Page images
PDF
EPUB
[merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small]

world which she receiveth from the sun, so
we ought to bestow the benefits received of
God to the profit and commodity of our
neighbour."-WIT's Commonwealth.
Meet adversity-like the cedar in the

[blocks in formation]

"Upon the lake lie the long shadows of thy towers." Shadows seem to sink deep in dark water.

The skylark,—rising as if he would soar to heaven, and singing as sweetly and as happily as if he were there.

The wind hath a human voice.

July 1822. I WAS on the lake with Lightfoot, between the General's Island and St. Herbert's, and nearly midway between the east and west sides. The water was perfectly still, and not a breath of air to be felt. We were in fine weather, but on the eastern side a heavy shower was falling, within a quarter of a mile of us, and the sound which it made was louder than the loudest roaring of Lodore, so as to astonish us both. I thought that a burst had happened upon Walla crag, and that the sound proceeded from the ravines bringing down their sudden torrents. But it was merely the rain falling on the lake when every thing was still.

BELL-RINGING, a music which nature adopts and makes her own, as the winds play with it.

"THE olive will hardly admit of any graft, by reason of its fatness, nor will the grafts of it easily thrive in any other stock."-DR. JACKSON, Vol. 2, p. 639.

Ir is remarkable that Reginald Heber should never have noticed the 'pale transDesertion-weeds seeding in the garden lucent green' of an evening sky, till he saw or court-yard, or on the altar. it on his voyage to India.-Journal, vol. 1, p. lvii.

[blocks in formation]
[blocks in formation]

Ferran Gonzalez, Count of Castille. FERRAN GONZALEZ had slain in battle Sancho Abarea, King of Navarre, with his own hand. He had not provoked the war: Sancho had often infested Castille, and answered the Count's remonstrances and demands of restitution by defying him. He sent home the body honourably.

Teresa, Queen dowager of Leon, was

and the fire-flies-but in a way worthy of daughter of Sancho and sister to Garcia

such a writer.

"E le lucciole uscian con cul de foco, Stelle di questa nostra ultima sfera.”

8. i.

I NOTICED a very pretty image by the side of a little and clear runlet, the large buttercups on its margin moved when there was no wind, rocked by the rapid motion of its

stream,

THE horse-chestnut in the way in which its boughs incline to rest upon the ground, resembles the fig-tree.

"ACHILLES' shield being lost on the seas by Ulysses, was tossed by the sea to the tomb of Ajax, as a manifest token of his right."-EUPHUES.

Abarea, then reigning in Navarre. There exists a jealousy between Sancho of Leon and the Count, whom his victories and renown made too formidable for a vassal. At a Cortes which he attended, Sancho had asked of him his horse and his hawk. These the Count would have given, but the King would only receive them as a purchase—and contracted for 1000 marks, to be paid on a certain day, if not, the debt was daily to double; it was his own contract. The writings were drawn out " partidas por A.B.C." and sealed and witnessed in all form. this same Cortes, Teresa proposed to the Count, her niece Sancha of Navarre for wife. This was concerted with Garcia, that so he might entrap Ferran, and imprison or slay him in revenge of his father's death.

At

A meeting was appointed to conclude the marriage, each party to be accompanied by

[merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors]

only five knights. The Count kept his promise; Garcia brought thirty-five, and seized him, but not till after a hard resistance, for the Castilians refuged in an Ermida, and defended it till they had secured their lives by a capitulation. The five knights were released, the Count fettered and imprisoned.

A Lombard Count on pilgrimage to Santiago, visits Ferran in prison, and upbraids Sancha for her part in the wrong. She sent her damsel to see him, and then went herself; the marriage promise passed between them, and they fled together; his chains were heavy, and she at times sustained them. A priest who was riding with hawk and hound, discovers them, and only consents to let the Count escape on condition that Sancha abandons her person to him, she retires with him, contrives to throw him down, and Ferran kills him with a knife. They proceed, and meet the Castilians coming to his rescue, with a stone image of the Count before them, which they had sworn never to forsake.

