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Victorious still in bull-feast or in fight,
XXXVI. Since first his limbs with mail he did invest, As that sea-cloud, in size like human hand, Stoop'd ever to that Anchoret's behest;
When first from Carmel by the Tishbite scen, Nor reason'd of the right, nor of the wrong, Came slowly overshadowing Israel's land, 6 But at his bidding laid the lauce in rest,
A while, perchance, bedeck'd with colours sheen, And wrought fell deeds the troubled world along, While yet the sunbeams on its skirts had been, For he was fierce as brave, and pitiless as strong. Limning with purple and with gold its shroud,
Till darker folds obscured the blue serene, XXXI. Oft his proud galleys sought some new-found Then sheeted rain burst down, and whirlwinds
And blotted heaven with one broad sable cloud, world,
howl'd aloud :That latest sces the sun, or first the morn; Still at that Wizard's feet their spoils he hurlid,
XXXVII. Ingots of ore from rich Potosi borne,
Even so, upon that peaceful scene was pour'd, Crowns by Caciques, aigrettes by Omrahs worn, Like gathering clouds, full many a foreign hand Wrought of rare gems, but broken, rent, and And He, their Leader, wore in sheath his sword, foul;
And offer'd peaceful front and open hand, Idols of gold from heathen temples torn,
Veiling the perjured treachery he plann'd, Bedabbled all with blood.-With grisly scowl By friendship's zeal and honour's specious guise, The Hermit mark'd the stains, and siniled beneath Unul he won the passes of the land; his cowl.
Then burst were honour's oath, and friendship's XXXII.
ties! Then did he bless the offering, and bade make He clutch'd his vulture-grasp, and call'd fair Spain Tribute to Heaven of gratitude and praise;
his prize. And at his word the choral hymns awake,
XXXVIII. And many a hand the silver censer sways. An Iron crown his anxious forehead bore; But with the incense-breath these censers raise, And well such diadenı his heart became. Mix steams from corpses smouldering in the fire ; Who ne'er his purpose for remorse gave o'er, The groans of prison'd victims mar the lays, Or check'd his course for piety of shame; And shrieks of agony confound the choir;
Who train'd a soldier, deem'd a soldier's fame While, mid the mingled sounds, the darken'd scenes Might flourish in the wreath of battles won, expire.
Though neither truth nor honour deck'd his name; XXXIII.
Who, placed by fortune on a Monarch's throne, Preluding light, were strains of music heard,
Reck'd not of Monarch's faith, or Mercy's kingly As once again revolved that measured sand;
tone. Such sounds as when, for sylvan dance prepared,
The spark, that, from a suburb-hovel's hearth The mozo blithe, with gay muchaca met,*
Ascending, wraps some capital in tlame, He conscious of his broider'd cap and band,
Hath not a menner or more sordid birth. She of her netted locks and light corsette, And for the soul that bade him waste the carthEach tiptoe perch'd to spring, and shake the cas The sable land-flood from some swamp obscure, tanet.
That poisons the glad husband-field with dearth, XXXIV.
And by destruction bids its fame endure, And well such strains the opening scene became; Hath not a source more sullen, stagnant, and imFor Valour had relax'd his ardent look,
pure.li And at a lady's feet, like lion tame,
XL. Lay stretch'd, full loath the weight of arms to brook;
Before that Leader strode a shadowy Form; And soften'd Bigotry, upon his book,
Her limbs like mist, her torch like metcor Patter'd a task of little good or ill:
With which she beckon'd him through fight and But the blithe peasant plied his pruning-hook, Whistled the muleteer o'er vale and hill,
And all he crush'd that cross'd his desperate And rung from village-green the merry seguidille.t
Nor thought, nor fear'd, nor look'd on what he Gray Royalty, grown impotent of toil,
trode. hid, care forare sceniscule Desolazey held;
Realms could not glut his pride, blood could not
slake, Of a loose Female and her minion bold.
