ページの画像
PDF
ePub

George is not destined to end his days make shipwreck of a young writer with in the Force. One day loitering on his any Scottish critic of less patience than beat in Hyde Park, he encounters the ourselves,--doom him to grovel in Cockmysterious lady of the Greyhound; who aigne for ever. is named Circe, otherwise Miss Freeling, the heiress of broad iands, and daughter THE PILGRIM OF Enix, and other of the Lady Freeling, who had,— Poems.* _ Whatever be the calamities of

Had her tutored in the paths of grace, Ireland, no country rejoices in so affection. For, virtue lends a lustre to the face. ate a family of children. Her misfortunes

Mother and daughter live with Sir endear her to their hearts ; her undeserved Joseph Orme, a knight and courtier—the sufferings, make her sacred in their eyes, brother of the old lady, and uncle of Circe. and each hastens to lay the tribute of his There is something equivocal, baffling, homage on her altars. These gifts differ and withal disgusting, about this part of immensely in value ; but as the motive is the story; which, in a prefatory memo- alike, she will receive the Young Pil

GRIM's wild flower, as graciously as the randum the writer says is founded on facts of recent occurrence. The writer gem of her more gifted sons. The Pil revels on in his fluent power of descrip- grim, who tells us he is young, does us tion, and we learn that Circe's passing the honour to select his motto from Tait's whisper engages the Sergeant to “ fol. Magazine, and dedicates to the King low,” unhecding his beat and the frowns what he wishes to be held as an appeal to of Sir Richard Birnie, till he traces the England in behalf of his native island. lady to Belgrave Square, where, all un

This appeal is made in the Spenserian known to her uncle, she smiles, and waves

stanza; the author muses on the departed her hand. While George leans “ wailing" glories and ancient battle-fields of Treon the railing," out issues Cupid's mes- land, and invokes her patriots and bards, senger in the form of a negress

with some facility of description, and

glow of feeling. After an apostrophe to Ah! Massa young-my missie weep for grief! Him very joy so great; and gar me flew

the spirits of Emmett, Grattan, and Rowan, To gib dis note to Massa, “ Grab-de-tie (who, by the way, is not yet a disemboWid de blue uniform

died spirit) the Pilgrim argues thus for The note informs George Short, that the fatal wrench which, until the extreme Circe knows more about him than he of necessity, Englishmen and Irishmen seems to know of himself;-he is en- must alike deprecate :joined to quit the Force-and Circe ma

As diamond, but by diamond can be cut, nages that he shall become the Secretary Defying all less strength, so'twas thy hand, of Sir Joseph. The family move in au

Thy own base, bartered hand, which only put

The sword into thy breast, which raised the wound tumn to the sea-side-love progresses :- Alone could shiver this free, fearless, land, while George performs his duties of secre- Through every age in Senate and in fight,

Thy own worst foe; from Dhermod's traitor band tary

To those who sold thy best and dearest rightSad Circe lingered near, with her light tread;

Oh! what can save thee now? There is one word,

-UNITE!
A magic creature, from the land of fairy,
With voice as sweet as an Eolian lutem

Unite!-To tyrant hearts, a name of fear,
Her face a passion-flower, her breast its root.

It drops like music on the patriot's soul: Circe had always been fond of the sea

The word is talismanic; let them bear,

Who sit on thrones, its thunder accents roll, side, it seems, and now her

And catch the electric, that no Kings control.

Hark! through the nations to the enchanted word,
Gentle heart with rapture beat,

And Europe leaps to liberty-her scroll
And her lip welcomed her own ocean's roar, Of gloom thrown back.
Her childhood haunt, and caverns retreat,

Where she and Selwyn over spars might pore, After an address to Poland, the writer
And gather sea-weeds from the surf and swell,

turns to the fallen walls of Tara : And hear the captive billow in the shell. The canto closes with a highly

Oh! where are Tara's halls ? where, where the

pile, wrought, and, in many points a beautiful Which glory speaks of, and which Time had zoned description of a sea-side adventure of With years of sanctity? where the long file

Of all its Monarchs here supremely throned ? Circe's, though we regret to say, it is not Where is its barp? and where the bards its strings free of the blemishes which run through that toned. the whole poem.

