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is a very
The New Pronouncing and Spelling
used, admissible in the language and exaggerated eulogy, which converts Book, accompanied by a series of writings of that day, would be consi- the tablets of our cemeteries into so Instructive and Interesting Lessons.
dered as highly improper and iinmo- many fulsome orations over dust and
ral. If we but refer back to the drama- ashes. By John Bigland, Author of · Let
Every allowance should be ters on History,' &c. &c. pp. 160.tic authors, and even later poets, we made for the intensity of feeling, which Derby, 1820.
may read thein; but froin the tenor of generally dictates these records; and Having observed, the other day, fine expressions which they contain, we it is chiefly on the epitaphs of the rich specimens of penmanship, exhibited should be sorry, and deviate from our and great that censure should fall, rain a window, with these words, ' Speling principles of duty and obligation to ther than on the enlarged expressions
When our children, to put them into their of private feeling and affection. Writing, and Aritmetic, conscienciously taught on moderate ternis;' we
hands, and entirely on this account. a man dies, whose narrow. spirit, profeel it our duty to select a work which, Whereas, the finest productions of an- verbial penuriousness, and grinding seif consulted, will make a bad writer tó tiquity and philological research are verity on the poor, have been as potoribe respected, and a good one celebrated. hidden in obscurity, or but faintly ous as his possessions were extensive, Many of the old spelling books have seen, because the language is not tole- the eye sullens at the engraved marble,
which proclaims the liberality of his been so artfully pirated and badly rated with our ideas of delicacy. printed, that they have neither ability from a very simple, but, nevertheless, the boundless generosity of his habitu
I am led into these observatiovs, Sir, hand, the sympathy of his heart, and
. The putting of such books into the
I consider, important reason. After al conduct, which procured for him the hands of children is like giving them church, last Sunday, my little girl, esteem of all. Nor is it the vulgar prean ignorant guide that will lead them whom I endeavour to instruct in the judice existing against the rich in geneinto perpetual error.
An accurate paths of virtue and affection, said to ral, that draws forth these remarks. Prospelling book, then, is of the utmost me,- Father, don't you think our vidence, by a system as mysterious as
wicked importance, and we cheerfully occupy
man?' it is unerring, has instituted a distinca nook of our columns to give Mr. Why, my dear?" i rejoined. Be- tion of ranks, possessions, and enjoyBigland the commendation which he cause, I'm sure, be said very naughty ments; and it is only the meanest and merits. The work before us is divided words when he was reading the lesson most paltry envy, which can abuse the into six parts, and subdivided into ta- out of the Bible; and you say that is rich, only because they are rich. A bles for spelling and lessons for reading, a good book.
fact, however, occurred in Scotland, with occasional remarks for elucidation.
Now, Sir, you may imagine the re- which may, in some measure, justify The first part is more immediately ply; I was obliged to enter into an ex- these comments; wealthy baronet, of designed to remove a false pronuncia- planation which was not pleasant, or whom not one act of benevolence is tion, and we think it the most difficult but performing his duty,
to become all the 'pop and prodigality' of far
suffer the ipnocent curate, who was known, died soine tiine ago; and, after comprehension. The second and third the object of even a child's reproof. neral honours, a monument was erectparts contain a sketch of monosyllables This cannot be said to be the way “to ed to his memory. First appeared the and polysyllables, with moral lessons.'
train up a child in the way he should deceased's name and titles, then the faThe fourth and fifth are equally valu- go, that when he is old he may not mily lineage, followed by a recital of able; the last of which contains les depart from it.' I am your's, &c. numerous acts of liberality (now for
A PARENT. the first time heard of upon the most sons on patural history, with a cut to each lesson. The sixth part relates
shallow authority), which would raise a principally to punctuation and abbre
memorial more lasting than stone or viation. Method and correctness are To the Editor of the Literary Chronicle.
