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No. 50.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1829.

PRICE 6d.

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LITERARY CRITICISM.

the piece is sent as a contribution to the Keepsuke, where hi

its demerits may be hidden amid the beauties of more

valuable articles." The Keepsake, for 1830. Edited by Frederick Mansel Reynolds. London. Hurst, Chance, & Co., and R.

The plot of this tragedy, which is entitled “The House nings. 8vo, pp. 352.

of Aspen,” may be stated in a few words. Rudiger,

Baron of Aspen, an old German warrior, is married to This is the most costly of all the Annnals. It sells for Isabella, and by her has two sons, George and Henry. a guinea, and the others for twelve shillings. It ought, Isabella, when very young, had been married against her pie therefore, to be superior to any of them, and this year we will to Arnolf of Ebersdorf, and it was not till his death in think it is. The embellishments, of which there are that she was able to espouse her first love, Rudiger. At i lze eighteen, including the presentation plate, are truly beauti- the commencement of the drama, we find the old Baron in ful; and the literary contents, especially in so far as re- confined, by a recent accident, to his castle, while his sons, - gards the prose, are highly interesting, and of much in- | George and Henry, are in the field against their neigh

trinsic merit. The illustrations we shall not at present bour, Roderic, Count of Maltingen, the hereditary enemy stop to describe, being well aware that any description of the House of Aspen. They give him battle, and recould but feebly convey to the reader the pleasure to be turn victorious, to the great joy of their father, and the derived from the actual contemplation of works of art so no less joy of his niece, Gertrude, who is betrothed to splendid and selecta Wilkie's picture, however, of the Henry, the younger of the brothers, George, however, “ Princess Doria washing the feet of the Pilgrims,” we notwithstanding his success, brings back with him a hea

nast barely mention as also “ The Bride, by Leslie,-- vy heart, for his attendant, Martin, having been severely ezë the“ Widow of Ems,” by Deveria, and the " Prophet of wounded in the fight, and imagining himself at the point - St Pauľs," by Chaloni, chefs-d'ouvre which would reflect of death, had informed him that Arnolf, his mother's

credit on any age or country: With the last, in particular, first husband, had not died in the common course of natre are charmed to an extraordinary degree. Much as ture, but had been carried off by poison administered to we have admired some of Chalon's works, we did not him by Isabella herself through the agency of Martin. think he was able to produce any thing so fine as this. Laden with this terrible secret, and scarcely knowing

The female figure is almost perfect in its loveliness, and whether to believe it or not, especially when he considered 2. contrasts with the Black Pageand the old Astrologer, both the character for sanctity and good deeds which his mo- exquisitely conceived, in a manner too delightful ever to ther had acquired, George seeks an interview with her, e be forgotten after being once seen. Charles Heath has and, after an interesting and well-wrought scene, becomes

bestowed all his labour upon the engraving, and every one convinced of his mother's guilt. Meantime, Martin had knows, that when Charles Heath labours, it is with al- been taken prisoner by Roderic, the hostile chief, who also, mest unequalled delicacy of touch, and invariably with through this means, becomes acquainted with Isabella's an effect and a success correspondent.

crime. The knowledge at once points out to him a method The first article in the volume is a Tragedy in prose, by which he might be effectually revenged upon the House by Sir Walter Scott, which is of itself enough to secure of Aspen for its late successes. Roderic is an influential the success of the work. In a short prefatory notice, Sir member of the Invisible Tribunal—a secret association of Walter informs us, that this tragedy was written nearly a very dangerous kind, which then existed in Germany, thirty years ago, and was modelled upon the German and of which George of Aspen was likewise a member. wwchool of dramatic writing, which at that time had be- One of the rules of this association was, that its members come fashionable, in consequence of the impression which bound themselves by most solemn oaths to conceal from the productions of Goethe and Schiller had made upon the the Tribunal no crime whatever which might come to British pablic.

