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Guido. Thou—thou knew'st all—my love. Thou busy priest– Gher. My lord. Gido. Thou pander to my father's wish, (He is no father—I disown him.) ThouThou busy meddling monk. Gher. My lord, my lord, This is not well ? Guido. Away! my mother? Oh! my mother was As pure as purity. I will not talk of her who is—yet oh! what pity 'tis That one so fair should now be full of blots, And that a face which love had breathed
upon Should now be scarred all over.
“The first interview between Guido and Isidora is of a similarly affecting character, and we cannot resist an example from it. GUIDO enters. Guido. (after a pause.) Madam, I come to pay My duty to you. Irid. Welcome; you are welcome. Guido. I come to see how well her bridal dress Becomes the Duchess of Mirandola. Isid. You have been well, I hope 2 Guido. Since when? Irid. Since youYou and I parted. Guido. That's a long time, now, I have forgot; how is't that you remember 2 Isid. I–I–Oh! pity me ! Guido. Weep, lady, weep. Tears (yet they're bitter) purify the soul, But yours is fair 1–1 know they ease the heart. Mother ' Isid. Oh! Guido!—cruel, cruel, cruel! Guido. Laside.] By Heaven, my courage begins to fail; and I Grow womanish. Now let me wring her heart, As she wrung mine.—Ah! there she weeps away Almost to dissolution.—How she bends, Like one who sickens with remorse or love; And she, perhaps, has been betrayed.— Alas!
Poor Isidora! -
Guido. Listen to me, them. When you were young— You are young still, and fair—the more's the pity : But in the time I speak of, you were just Bursting from childhood—with a face as fair As tho' you had look'd in Paradise, and caught Its carly beauty : then, your smile was soft, As Innocence before it learns to love. And yet a woman's passion dwelt within Your heart, as warm as Love.—But I am wrong? Isid. Oh I no. I lovedGuido. Indeed Isid. Indeed, indeed Guido. Well! There was one who loved you too. He said r That every hope he had rested on you. He worshipped you, as Idols are adored In countries near the sun. He gave his heart So absolutely up, that had he thought Then, that you would desert him, he'd have slain Himself before you. his heaven, His wealth, his light, his mind, and life substantial,— But then he went away to the fierce wars, (His honour was pledged for it,) and helest You, with an oath upon your soul, behind. 'Twas said he diedIsid. One said he saw you fall. Guido. "Twas said he died, and that she grieved awhile In virgin widowhood for him. At last, A Duke—a reigning Duke, with wintry hair, And subtle spirit, and—without a heart, Came wooing to her, and so—you do not heed me— And so she dried her tears, and (tho' the youth Wrote that he lived,) she laugh'd, and left the son, To marry with the father.
“Admirable as this is, we think the opening of the third act, with the meeting of the father and son, still more surpassing. The Duke has sent for Guido, and is seen pacing up an down his room.
You were his home,
** CURIO enters.
Curio. Lord Guido Is now without, my lords Duke. Bid him come in. [Cuaro exit. There is a strange confusion in my mind; Perhaps my son, like a fair morning light, May dispel all. He is here —how pale he looks 1 Ah! my dear Guido!
GUIno enters. Guido. I am come, my lord. Duke. I–I rejoice to see you. proud To know my son has won so good a name. Your honours will shame mine. Well, well, so be it. On you has fallen now the task to lift The fair and great name of Mirandola. You have been absent long : too long. Guido. My lord : Duke. I am your father, Guido. Guido. Oh! much more: You are the Prince. Duke. But still your father; nay— Guido. My lord, there are some things which, little used, Soon rust; such is respect. Prince Brings to the memory of many men What they might else forget. Duke. There is no cause For this between us. Guido. Pardon me: for once Give me my humour. Duke. As you please, for once. Come, let us sit. What cause have you for this? Guido. Cause ! but—let it pass. Duke. Dear Guido. Guido. Sir I Duke. I do not understandGuido. And yet it is As plain as day—as the full risen day. But let us sit: with all my heart. Duke. I am ..[DUKE sits. Distresssed, my son, to learGuido. Ha! have you heard? Duke. I hear the words you speak. Guido. But understand not. Was it not so, my lord * You hearDuke. I hear, And see, and fecl that now my only son, And the first subject of my dukedom, dares To spurn his Prince,—his father :-putting off The garb of love, andGuido. Right! it is a cloak; Under whose folds fathers, as well as sons, Do things to shame the stars. Duke. Guido, by Heaven 1– But this—this is not well, my son, no more of it. I sent for you by the Confessor— Guido. Ay, That you may in my ear unload your mind Of some dark secret; what is't Speak, my lord. If you have done aught that may leave a blot On the bright annals of our house, confess, And I will be as secret as-deceit. If you have been a tyrant, and enslaved The bodies or the minds of noble men, Why, let me know it: or, if you have been As * as the serpent, or have mineq,
The name of
Mole-like, your way beneath your neighbour's house, And shook down all his happiness, confess it: Or if, like the wilderness creature, you have prey'd Even upon your young, I bid you still To tell me and take comfort. Duke. I have been Silent, my son— Guido. Not so, not so; and yet you were in truth: When slander came abroad, and I was abScnt, You kept a politic silence! thus I’ve heard: And, when l fell, you wept and kissed away The bright warm tears from Isidora's check. But I rose up again :-I rose, my lord, Up from my bed of battle, and while the blood Harden'd upon my wounds, I traced, with k
wea And shaking fingers, a poor scrawl, reminding Her of our love; you start 2–our love I said : And you—you kept it from her. Speak was’t so? There's no one to betray you : should you blush, I'll hush your virtue, like a murder, up. Duke. Guido, you go too far: no more of this. Guido. No more ? Duke. You'll anger me. I tell you this For the last time. My blood is hot as your's. Guido. Much hotter. may k— Duke. Yo, not, sir. Death ! shall I stand and suffer These insolent taunts from you, my son, my slave,
Noble lord, if I
LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE.
