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* * copee there was of tazels, cloud of radiant " "Tis vain to grieve for what ts past, green,
The golden hours are gone ; * lustrous veil of fruitful leaves to hide the diy own mad hand the die hath cast, yurtd from me ;
And I am left alone :
No other bliss--yet still I grieve !
The dreadful silence of this night
Seems breathing in my ear; . Por my school-boy limbs, the river ran riot I scarce can bear the lonely light through the night,
That burns oppress'd and near; The fields were full of star-ike Rowers, and over I stare at it while half reclin'd, grown with joy ;
And feel its thick light on my mind. The trees around my play-ground were a very stately sight,
The sweetest fate have I laid waste But some spirit hath gone over them, to wither With a remorseless heart; and destroy
All that was beautiful and chaste, “ Who would not be a boy!"
For me seem'd set apart :
But I was fashion'd to defy * The Towers of that Old House, in which I did Such treasure, so set richly by.
abide When early days were friends with me,--seem
How could I give up her, whose eyes alter'd to my eyes;
Were fill'd with quiet tears, They do not stand so solemnly at night in moon. For many a day-when thoughts would rise, light pride,
Thoughts darken'd with just fears, As when upon the silver hours by stealth I did or all my vices !-Memory arise,
Her eyes' divine remonstrances.
A wild and wretched choice was mine, is And in the river's place, and the nut-trees, and
A life of low delight; the night,
The midnight rounds of noise and wine, And the poetry that is upon the moonlit earth
That vex the wasted night; I have lone rooms, and sad musings, and a fast
The bitter jest, the wearied glee, unceasing flight
The strife of dark society. of friends, of self-esteem : - - Oh, my heart
To those who plung'd me in the throng
Of such disastrous joys,
Who led me by low craft along,
And stunn'd my mind with noise,* Tu vain to visit olden scenes,—they change like
I only wish they now could look other friends,
Upon my Life's despoiled book. Their fares are not now the same, the youth of things is gone.
When midnight finds me torn apart To others tbey may yet be bright, and that must From vulgar revelry, make amends :
The cold, still madness of the heart The Towers to them may yet arise and frown in Comes forth, and talks with me; anfal stone
Talks with me, till the sky is grey The Stream, in light, flow on." With the chill light of breaking day. The poet who can touch the heart My love is lost my studies marr'd,
My friends disgrac'd and changed; chus, should not be contented with
My thoughts all scatter'd and impair'd, shaking the sides. We may be thought
My relatives estranged ; extravagant; but we must confess that,
Yet can I not by day recall to our taste, the pure and serious joy My ruined spirit from its thrall." which such a reminiscence of happy school-days awakens, is worth all the We take leave of this work with a laughter which can be excited by all high sense of the author's powers for the satire, and parody, and burlesque serious and mirthful poetry, and with an in the world. The stanzas also attri- anxious hope that, while he occasionally buted to Corcoran, in one of those fits indulges his taste for the latter, he will of unavailing regret and despondence not deprive the world of the pure gratiwhich chequered his latter days, are fication which it would receive from his beautiful and affecting.
deeper and gentler effusions.
Vew MONTHLY Mac-No. 79.
A TALE OF VAVAOQ. A FEW years since, an English victim to a pulmonary complaint, which vessel touched at Vavaoo, one of the had attacked him on the voyage, and he Friendly Islands. The crew were very died in obscurity at London. Some hospitably received by the king, and papers which he left, remained untouchbeing detained several weeks on accounted for several years, until an inquisitive of some necessary repairs, became inti- relative was lately induced to open mate with the inost distinguished na- them, when his curiosity was rewarded tives. The Europeans found these peo- with the following tale, which he sup ple extremely amiable as friends, al poses to be founded on facts relating to though they could easily perceive, that the royal pair who had been so much when influenced by hostile feelings, esteemed by his kinsunan ; but he has their character was irritable, ferocious, hitherto had no opportunity of ascerand vindictive. The queen having sus- taining the truth of this conjecture. tained a slight injury from a fall, Mr. Piers, the surgeon of the ship was re- The lovely Mamana, reclining on soft quested to attend her, and for that pur- mats, in the shades of her cocoa-grove, pose resided chiefly in the king's house. directed the labours of her women, who His acquaintance with his hosts soon were busily staining with various deimproved into friendship; for their cha- vices and colours the fine cloths of gnaracters were eminently calculated to too, with which their mistress was soon please each other. Piers was an ardent to be adorned as the bride of the valiant enthusiastic spirit, overflowing with Malohi. Amidst the thousand charms kindness, and acutely sensitive ; he had of the female band, Mamana, the