The story was partly taken from a Ger- their knowledge, though perpetrated by those who were man romance, but the scenes and incidents were much nearest and dearest to them. The penalty of concealment altered. It was at one time on the point of being pro-was death ; and where there was no concealment, the duced at Drury Lane, when John Kemble and bis sister, person accused was dragged before those secret avengers, Mrs Siddons, would have supported the principal parts; tried, and, if found guilty, executed on the spot. Roderic, but some doubts whether the plot was such as to secure therefore, loses no time in summoning a meeting of the its success with an English audience ultimately prevent- Tribunal

, imagining that he would thus have both George rity ever since. “ Very lately," says Sir Walter, " the his mother, and also, who, through the evidence writer chanced to look over the scenes of this work, with | 'of Martin, could easily be convicted. As soon as George "feelings very different from those of the adventurous pe-, received the summons to attend the meetings he perceived riod of his literary life during which they had been writ- its object, and that his only chance of saving his mother ten, and yet with such as perhaps a reformed libertine depended on his being previously able to get the witness might regard the illegitimate production of an early amour. Martin out of the hands of Roderic. With this view he There is something to be ashamed of certainly; bút, after dispatches a minstrel, who had lately come to the castle all, paternal vanity whispers that the child has a resem- of Aspen, and who, by changing his dress with Martin, blance to the father." “ Being of too small a size or con- and remaining himself in his stead, succeeds in enabling #quence," he modestly adds, " for a separate publication, the former to effect his escape. Roderic is, of course,

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much exasperated when he discovers the stratagem, and, Eldest Mem, Our voice is, that the perjured brother in his rage, he explains to the minstrel the reason why merits death. Martin's rescue was so much wished for by the house of

Rod. Accuser, thou hast heard the voice of the assembly;

name the criminal. Aspen. The minstrel is thunderstruck, and declares him

Accuser. George, Baron of Aspen. (A murmur in the self to be Bertram of Ebersdorf, brother to Isabella's first

assembly.) husband, and that he had assumed the disguise of a min A Member (suddenly rising.) I am ready, according to strel, in consequence of his having incurred the displea- our holy laws, to swear, hy the steel and the cord, that sure of the Government. He now announces his inten- | George of Aspen merits not this accusation, and that it is tion to Roderic to attend the approaching meeting of the

a foul calumny. Invisible Tribunal, and do all in his power to aid in re

Accuser. Rash man ! gagest thou an oath so lightly? venging the murder of his brother. It is here that the

Member. I gage it not lightly. I proffer it in the cause

of innocence and virtue. fourth act closes, and the catastrophe is wound up in the

Accuser. What if George of Aspen should not himself fifth, at the meeting of the Tribunal. We shall extract a deny the charge? part of this ably-executed scene :

Atember. Then would I never trust man again.
ACT V.--SCENE I.

Accuser, Hear him, then, bear witness against himsell.

(Throws back his mantle.) The subterranean chapel of the Castle of Griefenhaus. It Rod. Baron George of Aspen ! seems deserted, and in decay. There are four entrances, Geo. The same prepared to do penance for the crime of each defended by an iron portal. At cach door stands a which he stands sell-accused warder, clothed in black, and masked, armed with a naked

Rod. Still, canst thou disclose the name of the criminal sword. During the whole scene they remain motionless whom thou hast rescued from justice on that condition on their posts. In the centre of the chapel is the ruinous alone, thy brethren may save thy life. altar, half sunk in the ground on which lie a large book, Geo. Thinkest thou I would becruy, for the safety of my mare daguer, and a coil of ropes, beside two lighted topers. lite, a secret I have preserved at the breach of my wordAntique stone benches of different heights arourid tlie' cha-, No! I have weighed the vakre of my obligation will pel. In the back scene'is seen a dilapidated entrance into not disehargeit_but most witlingly will I pay the perity! the Sacristy, which is quite dark.

Rod Retire, George of Aspen, till the assembly proVarious members of the Invisible Tribunal enter by the four nounee judgment.

different doors of the chapel. Each whispers something as Geo. Welcome be your sentence~ I am weary of your he passes the Warder, which is answered by an inclination yoke of iroo. A light, beams on my soul. Woe to those of the head. The costume of the members is a long black who seek Justice in the dark haunts of mystery and cruel robe, capable of muffling the face : some wear it in this ty! She dwells in the broad blaze of the sun, and Marcy manner; others have their faces uncovered, unless on the is ever by ber side.* Woe to those who would advance the entrance of a stranger : they place themselves in profound general weal by trampling upon the social affections they silence upon the stone benches.

aspire to be more than menthey shall be copie worse than Enter Count RODERIC dressed in a scarlet cloak of the tigers. I go: better for me your altars should be stainei

same form with those of the other members. He takes his with my blood, than my soul blackened with your crimes. place on the most elevated bench.

