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when the virtuous govern, the wicked he disclaims fighting for fun, or because often reign. Light is not the less real it is his trade. for being delusive. Brono asserts that before Orcan came to Kazan,

“ Should it be said

War is my trade, and therefore is my choice, " A needy, hungry, bold adventurer,

The charge so foul and wanton, ere 'tis made, Houseless and ragged; the realm

With honest boldness I repel. Heaven knows

I never can be, never was the wretch
By wholesome counsel and sound Policy
Was rul'd most prosperous."

Who fights for fighting's sake.
This we presume was not the Policy

Orcan, assisted by Policy and Intrigue, with wbom Orcan was so familiar, nor

makes a highly poetical and argumentaany relation of that monster; but entirely tive oration in favour of peace: giving of another family. The poet, however, due praise however to the eloquence and ought to have given both cognomens; lest, integrity of Brong. peradventure, a careless observer might “ Yet he is just, and justice he will grant, mistake the one for the other. After Nor think all those disloyal, or devoid urging the necessity of continuing the of honour, who may differ from himself; war, Brono's speech is interrupted, ere Whose error (and who errs not?) from the head, finished, by a summons to attend the king. Not from the heart proceeds." -- All three

He uses one urgent reason for conObey'd the summons, and with haste repair'd

cluding a peace: Where, midst bis lords, in simple majesty The Monarch sat."

“ Sooner or later we must end this war;

Then why not now?" The palace is described, where

And ends his speech in the following ma" Marble columns rose; jestic manner: And with their lofty heads, with cornice crown'd, Prop'd up the high arch'd roof, whose broad

“ Much I respect

The arguments of the illustrious chief Presepted to the wond’ring gaze below

T' uphold the war; yet, with due deference, The empire's great domains, unfurl d entire.”

I think we can command, and therefore should

Obtain, a lasting honourable peace.” That the roof was not propt down by the columns we know, without being in Trouvor is outrageously enraged at the formed that it was propt up.

We are a sentiments of Orcan; and is about to re. little surprised that Mr. Eustaphieve does ply; but is prevented by Osmond; who, not perceive how much the majesty of fearing lois brother knight might do some poetry is diminished by the introduction mischief in his wrath, attacks Orcan tooth of such useless words: Concave should and nail, like a valiant knight as he is : have the accent on the first syllable. whose cause he declares bad; History makes the Khanate, in ancient times, populous and extensive: it must

" Which dares not call bowever bave been, at this time, very

Plain sense and reason to its aid, but tries sinall; or the roof very high; if from it By fancy conjur'd up."

To pass under some surreptitious forin, the kingdom could be “unfurled entire.”

The monarch, in a short speech from He also is of opinion that Mamay sbould the throne, declares that he shall be go- be utterly destroyed; asserting, with three verned by his council, whether to con successive and successful rhetorical simitinue the war against the Tartars, or restlitudes, that his strength and ability to do “ on their laurels” in peace. Brono mischief remain unimpaired. makes a long harangue in favour of war: uttering harsh reproaches against one In “ No, Sire, we've only crack'd the shell, and left trigue, an

The serpent safe within. We've brush'd away

Th’ensnaring web, while in his secret hold S. Abject, low born worm

The tyrant, he that spread it, still remains that in the palace lives,

Unhurt, full eager, watchsul for his prey.

Soon as some branches were struck off, we stopp'd And in the cottage dwells, despised by all,

And pluck'd not growing mischief by the root, Yet hurtful, fatal, when it is not crush'd."