So oft as e'er she shook her torch abroadBut peace was on the cottage and the fold,
It was AMBITION bade her terrors wake, From court intrigue, froni bickering faction far; Nor deign'd she, as of yore, a milder form to take. Beneath the chestnut-iree Love's tale was told, And to the tinkling of the light guitar,
XLI. Sweet stoop'd the western sun, sweet rose the even No longer now she spurn’d at mean revenge, ing star.
Or siaid her hand for conquer'd foeman's moan; * The bolem is a very light and active dance, much practised we think, displays the talent and address of the author to the by the Spaniards, in which castanets are always used. Mozo greatest advantage; for the subject was by no means inspiring : and muchacha are equivalent to our phrase of lad and lass. por was it easy, we should imagine, to make the picture of derus
il"The third scene, a peaceful state of indolence and obscu and inglorious indolence so engaging "--Edinburgh Rerielo, rity, where, though the court was degenerate, the peasant was which then quotes stanzas xxxiv, and xxxv. merry and contented, is introduced with exquisite lightness and 11" The opening of the third period of the Vision is, perhaps gayety."... Quarterly Revicio.
necessarily, more abrupt than that of the second. No circunda
stance, equally marked with the alteration in the whole system Scott has delineated ihe state of Spain, during the three periods of ancient warfare, could be introduced in this compartment or to which we have alluded, are conceived with much genius, and the porm; yet when we have been told that. Valour had related executed with very considerable, though unequal felicity. That his ardent look, and that Bigotry' wns softened,' we are fear of the Moorish dominion is drawn, we think, with the greatest sonably prepared for what follows." - Monthly Rerlew.j spirit. The reign of Chivalry and Superstition we do not think so happily represented, by a long and laboured description of two i We are as ready as any of our countrymen can be, tode: allegorical tersonages called Bigotry and Valour. Nor is it very signate Bonaparte's invasion of Spain by its proper epitheto le his country, merely by inspecting the physioznomy and instinkt low birth of the invecer; and we cannot helt reminding Mr. Scott of these two figurantes. The truth seems to be, that Mr. Scott that such a topic of censure is unworthy of him, buth as a post has been tempted on this occasion to extend a mere metaphor and as a Briton."- Monthly Review.. an ;
The picture of Bonaparte, considering the difficulty of all great grace and spirit to a single stanza, into the heavy subject of contemporary delineations, tis, nor ill executed." –Edinburgh seven or cigit. His representation of the recent state of Spain, Rovicio.)
As when, the fates of aged Rome to change, Now doff'd his royal robe in act to fly,
And from his brow the diadem unbound.
blown, To war beneath the Youth of Macedon:
These martial satellites hard labour found, No seemly veil her modern minion ask'd,
To guard a while his substituted throneHe saw her hideous face, and loved the fiend un- Light recking of his cause, but battling for their mask'd XLII.
XLVI. That Prelate mark'd his march-On banners From Alpuhara's peak that bugle rung, blazed
And it was echoed from Corunna's wall; With battles won in many a distant land,
Stately Seville responsive war-shot flung, On eagle-standards and on arms he gazed;
Grenada caught it in her Moorish hall; " And hopest thou, then," he said, "thy power Galicia bade her children fight or fall, shall stand ?
Wild Biscay shook his mountain-coronet, 0, thou hast builded on the shifting sand,
Valencia roused her at the battle-call, And thou hast temper'd it with slaughter's flood; And, foremost still where Valour's sons are met, And know, fell scourge in the Almighty's hand, First started to his gun each fiery Miquelet. Gore-moisten'd trees shall perish in ihe bud,
XLVII. And by a bloody death, shall die the Man of
But unappall'd, and burning for the fight,
The Invaders march, of victory secure;
Skilmul their force to sever or unite,
And train'd alike to vanquish or endure.
While naught against them bring the unpracNot that he loved him-No!-In no man's weal,
tised foe, Scarce in his own, e'er joy'd that sullen heart; Save hearts for Freedom's cause, and hands for Yet round that throne he bade his warriors wheel,
Freedom's blow. That the poor Puppet might perform his part,
XLVIII. And be a sceptred slave, at his siern beck to start.
Proudly they march-but, 0! they march not XLIV.
