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Scarce moving with slow dignity thine marked by some of those images of eyes !
deep sentiment, which have so fine an It spoke not aught, but let us onward pass, effect amid these mysterious visions, Eying us as a lion on his watch.
and recal us so exquisitely, from time But Virgil with entreaty mild advanc'd, Requesting it to show the best ascent.
to time, to human thoughts and af
fections. It answer to his question none return'd, But of our country and our kind of life Now was the hour that wakens fond deDemanded. When my courteous guide
In men at sea, and melts their thoughtful « Mantua," the solitary shadow quick
heart, Rose tow'rds us from the place in which it Who in the morn have bid sweet friends stood,
farewel, And cry'd " Mantuan ! I am thy country. And pilgrim newly on his road with love
Thrills, if he hear the vesper bell from far Sordello." Each the other then embrac'd. That seems to mourn for the expiring day:*
Ah slavish Italy! thou inn of grief, When I, no longer taking heed to hear, Vessel without a pilot in loud storm, Began, with wonder, from those spirits to Lady no longer of fair provinces,
mark Buit" brothel-house impure ! this gentle One risen from its seat, which with its spirit,
hand Ev'n from the pleasant sound of his dear Audience implor'd. Both palms it join'd land
and rais'd, Was prompt to greet a fellow-citizen Fixing its steadfast gaze toward the east, With such glad cheer; while now thy As telling God, “ I care for nought be living ones
side." In thee abide not without war; and one “ Te Lucis ante," so devoutly then Malicious gnaws another, ay of those Came from its lip, and in so soft a strain, Whom the same wall and the same moat That all my sense in ravishment was lost. contains.
And the rest after, softly and devout, Seek, wretched one! around thy sca-coasts Follow'd through all the hymn, with up
wide ; Then homeward to thy bosom turn, and Directed to the bright supernal wheels. mark
Here, reader ! for the truth make thine If any part of thee sweet peace enjoy, &c.
For of so subtle texture is this veil, As it was now the approach of night, That thou with ease mayst pass it through Sordello, who undertakes to guide his unmark'd. countrymen as far as was permitted I saw that gentle band silently next him, proposes that they should rest Look up, as if in expectation held, till morning in a place of pleasant Pale and in lowly guise ; and from on sojourn,” where “ some spirits sate
high apart retired." This place of retreat
I saw forth issuing descend beneach and its inhabitants are thus beautiful- Two angels with two Aame-illumin'd ly described :
Broken and mutilated of their points. Betwixt the steep and plain a crooked Green as the tender leaves but newly born, path
Their vesture was, the which by wings as Led us traverse into the ridge's side,
green Where more than half the sloping edge Beaten, they drew behind them, fann'd in
expires. Refulgent gold, and silver thrice refin'd, A little over us one took his stand, And scarlet grain and ceruse, Indian wood The other lighted on the opposing hill, Of lucid dye serene, fresh emeralds So that the troop were in the midst conBut newly broken, by the herbs and tain'd. flowers
Well I descried the whiteness on their Plac'd in that fair recess, in colour all
heads; Had been surpass’d, as great surpasses less. But in their visages the dazzled cye Nor nature only there lavish'd her hues, Was lost, as faculty that by too much But of the sweetness of a thousand smells Is overpower'd. " From Mary's bosom A rare and undistinguish'd fragrance
Are come,” exclaim'd Sordello, “ as a guard' -“ Salve Regina," on the grass and flowers
Se Ode squilla di lontano, Here chanting I beheld those spirits sit.”
Che paia il giorno pianger che si more ; The appearance of two angels fol- an expression finely imitated by Gray, and lows, and the hour of their coming is elegantly alluded io by later writers.
eyes keen :
Over the vale, 'gainst him, who hither And less by thought restrain'd, are, as 't
tends, The serpent.'
