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35 And sought it in the likeliest mode
A drawer it chanced, at bottom lined
With such as merchants introduce 40 From India, for the ladies' user ;
A drawer impending o'er the resť,
open in the topmost chesť,
Invited her to slumber therè.
Surveyed the scene', and took possession.
She left the cares of life behind',
The chambermaid', and shut it fast", —
But all unconscious whom it held.
“Was ever cat attended thus'!
How smooth thēse kērchiefs', and how swēet'•
Till Sol, declining in the west',
The evening camè, the sun descended,
The night rolled tardily away;
The sprightly morn her course renewed',
Than if entombed the day before. 75 With hunger pinched', and pinched for room',
She now presaged approaching doom',
That night', by chance', the Poet, watching',
80 Heard an inexplicable scratching';
His noble heart went pit-a-pat”,-
And forth he peeped', but nothing spiedo; 85 Yet, by his ear directed', guessed
Something imprisoned in the chest',
At length a voice', which well he knew , 90 A long and melancholý mēw',
Saluting his poetic ears',
He 'gan in haste the drawers explore 95 The lowest first, and without stop',
The rest in order to the top'.
We seek iť, ere it come to lighť, 100 In every cranny but the right'.
Forth skipped the Cat'; not now repleté
A theme for all the world's attention, 105 But modest', sober', cured of all
Her notions hyperbolical',
Then stept the Poet into bed', 110 With this reflection in his head
Beware of too sublime a sensé
And his importance of such weight, 115 That all around, in all that's doné,
Must move and act for him alone',
LESSON L X XI X.
RODERICK DHU AND MALCOLM.
Iambic. Four feet.
With ire and disappointment vied',
Like the ill demon of the night,
But, unrequited lové, thy dart'
And Roderick, with thine anguish stung',
With bitter drops were running o'er'.
Scarce in that ample breast had scope,
While every sob'—so mute were all20. Was heard distinctly through the hallo;
The son's despair, the mother's look',
To aid her parting steps', the Graemè.* 25. Then Roderick from the Douglas brokè ;
As flashes flame through sable smoké,
So the deep anguish of despair 30. Burst, in fierce jealousy', to air
With stalwart grasp his hand he laid'
“ Back", minion'! hold'st thou thus at naught 35. The lesson I so lately taught'?
This roof", the Douglas' and that maid',
* Pronounced Grame; a as in late.
Eager as grey-hound on his gamé,
Fiercly with Roderick grappled Graeme; 40. “ Perish my namé, if aught afford'
Its chieftain safety', save his sword"!"
And death had been —But Douglas rosé, 45. And thrust between the struggling foes'
His giant strength : ...." Chieftains, foregò!
What'! is the Douglas fallen so far,
Of such dishonorable broil'?”
And each upon his rival glared',
Ere yet the brands aloft were flung',
As faltered through terrific dream'.
And veiled his wrath in scornfu] word.
Then' may'st thou to James Stuart tel”, 65. Roderick will keep the lake and fell,
Nor lackey', with his free-born clan',
show Malisè, whåť, hò!” his henchman came; 70. “Give our safe conduct to the Graemè.”
Young Malcolm answered', calm and bold',
Is blessed, though robbers haunt the place : 75. Thy churlish courtesy for those
Reservè, who feel to be thy foes.
Though', with his boldest at his back', 80. Even Roderick Dhū beset the track.
Iambic. Five feet.
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain";
Without a grave', unknelled', uncoffined', and unknown. 2. His steps are not upon thy paths',—thy fields'
Are not a spoil for him”,—thou dost ariser
And dashest him again to earth":—there lēt him lāy.* 3. The armaments which thunder-strike the walls'
Of rock-built cities', bidding nations quaké,
Alike the Armada's pride', or spoils of Trafalgar'.
Assyria, Greece, Romè, Carthagé, what are they'?
* Should be lie.