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They cry for aid, and long contend with Hie thee aloft, my gallant friend! he cries;
And down they sink in everlasting sleep.
The wretched victims die beneath the lee;
Perhaps a fatal prelude to their own!
CAPE COLONNA IN SIGHT.
But now Athenian mountains they de
And o'er the surge Colonna frowns on high.
Beside the cape's projecting verge is
A range of columns, long by time defac'd;
Where waves and rocks a dreadful com
The sickly heav'n, fermenting with its freight,
THE VESSEL ON THE ROCKS. With mournful look the seamen ey'd the strand,
Still vomit, o'er the main the feverish Where death's inexorable jaws expand. Swift from their minds elaps'd all dangers past,
weight: And now,
while wing'd with ruin from on
Thro' the rent cloud the raging lightnings fly,
A flash, quick-glancing on the nerves of light,
Struck the pale helmsman with eternal
As, dumb with terror, they beheld the last.
Now, on the trembling shrouds, before, behind,
In mute suspense they mount into the wind.
The Genius of the deep, on rapid wing, Rodmond, who heard a piteous groan be- The black eventful moment seemed to hind,
Touch'd with compassion, gaz'd upon the The fatal Sisters, on the surge before, blind; Yok'd their infernal horses to the prore. And, while around his sad companions The steersmen now receiv'd their last crowd, command
He guides th' unhappy victim to the shroud. To wheel the vessel sidelong to the strand:
Twelve sailors, on the foremast who de- Such torments agonize the damned breast,
High on the platform of the top ascend; Fatal retreat! for while the plunging prow Immerges headlong in the wave below, Down-prest by wat'ry weight, the bow
And from above the stem deep crashing rends.
Beneath her bow the floating ruins lie; The foremast totters, unsustain'd on high: And now the ship, forlifted by the sea, Hurls the tall fabric backward o'er her lee; While, in the general wreck, the faithful stay Drags the main-topmast from its post away.
Flung from the mast, the seamen strive in vain
Thro' hostile floods their vessel to regain. The waves they buffet, till bereft of strength,
O'erpower'd they yield to cruel fate at length;
The hostile waters close around their head; They sink for ever, number'd with the dead!
While fancy views the mansions of the
For Heaven's sweet help their suppliant cries implore;
But Heaven, relentless, deigns to help no more !
And now lash'd on by destiny severe, With horror fraught, the dreadful scene drew near!
The ship hangs hovering on the verge of death;
Hell yawns, rocks rise, and breakers roar beneath!
In vain, alas! the sacred shades of yore Would arm the mind with philosophic lore ;
In vain they'd teach us, at the latest breath,
To smile serene amid the pangs of death.
Those who remain their fearful doom O yet confirm my heart, ye powers above!
Nor longer mourn their lost companions'
The heart that bleeds with sorrows all its
Forgets the pangs of friendship to bemoan. Albert, and Rodmond, and Palemon here, With young Arion, on the mast appear; E'en they, amid th' unspeakable distress, In every look distracting thoughts confess;
In every vein the refluent blood congeals, And every bosom fatal terror feels. Enclosed with all the demons of the main, They view'd th'adjacent shore, but view'd in vain.
Such torments in the drear abodes of hell, Where sad despair laments with rueful yell, (9)
This last tremendous shock of fate to
The tottering frame of reason yet sustain ! Nor let this total ruin whirl my brain!
In vain the cords and axes were prepared,
For every wave now smites the quivering yard;
High o'er the ship they throw a horrid shade,
And o'er her burst in terrible cascade. Uplifted on the surge, to heaven she flies, Her shatter'd top half buried in the skies; Borne o'er a latent reef, the hull impends, Then thundering on the marble crags descends!
Her giant bulk the dread concussion feels, And o'er upheaving surges wounded reels,
So reels, convulsed with agonizing throws, The bleeding bull beneath the murd❜rer's blows.
Again she plunges! hark! a second shock Tears her strong bottom on the marble rock!
Down on the vale of death, with dismal cries,
Now on the mountain-wave on high they ride,
Then downward plunge beneath th' involving tide;
Till one, who seems in agony to strive, The whirling breakers heaves on shore
The rest a speedier end of anguish knew,
The fated victims shuddering cast their And prest the stony beach, a lifeless crew!
In wild despair; while yet another stroke, With strong convulsion, rends the solid oak; Till, like the mine, in whose infernal cell The lurking demons of destruction dwell, At length asunder torn her frame divides, And crashing spreads in ruins o'er the tides.