” Whence, not knowing by Of holy divination in their dreams, which path
Then in a vision did I seem to view He came, I turn'd me round, and clusely A golden-feather'd eagle in the sky, prest,
With open wings, and hov'ring for deAll frozen to my leader's trusted side.
scent, This formidable serpent and his And I was in that place, methought, from
whence discomfiture are thus described :
Young Ganymede, from his associates 'reft, Along the side, where barrier none a.,
Was snatch'd aloft to the high consistory.
,” thought I within me, “ here
alone Around the little vale, a serpent lay, Such haply as gave Eve the bitter food.
He strikes his quarry, and elsewhere dis.
dains Between the grass and flowers, the evil snake
To pounce upon the prey.” Therewith,
it seem'd, Came on, reverting oft his lifted head; And, as a beast that smooths its polish'd Terrible as the lightning rush'd he down,
A little wheeling in his aëry tour Licking his back. I saw not, nor can tell, And snatch'd me upward even to the fire.
There both, I thought, the eagle and myHow those celestial falcons from their seat Mor'd, but in motion each one well des- Did burn ; and so intense th’imagin'd
self cried, Hearing the air cut by their verdant That needs my sleep was broken off. ' As
flames, plumes. The serpent fled; and to their stations Achilles shook himself, and round him back
rolI'd The angels up return'd with equal flight.
His waken'd eyeballs wond'ring where he We shall conclude, at present, with an entire transcript of the ninth can
When as his mother had from Chiron filed to, at the end of which the poets get To Scyros, with him sleeping in her arms ; no farther, after all, than to the top of E'en thus I shook me, soon as from my the steep, and are only then entering The slumber parted, turning deadly pale, upon the proper Purgatorial region.
Like one ice-struck with dread. Sole at This whole canto is an excellent specimen of the singular faucies, the My comfort stood : and the bright sun was beautiful and lofty descriptions of Dante,-and, at the same time, of the More than two hours aloft: and to the sea accurate and mathematical precision My looks were turn'd. 6 Fear not," my with which a real and business-like master cried, air is so often given by this great poet “ Assur'd we are at happy point. Thy to his most abstract and allegorical strength conceptions.
Shrink not, but rise dilated. Thou art Now the fair consort of Tithonus old, To Purgatory now. Lo! there the cliff Arisen from her mate's beloved arms, That circling bounds it! Lo! the en. Look'd palely o'er the eastern cliff: her trance there, brow,
Where it doth seem disparted! Ere the Lucent with jewels, glitter'd, set in sign
dawn Of that chill animal, who with his train Usherd the day-light, when thy wearied Smices fearful nations; and where then
Slept in thee, o'er the flowery vale be. Two steps of her ascent the night had past, neath And now the third was closing up its A lady came, and thus bespoke me: I wing,
Am Lucia. Sutter me to take this man, When I, who had so much of Adam with Who slumbers. Easier so his way shall me,
speed.' Sunk down upon the grass, o'ercome with Sordello and the other gentle shapes sleep,
Tarrying, she bare thee up: and, as day There where all five were seated. In that
This sumnit reach'd : and I pursued her When near the dawn the swallow her sad
Here did she place thee. First her lovely Rememb'ring haply ancient grief, renews, eyes And when our minds more wanu'reiv from That open entrance show'd me; then at
ye stand :'
She vanish'd with thy sleep." Like one, The letter, that denotes the inward stain, whose doubts
He on my forehead with the blunted point Are chas'd by certainty, and terror turn'd Of his drawn sword inscrib'd. And To comfort on discovery of the truth,
66 Look,” he criedy Such was the change in me: and as my " When enter'd, that thou wash these scars guide
away." Beheld me fearless, up along the cliff Ashes, or earth ta'en dry out of the He mov'd, and I behind him, towards the ground, height.
