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THE CHAPEL OF THE ISLE.* And oft his scowling eye esplor'd
A FRAGMENT.

Hler ball with massy treasures stor'd,

A steadfast, broad, and rey'rend pile, Is it a cloud of fleecy white

Rich with a hundred ages' toil: Sits on tbe calm sea's bosom bright? There cluster'd oaks, its columns proud, A lone amidst yon glassy bed

Stood like a rude but loyal crand, A proud isle rears its silver head,

Supporters of the one-arch'd roof Frap Earth's imperial circle hurid, Against a thousand tempests proof. The reboat of an earlier world :

And wreath'd around those columns hune, Scarce Alpine summers deign to rest The theme of many a minstrel's topgae, Os that lone island's frozen breast; The pike and how and jav’lip bright, Yet lavish Nature there has strewn

And banner hewn in deatbfyl fight. With golden hands her fairest boon, St. Cloud's with lilies silver do'er, od richer bearis bare ripen'd tbere. And pale Iberia's steep'd in gore, Thaa in Hesperia's gardens fair,

Their faded honours iwin'd: Gay Albine in her castle ball

Above, in sov'reign pomp unroll'd, Sat list ning to the clarion's call:

The Red Cross banner's starry fold A wayward get a gracious dame,

Wavid in the western wind, With lip of balm and eye of Name,

Which crept thro' windows blazon'a high And spirit stabborn as the pile

With pomp of gorgeous heraldry, Of colomb-rocks that guard her isle, Where still the boast of ancient days het boudieous as if roupd ber roll'd Shone in a rich but fading blaze. A jasper sea on sands of gold,

Firm in the midst the Stone of Pow's Tso seldom on her ear in vain

Rose like the bulwark of the tosi. The flaui'ser pour d his honied strain, A name he dar'd not look upon

Dies would that spirit fierce and wild Was graven on that hallow'd stong'ben, as tge cradied slnmherer`s, mild, "O! low shall be its fall," he cried, Hey love was fickle, and ber smile.

* When Albine is the victor's bride !". Might rell ibe soaring heart beguile The foe his haggard form forsooks, With sueb false light as pilgrim sees And Albine's best-lov'd champion's took : Da icy arch or precipice,

He deck'd his dark cheek with the glow When diamond domes his fancy greet, Youth and the laughing Loses bestow; While gulfs up measur'd wait his feet And such a smile as rosy mirtha Vasages, bards, and chiefs, have striv'n Sends from the heart wlrich gase it birth: To wio so bright yet brief a heav'n ! “ Albine!” the traitor said, and sighdThe Lady in her caste hall

The fair dame smil d with beauty'spride -Smild as she beard the war-horn's call; " Albine! by all to honour dear, With magic tales uncouth and drear Give to thy faithful sercani earer. Her watcbful pages soosh d her care ; Or sacred is this lonely hous For the ber breast po terrors mov'd,

To bim who snays the Reacon Tow'r?" Full well the wondrous tale she loy'd, Fler azure eye the fair-poe rais o. be a'er her wheel of massy gold

Where stern amaze and anger blaz'dHer band the snow-white feece varo}ld, " Think'st thou a vassal's Love os hate To maoy a wild lay sweetly trillid

Can Albine's woe or weal create Hos minsurel's harp the pauses fill'd. Go, and severe her face's decree, Unheard, unseen, the Wizard Sprite The TV’ill of Albine must be free !" Gazd with a Goblin's grim delight; Lew bow'd the crafty wizard's head Yet 'twas not beauty's sunbeam stole “ Be Albine ever free!” he said ; Thro* the dark wiodings of his soul, " But is it love whose gentle pow'r Ber with desiring glance be view d Sways hizo who rules the Beacon Tow'r? The sparkling gems around her strend. Is is for Albine's love he drajos Her arm the pearls of Indus brac-d, The riches of her smiling plains? The leopard's spoils her shoulder grac'd, Nor wassa il bowl por lady gay Round her brown locki and taper waist Terepts Willhelm from his lovely way; The silk of Persia clung:

Unheard, unseen, the hermic-boy Add gums, of Araby the pride,

Pursoes his dark and sayage joy : Burat in rich eersers by her side

Beneath yon chapel's ruin d wall Nor proeder shone the eastern bride The goblin-race obey lois call; Bý fabling poets seng.

