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A most bewildering smile,-there was a glance
Of such arch playfulness and innocence,

That as you look'd, a pleasant feeling came
Over the heart, as when you hear a sound
Of cheerful music. Rich and glossy curls
Were bound with roses, and her sparkling eyes
Gleam'd like Thalia's, when some quick device
Of mirth is in her laugh. Her light step seem'd
Bounding upon the air with all the life,
The buoyant life of one untouch'd by sorrow.
There was another, drawn in after years:
The face was young still; but its happy look
Was gone, the cheek had lost its colour, and
The lip its smile,—the light that once had play'd
Like sunshine in those eyes, was quench'd and dim,
For tears had wasted it; her long dark hair
Floated upon her forehead in loose waves
Unbraided, and upon her pale thin hand
Her head was bent as if in pain,—no trace
Was left of that sweet gaiety which once
Seem'd as grief could not darken it, as care
Would pass and leave behind no memory.
There was one whom she loved undoubtingly,
As youth will ever love, he sought her smile,
And said most gentle things, although he knew
Another had his vows.-Oh! there are some
Can trifle, in cold vanity, with all

The warm soul's precious throbs-to whom it is
A triumph that a fond devoted heart

Is breaking for them-who can bear to call
Young flowers into beauty, and then crush them!
Affections trampled on, and hopes destroy'd,
Tears wrung from very bitterness, and sighs
That waste the breath of life,
Whose image is before me.

these all were her's She had given

Life's hope to a most fragile bark-to love!
'Twas wreck’d—wreck'd by love's treachery she knew
Yet spoke not of his falsehood; but the charm
That bound her to existence was dispell'd-
Her days were number'd:-She is sleeping now.


THE spectacles of a lifetime were indeed to be beheld within the compass of this one scene. The most vivid emotions to which all ranks and all ages are subject, were here in full play; all the various grouping which life affords was here presented; the entire elements of the scenery of human character were here congregated in infinite and magnificent combinations. The appeals to eye and ear alone were of unprecedented force; those addressed to the spirit equalled in stimulus the devotion of Leonidas in his defile, and excelled in pathos the meditation of Marius among more extensive ruins than those which were now tumbling around. From the heights of the fortress might be seen a heaving ocean of upturned faces, when the breeze dispersed at intervals the clouds of smoke which veiled the sun, and gave a dun and murky hue to whatever lay beneath. If a flood of sunshine now and then poured in to make a hundred thousand weapons glitter over the heads of the crowd, the black row of cannon belched forth their red fires to extinguish the purer light. The foremost of the people, with glaring eyes, and blackened and grinning faces, looked scarcely human, in their excess of eagerness, activity, and strength. Yet more terrific were the sounds: the clang of the tocsin at regular intervals, the shouts of the besiegers, the shrieks of the wounded, the roar of the fire which was consuming the guard-houses, the crash of the ruins falling on all sides, a heavy splash in the moat from time to time, as some one was toppled from the ramparts to be smothered in its mud,—and above all these

the triumphant cries of victory and liberty achieved,—these were enough to dizzy weak brains, and give inspiration to strong ones. Here were also the terrors which sooner or later chill the marrow of despotism, and the stern joy with which its retribution fires the heart of the patriot. Here were the servants of tyranny quailing before the glance of the people; kneeling soldiers craving mercy of mechanics, of women, of some of every class, whom, in execution of their fancied duty, they had outraged. Here were men shrinking from violence with a craven horror, and women driven by a sense of wrong to show how disgusting physical courage may be made. Here were also sons led on to the attack by their hitherto anxious fathers; husbands thrust forward into danger by their wives; and little children upreared by their mothers amidst the fire and smoke, to take one last look of the hated edifice which was soon to be levelled with

the ground. The towers of palaces might be seen afar, where princes were quaking at this final assurance of the downfal of their despotic sway, knowing that the assumed sanctity of royalty was being wafted away with every puff of smoke which spread itself over the sky, and their irresponsibility melting in fires lighted by the hands which they had vainly attempted to fetter, and blown by the breath which they had imagined they could stifle. They had denied the birth of that liberty whose baptism in fire and in blood was now being celebrated in a many-voiced chant, with which the earth should ring for centuries. Some from other lands were already present to hear and join in it; some free Britons to aid, some wondering slaves of other despots to slink homewards with whispered tidings of its import; for from that day to this, the history of the fall of the Bastille has been told as a secret in the vineyards of Portugal, and among the groves of Spain, and in the patriotic conclaves of the youth of Italy, while it has been loudly and joyfully proclaimed from one end to the other of Great Britain, till her lisping children are familiar with the tale.


Ir was an aged man, who stood
Beside the blue Atlantic sea;

They cast his fetters by the flood,

And hail'd the time-worn captive-free! From his indignant eye there flash'd A gleam his better nature gave, And while his tyrants shrunk abash'd, Thus spoke the spirit-stricken slave:


Bring back the chain, whose weight so long These tortured limbs have vainly borne; The word of Freedom, from your tongue, My weary ear rejects with scorn! 'Tis true, there was-there was a time, I sigh❜d, I panted to be free; And, pining for my sunny clime, Bow'd down my stubborn knee.

"Then I have stretch'd my yearning arms,
And shook in wrath my bitter chain;-
Then, when the magic word had charms,
I groan'd for liberty in vain!
That freedom ye at length bestow,
And bid me bless my envied fate:
Ye tell me, I am free to go-


Where?-I am desolate!

The boundless hope-the spring of joy, Felt when the spirit's strength is young, Which slavery only can alloy,

The mockeries to which I clungThe eyes whose fond and sunny ray

Made life's dull lamp less dimly burn—


The tones I pined for, day by day,
Can ye bid them return?

Bring back the chain! its clanking sound
Hath then a power beyond your own;
It brings young visions smiling round,
Too fondly loved, too early flown!
It brings me days, when these dim eyes
Gazed o'er the wild and swelling sea,
Counting how many suns must rise
Ere one might hail me free!


Bring back the chain! that I may think
'Tis that which weighs my spirit so:

And, gazing on each galling link,

Dream as I dream'd-of bitter woe!
My days are gone;—of hope, of youth,
These traces now alone remain-
(Hoarded with sorrow's sacred truth)
Tears, and my iron chain!

"Freedom! though doom'd in pain to live,
The freedom of the soul is mine;
But all of slavery you could give,
Around my steps must ever twine.
Raise up the head which age hath bent;
Renew the hopes that childhood gave;
Bid all return kind Heaven once lent,-
Till then-I am a Slave!"


How still the morning of the hallow'd day!
Mute is the voice of rural labour, hush'd

The ploughboy's whistle, and the milkmaid's song.

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