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where, while Joanna Baillie, and Mil-clotli of sendal, but he sat in a chair of man, and John Wilson exist The City wood Ser Michele wrote therron :
of the Plague,' and the Fall of Jerusa" Jarin Fulier, the husband of the fair LORD BYRON'S TRAGEDY. lein,' are full of the best materiel for wife; others kiss her, but he keeps her." Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice : an tragedy that has been since Horace Wal. In the morning the words were seen,
Historical Tragedy, in Five Arts, pole, except passages of Ethwaid and De and the matter was considered very scanwith Notes. The Prophecy of Dante, Montfort.'
dalous; and the Senate commanded the & Poem. By Lord Byrois. 8vo.
Now with all due deference to his Avogadori of the Commonwealth to pp. 201, London, 1821.
lordship, we not only think to be the proceed therein with tlie greatest dili. Ir the production of a new tragedy was author of a good tragedy a very exalted gence.. A largesse of great amount was in former times an occurrence that was object of ambition, but have also a immexliately proffered by the Avogadori, so eagerly looked for, and so fully very different opinion as to the public, these words. And at length it was known
in order to discover who had written chroniclexi, it will readily be conceived whose decisions in the theatre have after that Michele Steno had written them. It that a traợedy from the distioguished wards invariably been confirmed out of was resolved in the Council of Forty that pen of Lord Byron, must, even in doors.
he should be arrested ; and he then conthese days, excite no common interest.
The conspiracy of the Doye Marino fessed, that in the fit of vexation and Indeed, of all the productions of bis Faliero, on a bich this tragedy is found-spite, occasioned by his being thrust off lordship’s pen, we know not one, the pub- ed, is, as his lordship well observes, the solajo in the presence of his mistress, lication of which was watched with so one of the most remarkable events in
he had written the words. Therefore the much anxiety, or which, now that it has the aunals of the most singular govern- Council took his youth into consicieration,
Council debated therern, And the appeared, is read with so much avidity. ment, city, and people of modern histo
and that he was lover, and therefore The well known talents of his lordship V.' The story, as particularly detailed they adjudged that he should be kept in and the present state of the stage united in the · Lives of the Doges,' by Marin close confinement during two months, to create a powerful interrst, and to Sanuto, is given by his lordship in the and that afterwards he should be banished taise a hope that we should now have appendix; and, as it will make the froin Venice and the state during one a play, worthy of the brightest period reader fully acquainted with the sub- year. In consequence of this mereiful in the annals of the drama. ject of the tragedy; we shall give a
sentence the Duke became exceedingly In the preface to the tragedy, his sketch of it.
wroth, it appearing to him that the Counlordship has some severe reflections Marino Faliero, a man of talents and cil had not acted in such a manner as was on the taste of the public, which he courage, and who had distinguished lignity; and he said that they ought to
required by the respect due to his ducal anjustly censures. Speaking of his himself both as a warrior and a states- have condenined Ser Michele to be motives for writing the tragedy, he man, .was chosen Doge of Venice, on hanged by the neck, or at least to be says
the 11th of Septembir, 1354. Alier banished for life.' "I have had no view to the stage: in its he bad held the office sis njonths, he
The day after this sentence had been present state it is, perhaps, not a very ex- gave a feast where a circunstance ocalted object of ambition ; besides I have curred which laid the foundation of his the arsenal went to the Doge to com
pronounced on Steno, the admiral of been too much behind the scenes, to have fatal project; we give it in the words plain that a gentleman had struck him, thought it so at any time. And I cannot of the chrouicler:conceive any man of iriitable feeling put
and prayed for heavy punishment ou ting himself at the mercies of an audi. Ser Michele Steno, a gentleman of poor
Now to this feast there came a certain
biin ence :--the speering reader, and the loud estate and very young, but crafty and
" " What wouldst thou have me to do for critic,and the tart review,are scattered and daring, and wlio loved one
of the danisk Is thee?" answered the Duke ; -* think updistant calainities ; but the trampling of an of the Duchess. Ser Michele stood on the shameful gibe which hath been writintelligent or of an ignorant audience on a anongst the women upon the solajo ; and ten concerning me: and think on the been a mental labour to the writer, is Lord the Duke ordered that lie should be ribald Michele Steno, who wrote it; and i palpable and immediate grievance, kicked off the solajo; and the esquires see how the Council of Forty respect our competency to judge, and his certainty of solajo accordingly. Ser Michele thiolight swered: My Lord Duke, if you his own imprudence in electing them his that such an affront was beyond all bear- woold wish to make yourself a Prince, judges. Were I capable of writing a ing; and when the feast was over, and and to cut all those cuckoldy gentleinen play which could be deemed stage-worthy, all other persons had left the palace, he, in pieces, I have the heart, if you do but fuccess would give meno pleasure, and continuing heated with anger, went to the help me, to make you Prince of Talibebaba that, even during the time of being one seemly words relating to the Duke and all.”—Hearing this, the Duke said ;--Sneser made the attenopt, and never will. Duke was used to sit; for in those days about?"--and so they discoursed thereon But surely there is uraquatic power sonte. the Duke did not cover his chair with
• The Duke called for his nephew Ser Vol. lú.
