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all ages;

His hand in chastising, by mercy is guided; In the path of their duty, and not for mere
A punishment just for the crime is provided, strife.
And not for life's pleasures so transient and La Tremonille, Clisson, Montmorenci, de Foix,
vain,

Gueslin, who could monarchs avenge or de
To inflict on his creatures an endlese pain.” 5 stroy,
He said, and they both in an instant are found The shame of the English and support of the

The virtuous Bayard and the brave Amazon, Where the virtuous dwell in Elysian ground;

throne. No longer en vironed with hell's gloomy shades, Here a light both immortal and pure pervades. “Those heroes,” said Louis, “whom in hear'a Henry sees the fair scene, and swift at the sight,

you find, He feels his soul thrilled with an unknown de- When on earth, like yourself, have illumined light.

mankind. The heart neither trouble nor passion here They, my son, were, as you are, of virtue a lover, knows,

But, true sons of the church, they cherished But tastes of the sweets of delicious repose.

their mother; Thy influence, Love, here all beings controls, With hearts simple and docile, the truth they But it is not the love of effeminate souls;

respected, It is that holy truth of celestial birth,

Like my own was their worship, by you, why Pure offspring of heaven and unknown on

rejected ?" earth; It alone fills all hearts, is free from alloy, In saying these words, intermingled with sighs, They at all times desire and at all times enjoy;

Before them the palace of destiny lies; And taste in the thirst of an ardor eternal, To the sacred ramparts they now take their. Without regret, pleasure and joys ever vernal. way, There reign the good kings who have lived in Where a hundred brass gates their wide portals

display. There dwell the true heroes, there dwell the From this terrible palace, with wing swift and true sages.

light, King Charlemagne and Clovis, on a throne

Time forwards and backwards makes his ceasethere of gold, O'er the lilies of France their guardianship and hence is poured forth on the world of

less flight; hold.

mankind The bitterest foes, who in contest delighted,

The good and the evil we everywhere find. Are here by a brotherly feeling united. Here Louis the twelfth in the midst of the On an altar of iron that book none explains, kings,

The changeless decrees of the future contains.

There the hand of th’ Eternal himself has reLike a cedar arises and wise counsels brings.

corded This king, to our fathers by kind Heaven willed, Adorned by his justice the throne that be filled The sorrows we've felt, and the pleasures af

forded. His pardons were frequent; o'er the heart he held sway;

Here is Liberty seen in her slavery grand, And the tears from his people his hand wiped And a prisoner made with an unperceived away.

hand, D'Amboise is beside him for fidelity proved,

With a yoke that she feels not, and that nothing Who loved only France, and by France was be

can break. loved :

Without tyranny God can a true subject make, His master's firm friend, and though high in With his sovereign laws, more firm to unite, command,

Since the chain is forever concealed from his By blood or by rapine ne'er sullied his band.

sight. Blessed days, blessed manners, what memo- She acts her own choice in obedience still, ries ye bring !

And thinks even destiny yields to her will. The people all happy, all glorious the king ! The laws for the people their precious fruit bore. " Hence, my dear son, comes that sovereign Those happy days yet may a Louis restore !

grace Far beyond are those warriors who offered their Which finds in the heart, by God's favor, its life

place.

snare.

From these sacred regions its power some day U'er the prince and the State still their rule is Shall depart, and your heart shall its influence

the same. obey;

Richelieu, Mazarin, names of deathless renown, But this precious time God has placed in his for a seat near the throne leave the altar and power;

gown. You cannot defer neither hasten the hour; In politics skilful, and Fortune their friend, But distant the time, alas, far off those days To absolute power their footsteps will tend. When God shall account you a child of his Richelieu grand, sublime, who his foe will not grace !

spare, By what frailties to shame will you yet be mis. Mazarin skilful, subtle, and his friendship a

led! Through what treacherous paths will your err. By art one escapes as he yields to the storm, ing feet tread!

The other stands up and opposes his form, Grant, 0 my God, those days may short be, - To the kings of my blood, the implacable foes, Those unfortunate days that remove him from By the people admired, though the cause of thee!”

their woes.