O were it mine with tuneful Maro's art To wake to sympathy the feeling heart; Like him the smooth and mournful verse to dress
In all the pomp of exquisite distress!
Th' impervious horrors of a leeward shore. As o'er the surge the stooping mainmast hung,
Still on the rigging thirty seamen clung : Some, struggling, on a broken crag were cast,
And there by oozy tangles grappled fast: Awhile they bore th' o'erwhelming billows' rage,
Unequal combat with their fate to wage; Till, all benumb'd and feeble, they forego Their slippery hold, and sink to shades below.
Next, O unhappy Chief! th' eternal
Of Heaven decreed thee to the briny tomb; What scenes of misery torment thy view! What painful struggles of thy dying crew! Thy perish'd hopes all buried in the flood, O'erspread with corses! red with human blood!
So pierced with anguish hoary Priam gazed,
When Troy's imperial domes in ruin blazed,
While he, severest sorrow doom'd to feel, Expired beneath the victor's murdering steel.
Thus with his helpless partners till the last, Sad refuge! Albert hugs the floating mast; His soul could yet sustain the mortal blow,
But droops, alas ! beneath superior woe; For now soft nature's sympathetic chain Tugs at his yearning heart with powerful strain ;
His faithful wife for ever doom'd to mourn For him, alas! who never shall return; To black adversity's approach exposed, With want and hardships unforeseen enclosed;
His lovely daughter left without a friend Her innocence to succour and defend ;
Some, from the main-yard-arm impetuous By youth and indigence set forth a prey
On marble ridges, die without a groan. Three with Palemon on their skill depend, And from the wreck on oars and rafts descend.
To lawless guilt, that flatters to betray. While these reflections rack his feeling mind
Rodmond, who hung beside, his grasp resign'd;
And, as the tumbling waters o'er him And, groaning, cling upon th' elusive roll'd, His outstretch'd arms the master's legs Another billow bursts in boundless roar ! enfold. Arion sinks! and Memory views no more! Ha! total night and horror here preside!
Sad Albert feels the dissolution near,
And strives in vain his fetter'd limbs to My stunn'd ear tingles to the whizzing
The gushing streams roll back th' un- Again they float incumbent on the wave!
He gasps! and sinks amid the vast profound.
Again the dismal prospect opens round, The wreck, the shores, the dying, and the drown'd!
Five only left of all the shipwrecked And see! enfeebled by repeated shocks, Those two who scramble on th' adjacent
Then climb slow up the beach with hands and feet.
In vain, his eyes no more Palemon found.
And now a breaking surge, with forceful Still on destruction's brink they shuddering sway,
Receive the languid incense they bestow,
That damp with death appears yet not to
To thee each soul the warm oblation pays, With trembling ardour, of unequal praise; In every heart dismay with wonder strives, And Hope the sicken'd spark of life revives: Her magic powers their exiled health restore,
Till horror and despair are felt no more.
A troop of Grecians who inhabit nigh, And oft these perils of the deep descry, Roused by the blustering tempest of the
Anxious had climb'd Colonna's neigh
When gazing downward on th' adjacent flood,
Full to their view the scene of ruin stood; The surf with mangled bodies strew'd around,
Yet nature's lore inform'd their feeling hearts:
Straight down the vale with hast'ning steps they hied,
Th' unhappy sufferers to assist and guide. Now had the Grecians on the beach arrived,
To aid the helpless few who yet survived, While passing they behold the waves o'erspread
With shatter'd rafts and corses of the dead;
Three still alive, benumb'd and faint they
In mournful silence on a rock reclined. The generous natives, moved with social
The feeble strangers in their arms sustain; And those yet breathing on the sea-wash'd With pitying sighs their hapless lot de
ONE of the least known, but not the least original, contributors to Scottish literature, was Dougal Graham, the skellat bellman of Glasgow. He had somewhat of the grotesque, both in his physical and mental structure; but as a delineator of life in the humble strata in which he moved, he was unsurpassed. His vein in poetry, as to its manner, hardly rises above doggerel; but it is quite original, and in the wake of his genius, as an observer from his own comical point of view.
It is as the writer of the raciest and broadest-humoured of Scottish Chap
Books, that the keenness of his observation, and the point of his facetious wit, are best displayed; yet his Turnimspike, and Metrical History of the Rebellion of 1745-6, entitle him to be noticed among Scottish poets. The former, which is here given, Scott considered "sufficient to entitle him to immortality." It is one of the first specimens in Scottish literature of the kind of caricature in which Shakespeare drew his Welshmen; and it was afterwards cleverly applied by some of the Whistlebinkians of the west.
Dougal was born about 1724, in the