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Calmly and patiently, a hunter stood,
A hunter, as it chanced, of old renown,
And, as it chanced, their father.
In the South
A speck appeared, enlarging; and ere long,
As on his journey to the golden sun,
Upward He came, the Felon in his flight,
Ascending through the congregated clouds,
That, like a dark and troubled sea, obscured
The world beneath. But what is in his grasp ?
Ha! 'tis a child—and may it not be ours ?
I dare not, cannot; and yet why forbear,
When, if it lives, a cruel death awaits it?-
May He who winged the shaft when Tell stood forth
And shot the apple from the youngling's head, *
Grant me the strength, the courage !' As he spoke,
He aimed, he fired; and at his feet they fell,
The Eagle and the child-the child unhurt-
Tho', such the grasp, not even in death relinquished.+
* A tradition.-Gesler said to him, when it was over, 'You had a second arrow in your belt. What was it for?'—To kill you,' he replied, “if I had killed my son.' There is a monument in the market-place of Altorf to consecrate the spot.
+ The Eagle and Child is a favourite sign in many parts of Europe.
Who first beholds those everlasting clouds,
Seed-time and harvest, morning noon and night,
Still where they were, steadfast, immovable;
Those mighty hills, so shadowy, so sublime,
As rather to belong to Heaven than Earth-
But instantly receives into his soul
A sense, a feeling that he loses not,
A something that informs him 'tis an hour,
Whence he may date henceforward and for ever?
To me they seemed the barriers of a World,
Saying, Thus far, no further! and as o'er
The level plain I travelled silently,
Nearing them more and more, day after day,
My wandering thoughts my only company,
And they before me still—oft as I looked,
A strange delight was mine, mingled with fear,
A wonder as at things I had not heard of !
And still and still I felt as if I gazed
For the first time !--Great was the tumult there,
Deafening the din, when in barbaric pomp
The Carthaginian on bis march to Rome
Entered their fastnesses. Trampling the snows,
The war-horse reared; and the towered elephant
Upturned his trunk into the murky sky,
Then tumbled headlong, swallowed up and lost,
He and his rider.
Now the scene is changed;
And o'er the Simplon, o'er the Splugen winds
A path of pleasure. Like a silver zone
Flung about carelessly, it shines afar,
Catching the eye in many a broken link,
In many a turn and traverse as it glides;
And oft above and oft below appears,
Seen o'er the wall by him who journeys up,
As if it were another, through the wild
Leading along he knows not whence or whither.
Yet through its fairy-course, go where it will,
The torrent stops it not, the rugged rock
Opens and lets it in; and on it runs,
Winning its easy way from clime to clime
Thro' glens locked up before.—Not such my path !
The very path for them that dare defy
Danger, nor shrink, wear he what shape he will;
That o'er the caldron, when the flood boils up,
Hang as in air, gazing and shuddering on
Till fascination comes and the brain turns !*
The very path for them, that list, to choose
Where best to plant a monumental cross,
And live in story like EMPEDOCLES;
A track for heroes, such as he who came,
Ere long, to win, to wear the Iron Crown;
And (if aright I judge from what I felt
Over the DRANCE, just where the Abbot fell,
Rolled downward in an after-dinner's sleep) +
The same as HANNIBAL's. But now ’tis passed,
That turbulent Chaos; and the promised land
Lies at my feet in all its loveliness !
To him who starts up from a terrible dream,
And lo, the sun is shining, and the lark
Singing aloud for joy, to him is not
Such sudden ravishment as now I feel
At the first glimpses of fair ITALY.
* "J'aime beaucoup ce tournoiement, pourvu que je sois en sûreté.'-J. J. Rousseau, Les Confessions, 1. iv.
+ ‘Ou il y a environ dix ans, que l'Abbé de St. Maurice, Mons. Cocatrix, a été précipité avec sa voiture, ses chevaux, sa cuisinière, et son cocher.'— Descript, du Valais.
I love to sail along the LARIAN Lake
Under the shore—though not, where'er he dwelt,*
To visit PLINY; not, in loose attire,
When from the bath or from the tennis-court,
To catch him musing in his plane-tree walk,
Or angling from his window :t and, in truth,
Could I recall the ages past and play
The fool with Time, I should perhaps reserve
* "Hujus in littore plures villæ meæ.'—Epist. ix. 7.
† Epist. i. 3, ix. 7.