delong pined for more cordial intercourse scendant and representative of the great than the superficial civility of polished and ancient, shone conspicuous by the society, and he was delighted to find beauty and majesty of her person, the himself actually beloved and cherished dignity and sweetness of her counteby beings in whose susceptibility, un- nance, and the easy_grace of her attiaffected manners, and uncontrolled pas. tude and gestures. But at intervals her sions, he found something congenial abstracted air and deep sighs, betrayed with his own feelings, and whose sim- the feverish anxiety of the destined plicity and ignorance of European arts bride. Her faithful Imahie observed did not, in his opinion, degrade them the restless thoughts of her mistress ; in the scale of humanity, or render she thought of the tranquillizing power them less interesting. Nor were they of song, and made a sign to two of the less pleased with an European, who maidens; one of whom instantly began united more of European intelligence the following old national melody, which with more of native affability and kind- the other acconipanied on the fangoness than
any other white man they had fango, or flute, into which she skilfully seen. This connection became so inti- breathed through her nostril. mate on both sides, that Piers began
Fresh from ocean blows the breeze, seriously to think of ending his days among his new friends, alledging, as an In crimson clouds of fire; excuse, to the English, the delicate Let us seek the rocky shore, state of his health, and the congeniality
Where the rolling surges roar
With loud and furious ire. of the climate with his constitution,
From lofty cliffs, with fearful joy we'll bend, But the crew were by no means willing And see the dashing waves beneath contend. to relinquish the valuable services of
Thence to that sweet shelter'd bay, their surgeon upon the eve of their long Where the crystal waters play and perilous homeward voyage. The officers remonstrated with him, and the There our polislı'd limbs we'll lave,
And wanton freely o'er the wave, men proceeded to menaces. It is not
A gay and mirthful band, likely that he was intimidated, since the
For sportive maids the gods that shelter keep natives, a warlike and well-armed people, Safe from the greedy monsters of the deep. were able and willing to protect him. How joyful once we pass'd the hours, But he probably reflected ihat his en- We danc'd, we sang, we twin'd our flowers gagements ought to be kept sacred, and Or sported in the tide, that his obstinacy might involve many
Ere yet the youth of Vavaoo
The savage strangers war-canoe
To battle had defy'd.
Ye powers divine, the woes of war remove, after his arrival in England he fell a Restore tbe happy days of peace and love !
And the sun sinks in the seas
O'er smooth and solid sands.
The sweet and simple air breathed a 'the friend of my father, and often hast placid calm into the heart of Mamana, thou promised that venerable chief to which music ruled with absolute power. protect his daughter. Wilt thou then But the concluding "vords filled her destroy her? Thou hast four wives dark eyes with tears, tor she feared that younger and fairer than Mamaná, why her young warrior might soon be com- dost thou seek to increase the disquiepelled to exchange her fond embraces tude of thy home? Thou art the most for the deadly grapple of the men of formidable of the warriors of our island, Hamoa.
but Malohi is loved by many chiefs of Whilst she was absorbed in these renown. His death would not pass unthoughts, Taiofa, a renowned warrior, revenged. Cease then, these cruel who long had sought her hand, stood thoughts, and live in friendship and suddenly before her. Scarcely could peace with Mamana and the beloved of she endure his fierce and eager gaze, her heart." and the terrible lowering of his dark At these words Taiofa writhed with brow ; and she saw, with a momentary impatience; once he half raised his terror, that he wore his war-dress, and club to crush the fair pleader ; but he carried the ponderous club so dreaded thought of his fame. Live, foolish by the foe. The women shrieked at girl," he cried, “ live, and marry my his appearance, and starting up, awaited hated rival; but remember that Taiofa the event in trembling expectation. hath vowed his death.” He regarded them not, but suppressing He strode angrily away, leaving Mawith difficulty the stormy passions which mana oppressed with grief and fear. As convulsed his soul, thus addressed Ma- custom would not allow her to visit mana in a low and constrained voice, her intended husband before their marterrific from its forced moderation. riage, she instantly dispatched a messen“ Mamana, there is yet a moment be- ger in search of him. Malohi was tween thee and ruin. Malohi never quickly at her feet, and heard the tender shall possess thee. The gods who gave warnings of her fears. Indignation and me superior valour, decreed that I fury blazed in his eyes when he heard of should choose before him. Why will the insults she had suffered; but he utthe wretch rush into the fatal jaws of tered no threats. Mamana, however, the shark. Who now lives that hath saw the fierce resolution he had formed. injured Taiofa?"
