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There, with a little tinge of phantasy,
Fantastic faces mop'd and mow'd on high,
And then a mitre or a shrine would fix
The eye upon its seeming crucifix.
Thus Nature play'd with the stalactites,
And built herself a chapel of the seas.

VIII. And Neuha took her Torquil by the hand, And waved along the vault her kindled brand, And led him into each recess, and show'd The secret places of their new abode. Nor these alone, for all had been prepared Before, to soothe the lover's lot she shared : The mat for rest; for dress the fresh gnatoo, And sandal oil to fence against the dew ; For food the cocoa-nut, the yam, the bread Borne of the fruit; for board the plantain spread With its brond leaf, or turtle-shell which bore A banquet in the flesh it cover'd o'er; The gourd with water recent from the rill, The ripe banana from the mellow hill ; A pine-torch pile to keep undying light, And she herself, as beautiful as night, To fling her shadowy spirit o'er the scene, And make their subterranean world serene. She had foreseen, since first the stranger's sail Drew to their isle, that force or flight might fail, And form'd a refuge of the rocky den For Torquil's safety from his countrymen. Each dawn had wasted there her light canoe, Laden with all the golden fruits that grew; Each eve had seen her gliding through the hour With all could cheer or deck their sparry bower; And now she spread her little store with smiles, The happiest daughter of the loving isles.

And their companion, glorious by her side,
Proud and exulting in his mermaid bride;
And how, when undeceived, the pair they bore
With sounding conchs and joyous shouts to shore ;
How they had gladly lived and calmly died,
And why not also Torquil and his bride ?
Not mine to tell the rapturous caress
Which follow'd wildly in that wild recess
This tale; enough that all within that cave
Was love, though buried strong as in the grave
Where Abelard, through twenty years of death,
When Eloisa's form was lower'd beneath
Their nuptial vault, his arms outstretch'd, and press'u
The kindling ashes to his kindled breast.2
The waves without sang round their couch, their roar
As much unheeded as if life were o'er ;
Within, their hearts made all their harmony,
Love's broken murmur and more broken sigh.

X.
And they, the cause and sharers of the shock
Which left them exiles of the boilow rock,
Where were they? O'er the sea for lise they plied,
To seek from Heaven the shelter men denied.
Another course had been their choice - but where ?
The wave which bore them still their foes would bear,
Who, disappointed of their former chase,
In search of Christian now renew'd their race.
Eager with anger, their strong arms made way,
Like vultures baffled of their previous prey.
They gain'd upon them, all whose safety lay
In some bleak crag or deeply-hidden bay :
No further chance or choice remain'd; and right
For the first further rock which met their sight
They steerd, to take their latest view of land,
And yield as victims, or die sword in hand;
Dismiss'd the natives and their shallop, who
Would still have battled for that scanty crew;
But Christian bade them seek their shore again,
Nor add a sacrifice which were in vain;
For what were simple bow and savage spear
Against the arms which must be wielded here ?

XL They landed on a wild but narrow scene, Where few but Nature's footsteps yet had been ; Prepared their arms, and with that gloomy eye, Stern and sustain'd, of man's extremity, When hope is gone, nor glory's self remains To cheer resistance against death or chains, They stood, the three, as the three hundred stood Who dyed Thermopylæ with holy blood. But, ah ! how different ! 't is the cause makes all, Degrades or hallows courage in its fall. O'er them no fame, eternal and intense, Blazed through the clouds of death and beckon'd hence; No grateful country, smiling through her tears, Begun the praises of a thousand years ; No nation's eyes would on their tomb be bent, No heroes envy them their monument ; However boldly their warm blood was spilt, Their life was shame, their epitaph was guilt. And this they knew and felt, at least the one, The leader of the band he had undone ;

IX. She, as he gazed with grateful wonder, press'd Her shelter'd love to her impassion'd breast; And suited to her soft caresses, told An olden tale of love, — for love is old, Old as eternity, but not outworn, With each new being born or to be born : 1 How a young chief, a thousand moons ago, Diving for turtle in the depths below, Had riscn, in tracking fast his ocean prey, Into the cave which round and v'er them lay; How in some desperate feud of after-time He shelter'd there a daughter of the clime, A foe beloved, and offspring of a foe, Saved by his tribe but for a captive's woe ; How, when the storm of war was still’d, he led His island clan to where the waters spread Their deep-green shadow o'er the rocky door, Then dived -- it seem'd as if to rise no more : His wondering mates, amazed within their bark, Or deemd him mad, or prey to the blue shark; Row'd round in sorrow the sea-girded rock, Then paused upon their paddles from the shock ; When, fresh and springing from the deep, they saw A goddess rise — so deem'd they in their awe;

1 The reader will recollect the epigram of the Greck an. tholozy, or its translation into most of the modern languages:

* Whoe'er thou art, thy master see —

lle was, or is, or is to be."