New Royal Society.—A new Royal Society, for the encouragement of indigent merit, and the promotion of general literature, under the patronage of the King, is about to be formed, consisting of honorary and subscribing members and associates. The elass of honorary members is intended to comprise the most eminent literary daracters.-an annual subscription of two guineas to constitute a subscribing member,-and the class of associates to consist of twenty men of learning and character, on under the patronage of the King, and ten under the patronage of the Society. His Majesty is to assign the annual sum of one hundred guineas, payable out of the privy purse, to ten of the associates, and an innual premium of one hundred guined s for the best dissertation on some interesting subject, to be chosen by a council of the society. Ten associates will be placed under the patronage of the society, as soon as the subscriptions shall be sufficient for this purAn annual subscriber of ten guineas continued for five years, or a life subscri tion of one hundred guineas, will entitle with subscribers to nominate an associate ander the society's patronage, according to the date of their subscription. The associates under the patronage of tle King to be elected by competent judges, and those named by subscribers must be upproved of by the same judges. From the months of February to July it is proposed that a weekly meeting of the society shall be held, and a monthly meeting during the remainder of the year. His Majesty, it is said, has entrusted the formation of the institution to the Bishop of St David's : and from the number of those who have hastened to subscribe, the funds are already very considerable.—Lit. Gaz. Wernerian Society.—Dec. 16.—Mr Adie exhibited, and read the description of, an instrument for ascertaining the spedific gravity of bodies, without the use of weights or calculations. This instrument is equally accurate with the hydrostatic balance; but the operation of taking the specific gravity by it is much simpler, is done in a much shorter time, and the instrument itself is greatly cheaper. Experiments were made with it before the Society, to the satisfaction of all present. At the same meeting, Mr John Deuchar explained the nature of an apparatus, suggested some time ago by Colonel Yule, for firing ordnance without the use of a light or the usual prime. Mr Deuchar also gave an account of a number of experi
ments performed with the above apparatus, several of which he shewed to the Society; in one of these the flame passed through three pieces of the wire-gauze used in Sir Humphry Davy's safety lamp ; and in another was shewn the singular result of the flame passing through some gunpowder without setting it off–Edin. Phil. Jour. We are authorized to announce, that John Lindsay Crawfurd, Esq. has arrived from New South Wales about five months ago, having been furnished with an absolute liberation from his Excellency MajorGeneral Macquarrie, Governor of that Colony. He is heir male of line to the late George Earl of Crawfurd and Lindsay, and will immediately proceed on his claim of service to that Peerage, and the estates annexed thereto. It is to be noticed, that Mr Crawfurd, since his arrival, has prepared for the press, and specdily will be published, in one elegant octavo volume, his life, from 1809 to 1820; with a portrait, executed by one of the first artists; exhibiting a full detail of his claim to the Crawfurd Peerage, and the formidable opposition he experienced from his opponent, with its consequences. To which will be prefixed, an introduction, giving a genealogical and historical account of that noble family, from the reign of Malcolm Canmore, King of Scotland, down to himself. To the whole will be subjoined, a brief account of New South Wales, with its agricultural pursuits, laws, and customs.-Price 10s. 6d. He resides at present in Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, the ancient abode of his ancestors.Edin. Courant, Nov. 30, 1820. On the Cause of Regular Figures formcd by Hoar-Frost on Windows-This curious phenomenon was ascribed by M. Mairan to the pre-existence in the glass of certain regular figures and lines generated during its formation, and he supposes that the particles of hoar-frost deposit themselves according to these figures. M. Carena, in a memoir Sur le Givre figurée, published in the Mémoires de Turin for 1813 and 1814, p. 56–79, has overturned this hypothesis, and shews that the following are among the principal causes of the phcnomenon. 1. The natural force of crystallization. 2. The necessity of the hoar. frost, extending itself along a plane surface, which restrains the quaquaversus tendency of crystallization. 3. The numerous and varied resistances presented by the surface of the glass. 4. The imperfect and irregular conducting power of the glass, which is apt to produce in the vapours curvilineal motions at the instant preceding their congelation. M. Carena placed a small copper disc on the outside of one of the panes of glass, and found that the corresponding part of the glass was always free from hoarfrost.—Edin. Phil. Jour.
