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Too much for such short hours as life-af. The hero and the husband weeps at lastmom fords,
Alas, alas! and lo! he stands aghast, And I would fain from out the golden Bankrupt in every hope, and silently gasps hoards
Like one who maddens. Hark! the tim. Of joy, pluck some fair ornament, at last, To gild my life with—but my life hath And the sea-billows come, and still he clasps past.'
His pale pale beauty closer to his heart, Her head sank on her bosom : gently he The ship has struck. One kiss--the last Kissed off the big bright tears of misery.
--Love's own. Alas! that ever such glittering drops -They plunge into the waters and are should flow
gone. (Bright as though born of Happiness) from The vessel sinks,-'tis vanished, and the
woe! --He soothed her for a time, and she grew Rolls boiling o'er the wreck triumphantly, calm,
And shrieks are heard and cries, and then For lovers' language is the surest balm To hearts that sorrow much ; that night Which the waves stifle quick, and doubt. they parted
ful tones With kisses and with tears, but both light. Like the faint moanings of the wind pass hearted,
by, And many a vow was made, and promise And horrid gurgling sounds rise up and die, spoke,
And noises like the choaking of man's And well believed by both, and never breath broke :
But why prolong the tale-it is of death. They parted, but from that time often
The heroes of this poem have all, met
like Sir John Falstaff, a kind of In that same garden when the sun had set, alacrity in sinking;" however, drownAnd for a while Colonna's mind forgot, In the fair present hour, his future lot.
ing is a death which they abhor as
much as he did. Marcian and Julia pp. 3342.
start up again as well as Orsini—but In process of time the happy pair it would have been much better for were united; but one morning when them if they had remained quietly Colonna was out upon his wandere in the caverns of the ocean. They ings, who should appear before him are very needlessly thrown ashore, but Julia's first husband Orsini, who and rescued by some fishermen, and had actually been so ill-bred as to vomit Marcian leads a romantic kind of out the salt water which he had swal- life for a time, supporting his lowed, instead of politely permitting it beloved by means of that humble tochoak him? Without any explanation craft. He again, however, finds as to the reason of the expedition, Mar- that Orsini is in his neighbourhood, cian instantly set sail, with his Julia, and he carries Julia into the wild from Italy, and of course, according retreats of the Appenines, near the to the invariable practice of poets, monastery of Laverna, where he had from the Odyssey and the Æneid, passed his insane youth, and where down to Don Juan, they are encounhis star was now destined to set tered by a storm. Although it is a still more heavily in clouds. She diskind of writing quite out of his usual covers the existence of her husband, way, we must admit that Barry Corn- and secretly resolves to part from wall's storm is but little, if any thing, Marcian: he reads her purpose in her inferior to those of his great predeces- changed deportment,-he forms his
We are sorry that we have not own dark purpose,--and the story ends room foritat present, but we shall insert in the following powerfully painted, it in our next Number. It contains, but too horrible catastrophe : among other fine passages, the subo No talk was pleasant now; no image fair; lime, though somewhat laboured, a- No freshness and no fragrance filled the air; postrophe to the Ocean, which we No music in the winds nor in the sound quoted in our last, and it thus con
The wild birds uttered from the forests cludes :
The sun had lost its light, and drearily And now-whither are gone the lovers The morning stole upon his altered eye ; now?
And night with all her starry eyes grew Colonna, wearest thou anguish on thy brow, dim, And is the valour of the moment gone ? For she was changed, -and nought was Fair Julia, thou art smiling now alone :
true to him.
