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"A thousand various scenes and tones
Awake the better thought,
Become inspired and taught.
Handwriting on the wall,
At that wild spirit-call ;
Is sent into the soul
To Life's high solemn goal.
Of the numerous versified enigmas he wrote, I print four of the best. They may interest some of my younger readers. They are not difficult to guess, but I give the solutions at the end.
“There was a Spanish gentleman
Of high and noble mien,
One summer's eve was seen ;
And vanished as he came;
But never knew his name.
“We saw him at the opera,
We met him at the ball,
A pattern for us all ;
Where Seville's beauties came,
And did not know his name.
“ 'Twas I who brought that gentleman
From out noth clime,
With skins of smuggled wine ;
And ye were duller far than me,
Proud gentlemen of Spain,
And never know his name."
(Written in 1847.)
Sitting alone by the sea,
Woe-worn and pallid is she.
“For skeleton famine is rapidly striding,
Blasting the fruits of the earth,
Cursing the hour of their birth. "Ah! my First from the heavens has darkly descended,
Wrapping the earth in its gloom ;
Sullenly waiting their doom.
"And the living watch hopeless the dead and the dying,
All gentler feelings have fled ;
Outstretched, and cold with the dead.
“ To see their blank features so set and despairing,
To gaze on those dark, tearless eyes Which look into vacancy listlessly staring,
Might humble the great and the wise.
“Ah! the great and the wise ! can no way be suggested
By the mighty in power and in soul,
A shade and a fear on my Whole?”
There stood by the stake a sable form,
His grimy arms were bare,
That had fashioned many a share,
From the red-hot iron's glare.
"Open the way! Fall back! Fall back!
And let the victim through,
And the muffled drums tattoo ;
Ne'er cowed 'neath rack or screw.
“My First stepped forth and grasped his arm
(He felt no muscle shake),
Nor then did his victim quake,
And round the fatal stake.
"He had seen my Second red with blood
Of friend and foe and steed,
He had seen a father bleed ;
But he could not renounce his creed.”
“She stood upon the scaffold
With a firm, undaunted mien,
But yesterday a Queen!
How dark thy closing scenel
“She fearless gazes on my First
With sable trappings hung,
She speaks with jesting tongue :
Thy work is quickly done.'
“Where are the eyes that fearless gazed ?
Their lustre now is fled.
Inanimate and dead.
The axe has left it red.
“A ghastly sight it is to see
My Second bleeding there,
So perfect and so fair ;
Of dark, luxuriant hair.
“This is a scene from history's page,
The triumph of might and wrong ;
With the power of the proud and strong ;
To teach the erring throng.
“ To show our abhorrence of shedding blood
We send the murderer's soul,
To a last and awful goal.
Must be my senseless Whole."
SOLUTIONS OF THE ENIGMAS.
1. Donkey. 2. Ireland. 3. Smithfield. 4. Blockhead.
IN LONDON, AND VOYAGE TO SINGAPORE
AMONG the letters preserved and kindly returned to me by Dr. Spruce is one partly written on board ship on my way home, giving an account of my somewhat adventurous voyage while it was fresh in my memory, and containing some details not given in the narrative in my “Travels on the Amazon.” I will therefore print it here, as no part of it has yet been made public.
“Brig Jordeson, N. Lat. 49° 30', W. Long. 20°.
“Sunday, September 19, 1852. “MY DEAR FRIEND,
"Having now some prospect of being home in a week or ten days, I will commence giving you an account of the peculiar circumstances which have already kept me at sea seventy days on a voyage which took us only twenty-nine days on our passage out. I hope you have received the letter sent you from Para, dated July 9 or 10, in which I informed you that I had taken my passage in a vessel bound for London, which was to sail in a few days. On Monday, July 12, I went on board with all my cargo, and some articles purchased or collected on my way down, with the remnant (about twenty) of my live stock. After being at sea about a week I had a slight attack of fever, and at first thought I had got the yellow fever after all. However, a little calomel
1 These consisted of numerous parrots and parrakeets, and several uncommon monkeys, a forest wild-dog, etc.