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The reign of guilty glory.
His be the chaplet dropping göre,
And his the red plùme, waving o'er

A bleeding people's wo.
Scourge of the North, the South, the West!
The World, that bows at thy behest,

The World is still thy foe.
4 But thee, fair Daughter of the Seas,

Are brighter days attending,
And olive wreaths, with myrtle twined,

Around thy sceptre blending.
Though doomed perchance awhile to bear
Thy blazing ægis high in air;

Beneath that ample shade,
Shall Europe's exiled virtue throng,
And Africa, redeemed from wrong,

Adore thy guardian aid.
5 So shalt thou rést, through rolling years,

Secure in heaven's alliance,
And to a thousand circling foes

Breathe out a bold defiance.
Her eagle wing shall Victory wave
Around the arm that strikes to sàve;

And Earth applauding, see
The friend of every friendless name,
Foremost in blíss, and strength, and fáme,

The Friend of Freedom, free.


Eliza.-DARWIN. Now stood Eliza, on the wood-crown'd height, O’er Minden's plain, spectatress of the fight, Sought, with bold eye, amid the bloody strife,

Her dearer self, the partner of her life;
5 From hill to hill the rushing host pursu'd,

And viewed his banner, or, believed she viewed.
Pleased with the distant roar, with quicker tread,
Fast by his hand, one lisping boy she led;

And one fair girl, amid the loud alarm
10 Slept on her kerchief, cradled by her arm;

While round her brows bright beams of honour dart,
And love's warm eddies circle round her heart.
-Near, and more near, the intrepid beauty pressed,

Saw, through the driving smoke, his dancing crest; 15 Heard the exulting shout, “ They run! they run!"

“Great God!" she cried, “ he's safe! the battle 's won!"

-A ball now hisses through the airy tides,
(Some fury speeds it, and some demon guides!)

Parts the fine locks, her graceful head that deck, 20 Wounds her fair ear, and sinks into her neck;

The red stream issuing from her azure veins
Dyes her white veil, her ivory bosom stains.-

« Ah me!" she cried, (and, sinking on the ground, Kissed her dear babes, regardless of the wound;) 25 “Oh, cease not yet to beat, thou vital urn!

“Wait, gushing life, oh wait, my love's return!
“ Hoarse barks the wolf, the vulture screams from far!
“ The angel, pity, shuns the walks of war!-

Oh spare, ye war hounds, spare their tender age! 30 “ On me, on me," she cried, “ exhaust your rage!"

Then with weak arms, her weeping babes caressed,
And, sighing, hid them in her blood-stained vest.

From tent to tent the impatient warrior flies,
(Fear in his heart, and frenzy in his eyes:)
35 Eliza's name along the camp he calls,

Eliza! echoes through the canvass walls;
Quick through the murmuring gloom, his footsteps tread
O'er groaning heaps, the dying and the dead,

Vault o'er the plain, and, in the tangled wood, 40 Lo! dead Eliza, weltering in her blood!

Soon hears his listening son the welcome sounds,
With open arms and sparkling eyes he bounds.-

Speak low,” he cries, and gives his little hand,
« Eliza sleeps, upon the dew-cold sand."
45 Poor weeping babe, with bloody fingers pressed,

And tried, with pouting lips, her milkless breast.
“ Alas! we both with cold and hunger quake-

Why do you weep?-Mamma will soon awake. -"She 'll wake no more!” the hopeless mourner cried, 50 Upturned his eyes, and clasped his hands, and sighed;

Stretched on the ground awhile entranced he lay,
And pressed warm kisses on the lifeless clay;
And then upsprung, with wild, convulsive start,

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And, all the father kindled in his heart: 55 0, Heavens!” he cried, my first rash vow forgive!

“ These bind to earth, for these I pray to live!"
Round his chill babes he wrapped his crimson vest
And clasped them, sobbing, to his aching breast.


Character of Mr. Brougham.—ANONYMOUS. Brougham, is a thunderbolt. He may come in the dark, he may come at random, his path may be in the viewless and graspless air; but still, give him something

solid, let him come in contact with the earth, and, be it 5 beautiful or barren, it feels the power of his terrible visi

tation. You see not, or rather you heed not, the agent which works: but, just as when the arch-giant of physical destroyers rends his way, you see the kingdoms

of nature yielding at his approach, and the mightiest 10 of their productions brushed aside as though they were dust, or torn as though they were gossamer.