Method of restoring the White Colours in certain Paintings.-M. Merimée having observed, in a design by Raphael, that the lights had lost their brightness, applied to M. Thenard for his advice. This distinguished chemist ascribed the cffect to the circumstance, that the white lead dissolved in water had become sulphuretted by the lapse of time, and had been changed from white to black; and having sent to M. Merimée some slightly oxygenated water, it was applied to the black parts, and the white colour was instantly restored. The water contained only five or six times its volume of oxygen. There is reason to think, that this method will not succeed equally well with oil paintings.-Journ. de Physique, Mai 1820, p. 398.
Notice of a prolific Cross-breed between the common Cat and the Pine-Martin, (Mustela Martes.)—We find by the Bibliotheque Universelle, that there has been lately presented to the Imperial Society of Natural History of Moscow, an animal which appears to be a cross-breed, formed by the meeting of the common cat and the pine-martin, and the fur of which promises to be a valuable article of commerce. The specimen presented to the Society was sent from the Government of Penza, where the pine-martin is very abundant. The following history is given of the cross-breed.—A domestic cat disappeared from a house in Penza, and returned in some days in a state of impregnation. At the usual period the cat littered four young ones, two of which very much resembled the martin. Their claws were not retractile, as in the cat, and the snout was elongated like that of the martin. The two others, of the same litter, more nearly resembled the cat, as they had retractile claws and a round head. All of them had the black feet, tail, and ears of the martin; and they killed birds and small animals more for the pleasure of destroying them than for food. The proprietor endeavoured to multiply this bastard race, and to prevent their intermixing with the other domestic cats; and his endeavours were completely successful. In the space of a few years he reared more than a hundred of these animals, and he made a very beautiful article of furriery of their skins. The specimen presented to the Society was of the third or fourth generation, and it retained all the characters of the first. The fur is as beautiful and as silky as that of the pine-martin, and it may, with some care, become an interesting object for commerce.—Edin. Phil. Jour.
Adjudication of the Copley Medal.—The President and Council of the Royal Society of London have adjudged the Gold Medal on Sir Godfrey Copley's donation to Mr John Christian Oersted, for his discoveries respecting the connection between Electricity and Galvanism.–Edin. Phil. Jour. Arctic Expedition.—Accounts have been received from a gentleman attached to the Arctic land expedition, dated in January last, at which period the party were in comfortable winter quarters at Cumberland house. The cold was very severe, the thermometer standing at 30 deg. below zero, but owing to the dryness of the atmosphere it was not so unpleasant as the cold wet weather in England. The rivers and lakes abounded with fish of various kinds, particularly trout of a very large size, and the hunters brought moose deer and "buffaloes from the woods, so that there was no scarcity of provisions at their station. France.—Natural History.—M. Lucas, keeper of the cabinet of mineralogy in the Museum of Natural History, has terminated a journey that has occupied him twenty-one months in Italy and Sicily. He has brought home more than thirty boxes of minerals and other valuable articles collected in those countries; and he highly praises the reception he has met with throughout. M. Leschenault de Latour has sent from Pondicherry to the Museum of Natural History, a young elephant, living; an antelope, a shoot of the cocoa-tree, a large black squirrel, and a large box containing specimens of plants and seeds. M. Plée, a naturalist in the service of government, is on his journey to Porto Rico. M. Augustus L. Hilaire has given information of his having completed the hazardous and laborious expedition that he had undertaken in South America. M. Milbert, naturalist and draughtsman in natural history, who had been obliged by the state of his health to quit the company of Capt. Baudin, during his expedition in the South, is at present in North America, as correspondent of the Museum of Natural History. In the space of three years he has sent over fifteen consignments of rare and interesting objects; among them are a bison, several deer of uncommon species, and other living animals never before seen in France. In compliance with the request of the professors in the Royal Botanic Garden, the minister of the marine has nominated M. de Sauvigny to repair to Senegal in quality of botanic agriculturist. Germany.—Ancient Roman Eagle.—It is well known that, at the defeat of the Roman legions in Franconia, in the days of Augustus, one of their ensign-bearers buried the eagle that was confided to his charge in a ditch. Time and chance have at length brought it to light. Count Francis of Erbach, who has a country seat at