Bertuccio Faliero, who lived with him in sword unto the people, crying out with a Even from this hour; the meanest artisan the palace, and they communed about loud voice - The terriðle doom hath Will point the finger, and the baughty noble this plot. And without leaving the place, fallen upon the traitor !”—and the doors May spit upon us : where is our redress ? they sent for Philip Calendaro, a seaman
Ber. Fal. The law, my princewere opened, and the people all rushed of great repute, and for Bertucci Israello, in, to see the corpse of the Duke, who
Doge (interrupting him.)
You see what it has done who was exceedingly wily and cunning. had been beheaded.' Then taking counsel amongst themselves,
I ask'd po remedy but from the law
Such are the materials on which I sought no vengeance but redress by law~' they agreed to call in some others; and Lord Byron has founded his tragedy, I call?d no judges but those named by law.met with the Duke at home in his and in no material point has he devia As sovereign, I appeald unto my subjects,
ated from historical correctness. palace.'
The very subjects who had made me sovereign,
And gave me thus a double right to be so. It was concerted that sixteen or seven- his preface he states that he had once the rights of place and choice, of birth and serteen leaders should be stationed in va- thought of making jealousy the mo- vice, rious parts of the City, each being at the tive which stimulated the Doge to en- Honours and years, these scars, these hoary head of forty men, armed and prepared: gage in the conspiracy, but that the the travel, toil, the perils, the fatigues, but the followers were not to know their advice of Sir William Drummond and The blood and sweat of almost eighty years, destination. On the appointed day they the late Monk Lewis dissuaded him were weigh'd i’ the balance, 'gainst the foulest were to make affrays amongst themselves
stain, here and there, in order that the Duke from it. In speaking of this last promight have a pretence for tolling the bells duction of his lordship's brilliant and The grossest insult, most contemptuous crime
Of a rank rash patrician-and found wanting! of San Marco; these bells are never prolific muse, we must not forget that And this is to be borne ? rang but by the order of the Duke. it was not written for the stage,' and And at the sound of the bells, these six- therefore judge of it rather as a tragic had been done him by the imputation
The deep sense of the wrong that teen or seventeen, with their followers, poem than an acting tragedy, for which were to come to San Marco, through the it is too long by at least one-half.
on his wife, never leaves the Doge; streets, which open upon the Piazza. Having detailed the story so amply, speaking of Steno, he says. And when the noble and leading citizens it will now be unnecessary to go through
• Doge. You know the full offence, of this should come into the Piazza, to know the
born villain, cause of the riot, then the conspirators it in the tragedy, and we shall therefore This creeping, coward, ránk, acquitted felon, were to cut them in pieces; and this work notice such of the scenes as appear to Who threw his sting into a poisonous libel, being finished, My Lord Marino Faliero us most worthy of attention ; and to And on the hononr of-Oh God my wife, the Duke was to be proclaimed the Lord which it will be seen his lordship has The nearest dearest part of all men's honour, of Venice. Things having been thus often given the most powerful interest Left a base slur to pass from mouth to mouth settled, they agreed to fulfil their intent and effect. We ought to premnise that,
Of loose mechanics, with all coarse foul comon Wednesday, the fifteenth day of April, in order to preserve a near approach to and villainous jests, and blasphemies obscene ; in the year 1355. So covertly did they the unity of the play, his lordship has while sneering nobles, in more polish'd guises plot, that no one ever dreamt of their machinations.' represented the conspiracy as already Whisper’d the tale, and smiled upon the lie.
