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Inored to hunters he was found at bay, And famine wrings, and fever sweeps a And they must kill, they cannot snare the His numbers melting fast from their ar
Intemperate triumph fades to disconte Stern, unambitious, silent, he had been And Lara's soul alone seems still unbe Henceforth a calm spectator of life's scene, But few remain to aid his voice and h But dragg'd again upon the arena, stood And thousands dwindled to a scanty b A leader not unequal to the feud; Desperate, though few, the last and In voice-mien-gesture_savage nature
To mourn the discipline they late disda And from his eye the gladiator broke. One hope survives, the frontier is not
And thence they may escape from native
And bear within them to the neighbou What boots the oft-repeated tale of strife, The feast of vultures, and the waste of life? An exile's sorrows, or an outlaw's hat
state The varying fortune of each separate field, Hard is the task their father-land to The fierce that vanquish, and the faint But harder still to perish or submit.
that yield? The smoking ruin, and the crumbled wall? In this the struggle was the same with all; It is resolved—they march - consen Save that distemper'd passions lent their
Guides with her star their dim and tore) In bitterness that banish'd all remorse.
flight; None sued, for Mercy knew her cry was Already they perceive its tranquil bea
Sleep on the surface of the barrier-str The captive died upon the battle-slain : Already they descry—Is yon the bank In either cause, one rage alone possest Away! 'tis lined with many a hostile 1 The empire of the alternate victor's breast; Return or fly!-What glitters in the i And they that smote for freedom or for 'Tis Otho's banner- the pursuer's spe
Are those the shepherds' fires upon Deem'd few were slain, while more remain'd
height? to slay.
Alas! they blaze too widely for the fi It was too late to check the wasting brand, Cut off from hope, and compass'd in the And Desolation reap'd the famish'à land; Less blood perchance hath bought a ri The torch was lighted, and the flame was
spoil! spread, And Carnage smiled upon her daily dead. A moment's pause, 'tis but to bri
their band, Fresh with the nerve the new-born im- Or shall they onward press, or here! pulse strung,
stand? The first success to Lara's numbers clung: It matters little-if they charge the 1 But that vain victory hath ruin'd all,
Who by the border - stream their r They form no longer to their leader's call;
oppose, In blind confusion on the foe they press,
Some few, perchance, may break and And think to snatch is to secure success.
the line, The lust of booty, and the thirst of hate,
However link'd to baffle such design. Lure on the broken brigands to their fate;
“ The charge be ours! to wait for In vain he doth whate'er a chief may do,
assault To check the headlong fury of that crew;
Were fate well worthy of a coward's ha In vain their stubborn ardour be would tame, Forth flies each sabre, rein’d is every The hand that kindles cannot quench the And the next word shall scarce outsin flame;
deed : The wary foe alone hath turn'd their mood, In the next tone of Lara's gathering! And shown their rashness to that erring How many shall but hear the voice of 1
brood : The feign'd retreat, the nightly ambuscade, His blade is bared, in him there is The daily harras, and the fight delay'd, As deep, but far too tranquil for desi The long privation of the hoped supply, A something of indifference more thal The tentless rest beneath the humid sky, Becomes the bravest, if they feel for i The stubborn wall that mocks the leaguer's He turn'd his eye on Kaled, ever nea
And still too faithful to betray one ft And palls the patience of his baffled heart, Perchance 'twas but the moon's dim tw of these they had not decm'd: the battle-day
threw They could encounter as a veteran may, Along his aspect an unwonted hue But more preferr'd the fury of the strife, of mournful paleness, whose deep And present death to hourly suffering life:
The truth, and not the terror of his breast. And near yet quivering with what life Thi: Lara mark'd, and laid his hand on his :
remain'd, It trembled not in such an hour as this; The heel that urged him and the hand that His lip was silent, scarcely beat his heart,
rein'd; Liseye alone proclaim'd,“ We will not part! And some too near that rolling torrent lie, "Thị band may perish, or thy friends may Whose waters mock the lip of those that die; flee,
That panting thirst which scorches in the fuerell to life, but not adien to thee!”
of those that die the soldier's fiery death, The word hath pass'd his lips, and onward In vain impels the burning mouth to crave driven,
One drop—the last-to cool it for the grave; Pears the link'd band through ranks asunder With feeble and convulsive effort swept, riven;
Their limbs along the crimson'd turf havo Well has each steed obey'd the arined heel,
crept; And fash the scimitars, and rings the steel; The faint remains of life such struggles Outumberd, not outbraved, they still
waste, oppose But yet they reach the stream, and bend
to taste: Despair to daring, and a front to foes; And blood is mingled with the dashing They feel its freshness, and almost partakestream,
Why pause? No further thirst bave they Which rans all redly till the morning beam.
