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The leader of the band he had undone ; But by a thread, like sharks who have Who.born perchance for better things, had set

gorged the bait; His life upon a cast which linger'd yet: Yet to the very last they battled well, But now the die was to be thrown, and all And not a groan inform’d their foes who fell. The chances were in favour of his fall: Christian died last--twice wounded; and And such a fall! But still he faced the shock, Obdurate as a portion of the rock

Mercy was offer'd when they saw his gore; Whereon he stood,and fix'd his levellid gun, Too late for life, but not too late to die, Dark as a sullen cloud before the sun. With though a hostile hand to close his eye.

A limb was broken , and he droop'd along

The crag, as doth a falcon reft of young. The boat drew nigh, well arm'd, and firm The sound revived him, or appear'd to wake

the crew

Some passion which a weakly gesture spake; To act whatever Duty bade them do; He beckond to the foremost who drew nigh, Careless of danger, as the onward Wind But, as they near’d, he rear'd his weapon Is of the leaves it strews, nor looks behind :

highAnd yet perhaps they rather wish'd to go His last ball had been aim'd, but from his Against a nation's than a native foe,

breast And felt that this poor victim of self-will, He tore the topmost button of his vest, Briton no more, had once been Britain's still. Down the tube dash'd it, levelled, fired, They hail'd him to surrender—no reply;

and siniled Their arms were poised, and glittered in As his foe fell; then, like a serpent, coild

the sky.

His wounded, weary form, to where the steep They hail'd again-- no answer; yet once more Look'd desperate as himself along the deep; They offered quarter louder than before. Cast one glance back, and clench'd his The echoes only, from the rock’s rebound,

hand, and shook Took their last farewell of the dying sound. His last rage 'gainst the earth which he Then flashed the flint, and blazed the vol

forsook; leying flame, Then plunged: the rock below received And the smoke rose between them and their

like glass aim,

His body crush'd into one gory mass, While the rock rattled with the ballets' With scarce a shred to tell of human form,

knell,

Or fragment for the sea-bird or the worm; Which peal'd in vain, and flatten'd as they A fair-haird scalp, besmear'd with blood

and weeds. Then flew the only answer to be given Yet reek’d,the remnant of himself and deeds ; By those who had lost all hope in earth or Some splinters of his weapons (to the last,

heaven.

As long as hand could hold, he held them fast) After the first fierce peal, as they pull'a Yet glitter'd, but at distance-hurld away

nigher,

To rust beneath the dew and dashing spray. They heard the voice of Christian shout, The rest was nothing -- save a life mis-spent

“Now fire!" And soul but who shall answer where it And ere the word upon the echo died,

went? Two fell; the rest assail'd the rock's rough "Tis ours to bear, not judge the dead; and

they And, furious at the madness of their foes, Who doom to hell, themselves are on the way, Disdain'd all further efforts, save to close. Unless these bullies of eternal pains But steep the crag, and all without a path, Are pardon'd their bad hearts for their Each step opposed a bastion to their wrath ;

worse brains. While, placed 'midst clefts the least acces

sible, Which Christian's eye was train'd to mark The deed was over! All were gone or ta’en,

full well,

The fugitive, the captive, or the slain. The three maintain’d a strife which must Chain'd on the deck, where once, a gallant

not yield, In spots where eagles might have chosen They stood with honour, were the wretched to build.

few Their every shot told;while the assailant fell, Survivors of the skirmish on the isle; Dash'd on the shingles like the limpet shell; But the last rock left no surviving spoil. But still enough survived, and mounted still, Cold lay they where they fell, and welterScattering their numbers here and there,

ing, until

While o'er them flapp'd the sea-birds' dewy Surrounded and commanded, though not nigh

wing, Enough for seizure, near enongh to die, Now whecling nearer from the neighThe desperate trio held aloof their fate

bouring surge,

fell;

side,

crew,

And screaming high their harsh and hungry Swam round the rock, to where a shallow dirge:

cleft But calm and careless heaved the wave Hid the canoe that Neuha there had left

below,

Drifting along the tide, without an oar, Eternal with unsympathetic flow; That eve the strangers chased them from Far o'er its face the dolphins sported on,

the shore ; And sprung the flying-fish against the sun, But when these vanish’d, she pursued her Till its dried wing relapsed from its brief

prow, height,

Regain'd, and urged to where they found To gather moisture for another flight.