forth But on the Natives of that Land misused,
By one hot field to crown a brief campaign, Not long the silence of amazement hung, As when their Eagles, sweeping through the Nor brook'd they long their friendly faith abused;
North, For, with a common shriek, the general tongue Destroy'd at every stoop an ancient reign! Exclaim'd, "To arins!"--and fast to arms they Far other fate had Heaven decreed for Spain; sprung
In vain the stcel, in vain the torch was plied, And VALOUR woke, that Genius of the Land ! New Patriot armies started from the slain, Pleasure, and ease, and sloth, aside he flung,
High blazed the war, and long, and far, and As burst th' awakening Nazarite his band,
wide, s When’gainst his treacherous foes he clench'd his And oft the God of Battles blest the righteous side. dreadful hand. I
Nor unatoned, where Freedom's foes prevail, That Mimic Monarch now cast anxious eye
Remain'd their savage waste. With blade and Upon the Satraps that begirt him round,
brand, *** We are not altogether pleased with the lines which follow hastily adopted government, should have wasted, by its stubborn, the descnption of Bonaparte's birth and country. In historical uniform, and prolonged resistance, myriads after myriads of those truth, we bilieve, his family was not plebeian; and, setting asido soldiers who had overrun the world--that some of its provinces
te vil saying of senus it prvacos, the poet is here evidently should like Galicia, after being abandoned by their allies, and tertening a chons to his own scene, and explaining a fact which overrun by their chemies, have recovered their freedom by their could by no means be inferred from the pageant that passes be own uvassisted exertions that others, like Catalonia, indismay. fore the eyes of the King and Prelate. The Archbishop's obser ed by the treason which betrayed some fortresst's, and the force Salko oni his apparatice is free, however, from every objection which subulued others, should not only have continued their re. of this kind."- Quarterly Retiere,)
sistance, but have attained over their victorious cnemy a superiThe brakes, at the coronation of a Spanish monarch, pro ority, which is even now enabling them to besiege and retako the claim his name three umex, and repeat three times the word places of strength which had been wrested from them, is a tale Cestilta, Castilla, Castilla; which, with all other ceremonies, bitherto untold in the revolutionary war. To say that such a was carefully copied in the 'mock inauguration of Joseph Bona: people cannot be subwlued, would be presumption similar to that
of those who protested that Spain could not defend herself for a ? (See Book of Judges, Chap. xv. v. 9-16.
year, or Portugal for a month; but that a resistance which has Those who were disposed to believe that mere virtue and been continued for so long a space, when the usurper, except duflatey are able of themselves to work forth the salvation of an op: ring the short-lived Austrian campaign, had no other enemics on priedjeople, burprised in a moment of confidence, deprived of the continent, should be now less successful, when repeated de. baritions, armies, and fortresses, who had every means of re feats have broken the reputation of the French armies, and when stame to serk in the very moment when they were to be made they are likely (it would seem almost in desperation) to goek te of and whom the numerous treasons among the higher orders occupation elsewhere is a prophecy as improbable as ungracious. detaired of confidence in their natural leaders, -those who enter And while we are in the humour of severely censuring our allies, lained this entiratie but delusive opinion may be pardoned for gallant and devoted as they have shown themselves in the cause presne their disappointment at the protracted warfure in the of national liberty, because they may not instantly adopt those Peninsula There are, however, another class of persons, who, measures which we in our wisdom may deem essential to sucharine themselves the highest dread or veneration, or something Cre, it might be well if we endeavoured first to resolve the prepul to both, for the power of the modern Attila, will neverthe vious questions --Ist, Whether we do not at this moment know
no , stubbum, and unsublued resistance of three years to a power be
much less of the Spanish armies than those of Portugal, which
were 80 promptly condemned as totally inadequate to assist in wtoun their former well prepared, well-armed, and numerous the preservation of their country? 21, Whether, independently ather asies fell in the course of as many inonths. While these of any right we have to offer more than advice and assistance to Bestikten plead for deference to Bonaparte and crave.
our independent allies, we can expect that they should renounce Respect for his great place and bid the devil
entirely the national pride, which is inseparable from patriotism, Be daly honoured for his burning throne,"
and at once condescend not only to be saved by our assistance, I may not be allopether unreagonable to claim some modification but to be saved in our own way? 3d, Whether, if it be an object, of czasie opoa those who have been long and to a great extent (as undoubtedly it is a main one.) that the Spanish troops should canalully resisting this great enemy of mankind. That the be trained under British discipline, to the flexibility of movement, extes of in has not uniformly been directed by conduct equal and power of rapid concert and combination, which is essential bito var, has been too obvious; that her armies, under their to modern war; such a consummation is likely to be produced by lated disadvantages, have shared the fute of such as were defeated after taking thic field with every possible advantage of
abusing them in newspapers and jeriodical publications? Lastly,
Since the undoubted authority of British officers makes us now ats and alisristian is surely not to be wondered at. But that a acquainted with part of the horrors that attend invasion, and batean, but the circumstances of repeated discomfiture, internal which the providence of God, the valour of our navy, and perhaps lietasis
, and the mismanagement incident to a temporary and tho very efforts of these Spaniards, have hitherto diverted from us,
By day the Invaders ravaged hill and dale,
She of the Column, honour'd be her name, But, with the darkness, the Guerilla band
By all, whatc'er their creed, who honour love! Came like night's tempest, and avenged the land, And like the sacred relics of the flame, And claim'd for blood the retribution due,
That gave some martyr to the bless'd above, Probed the hard heart, and lopp'd the murd'rous To every loyal heart may thy sad embers prove!
