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FROM MADOC IN WALES.
So, from the way in which he was train'd up,
FROM “ MADOC" IN WALES. -BOOK V.
THE LAND AND OCEAN SCENERY OF AMERICA.
Thy summer woods
Will ye believe
Heaven, too, had there Its wonders : ... from a deep black heavy cloud, What shall I say? . . a shoot .. a trunk . . an arm, Came down : .. yea! like a demon's arm, it seized The waters, Ocean smoked beneath its touch, And rose like dust before the whirlwind's force. But we sail'd onward over tranquil seas, Wafted by airs so exquisitely mild, That even to breathe became an act of will, And sense, and pleasure. Not a cloud by day
With purple islanded the dark-blue deep;
FROM "THALABA THE DESTROYER."
BOOK I. STANZA I.
NIGHT IN THE DESERT.
How beautiful is night!
Breaks the serene of heaven:
The desert-circle spreads,
How beautiful is night!
· FROM "THE CURSE OF KERAMA."
THE SOURCE OF THE GANGES.-BOOK X.
None hath seen its secret fountain ;
Which rises o'er the hills of earth,
Earth seems that pinnacle to rear
Sublime above this worldly sphere,
And there the new-born river lies
Alone and unapproachable.
To the will of the Creating Mind,
Down from the immeasurable steep;
The mighty cataract rushes : heaven around, Like thunder, with the incessant roar resounding,
And Merŭ's summit shaking with the sound.
Wide spreads the snowy foam, the sparkling spray
Dances aloft ; and ever there at morning
And duly the adoring moon at night
And in the watery air
They sin who tell us Love can die.
All others are but vanity.
Earthly, these passions are of earth,
But Love is indestructible.
Too oft on earth a troubled guest,
It here is tried and purified,
It soweth here with toil and care,
FROM "RODERIC, THE LAST OF THE GOTHS."
LANDING OF THE MOORISH ARMY IN SPAIN.1
A countless multitude they came;
1 Count Julian, a Spanish noble, for an injury done him by the Gothic king Roderic, invited the Moors of the Caliphate from Africa to avenge him. The Gothic king was defeated at the fatal battle of Xeres in 713, and a great part of the country subjected for about eight centuries to the Mohammedan dominion. The last Moorish kingdom, Grenada, fell before the arms of Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492. The incidents in Southey's poem turn on the tradition that the defeated Roderic survived the engagement. _2 The Arab Mohammedans; an epithet of the Arabians understood to imply plunderers. The Copts have been alleged to be the descendants of the ancient Egyptians.
Thou, Calpe, sawest their coming: ancient Rock
LITERATURE has seldom to mourn more truly over genius early blighted by death than in the case of John Leyden. He was the son of humble parents, and born at Denholm, on the banks of the Teviot in Roxburghshire. His powerful talents, while he was yet young, amassed a singular amount of classical and oriental literature. He was destined for the church, but suddenly exchanged his profession for that of medicine, on a prospect of obtaining an appointment in the East. He proceeded to India, and acted in different capacities in various quarters of that country for several years, hiving up daily stores of oriental learning. He died of fever during the English expedition against Java in 1811.
“A distant and a deadly shore
Holds Leyden's cold remains."-Scott, “ Lord of the Isles." Leyden's principal poem is "Scenes of Infancy ;" he left also a number of ballads, sonnets, &c., and translations from various European and oriental languages. He is an elegant and pleasing writer.
Calpe (Gibraltar Rock) is said to be the same word, with a guttural aspiration, as Abyla or Alyba (Cape Serra), the Carthaginian name of the opposite African promontory, which itself is a Punic appellative for any high mountain, and contains the root of Alp.--Anthon's Lempriore. Gibrallar, from árab. Djibel, a hill, and Tarik, the name of the invading Moorish general, who landed there in 710.-See Gibbon, ch. li. The mythological tale of the rending of the capes by Hercules originated the name Pillars of Hercules. The classics do not seem to contain any associations of Kronos or Briareus with Calpe : Southey refers to the "Historia de Gibraltar, by Don Ignacio Lopez de Ayala."
" Verses of the Koran were inscribed on the Mohammedan standards.
3 His knowledge of ancient traditions rendered him a valuable contributor to Scott's Border Minstrelsy.
I hear, I hear, with awful dread,
They leave the amber fields of day :
They mingle in the magic lay.
Sweet sounds! that oft have sooth'd to rest
And charm'd away mine infant tears :
That in the wild the traveller hears.
1 lanthe (Gr. ion-anthos), violet flower.
3 “ The effect of music is explained by the Hindús as recalling to our memory the airs of paradise, heard in a state of pre-existence." Compare Wordsworth's Ode, &c., see p. 371.