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soul from ruin, religion and the pro- Shone through the rents of ruin ; from afar mise of redemption. This salvation The watch-dog bayed beyond the Tiber; and Manfred is too far gone in anguish, More near from out the Cæsars' palace came
The owl's long cry, and, interruptedly sin, and insanity, to dare or wish to
Of distant sentinels, the fitful song accept--and the Abbot leaves him in sullen and hopeless resignation to his Some cypresses beyond the time-worn breach
Begun and died upon the gentle wind. doom. The conclusion of their collo- Appeared to skirt the horizon, yet they stood quy is most impressive.
Within a bow-shot-where the Cæsars is Man. -Look on me! there is an dwelt, order
And dwell the tuneless birds of night, aOf mortals on the earth, who do become
midst Old in their youth, and die ere middle age, A grove which springs through levelled Without the violence of warlike death,
battlements, Some perishing of pleaure--some of study And twines its roots with the imperial Some worn with toil some of mere weari. hearths,
Ivy usurps the laurel's place of growth; Some of disease and some insanity But the gladiators' bloody circus stands, And some of withered, or of broken hearts; A noble wreck in ruinous perfection! For this last is a malady which slays While Cæsar's chambers, and the Augustine More than are numbered in the lists of Fate, halls, Taking all shapes, and bearing many names. Grovel on earth in indistinct decay. Look upon me! for even of all these things And thou didst shine, thou rollingmoon, upon Have I partaken ; and of all these things, All this, and cast a wide and tender light, One were enough; then wonder not that I Which softened down the hoar austerity' Am what I am, but that I ever was, Of rugged desolation, and fill'd up, Or, having been, that I am still on earth. As 'twere, anew the gaps of centuries ; Abbot. Yet hear me still.
Leaving that beautiful which still was so, Man. Old man ! I do respect And making that which was not, till the place Thine order, and revere thine years; I deem Became religion, and the heart ran o'er Thy purpose pious, but it is in vain : With silent worship of the great of old !Think me not churlish ; I would spare thy. The dead, but sceptred sovereigns, who still self,
rule Far more than me, in shunning at this time Our spirits from their urns. All further colloquy-and 50_farewell.
'Twas such a night! [Exit Manfred.” 'Tis strange that I recall it at this time; The final catastrophe is now at But I have found our thoughts take wildhand, for the hour of his dissolution,
est flight, foretold by the phantom of Astartè, Even at the moment when they should array is come: he is in his solitary tower at
Themselves in pensive order." midnight, with the Abbot, when the
The Spirits enter ; and while they spirits commissioned by Arimanes come
are threatening to tear him to pieces, to demand his soul
. The opening of Manfred meets them with taunts and this scene is perhaps the finest de mockery, and suddenly falls back and scriptive passage in the drama ; and expires in the arms of the Abbot. its solemn, calm, and majestic cha
We had intended making some obracter throws an air of grandeur over
servations upon this extraordinary the catastrophe, which was in danger of production, but, to be intelligible,
we could not confine them within the appearing extravagant, and somewhat too much in the style of the Devil
limits which necessity imposes. On and Dr Faustus. Manfred is sitting length into the philosophy of the sub
some other occasion we may enter at alone in the interior of the tower. “ Manfred alone.
ject; but we have given such an ac
count as will enable our readers to The stars are forth, the moon above the tops of the snow-shining mountains Beautiful! comprehend its general character. I linger yet with Nature, for the night
One remark we must make on the Hath been to me a more familiar face versification. Though generally flowThan that of man ; and in her starry shade ing, vigorous, and sonorous, it is too Of dim and solitary loveliness,
often slovenly and careless to a great I learned the language of another world. degree; and there are in the very I do remember me, that in my youth When I was wandering, upon such a night, the plainest rules of blank verse, that
finest passages, so many violations of I stood within the Coloseum's wall, 'Midst the chief relics of Almighty Rome;
we suspect Lord Byron has a very im The trees which grew along the broken perfect knowledge of that finest of al arches
music, and has yet much to learn beWaved dark in the blue midnight, and the fore his language can be well adapted
to dramatic compositions.
THE QUARTERLY Review. No 32.