Which made me look like them a courteous The plot was, however, discovered formed, and the Doge acceding to it;
wittol, hy one Beltramo Bergamnasro, who whereas, in fact, it was of his own Patient—ay, proud, it may be, of dishonour.' mentioned it to Sir Niccolo Lioni, one preparation, and that of Israel Ber
And in an interview afterwards with of the senators, whose life he wished urcio. The tragedy commences just Israel Bertuccio, the chief of the arseto preserve. The Council of Ten, and htfore sentence has been passed on
nal, alluding to the the Great Council were assembled, Steno, and the Doge is anxio 'sly
foul words, Beltramo was brought before them, waiting the result. When it is made That have cried shame to every car in Venice, and, ascertaining the
truth of his state- known to him that he has only been He says, ment, measures were taken to coun
sentenced to a month's imprisonment, Ay, doubtless they have echo'd o'er the arteract the conspiracy. The tolling of
he breaks out into a violent rage, senal, the bells was prevented, and the prin-throws down the ducal bonnet, and Keeping due time with every hammer's clink cipal conspirators all seized, most of wishes the enemies of Venice at the As a good jest to jolly artisans ; whom were condemned to death by the gates that he might do them ho- or making chorus to the creaking oar, Council of Ten, and afterwards exe- mage. The whole of this scene be- Who, as he sung tbe merry stave, exulted uted:
tween the Doge and his nephew is ad- He w.s not a shamed dotard like a Doge.' On Friday, the sixteenth day of April, mirable; we quote a few passages :- The second act is very heavy, partijudginent was also given, in the Council ' Doge. Venice' Duke!
cularly the scene between the Doge of Ten, that My Lord Marino Faliero, who now is Duke in Venice? let me see him, and Angiolma his wife, and it appears the Duke, should have his head cut off, That he may do me right. and that the execution should be done on
Bertuccio Faliero. If you forget
to us highly improbable. That an old the landing place of the stone staircase, Your office, and its dignity and duty, man should inarry. a young and beatie where the Dukes take their oath when | Remember that of man, and curb tbis passion. tiful wife, is, if not very natural, at
The Duke of Venicethey first enter the palace. On the fol.
least very cominon, but that he should lowing day, the seventeenth day of
Doge (interrupting him.)
marry her from such motives as bis pril, the doors of the palace being shut,
There is no such thing- lordship assigns bin, is extremely the Duke had his head cut off, about the It is a word-oay, worse, a worthless by-word: improbable. The Doge addressing hour of noon. And the cap of estate
The most despised, wrong'd, outraged, belpless his wife is made to saywas taken from the Duke's head before who begs his bread, if 'tis refused by one,
"I knew my heart would never treat yoti he came down stairs. When the execu- May win it from another kinder heart;
harshly; tion was over, it is saidl, that one of the Buť he, who is denied bis right by those I knew my days could not disturb you long; Council of Ten went to the columns of whose place it is to do no wrong, is poorer
And then the daughter of my earliest friend, the palace over against the place of St. Than the rejected beggar-be's a slave
His worthy daughter, free to choose again, Mark, and that he showed the bloody | And that am I, and thou, and all our house, Wealthier and wiser, in the sipest bloora
Of womanliood, more skilful to select
“The last of Romans."" Let us be the first Of saving one of these : they form but links By passing these probationary years ;
Of true Venetians, sprung from Roman sires.' Of one long chain; one inass, one breatb, orte Inheriting a Prince's name and riches,
body; Secured, by the short penance of enduring
There is a fearful grandeur in the They eat, and drink, and live, and breed tɔ. An old man for some summers, against all following soliloquy of the Doge, when
gether, That law's chicane or envious kinsmen might on his way to meet the conspirators:- Revel, and lie, oppress, and kill in concert, Have urged against her right; my best friend's I am before the hour, the hour whose voice,
So let him die as one!' child
Pealing into the arch of night, might strike Would choose more fitly in respect of years,
The scene in the third act, in which These palaces with ominous tottering, And not less truly in a faithful heart.' And rock their marbles to the corner-stone,
the Doge is introduced to the senate, The following passage is very spi- Waking the sieepers from some hideons dream is highly dramatic, and we quote the rited. Angiolina, in allusion to Steno, of indistinct but awful augury
principal passages :says,
Of that which will befal them. Yes, proud Angi. Oh! had this false and flippant li.
