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“Hark, the battle !-Hark, the din ! Then firmly spoke :Now the deeds of death begin!
“White woman, we were frce, The Spaniards come, in clouds! above, When first thy brethren of the distant sea I hear their hoarse artillery move !
Came to our shores! White woman, theirs the Spirits of our fathers slain,
guilt! Haste, pursue the dogs of Spain !
Theirs, if the blood of innocence be spilt!
Yet blood we seek not, though our arms oppose
Thou camest here a captives0 abide,
Till the Great Spirit shall our cause decide."
He spoke : the warriors of the night obey;
And, ere the earliest streak of dawning day,
Ocean cave-Spanish captive-Wild Indian maid-Genius
of Andes, and spirits. but silent women, tread From corpse to corpse, to seek the dead !" 'Tis dawn :-the distant Andes' rocky spires, The wavering fire flash'd with expiring light, One after one, have caught the orient fires. When shrill and hollow, through the cope of night, Where the dun condor shoots his upward fight, A distant shout was heard ; at intervals
His wings are touch'd with momentary light. Increasing on the listening ear it falls.
Meantime, beneath the mountains' glittering heads, It ceased; when, bursting from the thickest wood, A boundless ocean of gray vapour spreads, With listed axe, two gloomy warriors stood: That o'er the champaign, stretching far below, Wan in the midst, with dark and streaming hair, Moves on, in cluster'd masses, rising slow, Blown by the winds upon her bosom bare,
Till all the living landscape is display'd A woman, saint from terror's wild alarms,
In various pomp of colour, light, and shade, And folding a white infant in her arms,
Hills, forests, rivers, lakes, and level plain, Appear’d. Each warrior stoop'd his lance to gaze Lessening in sunshine to the southern main. On her pale looks, seen ghastlier through the blaze. The llama's fleece fumes with ascending dew;
“Save!” she exclaim’d, with harrow'd aspect wild; The gem-like humming-birds their toils renew; “O, save my innocent-my helpless child !” And see, where yonder stalks, in crimson pride, Then fainting fell, as from death's instant stroke. The tall flamingo, by the river's side, Caupolican, with stern inquiry, spoke
Stalks, in his richest plumage bright array'd, “Whence come, to interrupt our awful rite, With snowy neck superb,* and legs of lengthening At this dread hour, the warriors of the night?”
shade. “ From ocean.”
Sad maid, for others may the valleys ring, “Who is she who fainting lies, For other ears the birds of morning sing, And now scarce lifts her supplicating eyes ?”
For other eyes the palms in beauty wave, “ The Spanish ship went down: the seamen bore, Dark is thy prison in the ocean cave! In a small boat, this woman to the shore :
Amid that winding cavern's inmost shade, They fell beneath our hatchets,-and again,
A dripping rill its ceaseless murmur made: We gave them back to the insulted main.t
Masses of dim-discover'd crags aloof, The child and woman-of a race we hate
Hung, threatening, from the vast and vaulted roof; Warriors, 'tis yours, here, to decide their fate." And through a fissure, in its glimmering height,
“ Vengeance !” aloud, fierce Mariantu cried : Seen like a star, appear’d the distant light; “Vengeance ! let vengeance dire be satisfied ! Beneath the opening, where the sunbeams shine, Let none of hated Spanish blood remain,
Far down, the rock weed hung its slender twine. Woman, or child, to violate our plain!"
Here, pale and bound, the Spanish captive lay, Amid that dark and bloody scene, the child Till morn on morn, in silence, pass'd away; Stretch'd to the mountain chief his hands, and When once, as o'er her sleeping child she hung, smiled.
And sad her evening supplication sung, A starting tear of pity dimm'd the eye
Like a small gem, amidst the gloom of night, Of the old warrior, though he knew not why.
A glow-worm shot its green and trembling light, "0! think upon your little ones!” he cried,
And, 'mid the moss and craggy fragments, shed "Nor be compassion to the weak denied.”
