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O’er him a Vampire his dark wings displayed."
Bowed down my mind, the gift His bounty gave,
At length among us came an unknown Voice!
Not long to slumber ! In an evil hour
No shade, all sun, insufferably bright!
Then the long line found rest—in coral groves -Yet if thou canst (not for myself I plead!
Silent and dark, where the sea-lion roves :Mine but to follow where 'tis thine to lead)
And all on deck, kindling to life again, Oh turn and save! To thee, with streaming eyes,
Sent forth their anxious spirits o'er the main. To thee each widow kneels, each orphan cries !
“Oh whence, as wafted from Elysium, whence Who now, condemned the lingering hours to tell,
These perfumes, strangers to the raptured sense? Think and but think of those they loved so well!”
These boughs of gold, and fruits of heavenly hue, All melt in tears! but what can tears avail ?
Tinging with vermeil light the billows blue? These climb the mast, and shift the swelling sail. These snatch the helm; and round me now I hear The hand that snatched it sparkling in the tide)
And (thrice, thrice blessed is the eye that spied, Smiting of hands, out-cries of grief and fear,5
Whose cunning carved this vegetable bowl, 10 (That in the aisles at midnight haunt me still,
Symbol of social rites, and intercourse of soul?" Turning my lonely thoughts from good to ill) [cry, Such to their grateful ear the gush of springs, « Were there no graves—none in our land,” they Who course the ostrich, as away she wings; 6 That thou hast brought us on the deep to die ?"
Sons of the desert! who delight to dwell Silent with sorrow, long within his cloak
'Mid kneeling camels round the sacred well; His face he muffled—then the HERO spoke.
Who, ere the terrors of his pomp be passed, « Generous and brave! when God himself is here, Fall to the demon in the redd’ning blast." Why shake at shadows in your mid career ?
The sails were furled; with many a melting close, He can suspend the laws himself designed, Solemn and slow the evening-anthem rose, He walks the waters, and the winged wind;
Rose to the Virgin.1? 'Twas the hour of day, Himself your guide ! and yours the high behest,
When setting suns o'er summer-seas display To lift your voice, and bid a world be blest !
A path of glory, opening in the west And can you shrink ? to you, to you consigned
To golden climes, and islands of the blest; The glorious privilege to serve mankind !
And human voices, on the silent air, Oh had I perished, when
failing frame 6
Went o'er the waves in songs of gladness there! Clung to the shattered oar 'mid wrecks of flame!
-Was it for this I lingered life away,
8 He used to affirm, that he stood in need of God's particular assistance; like Moses, when he led forth the people
of Israel, who forbore to lay violent hands upon him, 1 A species of Bat in South America; which refreshes
because of the miracles which God wrought by his means. by the gentle agitation of its wings, while it sucks the blood
“So," said the Admiral, “ did it happen to me on that of the sleeper, turning his sleep into death.
voyage." Hist. c. 19. Now other, as their shape served best his end.
“And so easily," says a Commentator, “are the
workings of the Evil One overcome by the power of God!” Undoubtedly, says Herrera, the Infernal Spirit assumed
9 This denunciation, fulfilled as it appears to be in the various shapes in that region of the world.
eleventh canto, may remind the reader of the Harpy's in -magnum si pectore possit Excussisse deum.
Virgil.- Æn. III. v. 247.
10 Ex ligno lucido confectum, et arte mirâ laboratum. P. • Euripides in Alcest. v. 255. 5 Voci alte e fioche, e suon di man con elle.-DANTE.
Martyr. dec. i. 5.
11 The Simoom. 6 His miraculous escape, in early life, during a sea-fight
12 Salve, regina. Herrera, I. i. 12.-It was the usual seroff the coast of Portugal.—Hist. c. 5.
vice, and always sung with great solemnity. “I rememNudo nocchier, promettitor di regni!
ber one evening,” says Oviedo, “ when the ship was in full By the Genoese and the Spaniards he was regarded as a man
sail, and all the men were on their knees, singing Salve, resolved on “a wild dedication of himself to unpathed
regina, &c. Relacion Sommaria.--The hymn, O Sanctissima, waters, undreamed shores;" and the court of Portugal endeavoured to rob him of the glory of his enterprise, by
is still to be heard after sunset along the shores of Sicily,
and its effect may be better conceived than described. secretly despatching a vessel in the course which he had pointed out. “ Lorsqu'il avait promis un nouvel hémisphère,” says Voltaire, “ on lui avait soutenu que cet hémisphère ne pouvait exister; et quand il l'eut decouvert, on prétendit qu'il avait été connu depuis long-temps."