Garcia infests Castille till the patience of the Count fails, and he meets him in a pitched battle, defeats and takes him-he refuses to liberate him at Sancha's request, but she appeals to his knights, and pleads so well that they obtain his deliverance for her sake.

The King of Leon summons him now to a Cortes, and immediately seizes him. Sancha sets out with her knights, leaves them concealed, and proceeds as on pilgrimage. The King of Leon allows her to see her husband and pass the night with him. In her pilgrim dress Ferran escapes and joins his troops; but their aid is made needless by an interview between Sancha and the King of Leon, the able mind of the Countess overpowers him, and all is settled.

Catholic Mythology.

ADAM in Limbo beholding the light of the Annunciation. Simile,-suggested by Bettinelli's Sonnet, Pern. Mod. 19, p. 169.

SABBATH of Hell. See the legend of Judas and St. Brandon. How much more humanly is this conceived than Monti's Sonnet, vol. 17, p. 77, who describes Justice as writing upon the traitor's forehead as soon as he has expired, sentence of eternal damnation, with the blood of Christ! dipping her finger in the blood. This is hideous! The angels, says the second sonnet, made fans of their wings to shut out the sight. "Per spavento

Si fer de l'ale a gli occhi una visiera.” I thought I had done when at the end of third, to tell us that as the soul had rethe first sonnet, but it seems there is yet a sumed flesh and bone, the sentence appearhe tried to tear it out, but God had fixed ed in red letters,-it frightened the damned

it there.

"Ne sillaba di Dio mai si cancella!" Perhaps this horrible absurdity suggested to Lewis his fine picture of the Wandering Jew.

A GOOD paper in the manner of Addison, might be made upon the motion of a Board of Suicide, instituted to grant licenses for that act, upon sufficient cause being shown.

Would this story mature into a useful volume?

OLIVER Elton is the second son of wealthy parents, who live up to the extent of their income; he is not their favourite; his mother had not nursed him. She would not perform maternal duty, and was therefore deprived of maternal affection. Oliver's provision was a good living; he has scruples, and cannot accept it.

The date must be 1793. During a vacation Oliver sets out for a long walk-to botanize, and to be from home. At a country inn, he is requested by the landlady to sit in her room, the house being full. The landlord had been a respectable tradesman, by misfortunes bankrupt, and reduced to this

[blocks in formation]

5.

The Adonic line, the Dactylic, the Anacreontic, the Sapphic.

The sentence must not too often close on a long syllable. The trochaic line of eight is the only double ending. This may be palliated by running the lines into the decimal one. And the anapæstic of nine will bear a redundant syllable at the end. There may also be occasionally introduced the trochaic of six, and the Adonic, perhaps the Sapphic or Phaleucian line.

Thus are there thirteen usable lines. The more complicate ones can, however, only be inserted in polishing; composition will not pause for them.

[blocks in formation]

NOAH.

Or all subjects this is the most magni

ficent.

This is the work with which I would attempt to introduce hexameters into our language. A scattered party of fifty or a hundred do nothing; but if I march a regular army of some thousands into the country, well disciplined, and on a good plan, they will effect their establishment.

My plan should be sketched before I have read Bodmer's poem; then, if his work be not above mediocrity, it may be melted at my convenience into mine.

For the philosophy, Burnett's Theory is the finest possible; for machinery the Rabbis must give it me, and the Talmuds are in requisition.

The feelings must be interested for some of those who perished in the waters. A maiden withheld from the ark by maternal love, and her betrothed self-sacrificed with her. Their deaths and consequent beatitude may be deeply affecting. In the despotism that has degraded the world, and made it fit only for destruction, there is room for strong painting. The Anakim have once already destroyed mankind!

March 26, 1800.