Enlbach, and who has formed a magnificent collection of Roman antiquities, has found in the vicinity of his residence a Roman eagle, in a good state of preservation. It was discovered in a ditch, not far from some remains of a Roman entrenchInent. It is of bronze, thirteen inches in height, and weighs seven pounds. Improvement on Globes.—A Berlin artist, Mr Charles P. Khummer, has recently published a globe with the mountains boldly executed in relief. This method impresses the subject more forcibly upon the mind than the mode hitherto adopted, and is consequently admirably calculated for geographical instruction. Languages.—According to a “View of all the known Languages and their Dialects,” published by M. Fred. Aderburgh, their number amounts to 3064, viz. in all Asia 937, European 587, African 276, and American 1264. Egypt—M. Gau, an antiquarian and orchitect of Cologne, is returned from his travels in Palestine, Egypt, and Nubia, where he has ascended to the second cataract. He brings a very valuable collection of drawings of remarkable monuments; many of these have been taken for the first time, and others have been exctried in a more correct manner. There will be about sixty plates on Nubia, of which there are none in the great French work, and twenty additional plates on łgypt and Jerusalem; the explanations to be in French and German. A specimen of five or six plates will appear very shortly, representing buildings and bas reliefs. Sweden.—Linnaeus—There has lately been discovered accidentally, among the papers of a shop-keeper, a biographical account of Linnaeus, written by himself, and since continued to his death. The autograph MS. which is in the Swedish language, has been sent to Upsal, and will speedily be printed. It will form a book of 500 pages in 8vo, embellished with six engrav. Ings, exhibiting two portraits of the great naturalist, a fac simile of his hand-writing, his monument in the cathedral church, and the arms of his family. New Islands.-M. Graner, a major in the Swedish service, who set out last year to explore, in the South Sea, a new route for merchant vessels from Chili to the East Indies, has discovered in that ocean a group of islands hitherto unknown to mariners. To the largest of them he has given the name of Oscar. It is to be regretted that the Swedish journals, from which this intelligence is extracted, furnish no details relative to the position of these islands.
Russia-—Peter the Great.—A triumphal column has been erected at Pultowa, by the Emperor Alexander, in commemoration of the victory gained by Peter the
Great over Charles XII. It is of cast iron in four parts; each of the joints is covered with a crown; the first is of laurel and palms; the second of laurel only, and the third of oak leaves; the intervals are filled with bundles of arms. The capital is formed of large palm leaves; above it is a demi-sphere, § a spread eagle, holding in his talons the thunders of war, and in his beak a crown of laurel. The pedestal contains two inscriptions ; one to the glory of the hero, and the other designating the day and year of the victory. On the right and left of the column are trophies in the Greek style. The monument is encircled with an iron railing, the bars of which are Greek swords, with their points fixed in the earth, an emblem of repose after victory. On the base appears a little fortress bristled round with the artillery that was used at the battle of Pultowa. India.—The Marquis of Hastings, Governor-General in India, has received, as a present from the Nabob of Bhawulpur, a wild ass, of the species called Gor Thur by the Indians. This beautiful animal is from ll to 12 hands high, has long cars, black eyes, and is of a chamois colour. He is not to be tamed, and in this and many other respects he resembles the African Zebra. He is represented as a most finished model of beauty, agility, and strength." The Museum of the Asiatic Society of Calcutta, among other curiosities, contains a bulrush, cut in Nepaul, 84 feet in length, a serpent with two heads, specimens of mosaic from Agra and Golconda, crystals from Nepaul, and sculptures from Persepolis, Java, &c. Fossil Oyster Shell.—The Calcutta Mirror of the 23d of March last contains a letter from Dr Tyler, announcing that, in an expedition to Kallinger, he picked up a fossil oyster shell on the summit of a high hill, above the village of Bheeamow, in union with granite and basalt rocks. “This proves that these hills were formerly all under water.” Dr Tyler has met with something still more wonderful. “In the bed of a river near Russur, I also found,” says he, “the fossil remains of the first joint of a human finger. It is evidentl the first phalanx of a finger, and I thin the first finger of the right hand.” Cicero.—The Abbé Amadeus Peyran, Professor of Oriental Languages in the University of Turin, has discovered some fragments of Cicero in a manuscript from themonastery of St Colomban de Rabbio, a town on the Trebia, in the dominions of the King of Safdinia. This M.S. presents important new readings of orations already known, and confirms the identity of several texts that have been tortured by indiscreet critics. It contains also fragments of the Orations Pro Scauro, Pro M. Tullio, In Clodium, orations unfortunately lost.