marble. The whole was finely wound the attributes of the whole book ; its When some proud son of man returns to earth, tion :- Whoso giveth to the poor lend
up with the following scripture quotasentiments are moral, and its tenden- Unknown to glory but upheld by birth, cies excellent. The sculptor's art exhausts the pomp of woe,
eth to the Lord; and whatsoever he And storied urps record who rests below; giveth, the saine shall he receive;' un
When all is done, upon the stone is seen, derneath which was written very soon Original Communications. Not what he was, but what he should have
afterwards,SIR,Iuhuman, indeed, must he be · The Lord owes the baronet-N0NECESSITY OF
who could refuse the consolation, THING!* A NEW TRANSLATION which relatives derive for the loss of
Severe indeed! but not more severe their dear connexions from the circum- than true; a salire applicable, it is THE BIBLE.
stances of tombstones, epitaphs, &c. feared, to many a sculptured slab. To the Editor of the Literary Chronicle. There is a certain joyousness, in the When the last trump shall sound the trem
Sır,—More than two hundred years midst of our tears, arising from the bling base, have rolled on since the present trans- satisfaction of having, to the extent of of tombs, of temples, pyramids be riven, lation of the Bible was made. Now it our abilities, paid the last duties to de- and all the dead arise before the hosts of hea must be acknowledged that, during parted worth, in reference to the so-oh! in that awful hour, of what avail this period, custom and education have lemnities of interment, and in the af- Unto the spiritual body" will be found tended much to the alteration of words ter act of placing over their remains a The costliest canopy, or proudest tale in their application. Words which memento, which shall tell that once Recorded on it?"-BERNARD BARTON. were used by old writers, and consider they lived. It is not, therefore, of
* This anecdote was related by the Rev. Dr. ed as intelligibly correct and strictly these interesting peculiarities which 1. Waugh, at the last dinuer of the Scottish Corpomoral, are now either obsolete, or, if, I would complain; but of that system of ration.—ED.
It is to be lamented that, by the ex- Scripture, similar to the Sortes Virgi-| known on many occasions to have opcess of praise, which gives distate, we lianæ, practised in this country within posed it. Thus, by a decree of the feel disinclined to give even the share the last two centuries; but the last third council of Valence, held in the of merit to which they are justly enti mentioned custom had no reference to year 855, all persons engaged in sin. tled. Let moderation in this, as in criminal matters.
gle combat, even though under the other matters, be exercised; and then, Various opinions have been express sanction of a Court of Justice, were when we walk through our church- ed at different times as to the origin of anathematized and excluded froin yards and cathedrals, instead of the the trial by battle, but all writers are Christian burial. A similar decree was disgust now generally excited by the agreed as to its antiquity. And, as also passed at the fourth council of empty effusions of lettered marble, we has been remarked with respect to the Lateran; and there are extant Bulls shall behold them with due solemnity English constitution, this usage may of Innocent Il. and Innocent IV. in and respect, and be able fully to enter also be said to have had its birth in the 1137 and 1255, prohibiting an indulinto the feelings of Addison, when he woods of Germany. It appears, in- gence in this barbarous custom. The wrote his admirnble • Reflections in deed, to have been the most usual inferior orders of clergy seein, however, Westininster Abbey,' which may be mode of determining controversies to have frequently declared in its fafound in the Spectator.
among the primitive northern nations. vour, and of which many instances are I am, Sir, your's truly, For we learn from Saxo Grammaticus recorded in the history of France. February, 1821.
L. and others that it was anciently com- Thus, when Louis IX. published an
mon in Scandinavia; and Velleius Pa-edict, forbidding the practice, the Pri
terculus informs us that all those ques. or of St. Peter le Montier obstinately The Family Trunk,
tions which were decided among the determined to maintain it in his own No. III.