(Erit George by the ruinous door in the back scene into Rod. Warders, secure the doors! (The doors are barred

the Sacristy.) with great care.)

Rod. Brethren, sworn upon the steel, and upon the cord, Rod. Herald, do thy duty! (Members all rise-Herald to judge and to avenge in secret, without favour and witbstands by the altar.)

out pity, what is your judgment upon George of Apa, Herald. Members of the Invisible Tribunal, who judge self-accused of perjury, and resistance to the laws of our in in secret and avenge in secret, like the Deity, are your ternity? (Long and earnest murmurs in the assembin.) hearts free from malice, and your hands from blood-guilti Rod. Speak your doom. ness? (All the Members incline their heads.).

Eldest Mem. George of Aspen has declared himself perRod. God pardon our sins of ignorance, and preserve us jured—the penalty of perjury is death! from those of presumption! (Again the Members solemnly Rod. Father of the Secret Judges eldest among those incline their heads.)

who avenge in secret-tahe to thee the steel and the card; Her. To the east, and to the west, and to the north, and let the guilty no longer cumber the land. to the south, I raise my voice; wherever there is treason, Elest Mem. I am fourscore and eight years old. My wherever there is blood-guiltiness, wherever there is sacri- eyes are dim, and my hand is feeble; soon shall I be callei lege, sorcery, robbery, or, perjury, there let this curse alight, to the throne of my Creator. How shall i stand there, and pierce the marrow and the bone. Raise, then, your stained with the blood of such a man? voices, and say with me, Woe! woe! unto offenders! All. Woe! woe! (Members sit doum.)

Rod. How wilt thou stand before that thrope, loaded

with the guilt of a broken gath? The blood of the crimiHer. He who knoweth of an unpunished crime, let him nal le upon us and ours! stand forth, as bound by his oath when his hand was laid Eldest Mem. So be it, in the name of God!! upon the dagger and upon the cord, and call to the assem

W. (He takes the dagger from the allar, goes slowly towards bly for vengeance.

the back scene, and reluctantly enters the Sacristy.) Member. (Rises, his face covered.) Vengeance ! Ven Eldest Judge. (From behind the scene) Dost thou legeance ! Vengeance!

give me? Rod. Upon whom dost thou invoke vengeance?

Geo. (Behind)-I do! (He is heard to fall headly) Accuser. Upon a brother of this order, who is forsworn (Re-enter the old Judge from the Sacristy. He lays on and perjured to its laws.

the altar the bloody dagger.) Rod. Relate his crime.

Rod. Hast thou dove thy duty ? Accuser. This perjured brother was sworn, upon the Eldest Mem. I bave. (He faints.) steel and upon the cord, to denounce malefactors to the Rod. He swoons-remove him. judgment-seat from the four quarters of heaven, though it (He is assisted off the stage. During this, four mea. were the spouse of his heart, or the son whom he lovel as bers enter the Sacristy, and bring out a bier covered the apple of his eye; yet did he conceal the guilt of one who with a pall, which they place on the steps of the aitar. was dear unto him; he folded up the crime from the know

A deep silence.) ledge of the Tribunal; he removed the evidence of guilt, Rod. Judges of evil, dooming in secret, and a venging ia and withdrew the criminal from justice. What does his secret, like the Deity, God keep your thoughts from evil, perjury deserve? Rod. Accuser, come before the altar; lay thy hand upon

and your hands from guilt!" the dagger and the cord, and swear to the truth of thy ac Isabella is afterwards brought in and accused by Bercusation, Accuser. (His hand on the altar.) I swear!

tram. Finding that there is no hope of escapes she stab Rod. Wilt thou take upon thyself the penalty of perjury ted by the Tribunal on the ola Baron Rüdiger, are inter

herself and dies. Further cruelties, about to be perpetra. should it be found false? Accuser. I will

rupted by the arrival of the Duke of Bavaria, who te Rod. Brethren, what is your sentence? (The Members nishes Roderic and Bertrain from the empire; and the confer a moment in whispers silence.)., mis ismai Lreader, being allowed to suppose that Hepry will alii

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mately be married to Gertrude, both of whom are subor- | Athenian world. The circulars are arrived, and circuladinate characters, the play concludes.

