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jects to be seen upon the Zetland shore, thine is many a noiseless hour, since it is continually broken by Voes, And many a shipless sea, and many o as they are there called, or wreathed and No shore, no sail in ether's bound.” winding bays, each of which is capable of containing a British Navy. As we Every thing was in harmony with my sailed out towards the Island of Unst, mind, even the following rude Song of with the wind blowing freshly in a the Pilot, and the continual chace of southern direction, we heard the gale the waves against the vessel's side, produce the grand and deep intonation of the waves roaring in the caverned
THE PILOT'S SONG rocks behind us. It then seemed to a fanciful and romantic mind, such as my
The stars were shining brightly,
Their fire was on the sea; own, like the sublime voluntary of Na- The waves were leaping lightly, ture in praise of her Creator, played The ship danced merrily; upon her own most powerful, yet not Brave Valck who steer'd the barque along, unmelodious organ. Whilst I was oc
The Dragon of the Main,
Thus cupied by these sights and reflections,
gave the winds and waves his song,
Which echo'd it again. the Mermaid continued to breast the “Thy keel drives up the ocean foam, ocean towards Unst, around whose base And leaves our track afar ; the waves are ever roaring and dash- And gallant hearts that love to roam ing, even when the weather is calm at
Delight in such a car. a distance. After passing round the Let some be fortune wailing, Island, we gained the broad expanse of
For love let some go weep, the North-Sea; and stood out yet far- When I am swiftly sailing, ther from Zetland, which soon began to And not the eyes I leave behind assume the appearance of a shapeless Were e'er so bright to me, mass of rock covered with a veil of As when before the rushing wind mist, which arose above it, and blended
My gallant barque I see. with the sky. The day-light had now
Her keel drives up the ocean foam,
And leaves ber track afar; passed away; but the interesting ap- And gallant hearts that love to roam pearance which a Zetland night gives Delight in such a car. to all things, left a reflecting and re- While coward hearts are sighing tired heart, like my own, but little to Beneath some damsel's chin, regret. There was not, it is true, the Then I, with streamers flying, magical beauty of a summer dark blue Rove boldly o'er the main. twilight, but still there was an uncloud- And what though dashing waves be loud,
And stormy blasts may roar, ed calm serenity in the starry atmos- They're gentler than the glances proud phere, the eye ranged around to where Of beauty on the shore. ocean was lost in air, like time melting For still we plough the ocean foam,
And leave our track afar; into eternity, and the indistinct form of
The gallant heart will love to roam, my native country looked like a dear
And roam in such a car." friend about to pass the mysterious boundary. The sea-water was smooth All was like a dreamless sleep with and dark, but still broken into an in- me after that night, until I arrived in finity of small waves washing and driv- the splendid metropolis of France; and ing over each other. Solitude was pre- even there my soul was so much ex. dominant over the scene, save where cited for the completion of the second the sea-gull skimmed along the surface great wish of my life, that the science of the deep, occasionally dipping his of aerostation alone engaged my attenwing, which sounded like the dash of tion, and I left the buildings, the literaan oar in the murmuring waters. The ture, the pleasures, and the society of character, the silence, and the loneli- Paris, for the converse of Messieurs ness of the scene, brought to my recol- Montgolfier, Pilatre de Rozier, Girond lection the lines of an excellent but ne- de Villette, the Marquis D'Arlandes, glected poet, who has said, in his Ode and the other celebrated aeronauts of to Solitude,
that day. The history of this astonish
ing science, from the vague and unde- The Balloon in which I rose was of fined conjectures of Lord Bacon, Bishop that construction which is known by Wilkins, and the Jesuit Francis Lana, the name of its inventor, Montgolfier, down to our own successful experi- and in which the air is rarefied within ments of Garnerin and Sadler, is well the Balloon itself, by means of a fire known; but the fever for aerial discov- that is maintained in a grate beneath. ery is now completely past, and the ex- Its form was elliptical, and beneath the istence of Balloons almost forgotten, bag was hung a small circular stage or when compared with that rage which car, in the centre of which was the fireexisted for them at the period of which grate, and around which were curtains I am writing
of silk. The time of my departure had It is highly probable that modern at length arrived, and it was only by landscape-gardeners will condemn my the most strenuous solicitation that I taste; but I must acknowledge, that I was permitted to ascend without a comdo love the ancient and grand style of panion; but so strongly was I possessed gardening then exhibited at Versailles. with the idea, that my aerial voyage
