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Forget not: in Thy book record their groans
Who were Thy sheep, and in their ancient fold
Slain by the bloody Piemontese, that rolled Mother with infant down the rocks. Their moans The vales redoubled to the hills, and they
To Heaven. Their martyred blood and ashes sow O’er all the Italian fields, where still doth sway
The triple tyrant: that from these may grow A hundredfold, who, having learnt Thy way, Early may fly the Babylonian woe.
187 ON THE TURKISH MASSACRE OF ARME
NIANS IN 1895?
HAT profits it, О England, to prevail
In arts and arms, and mighty realms subdue,
1 Reprinted through special arrangement with Dodd, Mead & Company, Inc.
88 ON THE EXTINCTION OF THE VENETIAN
NCE did She hold the gorgeous east in fee;
And was the safeguard of the west: the worth
1 By Napoleon, in 1797. Parts of the sonnet are illustrated by the ollowing extract from a letter dated July 1, 1621: “These wishes come o you from Venice, a place where there is nothing wanting that heart an wish; renowned Venice, the admired'st city in the world, a city that 11 Europe is bound unto, for she is her greatest rampart against that uge Eastern tyrant, the Turk, by sea; else, I believe, he had overrun 11 Christendom by this time. Against him this city hath performed lotable exploits, and not only against him, but divers others; she hath estored emperors to their thrones, and popes to their chairs, and with er galleys often preserved St. Peter's bark from sinking; for which, y way of reward, one of his successors espoused her to the sea, which carriage is solemnly renewed every year in solemn procession by the Doge and all the Clarissimos, and a gold ring cast into the sea out f the great Galeasse, called the Bucentoro, wherein the first ceremony vas performed by the pope himself, above three hundred years since, nd they say it is the self-same vessel still, though often put upon areen, and trimmed” (James Howell to Dr. Francis Mansell).
189 THOUGHT OF A BŘITON ON THE SUBJU.
GATION OF SWITZERLAND 1
WO voices are there; one is of the sea,
One of the mountains; each a mighty voice:
TO TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE 2
TOUSSAINT, the most unhappy man of men!
Whether the whistling Rustic tend his plow
i By the French, in 1798.
2 A negro, born a slave in San Domingo. He acquired an education, took part in the disturbances beginning with an insurrection of blacks in 1791, and ten years later had made himself master of the island-at the time a titular French possession. Napoleon determined to assert French supremacy Fierce warfare ensued. In the end L'Ouverture was treacherously seized and conveyed to France, where he died in a prison on April 27, 1803 Wordsworth's sonnet was written in August, 1802.
Though fallen thyself, never to rise again,
is not to be thought of that the Flood
Of British freedom, which, to the open sea
Another mighty Empire overthrown!
1 Dated November, 1806. Occasioned by Napoleon's victory at Jena and the consequent downfall of Prussia. French troops entered Berlin on October 26.
'Tis well! from this day forward we shall know
GRIEVED for Buonaparte, with a vain
And an unthinking grief! The tenderest mood