ting like the vortices (or vortex's) of Descartes. Still I have As to the merits of this composition, it will be evident, adue care of the needtul, and keep a look-out a-head. As my even from the brief sketch we have now given, that it is with all meu's who have lived to see that every guinea is a

notions upon the score of moneys coinci le with yours, and entirely German, both in its conception and execution. philosopher's stone, or at least his touchstone, you will By this we mean that the truth and simplicity of nature doubt me the less when I pronounce my firm belief that are rendered subordinate to strong effect and strange situ- cash is virtue. I cannot reproach myself with much expendation, and that, for the sake of presenting a sort of meta- iture, my only extra expense (and it is more than I have physical puzzle in the character of Isabella, whom we spent upon myself) being a loan of two bundred and fifty cannot help liking, though she is a murderess, all probabi- pounds to and fifty pounds' worth of furniture which lity is disregarded. There is a morbid gloom cast over myself at Genoa, which will cost about a hundred pounds

I have bought him, and a boat which I am building for the whole production, which is disagreeable, because it is not like human life. At the same time, we readily grant But to return. I am determined to have all the mothat this is the fault of the school from which Sir Walter neys I can, whether by my own funds, or succession, or Scott borrowed, and it was a fault which, under the cir- lawsuit, or MSS., or any lawful means whatever. I will cumstances, he could not avoid. In other respects, the pay (though with the sincerest reluctance) my remaining play is well conceived, and the individual scenes are spi- creditors, and every man of law, by instalments, from the ritedly filled up. It would act well, and we are quite in Mr Hanson's letter, on the demand of moneys for the

awards of my arbitrators. I recommend to you the notice sure that, considering the present reputation of its author, Rochdale tulls. Above all, I recommend my interests to any manager who brings it upon the stage, will find the your honourable worship.' Recollect, too, that I expect speculation a highly profitable one.

We believe it was some moneys for the various MSS., (no matter what;) and, stated, in the case of Lord Byron's tragedies, that no in- in short, • Rem, quocunque modo, Rem! The noble feel junction could be granted against the performance of any ing of cupidity grows upon us with our years. published play; and why, therefore, might not the mana

“ Yours ever and truly,

“ Noel Byron." ger of the Theatre Royal here commence his winter campaign in November with this tragedy? He may depend

Genoa, November, 1822. upon it, it would have a run. There is abundance of “ My Dear I have finished the twelfth canto of melo-dramatic interest, and the fact of its being by Sir Don Juan, which I will forward when copied. With the Walter Scott would hit the house for many nights. The sixth, seventh, and eighth in one volume, and the ninth,

tenth, eleventh, and twelfth in another, the whole may parts, too, could be exceedingly well cast with his present form two volumes, of about the same size as the two former. company. Murray himself should play the old Baron, There are some good things in them, as perhaps may be alRudiger; Miss Jarman or Mrs H. Siddons, Isabella ; Van- lowed. Perhaps one volume had better be published with denhoff or Barton, George of Aspen; Denham, Roderie ; one publisher, and the other with another; it would be a Montague Stanley, Henry, and the other inferior parts new experiment: or one in one month, and another in the

What thinkest thou? Murray, could be well filled up. This is worth thinking of either next, or both at once. here or in London ; but to get the start is the great thing. (guineas ) a-canto for as many as I might choose to write.

long after the “piracies,' offered me a thousand pounds The article next in interest in the Keepsake, consists He has since departed from this proposal, for it was too of nine unpublished Letters of Lord Byron, the three much, and I would not take advantage of it. You must, last of which are from Greece. We shall select the two however, use your own judgment with regard to the MSS., we like most, which were written from Italy, and are and let me know what you propose; presuming always principally upon literary topics :

what may at least be but a presumption that the seven new

cantos are, on the whole, equal to the five former. SapTWO LETTERS BY LORD BYROX.