• Conspirators. Most welcome. -Brave Berbeller Thou must be cleansed of the black blood
tuccio, thou art lateShed his young blood for his absurd lampoon,
which makes thee
Who is this stranger?
Calendaro. It is time to name bim.
Our comrades are even now prepared to greet A joyous hour, or dreamless slumber more. And therefore, was I punish'ı, seeing this
him. Doge. Does not the law of Heaveu say blood Patrician pestilence spread on and on,
In brotherhood, as I have made it known
That thou would'st add a brother to our cause, for blood ?
Uptil at length it smoje me in my slunbers,
Approved by thee, and thus approved by all, sheds it.
Tie plague-spots in the healing wave. Tall Such is our trust in all thine actions. Now Is it the pain of blows, or shame of blows,
Let him unfold himself.
Is. Ber. Stranger, step forth!
[The Doge discovers himself. Do not the laws of man say blood for honour? And less than honour for a little gold? The floor wbich doth divide us from the dead,
Cons. To arms ! --we are betrayed-it is the
Down with them both! our traitorous captain,
and son For their once healthful current? is it nothing
heroes, To have stain'd your name and mine the no
When what is now a handful shook the earth Calen. ( drawing his sword.) Hold! Hold! blest names ?
Fane of the tutelar saints who guard our house! Who moves a step against them dies. Hold! Is 't nothing to have brought into contempt Vault where two Doges rest-my sires! who
Bertuccio-What! are you appallid to see A prince before his people? to have fail'd In the respect accorded by mankind The one of toil, the other in the field,
A lone, unguarded, weapoulcss old man To youth in woman, and old age in man? With a long race of other lineal chiefs
Amongst you?-Israel, speak! what neans To virtue in your sex, and dignity
And sages, whose great labours, wounds, and this mystery? In ours?
Is. Ber. Let them advance and strike at their I have inherited,-let the graves gape,
own bosoms, Bertram, one of the conspirators, Till all thine aisles be peopled with the dead, Ungrateful suicides! for on our lives not having completed the number of And pour them from thy portals to gaze on me! Depend their own, their fortunes, and their
bopes. men that he was to bring, is suspected I call them up, and them and thee to wituess by Calendaro, who intimates his fears Their pure bigh blood, their blazon-roll of gioWhat it bath been which put me to this task
Doge. Strike! - If I dreaded death, a dcath
more fearful of him to Israel Bertuccio, but says, he
Than any your rash weapons can inflict, has no ties of kindred to make him Their mighty name dishonour'a all in me,
I should not now be here ;-Oh, noble courage! fear. Bertuccio replies, Not by me, but by the ungrateful nobles
The eldest bum of fear, which makes you biale We fought to make our equals, not our lords :- Against this solitary lioary head! Is. Ber. Such ties are not And chiefly thou, Ordelafo the brave,
See thc bold chiefs, who would reform a atato For those who are call'u to the high destinies Who perish'd in the field, where I since con- And shake down scnates, mad with wrata and Which purify corrupted commonwealths;
dread We must forget all feelings save the one- Battling at Zara, did the Hecatombs
At sight of one patrician.- Butcher me, We must resign all passions save our purpose Of thine and Venice' foes, there offer'd up You can ; I care not. Israel, are these inen We must bebold no object save our country- By thy descendant, merit euch acquittance? The mighty hearts you spoke of? look upon And only look on death as beautiful, Spirits! smile down upon nie; for my cause
them! So that the sacrifice ascend to heaven, Is your's, in all life now can be of your's,
Calen. Faith! he hath shamed us, and de. And draw cown freedom on her evermore. Your fame, your name, all mingled up in mine, servedly. Calen. But if we fail.And in the future fortunes of our race!