Were of one colour with the robe he wore. Reader ! thou markest how my theme From underneath that vestment forth he doth rise,
drew Nor wonder therefore, if more artfully Two keys of metal twain : the one was I prop the structure! Nearer now we drew, geld, Arriv'd, whence in that part, where first a Its fellow silver. With the pallid first, breach
And next the burnish'd, he so ply'd the As of a wall appear'd, I could descry
gate, A portal, and three steps beneath, that led As to content me well.
Whenever one For inlet there, of different colour each, Faileth of these, that in the key-hole And one who watch'd, but spake not yet a straight word.
It turn not, to this alley then expect As more and more mine eye did stretch its Access in rain.” Such were the words he view,
spake. I mark'd him seated on the highest step, One is more precious : but, the other, In visage such, as past my power to bear. needs Grasp'd in his hand a naked sword, glanc'd Skill and sagacity, large share of each, back
Ere its good task to disengage the knot The rays so towards me, that I oft in vain Be worthily perform'd. From Peter these My sight directed. • Speak from whence I hold, of him instructed, that I err
Rather in opening than in keeping fast ; He cried : " What would ye? Where is So but the suppliant at my feet implore." Four escort ?
Then of that hallow'd gate he thrust the Take heed your coming upward harm ye door, not.'
Exclaiming, “ Enter, but this warning ' A heavenly dame, not skilless of these
hear : things,
He forth again departs who looks behind." Replied the instructor, told us, even now, As in the hinges of that sacred ward Pass that way: here the gate is.'-' And The swivels turn'd, sonorous metal strong,
Harshi was the grating ; nor so surlily Befriending prosper your ascent,' resum'd Roar'd the Tarpeian, when by force bereft The courteous keeper of the gate : • Come Of good Metellus, thenceforth from his loss then
To leanness doom'd. Attentively I turn'd, Before our steps.' We straightway thither List'ning the thunder, that first issued
forth; The lowest stair was marble white, so And “ We praise thee, O God,” me. smooth
thought I heard And polish'd, that therein my mirror'd In accents blended with sweet melody. form
The strains came o'er mine ear, e'en as the Distinct I saw. The next of hue more
Of choral voices, that in solemn chant Than sablest grain, a rough and singed With organ mingle, and, now high and block,
clear, Crack'd lengthwise and across. The third, Come swelling, now float indistinct away.
that lay Massy above, seem'd porphyry, that fam'd Red as the life-blood spouting from a vein. EXTRACT FROM GLENFERGUS. On this God's angel either foot sustain'd, Upon the threshold seated, which appear'd HERE is a novel, in three volumes, A rock of diamond. Up the trinal steps through which, we confess, we have My leader cheerly drew me. • Ask,' said
not been able to toil ;-indeed, we he, “With humble heart, that he unbar the first. It is intended as a picture of
have not yet got to the end of the bolt.' Piously at his holy feet devolv'd
Scottish society in a Highland glen ; I cast me, praying him for pity's sake
but the characters, in general, are That he would open to me; but first fell
quite as unlike any thing in Nature Thrice on my bosom prostrate. Seven times,
* Oliver and Boyd. Edinburgh, 1820.