It is unquench'd, and yet they feel it not; (eenmanding, aiding, animating all,
It was an agony--but now forgot! There foe appear'd to press, or friend to fall, Cheers Lara's voice, and waves or strikes Beneath a lime, remoter from the scene, his steel,
Where but for him that strife had never been, bqiring hope, himself had ceased to feel. A breathing but devoted warrior lay: Sve fled, for well they knew that flight 'Twas Lara bleeding fast from life away, were vain;
His follower once, and now his only guide, At those that waver turn to smite again, Kneels Kaled watchful o'er his welling side, Thile yet they find the firmest of the foe And with his scarf would staunch the tides Rail before their leader's look and blow:
that rush, Jar girt with numbers, now almost alone, With each convulsion, in a blacker gush; e foils their ranks, or reunites his own;
And then, as his faint breathing waxes low, Kaself he spared not-once they seem'd In feebler, not less fatal tricklings flow: to fly
He scarce can speak, but motions him 'tis 1x vu the time, he waved his hand on
And merely adds another throb to pain. W sbook – why sudden droops that plamed He clasps the hand that pang which would crest?
assuage, zhaft is sped - the arrow's in his breast! And sadly smiles his thanks to that dark page Mat fatal gesture left the unguarded side, Who nothing fears, nor feels, nor heeds, I Death hath stricken down yon arm of
nor sees, pride.
Save that damp brow which rests upon his word of triumph fainted from his
Save that pale aspect, where the eye, though Nut hand , so raised , how droopingly it
Held all the light that shone on earth for Ist yet the sword instinctively retains,
him. Though from its fellow shrink the falling
reins; These Kaled snatches: dizzy with the blow,
The foe arrives, who long had search'd
the field, And senseless bending o'er his saddle-bow, Their triumph nought till Lara too should Perceives not Lara that his anxious page
yield; Beguiles his charger
from the combat's rage: They would remove him, but they sec 'twere Weatime his followers charge, and charge
vain, again; l'amis'd the slayers now to heed the slain! That rose to reconcile him with his fate,
And he regards them with a calm disdain,
And that escape to death from living hate: bay glimmers on the dying and the dead, And Otho comes, and leaping from his steed, The cloven cuirass, and the helmless head; Looks on the bleeding foe that made him The war-horse masterless is on the earth,
bleed, And that last gasp bath burst lis bloody And questions of his state; he answers not, girth; Scarce glances on him as on ore forgot,
And turns to Kaled :-each remaining word, And Kaled, though he spoke not, They understood not, if distinctly heard ;
withdrew His dying tones are in that other tongue, From Lara's face his fix'd despairing To which some strange remembrance wildly With brow repulsive, and with gesture
Flung back the hand which held the s They spake of other scenes, but what-is
As if such but disturbid the expiring To Kaled, whom their meaning reachd Nor seem'd to know his life but then b
That life of immortality, secure And he replied, though faintly, to their To none, save them whose faith in C
sound, While gazed the rest in dumb amazement
But gasping heaved the breath that They seem'd even then—that twain- unto
drew, the last
And dull the film along his dim eye gre To half forget the present in the past; His limbs stretch'd fluttering, and his To share between themselves some separate
droop'd o'er fate,
The weak yet still untiring knee that1 Whose darkness none beside should pene- He press’d the hand he held upon his het
It beats no more, but kaled will not
With the cold grasp, but feels, and Their words, though faint, were many
in vain, from the tone
For that faint throb which answers nota Their import those who heard could judge " It beats!"-Away, thou dreamer !
