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And clouds of sea-fowl high in ether sweep, How, in the age of night, ere day was born
Or fall like stars through sunshine on the deep. On the blue hills of undiscover'd morn,
Tis Greenland! but so desolately bare,

Where one pale crosset twinkled through the shado Amphibious life alone inhabits there;

Malina and her gay companions play'd *T is Greenland! yet so beautiful the sight, A thousand mimic sports, as children wont; The brethren gaze with undisturb'd delight: They hide, they seek, they shoot, harpoon and hunt, In silence (as before the Throne), they stand, When lo! Aninga, passionate and young, And pray, in prospect of that promised land, Keen as a wolf, upon his sister sprung, That He who sends them thither may abide And pounced his victim ;-gentler way to woo Through the waste howling wilderness their guide ; He knew not, or he scorn'd it if he knew : And the good shepherd seek his straying flocks, Malina snatch'd her lamp, and in the dark Lost on those frozen waves and herbless rocks, Dash'd on his felon-front a hideous mark, By the still waters of his comforts lead,

Slipp'd from his foul embrace (and laugh'd aloud), And in the pastures of salvation feed.

Soft as the rainbow melting from the cloud ;

Then shot to heaven, and in her wondrous flight Their faith must yet be tried :the sun at noon

Transform'd her image, sparkled into light, Shrinks from the shadow of the passing moon,

Became the sun, and through the firmament, Till, ray by ray, of all his pomp bereft,

Forth in the glory of a goddess went. (Save one slight ring of quivering lustre left),

Aninga baffled, madden'd, unsubdued, Total eclipse involves his peerless eye;

By her own beams the fugitive pursued, Porientous twilight creeps around the sky;

And when she set, his broad disfigured mien The frighted sea-birds to their haunts repair;

As the dim moon among the stars was seen; There is a freezing stillness in the air,

Thenceforward doom'd his sister's steps to chase, As if the blood ibrough Nature's veins ran cold,

But ne'er o'ertake in heaven's eternal race. A prodigy so fearful to behold;

Yet when his vanish'd orb might seem to sleep, A few faint stars gleam through the dread serene,

He takes his monthly pastime on the deep, Trembling and pale spectators of the scene;

Through storms, o'er cataracts, in his Kayak sails, While the rude mariners, with stern amaze,

Strikes with unerring dart the polar whales, As on some tragic execution, gaze,

Or o'er ice-mountains, in his dog-drawn car, When calm but awful guilt is stretch'd to feel

Pursues the reindeer to the farthest star. The torturing fire, or dislocating wheel,

But when eclipse his bareful disk invades, And life, like light from yonder orb, retires,

He prowls for prey among the Greenland maids, Spark after spark, till the whole man expires.

Till roaring drums, belaboring sticks, and cries Yet may the darken'd sun and mourning skies

Repel the errant Demon to the skies.
Point to a higher, holier sacrifice;
The Brethren's thoughts to Calvary's brow ascend,

The sun hath cast aside his veil ;-he shines
Round the Redeemer's Cross their spirits bend,
And while heaven frowns, earth shudders, graves Then landward, marshalling in black array,

With purest splendor till his orb declines ; disclose The forms of sleepers, startled from repose,

Eruptive vapors drive him from the day ;

And night again, with premature control,
They catch the blessing of his latest breath,
Mark his last look, and through the eclipse of death Heaven in one ebon mass of horror scowls;

Binds light in chains of darkness o'er the pole; See lovelier beams than Tabor's vision shed,

-Anon a universal whirlwind howls :
Wreathe a meek halo round his sacred head.
To Greenland then, with quick compassion, turn
Their deepest sympathies; their bosoms bus

light who was her tormentor; and thus the dusky spots on the To her barbarian race, with tongues of flame, moon had their origin; for she, struggling to escape, slipped His love, his grief, his glory, to proclaim.

out of his arms, soared aloft, and became the sun. He followed

up into the firmament, and was transformed into the moon; O could they view, in this alarming hour, but as he has never been able to rise so high as she, he conThose wretched ones, themselves beneath the power tinues running after her, with the vain hope of overtaking her. Of darkness, while the shadow clips the sun!