“ No, Malohi,” she said, “leave him “Have I injured thee?” replied the to the torments of his own furious pasmaiden, “ have I no right to give my sions; risk not thy virtuous life against hand to whom I please Was I born this monster, who is, alas ! too formithy slave, or hast thou bought me from dable. Inform the chiefs, thy friends, a captor? It well becomes thee to of his designs. Keep thy followers vauni thy ferocity to a defenceless wow about thee; neglect no means of securman. My father was as much the terror ing thy own safety, but provoke not the of the foe as thou art, but who ever contest. Subdue that horrid useless heard hiin boast? When did Malohi passion for revenge-leave this violent talk of his deeds ?”
man to himself, and let us hope that “ When did he perform them?” re time and reflection will soften his ferotorted Taiofa ; “two or three warriors cious heart, and make him seek our may have sunk beneath his club-weak friendship and forgiveness.” men of little fame. Who in Vavaoo The youth kissed his beautiful councompares him with Taiofa? When I sellor, and promised to avoid his enemy, banqueted in Fiji on the flesh of the He then conversed with her on their bravest warriors of the land slain by future prospects, and laid down many a this arm, thy puny minion sickened at visionary scheme of bliss. In this dethe sight of my warlike feast. But it is lightful' converse they remained till late plain that the gods have devoted the in the evening; the full moon beamed wretch to destruction."
brightly over the scene the nightingales As he said this he whirled round his sweet and plaintive song thrilled through heavy club, and then struck furiously the woods--the lovers seemed alone in on the ground. His eyes sparkled with the world, and all the world to each rage. Mamana was terrified, yet with other. They parted reluctantly at true female address she sought to Mamana's house, where her female atcalm the maddening chief. She ap- tendants received her. proached him in tears and took his In the morning they heard that Tajofa* hand. “Taiofa,” she said, “thou wert had left the island, and rejoiced in his
departures which theyous attributed u 19 with prodigious abrce and uperring lains thame atidd remorse for his soutrageous but with similar dexterity all savoided behaviouryo.No further obstacle imped the blows si Thert, raising their watchy, ing the wishes of the lovers, their mul shey rushed together with their cubs, tials werby celebrated a few days after and fought as if life or liberty.. were at wards with dae solemnities and rejoic stake. But in these games regulations inge. --The king and all the principal were adopted for preventing the useless chiefs, to whom Malohi was deserredly waste lof life, and preventing the fatal dear, attended the festivity. if it effects of irritation." At a single blast of $1. The marly, an extensive lawn before the conch, the combatants threw down the royal mansion, was the scene of their arins, and each taking the hand of the nuptial rejoicings. At one end of it his adversary they marched off to the the king, the principal chiefs, the bride places prepared for them. 9 on and bridegroom, were seated to witness To a voluptuous yet melancholy ain the performance of the day. At a little a band of beautiful females now slowly distance from them, the most plentiful advanced with graceful movement. The supply of provisions was arranged for beauty and regularity of their steps, the distribution after the games. Baked easy grace with which they moved their pork, the flesh of a particular species of heads and arms, called forth a cry of dogs fattened for the purpose, bananas, pleasure and surprize from all the sprecpams, and cocoas forined the chief arti- tators. The whole assembly gazed with cles of the feast. Near these, fifty singers rapture, inspired by the charms of and musicians sat in order on the grass. beauty, music, and the graceful postures Some of them beat a drum, consisting of the lovely dancers, who seemed aniof a cylindrical piece of hollowed wood, mated by one soul.
DII, 14872281 covered with skin; others played on a Suddenly the fire of twenty muskets sort of sticcado, or instrument composed from the adjacent shrubberies stretched of pieces of hard wood of different the king and nineteen brave chiefs dead sizes, by striking which they produced or wounded on the grass. Before the the various notes; others again per- pause of horror had been broken by a formed on different sorts of Hutes, all single scream, another rolley scattered of which were played by the breath of death among the multitude. The flash ther nostrils. The singers raised their and report of arms, the cries of the voices in harmony with the instruments, wounded, and the screams of the terri and chaunted the delights of love and fied females,--the simultaneous rush to the reward of valour..