alone; From this, you might have deem'd young It once was Lara which thou lookst i
goneKaled's death More near than Lara's by his voice and
He gazed, as if not yet had pass'd So sad, go deep, and hesitating broke The haughty spirit of that humble el The accents his scarce-moving pale lips And those around have roused him fro spoke;
trance, But Lara's voice though low,at first was clear But cannot tear from thence his fixed gli And calm, till murmuring death gaspa And when in raising him from where he
hoarsely near :
Within his arms the form that felt non But from his visage little could we guess, He saw the head his breast would So unrepentant, dark, and passionless,
sustain, Save that when struggling nearer to his last, Roll down like earth to earth upon thep Upon that page his eye was kindly cast;
He did not dash himself thereby, nor And once as Kaled's answering accents ceast, The glossy tendrils of his raven-hair
, Rose Lara's hand, and pointed to the East: But strove to stand and gaze, but r Whether (as then the breaking sun from high
and fell, Roll’d back the clouds) the morrow caught Scarce breathing more than that he l
so well. Or that 'twas chance, or some remember's Than that he loved ! Oh! never yet ben
The breast of man such trusty love That raised his arm to point where such
breathe! had been,
That trying moment hath at once reri Scarce Kaled seem'd to know, but turna The secret long and yet but half conce
In baring to revive that lifeless breas As if his heart abhorr'd that coming day. Its grief seem'd ended, but the sex con And shrunk his glance before that morning. And life return'd, and Kaled felt no shas
What now to her was Womanhood or Fa To look on Lara's brow - where all grew
And Lara sleeps not where his fat Yet sense seem'd left, though better were
sleep, its loss;
But where he died his grave was dug as d For when one near display'd the absolving Nor is his mortal slumber less profour
Though priest nor bless’d, nor marble de And proffer'd to his touch the holy bead,
the mound; of which his parting soul might own the And he was mourn'd by one whose q need,
grief, He lookd upon it with an eye profane, Less loud, outlasts a people's for their cli And smiled-Heaven pardon! it'twere with Vain was all question ask d her of the
And vain even menace - silent to the li
She told nor whence, nor why she left | Heaved up the bank, and dash'd it from behind
the shore, Er all for one who seem'd but little kind. Then paused, and look’d, and turn'd, and Why did she love him ? Curious fool!- be
seem'd to watch, still
And still another hurried glance would kheman love the growth of human will?
snatch, To ber he might be gentleness; the stern And follow with his step the stream that llave deeper thoughts than your dull eyes
As if even yet too much its surface show'd : And when they love, your smilers guess At once he started, stoop'd ; -around him not how
strown Beals the strong heart, though less the The winter floods had scatter'd heaps of lips avow.
stone; They were not common links, that forind of these the heaviest thence he gather'd the chain
there, That bound to Lara Kaled's heart and brain; And slung them with a more than common But that wild tale she brook'd not to unfold, And sealid is now each lip that could have Meantime the Serf had crept to where told.
Himself might safely mark what this might They laid him in the earth, and on his He caught a glimpse, as of a floating breast,
mean; breast, Besides the wound that sent his soul to rest, But ere he well could mark the buoyant
And something glitter'd starlike on the vest, They found the scatter'd dints of many a
trunk, scar, lich were not planted there in recent war; It rose again but indistinct to view,
A massy fragment smote it, and it sunk : There'er had pass'd his summer-years of And left the waters of a purple hue,
life, seras they vanish'd in a land of strife;
Then deeply disappeard : the horseman Be all unknown his glory or his guilt,
Till ebb'd the latest eddy it had raised ; Obese only told that somewhere blood was Then turning, vaulted on his pawing steed,
spilt, In Ezzelin, who might have spoke the His face was mask’d--the features of the
And instant spurr'd him into panting speed. past,
dead, no more, that night appear’d his If dead it were, escaped the observer's dread; last.