Romans by legal trial, were deter- district. And it was even common BY MOSES VON MUCKLEWIT, GENT. mined among the Germans by arms. among the clergy to bring their cham
And, upon the final subjugation by pions into the field, to contend in their SUPERSTITIOUS TRIALS. the Goths of the western portion of name, the prevalence of which pracWhen, about three years ago, the Europe, this barbarous custom was in- tice it was that occasioned the decree subject of Trial by Battle underwent troduced into the conquered countries, of the council of Lateran already alludso much discussion, I was more than where a passion for arms, united with ed to. We are informed, too, by Sel. once on the eve of communicating to the superstitious notions of the tiines, den, in his treatise, entitled the · Duelo the world some of the curious informa contributed, for several centuries, to lo,' that many instances of the same tion which my father had collected its
Thus we find in custom occurred also ainongst the Enthis point. A good deal, however, of Cassiodorus, a letter from Theodoric, glish clergy. Their brethreu in France, what my legacy comprised on this sub- one of the Gothic sovereigns, exhort- however, appear to have been more reject, has since transpired, from other ing some of his subjects to lay aside solute in its observance; for, in order sources; and the subject itself has, be duelling, and to have recourse to the to elude the canonical laws on this sides, lost all that interest which it de. legal tribunals for the settlement of point, they were accustomed to substi, rived from the temporary occurrences their disputes. This practice grew af- tute clubs and cudgels for lances and that caused its public investigation at terwards very common in Italy in the swords. the time I have mentioned. For these time of the Lombards, and which has Our Henry I., among temporal reasons, I shall not here enter into any been ascribed to the barbarous laws en monarchs, laid some of the earliest reparticular examination of this antiquat- acted in that country during the se- strictions on this ancient practise ; but ed mode of determining guilt or inno- venth century. Rotarius and the suc- his decrees extended only to the probicence, but intend to devote this paper ceeding monarchs frequently enjoined bition of trial by battle concerning proto a general view only of those trials, single combats; and, afterwards, the perty of small value. Louis Vii. of which were common to the ages of bar- French and Germans, whose laws were, France imitated his example: and he barism and superstition, and among in a great degree, founded on those of was followed by St. Louis, whose reguwhich the trial by battle held a distin- Lombardy, decreed on several occasi-lations, however, were confined to the guished place. And, in doing this, Ions that disputes should be decided by royal domains. Other kings of France shall only so far avail myself of the as- duel. The emperor Frederic II., when adopted the same course, until, about sistance of my Family Trunk, as to he published his Sicilian Constitutions, the close of the fifteenth century, when select from it the materials of this lu- declared, that the laws of Lombardy a duel was no longer regarded in that cubration, which, in all other respects, should be preferred in Sicily to the Ro- country as a judicial proceeding, but I desire may be regarded as the boná man; and, in conforunity with this spi-resorted to only, as now, to avenge an fide composition of me, Moses Von rit, he provided, amongst his decrees, injury, or to determine an imaginary MUCK LEWIT.
for the particular manner in which sin- point of honour. In England, trial These superstitious trials, or, as gle combats should be conducted. by battle, in civil matters, was finally they were anciently called, the judg- It was in France, however, that this abolished so early as the time of ments of God, were chiefly of two sorts: practice appears to have found its most Henry II., by the introduction, in its 1. Trial by battle; 2. Trial by ordeal. congenial abode, and where, nursed by stead, of the Grand Assize, a substitute The latter consisted again of three the spirit of chivalry, it long maintain which is generally ascribed to the insubdivisions : ordeal of hot iron-or-ed its ground. Montesquieu informis vention of Glanville. It was reserved deal of hot water-and ordeal of cold us that it was even countenanced by for our own times, however, to witness water. There were, likewise, some su- the clergy; but this must apply to the total extinction in criminal as well bordinate modes of trial, as the judg- those of an inferior degree only, since as in civil matters, of this remnant of ment of the cross, and the judginent by the popes and other dignitaries are superstition and barbarism.
It may not be uninteresting to state lie to each other several times, after SCOTTISH CUSTOMS here, that St. Drausin, who had been which, upon the sound of trumpet, the bishop of Soissons, was long regarded encounter commenced; and, when
LAST CENTURY. in France as the tutelary saint of duel- they had struck as many blows as were Mr. Barclay, in his relation of the lists. It is, accordingly, observed, in specified in the carlel, the judge threw most memorable things that passed in some of the Breviaries of this saint, a wand into the air to apprize the chain- his father's house, from the beginoing that “all sorts of people flocked to his pions that the combat was at an end. of the century to the year 14, in which tomb, and that those who were under When it happened to last until night his father died, says, “. My brother was any engagement to fight implored his with equal success, the party accused married in the year 4, at the age of assistance in a more particular manner, was regarded as the victor, and his an- twenty-one; few men were unmarried and that such as continued a night in tagonist was condemned to the punish- after this time of life. I myself was prayer were always wont to have the ment assigned to the crime with which married, by my friends, at 18, which advantage in their encounter.' Nor the other had been charged.'