Was this your trust in your true Chief BertucIs. Ber. They never fail who die Let me but prosper, and I make this city
cio, In a great cause: the block may soak their Free and immortal, and our house's name To turn your swords against him and his guest! gore ;
Worthier of what you were, now and hereafter! Sheathe them, and hear him. Their heads may sodden in the sun; their
Is. Ber. I disdain to speak. limbs
Bertram, in an interview with Ca- They might and must diave known a beart itse Be strung to city gates and castle walls- lendaro, inquires if there are not some But still their spirit walks abroad. Though among the senators whose age and qua- Incapable of treachery; and the power
years Elapse, and others share as dark a doom,
lities might inark them out for pity. They gave me to adopt all fitting means They but augment the deep and sweeping
Calendaro replies in the following pas- They miglit be certain that wtoe'er was brought thoughts
sage, which is bold, and the idea we By me into this council, had been led Which o'erpower all others, and conduct consider original :
To take his choice--as brother, or as viclun. The world at last to freedom : What were we,
"Yes, such pity
Doge. And which am I to be? your acions If Brutus had not lived ? He died in giving As when the viper hath been cut to pieces,
leave Rome liberty, but left a deathless lesson- The separate fragments quivering in the sun Sonje cause to doubt the freedom of the choice A name wbich is a virtue, and a soul In the last energy of venomous life,
Is. Ber. My lord, we would bare perich'd Which multiplies itself throughout all time, Deserve and bave. Why, I shonld think as here together, Wben wicked men wax mighty, and a state
Had these rasy men proceeded; but, bebold, Turps servile: he and bis high friend were Of pitying some particular fang which made They are ashamed of that had moments 1o. styled One in ttre jaw of the swoln serpent, as
And droop their heads; believe me, they are Foster'd the wretch who stung me. What I suffer Bertram, who is guilty of weakness such
Has reach'd me through my pity for the rather than treachery, goes to his friend As I described them--Speak to them.
people; Calen Ay, speak;
and patron Lioni, and cautions himn not That many know, and they who know not yet We are all listening in wonder. Will one day learn : meantime, I do devote,
to go forth on the day of the intended Is. Ber. (addressing the conspirators.)
Whate'er the issue, my last days of life- massacre. Lioni, unable to gain the You are safe,
My present power, such as it is, not that secret, secures Bertrain. There is one Nay, more, almost triumphant-listen, then, Of Doge, but of a man who has been great
passage in this scene which strikes us And know my words for truth. Before he was degraded to a Doge,
as peculiarly happy, and we quote it. Doge. You see me here, And still has individual means and mind;
Bertram As one of you hath said, an old, unarm'd, I stake my fame (and I had fame)- my
says, – Defenceless man; and yesterday you saw me breath
(1 come Presiding in the hall of ducal state, (The least of all, for its last hours are nigh)
To save patrician blood, and not to shed it! Apparent sovereign of our bundred isles, My heart-my hope-ny soul-upon this cast! And there unto I must to speedy, for Robed in official purple, dealing out Such as I am, I offer me to you
Each minute may lose a life; since Time The edicts of a power which is not mine,
And to your chiefs, accept me or reject me, Has changed his slow scythe for the two-edged Nor yours, but of our masters—the patricians. A prince who fain would be a citizen
sword, Why I was there you know, or think you know; Or nothing, and who bas left his throne to be so.' And is about to take, insteat of sand, Why I am here, be who hath been most wrongd,
The dust from sepulchres, to fill his bour-glass.' I le, who among you, hath been most insulted, the conspiracy, yet he is not altogether tine soliloquy of the Doge, which is
Although the Doge goes fully into
We canuotomit noticing another Outraged and trodden on, until he doubt If he be worm or nn, may answer for me, free from compunction :
when he has despatched his nephew to Asking of his own heart what brought him here? Doge. Bear with me! Step by step, and cornmence the dreadful work, and is You know my recent story, all men know it, blow on blow, And judge of it far differently from those I will divide with you; think not I waver :
waiting the issue :Who sate in judgment to heap scorn on scorn Ah! no; it is the certainty of all