hands And Dawn when o'er the scene her beams she
Nor thine alone such wreck. Gerona fair! Midst ruins they had made, the spoilers' corpses
Faithful to death thy heroes shall be sung, knew.
Manning the towers while o'er their heads the air
Swart as the smoke from raging furnace hung; L. What minstrel verse may sing, or tongue may tell,
Now thicker dark’ning where the mine was Amid the vision'd strife from sea to sea,
sprung, How oft the Patriot banners rose or fell,
Now briefly lighten'd by the cannon's flare, Still honour'd in defeat as victory!
Now arch'd with fire-sparks as the bomb was For that sad pageant of events to be,
flung, Show'd every form of fight by field and flood;
And reud'ning now with conflagration's glare, Slaughter and Ruin, shouting forth their glee,
While by the fatal light the foes for storm prepare. Beheld, while riding on the tempest scud,
LIV. The waters choked with slain, the earth bedrench'd While all around was danger, strife, and fear, with blood!
While the earįh shook, and darken'd was the LI.
sky, Then Zaragoza-blighted be the tongue
And wide Destruction stunnid the listening ear, That names thy name without the honour due !
Appallid the heart, and stupified the eye, For never hath the harp of Minstrel rung,
Afar was heard that thrice-repeated cry, of faith so felly proved, so firmly true!
In which old Albion's heart and tongue unite, Mine, sap, and bomb, thy shatter'd ruins knew,
When'er her soul is up, and pulse beats high, Each art of war's extremity had room,
Whether it hail the wine cup or the fight, Twice from thy half-sack'd streets the foe with And bid each arm be strong, or bid each heart be drew,
light, And when at length stern fate decreed thy doom,
LV. They won not Zaragoza, but her children's bloody Don Roderick turn'd him as the shout grew tomb.*
A varied scene the changeful vision show'd, Yet raise thy head, sad city! Though in chains, For, where the ocean mingled with the cloud,
Enthrall'd thou canst not be! Arise, and claim A gallant navy stemm'd the billows broad. Reverence from every heart where Freedom reigns, From mast and stern St. George's symbol How'd,
For what thou worshippest !--thy sainted Dame, Blent with the silver cross to Scoiland dear; it may be modestly questioned whether we ought to be too for pitals were immediately established, -- there were above thirty of ward to estimate and condemn the feeling of' temporary stupe. them; as soon as one was destroyed by the lombardnient, the faction which they create ; lest in so doing, we should resemble tients were removed to another, and thus the infection was carried the worthy clergyman, who, while he had himself never snutied u to every part of Zaragoza Famine aggravated the evil, the city candle with his fingers, was disposed severely to criticise the i had probably not been sufficiently provided at the commenrennent conduct of a martyr, who winced a little among his tlamies. of the siege, and of the provisions which it contained, much was
The interesting account of Mr. Vaughan has made most read destroyed in the daily ruin which the mines and bumle ak cted ors acquainted with the first siege of Zaragoza.* The last and Had the Zaragozans and their garrison proceeded accordue to fatal siege of that gallant and devoted city is detailed with great military rules, they would have surrendered before the end of Ja eloquence and precision in the Edinburgh Annunl Register" for nuary ; their batteries had then been demolished, there were open 1809,--a work in which the affairs of Spain have been treated of breaches in many parts of their weak walls, and the enemy were with attention corresponding to their deep interest, and to the already within the city. On the 30th, above sixty houses were peculiar sources of information open to the historian. The follow blown up, and the French obtained possession of the monastery ing are a few brief extracts from this splendid historical narru of the Augustines and Las Monicas, which adjoined esch other, Live :
two of the last defensible places left. The enemy forceuth "A breach was soon made in the mud walls, and then, as in way into the church; every column, every charri, efety ale". the former seige, the war was carried on in the streets and houses ; became a point of defence, which was repeatedly attacked, takra, but the French had been taught by experience, that in this specios