When he is uired and hungry, in his last quarter, he sets out

from his house a seal-hunting, on a sledge drawn by four great How to their dens the fierce sea-hunters run,

dogs, and stays several days abroad to recruit and fatten; and Who death in every shape of peril brave,

this produces the full moon. He rejoices when the women die, By storms and monsters, on the faithless wave, and Malina, in revenge, rejoices when the men die : therefore But now in speechless horror lie aghast,

the men keep at home during an eclipse of the sun, and the Till the malignant prodigy be past :

women during an eclipse of the moon. When he is in eclipse,

Aninga prowls about the dwellings of the Greenlanders, to While bolder females, with tormenting spells, plague the females, and steal provisions and skins, nay even to Consult their household dogs as oracles,

kill those persons who have not duly observed the laws of temAnd by the yelping of their curs divine,

perance. At these times they hide their most precious goods ;

and the men carry kettles and chests to the tops of their houses, That still the earth may stand, the sun may shine.

and rattle upon them with cudgels to frighten away the moon, Then forth they creep, and to their offspring tell and make hiin return to his place in the sky. During an eclipso What fate of old a youth and maid befell:' of the sun, the men skulk in terror into the darkest corners,

while the women pinch the ears of iheir dogs: and if these cry

out, it is a sure omen that the end of the world is not yet come; 1 The Greenlanders believe that the sun and moon are sister for as dogs existed before men, according tr Greenland logic, and brother. They, with other children, were once playing to they must have a quicker foresight into futurity. Should the gether in the dark, when Aninga behaving rudely to his sister dogs be mute (which of course they never are, under such ill Malina, she rubbed her hands in the root about the extinguished treatment), then the dissolution of all things must be at han larop, and smeared hig face that she might discover by day-|--See Crants


With such precipitation dash'd on high,

-Amidst black rocks, that lift on either hand Not from one point, but from the whole dark sky, Their countless peaks, and mark receding land; The surges at the onset shrink aghast,

Amidst a tortuous labyrinth of seas, Borne down beneath the paralyzing blast ;

That shine around the arctic Cyclades; But soon the mad tornado slanis its course,

Amidst a coast of dreariest continent, And rolls them into mountains by main force, In many a shapeless promontory rent; Then utterly embroil'd, through clouds and waves, -O'er rocks, seas, islands, promontories, spread, As 'twixt two oceans met in conflici, raves.

The Ice-Blink rears its undulated bead," Now to the passive bark, alternate tost,

On which the sun, beyond the horizon shrined, Above, below, both sea and sky are lost,

Hath left his richest garniture behind ; All but the giddy summit, where her keel

Piled on a hundred arches, ridge by ridge, Hangs in light balance on the billowy wheel; O'er fix'd and fluid, strides the Alpine bridge, Then, as the swallow in his windward flight, Whose blocks of sapphire seem to mortal eye Quivers the wing, returns, and darts downright, Hewn from cerulean quarries of the sky; She plunges through the blind abyss, and o'er With glacier-batilements, that crowd the spheres, Her groaning masts the cavern'd waters roar. The slow creation of six thousand years, Ruled by the hurricane, no more the helm Amidst immensity it towers sublime, Obeys the pilot ;-seas on seas o'erwhelm

-Winter's eternal palace, built by Time : The deck; where oft embattled currents meet, All human structures by his touch are borne Foam in white whirlpools, flash to spray, retreat, Down to the dust ;-mountains themselves are worn And rock the vessel with their huge turmoils, With his light footsteps; here for ever grows, Like the cork-float around the fisher's toils. Amid the region of unmelting snows, Three days of restless agony, that seem

A monument; where every flake that falls, of one delirous night the waking dream,

Gives adamantine firmness to the walls. The mariners in vain their labors ply,

The sun beholds no mirror, in his race,
Or sick at heart in pale despondence lie.