ere, in the walks overshadowed would not be less extraordinary, nor with green leafy trellis-work, leading to perhaps less dangerous, than my marine labyrinths, open parterres, or splendid one had proved, that I firmly rejected terraces adorned with grottos and foun- all the offers of my friends, and at tains, it was there that I deemed myself length, after promising the most minute in the rich old pleasure-grounds of the report of my excursion, 1 received their seventeenth century, of which Burghers reluctant farewells, and entered the Maand Winstanley have left such delight- chine alone. A remembrance of forful representations. Such in my mind mer danger and former deliverance, was the resort of Milton's
made me, while the cords were being “ retired Leisure,
cut, address a few words to Him who Who in trim gardens takes his pleasure:” had preserved me in the deep waters, and such in my imagination were War
to protect and restore me safe from my ton's
present undertaking; but even whilst
my heart looked upward, the already “ High-arch'd walks, and alleys green," inflated Machine was set at liberty, and Oh! to me it was exquisite to look upon Versailles, Paris, France, almost the the wide Mall, the embowered walk, world itself, seemed falling into chaos the curiously shaped flower knot, the beneath me. As the Balloon rose, the series of terraces, and the long-extended material objects of the earth seemed to grove,ascending and looking from the dis- descend,and for a moment I could hardtance,and the clear light at the end,like ly persuade myself but that I beheld
16 The wreck of matter and the crash of “ a vista to the sky.”
worlds!" While I have life and memory, the ex: At length, however, the towns and act, and magnificent retreats of Ver- towers which appeared falling upon sailles, together with the adventures each other, began to assume a regular which I there experienced, will never and map-like aspect, disposed in conbe forgotten. The interest I took in centric circles, of which the city for the then fashionable science of Aerosta- many miles round it formed the interior, tion, was uncommonly gratifying to my with the river Seine shining like silver. new associates; and although it was not There appeared a bright and undefined without much difficulty that I prevailed belt girding it; beyond that the counupon them to permit me to ascend try, growing darker as it drew to the alone in a Montgolfier Balloon, yet my horizon, lay spread out with masses of ardor at length won their consent; and dark verdure scattered over it; and about July 1784, a small machine was bounding all was seen a broad line of prepared for me, and I was to take my light green, or middle tint, which blendflight from the most private part of the ed with the sky. Hitherto the season celebrated Gardens already mentioned. of the year and fire in the car had kept
the atmosphere round the Balloon at over me, and for a time to envelope me rather a warm temperature; but after in darkness. While I was under this having for some time surveyed the veil, I heard the most violent rushing scene below me, on ascending I found of contending winds, the pouring of the air cold and wintry, and filled with rain, and the rolling of thunder; and at varying currents of wind, which drove the same time the cold was so intense, me forward with great rapidity, through that it almost suspended life and its clouds charged with hail, cold rain, and powers. I could at that time have even snow. The fag, too, which I car- thought, that I had entered into the ried with me in my ascent, no longer treasures of the snow, and had passed flew horizontally or hung downwards, into the storehouse of the hail : that I but was drawn in a perpendicular di- had gone into the place of the darkness, rection, even at the time when I was and had been shewn the habitation of was going rapidly in a straight line. I Chaos, where all things were hurled to was now, according to the best calcula- gether without form, order, or distinction 1 have ever been able to make, tion. After having travelled through either at the time, or since, at the height this dreadful region with amazing ver of about 12,000 feet; the earth, of locity, the clouds seemed to break away course, had long been invisible, and from before me, and I discovered a there appeared beneath me only an im- new species of atmosphere; which, almense ocean of dense, shapeless, and though it could not be considered as rolling clouds, which appeared to form dark, yet it possessed only that red and a barrier between the Balloon and lurid kind of light which we see prethe world that I had left. Every ceding a storm. Every thing was tintthing around seemed the sport of wind, ed with a deep tawny lustre, which was caprice, and chaos; there was not that contrasted with large masses of intense beautiful blue sky, nor the golden rays purple clouds that were in continual of sun-shine, which we see from below; motion, ever shewing, as they unfolded but the broad expanse presented only their banners, gleams of the same fiery that blank cheerless veil of dense white, radiance behind them. In this new which overhangs a gloomy day. Í climate, too, there were meteors and would now fain have descended, but the comets flashing and gliding through the valve by which the air was to be let out air with great rapidity : some of them had shut itself so tightly, that my ut- forming in their courses various eccenmost force could not open it: