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(Protecting Genius of these infant sbades, several of the Italian Poets, which Řear'd by the hand of Parry;) oh, forbid! constituted a pleasing and instructing (Mounted on pinion of the sickly South) amusement to the Author during a Th' incorporated vapour to defile Continental excursion in the years Your empyreal realms! elastic--pure 1786 and 1787." The food of health, and friendly to the
One of the latter shall be given. brain.
“ STANZE AMOROSE. In dim perspective Cambria's bills arise; And Dundry's airy tower: the nearskip "Swiftly bounds the mettled Courser to boasts
Swift the flying moments move;
Quickly fades the flower of Youth; winding lanes,
Seize in time the blest occasion And trim suburban villas : Prior Park, To reward thy Shepherd's truth. (Once tenanted by Allen ; once the seat
Cynthia, glittering in yon river, Of active worth, and hospitable cheer;
Meekly sheds her paly ray; By Pope and Warburton consign'd to
Soon Aurora's mantling blushes
Usber in the new-born day :
Frost and snow deform the year :
Soon returns the Vernal season ; theme *!
[Down Oft tow'rd the pine-clad confines of the
Soon the infant buds appear. With desultory step I rove; oft turn
We, but flourish for one summerTo where, secluded in the dell below, That elaps’d, no more can boast; Charlcombe ! thy consecrated fabrick Death entombs our hopes in darkness, stands
When the light of life is lost. A simple structure with its lonely yew Ghosts in dreary realms of Pluto, Shadowing the silent mansions of the
Ne'er the softer passions prove; dead."
They—immers’d in cold OblivionThe greater part of the Second, Lend no more the thought to love. called " The Tocsin, an admonitory While allow'd to taste of pleasure and descriptive Poem,” (also printed
Blameless bliss, without alloy ; anonymously in 1811,) owes its ex
While löle's young and bloomingistence to the influence of Italian
Give the laughing hours to joy! skies, and Ilalian scenery ; from We'll despise each idle rumour which Country it was sent, in an Epis
Of that age, to love severe tle to a friend, more than twenty- When the tresses silver'd over, eight years ago : the Admonitory
Speak the grisly Phantom near. part has been since added, and adapted Swiftly bounds the mettled Courser ; to the peculiar circumstances of the
Swift the flying moments move ; times when it was first submitted to
Haste! oh haste my best löle! the publick.” Both these Poems are
Give the fleeting hour to Love !" now “reprinted with
considerable corrections and additions, toge. 15. The Maskers of Moorfields : a Vision, ther with some omissions and altera. By the late Anthony Griffinhoof, Gent, tions." Among the smaller Poems 12mo. pp. 87. Miller, are, ap “ Ode to Justice," an Exercise THIS lively jeu-d'esprit is formed at the Charter-house, and printed in on the famous Dialogue, in Horace, the Carmina Carthusiana, 1780 ; and “ bet ween the Poet and Damasippus ; “ Imitations of a few specimens of wherein the stoical maxim, that all
* To whom does this noble mansion no:v belong? Edit.
+ “ Not being able to translate the first stanza of the Original literally with any degree of felicity, I have introduced a stanza of my own, in which the leading idea is preserved, and the feetness of the Courser substituted for that of the Arrow. Some other liberties of the same kind bave been occasionally taken in endeavoaring to render the sense of several passages in different specimens, which, I hope, may be allowable in one who professes to be merely an Imitator of these choice morsels of Italian poesy; and has attended more to the spirit than the letter of the Originals. 1, however, flatter myself the deviations are neither numerous, nor of material consequence." Gent. Mag. February, 1815.
men are actually mad, is treated with much comment, and much reflection, such exquisite humour ;” and has ap- Had Lucien Buonaparte written his parently sprung from the same source “ Charlemagne” twenty years before as the late justly-admired “Rejected the close of the Eighteenth Century, Addresses.” The same vein of satiric who would have conceived it possible raillery pervades both publications; that his Brother,then little less obscure and even some of the same charac. than himself, could have appeared ters are introduced.