That shows a brighter image of his face;
The Brethren weak, yet firm as when they faced The stars, in their nocturnal vigils, rest
Winter's ice-legions on his own bleak waste, Like signal-fires on its illumined crest :
In patient hope, that utters no complaint,

The gliding moon around the ramparts wheels,
Pray without ceasing ; pray, and never faint ; And all its magic lights and shades reveals;
Assured that He, who from the tempest's neck Beneath, the tide with idle fury raves
Hath loosed his grasp, still holds it at his beck, To undermine it through a thousand caves ;
And with a pulse too deep for mortal sense, Rent from its roof, though thundering fragnienis off
- The secret pulse of his omnipotence,

Plunge to the gulf, immovable aloft,
That beats through every motion of the storm, From age to age, in air, o'er sea, on land,
-Can check destruction in its wildest form: Ils turrets heighten, and its piers expand.
Bow'd 10 his will, -Their lot how truly blest,
Who live to serve Him, and who die to rest!

Midnight hath told his hour; the moon, yel young,

Hangs in the argent west her bow unstrung; To live and serve him is their Lord's decree; Larger and fairer, as her lustre fades, He curbs the wind, he calms th' infuriate sea; Sparkle the stars amidst the deepening shades : The sea and wind their Maker's yoke obey, Jewels more rich than night's regalia gem And waft his servants on their destined way. The distant Ice-Blink's spangled diadem; Though many a league by that disaster driven Like a new morn from orient darkness, there "Thwart from their course, with plank and cordage Phosphoric splendors kindle in mid air, riven,

As though from heaven's self-opening portals came With bands disabled, and exhausted strength, Legions of spirits in an orb of flame, The active crew refit their bark at length; ---Flame, that from every point an arrow sends, Along the placid gulf, with heaving sails,

Far as the concave firmament extends : That catch from every point propitious gales, Spun with the tissue of a million lines, Led like the moon, from infancy to age,

Glistening like gossamer the welkin shines : Round the wide zodiac of her pilgrimage, The constellations in their pride look pale Onward and smooth their voyage they pursue, Through the quick trembling brilliance of that veis Till Greenland's coast again salutes their view Then suddenly converged, the meteors rush

O'er the wide south; one deep vermilion blush Tis grinset: to the firmament serene,

O'erspreads Orion glaring on the flood, Th' Atlantic wave reflects a gorgeous scene;

And rabid Sirius foams through fire and blood; Broad in the cloudless west, a belt of gold

Again the circuit of the pole they range,
Girds the blue hemisphere; above unrolld,

Motion and figure every moment change,
The keen, clear air grows palpable to sight,
Embodied in a flush of crimson light,

1 The term Ice-Blink is generally applied by our mariners to Through which the evening star, with milder gleam, the nocturnal illumination in the heavens, which denotes to Descends to meet her image in the stream.

them the proximity of ice mountains. In this place a descrip

tion is attempted of the most stupendous accumulation of ice Far in the east, what spectacle unknown

in the known world, which has been long distinguished by this Allures the eye to gaze on it alone ?

peculiar name by the Danish Davigators.

Through all the colors of the rainbow run, And through the torpid north, with genial heat, Or blaze like wrecks of a dissolving sun;

Taught love's exhilarating pulse to beat , Wide ether burns with glory, conflict, flight, Till the great sun, in his perennial round, And the glad ocean dances in the light.

Man, of all climes the restless native, found,

Pursuing folly in his vain career, The seaman's jealous eye askance surveys As if existence were immortal here ; This pageantry of evanescent rays,

While on the fathers' graves the sons, untaught While in the horror of misgiving fear

By their mischance, the same illusions sought, New storms already thunder on his ear

By gleams and shadows measured woe and bliss, But morning comes, and brings him sweet release ; As though unborn for any world but this. Day shines and sets ; at evening all is peace : Another and another day is past;

Five thousand years, unvisited, unknown,
The fourth appears,—the loveliest and the last ; Greenland lay slumbering in the frozen zone, -
The sails are furl'd; the anchor drags the sand; While heaven's resplendent host pursued their way
The boat hath cross'd the creek ;-the Brethren land. To light the wolf and eagle to their prey,

And tempests o'er the main their terrors spread
To rock Leviathan upon his bed ;-

Ere Ingolf his undaunted flag unfurl'd

To search the secrets of the polar world."