Reviewers, "respecting the geography
and natural history of the great desert i. An Authentic Narrative of the of Africa, amounts to very little, and Loss of the American Brig Commerce, that little not very accurate.”--A large wrecked on the western coast of Africa, portion of this article is occupied with in the month of August 1815, 8c. By the travels of Sidi Hamet, Riley's masJames Riley, late Master and Super- ter, who remained for a fortnight in cargo-The sufferings which Riley Mr Willshire's house, and who, be and his crew endured, at the time of sides entertaining them with an actheir shipwreck and afterward, while count of his expeditions to Tombucthey remained in captivity among the too, introduced them to the knowArabs, were so severe, that the Re- ledge of a country to the south-east viewers would have felt inclined to of it, wholly new to Europeans, conwithhold their belief from some parts taining the city of Wassanah, situated of the narrative, if they had not been on the Niger, above sixty days joursatisfied with regard to the writer's ge- ney from Tombuctoo, and twice its neral veracity, from the well authentic size. Upon the authority of the same cated documents which they possess. traveller, the Reviewers proceed to Nothing can place in a stronger light offer some speculations regarding the the miserable condition to which these course of the Niger. There is a strong unfortunate men had been reduced, presumption, they think, that the than the following extract from the Niger, or Nile of the Negroes, has narrative itself: At the instance of two courses, one from west to east, Mr Willshire,” (the British vice-con- by Silla and Tombuctoo; the other sul at Mogadore, by whom they were from east to west, through Wangara, ransomed), "I was weighed," says Ghana, and Kassina. This Sidi HaRiley, " and fell short of ninety met is altogether a very respectable pounds, though my usual weight, for sort of person.
“ Your friend.” (Mr the last ten years, had been over two Willshire) said he to Riley at parting, hundred and forty pounds; the weight “has fed' me with milk and honey, of my companions was less than I dare and I will always in future do what is to mention, for I apprehend it would in my power to redeem Christians from not be believed, that the bodies of slavery;" a promise which, to a cermen, retaining the vital spark, should tain extent, he is known to have since not weigh forty pounds!” This ex- performed. We have met with a gentraordinary emaciation was effected in tleman belonging to the Surprise of about two months, the period which Glasgow, to which the Reviewers alintervened from their shipwreck until lude, who gratefully acknowledges the they arrived at Mogadore, where every personal kindness he received from comfort was most humanely provided Sidi Hamet in the deserts of Africa. for them by the gentleman whom we 2. Ambrosian Manuscripts.-The have just mentioned. Were we not so Reviewers begin by discouraging the positively assured by the Reviewers of too sanguine expectations that have Mr Riley's veracity, there are one or been entertained of the researches of two points which might excuse a little antiquaries, in bringing to light the scepticism ; on one occasion, we read of precious relics of Greek and Roman an immediate interposition of Divine literature; and they then endeavour Providence in behalf of the desponding to account for the imperfect and musufferers; and at another time, Riley, tilated state in which some of the anin a comfortable dream, saw a young cient authors have come down to us. man, who spoke to him in his own “ The truth, after all,” they say, "is, language, assuring him that he should that of the Latin writers not many again embrace his beloved wife and have perished whose loss we need children, and whose features he after- greatly regret.” The discoveries rewards recognised in Mr Willshire.- cently made by M. Angiolo Mai, pro" The addition which Mr Riley has fessor of the oriental languages in the afforded to our information,” say the Ambrosian library at Milan, consist of:
fragments of six orations of Cicero, of what the book contains. The Reand of eight speeches of Symmachus, viewers tell us what course the travel-ninety-six Latin epistles to and from ler took, what he saw and did, and Fronto, with two books “ de Oratio- some of the incidental observations nibus," several fragments, and seven which he made on the appearance of epistles written in Greek, -fragments the country, and on the condition of of Plautus, and some commentaries on the various races of its population. Terence,--the complete oration of Isæ- The most interesting features in the us, de hereditate Cleonymi, of which state of society seem to be, the ignobefore we possessed about one-third, rance and superstition of all classes
