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The cousin excites persecution against The light is seen through the window, and him. The confessor, attached to him from the Te Deum heard. his youth up, seeks by every means to save The progress of Walter's mind is fine. At him. He urges an immediate marriage to first uneasy; by opposition and danger made lull suspicion, on the usual terms of educat- more enthusiastic, but almost wishing for ing the children. Mary too is willing. Here contented ignorance; worked up by the the bigotry should be wholly on Walter's death of his friend almost to the desire of side; but he consents; at that instant he martyrdom ; half yielding to love and pruis apprehended.
dence; then persecuted himself, and settling His trial and enthusiastic courage. The into a calm and Christian fortitude. opportune death of the queen preserves him. It should be on a holyday, and by the
I am afraid that this story, like Pedro, Church. The martyr should be urging rather affords the opportunity of excellent him to absent himself, but be called away scenes, than for a general effect; and the (to be arrested). Mary leads him in. Ho conclusion is not arising from the story. It comes out abruptly, as though he were ill is like cutting the knot, the “ Deus inter- The confessor follows him to know why? sit."
• Beware of that man !' But there are four dramatic characters, says the priest. and neither of them hackneyed; the mar- The marriage was to take place on his tyr, Walter, the good and enlightened con- coming of age. Mary affectionately enfessor, and Mary, so pious, so affectionate. quires why he is so changed? Then the Catholicism is a good system for women, scene with the priest. He speaks of old perhaps for all of us when stripped of its Sir Walter's goodness. When Walter watricks, and in Mary it should assume its most vers, Stephen comes with an account how favourable appearance.
the Lutheran is confined. Walter's principles are not known when A dungeon scene where the confessor the drama opens. Stephen, his cousin, sus- beseeches the condemned not to drive on pects them, and discovers them when he in- Walter to martyrdom. Surly virtue, and forms him of his friend's arrest.
the spirit of an early martyr in a subsequent Thus it might commence. It is Walter's interview with Walter. birth-day. His coming of age, if the spec- Night. Walter walking on the place of tacle be useful. However, he is engaged in execution. Mary and the confessor. And relieving some of his tenants, when Mary then the proposal of immediate marriage. meets him in her walks. He shows uneasi- This coming from her will make a power. ness. The confessor seeks him, to say that ful scene. His arrest. The confessor sent he has perceived his change of opinion, and with all speed to court to state his expected to advise him prudence.
conversion. A good scene might be made when Wal- The objections to this subject are, that a ter and Mary listen to an account of a modern audience would not sympathize martyrdom.
with Walter, and that a Lord Chamberlain But is there enough of plot? 1. To make would fancy more was meant than exWalter's religion known. 2. To hurry him pressed. on by endeavouring to save his friend. 3. It wants show and stage effect. Some To the execution. 4. To his own arrest. might be produced by hearing the church
The third might conclude with great ef- music in the first scene. fect. Mary and her confessor beholding Stephen should be a bigotted and violent from a large window the procession to the Roman Catholic, deceiving himself as to stake They close the window when the his own motives. faggots are kindled, and pray for his soul. There must be a scene in which Mary
discovers the heresy of Walter. This must
Subjects for Little Poems. be early. Walter may hear her singing the hymn
INSCRIPTION for a tablet by the Hampto the Virgin in her oratory. This will be
shire Avon. The flags' sword-leaves; the excellent in effect. He betrays himself to six-legged insect; the freshness of runStephen, irritated by his violence.
ning water, noticed. From the near hill The confessor should have been a monk you see the ocean, to which the river is of Glastonbury. That he may have seen
running. The trite allusion,—where'er we the last abbot executed.
go, we're journeying to the tomb. But A late illness of Mary may have pre
this is not the less true for being trite. vented their marriage. It should open on his birth-day, and that on Lady-day. Mary
LANTHONY, an Inscription, noting it as stopping at his mansion on her way to mass.
the death-place of St. David. Knowing When Mrs. Palmer was burnt to death, this, though the vale be not more beautiand ran all flaming into the streets, Edith ful, yet it will be seen with more delight. saw her. Their attention was drawn by
Giraldus, his visit to Lanthony may the howling of the dogs who saw her on
furnish a kind of Greek sonnet. The cause fire. In the execution of Gilbert, or the
that led him, and the effect of his going, related martyrdom, this circumstance will
how useful to me six hundred years afterbe very striking.– Westbury, April 1799.
wards. Cintra, October 10, 1800.
FriendSHIP, it should be slow of growth. 1. Gilbert arrives for refuge, his daugh- The flower that blossoms earliest fades the ter dead, her husband Seward imprisoned. first. The oak utters its leaves timorously, Father Francis enters; an enquiry for news
but it preserves them through the winter. leads to a talk upon the growth of heresy, in which the able priest discovers the latent
The Clouds, a descriptive musing; and Lutheran. Gilbert retires to rest. Then
from this window I have rich subjects; fancomes his character by Sir William.
tastic resemblances. Francis comes to tell Lady Margaret, and so they disappear.
