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At the edge of the frozen lake, opposite Flies in a bed room when the window to Lord's Island, the frost had formed little curtain is drawn appear in a glance of light, crystalline blossoms on the ice wherever like fire-flies, where they flit across the sunthere was the point of a rush to form a nu- beam, that beam not being otherwise visible cleus. These frost flowers were about the except where it falls upon the wall. size of the little blue flower with the orange eye, (O) and exceedingly beautiful, bright FIRST Rochelle expedition. “Men fell as silver,
a-rubbing of armour which a great while
had lain oyled."-SIR H. Wotton, p. 222. 3 March, 1829. The lake perfectly still in a mild clear day ; but at once a motion
“ Sol la cicala col nojoso metro began upon it between the Crag and Stable Fra i densi rami del fronzuto stelo hill, as if an infinite number of the smallest Le valli e i monti assorda, e'l mare, e'l cielo." conceivable fish were lashing it with their
ARIOSTO, C. 8. st. 20. tails. What could possibly occasion this, neither I, nor Bertha and Kate, who were Grass twinkling with the morning dew. with me, could discover or imagine. It abated gradually.
Ferran Gonzalez, Count of Castille. “ WHERE the rainbow toucheth the tree,
FERRAN GONZALEZ had slain in battle no caterpillar will hang on the leaves."LILLY.
Sancho Abarea, King of Navarre, with his own hand. He had not provoked the war :
Sancho had often infested Castille, and anIn the Secchia Rapita the hammer of the
swered the Count's remonstrances and debell is spoken of
mands of restitution by defying him. He “Il martello de la maggior campana." sent home the body honourably.
Canto 1. x. 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.
Abarea, then reigning in Navarre. There “E le lucciole uscian con cul de foco,
exists a jealousy between Sancho of Leon
and the Count, whom his victories and reStelle di questa nostra ultima sfera."
nown made too formidable for a vassal. At 8. i.
a Cortes which he attended, Sancho had
asked of him his horse and his hawk. These I NOTICED a very pretty image by the side
the Count would have given, but the King of a little and clear runlet, the large butter
would only receive them as a purchase and cups on its margin moved when there was
contracted for 1000 marks, to be paid on a no wind, rocked by the rapid motion of its certain day, if not, the debt was daily to stream.
double ; it was his own contract. The writ
ings were drawn out“ partidas por A.B.C." The horse-chestnut in the way in which and sealed and witnessed in all form. At its boughs incline to rest upon the ground, this same Cortes, Teresa proposed to the resembles the fig-tree.
Count, her niece Sancha of Navarre for wife.
This was concerted with Garcia, that so he “Achilles' shield being lost on the seas might entrap Ferran, and imprison or slay by Ulysses, was tossed by the sea to the him in revenge of his father's death. tomb of Ajax, as a manifest token of his A meeting was appointed to conclude the right."-EUPHUES.
marriage, each party to be accompanied by
only five knights. The Count kept his pro- SABBATH of Hell. See the legend of Jumise; Garcia brought thirty-five, and seized das and St. Brandon. How much more huhim, but not till after a hard resistance, for manly is this conceived than Monti's Sonthe Castilians refuged in an Ermida, and de- net, vol. 17, p. 77, who describes Justice as fended it till they had secured their lives by writing upon the traitor's forehead as soon a capitulation. The five knights were re- as he has expired, sentence of eternal damleased, the Count fettered and imprisoned. nation, with the blood of Christ ! dipping
A Lombard Count on pilgrimage to San- her finger in the blood. This is hideous! tiago, visits Ferran in prison, and upbraids The angels, says the second sonnet, made Sancha for her part in the wrong. She sent fans of their wings to shut out the sight. her damsel to see him, and then went her. self; the marriage promise passed between Si fer de l'ale a gli occhi una visiera." them, and they fled together; his chains were
I thought I had done when at the end of heavy, and she at times sustained them. A
the first sonnet, but it seems there is yet a priest who was riding with hawk and hound,
third, to tell us that as the soul had rediscovers them, and only consents to let the
sumed flesh and bone, the sentence appear. Count escape on condition that Sancha
ed in red letters,—it frightened the damned abandons her person to him, she retires with
-he tried to tear it out, but God had fixed him, contrives to throw him down, and Fer
it there. ran kills him with a knife. They proceed,
“ Ne sillaba di Dio mai si cancella!" and meet the Castilians coming to his rescue, with a stone image of the Count before Perhaps this horrible absurdity suggested them, which they had sworn never to for- to Lewis his fine picture of the Wandering sake.
Jew. Garcia infests Castille till the patience of the Count fails, and he meets him in a pitched battle, defeats and takes him-he
A GOOD paper in the manner of Addison, refuses to liberate him at Sancha's request,
might be made upon the motion of a Board but she appeals to his knights, and pleads
of Suicide, instituted to grant licenses for so well that they obtain his deliverance for
that act, upon sufficient cause being shown. her sake.
The King of Leon summons him now to a Cortes, and immediately seizes him. San.
