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Of my own comrades—yet though weak of hand

Speak cheerfully, that so ye may awaken

The courage of my friends with your blithe words.

CHORDS.

This I will do with peril of my life,

And blind you with my exhortations, Cyclops.

Hasten and thrust,
And parch up to dust,
The eye of the beast,
Who feeds on his guest.
Burn and blind
The ^Etnean hind!
Scoop and draw,
But beware lest he claw
Your limbs near his maw.

CYCLOPS.

Ah me! my eye-sight is parched up to cinders.

CHORUS.
What a sweet psean ! sing me that again!

CTCLOPS.

Ah me! indeed, what woe has fallen upon me!
But, wretched nothings, think ye not to flee
Out of this rock; I, standing at the outlet,
Will bar the way, and catch you as you pass.

CHORUS.

What are you roaring out, Cyclops!

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CHORDS.

They creep about you on your left.

CYCLOPS.

Ah! I am mocked! They jeer me in my ills.

CHORDS.

Not there! he is a little there beyond you.

CYCLOPS.

Detested wretch! where are you 1

ULYSSES.

Far from you I keep with care this body of Ulysses.

CYCLOPS.

What do you say 1 You proffer a new name.

DLYSSES.

My father named me so; and I have taken

A full revenge for your unnatural feast;

I should have done ill to have burned down Troy,

And not revenged the murder of my comrade*.

CYCLOPS.

Ai! ai! the ancient oracle is accomplished;
It said that I should have my eyesight blinded
By you coming from Troy, yet it foretold
That you should pay the penalty for this
By wandering long over the homeless sea.

DLTSSES.

I bid thee weep—consider what I say,
I go towards the shore to drive my ship
To mine own land, o'er the Sicilian wave.

CYCLOPS.

Not so, if whelming you with this huge stone
I can crush you and all your men together;
I will descend upon the nhoro, though blind,
Groping my way adown the steep ravine.

CHORDS.

And we, the shipmates of Ulysses now,
Will servo our Bacchus all our happy Uvea.

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When winds that move not its calm surface sweep
The azure sea, I love the land no more:
The smiles of the serene and tranquil deep
Tempt my unquiet mind.—But when the roar
Of ocean's grey abyss resounds, and foam
Gathers upon the sea, and vast waves burst,
I turn from the drear aspect to the home
Of earth and its deep woods, where, interspersed,
When winds blow loud, pines make sweet melody;
Whose house is some lone bark, whose toil the sea,
Whose prey, the wandering fish, an evil lot
Has chosen.—But I my languid limbs will fling
Beneath the plane, where the brook's murmuring
Moves the calm spirit but disturbs it not.

Pan loved his neighbour Echo—but that child
Of Earth and Air pined for the Satyr leaping;
The Satyr loved with wasting madness wild
The bright nymph Lyda—and so the three went

weeping. As Pan loved Echo, Echo loved the Satyr; The Satyr, Lyda—and thus love consumed

them.— And thus to each—which was a woeful matter— To bear what they inflicted, justice doomed them; For, inasmuch as each might hate the lover. Each, loving, so was hated.—Ye that love not Be warned—in thought turn this example over, That, when ye love, the like return ye prove not,

SONNET FROM THE ITALIAN OF DANTE.

DANTE ALIGHIERI TO OCIDO CAVALCANTI.

Gcido, I would that Lappo, thou, and I,
Led by some strong enchantment, might ascend
A magic ship, whose charmed sails should fly
With winds at will where'er our thoughts might
So that no change, nor any evil chance, [wend,
Should mar our joyous voyage ; but it might be,

That even satiety should still enhance
Between our hearts their strict community;
And that the bounteous wizard then would placo
Vanna and Bice and my gentle love,
Companions of our wandering, and would grace
With passionate talk, wherever we might rove,
Our time, and each were as content and free
As I believe that thou and I should be.

SCENES

THE "MAGICO PRODIGIOSO" OF CALDERON.

Cvpiu.xn at a Student ,■ Clarin and Moscon at poor Scholars, with books,

CYPRIAN.

