The Continental annual and romantic cabinet, for 1832, ed. by W. Kennedy

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115 ページ - Last noon beheld them full of lusty life, Last eve in Beauty's circle proudly gay, The midnight brought the signal-sound of strife, The morn the marshalling in arms - the day Battle's magnificently stern array...
24 ページ - Mouths have they, but they do not speak ; and eyes, but do not see ; 6 Ears have they, but they do not hear ; noses, but savour not ; 7 Hands, feet, but handle not, nor walk ; nor speak they through their throat. 8 Like them their makers are, and all on them their trust that build. 9 O Isr'el, trust thou in the Lord, he is their help and shield.
24 ページ - For why, the righteous God will judge »' : His people righteously ; Concerning those that do him serve, ; Himself repent will he. , 15 The idols of the nations Of silver are and gold, And by the hands of men is made Their fashion and mould.
206 ページ - ... suffused with the dark red hue of intense emotion, and as suddenly resume their wonted paleness. Her eyes, too, were now intently fixed upon the stage, and fraught with a meaning which I was anxious but unable to interpret. Their large full orbs, always dark and radiant, appeared to me to become darker as she gazed with a startling fixedness of look upon the gay and guilty Don Juan. At the close of the duet, I saw that her fine forehead was gathered into broad lines, and her firmly compressed...
208 ページ - At length, perplexed almost to madness — doubting, and yet dreading the evidence of his senses — a sudden faintness came over him, and he grasped, with frantic clutch, a table near him for support ; but it was too late for earthly aid. His pale features became suddenly darkened with a rushing tide of blood ; the veins of his throat and temples started into sharp relief; he staggered, and fell upon the stage — a corpse. " The performers, who had gazed upon him and the unknown actress with breathless...
147 ページ - Allans ."' was now heard from numerous voices near the other end of the bridge, along with the tramp of cavalry and the loud rolling of guncarriages. It was the detachment of Count de Lobau defeated on the Drachenberg, and returning, after the discovery that the Russians were on the alert, and had occupied all the mountain passes. It was the next day rumoured in Dresden that the besiegers, were apprised of the intended sortie by Russian spies secreted in the city. To return, however, to my own critical...
208 ページ - ... everlasting snows of the Pyrenees, and who now suddenly appeared to menace him with the awful punishment due to his long career of crime. Exhausted by dramatic efforts far beyond his strength, he shrunk appalled beneath the withering — and, to his fevered fancy, unearthly — gaze of the pallid image before him. He seemed himself to have become a statue, so fixed his attitude, so wax-like and inanimate his look. At length, perplexed almost to madness — doubting, and yet dreading the evidence...
207 ページ - Zerlina, and their treacherous host is followed and discovered by the enraged peasants. With ready wit the reckless master drags forth Leporello, and threatens him with instant death, for having carried off the peasant maiden. But at this moment the three masked figures enter, and, with menacing gestures, interfere to save the unfortunate valet. And now Donna Elvira advances before the others, uttering, in tones of thrilling emphasis and power, the fearful denunciation — ' L'empio crede con tal...
206 ページ - Romanelli, who now appeared to me under the influence of some potent cordial, so suddenly did he throw off the languor and debility occasioned by his wound, and his terror at the remarkable features and dramatic energies of Camilla. When the finale of the first act began, he entered fully into the spirit of his character, and played the gay and heartless libertine to the life. And now began the delightful terzetto of the three masks, Ottavio, Donna Anna, and Donna Elvira. No one appeared to find...
130 ページ - File had arrived after file — a whole squadron had passed — the second and last was rapidly coming on, and no familiar faces had yet appeared. There was, I remember it well, a sudden murmur — a stupor, a shudder which ran through the spectators, as the horsemen passed and passed, all of them strangers. At last one face came, which awakened recollection. It was Moor, who rode gallantly at the head of his troop as captain. He saluted the baron's family in respectful silence, and then turned away....

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