Mazelli, and Other Poems

Author: George W. Sands


"The words I speak are no complaint
And if I breathe out my despair,
It is not that my heart grows faint,
Or shrinks from what ’tis doomed to bear.
Though every sorrow which may shake
Or rend man’s heart, should pierce my own,
Their strength united, should not make
My lip breathe one complaining tone.
If I must suffer, it shall be
With a firm heart, a soul elate,
A wordless scorn, which silently
Shall mock the stern decrees of fate.
The weak might bend, the timid shrink,
Until misfortune’s storm blew by,
But I, a chieftain’s son, should drink
Its proffered cup without a sigh.
And it will scarcely, to my lip,
Seem harsher than yon fountain’s flow,
For I have held companionship
With Misery, from my youth till now—
Have felt, by turns, each pang, each care,
Her hapless sons are doomed, to bear;—
I caught my mother’s parting breath,
When passed she to the spirit land;
And from the fatal field of death,
Where, leading on his fearless band,
With fiery and resistless might,
He fell, though victor in the fight,
Pierced by the arrow of some foe,
I saw my father’s spirit go.
And I have seen his warrior men,
From mountain, valley, hill, and glen,
Departing one by one, since then,
As from the dry and withered spray,
The wilted leaves are blown away,
Upon some windy autumn day:
I, only I, am left to be
The last leaf of the blighted tree,
Which the first wind that through the sky
Goes carelessly careering by,
Will, in its wild, unheeded mirth,
Rend from its hold, and dash to earth:
Thus, here alone have I remained,
An outcast, where I should have reigned.


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Chicago: George W. Sands, "5," Mazelli, and Other Poems, ed. Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Mazelli, and Other Poems (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed March 18, 2019,

MLA: Sands, George W. "5." Mazelli, and Other Poems, edited by Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Mazelli, and Other Poems, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 18 Mar. 2019.

Harvard: Sands, GW, '5' in Mazelli, and Other Poems, ed. and trans. . cited in 1850, Mazelli, and Other Poems, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 18 March 2019, from