While he raises his voice in the house-while he builds firmly and broadly the bases of his own proposi

tions, and snatches from every science a beam to enlarge 15 and strengthen his work; and while he indignantly beats

down and tramples upon all that has been reared by his antagonist, you feel as if the wind of annihilation were in his hand, and the power of destruction in his posses

sion. 20 There cannot be a greater treat than to hear Brough

am upon one of those questions which give scope for the mighty swell of his mind, and which permit him to launch the bolts of that tremendous sarcasm, for which

he has not now, and perhaps never had, an equal in the 25 house. When his display is a reply, you see his long

and lathy figure drawn aside from others, and coiled up within itself like a snake, and his eyes glancing from under the slouched hat, as fiery and as fatal as those of

the basilisk; you mark the twin demons of irony and 30 contempt, playing about the tense and compressed line of his mouth.

Up rises the orator, slowly and clumsily. His body, swung into an attitude which is none of the most grace

ful. His long and sallow visage seems lengthened and 35 deepened in its hue. His eyes, his nose, and mouth

seem huddled together, as if, while he presses every illustration into his speech, he were at the same time condensing all his senses into one. There is a lower

ing sublimity in his brows, which one seldom sees equal40 led; and the obliquity of the light shows the organiza

tion of the upper and lateral parts of his forehead, proud and palpable as the hills of his native north. His left hand is extended with the palm, prepared as an anvil,

upon which he is ever and anon to hammer, with the 45 forefinger of his right, as the preparation to that full

swing which is to give life to every muscle, and motion to every limb. He speaks! In the most powerful and sustained, and at the same time, the most close, clear

and logical manner, does he demolish the castle which 50 his opponent had built for himself. You have the sounds,

you see the flash, you look for the castle, and it is not. Stone after stone, turret after turret, battlement after battlement, and wing after wing, are melted away, and

nothing left, save the sure foundation, upon which the 55 orator himself may build. There are no political bowels

in him. He gives no quarter, and no sooner has he tazed the fort, than he turns him to torture the garrison. It is now that his mock solemnity is something more

terrible than the satire of Canning, the glow of Burdett, 60 or the glory of Mackintosh. His features, (which are

always grave) assume the very depth of solemnity; and his voice (which is always solemn) falls into that under soprano, (that visionary tone between speech and whis

per) which men employ when they speak of their own 65 graves, and coffins. You would imagine it not audible,

and yet its lowest syllable runs through the house like wild-fire. You would think it meant only for the ear of him who is the subject of it, yet it comes immediately,

and powerfully, and without the possibility of being for70 gotton, to every one within the walls. You would think

it the fond admonition of a sainted father to the errors of a beloved son; and yet, it has in reality more of that feeling which the Devil is said to exercise, when he acts

as the accuser of the brethren.—You may push aside 75 the bright thing which raises a laugh; you may find a

cover from the wit which ambles to you on antithesis,

or quotation; but, against the home reproof of Brougham there is no defence; its course is so firm that you cannot dash it aside.

EXERCISE 97. Character of Mr. Wilberforce.- ANONYMOUS. The speeches of Mr. Wilberforce, are among the very few good things now remaining in the British Parliament: his diction is elegant, rich, and spirited; his tones are

so distinct and so melodious, that the most hostile ear 5 hangs on them delighted. Then his address is so in

sinuating, that if he talked nonsense, you would feel yourself obliged to hear him. I recollect when the House had been tired night after night,

with discussing the endless questions relating to Indian Policy, when the 10 commerce and finances and resources of our oriental

empire had exhausted the lungs of all the speakers, and the patience of all the auditors — at that period, Mr. Wilberforce, with a just confidence in his powers, ven

tured to broach the hackneyed subject of Hindoo con15 version. He spoke three hours, but nobody seemed

fatigued: all, indeed, were pleased, some with the ingenious artifices of his manner, but most with the glowing language of his heart. Much as I differed from him in

opinion, it was impossible not to be delighted with his 20 eloquence: and though I wish most heartily that the

Hindoos might be left to their own trinity, yet I felt disposed to agree with him, that some good must arise to the human mind, by being engaged in a controversy

which will exercise most of its faculties. Mr. Wilber25 force is now verging towards age,* and speaks but sel

dom; he, however, never speaks without exciting a wish that he would say more; he maintains, like Mr. Grattan, great respectability of character, by disdaining to

mix in the daily paltry squabbles of party: he is no 30 hunter after place.

I confess I always look with equal respect and pleasure on this eloquent veteran, lingering among his bustling,


*Written in 1814 or 1815.

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