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And made him friends of mountains; with the
JAFFAR, star's And the quick Spirit of the universe
JAFFAR, the Barmecide, the good vizier, He held his dialogues : and they did teach
The poor man's hope, the friend without a peer, To him the magic of their mysteries ;
Jaffar was dead, slain by a doom unjust; To him the book of Night was opened wide,
And guilty Haroun, sullen with mistrust And voices from the deep abyss revealed
Of what the good, and e'en the bad, might say, A marvel and a secret. — Be it so.
Ordained that no man living from that day
All Araby and Persia held their breath ;
All but the brave Mondeer : he, proud to show It was of a strange order, that the doom
How far for love a grateful soul could go,
(For his great heart wanted a great relief),
On all they owed to the divine Jaffar.
* Bring me this man," the caliph cried; the man
Was brought, was gazed upon. The mutes began A STRANGER came one night to Yussouf's tent,
To bind his arms. "Welcome, brave cords," Saying, “ Behold one outcast and in dread,
cried he ; Against whose life the bow of power is bent,
' From bonds far worse Jaffar delivered me ; Who flies, and hath not where to lay his head ;
From wants, from shames, from loveless houseI come to thee for shelter and for food,
hold fears ; To Yussouf, called through all our tribes “The
Made a man's eyes friends with delicious tears ; , Good.'”
Restored me, loved me, put me on a par
With his great self. How can I pay Jaffar ?" “This tent is mine," said Yussouf, “but no more Than it is God's ; come in, and be at peace ; Haroun, who felt that on a soul like this Freely shalt thou partake of all my store The mightiest vengeance could but fall amiss, As I of His who buildeth over these
Now deigned to smile, as one great lord of fate Our tents his glorious roof of night and day, Might smile upon another half as great. And at whose door none ever yet heard Nay." He said, “ Let worth grow frenzied if it will ;
The caliph's judgment shall be master still. So Yussouf entertained his guest that night, Go, and since gifts so move thee, take this gem, And, waking him ere day, said : “Here is gold, The richest in the Tartar's diadem, My swiftest horse is saddled for thy flight, And hold the giver as thou deemest fit !" Depart before the prying day grow
bold.” “Gifts !” cried the friend ; he took, and hold. As one lamp lights another, nor grows less, So nobleness enkindleth nobleness.
High toward the heavens, as though to meet his
star, That inward light the stranger's face made grand, Exclaimed, “This, too, I owe to thee, Jaffar!” Which shines from allself-conquest; kneeling low, He bowed his forehead upon Yussouf's hand, Sobbing: “O Sheik, I cannot leave thee so; I will repay thee; all this thou hast done
HARMOSAN. Unto that Ibrahim who slew thy son!”
Now the third and fatal conflict for the Persian “Take thrice the gold,” said Yussouf, “for with
throne was done, thee
And the Moslem's fiery valor had the crowning Into the desert, never to return,
victory won. My one black thought shall ride away from me; First-born, for whom by day and night 1 yearn, Harmosan, the last and boldest the invader to Balanced and just are all of God's decrees ;
defy, Thouart avenged, my first-born, sleep in peace!" Captive, overborne by numbers, they were bringJAMES RUSSELL LOWELL.
ing forth to die.
Then exclaimed that noble captive: “Lo, I per “ And is mine one ?” said Abou. “Nay,
ish in my thirst; Give me but one drink of water, and let then Replied the angel. - Abou spoke more low, arrive the worst !"
But cheerly still ; and said, “I pray thee, th
Write me as one that loves his fellow-men." In his hand he took the goblet; but awhile the draught forbore,
The angel wrote, and vanished. The next ni Seeming doubtfully the purpose of the foeman to It came again, with a great wakening light, explore.
And showed the names whom love of God Well might then have paused the bravest, -—- for, And, lo ! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest
blessed, around him, angry foes With a hedge of naked weapons did that lonely
man enclose. “But what fear’st thou ?” cried the caliph; " is
A PSALM OF LIFE. it, friend, a secret blow ? Fear it not ! our gallant Moslems no such
TELL me not, in mournful numbers, treacherous dealing know.
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers, “Thou mayst quench thy thirst securely, for And things are not what they seem.
thou shalt not die before Thou hast drunk that cup of water, this reprieve
Life is real! Life is earnest ! is thine - no more !”
