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THE

WANDERER

OF

SWITZERLAND.

A POEM, IN SIX PARTS.

THE

WANDERER OF SWITZERLAND.

PART I.

A Wanderer of Switzerland and his Family, consisting of his

Wife, his Daughter and her young children, emigrating from their Country, in consequence of its Subjugation by the French in 1798, arrive at the Cottage of a Shepherd, beyond the Frontiers, where they are hospitably entertained.

Shep. “ Wanderer ! whither dost thou roam ?

Weary wanderer, old and grey!
Wherefore hast thou left thine home
In the sunset of thy day?"

Wanderer. “ In the sunset of my day,

Stranger ! I have lost my home:
Weary, wandering, old and grey,
Therefore, therefore do I roam.

Here mine arms a Wife enfold,
Fainting in their weak embrace;
There my daughter's charms behold,
Withering in that widow'd face.

These her infants, their Sire,
Worthy of the race of TELL,
In the battle's fiercest fire,
-In his country's battle fell!"

Shep.
“ SWITZERLAND

then
gave

thee birth ?" Wand. Aye-'twas SWITZERLAND of yore;

But, degraded spot of earth,
Thou art SWITZERLAND no more:

O’er thy mountains, sunk in blood,
Are the waves of ruin hurl'd;
Like the waters of the flood
Rolling round a buried world.”

Shep. “ Yet will Time the deluge stop;

Then may SWITZERLAND be blest :
On St Gothard's * hoary top
Shall the Ark of Freedom rest."

Wand. “ No ! Irreparably lost,

On the day that made us slaves,
Freedom's Ark, by tempest tost,
Founder'd in the swallowing wāves."

* St GOTHARD is the name of the highest mountain in the canton of Urs, the birth-place of Swiss Independence.

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