In short, while assiduous their talents to urge, But what is that crowd through these vast re- They are useful to kings, to the people a scourge. gions presses,

O thou, with less power and less plans for sucWhich enters, retires, and yet never ceases ?

cess, “You see,” replied Louis, “in this sacred Who in worth art the first, if in rank thou art abode,

less, The portraits of mortals yet unborn of God. Thou Colbert, whose prudence its knowledge The future these images tend to presage,

employs, In all places collected, in advance of the age. Whence France by thy labors abundance enThe lives of all mortals beforehand are known;

joys, To th' Omniscient the future is present alone. Outraged by a populace, blinded and weak, Here destiny marks from their first natal hour While thy only revenge was their welfare to The debasement of some and of others the seek, power,

Like the hero of old, God's confidant named, All the different changes since first they drew Who, the Israelites fed, even while they blasbreath,

phemed. Their vices, their virtues, their fortune, their

“ What slaves I bebold here in pompous array, death.

At the feet of their sovereign, filled with dis“ Approach, for 'tis Heaven permits you to know

What honors! what reverence! no French king The king and the heroes your posterity show;

has known Your illustrious son is the first in the train,

Such obedient subjects to bow at his throne. Who for long years the glory of France will Like yourself, he the thirst of ambition has sustain;

proved, O'er Belgium and Spain will his battles be won, Better served and more feared, perhaps the less But he will not yet equal his father or son.”

loved.

I see him contend with a fortune diverse, Henry sees at this moment where the lilies are In his conquests too proud, but firm in reverse. strewn,

Against twenty leaguers opposing his will, Two mortals who proudly are placed near the In his life truly great, in his death greater still. throne.

Happy era of Louis those fortunate days, At their feet in subjection a nation is placed, When Nature her gifts without measure disWith the purple of Rome they are both of them plays. graced.

may! 10

In France the fine arts must acknowledge thy With onards and with soldiers they both are

reion

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They measure the earth, and interpret the skies. Of the State in confusion, the fond hope and
The secrets the darkness of night had concealed pride,
Are by science dispelled, and all nature revealed. Do tbou, prudent Fleury, his infant years
Presumptuous error at their sight is dissolved, guide.
And doubts they once held into truths are re- In your guardian care let him hold the first
solved.

place,
“ Thou Harmony, too, maid descended from This precious deposit, the best of my race.
heaven,

Born to a throne, teach him himself to scan, Who to Greece and to Italy their polish hast | And feel though a monarch he still is a man. given,

Beloved by his subjects, love let him return, Thy ravishing voice comes from every part,

And know that for them, pot himself, he was It falls on the ear and entrances the heart.

born. You Frenchmen can conquer, and your con

France, under him, thy first greatness resume, quests can sing,

And pierce by thy light the long, sad night of And everywhere laurels to deck your brows

gloom. spring.

May the arts which already begin to decline A nation of heroes these climes shall supply;

To their labor return and with new lustre shine. All the Bourbons I see as to battle they fly;

Ocean demands from her deep coral caves 'Midst a thousand of fires I see Conde appear, 12 Where are the flags that were borne o'er her Giving aid to his master and now giving fear. waves;

From the Nile and the Buxine and India's What young prince is that, so majestic in shores, mien,...

Commerce invites thee and spreads out ber In whose noble features no pride can be seen ? stores. He looks with indifferent eyes on the throne... Maintain order and peace, nor to conquest asWhence comes it this vision so quickly has pire, flown

Arbibrator of kings, that is all you require; Death without stopping has closed his account, It has cost you too much to produce only fear. He falls at the throne he was ready to mount. O my son, among Frenchmen, you see the I behold now this young prince in splendor apmost just,

pear, Heaven made him to spring from your own

A hero the arrows of calumny seek.15 blood august.

Of genius rare, and though easy not wenk. Great God ! must this being so few moments To voluptuous indulgence resigned beyond stand,

measure, A flower so frail and the work of thy hand ?

He stirs up the world from the bosom of pleas What good might have followed this virtuous soul!

