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I was the eldest of the three,
I ought to do—and did—my best,
The youngest, whom my father loved, Because our mother's brow was given 75 To him—with eyes as blue as heaven,
For him my soul was sorely moved ;
For he was beautiful as day
As to young eagles, being free) —
A polar day, which will not see
Its sleepless summer of long light, 85 The snow-clad offspring of the sun :
And thus he was as pure and bright,
71. I ought to do.--The Verb ought, ori. ginally the past Tense of owe, is now used only as a Present. Hence, if we wish to refer to the past time, the following Verb must be in the Infinitive Perfect, not Present. The expression in the text, therefore, should be, I ought to have done.
73. The youngest ... for him my soul vous sorely moved.—
The intended structure
of the sentence is altered, and the original Subject left without any syntactical connexion.
78. To see.--A very peculiar use of the Infinitive with the force of a Participle.
79, 80, Day and me.--A very bad rhyme, like gone and sun, 83, 85.
81. Being free is to be referred to me, not to young eagles.
90 Unless he could assuage the woe
Which he abhorr'd to view below.
The other was as pure of mind,
Strong in his frame, and of a mood 95 Which 'gainst the world in war had stood, And perish'd in the foremost rank
With joy :—but not in chains to pine : His spirit withered with their clank,
I saw it silently decline100 And so perchance in sooth did mine;
But yet I forced it on to cheer
Had follow'd there the deer and wolf ; 105 To him this dungeon was a gulf,
And fetter'd feet the worst of ills.
Lake Leman lies by Chillon's walls :
massy waters meet and flow; 110 Thus much the fathom-line was sent
From Chillon's snow-white battlement,*
Which round about the wave enthrals :
91. Below.-A lingering out of the figure of the mountain rill, but very indistinct in its connexion with that figure.
95. Had, i.e., would have stood, as 141.
97. To pine, must be joined with formed in 93.
107. The Romans called the Lake of Ges
Lemanus. * The Château de Chillon is situated between Clarens and Villeneuve, which last
is at one extremity of the Lake of Geneva. On its left are the entrances of the Rhone, and opposite are the heights of Meillerie, and the range of Alps above Bouveret apd St. Gingolph.
Near it, on a hill behind, is a torrent; below it, washing its walls, the lake has been fathomed to the depth of 800 feet (French measure); within it are a range of dungeons, in which the early reformers, and
A double dungeon wall and wave
Have made—and like a living grave. 115 Below the surface of the lake
The dark vault lies wherein we lay,
Sounding o'er our heads it kpock'd ;
And I have felt the winter's spray 120 Wash through the bars, when winds were high,
And wanton in the happy sky ;
And then the very rock hath rock'd
And I have felt it shake, unshock'd,
Because I could have smiled to see 125 The death that would have set me free.
I said my nearer brother pined,
It was not that 'twas coarse and rude, 130 For we were used to hunter's fare,
And for the like had little care :
Our bread was such as captives' tears 135 Have moisten'd many a thousand years,
Since man first pent his fellow-men
These wasted not his heart or limb ; 140 My brother's soul was of that mould
Which in a palace had grown cold, subsequently prisoners of state, were con- in some of these are rings for the fetters fined. Across one of the vaults is a beam and the fettered : in the pavement the steps black with age, on which we were informed of Bonnivard bave left their traces-he was that the condemned were formerly executed. confined here several years. In the cells are seven pillars, or rather 114. A living grave, i.e., a grave for the eight, one being half morged in the wall; living.
Had his free breathing been denied
But why delay the truth £-he died. 145 I saw, and could not hold his head,
Nor reach his dying hand- -nor dead,
He died—and they unlock'd his chain, 150 And scoop'd for him a shallow grave
Even from the cold earth of our cave.
Might shine—it was a foolish thought, 155 But then within my brain it wrought,
That even in death his freeborn breast
They coldly laugh’d—and laid him there : 160 The flat and turfless earth above The being we so much did love
; His empty chain above it leant, Such murder's fitting monument !
But he, the favourite and the flower, 165 Most cherish'd since his natal hour,
His mother's image in fair face,
160. Supply was.
147. But strove in vain. There is a logical inaccuracy in the addition, but strove in vain, which appears, if we connect the sentence thus,- I could not reach his head, though I strove in vain to rend my bonds, s.e., though I failed to rend my bonds.
162. Leant.- A bold figure, representing the chain as a monument leaning over the grave.
170 To hoard my life, that his might be Less wretched
and one day free ; He, too, who yet had held untired A spirit natural or inspired
He, too, was struck, and day by day 175 Was wither'd on the stalk away.
Oh God ! it is a fearful thing
I've seen it rushing forth in blood, 180 I've seen it on the breaking ocean
Strive with a swoln convulsive motion,
But these were horrors, this was woe 185 Unmix'd with such—but sure and slow :
He faded, and so calm and meek,
And grieved for those he left behind ; 190 With all the while a cheek whose bloom
Was as a mockery of the tomb,
An eye of most transparent light, 195 That almost made the ingeon bright,
And not a word of murmur—not
A little hope my own to raise, 200 For I was sunk in silencelost
In this last loss, of all the most ; 175. On the stalk.-Resuming the picture 186. He faded.-See note on 175. There of the flower, 164.
is no antithesis to so calm and moek, &c. 184. But these were horrors.-It would be ciearer if instead of these we could read 189. Grieved is here a Participle. those, referring to 179-183. 184. This, i.e., what I now experienced
201. The most for the greatest is very un was woe unmix'd with such (horrors).