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common means, that hideous phan- rest, and so subdued the minds of tom overpowered those who could the rulers in every nation, that not believe it was possible it could hardly any resource presents itself at all exist, except on the principles to them, except that of entitling which habit, rather than nature, themselves to a contemptuous merhad persuaded them were necessary cy by a display of their imbecility to their own particular welfare, and and meanness. Their ambition is their own ordinary modes of action. only to be admitted to a more faBut the constitution of any political vored class in the order of servitude being, as well as that of any physi- under that domineering power.” cal being, ought to be known, be Of this admired passage, as of fore we can venture to say what is many others in Burke, it may be fit for its conservation, or what is remarked, that the philosophy and the proper measure of its power. the eloquence, which constitute its The poison of other states is the excellences, are mutually weakened food of the new Republic. That by this strange admixture. The bankruptcy, the very apprehension heated imagination is damped in its of which is one of the causes as career by the sudden interposition signed for the fall of the monarchy, of a profound maxim ; and the pbiwas the capital on which she open- losophy itself, by this unnatural ed her traffic with the world. location, assumes the air of a rheto

“ The Republic of Regicides, with rical flourish or poetical exaggeraan annihilated revenue, with defaced tion. But these deformities, which manufactures, with a ruined com- would ruin an inferior writer, disapmerce, with an uncultivated and pear, in the vastness of Burke's half-depopulated country, with a dis- transcendant genius, as the mouncontented, distressed, enslaved and tainous irregularities on the globe famished people, passing with a ra- disturb not the rotundity of that pid, eccentric, incalculable course, immense surface. We feel as if in from the wildest anarchy to the the presence of a great master, sternest despotism, has actually whose powers it is not permitted conquered the finest parts of Eu us to question, and whose works rope ; has distressed, disunited, de- we dare hardly venture to criranged, and broke to picces all the ticise.


I was led in a dream to the gate of the Upper Heaven, and I sa

saw many sights on which I must be silent ; and I heard many sweet sounds, like the voices of angels, hymning to their lyres. And the seraph Uriel was with me, for he is the regent of the sun, and the conductor of errant sojourners through the paths of Infinity. And the light of Heaven dazzled mine eyes long before I reached its glorious portal; and I must have sunk beneath its insufferable splendor, had not the angel shaded me with his ambrosial wings, and touched mine eyes with balm of amarant, which grows only in Heaven. And when he touched them with this balm, I felt them strengthened, and I could gaze undazzled on any part of the bright Kingdom save one ; and I asked Uriel the cause of this surpassing light, and he said it was the light of the Sanctuary. And, lo! at the gate of Heaven stood a pedestal of jasper, and on this pedestal a vessel of pure sapphire, encircled with gold, -and within this vessel lay a tear, which evaporated not in the light of Heaven, but remained the same forever. And I said unto the angel, “Whence cometh this tear?And he answered, “ From the eye of an earth-born maiden, named Leila ; if

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thou wouldst know more of this tear, speak to it-it will answer thee.” Then I marveled, saying, “Can a tear answer ?"_“Yea,” responded Uriel ;

this tear is not as other tears,—it hath a spirit within it, and a voice, for the sake of the maiden Leila by whom it was shed.” Then, methinks, I spoke to the tear, and a voice arose from its bed of sapphire in reply.

Crystal gem of mortal birth,
Fairer than the gems of earth,
Was it Grief that bade thee mount
Upwards from thy coral fount?
Was it Care, with dewy sigh,
Moulded thee on Leila's eye?



Minstrel, nay, it was not Care
With his breath that framed me there ;
Neither did I quit my fount,
From its crystal floor to mount,
(Like the dew on autumn's leaf,)
By the sceptred spell of Grief.


Jewel of a maiden fair,
Was it Mirth that brought thee there?
Was it touch of Laughter's spell
That o'erflow'd thinė azure well ?

Neither Mirth invoked me hero,
(Yet thoʻi seest I am a tear,)
Nor Despair's terrific dart
Bade me from my fountain start :
Tear like me had never birth
Or by Sorrow or by Mirth.
Whilome was my fountain dry,
Laughter beam'd in Leila's eye;
Round her bosom Joy was flung,
Mirth was floating on her tongue ;
And her step was gay and light,
And her eye was pure

and ght ;
And her soul, with Rapture fraught,
Harbor'd no desponding thought.
But a vision of Distress
Came athwart her loveliness,
Like a thunder-cloud in June,
Or a mist before the moon :
Straight the voice of Pity fell
O'er her spirit, as a spell,
And her eye distill'd a tear,
Lovelier than Grief may rear.
Unto me the power was given
Leila's cause to plead in Heaven,
For I have been shed

upon Others' sorrows—not her own. And I inclined my head while the voice was yet speaking ; and it seemed to come from the drop within the vessel of sapphire--and I knew

the tear to be a spirit. And I said to Uriel, “Do all tears find their way to Heaven ?". But he answered, “ Nay-none but those of compassion. All other tears perish, as a drop of water, when they are shed: but those of pity come hither, and, after sojourning for a season at the gate of Heaven, lo ! some of them are changed into jewels, and hang upon the crowns of the archangels ; others are mingled with the fountain of benevolence, and they all plead with seraphic tongues for those that shed them.” And I knew from this response of the angel that there were no tears like those of compassion,


