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having remained long at sea, it was supposed he had perished, and she, in consequence, took possession of all his treasures, and surendered herself to the full enjoyment of her lover. The old gentleman, however, returns, and landing on a distant part of the island, walks leisurely towards his home, while Juan and his daughter are giving a public breakfast to their friends and acquaintance. The description of the fete is executed with equal felicity and spirit; we think it would be difficult to match the life and gaiety of the picture by any thing of the kind in English poetry-perhaps in any other po
That ever scuttled ship, or cut a throat; With such true breeding of a gentleman, You never could divine his real thought.
"Advancing to the nearest dinner tray, Tapping the shoulder of the nighest guest With a peculiar smile, which, by the way, Boded no good, whatever it express'd, He ask'd the meaning of this holiday; The vinous Greek to whom he had adress'd
His question, much too merry to divine The questioner, fill'd up a glass of wine." And facetiously looking over his shoulder, said,
Talking's dry work, and our old master's dead."
This certainly was not very pleasant
Over the innocence of that sweet child,
The portrait of this man is one of the best, if not the very best, of all Byron's gloomy portraits. It may be the Corsair grown into an elderly character and a father, but it is equal to the finest heads that ever Michael Angelo, Carrivagio, painted with black and umber.
"He was a man of a strange temperament, Of mild demeanour, though of savage mood,
Moderate in all his habits, and content
With temperance in pleasure as in food; Quick to perceive, and strong to bear, and
For something better, if not wholly good;
His country's wrongs, and his despair to save her,
Had stung him from a slave to an enslaver. “The love of power, and rapid gain of
The hardness by long habitude produced, The dangerous life in which he had grown old,
The mercy he had granted oft abused, The sights he was accustom'd to behold, The wild seas, and wild men, with whom
He waged, in vengeance of her degradation.
"Still o'er his mind the influence of the clime
Shed its Ionian elegance, which show'd Its power unconsciously full many a time,A taste seen in the choice of his abode, A love of music and of scenes sublime,
A pleasure in the gentle stream that flow'd
Past him in crystal, and a joy in flowers, Bedew'd his spirit in his calmer hours."
Lambro, for so it seems he was called, passed, unseen, a private gate, and stood within the hall where his daughter and her lover were at table. This affords the noble poet an opportunity to show his knowledge of a Greek gentleman's house and an Ottoman feast. But the merits of this still life, splendid and true as they are in delineation and colouring, are far inferior to the description of Haidée. "Round her she made an atmosphere of life,
The very air seem'd lighter from her
eyes, They were so soft and beautiful, and rife
With all we can imagine of the skies, And pure as Psyche ere she grew a wifeToo pure even for the purest human ties;
Her overpowering presence made you feel It would not be idolatry to kneel.
"Her eyelashes, though dark as night, were tinged,
(It is the country's custom,) but in vain ;
For those large black eyes were so blackly fringed,
And in their native beauty stood avenged: The glossy rebels mock'd the jetty stain, Her nails were touch'd with henna; but
The power of art was turn'd to nothing, for They could not look more rosy than before. "The henna should be deeply dyed to make
The skin relieved appear more fairly
fair; She had no need of this, day ne'er will break
On mountain tops more heavenly whi than her:
The eye might doubt if it were well awake, She was so like a vision; I might err, But Shakspeare also says 'tis very silly To gild refined gold, or paint the lily.'" Haidée and Juan are amused, while at table, by dwarfs and dancing-girls, black eunuchs, and a poet, of whom I shall say nothing, Christopher, because I do not think the account is very good, but his song, I am persuaded, you will think is the very loftiest bachanalian ever penned-You will, indeed, although with a grumble, Í know, allow this as if you were suffering a jerk of your rheumatism.
"The isles of Greece, the isles of Greece,
"The Scian and the Teian muse,
The hero's harp, the lover's lute, Have found the fame your shores refuse; Their place of birth alone is mute To sounds which echo further west Than your sires' Islands of the Blest.' "The mountains look on MarathonAnd Marathon looks on the sea; And musing there an hour alone,
I dream'd that Greece might still be free; For, standing on the Persians' grave, I could not deem myself a slave.
"A king sate on the rocky brow
Which looks o'er sea-born Salamis; And ships, by thousands, lay below,
And men in nations ;-all were his! He counted them at break of dayAnd when the sun set where were they? "And where are they? and where art thou, My country? On thy voiceless shore The heroic lay is tuneless now
The heroic bosom beats no more! And must thy lyre, so long divine, Degenerate into hands like mine? ""Tis something, in the dearth of fame, Though link'd among a fetter'd race, To feel at least a patriot's shame,
Even as I sing, suffuse my face; For what is left the poet here? For Greeks a blush-for Greece a tear. "Must we but weep o'er days more blest? Must we but blush ?-Our fathers bled. Earth! render back from out thy breast A remnant of our Spartan dead! Of the three hundred grant but three, To make a new Thermopyla! 66 What, silent still? and silent all? Ah! no ;-the voices of the dead Sound like a distant torrent's fall,
And answer," Let one living head,
But one arise, we come, we come!"