upon the vast theatre of the World as In an Advertisement, dated August a second Charlemagne, and would-be 8, 1814, the Author says,
Emperor of the West ? Amongst the “It may be adviseable, with respect vicissitudes we have alluded to, the to some passages in the following pages, Author of this Poem had a sufficient to apprize the Reader, that the greatest interest: called from the common part of this little work was written last rank of life to participate in projects year [1813.) And it is humbly presumed, of insatidte Ambition, and placed in although the occurrences to which the situations where aggrandizement bepassages in question advert, are
came perfectly easy, we cannot wongone by, that they have not, even yet, der that Lucien wished to preserve so far lost their interest, as to make it what he had gained, by retiring from necessary to suppress the allusions."
those scenes which he must have The scene of the Vision is at “ The foreseen would end in the overthrow Masquerade of Moorfields;" where of the usurped power of bis family. the various characters are introduced, Exasperated at his defection, the Em. enacting their several parts.
shewed his resentment upon all To select particular individuals, occasions; and when Lucien sought might be invidious; but the Reader safety in flight, himself, his family, of these wilty pages will be at no loss and treasures, fell into the hands of to fit the caps, though the variety is the English -a nation too generous considerable; consisting of Poets, to revenge the crimes of a Brother Philosophers, Senators, Guildhall Ora- upon their Prisoner: hence he was tors, Gourmards, and Quack Doctors. suffered to reside here as a gentleman
One slight sketch we venture to of fortune, surrounded by his friends copy, as it will fall an imbelle telum and domesticks; and at length, Goon the worthy character it is intended
vernment permitted bim to depart for to designate ; who will, we are confi- Italy, where the Pope bas created deut, be one of the first to smile at him a Prince. It is, perhaps, unfair the Author's wit.
to call the Reader's attention on this “Let me beg of you to notice that occasion to the insults and injuries portly figure so conspicuous before the heaped upon the head of the Roman rest, who is not only an Alderman, but Catholic Church by Buonaparte, as a Baronet, a Member of Parliament, Lucien certainly had no share in and moreover, the staunchest epicure of them; but we cannot resist the the party. The mania, which he now
temptation of transcribing his dediexbibits, operated so forcibly upon
cation of “ Charlemagne" to the a few years ago, that he prevailed upon
“ Très-Saint Père," as a contrast not the Government to suffer hiin to accom
a little remarkable : pany a grand Expedition, which was then sailing, in the capacity of Sutler
“ La Providence (says the Author) General; an office which was created après quatre années de captivité, me specially for him, and the honorary title ramène aux pieds de Votre Sainteté. of which he has retained ever since."
Pendant ces années d'épreuve, j'ai
achevé le long Poème dont vous avez 15. Charlemagne; ou, L'Eglise Delivrée: daigné accueillir les premiers chants Poème Epique, en Vingt-quatre Chants,
avec tant de bienveillance. Je puis donc Par Lucien Buonaparte, Membre de aujourd'hui déposer encore cet onvrage l'Institut de France, &c. &c. Chez aux pieds du trône Pontifical dans Rome! Longman, et Bossange et Masson. %
Ma demeure à Rome pendant tant d'an. vols. 4to.
nées a fait assez connaitre à Votre
Sainteté mes sentiments : votre souveWe have repeatedly had occasion
nir et vos précieuses lettres nous souteto remark on the extraordinary vicis- naient dans l'adversité, moi, ma femme, situdes in human affairs during the et nos enfants, lors même que l'espoir last thirty years : in the case imme de vous révoir semblait éteint pour toudiately before us, there is room for jours. Rentrés maiptenant dans notre
asile sous votre protection paternelle, but we shall confine ourselves to two, que ne vous devons-nous pas ? En m’au as fair specimens of the poetry of torisant à parler des bienfaits dont vous
Lucien Buonaparte, of whose bust nous comblez depuis dix ans, et en
there is a fine engraving annexed to daignant agréer cette dédicace, Votre
the first volume. Sainteté ajoute encore, s'il est possible, à ma reconnaissance. Permettez-moi, Paris are described in Chant second ;
The Fêtes on the Champ de Mai at Saint Père, de vous offrir de nouveau le serment d'une fidélité et d'un dévoue
and one of our antient Kings is thus ment qui ne finiront qu'avec ma vie, et
introduced : de baiser vos pieds en implorant avec ss Trois jeunes étrangers, pour célébrer ferveur votre sainte bénédiction.”
