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sea. Years passed, and the mother heard no tidings of him, nor the ship in which he had sailed. It was supposed that the vessel had been wrecked, and that all on board had perished. The reproaches of the girl, the upbraidings of her own con. science, and the loss of her child, crazed the old lady's mind, and her only pursuit became to turn over the Gazettes for news. Hope at length left her: she did not live long, and continued her old occupation after death.
"The other story that I alluded to before was the original of his Alonzo and Imogene,' which has had such a host of imitators. Two Florentine lovers, who had been attached to each other almost from childhood, made a vow of eternal fidelity. Mina was the name of the lady -her husband's I forget, but it is not material. They parted. He had been for some time absent with his regiment, when, as his disconsolate lady was sitting alone in her chamber, she distinctly heard the well-known sound of his foot steps, and starting up, beheld, not her husband, but his spectre, with a deep ghastly wound across his forehead, entering. She swooned with horror: when she recovered, the ghost told her, that in future his visits should be announced by a passing-bell, and these words distinctly whispered, Mina, I am here!' Their interviews now became frequent, till the woman fancied herself as much in love with the ghost as she had been with the But it was soon to prove otherwise. One fatal night she went to a ball: -what business had she there? She danced too; and, what was worse, her partner was a young Florentine, so much the counterpart of her lover, that she became estranged from his ghost. Whilst the young gallant conducted her in the waltz, and her ear drank in the music of his voice and words, a passing-bell tolled! She had been accustomed to the sound till it hardly excited her attention, and now lost in the attractions of her fascinating partner, she heard, but regarded it not. A second peal!--she listened not to its warnings. A third time the bell, with its deep and iron tongue, startled the assembled company, and silenced the music! Mina then turned her eyes from her partner, and saw reflected in the mirror, a form, a shadow, a spectre: it was her husband! He was standing between her and the young Florentine, and whispered in a solemn and melancholy tone, the accustomed accents, Mina, I am here!'-She instantly fell dead.
"Lewis was not a very successful wriHis Monk' was abused furiously by Matthias, in his Pursuits of Litera
ture,' and he was forced to suppress it. 'Abellino' he merely translated. Pizarro' was a sore subject with him, and no wonder that he winced at the name. Sheridan, who was not very scrupulous about applying to himself literary property at least, manufactured his play without so much as an acknowledgment, pecuniary or otherwise, from Lewis's ideas; and bad as Pizarro' is, I know (from having been on the Drury-Lane Committee, and knowing, consequently, the comparative profits of plays,) that it brought in more money than any other play has ever done, or perhaps ever will do.
"But to return to Lewis. He was even worse treated about The Castle Spectre,' which had also an immense run, a prodigious success. Sheridan never gave him any of its profits either. One day Lewis being in company with him, said, Sheridan, I will make you a large bet.' Sheridan, who was always ready to make a wager, (however he might find it inconvenient to pay it if lost,) asked eagerly what bet? All the profits of my Castle Spectre,' replied Lewis. 'I will tell you what,' said Sheridan, (who never found his match at repartee,) I will make you a very smail one,-what it is worth." "
The account of the funeral of the unfortunate Shelley is simply, and yet powerfully drawn.
18th August, 1822.-On the occasion of Shelley's melancholy fate, I revisited Pisa; and on the day of my arrival, learnt that Lord Byron was gone to the sea-shore, to assist in performing the last offices to his friend. We came to a spot marked by an old and withered trunk of a fir-tree; and near it, on the beach, stood a solitary hut covered with reeds. The situation was well calculated for a poet's grave. A few weeks before, I had ridden with him and Lord Byron to this very spot, which I afterwards visited more than once. In front was a magnificent extent of the blue and windless Mediterranean, with the Isles of Elba and Gorgona, Lord Byron's yacht at anchor in the offing on the other side an almost boundless extent of sandy wilderness, uncultivated and uninhabited, here and there interspersed in tufts with underwood, curved by the sea-breeze, and stunt. ed by the barren and dry nature of the soil in which it grew. At equal distances along the coast stood high square towers, for the double purpose of guarding the coast from smuggling, and enforcing the quarantine laws. This view was bounded by an immense extent of the Italian Alps,
which are here particularly picturesque, from their volcanic and manifold appearances; and which, being composed of white marble, give their summits the resemblance of snow.
Captain Medwin's Conversations of Lord Byron.
As a foreground to this picture, appeared as extraordinary a group. Lord Byron and Trelawney were seen standing over the burning pile, with some of the soldiers of the guard; and Leigh Hunt, whose. feelings and nerves could not carry him through the scene of horror, lying back in the carriage, the four post-horses ready to drop with the intensity of the noonday sun. The stillness of all around was yet more felt by the shrill scream of a solitary curlew, which, perhaps attracted by the body, wheeled in such narrow circles round the pile that it might have been struck with the hand, and was so fearless that it could not be driven away. Looking at the corpse, Lord Byron said,
"Why, that old black silk handkerchief retains its form better than that human body!"