? The tradition is attached to the story of Eloisa, that when her body was lowered into the grave of Abelard (who had been buried twenty years), he opened his arms to receive her.

Who, born perchance for better things, had set His last ball had been aim'd, but from his breast His life upon a cast which linger'd yet :

He tore the topmost button from his vest,' But now the die was to be thrown, and all

Down the tube dash'd it, levellid, fired, and smiled The chances were in favour of his fall :

As his foe fell; then, like a serpent, coil'd And such a fall! But still he faced the shock, His wounded, weary form, to where the steep Obdurate as a portion of the rock

Look'd desperate as himself along the deep; Whereon he stood, and fix'd his leveli'd gun,

Cast one glance back, and clench'd his hand, and Dark as a sullen cloud before the sun.

shook

His last rage 'gainst the earth which he forsook ; XII.

Then plunged: the rock below received like glass The boat drew nigh, well arm'd, and firm the crew His body crush'd into one gory mass, To act whatever duty bade them do;

With scarce a shred to tell of hunian form, Careless of danger, as the onward wind

Or fragment for the sea-bird or the wor; Is of the leaves it strews, nor looks bebind.

A fair-hair'd scalp, besmear'd with blood and weeds, And yet perhaps they rather wish'd to go

Yet reek'd, the remnant of himself and decds; Against a nation's than a native foe,

Some splinters of his weapons (to the last, And felt that this poor victim of self-will,

As long as hand could hold, he held them fast) Briton no more, had once been Britain's still.

Yet glitter'd, but at distance - hurl'd away They hail'd him to surrender - no reply ;

To rust beneath the dew and dashing spray. Their arms were poised, and glitter'd in the sky.

The rest was nothing - save a life mis-spent, They hail'd again — no answer; yet once more

And soul - but who shall answer whcre it went ? They offer'd quarter louder than before.

'Tis ours to bear, not judge the dead; and they The echoes only, from the rock's rebound,

Who doom to hell, themselves are on the way, Took their last farewell of the dying sound.

Unless these bullies of eternal pains Then flash'd the fint, and blazed the volleying flame,

Are pardon'd their bad hearts for their worse brains. And the smoke rose between them and their aim, While the rock rattled with the bullets' knell, Which peal'd in vain, and flatten'd as they fell;

XIII. Then flew the only answer to be given

The deed was over! All were gone or ta'en, By those who had lost all hope in earth or heaven.

The fugitive, the captive, or the slain. After the first fierce peal, as they pulld nigher,

Chain'd on the deck, where once, a gallant crew, They heard the voice of Christian shout, “Now, fire !” They stood with honour, were the wretched few And ere the word upon the echo died,

Survivors of the skirmish on the isle; Two fell; the rest assail'd the rock's rough side,

But the last rock left no surviving spoil. And, furious at the madness of their foes,

Cold lay they where they fell, and weltering, Disdain'd all further efforts, save to close.

While o'er them flapp'd the sea-birds' dewy wing, But steep the crag, and all without a path,

Now wheeling nearer from the neighbouring surge, Each step opposed a bastion to their wrath,

And screaming high their harsh and hungry dirge : While, placed midst clefts the least accessible,

But calm and careless heaved the wave below, Which Christian's eye was train'd to mark full well,

Eternal with unsympathetic flow; The three maintain'd a strife which must not yield,

Far o'er its face the dolphins sported on, In spots where eagles might have chosen to build.