• Doge (solus.) He is gone, But spare me the recital—it is here,
Which I must do, doth make me tremble thus. And on each footstep moves a life — 'Tis done Here at my heart the outrage-but my words, But let these last and lingering thoughts have Now the destroying angel hovers o'er Already spent in unavailing plaints,
Venice, and pauses ere he pours the vial,
way, Would only shew my feebleness the more, To wbich you only and the night are con- Even as the eagle o’erlooks his prey, And I come here to strengthen even the strong, scious,
And for a moment, poised in middle air, And urge them on to deeds, and not to war And both regardless; when the hour arrives,
Suspends the motion of his mighty wings, With woman's weapons; but I need not urge 'Tis mine to sound the knell, and strike the Then swoops with bis unerring beak. Thou you. blow,
day! Our private wrongs have sprung from public Which shall unpeople many palaces,
That slowly walk'st the waters! marcb-march vices
And hew the highest genealogic trees In this I cannot call it commonwealth, Down to the earth, strew'd with their bleeding I would not smite 1' the dark, but rather see Nor kingdom, which hath neither prince nor fruit,
That no stroke errs. And you, ye blue seapeople, And crush their blossoms into barrenness :
waves ! But all the sins of the old Spartan state, This will l-must have I sworn to do,
I have seen you dyed ere now, and deeply too, Without its virtues, temperance, and valour. Nor aught can turn me from my destiny;
With Genoese, Saracen, and Hunnisb gore, The lords of Lacedemon were true soldiers,
While that of Veniee flow'd too, but victorious : But still I quiver to behold what I But ours are Sybarites, while we are Helots, Must be, and think what I have been! Bear Now thou must wear an unmix'd crimson ; 10 Of whom I am the lowest, most enslavel,
Barbaric blood can reconcile us now
But friend or foe will roll in civic slaughter.
remorse, form A pastiine for their children. You are met
I, who was named Preserver of the City ? You acted, and you act on your free will. 'To overthrow. this monster of a state,
Doge. Ay, there it is--you feel not, nor do 1,1 1, at whose name the million's caps were furg This mockery of a governmeut, this spectre, Else I should stab thee on the spot, to save
Into the air, and cries from tens of thousands Which must be exorcised with blood, and then A thousand lives, and, killing, do no murder;
Rosé up, imploring Heaven to send me blessWe will renew the times of truth and justice, You feel not-you go to this butcher-work
ings, Condensing in a fair free commonwealth, As if these bigh-born men were steers for sham. And fame, and length of days—to see this day? Not rash equality, but equal rights,
But this day, black within the calendar, Proportion'd like the columns to the temple, When all is over, you'll be free and merry,
Shall be succeeded by a bright millennium. Giving and taking strength reciprocal, And calmly wash those hands incamadine;
Doge Dandolo survived to ninety summers And making firm the whole with grace and But I, outdoing thee and all thy fellows
To vanquish empires, and refuse their crown; beauty, In this surpassing massarre, shall be,
I will resign a crown, and make the state So that no part could be removed without Shall see, and feel-oh God! oh God! 'lis Renew its freedom-but oh! by what means? Infringement of the general symmetry.
The noble end must justify them- What In operating this great change, I claim And thou dost well to answer that it was
Are a few drops of human blood ? 'tis false, To be one of you—if you trust in me ; « My own free will and act," and yet you err,
The blood of tyrants is not human; they, If not, strike home, my life is compromised, For I will do this ! Doubt not-fear not; I
Like to incarnate Molochs, feed on Outs, And I would rather fall by freemen's hands, Will be your most unmerciful accomplice!
Uutil 'tis time to give them to the tombs Than live another day to act the tyrant And yet I act no more on my free will,
Which they have made so populous.--Oh
world! As delegate of tyrants ; such I am not, Nor my own feelings—both compel me back; And never have been-read it in our annals; But there is hell within me and around,
Oh men! what are ye, and our best designs, I can appeal to my past government
And, like the demon who believes and trem. That we must work by crime to punish crime?' In many lands and cities; they can tell yon bles,
And slay as if Death had but this one gate, If I were an oppressor, or a man Must I abhor and do. Avay! away!