as the shepherds and shepherdesses he had not only a cheap lease of an extenin Sir Philip Sydney's Arcadia. There sive grazing, but also got one son into the is an intolerable caricature of a learn army, and another into the excise. These ed, romantic, loving lady of the name things, however, happened not till full of Clarinda, --so much overdone, that thirty-five years after the battle of Culloit becomes altogether absurd and te obscurity, and one is left to waver between
den; so that the real cause is involved in dious. Yet we have found some very Caleb's loyalty and the well-hoarded wealth clever passages even in the small part of his father. of the book that we have been able to
“ Gideon was, with the exception of one read, and there may be various simi- sister, (his junior by at least six years,) lar oases in the remaining volumes. younger than any of the rest ; and, being We have met with several fantastic the son of Caleb's old age, he was rather a and laboured novels of this kind, quite favourite. The schoolmaster of the dis. heavy and uninteresting when takentrict naturally enough perceived this; and, as a whole, and yet evidently written
as Caleb was among the most respectable
of his employers, he failed not to pronounce by persons of great observation and
all dus encomiums on the talents of Gi. intelligence. Whether we shall give deon, asserting, that he was calculated to our readers dose after dose of Glen- win his bread with clean bands, and his fergus, as we are doing with Dante
coat on.' Children, as well as grown peoand some other eminent writers of old ple, love praise ; so Gideon was much fond. times, remains hereafter to be seen. er of the school, where he obtained it, than There is no knowing what may hap- of tending the herds ; and, if his abilities pen, if its beauties dawn upon us, more were not of a very high order, he was at and more, as we study them more least diligent in the applicatiou of them. thoroughly. Perhaps, we may be yet By the time that he had accomplished his tempted, to place it above Waverley or eleventh year, he was deep read in spel. Ivanhoe. At present, we shall satis- ling-books, collections of lessons, and catefy ourselves with one extract, but it chisms, and could write a whole page with.
out lines. Moreover, he had gone through shall be a pretty long one. It is an the whole system of his teacher's arithme. historical description of a particular tic, and copied out a manuscript on men. species of clerical character, and must suration, guaging, and the construction of be acknowledged to be written with dials. no small humour and sarcastic talent. “ For the last two years his father and
the schoolmaster had resolved that he “ The Reverend Gideon Cymbal, minis. should become a preacher; and, accord. ter of Knockfergus, was the son of Caleb ingly, he was already accosted by the name Cymbal, a grazier of note, who had lived of the minister. This led him to observe and died some thirty miles to the north of carefully the deportment of the pastor of Glenfergus. Gideon's great-grandfather, the parish : but, as he had not seen him Eliakim, was of the Upper Ward of La- except in the kirk, -at the examination of narkshire, and in early youth had been at the school, (to which, though not parochial, the rout of Both well-bridge ; but, having he paid all due attention,)-or at sundry no ambition for the glory of martyrdom, marriages and christenings,his notion of or even for the minor praise of being lite. a clergyman was, that he should be a most sally a member of the church militant, he grave and demure personage ; and he him. journeyed toward the north, and joined self began to assume the same solemnity of himself to one whose substance was cattle, manner. and whose progeny was one only daugh “ The rural pedagogue being no linguist,
Eliakim wooed and married the Gideon was sent to the parochial school, daughter, and, in the fulness of time, suc. distant about five miles, and thither his ticeeded to the possessions. He had an on tle preceded him. His grave deportment ly son, named Joseph, who was constrain. was a subject of merriment with his fel. ed, somewhat against his will, to accom lows; and the little poney, on whose un. pany Argyle to Sheriff-moor. Caleb, the saddled back he rode to school on bad days, son of Joseph. had been persuaded of his was dignified with the name of the mi. father to ingratiate himself with Govern. nister's mare.' ment, by turning out in the forty-five ; “In spite of jcers, however, and in spite but, though it appears that he did gird on of the still more fearful difficulties of pouno the Bothwell sword of his grandfather, and docco, Gideon toiled on; and when in there is no evidence that it ever was drawn. his fourteenth year, was pronounced fit for However, from the loyalty of his speech, if the university. On a fine frosty morning not from the valour of his arm, he found in the end of October, having got introducfavour, especially in the eyes of the com tions from the minister and schoolmaster, missioners under the forfeiture, whereby and being duly admonished by his father