Hark! rising to the ignoble call
The nobler and the manlier one?
You have the letters Cadmus gave_ Think ye he meant them for a slave? "Fill high the bowl with Samian wine!
We will not think of themes like these! It made Anacreon's song divine:
He served but served Polycrates-
"The tyrant of the Chersonese
Was freedom's best and bravest friend; That tyrant was Miltiades !
Oh! that the present hour would lend Another despot of the kind!
Such chains as his were sure to bind.
Such as the Doric mothers bore;
"Trust not for freedom to the FranksThey have a king who buys and sells ; In native swords, and native ranks,
The only hope of courage dwells; But Turkish force, and Latin fraud, Would break your shield, however broad. "Fill high the bowl with Samian wine! I see their glorious black Our virgins dance beneath the shadeeyes shine;
But gazing on each glowing maid, My own the burning tear-drop laves, To think such breasts must suckle slaves. "Place me on Sunium's marbled steepWhere nothing, save the waves and I, May hear our mutual murmurs sweep;
There, swan-like, let me sing and die : A land of slaves shall ne'er be mineDash down yon cup of Samian wine!"
There is a little confusion in the narrative; or perhaps it is the hurry in which I am going over it, that makes me not able to trace it so clearly as I might do, through digressions. Lambro arrived while the lovers were at dinner, and we are led to suppose that he witnesses their dalliance and revelling; but it would seem that this was not the case, for we find Haidée and Juan left alone after the banquet,
Ave Maria! o'er the earth and sea, That heavenliest hour of Heaven is worthiest thee!
"Ave Maria! blessed be the hour,
The time, the clime, the spot, where I so oft
Have felt that moment in its fullest power Sink o'er the earth so beautiful and soft, While swung the deep bell in the distant tower,
Or the faint dying day-hymn stole aloft, And not a breath crept through the rosy air,
And yet the forest leaves seem'd stirr'd with prayer.
"Ave Maria! 'tis the hour of prayer!
Those downcast eyes beneath the Almighty dove What though 'tis but a pictured image
That painting is no idol, 'tis too like.
Now, Christopher, after this, take thy crutch, and, with the help of Blackwood'sporter, John Lesley, crawl up the new road along the Salisbury Craigs, on the first fine Sabbath evening, when all the west is still one broad glow of heavenly ruby; and the castle, in the middle of the view, appears like the crowned head of some great being, resting on his elbow in contemplation; repeat these verses, and I will venture to bet a plack to a bawbee, that from that hour all animosity against the wayward and unfortunate Byron will be for ever hushed in thy bosom. Even John himself will, by the mere sound of thy solemn voice of prayer, thence forth forego the grudge that he has long borne his lordship for the many burdens he has made him bear, and, melting into tears of tenderness, dry the big drops from his eyes with a corner of the same handkerchief which thou wilt apply to wipe the Ave Maria dew from thine own.
While Haidée and Juan were contemplating the glorious stillness of a
In this state, the ominous fancies of Haidée take at last the definite form of a regular dream, in which she sees Juan dead in a cavern. As she gazes on him, he seems to change into the resemblance of her father. Startled by the apparition, she awakes, and the first object that her eyes meet are those of the pirate sternly fixed upon her, Juan is in the same moment roused by the shriek she gave.
"Up Juan sprung to Haidée's bitter shriek, And caught her falling, and from off Snatch'd down his sabre, in hot haste to the wall
This, Christopher, you must allow, spirited, and you will observe a curious mark of propinquity which the poet notices with respect to the hands of the father and daughter. The poet, I suspect, is indebted for the first hint of this to Ali Pashaw, who, by the bye, is the original of Lambro; for when his Lordship was introduced, with his squat friend, Cam, to that agreeablemannered tyrant, the vizier said that he knew he was the Magotos Anthropos by the smallness of his ears and hands.
Don Juan is dangerously wounded, and being seized by some of the pirate's sailors, is carried from the scene. The effect on poor Haidée is deplorable.
For several days she lay insensible, she was in such a state as Mlle. Noband, when she awoke from her trance, let is seen in the ballet of Nina. The first time you see your venison friend, the Thane of Fife, ask him if there is not some reason to suspect that Byron had her in his eye when he wrote the following description:
"Afric is all the sun's, and as her earth Her human clay is kindled; full of