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301 And from the half-burnt churches thou shalt hear
is brooding upon the idea of immediate * Te Deum !” wailing forth.
self-destruction ; but the imitation of Ber. (Shuddering ) Oh, horrible ! I had no thoughts ike there. I wish'd thee rather
Hamlet is here too evident, and the po(Humanely risquing thinç own life) to rescue etry far far inferior.
He is interrupted Thy countrymen from hostile chains. The laurel
by Valerosmand there follows a scene Might thus adorn thy temples, and conceal
which is, perhaps, the most daring in The fratrieidal brand upon thy brow. Hugo. Well then ! my disposition is not evil
the tragedy, and which, although we Those frightful images were but the game have far transgressed our limits, we canOf fantasy. I know what thou intend'st
not resist giving enti re. It is quite That I should die, and bury far from home My foul disgrace and misery.
worthy of a Ford or a Webster. Ber. Leaning on him, and weeping.)
Hugo, VALEROS. His sword at his side, Oh my brother! Hugo. (Moved.) See now-thou weep'st;
and carrying another cautiously concealed Think'st thou I fear to die ?
under his cloak. DEATH HAS FAR LESS OF TERROR THAN RE- Val. ( Yet in the back-ground, and in a deep PENTANCE !
protracted tone.) OTTO ! The dead perchance are happy.
Hugo. (Who starts violently, and his knees
tremble as he turns towards the door.) Yet even here his soul makes mani- Oh, is it you? fest its pollution, and a new thought of Val. (Coming forward.) Wherefore are you thus
trembling! guilt eniers his mind.
Hugo. Your voice! It seem'd almost that Carlos
cailed. Hugo. It shall-by Heaven it shall !
Val. (Half aside,) Indeed !-Who knows Dispateb that letter. The lost provinces
Hugo. (Disquieted.) Then will you not retire Shall be re-captured ;--but not for the king; They shall belong unto the conqueror.
To rest ?--But you are armed !-And wberefore
ibus, I will exalt the injur'd exil'd son
At such an hour? High on the throne of power ;--will sow with dia
Val. To arms a Spaniard still
Resorts whene'er his name has been disgrac'd.
Hugo. Be quiet--I know ail.
Val. What? Her temples with the regal coronet ;
Hugo. For thy sake, Her graceful form with gold embroider'd purple :
And Bertha's, and Elvira's, I must forfeit Then to my heart the lovely woman press,
That last resource of ordinary sinners--
Before the people to kneel down and gain
The church's absolution. Yet the curse-
So Bertha told me--the dark influence
Ofthat paternal curse still hovers over me,
And drives me restless on to wickedness
Could you not break the fearful spell? So wicked found in my designs ?
Val. (Unimpassioned, but firmly.) REVENGE Ber (Sternly.) High treason!
Dissolves it. Therefore, as you see me here, Treachery and devastation !--Woe to thee!
Arm'd I have sought you. The influence of a father's curse is on thee!
Hugo. (Stepping back.) What? You would that
IHugo. (After a short pause.) Ay--thou art in the right : 1 am indeed
Val. ( Throwing from a short distance the A villain!
sword that he carried under his cloak, Ber. Hugo, be composed.-- the secret
without violence, at Hugo's feet.) So suddenly disclosed, has, like a flash
As it may happen !--I would have you fight. of lightning, stunn'd thee. What, in such a trance, Thou dream'dst of evil, thou wouldst not fulfil
Hugo. That God forbid !--Against a father!
The father of thy victim !
Hugo. With a man
In years? An inexperienced maid may strive in vain
Val. This is no knightly tournament.
Not strength but skill these weapons will require, To look into the heart of nian,
Hugo. (Anxiously.) Can you not think? Hugo. Not so.-
Val. I have resolved. The secret Thou hast decided well. The die is cast.
Is known to women---therefore will transpire; After the departure of the females, And Carlos, unrevenged, may not remain.
The stain of fratricide, in such a house there comes a fine soliloquy of Hugo, As mine, by Heaven! blood only can ifface, in which it is easy to see that his spirit Nay, more--this is the Anniversary !
