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DAY glimmered in the east, and the white Moon
Hung like a vapour in the cloudless sky,
Yet visible, when on my way I went,

Glad to be gone; a pilgrim from the North,
Now more and more attracted as I drew
Nearer and nearer. Ere the artisan

Had from his window leant, drowsy, half-clad,

To snuff the morn, or the caged lark poured forth, From his green sod upspringing as to heaven, (His tuneful bill o'erflowing with a song


Old in the days of HOMER, and his wings
With transport quivering) on my way I went,
Thy gates, GENEVA, swinging heavily,
Thy gates so slow to open, swift to shut;
As on that Sabbath-eve when He arrived,*
Whose name is now thy glory, now by thee,
Such virtue dwells in those small syllables,
Inscribed to consecrate the narrow street,
His birth-place,—when, but one short step too late,
In his despair, as though the die were cast,
He sate him down to weep, and wept till dawn ;
Then rose to go, a wanderer through the world.
'Tis not a tale that every hour brings with it.
Yet at a City-gate, from time to time,

Much may be learnt ; nor, London, least at thine,
Thy hive the busiest, greatest of them all,
Gathering, enlarging still. Let us stand by,
And note who passes. Here comes one, a Youth,
Glowing with pride, the pride of conscious power,
A CHATTERTON-in thought admired, caressed,

* J. J. ROUSSEAU. 'J'arrive essoufflé, tout en nage; le cœur me bat; je vois de loin les soldats à leur poste; j'accours, je crie d'une voix étouffée, Il étoit trop tard.'-Les Confessions, 1. i.

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And crowned like PETRARCH in the Capitol;
Ere long to die, to fall by his own hand,

And fester with the vilest. Here come two,
Less feverish, less exalted-soon to part,

A GARRICK and a JOHNSON; Wealth and Fame
Awaiting one, even at the gate; Neglect

And Want the other. But what multitudes,
Urged by the love of change, and, like myself,
Adventurous, careless of to-morrow's fare,
Press on-though but a rill entering the sea,
Entering and lost! Our task would never end.
Day glimmered and I went, a gentle breeze
Ruffling the LEMAN Lake. Wave after wave,
If such they might be called, dashed as in sport,
Not anger, with the pebbles on the beach

Making wild music, and far westward caught
The sun-beam-where, alone and as entranced,
Counting the hours, the fisher in his skiff
Lay with his circular and dotted line

On the bright waters. When the heart of man
Is light with hope, all things are sure to please;
And soon a passage-boat swept gaily by,
Laden with peasant-girls and fruits and flowers,
And many a chanticleer and partlet caged

For VEVEY'S market-place—a motley group

Seen through the silvery haze. But soon 'twas gone. The shifting sail flapped idly to and fro,

Then bore them off. I am not one of those

So dead to all things in this visible world,
So wondrously profound, as to move on
In the sweet light of heaven, like him of old*
(His name is justly in the Calendar)

Who through the day pursued this pleasant path
That winds beside the mirror of all beauty,
And, when at eve his fellow-pilgrims sate,
Discoursing of the lake, asked where it was.
They marvelled, as they might; and so must all,
Seeing what now I saw: for now 'twas day,
And the bright Sun was in the firmament,

A thousand shadows of a thousand hues
Chequering the clear expanse. Awhile his orb
Hung o'er thy trackless fields of snow, MONT BLANC,
Thy seas of ice and ice-built promontories,
That change their shapes for ever as in sport;

BERNARD, Abbot of Clairvaux. "To admire or despise St. Bernard as he ought,' says Gibbon, 'the reader, like myself, should have before the windows of his library that incomparable landscape.'

Then travelled onward and went down behind
The pine-clad heights of JURA, lighting up
The woodman's casement, and perchance his axe
Borne homeward through the forest in his hand;
And, on the edge of some o'erhanging cliff,
That dungeon-fortress* never to be named,
Where, like a lion taken in the toils,

Toussaint breathed out his brave and generous spirit.

Little did He, who sent him there to die,

Think, when he gave the word, that he himself,

Great as he was, the greatest among men,

Should in like manner be so soon conveyed

Athwart the deep,-and to a rock so small
Amid the countless multitude of waves,

That ships have gone and sought it, and returned,
Saying it was not!

* The Castle of Joux in Franche-Comté.

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