Learning robed in sable reigns,
, And Melancholy pale.

Ye comrades of the jovial hour,
Ye tenants of the classic bower.

On Cama's verdant margin placed,
Adieu! while memory still is mine.
For, offerings on Oblivion's shrine,

These scenes must be effaced.

Adieu, ye mountains of the clime

Where grew my youthful years;
Where Loch na Garr in snows sublime

His giant summit rears.
Why did my childhood wander forth
From you, ye regions of the North,

With sons of pride to roam?
Why did I quit my Highland cave,
Marr's dusky heath, and Dee's clear wave,

To seek a Sotheron home?

Hall of my Sires! a long farewell —

Yet why to thee adieu?
Thy vaults will echo back my knell,

Thy towers my tomb will view:
The faltering tongue which sung thy fall,
And fonner glories of thy Hall, 3

Forgets its wonted simple note —
But yet the Lyre retains the strings,
And sometimes, on iEollan winirs,

In dying strains may float.

Fields, which surround yon rustic cot,

While yet I linger here,
Adieu! you are not now forgot,

To retrospection dear.
Streamlet' ! along whose rippling surje
My youthful limbs were wont to urge

At noontide heat their pliant course;
Plunging with ardour from the shore,
Thy springs will lave these limbs no more.

Deprived of active force.

And shall I here forget the scene,
Still nearest to my breast?

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Rocks rise and rivers roll between

The spot which passion blest;
Yet, Mary *, all thy beauties seem
Fresh as in Love's bewitching dream,

To me in smiles display'd;
Till slow disease resigns his prey
To Death, the parent of decay,

Thine image cannot fade.

And thou, my Friend 1! whose gentle love.

Yet thrills my bosom's chords,
How much thy friendship was above

Description's power of words!
Still near my breast thy gift I wear
Which sparkled once with Feeling's tear,

Of Love the pure, the sacred gem;
Our souls were equal, and our lot
In that dear moment quite forgot;

Let Pride alone condemn!

AU, all is dark and cheerless now I

No smile of Love's deceit
Can warm my veins with wonted glow,

Can bid Life s pulses beat:
Not e'en the hope of future fame,
Can wake my faint, exhausted frame.

Or crown with fancied wreaths my hcid.
Mine is a short inglorious race, —
To humble in the dust my face,

And mingle with the dead.

Oh Fame I thou goddess of my heart;

On him who gains thy praise.
Pointless mint fall the Spectre's dart,

Consumed in Glory's blaze;
But me she beckons from the earth.
My name obscure, unmark'd my birth,

My life a short and vulgar dream:
Lost in the dull, ignoble crowd,
My hopes recline within a shroud,

My fate is Lethe's stream.

When I repose beneath the sod,

Unheeded in the clay,
Where once my playful footsteps trod.

Where now my head must lay,
The meed of Pity will be shed
In dew-drops o'er my narrow bed.

By nightly skies, and storms alone;
No mortal eye will deign to steep
With tears tie dark sepulchral deep

Which hides a name unknown.

Forget this world, my restless sprite.
Turn, turn thy thoughts to Heaven:

There must thou soon direct thy flight,
If errors are forgiven.

To bigots and to sects unknown.

Bow down beneath the Almighty's Throne;

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To Him address thy trembling prayer:
Be, who is merciful and just.
Will not reject a child of dust,

Although his meanest care.

Father of Light I to Thee I call,

My soul is dark within:
Thou, who canst mark the sparrow's fall,

Avert the death of sin.
Thou, who canst guide the wandering star,
Who calm'st the elemental war,

Whose mantle is yon boundless sky,
My thoughts, my words, my crimes forgive;
And, since I soon must cease to live,

Instruct me how to die.

1807. [First published, 1832 ]


Ah, heedless girl! why thus disclose
What ne'er was meant for other cars:

Why thus destroy thine own repose,
And dig the source of future tears?

Oh, thou wilt weep, imprudent maid,
While lurking envious foes will smile,

for all the follies thou hast said
Of those who spoke but to beguile.

Vain girl! thy ling'ring woes are nigh,
If thou bcliev'st what striplings say -.

Oh, from the deep temptation fly.
Nor fall the specious spoiler's prey.

