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would have pelted, as a Sadducee and his taste for the uncertain, undefined, an infidel, any one who, on the twen- and mysterious. Warned by my poor tieth degree of testimony so rejected, father's untimely fate, I never venture would not have condemned the ac- into broad day-light; but should you, cused to faggots and tart'd barrels. Sir, leave your bower at sun-rise or
To accommodate those who love the sun-set, like your prototype the veiled golden mean in judgment, or are in prophet of Moore, it is possible that clined, with Giles Passamonte's ape, you may meet and distinguish your to pronounce the adventures in Mon- correspondent by his tall slim figure, tosinos's cave partly true and partly thin stilts of legs, and disproportioned false, Dr Ferriar of Manchester has feet. For I must inform you, in case invented a new mode of judging evi- of a disagreeable surprise, that my apdence with respect to those supernatural pearance reverses that of Michael Scott matters, in which, without impeaching and the wizzards of old, from whom the truth of the narrator, or even the the devil is said to have stolen the shaveracity of the eyes to whose evidence dow; whereas, in my case, it would he appeals, you may ascribe his sup- seem he had stolen the substance, and posed facts to the effects of precon- left the shade to walk the earth withceived ideas acting upon faulty or dis- out it. eased organs.
My education and reading have been I have, Sir, unfortunately no means as fantastic as my person; and from a of making myself the head of any new kindred propensity to those stories class of believers or infidels upon these which, like the farther end of the mysterious points; for it is evident, bridge in Mirza's vision, are concealed that narrations of this marvellous com- by shadows, clouds, and darkness, plexion must be either true or false, they have been turned towards the ocor partly true, partly fictitious; and cult sciences and mystical points of each of these classes have already their study. My library is furnished with leaders and patrons. As, however, authors who treat of the divining rod you, Sir, are yourself a mystical being, of the magical mirror, the weaponand, in the opinion of some, a non- salve, charms, lamens, sigils, christals, entity, you cannot fail to be interested pentacles, talismans, and spells. My in examples referring to the mystical, hereditary mansion, Castle Shadoway, and to that which, being hard of be- has a tower, from which I can observe lief, is sometimes rejected as incredible. the stars (being something of an astroYou are not, perhaps, being yourself loger, like the valiant Guy Mannering) a reserved personage, entitled to ex- and a dungeon haunted by the restless pect ample communication on the part ghost of a cooper, whilome confined of your correspondents ; yet thus much there till his death by one of my anI am willing to announce to you, as cestors, for having put two slight hoops the preface to the present and future on a barrel of March beer, by which correspondence.
the generous liquor was lost. This My father, Sir Michaelmas Shadow, goblin shall hammer, dub-a-dub, lived in a glen, into which the sun scratch, rustle, and groan with any does not shine above ten times a year, from the Hermitage Castle to Castle though we have no reason to complain Girnigo, for an hundred pounds down of want of moisture. He was wont to play or pay. Besides this, I pretend say, that he was descended from the to be acquainted with all spirits that celebrated Simon Shadow, whom the walk the earth, swim the wave, or renowned Sir John Falstaff desired to wing the sky; goblins, night-mares, have in his regiment, in respect he was hags, vampires, break-necks, black men like to be a cool soldier, and refreshing and green women, familiars, puckto sit under after a hot day's march. harries, Oberon, and all his moon-light My father abridged his days, by ven- dancers. The wandering Jew, the turing out into the meridian sun (an high-priest of the Rosy-cross, the gehour remarkable for cutting short nius of Socrates, the dæmon of Mascon, our family) with the purpose of pay. the drummer of Tedworth, are all ing his respects to an eclipse, which a known to me, with their real characrascally almanack-maker falsely an- ter, and essence, and true history. Benounced as being on the point of ren- sides these points of occult knowdering our globe a visit. ' I succeeded ledge, my conversation has lain much to bim, Sir, in his retired habits, and among old spinsters and widows, who pardoned the disproportion between clothed with purple robes or military my club-feet and spindle-shanks, and uniforms, and their heads attired with my general resemblance to a skeleton cocked hats or three-tailed periwigs. hung in chains, in consideration of I have not, in my own mind, the my conversational talents as an excel- slightest doubt that she told the tale lent listener. In this way, my mind, to me in the precise terms in which from youth upwards, has become stor. she received it from the person prined with matter deep and perilous to cipally concerned. Whether it was read or narrate, which, with due ef. to be believed in its full extent, as a fect, the hand of the clock should supernatural visitation, she did not point to twelve, and the candles be pretend to determine, but she strongly in the snuff.