And sprung the flying fish against the sun, Their every shot told; while the assailant fell,

Till its dried wing relapsed from its brief height, Dash'd on the shingles like the limpet shell ;

To gather moisture for another fight.
But still enough survived, and mounted still,
Scattering their numbers here and there, until

XIV.
Surrounded and commanded, though not nigh

"T was morn; and Neuha, who by dawn of day Enough for seizure, near enough to die,

Swam smoothly forth to catch the rising ray, The desperate trio held aloof their fate

And watch if aught approach'd the amphibious lair But by a thread, like sharks who have gorged the bait; Where lay her lover, saw a sail in air : Yet to the very last they battled well,

It Happ'd, it fill'd, and to the growing gale And not a groan inform'd their foes who fell.

Bent its broad arch: her breath began to fail Christian died last – twice wounded ; and once more With fluttering fear, her heart beat thick and high, Mercy was offer'd when they saw his gore;

While yet a doubt sprung where its course might lie. Too late for life, but not too late to die,

But no! it came not; fast and far away With, though a hostile hand, to close his eye.

The shadow lessen'd as it clear'd the bay. A limb was broken, and he droop'd along

She gazed, and Aung the sea-foam from her eyes, The crag, as doth a falcon rest of young.

To watch as for a rainbow in the skies. The sound revived him, or appcard to wake

On the horizon verged the distant deck, Somne passion which a weakly gesture spike :

Diminish'd, dwindled to a very speck He beckon'd to the foremost, who drew nigii.

Then vanish'd. All was ocean, all was joy! But, as they near'd, he reard his weapon high Down plunged she through the cave to rouse her boy;

I In Thibault's account of Frederic the Second of Prussia, there is a sin zular relation of a young Frenchinan, who with his mistress appeared to be of some rank. He enlisted and deserted at Schweidnitz; and aiter a desperate resistance was retaken, having killed an otlicer, who attempted to seize liim alter he was wounded, by tlie discharrs of his musket loaded with a bulton ot' his uniform. Some circunstances on

his court-martial raised a great interest amongst his judges, who wished to discover his real situation in life, which he offered to disclose, but to the king only, to whom he requested permission to write. This was refused, and Frederic was filled with the greatest indignation, from bailte curiosity or some other motive, when he understood that his request had been denied.

Told all she had seen, and all she hoped, and all
That happy love could augur or recall;
Sprung forth again, with Torquil following free
His bounding nereid over the broad sea;
Swam round the rock, to where a shallow cleft
Hid the canoe that Neuha there had left
Drifting along the tide, without an oar,
That eve the strangers chased them from the

shore;
But when these vanish'd, she pursued her prow,
Regain'd, and urged to where they found it now:
Nor ever did more love and joy embark,
Than now were wafted in that slender ark.

No sullen ship lay bristling o'er the foam,
A floating dungeon :- all was hope and home!
A thousand proas darted o'er the bay,
With sounding shells, and heralded their way;
The chicfs came down, around the people pour'd,
And welcomed Torquil as a son restored ;
The women throng'd, embracing and embraced
By Neuha, asking where they had been chased,
And how escaped ! The tale was told ; and then
One acclamation rent the sky again;
And from that hour a new tradition gave
Their sanctuary the name of “ Neuba's Cave."
A hundred tires, far flickering from the height,
Blazed o'er the general revel of the night,
The feast in honour of the guest, return'd
To peace and pleasure, perilously earn'd;
A night succeeded by such happy days
As only the yet infant world displays, 1

XV. Again their own shore rises on the view, No more polluted with a hostile hue;

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(Byron! the sorcerer! He can do with me according to his will If it is to throw me headlong upon a desert Island ; if it is to place me on the summit of a dizzy cliffhis power is the same. I wish he had a friend or a servant, appointed to the otfice of the slave, who was to knock every morning at the chamber-door of Philip of Macedon, and remind bim he was mortal. – Dr. Parn.)

: The following extracts from Lord Byron's letters to Mr. Murray, are all we have to offer respecting the history of the composition of Janfred:

Venice, Feb. 15. 1817. -" I forgot to mention to you, that a kind of Poem in dialogue (in blank verse) or Drama, from which the Incantation' is an extract, begun last summer in Ssitzerland, is finished; it is in three arts, but of a very wild, tetaphysical, and inexplicable kind. Almost all the persons - but two or three care Spirits of the earth and air, or the waters, the scene is in the Alps; the hero a kind of magician, who is torinented by a species of remorse, the cause of which is kit hali uncxplained. He wanders about invoking these

Spirits, which appear to him, and are of no use; he at last goes to the very abode of the Evil Principle, in propria persona, to evocate a ghost, which appears, and gives him an ambiguous and disagreeable answer; and, in the third Act, he is found by his attendants dying in a tower where he had studied his art. You may perceive. by this outline, that I have no great opinion of this piece of fantasy ; but I have at least rendered it quite impossible for the stage, for which my inter. course with Drury Lanc has given me the greatest contempt. I have not even copied it off, and feel too lazy at present to attempt the whole ; but when I have, I will send it you, and you may either throw it into the fire or not."

