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Funeral ceremonies briefly run over at The dogs. But a quiet journey. Scenery the death of Maimuna.

like that delightful print in Hearne. Ice 7. Night amusements of luxury. Per- and firs and poplar islands. The dogs keep fumed lights. Transparent dress.

the prayer hours, and turn to Mecca. No 6. Persian lilies.

terror to be excited, only a stratagem to The Mareb reservoir, and the punishment waken curiosity. of Thamud alluded to.

He should know the Peri before he trusts Euphrates esteemed unholy water by the her; therefore he must deliver her from a Moslem.

Dive. 3. Oneiza must sport with the bow and

At sea.

Let the spirit of Moath pass

him, to indicate the old man's death. N. B. Shedad was the first King of Ad. Thus, the throne of Nimrod is the altar.

Certain lines to this purport : the Evil At the hour of sacrifice comes Thalaba to Power may fence themselves round with read the inscription. The Giant, seeing dangers, but wisdom and courage may sub- that he dies not, attempts to kill him. Thadue them all—so God in his justice had laba cleaves him down with the axe of appointed.

sacrifice. When Thalaba is taken, Maimuna calls a How then to employ the arrows? Thus, spirit, and enquires what they can do with the first foe must be the old and faithful him. The answer is, “ In the city of Mo- servant of the Queen, bewitched so as to hareb thou shalt secure thy safety." be her enemy. He must be taken, not

5. The Angels to manifest themselves. slain. Their situation, and garment of glory bright- It must be Leoline who uses the axe of ening as the atonement proceeds.

sacrifice. All must be rewritten from his speech to the Simorg to his actual entrance into the Jan. 20, 1800. Again to be recast ! Domdaniel. It is flat and common.

The Leoline and Lady story is clumsyThe inscription which whoso reads will is like a third arm—a young sixth finger. die. It is on the original throne of Nim- The strike of extermination must smite it. rod. He reads it, “ Search and find." He At landing, terrors and the funeral. Then overturns it, and discovers a key. It is in a display of the Mohammedan paradise. an island where a grievous superstition Types, &c. Art thou satisfied with this ? reigns. An ever-living old woman, Super- | Then the true progressive heaven. At once stition, is the priestess. Child sacrifices, the glory is extinguished, and the dread and the dying dropt down a gulph, whose descent before him. iron doors never open but to let in a victim, A gaunt and ghastly figure guards two like the Venice prison. The boat takes him iron doors. Of what is not seen, for eterthere. The people rejoice, and tell him of nal mists are round them ; nor is he seen, the inscription, which he must read, for it for the seraph guide approaches, and asks is the remedy. It is a torch he finds—the if yet? and a dead voice only answers, the holy light of enquiry; and he must first hour is not yet born :" meanwhile rest in subdue the giant Opinion. The allegory the sunbeam." must be nowhere naked : and the Koran Here, dreams of futurity, and the angel ought to be his shield.

song of Oneiza, and the passing spirit of old A boat in a brook : a Peri helmswoman. Moath : from this, the voice awakes him. Thou wilt go with me. The brook becomes The gates unfold at his stroke. Within is a river, rough and wide : Wilt thou go with darkness and the fargleam of fires, and sounds me? The river enters the sea: Darest thou that terrify; and a strong flood of wind imgo with me?

pells him in, and the gates with a thunder

clap close him in, and then the light be- found: her lover need not cease till she has comes more vivid, and the dives appear dis placed him where she found him; or an earthtinct upon the abyss.

quake may throw open the gates, to show A heath, a brook, a mountain, the mist her the power of Allah, and then the whirlaround its foot. There journey. Thou wilt wind waft them. find one tree; there lift thy voice and ask. Lobaba should not be killed as he is ; let The tree flourishes on the side from the mist; him ride off, so is the faith of Thalaba more its boughs all blasted on one side bend for- proved and pure. ward from the poison.

In the den should be the spirits of Abdaldar and Lobaba, all agony with fear.

PEDRO the Just.1
Better in a cavern where the tide enters.
On the brink of the descent a skeleton,

The character of Pedro after the murder the chain held by no hand, nor seen whence of Inez is well adapted for the drama, just it proceeds.

but cruel ; his heart hardened by suffering A parachute of six living wings, some

and indulged revenge, yet still doating on what of Ezekiclism, and a lamp dropt down

the dead. that sets fire to the foul air.

The death of Gonzales and Coello is too

horrible, nor is there anything in the story Who is the damsel of the boat ? my rea

dramatic. Pacheco escaped, on that circumders will ask, and they ought to know.

stance a tale may be grafted. Among the unsuccessful adventurers was

Pacheco has lost his sight by lightning, or Othatha. He failed because Miriam, his mis- in battle. He labours under the agonies of tress, detained him. She therefore is con- remorse. The priest, to whom he has condemned to waft the future destroyer. He fessed, enjoins him to say certain prayers in keeps the door of entrance.

the place where he had committed the crime;

for thus disfigured, there was no danger of Thalaba-alterations.

discovery. Book 2.