pose Hunt, or somebody else, were to publish one canto a

« Pisa, Feb. 6, 1822. week, upon the same size and paper, to correspond with the “My Dear —— Try back the deep lane,' till we tind various former editions? but this is merely as a vision, and a publisher for the ó Vision ;' and if none such is to be found, may be very foolish, for aught I know, I have read the deprint fifty copies at my expense, distribute them amongst fence of Cain, which is very good; who can be the author ? my acquaintance, and you will soon see that the booksellers As to myself, I shall not be deterred by any outcry; your weill publish them even if we opposed them. That they are present public hate me, but they shall not interrupt the now afraid is natural ; but I do not see that I ought to give march of my mind, nor prevent me from telling those who way on that account. I know nothing of Rivington's are attempting to trample on all thought, that their thrones * Remonstrance,' by the · Eminent Churchman;' but I shall yet be rocked to their foundations. It is Madame de suppose he wants a living. I once heard of a preacher at Stael who says, “that all talent has a propensity to attack Kentish Town against Cain. The same outery was raised the strong. I have never flattered-whether it be or be not against Priestley, Hume, Gibbon, Voltaire, and all tbe a proof of talent. men who dared to put tithes to the question.

« I have just seen the illustrious —, who came to visi"I have got 's pretended reply, to which I am sur tate me here. I had not seen him these ten years. He had prised that you do not allude. What remains to be done, is a black wig, and has been made a knight for writing against to call him out. The question is, would he come? For, if the Queen. He wants a diplomatic situation, and seems he would not, the whole thing would appear ridiculous, if likely to want it. He found ine thinner even than in 1813 ; I were to take a long and expensive journey to no purpose. for since my late illness at Lerici, in my way here, I have You must be my second, and, as such, I wish to consult subsided into my more meagre outline, and 'am obliged to you. I apply to you as one well versed in the duello or Mo- be very abstinent, by medical advice, on account of liver nomachie. Of course, I shall come to England as privately and what not. But to the point, or, at least, my point, in as possible

, and leave it (supposing that I was the survivor) mentioning this new chevalier. Ten years ago I lent him in the same manner, having no other object which could a thousand pounds, on condition that he would not go to bring me to that country except to settle quarrels accumu- the Jews. Now, as Mr — is a purchaser of bonds, will lated during my absence.

he purchase this of me? or will any body else, at a discount? " By the last post I transmitted to you a letter upon “ I have been invited by the Americans on board of their some Rochdale toll business, from which there are moneys Squadron bere, and received with the greatest kindness, and ia prospect. My agent says two thousand pounds, but sup- rather too much ceremony. They have asked me to sit for posing it to be only one, or even one hundred, still they be my picture to an American artist now in Florence. As I moneys, and I have lived long enough to have an exceeding was preparing to depart, an American lady took a rose respect for the smallest current coin of any realm, or the which I wore from me, and said th t she wished to send least sum, tvhich, although I may not want it myself, may something which I had about me to America. They showdo something for others who may need it more than I. They ed ine two American editions of my poeins, and all kinds of say that 'knowledge is power,' -I used to think so; but I attention and good-will. I also hear that, as an author, I now know that they meant money :' and when Socrates am in bigh request in Germany. All this is some compendeclared that all he knew was, that he knew nothing," he sation for the desertion of the English. Would you write merely intended to declare, that he had not a drachm in the a German line to Goethe for me, explaining the omission

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of the dedication to Sardanapalus,' by the fault of the pub- fact, that she had escaped from France, bearing her jewel lisher, and asking his permission to prefix it to the forth, with her, and accompanied by her page Robinet Leroux coming volume of Werner, and the Mystery?

It was whispered, that during their journey the lady and ** Are you quite well yet? I hope so. I am selling two the stripling often occupied one chamber; and Margaret

, more horses, and dismissing two 'superfluous servants. My 1 enraged at these discoveries, commanded that no further horses now amount to four, instead of nine ; and I have ar- quest should be made for her lost favourite. ranged my establishment on the same footing. So you per “ Taunted now by her brother, she defended Emilie, de ceive that I am in earnest in my frugalities.

claring that she believed her to be guiltless; even going s -S1 Ki (1961 301 Yours ever affectionately,

far as to boast, that within a month she would bring proof “ Noel Byron.". of her innocence

“ • Robinet was a pretty boy,' said Francis, laughing. Stop the prose tales in this volume, the three by Mrs

“ " Let us make a bet,' cried Margaret : “ If I lose, I will SKelley, the authoress of Frankenstein, appear to us the bear this vile rhyme of chine as a motto, to my shamne, to my best. Theodore Hooke has contributed rather a dull and grave; if I wincommonplace story, called “ The Bride;" the author of “ I will break my window, and grant thee whatever Granby" an amusing “ Dialogue for the year 2130;" boon thou askest.' whilst Lord Normanby, the authors of the “ O'Hara

