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Though your delicate Claret by no means goes-far, it
Is famed for its exquisite flavour;
Queer blarney, or harmless palaver;
Follows a swig of the Blue ;
On the stomach it sometimes feels cold ;
Take a glass of Madeira that's old :
And cholic 'twill put to the rout;
Whole bottle of Oeil de Perdrix;
If cool that love ever could be,
Would I her dear name so profane;
, BET .logs
LORD BYRON'S THREE NEW TRAGEDIES.
Upon the whole, we imagine this It would be highly ridiculous to enwill be reckoned rather a heavy vo- ter, at this time of day, itito any thing
and certainly it could not sell like a formal review, here, of Lord the better for coming out on the same Byron's new volume. We have not day with the Pirate. Mr Murray and happened to meet with any two indiMr Constable should understand eachviduals who expressed two different other a little better, and each would opinions about it and its contents. serve his own interest, by not being There is a great deal of power in Sartoo anxious to interfere with the inte- danapālus: [the Sardanapălus of Da. rest of his rival. It is bad policy to vid Lyndsay is weighed in the bas bring out the Edinburgh-the
dull, lance, and found wanting, when comstupid, superannuated, havering Edin- pared with it] but as a play, it is an burgh—and the Quarterly--the cold, uttér failure ; and, in God's name, why well-informed, heartless, witless, pro- call a thing a tragedy, unless it be sing, pedantic Quarterly both in the neant to be a play? What would same week. And although we should people say to a new song of Tom be very sorry to compare the two first Moore's, prefaced with an earnest inwriters of their time with such folks as junction on man, woman, and child, the “ clever old body” and the never to think of singing it? A tralittle gentleman,” we cannot help say- gedy, not meant to be acted, seems to ing, that Lord Byron and the Author us to be just about as reasonable. an of Waverley might quite as well choose affair as a song not meant to be sung. different months for favouring the pub. But even as a poem, Sardanapalus is not lic with their visits—which are rather quite worthy of its author. Let any one more pleasant, to be sure, but quite as just think, for a moment, of the mag, regular and as expensive as if they nificent story of Sardanapalus, and were two tax-gatherers.
then imagine what a thing Lord BySardanapalus, a Tragedy; The Two Foscari, a Tragedy ; and Cain, a Mystery. By Lord Byron.' 8vo. London, Murray, 1822.
ron might have made of it, had he “ITALY, by LADY MORGAN," which
, bound up together, we repeat, the same appropriate title. If Lord
goodness to turn over a few pages in the poetical world since the days of of Bembo, or any other member of the Ricciarda, Tragedia."
great Venetian Corpus Historicum, we Now, we have no right to abuse venture to lay a rump and dozen they Lord Byron, or any other man, for will fall in with the same phrase, rapublishing a dullish volume in octavo, ther more frequently than they could price fifteen shillings boards: but we wish ; but they need not look so far. kave a right to speak a little of our They will find the thing in Gibbon at mind to him in regard to certain prose least a dozen times! The idea occurs also notes, the mean malignity and rancour in Schiller's Ghost-seer-in Mrs Radde which were probably intended to cliffe-in
Rose's Letters—in Reichardt's *t off, in some measure, the leaden' " Pocket Companion through Italy” rahume of blank verse in which they -and in various other works which make their incongruous and absurd ap- we could mention, if it were worth pearance. What we have to say, how while to be at all particular about a Yer shall be at least said very short- thing perfectly notorious, and at the leend we shall just confine ourselves same time perfectly unimportant. We to two heads.
despise the ninnies who chatter about And first in relation to LADY MOR- Lord Byron and plagiarism in the same
GAN, Lord Byron calls her Italy “an breath; but Lord Byron must be kind aby
excellent and fearless work." This is enough to keep his quizzing humour
can be taken in by in a more decent measure of control.
flimsy Irish slip-slop, altogether ey, which appears in one of the notes
Tragedy of the Foscari.