A high reward has been offered for Pa

checo. A Portugueze noble has stripped his ABDALDAR's feet washed by Thalaba and wife and daughter of their possessions, and Oneiza. Let Abdaldar first attempt by magic to

offered to restore them as the price of the destroy the boy, as by holding his hand and daughter's prostitution. She comes to Coim

bra to demand justice. Here is matter for singing to him a song in words unintelligible;

a good scene. Pedro is much affected by her by drinking of the melon juice, and breath

story. ing upon it a spell, then giving it to Tha

Pacheco begs alms of his daughter. She laba; the dagger attempt should not be till

bids him remember her and her father in spells had failed. The garden of Irem is necessary, “not

his prayers. He knows her then, but will

not make himself known. on ocean, not on earth.” May he live there

The priest who had confessed Pacheco beawhile with his mother. Her natural death

trays him, and sends an emissary to inform fills up the gap. Or shall I place the twelfth

Pedro that he is in Coimbra, and receives Imam there to instruct him?

the reward. Pacheco is thrown into prison. Book 9.

The noble whom Leonor has accused is The whole procession description may be

1 The reader will connect this intended drama transferred to Kehama, before the chariot

with La Caba, and Roderick the Lust of the Goths. of Jaggernaut. When Maimuna has un

He should likewise consult W.S. Landor's poems bound his chain, a new conclusion must be on the subject.-J. W. W.

sent for by Pedro to answer the accusation. The noble's offer. Then she tells him how He first informs her of her father's impri- she could have loved. sonment, and, irritated by Pedro, offers to The conclusion does not follow from the force the prison and deliver him, if Leonor previous circumstances, one great fault. The will be his. A fine scene may be made when story admits of good scenes, but nothing very the high-minded Leonor tells him how her striking in effect; it would make an excel. heart might have been won, and how she lent drama, but hardly for the mob. could have loved.

Pedro Coelho and Alvaro Gonçalvez were Pedro sends his own confessor to prepare the murderers who suffered. Diogo Lopes Pacheco for death. His remorse and resig- Pacheco was afterwards pardoned, on proof nation affect the priest ; he begs for his of not having been an accomplice. The Spadaughter's sake to die privately. The priest niard emigrants given up to Pedro the Cruel intercedes with Pedro; this last request af- by the Cruel Pedro were Pedro Nunes de fects him, but he is inexorable.

Guzman, Mem Rodriguez Tenono, Ferman The day on which the corpse of Inez is Gudiel de Toledo, and Fortun Sanches Calcrowned is fixed for the death of Pacheco. deron. The tortures are ready for him when that Vicente Amado, a Franciscan, was the ceremony shall be over. At this moment, confessor of Pedro. when the soul of Pedro is susceptible of the strongest feelings, Leonor comes with the children of Inez to intercede, her last hope. She succeeds. The noble offers his hand, and The Days of Queen Mary. is refused. Leonor expresses her determi- The reign of Queen Mary is a good penation to live with her mother, and at her riod for a play. Sir Walter, a young man of death to enter a convent. Pacheco becomes fortune, is a convert to the reformed relia monk.

gion. He has been bred up with the prosIt opens with her accompanying priest ac- pect of marrying Mary, a neighbouring heirquainting Pedro's confessor with her busi- ess, and they are strongly attached to each ness, and requiring his assistance. This gives other. Sir Walter has a cousin, his next heir, her character and his. Leonor comes. The who knows his opinions, and envies his forinterview. As she leaves the king, Pacheco tune. comes in, to the place where Inez was mur- Mary is a zealous Catholic, but every way dered. He sends away his guide. Scene be- amiable; and her confessor a sincere, pious, tween him and the king, who, hearing he is excellent man. come to pray there, tells him to pray for him, The man who converted Walter possesses and to curse the murderers. This may be the honourable and honest spirit of Gilbert very striking.

Wakefield. He must be elderly, and when Leonor confronted with the noble. She the play opens, in prison. sees Pacheco, and knows him not. Arrival Mary and her confessor both abhòr perof the informer. Pedro enquires out how he secution. He may have suffered it under knew him, and sends to put the treacherous Henry VIII. Walter's friend is burnt, and priest to death.

he accompanies him to the stake, though Mary News of his imprisonment. The noble's and her confessor intreat him not to incur offer. Her friendly priest relates to her that suspicion. he has visited him. She goes to attend him in the dungeon. The confessor sees him first. 2 “ He had a fearless and inflexible honesty, He intercedes, but in vain.

which made him utterly regardless of all danger, It will not well make a fifth act. The

and would have enabled him to exult in martyr.

dom.” See ESPRIELLA's Letters, vol. i. p. 41, coronation. Her last and successful effort.

third edit.-J. W. W.

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."

Stephen's news. • 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 powerness. 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 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 3 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 related martyrdom, this circumstance will

that led him, and the effect of his going,

how useful to me six hundred years afterbe very striking.- Westbury, April 1799.

wards. Cintra, October 10, 1800. 1. Gilbert arrives for refuge, his daugh- The flower that blossoms earliest fades the

FRIENDSHIP," it should be slow of growth. 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.


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 u 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.

J. W. W.

p. 108.

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