[narque The Preface is of considerable
Vont recevoir ici de la main du mo
Des chevaliers Français la glorieuse length, and contains the historic facts
[à son tour wbich are connected with the Poem, Tous trois sont désarmés ; chacun d'eux with such explanations of his own Attire les regards du peuple de Lutèce. method of writing as the Author
La foule qui les presse deemed necessary.
It concludes as Demande leur pays, leurs exploits, et leur follows:
[tarchie : ** J'ai essayé toutes sortes de strophes. Il régit l'Occident de l'Ile d'Albion, (unie.
Le premier est Egbert, prince de l'Hepavant de me déterminer; et j'ai adopté celle qui m'a paru réunir mieux que
Qui sous ses lois un jour doit être rétoute autre une coupe favorable à l'bar Charlemagne d'Egbert embrasse la démonie avec la regulière unité nécessaire
(reux, aux grands ouvrages. Les octaves du Albion doit aux soins de ce Roi génés Tasse et de l'Arioste seraient trop
Le héros qui depuis par des travaux eourtes, et leur triples rimes trop gê nombreux,
[cence. nantes, dans une langue où la rime est De l'antique Heptarchie abattit" la lidéjà surchargée d'entraves. Comme il Egbert de Charlemagne imita les exfallait ou terminer toutes mes strophes
Comme au temps de ces rois, [ploits. par la même genre de rimes, ou les com
Puisse la paix unir les rives de la France mencer toutes par une rime du même Aux rives d'Albion fille altiére des mers! genre que le dernier vers de la strophe Rappelons par nos væux cette heureuse précédente, j'ai préféré ce dernier parti,
[l'univers.” parce que la variété de la chute des Qui peut seule calmer les maux de strophes m'a paru surtout essentielle.
In p. 90 of the second volume, the Quant à l'ortographe, j'ai suivi scrupu Author introduces a supernatural jeusement celle du dernier Dictionnaire agent; with what success we shall de l'Académie, 'excepté dans ces deux cas. 19. Les terminaisons en ais au lieu forming their own judgment. It is
give our Readers an opportunity of de ois, que Voltaire a introduites, ine
called in the argument * Apparition semblant être maintenant consacrées par l'usage. 2o. Dans les phrases en
de la Religion Chrétienne: vision ant et ent, j'ai conservé les t, parce q'uit prophetique des descendants de Vitime parait raisonnable que des mots qui
kind.” As the speech of Ulric is very ont le t au singulier le conservent au long, we omit it. pluriel. - Cet ouvrage a été commencé “A peine a-t-il fermé ses yeux appesantis, il y a dix ans sur les monts de Tusculum Qu’un rayon émané de la voûte éterprès de Rome, où je m'étais retiré en
[wortelle quittant les affaires publiques; il a été Pénètre dans sa tente! une jeune imcontinué à Malthe, et fini en Angleterre Apparait au monarque, et trouble ses dans la captivité."
[tranquille. It would require all the ingenuity Sa démarche est modeste, et son régard
Du divin évangile of a person well acquainted with the
Elle porte le livre ; et son front radieux genius and idioin of the French lan
Elève dans les airs un triple diadême. guage, to decide upon the merits of Debout à ses côtés un Ange lumineux tbis Poem: we should rather, there.