So far as we can understand the true 1 mallest pretensions to understanding state of the case, it is as follows. Mr Vz
, who now write, have, it so hap- Southey, in his Vision of Judgment, peas
, spent about three times as many (which nobody has read) chose to clap years in Italy as Lady Morgan and my Lord Byron into the “ Satanic Land Byron taken together have yet School of Poetry.” This was ridicudoce; and we now solemnly declare, lous—firstly, because Mr Southey is that if the Ettrick Shepherd, after no satyrist, and should keep his fingers
a score of fat ewes to Dur- from edge tools of all sorts ; and see ham, were to announce “ ExGLAND, condlyand chiefly, because Mr Southey Dr James Hogg," he could not pro- is a brother poet of Lord Byrou's, and
more exquisitely wore should have had nothing to do with thy of all human contempt, than that criticising his poetical performances.
duce any thing
cent Exchequer of Albemarle Street. ture to say, that very few sensible Big
men have at this moment any sort of Or
But, ridiculous as Mr Southey's likely to be improved, in consequence conduct certainly was, it furnishes no of the life and example of those Eugsort of excuse for Lord Byron's attacks lishmen of rank, who sell their paterupon him in the last cantos of Don nal acres, cut Old England, and ada Juan, and here in these Notes. Mr dress stanzas to the Genius of LiSouthey blamed Lord Byron's poetry berty, from their lodgings within the for being of an immoral tendency now Empire of the Austrian double-Eagle. and then-which all the world knows To conclude, Lord Byron very moit to be ; but did this give Lord Byron destly informs us, that he has done any right to compose, and deliberately more good in any one year of his life, -most deliberately-publish a set of than Mr Southey has done in the whole contumelious verses about the circum- of the years he has yet lived upon the stances of Mr Southey's marriage, and earth. We are much at a loss to unthe character of Mr Southey's wife- derstand the drift of this very
candid or to lash Mr Southey himself for ma- communication. Does Lord Byron be king money by the use of his pen? mean to say, that he has given away
The first of these offences against more money in charity than Mr Mr Southey's feelings is of such a Southey could afford to do? We bekind that we could not comment upon lieve this may very well be so, but it without increasing the injury inflict. what induces the man to trumpet bis ed. We may also add, that it is a sort own alms-giving in such a pompous of thing calculated to excite no feeling fashion upon the house top? There in the mind of any man (excepting are plenty of good rich old widow only Mr Southey himself and his ladies, who have subscribed lots of family friends), but those of perfect money to all sorts of charities, and ada bebe loathing, disgust, contempt, and pro- vertised all their largesses in the News found sorrow, for the shocking wilful papers :—but are they entitled on that degradation of majestic genius. account to talk of themselves as doing
The second--the sarcasm about Mr more “good” than Mr Southey? NoSouthey's professional authorship— body ever suspected Lord Byron of comes with a fine grace from a man being either an uncharitable or a stingy who is at this present time, and has man, but few people will believe that been for several years past, in the ha- (laying his poetry out of the question) bitof receiving several thousand pounds he is at all entitled to take a conspiper annum, all for value received in cuous place among the benefactors of Verse and Prose, from the magnifi- his species. On the contrary we venWhat right has Lord Byron to sneer at 'Mr Southey as a writer of all doubt that Lord Byron has very often work?” Has not Lord Byron him- done more ill in one day's writing, self published within the last year two than will ever be atoned for by all the volumes of tragic blank-verse---one vo- “good” he ever did with his left hand, lume of indecent gross licentious otta- and published to the world by means va rima-one pamphlet of clever po- of his right. The author of " Cain, a lemical criticism, seasoned with shame- Mystery,” is quite wrong to play both ful personalities against all sorts of the Sadducee and the Pharisee in the men--friends and foes; and at least six same volume. or seven articles in the Monthly Re
As for Mr Southey, as all the world view; besides writing an Armenian knows him to be a man of splendid Grammar-a filthy novel—and seve- genius and admirable learning, and of ral other little things we could men- the purest possible character as a man, tion-all of which will in due season a citizen, and writer; we dare to say, see the light, impensis Joannis de Mo- there is no risk of his making himself ravia ?
at all unhappy about any thing which As for Lord Byron's grand and so- the genius, even of Byron, can inflict lemn prophecy of “ a second English-coming, as it does, with the name Revolution,"
,” s vatem aspernimur non of Lord Byron attached to it. There bene querulum.” It must certainly, how- is something very healing in the effect ever, be conceded to his Lordship, that of such a signature, applied on such an the state of these kingdoms is not very occasior. Just as this article was going to press, The
Courier, containing Mr Southey's Answer to Lord Byron, came to hand. We think it proper to insert it here.
MR SOUTHEY'S REPLY TO LORD BYRON.
thought himself slandered, by having that HAVING seen in the newspapers a note
recorded of him which he has so often rerelating to myself, extracted from a recent
corded of himself. publication of Lord Byron's, I request per.
