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Lambert's (Jos.) Observations on the Rural Affairs of Ireland 65
Landon's (Miss) Venetian Bracelet
366 Le Clerc's Course of the French Language
391 Library, the Family
173, 243, 317, 397
319, 381 Mactaggart's (John) Three Years in Canada
10 M'Cleod's (Rev. Dr) New Dictionary of the Gaelic Language 110
192 M Gregor's (John Jas.) True Stories from the History of Ireland 299
171 Morehead's (Rev. Robert) Sermon Protestantism its own
115 Murray's (Hugh) Historical Account of Discoveries in North
383 Napier's (Lieut.-Col. W.) History of the Peninsular War 229
230 Peace in Believing
397 Pitcairn's (Robert) Trials before the High Court of Justiciary
107 Ramsay's (Rev. E. B.) Sermon on the Nature and Obligations
of Christian Benevolence
237 | Reid's (Samuel) Political Economy
Redding's (C.) Gabrielle
Reid's (D.) on Practical Chemistry
Review, Westminster-Nos. XXI. XXIl.
Review, Foreign-Nos. VII. VIII. IX.
90, 291, 395
Review, Quarterly–Nos. LXXXI. LXXXII.
Review, Foreign Quarterly-Nos. VIII. IX.
Review, Edinburgh–Nos. XCVIII. XCIX.
Review, The North American-No. LXVI.
Rhind's (W.) Studies in Natural History
Richards' Daily Remembrancer
Rogerson's (W.) Temporis Calendarium
74 Stuart's (Sir James) Gleanings from the Portfolio of an Amateur 51
6 Thom's Statues
129 Pages 39, 227, 240, 253, 268, 282, 296, 332, 345, 359, 374, 387,
193 401, 415, 412.-Theatrical Gossip in every Number; also App.
Parts V. VI. 317
51 ATKINSON, (Thos.) The Rover's Retreat
Sonnets, illustrative of an Excursion to
The Bachelor's Complaint
An Extempore to Bessy
Lines about Love, and such-like Nonsense 310
Sonnet to Isabel
119, 320, 384
BRYDSON, (Thos.) Sonnet
He loved her for her merry eye
Stanzas to a Poet
The Lost--the Dead !
The Sea-Bird Wandering Inland
36, 138, 151, 198, 252, 433 HETHRRINGTON, (W., M.) On Visiting the Grave of Bessy
The Resting place of the Dead
5i, 201, 293, 421
66 KENNEDY, (WILLIAM) Knowledge
35, 140, 357, 411 MACLAGGAN, (Alex.) On Visiting the Grave of Burns 360
431 MALCOLM, (John)
SILLERY, (CHARLES DOYNB) Stanzas from Eldred of Erin 41
A Summer Evening Dream 97
A Morning Walk.
The Last Crusader's Song 437
To E. G.
Consolation for Bachelors
Lines from the German of Heine
374 Song of the Cuckoo
282 LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
181 Pages 13, 28, 41, 55, 69, 84, 98, 111, 128, 142, 155, 170, 199, 215,
266 298, 255, 270, 294, 298, 311, 333, 347, 361, 376, 389, 104, 117,
413; also App. pages 27, 29, 33, 35, 37.
“ A Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada,” is a title TO OUR READERS.
which very imperfectly explains the nature of the exceedOur readers will perceive, that with our new type, which ingly handsome book before us. On seeing it announced, we this day beg to introduce to their favour, we have made we were unable to make out whether we were to expect a one or two slight alterations and improvements in the gelo piece of fiction, a history, or a mixture of both. The mixting up of the LITERARY JOURNAL. These consist princi- ture of both comes nearest the truth. Taking for the basis pally in the rejection of the lines formerly used, by which of his work certain voluminous manuscripts left scattered, means we are enabled to add materially both to the breadth the name of Antonio Agapida, (for the existence and au
through different convent libraries in Spain, by a monk of and length of our columns, and to give, we think, a lighter thenticity of whose writings, weare, of course, willing to take and less monotonous air to our pages. The quarto weekly Mr Irving's word,) he contrives to present us with a wellperiodicals have now very slightly the advantage of us in connected and glowing narrative of the ten years' war, which regard to the quantity of matter they contain, while they commencing in 1718, terminated with the extinction of the have all the disadvantage of being sold at a higher price. Moorish dynasty in Spain. As we have a great deal to say
As to our future literary exertions, we can only say that in favour of this production, it may be as well to pave the we shall proceed as we have begun, anxiously studying to way for our praise, by pointing out in the first place, what make each succeeding number better than its predecessor.