Which last we should and might have done, but

which This appears to be a relation of Orcan's

We left undone. Policy; perhaps the same, under a differeat appellation. He urges the pro How precisсly is this in the sententious priety of continued war till Marnay is manner of Milton; a vast thought ex. destroyed. Though himself a warrior, pressed in a few words. Mamay, it ap


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demands the gentle Selima io wed- Brone had slept but little. He sends his lock: Osmond says,

squire, Arcas, to learn whether the king

has determined on waror on peace. Squire 261 Policy,

Arcas returns. His countenance at once Good Policy forbids so vast a boon

satisfied the chief that peace was the orBestow'd gratuitous."

der of the day. Ah, here we have the distinction :

« Untold he saw it in his servast's efe." Good Policy. This belongs to a race of Policies distinct from that connected with Brono exclaims: “ Then all is o'er!" Orcan; which we may hereafter designate

There is something extremely expressive by the epithet Bad. Such a matrimonial

and pathetic in this expression :-it's all connexion he considers dishonourable.

over then.

- Deep; mortal was the cruel wound In silence what I deem the greatest loss,

He now receiv'd; and piercing, fatal came The loss of honour, from our broken faith,

The swift wing'd shast, sped by a treach'rais Which, in the eyes of honest, thinking men,

hand, From victors to the vanquish'd would reduce

That reach'd, at length, his loyal heart." Gur character."

The wound being mortal, it was deep: Should we not mar the pleasures of

being fatal, it was piercing; and, at length, curiosity, we might here admit our readers being mortal and fatal, it reached his to a secret.

“ Broken faith” has refer. heart. The effect of this wound was alence to a promise that Selima shall be most immediate. He became “ an old, come the wife of the prince of Moscow; which prince of Moscow is this very formed that

feeble and dying man:" yet we are iTrouvor in disguise; whose name at home is Demetrius; the hero of this very heroic

“His mind, unconquerable, soon resum d poem. Trouvor now makes a speech, and Its wonted strength, and over death itself gives the character of Demetrius, alias Victorious made him." Alexander; and of Mamay, alias Bopa- And he makes immediately his dying parte;

speech. " A wretch, an outcast from the lowest herd, A vile usurper, who by erimes alone

" Wherefore this grief? Fail thus your hearts Rose to that power which he by crimes alone Hopes to preserve.

An old man die? 'Tis but a moment's pang There's not a crime

And oft man's frame, that stood the fiercest shock Deris'd in fancy, or-conceiv'd in thought,

Or time and war, and elements combin'd, Which this unheard-of monster has not yet

Droops, sinks and crumbles into dust, when touch'd Committed.

With keener edge of mental agony." Deflow-er'd virgin, or dishonord wife are but his jest, his scorn

Such was the manner in wbich “his The daily food of his unbounded lust.

mind unconquerable resamed its wonted He has not yet, through will, mistake or chance, strength.” Perform'd one, single, puny, doubtful deed, Such as at least might virtue's semblance wear."

Nunc vulnus acerbum After a page or two of similar invec

Conficit, et tenebris nigrescunt omnia circum: tive, Trouvor desists. Orcan suggests He dies, from want of fighting; and quite that a stranger, and perhaps obscurely in a theatrical manner, though not much born, is too officious in offering his advice. like a soldier. Trouvor clasps his sword. Osmond interseres. The king, as kings often do when

“ I die they cannot control an unruly parliament, Oh Trouvor-Osmond - Arcas-all-farewell."

" Surpris’d, perplex'd, and unresolv'd This old gentleman is so important a Which side to take, and how to act, at length personage, we part with him not without Bethought himself the council to dismiss."

reluctance. We wish the poet had made We now enter the third canto.

him of less consequence, or continued

him longer on the stage. Trouvor con_" The very day

tinues by the corpse; his grief in part asThat next in Time's eternal order came, suaged by meditating on Selima. Bebeid all, save its own bright smiling form Chang'd in Kazan,”.