on the cardinal points of economy, docili “ Being in a great measure without ty, and prudence, he set out for the uni. books till he was fifteen, his reading was versity of Starvitout. There he competed not very extensive ; but, by offering to asor wrangled for a bursary of ten pounds a. sist the librarian, he got into his good year, but failed. Having, however, pro- graces, and by this means he had, during cured, through his letters of introduction, a the two years of his residing constantly at cheap lodging to his mind, he began to the divinity-hall, an opportunity of learnbreak the ice of Greek and Logic. This ing the title-pages and indexes of many he found a hard matter in itsell"; and the volumes. Thus his learning made no morkings of those young men who spoke mean figure ; and the professors were somethe broad Doric of the South, at the short times astonished to find him mention the ness and sharpness of his northern accent, names and even the contents of volumes, were harder still. But Gideon bent his eye the dust of which themselves had never and his ear to the professors, rather than thought of disturbing. to his fellow-students; and, if he could not “ As the whole stock of old Caleb's goalways profit by their instructions, he at vernment patronage was expended on the least let slip no opportunity of letting them ensign and the exciseman, Gideon was see how much he was pleased, and how given to understand, that for church preanxious he was
to learn. His solemn ferment he should have to depend entirely guise, his great attention, and his constant upon himself. He consulted the profesdæility, rendered him a greater favourite sors, and they recommended the situation than those who were possessed of higher of tutor, as the “gradus' by which he was powers
best fitted for climbing, mentioning, at the * He was of some use even in preserv same time, Coldinghame of Aldtown, who ing the discipline of the class ; for, regard. was in want of an instructor for his sons ; ing himself as already part and parcel of and who, though he had no church-living the kirk-fabric,' he was always disposed directly in his own gift, had yet influence to inform against breakers of the college sufficient to procure one. Gideon readily rules
. For this, indeed, he once or twice acceded to this proposal. In order to prepaid pretty severely; but, as opportunity pare him for it, he was in his twenty-first ofered, he took bis revenge by fresh in- year admitted an out-student of the diviformations.
nity hall, still retaining his bursary, and " When he came to the study of geo- it was not long ere he entered upon that metry he was much afflicted ; for, though course of labour which was ultimately to he could commit to memory any preposi- reward him with a kirk. tion, yet the cross-questionings of the pro “ Viewing this reward as a matter of fessor annoyed him sorely. Besides, he course, he entered into no prospective sticould see no great use of mathematics, ei- pulation with his supposed patron, but bether in getting him a pulpit, or enabling gan his labours with bed, board, and wash, him to act in it; and thus he made little ing, and a salary of thirty pounds a-year. progress in that department of study. This made him abundantly rich ; and, as
" The four years of the philosophy class, his fifteen pounds of bursary served him bowever, rolled away, and Gideon, whose in clothes and the few books which he purdocility had in the second year been re- chased, he began to accumulate wealth. warded by the gift of a fitteen pound bur.
“ Still his situation of tutor was far sary, entered on the study of divinity and from being pleasant. He had two boys to church-history. By this time he was so teach, and he had to walk with them, and much a favourite with one or two of the superintend their whole conduct. At his professors, as to be frequently invited by age, and under his circumstances, he had them to breakfast or tea; and he carefully no great natural tact for the keeping of treasured up their conversation on these authority; and his being constantly with Occasions. One of the professors had a good his pupils destroyed the little that he hade deal to say in church-matters, and from They were constantly mimicking his awk, him Gideon learned the favourite proposi. ward gait, scorning his authority, and don, that
playing him tricks. Mr Coldinghame, To win a patron is to win a kirk ;
too, was fond of jokes when he had com
pany, and of talking when he had not, together with the two corollaries,--that pa- and, as occasion suited, made Gideon either tronage is divided between the Government his butt or auditor. This promotion at and certain great nien,—and that, there once galled and depressed him and deprivfore, the two ways of seeking it are, fierce ed him of the greater part of that small loyalty and fawning adulation. Gideon stock of independence of mind which he resolved to bave both strings to his bow; might originally have possessed. But he and, in consequence, his natural docility bore all patiently, looking forward
to the softened into downright obsequiousness, kirk; and heeded not for independence of while his loyalty took an opposite direc- mind in the mean time, provided he could tion, and rose to true legitimacy.
ensure independence of fortune in the encha