it now: Nor ever did more Love and Joy embark,

Than now was wafted in that slender ark. 'Twas morn; and Neuha, who by dawn

of day Svam smoothly forth to catch the rising ray, Again their own shore rises on the view, And watch if aught approach'd the amphi- No more polluted with a hostile hue;

bious lair No sullen ship lay bristling o'er the foam, Where lay her lover, saw a sail in air: A floating dungeon: all wasHopeand Home! kt flapp'd, it fills, and to the growing gale A thousand proas darted o'er the bay, Bent its broad arch:

her breath began to fail With sounding shells, and heralded their With fluttering fear, her heart beat thick

way; and high, The Chiefs came down, around the people While yet a doubt sprung where its course

pour'd, might lie: And welcomed Torquil as a son restored ; But no! it came not; fast and far away The women throng'd, embracing and emThe shadow lessen'd as it cleard the bay.

braced She gazed, and flung the sea-foam from By Neuha, asking where they had been

chased, To watch as for a rainbow in the skies. And how escaped ? The tale was told; and On the horizon verged the distant deck,

then Diminish'd, dwindled to a very speck

One acclamation rent the sky again; Then vanish’d. All was ocean, all was joy! And from that hour a new tradition gave Down plunged she through the cave to Their sanctuary the name of “Neuha'sCave.”

rouse her boy; An hundred fires, far flickering from the Told all she had seen, and all she hoped,

height, and all

Blazed o'er the general revel of the night, That happy Love could augur or recal; The feast in honour of the guest, return'd Sprung forth again, with Torquil following To Peace and Pleasure, perilously earn'd;

A night succeeded by such happy days His bonnding Nereid over the broad sea; As only the yet infant world displays.

free

her eyes,

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ACT I

Whom I have sought in darkness and

lightSCENE I.---MANFRED alone.-Scene, a Gothic Ye, who do compass earth about, and dwe Gallery.— Time, Midnight. In subtler essence--ye, to whom the topi

Of mountains inaccessible are haunts, Manfred. The lamp must be replenish’d, And earth's and ocean's caves famili but even then

things It will not burn so long as I must watch: I call upon ye by the written charm, My slumbers—if I slumber-are not sleep, which gives me power upon you - Ris But a continuance of enduring thought,

appear!

(4 paul Which then I can resist not: in my heart They come not yet. - Now by the voice of bi There is a vigil, and these eyes but close Who is the first among you - by this sig To look within; and yet I live, and bear Which makes you tremble-by the clain The aspect and the form of breathing men.

of him But grief should be the instructor of the Who is undying,--Rise! appear!-Appea wise :

(A paus Sorrow is knowledge: they who know the If it be so.—Spirits of earth and air, most

Ye shall not thus elude me: by a power Must mourn the deepest o'er the fatal truth; Deeper than all yet urged , a tyrant-spel The Tree of Knowledge is not that of Life. Which had its birth-place in a starcondemn Philosophy and science, and the springs The burning wreck of a demolish'd worl Of wonder, and the wisdom of the world, A wandering hell in the eternal space ; I have essay'd, and in my mind there is By the strong curse which is upon my sou A power to make these subject to itself -- The thought which is within me ar But they avail not: I have done men good,

around me, And I have met with good even among I do compel ye to my will. -- Appear!