We have scarcely yet Where are its lofty columns? where the roof expressed either the fulness of our admir. Which rose upon them? where the sculptured

walls ? ation, or our blame of this anonymous is nothing left save its historic proof? specimen of a work, with which we trust And silent they who gathered to its halls. there will be encouragement to proceed;

Where are its councils ? where its festivals,

When wisdom lightened, or when beauty shone! if such encouragement gives motive to

Where are the youths who loved ? the hearta amend and purify. Among the many

whose thralls little errors, there are rhymes at the bottom of page 4th which would at once

• DALTON, London, pr. 120.

[ocr errors]

Wrap her

sum of

Were sweet but disappointing as our own.
The reckless grass hath o'er them many an harvest

riage, got out, and took some refreshments

with him. It was all concluded as to the grown.

case of the poor woman-she had just exThis may not be very great poetry, but pired; and a female child, of about three it is a fair specimen of the volume of years of age, was lying over her, with little the short pieces we cannot say much. appearance of life. Mr. Elrington offered They are given, the author states, to eke unable to take ; but she sipped a few drops

some plaio cake to the child, which she was out the necessary number of pages, and on the suggestion of the publisher ; but her. The party soon passed away, all but

of a cordial, which seemed greatly to revive there are among them lines which no ne- the man. The cord, and the driving wind cessity should have induced the writer to and sleet made every one seek for shelter, lay before the public.

“What can be done with the dead body, and

the poor child ?” said Mr. Elrington. THE DOUBLE TRIAL.*

“It is her own child, and she had better This, for a novel, is a curiosity, and al- die with her mother,” said the man. most a nondescript. It combines in a

“How can you be so inhuman?" exclaimtruly Shandean manner, Philosophy, Re

ed Mr. Elrington :

up, and carligion, Political Economy, and the State of ry her away in your arms after your comIreland, with the obsolete romance of the pany; and take this,”, giving him a small

money, 6 and endeavour, in the beautiful Foundling Heroine, the Spectre morning, to get the poor creature a burial.”. and Haunted Chamber. The DOUBLE " A burial!" said the man, taking the TRIALS are necessary to develop these money; " let the dead bury their dead! In intricacies of plot, and restore the hero- this country, in this place, we outcasts have ine, after the ancient and approved man- no home, no priest, no burial-place. I have ner, to her fortune, titles, and loving done what I could, and you may do what and suffering mother. If this were all,

you can.

When will God be avenged of we would make short work with the such a set of rulers as we have? Do you Double Trial, the main interest of which ing of us from his estate, will, with the new

think my Lord Kathemere, who made a clearconsists in long, rambling, and mani- profit

, get finer dresses for his new mistress ? fold digressions, connected with every I suppose he will go to his box, at his favourthing in the world save the business on ite Opera, at Rome to-night? I wish I was hand. In these the author unfolds his close to him at the moment he should never opinions on almost every topic which has come out alive !—God bless thee, child ! been discussed within the last twenty he take thee with thy mother!" years, and, in doing so, display's much

The man went off hastily, and left Mr. good sense and good, sound, old-fashion

Elrington with the corpse and the child. ed English feeling. The work opens

The driving sleet and cold increased. In *with the description of a clearing in

vain Mr. Elrington called after the man : it

was a case of necessity, and he carried the Ireland, the technical term for the cruel child to the carriage. It soon revived, and system, (in its immediate effects most ate some cake ; and, as it appeared very cruel), of turning out the cottagers of a weary and sleepy, he wrapped it in a warm district to throw the land into large cloak, and laid it at the bottom of the vefarms. Mr. Elrington, the agent, an hicle. In answer to some questions of Mrs. English gentleman bred to the law, is so Elrington, he said, “I should think the disgusted with the treatment of the peo- young woman had been dead before the man ple, that he throws up his situation, and approached us. She appeared too young to be