Chosen of Men!1 'Twas thine, at noon of And clap their hands, exclaiming as they run, night,
“ Come and behold the Children of the Sun !". First from the prow to hail the glimmering light:? | When hark, a signal-shot! The voice, it came (Emblem of Truth divine, whose secret ray
Over the sea in darkness and in flame !
At length the spell dissolves ! The warrior's lance
the regal plumes, the couch of state !8 Still where it moves the wise in council wait ! See now borne forth the monstrous mask of gold,
And ebon chair of many a serpent-fold ;
These now exchanged for gifts that thrice surpass
The wondrous ring, and lamp, and horse of brass.!
What long-drawn tube transports the gazer home,
'Tis here : and here circles of solid light
Fountain of Youth.
Slowly, bare-headed, thro' the surf we bore THEN CORA came, the youngest of her race,
And now with playful step the Mirror passed,
And look'd and laugh’d, and blush'd with quick that, because he was to be so truly an apostle, as in effect he proved to be, therefore was his origin obscure; that therein
surprise! he might resemble those who were called to make known
Her lips all mirth, all ecstacy her eyes !
Till, less and less, he melted into air !-
And say—that murmur—was it not his name tual light that he came to spread there. F. Col. c. 22. Herrera, I. i. 12.
She turns, and thinks; and, lost in wild amaze, 3 Pedro Gutierrez, a Page of the King's Chamber. Rod Gazes again, and could for ever gaze! rigo Sanchez of Segovia, Comptroller of the Fleet.
Nor can thy flute, Alonso, now excite,
So soon to love and to be wretched too !
Hers thro' a convent-grate to send her last adieu.
7 So, in like manner, when Cortes and his companions their conversation is the sweetest imaginable, their faces
appeared at the gates of Mexico, the young exclaimed, always smiling; and so gentle, so affectionate are they,
They are Gods !" while the old shook their heads saying, that I swear to your Highnesses," &c. Hist. c. 30, 33.
• They are those who were to come and to reign over us !" 6 Dryades formosissimas, aut nativas fontium nymphas
-Herrera. de quibus fabulatur antiquitas, se vidisse arbitrati sunt.
86. The Cacique came to the shore in a sort of palanquin P. Martyr, dec. i, lib. v.
-attended by his ancient men.-The gifts, which he reAnd an eminent Painter of the present day, when he
ceived from me, were afterwards carried before him."first saw the Apollo of the Belvidere, was struck with its
Hist. c. 32. resemblance to an American warrior. WEST's Discourses in
9 The ring of Gyges, the lamp of Aladdin, and the horse the Royal Academy, 1994,
of the Tartar king.
-Yet who now comes uncall’d; and round and There silent sate many an unbidden Guesto,
Whose steadfast looks a secret dread impressed ;
Soon from the bay the mingling crowd ascends, But whence that sigh? 'Twas from a heart that
Sits half-withdrawn in faded splendour there?
”Tis he of yore, the warrior and the sage, Ceiba,? and Indian-fig, and plane sublime,
Whose lips have moved in prayer from age to age ;
No rest in death! no refuge in the grave !
-With sudden spring as at the shout of war,
Triumphs, and masques, and high heroic games.
Climb the green boughs, the murmuring doves
When twanging bows the flaming arrows send 16 ?
Who stands self-centred in the field of fame, Dreamed on his bough, and played the mimic yet. And, grappling, flings to earth a giant's frame ? Fresh from the lake the breeze of twilight blew,
Whilst all, with anxious hearts and eager eyes, And vast and deep the mountain-shadows grew ;
Bend as he bends, and, as he rises, rise !