So our hopes change, Sir Walter's mother, that Mary is coming to visit her, because the next day there will be
In 1795 I saw the body of a poor man an execution.
in Clare Street, carried on a board, who
had been begging the preceding day, and LATIMER at the stake appeared in a
having neither money nor home, laid down shroud when the executioner had taken off by a lime-kiln (it was in March,) and was his prison garments.*
suffocated. An inscription by the lime3 That is, the late Mrs. Southey.
kiln may tell this, and give advice to the Fox, the martyrologist, tells that Master reader, whether rich or poor. Latimer was brought forth“ in a poor Bristol frieze frock, all worn, with his buttoned cap,
SURELY a fine inscription might be writand a kerchief on his head, all ready to the fire, a new long shroud hanging over his hose down to ten for Sea-mills, upon the wretched man the feet. — And being stripped to his shroud, he who destroyed himself there. seemed as comely a person to them that were there present, as one should lightly see; and 5 Two Inscriptions will readily occur to the whereas in his clothes he appeared a withered reader. One, For a Cavern that overlooks the River and crooked silly old man, he now stood bolt up- Avon ; the other, For a Tablet on the Banks of right, as comely a father as one might lightly | Stream.—Poems, p. 170. behold.”—— The Martyrdom of Ridley and Latimer, 6 This is worked up in eleventh sonnet, Poems, A. D. 1555. J. W. W.
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BEDMINSTER, this is subject enough for There is a marine on board the Royal
Sonnet. A ship returning to port.
Not into the grave, O my soul !5 not
into the grave shouldst thou descend to INSCRIPTION at Penshurst, by the oak contemplate thy friend. Raise thyself to planted at Sir Philip Sidney's birth. So
that better world, thy birthright, and comall things perish but the memory of the
mune with him there. great." A pEw lines with this point, -think of mirably fine in the grotesque magic. A
A CHARACTER has occurred to me, adthe future, and you will never have cause to regret the past.
little man gifted with the power of extend
ing all his limbs to any length; who can The holly-tree,” an emblem, and some
stretch his neck and look in at the window what in Quarles's way. Kingdoms should of the highest tower ; and when walking be like it, fenced well, but only strict there;
under a precipice, can put up his hand inmen gentler at home than anywhere else.
to the eagle's nest. Is he on the bank of a Again, we should lose our asperities as we
river ? he lengthens his legs, and steps grow old; again, we should be serious in
The story should conclude with youth, that we may be cheerful in age, and his dilating his mouth, and swallowing all like the holly tree.
somebody. WINTER," they paint thee like a blue
THERE is a lie in the life of St. Isidore lipped, blue-nosed, icicle-bearded old man,
which may perhaps make a ballad. A man like a walking snow-ball; but they should who could find no surety for his rent appaint thee a fine ruddy faced old boy, sit- pealed to the saint, pledging his word to ting by the Christmas fire.
the landlord before his tomb, and praying
if he failed that Isidore might punish him. A TRAVELLING thought. The present The fellow however could not pay it, and scenery beautiful; but in remembrance the so run away one night. His road lay by very recollection of fatigue will increase its the church of St. Andrew, wherein Isidore interest.
was buried, and he was miraculously kept See Inscription, xvi. “For a Tablet at Pens. * Worked up in Sonnet xix, Poems, p. 109. hurst," Poems, p. 173.
s See the exquisite lines on his early friend, See " The Holly Tree,” Poems, p. 129.
Edmund Seward, Poems, p. 131. • Worked up in Sonnet xv. Poems,
109. 6 See the Ballad,“ Old Christaval's Advice," J. W. W. &c. Poems, p. 433.
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all night running round and round the scenery more by knowing another has felt church, while he thought he was getting them. If it has pleased thee to be told of on his way. In the morning the landlord this, cleanse the moss and weeds from the found him; he repented, prayed for for tablet ! giveness, worked harder, and paid the debt.
ECLOGUE. The witch.4 A man nailing a Dona Ana MARJA REMESAL promised, horse-shoe at his door. Tales of the old on the wedding day of her sister Mariana, woman, and superstitions, to give a sum of money towards the canonization of St. Isidore. She either for- ECLOGUE. A winter evening. Children got her vow or neglected it. Maria de la and their grandmother. They beg for a Cabera, the wife of Isadore, appeared to her story. A ghost story. My mother's account with an Alguazil and a black dog, as she of Molló Bees's murder, and the remorse of lay in her bed, and arrested her for this the murderer, that led him to accuse himdebt. They let her go, however, on her self. A gibbet and a ghost are easily added. sincere promise of speedy payment. This will make a tolerable ballad. Let her be HISTORY, the painful feelings it excites. called from the company on the wedding The historic Muse appears. She speaks of evening, and led to the tomb of St. Isidore, Greece, of Rome, Holland, Padilla, and the to pass the night. It should be the bride- many martyrs of freedom; then personally groom who makes the vow.
addresses the poet.