the mother of the child. The man's lanis travelling to Dublin, on his way to

guage and manners are very unlike those of England, when he thus overtakes the the common people of the country. We wretched expatriated cottiers :

must take the cbild to Dublin with us, and The second day was damper and colder; endeavour to get it into the Foundling Hosand they had scarcely proceeded half the fore pital. It is one of the finest Charities in mer day's distance, when they overtook a Ireland; and this is a case in which it will very ragged and straggling company. Ap- not be abused. There was a time, indeed, pearance of wearisomeness and distress was when this Charity was abused, in a way, I in every countenance. There was no need trust, no Charity on the face of the earth of asking the cause : evidently some Clear- will 'ever experience. Sir John Blaguiere ING had taken place in the neighbourhood. brought the case before the English House At length, upon a bleak common, their at- of Commons; for the only sound argument tention was arrested by a group; and a man, for abolishing the Irish House of Commons approaching the carriage, exclaimed, “In was, that that Body did nothing for the poor : the name of the God of Heaven, can you it would have reformed, like many of our regive a drop of any thing comfortable to a formers now, but it never seemed disposed poor young creature that is dying, or is to go any further than to better themselves. dead ?"--Mr. Elrington stopped the car. Tithes were an aggrievement ; and the Irish

House of Commons, at one sweep took away

the rights of the Clergy to the agistment • SMITH, ELDER & CO. London, 3. vols., pp. 900. tithes that is, my dear, those tithes which Mr. Elrington was very much shocked. Orphan House at Madrid ; but this in Ireland was upisards of 90 in 10).

may

were veratious (because they had to com- ceives a slap on the face at every corner, pound ior them) to the nobility and gentry turning, or winding, beginning, middle,

But I was speaking of Sir and end of a chapter, wherever the auJobin Blagueire's Report upon the Found

thor cau lug him in. This castigation ling Hospital at Dublin. Such a scene of peculation and iniquity never was before

he appears to consider as a religious duty; exhibited in a Christian country. The gross

and he performs it with unflagging zeal. est neglect was the least evil. So indifferent There are several good characters in (or something worse) were the attendants the work,-transcripts of real flesh-andto the summons to take the poor foundlings blood men and women. We like Harley into the Hospital, that instances were pro- and his wife, Mrs. Clements, the village duced before the House of Commons, which merchant, some of the interior personproved that, when children had been placed ages, and above all, PUFFETER, the hein a receiving trough, and the bell was rung roic auctioneer, an unique and original. to call for an attendant, the pigs of the Some of the scenes look like transcripts establishment ran up, and began devouring of actual experience, and we have no them."

doubt are so. There is a duel fought be. The nurse-maid screamel, which is no

tween the lover of a married lady and her wonder, and was about falling into hys- brother, a Colonel of the Guards, most terics, when Mrs. Elrington exclaims,

unlike the commonplace encounters of a " It must be impossible, my dear Elring- novel. The correspondence which folton!”

lows this affair is remarkable. The let. “ So we have said upon a thousand points, ter of the Countess especially has every my love, since we first came to this country, internal mark of authenticity. The lady, and heard sundry reports; but how many these strange, horrid, impossible stories have deserted by her worthless husband, an we not found to be true?"

