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Saturn and Hesperus, and gallant Mars—

Never to flirt with heavenly eyes again.
Meanwhile, remindful of the convent bars,

Bianca did not watch these signs in vain,
But turn’d to Julio at the dark eclipse,
With words, like verbal kisses, on her lips.

XXXIII.
He took the hint full speedily, and, back'd

By love, and night, and the occasion's meetness, Bestow'd a something on her cheek that smack'd

(Tho' quite in silence) of ambrosial'sweetness; That made her think all other kisses lack'd Till then, but what she knew not, of com

pleteness : Being used but sisterly salutes to feel, Insipid things—like sandwiches of veal.

XXXIV.

He took her hand, and soon she felt him wring

The pretty fingers all instead of one; . Anon his stealthy arm began to cling

About her waist that had been clasp'd by none; Their dear confessions I forbear to sing,

Since cold description would but be outrun ; For bliss and Irish watches have the pow'r, In twenty minutes, to lose half an hour !

THE DEMON-SHIP.

'Twas off the Wash—the sun went down—the sea

look'd black and grim, For stormy clouds with murky fleece, were muster

ing at the brim ; Titanic shades ! enormous gloom as if the solid

night Of Erebus rose suddenly to seize upon the light ! It was a time for mariners to bear a wary eye, With such a dark conspiracy between the sea and

sky!

Down went my helm-close reef'd—the tack held

freely in my handWith ballast snug-I put about, and scudded for

the land. Loud hiss’d the sea beneath her lee—my little

: boat flew fast, But faster still the rushing storm came borne upon

the blast. Lord! what a roaring hurricane beset the strain

ing sail ! What furious sleet, with level drift, and fierce as

saults of hail!

What darksome caverns yawn'd before! what

jagged steeps behind ! Like battle-steeds, with foamy manes, wild tossing

in the wind. Each after each sank down astern, exhausted in

the chase, But where it sank another rose and gallop'd in its

place; As black as night—they turn’d to white, and cast

against the cloud A snowy sheet, as if each surge upturn'd a sailor's

shroud: Still flew my boat; alas ! alas ! her course was

nearly run! Behold yon fatal billow rise—ten billows heap'd

in one ! With fearful speed the dreary mass came rolling,

rolling, fast, As if the scooping sea contain’d one only wave at

last ! Still on it came, with horrid roar, a swift pursuing

grave; It seem'd as though some cloud had turn'd its

hugeness to a wave! Its briny sleet began to beat beforehand in my face

[ing base! I felt the rearward keel begin to climb its swellI saw its alpine hoary head impending over mine! Another pulse—and down it rush'd—an ava.

lanche of brine !

Brief pause had I, on God to cry, or think of wife

and home; The waters closed—and when I shriek’d, I shriek'd

; below the foam ! Beyond that rush I have no hint of any after

deedFor I was tossing on the waste, as senseless as a

weed.

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6 Where am I? in the breathing world, or in the

world of death ?” With sharp and sudden pang I drew another birth

of breath; My eyes drank in a doubtful light, my ears a

doubtful soundAnd was that ship a real ship whose tackle seem'd

around?

A moon as if the earthly moon, was shining up

aloft; . But were those beams the very beams that I had

seen so oft ? A face, that mock'd the human face, before me

watch'd alone; But were those eyes the eyes of man that look'd

against my own?

Oh! never may the moon again disclose me such a sight

[night! As met my gaze, when first I look'd on that accursed VOL. II.

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I've seen a thousand horrid shapes begot of fierce

extremes Of fever; and most frightful things have haunted

in my dreamsHyenas—cats-blood-loving bats—and apes with

hateful stare, Pernicious snakes, and shaggy bulls—the lion and

she-bearStrong enemies, with Judas looks, of treachery

and spiteDetested features, hardly dimm’d and banish’d by

the light!

Pale-sheeted ghosts, with gory locks, upstarting

from their tombsAll phantasies and images that flit in midnight

gloomsHags, goblins, demons, lemures, have made me

all aghast,But nothing like that GRIMLY ONE who stood be

side the mast!

His cheek was black—his brow was black-his

eyes and hair as dark : His hand was black, and where it touch’d, it left . a sable mark; His throat was black, his vest the same, and when

I look'd beneath, His breast was black—all, all was black, except

his grinning teeth.

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