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The warrior rode forth in the morning light,
And beside his snow-white plume
Like pearls on their crimson bloom.
And watch'd her knight depart;
Might not still her beating heart.
Float on the distant air,
And on her lips a prayer.
With her banner of pearlin grey,
Wind down the vale their way.
Were their crimson colours borne;
But that was bow'd and torn.
No rider that spurr'd before ;
And she could see no more.
She turn'd from her watch on the lonely tower,
In haste to reach the hall,
She heard the drawbridge fall.
Then paused, as if in fear;
Her true knight stretch'd on his bier.
And the night was dark and calm,
There was not a breath of air ; The leaves of the grove were still,
As the presence of death was there ;
Only a moaning sound
Came from the distant sea ; It was as if, like life,
It had no tranquillity. A warrior and a child
Pass'd through the sacred wood, Which, like a mystery,
Around the temple stood. The warrior's brow was worn
With the weight of casque and plume, And sun-burnt was his cheek,
And his eye and brow were gloom. The child was young and fair,
But the forehead large and high, And the dark eyes' flashing light
Seem'd to feel their destiny.
And stood before the shrine ;
With incense and with wine.
The ground rock'd beneath their feet,
The thunder shook the dome; But the boy stood firm, and swore
Eternal hate to Rome.
There's a page in history
O'er which tears of blood were wept, And that page is the record
How that oath of hate was kept.
The muffled drum is rolling, and the low Notes of the death-march float upon the wind, And stately steps are pacing round that square With slow and measur'd tread ; but every brow Is darken'd with emotion, and stern eyes, That looked unshrinking on the face of death, When met in battle, are now moist with tears. The silent ring is form'd, and, in the midst, Stands the deserter ! Can this be the same, The young, the gallant Edward ? and are these The laurels promised in his early dreams ? These fetter'd hands, this doom of open shame? Alas ! for young and passionate spirits ! Soon False lights will dazzle. He had madly join'd The rebel banner! Oh! 'twas pride to link His fate with Erin's patriot few, to fight For liberty or the grave! But he was now A prisoner ; yet there he stood as firm As though his feet were not upon the tomb : His cheek was pale as marble, and as cold ; But his lips trembled not, and his dark eyes Glanced proudly round. But when they bared nis breast For the death shot, and took a portrait thence, He clench'd his hands, and gasp'd, and one deep sob Of agony burst from him, and he hid His face awhile,--his mother's look was there. He could not steel his soul when he recall'd The bitterness of her despair. It pass'd That moment of wild anguish ; he knelt down ; That sunbeam shed its glory over one, Young, proud, and brave, nerved in deep energy ; The next fell over cold and bloody clay,
ADDRESS TO THE MUMMY IN BELZONI'S EXHIBITION.
BY HORACE SMITH.
And thou hast walked about how strange a story!)
In Thebes's streets three thousand years ago,
And time had not begun to overthrow
Speak ! for thou long enough hast acted dumby;
Thou hast a tongue, come, let us hear its tune;
Revisiting the glimpses of the moon.
Tell us-for doubtless thon can'st recollect
To whom we should assign the Sphinx's fame?
Of either Pyramid that bears his name?
Perhaps thou wert a mason, and forbidden
By oath to tell the secrets of thy trade-
In Memnon's statue, which at sunrise played ?
Perchance that very hand, now pinioned flat,
Has hob-a-nobbed with Pharaoh, glass to glass;
Or doffed thine own to let Queen Dido pass,
I need not ask thee if that hand, when armed,
Has any Roman soldier mauled and knuckled,
Ere Romulus and Remus had been suckled :
Thou couldst develope, if that withered tongue
Might tell us what those sightless orbs have seen, How the world looked when it was fresh and young,
And the great deluge still had left it green ; Or was it then so old, that history's pages Contained no record of its early ages ?
Still silent, incommunicative elf!
Art sworn to secrecy ? then keep thy vows; But prythee tell us something of thyself,
Reveal the secrets of thy prison-house ; Since in the world of spirits thou hast slumbered, What hast thou seen-what strange adventures numbered ?
Since first thy form was in this box extended,
We have, above ground, seen some strange mutations ; The Roman empire has begun and ended,
New worlds have risen-We have lost old nations, And countless kings have into dust been humbled, Whilst not a fragment of thy flesh has crumbled.
Didst thou not hear the pother o'er thy head,
When the great Persian conqueror, Cambyses,
O'erthrew Osiris, Orus, Apis, Isis,
If the tomb's secrets may not be confessed,
The nature of thy private life unfold :
And tears adown that dusky cheek have rollid;
Statue of flesh-immortal of the dead!
Imperishable type of evanescence!
And standest undecayed within our presence,