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Da bfeacin se'n la sin bo seasta bfeic m’intin.
0, Heavens ! if that long-wished for morning I spied,
The Avenger should lead us right on to the foe,
. blow, Ten thousand huzzas should ascend to high heaven, When our Prince was restored, and our fetters were
0! chieftains of Ulster, when will you come forth,
Bright house of O'Connor, high offspring of kings,
* In Mononia, (Munster) Druidism appears to have flourished most, as we may conjecture, from the numerous remains of Druidical workmanship, and the names of places indicating that worship. The records of the province are the best kept of any in Ireland, and it has proverbially retained among the peasantry, a character for superior learning.--Blackwovd's Magazine.
0, come from yon hills, like the waves to the shore, When the storm-girded headlands are mad with the roar! Ten thousand hurras shall ascend to high heaven, When our prince is restor'd, and our fetters are riven.
The names in this last song are those of the principal families in Ireland, many of whom, however, were decided enemies of the house of Stuart. You cannot fail to observe the strange expectation which these writers entertained of the nature of the Pretender's designs. They call on him, not to come to re-instate himself on the throne of his fathers, but to aid them in doing vengeance on the “flint-hearted Saxon.” Nothing, however, could be more natural. The Irish Jacobites, at least the Roman Catholics, were in the habit of claiming the Stuarts, as of the Milesian line, fondly deducing them from Fergus, and the Celts of Ireland. Who the Avenger is, whose arrival is prayed for in the last song, I am not sure ; but circumstances, too tedious to be detailed, make me think, that the date of the song is 1708, when a general impression prevailed, that the field would be taken in favour of the Pretender, under a commander of more weight and authority than had come forward before. His name was kept a secret. Very little has been written on the history of the jacobites of Ireland, and yet, I think it would be an interesting subject. We have now arrived at a time when it could be done, without exciting any angry feelings.
ODE TO IMAGINATION.
As we are intimately acquainted with the author of this Ode, we must forbear commenting upon it. We therefore leave its merits to be determined by the judgment of our readers.Ed.
Say, who art thou, whose vivid eye,
Darting the vault of heav'n along,
Parent of poesy and song?
Ere art had strung the unpractis’a lyre,
And''woke celestial fire.
But still' to us thou art unknown,
Spite of the poet's well-sung lay;
Or trace: thy devious, hermit way?
Or, musing 'neath some aged tower,
And mark eternal power.
And madding inspirations glow,
That never lingered here below;
And that pure ecstacy that finds
Attend thee to the poet's bower,
And owns thy genial power.
A pensive lover thou art seen
Lone, lingering through some desert shade, Unmindful of the smiling green,
And all the magic of the mead..
The offspring of unwise desire;
Betray thy hidden fire.
Escap'd from Love's tyrannic sway,
With eagle glance I view thee rise, Explore the empire of the day,
And claim thy own, thy natal skies.
Where space extends her boundless line ;
And other planets shine.
Oft dost thou stray where ocean's roar,
And all the horrors of the main Tempestuous fulmined round that shore Where first the Trojan chief felt pain.
More wild thy looks than his who braves
While heaven is wrapped in awful gloom, Save where the rapid lightning beam, Darting its fearful, sudden gleam,
The scene of death illume.
Lured by Ambition's erring pride,
The aspiring youth thou dost invite To regal favours yet untried, :,
And fancied treasures of delight:
And points to scenes of future power ;
Must dwindle in an hour ! :
The terrors of sublime Affright, !,..
The sympathetic pang is thine : :
Be all thy mixed emotions mine!..
Where silence and the shades prevail ;
Or language can reveal.'
Remote from courts and regal sway,''
With thee, fair goddess, let me dwell; With thee enjoy the pensive lay,
And court the humble, rustic cell,