The many opprobrious appellations which mission to reply, through the medium of Lord Byron has bestowed upon me, I leave your Journal."
as I find them, with the praises which he I come at once to his Lordship's charge has bestowed upon himself
. against me, blowing away the abuse with
How easily is a noble spirit discern'd
From harsh and sulphurous matter that flies out which it is frothed, and evaporating a In contumelies, makes a noise, and stinks! strong acid in which it is suspended. The
B. Jonson. residuum then appears to be, that “ Mr But I am accustomed to such things; and, Southey, on his return from Switzerland, so far from irritating me are the enemies (in 1817,) scattered abroad calumnies, who use such weapons, that, when I hear knowing them to be such, against Lord of their attacks, it is some satisfaction to Byron and others.” To this I reply with think they have thus employed the maliga direct and positive denial.
nity which must have been employed some. If I had been told in that country that where, and could not have been directed Lord Byron had turned Turk, or Monk of against any person whom it could possibly La Trappe that he had furnished a ha- molest or injure less. The viper, however rem, or endowed an hospital, I might have venomous in
is harmless in effect, thought the account, whichever it had been, while it is biting at the file. It is seldom, possible, and repeated it accordingly; pass- indeed, that I waste a word, or a thought, ing it, as it had been taken, in the small upon those who are perpetually assailing change of conversation, for no more than me. But abhorring, as I do, the personaliit was worth. In this manner I might ties which disgrace our current literature, have spoken of him, as of Baron Gerambe, and averse from controversy as I am, both the Green Man, the Indian Jugglers, or by principle and inclination, I make no. any other figurante of the time being. profession of non-resistance. When the There was no reason for any particular de- offence and the offender are such as to call licacy on my part, in speaking of his Lord for the whip and the branding-iron, it has ship: and, indeed, I should have thought been both seen and felt that I can inflict them. any thing which might be reported of him, Lord Byron's present exacerbation is would have injured his character as little evidently produced by an infliction of this as the story which so greatly annoyed kind---not by hearsay reports of my conLord Keeper Guildford, that he had rid- versation, four years ago, transmitted him den a rhinoceros. He may ride a rhinoce- from England. The cause may be found ros, and though every body would stare, no in certain remarks upon the Satanie school one would wonder. But making no in- of poetry, contained in my preface to the quiry concerning him when I was abroad, Vision of Judgment. Well would it be because I felt no curiosity, I heard nothing, for Lord Byron if he could look back upand had nothing to repeat. When I spoke on any of his writings, with as much satisof wonders to my friends and acquaintance faction as I shall always do upon what is on my return, it was of the flying-tree at there said of that flagitious school. Many Alpuacht, and the eleven thousand virgins persons, and parents especially, have exat Cologne—not of Lord Byron. I sought pressed their gratitude to me for having for no staler subject than St Ursula. applied the branding-iron where it was so
Once, and only once, in connexion with richly deserved. The Edinburgh Reviewer, Switzerland, I have alluded to his Lord. indeed, with that honourable feeling by ship; and, as the passage was curtailed in which his criticisms are so peculiarly disthe press, I take this opportunity of resto- tinguished, suppressing the remarks themring it. In the Quarterly Review, speak. selves, has imputed them wholly to envy ing inc¡dentally of the Jungfrau, I said, on my part. I give him, in this instance, " it was the scene where Lord Byron's full credit for sincerity : 1 believe he was Manfred met the devil and bullied him— equally incapable of comprehending a though the devil must have won his cause worthier motive, or of inventing a worse ; before any tribunal in this world, or the and, as I have never condescended to exnext, if he had not pleaded more feebly for pose, in any instance, his pitiful malevohimself, than his advocate, in a cause of lence, I thank him for having, in this, canonization, ever pleaded for him.” stript it bare himself, and exhibited it in
With regard to the others,” whom his its bald, naked, and undisguised deformity. Lordship accuses me of caluniniating, I Lord Byron, like his encomiast, has not suppose he alludes to a party of his friends, ventured to bring the matter of those ani. whose names I found written in the Al. madversions into yiew. He conceals the bum, at Mont-Auvert, with an avowal of fact, that they are directed against the auAtheism annexed, in Greek, and an indig- thors of blasphemous and lascivious books ; nant comment, in the same language, un- against men who, not content with indulgderneath it. Those names, with that avow: ing their own vices, labour to make others al and the comment, I transcribed in my the slaves of sensuality, like themselves note-book, and spoke of the circumstance against public panders, who, mingling im