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Young flowers and an evergreen treo

May spring from the spot of thy rest : But nor cypress nor yew let us see;

For why should we mourn for the blest ?

1818

STANZAS FOR MUSIC.

They say that hope is happiness ;
But genuine love must prize the past,
And Memory wakes the thoughts that bless :
They rose the first they set the last.
And all that Memory loves the most
Was once our only Hope to be,
And all that hope adored and lost
Hath melted into Memory.
Alas! it is delusion all;
The future cheats us from afar,
Nor can we be what we recall,
Nor dare we think us what we were

THE LAMENT OF TASSO.

ADVERTISEMENT. Ar Ferrara, in the Library, are preserved the original MSS. of Tasso's “ Gierusalemme," and of Guarini's “ Pastor Fido," with letters of Tasso, one from Titian to Ariosto, and the inkstand and chair, the tomb and house, of the latter. But, as misfortune has a greater interest for posterity, and little or none for the cotemporary, the cell where Tasso was confined in the hospital of St. Anna attracts a more fixed attention than the residence or monument of Ariosto—at least it had this effect on me. There are two inscriptions, one on the outer gate, the second over the cell itself, inviting, unnecessarily, the wonder and the indignation of the spectator. Ferrara is much decayed and depopulated: the castle still exists entire; and I saw the court where Parisina and Hugo were beheaded, according to the annal of Gibbon.

LONG years !-It tries the thrilling frame to beer
And eagle-spirit of a child of Song-
Long years of outrage, calumny, and wrong ;
Imputed madness, prison'd solitude,
And the mind's canker in its savage mood,
When the impatient thirst of light and air
Parches the heart; and the abhorrèd grate,
Marring the sunbeams with its hideous shade,
Works through the throbbing eyeball to the brain,
With a hot sense of heaviness and pain ;
And bare, at once, Captivity display'd
Stands scoffing through the never-open'd gate,
Which nothing through its bars admits, save day,
And tasteless food, which I have eat alone
Till its unsocial bitterness is

gone;
And I can banquet like a beast of prey,
Sullen and lonely, couching in tb.A cave
Which is my lair, and-it may be-my grave.
All this hath somewhat worn me, and may woel,
But must be borne. I stoop not to despair ;
For I have battled with mine agony,
And made me wings wherewith to overfly
The narrow circus of my dungeon wall,
And freed the Holy Sepulchre from thrall ;
And revell’d among men and things divine,
and pour'd my spirit over Palestine,
In honour of the sacred war for Him,
The God who was on earth and is in heavon,

For 3 has strengthen'd me in heart and limb.
That through this sufferance I might be forgiven,
I hare employ'd my penance to record
How Salem's shrine was won and how adored.

II.

But this is o'er-my pleasant task is done :-
My long-sustaining friend of many years !
If I do blot thy final page with tears,
Know, that my sorrows have wrung from me none.
But thou, my young creation ! my soul's child !
Which ever playing round me came and smiled,
And woo'd me from myself with thy sweet sight
Thou too art gone--and so is my delight:
And therefore do I weep and inly bleed
With this last bruise upon a broken reed.
Tuou too art ended-what is left me now?
For I have anguish yet to bear—and how ?
I know not that—but in the innate force
Of my own spirit shall be found resource.
I have not sunk, for I had no remorse,
Nor cause for such : they call'd me mad—and why!
Oh Leonora ! wilt not thou reply?
I was indeed delirious in my heart
To lift my love, so lofty as thou art;
But still my frenzy was not of the mind;
I knew my fault, and feel my punishment
Not less because I suffer it unbent.
That thou wert beautiful, and I not blind,
Hath been the sin which shuts me from mankind;
But let them go, or torture as they will,
My heart can multiply thine image still ;
Successful love may sate itself away,
The wretched are the faithful ; 'tis their fate
To have all feeling save the one decay,
And every passion into one dilate,
As rapid rivers into ocean pour;
But ours is fathomless, and hath no shore.

Above me, hark! the long and maniac cry
Of minds and bodies in captivity ;
And hark! the lash and the increasing howl,
And the half-inarticulate blasphemy!
There be some here with worse than frenzy foul,
Sone who do still goad on the o'er-labour'd mind,
And dim the little light that's left behind
With needless torture, as their tyrant will
Is wound up to the lust of doing ill :
With these and with their victims am I class'd,
'Mid sounds and sights like these long years have pass'd:
'Mlid sounds and sights like these my

life

may close : so let it be-for then I shall repose.