Would this story mature into a useful cha sets out with her knights, leaves them
volume ? concealed, and proceeds as on pilgrimage. OLIVER Elton is the second son of wealthy The King of Leon allows her to see her hus- parents, who live up to the extent of their band and pass the night with him. In her income; he is not their favourite ; his mopilgrim dress Ferran escapes and joins his ther had not nursed him. She would not troops; but their aid is made needless by perform maternal duty, and was therefore an interview between Sancha and the King deprived of maternal affection. Oliver's of Leon, the able mind of the Countess over provision was a good living; he has scrupowers him, and all is settled.
ples, and cannot accept it.
The date must be 1793. During a vacation Oliver sets out for a long walk-to bo
tanize, and to be from home. At a country Catholic Mythology.
inn, he is requested by the landlady to sit Adam in Limbo beholding the light of the in her room, the house being full. The landAnnunciation. Simile,-suggested by Bet- lord had been a respectable tradesman, by tinelli's Sonnet, Pern. Mod. 19, p. 169. misfortunes bankrupt, and reduced to this employment. Dorothy, the daughter, had
Ground that may be built on. therefore been decently educated. Oliver soon after he leaves the inn sprains his foot GIOVANNI, the Judas Iscariot of S. Franviolently, and returns, preferring it to home, cisco's disciples, a man of blasted hopes, the and a practical comment follows upon the slave of his own feelings, sense enough to text from S. Augustin.
smell the saint for a fool and his disciples Mr. Elton refuses to support his son while
as rogues. he graduates in physic—the living, or no- Some nun of St. Clara's school. thing. Oliver who has lived parsimoniously at Oxford, sets off for London, his way lies FREQUENT Portugueze shipwrecks on the by the inn, and he finds Palmer dying of coast of Africa. Some girl on her way to a broken heart; in Dorothy's distress he a nunnery—a Caffir—the good Negroes ! becomes her comforter.
the άμύμονες ανδρών. Here would be rich In London Oliver looks about for literary scenery. employment, he is unknown, his last ten pounds are stolen, and he must have walked A Court fool at some tyrant's court. the streets for want of a lodging, had not a prostitute invited him in. This woman who A DRAMATIC romance with the good title would have infected him, hearing his dis- of Merlin or the Round Table, magic and tress, offers him money.
the sublime of pantomime. A letter from Dorothy finds him ; her mother is in danger of an arrest, could he A Jew family in Portugal, love and the send twenty pounds? He enlists as a soldier, inquisition. and sells his watch to make up the sum. On a review day he sees Dorothy, it dis
Beast Poems. They would be difficult but orders him, and she faints, he runs to her, of good purport, some tales of the affection and the Major strikes him, they had been between the bear and her cub, or the seal schoolfellows and enemies, he knocks him or walrus. down, and writes from his confinement to the Colonel, who interferes and dismisses him from the regiment.
Pelayo the restorer would form a good One friend only knows Oliver's fate, he hero for a poem which should take up
Caprocures for him the place of gardener to tholicism for its machinery. Lord L. with a decent salary. Dorothy had Count Julian, Florinda, Egilona, Rodrigo been apprenticed to a milliner, he marries in his state of penitence, Oppas, young her, and lives in happy obscurity.
Alonso, fine characters all. The cave of The story should be related in a nar- Toledo for a scene of enchantment, Covarative to his sister, who with her husband donga for the battle. visiting Lord L. recognized Oliver.
Biscay seems to have been disputed beParkgate. Saturday Oct. 10, 1801.'
tween Pelayo, Eudon, and Pedro. Alonso
was Pedro's son and married Ormisinda, The soldier part should be omitted. So will the history become that of a man who,
Pelayo's daughter. by practical wisdom and useful knowledge, for dramatic poetry, but as one bad play
This is a grand subject for narrative, not preserves himself from misery in difficult
would be seven times as productive as a circumstances, and makes and deserves his own happiness.
good poem six times its length, let us see
what can dramatically be done with Pelayo. 1 These are δεύτεραι φροντίδες- the former
Endwith the surprizal of Gigon, the death part dates from 1798, or 1799.-J. W. W. of Munuza, and the acclamation of Pelayo. Ormisinda a noble Virago, she refuses to mortality ought only to be sought by a bad marry unless her children can be free, the man, and then Vathek would stand in the end then is her giving her hand to Alonso. way of invention.
There may be a scene at her mother's grave. Munuza wants her in marriage, this the
Jewish Stories. necessary deviation from historical legend. The deluge. Joshua. The first destrucThe demand a little rouses Pelayo, for Mu- tion of Jerusalem. The second. The Maccanuza was becoming powerful by early sub- bees. mission.'