In politics skilful, all more at his fiat; How happy for France to have felt his control! Europe, suspensed, is divided and quiet. Abundance and peace would have spoken his With vigilant eye he's the patron of arts, praise,

For all places fit, for all he has parts; And the sum of his blessings been the sum of A chief or a soldier or a citizen free, his days.

He is not a king, but knows what one should He his people had loved. O day pregnant

be. with fears !

In the midst of a storm and thunderbolts hurled, Of Frenchmen how many will pour out their The standard of France to the winds is unfurled. & tears;

Before it the warrior soldiers of Spain When they see in the tomb united as one, O'er the eagles of Germany victory gain. . The husband and wife, the mother and son." O my father, what spectacle now meets my From the roots of this tree thus cut down to the eyes? ground,14

“ All things,” replied Louis, "have their fall Surviving the wreck yet one frail shoot is and their rise. found;

God's secret ways we are called to adore; The children of Louis having passed off the The race of the powerful Charles is no more. stage,

Spain on her knees seeks a king at our hand, A monarch have left but an infant in age. And one of our nephews gives laws to the land.

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Philip ” ... When this object arose in his sight, on the earth. The number of Catholics is 50,Henry's heart was o'ercome with surprise and 000,000; if the twentieth part are of the elect, delight.

that is saying a great deal. Then there are

947,500,000 men doomed to the endless pains of “ Moderate,” observed Louis, “ the transports bell. As the buman race is renewed about you feel,

every twenty years, taking one time with an. An event so unlooked for may danger conceal.

other, the times of the greatest population with It is true that Madrid owes to Paris a master,

the least, counting only 6,000 years from the

creation, there are already 300 times 947.000,000 And yet it may prove to them both a disaster. of damned. Moreover the Jewish nation having O Philip, my children, ye kings of my race!

been a hundred times less than the Catholic, France, Spain, may ye live in a lasting em- digiously: Well might Henry IV. shed tears.

that augments the number of the damned probrace !

To inflict on his creatures, etc. In this pas How long must political intrigue prevail, eage we may understand venial sins and purga And public discord its mischiefs entail ? '

tory. The ancients admitted of one, as may be

seen in Virgil. He said : before Henry the scene is dissolved,

6 llere Louis the Twelfth. Louis XII. is the And all in an instant in chaos involved.

only king who had the surname of Father of

the people. The doors of the Temple of Destiny close, ? La Tremonille, etc. Among the great men And the vaults of the heaven deep shadows en- of that name, Guy de Tremonille is here inclose.

tended, surnamed the Valiant. He carried the

royal standard, and refused the sword of conIn the mean time Aurora, the star of the morn, ble under Charles VI.

stable under Charles VI. Clisson was consta Proclaimed in the east that a new day was born. Montmorenci, etc. It would require a volThe night all around had its deep shadows shed, ume to state all the services rendered to the And fluttering dreams with the darkness had State by that house. fied.

Gaston de Foix, Duke of Nemours, nephew of

Louis XII., was killed at the famous battle of On awaking, the prince feels pervading his Ravenna, in Italy. frame

Gueslin, constable, saved France under A force yet unknown and a heavenly flame.

Charles V., conquered Castile, placed Henry of . Reverential fear now his features inspire,

Transtamaro on the throne of Peter the Cruel,

and was constable of France and Castile. And God stamped his brow with celestial fire. 8 The virtuous Bayard and you brave AmaThus when Israel's avenger from Pharaoh's zon, etc. Bayard, surnamed the Chevalier, withhard rod,

out fear and without reproach. He was killed On Sinai's mountain held converse with God,

in 1523, in the retreat from Rebec.

Joan of Arc, known as the Maid of Orleans, From the Hebrews his face he was forced to observed at an inn. She was born in the village scure,

of Domremi. Possessing a strength of body As the light of his features they could not en

and boldness above her sex, she was employed

by the Count of Dunois to restore the affairs of dure.

Charles VII. She was captured in a sortie at (Concluded.)