I have been patient, let me be so yet;
I had forgotten half I would forget ;
But it revives-Oh! would it were my lot
To be forgetful as I am forgot !-
Feel I not wroth with those who bade nie dwell
In this vast lazar-house of many woes?
Where laughter is not mirth, nor thought the mind,
Nor words a language, nor ev'u men mankind ;
Where cries reply to curses, shrieks to blows,
And each is tortured in his separate hell-
For we are crowded in our solitudes-
Many, but each divided by the wall,
Which echoes Madness in her babbling mools ;-
While all can hear, none heed his neighbour's call-
None ! save that One, the veriest wretch of all,
Who was not made to be the mate of these,
Nor bound between Distraction and Disease.
Feel I not wroth with those who placed me here !
Who have debased me in the minds of men,
Debarring me the usage of my own,
Blighting my life in best of its career,
Branding my thoughts as things to shun and fear!
Would I not pay them back these pangs again,
And teach them inward Sorrow's stifled groan !
The struggle to be calm, and cold distress,
Which undermines our Stoical success?
No !-still too proud to be vindictive-I
Have pardon'd princes' insults, and would dis.
Yes, Sister of my Sovereign ! for thy sake
I weed all bitterness from out my breast,
It hath no business where thou art a guest;
Thy brother hates—but I can not detest;
Thou pitiest not-but I can not forsake.

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V.
Look on a love which knows not to despair,
But all unquench'd is still my better part,
Dwelling deep in my shut and silent heart,
As dwells the gather'd lightning in its cloud,
Encompass'd with its dark and rolling shroud,
Till struck,-forth flies the all ethereal dart !
And thus at the collision of thy name
The vivid thought still flashes through my frame,
And for a moment all things as they were
Flit by me ;-they are gone_I am the sarne.
And yet my love without ambition grew ;
I knew thy state, my station, and I knew
A Princess was no love-mate for a bard ;
I told it not, I breathed it not, it was
Sufficient to itself, its own reward ;
And if my eyes reveal'd it, they, alas!
Were punish'd by the silentness of thino,
And yet I did not venture to repine.

Thou wert to me a crystal-girded shrine
Worshipp'd at holy distance and around
Hallow'd and meekly kiss'd the saintly ground ;
Not for thou wert a princess, but that Love
Had robed thee with a glory, and array'd
Thy lineaments in a beauty that dismay'd-
Oh! not dismay'd—but awed, like One above !
And in that sweet severity there was
A something which all softness did surpass-
I know not how-thy genius master'd mine-
My star stood still before thee :-if it were
Presumptuous thus to love without design,
That sad fatality hath cost me dear;
But thou art dearest still, and I should be
Fit for this cell, which wrongs me—but for thes.
The very love which lock'd me to my chain
Hath lighten'd half its weight; and for the rest,
Though heavy, lent me vigour to sustain,
And look to thee with undivided breast,
And foil the ingenuity of Pain.

VI.
It is no marvel-from my very birth
My soul was drunk with love,—which did pervade
And mingle with whate'er I saw on earth;
Of objects all inanimate I made
Idols, and out of wild and lonely flowers,
And rocks, whereby they grew, a paradise,
Where I did lay me down within the shade
Of waving trees, and dream'd uncounted hours,
Though was chid for wandering ; and the Wiso
Shook their white agèd heads o'er me, and said
Of such materials wretched men were made,
And such a truant boy would end in woe,
And that the only lesson was a blow;
And then they smote me, and I did not weep,
But cursed them in my heart, and to my haunt
Return'd and wept alone, and dream'd again
The visions which arise without a sleep.
And with my years my soul began to pant
With feelings of strange tumult and soft pain ;
And the wbole heart exhaled into One Want,
But undefined and wandering, till the day
I found the thing I sought and that was thee;
And then I lost my being all to be
Absorb'd in thine the world was past away
Thou didst annihilate the earth to me!

VII.
I loved all Solitude, but little thought
To spend I know not what of life, remote
From all communion with existence, save
The maniac and his tyrant;-had I been
Their fellow, many years ere this had seen

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