Faint lustre, o'er her sleeping infant's head; Caupolican then fix'd his aspect mild
And hark ! a voice-a woman's voice-its sound On the white woman and her shrieking child, Dies, in faint echoes, 'mid the vault profound
“ Let us pity the poor white maid !t
She has no mother near! * Terrific imaginary beings, called "Man-animals," No friend to dry her tear! that leave their caves by night, and scatter pestilence and death as they fly. See Molina.
* The neck of the flamingo is white, and its wings of + "Render them back upon the insulted ocean."--Cole- rich and beautiful crimson. ridge.
† From Mungo Park.
Upon the cold earth she is laid :
Each eyeball, as in life, was seen to roll,
Each lip to move; but not a living soul
Was there, save bold Ongolmo and the seer, And mark, across the gloom an Indian girl move The warrior half advanced his lifted spear, slow
Then spoke—“ Dread master of the secret lore! Her nearer look is sorrowful, yet mild
Say, shall the Spaniards welter in their gore ?" Her hanging locks are wreath'd with rock-weed“ Let these mute ministers the answer tell,” wild
Replied the master of the mighty spell. Gently she spoke,“ Sad Christian, dry thy tear- Then every giant shadow, as it stood, Art thou afraid ? all are not cruel here.
Lifted on high a skull that dropp'd with blood. 0! still more wretched may my portion be, “ Wizard, to what I ask do thou replyStranger, if I could injure thine and thee!
Say, shall I live, and spurn them as they die?' And, lo! I bring, from banks and thickets wild, 'Twas silence. “Speak !” he cried-no voice was Wood-strawberries, and honey for thy child.”
there Earth moan'd, and hollow thunder shook the air.
'Tis pass'd—the phantoms, with a shriek, are flown, “Whence? Who art thou, who, in this fearsul And the grim warrior stands in the wild wood alone. place,
St. Pedro's church had rung its midnight chimes,* Dost comfort speak to one of Spanish race?”
And the gray friars were chanting at their primes,
When winds, as of a rushing hurricane,
Shook the tall windows of the tower'd fane “ It is an Indian maid, who chanced to hear
Sounds, more than earthly, with the storm arose, Thy tale of sorrow as she wander'd near.
And a dire troop are pass'd to Andes' snows, I loved a white man once—but he is flown,
Where mighty spirits in mysterious ring And now I wander heartless and alone.
Their dread prophetic incantations sing, I traced the dark and winding way beneath ;
Round Chillan's crater smoke, whose lurid light But well I know to lead thee hence were death.
Streams high against the hollow cope of night. 0, say! what fortunes led thee o'er the wave, On these sad shores to find, perhaps, a grave ?”
Thy genius, Andes, towering o'er the rest,
“ Who comes so swift amid the storm ? “ Three years have pass'd since a fond husband
Ha! I know thy bloodless form, left
I know thee, angel, who thou art, Me, and this infant, of his love bereft;
By the hissing of thy dart! Him I have follow'd-need I tell thee more,
'Tis Death, the king! the rocks around,
Hark! echo back the fearful soundCast helpless, friendless, hopeless, on this shore ?”
'Tis Death, the king! away, awayINDIAN,
The famish'd vulture scents its prey"O! did he love thee then ? let death betide, Spectre, hence! we cannot dieYes, from this cavern I will be thy guide.
Thy withering weapons we defy; Nay, do not shrink! from Caracalla's bay,
Dire and potent as thou art!" E’en now,
the Spaniards wind their march this Then spoke the phantom of th' uplifted dart,way.
“ Spirits who in darkness dwell, I heard, at night-fall as I paced the shore,
I heard far off your secret spell ! But yesterday, their cannon's distant roar.
Enough, on yonder fatal shore, Wilt thou not follow ? He will shield thy child, - My fiends have drank your children's gore; The Christian's God, -through passes dark and wild
Lo! I come, and doom to fate He will direct thy way! Come, follow me;
The murderers, and the foe you hate ! 0, yet be loved, be happy-and be free!