" This lovely form

By nearer objects here with quicker force The day looking at its own form would Embodied, and in absence present made, furnish a tine subject for a fanciful painter. Forsook not Trouvor in his saddest bours"

to see

The poor

Osmond departs privately by night: arrest him, can“ sustain erect the popbis intentions uprevealed. Brono is bu- derous weight of his sword. He is full ried : and Trouvor delivers a funeral ora- of wrath, and utterly refuses to yield. tion. We have, in this oration, some The messengers fly. Arcas pacifies him, instances of the most astonishing hyper- speaking " with much concernment :” inbole,

forming him that * In vain the trembling universe again

“ The sword The succour of thine arm herculean shall

Suits not the mild authority of peace; Implore; more than herculean arm: so strong

But, war and violence being o'er, offend's
That mountains, whereon stood the foe, secure

When it defends."
In fancy, shook beneath its pond'rous blow!
In vain! Thy godlike aspect, which alone He proceeds to the hall; where
Controll'd the motion and the raging sea
Of war; thy ample shield and sword

“ Niggard light, Avenging, which no living mortal now

Ill borrow'd from heaven's rich exhaustless fount Can wield; thy shoulder of Atlantic make, Slow ooz'd through narrow casements.” On which Kazan reclin'd in safe repose ; Thy giant-foot beneath whose heavy step Here all is explained. The relation is Rapid and wide, the daring guilty East long; but we can give the substance of Trembled and prostrate groan'd; thy wondrous it in a few words. Orcan and Mamay in

power 'Gainst which no fickle fortune could prevail

disguise were the conspirators against the No kingdoms stand :” Sic. &c.

life of Trouvor. Selima overheard their

previous conversation, and prevented his But, eheu jam satis. What a pity that death. Orcan, being detected, begs his a little “ fickle fortune" should have pros- life, and promises to tell who is his comtrated such a tremendous creature. But, panion. « Not while I live," says Mahe is dead, and lachryma volvuntur inance. may; and, so saying, seizes him, lifts him He who

on high, and dashes him on the marble

floor; so that breath he never more utters. * Scorn'd threal’ning ills, soar'd above hostile Thus end the days of Orcan. We are

fate, Incessant toild impetuous warr'd, and storm'd

not grieved in parting with himn; for be Impossibility's own rocky hold,"

all along seems to be an ugly dog. Ma

may confesses who he is; and frightens sunk at the sight of peace. This speech, the court with a declaration of his power of six pages, excited great tumult: but to upset the kingdom, if inclined. “ The solemn voice

“ The subtle frost, Of [zhe) same sepulchral bell”

Shed from Fear's bristly hair, congeald each

heart called the multitude to the burying ground Save Trouvor's.

L" With marble stone enclos'd The Tartar claims Selima; and Of sombre (not light coloured) black :"

“ With Tarquin-stride where they

Moves towards the trembling fair." u Forthwith plac'd him conqueror of death, ("With Tarquin's ravishing step towards his Not victim, in the valley of the dead.''


Moves like a ghost." Macbeth.)
Trouvor goes to bed; and has a vision.
Two figures, “ large as life,” (being two

Trouvor interferes; and makes himsel men) come with daggers to assassinate known as prince of Moscow, Demetrius. him. A“ guardian angel,” with her Mamay challenges him to meet the next

day in single combat; each with a squire, " Radiant face

and no other attendant. The challenge Conceal'd beneath [an] air-wove transparent is accepted. Selima is near fainting; but, veil;"

hoping her father will prevent the inone would be shocking) saves his life, by address to love; not exactly like the adthat “ seem'd a living spirit"-a dead tended duel, she recovers.

The fifth canto commences with an her kind interference. Thus terminates

dress of Lucretius to Venus; as it copthe third canto.

The next morning Trouvor is arrested tains some sentiments of which the Roman op a charge of high treason, and his poet could have no conception. sword demanded. He too must have

" In fiercer natures cast in hotter moulds, been a fellow of enormous size; for he Uncheck'd by virtue strong, or self-commant, asks which of those who are come to Thou art a fying conflagration dire,

Compressd within that massive iron globe, to use it, if her beloved is no more. This The dreaded child of modern slaught'ring war, drops from her hand, on being informed Which, as it rapid rolls through hostile ranks,

that he is alive. Zorana then relates that Bursts sudden, vomits death, and with its torn, Forth flaming entrails spreads, afar and wide,

the prince is a captive to Mamay; who Its own destruction, and of all around.” had treacherously provided troops to bear

him off; his squire, Arcas, also proving Cowley says:

treacherous. Wo to her stubborn heart; if once mine come

A dreadful tempest in a forest is de Into the selfsame room,

scribed in the sixth Canto There is also "Twill tear and break up all within,

a long description of superstition; whose Like a Grenada shot into a magazine."