Soutient une croix d'or c'était Ulric' fore, refer our Readers to the Parisian
lui-même. publications, which have noticed it Ebloui par les flots d'un torrent de luimpartially, for their opinions, tban
mière obtrude our own, upon grounds that Vitikind se soulève, agite, palpitant, may be erroneous. To us there ap Un sourire brillait dans les yeux de pears much to commend ; and we
[père. might cite many animated passages : Qui présente la croix aux regards de son
Vitikind tend les bras au célest: orphe “The scene of this Poem lies at first
Et presse sur son sein [lin, in the castle of Artornish, on the coast of De cet hôte des Cieux l'image enchant- Argyleshire ; and afterwards in the
Mon père,' dit Ulric,'' &c. [eresse. Islands of Skye and Arran, and upon the “Sur le front du monarque, à ces mots,
coast of Ayrshire. Finally it is laid l'immortelle
near Stirling. The story opens in the Imprime de la croix le signe lumineux. spring of the year 1307, when Bruce,
who had been driven out of Scotland by Soudain, le pavillon brille de mille feux ;
[étincelle. the English, and the Barons who adUn éclair, par trois fois, dans la nuit
hered to that foreign interest, returned
from the Island of Rachrin on the coast La tente se remplit de fantômes de rois : L'image de la croix
of Ireland, again to assert his claims to
the Scottish crown. Paraît au milieu d'eux s'élever glorieuse.
Many of the perDans l'ordre de leur race ils se trou.
sonages and incidents introduced are of vent placés ;
historical celebrity. The authorities
[orageuse Le dernier rang couvert d'une nuit
used are chiefly those of the venerable Offre un trône sanglant et des sceptres
Lord Hailes, as well entitled to be called brisés.
the Restorer of Scottish History, as Bruce Fille auguste du Ciel! dans cette vision,'
the Restorer of Scottish Monarchy; and &c. &c.
of Archdeacon Barbour, a correct edition
of wbose Metrical History of Robert A ces mots un éclair échappé de la nue
Bruce will soon, I trust, appear, under Frappe et dissout les traits de la fille du
the care of my learned friend the Rev. Ciel."
Dr. Jamieson." We ought not to omit mentioning that there are copious notes attached
It is proper that we should add to
the above explanation the fact, that to each volume.
Mr. Scott has given his Readers 165
pages of Notes to the Six Cantos ; 16. The Lord of the Isles, a Poem. By through which, every light is thrown
Walter Scott, Esq. Constable and Co. upon the subject of the Poem that Edinburgh ; and Longman and Co. can he wished or expected. The London. 4to.
same measure is pursued which marks AGAIN tbis chivalrous Son of the
the Author's former works; and we Muses chaunts his pleasing strains to
advance not far in the First Canto, his applauding Countrymen; while
before we meet with a beautiful satheir brethren of the Union smile lutation of Minstrels, addressed to complacently, and remember, that Edith of Lorn on the day of her pupthe present generation of Englishmen, tials with Ronaid the Lord of the Scotchmen, and Irishmen, equally Isles; which nuptials are suspended in brave and enterprizing as their an consequence of Ronald's indifference cestors, now oppose the front of war during a repast, given before the arrito their foreign enemies only, under val of the Abbot who was to unite them; the glorious banner of the United which originated from the circumKingdom. The heroic deeds of Ro- stance of three strangers being prebert Bruce, the deliverer of his Coun- seat, whose bark being driven under try, could scarcely have failed to rouse the rock of Artornish by adverse the poetic fire of a Scottish Bard; wiods, they were invited to parlake and particularly that of our Author, of the hospitality of the place till a to whom the period be has selected favourable opportunity offered for affords an opportunity of bringing proceeding on their voyage. The forward many celebrated characiers, strangers prove to be Robert Bruce, and placing them in situations equally his brother Edward, and Isabel bis glorious and interesting. Hence it is sister, whom Ronald recogoizes as that, deferring this subject till his the lady who won his affections durpowers were competent to full suc ing a tourpament at Woodstock. The cess, the Lord of the Isles comes be outlawed Monarch becoming the fore us with all the fascination of real source of a violent quarrel between and fanciful scenes, decorated and en the high-spirited Chiefs, they agree livened by the pen of a Master, who
to refer to the Abbot, whose arrival feels himself competent to the task is thus pleasingly described : he has undertaken.
“ The Abbot on the threshold stood, Mr. Scott informs us in bis Adver. And in his hand the boly rood; tisement, that
Back on his shoulders flow'd his hood,
The torches' glaring ray
I saw his plume and bonnet drop, Shew'd, in its red and flasbing light, When hurrying from the mountain-top; His wither'd cheek and amice wbite, A lovely brow, dark locks that wave, His blue eye glistening, cold and bright, To bis bright eyes new lustre gave, His tresses scant and grey.