Of all who shook their hostile spears, But I, an outcast on my native plain,
And mark’d their way through blood and tears, The lost Olola ne'er shall smile again !"
(Now sleeping still on yonder plain,) So guiding from the cave, when all was still,
But one-one only shall remain, And silent pointing to the farthest hill,
Ere thrice the morn shall shine again." The Indian led, till, on Itata's side,
Then sung the mighty spirits. “Thee,” they sing, The Spanish camp and night-fires they descried : “ Hail to thee, Death! All hail, to Death the king. Then on the stranger's neck that wild maid fell,
The battle and the noise is o'erAnd said, “ Thy own gods prosper thee !-Fare
The penguin flaps her wings in gore. well !"
“ Victor of the southern world, The owl* is hooting overhead-below,
Whose crimson banners were unfurl'd On dusky wing, the vampire-bat sails slow.
O'er the silence of the waves, Ongolmo stood before the cave of night,
O’er a land of bleeding slaves !
Stern soldier, where is now thy boast?
Hark! hark! they are his latest cries!
Spirits, hence he dies! he dies ! * The owl is an object of peculiar dread to the Indians
* I trust this poetica licentia may be pardoned.
On the sad night of that eventful day
When on the ground my murder'd father lay!
I should not then, dejected and alone, The city of Conception-Castle-Lautaro-Wild Indian Have thought I heard his injured spirit groan, maid-Zarinel-Missionary.
Ha! was it not his fortn-his face--his hair? The second moon had now began to wane,
Hold, soldier! Stern, inhuman soldier, spare ! Since bold Valdivia left the southern plain
Ha! is it not his blood ? Avenge,' he cries, Goal of his labours, Penco's port and bay,
· Avenge, my son, these wounds! He faints-he
dies. Far gleaming to the summer sunset lay.
Leave The way-worn veteran, who had slowly pass'd
dread shadow! can I then forget Through trackless woods, or o'er savannahs vast,
My father's look--his voice ? he beckons yet! With hope impatient, sees the city spires
Now on that glimmering rock I see him stand: Gild the horizon, like ascending fires.
Avenge! he cries, and waves his dim-seen Now well-known sounds salute him, as more near
hand!" The citadel and battlements appear;
Thus mused the youth, distemper'd and forlorn, Th' approaching trumpets ring, at intervals;
When, hark! the sound as of a distant horn The trumpet answers from the rampart walls,
Swells o'er the surge: he turn'd his look around, Where many a maiden casts an anxious eye,
And still, with many a pause, he heard the sound: Some long-lost object of her love to 'spy,
It came from yonder rocks; and, list! what strain Or watches, as the evening light illumes
Breaks on the silence of the sleeping main ? The points of lances, or the passing plumes.
“ I heard the song of gladness:
It seem'd but yesterday,
But it turn'd my thoughts to madness,
So soon it died away! Amid the gazing crowd that throngs the streets.
I sound my sea-shell; but in vain I try As bending o'er his mule, amid the throng,
To bring back that enchanting harmony!
Hark! heard ye not the surges say,
0! wretched maid, what canst thou do? His venerable mien and snowy beard.
O'er the moon-gleaming ocean, I'll wander away, Whilst every heart a silent prayer bestow'd,
And paddle to Spain in my light canoe!” Slow to the convent's massy, gate he rode
The youth drew near, by the strange accents led. Around, the brothers, gratulating, stand,
Where in a cave, wild sea-weeds round her head, And ask for tidings of the southern land.
And holding a large sea-conch in her hand, As from the turret tolls the vesper-bell,
He saw, with wildering air, an Indian maiden stand, He seeks, a weary man, his evening cell.
