« PreviousContinue »
With undistinguish'd dead the mountains Soft music, mingled with that hearinly i'gke groan,
In sweet, low, murmurs, stole upon their A heap of slaughter Roncesvalles lies.
ears ; Oh what a pang ol grieoppress'd his brain, And, like some dying gale of balmy sight, As his strain'd eye-balls rested on the slain! A spirit seem'd descending from the spheres. And, “Oh!" he cried, “Ye gallant souls
Orlando rais'' his intellectual sizhe,
When lo! before his ravish'd eye appears thrice blest, Whose woes are buried in that bloody Bore the glad tidings of the Saviour's birth.
He who from heav'n to our benighted earth tomb !
Sc. 130. For me, I know my fate, yet cannot rest, Feel Death approaching, yet he will not This celestial messenger cheer'd the
last moments of the departing hero with How calm and peaceful is thy gentle breast,
the full assurance “ of offence forgiven," My Oliver! how sweet Astolpho's doom! Oh yet some human pity. feel for me,
of a re-anion in beaven with the friends
who loved and bled for him on earth, And aid my soul just struggling to be free !"
C. 27. St. 100. and with his chaste and widowed Ada
belle. An impalse of heroic vanity prompted him to wish that no unworthy hand Bright with eternal joy and deathless bloom,
Thy Alda-belle thou shalt behold act might, after his death, grasp his sword Durindana; he therefore struck it with Partaker of a life beyond the tomb
more, all his might on a hard rock to break it;
With her whon Sinai's holy hills adore; but the rock itself, instead, gave way to Crown'd with fresh Aow'rs whose colours and the irresistible temper of the blade, and perfume the tremendous strength of his dying arm. Exceed whatever spring's rich bosom bore : To this day travellers in the Pyrenees are On earth, thy mourning widow she'll reshewn the cloven rock and the split horn main, of Roland.
And be, in heav'n, thy blessed spolise agais! Rinaldo, tired of the pursuit, came
St. 145, back, with Richardetto and Archbishop Turpin, just in time to receive the dying lando once more embraced his friends
The angel then having vanished, Orwords of his friend, who, having confessed and mingled his tears with theirs
. Then all the sins of his life to Turpin, and re- he commended his soul to Heaven. Riceived absolution, prayed fervently to naldo felt the weakness of affection come lieaven for forgiveness, as he was a man,
over him, and with a melancholy voice and created with human frailties:
exclaimed, E perdonasti à tutta la Natura,
Dove mi lasci, oh Cugin mio, soletto? Quando tu perdonasti al primo Padre ! His prayer for himself, his friends, and But recollecting the words of the angel, his country, ended with these words: ceased his complaint, and remained silent "Oh holy Saviour! I commend to thee
from awe and reverence, while Orlando My Alda-belle, my dear, my widow'd calmly surrendered himself to death. wife;
With look seraphic, torn'd and fix'd on ligte And, if she weds another lord than me,
He seem'd transfigur'd from this earthly Grant her a better choice, a happier life!
vest, Oh guard my king in his declining years, And holding sacred converse with the sky, 'And these my fellow-soldiers, and my peers!" Oh happy end! oh soul supremely bless! Thus had he offer'd up his pious pray'r
At last he hung his languid head to die, With sighs, and tears, and breath'd his last And the freed spirit left his holy breast: desire,
But, first, the pummel of his sword he laid When o'er the dying knight, with sudden Fix'd to his heart, his arms across the flade. glare,
The sound of distant thunder sbook the Flash'd from the sun three beams of
skies, heav'nly fire.
Play'd round the bills, and in the vallia His friends scood round him, with dejected
From snowy clouds bright starty metcoss rise Like children at the death-bed of their
And thro' the air celestial lastres glide, sire. No words the dread and solemn silence broke,
* This is exactly according to the pasters Save where deep groans the heart's sad lan of the marble Teniplars and Crusaden is out guage spoke.
cathedral churches, %
And liquid Aames, too fierce for human eyes; “ Because in thee the fame of France is past, To sweetest harps, harmonious notes re- Through every age be thou with curses plied,
nam'd! Such notes as to the heav'n of heav'ns aspire, So long as this wide world, and time, shall Breath'd out, melodious, by th' angelic choir. last,
Be everlasting barrenness proclaim'd, The knights, who silent saw their champion Thy lofty hills and spreading vales around, die,
And heavn's own lightnings blast th'accursed Stood rapt in fervent trance upon the plain;
ground !” Lost to themselves, and rais’d to worlds on high,
But when he reach'd the fatal mountain's They seem'd a glorious seat in heav'n to
base, gain :
Where, at the fount, Rinaldo watch'd the Till ceas'd the long and dulcet psalmody,
dead, And loud and full Te Deums * clos’d the More lamentable tears bedew'd his face ; strain.