Scarcely was the ceremony concluded, when Lord Byron, agitated by the spectacle he had witnessed, tried to dissipate, in some degree, the impression of it by his favourite recreation. He took off his clothes, therefore, and swam off to his yacht, which was riding a few miles distant.
Our extracts multiply so fast, that we must content ourselves with some shorter remarks on literary men.
"Hunt would have made a fine writer, for he has a great deal of fancy and feeling, if he had not been spoiled by circumstances. He was brought up at the Blue-coat Foundation, and had never till lately been ten miles from St. Paul's. What poetry is to be expected from such a course of education? He has his school, however, and a host of disciples. A friend of mine calls Rimini,' Nimini Pimini; and · Foliage,' Folly age. Perhaps he had a tumble in climbing trees in the Hesperides!' But Rimini' has a great deal of merit. There never were so many fine things spoiled as in ' Rimini.' ”
Snake about Keats, and wonder what he finds to make a god of, in that idol of the Cockneys: besides, I always ask Shelley why he does not follow his style, and make himself one of the school, if he think it so divine. He will, like me, return some day to admire Pope, and think
The Rape of the Lock' and its sylphs werth fifty Endymions,' with their faun and satyr machinery. I remember Keats somewhere says that flowers would not blow, leaves bud,' &c. if man and woman did not kiss. How sentimental !"
"Moore is one of the few writers who
will survive the age in which he so deservedly flourishes. He will live in his
Irish Melodies; they will go down to posterity with the music; both will last as long as Ireland, or as music and poetry."
Keats and Lord Thurlow.
"Like Gray," said he, 66 Campbell smells too much of the oil: he is never satisfied with what he does; his finest
things have been spoiled by over-polish
the sharpness of the outline is worn off. Like paintings, poems may be too highly finished. The great art is effect, no matter how produced.
Kemble and Kean.
"Dowton, who hated Kean, used to say, that his Othello reminded him of Obi, or Three-fingered Jack,-not Othello. But, whatever his Othello might have been, Garrick himself never surpassed him in Iago. I am told that Kean is not so great a favourite with the public since his return from America, and that party strengthened against him in his absence, I guess he could not have staid long enough to be spoiled; though I calculate no actor is improved by their stage. How do you reckon ?
"Kean began by acting Richard the Third when quite a boy, and gave all the promise of what he afterwards became.
His Sir Giles Overreach was a wonderful performance. The actresses were afraid of him; and he was afterwards so much exhausted himself, that he fell into fits. This, I am told, was the case with Miss O'Neil.
"Kemble did much towards the re
revise the dresses. Garrick used to act Othello in a red coat and epaulettes, and other characters had prescriptive habits equally ridiculous. I can conceive nothing equal to Kemble's Coriolanus; and he looked the Roman so well, that even 'Cato,' cold and stiltish as it is, had a run. That shews what an actor can do for a play! If he had acted' Marino Faliero,' its fate would have been very different.
"Kemble pronounced several words affectedly, which should be cautiously avoided on the stage. It is nothing that Campbell writes it Sepulcrè in Hohenlinden.' The Greek derivation is much against his pronunciation of ache.
He now began to mimic Kemble's voice and manner of spouting, and imitated him inimitably in Prospero's lines :
"Yea, the great globe itself, it shall dissolve,
ture to remark upon :—it regards Walter Scott. You say that his character is little worth of enthusiasm,' at the same that you mention his productions in the manner they deserve. I have known Walter Scott long and well, and in occa sional situations which call forth the real character-and I can assure you that his character is worthy of admiration-that of all men he is the most open, the most honourable, the most amiable. With his politics I have nothing to do: they differ from mine, which renders it difficult for me to speak of them. But he is perfectly sincere in them; and Sincerity may be humble, but she cannot be servile. I pray you, therefore, to correct or soften that passage. You may perhaps attri
bute this officiousness of mine to a false affectation of candour, as I happen to be a writer also. Attribute it to what mo tive you please, but believe the truth. I say that Walter Scott is as nearly a thorough good man as man can be, be cause I know it by experience to be the
We intended to conclude our extracts from this volume, which maintains its interest throughout, with the beautiful letter of Goethe, to whom Lord Byron dedicates his Werner; but our space is exhausted, and here, therefore, we must close.
He rose, where bondsman never breath'd
Shall diadem his fame for ever; The weak may die with freedom gone, But freedom's life he made his own.
His spirit hovers o'er their front,
And wakes the thrill of battle through them ;
Their warriors think how he was wont
To tell their fathers' glory to them;-
To lead the way to freedom's goal,
So brave a heart-so haught a soul
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