One of my war poems may be made upon ORMIA, a Monodrama, where did the Por. that description of Jemappe given me by tugueze writer find the story? She enters Carlisle, expressing joy for the event, with her husband's tent at midnight, and his suran abhorrence of the war principle. prise must be expressed by her.
ANOTHER must be upon this story. At the The death of Malcolm's murdererg. A evacuation of Toulon, a husband, his wife, ballad. and infant were attempting to escape in the last boat. The husband had got in, when What can be made of the story of St. Rothey pushed off. The wife flung her child muald ?? Should it be a ballad showing how to him. The child fell short, and sunk, and a man might be too good ? the mother leapt after. Tom' told me this on the authority of an eye-witness.
Mrs. Wilson's 8 story of the dog. A gen
tleman sat up in a haunted house at Dublin The treatment of Colonel Despard, de- with a great dog. The dog growled at first
, scribed as in a dramatic fragment. Related his anger increased, at last he leaped at a abroad as a proof of foreign tyranny to an particular part of the wall, then round and Englishman.
round the room ran raging, and leapt again
at the same place, then pawed at the door INSCRIPTION in a forest,» near no path; who furiously. The man let him out, he rushed reads it has most like been led by the love of nature, and he may enjoy the beauties of
* See English Eclogues, Poems, p. 154.
Ibid, “The Grandmother's Tale," p. 150. | His brother, Captain Thomas Southey,- See Poems, p. 140, “ History." often mentioned.
? See Ballad, “ St. Romuald," Poems, p. 436. See ESPRIELLA's Letters, vol. iii. p. 95, third She was the old occupant of Greta Hall, edit.
and the kind friend of all the children. 3 See Inscriptions, p. 172. J. W. W.
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up stairs, and the man found him in the gar- have been cured with a potion of his blood. ret over the room below, leaping at the same This will make a ballad. For the lewd empart of the wall. He himself neither saw nor press substitute a maiden, and let the potion heard anything, but declared he would not effect a cure,-by producing death. for worlds undergo another night of such feelings. The dog lay gasping with exhaus- The good old Customs, and the Cause of tion, and foaming so that his master was Religion and Order, a song, addressed to once or twice tempted to shoot him in com- all the confederate powers, each stanza repassion. This will be better told dramati- citing for what they are fighting, and concally than as a ballad.
cluding with the same burthen.”
PERHAPS a young man departing from The story of Pausanias needs no alterahome to go for the first time to London, tion for a ballad." might furnish stuff for an eclogue.
EDWARD THE CONFESSOR took off a tax, THE nasty custom of interment makes the because he saw the devil dancing upon the idea of a dead friend more unpleasant. We money which had been raised by it. think of the grave, corruption, and worms. Burning would be better.
INSCRIPTION under the bust of Fox.
Dost thou wish, wben reading of foreign Tue devil hath not always had his due. lands, to see their beauties? It is a melan- He hath the credit of a murder, but not of choly thing to be among strangers !? a battle ; the murder is committed by the
instigation of the devil—the victory by the EPITAPH for Gerald. What the verdict favour of Providence. Then the tax story records him, what he thought himself. Pos- of king Edward Confessor. terity and God will judge him.
The present war was undertaken to preINFANTS, their lot after death ? Do their vent the people from being affected by the spirits animate other bodies ? or are they Jacobinical principles instilled into them. transplanted to a better world? Were the The story of Cortez's purge. material system true, it would, I think, exclude them from a future life; for what con- TRANQUILLITY. Sonnet. The happiness sciousness of identity could be restored to
of a toad in a stone. them? Upon the soul system, or indeed any system, they must grow up somewhere, else I do not love books that affect me strongwould they be like the beasts that perish. ly, at least if the effect be long. The sud
den pathetic is pleasurable. Lines sent with Fox! well may he believe that the affairs some such book as the Letters from Lauof man are ruled by fatality, else would not the arts of one so inferior have ruined thy country, thou the while living and warning. Jeremiah. The Catos, &c.
St. Vincent's Rocks.
It occurs to me that I could write a fine Faustina, in love with a fencer, is said to local poem upon this subject. It might be
gin by saying why Iought to celebrate them. I See “ The Traveller's Return,” Poems, p. 124.
· See lines, “ After reading the Speech of : See The Battle of Blenheim, p. 449. Robert Emmet," Poems, p. 140. J. W. W. • See suprà, p. 163.
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