I HAVE read the Noachid of Bodmer; it

is a bad poem. In one point only does it

In these long lines there is danger lest the deserve to be followed, in adopting the sysepithets should be too frequent.

Of these duodecimo lines there is no fraction but the 9, for 8 and 9 are convertible, like 11 and 12, and 6 would be halving the long line only. The 7 makes a good line, the last half of a pentameter.

WITH rhyme a correspondent metre to that of the ebb tide would have a good effect, rhyming alternately thus, 9 12 12 9

tem of Whiston, and destroying the world by the approximation of a comet. This may be ingrafted upon Burnett's Theory. June 29, 1801.

Iris unfortunate that Shem and Ham cannot be christened.

Japhet, the European inheritor, must be the prominent personage, and brimful of patriotism he should be. Some visit, perhaps, to Enoch in paradise. The death of

one of the just may tell well. A father of one of the wives; his son should be the love victim. A martyrdom also;-some hero, burnt offering to the god-tyrant,-a rank Romish priesthood. Why not an Atheist friend of Noah? one who reasons from the wickedness of the world, a good man, but not stiff-necked, who has never swallowed the poker of principle, nor laced on the strait waistcoat of conscience, an incenseburner to the idols whom he derides.

Anguish of Noah when the sentence of the world is past. The spirit of Adam might announce it, on his own grave.

The chief tyrant? some beef-headed booby brute.

The universal iniquity will be difficultly made conceivable. There must be an universal monarchy to account for it, and focus it.

How to heighten the crimes? to bring about the crisis of guilt? all must be bad, even those who see the evil must seek to remedy it by evil means; some United Irish

violence.

The burnt offering the outstanding figure; a young man full of all good hopes and arrogance, who would revolutionize the world; his error, the working with evil means, and his ruin. The final wickedness; his death, after an Abbe Barruel-Bartholo

mew-massacre.

Is language equal to describe the great

crash? one line of comfort must be the ter

minating one—lo, yonder the ark on the

waters.

The great temple-palace should be some Tower of Babel building, made in despite of prophecy, and mockery of God's vengeance. It should resist the water weight, and overlive all things, till the vault of the earth

bursts.

Arbathan the self-confident hero. Some act of solitary goodness seen by Japhet

should win his affections, which the darkness of conspiracy had shocked. Arbathan would act like Omniscience. He would dare do ill for the good event. Thus, too, he should argue, and assume to himself the praise of

humanity in only destroying half,—when Noah threatens all with extermination.

At length-the doom voice was uttered,— and the Lord God Almighty turned from mankind the eyes of his mercy.

The statue omen. They should fear Noah, and attempt to destroy him so; but the blow harms not the statue's head, it shivers the mallet, and palsies the arm that struck.

The peace-virtues of the holy family, violet virtues more sweet than showy. The young hopes and heat of Japhet may force him into a livelier interest; he should be for isocratizing.

The general embarkation must be kept out of sight; it savours too much of the ridiculous.

MANGO CAPAC.1

I HAVE completely failed in attempting to identify Madoc with Mango Capac. He goes indeed to Peru, but this is all-The historical circumstances totally differ, but he has a fleet of companions, and assumes no divine authority;-therefore will I remove the Welsh adventurers to Florida, and celebrate the Peruvian legislation in another poem.

From whence was Mango Capac? he could not have grown up in Peru, nor indeed in any part of America. There is no instance, no possibility of any such character growing up among savages; it is a miracle more unbelievable than his inspiration; but whence or how came he to Peru. Europe was too barbarous to furnish a civilizer for America; and from Europe he must have taken the impossible way up the Maragnon, where I had led Madoc. But a European would have been a Christian. From the

East his opinions might have proceeded; but the voyage from Persia! its impassable

The reader is referred to the Commentarios Reales, escritos por el Ynca Garcilasso de la Vega. The copy before me was SOUTHEY'S. Lisboa, Año de M.DCIX.-J. W. W.

« PreviousContinue »