and retaken ; the pavement wng covered with blood, the skin of warlare the Zaragozans derived a superiority from the lecling and body of the church strewed with the dead, who were tranand principle which inspired them, and the cause for which they pled under foot by the combatants. In the midst of this conflict fought. The only me'ins of conquering Zaragoza was to destroy the roof, shattered by repeated bomba, fell in the fow who were it house by house, and street by streer; and upon this system of not cruished, after a short pause, which this tremendous sh dextriction they proceeded. Three companies of miners, and and their own unexpected escape, occasioned, no newel thu titik eight companies of suppers, carried on this subterraneous war; with rekindling fury: fresh parties of the enemy pouredt in: mouks. the Spaniuris, it is said, attempted to oppose them by counter and citizens, and soldiers came to the defence, and the contest mines; these were operations to which they were wholly imused, was continued upon the ruins, and the bodies of the dead and the and, according to the French statement, their miners were every
dying." day discovered and suffocated Meantime, the bombardment Yet, seventeen days after sustaining these extremities, did the was incessantly kept up. Within the last 18 hours,' said Pala: heroic inhabitants of Zaragoza continue their detenee nur fox, in a letter to his friend General Doyle, 6000 shells have been they then surrender until their despair had extracted from the thrown in. Two thirds of the town are in ruins, but we shall pe
French concres a capitulation, more honourable than has been rish under the ruing of the remaining third, rather than surrender.: granted to fortresses of the first order. In the course of the siege, above 17,000 bombs were thrown at the Who shall venture to refuse the Zaragozans the culogium com town : the stock of powder with which Zaragoza had been stored ferred upon them by the chanence of Wordsworth |--" Most obo was exhausted; they had none at last but what they manufac riously have the citizens of Zaragoza proved that the true arms of tured day by day; and no other cannon-balls than those which Spain, in a contest of this nature', is the whole prople: The same were shot into the town, and which they collected and fired back city has also cxcmplifieil a melancholy, yea, a dismal inith, -5%! upon the enemy."
consolatory and full of joy.--that when a people are called with In the midst of these horrors and privations, the pestilenco denly to fight for their liberty, and are sorrly preserwon, the broke out in Zaragoza. To various causes, enumerated by the
best field of battle is the floors upon which their children barn annalist, he adds, "scanliness of food, crowded quurters, unusual played; the chambers where the family of ench man has slepih exertion of body, anxiety of mind, and the impossibility of recruit (his own or his neighbour's ;) upon or under the roots by which ing their exhausted strength by needful rest in a city which was they have been sheltered in the gardens of their recreation : in almost incessantly bombarded, and where every hour their sleep the
street, or in the market place; before the altars of their team was broken by the tremendous explosion of mines. There was ples, and among their congregated dwellings, blazing or uprooted. now no respite, either by day or night for this devoted city; cven "The government of Spain must never forget Zarazúza for 3 the natural order of light and darkness was destroyed in Zarago moment. Nothing is wanting to produce the same etterts enery za; by day it was involved in a red sulphureous atmosphere of where, but a lending mind, such as that city was blessed with. smoke, which bid the face of heaven ; by night, the fire of can In the latter contest this has been proved; for Zanimoza Contato nous and mortars, and the flames of burning houses, kept it in a ed, at that time, borlieg of mon from almost all parts of Spain,
The narrative of those two sites should be the manual of eiere ** When once the pestilence had begun, it was impossible to Spaniarl. He may add to it the ancient stories of Vuinantir a pul check its progress, or confine it to one quarter of the city. Hos Saguntum ; let him sleep upon the book as a pillow, and if he be
a devout adherent to the religion of his country, let him wrarit • 1 See Narrative of the Siege of Zaragoa, hy Richard Charles Vanghan,
in his bosom for his crucifix to rest upon." - WORDS WORTH On the En 1809 The Right Honourable R. C. Vaughan is now British Minister Convention of Cinira. Al Washington. 163)
+ [MS.--"Don Roderick turnid him at the sudden cry.")
Mottling the sea their landward barges row'd, *
LX. And flash'd the sun on bayonet, brand, and Hark! from yon stately ranks what laughter spear,
rings, And the wild beach return'd the seaman's jovial Mingling wild mirth with war's stern minstrelcheer.t
His jest while each blithe comrade round him
flings, I It was a dread, yet spirit-stirring sight! The billows foam'd beneath a thousand oars,
And moves to death with military glee:
Boast, Erin, boast them! lameless, frank, and Fast as ihey land the red-cross ranks unite,
free, Legions on legions bright’ning all the shores.