In the sweet solitude of this calm place,

This intricate wild wilderness of trees

And flowers and undergrowth of odorous plants,

Leave me ; the books you brought out of the house

To me are ever best society.

And whilst with glorious festival and song

Antioch now celebrates the consecration

Of a proud temple to great Jupiter,

And bears his image in loud jubilee

To its new shrine, I would consume what still

Lives of the dying day, in studious thought,

Far from the throng and turmoil. You, my friends,

Go and enjoy the festival ; it will

Be worth the labour, and return for me

When the sun seeks its grave among the billows,

Which among dim grey clouds on the horizon

Dance like white plumes upon a hearse ;—and here

I shall expect you.

MOSCON.

I cannot bring my mind, Great as my haste to see the festival Certainly is, to leave you, Sir, without Just saying some three or four hundred words. How is it possible that on a day Of such festivity, you can bring your mind To come forth to a solitary country With three or four old books, and turn your back On all this mirth t

CLARIN.

My master's in the right; There is not anything more tiresome Than a procession day, with troops of men, And dances, and all that.

MOSCON.

From first to last, Clarin, you are a temporizing flatterer; You praise not what you feel, but what he does;— Toadeater!

CLARIN.

You lie—under a mistake—
For this is the moat civil sort of lie
That can be given to a man's face. I now
Say what I think.

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CLARIN.

To speak truth, Livia is she who has surprised my heart; But he is more than half way there.—Soho! Livia, I come; good sport, Livia, soho!

CYPRIAN.

Now since I am alone, let me examine

The question which has lone disturbed my mind

With doubt, since first I read in Plinius

The word's of mystic import and deep senw

In which he defines God. My intellect

Can find no God with whom these mark? and J>?»

Fitly agree. It is a hidden truth •

Which 1 must fathom.

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Enter the D*vil, as a fint OtnUtman.
DAMON.

Search even as thou wilt. But thou shalt never find what I can hide.

CYPRIAN. .

What noise is that among the boughs! Whom*"" What art thou 1—

DSMON.

Tis a foreign gendenun. Even from this morning I have lost my w»>

In this wild place, and my poor horse, at last
Quite overcome, has stretched himself upon
The enamelled tapestry of this mossy mountain,
And feeds and rests at the same time. I was
L'pon my way to Antioch upon business
Of some importance, but wrapt up in cares
(Who is exempt from this inheritance!)
I parted from my company, and lost
My way, and lost my servants and my comrades.

CYPRIAN.

Tis singular, that, even within the sight
Of the high towers of Antioch, you could lose
Your way. Of all the avenues and green paths
Of this wild wood there is not one but leads,
As to ita centre, to the walls of Antioch;
Take which you will you cannot miss your road.

D.BMON.

And such is ignorance 1 Even in the sight
Of knowledge it can draw no profit from it.
But, as it still is early, and as I
Have no acquaintances in Antioch,
Being a stranger there, I will even wait
The few surviving hours of the day,
Until the night shall conquer it. I see,
Both by your dress and by the books in which
You find delight and company, that you
Are a great student;—for my part, I feel
Much sympathy with such pursuits.

Studied much!

Have you

DXMON.

No ;—and yet I know enough Not to be wholly ignorant.

CYPRUS.

Pray, Sir, What science may yon know!—

D.EMON.

Many.

Alas! Much pains must we expend on one alone, And even then attain it not;—but you Have the presumption to assert that you Know many without study.

ILBION.

And with truth. For, in the country whence I come, sciences Require no learning,—they are known.

CYPRIAN.

Oh, would I were of that bright country! for in this The more we study, we the more discover Our ignorance.

DJOION.

It is so true, that I Had so much arrogance as to oppose The chair of the most high Professorship, And obtained many votes, and though I lost, The attempt was still more glorious than the

failure Could be dishonourable: if you believe not,

Let us refer it to dispute respecting
That which you know best, and although I
Know not the opinion you maintain, and though
It be the true one, I will take the contrary.

CYPRIAN.