“ The result of this bet was long sung by troubadour and Tales, t * Anastasius," the Hungarian Tales," and minstrel. The Queen employed a hundred emissaries “ Hajji Baba," have all supplied respectable stories. We published rewards for any intelligence of Emilie–all in prefer selecting, as a specimen, one of Mrs Shelley's, which given many bright jewels to redeem her word. On the eve

vain. "The month was expiring, and Margaret would have hus the advantage of being at once short and prettily told: of the fatal day, the jailor of the prison in which the Sire de

Lagny was contined, sought an audience of the Queen; be

brought her a message from the knight to say, that if the By the Author of " Frankenstein,"

Lady Margaret would ask his pardon as her bobni

, and ch "Come, tell me where the maid is found

tain from her royal brother that he might be brought be Whose heart can love without deceit ?

fore him, her bet was won. Fair Margaret was very joyAnd I will range the world around

ful, and readily made the desired promise. Francis wa To sigh one moment at her feet."

Thomas MOORE.

unwilling to see his false servant, but he was in high goud

humour, for a cavalier bad that morning brought inteli. **;"On a fine July day, the fair Margaret, Queen of Na- gence of a victory over the Imperialists. The messenger varre, then on a visit to her royal brother, had arranged a himself was lauded in the dispatches, as the most fearless mural feast for the morning following, which Francis de and bravest knight in France. The King loaded him witha clined attending. He was melancholy; and the cause was presents, only regretting that a yow prevented the soldier said to be some lover's-quarrel with a favourite dame. The froin raising

his visor, or declaring his name.

“ 'That same evening, as the setting sun shone on the lastonce the schemes of the courtly throng. Margaret was tice on which the ungallant rhyme was traced, Francis re angry, and she grew weary: her only hope for amusement posed on the same settee; and the beautiful Queen of Na. was in Francis, and he had shut himself up an excellent varre, with triumph in her bright eyes, sat beside him. Atreason why she should the more desire to see him. Sheen- tended by guards, the prisoner was brought in; his frame tered his apartment; he was standing at the casement, was attenuated by privation, and he walked with tottering 2 against which the noisy shower beat, writing, with a dia- steps. He knelt at the feet of Francis, and uncovered bis mond on the glass. Two beautiful dogs were his sole com head; a quantity of rich golden hair, then escaping, fell panions." As Queen Margaret entered, he hastily let down

over the sunken cheeks and pallid brow of the suppliant

, the silken curtain before the window, and looked a little • We have treason here, cried the King : "Sir Jailor, where confused. **

is your prisoner?' 14. What treason is this, my liege, said the Queen, which

« • Sire, blame him not,' said the soft, faltering vakte of the crimsons your cheek? I must see the same.'

Emilie, wiser men than he have been deceived by wola, It is treason,' replied the King; and, therefore, My dear lord was guiltless of the crime for which he suffin sweet sister, thou mayest not see it.!

fered. There was but one mode to save him. I assumed D. This the more excited Margaret's curiosity, and a play- his chains he escaped with poor Robinet Leroux in myatfull contest ensued : Francis at last yielded : he threw him- tire he joined your army: the young and gallant cavalier self on a huge high-backed settee; and as the lady drew who delivered the dispatches to your grace, whom per back the curtain with an arch stile, he grew grave and sen overwhelmed with honours and reward, is my own Enguercimeritaly as he reflected on the cause which had inspired rard de Lagny. I waited but for his arrival with testine bis libel against all womankind.

nials of his innocence, 'to declare myself to my hands, the What have we here ?' cried Margaret : nay, this is queen. Has she not won her bet? And the boon she asks. lèse-majesté

$* Is De Lagny's pardon, said Margaret, as she also • Souvent femme varie,

knelt to the king : Spare your faithful vassal, sire, and D116 42781111 Bien fou qui s'y fie!?..

reward this lady's truth.' Very little change would greatly amend your couplet :

“ Francis first broke the false-speaking window, then be Would it not run better thus ?1111

raised the ladies from their supplicatory posture.