From pain—at length, from pain, (for With an exulting, terrible joy, when she could he bear
Lay down in tears to slumber, silently. The sorrow burning wild without a tear ?) -She had no after sleep; but ere she slept He rushed beside her: Towards him Strong spasms and pains throughout her gloomily
body crept, She looked, and then he gasped—“ We- And round her brain, and tow'rds her list to me
heart, until We-we must part-must part : is it not They touched that seat of love,--and all
was still. She hung her head and murmured, “ Woe, Away he wandered for some lengthened
hour That it must be sonay, Colonna--nay When the black poison shewed its fiercest Hearken unto me: little can I say,
power, But sin—is it not sin ?) doth wear my And when he sought the cavern, there she heart
lay, Away to death. Alas! and must we part, The young, the gentle--dying fast away. We who have loved so long and trulyyes;
He sate and watched her, as a nurse Were we not born, (we were,) for wretch
might do, edness.
And saw the dull film steal across the blue, Oh! Marcian, Marcian, I must go : my And saw, and felt her sweet forgiving road
smile, Leads to a distant home, a calm abode, That, as she died, parted her lips the while, There I may pine my few sad years away, Her hand ?-its pulse was silent-her And die, and make my peace ere I decay-" She spoke no more, for now she saw his But patience in her smile still faintly shone, soul
And in her closing eyes a tenderness, Rising in tumult, and his eyeballs roll That seemed as she would fain Colonna Wildly and fiery red, and thro' his cheek
bless. Deep crimson shot: he sighed but did not speak.
She died, and spoke no word ; and still Keeping a horrid silence there he sate,
We have quoted some of the finest fore : And thro' his veins the current fever flew
passages in this poem, although there Like lightning, withering all it trembled
are many splendid invocations and de
scriptions, to which we have not been through ; He clenched his hands and rushed away, able to allude, nor can we now speak
of the Dramatic Scenes, or the Miscelaway, And looked and laughed upon the opening laneous Pieces which are subjoined to day,
it. It is Mr Cornwall's greatest, but And mocked the morn with shouts, and we do not think his most pleasing or wandered wild
successful effort. He has tasked himFor hours, as by some meteor thing be. self high, but seems to be treading too
guiled. He wandered thro' the forests, sad and lone, like his own native walks much bet,
closely on the steps of Lord Byron. We His heart all fiery and his senses gone;
ter. Nobody but that Lord can make Till, at the last, (for nature sunk at last,)
ruffians and madmen at all agreeable, The tempest of the fever fell and past, And he lay down upon the rocks to sleep,
and we have really no wish to see And shrunk into a troubled slumber, deep. any one else succeed in the same atLong was that sleep_long—very long, and tempt, though the whole poetic world strange,
are striving hard at it, we think, with And frenzy suffered then a silent change, very little to do for their pains. Mr And his heart hardened as the fire with. Shelley has beat his Lordship all to drew,
nothing in point of atrocity,--but Like furnaced iron beneath the winter's
upon Mr Shelley's performan, dew.
ces as solely and simply detestable and
hateful ; he is un enfant perdu,' He gained_he gained (why droops my
on whom it is not worth while to story ?) then
waste a word; but we regret to see An opiate deadly from the convent men, And bore it to his cave : she drank that the pure and classical muse of Mr draught
any countenance of death, and he looked on in scorp, and whatever to this reigning folly. Perlaughed
haps, like all other poets of the age,
(except Campbell, who has the oppo- panions,' should have so eminently existsite fault,) he is getting into the way ed, where least likely to be found ; on the of writing too much and too hur- centre of a Court, on the very throne of riedly; and the consequence must be, the greatest and most powerful enpire of that he can scarce avoid falling into Europe ? the prevailing fashion, of whatever be thought by some readers too trivial and
" Many of the anecdotes will, perhaps, kind that may be. He struck out a
unimportant for public notice ; did they path for himself in his Dramatic
concern private individuals, the objection Scenes. Why should he not try to would be readily admitted ; but the most redeem our modern poetry from the trifling circumstance acquires dignity and stigma which has so long been affixed interest, when it refers to departed worth to it-its dramatic incapacity? Why and greatness ; and the mind dwells with should he not attempt a whole play? more satisfaction upon the recollection of Only let him not be in a hurry.