[1 star is seen at the darker en But this avail'd not: I have had my foes,

of the gallery: it is stationar And none have baffled, many fallen before

and a voice is heard singing] But this avail'd not: - Good, or evil, life,

First Spirit. Powers, passions, all I see in other beings, Mortal! to thy bidding bow'd, Have been to me as rain unto the sands, From my mansion in the cloud, Since that all-nameless hour. I have no which the breath of twilight builds, dread,

And the summer's sun-set gilds And feel the curse to have no natural fear, With the azure and vermilion, Nor fluttering throb, that beats with hopes Which is mix'd for my pavilion: or wishes,

Though thy quest may be forbidden, Orlarking love of something on the earth.- On a star-beam I have ridden; Now to my task.-Mysterious Agency! To thine adjuration bow'd, Ye spirits of the unbounded Universe ! Mortal - be thy wish avow'd !

men

me

-say?

Voice of the Second Spirit. Space bosom'd not a lovelier star. -
Mont-Blanc is the monarch of mountains. The hour arrived - and it became
They crowned him long ago

A wandering mass of shapeless flame,
On a throne of rocks, in a robe of clouds, A pathless comet, and a curse,
With a diadem of snow.

The menace of the universe;
Around his waist are forests braced,

Still rolling on with innate force, The Avalanche in his hand;

Without a sphere, without a course, Bat ere it fall, that thundering ball

A bright deformity on high.

The monster of the upper sky!
Must pause for my command.
The Glacier's cold and restless mass

And thou! beneath its influence born
Moves onward day by day;

Thou worm! whom I obey and scorn But I am he who bids it pass,

Forced by a power (which is not thine, Or with its ice delay.

And lent thee but to make thee mine) I am the Spirit of the place,

For this brief moment to descend, Could make the mountain bow

Where these weak spirits round thee bend And quiver to his cavernd base

And parley with a thing like theeAnd what with me wouldst Thou?

What would'st thou, Child of Clay! with me! Voice of the Third Spirit.

The Seven Spirits. In the blue depth of the waters,

Earth, ocean, air, night, mountains, winds, Where the wave hath no strife,

thy star, Where the wind is a stranger,

Are at thy beck and bidding, Child of And the sea-snake hath life,

Clay! Where the Mermaid is decking

Before thee, at thy quest, their spirits are Her green hair with shells;

What would'st thou with us,son of mortals Like the storm on the surface Came the sound of thy spells;

Manf. ForgetfulnessD'er my calm Hall of Coral

First Spirit. Of what_of whom_and why? The deep echo rollid

Manf. Of that which is within me; read To the Spirit of Ocean

it there Thy wishes unfold!

Ye know it, and I cannot utter it.
Fourth Spirit.

Spirit. We can but give thee that which

we possess : Where the slumbering earthquake Ask of us subjects, sovereignty, the power Lies pillow'd on fire,

O'er earth, the whole, or portion, or a sign And the lakes of bitumen

Which shall control the elements, whercof Rise boilingly higher;

We are the dominators, each and all, Where the roots of the Andes

These shall be thine. Strike deep in the earth,

Manf. Oblivion, self-oblivion As their summits to heaven

Can ye not wring from out the hidden realms Shoot soaringly forth;

Ye offer so profusely what I ask ? I have quitted my birth-place,

Spirit. It is not in our essence in our skill; Thy bidding to bide

But-thou may'st die. Thy spell hath subdued me,

Manf. Will death bestow it on me? Thy will be my guide!

Spirit. We are immortal,and do not forget; Fifth Spirit.

We are eternal; and to us the past I'm the Rider of the wind,

Is, as the future, present. Art thou answered? The Stirrer of the storm;

Manf. Ye mock me—but the power which The hurricane I left behind

brought ye here le yet with lightning warm;

Hath made you mine. Slaves, scoff not at To speed to thee, o'er shore and sea I swept upon the blast:

The mind, the spirit, the Promethean spark, The fleet I met sail'd well, and yet

The lightning of my being, is as bright, Twill sink ere night be past.

Pervading, and far-darting as your own,

And shall not yield to yours, though coop'd Sixth Spirit.

in clay! My dwelling is the shadow of the night, Answer, or I will teach ye what I am. Why doth thy magic torture me with light?

Spirit. We answer as we answer'd; our

reply Seventh Spirit.