oration of Themistius,--and the feeble administration of the lawslastly, an epitome of part of the Anti- and that hospitality to strangers, which quitates Romanæ of Dionysius Hali- is one of the characteristics of a thinly carnessensis, extending from the year peopled agricultural country, aboundof the city 316 to the year 685, which ing in the necessaries of life, and unis valuable, inasmuch as this portion contaminated by the selfishness and of the original work is not known to luxuries of the higher classes of civiexist. We may judge of the labour lization and refinement. The inhawhich M. Mai has undergone in his bitants of the provinces are said to be researches, when we are told that all greatly superior, in their moral chathese relics (with the exception of the racter and in their habits, to their oration of Isæus) were elicited from Spanish neighbours. Slavery, it would what are called palimpsesti, or rescrip- appear, assumes a mild form in Brazil ; ti, that is, ancient MSS., which, from though the inhumanity with which motives of economy, had been partly the Portuguese carry on the slaveeffaced, and then used by the Monks, trade is well known to have imprinted in the middle ages, on which to transé an indelible stain on the national chacribe the works of a very different de- racter. Praise is liberally bestowed scription of writers. His discoveries, on the Jesuits for their efforts in bethe Reviewers add, “ are curious and half of the Indians, who are said to interesting to the classical antiquary, have now, in many places, relapsed but they are not of that importance into barbarism.-That which is partiwhich the learned editor attaches to cularly interesting to this country, them; nor do they satisfy the expec- especially since recent events have protations which the first intelligence of mised to effect a very important change them had excited in our minds.”-M. in the American possessions of PortuMai is preparing for publication, a fac- gal as well as of Spain, is the growing simile of a very ancient MS., contain- demand for British manufactures, and ing about 800 lines of the Iliad, with the freedom of intercourse which an paintings illustrative of the descriptions enlightened policy may be expected to of the poem. On one side of the leaf of ensure. Both the author and the Rethis MS., which is of parchment, are viewers assures us of this increasing the paintings, on the reverse the poem demand for our commodities, several try; but this reverse had been cover years before the present revolutionary ed with silk paper, on which are movements began in Portuguese Amewritten some scholia, and the argu- rica; and there is sufficient evidence ments of some books of the Iliad. M. in the account which Koster has given Mai separated the paper from the us of his progress through the proparchment; which last he thinks, was vinces, for a course of upwards of 1000 written on at least 1400 years ago. miles, that this demand must, for a
3. Narrative of a residence in Ire- long period, be limited only by the land, during the summer of 1814, and means which the people have of that of 1815. By Anne PLUMPTRE,— purchasing. All that refines and A work which the Reviewers, ap- embellishes lise is wanted in Brazil ; parently forgetful of the nec deus in- but the want will be generally felt, tersit, &c. of a very competent judge and the means of supplying it extenin matters of criticism, have thought sively diffused, by a liberal and indeit worth their while to hold up to pendent government, in a country, the scorn and ridicule.
natural resources of which are incal. 4. Travels in Brazil. By HENRY culable.— The Reviewer gives us very KOSTER.—This is a condensed, though little information about Koster hiinsometimes sufficiently minute, account self, except that he resided several
years in the country; and they have has failed indeed,--and yet in one displayed a singular degree of forbear sense it has not failed; for the refusal ance, in abstaining from all those spe of our ambassador to submit to the culations to which the scenes before degrading ceremonies of Chinese. etithem were so well calculated to lead, quette must give the celestial emperor from all retrospect and anticipation, a very high opinion of the English naand, what was less to be expected tion: a most comfortable illustration perhaps-from any thing like discus- of the well-known fable of the fox and sion, either religious or political. For the grapes. those general readers who have not 7, Fragments on the Theory and access to the book itself, this article Practice of Landscape Gardening, $c. cannot fail to be a convenient substi, By H. REPton, Esq.-The writer of tute.
this article must be deeply skilled in 5. The Veils, or the triumph of gardens-Italian, French, Spanish, Constancy. A Poem, in Six Books. Dutch, German, and Chinese and By Miss PORDEN.--The Reviewers other Asiatic gardens, as well as with speak very highly of the author's the ancient and modern style of land. powers of versification, but express scape gardening in England ; and also their disapprobation of the manner in with all the writers on parterres and which she has chosen to exercise them. vistas, woods and lawns, and grottos, The poem is intended to display the from the times of Virgil and Juvenal “ different energies of nature, exerted downwards. The book is said to be in producing the various changes which both interesting and entertaining. take place in the physical world, but 8. Tales of my Landlord.This and personified and changed into the spirits the elder branches of the same family, of the Rosicrucian doctrine. A system in spite of the uncouthness of the lanwhich, as she observes, was introduced guage of a great portion of them, even into poetry by Pope, and since used by to Scotsmen, and the utter inability of Darwin in the Botanic Garden.” The the mere English reader to enter into greater part of the critique is occupied the spirit of many of the most huwith just animadversions on Darwin's morous and characteristic representapersonifications, so different from the tions, immediately upon their appear. tiny playful beings with whom we are ance acquired, and continue to mainso delighted in the “Rape of the tain, a degree of popularity to which Lock."