It was at Gibraltar that I first fell to me; I began to conjecture where in with Lord Byron. I had arrived I could have seen him; and, after there in the packet from England, an unobserved scrutiny, to speculate in indifferent health, on my way to both as to his character and vocaSicily. I had then no intention of tion. His physiognomy was pretraveling ; I only went a trip, intende possessing and intelligent ; but ever ing to return home after spending a and anon his brows lowered and few weeks in Malta, Sicily, and Sar- gathered-a habit, as I then thought, dinia ; having, before my departure, with a degree of affectation in it, entered into the society of Lincoln's probably first assumed for pictuInn, with the design of studying resque effect and energetic exthe law.

pression ; but which I afterwards At this time my friend, the late discovered was undoubtedly the ocColonel Wright, of the artillery, casional scowl of some unpleasant was secretary to the governor ; and, reminiscence : it was certainly disduring the short stay of the packet agreeable—forbidding ; but still the at the rock, he invited me to the general cast of his features was hospitalities of his house, and among impressed with elegance and chaother civilities gave me admission racter. to the garrison library.

At dinner, a large party assemThe day, I well remember, was bled at Colonel Wright's ; among exceedingly sultry. The air was others the Countess of Westmoresickly; and if the wind was not a land, with Tom Sheridan and his sirocco, it was a withering levanter beautiful wife and it happened

- oppressive to the functions of life, that Sheridan, in relating the local and to an invalid denying all exer news of the morning, mentioned that cise. Instead of rambling over the Lord Byron and Mr. Hobhouse had fortifications, I was, in consequence, come in from Spain, and were to constrained to spend the hottest part proceed up the Mediterranean in of the day in the library; and while the packet. He was not acquainted sitting there, a young man came in with either. and seated himself opposite to me at On the following evening I emthe table where I was reading. barked early, and soon after the Something in his appearance attract- two travellers came on board ; in ed my attention. His dress indi- one of whom I recognised the visiter cated a Londoner of some fashion, to the library, and he proved to be partly by its neatness and simplicity, Lord Byron. In the little bustle with just so much of a peculiarity and process of embarking their lugof style as served to show, that gage, his lordship affected, as it although he belonged to the order seemed to me, more aristocracy than of metropolitan beaux, he was not behtted his years or the occasion ; altogether a common one.

—and I then thought of his singular I thought his face not unknown scowl, and suspected him of pride

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and irascibility The impression knowledge of the world by always that evening was not agreeable, dining so sparely. If my remembut it was interesting ; and that brance is not treacherous, he only forehead mark, the frown, was cal- spent one evening in the cabin with culated to awaken curiosity, and us—the evening before we came to beget conjectures.

anchor at Cagliari ; for, when the Our passage to Sardinia was tar- lights were placed, he made himself dy, owing to calms ; but, in other a man forbid ; took his station on respects, pleasant. About the third the railing between the pegs on day Byron relented from his rapt which the sheets are belayed and mood, as if he felt it was out of place, the shrouds, and there, for hours, and became playful, and disposed sat in silence, enamored, it may to contribute his fair proportion to be, of the moon.

All these pewile away the tediousness of the culiarities, with his caprices, and dull voyage. Among other expe- something inexplicable in the cast dients for that purpose, we had re- of his metaphysics, while they served course to shooting at bottles. Byron, to awaken interest, contributed little I think, supplied the pistols, and was to conciliate esteem. He was often the best shot, but not very prëemi- strangely rapt—it may have been nently so. In the calms, the jolly- from his genius; and, had its granboat was several times lowered; deur and darkness been then diand, on one of those occasions, his vulged, susceptible of explanation ; lordship, with the captain, caught a but, at the time, it threw, as it were, turtle-I rather think two; we like- around him the sackcloth of periwise hooked a shark, part of which tence. Sitting amidst the shrouds was dressed for breakfast, and tasted, and rattlings, in the tranquillity of without relish ; your shark is but a the moonlight, churming an inarticannibal dainty.

culate melody, he seemed almost Had we parted at Cagliari, it is apparitional, suggesting dim remiprobable that I should have retained niscences of him who shot the albaa much more favorable recollection tros.