The stiffen'd corse he kissed, embrac'd, and So stood the sage of old, and so ador'd,
said, When up to heav'n Elijah's chariot soar'd. “Oh blessed soul! look from the realms of
Upon this old and miserable head! In the mean time, Charles, at bis And, if all crimes are not forgotten there, camp of Pied-du-port, heard the first Oh pardon me for having brought thee here! blast of Orlando's horn, and, startled at the summons, was about to order his
“ Where is the faith, my son, I bade thee troops to march to his assistance : but
prove, the traitor Gano, who rejoiced inwardly
The pledge in happier days receiv'd and
givin? at the work of death which he perceived Oh shade ador'd! if ought of human love, had commenced, persuaded bim that it Or human pity may survive in heav'n, was but a hunting-party among
R-store to me, from thy blest seat above, tains. Al the third blast, however, the As the sweet token of offence forgiv'n, emperor knew that it was Orlando's horn, That sword with which I made thee knight and that the sound was that of distress
and count, and danger. Suspicion of treachery at Ev'n as thou erst didst swear at Aspramount !" length possessed him too late, and he caused the wicked Maganzese to be put
It was Heaven's will, that, at his sovereign's
word, in irons, while he hastened, with his few
Orlando's body rose from earth once more, remaining Paladins, to Roncesvalles. The And knelt before his ancient king and lord, sun stood still in the heavens for a day With courtly reverence, as in days of yore ; and a night, to allow his arrival at the Stretch'd forth his hand, and renaer'd back fatal place without delay. He was met
the sword, on the road by Terigi, who informed him ('The same he held in Aspramount be. of the sad catastrophe that had taken fore) place; and soon after, from the sur- Then, with a smile, to heav'n the spirit fled; rounding heights, they beheld the field of The corpse fell back, and lay for ever dead. Rolicesvalles corered with ghastly heaps O'er Charles's limbs a sudder tremour ran, of dead and dying.
Something between a thrilling awe and love; When Charles beheld that field of blood, he By his cold hand he grasp'd the dying man,
And felt assurd o: happier life above ;
A holy horrour every breast 'egan His eyes tow'rds Roncesvalles; and ex.
To seize; and ev'n Rinaldo's heart to prove claim'd,
The pow'r of fear; while, humbly kneeling
round, The original has a beautiful chought They kiss'd with bended face the sacred which it is ditficult to express in translation.
St. 201. The angels were known, it says, by the This truly romantic miracle was foltrembling of their wings.
lowed by another no less extraordinary. Cantar
Charles prayed for power to distinguish, Sentitu fu degli angeli solenne,
among the heaps of slaill, the Christian Che si cognoble al tremolar le penne. from the Pagan dead; and on bis return It is also much more particular in its ac
to the fieid he found that his prayer had count of the selestial psalmody. For instance, been heard. The Pagans all lay flat on the “Te Deum" was not the only anthem their faces; the Christians with their eyes performed. They also sung "In Exisu Israël.” turned upwards to leaven. On the late
* U 2
ter all the rites of sepulture were be thing certain was ever heard of him after-
With all that heav'n approves, and earth
holds dear; ing his territories wasted, and his crown ravished from his brows, was hanged (by That ever mounted steed, or dard the fight.
Blest with the love of the most noble knight a just and extraordinary retribution) on the very carob-tree under which he had “Oh my lov'd father, brother, lord, farewell ! first plotted the destruction of Orlando.
I never shall behold thy like again, Rinaldo felt his ancient love for Luciana
So form'd in camps and cities to excell, rekindled, and, by his espousals with her constant in life and death, thy Aldabelle
So mild in peace, so dreadful on the plain! shortly after, became heir of the crown
Swears, by those bones interr'd at Aquis. of Spain; but, unused to an inactive life,
grane, * he quitted, in an advanced age, the peace- Those tender arms that once encircled thee, ful residence of a court, and set out in Shall never to another wedded be!" quest of new adventures. It is believed
C. 27. Sr. 918. that he sailed westward in search of the new hemisphere which had formerly been * Aquisgrana, the antique, or romantic, described to him by Astaroth; but no- appellation for Aix-la-Chapelle.
The Binder is requested to place the Plate of the Effects of the grçat Earthquake in Calabria, opposite
Page 25 Panorama of Constantinople
448 View of the North Cape, with the Sun at Midnight
TWENTY-THIRD VOLUM E.
447 Arts, monthly retrospect of the 74, 173,
31, 116 on the ultimate prospect of the 107
91, 84, 195, 497 ...., proceedings of the society of 254, 367
298 Atmosphere, on correcting the anomalies
on the phenomena of the 875
.., variations of the
191 | Bangor ferry, plan for a mail road at 143
291 Bankruptcies, list of 79, 182, 273, 383, 493,
499 Barry, Mr. sale of the pictures of 378
71 Batavia, population of the city of 474
castle, site of
......, on the estates of the duke of
547 Beet root, of extracting sugar from 71
117, 237, 532 Bell-rock, a light-house erecting on the 607
242 Belsham, Mo on the Magna Britannia
406 Ferthier's narrative, character of
553 Bervick's memoirs, observation on 120
19, 120 Bingley, Mr. on apes and monkies 127
, on leeches
4:38 Binomial theorem, algebraical proof of
317, 436 Binstead, in the Isle of Wight, described 427
, report of the guardians of
the poor at
392 Bloomsbury, improvements in
Bonchurch, in the Isle of Wight, de- Chiddingley church, account of
336, 419, 598
123 Cinnamon, on the cultivation of 106
641 Cleveland agricultural society, proceed.
298 ...., new method of dyeing
507 Clouds, on the formation of
361 Coimbra, account of the library at 586
389 Coins, discovery of ancient 86, 100, 101, 613
375 Colbert, character of
25 Colchester Castle, description of
Cole, T.R, account of
112, 315 Collett, Mr. on the new parochial bill S29
59 Cordage, improved mode of making
92 Cork, literary and scientific institution at 164
300 Correspondents, tą 104, 204, 508, 408
191 Cowdery, Mr. on the state of Tripoli
1-8 Curwen, Mr. his agricultural improve-
400 Damp walis, method of curing
612 Dantzic, description of
39 Dardanelles, failure in the attempt on the 487
198 Dawson, Mr account of
435 Days, on good and evil
293 Deat and dumb, on the education of the $9