When a few years would make the sword gue. Feeling and thinking for my fellow men. Get tbee unto thy fellows, I will hie me
perfluous ? Haply had I been what the senate sought, To gather the retainers of our house.
And I, upon the verge of th*nnknown realm, A thing of robes and trinkets, dizen'd out
Doubt not, Saiut Mark's great bell sball wake Yet send so many heralds on before me To sit in state as for a sovereign's picture;
I must not ponder this.
(A pause. A popular scourge, a really sentence signer, Except her slaughter'd senáte ; ere the sun
Hark! was there pot A stickler for the senate and “the Forty,” Be broad upon the Adriatic, there
A murmur as of some distant voices, and A sceptic of all mesures which had not
Shall be a voice of weeping, which shall drown The tramp of feet in martial unison? The sanction of "the Pen,” a council-fawner, The roar of waters in the cry of blood!
What phantoms even of sound our wishes A tool, a fool, a puppet,—they had ne er.
raise ! am resolved come on.'
It cannot be the signal bath not rumg
Ben. Hast thou more
Even from the gloss of love to smooth it u'er, Why pauses it? my nephew's messenger To utter or to do?
But in its stead coarse lusts of habitude, Should be upon his way to me, and he
Doge. May I speak?
Prurient yet passionless, cold studied lewdness Hiidself perhaps even now draws grating back
Ben. Thou may'st;
Depraving nature's frailty to an art ;Upon its ponderous hinge the steep tower But recollect the people are without,
When these and more are heavy on thee, when portal,
Beyond the compas3 of the human voice. Smiles without mirth, and pastimes without, Where swings the sullen huge oracular bell, Doge. I speak to Time and to Eternity,
pleasure, Which never knells but for a princely death, Of which I grow a portion, not to man. Youth without honour, age without respect, Or for a state in peril, pealing forth Ye elements ! in which to be resolved
Meanness and weakness, and a sense of woe Tremendous bodements ; let it do its office, I hasten, let my voice be as a spirit
'Gainst which thou wilt mot strive, and dar'st And be this peal its awfullest and last. Upon you! Ye blue waves! which bore my not murntur, Sound till the strong tower rock! What! si. banner,
Have made thee last and worst of peopled delent still? Ye winds! which flutter'd o'er as if you loved
serts : I would go forth, bat that my post is here,
Then, in the last gasp of thine agony, To be the centre of re-union to
And fill'd my swelling sails as they were wafted Amidst thy many murders, think of mine ! The oft discordant elements which form To many a triumph! Thou, my native earth, Thou den of drunkards with the blood of Leagues of this nature, and to keep compact Which I have bled for, and thou foreign earth, princes! The wavering or the weak, in case of conflict; Which drank this willing blood from many a
Gehenna of the waters ! thou sen Sodom ! For if they sbould do battle, 'twill be here,
Thus I devote thee to the infernal gods! Within the palace, that the strife will thickon ; Ye stones, in which my gore will not sink, but Thee and thy serpent seed! Then here must be my station, as becomes Peek up to Heaven! Ye skies, which will re- [Here the Doge turns and addresses the ExThe master-mover-Hark! he comes he ceive it!
Slave, do thine office! comes,
Thou sun! which shinest os these things, and Strike as I struck the foe! Strike as I would My nephew, brave Bertuccio's messenger.