March 3.-“ I sent you the other day, in two covers, the first act of Manfred,' a drama as mad as Nat Lee's Bedlam tragedy, which was in twenty-five acts and some odd scenes : mine is but in three acts."

March 9.-" In remitting the third act of the sort of dramatic poem of which you will by this time have received the two first, I have little to observe, except that you must

But grief should be the instructor of the wise ;
Sorrow is knowledge : they who know the most
Must mourn the deepest o'er the fatal truth,
The Tree of Knowledge is not that of Life.
Philosophy and science, and the springs
Of wonder, and the wisdom of the world,
I have essay'd, and in my mind there is
A power to make these subject to itself-
But they avail not: I have done men good,
And I have met with good even among men-
But this avail'd not : I have had my foes,
And none have baffled, many fallen before me —
But this avail'd not :- Good, or evil, life,
Powers, passions, all I see in other beinys,

Have been to me as rain unto the sands,
Since that all-nameless hour. I have no dread,
And feel the curse to have no natural fear,
Nor fluttering throb, that beats with hopes or wishes,
Or lurking love of something on the earth. -
Now to my task.

Mysterious Agency!
Ye spirits of the unbounded Universe !!
Whom I have sought in darkness and in light-
Ye, who do compass earth about, and dwell
In subtler essence — ye, to whom the tops
Of mountains inaccessible are haunts, o
And earth's and ocean's caves familiar things -
I call upon ye by the written charm

not publish it (if it ever is published) without giving me muses and suffers from the beginning to the end. His disprevious notice. I have really and truly no notion whether tresses are the same at the opening of the scene and at its it is good or bad ; and as this was not the case with the closing, and the temper in which they are borne is the same. principal of my former publications, I am, therefore, inclined A hunter and a priest, and some domestics, are indeed intro. to rank it very humbly. You will submit it to Mr. Gifford, duced, but they have no connection with the passions or and to whomsoever you please besides. The thing, you will sufferings on which the interest depends; and Manfred is see at a glimpse, could never be attempted or thought of for substantially alone throughout the whole piece. He holds the stage; I much doubt if for publication even. It is too no communion but with the memory of the Being he had much in my old style ; but I composed it actually with a horror loved ; and the immortal Spirits whom he evokes to reproach of the stage, and with a view to render the thought of it with his misery, and their inability to relieve it. These unimpracticable, knowing the zeal of my friends that I should earthly beings approach nearer to the character of persons of try that for which I have an invincible repugnance, viz. a the drama – but still they are but choral accompaniments to representation. I certainly am a deril of a mannerist, and the performance; and Manfred is, in reality, the only actor must leave off ; but what could I do? Without exertion of and sufferer on the scene. To delineate his character in. some kind, I should have sunk under my imagination and deed - to render conceivable his feelings — is plainly the reality."

whole scope and design of the poem; and the conception and

execution are, in this respect, equally admirable. It is a March 25. — " With regard to the Witch Drama,' I repeat,

grand and terrific vision of a being invested with superhuman that I have not an idea if it is good or bad. ir bad, it must, on no account, be risked in publication ; if good, it is at your

attributes, in order that he may be capable of more than be

man sufferings, and be sustained under them by more than service. I value it at three hundred guineas, or less, if you

human force and pride. To ohject to the improbability of like it. Perhaps, if published, the best way will be to add it to

the fiction, is to mistake the end and aim of the author. your winter volume, and not publish separately. The price

Probabilities, we apprehend, did not enter at all into his conwill show you I don't pique myself upon it so speak out.

sideration ; his object was, to produce effect - to exalt and You may put it into the tire, if you like, and Gifford don't

dilate the character through whom he was to interest or appal like."