Else wherefore from their mould'riog bed

Wakes he the spirits of the dead? * A wizard of France coveted the fair Lady! the warning voice revere! Isnd of Albine, but therein dwelt the son of Sleeps Albine when a foe is near? another magician, who ruled a rare engine Once Plata's gold her coffers lio's, alles a Parlement, and could raise, spi. And pilgrims from the farthest Ind. nts," LOW Remaunl.

Their treasures astes fees resign'a Europ. Mag. l'ol, LXXIII. fe. 1818.

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In piles of woven gold? Where lurk they now? - In Albine's

breast A serpent rears his blazing, crest,

And spreads his venom d fold,”; Well pleas'd the wizard-foe beheld Her breast with changeful tumults

While on its spiral point supreme Shone Albine's ancient diadem, A magic gift!--for he whose eye Could fate's remotest depths descry, Thus on the dark brink of the tomb Pronounc'd the sea girt Eden's doom : Long as that holy frame shall stand, The work of an immortal hand, Unchang'd and undefac'd shall smile The glories of the silver Isle : But when it falls, let Albine wait The darkest tragedy of fale!" With stedfast eje and rev'rent feet Stero Wilhelm trod the dim retreatThe mystic Horologe alone Amidsi funereal darkness shoneThe key whose magic touch contrould Those never-number'd valves of gold Was his alone!-inpensive mood The crystal panoply he view'd, Dimm d by ihe fading touch of time, But in its slow drcay sublime. Behind him, thro' the dicar abode, The Wizard foe in silence strode. He smild-a smile as wat and grim Shrivels the livid lips of him, Who, shrunk in toods of suph'rous fire, Reviles high heav'n's avengiug ireFrom its broad base, in marble cleav'd, The tri-form d pedestal he beav'd, But heav'd ju vain - tho' feciler shocks Might rend from earth her eldest rocks. Yet o'er its starry sunmit's beam He breath'd a dank and venom d steam; Then in its shadow couching low, Malign he eyed his noblest foe, Slow to the rev'rend structure's side Willhelm his radiant key apylied:. On earth he casts his fearless eyes, Where shrin'd in fame his father lies-He calls him!-thro' the gloom profuund Pålp shrouded spectres murmur roundEarth yawns-beneath his moss-green

swell'dAh, Lady! scorn the beardless sage! Ill sits the besmit-cowl of age

On youth's enameli'd brow!
Shall Ålbine to a peasant-guide
Her treasures and her fame confide,

Yet scorn a victor's vow ?
Bid then the shrill-voic'd clarion cease-
Spread in these nalla the feast of peace ;
Thy throne shall grace the victor's side,
Thy hand his giant arm shall guide :
First of a new and valiant race,
His brow the Iron Crown shail grace-
Avails it from what dust he springs?,
The valiant and the free are kings-
This cup the wounds of war shall heal,
And thy rich lip our concord scal-"
Sbe heard and smil'd-but grimly gaunt,
With eyes that mock'd the guileful vaunt,
The Warden of her Beacon-tow'r
Stood by the timeworn Stone of Pow'r.
To earth ibe poison d cup he flung,,
And bigh the Red Cross banner hung-
“ Home, wizard-robber, to thy lair!
Hence, of our island.fires beware!
Go! teach thy ear our fate's behest-
No tyrant-foe, no traitor-guest,
Shall taint the proud iste of the west,

While Albine's self is there!"
The Warden gave his bugle sound—4,
O'er rocks and hills and vallies roun
Swift as the echo' fiew, arose
The scarlet host to meet their foes:
On ev'ry cliff a beacon's light
Sprang ip to mock the gloom of night,
Till round the proud i:le's rocky head
A wreath of living lustre spread --
Then high he wav'd his flaming brand,
And far and wide illoned the strand-
" Is Albine yet subdued ?" he cried-

Shall Albine be ihe Bandit's Bride?
First let the pilot ask in vain
Where rose the West's green lile, the glory

of the main ?""