In kindness warm, and fierce in danger known, Then banners rise, and cannon-signal roars,
Rough Nature's children, humorous as she : Then peals the warlike thunder of the drum, Thrills the loud fife, the trumpet flourish pours,
And He, yon Chieftain-strike the proudest
tone And patriot hopes awake, and doubts are dumb, Of thy bold harp, green Isle !-the Hero is thine For, bold in Freedom's cause, the bands of Ocean
And hear Corunna wail her battle won, The deep battalion locks its firm array,
And see Busaco's crest with lightning blaze :And meditates his aim the marksman light; But shall fond fable mix with heroes' praise? Far glance the light of sabres flashing bright, Hath Fiction's stage for Truth's long triumphs Where mounted squadrons shake the echoing
room? mead, #
And dare her wild-flowers mingle with the bays, Lacks not artillery breathing flame and night, That clain a long eternity to bloom
Nor the fleet ordnance whirld by rapid steed, Around the warrior's crest, and o'er the warrior's That rivals lightning's fash in ruin and in speed. S
Or may I give adventurous Fancy scope,
And stretch a bold hand to the awful veil For yon fair bands shall merry England claim,
That hides futurity from anxions hope, And with their deeds of valour deck her crown.
Bidding beyond it scenes of glory hail, Hers their bold port, and hers their martial frown,
And painting Europe rousing at the tale And hers their scorn of death in freedom's
Of Spain's invaders from her confines hurl'd, cause,
While kindling nations buckle on their mail, Their eyes of azure, and their locks of brown,
And Fame, with clarion blast and wings unAnd the blunt speech that bursts without a
furl'd, pause, And freeborn thoughts, which league the Soldier To Freedom and Revenge awakes an injured
Yonder your bonnets nod, your tartans wave! Since Fate has mark'd futurity her own :
And harsher features, and a mien more grave; The deeds recorded, and the laurels won.
As that which beats beneath the Scottish plaid ; King, Prelate, all the phantasms of my brain, And when the pibroch bids the battle rave,
Melted away like mist-wreaths in the sun, And level for the charge your arms are laid, Yet grant for faith, for valour, and for Spain, Where lives the desperate foe that for such onset One note of pride and fire, a Patriot's parting staid !
strain !SS (MS.-"Right for the shore unnumbered barges row'd.") rate; but we think, on the whole, successful. They will pro. * Compare with this passage, and the Palour, Bigotry, and bably be oftener quoted than any other passage in the pwem."Ambition of the previous stanzas, the celebrated personification JEFFREY.) of war, in the first canto of Childe Harold :
(MS. -" His jest each careless comrade round himn flings."] "Lo! where the giant on the mountain stands,
** (For details of the battle of Vimeira, fought 21st Aug. 1808 His blood red tregers deep'ning in the sun,
--of Corunna, 16th Jan. 1809-of Talavera, 25th July 1809With death-shot glowing in his fiery hands,
and of Busaco, 27th Sept. 1810-See Sir Walter Scott's Life of And eye that scorcheth all it glares upon :
Napoleon, under these dates.) Restless it rolls, now fix'd, and now anon
" The nation will arise regenerate ; Flashing afar,--and at his iron foet
Strong in her second youth and beautiful,
And like a spirit that hath shaken off
The clog of dull mortality, shall Spain To shed before his shrine the blood he deems most sweet.
Arise in glory."--SOUTHEY's Roderick.) “By heaven! it is a splendid night to see
11 Before finally dismissing the enchanted cavern of Don RoFor one who hath no friend, no brother there) Their rival scart of mix'd embroidery,
derick, it may be noticed, that the legend occurs in one of Cal. Teir various arms, that glitter in the air !
deron's pluys, entitled, La Virgin del Sagrario. The scone
opens with the noise of the chase, and Recisundo, a predecessor What gallant war-bounds rouge them from their lair
of Rollerick upon the Gothic throne, enters pursuing a stag. The And anash their fangs, loud yelling for the prey! All join the chaxe, but few the triumph share,
animal assumes the form of a man, and defies the king to enter
the cave, which forms the bottom of the scene, and engage with The grave shall bear the chieti-st prize away, And Havoc scarce for joy can number their array.