averred her conviction, that the lady The time now approaches, Sir, that to whom the event happened was a I must expect, in the course of nature, woman not easily to be imposed upon to fade away into that unknown and by her own imagination, however exobscure state in which, as there is no cited ; and that the whole tone of her light, there can of course be no sha- character, as well as the course of her dow. I am unwilling so much cur- life, exempted her from the slightest rent and excellent information should suspicion of an attempt to impose on go with me to the darksome bourne. others. Without farther preface, and To your veiled and mysterious cha- without any effort at ornament or deracter, Sir, you are indebted, as I coration, I proceed to my narration, have already hinted, for the prefer- only premising, that though I supence which I give to your work as the press the name of the lady, out of remeans of recording these marvels. spect to surviving relations, yet it is You must not be apprehensive that I well known to me. will overwhelm you with too many A lady, wife to a gentleman of resmarvels at once, for I am aware, by pectable property on the borders of experience, of the indigestion which Argyleshire, was, about the middle of arises after having, like Macbeth, the last century, left a widow, with the « supp'd full with horrors.” Farther, management of an embarrassed estate you may place absolute reliance upon and the care of an only son. The young the statements which I may give gentleman approached that period of life concerning my authorities. Trust. when it was necessary that he should ing this offer may be acceptable, and be sent into the world in some active that at a time when you are mov- professional line. The natural incliing heaven and earth for furnishing nation of the youth, like most others instruction and amusement to your of that age and country, was to enter readers, you will not think the assiste into the army, a disposition which his ance of the inferior regions to be des- mother saw with anxiety, as all the pised, I send you the first article of perils of the military profession were my treatise, which, with your per- aggravated to her imagination by mamission, I entitle
ternal tenderness, and a sense of her Phantasmagoria.
own desolate situation. A circum
stance however occurred, which in“Come like shadows-so depart." duced her to grant her consent to her No I.
son's embracing this course of life
with less reluctance than it would The incident which I am about to otherwise have been given. narrate, came to your present corres A Highland gentleman, named pondent through the most appropriate Campbell (we suppress his designachannel for such information, by the tion), and nearly related to Mrs , narration, namely, of an old woman. was about this time named to the I must however add, that though this command of one of the independent old lady literally wore the black silk companies, levied for protecting the gown, small haunch-hoop, and triple peace of the Highlands, and preventruffles, which form the apparel mosting the marauding parties in which proper to her denomination, yet in the youth of the wilder clans were sense, spirit, wit, and intelligence, she still occasionally exercised. These comgreatly exceeded various individuals of panies were called Sidier-dhu, i. e. her own class, who have been known black soldiers, to distinguish them to me, although their backs were from the Sidier-roy, or red soldiers, of the regular army; and hence, when shire, and driven away a considerable embodied into a marching regiment creugh, or spoil of cattle. Captain Camp(the well-known forty-second), the bell, with such of his independent comcorps long retained, and still retains, pany as he could assemble upon a sudden the title of the Black Watch. At the alarm, set off in pursuit of the depreperiod of the story the independent dators, and after a fatiguing march companies retained their original occu- came up with them. A slight skirpation, and were generally considered as mish took place, in course of which only liable to do duty in their native the cattle were recovered, but not becountry. Each of these corps con fore Captain Campbell had received a sisted of about three hundred men, severe wound. It was not immediateusing the Highland garb and arms, ly, perhaps not necessarily, mortal, but and commanded by such gentlemen as was rendered so by want of shelter and the Brunswick government imagined surgical assistance, and the same acthey might repose confidence in. They count, which brought to Edinburgh were understood to engage only to an account of the skirmish, communiserve in the Highlands, and no where cated to Mrs the death of her else, and were looked upon rather as affectionate kinsman. To grief for his a kind of volunteers than as regular loss, she had now to add the painful soldiers.
