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Her beauteous sides, whose rainbow hues
Gleamed softly from below,
And flung a warm and sunny flush
O'er the wreaths of murmuring snow, 5 To the coral rocks are hurrying down,
To sleep amid colors as bright as their own. Oh! many a dream was in the ship An hour before her death;And sights of home with sighs disturbed 10 The sleeper's long-drawn breath. Instead of the murmur of the sea, The sailor heard the humming tree, Alive through all its leaves, The hum of the spreading sycamore 15 That grows before his cottage door,
And the swallow's song in the eavea
His arms enclosed a blooming boy,
Who listened with tears of sorrow and joy
To the dangers his father had passed; 20 And his wife — by turns she wept and smiled,
As she looked on the father of her child
Returned to her heart at last.
— He wakes at the vessel's sudden roll,
And the rush of waters is in his soul. 25 Astounded, the reeling deck he paces,
Mid hurrying forms and ghastly faces; —
The whole ship's crew are there:
Wailings around and overhead,
Brave spirits stupefied or dead, 30 And madness and despair.
Now is the ocean's bosom bare,
Unbroken as the floating air;
The ship hath melted quite away, Like a struggling,dream at break of day. 155 No image meets my wandering eye,
But the new-risen sun and the sunny sky.
Though the night-shades are gone, yet a vapor dull
XCV. —THE CONTRASTS OF ALPINE SCENERY. Byron.
1 Adieu to thee, fair Rhine! how long, delighted,
The stranger fain would linger on his way!
Or lonely Contemplation thus might stray;
And could the ceaseless vultures cease to prey
Where Nature, nor too sombre, nor too gay,
2 Adieu to thee again! a vain adieu!
There can be no farewell to scenes like thine;
And if reluctantly the eyes resign
Their cherished gaze upon thee, lovely Rhine,
More mighty spots may rise — more glaring shine,
3 But these recede. Above me are the Alps,
The palaces of Nature, whose vast walls
And throned Eternity in icy halls
Of cold sublimity, where forms and falls
All that expands the spirit, yet appals,
Gather around these summits, as to show How Earth may pierce to Heaven, yet leave vain roan bf'ow.
Clear, placid Leman I thy contrasted lake
With the wide world I've dwelt in is a thing
Earth's troubled waters for a purer spring.
This quiet sail is as a noiseless wing
Torn ocean's roar; but thy soft murmuring
5 It is the hush of night; and all between
Thy margin and the mountains, dusk, yet clear,
Save darkened Jura, whose capped heights appear
Of flowers yet fresh with childhood; on the car
6 He is an evening reveller, who makes
His life an infancy, and sings his fill;
Starts into voice a moment, then is stilL
There seems a floating whisper on the hill; —
All silently their tears of love distil,
7 Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven,
If, in your bright leaves, we would read the fate
That in our aspirations to be great,
And claim a kindred with you; for ye are
In us such love and reverence from afar,
8 The sky is changed! and such a change! Oh, Nyyht
And Storm and Darkness, ye are wondrous strong Yet lovely in your strength, as is the light
Of a dark eye in woman! Far along,
From peak to peak, the rattling crags among.
But every mountain now hath found a tongue;
9 And this is in the night s — Most glorious DigL*.'
Thou wert not sent for slumber; let me be
A portion of the tempest and of thee!
How the lit lake shines, — a phosphoric sea —
And now again 't is black — and now; the glee
10 Sky, mountains, river, winds, lake, lightnings! ye..
Things that have made me watchful: — the far roll
But where, of ye, O tempests! is the goal?
11 The morn is up again, the dewy morn,
With breath all incense, and with cheek all bloom,
Still on thy shores, fair Leman, may find room,
XCVI,—WEBSTER'S GREATEST PARLIAMENTARY EFFORT
[The following extract 1n from a speech delivered in Boston at a dinner on the 18th of January, 1856, the anniversary of the birthday of Daniel Webster. Confix was a celebrated French general of the seventeenth century. He defeated the Spaniards at the battle of Bocroi, May. 19,1613.]
It was my happiness, at Mr. Webster's request, to pass a part of the evening of the 25th January, 1830, with him; and he went over to me, from a very concise brief, the main topics of the speech prepared for the following 5 day, — the second speech on Foot's resolution, — which he accounted the greatest of his parliamentary efforts. Intense anticipation awaited that effort, both at Washington and throughout the country. A pretty formidable personal attack was to be repelled; New England was to 10 be vindicated against elaborate disparagement; and, more than all, the true theory of the constitution, as heretofore generally understood, was to be maintained against a new interpretation, devised by perhaps the acutest logician in the country; asserted with equal confidence and fervor;15 and menacing a revolution in the government. Never had a public speaker a harder task to perform; and except on the iast great topic, which undoubtedly was familiar to hil