Irish nobleman, is left to the arts of his “If experience must decide," said the lady, relative, Sir Bedell Wharton, and after a with a heavy sigh, “ I confess it is not safe seclusion of some years, elopes with him, to disbelieve any thing;"

discovers his baseness, and leaves him. “ Laird ! Sir," said the servant, driven The husband, brother, and lover, of the out of her respectful silence by the soul-ap- unfortunate woman, are found alike propalling account, " why, the very pigs them- fligate; and her position among three selves must have been in a state of starva- scoundrels is a striking one. Mr. Elringtion !

ton meets her by an accident. “Very likely, Jemima," said her master, “ if their keepers could get more by starving

He found the lady in a most violent pathan by fattening them. This, at least, as

roxysm of alarm and apprehension. She ap. to the wretched children, we know to be the peared a very fine personage, and young and fact ; for it was proved before the House of beautiful; yet still'she shrunk from inspecCommons by the books kept by the Foundation, and appeared cautious and reserved. -ling--and I suppose nobody will argue, that

Are you, Sir, an Englishman? and I beg the stewards of the establishment wished to

to be informed to whom I address myself, make their own case worse than it really was

were the first words of the lady, given with --it was proved, I say, that within six years

that peculiar euphony and emphasis in preceding the Report in the House of Com- which ladies of very high fashion in Ireland mons, which was made in the year 1797,*

rather ostentatiously indulge, as their shibo

leth. 12,786 children had been receiveil, of whom only 135 survived !!

Mr. Elrington mentioned his name, and “ This was proved before our English said that he was a Barrister, and lately

from Ireland. Ilouse of Commons !" said the lady, with horror.

“And, I thank God, not unknown to me “ Yes, my dear, in the year 1797 ; and by fame,' said the lady. “ You are the this Report has been well characterized, in agent of Lord Vanessy; and I a very few words, as the most infernal ac

wretched and miserable woman, and undecount of systematized murder that ever in serving of any name! yet of all names, I any age disgraced any country, civil or sa.

loathe and abbhor that by which I am

known !--Mistake me not, Sir; I want no vage.

“Mercy me !" cried Jemima, emboldened, other name; I wish to live the remains of in the cause of bumanity, to make another my life of horror unnamed and unknown, or remark, “ what will become of this poor

I had not troubled you with this interview. child ? It is a pity, as the man said, that she

Whoever bas fallen in this sad duel, I fly bad not died with her mother, or her no

from both; and to consult with you where mother; but then, it is to be hoped, that I can hide my head for ever, has induced me she is at least too big for the pigs."

to avail myself of this accidental meeting. This extraordinary statement intro- have heard of me

But I am almost distracted !--Alas! you duces Mallhus, who, from this point, re

I am, I was Lady

Kathemere. In Spain, out of 20,000, about half died in the For a moinent or two his feelings prevented

his words. Too well he kuew who the very

am a

read to you.

66 SIR,

young and beautiful woman before him was. about so worthless a creature as yourself. She had married at the early age of righteen, You are henceforth to me no more than any the very noble and wealthy Lord Kathe: of your wanton and worthless sisterhood in mere, without any approval of her own. the streets, and I disown you. Scarcely had she been married two years,

“A. CROOK LAWN." when the infamous conduct of her as band “ And this, my answer, Sir, I will also obliged him to fly to distant lands. She had long been secluded from all honourable so

To COLONEL CROOK LAWN. ciety, and her depraved husband had left her under the control of agents and relatives of his own, taking away with him the only

I would to God

you

had child of their marriage, a boy, who was said ever disowned me, and then I might not to be with him in Italy. Among these were

have been the miserable and guilty woman Sir Bedell Wharton, a Baronet of the ut

that I confess myself to be! Too true, my most art, and fashion, and depravity. All honour is irrevocably lost! but where was these were now employed to deceive the your own when you compelled me to marry young Countess; and chiefly was she alarm. that man of infamy, of the depravity of ed at the idea of being again subject to the whose character you were not ignorant? I society of her husband; and at length, (it is had been brought up privately by foreign more to be lamented than wondered at,) this governesses. I knew nothing of Lord unhappy young lady saw no other means of Kathemere ;, but I disliked his person and escape than accepting the proffered protec. manners. My father would have yielded to tion of Sir Bedell himself.

my solicitations against the alliance; but At the period of her elopment, about a you came forward.-Reinember, Sir, that year ago, her brother, Colonel Crooklawn, you never came forsvard as my brother bewas with his regiment on service; but as

fore-that you

have never come forward as soon as he came to England, he lost no time my friend in your whole life—that I have at in following the fugitives, and had on the po tiine, from my birth, ever received from present morning met with them in that part you one act of kindness, one look of affecof Switzerland, through which Mr. Elring

tion, one word of good-will or good advice. ton with his family was proceeding to Eng.