'T was Liberty, that fires the coldest veins, Retrospect of ancient Greenland :-The discovery And exile, famine, death, prefers to chains ;

of Iceland, of Greenland, of Wineland.—The 'T was Liberty, through floods unplow'd before, Norwegian colonies on the eastern and western That led his gallant crew from Norway's shore ; coasts of Greenland ; the appearance of the Skrael. They cut their cable, and in thunder broke, lings, or modern Greenlanders, in the west, and with their departing oars, the tyrant's yoke ; the destruction of the Norwegian settlers in that The deep their country, and their bark their home, quarter.

A floating isle, on which they joy'd to roam

Amidst immensity; with waves and wind, HERE while in peace the weary Pilgrims rest,

Now sporting and now wrestling ;-unconfined, Turn we our voyage from the new-found west,

Save by the blue surrounding firmament, Sail up the current of departed time,

Full, yet for ever widening, as they went : And seek along its banks that vanish'd clime,

Thus sail'd those mariners, unheeding where By ancient scalds in Runic verse renown'd,

They found a port, if Freedom anchor'd there. Now like old Babylon no longer found. _"Oft was I weary when I toil'd at thee;"'

By stars that never set, their course they steer'd. This on an oar abandon'd to the sea,

And northward with indignant impulse veer'd, Some hand had graven :-From what founder'd boat For sloth had lulld and luxury o'errun, It fell-how long on ocean's waves afloat,

And bondage seized, the realms that loved the sun. -Who mark'd it with that melancholy line,

At length by mountain-ice, with perils strange, No record tells : Greenland ! such fate was thine : Menaced, repell’d and forced their track to change, Whate'er thou wast, of thee remains no more

They bade the unimprison'd raven fly, Than a brief legend on a foundling oar;

A living compass through the chartless sky: And he, whose song would now revive thy fame Up to the zenith, swift as fire, he soar'd, Grasps but the shadow of a mighty name. Through the clear boundless atmosphere explored

The dim horizon stretch'd beneath his sight; From Asia's fertile womb, when Time was young, Then to the west full-onward shot his flight: And earth a wreck, the sires of nations sprung ; Thither they follow; till from Thule's rocks, In Shinar's land of rivers, Babel's tower

Around the bird of tempests rose the flocks
Stood the lorn relic of their scatter'd power ; of screaming sea-fowl, widening ring o'er ring,
A broken pillar, snapt as from the spheres, Till heaven grew dark; then wheeling on the wing
Slow-wasting through the silent lapse of years, Landward they whiten all the rocks below,
While o'er the regions, by the flood destroy'd, Or diving melt into the gulf like snow.
The builders breathed new life throughout the void, Pleased with the proud discovery, Ingolf gave
Soul, passion, intellect; till blood of man

His lintel and his door-posts to the wave,
Through every artery of Nature ran;
O’er eastern islands pour'd its quickening stream,
Caught the warm crimson of the western beam,

1 Among numerous incoherent traditions, it is recorded, that

Iceland was first discovered by one Flokko, a pirate, who be Beneath the burning Line made fountains start

ing bewildered at sea, let fly (as was the custom of the Nor In the dry wilderness of Afric's heart,

wegians in such extremities) a raven, which, soaring to a grea elevation, discerned land, and made for it. Flokko followed,

and arriving at a mountainous coast covered with snow and 1 About the middle of the seventeenth century, an oar was glaciers, called it Iceland. Some time afterwards, about the drifted on the coast of Iceland, bearing this inscription in Ru-year 874, Ingolf, a Norwegian earl, with his vassals, escaping nic characters :

from the tyranny of Harold Harfagar, pursued the same Oft var ek dasa, dur ek dro thik.

course as Flokko, and, by the same experiment with a raven, Oft was I weary when I drew thee." This oar was con discovered Iceland; which he and his followers peopled, and jectured to have been brought from East Greenland, a hun-there he established a commonwealth that reflected honor a dred and fifty years after the last ship sailed from Norway for

an age of barbarism. that coast.