added to tric curves, and others passing along in which, the currents of wind fed the fire an horizontal, or perpendicular direcof the Balloon, so that it continued tion. The power of the winds in this rapidly to rise. Notwithstanding the place was still more tremendous than I evident danger of my situation, the cold, had yet experienced it. At one time the excitation of my mind, and the natu- the Balloon was violently carried upral consequences of my position in the ward, and then the contending currents air, all so much inclined me to sleep, would force it down in a level position, that I imagine at this part of my voyage so that it was with the greatest difficulty, 1 must have slumbered; although I saw by clinging fast to the car, that I could every thing that followed as vividly as I preserve myself from being precipitated ever beheld the most lively scenes, and into the dense atmosphere of purple all my other powers were so perfectly clouds which was below me. Then on exerted, that 1 yet doubt whether I a sudden it would become stationary, could have looked upon a dream. It and immediately afterwards whirl round seemed to me then as if I were still in with such velocity, that my senses had the Balloon, and still ascending at a nearly departed." Notwithstanding all rapid rate through the air. The Ma- these dreadful convulsions of the air, chine now seemed to approach a large, and the consequent oscillations of the black, and dense cloud, which on en- Balloon, I was yet able to remark, with tering appeared to cast its shroud all considerable surprise, that the most vio
lent currents did not produce any effects And Oh! 'tis sweet-and far more fleet on the dark clouds I have already men
In fields of light to fly, tioned. They remained perfectly sta
Than 'tis to speed, -on swiftest steed
That lives beneath the sky. tionary; but as I was carried swiftly Our Angel race,-in boundless space towards them, my astonishment was in. Shall roam for ever free; creased to behold, that upon their gild- Then banish soon,-thine Air-Balloon, ed edges reclined an innumerable mul
And thus immortal be. titude of winged figures in various at While this was being sung, my attitudes, either musing or in converse. tention was naturally drawn upward, As the Balloon approached, many of and it was not until its conclusion that them flew towards me; and I then dis- I beheld that one of these spirits, whose covered that their forms were gigantic, face, if I may use the expression, was yet of the most perfect symmetry, that yet more magnificently mournful, was iheir wings were formed of deep crim- seated before me on the opposite side son feathers, and that their fine faces of the Car; having one hand resting on were richly shadowed by black hair a golden staff or sceptre, and the other hanging in flakes like ravens' plumes, placed on his extended arm. Although or else standing erect like flames. The. the Balloon itself must have been becountenances of these Spirits were all tween us, yet the presence of the Spirit of one character, though varied in their pervaded it; and he appeared to me composition : they were of that pale as distinctly as if there had not been brown bue which is esteemed so beau- any intervening medium. . I sat for tiful in man: and their features were some time bathed in a cold perspiracast in the most perfect Grecian model. tion, the Angel also remaining motionThe eyebrows were lofty, black, and less with his eyes fixed upon me, till at extended, and dark piercing eyes shone length I found the courage to address powerfully out from beneath them. Up- him with, on the mouth, there was somewhat of a “Spirit of the Air, what art thou?” sad, yet sarcastic smile, which slightly To which he replied, in a deep, yet curved the ends, and gave to the face not unmusical tone, an air at once grand, imperious, and “Even what thou sayest, a Spirit of contemptuous. But what impressed me the Air.” with more horror at these beautifully The dreaded colloquy being thus beawful appearances, was to see that gan, I found but little difficulty in sayforms so fine should have extended and ing, pointed ears of a swarthy color, rising “What is thy purpose? --if friendly, upon either side the head in the dark tell me in what region am I, and how locks which crowned it; while beneath I must descend from hence." was a neck worthy of Apollo himself, “ Listen, mortal!” he replied ; “ thou had not its strong lines indicated a Spirit art in the Firmament of the North, and that was proud, malevolent, and un- in the kingdom and presence of OURAbending. When the Angels had reach- NODEMON, the Chief of the Air Angels. ed the Balloon, they formed themselves My purposes are never friendly to man; into an horizontal circle above it; and yet such is his miserable self-deceit, that hanging on their red wings, flew round I could almost pity him. When thou it, singing in a wild yet not unpleasing shalt descend, which thou shalt not do tone the following stanzas, which im- without imminent danger for having mediately became indelibly impressed penetrated this region, say to thy fellowon my memory, and on the temptations mortals, that I command them to cease of which I have often reflected with the from their vain, and ignorant attempts blended feelings of horror and of grati-- to invade my dominions, and that, tude.
