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he had known several of them inti. crime and infamy. In his own early mately ; he had been often solicited to experiences he had perceived that join their band ; but while steadily more than one of these had exparefusing this, he had detected much triated themselves suddenly, carrying which to his keen intelligence savored away to foreign shores considerable of treachery to the calise amongst wealth, and that, too, under circumthem. This cause

was necessarily stances where the acquisition of recruited from those whose lives re- property seemed scarcely possible. jected all honest and patient labor. Others, he had seen, as suddenly They were the disappointed men of throwing off their political associates, every station, from the highest to the run into stations of rank and power; lowest. The ruined gentleman--the and one memorable case he knew, beggared noble--the bankrupt trader where the individual had become the --the houseless artizan---the homeless chief adviser of the very state whose vagabond, were all there ; bold, destruction he had sworn to accomdaring and energetic, fearless as to plish. Such a one he now fancied he the present, reckless as to the future. had detected among the advisers of They sought for any change, no his Prince, and, deeply ruminating matter what, seeing that in the con- on this theme, he sat at the bed-side. vulsion their own condition must be “ Is it a dream, Stubber, or have bettered. Few troubled their heads we really heard bad news from Carhow these changes were to be ac- rara ? Has Fraschetti been stabbed, complished—they cared little for the

or not? real grievances they assumed to re- “Yes, your Highness, he has been dress--their work was demolition. stabbed, exactly two inches below It was to the hour of pillage alone where he was wounded in September they looked for the recompense of last--then it was his pocket-book their hardhihood. Some, unquestion- saved him; now it was your Highably, took a different view of the neas's picture, which, like a faithful agencies and the objects ; dreamy follower, lie always carried about him. speculative men, with high aspira- “Which means, that you disbelieve tions, hoped that the cruel wrongs the whole story." which tyranny inflicted on many a Every word of it.” European state might be effectually And the poinards found at the curbed by a glorious freedom--when Bocca de Magni ?" each man's actions should be made “Found by those who placed them conformable to the benefit of the there." community, and the will of all be " And the proclamations ?" typified in the conduct of each. Blundering devices. See, here There was, however, another class, is one of them, printed on the very and to these Stubber had given deep paper supplied to the Government attention. It was a party whose sin- ofices. There's the water mark, with gular activity and energy were always the crown and your own cypher on it.” in the ascendant-ever suggesting “Per Baceo! so it is.

Let me bold measures whose results could show this to Landetti." scarcely be more than menaces, and “ Wait a while, your Highness; let alvocating actions whose greatest us trace this a little further. No effect could not rise above acts of arrests have been made.” terror and dismay. And thus while None." the leaders plotted great political Nor will any. The object in view convulsions, and the masses dreamed is already gained ; they have terrified of sack and pillage, these latter dealt you, and secured the next move." in acts of suicidal assassination---the “What do you mean ?" vengeance of the poinard and the "Simply, that they have persuaded poison cup;

These were the men you that this state is the hotbed of Stubber had studied with no common revolutionists ; that your own means attention. He fancied he saw in them of security and repression are unequal neither the dupes of their own ex- to the emergency; that disaffection cited imaginations, nor the reckless exists in the army; and that, whether followers of rapine, but an order of for the maintenance of the government men equal to the former by intelli- or your safety, you have only one gence, but far transcending the last in course remaining.”

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“ And why not, sir ? Of what “ To call in the Austrians.”

value could such a man as I am be to “Per Bacco! it is exactly what they your service, if I were not to tell you have advised. How did you come to what you'll never hear from others know it? Who is the traitor at the the plaiv, simple truth? Is it not council board ?"