we feel to be its defects, although these, we are glad to say, In the critical department, whatever weight may be attach- are not numerous. ed to our judgment, we are resolved that our opinions shall commences too abruptly. Had Mr Irving favoured us with
We have to remark, primo loco, that the “Chronicle” always be delivered faithfully and impartially ; and we trust a brief historical introduction for the purpose of tracing rathat we have already acquired some character upon this pidly the leading events which had characterized the domiscore. It is, upon all occasions, our most carnest desire to nion of the Moors in Spain, beginning with their memoraavoid falling into so serious an error as that to which Pope ble victory over Roderick, on the banks of the Guadalete, alludes, with his usual precision, in these lines; nearly eight hundred years before their final overthrow, " 'Tis hard to cay, if greater want of skill
and including some short notices of the Ommeyades, the AlAppear in writing, or in judging ill;
moravides, and other illustrious houses, and of the wars But of the two, less dangerous is the offence
they had so frequently carried on against the Christians, he To tire our patience, than mislead our sense.'
would have invested his subsequent details with greater inIt is now well known that our Journal enjoys the con- terest than they are at present likely to possess for the getributions of many of the most eminent men of the day; neral reader, who is plunged at once in medias res, though and hoping that what has been already done may serve as in all probability sufficiently ignorant of the political and some guarantee for what we shall yet do, we have only to civil relations which had previously subsisted between the thank the public for the smiles they bave so lavishly bestow- conclusion of bis Chronicle, which ends nearly as abruptly
two people. In like manner, our author errs towards the ed upon us, and repeat our assurance that we wish to be as it begins, leaving the reader's curiosity only imperfectly sajudged of not by our promises and intentions, but by our tisfied. Another fault we have to find is, that Mr Irving has deeds.
too easily fallen into the tone of the old Monk Agapida, with
regard to the comparative merit of the Moors and ChristLITERARY CRITICISM.
ians, whom the Catholic chronicler of course viewed in
very different lights, invariably undervaluing the Moors, A Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada. From the and servilely extolling the worshippers of the cross. Mr
MSS. of Fray Antonio Agapida. By Washington Irving, who affects to be indebted to Agapida only for Irving. In two volumes. London. John Murray. his facts, ought to have been cautious of introducing in1829. Svo, pp. 407 and 421.
to his own narrative, the prejudices of a party writer Washington Irving's reputation in this country de- In the war, whose incidents he describes, the Moors pends on his “ Sketch Book.” Neither his “ Tales of a
were, in poiirt of fact, the injured people, for a kingdom Traveller,” nor his “ Life of Columbus," have met with and country were wrested from them, to which conquest nearly so much success. There is a great deal of merit, originally, and subsequent possession for many generahowever, though of different kinds, in both these works. tions, had confirmed their title. They were, besides, an Irving is not a very powerful or original thinker ; but he heroic and noble-minded race ; and it is well known possesses, to perfection, the art of expressing winning senti- that their progress in civilization, aided as that had been ments in graceful and elegant language. He has cultivated by the reminiscences of their Eastern descent, was more his taste in composition with almost Addisonian nicety; rapid and efficient than that of their Spanish neighiad he sails over the summer sea of prose rejoicing in the bours. We do not therefore like to think that a " Chronicle soft breezes that follow his track. "Like his prototype, of Granada” should deny to its most distinguished possesshe perhaps sacrifices too much to the Graces; yet he is so ors, the praise so justy due to them. One other objection, fall of refinement and polish, that it is not difficult to and we have done. There is a little too much monotony forgive him for being less masculine and nervous.
especially in the first volume, in the perpetual succession
of forays, and rencounters, and petty engagements, and small the Holy Land;"_“ How Queen Isabella took a view of military expeditions, which it describes. Some of these are the City of Granada, and how her curiosity cost the lives highly interesting and full of romance, and as the work of many Christians and Moors ;" &c. &c. proceeds the operations become more important; but we It would not be difficult to select numerous passages, cannot help regretting that the narrative is not more fre- each more interesting, and displaying finer powers of quently relieved by incidents which would have broken in writing, than the other ; but we shall content ourselves upon the interminable series of skirmishes, sieges, and with only two or three, leaving the reader to enjoy the battles, and which, in the glimpses they might have pre- rest of the work at his own best leisure. Chapter XVII. sented of the domestic manners of the times, would have begins in the following simple and beautiful manner :afforded a profitable and agreeable variety. Mr Irving
“ The sentinels looked out from the watch-towers of might easily have availed himself of the facilities afforded by his present residence in Spain, to achieve this additional Loxa, along the valley of the Xenil, which passes through
the mountains of Algaringo. They looked to behold the object. As a whole, however, we have been very much charm- host, laden with the spoil of the unbeliever. They looked
king returning in triumph, at the head of his shining ed with this work. The subject is a remarkably happy one; and its execution is worthy of the best days of chi- to behold the standard of their warlike idol, the fierce Ali valry. The Moors, who, in the time of their greatest Aten, borne by the chivalry of Loxa, ever foremost in the
wars of the border. glory, reigned masters over all Spain, had, in the decay
“ In the evening of the 21st of April, they descried a of their power, gradually been deprived of territory after territory, till the kingdom of Granada alone remained. single horseman, urging his faltering steed along the banks
of the river. As he drew near, they perceived, by the It remained, however, powerful and flourishing, and
flash of arms, that he was a warrior ; and, on nearer apthere was not a Moor who did not feel towards it as a father who has lost all his children save one, and who proach, by the richness of his armour, and the caparison heaps upon the survivor the whole affections of his heart. reached Loxa faint and aghast ; his Arabian courser co
of his steed, they knew him to be a warrior of rank. He And Granada was worthy of a patriot's love, with the vered with foam and dust and blood, panting and staggertideless Mediterranean on its shores, with its green hills
Having and majestic sierras, with its deep, rich, and verdant val- ing with fatigue, and gashed with wounds. leys, with its cities and their alhambras, and with an air fore the gate of the city. The soldiers at the gate gathered
brought his master in safety, he sunk down and died beso pure, and sky so serene, that the Moors believed the paradise of their prophet to be situated in that part of the round the cavalier, as he stood, mute and melancholy, by heaven which overhung their kingdom. When, there. Cidi Caleb, nephew of the chief alfaqui of the Albaycen
They knew him to be the gallant fore, the ambition of Ferdinand and Isabella, who had of Granada. When the people of Loxa beheld this noble united under one sceptre, the kingdoms of Castile, Leon, cavalier thus alone, haggard and dejected, their hearts were and Arragon, directed its attention to the conquest of
filled with fearful ferebodings. • Cavalier,' said they, Granada, it was no marvel that one of the fiercest and most anxiously contested wars took place that ever depo hand mournfully towards the land of the Christians.
