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While, by some spell render'd invisible,
, all within
From my youth upward have I long’d to tread This classic ground -and am I here at last ? Wandering at will through the long porticoes, And catching, as through some majestic grove, Now the blue ocean, and now, chaos-like, Mountains and mountain-gulfs, and, half-way up, Towns like the living rock from which they grew? A cloudy region, black and desolate, Where once a slave withstood a world in arms. 3
The air is sweet with violets, running wild 4 Mid broken friezes and fall’n capitals; Sweet as when Tully, writing down his thoughts, Those thoughts so precious and so lately lost, 5 (Turning to thee, divine philosophy, Èver at hand to calm his troubled soul) Sail'd slowly by, two thousand years ago, For Athens; when a ship, if north-east winds Blew from the Pæstan gardens, slack'd her cours
On as he mov'd along the level shore, These temples, in their splendour eminent
· The ornament peculiar to the Doric frieze.
. That part of a column which serves as a covering to the capital.
• The violets of Pæstum were as proverbial as the roses. Martial mentions them with the honey of Hybla.
5 The introduction to his treatise on Glory.
Mid arcs and obelisks, and domes and towers,
In such an hour as this, the sun's broad disk
of these old sanctuaries,
Walls of some capital city first appear'd, Half raz'd, half sunk, or scatter'd as in scorn;
And what within them? what but in the midst These three in more than their original grandeur And, round about, no stone upon another? As if the spoiler had fallen back in fear, And, turning, left them to the elements.
'Tis said a stranger in the days of old (Some say a Dorian, some a Sybarite; But distant things are ever lost in clouds) 'Tis said a stranger came, and, with his plough, Trac'd out the site; and Posidonia rose,
They are said to to have been discovered by accident about the middle of the last century.
* Originally a Greek city under that name, and afterwards a Roman city under the name of Pæstum.
Severely great, Neptune the tutelar god;}
But what are these still standing in the midst? The earth has rock'd beneath; the thunder-stone Pass'd thro' and thro', and left its traces there; Yet still they stand as by some unknown charter!
| The principal temple is supposed to have been dedicated to this divinity, the other to Ceres.
* It was surprised and destroyed by the Saracens at the beginning of the tenth century, and the following century its temples, &c. were ransacked of their ornaments by Robert Guiscard, to adorn the cathedral at Salerno.
3 The malaria.
Oh, they are nature's own! and, as allied
FINAL RESTORATION OF THE JEWS.
But who shall see the glorious day,
When, thron’d on Zion's brow,
Of his rebuke shall lie 2;
Be wip'd from ev'ry eye! 3
Then, Judah ! thou no more shalt mourn
Beneath the heathen's chain;
Ånd all be new again.
peace, by all who come !5
Evil, like a rolling stone upon a mountain top, A child may first impel, a giant cannot stop.
1 Isaiah, xxv. 7.
* Ibid. xxv. 8.
THE commonest spot we cannot without pain
Turn from, where we have tarried but a day,
And struck no roots, when to our hearts we say, We ne'er shall look upon this spot again ; What wonder then if I can not restrain
Some sadness, turning from these haunts away,
Where we have many a month been free to stray
Thanksgiving with it, gratitude for this,
We make a friend of nature, until bliss
VERSES WRITTEN ON THE BANKS OF THE
ADDRESSED BY THE POET TO HIS SISTER.
THE castled crag of Drachenfels 2
Frowns o'er the wide and winding Rhine, Whose breast of waters broadly swells
Between the banks which bear the vine,
1 Every man is fastened to some spot of earth, by the thousand small threads that habit and association are continually stealing over him.-Rogers.
9 The castle of Drachenfels stands on the highest summit of the Seven Mountains, over the banks of the Rhine : it is in ruins, and connected with some singular traditions. It is the first in view on the road from Bonn. The number of castles and cities along the course of the Rhine, on both sides, is very great, and their situations remarkably beautiful.