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CXII. Where is the rock of Triumph, the high place Where Rome embraced her heroes? where the steep Tarpeian? fittest goal of Treason's race, The promontory whence the Traitor's Leap Cured all ambition. Did the conquerors heap Their spoils here? Yes; and in yon field below, A thousand years of silenced factions sleep
The Forum, where the immortal accents glow, And still the eloquent air breathes-burns with Cicero!
Trod on the trembling senate's slavish mutes,
Then turn we to her latest tribune's name,
The forum's champion, and the people's chiefHer new-born Numa thou—with reign, alas ! too brief.
Too much adoring ; whatsoe'er thy birth,
CXVI. The mosses of thy fountain still are sprinkled With thine Elysian water-drops; the face Of thy cave-guarded spring, with years unwrinkled, Reflects the meek-eyed genius of the place, Whose green, wild margin now no more erase Art's works; nor must the delicate waters sleep, Prison'd in marble, bubbling from the base
Of the cleft statue, with a gentle leap The rill runs o'er, and round, fern, flowers, and ivy,
CXVII. Fantastically tangled; the green hills Are clothed with early blossoms, through the grass The quick-eyed lizard rustles, and the bills Of summer-birds sing welcome as ye pass; Flowers fresh in hue, and
in their class, Implore the pausing step, and with their dyes Dance in the soft breeze in a fairy mass;
The sweetness of the violet's deep blue eyes, Kiss'd by the breath of heaven, seems coloured by its
CXVIII. Here didst thou dwell, in this enchanted cover, Egeria! thy all heavenly bosom beating For the far footsteps of thy mortal lover; The purple Midnight veil'd that mystic meeting With her most starry canopy, and seating Thyself by thine adorer, what befel ? This cave was surely shaped out for the greeting
Of an enamour'd Goddess, and the cell Haunted by holy Love the earliest oracle !
CXIX. And didst thou not, thy breast to his replying, Blend a celestial with a human heart; And Love, which dies as it was born, in sighing, Share with immortal transports ? could thine art Make them indeed immortal, and impart The purity of heaven to earthly joys, Expel the venom and not blunt the dart
The dull satiety which all destroys And root from out the soul the deadly weed which
CXX. Alas! our young affections run to waste, Or water but the desert; whence arise But weeds of dark luxuriance, tares of haste, Rank at the core, though tempting to the eyes, Flowers whose wild odours breathe but agonies, And trees whose gums are poison; such the plants Which spring beneath her steps as Passion flies
O'er the world's wilderness, and vainly pants For some celestial fruit forbidden to our wants.
CXXI. Oh Love! no habitant of earth thou art An unseen seraph, we believe in thee, A faith whose martyrs are the broken heart, But never yet hath seen, nor e'er shall see The naked eye, thy form, as it should be; The mind hath made thee, as it peopled heaven, Even with its own desiring phantasy,
And to a thought such shape and image given, As haunts the unquench'd soul-parch'd-wearied