Dost thou repeat, in childish boast,
The words man utters to deceive?

Thy peace, thy hope, thy all is lost.
If thou canst venture to believe.

While now amongst thy female peers
Thou tell'st again the soothing talc,

Canst thou not mark the rising sneers
Duplicity in vain would veil?

These tales in secret silence hush,
Nor make thyself the public gaze:

What modest maid without a blush

Recounts a flattering coxcomb's praise?

Win not the laughing boy despise
Her who relates each fond conceit —

Who, thinking Heaven Is In her eyes,
Yet cannot see the slight deceit?

For she who takes a soft delight

These amorous nothings in revealing.

Must credit all we say or write,
While vanity prevents concealing.

Cease, If you prize your beauty's reign!

Ho jealousy bids me reprove: One, who is thus from nature vain,

I pity, but I cannot love.

January 15, 1807. [First published, 1832.]


On, Anne 1 your offences to me have been grievous: 1 thought from my wrath no atonement could save you;

But woman is made to command and deceive us — I look'd in your face, and I almost forgave you.

I vow'd I could ne'er for a moment respect you,
Yet thought that a day's separation was long;

When we met, I determined again to suspect you—
Your smile soon convinced me suspicion was wrong.

I swore, in a transport of young indignation,

With fervent contempt evermore to disdain you:

I saw you — my anger became admiration;

And now, all my wish, all my hope's to regain you.

With beauty like yours, oh, how vain the contention!

Thus lowly I sue for forgiveness before you; At once to conclude such a fruitless dissension.

Be false, my sweet Anne, when I cease to adore you I January 16, 1807. [First published, 1S32.]


On, say not, sweet Anne, that the Fates have decreed The heart which adores,you should wish to dissever;

Such Fates were to me most unkind ones indeed, — To bear me from love and from beauty for ever.

Your frowns, lovely girl, arc the Fates which alone Could bid me from fond admiration refrain;

By these, every hope, every wish were o'erthrown,
Till smiles should restore me to rapture again.

As the ivy and oak, in the forest entwined,
The rage of the tempest united must weather,

My love and my life were by nature design'd
To flourish alike, or to perish together.

Then say not, sweet Anne, that the Fates have decreed
Your lover should bid you a lasting adieu;

Till Fate can ordain that his bosom shall bleed,
His soul, his existence, are centred in you.

1807. [First published, 1832.]



Thy verse is " sad" enough, no doubt:
A devilish deal more sad than witty!

Why we should weep I can't find out.
Unless for thee we weep in pity.

Yet there is one I pity more;

And much, alas! I think he needs it;
For he, I'm sure, will suffer sore,

Who, to his own misfortune, reads it.

Thy rhymes, without the aid of magic,
May once be read — but never after:

Yet their effect's by no means tragic,
Although by far too dull for laughter.

But would you make our bosoms bleed,
And of no common pang complain —

If you would make us weep indeed,
Tell us, you '11 read them o'er again.

March 8, 1807. [First published, 1832.]


In one who felt as once he felt,

This might, perhaps, have fiinn'd the flame; But now his heart no more will melt,

Because that heart is not the same.

As when the ebbing flames are low,

The aid which once improved their light,

And bade them burn with fiercer glow, m
Now quenches all their blaze in night

Thus has it been with passion's fires—
As marly a boy and girl remembers—

While every hope of love expires,
Extlnguish'd with the dying embers.

The firtt, though not a spark survive,
Some careful hand may teach to burn;

The last, alas 1 can ne'er survive;
No touch can bid its warmth return.

Or, if it chance to wake again,

Not always doom'd its heat to smother,

It sheds (so wayward fates ordain)
Its former warmth around another.

1807. [First published, 1832.]


Tuou Power I who hast ruled me through infancy's days.

Young offspring of Fancy, 'tis time we should part; Then rue on the gale this the last of my lays, The coldest effusion which springs from my heart.

This bosom, responsive to rapture no more,

Shall hush thy wild notes, nor implore thee to sing;

The feelings of childhood, which taught thee to soar, Are wafted far distant on Apathy's wing.

Though simple the themes of my rude flowing Lyre, Yet even these themes are departed for ever;

No more beam the eyes which my dream could inspire, My visions are flown, to return,—alas! never.