And Cora's self, in pride of beauty here,
Trembles with grief and joy, and hope and fear!
With cup of balm to quench his burning thirst; There odorous lamps adorned the festal rite,
Knelt at his head, her fan-leaf in her hand, And guavas blushed as in the vales of light.9
And hummed the air that pleased him, while she
fanned) 1 Ætas est illis aurea. Apertis vivunt hortis. P. Martyr. How blest his lot!—tho', by the Muse unsung, dec. i. 3. 2 The wild cotton-tree, often mentioned in History.
His name shall perish, when his knell is rung. “ Cortes, says Bernal Diaz, “ took possession of the
That night, transported, with a sigh I said Country in the following manner. Drawing his sword, he
66 'Tis all a dream !” – Now, like a dream, 'tis fled; gave three cuts with it into a great Ceiba, and said_”
3 The Parrot, as described by Aristotle.- Hist. Animal. 10 “ The dead walk abroad in the night, and feast with the viii, 12.
living;” (F. Columbus, c. 62.) and “eat of the fruit called 4 Here are birds so small, says Herrera, that, though Guannàba.” P. Martyr, dec. i. 9. they are birds, they are taken for bees or butterflies.
11 An ancient Cacique, in his life-time and after his 5 The Humming-bird. Kakopit (florum regulus) is the death, employed by the Zemi to alarm his people. See name of an Indian bird, referred to this class by Seba.
Hist. c. 62. 6 Il sert après sa mort à parer les jeunes Indiennes, qui 12 The Author is speaking in his inspired character. Hidportent en pendans d'oreilles deux de ces charmans oiseaux. den things are revealed to him, and placed before his mind -Buffon.
as if they were present. ? According to an ancient tradition. See Oviedo, Vega, 13 “Nor could they (the Powers of Darkness) have more Herrera, &c. Not many years afterwards a Spaniard of effectually prevented the progress of the Faith, than by distinction wandered everywhere in search of it; and no desolating the New World; by burying nations alive in wonder, as Robertson observes, when Columbus himself mines, or consigning them in all their errors to the sword.” could imagine that he had found the seat of Paradise.
-Relacion de B. de las Casas. 8 P. Martyr. dec. i.
14 Not man alone, but many other animals becamexetinct 9 They believed that the souls of good men were conveyed
there. to a pleasant valley, abounding in guavas and other delicious 15 P. Martyr. dec. iii. c. 7. fruits. Herrera, I. iii. 3. Hist. del Almirante, c. 62.
16 Rochefort, C. XX.
And many and many a year has passed away, Chains thy reward ! beyond the ATLANTIC wave And I alone remain to watch and pray!
Hung in thy chamber, buried in thy grave 9 ! Yet oft in darkness, on my bed of straw,
Thy reverend form 10 to time and grief a prey, Oft I awake and think on what I saw!
A phantom wandering in the light of day! The groves, the birds, the youths, the nymphs 6 What tho’ thy grey hairs to the dust descend, And CoRa, loveliest, sweetest of them all! [recall, Their scent shall track thee, track thee to the
[fame 12, Thy sons reproached with their great father's
And on his world inscribed another's name !
That world a prison-house, full of sights of woe,
Where groans burst forth, and tears in torrents A Vision.
These gardens of the sun, sacred to song, [flow! Still would I speak of Him before I went,
By dogs of carnage 13 howling loud and long, Who among us a life of sorrow spent,
Swept—till the voyager, in the desert air,
Starts back to hear his altered accents there 15 ! And, dying, left a world his monument; Still, if the time allowed ! My Hour draws near;
“ Not thine the olive, but the sword to bring, But IIe will prompt me when I faint with fear.
Not peace, but war! Yet from these shores shall Alas, He hears me not! He cannot hear!
spring Twice the Moon filled her silver urn with light.
Peace without end 16 ; from these, with blood defiled, Then from the Throne an Angel winged his flight; Here, in His train, shall arts and arms attend,
Spread the pure spirit of thy Master mild !
Arts to adorn, and arms but to defend.