*** In the tournament given to celebrate this • Triumph 21093491,Souvent homme varie, is too shop

of Ladies," the Sire de Lagny bore off every prize ; and 14] 24 ipe + Bien folle qui s'y tie Hi-rezrit

surely there was more lovelifless in Emilie's faded chelin I could tell you twenty stories of man's inconstancy.

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more grace in her emaciated form, type as they were ei ISM I will be content with one true tale of woman's fideli. trupst affection, than in the prouder bearing and fresher sya said Francis dryly; but do not provoke me. I would complexion of the most brilliant beauty in attendance de Jain be at peace with

the soft Mutabilities, for thy dear sake." the courtly festival!" dely your grace, replied Margaret rashly, to instance the falsehood of one noble and well-reputed dame.'

In the poetical department, the Keepsake for 183) is to «. Not even Emilie de Lagny ?" asked the King.

not so good as that for 1829, and is decidedly inferior to Nino This was a sore subject for the Queen. Emilie had

the Souvenir. The editor, Mr Mansel Reynolds, bs been brought up in her own household, the most beautiful wisely excluded any of his own verses ; but he sets

and the most virtuous of ber maids of honour. She bad moreover to be an indifferent judge of poetry, and he want long loved the Sire de Lagny, and their nuptials were cele besides, been evidently anxious to have as many titled brated with rejoicings but little ominous of the result. De names as possible in his list of contributors, which was to the Emperor a fortress under his command, and he was head. Lords Porchester, Holland, Morpets

, and Ne

of itself, enough to knock the poetry of his book on the condemned to perpetual imprisonment. For some time

Emilie seemed inconsolable, often visiting the miserable gent, and Messieurs the Honourable George Agar Elik dungeon of her husband, and suffering, on her return from Charles Phipps, and Henry Liddell, may keep, for augsti witnessing his wretchedness, such paroxysms of grief as we know to the contrary, excellent French cooks, and be threatened her life. Suddenly, in the midst of her sorrow, the most desirable acquaintances in the world; but Mer she disappeared ; and enquiry only divulged the disgraceful Mansel Reynolds has committed a grierous fault in alt

lowing either himself or them to be seduced into the bowl of the people at present, the connexion which their hfslief that they can write poetry. In the Keepsake for tory and literature have with our hopes and fears, out 1829, Coleridge has a splendid poem'; in the Reepsake for comfort here and our happiness hereafter, together with 1830, he has a silly extempore song of six lines. It was the more ordinary considerations of an interesting de scarcely, however, to be expected that the poetry would velopement of human character-all these considerations be equal to the prose, which, as we have already said, is bear directly and immediately upon the general reader and

of a very superior order, and will, along with the embel the devoted Christian; but when professional consideras > - lishments, carry the Keepsake over all Grent Britain, tions are taken into account, and an order of men is reIreland, France, Germany, Italy, and America. ferred to, whose duty it is to make their fellow-men ac

quainted with the full import and force of the ancient * Antiquities of the Jews, carefully compiled from Authentic Jewish writings, it is then that a consideration of highe Sources

, and their Customs illustrated from Modern import becomes one of cogeney and downright necessityød Travels. By William Brown, D. D. 'Eskdalemuir. Were, then, the study of Jewish antiquities really a task 2d Edition. Waugh and Innes, Edinburgh, 1829. rather than a delight, a toil rather than a pleasure, yet stil 2 vols. 8vo. Pp. 622 and 686.