A step as light upon the green, • Fair Lords,' he said, 'Our Lady's love,
As if his pinions waved unseen! And peace be with you from above, Spoke he with none ?
. With none; And Benedicite!
one word But what means this? no peace is here!
Burst when he saw the Island Lord Do dirks unsheath'd suit bridal cheer? Returning from the battle-field.' Or are these naked brands
• What answer made the Chief?" He A seemly shew for Churchman's sight,
kneelid, When he comes summon'd to unite
Durst not look up, but mutter'd low Betrothed hearts and bands ?"
Some mingled sounds that none might
know, The Second Canto closes with an
And greeted him 'twixt joy and fear, inspired prophetic blessing of Bruce
As being of superior sphere.' by the Abbot; who declares he in
Ev’n upon Bannock's bloody plain, tended to curse him, but, impelled by Heap'a then with thousands of the slain, a superior power, adds,
'Mid victor Monarch's musings high, “I bless thee, and thou shalt be bless'd.” Mirth laugh'd in good King Robert's eye. Ronald, made a convert by the Ab
"And bore he such angelic air, bot's speech, offers bis assistance to
Such noble front, such waving hair? Bruce; and they retire to the Isle of
Hath Ronald kneel’d to him?he said,
• Then must we call the Church to aid Skye, which is described with true
Qur will be to the Abbot known, poetic energy There they meet
Ere these strange news are wider blown, with five strangers :
To Cambuskenneth strait he pass, “ Men were they all of evil mien, And deck the church for solemn mass, Down-look'd, unwilling to be seen ; To pay, for high deliverance given, They mov'd with half-resolved pace, A Nation's thanks to gracious Heaven. And bent on earth each gloomy face." Let him array, besides, such state In the cabin of these suspicions per
As should on Princes' nuptials wait. who takes an opportunity of putting that once broke sbort that spousal rite, sops they find a young dumb captive, Ourself the cause, through Furtune's them upon their guard ayainst their hosts. For this he is stabbed in the
Ourself will grace, with early morn,
The bridal of the Maid of Lorn.' night, but not killed ; and Bruce, awaking, takes a dreadful vengeance
We cannot dismiss this most pleasupon the murderer. At length they ing work without offering for our leave the Island, summoned by Ed Reader's perusal the Author's glowward Bruce, who joforms them of the ing picture of the hostile armies predeath of the Kipg of England, and of
vious to the battle of Bannocksbourn, Scotland rising in favour of Robert. which, though described with equal Isabel, conscious of Ronald's par- spirit, is too loug for insertion. tiality for her, and displeased at his “ To centre of the vaward line, rejective of the Maid of Lorn, deter- Fitz-Louis guided Amadine mines to retire to a Convent; and Arm'd all on foot, that host appears Bruce commends the page whom he
A serried mass of glimmering spears. had saved to her care: the page,
There stood the Marcher's warlike band, however, had other objects in view;
The warriors there of Lodon's land ;
Ettrick and Liddell bent the yew, and, flying from the Convent, attached himself to Ronald. The con
A band of archers fierce, though few;
The men of Nith and Annan's vale, cluding stanzas of the Poem gives an
And the bold spears of Teviotdale; animated picture of the person whoin
The dauntless Douglas these obey, the page proved to be.
And the young Stuart's gentle sway. "Turn we to Bruce, whose curious ear North-eastward, by Saint Ninian's shrine, Must from Fitz-Louis tidings hear; Beneath fierce Randolph's charge, comWith him, an hundred yoices tell The warriors whom the hardy North (bine Of prodigy and miracle ;
From Tay to Sutherland sent forth. • For the mute page had spoke.' The rest of Scotland's war-array Page!' said Fitz-Louis, rather say, With Edward Bruce to Westward lay, An Angel sent from realms of day, Where Bannock, with his broken bank, To burst the Englisb yoke.
And deep ravine, protects their lank.