was thought a proper age. Sir James was this superstitious usage confined The unexpected length of this pa- Stuart's marriage with President Dalonly to single combatants; the shrine per obliges me to postpone to a future rymple's second daughter brought toof St. Drausin was also frequented by occasion, the observations I have to gether a number of people related to military men of all degrees, and was offer as to the other species of super- both families. At the signing of the the general resort of those adventurers, stitious trials, to which I have above eldest Miss Dalryinple's contract, the that were about to engage in the Holy alluded.
year before, there was an entire hogs. Wars. We learn too, upon the autho
head of wine drank that night, and the rity of John of Salisbury, that Thomas
number of people at Sir J. Stuart's was à Becket made a pilgrimage to Soissons
little less. The marriage was in the for the express purpose of ingratiating
The following letter against duelling, President's house, with as many of the the saint on some important occasion; which was written by Joseph, late Em relations as it would hold. The bride's and the same writer adds, that it was
peror of Germany, has just found its favours were all sewn on her gown, a common opinion in his time, that St.
way to the world, in a work at Leipsic, from top to bottom, and round the Drausio rendered these men invincible, entitled, a Collection of unpublished neck and sleeves. The moment the who spent the night at his tomb before Letters of Joseph II.':
ceremony was performed, the whole they fought, insomuch that warriors came from Burgundy and Italy to Count K. and Captain W. immediately. of them all. The next ceremony was
GENERAL.-I desire you to arrest company ran to her, and pulled off the
favours; in an instant she was stripped Soissons on that account.' He also The count is of an imperious character, relates, that the Earl of Montfort, be proud of his birth, and full of false ideas the garter, which the bridegroom's fore his combat with the Earl of Essex, of honour. Captain W., who is an old man attempted to pull from her ley, spent a whole night at St, Drausin's soldier, thinks of settling every thing by but she dropt it on the floor; it was a shrine.
the sword or the pistol. He has done white and silver riband, which was cut I shall conclude this paper with a
wrong to accept a challenge from the in small morsels to every one in combrief account of the manner in which young count.
I will not suffer the prac: the trial by battle was formerly contice of duelling in my army; and I depany., The bride's mother then came
in with a basket of favours belonging spise the arguments of those who seek to ducted in France, as it is described in justify it. I have a high esteem for of- to the bridegroom : those and the a work, published in 1713, entitled, ficers who expose themselves courage.
bride's were the same with the bearings • Les Mours et Coutumes des Fran- ously to the enemy, and who, on all occa of their families: her's pink and white, çois, dans les differens Tems de la Mon-sions, shew themselves intrepid, valiant his blue and gold colour.' archie.'
and determined in attack, as well as in de- The company dined and supped to• When the combat had been au. fence. The indifference with which they gether, and had a bill in the evening; thorized by the sentence of the Court, face death is honourable to themselves the same, nest day, at Sir James Stuart's. the judge appointed a day for it. 11 and useful to their country, but there are On Sunday there went from the Presithe combatants were to fight on foot, men ready to sacrifice every thing to a
dent's house to church twenty-three they had only a sword and shield; if | them: such men, in my opinion, are couple all in high dress; Mr. Barclay, on horseback, they were armed cap-a- worse than the Roman Gladiaiors. Let a then a boy, led the youngest Miss pee. The arms were carried by the council of war besummoned to try these two Dalrymple, who was the last of them. judge with the sound of fifes and trum- officers, with all the impartiality which Ide- They filled the galleries of the church pets, and afterwards received in the mand from every judge ; and let the most from the King's seat to the wing loft
. middle of the field the priest's benedic- culpable of the two be made an example, The feasting continued till they had tion, which was bestowed with great ce
by the rigour of the law. I am resolved
gone through all the friends of the faremony. The champions then swore, thy of the age of Tamerlane and Bajazet, mily, with a ball every night,
As the baptisins was another public that they had no charm about them, families, shall be punished and suppres place, he goes on to describe it thus:and that they would conduct them- sed, though it should cost me half my of
On the fourth week after the lady's selves as loyal and worthy knights . ficers. There will be still left men,
who delivery, she was set on her bed, on a Their swords were afterwards girt on
can unite bravery with the duties of faith low footstool, the bed covered with them, and their horses and lances ful subjects. I wish fo: none who do some neat piece of sowed work or white brought, and a proclamation was then not respect the laws of the country.