Assembling here, all nations shall be blest ;
The sad be comforted; the weary rest;
Untouched shall drop the fetters from the slave ; As he descended thro’ the upper air,
And He shall rule the world he died to save ! Day broke on day? as God himself were there!
“ Hence, and rejoice. The glorious work is done. Before the great Discoverer, laid to rest,
A spark is thrown that shall eclipse the sun ! He stood, and thus his secret soul addressed 3.
And, tho' bad men shall long thy course pursue, “ The wind recalls thee; its still voice obey.
As erst the ravening brood o'er chaos flew, 17 Millions await thy coming ; hence, away.
He, whom I serve, shall vindicate his reign ; To thee blest tidings of great joy consigned,
The spoiler spoiled of all ; 18 the slayer slain ; 1 Another Nature, and a new Mankind !
The tyrant's self, oppressing and opprest, The vain to dream, the wise to doubt shall cease;
'Mid gems and gold unenvied and unblest : 20 Young men be glad, and old depart in peace 4 ! Hence ! tho' assembling in the fields of air,
9 “I always saw them in his room, and he ordered them Now, in a night of clouds, thy Foes prepare to be buried with his body.”-Hist. c. 86. To rock the globe with elemental wars,
10 His person, says Herrera, had an air of grandeur. His And dash the floods of ocean to the stars 5 ;
hair, from many hardships, had long been grey. In him To bid the meek repine, the valiant weep,
you saw a man of an unconquerable courage, and high
thoughts; patient of wrongs, calm in adversity, ever trustAnd Thee restore thy Secret to the Deep 6!
ing in God;-and, had he lived in ancient times, statues “ Not then to leave Thee ! to their vengeance and temples would have been erected to him without Thy heart their aliment, their dire repast7! (cast, number, and his name would have been placed among To other eyes shall Mexico unfold
11 See the Eumenides of Æschylus, v. 246. Her feathered tapestries, and roofs of gold,
12 “ There go the sons of him who discovered those fatal To other eyes, from distant cliff descried 8,
countries, &c."-Hist. C. 85. Shall the Pacific roll his ample tide ;
13 One of these, on account of his extraordinary sagacity
and fierceness, received the full allowance of a soldier. There destined soon rich argosies to ride.
His name was Berezillo.
14 “ With my own eyes I saw kingdoms as full of people, 1 It is remarkable that these phenomena still remain
as hives are full of bees; and now where are they?"-LAS among the mysteries of nature.
15 No unusual effect of an exuberant vegetation. " The Essere aggiunto, come quei, che puote,
air was so vitiated,” says an African traveller, “ that our Avesse 'l Ciel d' un' altro Sole adorno.
torches burnt dim, and seemed ready to be extinguished; Paradiso, I. 61.
and even the human voice lost its natural tone." Te tua fata docebo.-VIRG.
16 See Washington's farewell address to his fellow-citizens. Saprai di tua vita il viaggio.-DANTE.
17 See Paradise Lost, X. 4 P. Martyr, Epist. 133, 152.
18 Cortes. A peine put-il obtenir audience de Charles5 When he entered the Tagus, all the seamen ran from
Quint: un jour il fendit la presse qui entourait le coche de all parts to behold, as it were some wonder, a ship that
l'empereur, et monta sur l'étrier de la portière. Charles had escaped so terrible a storm.-Hist. c. 40.
demanda quel etait cet homme; “ C'est,” repondit Cortes, 6 “I wrote on a parchment that I had discovered what I “ celui qui vous a donné plus d'états que vos pères ne vous had promised ;-and, having put it into a cask, I threw it ont laissé de villes.”_VOLTAIRE. into the sea.”-Ibid. c. 37.
19 “ Almost all," says Las Casas, “ have perished. The 7 See the Eumenides of Æschylus, v. 305, &c.
innocent blood, which they had shed, cried aloud for 8 Balboa immediately concluded it to be the ocean for
vengeance; the sighs, the tears of so many victims went up which Columbus had searched in vain ; and when, at before God.” length, after a toilsome march among the mountains, his 20 L'Espagne a fait comme ce roi insensé qui demanda que guides pointed out to him the summit from which it might
tout ce qu'il toucheroit se convertit en or, et qui fut obligé be seen, he commanded his men to halt, and went up alone.
de revenir aux dieux pour les prier de finir sa misère.-Herrera, I. x. 1.
