« AnteriorContinuar »
ONE object that I had in view, when I wrote these Scenes,' was to try the effect of a more natural style than that which has for a long time prevailed in our dramatic literature.
I have endeavoured to mingle poetical imagery with expressions of natural emotion: but it has been my wish, where the one seemed to jar with the other, that the former should give place to the latter. In this spirit I have ventured to let several passages, little interesting perhaps otherwise than as a representation of human dialogue, remain.
It may be observed, that several parts touching upon description are merely poetical, and such as men, in the general course of life, might never use. Let it be recollected, however, that the persons on whom these
passages have been imposed, existed in ages more chivalrous than the present; and when men were apt to indulge in all the extravagances of romance. *
Two Stanzas, written by a friend, are prefixed to this Book. I would have left them, as I safely might,
to ingratiate themselves with the reader, had they not involved a compliment to me. To readers of poetry, it will scarcely be necessary to say that these little offerings are merely friendly.
One word more. I have touched neither upon politics nor polemics: and if an occasional sentence should seem to bear upon either of those subjects, it is contrary to my wish, and I disclaim the inference.
*The second scene in 'Werner' forms an exception to my plan of dialogue. It is a mere soliloquy.
(By a Friend of the Author.)
BEAUTIFUL Spirit, who dost sit at eve
The heaven in crimson-on thy cheek a tear,
From thy pale brow half raised thy nun-like hood-
Some floating music of the sky or wood—
Come, sweet Romance! from thine enchanted solitude.
Not for myself I woo thee now to stand
Beside the harp: Loved Spirit, spread thy wings
And brings a gift of wild aud witching things