Streaming hair, Of these two “similies unlike” we can Presents a floating mass of sombre clouds not decide which is the inferior. The involving all below in deeper gloom, former needs grammatical amendment.

A second night twice darken'd." Zorana is represented as sorely afflicted which, according to Pike's Arithmetic, iš with love for Trouvor, and jealousy and equivalent to four nights-darkened. De malice towards Selima: but more than all metrius is conveyed to a cavern, in which does she curse one Fate, and daringly he fips Mamay and his officers. The proposes to upset all his decrees:

Tartar insults m with bitter jokes, not < But thee,

unlike those of Satan, on the invention of Thee chiefly, Fate, whale'er, where'er thou art, cannon. Demetrius reproaches him with I curse-thee from my very soul I loathe! great dignity and severity ; till Mamay is Yet hope not to subdue me'; Ldefy,

in a violent rage: I scorn thy utmost power! I'll be myself A counteracting Faie!"

« Cold were the red-hot lightnings to the fire

That glowd within the furnace of his heart." While Zorana is meditating revenge against Selima, the latter goes to the tem- The prince is sentenced to be shot. A ple and prays to the Blessed Virgin. She lantern is placed at his breast. A banis interrupted by the appearance of De- dage is about to be put over his eyes, metrius, who had strayed by moonlight to when, like Admiral Byog, he exclaims : the spot where she was. A quantity of love talk ensues. Selima concludes one of

" Desist, base man! Nor think I dare not look her speeches with : " My heart and hand Death in the face !" are ever thine.” To which the prince Suddenly a groan most tremendous was replies : (if it be blasphemy let the cen

heard : the tree to which he was tied was sure fall on the author :)

gone, and his chains melted. In such " And what could God manner, the poet says, for some wise purSay more, if on a mortal he bestowed

pose Heaven did not appear to sare His universe ?”

D'Enghein. Mr. Eustaphieve here ka

visbes high encomiums on Great Britain “He gently strains her to his heart,” and and the United States, particularly Basbestows “love's îrst glowing kiss.” They ton, for resisting or condemning the murspend the night together; finding derer of D’Enghein.— The prince is con“ Within themselves a world unknown; and this description of which, and of his manner

fined a fortnight in his dark cavern; the Exploring they forgot th' exterior world.”

of passing his time, remind us of Cow. Daylight appearing, like Romeo and Ju- per's description of the Bastile. Arcas, Liet, the fond lovers are compelled to se who had joined Mamay only for the par parate. Demetrius is equipt for combat. pose of saving the prince, takes him from Zorana

the cave, leads bim out of the forest; and

conveys him into a subterraneous city of " Resolv'd to view the scene, dead men's bones. From which Selima's softer soul recoil'd.”

* On human skulls they trod, and bones that The accent has heretofore been placed,

forin'd (erroneously we consider it,) on the ante- The solid pavement. Grop'd his wide-stretch'd penult of Selima: here it is on the penult.-Zorana, after viewing what had The skalls and bones they touch'd. Search a transpired respecting the combat, visits ought (aughi] his looks?

The skulls and bones at ev'ry turn they met. Selima; who was ready to go into fits. Above, beneath, around, whate'er he pressid, She asks what is the fate of Demetrius; Beheld, or felt, of skull and bone was made, Laving a dagger in her hand; intending of ev'ry fragment of the human frame."