On the two last leaves, and written in another “ PEREZ,4 thou good old man,” they cried, hand, are some stanzas in the romance or ballad “ And art thou in thy place of rest ?measure of the Spaniards. The subject is an Tho' in the western world His grave, adventure soon related.
That other world, the gift He gave,
Would ye were sleeping side by side !
Of all his friends He loved thee best.”
The supper in the chamber done,
Much of a Southern Sea they spake, -“ Those lights are on St. Mary's Isle ;
And of that glorious city ? won They glimmer from the sacred pile.” 1
Near the setting of the Sun, The waves were rough ; the hour was late.
Throned in a silver lake ; But soon across the Tinto borne,
Of seven kings in chains of gold Thrice he blew the signal-horn,
And deeds of death by tongue untold, He blew and would not wait.
Deeds such as breathed in secret there
Had shaken the Confession-chair !
The Eldest swore by our Lady, 9 the Youngest
by his conscience ; 10 while the Franciscan, sitting They ascended by steps hewn out in the rock ;
by in his grey habit, turned away and crossed and, having asked for admittance, were lodged himself again and again.
“ Here is a little book," there.
said he at last, “ the work of him in his shroud
below. It tells of things you have mentioned ; Brothers in arms the Guests appeared ;
and, were Cortes and Pizarro here, it might perThe Youngest with a Princely grace !
haps make them reflect for a moment. The Short and sable was his beard,
Youngest smiled as he took it into his hand. He Thoughtful and wan his face.
read it aloud to his companion with an unfaltering His velvet cap a medal bore,
voice ; but, when he laid it down, a silence And ermine fringed his broidered vest ;
ensued ; nor was he seen to smile again that And, ever sparkling on his breast,
night.11 “ The curse is heavy,” said he at parting, An image of St. John he wore.?
“ but Cortes may live to disappoint it.”—“Ay, and
Pizarro too!” The Eldest had a rougher aspect, and there was craft in his eye. He stood a little behind in a long black mantle, his hand resting on the hilt of his sword ; and his white hat and white shoes glittered ders this visit not improbable.
A circumstance, recorded by Herrera, ren
« In May, 1528, in the moon-shine.3
Cortes arrived unexpectedly at Palos ; and, soon “ Not here unwelcome, tho' unknown.
after he had landed, he and Pizarro met and re
joiced ; and it was remarkable that they should Enter and rest !” the Friar said. The moon, that thro’ the portal shone,
meet, as they were two of the most renowned men
in the world.” B. Diaz makes no mention of Shone on his reverend head.
the interview ; but, relating an occurrence that Thro' many a court and gallery dim Slowly he led, the burial-hymn
took place at this time in Palos, says,“ that Cortes
was now absent at Nuestra Senora de la Rábida.” Swelling from the distant choir.
The Convent is within half a league of the town.
4 Late Superior of the House. In long long order, two and two.
5 In the chancel of the cathedral of St. Domingo.
6 The words of the epitaph. “A Castilia y a Leon nuevo When other sounds had died away,
Mundo dio Colon." And the waves were heard alone,
8 Afterwards the arms of Cortes and his descendants. They əntered, tho’ unused to pray,
9 Fernandes, lib. ii. c. 63.
10 B. Diaz, C. 203. Where God was worshipped, night and day,
11 « After the death of Guatimotzin," says B. Diaz, “he And the dead knelt round in stone ;
became gloomy and restless ; rising continually from his
bed, and wandering about in the dark.”—“ Nothing pros1 The Convent of La Rábida. 2 See Bernal Diaz, c. 203; and also a well-known portrait
pered with him ; and it was ascribed to the curses he was
loaded with." of Cortes, ascribed to Titian. Cortes was now in the 43d, Pizarro in the 50th year of his age.
3 Augustin Zarate, lib. iv. c. 9.