He fell to-day ; and therefore now shall fall father and the son—a reconciliation The murderer of my Charles or I!
which is not the less deep and teoder, Hugo. (Shuddering ) Alas!-Could'st thou but read my soul?
because neither of the reconciled enterVal. Well may the combat
tains any prospect of felicity either for To thee seem horrible :---but as a debt
bimself or in the other. After this, the Thou ow'st it unto me. Now Love and Hate, Nature and Duty, all contending, tear
unhappy pair are left alone upon the Thy father's heart; and by the sword alone scene, and we feel that the presence of Peace can be found.---So draw, and guard thyself.
third individual would be a profa. Hugo. Oh, never. Momentary impulse rules
nation of their retirement, and a Deedless Our actions. It might be, that when the sword
josult to that love which even in guilt Approach'd my heart, the love of life might seize me, And I might kill thee !
preserves something of its nobility. A Val. Well so much the better!
deep stillness prevails for some minutes, Hugo. And, if the father o'er the son prevail'd,
during which Hugo sits on his chair, Then would thy life be forfeit to the laws That in this kingdom strongly—
and prays with apparent tranquillity in Val. (Interrupting him, and proudly.)
silence. Elvira kneels by her harp opWho has taught thee
posite to him, and prays earnestly, but To draw such false conclusions ?---Don Valeros without moving her lips.
The clock Owns upon earth one king alone, who rules
strikes twelve ; and the Anniversary of Two southern worlds. Here in the foreign north No laws can us controul.-If thou shouldst fall,
Guilt is at a close. A slight sbudderThen by the proper chieftain of thy house, ing seizes Elvira—she rises slowly from Has God decreed thy punishment. Come on! prayer, and calmness is spread over Hugo. Oh, kill me rather!
Hugo, when the Val. (Significantly ) Like a coward ?---No That is no trade of mine !
clock has ceased striking, rises slowly Hugo. (Feeling the rebuke.) TRADE ?
from his chair and approaches Elvira.
Hugo. The hour has call'd! Sweet wife,
Now give me what thou hast, and I require.
(She draws forth the dagger.) Hugo. (Depressed.) No !
It is this? Val. How ! .Thou bear'st the name
Hugo. Its place was on my heart Of two heroic lines, and art a coward ?
Elv. And thou shall have it! Hugo. (Forgetting himself.)
( Embracing him with ardour.) Who dared to say so?
Farewell ---until we meet again!
The same chaste bond. Then give it me and fly !Val. (Stations himself and draws his sword.)
Elv. Softly !--At last !....thog roused up tiger,
( She retires from him, and takes hold with Unsheath thy sword 1.Fallon.have at my heart!.. her left hand of the harp, which rests on
Hugo. (After a short pause of recollection.) a chair ; then adds resolutely, and with No !---cursed for ever be this hand, if now
dignity.) It bears the steel!
To me, even as to thee, for ever (He breaks the sword, still in the scabbard,
Is peace destroy'd ; and equally has guilt close over by the handle---and throws Oppress'd my soul. Now, therefore, since the time both pieces behind him.)
Has come for parting, I shall boldiy go Go--and may rust devour thee !
Before thee through the dark and unknown path Val. (Struggling with unconquerable rage.)
That leads to life eternal. Ha !-caitiff! ifthou dar'st not risque the combat,
She stabs herself; her koees faulter, Then die at once!.
(He suddenly takes his sword, and turns the harp falls sliding from the chair to it in his hand like a dagger.)
the ground, and she sinks down upon it, We cannot both survive !
holding the dagger in her right hand. At this moment the wbole persous
of When Valeros is just about to stab the drama rush in, alarmed by the noise Hugo, they are interrupted by Eivira of Hugo's fall—but we cannot quote Land another beautiful scene occurs, any part of the heart-rending scene which ends in the reconciliation of the which tollows. As soon as both bare
expired, Don Valeros draws the dagger Mr. Gillies, the anthor of Childe Alafrom the wound of Hugo, and exclaims rique,) has exhibited masterly skill in
the management of our dramatic blank If the spirit
verse—but that is the least of his praises. When thus the body falls, is free---then come,
He has shewn himself to be not a skilOh, friendly steel! and give me freedom too !
ful versifier merely, but a genuine poet, Bertha wrests the dagger from him, for no man but a true poet can catch
and give back again as he has done the
fleeting and ethereal colours of poetry Knight! be a man !--Kneels not your grandson
and passion. here?
He has produced a work Val. And can'st thou live, if thou indeed hast lov
which is entitled to take its place as a ed him?
fine English tragedy-the finest, we Ber. I am a christian ;---only those whom Guilt
have no difficulty in saying, that has for Or madness rules, are suicides. Be thine To live, even for this orphan boy.
many years been added to that part of Otto Oh Heaven?
our literature. And wherefore are these horrible events ?