satin, with three pillows at her back, made by the heralds, 'forbidding the
Vienna, Aug. 1771. Joseph.'
covered with the same, she in full dress, spectators to favour either of the com
with a lappit head-dress; and a fan in batants. The champions now gave the
her hand." Having informed her ac.
quaintance what day she is to see com- From the crystal spring fresh vigour we inhale : They are flirting all day,—they are dancing all pany, they all come and
Sweet the rising mountains, &c. With their flounces, like steps, to the mansion's pects to her, standing or walking a little through the room, for there are Were I offered all the wealth that Albion vields, The crimp’d jackets behind, like the eaves of a
fair height, no chairs; they drink a glass of wine with the countless riches of her subject seas, All her lofty mountains and her fruitful fields,
barn, and eat a piece of cake, and then give I would scorn the change for blisses such as these.
Fancy's knockers to beauty and ugliness too;
Black ribbons cross'd over the ancle, to warn place to others. Towards the end of
Sweet the rosy mountains, &c. the week all the friends were asked to
The heel not to trust to the Frenchified sboe;
And the shy-lights where eyes are not tar'd for what was called the Commerfealls :
a look, this was a supper where every gentle.
Unless Ma's aged envy sweet looking rebuke. man brought a pint of wine to be drank Though to myself forsworn, to thee I'll con
Once a fortnight there's preaching--and such by him and his wife. The supper was,
are the views stant prove.'
Of the people who go then,-'tis merely for -a hain at the head, and a pyramid of (The Reply to WILFORD. - Literary Chronicle, fowls at the bottom, hens and ducks
Not the Gospel's glad tidings,' but news of the below, partridges at top; there was an
YOUR letter arriv'd in the Literary Chronicle, day, eating posset in the middle of the ta- And Polly declares you 're a quiz and ironical ; To know if the King and the Queen are at bay
But Polly is cross'd in her passion as usual, ble, with dried fruits and sweetmeats For aunt Debby 's declaring her sweetheart's re
Or, what will they do?-Or, what's next to be
done ? at the sides. When they had finished
Will their quarrels turn out, like our quarrels, their supper, the meat was removed, As for father, he 's well, and out shooting the in fun! and in an instant every one flies to the grouse,
Lover's journeys, in meeting, says Shakespeare, And for mother, she's darning the hose in the will end, sweetmeats to pocket them, on which a
So Wilford, farewell! till next letter you send. scramble ensued, chairs overturned, and Old uncle still lame and asleep in the corner
JORIPR. every thing on the table, wrestling and O'erwearied by toil, but as happy as Horner ; pulling at one another with the utmost And I, -, like a bird in a desolate nest,
Fine Arts. noise and violence.
When all was
Live without you, dear Wilford! in dutiful rest.
You have strange girls in London, and dandies quiet, they went to the stoups, (for
BRITISH GALLERY.-No. II. there were no bottles for the wine) of Who are lash'd by your satire when ferretted "Whence art by practice to perfection soars.' which the women had a good share : out,
Mason's Translation of Du Fresnoy: for, though it was a disgrace to be seen And deserving the laslies of all of their kind,
We continue our notice of the British drunk, yet it was none to be a little Whemiadorning their body, neglecting their Gallery by a few observations on some intoxicated in good company. A few But e'en at this distance, though foggy and of its most striking pictures.
We days alter this, the same company were drear,
cornmence with those contained in the asked to the cliristening, which was al- Nature's odd ones come hopping and rope-danc- north division of the exhibition. Of ways in the church, all in high dress, a number of them young ladies, who
Though the hops are in Kent and the ropes in these, the most attractive, from its noour stable,
velty of iden, magnificence of concepcalled maiden cimmers; one of them and, like Hope with their anchor, extended in tion, and splendour of execution, is presented the child to the father. Af- cable.