And the grave is not its goal ;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest, Quick the satrap dashed the goblet down to
Was not spoken of the soul. earth with ready hand, And the liquid sank forever, lost amid the burn Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow “ Thou hast said that mine my life is, till the Find us farther than to-day.
water of that cup I have drained ; then bid thy servants that Art is long, and Time is fleeting, spilled water gather up!"
And our hearts, though stout and bra
Still, like muffled drums, are beating For a moment stood the caliph as by doubtful Funeral marches to the grave.
passions stirred ; Then exclaimed, “Forever sacred must remain In the world's broad field of battle, a monarch's word.
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle ! “Bring another cup, and straightway to the
Be a hero in the strife ! noble Persian give : Drink, I said before, and perish,
- now I bid
Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant ! thee drink and live!”
Let the dead Past bury its dead ! Act, – act in the living Present !
Heart within, and God o'erhead !
RICHARD CHENEVIX TRENCH.
ABOU BEN ADHEM.
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
Footprints on the sands of time;
ABOU BEN ADHEM (may his tribe increase !)
BEAUMONT and FLETCHER.
| 'T is sweet to see the evening star appear;
'Tis sweet to listen as the night-winds creep I FOUND him sitting by a fountain-side, Of which he borrowed some to quench his thirst, From leaf to leaf ; 't is sweet to view on high And paid the nymph again as much in tears.
The rainbow, based on ocean, span the sky. A garland lay him by, made by himself, Of many several flowers, bred in the bay,
'T is sweet to hear the watch-dog's honest bark Stuck in that mystic order, that the rareness
Bay deep-mouthed welcome as we draw near
home; · Delighted me : but ever when he turned His tender eyes upon them he would weep,
'Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark As if he meant to make them grow again.
Our coming, and look brighter when we come ; Seeing such pretty helpless innocence
'T is sweet to be awakened by the lark, Dwell in his face, I asked him all his story.
Or lulled by falling waters ; sweet the hum He told me that his parents gentle died,
Of bees, the voice of girls, the song of birds, Leaving him to the mercy of the fields,
The lisp of children, and their earliest words. Which gave him roots ; and of the crystal springs, Sweet is the vintage, when the showering grapes Which did not stop their courses ; and the sun, Which still, he thanked him, yielded him his light.
In Bacchanal profusion reel to earth, Then took he up his garland, and did show
Purple and gushing : sweet are our escapes What every flower, as country people hold,
From civic revelry to rural mirth ; Did signify; and how all, ordered thus,
Sweet to the miser are his glittering heaps ;
Sweet to the father is his first-born's birth ; Expressed his grief ; and to my thoughts did read
Sweet is revenge, The prettiest lecture of his country art
especially to women, That could be wished ; so that methought I could Pillage to soldiers, prize-money to seamen. Have studied it. I gladly entertained him, Who was as glad to follow.
'T is sweet to win, no matter how, one's laurels,
By blood or ink; 't is sweet to put an end
Particularly with a tiresome friend ;
Sweet is old wine in bottles, ale in barrels ;
Dear is the helpless creature we defend For the far-off, unattained and dim,
Against the world ; and dear the school-boy spot While the beautiful, all round thee lying,
We ne'er forget, though there we are forgot. Offers up its low, perpetual hymn?
But sweeter still than this, than these, than all, Wouldst thou listen to its gentle teaching,
Is first and passionate love, - it stands alone, All thy restless yearnings it would still ; Like Adam's recollection of his fall; Leaf and flower and laden bee are preaching
The tree of knowledge has been plucked, -- all's Thine own sphere, though humble, first to fill.
Worthy of this ambrosial sin, so shown,
Fire which Prometheus filched for us from heaven. If no dear eyes thy fond love can brighten,
No fond voices answer to thine own;
HENCE, loathed Melancholy,
Of Cerberus and blackest Midnight born!
In Stygian cave forlorn, 'TIS SWEET.
'Mongst horrid shapes, and shrieks, and sights
Find out some uncouth cell, .. 'Tis sweet to hear, Where brooding darkness spreads his jealous At midnight on the blue and moonlit deep,
wings, The song and oar of Adria's gondolier,
And the night-raven sings ; By distance mellowed, o'er the waters sweep; | There under ebon shades, and low-browed rocks,
And the mower whets his scythe, And every shepherd tells his tale Under the hawthorn in the dale.
