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The Paynim felt his prisoner's worth, Even though that lot himself had known, For he knew his wealth, and he knew his And left through Henry's love alone; birth,
His cold and avaricious heart And mightier ransom for him was set Durst not with the ransom part ; Than e'er had been fix'd for Christian Yea, dearer than a brother's life, yet.
That brother who in mortal strife, The Knight to young Lord Henry sent; His shield before him oft had thrown, Told him of all his dreariment,
And made the coming wound his own; And swore, by all a brother's love, He who for him was even content And by the blessed Saints above,
From light and freedom to be pent, Prisoner if he would be in his stead, Held he, this cruel, man-sworn lord, Home he would hie as soon as freed, His fertile fields, his golden hoard.” Gather his gold, and quickly bring For him the ransom'd offering.
“ 'Tis false ! 'tis false !" Lord Walter Large was the love young Henry bore
cried ; To him who thus so deeply swore,
“ My latest field I'd gladly sold So he enter'd him the Paynim's thrall,
Ere he by foemen's hands had died ! The fettering steel on his limbs let fall, I wrong'd him, true, but not for gold; And the elder brother was free as the
His lovelier looks, his smoother tongue, light.
His graceful form and geritler heart, Tell me, Lord Walter, knew you the Wrought love in one to whom mine clung, Knight ?"
With passion that might not depart.
I trembled lest he should return Answer none Lord Walter inade,
To rob me of my other life, But his cheek grew flush'd_his visage Yet only meant that he should mourn
Prison'd till she were sure my wife. And Chief to Chieftain whispering said, How have I sped ? she pined, she died ; That he had known the Knight too And when the fatal moment came, well.
Hell ! the last sound that ere she sigh'd, “ For many a weary night and day Her dying word was Henry's name." Young Henry in his durance lay, Striving to cheer, as best he might, “ Long Henry nothing fear'd, I said ; His self-devoted prison'd plight:
But faith at length began to fade, 'Twere false to say that hope him cheer'd,
The trysted time was come and gone, He hop'd not--for he never fear'd;
Yet ransom, rescue there was none; As firm his faith on Walter's love
And in his keeper's scowling eye As was his trust in Heaven above,
Revenge and hate he 'gan to spy ; As fearless as the infant press'd
Yet still like him who o'er a deep And fondled on its mother's breast. Hanging, sees snakes that writhe and And when the sun had left his eye,
creep, While ruddy radiance flush'd the sky, Waiting his fall--and, struggling, clings, He thought of his western home, where
Mad with the dread of their cursed stings; yet
So wildly still to hope he clung, The God of Day had hardly set.
When doubt the demon on him sprung; And nightly, when the evening star
But when again had roll'd away Shone through his grate, he thought how Another year, and still he lay far
Forgotten in his dungeon lair, His brother's bark was on the sea,
Hope sunk and settled in despair ! That came to save and set him free! And when he eyed the setting sun He sung, -and sorrow dash'd aside,
'Twas with the bitter thoughts of one Partly from a warrior's pride,
Who, lingering, parts upon the shore But more, lest, when he should return, With the friend whom he fears he shall His brother's heart too much should
meet no more ! mourn,
Yet still he sung, though every tone If thraldom's woe should leave a trace Of glee, that cheer'd him once, was gone ; Too deeply furrow'd on his face !
'Twas now a sad heart-breaking strain Ilis faith was false, his cares were vain,
Of blasted hopes, of bosom pain, That brother never came again !
And deepest still of all a moan Yet safe and soon his home he won,
For the land he ne'er should see again." For pitying Heaven impell’d him on, Fair breeze gave to his bark, and speed
Lord Walter shuddering, hid his eyes, More then seem'd mortal to his stecd.
While lovely damsels round him wept;
But frowns on the Chieftains' brows arise, “In vain, in vain; he hecded not
And their hands to their weapons Ilis plighted troth, his brother's lot,
“Ah! think not Heav'n would leave to His wrath to wreak on the ingrate one, perish
Alas! upon his father's, son ! The young, the brave, the gallant. But she, by whose preserving hand hearted;
Alone he gain'd his native land, Permitting still the slave to flourish When as they reach'd that father's door,
Who him so foully had deserted : And while his heart was melting o'er : No! even when Hope herself had fled, Foud recollections long forgot, Still hover'd Mercy o'er his head ; Calld up by each remember'd spot, When, 'neath despair, crush'd down he Imploringly she him besought, bent,
By the deliverance she had wrought, With broken-heart and wasted frame, For him her father's hopeless thrall, A gleam, a ray of joy was sent,
By all she left for him—by all And ah ! from woman's eye it came ! The love he had so deeply sworn, The Paynim's daughter oft had heard, His dark revenge might be forborne ; At eve, when not a leaflet stirr'd,
From rancorous hate that he would cease, The exile's strain of sorrow swell
And seek his father's hall in peace. Melodious from his dungeon cell.