him in single combat. The king accepts the challenge, and they
engnge accordingly, but without advantage on either side, which * Three hosts combine to offer sacrifice;
induces the Genie to inform Recigundo, that he is not the moThree tongues prefer strange orisons on high;
narch for whom the adventure of the enchanted cavern is reThree gandy standards flout the pale blue skies ;
served, and he proceeds to predict the downfall of the Gothic The shouts are France, Spain, Albion, victory!
monarchy, and of the Christian religion, wbich sball attend the The foe, the victim, and he fond ally
discovery of its mysteries. Recisundo, appalled by these proThat fights for all, but ever fights in vain,
phecies, orders the cavem to be secured by a gate and bolts of Are met-as if at home they could not die
iron. In the second part of the sume play, we are informed that To feed the crow on Talavera's plain,
Don Roderick had reinoved the barrier, and transgressed the proAnd fertilize the field that each pretends to gain."]
hibition of his ancestor, and had been apprized by the prodigies " the dusty mead.")
which he discovered, of the approaching ruin of his kingdom. $ 1" The landing of the English is admirably described ; nor is 69 (“For mere introduction to the exploits of our English there any thing finer in the whole poem than ihe following pas. cornmanders, the story of Don Roderick's sins and confessions, tare concluding lines, which appear to us to be very nearly as
stanzas lv., Ivi., lvii.) with the exception always of the the minute description of his army and attendants, and the bsd as possible. - JEFFREY.)
whole interest and machinery of the enchinnted vault, with the
greater part of the Vision itself, are far too long and elaborate. " I' The three succeeding stanzas (lviii., lix., Ix.,) are elabo- They withdraw our curiosity and attention from the objects for
Nor the leasant's mite, nor bard's more worth
For full in view the promised conquest stood,
And Lisbon's mairons from their walls, might I. “Who shall command Estrella's mountain-tide*
The myriads that had half the world subdued, Back to the source, when tempest-chased, to
And hear the distant thunders of the drum, hie? Who, when Gascogne's vex'd gulf is raging wide, That bids the bands of France to storm and havoc
Shall hush it as a nurse her infant's cry? His magic power let such vain boaster try, And when the torrent shall his voice obey,
V. And Biscay's whirlwinds list his lullaby,
Four moons have heard these thunders idly rollid, Let him stand forth and bar mine eagles' way, Have seen these wistful myriads eye their prey, And they shall heed his voice, and at his bidding As famish'd wolves survey a guarded foldstay.
But in the middle path a Lion lay!
At length they move--but not to battle-fray, II.
Nor blaze yon fires where meets the manly "Else ne'er to stoop, till high on Lisbon's towers fight;
They close their wings, the symbol of our yoke, Beacons of infamy, they light the way And their own sea hath wheli'd yon red-cross Where cowardice and cruelty unite Powers !"
To damn with double shame their ignominious Thus, on the summit of Alverca's rock,
flight! To Marshal, Duke, and Peer, Gaul's leader spoke. While downward on the land his legions press,
VI. Before them it was rich with vine and flock,
O triumph for the Fiends of Lust and Wrath! And smiled like Eden in her summer dress ;
Ne'er to be told, yet neer to be forgot, Behind their wasteful march, a reeking wilder What wanton horrors mark'd their wreckful path! ness.t
The peasant butcher'd in his ruin'd cot,
The hoary priest even at the altar shot,
Childhood and age given o'er to sword and And shall the boastful Chief maintain his word,
flame, Though Heaven hath heard the wailings of the
Woman to infamy ;-no crime forgot, land,
By which inventive demons might proclaim Though Lusitania whet her vengeful sword,
Immortal hate to man, and scorn of God's great Though Britons arm, and WELLINGTON com
The rudest sentinel, in Briton born,
With horror paused to view the havoc done, Bears off its broken waves, and seeks a devious
Gave his poor crust to feed some wretch forlorn,
Wiped his stern eye, then fiercer grasp'd his gun.
Nor with less zeal shall Britain's peaceful son IV.