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Divining as they drifted to the strand

Of groves and gardens, wine and music tell; The will of destiny,—the place to land.'

Fresh roses breathing round the hermit's cell, There on a homeless soil his foot he placed, And baths, in which Diana's nymphs might lave, Framed his hut-palace, colonized the waste, -From earth's self-opening veins the blood-warın And ruled his horde with patriarchal sway;

wave, -Where justice reigns, 't is freedom to obey : Whose genial streams, amidst disparted ice, And there his race, in long succession blest

Made laps of verdure; like those isles of spice (Like generations in the eagle's nest,

In eastern seas; or rich oases, graced Upon their own hereditary rock),

With flowers and fountains, in the Libyan waste. Flourish'd, invincible to every shock Of lime, chance, foreign force, or civil rage;

Rather the muse would stretch a mightier wing, A noble dynasty from age to age;

Of a new world the earliest dawn to sing ; And Iceland shone, for generous lore renown'd, How,-long ere Science, in a dream of thought, A northern light, when all was gloom around. Earth's younger daughter to Columbus brought,

Ere long by brave adventurers on the tide, And sent him, like the Faerie Prince, in quest A new Hesperian region was descried,

Of that “ bright virgin throned in the west :” Which fancy deem'd, or fable feign'd so fair, -Greenland's bold sons, by instinct, sallied forth Fleets from old Norway pour'd their settlers there, On barks, like ice-bergs drifting from the north, Who traced and peopled far that double shore,

Cross'd without magnet undiscover'd seas, Round whose lling rocks two oceans roar,

And, all surrendering to the stream and breeze, Till at the southern promontory, tost

Touch'd on the line of that twin-bodied land, By tempests, each is in its rival lost,

That stretches forth to either pole a hand,
Thus Greenland (so that arctic world they named) From arctic wilds, that see no winter-sun,
Was planted, and to utmost Calpe famed

To where the oceans of the world are one,
For wealth exhaustless, which her seas could boast,
And prodigies of nature on her coast;

1 Spenser introduces Prince Arthur as traversing the world Where, in the green recess of every glen,

in search of his mistress Gloriana, whom he had only seen in

a dream. The discovery of a region in the west, by the GreenThe House of Prayer o'ertopt th' abodes of men,

land Norwegians, about the year 1000, and intercourse mainAnd flocks and cattle grazed by summer-streams, tained with it for 120 years afterwards, may be considered as That track'd the valleys with meandering gleams : the most curious fact or fable connected with the history of While on the mountains ice eternal frown'd,

theso colonists. The reason why it was called Wineland, is And growing glaciers deepend tow'rds the ground, given in the sequel.

An Icelander, named Bioern, in the year 1001, following his Year after year, as centuries roll'd away,

father, who had emigrated to Greenland, is said to have been Nor lost one moment till that judgment-day, driven by a storm to the south-west, where he discovered a When eastern Greenland from the world was rent, fine champaign country covered with forests. He did not tarIngulrd,-or fix'd one frozen continent. 2

ry long there, but made the best of his way back again, north

east, or Greenland, which he reached in safety. The tidings "T were long and dreary to recount in rhyme of his adventure being rumored abroad there, one Leif the son The crude traditions of that long-lost clime,

of Eric the Red, a famous navigator, being ambitious of ac

quiring fame by discovering and planting new lands, fitted out To sing of wars, by barbarous chieftains waged,

a vessel, with thirty-five men, and sailed with Bioern on board, In which as fierce and noble passions raged, in search of the south-west country. They arrived, in due Heroes as subtle, bold, remorseless, fought,

time, at a low woody coast, and sailed up a river to a spacious And deeds as dark and terrible were wrought,

lake, which communicated by it with the sea. The soil was As round Troy's walls became the splendid themes salmon, and the climate was mild. Leif and his party winter

exceeding fruitful, the waters abounded with fish, particularly Of Homer's song, and Jove's Olympian dreams ; ed there, and observed that on the shortest day the sun rose When giant-prowess, in the iron field,

about eight o'clock, which may correspond with the forty

ninth degree of latitude, and denotes the situation of NewWith single arm made phalanx'd legions yield;

foundland, or the river St. Lawrence in Canada.-When they When battle was but massacre,

the strife

had built their huts, after landing, they one day missed a Gerof murderers,-steel to steel, and life to life. man mariner named Turker, whom, after a long search, they