Our readers will observe, that the transBer. Enquirest thou why stars arise and set?
lation has not as yet been published. That only which exists is clear below--More only can the judgment-day reveal.
The author has merely had a few doz(The curtain falls.) ens of copies prioted for the use of his
friends, and he has been so kind as to Such is the termination of this noble send us one of them. It is a very fine tragedy-we feel that no words of ours specimen of typography, one of the most could add any thing to the effect it must elegant that ever issued from the press produce.
of Ballantyne. But we trust he will One word, however, before we close soon give the world a large edition. The the column, concerning the translation encouragement this play must receive, from which we have quoted so lavishly. will also, we hope, stimulate Mr. Gillies Our readers may rest assured tbat it is to further efforts in the same style. executed with astonisbing closeness to What a fine field lies open for one who the original and having said this much, possesses, in such perfection as he does, we have said all that is necessary. The the two richest languages in Europe translator (who is, as we understand, the German and the Eaglish.
THE FOG SPECTRE.
which the servants generally carried To the Editor of the Literary Gazette.
swung in the band. I had to pass thro'
some fields over high ground : soon afI
Lately read an account of the fig- ter I had entered the second of these, I
ore, which,under some peculiar state observed something large moving along of the atmosphere, appears on the Hartz with me. I placed the lapthorn on the mountain, in Germany. It reminds me ground, and walking toward it, saw a of an extraordinary illusion to which I gigantic figure retiring with astonishing was once exposed ; if it bave interest speed. I immediately perceived that it enough for publication, it is at your was my own shadow on a fog, which service. About seven years since, I I had not before observed. was one evening, in the month of Octo- pearance of retiring was phantasmagober, returning late from a friend's house ric, and arose from my interruption of in the country, where I had dined, 10 the rays of light from the lantborn, at a the neighbouring town, about a mile lesser angle, as my distance from the distant: the night was exceedingly dark, light increased. My return to the light and I had been requested to take with was terrifie; the figure appeared to adme a lanthorn ; a pocket one could not vance upon me with frightful rapidiry, be found, and I was provided with that till it seemed forty feet high. If I had
been ignorant of the cause of this ap- my situation ; and might have been pearance, the effects might bave much thought mad by an observer, for every alarmed me, and led to my telling such fantastic attitude and action I could asstories as I should not have gained cre- sume I did, to be mimicked by my new dit by relating : but aware of the cause, and shadowy acquaintance. I am, sir, I was delighted with the singularity of your obedient servant,
From the London Magazines, November and December, 1819. ENGLISH VEGETABLES. of his works in manuscript, containing IN the former part of the reign of numerous rude sketches of philosopbi
King Hen. viii. there did not grow cal instruments, &c. His own apparain England a cabbage, carrot, turnip, or tus must have been equally rude, as, it other edible root--and even Queen is said, bis telescope consisted of three Catherine could not command a sallad or sour cask-staves, and his microscope for dinner, till the king brought over a was a small lens, set in the top of a gardener from the Netherlands.— The spring window. fastener.--He wore, as artichoke, apricot, and damask rose, he sat by the fire in wioter, two pieces then made their first appearance in Eng- of bark on bis shins, to prevent their land.
being injured by the beat. IRISH COINS.
constantly in the habit of walking to There is now in the possession of Darlington, except in the latter part of Mr. Glenny, of Glenvale, in the coun
his life, and then he rode a horse, which ty of Limerick, an ancient medal, sound was valued at not more than hall aon his land, on which St. Patrick is re- crown, exclusive of its skin. It is presented as in the act of expelling nox- scarcely necessary to add, that this was ious animals from Ireland. On the re- a slow mode of travelling, which made verse, King Brian Boroimhe is. repre- beat me, for ye’re a-foot." He was on
say to some passengers,“ Ye'll sented playiog on the ancient Irish harp, with his crown and sceptre placed be his way home (on foot), the only opfore him.
portunity my father had of seeing this
celebrated man, and then he was carryTHE ANTS OF VALENCIA.