it is a study incumbent upon Christians in general, and

doubly so upon ministers in particular; but when the A KNOWLEDGE of antiquities is essential to an under-" omne tulit punctum qui miscuit utile, dulci," above restanding of national literature. The latter, without the ferred to, is taken into account and we are assured that fornuer, is an enigma without the key-a series of refer- a more fascinating, as well as improving study, cannot bei ences, without the objects and circumstances referred to pointed out—it is then that the inducement is fully vinWho can read Burns with understanding, without being dicated, and we are called upon to recognise, with gratiacquainted with the habits and manners, with the “an- tude and affection, every pen whose aim is to facilitate our tiquities," of the people whose sentiments he expresses ? acquaintance with so sacred and so elevating a subject. But if this hold true in a living, it is doubly certain in a Under these impressions we approach these two bulky dead language, or in one, at least, which is dead to the volumes, containing a mass of information and illustrareader. The literature of Greece and Rome can only be tion never before brought together, and couched in lanmade intelligible by a careful and a constant reference to guage the most simple and unassuming possible. It is their antiquities. In other words, ere one can unders indeed refreshing and worthy of remurk, to observe * stand and feel the import of Livy or Horace, he must country clergyman, in the retirements of a remote and i have been dipped in the Tiber-he must have been con- pastoral district, and amidst the useful and successful disveyed to Rome, and having unwoven the web of time charge of every-day duties, still finding leisure and books several centuries back, he must see as the Romans then for the conducting, to a most creditable termination, saw, know what the Romans then knew, and, what is work of many years of labour. We are not unácquainted the most difficult, but most important point of all, he with the features and character of Eskdalemuir, or of that must feel as the Romans then felt. Omne tulit pune “master spirit" by which its peculiar features are so cor . tum," says Horace. .“ He every point hath made to meet," rectly perceived and felt ; nor can we deny ourselves the says kis translator, without touching at all upon the idea gratification of thinking that we do, in some degree, ap suggested. Before this little sentence can be apprehend preciate the delight which must have accompanied the ed, the reader must take a walk into the Campus Mar- study of such a subject in such a spot. Judea, with its tius," be present at a meeting of the people by centuries, mountains and floods—its precipices, decayed walls, and and observe the scribe or clerk as he dots every vote of mighty impressions of the divine handa-may be imagined, every ceritary in his book of reference. * I to the hills without any violence of fancy, out of those towering ridges will lift tnino eyes,” says or sings the Presbyterian wors and rushing streams those green passes, in particular, shipper; and he adds to his strain,

and artificial ramparts, which hespeak the power and “ The moon by night thee shall not smite,

glory of a people, the marks of whose presence fifteen

hundred years have been unable to obliterate. And we Nor yet the sun by day;"

knowledge being onco acquired, history Hows on in an naanites to Tides, is said to have induced the 'Com

look, not without some glimmering af hope, to the same bat before he can fully and feelingly apprehend the mean- industry and discrimination which have produced this ing of these lines, he must be removed, in imagination, useful work, for a treatise on * Roman Antiquities in at least, to Judea, and under her day and her night, her Scotland"-a task for which our author"s previous stuz mountain-land, apprehend the expressions made use of. dies, his local position, as well as his acquired knowledge, " The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye eminently fit him. the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a high From a work of upwards of twelve hundred large and way for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and closely-printed octayo pagés, it would be inexpedient; in every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the a Journal of this character, to attempt 'extracts. Evéh crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places an enumeration of the various and well-arranged contents plain." So says the prophet Isaiah ; and ere his language is beyond our limits ; but we must say, that the latter por: can be felt in all its force and beauty, the reader must be tion, containing " the Customs of the Jews" is peculiarly transported from the west to the east from the nine- deserving of attention. In this part, the author has been at teenth century' after, to the nineteenth century before, the great pains, and is exceedingly successful, to illustrate aria Christian era ; and must perceive, that to make way for corroborate the notices of antiquity by those of modern the "march of an earthly potentate sa Semiramis or travellers. Hesiod, Homer, Thucydides

, and Ierodotus, Xerresi-precipices are dug down and hollows filled up, amongst the ancients, Hanked by an innumerable list of mountains are levelled, and forests and brushwood clear modern pames, come beautifully in corroboration of Isaiah, ed away. The study, then, of antiquities is, in fact, the David, and Solomon, Were we disposed to cavil, we study of the people, in all their bearings upon our com- might perhaps find materials in vol. ii. p. 31, where the mon nature, in all their modifications under climate, ter- influence of Astarte, ithe Queen of Heaven, on the went ritory, civil institutions, and domestic interests. This ther and

pay her homage, as well as in the fanciful uninterrupted stream) with its motives and events, and lucubrations from page 412 ; and in the author's making poetry possesses the power of duriving interest from a the upper side of the lower millstone concave, whilst the thousand fountains which would otherwise be sealed. 1 Lower side of the upper was convex +rep. 641. But we have

The antiquities of the Jews possess a claim upon our no taste for picking chaff from well-cleaned grain. Ubi attention of a decidedly superior cast. The authenticity plurima nitent; haud ego," &c. We can must conscientious of the more ancient records the character and bearingly recommend Dr Browt's work, as containing what'kt

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