We George the Third, as the exemplary chado not absolutely insist upon the racter in every social relation of life, than nonum prematur in annum,”-but
it does upon the splendour of his regal
state.” he is one of those poets, we imagine, who cannot finish too highly, and Before copying the account of an whose delicate and refined genius evening at Windsor, we insert the must only shine the brighter from Queen's letter of invitation to the auevery fresh application of the file.
thor of these letters, who thus states the circumstance to her friend.
ANECDOTES OF THE LATE KING AND
“ On Saturday, the 3d of this month, QUEEN.
one of the Queen's messengers came and The following anecdotes are from brought me the following letter from her the letters of Mrs Delany, widow of Dr majesty, written with her own hand :
56. My dear Mrs Delany will be glad to Patrick Delany, just published. We hear that I am charged by the King to have not seen the book itself, but we
summon her to her new abode at Windsor gladly avail ourselves of the selection for Tuesday next, where she will find all made from it in that very useful and the most essential parts of the house ready, well conducted Miscellany, the Li- excepting some little trifles, which it will terary Gazette. There can be no finer be better for Mrs Delany to direct herself tribute to the virtues of our departed in person, or by her little deputy, Miss Sovereigns, and these, alas! are times Port. I need not, I hope, add, that I in which
shall be extremely glad and happy to see
so amiable an inhabitant in this our sweet We cannot but remember such things were retreat ; and wish, very sincerely, that my That were most precious to us!
dear Mrs Delany may enjoy every blessing
amongst us that her merits deserve. That Mrs Delany lived first with the
we may long enjoy her amiable company, Duchess of Portland, and on her Amen! These are the true sentiments of, death was invited by their Majesties
My dear Mrs Delany's to reside near them in Windsor,
Very affectionate Queen, where she had constant opportu ities
666 CHARLOTTE. of observing their interior economy
666 Queen's Lodge, Windsor, Sept 3, 1785. and private conduct.
66 • P. S. I must also beg that Mrs De. justly remarks
lany will choose her own time of coming,
as will best suit her own conyenience.' 66 At a moment like this, when the re- " I received the Queen's letter at dinner, cent loss of our beloved monarch has ex- and was obliged to answer it instantly, cited interest towards every circumstance with my own hand, without seeing a letter illustrative of his private life and character, Į wrote. I thank God I had strength it is thought that these letters, unaffectedly enough to obey the gracious summons on displaying the domestic happiness that the day appointed. I arrived here about reigned at Windsor Castle, and recording eight o'clock in the evening, and found his many traits which do honour to the head Majesty in the house ready to receive me. and the heart of the Sovereign, and of his I threw myself at his feet, indeed unable Consort, would not prove uninteresting to to utter a word; he raised and saluted me, the public. Who, indeed, would not re- and said he meant not to stay longer than joice that truc happiness,' characterized to desire I would order every thing that by a great author as • arising from the en- could make the house comfortable and ajoyment of one's self, and from the friend- greeable to me, and then retired. ship and conversation of a few select coma “ Truly I found nothing wanting, as it
is as pleasant and commodious as I could directs them what pieces of music to play, wish it to be, with a very pretty garden, chiefly Handel's. which joins to that of the Queen's Lodge. The next morning her Majesty sent one of
The following amiable traits prove her ladies to know how I had rested, and at once the desert of the author (in how I was in health, and whether her her 86th year) and the goodness of coming would not be troublesome ? You her royal patrons. may be sure I accepted the honour, and “ My own health is very tolerable, she came about two o'clock. I was though 'subject to attacks of faintness and lame, and could not go down, as I ought nervous disorders, that sometimes, I fear, to have done, to the door ; but her Ma- may alarm my friends : I would fain lessen jesty came up stairs, and I received her my anxiety, and leave them to think calmon my knees. Our meeting was mutually ly of that hour, which, I thank God, apaffecting; she well knew the value of what pears to me without terror: the depriva. I had lost, and it was some time after we tion of the friends we have loved best, and were seated (for she always makes me sit the falling off of many for whom we have down) before we could either of us speak. a great regard, casts such a melancholy It is impossible for me to do justice to her