I, even in thine own words. The star which rules thy destiny,

Manf. Why say ye so? Was ruled, ere earth began, by me:

Spirit. If, as thou say'st, thine essence be It was a world as fresh and fair

as ours, As e'er revolved round sun in air; We have replied in telling thee, the thing Its course was free and regular,

Mortals call death hath nought to do with us.

my will!

eyes?

Manf. I then have call'd ye from your Though thou seest me not pass by, realms vain;

Thou shalt feel me with thine eye Ye cannot, or ye will not, aid me.

As a thing that, though unseen, Spirit. Say;

Must be near thee, and hath been; What we possess we offer; it is thine : And when in that secret dread Bethink ere thou dismiss us, ask again- Thou hast turn'd around thy head, Kingdom, and sway, and strength, and Thou shalt marvel I am not length of days-

As thy shadow on the spot, Manf. Accursed! what have I to do with And the power which thou dost feel days?

Shall be what thou must conceal. They are too long already. Hence - begone! Spirit. Yet pause: being here, our will And a magic voice and verse would do thee service;

Hath baptized thee with a carse; Bethink thee, is there then no other gift And a spirit of the air Which we can make not worthless in thine Hath begirt thee with a snare;

In the wind there is a voice Manf. No, none: yet stay-one moment, Shall forbid thee to rejoice; ere we part

And to thee shall Night deny
I would behold ye face to face. I hear All the quiet of her sky;
Your voices, sweet and melancholy sounds, And the day shall have a sun,
usic on the waters; and I see

Which shall make thee wish it done.
The steady aspect of a clear large star,
But nothing more. Approach me as ye are, From thy false tears I did distil
Or one, or all, in your accustom'd forms. An essence which hath strength to kill
Spirit. We have no forms beyond the From thy own heart I then did wring
elements

The black blood in its blackest spring Of which we are the mind and principle: From thy own smile I snatch'd the snak But choose a form - in that we will appear. For there it could as in a brake; Manf. I have no choice; there is no forn From thy own lip I drew the charm on earth

Which gave all these their chiefest harm Hideous or beautiful to me. Let him, In proving every poison known, Who is most powerful of ye, take such aspect I found the strongest was thine own. As unto him may seem most fitting --Come! Seventh Spirit. (Appearing in the shape of By thy cold breast and serpent-emil

a beautiful female figure.) Behold! By thy unfathom'd gulfs of guile, Manf. Oh God! if it be thus, and thou By that most seeming virtuous eye, Art not a madness and a mockery,

By thy shut soul's hypocrisy; I yet might be most happy.--I will clasp thee, By the perfection of thine art, And we again will be-[The figure vanishes. Which pass'd for human thine own heart My heart is crush'd !

By thy delight in others' pain, (Manfred falls senseless. And by thy brotherhood of Cain,

I call upon thee! and compel (A voice is heard in the Incantation which

Thyself to be thy proper Hell! follows.) When the moon is on the wave,

And on thy head I pour the vial And the glow-worm in the grass,

Which doth devote thee to this trial; And the meteor on the grave,

Nor to slumber, nor to die, And the wisp on the morass ;

Shall be in thy destiny; When the falling stars are shooting, Though thy death shall still seem near And the answer'd owls are hooting, To thy wish, but as a fear; And the silent leaves are still

Lo! the spell now works around thee, 'In the shadow of the hill,

And the ciankless chain hath bound the Shall my soul be upon thinc,

O'er thy heart and brain together With a power and with a sign.

llath the word been passid - now wither Though thy slumber may be deep, SCENE II.- The Mountain of the Jungfrau Yet thy spirit shall not sleep;

Time, Morning
There are shades which will not vanish,
There are thoughts thou canst not banish;

Manfred alone upon the Cliffs. By a power to thee unknown,

Manf. The spirits I have raised abandot Thou canst never be alone; Thou art wrapt as with a shroud, The spells which I have studied baffle me Thou art gathered in a cloud;

The remedy I reck'd of tortured me; And for cver shalt thou dwell

I lean no inore on super-human aid. In the spirit of this spell

It hath no power upon the past, and for

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