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It is that settled" ceaseless gloom

The fabled Hebrew wanderer bore; That will not look beyond the tomb, But cannot hope for rest before.

6. What Exile from himself can flee?

To Zones, though more and more remote, o Still, still pursues, where-e’er I be,

The blight of life-the demon , Thought.

Yet others rapt in pleasure seem,

And taste of all that I forsake;
Oh! may they still of transport dream,

And ne'er, at least like me awakel

8.

Through many a clime 'tis mine to go,

With many a retrospection curst; And all my solace is to know,

Whaté'er betides, I've known the worst.

6.

What is that worst ? Nay do not ask

In pity from the search forbear : Smile on--nor venture to unmask

Man's heart, and view the Hell that's there.

LXXXV.
Adieu, fair Cadiz! yea , a long adien!
Who may forget how well thy walls have stood ?
When all were changing thou alone wert true,
First to be free and last to be subdued :
And if amidst a scene , a shock so rude,
Some native blood was seen thy streets to dye;
A traitor only fell beneath the feud: 19 .

Here all were noble, save Nobility;
None hugged a Conqueror's chain , save fallen Chivalry!

LXXXVI
Such be the sons of Spain, and strange her fate!
They fight for freedom who were never free;
A Kingless people for a nerveless state,

Her vassals combat when their chieftains flee, .. e True to the veriest of Treachery :

Fond of a land which gave them nought but life,
Pride points the path that leads to Liberty; O

Back to the struggle, baffled in the strife, ,
; s'ar, war is still the cry, » War even to the knife.» 18

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LXXXVII.
Ye, who would more of Spain and Spaniard
Go, read whate'er is writ of bloodiest strife :
Whate’er keen vengeange urged on foreign foe
Can act, is acting there against man's life:

From flashing scymitar to secret knife,
War mouldeth there each weapon to his need
So may he guard the sister and the wife, fa

So may he make each curst oppressor bleed, .
So may such foes deserve the most remorseless deed!

LXXXVIII. Flows there a tear of pity for the dead ! Look o’or the ravage of the reeking plain; Look on the hands with female slaughter red; le Then to the dogs resign the unþuried slain, 16 Then to the vulture let each corse remain ; Albeit unworthy of the prey-bird's maw, Let their bleached bones, and blood's unbleaching stain,

Long mark the battle-field with hideons awe:
Thus only may our sons conceive the scenes we saw!

LXXXIX.
Nor yet, alaş! the dreadful work is done,
Fresh legions pour adown the Pyrenees ;
It deepens still, the work is scarce begun,
Nor mortal eye the distant end foresees. ·
Fall’n nations gaze on Spain; if freed, she frees
More than her fell Pizarros once enchained,
Strange retribution! now Columbia's ease

Repairs the wrongs that Quito's sons sustained,
While o'er the parent clime prowls Murder unrestrained.
XC.
Not all the blood at Talavera shed,
Not all the marvels of Barossa's fight,
Not Albuera lavish of the dead, :

' Have won for Spain her well asserted right. ;. When shall her Olive-Branch be free from blight ? When shall she breathe her from the blushing toil ? How many a doubtful day shall sink in night,

Ere the Frank robber turn him from his spoil, And Freedom's stranger-tree grow native of the soil !

XCI. And thou, my friend ! 19— since unavailing woe Bursts from my heart, and mingles with the strain Had the sword laid thee with the mighty low, Pride miglit forbid ev'n Friendship to complain: But thus unlaureled to descend in vain, By all forgotten, save the lonely breast , And mix unbleeding with the boasted sliin,

While Glory crowns so many a mèaner crest! What hadst thou done to sink so peacefully to rest ?

XCII. Oh, known the earliest, and esteemed the most! Dear to a heart where nought was left so dear ! Though to my hopeless days for ever lost, In dreams deny me not to see thee here ! And morn in secret shall renew the tear

of consciousness awaking to her woes, And Fancy hover o'er thy bloodless bier,

Till my frail frame return to whence it rose, And mourned and mourner lie, united in repose.

i XCIII.

Here is one fytle of Harold's pilgrimage:
Ye who of him may further seek to know,
Shall find some tidings in a forture page, cu
If he that rhymeth now may scribble mos.
Is this too much ? stern Critic ! say not so:
Patience ! and ye shall hear what he beheld
In other lands, where he was doomed to go:

Lands that contain the monuments of Eld,
Erę Greece and Grecian arts) by barbarous hands were quelled,

END OF CANTO I,

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