stone
They hear the dead man's waking groan-
" Com'st thou so soon, my son, to know
The measure of thy Albine's woe?
Calls Willhelm from their peaceful grave
The dead to counsel and to save ?
Go! rather wake the living dead
From Slavery's inglorious bed.
But midst her chiefs and kindred slain,
Thy Albine's self shall still remain
Herself, in storms and ruin. great-
Herself alone shall fx her fate!
Stern Wilhelm bears the welcome doom-
Superior fires his eye illume-
" Father! to heavin and thee alone
The secret of my sovi is known;
That love-thai body love, whose sway
My soul's assembled powers obey.
Speak thou, to whom onveil'd appears
The offipring of a cending years,
Shall Alline low to tyrani-pride?
Shall Albine be a Bandit's bride ?"
The dead man smitd; and as a reil
Of mist ascends before the sale,

Whepce conic the lonely feet that tread
The mould'ring Chapel of the dead ?-
There in religious gloon enclos'd,
A mighty Morninge repos d-
A work di ine! - jis massy frame
Glowd with a never-dying flame ;
Within, a hundred wheels of gold,
Self-mov'd wille vital instinct roll'd..
Each on its glowing arle burn'd,
Each in a various orbit furnid:
Confus 'dly regular tey mov’d,
And copcord from contention prov'd.
High on a radiant tripod rais d,
The adamantine fabric blaz'd,

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Areed him from their dark repose
Tre Furace's awful shadows rose,
Japerial on his purple throne
The nighty Wizard sat alone,
AM # as a pageant strange to view,
The banders streak'd with ev'ry bue,
By crouds of trembling vassals spread,
Fice as a rainbow, arch d bis head.
Bepraid his feet, a footstool proud!
St. Jago's sarword helmet bow'd,
And what fam'd shield, in slumber lost,
Wita tos'ss of blazing gold emboss'd,
Tbe pride of Leon's proudest host

Lay trampled by his bate:
Sein chiefs from Belgia's baleful strand,
hod thrice three from the Mountain Band,
Suod silent at the red right hand

Of bin a hose thought was fate.
À coniect--and ihe pomp is past!
His lirone has crumblei in the blast;
As exile in unfriended gloom,
He lingers, living in his tomb,
Hiszeptinel, the howling surge;
An empire's secret groans, bis dirge !
The si-ion changes and a throng
Of bridal miastrels float along:
The seo op western hills afar
Stines in the May-ere's ruby car,
sile peaceful sales and barvests teem
Preeath tbe glories of his beam.
She comes !--the pride of Albine's isle !
Wrb azure eyes and maiden smile.
That with her cheek's pale beauty show
Like suabeans pour'd on Alpine snow.
Tte noblest of her noble race
Beside her bolds his envied place:
The freemen of her golden fields
Raise bigb a canopy of sbields:
Aed sang d beneath their shade sublime,
Stand knights and cbiefs of ev'ry clime;
Bat from her brow the myrtle leaf
Falis not more beautiful and brief-
Aboiber moment, and tbe pall
Of death and darkness covers all ?
Tre comet and the star are gone
That egpires paus’d to ga ze opon ;
Yet pot alike-the comet's path
Mark d an avenging demon's wrath ;
Let that mild star of loveliest light,
Which premis'd bliss and fled from sight,
is place in nobler spheres has won,
Itself is Hear'b's own world an everlasting

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V.

JOERNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND,

Days omitted, no Business of Importance.

HOUSE OF LORDS. TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 1818.—The House moreland, and the Duke of Montrose, en

met this day for the despatch of busi- tered the House as Lords Commissioners, Eas. Shortly after three o'clock, the Lord and the House of Commons, attended by Chancellor, the Arcbbishop of Canterbury, their Speaker, appeared at the Bar: bis the Earl of Ilarrumby, the Earl of West Lordship theu read the speech:

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that purpose.