-But when this very splendid match was land,

offered me, you pointed out its honours and Mr. Elrington again tendered his services

its value, and enforced me to accept of it, by to the Countess.

saying that I should disgrace and injure my “You know my mind, Sir ; I will never

family—that I should be buried for life in again see Sir Bedell or my brother. Be

some convent abroad, where I never should fore I ask what has been the event of this

be known or seen; that you pledged yourencounter, I produce to you these two let

self by oaths to these and other

acts of cruters—the one addressed to the Baronet, the

elty, if I did not accept the offer of Lord other to the Colonel. Now tell me, Sir,

Kathemere; and you declared to me, what I what has happened ?".

was ignorant enough to believe, that my Sir Bedell is very severely wounded, father, as a Peer of the realm, could by (Mr. Elrington paused)

law compel me to marry.-Was this undead !"

truth, Sir, part of your honour ?-But, Sir, “ I trust to God! not dead," said the though you have never owned me for my Countesss calmly.

"You see, Sir, the good, you have (I have lately discovered) letters are unsealed. You shall hear the for your own. The first sacrifice of my hocontents. Yet, first of all, let me tell you

nour was when I married his Lordship; what you may not know of my history. My

you had the price of it, in the representarelations compelled me to be the wife of tion of Lord Kathemere's Borough of Lord Kathemere.--I have been as deceived Broughton. This, I have documents to by Sir Bedell as by them and his Lordship. prove, was the stipulation for your interferI have not a person on the face of the earth ence.- And when, my wretched husband unless it be yourself, in whom I can trust;

left me, did you interfere—did you offer to and if this encounterbad not taken place, i protect medid you attempt to shield me bave made that discovery this morning, that

from the depraved set around me?-I am I never would again associate with Sir Be- fallen ? but do you stand upright! No, Codell. Let me now inform you that I wrote

lonel Crooklawn, I might have been honourto my brother, to dissuade him from this able, and virtuous, and happy, but for you ; meeting with Sir Bedell, and here is his re

and had you been a truly honourable man, ply."

you would have sheltered me from these The lady read

evils, into which you have betrayed me, and

for which you now accuse me. The fate “ Madam,

you threatened me with, if I did not marry, “I do not believe that you I now voluntarily embrace the consecare either for me or your paramour, any quence of that wretched marriage. My mind more than I do for your lost reputation.- is truly distracted; yet in my distraction I It is my own honour, Madam—it is the in- have written this. There are yet strange sult that Sir Bedell bas given me by daring and dreadful tales connected with my his, to make a mistress of one allied to me by tory, which, if I had ever found a friend and blood, that will make me lift up my arm to brother, I should wish him at some futuro chastise him; and not any consideration dayt: endeavour to unravel. I mention this

or

[ocr errors]

excuse.

now, that you may not afterwards be sur. am not able to extract it, it may at length prised, or pretend to disbelieve, because the occasion a mortification, and finally death." circumstance had not before occurred. I “ Death! Sir," exclaimed Sir "Bedell, in cannot trust you."

renewed alarm; “ I thought you said I was After a little farther conversation, Lady safe from death! I am not ready-I beKathemere says,

lieve-I fear I am not fit to die !" Then, “ And now, Sir, hear my letter to Sir Be- catching the eye of a gentleman who had

been his second in the rencontre, he conti. dell—it is very short."

nued-“ I mean, I say, I have not settled my “Sir Bedell WHARTON,

affairs, and I might as well speak to that 66 You bave betrayed me.

