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For it hath been by sorrow nursed,
And ached in sleepless silence long ; And now 'tis doom'd to know the worst,
And break at once-or yield to song.'
I SAW THEE WEEP.
Came o'er that eye of blue;
A violet dropping dew:
Beside thee ceased to shine ;
That fillid that glance of thine.
SONG OF SAUL BEFORE HIS LAST
As clouds from yonder sun receive
A deep and mellow dye,
Can banish from the sky,
Their own pare joy impart;
That lightens o'er the heart.
THY DAYS ARE DONE.
Thy country's strains record
The slaughters of his sword!
The freedom he restored !
Bid the prophet's form appear.
King, behold the phantom seer!"
• Why is my sleep disquieted ?
Though thou art fall’n, while we are free
Thou shalt not taste of death!
Disdain'd to sink beneath:
Thy spirit on our breath!
Thy name, our charging hosts along,
Shall be the battle-word!
From virgin voices pour'd!
Thou shalt not be deplored.
! ["It was generally conceived that Lord Byron's report-a mantle.” Saul, in terror, bows down his head to the ed singularities approached on some occasions to derange earth ; and, it should seem, not daring to look up, receives ment, and at one period, indeed, it was very currently as from the voice of the spectre the awful intiination of his serted that his intellects were actually impaired. The re defeat and death. On the reality of this apparition we preport only served to ainuse his Lordship. He referred to the tend not to decide: the figure, it figure there were, was not circunstance, and declared that he would try how a mad seen by Saul: and, excepting the event of the approaching man could write : seizing the pen with eagerness, he for a battle, the spirit said nothing which the living prophet had moment fixed his eyes in majestic wildness on vacancy; not said before, repeatedly and publicly. But thie fact is when, like a flash or inspiration, without erasing a single curious, as showing the popular belief of the Jews in deword, the above verses were the result."--NATHAN.) parted spirits to have been the same with that of most other a [ Haunted with that insatiable desire of searching into
nations.--MILMAN.] the secrets of futurity, inseparable from uncivilized man, 3 ["Since we have spoken of witches," said Lord Byron, Saul knew not to what quarter to turn. The priests, out at Cephalonia, in 1823, " what think you of the witch of raced by his cruelty, hadi forsaken him: the prophets stood Endor? I have always thought this the finest and most aloof; no drearns visited his couch; he had persecuted finished witch-scene that ever was written or conceived ; eren the unlawful diviners. He hears at last of a female and you will be of my opinion, if you consider all the cirnecromancer, a woman with the spirit of Ob; strangely cumstances and the actors in the case, together with the similar in sound to the Obeah women in the West Indies. gravity, simplicity, and dignity of the language. It beats all To the cave-dwelling of this woman, in Endor, the monarch the ghost scenes I ever read. The finest conception on a proceeds in disguise. He commands her to raise the spirit similar subject is that of Goethe's Devil, Mephistopheles ; of Sarnuel. At this daring demand, the woman first recog. and though, of course, you will give the priority to the for. nues, or pretends to recognise, her royal visiter.
Whom mer, as being inspired, yet the latter, if you know it, will seest thou?" says the king.-"Mighty ones ascending from appear to you-at least it does to me--one of the finest and the earth.”_ Or what form ?"_" An old man covered with most sublime specimens of human conception.”]