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THE FRENCH KING'S DEVICE (4th S. i. 274.) – I wish to add a few more details to those which I gave at p. 274. These imprese were certainly intended to have a political significance. Isabella (Elizabeth), daughter of Henry II. of France and Catherine de' Medici, became the wife of Philip II. of Spain, whose impresa I gave from Ruscelli. He gives her impresa also: "Isabella Valesia, Regina di Spagna." It shows the sun in the dexter corner, and the moon in the sinister, with stars between and round them, in a space enclosed by pillars carrying a heavy pediment. The sun and moon are represented by two young faces. In front of the frieze of the pediment, two amorini hold a crown. There is a great deal more of ornament which I need not describe. I give a few lines of Ruscelli's account of the impresa:
"Il divino ingegno di questa giovane [Isabella, Queen of Spain] si può giudicar, che con questo abbia voluto dimostrar tre cose importantissime.
"L'una, che l'acquisto della Terra Santa e la conversione degli Infideli, onde ne segua il pieno lume del mondo per la santissima Fede nostra, s' abbia da far unitamente dal Re Catolico suo marito e dal Re Cristianissimo suo fratello. Per intendimento di che tutto è da ricordar quello nel primo capitolo della Santa Bibia che Iddio creò due gran lumi ai quali diede ufficio di sovrastare e dar luce al mondo l'uno di giorno e l' altro la notte. e però voglia questa giovane mostrar con tal impresa che essendo il fratello e 'I marito suo i due gran lumi che abbiano a sovrastare e dar luce a tutto questo nostro inferior mondo, l'abbian a far non più con intervallo di tenebre e dioisamente, ma tutti in un tempo stesso e unitamente."
Laud mentions this use of the figures of the sun and moon, as of political significance, in his reply to Father Fisher. I cannot quote his words, not having the book at hand.
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NOTES:-Notes and Emendations of Shelley, 357-Inedited Pieces, 360 Folk-lore, 361-Fly-leaf Scribbling from an old Volume of Medical Tracts, 362- Familiar Words," 863-"Very not well"-Low Side Windows Elias: Helias: Alias-Tennyson's "Palace of Art," 364. QUERIES:- John Ackwood, or Giovanni Aguto-Batelle and Luson Families- The Bell Cow of Brigstock-John Coughem and the Pacificators - The Gulf Stream - Madame Guyon's Hymns Mr. W. Marrat- Letter of Increase Mather to Mr. Gouge-Organ Accompaniment to Solo Singers - Poem Quotation in Giannone Quotations Rice Beer Truman Henry Safford - St. Alban's Club-Trade Marks Verse Inscriptions in Churches - Wedgwood's Copies
of the Portland Vase, 364.
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" The Tear that bedews,' &c.-Wm. Hawkins: Robert Callis-Jansenism in Ireland, 374.
The leading idea in this magnificent simile is clear enough: the half-intelligible figures on ancient Egyptian obelisks remaining unruined amid the ruins of less ancient palaces and tombs, such as those of the Caliphs in Cairo. The mind catches this leading idea, and perhaps glides lightly over the details. If it attends to those details, it will find some hard morsels in such a phrase as 66 mouldering round those imaged to the pride," &c., or such a disconnected plural as "" and are now." Surely the punctuation is a lamentable muddle, and should be altered thus:
* Continued from p. 336.
"When the sunset sleeps Upon its snow,”
followed by the words, completing the same metre, sentence, and rhyme:
"And the weak day weeps
That it should be so.'
Earth, who forthwith continues, reverting to his But these last two lines are assigned to the own longer metre:
"O gentle Moon, the voice of thy delight
Falls on me," &c.
Why should the final couplet of the Moon's metre be put into the mouth of the Earth? I can discover no visible or probable reason for the transfer, and feel privately convinced that it is a mere printer's error. A stickler for authority would nevertheless retain it, and perhaps should not be censured for doing so.