gloom as to make one long for eternity ; great condescension and tenderness, which hambly beseeching the Almighty to make were almost equal to what I had lost. She me fit for the change: but there are times, repeated, in the strongest terms, her wish, I assure you, when that gloom is dispelled, and the King's, that I should be as easy and my heart is relieved and warmed by and as happy as they could possibly make the very kind attentions of my friends of me; that they waved all ceremony, and all degrees ; and my greatest distress is, desired to come to me like friends. The that I feel such an overflowing of gratitude Queen delivered me a paper from the King, as cannot be expressed. which contained the first quarter of L. 300 “ It is impossible for me to enumerate per annum, which his Majesty allows me the daily instances I receive from my royal out of his Privy Purse. Their Majesties friends, who seem unwearied in the purhave drank tea with me five times, and suit of making me as happy as they can. the Princesses three. They generally stay I am sure you must be very sensible how two hours, or longer. In short, I have thankful I am to Providence for the late either seen or heard from them every day. wonderful escape of his Majesty from the I have not yet been at the Queen's Lodge, stroke of assassination ; indeed, the horthough they have expressed an impatience ror that there was a possibility that such for me to come.”
an attempt would be made, shocked me
so much at first, that I could hardly enA subsequent letter says
joy the blessing of such a preservation. 66 The daily marks of royal favour The King would not suffer any body to in(which, indeed, should rather be termed form the Queen of that event, till he could friendly) cannot be arranged in a sheet of show himself in person to her. He return. paper; they are bestowed most graciously, ed to Windsor as soon as the council was and received most gratefully, and with such
When his Majesty entered the consideration as to banish that awe, which Queen's dressing-room, he found her with otherwise would be painful to me; and the two eldest Princesses ; and, entering in my sensations, when I am in their com- an animated manner, said, “ Here I am, pany, are respect, admiration, and affec- safe and well!' The Queen suspected from tion. I have been several evenings at the this saying that some accident had happenQueen's Lodge, with no other company but ed, on which lie informed her of the whole their own most lovely family. They sit affair. The Queen stood struck and moround a large table, on which are books, tionless for some time, till the Princesses work, pencils, and paper. The Queen has burst into tears, in which she immediately the goodness to make me sit down next to found relief by joining with them. Joy soon her; and delights me with her conversa- succeeded this agitation of mind, on the astion, which is informing, elegant, and surance that the person was insane that had pleasing, beyond description, whilst the the boldness to make the attack, which took younger part of the family are drawing off all aggravating suspicion ; and it has and working, &c. &c. the beautiful babe, been the means of showing the whole kingPrincess Amelia, bearing her part in the dom, that the King has the hearts of his entertainment ; sometimes in one of her subjects. I must tell you a particular grasisters' laps, sometimes playing with the cious attention to me on the occasion : King on the carpet ; which, altogether, ex- Their Majesties sent immediately to my hibits such a delightful seene, as would house to give orders I should not be told require an Addison's pen, or a Van- of it till the next morning, for fear the agidyke's pencil, to do justice to. In the next tation should give me a bad night. Dowaroom is the band of music, who play from ger Lady Spencer was in the house with eight o'clock till ten. The King generally me, and went with me to early prayers,
next morning at eight o'clock; and, after came up and asked what we were talking chapel was over, she separated herself from about ?' which was repeated ; and the King me, and had a long conference with the replied to the Queen, You may put Mrs King and Queen, as they stopped to speak Delany into the way of doing that, by namto her on our coming out of chapel. When ing a day for her to drink tea at Windsor we returned to breakfast, I taxed her with Castle.' The Duchess of Portland was her having robbed ine of an opportunity of consulted, and the next day fixed upon, as hearing what their Majesties said to her, the Duchess had appointed the end of the by standing at such a distance. She told week for going to Weymouth. me it was secret ; but she had now their “We went at the hour appointed, seven permission to tell me what it was, and then o'clock, and were received in the lower priinformed me of the whole affair.