J. Martin's picture of Belshazzar's ier the ceremony, they dined and sup- We've a curious old lady and daughters come Feast, No. 72. It was certainly the ped together, and the night often con: To the doctors for health, from a nook of your disposed to quarrel with genius of any
first time in our lives that we ever felt cluded by a ball.'
They have caused such commotion, diversion, kind; but we could not refrain from
and joke, Original Poetry.
feeling a little chagrin at the difficulty All the heads of the parish are under their yoke; which we found in obtaining a view of
They have asses for riding, bave clogs for the this painting in a proper light, and at a SONG FROM THE GAELIC.
dew, Dress thrice in the day, and take breakfast at desirable distance. The concourse of
two; Sweet the rising mountains red with heather And to give their coarse manners the air of circled, almost made it an impossibi
amateurs, by which it was closely enbelles ; Sweet the bubbling fountains and the dewy They gabble bad French while partaking each lity to catch a glimpse of this perform; meal:
ance, unless it were absolutely à quatSweet the snowy blossom of the thorny tree;
E'en the footman 's instructed the meaning of tre occhi. Such an opportunity, huwSweeter is young Mary of Glensmole to me.
ever, did occur, and it was not without Sweet, O sweet! with Mary o'er the wilds to Though to spell his own name has ne'er entered feelings of great pleasure, that we bewhen Gleusniole is dress'd in all the pride of And he calls it due pain, while they echo due ble both to the talents of the artist,
held a performance so highly creditaMay, And, when weary roving through the greenwood | Till his thoughts are suspended like felons who the research and reading of the costuglade,
mist, and, we think we may add, the Softly to recline beneath the birken shade. O the dipping at church! O the dealing of cards! feelings of the poet; for a similar ima. Sweet the rising mountains, &c.
Though they never baptize, or deal generous re-
ginative power must have been at work There to fix my gaze in raptures of delight,
in that soul which could conceive and On her eyes of truth, of love, of life, aud light-And the kissing of babies—the outward. es
combine the images of sublimity and Un ber bosom, purer than the silver tide, Fairer than the cana on the mountain side.
The neglect of the poor which is fashion, they beauty, of description and of narration,
deem; Sweet the rising mountains, &c.
which this work presents to the attenAnd their greatness is never more finely dis- tion of the spectator. The idea of the What were all the splendour of the proud aud play'd, great
Than when they refuse the stárv'd peasant their heaven-traced characters being pourTo the simple pleasures of our green retreat ?
trayed in lines of flames, and instead
of being confined to one small circlet, with animation or thrilling with sus- picture will not be the last or best with and dimmed by the lustre of royal pense, a few short hours, and every one which Mr. Martin means to aggrandise magnificence,) of each sublime denun- will be still, barst in the agonies of his art; of this, however, we are cerciation being girded by a ring of living blasted patriotism or pierced in the tain, that it is a work which never will fire, and stretched along the whole ex- cruelty of triumphant hatred. disgrace him, even if he should arrive tent of the court of Belus, and from Such are the objects which Mr. Mar- at the highest pinnacle of his profesthence pouring forth a stream of celes- tin has combined in the delineation of sion. tial terrific splendour, such as to blast this stupendous visitation; need we From the length to which we have the madness of the impious rites be- say how well ?- The length at which unintentionally been drawn by the pelow,-is a conception, though so per- we have already dwelt on this work will culiar novelty which characterizes this fectly original, yet so yrand and natu- say it for us. We will mention one painting, we are compelled to wave all ral, as to force us rather to wonder other episode, by which the artist has further remarks on this exbibition till that it should vever have suggested it improved his poetic conception, and we a future opportunity. W. H. PARRY. self before, than to stop at the admi- have done; we will then offer a few reration which we feel at the genius and marks on the execution and technical
The Drama. talent which has at length embraced it, skill in which he has embodied the offand adorned its execution by the ut spring of his imagination. Amid the DRURY Lane.-We have, of late most glow of imagination and the lurid clouds and forked lightnings years, been doomed to witness so many warmest perfection of skill.
which accompany the irretrievable dull and heavy productions brought The superb union of the Jewish, the warning of Heaven,
forward under the name of tragedies, Egyptian, and the Indian styles of ar
*Still over head, the
that the mere announcement of a new chitecture, warranted, as it is in this Moon, regardless of the stir of this low world,
one excites rather painful than pleasurinstance, by the most authentic of in- Holds on her heavenly way.'