O'ercome, he yielded, and Sir Knight She marvell'd much, and learn'd his fate, Now kindly comes to meet thy sight.
And there her young heart pity mov'd; What, ho ! Lord Henry, haste, appear, Nearer to watch his prison'd state, Love, friendship, honour, wait thee here!"
She saw him-lov'd-and was belov'd! But could she love, nor wish to save
Quick at the word the warrior came, Her chosen from his living grave ?
This foully-wronged, deserted brother, She saw his young cheek pale beneath
While Walter's cheek grew flush'd with
shame, His dungeon's lank and noxious breath : She saw his dark eye westward turn’d,
With littleness he might not smother. Long as one tint of light there burn'd; With downcast eyes, and stealthy pace, And when pale twilight had gone by, Ile to Lord Henry slowly crept ; She heard his deep and yearning sigh; Then glanced at his forgiving facc, He sorrow'd even when she was by ! And rush'd into his arms and wept ! Danger her heart was steel'd to brave, For Love is ever strong to save ;
Him closely many a Chief caress'd, The bolts were stout-the cell was deep,
Breathless with wonder and with joy ; But love will wake when warders sleep.
But closer to his heart was press'd They oped the door, they scal'd the wall,
By far the dark-eyed, blushing boy ! For love, true love, will conquer all ! 'Twas she !- who saved him from the They stood beside the flowing sea
death, The bark was true, and he was free !" Who came with love his life to bless, “Free !” Walter cried ; " then died he not
And who, with sweet, persuasive breath,
Had woo'd him to forgiveness.
And she was hail'd with shouts and smiles, I'll give thee gladly half my land !”
And many a youthful warrior said, « Free on that vessel's deck he stood,
Lord Henry, for his wrongs and toils, Free as the breeze his sail that wood,
Was amply, by her love, repaid. Free through creation wide to range, Yes, he was blest, completely blest ; Bound but to love and deep revenge. To him was granted from above, On to his father's house he came,
Of all Heaven's boons the first and best With thoughts of hate, with heart on Dear woman's pure and perfect love ! flame ;
To the Editor. SIR,
The emotions of vanity and pride kind, and even sometimes so contraare frequently confounded, in the dictory, as to justify the expression language and ideas of ordinary life, of Dr Swift, when he affirmed that though they produce very opposite his pride prevented him from being effects on character and conduct. vain. These terms convey of They have undoubtedly a common a complex nature, and are therefore origin in the natural desire of esti- incapable of definition. Even in a mation, operating in a wrong direc- description of them, we are less liketion; but the errors to which they ly to be successful in the abstract lead are of a distinct and separate than in the concrete, where they are
blended with character, deduced from hermitage, where she lived with conduct, and illustrated by incident. Contentment, her handmaid. Her
I have therefore, in an attempt to brother, more vigorous by his sex, discriminate them, adopted the form would not thus be driven from his of a mythological allegory—a form functions. He still preserved his inwhich has been rendered legitimate fluence in every bosom ; but, deby the practice of our ablest essay- prived of the delightful society of ists, and to which the reader will Merit, was seduced into irregular not object, if it serve its intended excesses, in the course of which, purpose, by leaving a general im- Disdain and Folly, two of the occapression of the distinction I wish to sional companions of Vice, became draw, and by gradually separating, objects of his gallantry. Disdain in the course of a fabulous narrative, bore him a son, in whom the graces two ideas, whose shades so insensis of the sire were almost wholly obbly mingle, as to render it difficult to scured by the coarse and forbidding divide them by a sharp and indise features of the mother; he was named putable boundary.