vate apartment at the Castle: went through " I was commanded in the evening to a large room with great bay windows, where attend them at the Lodge, where I spent were all the Princesses and youngest Printhe evening; the happiness of being with ces, with their attendant ladies and gentlethem not a little increased by seeing the men. We passed on to the bedchamber, fulness of joy that appeared in every coun
where the Queen stood in the middle of the tenance."
room, with Lady Weymouth and Lady “ One little anecdote of the Queen struck Charlotte Finch. (The King and the eldme, as a stronger instance of her real ten- est Princes had walked out.) When the der feeling towards our dear old friend, Queen took her seat, and the ladies their than all her bounties or honours. As soon places, she ordered a chair to be set for me as the Duchess of Portland died, Mrs Dela. opposite to where she sat, and asked me if ny got into a chaise to go to her own house; I felt any wind from the door or window ? the Duke followed her, begging to know - It was indeed a sultry day. what she would accept of that belonged to “ At eight the King, &c. came into the his mother. Mrs Delany recollected a bird room, with so much cheerfulness and good that the Duchess always fed and kept in her humour, that it was impossible to feel any own room, desired to have it, and felt towards painful restriction. It was the hour of the it as you must suppose. In a few days shegot King and Queen and eleven of the Princes a bad fever, and the bird died; but for some and Princesses' walking on the terrace. hours she was too ill even to recollect her They apologised for going, but said the bird. The Queen had one of the same sort, crowd expected them; but they left Lady which she valued extremely, (a weaver Weymouth and the Bishop of Lichfield to bird.) She took it with her own hands, entertain us in their absence: we sat in the and, while Mrs Delany slept, had the cage bay-window, well pleased with our combrought, and put her own bird into it, panions, and the brilliant show on the tercharging every one not to let it go so near race, on which we looked; the band of Mrs Delany as that she could perceive the music playing all the time under the win. change, till she was enough recovered to dow.- When they returned we were sumbear the loss of her first favourite. This moned into the next room to tea, and the requires no comment, as it speaks strongly Royals began a ball, and danced two counfor itself.”
try dances, to the music of French horns, At a royal visit to Bulstrode, Mrs bassoons, and hautboys, which were the Delany tells us—
same that played on the terrace. The King “ I kept my distance till she called me
came up to the Prince of Wales, and said to ask some questions about the mosaic he was sure, when he considered how great paper work, and, as I stood before her Ma. an effort it must be to play that kind of jesty, the King set a chair behind me. I
music so long a time together, that he would turned with some confusion and hesitation not continue their dancing there, but that on receiving so great an honour, when the the Queen and the rest of the company Queen said, “ Mrs Delany, sit down, sit were going to the Queen's house, and they down; it is not every lady that has a chair should renew their dancing there, and have brought her by a king ;'--so I obeyed. proper music. Amongst many gracious things, the Queen
" I can say no more :- I cannot describe asked me why I was not with the Duchess the gay, the polished appearance of the when she came, for I might be sure she Queen's house, furnished with English mawould ask for me?' I was flattered, though
nufacture." I knew to whom I was obliged for the distinction, (and doubly flattered by thut.) I acknowledged it in as few words as possi- of these beautiful scenes, and shall on
We need not multiply the account ble, and said I was particularly happy at that time to pay my duty to her Majesty, ly add, in the words of the Journalists as it gave me
an opportunity of seeing so from whom this selection is taken, that many of the Royal Family, which age and
we have been exceedingly affected by obscurity had deprived me of. Oh but,' reading them, particularly under the says her Majesty, you have not seen all existing circumstances of the royal my children yet; upon which the King house and country,