Exult the debt of sympathy to pay; Yet not because Alcoba's mountain-hawk
Riches nor poverty the tax shall shun, Hath on his best and bravest made her food, Nor prince nor peer, the wealthy nor the gay, In numbers confident, yon Chief shall baulk His Lord's imperial thirst for spoil and blood :
which they had been bespoken, and gradually engage them upon fro in the citie; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climbe a new and independent series of romantic adventures, in which
up upon the houses: they shall enter in at the windows like a it is not easy to see how Lord Wellington and Bonaparte can thief. 10. The earth shall quake before them, the heavens shall have any concern. But, on the other hand, no sooner is this new tremble, the sunne and the moon shall be dark, and the starres interest excited. --no sooner have we surrendered our imagina. shall withdraw their shining." tions into the hands of this dark enchanter, and healed our tan. In verse 200h also, which announces the retreat of the northern cies to the proper pitch for sympathizing in the fortunes of Go. amy, described in such dreadful coloury, into a "land barren and thie kings and Moorish invaders, with their imposing ucсompa desolate," and the dishonour with which God atticted tem for nintents of harnessed knights, ruvished damsels, and enchanted having "magnified themselves to do great things," there and par statues, than the whole solmantic group vanishes at once from ticulars not inapplicable to the retrent of Massena ; Divine Pro our sight; and we are hurried, with minds yet disturbed with those vidence, having, in all ages, attached disgrace as the natural pupowerful apparitions to the comparatively sober and cold narra nishment of cruelty and presumption. tion of Bonaparte's villanies, and to drawn battles between mere : Even the unexampled gallantry of the British army in the mortal combatants in English and French uniforms. The vast campaign of 1810-11, although they never fought but to conquer, and elaborate vestibule, in short, in which we had been so long will do them less honour in history than their humanity, atten detained,
tive to sotten to the utnost of their power the horrors which war, Where wonders wild of Arabesque combine
in its mildest aspect, must always juflict upon the defenceless in With Gothic imagery of darker shade,'
habitants of the country in which it is waged, and which, on this has no corresponding palace attached to it; and the long noviti occasion were tentield augmented by the barbarous crueltics of aty we are made to serve to the mysterious powers of romance the French Soup kitchens ere established by subscription is not repaid, after all, by an introduction to their awtul pre among the officers, wherever the troops were quartered for any sence."-JEFFREY.)
length of time. The commissaries contributed the heads, feel. * (MS.-"Who shall command the torrent's beadlong tide.") &c. of the cattle slaughtered for the soldiery: rice, vegetables,
+ I have ventured to apply to the movements of the French army that sublime passage in the prophecies of Joel, which seems
and bread, where it could be bad, were purchased by the others
Fifty or sixty starving peasants were Jails fed at one of these applicable to them in more respects than that I have adopted in regimental establishments, and carried honie the relics to their the text. One would think their ravages, their military appoint famished buseholds. The emaciated wretches, who could not ments, the terror which they spread among invaded nations, their crawl from weakness, were speedily employed in pruning their military discipline, their arts of political intrigue and deceit, were distincily pointed out in the following verses of Scripture :-
vines. While pursuing Maskena, the soldiers evinced the same ** 2. A day of darknesse and gloominesse, a day of clouds and
spirit of humanity, and in many instance, when reduced them of thick darknesse, as the morning spread upon the mountains :
selves to short allowance, from having out marched their sup
plies, they shared their pittance with the starving indiabitants, a great people and a strong, there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the yeares of many ge
who had ventured back to view the ruins of their habitations,
burnt by the retreating enemy, and to bury the borders of their rela: nerations. 3. A fire devoureth before them, and behind them a tions whom they had butcher flame burneth : the land is as the garden of Eden wore them. facts without feeling a Bort of contidence that those who so well and behinde them a desolate wilderness, yea, and nothing shall deserua victory are most likely to auain it? It is not the least of escape them. 1. The appearance of them is as the aparance of bornes and as horseinen. 80 shall they runne.
Lord Wellington's military merits, that the slightest disposition noise of chariots on the top of mountains shall they lentp, like ently of all morallisation, the army which is nust orderly an the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong
a friendly country, has always proved most formidable to an be much pained; all faces shall gather blacknense,
the people armlenemy.
They SIThe MS has, for the preceding five lines Bhall run like mighty men, they shall climb the wall like men of "And in thirsuit vin dictive burried on. warre, and they whall march every one in his wayes, and they shall not break their ranks.
Anil on survivors sul! to you belong 8. Neither wall our thrust another, Tnbutes from each that Briton calls her son, they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
From all her nobles, all her wealthier throng, 9. They shall run to and
To her poor peasant's mite, and minstrel's poorer song."
Is it possible to know such