ing a sheep's-heart and lights, and, beM. Humholdt informs us, that ants ing in a state of intoxication, the road abound to such a degree near Valencia, was nothing too wide for him : but the that their excavations resemble subter- bloody load was thrown first over one raneous canals, which are filled with shoulder, and then over the other, as be water in the time of the rains, and be- reeled along. come very dangerous to the buildings. Once attending a meeting of the RoyEMERsoy.*
al Society, one of the servants attemp. William Emerson, the eminent ma- he had missed his way, and that a man
ted to intercept his progress, supposing thematician, was born at Hurworth, of his mean appearance was not likely near Darlington, and died there in 1782, to be admitted: all his reply was, “ l's aged about eighty-one. He was a man Emerson !" which he supposed would of great singularity in his manners, dress, be sufficient,-knowing that his works and conversation ; but, beyond his sci- had found admission before him. entific acquirements, it does not appear that bis character exhibited any thing
DETONATING MUD. agreeable : yet it is desirable to pre- M. Humboldt informs us, that Don serve anecdotes of so extraordinary a Carlos del Pozo has discovered, in the man ; and the writer of this is induced Llanos of Monai, at the bottom of the to do it, from having iecently seen some Quebrada de Moroturo, a stratum of
* See Ath. vol. I. p. 576.
VOL. 6.] Lantern of Maracaybo-Ladies' Charity-Rousseau's Villa,&c. 305 clayoy earth, which inflames spontane- fair hands. In fact, I saw several who ously, when slightly moistened and ex- were really foolishly extravagant, and posed for a long time to the rays of the the bank-notes were showered dowa on tropical sun. The detonation of this the counters of these ladies. muddy substance is very violent. It is “] observed in this assembly the of a black colour, soils the fingers, and prettiest young woman I ever saw in and emits a strong smell of sulphur. my life ; all the men loiter delighted be
fore her counter, and it was she whose COACHES.
stock was the soonest disposed of. Coaches were introduced in 1585 ;
The last man who stopped at it took before which time, Queen Elizabeth a handful of bank-notes, and exchanged rode, on public occasions, behind her them for a watch-ribbon. departed, Lord Chamberlain.
enchanted with this scene. THE LANTERN OF MARACAYBO.
CHIMNEYS. A meteoric phenomenon, (according In the age next preceding Queen Eli10 M. Humboldt,) is seen every night zabeth, there were few chimneys, even on a mountainous and uninhabited spot in capital towns : the fire was laid to on the borders of the river Catatumbo, the wall, and the smoke issued at the near its junction with the Sulia. Being roof, or door, or window. The hou. nearly in the meridian of the opening of ses were wattled, and plastered over the Lake of Maracaybo, navigators are with clay; and all the furniture and guided by it as by a light-house. This utensils were of wood.
The people light is distinguished at a greater dis- slept on straw pallets, with a log of laoce than forty leagues. Some have wood for a pillow. ascribed it to the effects of a thunder
ROUSSEAU. storm, or of electrical explosions, which might take place daily in a pass in the
The beautiful estate of Ermenon. mountains ; while others pretend that ville is advertised for sale, and its deit is ag air volcano. M. Palacios ob- lightful gardens will probably soon be served it for two years at Merida. destroyed by some mercenary speculaHydrogen gas is disengaged from the tor. Perhaps, on the return of 'spring, ground in the same district : this gas is the isle of poplars will have disappearconstantly accumulated in the upper
ed, together with the tomb which enpart of the cavern Del Serrito de Mo. closes the ashes of Jean-Jaques :- The nai, where it is generally set on fire to plough will trace its furrows in the surprise travellers.
groves of Julia, and we shall look in
vain for the cottage whither Rousseau LADIES' CHARITY.
retired to close his life and his misforIn the letters of Madame D. upon tunes. The cause of his death still reEngland, which have just been pub- mains unknown, but almost all the palished, we find the following passage, pers of the time concur in stating that which shows how little a woman used it was voluntary.—(French Paper.) to the coteries of Paris can appreciate
COCHRANE'S FOLLY. the purest of our christian charities.“ The most elegant women in London Lord Cochrane's famous steam vese have a certain day, upon which they go sel, which, we believe, was left behind to a large room surrounded with coun- his expedition rather from want of ters, at the end of Argyle Street ; they means to complete it, than from insuffigoio person, to sell, for the profit of the ciency in its construction, is now bear. poor, the trifles, which they amuse ly finislied, and about to be employed themselves in making during the course as a packet between London and Edizje
You may imagine that a burgh. “ To such base uses may we young gentleman who pays his court to come at last”-instead oi releasing to a young lady, is not permitted to Boonaparte, to carry sea-sick passevgers besitate at the price of the work of her * and lumbering luggage!
2P ATHENEUM VOL. 6.
of the year,