Arcas informs Demetrius that he and

-“ Wild flares his gristly hair, another had been ordered to bring to Ma In quiv’ring columns parts, and with the wreaths may his head. He endeavoured to per

Of smoke entwin'd, waves streaming to the sky." suade his companion to join him in res

In this inner temple are the king, Secuing Demetrius. His companion re lima and Zorana. The prince seizes Sefusing, a quarrel ensued, and his associate lima, was killed; whose head, carried by Arcas to Mamay, was by him believed to be the “ And bears the precious charge to healthier spot.” head of Demetrius.--He also informed Demetrius, that, centuries previous, some

Morna and Zorana are rescued. A full persons, digging into the earth, struck up- length picture is given of the conflagraon human skeletons, supposed to be the tion, which bears a close resemblance to bones of some army slain in battle. The the burning of Moscow by Bonaparte. bones were placed in order; and a subcity built under Kazan. This in process Lest the gigantic conflagration mount

" It seem'd as if the heavens themselves alarmid of time was forgotten except by a few; Their highest seat, drew up a dark array but was well known to Mamay; who had Of sombre vapours, dense and humid clouds, access to it; and, by the assistance of That, pending down in sable, lent-like, form, Orcan, through certain secr passages,

Threw round a vaulted barrier of defence.” he could at any time find his way unobserved into Kazan.--Arcas also informns 'The king having given Demetrius his him that Mamay was determined, that ring, the signet of power, he takes comnight, to destroy Kazan and bear away mand of the troops, to oppose those of Selima.

Mamay, which had entered, or were now Thus concludes the sixth Canto.- The entering the city. story of the city of bones under Kazan is a puerile invention; below the genius And every where, his vengeance strikes.”

" Here, there, of the meanest imitator of Anne Ratcliffe. The miraculous aid to save De The Omnipotent now sends metrius when prepared to be shot, is the only instance of the use of machinery. “ His swiftest; mightiest spirit of the storm;" It would have been more agreeable to the general tenor of the work to have saved to quench the fire by a sudden tempest. him by human means only. Nec deus This spirit strikes the earth with the same intersit, &c.

wand that was used by Moses at the Red We now come to the seventh and last Sea, when he struck the rock, for water. Canto. Dernetrius and Arcas are dis

" He strikes covered entering the cave where are

And thrilling tremor creeping through her veins, concealed a great number of the troops Convulses all her frame. Scarce gainst such ef Mamay. Demetrius, like Leonidas at force Thermopylæ, meets the leader and his Can her vibrating axis hold. She reels,

She companions at the narrow entrance; Opens her wai'ry stores."

groans, and quick, obedient to the stroke, where multitudes are slain. At length Squire Arcas shuts for ever the ponderous The fire subsides. Demetrius meets Ma. gate ; and for ever encloses the tenants within. The prince and his squire, now,

may, whose right hand by a secret path, ascend into the midst of “ A pond'rous weapon graspåd, such as no arm Kazan. The temple is on fire. Some Save his could wield: the other held an orb relations are given of the manner in which of massy weight and size, as if designd; many are rescued and many are lost, not From Heaven's own dread artillery to shield totally dissimilar to what occurred when His vast enormous buik.” the theatre at Richmond was destroyed He attacks the Tartar, dealing a deadly by fire. A son drops his mistress, to save his mother. This accomplished, be re

blow with his uplifted blade. A sudden turns to his mistress, and both are over

thunderbolt shivers in pieces his sword. whelmed in the conflagration. Fire now

He snatches another from a comrade; but marches to the inner temple;

Mamay retreats before he can use it.

Most of Mamay's men are destroyed : " Grim Terror in his front advanc'd with crest though some escape by means of a sudden Upreard, and desolation in his train

excessive darkness, Press'd on with rapid pace."

_Such as night Fire is personified, and a long description Eternal wore, ere Sol's keep-searching ray is given of his havoc :

Had first pierc'd through her sullen reign VOL. III.-No. iv.


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