should they despise my behests, the SONG OF THE ANGELS OF AIR.
next who ascends shall be
6 But,” returned I, “it is probable Thou rovest fair,-through yielding air,
that those upon earth will treat my In Heaven's cerulean tide; But we who share,--the pleasures there,
message as a dream ; nay, I myself Op wings ethereal glide.
almost doubt its reality."
“Still the same, still the same," an- appearance of the Angel and my touchswered the Angel; “ ever incredulous ing the ground; otherwise the fury with of truth, whether it be good or evil; which the flames raged must have preman is never content to accept things viously consumed the Balloon. It fell as they are, he must always weave his in a wood a short distance from the own romance of deceit. But thus much city, and caught in the branches of a is permitted to thee for proof to thy fel- tree; on which I immediately leaped low-mortal. Bare thy right arm.” out, although it was still a considerable
When I had done so, the Angel im- height from the ground. I had scarcemediately grasped it, and directly the ly quitted the Balloon when it broke flesh turned of a scorched appearance, from its confinement, soared blazing as if a band of heated iron had been into the air, and I saw it no more. I affixed to it, although the effect was spent the whole of that sleepless night produced without pain. As soon as I in reflection on my voyage, and thankrecovered myself, he continued, fulness at my deliverance; but it will
“Now begone, thou hast already scarcely be credited, that the following seen and heard too much for man :- day, my friends, although alarmed at away, and Remember !”
my stay and the dangers wbich I had As he spake, lightnings seemed to undergone, disbelieved my supernatural flash around him, and he departed in message, deemed the appearances I had flame! I started forward, and seemed seen a dream, and the mark upon my to wake from my stupor, when what arm occasioned by the fire which had was my horror to behold the Balloon caught the Balloon whilst I slept. I in flames, rapidly falling to the earth, cannot now decide how this may be ; over which night bad spread herself. the impression is still existing but The scenes which I had so long left what makes me yet think that all was now seemed to rise out of space be- not visionary, is, that the melancholy neath me.
There I saw Paris with fate of Pilatre de Rozier and M. Ră her thousand lights, and the Gardens maine, who were the next that ascendand Parks of Versailles, stretched out ed into the air after me, completely beneath the moonlight. It seemed to realized the angel's prediction. me scarcely a moment between the dis
Translated from the German of Schiller.
THE DIVER. “ WHO's here of noble or vassal blood, And while he walks to the cliff's brow, Of courage to dive beneath this floud?
Looking down on the gulf belnw, I fling therein a golden beaker,
Charybdis gave back bellowing And now 'tis swallowed up by the breaker, The waters she'd been swallowing; Whoever shows me the cup again,
As with the noise of distant thunder May have it and keep it for his pain.” Her foaming womb was rent asunder. So spake King Robert of Sicily,
It billows, it hisses, it seethes, and it roars, From a high cliff overhanging the sea, As when water on burning forests showers; While into the howling Charybdis be flung To heaven the recking surges spray; The goblet of gold in his hand that he swung. Wave pushes wave in endless fray, to Who is so bold, I ask again,
Exhaustless teeming, full and free, As into the deep to plunge amain?"
As would the sea bring forth a sea. The knights and squires, who stood around, At length the wild force dies away, Heard him, but uttered not a sound; And black, amid the foaming spray, Tho’they mark the sinking of the cup, And bottomless, as were it the path to hell, No one of them cares to fish it up.
A gyowing chasm absorbs the swell; A third time the king exclaims with a frown, And down the murky tunnel's yawn, “Is no one so brave as to venture down?" Eddying the rushiog waves are drawn. Yet silent as before they stood;
Quick, ere the waters again are abroad, When a fair page of noble blood
The youth commends himself to God. Steps from among the fault'ring band; Around is heard a shriek of dismay, His girdle and mantle he casts on the strand; And already the whirlpool has borne him And all the men and women amaz'd, The throat mysteriously closes o'er, [away; On the lovely youth admiring gaz'd. And the bold swimmer is seen no more.