how fares it with the king and army ?' He cast his pulated a country ;-it was no marvel that every inch of ground was disputed, and that the Spaniards, animated fallen upon them all are lost! all dead!' Upon this
• There they lie ! exclaimed he: 'The heavens have by a desire to drive the infidels finally and for ever out of there was a great cry of consternation among the people, Spain, and the Mahometans, no less desirous of ving a country and a name in Europe, should perform and loud wailings of women ; for the flower of the youth
of Loxa were with the army.
An old Moorish soldier, such prodigies of valour as had rarely been equalled, and scarred in many a border battle, stood leaning on his lance have never been surpassed. These are the deeds which
by the gateway. • Where is Ali Atar?' demanded Mr Irving undertakes to recount, and he does so in a style such as becomes the author of the “ Sketch Book," " I saw his turban cloven by the Christian sword,' re
he eagerly— If he still live, the army cannot be lost ! '-flowing, graceful, and picturesque. In the year 1478, a Spanish cavalier was dispatched when the soldier heard these words, he smote his breast,
plied Cidi Caleb. ‘His body is floating in the Xenil.' by Ferdinand to the court of the Moorish sovereign, and threw dust upon his head; for he was an old follower Muley Aben Hassan, to demand the tribute which it had of Ali Atar. The noble Cidí Caleb gave himself no rebeen customary for his father to pay, but which the son had allowed to fall into arrear. When the Spaniard de pose; but, mounting another steed, hastened to carry the livered his message, a haughty and bitter smile curled the villages and hamlets, he spread sorrow around; for their
disastrous tidings to Granada. As he passed through the lip of the fierce monarch." Tell your sovereign,” said chosen men had followed the king to the wars. he," that the kings of Granada, who used to pay tribute in money to the Castilian crown, are dead. Our mint at ced the loss of the king and army, a voice of horror went
“ When he entered the gates of Granada, and announpresent coins nothing but blades of cimeters and heads of lances.” The defiance thus boldly thrown down was the
throughout the city. immediate prelude to the war of ten years. It is impos- glory faded! The vivanambla no longer echoes to the
“ • Beautiful Granada !' they exclaimed, 'how is thy sible for us to attempt following that war through all its various fortunes and chivalrous exploits; but a few of the tramp of steed and sound of trumpet ; no longer is it titles to the different chapters, which are given in the crowded with the youthful nobles, eager to display their
Alas! quaint style of the old Spanish writers, will afford our prowess in the tourney and the festal tilt of reeds. readers some notion of the nature of the contents.
the flower of thy chivalry lies low in a foreign land! The meet with many such headings as these : -" How the soft note of the lute is no longer heard in thy mournful Moor determined to strike the first blow in the war ;"
streets, the lively castanet is silent upon thy hills, and “ How the people of Granada were affected on hearing
of the graceful dance of the zambra is no more seen beneath the capture of Alhama, and how the Moorish king salthy bowers ! Behold, the Alhambra is forlorn and desolied forth to regain it;”—“ How the Count de Cabra perfumes into its silken chambers ; in vain does the night
late! In vain do the orange and myrtle breathe their sallied forth from his castle in quest of King Boabdil;”. ) ingale sing
within its groves ; in vain are its marble halls -“ of the high and ceremonious reception at court of refreshed by the sound of fountains and the gush of limthe Count de Cabra and the Alcayde de los Donzeles ;"“Foray of Christian knights into the territories of the pid rills !, Alas! the countenance of the king no longer Moors ;"_" How Hamet el Zegri sallied forth with the
shines within those halls ; the light of the Alhambra is sacred banner to attack the Christian camp;"-" How
set for ever!'”– Vol. i. pp. 163-9. two friars arrived at the camp, and how they came from Our next extract is of a more spirit-stirring kind :