S. O. Pride. Folly had a daughter, a fecbly.
improved, but striking image of her
self. Her name was Vanity. She PRIDE AND VANITY, AN ALLEGORY.
was nursed by Adulation, on the In the infancy of Nature, accord- banks of a polar lake, which reflecting to poetic tradition, all was gentle, ed a cold and glaring light. As she ness and gaiety. The harsher pas- grew up, and removed to milder resions were not yet unfolded, and the gions, her darling amusements were evils which they create were un- to view her image in the water, when known. Innocence and Cheerfulness tricked out with wreathes of Nar. gambolled in the sunshine of a per- cissus, or to tend the breeding of but. petual spring. Happiness and hope terflies, and hatching of mock-birds, fed each other with the fruits of the which, without any notes of their forest, or reclined, in mutual em- own, can mimic those of others. braces, upon the flowers of the Even when a child, and before the meadow.
maturity of her passions, she shewed Among the delegated Genii, who that insatiable thirst for admiration were then employed in the superin- of which she had caught the signs tendance of human souls, there was from her more adult companions. one whose agency appeared to be uni. Here eyes were blank and unmeanversal. He was named the Genius ing; but, by an acquired and awkof Self-estimation, and his office was ward languishment, like one who to implant and foster the pleasurable parrots phrases from a foreign lanconsciousness of being entitled to re- guage, she tried to imitate the exgard and consideration in society. pression of sensibility. Her sallow He had a sister whose name was cheeks she daubed, unskilfully, with Merit: and in that golden age, the vermilion, and bolstered out, by me. fraternal alliance was so close and chanical contrivances, her adust and endearing, that they perpetually as- emaciated form. Without a single sociated together. But when the charm of mind or person, she made world advanced in years, the sweete it her business to observe and mimic ness and serenity of its childhood the qualities which attract and capfled. Characters became refractory tivate, in those who are graced with and diversified. With tumultuous them by nature. She was playful eagerness, they resisted the training without vivacity, talkative without hand of their seraphic guides, and ideas, tender without passion, and sometimes reversed the bent they had sentimental without feeling. Art formerly received. Inequality and was her tutoress, and had the entire Ambition were introduced, and the formation of her character. Gorgon countenance of Vice was seen Her brother was educated by Mise behind them.
anthropy, in a dark and desart cave, This was a scene where the feminine on the highest and most rugged of delicacy of Merit could no longer the Alps, where he delighted to stand dwell. She ceased to accompany her and enjoy his solitary elevation. He brother, and retired to a sequcstered walked in the mist, to appear a giant;
and exulted, at sunset, to see half the sullen silence, perfectly secure, that, adjoining mountain eclipsed by his without any effort on his part, the shadow. In this seclusion, his fea- fame of so important a personage tures, which were naturally hard and would precede him. The common disagreeable, were never relaxed by expressions of regard or welcome ofa smile ; and as his wish was to be fended him ; for he deemed it an inviewed with dread, rather than de- sult to be offered what so many others light, he studied to stiffen them into might equally receive. The customharshness. His hair and eye-brows ary modes in dress, manners, and opi. grew bristly and savage ; and he nions, he affected to despise. Ornaamused himself with terrifying the ment and splendour he rejected. If Chamois kid by the fierceness of his he added ought in his attire to what frown, or in chacing and killing the was barely necessary, it was to give Marmot, and other little animals, to himself an air of austerity and gloom. cherish a consciousness of superiority He adopted the forgotten fashions of and power. He never mingled with a former age, from no other motive the sprightly villagers, unless to damp than to show his contempt for the their pastime by the constraint of his present. By a formal gravity he presence ; and if their mirth proceed- sought the praise of wisdom, and by ed, notwithstanding this interrup- depressing others, imagined he was tion, discontent and mortification raising himself. He was temperate made him inwardly curse them, and in pleasures-not from principle, but retire. As he could not stoop to that from a dread of descending, in their openness and familiarity which com- pursuit, to a familiarity with those panionship requires, he passed his around him. He rarely smiled, unyouth without a friend, but solaced less when something ridiculous or himself by interpreting the disgust perplexing happened to another, and with which his society was shunned especially to the disciples of his sisinto the silent acknowledgment of ter, whom he regarded with the most his superiority, and the natural ho- unmitigated scorn. Then a grim mage paid by a lower to a higher smile of cruel enjoyment gleamed aorder of beings.