My Lords, and Gentlemon,

been in a state of progressive improvedest “We are commanded by his Royal High. in its most important branches. Ness the Prince Regeot to iuforia you, " My Lords, and Gentlemen, that it is with great cóncern that he is ". We are commanded by the Prince obliged to announce to you the continuance Regent to inform you, that he has conof his Majesty's lamented indisposition. cluded Treaties with the courts of Spain and

2" The Prince Regent is persuaded that Portugal, on the important subject of the you will deeply participate in the aflic. Abolition of the Slave Trade. ijon with which his Royal Highness has been “ Iris Royal Highness' has directed that a visited, by the calamitous and antimely death copy of the former Treaty should be immeof his beloved and only child the Princess diately laid before you'; and he will order Ckarlotte.

a similar communication to be made of the Under this arv ful dispensation of Pro. latter treaty, as soon as the ratification of vidence, it has been a soothing consola. it shall have been exchanged. tion to the Prince Regent's heart, to receive " In these negociations it has been his from all descriptions of his Majesty's sub. Royal Highness's endeavour, as far as cir. jects the most cordial assurances both of cumstances would permit, to give effect to their just sense of the loss which bey have the recommendations contained in tbe joint sustained, and of their sympathy with his Addresses of the two Houses of Parliaparental sorrow : And, amidst his own mrnk: And his Royal Highness has a full sufferings, his Royal Highness has not been reliance on your readiness to adopt such uomindful of the effect whieh this sad event measures as may be necessary for fulfilling must have on the interests and future Pros- the, engagement into which he has entered for pects of the kingdom.

“ We are cominanded to acquaint you, “The Prince Regent has commanded us that the Prince Regent continues to re- to direct your particular attention to the ceive from Foreign Powers the strongest deficiency which ims so long existed in the assurances of their frieodly disposition to- number of places of public worstrip belong. wards this. Country, and of their desire to jog to the Established Churchi, when com- 4 maintain the general tranquillity.

pared with the increased and increasing “ His Royal Highness has the satisfaction population of the country. of being able to assure you, that the confi. His Royal Highness most earnestly redence which hë bas iovariably felt in the commends this important subject to your stability of the great sources of onr national early consideration, deeply impressed, as be prosperity has not been disappointed. has no doubt you are, with a just serse of

“ The improvement which has taken the many blessings which this country by place in the course of the last year, in the favour of Divine Providence has enalmost every branch of our domestic ind is- joyed; and with the conviction, that the try, and the present stale of public credit, religious and moral habils of the people are aford abundant próf that the difficulties the most sure and frin foundation of national under which the country was labouring prosperity." were chiefly to be ascribed to temporary The usäal adjourniment took place after causes.

the speechi was read. At five o'clock their “ So important a change could not fail Lordships again assembled, when Lord to withdraw from the disaffected the prin- Holland said, he hoped that some one of bis cipal means of which they had availed them- Majesty's ministers intended to move the selves for the purpose of fomenting a spirit repeal of the Habeas Corpus Suspeôsion of discontent, which onhappily led to acis Act, as a kind of act of grace, after they of insurrection and treason : And his Royal had so wantonly and so unnecessarily sus. Highness entertains the most confident ex• 'pended só great a protection of the freedom pectation, that the state of peace and tran. of the subject. If this suhject was not quillityto which the country is now restored, brought forward by some other noblé ford, will be maintained against all attempts to he should at an early period of the session. disturb it, by the persevering vigilance of bring it under the notice of the house the Magistracy, and by the loyalty and good himself.– The Earl of Liverpool stated. sense of the people.

that the rppeal of the Act in question would "Gentlemen of the House of Commons, be moved by Lord Sidmouth. a The Prince Regent has directed the Esti- The customary address to the Prince mates for the current year to be laid before Regent was then moved by the Earl of

Aylesford, and was seconded by the Lord “ His Royal Flighness recommends to your Selsey: both of these noblemen, after dilatcootinued attention the state of the Publicing on the gooeral grief evinced by the Jocowe and Expenditure of the country; nation on the loss of the Princess Charlotte, and he is most happy in being able to congratulated the house on the information Acquaint you, that, since you were last that the prospects of the country were #szembled in Parliament, the Revenue has brightening. Our commeree, foreign and

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drastic, ra rapidly improving; oor Royal Dukes

7 | Bishops fereste was increasing, and public credit Dukes

18 Barons

.131 Ened again on the most satisfactory aod Marqoises .17 Peers of Scotland 16 esdaten basis.-The Marquis of Lanse Earls

99 Perry of Ireland 32 one would get propose any amendment, Viscounts Ang he could concor with only that part

In this amount are included seven Cathon of the address wbich related to the death of to Princess Charlotte. He insisted that no

lic and eight minor Peers. The Catholic

Peers are trace of any thing like an organized conspiracy had been discovered, which Doke.