The offer gives me pleasure. I am now
Debating with myself upon a passage
Of Plinius, and my mind is racked with doubt
To understand and know who is the God
Of whom he speaks.

DAEMON.

It is a passage, if I recollect it right, couched in these words: "God is one supreme goodness, one pure essence, One substance, and one sense, all sight, all hands."

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CYPRIAN.

I do not recognize among the Gods

The God defined by Plinius: if he must

Bo supreme goodness, even Jupiter

Is not supremely good; because we see

His deeds are evil, and his attributes

Tainted with mortal weakness. In what manner

Can supreme goodness be consistent with

The passions of humanity?

D.EMON.

The wisdom Of the old world masked with the names of Gods The attributes of Nature and of Man; A sort of popular philosophy.

CYPRIAN.

This reply will not satisfy me, for

Such awe is due to the high name of God,

That ill should never be imputed. Then,

Examining the question with more care,

It follows, that the gods should always will

That which is best, were they supremely good.

How then docs one will one thing—one another!

And you may not say that I allege

Poetical or philosophic learning:—

Consider the ambiguous responses

Of their oracular statues; from two shrines

Two armies shall obtain the assurance of

One victory. Is it not indisputable

That two contending wills can never lead

To the same end! And, being opposite,

If one be good is not the other evil 1

Evil in God is inconceivable;

But supreme goodness fails among the gods

Without their union.

DAEMON.

I deny your major.
These responses are means towards some end
Unfathomed by our intellectual beam.
They are the work of providence, and more
The battle's loss may profit those who lose,
Than victory advantage those who win.

CYPRIAN.

That I admit, and yet that God should not
(Falsehood is incompatible with deity)

Assure the victory, it would be enough
To have permitted the defeat; if God
Be all sight,—God, who beheld the truth,
Would not have given assurance of an end
Never to be accomplished ; thus, although
The Deity may according to his attributes
Be well distinguished into persons, yet,
Even in the minutest circumstance,
His essence must be one.

DAEMON.

To attain the end,
The affections of the actors in the scene
Must have been thus influenced by his voice.

Cttrian.
But for a purpose thus subordinate
He might have employed genii, good or evil,—
A sort of spirits called so by the learned,
Who roam about inspiring good or evil,
And from whose influence and existence we
May well infer our immortality:—
Thus God might easily, without descending
To a gross falsehood in his proper person,
Have moved the affections by this mediation
To the just point.

Dxmon. These trifling contradictions Do not suffice to impugn the unity Of the high gods; in things of great importance They still appear unanimous; consider That glorious fabric—man, his workmanship, Is stamped with one conception.

CYPRIAN.

Who made man Must have, methinks, the advantage of the others. If they are equal, might they not have risen In opposition to the work, and being All hands, according to our author here, Have still destroyed even as the other made? If equal in their power, and only unequal In opportunity, which of the two Will remain conqueror!

DiEKOH.

On impossible And false hypothesis, there can be built No argument. Say, what do you infer From this I

CYPRIAN.

That there must be a mighty God Of supreme goodness and of highest grace, AH sight, all hands, all truth, infallible, Without an equal and without a rival; The cause of all things and the effect of nothing, One power, one will, one substance,and one essence. And in whatever persons, one or two, His attributes may be distinguished, one Sovereign power, one solitary essence, One cause of all cause.

[.They rise. D.EMON.

How can I impugn So clear a consequence!

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n.«MON. Who but regrets a check In rivalry of wit! I could reply And urge new difficulties, but wul now Depart, for I hear steps of men appnaclir;. And it is time that I should now pursue My journey to the city.

CTPRIAN.

Go in peace!

D.EMON.

Remain in peace! Since thus it pro6ts him
To study, I will wrap his senses op
In sweet oblivion of all thought but of
A piece of excellent beauty; and as I
Have power given me to wage enmity
Against Justina's soul, I will extract
From one effect two vengeances.

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CYPRIAN.

I nwr Met a more learned person. Let me now Revolve this doubt again with careful mind.

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