cross his features. An emblem of The Genius of Self-estimation, him might be traced in those poisonblinded by a parent's fondness, com ous vegetables which draw nutrimissioned his children to assist him in tion to their own offensive qualities, his duties. Pride, therefore, in the by withering and mildewing every form of a gnome, took one path ; and herb around them. Vanity, in that of a sylph, the op Vanity, who courted social interposite, for they detested each other. course, was like the green hill, that, Wherever Vanity went, she made her by screening itself among others, had approach be notified by the sound of gained a gloss to its surface which bells, or the flourish of trumpets. the shallow soil was too barren to beHer toilette was regulated by a hand- stow ;-Pride, like the solitary cliff, maid named Fashion, who, every which, bare as it is, grows barer by day, changed the colour or form of standing unsheltered and alone. her dress, to excite a new attention. Though each was entrusted with Her appearance was tawdry and gla- a portion of their sire's authority, ring. She substituted ornament for yet, as they were permitted to employ neatness, and studied what was con it at their own discretion on the huspicuous, not what was comfortable. man mind, their efforts terminated In every circumstance, she coveted in the formation of characters exthe appearance, without the enjoy- tremely dissimilar. The proud were ment, of pleasure. She sought not to generally convinced that the advanbe the object of love. Her aim was tages on which they plumed themto be noticed. Her emblem might selves were perceived and appreciabe found in one of her own artificial ted as distinctly by others as by flowers, which, with the exterior ap- themselves, and therefore they bepearance of fragrance and bloom, trayed no anxiety to display them. when grasped by the beholders, is But the vain seemed ever to doubt discovered to be a handful of rags. the value or validity of their own Pride advanced on his way, in a pretensions ; and, from a desire to
prevent this doubt in others, an suit of pleasure, however gross or incessant eagerness to bring their unnatural. Tenets so flattering to merits obtrusively into view, ran self-love procured a multitude of through all their actions. The proud votaries; and, to attract them more, man seemed indifferent about pleas- the scene of instruction was a garden, ing any, while secretly feeding on embellished with all the decorations the certainty that he was the object of art, and furnished with every of universal envy. The vain man thing that could minister to the most seemed studious of pleasing all, while unbounded wants of voluptuousness. he only sought to please himself, Pride, on the contrary, instructed by the general admiration. When his disciple to seek celebrity from wealth was the ground of mutual moroseness, contradiction, and ri. pretension, the former was often be- gour. He inculcated a conduct too trayed into avarice, with a view to severe for human nature to adopt. greater, though procrastinated, en He interdicted all pleasures, as bejoyment; and the latter into prodi- neath the dignity of man; and, ingality, for that immediate gratifica- stead of exciting and providing for tion of which the absence was in the indulgence of numerous wants, supportable. When the competition he made a parade of shewing that he was in learning, Pride, more afraid had none, by using rags for clothing, of failure than solicitous of success, and a tub for a house. He affected assumed a pompous and mystical re a superiority even to the most powerserve, and Vanity a headlong and ful princes, and told them, that, if blundering loquacity. When they they left him the free use of the narested their pretensions on the beauty tural elements, he looked with conof their female votaries, it was found tempt on all they could bestow. that the proud often ended in the From this snarling and malignant solitude and sourness of hoary virgi- deportment, he got the surname of nity ; while the vain fell an easy Dog, on which he valued himself prey to the seducer, or fortune-hun- with equal ostentation as on his rags, ter. When place and precedency“ through which," said a brother were the subjects of dispute, the vain philosopher, “I clearly see your were forward in arrogating even pride." He, too, had numerous folmore than their right; and the proud, lowers, among those who thought the with an affected humility which adoption of incomprehensible tenets made their design more manifest, a proof of wisdom, and every detook the lowest place, that their title parture from common sense an apto the highest might draw a marked proach to something better,—who attention, and a strong, though tacit, mistook singularity for superiority, acknowledgment from the specta- sullenness for dignity, and sordidness tors. Pride, upon the whole, was for independence. admitted to have shewn superior The rival demons next removed to power, in rendering characters disa Carthage, where wealth was the gusting; and Vanity, in rendering grand object of pursuit. Vanity imthem contemptible.
mediately took possession of a young The struggles of the rival demons merchant, who, by diligence and terminated, at last, in a challenge, to lucky chances, was rising to opumeet and try their strength on the lence ; and as he had no other claim same ground. They accordingly re to consideration, was hastening to paired, by agreement, to Athens, and shew to others what had hitherto each took possession of one of the po been known only to himself. Life, pular philosophers of the age. He he thought, was short; and that leta whom Vanity directed was persuad ting a day pass without an exhibied by her to fashion his doctrines to tion of his wealth, was defrauding the taste of the young, the dissolute, himself of a day of felicity. He and the gay. He taught, that plea shewed it, therefore, in his dress, his sure is the chief good, and the most house, his equipage, but, above all, important business of life ; that there he was careful to set it distinctly beis no Providence, no future exista fore the eyes of the public on his ence, - no responsibility for conduct, table. Thither he tried to attract, mand therefore no check on the pure by expensive luxuries, the fashion