-Who follows Homer takes the field too late; found in the woods, dancing with delight. On being asked Though stout as Hector, sure of Hector's fate,

what made him so merry, he answered, that he had been eat

ing such grapes of which wine was made in his native counA wound as from Achilles' spear he feels,

try. When Leif saw and tasted the fruit himself, ho called Falls, and adurns the Grecian's chariot-wheels. the new region Vünland, or Wineland. Crantz, who gives

Nor stay we monkish legends to rehearse ; this account, on various authorities, adds in a note, that " well To build their cloister-walls in Gothic verse;

flavored wild grapes are known to grow in the forests of Cana

da, but no good wine has been produced from them."- After 1 This device of superstition is borrowed from the tradition the return of Leif to Greenland, many voyages were underta

ken to Wineland, and some colonies established there. One concerning Ingolf, and probably the same was frequently em Thorfin, an Icelander, who had married a Greenland heiress, ployed by the northern rovers, leaving their native country, Gudrid, the widow of the third son of Eric the Red, by whora and seeking a home in strange lands.

2 The extravagant accounts of the fertility of ancient Green- he obtained the inheritance of Wineland, ventured thither land need not be particularized here. Some of the annals with sixty-five men and five women ; taking cattle and implestate, that the best wheat grew to perfection in the valleys; ments of husbandry with them, for the purpose of building that the forests were extensive and luxuriant; flocks and herds and planting. The natives (probably the Esquimaur) found were numerous, and very large and fat, etc. 'At St. Thomas's them thus settled, and were glad to barter with their furs and Cloister there was a natural fountain of hot water (a geyser) skins in exchange for iron instruments, etc. One of these barwhich, being conveyed by pipes into all the apartments of the barians, however, having stolen an ax, was dolt enough to monks, ministered to their comfort in many ways. Adjoining try its edge on his companion's skull, which cost the poor this cloister there was a richly cultivated garden, through wretch his life ; whereupon a third, wiser than either, threw which a warm rivulet nowel, and rendered the soil so fertile. the murderous weapon into the sea.-Commerce with Winethat it produced the most beautiful Aowers, and the most deli- land is reported to have been carried on for upwards of an cious fruits.

hundred years afterwards.


And round Magellan's Straits, Fuego's shore, The rapture of a moment ;-in its birth
Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific roar.

It perishes for ever from the earth ;

And dumb, like shipwreck'd mariners, we stand, Regions of beauty there these rovers found, Eyeing by turns the ocean and the land, The flowery hills with emerald woods were crown'd; Breathless ;-Lill tears the struggling thought release, Spread o'er the vast savannas, buffalo herds And the lorn spirit weeps itself to peace. Ranged without master; and the bright-wing'd birds Made gay the sunshine as they glanced along, Wineland the glad discoverers call'd that shore, Or turn'd the air to music with their song.

And back the tidings of its riches bore ;

But soon return'd with colonizing bands, Here from his mates a German youth had stray'd, -Men that at home would sigh for unknown lands ; Where the broad river cleft the forest glade;

Men of all weathers, fit for every toil, Swarming with alligator-shoals, the flood

War, commerce, pastime, peace, adventure, spoil ; Blazed in the sun, or moved in clouds of blood; Bold master-spirits, where they touch'd they gain'd The wild boar rustled headlong through the brake; Ascendance; where they fix'd their foot, they reign'd. Like a live arrow leapt the rattle-snake ;

Both coasts they long inherited, though wide The uncouth shadow of the climbing bear Dissever'd; stemming to and fro the tide, Crawld on the grass, while he aspired in air;