When drain'd Is the nectar which gladdens the bowl,
How vain is the effort delight to prolong!

When cold is the beauty which dwelt in my soul,
What magic of Fancy can lengthen my song?

Can the lips sing of Love in the desert alone,

Of kisses and smiles which they now must resign?

Or dwell with delight on the hours that are flown? Ah, no! for those hours can no longer be mine.

Can they speak of the friends that I lived but to love?

Ah, surely affection ennobles the strain 1 But how can my numbers in sympathy move,

When I scarcely can hope to behold them again?

Can I sing of the deeds which my Fathers have done,
And raise my loud harp to the fame of my Sires?

For glories like theirs, oh, how faint Is my tone!
For Heroes' exploits how unequal my tires!

Untouch'd, then, my Lyre shall reply to the blast—
'T Is hush'd ; and my feeble endeavours are o'er;

And those who have heard it will pardon the past. When they know that its murmurs shall vibrate no more.

I [Lord Byron, on his first arrival at Kewstead, in 1798. planted an oak in the garden, and nourished the Taney, that as the tree flourished so should he. On revisiting the abbey, during Lord Grey de Kuthven's residence there, he found the oak choked up by weeds, and almost destroyed ; — hence .these Hues. Shortly after Colonel Wildman, the present proprietor, took possession, he one day noticed it, and said to the servant who was with hiia," Here is a fine young oak;

And soon shall its wild erring notes be forgot.
Since early affection and love arc o'ercast:

Oh 1 blest had my fate been, and happy my lot.
Had the first strain of love been the dearest, the last.

Farewell, my young Muse! since we now can ne'er meet;

If our songs have been languid, they surely are few: Let us hope that the present at least will be sweet— The present—which seals our eternal Adieu.

1807. [First published, 1KJS.]


Young Oak! when I planted thee deep In the ground.

I hoped that thy days would be longer than mine; That thy dark-waving branches would flourish around.

And ivy thy trunk with its mantle entwine.

Such, such was my hope, when. In infancy's years. On the land of my fathers I rear'd thee with pride:

They are past, and 1 water thy stem with my tears,— Thy decay not the weeds that surround thee can hide.

I left thee, my Oak, and, since that fatal hour,
A stranger has dwelt in the hall of my sire;

Till manhood shall crown me, not mine is the power.
But his, whose neglect may have bade thee expire.

Oh! hardy thou wert — even now little care

Might revive thy young head, and thy wounds gently heal:

But thou wert not fated affection to share —

For who could suppose that a stranger would fed

All, droop not, my Oak 1 lift thy head for a while;

Ere twice round yon Glory this planet shall run. The hand of thy Master will teach thee to smile.

When Infancy's years of probation are done.

Oh, live then, my Oak 1 tow'r aloft from the'
That clog thy young growth, and assist thy i

For still in thy bosom arc life's early seeds.
And still may thy branches their beauty i

Oh! yet, if maturity's years may be thine,
Though / shall lie low in the cavern of death.

On thy leaves yet the day-beam of ages may shine.
Uninjured by time, or the rude winter's breath.

For centuries still may thy boughs lightly wave
O'er the corse of thy lord in thy canopy laid;

While the branches thus gratefully shelter his jrivt,
The chief who survives may recline in thy shade.

And as he, with his boys, shall revisit this spot.
He will tell them in whispers more softly to tread.

Oh! surely, by these I shall ne'er be forgot:
Remembrance still hallows the dust of the dead.

And here, will they say, when in life's glowing prime,
I'erhaps he has pourd forth his young simple toy.

And here must he sleep, till the raqments of time
Are lost in the hours of Eternity's day.

1807. [First published. 1831]

but ft must be cut down, as it grows in an improper place" —'• I hope not, sir." replied the man: "for itls the one la* my lord was so fond of, because he set it himself." The Colonel has, of course, taken eeery possible care of it. It U already inquired after, by strangers, as " The Bybo* Ota." and promises to share, in after times, the celebrity oi Saakspeare's mulberry, and Pope's willow.}


Here once engaged the stranger's view

Young Friendship's record simply traced; Few were her words,—but yet, though few,

Resentment's hand the line defaced.
Deeply she cut — but not erased,

The characters were still so plain.
That Friendship once return'd, and gazed,—

Till Memory hail'd the words again.