recollection, that her son, if he pursu. A service of this limited nature, ed the line which had been resolved which seemed to involve but little on, would be deprived of the aid, coun. risk of actual danger, and which was tenance, and advice, of the person to to be exercised in his native country whose care, as to that of a father, she alone, was calculated to remove many had resolved to confide him. And the of the objections which a beloved mo- very event, which was otherwise so ther might be supposed to have against much attended with grief and perplexiher only son entering into the army. ty, served to shew that the service of She had also the highest reliance on the independent companies, however the kindness and affection of her kins- limited in extent, did not exempt those man, Captain Campbell, who, while engaged in it from mortal peril. At he offered to receive the young gentle- the same time, there were many arguman as a cadet into his independent ments against retracting her consent, company, gave her his solemn assure or altering a plan in which so much ance to watch over him in every res- progress had been already made; and pect as his own son, and to prevent she felt as if, on the one hand, she sahis being exposed to any unnecessary crificed her son's life, if she permitted hazard until he should have attained him to join the corps ; on the other, the age and experience necessary for that his honour or spirit might be callhis own guidance. Mrs - greatly ed in question, by her obliging him to reconciled to parting with her son, in renounce the situation. These conconsequence of these friendly assur- tending emotions threw herma widow, ances on the part of his future com- with no one to advise her, and the momander; it was arranged that the ther of an only son whose fate deyouth should join the company at a pended upon her resolving wiselyparticular time; and in the mean into an agony of mind, which many while, Mrs - , who was then re- readers may suppose will account satissiding at Edinburgh, made the neces- factorily for the following extraordisary preparations for his proper equip- nary apparition. ment.
I need not remind my Edinburgh These had been nearly completed, friends, that in ancient times their when Mrs
received a piece of forefathers lived, as they do still in melancholy intelligence, which again Paris, in flats, which have access by a unsettled her resolution ; and while it common stair. The apartments occufilled her with grief on account of her pied by Mrs were immediately relation, awakened in the most cruel above those of a family with whom she manner all the doubts and apprehen- was intimate, and she was in the habit of sions which his promises had lulled to drinking tea with them every evening. sleep. A body of Katerns, or freeboot- It was duskish, and she began to think ers, belonging, if I mistake not, to the that her agitation of mind had detaincountry of Lochiel, had made a descent ed her beyond the hour at which she upon a neighbouring district of Argyleshould have joined her friends, when,
opening the door of her little parlour name of Heaven to tell her wherefore to leave her own lodging, she saw he thus haunted her. The apparition standing directly opposite to her in the instantly answered, with a voice and passage, the exact resemblance of Cap- manner in no respect differing from tain Campbell, in his complete High- those proper to him while alive, land dress, with belted plaid, dirk, “Cousin, why did you not speak pistols, pouch, and broad sword. Ap sooner,-my visit is but for your good, palled at this vision, she started back, your grief disturbs me in my grave, closed the door of the room, staggered --and it is by permission of the Fabackwards to a chair, and endeavoured ther of the fatherless and Husband of to convince herself that the apparition the widow, that I come to tell you not she had seen was only the effect of a to be disheartened by my fate, but to heated imagination. In this, being a pursue the line which, by my advice, woman of a strong mind, she partly you adopted for your son. He will succeeded, yet could not prevail upon find a protector more efficient, and as herself again to open the door which kind as I would have been ; will rise seemed to divide her from the shade of high in the military profession, and her deceased relation, until she heard live to close your eyes." With these a tap on the floor beneath, which was words the figure, representing Captain the usual signal from her friendly Campbell, completely vanished. neighbours to summon her to tea. Upon the point of her being decidOn this she took courage, walked firm- edly awake and sensible, through her ly to the door of the apartment, flung eyes and ears, of the presence and words it open, and-again beheld the milie of this apparition, Mrs detary spectre of the deceased officer of clared herself perfectly convinced. the Black Watch. He seemed to stand She said, when minutely questioned within a yard of her, and held his by the lady who told me the story, hand stretched out, not in a menacing that his general appearance differed in manner, but as if to prevent her pass- no respect from that which he preing him. This was too much for hu- sented when in full life and health, man fortitude to endure, and she sunk but that in the last occasion, while she down in the floor, with a noise which fixed her eyes on the spectre in terror alarmed her friends below for her and anxiety, yet with a curiosity which safety.