clear enough that if I only thought “ I wish I could tell you the name of my own benetit, I'd say whatever of one who was not such. Why, your you'd like best to hear-I'd tell you, Highness, these fellows are not your like Landetri, that the taxes were ministers, except in so far as they are well paid, or say, as Cerreccio did, paid by you. They are Metternich's t'other day, that your army would do people; they receive their appoint- credit to any state in Europe; when ments from Vienna, and are only he well knew at the time, that the accountable to the cabinet held at artillery was in mutiny from arrears Schoenbrunn. If wise and moderate of pay, and the cavalry horses dying counsels prevailed here, if our finan- from short rations !" cial measures prospered, if the people “I am well weary of all this," said were happy and contented, how long the duke, with a sigh. “ If the half think you, would Lombardy submit of what I hear of my kingdom, every to be ruled by the rod and the bay. day, be but true, my lot in life is worse onet ? Do you imagine that


than a galley-slave's. One assures be suffered to give an example to the me that I am bankrupt; another peninsula of a good administration ?” calls me a vassal of Austria ; a third

“ But so it is,” broke in the Prince; makes me out a Papal spy; and you I defy any man to assert the oppo- aver that if I venture into the streets site. The country is prosperous, the of my own town in the midst of my people are contented, the laws justly own people, I am almost sure to be alministered, and, I hesitate not to assassinated !" say, myself as popular as any sove- “ Take no man's word, sir, for what, reign of Europe."

while you can see for yourself, it is * And I tell your Highness, just your own duty to ascertain,” said as distinctly, that the country is Stubber resolutely. “If you really ground down with taxation, even to only desire a life of ease and indolence, export duties on the few things we forgetting what you owe to yourself have to export--that the people are

and those you

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send for the poor to the very verge of starvation- Austrians. Ask for a brigade and a that if they do not take to the high- general. You'll have them for the ways as brigands, it is because their asking. They'd come at a word, and traditions as honest men yet survive try your people at the drum head, and amongst them--that the laws only flog and shoot them with as little exist as an agent of tyranny, arrest disturbance to you as need be! You and imprisonment being at the mere may pension off the judges ; for a caprice of the authorities, Nor is court martial is a far speedier tributhere a means hy which an innocent nal, and a corporal's guard is quite an man can demand his trial, and insist

economy in criminal justice. Trade on being confronted with his accuser. will not perhaps prosper with martial Your jails are full, crowded to a state law, nor is a state of siege thought of pestilence with supposed political favourable to commerce. No matter. offenders, men that, in a free country, You'll sleep safe so long as you keep would be at large, toiling indus- within doors, and the band under triously for their families, and whose your window will rouse the spirit of opinions could never be dangerous, if nationality in your heart, as it plays, not festering in the foul air of a dun- * Cod preserve the Emperor ! geon. And as to your own popularity, “ You forget yourself, sir, and you all I say is, don't walk in the Piazza forget me !" said the Duke sternly, as at Carrara after dusk. No, nor even he drew himself up, and threw a look at noon-day.”

of insolent pride at the speaker. “ And you dare to speak thus to “Mayhap I do, your Highness," was me, Stubber !" said the Prince, his the ready answer, “and out of that face covered with a deadly pallor very forgetfulness let your Highness as he spoke, and his white lips trem- take a warning. I say, once more,

I bling, but less in passion than in fear. distrust the people about you, and as

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to this conspiracy at Carrara, I'll nothing to confirm my views, I'll say wager a round sum on it, that it was not one word against all the measures hatched on t'other side of the Alps, of precaution that your council are and paid for in good forins of the bent on importing from Austria.” Holy Roman Empire. At all events, “ Take your own way ; I promise give me time to investigate the mat- nothing,” said the Duke haughtily, ter. Let me have 'till the end of the and with a motion of his hand disweek to examine into it, and if I find missed his adviser.