Judith is too short an action. Moses does too little himself ;-besides, the end of this
action is under Joshua. Epic writers have usually been deficient Savage superstitions will balladize well. in learning. Homer indeed is all miracle, he knew every thing, and Milton has ornamented with the whole range of knowledge
Grecian. a story which admitted the immediate dis- WHOEVER reads Pausanias or the Mythoplay of none. But the manners in Tasso are logists will find that much of the best clasmixed, in Virgil they are of no time and no sical ground is yet unbroken. A hero is country; another deadly sin! I know no indeed wanting. Aristomenes? a hero in poet so accurate as Glover.
misfortune offers the best lesson; but a long The following nations offer a rich field of and disjointed story, and Sparta in the civil and religious costume :
wrong, that must not be! Lycurgus ? the The Jews.
conqueror of human nature, perhaps the The Scandinavians.
amender. The great Alexander ? alas all The Persians.
perished with the mighty Macedonian. Celtic superstition is too little understood, Better some lesser story, imaginary, or of and the documents of Celtic manners are obscure record. The Pythoness, Endymion, scanty. Still there is an outline. The Bri- not ill handled by Gombauld, but of much tish Brutus has been too often thought upon, promise. to remain for ever without his fame.
The Hindoo is a vile mythology, a tangle Stories connected with the Manners of of thread fragments which require the touch
Chivalry. of a faery's distaff to unravel and unite
Feudalism. Robin Hood. The establishthem. There is no mapping out the country, no reducing to shape the chaotic mass.
ment of the Inquisition, St. Domingo's the It is fitter for the dotage dreams of Sir prominent personage.
The superstitions of the dark William Jones, than the visions of the poet.
ages Let the wax-nose be tweaked by Volney body well
. Saints and angels through the on one side and Maurice on the other !
whole hierarchy, and every order of deThe Greenlanders are stupid savages, or
monology. They have rarely been used well, there is a favourable wildness in their belief
or never, the cursed itch of imitation has and in their country.
made them parodies of the Greek gods. The Amortam might be the groundwork of a Hindoo poem, but the draught of im
The conquests of Odin were suggested by "It is hardly necessary to say that here are the first ideas for Roderick, the Last of the nce published - a Fragment-by Mrs. Goths.-J. W. W.
Southey, who took a part in it.-J. W. W.
Gibbon ; but Odin must be the god, not of immortality, and immortalizes him in a the hero. The story must be wholly imagi- more natural way. nary. The history of savages is never im- On the coast of Malealon, Cartamen may portant enough to furnish an action for meet Parassourama, who still exists there. poetry.
The God for the sake of his mother Mariatale, may befriend the Paria.
Stung by some violent provocation, CarPersian.
tamen kills the brother of Keradon. MariaZOROASTER was a bad and bloody priest. tale, the despised goddess, protects the deOther personage their history offers not, for spised Paria, and preserves him from death. Cyrus is anterior to the system of the Zen- He is condemned to bear about the Bradavesta.
min's skull, and eat and drink out of it; Thus then :- A Persian Satrap, persecu- but his punishment is his glory. ted by the powers of darkness. Every ca- The Hindoos admit the truth of all relilamity that they inflict developes in him gions,—Turk, Christian, Jew, or Gentile some virtue which prosperity had smothered, may therefore be introduced. and they end in driving him to emigrate with A daughter of the Paria shall be a proa Greek slave, and becoming a citizen of minent character,-a Grindouver descends Athens. Here then the whole mythology, for her love. Seevajee claims her for the and the whole hatefulness of oriental ty- wife of the god, that is, a temple-prostitute. ranny come into the foreground. The Athe- Cartamen in vain alleges that their god is nian slave, who chuses his master, for his not the god of the Parias, hence the murder. pupil and son-in-law, may be as Jacobinical She has nurst a young crocodile, to save as heart could wish.
herself she leaps into the river, the beast receives her.
Funeral of Seevajee. His ghost appears Hindoo.
to Keradon, and tells him he cannot destroy There is a singular absurdity in this sys
Ledalma till the Amordam has made him tem, prayers and penance have an actual, equal with the gods. Keradon then curses not a relative value; they are a sterling the murderer, commands all the evil powers coin for which the gods must sell their fa- to persecute him, and forbids any good one vours, as the shopkeeper supplies the thief to assist him. for ready money, Some of the most famous When he is on the rocks near Mount Mepenitents have been actuated by ambition rou,—the fine incident of the bitch that left and cruelty.
her whelps for want. By penance and prayer any gift may be It is Kalya who saves herself and her facompelled from the gods ; add immortality, ther, when they are about to be executed, and there may exist an enemy formidable by calling on Mariatale, the mixed power. even to heaven.
She with her father is cast out, but he leaves The search of the Amortam by such a her when she is asleep, that she may not man, call him for the present Keradon?he partake his sufferings. The Mouni-Willis a Bramin. An injured Paria—Cartamen-o-the wisps-misleads her. She sinks unfollows him, finds him in the very presence
der a manchineel; then Eelia, the Grindouof Yamen, who alone dispenses the draught ver, sees and saves her.
Parassourama advises Ledalma to appeal ' Here again we have the first germ of the to Bely, the just governor of Padalon. SeeCurse of Kehama. Writing to his early and vajee cannot be judged till the term apvalued friend, CHARLES DANVERS, May 6, 1801, Southey says, “ I have just and barely pointed for his natural life had elapsed. begun the Curse of Kerudon.”-J. W. W. His spirit therefore is at leisure to be mis