A tatter'd panco* o'er her shoulders hung No sounds of social cheer, no beds of state,
On either side, her long black locks were flung; Nor gorgeous canopies his coming wait;
And now by the moon's glimmer, he espies But o'er a little bread, with folded hands,
Her high cheek bones, and bright, but hollow, eyes, Thanking the God that gave, a while he stands ;
Lautaro spoke: “O! say what cruel wrong Then, while all thoughts of earthly sorrow cease,
Weighs on thy heart? maiden, what bodes thy Upon his pallet lays him down in peace. The scene how different, where the castle-hall
She answer'd not, but blew her shell again ; Rings to the loud triumphant festival:
Then thus renew'd the desultory strain: A bundred torches blaze, and flame aloof,
“Yes, yes, we must forget! the world is wide ; Long quivering shadows streak the vaulted roof, - In the calm of the deep I will frolic and swim
My music now shall be the dashing tide: Whilst, seen far off, th' illumined windows throw
With the breath of the south, o'er the sea-blossom,t A splendour on the shore and seas below.
skim. Amid his captains, in imperial state, Beneath a crimson canopy, elate,
Now listen-If ever you meet with that youth,
0! do not his falsehood reprove, Valdivia sits—while, striking loud the strings, The wandering minstrel of Valentia sings.
Nor say,—though, alas, you would say but the
truth “ For Chili conquer'd, fill the bowl again! For Chili conquer'd, raise th' heroic strain !"
His poor Olola died for love."
Lautaro stretch'd his hand-she said, “ Adieu !" “ Bard,” cried Valdivia,“ sleep is on thy lid ! Wake, minstrel —sing the war-song of the Cid! And o’er the glimmering rocks like lightning few. Lautaro left the hall of jubilee
He follow'd, and still heard at distance swell Unmark'd, and wander'd by the moonlight sea;
The lessening echoes of that mournful shell. He heard far off, in dissonant acclaim,
It ceased at once-and now he heard no more
Than the sea's murmur dying on the shore.
“Olola !--ha! his sister had that name! He raised his eyes impatient from the ground;
0, horrid fancies ! shake not thus his frame.” Then smote his breast indignantly, and cried,
* Indian cloak. “ Chili! my country; would that I had died
+ The "sea-blossom,” Holothuria, known to seamen by
the name of “Portuguese man of war," is among the most * Omitted in the poem, as too much impeding the nar- striking and beautiful objects in the calms of the Southern rative.
All night he wander'd by the desert main, Him dost thou seek who injured thine and thee? To catch the melancholy sounds again.
Here-strike the fell assassin-I am he !" No torches blaze in Penco's castled hall
“ Die !” he exclaim'd, and with convulsive start That echoed to the midnight festival.
Instant had plunged the dagger in his heart, The way-worn soldiers, by their toils opprest, When the meek father, with his holy book, Had now retired to silence and to rest.
And placid aspect, met his frenzied look,The minstrel only, who the song had sung
He trembled-struck his brow—and, turning round, Of the brave Cid, as o'er the strings he hung, Flung the uplisted dagger to the ground. Upon the instrument had fall’n asleep,
Then murmur'd— Father, Heaven has heard thy Weary, and now was hush'd in slumbers deep.
prayer Tracing the scenes long past, in busy dreams “But 0! the sister of my soul-lies there! Again he wanders by his native streams;
The Christian's God has triumph'd! Father, heap Or sits, his evening saraband to sing
Some earth upon her bones, whilst I go weep!” To the clear Minho's gentle murmuring.
Anselmo with calm brow approach'd the place, Cold o'er the freckled clouds the morning broke And hasten'd with his staff his faltering pace: Aslant ere from his slumbers he awoke:
“ Ho! child of guilt and wretchedness,” be cried, Still as he sat, nor yet had left the place,
“Speak!”_"Holy father," the sad youth replied, The first weak light fell on his pallid face. “God bade the seas th’accusing victim roll He wakes-he gazes round-the dawning day Dead at my feet, to teach my shuddering soul Comes from the deep, in garb of cloudy gray. Its guilt: 0! father, holy father, pray The woods with crow of early turkeys ring, That Heaven may take the deep dire curse away." The glancing birds beneath the castle sing.