us – and to raise our conception of it, by all the helps that April 9. — " As for Manfred,' the two first acts are the could be derived from the majesty of nature, or the dread of best ; the third so so; but I was blown with the first and superstition. It is enough, therefore, if the situation in which second heats. You may call it' a Poem,' for it is no Drama, he has placed him is conceivable, and if the supposition of its and I do not choose to have it called by so d– a name - a reality enhances our emotions and kindles our imagination ; • Poem in dialogue,' or — Pantomime, if you will; any thing – for it is Manfred only that we are required to fear, to pity but a green-room synonyme; and this is your motto - or admire. If we can once conceire of him as a real existence,

and enter into the depth and the height of his pride and his * There are more things in hearen and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.'"

sorrows, we may deal as we please with the means that hare

been used to furnish us with this impression, or to enable us The Third Act was re-written before publication; as to the

to attain to this conception. We may regard them but as particulars of which, the reader is referred to a subsequent

types, or metaphors, or allegories ; but he is the thing to be note. To avoid overloading the margin, we may give here the

expressed, and the feeling and the intellect of which all these most important paragraphs of the two ablest critiques that

are but shadows." – JEFFREY. immediately followed the appearance of Manfred : –

" In this very extraordinary poem, Lord Byron has pursued

the saine course as in the third canto of Childe Harold, and " In Manfred, we recognise at once the gloom and potency

put out his strength upon the same objects. The action is of that soul thich burned and blasted apduled upon itself, in

laid among the mountains of the Alps - the characters are Hirotd, and Conrad. and Lara — and which comes again in

all, more or less, formed and swayed by the operations of the this pleće, more in sorrow_than in anger - more proud, per

magnificent scenery around them, and every page of the poem baps, and more awful than ever-Dut with the fiercer traits of its misanthropy subdued, as it were, and queuched in the

teems with imagery and passion, though, at the same time,

the mind of the poet is often overborne, as it were, by the gloom of a deeper despondency. Manfred does not, like Conrad and Lara wreak the anguish of his burning heart in

strength and novelty of its own conceptions; and thus the

composition, as a whole, is liable to many and fatal objections. the dangers and daring of desperate and predatory war – nor

But there is a still more novel exhibition of Lord Byron's seek to drown bitter thoughts in the tumult of perpetual con

powers in this remarkable drama. He has here burst into tention; nor yet, like Harold, does he sweep over the peopled

the world of spirits ; and, in the wild delight with which the scenes of the earth with high disdain and arersion, and make

elements of nature seem to have inspired him, he has enhis survey of the business, and pleasures, and studies of man an occasion for taunts and sarcasms, and the food of an un

deavoured to embody and call up before him their ministering measurable spleen. He is fixed-by the genius of the poet in

agents, and to employ these wild personifications, as he forthe majestic solitudes of the central ps – where, from his merly employed the feelings and passions of man. We are

not prepared to say, that, in this daring attempt, he has comyouth us, he has lived in proud but calin seclusion from the

pletely succeeded." We are inclined to think, that the plan ways of men, conversing only with the magnificent forms and

he has conceived, and the principal character which he has aspects of nature by which he is surrounded, and with the

wished to delineate, would require a fuller developement than Spirits of the Elements over whom he has acquired dominion,

is here given to them; and, accordingly, a sense of imperfecby the secret and unhallowed studies of sorcery and magic.

tion, incompleteness, and confusion accompanies the mind He is averse, indeed, from mankind, and scorns the low and

throughout the perusal of the poem, owing either to some frivolous nature to which he belongs ; but he cherishes no

failure on the part of the poet, or to the inherent mystery of animosity or hostility to that feeble race. Their concerns excite no interest - their pursuits no sympathy — their jors

the subject. But though, on that account, it is didicult to

comprehend distinctly the drift of the composition, it unquespo envy. It is irksome and vexatious for him to be crossed by

tionably exhibits many noble delineations of mountain scethem in his melancholy musings, - but he treats them with

nery, - many impressive and terrible pictures of passion, gentleness and pity; and, except when stung to impatience

- and many wild and awful visions of imaginary horror." by too importunate an intrusion, is kind and considerate to the comforts of all around him. – This piece is properly en

PROFESSOR Wilson.] titled a dramatic poem – for it is merely poetica, and is not

Ç“ Eternal Agency ! at all a drama or play in the modern acceptation of the term.

Ye spirits of the inmortal Universe!" - MS.) It has no action, no plot, and no characters; Manfred merely [" or inaccessible mountains are the haunts.” — M9.)