Free as the Syrian dove explores the sky, Anon with hoofs, like hail, the green-wood rang,

Their helm their hope, their compass in their eye, Among the scattering deer a panther sprang :

They found at will, where'er they pleased to roam, The stripling fear'd not,-yet he trod with awe, The ports of strangers or their northern home, As if enchantment breathed o'er all he saw,

Still 'midst tempestuous seas and zones of ice, Till in his path uprose a wilding vine;

Loved as their own, their unlost Paradise. - Then o'er his memory rush'd the noble Rhine ;

-Yet was their Paradise for ever lost : Home and its joys, with fullness of delight,

War, famine, pestilence, the power of frost, So rapt his spirit, so beguiled his sight,

Their woes combining, wither'd from the earth That in those glens of savage solitude,

This late creation, like a timeless birth, Vineyards and corn-fields, towns and spires he view'd, The fruit of age and weakness, forced to light, And through the image-chamber of his soul, Breathing awhile,-relapsing into night. The days of other years like shadows stole; All that he once had been again he grew,

Ages had seen the vigorous race, that sprung Through every stage of life he pass'd anew;

From Norway's stormy forelands, rock'd when young The playmates of his infancy were there,

In ocean's cradle, hardening as they rose With dimpled cheeks, blue eyes, and flaxen hair; Like mountain-pines amidst perennial snows ; The blithe companions of his riper youth,

-Ages had seen these sturdiest sons of Time And one whose heart was love, whose soul was truth. Strike root and flourish in that ruffian clime, - When the quick-mingling pictures of that dream Commerce with luvelier lands and wealthier hold, (Like broken scenery on a troubled stream,

Yet spurn the lures of luxury and gold, Where sky and landscape, light and darkness, run

Beneath the umbrage of the Gallic vine, Through widening circles), harmonized in one; For moonlight snows and cavern-shelter pine, His father's cot appear'd, with vine-leaves drest,

Turn from Campanian fields a lofty eye And clusters pendent round the swallow's nest;

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gaze upon the glorious Alps, and sigh, In front the little garden, at whose gate,

Remembering Greenland ; more and more endear'd, Amidst their progeny his parents sate,

As far and farther from its shores they steer'd; He only absent ; -but his mother's eye

Greenland their world,—and all was strange beside ; Look'd through a tear ;-she reach'd him with a sigh: Elsewhere they wandered; here they lived and died. Then in a moment vanish'd time and space, And with a shout he rush'd to her embrace ;

At length a swarthy tribe, without a name, Round hills and dales the joyful tidings spread, Unknown the point of windward whence they came; Ali ran to welcome Tyrker from the dead. The power by which stupendous gulfs they cross'd, With bliss inebriate, in that giddy trance,

Or compass'd wilds of everlasting frost,
He led his waltzing partner through the dance; Alike mysterious ;—found their sudden way
And while he pluck'd the grapes that blush'd at hand, To Greenland; pour'd along the western bay
Trod the rich wine-press in his native land, Their straggling families; and seized the soil
Quaff'd the full flowing goblet, loosed his tongue, For their domain, the ocean for their spoil.
And songs of vintage, harvest, batile sung.

Skraellings the Normans call'd these hordes in scorn,
At length his shipmates came; their laughter broke That seem'd created on the spot,—though born
The gay delusion ; in alarm he 'woke ;

In trans-Atlantic climes, and thither brought Transport to silent melancholy changed ;

By paths as covert as the birth of thought; At once from love, and joy, and hope estranged, They were at once ;—the swallow-tribes in spring Oer his blank mind, with cold bereaving spell, Thus daily multiply upon the wing, Carne that heart-sickness, which no tongue can tell ; As if the air, their element of flight, -Felt when, in foreign climes, 'midst sounds un- Brought forth new broods from darkness every night, kwwwn,

Slipp'd from the secret hand of Providence We hear the speech or music of our own,

They come we see not how, nor know we whence. Roused to delight from drear abstraction start, And feel our country beating at our heart;

1 The ancestors of the modern inhabitants first apneared (

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