probably no other works of the same 6. Laou-sing-urh, or An heir in class, and of the same dimensions, have his Old Age," a Chinese Drama. Trans- ever attained. Yet in all these novels lated from the_Original Chinese by there are faults or defects, which every J. F. Davis, Esq. of Canton.-- This one perceives upon a general survey of drama was written nearly 800 years their texture, and every one forgets in ago, yet it is considered to be a true their perusal. It is one main object picture of Chinese manners and Chi- of the present article to explain the nese feelings at the present time. The causes of this popularity, which many Reviewers, though very moderate in of their admirers are at some loss to their estimate of Chinese literature, account for ; to shew that the imperare well pleased with this performance, fection of the stories, and the want of of which, and of the theatrical exhibi- interest in the principal characters, tions of China, this article contains a are more than compensated by the excurious and amusing account. A poem traordinary attraction which their myscalled “ London," written by a com, terious author has been able to give to mon Chinese, has been also translated the narrative, by his accurate and aniby Mr Davis; and the specimen of it mated descriptions, and the truth and which the Reviewers fürnish might fidelity of his portraits. It was never have made a very respectable appear, doubted, in this part of the Island, ance among the least extravagant effu. that human beings had actually sat sions of Gulliver, Nearly half the for these portraits, though there has article is occupied, somewhat incon- certainly been much difference of opigruously we conceive, with particulars nion about their originals; but it is regarding Lord Amherst's embassy, truly mortifying to find a London Rein which, however, we do not find any viewer, even with the acknowledged thing of importance that has not al- assistance of his Scottish correspond
adly appeared in the newspapers. It ents, coming forward to correct our
blunders, and dispel the obscurity, by land's late motion, some strictures presenting us with the prototypes of on Santini's appeal,- and a few reseveral of this author's principal cha- marks on the Manuscrit, which, as is racters. What if this singular person now very generally believed, is proshould have the further presumption nounced to be obviously a fabrication." to try his hand, as rival, at such a The Reviewers are of opinion, that the work himself? But though he is fond public execution of Buonaparte, when enough of finding fault, he seems, upon he fell into the
of his conquerthe whole, rather favourably disposed prs after the battle of Waterloo, would towards" this fascinating writer, and, have been a great and useful act of towards the conclusion of the article, justice; but, that better and juster endeavours to vindicate « Old Mor course being rejected, they strongly tality” from some objections, to which recommend that his allowance should our profound veneration for the Sacred be diminished, -£4000 a-year they Writings, and our respect for the me. seem to think sufficient,--and that mory of our persecuted ancestors, must further restrictions should be imposed, find' it but too much exposed. We with a view to the more safe custody have some doubts of the critic's accu- of his person. racy, when he tells us, or at least insi 10. Report of the Secret Committee : nuates, that the “indulged” ministers On the Present State of Public Affairs : and their adherents formed by far the and A Proposal for putting Reform to most numerous body of the Presbyte- the Vote throughout the Kingdom ; by rians of the period to which that tale the Hermit of Marlow.-The object of refers ; and we are not quite convinced this article is to trace the Rise and Prothat the present church of Scotland gress of popular disaffection. After can, with any degree of propriety, be a very appropriate introduction, the called the legitimate representative of writer fixes upon the reign of Henry the indulged clergy of the days of VIII. as the period " when religious Charles II. But these inaccuracies (if disputes divided the nation, and produce they are so) may be easily excused in ed a long train of consequences, which a writer belonging to the English are acting at this hour, and the end of church, as this Reviewer, from his which no human foresight can discern." residence in the south, most probably He then proceeds to give a general view is, and of course but imperfectly ace of the various parties, religious and quainted with those parts of our church political, down to the present time,history, to which it did not perhaps descending to greater minuteness from fall within the province of his Scottish the accession of his present majesty, correspondents to direct his attention. --and concludes with poignant aniThis article is, after all, very curious, madversions on several of our present shrewd, and entertaining ; and from political writers.--The main source of its concluding paragraph, about the popular disaffection must be sought “ transatlantic confessions," and the in religious toleration (if we rightly mistake of Claverhouse's men in taking understand the tendency of the reathe one brother for the other, we cannot soning), of which so many different help suspecting that the “gifted seers, bodies of dissenters have availed themwhom our mighty minstrel so well selves to separate from the Church of commemorates, are not exclusively England; for certain it is,” says the confined to the north side of the Tweed, reviewer, " that monarchy and episcoand that Johnson might have found pacy, 'the throne and the altar, are the second sight nearer home than the much more nearly connected than Hebrides.
writers of bad faith, or little reflec9. Santini's Appeal,-Montholon's tion, have sought to persuade mane Letter to Sir Hudson Lowe,--Barnes' kind.” This article
be considered Tour through St Helena,--and Manu no slight auxiliary to the well known scrit venu de St Hélene. The prin- letter of Lord Sidmouth, so unjustly cipal contents of this article are, a se censured by those whose motives this vere censure of the treaty of Fone profound writer has developed in a very tainbleau, by which Buonaparte was masterly style. We are indebted, as he
to Elba, examination of well observes, to the English Bishops Montholon's letter, with notices of for the revolution in 1688, and for all Lord Bathurst's speech on Lord Hol the blessings which we now enjoy.