He was

a mystery in a of BIr. Hobhouse than of Lord By- winding-sheet crowned with a halo. ron; for he was a cheerful compan

The influence of the incompreion, full of cddand droll stories, which hensible phantasma which hovered he told extremely well; he was about Lord Byron, has been more also good humored and intelligent-- or less felt by all who ever approachaltogether an advantageous speci- ed him. That he sometimes came men of a well-educated English out of the cloud, and was familiar gentleman. Moreover, I was at and earthly, is true ; but his dwelling the time afficied with a nervous was amidst the murk and the mist, dejection, which the occasional ex- and the home of his spirit in the hiliration produced by his anecdotes abysm of the storm, and the hidingand college tales often materially places of guilt. He was, at the dissipated--though, for the most time of which I am speaking, scarcepart, they were more after the man- ly two-and-twenty, and could claim Der and matter of Swift than of Ad- no higher praise than having written dison.

a clever worldly-minded satire ; Byron was, during the passage, and yet it was impossible, even then, in delicate health, and upon an ab- to reflect on the bias of his mind, as stemious regimen. He rarely tasted it was revealed by the casualties of wine, nor more than half a glass, conversation, without experiencing mingled with water, when he did. a presentiment that he was destined He ate little; no animal food, but to execute some singular and omionly bread and vegetables. 'He nous purpose. The description he tensinded me of the goul that picked has given of Manfred in his youth, rice with a needle ; for it was ma

was of himself. nifest, that he had not acquired his


The bone of contintion that got be Well, then, I have said that them tween them and our faction was this O'Hallaghans lived beside us, and circumstance : their lands and ours that this stream divided our lands. were divided by a river that ran About half a quarter, i. e. to accomdown from the high mountains of modate myself to the vulgar phraseSlieve Boglish, and, after a coorse clogy, or, to speak more scientiof eight or ten miles, disembogued fically, one eighth of a mile from itself, first into George Duffy's our house, was as purty a hazel mill-dam, and afterwards into that glen as you'd wish to see ; near superb stream, the Blackwater, half a mile long; its developements that might be well and appropriately and proportions were truly clasappellated “the Irish Niger.” This sical. river, which, though small at times, In the bottom of this glen was a occasionally inflated itself to such small green island, about twelve gigantic altitude, that it swept away yards, diametrically, of Irish admeacows, corn, and cottages, or what- surement, that is to say, be the same ever else happened to be in its way more or less; at all events, it lay -was the march-ditch, or merin, in the way of the river, which, between our farms. Perhaps it is however, ran towards the O'Hallaworth while remarking, as a solu- ghan's side, and, consequently, the tion for natural philosophers, that island was our property. Now, these inundations were much more you'll observe, that this river had frequent in winter than in summer, been, for ages, the merin between though when they did occur in sum- the two farms, for they both bemer, they were truly terrific. God longed to separate landlords, and, be with the days when I and half a so long as it kept the O'Hallaghan dozen gorsoons used to go out, of a side of the little peninsula in queswarm Sunday in summer ; the bed tion, there could be no dispute of the river nothing but a line of about it, for all was clear.

One white meandering stones, so hot wet winter, however, it seemed to that you could hardly stand upon change its mind upon the subject, them, with a small obscure thread for, assuredly, it wrought and wore of water creeping invisibly among away a passage for itself on our side them, hiding itself, as it were, from of the island, and, by that means, the scorching sun ; except here and took part, as it were, with the there that you might find a small O'Hallaghans, leaving the territory pool where the streams had accu- which had been our property for mulated.

centuries, in their possession. This Our plan was to bring a pocket was a vexatious change to us, and, full of roche lime with us, and put indeed, eventually produced very it into the pool, when all the fish feudal consequences. No sooner used to rise on the instant to the had the stream changed sides than surface, gasping with open mouths the O'Hallaghans claimed the island for fresh air, and we'd only as theirs, according to their teneto lift them out of the water : a ment ; and we, having had it for nate plan, which, perhaps, might be such length of time in our possesadopted successfully on a more ex- sion, could not break ourselves of tensive scale by the Irish fisheries. the habitude of occupying it. They

Indeed, I almost regret that I did incarcerated our cattle, and we innot remain in that station of life, for carcerated theirs. They summoned I was much happier then than ever us to their landlord, who was a maI was since I began to study and gistrate, and we summoned them to practise larning. But this is va ours, who was another. gating from the subject.

Their verdicts were north and

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