argued her to be somewhat familiarOn their hastening up stairs, and en ized with his presence, she observed a tering Mrs 's Lodging, they saw speck or two of blood upon his breast, nothing extraordinary in the passage ; ruffle, and band, which he seemed to but in the parlour' found the lady conceal with his hand when he obin strong hysterics. She was recalled served her looking at him. He changto herself with difficulty, but conceale ed his attitude more than once, but ed the extraordinary cause of her in- slightly, and without altering his gedisposition. Her friends naturally im- neral position. puted it to the late unpleasant intelli- The fate of the young gentleman gence from Argyleshire, and remain- in future life seemed to correspond ed with her till a late hour, endea- with the prophecy. He entered the vouring to amuse and relieve her army, rose to considerable rank, and mind. The hour of rest however ardied in peace and honour, long after rived, and there was a necessity, he had closed the eyes of the good old (which Mrs felt an alarming lady who had determined, or at least one,) that she should go to her solita- professed to have determined, his desry apartment. She had scarce set tination in life upon this marvellous down the light which she held in her suggestion. hand, and was in the act of composing It would have been easy for a skilher mind, ere addressing the Deity ful narrator to give this tale more effor protection during the perils of the fect, by a slight transference or trifling night, when, turning her head, the exaggeration of the circumstances. vision she had seen in the passage was But the author has determined in this standing in the apartment. On this and future communications to limit emergency she summoned up her cou- himself strictly to his authorities, and rage, and addressing him by his name rests your humble servant, and surname, conjured him in the
Simon Shadow. POURTH CANTO OF CHILDE HAROLD.* has been seen to run a career of power
and glory. He has brought forward It would be worse than idle to en- from the darkness of past times, no deavour to shadow out the lineaments shining spectresno immortal ghosts. of that Mind, which, exhibiting itself One Figure alone is seen stalking in dark and perturbed grandeur, has through the city and through the soestablished a stronger and wider sway litude over the earth and over the over the passions of men, than any sea : and that Figure, stern, melanother poetical Intellect of modern times. choly, and majestic, is still no other We feel as if there were a kind of ab- than Himself, on the same dark, surdity in criticising the power that mournful, solitary, and perplexing Pila hurries us along with it like a whirl- grimage. wind. When standing within the “ The wondrous Childe" passes bemagic circle, and in the immediate fore our eyes, and before our hearts, presence of the magician, we think and before our souls. And all love, not upon his art itself, but yield oure and pity, and condemn, and turn selves up to its wonder-working in- away in aversion, and return with fluence. We have no wish to specu- sympathy; and “ thoughts that do late on the causes which awoke and lie too deep for tears” alike agitate the stirred up all the profoundest feelings young and the old,-the guilty and and energies of our souls,--the deep the sinless,—the pious and the propathos, the stormy passion, has been fane, -when they think on the feaenjoyed or suffered, and, in the ex- tures of his troubled countenance, altation or prostration of our nature, when they hear the voice of his lofty we own the power of the poet to be mournings,-when they meditate on divine,--and, with a satisfied and un all the disastrous chances that his questioning delight, deliver ourselves youth has suffered." There is round up to his gentle fascination, or his ir him a more awful interest than the resistible dominion.
mere halo round the brow of a poet. We do not say that Byron stands And in his feelings, his passions, his above criticism-but that criticism musings, his aspirings, his troubled seems to be altogether foreign to the scepticism, and his high longings after nature and to the purposes of his ge- immortality, his eagle-winged rapnius. It is impossible to speak of his tures, his cold, dull, leaden fears, his poetry without also speaking of him- agonies, his exultation, and his de self, morally, as a man; and this, who spair,-we tremble to think unto what shall dare to do, who has had even a a mysterious nature we belong, and feeble glimpse into the haunted dark hear in his strains, as it were, the aw. ness of the human soul? In his poe- ful music of a revelation. try, more than any other man's, there We have no hesitation in saying, that is felt a continual presence of himself Byron's creations are not so much po
-there is everlasting self-representa- ems, as they are glorious manifestations v tion or self-reference; and perhaps of a poet's mind, all irresistibly tend. that, which to cold and unimpassioned ing towards poetry. Having in him. judgment might seem the essential self deep sense of beauty-deeper pasfault of his poetry, constitutes its real sions than probably any other great excellence, and gives it power, sove poet ever had and aspiring concepreign and despotical.
tions of power, the poetry in which Strictly speaking, and according to the he expresses himself must be full of rules by which great poems have been vivid portraiture of beauty, deep spirit builded, it cannot be said that Byron has of passion, and daring suggestions of ever created a great Poem. He has power. It is obvious that he has celebrated no mighty exploit, or event, never yet soared to his utmost pitch. or revolution in the destinies of man- He is the poet of the age from whom kind; nor brought before us one ma- most is to be expected. For there jestic portion of the history of our are things in his poetry-strong and species, in which, as in a course per- irregular bursts of power, beyond the fect and complete, the mind of man strength of the strongest. At times
he seems possessed and over-mastered Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto the
by an inspiration. A spirit is then in Fourth ; by Lord Byron, 8vo. pp. 258.
pp. 258. him that works at will, and it is a London, Murray. 1818.
spirit that in its perfect grandeur