able emotions. It was with some por. ferences, that of the most indisputable This beautiful circumstance is finely tion of this feeling that we went to 'Old history, has been made use of by Mr. introduced, and forms a delightful Drury' on Wednesday night, to witMartin in a way which reflects the contrast to the scene of confusion and ness the first performance of Conscience
, greatest lustre on his taste, at the same terror which is enacting below. or the Bridal Night; but we were time that it takes nothing away from The execution of this splendid pic- most agreeably disappointed, when we the promise of his judgment.
ture is in general worthy of the subject: found it to be one of the purest and The gigantic sublimity of those it is gorgeous, magnificent, and sub- most classical tragedies that has been mighty halls, or rather open courts, in lime;
the brilliancy of gold and silver, produced for many years, and one that which it is known that the princely the polish of the red marble, so com- surpasses the general offspring of the magnificence and ostentatious super- mon in eastern edifices, are worked up tragic muse of late, as much as the stition of Babylon delighted; the long, with a beauty which cannot but strike rapidity of instinct outstrips the tardicolossal, and ponderous, yet grand every beholder, and with a richness, ness of instruction. The scene of the and awe-inspiring arcades, leading to yet softness of colouring, which is only tragedy, which is purely of a domestic other halls of equal splendour, and af- exceeded by the knowledge of per- nature, is laid at Venice; and the plot
, terwards continued till they are lost in spective and the exquisite management which possesses much originality, is the infinitude of distance, are objects of the lights and shadows. The ut- very skilfully managed. which astonish and bewilder the mind mosphere, rich with the splendid influ- The hero of the piece, Lorenzo (Mr. accustomed to dwell upon the graceful ence of princely magnificence, forms a Wallack), the last of a noble house, is elegancies of European architecture, fine and appropriate medium for the dispossessed of his estate by the arts of and unprepared to scan the appalling back-ground, which represents the his guardian, the uncle of Elmira (Mrs. and super-human amplitude of East- hanging gardens and the mighty tower West), to whom he is much attached. ern gorgeousness; and all these have of Belus, seen as it is indistincly The guardian dies, leaving the whole been brought forward by the artist in through the darkness of night and the of his ill-gotten wealth to Orsinio (Mr. his representation of that pride-hum-misty glare of the illuminated walks, Cooper), Elmira's father, who, from bling dispensation by which all these and frowning in gigantic uncertainty the situation in which he stands, coghave now been swept away, with the vast upon the scene of luxury beneath:- ceives the most deadly hate for Lorenempire they adorned, like'a mighty vessel
• That sacred pile, so vast, so high,
20, his late brother's ward, and prosuink beneath the waves, overwhelmed That whether 'tis a part of earth or sky mises his daughter, who had been by the very element which had seen the Uncertain seems, and may be thought a proud plighted to Lorenzo in marriage, to beautiful sublimity of his majestic Aspiring mountain or descending cloud.' another. Elmira, on hearing the decourse, and which had pealed to the We could have wished that the ce- termination of her father, is driven to thunders of its triumphant arms, sunk dars upon the hanging gardens had despair, and quits his house, marries in the fathomless abyss without a warn- been marked by a inore sombre and Lorenzo, and returns to ask forgiveness ing, without a struggle, without a ves natural appearance; and we cannot but of her father. Orsinio refuses to for. tige remaining of its existence. remark that the attitudes of the figures give her, except on the condition that
The sight, too, of a mighty multi-have, in general, too much of the then she leaves her husband, a proposition tude, the beauty, the majesty, the de-atric cast; to which we might add, which she rejects, and joins Lorenzo, fences of a victorious dynasty, such as that the inspired interpreter of Heaven who is obliged to fly the city to escape this picture presents to us, is at any loses considerably in point of character the pursuit of his numerous creditors
, time an imposing spectacle; more es- and solemnity, by being curtailed in the consequence of profligate habits pecially at a moment when we reflect its fair proportion of height.
fostered by Alfero (Mr. Bromley), an that, of all the hearts now bounding Upon the whole, we trust that this unprincipled tutor.' The fugitives are