“O! yet,” Anselmo cried,“ live and repent, And the sole sun his rising orb displays,
For not in vain was this dread warning sentRadiant and reddening, through the scatter'd haze. The deep reproaches of thy soul I spare, To recreate the languid sense a while,
Go! seek Heaven's peace by penitence and prayer." When earth and ocean wore their sweetest smile, The youth arose, yet trembling from the shock, He wander'd to the beach: the early air
And sever'd from the dead maid's hair a lockBlew soft, and lifted, as it blew, his hair;
This to his heart with trembling hand he pressid, Flush'd was his cheek; his faded eye, yet bright, And dried the salt sea moisture on his breast. Shone with a faint, but animated light,
They laid her limbs within the sea-beat grave, While the soft morning ray seem'd to bestow And pray'd, “Her soul, O! blessed Mary, save!" On his tired mind a transient kindred glow. Then the sad thought of young Olola rose,
CANTO VII. And the still glen beneath the mountain snows.
ARGUMENT. “I will return,” he cried, “and whisper, live!
Midnight-Valdivia's teni-Missionary-March to the And say--(0! can I say?) Forgive! forgive !!
valley Arauco-First sight of assembled Indians. As thus, with shadow stretching o'er the sand, He muscd and wander'd on the winding strand,
The watchman on the tower his bugle blew, At distance, toss'd upon the fuming tide,
And swelling to the morn the streamers flew,A dark and floating substance he espied.
The rampart guns a dread alarum gave, He stood, and where the eddying surges beat,
Smoke roll'd, and thunder echoed o'er the wave; An Indian corpse was roll'd beneath his feet: When, starting from his couch, Valdivia cried, The hollow wave retired with sullen sound- “What tidings ?” “Of the tribes !” a scout replied; The face of that sad corpse was to the ground; “E'en now, prepared thy bulwarks to assail, It seem'd a female, by the slender form;
Their gathering numbers darken all the vale!" He touch'd the hand-it was no longer warm;
Valdivia call'd to the attendant youth, He turn'd its face-O! God, that eye, though “ Philip,” he cried," belike thy words have truth; dim,
The formidable host, by holy James,
“ Dost thou not fear?
-Nay-dost thou not hue,
reply? When poor Olola in that corpse he knew !
Now by the rood, and all the saints on high,
Me and my feeble legions would despise,
Come life, come death, our battle shall display With rising wrath and stern suspicion gazed; Its ensigns to the earliest beam of day! (For Zarinel still knelt upon the sand,
With louder summons ring the rampart bell, And to his forehead press’d the dead maid's hand.) And haste the shriving father from his cell“ Speak! whence art thou ?”
A soldier's heart rejoices in alarms:
Pale Zarinel, his head And let the trump at midnight sound to arms!" Upraising, answered,
And now, obedient to the chief's commands, “ Peace is with the dead ! The gray-hair'd priest before the soldier stands :
“ Father,” Valdivia cried, “ fierce are our foes,- Ah! turn and see-a dagger in his hand The last event of war God only knows;
With scowling browsee the assassin stand! Let mass be sung.–Father, this very night Pizarro falls !*-he welters in his gore ! I would attend the high and holy rite.
Lord of the western world, art thou no more? Yet deem not that I doubt of victory,
Valdivia, hark!-it was another groan ! Or place defeat or death before mine eye,– Another shadow comes it is thy own! It blenches not! But, whatsoe'er befall,
Ah, bind not thus his arms give, give him breath! Good father! I would part in peace with all. Wipe from his bleeding brow those damps of death! So tell Lautaro--his ingenuous mind
Valdivia, starting, woke :-he is alone: Perhaps may grieve, if late I seem'd unkind: The taper in his tent yet dimly shone: Hear my heart speak—though far from virtue's way Lautaro, haste !” he cried ; “ Lautaro, save Ambition's lure hath led my steps astray,
Thy dying master !-Ah! is this the brave, No wanton exercise of barbarous power
The haughty victor?--Hush, the dream is past ! Harrows my shrinking conscience at this hour. The early trumpets ring the second blast! “ If hasty passions oft my spirit fire,
Arm, arm E'en now, th' impatient charger They flash a moment, and the next expire;
neighs! Lautaro knows it.-There is somewhat more- Again, from tent to tent, the trumpet brays !" I would not, here-here, on this distant shore By torch-light, then, Valdivia gave command, (Should they, the Indian multitudes, prevail, “ Haste, let Del Oro take a chosen band, And this good sword and these firm sinews fail) With watchful caution, on his fleetest steed, Amid my deadly enemies be found,
A troop observant on the heights to lead !” Unhostled,* unabsolved, upon the ground,
Now beautiful, beneath the heaven's gray arch, A dying man,—thy look, thy reverend age, Appeard the main battalion's moving march ; Might save my poor remains from barbarous rage; The banner of the cross was borne before, And thou mayst pay the last sad obsequies, And next, with aspect sad, and tresses hoar, O'er the heap'd earth where a brave soldier lies: The holy man went thoughtfully, and prest So God be with thee !"