As ragged as thy locks,
In dark Cimmerian desert ever dwell. But come, thou goddess fair and free, In heaven ycleped Euphrosyne, And, by inen, heart-easing Mirth ! Whom lovely Venus, at a birth, With two sister Graces more, To ivy-crowned Bacchus bore ; Or whether (as some sages sing) The frolic wind that breathes the spring, Zephyr, with Aurora playing, As he met her once a-Maying, There, on beds of violets blue And fresh-blown roses washed in dew, Filled her with thee, a daughter fair, So buxom, blithe, and debonair.
Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee Jest, and youthful Jollity, Quips and cranks and wanton wiles, Nods and becks and wreathéd smiles, Such as hang on Hebe's cheek, And love to live in dimple sleek, – Sport, that wrinkled Care derides, And Laughter, holding both his sides. Come ! and trip it, as you go, On the light fantastic toe ; And in thy right hand lead with thee The mountain nymph, sweet Liberty; And if I give thee honor due, Mirth, admit me of thy crew, To live with her, and live with thee, In unreprovéd pleasures free, To hear the lark begin his flight, And singing startle the dull Night, From his watch-tower in the skies, Till the dappled Dawn doth rise ; Then to come, in spite of Sorrow, And at my window bid good morrow, Through the sweet-brier, or the vine, Or the twisted eglantine ; While the cock with lively din Scatters the rear of darkness thin, And to the stack, or the barn door, Stoutly struts his dames before ; Oft listening how the hounds and horn Cheerly rouse the slumbering morn, From the side of some hoar hill Through the high wood echoing shrill ; Sometime walking, not unseen, By hedge-row elms, on hillocks green, Right against the eastern gate, Where the great sun begins his state, Robed in fames, and amber light, The clouds in thousand liveries dight; While the ploughman near at hand Whistles o’er the furrowed land, And the milkmaid singeth blithe,
Straight mine eye hath caught new pleasur
Thus done the tales, to bed they creep,
Of wit or arms, while both contend
| Creep in our ears: soft stillness, and the night, To win her grace whom all commend.
Become the touches of sweet harmony. There let Hymen oft appear
Sit, Jessica : look, how the floor of heaven In saffron robe, with taper clear,
| Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold : And pomp and feast and revelry, .
There's not the smallest orb which thou beWith mask, and antique pageantry, -
hold'st, Such sights as youthful poets dream
But in his motion like an angel sings, On summer eves by haunted stream;
Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubins ; Then to the well-trod stage anon,
Such harmony is in immortal souls : If Johnson's learned sock be on,
But whilst this muddy vesture of decay Or sweetest Shakespeare, fancy's child, Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it. Warble his native wood-notes wild.
JESSICA. I am never merry when I hear sweet And ever, against eating cares,
music. Lap me in soft Lydian airs,
LOR. The reason is your spirits are attentive. Married to immortal verse, Such as the meeting soul may pierce,
Therefore the poet In notes with many a winding bout
Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and Of linkéd sweetness long drawn out,
floods ; With wanton heed and giddy cunning Since naught so stockish, hard, and full of rage, The melting voice through mazes running,
But music for the time doth change his nature. Untwisting all the chains that tie
The man that hath no music in himself, The hidden soul of harmony, —
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, That Orpheus' self may heave his head
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils ; From golden slumber on a bed
The motions of his spirit are dull as night, Of heaped Elysian flowers, and hear
And his affections dark as Erebus :
Let no such man be trusted.
Music, when soft voices die,
Vibrates in the memory, —
Odors, when sweet violets sicken,
Live within the sense they quicken.
Rose-leaves, when the rose is dead, · MUSIC.
Are heaped for the belovéd's bed ;
And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone,
Love itself shall slumber on.
WHERE music dwells The appetite may sicken, and so die.
Lingering, and wandering on, as loath to die, That strain again ;- it had a dying fall :
Like thoughts whose very sweetness yieldeth proof 0, it came o'er my ear like the sweet south,
That they were born for immortality. That breathes upon a bank of violets,
WORDSWORTH. Stealing, and giving odor.
Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,
| To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak. The soul of music slumbers in the shell,
CONGREVE. Till waked and kindled by the master's spell; And feeling hearts — touch them but rightly — pour
ALEXANDER'S FEAST; OR THE POWER A thousand melodies unheard before !
'T was at the royal feast, for Persia won LORENZO. How sweet the moonlight sleeps . By Philip's warlike son : upon this bank !
Aloft in awful state Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music
The godlike hero sate