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Where the roots of the Andes

Strike deep in the earth,
As their summits to heaven

Shoot soaringly forth;
I have quitted my birthplace,

Thy bidding to bide -
Thy spell hath subdued me,
Thy will be my guide !

FIFTH Spirit. I am the Rider of the wind,

The Stirrer of the storm ; The hurricane I left behind

Is yet with lightning warm ; To speed to thee, o'er shore and sea

I swept upon the blast: The fleet I met sail'd well, and yet

'T will sink ere night be past.

Sixth SPIRIT. My dwelling is the shadow of the night, Why doth thy magic torture me with light?

Which gives me power upon you

Rise ! appear!

[A pause. They come not yet. Now by the voice of him Who is the first among you - by this sign, Which makes you tremble -- by the claims of him Who is undying, — Rise ! appear ! Appear!

[A pause.
If it be so. — Spirits of earth and air,
Ye shall not thus elude me: by a power,
Deeper than all yet urged, a tyrant-spell,
Which had its birthplace in a star condemn'd,
The burning wreck of a demolish'd world,
A wandering hell in the eternal space;
By the strong curse which is upon my soul,
The thought which is within me and around me,
I do compel ye to my will. - Appear !
(A star is seen at the darker end of the gallery : it
is stationary; and a voice is heard singing.

FIRST SPIRIT.
Mortal! to thy bidding bow'd,
From my mansion in the cloud,
Which the breath of twilight builds,
And the summer's sunset gilds
With the azure and vermilion,
Which is mix'd for my pavilion ; 1
Thougă thy quest may be forbidden,
On a star-beam I have ridden;
To thine adjuration bow'd,
Mortal - be thy wish avow'd !

Voice of the Second SPIRIT.
Mont Blanc is the monarch of mountains;

They crown'd him long ago
On a throne of rocks, in a robe of clouds,

With a diadem of snow.
Around his waist are forests braced,

The Avalanche in his hand;
But ere it fall, that thundering ball

Must pause for my command.
The Glacier's cold and restless mass

Moves onward day by day;
But I am he who bids it pass,

Or with its ice delay. 2
I am the spirit of the place,

Could make the mountain bow
And quiver to his cavernd base
And what with me wouldst Thou?

Voice of the Third SPIRIT.
In the blue depth of the waters,

Where the wave hath no strife,
Where the wind is a stranger,

And the sea-snake hath life,
Where the Mermaid is decking

Her green hair with shells;
Like the storm on the surface

Came the sound of thy spells ;
O'er my calm Hall of Coral

The deep echo rollid -
To the Spirit of Ocean
Thy wishes unfold !

FOURTH Spirit.
Where the slumbering earthquake

Lies pillow'd on fire,
And the lakes of bitumen

Rise boilingly higher;

SEVENTH SPIRIT. The star which rules thy destiny Was ruled, ere earth began, by me : It was a world as fresh and fair As e'er revolved round sun in air; Its course was free and regular, Space bosom’d not a lovelier star. The hour arrived — and it became A wandering mass of shapeless flame, A pathless comet, and a curse, The menace of the universe ; Still rolling on with innate force, Without a sphere, without a course, A bright deformity on high, The monster of the upper sky! And thou ! beneath its influence born Thou worm! whom I obey and scorn Forced by a power (which is not thine, And lent thee but to make thee mine) For this brief moment to descend, Where these weak spirits round thee bend And parley with a thing like thee — What wouldst thou, Child of Clay! with me ?

The Seven SPIRITS. Earth, ocean, air, night, mountains, winds, thy star,

Are at thy beck and bidding, Child of Clay!
Before thce at thy quest their spirits are —

What wouldst thou with us, son of mortals - say ?
Man. Forgetfulness
First Spirit. Of what -of whom - and why?

Man. Of that which is within me; read it there-
Ye know it, and I cannot utter it.
Spirit. We can but give thee that which we pos-

sess :
Ask of us subjects, sovereignty, the power
V'er earth, the whole, or portion, or a sign
Which shall control the elements, whereof
We are the dominators, each and all,
These shall be thine.
Man.

Oblivion, self-oblivion -
Can ye not wring from out the hidden realms
Ye offer so profusely what I ask ?

(* Which is lit for my pavilion." — MS.)

[“ Or makes its icc delay." --MS.)

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