the outlets, for escape, instantly con buAt the king's command, a hundred verted the scene of peaceful pleasure to shells sounded for the gymnastic enter- the most appalling spectacle. - Hundreds tainments to commence. Instantly from of warriors, armed and painted in the each side of the arena twenty warriors manner of the Hamoa islanders, rushadvanced. They wore their war dresses, ing in all directions from their ambusconsisting of lofty helmets of thick bas- cade, with terrible shouts, soon shewed ket-work, covered with the fine downy the devoted and unarmed assenbly the searlet plumage of a small bird, coats dreadful fate which awaited them. On of mail, composed of teeth strung in every side the ruthless enemy dealt de rows, and breastplates of mother of structive blows; and ere the terrified pearl obtained from enormous shells. gazers could collect their scared thoughts An immense fanlike plume of long scar- they were added to the number of the let tail feathers overspread their helms, slain. the fronts of which were made to re The warriors of Vavaoo met death semble the hideous faces of evil spirits. without fear or complaint. "A few grapThey were armed with clubs lighter pling desperately with their armed foes than those used in war, and with point- wrenched from them their weapons, dess speats, Moving to slow and solemn and had the consolation of selling their music, they danced for a while in two lives dearly; others even without weadivisions, frequently flourishing their pons made a terrible resistance, and by weapons, and at regular pauses in the their natural strength and the ferocity music, advancing near to each other in of hopeless despair," contrived not to attitudes sof defiance. By degrees the fall unrevenged. A few of the elder music, rising loader and quicker, excited chiefs. perceiving from the first that 2 martial sensation in every bosom. death was inevitable -awaited the fata] The two divisions of warriors separatet blow with folded arms and moved jo a great distance, and threw their spears couutenances, In a few minutes, of
alt the company so lately rejoicing and you downs to the beach, and threw thoughtless of idangben, two only remain him into a canoe, into which twos of ed alive anthe spat. A few had escaped; them i followed inims They instaritly bdt the greater part had perished by she began to paddle out toisea; nowing with clubswand spears of the warriors of thein an old, leaky beatz in which their Hainda. i Eids !!!! prisoner was to be left bound,
gradually "The survivors were Malohi and Man- to sink. Already it was half filled with ana: At the first appearance of the ene water, and continned ton fills rapidly. mygMamana had Aown to the arms of Malohi beheld with horror the miserable her lover for protection, and in the fate to which he was devoted :: but next moment they were seized by four when he thought of that which awaited of the Hamba warriors who guarded thein Mamana, his agony became insupport: until the work of destruction was com- able. The insulting conqueror stood pleted. Mamana swooned, and was on the beach eagerly watching the pros spared the consciousness of the horrors gress of the vessel, which had now by which she was surrounded ; but the reached the intended distance; the row. unhappy Malohi beheld the whole of ers with refined cruelty, took the gag the dreadful scene. When he found from their prisoner's mouth, that their that he and his bride were alone to be chief might enjoy the fiendish pleasure preserved, a horrible suspicion instantly of hearing his despairing cries and exer occurred to him, and he perceived im- crations. The dreadful moment was pending dangers far more terrible than now arrived. the death-blows which fell around him. One of the men began to haul the
The conquerors, with boisterous leaky canoe alongside of that in which mirth, now shared amongst theinselves they were. As he stooped, his com the feast which had been provided for panion, raising his paddle; l struck the solemnity; and when they had ap- him a dreadful blow on the head, peased their hunger, the prisoners were which stunned him; he fell dead into carried before the leader of the victori- the sea. The man who had performed ous warriors. The terrified Mamana this extraordinary action, quickly erút dared not to lift her eyes, until roused the cords by which Malohi was bound, by an exclamation of horror and rage and pointing to the shore, where the from her lover, she looked up, and saw, chiefs and warriors were fast launching hideous with inalicious delight, the fero- their canoes, with terrible outeries, cious countenance of Taiota. The last to pursue them, bade Malohito puli spark of hope was extinguished in her with all his might. He obeyed in sibosom. She uttered a piercing shriek, lence. They made for arocky land and fell senseless on the ground. Taiofa uninhabited part of the coast, with the commanded two of his men to carry her desperate energy of men struggling for offin Malohi felt that he should never life. But they soon saw the vindictive see her more ; he struggled to break Taiofa, with many others, strenuously from his guards to enjoy a last embrace, labouring to overtake them. The canoes but was unable to shake off their power- of the pursuers were each rówed by ful grasp. Taiofa beheld his agony with several men, and they soon gained a smile. "Son of the weak and foolish,” upon the fugitives, whose strength began said he, cease to exhaust thy puny to fail. In vain the latter redoubled their strength in contending with men; a foe efforts ; their powers were exhausted; expects thee, whose attacks will require and Taiofa's canoe came swiftly on. thy utmost force. Canst thou beat The triumphant menaces of that terrible off the, waves of ocean? Canst thou chief resounded in their ears as a they wrestle with the rising waters ? Soon, doubled the angle of a jutting rock, and in the agonies of drowning, thy choaking entered a pool formed in a recess of its spirit shall rainly curse its presumption lofty perpendicular side. Malohi, seeing in aspiring to the chosen bride of Taiofa. no outlet for escape, uttered a deep --:"Malohi attempted to reply, but in- groan. ","Now follow me,” said his stantly received a blow on the mouth companion, and dived into the sea. from one of the guards, while others Without hesitation: Malohi , followed forced a piece of wood into his mouth, him. The pursuers in a few moments which they fastened so as to prevent his came up with the empty canobyland speaking; they then tied his hands and when they found that their destined feet together...
, At the command, of victims had precipitated themselves into Taiofa, they hurried the unfortunate the ocean to escape their cruelty, their
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