My notes have now reached to the close of that most inspired and monumental of the poetic works of the nineteenth century, the Prometheus Unbound. I shall reserve for another communication what I find to remark upon in the remaining works of its unrivalled author.
"Then it was I whose inarticulate words Fell from my lips, who with tottering steps Fled from your presence, as you now from mine." The Cenci, Act II. Sc. 1, p. 265. Read" and who with tottering steps." This is so given in Ascham's edition, 1834.
"A judge who makes the truth weep at his decree." Id. Act II. Sc. 2, p. 269.
superior to Moxon's.
66 Guilty! who dares talk of guilt? My lord, I am more innocent," &c.
Id. Act IV. Sc. 4, p. 293. The metre of the first line is obviously defec"Who dares to talk" would set it right.
The terrible resentment of those eyes On the dread earth! Turn them away from me!" Id. Act V. Sc. 2, p. 298. "The dread earth" sounds meaningless and wrong. Ascham's edition gives "dead" instead of "dread"; and I think we may safely admit this to be the true reading.
"Like sulphureous clouds half-shattered by the storm,” Hellas, p. 320,
stands as a blank-verse line. Surely it should be "sulphurous," for the metre's sake.
Here again Ascham's edition is however, was certainly not the case. Firstly, it conflicts with the uncompleted Life of Shelley by Mr. Jefferson. Hogg. At the very end of that curious performance (vol. ii.), we find that Mr. Hogg visited the first Mrs. Shelley some short time (apparently only a few days) before April 18, 1814 (the date of the month given to the Stanzas now under consideration), she being then certainly as yet unseparated from her husband: the only fact of a later date included in Mr. Hogg's work is a sojourn of Shelley incognito at his father's seat, Field Place, in June, 1814. Secondly (see that valuable little book, Mr. Garnett's Relics of Shelley, 1862), it is known that the poet and his first wife Harriet went through a form of remarriage on March 24, 1814, to obviate any possible informality in their original union. Soon after this Shelley became acquainted with Miss Godwin. Mr. Peacock (quoted by Mr. Garnett, Pp. 150-51) says that this acquaintance began between April 18 and June, "much nearer, I apprehend, to the latter than the former." The separation (see p. 160) "did not occur later than June 17." A poem of Shelley's, dated in that same month, shows that Mary Godwin and he had not yet joined their fortunes "for better for worse, though they had united their hearts; and, indeed, "Mary lived under her father's roof till July 28." So far as the dates show, then, it seems fairly feasible that the separation between Shelley and Harriet may have been resolved upon, or imminent, before the close of April, 1814; and also that Mary Godwin may, through motives worthy of all honour, have been doing her best, likewise before the end of April, to stem the ardour of Shelley's growing passion. I would ask, first, Can any reader of "N. & Q." come any nearer to Miss Godwin, and of his separation from Harriet? the precise dates of Shelley's first meeting with and, secondly, What is the veritable ascertainable purport of the Stanzas, April, 1814?
Stanzas, April 1814, p. 363. These stanzas, of a music which lingers long on the ear, seem pretty evidently to have some application to the circumstances of Shelley's own life; but I do not remember to have ever seen them discussed or
elucidated. I extract the first of the (three) stanzas, as a reminder to the reader:
"Away! the moor is dark beneath the moon;
Rapid clouds have drunk the last pale beam of even : Away! the gathering winds will call the darkness soon, And profoundest midnight shroud the serene lights
Pause not ! the time is past! Every voice cries Away!'
Thy lover's eye, so glazed and cold, dares not entreat thy stay:
Duty and dereliction guide thee back to solitude." The last two lines run
“Thy remembrance, and repentance, and deep musings,
are not free
From the music of two voices, and the light of one sweet smile."
If the date favours the notion, it appears to me that the natural interpretation to put on the poem is that it relates to the then actual or impending separation between Shelley and his first wife being in fancy addressed, first, either to the first wife (which I think the least probable alternative); or second, as an apostrophe to himself, on the event of the separation (the most probable); or third, to himself, in consequence of some temporary parting which that event had induced between him and Miss Godwin, afterwards his second wife (not without some plausibility).