But if in sooth a star its bosom bore,
Such is the badge that knighthood ever Ipoa that night (a peasant's is the tale)
wore, dirf that cross'd the intervening vale, And such 'tis known Sir Ezzelin had worn la Cynthia's light almost gave way to Upon the night that led to such a morn. morn,
If thus he perish’d, Heaven receive his searly veil'd in mist her waning horn;
soul! I Serf, that rose betimes to thread the His undiscover'd limbs to ocean roll; wood,
And charity upon the hope would dwell hi hew the bough that 'bought his It was not Lara's hand by which he fell.
children's food, Ped by the river that divides the plain Potho's lands and Lara's broad domain: And Kaled-Lara–Ezzelin, are gone, & beard a tramp-a horse and horseman Alike without their monumental stone! broke
The first, all efforts vainly strove to wean Prsa out the wood—before him was a From lingering where her chieftain's blood cloak
had been; Frapt round some barthen at his saddle-Grief had so tamed a spirit once too proud, bow,
Her tears were few, her wailing never loud; was his head, and hidden was his But furious would you tear her from the brow.
spot ked by the sudden sight at such a time, Where yet she scarce believed that he was at wane foreboding that it might be crime,
not, Haelf unheeded watch'd the stranger's Her eye shot forth with all the living fire course,
That haunts the tigress in her whelpless ire; Nibo reach'd the river, bounded from his Bat left to waste her weary moments there, horse,
She talk'd all idly unto shapes of air, And listing thence the burthen which he Such as the busy brain of sorrow paints, bore,
And woos to listen to her fond complaints:
And she would sit beneath the very tree Herself would question, and for him r Where lay his drooping head upon her knee; Then rising, start, and beckon him to And in that posture where she saw him fall, From some imagined spectre in pursu His words, his looks, his dying grasp recal; Then seat her down upon some lin And she had shorn, but saved her raven
And hide her visage with her meagreh And oft would snatch it from her bosom Or trace strange characters along the sa
This could not last- she lies by him And fold, and press it gently to the ground,
loved; As if she staunch'd anew some phantom's Her tale untold her truth too de wound.
THIS POEM IS INSCRIBED BY HIS
and the governor seeing it was in JOHN HOBHOUSE, ESQ.
sible to hold out against so mighty a fi thought it fit to beat a parley: but
they were treating about the articles,
FRIEND. January 22, 1816.
of the magazines in the Turkish a
wherein they had six hundred barrel ADVERTISEMENT.
powder, blew up by accident, whereb
or seven hundred men were killed: w “Tre grand army of the Turks (in 1715), so enraged the infidels, that they w under the Prime Vizier, to open to them- not grant any capitulation, but storme selves a way into the heart of the Morea, place with so much fury. that they to and to form the siege of Napoli di Romania, and put most of the garrison, with Sig the most considerable place in all that Minotti, the governor, to the sword. country, thought it best in the first place rest, with Antonio Bembo, proveditore to attack Corinth, upon which they made ordinary, were made prisoners of wa several storms. The garrison being weakened, | History of the Turks, vol. III. p.
Many a vanish'd year and age,
On dun Cithaeron's ridge appears And tempest's breath, and battle's rage, The gleam of twice ten thousand spea Have swept o'er Corinth; yet she stands And downward to the Isthmian plain A fortress forı’d to Freedom's hands. From shore to shore of either main, The whirlwind's wrath, the earthquake's The tent is pitch'd, the crescent shine
Along the Moslem's leaguering lines ; Have left untouch'd her hoary rock, And the dusk Spahi's bands advance The keystone of a land, which still, Beneath each bearded pasha's glauce; Though fall'n, looks proudly on that hill, And far and wide as eye can reach The land-mark to the double tide The turban'd cohorts throng the beach That purpling rolls on either side, And there the Arab's camel kneels, As if their waters chafed to meet,
And there his steed the Tartar wheels Yet pause and crouch beneath her feet. The Turcoman hath left his herd, But could the blood before her shed The sabre round his loins to gird; Since first Timoleon's brother bled, And there the volleying thunders pour Or baffled Persia's despot fled,
Till waves grow smoother to the roar Arise from out the earth which drank The trench is dug, the cannon's breath The stream of slaughter as it sank, Wings the far hissing globe of death; That sanguine ocean would o'erflow Fast whirl the fragments from the wal Her isthmus idly spread below:
Which crumbles with the ponderous b Or could the bones of all the slain, And from that wall the foe replies, Who perish'd there, be piled again, O’er dusty plain and smoky skies, That rival pyramid would rise
With fires that answer fast and well More mountain-like, through those clear The summons of the Infidel.
skies, Than yon tower-capt Acropolis
But near and nearest to the wall Which seems the very clouds to kiss. of those who wish and work its fall,