A crucifix, in silence, to his breast.
By the torches' light, Valdivia, all in plated steel array'd, The slow procession moves: the solemn rite Upon whose crest the morn's effulgence play'd, Is chanted: through the aisles and arches dim, Majestic rein'd his steed, and seem'd alone, At intervals, is heard th' imploring hymn.
Worthy the southern world's imperial throne. Now all is still, that only you might hear
His features through the barred casque that glow, (The tall and slender tapers burning clear, His pole-axe, pendent from the saddle bow; Whose light Anselmo's pallid brow illumes, His steely armour, and the glitter bright Now glances on the mailed soldier's plumes)- Of his drawn sabre, in the orient light, Hear, sounding far, only the iron tread,
Speak him not, now, for knightly tournament That echoed through the cloisters of the dead. Array'd, but on emprise of prowess bent, Dark clouds are wandering o'er the heaven's And deeds of deadly strife: in blooming pride,
Th’ attendant youth rode, pensive, by his side. Now from the camp, at times, a horse's neigh Their pennon's lances, waving in the wind, Breaks on the ear; and on the rampart heightt Two hundred clanking horsemen tramp'd behind, The sentinel proclaims the middle watch of night. In iron harness clad—the bugles blew, By the dim taper's solitary ray,
And high in air the sanguine ensigns flew. Tired, in his tent, the sovereign soldier lay. The arbalasters next, with cross-bows slung,
Meantime, as shadowy dreams arise, he roams March'd, whilst the plumed Moors their cymbals 'Mid bright pavilions and imperial domes,
swung. Where terraces, and battlements, and towers,
Auxiliar Indians here, a various train, Glisten in air o'er rich romantic bowers.
With spears and bows, darken’d the distant plain. Sudden the visionary pomp is past,
Drums roll'd, and fifes re-echoed shrill and clear, The vacant court sounds to the moaning blast, At intervals, as near and yet more near, A dismal vault appears --where, with swoln eyes, While flags and intermingled halberts shine, As starting from their orbs, a dead man lies: The long battalion drew its passing line. It is Almagro's corpse !1-roll on, ye drums,
Last roll'd the heavy guns, a sable tier, Lo! where the great, the proud Pizarro, comes !
By Indians drawn, with match-men in the rear Her gold, her richest gems, let fortune strew
And many a straggling mule and sumpter train Before the mighty conqueror of Peru!
Closed the embattled order on the plain,
But the projecting points of scarce-discover'd spears. * Shakspeare.
Slow up the hill, with floating vapours hoar, t It may be necessary to say here, that whenever the Spaniards founded a city, after the immediate walls of Or by the blue lake's long retiring shore, defence, their first object was to build a church, and to Now seen distinct, through the disparting haze, have, with ag much pomp as possible, the ecclesiastical | The glitterir.g file its banner'd length displays; services performed. Hence the cathedrals founded by Now winding from the woods, again appears them, in America, were of transcendent beauty and The moving line of matchlocks and of spears, magnificence
Almagro, who first penetrated into Chili, was after. wards strangled.
# Pizarro was assassinated.