The question of date, so far as I know it, stands thus. According to the Shelley Memorials, edited by Lady Shelley in 1859, the poet and his first wife had become estranged "towards the close of 1813"; and were I to take Lady Shelley's phrase as conclusive, I should infer that the actual separation had become a fact before 1814. This,
"In aëry rings they bound
Rosalind and Helen, p. 411.
But no power to seek or shun,
Lines written among the Euganean Hills, p. 415. The punctuation here is not only incorrect, but confusing. We evidently ought to read —
"Still recedes, as-ever still
He is ever drifted on.'
"I stood listening to the pæan
With which the legioned rooks did hail
Gathering round with wings all hoar,
To talk of "rooks with wings all hoar" sounds strange: the idea of rooks with black wings is much more germane to the human mind. No doubt, however, Shelley wrote "hoar," intending to express the optical effect of the mountain mist, through which the black wings look blanched or whitish. To enforce this image it would, I think, be preferable to regard "Through the dewy mist as meaning "as seen through," or "under the influence of," the dewy mist; and to punctuate thus:·
"Gathering round, with wings all hoar
Fear me not: against thee I'd not move
Julian and Maddalo, p. 434.
The intermediate line is obviously a syllable too short. This syllable would be supplied by the very simple alteration of reading "I would," instead of "I'd." Even then, the line would not be particularly euphonious, but it would be saved from positive incorrectness.
"An army, which liberticide and prey
Makes as a two-edged sword to all who wield."
This is, of course, a grammatical laxity-one out of many of the like kind. I do not see why we should not rectify it by printing make.
"As two gibbering night-birds flit,
From their bowers of deadly hue,
And the stars are none or few."
moon for morn?
An Exhortation, p. 487.—This elegant, fanciful, and wise little poem, beginning —
"Cameleons feed on light and air,”— was written in 1819; and sets forth that poets naturally vary from their original selves while they reach after love and fame, but deprecates
any the like variation with wealth or power for its incentive. The poem looks as if it had been called forth by some slippery conduct of some brother poet, whom Shelley still admired and respected, while reprobating his weakness. Was this Wordsworth? or is anything distinct known concerning the poem ?
"Below, far lands are seen tremblingly;
Its horror and its beauty are divine.'
On the Medusa of Leonardo da Vinci, p. 488. The first line is glaringly out of metre. I would read "the far lands."
""Tis the melodious hues of beauty thrown
two italicised verbs should be in the past tense, I cannot perceive any reason why one of the the other being in the present. I think the first ought to stand "humanise."
The concluding stanza is printed thus:-
For from the serpents gleams a brazen glare
Which makes a thrilling vapour of the air
Of all the beauty and the terror there-
Does anybody understand clearly, and in detail, I do not. The nearest, and by no means a near, the first six lines of this stanza? I confess that approach to a meaning that I can make out, is loveliness of terror; for a brazen glare, kindled as follows: "Here is expressed the tempestuous by the inextricable intertangling of the serpents, gleams from them, which glare makes a thrilling vapour of the air [i. e. according to the preceding stanza, the midnight sky which is flaring] become an ever-shifting mirror of the beauty and terror of the gorgon-head;" in other words, the glare from the serpents is reflected on to the sky. The fact is, as it appears to me, that this poem on the Medusa, a most fascinating weft of mystic imagination, ought not to appear among Shelley's finished productions-it is properly a fragment, or first draft. There are two confessed lacunæ in the sense and the metre, not to speak of other more subtle evidences of incompletion. Nor is the Medusa poem the only one which should be relegated to the section of Fragments. The following should all, I conceive, bear it company; some of them, indeed, are called "Fragments,' but all are printed among the completed works:From the poems of 1817: "Prince Athanase." From the poems of 1818: "The Woodman and the Nightingale"; "Misery"; "To Mary" (begins, "O Mary dear, that you were here!");