strange gentleman a few words." You were in league with my husband. I “ Ah! here we have the bullet," contiforgive you; but I'll never see your face nued the surgeon ; we shall get it out again.

presently. I must make the ineision lar. “ A. K." ger, and introduce the forceps." * Then Sir,” said Sir Bedell

, motioning They were now informed that Sir Be. dell was brought into the house, and wished his head to Mr. Elrington, "' I will not to see the lady.

trouble you but with my respects to the The Countess declared that she would on

lady." no account have any interview with him; tally ejaculated—“ This is a man of high

Mr. Elrington left the room, and men. and she begged the favour of Mr. Elrington fashion and honour, that figbts duels, and to go and inform him of the same.

Nr. Elrington went into the wounded keeps in alarm all His Majesty's peaceable man's room : and if the outward grace and subjects !! This is the man that all the personal exterior can be an excuse for the

minor fashionables look up to as a criterion frailty of woman, the Countess bad that sad

of grace, and spirit, and courage." Sir Bedell had received a shot in From this slight specimen it will be his shoulder-blade. A surgeon was every

seen The Double Trial is not an ordimoment expected. He appeared in great nary novel. We regret that our limits pain, and very great agitation of mind; but

do not permit going deeper into it, and he composed his fine features, and bowed cordially recommend it to perusal. gracefully to Mr. Elrington, who gave

him the note, delivered the lady's message, and informed him that she had written it before

Canto 17TH OF Don JUAN.-By one she heard of the event of the duel.

who desires to be a Very Great Un“ Tell her,” said Sir Bedell, “ that I do known.* _Lady Blessington relates, that not deserve that she should come to me. Byron once intended to commit suicide, Oh! Sir, that woman has been more shame, but was prevented by two reasons, one fully used than any ” and he stopped, of which was, that a dear friend might and asked impatiently for the surgeon. not be able to perpetrate a life of Again he began to speak in a desponding him. There would have been a third strain." Alas, Sir, what excuse have I to

dissuasive, could his irascible Lordship offer, but her fatal beauty! Too true it is ” when the surgeon's arrival induced

have foreseen this publication; or, at him to pause. In a few minutes Sir Bedell

any rate, a reason for performing the asked__ Is there any danger ?".

obsequies of the Don with his own hand. “ Very great indeel, Sir," said the prac

Canto 17th is made out pretty much in titioner ; "I cannot answer for your life for the way one's imagination suggests on four-and-twenty hours, till I know the direc- laying down Canto 16th. Aurora Raby, tion the bullet has taken.”

and Juan, are deeply in love, of course; " Then I should wish to have five mi- and the character of the icy lady is denutes' conversation with this gentleman in veloped with some skill. The Very Grea! private."

Unknown leaves the lovers in a ticklish “ You, surely, Sir, would not defer a moment, * said the medical man,

situation. Another GREAT UNKNOWN means that must be used for the safety of may, therefore, catch up the ball in

Canto 18th ; and thus Don Juan pro“Oh, no, not on any account,” replied ceed, like a game at chess between rival Sir Bedell.

kingdoms. Canto 17th is not more reThe surgeon continued his examination, markable for prudery than its predecessors. and at length exclaimed, “ I am convinced, Sir, that the bullet has not penetrated into The Dawn of FREEDOM.+-A little any vital part.”

poem, on a noble subject, is dedicated by « I have nothing further to say to the

a Graduate of O.rford, to the Sovereign gentleman,” said Sir Bedell, but my very Best wishes to the lady, and I think she has People, and written in a spirit new to acted with very great prudence.”

the learned University, to which its author “ As yet,continued the operator, “ the belongs. A pure vein of exalted religion bullet has not penetrated to any vital part; but there is no knowing but that it may

• Gilbert: London, pp. 48. quickly be fatal, if I cannot find it; and if I

+ Ridgway, London, pp. 46.

[ocr errors]

your life!"

« 前へ次へ »