Have struck those tyrants ! 'Strike deep as tay What tidings ! Is he marching? hath he Who kindlest and who quenchest suns - At- curse! sped
Strike and but once! They here! all's lost-yet will I make an ef- I am not innocent but are these guiltless ? (The DogE tiroios himself upon his knees, and fort.' I perish, but not unavenged; far ages
as the Executioner raises his sword the scene The Doge is arrested and brought Float up from the abyss of time to he, closes.'] before the Great Council, where he and show these eyes, before they close, the The great length to which we have
doom confesses the accusation against him. of this proud city, and I leave my curse
extended our extracts leaves us little His wife, Angiolina, intercedes that On ber and her's for ever Yes, the hours
room for critical remarks. The trabis life may be spared, but the Council Are silently engendering of the day,
gedy is certainly a noble production, condemn him to immediate death. The When she, who built 'gainst Attila a bulwark, and worthy of the pen of its distinscene in which this is described we Shall yield, and bloodlessly and basely yield
guished author. The characters of Unto a bastard Attila, without quote at length:
Marino Faliero and Israel Bertaccio, Shedding so much blood in her last defence • The Court of the Ducal Palace : the outer gates As these old veins, oft draind in shielding her, are powerfully drawn, and throughout
are shut against the people.--The Doge enters Shall pour in sacrifice. She shall be bouglat the whole tragedy there is a vigour and in his ducal robes, in procession with the Coun. And sold, and be an appanage to those a tone of eloquence, which leaves mocil of Ten and other Patricians, attended by Who shall despise her. She shall stoop to be
dern tragedies at an immeasurable the Guards till they arrive at the top of the A province for an empire, petty town “ Giant's Staircase," (where the Doges took In lieu of capital, with slaves for senates,
distance. One of the characters, that of their oaths); the executioner is stationed Beggars for nobles, pandars for a people!
Bertram, will remind the readerof Jafthere with his sword. On arriving, a Chief of Then, when the Hebrew 's in thy palaces, fier in Venice Preserved'; 1:or is that the the Ten takes off the ducal cap from the Doge's The Hun in thy high places, and the Greek only thing which will often remind him head. Walks o'er thy mart, and smiles on it for his;
both of Otway and Shakespeur. The Doge. So now the Doge is nothing, and at When thy patricians beg their bitter bread last In narrow streets, and in their shameful need
hunters after plagiarisms will, we dont I am again Marino Faliero : Make their nobility a plea for pity;
not, be again at work, and like those 'Tis well to be go, though but for a moment. Then, when the few who still retain a wreck who would deny the glory of the sun Here I was crown'd, and here, bear witness, Of their great fathers' heritage, shall fawn
because it has spots, will seek to nibble Heaven!
Round a barbarian Vice of King's Vice-gerent, at the fair fame of the poble author, With how much more contentment I resign Even in the palace where they sway'd as soveThat shining mockery, the ducal bauble,
because a similarity of sentiment muy Than I received the fatal ornament.
Even in the palace where they slew their sove happen betweet him and an earlier One of the Ten. reign,
writer, Thou tremblest, Faliero!
Proud of some name they have disgraced, or The Prophecy of Dante,' which Doge. "Tis with age, then.
sprung Ben. Faliero! hast thou aught further to From an adulteress boastful of her guilt
follows this tragedy, consists of four commend,
With some large gondolier or foreign soldier, cantos on the exile of the poet, the Compatible with justice, to the senate? Shall bear about their bastardy in triumpla author intending to continue the subDoge. I would commend my nephew to their To the third sparious generation; when ject in some future cantos. Dante is mercy,
Thy sons are in the lowest scale of being, My consort to their justice ; for metbinks
Slaves turnod o'er to the vauquish'd by the rice supposed to address the reader in the bly death, and such a death, might settle all
interval between the conclusion of the
tors, Between thre state and me. Despised by cowards for greater cowardice,
divina commedia and his death, and, Ben. They shall be cared for;
And scom'd even by the vicious for such vices shortly before the batter event, foretel Evennotwithstanding thine unheard of crime. As in the monstrons grasp of their eonception ling the fortones of Italy in the en
Doge. Unbeard-of? ay, there's not a history Defy all codes to image or to name them; But shows a thousand crown'd conspirators
suing centuries. The whole poem, Then, when of Cyprus, now thy subject kingAgainst the people; but to set them free
possesses many beauties, is so One sovereign only died, and one is dying. All thine inheritance shall be her shame connected that it is difficult even to Ben. And who were they who fell in such a Entail'd on thy Jese virtnous desugáters, grown detach a passage; we shall, however, eause?
A wider proverb for worse prostitution ; Doge. The King of Sparta and the Doga of When all the ills of conquer'd states aball cling alludes to Michael Angelo, and the
select a portion of the last canto, which Venice
thee, Agia and Paliero!
Vice without splendour, sin without relief building of St Peter's at Rome :