Compiegne in 1430, carried to Rouen and condemned by an ecclesiastical court equally ig

norant and barbarous as a witch, and burnt by NOTES TO CANTO VII.

the English, who ought to have honored her · Whether or not we admit the theory of Sir courage. Isaac Newton, it is certain that the celestial bod- By art one escapes, etc. Cardinal Mazarin ies in their periodical approaches or distances was obliged to leave the kingdom in 1651, in appear to attract and repel each other.

spite of the queen-regent, whom he ruled; but And still of Zoroaster, etc. In Persia the Cardinal Richelieu always sustained himself in Goebres have a separate religion, which they spite of his enemies, and even of the king, who pretend to be the religion founded by Zorvas- was disgusted with him. ter, and which appears less silly than other su- 10 At the foot, etc. This refers to Louis XIV. perstitions, since they worship the sun as an 11 How from all nations, etc. The Academy image of the Creator.

of Sciences, whose transactions are esteemed 3 While leaguers invoke, etc. The parricide throughout all nations. James Clement was eulogized in Rome from the 12 Amidst a thousand of fires, etc. Louis of palpit, when the funeral oration of Henry III. Bourbon generally called the great Conde, and ought to have been delivered. His portrait was Henry, Viscount of Turenne, have been esteemplaced on the altar with the Eucharist. The ed the greatest captains of their age. Both Cardinal de Retz says, on the day of the bar- gained great victories and acquired glory even ricades in the minority of Louis XIV., he in their defeats. The genius of the Prince of saw a citizen wear a gorget on which was an en-Conde, it is said, was more fit for the day of graving of the monk, with these words, Saint battle and that of Turenne for the campaign. James Clement.

At least it is certain that Turenne had the * That numerous race, ete. It is reckoned advantage of Conde at Gien, Etampes, Paris, there are more than 950,000,000 of inhabitants Arras and the battle of Dunes; still one would

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They measure the earth, and interpret the skies. Of the State in confusion, the fond hope and
The secrets the darkness of night had concealed pride,
Are by science dispelled, and all nature revealed. Do tbou, prudent Fleury, his infant years
Presumptuous error at their sight is dissolved, guide.
And doubts they once held into truths are re- In your guardian care let him hold the first
solved.

place,
“ Thou Harmony, too, maid descended from This precious deposit, the best of my race.
heaven,

Born to a throne, teack him himself to scan, Who to Greece and to Italy their polish hast | And feel though a monarch he still is a man. given,

Beloved by his subjects, love let him return, Thy ravishing voice comes from every part,

And know that for them, not himself, he was It falls on the ear and entrances the heart.

born. You Frenchmen can conquer, and your con

France, under him, thy first greatness resume, quests can sing,

And pierce by thy light the long, sad night of And everywhere laurels to deck your brows

gloom. spring.

May the arts which already begin to decline A nation of heroes these climes shall supply;

To their labor return and with new lustre shine. All the Bourbons I see as to battle they ily;

Ocean demands from her deep coral caves 'Midst a thousand of fires I see Conde appear,

Where are the flags that were borne o'er ber Giving aid to his master and now giving fear. waves;

From the Nile and the Buxine and India's What young prince is that, so majestic in shores, mien,

Commerce invites thee and spreads out her In whose noble features no pride can be seen ? stores. He looks with indifferent eyes on the throne... Maintain order and peace, nor to conquest asWhence comes it this vision so quickly has pire, flown?

Arbibrator of kings, that is all you require; Death without stopping has closed his account, It has cost you too much to produce on fear. He falls at the throne he was ready to mount. O my son, among Frenchmen, you see the I behold now this young prince in splendor apmost just,

pear, Heaven made him to spring from your own

A hero the arrows of calumny seek.15 blood august.

Of genius rare, and though easy not wenk. Great God ! must this being so few moments To voluptuous indulgence resigned beyond stand,

measure, A flower so frail and the work of thy hand ?

He stirs up the world from the bosom of pleas What good might have followed this virtuous

ure; soul !

In politics skilful, all move at his fiat; How happy for France to have felt his control! Europe, suspensed, is divided and quiet. Abundance and peace would have spoken his With vigilant eye he's the patron of arts, praise,

For all places fit, for all he has parts; And the sum of his blessings been the sum of A chief or a soldier or a citizen free, his days.

He is not a king, but knows what one should He his people had loved. O day pregnant

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be.

with foors!

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