Repentance placed them as before;

Forgiveness join'd her gentle name;
So fair the inscription seem'd once more,

That Friendship thought it still the same.
Thus might the Record now have been;

But, ah, in spite of Hope's endeavour.
Or Friendship's tears, Pride rush'd between,

And blotted out the line for ever!

September, 1807.



Johs Adams lies here, of the parish of Southwell,
A Carrier who carried his can to his mouth well;
He carried so much, and he carried so fast,
He could cany no more—so was carried at last;
For, the liquor he drank, being too much for one,
He could not carry ofT, — so he 's now carri-on.

September, 1807.


Those flaxen locks, those eyes of blue,
Bright as thy mother's in their hue;
Those rosy lips, whose dimples play
And smile to steal the heart away,
Recall a scene of former joy,
And touch thy father's heart, my Boy!

And thou canst lisp a father's name —
Ah, William, were thine own the same,—
No self-reproach—but, let me cease —
My care for thee shall purchase peace;
Thy mother's shade shall smile in joy,
And pardon all the past, my Boy!

Her lowly grave the turf has prest,

And thou hast known a stranger's breast.

Derision sneers upon thy birth,

And yields thee scarce a name on earth;

Yet shall not these one hope destroy, —

A Father's heart is thine, my Boy!

Why, let the world unfeeling frown,
Must I fond Nature's claim disown?
Ah, no—though moralists reprove,
I hail thee, dearest child of love,
Fair cherub, pledge of youth and joy—
A Father guards thy birth, my Boy!

1 Some years ago, when at Harrow, a friend of the author •^srAved on a particular spot the names of both, with a few •v-irtitional words, as a memorial. Afterwards, on receiving (ome real or imagined injury, the author destroyed the frail record before he left Harrow. On revisiting the place in "V. he wrote under it these stanzas.

*[" Whether these verses arc. In any degree, founded on I A ^*ve no "ecurale means of determining. Fond its Lord Byron was of recording every particular of his youth,

Oh, 't will be sweet in thee to trace,
Ere age has wrinkled o'er my face,
Ere half my glass of life is run,
At once a brother and a son;
And all my wane of years employ
In justice done to thee, my Boy!

Although so young thy heedless sire,
Youth will not damp parental fire;
And, wcrt thou still less dear to me,
While Helen's form revives in thee,
The breast, which beat to former joy,
Will ne'er desert its pledge, my Boy I

IS07. Cl'irst published, 1S30.)


Farewell! If ever fondest prayer

For other's weal avall'd on high,
Mine will not all be lost in air.

But waft thy name beyond the sky.
'T were vain to speak, to weep, to sigh:

Oh! more than tears of blood can tell,
When wrung from guilt's expiring eye,

Are in that word— Farewell!— Farewell!

These lips are mute, these eyes are dry;

But in my breast and In my brain,
Awake the pangs that pass not by,

The thought that ne'er shall sleep again.
My soul nor deigns nor dares complain,

Though grief and passion there rebel:
I only know we loved in vain—

I only feel—Farewell!— Farewell 1


Brioht be the place of thy soul 1

No lovelier spirit than thine E'er burst from its mortal control

In the orbs of the blessed to shine.

On earth thou wert all but divine.
As thy soul shall immortally be;

And our sorrow may cease to repine,

When we know that thy God is with thee.

Light be the turf of thy tomb!

May its verdure like emeralds be: There should not be the shadow of gloom

In aught that reminds us of thee.

Y'oung flowers and an evergreen tree
May spring from the spot of thy rest:

But nor cypress nor yew let us sec;
For why should we mourn for the blest?


such an event, or rather era, as is here commemorated, would have been, of all others, the least likely to pass unmentioned by him; and yet neither in conversation nor in any of his writings do 1 remember even an allusion to it. On the other hand, so entirely was all that he wrote,—making allowance for the embellishments of fancy,—the transcript of his actual life and feelings, that it is not easy to suppose a poem, so full of natural tenderness, to have been Indebted for its origin to imagination alone."— Moore. But sec post, Don Juan, canto xvi. st. CI.]

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