God bless the towers and temples,

And those cloud-dividing piles,
The heathery-mantled mountains

Of our green old queen of isles !
Yea, may God the Blesser bless them

When His choicest love outpours,
Though they be not these, the peerless,

That the minstrel more adores.
For no work of mighty Naiure

For our wonder or our weal,
Nor a stone there ever tinkled

'Neath the craftsman's peaceful steel,
Could the marvel--the emotion-

Looking love so like devotion-
From the secret springs of feeling

In my spirit-depths command,
That can these, the mountain-pillars

Of our Dalriadan land,
These iron-crested sentinels

That guard our northern strand,
That like a host of battle-fiends,

Or wall of wintry clouds,-
Save where some wizard vale or bay

Divides the craggy crowds,-
Run writhed in savage glory

From the Causeway's pillared shore
To that kingly cape of columns,

The sublimely dark Benmore-
That mock the wintry surges

In their hurricane career-
That mar the howling spirit

Of the lightning shaft and spear--
That flaunt their cloudy helmets

In the flashing of the moon,
Nor always deign to doff them

To the golden pomp of June.
'Tis the teaching of the Maker

Through your cold eternal stone,
Giant forms of that idea,

'Tis the teaching of the Highest,

That his sacred will is marred,
When the creature, for its glory,

Winneth worship or reward,

Save the holy right of shining

O'er the stricken and the lone ;
Or where all is dark, reclining
In a brightness not its own---
That the moon is for the many,

Not the many for the moon--
That thus Earth for all was hallowed,
And the great design but followed,

When che darkest soul of any

Hath its own peculiar June.


Bless the teachers of those tenets,

Be they spirit, stone, or steel,
And these rocky chieftains, bless them,

Thou, Jehovah, where I kneel!


Oh! ye high and heaven-crowned ones,---

Not a world of kingly gems Could my soul so God-enkindle

As your craggy diadem3. Mighty fruits of Mind gigantic,

Grizzled, gloomy, and sublime,
Like to priestly watchers waiting
For the dying shrieks of time,

Watchers of the world's supernal,
Peerless, priceless priests are ye,

Tempest-shorn and dew-anointed,

Foamy-robed and God-appointed,
Sandaled with the blue, eternal,

Dazzling, desert of the sea !
Ah! they're more than priestly lessons,

Preached in more than pulpit tones,
Where your mountain-limbs are rooted-

Where the battled billow groansWhere the coast-born peasant ponders,

Backward as the waters roll, Till your iron self-dependence

Sheathes his roughly-noble soul; For as e'en the bard inspired

Through the sunlight of his song Poureth but the tints of visions That his soul hath walked among But the grossness or the glory,

Amid which his spirit swimmeth, Ever growing black or beauteous

As the dark or light he hymneth,-So the mass of mind is modelled

By the forms on which it rests, And a tone and colour taketh

From its oftener-coming guests. Yea, as river-roads are fashioned

By the water's rush and whirl, While their tinge and taste are taken

By its sweeping crest and curl, As it onward, ever, ever,

Maketh, taketh foul or fair, Until neither bed nor river

May its first or fount declare,


So is formed the mental channel

By the might of sight and sound, So is tinged the moral current

By what eye and ear have found, -Until, from its race of ages,

Rolling basely or sublime, It revealeth less our Adam

Than the accidents of time,


Then, how few might be Earth's shadows

On the moral current here,
Where young Beauty chaseth Beauty

Through and through the ringing year!
Happy, happy, peer or peasant,

Whose it were to ever be
By the creamy, creeping border

Of this fair, mysterious sea---
Where these shoreward-stealing waters

Many-tinted fringes weave:
As their foamy flowers are scattered

By the wanton breeze of eve-
All his spirit gleaming sweetness

Through a wild and dewy eye, From the broad and burning roses

On the golden isles of sky.


By the white wave eastward wending

From the Causeway's columned shore-
Gloom and glory round us blending,
Crag o'er crag to God ascending

From the wild-sea's whirling roar,

Through five lingering leagues or more,. Fixed in lowly, holy bending,

Worship we as heretofore

By this altar huge and hoar, Wonders wild, and far-extending, -Darkly solemn--self-defending, With our inmost soul contending,

"Tis thy forehead, blue Benmore!


Ah! ye strangely warm and zealous

For the holy day of rest, Say ye, also, when ye tell us

Of each scathing curse addressed To the Seventh-day profaner, Whether he, the stern abstainer

From all touch that might defile, Were the loser or the gainer,

Were in Heaven's frown or smile, Should he shun the city's leaven

For a Sabbath on these sands, Where to wander is to worshipYea, to know the King of Heaven

Through the glory of his hands!

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