Barons. exley for the sospension of the constitution. Norfolk

Cliford - The Earl of Liverpool shortly replied, Earl.

Dormer when the address was agreed to.

Shtewsbury

Petre In tocsequence of Mr. Rose, who has Barons.

Stourton imiteded his father as clerk of parliament, Arandel bring abroad, Mr. Henry Cooper was

The minor Peers are gatherfaed to sign papers and bills in his ,

Marquis.

Barons. WOTESDAY, Jan. 29.-Lord Sidmouth

Abercora

Dorchester
Earls,

Howard de Walden purported a bill for repealing the Habeas

Monson Carpas Suspension Bill, which was read Harborough

Wilton & first time. lis lordship then moved to

Southampton

Viscount. speed the standing orders (forbidding the

Gardiner pering a bill through more than one stage in he same day) with reference to this bill. The Earl of Berkeley is of age, but Ordered.

we are uncertain whether bis Lordship has SITT&DAY, Jan. 31.— The Royal Assent (aken hiy seat, or not.

giten, by commission, to the bill for The number of sitting Peers is 352-of

repeal of the Act of last Sesssion, these the following fifty, though some of betitled, ao Act for the Repeal of the them are still young, have beea Peers Habeas Corpus Act. The Commissioners for the greatest number of years :were--the Lord Chancellor, the Earl of

Royal Duke.

Earls. Saftesbury, and Lord Melsille.-- The Lords

York

Soffolk ajourced to Monday.

Dukes.

Tankerville MONDAY, Feb. 2, Lord Sidmouth pre

Manchester

Thaget tested certain papers relative to the past

Rolland

Westmorland and present state of the country. His Lord

Marquis's

Winchilsea they would not then move for the appoint.

Cholmondley Viscovots. stoi of & Secret Committee to examine,

Hastings

Bolingbroke owing to the absence of Lord Holland end the Marquis of Lansdown, who were

Salisbury

Dudley and Ward Earls,

Hampden
terested for attending by tbe death of
the Earl of Upper Ossory.

Abergavenny Maynard
Albemarle

Bishope.
TUESDAY, Feb. 3. - Lord Sidmouth

Carlisle

Durbano Esved the appointmmt of a Committee,

Chatham

Lincoln mic ** oppused by the Earl of Carnar:

Clarendon

Litchfield ta and the Marqu of Lansdowne, on the

Derby

Winchester groued that it would be a mére mockery

Egremont

Barons. toconfor the inqwiry to the papers foraished

Ferrets dy mitiners themselves. The Secret Con

Audley
Fitzwilliam

Boston titles of last Session, their Lordships

Fortescue
Cherved, had made their Report upon

Bulkeley
Harrington

Carteret tz-parto evidence- and upon ex-parte

Morley

Clifton fidence thicisters might get what Report

Norwich

De Clifford they pleased. The papers were then re

Pomfret

Grantham ferred to a Coronittee of Secrecy-fo con** of seren lords to be chosen by ballot,

Poulert

Holland
Radoor

Loveland Holland On Ther day, the following Peers were

Spencer

Sluerborne ippointed Meinbers of the Secret Commite !

Stamford

Stawell tre: - The Lord Chancellor, Earl of Hartouby, Doke of Montrose, Earl of Liver

Strange poel, Marquis Camden, Marquis Lansdown, Among the above fifty, the Earl Fitt. Lari ritzwiniarn, Earl Pomis, Viscount william is the Noblernen, who has been Edmonth, Lords Grenville and Redescale.* a Peer for the greatest number of years,

and may therefore he considered as the • The

present number of Peers is three faser of the fore-his Lordship and the kundred and sixty eight: Their oumbers

Earl of Carlisle are the only living persons, we as follow.

who were Peers in the lute reigu.

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